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Division Can Be A Good Thing

The constant thread that was echoed throughout both sects of media ( news media and social media) yesterday was the outcry over the divisiveness that has become embedded within our nation and as a result there is now an outcry for civility.

However…

division can be a good thing if and when it’s done with the right motive.

Matthew 10:34 Christ Brings Division

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.In the above passage Jesus is clearly stating His stance on what and who takes priority in our lives. He was clearly doing a sifting of those who chose to follow Him and those who did not. He furthers admonishes us to pick up our cross and follow Him.

Anyone who has read His teachings via the words in written in red within the gospels, knows that Jesus during His time on earth was a righteous radical who fought on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and was therefore opposed by the pompous religious leaders of the day ( whom He rightly called a brood of hypocritical vipers on many occasions).

Yes, I said it- Jesus was and still is a righteous radical who is still fighting on the behalf of the oppressed.

Satan, the real enemy here in all of this chaos would have you to believe that the divisions are based on superficial matters such as the color of our skin, our sexual preference, our church attendance, our religious choices and so forth ; however, I strongly believe that that real issue- the central core of the divisions comes down to righteousness vs. unrighteousness; oppressed versus oppressors.

I have watched and admired Congresswoman Maxine Waters for most of my life. I initially became aware of her outstanding leadership during her tenure as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and have followed and admired her ever since, especially now. Her fight seems to become stronger and her voice for the voiceless becomes louder, as she ( ” with her low I. Q.”) continues to lead and teach the masses on proper parliamentary procedures ( the likes of which our esteemed President seems to be oblivious of), how to use our voice and reclaim our time!

The media has been playing her clip of encouraging people to push back against the Trump administration- which she has been doing since day one and rightly so. Although, I do not agree with the wording of that call to action, I can definitely relate to the sentiment, the passion and frustration behind it.

Watching and praying about the latest debacle that our esteemed President has gotten us into, and wanting to come up with a real viable resolution rather than just talking and reporting on it from various angles for ratings. I was seriously contemplating going over the Presidentโ€™s head by approaching the United Nations Human Rights Commission to intervene on behalf of the families who have been detained and separated at the border, only to find out that he has already pulled us out of the commission. Dang! The frustration and the sense of hopelessness and despair can become real! I get it!!!

On the other hand, CNN Daybreak anchor – Carol Costello interviewed Bishop T D Jakes of the Potter’s House ( many would consider him a religious leader of the day), said the right things and I initially agreed with the words that were coming out of mouth however later through and as a result of prayer began to question the real sentiment and motive. He was the epitome of civility that many are harking for.

However, my question is …does civility mean to lay down and roll over?

Does coming up with the right strategy mean “let’s think up a new way to do the same thing and come up with the same results”?

The contrast between what I saw in the Maxine Waters’s clips and the interview with Jakes is real as well. I saw the division, the line that was drawn between a person passionately speaking on the behalf of the oppressed and willing them to continue to push back at whatever the cost, not to give up, not to lose hope, continue to fight; versus Jakes who was speaking on behalf of the oppressors and wanting the masses to calm down and go home.

Matthew 12:34

Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I have at times been called a trouble maker, God Himself in the spirit of Matthew 10 has quipped me as an agitator and I’m darn proud of it! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

I therefore stand with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and others who stand up and speak out for the voiceless , the oppressed people everywhere and will also continue to call out the hypocrites, who pimp the oppressed for their own agendas.

What Jesus continues to whisper in my ears, I and I hope others like Congresswoman Maxine Waters will continue to shout from the rooftops.

Matthew 10:27

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

โ€œWhatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.

Yes, Congresswoman Waters, God is indeed on our side!

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/25/maxine_waters_god_is_on_our_side.html

Isaiah 61:8

โ€œFor I, the Lord, love justice;

I hate robbery for burnt offering;

I will direct their work in truth,

And will make with them an everlasting covenant.

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References:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/maxine-waters-response-harm-trump-officials-673172

Scriptural References

Matthew 10:34-39 Christ Brings Divisionโ€œ

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to โ€œset a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-lawโ€™; and โ€˜a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.โ€™ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Matthew 12:34

Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

James 2:6

But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?

Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

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.

Warning…Do So At Your Own Risk….

It’s a common fact and general acceptance that ” Big Brother is always watching”๐Ÿ˜ณ

And I have often shared that I am well aware that my privacy is not sacred . Several months ago, a friend came straight out and asked me how I dealt with the constant scrutiny, surveillance, and invasion of my privacy. He did say at the time that he thought that I just ignored the cameras and so forth. However, try as I may, it’s not always easy to ignore, and I also shared that my peace for the most part comes from God- knowing that if He’s allowing the constant invasion of my privacy to take place that He must a good reason; and that somehow He’s working it together for me good. (Rom8:28).

In the meantime please know that I am always going to continue to do me regardless and that I am not altering my life , nor compromise my overall peace and wellness in any measure – at anytime for anyone when it comes to this matter.

