Good evening! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This evening we are testing ourselves with God's definition of test.
Jeremiah 9v7 Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people. Refine means to make free from impurities. If we are living a life of faith we will want to please the Holy Spirit and the peace we receive is what keeps us in line with the Holy Spirit. Our heart will ache and our peace will be disturbed when we sin against our Father and Savior. (1John 3v19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence v 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.) When we grow in Christ we will know when we have grieved the Holy Spirit and through the love of God we are given mercy and forgiveness when we fail the test God gives us. We learn and receive more grace not to do it again. We do not desire to live continuing to sin over and over again and do not ignore the Holy Spirit living in side us. What ever you need help with ask for God's help in giving it to you, He will give it to you and then He will always test you to see if you received all that He is giving you. He will test us with our fears and those that fear have not been made perfect in His love. (1 John 5v18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears in not made perfect in love.) He will test you with your patience and if you do not have any you have not received His and you will be tested again and again until you work out what He puts in. Of course when you look at Jesus's life He was tested many times and He was tired, He wept over our unbelief, He got angry at the Pharisees "self-righteousness" made by their own works, He knew His disciples weaknesses and rebuked them, He knew of peoples sin and told them not to sin any more or something worse may happen to them, He commanded, He rebuked, He taught, He led, but He never gave up loving, and encouraging others to believe in Him as the light and Savior of the world. We are always going to be tested but we have a Savior that forgives and continues to give us grace to overcome any sin we may commit. God says in Jeremiah, "The days are coming," when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh. This means all who go their own way and do the work with their own hands and not let God work through them will be punished. He is still coming to do this. Look for Him testing you so you can learn more about who He is in you. We are not those that are going to be punished, we boast in the Lord and we understand Him and know Him and His ways. His ways of kindness, justice and righteousness on earth for we know He delights in these. We want to be tested because we have faith in knowing Him by seeking Him everyday to guide us with His love so He can love others through us, so He can make us like Him so we can be used to finish His work. (Psalm 139 v23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. v24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.) I love everyone with the love He gives me for you! Read Psalm 139 and Jeremiah 9.