The Testing of our Faith is Part of the Process

Spiritual Common Sense

Each genuine believer must be delivered from contrariness to God, which operates in our own hearts, first and foremost. We must ask ourselves if we will choose to believe our God, and willingly seek His opinion, insight, and instruction, no matter the situation. The testing of our faith (what we genuinely believe) is necessary, if we are to move from faith to faith, and glory to glory in our transformation into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

WHY DOES OUR GOD ALLOW OUR FAITH TO BE TRIED AND TESTED?

Deuteronomy 8:2 (NLT) Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.

Our God does not “test” us Himself; rather He does not rescue us, but allows us to “take ourselves” or “be drawn into situations” so that we can see what is in our own hearts. He already knows if we will honor His will and way. He is not sadistic, or masochistic. No, His intent is that we prosper and be in health, even as our souls proper (3 John 1:2). We must first; however, recognize and acknowledge sin and rebellion in our own hearts, before we can genuinely repent. Genuine repentance then opens our lives up for our God’s intervention and blessing.

Psalm 66:10-12 (NASB) For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

Zechariah 13:9 (NASB) “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'”

THE CONSUMING FIRE OF OUR GOD IS A BLESSING TO US
Watchmen, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you, (that is, to test the quality of your faith), as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. Remember that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings and keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory (filled with His radiance and splendor) is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy (1 Peter 4:12-13 AMP).

Yes, we are to walk through testing, and live each day as if Christ could return in all His glory. As the fire of our God’s love, protection, and correction changes our lives, we must also remember that His glory will first be revealed in us, His Body, the Church. We must remember the value and results of the trying, testing, and molding of our faith:

James 1:2-4 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect (mature) and complete (whole), lacking in nothing (having faith that manifests your needs).

NEVER FORGET THAT WE ARE HIS BELOVED CHILDREN
As our God’s Word and Holy Spirit teach us, life, the world and darkness come to test what we believe, to see if we genuinely believe with our hearts (Mark 4:14-20). Passing the tests equips us with new/deeper revelation of our Heavenly Father, the mind of Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit. This is part of the process of spiritual maturity and promotion. Our God wants us to trust Him, His Word, and ways, as He grooms and grows us up, as He restores our lives to HIS original intent.

Our God’s Love, companionship, and training equip us to operate in the power and authority of His Word and Holy Spirit. The guidance of His character, Word and Holy Spirit, (as They walk us through the traps of life, the world, and darkness), provides the understanding and sound spiritual judgment needed to tear down the kingdom of darkness, as we build the Kingdom of our God.

FEAR NOT, IT IS PART OF THE PROCESS
The Word to God’s Watchmen all over the world today is a resounding, “Fear not!” There is no need to fear if our God is leading. How do we get our God in the driver’s seat of our lives?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

We must get and keep our God involved in our affairs. Purpose to never leave His presence, or escape His watchful eye. Expect, without wavering, His answers, and guidance.

JESUS IS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S BELOVED FIRSTBORN SON,
WE MUST HEAR HIM (Luke 21)
The following is a reminder of the things Jesus Christ said during His time on earth; the Holy Spirit would put us in remembrance so that we do not faint and lose heart; so that we continue steadfast and immovable in our faith towards our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit. No man knows the hour that the Son of man shall return. We can; however, be prepared and properly informed.

Luke 21:8 And He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Jesus knew that false prophets and teachers would be at work in the “church.” It is our job to believe our God is greater and stronger and that His Word does not return void and empty, as we pray, decree, and declare His will in the earth.

Luke 21:9-11 When ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Are we genuinely surprised when we see or hear the news from around the nations? Did not our God speak through His Son warning humanity of the things to come? We must not be moved by what we hear, see, or feel; we must purpose in our hearts to be moved by the character, Word, power, and authority of our God alone.

Luke 21:12-15 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. It shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

We must purpose in our hearts never to be afraid of the faces of any, but trust and follow our God’s lead in all things. He will speak through us if we allow Him to do so, and He knows just what to say. He speaks the language of the hearer (Acts 2:6).

Luke 21:16-17 Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.

Darkness hates light, even when it exists in one of our loved ones. We must remember it is not truly us, but the God in us, who is the Light. The hatred and contradiction of humanity did not change Jesus’ mode of operation. He continued to listen to the voice of our Heavenly Father and followed the guidance of His Holy Spirit. We must do the same.

Luke 21:18-19 There shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.

We must remember, when we leave all to our God’s care and guidance, He alone has the final say. When He says yes, no one can contradict Him. We must lay our lives on the altar of His love, trusting Him to keep His Word, causing all things to work together for our good. We are patience; we endure without fear, without doubt.

WE MUST REMEMBER OUR GOD’S PROMISES
James 1:12 (NASB) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Living life in abundance is living in the faith, glory, power, and authority of our God. Our faith must be tested.

REMEMBER THE NATURE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
We will walk through life, the world, and darkness filled with confidence in our God. We will not fear the testing of the genuineness of our faith, knowing that our God’s Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Gentleness, Longsuffering, Faithfulness, Meekness, and Self-control, will see us through until the end of the matter. We know the end of the matter is that “WE WIN!

HEAVENLY FATHER,
We love You. We trust You. We set our faces like flint to do Your will. We understand the testing of our faith is necessary. We are mature enough to recognize and know that testing is good for us. We are grateful that even though we fail a test, You are right there instructing us anew.

Thank You for the nuggets of gold that we have gained through our tests and struggles. Thank You for Your plans for our lives, and that You are walking us into them. We are grateful that You have the final say in our lives.

We open wide doors, windows, and gaps for You to enter in. We ask that You do all that is in Your heart. We thank You in advance for all that we are learning. We thank You in advance for the understanding, wisdom, and revelation knowledge we receive. Thank You for greater levels of power and authority that comes with it all.

We trust Your character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), and Your Holy Spirit to continue to lead, guide, direct, keep and provide for us. We thank You for making us more and more like Jesus, and therefore, like Yourself. Again, do all that is in Your heart, today and everyday. In Jesus name we pray. Amen and thank You.

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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