Some may ask, why, when we become believers, do we have to endure so many trials?
But the short answer is.......we don’t!
We don’t suffer the consequences of being saved, because “there are no” consequences to being saved!
However, we do hold a hope that cannot be found in no one else!
Being saved for me was a definite breakthrough. I learned, I laughed, I cried, and I got angry!
I literally became my worst enemy and satan knew that!
Life after being saved didn’t feel different, but rather it became much more unbearable because I would question every sting.
Why is God putting me through this?
Why am I dealing with all these problems?
Why do I feel the same as I did before Christ?
These questions and more became my check off list as I tried to follow the hope I was promised.
As I walked and endured the many trials and persecution in my journey, I realized that no matter how many times Christ saved me, I would still go through problems. I would still feel the sting. The only difference between the two is that my new heart carried a hope that is greater than my worries!
Jesus soon became the answer to all my problems.
My check list became more of a reminder that no matter what I go through, Jesus stayed the same. He was my Savior, my Strength, my Joy and my Hope. Without Him, I am nothing! And without Him I would be going through battlefields like a scared puppy. I wouldn’t be able to maintain the proper balance that is required during war, but instead, I would be fighting a battle too big for me to handle, no matter how many men stood before me.
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I learned that I would never need an army again. Jesus was and is my army. Unlike Gideon, my army wasn’t cut down small..... It was made more powerful through every storm I weathered. Not because of me, but because of the Hope I decided to follow.
Today, my fellow Christians! My new believing family. Take a good look at your situation and speak out the Mighty name of Jesus no matter what that storm brings. Because at the end of the day.....
Jesus Christ is hope!
Notes: we aren't punished for becoming a Christian, but trials will come just as before. The only difference is.....we carry a hope that unbelievers don't. It's our own cross. We are to stand firm through persecution and the many trials that we may endure. And the One thing we can stand on and have total faith in......is Christ!
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