I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine (Song of Solomon 6:3).
Thank You Father for Your unfailing love and wonderful deeds toward mankind (Psalm 107:8). Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. Because of Jesus Christ, we have been reconciled back to You. You are our Father. We are Your children, and we love You. Happy Father’s Day!
As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that all lives matter. However, in America, black people have been consistently shown that our lives don’t matter. We have endured more than 400 years of racism, oppression, disenfranchisement, and discrimination. Thus, we affirm our lives not in an attempt to negate or devalue anyone else’s.
Satan is waging a fierce battle for our hope and our hearts in this season. With everything that is going on in the world, it’s so easy to pick up and carry around anger and rage like a newly acquired purse or wallet. It’s so easy to look out into the world or even at the state of our own lives and feel hopelessness. You don’t know if your life is going to change, when it’s going to change, or how it’s going to change. But you do know that it needs to change.
I hope you will join me today, no matter who you are or where you are, and pray for the lives of black people in America. As brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, we are one and our fight is the same: to use the power and authority given to us by Jesus Christ to fight against the schemes, tactics, and tricks of the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy.
I’ll be the first one to admit that there have been times in my walk with the Lord that my faithfulness and loyalty to Him was like the early morning dew that quickly disappears. At times, just like the children of Israel, I played the harlot and chased after things or gave my heart to things that were in direct rebellion to God.
One of the things I love about God is that He so loved the world, not just some of the world or only the “good” parts of the world. No, He so loved the entire world that He sent His Son to die, not just for some people but for all people. And whosoever, not just white people or black people or rich people or poor people or perfect people or almost perfect people, but ANYONE who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life
Roughly eight in ten African Americans self-identify as Christians (Pew Research Center). Seventy-nine percent of African Americans believe in the one true, living God who sent Jesus Christ to die for all people, not just some people (John 3:16). Those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior have been forgiven of their sins and reconciled to God, the Creator of the heavens, earth, and all of mankind. We have been grafted into God’s family. We are His children, and He is our Father.
There is so much dissension, division, violence, hatred, fear, sorrow, and despair in our country right now. It is time for the Church, the Bride of Christ, to stand together in unity. Because of the power and authority that has been given to us by Jesus Christ we do not have to sit by idly and let the enemy steal, kill, and destroy our country.
I want to encourage you today that no matter where you are, what you’re going through, or what it looks like, pray. Pray to the One who can change things: God.