Saturday, 8 June 2013

New Blog Post: "Tested Faith" - Pathway Into His Presence - Charles Stanley

Tested Faith

Scripture Reading: James 1:2–8

Key Verse: James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Losing faith in God in the midst of difficult circumstances undermines what we claim to believe about Him. However, a faith tested and proven yields immeasurable fruit in the kingdom of God.
God’s desire is to mold and shape us into His image so that we reflect His beauty, love, and grace to a dying world. He allows certain situations to touch our lives so that our faith in Him will be strengthened.
The testing of our faith gives us an answer to questions like these: Do we really say what we believe? Or are we spouting off biblical truths without trusting them in our hearts?
James wrote, “The testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:3–4 nasb).
When our faith goes on trial, we should slow down and set our focus on Christ. Attempting to get to the other side of adversity too quickly will sometimes prevent us from learning the lesson God wants to teach us.
Learning to endure such hardships will benefit us, maturing us as believers and strengthening the foundation of our faith. Instead of allowing ourselves to be swayed by our emotions in the moment, we can live victoriously by faith when we refuse to let our faith be shaken. God always brings to completion the works He begins.

Lord, in the midst of my asking You to be present in my difficult times, let me accept Your shaping and molding. Grant me an unwavering faith.

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