INFORMATIVE ARTICLE: Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Your Faith
This next topic is a very unpleasant one for many in the Body of Christ to talk about, much less ever fully accept in their walks with the Lord. Whether we like it or not, and whether we ever want to fully face up to this reality in this life, every single one us, saved or unsaved, will have to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations as we journey through this life – with absolutely no exceptions to this cold, hard, brutal fact.
As a result of living in a fallen, cursed, and imperfect world as a result of what happened in the story of Adam and Eve, every single one of us will have to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations as we journey through this earthly life.
Many Christians have either lost part or all of their faith in the Lord as a result of getting hit with some severe torpedo shots. And unless you have a full understanding as to why God will sometimes allow bad things to happen to good people in this life, you can have your personal faith levels in the Lord shaken to its very core depending on the severity of the storm cloud that may have just struck you.
The Bible tells us that God’s people can perish for having lack of knowledge – and not having the right kind of knowledge to fully understand why bad things can even happen to good people in this life, especially to Christians, can cause you to perish in your own personal relationship with the Lord if you ever end up losing your faith in Him as a result of not being able to fully understand why He may have allowed some severe adversity to hit you in the first place.
Per the other articles we have in the Spiritual Warfare section of our site, I believe that you can learn how to keep some of the adversity that may strike you in this life away from you if you can learn how to properly plead the Blood of Jesus for deliverance and protection, along with learning how to walk with God’s anointing.
The Bible tells us that we have to learn how to become good soldiers of Jesus Christ. If you can learn how to become a good soldier of Jesus Christ and learn how to walk with God’s anointing in your life, then you can either keep a lot of these storm clouds from ever hitting you in the first place, or you can quickly defeat them once they do come knocking at your door.
However, as a result of living in this fallen and cursed world, even the best of God’s true soldiers will still have to face a certain amount of conflict and adversity in this life from time to time. There is simply no getting away from it.
And until we get the New Heaven and the New Earth after the millennial rule of Jesus from the city of Jerusalem, the curse of Adam and Eve will still continue to stay in place on this earth, and as a result, we will all have to face a certain amount of storm clouds in this life – with no exceptions to this cold, hard, brutal fact and reality.
What gets many Christians in trouble in this part of their walk with the Lord is not having a full understanding as to why this has to happen to them in the first place, especially since they are now born-again believers who are serving a God who is supposed to be all-good, all-loving, and all-merciful.
The first question many Christians will ask when they are hit with any kind of a trial and tribulation is why? How can an all-good and an all-loving God allow me or someone else close to me get hit with such a severe trial or tragedy?
How can God allow some of His own, especially the ones who are faithfully serving and following Him, get hit by something that at times will literally come right out of the pit of hell itself?
If God is our true heavenly and loving Father who has nothing but our best interests at heart, then how can He allow some of the following kinds of torpedo shots to come our way in this life:
- Your 16 year son has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has only been given another 6 months to live.
- Your 25 year old marriage is now dissolving because your spouse is trading you in for someone else.
- Your 18 year old daughter has just been murdered.
- Your 4 year old son has just been abducted.
- You have just lost all of your life’s savings as a result of corporate fraud and greed in the company you have been working for most of your working life.
- You have just lost three members of your immediate family in a fatal car crash or some kind of natural accident or disaster.
- You yourself have been the victim of some kind of random and senseless crime such as robbery, or assault.
- You just happened to be born into an evil and dysfunctional family where the father will severely verbally and physically abuse you during part of your growing years in the family.
I could go on and on with some of the severe adversity that can hit anyone of us at anytime. No one on this earth is perfectly safe and immune from all of the different kinds of storm clouds that can come our way in this life.
When you really stop and think about this, and look back on some of the pure evil that a certain amount of people will have to face in this life, it is only natural to wonder how God Himself could allow some of these bad things to happen, especially to some of His own that have already been saved under the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
How can God just sit up there and watch some of His own take these kinds of pure, evil, torpedo shots?
If God is all-powerful, and there is nothing that He cannot do, and He sovereignly operates on this earth, then why doesn’t He protect more of His own from having to deal with some of these kinds of heavier trials and tribulations?
I believe there are three main reasons as to why God Himself will “allow” a certain amount of adversity to come our way in this life. And unless you have a firm and solid grasp of these three basic reasons, you could find your own personal faith levels in the Lord being shaken to its very core every single time you have to deal with one of these heavier types of storm clouds.
As I said at the top of this article, I believe that you can help keep quite a bit of this heavier dark side activity from ever coming your way in the first place.
We have plenty of good articles in this site giving you the specific information and knowledge you will need to keep yourself at least partially protected from the pure evil that could come your way in this life like learning how to live in a full surrender with the Lord, learning how to fully trust Him with every aspect of your life, learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, and learning how to engage with the enemy by using appropriate spiritual warfare operating under God’s anointing and leadings to be able to do so.
However, even the best of God’s true soldiers will have to face heavy adversity in this life from time to time.
Just study the lives of some of the greatest saints in the Bible, and look at some of the severe adversity that each one of them had to personally face in their lives.
The apostle Paul is a perfect example. In my opinion, I believe Paul was the greatest of all of the New Testament apostles, and he literally had to face hell and high water – and that was after he was saved and working full time for the Lord!
