by Pastor David Grey
“…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22
Charles Spurgeon said, “God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen to the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honor are distinguished.”
These trials are not those hardships common to all men. Rather, they are those specific to believers who would live a Godly life in the truth — to those who would boldly proclaim Jesus Christ. Since the spirit of this world is always opposed to the spirit of Christ, all believers should expect persecution and tribulation in various forms.
We should settle that issue in our minds once and for all so that we may not shrink back but rejoice when trials come.
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