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Bible Study Why God Tries the Hearts

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Dec 30, 2019
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but Jehovah tries the hearts. – PR 17:3
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but God uses hardship and refinement to train the people of the kingdom. Although we can understand the meaning of this verse, we are easy to become negative and weak and even complain when we meet with hardships or sickness. This is because we do not understand the significance of God’s work of refinement.
God says, “For all people, refinement is excruciating, and very difficult to accept—yet it is during refinement that God makes plain His righteous disposition to man, and makes public His requirements for man, and provides more enlightenment, and more actual pruning and dealing; through the comparison between the facts and the truth, He gives man a greater knowledge of himself and the truth, and gives man a greater understanding of God’s will, thus allowing man to have a truer and purer love of God. Such are God’s aims in carrying out refinement. All the work that God does in man has its own aims and significance; God does not do meaningless work, nor does He do work that is without benefit to man. Refinement does not mean removing people from before God, nor does it mean destroying them in hell. It means changing man’s disposition during refinement, changing his motivations, his old views, changing his love for God, and changing his whole life. Refinement is a real test of man, and a form of real training, and only during refinement can his love serve its inherent function.
It’s hard to develop a great life force in a comfortable environment. Actually, what lies behind the hardships is God’s will. Moses alone walked into the wilderness, where people thought none could survive, and lived there for forty years by relying on God. Hardships made him learn how to depend on God in all things and allowed his faith in God to become stronger and stronger, so he could walk out of the wild to accept what God entrusted to him. Later, even when he was confronted with the perils, in front of him was the Red Sea, and behind him were the Egyptian soldiers, he was fearless, and led the Israelites out of Egypt by relying on God, and accomplished the job that God had entrusted him with.
In our ordinary lives, whatever troubles or difficulties we may face, do not complain, become depressed or run away, but believe that it is permitted by God and contains His good intentions. God hopes that we can learn how to pray to Him and rely on Him in adversity. As long as we obey God’s leadership and words, one day, we can bear witness to God’s deeds and repay the grace of His salvation. Then, we will be able to live a life of value and perform our duty as a created being.


Fight the good fight of faith
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South Carolina
Apr 22, 2011
I'm not sure if you realize this, but this is nothing more than a false teaching that comes out of the cult religion of "The Church of Almighty God" that stems out of "The Shouters" who use and teach the heresies written in the Recovery Bible that Watchman Lee ((Li Changshou) wrote himself and has nothing to do with Christianity.

This church does not believe in the Deity of God and also teaches that Jesus has already returned to earth and is presently living as a Chinese woman. The group publishes the revelations of it's female Almighty God, most of them collected in "The Word Appears in the Flesh".

What you present here is not the God we serve as His refinement is not excruciating and difficult to accept.

Proverbs 17:3, silver and gold are isolated from ore and made better by fire, Heat burns away the dross and base metals to leave pure silver and gold, fit for a jeweler, Proverbs 25:4. Only God can prove and purify your heart in such a way by the fiery furnace of afflictions and trials.

Your heart is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked. No man can truly know the faults in his own heart, Jeremiah 17:9, 10; Psalms 19:12. So God tries the hearts to reveal what is there and He rewards accordingly, 1 Kings 8:39.

Why God allows us to go through trials and tribulations:
1. Training as God prepares us for the future
2. Patience as we rely and trust in God's timing
3. Perseverance through trials that we remain in Gods will
4. Trust as God's ways are not our ways and He has a better plan for us
5. To learn from our mistakes
6. To humble ourselves before Him
7. To discipline us
8. Teach us to be dependent on Him alone
9. To spend quiet time with God so He can speak to us
10. To teach us of His protection
11. That we also share in the sufferings of Christ that we be not ashamed
12. Strengthen us to become more like Christ
13. To develop character
14. Build up our faith in the Lord
15. For a testimony and witness to help others
16. To show us sin in our lives that we need to own up to having
17. To remind us that God is in control
18. Helps us gain knowledge and understanding God's word
19. Teaches us to be thankful
20. To take our mind off the things of the world and and put them back on God