by Dr. Charles Stanley
1. God is in control of the time and intensity of the trial.
2. God has a specific purpose for my trial.
3. This trial is designed to meet a specific need.
4. This trail will be good for me if I respond in faith.
5. This trail can strengthen my faith.
6. The trail is an opportunity to demonstrate preserverance.
7. This trail will develop Christ-likeness in me.
8. This trail will help me measure my spiritual maturity.
9. God will walk me through my trail.
10. By God’s grace and power, I will overcome this trail.
Wouldn’t it all come out better if we remembered these ten “faith-thoughts” during the trails and valleys of our lives? As we enter those dark places where we come face-to-face with ourselves and the deepest parts of our wounded nature, we must remember that God put us there and will see us through, for the better. He will strengthen us through these “trials and tests” through endurance. He will walk with us and be our guide, counselor and friend during the most lonely times of our lives. He is there, if we only call out for Him. He is in control of how it all works out. We actually are better off wanting it that way. For He has our best interests at heart. He wants the best for His children. Whatever “test or trial” you are going through, you can rest assured that you are not alone. Christ is with you, guarding and guiding you. There is a purpose and direction He is leading you to through your trial. It is not meaningless. It is not meant to be cruel to you. It is meant to demonstrate your growth and development. Is your trail something grand or small? Where is the Lord in the midst of it? Where have you placed Him? That says a lot about how you’ve grown spiritually. Where is your faith? What are you praying for? Who are you praying with and for? Can you envision yourself the victor and not the victim? That says a lot about how you will overcome the problem. If you can’t see a way out or over it yet, ask Him to show you. He will gently lead you to a solution. The Lord does not want His children to suffer. He does want us to learn how to deny self and flesh, though. He teaches us this so that we are better able to deny the enemy. There are three: the flesh, the world and the devil. We must deny them all. They are not for us. Their job is to ultimately destroy, kill and slaughter us. The Lord is molding us into his vision for us, which is compassion, forgiveness and love. We must be able to withstand the valleys and darkness to make it to the light. These ten faith-thoughts during the trials in your life will help you see that although life is tough, it doesn’t have to be unreasonable difficult, if you have the right state of mind. If you keep your thoughts positive and stay in your God-given state of grace and joy, life can be an adventurous journey of maintaining your freedom to be happy. Dare to dream and live in joy!!!!