So please be aware and please take note of this warning … whatever you see ( including me walking around my personal space in the buff ), hear, and/ or read ( yes, including my journal)…you’re doing so at your own risk. I sincerely pray that you don’t get your feelings hurt in the process; however if you do …๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ the owness is on you- you’ve been warned- again! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

Scriptural Reference

Job 1:1-12

Is 61:8

Rom8:28

Stay in My Lane? Hmmm…

I have been hearing so much lately about “staying in your lane” that I began to reflect on the phrase and ask God about the scriptural basis for this phrase if any. My first recollection of hearing this phrase was from a man of God that I was dating around five years ago while I was residing in my beloved Baltimore.

I actually liked the phrase and co-signed on it at the time. Not sure if it was because I was so enamored with my sweetie at the time or was it out of ignorance and/ or both? ๐Ÿ’๐ŸพFast forward to a couple of months ago and I heard it again from the Rev. Al Sharpton, on the AM Joy show ( after being prompted by Joy Reid herself) in response to a comment that I made in the privacy of my home ( look out for an upcoming post on this topic / issue as well), and a lot of people followed suit in ignorance and started repeating the same phrase.

So please allow me through the grace of God to provide some insight…

From my vantage point, THERE ARE NO LANES!

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein. Ps.24:1

Only God who knew us before He placed us in our motherโ€™s womb can establish which path we are to take. Our purpose / assignment can involve us as servants of God to be equipped with several gifts to be expressed in various ways at various times during our ministry on earth as God has preordained. (Ps. 139, Eph 2;10) Therefore, for anybody to try to place limits and boundaries on what God has already established and preordained for another individual is in error, at the very least !

๐ŸŽผ As Israel Houghton sang himself.. no limits, no boundaries…I see increase all around me, stretch forth…๐ŸŽผ

Good news is that it’s never too late to repent and turn from our wicked ways…๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-limits-enlarge-my-territory-take-the-limits-off/626560586?i=626560720

PS- I sent an invitation to Rev. Sharpton via a tweet addressed to him for us to have a dialogue, the invitation remains open to him and anyone else. In the meantime , prayers will continue to be lifted up for the Body of Christ as a whole.

Scriptural References

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.

PSALM 24;1

The King of Glory and His Kingdom

A Psalm of David.

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

Jeremiah 1:5

โ€œBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you;

Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations.โ€

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus said to him, โ€œ โ€˜You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.โ€™ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: โ€˜You shall love your neighbor as yourself.โ€™ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.โ€

Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk inthem.

Wish our esteemed President a happy birthday by donating to the ACLU! Please see Christine Tiegenโ€™s tweet below…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท

twitter.com/chrissyteigen/status/1007316045793595393

Healing Garden

Thank You…

…for your prayers, support not only for me however for my family as well – always , especially during these past couple of weeks. I feel like I just returned from an intense trip.

I can sum it in one word – an attack from satan himself

However the Bible does say for us not to give the enemy ( of our souls – satan himself) any space. I gave him a crack via unforgiveness and he busted that door wide open.

Ephesians 4:26-27

โ€œBe angry, and do not sinโ€: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

I try to be conscious of any bitterness, resentment that I may be harboring in order to deal with it head on; through prayer, forgiveness, releasing it to God and then to keep it moving in love.

I was aware of a particular situation years ago, however , so many things were happening during that time, I was simply in survival mode and had to keep pushing forward; there was no time to stop and analyze it at the time. As Jennifer Lewis shared the other day in her interview on the Breakfast Club ” feel your feelings”. ( side note: that interview hit home to me in such a deep way that’s hard for me to admit, will probably hit replay several times before it’s all over, you should check it out if you already haven’t done so.) In all honesty, I probably wasnโ€™t ready to handle it then, not strong enough at the time to handle it and go through the process of forgiveness.

This reinforces my belief that God does allow us to go through some things ( suffer) for the sake of getting stronger in order to gain the strength to heal. I affirm that the strength to heal is a prerequisite to the strength to love as Dr. Martin Luther King described in his book.

So thank you again for your love via prayers, support ( especially for my family ) and patience during this time, it really is coming from a deep heartfelt appreciation!

May God continue to richly bless you all! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜˜

References:

Ephesians 4:26-27

โ€œBe angry, and do not sinโ€: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strength_to_Love

https://youtu.be/VEl1i75rlRg

Itโ€™s Complicated…

We have all heard that God is Love … however, how does the deity of that Love express itself regarding us?

God is the only judge…yet I see us as believers and non- believers alike wanting to step in to judge others especially as it pertains to homosexuals.

It’s complicated when you try to put it into perspective…

On homosexuality… it pains me to a great deal lately when I think about the hateful words and acts done towards homosexuals and/ or the LGBTQ Community as a whole ( Lord knows that I’ve been guilty, just one of the many things that God is dealing with me about). I have loved ones and friends of loved ones within the LGBTQ Community and it is really starting to hurt my heart more and more when I reflect on the pain that they may have experienced from ” church folks in particular” and society in general. My most sincerest prayer to God has been for me to be vessel for God to love through, and yet I find myself guilty of being very critical at numerous times to the LGBTQ Community in particular. My sincere apologies to anyone that I might offended in the past. Please be patient with me- He will always be working on me as long as I’m on this side of Jordan- sincerely trying to understand-

I’ve said for the longest and still affirm that God really does hate the sin but loves the sinner , especially as it pertains to the LGBTQ Community,

Based on my reflection on this scripture over the years, I’ve come to realize now more than ever before that we can never truly know what is in a person’s heart – especially what’s at the core.

