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A Test

I’d like to invite you to join us in a discussion about spiritual tests at www.peacefulsinglegirl.wordpress.com. We ALL face spiritual tests many, many times in our lives. Are we prepared? Why do we have to have tests? What might God desire to accomplish when we are tested and when we go through trials? What does Satan desire to do in our lives through tests? How can we be well-prepared for the spiritual tests that are coming our way and how can we learn the most from them?

5 thoughts on “A Test

  1. Oh April….I really wish you could see the magnitude in which God uses you. Sometimes it is just beyond my comprehension completely. Right now I am a little in shock. Friday, God told me I had to go through a very hard test. He had been trying to show me this for a very long time. I won’t put details here. It won’t help anyone on this journey but it is a part of my journey. And then I wake up this morning and you posted this. Everything God needed to tell me in plain words. I am not looking forward to this test but how can I possibly deny it now….. Thank you once again precious April for letting God speak through you.

  2. Great stuff, wonderful to read and I want to look at it more later. πŸ™‚

    I wanted to offer an alternative take on one passage though, for your consideration:

    “a test to demonstrate that I love Jesus SO much that, in comparison to my incredible love for Him, my love for others in my family/group of friends looks like β€œhate.” Obviously, God commands us to love others, but our love for Him should be vastly greater than our love for any person! (Luke 14:25-35, Matthew 10:37-39).”

    Jesus concludes this passage by also saying that a man must hate his own life to be his disciple.

    What you say is good, to love Jesus more than anything/anyone else. However when Jesus says “hate,” I see it more of his message of leaving the world behind.

    When we enter eternity, our lives will be gone; we ourselves will be saved, but our “lives” will be dead and gone. Likewise, our parents might be saved and survive, but their status as our parents will be dead and gone as well. Again, our spouses might be in eternity, but their status as our husband/wife will be dead and gone for eternity.

    So when Jesus says “hate,” I believe he is not referring to the person per se, but more to their relation to us as parents or children or spouses, because they will perish in the face of eternity; and “the perishable cannot inherit the imperishable.” When he tells us to hate our own lives, likewise, he’s not telling us to hate ourselves, but rather our worldly experiences.

    1 Corinthians 7:29-31 is saying the same thing. As I’ve seen you put it, “holding onto things of this world loosely” (something to that effect).

    Jesus leads us to eternity, and we cannot, therefore, find our souls attached to that which perishes. It does not conflict at all with the love we have for others as people for whom Christ died–quite the contrary! In fact, that’s the message of spiritual family, as that is eternal where our biological is not; when Jesus proclaimed that his fleshly mother and father were not his mother and father (despite the fact that they were people of faith!) but rather the eternal status of brothers/sisters/mothers in Christ were more enduring and therefore more genuine. (Matt 12:46-50)

    Of course you’ve written a lot about that, but just thought I’d comment if only for the sake of productive meditation on my part. πŸ˜‰

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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