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Testing times

'God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.' James 1:12 NLT

Being a Christian doesn't mean we'll have an easy, comfortable life. In fact, we might find we experience more difficulties and testing times than those who don't believe, either because choosing God's way means we must change in our hearts, or because the enemy makes things difficult for us. Each challenge tests and stretches us in different ways. We might go through something that stretches us spiritually and makes our faith develop. There may be situations that challenge our old ideas with newer ones. When we're tested in a relationship, it's a way for us to grow in patience and love, and lose the selfish part of our nature.

God promises to never leave nor abandon us (see Deuteronomy 31:6), so this includes all our testing times. God asks us to trust that he sees the bigger picture at all times. James 1:12 (NLT) tells us that 'God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.' Going through trials is uncomfortable and difficult, but when we trust God through the tough times, we'll be built up to do greater and greater things for him.

So, when we're feeling like we're being stretched to breaking point, let's not give up, but trust that it's all preparation for God preparing you for something amazing, and let him help you through it.

So what now? Think about the last time you felt you were being stretched in your faith journey. Write down all the things you learned from that time.

Soulfood: Neh 8-10 Lk 22:1-13 Ps 78:40-55 Pro 24:1-5,

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