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Illusions
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM

Illusions

Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM

Satan is the master of illusion. The greatest illusion on earth today is that it appears he is winning. 
If we look at all the things happening in the world and on earth around us, from Ukraine to Uvalde, it appears this way.
 
Three words. Illusion. Earth. World. Jesus says in John 8:44, "He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him."
 
Not holding to the truth, no truth in him -- in other words, he lies. There is no truth in him - his whole construct is lies. Lies are illusions.
 
David tells us in Psalm 24:1, "the earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it..."
 
God came to earth as Jesus to take back what is rightly his. The earth and the world. God created the earth and gave it to the first Adam to manage. Satan tricked him out of it.
 
He came himself as Jesus (the second Adam) to reclaim not just the physical earth, but the world - every system that is in the earth. 
 
Not only did Jesus (God as man, the second Adam) take the keys to the kingdom back (the earthly kingdom that Satan controlled(s)) but also his world and his earth. Satan lost it all at Calvary.
 
Jesus spiked the ball and did a 360 degree dunk on the devil. 
 
Until Jesus returns the second time, Satan is still here. Creating havoc and illusions that he is still running things. He's not. The game was over at Calvary.
 
God left us here and keeps reproducing his image so that we can take care of His earth and His world. 
 
Satan defeated the first Adam with an illusion. Jesus defeated him at Calvary with the truth.
 
And the truth is this - Satan is not winning. He can't. The only victory he knows he can get is if he can get us to repeat and replicate his lies (i.e., illusions). 

Practical Application:
 
Act like you're a winner. Talk like a winner. Live like a winner. Walk into every meeting and room with authority. Don't repeat negatives. Don't speak negatively. Take authority over what you allow yourself to hear, see, read and say. The only way Satan can further and grow illusions (lies) is if he can get us to hear them, see them, say them and more importantly --  believe them.
 
 
It's Not About Religion
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM

It's Not About Religion

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM

Government ruled by religion is deadly. We need look no further than the Taliban.
 
Forced to live by religious rules and religious traditions. It is sad to say but we are seeing glimpses of this today in American politics.
 
The religious right if they were to have their way would have us all living not under Sharia Law, which they decry, but the "Christian" version of the same.
 
No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective and overbearing.
 
Jesus eschewed religion and the religious leaders of his day. He said new wine can't fit into old wineskins unless the skins break.
 
A new commandment he brought to old rigid religious practices wherein some were of the elect and others not. Love one another, Jesus said, as I have loved you.
 
Religious people don't really know the meaning of love. They love their rules and regulations and love enforcing them on others.
 
This is what we're seeing with dominionists, the alt-religious right and those seeking to impose their rigid and selective religiosity on Americans.
 
The founders well understood the danger of the imposition of religion in and on government.
 
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence the overriding concept was that government would derive its powers from the consent of the governed. Not through imposition of the church, religion or by some divine right to rule.
 
A major part of the chaos in American government today is that the religious right is, on one hand touting the Constitution and freedom, while with the other trying to heavy-handily browbeat the country into submission to their warped version of Christianity.
 
Sadly, many Christian leaders have jumped on this bandwagon, if not leading the parade.
 
The separation of church and state means what it means yet at the same time it is impossible for public servants to leave their beliefs at the door before entering the halls of government. Our beliefs and ideologies are part and parcel of who we all are.
 
Even atheists and agnostics govern out of their ideology. But government ruled by religion is dangerous. Government influenced by biblical principles is what we, as followers of Christ should be angling for.
 
Principles not power. The power is in the principles!
 
But instead, we have emerging and have emerged, religion. Religion forces power on people. Principles empower people.
 
Jesus told us to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves. To be like yeast that when added to dough quietly, but effectively changes the DNA of the whole loaf.
 
The religious right will never prevail. It can't if America is to hold true to what it was founded to be.

No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective and overbearing.

People will and with even more hostility, refuse to be ruled by religion. And well they and we all should.
 
Religion is subjective and selective. And depending upon whose doing the selecting if one is counted to be "worthy."
 
We're seeing that with the rise of Christian nationalism and evangelicalism that is more about winnng the next election than winning souls for the Kingdom.
 
