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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.
Published on Friday, May 27, 2022 @ 10:33 AM CDT
"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.
Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 6:59 AM CDT
Published on Sunday, May 8, 2022 @ 8:49 AM CDT
God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter's house. When Jeremiah got there, he said he saw the potter "making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make." - Jeremiah 18:1-4
This is where I am, where we are as an organization. Where you may be in your personal life or career.
We can't be afraid to begin again, nor afraid to yield to God's will to make us over again. Sometimes life demands it. God knows the way we should take and what it will take to get us there. Even if that means making us over to start over.
Thank you for your patience and prayers as we transition, shift gears and in some cases break the mold.
God created time but exists outside of time, yet orchestrates the times. In our personal and professional life, we must have ears that hear and be attuned to what God is doing in us, the new thing He has prepared to do through us; and, where he is leading us.
We never want to live our life where the Spirit of God "used to be." Yesterday's anointing won't do for today's challenges.
David was anointed three times and had to wait seven years before being crowned Israel's king.
If your life is stale and your career has stalled, perhaps it is time to go back to God for a fresh anointing.
The power is in the anointing, by way of the Holy Spirit, not in our title by way of our position.
As Jeremiah was watching the potter remake the vessel, God said to Jeremiah, "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!"
The same is true for you and me. Trust the Potter. You are in his hands. Don't fight to stay where you are, when where you are no longer is where God wants you to be.
He makes all things new and if you have not yet noticed, the whole world is in a new season.
Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone),
Published on Monday, April 4, 2022 @ 10:06 AM CDT
Today, we turn nine. On March 20, 2013 seven courageous people began this journey with me. To support an idea, a big idea, given to me on an uneventful, routine day while walking across the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary.
I was at the time, a student. But not the average student who was pretty clear on why they were in seminary. Whether to prepare for pastoral ministry, missions, professional ministry, Christian counseling or any of the myriad of reasons for undertaking such a rigorous course of study.
Though knowing God had led me to seminary, I was not at all the ministerial type. My whole life had been wrapped around politics. I loved God, but not to the extent that I had a burning desire or even a passing desire to attend seminary.
I had at the time been elected to my fourth term on the Duncanville, Texas City Council (a suburb just south of Dallas). I had for years been actively involved at the state and national level.
Outwardly successful and together. But inwardly filled with turmoil. Broken in a number of ways with fissures visible to no one on the outside. But inside, I was nowhere near as together as I appeared.
I was a seeker. Not seeking to know God, as I by that time had been a baptized believer for years. But being led to seek Him at a deeper level. There had to be more.
Long story made short - I eventually, after many days that turned into months that turned into a couple of years into seminary, found peace and this work found me. Literally, found me.
Many know the story of how this organization was founded and I won't go into that here. But it was nothing short of amazing and it was nothing I nor anyone else could have ever conceived. It is a work from the beginning led by the Holy Spirit.
It had no name, but the mission was clear. Back then, we had no place to meet and one of our founders, Helen Roberts, worked for the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, headquartered in Dallas. They were kind enough (and I will be forever grateful) to allow us to use their beautiful facility.
On a bright, crisp Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, we sat around a table, prayed, talked excitingly about the work before us and we formed what would become Christians in Public Service.
The original mission remains our guiding light - from March 20, 2013:
"to be a nonpartisan, interdenominational organization providing support, educational programs, networking, professional and leadership development opportunities principally, but not exclusively for elected and non-elected Christian public servants who lead, work and serve in the public arena."
Want to support our work? Please give here. There is so much darkness and deception. We stand for light and truth!
Published on Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 1:11 AM CDT