Jordan For Jesus #031 "Faith Unsinkable (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-10-30 10:57:21
Trials can either cause you to sink into them or to rise above them by keeping your eyes fixed only on Jesus Christ. Trials always prove if a person's faith is truly genuine or not.
If a Christ-follower is constantly abandoning his or her faith for the world, that person's faith is not genuine. Trials prove the true character of that person's heart and God allowed satan to bring the trials into that person's life to test if that person truly has a heart that desires Christ above all things or not.
A Christ-follower with genuine, unsinkable faith is someone who does not entertain the things of the world, no matter what, because that person's love for the Lord is greater than the world, satan, trials and everything that person is facing.
Therefore, that person keeps their eyes fixed only on Jesus Christ. If a Christ-follower is filling up on the world, rather than on God, obviously that person is going to want more of God because that person hungers for what he or she lacks.
Satan brings trials into a person's life to distract that person from God and the will of God because satan wants to stop God and all that God is doing. If satan can cause a person to take their eyes off of God, in order to stop God and His will from coming to pass, then that person is allowing satan to win instead of God.
Satan will throw anything he can, at a Christ-follower, because satan wants a Christ-follower's soul just as badly as God does. If satan can get your soul he knows that then you will not be a threat to him and his plan any longer.
When you encounter trials, in this life, keep your eyes on Jesus because your love for the Lord should be so much greater than everything that you face. This is what proves if a person's faith is truly genuine or not walking through trials. God never promised life would be easy but He did promise that He would be with you every single step of the way.
The indescribable God is so good, and He uses what satan meant for harm for our good, His good and His glory. God allows satan to bring trials, into a person's life, so that God can use what satan meant for harm to refine a person into Christlikeness so that person's heart will look more like the heart of God.
If a Christ-follower is not constantly growing, in Christ, then that person's relationship with Jesus Christ is going no where and is fading. So many Christ-followers abandon their faith because they fear the trials that they must walk through in order to change into Christlikeness and mature in their faith.
Don't be afraid of trials! God has your best interest at heart, and He wants to take you from being a new Christ-follower to becoming a mature Christ-follower. It is in the name Christ-follower. A genuine Christ-follower is someone who follows Christ alone.
A person cannot follow Jesus Christ and the world at the same time. There are no part time Christ-followers. You either follow Jesus Christ or you don't. If you are genuinely following Christ Jesus, you will not be going where the world is going. If you are following the world, you will not be going where Jesus Christ is going.
Christ-followers, do not give satan and the world power over your life. Sure sin looks fun and can seem so wonderful but the truth is that it is deceptive because the end result is not fun. Satan has a way of dressing sin up to make it look so beautiful but beneath the beautiful is ugly. Don't be deceived! Keep your eyes on Jesus. Follow Christ!
Fall in love with Jesus and your faith will continue to prove genuine and unsinkable, despite the trials you encounter, before God and the watching world. A genuine Christ-follower's faith will prove unsinkable, walking through trials, because that person's love for the Lord is greater than trials, the world and satan. This is just the truth.
If you are someone who has been experiencing these kinds of things, be encouraged by these words that God has put in my heart to share with you. Let them change your heart, motivate you to draw closer to Christ, come to know the Lord like He knows you, and abandon the world in steadfast pursuit of your Savior.
Every experience does not define you but it does refine you. Ask yourself this question, "What can I do differently so that my faith, in Jesus Christ, proves to be genuine and unsinkable despite the trials I am currently facing?" The answer is just keep your eyes on Jesus!
When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
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