Welcome to part two of this series, “ Trusting God During Difficult Times: Your Faith Will Be Tested.” Today, we’re talking about faith. If you followed this blog from the beginning, then you should know it’s my favorite topic to write about. I guess you can say it’s my specialty, just call me the Faith Specialist (LOL). As a believer, it’s one of my strengths. My faith in God continues to be tested and has never failed me. It continues to get stronger and I have grown tremendously spiritually. With growth expect a different level but the same devil. No matter what has come my way, I overcame by the grace of God. I’ve been saved for almost eight years now. I accepted Jesus when I was 22 and have not looked back. My faith has been tested over the course of eight years and I am still standing. Leaving the world was the easiest decision, I’ve ever made in my life. I was suicidal and wanted to end my life. I was left with two choices end my life or surrender to God. I believed He had a greater plan and purpose for my life. This is the result of my decision almost 8 years later.
Before we get started, have you checked out part 1 of this series, “Surrendering Your Situation To God?” Don’t worry click the image below to catch up before you go any further.
What I love about the beginning of John chapter 11 (scripture we’re studying during this series) the scripture referenced someone of great faith. John 11:1-3, reminds us of the faith of Lazarus sister Mary. How? It reminded us of who she was, “Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” I believe Mary was a woman of great faith. It takes faith for someone to sacrifice a whole year’s worth of wages to spend on a perfume she would later use to anoint Jesus. Just imagine saving up your annual salary to buy ONE perfume. I also believe Mary had an encounter with God to develop such a remarkable faith. God prepared her in advance to sacrifice her Alabaster oil to anoint Jesus. How did she know He would be there? Why was it so easy for her to give it up after spending a whole year saving up for this perfume?A faith that cannot be tested, can’t be trusted.Click To Tweet
Your Faith will be tested
Friend, the thing about our faith as believers it will be tested. My pastor once said, “a faith that cannot be tested, can’t be trusted.” Powerful right? You need to understand if you’re going to live for Christ, your BEST life at that. Your faith will be tested in order for it to grow. Mary’s faith was tested when she encountered Christ for the first time at Simon the Leper’s house and it was tested AGAIN with the death of her brother. Did she do anything wrong? Does it mean God does not love her? No! The Bible said Jesus loved the three of them very dearly. Yet they found themselves facing the challenges that come with life. As a believer challenges will come and God expects you to overcome them with your faith. He did not leave you helpless. You have the Holy Spirit there to guide you and strengthen you while facing it.
There is a season for everything
These trials are meant to strengthen you spiritually and for the glory of God. That’s it! Trials are good for our faith and to help prepare us for the next season. God wants you to stop thinking there is more to it than it is. It’s time to increase your faith in God and stop thinking the worst of every season that brings challenges. As a believer, your life operates in seasons. There is a season for sowing and for reaping. In your reaping season, you’ll always be happy, but sowing will be uncomfortable. But it does not have to be if you surrender it to God. If you’re expecting to walk through life without any attacks or challenges. Friend, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that is the cost of following Jesus Christ. Things may not always go your way. It will require a lot dying to self and complete surrender. That’s why I encouraged you to surrender your situation to God. If you’ve fully surrendered your life to Christ it makes no sense to try to solve life’s problems by yourself. Give it to Him, let Him take care of it. It’s His job! I remember when I wasn’t working I reminded Him of all of my responsibilities and I told Him, YOU said you will supply all my needs. I need you to hold up your end of the promise and He never failed me. Every bill was paid, I had a roof over my head and I never went hungry. I did not have the things I wanted, but, I had the necessities during that season.
Don’t Stop praying and Remain Steadfast
Whatever you do, don’t stop praying. As I was sharing with my community of friends (subscribers). It’s hard to remain faithful in our prayer life. Let’s face it some days it feels like what’s the point, but I promise you, if you keep going, you will see the rewards. Philippians 4:6 also warns us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Don’t ever stop making your request known to God. Remind Him of His promises. Remember this is the same God when He made His promise to Abraham since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself. Friend, it means He is a promise keeper and a way maker. He can make a way out of your wilderness. The prayer of the righteous man availeth much. You have no idea how many of your past prayers may have saved you from danger or prevent you from losing your job. The thing about prayer, you don’t know when God will answer. But He said, when you call upon Him, He hears and will answer you. He never said when. But He said He will. You owe it to yourself to remain steadfast and immovable in faith. When God is ready to deliver you from your current situation. How will He find you? Will He meet you in faith? Without Faith, it is impossible to please God.
Faith is vital for your breakthrough
Faith plays an important role in your breakthrough. For God to do His part in your situation, faith is required. Don’t believe me? Jesus did not do many miracles in His own hometown because of their unbelief. “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith,” Matt 13:58. If you take a look at all the miracles Jesus performed, He was amazed by their faith. Remember the woman with the issue of blood? Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” What about the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:28? “Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” Or the Centurion Man in Matt 8:10, “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Friend, I encourage you to check out these men and woman of God and look at their faith. Look at how determined they were to break free from their situation. The woman with the issue of blood suffered for 12 years before encountering Jesus. She didn’t give up. Jesus found her in faith and it wasn’t just simple faith. It was so powerful virtue left Him. Friend your faith can draw virtue from God to breakthrough from your situation. Your prayer and faith will do it for you. Don’t give up!
Part 3 will be posted on Monday, Jan 15th. I hope to see you here as we continue to this study. You don’t want to miss it. This is your year to overcome challenges and strengthen your faith in the Lord!
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