First, like everything else in life, faith must be tested. And unfortunately, testing usually comes during trials and tribulations. At least that’s what the Scriptures teach. Consider the following:
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (why) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let (or don’t quit or give up early in the process) patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing – James 1:2-4.
Now, let’s look at this truth just a little bit closer.
My brethren, count (reckon, consider, live like it was true) it all joy when you fall (to fall into the midst of something as to be totally surrounded by it) into various trials (temptations, putting to the test), (why) knowing (ginṓskō) that the testing of your faith produces (to finish, accomplish, to bring to the desired end) patience (to persevere, to remain under, to endure). But let (or don’t quit or give up early in the process) patience have its perfect (complete, full, wanting in nothing) work, that you may be perfect (complete, full, wanting in nothing) and complete (whole, having all its parts), lacking nothing – James 1:2-4.
One of the best ways to grow your faith in the faithfulness of God and His Word is to put His Word to the test in your life. Exactly how is that done? By finding a promise of God and putting it to the test by living as if the promise is true. This means having God place us in situations where our faith in His Word, and in a single promise, is tested.
In this message, we are going to look at five promises from Scripture and live as if we believe them. This week we will grow our faith in Him and His Word by focusing on these five promises:
Monday – James 1:5-8
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Wednesday – Matthew 6:33
Thursday – Matthew 6:14-15
Friday – Romans 12:18-19
So join us as we strive to grow our faith, even in these dark, troubling, chaotic times, as we learn to leave Laodicea behind.