Our faith is what is tested when the waves of doubt and despair announce themselves at the open door of our heart and mind.
Do we live within the world and fall prey to how the world lives and conducts its business?
Success -- failure ... a fine line exists.
We all live in the world, but we who have been reborn - not recreated, but born anew from old ways to new ways, from without to within, from alive to sin to dead to sin and alive to Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer, we are not of the world.
We take up residence in the world, just as Jesus did when he walked the streets of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and elsewhere (Acts 1:8). But our residence is not permanent. We come, we stay awhile (to us it may seem a long or short time), and we go.
Life is not permanent. Do we "curse God and die" (Job 2:9) as the wife of Job said to him in the midst of pain and suffering when Job did not know why?
Struggles do come and stay awhile and go.
The timing is ALL in God's hands, not ours.
How we cope with the struggles and calamities that strike us from every side and angle tells, shows others where our faith is, where our strength to go on comes from.
When Job was beset with problems did he blame God? He did not understand the why of any of it. But he did not curse. Instead, he praised and worshiped the Almighty.
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21)
Satan can only destroy us if we allow him to.
Our covenant, our pact has been made with the Lord God above.
He sees everything. Nothing escapes Him. He sees all our ways. He sees our destruction, our disasters, false statements made to ourselves and another. He sees the steps we make backward and forward. He sees our integrity and our lack of it.
God knows everything and it is His purpose, His plan for us that is vital, NOT how much we know, not how our plan or purpose goes.
Faith is the Victory.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not faith in me.
What can "me" do?
We think we can do much, but it is only what God has enabled us to do that is real and comes to fruition.
Remember what God's servant Paul says in I Corinthians 15:58, "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
Faith IS the Victory. .... the assurance of things hoped for in great anticipation, but not seen.
We must persevere .... in Christ.