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Because of His great love, God is working to develop a reflection of His Spirit in us. He allows us to face problems, persecution, and suffering, not as a curse but as the greatest blessing of our lives. Every time we resist a temptation or bravely face a problem, we gain a new understanding of life and our character grows and matures. When we resist temptation through the power of Christ, we show the world the power of God's grace.
Bitter troubles should not discourage us. But we should pray that God will keep us safe from the sinful desires of our own hearts. When we pray the prayer that Jesus gave us, we put ourselves in God's hands and ask Him to protect us, even from ourselves. We must wait for His hand to lead us. We must listen to His voice, saying, "This is the right way. You should go this way" (Isaiah 30:21).
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