Walk By Faith – Facing Tests and Trials

Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

The following are some thoughts on how to apply walking by faith.
If you haven’t already, read Walk By Faith – ‘Faith’ like a Tree first.

Are we shaken when the storms of life come our way?

Or are we grounded in blessed assurance of His eternal presence and provision? 
(Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 6:25-33)

Let’s rely on the Object of our faith — Jesus — in real practical ways. 

Firstly we can consider it joy to go through trials, as God shapes us to be more like Him. (James 1:2-4, 2 Corinthians 4:17) We can arm ourselves with Romans 8:28, assuring us of God’s good character to work everything out for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose. 

This means, no matter what we’re going through, God sees us, is with us and is compassionate and caring.

For endurance, we know that every spiritual blessing is ours, in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3) 
-Eternal life in Christ.
-Freedom in Christ.
-The fruit of the Spirit blooms from the hearts of those who house the Holy Spirit by faith in Christ. (Galatians 5:22)
Let’s affirm God’s promises in prayer, and ask Him to make truth settle deep in our hearts! (Check out the entire Psalm 119:1-176) 

Are we facing sickness or old age?
Yes, our God can and does choose to heal many times. He even raised Lazarus from death, and through His people since, has done countless similar miracles. But we all suffer the first death, which is physical death – separation from the physical body and being at home with the Lord. We escape the 2nd death, which is spiritual death – torment by the separation from our Creator.

What if He doesn’t choose to heal our physical illnesses?
2 Corinthians 5:1-17 encourages us that even though our earthly bodies are being destroyed, our assurance rests on being a new creation in Christ. Paul described the joyful preference to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)

What other trials are we facing?

When forgiving is difficult, we do it anyway. When we don’t feel like loving others, let’s ask God to give us His will and strength to perform acts of love anyway. We pray our love points people to the Savior and not a false representation of Him. We love the sinner, while hating the sin that wages war against the flesh. (Colossians 3:13, 1 John 4:20, Galatians 5:17)

When avoiding sin is difficult, we must fix our eyes on Christ above. We remember how He forgave us, and what He saved us from. We look to what a great reward we have in Him. The love of Christ compels us to follow that way out. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
When continuing is daunting, we press on. (2 Corinthians 4:8-18, Philippians 3:13-14)

LORD, I’d like to lift up my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, to You. Those who are facing tests and trials right now. Grant them wisdom and discernment according to Your Word. Comfort and lead them. Bless them and keep them. Strengthen them and uphold them to do Your will. In Jesus’ Name. ~Amen.