Glory in tribulations

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope  (Romans 5:3-4 KJV)
 
Wait a minute did Paul just say GLORY in tribulations/trials? Has he lost his mind? Does he really expect us to give thanks when we have been persecuted, tried without a court hearing, convicted and sentenced without a trial? Lord Jesus I am going to give the answer – YES that is what You expect from us father. So, then I am not support to post anything negative about this tribulation that I am going through? I am going to rephrase that verse for today because God has brought it to my mind this morning.
 
And only so, but we glory in our tribulations [by not posting memes on FB to whine about them – knowing that tribulations are the fertilizer for our souls as we grow in the patience of the Lord, and patience, and experience with these tribulations give us hope, and not only us, but all others who are watching us as we go through the tribulation – they now know that when it happens to them they can endure it and glory in it too. sighs..
Father empower us to turn the other cheek, and glory in or tribulations. For we know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. 
However, you have given us the armor to stand under the power of the Holy as the shield of faith deflects the toxins that the enemy and his faithful workers send our way. We boast not in our strength as being perfect but as Your Strength is perfect and no force in heavens or on earth can stop your plans for your people. Amen.
My friends, the book of our acts, trials, and tribulations is being written as we live our lives each day. We will have stories like Joseph [What did he do to be thrown into a pit, sold as a slave, place in prison on trumped-up charges.] but then he fulfilled his divine purpose by being the ruler of the greatest nation of his time. His tribulation ended with glory for the kingdom and so on and so on.
Not to Mention Job. He lost his home, his children, his reputation, his status, his friends [after all they attacked him and told him about all the sins he had committed – by the way he did not commit any of them -]. But his trial and tribulation was placed their to give us hope. So, are ours being written down in a book some where to give someone else hope? Can God say do you see my servant XXXXX He/she is loyal to be and will never falter and send people nasty grams, or text them nasty messages, or post memes on FB about them when they are going through trials and tribulations. It is what it is and we serve a higher purpose.
 
We are not alone. God is the Commander of the forces who are fighting the battle for us. It belongs to him. Lord help us to glory in our tribulations. To steer the course and TRUST in YOU as our deliverer.
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