God Will Test You Right Before Your Breakthrough

In our article titled, “Trials and Tribulations – the Testing of Your Faith,” we gave you all of the major verses from the Bible showing you that now only will God allow a certain amount of trials and tribulations to come our way in this life, but that He will also use some of these trials as a way of actually testing all of us out from time to time.

And one of the key areas in which God will arrange for a test to come your way in this life will be when you are getting ready to walk into the heart of your true calling for Him. This was a definite pattern of God the Father in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible.

If God is calling you to be a great pastor, a great Bible teacher, or a great evangelist, rest assured that you will have a big test coming your way right at the point that you are actually getting ready to walk right into that actual calling.

And when this test does come your way, it is absolutely imperative that you take this test very, very seriously, as it will determine whether or not God will actually promote and release you into your true calling for Him. Flunk this test and you will either lose the call all together, or you will cause a major delay to occur as to when you will be actually released to move into that calling.

Below I will give you 4 very powerful examples from the Bible where God the Father did this with 4 different people, with one of the tests actually being done to His very own Son, Jesus Christ Himself. And if God tested His very own Son with a specific test, then you can rest assured that He will test each one of you out if you have a specific type of calling in His perfect plan for your life.

Study and meditate on these 4 dramatic examples from our Bible very carefully, as each one of these tests were very severe and very trying for the actual people involved. The reason God is going to test you before your big, final breakthrough in Him is because He has to see if you got what it takes to actually make the grade in that specific calling for Him.

He will test your mettle out like they do in the army with all of their recruits. Pass this test and you will be finally promoted into God’s best for your life. Flunk this test, and you will either lose the call all together and then be forced to settle for God’s plan B for your life, or you will be demoted and set further back until you are ready to pass this kind of a test at a later date.

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Now here are 4 very powerful and dramatic tests that God the Father had arranged for some of His people to pass back in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible.

4 Specific Tests From the Bible

1. The Obedience Test

The first test I will show you, and this one was very severe, is what I call the obedience test. This specific test was given to Abraham way back in the beginning of the Bible in the Book of Genesis.

Most of you have heard of this test. God asked Abraham to put his son Isaac on an altar and then asked him to take a knife and kill his own son. As we all know, Abraham went as far as to actually tie his son down to the altar and had the knife in his hand ready to strike down on him to take his life, when all of a sudden God sends an angel down in the nick of time to stop him.

How many of us could actually pass such an extreme test today, especially in the type of world we now live in where you would be immediately prosecuted if you even tried to do such a thing. I personally do not think God would ever do this type of test in our current day and age due to the extreme dangers of it.

But the point to get is that God may actually arrange for a test to occur to test your actual allegiance and obedience to Him. We have another article in our site titled “Obedience to the Lord.”

In this article, we give you all of the main verses from the Bible showing you the extreme importance that we fully obey every order and directive that we receive from the Lord in this life. If we cannot be fully obedient to the specific commands and leadings of the Holy Spirit, then God will not be able to use us in the actual callings that He has set up for our lives.

In the kind of world we now live in, this test will actually be hard for many to pass. The reason being is due to all of the material and lustful things that are out there competing for our time and attention. These material things will cause our flesh to want to try and act up, and once our flesh has been riled up, it will do everything it can to try and get its own way, even if it means disobeying God Himself.

That is why God will test you in this specific area – to see if you will have the strength and character in your personality to be able to override the desires of your flesh and ego, and be willing to obey God over all of your wants and desires for these material and lustful objects.

God will know where your jugular veins and weak spots will be on these kinds of tests, so He will probably arrange for these types of tests to target some of your weak and vulnerable spots, just like He did with Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his one and own only son at the time that this test was being set up.

God may ask you to give something or someone up. He may ask you to give up the job you are currently working at, or the person you are currently dating, as this person may not be the one that He has personally picked out to be your mate in this life.

But whatever God may be asking you to do for Him, realize that this is an obedience test being sent your way and that you must fully obey the Lord with whatever He will be asking you to do for Him. If you do not obey His specific directive, and you choose to follow your own desires on these kinds of issues, then God will not be able to use you in the specific calling that He has set up for your life.

If you can’t or won’t obey God with this specific command, then God will question and doubt your ability to fully obey Him further on down the road with anything else that He may be asking you to do for Him.

Bottom line – God is our Shepherd, and we as His sheep are to fully follow Him in this life and every single directive and command that He will be giving us along the way. The Bible tells us that we are to be led by the Holy Spirit in this life – not by our own wants and our own desires.

This test right here will determine who gets promoted into their true callings in the Lord and who does not. Abraham passed his test and you saw what happened to him as a result. He became the father of many nations and his bloodline was used as the bloodline that brought our Savior Jesus Christ into our world so He could go to the cross and save all of us from our sins.

Here is the verse that will tell you what the ramifications were as a result of Abraham perfectly obeying the voice of God on being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac:

“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have OBEYED My voice.” (Genesis 22:18)

If you want to enter into your true calling in the Lord, then get it settled right now in your mind and in your heart that you will fully obey the Lord with every specific thing that He will be asking you to do for Him in this life.

