Inspired by Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell
Have you ever tested your smoke alarm to see if it works? That test is to make sure just in the case the actual time comes it will be in working order.
Thoughts this morning as I think of myself as an instrument of praise and faith. Well this instrument has malfunctioned a few times more than I had hoped. But instead of feeling defeated, I felt this joy arise - this joy in which the "test" of that moment exposed a weakness which alerted me to run to the Father whose strength is made perfect in my weakness.
Think about it...Faith is powerfully exposed in the midst of trials. When faith isn't exposed then we know that the "diagnostic test" revealed we were operating in fear. When operating in fear we manipulate, attempt to control situations and even people. Yet I am beginning, yes I said beginning - beginning to learn that the trials and tests that come are only to make sure our faith is in The Faithful One and not ourselves or anyone else.
We are being perfected daily into the likeness of Christ as we continually go to the Word of God and allow Holy Spirit to instruct, guide and direct us on this adventure called life.