What an exciting time to not only be a child of God, but also to be a member of Community Baptist Church! God is doing some wonderful things which He always does when His people step out by faith and put Him to the test.
Our “Faith In Action” Stewardship Campaign was a great success! The Lord has really used this campaign to teach our people about faith. As we see throughout the Bible, anytime there is great faith, that faith will be tested. We see a great example of this in the life of Abraham.
Read (Genesis 12:6-10)
Not long after Abraham arrived in Canaan, the place where God told him to go, a famine came. This was a test of Abraham’s commitment. Just like Abraham, the commitments we made for our “Faith In Action”, will be tested.
1. The Will of God was tested. We often think that when we do the will of God, everything will go smoothly. The tither thinks he should prosper, the salesman thinks it will mean more sales, and the farmer thinks it will bring good crops. These could happen, but the will of God cannot be determined just by outward prosperity. It was God’s will for Abraham to face the famine.
2. The Promises of God were tested. Trials may seem to mock the promises of God, but they cannot CANCEL the promises of God! Many times we let the trial block us from seeing the blessing down the road. But if God has given us a promise, no trial can keep Him from keeping it.
3. Obedience to God was tested. Nothing challenges our obedience to God like hard times. Many will obey God in good times, but bad times are a different story! When the famine came, Abraham left Canaan and went to Egypt. He let bad times drive him to disobedience. Our obedience must be unconditional. No doubt trying times will come as a result of our step of faith. Don’t let doubt or fear cause you to go backward. Keep going forward by faith and see what God will do!