ARC Sunday Preaching Mother’s Day May 10, 2020 live via Facebook with Pastor Edwards: “Trust the Testing Process.” Some of the Scriptures mentioned included Isa 48;1-10, 1 Corin 3:11-17, James 1:1-14 and 12, I Peter 1:1-7 KJV.
As he preached, just some of what Pastor Edwards said was that God is preparing us for growth and advancement in our tests and the process in our life. It’s in the valley of life that God sometimes restores the soul. God is never out to just test us for the testing. It’s a testing process for us to become like him. And he does not want us to lose one once of the Kingdom Value in or during our testing process. Any work that has no Kingdom Value of good, God has to destroy in order to save our souls. God will put us in the fire of life trials to transform us into his image or Spiritual likeness (Romans 12:2). God wants to prune and prove us.
Pastor Edwards also preached that we must not fall for the devil’s lie but believe God’s truth. If we are living beneath God’s expectations, we are living a lie. And if we are a witness of “Jehovah” we must be willing to die (i.e. the flesh has to die). Being a witness is to allow Jesus to be Jesus any moment of time in our life. It’s not about or because of who we are. But it’s because of who is inside of us. This is sometimes the case in the furnace of our afflictions. For example, in the Old Testament, God said Job is perfect (Job 1:8). God then gave satan permission to afflict Job, thereby taking Job into the furnace of afflictions.
Pastor Edwards also mentioned that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” Psalm 34:19. And that from the Bible example, David also lived and served God in the valley of his life (Psalm 23:4). Every affliction for God is a test to graduate from. We can only overcome the devil with authority – God’s Authority. So we need to submit ourselves to God.
In addition, Pastor Edwards also stated that if we have not changed in or during our testing process, we will prolong the process. Because after our trials, we shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). God’s Promise is forever settled and will never change. But he will test us during the process of the promise. The tests/trials will prove us because it’s about proving us in the sight of God. Kingdom Authority requires trials, testing and proving. While the “anointing” in our life will attract attacks from the enemy/satan. But we need to trust the process.
Everything we are going through must be apart of God’s will and purpose for us. We are to make sure everything we are planning and doing is of Kingdom Value. God wants all the say (i.e. Say Authority) before he does all the do or doing in our life. Therefore, he needs full authority. And if God is in us, God cannot fail.
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