It’s High Time!

This message is still timely!!

S.W.A.G.--Sage Wisdom and Guidance by Belinda

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It’s high time for Christians to be urgent about God’s business–the Great Commission, serving and building up the Church in preparation for Jesus’ return.

I’m praising God for allowing me to cross over into 2015. We survived a year of a multitude of extreme personal, national and global challenges that were indicative of the perilous times the Bible calls the last days. We experienced unprecedented numbers of suicides, murders and sudden deaths, sicknesses, disease epidemics, wars and rumors of war, disobedient and unthankful children, increased unjustified killing of unarmed African-American males, racism, political and civil unrest, terroristic threats and attacks, natural disasters, etc.

Let’s be intentional and commit to…

• Going out to share the gospel so that God’s House can be filled
• Catching on fire so that our lukewarm condition does not make God sick
• Growing to the next level in God by greater intimacy with Him

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Thanksgiving in the Kingdom of God!

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What has He done for you lately???

Christians, let’s remember that physically we are in the world but spiritually we are in the Kingdom of God.  Thanksgiving to God is a lifestyle for Christians.

Gratitude is a feeling but thanksgiving is an action. Thanksgiving is expressing to God the gratitude that is in our hearts. We express it to God through prayer, through song  and through bringing sacrificial gifts to God. When we fail to express thanksgiving to God, we take God’s favor, grace, mercy and blessings for granted.

Let’s remember to continually express the gratitude that is in our hearts to God…

  • for the body and blood of Jesus when we celebrate Communion
  • for daily blessings (soteria, Greek word for salvation includes forgiveness of sin, healing, deliverance, guidance, provision, protection and preservation) and
  • for those who have come to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord

As we leave the season that the world calls “the Thanksgiving holiday” and go into the season that the world calls “the Christmas holidays”, let’s remember God commands us to overflow with thanksgiving to Him and that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.  As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s give thanksgiving to God for salvation, the greatest gift the world could ever receive made available through God’s Son Jesus.  Let’s also share the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ with all we meet!

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It’s High Time!

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It’s high time for Christians to be urgent about God’s business–the Great Commission, serving and building up the Church in preparation for Jesus’ return.

I’m praising God for allowing me to cross over into 2015. We survived a year of a multitude of extreme personal, national and global challenges that were indicative of the perilous times the Bible calls the last days. We experienced unprecedented numbers of suicides, murders and sudden deaths, sicknesses, disease epidemics, wars and rumors of war, disobedient and unthankful children, increased unjustified killing of unarmed African-American males, racism, political and civil unrest, terroristic threats and attacks, natural disasters, etc.

Let’s be intentional and commit to…

• Going out to share the gospel so that God’s House can be filled
• Catching on fire so that our lukewarm condition does not make God sick
• Growing to the next level in God by greater intimacy with Him
• Forging unity in the earth in our families, churches, neighborhoods
• Walking by faith by taking God at His Word and releasing our faith
• Taming our tongues through the power of the Holy Spirit
• Exercising our authority by speaking God’s Word over circumstances and situations.

What time is it? It’s high time to get busy! Let’s not make New Year’s resolutions which make us accountable to no one. Instead, let’s make a vow to God to witness and be a witness, to be salt and light in this dark world, to live right, to make needed life changes and to strive to fulfill our God-given purposes.

It’s Time to Give Thanks!

Give Thanks EverydayAmerica celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November. We gather with family and loved ones to thank God for all His blessings and to enjoy a turkey feast.

The word “thanksgiving” means to acknowledge God’s goodness by expressing thanks to God—in prayer, in song or by giving God a sacrificial offering. Because we realize that God is the source of all our rewards and that He commands us to give thanks in all things and for all things, as Christians, we should consider everyday a day of Thanksgiving.

We should thank God for what He has done for us. God loved us so much and made salvation available to all by sending Jesus, His Son, to die on the cross in our place for our sins. Deliverance, healing, guidance, provision, protection and preservation are part of the salvation package.

We should thank God for what He is doing for us. As our spiritual Father, God supplies our needs and give us the desires of our heart.

We should thank God for what He will do for us. God is going to send Jesus back to personally escort us to heaven to live and reign with Him forever!

Giving thanks to God changes our perspective from earth to heaven, from our problems to the problem solver and gives us an attitude of gratitude.

Let’s practice the presence of God daily by setting aside time to offer thanksgiving to God in all things and for all things!                           http://www.doersofthewordcfc.org

NO JUSTICE! NO PROFITS!

If you believe that Darren Wilson should have been indicted, then it’s time for action, not just sitting back talking or posting on social media. Faith without works is dead!

