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3 Things You Must Do When Your Faith is Tested

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January 2013 started out as a rough year for me and my husband. We lost our first child due to a miscarriage and three months later we received a letter from our Landlord telling us she was not renewing the lease to the home we were renting because she decided to move back in. We only had three months to find a new home. We were devastated. What were we to do? We begin looking for a home and getting ourselves prepared to move out.

It seemed like every door kept shutting in our face.  God began to take us through what I call, “A Journey of Faith” so we could trust Him more through the various tests and trials we went through.

Before He could use us for His glory, there were things in our lives particularly mine, that had to change. This process brought about deliverance from mindsets, attitudes, behavior and thoughts that weren’t reflective of God. There were three major things we had to do in order for God to move in our lives.

Here are 3 Things you should do when your faith is tested:

1)   Trust God

 My focus was not on God at that time and it begin to show. My attitude begin to change for the worst and I became bitter and unpleasant.

I knew that God would make provisions for us because He said in Philippians 4:19 that, He shall supply all our need according to his riches in glory.

God’s provisions were made and he was definitely supplying our needs. God desired to take us somewhere through this journey of faith; however, I allowed my selfish wants, desires and my plans get in the way which ended up blocking the blessings God had for me. My actions started to affect my marriage and it seemed as if nothing was going right in my life.

I begin to lose hope and faith in God because he wasn’t answering my prayers the way I wanted him to. It took me awhile but I repented to God and through prayer and fasting with my husband, I begin to let go of my desires and move according to God’s plans for our lives. Trusting God initiated our faith to be able to see through spiritual eyes what we could not see nor understand naturally. 

We are instructed in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” My husband always tells me, “God left out the details so we can grow”. When we look at the story of Joseph, God showed him the end of the story but not the process of how he was going to get there. Joseph put his trust in God and knew he would bring him out one day. Trusting God produces the faith we need to proceed.

2) Have Faith

 I realized through our Journey of Faith, that God 1) loves and cares deeply about us and 2) He closed every available door and window so we can completely depend and have faith in Him. God’s desire is to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever imagine! But we must have faith.

Hebrew 11:1 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

God has so much for us that we just don’t have the ability to comprehend. A mustard seed is so tiny it can fit on your fingernail. That’s all it takes to move the mountains out your life. Why a mustard seed why not a watermelon or a pumpkin?  Even though the mustard seeds were typically 1mm-3mm (1/8 inches), it very produced large trees rather quickly.

God knows our ending from our beginning which is why He encourages us to just have faith in Him and believe all things are possible. When we can trust God and have faith in him and his word, we can genuinely praise God because we know, that He is working it out for our good (Romans 8:28).

3) Praise God

God spoke to me and my husband and told us to just “Praise Him”. To be honest my first response was something similar to Sarah in the Bible.  I didn’t laugh but I didn’t understand how praising God would change the situation. When we begin to Praise God in the midst of our troubles we are inviting Him in our trouble.

God inhabits the praises of his people as stated in Psalms 22:3. Praise puts the welcome sign in front of our problems allowing God to come in and have free course. Praise releases our troubles from our hands into the hands of God.

The bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast all your cares to him because he cares for us. To cast is to release when you release something you are free from it. 

The situation may not change but you have because now you are free from it. When you put on the garment of praise, you are sending an eviction notice to the spirit of heaviness. God begins to dwell in your temple and darkness flees. Praising God is more than a command but it’s a life jacket that keeps you afloat during the storms of life. The word “Praise” is mentioned over 250 times in the Bible. That speaks volumes of the importance of praise.

Praise is not based on emotionalism but rather sincere adoration and gratitude to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all he has done. When we keep a praise in our heart and on our lips, there would be no room for the devil to come in.

This is why David who was a man after God’s own heart said in Psalms 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

My husband and I are still traveling our “Journey of Faith” and though we are now closer to “promise from God”, we have an inner peace in our hearts knowing that God is with us, directing our steps as His word lights our path. Our Journey may not be understood by many and sometimes ourselves but we know God is in control. As we wait patiently for His glorious unfolding of His promises towards us we continue to serve Him and His people. We continue to love and embrace each other through the rocky roads of the Journey. It is our desire to be used by God, an empty vessels for his kingdom work. We are honored yet humbled that God would find us worthy to be used by Him.

