“The hand that will mold us to become a person who will manifest the character and fruit of the spirit is the hand of affliction – the right hand of trial and the left hand of affliction.” – @ ‘Are You Ready’ by Bishop T.D Jakes
Trials and Tribulations bringeth forth character. With this new found knowledge, I’ve become more at peace with myself knowing that these temptations I face daily are basically a form of training. As someone who loves sports … Especially football; also known as soccer, I looked forward to training every week. Though most times getting minor injuries; at times even to the point of limping home and eventually when I got home, all my energy drained up. I understood that all these hardships were part of the process of becoming better. And soon enough I could be able to run on the field for hours and still be hyped up at the end of the day. In that same way we ought to endure the Trials and Tribulations (T & Ts) we are bound to face daily.
As a Christian which by definition is ‘Christ like’, for us to be more like Christ and to know him and the power of his resurrection, we have to also fellowship in his sufferings as desired by the apostle Paul (see Philippians 3:10); one of greatest apostles in the history of the bible. Paul was a true servant of Christ, traveling from country to country and continent to continent . Just like Christ himself , Paul suffered many hardships in the hands of men; from being stoned to thrown into prison many times and being bound by chains. From being believer executioner , to becoming one of the greatest, God’s power was truly at work in Paul’s life and it was evident to all.
” When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted ” Don’t harm yourself, we are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, ” sir what must I do to be saved?” They replied ” believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
In that scripture, the apostles showed us the secret to overcoming all the hardships we face daily. That is by praying and worshipping the only true God in the midst of our Trial and temptation