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BLIND JUSTICE? IT’S A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE!

BLIND JUSTICE...ITZ A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my ace, and turn from their wicked ways,then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Here we are again, huh?  Climing of of bed this morning, one can’t help but contemplate the events of the past few days, sighing gratefully, “Thanks Be To God,” our Nation has survived one more surprise attack”, huh?  Who knu that the greatest threat to our national security would originate from within the borders of our own democratic system? Nontheless, they say, ‘Liberty and Justice For All’, right? Well, I suppose that depends on one’s personal perspective. Nevertheless, we can agree on this, Freedom is not free nor is it cheap!

WELL,AT LEAST AMERICA’S GREAT AGAIN, huh?  WOW! I guess that depends on which side of the aisle you’re seated on!

Hence,  as for me and my house I’m gonna declare and decree, in Order to form a more perfect Unity, establish true Justiceinsure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain. establish, stand steadfast, immovable always abiding in THIS TRUTH, that despite all of the tremendously sophisticated technological security advancements of  the 21st Century,  the safest place in the whole wide world yet remains “smack-dabb” in the middle of GOD’S PERFECT WILL!!!

While many families are still struggling to cope and recover from the distress of 911, the increase in the random killings of young students,  senseless massacre of innocent kindergarteners at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary,  bomb blasts  abruptly interrupting The Boston Marathon , suicide bombings at airports globally, lunatics open-firing on random citizens out enjoying a matinee movie,  afternoon shopping at the local mall and evenings at their favorite restaurants or niteclubs,  those who arbitrarily invade the sanctify of Bible Study and Prayer Meetings, and to add insult to injury, now there’s the unprecedented diagnosis of post election stress disorder!  

The devastating sociological effect of the culmination of  each of these obviously re-enforce the new-now reality! America has changed forever! Consequently, that somewhat bi-partisant-nonchalant-attitude that we once viewed as irrelevant, after  all the slaughtering of innocent civilians was happening way over there in other countries has given way to a national sense of restrained anxiety and anticipation!

The false sense of serenity that our nation once enjoyed has now converted to sporadic rampant acts of violence, devastation and destruction. In the aftermath, we see a socieity of proud Americans struggling to present a united front, clinging, crying, comforting, praying together in an attempt to let the world know “We’re proud to be Americans; United we stand and God bless America”!

Now don’t shout me down! Trust me, I’m just as patriotic as anyone. I am grateful that God destined me to be born in this country. However, first and foremost, I’m a Christian; a citizen of The Kingdom of God! Therefore, I am compelled to plead on behalf of all my fellow countrymen, “America, IT’S TIME TO TURN BACK TO GOD!” 

I’m old enough to remember backndaday when America was known as a nation “under God”! However, sociologist infer that we’re hovering on the edge of  joining so many other nations by becoming a ‘post-Christian nation that tolerates a growing number of sins and belittles absolute Truth!’

There’s no denying that God has been immeasurabely merciful to America! Time and time again, God has proven Himself to be ever so near to us. Our nation’s history confirms that God has continuously reached out to assure us, “My children, we are in this thing together…forever. I am here to help you. I am your shield and your buckler; I am as close as the very breath you breathe. I am fully and totally committed to you.” Unfortunately, just like the Israelites in Bible days, this nation has persisted in boldly rejecting GOD’s Way, insisting on doing things our way, even legislating unrighteousness!

Well can I offer my most solemn suggestion; my fellow Americans, instead of trying to pass the buck between the Dems, Tea Party, GOP or the blazantly indifferent and disenfranchized, we need to repent!  

My point is why spend so much time, money and attention looking for answers while pursuing false godsWe don’t need another God to save us! We just need to turn back to the One True Foundation of this great nation.  Seriously?  It’s time to bend our knees, bow our hearts, and surrender our praise and worship to The True and Living God our Lord Jesus ChristClearly, everything that we will ever need is in Him.

