My End of the Year Testimonial

To say I discovered the true meaning of spiritual warfare in 2018 would be an understatement.

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I am grateful, it’s important to say, that my triumphs served to dwarf my trials and tribulations!  Every time I made a major step in my spiritual journey I was faced soon thereafter with a storm.  To put this in proper context folks, when I (on God’s direction) was working to change churches, the Devil thought (falsely) that he could get me to honor him, not the Lord.  Fat chance!

Just six days after I joined my current church (which I love) I had to go to Urgent Care.  I had a strange pain in my lower back.  I knew in February that I was on the battlefield for the Lord . . . whether I liked it or not.  Smile.  I foolishly assumed this medical storm that lasted into the Summer was my last battle.  No such luck.  Less than three weeks after joining the Mass Choir of my Winston-Salem Missionary Baptist Church (August) I took on some more ‘enemy fire’.  I was unexpectedly fired from my job . . . just 11 days before Labor Day.  Guess what?  I had a comparable job (in pay) less than 3 business days after my last day of work!  In a potentially fiery financial furnace God showed up and showed out.  I had to smile, knowing my Real Boss hadn’t forsaken me.

My sub par health from February to mid-November (two different health storms btw) basically drained my energy to blog and express my spiritual thoughts.  However, many blog ideas and rough drafts for posts were written down.  They will bear fruit in the days and months ahead.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,but the Lord delivers him out of them all.  Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.  Psalm 34:19, 21 ESV

Hold on / Mississippi Mass Choir

 

  • The video above conveys well the essence of my year. BTW the lead singer for this choir was spotlighted in one of the top viewed posts this year.  She’s Got the Anointing, They Got the Word: Mosie Burks; the video in this popular post is a true gem, highlighting a truly anointed singer.
  • This Biblestudytools.com article, Spiritual Warfare: Understanding the Battle.  , provides a good overview of this area of spiritual growth that many Christians, including myself this year, face.  To state the obvious, it’s only an issue for those who are ‘on the battlefield for the Lord’.  Are you marching in God’s army too?
  • Look for 2019 to be much more fruitful and prolific than this year. Putting on ‘the full armor of God’ worked wonders in 2018.
  • Look for a guest blogger in the new year. Early last Fall I, after meeting her in late September, realized that she had something really special that she could share on this blog.  Stay tuned!
  • To begin the new year on a strong note, I will be publishing a post, based on a Revival Sermon (Matthew 28:20, 8/29/18) I heard four months ago, in a few days.

To God be the Glory.  I hope you have a happy and blessed New Year.

Peace be with you,

Greg

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God: He’ll Test, but Never Tempt You



Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

James 1:13-14 NKJV


  • My Pastor said a few months ago: God will test you, but he’ll never tempt you.  I never knew the origin, but the statement lingered in my mind.  When I stumbled on to this verse I needless to say did.  Only the Devil will attempt to tempt an abiding Christian.

P.S. I am happy to say this blog is in it’s sixth year.  The 5th anniversary day (September 21st) slipped my mind, because I was out of town.  Participating in a Choir at a Reunion at my alma mater (Brown University) during the third weekend of September (9/21 – 9/23) had me flying to Rhode Island . . . and singing with fellow Black alumni – going back to the late sixties classes.

P.P.S.  I didn’t realize I had not blogged for three months until Tuesday.  LSS my life has been a roller coaster since early July.  Joyful events have been intermingled with storms I didn’t ‘order’; thankfully the Lord allowed me to be delivered and endure my afflictions (Psalm 34:19) and keep on ‘stirring my gift’.  With my full armor of God on, the Evil One is wondering why I still love the Lord.  Why I continue to blog.  Part of my plan from my Heavenly Father is to share what he gives to me here in this space since 2013 . . . things I find enlightening.  Thank you for visiting 66 Assurance Way.  Five years and 22 days and counting!

To God be the Glory!


Greg Silverthorne

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Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone

Victory isn’t a straight Street. It can be a rough road at times. ONLY in Heaven will you experience the smooth life of straight, no-curve travel that some hope for – during their lives on this planet. 

While the road, and things you encounter while travelling down it, may hinder your reaching your destination (in the way you wish), know one thing:

That you face all detours, ditches, and the like with someone by your side during the ride. His name is Jesus.

  • If you became Saved based on a Heaven-on-Earth promise you were misled.  Heaven only happens in Heaven.  Afflictions and trials will come . . . but they won’t last or deter you from the plan God has for you. Only you.  If you’re stuck in a ditch, or get lost while detouring, how can you ever fulfill that Plan he has for you?
  • You will never walk alone if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Sorry AMEX, but my ultimate pledge is to not leave home without Christ, not your card.  You have God by your side!  While the President has the Secret Service, Christians have Jesus and the Lord’s angels.  Like the 3 Hebrew boys who were throw into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), you won’t suffer . . . because God is ‘in the oven’ (verses 24-25) with you.  Often he doesn’t change the situation, He changes YOU in the situation.  Why fear the Nebuchadnezzars in your life when you have the Lord?

