© Carlos Padilla, March 2011


God is the person who has gone through the greatest possible test ever when He accepted that His only begotten Son, who offered Himself out of His own will, would come to the enemy world, leaving His throne of glory next to the Father and would die on the Cross on Golgotha for the sins of the world, for us who have received the gift of faith and have believed in Him whilst we were sinners, not deserving reconciliation with God.


Jesus Christ has also gone through another test of similar magnitude, having to offer Himself to the Father in our place, to offer Himself for many who reject Him, but He was moved to mercy seeing the result in all of us who love Him, and that mercy, that love of God for us was stronger than the test, and He accepted. Before the foundation of the world, He accepted dying on the Cross, 1 Peter 1:19-20.


The Holy Spirit is also going through the test every day, with and for every one of us, interceding for us, fighting against our flesh, against our mind, against our spiritual weakness in order to get us through on the Way to God, in Christ, until His return. His is all the merit of our Christian life, He looks after us every day, protects us, forgives us, comforts us, intercedes for us and loves us. This is God's work, that we believe in His son Jesus Christ, and that we live a life of spiritual plenitude led by His Spirit.


God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have decided to go through these major tests even whilst being in their deity, but coming to our carnal nature, from Their Kingdom, with Their peace and holy life, not sparing anything to come to a rebellious humanity that goes against God, but God has a special trait that is lacking in our society and that only the Church can transmit to change people who listen with faith: God's love. A love that overcomes every test because it is focused on something higher than our own selves, God and our neighbour to become a part of an eternal and just Kingdom.


The test of God's fiery furnace - Daniel - the Christian's training experience, the way to forge a new heart to God's image and likeness. It is not possible to experience any growth as God's children without being tested. Jesus was tested when He was starting His ministry, taken by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Likewise, we will be delivered to temptation but God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able. 1 Corinthians 10:13. Temptations or tests and trials are the way to forge us within. Abraham was tested when Isaac was given to him, when God asked him to offer his son in sacrifice. Let us see under which circumstances God tests us.



When we make the choice of our knowledge and whom we will be subject to - whether God or our mind, our own criteria. In Eve's choice, a symbol of our mind, we can see the result of the world so far, the destruction of humankind that rebels against God and is far away from His presence, the first Adam. We all have to choose between God - our Father - and the science of knowledge of God, without God, sin, error. Solomon received the greatest wisdom but in spite of this he sinned in idolatry because he did not obey God. Where is Eden today for us, where do we look for the tree of life, in knowledge without God or in Jesus Christ?. Genesis 2 and 3.

Noah built an ark to save his family; his relatives took no notice of his warning, even though it was God's message. They did not obey and civilization perished. He had to build it, in the middle of his test, and see everybody against him, keep his faith and obey God, in the midst of a corrupted world contrary to God. This contrary attitude did not perish, since history confirms the Tower of Babel, a new project that symbolizes man's arrogance trying to show his grandeur without God, building a tower that would reach the heavens. Today, the majority of "civilization" continues to be God's enemy, but a large part of it, a third, awaits the Kingdom of God. A third that is brought to be tested in their faith, Zechariah 13:1.



We will be tested in our blessing and victory, and we will have to choose God again, who grants us what we longed for. Whatever it may be, we must stop it from taking the first place in our heart. This is a lesson we must learn sooner rather than later, since by doing so we will learn how to remove from our heart everything that we can identify as an idol - whatever is taking priority in our heart. The moment we realize this is happening, we must pray and cry out to God that this does not happen. Otherwise the Lord will have to take it away from us, and it will be more painful. We have to give God whatever, whoever we love most. It is the only way to be able to love in a spiritual and not in a carnal way.

Abraham left his country and family and he went looking for the promised land that God was telling him, on his own with his wife, servants and livestock. All the tests were for his blessing, even the final test when he was given descendants from Sarah, his beloved. The Lord called him to offer Isaac, when God saw that Abraham's heart was getting lost in his son. Genesis 22. Ruth also left everything in order to follow God. She was a gentile woman whom God made a widow while still young. She went with her Jewish mother-in-law, Noemi, who had no more sons, and followed her and Yahweh, her mother-in-law's God, because she had seen God's justice even though she had lost her husband and had no children. Her faith was strong and she was rewarded. Ruth finally married a wealthy and righteous man, Booz. They had a son, Obed, who is Jesse's father - David's father - the line of succession of Jesus Christ the Messiah. Ruth 4.

