Throughout Scripture we see leaders who were powerfully used by God, but first they were tested and proven by Him. Activity and knowledge are no substitute for being tested for usefulness, purity and power. We are to rejoice in our test and boast in our weaknesses so that we cooperate with God in transforming us into vessels of purity, channels of God’s power, and instruments for increasing the glory of God.
In this and following blogs, we will look at specific individuals that God prepared through severe testing and personal empowering through the Holy Spirit. Who better could we start with than the Lord Jesus?
“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him;” (Matthew 3:16). This is followed in chapter 4:1; “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
Notice how these two events coincide with each other. When we submit to the will of God, He gives all that is needed to face any test and come out the other side in victory (see 4:10-11).
Are you going through a time of testing or trial? Be careful not to label it ‘an attack of Satan’ when in fact it might be God’s hand behind it allowing you to be tested by him to prove your character as reliable in His service. Ask God to supply grace to learn through the testing.
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