trials

At the Core of Hardship

Carter Conlon

Contrary to much of modern-day theology, God never promised us a life without trials and suffering, but rather one in which we would be refined and carefully molded into His image. He never intended for us to settle for the narrow life of living solely for ourselves with affections set on the things of this world, but rather to live with hands outstretched and hearts touched by the infirmities of others.

Ask for Anything in God’s Name?

World Challenge Staff

The Bible’s instructions on prayer sometimes seem at odds, so it can feel confusing whether God gives us whatever we request or whether there are provisos on this promise.

“If you need healing,” wrote Gloria Copeland on her husband’s website, “you can’t sit back and wait for God to drop it down on you. You have to do what it takes so you can rise up in faith and take what rightfully belongs to you!

Isaiah 51:1

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.

James 5:11

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.