each passing day I am realizing more and more that this Christian life can be as painful as it is joyous. That if we are to walk by faith, we must pass through circumstances that are
difficult in order to mature our faith.
Anyone could claim to have faith in God. But only those who have been
tried in the furnace of fierce testings and afflictions are qualified to make the claim that theirs is genuine.
In Christianity -- let’s be honest—there are probably just as many failures as there are success stories.
Yes, it is true.
Many who have responded to the hearing of the gospel with “gladness” (Mark 4:16) eventually fall away from
their profession of faith with persecution and hardship. (4:17)
While others, after receiving the gospel, allow the “cares of this life” and the “deceitfulness of
riches” to choke their faith and kill it. (4:18-19)
Finally, there are those who, over the process of time and through much affliction, bring forth a plentiful harvest
of true spiritual fruit. (4:20)
I spoke on this subject during today’s service. I pleaded with the
Lord not to allow me to ever give up no matter how hard things get. Besides,
what would be the point of quitting now?
© 2005 David Berkowitz