God tests your faith to conform you into the image of Jesus. Your faith is precious to the Lord.

God tests your faith to conform you into the image of Jesus. Your faith is precious to the Lord.

“Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 2:3)

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1Pet 1:6-7)

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed [summorphos] to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Rom 8:29)

“And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit” (1Thes 1:6)

“And not only that, but we also glory [kauchaomai=boast] in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces [katergazomai] perseverance [hupomone]; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:3-5)

“My brethren, count it all joy [chara] when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing [dokimion] of your faith produces [katergazomai] patience [hupomone]. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (Jm 1:2-4)

“strengthened [dunamoo] with all might [dunamis], according to His glorious power [kratos], for all patience [hupomone] and longsuffering [makrothumia] with joy [chara]” (Col 1:11)

“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Rom 12:12)

“And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples [matheteuo], they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, We must through many tribulations [thlipsis] enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:21-22)

“For to you it has been granted [charizomai] on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Phil 1:29)

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

“by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2Pet 1:4)

Reading: Job 1-3; Acts 12