Growing in Faith & Love


As a believer there is a great struggle within us every day! This struggle is between two natures; the fleshly nature and the spiritual nature. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17).

These struggles are known as tribulation; SRN #6862 – TSAR, which means adversary, afflicted, anguish, close, distress, enemy, flint, foe, narrow, small, sorrow, straight, tribulation, trouble.

All those words mean one thing – hardship. However, Yahweh sees tribulation as an experience that tests one’s endurance, patience and faith. “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:3). This is where Yahweh weeds out the ordinary believer from the overcoming believer. “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Yahshua is the Son of Elohim?” (1 John 5:5). “…To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life,”… (Revelation 2:7).

So what are you? What will you do in times of tribulation? Will you fall away (Luke 8:13) or bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:15), by putting on the whole armor of Yahweh that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the world (Ephesians 6:11).

These battles won’t be easy, but this is how Yahweh teaches us and shapes us into an overcomer. We must not fear these sufferings because Yahweh knows where we are weak and He will never burden us with trials we cannot handle. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but Elohim is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In fact, James 1:2 tells us to count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations. Sure, joy will be the last thing we feel, but we are told not to grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9). However, Proverbs 24:10 says, If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Ask yourself, “Where lies my strength?” As an overcoming believer your strength should be in Yahshua who said, “…My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. …” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Yahshua is our strength and as long as we go to Him for strength, we won’t be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Yahweh (Philippians 4:6); because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7); and will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

In closing, if you are facing tribulation of some sort you will conquer it by going to Yahshua in prayer and in the Word. That’s right, it’s that easy! Pray every day (Hebrews 4:16). Read the Bible every day (Colossians 3:16). Feed and encourage the Spiritual nature (Colossians 3:10-14). Confess your sins to Yahweh (Psalm 32:5)….

With all these you will receive strength and comfort to endure all temptation. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which Yahweh hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12). Praise Yah!

Food for thought – 1 Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might win (gain) the weak:”
Yahweh is your shield, He is your refuge, in Him you are secure.

In Yahshua, Dustin Kasik