The verses that I will now list below all really need to be meditated on, grounded on, believed on, and burned into our memory banks for all of eternity as God is very serious on making sure that we can stay true, loyal, and faithful to Him for the long run.
God does not want any more repeats with what happened to Satan and one third of His original angels up in heaven. He wants all of us stay true, loyal, and faithful to Him for all of eternity, and He will make sure, at least down here on this earth, that each and every one of us be put through some of these testing fires from time to time to see how serious we really are about Him and the personal relationship that we have initially established with Him.
Again, I know these types of verses and the revelation that is being given in them is not a very comfortable topic to be preaching and teaching about, especially in the feel-good kind of environment that many of us like to live in.
But to ignore this part of our walk with the Lord, and not to properly explain this kind of heavy activity to the flock is doing them a great disservice, and also ill-equipping them to be able to handle any kind of severe adversity when it does come knocking on their doors.
Many in the Body of Christ have had their personal relationships seriously damaged with the Lord as a result of not being able to fully understand why God will allow some of this kind of adversity to be coming their way in the first place.
As a result, you have many wounded soldiers in the flock who cannot seem to get themselves back onto God’s playing field from the dugout where they are now sitting in as a result of not being able to get over the severe adversity which have may have just struck them and their family.
Even some of the pastors and major leaders in the Body will wrestle with this dilemma if they have never really meditated on this type of revelation and got it worked deep into their mindset in the way they look and view things in this life.
Now on to the specific verses from our incredible Bible that will fully explain to us exactly why we will all have to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life. I will once again break these verses down under their appropriate captions so you can keep these verses properly grouped together under their appropriate revelations.
1. The Curse of Adam and Eve
This first verse will completely set the stage as to why we will always have a certain amount of trials and tribulations coming our way in this life.
This first verse is God the Father talking to Adam and telling him what the consequences of his act are now going to be – and that these consequences are not only going to fall on him and Eve, but to the rest of the human race which would follow after him.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:“Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19)
Notice the very first thing God pronounces on Adam is “Cursed is the ground for your sake.” In this very first sentence, God is cursing the very ground on which Adam will walk on from here on in. The ground is the ground of our earth. As a result, there is now a curse draped over this entire earth from this moment on.
As a result of this Adamic curse that has now occurred, we are not going to get the original environment that God would have liked to given all of us that was in the Garden of Eden.
Man will now have to work and sweat for his food, women will now birth children into this world with pain, and all men and women will now have to undergo a physical death process with their physical bodies.
God made Adam from the dust of the ground, and as a result of his one transgression against the Lord, he and everyone that would be born after him will all have to physically die and return back to this dust – which is the ground of our earth, hence people being buried in the ground and dust of this earth after they die and depart from this life.
As a result of death now entering into the big picture as a result of this earth now becoming cursed, we now have all kinds of calamities, crimes, weather disturbances, and natural accidents and disasters that can occur at anytime and at any place. There are always going to be consequences to any kind of sin and transgression made against the Lord, especially when it is the first sin ever committed against the Lord by this first man and woman.
As bad as this curse has made our earth and our way of living on this earth, thank our Lord and Savior for making a way of eventual escape from all of it with His sacrificial death on the cross.
But until we all die and cross over to be with our Lord in heaven, every single one of us will have to put up with this curse that is still in full operation on this earth. As a result, every single one of us will have to put up with a certain amount of adversity, conflict, wars, fights, trials, and just pure downright evil from demons and other bad and evil people from time to time.
If God would move to stop every single, little, bad thing that could happen to us in this lifetime, then He would completely negate and fully cancel out this curse that originated from the story of Adam and Eve. If this curse got fully negated and canceled out, then Jesus Christ would have never had to come down onto our earth to die on a cross to save all of us from our sins.
There is a perfect order in God’s universe and in all of His creations. As a result, God is not going to be breaking this perfect order. Adam and Eve were told to stay off this one tree. They could not do it.
As a result, they brought down this curse upon our earth, and this curse will not be completely done away with until we get the New Heaven and New Earth. And until that event finally occurs, we will all have to put up with and battle against some of the bad things that can occur as a result of this curse.
So the next time you are hit with any kind of adversity or conflict in this life, do not blame God, since He is not the One causing most of these bad things to happen. These bad things are all occurring as result of the Adamic curse that is still in full operation on this earth.
If the truth really be known, God is probably running more interference from keeping some of these bad things from ever hitting us in the first place than we would ever realize. But God cannot stop every little bad thing from hitting us.
