I’ve been tested for two months. Three test to be exact. In devotion the Spirit of the Lord gave clear instructions.

Test One-Work:

  1. Shut up
  2. Listen
  3. Grow
  4. Don’t defend yourself

Lesson: Closed mouths stay fed!

Test Two-Ministry. I had an opportunity (Thanks to Dr. (Doctor Groove) to market my book for ministry. I had my book in hand, poem picked out and I was going to handle that business.

  1. Do not do a poem from your book
  2. I need you to go search this specific folder and pull up the piece you did four years ago on identity.

I wasn’t hearing or feeling that but I walked in obedience and ministered the piece on Male Identity in Christ. Well, the preacher got up and guess what his sermon was on, Identity in Christ~ A message for men.

Lesson: Seek His kingdom first and other things will be added

Test 3~Church: As keynote speaker for our bachelorette service at church honoring graduates, I had my inspirational, oratorical, applause driving thoughts ready and the Lord shifted my message.

  1. I don’t need you to be inspirational to motivate anyone.
  2. You are going to preach the Gospel of Yeshua and draw souls unto me and lead people back to me..

Lesson: Obedience over sacrifice.

At the end of the trial He said he would bless me. Sometimes it’s not the gift that makes room for us, it’s obedience and knowing if God can trust us!

Enjoy the journey!

Tony’s first book of poetry is available here.