So much is happening today. I just spoke to someone who sounded so defeated as she spoke of the issues of life. As I am writing this, news of yet another fatal shooting, out of control fires, unsafe schools, …are being reported by news reporters. The responses I hear are, “That’s just the way it is today. Not safe in or out of the house. It is what it is!” So many people have gotten comfortable with defeat. So what do we do? Do we just sit back in defeat? Do we continue to deny the power of an amazing God? Is this the way He meant it to be? Is the power of God only reflected inside the walls of a church building? Did we forget that “we” are the church and that we were commissioned to go out and take the Gospel/Good news? Where is the Good News? Did we forget that when we put the Word of God in action, the Word of God in action has the power to bring about change in our families, in our communities, in our personal lives,… Do we really believe that change is possible? I’m not asking if it is easy. I’m asking if we really believe it is possible and what role do we play in bringing it about?
God is our shield & our sword. It’s time to really believe that He fights for us! It’s time to anticipate victory in our lives. It is time to move out of bondage, despair, discouragement, and defeat! Where have you lost the battle in your life? Where are the attacks? What has you in fear? What have you given up on! What have you dropped the ball on? Where have you accepted defeat?! It’s time to take our families back, our neighborhoods back, our dreams and visions back, our youth back…
We spent the last year saying Yes We Can!… however, real lasting and positive change will only happen when we get back to the foundation of the Word of God. We have to wage war through confessing God’s word, through prayer, through faith, and through stepping out on our God ideas in order to impart and impact! The Bible speaks of the many tragic events we are seeing around us. However, it is the Word of God that will sustain us and bring us through. The word of God will restore hope and life. The word of God will transform our communities. We must be a walking representation of the living Word and love of God. We must allow the word of God to impact every person and every area of our lives that He has given us influence over or in.
We must get off our “Buts.” You know the: I would do this “but“… Things are bad “but” what can I do? I want to help our youth, “but” they are too violent. Our school system is not educating our children, “but” that’s just how it is today! I know this needs to be changed “but” what can one person do? The folks down the street are hungry “but” I’m sure someone else is helping them. I have ideas “but” they probably won’t work. I believe God, “but!” The church IS the backbone of the community “but” social services will help! What about “Kingdom Services?!” Our “buts” are excuses. Who do we believe in? How is what we believe and who we believe in reflected in what we do?
You have the hope, the faith, the word, the smile, the kind word, the inspiration, the product, and the encouragement that someone else needs in order to rise up out off dispair! Let’s get up! Let’s shake the dust off! Lets arise in the power of God and walk in the authority that HE has given us! Be the change that you want to see in your family, neighborhood, and in the world! We can do it. We have to do it! We were born to do it! We are not wimps! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!! Let’s do it! Let’s do it by committing to prayer and studying God’s word so that we can be equipped to to make postive change. Let’s do it by allowing the word of God to transform our thoughts and set us in motion to make a difference.
Ok, I just had to get that out! I know things don’t look great but we have to be the hope that stands against hopelessness! We have to be the ones to instill value in the lives of children who no longer know how to value their lives or the lives of others. We have to show them the beauty within in order for them to appreciate and respect the beauty in others and in the world around them.
Things are tough but don’t just say how bad things are, talk the solutions! Talk and show forth faith! Put your energy, your gifts, your skills,… in places that matter. Don’t just tickle folks ears with fancy words and emotions, show them how to apply the Gospel in their everyday life. Let’s show the Gospel and love in action. There are so many things we can do to show and share love while helping to overcome the obstacles of our society. Commit to spreading some “Good News” every day. In addition, you can teach someone to read, teach someone a skill, speak blessings and encouragement into someone’s life, take your child or a child to a ball game, spend time with your grandparents, go to your child’s school and sit in his/her classroom, make an appointment with teachers before Parent/Teacher Conferences, join a neighborhood watch, volunteer at a community center, clean up the park near your home, go to church with your family, take time to listen to someone, invest in someone’s dream, or teach someone HOW to have a dream. It’s the little/big stuff that we do everyday that will make all the difference. Make a difference by being a difference! Let’s spread some good news! Let’s impart into those around us. Let’s make an impact. Let’s not bow down in defeat. Let’s rise with the expectation of victory!
Ok, I’m done for now. Understand that my random thoughts are speaking to me first! I know there are things I need to do as an individual and I’m challenging myself to do them. I am getting off of my but! What about you?
Matthew 16:19, Mark 16:15, Matthew 8:26, Psalm 91, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 27, 1 Samuel 30, 2 Chronicles 20, Psalm 139:14, Romans 4,…
Stay encouraged as we walk in extraordinary times!
Wendy M. Reynolds
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