Project Bible 365 Day 65 Saul’s Scripture Slacking
Hello friends and readers… If you have been following my Project Bible entries recently, you would have read that I have come under fire and faced some pretty tough opposition as of late. I faced the possibility of jail time for praying and that’s not an line from a movie or book. I actually face the possibility of jail time for praying.
Daniel 6:10King James Version (KJV)
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Why would I a Canadian face the chance of going to jail for praying? After all I don’t live in Egypt , Afghanistan or China.
1 Thessalonians 5:17King James Version (KJV)
17 Pray without ceasing.
The reason behind the silly ordeal is really quite simple. The enemy wanted me to stop praying. He wanted to create static on the “prayer line.” when I bowed my head at night to pray. He needed a way to do that.. So he was patient in his planning. I live in a family of non believers…. No one within my family understands why I go to church… No, not one… In order to get me create static and stress on my prayer time. The enemy had my father convinced that he got a court order against me staying on the property than there would be no way I could pray because I would be too afraid to go to jail.
Acts 5:28-29King James Version (KJV)
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
In truth I was but I shouldn’t have been… I should have spit in the Devil’s eye and continued right on praying… I went through two months of torture while I waited for relocation. In that time, the only time I was ever allowed to pray, read the word or watched faith based movies was usually around 11 pm. As you can imagine, that hour isn’t always the most suited time for prayer because of the fact that your body fights within itself to sleep…. As it stands right now the court order is valid and ongoing… I wanted so much to pray but often times I would sleep with one eye open in fear that I would be seized in the middle of the night for praying… The bottom line is I let up on my prayer line and because of that I became complacent I was waiting out the storm.
However I wasn’t waiting it out the right way…. I should began to pray even more and without ceasing. I had a cause worth fighting for and I didn’t fight… How ashamed to have lost my best friend the Holy Ghost only because I was all too often living in my feelings rather than my faith. After two months was come and gone, I began to live in my feelings again. I felt dejected and rejected by the family that is supposed to love you the most. I should have went to jail and not given the Devil an ounce. At least in jail I would have got alone with God… I would have be still long enough to hear the still small voice…
1 Kings 19:11-13King James Version (KJV)
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
During the time of not being aloud to pray, I became a Saul instead of Paul. I backslid and I felt ashamed. Its not something I like to talk about but it is important to because it offers warning to those in the church. Don’t stop praying… It took me three days of tears and prayers for the Lord to finally have the Lord hear me in forgiveness… It took me three days to get back to the Lord. It would have been longer if I didn’t ask the Lord to show me how I error. He did, and for that he deserves my thanks… Now I contend for the baptism of the Spirit once again…
Yesterday, as I was listening to the radio I realized the joy that come listening and hearing the sermons and music. I told my roommate that the reason I feel joy is because I wasn’t able to do any praying, reading or seeking God without the prospect of going to jail..
. I thank the Lord in advance for the way he delivered me out of the snare of the enemy. I thank the Lord for the precious Holy Ghost and I praise the Lord for counting me worthy to endure such persecutions for the sake of the Gospel. “Until I receive the power from on high once again, I will tarry until... “
Acts 1:8King James Version (KJV)
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.