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FAITH ON TRIAL

Imagine if you can being able to live the kind of life that afforded you both the opportunity to lack for nothing, while at the same time was one that brought praise, honor, and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. IT IS POSSIBLE YOU KNOW.

Scriptural Text We Will Be Considering

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the TRYING of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing - Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice though now for a season, if need be ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the TRYING of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto the praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.   (James 1:2-4; 1Peter 1:5-7 )

Trials we are told come to refine our faith, that is to make it more sincere. Similarly, trials come that they might purify the motives and desires of our hearts. Additionally, trials, if endured satisfactorily, are the means by which God uses to place His stamp of approval our faith.

We see then that not only do our trials come from the Hand of God, but so does the approving of our faith. After all it is God's approval we earnestly desire, and not man's. The Hebrew defines the word TRYING as; (a testing, an experience/ experiment, a proving, TO BE OF REPUTATION.")

We could say then that our reputation is closely related to our faith. And since our faith is so precious to GOD, and since HE places such a GREAT value on our faith, it only stands to reason that GOD is going to use GREAT trials to test it.

One of the reasons God allows our faith to come under such intense fire is that HE is forging a people whom the world can look upon as having a reputation of loving God in spite of their circumstances. You see, we live in a world which is made up of people who are "visually" stimulated. They don't want to hear about our faith; they want to see it in action. You and I allow them that opportunity as we humbly submit ourselves to God during our times of difficulty and testing.

How about your faith. Is it dependant upon GOD having to answer each and every prayer of yours? Or is your faith resting in the character and sovereignty of a loving and caring GOD? Do you have the kind of faith that welcomes hardships with open arms knowing that God is looking out for your best interest?

It is the one who conducts their self nobly during times of testing who will find GOD placing HIS stamp of approval on their faith. The result of such proving by GOD becomes to those who are tested by HIM an evident token of their salvation (See Phil 1:28). What does it mean to be approved? It means as "approved" individuals we have therefore been introduced to testing, have gone through that testing, which by the way the Bible calls the fiery furnace of affliction (See James 1:12 & Romans 16:10), and have come out on the other end to the praise, honor and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ (1Peter 5:7-9).

However, if what surfaces as a result of our faith having been tested proves to be unsatisfactory, then our faith is said to be lacking. Well, what happens if we fail in the process of being tested? Does it mean that God no longer loves us? No! (See Romans 8:28) Does it mean God is angry with us? No! (See Ps 103:8) Does it mean that God is finished with us and we're all washed up? No, No, a thousand times NO! (See Php 1:6)

What we need to remember in all of this is that we are going through a process of BECOMING. Please remember that word, it will save you from a lot of self condemnation and discouragement for having "failed." We are not perfect yet. Failure is inevitable this side of Heaven. God understands this for we are reminded; "For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust" (See Psa 103:14).

I think one of the most incredible truths in all of this is that God Himself promises to be with us during the entire length of this shaping process (See Dan Chapter 3 & Matt. 11:28). So the next time when the testing(s) begin and the heat gets turned up don't be alarmed! Know this that God respects us so much that HE is treating us on the same level as HE did HIS very own SON.

Are you looking at your circumstances with an ETRENAL PERSPECTIVE? This is what God is trying to achieve in our lives during times of testing. So the question is, Are you going to allow GOD to have HIS way with you, right now, right where you are? Shine for GOD today! Let those around you see that your faith in GOD is a living faith.

Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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