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New Study || Joy

I am supposed to be preparing for our newest chronic illness Bible study – which starts on Monday, September 26 (link for FB group and Amazon bookstore). But, I am falling in love with this certain set of Scriptures:

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:6-9. NLT

I may not feel as though I have this “inexpressible joy” at this very moment as I sit with my “thorn of my flesh” (which is my trials). However… God’s Word remains true, even when I don’t feel well. He is still very good, ever-loving, and full of all we know Him to be. Merciful. Grace-filled. Holy. The One in complete control.

What is your favorite part of these verses?

My eye is always stuck on verse 6. There is just something about knowing, we can be joyful and trials do eventually end. And whether it is pain, anxiety, grief, finances, or another trial, we need the beautiful reminder that there is J  O  Y and that trials can only last “a little while”.

The Scriptures can build us up and help us to keep turning to Christ, right when we need Him (and the encouragement) the most! So there is joy when I think about the love and justice and glory of my heavenly Father. Which is being shown through the testimony of my trials.

Every time I open my mouth or begin to type a new post, there is the opportunity for others to see that beauty found only in Jesus Christ – as our Savior and Master (or Lord, for a more commonplace term).

It isn’t as much about trial, as it is my surrender.

Choosing to surrender to Christ.

Choosing to keep coming to Him, and seeking His will instead of my own.

And if He has purposes for me through my not-so-good-health, then there is where I will sit and focus on the cross, the empty tomb on the third day, and His glory revealed when He rose from the grave and met up with His followers to teach them a little more before ascending to Heaven!

By Gracefully Overcoming

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