Black Mothers: Choose Life for Your Sons (Part 13)

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Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, “Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,” when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-4 NLT)

Thank God for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other Civil Rights leaders who pointed at America’s log in its eyes − institutional racism − so that changes in our laws were passed. Was it a peaceful stroll in the park? No, it was messy, but with rare exceptions, institutional racism is now a horror of the past.

Rev. King and the other leaders deserve honor and gratitude because they were types of Moses, sent by God to deliver America from this horrible sin.

Does racism still exist in America? Yes, and as long as pride, envy, and fear exist, the sin of racism may rear its ugly head from time to time under the best of conditions.

Who has more racism − whites or blacks? This question is irrelevant because both races struggle with the sin of racism, with one big difference right now: God and His plans.

You see, God’s plan for America includes having a black river flowing out of our nation’s inner cities, filled with apostles and prophets, who will help deliver the rest of the country from racism and religion. They, in turn, will also be deliverers, much like Moses.

Yet to be deliverers, God will squeeze racism and sin out of these black apostles and prophets. The squeezing will resemble a hand squishing a tube of toothpaste to wring every bit of gel out of it. As with the toothpaste tube, the first bit of squeezing to remove racism and sin will be rather easy, but as it continues, it will be more and more painful.

To many, the painful squeezing may seem unfair, since the inner city blacks have suffered through almost 400 years of anguish in America. But for God, He’s looking forward to the finished products: brilliant diamonds reflecting Jesus to all.

(Continued in Part 14…the full series to date can be seen here.)

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Prayers for Soon Coming Calamities in America (11/28/2017)

Katrina was an eye opening calamity for many Americans. It made us realize the frailty and insufficiency of our disaster preparedness plans. The storm simply overmatched and exposed many of the shortcomings of federal, state, and local governments and businesses. 

Some of our lack of preparedness is due to a too-busy society overwhelmed by other problems and unwilling to take the time to prepare…but some of it is the belief the government will step in and handle the problems. 

Once again, the number one lesson we must learn from Hurricane Katrina is that our federal, state, and local governments are neither good nor fast First Responders for calamities. They will eventually show up, but for many of us, it may be too late.

Who are the best First Responders for any natural or terrorist catastrophes? The answers: you and I.

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)

(Excerpt from Planning + Preparation = Survival by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2013, Amazon eBook)

My prayer today:

Lord, help us to love our neighbors enough to introduce ourselves and make friendships with them before calamity strikes.

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Black Mothers: Choose Life for Your Sons (Part 12)

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Let’s say that my favorite son, Edward, was gunned down by a man, for no other reason, than he wanted a target for his hatred. If I then hunted the murderer down and killed him with my own gun, that would be vengeance.

If instead of killing the murderer, I captured him and turned him over to the police who then put him on trial for Edward’s murder. If he was found guilty, that would be justice.

If I showed up at the penalty phase of the trial and pleaded that the murderer should not be executed for murdering my son and if the jury agreed with my pleas, that would be mercy.

But if after all this, I walked up to the murderer who had been judged guilty and already had received mercy, and I grabbed his hand, took him home, sat him at my dining table, and said, “From now on, you shall take the place of my son. You will have all his benefits and will be an heir to all my wealth. I will love you just like I loved Edward.”

That is grace, which God freely offers us each day of our lives.

Now, if I were a black American, it would be almost impossible to overlook the words of Malcolm X and not seek vengeance for the four hundred years of horrendous treatment by white Americans, which have helped create who I am today. It would take a miracle not to avenge myself.

It would even be harder to go along with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and accept simple justice, and then extend mercy to white Americans for all of their transgressions, wiping the slate forever clean of the harshest reparations against them.

Yet, to rise to the next level where I would reach out, hold white Americans’ hands, and say, “You’re my brothers. I will lay down my life for you and if you need something, just let me know and I will do my best to get it. My heart is always open to your needs because I love you,” − this would be beyond any grace or love I could ever bring forth.

And yet, this is exactly what I believe the Lord is going to soon ask from black Americans.

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18)

(Continued in Part 13…the full series to date can be seen here.)

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Black Mothers: Choose Life for Your Sons (Part 11)

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“Wherever we want to go, we can only get there from where we are. Not where we think we are, or wish we are, or where we want others to think we are, but where we are in fact right now. But political spin and pious euphemisms don’t tell us where we are. After a while, such rhetorical exercises don’t even fool others. If we don’t have the truth, we don’t have anything to start with and build on.” (Thomas Sowell)

70% of African-Americans live in America’s inner cities or inner-ring suburbs. Most of the following facts refer to that 70% of African-Americans. These facts are not written to throw stones at our inner city black brothers and sisters, but to eventually, bring glory to Jesus.

  1. The abortion rate for African-American women is five times higher than it is for white women, accounting for 37% of all abortions in America.
  2. 1 in 3 African-American men can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetimes.
  3. 70% of juvenile arrests in America are African-American youths.
  4. One third of all welfare recipients are African-Americans.
  5. Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.
  6. 72 percent of black babies are born out of wedlock. 
  7. Poverty rate among African-Americans is 36%.
  8. The homicide rate among males between the ages of 14 and 17 is nearly 10 times higher for blacks than for whites and Hispanics combined.
  9. The preponderance of school violence in America occurs in big-city schools attended by inner city black students.
  10. Black education is in a state of shambles for elementary and high schools in most inner cities of America.

