Friday, November 8, 2013

Measuring the Strength of Your Faith

Measuring the Strength of Your Faith
James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 

True joy is an attitude that is characteristic in the life of a genuine believer, even in the darkest of trials. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (James 1:2). In other words, count every trail as a joyful event knowing that the trying of your faith employs patience and that the testing of your faith produces an unwavering devotion to God. True faith will persevere because trials can never destroy true faith, or alter God’s eternal design. Therefore, we can find joy in the midst of any trial. 

In James 1:3, the Bible says, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” This verse is actually saying, “You must go into this trial with an understanding mind that the trial or testing of your faith produces endurance.” This is the power you need to endure, to stay, and not give up. You might even say, “Let the trial come and bring with it the endurance I need to grow in knowledge–––producing spiritual maturity. Without trials, we cannot be strengthened to persevere, for in a trial the true measure of our faith is evident.

During the hardest trial of your life, allow God to do what He wants to do. Let this trial humble you and teach you the value of God’s richest blessings. Don’t fight against what God is trying to do in your life–––it is the pathway to strength, endurance and maturity. Trials come to make you into the image of Christ and enables you to help others that are undergoing similar trials in their lives as well.

Are you going through a trial right now and trying to do your best to keep a joyous attitude, but having difficulty really grasping what's happening? You might be saying to yourself, "I want to have a right attitude, but I’m lacking the wisdom and power to remain joyous through this trial. I am struggling to keep my heart right and struggling to be submissive to this trial. I need some help. What do I do?"

When you're going through a trial, wanting to understand, wanting to know how to be joyous, wanting to be willing to endure the trial, you're not going to find the answers you need in human reasoning. You need to seek after and ask for God’s wisdom. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally (generously), and upbraideth not (without reprimand); and it shall be given him (James 1:5). When you're going through a trial, don't lean on your own understanding; “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

Trials drive you to your knees and make you realize how bankrupt you are in your own human reasoning. The supernatural wisdom that only God can give helps you to understand that in the trials of life answers are not readily available in the world around you. When you go through a trial, the best place you can go is to the Lord. One of the greatest promises God gives in His Word is that you can go to Him and ask for His wisdom. What more could we want than the divine insight to understand and respond properly to every trial of life?

Thought: Whatever the trial is, you are to have a trusting heart that God allowed it for His purpose, and that He will give you the wisdom you need to endure it. Realize you will be better than you ever could have been, if you had not endured that trial. When you go through a trial and do not turn away from God and His will for you, you prove your salvation to a lost and dying world and to other Christians–––measuring the strength of your faith.

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