September 2, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"Enough Is Enough"

Enough Is Enough
Luke 18:35-43

"You will not change a situation until you are tired of the situation."

I was speaking with a friend not too long ago about a situation they were in and how they wanted to leave. They were saying all of the right things and how they wanted to do certain things...and then it hit me. After I let them complete their statement, I said "you aren't ready to go."

They looked at me with a crazed look. "Why do you say that?"
"If you really wanted to leave, you would. It doesn't take a dissertation to explain why you should leave. You don't have to give a speech on the pros and cons; just leave."

The blind man had been on this journey a long time. He was known as a beggar, sometimes being placed in "his spot" to receive from other that would give. He stayed there until he was either taken home or decided to leave that place. He did this day in and day out; he did this in the sun and in the rain. Sometimes, he didn't want to do, but he did. Whatever he needed to do, albeit grudgingly or not, he was there.

But it came a point in his life when he decided enough was enough. He had made up in his mind that he wasn't going to be this man anymore. He was on his spot and he heard something going on. When inquiring about the happenings, he heard that Jesus was coming by. This was confirmation that he would not be the same. He had come to his right mind and said to himself enough is enough. Instead of calling out for spare change, he started calling on Jesus. Instead of holding his hand out for money, his hands were now raised for a blessing. They tried to stop him, but he yelled louder...enough IS enough. 

Family, some of you are tired of your current situation. Some of you have been on this road for a long time; but you weren't tired of it. Yes, you said you wanted a change, but it was just lip service. Day in and day out, you talked a great game, but failed to get IN the game. But let me tell you something; when you are getting tired of being down, you will find a way to get up. When you are tired of eating crumbs, you will find a way to eat a meal. If you are tired of doing something that brings no joy, you will find something that will. But only when you are ready to say "enough is enough" you will be ready. Enough of the mess, enough of the trials, enough of the he said-she said...ENOUGH! Waking up to the same thing, enough...aren't you getting tired? Staying in the same place, enough. Doing the same thing and not progressing, Enough is Enough. 



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August 29, 2014

Friday's Word-"Your Opinion Doesn't Matter"

Your Opinion Doesn't Matter

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:"-James 1:19

I have a friend, a few matter of fact, that are going through personal trials. But this one particular friend when I asked, "how are you coping" made a statement that I was ready for. Another one, was venting about a family issue and how the family is trying to cope and the last one about a little girl losing her father. I could go on and on, but the consensus thought here is I never said a thing...I just listened. 

Sometimes, people just want to get things out...has nothing to do with you. They could care less about what your mind has concocted...they just need to hear themselves think. You can give an opinion, but you are just throwing it out there to feed some plants. You have to realize that your opinion doesn't have a place everywhere. Yes, I know everyone has one, but learn when to show it. 

We have gotten to a point where no matter what you say, I'm going to say something on it. You ever had a friend that had an opinion for everything under the sun? No matter what subject it was, he was going to shed some light on it for you...you know what I'm talking about? You don't have one...maybe you are that friend. Sometimes we just have to shut up. Be FAST with opening up your ears, but be SLOW to opening your mouth. When you open your ears, the mouth is automatically shut. We are able to comprehend better with open ears. A running mouth makes us sound like a fool. Just listen...sometimes your opinion doesn't matter.

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August 28, 2014

Thursday's Word-"Adam, Where Art Thou?"

THROWBACK THURSDAY
Adam...Where Art Thou?
Genesis 3:9

In this day and age, we as fathers have fallen from the place where we need to be. If you don't believe me go to the jails and prisons right now. The problem has gotten so bad, that there was an influx of prisons being built around the country. Gang activity has increased at an alarming rate over the past years to the point that the federal government now has a special unit to monitor their activity. I'm sure if you visit your local law enforcement office, you will see special units for the same activity. Look at the drug rate in your local city; scary, isn't it? Back in the 60s and 70s, there was more of a recreational use for anything from pot to heroin. I'm not endorsing the use of any drug, but now the use has gotten out of control that elementary school kids are now buying and selling drugs to their peers. These things that are going on in the world has the kids and our women asking this simple question…Adam, where art thou?

Statistics show that out of four black men (ages 18-25); one will be successful while the other three will somehow fall by the waste side. Yes, we can make excuse after excuse after excuse to why we aren't doing, what is going on to prevent our actions, the time we don't have because of a certain thing…but I'm here to tell you that if we don't do it, someone or something else will do it for us. For our little girls, the rate for them having premarital sex is astronomical not to mention the number of them that have contracted HIV/AIDS from their partner without knowing. The first person the girl will love is their father, but if the father isn't there, who or what will she turn to for love? With all these things going on, the times are screaming to the black man as to say, "Adam, where art thou?"

My God, the divorce rate for the family in our nation is at an all time high; with the black family it is even higher. We leave our women to be mother and father for our kids which is unacceptable. With this action, there are various variables that come in to place, but it all boils down to the man is out of place and leaving the family…HIS family vulnerable to the elements of life. Man is the head of all things and the father head of his family; if the head isn't there what will happen to the family? Our prisons, streets, halfway houses, etc., are filled with broken homes, broken dreams and most of all broken kids. All this to say to our men today for the voices of all that can't find a voice to say it: Adam…WHERE ART THOU?