Jesus counted us all to be worthy of dying for. Of reconciling us to the Father for -- and it had nothing to do with politics but everything to do with the Kingdom and life eternal.
 
We're not confused nor will we compromise truth for the sake of political expediency or acceptance. We're not that organization.
 
Christian in our name means Christlike in how we think, function and operate, with loving our neighbor as ourself top of mind. Not the next election, voting guides, or "taking back America."
 
If we want to take back anything, it would be what has been stolen by the religious --- the true meaning, mission and understanding of our faith that leads to the only thing that saves --- a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as we seek to impact our communities and cities in the most positive and winsome of ways.
 
Not through grandstanding religion that does nothing but foment more division and build higher silos.
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow - When I Left the GOP For Good
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:03 PM

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow - When I Left the GOP For Good

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:03 PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:03 PM

The day I made it official ... July 31, 2019... Saying good-bye to the Republican Party I had loved so much. That taught me so much. That had given me so many wonderful opportunities. I was not ready for the barrage of hate mail and messages. Though very hurtful from those I once called friends, it was further confirmation I had made the right decision.

I'd been a Republican for 42 years. Forty-two years! Some of y'all haven't even been alive that long!

And recently I was so happy to join a local club with the goal of getting more actively involved in time for the convention in Houston next June, supporting my friend Lt. Col. Allen West for State Party Chair and then on to 2020-21!

I had texted the Colonel, told him I was in and we had a great exchange of possibilities. But I had a sinking feeling I could not shake. 

But God knows, I can't. I just can't do party politics anymore because both sides are sorely lacking in the core values I hold most dear... true leadership, statesmanship, integrity, and courage.

Neither party is concerned about the welfare and well-being of the citizenry it seems. Only winning the next race by any means necessary.

I love my Republican friends just not my Republican Party anymore.

It used to stand for something. But under President Trump, whom like a good loyal Republican I voted for, I no longer recognize it.

I realize I will lose some people. But I'm good with that. Because those who know me well know that I am without pretense. What you see with me is what you get. I'm the same on Friday as I am on Monday and I'm the same in the dark as I am in the light.

I have the gift of good-bye. Meaning, I don't have that emotional gene that causes me to grieve when friends leave or when people walk away.

Given my life, God knew I would need that gift. When people walk away from me, I wish them well, and genuinely mean it.

But just as I had to finally cut up my NRA Membership Card, I have to finally cut ties with my party. It saddens me to no end. And I'm grieving because it has been such a big part of my life and so many good people who helped me along the way.

I hope they stay my friend but if they don't I wish them well.

It's like when you have been in a marriage for so long and you know it's over, but you go back one last time hoping against hope that it can be saved.

You soon realize however, that the flame is no more and it is really, truly over.

You turn around, walk out the door, glance back and stand for a moment reflecting on more happier days.

Pausing to relish past hard-won victories, hearing the echo of laughter and remembering the sights, sounds and giddiness when we won, and the somber but determined moods when we didn't.

Those really were the days. You marvel for a moment, thank God for the memories and then it's time to move on.

You glance back one last time thinking of all the people of days and years long past - some now home with the Lord - and together how we did some mighty good work.

And then, it's time to walk away. No looking back. No glancing back.

I have great Democratic friends, am married to a lifelong Democrat. But I doubt if I will ever become one. Most of their ideology is a bridge too far for me.

All my life the Republican Party was my life. It was especially tough for me as a teen and young adult being black and Republican because being a black, conservative Republican in Texas in college during the late 70's and early 80's was unthinkable!

I was called some of everything by those who looked like me! I was everything from a "coon" to an "Aunt Jemima" to a "house Negro" all of that.

I can laugh about it now. I loved my afro and disco but I also loved my Republican Party. I was part of the Reagan Revolution in college and darn proud about it. We changed the country.

So many memories. So much life... I just had to see if that old flame was still there. It wasn't. And I am sad. But, it's time now to not turn the page, but close the book.

God had to let me get it all out of my system for the sake of the work ahead of me. The work He has for me to do for the Kingdom is too important and would be impossible as a partisan.

Everything I learned over these 42 years about people and politics, having even served in elective office. And, everything I've learned about God as I have attended and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. All have prepared me well for the next leg of the journey.

