Faith Must Be Tested

“Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict.”

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*YAWN* Today is Monday, August 29, 2016. 46 days until Galveston.

Quote of the Day

“If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” – Francis of Assisi

Word of the Day

Rarefied – 1 : being less dense; 2 : of, relating to, or interesting to a select group : esoteric; 3 : very high.

Today is Individual Rights Day, in celebration of the birthday of philosopher John Locke.

We had a pretty good day, yesterday. The worship gathering went well. We had Taco Bell for lunch and watched TV for a while before finally going to the grocery store for the week. That’s pretty much it. It was a fairly restful day.

The Rangers held on for a win against Cleveland, 2-1, to win the series and take an 8.5 game lead against the Mariners and Astros. The Red Sox, on the other hand, lost another series, as they collapsed in the sixth inning to lose to the Royals, 10-4. They are now two games behind the Boo Jays.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
Psalm 107:17-22

“Sin is bad for health.” I remember a little book, written decades ago, called None of These Diseases, in which the author opines that many of the diseases from which modern society suffers could be avoided if people would only follow the teachings of the Bible. “Salvation . . . brings wholeness. When we are responsive to God’s delivering, healing words in Christ, we find not only our spirits renewed but our bodies regenerated by their Creator.”

This is not to say that believers will never get sick. Peterson has never taught that. But I can testify that, when I am walking with Christ on a daily basis, I feel better physically.

“I submit myself, God, to your care and providence. I put myself, body and spirit, in your care: correct, guide, heal, restore. Be to me the Great Physician, even in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Sublime Intimacy

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40

Whenever we go out on faith, some circumstance, some “common sense” thing will challenge it and attempt to contradict your faith. Common sense and faith are not the same thing! Sure, it’s easy to have faith on the heels of a “mountain-top experience.” “But you have to come down into the demon-possessed valley and meet with facts that laugh ironically at the whole of your mount-of-transfiguration belief.” What happens then? Will your faith hold? Say you believe that God will supply your every need, and then your fountains run dry, and there is no immediate appearance of help or support. Will you make it through that trial?

“Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict.”

When we believe firmly in Christ, unwavering, everything that comes against us will strengthen that faith. “Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.”

Father, when those circumstances come against me, that would scream folly at my faith, keep me strong. May my belief in Jesus be firm and resolute, never failing, just as I believe that you will never fail me, no matter what. I don’t need to stay on the mountain top, because we live in the valleys. Let my faith be strong, because you are strong. You won’t fail, so let my faith not fail, either.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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