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GO THE DISTANCE

But I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing. I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Jas 1:12, Php 3:12-15 KJV

Face it, trials are not going to go away just because we don't want to face them.
In fact we can expect them to be a regular part of our live if we are indeed Christ'.

1Peter 4:12 states, Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy

You would think that something so common and redundant to our lives, we would have this area nailed down tight when it comes to properly responding to them. But for most of us, if we were honest enough to admit it, would rather run away and quit, rather than fight and preserver.

Why is it that as people of faith that we have to be constantly reminded to hold our heads up and press on through the pain and difficulties of life. Paul reminds his son in the faith, Timothy; Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier 2Timothy 2:3,4

I know this sounds strange but the Book of James instructs us to consider our trials as the source of our joy. Let it be all joy to you, my brothers, when you undergo tests of every sort James 1:2 BBE

I say it all boils down to relationship when it comes to choosing to endure hardship. Truly, LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, INCLUDING TRIALS. For if one endures hardships only out of religious duty, this one will utterly fail and disengage from the battle when things get "out of hand."

The writer of the Book of Hebrews admonishes us, Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him{10:38} Paul also says concerning his relationship to God when it came to bearing trials, that he may KNOW Christ and the FELLOWSHIP of His sufferings. Php 3:10

Considering our trials as the source of our joy can only be accomplished as we utilize the mind of Christ {1Co 2:16 }. And not only so but we must also view our situation using the eyes of faith as we continually look to the Savior, the Author and Finisher of our faith {Hebrews 12:1-3}

Keep in mind that trials were never meant to be easy, just as discipline was never designed to be a pleasurable experience. But oh the fruit that is produced from both in the life of the person who is properly connected to the VINE by a personal relationship with Jesus.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby

You see, as we face our trials with godly wisdom and determination we will be blessed beyond measure. Not only are we sharing in the fellowship of Christ' suffering but we are promised a crown of life in the end {James 1:12}.

We will never realize our true potential or obtain what is beyond the trial unless we press through to the end. Here is the best part in all of this. God will pour out on us all the grace we need, no matter the difficulty. We will always come out the better for it, both now, and most importantly, in eternity.

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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Now I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32