If He did, this would completely remove this curse factor from this earth, and that simply cannot be done at this time. His perfect order in this universe and His perfect creation of all things will not allow this to happen.
This will now lead us into the next section, as God will now start telling us loud and clear that trials and tribulations will now be a part of our daily lives as long as we are living and breathing on this earth.
2. In the World You Will Have Tribulation
These first 5 verses are going to tell all of us, loud and clear, that a certain amount of tribulation and persecution will always be a part of our lives and a part of this world.
- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- ” … strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
- “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
- “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master,’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)
- “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones, not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:19)
Notice in the very first verse that not only will we all have to face a certain amount of tribulation in this world, but then the second verse really hammers home the point that we will all have to face “many tribulations.”
Put this together with the fact that we are dealing with a curse factor from the story of Adam and Eve, and the simple conclusion is that we have all been born into a war zone, and we will all have to journey through this earthly life facing a certain amount of trials and tribulations before we can finally enter into heaven.
Jesus Himself could not have put it any better when He says in the last verse that if the world ended up persecuting Him when He was down here walking on this earth, then the world will also be persecuting all of us as well. As a result, no one will be getting out of this life without having to face a certain amount of adversity and conflict.
3. The Lord Will Test the Righteous
If you do not think the Lord will be testing each one of us out from time to time, study the specific wording in the next 6 verses. Each one of these verses specifically state that God will definitely be testing all of His own from time to time.
The first verse I will list below will tell us that the Lord Himself will test the righteous. As you will see in some of the additional wording in these verses, one of the main reasons God will test you from time to time is to see if you will hold fast to Him and follow all of His ways and commandments.
- “But the Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” (Psalm 11:5)
- “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:10)
- “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10)
- “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” (Proverbs 17:3)
- Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” (Exodus 16:4)
- And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your feet swell these forty years.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-4)
The second verse stated above is from Job, who probably had one of the most severe testings anyone could possibly imagine having in this life. Notice that Job was picking up that he was being tested by the Lord, and then gives the specific reasons as to why he was being tested – to see if he would hold fast to the Lord without turning away or bailing out on Him, and to see if he would still obey all of God’s commandments and ways of living in this life.
The third verse uses one of the most intense phrases to describe how intense some of these tests can end up being. The three words are that sometimes God will test you out in a “furnace of affliction.”
Some people in this life will have to face trials and tribulations that will end up being more on the severe and extreme side. When you are put through some of these types of extreme trials, you will feel like you are literally going through a fiery furnace due to the heat and intensity of these types of trials and tribulations.
The last two verses are talking about when God tested the Israelites in the wilderness for forty years before they were allowed to enter into the Promised Land. Notice they were definitely being tested by God before being allowed to enter into this Promised Land. Then God once again gives the specific reasons as to why He was testing them – to see if they would still be willing to walk in all of His laws and commandments.
When you really study the wording in all of these verses, there is no doubt that the Lord will test all of His own from time to time to see if we will hold fast to Him and continue to walk in all of His ways and commandments – no matter how rough and tough things may get from time to time.
Many people have bailed out on the Lord as a result of some of the severe tests that have been brought their way because they did not fully understand why these trials and tests were coming their way in the first place. This is why this topic must be taught in every single Christian Church so the flock will at least know why they will all have to face a certain amount of tribulation in this life.
4. The Testing of Your Faith
These next two verses are going to add to the ones just listed above. The next two verses will now get to the real heart of this matter.
In addition to God testing you to see if you will still follow all of His ways and commandments, there is still one more big thing that He is really going to test you on from time to time – and that is your personal faith levels in Him. As Job stated in one of the above verses, God was testing him to see if he would hold fast to His steps.
Our faith and belief levels are our lifelines to the Lord. Our personal relationship with God is only as good as our faith and belief levels are in Him.
The stronger your faith levels are in the Lord, the better and deeper your personal relationship will become with Him. The weaker your faith levels become, the weaker your personal relationship will become with Him.
This is why the Lord will test your faith levels in Him from time to time – to see how serious you really are about Him and whether or not you will hold fast to Him through the most trying of circumstances.
As I said at the top of this article, God has already lost a third of His angelic host while they were living with Him up in heaven. God doesn’t want to have any more repeats of this kind of open rebellion against Him once we all enter into heaven.
This is why I believe He is going to personally test each one of us out from time to time down here on this earth.
