Take the Test

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work.” -James 1:2-4

No one wants to be tested. They take us out of our comfort zone. Yet, it is one of the greatest tools that God uses to take you from glory to glory. The goal of God’s testing is to draw you closer, make you stronger and draw out the dreams and gifts He planted in you. 

“For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver…we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” -Psalm 66:10,12

No one enjoys trials. For most of us it hurts but if you dare to persevere the end result of your trial and testing is this…Abundance!

Testing took Noah from World Destruction to the Ark to a New World.

It took Abraham from Childless to Father of a Great Multitude.

It took Joseph from Pit to Prison to the Right hand man in Pharaoh’s Empire.

David went from Shepherd Boy to Soldier to Fugitive to King!

Do you see how each test pushes you further and look at the end result.

If you’re in a season of testing don’t be shaken by where you are, focus on where this test is taking you.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised.” -James 1:12.

Endure, persevere…aim for your crown!

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Your Joseph Moments

IMG_0161Joseph was the beloved son of Jacob. His son by His true love Rachel, and He treated Joseph as such. He was set apart from his brothers even His robe, a gift from his father, was finely woven and made of many colors. He was hated by his brothers and one day betrayed by them and sold into slavery for twenty shekels. Then he was sold again to an Egyptian captain named Potiphar. Scripture records for us that while Joseph lived as a slave in Potiphar’s house that the LORD was with Joseph and He prospered him.  Later Joseph was falsely accused and imprisoned. While in prison the Holy Spirit records, the LORD was with him and He gave him success in whatever he did. You know how the story ends; God took Joseph from Prisoner –to- Right-hand Man to Pharaoh. Through Joseph’s promotion both the Gentile nations and his brothers were saved from famine and death. Joseph’s life served as a snapshot of our Savior Jesus Christ. Read full story of Joseph.

I think we’ve all experienced a “Joseph moment” at one point in our lives. One minute your up and everything is going well and then something earth shattering happens and your down in the dirt. Like Joseph, God’s intent is always to take you to the next level, to lift you higher. From fruit -to more fruit -to much fruit. Jesus will always meet you where you are but don’t expect to stay there. Expect Him to take you from glory to glory.

Wherever you are in life, know that this is a part of the process it’s not the final outcome. Set your eyes on the outcome not the twist and turns in between. HE Who Promised Is Faithful. God told you that He has a plan for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you but to give you hope and a future. Just because you’re shipwrecked in a storm it doesn’t mean He’s changed His mind about you. See the bumpy roads and the shipwrecks as the tools that will sharpen you for the purpose that God created you for and the message He cultivated in you to impact this world and fulfill your destiny for Jesus Christ.

Just because you’re shipwrecked in a storm it doesn’t mean God’s plans for you have changed!