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Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (BH Member)
'Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves’ 2 Cor 13:5
Many folks are being tested to see if they have, or have had, Covid-19. This verse talks about the ‘testing’ of our faith. You see, there is a danger that our faith can be counterfeit, and won’t save us at all.
Some of the saddest verses in the bible to me are Matthew 7:21-23, where the Lord is warning that not everyone who calls themselves a Christian will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There will be many on the Day of Judgement who will be shocked not be allowed in. ‘But Lord, didn’t we prophesy, drive out demons and perform many miracles in your name?’ (v22). These people were deeply religious and active in their (counterfeit) faith. But, they were unknown to Christ. ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers’ (v23). Please don’t let that be you!
How can we test our faith to make absolutely certain it’s the genuine thing? The clue here is in the words ‘I never knew you’ spoken by the Lord. How does He know us? Firstly He knows us because we have entered in through Him already. He is the gate for the sheep. Personal faith in Christ is the way to enter the Kingdom of God. The shepherd knows His sheep. Secondly He knows us because true believers are forever resting on Him, praying to Him, walking with Him. Their faith is not an activity – it’s a relationship with Jesus Christ, and a living one at that.
Not sure of your faith? Then test it – examine yourselves in the light of the bible. Seek the Lord now, who is the giver of true faith. Ask, and it shall be given. Seek, and you will find.
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