Christian living - September 23, 2016



A patient was taken to an emergency ward of a renowned specialist hospital. Instead of using oxygen gas for him a carbon dioxide was used. After an investigation, it was discovered that the cylinder was wrongly labelled. The cylinder label appears to be true but unfortunately the content was false. Though everyone in the
chain of events was sincere but that could not save the life of the patient because they were all sincerely wrong. I
will, therefore, try to list and correct some erroneous teaching about trials, temptation, and trouble in the life a believer using the bible as our guide.

is always the reason for trials, temptation, and trouble in the life of a believer.
Yes some are a direct result of our sin.
For instance living a promiscuous lifestyle can lead to sexually transmitted
disease, early or unwanted pregnancy, abortion, and death. However, not all STDs are as a result of sin. Some are contacted
through public conveniences (toilet). Some are infected with HIV/AIDS when they
share the ignorantly sharp object with an infected person .This was the generally held
view that Jesus corrected.
As he went along, he saw a man
blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man
or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his
parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of
God might be displayed in his life. John 9:1-3
    I know few brethren who got married as
chaste brother and sister yet have to wait for some or several years before
getting children.
is the reason for the challenges faced by people. The difficult period is a mark of prayerlessness.
Romans 9:16 Jesus was prayer personified yet he faced a lot of opposition while he walked this planet. At the close of his
ministry on the cross and in the Garden of Eden he could not get his wish as
the son of man Luke 22:43. Paul also had his own share of unanswered prayer 2cor 2:19. Pastor D K Olukoya renowned
for his deliverance prayer through whom several people across the world had
received various miracle including children but
he has to wait for years before receiving his own testimony of a child.
It was reported that late evangelist Babalola of CAC church has to contend with
an unbelieving wife while people were been saved in droves in his ministry.
3- FALSE-Once
you give your life to Christ you are automatically shielded from problems and
the attack of the devil.
statement from Old Testament patriarch reveals otherwise.
 From six calamities he will rescue you;
in seven no harm will befall you.
Job 5:19.
 “Man born of woman
is of few days and full of
Job 14:1NIV.
If you will get the
best from the scripture don’t treat a portion in isolation of the other to
weave a doctrine. Let us hear Jesus speak in a clear term to his disciples not
once but several occasion.
Jesus said, “Mark my words,
no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, and children,
land whatever because of me and the Message 30 will lose out. They’ll get it
all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers,
children, and land — but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life!
Mark 10:29 MS
In fact the day  you surrender your life to Christ you’ve already sign a fresh battle document with the devil .If the devil will constantly
confront Jesus while his stay lasted here how do you think you will be exempted
from his various arsenal. Check his word
again here Luke 23:23-26; Matthew 10:25.
All trials, trouble, and temptation are acts of fate. Since God permitted what happens to me their nothing
I can do about it.
When I talked about why God permit trial trouble and temptation I mention the
fact that you need to know the source of the predicament. Your understanding
the fact that God never tempts us with
evil should make you know something is wrong somewhere. Fate implies God had
made up his mind and we cannot reverse it. However,
in my little walk with God, I have seen
him reinventing the wheel when we know how to appease him.
On the first day, Jonah started
into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be
overturned.”  Jonah 3:4NIV
In those
days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son
of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house
in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Isiah 38:1

These were the verdict of God that
reveals his final decision for both Hezekiah and Nineveh he didn’t’ offer any
remedy in the two statement. But do Hezekiah and citizen of Nineveh accept that
as their fate? NO, the Ninevites apply
the option of repentance and these are gentiles how much you as a child of God
Jonah 3:4-9. Hezekiah applies to God’s
covenant of sowing and reaping Isiah 38:2 Read the result.
4 Then the word of the Lord came
to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of
your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will
add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the
hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.  Isaiah 38:4-6 NIV.
 When God saw what they did and how they turned
from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the
destruction he had threatened. Jonah 3:10 NIV.
Beloved, God is not
through with you yet. Behind that cloud of despair is the sunshine of new
All predicament should be blamed on Adam and Eve.
It is a fact that the repercussion of the sin of our progenitor as first
parents and even our biological parent can and do have a negative implication on us today. It should, however, be accepted that our
generation now has committed more
atrocity than them. Shifting blame will only complicate the problem as the case
with Adam and Eve. This is what God told the nation of Israel.
When that time comes you won’t
hear the old proverb anymore,
Parents ate the green apples,
their children got the
stomachache. Jer 31:29 THE MESSAGE:
We will be better off
for it if only we can look inward and see where we missed it.
God will always turn every negative situation to the good of his children.
And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to
his purpose. Roman 8:28 NIV
This is one scripture that is often misinterpreted and misapplied. Most times
believers interpreted this portion of the bible to mean that God will turn
every bad situation to the good of his children. So when the expected good does not come they become offended and bitter
against God and men. Note it will be according to his purpose. His purpose then could be delivering you before the
problem, delivering you in the problem or give you the grace to bear the
Both in the old
testaments and the new testaments we have instances of negative experience or
situation ended on the wrong side of
life. Uriah was killed by David despite his loyalty same with Abel both. John
and Stephen’s life ended without God’s intervention. However, because God wired
every event for his glory whether we
admit it or not and whether the result is seen on earth here or when we get to
eternity. In every situation, all things
work together for good according to his purpose. He still remains a loving God whether we are out of our
problem or not.
Understanding the
dynamics of trials, temptation, and trouble in relation to God sovereignty and
our willingness to admit where necessary will help us sustain our faith when
the billow of life call on us.

Author: Joseph Akinrinola

Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.

Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.

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