2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
-Have you ever thought of faith as a muscle? Consider the similarities. Like muscle tissue, faith can only be made stronger when it’s exercised. Also, like muscle tissue, faith grows weaker and atrophies when it’s not used. Many of us desire to have big faith, but just as with the effort involved in developing muscle tissue, we are unwilling to go through the trials and difficulties that are necessary to build our faith up. One last very important similarity between faith and muscle; in either case, the only way to really know how strong you are is to get under a heavy load and see if you can hold it. “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:7)