Have hope in Him, God: Vote, don’t fret

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Inspired by my Pastor’s Sermon today, “God’s Got Your Back” (Isaiah 41: 8-10), I offer one thing Dr. Rev. James A. Webster (Oak Ridge First Baptist Church) said: You do what you can do and God will do the rest.  The 10th verse of the 41st book of Isaiah reads:

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (NKJV)

Folks.  As I drove home the words for this post entered my spirit.  While Pastor Webster did not in his sermon allude to voting (or the current elections), he touched on the ‘uncertainty’ in the nation and the world.  God is surely a balm for that uncertainty he feels – and I agree.  

My firm belief: Just vote and let God do the rest.  The ‘Lamb does indeed have the answer’, especially when our nation’s political parties don’t.  Some politicians don’t have an answer frankly.  Some offer platitudes and simply hope you’ll trust them to figure it out.  Guess what?  I trust the Lord.  God’s Promises are never broken.  Have faith that our Heavenly Father will help this nation heal from the rancor of the last 3 months of the U.S. general election – and the earlier primaries.

Did I vote?   Yes, I voted yesterday in NC.  In fact, I was the first person in line!  While the Guilford County polling place opened at 8:00am yesterday, I was there at about 7:20am.  I was done voting by 8:05am. There was a decent size line when I left Bur-Mil Park at that time.

  • As citizens, it’s important that we vote.
  • As Christians, while you’ve chosen Jesus as your personal savior, you can also help choose the next President of the United States.  As a 55-year old African-American I know that many suffered or perished so I could vote; when I was born (1961), Blacks didn’t have that right.  They do now.
  • I took this photo 17 days ago at a church less than half a mile from my home by the way.

Have hope in God. Vote, don’t fret.  Scripture tells us “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:11).

  • Again, God’s got your back.  Let the candidate of your choice have your vote.

Peace be with you,

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

66 Assurance Way: 3 years and Counting!

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Why did I start this blog exactly 3 years ago?  

“The idea for this blog has been on my ‘radar’ for about 16 months.  Today seemed the perfect day to launch it.   Today marks the 5-year anniversary of my joining a great church with a great, humble man of God as it’s leader”.

  • The upcoming Anniversary Series, and the most viewed posts published in last 3 years, can be found below.

Top posts (Number of views since 9/21/13)

3 Steps of Sanctification (John MacArthur)
8 ‘Assuring Beacon’ Scriptures (Lord’s lighthouse)
A ‘trailing wisp of glory’: Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)
Amazing (Gospel) / Tiffany McGhee with Ricky Dillard (Part 2)
Amazing / Tiffany McGhee with Ricky Dillard (Gospel)
Dare to Feed your Faith and Starve your Fears (Part 1)
Daryl Coley w. Tri-City Singers // When Sunday Comes (Gospel)
For Thou Art With Me // The Whispers (Gospel, Scripture)
God’s got a blessing with YOUR name on it
I’m the True Vine, You’re the Branches (John 15)
No One Compares to You, You’re Amazing! (Devotional)
Who are You ‘in Christ’? (Joyce Meyers)
Working in a Hostile Environment? (10 Tips)
You hold me in the Midnight Hour (Tiffany McGhee, Amazing)


To mark this milestone, I’ll be launching an Anniversary Series of posts next week. Running to December 21st, the Series posts will include:

  • Being Forgiving When It Isn’t Easy”
  • “Madea Goes to Samaria” (based on Luke 10)
  • They Got the Word, She’s Got the Anointing” (Mississippi Mass Choir, Mosie Burk)
  • Mastering the Whyness of your Career”

While I haven’t published as frequently on this blog in last 12 months, when the spirit moves me I do.  I have no plans to stop answering the call, until I am divinely called to do something else.

Thank you for all who follow this blog – or who have liked or commented on a post on 66 Assurance Way in the last 3 years.

To God be the glory!

