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THE RELIGION CORNER: Trials and Tribulations? Count It All Joy!

As we live through a different kind of Holy Week, we find ourselves unable to gather in our places of worship; just know, we are the church! Millions are accustomed to praising and worshipping to remember the sacrifice He made for us. He was crucified for our sins, let us crucify our flesh as Jesus did on Calvary’s cross.

We must stay inside our homes, feeling like the three Hebrew boys, who were thrown into a fiery furnace. The king looked and saw that Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego were walking around amid the fiery furnace, he was amazed. It was as though nothing was happening. The king also saw a fourth person who looked like the Son of God in there with them! The only thing that got burned was the ropes that had them bound. They were free!

Saints, we, too, can walk through this fire, this invisible enemy that’s here among us. Walk on through the fire my children, God be with each and every one of us.

As Christians reflect on the Passion of Jesus Christ who died for our sins on Good Friday, the good news is that He rose, early on Resurrection Sunday morning, Easter to some. He died for my sins and yours.

This is no time for playing church — allow yourselves deep reflection to see the salvation of the Lord. As you ponder His goodness and mercy, make a new vow to the Lord to serve Him until He calls you home.

Have you found yourself in a situation when you have to wonder, “What in the world is THIS all about Lord?” I sure have, and this coronavirus is one of those things! People dying in huge numbers around the world, every day, every hour, every minute. This time, it is not just our usual trials and tribulations. We’re amid a plague, with an invisible enemy. Anyone who has not accepted Christ as your personal Savior during this COVID-19 storm, will find yourselves living in fear and you will tremble.

The song “Were You There” says, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Were you there when he rose up from the dead? Sometimes I feel like shouting ‘Glory, glory, glory!'”

Scripture tells us “to count it all joy” and in James 1:2-3, it says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

As we know, to have the ability to count it all joy in the midst of our storms, is so much easier said than done. You ask, “Lord, why do you want us to endure these trials and tribulations; and why should we be told to count them all joy?

1 Peter 1:7 says, “where the testing of our faith is compared, is like comparing it to the quality and purity of gold.” The Book of James also tells us to have a purpose. When you do, no matter what comes your way, you will dodge every bullet.

When trials and tribulations came my way, all I could do was talk with Jesus. I said, “Lord Jesus, I’m in trouble right now, I need you to order my steps!” My steps surely were ordered, and miracles happened. God kept me, like He did for the three Hebrew boys. Even during times like this pandemic that’s traveling around the world, and as death is everywhere, count it ALL joy. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good, to them who love God and are the called according to His purpose!”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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