Our faith will be tested…We will face trials and temptations…
Are we genuine in our Faith…Is it a head knowledge or a heart knowledge?
test 1 |test|
noun
1 a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, esp. before it is taken into widespread use…
• an event or situation that reveals the strength or quality of someone or something by putting them under strain…

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;(everyday temptations & daily events)
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith…
(the long term test. Good news: It is an open book test!)
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
(endure every test with the knowledge that God has given us the way of passing the test)
(Jimmy Swaggart’s notes: refers to the test of faith)
Matthew Henry: We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs?
…for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (If we love Him we will keep His commandments. We can because we have the help of the Holy Spirit)
James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (temptation is not of God)
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith…
No one likes test. But you are not alone…
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
He has already given you the way to go through the test, the daily trials, etc…
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
Endure: To abide under, to stay where you have been put, not to be moved, cheerful, endurance, and expectancy…I am expecting God to bring me through. He will never leave me nor forsake me…He will provide a way…
Here is an example of enduring with JOY…For the joy set before him…Look to Him…He is the author and finisher of our faith…
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame… and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We look to Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and we will receive the help of the Holy Spirit to endure, to make it through, to fight the good fight…
Our condition might go up and down, but our faith remains the same…Our position stays the same…Things may change, but our faith must remain the same: “Jesus Christ & Him Crucified”…
We must not change in whom we believe. We must not be tossed… Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro…
Are you responding to a situation as though there is no God? As though you have lost the fight? Do you have a quitting attitude? Have you been looking at the situation or the situation changer? Have you been put to the test and have run away from it?
Have you gone through something and it reveals something in you that you thought was not there anymore? (maybe that temper, that lust, that lazy attitude, or what ever you thought was not a part of you anymore…) Satan knows your past. He knows what things get under your skin. He will not give up.
But good news!!!
Faith in what Jesus Christ did at the Cross will give you Grace to endure, to overcome, etc… We do not have to respond to what satan is trying to do.
I am dead and buried…(A dead man does not respond… )Romans 6
I am dead…
Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were (YOU WERE, YOU WERE, YOU WERE) the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart…
We do not have to serve sin!!!
Sin does not have its roots in us. Our roots are in the Cross. Sin, temptation, circumstances might vex you, but it can not rule over you, it can not have dominion over you…
You have been changed! You do not have to respond like you used to, you are not that person anymore. What you were you are not anymore!!! Oh Praise God…
I have to come back to the definition of test because it hit me… before it is taken into widespread use…Do you really want to be used of God? Endure the test…
test 1 |test|
noun
1 a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, esp. before it is taken into widespread use…
• an event or situation that reveals the strength or quality of someone or something by putting them under strain…

Remember we have been changed, we are being changed, and we shall be changed!!!!
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. Keeping your eyes on Jesus Christ and Him Crucified…the author and finisher of our faith…and you will receive the help of the Holy Spirit!!!!

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