FOR THOSE WHO CRITICIZED STEVE HARVEY FOR MEETING WITH DONALD TRUMP…(a spiritual perspective)

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Months ago comedian, actor, host Steve Harvey was severely criticized for meeting with President Donald Trump at the request of former President Barack Obama.

This post is not to judge or examine his relationship with God, or his motives for meeting with him, but solely to make comment on something I think Christians (Black Christians in particular) should consider.

This post is not about Donald Trump or his controversial predicency. I did write an article addressing Christians and politics called DON’T LET YOUR POLITICS ‘TRUMP’ YOUR FAITH… that you can read by clicking the highlighted link.

Many people were critical and angry saying Mr. Harvey, met with ‘the devil’, ‘the enemy’, a ‘racist’…and feel that he should not have even entertained the invitation.

Mr. Harvey’s meeting with and willingness to work with the President reminded me of two accounts in the bible…Joseph of Genesis and the three Hebrew young men exiled in Babylon with Daniel…Hannaniah, Azariah, and MISHAEL. (Commonly known by the Babylonian names given to them, Schadrach, Mescach and Abednego.


JOSEPH OF GENESIS…

Beginning with Genesis Chapter 37, Joseph was sold away into slavery in Egypt by his own brothers. While in Egypt after serving in the house of a prominent Egyptian citizen named Potiphar and being falsely accused of sexually assaulting his wife, he was thrown into prison, but God blessed Joseph with favor that allowed Him to serve as second in command to the Egyptian Pharaoh , and to rescue his family from starvation…

Pharaoh was a pagan leader that did not worship the God of Israel. The Egyptians also thought themselves to be superior to the Israelites. Had that been today, would HIS people have said?

Don’t serve in Pharaoh’s ‘administration’…

Don’t work for ‘the devil’….

Don’t work for ‘the enemy’…

Don’t work for ‘a racist’…

Reject the offer to serve under him.

However, had Joseph not accepted that ‘invitation’, he would not have been in position to save His people.


HANANIAH, AZARIAH and MISHAEL

The book of Daniel Chapter 1 gives us an account of when the Hebrews were taken captive into Babylon, among them, Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishelle.

They were ‘hand picked’ by Nebuchadnezzar to ‘be in his service’. So they were selected to be ‘apprentices’ and learn the Babylonian culture and customs. While in the king’s house, they refused the eat the ‘kings meat’ to sanctify themselves for God and chose to only consume vegetables and water. They excelled above all others who were chosen to the Glory of God and went into ‘the kings service’.

Daniel 1:5 (NIV)

 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

The fact that they were captives would not have prevented people from being critical. The Babylonians thought themselves to be superior to the Jews. Nebuchadnezzar did not serve the one and only true living God. Even though they were captives they still could have refused this ‘invitation’, even if it meant death. Had that been today, would THEIR people have said?

Don’t serve in Nebuchadnezzar’s ‘administration’…

Don’t work for ‘the devil’…

Don’t work for ‘the enemy’…

Don’t work for ‘a racist’…

Reject the offer to serve under him.

It’s not our place to say whom God is or is not choosing to be used in certain positions of influence. Many people harshly villified ‘Steve Harvey’s’, including many of his peers in the industry.

We must be careful of how we judge situations. Christians readily spit out the cliché, “God works in mysterious ways”, but sometimes are the very ones who criticize how or who He chooses to do it.

I know this is old news now, but I like to give the air time to cool, give people time to reflect, so we can have a productive conversation. Plus…I didn’t get this viewpoint until well after the meeting had occurred.

I’m not saying that Steve Harvey is Joseph…or one of the Hebrew young men, but simply instead of being critical, why not just ask God to make the meeting fruitful?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

HUSBAND OF A GOOD TEACHER: TEACHERS ARE PARENTS TOO…

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My wife is a seasoned, dedicated teacher of almost 20 years. She has won awards, consistently received praise from parents, and administration. Her evaluations are always at the highest level. She has nothing to prove…at school.

But, she has felt guilty about has she given enough attention to her own children. THIS IS because of the evolving accessibility and expectation to and of teachers these days.

When I was in school during the 70s and 80s, parents had to request a meeting with teachers or wait for parent teacher conferences. Now…through email, parents have more and more 24-access to teachers through emails, and many are pressured by administration to be responsive. Even if they don’t respond, once you get an email, it’s on your mind. This takes away from her home experience with her own children.

Teachers have more duties beyond the classroom than ever before…

They’re expected to be parents, analysts, administrators, coaches, trainers, babysitters both in the evenings and through the summer.

All this while remaining on the bottom of the pay scale in their school systems.

If they complain, they’re frowned upon…not fair!

Being a dedicated teacher should never mean putting your job before your own family…and should not be expected.

I just want everyone to remember that teachers are parents too. That space should be respected and protected.

Teaching is a ministry!

Romans 12:6-7(NKJV)

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;

BE BLESSTIFIED!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY “GOOD THING”! (My BAYBEEE!!!)

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Proverbs 18:22 (NKJV)

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.

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If anyone deserves a special day, it’s my beautiful wife!

We’ve been sharing life together for over 30 years! Our 30th anniversary is this September.

She keeps the air filled with her joyous laughter…the perfect audience for my silliness.

