GOSPEL WITH A TOUCH OF JAZZ FROM MY WIFE MECHELLE JOHNSON…

Encouragement, Accountability and Praise! Original music from the Johnson’s. Something positive for challenging times..

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.

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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!

ARE YOU CONTENT WITH THE CONTENT OF YOUR CHARACTER?

What is it that you like least about yourself? When was the last time you got ‘fed up’ with some aspect of your own character?

When was the last time you felt like the Apostle Paul when he said…

Romans 7:20-25 (NKJV)

20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

When was the last time you examined …

Your heart?

Your motives?

Your moods?

Your behavior?

Your prejudices?

Your priorities?

How you manage your emotions?

What makes you angry?

What makes you happy?

What impresses you? And why?

Are you a good, Godly influence to the people in your circle?

When was the last time you really thought about what God thinks about your character?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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