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2 God uses the tests of ministry preparation to build and make grow, not to tear down those whom He called.

3 To assess and examine the true inner attitudes and motives of those whom He calls (1 Timothy 3:10)

4 To sort out those who are really called by God To equip those whom God called with spiritual understanding needed to help people

5 The leader’s patience is tried The purpose: Illustration: Abraham (Gen.12-18) Ishmael was born when he was 86 Isaac was born when he was 100 for growth in faith

6 The leader experiences circumstances that seem to nullify the written or living word of God The purpose: Illustration: Joseph Genesis to depend on God alone

7 The leader’s worldly character must be eliminated The purpose: leader’s own true inward self be exposed and must call more on God’s grace Illustration: Samuel (1 Sam. 2-3)

8 The inner and outer forces influencing his decision making process are tested to disclose in a leader his inner drives and The purpose:

9 Illustration: Balaam, (Num ) purify them into desires for the glory of God The purpose:

10 The leader’s humility is tested by asking him to do menial tasks that seem below his high calling in God to discern the leader’s commitment to service

11 Illustration: Elisha (1 Kings 19) The purpose: if he really desires to help and to serve or to be popular

12 The purpose: The leader is put in a materially and spiritually dry or desolate place to appreciate the good things God has put in his life and

13 The purpose: to strip the leader of all the wisdom and ways of the world and to teach him the ways of His Spirit Illustration: Moses (Exodus 2-3)

14 The purpose: The leader’s expectation is not fulfilled on time for all the leader’s right be yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ

15 Illustration: Noah (Gen. 5-7) The leader’s expectation is not fulfilled on time -at 500 years, start building the ark -At 600 years, flood came

16 The leader’s ministry and life’s goal can’t be achieved to re-examine his spiritual priorities Illustration: Paul (2 Corinthians 11) The purpose:

17 Illustration: Elijah (1 Kings 19) The purpose: The leader is place in a disheartening situation that will deprive his courage in the Lord to meet God in prayer

18 Illustration: The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26) The purpose: The test wherein God’s will counters with man’s plan to subject man’s will to God’s will

19 The purpose: The leader is put on the shelf leader depends too heavily on his actual service rather than the Lord himself for joy and spiritual fulfillment

20 The purpose: - to humble the leader - to purify the motives of the leader - to deepen the message of the leader Illustration: John the Baptist (Matt. 3 Mark 1, Luke 1, 3, John 1)

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