Saturday, May 18, 2013

Test!

And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom. 12:2)

Life in and of itself is a test. Wouldn't you agree? I can't speak for every single country that reads Christian Living, in the United States, we have what's called the Emergency Broadcast System. The purpose of the EBS is to inform the public in advance of any strong or severe storm activity that can potentially affect the area the broadcast in made in. Other countries around the world have similar systems in place for various events ranging from tsunamis, earthquakes, or even avalanches.

Life often works in a similar way where we receive early warnings along the way to inform us in advance that something tragic can happen if we don't pay heed to the warnings around us. God has numerous ways of informing us to protect us from harm. God will intervene directly to protect you from harm as well as use people like you and I to warn our loved ones in advance or right on time.

How will you react when life all of a sudden takes a downward turn? What kind of an impact will it make in your life and in the lives of those around you?

In the same way we must prepare for victory in various areas of our lives, we must also prepare for potential defeat. Potential defeat?! You're probably thinking. What is this guy talking about? As a Christian, there should be no space for negative thinking when we're in Christ. You're right friend! There should never be any space whatsoever for negative thinking. In spite of that, negative things do happen. And how we prepare will make the difference between making us bitter or better, break us or better us, or choosing to be a victim or a victor.

In New Jersey last year, we experienced a weather phenomenon called a "Derecho" and later on that year, Hurricane Sandy. The city I live in, Vineland, was ground zero for both events. In the instance of the Derecho, there was no warning whatsoever. In the instance of Hurricane Sandy, we had plenty of warning and prepared accordingly. I will admit it, I was taken off-guard when the Derecho struck and was stricken with some fear when all I can think about is the worse-case scenario of a potential major tornado that may have hit out area.

Life-shaking situations such as the one about the Derecho will test your resolve and your confidence in the Lord. This goes back to my previous post about trusting the Lord, especially in the midst of difficult and potentially disastrous situation. Little did I know that what we experienced with the Derecho will prepare us for Hurricane Sandy. In spite of the immense size of the hurricane, God had already been teaching us to simply trust and have confidence in that He is the Master of all things, including weather patterns.

God has a way of teaching us invaluable lessons in the midst of our "storms". "Storms" will manifest themselves in so many different ways. Some "storms" may be far more subtle than what I have just described to you in the above experience. All of us have our fair share of stories to tell when it comes to being tested in a certain area. Even Jesus Himself was tested in the form of a temptation from Satan during His fast. The secret to succeeding in any test is by staying connected to the One that already knows the outcome before it even happens, God.

In my experience about being tested, I have learned to simply trust God and heavily depend on Him for the "proper" outcome (whatever that means). Regardless of what happens in your life, ALWAYS trust God and ask Him to help you remain confident in Him. Because of Who God is, I will always walk in victory even when I may have been victimized in a certain situation. There's no greater assurance of knowing that you will be victorious when God is by your side and with you no matter what comes our way.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!...:-)