“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”
James 1:2-3 NLT
Abraham is considered the father of the faith. He lived before Jesus had come and was under the old covenant. He didn't have the Holy Spirit living inside him, nor did he have the power that we now have when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, yet he simply believed what God said. It is because of his faith that we are now heirs of all the promises listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.
If Abraham believed God and walked in faith without the Holy Spirit and without the Bible imagine how much easier it is for us! How can we complain?!
“by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,”
Ephesians 3:4-6 NKJV
We have the Bible that tells us the dead can be raised, he didn't. Yet he was willing to sacrifice his only promised son Isaac, believing God would raise him from the dead! Once again he proved his trust in God's word.
We have the power of God living inside of us because of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit!
Right now my family is going through a trial which, in the natural, doesn't look so good. BUT we serve a SUPERnatural God, so we give no place to fear. This is sometimes a daily battle, as we live in a fallen world, completely driven by fear and worst-case-scenerio. Staying in the Word is not optional, our peace depends on it!
Every trial is an opportunity for God to show himself strong in your life. It's a chance for new strength.
Have the God kind of faith. Does God worry? Does God fear? Does God get concerned that your situation is beyond his expertise? No way!! Then why are you?!?! Faith is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22)
There is only ONE faith, God's faith! That is what you have!
“one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Ephesians 4:5-6 NKJV
God already gave us faith (Romans 12:3,6)
When you are in faith sometimes it comes across as uncompassionate, insensitive, people may think you don't even care. They might even think you are delusional or in denial about the "reality." The carnal mind can't comprehend faith. Only a mind renewed in the word can grasp this concept. Satan is carnal, faith confuses him.
Fear creates worry, faith produces results. Would you rather have sympathy or solution?
To accomplish all that God has for you it is going to require the supernatural. Faith won't be optional in the places where he wants to take you!
Be encouraged if you are going through trials, this gives your faith an opportunity to grow and you have nothing to fear, Jesus promises victory!
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:3-4 NKJV