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Faith and Patience

James 1:3-4 (TPT) says 'For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.' Why does our faith need testing? Why do we need endurance? 1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to fight the good fight of faith. You need endurance to fight. Some battles are won immediately, but others take time and you will need endurance to make it through. If you are weak, you won't make it. It takes training to build endurance. Hard training. I was a sprinter in high school, and we had to run long distances to train for the endurance of the short race. Our training for the Kingdom will never stop. It takes faith to grow in spiritual maturity, and you will be tested on what you know and what you believe. Praise God for the training of His Holy Spirit! The Word says in Philippians 4:12-13 (TPT) 'I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I'm trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ's explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.' Glory to God! See where Paul said that he was trained in the secret of overcoming? It's why we need the Holy Spirit, because the Word tells us that He will teach us all things and show us things to come (John 14:26, John 16:13). As you grow in the Lord, you will be tested. Satan will tempt you, but God never tempts; He does test to see what is in your heart. Proverbs 17:3 (TPT) says 'In the same way that gold and silver are refined by fire, the Lord purifies your heart by the tests and trials of life. It's all about being conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ. As it says in James 1:2 (TPT) 'My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!' Why would James say this? Because it is an opportunity to prove that Christ is in you, and that you are being refined and conformed to the very likeness of Jesus Christ Himself! What an honor! Faith and patience. The power twins!

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