WHEN PEOPLE SAY WEARING A MASK FOR SAFETY IS GIVING UP THEIR FREEDOM…

It doesn’t take rocket science to see the fact that wearing a mask correctly can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many people claim however, that when local, and state governments require wearing a mask in public, that this minor inconvenience (unless you have respiratory problems) is ‘taking away their rights’!

Really?

Requiring the public to give up a freedom in one area for the sake of safety is putting our freedom at risk?

If that’s true then let’s get rid of…

TRAFFIC LIGHTS: “I should be free to stop and go whenever I get ready!”

SEAT BELTS: “No one can tell me what to do in my car!”

SPEED LIMITS: “I should be able to drive as fast as I want, when I want and where I want!”

CAR INSURANCE: “If I can afford to pay when I’m liable, I shouldn’t be required to have insurance on my vehicle.”

DRIVER’S LICENSE: “If I know how to drive, I should be free to drive without the state telling me I have to have my license!”

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES: “If I know how to do it, I should be able to do it without someone overseeing me to make sure I’m doing it right!”

THOU SHALT NOT KILL: “If someone pisses me off, I should be free to handle it!”

Okay, I think you get the picture.

People whining about a mask is kind of like a man coming home from work and snapping at his family because of a bad day on the job. His family isn’t the real problem…what happened at work is.

Even the bible teaches us that we should be very careful in how we handle our freedom…

1 Corinthians 10:23  (NKJV)

23 All things are lawful [a]for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things [b]edify.

Remember, there’s no ‘U’ in the word ‘FOOLISHNESS’. Let’s keep it that way.

WHY I CAN’T CELEBRATE A HERITAGE THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THIS SWEET CHILD TO BE SNATCHED FROM US….

This is my precious granddaughter. I vacillate from sadness to anger when I think of the fact that people, even some people with whom I went to school and grew up, expect me to honor and respect a culture and heritage that would allow her to be…

Snatched from her bed and sold away to strangers.😥

Have her father, mother or me sold away from her never to be seen again…😡

Beaten for no reason, and I would be powerless to do anything about it…😢

Raped once she became of age or even before if her ‘master’ wished…😡

Talked to any type of way, while I had to stand and watch….😢

Daily be made to feel less than human.😡

So many people want to keep Confederate statues, monuments, and flags in prominent, public places that are supported by everyone’s tax dollars, including millions of people who equate those symbols to…

Nazi Swastikas…

Statues of German stormtroopers…

A statue of a Hitler…

A monument to Osama Bin Ladin…

A statue of Benedict Arnold…

A monument to King George III.

You get the picture. You don’t see any of those symbols for a reason.

If you want those monuments, statues, and flags on your shirt, car, truck, property…that’s your right.

If you want to teach your children your perspective of history…that’s your business.

But, it is absurd to expect me or any other Black person to continue seeing those reminders on public property because it’s ‘your heritage’.

The very fact that the South claimed to have been fighting against Northern aggression proves that if the were me, and I were them, they wouldn’t go for it either.

Even the word of God says…

Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)

12 Therefore, (A)whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for (B)this is the Law and the Prophets.

I must admit when I hear people whining about their sinful, unGodly heritage, and look at my granddaughter…I think, #!%* YOUR HERITAGE!

But, then the Holy Spirit reminds me to pray for them. He reminds me I must love them.❤️

BE BLESSTIFIED!

NOTHING LIKE PERFECT HARMONY & A ‘GIRL GROUP’ TO MAKE YOU SMILE…

From the Supremes to SWV, to Destiny’s Child, there’s something about a group of female vocalists or ‘girl group’ who focus on real harmony that makes you feel good.

Beautiful smiles… Beautiful voices… Dedication to their craft, you can hear the hours of rehearsal in each note.

Here’s Mechelle Johnson and Natural Elegance covering a couple of R&B classics at Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis TN.

Listen and BE BLESSTIFIED!

HOW YOU PROVE WHICH SIDE YOU WOULD HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU LIVED IN BIBLE DAYS BY YOUR ATTITUDE TODAY…

Have you ever noticed in Matthew Chapter 23 that the religious leaders told Yeshua, Jesus, that if they had lived in the past they would not have mistreated and killed the prophets as their ancestors did?

