Christian Assurance: Putting it ‘All In His Hands’

This and that, I put it all in His hands,

He can handle it that’s a fact, I put it all in His hands”.

~ Varn Michael McKay, “All in His Hands”


At it’s core, the assurance that Christians have lies in our ability to know we can put our lives in his (God’s) hands. The vision and name of this blog, 66 Assurance Way, rests in Christian assurance and the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible.  There are I feel 9 pillars of Christian Assurance.  

“All in His Hands”, written by Varn Michael McKay, entered by spirit a couple of weeks ago – and lingered.   First recorded by Dr. Charles Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Choir, featured on their release “Turn It Over to Jesus” (1989), it has a simple and divinely joyful nature that I love!  It seemed fitting for the third anniversary Series I started last month.

  • The anointed Gospel video (First Baptist Church of Glenarden Combined Choir, Landover MD) and uplifting words (lyrics below) each stand on their own. The Baltimore choir’s video is phenomenal!   
  • Remember: If you have a burden, problem, or question, you can put it in his hands. Turn it over to Jesus!  What can he handle?  ‘This and that’.   Yes, this and that.  

All In His Hands

Verse 1
All in His hands,
I put it all in His hands.
(repeat)
All of my burdens, problems
if I have a question;

Chorus
I put it all,
yes, I put it all;
I put it all in His hands.

Verse 2
Whatever the problem,
I put it all in His hands.
I know that He can solve them,
I put it all in His hands.

Verse 3
This and that,
I put it all in His hands,
He can handle it that’s a fact,
I put it all in His hands.

Bridge
No matter how great or small
He’s the Master of them all

Chorus


 Greg Silverthorne

66 Assurance Way

She’s Got the Anointing, They Got the Word: Mosie Burks

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She’s got the anointing, they got the word!  As I watched and kept rewatching this powerful video, “They Got the Word”, I wasn’t quite sure why I kept being drawn to do so.  Over and over again.  

  • The amazing energy of the truly anointed lead singer? (Indisputably anointed, Mosie Burks‘ gray hair suggests she wasn’t ‘born last night’/Smile)
  • The power of the fully-robed choir of gifted men and woman she led? (Mississippi Mass Choir)
  • The gospel song’s skillful leveraging of a scripture I didn’t know well? (Revelations 21, the second to last book in the Holy Bible)

Likely all of the above I’d say. Last July, a few months before the 3rd Anniversary of this blog (Sept. 21, 2016), I learned more about the talented choir – and the lead singer of this spirited song. This post seemed a good one to begin the Anniversary Series I promised in September.


Mosie Burks’ dynamism and anointed spirit are a joy to watch in this video! Frankly, she exhibits energy and moves that you’d expect from a woman twenty years her junior.  She was about 66 or 67 when this video of the 1999-released song was recorded.  As of July 2014 she was STILL touring with the Mississippi Mass Choir. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If you watch this video, I promise you’ll be amazed at how she makes this song come alive.  When she retired from her former job, as a telephone operator (South Central Bell after 23 years) who knew she’d be answering another kind of call?  I’m so glad she did.

If you look at the tag cloud on my Home Page, you’ll know that I regularly feature gospel music videos and lyrics on this blog. When I realized about four years ago that I couldn’t lead a song if my life depended on it (smile), I had a fellow church member -who is a great singer- encourage me to ‘sing with my keyboard-typed words’ instead.  She knew what my true talents were.  

  • For the record, I made an attempt to lead a song – “Company”/The Nevel Sisters – and it was a mild disaster!  I realized that what I WANTED to sing I couldn’t, and that what I could (reasonably) sing I didn’t want to sing.  Like having a Tercel budget and Lexus desires when car shopping.  I sing harmony, tenor, in the background; that’s a role that’s within my God-given talents.  

How did I come to this song? The choir I’ve sung with for over 7 years (Gospel Choir, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church) sings this song.  It’s one of my favorite. Moreover, the well-produced video is phenomenal!  Looking at Mosie Burks, I subconsciously feel that when God has my back I can do all things. All things! You can too.


Who is Mosie Burks?

