The testing of our faith comes when we least expect it. It comes when we are searching hard and think we are making progress. Worse yet, it often comes from the people we least expect it from. That is what has recently happened to me.
It'll come through those we love, those we thought were stronger than us, those we respect, and those whom we know are smarter than us. It doesn't only come from those who oppose us.
Testing catches us unaware as we try to ascertain what is happening. Worst of all, it makes us doubt.
We may doubt for a moment, a day or a lifetime, but testing will make us re-evaluate what we believe.
This is the nature of a test. It is meant to make you stop and think. The purpose in it is to see what manner of person you are. It is to show you where you are in this walk.
Are you ready to give an answer?
Who will you turn to?
What is the strength of your faith?
Where will this lead you?
Testing also gives you direction as you come face to face with your weaknesses. It will cause you to consider what you believe and why. Testing, in fact, can make us stronger.
How will you hold up under testing when talking to a New Atheist Scientist or a New Age advocate? How about those in the Emergent Churches, or those who have embraced Christian Mysticism...do we even know what those things are? Sometimes the fire is supposedly “friendly” fire. We must be ready.
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.” 1 Peter 4:12-14
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