My Faith Has Been Tested

I can count on it. It always happens.

Yesterday I wrote about “my greatest stress reliever.” My blog had to do with the wonderful experience I had with God Monday morning. I spent time in praise and worship and in prayer and Bible reading. It was a blessing to my life, and I experienced resting in God’s peace. You can read that post here: http://waylonbailey.com/2015/05/05/my-greatest-stress-reliever/

It was real, and it was meaningful.

Then, the test came Monday night. Before my article had even been published I experienced the test of whether or not I would live by faith or fear. Would I live by my power or God’s power?

I find that oftens in my life. When I move to a new level of commitment, when I renounce fear and anxiety and emphasize faith and peace, the testing will come.

What do you do in those times of testing?

First, you follow God’s prescription for growing faith.

At the very beginning of his letter, James told us to “count it all joy” when we undergo various trials. The reason for joy is because the testing of our faith produces character and maturity. We actually can’t see maturity or grow into maturity without the testing of our faith. For that reason, we should count it all joy when the trials and the testing come.

James taught us great spiritual truth: “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:3-4).

God uses our various trials to produce spiritual maturity in our lives. We can be joyful over Godly character.

Second, when trials come, we should resolve to live even closer in faith.

I need God at every point, but I really need Him in the times of testing. James also reminded us that we must be doers of the Word and not simply hearers (James 1:22).

Frankly, it’s easy to talk about faith when there’s no fear. It’s simple to describe peace when there’s no storm.

What will we do when the storm comes? That is the question. The answer is to choose to live close to God in the midst of the storm.

What will you do when your storm comes?

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4 Comments


  1. Tissie Gibson
    May 06, 2015

    The trials and temptations are the true test of our FAITH! Look forward to your blog each morning Thanks so much!


  2. dr. james willingham
    May 06, 2015

    Paul and Barnabas confirmed souls and exhorted them to continue in the faith, “and that we must through much (or many) tribulation(s) enter into the kingdom of God.”(Act 14:22). Alexander Cruden of Cruden’s Concordance fame wrote biblical commentaries in the 1700s. I have only seen them quoted a few times, especially in the writings of a British minister back in the 1960s, one Charles Alexander. In any case, Cruden was quite persuasive that the battles and round we have with attacks, with depression, etc., are really a part of the great war of Armageddon., an ongoing war for the faith on the mountain of the Gospel. And in the midst of typing this response, a trial came our way by a single phone call..


  3. The Millers
    May 06, 2015

    Thank you Waylon. I choose to live … Fai+h Forward>!


  4. Sandy Morris
    May 06, 2015

    When those tests come we can cry, or we can cry out to God. He hears our cries & strengthens us.

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. — Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV)