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May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014

"Trials Test Your Faith"

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

Yesterday we talked about the fact that God promises to provide for all our needs.  We were also reminded that there is a condition for that promise:  we must trust God to do so.

It’s by trials that we get our faith stretched.  Yesterday, we talked about the trials of pressure and people.  Today we’re talking about the next two.

3.  The persistence test.

The persistence test answers the question:  “Will I keep my commitments?”  People are less willing to commit deeply to tasks.  They do things without much investment.

Weak people give excuses.  Wise people find the time and way to do what they say they will do.  Do you want to be a weak person or a wise person?  This is a test of the kind character you’re going to develop.

4.  The priorities test.

This is the most important test you face.  It asks, “Who will be first in your life?”

How do you know if God is really the first priority in your life?  Ask yourself three questions:  What do you think about the most?  Where does your money go first?  How do you spend your time?  Your answers will reveal the priorities of your life.

God has eternal rewards in store for you if you pass the tests.  A crown of life is a symbol of all that God wants to do in your life, all the blessings He wants to bestow on you, all the needs He wants to meet and all the rewards He wants to give you in heaven.

Passing the tests sounds pretty rewarding.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don