Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Four Major Tests【四大测试】

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.” 2 Corinthians 13:5-6

The mark of Sonship as a true disciple of Jesus is to walk in the fullness of God’s love in us (Matthew 22:37-38) with complete joy (John 15:10-11). Lacking these qualities leads to fear. Fear destroys hope that leads to insecurity. Insecurity leads to manipulation, control and disobedience. We should not allow fear to defeat us. Fear destroys hope. Hopelessness leads to self-centeredness. Self-centeredness leads to powerlessness. And powerless people cannot change the world. 

1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

When God anoints a person, a pattern of testing appears to take place at specific times in that person's life. God often takes each person through 4 major tests to determine if the person can achieve God's ultimate call on his or her life.

The person's response to these tests is the deciding factor in whether he or she can advance to the next level of responsibility in God's kingdom.

Control is one of the first tests. Saul spent most of his time as king trying to prevent others from getting what he had. Saul never got to the level with God in which he was a grateful recipient of God's goodness to him. Saul was a religious controller. This control led to his disobedience unto God and ultimately he was rejected by God because he no longer was a vessel God could use. 1 Samuel 28:17, "The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors - to David.”

Offense leading to bitterness and unforgiveness is another difficult challenge of character we must overcome. Every major character in the Bible was hurt by another person at one point or another. Jesus was hurt deeply when Judas, a trusted follower, betrayed him. Despite knowing that this was going to happen, Jesus responded by washing Judas' feet. Every anointed person will have a ‘Judas’ experience at some point in his or her life. God is watching to see how we will respond to this test. Will we take an offence? Will we retaliate? It is one of the most difficult tests to get through.

The other tests will be on power and greed. Jesus had all the authority in heaven and earth, so Satan tempted Jesus at the top of the mountain by challenging Him to use His power to remove Himself from a difficult circumstance. Yet, he did not use it. Greed is a tool for destruction. Money has the ability to have great influence for either good or bad. Very few can thrive spiritually under prosperity.

As leaders, we must be aware of when and how we are being tested. You can be confident that each one of these tests will be thrown your way if God calls you for His purposes.

Elisha faithfully served Elijah and stayed on with Him for many years to be prepared as his

God has sent some of His called out ones to our ministries to be cleansed, refined and purified through the Baptism of Fire  (Malachi 3:2-4, Zechariah 13:9, Isaiah 4:4, Matthew 3:11-12) to prepare them for their specific calling.  Some come for a season and some to be part of our ministry team to advance God’s kingdom.

However, before the fullness of God’s work can be completed in their life, the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy through schemes and manipulation (John 10:10) in order to confuse and dilute the main focus of their calling.

Will you pass these tests? Ask for God's grace today to walk through these tests victoriously and if you are called to CKRM/AOF for this season to be prepared as His last days’ warrior brides, just be faithful and be like Elisha: stay on until you are ready to be released for your calling.

The 12 disciples stayed faithfully with Jesus and when they were ready, He first gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and cure diseases. Then He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2).

We give all glory to God!

Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global

May 29, 2019

“你们总要自己省察有信心没有,也要自己试验。岂不知你们若不是可弃绝的,就有耶稣基督在你们心里吗?我却盼望你们晓得,我们不是可弃绝的人。” 哥林多后书十三章5至6节

















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