Testing of Your Faith

So it’s almost time to take the big test, and you feel confident that you are going to do well because you have studied and prepared for it.

It took hours upon hours, but you took the time to read the entire textbook.

Even though you knew it would take a vast amount of time, you created flashcards to help you memorize the information you read within the textbook.

For days upon days, you labored to bring all things you thought would be on the test to memory, and finally the day of the big test arrives.

You strolled to the test location with great confidence. No stress. No fear. ‘I’ve got this’ you said.

You then take a seat and the big test begins.

Although there were a few questions that stumped you, and one that brought you a little bit of stress, you whiz through the test with great confidence in your heart.

Once completed, you picked up your test, and took it over to the proctor, and handed it over to be checked.

As you wait for the results, you think about all the studying and effort you put in to memorize key information... 

Finally, the proctor comes over to you and with a smile says ‘congratulations, you received 100% on the test.’

You, in turn, with a bigger smile and overwhelming joy, thank the proctor and leave the room already thinking about the next big test...

Throughout our lifetime, we are going to experience many trials. Some will be minor, and some will be major.

These trials are tests that are going to test our faith in Jesus. These trials are going to make us or break us.

At the start of the book of James, the author encourages the believer to count it all joy whenever we fall into various trials.

James tells the believer this because even as a believer trials are going to happen and he is encouraging us to prepare for them.

As stated earlier, the trials you and I will experience are ones that are going to test our faith in Jesus. If the test is passed, then patience will come. Ultimately, this will prepare you for the next trial.

The way to prepare for upcoming trials is to build a strong relationship with Jesus through fellowship with Him. This should be done on a daily basis.

The following are some Biblical ways to build a strong relationship with Jesus:
By praying1 (calling on Him) and reading His Word2 (the Bible). The aforementioned is having fellowship with God - you speak to Him (pray) and He speaks to you (reading the Bible). Spending time daily and throughout the day with the Lord will build up your relationship with Him. 
By applying3 what God has shown you into your daily life. Don’t simply obtain knowledge of what you’ve read in the Bible, apply what you’ve learned. For example, if you read “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV), then do what His word says - be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving to others. 
By placing scripture to memory4. Create a flashcard set with scripture on one side and the location of that scripture on the other side and begin to memorize it. (Hey why not, right? We want to pass the test.) This will prepare you to be able to recall scripture when you are caught without a Bible and facing a trial (test).
By way of an established, solid, daily dose of fellowship with Jesus, you will not only have a great relationship with Him, but you will also have prepared for the trial that is to come.

Then, with great confidence, you will be able to face that trial with joy and walk out of it in peace5 and a big smile giving praise to Jesus.

If you have an encouraging scripture, please post it below!

Stay Strong!

 Isaiah 40:31

1 "Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

2 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

3 "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?" -James 2:14 (NKJV)

"But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." -James 2:18 (NKJV)

4 "Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart." -Proverbs 7:2-3 (NKJV)

5 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." -Isaiah 55:11-12 (NKJV)


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