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4 Biblical Truths to Help You Overcome Suffering

biblical truths for suffering

It may not be today, tomorrow, or the next day… but with God, you will get through this.

biblical truths for suffering

I was raised in church as a little girl, and I renewed my relationship with God over 15 years ago after deciding to go my own way for a number of years. 

If you are anything like me, you thought that once you completely surrendered your life to Christ all of the suffering would end.  Unfortunately, suffering is a part of life, and it is also a part of the Christian’s life.  

The difference is that once we enter into new life with Christ, our suffering takes on a new meaning.  Our ability to understand the spiritual truths concerning testing and hardship is vital to our continued spiritual growth and development. 

I want to share with you four spiritual truths that have helped me to overcome many difficult and trying times in my life.

1. Suffering is temporary.  

“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.  So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” (1 Peter 5:10)

While you are in the midst of your suffering, it seems to feel as though it will last forever.  It’s easy to get caught up in the “fact” that you are experiencing hard times and neglect God’s truth.  The truth is that He has called you to share in his eternal glory because He loves you, and your suffering is only temporary. 

Focus more on what’s waiting for you on the other side of your suffering:  restoration, support, strength and stability.  If you rejoice in the truth of God’s eternal word, it will ease the pain of what you are currently experiencing.

Remember, it’s only temporary!

2.   Your suffering does not define you.  

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.” (Romans 8:18-19)

Many times when we experience very difficult or trying times in our lives, we allow our temporary hardships to define us.  You are not the events that have transpired in your life.  God has yet to reveal the fullness of who you are, and His word confirms that what you are currently facing is nothing compared to what He has in store for you. 

We serve a great God so we know that nothing but greatness awaits us!  If you allow your suffering to define you, you will get stuck and lose hope for the future revelation of God’s glory in your life. 

It’s not over; wait for the big reveal!

3.  Suffering produces fruit.  

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)

The word of God tells us to consider the troubles and hardships we face in life as an opportunity for great joy.  Understanding of this scripture has literally transformed my life, and it can do the same for you.  Anytime God allows you to be tested, He is opening the door for spiritual growth. 

As you learn to seek God for the lessons that are stored up in any trial that you face, God begins to shape and mold your character. As you endure one test after another, you become unshakable and unmovable. Your tests prune you and give you room to produce more fruit in your life. 

So, next time you find yourself facing a difficult situation, embrace it as an opportunity to become complete in God.

4.  Suffering opens the door to God’s grace.  

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

This is one of my life scriptures.  It is a scripture that has brought me through some of the most trying times of my life.  When you are facing situations that just seem to suck the very life out of you, the door to grace is wide open.  The key is understanding how to access and embrace God’s grace. 

When you are weak, God is waiting to stand up on your behalf.  Your job is to step back and allow Him to do just that.  Allow the power of God to work through you and carry you through your hard times. 

I am a living testimony that He will bring you out if you let Him.

Erica Wyatt

Erica Wyatt

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Dr. Erica Wyatt is a single mother of four beautiful children, the author of "Striving to Live a Life of Purpose:My Journey from Teenage Mom to PhD Graduate,an educator, and a Christian Life Coach
Erica Wyatt
43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. Victoria Etim Ton

    June 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Lord I need you to come true in my case in Jesus name

  2. Charity Lupiya

    May 30, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Amen.

  3. Ellena M Kaine

    May 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Amen

  4. Meriasha Hillary

    May 29, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Amen
    God is going to come through me
    in Jesus name

  5. Marilynn Weisser

    May 28, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome message. Thank you. In Jesus name Amen.

  6. Faith Rethabile

    May 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I have seen it,praise God

  7. Rodah Kamoono

    May 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    He will never leave me

  8. Lola Ayan

    May 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    AMEN AMEN AMEN and AMEN IN JESUS NAME I RECEIVE IT

  9. Melanie Bush

    May 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Hear my prayer O Lord I give thanks to the Lord and sing praises to your name Amen

  10. Otsanya Onmonya Comfort

    May 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    O yes as usual

  11. Linda Mamzangwa Gxekwa

    May 28, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    He is going to come through for me.

  12. Sherri LaShun

    May 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Aemnnnnn!!!

  13. Linz Mbugua

    May 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Lord you will never leave me nor forsaken me. Amen

  14. Thomas Syamujaye

    May 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Amen. Thank you Jesus

  15. Sharon Aubrey Kayse

    May 28, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Yes he does. Everytime.

  16. Terry Daley

    May 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Amen

  17. Patricia Garcia

    May 28, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Yes He Does Thank You Jesus Amen 🙂

  18. Aunette Dias

    May 28, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Thank you Jesus for healing me.The just shall live by faith

  19. Ann Mitchell-Brittingham

    May 28, 2017 at 3:37 am

    ”Amen”

  20. Sheryl E. Young

    May 28, 2017 at 3:16 am

    AMEN I Do Believe This !!! THANK U Lord ☝☝

  21. Tammy Murphy

    May 28, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Thank you! I have been going through something, trying to stay positive but worried I’d be disappointed if this didn’t happen for me.

  22. Ida Ashton

    May 28, 2017 at 2:49 am

    AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN

  23. Teresa Marquis

    May 28, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Amen ………Yes He Will

  24. Amy Airey

    May 28, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Amen

  25. Catherine Brace

    May 28, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Yes Amen.

  26. Sally Esi Akosua Ansah

    May 28, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Dae-Zonae Cabbagestalk

  27. Doris Wright

    May 28, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Amen, Yes he does!

  28. Yram Dralliw

    May 28, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Precious affirmations

  29. Nyabo Lizzie Wandeka

    May 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Amen, i am waiting in and on Jesus.

  30. Omarsha Munroe

    May 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Yes he will amen

  31. Alice Davis

    May 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Powerful!!!

  32. Valerie Reid-Cameron

    May 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement. Amen

  33. Lorna Marie Lariviere

    May 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    IJNA ❤️

  34. Celeste Anthea

    May 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Rose Vermeulen ❤

  35. Ntshumeleni Maliga

    May 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Wonderful whispering in my ear. Enjoying the massage

  36. George Man

    May 27, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    yes He will, thats how much He loves us, and is true to Himself cause He is the word.

  37. Renee Sharper

    May 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I needed this ❤️

  38. Hloni KaMapholoba-Faltein

    May 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Oh yes!!!!! Thank you Jesus

  39. Peju Oluwatuyi

    May 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Amen. Thank you Lord

  40. Esha Bug

    May 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Lord you will NEVER leave me nor forsaken me thank you AMEN!!!

  41. Brendasykes Sykes

    May 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Thank U Lord Amen

  42. Garmei Kennedy

    May 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Amen

  43. Teesha Tinglum

    May 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Good..

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