Project Bible 365: Day 69 Two Seasons Of Faith Part 1 Summertime Success
In today’s post I intent to ask my readers three basic questions as it relates to the Word of God. By the end of the post it is my hope that all of you would in this case do as the Romans do.
How many times do you as a Christian give the enemy the Word of God?
How many times a day do you surround your mind with the bread of life?
How many of you Christians out there deny self?
These questions are all vital to today’s post…
The questions above are all very basic questions that even a child can understand. The answers you give to the questions determines a person’s priorities and it certainly examines one’s grounds of faith whether they are building on the teachings of Christ or whether they are sinking in the sand. I can speak to this subject because I went through this very trial.
At the end of the trial I had to ask myself these three questions and guess what folks. I failed the examine. That’s right I make reservations about it. I failed the exam. It is something that I am not proud of however it made me realize something vital to removing scales from my eyes… Today in this message and post I give my readers insight into my two seasons of faith… Due to the length of this subject this message will be broken up into two parts.
The First Season Summertime Success
To understand this type of season we must first begin to understand how it came about. It all started with a fair bit of persecutions that well in short would test my faith but not in God but rather in people. I made some impromptu decisions that didn’t go well for me on any level at all… While all the chaos was going on God was trying to alert me to something. My trust must be in him and him alone not in people.God was getting me ready to face a challenge the likes of which I had never been faced with… In all honesty, at first I didn’t know if I was up for the challenge because I was surrounded by chaos. As soon as it was revealed to me that I had to go it alone, I am not going to lie, I was scared. However the more scared the more I cried out to the Lord for help and guidance. The more I sought God in prayer, reading the word and yes even in fasting. The more I realized that what the devil meant for evil, God meant for Good…I was meant to be separated from somethings that would hinder me later on. If I had stayed where I was at from a spiritual perspective I would still be a babe in Christ today. God uses people to help others. God used some people to bring me into the truth. For that I am very thankful. However the more I stayed in the former spiritual state the more I would rely on man’s opinions and really not investigate truth for myself. The reason I wouldn’t do that is because I put too much trust in man at the time and I didn’t look to the Lord a lot sooner and say “I am ready.”
Matthew 16:24King James Version (KJV)
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
1 Corinthians 3:2-13King James Version (KJV)
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is…
After I was led by the Holy Spirit into the farmers field so to speak I began to cling to my Bible, but I wouldn’t be able to do if I wasn’t told something by someone who is very close to me. This person said, ” Anthony persecution is like a nail, it only drives you deeper into the word of God.” After this was said to me, it was there was a bomb going off. Well of course that thought of God would blow up the devils bridge. That thought gave me the courage to be a good a solider in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 3:5-6King James Version (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
That very thought would give me the peace of mind to search the scriptures with divine determination. I gained so much divine determination that the words on the pages of the book would jump out at me so much so I would become like the men and women of the Bible.
2 Timothy 2:15King James Version (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
How would the stories of the Bible jump out at me? I would begin to study stories like David and Goliath. I would begin to study the courage of Queen Esther, the wisdom of Gideon, the faith of Moses, The obedience of the prophet Elijah, the trials of Joseph. The listening ears of Joshua, Paul’s journey’s to foreign soil especially when it came to the Unknown God. I would easily identify with Joseph.
Genesis 37:25-28King James Version (KJV)
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
The only real difference between me and Joseph was the price on the paper and just like the devil used Joseph’s brothers jealousy against him so it was with me.
1 Timothy 6:10King James Version (KJV)
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Peter 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
I would be eager pray like Daniel. I would honest seek the same humility of Jesus. I take on the Holy Ghost Boldness if someone said something about my church.
I would spend hours outside staring at a cornfield and while my skin was tanning I was taking in God’s planning step by step.
Philippians 2:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
During this great summertime success I went on a two month long journey to study the men and women of great faith….. In the summertime I would begin to not only study the word of God but also live in the Word. As I had mentioned prior. In order to keep the oil in my vessel I would study the Word like a doctor trying to find a cure for Cancer.
Matthew 4:4King James Version (KJV)
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
I would write a sermon titled Would your name be in the faith chapter today? I found this subject interesting because after all I did study 9 men and one women of the Bible that displayed such loyalty, humility, courage, love, strength, obedience and wisdom and their stories could only be written about in one place in the Bible. The location I speak of would be of course the faith chapter. In 60 days I would study 10 biblical figures that took a stand for God. People like Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samson,David, Elijah, Queen Esther, Daniel, Paul and Jesus. I wrote their stories all down in previous posts. Visit my website for more details….
I was able to stay grounded in God’s word, because I checked my foundation with Jesus daily. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
“As I come to close out this message I leave you all with this final thought. ” Without tribulation we wouldn’t know the real feeling of triumph. Although I didn’t fully understand what had happened until later there is no reason to show contempt or malice. After all it did get me closer to God. I did sing plenty of songs to the angels during my time of trial. I am just happy it was in a cornfield and not in front of my Mom. I am glad such trials were able to give such a deeper walk with the Lord. How do I feel about the situation as I reflect on the outcome? It is well with my soul….”