This morning we shall continue with the subject of passing the test of God as I show you some other tests you must pass in life.
1. The Test of other Man’s Things. In God‘s pattern of giving men their own things, He tests them with another man’s things first. Let me ask you some questions: how are you handling your rented apartment? Your sister’s children? Your boss’s car? Etc. God is using those things to prove you for your own things. If you handle them well, you will be qualifying yourself for your own things. It is the servant that serves as a son that the master opens up his secret unto. In the place of serving another man you will be made and prepared for your own things.
2. The Test Of Love: What Do You Love? Who Do You Love Most?
It is not what you have that is dangerous to you really but what you love. God can only trust you with what has not caught your heart. Once something has caught your heart and you love it, you are not likely going to release it. God will test our love of money, children, spouse, and job against our love for Him. Whatever you love more than God is a danger to you, God would not support you having it because it will someday stand between you and God (Genesis 22: 1-2).
3. The Test of Isolation
The goal of God for this test is to get you to know God before you know men, power, anointing, fame etc. As you journey with God, He will isolate you to know Him. Look at the journey of these people: Joseph in prison, Moses separated for 40 years, John the Baptist was in the wilderness until the day of his showing forth unto Israel. Your intimacy with God is your secret for greatness in life and God will test that before He releases His glory into your life.
4. The Test of Difficulties and Challenges.
This test presents to you an alternative to God and in the presence of an alternative, you can’t achieve the excellence you desire because you will have an alternative. The test of challenges and difficulties puts constancy and patience in you if you pass it (Romans 5:2-5). It is the comfort with which you have been comforted that you can comfort others. Where God is taking you to is a place where you depend on nothing else but God and this test helps you to learn that fact.
5. The Test of Delay
The test of delay helps to fine tune your motives and check your purpose for asking for something. You must understand that God doesn’t delay unnecessarily without purpose. When you fail the test of delay, you produce Ishmael (something gotten by natural means that now attacks what God has given). You must learn to wait for God. He is never late; He always makes things beautiful in their time.