Faith: Growing Our Faith in the Trials of Life.

Faith: Growing Our Faith in the Trials of Life.

Seeing our challenges through the eyes of the Lord….I Thes. 3:13 “to the end He may establish our hearts unblamable in Holiness before Him….(4:7) God hath…called us…unto Holiness.”

A.W Tozer said…”Whom God will use greatly, He will also hurt deeply.”


  • Keep eyes on Jesus; Set your affections on Him.   (11 Cor. 4:16-18; Col. 3:1-4
  •  Fill our mind and heart with the word of God.   (Phil. 4:8-9; II Cor. 7:1)
  • Talk to God; Pray the word of God back to Him.   (Phil. 4:6-7; I Cor. 2:1-5; Col. 3:15-17)
  • Remember His Promises.   (Rom. 8:28 & 29; II Tim. 3:14-17)
  • Know He loves you; Cares for His own. (Ps. 91:1,2,4,11,12; I Peter 5:7)
  • He never leaves us or forsakes us.   (Hebr. 13:5,8)
  • Keep Praising Him.   (Hebr. 13:15; Ps. 22:3; Ephes. 5:19-20)
  • Keep choosing joy. (Hebrews 12:1,2, Psalm 16:8,9; John 15:1-11)
  • Find something to smile about every day.   (I Peter 4:12-14; Prov. 15:13)
  • Keep giving to others during the trial.   (II Cor. 9:7-8; Phil. 2:1-4; Romans 12:9-21)
  • Surround yourself with mature Believers that you can trust. (Psalm 1:1-6; II Cor. 1:4-5; I Cor. 2:1-5)
  • All things are from the hand of God for our Good. (Rom. 8:28-29; Hebr. 12:6,11-15)
  • Remember…we are only passing through.   (II Cor.5:7-10,20; Phil. 3:20; Job 23:10)
  • Always HOPE (joyful, confident anticipation) in Christ, for this life and the life to come. (I Cor. 15:19)

Meet with God each morning so that:

….rather than viewing God through our challenges, we see our challenges through the eyes of the Lord, whom we have met with, and He is the one that has already prepared us to meet this challenge.

The Holy Spirit comforts and strengthens. John 17

Then… the Holy Spirit challenges and stretches. Phil. 2:13-16


What is the abundant Life?   (It has nothing to do with earthly possessions.)

The abundant life (John 10:10) is a spiritual life of contentment (“in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11); Phil. 3:9 says “that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering (I Peter 4:13), being made conformable to His death.” (Rom. 8:17; II Cor. 4:10-11

Abundant Life is a full life of understanding what life is all about through the eyes of Christ, and by thinking Christ’s thoughts after Him. Assurance of salvation and assurance in God does not give us a license to sin, but gives us the liberty to please Him….fall in love with Jesus.

Amy Carmichael’s Dohnavur Fellowship:


My Vow:

 Whatsoever Thou sayest unto me, by Thy grace,

I will do it.

My Constraint:

Thy love, oh Christ, My Lord.

My Confidence:

Thou art able to keep that which I have committed unto Thee.

My Joy:

To do thy will, Oh God.

My Discipline:

That which I would not choose, but which Thy love appoints.

My Prayer:

Conform my will to Thine.

My Motto:

Love to live, and live to love.

My Portion:

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance.

 Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deserves;

To give and not count the cost;

To fight and not to heed the wounds;

To toil and not to seek for rest;

To labor and not to ask for any reward

save that of knowing that we do thy will,

Oh Lord our God.


(A Chance to Die, by Elisabeth Elliot, p241-242

Quote from Amy Carmichael)


Someone said…

“The space between ‘thought’ and ‘deed’ is opportunity.”

Reverencing your  husband means you seek to honor him.

Honor means to “treat as precious”…. to “appreciate the love that he is showing toward you  by accepting your husband where he is. Your goal is not to change him. Make it your goal to show him that you honor him.”

Find out what is special to him…..

…maybe just paying attention to him and spending time with him,

…maybe taking his hand when you are together,

…maybe “catching his eye” and showing him significance in public.

Would we dare to pray that the Lord would give the “thoughts” and “deeds” that He would have us to think and do toward our husbands?

The perspective that is appropriate here is that we would not hesitate to devote ourselves to all of this for our “Husband”, the Lord Jesus Christ?  Then is it not truly what we are to fulfill toward our spouse?

Remember…. as we honor (treat as precious) the one that God has given to us to be one with, the Lord will bless it, and bring good, for His glory

Obedience with Honor.

Ephesians 6:1 says for the “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy Father and Mother…”
Do our children have a submissive spirit and good attitude, obeying from the heart, or are they just doing as we say with a resentful, resisting spirit?   If they have the wrong attitude or spirit, they may be obeying but they are not “honoring” in their obedience.  Honor for the parent will give the right attitude and a sweet submissive spirit in their obedience.
Is this the attitude we have in our obedience to the Lord? Do we honor the Lord, giving Him the sweet obedience that He deserves?  Are we honoring Him as we obey and serve?  Maybe our children will learn this best by example?  Are we as wives honoring our husbands?