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We are all going to face Trials and Temptations, but sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. OR is it?
Steven Furtick said, "If the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God." Don't you want to have audacious faith?
God Never Wastes a Hurt, so Never Waste a Chance to Give Thanks!
What are your ambitions? Strong ambitions can shape your life. Do you want to be successful? Live abroad? Play cricket for England? Pass your driving test? We're going to see what Paul's ambitions were. In this part of the letter he talks about two ambitions: firstly to make Christ known and secondly to know Him personally. Because of these ambitions he can rejoice, even though his life is very hard, as he was a prisoner when he wrote this letter. He rejoiced that his situation had created a great opportunity to make Jesus known. Paul is even happy that Jesus is being made known by preachers whose ambition was self-centred and envious. What does it matter that trouble is stirred up against us if Jesus is being made known through it? If we want to know Christ and if we want to make Christ known, then God can use seemingly bad things to bring that about. If our ambitions are limited to wealth and health and success, then life will often give us nothing to rejoice in, but if like Paul our ambitions are to know Christ and to make him known, we can truly rejoice in all things, even if those things may be difficult.
Even in the darkest hour, we have hope because we know we have a future in Christ. We know we will have hard times, but God is always here with us. The source of our hope is the grace of God.
Don’t waste your dark valley! You will waste your dark valley: 1. If you don’t grasp God’s design. 2. If you don’t think about death. 3. If you don’t trust your Shepherd.