God tests us just like He did with Abraham. God instructs Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham was strengthened in his relationship with God and He will test us to strengthen us throughout our lives as a way to keep us in holiness and with Him. This is something God does not enjoy doing but it is necessary because He loves our souls. The result of obedience is in verse 17 in the same chapter in Genesis:

Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

The Lord tests Abraham for the third and last time and blesses him as representative of the behaviour He expects from nations to come who have the same faith, Christ's faith in us. Three tests of faith, are a symbol of the three levels of tests we must go through for our spirit, soul and body.


One of the greatest tests in the Bible is, no doubt, Joseph's life, Jacob's favourite son and therefore envied by his brothers, the eleven tribes of Israel. He received dreams that he interpreted and that were the warning of God's divine plan for him and his people, which finally depended on him. These dreams used to make his brothers turn against him even more. In spite of this, his life is protected by God's hand at all times, and he is successful in everything he does. When he is sold in Egypt by the Ishmaelites whom his brothers sold him to, he is bought by Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh's guard, where he becomes overseer of his house. But God had another plan for him. Pothiphar's wife set her eyes on him, who rejected her because he was a righteous man, but she accused him falsely and for this reason he was put in jail where he served the prisoners of Pharaoh's house. What could Joseph think, who had acted righteously with his master and before the Lord? No doubt he thought God had forsaken him, but he did not lose his faith.

Whilst serving the prisoners, he interprets the dreams of Pharaoh's servants, the butler and the baker. He asked the butler to remember him, but the butler forgot once his position was restored. Joseph's correct interpretation of these servants' dreams was his door to be called by Pharaoh, who suffered to have the interpretation of his famous dream of the fat cows and the thin cows which his magicians and wise men were not able to interpret. Joseph's interpretation earned him the position of ruler of Egypt. In the same day he saw his test accomplished, he went from serving prisoners to governing Egypt. He succeeded in accumulating seven years of provisions, which was God's plan so that Israel would be able to buy food and not perish, and finally Joseph was received in his land with all his family once they were reconciled with Joseph. Genesis 37.

The story of Esther's test in life draws a parallel of a character of the Lord's people who accepts to live with a gentile nation as a means to save her nation. She gave herself to the king to be his wife and was chosen to be the queen. She interceded for her nation and delivered it from the destruction plan against Israel that had been organised by Haman, ruler of  king Ahasuerus' empire. Haman wanted to kill Mordecai, Esther's adoptive father. But he actually wanted to wipe out the Jews from the whole empire. Mordecai had saved the king's life and received no reward for it. God made the king sleepless one night, and he commanded that the books of his kingdom's chronicles be read to him, where Mordecai's action was written, so he was given the king's favour. The queen had prepared a feast for the king and Haman, after agreeing that all Jews would fast and pray, and she informed the king about Haman's plan. God's hand makes the king understand and the Jews were not only saved from destruction but also blessed in the whole empire from India to Ethiopia. Haman was killed for being evil and merciless. It was a great test for Esther having to give her life to the king, but her prize was the survival of her nation. Today, Jews celebrate it in the feast of Purim. Esther 9 and 10.

These two examples of life in the world give us a perspective of what God can do in our daily lives, in His plans for us to carry His testimony around where we live to those who do not know Him. In difficult situations where we think that God has forgotten about us, where our plans have not succeeded and there are unknown experiences ahead of us, the Lord has a plan for our lives because He loves His people and ourselves.



This is a major test for Moses, and for all of us. Likewise it will be for all those who God has appointed to pastor His people, the fellowships, the churches. When God's children sin and they turn away and do not obey, there are two options: the first reaction can be: Let the wrath of God be on them because they have turned away from God, and whichever punishment they receive will be God-sent!. The other reaction, of those who have a heart like Christ's, is to intercede for them before the Father that He may do the work in their hearts because: ... judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment, James 2:13. Otherwise, what would happen with the parable of the prodigal son?, Matthew 18:10.

When we are tested for interceding and serving others in the Church, especially when we intercede for those who are weaker in the faith, for those who fail, for the ones that sin and repent, we are edified as priests before God. Moses was tested for forty years in the wilderness before he was sent to Egypt. Then he had to face Pharaoh when he did not trust his own capacity, but he was strengthened by God to overcome this test until he trusted God, not himself. Finally, once he was a mature believer, having led his people out of Egypt by God's hand, whose presence was with them at all times, he interceded for the rebellious and contradicting people.

