My grandfather gave me one piece of advice, that I remember. He told me, "Never pray for patience or your patience would be sorely tried." I have remembered and tried to follow this advice.
Then recently more things on patience came to light for me, a scripture I had committed to memory years ago, finally made sense to me. James 1: 3 ""Knowing this that the trying of our faith worketh patience."
Having taught school for a number of years. I am well versed in testing to see if knowledge is retained. I have often wondered if there was a way for me to know if I was making progress in my spiritual life. It came to me the way to know if your faith is growing is that you have more patience. Knowledge without fruit is useless, thus, the creation of a quiz to know if your faith is growing.
1. You ask your child to take out the trash. What is the reaction you are expecting?
a. You expect them to go do it immediately.
b. You tell them, "When this TV show is over the trash must be taken out."
c. You give them five minutes then you assign punishment.
2. You are waiting in line at the grocery store. What is your reaction?
a. You are tapping your foot, breathing heavily, and praying that this
b. You check to see if there is a shorter line and dash for it.
c. You think to yourself 'waiting is something everyone has to do,' the
3. A car that has been riding your bumper, just comes around you and cuts you off.
a. You honk and shake your fist, hoping they don't stop.
b. You pull over and call the police with their license number.
c. You say to yourself, 'The only person who is hurt, if I get mad is me.'
4. You have been waiting in line to purchase tires, someone cuts in front of you.
a. You wait patiently, praying that the clerk is aware of what is
happening and correct it.
b. You say "excuse me, but I am next in line."
c. You step forward in front of them and say "the line starts back there."
5. Your spouse comes in and requests a piece of laundry for tomorrow.
a. You tell them "you know where the machine is."
b. You say "ok," and remind them a little advanced warning would be nice.
c. You go to the laundry room slamming doors, lids, etc...
1-b, 2-c, 3-c, 4-a, 5-b are worth 20 points each
1-c, 2-a, 3-a, 4-b, 5-c are worth 15 points each
1-a, 2-b, 3-b, 4-c, 5-a are worth 10 points each
Your faith if of no effect. Do not be weary every man is given a measure of faith, with time and grace your faith will grow. "For it they which are of the law be heirs, faith is "made void:" and the promise made is of no effect. Romans 4:14-16.
You have faith, but you have doubted We have all been through this step. The following scripture that goes with this answer seems really harsh. Read the verse before it to know that it is about offending a brother in our choices. This is not a good place to walk, just a place to pass through. "And he that doubts is damned if he eats, because he eats not in faith for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23.
Your faith is growing. Be encouraged "If ye had faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye might say unto this Sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the roots, and planted in the sea, and it should obey you." Luke 17:6.
Your faith is increasing abundantly, continue the good fight. "No boasting of things without measure, that is, of other men's labors; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by your according to our rule abundantly." 2 Corinthians 10:15.
Your faith is grown, there is no doubt. You know if your faith is grown it is because you have more patience with others. "Knowing this that the trying of your faith is working patience, but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing." 2 Peter 2:34. The key work being patience.
I am not all knowing and am human. If this quiz is unsound according to the Word, please let me know.
Thank you. Sincerely yours, Canita