  • Long a local singing favorite at churches around Jackson, Miss., she was instead talked into [after retiring] joining the Mississippi Mass Choir and has spent the past two decades traveling the world as the hugely popular ensemble’ s star soloist.”
  • “When she walks on the stage, the audience automatically rises to their feet,” says Jerry Mannery, 62, the choir’s executive director and one of its songwriters. “Whether it’s in the U.S., in Africa, in Spain or in Greece, it doesn’t matter. People just recognize that there is something special about her. The scripture says, ‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’ She’s really chosen.”
  • Burks was the third of 13 children born in Forest, Miss., to migrant-fieldworker parents. Picking cotton didn’t suit her health, however. . . She says she was the only member of the family who attended church. “My mom would wake me,” Burks remembers. “She’d have my little dress pressed and comb my hair, and down through the field I would go.”
  • She got married when she was 21. “Also when Burks was 21, her mother died and her father abandoned the family, leaving her to help raise five of her younger brothers and sisters until they were old enough to go out on their own.  She worked as a maid before being hired by the telephone company.
  • Burks has three children by her first husband, who died in 1984, and seven stepchildren by her second and current husband, Willie Burks.
  • “I still enjoy traveling, even at this status in life,” said Burks in 2014.  “I give God the glory and thanksgiving every day that I am still able to get up and go and do.  It was just beyond my imagination the things the Lord has allowed me to be a part of.  Amen to that.”

Source: “Mosie Burks, Mississippi choir to make Richmond appearance”, Lee Hildebrand, San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2014.


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To see someone render this song with such intensity, at any age, would be impressive. To be in her late 60s when this video was recorded and doing it so wells makes it even more so; at age of 81 (July 2014) Burks was STILL touring with the group.  Through him who strengthens us we can do all things.

In an interview, Burks cited 3 scriptures which serve as sources of divine encouragement for her:


The song, “They Got The Word”, conveys a basic tenet of Christian life: Eternal salvation is possible for all abiding children of God. In life, whatever earthly tribulations we endure are simply temporary. They won’t last. Moreover, heavenly triumphs await us when we go up yonder. For those who pass through the Pearly Gates, as Burks puts it there will be “nothing, nothing, nothing but Peace”. For all who get there they’ll be able to “Crown him, crown him, crown him Lord of Lords” (Refer to Revelations 4 and 14).

When a 57-year old cousin of mine passed away last year, I couldn’t get this Mississippi Mass Choir led by Mosie Burks video out of my mind!  As stated in the 21st Chapter (Verses 4 – 6) of Revelations:

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.


Greg Silverthorne

66 Assurance Way


Photo credits: Video screenshots, “They Got The Word“, Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music.

New Direction / “Lighthouse” (Gospel)

Here is my thought, this is my plea
Lord let your holy light shine on me.
I wonder will you, hear my prayer
I know I’m not worthy, but I need your care.
Lord shine Your light, shine it this way,
shine it so I can see which way to take.
My faith is in You, to bring me through
I have one question . . .

I wonder if the light
from the lighthouse
would shine, would shine on me.

I wonder if the light
from the lighthouse
would shine, would shine on me.


This video is, I believe, from the 2000 Stellar Awards gospel TV show. This 1999 song -“Lighthouse”- has a distinct energy that perhaps only young, God-fearing Christians can give it! 

These exuberant young people, New Direction, are surely symbols of the ‘reflective light’ that all Christians should be.  God is, by the way, the ‘intrinsic light’ for all his saved children. As I saw this video, a recent Sermon my Pastor gave -on ‘being a light’- came to mind; the reflective and intrinsic light concepts are those of Dr. Rev. James A. Webster (from that Sermon) not mine.

If you’re steadfastly faithful, the Lord’s lighthouse will surely shine on you.  Shine on you.  You have no reason to wonder.  None.  To God be the Glory.

66 Assurance Way

 

Christian Career Corner: 6 Ways to Get Your Victory

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Enjoying a victorious career as a Christian takes more than a scribbled plan on a napkin and a prayer.  If only it was that simple!

Labor Day seemed a good time to share 6 habits to help you achieve your career goals.  If you regularly practice all of them you will get the victory.