It’s time to be heard in concert through economic reprisals that will vastly affect corporate America’s cash cows. African-American buying power is projected to be $1.1 trillion by 2015. I’m frustrated and angry but violence begets violence! Let’s not forget the 60’s when Dr. King led a peaceful revolution and shattered the chains of racism through peaceful protests beginning with the Montgomery bus boycott!  No justice, no profits!

Let’s protest peacefully with an economic boycott. Let’s not buy anything but basic necessities–food, gas, needed clothes, etc. Let’s boycott restaurants; buy and prepare our own food and coffee. Let’s increase support of African-American businesses.

The timing is perfect! Let’s start with not shopping on Black Friday. Last year $57 billion was spent over the Thanksgiving holiday. Let’s celebrate Christmas in a non-commercial way. Let’s not buy anything for Christmas–no decorations, gifts, wrapping paper, cards, toys, no Christmas portraits!

Let’s invest additional time and resources developing ourselves, families and communities instead of spending excessive time shopping and on expensive entertainment. Let’s do extra volunteering in our neighborhood organizations or churches, tutoring or mentoring children or on self-improvement—reading or going back to school. Let’s use our discretionary funds to join and support civil rights organizations—National Action Network, Operation Push, NAACP, Urban League—supporting scholarship funds and HBCU’s, helping those in need, etc.

No justice, no profits!  http://www.doersofthewordcfc.org

It’s Time to Grow to the Next Spiritual Level in God!

growthIt’s important as Christians to periodically examine ourselves to gauge our spiritual level so we can make changes and grow spiritually.

Ask yourself and answer honestly “Am I on a…

baby spiritual level–new Christian or a Christian who has not grown, needing to consume spiritual milk instead of spiritual meat, dull of hearing, needing someone to minister to me, not able to minister to others?

carnal spiritual level—led by my flesh, emotions or the devil, envious or jealous of other Christians, argumentative, divisive, trusting in the flesh or people more than God?

maturing spiritual level—have received a revelation of what it means to be a Christian, more loving to others, becoming more consecrated and serving and seeking God for His unique purpose for my life?

mature spiritual level—know and are in a vibrant relationship with and a lover and worshipper of God, have obtained a likeness of Him, led by and walking in the Spirit, know my anointing and purpose, using my spiritual gifts to serve God and fulfilling my God-given purpose?

Whatever level you are on, the key to spiritual growth is consistently spending time developing your relationship with God through prayer and the Word of God.

Let’s pray without ceasing!  Let’s meditate on God’s Word day and night and obey it.

As we grow older, people may “say you look like your mother or father”. Let’s work on growing to spiritual maturity so we can look like God, our Father, Abba our spiritual Daddy!

Fear Not!

fear-vs-faith_jpegA spirit of fear is running rampant in America!

People are fearful of contracting the Ebola or shingles virus, of America being attacked by ISIS, of death, etc.

As Christians, we are not to live in fear but to live by faith. We must believe and trust God to protect and preserve us.

Instead of living in fear, let’s ensure that we are…
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seeking God for His unique purpose for our lives and
serving God by carrying out the ministry of reconciliation that He gives to every Christian.

God loved mankind so He sent His son Jesus to die on a cross to save us from our sins. Jesus is the only way to the Father in heaven. If we ADMIT we are a sinner, BELIEVE on Jesus and CONFESS Him as Lord, God promises to save us.

God is Elohim. He created each person for a unique purpose. If we seek Him for our purpose, He will reveal it. He has deposited within us everything we need to fulfill our purpose.

Believers are co-labourers with God in His plan of redemption for humankind. God expects all His people, laity and ministers, to serve by witnessing and being a witness of the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Let’s exercise our God given authority and power by binding up the spirit of fear off our lives and loosing a spirit of faith over our lives in the name of Jesus!

Let’s not live in fear but live by faith!  http://www.doersofthewordcfc.org

I Appreciate Pastors!

PastorAppreciation MonthPastors deserve appreciation for their labor of love to God’s flocks.

Pastors are like doctors—on call 24/7. Pastors are like “super heroes”, expected to leap over pulpits with a single shout, do and be everything to everyone. Some are like the nursery rhyme character “old mother Hubbard”; they have so many children they don’t know what to do.     Pastor suicides have increased. All people, including pastors, need to be shown appreciation.

Pastor Appreciation Month was established in October 1992 to uplift and encourage pastors, missionaries and religious workers. The Bible instructs Christians to esteem very highly those over them in the Lord for their work.

I’ve always appreciated pastors. Now that I’m a pastor, I have a greater appreciation for them.

I offer special thanks and love to my pastor, Rev. Gregory J. Jackson and First Lady Barbara Jackson.  I am indebted to Pastor Jackson for his leadership and service to me and my family, opportunities to serve, exhortations, affirmations, support and innumerable ministry and life lessons.

