Complete Gospel Tract Titles

Gospel Tract List
1. How I Received the Holy Ghost
2. Jesus Is Coming Again
3. You Must Be Born Again
4. Stir Up the Gift of God
5. The World's Most Dreaded Hour
6. What is Salvation?
7. Stand Still in Jordan
8. The Returned Father
9. Grieved Hearts
10. The Second Death
11. The Father and the Son
12. Suffering and the Saints
13. Cancer Conquered
14. The Church?
15. How Shall They Preach, Except They Be Sent?
16. Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed?
17. Patience
18. Alone With God
19. Tithes and Offerings
20. Prayer
21. The True Sabbath
22. The Besetting Sin
23. Saving Strength
24. What Will the Harvest Be?
25. Marriage and Divorce
26. Taking the Name of the Lord
27. Keys to the Kingdom
28. Works
29. Politics and Believers
30. Unequally Yoked in Marriage
31. Unequally Yoked in Worship
32. The Forgiven Woman
33. The New Earth
34. The Sin of Silence
35. Freedom
36. Gods of the Gentiles
37. Why Some Are Not Healed
38. The Seven Pillars
39. Life, More Abundantly
40. Fear
41. The Comforter’s Testimony
42. This is My Friend
43. Conversion
44. The Time Is Drawing Near?
45. Songs in the Night
46. The Master's Net
47. Trials are Opportunities
48. Receiving the Messenger
49. Seven Messages to the Seven Pastors
50. Keep Yourself Pure
51. Jezreel
52. The New Birth
53. Denying Jesus
54. Bruised Reeds
56. The Wise and the Foolish
57. Holiness
58. Is Jesus God?
59. Christ or Christianity
60. Have Faith In God
63. Four Kinds of Soil
64. Communion
66. Baptism
69. Crucified With Christ
70. Homosexuality and the Bible
71. The Kingdom of God
72. The Gospel of Christ
77. Sanctification
78. New Commandments
79. The Sacrifice of Christ
81. Speaking in Tongues
87. Antichrist
88. The Way of Grace
90. Relationships
93. Subdued
94. The Spirit of Christ
95. The Blood of Christ
96. Spirit of a Serpent, Spirit of a Dove
97. Gluttony
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Gospel Tract #47

Trials are Opportunities

by George C. Clark, Sr.

"I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong."
2Corinthians 12:10

When one trusts God, he stops asking for sympathy, for he sees his trials as the very conditions of his blessings, and he looks to God for strength. For as Paul courageously said (Rom. 8:38-39), "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord."

The overcoming of temptations and trials builds confidence in God. Then, should we not rejoice in them? Every trial, every problem, affords a glorious opportunity to learn of the high calling to which God ever calls His own. They are precious opportunities to prove our faith in God! Our heavenly Father often ordains that we suffer for a season that we might be made perfect and worthy of His praise. Oh, how the true measure of one's worth is brought out as he struggles through dark nights of sorrow and pain! When we are tried "so as by fire", we learn to look to Him who has promised, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. Neither shall the flame kindle upon you." (Isa. 43:2). Through all our trials, our Father walks beside us, however dark may be the night.

Dear friends, God proves us to show us who we really are, whether we are like the wise man who built his house upon the rock or the foolish man who built his house on sand. If we are wise, we will see our trials as stepping stones carefully designed by our Father to mold us more perfectly in His image. Knowing this, Peter joyfully counselled, "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings." We must endure the refiner's fire in order to attain to the standard of holiness which fits us for the Master's use. Peter, that dear old fire-tried apostle, desired that "the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1Pet. 1:7).

One can always be thankful for the guiding Hand that leads triumphantly in the confidence of right, though that Hand at times may lead "through the valley of the shadow of death." If one will only trust at all times, he will be able to say, as the Psalmist David, "I will fear no evil, for you are with me." Yes, reader, God will bring you through every battle victoriously and make you more than a conqueror in every battle. You need never be troubled nor fear defeat as long as you obey the invisible One who directs and sustains all His tried people.

The glory of suffering for righteousness' sake shines upon us more and more as we climb through these trials of faith with heads raised toward the heights of perfection, "Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith." Without a strong hold on our dear Savior, we will utterly fail, for without him we are too helpless and weak to master our trials. He is our Strength; therefore, we may be encouraged even when we feel cast down and weak, as Paul did. At times during our trials we may feel as mournful Job felt when he uttered these words, "Behold, I go forward, but I cannot perceive Him; on the left hand, where He works, but I cannot behold Him. He hides Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take. When He has tried me, I will come forth as gold."

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust him."

"The Lord tries the righteous," David tells us (Ps. 11:5). And the strongest type of character always receives the hardest trials. What a glorious opportunity we have - the privilege to be stamped with the trademark of heaven! Trials of faith are God's greatest compliments to His earthly children.

One should never look upon his trials as mere attacks from the Devil. Not at all! God's sheep should be taught that it is God who designs and sends trials of faith, and that they are intended for our greatest blessings! There is great peace in understanding that faith must be tried, and that when it is tried, it is being tried by God! From trials, one learns his most precious lessons, lessons custom designed for each of us by our Father, to match our faith and to enhance our spiritual development.

If you do not yet know the sweetness and the joy of overcoming trials, then perhaps you need to humble yourself before God, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." There is a peace that comes with obeying this exhortation that is unattainable by any other means.

Suppose the engines in our airplanes were not tested before they took to the air. Would you want to be aboard for its maiden flight? I doubt it. Even so it is with us. Jesus will not take that much-talked about trip in the air with anyone who hasn't had the ground test. The test of our faith is the discipline of God, the method He uses to correct, mold, strengthen, and perfect us. These tests are manifold, and may be puzzling and painful, but we have one great consolation; that is, they are all to last only "for a season". Yes, thank God, the testing time is short compared to eternity with all its enjoyments. Paul exhorts us to remember that "no trial has overtaken you but what is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tried beyond what you can bear, but He will also, with the trial, make a way out, so that you will be able to endure it."

Every trial is designed by our God with a holy purpose. Trials prepare us for blessings; and only those who receive the discipline of trials here in this world will obtain the crown of life. The word of God forever heralds the truth that man must battle for his crown. A calm sea never made a skillful mariner.

The Bible relates stories of many whose lives seemed to be one extended test of character and faith, Abraham, Joseph, Jeremiah, and Daniel, among them. They offer proof that "whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." At the same time, such lives show that it is possible to pass through every trial with integrity and grace. Surely we, as well as they, can be "kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation." May God help us to obtain more of this "like precious faith", so that when Jesus comes, we shall not be found wanting.

Be patient, my friends, and do not mar your peace by needless worry, but "count it all joy when you fall into diverse trials, knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience." And "let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."