Adversity and Saving Faith

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The every day stresses in our lives, all the situations we face, are God’s opportunity really to show others His Power and His wonderful Grace. And we are to show that attitude to others. From my study in James this Sunday Evening.

Saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God. This definition emphasizes that saving faith is not just a belief in facts but personal trust in Jesus to save me… The definition emphasizes personal trust in Christ, not just belief in facts about Christ. Because saving faith in Scripture involves this personal trust, the word “trust” is a better word to use in contemporary culture than the word “faith” or “belief.” The reason is that we can “believe” something to be true with no personal commitment or dependence involved in it. (Grudem, W. A. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine Zondervan) (Bolding added)

There is not one thing harder to stand up to than what seems to be apparent aimlessness in our struggles. But as we learn God uses our struggles to make us better, not bitter. As some one said: Adversity is only sand on your track to prevent you from skidding. And God only sends suffering to improve us not to impair us. James 1:3 is my topic Sunday evening

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