Perhaps, it might appear that I am callous to what is happening in our nation; but that is far from truth. I was born in Montgomery, Alabama in the late sixties and lived there for forty years. I understand and respect peaceful protesters on the frontline for America’s laws to change, enforcement of current laws and ensuring justice for all.
This is not a political blog but a message through my spiritual vision from biblical commandments that govern my behavior. We should be mindful when throwing stones at others because on Judgment Day we too shall bow. Therefore, Christians, we should not judge when some of our hearts harbor the virus of hate for our brothers and sisters in Christ. “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” (James 3:11)
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, I was afforded the opportunity to speak in my hometown at Legrand Church of Christ Women’s Day Program. Their chosen theme was Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth (SALT).
I started not to blog this message; however, spiritual confirmation was received in a daily devotion from Sister Copeland, which stated “Divine light helps me see good everywhere and in everyone. I look beyond conflict and limitation and find the good that is always mine to discover.” It was then, I knew this message was my spiritual assignment.
In the death of Mr. Floyd, I feel sadness for the way his life, and so many others, ended. However, the good from my spiritual vision is seeing peaceful protesters of all races standing in solidarity for justice and accountability. My mind was still a little consume with carnal thoughts until I saw the beautiful smile on Mr. Floyd’s six years old daughter’s face as she turned her head side to side looking at peaceful protesters and said, “My daddy changed the world.” — Gianna Floyd
The words from this child ceased the war in my mind and took my spiritual vision back to the image of Jesus’ blood dripping down a cross for my sins. An innocent man dying for a wretch like me. “For God so Love the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17
The devotion from Sister Copeland continued with “Welcome challenging times as opportunities to trust Me. You have Me beside you and My Spirit within you, so no set of circumstances is too much for you to handle. When paths before you are dotted with difficulties beware of measuring your strength against those challenges. The calculation is certain to riddle you with anxiety. Without Me, you wouldn’t make it past the first hurdle!” Her devotion was evident that my discarded blog was not my spiritual assignment since I could not get over the hurdle to write the second paragraph.
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are we packed like cans of sardines covering streets with evangelism as instructed to “Go and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, in the Son and in the Holy Spirit?”
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are our Armors of Light shining or are they dimmed due to spiritual inactivity of biblical study and life application?
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are we genuinely striving to be approved by God as workers without shame of spreading the gospel message of Jesus?
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are we overindulging in free spiritual food Jesus paid for with His life?
As Saints Abiding in Light in Truth, are our allegiance to God, the world or self?
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are our Armors of Light shining in this dark world bringing glory to God?
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, does Jesus life matter to get out of our self-absorbed life to lead lost souls out of this wicked world.
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are we clothing the world in humility, forgiveness, peace and love?
As Saints Abiding in Light and Truth, are we being examples in word; in conversation; in charity; in spirit; in faith; and in purity?” (I Timothy 4:12)
Example in Word. Our speech should always be seasoned with grace giving soft, but truthful answers, to turn away wrath and anger; and stirring love into the pot so Satan’s earthly employees are weakened to flee from us?
Example in Conversation. Our words should remain holy in all manner of conversation and not allow gossip and corrupt words in our presence, even from one another should not be acceptable.
Example in Charity. Our mission of Light is to abide in faith, hope and charity. Do we have wisdom to understand the importance of our responsibility to love our neighbors, help the poor and fatherless? If not, slumbers arise and put on the Armor of Light and Truth to visit those who have contradicted the virus of sin.
Example in Spirit. This is a self-centered world and Saints Abiding in Light and Truth should be selfless and loving spiritual guides to lost souls. “Our spiritual walk must match our spiritual talk including on social media.” — Tangie T. Woods.
Example in Faith. Our faith in the Lord should not be waivered from family traditions or opinions of others who entices us to respond in a manner that is unbecoming of followers of Christ.
Example in Purity. Our lives should be free from all forms of immorality using sanitized wipes of the Holy Spirit.
Conclusion, “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11)
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19-20-21)
“What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked person from among you.” (I Corinthians 5:12-13)
How do you want to be remembered? Defined by the world or refined by the Word of God. — Tangie T. Woods