Just like Christ is tempted for forty days in the wilderness, we also go through a trial period as soon as we receive Christ; this symbolic time is the forty years in the wilderness, the forty days and forty nights. An eleven-day journey that took forty years. What does it mean? This is something I invite you to think about.

Christ is who intercedes with His life for ours before the Father. Moses is, therefore, a symbol of Christ at the time, the delivered from slavery, like Christ is, the deliverer from sin. Exodus.



When we have all the resources that give us confidence to succeed in our projects is when God asks us not to depend on them but on Him. Whether it may be in financial, sentimental or spiritual issues. We must get rid of whatever we need to in order to depend upon God, a really hard task for our heart. How come God asks Gideon to make his army smaller than his enemy's?. This is the reason why the Word of God teaches us how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God, because he trusts riches, and they don't only include economic wealth but also the ego, the knowledge, the power over others, etc. Gideon obeys but he asks God for signs through the famous passage of the fleece of wool. Once he receives the sign twice, he accepts and understand that this is of God. We also have to go through the same test, when God tells us to do those things that He puts before us in life and we have few resources. Judges 6:36-40 and 7.

Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, said to his men before they headed out to war facing an attack of a great multitude of the children of Ammon and Moab, that was greater than themselves: "...Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 2Chronicles 20:20. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed some of them to sing and praise the Lord, dressed in holy garments as they went out before the army, saying: Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever. Verse 22 is a clear example of how God blesses those who praise Him amongst adversity. I let you read it in your Bible.



David remained righteous and honest before Yahweh's anointed one, even when he, his own king, wanted David dead. But David was faithful until the day of his death. David had already been anointed as king by Samuel the prophet, but he did not dishonour king Saul. The blessing of the test was the kingdom itself, and not only Judah but the whole of Israel. That was when Israel ruled over the promised land and no nation could conquer Israel because its king, David, the prophets and priests obeyed God. 1Samuel 26.

Jesus Christ Himself was persecuted by His own nation, by His own people, by the priests, by all the establishment that should have received Him because He is the true King of kings. However, He gave us the best example of temperance, patience and strength in the midst of the test of our faith when our beloved ones, our relatives and our brethren in the faith become our enemies. This was announced by Jesus Christ, therefore if you are suffering this, let it not surprise you because we are persecuted or rejected because of the name of Jesus and because of His Word. Matthew 10:34.

If you have ever been persecuted by those whom you have honoured and served, do not think it is your fault, rather think that the spiritual battle is active against God's righteous children. If your conscience is at ease before God but those who are above you in the spiritual, professional and civil fields become your enemies, know that the Lord is working for you and you will soon see God's hand in this test. Do not give up, continue to treat everybody like Jesus Christ taught us.



When spiritual leaders who are set by God are sent to depend on simple believers and without resources so that they do not forget about God's people, the prophets, the elders of the Church, those who receive revelations, God's visions to guide the Church, just as it happened in ancient times with the prophets to God's people, they need to be tested in this to make them come down from God's "cloud", a symbolic cloud, holy cloud of the presence of the Lord, to serve few and humble ones, even if the one that has been sent has a high spiritual level. Elijah, who was God's prophet, was sent to the king to announce the three years of drought. God sends Elijah to the house of a poor widow. The test would be a blessing for him and for her, in her faith. 1Kings 17:8.

There is a parallel line between Elijah and John the Baptist, who was also sustained in humbleness, he used to eat locusts and wild honey in the wilderness awaiting his ministry of announcing the coming of the Messiah before him and the people. He was the spiritual revolutionary, the radical preacher, the message that changed everything that had been established so far due to the degeneration of man's tradition, always defiled far away from God. His life was hard, alone, in the desert and his death was as martyr for the Lord's glory.



