Trials, Temptations and Tribulations
TRIALS, TEMPTATIONS & TRIBULATIONS

TRIALS, TEMPTATIONS & TRIBULATIONS

 

1. Trials & tests are to be expected:

                Psa.34:19                Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all

                Acts 14:22             We must through much tribulation enter the Kingdom

                1Cor.10:13a            No temptation taken you but such as is common to man

                1Thes.3:3               No man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto

                Heb.12:7 What son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

                1Pet.4:12                Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try (test) you

                1Pet.4:17                Judgment must begin at the house of God...at us

                1Pet.5:9  Knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren

                (See also Psa.26:2; 139:23,24.)

 

2. Trials often result when things don't go our way:

                Jam.4:2   Ye lust, & have not...desire to have, & cannot obtain

A. Often God will grant your heart's desire:

                Psa.37:4  Delight thyself in the Lord; & He shall give thee the desires of thine heart

                Psa.84:11                No good thing will He withhold from them (the upright) Psa.145:19a He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him

                Pro.10:24b              The desire of the righteous shall be granted

                (See also Psa.21:2; 145:16.)

B. But sometimes He withholds it because it's not His time:

                Eccl.3:1-8               There is...a time to every purpose under the heaven

                (See also Psa.37:34; Eccl.8:5,6.)

C. Or because it would choke out your fruitfulness:

                Mk.4:7,19               The lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word, & it becometh unfruitful (See Mat.13:22; Lk.8:14.)

D. Or seriously stumble or offend others:

                1Thes.5:22             Abstain [even] from all appearance of evil

                Rom.14:14-16, 21   Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died (See also 1Cor.8:8-13)

E. Or bring reproach on the Lord's work or ministry:

                2Sam.12:14             By this deed [murdering Uriah] thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme

                2Cor.6:3  Giving no offence...that the ministry be not blamed

                (See also 2Pet.2:2)

F. Or because of unrepented sin in your heart:

                Jer.5:25   Your iniquities have turned away these things, & your sins have withholden good things from you

                (See also Psa.66:18; Isa.59:1,2.)

G. Or because you're asking with the wrong motives:

                Jam.4:2,3                Ye ask & receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts

H. It's not always good to get the desire of your heart:

                Psa.73:3,7,16-22    I was envious at...prosperity...they have more than heart could wish...then understood I their end

                1Tim.6:9,10            They that will (desire to) be rich fall into temptation...& many hurtful lusts...erred from the faith

I. You may miss something better God had planned for you:

                Psa.81:10-13,16     He would have fed them the finest of wheat...honey

J. Nonetheless, we have trials when we can't have something:

                1Sam.1:6b-8, 10     The Lord had shut up her womb...therefore she wept... heart grieved...bitterness of soul

                Pro.13:12a              Hope deferred maketh the heart sick

                (See also 2Sam.13:1,2)

K. Warning against stubbornly insisting on getting your way:

                Psa.78:27-31          He gave them their own desire...their lust. But...the wrath of God came (See also Psa.81:12)

                Psa.106:14,15         He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul (See also Num.11:4-34)

                (See 1Sam.8:4-22; 12:1,13,16-19 re: asking for a king)

L. What you give up for the Lord, He will often return:

                Gen.22:1-12            [God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, then stops him & lets him keep Isaac]               (See also Heb.11:17-19)

                Heb.6:15 After he patiently endured, he obtained the promise

                (See also Eccl.11:1; Heb.10:36.)

 

3. Why the Lord allows you to have trials & tests:

A. To draw you closer to Him:

                Psa.107:12,13         He brought down their heart with labour...then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble

B. To see what's in your heart & if you will remain true:

                Exo.20:20                God is come to prove (test) you

                Deut.8:2 The Lord...[tested you] to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments

                Deut.13:3,4            God...proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord

                Judg.2:21,22          [God kept adversaries in the land to] prove Israel, whether they keep the way of the Lord, or not

                Jer.12:3a Thou knowest me...Thou hast...tried my heart

                Jer.17:10 I the Lord search the heart...to give every man according to his ways, &...the fruit of his doings

                Jn.6:5,6   This He said to prove (test) him, for He Himself knew

C. To draw you closer to His Word:

                Psa.94:12                Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O Lord, & teachest him out of Thy law

                Psa.119:71              It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes

