It is good to be back! As most of you may know I spent two months in the hospital and missed a lot of time with the Faith Time radio-podcast-show. Since starting Faith Time, I have experienced too much spiritual warfare. Since the time of fall 2015, I thought everything I was doing in ministry, was minor and never thought I would be targeted by the enemy.
So much has happened over the course of three years I can’t begin to explain the horrible warfare I experienced in the mind…How I couldn’t explain many things to professionals. Family tried to grasp everything but they really didn’t realize the pain and suffering I was going through until October 2017.
Today, I want to encourage others…To continue believing the Father is GOOD and He is able to deliver you from whatever is causing you pain. The apostle Paul experienced many hardships in ministry and over and over again, he was able to continue moving forward. I felt a lot of pressure to quit preaching, but I believe God wants me to continue and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Let’s study some of the hardships Paul and Barnabas faced during their tour among the Gentiles.
Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
If we follow the outline from Acts 14 to Acts 15, Paul overcame the misunderstanding from the Gentiles, the abuse from his brethren, works of the flesh from those in Antioch and Jerusalem, and the ending of a good friendship with Barnabas. So far the word of God, mentions difficulties many Christians face today. But these things did not stop Paul, nor should they ever stop you from keeping the faith in Jesus Christ.