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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

81- To Test The Faith According To Some Commandments

 

6-To Test The Faith According To Some Commandments:

a- From the means to test the faith: the tithes and giving's in general , and especially if this believer was in need, or if he was asked to give from his belongings. The meek in faith say, “if the whole salary or the whole income doesn't suffice, then how is it if reduced by a tenth?” The believer says if I give my tithe, this will bless the rest will be suffice and will even increase.

 

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The tithe is a spiritual test the Lord gaven i Malchi:

 

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, Says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. ' (Mal. 3: 10). If the person -in spite of this Godly promise- doesn't pay, so no doubt his faith is weak concerning God's promise and blessing, and even previously the doubt in His commandment.

If this was His the feelings about tithes then what about His commandmenst : give to the one who asks you (Matt. 5:42), and what about the commandment “Go, sell what you have and give to the poor.” (Matt. 19:21), and what about “Sell what you have and give alms.” (Luke 12:33)?

In this way, your faith is tested: Is God capable of supporting you after you pay your share to the poor? Is He capable to support you without storing up treasures on earth (Matt. 6:19)?

b- Among The Commandments To Test The Faith: Keep The Lord's Day:

Do you rejoice in the Lord's day so that you can spend it with Him? Or do you prefer other several occupations than the Lord? Are material matters more important in your eyes? It's a test for your faith.

c- Also From The Important Tests: To What Extent Do You Love Prayer:

Do you forget it and some times time passes where you don't pray? Does it happen that when you stand up for prayer that you think how it will finish so as to occupy yourself with more interesting matters? Does it happen during prayer that you meander away in your thoughts and forget that you are standing in front of god talking to Him? If you are like that then your faith is not at all strong in God, in His companionship and in the pleasure of speaking with Him.

Thus if we put the remaining praying matters and the remaining clauses of the spiritual works, there will be a field for testing your faith.


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