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HELLO FRIENDS: 6.20.13 – Tests Reveal Growth

Hello Friends,Pastor Dan Durbin here. Below is one of my devotionals using the “SOAP” method (Scripture, Observation, Application & Prayer).

Scripture – 1 Thessalonians 3:10
“Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.”

Observation – Paul was familiar with tough times, persecution and testing. In fact, he had to flee for his own safety a short time after birthing the Thessalonian church. Persecution against the new believers continued long after Paul fled. Paul sent Timothy to check on how the new church was doing and Timothy later returned with a good report that they were standing firm in their faith.

Does God cause evil? No way, but He does allow tests to come our way that can result in spiritual growth.

Tests or trials don’t necessarily make or break us but they do reveal what is inside of us. Bumps in the road of our lives including confusing, discouraging and heartbreaking times can be an opportunity to develop Christian character.

James wrote about this and said that trials of many kinds test our faith and develops perseverance and that perseverance produces spiritual maturity.

Paul taught the Thessalonian church how to live to please God and commended them that in fact they were doing so in the midst of persecution.

Application – Our greatest motivation should be living to please God. When a test reveals a flaw, we can trust that God is working to purify and perfect us and has not abandoned us.

Prayer – Thank you God and I am confident of this; that the good work that you began in us you will carry on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Blessings,

Pastor Dan