05.15.22  The Genuineness of Faith
(1Pe 1:3 NKJV)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(1Pe 1:4 NKJV)  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
(1Pe 1:5 NKJV)  who are kept by [IN] the power of God through faith for [INTO] salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 - Faith keeps you IN the power of God. 
(1Pe 1:8-9 NKJV)  Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,  receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
(1Pe 1:7 NKJV)  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
2 - Your faith will be tested
(2Co 4:6 NKJV)  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
(2Co 4:2 NKJV)  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
(2Co 4:11 NKJV)  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
(2Co 4:8-9 NKJV)  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
(2Co 4:10 NKJV)  always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
(2Co 4:13 NKJV)  And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED AND THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe and therefore speak,
(Rom 12:1 NKJV)  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
(Rom 12:5-6 NKJV)  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:
(Mal 3:2-3 NKJV)  "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire …  He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.
Your faith is the most precious commodity you can have in these days.  More precious than gold.  Only faith will save you… only faith KEEPS you IN God’s power. It pushes you forward.  It keeps the vision.  It sees Jesus coming for His Church.  Faith never perishes.  Do not let anything hold you back from faith.