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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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SIGN OF THE TIMES
Tamron Hall replaced on Today by anti-Trump blond from Fox News (now pro-Trump)! Melissa Harris-Perry (the media’s real life Mary Jane) canned by MSNBC emotionally sobs around uTube after being fired. Gwen Ifill 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.
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.
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Why an unfriendly disposition towards us?
Adam was created perfect and dwelled in God’s presence in
Eden. As he walked through the Garden of Eden, imagine light upon his face illuminating the formidable features of the first man. Part soil, partly God breathed Adam walked with God upon the earth as an immortal. Satan aware of this union sought to terminate any form of discipleship upon the earth towards God. Adam’s peace with God became the prime target of Satan. Just as the angels who rebelled, man’s predisposition of being an agent of free will, made him a candidate for adhering to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Although Lucifer’s metamorphosis into Satan was instantaneous, his legacy’s best reflected as “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” Proverbs 16:18. Just because a thing does not exist anymore, its existence can be veiled but not denied. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” 2 Corinthians 2:11.
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die” Ezekiel 18:20a.
Failure follows Satan! Satan influenced disobedience to God through lies; thus, affecting the DNA of our progenitors making Adams seed have a natural disposition towards sin and away from following God. Adam shifts blame to Eve; then she points to the serpent. In Eden the opening for the destroyer was disobedience and acceptance of taking responsibility for sin or failure can only result back into success with godly remedies. The remedy for sin is a sacrifice as foreshadowed by Levitical law. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” Leviticus 17:11.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me” Revelation 3:20.
The Apostle John’s depicted Jesus in his writings as standing at the door, this is interpreted as the door of our heart. The Levitical priest sprinkled blood at the door of the tabernacle making an application to atone one’s sin. The destroyer is shut out by confessing that Christ died for our sin and believing that this is an atonement for our sin. John called Jesus the Lamb of God slain before the foundations of the world. This same Jesus of Nazareth, from the tribe of Judah, of the lineage of Israel, of the seed of Abraham, descended from Shem of the son of Noah. Jesus’ human genealogy written in the book of Luke qualifies him as a sacrifice the immaculate conception within the womb of the virgin makes him pure and able to cleanse our hearts unto God.
Good definition and explanation of a Brasen Wall.
“For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.”~ Jeremiah 1:18-19
The first chapter of Jeremiah closes with God announcing that He had (while speaking) made Jeremiah into three things:
God used these symbols to send a message through Jeremiah to the people of Judah, and He is still using them to speak to believers today.
Part 3: BRASEN WALLS
Except in Jeremiah 15:20, which is a reiteration of Jeremiah 1:18 (above), there are no other references to a brasen wall (a wall made…
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Joseph remained solid at his core.
Genesis 39: 5, 7, 8a, 11-12
And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11 And it came to pass about this time that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
Old Title: Joseph Flees to Destiny
- Old Title: Joseph Flees to Destiny
- New Title: God’s Got You Covered
- Sub Theme: Living with the Blessing upon your core (spirit)
Sub Theme: Living with the Blessing upon your Core (your core refers to your spirit or essence). It is the part that resembles the most holy place (where righteousness dwells and where the blood of Christ is applied) / we are a spirit that possesses a soul (realm of thought and emotions) that lives in a body (outer court, where entropy happens). Theme:
- Character: (as Water)
- Process: (as Fire)
- Duplication: (as through out the Earth)
OT Setting/Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 17:6, 28:4 35:11)
– Abraham: “And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” Genesis 17:6-7
– Isaac to Jacob: “And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.” Genesis 28:4
– Jacob changed to Israel: “fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.” Genesis 35:11-12
Covering coat of many colors
- Joseph (covering coat of many colors, (Reuben disqualified laid with Bildah, Simeon and Levi killed the men of Shechem when they were recovering from circumcision)
- His ten brothers hated him through a series of events as a result of their hatred and envy
- They conspired against him to slay him.
- Joseph ends up a slave in Egypt
God was with Joseph “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him” (Acts 7:9)
- Joseph’s character was one that pleased God.
- We move closer to God when we remain true to our core, to what pleases God.
- Question: Are you pleasing God? (Heb 11:6, 1)
- Character sketch e.g. When you see two people in a conversation across the room Two people that you know you can almost guess what they are talking about.
13th Century Church Doctor: Thomas Aquinas said “The things that we love tell us what we are.” Or the common saying “Birds of a feather flock together”
14th Century Church Doctor: Thomas `A Kempis said “Thou wilt never be spiritual minded and godly unless thou art silent concerning other men’s matters and take full heed to thyself.”
Spiritually is akin to the ability keep a secret in the private affairs of others secrets this speaks to one’s character.
- Question: Am I pleasing to God?
- Character allows you to remain on track during the process:
Numbers are Character:
- Letters are Characters: You never see a 3 trying to be a 6 or a P trying to be a W.
- Characters just are!
- And as appied to individuals characters distinguish us from each other and separate us in our devotion to God.
Character Building is as WATER:
A contraction in a substance being weak yet strong
- While water in weakness when flowing downward takes the path of least resistance (going with the flow creates a vortex i.e. the War in Heaven)
- While water in strength a continual drip can bore through rock over time (consistency i.e. God as a Waymaker).
