“…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” James 1:2-4, NLT.
Testing is no fun. Whether taking a math test, a driving test, or testing for jobs, they are just plain-old-not-fun. But what about when our Heavenly Father allows testing?
If there ever existed a man who was tested beyond extremes, that would be Job. Job lost everything: his health, his family, his flocks– everything. Yet he never wavered in his faith toward God. God allows us to go through testing to develop our character. He already knows the outcome. He knew that Job was going to keep the faith. Once Job successfully endured the test, he was blessed with double for his trouble (see Job 42:10). Can you imagine the level of faith Job possessed upon arriving to the other side? Seeing how God had stayed near, even when it felt as though He abandoned him, He tangibly saw the manifestation of God’s blessing.
James instructed us to consider it joy when testing comes our way because it gives our faith a chance to grow and deepens our trust. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, and His manifestation is shown to the world when we allow for Him to work through our seemingly impossible situations.
I know the test is not fun, trust me, sister. There have been tests I have passed with little sweat. In fact, they were mere quizzes. Then there were those I thought I would never pass. I spent those tests on my knees in tears pleading for God to give me the answers. And sister, there are tests I endure this very day, as so do you. We are in this together. Know that your heavenly Father sees your struggles, your fight, and He sees your faithfulness and He will reward you accordingly. There is nothing He will let your endure on your own. He is always beside you, lifting you when you can not stand on your own, and preparing the way before you. His way is always your best interest. He knows what lies ahead and what to equip you with to get there. Trust in His ways, His methods, and His timing. And my sweet sister, know that “after you have suffered a little while, He will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (see 1 Peter 5:10). To God be the glory!
Prayer: Father, I don’t understand all of Your ways, but I trust in You. Help me get through this test, Lord, so my faith in You can be strengthened. Give me the strength and endurance I need to run this race, Lord. I love you and I trust in You and You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Penned by: Gabrielle Elisco
37 thoughts on “Testing in Progress!”
Amen. This is so true. Lord give me your strength to endure. In Jesus name.
Tests are not fun, BUT I have found God is always faithful!! Praise and bless His holy name!! This devotional was so right for what I’ve been going through. Thank you for your encouraging words of faith.
God I ask that u will plz let me pas this test god I try my best god and I thank u for allowing me too god I know I have been through a lot but God I an strong and I ask that u keep me and me passing the seventh grade that way plz in Jesus name amen
I’m not thankful for the tests if I’m honest but I keep saying thanks anyway.
This devotion is help to my spirit. In church yesterday the sermon was about healing,prayer for others, and multiplying what God has given us. My supervisor is going through health issues and her faith in God to heal her has weakened. She ask me to pray for her and in the mist of us talking God spoke to me to tell her “this is just a test and He just wants you to believe that He is God and to have faith that you will be healed in Jesus name.” So after she left I prayed and this morning I wake up to read the devotion like any other morning and look it here! God is great and I love how he uses us in other people lives. I love the reason He put us on this earth and that’s to be a horizontal Jesus. I’m excited to get my day started and to overcome any challenges with the Holy Spirit guiding me!
God, to you be the glory in Jesus’ name, amen thank you Father I love you!
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Great job Gabrielle, God help us during moments of testing; it can be discouraging. I need God right now and I’m serious.
Father, I trust in You and You alone.
Thank You Father.
This is for me today,i came to point where i want to give up in my study
Thank you Father God for your trials and test. It is because of You, that as I go through life’s journey, I can rise up and meet the test. Knowing that my God is able, and in control of all things that concern me. To God be the glory for the things He has done!
Love u Jesus
Amen Lord keep on strength me daily I truly trusted your word this shall pass and I give all the glory to God in the midst of the storm and Jesus name Amen and Amen again
I can remember all those hard excruciating tests that I went through, sometimes I felt like its just best to give up, then I remembered Gods word that he had spoken to me concerning every situation. I cried most of my life asking God why and how come the wicked is enjoying life more than the righteous (at lest that’s the way it looked). I told God that no one is suppose to cry the way I did, then I remembered that he had told me that he had bottled all my tears and they are before him. God has brought me thus far by faith and I know that he will continue to take me further. I am trusting him for a home for my son and I and as we continue to look I know God will provide.
