When it comes to the various troubles that we deal with, one thing I try to do is categorize them. Is this a test, a trial or something else?
I truly thank God for these letters that I write each day. I know that the consistency and the sacrifice that I put in every morning is preparing me for greater things. One of the key elements to these letters is that I “fact check” before I publish. Why? Because even though these are my thoughts, feelings and emotions, I am also learning as I write.
There is a phrase that we quote that says, “Our tests and trials come to make us strong”, which WAS the basis for this letter. Well, that’s a nice phrase and it is encouraging but it isn’t Bible. There are so many things that we quote that just aren’t in there, that it’s funny and aggravating. You see, right now I’m going thru an issue or two and I really need help and when I began searching for that ‘scripture’, all results were null.
You see, we have been taught an erroneous gospel. The error isn’t in what was being passed down but the error is in the follow-up. In the black church, many times we err on the side of hype. We are jumping, shouting and dancing on a ‘word’ that will tickle our fancy and encourage us but isn’t really in the Bible. The reason for this is that we have been taught what was passed on to us by our forefathers and that message was passed down to them by their forefathers and so on.
The passing of the message is great but here’s the problem, “Where did the original message come from?” The preacher that started the message in the first place, in many cases, was a slave. As we know, many slaves could not read. So, when the Bible was relayed to them, it was up to them to remember, or translate, that message to the people. That’s issue number one but here’s the second issue… Have you ever wondered why there are so many different versions of the Bible today? The reason for all of these translations is what I call ‘relevant speech’. One of the “best” translations to read is, “The Message” Bible because it speaks in OUR language. We can understand it better because it speaks in the lingo of the day. I don’t know about you but I don’t know anyone who speaks in King James… and if it’s hard for US to understand the KJV and we are super-educated then what about those early preachers who didn’t have any education at all?
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we didn’t need the word that was passed down. What I am saying is, the Book was given to great grandfather, and passed to grandfather, then passed to father and now to you BUT is anyone going to OPEN the Book?
The Bible says in Revelation 12:11 , “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;…” The part that I want to pull out is the “word” of their testimony. We can talk all day about what’s going on but where is the “word” at? The Word is what brings victory!!! My question is, “How can we truly overcome if we don’t truly know God’s word?” We have to search it out…
So, as you go thru your day today, seek the Word of God. Listen for His direction, leading, guidance and counsel. You may be surprised at what He has in-store for you!!!
I love you ALL!!!