There is no such thing as a battleless victory.
The bible is very clear that God does not “cause” or “send” trouble to us. Believe me, the devil doesn’t need any help with that! However, the idea that study and teaching from God’s Word is all we need for our faith to grow strong is unscriptural. On the contrary, along with study and teaching from the Word, every believer also needs regular communion with the Holy Spirit in order to be equipped for the battles and tests that are sure to come. Without all three, our faith could never grow as strong as God intended.
Something had to come before you could overcome–meaning, without a test, you’ll never have a testimony and there is never a personal victory without engaging in some real combat. It’s during the battle that our faith is tested and grows. Faith comes by hearing the Word, but only tested faith gets results.
Why? Because only tested faith has the strength and added ingredients necessary to outlast the spiritual attacks of the enemy. It’s in the battle, in the good fight of faith, where these ingredients are added and developed.
The Bible gives this example: “These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle” (Judges 3:1-2, NLT). Notice that God intentionally left Israel’s enemy nations in the land of Israel.
Why did God do this?
Because there were still tribes of Israel which “had not experienced the wars of Canaan.” Apparently, God thinks it’s necessary that we face opposition, pressures, and battles in order to grow and mature completely.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith–life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well–developed, not deficient in any way” (James 1:2-4, MSG).
God will no doubt get you out of all your troubles, but instead of seeking the fast way out, trust God to work in you what you need and take out of you what you don’t. This way, as James puts it, (1) your patience will have a chance to grow, (2) you will be ready for anything, and (3) you’ll not be deficient in any way.
Remember this: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete” (James 1:2-4, TLB).
In other words, don’t quit when your faith is under fire! Stay in the Word and continue your fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Your tested faith will get results!
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