Business ownership will include a never ending series of tests. With God’s help and instructions from His Word you are promised success by Gary Shotton #000234
By Gary Shotton
Hello, my name is Gary Shotton, I’m here as a part of Inspiring Better Business and I like sharing these lessons with you and I hope they’re beneficial. I really like to share lessons when it’s really facing me face on. Today I’m going to talk about passing the test being tested, I’m actually facing one of the biggest tests in my life and in my business career that I’ve had for actually many years, so it’s easy for me to dig back and say hey how am i going to come through this test and still be honoring to everyone involved!, so I’m going to share on two key points and some side points but one in particular is, you will not be tested with any test that you’re not capable of passing, now you can make some mistakes and you cannot pass the test but if you’re following the principles of good solid business and you’re capable of making the next step forward in your business or you’re just doing business in general you can be confident that with God’s help you’re not going to be tested above that you can find an answer to that test.
I’m going to use two or three scriptures at the end of this section just to show how God wants us to be tested, and then number two being tested is not a bad thing it’s actually a good thing, it is not like you want to be tested but, it’s actually one of those things that produces life in you, produces growth in you and I’m going to talk about that as well. Let’s get started, most people don’t like to take a test, we get sweaty hands, we feel pressured man where we would avoid the test at any cost at all possible because man it’s just pressure, and I understand that, and what we’re talking about being in the games that you have some tests, and we want someone. Normally if we’re taking on an item especially a safe D or something like that, we want someone to have tested this for us, I don’t want to jump out of an airplane with a parachute that has not had at least the process been tested over and over again, so that if I was to pull , or when I was to pull ripcord that shoots kind of open I want to be tested, I want somebody to do the testing, and then you know it is funny that I want even a layer of certification , some kind of authority that going to survive regulations and certifications that make sure that whatever we’re looking at has tested and has been tested well.
So that’s part of life we are in same situation we’re going through tests , it’s a good thing owning a business is not going to be trouble, in fact it’s going to be a never-ending series of tests, don’t start down that path of ownership unless you want to be tested, because it’s not like a bed of roses, some of the non owners, workers, employees and people watching they man all you got to do is own a business and all you’re going to do is count the money and take care of what you’re going to do with all that cash. Well, that may happen at some point but it’s not very often, not very quick and you’re going to be tested.
I’ll just try to emphasize that. So I’m going to ask this question if you’re ready for business are you ready to be ready to be tested? Do you want to be tested? do you realize that God will not allow you to be tested above that you are able? but with a test make you a way to get through and pass that test. The reality is you’re going to have to be tested, to move to the next level. And all of us are going to be tested, we’re going to have tests, up to test, after test and it’s a funny thing and this is going to be the one that might be surprising to you.
One of the things you’re going to find is that, you need to rejoice in the midst of the test, not for the test but in the midst of it, that what going to help you get through this process, well I’m going to read a couple scriptures this could fit into the Biblical perspective of things, and I hope that you see this is not coming from Gary as Gary’s idea first on five 14 and 15 , this is the confidence that we have towards him, that’s God. If we ask anything according to his will, he hear us well, we know God hear us, that’s great! and if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests we ask of him, Wow!! that’s confident we have, we ask of him Romans 12:2,” be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing there’s a keyword, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, and what is good acceptable and perfect. Well, that is important because, by testing that we discern God’s plan for our life. We go out there and make some tests, experiment and forward subject to some failure, we don’t play it too safe that part of God’s plan to stretch out.
The last thing I want to do is, in life and have this thought that man I should have stretched out a little farther, I want to take some tests, take some risk, and take a reasonable risk knowing that I won’t fail. And if I take the right steps then I’m going to rejoice that I had a full life. Let’s go to James 1 chapter 2 verse 2 “and for my brethren: count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience and let patience have it’s perfect work that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing”. The key part of it for me, there is the testing of your faith, how can you be tested unless you take some risk, how can you in the business world you’re going to be taking some risk ,you’re going to be taking some process of time you’re going to have a chance of failure but, not God will not allow you to fail, if you’re following his plan and doing his will, there’s always a way of escape. I’ll guarantee it! God will make a way.
Well, I said I was going through some tests I also hold to the fact that, most of us should not just tell thousands of people all the details of the tests were going through. Most people don’t have any way to relate to what you’re going through and your business tests, I would find just a couple people that you can confide in that have been through the tests or similar tests that you’re going through, and those are the people I would discuss this with. A limited number of people, that’s just my opinion in my case I’ll just be very general we have a cycle of business, and the cycle of business sometimes for months and years it’s just prosperous and good, lots of work, lots of income and then sometimes it slows down, it happens about every four to six years in my in my business. And about what’s happened here we have for whatever reason to slow down in business.
Now I have some tough decisions to make, but you know what I know that I’m going to make the right decisions because God going to give me the answers, the way to get through this in a positive way. And I know there’s no chance of failure, I know I’m going to come through this because, it’s actually what I wanted, it’s actually what I want and I’m going to succeed because according to James chapter 1 verse 2 3 and 4 I’m going to rejoice in the midst of my tests hallelujah!!, God thank you!! that you know where I’m at, thank you that you’re presenting this test and why?, because I’m going to go through this test , I’m going to come through it on the other side a more mature individual. Christian I’m going to be a stronger person, I’m going to have a testimony, I’m going to have the ability to go to the next level, I don’t want to stay in a the junior level, I want to go to the senior level I want to go on in life, I want to have the tests and the big part of it is being willing to rejoice in the middle of it. And you know I don’t think it’s very easy to rejoice in the middle of the test unless you can see that’s part of your development, that part of you going ahead in life, and in God’s plan in business.
Well, I hope this is helpful to you I just thank God for being a part of this with you and I asked you to share some of these if it’s helpful to you and we just bless you in Jesus’ name.
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