The School of Faith
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.” I Peter 4:12
Life is a testimony of our faith. The life of faith includes tests that challenge our ability to overcome the fiery trials of life. It is a common misconception that living a Christian life is an automatic pass from trials in this world. Adversity is no respecter of persons and it is part of living in a fallen, imperfect world. God’s Word warns us to expect tribulation while on earth (John 16:33).
The Lord makes it clear that withdrawing from adversity is not the answer. Our faith is purified under pressure, brings us victory and is strengthened when we rely on God in times of crisis. Instead of despairing, feeling overwhelmed and sinking in hopelessness, we can bounce back and be victorious over afflictions. We are more than conquerors through His grace who loves us through difficulties and trial.
As children of God, we believe and depend on the Holy Spirit to help us through afflictions and teach us to learn from life’s complications. Adversity often awakens us to the treasures that are important in life. Sometimes adversity causes us to discover new purpose and meaning for life. Every trial is a seed for great opportunity. Experiences in life that appear to be overwhelming at the time later prove to be our greatest teacher. When we choose the life of Christ, He is faithful to bring us through each situation that would seem impossible. God is always at work within us: through our faith we know our life is in His hands. In the school of faith, my personal rule is to never stop training; it is applied to every part of the life I live.
School of Faith
1. Train your mind. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God…” II Timothy 2:15. “And be not conformed (controlled) to this world (never good enough, fear of’s, greed, guilt, shame, easily offended): but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2. “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Ephesians 4:23. Your renewed mind doesn’t need to fade unless your belief system remains in the world’s system. Keep negative emotions released to the Lord. Buried regrets, bitterness and guilt often create illness. Worry can create a life of its own and become an idol. A renewed mind keeps hope alive and declares something good comes out of everything.
2. Train your memory. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26. Remember that you have a helper within that knows all things while training your memory. The Holy Spirit knows all things. Release Him to be your helper and your memory will improve. Do not agree with others that believe as you age your memory goes. The reason your memory fades is because of what you believe and say. A good exercise for the mind and memory is an auctioneer drill. Speak these numbers, 2 ½-5-7 ½ -10-12 ½-15-17 ½-20. Go all the way to 100 and then practice going down again. Say the numbers faster and faster as you practice the drill.
3. Train your attitude to be one of thanksgiving for all things. Thanksgiving is the first step of faith. A thankful attitude is an open window for blessings to follow you and overtake you. Being thankful is not a helpful suggestion from God, but it is His order (I Thessalonians 5:18). Don’t pick and choose what you will be thankful for. God’s Word says to be thankful for ALL THINGS. This training must change your nervous system. Where you used to react to things and people with hurt, anger, judgment or unwanted advice, now you respond with faith that works by love. Practice when there is no pressure so that in the days of testing, we won’t waste time reacting in humanism. Everyone is only one phone call from something. We cannot control the news we receive, only our response to it.
4. Train to follow through on your initiatives, keeping them active in your life. Don’t stop doing what works. Many times I have asked, “Do you attend church?” the answer is, “I used to.” “Do you speak in tongues?” the answer is, “I used to” or “I’ve never heard of it” or “I don’t think it’s a good thing.” “Do you tithe?” the answer is, “I don’t think it is for today”, “Churches always want money” or “I can’t afford it.” Tithing isn’t for the church, it’s for us to be in the open window position (Malachi 3:10). If you begin something, finish it. If you tell someone you will do something, do it. Don’t make excuses for dropping vows, live by faith and action.
5. Trials will attempt to tame you down in life (I Peter 4:12), but there is more. I Peter 4:13 is the answer to verse 12. “But rejoice…” Use your will power to rejoice and be thankful for the test. “…his glory appears…” The result of the Holy Spirit’s fulfillment with provision appears. You are now “…glad also with exceeding joy.” Rejoicing begins with a decision for action; it opens the door for results and joy. I call this LIFE… it’s our career.
Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit in me as my choice-power. I choose to rejoice in all things and I will continue to say, “I can’t wait to see the good coming to me through this.” Amen.
The ‘Faith/Love’ response to everything is the key to prosperity!