If you can agree to do things God’s way rather than your own way in this life, then you will be promoted into God’s best for your life, and you can then proceed to leave your mark in this world in the specific calling that He will be setting up for your life.

2. The Patience Test

Another type of test that God could pass your way right before your big breakthrough with Him is what I call the patience test. This is where you have done everything you have been asked to do, but now God is going to ask you to just sit and wait for the big breakthrough to occur.

A perfect example of this type of trying test in the Bible is the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea. No sooner does Moses rescue and deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians, that they are then brought before the Red Sea with nowhere else for them to go or turn to.

The Promised Land is in the other side, but there is no way they can reach it unless God first parts the Red Sea.

And then what does God do next? Instead of immediately parting the Red Sea for all of them so they can quickly get to the other side, He causes all of them to sit and wait for awhile before He actually parts the Red Sea.

The children of Israel cannot move forward or else they will drown in the Red Sea. They cannot go backwards or else they wall fall back into slavery with the Egyptians, as the Egyptians are now starting to come back after them. They have no other choice but to just sit and wait for God to move to part the Red Sea.

The Bible does not say how long God made them wait before He parted the Red Sea. But we know it was long enough to really try their patience, as many of them started complaining to Moses about it. Some of them even went as far as stating they wanted to go back to Egypt, as they at least had food and shelter under the Egyptian rule.

This type of test could occur to some of you right before your big breakthrough with the Lord. What you will have to do is override your flesh and your own impatience, and simply rely on God’s peace through the Holy Spirit and God’s perfect timing as to when He will want to open up that door for you.

If you ever find yourself facing this kind of trying test, make sure that you do not let your impatience get the better of you and cause you to walk away from that door that you are sitting in front of – as that door could be opening up at anytime.

Stay put right where God currently has you at, and force yourself to wait until that door either opens up for you to walk through, or God tells you to do something different.

Again, what would have happened in this story of Moses if they would not have waited for God to part that Red Sea? What would have happened to the Jewish people as a nation and as a people if they would have gone back into slavery with the Egyptians if they would not have waited for this miraculous event to occur with the Lord?

The course of Jewish history could have been completely changed and altered forever if Moses would not have had enough patience to wait for God to part that Red Sea on the day that it actually occurred.

Your life is like a chessboard to the Lord. He is the One who will be making all of the major chess moves on your chess board.

Not only must you fully rely on God to make these chess moves in your life, but you must also rely on His perfect timing as to when He will be making all of these specific chess moves. One wrong move, or one move made at the wrong time could cause your whole call in God to completely unravel and fall apart.

3. The Faith and Belief Test

In my opinion, this next type of test may be the most trying and possibly the most severe. This is where God will be showing you what is on the other side of your true calling in Him.

When God does this, He may show you what some of the obstacles, roadblocks, and opposition may end up being. He may show you exactly what you will have to face. This is where you will be shown all of the Goliaths and strongholds that you may have to face and engage with once you cross over into the actual calling.

A perfect example of this type of test has to be with what God did with the children of Israel just after He had got done rescuing them from the Egyptians in the story of Moses. Shortly after delivering them from the Egyptians, He brought them right up to their Promised Land.

But instead of sending all of them immediately in, He sends in only 12 spies so they could first spy out the land so they could see exactly what they were going to have to face once they actually entered into this land.

And what happens next? 10 of the spies come back with a bad report. They come back telling the rest of the people that the people who dwell there were “strong,” that many of the cities were “fortified,” that it was a land that devoured its inhabitants, that all of the men they saw were of “great stature,” and that they were like grasshoppers in the face of these types of “giants.”

However, Joshua and Caleb, who were 2 of the 12 spies, came back with a different report. The saw the exact same things the other 10 spies saw, but they had a completely different outlook and perspective about all of it.

They had just seen God miraculously deliver them from the Egyptian rule, so they knew God would have no problems in taking out the giants and strongholds they saw in this Promised Land.

However, as a result of these other 10 spies coming back with this bad report, this kindled the anger of God and caused Him to then pronounce a very severe judgment on all of them. He told these 10 spies that they and all of the other men over 20 years of age would not enter into this Promised Land. He said they would all wander in the desert for the next 40 years where they would then all eventually die out there.

However, since Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit about them and fully believed that God could take out all of these giants and strongholds, He tells them that both of them and all of the people under 20 years of age would be the ones who would be allowed to enter into the Promised Land – all because they had enough courage, faith, and belief in the Lord that He could give them the victories once they had crossed over and started to possess parts of the land that He wanted them to have for themselves.

Plain and simple, this was a faith and belief test. God showed them exactly what was waiting for them on the other side. And the test was – can they believe in God and His supernatural power to defeat the enemies and strongholds they would have to directly face – or will they want to turn around and go back into the desert, never giving God a chance to show them what He could miraculously do for them?

