Tests and Trials
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The Trying of Your Faith
When tragedies happen, when financial ruin overtakes us, or when death takes someone close to us, we often wonder why. And while we will never during this life know all the answers, we know two things for certain: 1) God works all things to our good, and 2) Tests and trials are opportunities to build character and see our level of faith.
We have the choice during every trying time to either allow our circumstances to destroy us and make us bitter, or to cry out to the Lord for help and throw our despair into complete trust in God. It's through tests and trials mixed with seeking after and heeding the voice of God that miracle-working faith can be born.
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Faith Comes By Hearing
Scripture tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. For those who do not know Jesus, faith simply means a deep conviction, or perhaps a blind trust. If we do not present the Word of God to them, how can they ever find true faith?
It is vital we first of all have the Word of God, the Bible, hidden in our hearts. And through meditating upon and memorizing the Word of God, we will more easily recognize the voice of God when he speaks, distinguishing that voice from the voice of the enemy and the flesh.
And as we dedicate ourselves to be full-time students of the Word, we will find the voice of God speaking through us, not only strengthening our own faith, but planting the seeds of faith in others, the end result of that faith being Salvation.
That's why Jesus commanded us to go everywhere and proclaim the Gospel to everyone. The Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation, it is the voice of God, the will of God, the heart of God, and the Word of God. And as we plant those seeds of God's Word, some will hear. And as they hear, faith will begin to grow. And the end of this faith, as Scripture tells us, is their Salvation.
But if we don't go, they won't hear. That's why we go into places that are greatly overlooked, communities made up of real people who interact in a 3-D virtual world on the Internet, answering the call to enter into the midst of spiritual darkness, shining the light of true freedom, love, and life.
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Prayer Requests & Praise Reports
Serious Accident – Schizm writes, Please pray for my son-in-law's sister, Linda. She and her 17-year-old adopted son, Earnest (he's the youngest of the four siblings that Linda, who is a nurse,
adopted years ago, so that they wouldn't have to be separated) went off a cliff in Tennessee at twilight. Both sustained very serious injuries. Thank you.
Medical Overhaul – Ricardo writes, After coming off of the 1 yr. of medications unfortunately my Hep C viral level went up to 4 million---this was an unexpected set back. It appears that the virus hid in some FATTY LIVER, and that made it undetectable. Due to the medications I also may have developed PRE-DIABETES. My HIV remains undetectable, thank God, but I could use a rise in t-cells. Hence, please lift up in prayers for a Fatty Liver to return to normal; Hepatitis C virus level to go down; NO diabetes to progress; and T-Cells needed to boost my immune system to rise. A COMPLETE MEDICAL OVER-HAUL! All in Jesus Holy name. Amen.
Sister's Salvation – Litron writes, please pray for my sister's coversion to God!
Tough Times – LPT writes, Please pray for me, I am going through some tough times right now. Thanks :)
Finding a Wife – Phil writes, Pray its GODs will for my soulmate to enter my life now,I'm 35 and never had a girlfriend
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