Of Many

So I am home, chillin , relaxin -” easy like Sunday morning”- and I ” stumble” on this wonderful eye opening, enlightening, refreshing, transformatative documentary that focuses on an  interfaith ministry at NYU. This ministry was birthed out an alliance that grew into a close friendship between an Imam and a Rabbi. To say that the whole story pertaining to these two men , their respective families , the students that they work with , and their work /ministry as a whole touched me deeply is an understatement at best. 

I could try to attempt to describe the documentary and the ministry in greater detail , however , I choose not to because I don’t want to do it any injustice.  Let’s just say for the moment that if watching how these two spiritual leaders from different backgrounds, different beliefs, were able to find that they a lot of commonalities, respected each other’s differences, while managing to stay true to themselves , taught their students to do the same while incorporating charity and social justice wasn’t enough….

…..while watching the credits roll, I noticed that Chelsea Clinton was the Executive Producer and one of the founders of the “Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership”…I had an aha moment…how bad could her parents be if they raised such an insightful, compassionate , brilliant, intelligent and dynamic young woman and leader in her own rite as Chelsea?  Which made me think further- perhaps I had it right all along – Unconditional love is the only thing that truly matters and the 2016 election really did boil down to love versus hatred; or as our illustrious president is also starting to realize, it all boils down to ” good versus evil” or at least that what he was saying as of yesterday. 

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations,” Mr. Trump said in a cavernous hall filled with heads of state eager to find favor with the new president. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion, people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”

And to think that I was watching this documentary during the time that the above mentioned president is addressing an audience of predominantly Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabi, during the first leg of his first foreign trip as president. 

Coincidence? 

I think not– I am still amazed at how God – who is always in control, even we don’t always understand or like what He is allowing in our lives- always gives us what we need even before we realized the real need. I needed to watch this – to experience this.. Of Many…

Thank you Lord for your steadfast love, 

Lamentations 3:22-26

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

https://www.nyu.edu/students/communities-and-groups/student-diversity/spiritual-life/of-many-institute-for-multifaith-leadership.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/world/middleeast/trump-saudi-arabia-islam-speech.amp.html

Not the time for ignorance within the camp

I was listening to a podcast in which a FB post by a well known singer was mentioned regarding Christians and depression. I have not seen the actual post ( was probably taken down after some backlash) ; however the podcast alluded to the statement made by this well known artist as saying to the effect that ” a person stays depressed for several years because they do not know who they are or whose they are”.  This comment has been resonating and leaving an awful taste within my spirit for the past few days. 

This is not the time for ignorance, especially amongst those that call themselves servants of the Most High God….
Please, please, please know the difference between long suffering and depression. Knowledge is power; therefore either get it or have a seat – ” my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” ( Hosea 4:6). 

  • Long suffering – an actual fruit of the spirit( Gal5:22); time period and degrees of long suffering varies from one individual to another based on God’s preordained plan for an individual servant ( Jer 29:11, Ps 139:16). 
  • Depression – on the other hand is a mood disorder; in some cases ( bipolar/ ( manic depression) a chemical imbalance can be a factor and/or life events can also play a factor(s). Similarly as w/ long suffering, the time frame and the levels of depression varies from one individual to another. 

This lack of real knowledge ( of God) is a prime example that touches the core of the problems that are challenging the Body of Christ. Lack of knowledge of the things pertaining to godliness due to the lack of truly establishing a real relationship w/God, spending time in His Presence and in His Word. A lot of people professing to be believers and followers of Christ are also the one that the Apostle Paul describes as ” having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”. He then goes on to instructing us to ” Mark them and then turn away from them”. (2Tim3:5). 

I also believe this falls into category regarding the wickedness that God wants us to turn away from ( 2Chr7:14-15) before He will heal our land.  

Peace

References: 

  1. Long Suffering-http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/longsuffering/
  2. Depression-  https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

Your Wickedness Shall Correct You…

The following is an excerpt from my personal journal that I have been sitting on for several weeks. 

On Nov 8, 2016 (the morning of the election itself ) I felt God impress upon me to vote for Trump; however- I waved the impression aside and voted for Hilary because I could not wrap my brain at the time as to why God would possibly instruct me to do so. I have since repented. 

The next morning, He again prompted me to pray for Trump and his administration as He has regarding President Obama and his predecessors, ( according to 1Tim 2:1). However, it’s been more of a hit or miss regarding Trump. 

