Here is an Art Journaling page I made in 2011 before we called it Bible Journaling. I’m so grateful I have this image to remember what God did for me during this time. It has helped me several times since.
Trials are Lessons
Last week I went through a very painful, gut-wrenching trial. I was broken.
I was weak and close to developing serious bitterness so I asked several friends to pray. God answered!
I felt peace of God and gained the ability to pray lovingly for those that hurt me. I knew it was God, I was much too weak to come up with any love or forgiveness on my own. Trials, sufferings, and problems, teach us not to depend upon ourselves.
Our response to trails is more important than the trial. Taking thoughts captive and giving them to God immediately is critical. We must decrease and allow Christ to increase. All of God’s works are towards increasing Christ.
We must decrease and allow Christ to increase. All of God’s works are towards increasing Christ. Everything He has done, is doing, and will do is related towards revealing His Son. If He is to become greater in my life, then I must become lesser, an inward decreasing, coming to the end of ourselves. We need brokenness–it is a spiritual blessing. How can I love my enemies, or bless those who curse me?
By decreasing, I allow Him to increase. We are changed into His likeness–transfigured, Christ in me, the hope of our glory. We are our biggest problem. Denial of self –typified by the Cross–death to sin–is critical. The carnal mind is against God. The degree that we accept the decrease of ourselves, is the degree we will experience the increasing of Christ. This is conformity to the very image of Christ.
I want brokenness to free me from the human thinking (carnal mind) and tap into God’s way of thinking. Only then can I allow the Living Water to flow from me to others. His grace is sufficient! We are perfected in His love and our brokenness.
This is why we should rejoice in trials! They press us deeply into Him–if we allow it. All we have to do is rest in Him.
What a mighty God we serve!
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