Do you trust God when times get tough? Show Notes

Friday, January 18, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Do you trust God when times get tough? A new survey has found that Christians who are growing in their spiritual maturity are more likely to trust God—even in difficult circumstances.

According to Baptist Press, "Exercising Faith" is one of eight attributes of discipleship that consistently show up in the lives of maturing Christians. The attributes are part of the Transformational Discipleship study conducted by LifeWay Research.

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay, says "It is easy to say God has a purpose for everything in life, but it requires faith to enjoy seeing His plan unfold in difficult times.”

The survey shows the longer someone has trusted Christ as their Savior, the better their responses are for exercising faith. Being involved in a Bible study group, praying for Christians and non-Christians, and witnessing to nonbelievers also make a positive impact.

The survey also revealed those stronger in their faith are less prone to doubt God's involvement, even in unexplainable circumstances. Just 9 percent agreed with the statement: "When things happen in my life I can't explain, I typically doubt God is involved." Eighty percent disagreed with that statement.

Ed Stetzer from Lifeway "Exercising Christian faith is more than believing God exists; it is believing in God's promised presence, provision, and compassion for us.

"It is exhibited in a life that depends on Jesus Christ for salvation and is filled with the expectation of His daily activity."

You can learn more about the transformational discipleship research at LifeWayResearch.com.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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