JOHN 16:33b In the world you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration;
Essentials 8. HARDSHIPS. Firstly, doesn't God promise to take care of us and look after us? YES, He most certainly does!! But much of this (though not all) is in the Spiritual realm, whereas in this section our focus is mainly on our life in the temporal realm.
Secondly. Above, Jesus PROMISES that ALL True Christians - NO ifs or buts - will have tribulations, hardship and trials in this world. Our flesh may cringe at the thought of this, but it is God's way for us, and HIS support will always be available to us via His Spirit! Did Jesus ever have any hardships? Silly question! What about Jesus' Apostles, most of whom were ultimately martyred? What about Paul, arguably the greatest Christian ever? Must read: his amazing experiences HERE and decide for yourself!
Thirdly, you see, God does/allows many things to TEST us, possibly even to 'assure' Himself that we truly WANT to be totally HIS! - to live for Him, to endure hardship, even to die for Him! This is very SERIOUS stuff, folks!! And take strong note that it's the exact OPPOSITE to what virtually all of our Western churches teach us. They teach MAN'S way; one large church even dares to teach the pure heresy of "The good life!" for everyone. Please take the STRONGEST possible note of the shocking truth about our churches today, which God wrote for us through the Apostle Paul: 2 TIMOTHY 4:3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths!! But here in His Holy Word we are looking ONLY at GOD'S way - His perfectly clear Word to us all! Thus hardships of one kind or another are the NORM for the True Christian: they will test if you and I truly are determined to BE one!
Fourthly, if we will endure hardship and more down here, then our promised REWARD in Heaven will be GREAT INDEED, received from the Lord's own hands!! Then how about getting to live with Him forever - wow!! - LIKE THIS: REVELATION 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away. So ENDURE now - then receive your REWARD in Glory, where we shall be with our God forever!! Jesus said, and MEANT: MATTHEW 10:22a But he who endures to the end shall be SAVED.
Fifthly, if we're experiencing trials and tribulations, it's absolute PROOF that God LOVES us and how VERY MUCH He does! HEBREWS 12:6 For who the Lord LOVES He chastens, even SCOURGES every son who He receives. Enduring whatever hardship He allows or causes us to experience, means you will truly please the Lord. Want that? I certainly do!!
Sixth. Hardships strongly contrast with His LOVE for us, and His GIFTS to us. GALATIANS 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These amazing INNER, always-there gifts from the Spirit enable us to be OVERCOMERS, and give us so much that helps us to ENDURE - no matter what the trials may be! In the midst of the constant trials of my life I love that nothing can ever take away!
So hasten now towards becoming a TRUE Christian!! - READ, LEARN, and DO! Then you can truly begin to ENJOY God and the wonder of being HIS - forever!! Once you've done that you must read more Inner Room Messages, HERE. They will really help you get your new Christian life on track!!!