|Let us end the week with a devotional from In Touch Ministries. You can access at https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions. Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.“–James 1: 2-4 (NLT)
Have you ever felt as if your Christian life swings back and forth like a pendulum between faith and doubt? This is a fairly common problem, especially in trying situations. Although you know what God’s Word says, your feelings may tell you something different. The question is not if we’ll experience this, but when—and how long we’ll remain on one side or the other. Three factors can influence whether we lean toward faith or doubt: the state of our faith at the time of the trial; our knowledge and understanding of God; and our experience with failure or success in past trials. To grow in faith, it is important that we …• Trust in God’s divine nature and wisdom.
• View difficulties from a scriptural perspective.
• Set our mind on God’s promises.
• Reflect on the Lord’s past faithfulness, both in Scripture and personal experience. We can stabilize our faith by choosing to trust God rather than circumstances or human wisdom. Our perspective of the world is limited and unreliable, but the truth of Scripture stands firm. You can know with certainty that the Lord is faithful and will see you through every situation.
SOURCE: IN TOUCH MINISTRIES