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Blessings from Battles

By Maria Fontaine

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Because “many are the afflictions of the righteous” (Psalm 34:19), it’s certainly comforting to know that “all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). In fact, in order to come through our many trials, difficulties, battles, and temptations victoriously, it is imperative that we make this promise in Romans 8:28 a vital part of our life.

We need to get this principle so deeply ingrained within us that it becomes impossible for us to forget, neglect or overlook it. Romans 8:28 is something that should be as much a part of our conscious and even subconscious thoughts and way of looking at things as the necessity of prayer, the importance of the Word, the inevitability of tests and trials, and the certainty of God’s love.

If we fail to send the events of our daily lives through the filter of Romans 8:28, if we fail to constantly view our disappointments, hurts, problems, illnesses, etc., through the perspective that Romans 8:28 gives us, we will tragically miss many of the valuable lessons the Lord is trying to teach us and we will rob ourselves of the peace that comes from absolute trust in this precious promise and principle.

If you learn the simple equation “trials equal good,” your life will be richer, life’s lessons profounder, and your mind more tranquil. You will also more easily recognize the Lord’s hand in the events of your life. It makes all the difference in the world whether you look at a flood of problems, trials and tribulations just waiting to see the worst happen, or if you look at them with the excitement and challenge that comes from waiting to discover all the good you know the Lord will bring out of them.

 
Thank God for the Good
By David Brandt Berg

You’re a very special creation of God’s love, so don’t worry about a few blemishes. Imagine how self-righteous and proud we would be if God had made us all perfect! Instead, He gave us all a few blemishes. God doesn’t want us to look at the blemishes; He wants us to look at the good.

Every time you’re tempted to think negatively about yourself, thank God for something He blessed you with instead—good health, a sound mind, or some quality or talent that others admire in you. There are so many things you could thank God for! Think how much worse off you could be—and think of others who are. Pray for someone who is battling a long-term illness or coping daily with a debilitating handicap. Job was delivered from his problems when he prayed for his friends (Job 42:10).

Take a positive approach and pretty soon the instigator of your negative thoughts, the old Devil himself or one of his henchmen, will give up. When your spiritual enemy sees that your praises and prayers are defeating him every time, he’ll think twice before tempting you with negative thinking—and you can be thankful for that!

 
 

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