“Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person’s heart is tested by the Lord.” – Proverbs 17:3-13
“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart” – Deuteronomy 8:2
“So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:7
I have figured out a secret that I would love to share with God’s people. I saw this secret in the bible, and by the anointing, the light shined on me. And now I understand the world we live in and how it was set up by God to test and proof men who will enter into the Kingdom of God. I have seen the true issues of the eternal destiny of a believer and the unbeliever. I have seen that all our years on earth, we are being tested by fire.
“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart.” – Deuteronomy 8:2
The truth is that, all through ages, all through times, this earth and stage has been a field of great test. It was established so by the wisdom of God. Our test is so great that it is likened to fire. And as fire consumes impurities, and refines precious metals, that is how the great test of all mankind consumes many, and condemns them to destruction, while refining others, and preparing them for their future inheritance in God’s Kingdom.
If you care about eternity, you must not be carried away by circumstances which surround you, whether good or bad, it is all a test. Put in another way, you must not allow the good you own, or your ill situation(s) make you rebel, or become lawless, God is testing you.
Those whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life since the foundation of the world will be carried away by the fire protocols of this present age. They will forget that all creation is in fire-groaning, moving towards eternity, and waiting for God to reveal His tested and trusted sons.
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” Revelation 3:10
Look at this scripture above. Jesus was telling the Philadelphian church that an hour of trial is coming upon mankind, but He was going to keep them out of it. For this promise to be possible, it means that that Church must cease to exist.
We might think that it is the Antichrist tribulation, but it is not. If the time of trial which Jesus spoke of was the antichrist’s lawless days, there will be no need to promise a Church that stopped existing like over 1600 years ago that He would preserve them from the antichrist tribulation that is yet to come up till now. For God already knew that the Philadelphian Church would not see the Antichrist years. Unless the test He meant was close to them, and that He was going to push it beyond their span of existence.
Now, let us look at the Old Testament and see how Israel was tested by God in their journey to the promise land, and how God continued to test them in Canaan. Take a look at these scriptures.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. Exodus 16:4
“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2
“Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.” -Deuteronomy 8:16
“I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, 22 so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.” Judges 2:22-22
“And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.” Judges 3:4
The scriptures above will ring huge bells in the mind of those who devote time to know the word of God firsthand. It will also help us understand the trueness of the message of this post.
God began to test the Jews right from the beginning of their walk with Him. He tested them for faithfulness, and for trust. He tested their obedience, and willingness. He tested their ways, and knew what was in their hearts.
In some cases, He used good times to test if they will become carried away by the blessings and providence of God; if they still will be willing to humble and obey Him. In other cases, He tested them with lack and want. He willfully allowed them be in want, just to see if they will be faithful and trust in Him till the end. God also tested if they will decide to turn away from Him, His word, and His ways in times of difficulty and confusion.
In all these tests, Israel continued to show that they were not worthy of being called God’s people, and that they were not deserving of the rest of God.
Let the situation of ancient Israel echo also for the times we live in. In our days, situations and conditions of life still floor many in this field of test. The gracious blessings of the rich has cause many to stumble into pride, haughtiness, wickedness, and destruction. The low level of many has led them into prostitution, stealing, and other diabolical means of survival. But it was all a test.
For very light reasons, Christians fail the test that was put before them by Go. Many have done great evil in the sight of God, thereby sealing our eternal destiny by our failing to stand firm for Christ. We have forgotten that this place is not a permanent home.
From the scriptures, Job showed that he understood this mystery when he said:
“What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him, That You should visit him every morning, And test him every moment?” – Job 7:17-18
Apostle Paul knew this mysterious truth also. In 1 Corinthians 3:13, he wrote to builders of God’s people, reminding them that their work- the sheepfold of God which they labour to build, will be tested by fire. And we know that we are all the work of one builder or the other. Therefore, Paul is saying that God will test us all with fire. Not in heaven, but right here on earth is the test.
Peter, the apostle was not ignorant of the testing of a Christian man. For he said: “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7
Faithfulness is the test. God will test if we will be faithful, no matter what, till the end, or even until death.
God will test us with hunger and lack. He will test us with riches and times of plenty. He will test our deeds when others have more than us. God would want to know if we will follow after envy, jealousy, strife or maliciousness.
God will test our reaction when the world and society is against us, against our faith, and against our beliefs. In that time, are we going to remain faithful to the pilgrim’s cause, and stand up for Jesus and His word, or are we going to become cowards and choose the world?
