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Bible Quotes
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. ...
(Psalm 37:1-40) ESV

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?
(Amos 3:3) ESV

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. ...
(Matthew 5:38-48) ESV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6) ESV

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
(John 16:33) ESV

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
(Romans 8:18) ESV

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
(Romans 16:17)

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
(Galatians 6:2) ESV

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
(Philippians 2:14) ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:6,7) ESV

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
(1 Thessalonians 5:15) ESV

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
(2 Timothy 2:5) ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
(James 1:2-4) ESV

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7) ESV

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
(1 John 2:15-17) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept.
--St. Jerome - Saint Born 347 Died 420 

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
--Winston Churchill – English Statesman Born 1874 Died 1965

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
--Henri Frederic Amiel – Swiss Philosopher Born 1821 Died 1881

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
--Edward R. Murrow – American Journalist Born 1908 Died 1965

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
--Rene Descartes – French Mathematician Born 1596 Died 1650

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
--Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet Born 1861 Died 1941

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
--Edgar Degas – French Artist Born 1834 Died 1917

Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.
--Anne Rice – American Novelist Born 1941

God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
--Peter Marshall – Scottish Clergyman Born 1902 Died 1949

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
--William Hazlitt – English Critic Born 1778 Died 1830

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
--Stanislaus I – Polish Royalty Born 1677 Died 1766

If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point.
--Dirk Benedict – American Actor Born 1945

It's the difficulty we had with Mr. Bean, actually, when it went from TV to film. You certainly discover that you need to explain more about a character.
--Rowan Atkinson – English Comedian Born 19564

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Difficulty and the Bible

In the Book of Hebrews chapter 12 we are admonished: And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (vv. 1-2). Here, the Christian life is compared to a race, perhaps a marathon, in which finishing the race is more important than coming in first. How can we finish? By keeping our eyes on the goal: Jesus.

What kind of example did Christ set for us? For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (v. 2). Jesus kept his eyes on the goal — the joy set before him. Our salvation is the joy that motivated Jesus to endure the pain and shame of the cross.

You and I have not experienced what Jesus did: In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood (v. 4). We should be willing to give our lives, because the life we have gained is far more than anything we might give up.

Children and discipline

The author then quotes Prov. 3:11-12 to give the readers a better way to view their problems: "My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children (Heb. 12:5-7).

This does not mean that every problem we face has been specifically caused by God, or that it is a punishment for something we did wrong. But problems can be turned for good in our lives if we look at them as athletic training that can help us be stronger and more faithful.

In the Christian life, difficulties are to be expected: For what children are not disciplined by their parents? If you are not disciplined — and everyone undergoes discipline — then you are not true sons and daughters at all (vv. 7-8). In Greek society, wealthy men often had mistresses, and they often had illegitimate children. They sent their legal children to school and trained them, but they often ignored their illegitimate children.

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness (vv. 9-10).

This is not always easy, but we will fare better if we are mentally prepared for it. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (v. 11). We may not see those results right away — especially peace — but we will enjoy the results if we endure the difficulties.

Therefore, since discipline has good results in our lives, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed" (vv. 12-13, quoting Prov. 4:26). Don’t let the problems cause you to drop out of the race. Run straight toward the goal, even though it’s hard.

Don’t be like Esau.

 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done (vv. 16-17).

Esau is an example to avoid: He gave up a long-term blessing for a short-term benefit. This is the choice the readers were facing, too: Would they give up eternal life with Christ for a little convenience in this world? If you do this, the author says, the time will come when the penalty will be irreversible. Esau repented in one sense — he decided he wanted the blessing — but it was too late, because it was part of the inheritance he had already sold.

Do not sell out the faith, the author says. Stand firm, and be faithful — and we do that by fixing our eyes on Jesus.2


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Definition of Difficulty

1. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty.

2. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology.

3. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.

4. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.3     




References and notes
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Dealing With Difficulties: A Study of Hebrews 12:1-17 -
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary -
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