Are You Ready for Promotion?
Tests and test taking are required for just about any type of promotion to a higher level. For example, an aspiring attorney must pass the Bar exam before they can practice law. Likewise, one can’t legally operate a moving vehicle unless they possess a valid driver’s license, and there’s a test that must be passed before that can be acquired. It goes without saying that tests are the doors, if you will, to promotion. Unless you pass, there’s no moving forward.
One of the blogs I posted last month was about refusing to make a rash decision in a temporary situation. The blog talked about how our tests and trials are simply a temporary situation designed for our ultimate good. Doing anything other than living out this season of life to completion would be catastrophic to your ultimate spiritual growth and development. This week I want to revisit the subject of tests and trials and suggest to you that while we mustn’t make a rash decision in a temporary situation, we must do everything in our power to ensure that we are preparing ourselves for promotion while in this season. The only way this can be done is by learning the lessons and passing the tests each time they come our way.
You see it’s one thing to wait patiently for God to deliver us. This is good because His Word says He will, but it’s another thing altogether for you and I to be proactive in doing all that we can to ensure that we are learning the lessons from the tests and trials that God allowed to enter our lives. I truly believe it is incumbent upon us to uncover this information, and once we find it we must study it, practice it, and invoke the power of the Holy Spirit to change us so that it becomes who we are. You and I can wait patiently for God to deliver us all day long, but if we neglect to learn the lessons our seasons were meant to teach us, I believe we run the risk of staying in that place much longer than God originally intended. Just ask the children of Israel who wandered in the wilderness for 40 years as opposed to 40 days!
Perhaps God desires to use your current season of testing to more fully develop the fruit of love in your life. Testing for you might look like you experiencing repeated offenses and persecutions by individuals to whom you’ve done absolutely nothing to warrant this type of treatment. Rather than retaliating or taking offense, God wants you to respond in love by blessing them or praying for them (Help me Jesus, because this is not easy!). Perhaps He wants to increase this fruit in you because He knows the minute you are promoted to your next season you’ll need this particular fruit to be fully developed. In your season of promotion it’ll be a cinch for you to bless your enemies and win them to Christ through love rather than driving them farther away with anger.
I realize this is not an easy process, but keep in mind that “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11 NIV).
So, how can you prepare for promotion?
- Humble yourself – realize this season is not solely about you. It is about what God desires to teach you so that you can look more like Him.
- Study the Word – learn what God is saying concerning your current season and what He desires to birth in you.
- Pray – ask the Holy Spirit for strength to learn the lessons and appropriate them in your life.
- Speak the Word – declare victory over yourself and your situation using God’s Word.
- Practice, practice, practice – so that each time you face your moment of testing you will pass!
May God bless us all, and may we pass with flying colors the tests and trials that are in our lives to refine us, so that together we can experience promotion and move forward in our next season!
God Bless You!