• Bishop Keith Butler

Determined Development

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:2-5)

Emergencies aren’t optional; they are a real part of life on this earth. That's not making a negative confession; it is a statement of fact and in agreement with the Word. Because of this fact, you must decide how you will handle emergencies before they show up.

Paul wrote in Romans 5:2-5 that he glories in tribulations. In other words, he praised God in the middle of the difficulty. Why would he praise God when the enemy was bringing pressure his way?

Paul wrote on, explaining that when he dealt with the problems correctly, it helped him to grow spiritually in three ways:

  1. Patience - Patience is a spiritual act of defiance against your flesh, which desires everything to happen within our desired time frame, which is usually immediately. When we lack patience, we put our expectations on our own plans instead of God. Praising and trusting God in the middle of tribulation develops patience in the same way lifting weights develops muscles.

  2. Experience - Experience is proof or stories of God’s goodness that we have encountered. When we handle one tribulation properly by trusting God and speaking His Word, we have an experience we can recall during the next difficulty we face.

  3. Hope - Hope has to do with our expectations and attitude. Patience and experience build hope within us to face difficulties with a tenacious and faith-filled attitude.

Practical Application – Remind yourself today that God is developing you.

Romans 8:35; Romans 12:12



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