Have you passed the test…?
In every area if life …
… at school, college, work, absolutely everywhere …
And particularly so in our Christian life …
… we are tested …
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
— James 1:2-3
And why are we tested …?
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,
— 1 Pet 1:7
There is no getting away from that …
… so we might as well find out how to pass those tests!
How do scientists pass the test of getting a rocket into the sky?
By memorizing text books? … No!
… but by using the knowledge gained from those text books,
… and building a rocket that does blast off into space!
The same applies to our Christian lives …
… and also to the testing of our faith!
You’re not going to pass the test by just memorizing the Bible.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
— James 2:20
You pass the test by doing the test …
You pass the test by using your faith …
You pass the test by applying God’s Word to the test!
But … why does God test us this way?
Actually God is not testing us, but He is allowing us to be tested …
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
— James 1:13
Why then is God allowing us to be tempted and tested …?
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried,
he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
— James 1:12
God wants our faith to grow, so that we pass every test …
… so that we become the overcomers we are meant to be …
… so that we can receive the fullness of His promises …
By hearing and applying God’s Word … in faith!