How Long Will It Take For Us to Get it Right? #STOPRACISM ->

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And so I plead with you this day as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the other man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man. I know you are asking today, “How long will it take?” Somebody’s asking, “How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?” Somebody’s asking, “When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?” Somebody’s asking, “When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, and truth bear it?” However difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because “truth crushed to earth will rise again. How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever. How long? Not long, because you shall reap what you sow. How long? Not long because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) –

Amen! We can’t grow tired of doing what’s right and give in to where we are failing – we MUST endure and fight the good fight until our Lord says so for HE will be the only final answer to all that is wrong! – Hatred is something that has gone on since the age of man and doesn’t want to go away any time soon BUT we have better choices we can make. We CAN do better despite our differences! We cannot accept the injustice that goes on in this world as the norm of these days – but since you’ve read this far read this: DEALING WITH THESE THINGS THROUGH HATEFUL EVIL VIOLENT WAYS AND ACTS AND JUSTIFYING THEM THROUGH THE MISUSE OF OUR LAWS IS NOT THE ANSWER!

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Gal 6:9); And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise (Heb 6:15)Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20)

 

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#Thirsty ? Taste and See that the Lord is Good! –

We live in a world that is hungry and thirsty for so many things. We see people that are famished and parched for fame, position, power and riches. But God is always looking for people who are hungry for Him. Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35). This is our invitation to come to Him. Jesus said that the one who comes to Him would He by no means cast away. In fact, Jesus also said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt 5:6). Kind of like how your natural appetite works, you have to eat when you get hungry to satisfy that hunger and eventually you will get hungry again; you have to have a regular and sustained portion of God to be satisfied. But unlike your natural appetite where you have to stop taking it in because you get full – You never get to a point in God where you will be so full that you will not need Him anymore. And while God is always satisfying us, He is also continually increasing our hunger and thirst for still even more of Him. The more you hunger and thirst for Him, the more will He reveal Himself to you and the more you will yearn for Him. With your food you get full and you get tired of it and it becomes boring and you sometimes get to a point of not even wanting to have that particular food anymore. But we will never ever be frustrated when we hunger and thirst for The Lord Jesus. As we hunger for Him more, He will fill us more. He will reveal Himself to us more and more as we thirst for Him. There is simply nothing more satisfying as the knowledge of who God is. Do you have hunger and thirst for the Lord? As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Ps 42:1-2). O Taste and see that the Lord is Good! – (Ps 34:8)

Life & People Don’t Make You Bitter, You Do! #ChooseYourAttitude

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Eph 4:29-32)~ Have you ever heard someone talking about they can’t help being the way they are – that the circumstances of their life’s history and other people make them bitter and resentful and unkind and moody toward others? Okay…being very frank here…that’s a lame and lazy excuse to be able to hold on to that negative attitude. Being negative, bitter and cynical; saying ‘no’ to a positive light affords one the opportunity to just say ‘no’ and sit there with their arms folded and their lip stuck out and they don’t have to do anything else…. they get to be ugly and do nothing… and yes, they ‘could’ help it… they CHOSE to be bitter! There are plenty of us that have tough lives (man born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble – Job 14:1). Being kind though is the CHOICE that God wants us to make. Kindness is a CHOICE we get to make to share what we have with someone in need. It’s a CHOICE to encourage someone with a sincere compliment. God cares just that much how we treat each other. In Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus talks about people’s treatment of one another; and since He lives in us, what we do to each other we in turn do to Him. Thinking about it then: As you flaunt around your bad attitude at people, would you carry such a nasty disposition to our Lord? As you cuss out that person, would you cuss Jesus that way? As you abuse that person, would you abuse our Savior that way? How do you have it within you to mistreat that person and the Son of God so brutally? All lying, and corrupt language, that stir up evil desires and lusts, grieve the Spirit of God. Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil-speaking, and malice, provoke the Holy Spirit. We should beware of all such demeanor. Ask God to help you make the CHOICE to be kind, especially when you don’t feel like it. It is our duty to seek, by the blessing of God, to bring others to think truthfully, seriously and positively; and to encourage others by our conversation; not belittle and tear them down with ridicule and disrespect. Being kind one to another sets forth the principle of love in the heart, and the outward expression of it, in a humble, courteous behavior. Would you want other people to treat you that way? Would you want Jesus to be treated that way? Talk about tough lives… Jesus was TOTALLY innocent but HE took on the burden of sins for the WORLD… Yet HE loves everybody!!! Choose your Attitude!