Adam had just eaten of the fruit of the tree of knowledge and he and Eve had made clothes out of fig leaves to hide their bodies (Gen. 3:7). As God was walking in the Garden of Eden, Adam heard the voice of God and decided to hide himself from Him. When God didn't see Adam, he ask the question, where art thou? Adam, in turn, answered God by saying (paraphrased) "we heard you but we didn't have on any clothes that we hid from you" (Gen 3:10). First, we as men need not to let the things of this world disrupt us from our commandments. See, we want to place the blame on the serpent and/or Eve for the mess that happened, but it was ADAM that had received the commandment to NOT eat of the tree (Gen. 2:17). He let peer pressure sucker him into doing the thing that was told not to do…How many of us know about peer pressure? Don't let the pressure succumb you to life's failure…Adam, where art thou?

Second, once realizing he was exposed, Adam went into hiding. The world has exposed us to the great injustice that we are doing as men and where are we…HIDING. It's time for us to come to the forefront and take care of the things that are lacking. But shame and pride have stepped in and taken the place of love and trust. Come from out of the woods and show yourself…stop hiding and the world will stop asking, Adam…where art thou?

Third, God was searching for Adam to be in the place where he SHOULD have been, but he wasn't there. They knew that they were exposed as soon as they ate the fruit and in the cool of the day, ran from the voice of God. But God called unto him and said where are you? God, being all knowing knew that Adam had done an incurable deed and wanted him to come clean with his situation. It wasn't the question of NOT knowing where he was, but to let Adam know I know WHERE you are. Man had already had the gift of freewill but it wasn't until the biting of the fruit that man had been placed in this position. John Wesley states that "if God had not called to him to reduce him, his condition had been as desperate as that of fallen angels". But God was giving Adam a chance to admit his wrongdoing. 

Now is the time for fathers to admit our mistakes. We have to come to God and stop hiding. We need to restore our families; our children and most importantly ourselves back to right standings. We can't continue to look for our women to raise our boys to become men. We have to be the primary focus of our little girls love and not the things of this world. We need to honor our women as was told to us and not disrespect their position. When Adam comes home the overcrowding of jails will cease. When Adam is home the streets will have to yield our young men from gang activity. When Adam is home the hospitals will stop looking to us as the donor of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. When Adam is home his wife can rest assured that God is leading the family through him. But we have to be willing to let God lead. Let's stop the world from asking, "Adam…where art thou?"

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August 27, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"Stay The Course"

Stay the Course
Hebrews 12:1-3

We all remember the story of the turtle and the hare; how the turtle was able to finish the course and win the race set before him. Both were willing to take a chance at enduring the race with hopes of coming out as the victor. Both, at some point, trained to participate in this race and according to the story, both finished the race. Let take a look at both individuals in the race and equate them to the spiritual race. 

The hare was much quicker, faster, and cunning than the turtle. The rabbit always wanted to find a quicker, slicker way to get things done. This reminds me of some folk; some that want to take the easy way out. Some that if they can beat you out of your own things, they will do. There is not work for them…everything seems to be a "rich quick" scheme. Some that will do just enough to get by or will fall into the same trap time and time again. What this furry creature also did was he slept on his journey...since he was so far ahead. Some think they have all the sense and easily distracted from completing the journey.

The turtle was, of course, slower than the rabbit, wasn't the quickest but possessed the quality to persevere to the end. He didn't give up and just took his time to make sure he was doing the right thing. He was doing the right thing to JUST make it in. The one that will dot every "I" and cross every "t"...visit the jail and feed the hungry. The slow fellow kept his pace to the end of the race and stayed on course. He wasn't side tracked by anything. He had a goal in mind and wasn't going to stop until he had gotten there.

The writer states that we will be in a great crowd; but keep it moving. Yes, I know you will have peer pressure...I know you won't be in the "in crowd" with your decisions, but if you would not worry about it, and stay the course. Put your hater-blockers on...get your rubber suit and run the race with patience. That is not to say it won't get rough...but stay the course.

Then he says, if you can't seem to make it on your own, look to Jesus. He had seen it afar off and because He knew what He was going to do, endured everything so He could share kingdom living with us. He has given us the map and keys to get it done. Jesus had to go through to make the course for us to run.

You can be like the rabbit and think there is a shortcut or be like the turtle and run the race. Remember, the race is not given to the fastest or strongest but the one that can endure and stay on course.

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August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"Liquid Prayers"

Liquid Prayers

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. 
-Psalm 56:8-9

Go ahead and cry…it's okay. Some things that go on in your life will bring you to tears. No one said this road would be easy. Even Jesus had a moment of tears when He saw the people weeping for Lazarus and asked where he was buried (John 11:32-35). Sometimes you can't even say a word, you just have to let the tears flow. It's tough to hold your peace and let God fight your battle, but when you begin to let the tears fall…it's something about that. Grandma said that every time a tears falls an angel is there to pick it up and place it in a bottle where it is stored in Heaven. When the weight of the world seems to hold you down, when you can even lift up your hands, when trouble and strife have choked your vocal chords and you can't say a word…let the tears flow: they are just liquid prayers.

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