Many people do the same thing today. They point a self-righteous finger at the Scribes, Pharisees, Chief Priests, those who shouted CRUCIFY HIM, those who worshipped the golden calf, those who bowed to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol God, and so on. People prove on which side of history they would have stood in the past by their attitudes, actions, and behavior today.

Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, sharply rebuked the religious leaders (the system) because they claimed if they had lived in the past, they would not have participated in killing the prophets as their ancestors did. He told them that they SHARED IN THE GUILT OF THEIR ANCESTORS because of their attitudes and actions TODAY…

Matthew 23:29-32 (NKJV)

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and[a]adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’

31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.

Matthew 23:29-32 (NIV)

29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

People today claim they would have gone into the fiery furnace with the Hebrew slave boys, or lions’ den with Daniel, but prove they wouldn’t because they won’t take a stand for God at work, or conform to a sinful culture because they don’t want to lose their job.

People today claim they would have fled Sodom and Gomorrah with Lot, but prove they wouldn’t have because they support gay marriage and the gay lifestyle, when Yeshua clearly affirms that marriage is between a man and woman in Matthew Chapter 19 verses 3-9.

People today claim they wouldn’t have participated in worshipping a graven image or calling out the name of an idol, but they prove they would have by blasphemously calling a day to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior by the name of a pagan goddess (Easter, Eostre, Ishtar, Ashtoreth).

Exodus 23:13  (NKJV)

13 “And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.

People today prove where they would have stood during the American Civil Rights Movement…

People today prove if they would have considered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be a great man or a trouble maker…

People today prove if they would consider the peaceful protests to be a means to change or a nuisance…

People today prove whether they would have supported a system of slavery or against it by how they hold on to the symbols and paradigms of a sinful heritage of oppression, rape and separation of families because they feel it honors their ancestors.

People today prove whether they would have placed ‘traditions of man’ over the word of God (flags, statues, monunents, hazing, etc…

Matthew 15:1-8 (NKJV)

15 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying,‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother,“Whatever profit you might have received from me isa gift to God”— 6 then he need not honor his father[a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the[b]commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 ‘These people [c]draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.

How you respond to the teachings of Yeshua the Messiah today proves how you would have stood back then…

People today prove whether they would have shouted HOSANNA or CRUCIFY Him!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY I’M POSITIVE THAT PESSIMISM PISSES OFF GOD…

Have you ever noticed how a negative person can sap the energy out of a room? Have you ever noticed how negativity can steal the joy from a moment? Have you ever noticed how a person who complains can convince a person who is completely content and satisfied to be unhappy?

This is why God hates pessimism. This is why God hates negativity. This is why God hates complaining…7 REASONS GOD HATES COMPLAINING…

Remember that God had promised Israel victory, but they had to go in and claim the Promised Land that He had committed to giving them. As they travelled in the wilderness, Moses sent out spies to ‘check out the land’. To make a long story short, Joshua and Caleb brought back positive news in the form of a good report. However, the other spies brought back negative news and pessimism in the form of a ‘bad report’…

Numbers 13:21-33 (NKJV)

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. 22 And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 Then they came to the [a]Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. 24 The place was called the Valley of [b]Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. 25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly [c]flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the [d]giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like[e] grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Numbers 14:1-4 (NKJV)

14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to [a]fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”


This pessimism and negativity pissed off the God of our Salvation because it discouraged the people! It pissed Him off A LOT!

Numbers 14:11-25  (NKJV)

11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject[a] Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the [b]signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

13 And Moses said to the Lord: “Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, 14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people; that You, Lord, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, 16 ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’ 17 And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, 18 ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

20 Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord— 22 because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, 23 they certainly shall not see the land of which I [c]swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. 24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. 25 Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.”

How many times have you negatively influenced someone who was perfectly content? How many times have you spread the contagious spirit of negativity?

God gets just as angry now as He did then. As a matter of fact, His extreme judgments in the Old Testament are recorded for us as examples of how angry pessimism, negativity and complaining makes Him…

1 Corinthians 10:1-10  (NKJV)

10 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us [a]tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

As much as we are working hard to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, please make sure that you aren’t responsible for contributing to the pandemic of pessimism.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY THE LORD IS MY BANNER…

As you know banners, in the Bible standards or flags were set up to distinguish tribes. There is no record of ‘pledges’, but they were used during battle to give troops encouragement and a focal point.

