TESTS – JESUS WILL ACE IT FOR YOU

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TESTS – JESUS WILL ACE IT FOR YOU

In Part One, we saw how God never wanted man to experience evil and sin. Instead it was man who declared that He wanted to know what evil was by eating of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So by that act, Satan was allowed in and Satan, being the effective devil that he is, set out to work, showing us all just how evil, evil is.

But beloved, Jesus wants you to know that all is not lost, for even though,

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” Romans 5:12

We have hope in Jesus,

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:17-19

But why would our Father do this? Why would Jesus bother to make us right with God? This is why. This is the true nature of your loving Heavenly Father. This is who He really is.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Your Father loves you, He does not condemn you, He does not want you to perish but instead He wants you to have everlasting life. For Jesus said,

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

And just what kind of life does Jesus come to bring? Our Father tells us very clearly through the prophet Jeremiah.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

So when Jesus came to this earth, He Himself told us that we should,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

And Jesus has guaranteed us that one day we shall be with Him for He said,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

Look at the life of Jesus and see if He ever did any smiting. No matter how angry He got, He never struck anyone down. He only healed and set free. That is the true nature of God, of Jesus. Now weigh any trouble you have against that and you will know if indeed God is smiting you. And the answer will always be ‘no’.

For you who believe, are His beloved child as it is written,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

So just as no father would test his child and give him more than he can bear,

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Quite a mouthful, so let us allow The Amplified Bible to break this down for us.

No temptation that is beyond human resistance will be allowed to lay hold on you. Whatever befalls you will also be adjusted and adapted to human experience so that you can bear it. This is because God is faithful to BOTH His Word and to His compassionate nature and will not let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure. At the same time, He will always provide the way out so that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently (1 Corinthians 10:13 [AMPC])

But the trial is overwhelming you say; too much for you to bear. Well, beloved, just for a few moments, try this exercise with me.

Put your thumb as close to your eye as you possibly can until you cannot see anything else. Your thumb has not suddenly grown larger now, has it? No, it is still the same thumb, and same hand. What has changed is your perception of that thumb. And because it is now so close to you, it overwhelms you, blocks your vision, till that thumb is all you can see. Now, remove the thumb from your eye. It miraculously goes back to the size it was before. That is really how trials get the better of us. When faced with a trial, we often think that no one else has as big a problem as we do. The challenge overwhelms us, and as a matter of perception, because it is closest to us, to us, it is the largest problem there is.

Now, this is not trying to belittle the problem that you are facing. The challenge before you is certainly there, it is real, it needs to be overcome; but beloved, Jesus does not want you to let it consume you. For the apostle John tells us,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

And herein lies the secret to overcoming your problems.

Through your trials, Satan seeks to do two things.

“Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.” Luke 22:31-32 [MSG]

The first thing that Satan wants to do is to separate you from our Heavenly Father. He wants you to think that you are unloved, unwanted and God is nothing more than a big meanie who is, in the words of Bruce, in Bruce Almighty, “a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I'm the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but he'd rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm.”

And why does Satan want to do that? This is because he wants to separate us from the power and keeping of God (Luke 22:31). When we leave His power and keeping, we are no longer protected, loved, cared for and that is when Satan thinks he has us for that is what he told God in the context of Job.

“But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” Job 1:11

Yes, Satan wants us to curse God to His face. So he lies in wait, crouching at our door when we sin, just like he did to Cain.

“And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.
And Cain said to his brother, Let us go out to the field. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.” Genesis 4:6-8 [AMPC]

He crouches and waits so that he can do the second thing which has become his Modus Operandi when it comes to making us sin,

“Then after [he had taken] the bit of food, Satan entered into and took possession of [Judas]. Jesus said to him, What you are going to do, do more swiftly than you seem to intend and make quick work of it.” John 13:27 [AMPC]

Satan enters us, enters our consciousness, and makes us sin. Now, many people are going to dismiss this as yet another teaching that tells us that man has no responsibility for our actions. That ‘the devil made me do it’ is sufficient excuse to absolve us from all wrong-doing. Beloved, that is not what I am saying. We do have responsibility. We were the ones that let Satan in in the first place. And just like God told Cain,

“...And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 [AMPC]

We must master it even though it desires for us. But how do we do that? How do we master sin? Beloved, it is no accident that Jesus said,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

Indeed, we are told that,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

And since for us who believe, we have already heard His voice and opened the door, He has already in us and since Jesus is He who is in us, Jesus, the beloved Son of God, one part of the triune God, can and will overcome all your obstacles, because certainly, He is greater that he who is in the world. For remember that we are told,

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

When you fill your heart with Jesus, Satan has no place, he cannot enter, because Jesus will guard His place in your heart jealously, unceasingly, with everything He has got, and beloved, He has everything.

So beloved, if you are going through trials right now, fill your heart with Jesus. When you do that, you would have mastered that sin because now the devil cannot enter into your heart and consciousness and soon Jesus will overcome that trial for with the temptation your loving Heavenly Father will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

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