The revelation and knowledge that is in these three basic reasons and verses I will list below is once again something that every Bible-believing Christian Church should be preaching and teaching about on an occasional basis.
There are some Christians who are living defeated and joyless lives in the Lord because they could never understand why God has allowed some of these trials and tribulations to come their way in the first place.
Their personal faith levels in the Lord have been severely shaken and they are no longer able to fully trust the Lord with the handling of their lives.
As a result, many of these people have either lost their true calls in the Lord, or they have never found out what their true calls may have been in Him since they no longer fully trust Him to lead their lives.
And all of this is occurring because no one has ever attempted to take the time to sit down with them to try and fully explain this part of our walk with the Lord and why it has to occur in the first place.
Valleys, trials, tribulations, conflicts, and adversities are all a part of this life and all a part of our walk with the Lord.
As such, this should be something that should be talked about and taught on so the flock can be properly prepared and equipped to handle any kind of adversity that may come knocking on their doors – no matter how uncomfortable this topic may make others in the congregation.
I will first give you the three main reasons as to why each Christian will have to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life.
I will then end this series giving you some of the specific Scripture verses which will drive home the points mentioned in these three basic reasons, along with giving you three specific battle strategies you can use to take on any type of trial and tribulation in this life.
Conclusion For Trials and Tribulations The Testing of Our Faith
When you put all of the Scripture verses together on this subject like pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, there is no question what the Lord is trying to tell us. Bottom line – each and every Christian will have to go through a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life with no exceptions.
I know this a real hard pill for many to swallow and accept in this day and age, especially in a world where many of us have been spoiled to a certain degree with all of the creature comforts we now have with the incredible advancements made in technology.
Suffering of any kind, whether it be mental, emotional, or physical, is not something that most people would easily gravitate towards in this day and age.
But not only are trials and tribulations all a part of this life as a result of the Adamic curse that is still in full operation on this earth, but the Lord Himself wants to use some of these trials and tribulations in order to test our faith levels in Him from time to time, along with using the heat and intensity of these trials to burn good, godly, and saintly qualities into the very cores of our souls and personalities as part of our sanctification process in Him.
This now leaves each and every Christian with one of two possible options when faced with any kind of trial and tribulation in this life:
One, we can either throw in the towel, run off the playing field of life as a result of fear and intimidation, and bail out on God with what He wants to do with this trial for our life.
Or two, we can take our trial and tribulation head on in the exact same way that David did with Goliath, and step out into the battlefield and be led by the Holy Spirit as to which battle strategy to take and use against the storm cloud.
Sooner or later, God will personally test you out in this realm if you have never really been tested before. No one will come out of this life untouched and unscathed from some of the different trials and tribulations that can come our way.
If and when this ever happens to any of you, or if you already in the middle of one as you are reading this article, really study and meditate on all of the above verses.
All of these verses are giving us major knowledge and revelation as to why a certain amount of adversity will be allowed to come against us in this life, and this is even as we are walking in a perfect full surrender with God the Father.
As I said at the top of this article, too many Christians have either lost part or most of their faith in the Lord as a result of not having the knowledge as to exactly why God will allow a certain amount of tribulation to come our way in this life in the first place.
Why bad things will happen to even good people in this life is a major fundamental question that most Christians will ask from time to time, especially when they themselves have just been thrown into a major storm cloud.
As a result, this topic is something that should not be afraid to be talked about and taught on from time to time in every good, Bible-based, Christian Church.
The flock needs to hear the exact reasons as to why God will allow a certain amount of suffering, pain, and tribulation to come their way from time to time.
Without this kind of valuable knowledge on this hot topic, many Christians can perish in their own personal relationship with the Lord since they can no longer trust a God who could allow something like this to happen to either them or any of their close loved ones.
As hard as this pill is to try and swallow, these types of trials and tribulations are actually for our own good and for our own benefit.
They will help strengthen our own personal faith levels in the Lord since our faith is what is going to be tested in the first place, and they will also help to work good, godly, and saintly qualities into the cores of our personalities.
As a Christian, I believe this now leads us to one final conclusion on this entire subject matter. We simply have to develop the mindset that we have to learn how to become good, brave, and courageous soldiers of Jesus Christ.
We have all been born into a real war zone as a result of the Adamic curse that is still in full operation on this earth, and as a result, we will all have to engage with a certain amount of storm clouds in this life.
All of the above Scripture verses are as plain and as clear as they can be.
They are giving us perfect knowledge and revelation as to why things are the way they are, and why every single one of us will have to engage with a certain amount of storm clouds in this life before we can finally depart to be with our Lord and Savior for the rest of all eternity.
And until that day comes, put on the whole armor of our God and take on your trials and tribulations as a good and mighty soldier of Jesus Christ.
If you are willing to take the storm clouds of this life head on like David did with Goliath, you have no idea how many other people you may be able to save, touch, heal, and deliver in this life – as well as increase your own personal faith levels in the Lord and improve yourself as a true man and true woman of God.
The rewards will eventually be enormous for those who will not be afraid to step out onto the real battlefield of life from time to time to take on the real Goliaths of this world.
Article by Michael Bradley
Excerpt Edited by Temi Tope
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