Amen sister,watch Him do it!Just keep your faith, Warrior.Your gonna look up one day and thus test will be no more,unless you don’t pass it.Be encouraged and believe God to provide, U remember just four months ago,I desperately needed a place to stay for me and my daughter, and for Tue life of me I couldn’t find one after searching high and low,I was so tired of searching and one day I was sitting at work this apt ad piped up on my phone and I immediately jumped up and called it!Went throught the process gave them my money pads the background check to find out my finances didn’t qualify because my love one decide she didn’t want to live with me and her income was a factor in getting this place.But God….He showed me favor and the Apts negotiated with the management company to drop the rent that my little income can qualify for my daughter and I.That was four months ago.I had to Learn to trust God to work and provide for my family. Watch!!He can and will do it for you. By faith its already done!!Be encourage warrior!God got you!Watch!!! In Jesus Name!!!
Bridget thank you gives me hope. Ii remember how this recent apartmentvfelll into place during a stressful time in my life and believing to keep it and find better. Just wrote 13 page letter tonight requesting an extension for an internal review get a second extenntion whole waiting for all specialist reports gather and faxed to odsp six waiting for seven surgeons two hospital stays re lung collapsed cunjeTve heart faire malnutruiob infection in blood jioints brain all internal organs. Not till June rheumatologists awaiting g rebooking GI doctor now eviction notice since cut off disability benefits . called laywe so excaustec relieved a bit of pressure my deadline mar 22 for internal review so letter done now work on ride to fax four letter to lawyer housing help fund applying to Ontario works now time to apply for income tax and coo disability .doors are opening. Need $84.000 for treatment of liver odsp to cover as I don’t gave that kind of money now they send me to GI something g else. Yes many tests . I am believing for all conditions to go full restoration savings bank account employment complete dliverabce fortune restored health and family I stand in faith need home a vehicle ministry bible college street ministry explosion in my churchlove iinfluence obedience I do my part I believe I am to become a painter writer life coach profit business entrapeneur I have a firm foundation.. Count it all joy. Dontvkniwvhiq I made it thus far I have a voice I’m learning to handle anger appropriately self control self defense I know who I am how I oporate . learning how God operates this is a life time of learning a still another lifetime if learning excited obiut gifting mantlesvhraling. Still working character to natch life calling and destiny I have still.much to look forward to hanging on in faith worship hanging in to God.so many uncertainties trusting I gave been tested like Job double for my trouble full restoration.planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor for such a time as this bless you all DOTK
Thanks for the encouraging words Bridget I needed to hear that. Amen
Everytime I think smooth sailing then it hits. I’m now understanding new levels new devils. Some test couple weeks days moments certain test simultaneously a few years and I am and was quite aware that I wasn’t getting it . now I’m starting g to the pay off well worth it so far I can now say its been an I credible journey but wanted to throw in the towel many times give up telling God either take me or heal me.pht my affairs in order. Become suicidal in andon all necessary to build my foundation and fix the crack in my foundation to be all all those hurts to change my thinking acting responding reacting listening speaking processing spraying interceding worshipping declaring decreeing proclaiming receiving releasing binding loosing strongholds deepening my capacity to carry love and Gods Glory removing threads of darkness increasing threads of life love light glory Jesus character and nature my capacity to learn and to trust learning my identity skills gifts abilities achievements failures etc we all have them is all inside us. Sometimes so exciting discovering who we are sometimes very painful then oullibf it out changing long standing behaviors mindsets beliefs doctrines my God so much letting goccleaning the slate preparing for more my capacity to hold more compassion glory love blessings learning what battles to fight through Christ what battles to let Go let God. Understanding strategies of the enemy becoming as wise as the enemy. Not like the enemy to dance the dance of intamaxy pure heart trust desires and motives next phase justice destiny firepower patience
This was the exact thing I struggled with yesterday even stating I know this is a test. I needed scripture to give me strength. This is not a coincidence, God knows. Oh how he does! Amen!!
Thank you for all you do Heavenly Father God. I love you God, I love you Jesus, I love you Holy Ghost.
It is so true, the only way to grow into Jesus is through tests. Sometimes it feels as if it is beyond our ability to overcome the obstacle and that it is lasting too long! O but the sweet victory when the trial is over and the wonderful peace of God covers you like a blanket and you know it was worth it all and you won’t want it any other way. A afterwards you can say, if I had to go through it again I would for the reward of the change and victory in your life! God’s ways surely aren’t our ways neither His thoughts ours!
This is an amazing ministry!! God has anointed everyone individually and united all at the same time. I look forward to these devotionals everyday as they are right on time, purely from the love of our Heavenly Father to the pen of the writers who are led from His Holy Spirit. Great job DOT.K!