No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You don’t even (in some situations) need ‘a smooth stone’.  Why? Praise is your weapon!

Paul and Silas in that jail (Acts 16) weren’t crying and fretting, they were singing.  We all know how that jail story in Acts ends.

  • Singing, be it in a choir or not, can be a powerful expression of praise.
  • Your church is a common Praise Place.  

So, praise him when blessed and praise him in advance. Along with Faith in God, your Praise -in whatever form- is a critical part of living the life of the godly.  It doesn’t hurt to have your Armor on though.  Where is your armor?  Wear it and you will be prepared for the spiritual warfare you face.

Experience joy the world can’t take away.  Praise Him, be steadfastly faithful, and wear the ‘full armor of God’.  Walking with the Almighty has it’s privileges!    

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Trust in the Lord: He’ll Redeem and Deliver

 

 


After (successfully) battling with a medical afflictions myself, I felt it was time -in this season of Lent- to get back to posting.  To God, to Jehovah Rapha, be the glory!

  • If you are a trusting servant of the Lord and have ever faced any trials, these two New Testament verses should speak to your heart.

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It’s Never Too Latte For The Lord! (Assurance)


Want a grande Blessing from the Lord?  It’s not a ‘tall order’ for Him to make a way for you!  The power belongs to God.  He presides . . . even when our political leaders, bosses at work, or friends disappoint us.

While it may seem too latte (too late) at times, trust God will be right on time.

God’s grace, his unmerited favor, is sufficient.  While you may have bold prayer requests, trust that the Lord can do more than you can ask or imagine – a blessing may be just around the corner.   While what he delivers may not be ‘exactly what you ordered’, it may be exactly what He feels you need – for the moment.

  •  You can get a refill!  He’s not a one-blessing God.

So the next time you’re enjoying an espresso at Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop), meditate on what you need to express in your prayers to your Heavenly Father.

  • Meditate on the benefits of praising Him in advance.  Know, as his child, it ain’t over until God says it is over.  Remember, the Lord’s words NEVER come back to him void. Never.

So praise the Lord and enjoy your latte. Thank you, thank you Jesus.  

Lastly, never forget this one truth: It’s never too latte for the Lord!

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3: 8-9 NIV

  • Hallelujah, salvation, and glory.  

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66 Assurance Way: 4 years and Counting


On September 21, 2013, I published the first post for this blog4 years ago.. Why that day?  That was the five-year anniversary of my joining the church I am now a member of in Central NC (Oak Ridge First Baptist Church, in the Greensboro NC metro area). I’ve published exactly 555 posts so far . . . and I feel like I have more to say and share. Smile.

Frankly, with the natural storms of the last month or so, along with the political and racial turmoil I feel this country has gone through since last November, I almost forget this blog’s anniversary!

  • I’m been meditating on a blog entitled Grace and Race, which I will publish when I settle on the words that I feel are the best God will allow me to write and share.
  • I will soon share another NC church sign I recently saw that says a lot in just a few words.  My last post featured a wise Greensboro church sign: 7 Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak.
  • A follow-up to the September 1st post “Jesus: He’ll Do It For You, Suddenly” is on the drawing board.
  • I think you might enjoy a scripture that the Holy Spirit pointed me to yesterday, from a Wednesday evening Sermon my Pastor (Dr. Rev. James A. Webster) gave 8 days ago, entitled: “Step Aside and Watch God Work!

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”.  And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 

Exodus 3:1-5,13-14 NKJV



  • Thank you for all who follow this blog – or who have liked or commented on a post on 66 Assurance Way in the last 4 years. In the year ahead, be sure to ‘step aside and watch God work’. To God be the glory!

Greg Silverthorne, 9/21/2017

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Houston: Hang On In There

What you gonna do when your back’s against the wall?

How you gonna smile when it seems that hope is lost?  Tell me.

My prayers are with the people in the city of Houston . . . and the states of Texas and Louisiana. This song’s title and lyrics came to mind this morning as I watched what the wind and rain of Harvey has done to your communities in the last few days. Hang on in there.


What you gonna do when your back’s against the wall?

How you gonna smile when it seems that hope is lost? Tell me

What you gonna do when you need a little more grace?

How you gonna respond when they try to test your faith?


What you gonna do when your strength gets a little weak?

What song will you sing when you’re feeling incomplete?  Tell me

What you gonna do when you try and almost slip?

What you gonna do when it seems you’re losing your grip?


Hang on, in there

Hang on, in there

   Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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Lyrics from Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, “Hang On” (GEI)