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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Victorious Response to Hardship

May this Scripture reading and haiku poem influence your response to the difficulties you face in life. These principles sustain and encourage me when I face trial and hardship.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him...Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:2-5, 12"

"Satan...said,'...Stretch out your hand and touch all that (Job) has, and he will curse you to your face.' And the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.' Job 1:9-12"

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13"

God controls timing
And intensity of pain;
He will not allow

Pain to go beyond
The boundaries He has set.
God has a purpose

For our suffering;
Submit to Him and trust Him --
God plans good for us.

Trying challenges
Provide opportunities
To grow strong in faith.

The Lord demonstrates
His great sustaining power
When we endure pain.

Our difficulties
Are used by God to produce
Christ-like character.

We'll not be alone
When we face difficulty;
God will be with us.

The Holy Spirit
Enables us to survive
And conquer trials.

View ev'ry hardship
As a trial God allows
To achieve vict'ry.

1 comment:

  1. Love "The Lord demonstrates His great sustaining power when we endure pain"! Great post Kathy!

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