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The word temptation, tests and trials fit into the passage in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13. This understanding will help Christians know that the devil is seeking to prove to God that His labour over your life is not worth it after all. But God prepares each of us ahead so that when those trials come, from the devil—since he is the examiner—you will make God proud by passing your test.

Psalm 18:29 says, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” An important truth hidden in this verse is the pacing work that God does in the lives of His children that makes them able to “leap over a wall”. A High Jump athlete does not stand in front of the crossbar to make the attempt but runs to gather momentum needed to leap over the crossbar. In the same way, God will use all His servants to prepare you and pace you and ensure that you are able to leap over any wall or temptation or trial that the devil brings your way.

On the other hand, if you have not been going through your divine schedules faithfully, arriving and departing from church services when you choose, displaying indifference and lazy attitude towards divine training, God would still allow the test to come. This is because if He shields you due to laxity on your part, there would be no justification for other Christians to pay any price. There would be no need for God to warn you to hold fast to what we have lest another man take away your crown.

PRAYER: Lord, I permit You to pace me to attain the height of my destiny and prepare me to overcome whatever opposition the enemy may have in store in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible in a year: 2 Kings 3:1-4:17, Acts 14:8-28, Psalm 140:1-13, Proverbs 17:22