All of us have within us the soul of Abraham hence as God tested him he tests us..
Avrohom opened the spiritual service of Mesiras Nefesh self- sacrifice.
To withstand tests this takes mesirus nefesh.
Mesirus nefeh is cuased through our bittul self-nullification.
In general all of Torah and Mitzvos must be based on mesirus nefesh.
The main thing is to have Mesirus Nefesh, complete humble dedication to God ( as though this is the only normalcy.)
It is specifically the concealing challenges to act based on faith, that reveal our soul/God.
This is like Avrohom that he realized the world working its many parts in tandem, must have a Creator and then the Creator revealed himself which refers to the level of Yechidah, the spark of Creator that becomes our soul.
Furthermore he revealed to everyone this high perception.
Avrohom taught the world, that it is not only that this world has a creator, but that creation and creator are a single entity – Ein Oid Milvadoi.
Furthermore, unlike Rabbi Akiva who craved to give his life to God, for Avrohom whose self-sacrifice – seeing himself relative to God as dust and ashes, hence all he did including risking his life was simply natural – when one achieves this level, not only are they humble but it carries with total strength, as we see that Avrohom managed to inspire the entire world – whom were pagans.
Generally there are two services, birurim/elevating and nisyoinois / concealing challenges.
In the former such as with food we are engendered to elevate the food through saying a blessing and realizing its sublime Divine source ( as all matter) hence the challenge is in the perception of the object.
However in Nisyoinois the challenge lies in the rejection of the perception.
Now when one is faced with a Nisayon, the mechanism is not to deal with it but recognizing that it is simply a delusion, forging forward as though there is no other path.
The reason our faith is tested, is though the enemies are delusions, and to the extent we stand against them is the extent they crumble, nonetheless to evoke our desire to do God’s will, hence we have these “competitions”.
This is similar to when Abraham went to the akeida, the satan placed a river and Avrohom plunged forth whereupon it disappeared- similarly when The Fridikeh Rebbe was imprisoned he decided to ignore his captors and not only were they powerless, furthermore they were forced to release him leading to exponential growth.
By studying Torah we gain the power to beat the Yetzer Hara.
Why is it through the soul descending to the lowest depths that it subsequently becomes infinitely higher.
The answer is that the higher something is the lower it falls; hence the world of Tohu which is the source of all physical objects and is higher then from where our souls emenate out of, hence when we use the physical to elevate it, this in turn like a springboard elevates us.
Now when we encounter a Nisayon this is so debased that unlike certain forbidden objects say a horse that still has a positive purpose ( causing its elevation) the entire facade is only there to deny truth hence by its elimination, truth /God is revealed.
Now God made the world in such a manner that one must face these Nisyoinois for he desired that our elevation should be commensurate with our effort ( for hence one may derive satisfaction from the accomplishment.)
Hence as there are unlimited potential revelations hence also challenges.
Now just as the revelations are higher and higher, the challenges lower and lower, for the forefathers were challenged by God, however in exile we were challenged by gentiles which is much lower harder test, and now when gentiles are ( on the whole good) we are challenged through prosperity, which is often the greatest most difficult, for the conning Yetzer Hara slowly but surely entices a person step by step into deeper abysses ( as we see in the ever more debased media, pornography etc )
All this is only to unleash the Jew’s inner powerful soul resolve which upon this nuclear release all evil dissipates.
We dissipate evil through firstly the study of Torah from which we derive the inner convictions to powerfully stand up to evil whereupon its delusion falls.
Especially the Torah of children and their knowledge, that this is the only path, breaks the dark forces.
Now the path that inherets both Israel and Heaven is the lottery path – for just as when one chooses a lottery ticket ( randomly) one uses not ones mind, similarly when one serves God (mesirus nefesh).
Hence by serving God in this way we unify to become one.
Furthermore every soul has a unique Mitzvah in which we are to focus all our energies which literally connects us to our essential Divinity.
Now though one may not be keeping Torah and Mitzvos, nonetheless specifically he may have (as the general principle that the highest souls face the greatest challenges) hence as his soul is so great, in a single moment he can transform his life through accessing the lottery soul part, which can be accessed through asking God what to do and the first thought is unquestionably God’s loving reply.
Similarly in but a moment God will redeem everyone.