D. To prune away dead wood so you can be more fruitful:

                Jn.15:2b  Every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth (prunes), that it may bring forth more fruit

E. To teach you obedience:

                Heb.5:8   Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered (See also Heb.2:10)

                1Pet.4:1,2               He that...suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin

F. To make you a better & more useful vessel:

                Jer.18:4   The vessel that he (the potter) made of clay was marred ...so he made it again another vessel

                1Cor.5:7  Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump

                2Tim.2:21               [If purged]...he shall be a vessel...meet for the Master's use, & prepared unto every good work

G. To purify you as precious metal is refined:

                Mal.3:3   He shall sit as a refiner & purifier of silver

                Zech.13:9a             I will bring [them] through the fire, & refine them

                Psa.66:10                Thou, O God, hast...tried us, as silver is tried

                Job 23:10                When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold

                Pro.17:3  The fining pot is for silver, & the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts

                Isa.48:10 I have refined thee...in the furnace of affliction

                Dan.11:35               [They] shall fall, to try them...& to make them white

                1Pet.1:7  The trial of your faith (is) much more precious than gold ...though it be tried with fire

                (See also Isa.1:25)

H. To prepare you for future blessings & exalted ministries:

                Deut.8:16               That He might humble thee...& prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end

                Psa.105:17-22        [Joseph imprisoned, abased & tested, then exalted]

                Pro.18:12b              Before honour is humility

I. To teach you patience:

                Rom.5:3b                Tribulation worketh (teaches us) patience

                Jam.1:3,4                The trying of your faith worketh patience

J. To make you wiser through sorrow:

                Eccl.7:3,4                Sorrow is better than laughter: for by...sadness...the heart is made better

K. To teach you compassion towards others:

                Heb.4:15 Be touched with the feeling of [others'] infirmities

                2Cor.1:4  That we may be able to comfort them...in trouble

 

4. Trials over suffering personal loss:

A. Willingly & joyfully suffer loss of position or possessions:

                Job 1:21  The Lord gave, & the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord

                Acts 20:23,24        Bonds & afflictions...none of these things move me, neither count I [even] my life dear

                Phi.3:8    I have suffered the loss of all things, & do count them but dung, that I may win Christ

                Heb.10:34               Ye...took joyfully the spoiling of your goods

B. Lay aside weights to run the race:

                Heb.12:1 Let us lay aside every weight...& let us run the race

                1Cor.9:24                So run, that ye may obtain (the prize)

                Phi.3:13,14             Forgetting those things which are behind...I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling

C. The futility of trying to hang onto things:

                Pro.23:5  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly...fly away

                Lk.12:15  A man's life consisteth not in...things he possesseth

                (See also Eccl.5:13-15; 1Tim.6:7.)

D. Paul's trials in missing loved ones:

                (See Phi.1:7,8; 1Thes.2:17,18; 1Thes.3:10 ; 2Tim.1:3,4 .)

E. The Lord wants you to love Him first of all:

                Psa.73:25                Whom have I in Heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee

                Psa.142:4,5             Refuge failed me; no man cared...Thou art my refuge & my portion in the land of the living

                Isa.54:1,5,6             Sing...for thy Maker is thine husband...the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken

                Jn.16:32  Ye...shall leave Me alone: & yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me

5. Some Bible examples of trials & tests:

                Gen.21:9-11            And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight [to send away Hagar & his son Ishmael]

                Gen.26:34,35          [Esau disobeyed & married pagans] which were a grief of mind to Isaac & Rebekah (Also Gen.27:46; 28:8.)

                Exo.4:10-13            [Moses felt incapable to speak to the Hebrew nation]

                Num.11:10-12, 14  [Moses said:] I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me

                Judg.6:14,15          [Gideon felt incapable to be the deliverer of Israel]

                Ruth 1:12,13          [Naomi, unable to help her daughters-in-law, said:] It grieveth me much for your sakes

                1Sam.30:1-6           [David's men grieved at the loss of wives & families]

                1Ki.19:1-4,10          [Elijah, persecuted & feeling all alone, prayed to die]

                Psa.6:6-8                [David's tears & grief because his enemies triumphed]

                Psa.38:4-9              [David's trials about an unhealed affliction]

                Psa.102:1-8            [David's deep trial because of his enemies' reproach] (See also Psa.69:16-20)

                Jer.15:10 [Jeremiah's depths of despair over being rejected, despised & mocked--See also Jer.20:7-10,14,18]

                Jon.3:4,5,10; 4:1-9 [When things didn't work as he'd hoped, Jonah was so angry & displeased, he wished to die]

                Lk.10:40  [Martha, working alone, felt unfairly over-burdened]

                Jn.21:17  Peter grieved [because Jesus seemed to be bringing his love & loyalty into question]

                2Cor.1:8  [Paul's] trouble...we were pressed above strength, so  we despaired even of life (See also 2Cor.4:8; 7:5.)