I’d rather be an insane believer than a fool who denies that #GodIs –

The fool has said in his heart “There is no God” (Ps 14:1); The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the Hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? (Ps 24:1-3)~~ In the beginning, God began the beginning. He did not begin WITH the beginning, He IS the beginning; He BEGAN the beginning; God existed before the beginning began and when the end is over, He will still be God! He is Alpha and Omega – He exists on both ends of eternity – everything starts with Him and nothing ends without Him; and everything in between, He did. He never had to consult with you or I in His creation or when He put the sun, moon and stars in the sky. He didn’t need our permission to determine where to put grass or water or mountains; yet they are all perfect! He didn’t need our advice on how to create our bodies and make us unique; yet we all function and contain more intelligence, greatness and un-duplicatable specialty than the greatest human mind could possibly imagine or understand. Yet in all these things we as His ‘creation’ have the audacity to question His authenticity as our creator! We look to things that man has ‘crafted’…from the creations of God (by the way)… and with our “God-given” talents we dishonor Him.

We have the unmitigated GALL to question His EXISTENCE because He didn’t answer the way WE thought He should!!! We take a negative situation to use as ammunition to question the very presence of God and we seek answers to our curiosity as if looking to disprove His existence and we play around with intelligence and then credit ourselves with the creation of life itself. Our own efforts become our source and salvation. Ultimately, We as the ‘creation’ put more emphasis on serving the ‘created’ rather than the ‘creator’! We have elevated ourselves to be the gods of our own lives. Some of these ‘unbelievers’ even constantly ponder and challenge ‘us’ with the question: “Who is this God? What if you’re all wrong and after this life on Earth, that’s IT? What if all of this focus and attention on God is part of the longest running scam in history and that all of our focus and guiding our lives with this ‘faith’ and ‘integrity’ and ‘nature of goodness’ does nothing more than rob of us what could be while we have time? Why should I believe in Him?” Okay, so looking at that point, if God doesn’t exist; if living your life under guidelines and decent Godly principles means you’ve wasted your life because when it’s over, it’s over.. then the loss is yours. If that were the case, then your life is what you make it. But here is my question: what if the unbeliever is wrong? What if God’s promises “are” real, what if there “is” a beautiful eternity prepared for us but we decided not to believe? For the unbeliever, nothing changes…when life ends on Earth, it’s over and for eternity there will be nothing for them but separation from God…but for the believer, there is God and all He has promised…forever. Whether it’s true or not, we have not seen and could say we really don’t know, but my faith says yes and that’s what I believe! An unbeliever may think I’m “insane” but I’d rather risk being insane in faith and having my eternity than righteous as a self made god to myself that is counting down to my end. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

When You #JustDoIt The Blessings Come-

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Gal 6:9); And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise (Heb 6:15)~~ God will restore us in HIS due time…we just need to do what we are supposed to do. Regardless of the ‘stuff’ around us that is making us want to just want to quit. The consolations of God are strong enough to support us under the heaviest of trials… But we can’t FINISH the race before us to obtain the reward of endurance if we constantly quit or flee when it gets hard! If you need to forgive…FORGIVE. Whatever you need to do…DO IT… Stop dreading your responsibility!! Stop sitting there wallowing or exercising your right to be a victim of the circumstance. You are more than a conqueror…so name ONE conqueror that QUIT!!!! You can’t. Thought so! Get up off your blessed assurance, stop whining about what’s wrong with the race. You can’t always have it your way, but you have the intelligence to make adjustments. Find the way to keep going…let change energize you! Go get what God has for you at the finish!

