Test yourselves

1 Peter 1:3-9 NASB

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Read this carefully, IF NECESSARY, you have been distressed by various trials. I thought about this last night. I asked ok what is a human explanation  for “trial”. You have a prosecutor, defendant, and a judge. One is accusing you, which would be Satan. He is accusing you of sin, carnality, that you are not in fact the Son of God. This causes distress, UNTIL you rightly remember who defends you and that YOUR judgment has already been made. Through Jesus Christ YOU have been justified to LIFE, which means death aka sin is NOT in you, the YOU that is born again. Satan has NOTHING in you. He is a liar. You have been redeemed.

1 John 5:18 NASB

We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.


2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test?