The Prison Test
When we continue to do the right thing and be obedient, God will eventually take care of any tribulation and move us toward our destiny. We must allow God to continue to use us.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
1. What does it mean to “glory in tribulation”?
2. In John 15, Jesus talks about the pruning of two vines. What is the difference between the two situations? Which vine would you rather be, and why?
3. What is patience? How does patience develop character? How does character produce hope?
4. What situation in your life is currently challenging for you? How can you be obedient in the midst of that circumstance?
5. Look back at the times you were obedient to God in difficult situations. How did obedience help forge your character and produce hope? What divine appointments did God provide?