When You Give – Don’t Forget to Give God the Glory! #TGBTG –

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly (Matt 6:1-4).~

God gives us all remarkable blessings of so many kinds and at any given time of need of fellow man, we are likely to see an outpouring of those blessings being shared, whether it’s a material giving or the selfless giving of our own skills and abilities to help out. Look back at 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or at our recent situations, like Houston’s Hurricane Harvey tragedy. As much as we hear about the struggles of this country’s people and economic woes, somehow people are able to dig deep and give so much – again from money to supplies to people coming out to help other people.

One thing that dampens this outpouring of blessings though is when we as givers want to grandstand and broadcast the great things we’ve done, whether in the spirit of helping in the face of tragedies or simple giving to charity.  Why is it we feel like we need to be congratulated or praised or put on a pedestal for our giving? Why do we feel the need to write in big bold black letters our name and what we give – to be seen by everyone?? Are we THAT hungry for praise and attention and making our name great? Do we need pomp and circumstance every time we walk into a room because we want people to say nice things about us?

Let’s have a little humility? After all, not that our big gift should be diminished, but in the grand scheme of things, how big is it… really? Yes, every little bit helps, but again, look at the bigger picture – the effort that our giving supports – would still happen without our giving! If you didn’t fully fund it or exclusively do the lifting to get things done – then you are a part of the body that did it. Your giving wasn’t NEEDED for it to succeed. The point here is that we have to stop making this about what we did or gave or had to say. We need to stop looking for praise and accolades for doing what we should be doing in the first place – loving God and loving others.

God gave us the means to do what we are doing and the best way we can show our love and appreciation for Him is to take care of each other – feed His sheep (John 21:17).  God deserves the glory for allowing and making us able to do so much. Trust me, the people who are on the receiving end of those blessings you bestow – may thank you, but they are praising GOD for you! They are giving HIM the glory for sending that blessing through you.

God will bless you and its’ absolutely awesome that you want to use that to bless others – it’s what He wants you to do! But your blessing is so much bigger when you just do what He’s made you do. When people thank you and even if they do make a big deal about what you did – remind them that it’s not about you – this is your chance to step aside and give God glory! When you give, don’t look for the parade or the awards ceremony in your honor – look to give God the Glory! Your blessing will mean so much more!

We Have Freedom But Our Hate Imprisons Us! #NoH8

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1)~ Christ will not be the Savior of any who will not own and rely upon HIM as their only Savior. No matter what the ‘world’ leads people to, or determines as the new ‘order’ of things, the Word of God remains as it was in the beginning and we must remain steadfast in the doctrine and liberty of the gospel. All true Christians, being taught by the Holy Spirit, wait for eternal life, the reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope, as the gift of God by faith in Christ; and not for the sake of their own works. Our ceremonies, traditions, self-assertions and rewritings of the ‘laws’ we live by have no impact nor influence on our salvation in Him. No outward privileges or profession, social or economic status, position nor power on earth will bring us to acceptance with God, without sincere faith in our Lord Jesus. True faith is a working grace; it works by love to God, and to our brethren.

Our two prime directives given by Christ were to love the Lord and to love others; that everything within the law hung on this (Matt 22:37-40). Our world has gotten away from those two directives and has spun out of control. We’ve made great advancements in knowledge and discovery and there are many great and amazing things man has achieved. There is nothing wrong with how far we’ve come as a people. But as far as we’ve come, we’ve simultaneously fallen back as more and more the love for and dependence on God in this world continues to diminish – in our achievements we have become self-reliant and self-absorbing. More and more in this world, we see the lack of love and concern for our fellow man. Never has the hatred between us been so prominent. Without faith working by love, all else is worthless, and compared with it other things are of small value. God’s promise restores ‘integrity’ back into His creation as it was at the foundation of the world. May we learn to be still; leaning not to our own understanding; but in all ways acknowledging Him and His finished work; and allow Him to do His works of restoration in us. May we be of the number of those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. May we recall and return to a point of living under the directives Christ put before us: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; Love thy neighbor as thyself”!