God Can Turn Your Trials Into Gateways Of Prosperity

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)

How do you deal with trials in your life? The type of answers you give will depend on the belief system that is in you. If you allow yourself to be limited to the natural world, a trial is a trial. You may hope for the best but you will be totally helpless. You may pray faithless prayers for some comfort but you will not put any hopes on it because you never believe in it in the first place.

If you are religious, you may see trials as lessons from God. You could have misinterpreted the above verses as saying that God wants you to be joyful in trials because he is causing them. This is a pure religious manipulation. My God is not a sadist. He doesn’t cause people to suffer and demand them to pretend to be happy and praise him for that. Only the religious people can have such an idea.

The above verses tell us to be joyful in trials not because trials are good but because our God can turn these trials into our prosperity. Let us go through the passage thoroughly.

Verse 2 tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. The words “many kinds” are telling us that the more trials we face, the more joyful we should be. Why? The subsequent verses tell us the answer.

Verse 3 seems to link facing trials to the testing of faith. What is testing of faith? Put it this way.

It doesn’t take faith to believe God for good health when you have good health now.
It doesn’t take faith to believe God for financial prosperity when you have a lot of money in the bank now.
It doesn’t take faith to believe God for security from harm when you are in the secure environment now.
It doesn’t take faith to believe the Bible is true when your environment is in agreement with it now.

When trials happen in our lives, our situation will change to a state that is opposite of what the Bible says. In other words, the situation and your faith are saying the opposite things. Who will you believe? This is the testing of faith.

For example, you may have receive a medical report saying you have a terminal disease and you are not expected to live beyond the next few days. Or you are seeing a lot of unpaid bills, lots of notices reminding you of your huge mountain high debts and bank statements showing your empty bank account. This is definitely opposite of what the Bible says that God wants you to be healthy and prosperous in every area of your life.

What is your choice? Who are you going to believe? Will you choose to believe in the negative situation or will you still have faith in God? Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the negative situation does not exist. It does. It is real. It is a reality. However the good news is, there is another reality in the eyes of God that is written in the Bible.

My mentor Jerry Savelle defines truth as the highest form of reality. Being the highest form of reality means it can supercede other lower forms of realities. However, God will not force us to accept his form of reality. He wants us to choose willingly. Our choice will determine the form of reality that will triumph in our lives.

Here is an example. You are seeing a mountain of debts in your life. This mountain is telling you that you are broke. You are going to lose everything you have worked for. You will have nothing. If you keep listening to it, these words will keep occupying your mind. You will start to believe in it. You become discouraged. You will lose your fighting spirit. You will look despondent. The people around you can sense that. You will cause other people around you not to trust you with a better job or awarding you with the contract your company needs desperately. Therefore, believing in the negative situation had made the situation real in your life. This is self-fulfilling prophecy. Prayers will not help because you have chose to believe in what the mountain says and not what God says.

However, if you choose to turn to God you will see that it is his will for you to be rich. Jesus died poor at the Cross, to make you rich.

9You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9(NLT)

How is it possible that you can be poor? You will start rejoicing and praising God. You will display positive attitude. Prospective employers and clients will be able to sense it and see you as a winner. They will trust you with their job or contract. Thus you will be able to turn your situation around. In this scenario, the self-fulfilling prophecy works in a positive way.

“But the mountain of debts is still there. I can still see it. How can mere words from the Bible help me to remove it?”

Yes it can.

22″Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
23″I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:22-24(NIV)

What did Jesus say in the above passage? If you believe and do not doubt, you can throw the mountain into the sea. All you need to do is to work on your faith. Meditate on the Word, confess it, allow it occupy your mind to displace all the negative thoughts. Make up your mind to keep believing regardless of what the situation says. You must determined to believe in God even if the situation gets worse. When you manage to do this you will develop perseverance as written in James 1:3.

Is that the end? No, there is more.

4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1: 4 (NIV)

Once perseverance finished its work, you will be in a state of not lacking anything. This means prosperity. Isn’t this clear now?

Here is a summary for James 1:2-4:
1. Be joyful when you are in trials because it means the testing of faith.
2. Tested faith develops perseverance.
3. When perseverance completes, you will be mature, complete and have no lack – meaning prosperity.

In conclusion, if you are in a trial right now, start thinking positive. Settle in your heart that God’s truth is greater that the reality you are facing right now. If you do that, you are in for prosperity in your life.


6 Responses to “God Can Turn Your Trials Into Gateways Of Prosperity”

  1. peacefulone Says:

    Oh What an excellent teaching brother Seng. You know, as I was reading the article, I was remembering my many trials but I hadn’t heard it put that way. It impacted me so heavily; maybe because I was sitting so quietly. I pray that others will see it. It’s Blessed! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain it. Blessings

  2. YCS Says:

    Thank you Elaine. I am glad you like it. I believe in God’s principle of sowing and reaping. So you can be assured that I will keep sowing the wisdom of God here in this blog.

    Be blessed.

  3. L Says:

    Thank you so much. I am going through many trials right know that have shattered me–I try to stay positive but seem to fall into the negative–I don’t want to be responsible for my own demise–this reading is like a kick in the butt for me. I believe in God, always, but I need to trust that he will always take care of me despite the curveballs I am faced with.

  4. cheee Says:

    You have to stop trying and determined to keep fight on no matter what happens.
    Confess this:

    I am not moved by what I see.
    I am not moved by what I hear.
    I am not moved by what I feel.
    I am only moved by what I believe and I believe in the Word of God.

  5. Brittney Says:

    I just want to say that this blog lifted a heavy burden off my heart. I have always turned to God in times of trouble but I still worry that things will turn around even though in the end they always do. This just reminded me to give it to God and he will make it right. Thank you for your uplifting words.

  6. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    I am glad my seeds are working. Thank you for your confirmation.

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