United We Stand, Divided We Fall!
I saw this image and found myself crying out to the Lord to reveal himself to his children. I'm saddened by the recent murders that have taken place, but I'm not surprised it's gotten to this level. Discrimination, hatred, and inequality have existed not just within race, but amongst ethnicities, religions, socioeconomic statuses, and genders. Sadly, it exists amongst the one group of individuals who should be trailblazing the proper way of acting.
I've been discriminated against for being black, I've been discriminated against for being a woman, I've been discriminated against for being a Spirit-led Christian versus being a religious Christian (Yes, there's a difference!), I've been discriminated against for not being the most financially wealthy, I've been discriminated against for being educated, I've been discriminated against for being a darker black woman with ridiculously kinky hair rather than being a fair skinned black woman with a looser curl, I've been discriminated against for being a size 8-10 rather than being a size 2-4, I've been discriminated against for not looking as fashionable as the next celebrity, for not being as well known, and even for being raised in a low socioeconomic area.
I can't give you a book, sit and talk for hours, or start hanging around a whole bunch of people who aren't like me to stop the discrimination... I won't guilt or shame you into agreeing with me or trying to be like me because I hurt from being discriminated against. I'm not about to point the finger at a whole group of people as if everybody discriminated against me. I see a lot of people speaking out of emotion. The day I saw someone treat prayer as if it was just a last minute option is the moment I realized that the lack of respect towards the power of prayer may be the reason we are in a world filled with chaos and corruption.
What's next is all I hear people asking... What will you do is all I see with fingers pointed outward, but my greatest concern is the fact that people really think they can effectively make progress and operate without taking it to the one who gives divine instruction.
I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.
Psalm 32:8-10 AMP
You may be ticked off, but the reality of the situation is the one who created this world, asks us to seek him and commune with him DAILY, so that we know what we should be doing. The end times are nothing new to God and he always knew it would happen, but what he gave us a choice to do was to seek him for wisdom on how to make it through and sadly many have failed.
I've witnessed so much ignorance and blame on my social media that my spirit became grieved. Grieved with the masses of likes people gave to people who themselves don't treat their fellow brother and sister in Christ right. I don't care about how loud your voice is heard cause the only voice that needs to be called upon and heard is the voice of God.
Can God be heard through people?... Yes, and that will only take place through the ones who have a genuine heart to love like God. A person with a heart like God isn't going to try to guilt you into action... They are going to direct you FIRST to God the father. Then, they will challenge you to gather with a community of fellow believers, so you all can pray together and gain insight on what your next steps should be as a community together as one.
We have all wanted to see injustices vindicated rapidly, but we have to also consider God's timing is not based upon our clock. How many years did the Israelites cry out to God? How many times did the Israelites have to cry out to God? Numerous times... God is raising up his Moses’s and giving them divine power, influence, and instructions on how to bring freedom to those who have been treated poorly.
And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters and oppressors; for I know their sorrows and sufferings and trials. And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand and power of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]–to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Now behold, the cry of the Israelites has come to Me, and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
Exodus 3:7-10 AMP
I've heard so many people say, "Oh this has gone on too long," but then I see how the division within the body of Christ could be causing us to walk in the wilderness longer than expected just like the Israelites. Those little unloving emotions that we have against our brothers and sisters in Christ may be what's caused us to live in a cycle of hatred leading us to delay our entrance into the promise land. If you've forgotten or never gained an understanding, below is a description of how we should really be operating as believers of Christ.
Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more. But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus. You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the Devil an opportunity. The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Ephesians 4:17-32 HCSB
I'm not going to set myself up to be an expert or all-knowing because I am not the almighty God who actually is the expert and does know all things. The only thing he has charged me to do is to seek his face and to open my eyes and ears to see and hear him in the midst of all this confusion. I charge you to do the same and to not just speak to gain the ears of people, but to be obedient to what God is telling you to say and do. Like I've said before your first step is to ultimately PRAY!
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 AMP