October 2019 Every branch of the tree has to learn. The comfort we can have in trials. Thank God that He will never abandon you, no matter what comes your way. 11/8/09 - God can use hard times to help me grow Even if you are experiencing hard times time right now, the Lord will turn those situations to your advantage if they trust him Memory Verse: We know that God is always at work for the good of those who loves him –Romans 8:28 December 2017 The Lord sends adversity to help us, not to hurt us. This fall marred the original design of God’s creation in many ways. January 2018 His plans will not be thwarted and his people will not be overcome. We must move along. September 2019 At JesusEconomy.com, people can shop fair trade and align their giving with their passion. November 2017 October 2016 We must stand up and walk, even run, like that day-old calf. Published August 26, 2008 Kids Church, This Week with NEXTgeneration Kids Leave a Comment. Suffering is often how God shows us himself. If I want God to use me for big things, I must pass the little tests. We all have to learn to find our way. Think of your growing pains as a child—that summer when your legs hurt so bad that you couldn’t seem to drink enough milk. In my studies over the years, I’ve discovered some quotes that are positively life-transforming. John's new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. - Job 23:10. We know why suffering should be counted as joy, because it will change us for the better. Let’s look at some important Bible verses: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:16).” The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). May 2017 What do you want to be when you grow up? But when lived, these words will transform us. Knowing the future sounds wonderful, but it would ruin the present. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. January 2017 @Kids Church: God uses hard times to help us be more like Him. More Stories February 2018 I’ve learned in my years of walking with Jesus that there are 5 reasons why God allows us to go through hard times. This is the goal of the Christian, and everything in life, including the trials and tribulations, is designed to enable us to reach that goal. March 2017 1. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many" (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). 3. July 2017 Sometimes we would love to pray away, prophesy away or rebuke away these challenges, but God actually sent them to accomplish a purpose. November 2016 April 2018 It separated us from our Creator and our true nature. We will come out “as gold,” tested, tried, and true. God is going to make a man/woman out of you. April 2017 God not only allows Himself to be found by us, He desires it. As in all things, God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). He knows the difficult life ahead, just like this mother cow, but he wants us to enjoy our time in the green pasture nonetheless (Psalm 23). The future is only God’s to behold (compare Ecclesiastes 8:7). April 2019 God is an incredible provider. Quotes about getting through hard times. Think about Jesus, who suffered severe hardship. September 2017 2. Yet, it is altogether too easy to find ourselves filling life with times of christian songs, bible readings, and even prayer, while missing true communion with Himself. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. When Life is Hard: A Bible Study on Trials. Nahum 1:7 "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. Your body was transforming. February 2019 It would live a life that was boring, sad, and stagnant. Here are seven promises to remind us that God will bring good from the storms we face: 1. He cares for those who trust in him…" Suffering is often how God shows us himself. August 2017 It might seem hard, but remember God is on your side. Here are 4 signs God is at work in the chaos of COVID-19. “Hard times always lead to something great.” – Betsey Johnson. Sometimes this growth comes in the form of encouragement. She could have been upset and angry with God, or she could continue to use her hardship to cling closer to … And in the uncertainty, God made that happen. And when hard times do come, turn to Him and ask Him to use them to help you grow in your faith. And in the uncertainty, God made that happen. God Allows Suffering to Bring Us Closer to Him. June 2018 June 2017 August 2019 Growth often means pain. In fact, the last four years have been about our family learning how to have faith in God during hard times. July 2016 Keeping faith in God during hard times can be extremely difficult.. When things are going great we are not so quick to turn to Him. So this passage speaks to us to help us in our time of trial when we need understanding and comfort. At the right time, God can do anything instantly. It may be hard to hear these words, and I know from experience, that they are even harder to live. Tough times prove ourselves to God and they build our relationship with Him. Accept the challenge to obey God's command to grow - 2Pe 3:18 b. I then see its mother, nudging it forward. Just look at the life of Joseph. March 2019 God is going to reveal Himself in your situation but when your eyes are focused on the problem it becomes harder to see Him. This is how faith is; it is often like growing pains. The prophets had to learn and grow. Proud member We must embrace the uncertain ground, knowing that in this field and in the next, and in the one after that, we will grow and learn. He helps us to grow by giving us challenges that are beyond our skill set. John D. Barry is a Bible scholar and the CEO of Jesus’ Economy, an innovative non-profit creating jobs and churches in the developing world. by John D. Barry, founder of Jesus' Economy. July 2018 And He often uses hard times to get our attention. Hard times is part of life ,but God is giving us assurance in Romans 8:28 that ALL things will work altogether for good to those who love Him. God is always with us. Salem Media Group. December 2019 Genesis 3 tells the story of mankind’s fall from grace. I find I … May 2018 There are countless verses in Scripture that refer to the ways that God provides for us. It’s easier said than done but rejoice in your hard times by looking for the Lord in your situation. And growth without pain is an oxymoron. And when that happens, we need to ask God to help our faith grow. of May 2019 And if there is a need for us to learn a lesson, He’ll take advantage of our mistakes to help us grow. 100% goes where the donor designates, every time — to causes such as spreading the gospel through church planting and empowering women through job creation. Regardless of the reasons you are going through adversity, be strong and patient because the Lord will help you. The Bible tells us … They are part of God’s plan. Suffering is part of the call to serve Jesus: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 LEB). August 2018 Believe we are capable of growing with God's help - Php 4:13 c. Set both behavioral and functional goals as described in the Scriptures 1) Striving to develop Christ-like behavior - 2Pe 1:5-8 2) Seeking to determine and develop our function in the body of Christ - Ro 12:3-5 d. “Every age has its turn. God gave the prophets the words to say