Project Bible 365 Day 61 A Year Living Like Joseph: How To Stay Humble During Times Of Great Hurt
Before I begin with tonight’s message I want to thank the Lord for all the growth I have done in the past year. This message seemingly has been coming for a while now. I know have come to a place where I can say that God walked with me during times of great trial, temptation and the tribulation of sickness.
Now I realize that once someone begins to read a title like the one above they may be a bit confused wondering how this man meaning me was able to live a year like Joseph. I must clarify something for those Christians who have wavering faith. Belief in God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to travel along on easy street.
Perhaps that is the reason why the Lord described the kind of road we Christians must travel.
Matthew 7:13-14King James Version (KJV)
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Being a Christian is much more than just being on the mountain top. We as Christians must be workers and servants for the Lord. Although many times the view from the mountain top is lovely. It could sometimes be hard to leave. However Beware Christians if you stay on the mountain top too long you may become like Jonah meaning you miss the call to save souls for the Kingdom of God. Absolutely sitting on the mountain top of life is great. However even Christian’s aren’t exempt from working for the Lord.
Matthew 17:4King James Version (KJV)
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
We as Christians must realize that in the big picture of things when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Isn’t so that Jesus can make our lives better. It is so that our lives may mirror God’s will, God’s goals, God’s joy, God’s Love and God’s Obedience.
Throughout the year of 2016 I was on the mountain top. In December of 2014. I climbed that mountain and stayed away from those who are not of God. I also stayed away from people of the world. I look at this as a teaching. I had to learn how to live Holy, act Holy, talk Holy even dress Holy… The time on the mountain top taught me this.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18King James Version (KJV)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
So in the Winter of 2015 I didn’t climb off the mountain top. The enemy came up with a plan to kick me off the mountain. It’s a strategy he has used down through the years on countless generations of people. “ Divide and Conquer.” At the time of being thrown off the Noah boat, I didn’t realize at first that it was the enemy. It wasn’t until I went deep into my studies to find answers to those questions and more….
The morale of the story here folks is that if I didn’t get thrown off the Noah boat or tossed off the mountain top with no airplane ticket, God’s Word and his Holy Book wouldn’t have become as real as it is today. I continued to stay humbled even during times of great tribulation and tears because I know that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE God. There was a time in my life while on the mountain top that I asked God to train up like Paul because I wanted to further than King David ever did. Well in the summer and spring of 2015-2016. I found out what it was like to suffer for the sake of Christ.
Romans 12:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
It’s a truly beautiful experience. It’s an experience that humbles me beyond words. Does the people in the world hate me? Absolutely.. Do they frown upon my need for prayer over my need for physical food? Yes. However, when Paul was in prison he sang songs to the Lord. When Stephen was being stoned he forgave his enemies. When Joseph was sold into slavery God used him to deliver a nation. When Daniel was thrown into the lions den, his prayers used to save souls. When John was stranded on the Isle of Patmos Jesus used him to hear what the spirit was saying long to write seven letters to seven churches.
For the past three years, I have been mocked, made fun of, threatened, beat up, taken away by police and bankrupt and yet my faith in God doesn’t wavier.
1 Peter 4:11-14King James Version (KJV)
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.