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Why Does God Test Us

Why does God test us?

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 ---catherine on 4/2/10
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To purify us, to perfect us.

To purify gold, you put it in the flame, under the heat, and the dross or impurities come out. The more heatings, the more pure the gold is.

Every time we are in a trial, there is something in us that God wants to remove. Mostly it is us that He wants to remove. Our goals, our pride, our self-reliance, our selfishness. The more and more of us that is removed, the more like Jesus we will become.

This is how we can "count it all joy".
---Mark_Eaton on 4/5/10

To see if we TRULY love and trust Him.

Did Abraham love and trust God? Yes because he took Isaac, his only son and was going to sacrifice him to the Lord. When the Lord saw that he was willing to OBEY Him, He knew He (God) could trust Abraham.

A test always comes before a victory. To take you to the next level in Christ Jesus.
---Donna on 4/5/10

All these answers are good. We find out more about ourselves from a test, more about areas that need improvement, OR we find out more about God. Sometime "passing the test" involves what we BELIEVE as much as what we DO. When times are stressful, and we think of all the things that could happen...or "all the things that could happen" are happening to us now, our FAITH is tested. We can let anxiety take control... lose sleep... worry before the Lord and call it "prayer". But His word tells us (1Jo 4:4) Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

In some cases, the TEST is just to REST...and prove again His faithfulness.
---Donna66 on 4/3/10

I see this to be the Word we believe being tested:Christ in you-changes you.

If the word we believe is not God's Word-it will fail us.
God only responds to His Word-Holy Spirit-confirming.
When we come into His Presence-His light compares the differences and exposes-lie from-Truth.
When the enemy attempts to use the Word of God on us-we reply with the true Word-Jesus Christ.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit unto the wilderness to be tempted of the devil...
Jesus answered and said...
Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
---char on 4/3/10

Correction to prior post for the sake of clarity. For some reason certain words were dropped. The line that reads "things may have gone unnoticed apart from test." Should read "things [that] may have gone unnoticed apart from [the] test. Just FYI, Thanks.
---Josef on 4/3/10

Faith tried by fire becomes precious. When going through the test it will bring you into a deeper relationship with the Lord. Job said: "I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye sees you." Job 42:5.
---Eloy on 4/3/10

Father allows us to be tested to bring up and out of us all that is within us for our own examination. A test is an opportunity to recognize and address those things that may be within us that may oppose who we are to be in Christ, things may have gone unnoticed apart from test. The test could be simply an opportunity to prove ourselves to ourselves or to allow for improvement within ourselves. After all we have been given to know "that the testing of [our] faith produces patience" and if we let that patience, enduring constancy through applied faith, work for us "[we] may be perfect[ed] and complete, lacking nothing."
---Josef on 4/2/10

sanctification is a process and a learning experience,without trials,or tests we would learn nothing.
---tom2 on 4/2/10

sanctification is a process and a learning experience,without trials,or tests we would learn nothing.
---tom2 on 4/2/10

Difficulties can be opportunities, if we respond to them appropriately...
---ger.toshav on 4/2/10

Difficulties can be opportunities, if we respond to them appropriately...
---ger.toshav on 4/2/10

Difficulties can be opportunities, if we respond to them appropriately...
---ger.toshav on 4/2/10

Perhaps he should be thought of as an engineer engaged in destructive testing so that the next version he builds works better. He's just finding ways to improve his design.
---atheist on 4/2/10

Why would someone think that anything that happens to people, from the uncomfortable to the tragic, must be a "test"?.

I think God does sometimes test us. And it's natural to want an explanation for things we don't understand, but this isn't always it.
---Donna66 on 4/2/10

Another good point, ger.toshav.

catherine, why do you ask a question if you just want to answer it yourself?
---Cluny on 4/2/10

What does this test consist of?
---earl on 4/2/10

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God test us for the words sake. We would never know how powerful his word is, but through test and trials. Once we know the word works we can witness to others about the goodness of God.

---shary on 4/2/10

One reason God tests us is the same reason our teachers tested us, to show us where we fall short, in order that we may make improvements.
---ger.toshav on 4/2/10

Even though I posted this I would like to answer it, also. God tests us, let it be from Satan or God Himself MAKES NO DIFFERENCE. STILL A TEST. OH MY. God has a hand in it. The reason being is this, so you can know your strengths and your weaknesses. Hallelujah. Now, God knows your strengths, and your weaknesses. You need to know them yourselves. Note: God does not test unbelievers. He sends His judgments. Sometimes, God's people may get caught up in it. No matter, you go to heaven, or if you live He will restore you. Have a good weekend everyone+++as unto the Lord. Or it won't count.
---catherine on 4/2/10

how do you know if god is testing us or punishing for sin?

did those people who died in waco tx & jonestown a test or punishment of god?
---mike on 4/2/10

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