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Session 21

Pressure Test Your Faith

Read: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Deep-water exploration using unmanned submarines is as interesting as it is expensive. And it is important to get things right before you place bets at 20,000 feet. At this depth, the atmospheric pressure is about 4 tons per square inch, and even a tiny weakness can turn into a catastrophic failure that can ruin expensive equipment, if not an entire mission.

To avoid this expense, key components of the submarine are taken to a special facility and pressure tested without the expensive electronic components inside.The time and expense required to do this is significant but far less than finding weaknesses thousands of miles from home.

Paul, in 2 Corinthians 13:5, tells us to do something similar: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.” Jesus give us a formula for determining whether or not we truly belong to him. In John 15, He points out that His followers are characterized by love and obedience.

The kindest thing we can do for ourselves is pressure test our faith, asking God to show us any weaknesses so we can succeed in the mission to spread the Gospel. Our lives should be characterized by love for Jesus and his people and submission to the Word of God. Sure, there will be bumps and detours along the path, but in testing our faith we discover Christ actively working to make us more like Himself.

Reflect:

  • When was the last time you examined your own faith? Take some time to ask God to reveal your strengths and weaknesses to you.
  • What is one way that you can begin to turn one of your weaknesses into a strength?

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