21 Reasons Why God Might Allow ‘Problems’ In Our Lives

We cannot escape problems in this life. They could be painful, stressful, or simply inconvenient. It doesn’t really matter what the problems are — that’s all relative to each person. The question we often ponder, however, is: who causes those problems, and why? Many, without fear, blame God. Others, simply shift the blame to Satan. After all, God can’t be behind our painful problems…can he? I suggest God is not the author of our problems, but He doesn’t let them go to waste either. We don’t see the big picture while we’re experiencing a problem, but there’s something bigger happening.

21 Reasons Why God Might Allow 'Problems' In Our Lives

Here are 21 ways God allowed and used ‘problems’ in the lives of people in Scripture:

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fruit of the Spirit

Learning to live by the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit are certainly well-known, but I’m not sure if they are truly sought after.  Part of that issue is probably found in the fact that we misunderstand what the Fruit of the Spirit are.  The Fruit aren’t just ‘good ideas,’ they are the product of someone who pursues life in the Spirit.  They’re called ‘fruit’ because, through the Spirit, these attributes grow and mature in our lives as we let go of our selfish ambitions and human desires and allow the Spirit to guide us.

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fruit of the Spirit

As Paul wrote, life in the Spirit includes:

“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).

These attributes are so important, we need to make sure we understand what’s actually happening when we pursue them. To help, let me give you nine things you probably didn’t know about the Fruit of the Spirit:

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