The Testing of Your Faith
March 4, 1990
People, people just like you and me, they need the Lord. God has given us so much. And unto whom so ever much is given, of the same shall much be required. We are with Abraham in the school of faith. And I want you to take your bibles today and turn to the pinnacle of Abraham's life, I believe. It's found in genesis 22, and turn to it with me please. Genesis 22. Our message today has so much to do with world missions. May I tell you something that I trust you will never forget. Are you ready for it? A faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted. If you can't test it, how do you know it's real? How do you it's trust worthy? I was watching last night on TV., the testing or airplanes. Airplanes for the defense of the united states. And they showed these test pilots and these airplanes. How would you like to fly on an airplane that had not been tested. I mean they just built it and they said alright, get on it. But nobody tested the individual parts, and nobody tested the whole thing after it was put together. Frankly folks, if you can't test it, you can't trust it. Huh we don't want to be the first to try something, or we don't want to try something that's not been tested. I heard of a lady who was getting ready for surgery and the doctor came in to visit her. The doctor said, you look nervous. She said, I am nervous. She said, it's my first operation. Well, he said, I know how you feel, it's mine too! Huh! Many of us uh, of us would like the comfort of something that has already been tested. And I mean, how do you know that your faith is real unless it can stand the test? Look if you will in genesis 22, beginning in verse 1, "and it came to pass after these things that God did tempt Abraham. Now if you're reading like I'm reading from the King James Version of the holy scripture, and I love the King James. But just simply write in there where it says tempt, write in the word test. Because the word tempt and the word test are the same word; mean the same thing. Read it this way, "and it came to pass after these things, God did test Abraham and said unto him; Abraham, and he said behold here I am. And he said..." that is God said, "...take thou thy son, thine only son Isaac whom thou lovest and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him..." that is Isaac, "...there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains, which I will tell thee of." now God did not tempt Abraham to do something that was wrong. God tempts no man with evil. And thank he doesn't because if God were to tempt us, none of us would be able to withstand the temptation. God tests or tempts no man with evil, and neither can God be tempted with evil. So, what does this mean? It simply means that God was putting Abraham to the test. He was testing Abraham's faith. Now the devil tempts us to do wrong in order to cause us to stumble. God tests us to do right in order to cause us to stand. And what God is ...
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