                Isa.53:3-9               [Jesus' sorrows & trials]

 

6. Why it's worth it to endure tests & temptations:

A. For the sake of lost souls:

                2Tim.2:10               I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain...salvation

                Isa.53:10-12           [God "put Jesus to grief" to save our souls]

B. Because you'll be spiritually stronger as a result:

                2Cor.4:16                We faint not; (for) though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day

                2Cor.12:9,10           My (Jesus') strength is made perfect in weakness...that the power of Christ may rest upon me (Paul)

C. Because God will reward you after testing you:

                Psa.66:12                Thou hast caused [us to go] through fire & water: but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place

                Heb.12:11               No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward...[good] fruit

                Jam.5:11 Endure. Ye have heard of...Job, & have seen the end...  the Lord is of tender mercy (See Job 42:10-17)

                (See also Psa.118:5; Lam.3:32.)

D. Heavenly rewards:

                Rom.8:18                The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be...in us

                2Cor.4:17                Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us (an)...eternal weight of glory

                Jam.1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation...he shall receive the crown of life

                1Pet.4:13                Ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings...when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also

                (See also 1Jn.2:17; Rev.21:7.)

 

7. Be thankful for your trials & temptations:

A. God uses your trials & temptations for good:

                Rom.8:28                All things work together for good to...the called

                Jam.1:2-4                Count it joy when ye fall into diverse temptations

                1Pet.1:6  Rejoice, though now for a season ye are in heaviness

B. Chastenings prove God loves you & that you're His child:

                Deut.8:5 As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord chasteneth

                Pro.3:11,12             My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord

                Heb.12:5-12           Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth...every son

                Rev.3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke & chasten

                (See also Job 5:17; Psa.11:5; 1Cor.11:32.)

C. Remember that sorrow will give way to joy:

                Psa.30:5  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning

                Mat.5:4   Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

                1Pet.5:10                God...after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you

 

8. Helping others who are going through trials:

A. How to help them:

                Job 6:14  To him that is afflicted pity should be showed

                Job 19:21                Have pity upon me...the hand of God hath touched me

                Rom.15:1,2             We...ought to bear the infirmities of the weak

                1Cor.12:25,26         Whether one member suffer, all...suffer with it

                Gal.6:2    Bear ye one another's burdens

                Heb.13:3 Remember them...which suffer, as being yourselves also in the body

B. Encourage & strengthen them:

                Job 16:4,5               I would strengthen you with my mouth...asswage grief

                Isa.50:4   Speak a word in season to him that is weary

                Pro.12:25                Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad

C. Admonish them with hearty counsel:

                Pro.27:9  Ointment & perfume rejoice the heart: so doth sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel

                Col.3:16  Let the Word of Christ dwell in you...teaching & admonishing one another...singing

 

9. Temptations: Where they come from:

A. From our own lusts:

                Jam.1:13,14            Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, & enticed

                1Jn.2:15,16             The lust of the flesh &...eyes...is of the world

B. They are also instigated by the devil:

                Gen.3:1-6,13           [Eve:] The serpent beguiled me, & I did eat

                1Chr.21:1,7,8          Satan...provoked David to...(sin & do foolishly)

                Mat.4:1-7               [Jesus was tempted of the devil, "the tempter"]

                Lk.22:31  Simon, Satan hath desired to...sift you as wheat

                (See also 1Thes.3:5; 2Cor.11:3.)