Joseph manifested an instilled core belief by refusing the advancements /fleeing from Potiphar’s wife
Joseph had the blessing upon his life aligned himself with God
- throughout the bitterness inflicted upon him by his brothers
- and his transfer to Egypt
- and being assigned tasks in Potiphar’s house.
Joseph remained solid at his core.
- Because Joseph remained focused.
- Joseph remained blessed so when his integrity was challenged by the wife of his boss
- he remained solid a man of Character.
Christ Example: “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).
Life is a Process.
- Life is a Spiritual Engineering Project.
- Character Building is important to Spiritual Engineering:
- What is spoken over your life is important to Character Building.
- Gravitate to that which speaks to your core
There are limitations in ministry there is a lane.
- Israel speaks the blessing over Joseph: Genesis 49: 22-26
Cause and effect or …
Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.
“ Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.”
” … not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39)
“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).
The trials and tribulations of process is as Fire
“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” Psalms 12:6.
How to solve your personal Maze (spiritual fingerprint)?
How to solve your Maze? With faith that your victory is won through Christ Jesus.
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” Eph 1:4
Work it out!
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Phillippians 2:12
Character is molded through-out the process
- The most important thing for a leader is his team. To choose people of character is to choose people who are tracible and trackable
- Once you are of a solid character continue to stay prayerful
- and duplicate your character in the Earth.
- Once Joseph was in power and was in a position to get revenge on his brothers he chose to exemplify the character at his core that he nourished and to show mercy.
OBEDIENT people of character are reliable as the sunrise
Proverbs 25:19 “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.”
Matthew 28:18-20 “ And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
2 Tim 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Forbearing the Process cause dissention amongst believer
Acts 15: 38 “But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.”
Paul choose Silas over John Mark to accompany him to Derbe and Lystra because John Mark was departed (skipped the process) from the work in Pamphylia.
Paul and Barnabus split
This choice split Paul and Barnabus who wanted John Mark to accompany them Barnabus took John Mark and is seldom written about further in scripture.
People of character understand the big picture and choose to serve God rather than appease man
- Solution oriented from your Core is being effective and of use in the Kingdom:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
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Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the ambush in Dallas that began just before 9PM (7/7/2016) Thursday night, officials have said, in the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. Two civilians also were injured in the shootings, the office of Dallas’ mayor has said. Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed during protests
Brent Thompson DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency) Officer Lorne Ahrens is a 14-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Patrick Zamarripa did three tours in Iraq (Navy); then back home in Texas as a Dallas police officer.Dallas police officer Michael J. Smith was a 26-year veteran of the department. Michael Krol was an 8-year veteran of the department.
These officer were shot and killed by one shooter according to Law Enforcement Officers. Micah Xavier Johnson (25 years old of Dallas) the shooter served in the US Army Reserve from 2009 to 2015, including a tour of Afghanistan.
- Johnson had practiced military-style drills in his yard and trained at a private self-defense school that teaches special tactics, including “shooting on the move,” a maneuver in which an attacker fire and changes position before firing again.
- Micah Johnson, an Army veteran, received instruction at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about two years ago. “Reality is highly dynamic, you will be drawing your firearm, moving, shooting on the move, fixing malfunctions, etc. all under high levels of stress,” the website says. “Most people never get to train these skills as they are not typically allowed on the static gun range,”said the school’s founder and chief instructor, Justin J. Everman.
- Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described Johnson as “a mobile shooter” who had written manifestos on how to “shoot and move.”
St. Paul, Minnesota, during the Police shooting in Dallas, crowds gathered near the spot where an officer killed Philando Castile in a car on (7/6/16) Wednesday. In Minnesota, the shooting of Castile was streamed by his fiancée Diamond Reynolds live on Facebook. As her 4-year-old sat in the back seat, his fiancée calmly narrated what was going on and showed viewers the dying man groaning and bleeding in the front seat. Police officers pulled him over because of a broken taillight, the Facebook Live video showed Castille handcuffed by officers. In the video, she said that Castile went to reach for his license and registration but mentioned he had a pistol in the car, which he was licensed to carry, and the officer shot him multiple times. Castile was transported to a nearby hospital, but later died. said Reynolds, who was in the car with him.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crowds where also gathered in the parking lot where Alton Sterling was fatally shot on (7/5/16) Tuesday where police tackled him in a parking lot. Sterling, 37, was killed Tuesday near a convenience store in Baton Rouge, where he regularly sold CDs and DVDs outside a convenience store on Tuesday, July 5, when police arrived responding to an anonymous 911 report of a man in a red shirt threatening people with a gun, authorities told The Associated Press. Sterling, 37, who happened to be wearing a red shirt, and the two officers got into an altercation, and one of the officers shot him multiple times in the chest and back. By the time paramedics arrived, Sterling was dead. At least two videos taken of the graphic killing have circulated online, and both show that Sterling did not appear to be threatening the police in any way.
President Barack Obama, who was in Warsaw, Poland, said his team is keeping him updated. “We still don’t know all the facts, we do know there’s been a vicious, calculated and despicable act on law enforcement,” Obama said. “I believe I speak for every American when I say we are horrified.
President Barack Obama called Johnson a “demented individual” who does not represent black Americans any more than a white man accused of killing blacks at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, represents whites. So we cannot let the actions of a few define all of us,” Obama said from Warsaw, Poland, where he attended a NATO summit.