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The Capacity to Exercise Choice
Scripture: Genesis 2:16-17
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” KJV
The Purest Example for freedom was established in the Garden
Adam and Eve were sinless and immortal. It was their responsibility to govern God’s entire creation. Satan sought to create a wedge between God and Adam. Satan envied Adam because of his bond with God. That relationship could not be infiltrated but Satan caught a break in the commandment. “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and slew me” (Rom’s 7:11). “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (I Tim. 2:14). Adam chose a Permanent Solution (Sin) for a Temporary Problem (Satan) resulting in “One Costly Meal.”
“One costly meal” from sermon delivered at True Light COGIC by Pastor Dr Terrell Harris (12/8/12)
Examine the following Scripture:
“Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (I Tim. 2:14).
God is the God of Freedom:
Freedom is the ability and authority to do anything within the parameters that God establishes. It is no such thing as freedom without consequences as in the Garden of Eden. In the presence of deception pseudo-freedom is alluring (grass is greener scenario). You cannot be free outside a relationship with God.
“Biblical Figures who had freedom made a bad choice but SNAPPED OUT OF IT”
- Prodigal Son… left home
- Nebuchadnezzar… lifted with pride
- Jonah… went the wrong way
Once you find the grass is not greener… you come to your senses. A negative response after succumbing to false freedom is Blame-shifting.
The Necessity of Spiritual Warfare
“With so many voices telling you how to be free, you are at risk of relinguishing your freedom, unless you remain vigilant and equipped for Satan’s attack” (page 320).
- Children & Teens (voices of Peer Pressure, voices of name calling) Sticks and Stones: words are a powerful tool either uplift or tear down.
- Away from parents strange voices may influence negative behavior
- Young Adults (voices of rebellion)
- Free to enjoy entertainment may contradict what God wants. What you read, watch and listen to from the world’s media may attack your relationship with God (turn the channel).
- Adults (voices of financial pressures and impulsive spending)
- Bad choices with economic freedom may result in financial bondage
Real (true) Freedom is obedience to God’s truth. Pseudo (false) Freedom is listening to Satan’s lie.
We must exercise our freedom of choice by seeking and following God’s direction. Wise decision making comes from seeking God’s wisdom. Wise choices come from seeking God’s will. They result in following His ways.” Charles Stanley
“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…” (Revelation 19:10).
Trust in Him!
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Throughout our lifetime, God is always looking for leaders to lead His people through times of change. A complete cipher of peace perpetually followed by understanding follows the person qualified to lead. To them, the truth is always expedient as their way are lighted before the Lord of Peace. Your momentum becomes proportionate to the revelation that God has chosen for you. Beholding Christ inspires the people of God to become more godly. Many people exclaim, timing is everything, as the times come and go, responding to the call of God in your season is everything to become a part of God’s Mosaic in Earth History.
Finding your Vocation
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- Wreaked Havoc upon the early believers
- Held the clothes of those who stoned Stephen.
- Shaper of the early church:
- “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” 2 Tim 4:7
Emphasize the Middle (Message Bible Version reads)
The Apostle’s Goal:
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back (Philippians 3:12-14).
To Philippian Church INSPIRE when your down and out.
Beginnings: Reluctant to hear Paul
Additional Scripture: Acts 9:21
Saul spent a few days getting acquainted with the Damascus disciples, but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God. They were caught off guard by this and, not at all sure they could trust him, they kept saying, “Isn’t this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem among the believers? And didn’t he come here to do the same thing—arrest us and drag us off to jail in Jerusalem for sentencing by the high priests?” 22 But their suspicions didn’t slow Saul down for even a minute. His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition, disarming the Damascus Jews and trying to show them that this Jesus was the Messiah.
II. Word: Intercessor
We were all called to be intercessors
Scripture: The Apostle begins his ministry
Barnabus brought him under His wing (intercede) (Acts 9 26-7 Message Bible) “Back in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn’t trust him one bit. Then Barnabas took him under his wing.”
- Not of Pedigree
He empathized the importance of grace/spiritual edification (building) and placed no confidence in the flesh. (Not of works that any may boast.)
2. Not because of pedigree: (confidence in the flesh). This confidence may include Pedigree may include family background (4th generation COGIC)
………………………. Come from wealth
………………………. Occupation (zealous as Paul persecuting the church)
Able to speak several languages have a certain discernable gift or anything that may cause you to drift away from God as a source placing confidence in the flesh.
a. Circumcised the eighth day,
b. of the stock of Israel,
c. of the tribe of Benjamin,
d. an Hebrew of the Hebrews;
e. as touching the law, a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5).
f. Gifted several languages and also a Roman citizen.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- High Calling (spiritual endeavor)
- Low Calling (natural endeavor)
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. I Timothy 4:8
When high calling and low calling merge this is full time ministry or it could be doing what you love getting up for work with joy being a witness for the Lord.
