Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great Authority, Great Responsibility

I know my FB posts this week have been mostly silly in nature, but it is release week and that just comes with the territory.  However, in this week of spiritual consecration and fasting I haven’t lost sight of all that’s going on in the world around us.  What we are seeing played out in the news daily are symptoms of something much greater.  The ROOTS of the problems need to be dealt with.  I was reading my Bible today, Numbers 30 to be exact, and I came across something so interesting…

The chapter deals with vows and how God sees them.  Any believer knows, or should know this scripture in Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 (NASB) - 4 When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?

So yeah, we don’t play with God and vows.  Now back to Numbers 30.  I found it interesting that if a woman still in her father’s house or a married woman makes a vow and the MAN responsible for her, overhears it he can nullify it based on his position in her life and the authority God has given him. God will honor his authority and release her from a VOW, something we know God does NOT play about.  BUT, the man has to say something as soon as he hears about it.  If he doesn’t take direct action and lingers in his nullification then he will be responsible for any guilt.  WHOA.  Did y’all get that?  God will intervene for her based on the man he put in place to cover her and RELEASE her from a vow.  Also, the man has to act on that thing immediately, he can’t play with it or that guilt is his to bear.  NOTE: The man can suffer if he doesn’t PROPERLY use the authority God has given him.   

So what’s my point and how does this tie in?  Listen, one of the root causes of what’s going on in society today is men being out of place, in particular black men.  Yes, there are MANY contributing factors and I am not about to list any of them, because what matters now is solutions.  Look at how much authority and responsibility God has given the man in his Divine Order.  Wait… pause… this is NOT an open forum for an independent woman or feminist argument.  This is about God’s order for the family.  It’s NOT up for debate.  Now where was I, oh yes, the man aka the head of the house aka the authority in the family.  It’s no coincidence that Satan is destroying the head of the family through senseless violence, hate, mass incarceration, identity issues and the like.  It’s a PLAN.  It’s a strategy to get them out of place.  When the head falls, the body suffers.  I am reminded of a passage in my upcoming release, “Saturday Showdown.”  (Not a shameless but an INTENTIONAL plug – LOL)  In this book, God is very much dealing with the men, their rightful place in Him and in their family, so we need to take heed.

Wise words from First Lady Darcy Stone: “Don’t be like Adam and throw her under the bus.  Even if Adam hadn’t eaten the fruit, God would still have come looking for him because he’s the one that God left in charge, not Eve.  So take a lesson from him and cover her sins with your love the way Christ covered your sins with his blood. I don’t care what she reveals.  You cover her.  When God looks at you all He sees is Christ’s blood.  When people look at her, all they need to see is your love.  You are to love her the way the Christ loves the church.  Most times the only scripture a man knows is, ‘Wives submit to your husbands.’  It never occurs to them the weight that goes with that charge.  Yes, God gave you all great authority but that’s because it comes with great responsibility.  There’s a cost to be the boss and the price is your life.  Just like Christ laid his life down, you are to lay yours down for the family God entrusted to you.  Son, you have to crucify your flesh and operate in the spirit.  So you stand in front her.  You hide her.  You protect her.  Do you understand me?”  (Excerpt from "Saturday Showdown" Book 7 in the Chronicles of Warfare Saga)

Men, and not just black men, but ESPECIALLY black men, it’s time to take your place!  We need you!  The authority you’ve been given is great.  It can change the very fabric of our existence.  TAKE YOUR PLACE!  This blog has been brought to you by the letter V and the number 2. (LOL)  Y’all be blessed!

Until next time... 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Open Letter to the Body of Christ

Listen, scrolling through my FB feed what disturbs me more than anything else, and there's plenty that's disturbing, is the hopelessness I'm seeing from those that are Christians. I'm here for the anger (without sin).  I'm here for the outrage. I'm here for the righteous indignation. All of that is necessary, but what I can't deal with is the hopelessness. The “I don't know what to do.”  We have seen God move on our behalf time and time again, this isn’t any different; it’s just bigger, but NOT bigger than Him!  If this is not a wake-up call to the ENTIRE Body of Christ, then NOTHING will be. Now is the time for the POWER and AUTHORITY of Jesus Christ to manifest itself in the earth. People are asking where God is. What is He doing? I believe with everything in me, God is saying where is My church? What are YOU doing about this?  We have God's unlimited power backing us, but it takes OBEDIENCE to activate it. Could it be that we know we are not in the right position with God to tap into the spiritual power and authority given? This battle doesn't belong to us, it belongs to the LORD! But we have a part to do. We spend all this time getting dressed up, hooping and hollering, running around and shouting but when our country turns into a war zone right before our very eyes, WE HAVE NO POWER!!! I know this hurts and I know it makes you angry, as injustice should, but EVERY church across America regardless of ethnicity or denomination should be standing in the gap as a congregation for their cities in prayer and fasting.  If your church is not addressing this issue then that is a BIG PROBLEM!  We should be seeking God for divine strategy about what He wants us to do and THEN we should GO OUT AND DO IT!!!! I guarantee you it won’t be a strategy that involves taking more lives!  Are we heartbroken enough to repent and turn back to God?  Are we heartbroken enough to see that love is the only answer to hate?  Are we heartbroken enough to see that our petty differences are moot when people are dying in the streets left and right!  Make no mistake about it; this battle isn’t against flesh and blood.  Look at the overall picture.  If an enemy of America wanted to attack right now, it would be good strategy because we are so divided.  A house divided against itself cannot stand. No more should I see weak words and hopelessness from believers as I scroll down my timeline. I should see words spoken with authority and wisdom that are backed up by the Word of God.  Because NOTHING can stand against God’s Word.  

I should see Kingdom men saying how they are anointing their wives and children and praying over them before they leave the house. They know that the God they serve will protect them and those they love.  They are covering them in prayer.  There are legions of angels at your disposal.  DIVINE PROTECTION is a real thing! I have seen it. I have experienced it.  Psalm 91:7 says, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee.”  I don’t understand, did we just forget about the God we served. Instead, we need to see this in the spirit.  This chaos requires US, the believers, to turn BACK TO GOD!!!! You fight power with power not violence with violence.  You cannot speak life to yourself or your family when all that’s coming out of your mouth is death.  WATCH YOUR WORDS!!! Do not make yourself a victim THROUGH YOUR WORDS!  Either we believe in the God we say we serve or we don’t. We can’t be double minded. The world is dying all around us.  Please understand reacting emotionally is not the answer.  The evils of the world are inciting a race war and that will usher in martial law and then EVERYBODY will be crying out for justice.  It won’t be a black/white thing.  THEN it will be a people thing.  DIVISION IS NEVER THE ANSWER – NEVER!!!!  We may live in different communities and experience different things, but we all still live in this ONE country.  So we ALL need to partake in fixing it.  It’s not enough of any one group to make a difference, so we have to stand together in LOVE to conquer hate.  (P.S. This is a TOTALLY separate issue than the black community coming together FINALLY to take care of their own – that’s ECONOMICS, that’s another post.)