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How To Handle Troubles

Try to remember these thoughts: I have received Jesus and I am a Christian. I am going to Heaven. I am not in Hell and I will never go there. Because of my sin, I deserve to go to Hell but God has been merciful to me. These troubles are not as bad as Hell and are less severe than I deserve.

Psalms 103:10: He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

If remembering these things does not help you, there are several possibilities. One possibility is that you have received Jesus but you are not *walking after the Spirit* or you have not forsaken some sin. God may be trying to get you to mend your ways and stop sinning.

Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Another possibility is that He may want you to learn something that you could not learn any other way. He may want you to remember Him and His love for you more often. He may want you to remember that you are saved and that it is He who saved you. He may want to make you humble.

Deuteronomy 8:11-16: Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

There may be some blessing that He cannot give you except through troubles.

Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Another possibility is that He may want to enable you to comfort someone else in their affliction.

2 Corinthians 1:3-8: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

Another other possibility is that you have not truly received Jesus into your heart.

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