This is why trials and tribulations are so important in this life, and why we must take them very seriously and not complain about them when they do come our way – as these trials and tribulations will be what will weed out the ones who are really serious about staying true, loyal, and faithful to the Lord from those who are going to bail out on Him the minute any type of adversity ever comes their way.
Again, the specific wording in these two verses are very intense, and they really do give us incredible revelation on the big picture. They are showing us exactly what God is doing when He sovereignly chooses to allow a certain amount of tribulation to come our way in this life.
- “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ … receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6,9)
- “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy … Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter … therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:12,16,19)
Notice in the first verse that the Lord is specifically targeting our faith when He allows trials to come our way. He really hammers home this point when He says that our faith in Him is even more precious than any of the gold of this earth. He then makes an extreme statement when He says that this faith will then be “tested by fire.”
Having your personal faith levels in the Lord tested by fire is not something most people want to hear or talk about in this current day and age.
When everyone is always looking for the easy way out and wanting to slide through this life without having to experience any type of suffering, trials, or tribulations, many pastors have decided not to teach about this topic because it is so uncomfortable to talk about – even though sooner or later various types of trials, tribulations, and sufferings will eventually be coming all of our way.
Near the end of the second verse, it specifically says that sometimes we will suffer as a result of the will of God, and that when it does happen, not to be ashamed of it, and to continue to try and do good with our lives – no matter how trying and severe the trial may end up becoming.
If any of you are going through any type of trial at the present time, or if you should enter into one anytime in your near future, really chew and meditate on the wording in these two verses, as they are both a real mouthful.
God is giving all of us more than enough revelation and more than enough fair warning when He starts out the second verse above in that we are not to think it strange if we happen to get thrown into some kind of fiery trial. In other words, trials and tribulations will eventually come our way sometime, someplace, and somehow if we live long enough on this earth.
5. For Your Sanctification in the Lord
As hard as this next reason is for many to believe, one of the main reasons God will allow a certain amount of trials and tribulation to come our way in this life is for the express purpose of making, molding, and transforming us into a better and more holy people – in other words, for our own sanctification in Him.
Here are 4 very good verses, especially the first two, that will definitely show us that God is coming after our sanctification in Him when He allows some of these trials to come our way in this life.
- “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2)
- “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3)
- “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
- And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The first two verses literally tell us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials” and that we should actually “glory in tribulations.” At first this may appear to be a bit masochistic, but when you see the reasons that will follow, you can see what the Lord is trying to tell all of us.
The first two verses go on to tell us that trials and tribulations will test our faith in the Lord, and when our faith levels have been sorely tested, this will then help improve our character. In other words, we can become a much better and holy people in the Lord if we will allow the fires of a real test to help shape, mold, and transform us.
Ask any real athlete, and they will all tell you that the rigors and trials they have gone through have made them much better and stronger people as versus someone who refuses to face any kind of adversity head on when it does comes knocking on their doors.
The first verse tells you that the testing of your faith will help produce greater levels of patience in you, and that if you work with the Lord in allowing Him to mold what qualities He wants to work and impart into you, then you can learn how to become “perfect and complete, lacking nothing” in Him.
The third verse then adds some more perspective to all of this when it says that these “light afflictions” are just for a “moment” in the big picture. Our life down here on this is earth is not even the snap of a finger as compared to the eternal time frame that is operating up in heaven. Sooner or later, all of our trials and tribulations will end, and we will all have eternal peace once we enter into heaven to be with our Lord for all of eternity.
This is why when we face any kind of adversity in this life, especially adversity that may be on the more extreme and serious side, to keep all of this in proper perspective with the real big picture. Sooner or later, we will all die and depart from this earth.
And when we do, all of the trials and tribulations that we have gone through will all drop off of us like a heavy sack of potatoes.
All of the burdens, weights, and oppressions of these trials and tribulations will immediately dissipate once we cross over and meet our Lord and Savior face to face. There will eventually be full and final healing and restoration for all of us once we enter into heaven.
This is why the above verses are telling us to keep all of this in proper perspective with the big picture.
If your daughter has just been murdered in this life, you will be fully re-united with her once again when you cross over into heaven. And she will have already been made perfectly complete and whole again by the Lord by the time you arrive to meet her in heaven.
If you are bound to a wheel chair for the rest of your earthly life as a result of a severe car accident, you will be given a brand new, glorified, spiritual body once you cross over into heaven that will never fail, give out, or age on you ever again!
