TESTED!

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The clock is two-minutes to nine. The time allotted for the test is almost complete. The sweat on the brow drops onto the test paper and mixes with the graphite of the pencil and thoughts of failure begin to emerge.  I have five questions left and not enough time. I need more time. The buzzer goes off and pencils down. Will I make this promotion? Will I have the victory or will I have to repeat this test again?

I have just been tested. As I carry myself outside the testing room, I am overcome with the sense of another test. This test is so much more difficult and yet a test for which I cannot escape. This test comes with promotion and a study guide as well. This test is for all mankind. No one escapes this test.

Jesus was tested. When taken by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness and fasting 40 days and 40 nights, as to be expected, he was hungry. Satan comes to test his loyalty to the Father and demands that he turn stones into bread. Jesus spoke the words recorded in Matthew 4:4 “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Similar words given in Deuteronomy 8:3 “that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” This was a test.

The people of Israel where starved by God (Deut. 8). He was testing them. He was proving whether or not they would stay the course. Our tests are different. Our challenges are different, but they are all used for the same purpose. Whose voice will we listen to?  Will we listen to the familiar spirit? Will we listen to the ungodly friend trying to get us to sin against God? Will we listen to the person with good intentions, but ungodly advice? Will we be promoted into the kingdom of God?

Choose God’s word over every other voice. Live free. Get promoted!

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5 responses to “TESTED!

  1. A question to live by!

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    I can relate a pass experience. A few years ago I had to make a decision talking about being TESTED. Because of health and safety reason I was having problems performing my job. It got to the point where it was effecting my marriage. I was tired all the time. If my wife and I went to the movies, I would sleep the whole time. I worked swing shift for twenty five years it was beating me down.

    The test was, should I continue to put my self and other people lives in danger. I would fall asleep driving. The police followed me home one time. They thought that I was drunk. I was told that I ran through a red light, running off the road. Put on left turn signal and made a right turn. I like what Brother Roger said– THIS TEST COMES WITH A PROMOTION!!
    At the time I was making $25 an hour. This was nine years ago. This was pretty good at that time.

    I made a decision based on my Health & not Wealth. If I worked over time I made $37 an hour. If I worked on a holiday I made $50 an hour. I looked at the money, I considered my health. My wife had tolerated those crazy swing shift hours for twenty five years. Our baby girl was about to leave for college. This means that when I am on mid night shift from 9:30 pm – 8am
    my wife would be home alone. And she does not like being home at night alone. Especially after having our four children there for twenty five years.

    I finally did what was right. The company to me through the ringer. Talking about being tested. This went on about five years. Minister Roger at the time I did not realize that God was setting me up for PROMOTION. I am an Entrepreneur, I have tried everything from A-Z. It was getting on my wife nerves and mine. She never was passionate about anything I did. You mentioned that TEST COMES WITH PROMOTION. All this has lead to– my wife and I working together in a home based business. The first time she has ever been passionate about what I was doing. Health & Wealth

    “THIS IS THE ULTIMATE PROMOTION MY WIFE AND I FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING WE BOTH ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT”
    As passionate as we are- now we find little things to argue about in the business.
    Can you help us with that?

    It all started with the TEST.

    Minister Roger I like your blog better than I like my own.

    Thanksss
    Bro.Mike

    • There was a lady on my video show on youtube that asked the question about empty nest that may be helpful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKWu7mzQSls I would like to add that boundaries are crucial when couples have businesses together. The line is often blurred in these situations as your lover becomes a businessman. Renew the old things. Make a definitive difference between your business and your lovers relationship. Thank you for your kind comment.

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