IT’S ONLY A TEST

“Beloved,think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you,as though some strange thing happened happened unto you”{1 Peter 4:12}. At times we wish and pray that we wouldn’t have to face aches,pains,trials,nor tribulation,but Jesus warned us in John 16:33 that,”…In the world ye shall have tribulation;but be of good cheer;I have overcome the world”.
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it,according to I Corinthians 10:1-13.
However, in 2 Timothy 3:12 it reminds us,”..and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”. But we do get so tired of fighting the good fight of faith,but we just can’t get weary, that’s why it’s so important to pray for the saints,and encourage each other in the word,which is profitable for doctrine,for reproof,for correction,for instruction in righteousness,that the man and woman of God may be perfect,thoroughly furnished unto all good works.{2 Timothy 3:16~17}.
Most of the times,things happen, because of lust,greed,and covetousness ,as James tells us,” Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren”(James 1:12-16).
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1Peter 5:10

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