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Jane-in-the-Box….

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Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ”
Luke 4:7-9

 Praise the LORD!!!

   Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; 
   praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
   praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
   praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
   praise him with resounding cymbals.

 6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

   Praise the LORD.

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2:7-9

As ‘true’ believers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have been told by the scriptures that to some extent we would suffer the same thing that our Lord and Savior suffered. But we were also promised that the same Spirit that raised Him from the grave will also raise us at the appointed time like the above scripture suggests. The enemies of the true believer expect that after they have plotted against the Lord’s beloved and to some degree succeed in inflicting pain, that they have indeed been victorious. Had they known what God knew; they would not have attempted to profane the testimony of Christ or even attempt to mess with or interrupt His plan.

[ Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness ] Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Luke 4:1-3

At the appointed time, God allowed His people to be afflicted and attacked by the enemy. They were deceived, reproached, robbed, slandered, lied about and eventually crucified to death. All this the perpetrators did as a camouflage of service to God Almighty. They were so sure that their plans had carried through and probably succeeded. God allowed it because it was a necessary part of the plan that would eventually bring due honor and glory to His name. The devil is still as defeated as when he first started.

The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:23-25

After God has gotten the victory for His beloved; the devil rambles for a season roaring in anger and threats, but then realizes that he is not fooling anyone. So he pretends to be in support of God and His work (meanwhile he was incensed against the ‘vessels of glory’). But his reward from God is indelible and inevitable. Until then, he has to back off as God fixes and rebuilds what was broken down, so that His kingdom can move forth.

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:12-14

I did not go down like expected, I was not destroyed as they had hoped for but all that was thrown at me worked to produce an even more dangerous specie (prayer wise i.e.) than the enemy originally encountered. God has indeed arisen, His plan will come through and the enemy will be thrown out with a hook in his nose.

[ Jesus Rejected at Nazareth ] Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. Luke 4:13-15   

The enemy has heard the news, this Jane-in-the-Box has popped right back up and the days of darkness are still numbered and the people of darkness shall without fail reap all they have sown. God is victorious and the shroud of darkness is about to be exposed and destroyed to the glory of  the Most High God! Praise ye the LORD!

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Tongue-Tied and Terrified (Ooops!)

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“People in glass houses really should not throw stones” that is an age-old saying. This will be a good time for us to preach to ourselves and the people we consider ‘real people’, or better still the people in our camp. Let the Almighty take care of the rest He has been doing that any how. I have once said you will have no impact in people who you treat worthlessly; you can only reap where you have sown. If a tongue lashing bothers you, then do not throw words at people you do not know and definitely not at people you have thrived in hating. Some people cry out in the market square  “unfair, help, stop the offense, please stop the injustice!!!” and their cries go unnoticed by the pharisees and the very well comfortable and secure elite. But the effect of their tongue finds scripture that goes with it. Meanwhile, there are a thousand and one scriptures that should have applied to them and their crew. The real ‘tongue’ to watch is the slanderous one that actually kills a person. The lying tongue that accuses people to the point of robbing them of a descent and productive life. The tongue that judges people as beneath their worth. The tongue that incessantly makes up lies that are backed by so-called Christians to the detriment of the innocent soul. The ‘tongue’ that says you are my sister, you are my brother but turns a deaf ear and blind eye to the pain inflicted by their own crew member. The tongue that says to people I serve God but they have barrels filled with offenses and the tears of the innocent as they bring their offering to the altar..

Oh I know about my tongue alright; I know you cannot buy it, control it, manipulate it or enslave it. I have real people of God laying hands on me in prayer as we speak, let their prayer and love still my tongue if need be. I will hear what they have to say, because in them lies no partiality, wickedness, prejudice or superiority complex. What my tongue has done is rub the ‘great people’ the wrong way. What the ‘great people’s’ tongue has done is drive a knife into my back and twist it over and over again until they pulled out my internal organs. Then their tongue stumped all over my helpless body as I lay writhing in pain. They had hoped I was so intimidated by them that I would take the place appointed me in their world: in the bushes and without a voice of hope. But when they realized that this one fears no one but God the Creator Himself, they find her tongue of survival annoying. They plot ways to silence her, maybe forever. Until the day you right your wrongs, please do not look to me to bow at your feet or glorify your creed. You have a mountain of injustice crushing my bones; move it if I will or must listen to you…

A person who knows what is right and does not do it is as guilty as the person doing the wrong. Some people may find this hard to believe, but their immediate empire is the only place they reign. Not the whole world… I hope your perfect and privileged lives and community continue that way. For the rest of us, we await that God the good One will avenge  and restore us.

