The point is sometimes made in scripture that our temptations and trials are not unique to us. Paul says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man;...” (I Corinthians 10:13). The apostle Peter says, “...Knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (I Peter 5:9). There is a common misconception that we stand alone in regard to the things that we face. This belief can lead to self-pity and ultimately to defeat. We can instead be reassured that others have overcome the same temptation with which we are dealing. We can know that others have successfully dealt with the trials which we are personally facing. In truth others have probably met these obstacles in worse circumstances and with less means of help being available to them.
All those who have gone before us through these tests serve as example of what can be done. As the Hebrew writer says, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:1-2).
Remember your not alone in what you face. Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5).
Church News: Third Sunday (June 19) we will have a potluck after the morning service in our fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome. Wednesday evening at 5:45 is ‘Kids Time’ in our fellowship hall. Sunday morning Bible class at 10:00 a.m. - The Gospel of John. Wednesday evening Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. - The Book of Genesis. Come be with us this Sunday!
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