2 Corinthians 5:15-17

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

God uses the trials we face to teach us more about Himself. Even when we create the havoc by disobeying Him, God can bring good out of evil (Romans 8:28). However, we must be willing to submit to His plan and let go of the things that draw us away from His fellowship.

Sin is a dark tempest. It will divide the mind and cause you to think and do things that are not in keeping with who you are in Christ. Jesus has given you a new life. The apostle Paul reminded us that “the old things passed away” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB). He was talking about your former lifestyle before you were saved.

Yielding to temptation brings sorrow, friction in relationships, and spiritual deadness. Therefore, when God sounds a warning, heed His call. Don’t be drawn away. Stand your ground, and rely on His sovereign care to lead you.

Not every valley experience is the result of sin. Sometimes God allows us to go through great difficulty so that our faith in Him is strengthened:

Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. (Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman)

Father, please direct my path and bring good our of evil.

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