The TEST will end after you PASS.

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I found myself thinking about God’s tests for us yesterday. The Lord reminded me that in the same way that trials come to make us stronger, tests come to hone us. The key thing about tests is that once you are given it, you have to pass it in order for you to move on to the next level. The thing that happens to most of us is that as Christians, we all want to get to the next level but few of us want to experience the tests that the Lord use to get us there.

I am writing to tell you tonight, if you want the fruits of the Spirit, you have to pass your test. If you want the spiritual gifts, you have to pass the test. If you want to get more blessings, you have to pass the test. If you want to go to new spiritual heights, you must pass the test. The Lord’s tests are just like SAT or CSEC, there is no if, nor but, nor maybe, you have to pass the test in order to move up. In fact, if you fail, you will continue to resit that exam until you do pass.

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Change your strategy.

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In the same way that we have tests to pass, the devil has assigned himself tests. He has tasked himself with seeing how many of us he can get condemned to damnation. Now unlike some of us, he is a very very dedicated pupil. He researches and studies his subjects very well. He endeavors to become an expert on each one of us.

A few years ago, the Lord gave me a resounding message, “CHANGE YOUR STRATEGY!”. A few months ago, He showed me that this could not only be applied to my tests but my temptations/trials as well. He directed me to the Israelites’ exodus to the Promised Land. He showed me that He did not allow them to use the same strategy when faced with different kinds of enemies.

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What Do You Need?

One of my most favorite Bible scriptures (St. Luke 18:35-43) tells the story of the blind man who learnt that Jesus was passing by. His blindness didn’t stop him because this man had a need and whilst he was somewhat hindered, he opened his mouth and cried out to Jesus for mercy. I find this act interesting because I can just imagine how packed the crowd was! After all, the amount of people who followed Jesus could be compared to the number of fleas and ticks on wild dogs. Can you just imagine the level of noise he would have to make to be heard?!

Yet he was heard by the people who tried to hush him. This only caused him to cry with more vigour. Eventually, he got Jesus’ attention. Before he knew it, he was brought before Jesus! All because of his persistence, he now had an audience with the king! Totally amazing!

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God DOES Listen

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One of the things I’ve always believed is that the Lord works in mysterious ways. He always provides comfort when it is needed.

For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a bit down. I might even say a bit overwhelmed. I was talking to God, generally, last night into this morning and was telling Him how I felt. I felt frustrated yet lonely. I know it’s strange but let me explain.

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Two Types of Men

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I’ve heard people speak of waiting to find their Boaz. For those who don’t know what I am talking about… Boaz is the Prince Charming who basically took Ruth from the Bible out of poverty and before that, allowed her to collect the excess crop left behind in the field). It is almost like the first Cinderella story. Maybe that is what sparked the Brothers Grimm’s imagination.

Anyways that’s not what I am getting into. I find Joseph, the man whose lineage resulted in Jesus being born within the tribe of Judah, more interesting. For those who don’t know Joseph happens to be a descendant of Boaz. Now Joseph is a man who demonstrated steadfastness and dependability. He also exhibited his devotion to God by taking on what many in today’s society would have termed a “jacket” although he was not rich. Despite this, he carried out his purpose without murmuring and showed his dedication to his wife, Mary, and his child by uprooting his life in Nazareth and moving all the way to Egypt when the child’s life is threatened.

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The Strategy of the Devil

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As a Christian, I’ve come to realize that being tempted is like dating. Yes, I said that! In fact let me repeat “being tempted as a Christian is like dating”. Now let me explain what I mean.

Let’s look at the dating analogy. Have you ever noticed that a man’s approach varies based on the type of female he perceives he is dealing with? If he believes you are a sketel, he will make a derogatory remark. If he thinks you are a lady, he may even develop an accent. This is because he realizes that the presentation of his package will determine if he gets the reward of your attention. When that man catches your attention, he starts out small. He may ask for your phone number or even a date. The more you agree to, the more the stakes raise until you find yourself sleeping with him or married.

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