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Summary: We need to identify seasons of testing, then expect the tests, and then learn how to thrive during the testing processes of life. Why are you tested?

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#1 LEARN TO IDENTIFY AND THRIVE IN THE TEST!

Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

This lesson one and will be done in several sittings, there is a lesson two, of two more parts.

I. DO YOU REALIZE GOD DOES HIS BEST WORK IN THE TESTING PROCESS?

A. WE OFTEN HEAR QUESTIONS LIKE:

WHY ARE WE TESTED?

HOW LONG WILL THIS TEST LAST?

WHY DO PEOPLE DREAD TESTS?

B. WHO WINS IN THE TEST OF A HAMMER AND A BIG ANVIL?

WHY?

C. TEST:

Examination, observation, to try

Basis for evaluation,

To submit to procedures to prove or disprove

Criteria

A way to measure skills, knowledge, understanding, aptitudes

D. TRIAL

Examination of matters and issues

A test of FAITH patience or stamina

To investigate how well something works

Tryout

To test the ability

To what one is capable of

E. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE VALUE OF TESTING?

KJV

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

F. CAN WE IDENTIFY ---- THIS IS A TEST? THIS IS ONLY A TEST?

NIV

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

G. WILL WE LEARN TO EXPECT TESTS?

Living

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts.

H. WILL WE EVER LEARN TO THRIVE IN THE TESTS?

Messsage

Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about;

II. LORD TRY MY REIGNS!

A. There are three words that sound alike:

1. Rain --- water falling from the sky

2. Reign --- a king’s authority and rule.

3. Rein--- A strap fastened to a bit that the driver gains and keeps control

A restraining influence

A guiding power --- to control

To check or to stop or to slow up by gaining control

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have

Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. I revealed

my cause.

B. Lord, I willingly yield and submit to Your Divine Plan and Control. God, we realize there is only one way to LET YOU REIN OUR HEARTS, THAT IS TO PASS THE TEST OF SUBMISSION.

III. WE LIKEN TESTING AS UNTO A FIRE ... FIRE IMPROVES THE VALUE!

A. We understand the process of refinement?

Improvements

To free from impurities or unwanted materials

To free from moral imperfections

To improve by pruning

To separate dirt and worthlessness

Malachi 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

B. I am told in Biblical refinement that the master refiner knew the gold or silver was pure when he could see a perfect reflection of his face in the

silver or gold.

C. FROM $35 TO $125,000 JUST BECAUSE OF THE FIRE? HEAT EXPOSURE?

I am told something about the refiners process...

Take a small bar of pig iron and it will be worth $35.00

Put the same amount of metal back in the fire, and work it and it will become two horse shoes worth $60.


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