I can really relate to the Prophet Jonah right now, because although I sense that America as a whole is trying to wake up – you’re still seeing things through a glass dimly ( ICor13:12, Eph 1:18). 

I’ve said it before- all the talking and protesting is not going to make a difference when you’re dealing with pure evil. This is real spiritual warfare- the only weapons that are going to be effective are spiritual weapons (2Cor 10:4)  and only after we as a nation have truly repented (2Chron 7:14). 

Therefore if God has to use the Trump administration , Putin and ISIS to bring this nation to it’s knees then so be it! 

Consider this perhaps your final warning!

***************************GAIL MCNAIRJANUARY 15, 2017 8:47 PM

The Word of the Lord to America…

What is coming through the Trump administration because we have forsaken the Lord…
Jeremiah 2:19
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

I strongly believe that this is why God instructed me to vote for and pray for Trump; not because Trump has special favor/connection with God – more so that this is a part of God’s plan to bring America to it’s knees.

Trump Prepares To Halt Syrian Refugee Admissions, Limit Muslim Entry

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-muslim-ban-refugees_

Why ISIS supports Trump election

http://time.com/4480945/isis-

 

https://dayone.me/2KZ6zMq

Brace Yourselves…

Plenty and plenty of warnings have gone forth and yet we as a Body of Christ are still for the most part stuck on carnal! Basically judging from recent posts and what is happening in the news – we haven’t fully repented. There are a handful of believers who have recently awaken out of their stupor but the remainder of us are still full of ourselves, full of pride and just plain evil.

Evil is what is at play here, if you have been wondering why the Democrats haven’t stood up, raised their voices, fists more so that what they have (which has been out of pressure from the sprinkling of righteous indignation on both sides of the aisle and the Green Party) is because although they are the lesser of the two evils, they’re still evil. Dick Gregory was right- “when you have evil and you vote for the lesser of the two evil, you’re  evil”. Evil is not going to rise up against evil. Evil would rather bow (in this case concede) to evil rather than bow down to righteousness and repent!

So brace yourselves- the enemy has been giving you a glimpse, a forecast of what’s to  come (the increase of hate crimes within the last month alone, key administrative /cabinet appointments, denial of any Russian cyber activity influencing the elections- when have you ever heard of a US President/ President-Elect -taking sides with a formidable opponent against their own country?) and it’s going to get worse. All of the protesting and monitoring in the world will not stand up to evil. Only God’s righteousness can stand up, has stood up, and actually has overcome evil! (2Cor 10:4), (Mark 3:23 The same resurrection power that raised up Jesus from the dead and overcame the enemy (satan) is still in us- the believers today, we just have to tap into that power through prayer! (Eph 1:19-22).

Pride comes before destruction, so unless we as a Body of Christ truly repents, the only group(s) that may survive the inevitable destruction are the Muslims and perhaps the Jewish. Heck, God even sent one of His Jewish messengers to address us ( before Congress) and warn us last year. The Muslims have been awake (on key matters)  for a long time, they have been speaking truth for a long time and they are faithful in their seeking through their devout prayers. The Jewish likewise…and no, i  am not encouraging you to convert to either Islam nor the Jewish religions…Jesus still is The Way, The Truth and The Light, no one comes to the Father but through Him. Correct me if I am wrong, however, the last I checked the Muslims still saw Him as a mere human (a Prophet, yet still human) and not the actual Messiah.

The Window of Grace is still open, however it is rapidly closing, now is the time to sincerely repent! (Rev 2:21-22)

Dick Gregory on News One Now (Roland Martin)

PM Netanyahu’s Speech Before Congress

Prophetic Insights- 2016 Elections

Insight into the Insights…
2 Timothy 2:15-16

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
I stumbled  onto the following three videos earlier this morning. I was curious about what the company of prophets were saying… (I am still praying through; and will continue to do so until I get a peace , don’t yet have a peace concerning the election- therefore seeking, praying, and discerning -Phil 4:6-7). 

In the mouth of two or three witnesses a word is established (2Cor 13:1) – therefore I am finding it interesting that there is a consensus amongst the company of prophets that Hilary was expected to win. I also am in agreement to base things on the Word of God, discernment based on the Word of God in addition to time spent forth in prayer and so forth. 

