Good Morning Saints,
TOPIC: WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PASSING THROUGH TRIALS AND TEMPTATION?
Bible: James 1:2-3
My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance- GW
God will allow you to be tempted, tested and tried. Trails and temptations are not a matter of “if” but “when”. It is certain that your heart will be tried but the time is what is not yet decided. Many people have concluded wrongly that trials and temptations are disadvantage, unknown to them, they are tools to win the trust of God.
Beloved, you may be passing through your own time of trial now, be hopeful because there is assurance of victory if indeed your trust is in God Almighty. Just as silver and gold are purified by fire, so the Lord purifies the heart of men by fiery trials- Prov. 17:3, Jam.1:12, 1 Pet. 1:7.
Abraham was tested when God demanded for his only beloved son to be offered as sacrifice- Gen.22.
Daniel was tested when he was faced with Lion’s den. His journey to stardom started when he preferred to honour God than to bow before ordinary man.
Esther was tested when she had option whether to stand for God’s people -the Jews, or enjoy the grandeur of palace as they behead his people. She said ” if I perish, I perish” and risk her life to save her generation.
Joseph was tested by an adulterous woman. He didn’t fear the woman nor his master when he ran, he said “I can’t do this against God”.
Ruth had privilege to return back to her idol worshipping family but she passed the test when she stood for the God of Israel
Jesus was tempted after he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit that led Jesus into wilderness for the purpose of being tempted. Your case will not be an exception. -Luke 4
But then, Adam and Eve failed their test in the garden of Eden. David failed when he couldn’t hold himself after seeing the nakedness of Uriah’s wife. What about Judas? The love of money sent him to early grave in eternal damnation.
Beloved, you have many choices on earth but you have only ONE CHOICE IN ETERNITY ” HEAVEN OR HELL”.
Brethren, your character will be developed and exposed during trials. Your response to trials shows the real status of your heart. God test and watches your response to problems, disappointments, delayed promises, unanswered prayers, underserved criticism and unforseen circumstances etc.
He is also constantly watching over your appetite for money, fame, things of the world, unholy sexual relationships that is ravaging the world. He is interested in your character when you are alone. He wants to know your readiness to stand for the truth in places where no one can judge you.
Beloved, sometimes God intentionally draws back, and it seems as if he is far from us. You see, when you think he is far, he is near you but observing what, where or on whom will you put your trust at that time. This is the true test of loyalty. God will test your loyalty,commitment and dedication to him in your time of trails.
As you pass through your trying times, always bear it in mind that God wants you to win. He has given you grace needed to win. He won’t test you more than you can bear.
In 1 Cor. 10:13, the bible says:
Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out- GNT
When you pass your test, there is eternal reward for overcoming. If you are faithful to God in time of trials, he will be faithful to during and after the trial. If you don’t compromise, his promise will no longer be delayed. If you fail the test, you may be prolonging your days of visitation.
May God strengthen you through your period of trials in Jesus name