In this sermon, part of the series on Encouraging Words from God’s word, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how life is a series of tests and so it is for believers as well. Here are some excerpts:

God’s Tests

“…God wants you to pass His tests! In fact, He wants you to pass them so much that He tells you in advance the way you’re going to be tested! You can count on it; you will be tested these four ways in life. He wants you to pass, so He tells you in advance. There is just one thing about God’s tests — you don’t know the timing, and God specializes in pop quizzes! So, we’re going to look at Abraham and the tests he went through; and as we do, we’ll discover how genuine our own faith is as believers in Christ…”

Tests for a Believer

“…I ask someone, “Do you believe in God?” “Sure!” “Are you a believer?” “Yes, of course.” Don’t be so quick. I told you recently about George Gallup taking a poll which revealed that 96%of Americans said they believed in God. Big deal! The Bible says the devil believes in God. The demons believe and tremble (James 2:19), but you’re not going to see them in heaven. It takes more than mere intellectual assent to really believe in God. So –

  • A real believer will follow God’s direction when he doesn’t know where.
  • A real believer will wait on God’s timing when he doesn’t know when.
  • A real believer will expect a miracle when he doesn’t know how. And
  • A real believer will trust God’s purpose and love and character when he doesn’t know why…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

October 6, 1991

James 1:2,3,12

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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