Although I never came out and actually said ” thus saith the Lord”, I still had a strong belief, impression that she was going to win; although as we all know she did the popular vote.  But for things to turn out so differently even though that was the consensus – leads me to believe that we should not be putting a period(.), nor an exclamation point (!)  on the whole matter as of yet- but rather a … ( to be continued)…

In the meantime- I felt impressed to share the following videos and to admonish you that as you view these videos – chew on them as you would chew on fish ( eat the meat , but throw away the bones) there’s some truth ( meat) in every one of them; however there are also bones. Watch and pray! 

Be blessed!😘😘🙏🏾

Prophet Brian Carns- I have a lot of respect for Prophet Carns, and that respect has been here for several years now. 

Prophet Demetrius Sinegal- 

Prophet Todd Hall  -https://youtu.be/9kZp4tRpT1Q

It’s Time To Truly Repent

So, as I mentioned in my FB video that I just posted; I have been scratching my head  , reflecting over this whole election, processing things and simply asking God Why?  

Why did you allow this to happen? I am not sure if many of you know about the petition from Change.org that is circulating for the electoral college to change their vote on December 19th. I actually signed the petition and I urge to sign as well. However, after I signed it, I asked God what would it take to actually make the petition effective and successful? Well, that when He began to deal with me about repentance. He reminded me about the times even more recently that He has warned us of what would happen to this country if we didn’t heed to His warnings and Repent.

As I also stated in my FB video, God has been sending missionaries to the US to warn us for many years, most recently He has been sending His men and women within our nation to warn us as well. In fact He reminded me of how He sent warnings through me, starting with the prophecy Consider Yourselves Warned ( see link below) that was given on July 26, 2015. That was the first time in a long time that He admonished me to share the following scripture- 2Chronicles 7:14-15. In that prophecy I asked a remnant to stand with me regarding that scripture and prayer. God also sent other warnings including the admonishment to awake and put on strength ( Is:52:1). And if you haven’t realized it yet- the results of this election is another warning. 

Because we did not heed to any of warnings He allowed the wicked schemes of the enemy to come to pass. 

As I stated in the video and stated at other times as well, the Body  of Christ has to heal before the healing of the nation can take place. 

We have not heeded His warnings yet nor have we been paying attention and we got blind sided – Are We Ready To Start Paying Attention Now???

This whole thing also reeks of greed! The slave trade was not based on racism but greed, one African selling other Africans( whom they had captured) to European traders out of pure greed. That’s what is coming into mind as I continue to reflect and pray on this. Especially as it pertains to both ” white evangelicals and a speckle of black evangelicals” selling out the American public as a whole for greed. So please add greed to the long list. 

Repentance starts first and foremost from the pulpit. Preachers, pastors and teachers have to Repent from their ungodly living that is not pleasing to God and lead by example by leading Godly lives. Those of you who are shacking, fornicating, drinking, drugging, viewing porno, living the down- low, homosexuality, child molestors, and the list goes on- 

Repent, confess your sins before God , He will forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1John1:9). 

Stop preaching lies, rhetoric( including your own doctrine on prosperity to pad your own wallets) your own opinions, perspectives and personal agenda; but teach people the Word of God. Teach the people how to enter into a personal relationship with God. Teach them the truth ( based on the Word of God) in the spirit of love. Teach how to effectively apply the Word of God to their daily lives. 

Again we are not talking about religion, legalism, beating people over the head with a bible; but we’re talking about teaching about the grace, love and mercy of God.  If you don’t know how to do that because you are not a true believer yourself and/or you simply do not know or not willing to then –Sit Down

God is NOT Playing

He is not requiring us to be perfect but He’s looking for willing hearts and minds. He wants to know that we are willing to Repent, invite Him into our  hearts and begin to know Him and allow Him to reveal Himself to us through Grace. 

The Republicans and ” political experts” are saying that this petition is giving people a false sense of hope because the Republicans have the majority on both sides. From where I stand that’s not democracy at all, where there’s just one perspective, one voice is being heard. On top of that you add the KKK, and Putin’s influence into the mix- definitely not looking like anything that God would co- sign on. They would have you to believe that, but I know different and I hope you do too. 

They simply had a better strategy and we were blind sided because we were sleeping and weak. We were weak because we were not praying like we should. 

