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Rejoice in Tribulations

I never knew the anointing of God until I was in the furnace. I never understood the power and victory of deliverance until I was totally delivered unto death. I never knew what it was to have a mental attitude of love toward my enemy until God gave it to me in a trial.

Tribulation works patience, and patience, experience. If only we understood how much we need experience with God. Tribulations come so we can have divine patience through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. And when God's patience is worked in us, we will be able to experience Christ as all and in all (Colossians 3:11).

Then, experience works hope. It is a lively hope (1 Peter 1:3), and because we know He is there, we can trust Him with our whole heart. It is not wishful thinking. It is something we experience throughout our entire being. This hope influences our motivation, our thought processes, and our understanding of God's precepts. This is the Christian life. I have been accepted, I am a new creation, and that will never change. Old things have passed away, and everything is continuously new. That will be my experience if I will accept what the precious Word of God says.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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