Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. – James 1:2 (NLT)

Get ready cos this is one of the hardest pills we need to swallow as Christians…but it will bless you if you can get your head and heart around it. Every part of our flesh wants ease and comfort…all the time! The temptation to shy away from trouble and affliction is ever easy to succumb too HOWEVER it's not always beneficial for our emotional and mental strength as humans. Think of going to the gym or working out. It's painful for a short while but the longterm growth in our muscles and health creates the opportunity for longevity that we'd never otherwise have. So too, when trouble comes…it's never long lasting the way we anticipate it to be in our minds, but it if we allow it to refine us, it will increase our strength, determination, empathy and decrease our fear and anxiety. Trouble handled with joy, increases our capacity to handle bigger things. Luke 16:10 says ““He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much…” so when an unexpected bill for $100 comes, do you meltdown or take it in your stride? If you're believing and praying for greater income then with it are going to come greater expenses…and if you can't handle the small bills now, will you handle the big ones later? It actually comes down to your perspective. Are you the provider? Or is God? He owns “the cattle on a  thousand hills…” (Ps 50:10) and has unlimited resources to empower you (Eph 3:16). When you shift your perspective on trials and start to see the opportunities in them, all of a sudden the boundaries and borders that once seemed to limit you, melt away…and your possibilities, in God, become infinite. A bill or a doctor's report doesn't determine your future…God does! Put your trust in His ability to provide and look for the opportunity that comes with trouble…it'll make you a stronger person able to handle the bigger things that are destined to come your way. God bless you today…
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