We are all aware that for the most part people have two faces – the one that is shown to the world in general ( masked) and the face we have when we think no one’s looking and we’re alone with our innermost thoughts and God.

Psychologists place these two different faces into two distinct components of our personalities – the primary personality and our shadow personality. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow

The movie “It’s Complicated” which starred Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230414/) touched lightly on this inner wrestling that we all experience to some to varying degrees.

I firmly believe that the shadow personality is more indicative of our real selves, (our inner – beings)- our heart. And this is the component of our total personality that God especially responds to. It’s the nonverbal prayers, pleas, cries that come from the very depths of our beings that causes Him to become more attentive and lean in more. However, we as “mere humans” cannot see this component with our naked eyes – only God can.

One thing that I find ironic regarding this whole thing regarding bashing homosexuals is that there seems to be a segment of the LGBTQ Community that sincerely wants to please God by expressing their love for one another in a committed relationship i.e. marriage- and yet I see that the majority of their critics, accusers, bashers are the ones who are not in a committed relationship such as marriage- that they commit sins that fall under the umbrella of sexual immorality such as fornication, and adultery- yet they think that they can justifiably judge someone else- hmmm!

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Some of us view pornography, lie, steal , are corrupt, greedy and so on. All of these are outward offenses that we can pick up in the physical realm, however at the end of the day… when it’s just us and God,

only God can discern and interpret our inner wrestlings.

Like I said – it’s complicated- but not really… simple choose to Love regardless–

Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus replied: โ€œโ€˜Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.โ€™ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: โ€˜Love your neighbor as yourself.โ€™ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท

Scriptural References and Resources

Rom1:18-32

Rom7:14-25

Rom3:23

Matt22:27-40

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230414/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow

photo courtesy of: https://fanart.tv/movie/22897/its-complicated/

A Moment that took 50 years to make

A Moment that took 50 years to make

A Moment that took 50 years to make
โ€” Read on yoursuccessinspirer.com/2018/03/25/guest-moment/

Call to Prayer for Trump…so that all may be well for us all…

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Instructions on Worship

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all peopleโ€” for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This link to the New York Times article ( https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/us/politics/trump-chaos-trade-russia-national-security.amp.html) sums it up pretty well-

Trump is behaving erratically and that a very dangerous place for us to be.

Bottom line – his peace of mind = our peace of mind.

I am like Mary J Blige- ” no more drama”

I’ve had enough drama in my life to last a lifetime–I don’t want no more!

However, I realize that there’s a lot of us as a whole that do like ( if not love) drama hence the popularity of the reality shows and the drama that comes with them. And this weekend promises to provide us with plenty more… between the March for Our Lives and the Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) interview with 60 Minutes set to air this Sunday evening; just two headliners for this weekend – and who knows what else may come!

A lot of people are speculating and some are actually predicting based on a pattern and previous tendencies, that Trump will try to distract us from all of the drama that is centered around him and also causing him and those around him a lot of anxiety. We’re bracing ourselves in anticipation of some major announcements and/ or some more firings–who knows? ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ

With everything that has happened up to this point – I and I hope at the very least – a handful of others – are concerned enough to put the aside the drama and seriously pray for his peace of mind. Like it or not- for the time being at least ( am I not trying to rush to have him replaced by Pence, as far as I’m concerned…the whole lot needs to go) – his actions DO affect us all!

So I would like to plea and strongly encourage you to resist the temptation to give into the fear and/or drama and pray for his peace of mind, this weekend especially and going forward. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท

Scriptural References and Resources

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Instructions on Worship

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all peopleโ€” for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:8-10

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/us/politics/trump-chaos-trade-russia-national-security.amp.html

https://g.co/kgs/sBLvBf

Why Is It Important To Be Transformed By The Renewal Of Your Mind?

So that you may know the good, acceptable Will of God. ( Rom12:1-3)

Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Godโ€™s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godโ€”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 Godโ€™s will is โ€”his good, pleasing and perfect will.

It goes to what I shared in the FB live post the other day ( see link below) about knowing the Word of God for yourself in order to know His will regarding direction individually and collectively.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalms 37:23-24

The Lord makes firm the steps

of the one who delights in him;

though he may stumble, he will not fall,

for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil.

This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.

God’s Word is His Will

As you seek Him with your whole heart. (Jer29:11-12)

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you,โ€ declares the Lord, โ€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,โ€ declares the Lord, โ€œand will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,โ€ declares the Lord, โ€œand will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.โ€

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the King James Bible.com: https://goo.gl/images/TPkiml

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