Posted by: Pure Glory | 06/21/2022

Hard, Difficult Times?

by Hazel Straub

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  (James 1:2-4 NLT)

When we face difficulties, hardships, and inflation, we have a tendency to want to complain about our circumstances. God, however, uses trials to help us mature and become more like him. We like steel become strong, while in refining fire, which consumes the things not pleasing to God.

When our circumstances are not challenging, we have a tendency to depend upon ourselves in self sufficient pride.. In the fire of testing and hard times, it becomes clear that our way does not work. Difficult circumstances cause us to seek the Lord for help and strength. The hotter the flame, the more our avenues of escape disappear, exposing our character flaws, and we cry to God for relief. As we come to a place of total abandonment and dependency on him, we can rejoice in the process of his mercy and love. This process although painful, assists us in dying to our flesh and maturing to show more of Jesus, in our walk of faith.

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  1. Loved this writing as one who has been in the refiners fire,only to have total reliance on the Lord. Many Blessings over you Hazel.

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    • Praise the Lord, who accompanies us, through our trials. Julia, you will come out of the fire as pure gold. Abundant blessings of God’s grace! 😍


      • You are a Blessing to me many times Hazel!

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      • 🤗 You’re welcome, Julia! \o/ Glory to God!

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  2. Sometimes pain so great we’re blind and deaf to the things of God. Praise Jesus that he never gives up on us!!! Thank you for this word today.

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    • Jean, you are welcome! The Lord understands our pain because he was despised and rejected. He is always with us and intercedes for us, in our struggles. Blessings! Hazel


  3. Reblogged this on lily.



    Love ❤ Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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    • Yes, prayer changes things. Yahweh is answering our prayers. We will see a reversal like the deliverance of the children of Israel through the Red Sea.

      ❤️😍Shalom and Glory to Yahweh! \o/


  5. I needed this reminder. Thank you!

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  6. Such a beautiful message. thank you for sharing this. I also needed to read this. I tell my husband that in hard times more people will come to God, more people will be saved. The ones who already know Jesus are there in faith so they understand all that Jesus went through to save them, but there are some out there that don’t know this and eventually during times like these they will come to understand that. More will seek to know God.

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    • You are welcome! It is in difficult times that people realize they cannot depend on themselves and need God. Although, things may become more difficult, it is an opportunity for God with his light and love to shine. I agree many will come to know God and find in him, all that really satisfies.

      Abundant blessings!!!

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