(05/12/2015) Temptations, Tests and Trials?

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Judgment, Language, Revelation, Scriptures, Spiritual Growth, The Bible
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Today, points are shared on life challenges, provoking divinity and self-discovery as well as divine judgment and revelation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Red ray 47” (Level 6 with 20,748 points, a member since August 23, 2009) posted the following to question the sovereignty of GOD:

So it’s ok for God to test humanity while it’s a sin to test God? Where in the bible does it says like that?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:  and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  (Genesis 22:  1-3, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Is Sin a Matter of Temptation? (04/22/2015); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Stronger Tests for the Strong? (10/22/2013); Sacrificial Relationships? (10/23/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/02013)

“Red ray 47”, divine instruction and process to reveal spirit substance often appears arbitrary, disloyal, and unpleasant.  Just as divine judgment resolves disputes by applying sacred law, judgment examines spirit content within the living, and then acknowledges and assigns eternal value.  The language speaking about temporal “temptations”, “tests” and “trials” generates spiritual confusion when held to mean “being pushed to the breaking point of ones will power,” “becoming overwhelmed by pressure to sin,” “being stripped of ones integrity and self-control,” “being drawn into wickedness,” or “having ones appetite aroused, or manipulated.” More correct, there are life challenges, opportunities for development of character, and regular courses of development that see increasing accountability, demands, knowledge, skill and privilege.  Believers are shown that affliction, hardship and suffering within the material and social spheres of the living can not eliminate or remove the hope, joy, divine love, and other aspects of power and strength imparted to believers as gifts and new life from GOD.  Believers learn to “praise their way through.”  Here are a few points from the Bible that are shared among Christian believers who now experience an intimate relationship with Deity as sons, daughters, and heirs:

(1.)  James 1:  12-14, King James Version (KJV):  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:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 8:  1-3, KJV:  1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.  2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 13:  1-4, KJV:  1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;  3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

(4.)  2nd Chronicles 32:  30-31, KJV:  30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.  31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

(5.)  Proverbs 24:  11-12, KJV:  11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

(6.)  2nd Peter 2:  9, KJV:  9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  1st Corinthians 10:  13, KJV:  13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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