In Malachi 3:10, God said to the Israelites, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this (emphasis mine)…. See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure.”

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It is not clear how many of the Jews heeded God’s word on that day, but in verse 16 we learn that those who feared the LORD “spoke with one another,” and the LORD heard them. Prosperity preachers like to use Malachi 3:10 to promote their message of a divine quid pro quo, but I don’t believe that is what is intended from the passage. …

In the Is God Testable? series, I have discussed why it is necessary to test God, what it means to test God, and how to go about testing God. I have discussed the importance that faith plays in the process, why it is necessary to study God so that you can know His purpose, how to study God, where to study God, why fellowship with other Christians is important, how and why to incorporate prayer and meditation into your testing process, and why obedience is the ultimate test of God.

Now it is time to discuss the results. You’ve gone through the steps, and now you want to know if your test is proving God’s faithfulness or not. …

It’s popular in our day to talk about God’s purpose in a very personal way. Thousands, perhaps millions, of Christians, semi-Christians, quasi-Christians, and nominal Christians are daily walking about searching for their purpose in life. Many of them are looking for God’s purpose for their life. Is this biblical?

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Pastor Rick Warren has written a book titled The Purpose Driven Life. I have not read the book, but it’s sold 50 million copies to date. He has another book just like it for churches.

Without getting into the nuances of judging books by covers, I do practice judging books by the language used to market them. In the sales copy for The Purpose Driven Church, Warren points to “the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus.” Again, I haven’t read the book, but his sales copy says Warren shares a “proven” five-part strategy for churches that includes fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry, and evangelism. While all of those may be great things, if they are not tied to God’s single eternal purpose, I’d say his message misses the mark. …

I’m continuing with the Testing God series and have completed the second step in the process: Studying God where He is and has been. That step is fairly involved. If you’ve been keeping up, then you understand that it begins with the study of God’s Word, the Bible. But, first, let’s back up a bit.

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NOTE: I’ll pause right here and say that most people, when they discuss God’s purpose, do so in speaking about God’s purpose for an individual’s life. That is, the belief is that God has a purpose for YOU. That is not what I’m talking about when I discuss God’s purpose in this series. …

Writer. Editor. Publisher. Follower of Christ.

My interest in writing began in fifth grade. Now, more than 40 years later, I have learned to make a living at it. But it was not always so and my life has taken many turns.

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I write about the twist and turns of my life in my book, “I Am Not the King.”

When testing God, we could easily fall into the trap of performing spiritual activities simply for the sake of performing those activities. If our heart isn’t into it, God will know it. What He really desires from us is a relationship, not simply conforming to outward appearances, following all the right rules and refraining from engaging in all the wrong activities. The stated restrictions on human behavior that He has handed down to His people are there for the protection of said people, and obedience to those standards come with a promise. …

The fellowship between believers in Christ is the sweetest and the purest expression of God on earth. We are the Body of Christ. That isn’t merely a symbol or a play on words. It’s a spiritual reality. The church is the mystical body of Christ still living in and through those whom He chose before the foundation of the world.

When we display God’s love before a watching world, we are expressing the very love that God is. But where does prayer fit into this?

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The Outline of ‘Testing God’

Just a quick review of where we’ve explored and where we’ll go. This series on the importance and implications of testing God is divided into four…

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Two weeks before the coronavirus disrupted the life of every North American, my landlord gave my wife and I a four-month move-out notice. We were to find a new place to live by the end of June.

We really didn’t want to look for a place to rent, so we decided to get rid of everything we couldn’t take with us and become digital nomads.

Initially, we were going to buy a van and turn it into a camper. Then we realized we couldn’t stand up in it, so we turned our attention toward buses.

Not long into the research phase, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a declaration of emergency based on two presumed cases of COVID-19. One week later, he shut down public schools and canceled park programs across the commonwealth. …

One of the most practical, and biblical, ways to study God — and test Him — is by meeting regularly with other believers. We do this because He has commanded us to, but more importantly, because to do so is to commune with God Himself. This is true communion.

If we are to take the New Testament at face value — and why wouldn’t we?--the fellowship of Christian believers is the body of Christ. The biblical word for this body is ekklésia, a Greek word that references the assembly of decision makers in ancient Greece who were responsible for declaring war and electing other political leaders. …

The danger in studying the Bible alone is that one can get it wrong. The obstacles to correct interpretation are many. They include:

  • An improper understanding of sound biblical hermeneutics
  • Lack of attention to detail regarding the language and structure of the text
  • The infusion of one’s personal and cultural biases into the meaning of the text
  • An over-reliance on a single translation
  • Ignoring nuances of the original languages in which the text is written
  • Approaching scripture with preconceived notions
  • An inattentiveness to the historical settings in which many of the books of the Bible were written and the audience to whom they were…


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