1 – Know WHO you are. If you don’t have a good sense of self, how can you realize your full potential?

  • Self awareness
  • Taking assessment exercises (There are many exercises that can help you get a very good sense of your top strengths and ‘motivated skills’)
  • Mental reflection (Ask yourself: What makes me unique?; What kind of things do I do at work that I enjoy and get me recognition?)

2 – Know WHOSE you are (Faith). You are a child of God. Your steadfast faith as you work and manage your career will surely help you be a victor. As Romans 8 tells us, saved believers are ‘more than conquerors’. Even when you face a career storm, trust that all things will work together for the good. God’s on your side. Your co-workers, who haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, face their work battles all alone. You know your big battles are fought by the Lord.

3 – Know WHERE you are going. Your career goals and plans should be clear and in writing. Frankly, for some, this is the only habit that they associate with career planning. Even then, those in this camp too often don’t write their plans or have plans which aren’t clear. Even if you practice this habit well, it takes more than knowing where you’re going to be truly victorious. What should you do? Have career goals. Make them clear. Put them in writing; regularly assess your progress.

4 – Know WHY you want what you want. Having this knowledge can enhance your self talk and your ability to sell yourself in interviews and promotion meetings. There are 3 Whys that you need to keep in mind: Emotional; Rational; Strategic. Ideally your ‘whyness’ should flow from at least 2 of these 3 whys. Careers, career moves, or on-the-job actions that are driven only my emotion, pragmatism (rational), or strategy are at risk of being unfulfilling.

5 – Know and BELIEVE you’ll succeed when it’s time to act. Act when the time arrives! Don’t be an unconfident procrastinator. Don’t be a doubting Thomas or Thomasina about your career prowess. Please keep this in mind: If not you, who? If not now, when? Don’t let negative self talk, unsupportive naysayers, or procrastination keep you from getting the victory! Embrace yourself. Have the courage to make your goals come alive by acting.

6 – Know that mid-journey SETBACKS can actually be beneficial. Sometimes the bad things you experience can be a blessing in disguise. Remember that you have God by your side. He has the final say! So if you get rejected for a job or promotion, don’t fret. If you loss your job, know that you haven’t loss your Savior. As I heard a minister say a few months ago, often there’s ‘treasure in your trouble’. Keep your head up and keep the faith! God may be setting you up for something far better.  



  • Even if you are in a job today you’re happy with, the first four habits alone will help you understand why you are content – and know how to maintain and build on what you have now.
  • If you are in a job that’s simply OK, are seeking a promotion, are contemplating a career change, or are jobless now, practicing all 6 of these habits could prove very helpful I believe.

If you remember who your Real Boss is -the Lord- you’ll be able to survive and thrive in the Workplace.  Again, it begins with faith: knowing whose you are (the second habit).  This powerful Marvin Sapp video (“I Win”) captures visually and musically the essence of this post.  If you walk with Jesus you’ll win!  You will win.  Peace be with you!  Happy Labor Day!

Greg Silverthorne


Photo credit: stockimages/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Midnight Hour Situations: You’re Blessed, Blessed, Blessed

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  • Spoken fervently by a Woman in the group (beg. at 5 1/2 min. mark in video below):

Acts Chapter 16 and verse 25.   The Bible says:  “Then at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison doors were shaken . . . and immediately everyone bands were loosed”

All we really want you to know tonight is when you find yourself in a midnight hour and if you haven’t then maybe you will . . . there are 2 principles that will guarantee your success.

Number one, pray.  Why?  Because the Bible [in James 5] says: “That the prayers of the righteous man availeth much.”

When you get up off your knees, and you believe that [as stated in Ephesians 3] He is able to do exceeding abundantly, according to all that you ask of Him, according to the power that’s already working in you, then [Number two] you lift your hands and give Him praise. Why?

Because He dwells, He dwells, in the midst of your praise.   Now I’m gonna need some loud mouths and some sanctified hands to lift your voice and say:  He dwells in my praise!

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Acts 16:25-26 NKJV

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?  Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.  But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

“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