Trials can make us bitter

Matthew 11:6 (AMP) And blessed [joyful, favored by God] is he who does not take offense at Me [accepting Me as the Messiah and trusting confidently in My message of salvation].”

Sometimes we let trouble get to us to the point that we become offended by God. We can get offended by God when life just doesn’t work out the way we expected it to. Trials can make us bitter. We can use the words in the bible to help us get better. The bible is just theory until we have to actually put it into practice and exercise what it says to do in life’s situations. It’s good to hear and read the word of God but it is up to us to meditate and learn from it and then apply it to our lives.

Mark 4:14-17 (AMP) 14 The sower sows the word [of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation]. 15 These [in the first group] are the ones along the road where the word is sown; but when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 In a similar way these [in the second group] are the ones on whom seed was sown on rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy [but accept it only superficially]; 17 and they have no real root in themselves, so they endure only for a little while; then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they [are offended and displeased at being associated with Me and] stumble and fall away.

Satan is alive and well and wants to ensure that we do not grow spiritually. When we become offended easily it causes us to stumble. Offense leads us into a trap so we stumble and fall away from the Word of God. A lot of times we use the trouble in life and offense as an excuse to not believe in God or to have faith in God. Bad things are going to happen. The best time to trust God are when we are in the middle of those bad things.

Trusting God is the answer to everything. God has a plan bigger than ours and will ultimately bring us to a better place in life when we do not give up in the middle of trouble. Do not be mad at God because you do not have a perfect life or because your life is not like someone else’s. It is easy to get offended at other people and God when others have things or a life that we wish we had.

James 4:1-3 (AMP) 4 What leads to [the unending] [a]quarrels and conflicts among you? Do they not come from your [hedonistic] desires that wage war in your [bodily] members [fighting for control over you]? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and [b]your lust goes unfulfilled; so you [c]murder. You are envious and cannot obtain [the object of your envy]; so you fight and battle. You do not have because you do not ask [it of God]. You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask [d]with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires.  

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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About lisajohnson401

My true belief is that the best way to preach is by our actions and not our words. However, we need some daily inspiration to keep us on our path. We as Christians have a responsibility not to judge others by our words but to show the love of Christ by loving them where they are at on their personal journey in life...and if they never turn their life over to Christ, continue to love them for who they are - after all God does.
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