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The means through which the genuineness of faith is proved and Christian character developed. God promises to help his people during times of testing.

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God allows faith to be tested

Testing proves the genuineness of faith

1 Peter 1:6–7 ESV
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
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Testing develops Christian character

James 1:2–4 ESV
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
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Testing purifies God’s people

Isaiah 48:10 ESV
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
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Examples of God testing faith

Abraham is told to sacrifice Isaac:

God tested Israel in the desert; God reduces Gideon’s army; Jesus Christ appears to discourage the Canaanite woman; Jesus Christ delays going to Bethany when Lazarus is ill.

Means by which faith is tested

God allows Satan to test faith

Job 2:7 ESV
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
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Difficult circumstances test faith

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Persecution tests faith

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Discouraging people test faith

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God’s promise of help during testing

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God’s help through the encouragement of others

1 Thessalonians 3:2–3 ESV
and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.
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The response to trials

Rejoicing at sharing Jesus Christ’s suffering

1 Peter 4:12–13 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Praying for God’s help



James 1:12 ESV
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
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Examples of faith victorious through testing

Abraham; Elisha’s servant; Job; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; the apostles; Stephen; Paul
Luke 2:14 ESV
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
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