More On Simple Faith

Well, its a whole new world now that the crops are in! Was cleaning up some winter mess all day. First time there was ever a chance. Still didn’t get to the garden but that’s coming quick! This evening second daughter and myself rounded up the ducks in the yard and decided they didn’t like it here. So we had us a “duck drive”. Kinda like a cattle drive but a whole lot slower. Got them through the yard, onto the gravel township road and a quarter mile later they were in a pond we had made a few years back. Ended up carrying one drake the last leg of the drive cause he tired out from the long distance. A permanent pond, kinda deep and the place is a duck’s paradise! We even have a sand beach on the north end for them! The pond is surrounded by lush grass and the pasture/field that its in has tight net wire fencing all around it to keep out large predators. There is no shelter there for them, but I figured what the heck, they were outside in the yard here all winter. They never, ever went inside the building, they slept under the pine trees n the back yard and it didn’t matter if it was thirty below with strong winds they were outside, day and night. never watered them all winter, they ate snow. Fed em some shell corn and that was it, nothing else. Now we put a dash of grain on the sand beach for them tonight and the last time I was over that way they were cleaning themselves up near the grain. Some happy ducks in my opinion!

On the faith side of things, besides the faith that them ducks will have it made over in the big pond, I’m brushing up on faith, simple faith. And with simple faith about the only requirement is to know who God is and who we are in God. Old Smith Wigglesworth, a preacher from days gone by, in the first half of the last century said it well, “only believe”. Simple as that. Now today we have allot of distractions, more than anytime in history. Nowadays we are bombarded from every angle with things that cause disbelief and shake our faith if not totally destroy it. I know for myself I stay away from allot of media, and I will say sometimes even Christian media. Because remember, even if its Christian radio or the like that doesn’t mean that the world view isn’t coming across loud and clear. Does this mean that I’m a recluse? the answer is no. But I do know that being overwhelmed with the world’s views will eat away at the simple faith that I have. I keep up with the news somewhat, but don’t let it become an obsession.

Over the last few years we’ve done away with most magazines, newspapers, and television. What we have discovered is that the quality of life has risen by leaps and bounds. Just imagine with television alone, the hours and hours every week, the hundreds of hours or maybe thousands of hours a year that a person eats away from their life here on earth sitting there watching the world instill it’s wayward faith in a person. Just imagine how much of the Word a person could get into them if even a small percentage of those hours used on the world system media were used instead for study of the Word of God. Eternity is a long time and this life is a vapor, here one minute and gone the next and what has a person accomplished inviting the system that will be destroyed into their very home. Now don’t take me for some legalistic person concerning religion. No way!

Years ago I had always wondered why the Bible, (the little I knew about it), why there was miracles and wonders and all of that and there was nothing like that today. These past few years since turning away from world media and getting into the Word I understand. Now some folks say that the age of miracles was only for that generation that started the church. That God doesn’t work miracles anymore because now we have the Bible and miracles aren’t needed. I couldn’t disagree more with anything! Around the world God is moving with miracles and signs and wonders like never before! I personally have witnessed several. In the “poorer” nations miracles are common place on the mission field and evangelistic drives.

God promised to be with us with miracles, signs and wonders as we reach the lost. Miracles were not really made for in the church building! I never really realized that until lately. Miracles, signs and wonders are to back up the preaching of the Gospel to the unsaved. And they are happening at astounding rates everywhere around the globe. Yes I’ve seen miracles and I know that the reason was so that I would have that faith to obey God’s Word and do what I’m called to do. The miracles, signs and wonders that I’ve mostly seen were right here on the farm in normal day to day life. And I know that many of these would have never have happened if I was immersed in the world. But the simpler life gets, and I’m not truely talking about back to the land stuff here, I’m talking about going about the normal day with God in mind and letting the world do what it does and don’t let it bother a person too much, the more a person notices things that show God in total control. The mind isn’t wrapped up in the falsehoods of the world. Anybody getting this?

