Foothills Christian Church
Why Does God Test Us? | Mark Hoffman | October 30 & 31, 2021
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    365 W Bradley Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020, United States
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
In both the natural and the spiritual, there is no advancement without passing tests.
Deuteronomy 8:1-2, 16 NASB1995

5 essential Truths on Facing and Passing Tests
1. In leading us God tests us to expose what’s in our hearts.
“… testing you, to know what was in your heart…” (vs. 2)
5 essential Truths on Facing and Passing Tests
2. The purpose of God’s leading and testing is to cause us to depend upon Him.
“…that He might humble you…” (vs. 2)
Pride means to be focused on yourself and place your faith in yourself.
Humility means you are focused on and place your faith in something greater than yourself.
5 essential Truths on Facing and Passing Tests
3. The testing comes before you gain the promise.
“Remember all the way which the Lord your God led you in the wilderness…testing you…” (vs. 2)
5 essential Truths on Facing and Passing Tests
4. Every blessing you receive is also a test.
“In the wilderness He fed you manna…that he might test you.” (vs. 16)
5 essential Truths on Facing and Passing Tests
5. Passing tests brings great blessing.
“…to do you good in the end.” (vs. 16)
James 1:12a
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive …”
1. The test of obedience to God’s commands regarding our blessings.
Exodus 16:4-5
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.
Will you be grateful and wise stewards of God’s blessings or foolishly and selfishly misuse them to yours and others hurt?
2. Test of living in an ungodly culture.
Judges 2:21-22
I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, 22 in order to test Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk in it as their fathers did, or not.”
Being surrounded by ungodliness and wickedness is not only a danger but also an opportunity.
3. Test of conflict and division.
(Numbers 12 and 12)
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 NASB1995

4. Test of failure
Deuteronomy 1:19-45
Luke 22:34, 32
(34) And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”
(32) “… but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
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Text PRAYER to 619-375-0805
Text DECISION to 619-375-0805

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