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A Reason to Rejoice

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"We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance." --

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If you're not in the middle of a trial right now, just hang around. None of us can dodge trials. So we need to find out the resources God has given us to deal with trials.

What is a trial, anyway? It's an adverse circumstance that God allows or even brings about in the lives of us His children to deepen our faith. We'll see this week that trials are not designed to sink our boat, but to help us improve our navigation skills. In the words of the Apostles Paul and James, we can actually rejoice when we undergo trials, because we know God is doing something special in our lives.

Now trials can come from a number of directions. Sometimes God sends you a trial to teach you a specific lesson. At other times, it comes simply because you live in a sin-cursed world, and the curse rubs off on you. So you become the victim of a crime or accident or illness that crashes into your life.

Sometimes trials are the result of your own sin. You yield to a temptation that leads to a set of circumstances that are tough to deal with. And don't forget that the enemy can attack you with trials for the purpose of bringing about your spiritual defeat.

So my concern is not so much the source of your trials, but what you do when they show up. How you respond to cataclysmic circumstances has a lot to do with what shape you're in when you come out on the other side. The good news is, you're not out there alone, because no matter what the source of your trial is, God has the situation well in hand. He can work out His purposes even in a trial you may bring on yourself.

One great way to learn how to deal with trials is to watch others in the middle of one. So starting tomorrow, we'll get into a boat with the disciples and row out to the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Stay with me, and you'll learn that even when your boat starts to rock, Jesus Christ has authority over your trials.

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You're either in the middle of a trial, just coming out of one, or just heading into one. Better be ready!

From Time to Get Serious by Tony Evans, copyright 1995. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. You can order this book or others by Tony Evans on Shop CBN.


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About The Author


Author, latest, Kingdom Men Rising (Bethany House Publishers, 2021) Founder (1976) and Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas Author of more than 100 books Named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor Univ. Founder (1981) and President of The Urban Alternative, with 1400 radio outlets in 130 countries First African American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) Former chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys and served as chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks for over three decades Married 49 years to Lois, who passed

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