If we only love God when He blesses us, when everything is going fine, our faith could be biased. The test for a heart that is used to God's blessing for a long time is to lose everything. God knows whether we are His or not and how far we can be tested at Satan's request within his temporary domains when he asks to be allowed to tempt us and try to separate us from God. What the Lord demands from us at such times is our radical and straight forward response. On the other hand, when we believe that we are righteous - which we are, since Christ's blood has been accepted by us to pay for our sin - but we grow in our own justice, thinking that through our merits, efforts or holiness we walk in that holiness, in perfection, everything goes fine in life, this is when the believer has lost the spiritual north, and his self, his ego, has over-grown, and although he is righteous and holy, he has forgotten that he fully depends on God, his dependence upon God, the need to be humble before Him and before the brethren, that is when the Lord can only make all those Job-likes go through their test in life, the full test. Everything lost but God. Once he recovers the humbleness, blessings overflow. It is then, and only then, when the believer can say the same as Job said:  "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself..." Job 42:5.

Jesus Christ said to Peter: ... Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren. Jesus does not say that He has prayed that we are not sifted, but to be strengthened and become stronger in the spirit, and more humble in our flesh and dependant on God.



When we are sent by God to the mission that He tells us that it is the one He had appointed us for before we were formed in the womb, the one we are shocked by and we cannot believe it to be true, but God confirms it. Jeremiah was the son of a priest, which meant he would inherit priesthood. However, God calls him to be a prophet and to exhort Judah and Israel. His father would be shocked to see that his son would not take over priesthood but instead he would denounce the sin of kings, governors and of the people and also the priests' excessive tolerance. Yahweh announces him that they would all come against him but they would not succeed because God's hand would be with him. Jeremiah obeyed and he gave up his life in order to live a life of hardship and loneliness, announcing judgment and also to bless those that obeyed God. Jeremiah 1. His key message about the test of man, Jeremiah 17:10 ...I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Jonas was another man of God that was sent to prophesize but who refuses to do so at the beginning, who lacks mercy for those who repent. If we do not use pity and mercy, God will come after us until we do His will, until He puts us in the belly of the giant fish and we do it feeling joy when those to whom we take the message of God's judgment repent, like the Ninevites did, proclaiming fast and prayer in repentance, Jonas 3 and 4.

Ezekiel receives one of the most important spiritual visions "the Glory of God", but he does not receive it in the temple, or in the Tabernacle or in any special or holy place, but by the river, in captivity, in the midst of the test, when God's people were taken to Babylon. In his life as a prophet, he received great revelations and prophecies, in addition to the vision of God and the future Temple, but it was a hard and difficult life. The Lord announced him the death of his wife and asked him not to behave according to the tradition so that the people would realize how God felt towards them. He also announced blessings when the people repented, a symbol of the resurrection of the dead in the coming of Christ, in the famous story of the Valley of Dry Bones. Ezekiel 1 and 37.



When we are tested even though we are righteous. Men of God, righteous and just before God are cast into the fiery furnace and also in the den of lions. Two very meaningful tests. The first one changes us completely when we see that our enemies deliver us to punishment, and then we see how God does a miracle in our lives. The second one is to test us once we have seen that God is with us, that we do not lose faith in the midst of adversity. But man's heart is so hard that even after having great experiences with God, of such magnitude, many still doubt, and they do so in small things. We all go through times when our faith is weak, but we must look for God's presence. If God places us in the furnace or the den, it will be for the sake of victory in the Great Commission, serving in the Kingdom of God.



How could Mary feel at the possibility of being, not only rejected, but stoned? But she believed the angel of the Lord and was greatly blessed amongst women. Matthew 1:18.



John the Baptist, ministry in the wilderness, a major ministry of prophet amongst prophets, announcing the coming of the Lord. Baptism in water, baptism in the Spirit. His test was to remain until he announced the Messiah and soon after he was beheaded due to his prophecy.

Yahshua the Master and Yohanan the Baptist did not go together. Two parallel ministries with different disciples that finally come together in one ... He must increase but I must decrease... John 3:30.



When God demands a lot from us when we have little. The new believer that is afraid of preaching because he does not have much knowledge of the Bible, he can count on his own testimony and the Gospel, but he considers this is insufficient, he thinks that he needs to have the whole Bible in his mind in order to preach, and have all the answers to every question. God does not want us to depend on knowledge but to let us be carried away by His Spirit with what we have, that we trust God. The miracle of the loaves and the fish was real but its spiritual value is fundamental for us, no doubt a major test for the disciples who added to their faith, virtue; they made an effort to believe and they saw the miracle. The disciples were tested in the faith having to feed the multitude of five thousand men plus their families when Jesus asked them to do so with five loaves and two fish, which multiplied endlessly when He looked up to heaven, blessed and brake them until they all ate and were filled. Matthew 14:13

The manna in the wilderness, Exodus 16, was God's reply to our lack of food, if He told to go through the wilderness, He would also provide. This was a similar test to that of Christ's loaves and fish, for the believer. When God is in charge, nothing is impossible.



