The Going Through Test

Previously, we looked at the story of David and Goliath to learn how we too can can conquer the Goliaths that we will face in life.  Today we’ll go a little deeper and discuss the Going Through Test.

What is the Going Through Test?

We all go through hard times and in going through these trials, we must learn with God’s help how to overcome them.  These difficult times provide us with the opportunity to grow in our faith and to become more like Christ.  Faith is like a muscle and like any other muscle, it develops by being used.  The more we use our faith, the more it gets stretched.
Trials reveal to us what we really believe and what’s really inside our hearts.  When we understand the purpose of our tests in life, we can face them with a joyous attitude.  We will then learn how to live in God’s peace and wisdom regardless of our external circumstances.

Common Going Through Tests

Pastor Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of A Purpose Driven Life, discussed the 4 common trials that God uses to test our faith (http://bit.ly/rwarrenfaith, http://bit.ly/rwarrenfaith2).
  1. The Pressure Test: this  asks the question “How will I handle stress?” Will we depend on ourselves or will we depend on God?
  2. The People Test: God often uses the people in our lives to test, stretch and develop our faiths. This test asks the question, “How will I handle disappointment?”
  3. The Persistence Test: this answers the question “Will I keep my commitments?” After all, life is all about making commitments.
  4. The Priorities Test: this is the most important test and it asks “Who will be first in my life?” How do we know if God is really first priority in our lives? Ask yourself these 3 questions: i) What do I think about the most? ii) Where does my money go first? and iii) How do I spend my time? Our answers will reveal the priorities in our lives.

How to Pass the Going Through Tests

To pass the going through test, we must learn to trust God and avoid destructive behavior, thoughts and/or attitudes.  For example, we must not:
  1. Go back to an old habit or addiction that we were set free from.
  2. Be angry at God.
  3. Resent persons who aren’t going through the same trails that we’re facing.
  4. Grudge people who have what we want, especially those things that we believe will make our lives much easier.
  5. Become disgruntled and start blaming others for out trials.
God loves us very much and we must trust and know that He has a great plan for our lives.   No matter how things may seem chaotic, He’s still in control.  He will work things out for our good.

Reflection

Think back to an example of when you were going through a difficult time and thought that you weren’t going to make it through to the other side.
  • How did you feel during that time?
  • Did you learn anything about yourself during that time?
  • Did things work out for your good?
  • How did you feel when you made it through to the other side?

Dare to believe in the power of you because with God, anything is possible.

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