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Why does god test us?

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Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

For the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

Mat 13:51
---TheSeg on 2/23/11

The Word of God is truth.
The Word within us will be tested---to make sure it is the Word of God we follow.

Not our own---or any other.

Praise God for His mercy and Grace.
Repentance unto remission
---char on 2/23/11

Yehovah's uspoken Glory-
John 1:1-15
*The Word was God...

In the beginning[Bereshiyt]was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(Chiastic structure)

*Yehovah's spoken Glory-
Jn 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Immanuel-God with us
Yeshua-God is Savior
Mat 4:1-11
1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

*The Word of God--in flesh reply to the devil--
"It is written----get behind me".

Yehovahs' Word inspired down to each letter-given to us with instruction to overcome.In this world it will be tested.
---char on 2/23/11

His Word is what stands.
Our Word does not.

Beautiful word pun-
..."Hearing comes by the Word of God'.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and [hearing by the word of God].

Not our word-our interpetation-not our understanding--
God Word alone is eternal.

We praise Him for His mercy and grace.
---char on 2/21/11

The adversary will tempt us--but-The Word of is our Strength.
Mat4:4-10(all)But he answered and said,[It is written],Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that [proceedeth out of the mouth of God]---If thou be the Son of God,cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him,[It is written again,Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God]--And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.Then saith Jesus unto him,[Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written], Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Rev 3:20
---char on 2/21/11

The Seg, that was very good what you said. Scripture many times reminds us to check ourselves if we are really in the faith. To make our salvation sure. Many never do and will find out one day, they were not of us, as 1 John 2:19.
---Mark_V. on 2/18/11

Thing is: we all sin. But God 'remembers our sins no more'. So in Gods eyes we are sinless! Is that good or what? Rom 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in union with Christ Jesus. (ISV). So let's forget about sin and focus on Jesus!

In fact it gets better: 2Co 5:21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become God's righteousness in him. (ISV) Where is the sin now? We are not only righteous, we are God's righteousness in Christ! Hallelujah!! What a win-win situation for us! We have no more sin!
---jj on 2/15/11

It is written, Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh.
It is also written, I will write my words in your hearts.

You should be, afraid of committing sin.
I m sure, he made that more than abundantly clear!

But, you keep thinking about the law.
So you see everyone breaking the law.
Yet, you know! Neither you nor anyone keep it!

But, bare this in mind always, anything! Not just the things you pick.
That is not of faith is sin!
O ye of little faith, where does this leave you?

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves.
Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
---TheSeg on 2/14/11

Craig ... I wouuld also ask why Gd would warn us about the dangers of committing sin, if He had not given the opportunity or even the ability to avoid committing sin!
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/14/11

Im still baffled as to why you think God would warn us about committing a sin if theres no danger of us doing it. I believe you are simply in denial because you are afraid.
---CraigA on 2/14/11

Saving Faith,
God is the Author and finisher of our faith. True believers are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation. (1 Peter 1:5). The guarantee of our perseverance is build into the New Covenant promise. God says, "I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me" ( Jer. 32:40). When Scripture warns us against falling away (Heb. 10:26-29) the warnings and pleas are among the means God uses to secure our perseverance in the faith. Notice that the warnings and the promises often appear side by side. When Jude urges believers, "keep yourselves in the love of God" He immediately points them to God, "who is able to keep you from stumbling" Jude 24.
---Mark_V. on 2/14/11

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There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling,
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
---TheSeg on 2/9/11

mike-- I don't think the crowd that would hinder the blind man from meeting Jesus HAD any faith to begin with.
Nothing to destroy.

But after the blind man was healed, surely some had faith that they hadn't had before.

No, God doesn't always give what we ask for.
A seven yr. old may ask his parents for a motorcycle. They give him a bicycle instead. Does he lose faith in his parents? Not usually, though he may be disappointed.
---Donna66 on 2/9/11

mike, these are some of the things the lord said.

Mat 26:23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.

Mar 14:18 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.

Luk 22:21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

Joh 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

I agree with MarkV.
When you say that is why faith is destroyed.
Think about it.
---TheSeg on 2/8/11

Faith can be overthrown by bad doctrine and shipwrecked by the deceptfulness of sin.

Its in there. Denying it wont make the scriptures go away.
---CraigA on 2/9/11

Mike, for the life of me I don't know where you get what you said from Luke 18:35-43.
"but the crowd who led the way said SHUT UP!
many have faith but when they ask for a fish they are given a snake.
that is why faith is destroyed."

