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Testing Time

Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" —John 11:40
Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict. What is challenging your faith right now? The test will either prove your faith right, or it will kill it.

Jesus said, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” Matthew 11:6). The ultimate thing is confidence in Jesus. “We have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end…”(Hebrews 3:14).Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith.There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God— trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5-6).

God never puts us into situations to fail He leads us through times and places to bring us into a deeper relationship with Him. So study hard and enjoy the test!

~Pastor J~

Hold The Bag Of Chips

Hold the Bag of Chips

Daniel 2:24-30

In Daniel 2:24-30 we find the story of Daniel and his friends summoned before the king. They had a death sentence if they could not give the king’s dream and its interpretation. However, as we found out in the beginning half of chapter 2 God gave Daniel and his friends the information they needed. As Daniel approaches the king, Daniel was asked if he was able to tell him the dream and its interpretation.  Don’t miss Daniel’s response here in verses 27 and 28.

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. 28 there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets…

Daniel didn’t puff himself up. He didn't brag and say “Oh, it’s a piece of cake.” On the contrary he gave glory to God. He made it very clear to the king that God revealed it all to him. Regardless of whether or not it offended the king. 

Daniel demonstrates great humility; so much so that he disqualifies himself from any credit at all.  “But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living…” (verse 30) Be on guard when God starts to bless you and use you. There will always be those, who with the best intentions,  start to praise you.  “Oh that message was so wonderful, you are so awesome.”

“Your music is amazing! You are so talented!”

-“You do such a great job with XYZ ministry.”

It’s our job to give the glory back to the Lord and realize we are but servants doing our duty. In the end,  it’s God who works in us "both to will and to do for His good pleasure"

Avoid pats on the back. Furthermore, avoid patting yourself on the back.  Remember, God used donkeys to accomplish His will. 

He won't call a person to His service because they are all that and a bag of chips.  Rather He calls to the ones who are low in their own sight and realize we are but beggars at the throne of His mercy. Our reward is bringing glory to Him.  In the the words of Keith Green in his song “Oh Lord You’re Beautiful” he sings:“…when I'm doing well help me to never seek a crown.  For my reward is giving glory to You.”

Mike Miller, CCNH