What’s the point of having another National Day of Prayer if we have no intention of changing? I mean, can you imagine the stinch that’s seeping into The Throne Room of His Grace and Mercy? #yukyuk! Awemazingly, The Living God is waiting for His Chosen People to humbly cry out in sincerity to Him, (actually repenting) and return to the Rock of our Salvation! 

“Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 1:3

WAKE UP AMERICA,  GOD WANTS HIS AMERICA, BACK!  BUT I GUESS THAT KINDA JUSTICE IS STILL A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE, huh? #NUFFSAID!

SELAH!

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Ann Caffee

 

THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

GOOD MORNING FAM! GOTTA MOMENT? AWEMAAZIN’!

Once again, we are delighted that you’ve joined us in our Weekly Corporate Fast and Prayer! In times like these, it’s incumbent upon those who believe in the WORD and WORTH of prayer, to band together, entreating the Face of our Lord, interceding on behalf of all of our brothers and sisters whose lives are being ravaged by unimaginable test, trials and devastating circumstances! We recognize that GOD, being A FAITHFUL and Compassionate Savior, will never be without a witness in the Earth! WE continue to look to the hills, from whence our help comes as we go before HIS THRONE together! AMEN 3X!
IN TIMES LIKE THIS, WE NEED A SAVIOR! IN TIMES LIKE THIS, WE NEED AN ANCHOR! BE VERY SURE, BE VERY SURE, THAT YOUR ANCHOR HOLDS AND GRIPS THE SOLID ROCK! THAT ROCK IS JESUS, HE IS THE ONE! THAT ROCK IS JESUS, THE ONLY ONE! BE VERY SURE, BE VERY SURE THAT YOUR ANCHOR HOLDS AND GRIPS THE SOLID ROCK!  With our hands lifted up, and our mouths filled with praiz! With a heart of Thanksgiving, I WILL BLESS THEE, O LORD!
Heavenly Father, we come today, In Jesus Name! First thanking You for blessing us to see one more day. We recognize it’s only because of Your Kindness and Faithfulness that we’re able to embrace this opportunity and enjoy the abundance of your Mercy, your Grace, your Power and your Peace! We’re thankful that knowing our frame, Your Faithfulness and Compassionate Lovingkindness, continuous to allow You to look beyond our human frailties, faults and iniquities to see and minister to every one of our needs! For this cause, we humbly bow declaring You are The True and Living God of our Salvation, our Deliverance, Breakthrough and Provision!

Precious Lord, we dare not take Your Grace for granted, therefore we ask that You forgive us for everything that we’ve done, or failed to do, spoken or thought that violated Your Righteous Standards! Trusting in Your Word that promises that if we confess our sins with a mind to repent, You are Faithful and Just to forgive us, cleanse us in The Precious Blood of Jesus and restore us back to our right-standing with Our Heaven Father!

As  this day unfolds before us, help us to maintain a new attitude and loads of gratitude, trusting You to keep us safe from every temptation and fear of intimidation, cast out the threat of hurt, harm and danger! Help us to be reflectors of Your Glory to encourage others to seek Your Face with hopeful confidence and assurance! Lord Jesus, clear our minds so that we can hear from You and cleanse our hearts that we may deny ourselves, trust and obey Your Will.

Sweet Jesus, as we look around this country and seeing how those in power are continuously promoting division and violence that threatens the very foundation of our democracy, we pray that You will shut the mouths of the deceptive manipulators, rebuke every Satanic-induced plot at the root, cut off the hand of every homegrown terrorist, hold back the flood waters of chaos and confusion, reprimand the winds of terror and trauma and arrest in The Holy Ghost every spirit of death and destruction! Send hope, love, healing, deliverance, correction and restoration wherever it’s needed! In Jesus Name!