The crowd did not say "SHUT UP" and no where does it state that faith is destroyed. I don't know how you could come out with that from that passage. In fact the whole crowd saw what Jesus did, and gave praise to God.
---Mark_V. on 2/8/11

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to test our faith.

luke 18:35 the blind man cried out to have mercy & christ said YOUR FAITH HAS HEALED YOU.
but the crowd who led the way said SHUT UP!
many have faith but when they ask for a fish they are given a snake.
that is why faith is destroyed.
---mike on 2/7/11

Matthew 7:24-27

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
---christan on 2/7/11

The seg// I did know what Donna... meant, I wanted her to bring up Abraham and Isaac. Had she done so, I would have stopped//

So whoever responds to your post (whether or not it's addressed to them), has to be a mind reader. You couldn't just bring up Abraham yourself. No, that would be too straightforward.
You'd rather talk in riddles to make other people squirm.
I think that's your real mission here.
---Donna66 on 2/7/11

The Seg, again, thank you for your impute. It is well taken. blessing to you too.
---Mark_V. on 2/7/11

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MarkV, Then all I can say is Nothing!
I have the Septuagint also.

Moses in the law of God did say:
Anyone taken in adultery such should be stoned to death.
So they did what God in the law commanded them to do.
But, they didnt learn from it. Just follow it. (A test?)

Believe me! I understand how one can say or even believe God is testing us.
But see to me, there is only one test or a judgment. Nothing else!

But to tell someone or let one believe they are being tested by God.
When the lord clearly said therell be a Day of Judgment. Is misleading!

Some things I believe, I dare not share.
They are impossible!
God bless you all.
---TheSeg on 2/7/11

The Seg, thank you for your response brother. I had done a long study on this a few years ago on Gen. 22:1 had been a problem for me because of that word, "Test." The New King James uses "Test" while the Old King James used "temp." The word is "Nasah" meaning to test, try, prove. In most places this verb carries with it the idea of testing the quality of someone or something through a demonstration of stress. In the case of Abraham it is not tempt since God tempts no man, what God was doing was "refining" Abraham's character. He did the same thing to Hezekiah in 2 Chr. 32:31. Because God wants us to walk more closely to His way (Ex. 16:4, Deut. 8:2, Judg. 2:22, Ps. 26:12)
---Mark_V. on 2/7/11

MarkV, I did know what Donna and everyone meant, right from the beginning.
The reason I did it, I wanted her to bring up Abraham and Isaac. And look who bring him up.

Had she done so, I would have stopped. But she didnt she started bringing up just human frailty.

Gen 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

Not a test, a temptation! So, I dont equate "test" with a temptation. As some do!
But, trial is not a better word!

Joh5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
To have a judgment you must have a judge!
---TheSeg on 2/6/11

I agree with mima. Perhaps he makes the point better than I did.
---Donna66 on 2/6/11

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The Seg, when the word "test" is used together with God, it does give the illusion God does not know something and is trying to find out. I believe Donna66 use the word only because it is use by commantaries but in no way do I believe she meant it to be that God does not know something. Since she knows of the Sovereignty of God. The word is use with Abraham, that it was a test by God on Abrahams faith. And of course God already knew what kind of faith he had since He gave it to him. When Donna66 saw that using "test" was the wrong word to use, she tried to correct it, but you then questioned her next word. Donna66 does great in answering, and it was only a mistake. I also thank you for standing for the Truth.
---Mark_V. on 2/6/11

I believe God uses tests to show us our weaknesses and our strengths. The test is not for understanding by God. Since it is certain he already knows everything. The test is more self introspective than anything else. Test expose to us our weaknesses and our strengths.
---mima on 2/6/11

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." Matthew 7:6
---christan on 2/6/11

Then dont post to me. I dont get upset or offended.

//The seq---Do you equate "test" with a temptation?//

//Someone tell me where the word test is?
Where he said, I will test you!
I know he said, I love you and I forgive you.
But test?//
2/2/11 before yours, where does it say Donna66!

Perhaps you feel my post of 2/3/11 was at you?
Again where does it say only Donna66?
Where you the only one? No, right!
//I just want you to see how evil we truly are.//

As far as your post of 2/5/11
Would you like it if I got mad, upset, offended.
No I wont, Donna!

