Monday, June 28, 2010
My friends, I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit. I have been meditating on the sermon preached by my Pastor, Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III on June 27, 2010. I could not help but to reflect back on my life and how far God has brought me. To God Be The Glory.
Rev. Williams spoke to the women directly, telling us we need praying, anointed men in our lives. As women, we need men who will speak up for us, men who will call out our names to the Lord. I agree with Rev. Williams wholeheartedly. This sermon brought me to a place of thanksgiving. I thank God for releasing me from the grip of men who were too ashamed to pray for me, men who did not stand up for me, men who abused me, men who only misused me. James 5:16 tells us, "Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
I did not stop there with Rev. Williams’ message. I went on and did some research on domestic abuse. I found that one out of three Black women and one out of four White women will become a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. I currently have 217 friends on my Facebook page, of which 105 are women. Two out of every seven girls/women on my Facebook page will be or have been a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. Think about that my friends. I have already counted myself in that statistics.
My Sisters, we need to get strong. We need to begin to stand on the promises of the Lord. We need to understand that we are covered by the blood of our Lord and Savior. Sisters, God promises us a new beginning, all we have to do is call on His name, ask for whatever we need, in the name of Jesus and it will be given to us.
My brothers, take responsibility and start standing up for your family, your wife, your girlfriend. Rev. Williams asserted that men are abandoning their responsibilities. Stop the abandonment, become a God’s man, a praying man, an anointed man. You can start by going to the Lord in prayer for yourself and then for your family, for your loved ones. Men, stop taking the easy route, that is, stop giving up so easily and leaving your family to go and shack up with some other woman and her kids. Put a ring on your woman’s finger, if she is not the one, let her go. My Sisters, if a man is not going to put a ring on your finger, let him go. It is the will of God that men and women live in holy matrimony, not in sinful abode.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate”, says the Lord. (NIV)
My friends, Rev. Williams said, and I agree, that the devil tries to come to you with somebody who can manipulate your weakness. This is when you need to separate yourself. Pray and meditate upon God's word and sanctify yourself daily (Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church).
Saturday, June 5, 2010
My friends, I pray all is well.
Today, I woke up with thanksgiving in my heart. I looked out the window and what a beautiful day I saw! I had no idea that God was preparing me for fellowship with a friend. She came over to deliver me some products I had ordered and one thing led to another, next thing I know we were sitting around the counter sharing testimonies and praising God. The Spirit showed up in our midst. I thank God for using me to share my testimony with others, to tell my story of how good God has been to me, despite what my enemies have tried to do to me, despite the struggles that come my way, despite the ups and downs that come in living in this world where a lot of my brothers and sisters are still not listening to Him.
She said, "Therese, there have been times I know you were going through some things, but you always kept that smile and always had a good word to share". When she said that I started praising God because what that tells me is that I am becoming spiritually mature. That's what I am striving for, spiritual maturity. I thank God that His light in shining in and through me. Hebrews 5:13-14 say, "Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby and knows nothing about right teaching. But solid food is for those who are grown up. They are mature enough to know the difference between good and evil. (New Century Version)
As we continued sharing, I clearly heard my pastor's, Rev. Dr. Williams, voice replaying in my head, "spiritual maturity allows us to walk in forgiveness; it has to do with how we handle the folk we hurt and those who hurt us; spiritual maturity has to do with loving people at the level God wants us to love them, the way He expects us to love them." Rev. Williams said that we are not spiritually mature when we cannot hold our friends accountable to doing what is right. He asked, "how can we claim to love God, yet we hold grudges and seek to tear others down?" (Looking For Friends In All The Wrong Places, 5/30/10)
My friends, we should be striving for spiritual maturity. I tell you, we are blocking our blessings when we hold grudges and when we try to bring down our brothers and sisters. We are still feeding on milk when we cannot ask God to forgive us of our sins and to forgive those who do wrong against us. We are still feeding on milk when we hear the Word but turn our backs, we are still feeding on milk when we hear but do not do what God wants us to do.
We can gain spiritual maturity by practicing what the Word tells us to do; doing what God wants us to do. We get spiritually mature when we study God's Word and the Spirit brings us understanding so that we can go out and practice and teach what we have studied. Spiritual maturity comes when we let the Spirit rule in our lives.
I just thank God that He is walking with me each day as I strive for spiritual maturity. I know one thing, I cannot do God's will if I stay as a babe in Christ, feeding on milk. Lord, please let me be a doer of your Word, please let me discern what is good and what is evil, please let your Spirit rule and abide in me, in Christ Jesus' name. Amen.
Therese from Belize