Father,  help us to not whine, whimper and complain about things we have no control over and let us show our gratitude that things are as well as they are by faithfully adhering to Your Word with contentment! And when the pressures and burdens of this ungodly world closes in on us, quicken our hearts and minds to look Heavenward and cry out to The Author and Finisher of our faith, convinced that He Who keeps Israel is watching over us also! Help us to remember the example that our Lord has given us to follow as we slip away and find a quiet place to pour out our hearts to You, seeking refuge under The Shadow of Your Almight Hands! We know that Prayer is the best response when we’re pushed beyond our limited abilities. Give us the mind to bow before Our Heavenly High Priest, casting our cares upon the Only Wise God and Savior! Our hearts and comforted and our souls are calmed by the reality that even when we can’t find the words to pray, You are always listening to our hearts and interpret every moan, groan and sigh of our spirits!

Abba Father, bless us that we may be a blessing to others. Keep us strong that we may help the weak. Keep us uplifted that we may have words of encouragement for others, especially those who don’t have a personal relationship with You. Help us to be effective witnesses and to pray for all who don’t believe that You sent Jesus, not to condemn us, but to convict us and to free us from the power, pain and penalty of Sin.

We pray for Your children everywhere, for every family member and friend! We’re believing and decreeing that a Spirit of Peace, Unity, Love, Hope and Joy is being released in our homes, communities, nation and churches! We’re believing that Your Divine Favor is being poured out upon everyone who needs You and their faith is rising to a level that they shall be faithful and obedient to Your Word! We pray for those who have a mind to sacrifice their will on The Altar of Your Will, expecting that You will reward us with supernatural abundance in every area of their lives, In Jesus Name!

We thank You for pricking the hearts of those who have never accepted Your Son Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord! We believe that Holy Spirit is quickening that stony heart now with a “sincere YES”, provoking them to come running to You, humbled by Your Lovingkindness, in obedience to Your call and now receiving Your Mercy and Grace to Save. We Thank You for leading and guiding them to the local church, planting them in Your Vineyard, where they shall be taught and transformed by Your Word of Life to take their position in The Kingdom of Heaven.

 

We pray for all those who have walked away from You today, Father arrest them In The Holy Ghost, convict them to declare a “committed YES” to Your Purpose for their lives, because You Alone are The Hope of This Life and The Life to come! Let today be the day that they come back to You and come back to YOUR church where they will submit their lives to the sound teachings of Your Word, and learn to love and live their lives walking to please You First!

Father, so many of Your children have been afflicted by all manner of sickness and disease! We’re asking that You touch our brother, touch our sister releasing them from from every physical and mental infirmity, even the spirit of cancer, kidney failure, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, depression, dementia, anxiety and fear! By the authority of Your Word, we rebuke and cast it out at the root, for Your Name Sake. We come into agreement with your Word and declare that Your stripes have redeemed and healed us and we’re yet standing on your promises that the prayer of faith shall save the sick and raise them up, In Jesus Name! And as You are strengthening these, we ask that you also invigorate, encourage and replenish the spirits, minds and bodies of those who are charged to care for their loved ones!

 

Father, we’re lifting up our children, our grands and great-grand children by faith, committing them into Your care, realizing that You have a plan and purpose for their lives too; we have the blessed assurance that their steps and stops are being ordered by Your eyes! Help us to be patient with them, remembering how generous You have been to us, fully persuaded that You will be as gracious to them also!

 

Abba, we lift up every Bishop, Pastor, Overseer, Apostle, Evangelist, Preacher and Teacher. Undergird them with Your Anointing and conviction to carry out their assignment, under the direction of Holy Spirit. Remember the Pastors who’re struggling with depression, resentment, frustrated by what seems to be failure, contemplating suicide, encurage their souls to remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in Your Promises that they may continue trusting You to build their churches one soul at a time! Cover them as they go in and out amongst Your people and those who would seek to discredit, hinder and even destroy their faith, faithfulness and ministry,You have ordained.

 

Father, stir up the hearts and minds of those who are professing Your Name that they will have a desire for an even greater personal, intimate relationship with Creator God through fellowship of Holy Spirit that they might prove what is the perfect and acceptable will of The Lord Jesus!

