Sunday, November 14, 2010

Your Faith will Be Tested

Judge 20:18-23 Does failure cause us to turn from God's will?

Deut 13:1-3 does the enemies success cause us to turn away?
We are being tested by God. Deut 13:3

Ps 11:5 The Lord tests the righteous and wicked.

Gen 22:1f God tested Abraham with Isaac.

Psalm 34:19 "Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all."

James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who preserves under trial, for once he has been approved he will recieve the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."

Ex 20:20 thunder, lightening and smoke tested Isralites.

Deut 8:2,16 Wilderness was a testing of the heart; Mana was also a testing.

1 Cor 11:19 Factions allow those that are approved to become evident. So trials will allow those of true character to shine.

Luke 2:35 sword will pierce your soul revealing hearts thoughts.

2 Cor 13:5-7 Test yourself to see if you are in the faith.

John 6:6 Jesus tested Philip asking where to buy bread to feed the 5000

Ex 15:25 Here is an interesting verse that has a lot of meaning.
1) Water represents the teachings of Jesus.
2) The tree is a type of the cross of Christ. We must have the cross of Christ in our life to be able to receive the teachings of Jesus.
3) With the cross in our life the teachings of Jesus are sweet. Without the cross in our life the teachings of Jesus are bitter. The cross is the sufferings that go along with serving Christ.
2 Chron 32:31 God left him alone to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

Faith trusts God and does not consider circumstances or the report of the world. Faith does not listen to reasoning against the Scriptures. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

The problems/tests will increase our faith/patience as we continue to look to Jesus. Why? Because we are looking at what Jesus said and trust His faithfulness and do not consider the current circumstances.

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