Are you being tested through your suffering?

Do you feel as if you are being tested by what you are going through right now? What is your struggle? For many, it is an illness. One that keeps us away from the normalcy of life. Keeps us away from doing what we like, visiting those we love, the peaceful and everyday things of living life to its fullness. Does your wheelchair confine you from navigating the streets of everyday life? Your current condition rendering you helpless to the point where you have to rely on the assistance of others? What is the meaning of your suffering, your test?

A few weeks ago I visited a woman who was 92 years old and in a rehabilitation center recovering from a heart condition. When we visited I asked how she was doing and she responded, “I know why God has me here. To talk about my faith to others… to encourage and uplift them.” That was a profound statement of truth, a testing of her own faithfulness in God, knowing that if He wanted her to be out of that situation, He could have made it possible, yet she realized the meaning in her suffering; the meaning in her test.

If your mountain was smooth, you couldn’t climb it!

Your test is going to be your TESTimony! The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us in the 18th verse of the second chapter, “Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested”.

The community to whom the writer was speaking to was in crisis. Wanting to believe in their carnal way of thinking, what they had already seen, yet not relying on their faith in Christ Jesus. “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen”. Hebrews 11:1 Your faith is in His Word, a hope that is evidenced in Christ, that dwells within you. John 1:14

He IS able

God is able to do overwhelmingly and abundantly. He will provide for you pressed down, shaken and overflowing in your life, if you allow Him. God IS able to do anything except fail. Do you have the radical faith enough to believe that?

Do you believe

We all experience faith crises from time to time, asking God why? Why has this happened to me; why am I going through this; what did I to deserve this? Ask yourself what did Jesus do to deserve what He got? Through the hypostatic union, fully God yet fully man Christ endured the test. He not only endured suffering and death but destroyed it once and for all. 

Make your test your TESTIMONY

We too are called to the test. If you have no test then you have no TESTIMONY in your life. The lady above knew here testimony was to tell others about the love of Christ. When we visited and prayed, there was a man who approached me when I was leaving and said, “that was nice what you did for that lady.” I said thank you, “would you like me to pray with you?” He quickly replied, “would you please”? Because this woman was going through a test, it brought healing to someone else. Strength to a man that was weak. Hope for someone whose hope was diminished.

Because Christ went through it, you are able to get to it! (you will get that later)

Christ suffered once and for all, so what we would not have to suffer the pains of death. He knows what you are going through and He is ABLE… He is ABLE to bring you through it. Do you have a radical kind of faith to believe it? Then receive it and go tell somebody else about it!

May the road rise to meet you, and Keep on Keepin’ on!

Richard Lane Ministries

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