I also greatly appreciate the following who formerly served as my pastors and for what they taught me:

• Pastor K. Irma Green – perseverance, praising God and the value of ministry preparation
• Pastor John Spencer – significance of salvation and Bible study
• The late Pastor J. Isaiah Goodman – importance of expressing “who you love” and Church Administration

I fondly remember and am grateful to the late Pastor Philip Mann for mentoring me and providing myriad ministry opportunities.

I also appreciate the following pastors as I have been greatly blessed by their teaching, preaching and leading by precept and example:

• Bishop Donald Hilliard – spirit-filled ministry
• Pastor Marilyn Monroe – love for and dedication to the flock
• Bishop Claude Alexander – unique powerful, biblical preaching
• Bishop IV Hilliard – pastoral success advice: be a servant to people, act like God is alive & immerse yourself in the Word
• Dr. Arthur Canada – kindhearted, humble servant leadership
• Bishop TD Jakes – encouragement and motivation to reach my destiny

Lastly, thank you Bishop Lyle and Pastor Deborah Dukes for providing me with mentorship and spiritual covering through your Pastors Network.

Let’s appreciate, affirm, honor and pray for pastors not just in October but continually! http://www.doersofthewordcfc.org

How Should a Christian Treat Halloween?

halloweenCelebrating Halloween is not innocent fun, is not of God but of the devil!

In the British Isles, Scandinavia and Western Europe a secret society of priests and pagans, the Druids, celebrated the eve of the Celtic new year in honor of their pagan god Samhain on 10/31. Traveling house to house, they demanded peculiar foods to offer to their “Lord Samhain” at the Festival of Death.  Refusal to give food incurred a spoken demonic curse over the home resulting in death within the year. Thus you have trick or treat!  This is still recognized today by all Satanists, occultists and devil worshippers as the eve of the new year for witchcraft.

The Druids hallowed out and carved a face on a large turnip representing the demonic spirit they depended upon for their power and knowledge.  Inside the turnip a lighted candle served as a lantern as they went from house to house. Pumpkins were substituted when this practice came to America in the 18th century and the name “Jock” which was the name of the spirit which inhabited the turnip was changed to “Jack” or “Jack-o-Lantern”.

This practice entered the church when Constantine, a recent zealous convert to Christianity became Emperor of Rome and demanded that everyone become Christian or face death. Consequently, the Church became flooded with pagans and their practices who demanded that the Festival of Samhain remain a part of their lives. The Pope declared a new celebration on November 1 called “All Saints Day” in honor of all martyred saints of the church and allowed the people to still have their festival on October 31 because November 1 was a holy day.

The mass said on All Saints Day was “Allhallowmas” and over the years has become Halloween. The Pope’s attempt to make “Allhallowmas” holy backfired and Halloween became recognized as a religious holiday.  Halloween is not a religious holiday as its origins are rooted in the occult, witchcraft and Satanism.

Celebrating New Years Eve on 12/31, we look expectantly to all that is new and good. Celebrating Halloween on 10/31 is celebrating the devil and all that is evil, dark and dead–ghosts, witches, black cats, graveyard scenes, skeletons, monsters, bats, vandalism, and destruction of property.

The Bible declares in 1Corinthians 10:31 “whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”.  Is Halloween a celebration of God who represents light, goodness and life or a celebration of Satan who represents darkness, evil and death?  Let’s open our mind to the truth and glorify God by not celebrating Halloween!

Don’t Forget to Give Thanks!

I’ve noticed recently that many children and some adults have a spirit of entitlement which causes them to fail to give expressions of thanksgiving. My Mom told me “be thankful for whatever someone does for you—big or small—because people don’t have to do anything for you”. Consequently, I have always been a very thankful person.

Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God and to people for what they have done. We express thanksgiving to God and to people because God is the source of all our rewards and He often works through people. God and people expect and are blessed when we do.

When we thank and praise God, He blesses us with His presence, resulting in joy, strength and met needs. People respond to our thanksgiving with thanksgiving, happiness and gladness.Give-ThanksSomeone I know always responds “I’m thankful” when you ask “how are you”. Her response blesses me and motivates me to reflect on my reasons to be thankful. Now my response to how are you is also “I’m thankful”.

A song’s lyrics are “count your blessings, name them one by one”. Let’s count our blessings and express our thankfulness. There is a story of a Sunday School teacher who asked her class to name one thing they were thankful for. A boy answered, “I am thankful for my eyeglasses because they keep the boys from beating me up and the girls from kissing me”. Let’s be like this boy and the one out of ten lepers that Jesus healed and express our thanksgiving for the blessings we have received!  http://www.doersofthewordcfc.org