and the provision they needed (e.g., 1 Kings 17; Jonah 4:6–7; Exodus 16). An alright self-help book about how we can use difficult times to grow. So how does the Bible help us grow? Seven Ways God Uses Tough Times to Shape Our Lives By William D. Black New Life Ministries. Ultimately, I believe that God is after a deeper relationship with us. The prophets had to learn and grow. 5. (Genesis 29:16-17) Sermon Outline A. Jacob goes to Laban 1. However, I want you to know that not only can our faith grow in times of challenge, but we can discover great joy through trials (some of my favorite Bible verses about joy echo this truth).. November 2018 December 2016 Watching the day-old calf frolic across the field—full of life and hope—I am filled with joy. Here’s a Bible study that will help you look at your trial in a way that will help you grow. This Bible study post was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2020. As I have reflected over the events of the past few days and months I was drawn to the first chapter of James. Trials are more than simply unavoidable aspects of life. I am reminded of the way God cares for us. spreading the gospel through church planting, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Most of us think about what we will become, as a job… a veterinarian, police officer, teacher… maybe president? October 2018 The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” – Rita Mero. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. If you look back at the lives of the prophets—from Moses to Elijah to Jonah—it is clear that their lives were often lived in the uncertainty. 22. 1. Isaiah 59:19 "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.". September 2016 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2–4 LEB). Every trial God sends, even our daily frustrations are meant to test us and grow us stronger. Not to make us writhe about in pain and suffering, but to show us a better way (1 Cor 12:31). But God's plan is for us to bounce back, get in the driver's seat, then go pick up other hurting people who are under the bus. November 2019 Growth often means pain. But God can use them to show us our weaknesses. How does God help us grow? Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute known for spiritual retreat and personal growth, shares her own story of loss as well as the journeys of those she has encountered through her work. ... On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. In the case of the apostle Paul, God protected him from pride and taught him to depend on Christ (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Even physically painful. Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. On the day of salvation I will help you” ( Isaiah 49:8 NCV). We all have to grow. October 2017 June 2019 But God, in His wisdom, grace, and love, has provided a way to redeem those hard times in our lives: He uses them to help us grow. God knows our way, and we are only passing through. And we cannot do so when we are stagnant. Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.". Even in the midst of chaos, make no mistake, God is at work. In Isaiah 60:22 , God says, “I am the Lord, and when it is time, I will make these things happen quickly” (NCV). But when trials come, they often drive us to our knees in search of answers and comfort. God is good to give us the greatest gift he can give us, which is more of himself. The Psalm 37 message teaches us to delight in the Lord, it reminds us of the ultimate fate of both the wicked and those who choose to follow God, it reassures us that the Lord is fighting for us, but most important, it shows us exactly how to trust God in difficult times. God’s purpose for allowing pain is to achieve something good. If God didn’t nudge us along into the unknown, we would never experience the joy of others coming to Christ, of our relationships with him growing. 21. It isn’t always about you. It will draw us closer to God. God Uses Time to Help You Grow By Rick Warren “At the right time I will hear your prayers. “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. We wouldn’t see the pierced hands of Christ for what they really are—redemption, relationship, and the freedom to know God. None of us likes to go through hard times (and God isn’t necessarily behind them, even if He does allow them). If God says it is in his will to move along—if he nudges our heart—we should do so (Luke 9:62). January 2019 August 2016 Yet the uncertainty of life often overwhelms us. is possible for any of us. If God is for us who can be against us? Other times, however, relational growth can be difficult. And growth without pain is an oxymoron. And oftentimes he must take something away to help us trust him alone, even if at times it feels like we’ve received a death sentence (2 Corinthians 1:8–11). Inspiration from Jesus’ Economy, a Nonprofit that Created Jobs & Churches 2012–20. It caused us to rebel against Him and engage in denial and self-deception. It affected our physical bodies, bringing sickness and death into the world. Excruciating. January 2020 Learn to grow, finds its way, Make the best of this short-lived stay.” —José Gonzaleź, “Every Age”. March 2020 The good that has come from trials. JesusEconomy.com. In the first 13 verses we are given some understanding of the purpose of trials that come our way. The future is only God’s to behold (compare Ecclesiastes 8:7). 7 Promises of God to Remember His Love For Us. Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel: God uses hard times to help us grow Bible Reading: 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. March 2018 But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times (even finding joy through trials!) God nudged them to unknown places—from wildernesses, to mountain tops, to foreign cities—but he was there each step along the way. If the mother cow didn’t nudge her calf along, it would never see the green pasture outside the barn. There is definitely an appropriate time to grieve after a loss or tragedy, but we just don't want to get stuck there. June 2016, Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel: God uses hard times to help us grow. He may be trying to correct us or produce godly character in us. Knowing the future sounds wonderful, but it would ruin the present. Don’t forget to also read these motivational survival quotes that will help get through the tough times. February 2017 THE GROWTH WE DESIRE. December 2018 Bible verses about hard times. Someone says a kind word or prays with us during a difficult time. "But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." All rights reserved. Martha had a choice to make when Jesus let Lazarus die. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. I want God to trust me with his big tasks, but God doesn’t give us the big tasks without testing us in the little things. 4. He nudges us along. February 2020 God uses all of these relationships to teach us important life lessons and to help us grow in Him. God tells us to fix our eyes on Him. God can be missed in these things when He is not sought for Himself, but only treated as a means to an end. Or perhaps they challenge our thinking during a Bible study session. 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