As always Donna66, may God bless and keep you safe.
---TheSeg on 2/6/11

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sag---Look. At the beginning of this thread people were talking about a "test" e.g
//God test our strengths so we may recognize our weaknesses// or //God tests us so we can PROVE God's faithfulness.//

I used "test" that way and.... you objected.

I said "maybe 'trial' would be a better word".... You objected again, demanding to know what I meant.

I went on to explain more, what I considered a "trial", giving examples...
...and you objected to the word "trials", saying it should be "infirmities" asking were they from God.

Fine. Call it what you want. As I said already,God allows theseIS IT CLEAR NOW? If not, too bad. I'm through.
---Donna66 on 2/5/11

Does God love you?
Are you wonderful and special in his eyes?

But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not, I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
---TheSeg on 2/5/11

Hello Donna66
And may I say god bless you

Now listen, the question was (well you know)

You said
Donna66 2/2/11
These tests are not graded, not "pass-fail". They are simply for our instruction

Then on2/3/11
You change test to trial
I should have more accurately used the word "trial

And here we are
Will you now change trial to infirmities
Well, whatever you want to call them

All I want to know is, if you believe they are from God.
In other words is God the one doing it
Is God checking up on you?
We clear?

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed,
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
---TheSeg on 2/5/11

Seg--How about trials like these: a rebellious teenager, a failing parent with alzheimers, an unfaithful mate, a chronic physical problem.. "thorn in the side" like Paul's. The list goes on and on. Everybody has trials.

Or do you think these are not trials? Do you think God doesn't allow them? No matter how strong your faith, these are difficult things that you have to work through, using all the grace God gives you and all and fruit of the spirit your spititual growth has produced. God isn't judging you. You get a chance to see God at work and perhaps a new, humbling view of yourself.
---Donna66 on 2/5/11

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What's important is one must not have a false sense that we are wonderful and special in the eyes of the Maker, who's God Almighty. Witnessing half the Word of God is not witnessing the Truth. It's really important one knows who they are when they stand before God Almighty. Maybe some Scripture would help to remind us,

"And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?" Daniel 4:35

"All nations before him are as nothing, and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity." Isaiah 40:17
---christan on 2/5/11

Seq--read my post of 2/2.
---Donna66 on 2/4/11

We are tested to see how far we are spiritually in our walk with God, but doesn't mean he's behind the testing. He will not let us go beyond what we can handle.
---candice on 2/4/11

Its like school. How can you grow otherwise?
---larry on 2/4/11

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Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience,
2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:
---HOPE5979 on 2/4/11

I dont know how other feel.
So Im going to step back.

But I feel! These test you feel youre going through.
Are just doubts! Believe me youre in good company.
---TheSeg on 2/4/11

So then what are these tests about?
Can you tell me of one, you got? That is from God I mean!
If youre going to talk about faith, your faith come from God, its given!
Why would He test something, he gave you? Does God doubt himself?
The increase is also given. Yes, by God!
So please, if you can explain one of these so-call god tests?
Thank you for your time.
---TheSeg on 2/4/11

The seg--- I don't want to repeat my entire post of 2/2, but my point was that trials are not about God's judgement.
---Donna66 on 2/4/11

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Test us? Test what? God commanded Adam (who represented all of mankind who come after him) and he failed with flying colors earning all man death. So, what is it that you can achieve when the first man couldn't in obedience? And that was to only obey one command from God.

Now we have not only the ten commandments but 900 others in Leviticus and another 600 in the New Testament, and you think that God wants to test us? Paul reminded us that the law was only to make sin known. And we are reminded of how sinful we are by the Word of God.

What Adam lost for mankind, Jesus Christ restored at Calvary. And only through the Justification by Faith, God separates His people from the world He has condemned with the unsaved souls.
---christan on 2/4/11

Please tell me a something, if this is what you and others meant?
Why didnt you say it?

Then you all must be talking about the judgment of God.
Then the question becomes Why does God judge us?
Is this safe to say, Donna66?

The Lord said
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
So God is not judging you!

He went on to say.
Ye judge after the flesh, I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

Who are you looking for?
---TheSeg on 2/4/11

The seq---Do you equate "test" with a temptation?
The Bible doesn't speak of "tests", let alone define them.