Heavenly Father, as You have instructed us, we pray for the leaders of our nation, corporate, judicial, education, financial institutions and our churches! We’re asking that You touch their minds and hearts; speak to them in dreams and visions letting them know that You Who Sit Enthroned Above the Heavens are keeping record of the deeds of every man’s heart and will reward accordingly! We believe that because their hearts are in Your Hands, they are being continuously opened to hear, heed and obey Your Will! Lord Jesus, we’re standing on Your Word as decreed that The government of this world shall rest upon Your shoulders and that You are The Eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Abba, as we endeavor to look not at the temporary things but to the eternal, remind us that nothing happens except You allow it to train us to live each day solely depending on You! We thank Holy Spirit, for fully persuading us of Your Providential Presence and Power to turn everything around to work in our favor and to bring about exuberant testimonies and praises of Your Eternal Magnificence, Honor and Glory!

We thank You for authorizing us with the Power to command every demonic spirit of restlessness, despondency hopelessness, fear, doubt, unbelief, sickness and disease, financial debt, broken relationships, unprovoked threats, depression, addiction, ungodly soul-ties, perversions, unnatural affections and insecurities to leave our presence now! We release a Divine Spirit of Comfort and Consolation into every heart that’s burdened with the pressures of this life, wearied with and grief, the widows, lift up the heads of the downcast and strengthen the feeble knees of all who have born the heat of the day, those who pushed and prayed us through! Lord, give them sweet Peace! Lord, keep us as only You can!

Lord, save, heal and deliver speedily all who are crying out to you, seeking Your Face at this very moment! Give us to know that because we belong to You, we are never too far that You can’t see us, reach us, shield ing us from anything that the devil would rail against us. Help us to understand that Your Name, Jesus is a Strong Tower to those who run into it and they shall be saved! Heavenly Father, we thank You for listening to the hearts of everyone praying with us.

Father, we know that our steps are being ordered byYou therefore, we are fully persuaded that becauseYou have committed Your Word towards us every believer who is struggling in their faith to hold on to Your Hand is suddenly receiving a Divine Intervention of Your Supernatural Power, Strength, Health, Encouragement, Provision, Prosperity and Protection and You are keeping us constantly aware of YOUR PRESENCE and fully confident that Christ in Us Is The Hope of Glorraa!

Father we declare and decree that because we are more than conquers, every demonic-induced spirit of addiction and fear is defeated NOW because of Your Yoke Destroying, Burden Bearing Anointing that the Spirit of Love, Power a Sound-mind and Purpose is being released into the lives of Your people now, in Jesus Name!

Lord, while there are so many other things that we have yet to mention, we’re trusting that You are not just able, but You’re willing to do anything that we ask, according to You Perfect Will. We’re decreeing and believing You to fix it, Jesus, as only You can, in Jesus Name!

 

Abba Father, we wait in confidence and quietness, rejoicing in hope and trusting wholly that You have heard the voice of our weeping, our supplications and received our prayer as a sweet savor coming up before Your Sovereign Throne of Grace and Mercy! Father, we thank You and seal this Prayer In The Holy Ghost, for WE KNOW THAT IT IS DONE! In The Exalted Name of Jesus. Amen 3X
Now every child of God who is standing in agreement with this prayer, GO TELL SOMEBODY THAT JESUS LOVES AND CARES ABOUT U2!

SELAH!

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THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

Good morning Precious Saints of The Most High God! GOTTA MOMENT! Incredible!

We so excited to have you join us today in our weekly Day of Corporate Fasting and Prayer. As we go before The Lord, please pray for the Saints everywhere! We understand that the enemy has launched a decree to destroy the Hope and Joy of God’s elect, particularly the next generation! But God says that the violent shall pursue, recover and conquer everything that God has given us. Our children are our gifts from God! The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but Mighty thru God for the pulling down strongholds.

MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS, BUT JESUS BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. I DARE NOT TRUST THE SWEETEST FRAME. BUT! HOLY LEAN ON JESUS NAME! On CHRIST, THE SOLID ROCK, I STAND, ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND, ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND! O, HOW I LOVE JESUS! O! HOW I LOVE JESUSSSSS, O, HOW I LOVE JESUS…BCUZ HE FIRST LOVED ME…WE’RE PRAYING, BELIEVING & DECREEING…

 

Abba Father, as we come before You today, In the Magnificent, All Powerful Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus, we’re determined to rejoice, praise and thank You for blessing us to see 1 more day! Looking back, we know that it was no goodness of our own but solelyYour Faithful Love that has allowed us to be here to see the beginning of a new day that we’ve never seen or experienced! Because of Your Benevolence, we thank You, Father for another opportunity to embrace the outpouring and abundance of Your Mercy, Your Grace, Your Power and Your Peace!

Father,  remembering, we bless You for the day that You opened our hearts enabling us to recognize and receive the saving Grace in the Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection of Your Son, Jesus! We acknowledge that because it pleased You, even though there was absolutely nothing in us lovable nor worthy of this honor and privilege, You called us to be Your very own children! Lord Jesus, we are eternally grateful that we’re here now only because You so purposed in Your Heart and by Your Own Hand!  And for this cause, we shall Bless Your Name at all times!

 

We’re thankful that even knowing our frame, Your Faithfulness and Compassion continuously provokesYou to look beyond our human frailties, faults and iniquities to see and minister to every one of our need! Therefore, we shall never fail to acknowledge You Alone as The True and Living God of our Salvation, our Deliverance, Breakthrough and Provision!

Once, again, Heavenly Father, out of the sincerity of our hearts, that are being continuously open to, depending and relying solely upon You, we’re prazing You for it is in You that we live, move and have our very being!

Sweet Holy Spirit, we lift up all those who lives are and have been affected by the catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, floods and mountain-moving physical and spiritual landslides! Hold back the flood waters, rebuke the winds and bind the hand of death and destruction! Send hope, healing, deliverance and restoration wherever it’s needed! Loose Your legions of ministering agents to meet the needs of Your people, releasing blessings and breakthroughs into their lives! Bind the Spirits of Death, Poverty and Defeat!  Lord, let them know that these things are signs that Your Word is being fulfilled in real-time, how precious and fragile life is, therefore we must all prepare our souls for Your soon coming return!  In Jesus Name! 

And because no man can come close to the Father except You draw them, we pray that as Your eyes go to and fro through this earth searching the hearts of mankind, You draw and save the lost, reclaim every back-slider and direct their footsteps to the community of believers where they will be welcomed in Love, encouraged, strengthen, and taught Your Word, Way and Will that they may be vessels of honor, reflecting Godliness in the midst of this dark, fallen desperately wicked world! ir local church home today. As we pray, we’re believing that many of our unsaved loved ones and friends will be saved before the end of 2018 and will join our Eternal Family! In Jesus Name, AMEN 3X!
Abba Father, because we know that there’s no failure in You, we’re asking You to touch our brother, touch our sister whose body has been afflicted by all manner of sickness and disease, especially the spirit of cancer, high/low blood pressure, heart disease, bone disease, premature development, kidney/lung failure, Altism, HIV, HPV, Herpes, Sickle Cell Disease, Alzheimer, Dementia, Bi-Polar, arthritis and every other satanically induced spirit of mental perversion, depression/oppression/addiction! We’re believing You to rebuke and cast it out at the root, for Your Name Sake!  Lord, YOUR infallable WORD has decreed that we were healed by the wounds in Jesus’ side and by the stripes that Jesus bore on His back, we have been redeemed  from the curse and penalty of SIN! We’re yet standing on Your Eternal Authority as Creator and Ruler of the Ages, that the prayer of faith shall save the sick and raise them up, In Jesus Name!

Precious Lord, remember those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, those who’re experiencing broken marriages, financial lack, those rebellious children, those who are being victimized by domestic, physical, mental, sexual abused, those who are being overlooked, held down and even abused by racial/gender prejudice in the government, justice systems and the marketplace. We’re believing You to intervene on their behalf, exposing perpetrators, releasing miraculous Deliverances, Healing, Favor and Prosperity, unexpected promotions, opening up opportunities for entrepreneurship, book contracts, increasing education grants, lower interest mortgage rates, changing credit reports, canceling debts, establishing and overturning unfavorable medical prognosis and legal decisions to give us the victory that the world might know Who You are and what faith in God can do!

