Trials & Tribulations Series 4 of 7: 5 Tips to Help You Overcome Trial & Tribulation

Trials & Tribulations Series 4 of 7: 5 Tips to Help You Overcome Trial & Tribulation

 Trials & Tribulations Series
When I speak about trials & tribulations in this series I am referencing persecution, and affliction due to being obedient to Jesus Christ. Before proceeding I recommend that you read the following: Introduction: Journey to the Promise
       
      1. Ask the Holy Spirit if you are in this trial due to disobedience or obedience. 
      Those who are in trials & tribulations as believers are in a trial due to either disobedience [James 4:7, Numbers 26:65], or due to obedience [James 4:7, James 1:2-8]. After we ask the Holy Spirit why we are in the trial, if he says it's due to disobedience, get into obedience. We should not continue until we get into obedience. Getting into obedience will vary person-to-person. Perhaps, we've sinned and need to repent (change of heart). Perhaps we need to apologize to someone. Note: Just because we get into obedience doesn't mean that he will not allow the trial to continue on. [This is the prayer of supplication]

      Romans 6:16 "Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?"

      2. Ask the father if he wants you to go through this trial and tribulation.
      While it is not his will for us to lack any of the 9 promises, he uses these opportunities to test us. For example, we know it is God will to provide all of our needs because the word of God says so 2 Corinthians 9:8. If we are in a trial because we have lack we may ask ourselves, why would God allow this, if it is not his will for us to have lack? The answer to this question is because there are things that the father will permit for a season, although it is not his long-term will.  [This is the prayer of supplication]

      The reason why God will permit us to face trials & tribulation is because of one of the following reasons:
      1. So that he can discipline us we can get the promises back that we failed to use our authority to keep [Proverbs 6:23, Proverbs 9:8-9]
      2. So that he can promote us spiritually and or mature us spiritually [Luke 4:12-14]
      3. So that can make us aware of something [2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Deuteronomy 8:2-18]

      "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." Isaiah 46:10

      3. Choose to stand firm in the word & promises of God, for God is with you!
      During trials and tribulations we can often think that the Holy Spirit left us to fry and die. If we're thinking like that it's because we have allowed what we feel, think, and see dictate our current situation instead of the word of God. We have to get our feelings, thoughts and emotions under control so that by reading the word of God, we can believe in our heart the truth, that "Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us [Hebrews 13:4-6]." The father would not allow the obedient to face a trial and tribulation if there was no way for us to pass the test. He is not setting us up for failure but for success. [This is the prayer of faith]

      "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

      4. Pray and praise without ceasing. 
      No matter how tired we are of trials. No matter, if we are ready for these trials to be over with. No matter how much we've suffered and had to give up, we should not blame God for the reasons that we are missing any of the 9 promises. The enemy wants us to blame God, and the enemy wants us to stop reading the bible and praying so that we can lose hope on God, and his promise to us! Colossians 1:5 tells us that hope is the spring of faith and love. Rather than blaming God, we should thank God for the trial and tribulation by letting him know that we acknowledge that we are in this trial and tribulation because he has allowed it for this season. We have to know in our heart that all of the promises of God are ours. [This is the pray of thanksgiving]

      "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

      5. Ask the Holy Spirit what is God showing me in this trial?
      Now that you:
      1. Know That you are in obedience
      2. You have your soul (emotions, feelings and thoughts) under control 
      3. You've decided to stand firm and believe the word and promises of God are true over what you see in the natural 
      4. You're praying from a heart of faith and praising God for the promise even though you do not yet see it manifested in your life
      The Holy Spirit will begin to give you revelation about this trial and what he want you to learn from this. However, you must sure to focus (do not allow yourself to get distracted by the discomfort that you are facing). The Holy Spirit will confirm this revelation by another witness ( e.g. a sermon, pastor, another saint, vision, dream, prophecy).

      "And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 16:17

      "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1

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