Tested Faith Is Strong Faith

April 9, 2010 at 9:45 am | Posted in Genesis | 7 Comments
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Thank You, Lord, for the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Please help me to be more than just a listener. Help me not to have itching ears. Help me to want more than a scratch on the neck or a pat on the head. Help me want to not just be entertained. Help me to be more of a learner than a listener. Let me be empty of pride, flesh, and self. Let me be filled with the Holy Spirit as I wield the Sword of the Spirit. Break up the hard soil of calloused hearts, so that the seed of Your Word will go down deep and plant roots, so that when it is exposed to the light of Your Truth, it will grow and not wither, and so that it will produce good fruit in lives – to Your glory. I pray in the name that is above all names – the only Name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved – the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

In Genesis 22 we can learn something about the growth process of faith. Faith must be tried, stretched, challenged, tested, if it is to grow.

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

Genesis 22:1

Dear Christian: Expect to be tested, but when the test comes, focus on the promise, not the reason for the test.

And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

Genesis 22:5

Focus on the promise, and trust God to provide the “how.”

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Genesis 22:7-8

Trust God to provide the “how,” and think about how this is going to bring glory to Christ.

And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Genesis 22:12-14

J. Hudson Taylor used to say that Christians live between Ebenezer and Jehovah Jireh. Ebenezer: So far the Lord has provided. Jehovah Jireh: The Lord will see to it. When your faith is tested, think about glorifying Christ, and get ready to be blessed to be a blessing.

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Genesis 22:15-17

Aren’t you glad that God calls Christians to be living sacrifices? Some false religions try to earn their gods’ approval by telling their adherents to be dead sacrifices. One day we might be called upon to die for Christ, but it is a blessing to know that God has called us to be living sacrifices. We need to remember, though, that the trouble with a living sacrifice is that it doesn’t want to stay on the altar.

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