Why Are Christians Tested

What is God’s purpose as he tests us?

ROJBC 08 28 16 Charles

First to test the strength of our faith that we might know where our strength is or isn’t.

Secondly, to humble us lest we think more confidently of our spiritual strength than we should.

Thirdly, to wean us away from worldly things.

Fourthly, to call us to a heavenly hope so that we live in the above and not in the below.

Fifthly, to reveal what we really love,

You see, if you supremely love God, you are going to say thank you God, for what you are accomplishing through this. Help me to see that. And give you glory though you are allowing this to happen. But if you really love self more than God, you are going to say, God, why do you do this and you are going to be irate and you are going to be upset and you are going to be bitter. And you are going to be full of anxiety.

sixthly, to teach us to value the blessing of God and to appreciate it as it comes to us out of the times of suffering.

Seventh, to enable us to help others in their trial. To bear one another’s burdens.

And eighth, to develop enduring strength for greater usefulness, so that God can thrust us into greater places of ministry and effectiveness.

Brief outline from Sermon 08 28 2016

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