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How Virtue Becomes Virtue

Courage Testing Character

Source: The Unquiet Grave

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-03-03

Scripture: Proverbs 17:3

Author: C.S. Lewis / Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

 "Courage is not simply one of the virtures, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."

APPLICATION

The soul is refined when convictions are proved through testing. When what we believe survives the threat of persecution and trial, the courage involved is transformational. That's how character is formed. Put simply, a virtue is a belief that has proved itself.

 "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart" (Proverbs 17:3).

There Is No Testimony Without A Test

Testing Testimony Ministry

Source: "Rick Warren: ‘There is no testimony without a test’" by Adelle M. Banks, RNS, published Christian Examiner, June 14, 2014, retrieved 6/27/14.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-03

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Mega-church pastor Rick Warren spoke June 9, 2014 to an audience of Southern Baptist pastors, urging them to use their personal pain and suffering to enhance their ministerial impact.

Warren speaks from personal experience. His 27 yr old Matthew committed suicide in 2013. “Behind every publicly successful ministry, there is private pain,” said Warren.

APPLICATION

“Your greatest ministry will come out of your deepest hurt,” he said. “We mistakenly think that the world is impressed by how we handle prosperity, but the fact is the world is impressed by how we handle adversity.”

"There is no testimony without a test. There is no message without a mess."

"He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Life Test In A Box of Old Nails And Screws

Testing Stewardship Trustworthy

Source: MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY by Kent Crockett, p. 46

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Scripture: Matthew 25:21

Author: Kent Crockett
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ILLUSTRATION

In his book MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY, author Kent Crockett recounts the story of a hardware store manager who wanted to test the integrity and character of prospective employees. He sent one young man up to the attic to pick through a large box of old nails and screws, separating useable from the refuse. The attic was stifling hot:

The young man spent hours looking through the box, separating usable nails and screws from things that should be thrown away. When he picked up one of the last items in the box, he noticed a twenty-dollar bill lying on the bottom. He grabbed the bill, raced downstairs, and said, "ooh, Mr Peters! Look what I found in the box--twenty dollars!" Then he handed the money to the boss. Mr. Peters … knew he could trust the boy to work in his store. ...

He wanted to see if the boy would complete the job and keep a good attitude, even though he didn't understand why he was doing seemingly useless work. He had also planted a twenty-dollar bill at the bottom of the box to test his employee's honesty. If the boy didn't report finding the money, how could Mr. Peters trust him with the cash register? And by finishing the job in the hot attic and giving the money to his boss rather than pocketing it, he proved that he was both faithful and honest. Years later, when Mr. Peters retired, he turned his business over to the young man to manage.

Kent Crockett graduated from Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the senior pastor of the Church of Living Water in Prattville, Alabama. He is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.

APPLICATION

Crockett concludes:

Did you know that life on earth is also a test? All our earthly responsibilities--even the ones that seem insignificant--are in the old juke box in the attic. God is watching us to see if we will faithfully sort through life's experiences, keeping the good, throwing out the junk, exhibiting a positive attitude when we don't understand, and finishing our work. If we prove ourselves to be good and faithful during our early test, God will grant us far greater duties in the next life.

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'" (Matthew 25:21).

Walking the Wire of Prosperity

Testing Prosperity Integrity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-06

Scripture: Psalms 62:10

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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Standing in the Face of Prosperity

Prosperity Testing Compromise (Convictions)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-06

Scripture: Matthew 6:24

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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God's Gym

Testing Maturity Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Cost of Discipleship

Testing Witness Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Sergio Arevalo | Date Posted: 2014-02-24

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7

Author: Edith Schaeller
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We Will Not Be Terrorized

Satan Fear Testing

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-22

Scripture: James 4:7 ; 1 Peter 5:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Why Trees Bend and Break

Spiritual Growth Testing Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-19

Scripture: Proverbs 3:11 ; James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Life Is A Test

Testing Faithfulness Skepticism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-13

Scripture: Job 23:10

Author: Peter John Kreeft
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