I didn’t want to speak a word when my spirit was troubled by a new individual who attended the Wednesday morning Bible study and for animosity reasons, I will refer to this gentleman as, “Pop Tart”. At one point, I even covered my eyes with my hands as if I was intently reading the Bible, but I wasn’t reading…my eyes were closed and I was praying. The antagonistic spirit from “Pop Tart” was so overwhelming it saddened my heart to see the peaceful dynamics of the group had gone missing.
I’ve done many Bible studies in the thirty-two years I have come into fellowship with my friend Jesus. This Bible study is unlike any I have ever attended. The quiet meditation brings calm to my soul as I seek to find and hear what God wants to reveal to me through His mighty Holy Spirit. I have been encouraged and my depth of knowledge has increased. So you can understand how my heart was disturbed by “Pop Tart” who was like a resounding gong to my ears.
I tried desperately hard to counter negative things “Pop Tart” stated. Why does he have to be so confrontational? I asked in my own mind. But then it just got to be too much and I couldn’t keep my mouth shut another moment. So in honesty and in love, I looked across the table and asked “Pop Tart”,
“Why does everything we say pose and argument to you?”
I’m not sure if those were the exact words I used but they are probably pretty close. I also stated what this Bible study has meant to me and how I felt he was taking that away. I began to cry. I didn’t say much more after the tears began to flow. I actually battled in my mind…Why did you have to speak up? Why couldn’t you have just kept your mouth shut? You’re just a big fat loser!
I then began to just flip through my Bible to try and distract myself in hopes my eyes would dry up and the tears would cease to fall. The pages fell open to Hebrews and a section I highlighted sometime prior in my life jumped out at me…
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
you need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God
you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,
“He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one
will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but of those who believe and are saved.”
You can’t argue with God’s word…just soak it in and let it fill your cup to overflowing so it spills to fill the cups of those around you!