As we all know, these 10 spies flunked this test not only for themselves, but for the rest of the men and woman over 20 years of age. In the same way, God could test some of you with this same type of test.

He will show you exactly what will be awaiting you on the other side once you cross over into your true calling for Him. He will show you the opposition, the giants, the strongholds, and the points of resistance you will have to directly face.

He will then sit back and watch your reaction to all of it. Will you fully believe that He can conquer and overcome all of these obstacles and roadblocks for you, or will you get scared and lose faith and belief in Him that He can overcome all of the roadblocks and obstacles that you are seeing?

All of the Israelites 20 years and older in the above story lost their one and only chance to enter into the Promised land – all simply because they could not muster up enough faith and belief in the Lord to fully conquer and overcome all of the points of opposition and resistance they initially saw in this land.

If you are ever faced with this kind of a severe test with the Lord, you will have to make a very big decision one way or the other. You will either have to fully believe that God is calling you to go through this door, and that He will then anoint you with His power to be victorious in this calling – or you will let fear and intimidation get the better of you, and you will then walk out on the call that God has set up for your life.

Joshua and Caleb ended up going into the Promised Land after the 40 years was up, and the Bible says that Joshua was able to conquer and gain full possession of every ounce of land that his foot had stepped on – all because he had enough faith and belief in God that He could this for him.

If God is no respecter of persons, and He was able to do this for Joshua and the rest of the Jewish people in this story, then God can still do the exact same thing for every born-again believer who will fully surrender to His call on their lives – and then be willing to have enough faith and belief in Him to enter into that call and take on all of the opposition and roadblocks they will end up facing down the road in that calling.

4. The Sin Test

This next test is exactly what God the Father did with His Son Jesus. Right after Jesus gets baptized with the Holy Spirit in the Jordan River, God does something rather strange with Jesus. Instead of sending Jesus right of way into His three and half year miracle ministry and then eventually to the cross to save all of us, God sends His Son out into the desert to face a temptation test direct with the devil himself.

Why would God send His Son Jesus out in the desert to let the devil tempt Him with three specific temptations, knowing full well that He was going to pass this test anyway? And if He wanted to test Him, why this kind of a specific test?

The reason God tested His Son Jesus with this temptation test was because He had to see if Jesus would have fallen for any of these specific temptations by the devil.

If He would have fallen for any one of them, He would have sinned against God the Father. And if He would have committed so much as one sin against His Father, then He would not have been able to go to the cross to save any of us.

One of the conditions of Jesus being able to go to the cross in human flesh form for all of us was that He had to be perfectly sin-free. One sin would have totally disqualified Him, and He then would not have been able to go to the cross to save all of us.

Part of the conditions for this ultimate sacrifice for all of us was that it had to be a “perfect” sacrifice, which meant that Jesus had to be perfect in His human flesh form, meaning that He had to be completely sin-free.

That was why God had to specifically test Him on this issue, to see if He would fall and commit at least one sin. As we all know, Jesus passed this test with flying colors and the Bible says that He did not commit so much as one sin when He walked among us for those 33 years. As a result of not committing any sins, Jesus was perfectly qualified to go to the cross to save all of us.

In the same way, God may test some of you with this same kind of a sin test.

The reason being is that He may want to test your resolve to stay out of any type of serious sin. Adultery, bribery, and the hunger and love for money could all lead to your ruination once you cross over into your true calling in the Lord. Look how many modern day ministries have been brought down by adultery, fornication, and the misuse of money and funds.

Just as God allowed Adam and Eve to be tested in the Garden of Eden, and His own Son Jesus to be tested in a desert setting with the devil, God may allow some of you to be tested on this same kind of issue.

Pass this sin test and do not succumb to any demonic temptations, and you will then be trusted by the Lord, and He will then promote you into your true calling for Him. Flunk this kind of a test, and you could completely lose your entire calling in the Lord, just like Adam and Eve managed to do in the Garden of Eden.

If by chance this kind of a test ever comes your way – take it very, very seriously, as there may not be any second chances for you if you flunk this kind of a test. This one is very serious.

If Jesus would have fallen for any one of those three specific temptations from the devil, He would have completely lost His entire calling in God, and He then would not have been able to go to the cross to save any of us. In the same way, you could lose your entire call in God if you succumb to any of these temptations.

There is obviously always full forgiveness and full restoration for you with the Lord if you confess and repent of these sins, but what you could lose is that open door into the heart of your true call for Him due to the consequences that may result from you falling into a heavier type of sin.

Many major men of God have never been able to get back their big, huge, successful TV ministries once they lost them due to falling into these types of heavier sins.

Conclusion

If you will notice in the above 4 examples, these were all deal-breaking tests. When the tests were passed, these people then went into the heart of their true calls with the Lord. When they were flunked, like the children of Israel managed to do with God the Father on the Promised Land issue, they completely lost the divine destinies that God had originally set up for all of them to walk into.

This is why these tests should be taken very, very seriously if you ever happen to have one of them come your way right as you are waiting for your big breakthrough to occur with the Lord in the calling that He has personally set up for your life.

These types of tests can also be brought your way by the Lord at any time during your life’s journey with Him. From time to time, the Bible says that the Lord will test the righteous.

Again, when these types of tests do come your way, make sure that you see them for what they are and do your best to pass them with flying colors. If you do, then God will continue to bring you up higher in your divine destiny with Him. Flunk these tests or do poorly with them, and God may have to hold you back for awhile until you can see what He is trying to teach you and show you.

Besides the above 4 types of tests, there could be other types of tests. Some of you could be tested on your ability to forgive what others may have done to hurt you in your past.

The Bible is very clear in that we have to forgive everyone who has ever trespassed against us in this life and that if we do not, then God will not forgive us of our own trespasses. And if you cannot get your own personal sins forgiven with the Lord, then you may have a very hard time in walking out your own true call with Him since it will obviously damage your personal relationship with Him.

We hope this article will serve as good heads-up for any of you who will either face this kind of testing in your near future, or if by chance you are already in the middle of this type of testing right now due to the close proximity of entering into your true calling in the Lord.

45 Responses to “God Will Test You Right Before Your Breakthrough”

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  1. Tiara - October 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    My name is tiara and i am 24 years old and i have been going thouth alot of thinks latey i use to take care of my granmother i moved out my house jusz to take care of her i relly thoight i was doing the right thing by takeing care of her she did me so bad sorry i am crying right now cause it hurt so bad she left me and move with her son and left me and now i am homeless i am trying to keep my head up and pray to god to for give her for all the thing she did to me i just want some one to pray for me and tell me that every thing gone to be ok i think god pu me through this test for a reson …

    • Lakesha - November 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I am just now reading the comment you wrote and I know for a fact that God uses evil for good. GOD used your grandmother as a greater blessing for you. GOD knows what it takes for each of us especially if you are a true believer in Him, JESUS, and the Holy Spirit . We all have the gift of free will and you willing chose to help your grandmother for the right reasons and you had every reason not to. You still did it without justifying your own actions why you shouldn’t, but you are blessed . Now you keep faith, endurance, perseverance, and more than anything LOVE, OUR SAVIOUR GOD our FATHER and the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and guide is leading you to the right path in life. So don’t let the devil make you believe you are homeless and God will just leave you like that it’s a delusion God is always with you and its Jesus who is carrying you. Rejoice my sister and put on your full armour of GOD and finish carrying your cross it’s more to come. See the GLORY OF GOD AND THE LIGHT OF JESUS. DON’T be doubting Thomas keep your eyes and mind on Jesus the battle is won. So be brave and I will also pray for.

    • Re - January 25, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Hello Tiara.

      I am just seeing your message. Hopefully you’re in a far better place and that you’ve realized by now that what we do for others are not necessarily paid back by the same people, but rather we’re paid back by God. Perhaps God has allowed someone else to rander you kindness and grace just as you did your grandmother back then. Perhaps you’ve even come to know that the only person we can truly depend on is God. He NEVER fails or disappoints.

      May God bless you always.

    • James Campbell - February 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      This is a major test! This is what the spirit of the Lord say’s to you. My daughter, I love you. I know you can’t see what your future looks like right now, but this is the time to trust your Lord its times like these that turn believers into disciples look at what I beard on the cross for you look at those who turned their backs on me! spit on me! made mockery of me! But I still forgave them. You to must suffer some of the same pain my child it’s all part of the fathers plan how can you ever know me as a comforter if you never need comforting, how can you ever know me as healer if you don’t need healing, how can you know me as savior if you don’t need saving. I love you! I’m here for you! Now form a relationship with me pray always and start commanding your days and remember you are a king and a priest. Only if my children know the good things that I have in store them. P.S You have a awesome future!!!

  2. 'Madison' - November 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Tiara,
    Yes, it sounds you are being given a test. Keep your head high. Pray. Read the bible. I know God has a plan for you. One you may not understand. He made you homeless to build you stronger for your next mission cause you did this one so well. Now you need to get strength. Of course, this is my opinion. One day in the near future, this will be over. Your going to be fine. You’ll see.
    God Bless you. God loves you soooooo much. He is keeping you safe.

  3. Gerry - November 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

    This is an excellent article and I have benefited from it. I am either in these tests or have come through these tests or going into another of these tests. I can actually see the dross falling from the gold I am being forged into. I am becoming the man that God created me to be!

    It has been very painful and I have been very angry at times about it, but nevertheless God reins supreme over me. This has been very hard to live with, however much easier than from the beginning of my journey!

    It is very interesting how well God knows me…better than I know myself! I am a broken man and as such becoming completely restored.

    Thank you Lord!

  4. felix - November 24, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Great article I have been out of work for 2years and some months am 40 next year not married yet, my finances is messed my mortgaged not payed for many months, I have prayed praised and danced before God its as if God is not hearing or He doesn’t care. But He makes sure I don’t lack necessities, I have lost hope several times and regained it back. My christian life has become up and down, believe me sometimes I question Gods existence but I always come back repented. Please somebody should help me with an answer when will all this end, I am tempted to give up, sell the house and plot my own path very tempting but I know if God does not okay d plan its more trouble please help me with an answer. Deacon felix

  5. sean - December 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    This article was fantastic. God has definitely challenged me with similar tests as these.. It’s so hard to be obedient sometimes I’ve been learning obedience to what He tells us to do is so important and that we don’t need to be afraid of following Him because He is good. Obedience to His Word and His leading in our lives is crucial.

    I just prayed for each of you previous posters and pray these verses bless you:

    5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

  6. Emmanuel Kayode Owolabi - December 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

    What a great article this is. I am also going through a time of test in my life right now but the grace of God and His assurance in various scripture verse that He is always with me and will never leave nor forsake me has been a comfort and soothing to my soul. I cherish every word of this article and pray that the Lord will hold me with His victorious right hand of righteousness so i won’t fail Him or let Him down even at this crucial period of my life. This is also my prayer for everyone undergoing any kind of test or trial. As for Tiara and Felix, i urge u both to hold strongly on Him and keep your faith and trust in Him no matter what. Tiara please learn to forgive your grandmother and any other persons that might have or may still hurt you. Note that God might be teaching you a lesson on forbearance and forgiveness so He might launch you into the fulness He has for you. Do not worry, everything will be alright and He’ll provide for all your needs, shelter inclusive. He cares for you. Felix, please keep on holding on and never make any rash decision. It might appear that God is silent and that He has forgotten about you but that’s not true. Remember that was how it seems to Job when he was being tried until God spoke, and and blessed his later end. He knows your case and will make things beautiful for you in His own time. Be Blessed.

  7. Rev. Benson - January 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    In all these test may we in the training camp of God remember always the when certain breakthroughs seems to be delayed we must not blame it on God but on our total obedience to his will and sensitivity to what he says to us. He doesn’t hide things from us. He hides them for us waiting for our graduation from his camp however passing all these test is not a guarantee that it may not repeat itself again in the near future cos concerning the temptation of Jesus Christ the Bible says that the devil left Jesus for a season meaning that he had other strategies for the same temptation. His temptation is one but his strategies are multifaceted. The devil still came back to Christ while he was already nailed to the cross. Even in the height of our success in ministry we should be careful how we toil with our obedience to God. Every wise king is more cautious in the time of celebration than ever in his life. For when men slept the enemy came in by night to sow seeds of tares etc. May God grant us grace to prove our love for him.

  8. lynne - February 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    i feel im being tested and trained at the moment… i have been a born again christian for a year. i found out a guy i was seeing for 2 yrs was secretly married and i had so much evil come my way. i received warnings from god to get rid of him. also i had a witch who moved in next door and because i was severely sinning this gave her the legal right to send evil into my house; i have learnt to use spiritual warfare with this website and of course i couldnt do this without gods help…

  9. Roshan - February 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    As this website have been a blessing to me and my wife, so much to learn and so much to know. I thank you for this article, I will ask the blessed Holy Spirit to help me to pass every test that God the Father puts me in.
    Thank you very much
    Love you

  10. ij - February 29, 2012 at 6:55 am

    i think I’ve been going through a series of test since last year and truth be told I’m tired, i am afraid that i will never be able to be happy because i will always think my happiness will be short lived as it seems like as i am coming out of one trial another is waiting for me, its exhausting honestly and if i allow myself to think hard enough i know God has a hand in it ,i know he is around, i know it within me but the human part of me wants to cry all day and ask WHY ME, why do i always have to be tested to get the things i want , why must there be a trial before my happiness, WHY MUST YOU TEST ME LORD ALL THE TIME!!
    sometimes i just don’t understand at all why it should be easy for some and hard for others, why do some people struggle and other just get their heart’s desires with little effort.

  11. Frank - March 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    @ij

    First let me tell you, you are not alone in this. Yes God is with you in all things but I mean you are not alone in feeling like this. I myself feel the same, I ask all of the time why is this happening. I know how it feels to have no prayer left in you and to feel you are the only one that is going through this as everyone else seems to be doing fine. Trust me I know because I feel the same way, even though I know God has never forsaken me.

    Even the strongest fighter gets tired and loses faith sometimes. We all desperately want to be the one that can say, I will praise You in all things Lord. From the loss of loved ones before their time, loss of jobs and homes we have all worn the same shoes just different degrees of it. We never will know why it happens like this.

    I do know God never seems to work in the forefront always in the background. I want to challenge you with something. Look back at all the trials you have been through and I want you to look to see how and what God did to get your through it. Look for His finger prints, some may be obvious others not so obvious.

    I will leave you with this.

    James 1:12
    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

    Matthew 6
    25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb?

    28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

  12. Joshua - May 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Amen, Amen Amen This study was a great Blessing to me. This helps me to understand the questions that I have had for the past several years.
    Thanks

  13. Nancy - March 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hmmm! Dont knw where to start from but its a great relieve to read this article i have gone through so much lately that some times i doubt if God was impartial. M 32 married for 4yrs no child financially down every i n my spouse try doesnt go right. As a new believer my husband dont pray or go to church again he hates to hear me pray cos after prayer things get worst just as i was abt giving up i stumbled on this great article now m encourage n will keep prayin n believin pls some 1 pray for me. Any advice is welcome

  14. Moitrifecta - March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    When you are going through difficulty and you’re wondering where God is, Remember the teacher is always quiet during the test.

    Hold Fast, Stand Strong, Stand on the WORD OF GOD.

    You have already overcome it, Be strong and Couragious and wait on the LORD. For he is not a man that he should lie, and he’s word never comes back void.

    He’s placed he’s hand upon you, he see’s you.

    I myself Im going through a trial but i can see what God is doing, though it may be hard holding Fast until you pass.

  15. John Tracey - March 15, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Question: After pentecost is there any example in the Bible of God testing Christians. I would be grateful if you have any.

  16. Chris - March 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Hi John, sorry for the late reply. Here are a few verses in the NT that show God will test us and you only have to look at many of the trials Paul went through to realize some of those had to have been a test.

    “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ … receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6,9)

    “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy … Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter … therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:12,16,19)

    “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2)

    “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3)

  17. Trease E - May 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    This article showed me not to be scared of faith and always believe in god test for that I will not failed his test I want to be in his eyes and I want that plan he has for me

  18. iwuanyanwu alexandra - March 12, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Please what is the difference between test and trail

    • Chris - March 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Hi iwuanyanwu alexandra, many times are test is the trial itself.

  19. John - March 31, 2014 at 5:29 am

    To all those who have been suffering for so long, only God knows what the
    problem the problem is, but I can tell you what mine was, God had been
    telling me in my heart why things were not getting better, so every time
    I was disappointed I was remind of this sin in my life, now all that is gone
    and I have no guilt anymore, all I’m saying is sincerely search your heart,
    God could be trying to remove something.

  20. Shannon Powell - October 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    This article really answered a lot of questions for me and I really appreciate the full description of each test. I wondered what would happen if you didn’t pass the tests…would you go through it again? My experience has been if i didn’t get it right first time I would receive the same test with a different person and situation. But i thank God for loving me so much with unconditional love to allow to get a second, third, or fourth chance to get it right in my heart so I can reach my destiny. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
    Phil 4:13

  21. bt - March 3, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I am planning to give up a high paying stress-free job to pursue what I felt was God’s purpose for my life. Growing up poor, its not easy to make this decision. I thought God would honor my obedience. I was given challenges instead. And i am watching non-believers being rewarded instead. Honestly, I am very tired. I began to ask if God is insecured about my faith? All the sacrifices i made was pointless? Or maybe he is trying to tell me i hear wrongly? I got it wrong all along? The non-believer seemed to have an easier time. No trials, no sacrifices, no wills. Just cruising. And me? I dont know how many more trials theres going to be. I am tired.

  22. Edwin - March 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Let me say that from what I have read here it can be through revelation and dedicated life of scripture searching that one can come up with material like this,am also a bible teacher from Kenya,and I know what it takes nowadays to have a teachings like this,am greatly blessed and I look forward to reading much from this website,God bless you

  23. geraldine o - June 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

    God is never early but never late. He is faithful and always desires to meet our needs. However most times we do things our way and do not listen. He said in Isaiah 55 vs 1-3 listen to me and live. Do not lean on your understanding of handling problems. Job noted that God speaks all the time but we do not perceive it. In psalm 32 vs 8 He promised to instruct, counsel and show us which way to go.Involve others in praying for you for there is power in agreement.

  24. omel - August 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    After 4 years this web site is still having an effect on lives..I do admire the raw honesty of these brave people… It shows god is still holding them in his powerful arms..he’s worthy to be praise… I’m pending spinal surgery for the second time..this time around is supposedly more challenging… I’m trusting god to direct the surgeons’ hands…. Thanks for your insights of faith in a trying time…god bless to all.

  25. ij - September 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

    when i read my post of 2012 and i see where i am today , i have the confidence to tell anyone who has ears or anyone who is reading this right now, God is on the throne,He will never and will never ever forsake you, just let go of anything that you think you have control of , just surrender everything to God.
    After 2012 i hit rock bottom, i mean every part of my life was in chaos , it got to a point i realised that only God can help me now and i LET GO, i mean i was living everyday not knowing what was going to happen to me .
    Take stock of your life, tell yourself the truth, abandon sin , you have done it your way all these years and where has it gotten you? not far , now hand over everything to him who created you and knows what he created you for, leave everything to him who knows your future , leave everything to him who knows your tomorrow , leave everything to him who needs no introduction, the king of kings , the lord of lord, the alpha and omega , the architect of our lives , creator himself JESUS CHRIST .
    Trials and challenges, i have realised is the way God tries to get your attention , so now, answer him who is calling you to look inwards , just answer him.

    Let go of everything you are doing now that you can’t do in the open, give yourself to God, what areas of your life needs attention? take stock of your life basically , ask for forgiveness , mend bridges, start paying attention to little things, pray simple honest prayers, tell God your weakness and your struggles , ask him what he wants you to do, he will somehow reveal it to you .

    NEVER GIVE UP BECAUSE GOD IS ON THE THRONE,i would know , i have been there .
    By the time God i through with you believe me you will thank him for all the disappointments, challenges , refusals, rejections, trial you have ever been through.

    Not to worry there will be testimonies in your lives .

  26. Jasmine - September 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Wow! I just wanted truly thank you for these words that have been placed on this website for it has inspired me in a great way. I am furthering my walk with Christ as we speak and I’m growing more and more and more and I have been warned by more seasoned Christians that I will be tried by the enemy because he is not in favor of my more intense walk that I have with the Lord so I just thank you for this warning in advance that I am being tested and that it’s not any type of punishment coming from God

  27. Carlos - October 29, 2015 at 10:44 am

    great article

    One point I do disagree with is the comment about losing “the call” should you fail the test.

    I believe what Paul wrote about in Romans 11:29 bares this out properly.

    “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance”.

  28. anne - November 5, 2015 at 3:58 am

    hey, this article is soo true..have walked with God trusted and obeyed all the way..at yhe verge of breakthrough i had an argument and settled for less…my question is what do you do after that? i was waiting for a good job but i settled for less..cant even support my needs..

  29. Queen - December 17, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Great article! Wonderful, I also do not agree with “loosing your call” but I do agree that we can do something so bad that we might not get our position back i.e. TV ministry! But I pray to the God almighty for us to pass our tests and for us to not fall into temptation as it’s so hard! I believe that sometimes God’s mercy is so powerful that even if we commit the worst sin that He can turn it around for us! Take Peter for instance, he denied Christ 3 times and that as a terrible sin but then in the book of Acts he was preaching with power and FULL of the Holy Ghost. The test that we probably have to also test is not giving up on believing that God can restore our lives even if we do fall into temptation! We are hopeless without him so we just need to depend on him whether we are perfect or completely sinful! We need to surrender our beginning and end to him and ask Him to complete the good work that He started in us. He that created us is faithful to take us from glory to glory and victory to victory.

  30. Will - March 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Good reading but I totally disagree with the whole… ‘God doesn’t know how you will perform so you could mess up your destiny’…

    None of the outcomes of our tests will be a surprise to God… He isn’t subject to time so nothing is new to Him… if God has called you out and you have answered it is because God knew you at the beginning and loved you simply for who you are… and He has planned it so that ‘trials’ are not really trials in His eyes but rather gently leading you to your destiny as He has already done successfully in His own mind… (remember He does;t have to wait to see how you will do’).

    What I’m saying is that Christians need only wait and have faith… the whole point is He will do what YOU can’t and that’s how you know it’s Him!

    It’s not that you sit around waiting for God’s destiny for you to show up… but never loose heart when being tested and trialed… you have already passed, that’s why God speaks to you and test’s you… the process is about preparing you for an eternity with the Lord… which is guaranteed the moment you are submerged in the Holy Spirit… it’s not possible to ‘loose’ or downgrade your destiny with the Lord… you’re in His hands now… it can be tough… but it will NEVER be a failure… because God works all things for good and know’s He’s gonna get you there!

    Just enjoy walking with Him, Daddy got you covered in the Blood of the Lamb…

    Praise the Glorious name of Jesus!

    • Lucy - May 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Well said ! God bless you – God is good

  31. Ralph Webb - April 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Yes you can lose your calling !!!!! ( for even through he sought it with tears ‘ He lost his birth right ) google it —- um reading this and — this scripture comes too mind —–

  32. Esther - May 27, 2016 at 7:11 am

    So true and encouraging. God gave me a beautiful promise and as I was waiting to see i manifest, I entered a very stressful obedience test. This article has been an eye opener and I have become very cautious not to flunk the test and lose my destiny in God. Thank you very much.

  33. Charlotte Watkins - August 3, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    James 1:2-4 ESV

    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  34. Romeo M'bwabwa - November 9, 2016 at 8:21 am

    My name is Romeo I thank God almighty for make my faith stronger through this blog I was unemployed for a while I didn’t have money to support my self but after I read your article I felt that I need God to led me through so I broke in tears and prayed to God that I want him to led me I believe that all things are possible with him. The following today I receive 2 email and 1 phone call from different company’s to come and do interviews I broke in tears and start praising God for the miracle he did in my life. Christian Jesus is the last solution to your all problems if only you have faith in him. Believe in God he will do great miracles in your life.

  35. Monica - November 25, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I am going through challenges, I don’t sleep properly,I am a single parent,my parents are pensioners they can’t really assist me financially,I am getting evicted from where we r staying,I apply for jobs to no response,ppl are prospering everyday in front of me, sometimes I just don’t know what I have done in this world,which sin have I committed that God cannot forgive me,I am now drained,I am really tired of begging and men taking advantage of me because of my lacking,I never struggled with a job before,I was never married but at least I worked to put a roof over my child’s head and feed him and he goes to school like other children,please pray for me family,I am a prayerful person,but sometimes I just stare at my bible not knowing what to do, I pray for the Lord s grace or to send an angel to rescure us while we wait for the promised land

  36. Re - January 25, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    This is a wonderful and thought provoking message to the soul. I am blessed by the heart that put this article together. I did an introspective view of my own character and I know that I am weak and susceptible to sinning and failing God’s test. Only by His grace can I make it.

    As I read about God testing in the article, I wondered what I would do when it is my term because I am rebuked each time I review the Ten Commandments and realized what a sinner I really am. I am learning to seek God in being more prayerful, forgiving and attentive so as to hear when He is speaking to me and obey Him considering how it is so easy to result to what is natural to me.

    I’m aware that I am a SINNER, but I am repenting each day and asking for forgiveness. I realize that while forgiveness is easy for God, as it is one of His attributes. Forgiveness in itself is verydifficult, especially if it is done in one’s own strength.

    My hope is to pray in the spirit as is required of us. I am learning to be both more thankful and thoughtful in my prayers so they’re more in alignment with God.
    I recently watched the “Attributes of God” by Rev. Steven Lawson- (absolutely, profoundly powerful)! I mean, I was touched! It is also found on YouTube. I think everyone should watch it.
    It made me see God in ways I’ve never imagined or viewed Him in before, which have now affected my prayers. I thank God for the experience. I am spiritually unstable, weak and broken. I need to be reminded of how great God truly is to keep walking on my beam of faith.

    God bless you and May He be praised.

  37. Rico - January 26, 2017 at 9:02 am

    This is the greatest article that empowers me to look at the big picture and realize that know matter what is allowed in my life, God has a strategic plan of knowing whats best for me. The four examples are encouraging and has a profound impact of how God works it all out for our good. This has opened my eyes up to the truth of his power and STRENGTH. Even tho the hardest part is going through the storms of life that challenges us to think with the mind of CHRIST, i still must pass this major test and all four has been coming down my street recently. Confirmation information for all nations!!! The awesome thing that stands out to me is that i find these truths to be accurate according to what im facing in 2017. Lost my job, a home, and my wife and FAMILY. Car was sold and im down to pennies and hope but God is a rewarder of those who delingently seek him. More prayer and less worrying from now on. Thanks!!!!

  38. Daiva - April 15, 2017 at 10:26 am

    God tested me and I failed and lost my salvation. Was reborn at my 33s, Christ age with huge and special blessings. Understood that there is something special but failed to realize how serious all was. Experienced incredible attacks by satan then. After three years He called me suddenly in mysterious way to be a nun, to serve Him and poor. Did not realise that He’s calling me (all happened in three weeks period), though that it is me who wants to serve Him. Was full of pride, satan was working on me, I took my eyes from God and satan and put them on me. Experienced huge blessings, love Jesus from all my heart and at the same time hardened my heart. Had many dreams starting twenty years ago and God spoke with me in other ways, but never in three years i even had a mind that He could call me to be a nun. I did everything in my way, not exactly according to the instruction given to me in dreams, etc. So on 26 January I failed test. Only that day i realised that perhaps it is His will not mine because I am thinking about that. Looked for information about monasteries and nuns life and suddenly mind came that I dont want and that God push me into this situation. Suddenly felt terrible anxiety in plexus, understood that something terrible happened. Holy Spirit left me. Was changed totally in Spirit by then and now, after two months nothing is left, I am totally empty and walking in darkness. Nothing helps. God reveiled me that I refused His Will for me, that He had huge plans for me and unpardonable sin was committed. How terrible all this, only those who experienced that can understand. Always think God will, you never know maybe it is you who is chosen by God.

  39. Mamus - May 20, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Wow this article is for me, I had encourt with Jesus twice, d LST one he visited me was April 28th 2016 last year. He gave me the great commission that he has given medpower to heal d sick raise d dead preach d gospel Baptist them and that i should not be afraid that he is with me now and forever. Matthew 28:18. And he promised me something in my marriage that it will happen this ur. Up till now have not seen d promise and am still eating and believing him but something I get confused. He immediately he told me I started preaching d gospel for some month and stop. Some I will go for evangelism some I will not go. Till this year 2017 am not consistence have been battling with it telling God to give me back that passion for the lost souls. This article has made me know that God is testing me. Am so scared and God is distubbing me everyday i cant pray, and i cant study my bible am struggling.I need help.

  40. Name* - June 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    James 1:13 nlt
     “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.”

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