The strength of our faith is very important. We can understand a little better about our faith by looking at our own fruits, taking note of our actions and reactions.
In The Ministry of Healing, 488, we are told that our “faith can
- endure trial
- resist temptation
- bear up under disappointment …”
Does this describe your faith? Often times when our mind is not walking in heavenly places we forget that whatever comes to us comes from the Saviour who surrounds us with His presence. Train your mind to remember that nothing can touch you except by the Lord’s permission. What a thought! We really can rest in Him knowing that,
- “all our sufferings and sorrows
- all our temptations and trials
- all our sadness and griefs
- all our persecutions and privations
- all things work together for our good
All of our experiences and circumstances are God’s workmen whereby good is brought to us.” (See Ibid., 489.)
How is your faith? Think about how much good is being brought to you through God’s workmen. We are promised in Matthew 24:13, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
Remember, even through the many tears shed and the many hardships to go through, our faith in Him will shine through us because we will represent Him in character. Our faith will endure that trial, our faith will resist that temptation and our faith will bear up under disappointment and our God will be glorified.
“Think you not that Christ values those who live wholly for Him? Think you not that He visits those who, like the beloved John in exile, are for His sake in hard and trying places? God will not suffer one of His truehearted workers to be left alone, to struggle against great odds and be overcome. He preserves as a precious jewel everyone whose life is hid with Christ in Him.” Ibid., 488.
“I saw that the enemy will contend either for the usefulness or the life of the godly, and will try to mar their peace as long as they live in this world. But his power is limited. He may cause the furnace to be heated, but Jesus and angels will watch the trusting Christian, that nothing may be consumed but the dross. The fire kindled by Satan can have no power to destroy or hurt the true metal. It is important to close every door possible, against the entrance of Satan.” Testimonies, vol. 1, 309.
Is your life hid in Christ? How is your faith? Remember, we are precious in His sight. Be strong and of a good courage, go forward in the strength of your Saviour and close all doors against the entrance of Satan.
Father: Whatever may come, prepare my heart to reflect the character of Jesus. Show me any door that may be open to the entrance of the enemy and grant me the grace to close it permanently. Remind me each moment that nothing can touch me except by Your permission and that these trials are Your workmen for good. I thank You for Your unceasing love and mercy upon me. Amen.