Leaving behind everything you are in religion and tradition in order to see the Kingdom of God. Leaving the sense of belonging to the chosen people, leaving the position as levy priests like many prophets did, and finally leaving church denominations behind, because we are not of Paul or of Apollos, but of Christ and He is the One that gives us the Holy Spirit to know God personally, without Him we cannot know the Kingdom of God. When we are born again from the Spirit we are a new creature, we have a new part in our being that before used to be dead, asleep, unformed. God does this miracle in every Christian who receives faith in the work of the Son of God. Being a doctor of the law, member of the Sanhedrin, scholar of the literal content of the Bible is not sufficient in order to know God. One must be born again. This is the greatest test, but God's love makes it possible. John 3:3.



When God denies our blessing initially and tests our faith, whether we will fight for it or just conform. Jacob fought with the angel of the Lord until sunrise, until He blessed him; we must do the same. The faith of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:21, she did not give up when Jesus said to her that first He had to complete the time of the Gospel to the Jews. She demanded the crumbs from the Lord, that were enough for her to heal her daughter possessed by a devil. The Lord granted her the miracle and the blessing. She understood that God could not only be God of the Jews and that He also had to be God of the Gentiles.

We find the other opposite story but with the same meaning when the Lord is touched by the woman with the issue of blood, that was healed. This happened when He was on His way to Jairus' house, a ruler of the Synagogue, whose daughter was in agony. While Jesus Christ is taking care of the woman with the issue of blood, who was considered unclean, that had touched the hem of His robe in the midst of the crowd because she was convinced that by doing so she would be healed, He was comforting and blessing her for her faith, the daughter of Jairus dies. The great test: letting the daughter of a servant of God die in order to attend an unclean woman. When some people came from Jairus' house to inform him about her death, Jesus says to him: Be not afraid, only believe. When they went to the house, where they were al crying, He said: Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. Mark 5:21.



The new life with the Holy Spirit. The manifestation of tongues and gifts, a new test of faith for the Church. Today, many do not believe in gifts. A great test to tell the difference between those who remain in tradition or those that acknowledge God's signs and they advance in His spiritual project. Acts 2. Of course we must test the spirits, to know whether they are of God, as the Bible tells us, but God is the same One, He does not change, and although we do not see gifts that were given to certain disciples as in the times of Jesus or the apostles, the gifts are with the Holy Spirit, who rules the Church of Jesus Christ. See the gifts in 1Corinthians 12.



Gentiles are saved and receive the Holy Spirit like the Jews, through faith in Christ, not through descendants or religion. A great lesson for Peter and for all. Today Messianic Jews in the end times for Israel, who have a nation again after almost two thousand years, are divided between those who believe in the leading role of the Jewish nation when the Messiah returns and those who do not. Between those who believe that every Jewish tradition and law must be observed even if they are Christians and those who do not. Likewise we find the contradiction of a part of Christianity that rejects that Israel is part of God's plan, showing their religious antisemitism and teaming up with non-believers in this respect.

Jesus had already taught us the right behaviour showing no partiality when He spoke with the Samaritan woman. A divorced woman, who was on her own when she was speaking to the Master, Samaritan, with different traditions, whom Jesus touches in such a way that her experience converts not just her family but the whole of Samaria, something that traditional religion was not able to do, only the Son of God personally. Jesus also uses the famous example of the good Samaritan in order to make us understand who our neighbour is. John 4 and Luke 10:33.



When God tests the elder who has already earned recognition by confronting him with the new convert from unknown background but who is chosen by God as special tool of great fruit. Many pastors, elders, ministry leaders, not just now but throughout history, have great difficulty in acknowledging great servants of God because they come from nowhere, or they have bad reputation due to their past before they converted, or they are unknown, or do not have human credentials, man's acknowledgement, and therefore they do not receive them. They are missing out in the blessing. After the years, the test will make then realize that precisely what that unknown servant of God was bringing as a revelation is what God is doing and they have missed out on in and they have opposed God for some time. This is the test of the ministry, to remind us that God is who chooses and that we must be vigilant to recognize and tell apart those who are really God-sent people to us, whether they belong to our fellowship group or not.

