Or You Being Tempted Or Tested?

What is the difference between being tempted and being tested?
Maybe you have asked that at times.
Maybe you are talking with someone and they say, “I believe God is testing me.” You may want to ask, “Ok, how do you know that?”
James 1 talks about being tempted and tested. James says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing” (2-3).
Later, in the same chapter, James says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God.'”
So, what’s the difference between being tested or being tempted? God tests us to mature us to grow us… Satan tempts us to cause us to sin… God will not tempt us… God only tests us.
In Genesis 22, there is the story of God testing Abraham. God had just given Abraham Isaac and God wanted to see if Abraham loved God more than he did Isaac. So, God told Abraham to offer Isaac on Mt. Moriah. God intervened at the last minute and spared Isaac after God knew that Abraham would sacrifice Isaac if called upon to do it.
You may ask, “Ok, how do I know if God is testing me?” In my experience, it’s not easy to determine. To determine it, we have to have some spiritual awareness. Transparency here… I believe God has been testing me some… and I didn’t pass several tests. God has been slowly getting rid of things in my life that were important to me than they should have been.
If God is testing you, He’s doing it to prove you… to mature you. And when that is the case, we can, as James told us, “Consider it joy when we encounter various trials.”

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