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"But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold."

—Job 23:10

When you go through a hardship, it will make you better or bitter. I have found it is usually one or the other. And guess who decides that? You do. You are the one who decides whether you will be better by trusting in the Lord or whether you will be bitter by turning against the Lord.

Sometimes people who have experienced a tragedy in their lives will say, "I've lost my faith through this." That's good. Because their faith wasn't real to begin with. If you are a real believer, your faith will not go away when hardship hits. It will get stronger. The faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. Tragedy reveals who the real believers are.

Suffering helps us grow spiritually and makes us stronger in the faith. It takes our faith from the realm of theory to reality. It reminds me of guys who drive around in their tricked-out four-wheelers. They have done everything to their vehicles, adding massive tires and wheels as well as all kinds of hardware. But ask one of them if he ever takes his vehicle off road, and he'll say, "Are you kidding? Do you know what I've spent on this thing? I'm going to the car wash." He would never consider taking his four-wheeler off road, even though that is what it was designed for.

In the same way, it's easy to talk about our faith. But it's another thing to live by it. A lot of us will boast about the number of years we have known the Lord and how many verses we have memorized. That is all good. But when your faith is tested, we will find out what you are really made of.

Suffering does not create character; it reveals it.

-Greg Laurie

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Comment by Colby on August 26, 2016 at 7:54pm
Faith goes beyond belief or accepting the idea that God exists. A real, saving faith involves placing our full trust in God, no matter what obstacles we may face. That's where our faith is tested and lived out. We either have faith, or we don't.

There is no power in the world that can overcome God’s power – even death itself has been defeated. Nothing, says Paul, can separate us from the love of God.

“Do not fear,” says God in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame will not consume you… Do not fear, for I am with you” (Isaiah 43:1-5)
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Comment by ziba on August 25, 2016 at 9:16pm
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