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A few things to understand ….

1. God is in control

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28

When trials come that are out of our control, we can rest on this promise that if we are saved and love God, He will work all these things together for our good. It is just like a piece of embroidery which looks a mess on the back, but when you turn it over it is a beautiful work of art.

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2. Don’t worry, pray

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6,7 We are commanded not to be anxious. To help us not to worry we should pray specifically about our problem with thanksgiving, and God will give us peace.

3. Don’t say “I can’t”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

How often do we say, “I can’t cope” or when faced with something God wants us to, “I can’t”? In Christ, we can because He strengthens us, but we need to depend on Him and pray for His strength.

4. There is always a way out of temptation

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1Co 10:13

We can resist temptation because other people have faced it successfully, God won’t give us more than we are able to bear, and always makes a way of escape.

5. Don’t give up

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Gal 6:9

We should keep persevering at doing the right thing, because even if it seems like we’re not getting anywhere, in time we will bear fruit.

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