Notice that Paul states in the third verse that we should not lose heart when afflicted by trials. He says that these afflictions are “working for us” a far more “exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Paul then states in the last verse that he would rather boast in all of his infirmities, because he knows that the power of God can help get him through all of these trials and tribulations. He then ends the very last verse saying that he actually takes pleasure in these infirmities and persecutions because he knows that when he becomes weak during the course of these trials, that he will eventually get stronger, since he will be given God’s grace and power to be able to make it through these tough trials.
Paul found the secret as to why God was allowing some of these trials and afflictions to come his way in the first place – and it was all for his own sanctification in the Lord. As a result, he could end up making the extreme statements that he was actually taking pleasure and boasting in this kind of heavy activity with the Lord.
I know this kind of revelation is very heavy and very deep. But this revelation really needs to be meditated on and assimilated into our minds and heart so we can be properly prepared to handle any type of storm cloud that may attempt to come against us in this life.
6. We Walk By Faith – Not By Sight
Now that we know that God will personally test our faith in Him from time to time, these next set of verses will seal the deal as far as our faith in the Lord is concerned. These verses will all tell us that we must now learn how to walk in this life by total faith and belief in God – not with what we see in the natural with our physical eyes.
These verses will tell us that we must learn how to do the following:
- Walk by faith, not by sight
- The just shall live by his faith
- Live by faith in the Son of God
- We must learn how to go from strength to strength and faith to faith in the Lord
We have all heard many of these verses before, but you really do not realize the extreme importance of this revelation until you are thrown head first into the middle of a fiery trial. These types of verses will then come fully alive for you in a way that you may have never known before.
This is why trials and tribulations will elevate and strengthen your faith in the Lord.
Once you are thrown into the middle of a fiery trial, you will either lose part or all of your faith in the Lord due to fear and really getting mad at God for allowing it to happen to you in the first place – or you will grab a hold of the Lord in a way and with an intensity that you may have never known before, because you will now know that the only way that you are going to be able to make it through this trial in one piece is by completely relying on God’s grace, power, and guidance.
As a result, you will be forced to lean and rely on God with much more intensity than you may have ever done before. But as a result of this heavier leaning and reliance upon the Lord, your present faith and belief levels in Him will grow beyond what you ever thought was possible in this life because you will see how He will personally help you get through this storm cloud in one piece.
Once you see God supernaturally start to move to help you with your crisis, it will completely blow you away with what He can do for you and how far He can actually go to help deliver you from your predicament.
As I said at the top of this article, Smith Wigglesworth, the great apostle of faith, would always say that from great fights will come great faith in the Lord – and some of the trials and tribulations that will come your way in this life is what will cause some of these great fights to come your way in the first place.
I know some of this type of heavier revelation is tough stuff to try and swallow, but this is the way the Lord has the game set up.
We either learn how to play the game and become victors and overcomers in this life when these storm clouds do come against us, or we let the struggles and adversity of this life totally defeat and bring us down where we can no longer function for either our Lord or any of our family members or close friends.
The choice is ours.
All God can do is give us His knowledge from His Word as to how the big picture is really set up and how we are to deal with the adversities of this life.
We either choose to learn how to become good soldiers and good overcomers in the Lord and face these storm clouds head on when they do come our way like David did with Goliath – or we can choose to bail out on Him, our family, our friends, and this life in general.
Now here are some very powerful verses all telling us that we have to learn how to live in this life with total faith, trust, and belief in our one and only Lord and Savior – with absolutely no turning back, wavering, doubting, or bailing out on Him – no matter what life, hell, or the devil tries to throw our way!
- For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- But the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)
- “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
- “Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:38)
- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16)
- “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage …. They go from strength to strength.” (Psalm 84:5,7)
- “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.” (James 2:1)
- “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
- “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that He will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5)
- So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21)
Notice that not only are all these verses telling us to live by a strong faith in the Lord, but they are also telling us not to let it waver. And if we let our faith waver, we will become double-minded and unstable in all of our ways because we will end up being like a wave of the sea being helplessly tossed to and fro from the heavy winds that are coming against it.
This is a very graphic, but very good illustration as to why we all have to learn how to develop very strong faith in the Lord – so we do not let adversity knock us all over the place like a ping-pong ball when it does come knocking on our doors.
7. Fight the Good Fight of Faith
Not only must we learn how to walk by faith, but we must also learn how to use our faith to help us overcome all of the obstacles that these trials and tribulations will present to us. In other words, we must learn how to put our faith into action. And when you are thrown into the middle of any type of fiery trial, you will be forced to put your faith into major action.
