Enduring the Trial of your faith – Part One
Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
Scripture: James 1:12 Wuest’s Translation
“Spiritually prosperous is the man who remains steadfast under trial, because after he has met the test and has been approved, he shall receive the crown, namely the crown which has to do with the life (eternal life), which crown He promised to those who love Him.”
We have learnt about Apostolic Tea – the five T’s that every believer needs to face:
Tests; Trials; Tribulation; Trouble and Temptation. Trials are extended tests.
When we face a trial of your faith, like we are going through now, we can have the following assurances of enduring the trial of our faith. Here are some assurances to endure the trial of our faith. For sportsman, a trial is a process of selection into a higher team. If you are going through a trial, God is selecting you for something greater in your life! That is a reason to rejoice!
1. First of all get a good Lawyer! Jesus is our Advocate, God is our Judge, and the Holy Spirit is our Witness – the jury is a cloud of witnesses cheering us on. The accuser has been cast down. We overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, word of our testimony and not loving our lives unto death. Rev. 12:11
1 John 2:1 Heb 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
2. Apply faith and patience. Patience establishes your heart. We can imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises God has for them. Can you think of a few people in your life that have inherited what God has for them through faith and patience? Hebrews 6:12.
Understand how patience works.
James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
James 5:8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
3. Remain steadfast and resolute in your conviction. How would we do that?
There is a clue in the book of Hebrews that is linked to church:
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
Heb 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Let’s read about Abraham, who had to wait around 24 years for the promise of a son:
Rom 4:17 (as it is written, “I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
Rom 4:18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”
Rom 4:19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
Rom 4:20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
Rom 4:21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Rom 4:22 And therefore “IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Consider this that you are a spiritual descendent of Abraham through faith in Jesus. That same DNA of Abraham’s faith is in you.