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May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014

"You Faith is Being Tested!"

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.”  1 Peter 1: 7a NLT

The Bible repeatedly says that God has promised to supply your needs.  In fact, here are the exact words, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4: 19 NIV.

It also reminds us that with every promise there is a condition.  The condition for God providing for you is you need to trust Him.  The more you trust God, the more God is able to meet needs in your life.

So, how can you learn to trust God more so He can meet all your needs?  You don’t get faith by sitting in a bible group or talking about it.  Faith is like a muscle.  The more you use it, the more it gets stretched.

We call the circumstances that God creates to stretch our faith “trials.”  There are four of them that are common.  It’s very likely that you’re experiencing one right now.

I’m going to talk about the first two today and the next twotomorrow.

1.  The pressure test.

The pressure test asks the question, “How will you handle stress?”  Will you depend on yourself or will you depend on God?  God wants you to call on Him for help.

2.  The people test.

God often uses people in our lives to test us.  This test asks the question, “How will you handle disappointment?”  Life has disappointments, but beyond all that disappointment there are just people.  We get disappointed by people because we expect them to meet a need that only God can meet.  This is your test!

The problem is not the people in your life.  It is your response to those people.  The answer to your problem is God.  When you expect a another person to be your savior, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

What happens if you trust the Lord?  Think about that; pray about it.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don