As I wrote on the last post, I’ll be touching more and more on this shortly, first because it really interests me and also because this is the way of faith the Bible talks about. This isn’t a denominational way or anything like that. Without faith a person cannot please God, that’s what the Bible says. Well, I want to please God! No matter what a person is doing for a living, whether its farming or working a job, this is reality beyond all earthly realities! This is from God! This will continue!

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  1. I know exactly what you mean about getting all the crops in finally. I planted the last today, 2 acres of feed corn. Being that I don’t yet have a tractor or the proper implements, I sorta built my own, out of wood even. Amazing what the lord provides in the way of basic ideas and know-how when it’s needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Feels good to have them crops in eh!

    Wisdom! The Lord does provide so we can get things done.

    Glad to hear that things are moving along over your way William!

    God Bless!

  3. Hey Tom,

    These last two posts on โ€œsimple faithโ€ were a great reminder for me of getting back to the basics. Man tends to complicate everything he touches. With the Lord itโ€™s so simple even a little child can understand. Thanks for taking the time to put down the words that God plainly inspired in you.

  4. Morning Russ!

    I do love this subject and if someone else gets something out of it so much the better!

    Man sure can make a complicated mess out of things and when we trust in the Lord simply, that child like faith, well that’s when things begin to happen!

    Without faith we cannot please Him, so I figure I want to please Him by writing, talking and living faith! Over the last few years blogging I’ve come across so much “dead letter” religion that I just can’t sit on the truth anymore.

    There’ll be allot more coming as time goes on around here, cause like I say, this cannot be kept silent!

    God Bless!

  5. Morning Morning,

    Tom… you are so right about those miracles!! Everyday I see em… I don’t have to look far though… Everyday peoples lives are changed because the Lord comes into their lives. Miracles in their own right… Not fancy… Not flashy…. Just good..

    I’m about wore out and everything is about broken down, but the first hay crop of the season is in…. Well 90 percent in that is if you don’t count them last bales that are still on the trailer I have to stack…. That might wait until I absolutely need that trailer for something else ๐Ÿ™‚ . It sure does feel good to have the first cutting out of the way. I’ve got a pasture to do in the next couple of weeks that I give to the neighbor who has some horses. They love those horses and have a real hard time coming up with enough to feed em….

    While I was out there, I had to pull the B out of semi retirement and use it as a raker. I remember you telling me about having to rest your ol putt putt at the end of the row to keep it from overheating, well that B had the same problem. I had to keep filling up the radiator every 5 acres…. Plus ol 3rd gear locks up so its either rake in second of 4th… Managed to keep ahead of the baler though… thats what counts ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well…. I’d better git onto work. The youngest officially graduates this Friday. Time to put away the hay equipment and pick up the pine sol…. My sister’s in law’s are coming to inspect my housecleaning abilities and make sure their nephew has been treated right… I’ve told the boy not to make up any stories, but I’m sure I’ll get flogged by his aunts anyway… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a GREAT day,

    Brad

  6. Morning Brad!

    Well, looks like the rains that were everywhere in this region decided not to get us wet, so back to wind and dust another few days. Nothing stressing at all yet except farmers.

    Went to the parade yesterday and enjoyed that. Nothing like a small town parade to relax a feller. Today is back to work and to tell the truth I’m looking forward to it. Gotta go borrow the neighbor’s ten foot grain drill so I can plant a couple acres of oats on the calving lot for grazing later. To many weed seeds in there to even attempt corn. Our drill is 17 feet wide and the gate is 16 feet, thus go borrow the grain drill.

    I like writing about faith and miracles and sure do agree with you! Next will probably be a little thing about Luke chapter 8. Was reading it last night before bed and that chapter threw a message at me I never, ever seen before. That’s what I love about the Word, its alive and speaks to a person a different way every time a person reads the same things over.

    Wish I could be there to help mop and scrub but alas, no can do ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats this week from the northern plains! Next year all that is up here ๐Ÿ™‚

    So I’d better get at it too!

    God Bless!


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