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“In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! 
I have overcome the world.” Jesus
John 16:33
 
There are things that Jesus is willing to do (see March 6, 2009 post) and things that Jesus is not willing to do.  Jesus is not willing to give us easy lives.  I find myself wanting an easy life — one free of pain and trouble.  My children also prefer to have an easy life.  They would rather play instead of work, but I know that this is not what they need.  In the same way, God uses the hard times in our lives to refine us. “Many will be purified, made spotless and refined…” (Daniel 12:10). I want to be one of the many that are refined. 
 
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you (1 Peter 4:12)  Though now for a little while, you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold — may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor…(1 Peter 1:6-7).

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