DAY 2 - God Uses Problems to Shape You

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

Tell 
the 
truth. 
When 
you 
run 
into 
problems, 
what 
is 
your 
first 
and 
most 
 common 
response: 
complaining? 
crying? 
yelling? 
denial? 
pouting? 
 rejoicing?

Unless you’re highly unusual (or slightly dishonest) you probably didn’t answer 
“rejoicing.” 
Let’s 
face 
it—it 
isn’t 
normal 
to 
be 
joyful 
in 
the 
face 
of 
 trials. 
But 
you 
can 
develop 
this 
trait. 
According 
to 
the 
promise 
above, 
 trials 
are 
good 
for 
you. 
How 
so? 
In 
the 
same 
way 
that 
an 
excruciating 
 exercise 
regimen 
is 
good 
for 
you. 
You 
sweat 
and 
strain 
through 
painful 
 and 
unpleasant 
workouts. 
But 
over 
time, 
if 
you 
keep 
at 
it, 
you 
see 
big 
 changes. 
You’re 
stronger 
and 
healthier.

Viewing 
your 
troubles 
as 
a 
kind 
of 
“spiritual 
exercise 
program” 
enables 
 you 
to 
rejoice 
(see 
1 
Peter 
1:6–7). 
It 
enables 
you 
to 
see 
your 
suffering 
 as 
something 
good 
in 
your 
life. 
God 
is 
using 
trials 
in 
your 
life 
to 
stretch 
 you 
and 
strengthen 
your 
faith. 
Without 
these 
pressures, 
you’d 
be 
just 
 another 
flabby, 
out-of-shape 
Chris 
tian.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
allow 
you 
to 
go 
through 
trials 
so 
that 
you 
might 
grow.

My Prayer to God
God, 
you 
want 
me 
to 
trust 
you 
in 
the 
hard 
times. 
Rejoicing 
isn’t 
 natural 
for 
me, 
so 
make 
it 
my 
supernatural 
response 
to 
difficulties 
and 
 pressures 
in 
my 
life. 
Teach 
me 
to 
endure, 
Lord, 
so 
that 
my 
faith 
will 
 grow 
and 
get 
stronger.

teddy allen

2010 Gingerwood Pl, Fairfield, CA, 94534, United States