I should have more accurately used the word "trial" (which is what many people mean when they speak of a "test") God never tempts any man to sin, the Scripture is clear about that.
I think of a "trial" as involving much more than a one time choice. It is rather a situation that exercises our responsiveness to God and and our fruit of the spirit in multiple ways.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
---Donna66 on 2/3/11

I just want you to see how evil we truly are.
People keep making up stories about how they see God.
And you believe them!
God doesnt test anyone and you know this is true.

So why are you saying God test you?
When you know this is a lie?

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
(Who do you think this man is talking about?)

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:
(And who are we talking about, here?)

Or are you trying to say God is tempting man with evil?
And calling it, God test!
---TheSeg on 2/3/11

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Lori--We aren't tested so God can learn something about us. There is nothing about any of us He doesn't already know.

The tests come to show us something about God...and most often something about ourselves. We may discover God's strength and our own weakness.
We may learn that, though we may be faithless, God is always faithful to us. A test is sometimes the only way we see the results of errors in our beliefs and attitudes.

These tests are not graded, not "pass-fail". They are simply for our instruction.
---Donna66 on 2/2/11

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

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:

Someone tell me where the word test is?
Where he said, I will test you!
I know he said, I love you and I forgive you.
But test?
---TheSeg on 2/2/11

Tests show us our strengths,courage and sincerity for a certain thing or person. The same way we should test things and people in our lives sometimes. But we should be ready to accept the truth of what we find out. The truth is ugly and evil,sometimes.We must remember: we are not God.
---Robyn on 2/2/11

The same sun melts butter and hardens clay, and when we are tested by our God we should melt before him rather than harden ourselves against him, knowing that the trying of our faith works patience and the end of our test is for our good. Passing a test should increase your knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. When Job finished his test he said to God who tested him, "I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye sees you. Therefore I despise, and abase in dust and ashes." Job 42:5,6.
---Eloy on 11/6/10

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Lets show God some respect. Now, pay attention: God and Jesus. Fake gods are just that fakes...gggggod. No respect for fake gods. Why does God test us? Does He test all His people? Sometimes, I wonder. I get it all the time, and I am tired of it. He does it I reckon, to strengthen us. I believe that I am strong enough. Ah Jesus Christ, my Lord, My Savior, My GOD TESTS. Does yours? How does your god tests you? Come on, I want to know.
---catherine on 11/5/10

God tests us so we can PROVE God's faithfulness.

How is it you come to know for a FACT through personal experience you will never be forsaken?

Yea, one can quote scripture all they want ( head knowledge) however God wants us to have Heart Knowledge! Growing in the Grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ is HEART PROVEN KNOWLEDGE that brings us to maturity( fruitfulness)...That knowledge comes through the Holy Spirit to Christians only, changing us from Glory to Glory by the Spirit of the Lord.

This is why so many Christians CAN lay down their life for truth...because they have Proven through trials His truths, producing fruit. When a false profession is made and trials come, they turn away proving they are not saved at all!
---kathr4453 on 11/5/10

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in [your] weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

it not only exposes our weakness, but shows His strength in our weakness.
---aka on 11/4/10

God test our strengths so we may recognize our weaknesses
---Cynthia on 11/4/10

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I Peter 1:...even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ,and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
---Rod4Him on 11/4/10

//It is not the trial of "you". It is the trial of your faith.
---Linda on 5/1/08 //

Exactly. He strengthens our faith thru trial.
---JackB on 11/4/10

I recently had someone ask me "Why does God test us if he already knows the end result?" I know that God tests us to see where we stand in our faith but if he already knows what we are going to do why are we still tested? I dont question my faith I just believe....but for some reason the answer for this one didnt come to me. Do You have an answer :) ?
---Lori on 11/3/10

I believe the answer to this question lies in understanding "cause-and-effect". For every effect there must be a clause. It is impossible to understand up without conceiving of down! The statement that something is in cannot be understood without implying that it is not out. Big is the symbol of something opposite of little!!