This is a great lesson, and a hard one to learn, a great test for the elders of the Church. But this is not just a great lesson for those who are already acknowledged and recognized, the "Peters", it is also for the "Pauls", those who are not acknowledged or have no recognition, those who receive a mission from God and will be tested by the refusal of those who have recognition, they will be rejected by them, despised and excluded from of every ministry because they will have to obey God, not men, and fulfill their part in the Great Commission. If Paul had not followed his call and instead he had given in to hierarchy, his work spreading the Gospel across the world would have had to be done by someone else. But he was faithful and fulfilled his ministry. Later on he would be acknowledged by the council and by all the elders. He was not looking for acknowledgement, he was spiritually grown-up, he knew that the Lord, the Master, had instructed him to do the work and he fulfilled it without doubt. Let us learn from Paul and fulfill all those ministries that God gives us even if the rest of the brethren do not receive us; we are accountable to God.

Peter was a disciple chosen by the Lord, loved by the Lord and part of the three chosen ones to share His privacy, pillar of the Church, elder amongst the elders, but in spite of this he had to be rebuked by Paul, a Pharisee, rebuking the fisherman that had shared life with the Master and now he had to stand being rebuked by an arrogant doctor of the law who had persecuted Christians and that had received a vision. Yes, Peter was greatly blessed by Paul and vice versa. Peter acknowledged beloved Paul in his letters and was helped to receive the Gentiles through Paul's ministry who helped him to open the eyes of his spirit.




The test of being able to choose between all the kingdoms of this world and the Cross. Jesus Christ replied to all the tests with the Word of God and against all temptations. He had His mission clear and His heart was for us and for the Father, who had sent Him. His mission was determined, even though He could have had everything then, He did not give in and He chose the Cross, being a man, giving up the kingdoms, having a family, to all the blessings of a life on earth. Blessed be our Lord whom we await in His eternal Kingdom. Matthew 4.


... My Kingdom is not of this world ... Jesus gives up a life of blessings on earth, to a wife, children, kingdom, mother, brothers, everything, because of us. There is no greater test of love than Christ's life, there is no religion that provides this form of salvation without our merits, but through those of God made man. His family did not believe in Him, His nation, His tribe, His religion, everything that was established rejected Him. What a painful test for the Son of God, coming to His people and being rejected. But he continued to be faithful in His inner spiritual battle until the Cross.

If we think about it in depth, it is a very hard test for the true Messiah of Israel and of the world to be rejected by everybody that should have received Him and crowned Him. His spiritual life could not be further from the established religion and which, initially, would be the one He should confirm, but this religion had turned away from the heart of God. He was baptized in a river by an unorthodox prophet, his cousin John. His seminar, His confirmation and training were done in the wilderness. He lived in Samaria and Galilee of the Gentiles. His disciples were fishermen and tax collectors, not religious people or priests. He made miracles for people from all walks of life. He was rejected in synagogues, but there were crowds following Him. He preached in the open fields. He prayed in an orchard. His teachings were those of Heaven, spiritually incomparable. He cleans out the temple and rebukes scribes and pharisees. Judged by the Romans at the request of the Jews to die because of all, Jews and Gentiles, we are all guilty of His death by our sin; without it He would have not died on the Cross. Buried in a sepulchre by wealthy converted Pharisees. Resurrected in the tomb and ascended outside religion, like all of His ministry, to be the beginning of the new spiritual life, so that we love one another like He loved us and everybody sees that we are His disciples, until His coming in the clouds to establish His eternal Kingdom. Revelation 1:7.


Jesus also had to go through the test of rejecting the Royal priesthood that He was entitled to before a magnificent temple built for Him to walk on, and it was not only what the temple represented but all that it entitled, the religion established again according to the former model in the Levitic law. All this had to be discarded and replaced by the temple of the soul which, even if it was destroyed, He would raise it up in three days, which He did, he was referring to His body. But this would not be a pleasant experience for the Lord to tell them that they had turned His Father's house in den of thieves. The temple would be destroyed, He prophesized it Himself, Matthew 24. This would be fulfilled in the year 70 a.C. Since then, neither the temple nor Jerusalem would be the centre of Christianity any longer, but the soul of the believer, the unity of the disciples wherever they may be, the Church, until He will establish the New Jerusalem that will come down from heaven.


