Take Your Test and Pass It!

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Take Your Test And Pass It!

Philippians 4:11-12

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Back in the day when I was going to school, if you failed a test or a class you had to take it over. There was no such thing as “No Child Left Behind.” Sorry, but in my day, your “behind” was getting left back if you failed your grade!

Now, every child is advanced to the next grade level, whether he or she passed the test or learned the lesson.

Likewise, many of us have stopped teaching our children the value of earning money. When I was growing up, we were not handed money just because we asked for it. We had chores. We earned money. In this age, children are given everything they ask for without anything in return. Many of our children have no chores to do at home, yet are given weekly allowances. They have not learned the value of money; they believe their parents are human ATM’s.

In our text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to the believers, recorded in Philippians 4:11-12, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. (12) I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.

Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

The key word I want to focus on in theses verse is “learned.” The Greek word for “learned” in the context of this verse literally means “to learn by use and practice; to acquire the habit of; be accustomed to,”

Therefore, what the Apostle Paul is saying to us is that he has become accustomed to the realities of life. He has learned that there are ups and downs in life. Every day is not going to be trouble-free. You and I are going to struggle sometimes.

Jesus said to His disciples, recorded in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation…” The definition of “tribulation” is “distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; a trying experience.”

Our problem is we have not learned how to handle our “trying experiences” when they come.

Think about it. Why do you think God does not allow man to control the weather? Because we complain too much when it rains! It would be sunny every day! Who would water the trees, plants, and the grass? If we complain about a little water falling from the heavens, how are we going to handle the storms in our lives?

But Glory to God, even though Jesus warned His disciples about tribulation in the world—even though He warned us that we will have to suffer hardship and trying experiences—Jesus concluded by declaring, “…but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

So my friends, like the Apostle Paul, whatever you are going through right now, be of good cheer! It is only a test! It is just another learning experience.

Whatever state you are in, be content!

Be of good cheer, it is going to get better!

Take a look back over your life…you have been through tribulation before and the Lord saw you through it.

You do not realize it, but you have learned a lot over the years.

You have learned that God really keeps His promises!  He meets all of our needs!

Trust me when I tell you–you are going to be just fine.

Take your test and pass it!

3 thoughts on “Take Your Test and Pass It!

    […] Take Your Test and Pass It!. […]

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    zayzgal said:
    August 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Yes Pastor, weeping may endure through the night, but joy comes in the morning.

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