Originally Posted by Justanaverageguy
The Bible also says the Holy Spirit "tests" us. E.g. Luke 4:1
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
Your use of the word "test" motivated me to do a word search on "test" in the NIV. I think these verses are interesting:
"Some time later God test
ed Abraham..." - Genesis 22:1a
"Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test
them and see whether they will follow my instructions." - Exodus 16:4
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test
you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” - Exodus 20:20
"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test
you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands." - Deuteronomy 8:2
"He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test
you so that in the end it might go well with you." - Deuteronomy 8:16
"you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is test
ing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 13:3
There are more verses in the Old Testament that talk about God testing us, but here are some in the New Testament:
"Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of test
ing they fall away." - Jesus (Luke 8:13)
"When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him
, for he already had in mind what he was going to do." - John 6:5-6
" For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work
. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?" - 1 Corinthians 3:11-16
"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? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test
. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed." - 2 Corinthians 13:5-7
"On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.
" - 1 Thessalonians 2:4
"By faith Abraham, when God tested him,
offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c
] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death." - Hebrews 11:17-19
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test
, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." - James 1:12 (NIV)
Whilst it would be nice to believe that the spirit is just here to offer us comfort, peace and relieve our pain the truth is it is here to teach and improve us. It tests us to reveal and expose our weaknesses. It forces us to confront them and face the consequences if we don't fix them. From my experience it can be a very harsh teacher when we do not learn from our mistakes. The spirit is a big believer in the Carrot or the stick teaching method
Very profound, thanks!!!
Many seem to think if it's really the Holy Spirit it will be all sunshine, rainbows and lollipops - when in reality if it has really come to touch you then your likely about to go through one of the toughest testing periods of your life just like Jesus did.
Typically this happens just around the age of 30 - your Saturn (Satan) return in astrology which is when the karma of your last 29 years returns to you and you are tested by the spirit on the lessons you were meant to learn. Many who experience this positively will describe it as being "born again" and have a very powerful spiritual experience at this time
I disagree with the the astrology thing. In my experience, testing is not just in one year nor does it have to do with astrology, but happens on an ongoing basis after deciding to obey Jesus Christ. Sometimes we fail the test, but God in His mercy and love forgives us when we ask forgiveness of our sins and repent, and strive to obey Him!!!
Asking God for forgiveness and true repentance is very important, after failing a test. And, God often allows the same kind of test various times to help us mature, to see if we have truly learned our lessons.