• Make the Main Thing the Main Thing
• Don’t Major in the Minors
• Tripping over dollars chasing pennies
• Vocation = Ministry (purpose)
an emphasis is placed on the calling:
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” Ephesians 4: 1
• Ministry requires Sympathy/ Compassion
1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.
2. understanding between people; common feeling.
For an effective ministry you must sync with God.
Aligning yourself with the wisdom of God
• Gives you a momentum that allows you access to excellence and supernatural happenstances.
• Many times, we want God to conform to us and our desire instead of having sympathy with his desires (the things which are Jesus Christ’s.)
Scripture II: Philippians 3:8
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.
Revelation I The Personhood of Christ is Excellency
Leadership in Ministry
• Leadership is an action not a position
• True Leadership must be for the benefit of the followers not to enrich the leader.
• Leadership comes and is developed through diligence and a strong work ethic.
Revelation: Leadership is a result of aligning with God as a result excellency is produced.
• You become example/leader by living your life in the will of God. And you teach others by your actions
• Leadership idiom often said in churches made popular by preachers that a man a man who thinks he is a leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk.
Charles Mason in Mason sought a name that would be ‘set apart’ from others. In 1897, while in Little Rock, AR, Mason believed that God had given him the name the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Mason believed it was divinely revealed and biblically inspired taken from I Thessalonians 2:14, He believed God promised him, “If you take the name that I give you, they would never build a building that would hold all those who would come.”
Word: Vocation/Your calling
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Ephesians 4: 1
Defined: the special function of an individual or group
Change one letter and vocation can be confused with vacation. not functioning in your divine vocation FRUIT.
Competition breeds haters: when you operate in your divine vocation there is no competition but yourself.
Cain kills Abel “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh”. Hebrews 11:4
Out of the will of God doing it your way not God’s way
Two of the oldest vocations know are that of a farmer and of a shepherd Abel brought of the flock and Cain brought of the fruit of the ground
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen(Genesis 4-6)?
God gave the key to us in Genesis in order to align with Him. When he told Cain.
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Gen 4:7
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Rom 11:29
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Eph. 4:11-12
6. word of wisdom
7. word of knowledge
11. gifts of healing
12. working of miracles
13. discerning of spirits
14. divers kinds of tongues
15. interpretation of tongues
17. then gifts of healings
1. “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” I Cor 14:1
2. “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” I Cor. 14:12
3. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
“Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching.” Rom 12:6-7
4. “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues” I Cor 12:8-10
5. “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” I Cor 12:28
6. “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” I Cor 14:1
7. “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” I Cor. 14:12
Your life is what God gave you to glorify his kingdom upon the earth.
Word: The Press to succeed.
Diligence in your Higher Calling:
Be led by the Holy Spirit then lead others.
Don’t drive others lead them from your higher call.
Press and receive from God a greater grace towards your vocation.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Rom 8:35 def of hell
I press for the prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus.
Scripture: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I press now to be accepted by God and obtain the goodness of God while in the land of the living.
And yet while here I will seek to merge with my vocation and serve my gift to the world to effect change.
The Law of Reciprocity: you reap what you sow
Receiving what you Give out into the universe teaches you in life to respect boundaries you grow in grace and in humility. Wanting to have knowledge is an admiral thing but there are some things that come with age. As you live and grow in grace picking yourself up and dusting yourself off you learn many things about God and about human nature.
Forgetting those things in the past:
God and he is the only one that you need to please (proof)!
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Prov 16:7
Forgetting those things in the past I press for the high calling in Jesus.
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Our relationship with others is a vital part of our life and how others view you attribute to adult behavior. Nevertheless, youthful exuberant is refreshing because of its raw, unadulterated honesty. Childish responses to adult situations at times are looked upon as spots of nothingness to the well-informed adult brain. Children seldom act in regards of how others will perceive them. They just do what is convenient for them and what please their immediate concerns. Adults are full of agendas and political referendums that stack upon each other contributing to a complex compilation of routes and themes that are confusing to the uninformed and impossible to discern for a child. This is why I believe Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt.18:3) The rules to the Kingdom of Heaven are simply encapsulated in the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you will have them do unto you” nothing more nothing less. In speaking truth, it matters little if you rub someone the wrong way or if you speak out of turn. The Kingdom of is thus, and God designed it to contain perpetual victory for its adherents
I Corinthians 13th also known as the Love Chapter is a nugget of truth that gives us a glimpse of perfected love. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” I Cor. 13:11. In the Kingdom of God, when responding in faith and humility, it is imperative to consider the implications of what others may perceive in what you say or do. A chief concern for those in the Light is not to quench the Spirit, as one decides how to render judgment towards others. When confronted with a seemingly simple decision that requires our words and deeds others take the record with a magnifying glass so to speak.
