Final Examination


Introduction

For every student when the school year ends all the lessons that were taught in the previous semester given back to the students in examination form. Whether the questions are multiple choice, true or false, discussion or essay questions, the students are required to sit through proctored examinations to test each individual’s progress during the school year. Many students have anxiety, feel pressure, or rush to cram all the information they can in order to just pass the class. This is due to procrastination, absenteeism, no time management skills, and poor study habits.  Do you recall the Lessons of Yesterday?  The Lesson “The just shall live by faith”, the lessons of trust, the love lessons, the prayer lessons, and the ministry assignments God has given you. Can stand against the wiles of the devil? {Ephesians 6:10-11}Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” 

Imagine that God has placed you in an isolated classroom, so that He can test what lies in the depths of your heart. He wants to test your work ethic so that He can begin to open more doors for you. {Revelations 3:8a}I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it” 

Join me as I give you the “Cliff notes” or the “Dummies Guide” to this examination

PART A:

   READ the Instructions: What did God tell you to do?

                  A.  King Saul in 1st Samuel 15, the Lord instructed him to wipe out the Amalekites, but Saul did not follow the Lord’s instructions and it cost him his throne.

                  B.  Remember your examination is personal, you don’t need anyone else’s notes, and you have to stop cheating and imitating. {Philippians 2:12b} “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”  

 PART B: THE TEST

Multiple Choice

1.  Control your emotions: God wants to examine your emotions because He cannot put babies on the front line to do His work.

 {1 John 4:4}You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”                                                                                                                                   {Hebrews 5:14} “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

 2. Strength Test: Can you stand firm in the face of adversity? 

   {Ephesians 6:13} “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” 

   3.  Character and Conduct: Do you posess the character to represent God on the front line? 

 {Ephesians 6:14-15}“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” 

   4.  Essay Question:  It’s time to show your work. Is your faith and trust truly in the Lord?

  {James 2:14} “So also faith, if it hath not works, is dead in itself.” 

{Proverbs 3:5-6} “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not to your own understanding, and in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path.”

 5. Curve Ball: Do you have a stable mindset and can you bring fleshly thoughts under subjection?  

  {Phillipians 4:8}Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”                                                                                              {II Corinthians 10:5}” Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

  6. True and False: Be aware of the Ishmaelite (the people birthed out of flesh) {Genesis 6:12} describes them as wild people that come in opposition of you. Also be aware of false prophets and deceitful men.   

 {Matthew 24:11} “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”

 

 7. Final Question:  Will you pray at all times?         

  {I Thessalonians 5:17} “Pray without ceasing”                                                                                                                          

 {James 5:16} “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

 Conclusion:   The church at Ephesus was in a very prominent location for trading in Asia Minor. All types of people passed through the region all the time and it was important that the Christians were strong enough to withstand all temptation and walk upright before the people. God is calling us like He did the church at Ephesus. We must be able to control our emotions, be strong in the Lord and His word, have an unquestionable character and remarkable conduct. We must be able to exemplify our faith and trust in the Lord and be willing to be in submission to His will. Our minds must stable in all ways not letting everything enter our ear and eye gates.  We have to be aware of people that will come to deceive us and His people.  And finally we must PRAY at all times.  As I conclude this topic think on this scripture: {Psalm 26:2} “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.”

 

 

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