WhenTrials Hit Every Area of Your Life

Sunset after the rain last night

Sunset after the rain last night

Are trials literally hitting every  area of your life?

Often when we suffer, it’s the life of our self-nature that causes us pain. When we are dead, we don’t suffer. If we were completely dead to our old nature we would no longer feel many of the pains that bother us . . .

God prepares a cross for us that must be embraced without thought of self-preservation. The cross is painful . . . The hardest thing about suffering is not knowing how great it will be or how long it will last. So often we want to set limits on our suffering.

We can’t reject the full work of the cross within us. If we do, we are forced to go over the same ground again and again. Worse yet, we will suffer much, but the suffering be for no purpose.

Lord help me never fall into the state in which the cross is not at work within me!

God most often doesn’t transform us on a bed of light, life, and grace. His transformation is usually done on the cross in darkness, poverty, and death. He uses disappointments and failures of our life to take our trust away from self and help us put our trust in Him.  It is like being burned in a slow fire.  Wouldn’t we  rather be burned up in a blaze of glory? Aw but a fast burn wouldn’t detach us from ourselves and others.

We must endure the painful process. There is much more at work here than instant maturity. Through the process we will die to self and through relying on Christ and not-self we gain immeasurable faith, love, and trust in Him.

Paraphrased excerpts from the book, 100 Days in the Secret Place-Gene Edwards.

He’s the only answer we need in middle of the trial. We MUST have alone time with Him everyday- no matter what. Forget the pile of dishes, weeds in the garden, social media or watching a movie.  Lets run to Him and sit in His presence.  That’s where I’m headed right now!  Lord, I don’t want to have to keep going through the same trial because I wouldn’t surrender all!

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you . . . Therefore do not lose heart. even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. for our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal wight of eternal glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”II Corinthians 4: 7-18

  • Karen said:

    Thank you! It fits with what is going in my life now. Very appropriate.

    • Thank You Lord! You know what we need, when we need it! Hugs

  • I love that your blog speaks not only to times of rejoicing, but also times of hardship. Life is so filled with both realities. We can't run from the hardships when they come- but must endure with patience and perseverance. And, we also need to be able to know how to rejoice with those who rejoice. :) If your blog had too much of one of these realities, I would be bored. But thank our Lord and Savior that He has taught you to live whole-heartedly and are ministering through this page to so many people. Whole-hearted living, through taking up our crosses is the only way to go! We will feel our joys with a great depth... we will also feel our difficulties- but by the Grace and peace of the Lord- strength will keep rising and we will mount up on wings like the eagle. We will run and not grow weary. We will walk and not faint.
    :) xoxo Hugs!!

  • Janet said:

    The last couple of months have been so hard. It felt like every day, new problems would just 'show up'. I have been looking for the easy way out, trying to work things out myself, find solutions on my own. That just led to...yes you are right...more problems. Now I've learned that I should go to God first! And I must let go of the notion that just because I am child of God, that means my life will be without any problems. Thanks for the lovely post xoxo

    • Lord, renew Janet by Your power and strength. Help her to run and not be weary. Thank You! In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Emily said:

    Aunt Sharon, you truly know how to make my heart soar with hope. I always adore reading your blog because it always makes me feel better about any situation I'm in. Love you so so so much :)

    • I love you so much Emily! PLEASE have your parents send you here for a couple
      days before school starts. We have SO much to catch up on- hugs and tears to share! You are highly favored, I can't wait to see what the Lord does with all that is within you.
      Love!!! Aunt Sharon

  • Michele C said:

    Your post hits home to where the Body of Christ is at this time.
    We want to reign with Jesus, but when the trials, persecution comes we quickly forget that we must shed our mortality in order to gain immorality and reign with Christ. Thus we must allow the fiery trials in all areas of our life burn off everything that's not like God. That process hurts and is sometimes humiliating.
    I am a point that I am now ready to allow God to clean and polish the finished product - ME as I have come out of the final fire which was to refine ME that has been created from all of the trials that I have been through!
    You are an awesome writer and I pray God continue to give you content that not only touches the Body of Christ but propels us to be that Great Army of Praises Worshippers and Warriors for him!

    • Thank you Michele! You're right about the process being painful and sometimes humiliating! But now that we know that shame and embarrassment are primary tools of Satan, we can stay on guard and keep pressing into the Fullness of Christ for our lives! He so loves us, through it all!

    • Louise said:

      Thank you SO much for clarifying this hard reality. Now I understand why it has been such a struggle and am much better prepared to deal with the onslaught. Just wrap myself up in Jesus ! Have noticed that turning to Him always created a much calmer feeling in the midst of trials. Knowing that God allows trials in our life in order to cause us to rely on Him, not ourselves, is a wonderful realization. This will make the onslaught of trials much easier to take as I now understand what they are for. Put down my dukes and let God handle it !
      Praising God for the opportunities to draw closer to Him.

  • Anonymous said:

    Thank you again, very appropriate for what I'm struggling with. Dealing daily with negativity and sometimes constant situations one after another are so exploding to the heart, mind and mouth, it drains the spirit, soul and body in every way.

  • Judy S. said:

    Thank you again for this much needed message. I need all I can get to revive my heart, soul, mind and body through Jesus and his healing. It's the enduring part that's really hard and discouraging. Need strength to get through this with Jesus.

    • Amen Judy. I am praying for you right now. His Grace is sufficient and will pull us through- all the days of our lives!!