In the past few days, I have counseled and prayed with saints that had trials, temptations, tribulations and sufferings that Peter addressed. A young mother was grieving a lost and trying to move on with her life, a young man was seeking solace from constant verbal abuse from those who are supposed to love him, a woman was trying to make sense of the injustice she was facing from her employer, and another woman was facing spiritual attacks to her mind and body. Peter tells us that Yehovah has given us the power to go through all these trials and be victorious!
My “go to verse” when I am in “wit’s end corner” is below. That’s the place where I have exhausted all of my wisdom, the counselor of others, and have nowhere else to turn.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11
Listen as Arthur shares his strategy of coping in times of adversity.
Summary of the Teaching
Due to technical difficulties the “Message Before the Message” was lost, BUT I HAVE IT HERE FOR YOU!
Arthur shared the Vision of Arthur Bailey Ministries (http://arthurbaileyministries.com/vision/) and then confided in us that he uses the Vision to determine how and where he spends his time. The fact is, there is a lot of “good work” to be done in the Kingdom, but each of us has been called and has been assigned work. Our assigned work is what we are going to be held accountable for by Yehovah. Based on how we carry out our assignments, we will hear one of the following:
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. - Matthew 25:21
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. - Matthew 7:22-23
Arthur went on to say that working iniquity as described in this verse, also refers to doing good works that you have not been instructed to do. When we know our Yehovah given assignments, we also know what we are NOT supposed to be doing.
Now you have been caught up on the “Message Before the Message!”
The main teaching covered 1 Peter 1:1-8. One of my moments of enlightenment came when Arthur talked about Peter’s experience with suffering and how Peter was qualified to write his letter on how to walk out our faith in times of testing, trials, and enduring the “long suffering” which is a fruit of the spirit. I have read 1 Peter, read the Bible and listened to the Bible tapes several times, but this was the first time that I really, really saw Peter, the man; the human like me.
I put myself in the story as Arthur dramatically presented it! I could see the fear Peter faced from the hateful crowds that called for the death of Yeshua. I could see how Peter choose to save his physical life by denying Yeshua. I could see the hurt, disappointment, and shame when the reality hit Peter that he had just denied the Savior. Did Peter think that he was no better than the hateful crowd? Did he think about being a liar and a traitor? I felt great sympathy for Peter and I listened more intently to what he had to say about suffering because he knew suffering!
This is a teaching to listen to and apply in your life. The wisdom presented here will help you walk out your faith. A word to the wise is sufficient.
Buzz on the Teaching
After the teaching, there were 4 or 5 huddles of Saints in lively conversations. I was talking to my co-worker, Karen, the Ministry Support Specialist. Karen was excited because Arthur had spoken a word that confirmed her recent decision about an issue she had put before Yehovah. Karen had asked Yehovah whether she should hold her ground, so to speak, by bringing all the wagons around the campfire or douse the campfire and move to a new
Frontier. Karen said she knew Yah was speaking to her, but she couldn’t clearly hear until she removed one of the options, the new Frontier, and just asked if she should hold her ground. It was then that she got a resounding “Yes” from the Father. She realized that it was only her desire for the Frontier! When she forsake her flesh, she saw all the blessings of being obedient and all the beauty in the campgrounds surrounding her wagons. It was full of good vegetation, springs of water, and all that she needed!
Arthur reminded us that Yehovah’s ways are not our ways. Yehovah sees the total landscape through all of time. We only see a tiny portion of the landscape in a set time frame.
Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,