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Some Clarification…on Prophecy vs Prediction

2 Peter 1:20-21

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

So recently a lot of increased insinuations (shade) has been thrown my way regarding my so- called predictions regarding the 2016 Elections… with the upcoming elections and all, I thought it was important to clarify somethings …

What is Prophecy? The Bible’s Answer

A prophecy is a message inspired by God, a divine revelation. The Bible says that prophets “spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”

I do not consider myself as one who predicts ; rather it is my heart’s desire to be a pure and true vessel for God’s use and ultimately His Glory.

Psalms 24:3-4

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?

Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

There are times when He drops a message on my heart to share, mainly warnings about what’s to come if we His Body ( Body of Christ) does not repent from our wickedness.

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

So whenever I am sharing a message from God I just come out and actually say it- i.e. “thus says the Lord”, the Lord placed this on my heart to share, etc. However, I honestly DO NOT remember ever saying anything like this regarding the 2016 Elections. Like a lot of others, I strongly believed that Hilary would win because it made sense to me simply because of what I saw and how it aligned with the Word of God from MY PERSPECTIVE – clear line of Love (1Cor13) vs hate! Even if God was trying to tell me otherwise , His message had to go through a lot of filtering because that’s how strong my belief in Hilary’s victory was. Again, I never came out of my mouth and said “God said that Hilary would win” and therefore I repeat- I don’t predict- I am simply a vessel who relays messages from God (prophesy) as He leads!

Therefore, please do not mock God by devaluing His gifts to the level of mere predictions nor psychic capabilities among other things. I know that there are secular definitions amongst others who have erroneously equated prophecy with predictions; however that is simply not the case.

Ephesians 4:11-13

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

So Mika Brzezinka (MSNBC) and the many others – I hope this helps to clarify some things for you . If I’m wrong in anyway as it pertains to any insinuations on your part, my badd- however, if I’m correct in my assumptions regarding the implications- then please stop!

As always, I am always open for discussion. I do believe that we as a people should have open frank discussions in order to communicate, educate , heal and move forward!😘🙏🏾

Resources:

www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/Bible-prophecy

Photo courtesy of: A BIblical Perspectives

Thank you

I Count It A Honor to Suffer on Behalf of Christ

1 Thessalonians 5:18

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:12-15

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Thank you to everyone who prayed and are still praying for me, I felt your prayers Tuesday evening and throughout yesterday when I needed them the most. Some of you may be aware that I received a gut- wrenching attack from the enemy the other evening… I will not go into details now, still praying about the matter and manner of how everything went down in addition to praying for the grace to love and therefore sincerely pray ( intercede ) on the behalf of everyone that was involved…

… however, your prayers, smiles of encouragement and the overall warmth that I received really touched my heart! ❤️ Most importantly it encouraged me to the degree that I see that despite of all the chaos and ugliness going on within the nation, world today; despite the very tactics that the enemy uses to distract us from truly seeing and connecting with God– an increasing amount of you are starting to see things for what they really are! This truly gives me wind beneath my wings …

Some of you are still blinded – however, that’s okay- the love is still real and forever will be here for you. ❤️❤️❤️

So thank you again and please stay empowered and encouraged! 😘🙏🏾

Ephesians 3:16-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Love, Power and Soundness of Mind

Soul Food Du Jour…

I was watching a guest on the Beat with Ari Melber ( one of my favs on MSNBC) and he stated that we ALL are basically reacting out of fear regarding what’s happening in our nation and perhaps globally. He tried to put a scientific twist on it by bringing the frontal cortex ( portion of our brains) into the mix.

I take issue with this as I see it as a subtle way to remain in denial of the truth as it is. If you think that I am wrong, I invite you to have a dialogue.

So this is my response…

…true believers do not respond to what’s happening all around us ( our personal lives, our nation and/or globally) out of fear; WE RISE UP…and respond in LOVE, POWER AND SOUNDNESS OF MIND ( especially in our frontal cortex) because we are being transformed on a daily basis by the renewal of minds ( via the Word of God) and presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, Holy as acceptable unto God for this is our reasonable service.

So please in your pompous attitude and refusal to accept the truth (spoken in love, power, and soundness of mind ) DO NOT try to twist it otherwise!

God is still reaching out to us all, and He is still admonishing is to humble ourselves and pray, to seek His face and TURN FROM ( repent) our wicked ways ( injustice, robberies, and wrong doings).