Birds of the Same Feathers

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I AM SO UNMOVED BY THE SOLIDARITY OF THE CHILDREN OF WICKEDNESS! They will band together because they will fall together. That is scriptural. God prepared me to the fact that they would gather together against me to the effect that they will fall for my sake. Actually it quite freeing and liberating knowing who they are. (They are manifesting right now…) Their hate filled wagon does not surprise me, they were always of the same spirit and acted the same, howbeit camouflaged with pristine words.  The fate of the devil is that he is already defeated! I know it and every person who is really with God knows it.  Keep on conniving, lying, cheating, deceiving and discriminating. Your time is SHORT!!!

NB I shall repeat my previous words: desecrating God’s house with lies, deceit, wickedness, injustice, oppression and lip-service plain STINKS!!! There is no other word with which to sugar-coat it. Also I am happy that the road to heaven is not paved with who we know but who we are and what we have done!!! Did God not tell us there was a reward in this world and the next?

Selah…

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Some people get uncomfortable when you tinker with the ‘oars’. They are afraid you will rock the boat and eventually capsize it. But if the boat has gaping holes, it is bound to leak and eventually sink anyhow. Maybe the ‘rocking’will draw attention to what needs fixing before an inevitable dilenma. So keep the insinuations, ‘high and mighty’ observations under lock and key. GODLINESS IS NOT IN DNA, it is a choice, invested and acquired way of life! The confidence of being surrounded by familiarity is no match for what the power of God can do with changed hearts. So watch the lip, you may be next in line for a very painful episode. Then it will be my turn to say: “__________!”

1O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

 2Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

 3LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

 4How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

 5They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.

 6They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

 7Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

 8Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

 9He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

 10He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

 11The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

 12Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

 13That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

 14For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

 15But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

 16Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

 17Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

 18When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.

 19In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

 20Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

 21They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

 22But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

 23And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.

Sweet!!!

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Thank you lovely people! (you know yourselves), for those lovely and timely insights and information that you have written in. (Even up until about five minutes ago!). I thank God for the dignity and class that He displays in and through your lives, which is evident in the dividends of your service and portrayed in the beautiful order that is your life. Thank you for your prayers. I humbly ask that the Lord will bless your diligence and in your honor, channel those collective prayers to bless the ‘right soul’ (not a liar or phony). Lest we having labored night and day would be found to have ‘cast our pearls before swine’. You know sometimes the devil might be on to something in his accusations.

And to the faithful and unmovable of your lot (again you know You :)), I pray that in due season you will reap abundantly and specially that for which you have steadfastly toiled. I once again submit in admiration to your loyalty in practicing privately what you display and preach publicly. Thank you again for your concern and love towards me. I leave you with this mystery about prayer, it categorically encompasses whosoever falls into the umbrella of the specifics prayed. E.g. when you pray about your enemies, they that practice such will reap the benefits. When you pray blessings on those that might wish you well, those that really do: they alone will partake of that bounty. Remain your polished and blessed selves. I love you dearly.

NB: An hour later, the wall postings were powerful and encouraging. Thank you so much! Sorry to have involved you wonderful people in such an odious and grime-filled situation. You are much too refined for this and sure do not deserve the nonsense. Please forgive my faux pas…

Of Hints, Winks and Deep Points ( Just Saying…)

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Hello dear readers, this is a new category in my blog series. When I was a little girl, ‘some called me a youth with an old soul’. Coming from generational backgrounds of belief in human re-incarnation, I balked at the idea of embracing that description. As a few years (emphasis on few) rolled by, and some more articulation and clarification later, I was made to understand that my sayings and observation, were wiser than my actual age would allow. Now that was more palatable and I intend to pull those saying from under the bed and share it with you. There will be hints (you know how sassy I can be), winks (prodding you on) and deep points that have spiritual impact. May God guide us and be glorified in us.

“He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”
1 Kings 21:5-7

Ahab was King, and had access to the kingdom and a few other freebies. But He set his eyes on the little portion owned by Naboth. He wanted it by all means. Naboth rightfully declined to give away his God-given inheritance. So Ahab slithered away like a snake to go and mourn as he pined for the other man’s only inheritance. Along came Jezebel… she huffed and puffed and you know the rest of the story.

See: 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12

“David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die!”
2 Samuel 12:4-6

Our dear David stumbled at some point,a harem filled to the brim with wives and concubines did not suffice; he had to have Uriah’s very beautiful wife Bathsheba. Then came Nathan the prophet with the parable of the ‘Rich and Poor men,’ their cattle and one little lamb. The same principle applied; the king with all that he had access to and possessed, was still obsessed with the little that one of his subjects had. So he secretly had him eliminated. Or he could have just as well taken her to a remote location known only to him (that way he won’t have her either). Either way what Uriah had, looked way better than his. So as king he would use his authority to make sure Uriah did not keep having what he longed for and desired for himself. 

See: 1 Kings 21

If some power or person wants your inheritance; or might just as well separate you from it. There are two things at play here: they are jealous of your better tidings and want it for themselves. If they will not succeed in eliminating you (God forbid!), then they cannot live with seeing you so blessed and happy while they themselves are… well you know. Think on these things.

I am just saying…

Still Dreaming (also) And Praying…

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“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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