How Did Apostle Paul Overcome Trials?

Acts 14

Trials come and go, sometimes it takes us to a place where we feel as though we have reached our limits.

Paul and Barnabas were in Lystra and Derbe, Lycaonian cities, during their missions trip. The people thought they were God’s and started making sacrifices to them.

Paul instilled that they were just human, but things got worse and the Jews stoned and dragged Paul leaving him for dead.

What do we do when we are at the brink of falling apart mentally, physically and emotionally?

Here is what we do saints!

1) Remember you have been SAVED (Conversion) and we are to keep going despite our situation

2) Conviction – Paul was called for the defense of the gospel (Phil 4:11-13). He knew he had to continue in his calling. So, NEVER give up and face forward in the plan God has for you. Get up!

3) Confidence:

Paul said, Nothing can separate us from Christ! (Romans 8:35-39) We must realize that absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus. Neither pain or suffering, God never leaves or forsakes us.

4) Courage: 2 Cor 5:5, 2 Cor 5:6-8
Paul understood that the Holy Spirit was in him and although he’d prefer to be with the Lord, he was to be confident knowing God was in him so he got up and preached under the circumstances and trials he faced with joy.

5) Commitment

Paul was obligated both to Jew and Greek. (Romans 1:14-16) Therefore he had the responsibility to continue sharing the gospel. He stuck to his commitment to Jesus to spread the gospel.

We can do all things through Christ whom strengthens us (Phil 4:13)

Finally,

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Please pray for me and my family as I am recover from major surgery, a mother in law who had a stroke, loss of job this month, but a new offer for another job.

Let’s all look to Paul and how he dealt with trials by avoiding: He, She, it or They did this to me, losing hope and giving up.

We have been saved and we stay STRONG AND COURAGEOUS😃

With love,
Pastor Ross
Keeping it 💯