Summary: Life is full of seasons of testing. Jesus gives us a pattern of how to overcome the test of daily life. This obstacle course could be a preparation for promotion.
SEASONS OF TESTING--- OVERCOMERS
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
SEASONS OF TESTING CAN BE LONG, HARD AND DARK. MOTH BALLS… perception? Today few understand moth balls. My Grandmother Pearl Hughes had a perfume like no one else. For years I just associated that smell with Grandma. Later I found out the smell was MOTH BALLS. She would stay with family after Grandpa’s death. Her suitcases and trunks always had those little white balls in them. She would spend many winters with us. So I associated the moth ball smells with winter. Often winter is known as a season of testing because of the short days and the long, dark and cold nights… People are trapped in their houses and their emotions can yield to depression and emotional ups and downs. Our perceptions may or may not be valid.
*TEST: series of questions, tasks, exercises that measure knowledge, skills capacities, EXAMINATION, EVALUATION,
*TRIAL: examination, to try, proof,
*TEST OF FAITH, PATIENCE, STAMINA THROUGH SUFFERING AND TEMPTATIONS…
*OBSTACLE: something that impedes progress or achievement, to try to block, holdback,
*OBSTACLE COURSE: training course filled with hurdles, fences, walls, ditches,
TEST AND TESTING HAVE A PURPOSE…
James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 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:
THE TEST: IMMANUEL: GOD IS WITH US. THE TIME HAS COME TO TEST AND PROVE JESUS. JESUS HAD TO WALK THE LONESOME VALLEY OF THE SEASON OF TESTING. WE HAVE SOME GREAT NEWS… JESUS IS THE INCARNATE SON OF GOD… JESUS WILL REVEAL GOD’S PLAN, PURPOSE, WORD AND INTENTIONS TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
History will have a PARADIGM SHIFT. John the Baptist has been announcing there is a GREATER THAN coming. PREPARE YE THE WAY… THERE COMES THE SON OF GOD. JESUS is going to invade the enemy’s territory and all hell will be put on NOTICE.
Jesus’ testing will invade the wilderness, the kingdoms of the world and the church with the light of the truth. Jesus will be T&P, tried and proven to show the devil, the demons, unbelievers and the whole world that HE is both REAL and GENUINE. Jesus is going to invade the satanic territories of this world.
God had all authority and in love God gave the keys of authority to ADAM and EVE. Then the first couple sold their test of authority into the enemy’s hands. JESUS CAME TO FORCEFULLY TAKE THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM and place them where they rightfully belonged… on the BELT OF THE SON OF GOD. Jesus will submit to THE TESTING and prove HE IS GOD!
Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
SATAN WILL THROW ALL HE HAS AT GOD’S SON. THE TEST WILL BE LONG AND HARD. Jesus will face a very hostile scene, the desert, the ENEMY and the wild destructive forces that Satan has to throw at him.
THESE WILL BE A SEASON OF TESTING … after this season the words: SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL can no longer be said. SATAN IS MORTALLY WOUNDED, HE HAS TERMINAL CANCER, HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED… BE ASSURED ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD WILL CRUMBLE AND COLLAPSE.
THE TEST, THE CHALLENGE IS ON… IF: is a conjunction, assumption, conditional clause, supposition, may or may not be valid, often IF is used with THEN, UNCERTAIN.
SEASONS OF TESTING OFTEN COME WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN KNOCKED DOWN AND ARE WEAK.
THE TEST? IF… IF IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SMALL WORDS OF THE BIBLE…
Luke 4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
The enemy test with SELF DOUBT? Will we question: THE CALL? THE PLAN? THE PURPOSE?
THE TEST COMES IN WEAKNESS. WILL WE ALLOW IF TO BECOME THE OBSTACLE COURSE? HOW DO WE COUNTER THE TEST? JESUS KNEW: THE WORD… THE WORD IS WORKING MIGHTILY IN ME…
THE WORD OF GOD DOES THE WORK OF GOD… IF WE PASS THE TEST WE MUST KNOW AND STAND ON THE WORD OF GOD. ANEMIC IN THE WORD? ANEMIC IN THE WORK?
Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Jesus does not get in a theological discussion? He does not debate? He uses the WEAPON OF THE SHARP EDGED SWORD, THE WORD.