Numbers 1:52 (NKJV)

52 The children of Israel shall pitch their tents, everyone by his own camp, everyone by his own standard, according to their armies;

When God is our victory banner (Yehovah Nissi) He is our encouragement and focal point from one victory to another.

Psalm 20:5 (NKJV)

5 We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Thus, our allegiance isn’t to a piece of cloth (which can become an idol), but to our God, our Elohim, the Father of our Savior Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

After God gave Moses victory over the Amelakites he built an alter and called it , Yehovah Nissi (The Lord is my Banner).

Exodus 17:15 (NJKV)

And Moses built an altar and called its name, [a]The-Lord-Is-My-Banner;

Whenever you need encouragement, or to rally people together for a Godly cause, call on the symbolic name of God that specifically refers to that aspect of His character…and always let your first allegiance be to Him.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHAT IS HYPERTENSION OF THE SPIRIT?

Hypertension, high blood pressure, is called the silent killer because there are no noticeable symptoms…until it affects the heart.

The same is true with racism.

1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY SO-CALLED ‘WHITE GUILT’ IS A CALL TO REPENTANCE…

I’m pretty sure that many people will ‘turn up their nose‘ at this article, but if it touches one person’s heart or convinces them to even consider adjusting their perspective and lead to repentance , then to God be the glory.

In the throes of the current worldwide movement for social justice, many white Americans say with pride , I’M NOT GIVING IN TO WHITE GUILT!

Many say, I NEVER OWNED SLAVES!

Others say, I WAS BORN POOR AND WORKED HARD FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE!

And some say, I HAVE NEVER BENEFITED FROM ‘WHITE PRIVILEGE’.

Others assert, I’M NOT RACIST, I HAVE BLACK FRIENDS, SO WHY SHOULD I FEEL GUILTY?

I’m asking everyone who respects the Bible as the Word of God to consider this…

It is undeniable that in our nation’s history there wasn’t a hint of equality or equity for non-white Americans until the late 60’s.

Even if you had nothing to do with any of the evils towards Black people through the generations, God still expects His people to renounce and repent of the sins of their fathers because the fruit, legacies and benefits of their behavior and systems transcends generations…culturally, economically, socially psychologically, and spiritually. Narratives and paradigms are set.

When you read the entire bible in context, the only way subsequent generations are not liable for the sins of their fathers is when they repent of them. Any sin that hasn’t been forsaken, renounced, regretted, and repented of remains.

That’s why God continued to demand that Israel verbally and publicly reject the sins of their fathers…

Leviticus 26:40-43 (ESV)

40 “But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, 41 so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Isaiah 65:6-7 (NKJV)

6 “Behold, it is written before Me:
I will not keep silence, but will repay—
Even repay into their bosom—
7 Your iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers together,”
Says the Lord,
“Who have burned incense on the mountains
And blasphemed Me on the hills;
Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom.”

Lamentations 5:7 (NKJV)

7 (A)Our fathers sinned and are no more,
But we bear their iniquities.


But here is the New Testament example from Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus the Christ Himself.

Many times we prove where we would have stood if we lived in the past by our attitude and pride today…

Matthew 23:29-32 (NKJV)

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and[a]adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’

31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.

The very pride and arrogance to state, I’M NOT BOWING DOWN TO WHITE GUILT is a witness against anyone who says it. They still maintain the same pride (which God forbids), the same attitudes of their ancestors who were guilty.

It proves that they reject these teachings…

Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)

12 Therefore, (A)whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for (B)this is the Law and the Prophets.

Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

3 (A)Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but (B)in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Romans 15:1 (KJV)

15 We then that are strong (ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Romans Chapter 15 and verse 1 can be applied on a personal or corporate level, that is ‘the strong (strength meaning majority with greater influence) must bear the infirmities of the weak (weak meaning minority with lesser influence). The majority bears a moral responsibility to equity for the minorities.

So for those of you who love God through Jesus Christ, what if the feeling of WHITE GUILT is the Holy Spirit giving you the opportunity to renounce the sins of your fathers? And, what if the compulsion to resist it is the devil trying to convince you to resist the Holy Spirit through pride?

As I said earlier, I expect most people to reject this reasoning, but if I’m in line with God’s truth, and if God is using the current course of events for His will….If He is behind the ‘cancel’ culture for His purpose…Do you want to be guilty of fighting God?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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