What are good trials?

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The good trials are of God. Through them He tests His children, permitting them to experience tribulation and difficulties in order to purify their faith, to strengthen and protect them from something much worse.

Joh. 6:5-6: Jesus saith unto Philip: Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this He said to prove him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Ps.139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts.

Ps. 119:67: Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept Thy Word.

Is. 48:10: Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Joh. 5:14: Jesus said to the man who had been sick for 38 years: Behold, thou art made whole; sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Assignment: Read Gen. 22:1-12: God tests Abraham, and Mark 7:25-30: Jesus tests the Canaanite woman. Read about Job. What kind of an attitude did he have after he was tested? Job 42:1-6: and 2 Cor. 8:12: in the Macedonian churches “in a severe test of affliction”.

When a believer confesses his faith in Jesus, he has to suffer because of Jesus’ name. This is called a cross. This is a good type of trial.

Assignment: Study the Bible to see what it says about the cross. Read Matt. 5:11-12; 10:37-38 and 1 Pet. 4:12-16.