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PRAYER
Our Faith Will be Tested
Rosalie Naglich
01-Aug-2009
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:2-3

A person strong in character keeps his word and will not back down even when opposed by the devil. The Bible tells us that our faith will be tested so that we will be strong in character and ready for anything. When circumstances come to move us to compromise, we will not yield. When our faith is tested, and we hold fast to God’s Word, we will develop endurance and endurance will keep us strong.

So many Christians want an easy, comfortable, painless road to heaven without self-denial, commitment, faithfulness, fruitfulness, and prayer. But those that endure and exercise to the fullest their ability with faith in God will be those who are ready for anything when opposed by Satan. They will resist his onslaughts and be an over comer in every situation. We must not cringe or hold back when God wants to change and transform things in our lives.

We are on the potter’s wheel. We are to welcome change so that our lives might reflect His glory. Doers of the Word allow the transformation. Christians whose faith lies dormant listen with their ears, but they do not hear with their heart. They resist the Word that tries to prompt them to action.

A servant serves. He exercises his faith by works and availability. He responds to the call of God like Abraham responded when God asked him to offer his son on the altar. God is calling His people to offer themselves and all that they have. It is not a sin question, it is a heart question.

Can we say that we are about our Father’s business? Are we exercising faith by our deeds? There are deeds of love, serving, giving, witnessing, and prayer, to name a few. We are the only ones who can answer these questions.

I believe the Father’s heart is for us to examine ourselves and then ask Him to help us make changes in any area that might be necessary. We are to embrace being a servant of Jesus Christ. Our faith will be tested, but the one who tests our faith will cause us to pass every test. We must remember that faith without works is dead [James 2:17].
Our prayer...
Father, are You pleased with the above areas in my life that I just read about? Whatever displeases You I am willing to change. The desire of my heart is to spiritually grow and when my faith is tested, I will overcome. Teach me how to exercise my faith by deeds of love, service, giving, witnessing, prayer, and worship. Let everything be done for Your glory!