In order for God’s will to be done on earth as it in heaven – there has to be a partnership between heaven and earth. In order for that partnership to take effect we ( the Body of Christ) has to be on one accord. 

Again, I truly want this petition to be effective, I would love to see His    Perfect Will to be done

However repentance has to take place before change can be effective. 

Scriptures to reflect

Acts3:19

Acts 12

Eph 2:5-8

Gal 5

Isaiah 52:1

1John 1:19

Psalms 37:1-2 

Consider Yourselves Warned….
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s288/sh/b6e8d06d-a556-40df-a403-05bf79f7cd1e/a89c91376605ac73e242d315d0b015b7

FB link

https://www.facebook.com/gail.mcnair.79/videos/10211168064707800/

Change.org  Petition

https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-electors-electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19?recruiter=87162291&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

God Is Still On The Throne…We Must ( If Never Before- We Must Now Be Determined To Keep The Faith)….

Like so many of you – as I was watching the results of the election the other night… I felt like my life was being sucked out of me as I watched in utter shock of what I was seeing and hearing . 

There were times when I had to turn off the tv and go to bed with hopes that I would wake up the next morning, miracle of miracles- many prayers would have been answered and Hilary would be our President Elect. This went on several times during the course of several hours. I found myself asking God for enough peace so that I could sleep because I was debating about wether or not I was still going to attend a funding conference the next morning and in order to do so I was going to have to get up and hit the road early. 

That peace didn’t come when I wanted it to,  so I found myself turning the tv back on around 12:30-1:00 in the morning with Trump still in the lead, and with a lot more red on the map. When I began to see the handwriting on the wall, that’s when I decided to turn off the tv for the final time and just begin to pray. 

At first I felt like I was still praying for a miracle, but then the prayer began to transpire into me interceding on behalf of Hilary. By the grace of God I was able to put myself in her shoes and I felt a heavy sense of pain and disappointment. 

Like many of you , I have a dream to fulfill my life’s purpose. Sometimes I like so many others,  get discouraged because of the cares of this life and we push the dream aside. 

Well, over the summer as I was reflecting on my life realizing that because of my personality and my mouth, that my job prospects were very slim to null; and  therefore that it was probably a good time for me to create a job for myself and others as well. So once again,  I decided to pick up my cross and match  my faith with my actions. 

Several weeks ago, I came across a ” Notice of Funding Available” ( NOFA) from HUD and put the conference for this NOFA on my calendar for yesterday ( November 9) – the day after the election. Even then I just assumed that Hilary would be President. 

For the majority of October and the days leading up to election, I found myself laden with an extra burden on my heart that I could not put a finger on. I found myself going in waves of fighting depression and short spurts of joy. Honestly there were times especially this past week leading up to the election when I didn’t want to pray, I didn’t want to minister or connect with the very folk that I believe God sent me for/to, I couldn’t focus on my course and as a result I fell behind in my studies, allergies were giving me grief, finances were really acting funny and so on. It got to the point that I cancelled an important meeting that I was looking forward to , was seriously thinking about not going to the funding conference the next morning and on the brink of giving up and giving into the cares of life and this sense of foreboding that has been lingering for some time. 

BUT THEN GOD! 

God stirred my spirit early the next morning after only getting a couple of hours of sleep and encouraged me to make my way to the funding conference. And by His grace I manage to squeak through a quick prayer, shower, ignore my back account and head out the door in record time. 

I saw the alerts/updates that were coming on my phone confirming the inconceivable ( I think I actually cringed the first time that I saw the term:phrase” President- Elect Trump) on my phone in addition to seeing a reference to Putin wanting to reestablish some sort of ties with the US and I thought to myself ” oh Lord , here we go”. 

Somewhere between choosing to obey the voice of God and actually attending the conference, the heaviness and the sense of forebode began to lift. I believe it began to lift when I realized that I had (again-  by the grace of God) decided to press on this time and not give up despite how bleak it was looking in the natural. 

And as if God really wanted to convince me/reward me by letting me know that He was pleased with me- moments after leaving the conference He answered a prayer that I whispered to Him the day before- I asked Him to help me and to send an earthen angel to me that would help me. I believe that this prayer was answered as I was standing at a bus stop making my way home I got a phone call from someone that I was referred to a couple of weeks ago – who seems to share my passion for serving God and His people. I believe that’s when the real joy came through and is still here to a great degree- DESPITE!

