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The Testing of Your Faith

April 6, 2014

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The Testing  of Your Faith

Oh groan!     We don’t like  test time.     It’s hard.     We have  to really buckle down  and work hard.     There are  the worries  of failure  —  of wondering if we’ve learned our lessons well enough  —  of wondering  about our purpose  in life  —  of wondering what other people  will think  of us.

But,  truth be said,  we are going through testings  all the time,  and way too much  of the time  we are unaware  of it.     We are always facing tests  of our truthfulness,  faithfulness,  ability  to be loving,  and our ability  to overcome temptations.     And we know temptations  come in every form imaginable.     We are tempted  to not believe  in God  when we face trials  of sickness,  poverty,  accidents,  devastation,  loneliness,  and other troubles.

Are we passing  those tests  and trials?

James 1:2-4  wants us  to have  an attitude adjustment  as we face  our trials.     He writes,

Consider it  all joy,  my brethren,  when you encounter  various trials,  knowing that the testing  of your faith  produces endurance.     And let endurance  have its perfect result,  that you may be mature  and complete,  lacking  in nothing.

When our trials  are overwhelming,  we are to  “consider it  all joy”.     Really?     Yes,  because God our Savior   is with us.     God is allowing  the test  —  the trial  —  to strengthen us  in the true faith.     And,  Nehemiah 8:10  tells us,

Do not be grieved,  for the joy  of the LORD  is your strength.

When God allows us  to go through trials  and we learn  to joyfully  put our faith  in Him alone,  we become stronger in faith.     As we are stronger  in faith,  we are building up  our   “endurance”.     That  “endurance”  will make us  better children  of God.     Instead  of looking  to things  in this world  to help,  we learn  to look  to our LORD  in faith,  hope,  and love  —  we learn to  “be mature  and complete,  lacking  in nothing.”

“mature”  faith  trusts God  for all needs.     A  “mature”  faith  is satisfied  and at rest  in all sorts  of situations  because it realizes  God our Savior  is in control  and He will only allow  what is best  for us  in the end.     So,  we will be  “lacking  in nothing”  as we know  we can depend  upon the Lord.     Whatever our testing  and trial  is about,  we know God  will carry us  from moment  to moment.     His way  is always best  —  and His love for us  has been proven  in the suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Christ Jesus.

We are beloved children,  and we are in God’s care.     Remembering God’s love  in Christ,  our trials become  “all joy”  and we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You endured  so much  for our salvation.     Let us always look  to You  as we learn  to endure.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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