I PETER 4:12-13
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Recently, we asked a question at church; “What is the greatest thing that ever happened to you?” The answers included salvation, children’s salvation, being filled with the Holy Ghost, waking up and deciding I no longer wanted to live in sin, receiving deliverance from spiritual bondage, and the test that God used to bring us closer to Him.
After reading the answers I told the church that God’s prophet said the greatest thing that ever happened to us was the test. Wow, not the outcome of the test, but the test itself is the greatest thing that could ever happen to us. I guess that is why James said that we should “count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations”.
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In the days of Daniel’s time, there was four overcomers that could stand the test of fire and lion.Â Now, we’re expected to be tested. That’s a good lesson for my–my brother back there, also. “He that cometh to God must first be tested.” Tested (what?) with the Word. That’s God’s test. Do you believe it? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] “He that cometh to God must be tested.” That only shows a true child, then, see, be tested, and when the test comes on. You can’t overcome ‘less there’s a test give to you. And when test is given, it’s to see whether you can overcome or not. And Jesus said, “To him that overcometh,” the test. The test is the greatest thing that ever happened to you. I believe it’s written in the Scripture, Peter said, that, “Our trials are worth more to us than precious gold.” It’s a testing time. It’s one good evidence to us that God is with us, when we’re tested, for all children of God are tested and tried.
William Marrion Branham
Keep pressing on saints. The test only shows that you have found favor with God.
Pastor Jack E. Duff