In America and many societies, very many, even men of God has failed to stand up for the truth of God when their beliefs are questioned by the godless society. Thus, many have been defeated by the testing that was meant to establish them as elects of God.
Priesthood is all a test; a very great proofing. When God calls a man, He begins to tests if he will sell his soul to the corruption that seeks money and wealth. The corruption that masters deceitful ways of turning the gospel into a money making scheme. Those who would rather make the people happy instead of daggering their hearts with the word of God. The corruption that lays aside the truth that saves and washes God’s sheep, and those who tell lies on the pulpit for gains, who also carry the message of Christ in covetousness. God will test them.
Many priests were tested, and they proved why their names were never written in the Book of Life from the foundations of the world.
Yes! God has saved you oh priest. But why would He not take you up to heaven? He first wants to test if you are worthy. Then He called you into in vineyard to test what was in your heart, and it didn’t take long before you proved Him right for testing your ways o priest.
As a Christian, our loved ones many have abandoned Christ. Then God will use them to test if we will love them more than Him. If we will desert Him for the sake of our children, parents or loved ones. It is all a big fire test. And very many are failing! Many believers in America and other nations have already failed.
If God gives you a wife or husband, He begins to test your faithfulness to His judgments on marital relationship. When He gives you a child, He tests your willingness to bring up the child in the fear of God and according to His righteous ways. He gives you a parent, He will also test your obedience and regard for his word on parental/child relationship. If we fail in His test, we have also proven not worthy of his kingdom.
If as a parent, having done your best, yet the child rejects wisdom, God will not judge you. But if you contribute to the wickedness God sees in your child, by not bringing them up according to the ways of God, to fear Him and do what is right in his eyes, then you have failed the test.
When God gives you a leader, He will test your heart, to know if you will be a faithful follower, or one who is a rebel. If He makes you a leader, a religious leader or secular leader, He will test if you will put on pride, if you will mistreat those you lead, or if you will humble yourself before Him and His judgments. He will test if you will be fair, if you will lead in equity, if you will show mercy, and if you will do justice.
In your days of testing as a leader or head, God will purposefully cause you to see funds, and He will test if you will steal church funds, project funds, or public funds.
Leadership is a big test; it has cost many the kingdom of God. Many become leaders and forget the God of their humble beginnings. But God was only testing them with leadership. He already knew that they would fail, but He needed to prove why their names where not written in His Book of life, so He tested them, and they proved Him the God who knows all things from the beginning.
If God should give you wealth, He will also test your loyalty to Him with your wealth. He will know if you will be supportive of the work of God, and lend to those who are in need of help. Or if you will watch His work crumble, and the less privilege suffer, while you live in a tall castle. God will test what is in your heart; do not fail!
If you are a ‘faithful and blameless Christian’ and God allows you to become sick and sorrowed by oppressions, He is trying if you will depart and seek help where there is no help. He will see if you will wait for Him no matter what, even if he delays and death comes. He will be proved right for writing your name in His Book or not writing it.
There could be many unanswered prayers and reason to backslide. But for what reason? It is a test of patience and trust. This is the time God will test what you will do. If you will continue to obey, if we will continue to pray, if you will continue to seek and wait for Him.
Finally Christian, remember that these things are fire-protocol tests. If fire is easy to pass through, it will be easy to pass through these great tests. We are tested in every stage and level of our lives on earth. And you will hardly figure it out that God you are being tested, and that you are already failing. But be ye firm, and do not fail your God!
For narrow is the way that leads into eternal life, and a few will enter into it. It is not because many will not see the way, it is because, when they will face the tests of the narrow way, they will fail.
There is a Book in heaven containing the names of those who will be saved at the end of all times. Even those who will be born tomorrow, those who will make it through the narrow way, and pass the tests, their names are already printed on that great Book. God has foreknown that they would be relentless in the struggle to enter into God’s kingdom, and that they would pass all the tests they would face. So He wrote their names on His Book.
If we have already failed God, it simply means that our names were never written in that book. God already foreknew that we would not submit to Him.
But today, if we read this post, and will decide to turn back to God, pursue after Him, and hold on till the end; if we will decide to pass all our remaining tests, it means that our names were written in the Book. God also foresaw us making a U-turn and deciding to stand for Him till the end. The choice is yours!