 

10. Avoiding temptation:

                Mat.6:13a               [Pray:] Lead us not into temptation

A. Avoid the pathway to temptation:

                Pro.4:14  Enter not into the path of the wicked, & go not

                Pro.4:15  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, & pass away

                Mat.7:13,14            Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, & broad is the way...to destruction

                2Tim.2:22a             Flee also youthful lusts

B. Beware of those who would entice you:

                Psa.1:1,2 (Walk) not in the counsel of the ungodly

                Pro.1:10  If sinners entice thee, consent thou not

                Pro.16:29                A violent man enticeth his neighbour, & leadeth him into the way that is not good

                2Pet.3:17                Beware lest ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your steadfastness

                (See also Pro.22:24,25; 2Pet.2:18,19.)

C. Know your weaknesses, & be on guard against them:

                Rom.13:14              Make not provision (forethought, plans) for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof

                Gal.6:1b  Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted

D. Warning re: evil, beguiling influences & "entertainment":

                Deut.7:25,26          [Do not] bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: utterly detest it

                Psa.101:3                I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes

                Psa.106:35,36         They were mingled among the heathen, & learned their works. Their idols...were a snare unto them

                2Cor.11:3                Lest...as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted

                2Pet.2:7,8               Lot...in seeing & hearing [filthy Sodomites], vexed (tormented) his righteous soul...with their unlawful deeds

 

11. How to resist & overcome temptation:

A. Keep your eyes on Jesus:

                Heb.11:27               He (Moses) endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible

                Heb.12:2,3              Looking unto Jesus...consider Him...lest ye...faint

                (See also Pro.4:25; Col.3:2,3.)

B. Pray & ask the Lord to help you:

                Psa.17:5  Hold up my goings in Thy paths...that my footsteps slip not

                Psa.56:13                Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling?

                Mat.6:13a               Lead us not into temptation...deliver us from evil

                Mat.26:41               Watch & pray, that ye enter not into temptation (See also Lk.21:36)

                Mat.18:19,20          [Have others pray with you in special times of temptation] (See also Jam.5:16)

C. Resist the devil:

                Eph.4:27 Neither give place to the devil

                Jam.4:7   Resist the devil, & he will flee from you

D. Cling to the Word:

                Psa.119:80              Let my heart be sound in Thy statues; that I be not ashamed

                Jn.15:3    Now ye are clean through the Word

                2Pet.1:4  Precious promises: that by these ye might...(escape) the corruption that is in the world through lust

                Rev.3:10 Because thou hast kept the Word...I will keep thee

E. Be willing to give up your own desires out of love for Jesus:

                Gal.5:16  Walk in the Spirit, & ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh

                Gal.5:24  They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections & lusts

                Eph.4:20-23            Put off...the old man...the deceitful lusts

                (See also Rom.6:16; Phi.3:8.)

F. Exercise willpower & determine not to yield to temptation:

                Rom.6:13                Neither yield ye your members...unto sin

                1Cor.9:27                I keep under my body, & bring it into subjection

                1Cor.16:13              Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you (behave) like men, be strong

                2Tim.2:3 Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ

                2Tim.2:22               Flee youthful lusts: but follow righteousness

                1Pet.1:14                As obedient children, not (conforming) to former lusts

                1Pet.2:11                Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul

                (See also 1Cor.10:5,6)

G. Fear the Lord & be afraid to disobey Him:

                Pro.14:27                The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death

                Pro.16:6b                By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil

                Pro.23:17                Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long

                1Sam.12:24             Fear the Lord, & serve Him in truth with all your heart

H. Be serious & sober about serving the Lord:

                Tit.2:12   Denying...worldly lusts, we should live soberly...in this present world

                1Thes.5:8               Let us...be sober, putting on the [armour of God]

                1Pet.1:13                Gird up...your mind, be sober, & hope to the end

                1Pet.4:7  The end...is at hand: be ye therefore sober

                1Pet.5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil ...walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

I. Keep your heart & mind on the final goal:

                Heb.11:25,26          Choosing rather to suffer affliction...than to enjoy pleasures of sin...for he had respect to the reward

                Heb.12:2 (Jesus) for the joy set before Him, endured the cross

 

12. The Lord will deliver you:

A. God's promises to help you:

                2Pet.2:9  Lord knoweth how to deliver godly out of temptations

                1Cor.10:13b           God...will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will...also make a way to escape