These next set of verses are extremely powerful. The Lord is really driving home the point with some of the wording in these verses in that we must learn how to fight the good fight of faith and stand fast in this faith to the very end, no matter what comes our way to try and knock us off course.
Each one of these verses will show us the extreme importance that we not let go of our faith in the Lord, and that if we hold on to it to the very end, we will become eventual victors and overcomers in Him, and eventually gain victory, deliverance, and whatever blessings and rewards God will want to bestow upon us for making it through some of these tough trials and tribulations.
These next set of verses are whopper power verses. Burn these verses into your memory banks if you really want to learn how to become a good and mighty soldier of Jesus Christ. The revelation that is in these verses are the key to being able to get God to give you an eventual victory and deliverance, no matter how severe the storm cloud you may be facing, and no matter how hopeless things may look to you in the natural.
One of the ways God will test your faith in these trials and tribulations is to see if you will hold on to your faith in Him to the very end, and through some of the trying circumstances that will occur throughout parts of the trial. Here are some of the most powerful verses in all of the Bible about the importance of having a strong, powerful, and unwavering type of faith in the Lord.
- “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called …” (1 Timothy 6:12)
- “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
- “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
- “… if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you have heard …” (Colossians 1:23)
- “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
- “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.” (Hebrews 3:12)
- “But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.” (Deuteronomy 4:4)
- “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” (Revelation 2:26)
- “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21)
- “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5)
- “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:10)
- “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:35)
- “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
- Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30)
- “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people … And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.” (Acts 6: 8,10)
- “… and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” (Hebrews 11:32-34)
- “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household … By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he as going … By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son …” (Hebrews 11:7,17)
Every single one of these verses are a major mouthful! These verses are loaded with major revelation and knowledge from the Lord on how to become victorious warriors in this life, even through some of the most difficult and trying circumstances you can possibly imagine.
Notice in the last four verses God is specifically pointing out Caleb, Noah, Stephen and Abraham as men who walked with great faith. And every single one of them ended up becoming total victors and overcomers in the Lord as a result of their strong and unwavering faith in Him. Each one of them had successfully completed all of the divine assignments that the Lord had given to them.
If you are looking for good, spiritual, role models, these giants of the faith are some of the best of the best. And our one and only Bible has recorded all of their deeds so we can study and learn from them, and why they were all able to become so successful for the Lord in the divine missions that He had sent them out on.
Other major giants in the Bible are King David, Moses, Joseph, Samson, the apostle Paul, and many of the prophets such as Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Daniel. All of these men received great calls from the Lord, and though most of them had their own personal shortcomings, every single one of them held fast to the Lord and eventually accomplished everything that He wanted them to get done for Him.
This is the way that we are supposed to live this life – to live for the express purpose of accomplishing whatever God’s perfect will is for each one of us.
As we all know from first hand experiences, this life is rough, and we will all have to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life. This is why these verses in particular are so extremely important to have a full understanding on.
The second verse mentioned above is a real fascinating one when it says that our faith is what can overcome the world. It is quite obvious that it is God working through us and for us that will overcome all of the adversity of this world – but God is really trying to drive home the point with the wording of this verse is that it is our faith in Him that will get Him to want to move on our behalf to overcome any obstacle, roadblock, or trial that may want to come our way!
And once you see God supernaturally move in to really help you out, then your faith will move up to the next level. This is why the Bible tells us that we can go from “faith to faith” and from “strength to strength.” This specific wording is telling us that our faith and strength in the Lord can literally move from one level to the next highest level as a result of being forced to put our faith into major action to engage a fiery trial.
All of these verses are telling us that we are going to have to learn how to develop the mindset that we are going to become good and brave soldiers for the Lord, and to be willing to take on any adversity that may come our way and not run away from it. Peter could not have walked on water unless he first stepped out of the boat to walk on that water. David could not have defeated Goliath unless he had first stepped out onto the battlefield to face him head on.
We can either run and hide when a storm cloud does get ready to come our way, or we can step out onto the battlefield like David did against Goliath and face our giants and storm clouds head on operating under God’s anointing and power to be able to do so.
8. God Will Preserve You Through the Trial
Not only can God bring you eventual freedom, victory, and deliverance from the trial if you are willing to hold fast to Him to the very end of it, but He can also help keep you properly preserved during it so that you can make it out in one piece.