For us it is a moment of joy, but let us imagine the self-denial and temperance that Jesus had at the time when He knew that He would be arrested immediately after to be condemned and crucified and in spite of that He shared Passover with His disciples and explain the meaning to them, even though they would not understand it yet, but they would later on, Matthew 26:17. The great test of bearing the feeling inside and eat with the beloved disciples.


This orchard is where Jesus Christ used to go to pray, where He used to meet with His disciples and where He would finally be confronted with the last possibility of going through the test of the Cross. When He accepted to drink the cup of the world's sin, our Lord prayed: ...“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” At this moment in time, the Lord is inside a man's body, which He had subjected Himself to while he was on earth in order to accomplish His passion for us ... Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground ... Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him ... Luke 22:39-46.


There is no bigger test than this one. To come down from the throne of glory to go to the Cross to die for the sins of the world. His resurrection and ours and the return to the Kingdom of God, and not only His but ours in His coming are a great source of strength, courage, purpose, obedience to the Father and love of God. Our faith and hope start on the Cross of Christ. Matthew 27:32.


The Lord was returning to the Father but He was leaving His disciples and converted relatives and had to leave. The Lord also suffered that separation...   Luke 22



The doctor of the Law, Gamaliel's disciple, the man better trained in doctrine and most zealous of Israel's traditions is sent to the gentile nations. He would open the way to the evangelization of the world, laying out the highways of the Great Commission. Pauls' letters in the Bible.

God is who sends us out in His project, we are not the ones that choose. How many times have we wanted to do projects for the spiritual ministry but they cannot be accomplished, and how many times have we understood that those which we have succeeded in we don't really know how they have really happened  and we understand that it is God's hand. This is how it is in spiritual life. God sends us to do what He knows better than we do that it is something we can be successful in. Our worldly life also has to come from God and we must ask Him, ask for His advice, look for His blessing and wait on Him.


The work of Christianity from Christ until Christ. Two thousand years of spiritual work to take the Gospel throughout the world non-stop until the end of times. Augustine of Hippo could be, after the apostles and the early Christians, the first relevant character, who would fight a test of faith until his conversion, which he described in his "Confessions", later on in his "Retractions" until he converted and studied in a monastery. His inner battle in search for the meaning of life made him become a dedicated philosophy student until his call. He lived in a bitter inner battle until he came to know God, the test of the furnace that God had prepared for him, a spiritual wilderness which finally gave fruit: "Of the city of God", an essential work where he identifies it with the soul. His doctrine is still a reference in today's Christianity and is taught in every evangelical seminar.

Luther (1483 - 1546) went through a great test, a tremendous fight when he realized that he could not feel holy by religious practice, until in translating the Bible he found the verse that would change everything: ... the just shall live by his faith ... Habakkuk 2:4 and Galatians 3:11. He had to leave the catholic church because they did not want to return to the Word of God, and he started the reform suffering all sorts of persecutions from Rome, but God's hand was with him until he succeeded; the Bible would be know to everyone that was looking for God's truth. He translated the Bible into German and was printed using the newly invented Gutenberg printer, which was no doubt part of God's plan, there is no coincidence. Calvin (1509 - 1564), Luther's contemporary, also had to leave the catholic church and go to Switzerland, persecuted by the Inquisition. He wrote "Institutes of the Christian Religion", a master work of Christian doctrine up to present days and the work that would set out in an organized way the doctrine of the protestant reform started by Luther and which is also part of every seminar.

John Wesley (1703 - 1791) followed the example of Jesus and he started preaching out in the open air in a time where preaching was only done in churches. He took the Gospel to industrial areas and the Lord raised a great spiritual awakening. He founded the Methodist church together with his brother Charles, who was in charge of the worship. John could have died in a fire in his school when he was six, but he was rescued and he referred to this as a brand plucked from God's fire. Tested by God on seeing that what was not the orthodox method - preaching out in the open air - was what worked best, when at the beginning he though this was not approved by God, encouraged by Whitefield who had just returned from America. Both of them suffered the rejection from all churches, that would close their doors and not allow them to preach. The Church of England persecuted him and considered him heresy. His work and example are alive today.

Let us not forget the difficulty that Billy Graham had to struggle with to preach when he was young, but he heard God's call and he fought, prayed and trained for years in seminars until he became the great evangelist of the 20th century. His Christian organization is directed today by his son Franklin Graham and the "Decision" project is still working looking for non-believers to receive the Gospel and make a decision to follow God giving their heart to Christ in evangelistic crusades. This year, at 92 years old, he visited the headquarters to share the Christmas message.

