The Test - Habits of the Heart

The Test

My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.

1 Peter 5:12

One of the most challenging tests the Lord may give us is the opportunity to trust in his faithfulness during difficult times. We fail at these tests when we lose perspective about God’s bigger plans for us.

That’s why it is important to continually strengthen the spiritual muscle of steadfastness. Steadfastness means learning to endure patiently in faith, or having “courage stretched out.” Because life is full of adversity, we will have many opportunities to practice this discipline. Although God sometimes delivers his people from difficult circumstances, he often calls us to courageous and enduring faithfulness in the midst of trials.

If you are in a difficult season, the Holy Spirit has orchestrated the timing of this week just for you. If you are in a season of joy and blessing, simply be uplifted by God this week so that when tough times do come, you will be better prepared to face them with courage.

From the Book:

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Habits of the Heart
By Katherine J. Butler

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