Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

First, I want to apologize to anyone who followed my blog.  I know that it has been a while since I posted anything.  While I enjoyed reviewing Christian content and doing Greenleaf Reviews, I was failing at doing the things that God assigned me to do.  I needed to re-evaluate the initial purpose of this site. My initial purpose was and still is to reach those who are marginalized in the Universal Church, encourage and inspire along with addressing taboo issues of the church.

Suddenly, I was in a whirlwind spiraling out of control.  I lost family, friends, property, and finances. I was living a real-life Job experience. I was exhausted and frustrated.  How can I be an encourager when I needed encouragement? I looked around to find that my support system was lacking. I didn’t have it with family, friends, or even my church. It is hard to articulate the loneliness I felt and at times I still feel. I sought the Lord through spiritual disciplines and encouraged myself in him.  There were times where I felt it difficult to breathe.

As we entered the year 2020, many spiritual leaders preached on the subject of 2020 Foresight or 2020 Vision.  This year as we are halfway through it has unearthed and revealed things that “prophets” did not foretell.  The negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued genocide against people of color through police brutality and other acts of violence have divided our nation. Like 2 Corinthians 4:8 (KJV), We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.” I went to the throne beseeching the Lord asking for help, clarity, healing, and deliverance.  It is all so overwhelming and there are no clear answers.  My solace was found in Psalm 23.

Penned by David, Psalm 23 reassures us of God’s love, provision, and comfort. David, being a shepherd himself, acknowledges the great lengths that it takes to care for a flock of sheep. He uses the analogy of a shepherd caring for his sheep to reveal El Shaddai (the All-Sufficient God). By the end of the chapter, David is assured that God’s grace and mercy will be upon him all the days of his life and even in death.

Psalm 23 is not new to me. I have read and recited this chapter countless times. I recently celebrated the 29th anniversary of my 21st birthday. Seeking solace from the current events and personal trials, I revisited that scripture and created the following summation.

Verse 1:     GDP (Global Distribution System): God will always provide. We will experience no lack of our needs.

Verse 2:     RSI (Restoration Services Insurance): God offers comfort and support by the way of green pastures available to all Believers. Green pastures contain the Word of Life, which is nourishment for the new man, milk for the babies, and pastures for sheep. In these pastures, there is peace of mind regardless of whatever trials we face. Our souls are at rest in Him. These green pastures are never barren, never parched, and never eaten bare. The still waters are streams that flow from the Living Waters fountain. They provide too many refreshing drinks when they are thirsty and weary.

Verse 3:     GPS (Global Positioning System): Feeding upon the goodness of God means that we will follow his direction. God provides predetermined right paths for us to follow so that we may reach our destiny. God leads us by his foresight, his Word, and by his Spirit. This means that we must follow the instructions provided to us through his Word, fasting, and prayer.  Even when we go astray, God can and will track us. We can always get back on track by humbling ourselves, repenting, and reforming.

Verse 4:     CPS (Child/Christian Protective Services): In times of imminent danger, God protects and comforts us.  The imminent danger can be a deep as the valley, as dark as the shadow, and under the perils of death. The comfort is that we are walking. We are not running in distress. There is no substantial evil in it because God is there to comfort us through his Spirit and his Word. We will have holy security and serenity of mind.

Verses 5-6: FOS (Fellowship of Services): Amid our calamities and attacks from our enemies, God will converse with us. During our communion with God, he will provide three things:

  • Spiritual nourishment (recommended daily dose of intake)
  • Two Types of Anointing
    • Anointing of Healing: recovery from illness, revive from faintness, restoration of our souls when we want to depart. 
    • Anointing of Designation: an appointment of rank with acknowledging and the recognition of a new level of operation in the Holy Spirit
  • An Overflowing Cup (an unlimited abundant supply of goodness and mercy. All the streams of mercy flowing from the fountain, pardoning mercy, protecting mercy, sustaining mercy, supplying mercy that will chase us down all the days of our lives.)
  • We are always welcomed by God all the days of our lives.

While we are still contending with the fallout from COVID-19, injustice in our nation and personal situations be encourage. God did not promise that we would be free from trials and tribulations, but he does promise to be with us providing comfort, security, and provision. As the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Product Review: 30 Ways a Father can Bless His Children

John Trent, author of “30 Ways a Father Can Bless His Children,” addresses fatherhood principles using biblical viewpoints and personal experiences. Trent cleverly extracts biblical accounts of father-child relationships and provides a modern day perspective. Ultimately, the book addresses the active commitment that men need to possess to produce a healthy environment for their families. This book highlights how fathers can be instrumental in their child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual development by offering keen insight from the Scriptures.

Trent uses the acronym of BLESS (Be Committed, Loving Touch, Express Value, See Potential, Say It) to highlight the key components for fathers to express their love, to encourage, and show their children how much they cherish them. This book is ideal for men that did not have a father or father-figure in their lives and are now in the process of entering fatherhood themselves. Trent offers valuable insight to overcoming some of these challenges to fatherhood by offering practical and biblical advice on how to bolster communication and relationships with both sons and daughters.

Although, the book appears to be written primarily for men it would be beneficial to women to read it as well. This book can be used as a conversation started for couples that are planning to have children or who have children possessing the desire to ensure that they are addressing the critical needs of their children with a biblical influence.

The Job Series: What Type of Encourager are You?

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17, KJV) Unlike “fair weather” friends, our true friends support us during good and bad times. At the end of Chapter Two, Job’s three friends – Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, heard of Job’s hardships and went visit Job to provide comfort. For seven days they sat with Job in silence empathizing with Job’s pain.

In Chapter Three, Job breaks the silence by cursing the day he was born. It was evident that Job was depressed. He suffered great losses. He had an estranged wife, deceased children, and lost his source of income. Now, his health is failing. When most of Job’s friends and family had forsaken him Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar where there to give him support. (Job 19:14) Another one of Job’s friends, Elihu, is also present during the time of these discussions. After Job’s speech in Chapter Three, Job and friends have three rounds of discussions. During the discussions we learn that Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar are horrible encouragers.

When we are being tested by trials, who are members of our support system and what type of support do they offer? Do they offer you godly advice, pray with you, and help keep you grounded? Or do they offer poor guidance, encourage bad behavior, and make empty promises of support? In the case of Job, all of his friends had great intentions but their ignorance regarding his plight led them to rebuke Job at a time where he needed to be uplift.

The Apostle Paul offers an “Encourager’s Checklist” in I Thessalonians 5:11-23. When we set out to encourage, we should be respectful and not judgmental. We should promote harmony, not discord, as well as avoid every kind of evil, and resist retaliation. We need to remind the injured party that God is in control. We need to pray continually, be prepared to listen, and follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Lastly, during this time of conversation and connection with God, we need to remember to be patient and reassuring during this process.

In Colossians Chapter One, the Apostle Paul offers four points regarding prayer for one another. One, we should be thankful for their faith and changed lives. Two, we should ask God to provide them with clarity and deep spiritual understanding. Three, we pray for God to help our Brother or Sister in Christ to live their lives for Him. Four, we should seek God and ask to continually be filled with joy, strength, peace, and thankfulness.

Are we good encouragers that offer godly counsel, compassion, and prayer? Or do we encourage bad behaviors? Do we offer someone a shot a whiskey, revenge tactics, or other advice that will not address their problem but satisfy the desires of their carnal nature? What type of encouragers are we?