A Heart Issue

This year has been indescribable from the start of the year until now, from Kobe Bryant’s unexpected death, the COVID 19 pandemic to the uncovering and exposure of law enforcement executing black people. I remember speaking with Curt (my husband) and him sharing with me that he felt a shift in his spirit when the new year came in and said we have stepped into something new. I had a dream in December that I was in my apartment, and there was a storm with powerful winds that came. The wind was so strong that it blew the blinds off my windows. The strange thing was that the blind are usually inside of the apartment, but in this dream, the blinds were outside and blew off. However, once the blinds were removed, I was able to see clearly out of the window. I believe that God was showing that the winds of adversity and a turbulent time was approaching but that this adversity would allow for clearer vision and exposure.

The body of Christ knows or should know that we are in a spiritual battle. We know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV. “For we wrestle not against Flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV. While we know this is the TRUTH, the body of Christ is called to stand up for injustices, to be the voice for those who have no voice. What does God say about injustice, you ask? We know that God is just! In Isaiah 1:17, the word says, “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Proverbs 31:8-9, AMP. “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are unfortunate and defenseless; open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the afflicted and needy.” Proverbs 6:16 AMP: “These six things the Lord hates; indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: a proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that creates wicked plans, feet that run swiftly to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], and one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.” When Jesus walked this earth, He exposed and dealt with inequality and injustices.

In John 4:7-26, Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. The Samaritan woman was shocked that a Jew would talk with her because, during that time, it wasn’t customary for the Jews to interact with whom they considered “ half breed.” Jesus is the great example. He defied the religious precepts that were set in place and displayed equality. God exposed Peter’s heart and his racist mindset when He directed Him in a vision to go to the house of a gentile (non-Jew). Peter had a lofty mindset. He believed that the Jews, being the chosen people, could not associate with the likes of those people. When he decided to obey God and go to the house of Cornelius (gentile), he had a revelation that God was no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him. Acts10:34-35.Now we know that if anyone prayed (communed with God), we know that Jesus prayed. Jesus also put action behind his prayers. We know that faith without works is dead. James 2: 26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Church rise up! Deal with the enemy in the Spirit but also use your voice, your resources in the natural to call out racism, discrimination, and inequality as Jesus would. We must address police brutality as the police are the biggest gang in the world. Elected officials must be held accountable!

Why is all of this turmoil in the world? Why are people murdered? Why are people hated without a cause? Are you ready for the answer-you may not be! It’s a sin issue! A heart issue! “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is extremely sick; who can understand it fully and know it’s secret motives? I, the Lord, search and examine the mind, I test the heart, to give each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:9-10, AMP. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings for evil. For out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 NJKV. The only hope for this world is GOD. Seek Him while He may be found. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NJKV. I implore you today cry out for salvation, for now, is the time. He is knocking at the door of your heart, will you open? Allow God to replace the stony heart with one of flesh. We continue to pray for repentance for this world! Rest assured, God is just, and while we may not understand all that is happening. God is still on the throne! Judgment day is coming, and justice will be served in accordance with their deeds. My prayer for you is that you be spared from the wrath to come. It’s a heart issue, a sin issue.

Let’s pray- Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father people are tired, confused, scared, and hopeless. I ask that you restore hope to the body of Christ and the world as a whole. Father, we ask that those in positions of leadership in the “church” will continue to speak out against the injustices of this world, letting it be known Your heart concerning the matter. Father, help us to love as you love, empower us to rise up and to carry out the mandate and calling that you have placed on our lives. Father, we are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices. We know that he is sowing discord and chaos as he is the author of confusion. We take our place and fight in the Spirit. We ask you to cover and protect us, Lord. We thank you that you will continue to expose the corruption and wickedness and that people will be held accountable for their deeds. I cry out for repentance! Father, I pray that you deal with the hearts of people. We know that as a man sows that shall he also reap. We thank you for justice. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

Love your neighbor❤️

Matthew 5:43-48 You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 

Wooooww reading the following, I’m like help, Lord. I’m not sure if you’re anything like me, but when I read this scripture, my flesh cringed as I had to come to terms with the truth of God’s word. Our natural reaction to someone who does us wrong, who mistreats us, who curse us, gossip about and use us is to either desire to tell them off, tell them off or cut them off! Lol. Well, let me tell you I’m so used to cutting people off that I could’ve been called the cut off queen. Sometimes it’s necessary to disconnect from certain people-but realistically we cannot self-isolate and be a proverbial “island” all to ourselves. This is difficult for me because let’s say I’m pretty awkward in relationships. Due to past experiences and insecurities, I would instead retreat and disconnect rather than confront, deal with the issues, and move forward if possible. However, God has given us specific instructions on how to respond to those we would “consider enemies.” Let’s be reminded when we deal with others that we were once enemies of God but by the grace of God we are reconciled. Romans 5:10 “For, if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Let’s change our perspective and our vision. Let’s begin to look at people not as our enemies but as an opportunity to show the love of God just like Jesus has taught and continues to show us daily. While this is painful to the flesh, it is beneficial to our spirit. Let’s strive to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Let’s make a decision today to push past our feelings and flesh and put the word into practice.

Let’s pray:

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Lord, we ask that you strengthen us with might in the inward man. Father help us be mindful of our shortcomings so that we can extend grace to others. Give us the wisdom to know when to disconnect and when it is necessary to grow through relationship. Father, we love you and are grateful for the sacrifice of your Son while we were yet your enemies. Cause us to see our “enemies” as an opportunity to show your love as we may be all the Christ that some people will ever see. We thank you for your love, grace, and mercy in Jesus’ name. Amen!