These next set of verses will show you that God:
- Preserves the faithful
- Preserves the souls of His saints
- Delivers them out of the hand of the wicked
- Delivers him out of them all
- Makes a way of escape
- Guards all their bones – not one of them is broken
- Can give you perfect soundness of mind, body, and spirit through the trial
- Will properly support you through the trial
If God is wanting you to go through a specific trial for your own sanctification and for your own testing in Him, then He will make sure to keep you properly supported and protected during the trial.
Study the wording in each one of these verses very carefully as they will show you that God can supernaturally keep you in one piece as you continue to press on through the trial.
- “For the Lord preserves the faithful …” (Psalm 31:23)
- “These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” (Deuteronomy 2:7)
- “Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your feet swell these forty years.” (Deuteronomy 8:4)
- “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 97:10)
- “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong … Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16)
- “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me … So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” (Daniel 6:22-23)
- “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones, not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:19-20)
- “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-11)
- “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Notice in the last verse that God will not allow you to handle something that is beyond your abilities to be able to handle. In other words, if God is going to allow a specific type of trial to come your way, rest assured you will have what it takes to be able to make it all the way through the trial. God will not test you beyond what your personal limits may be.
Notice in verses two and three that the Israelites while being tested in the desert for the forty years, “lacked nothing,” and that their garments did not wear out on them nor did their feet swell on them during the entire ordeal. In other words, God kept them properly supported with the necessary food and clothing to help them get through it.
As long as you are walking in a full surrender with the Lord and you have not brought down any unnecessary tribulation on yourself as a result of engaging in any type of serious sins, these trials and tribulations when brought your way by the Lord, will have the necessary provisions and supplies given to you so that you can make it all the way through them.
Notice in verse 6 that Daniel came out of the lions den without having a hair on his head harmed “because he believed in his God.” David defeated Goliath without suffering a broken bone.
If you can keep your faith from dipping too low with the Lord, make a personal commitment that you will hold fast to Him, and have faith that He will eventually bring you out of the trial in one piece and with some kind of victory – then you can expect God to keep you properly supported and protected so you will have everything you will need to make it all the way through the trial.
9. All Things Will Eventually Work Together For Good
This next verse is another major one that you will hear every preacher and teacher talk about – and for very good reason. This next verse will tell us that God will eventually work out all things for good for those who love Him and for those who have been called by Him to complete His divine purpose for their life.
Here is another very powerful verse for every single person who has fallen into a trial, or will be falling into one anytime in the near future.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Notice that God can work all things for good, but there is a condition attached to it. It is for those who love God. In other words, it is for those who have established a good personal relationship with Him.
If you are walking in a full surrender with the Lord and have established a very good personal relationship with Him, then expect God to eventually work out all things for the best, no matter how bad and how hopeless some things may appear to you in the natural in your present set of circumstances.
When you are in the middle of some of these fiery trials, sometimes you cannot see two inches in front of your face. This is when you have to totally trust God to work everything out in His time frame and in His way. And when you look back on everything at a later date, you will then be able to see how God eventually worked out everything for His own good.
10. God Will Be Totally With You During the Trial
Some of the trials and tribulations that you may have to face may have some length to them. These trials and tribulations will obviously vary in how long each of them will last. Some will only last a few days, others a few weeks, some even longer at several months, and then you will have those on the heavier side that can last for a certain number of years.
No matter how long each of these trials will end up being, these next set of verses will really drive home the point that God will be with you from the very beginning of the trial to the very end of it. He will stick with you through thick and thin. He will totally be by your side no matter what goes down and no matter how ugly things may get from time to time.
If your trial is going to have any kind of considerable length to it, you will really need to ground and believe on the verses I will now list, as they will help you stay the course to the very end of it.
- “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
- “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” (Psalm 57:1)
- “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:9)
The first verse is an absolute classic. It has been quoted so many times, that even many in the heathen and secular world have heard of it. It has been used in movies, in songs, and in public and private speeches all across the world. Everyone can witness to the words “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
For all true Christians, this verse has major meaning, as we all know that no matter how bad the valley is that we are walking through, that our Lord will always be there with us and will help comfort and take care of us as we walk through this valley.
Notice the last two verses are telling us that God will also be our refuge as we bide our time waiting for the trial to end – which will now lead us right into the next section.
11. Waiting on the Lord
As a result of some of these trials and tribulations having some kind of considerable length to them, there will be many times that the only thing left for us to do after we have done all of the battling that the Lord has wanted us to do, is to simply wait for Him to finally end it.