So I realize that a lot of people are angry and are grieving because of the results…and I get that… I really do! I am also happy to see the people channeling their frustrations, fear, anger, grief and disappointment through the protests!! Yeah! That’s great to see people standing strong, united, making sure that their voices are heard. Do I sense another, perhaps even better OCCUPY? While you’re protesting and rallying– may I please suggest that you also put your brilliant heads together to draw up an action plan (s) to keep Obama’s legacy going. His legacy to serve everyone, to love everyone ( including the most vulnerable)…keep THAT legacy going! Like he said — don’t insult him!! 

I seriously suspect that the election was rigged and that Putin played a big role in it. However, let us keep in mind what the best First Lady that this country has ever had (no offense to Hilary Clinton nor Jackie O, ) – ” when they go low , we go high” ( I think that is forever going to be my new mantra- life principle!). 

So while we are going high and rallying – let’s also remember who the real enemy is- satan himself- and therefore let us ” look up to the hills from whence cometh our help” and rally in prayer first of all on behalf on Hilary and the entire Clinton family, President Obama and his family, Joe Biden ( really going to miss him😢), this nation and each other . 

Whenever I was tempted to go into the dark place yesterday based on the results ..I had to keep reminding myself these three things: GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE, HE HAS A PLAN, IF HE ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN, THEN THERE’S A REASON! 

Somehow He’s working even this for our good! Stay strong, stay focused and please , please – KEEP PRESSING!!!😘😘🙏🏾🙏🏾😘😘🙏🏾🙏🏾

Galatians 5:16-26
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Psalms 37:7
Be still before the Lord

and wait patiently for him;

do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalms 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”
Romans 8:28-30
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Isaiah 26:3-4  

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever,for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

It’s A Heart Thing…

A classmate shared this article as part of an assignment. 

I found it very refreshing because it ties into a recent personal evolutionary experience as it pertains to my faith. My perspective regarding the role that love ( Agape perspective) plays within domestic and foreign relations has changed. I am beginning to realize more and more that love cannot be limited nor is it as distinctive as black or white; or should I say – red vs blue. 

For so long I thought the Republican Party had a monopoly on Christian values and morals, however I am now beginning to appreciate that the thread of love is more of an individual personal thread than can be woven on both sides. 

The Washington Post: Kerry explains why religion can play a role in U.S. foreign policy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-explains-why-religion-can-play-a-role-in-us-foreign-policy/2016/04/26/b86eacf2-f6dd-4f6d-b1f4-5c16005c7261_story.html

Walk it Out

I have wondered many times over and  in many cases if people actually do take the time to read the “Love Chapter” ( 1Cor 13), and if so,  then very few of them are actually applying at least some part of  the text to their everyday life experiences and how they relate to others. Because if they did … to snatch a few words out of a Harold Melvin and Blue Notes song (Wake Up Everybody)…🎧the world would so much better, if we just let it be🎧. 

I happened to wake up this morning with the Lord ministering to me about two recent occasions where I have been involved in situations where I and the pastor/leader of the ministry have disagreed on key issues relating to doctrines based on the Word of God. 

Now, where I am always quick to apply Matt10:10- and shake the dust off my feet and keep it moving… I now find Him encouraging me to hang in there with folks. He has been gently nudging me lately, by saying and/or placing a light burden /desire on my heart  to see people delivered from their respective bondages; in these cases in particular it’s the “spirit of religion” based solely on the law ( and works) and the spirit of error- not correctly dividing the Word of God and thus teaching  out of context. 

This morning as I was waking up He also reminded me that He leads and sends me wherever He needs me. And this is always where He gets me…1 Corinthians 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

I mean this is  ALL inclusive – NO EXCUSES WHATSOEVER for me ( nor anyone else for that matter, not to love, not to forgive).  So then He tells me that He is sending me back into enemy territory and that He wants me to WALK IT OUT.   Simply put, apply all of 1Cor 13 to our everyday lives, as we are relating to one another- in our homes, with various family members, on our jobs, gossiping co-workers, unfair policies and protocols implemented by supervisors that you don’t always agree with, our neighbors, in our communities, places of worship, and so on. 