When u think about this topic of Test, and Jesus the teacher, remember it as practice from school.. The teacher is Always quiet during the test. Then it’s reviewed. If you missed some questions or sections, you could be one of two things. 1: accept that you just barley got by or even had to repeat your year over again Or 2: don’t accept the barely getting by and come to the teacher to ask what you missed and how you could improve, in which case the teacher is more than willing to explain so you can understand and to help you pass if you had to ever take the test over or come across those questions and topics later on in life. Just ask Jesus, he is ready and willing to help us pass these testing times so we can move forward up the mountain.. Don’t settle for anything other. He wants us to progress, to move forward to other areas and not just round and round. “You have not because you ask not”.
Thank you Lord for the assurance that my weakness is made strong in you. I place all my hope in you as I am being tested for you are my God strong and mighty in battle who never fails. I am resting in you for you alone hold my tomorrow and I praise and thank you for loving me. Amen
Thank you God for this word I needed to hear from you today help me to stand the TEST I’ve been facing for quite some time, I know you are with me and know what I face and I know you are FAITHFUL to see me through. I Love You Father and I Thank You for seeing me through In Jesus Name Amen.
I really enjoyed this word from on high!God has spoken!!!In Jesus Name!!!
OUR FATHER. Thank you for this day. I love you with all my heart and soul. Please cover us with the BLOOD of JESUS. Lord give me glory to grow in my spirit trusting in you JESUS. Thank you JESUS. Tha so much for the word of GOD. BLESSING
let’s continue to keep our eyes fixed on Him not our situations. Lord ,help is to continue to be steadfast and strong so we dont stumble or lose hope. our trust faith and hope is in you Lord. Lead us not into temptation and deliver is from every evil. gelp is persevere in character that leads to hope giving glory to our Father which is in heaven. We invite the Holy Spirit to live in us showing love always and leading others to the truth. Christ is our savior deliverer and friend.
Glory glory to our Lord Jesus for love and forgiveness l place my tests in his precious hands I bow before him in my heart and my knees I humble my heart. I need you always l love you. Faith is what pleases you. So I thank you for what you are doing in my life in Jesus name amen
God thank you for not forsaking your mercy and truth and writing it in the table of my heart and binding it around my neck, so when I stand before You and man, I will find a good understanding of grace and mercy.
Amen. Thank You Lord and may I be strengthen by you and through You. I trust You Lord only. Give me grace to continue through this journey. I love You and Thank You.
😢Oh how this word is for me today. Over the last few years so many things and people that I thought would be forever are no longer, the most painful of which has been the loss of my mother two years ago in a few days. Through it all I have learned to trust in Jesus and to take Him at his word. Before reading this devotional my partner reminded me to give thanks for the strength to get through as we looked back on all that we’ve come through and the tests that we’re going through. I can truly testify that He is my God and all my times are in His hands. Hallelujah 🙆 🙇 👐 👏
A Special Thanks to each Writer who is truly Anointed by God! Testing in Progress was so timely and deeply touched my heart. Thank you God once again for reminding us that You see us exactly where we are and You are there. Your Grace is so Amazing and I will continue to Trust You no matter what! Thank you for being You!
Cheryl R. Banks
Yes indeed❗🙋🙏 Amen and Amen💝👐💘💘💘I TRUST YOU JESUS👑👑👑👑🎁 and if I was just anybody I would say it’s all Good, but I know better because it’s ALL GOD❗Glorrayyyyyy🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🙋🙌🙋🙏🙏👑
🙏DOTK👑Thank y’all so very much!! Y’all are so AMAZING❗💘💝💞💟💡💥🙌🙋🙏🙏🌟🌟🌟🙏😂😂😂😇😊💘💝💞💟👐👏👏👏
Lord, thank you for the tests of life. I’ve faltered so many times and still facing a lot of trials, but through it all, Jesus is saying he’s with me just has you were with Job. You’re saying to me If I can develop the same humility and have the same faith as Job did then I’m able to get through life struggles. I can’t do nothing of my own self cause I’ll fail, but God I’m certain you’ll pick me up when I fall, I know you’re fighting for me, and you’re with me all the way even when the storms of life tries to consume me. I surrender all to you Lord, please give me the courage, strength to stand through it in Jesus Name, Amen 🙏 🙏
Thank you DOTK for sharing your testimonials each day, they helped me to looked at understand my own personal experiences and gives me hope to know that I’m not the only person going through this, may God continue shine his countenance upon you Sisters, AMEN 🙏
I refuse to give up and won’t stop praising you God cause you’re my source of life. There’s power in your Name Jesus, healing, restoration, strength and everything in your name. I honor you Father. Thank you for always being here with us. Amen 🙏