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How God Uses His Righteousness in Suffering to Bring Us Into Holiness and Redemption


When you endure trials and suffering such as stress, betrayal, tragedy, disappointment, criticism, contempt, malice, rebukes, disrespect, disobedience, dismissal, tantrums, mind games, and such, and you respond correctly, you will be sanctified. This is what is meant by God's illustration of the refiner's fire (Zechariah 13:9, Haggai 2:7-9, Malachi 3:1-3, faith Is Much More Precious Than Of Gold" target="_blank" href="">1 Peter 1:6-7, Isaiah 48:10-11). Many of the most evil seeds sown into the heart are the direct result of responding to a trial in the flesh. We need the Holy Spirit especially during a trial, but we tend to turn to the flesh for help. We need the ministry of the Church during trials, and we ignore the ministry that comes from the elders at our peril. This is part of the assembling together of the Body of Christ. Trials are brought into the life of the Christian to cause growth (1 Peter 4:12-13).

This is the correct way to respond to suffering:

  1. Your flesh, the stony ground in your heart, will tell you a lie about your suffering. It will respond by telling you to lash out at God or God's creation. At the same time, God speaks. Listen to God and make not provision for the flesh. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
  2. When God speaks, faith comes (faith Comes." href="" target="_blank">Romans 10:17). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Literally, hearing by a word of God. This is God's own faith in your heart.
  3. When faith comes, it gives you access to God's grace (Romans 5:2). Let the grace, free gift, of the Holy Spirit flow through you.
  4. Let grace do the work in you. (1Corinthians 15:10, Ephesians 2:10)
  5. Yield yourself to His grace, His Holy Spirit (Romans 6:12-22). Instead of anger, the Holy Spirit will respond with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faith, and the strength of God. You will bless and not curse. You will flow in the anointing rather than the emotion of the flesh. You will not engage in any destructive activity. You will comfort, encourage, and build up.
  6. As God does His works through you, His free gift of righteousness is working in you. (Galatians 5:5, Romans 5:17, Romans 10:3)
  7. Powerful seeds of God are sown into your heart. The stony places are broken up. The stones are pulverized. God would not use suffering if there were another way to break up the stony ground. He hates to see us suffer. (1 Peter 1:22, Romans 6:19 & 22, Ephesians 4:20-24, Galatians 6:8)

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