“Regardless of how they treat you- Walk it Out – hang on in there and LOVE ON THEM ANYHOW.  Truth be told, He truly knows me, and He knows that if it had not been for Him gently nudging me and encouraging me the way that He has -especially as of late- I would have rolled over in bed and tried to go back to sleep! Trust me when I say that I have had my Jonah moments, however, I believe that I have already been in the belly of a whale many times over– I ain’t trying to go back! So in order to remain as obedient as I know how, that’s what I will continue to do, until He tells me otherwise. 

I would like to encourage and challenge you to do the same, it’s not always easy to say the least. I am the first one to do a ” Donald” – be fine with things as long as as things are going my way, then have a tantrum the minute things start turning around. Two things to hopefully encourage and give you the grace to WALK IT OUT. 

  1. Know that God sees you as blessed. Regardless of what other people may say and/or do to try to Really, Really hurt you because they are Really, Really hurting.. love them anyways and remind yourself the way that God has been reminding me more and more as of late… 

  • Matthew 5:11-12“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you 

  1. That Jesus -despite being betrayed by one of His own, who knew no sin, but yet bore our sins, paid a debt that we could NEVER EVER  repay; yet He was crucified, dead, buried, sleeping in His grave, resurrected, ascended into the heavenlies of heavenlies, is seated at the right hand of our father, making daily intercession for us because He Loves Us...
  • Hebrews 12:3-4 The Discipline of God – For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.  
  • 1 Corinthians 15:56-58 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Love Never Fails! ( ICor13:8a)


    Definitions of Agape: 


    The Importance of Rightly Diving the Word of God..

    I have heard many people ranging from leaders within the Body of Christ to lay people using the following scripture in the wrong context. 

    “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”

    I attended a prayer breakfast in July which was attended by local church leaders and the speaker of the hour ( who also happened to be the host) stated her dismay at people who claim to be spiritual when they would say that they needed to pray about a matter before making a decision or to speak on certain matters. She alluded to the scripture above by saying that praying on stuff was not necessary because the Lord would tell us what to say at the time. For some reason that did not sit well with me at the time; however, I decided to let it go … and then…last week I had a taste for collard greens (cooked in ham hocks)  and cornbread! I managed to drag myself to the local supermarket in search of hopefully frozen collard greens ( I knew there was little to no chance of me finding fresh collards) and ended up in the aisle where I (with the assistance of another customer ) was able to locate canned collards. So as I’m standing there trying to decide which brand to purchase ( Sylvia’s versus Glory’s) another customer walked up and I asked him for his opinion. So during our conversation, he simply suggested asking God ” because he will tell you what to say even as you’re praying”. I knew he meant well, and that he probably heard either the same church leader or someone else take this same scripture out of context,  so I thanked him and kept it moving. However, that incident also bought the previous incident at the prayer breakfast into mind. 
    When Jesus was talking to His disciples at this particular point- He was giving them  ” a heads up” to the various types of persecutions that they were going to face as he sent them out into the world as ” sheeps within the midst of wolves”.  He was specifically instructing them in Matthew 10:19-20 to not worry about what to say at the time that they would be “delivered up” (taken into custody) before the councils  (court systems at the time) as a result of being persecuted for being a His disciple. 

    During that same prayer breakfast after initially being troubled by that  scripture being used out of context, I thought about the scripture found in Prov 3:4-5  that encourages us to actually indeed seek God’s wisdom in every situation; in doing so would He would then direct our paths. I sincerely believe that this was at the heart of the man at the supermarket as he was assisting me in making a very life altering decision involving my choice of collard greens!😜 I also believe that this is at the heart of many others who are correct in wanting to seek God’s ( aka ” heavenly wisdom James 3:13) wisdom in their everyday decisions. 

    Yes I do believe that God desires to be involved in every aspect of our lives – even including our choice of collards; however…

    ….herein lies yet another issue within the Body  of Christ.. many believers are  either being taught erroneously because their respective leaders may not be taking the time to rightly divide the Word of God (2Tim 2:15) and / or are not being taught at all. Not only is rightly dividing  the Word of God crucial, however the motivating factors should always be love for God and love for thy neighbor as well. Having those three factors consistently in place should go a long way towards the healing process within the Body of Christ and our nation!
    Be blessed and remember to ” get out the vote”

    https://www.iwillvote.com/

    Please also continue to stand and pray with me concerning our nation. 

    2 Chronicles 7:14-15

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

    Matthew 10:16-26

    Persucutions Are Coming
    “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

    “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.