We are subject to a high level of deception by numbers, yet the Kingdom of God operates on the system of one for example: despise not small beginnings, the diminutive foxes spoil the vine and Jesus left the 99 for the one. In other words get the foundation right, the small things right and the rest follow. Our decisions as Children of God must be based on Biblical insights to provide solutions to proceed as citizens of the Kingdom of God. We know not the entire Sovereign will of God, but as children, we are unified by scripture. Therefore, Spirit-led walking by faith and trusting in God is our best alternative.
Heaven is thus, and God designed it to contain perpetual victory for its adherents.
Thinking about the humility of Jesus and the preaching of the gospel, Jesus taught the bitter along with the sweet mirroring realities giving eternal truths with natural meaning. Making the gospel a fairytale by teaching the good news alone is a disservice. It is also hardship, trials, tribulation, mistrust, division, and turmoil, amongst all the things we got through as saints. Jesus left us two important Keys to the Kingdom one being love and the other humility. God is shaping our humility through love and shape our love through humility. When our ways please God, as we labor we unwitting dodge many unseen dangers; notwithstanding, by remaining humble, we attract a host of angelic beings upholding us as we walk daily through many perils.
Recently I saw a movie called Hidden Figures and thought that this could not be a true story. This motion picture coupled with Fences were the two African American must see films this year, but Hidden Figures impacted me far beyond August Wilson’s screenplay. The memories of my past flooded my mind because I was alive during the climax of the real events that occurred in this movie yet was ignorant of the facts Hidden Figures exposed. It was exciting to know that it was the mathematics of a black woman that came into play when determining the trajectory used to get a man to the moon and back to earth safely in 1969. Why wasn’t this taught during Black History month while I was coming to age? Opening a Pandora’s box of other questions like: Did we ever arrive on the moon and why haven’t we returned since 1969? Did Galileo and Newton discover the great things they were credited with or was it of African origin, etc.?
Remembering asking my guidance counselor why I had to take applied math instead of algebra my freshman now made sense and remembering why the zeitgeist frowned upon African Americans pursuing advanced science and math courses. During the eighties, it was considered very uncool to enjoy these disciplines.
My DNA begged to differ not towards math but didactical thinking. How could wisdom be veiled and replaced with a bundle of lies and mistreatments and an standardized devaluation of the mitochondrial strains which internally connect me? Instead of celebrating the scholastic interests that were ever so present, people around me while I was growing up reveled in simple jest and were content with a bundle of lies handed to us by American culture.
This movie was a micro view into a panoramic past. The biggest fraud was the logic that brown and tan people were inherently criminal. This logic is apparent from the overwhelming number of African Americans and Latinos that are in the prison population as opposed to Asians, Askenazi Jews and Whites for that matter. Brown and Tan people in America are placed in boxes in America and fed lies repetitively until a lie is accepted as truth. This great deception is a strong delusion! Brown and tan people are carted to correctional facilities so Blanche could be safe. While fakers like the bloody Dame who lied on Emmit Til sing America the beautiful.
After being fed lies for nearly fifty years, I am coming to realize that Black is a status. A status of inferiority immediately thrusts upon brown or tan individuals born in America, hounding us non stop publicly and privately. This is a design that perpetuates a permanent underclass in the United States of America. Those who subscribe to racism and are subject to its ill effects are its legitimate preservers (see Stockholm Syndrome). It is sick when whites are rewarded for being white and brown and tan people are denigrated for being brown or tan. When this behavior is institutionalized it is not long until that society ends unless this malady is corrected. But once you accept this reward OJ of Bill Cosby still keep it real with your folks Tiger Woods. Once you betray those brown and tan Americans still held at bay by the false iron grip of racism and whites get tired of using you where can you go or where can they turn? White society acts as a unit because the media controls their train of thought. (with a few exceptions. True black beauty lies in the fact that you could be yourself without keeping another brown or tan person down. The Willie Lynch style indoctrination is breakable by the warrior soul. My beautiful black princes and princesses who rise above mediocrity into the blissful state of I AM.