Greg Silverthorne, 9/21/2016

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Rules for ‘Holy Living’ (Scripture)

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3: 12-14 NIV

  • The rules for holy living (v. 1 – 17) can be found at the link below. After my last post on Godly living, these seventeen verses seemed to be the logical next step.
  • Keep on walking!

Rules for Holy Living

Colossians 3 1-17 – NIV


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8 Pillars of Living a ‘Godly Life’ (Scripture)

  • Faith
  • Goodness
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Godliness
  • Mutual affection
  • Love

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3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(2 Peter 1 NIV)


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“We Made It” / Hezekiah Walker and the LFC

No weapon formed, Shall prosper against us.
I made it this far, by faith.
My future’s brighter than my today.
I’m holding on to my praise, I made it.
I survived.



LYRICS

We made it, we survived
When the enemy came in to threaten our lives
God lifted a standard, Divine protection
No weapon formed, Shall prosper against us.
I made it this far, by faith.
My future’s brighter than my today.
I’m holding on to my praise, I made it
I survived.
I’m a Survivor!! (x3)

Let’s Stand in liberty
Let’s Walk in unity
Let’s Pray continually
We made it
We made it (x3)


For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:5 NKJV


God: This is Only a Test

“Prayer without praise is like

trying to drive 3-wheel Car without gas”.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life lacked any rough roads or trials?  While you’d like to just thrive and rest, as you endure your next storm, imagine a deep heavenly voice saying: It’s only a test.

Resting and testing are both parts of a Christian’s life.  As you struggle to survive storms, know your Trust (in the Lord) will allow you to thrive again.  As the song tells us ‘what a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear’.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 (NKJV)

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5: 44 – 45 (NKJV)

If you abide in ‘the true vine’, your unpleasant adversity will reveal your steadfast faith!

Unfortunately, it’s adversity not prosperity which show what a Christian is really made of. Bad times are more character-revealing than good times. Ironically, it is during prosperous times that some forget (fail to praise) their Blessor. During tough times, however, many of these same people can’t stop calling God. He’s on speed dial! It’s during such times that some discover him anew.

  • Keep calling God, whether you enjoying triumphs or enduring tribulations. You’ll be glad you did!  
  • Mediate on the profound message in Romans 8: 28- 37 when you get a chance this week.

Headed to Heaven?

Let’s assume that you and I will both be going up yonder after we perish, OK? If this does indeed happen, God willing, we’ll both experience the perpetual prosperity which eternal salvation offers!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 (NKJV)

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21: 3 – 4 (NKJV)

Your abiding faith, and you ability to endure moments of adversity, will play a big role in whether you, or I, will one day walk through the Pearly Gates.

Lessons for Christian Living

Never take for granted the ‘blessed assurance‘ that your Christian walk provides.

Never forget to praise the Lord ‘for every mountain, for every blessing‘.

  • Prayer without praise is like trying to drive 3-wheel Car without gas.  Praise him.  Ride down the highway to Heaven.
  • Remember this Christian truth: ‘God’s on Your Side‘.  As Romans 8:31b tells us, If God’s for you, who can be against you?

Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 firm or a Custodian, your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is what matters to the Lord.  You’re one of his children.  Your trust in him, not your title (or skin color or gender), is what’s important to your father in Heaven.  Period.

  • Whether you’re pushing paper or pushing a broom, the personal impact of Christian assurance is the same.
  • Whether you’re employed or unemployed, your Real Boss (God) is on your side.  His hand is unchanging!


 


This is Only a Test

As I recalled a recent Emergency Broadcast Signal test today, the title for this devotional post came to mind.

  • This is only a test of the Emergency Broadcast system. This is only a test. If this had been a real emergency . . . (I think you know the rest)
  • How does God test us from time to time? (Ironically, the Devil tempts us with easy things that feel good, but are ungodly)

I wish you a long faith-filled life, a Happy New Year, and an awesome afterlife up yonder!

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you.

The Birth of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1)

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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about:

His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus. 

Matthew 1: 18-25 (NIV)


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