Peace✌🏾🙏🏾😘

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

Isaiah 61:8

“For I, the Lord, love justice;

I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

In my faithfulness I will reward my people

and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform

Food for thought….

Isaiah 61:8

“For I, the Lord, love justice;

I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

In my faithfulness I will reward my people

and make an everlasting covenant with them.

The Anglo-Saxon people that first came over here on the Mayflower and stole this land from the Native Americans, I consider them as undocumented. There was no money exchanged at that time, they just fought their way and stole. Therefore, they were undocumented criminals who migrated here.

Regarding the African Diaspora, there was money exchanged between the same White- Anglo Saxons and certain African tribes that sold their African captives at the time. Yet money was exchanged for those Africans to cross the Atlantic and to work this land, build this country on their backs. There was plenty of documentation that took place during this period (slave trade) as records were meticulously kept as it pertained to auctions that were conducted and the slave owners and their slaves that they kept and traded amongst each other. Therefore the Native Americans and the Africans were the only two groups of people that were here “legally”.

Chain Migration actually started with this same group of Anglo-Saxons , many generations later, here were are.

So who are you , White- Anglo Saxons ( Trump supporters) to have the audacity to say that you have the right to determine who gets to go and who gets to stay! To me, you’re no better than the “bad hombres” that you say that you’re trying to protect us from. Who protected the Native Americans from you?

Food for thought as we consider Immigration Reform!

Ram in The Bush

Ram in the Bush

When was the last time you heard a reference to the biblical story about Abraham, Isaac and the ram in the bush? It’s been a long time since God has placed it on my heart; or that I have heard any reference in general.

Today is Ash Wednesday , in the Christian faith it marks the beginning of the Lenten season; the 40 day period ( as a symbol and reminder of the 40 days that Moses spent on Mount Sinai communing with God, received the Ten Commandments and that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness after His baptism ) that preceded the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.

Many people have always referenced and/or tied this story ( Ram in the bush) in terms of God’s provision ; this is true to the extent that God provided His sacrifice as an outcome of Abraham passing the test of faith that God had just presented to him. However, the real essence of this story ( and the Lenten season) is the willingness to sacrifice the one true thing ( in this case – person) we love as a testament of our love for, our willingness to sacrifice and obey God. God made provision ( in this case a substitute for the sacrifice itself- Isaac- in the form of a Ram) only After he saw the depth of Abraham’s love for Him, and the depth of his faith – enough to be willing to trust and obey Him even when he was not presented with any answers.

Genesis 22:12-13

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. ”Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

As you may recall, God had promised Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age; Abraham was 75 years old when God promised him Isaac. Sarah and Abraham had to wait 25 years for their promise of their seed (Isaac) to be fulfilled. Abraham and Sarah were well in age- they were OLD; Sarah thought the idea of having a child as old as she was ( eggs all dried up) that she literally laughed at the notion. It got to a point that it was taking so long for the promise to manifest that Sarah took things into her own hands ( with Abraham’s full cooperation) by giving Abraham her hand maid / servant/slave- Hagar- to bare a seed on their own; Ishmael was the result.

To finally have their promise fulfilled, they really adored Isaac -only for God to turn around and ask them to give him back? Literally give him up by sacrificing him — REALLY?

I’m sure Abraham had to dig deep into his core in order for him to stir up the level of faith that required him to trust and obey God to the extent that he did.

I also believe that this is something that God wants us to reflect on as we approach lent. I also firmly believe that the Lenten season’s purpose is to help us to remember God’s ultimate sacrifice- His Son Jesus.

As a covenant with us – His believers- He’s asking us to what level are we willing to sacrifice , to trust and to obey. 😘🙏🏾

Scriptural References:

Genesis 22:1-19

Abraham Tested

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son , your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you. ”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you. ”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. ”

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. ”

The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Exodus 31:18

When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

4:1-11pp — Mk 1:12,13; Lk 4:1-13

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

and they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Timeline of Abraham

https://www.harpscrossing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Timeline-From-Abram-to-Exodus.pdf

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2018/02/12/when-valentines-day-and-ash-wednesday-collide-clergy-find-love-lent/315698002/

Time To Seriously Pray…

Regardless of what side you may be on…it’s time to pray for all of our leaders, so that all may go well with us- our nation, our world! 🙏🏾😘

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Chapter 2

Pray for All Men

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

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