Having “Faith in the MIddle
In (1 Peter 4:12) it says “ 12” Beloved, think it not strange concerning the
fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened
unto you:” This is where we as Christians have to have “Faith In The
Middle . This verse of scripture means that we should not be surprised
when trouble comes in our walk with God, in fact we should expect it
because it is inevitable. Peter has said many times through this epistle that
persecution for the Christian is inevitable. In fact, the surprise would be if it
didn’t come. John said in (1 John 3:13) “Do not marvel if the world hates
you.” In (John 15 and 16) “Jesus said they hated me ; they’re going to
hate you. Paul writing to Timothy said in (2 Timothy 3:12) “All that live
Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” You see when we live our
lives for Christ and stand for righteousness we are going to be hated by the
unrighteous. That’s why when you show up to the party everybody suddenly got to go and nobody talks to you at the potluck. They can’t handle your light, the light of righteousness that is and yes it hurts your feelings but be encouraged that your light is shining and it’s not dim, Amen! So we have to expect people not to receive us or for people to reject us because of who and what we stand for in Christ. It’s not you personally, it’s the light that you and I are carrying that is bringing light to their dark deeds and so they don’t want to be around the light but rather want to remain in the dark. Amen!
Mary had to have “Faith in the Middle”
In John 1:11 it says “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”
God did not tell Mary that Jesus would be despised and rejected of men and that that he would be crucified on a cross. Just like God did not tell Mary the details of the promise over her life, so He will not show us the details of the promise over our life. But know this, we have a promise from God, and yes we are going to suffer persecution and we have to have “Faith in the Middle”; of our promise from God. So hold on to your faith, no matter how hard the trial, no matter how hard the circumstance. Amen! If the Lord Jesus was rejected by the very people he came to save, should we expect anything less? So think it not strange when man speaks all kinds of evil against you and slander your name. Tell yourself, I’m just in the middle; I have to have “Faith in the Middle.” Amen!
Joseph had to have “Faith in the Middle”
If Joseph was with us now he would tell us that he had a dream. A promise
from God that he would one day be a great ruler and people would bow to
him and not only people but even his own family including his mother and
father. But, God did not give him the details of the middle. He did not tell him he would cause his brothers to have envy and jealousy to the point where they tried to kill him and when they could not go through with it they threw him in a pit. (Genesis 37:23) God did not tell him that he would be sold into slavery (Genesis 37:28)I and taken to Egypt. In (Genesis 38) Joseph found favor with his Egyptian ruler King Potiphar who saw that the Lord was with Joseph in that he blessed everything that he did so he put him in charge of his house. But God did not tell Joseph that Potiphar’s wife was going to have eyes for him and then falsely accuse him of taking advantage of her because he rejected her advances. God did not tell Joseph he would be sitting in a prison (Genesis 39:6-20). In prison the Lord was with Joseph in that he found favor with the prison warden. The prison warden put Joseph in charge of the prisoners. Then in prison Joseph meets the Chief Cup Bearer and the Chief Baker (Genesis 40) and they had dreams that could not be interpreted and God gave Joseph incite to interpret the dreams. Then the Chief Cup Bearer was released from prison and restored to Potiphar’s house and he said he would remember Joseph when he came into his kingdom but Joseph sat in prison two more years. Then one day Joseph was summoned by Potiphar to Interpret his dreams that no one else could interpret and God gave him incite again and the King was so pleased that he released Joseph from prison and made him ruler (Genesis 41) over the whole land of Egypt and he was able to save his people from famine in
the Land. So Joseph’s dream was fulfilled that God had showed him but he
had to learn to have faith in the middle because persecution was part of the
process of him coming into the promise that God had made over his life. It
was all about the middle, it was the middle that he had to have faith to
endure, it was the middle that he had to develop a prayer life to remind him
of God’s promises over his life. It was the middle that developed his heart of
compassion when he had to go through the prison. The bible says in (2
Corinthians 1:3-4) “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those
in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Joseph had to learn to have “Faith In the Middle.” What is your middle?
How did you endure your faith in the middle?
King David had to have “Faith in the Middle”
David was promised to be King, but he was not told that he would be running for his life and hiding in caves from King Saul who was very envious and jealous of him and the favor of God over his life. (1 Samuel 18:5-16). You see those two twins called envy and jealousy can cause you to have God withdraw himself from you as he did King Saul. So if you even think or feel envy or jealousy towards a brother or sister in Christ you need to drop to your knees quickly and ask God to remove that spirit of envy and jealousy from your heart. Amen! We must celebrate one another in the Kingdom of God; we must be an encourager of the brethren. The bible tells us in (Philippians 2:3) “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” The bible also tell us in (James 3:14-15) 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” Amen! We have to examine our own hearts. It’s easy to allow the enemy to convince us that somebody has wronged us or did something to us when we really know in our hearts already that the person has not done anything to us but we are just jealous and envious. I believe if we ask God for help with the removal of the envy and jealousy that God can do great things in our lives. We
must remember we are just in the middle and it’s in the middle that God is
replenishing us and reproving us to remove all those things out of us that are not of Him. Amen!
I had to have “Faith in the Middle”
For me I am in the middle in where God had to push me to my purpose in the birthing of my own personal teaching ministry. My teaching Ministry is called “Faith For Today Christian Ministries” with Rev. Gina Higgs and my brand or slogan if you will is “Where We Provide Faith Principles To Empower Godly Living.” I had to have “Faith in the Middle” when I can’t trace God but I can trust God. My Red Sea is that I believe God to send me the help I need in birthing the ministry, I believe God for all the He has placed down inside me. I believe that what He has shown me by His spirit will materialize and come into manifestation. I just have to have “Faith in the Middle”. Amen!