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Dear Rick,It is so awesome in the season of sharing the word of God in all the churches here in summer and in the VBSI am so happy to read your sermon on Testing our Faith!!Dr Moses Raja Prabagaran MD
As in the case with Job, the "tester" was satan. It is my understanding that God is not the author of sin, but God authorizes sin (free will choices). My understand of testing, trials, temptations is that satan is the creator and initiator and God is authorizes satan to carry on in this world. In other words, God does not create the test, trial or temptation... satan does... and God allows it. To say that "God is testing me" suggests God directly creates the test, trial, temptation... that God is authoring and implementing the test. This does not seem right. Is it appropriate to say "God is testing me"? Please clarify. Thanks.
Good Day, Genesis chapter 22 from verse 1 to 12 is a classical example of God testing Abraham. In verse 12 God said now I know. This shows that Abraham passed the test. Major tests from God include test of Obedience and test of our love for Him. Thank you.
What a wonderful message,Pastor Rick ,can I share it to my fellow church members? Thanks.
What a wonderful message!Can I share it to my fellow church members pastor Rick.Thanks
I'm so blessed with your ministry. I become a better discipler of the Great Commission.
Pastor, I liked what you wrote and a lot of it makes sense. But I really never understood the concepts of God "testing our faith". If God is Almighty, he is surely omniscient. Meaning he knows everything that was, is and will be. If that is correct, why would God ever have to test humans? Would he not already know who is faithful? Why would God have to test how we''d react to certain demands or hardships? If he''s God, certianly he already knows these things. So please explaine why an ALL KNOWING God would have to test anyone?
Hi Joshua, I read your post just today. I believe I understand your question. So I share this observation. There is a difference between a test and a temptation. Test are permitted by God but they are purposeful. It is like passing from one grade to the next. James 1 says, "Count it all joy when you go through divers kinds of test, knowing that the trying or testing of your faith worketh patience (Test are purposeful) but let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect, (mature, complete) lacking nothing." Peter also talks about the testing of your faith, again purposeful. However, Temptation comes from the enemy to bring you down and destroy you, but I rather say, testing is permit by God to push you up." So test are not bad, we just need to pass them so we can be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (It is a process.) Bless you brother.