It would mean almost starting over from scratch. From a strange place, in a strange place. I would have no party, no more coalitions, perhaps a lot fewer friends. Built up political currency wiped out over night. But... the Lord would provide and guide.

So, as Don Meredith used to say --- "turn out the lights, the party's over." I am turning out the lights and shutting the door. The party for me is over.

I'm out. See y'all down the road.

The Opportune Time
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM

The Opportune Time

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM

"For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I do the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me." - Romans 7:19-20

She was a longtime public servant. The District Attorney in the county said, "I would have trusted her with my life. When you needed something, she could make it happen."


Vicky White had served enough years to earn full retirement. She had a stellar reputation. Admired by many, she was set for life. Vicky's home was paid for, her staff and colleagues were all set to celebrate her and her long career with a retirement party.

Many saw her as a "mother figure." She even earned employee of the year awards along the course of her correctional officer's career. Yet, we all know how her story tragically ended.

The brutal statements by some across social media have the same common theme, "how could she throw away her whole life, her retirement, everything she'd worked for -- how could she have done it for somebody like Casey White?"

It wasn't Casey White. It wasn't the allure of living a "Bonnie and Clyde" exciting on the run existence. It wasn't for love.  And if she could undo it all, she no doubt would.

It had less to do with Casey White, love or lust, but more to do with the empty places within. That became spaces, as in us all, that demons will occupy. Unless we fill them with the Word of God.

I teach what I know to be true and demons take up residence inside the empty places within us and wait. What do they wait for?  "An opportune time."

Please don't join in with others in casting stones. Rather, I caution you and and ask you to look inward. Demons are real. Demons are spirits. Demons cannot die and we all have been targeted by them. They come and they go just as Satan did with Jesus when Jesus was in the wilderness.

After tempting Jesus with every conceivable temptation he thought a man could want, Satan left Jesus, until the Bible says, "an opportune time." (Luke 4:13).

Vicky's opportune time was that fateful day, but leading up to that day, many times without doubt, demonic forces came against her sub-conscious mind (her heart).  They always do before the take-down. As they do us all.

When she loaded Casey White into that car and left in the rear view mirror her life, that was the opportune time. 

As righteous as David was, he had an empty place that was filled by the spirit of adultery. We all know the story. And in one of the most poignant pleas to God, the man after God's own heart pleads with God in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart (sub-conscious mind), try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."

The time has passed for Vicky to make this plea but not for you and me. The two things humans are not designed to contain are pain and empty places. The Adversary takes advantage of both.

When you can, listen to my podcast, "How Satan Takes Down and Takes Out Leaders" and know that an opportune time is being planned for you and me, too.

Who's Looking For You?
Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:49 AM

Who's Looking For You?

Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:49 AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:49 AM
 
Jesus never sought out Nicodemus. Nicodemus went looking for him.
 
When King Belshazzar couldn't understand the meaning of the handwriting on the wall, he was told of the history of a man of God named Daniel. He sent for Daniel.
 
When Pharaoh couldn't understand the meaning of his dream, he heard of a young man who could. He sent for Joseph.
 
Government leaders aren't sending for God's people and leaders today. Unless those leaders, unlike Jesus, Daniel Joseph and countless others tell them what they want to hear and not what the Word says without political spin.
 
Why would the blind send for those who many themselves have become blinded by politics, power and money and have made known their loyalty to one political party or the other?
 
Where are the men and women of God who will stand flat-footed in the face of leaders today, whether they be Democratic or Republican and tell them what thus says the Lord in love and truth without hint or scent of party politics?
 
As representatives of the Kingdom, we must be willing to let go of everything we are to become what God sent us here to be and sent us through trials and tests to become - Witnesses. Ambassadors. Word lovers - Word teachers and speakers who ourselves understand we represent a Kingdom not made by Republicans or Democrats. And to love people and leaders enough to tell them truth.
 
Jesus taught that the blind can't lead the blind lest they both fall into the ditch.
 
The blind is leading the blind in America today and the ditch is getting deeper.
 
It's why Jesus told us to be salt and light. Salt adds flavor and also makes thirsty. Nicodemus, Pharoah, King Belshazzar had a thirst that only men of God could quench.
 
They were in the dark and only the people of God could bring light.
 
"Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?" - Jesus (Luke 6:39)
 
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear." - Jesus 
 
 

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