She’s been an awesome mother to our three children, often sacrificing her happiness for theirs.

This woman of God is not must my wife, but my best friend and partner in ministry.

But, God wasn’t so selfish as to just give her to us…she’s a phenomenal Gospel Jazz artist with a smooth, crystal clear voice that is anointed to bless YOU. She’s my partner in ministry as she sings the songs God has placed on my heart to write…my partner in taking God’s message beyond the four walls of the traditional church to meet people where they are.

You can help me celebrate by ‘Baby Girl’ on her birthday an beyond while you bless yourself…

Search her online and download, stream and share her smooth, inspirational jazzy singles…

“Urgent” (a soulful charge of the Great Commission)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/urgent-single/id976589931

“Thanks for Loving Me Too” (a beautiful ballad about God’s love)

https://www.amazon.com/Thanks-Loving-Too-Full-Version/dp/B0159JXRJ2

“Walk with Me (Never Alone)” ( A fresh, upbeat jazzy arrangement of an old favorite)

Her music is on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio, YouTube…just search Mechelle Johnson spelled with an (e).

Y’all know I have to represent her if no one else does!!!!!

I’m not ashamed to say I love this woman and pray God let’s her bless my life many more years!

So, help me celebrate my GOOD THING!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

WARNING: SPIRITUAL NUDITY INSIDE…

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Most of us clean up really well. We put on our public faces. We play the role. Some people go about their daily tasks with such a level of confidence, professionalism and excellence that you would think they are close to faultless.

They are always perfectly groomed…

Their credit score is 800,000,000…

They always know the right thing to say…

Their focus is surgical…

Their anointing is nearly biblical.

They are never shaken by anything.

Do you know someone like that?

Watching these people can make you feel…

Unqualified…

Inadequate…

Ugly…

Weak…

Unproductive…

Unfocused…

Insecure…

Naked.

But God sees ALL of us as we really are.

We all stand NAKED before God.

Even the most fit person has some physical imperfections that they don’t want anyone to see when they’re naked.


God sees us all spiritually NAKED.

Jeremiah 17:10 (NKJV)

10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings


He sees our heart and our motives of WHY we do what we do.

He sees our secret anxieties and insecurities.

He knows when we’re second-guessing ourselves.

He knows those thoughts that make us most ashamed.

He knows our secrets that we hope are never revealed.

He sees us as we REALLY are when we aren’t ‘cleaned up.

He sees us NAKED.

That’s why we should NEVER take the fact that God sent the Living Word as His Son to serve as PROPITIATION for our sins for granted.

1 John 2:2 (NKJV)

2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Propitiation means that Jesus covered our guilt and our sin. It means that Jesus served as a substitute, appeasing the wrath of God for all of our sins.

God knows on our best day we mess up and stand NAKED before Him.

Stop right now and thank the Lord Jesus Christ for covering your spiritual nakedness.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

DON’T BLINK OR YOU’LL MISS THE LITTLE THINGS!

From the archives…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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Please do me a favor. Do your best to AVOID BLINKING AS YOU READ THIS POST. I will make this short and sweet.

Many times we classify blessings as LITTLE and BIG. God has blessed us so abundantly with our wants, that sometimes we get our WANTS and NEEDS confused.

So, I encourage you to stop right now and thank God for the LITTLE THINGS in life that we sometimes overlook, look past or just don’t see…those things we sometimes take for granted. Many are right before our eyes.

If you’re having trouble thinking of any LITTLE THINGS…go ahead and blink your eyes now if you already haven’t.

Doesn’t that feel better?

Looks like the little things aren’t that little after all:-)

Psalm 103:1-2 NKJV

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2Bless the Lord, O my soul,

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NO DRAMA TODAY!

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EVENING EPIPHANY…
Remember this…

Just because someone auditions you for their drama…it doesn’t mean you have to accept the role.

No drama today!


Proverbs 20:3 (NIV)

It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
    but every fool is quick to quarrel.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

YOU MISSED IT…

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Out of everything you experienced today…there’s much more that you’ve missed.

Out of all you saw, you missed what was behind you.

Out of all the sounds you heard, there were many more that didn’t enter your ears.

Out of everything you touched, there was more beyond your reach.

Out of all you smelled, most didn’t make it to your nose.

Out of all you tasted, there’s a world of flavors you didn’t savor.

Out of all our senses, none of us have enough SENSE to grasp everything.

No matter how much reading you did, there were still more words left to read.

No matter where you went, there were still more places left to go.

Out of all your thoughts, there can only be one on your mind at a time.

No one can know it all…

There will always be something you MISS…

Something that goes over your head…

Something you NEVER experience.

We’re too carnal…

Selfish…

Arrogant…

Impulsive…

Careless…

Proud…

Too human to handle IT ALL.

Even the genius DOESN’T know more than he or she knows…

Even the most anointed ALWAYS misses something.

Out of everything we understand, God has enough wisdom to make us MISS much more.

1 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV)

 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

FREE YOURSELF NOW…

A BEBLESSTIFIED.COM EVENING EPIPHANY…
Remember this…


No matter what anyone has done to you. You can STOP being upset as soon as YOU get ready.

Free yourself NOW!


Ephesians 4:31-32(NKJV)

31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

BE BLESSTIFIED

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