The next time a trial comes your way, remember to always trust, have faith and praise God.

Saviela E. Thorne

Saviela E. Thorne

Saviela is the author of "Seasons of a Woman's Life: Devotionals to Empower Women to Become Overcomers". She loves to encourage and empower women through her life experiences.
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88 Comments

  1. Joyce Barnett

    March 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Yep! That it is Amen.

  2. Cathy Ume

    March 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Amen. Thank you Jesus Christ.

  3. Belinda Shifflett

    March 29, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Today was a perfect example of this for me I don’t understand what’s going on, what the holdup is, or why this is happening I just want it to be over and though it doesn’t make sense I totally trust in you God and I thank you in advance for this victory AMEN

  4. Amma Latebea Ufuoma

    March 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Mercy lord

  5. NeKita Diann

    March 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Stayc Honeyb Miers

  6. Shiks Mery

    March 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Very r.true… Woman of God.

  7. Nortica Williams-Mizyed

    March 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

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  8. Kylie Collard

    March 28, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Amen

  9. Alina Ratu Nkhethoa

    March 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Amen and Amen!!!

  10. Rebecca Khunoana

    March 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Amen

  11. Cindy Hull

    March 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    My faith is intact . Always will be . I have survived so much . Who do you think got me this far . My faith in God .

  12. Emily Diener

    March 28, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Amen

  13. Peruth Wagiko

    March 28, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Amen

  14. Joyce Albert

    March 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    GRACE

  15. Joyce Albert

    March 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

  16. Sonia Delcher Cronk

    March 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Sarah Walker Jenkins

  17. Maranda Warren

    March 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Kristin Warren

  18. Barbara Ana Ruiz

    March 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Lisa LeMay Stephanie Lynn Sturby-Brown Jessica Chaykowski Ariane Lamb

  19. Carlender Edwards-Davenport

    March 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  20. Angela Pompano

    March 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Yes

  21. Jeffrey DeBoer

    March 28, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Hi there Kelvin hope all’s well with you and the family !

  22. Awurabena Sekyi

    March 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

    God bless you

  23. Yatta Garmai Pewee

    March 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Amen

  24. Alice Davis

    March 28, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Powerful!!!!!!

  25. Margie Lee Leong

    March 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

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  26. Charnita Alexander

    March 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    LaTrece Jones

    • LaTrece Jones

      March 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      If only you knew how AWESOME you are in my life these days!❤️❤️

    • Charnita Alexander

      March 29, 2017 at 1:43 am

      Well, I’m happy I can be here fir you – Our God is waaaaaaay too good for you to give up on Him and He loves you waaaaay too much to fail you!

    • LaTrece Jones

      March 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

      I MUST COME VISIT WITH YOU SOON!!

    • Charnita Alexander

      March 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Absolutely!

  27. Mary Ann Zamora Doria

    March 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Amen

  28. Elly Grace B. Paran

    March 28, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Like being in an arrange marriage w/ someone u totally don’t know..by God?

  29. Nontobeko Mabesa

    March 28, 2017 at 9:04 am

    You are Alfa and Omega.Jehovah I praise You in good and bad times

  30. Charlita Hayward

    March 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Anen

  31. Lily Beks

    March 28, 2017 at 8:37 am

    More Grace Lord to go through

  32. Lily Beks

    March 28, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Amen

  33. Stacey Stacey

    March 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I have been stormed n still in the storm but u trust him like Joseph though it hurts Amen

  34. Vasiti Vuetanatotoka

    March 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Hallelujah

  35. Charlotte Petersen

    March 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

    So every true amen

  36. Donna Southwick

    March 28, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Matthew Richards

  37. Belinda Ngoma

    March 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Amen

  38. David N Michuki

    March 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Amen

  39. David Jaika

    March 28, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Faith works when you don’t see where you going. On the verge of crossing the Israelites are told to stop crying they had gotten used to pillar of cloud and fire being at the front now it was at the back.