The only way to escape the human limitations involved is to be God.
Of course we understand that God is beyond limitations. But in order to deal with man apparently it is necessary for God to test us.
---mima on 5/6/09

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I struggle with the above question all of the time being that I have always been hurt by others and I feel that I don't need God hurting me also. If God truly knew me then why must I be tested? When someone hurts me that does not make me want to be closer to them it actually pushes me awaAAAAAy from them. Knowing that God allows (actually the devil tests not God) me to tested hurts me even more. It like a parent watch a child being attack and doen NOTHING about it and if the child reacts wrong then it a sin... go figure and the story of Job doesn't help me either. Actually I thin that it was a horrible way to prove something to devil.
---Trying on 5/4/09

Quoting Gordon : " GOD (YAH) tests us, His Saints, to help us to mature in Love, Holiness and Obedience, and to show US where our heart really is at every given moment.
---Gordon on 5/1/08 "

I agree.
---chianna on 5/17/08

The whole world as it is set up is a constant test I think. But God is merciful. Romans 11:32.
---SusieQ on 5/1/08

It is not the trial of "you". It is the trial of your faith.
---Linda on 5/1/08

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GOD (YAH) tests us, His Saints, to help us to mature in Love, Holiness and Obedience, and to show US where our heart really is at every given moment.
---Gordon on 5/1/08

"Why?" As a trial and opportunity. It is a trial of our faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus and an opportunity to declare that faith through the word of our testimony concerning it. Knowing that the trying of our faith works patience within us. That patience works hope and that hope will not shame us. The wilderness experience is always a trial intended to produce and/or reinforce an intended spiritual growth. It is a time of reflection and meditation, a time to feed on the bread of life.
---josef on 5/1/08

Since we are to test the spirits and what is written in the new testament, then wouldn't it be fitting for God to test us too, to see if we really love Him or not?
---james on 5/1/08

Sandra_Heb. 12:
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise NOT thou the chastening of the Lord, NOR faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For WHOM the Lord LOVETH HE chasteneth, and scourgeth EVERY son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye ENDURE chastening, God dealeth with you as with SONS, for what son is he whom the father chasteneth NOT?

ENDURE, IS my BEST advice.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 4/30/08

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I have been going through a lot of trials. It seems that in just 15 months I have lost so much and debts everywhere. Then after 15 months of tantrums and storming at God, I am realizing why I am going through this and even though it is not fun, I find I want my soul more than I want things.
---sandra on 4/30/08

Remember God does not give us more then we can handle with our burdons, also look at James 1:13 it says "When under trial,let no one say:'I am being tried by God.' For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone." then finish it by verses 14-15.
---canda3996 on 11/27/07

God tests his children for several of reason. In De 13:3, it says "The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul". And to love love God is to obey Him Jn 14:15. In some cases, testing comes through suffering, hardship, difficult circumstance, and trouble but the Good News is that, James 1:1-4 says, for us to consider it all Joy whenever we face trials of many kind because through perseverance, it's developing character.
---A_Call_to_Righteous on 5/6/07

God tests us to teach, strengthen us to be in his image by appreciating more what we have, in enjoying working for our dreams, in loving others just as they are as he loves us no matter who we are-how many times we fall & question him, to help others as he helps us everyday within nature b/c we are not alone, & to love ourselves as much as he loves us; so, if you think about it, it is not just God testing us but us. Sure things can get hard but God sends that to awaken us to be better & remember him.
---Isabel on 5/5/07

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"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

The Lord already knows our hearts. I believe one reason testing comes is to help us know our own hearts. When we are aware of the progress we've made spiritually, it is encouraging and increases our confidence. We become stronger Christians.
---DoryLory on 5/6/07

You must start using a capital G in front of His name. God tests us for alot of reasons. I have started asking Him for a grade. They are for strengthening, teach us obedience, endurance, longsuffering (patience),and how to outlast the devil, and we learn to trust God. Another good reason for tests--- We learn to take one day at a time, "because today has enough evils of its own", Saith Jesus Christ.
---catherine on 5/5/07

this life on earth is a time to prepare to meet god, we must prove ourself worthty to return to live with our father in heaven through following the gospel of jesus christ, and applying his atonement into our life, he tests cuz he has give us the commandments and has given us the agency to choose liberty and eternal life throught the great mediator of all men or to choose captivity and death according to the power of the devil. Were here to learn and to progress through the trials and challenges in life
---josh on 5/5/07

Romans 5:1-5, "being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience;
and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
---Bruce5656 on 5/5/07

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With out a test or trial we have no testimony.
---andre9789 on 1/9/06

Testing helps us grow up. It's not for God's benefit. He knows where we are in our Christian crawl, walk, run. God's "tests show us" where we're at as we strive to grow into His likeness. No tests, no progress! (2 Tim. 2:15)
---Leon on 1/9/06

Threw many tests and trials we will enter in..If the test doesn't kill us it will surely strengthen us.
---Lynn on 1/8/06

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