The Purpose of Tests
“At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” (Mark 1:12-13, NIV)
The first few words of this verse capture my attention. It says, “At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert. . .” To grasp its meaning, you must understand the fundamental laws and principles of the Kingdom of God. God is a Spirit being and He created us in His image and likeness as spirit beings. God rules His Kingdom. It is not a democracy. His Kingdom operates according to basic spiritual laws and principles. It is built on love and operates according to the Law of Faith. Faith relies on belief in God’s Word (Jesus incarnate) and the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s will. In God’s Kingdom, obedience leads to protection, favor, promotion and increase. Self-sacrifice and service to others rule over selfishness. Humility rules over pride. Faithful obedience to Kingdom laws generates confidence and hope. Life in the Kingdom is filled with grace, blessings and favor.
Referring back to this passage, we see Jesus, the Son of God, anointed with the Spirit of God being led into the desert to be tempted by Satan. Jesus’ anointing, trust in God, obedience and faithfulness are about to be tested. All of heaven watched as Jesus was tested and battled Satan. We read that angels attended to Him after the tests.
Never think that God and His angels are not watching, aware of or interested in your tests. Never think that you are exempt from the tests or that God doesn’t care if you pass the tests. You must understand that new levels of anointing and Kingdom promotions will always lead to new tests. Understand that passing each test will build your character and help your faith grow stronger.
Child of God, I encourage you to pray and ask God to give you a new attitude about trials and tests. In these moments, remember Jesus’ example. See tests as a Kingdom tool to draw you closer to God. Celebrate and praise God when you pass the test. Know that God is leading you into your divine destiny!
Father, thank You for Jesus’ example of walking out Your perfect will and calling on my life. Holy Spirit, lead me like you led Jesus and help me to pass every test with Satan. Jesus, I need Your grace to pass every test. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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