Lord, thank You for the testimonies that are going forth from every believer today, that as we stand beneath an Open Heaven and by faith holding on to Your Hand, You are releasing from the portals of The Throne Room, a double portion of Divine power, Supernatural Strength, Health, Provision, Prosperity and Protection. Help us to understand that because we are royal priests, a holy nation unto You, failure is not final and our victorious testimonies shall provoke envy of other nations who have not submitted to The True God but who yet serve false gods!

Lord, we’re believing You to preserve Your elect thru every tests that we go thru! Keep us constantly aware of YOUR PRESENCE, fully-confident that You shall bring everyone of us out wholly restored, renewed, refreshed, possessing the rewards as You have promised in Your Word!

Heavenly Father, we lift up our political, social, judicial, business, religious leaders, trusting You to shake up their hearts that they might FEAR You  as King of kings and Lord of lords!! Grace them to be the holy humble servants and examples in their homes, marketplace, communities and churches that will cause those who are in their sphere of influence to love, trust and live everyday of life serving and glorifying You, Our Heavenly Father!

Abba Father, as You have taught us to speak life, we declare that You will cover our babies in daycare, our children in schools, colleges and universities, our families on their jobs, in nursing homes, hospitals, treatment centers, court rooms and prisons as they go out and come in and that nothing shall cut our lives short, but we shall live and not die  declaring the Wonderous Works of God! Thank You for the great things You have prepared for the people of God!

As we pray for our enemies, those who despitefully use us, help us to bless those who are bitter and speak evil of us that our faith may be a sign that we belong to you! We pronounce blessing, joy, peace, favor upon all who trust You, as You prepare a table before our enemies!

Abba Father, we pray that every demonic-induced spirit of fear, failure, rejection, hopelessness and disappointment, doubt, confusion and anxiety be defeated by Your Anointing and that the Spirit of Love, Power and Clarity is being released now! We’re trusting that each morning Your children will awaken empowered with assuring grace to accomplish every assignment and sleep peacefully every nite, confident of earnest hope-filled tomorrows! in Jesus Name!

Lord, we wait in confident quietness, trusting wholly that suddenly, every worker of iniquity is trembling and departing in shame and defeat, turning their backs and running away from Your people, knowing that inspite of their threats, You Are The Way Maker, Promise Keeper, Miracle Worker, The Light In The Darkness  has heard the voice of our weeping, our supplications and received our prayer as a sweet savor coming up before Your Sovereign Throne of Grace and Mercy!

Father, we know that there’s so many other things that we could’ve, should’ve prayed for and about, however, because You are our Great High Priest, interceding on our behalf, You’re able to intercept and interpret every moan, groan and sigh coming from our spirits and fix it Jesus! 

In closing, we thank, honor and praise You NOW, BELIEVING that every request and supplication that has been set before you today…IT IS DONE! IN THE EXALTED NAME OF JESUS THE CHRIST! AMEN 3X!

Now, every soul that is standing in agreement, SEAL THIS PRAYER BY ENCOURAGING ONE SOMEBODY, LETTING THEM KNOW THAT JESUS SAVES AND CARES!

SELAH!

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WEIGHT ON THE LORD…STILL!

WEIGHT ON THE LORD...STILL

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:13-14

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Isaiah 55:22

 

A few years back I shared a similar post. Yall remember, I testified about that morning  I’d began my morning routine of preparing my coffee, glancing casually at the TV screen and hearing the early morning’s BREAKING NEWS reporting that sometime during the nite, while most of us slept in the comfort and safety of our homes, a group of bomb-strapped terrorist had stormed into a Pakistani school house killing over 120 people, including a number of 1st to 6th grade students, teachers and anyone else who crossed their sight lines! As I began filtering my hearing to the commentator, he continuied on to say that Isis had proudly stepped up, acclaiming responsibility for this heinous act in retaliation for a previous attack against their forces!

