Posted by: Pure Glory | 03/26/2020

Thankful For Challenges?

by Hazel Straub

Thankful to God for trouble, health issues, opposition, challenges and your enemies? When things go well, we take life for granted and become complacent. Difficulties make life uncomfortable and exposes the lie and illusion that we are self-sufficient. Pain motivates us to cry out to God with desperation. No one can satisfy us, except God. Believe his promises and know he will fulfill all!

My cry today: Thank you for my problems. Lord, give me more of you. Only you can satisfy my hunger and without you, I perish. More of you! All the glory is yours!

“O God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this weary wilderness.
I thirst with the deepest longings to love you more,
with cravings in my heart that can’t be described.
Such yearning grips my soul for you, my God! “(Psalm 63:1 TPT)

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  1. Amen! These light and momentary afflictions are working in us an eternal weight of glory.

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    • Yes! There are many Scriptures that talk about this subject. Thank you!

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      • You are right! And I love the idea that God is using even then darkness in our llives to bring about great light.

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      • darkness. See Genesis 1:2-3 AMPC: “The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.”

        God brings light where there was great darkness.


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  2. Thank you for this post, most amazing. I to cry out for God in these troubled times. How do you stay close to God in trouble times?

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    • Staying close to God comes from having the routine shook up and finding I can not do it on my own. In troubled times moving close to God, is the safest place to be. I ask Holy Spirit to search my mind, will, and emotions and find any wicked way in me, daily. Then I listen and look at changing my mind and going to God (repentance)–by thinking constantly on the promises of God. Then I apply the blood of Jesus to my sins. Then I will obey God or repent for not doing as he has asked.

      Here are some Scriptures that I think about and imagine. I see God walking with me and talking with me. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” ( Deuteronomy 31:6)

      “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “(Joshua 1:9)

      The scripture in this post is good for thinking on for at least 10 minutes. Think how it would be to have speaking directly to you.

      …And behold. I am (Jesus) with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)

      Also I fast from watching main stream media, which invokes fear. The love of God expressed through the suffering of Jesus prior to his trial, his death, and resurrection. Jesus took and purchased every sin, sickness, and curse on himself.
      “When they heaped abuse on Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats, but entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.” For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.…” (1 Peter 2:23-25) God will never leave or forsake us. Remember, he fights for us and he never loses a battle!



  3. Praise God! I agree with you. 🙂 Before the virus thing even occurred or happened, it seemed to me that a lot of people were living under that “selfish” umbrella, but as hard and tough as it may seem, everyone is coming together to help one another. This is the kind of UNITY we needed to have all along. I’m proud and happy to notice this moment with my own eyes. I’d rather share the Lord’s Love than to hate my sisters and brothers, in Christ.

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    • Yes, when our world is shaken, we look to God for help. Many were selfish and not loving or caring for others. Love breaks all bondage. The kingdom of God is ruled by love, while the adversary rules by fear. He wants to control everyone with fear but has overplayed his hand. God always works everything out for our favor.
      Blessings, XOXO

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  4. There is no success without challenge and no reward without sacrificing. ❤

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    • Loyd. you stated truth! This fits in so many areas of life: athletes, musicians, parents, actors, and so many other careers.

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      • And Christians. We have a tendency to ask God to make things easier when he’s trying to build out strength for a battle ahead. Our victory is in Christ but that doesn’t mean that we’re not in the fight.


      • So true, for Christians also. My original audience was to Christians so I didn’t mention it. Apostle Paul said we are to put on the armor of a Roman soldier. We are definitely in a battle. We need to be in the Word of God, praying, listening and obeying our Commander. Christianity is a war zone and not for wimps.

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  5. All the glory, more of You, Lord!


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