Without a doubt, the above facts are discouraging, but here’s the irony of it all:

  1. Inner city African-Americans are the most devout Christian group in America and the difference is 21 percentage points higher than the next group.
  2. African-Americans are even more conservative on the social issues of abortion and homosexuality than the rest of the population.

Just to remind everyone: in the last part, I wrote about a vision I had of a black river flowing out of the Inner Cities of America filled with black apostles and prophets who had characters approaching that of Jesus.

So, how will God do this?

(Continued in Part 12…the full series to date can be seen here.)

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Prayers for America (11/16/2017)

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A couple of years ago, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: “Your leaders could get you killed.”

My first thoughts after hearing the Holy Spirit speak these words were related to our government leaders, such as president, secretary of state, secretary of defense, governor, mayor, and so forth.

But upon reflection, I believe the Holy Spirit was referring to our Christian leaders. And since we live in America, almost all of our leaders are pastors, right?

Am I saying that pastors don’t love their congregations? No, not at all. Love is not the problem because I’m sure most pastors are willing to die for their fellowship members and do everything they can to protect them.

What am I saying?

And Jesus Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Pastors are just one part of the biblical plan set in place by Jesus to equip His church. The pastors have shepherding gifts, which mainly deal with problems that are seen in present day America. But the apostles and prophets, on the other hand, have gifts to prepare believers for what they see coming to America in the near future. Not only that, the apostles and prophets have plans and strategies to help guide us through the problems.

The obvious answer is to have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers in every church. Then congregations should be equipped and prepared for today and tomorrow, right?

Ah, does anyone see a problem here?

Jesus said to the Pharisees and scribes, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. (Mark 7:9)

Traditions!

In His day, Jesus had a hard time changing Jewish mindsets based on traditions, which had been set in place for nearly five hundred years or since the time of the prophet Malachi. Each part of the mindset had grown year by year, rabbi by rabbi, layer by layer, until the traditions superseded God’s Word.

Now consider this?

Our traditions have been set in place for five hundred years or since Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Thesis to the University of Wittenberg church door in 1517. It was Luther and his reformation cohorts who replaced the priests of the Catholic Churches with the pastors in Protestant Churches. Then, year by year, pastor by pastor, seminary class by seminary class, the importance of the pastor has grown until today it also supersedes God’s Word.

Thus, do we really believe it will be any easier for us to change our cement-like mindsets of today than it was for Jesus in His day?

Sadly, I don’t.

My prayer today:

Lord, break into our modern temples of today, with whips in hand if need be, to destroy our traditions so that we are prepared for the days ahead with Your leaders set in place. (Based on John 2:15)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Black Mothers: Choose Life for Your Sons (Part 10)

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In the mid 1990’s, while a member of an inner city ministry, I prophesied: “I hear a voice crying out in the inner cities of America, saying, ‘I want to be free. I want to be free.'”

I soon had a vision, which revealed a black river flowing out of America’s inner cities, filled with black apostles and prophets. Their moral characters were at a level never before witnessed in America. No longer did believers have to gaze back at the John Wesleys, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finneys, D. L. Moodys, or whomever for examples of godly men because these black apostles and prophets raised the bar of godliness to a level approaching the character of Jesus. Filled with love, compassion, boldness, and walking in holiness, these black men had one goal: to do the will of God for their generation.

All had walked out of Egypt: the furnaces of the inner cities. Many had spent years in prisons for murder, robbery, rape, and other crimes. All seemed fatherless and raised by a mother caught up in the cruel, never-ending welfare cycles, which has enslaved generations of inner city children.

Yet, the grace of God had delivered these men from the spirit of slavery so that the spirit of adoption had captured their hearts. (Romans 8:15) Their fatherlessness now ended at the feet of the Abba Father, who they knew intimately in a way few − outside of Jesus − had ever known.

This is the generation of men that all of America is now awaiting, but it will not come forth without groaning and suffering pains of childbirth. (Romans 8:22)

So, what price will the groaning and suffering pains of childbirth cost the inner cities and the rest of the Body of Christ?

(Continued in Part 11…the full series to date can be seen here.)

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Prayers for Soon Coming Calamities in America (11/14/2014)

If you enter the word “preppers” on Google, there will be 8,220,000 results. The definition of a prepper is a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it now, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.

I have written a book on the subject: Preparation + Planning = Survival, on the subject. It’s written from a prophetic Christian viewpoint.

My biggest problem with most preppers is that they are only looking out for themselves and their families. You know, store up food, water, and guns — shoot anyone who tries to steal your food and water.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:4)

I believe in preparing ahead of time for calamities, but in doing so, we must also provide for our neighbors.

How can we do that?

If God could give Joseph a plan to save Egypt from seven years of famine, He can do the same for us now.

My prayer today:

Lord, raise up modern Josephs with Your anointing and Your plans to provide for neighborhoods and cities in the coming years of famine due to calamities and whatever.

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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