Turning Tests into testimonies

posted on: 5.10.2010

Our church series is titled Turning Tests into testimonies: Tests that "prove" our potential and maturity spiritually. They describe five tests, I like to call them "seasons", in which God will test us in order for Him to do and create something in us.
It was an amazing service! I could trace where I had been and why, looking forward to what this new season I'm in will bring. I'm going deeper in the depths of His ocean size love!

Our growth in faith has a lot to do with how we handle things. Elisabeth Elliot, in her book Passion & Purity, speaks about the importance of struggles in the process of growth. It's impossible to receive victory without suffering: Jesus proved that at the cross.

If you're in a place today where you feel uncertain or hopeless, put all your faith in God today and let Him speak to you. Let Him mold you to His likeness. Fall in love with Him, more and more each passing day. It is necessary for you to go through trials in order to achieve victory through Him who has promised to be faithful. Everything happens for a reason, even when we're blind to it. Don't be discouraged. His will and His ways are higher and better than ours! Choose to overcome the world and to trust God in this test, season or trial. Remember: spiritual wealth always comes after the test!

"... I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done. Acceptance of whatever that means is the great victory of faith that overcomes the world."
- Elisabeth Elliot

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[p.s. The kind of tests we go through with God are "open book" tests. The Bible will help us walk through them]

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