In our times, the history of Rick Warren, well known pastor in California, tells in his book "Purpose Driven Church" how his ministry started the day he arrived at Saddleback valley with his wife and his four-month baby, without money, without a house and without knowing anybody in the area, but guided by God. On arrival, he went to the first real estate agent he found and sat down with the agent, who happened to be the owner, told him he was there to start a church and had no money, and asked whether he could help him. The two of them laughed at the situation but the agent made some calls and got him a house with a free one month rent. Today the ministry has over twenty thousand members. His test was not having anything to start with; the reward for following his call is his ministry today.

We will find a difficult test now in the end times, I refer to the one prophesized in the Bible, the apostasy of the final times and in the midst of this the Lord reminds us: ... feed he flock of God which is among you ... 1Peter 5. When they oppose the Gospel, others turn away, others live against Christian morals, let us not be surprised, this test is for the end times, but there are also multitudes accepting Christ throughout the world.


This is a real test of what a Christian must show in his life, his service in charity to his neighbour. ... faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead ... James 2:14-26. Therefore let us test ourselves in our fruits and works. Many times the Lord will lead us to serve Him in ways that we think will not bear much fruit, that we will find hard to accomplish, with people we find hard to deal with, with adverse circumstances or without resources.  However, when we see the need and the possibility to do good, let's do it because it it is in our hands, if God gives us the chance of helping and we don't do it - unless we clearly see it will have negative consequences or God speaks to us specifically - we must do it, otherwise we are sinning. There are examples of situations where providing help is not convenient, like giving money to a drug addict or an alcoholic, in these cases helping them means trying to take them to Christian rehabilitation centres. In other cases, such as financial help for someone that needs food, medicines, pay an electricity bill, etc, will be well done.


Obeying God in old age, in prison, forsaken, hopeless. But the Lord holds great things for our life. For John, it was a greatest revelation ever received by a disciple about prophecy. We should never think that God has forsaken us, because He will always have a new task for us, even in the last days of our life.




... Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.


... “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.


... “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,” says the Lord of hosts. “ Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little ones. 8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,” says the Lord, “ That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: 9 I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”


... “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.


... Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.


... In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.  ...  18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. 


... Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’



Do you think that God has forgotten about you? That is not possible, because He is Omnipresent and He has given His Son for you. Do you think that you will not be able to make it to the end of this stage in your life, whichever it may be that you are going through? Think about it again, because you may be just one single step away from the end, from the blessing, from the end of the tunnel, the end of illness, or a sentimental, financial or spiritual issue. The Lord never forsakes us. Remember Job.

Faith can be tested by means of a strange strategy plan, like the one in Joshua 6:3 to conquer Jericho. By demanding what seemed to be a useless task: 2Kings 3:16. By demanding extensive preparation without blessings at sight, 2Kings 4:3. When Jesus asks two blind men whether they believed He could heal them, Matthew 9:28. Hebrews 11:36 reminds us that many of our brethren have suffered and many are suffering today in prison. 1Peter 1:7 is the most specific Text of the purpose of this fights and test for the people of the Lord: ... that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ

We must be able to tell the difference between test and discipline. The only way to know whether we should continue to fight until we reach our target, that is of God and not our own or whether we need to stop immediately, meditate, pray, wait, fast, until the Lord confirms it to us. Once we have it clear, we have two alternatives. If we have sinned, we must repent, act in a different way, change and do it for good, asking God to help us. If we have not sinned and we have been put to the test or to be shaken, we have the confidence that God is with us, that Jesus is next to us in the yoke, that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us continuously.

Therefore, my dear friend, if God confirms with individual answers that requests you made Him, you cannot stop, but you will have to fight against obstacles, hindrances, powers and principalities, putting on God's armour, Ephesians 6:10, and the Lord will go with you and you will succeed, like Jehoshaphat when he went out with his army to the victory the Lord gave him, saying: ... Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper ... 2Chronicles 20:20.

In the second part, we will see the purpose that God has when he tests our faith, in the sections: The purpose of the test. The test of life itself. The final test, death. The greatest test of all: love, God's love.

Final words are from Revelation 3: ... Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. ...  13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Amen.


  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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