Testing 1,2,3.

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I just love the fact that God's word is SO alive! I know this because I was reading James 1 two nights ago and yet again, God drew my attention to something I hadn't noticed before.

"...the testing of your faith produces perseverance...."  (James 1:3)

The testing of your faith. The testing of my faith is what produces perseverance. And I couldn't help but notice James used the word test-ing. Present tense. That means... (you got it).... it's ongoing. It's always happening. On that note, how is your faith being tested?

You may find yourself in the middle of a big storm. Perhaps a diagnosis, a sudden tragedy or the loss of a loved one. Or perhaps you're in one of life's cloudy forecasts. Marriage struggles. Undesired singleness. Spiritual drought. Transition. Loneliness. Parenting. Sleepless nights. Stress. Broken heart. Disappointment. Ministry. Stretched thin. Needy people. The lone Christian in your family. Hectic schedule.  The unknown. Long-distance marriage. Health issues. An exhausting season of life.

Whichever type of "testing" you find yourself in, I would ask you look beyond the circumstance and ask yourself, what aspect of my faith is my trial putting to the test? In other words, what are you being tempted to doubt about who God is? What He can do? Your identity in Christ? Or what God wants to do in and through you? What is being called into question? What are you being called to believe?

I would invite you to complete this sentence in the comment box below:

  • {Insert trial} is tempting me to think that {insert lie}.... rather than trust {insert truth}.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking beyond the circumstance:

  • Struggling with perpetual sin  is tempting me to think that change will never happen rather than to trust that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion.
  • My unanswered prayer is tempting me to think that I should give up, get out and move on  rather than to trust that God is always at work on my behalf.
  • My dad's fatal diagnosis  is tempting me to think that God must not be faithful  rather than to trust that never will He leave or forsake me.
  • That new job posting  is tempting me to think that there's something I am missing out on  rather than to trust that His presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy. 
  • Seeing the highlight reel of other's lives on social media  is tempting me to think that my life is mundane  rather than to trust that God can do abundantly more than I could ask or imagine. 
  • My past mistakes  are tempting me to think that God couldn't love me  rather than to trust that in Christ, there's nothing I have done that can make Him love me less. 

I want to be one who perseveres, don't you? Persevering and believing the truth takes us one step closer to maturity. Completeness. Nothing lack anything. Let the testing of our faith find us clinging to the truth even when the big storms or cloudy weather tempts us to doubt the presence of the Son.

I look forward to hearing from you!