Precious Ones, this morning with a soul ladden with gut-wrenching sorrow, can I tell ya that the more things change, the more things stay the same! While we all hope and pray that these tragic incidents are just isolated bleeps on the scape of human history, it seems as if the worst just keeps on falling to new depths of low and lawlessness! Once again while the students of  a Parkland, FL HS were busy going out their daily class room activies,  a sin drenched soul stepped out of obscurity and began to assisinate at least 17 of his  former classmates!

Perhaps, my greatest sadness is buried in the reality that while  yet revolting, tragedy seems to have losted its fervidness to either shock or surprise us! 

I remember coming back up stairs that morning and asking my husband whether or not he’d heard about it, and he had. Almost simultaneously, both of us asked “What is this world coming to”? ” It’s as if nothing is sacred, nothing is restricted by basic human morality!

Then quite suddenly, the Holy Spirit cut into our conversation with an astounding; “The End!” I repeated, as if the light had just been cut on. “The End!” The world, as we’ve known, is coming to an end, in live and living HD color! Who would’ve imagined that the enormity of the extremely wicked cruelty episodes would be repeatedly perpetrated against even the most naive amongs us?

Those of us who claim The Name of Christ truly believe that this ol’ world has already been judged and condemned, right? YET, how many of us genuinely expected that The 21st century generation would be eye witnesses to the actualization of the antiquated prophetic utterances of God’s servants., huh? #SERIOUSLY???

I can still recall praying, “Lord, as Pastors, preachers, teachers, evangelists, your servants, what are we supposed to do? How can we continue to preach trust and hope to comfort and encourage your people surrounded by the presence of lawless gross darkness? Especially when we ourselves are fainting, wearied, overwhelmed and being choked by the cords of cares and chaos!”

Then, Thanks Be To GOD, Holy Spirit so abruptly interrupted my self-induced saga;Tell them about JESUS! After all He is The Only Hope of the World! Preach, JESUS! The Eternal Light that yet shines out of the darkness. Remind them that all these things MUST be before The Kingdom of God ushers in The New Life! Hail to the scattered sheep that NOW is the time for Salvation! Warn them that time is winding up, spiraling intently towards eternity and NOW is the time to prepare to meet their Master in peace; for He could show up at any minute!”

“Encourage your fellow-sojourners to take full advantage of these days, not trembling in fearful foreboding but celebrating God all day, every day!”

Suddenly my mind drifted back to the wisdom of those ol’ skool Churrch Mothers!Babygurl, you need to wear this world like a loose-fitting overcoat, that you can drop off at a moment’s notice!’ That was their way of reminding us that we are not home yet! We’re still passing through this barren land on our way to Heaven!

Beloved, if all your hope is wrapped up in what you can collect, seeking man’s approval and striving to attain society’s standard of success, then my precious one, the best you can expect to see in this world is constant decadence of morality and amplified misery. But as The Redeemed, we have an resounding advantage over those who are yet in darkness. GOD IS STILL GOD!

Hence, God is not surprised at anything that’s happening! He Reigns Supreme Ruler over ALL His Creation, astutely aware and actively involved in the intrinsic detailed affairs of man-kind! And to top it all off, God loves us with an Everlasting Love that compassionately invites us to come boldly before His Throne daily to find Hope AND Help in HIS Mercy and Grace!

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast ,and which enters the Presence behind the veil…” Hebrews 6:19a

Life is filled with change and challenges, and most of all unexpectaton! Nevertheless, our faith must be, rooted in The Certainty of The Eternal Love of God! Therefore, Beloved, we do not give up HOPE! BUT! As believers in The Testimony of Jesus Christ, we eontend for the faith, waiting patiently in earnest expectation, resting in quiet confidence and believing to see that THE ONE WHO HAS PROMISED IS FAITHFUL TO PERFORM! Didjaheardat?

YES, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL BUT GOD IS GREATER! WEIGHT ON THE LORD…STILL!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee