God Will Test You Right Before Your Breakthrough

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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.

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.


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.


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  1. This articles has not only blessed me but it has also helped me to discover the areas I have been going wrong and now I promise to change.Thank you so much.

  2. Its absolutely no doubt in my mind that i have been tested constantly and continue to be! Weird [or weird to me] situations, people both friend and family who always have been near and dear suddenly become just the opposite,like strangers near bout, some downright hateful, Indeed im a believer in God always have and will be, I do make an effort to treat folks descent and be a descent person, tho i promise you im far from perfect! not even close! i have and do to a point read scripture and maybe even quote a few, but not tha kind who can pop of exact scripture word for word, But the Bible teaches us that in the near end brother will become against brother, compassion for humanity will be replaced by lover of money and material things, even gloating of their riches, strange happenings will become common etc. Are we at the eve of this? Just the mentioning of this to persons even closest to me brought ridicule, slurs, arrogant comments etc. So why all of a sudden do such things ”touch a nerve”?

    • My brother, I am going through a similar situation. God tests us. Think about anything that will be of use in this life, from a product you buy off the shelf to a car, everything is tested before it is put to use. It seems crazy, like everything is twilight zone-ish. But I know God’s Word is greater than anything in life, I proved its incredible power in another season of my life, so nothing, I mean nothing can undo this confidence in Gods Word. God’s Word is God, so if you only have this, no one standing with you, including family, all may have abandoned you, but God’s Word, I promise you, will be standing when the hurricane/ Tsunami/ fiery furnace/ earthquake, of a storm subsides. God bless you brother. I am encouraging myself also.

  3. This article is truly a blessing to me! The Holy Spirit has told me my calling but that I have to pass this test first. I was trying so hard to get out of it because I knew God had the power to settle it for me. This gave me the conviction, and understanding that I need to do the test. Thank you and God bless your ministry!

  4. God does not test us though evil cause trouble but God always protect us and keep us away from harm especially in our time where we are under the covenant grace through the death of Jesus on the cross.
    The shepherd take care if His flock and we are sheep of God.
    Let us have peace in God that He is God of blessing w/o trials. And if anyone who is in trial, shall and ask for God’s rescue because our God is faithful to grant our request. Count your trials as joy. And to those who are in good life then rejoice and thank God.

  5. I am a longtime Christian, musician for God, etc. Most things I’ve done in my life, I’ve been good at (sports, music, making friends, etc) but I could rarely finish well. Never really won any state or major team Championships in sports, never had that real breakthrough in music (don’t get me wrong, I’ve had many successes in these things) Big events in my life have been disasters (ie my wedding) My marriage has been a roller coaster, and now, I suffer from gout and arthritis…keeps me from doing everyday things I love. Lost houses, cars, etc. I started to hate being a Christian because I couldn’t understand why God even used this whole system of “Love” and “The Cross”. Why did Lucifer even have an opportunity for iniquity? Why do we have to keep saying God is good when he is SLOW and more prone to allow calamity and suffering than to bless? Why is His word so contradictive..but we can’t say that? Why is EVERYTHING like a game or a mystery? Why is God like this? We didn’t ask to be born to suffer? But he’s not causing the suffering? It’s all worn me out. I wish He would tell us what to do with no metaphors or mystery treasure hunts, but it’s not His nature. But He’s good and we have to keep believing that. Arrrghhhhhhh! I want to go to Heaven so I’ll just believe. Sorry for the vent, I usually don’t do that.

    • William, I recommend you investigate further the topic of “free will” to better understand it is not God who tests us, but rather the devil. If God continously intervened in Man’s decisions we longer would have free will…which is freedom to do good or bad. God let’s both happen because he must. Many biblical scholars do not fully understand or properly explain this important concept. For example, they use the passage from the bible that “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart” to support the claim God controls others for various reasons. The Pharaoh did not have free will could be their argument. But this phrase is misinterpreted. It is like saying a child’s Mother hardened his heart when she didn’t help with his homework. She didn’t actually harden the child’s heart, it was the action of not helping that caused the child to get impatient and have a hardened heart. What the child didn’t know is he learned more as a result of his Mother’s decision. God has not caused the suffering in your life, but I will bet he has always been there if you needed him…if you asked for strength. God Bless you…Dr. Dan

    • William, i totally agree with you….i have felt the same for many years almost word for word. don’t apologize, i think of lot of the frustration comes from churches telling us how easy and wonderful it all is. but the walk is often harsh, hard and full of anguish. i don’t know if you will see this, but i hope things are better for you now.

    • believe and be obedient, Gods time and our time are not the same be patient, I’m not patient myself I have just opt to be patient. psalm 23.

    • My mother just died and she endured 50 years of hell and torment. She was a faithful tither of her time and money, even tho she had to eat from the food bank. Her children and grand great grandchildren were such a burden and she would help with advice and lots of pray. she passed all the tests. I just watched TD jakes and he was saying if we are put in a situation of trial and tribulation, God will pay back with blessings overflowing While we can enjoy on earth, not just in heaven. But she died living in a shack with not a dime to her name. The financial and drug addicted kids trial has been placed on me now and it’s at least one bad thing after another. I’m a faithful believer and 55 and sickly. Why does God want to push you and push you to the brink of suicide and never seen a blessing

      • Janice, I am sorry for your mothers hard life, and yours also. I get it. Think of something if you will with me. Think of a loving father, who has great blessings for his child. The child has inherited an addiction for a drug addicted parent, ( us inheriting sin from a fallen world), the child has withdrawals, none of his own doing, he has behavior al problems, for the sin of his mother, the father encourages the child, and guides the child has he has severe challenges in life, He does not understand why this is…my point is that we inherited a broken world, devastated by sin. God, from a standpoint of eternity allows suffering, like he did, His own son, Jesus, despised the shame of the cross, but for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross. A story of a mother who has a 10 year old son who had a terminal disease, she prayed for God to heal her son, God said no, but she prayed so fervently that God finally gave her her hearts desire, the boy grew up and at the age of 42 committed murder, his mother lived long enough to see her son hung as a criminal for murder, God in His mercy would have allowed the child to die early and make it into eternal bliss forever. He understands what we do not. My life has been a great struggle, but I look at the truth that for all eternity I will never experience pain again, struggle, hardship, sorrow. Be encouraged, God knows, and will not allow you to suffer more than you are able to bear.

  6. As the character Forrest Gump, from the book and movie of the same name, said, “Life is like a box of Chocolates”. You never know how it is going to turn out. In western societies where there are health services, plenty of food and social welfare programs, when life turns out difficult there is some degree of help and support. In times past and in non-western societies today, life tends to be a lot harder when things go bad. Modern Western Christians often believe that God will protect them and bless them in terms of family, finances, health and career. This mindset is not supported by history; life was a lot harder and more difficult in the past than it is now. Hardship, suffering and short life spans were widespread. Even in today’s modern western societies there will always be some portion of the population that will go through life-long hardships (people with chronic illnesses for example). Does this mean these people have failed God’s test and missed their destiny. Of course not. That kind of belief system is trivial and simplistic. In modern western societies life is much easier than it was in times past. Christians of former times realized that difficulties and suffering is normal. You have to continue to live a Godly life even though life is difficult. The decisions you make must be based on Christian morals and values. Your actions must be based on love and mercy. If you do these things does it mean God will “bless” you by giving you good health and prosperity. No it does not. Many good and godly people have had very difficult lives. If you live by God’s guidance and show love and mercy to others then he will reward when you meet him after death. If you don’t believe me evaluate the lives of Godly people you know. How much suffering and hardship can you see? Have these people been spared from hardships because they are Godly. No, Godly people suffer similar hardships as the ungodly. Hardship can be totally random, irrespective of your belief system. The difference is that a Godly man or woman should continue to live by godly moral values through hardships, even if they are life-long hardships. Be real!

    • This is an answer to a professy that the lord spoke over my life

    • i got life-long hardships is more than 10 years. i really can’t understood why god will reward who gone through his test and his plan. is a really a big missionary to me in this earth. i can’t imagined god love and mercy to His own childrens living in earth. how about the non believer still haven’t accept Lord? God should make a smooth way living to his children. i think all true believers Christian here are waiting Lord Jesus risen up again so we don’t have to suffer any more.

  7. Thank God for this article.
    I believe i have God calling in my life at the age of 40 . I am seeking for Him and am hungry for Him. I have engaged myself at a church going for pray meeting ,profitical teaching ,healing on street prayers and reading bible at home. My husband doesn’t stop me from doing what I do but one day he said he doesn’t get time to spend with me like how he use to do. I said to my husband you had me for 21 years all to ur self now it’s time to share me with God . He said he may lose his patients with me and he asked me am I willing to give up our teenager children and him . I said I will have to walk on His calling for my life. I will have to pray and ask God what to do .My husband said it is written in the Bible He is a jealous God.
    Thank you this article has help me understand.

    • Hello hazel. How are you doing? Hope you are doing fine with your family.
      I went through your story and I have a little piece of word for you if you do not mind.

      THE first thing you should know is that the first and number one ministry or calling in a man’s or woman’s life is his or her family. I u understand your point of wanting to serve God, it the truth is that God has a way of functioning, and one of the ways He function is that He commits basic and little tasks on our hands at first. Your family is the number one ministry He commits into your life at first. There is no way you will serve God and you will disregard your husband. It does not work that way. Even if your spouse is an unbeliever, you can never disregard him.

      All of these are written in the bible, please do read and meditate on the books of TITUS, TIMOTHY, you will find answers there. Thank you

  8. I am passing through a faith test for the past one month plus.It is not easy I must confess.I have decided to fast so that God can increase my faith in him.I am doing a three day fast.The test is not easy and has been hard but I feel as I am growing and getting better in faith.Pray for me guys to our heavenly Father so that he increases my faith in him.I need prayers on this please.God bless you all through Christ our Savior Amen.

    • I have been hit hard with faith and belief test and it’s hard I’m going to keep trying to pass with flying colors prayers would be appreciated thank you God bless

      • Are you the daughter of the late pastor Lester Burton? My prayers are with you regardless. May God Almighty give you faith, strength and courage to pass the tests in your life.

    • The effort will be all YOURS and the pleasure all HIS. Trust me in that. My service to God is not my own. Christ had slaves, they convinced themselves it was their will. Consider this, Judas Iscariot didn’t betray Christ on his own. It was so the SCRIPTURES could be fulfilled. YET, what did Christ himself say about the fate of the one who was to betray him? Short version, better had he not been born. He hardened Pharaohs heart, tested poor Job and empowered and provoked Harrod. Oh yeah, I don’t think he goofed when he put the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden. Like he didn’t know that would happen. Do you see a pattern forming here? Like maybe he manipulates the outcome of all scenarios AND even creates them including but not limited to my defiance and even contempt if you wanna call it that. I am nothing more than God made me and nothing less. Neither are you. If he tests you, perhaps it is because he has doubts about himself.
      A person can convince themselves of ANYTHING, if they are afraid enough. Lies are bad, but the worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves, and actually believe. Just remember, LOVE is perhaps the most abuse word in our vocabulary. If I didn’t have faith the size of the planet Jupiter, let alone an insignificant mustard seed, I wouldn’t give an audience to such Godly talk. That is why I am so angry, yet honestly, is my anger my own? Ponder on that for a while. Want the tests to stop though? Try to deliberately FAIL them. Usually my conscience won’t let me, but it depends on whether or not someone depends on me.

  9. I failed the tests that were put before me. As a result I am separated and soon to be divorced. Although there was no infidelity I failed to love my wife properly. For the past 6 months I have beat myself up about it. I have analyzed the situation over and over again. It wasn’t until I read this that I really began to understand what I really did wrong. And while I feel a great sense of loss, I am excited by the opportunity to one day be strong enough to pass these tests and hopefully please God.

    • Hold on to Him Sean. Remember King David, yes he flunked the test badly. He even murdered his loyal soldier and took his wife. He knew later that though his Kingdom will be torn apart, he will always remember God’s mercy. Prophet Nathan told him: ‘Your sins are forgiven’ when David repented on the spot. Some relationships can be salvaged, some cannot. Fact is we are all moving on in life, in health and in age. We cant look back to regret our actions and sins. Go forward and do not look back as Apostle Paul says.
      We can’t tell the future. We are all born into sin. Not your fault but sin no more.

    • What if the divorce is a part of the test? Just a thought…! This may be too late for you, as you posted this months ago, but did you know that God can restore marriages even after divorce? I’ve seen Him do it! Many times. Beautiful miracles.

      • Not to be the devils advocate but, after my husband of 35 years passed away, I remarried. I did pray about this and truthfully believed that the Lord was not sending me any stop signs. 4/12 years into the marriage, for no apparent reason other than we would have the worst fights ( once I stopped crying and started fighting back ). I moved to Miami to live with my daughter as I gave up everything, sold my home etc etc. when we first married and put all of the funds into his home on the Gulf of Mexico, which, I naturally believed would be my home. I could have made him sell it when he started the divorce proceeding but I felt the Lord telling me not to so I didn’t and moved to Miami with nothing. A few months later, he got sick and needed surgery. I went back up to his home to take care of him during this time. Long story short, after a few years, he asked me to marry him again and I did. I don’t think that I did this out of love as much as fear and the need for a home and security and I also believe that he asked me to marry him again for the need of someone to be there for him to take care of his needs and financially. A few years later I realized that I was not hearing God’s Voice anymore nor any direction from Him. I prayed and cried about this for years but things are still the same. I hardly ever read my bible anymore because I never hear from Him. I started thinking a few months back…What a dope I was!! Now I am wondering if the Lord did not release me from that marriage and I didn’t see it and went back consequently messing up my future blessings. I am 72 years old and I’m my husbands caretaker. The thought that maybe I was back with him so he would be saved is not as strong with me anymore. He really doesn’t want to hear anything having to do with God or the Bible, not that the Lord couldn’t do a miracle. I feel like I blew my life, whatever the Lord had for me to do. I am not saying that this is the scenario in your situation but I just thought that I would put my 2 cents worth in. I am still very upset that at 72 years old, I can’t find the Lord in my life when back years ago, we had a wonderful relationship and I heard His Voice all the time and I was obedient when He told me to do something. I must have missed Him and now I am missing Him.

  10. people of God I really don’t know what to do. I’m a family man and in business. Things are not working, disappointment, last minute failure resulting to poverty and debts. feeding and providing for my children is a migrant headache. I’ve been summoned to vacate from the house we’re staying in. The thing is, I understand that times of tests are there and God’s promises are real. My challenge is what must I do when I can’t even feed my family, whatever plan I try is failing. Nobody is ever willing to pop up money to help me furthermore , I’m in a tight spot.Then I’m frightened after reading about the four tests cos it’s only today that I went to play lottery reluctantly. Eishhh!! I regret for my actions and only pray that I don’t get demoted or delayed to my breakthrough. PLEASE FORGIVE ME LORD FOR LISTENING TO PRESSURE AND FAILING TO TRUST YOU. Please pray for me brethren during this testing time. The

    • Don’t lose hope. Keep praying. God is not a liar and He will provide a way for your children to eat. He will. Pray with them and ask God what you need. When my husband wasn’t working and I was the only one working and paying bills. One week, after I paid all the bills, we were running out of food. I prayed and said God I know you will provide, I won’t worry. The next day I went out to my car to go to work (I worked 3-11 at the time) and saw a note under my car wiper saying there will be a food drive tomorrow at 11am to 1pm at the church right next to us! We lived next to a Presbyterian church. God provided my husband, and I with sweet potatoes, corn, and something else, I forgot but we had food that lasted till I got paid again! He provided just like HE promised in the word. Sometimes we feel tempted to do it on our own when trails come, but wait for the Lord, and that’s what I’m learning to do. I pray a church will be lead to help you and your family.

    • Just wanted to encourage you and others going through those tough phases of trials. God is faithful and he will never lie. In every challenge, trust him and he will prove to be strong. I had been struggling with businesses that I started til we invited God into our businesses..then everything crushed! Faith, love, patience challenges through hunger, auctions and evictions have not been easy, but I learnt to trust him. We are not yet there, but I can already sense his hand moving things and soon a fuller testimony will be ready. Be of good courage during those trials brothers and sisters

  11. 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.”

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    • Dear Daiva,
      The unpardonable sin is resisting blaspheming the Holy Spirit and refusing His call of salvation and this you have not committed. You are struggling with a religious Spirit that is not of God. God is a God of second chances as long as we are alive. After asking for His forgiveness He forgives and you should believe it and ask Him what to do next. The devil is oppressing you with guilt and that is not from God. He died to set us. Even David was forgiven after killing and so He can forgive anyone. He loves you and don’t let the enemy oppress you. I pray for you that you discover the real Jesus who is love and calls upon us to come to Him when we are heavy laden that He may give us rest. Mathew 11: 28

    • Dear Daiva,
      As another encouraged you, you didn’t commit the unpardonable sin.
      Get the book “Roman Catholicism” by Loraine Boettner and read it. You will discover that it wasn’t God calling you to be a nun. You will learn so much more about Catholicism. Much of what we were taught as young Catholics, does not line up with Gods Word. Gods Word is true and anything that deviates from His Word is false. After reading the book spend a lot of time in the Bible and God will make Himself plain to you, then the confusion/sadness/regret/darkness, etc will leave you. Those are feelings from the devil. God will replace those with love/peace/joy, etc. God rewards us when we diligently seek Him!!

  14. 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!!!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 —–

  21. 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!

    • Well said ! God bless you – God is good

    • Wonderfully said. I’m reminded of when Jesus fortells Peter’s denial in Luke 22:31-32. He knew Peter would fail and Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail and after he was converted to go and strengthen his brethren. I love that Jesus didn’t pray that Peter wouldn’t fail but that his faith wouldn’t fail.

    • Thank you brother and God bless you. I read this article and was crying and praying while feeling ashamed of failing the test and most possibly losing my calling. Feeling absolutely terrible. I really needed comfort and compassion. May the Lord bless you for what you have said.

  22. 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.

  23. 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..

  24. 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”.

  25. 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

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