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How to Grow in Faith Through Fiery Trials


As Ron Dunn might say, the very thing which causes us to think that God is not at work in our life is the very work that God is doing. This is especially true in suffering. From suffering comes strength, deeper faith, the ability to comfort others, and most of all the fellowship of Christ’s own sufferings. For the Sammons family, Susanna’s scoliosis surgery was the first wave in a series of afflictions they felt powerless to control. The thoughts came: “I don’t understand!”, “Where is God in this situation?”, “Why?” Yet as they waited for the Lord to answer they found Him at work already—bringing them all they needed: encouragement; maturity in Christ; a new appreciation of Corrie ten Boom and Joni Eareckson Tada; a deeper understanding of the resurrection; and insight into rich passages such as II Corinthians 1, Philippians 3, I Peter 3, and Hebrews 13. Like Moses their desire was to see God’s glory and “from the cleft of the rock” they saw in retrospect the rewards of choosing to trust Him.



Length: 51 min.

Primary Topic: Facing Difficulties, Prayer

Date: 2004

Speaker: Jim Sammons

1 thought on “How to Grow in Faith Through Fiery Trials”

  1. Thank you Jim for a very timely message. I join you in crying out to God, like Moses, “I want to see you!” What a faith builder to realize that God is in control and He knows best in every circumstance!

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