Do Not Lose Heart

We will age and fade away but as we do so, we are being spiritually renewed day-by-day.

~ Lisa Blair

Our faith becomes stronger with the renewing of our minds. We mature as Christians, God’s children, and grow in the Word. We receive salvation, are forgiven of our sins (overcome our sin nature), are healed from backsliding, and choose obedience to and dependence on God over my own free-will.

Resource – YouVersion, Bible.com; Google Images

Times Are Changing And We Must Too

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. ~ Galatians 5:13 NIV
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV

As I awoke and began thinking and praying this morning, this thought came to mind, God is a timely God. Our world is going through turmoil, especially the turmoil of the racial injustices that have operated in the dark and are coming into the exposure of the light of day leaving us, Black and White, determined to act and feeling anxious. Anxious in the way a women feels just before the birth of her child.

So many have observed the civil unrest over past several weeks and judged the unrest as the sole act of the latter part of peaceful protests, eager to condemn, choosing not to focus on the reason for the peaceful protests. To deny the right of a peaceful life to anyone is to deny peace for everyone. To deny justice for some comes home to roost on all. I believe the Lord is removing the veil that blinds us, which is difficult for many to see the injustices that prevail and destroy. When eyes are opened, change is underway.

As this process unveils, we must remember to rely on the Lord’s peace. The same peace he gave Moses as he lead his people out of Egypt. And, the same peace he gave Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

In this peace, we must re-evaluate who we are in the Lord. Charles Stanley shares Finding Peace, a 10 day devotional on YouVersion. Bible.com. Day Five reads:

How Your Thought Life Affects Your Peace

If we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us aren’t who or what we think we are. Our thinking is marred at best, off-track, and in most cases, needs to be changed.

How do I know this to be true? Aside from my experience pastoring so many through the years, God’s Word calls us to a “renewal” of our minds. That means trading in our old perceptions, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and self-centered attitudes for a new set of perceptions, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes that God develops in us. These godly responses are nurtured by regular reading of Scripture and meditating on what’s been read in the Bible. Christ’s followers are urged to avoid being “conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2).

Out of a renewal of our thinking comes a change in our speech patterns and our behaviors. As our speech and behavior become renewed, our relationships with others become renewed. And as our relationships become renewed, our immediate world is renewed as well. It all begins in the mind with what we choose to think and what we choose to dwell upon.

You have the ability to determine what you’ll think. At any time, you can refocus your mind to a new topic, task, or problem to solve instead of negative thinking that will steal your peace and/or cause you to venture into rebellion or sin. You have the ability to say, “I choose to trust God,” in any situation you face or thought you have.

Furthermore, any child of God who takes a willful stand against thought patterns that clearly are harmful is going to be provided a way of escape from that circumstance. God will help you focus your mind on something other than your problem or bad thought pattern if you will make the initial step in His direction. 

When you guard your mind, you guard your peace. When you offer prayers to God with faith and thanksgiving—no matter what trials you face—He assures you inner peace (Phil. 4:6-7). And when you focus your thinking on what’s true, noble, virtuous, lovely, pure, and praiseworthy, you rely upon God with increasing faith and trust. 

You can never fully exhaust your ability to think about the goodness and greatness of God. Choose to respond to life the way Jesus responded. Guard your prayer life. Guard your thought life. Seek the Father and all that’s godly. His Word promises that when you fill your mind with what is virtuous and praiseworthy, “the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:9).

Romans 12:2 says,

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Philippians 4:9 NKJV reads,

“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

God is love. Love is not allocated to some and not others it is unconditional and uncompromising. Unconditional love yields justice and unity.

Resources: biblegateway.com; YouVersion.Bible.com; Google.com

Do Black Women Fear For Their Sons and Men In Their Lives?

Yes! As a Black women, we are concerned when our children, young and old, go to work, to school, walk through our own neighborhoods, play in the park, go to the store, or to church. Our concern is not just for our boys, but for our grandsons, husbands, as well as our daughters, nieces and granddaughters. We, as a race, are not safe. We do not have the physical and emotional freedoms described in the Constitution. We were slaves, elevated to 3/5’s a person, and still violated and treated as less than human today. Most of us cannot walk into a store without being followed or monitored. We are selected for inhouse interviews and when we arrive and they see we are Black, and then are interviewed and dismissed. We are pulled over while ‘driving black’ and harassed or killed. Our children are targeted by white teachers and treated as if they are incapable of learning. Many teachers apply separate standards and evaluate us differently, hence our truth, we have to do more than 100% to prove ourselves to white America. We cannot escape the color of our skin, nor do we want to be something we are not. All Blacks are subject to the vulnerability – complexion, income, education, and careers cannot protect us. Within the last few days the world has viewed Black mayors, Senators, doctors, nurses and news reporters harassed and/or arrested because they are Black, and may or may not have been involved in the protests, some were simply witnesses and observers.

We must always begin with prayer, but just as in Jesus’ time, we are held responsible for the needed actions to grow the church, spread the Word and change the environments around us. Justice must prevail for everyone, not just whites.Things will begin to change when whites take action to change the laws, respond to legal injustices, economically segregated education systems in poor neighborhoods, and employment. Change will not happen if leveling the playing field and respecting us as your neighbors, brothers and sisters Does not occur. Until that happens this horror will continue. When you vote, vote for officials that support equality and hate inequality. Elect judges, prosecutors, State Education Secretary’s, mayors, council members, sheriff’s, and commissioners who have a heart for the people, people who will no longer tolerate the injustices put upon people of Color – Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians, not to overlook gender and cultural bias and bigotry.So the question is, if not now, when? Today, pray and take immediate action in your circles of influence now, followed by participating in the the November election by voting, from the Presidency down to our local elected officials, and then hold them accountable. We are in the season of reckoning and change and we should not let this opportunity slip through our fingers.

God gave us strength, perseverance, and the will to be his ambassadors today and tomorrow. He works through us and supplies our needs if we are faithful. 

Prayer is powerful as is action. Talk for the sake of talking is cheap and condescending. Taking action to change the injustices, people of color have been burdened with since slavery, will prove that white America no longer chooses to victimize us. We look to the day when black boys, husbands, girls and mothers will no longer live in a fear. We look to the day when whites use their privilege and power to create a country where all people can exhale and breathe.

As a Christian, I have faith that this day will come in my lifetime.