I am not moved by what I see.
I am not moved by what I hear.
I am not subject to the times.
I will keep obeying God.
I will keep tithing.
I will keep sowing seed.
I will keep walking by faith.
I will keep going to church.
I will keep praising God
I am separated from fear because of my faith.
I am walking in my God given purpose.
I am thriving, flourishing, increasing, enlarging,
experiencing God’s supernatural provision.
We live in a society where we have put many labels on many things. We call things what is, what’s not. We call things what’s not what is. We wonder what is going on in our world today. We are living in a society that”s full of racial injustice, racial profiling, classism, sexism, elitism, ageism and ableism.
I believe all the isms of our society can be summed up in three letters “SIN”. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When I was working on my doctorate one of my professor Dr. Ronald Hawkins would often say that “We are profoundly fallen people living in a profoundly fallen world”.
Sin gives life to hate. Hate is a formidable opponent with a history of success. Hate can camouflage itself, hate can be deceptive, hate can be unforgiving, hate can be long lasting, hate can be unreasonable and intolerant.
There are many armies who has fought hate with many weapons of all sizes to only realize they were no match. Hate is too big, too strong, too powerful and the only weakness hate has that it can’t defeat is Love.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love conquers all
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Love bears all things,
Love believes all things,
Love hopes all things,
Love endures all things.
Love never fails.
Only Love Can Conquer Hate
Growing up I was taught to be fearful of what would happen when I did bad things. At a very early age one of my first fears was a person. His name was the boogeyman. I was taught fear from my mom and other family members.
At night time I feared the darkness because that’s when the boogeyman man would come for me. It was at night time when I would be reminded of all the bad things I had said or did through the day.
Growing up I went to bed with the light on and the door opened because I feared the boogeyman.
That fear would lead to other fears. There was a show that came on TV when I was a kid. The show was named “Dark Shadows” where the lead character was Barnabas Collins a 175-year-old vampire in search of fresh blood and his lost love, Josette. That show would put a fear in me like none other.
Then, there was this movie named Trilogy of Terror that had three stories interwoven together. The first, about a college student infatuated with his teacher. The second, a paranoid tale of two sisters – one good, the other evil, and the third about an African tribal doll that comes to life and terrorizes a woman in her apartment.
It was that third story about the African doll with a knife coming to life terrorizing that woman in her apartment that would have me running and hiding.
I’m glad to know that as I learned the difference between what was real and what was imaginary, then all of my fears moved out.
I’m glad to know today that all I feared was fictional and imaginary.
I’m glad to know today that the same understanding of knowing what’s real and what’s imaginary will help you to move out your fear and move in your faith.
I’m glad to know that you can grow, when you know.
Fear don’t live here anymore
Fear moved out when faith moved in
That’s why we can say what the scriptures say.
“No weapons formed against me shall prosper!”
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I submit to you right now that you have a moving party. Call the movers, invite your friends over and pack up the boxes of fear, load up the truck and send fear on it’s way and let your faith move in.
Yes! There is victory over tragedy. You may ask how can I believe, or better yet say that statement in America 2017.
I am aware of how hurricanes have destroyed the homes, properties, possessions, safety and lives of too many to count. I am aware of the threat of war with North Korea and other countries. I am aware of the racist, sexist, hatred, intolerance and uncaring nature of our nation. I am aware that we are still being confronted with the tragedies of drug abuse, child abuse and elderly abuse. I am aware of the tragedies of rising healthcare costs and the decrease of healthcare benefits. I am aware of the trending gentrification in many communities.
I am aware that many would rather pay money for brunch on Sunday than sow into ministries and churches. I am aware that many would rather be at a tailgate party than a praise and worship experience. I am aware that many would rather sleep in on Sunday and rise up early for work on Monday.
All though the circumstances around us may cause certain dismay and oftentimes we wonder why and if it was to be this way. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
There is hunger all over the land and we are fighting our fellow man putting each other down only to lose what might have been found. But now we ask this question, is there any hope, for the world in this condition?
YES! There is hope for the world, an answer for the world. We have no need to worry or doubt. We don’t need to give up our hope. For as sure as there is God there is hope.
When we trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding; But In all our ways acknowledge Him, then He shall direct our paths because we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.