                1Cor.15:57              Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

                Heb.2:18 He is able to succour (help) them that are tempted

B. Jesus has compassion on us, knowing what it's like:

                Heb.4:15 (Jesus) was in all points tempted like as we are

C. He is with you when you go through temptation:

                Isa 43:1   Fear not: I have called thee by name; thou art Mine

                Isa.43:2   When thou passest through waters, I will be with thee

                1Pet.4:19                Let them that suffer...commit the keeping of their souls to Him...as unto a faithful Creator

                (See also Deut.4:30,31)

 

13. How righteous men fell through temptation:

A. Example of Lot going astray & losing all:

                Gen.13:5,6              Lot...had flocks & herds & tents...substance was great

                Gen.13:8-11            [Lot is attracted to the well-watered Jordan valley]

                Gen.13:12,13          Lot...pitched his tent toward [wicked] Sodom

                Gen.14:11-16          [Lot, living near Sodom, taken captive with Sodomites]

                Gen.19:1,2              [Lot "sat in the gate of Sodom" as a judge (19:9), & lived in a house inside Sodom]

                Gen.19:24-30          [Lot lost everything he owned & ended up in a cave]

                (See also Ezk.3:20; Rev.3:11.)

B. Example of Balaam the prophet:

                (Compare Num.22:1-21; 24:2,10,11,15,19; 25:1-3; 31:16; Josh.13:22;

                2Pet.2:15; Jude 11; Rev.2:14.)

C. The fall of King Solomon:

                2Sam.12:24             Bathsheba...bare Solomon...& the Lord loved him

                Neh.13:26               Solomon...was beloved of his God...nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin

                1Ki.11:1-8               King Solomon loved many strange women...his wives turned away his heart after other gods

                1Ki.11:9-11             The Lord was angry with Solomon (& said), I will rend the kingdom from thee, & give it to thy servant

D. Other examples of people falling through temptation:

                Gen.3:1-6                (Eve) saw the tree was good for food...pleasant to the eyes, & to be desired to make one wise...did eat

                Gen.25:29-34          [Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for some pottage]

                Josh.7:1,20,21        (Achan coveted) a goodly Babylonish garment...silver & a wedge of gold

                1Ki.13:1-28             [Young prophet tempted to disobey by the old prophet]

                2Ki.5:20-27             [Gehazi coveted Namaan's goods; was struck leprous]

 

14. When tempted by worldly beauty:

A. Beware of lusting after shallow, deceitful beauty:

                Pro.6:25  Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her (eyelashes)

                Pro.31:30                Favour is deceitful, & beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised

                1Jn.2:15,16             The lust of the flesh, & the lust of the eyes, is not of the Father but is of the world

                (See also Isa.3:16,18-24; 1Pet.3:3,4.)

B. Beware of being beguiled by the worldly:

                Job 31:1  I made a covenant with mine eyes; when then should I think upon a [worldly] maid?

                Pro.7:6-21               With her much fair speech she caused him to yield

                2Pet.2:18                They speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh...wantonness

C. The bitter end result of being beguiled:

                Pro.5:3-13               The lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb... but her end is bitter...thou mourn at the last

                Pro.7:21,22             He goeth after her...as an ox goeth to the slaughter

                Pro.7:23  As a bird hasteth to the snare, & knoweth not that it is for his life (See also Pro.6:26)

                Pro.14:12                A way which seemeth right, but the end thereof...death

                (See also Judg.16:4-6,16,21; Pro.7:25-27; 9:13-18; 23:27,28; 2Sam.13:1-3,28,29.)

D. Resist it with the power of the Word:

                Pro.2:1-13               My commandments...preserveth the way of His saints... to deliver thee from the way of the evil man

                Pro.2:16,17             To deliver thee from the strange woman (See also vs. 1-11)

                Pro.6:23,24             The commandment is a lamp; & the law is light...to keep thee from the flattery of...a strange woman

                Lk.4:5-12                [Jesus resisted devil's temptations by quoting the Word]

                (See also Pro.7:1-5)

 

15. Examples of resisting temptation:

                Gen.14:21-23          [Abraham refused rewards from the king of Sodom]

                2Ki.5:15,16             [Naaman urged Elisha to take gifts; Elisha refused]

                Job 2:9,10               [Job refused to sin with his lips & curse God]

                Jer.35:5,6                [The Rechabites obediently refused to drink wine]

                Dan.1:8   [Daniel refused to defile himself eating unclean food]

                Acts 8:18-20          [Peter refused Simon the sorcerer's money]

 

 

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