Will You Pass The Test?
By Billie Miller “The Motivational Minister”
“Any time we step out to do something new, especially something new for God, we will almost always—and almost immediately—face a negative circumstance that will try to discourage us or convince us we cannot do what God asks of us. Something will come up to tell us it is too hard; it does not make sense; it will not work; or we are not qualified to do it. The enemy uses such words and thoughts to discourage us, hoping fervently we will never accomplish what we set out to do.”
~ Joyce Meyer
I remember a time back in college when I arrived to class and the entire classroom was unusually quiet. As I looked around with this bewildered look on my face, a classmate whispered to me, “Hey, did you study for the test?” My jaw dropped and my heart sank as I responded, “We have a test today?!” I had totally forgotten all about the test. I was not prepared and there was no way of getting out of it. I tried my best but ended up failing. It wasn’t that the test was too hard or complicated. It wasn’t a lack of ability or potential to pass. I failed the test for one reason and one reason alone—a lack of preparation.
Likewise, there is a test of faith and many Christians today are failing. Not because it’s too difficult or impossible to pass, but because they are unprepared to complete the test in front of them. Quite often the reason for lack of preparation is because they don’t recognize the test when they see it. Just as I did that day in college, they show up on test day unaware.
Rather than recognizing and passing the test that is set before them, they fail because many times they think every trial is the devil. What we see as storms are often tests. It’s a dangerous misconception to think that tests are automatically a result of sin or being out of the will of God. As soon as we face an unexpected challenge we think, “What’s wrong?” Just because you’re going through a setback or obstacle doesn’t mean you have some sort of hidden sin or you’re not doing something right. If you get sick it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing something wrong. It may be because you confessed, “By Jesus’ stripes I am healed.” When you hear God’s Word, whether you understand it or not, it will be tested (Matthew 13:18-23). Will you pass the test or fail?
“Testing of your faith is God’s prerequisite for trusting you.”
~ Dr. Myles Munroe
You simply can’t have enduring faith without the faith test. You can’t avoid it. Faith is developed and strengthened through tribulation. Do you want to live a life where you’re complete, whole, and lacking nothing? Well that requires graduating to that level of living. The prerequisite for this type of lifestyle is a constant testing of your faith. This is nothing to get upset about because with each test you pass, comes promotion. So count it all joy for it’s all working for your benefit, and most importantly, for the glory God.
“My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. The strength to keep going must be allowed to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need.”
James 1:2-4 NIRV
BILLIE MILLER “The Motivational Minister” is a Bible teacher, speaker, and the #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of “Life in Righteousness: The Word is Your Life” and “30 Days of Righteousness: The Word is Your Life Action Plan”. Thousands of lives have been changed through Billie’s powerful teachings. For more information please visit www.BillieMiller.com. Follow Billie on twitter (@BillieMiller7) and on facebook (BillieMillerPage).