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SIGN OF THE TIMES/politricks as usual
Tamron Hall: Left/fired, whatever, from Today, clearing the way for anti-Trump blond, from the now pro-Trump Fox News! Melissa Harris-Perry (the media’s real life Mary Jane) canned by MSNBC, then emotionally sobs all-around uTube after being fired. The late Great Gwen Ifill, was permanently silenced after she grilled Hillary (give em football numbers) Clinton. Stacy (No Black History Month) Dash fired from Fox News. Affectionately know as “the black girl” by Roger Ailes is experiencing the effects of being Black in America within the “Making America Great Again” agenda she promoted.
Keep ya head up
“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women be real to our women.” Tupac Amaru Shakur
GAY LIVES MATTER: Affections Supplanted
The website of Black Lives Matter is a place that you can give donations that support the LBGT agenda. This agenda consists of ripping apart the traditional nuclear family and replacing it with a new model that consists of same sex parents that don’t advocate training a child in the way of natural affection (the way that he or she should go) but training our youth to think that its ok to be a homosexual. Biblically this is unsound and an offense to God. Somebody’s lying, and it’s not God. This is not an attack on an organization that provides assistance to the rights of Blacks, but when another agenda replace an authentic grass roots movement, it should be known.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without NATURAL AFFECTION, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim. 3:1-7)
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Since wisdom requires effort, and it is a human’s natural inclination to recline, acquiring wisdom is not for the lazy. Gathering sense becomes the habit for the naturally inquisitive. It hides well, usually in plain sight and is mostly obscured by false reason. It is readily assessable but must be sought out to unlock its benefits. Virtual Wisdom is like a light placed upon a darkened path. It illuminates and exposes the options for best results in any endeavor. Virtual Wisdom does not have to be esoteric. This wisdom could be already known to others but unknown to some in gathering whatever it takes to succeed. It expands through geometrical progression until it reaches the masses through human interaction. Nowadays, the answer to any question is readily available at your fingertips or on a nearby bookshelf. Ironically, Virtual Wisdom is not yet wisdom but mere knowledge of a right path, but it is filed as wisdom because an effort is needed to gain it. Exhibit 1a: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade.
Knowledge needs a conversion to be wisdom. Intellectual Wisdom gained through Virtual Wisdom is the student of a great teacher named experience. This empirical knowledge can be drawn upon and applied to resolve various obstacles. Also, the observance of the actions of others could preach volumes to your soul and inspire you to action.
Learning from the success or failure of others is a greater teacher than experience but carries less credibility. To succeed by observing others is an incredible feat.
When inspired by others to tread upon the unfamiliar, courage is needed. Courage and faith are the intangibles that are seen clearly as a result of Intellectual Wisdom. Success is bred through the repetition of Courage and Faith, to win in life and to accomplish your goal is the Hallmark of Intellectual Wisdom. Untouched vistas exist beyond the realm of the one who uses the triple alliance (repetition, faith, and courage). These open the world to vast insight upon plateaus that the world has yet to see. Exhibit 1b: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade and then getting a job in your area with an appropriate income.
Common Sense Wisdom
The homespun wisdom that requires no book knowledge just plain common sense is best. It guards against self-sabotage and aberrant behaviors. The spiritual engineering project called life built over time needs great care. Carelessness, youthful exuberance and bad behavior can undo much good that it took a lifetime to build. My mother used to say never quit a job until you have another source of income. A steady stream to pay your bills. She reminded me to make up my bed before I left for school. You never knew when visitors might come. These two things speak to the maintenance and preparedness that life’s unexpected turns could bring and could jeopardize your hard work. It takes common sense to guard against these. Exhibit 1c: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade and then getting a job in your area with an appropriate income and keeping it providing for your family with respect in your community and inspiring all through your gifts.
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“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security and old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him,” Obama said.
I was impressed with Obama. His image was much better than any President since Kennedy. Obama was decent, and his legacy shall remain intact. I’m glad Obama’s father was African. You should recognize Obama could go to places other Presidents could not. Let’s see where Trump takes the U.S. I hope he does well. Just pondering “Great Again” hmmm you mean back when the scales were tipped to disenfranchise Americans and empower one group over another, it’s all perspective people imagine getting beaten to near death and not only saying but believing “why can’t we all just get along.” Would you rather say that or kick a person when actually their making America great. Maybe after Trump, there will be another Afro-American President.