Take courage… God is with you!

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If you’re like me, when a trial arises, you don’t enthusiastically jump up and down, saying, “YES!! One more thing to worry about!”

No! On the contrary, trials give rise to suffering, grief, and sorrow…

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” (the Bible, NIV, 1 Peter 1:6)

But the Bible also encourages us to see trials in another light…

Let’s read 1 Peter 1:7 together: These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faithof greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by firemay result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Trials are there to reveal the great value and worth of your faith!

So, God isn’t allowing this or that trial to punish you or to teach you “a life lesson.” No… God is good, and He is love. His kindness toward you has no end.

But He also knows that your faith doesn’t grow when everything’s always going well.

Your faith sharpens, takes root, and assumes greater value when it’s put to the test. In other words, when you’re hit with a difficulty, worry, or hard blow, you’re pressed to count on God, to hold fast to His promises, and to fervently wait for Him to move in your life. And so your gaze turns toward Him, and your faith grows, making you stronger.

If you’re currently going through a trial, take courage. I’m praying for you, and I’m with you with my whole heart. But God especially… He is with you. You are going to see Him move in response to your faith!


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  1. Guadalupe Godoy on 11/02/2018 at 1:01 PM

    Amén amén, muchas gracias, estoy al borde de ésta situación.

  2. Elizabeth Wells on 11/02/2018 at 1:21 PM

    God is so AWESOME!

  3. Cesilia on 11/02/2018 at 4:09 PM

    Thank YOU Eric, for existing!!!! You are a GOD send!!!! Always know what I need to hear in my life’s journey!!! God bless you my brother in Christ!!!!

  4. Henry Rainey on 11/02/2018 at 4:40 PM

    Thank you for today’s message. It has really lifted my spirit, because I am going through a trial now. Going through this trial has really made me to focus on the goodness of God. Thank you Eric and may God continue to bless your ministry.

  5. Susana Jiménez on 11/02/2018 at 5:53 PM

    I love to read and hear the Bible, thank you.

  6. William Weber on 11/02/2018 at 6:22 PM

    Keep it coming GodBless!!!!

  7. Jac Kee: Cooper on 11/02/2018 at 8:48 PM

    I look forward every day to see what u have got me, whatever I am going through u seem to hit it on the head in your Email . God hads been talking to me straight up

  8. Tamyra Dowling on 11/02/2018 at 10:46 PM

    Hi ! I posted on FB but I guess you were not able to read it ? (i did so this morning) What I wanted to say is this IS beauTiful ! I read (listened) to it this morning and then again just now. My Mom and her Daughter’s (Myself and my Sister) are going through some rough times . This is just what I needed. Thank You

  9. Carolyn on 12/02/2018 at 9:44 AM

    I just won’t to thank you 4 up lifting message you sent me. It’s hard 4 me to sleep at NIGHT because of the trial I’m going through right now. Thank you 4 reminding me that GOD is there with me and he will never leave me nor forsake me he with me through all my trial it a help to me me to read the message you send me I thank GOD First 4 his goodness and mercy and forgiveness.and I thank him 4 you and how you send his message to help us it is a BLESSING too lot of us please keep them message coming u r a BLESSING. Please keep me in your prayers 4 guidedence as I go through these trial. BLESS You. C Mays.

  10. jacky on 13/02/2018 at 4:50 AM

    Praise God i am a blessed to read this.God bless who made this site.
    I am a blessed in 1Peter1:7

  11. Debra Camp on 14/02/2018 at 3:15 AM

    This is a blessing to me. May God bless you Eric and your church. Keep praying for me. Miracles in my life that God knows about.

  12. Paulina Fay Dawson on 15/02/2018 at 2:55 PM

    I love my God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I haven’t been able to find a church home. PLEASE pray that I find one. And I am a newly recovering addict. And need all the help I can get..My addiction has been chasing me since I was 26yrs.old. I am now 57yrs., I am not an everyday addict. Just when I am under alot of stress. Thank u for caring.

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