These next 5 verses will all hone in on the point that there will be those times that all we can do is wait for the Lord to make His final move to end the trial once and for all. These verses need to be added to all of the other ones listed above to help give you all of the ammunition you will need to get through and weather any type of storm cloud that may come your way in this life.
- “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25)
- “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:13-14)
- “For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more …” (Psalm 37:9)
- “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
- “O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You have healed me. O Lord, You have brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit … For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:2,5)
As the last two verses are telling us, you may start the trial with tears and mourning, but eventually you will end up reaping joy in the morning if you hold fast to the Lord and wait for His deliverance.
12. God Will Eventually Deliver You
Most trials and tribulations will have some kind of length to them, otherwise they would not be real trials. As a result, you will have to hold fast to the Lord for a certain length of time.
If you are thrown into any type of waiting mode with the Lord while going through a trial, the one thing you will have to hang onto is that the Lord will eventually deliver you if you continue to put all of your faith and trust in Him to do so – and hold that faith and trust in Him to the very end of the trial.
These next set of verses will tell you two things:
First, that absolutely nothing is too impossible for God to deal with or handle – no matter how grave, hopeless, and severe your present set of circumstances may be. These are the kinds of verses you will really need to ground on when faced with trials and tribulations that are on the more severe side. Remember – God can eventually work all things out for His and your own good, which will include handling any type of severe trial that may come your way.
Second, the other set of verses will tell you that God can eventually deliver you from the trial if you will hold fast to Him. Though you may get really impatient while waiting for your deliverance, remember that God is working patience and other godly qualities and traits into your personality during the course of your trial. As a result, He will be the One to decide how long the trial will last – not you or the trial itself. God has full control of every little thing on this earth, including you and every little detail of your life.
- “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)
- But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
- But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
- Then Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
- As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
- “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)
- “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” (Psalm 107:14)
- “For You, O God, have proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” (Psalm 66:10)
- “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28)
- “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.” (Exodus 19:4)
- “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us …” (2 Corinthians 1:8)
- “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before … Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning …” (Job 42:10,12)
The last verse is talking about what God did with Job. This man probably had one of the most severe testings any man could possibly go through in this life, and yet he held fast to the Lord with his strong faith. As result, God ended the trial and gave him twice the amount of blessings than what he had when he first entered into the trial.
The last sentence is speaking volumes as to what God can do for you with an eventual deliverance when it says that the latter days of Job ended up being more blessed than what he had from his beginnings – and this man had a very blessed life at his initial beginnings.
Notice verse number six, where it says that the Lord can deliver you out of “all” of your troubles, not just some or part of them.
Bottom line – God can break the chains of your bondage no matter how strong those chains may appear to you. God can fully deliver you and fully restore order back in your life if you will ride on His back and be guided by the Holy Spirit as to what chess moves you will need to make on your end to make it out of the trial.
13. Suffering for Jesus’ Sake
As a result of every single one of us having to go through a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life, an additional thing that we will all have to put with and endure is a certain amount of actual suffering.
I know the word “suffering” is something that most of us do not want to hear about, much less talk about or actually experience. But whether we like it or not, and whether we want to face up to it or not, suffering is not only a part of this life and world, but it is also an actual part of our walk with the Lord.
Some of the trials that are on the more heavy and extreme side will bring with them a certain amount of mental, emotional, spiritual, and possibly physical suffering with them. Victims of bad natural accidents and different types of illnesses and diseases can all bring with them a certain amount of physical suffering – and in some of these heavier cases, we will be talking about extreme suffering.
People dying of terminal illnesses, people sustaining horrible injuries in severe car accidents, and people being burned over 80% of their bodies in fires can all go through a horrible of amount of not only mental and emotional suffering, but also a great deal of physical suffering as well.
Again, God is not causing all of these bad things to happen, thereby causing this kind of horrible suffering.
Since the Bible tells us that there is no darkness in God, there is no way that He could cause some of these bad and horrible things to occur.
These bad and horrible things are all occurring because of the Adamic curse that is still in full operation on this earth.
And until this curse is fully and finally removed in the New Heaven and New Earth, a certain amount of physical, mental, and emotional suffering will not only be a part of this world and life, but it will also be a part of our individual walks with the Lord.
To try and run from this reality, or to try and ignore it is just simply ill-equipping yourself should you ever be forced to personally deal with it either for yourself or a close loved one. And sooner or later, a certain amount of physical and/or mental suffering will eventually come your way.
This is why every single Christian needs the knowledge on this entire part of the walk with our Lord – so they can properly handle this type of adversity and suffering when it does come their way in this life.
