Minister Joseph Shepherd

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:2-4

Many times in the past I, sadly, was in opposition to this scripture. Not just utterly to defy God, but I was trying to shape my own future before allowing Holy Spirit to work through me. We simply just have to remove our coconuts in order for the Lord to send our blessing. In the process, you will be tempted to try and force a door to swing open or attempt to justify an action before praying and asking the Father. In doing so, we tend to convince ourselves that it was from the Father when really it was a carnal move to make ends meet. If we’re constantly questioning if it was Holy Spirit who told us to move, this is a clear indicator of where we are vs. where we need to be.

Simply, I want to thank the Father for the times I fell short because I wouldn’t be in the place I am today. Think about it, if God would have allowed us access through every door we desired, many of the souls we’ve encountered would be left in the darkness. Now I’m not saying that every decision we’ve made has been perfect, but, each decision has put us a step closer to our calling. We are to be on guard and in a position to proclaim God’s word. The Father will take care of the rest. Each test that we’ve endured has been something that we can help our brother/sister push through.

In the decisions that we make, be sure to pray and ask the Father for the correct path to choose. It may be something we deem as small or insignificant. For example, deciding between going to get chicken from Popeye’s or Chicken Express for lunch. These split decisions could be life or death for someone, as an Employee may be going through a hard time; don’t dismiss the voice of the Father in these instances. The Holy Spirit may nudge you to tell a joke. While it seems small and comical, it could be something they needed to put a smile on their face during a difficult time. We should always continue to be fruitful and helpful to one another; lifting up our brothers and sisters.

I pray that something I’ve said has been beneficial to you and has helped to open your eyes. Always be in ready in season and out of season. Stay in tune with the Father and remain readily available.

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