God allows trials in our lives because He loves us. He wants to get our attention and He wants every hindrance removed that blocks Him from

being God in our lives. When you go through trials, know that God
always provides a way of escape. He allows you to be tested, tempted
and tried because He knows you have the ability to overcome. We often
go through trials because we run from God's presence and from His will
for our lives. It is in the midst of trials that we discover areas of
our character that need development, and we cry out to God for help.

  1. God allows trials in our lives for several reasons.
    1. He loves us.
    2. He wants to get our attention.
    3. He wants to remove every hindrance that blocks Him from being God in our lives.

  2. When you go through trials, it is because God has already determined you are able to overcome.
    1. With every test, temptation and trial, there is a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).
    2. God would never allow you to be tested, tried or tempted if He didn't know you would be able to resist.
    3. Don't run from your tests, pass them.
    4. Be an overcomer by choosing to resist the enemy's attacks.
      1. You have the power to overcome through Jesus Christ in you.

  3. When you disobey God and run from His presence and will for your life, you invite trials and afflictions into your life.
    1. Jonah received specific instructions from God to go to a specific place, but he didn't obey God (Jonah 1:1-3).
      1. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah got on a ship going in the opposite direction to flee God's presence.
    2. As a result of Jonah's disobedience, a storm came and almost destroyed the boat on which he was traveling.
      1. Jonah was swallowed by a great fish that God had prepared for him (v. 17).
    3. Jonah was in the belly of the fish, died and went to Hell.
    4. He cried out to God from the belly of the fish and God rescued him (Jonah 2:1-10).
    5. The affliction he experienced could have been avoided if he had obeyed God from the beginning.

  4. It is in the midst of affliction that people are forced to acknowledge and cry out to God.
    1. David cried out to God in the midst of his affliction (Psalm 38:1-22).
    2. Don't wait until you are in the midst of affliction to cry out to God.
    3. Give God the priority He deserves in your life so you don't have to be afflicted with trials.

  5. Keep God's commandments and obey Him (Deuteronomy 8:2, 3).
    1. Keeping God's commandments and obeying His Word protects you from affliction and positions you to receive His blessings.
    2. God has given you the free will to choose life or death, blessing or cursing; choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20).
    3. Develop the discipline that Jesus had, in that He did not allow His flesh to dominate Him (1 Peter 4:1, 2).
      1. Don't allow your life to be led and governed by the desires of your flesh.
Scripture References:
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • Jonah 1:1-17
  • Jonah 2:1-10
  • Psalm 38:1-22
  • Deuteronomy 8:2, 3
  • Deuteronomy 30:19, 20
  • 1 Peter 4:1,
Pastor Robert Bagonza
Redeemed Church