This is where you will really need to ground on the next set of verses I will now list if the trial that has just come your way has a certain amount of physical, mental, or emotional suffering coming along with it. These next set of verses will tell us that we must learn how to:
- Suffer for Jesus’ sake
- Be willing to suffer shame for His name
- Be willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake
- Be willing to suffer for doing good
- Be willing to suffer for doing the will of God
One of the verses I will list in this section will tell us some of the things that the apostle Paul had to suffer – and that was after he had been saved and was working full time for the Lord. Here were some of the specific things Paul had to go through:
- Whipped with 39 stripes five different times
- Beaten with rods three times
- Stoned one time
- Shipwrecked three times
- In prisons frequently
- Often in sleeplessness, hunger, thirst, cold, nakedness, weariness and toil
- In perils of waters and the sea, robbers, his own countrymen, Gentiles, false brethren, the wilderness and the city
Trials and tribulations are obviously all relative. There is always somebody that will have it much worse than what you will ever have in this life.
If the apostle Paul, who I believe was the greatest of all of the New Testament apostles, had to go through a certain amount of trials and tribulations in his walk and call for the Lord, then you can bet your bottom dollar that every single one of us will also have to go through a certain amount of adversity and conflict in this life – no exceptions.
When you do have to undergo any kind of suffering in your walk and call for the Lord, really meditate and chew on the wording in these next set of verses.
They will help bring peace and comfort to your mind, soul, and emotions if you can grasp this deeper revelation that at times we will all have to face a certain amount of suffering for our Lord’s sake in this life.
- “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” (Philippians 1:29)
- “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” (Acts 5:41)
- “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed … For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit …” (1 Peter 3:14, 17-18)
- “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
- “Are they ministers of Christ? – I speak as a fool – I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness – …” (2 Corinthians 11:23)
- “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35)
- “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
- “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
The first verse really lays it out for all of us – that not only must we have faith and belief in our Lord, but that we must also be willing to suffer for His sake. As a result of working for the Lord and being His ambassadors and representatives on this earth, there are times that we will simply have to stand up and be willing to suffer shame, ridicule, and possibly some kind of persecution for being willing to do and say the right thing, along with doing the will of God for our lives.
Each Christian should develop the strong mindset that if Jesus Himself was willing to come down to our earth to undergo the most extreme and brutal form of physical punishment known to mankind at the time that He came down to our earth – that we should also be willing to do the same thing for Him if the call or need ever dictates that we face a certain amount of trials, tribulations, and suffering.
If Jesus was willing to suffer and die for us, then we should also be willing to suffer and die for Him, even if it means having an early departure from this life. If Jesus was literally willing to die for us, then we should also be willing to die for Him.
For those of you who may end up going through trials and tribulations that will be on the more extreme side, really meditate on the last three verses. Verse number six is a major power verse where it says that absolutely nothing in this life will ever be able to separate us from the love of our God.
Our Lord will stay with us through thick and thin. No amount of trials, tribulations, distresses, persecutions, or demons will ever be able to separate us from our Lord as long as we are willing to hold fast to Him. Hold fast to the Lord, no matter how trying and severe the trial may end up becoming, and He will hold fast to you.
Remember what the two last verses are telling us. This earthly life is just for a brief moment compared to the eternal time frame that is operating up in heaven. Sooner or later, we will all leave and depart from this life. And when we do, we will all enter into heaven and all of our trials and tribulations will be no more.
As verse number 7 is telling us, this life may be able to destroy our physical tents on this earth such as our bodies and any physical possessions we may have – but it cannot touch or destroy the buildings, the mansions, our new, spiritual, glorified bodies, or whatever else God may have in store for us on the other side once we cross over to be with Him for all of eternity.
Any sufferings, trials, and tribulations we may have to go through in this earthly life are just for a very brief moment compared to what is waiting for all of us up in heaven.
Sooner or later, all of our trials and tribulations will eventually end, along with all of the pain, heartache, and suffering they have brought with them. As the very last verse is telling us, all of the suffering we may have to undergo in this life will never compare with the glory that God has in store for all of us on the other side!
This article on scripture verses for Trials and Tribulations is part of our series on Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Our Faith. Here are the other parts:
An Introduction to the “Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Your Faith”
1. 3 Reasons Why God Will Allow Trials and Tribulations
2. The Scripture Verses For Trials and Tribulations
3. How To Keep Unnecessary Tribulations From Coming Your Way
4. How to Handle A Storm Cloud When They Come Your Way