Live it out…

Earlier today I was reading about a pastor from a large church in Tennessee who is battling a rare and aggressive cancer. He reminds his members often of God’s promises and the hundreds of messages he’s preached to them concerning God’s faithfulness, and God’s call to us to stay true to our faith. The pastor says to his congregation, “It’s time for us to live it out.”

It’s not difficult to live it out when we’re cruising through life. It’s not difficult to live it out when we are walking by sight, when our faith is in tact and it’s not being put to the test. It’s not difficult to live it out when we have tangible evidence that God is at work and is in our corner. When it becomes difficult to live it out is when rather than cruising we are having to dodge all kinds of obstacles and hardships in order to stay the course. It is difficult to live it out when the lights have gone completely out in our sight walk, and all we have to guide us is our faith. It is difficult to live it out when there is NOTHING tangible to grasp onto as a reminder that God is at work and is in our corner. The real test of our faith is living it out when the easy thing to do would be to throw in the towel and run the other direction. We must remind ourselves daily – sometimes multiple times a day – that God is at work and He does love us and He does have a plan and a purpose for all we go through and that He will work everything together for the good of those who love Him.

“What you [Satan] meant for evil, God meant for good” (Genesis 50:20).

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Satan would love to use our trials and heartaches and disappointments to tear us down and discourage us in our faith. But what Satan means for evil, God turns into good for us. All we have to do is trust Him. We’ve talked the big talk about our faith. We’ve shared it and taught it and sang about it. Now it’s time to live it out.

Hope

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