  40. Arora Diana

    March 28, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I do trust him thou smtimes i bcm weak i just pray n say God u hav da answer to t all

  41. Winnie Calvert

    March 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Amen and amen

  42. Nelo Akirika

    March 28, 2017 at 6:02 am

    true

  43. Donnie Gray

    March 28, 2017 at 5:57 am

    AMEN AMEN AMEN GBU ALL

  44. Emma Botomani Chimenya

    March 28, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Lord am one of them. Make me understand and trust you.

  45. Terry Daley

    March 28, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Amen

  46. Lungelo Mazi

    March 28, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Amen ..God i trust you with my life.Im so lost right nw bt i knw u’l come for me

  47. Galase MaryJane

    March 28, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Amen

  48. Wilson Kainga

    March 28, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Amen

  49. Bri Dube

    March 28, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Help me Lord and have faith in you. Amen

  50. MsLisa Itsgonebealright

    March 28, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Amen

  51. Alice Chong

    March 28, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Jennifer Hiew

  52. Carms Guillan

    March 28, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Amen

  53. Rebecca Burgess

    March 28, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Amen

  54. Detavia Mosley

    March 28, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Amen Amen Amen

  55. Margarita Aceves

    March 28, 2017 at 3:55 am

    AMEN

  56. Juliettw Ndongo

    March 28, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Lord, I trust you and love you too. Amen

  57. Lovely Sharon

    March 28, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Amen

  58. Katasha Latoya

    March 28, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Amen!!!!

  59. Omarsha Munroe

    March 28, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Amen

  60. Brianne Lulu Wilds

    March 28, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Amen I love you father I know you’re getting me through this rough patch I believe and I receive your blessings over mine and my sons life you are who i look too

  61. Jessie Kor

    March 28, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Just at the right time when i am going thru turmoil. Tq Lord for this encouragement.

  62. Thembi Muyirimi Mupfupi

    March 28, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Amen, so profound.

  63. Alice Chong

    March 28, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Amen Amen JLAC

  64. Huny Bunn

    March 28, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Some things doesn’t make sense but I believe my God and trust my God in all he do

  65. Brenda Ondeck

    March 28, 2017 at 2:42 am

    AMEN

  66. Bobbie Galloway-Folie

    March 28, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Amen

  67. Sonya Alexander

    March 28, 2017 at 2:37 am

    I usuaofeel like I’m in a time warp zone, but I keep praying

  68. Precy Paguio

    March 28, 2017 at 2:32 am

    amen

  69. Marilyn Chereti

    March 28, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Amen

  70. Gloria Davidson

    March 28, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Amen

  71. Diane King

    March 28, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Amen

  72. Candy Mills Williams

    March 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Amen

  73. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    March 28, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Amen

  74. Sandra Arielle Rodríguez

    March 28, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Leyna Pagan-Frausto

  75. Sandra Arielle Rodríguez

    March 28, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Kervin Rodriguez

  76. Cari Klinghagen

    March 28, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Amen

  77. Laurie Wesolick

    March 28, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Toni Wesolick

  78. Anita Hall

    March 28, 2017 at 2:09 am

    God this doesn’t make sense…. Please give me undestanding and charity I’m so lost right now….But I know you’ll come though for me

    • Jennifer Johnson

      March 28, 2017 at 3:03 am

      You can find faith and in that faith is a focal point called source, this is where we all came from, that is God. we are all connected through a cosmic connection called “the rain cloud of all knowable things”, all you need do is find your spiritual self and remain positive in your prayer for you and others!!! God gave you free will to do what you will, use that will to reach your highest point / best self and you will then understand we created all this except the earth and it’s other inhabitants and we must learn to assimilate as best we can without causing harm to ourselves or others. You find the God particle in yourself through manifesting your best intentions (seeing your goals come to fruition) and that then connects you to the God-mind. That is about as close as you can get to GOD in this form…human.

    • Anita Hall

      March 28, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Thanks Jennifer….. feeling kind down right now…..I do know the devil is a liar and a deceiver… I trust God with every thing that’s in me.. it’s hard when you all alone….Thanks much needed

  79. Bobbie Deal

    March 28, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Amen

  80. Mary Demmer

    March 28, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Amen !

  81. Tracey YG

    March 28, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Amen

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