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Trials & Tribulations Are A Part Of Life

Whether we like it or not, we all experience trials and tribulations. From the inevitable disagreement with our spouse to the extremely stressful issues with our finances to the dead-end job that makes us feel like we are wasting our lives, we all experience seasons in which life feels like a Category 5 Hurricane.

Jesus put it this way in the 16th chapter of John

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

He said, “you will” have trouble. He did not say you can, you might or you may. He said you will. It is inevitable.

Therefore, it is safe to say that the way in which we handle life’s inevitable trials and tribulations will directly determine the level of peace and joy we will have in our lives. We cannot proactively stop all of them from happening but we can handle them in such a way that it minimizes the negative effect on our lives.

Our Failure To Handle The Inevitable Trials & Tribulations of Life Effects Our Progress.

For some of us, our failure to handle the inevitable issues of life in a positive productive manner has hindered our professional, spiritual, emotional and relational growth. We have big dreams as well as a mighty purpose. However, our inability to handle the inevitable issues of life has flatlined our pursuit. But what if we handled the inevitable issues of life in such a way that it empowered the pursuit of our dreams and purpose? Like T’Challa’s suit in the movie Black Panther, what if we turned the inevitable bullets (trials and tribulations) of life into a source of strength for us?

Paul Was Skilled At Handling Trials and Tribulations.

The Great Apostle Paul was very skilled at handling the inevitable issues of life. He did not allow them to send him spiraling into either a “why me” depression or a series of “I gotta do what I gotta do” sins. Instead, he looked at his situation with a sense of optimism rooted in the Father that allowed him to have biblical joy.

At Exhort, we define biblical joy as a feeling of optimism rooted in the Father that strengthens us and enables us to experience sustained happiness, peace and contentment regardless of the circumstances. We cannot determine every situation we find ourselves in but we can determine the way we react to it. We are choosing to react in such a way that it empowers us to be the people that the Father has created us to be.

Are we perfect? No. We are simply imperfect people seeking to minimize the life altering effect of our inevitable issues while maximizing our opportunities to impact the world for Him.

Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi will help us accomplish this goal. Through our study of Philippians, we are seeking to learn how Paul maintained biblical joy from a Roman prison? How did he continue to carry out His purpose in spite of his negative circumstances? How did he continue to be a source of encouragement in spite of his negative circumstances? How did he maintain a winning attitude in spite of his negative circumstances?

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Curious? You are invited to embark on this life-strengthening journey with us. Come and learn how to handle your inevitable trials and tribulations in an empowering way.

 

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