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Glory abounds in Trouble

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John 13:31 “When he [Judas] was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him”

Jesus had exclaimed just before that his heart was troubled with what Judas was about to do. As soon as Judas left the room to betray Jesus, Jesus was glorified. Why? Because Jesus was troubled and hurt by it, but let it happen anyway. Glory abounds in trouble.

John 12:27-28 “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

True glory is only found in the aftermath of trouble & tribulation.

The word ‘trouble‘ here means to agitate, to stir-up or to put in motion. True glory is only found when we face a trial, when life stirs us up and puts us in motion. Times when our faith is put to the test, and our love is observed for its genuineness. Conversely the word ‘glorify‘ means to ascribe weight or to recognize substance.

The weight and substance of a person’s faith is only revealed through trouble.

What’s the trouble in your life? Relationship breakdown? Financial crisis? Health deterioration? Whatever it is, know that through faith, both yourself and God will be glorified from your situation.

Those who climb mountains must start in valleys.

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