Being Tested

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The root word of testimony is to give witness. The greater the testimony, the skill or circumstance, the more we want to listen to it. But some tests are much harder than others; some are voluntary, some are mandatory for ascension in life, and some just occur by happenstance.

From the Old to the New Testament, there are instances of testing, but most of them lead to testimony or an occurrence of witness. Tests, however, do not come beyond the limits that you can handle.

Getting out of a test unscathed and strong must, however, meet adequate preparation. For Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, the Spirit of God prepared Him for forty days.

Usually temptations we get caught up with are of the flesh, of our faith, and of our father’s identity. Temptations present themselves not as ugly repulsive entities, but they come as really persuasive demons like the devil was when he was created, but he later became a fallen angel. There is always deceit at the back end of every temptation.

But when there is an adequate preparation in the Word of God, we can be overcomers. Jesus faced all three categories of temptations, but He was Himself the Word of God, being led by the Spirit to be prepared for the ministry ahead. He bounced off all of the devil’s temptations victoriously.

Jesus knew His tests and the deceits the devil was integrating behind them. One of the deceits was to steal our salvation. If He had jumped off the cliff, probably no one would have dared laid a finger on Him or even crucified Him. If there were no crucifixion, then there would have been no salvation story. But Jesus endured the test and still preserved the glory. We also need to be able to discern the enemy’s propositions, especially when they come in appearances of juicy temptations. Stand your ground in God’s Word. If the devil could tempt Jesus – the Son of God, then we also are not off limits in any way.

When God, however, tests us – like He did allow Job, Abraham and the people of old to be tested, He makes sure that we come out of it strong, with a much fiercer and bridled faith.

The solution through it all, however, is listening to the Spirit of God, and He will lead you through the temptation that is being prepared. When the time comes to actually pass through the test, your faith would have been built to its carrying capacity.

Like James 2 says, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations – the end product thereof is the ultimate building of your faith.

…excerpts of Jeff Dudley’s last sermon as penned by the stylus of a ready scribe! (Ps. 45:1)

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