How to Prosper from Trials

Everyday marketplace believers face trials. Whether from slow paying customers, absentee employees, competitor aggression or equipment breakdowns, believers in business face continual, never ending trials on our quest toward profitability and impact.

As I teach in my free resource,  31 Power Prayers to Prosper Your Business, there are dozens of powerful scriptures that pave the way for your business prosperity, to guide you through the inevitable marketplace trials you face.

So how does a marketplace believer prosper in these trials?

Here is a verse by verse breakdown of powerful revelations contained within James 1:2-5 on how to prosper from trials.

Prosper From Trials

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” James 1:2

Have you ever said to yourself or to someone else, “Lord, are you serious? I should be joyful in my trials? Are you kidding me?” If you have not said this sometime in your life, then YOU should write the rest of this post!

In this context, “count it all joy” means we are to intelligently appraise the trial from God’s perspective – not ours.  “Trials” means a path to moral and spiritual growth.

Together, verse 2 teaches us to step back from the trial and take a God view of the spiritual growth we will gain.

“Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:3

 If you are anything like me, you do not enjoy the testing of our faith. Here “testing” implies we are creating the discipline to purge our faith from the dross. As our souls and hearts are being purged of all that is false, wrong or hindering us from reaching our destiny, God is growing within us the discipline to be cleansed and purified for even greater works.

“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4

We’ve all been told to never pray for patience because that brings on another trial. Yet “patience” does not mean to hold on, wait it out, and just suffer until the pain goes away. On the contrary, “patience” here means that through this trial, you are developing a spiritual steadfastness to endure – what I call courage through adversity.

My wife, Brenda, vibrantly displayed “patience” during her recent victory over an aggressive lymphoma and six very aggressive chemo treatments. Regardless of her lack of strength, stamina or physical discomfort, she bravely and relentlessly spoke out bold declarations of healing and supernatural recovery – many times every day! Her spiritual steadfastness muscles are now fully developed.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

In this verse, “wisdom” means gaining supernatural spiritual understanding without any sense of condemnation or lack. As you gain endurance and steadfastness, ask God to replace the removed dross with supernatural wisdom.

4 Fresh Revelations on Trials

When you weave together the true intent of what James taught the dispersed, severely persecuted church, he reveals:

  1. Take God’s eternal perspective of your trials.
  2. Rejoice not in the trail but in the moral & spiritual growth you gain.
  3. Be thankful all your spiritual and flesh impurities are exposed and removed.
  4. Remember the results of your trial will be supernatural wisdom without limits.

Action Plan

To jumpstart your profiting in your current trial, here are two questions you need to answer and one thing you must do.

  1. What junk/impurities is God removing within me during this trial?
  2. What wisdom is growing in its place?
  3. Thank God for greater spiritual maturity.

Final Revelation

During a recent trial of mine, God downloaded this revelation.

As my dross/impurities are surfaced and removed, the enemy now has LESS HOT BUTTONS to push, which means I will eliminate many future similar trials.

Further, now with my newly acquired spiritual growth and supernatural wisdom, any future trial will be less intense, shorter in duration, and faster to overcome!

Now THAT is worthy to thank the Lord!

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.


  • Eric Snyder says:

    Did not know about Brenda’s bout with lymphoma, trusting God for complete healing and restoration from the chemo in Jesus’ strong name. Give her our best! I do have an interesting story to tell you about a business trial but too long to write here. Are you going to FCCI in Miami?

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Brenda was supernaturally healed with an assist from an oncologist! Amazing testimony. She is doing better than fantastic – thanks Eric for asking. Call me soon re: your business trial. And I will miss FCCI this year – sorry I will miss you too.

  • Agus Hartadi says:

    Dr. Jim,

    Thanks for your strong encouraging article. May God bless your ministry.

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