Spiritual growth through trials

This Saturday, I’m presenting a short message to one of the  women’s ministry gatherings at my church.

Here is the gist of it: In times of trials, don’t walk away from your relationship with the Lord.

It was challenging to narrow down my texts. I had several more than I ended up incorporating specifically, but the ones that have been included are a good representation of what I hope to impart.

These are the specific recommendations I make:

Hold fast to Him. Hold fast to the Word. Hold fast to your faith. (Lk. 8:15, Mt. 13:23)

Remember our example in Christ. He can use the broken places, disappointments, and failures in a mighty way. Stay connected and involved in the body of Christ. (Jn. 12:24)

Recognize that spiritual growth is a process. (Ro. 5:1-5, Jas. 1:2-4, 12)

Choose life in the path that you take. This involves what we do with our minds, bodies, and hearts. (Isa. 26:3, 1 Cor. 13:7, Col. 1:10)

Look for God’s character, commands, and promises as you delve into scripture. (We’re collectively reading through the Bible in a year at my church.)

Keep in mind that our time is not truly ours, but His. Yet, maintain this balance with a sense of urgency to obey. (Ps. 90:12, Rev. 3:11)

Keep on praying; He changes us in these efforts. (Ro. 12:12)

Agree to wait on the Lord for His reply. Ask for discernment about what steps to take and what issues to surrender. (Hab. 2:1)

Live out the principles you already know. Start small and aim to become consistent. (2 Pet. 1:5-8, 10)

Look to Him with expectation/anticipation. (Lk. 11:9-10, Jas. 5:7-8)

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