Test Your Faith (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 146)
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NLT)
But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
Many people think that when one places his or her faith in Jesus Christ, they are believing blindly. “Blind faith” is a false notion in God’s world. Faith and intellect go hand in hand. God never called us to just believe every spiritual thing we hear. Instead, we are admonished to test what we hear against the backdrop of truth.
Throughout the Bible, believers are challenged to receive truth and reject falsities. Receiving truth involves asking questions that help us go deeper in our faith. It causes us to not just accept things on the surface but to think about our theology and spirituality in a very real way. When we constantly engage our minds in the things of the faith, we fortify our souls against darts thrown at our hearts by the evil one.
Faith is not supposed to be blind. In fact, we need to be very aware of what we believe and where we are going spiritually. Faith that stands up to anything thrown its way is a strong faith — a strong faith will help you endure any trial or temptation that crosses your faith. We believe in and trust Jesus because He is worth believing and trusting. Test what you see, what you hear, what you think through the lens of truth. Whatever comes out on the other end is what you hold on to and carry with you throughout your life.
“We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.”
— Charles Stanley