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8 Principles For Embracing Trials Part 6

Counting Our Blessings

Blessings are on the head of the righteous… Proverbs 10:6 (NKJV)

We’re looking at a devotional series titled, Embracing Trials, and it is based off the Scripture in James 1:2 where we are told, “Count it all joy when you face various trials.” To do this we must realize God is allowing these trials as part of His way of shaping and transforming us to be like Christ, and to be properly prepared for Christian ministry. 

So, let’s take a look at our 6th principle for embracing trials. 

·      Trials teach us just how valuable God’s blessings are.

One of the many overlooked areas when facing trials and tribulations, are the blessings we have been given by God. Here are just a few of the ways God blesses us abundantly.

·      His free gift of Salvation (Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9)

·      His provision of His written Word - the Bible (2 Tim 3:16-17)

·      His promise of provision to meet our daily needs (Prov. 3:5-8; Matt. 6:25-34)

·      His mighty strength to empower us (Acts 1:8; Luke 10:19-20; 1 John 4:4)

·      His shepherding of us in His great care (John 10:11, 14)

These are not an exhaustive list of God’s blessings, but they do point to His love and compassion for us as His children. We are told in Proverbs 10:6, “Blessings are on the head of the righteous.” We, who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior are declared “righteous” by what He did on the cross, not by our works (Eph. 2:8-9). We’re also given a promise in Proverbs with regard to our receiving His blessings.

A faithful man will abound with blessings Proverbs 28:20 (NKJV)

We tend to place our value on the things of the world rather than those things of God, and when this happens, we can become disappointed, dejected, frustrated, angry, anxious, or even fearful when trials come our way. We can tend to only focus on the situation as if something unfairly is taking place. But, when we look at things with a proper biblical perspective, we can deduce it is through the valleys of our trials where we will understand just how amazing God’s blessings are in our life. Truth be told, it is only when we experience a trial that the correct value of His blessings is understood and applied.

Q:         So what should we do when facing a trial?

We need to seek God’s presence, and confess our faith in Him as an expression of our confidence in His perfect plan and provision. As we fix our eyes, and mind upon Jesus in the midst of our trials, and choose to trust Him, we will be given a perfect peace.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Jesus left us a perfect example of how to handle trials. He kept focused on the joy that was before Him rather than the suffering He experienced on the cross (Heb. 12:2). We should determine to focus on the rewards we will receive rather than the temporary agonies we will face during these tough times. Also, we should always focus on the blessings we have currently been given as well.

QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to God’s blessings and how we should focus on them in the midst of trials from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking at what God has blessed you with in the midst of your trials? Are you keeping your mind focused and stayed upon Him? Do you trust Him?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Continue to focus on God throughout your trials and trust Him. Know and believe that He is in control of everything, and He will see you through the tough times.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your abundant blessings in my life. Thank You for guiding me through each trial I face. Help me to see things in the way You want me to. Help me to continue to remember all these things You are teaching me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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