It’s all a Test
It’s all a Test
(#215 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
He turned their heart to hate His people, to conspire against His servants. (Psalm 105:25)
“This is just a test! This is just a test!” Should I make this announcement to you every day? Need I constantly remind you that it is a test; or rather, would it be more effective if I simply reminded you to believe Me? You do realize that I give liberally to all who ask, but not to those who ask with doubt in their hearts (minds). “Hmmm?” trials, testing, asking for wisdom, doubting, or better yet, “NOT DOUBTING!” Sounds just like James 1:2-8. What is it all for? It is so you will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Would you prefer a different type of Father other than Me? Is there one whom would serve you better? Not just for protection child, but for growth as well? What exactly is the race Shaul reminded you to run? What is My kingdom? It is perfection in consciousness I tell you! The race is for perfection, a race into My kingdom of perfection. Therefore we also, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
Stop proclaiming your deep love for Us, while you continue to cower at the first signs of affliction. How can you be perfect and yet fear man, or fear anything for that matter? Here is something deep to contemplate; how can you be perfect and doubt My provision and protection? Every time you doubt, you are telling Me, “I don’t trust You!” Every time you carry guilt and shame you tell My Son, “Your shed blood could not have possibly covered this!”
Stop and listen; think! Your enemies are merely tools to train you. Your suffering and chastening. . .tools to train you. Perfection is the pattern, and the testing assures its completion; perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4). You will not change My patterns, for how can one further perfect perfection itself? Yes loved one, My patterns are perfect already. There can be no variation to what is already pure in every way. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
I do tempt I tell you, but I Am not tempted by evil nor do I tempt with evil. I use set-apart (holy) tempting, which is nothing else than spiritual testing, so you can build your spiritual muscles (spiritual equity). My tools of temptation often come in the shape of humans, disguised as enemies. Why do I say disguised? Because I have already commanded that you leave your “enemies” to Me, while you pray for their blessing. Therefore, if in Me there is “no shadow of turning,” then how can you really have enemies?
Do you not know that those who run in a race indeed all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24) “This is a test! This is a test from your emergency, save your soul, Spirit broadcasting system!” Perceive! Adapt! Grasp! Move forward, and win the race!