What is the difference between being tempted and being tested?
Tempted means “to try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward.” We can see the ultimate of this definition at the temptation of Jesus Christ in the desert. Satan tried to tempt the Lord by making him offers, by trying to promise things to Him that were already His. We face all kinds of temptation and some of the temptations that may work on me may not work on another person, yet temptations that may affect others, may not have any impact whatsoever with me. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Temptation can be resisted. We are in a spiritual war and our “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” God doesn’t put temptation in our lives, but we are tested by God.
Tested means “a procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; a trial.” That is a powerful definition and God wants us to be willing to do anything and go anywhere. God does not tempt us, but we are tested. Testing can produce endurance. The notes state that “tribulations are an opportunity to use what a person already has (faith, patience, etc.)” If you take the definition that was provided and compare it to the notes, then we can see that testing is a means of determining the presence, quality or truth of our faith, patience, etc.). We can gain patience from testing which perfects us, not the tribulation. Yes, we may face firey trials and tribulations, but we must stand by faith in what God’s word says and about what His promises are. The tribulation is the test. “Problems, disasters, sickness, etc. are not blessings from God;” however, these things can produce patience by faith in what God’s promises are in Christ Jesus. We are the redeemed of the Lord.
The word says in Isaiah 53:5, “But He WAS wounded for our transgressions, HE WAS bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and BY HIS STRIPES WERE ARE HEALED.” These are the awesome promises of God to which we can stand by Faith. Faith being the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. We have all things in the shed blood of Jesus. We can stand confident on those promises because we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We are in the BELOVED. We are the Beloved of the Lord.
We must step out and be radical. We cannot believe what the world says because the world does not know us so the world cannot tell us anything. We are citizens of heaven and acting like natural born children of the light, we trust in He who has given us all things, and not in the things of this world. We have a heavenly Father, and we are HIS HEIR, and co-heir with Jesus Christ, Romans 8:17. If we want to see revival, then let revival spark in you. If we want to see the power of God, then we must stop asking and let God’s power be seen through us. The book of Acts tells us that WE SHALL RECEIVE POWER AFTER THE HOLY GHOST HAS COME UPON US. We are wall to wall Holy Ghost. Signs and wonders will follow. These are the promises of God to which we can cling RIGHT NOW. Let’s walk in those promises and be STRONG in our Faith in Christ Jesus.