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Testing of faith

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The means through which the genuineness of faith is proved and Christian character developed. God promises to help his people during times of testing.

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1 Peter 1:6–7 ESV
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
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James 1:2–4 ESV
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
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Isaiah 48:10 ESV
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
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God tested Israel in the desert; God reduces Gideon’s army; Jesus Christ appears to discourage the Canaanite woman; Jesus Christ delays going to Bethany when Lazarus is ill.
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Job 2:7 ESV
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
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1 Thessalonians 3:2–3 ESV
and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.
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Accordingly, having learned that Elisha had gone to Dothan, the Arameans surrounded the city by night in order to take Elisha by force (vv.13–14). Doubtless Elisha knew about all this, too, but allowed himself to be trapped so that the subsequent entrapment of the Arameans might work to God’s glory and for his good (v.15). When Elisha’s servant awakened and saw the great Aramean force, he cried out in dismay to Elisha

1 Peter 4:12–13 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
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James 1:12 ESV
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
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Abraham; Elisha’s servant; Job; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; the apostles; Stephen; Paul
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