HOW GOD KEEPS ME HUMBLE AS A BLOGGER & MINISTER…

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When God gives you a gift for His glory, it’s not only good…it’s excellent!

James 1:17  (NKJV)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

I enjoy writing and sharing what God has placed in my heart. I love teaching and preaching as I have opportunity. It makes me feel so alive! And, God gives me inspiration EVERYWHERE! In good and in evil. In joy and in pain. At work and at home. In the profound and profane. God has fresh revelation to His unchanging word everywhere…and I have to write and share.

I must admit that most of the time, when I finish writing or saying what God has placed in my heart in my own style, I sometimes say WOW! That’s pretty awesome, but not because of me, but because of my awesome God!


I guess we are all spiritual plagiarists, because nothing anyone writes or says is original, it all comes from God.


But, here’s my point. No matter how good I may feel about what I have shared. No matter how many ‘attaboys’ and pats-on-the-back I get…


I ALWAYS read, hear or watch something that someone else has shared that is even MORE awesome and powerful that what I have written.


Someone is always revealing something that I never knew. Someone is always, in their own style, sharing something that makes me stop and say WOW! Someone is always confirming something that God has placed in my heart.


It humbles me to see how powerfully God speaks through and uses others.


When I’m reminded daily of how God uses so many anointed, talented, gifted people, it keeps me humble, as I realize that even though He is using me in a powerful way…His Kingdom work can go on just fine without me.

Let me encourage you to never diminish the power of what God has placed inside you, but at the same time never let your gift, your talent, your ability, your education, your popularity, your accolades, or awards to allow you to become arrogant, proud or vain.


Unfortunately, there are too many spiritually arrogant preachers, teachers, ministers, pastors, authors, writers, bloggers, artists, singers, musicians…


Our challenge is to not allow the power of what God has placed in us to provoke us to glory in ourselves. Let us never forget that if anything good comes from us, all glory goes to God.

Here are just a few scriptural reminders…

1 Corinthians 1:30-31  (NKJV)

30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a]

2 Corinthians 10:17  (NKJV)

17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a]

 Psalm 115:1 (NKJV)

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.

 BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

WHY I WILL NEVER HAVE AN US AGAINST THEM ATTITUDE…

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I know there are other races and other racial issues, but in America, the biggest race conversation has always been Black and White. It’s a shame that racial division is still prevalent. The devil finds a way to raise up a whole new generation of racists of all races.  It’s a tool he uses that quite frankly will never go away.  I’m blessed to have friends in all races and cultures.

However, I’m a Black man, and naturally I have concerns specific to those a Black man. I would be foolish if I didn’t. However, that doesn’t mean that I will agree with ALL Black people on how to address all ‘Black’ issues. Some will even disagree with me on using the term ‘Black’ instead of ‘African American’. All Black people don’t have to and will not agree on everything. Black people should be able to feel the way they feel…to have their own opinion without being labeled a ‘sell out’ or not ‘woke’, ‘down’ or aware. All Black people didn’t agree during the Civil Rights Movement. There’s no race that agrees on everything. That’s a myth. Some cultures may facilitate collaboration differently, but NO race is totally united. Accomplishments and progression are achieved through unified groups within each race.

The truth is that in my life, I have been equally helped and hindered by both Blacks and Whites. There are times when both Black and White people could have acted in my behalf and chose not to do so…and so have I.


I will never have an us against them attitude!


It’s God’s will that we are all one in Christ…

Galatians 3:28 (NKJV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus

…which by the way wasn’t White or Black (that’s another conversation), Christ was born Jewish but existed before there were Jews or any other ‘race’ (John 1:1-14). And, the world was given the ‘oracles’ of God (Romans 3:2) through the Jewish culture and context.

But, even the Jews aren’t a race. Notice that through Abraham God didn’t raise up a race. He raised a faith. Read more about that in my article, FAITH, NOT RACE…


I will never have an us against them attitude.


I love people…all people! I love everyone, but my first allegiance is to God. Because of that…

Sometimes I may piss off Black people…

Sometimes I may piss off White people…

Sometimes I may piss off Asians, Latinos etc.

Sometimes I may piss off Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and, yes Christians.

But, that’s okay as long as I DON’T piss off the God of my salvation.

I’m a disciple of Christ first, then Black…but I love everyone.

I will stand for you equally as long as you are in harmony with God’s truth.

I will never have an us against them attitude!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

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