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What You Want, You May Not Need

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37: 4 NKJV

To delight in the Lord is to enjoy the Lord, to feel the joy of the Lord. This joy involves trusting, enjoying, committing, and resting in a consciousness of His presence, thus acknowledging Him as the real source of your joy. Joy is a feeling that accompanies the expectation, acquisition, and possession of the things you desire. God promised to give you the desires of your heart—not what you want, but you need (Phil. 4:19).

Is there a difference between a need and a want? God promised to supply all your need, not all your wants. There has to be a significant difference. Obviously, a need is something necessary, essential, something required for survival. But on the hand, seems to me that, a want is something you wish for or desire to possess. For example, food is a need, but you may want to eat steak and lobster, when rice and beans will satisfy your hunger. And, once that need is met, you will be sustained; but your want for steak and lobster would entertain the lust of your flesh and eyes (1 John 2:16).

God promised to give you the desires of your heart, but how do you get the desires of your heart? Jesus taught that you ask, seek, and knock and it shall be given (Matt. 7:7). But are the desires of your heart needs or wants? Remember, he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). To be “joined” is to be cleaved to and glued to the Lord. Since God chose you before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), He also foresaw and made provisions for your needs to be supplied. Therefore, accordingly, the righteous desires of your heart, in your oneness with the Lord, are needs, not wants. God knows the things that you have need of before you ask (Matt. 6:8, 32).

If the desires of your heart—things that are needful and necessary—aren’t being supplied, is it because you’re not delighting yourself in the Lord, or is it because you have not because you ask not (Jas. 4:2-3). Notwithstanding, don’t confuse wants with needs, to do so is deferring your hope and expectation (Prov. 13:12). When your hope is deferred, it causes disappointment; and, disappointment leads to discouragement; and discouragement leads to disillusionment; and disillusionment leads to distress; and distress leads to stress; and stress leads to sickness. What you want, you may not need!

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Love Shows the Way Part 2

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WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Love Shows the Way

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The Third Verse

“You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God” . . . Exodus 20:3-5 NKJV

In the Ten Commandments, God warned His people against the sin of idolatry, i.e., serving or worshipping anything or anyone other than Almighty God Himself (Text). Many Christians—although sincerely ignorant—have made the U.S. national anthem a god or sacred symbol. They seem to conflate the U.S. flag and national anthem with their Christian faith. To do so is idolatry—plain and simple! Not to mention, they are oblivious of the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it affords all citizens to revere or desecrate the flag and the anthem.

Most American citizens, regardless of race, color or ethnicity, will warm-heartedly pledge an allegiance to the flag for which all it stands before and after Slavery, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement; notwithstanding the historical imperfections of America and the ongoing struggle to find a more perfect Union. Citizens with a true and honest heart should find the third verse of the national anthem historically problematic and offensive with its painful reminder of America’s dark past—ungodly racist attitudes and discriminatory acts—which are often repeated in this day and time—especially racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Bigots and racists should no longer try to cover-up their “white privilege” and animus against people different from them—in an effort it seems—to assuage their historical guilt and fear of change. Anthem protestors are people simply exercising their First Amendment rights (freedom of speech and expression). Those “so-called” Christians with bigoted and racistic tendencies need to repent and commit themselves to the truth of the Scriptures in the Holy Bible, and juxtapose the third verse of the national anthem against biblical truth and values. Perhaps, then they could have more compassion and understanding for anyone of color who chooses to protest for their just cause during the playing of the historical unjust national anthem.

Pray for those who choose to protest injustices in our country during the playing of the national Anthem.  Respect those who peacefully make a stand for what they believe is right. There is so much propaganda and politicization surrounding the national anthem. Many are not aware that when Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the “song” that was eventually adopted as the U.S. national anthem, the song contained four verses. It is the third verse that brings insult, disrespect, and hurt feelings to the descendants of African slaves. The third verse is as follows:

“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a country should leave us no more?

Their blood has washed out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

You might say: ”I never knew that there was a third verse”, or you may rationalize the problem away by saying, “only the first verse is ever sang anymore.”  But it is still the same old racist song written by Francis Scott Key, a slave owner, whose lyrics penned in this “song” enshrines the legacy of slavery. It is not hard to see that the third verse of the U.S. national anthem literally celebrates the deaths of slaves. And, descendants of slaves are still being killed, often times unjustly in America. Where is the outcry of the “so called” Christian Church?

As a Christian, i.e., a follower of Jesus Christ, I am not ignorant of the enemy’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). I refuse to be sincerely ignorant or conscientiously stupid. Let’s not conflate Christian faith with patriotism. To do so is idolatry. Neither should we fail to do what God requires of us all: to seek justice, love mercy, and live in humility (Micah 6:8), and refuse to make unrighteous judgments against oppressed people (Isaiah 11:3).

Everyone under God living in a free country should be at liberty to decide to kneel, sit, or stand during the playing of a national anthem. In light of the third verse in the U.S. national anthem, “[y]our glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7). “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). Even though only the first verse is sang nowadays, the third verse is still embedded in the song, lurking behind the scenes. One bad verse of a song can make the whole song unacceptable. So make your decisions about the national anthem and let others make theirs. “Judge not, that you be not judged (Matt. 7:1). Pray rather than judge!

 

 

 

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Don’t Lose Your Joy Part 2

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WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Don’t Lose Your Joy

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Turn Your Sorrow into Joy

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full . . . Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. John 15:11; 16:20 NKJV

With every occasion of sadness and sorrow, you must locate your faith and refuse to allow sorrow or trouble to steal your joy. When circumstances steal your joy, metaphorically, it’s like you’re “running on empty in an automobile.” And, when you’re running on empty, without refueling, you’ll eventually run out and become sad or depressed. But if you do, don’t pretend to be happy in the face of your pain and sorrow; with the joy of the Lord, you can turn your sorrow into joy that no man or nothing can ever take from you.

Jesus said some things to His disciples so that His joy would remain in them, and in turn, their joy would be full. But what had Jesus spoke? He outlined least two powerful principles: (1) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5); and then, (2) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:7-8).

Fruit is the product of plant growth, and joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). To abide in Him is to dwell in Him; grow in Him; and, to stay present in Him regardless circumstances that may bring sadness and sorrow. The joy that Jesus gives through His abiding Word becomes full—complete—when it remains; thus , becoming your joy—joy that it isn’t diverted, distracted, or interrupted by test and trials (John 16:24).   

Unlike happiness, which can be faked or be a pretense, joy is a fruit of the Spirit and a spiritual force. It is birthed inside the human heart, manifested in cheerfulness, delight and gladness that remains unchanged regardless of circumstances. So, how do you turn your sorrow into joy? First you must be committed to rejoicing everyday (Psalm 118:24); then, when sorrow and trouble comes to steal your joy, you’ll need a consciousness of joy, and as an act of your will, you must mentally shift from sorrow to consider the joy that Jesus had when He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2); thus,  you’ll be shifting from your sorrow to the feel the joy of the Lord (See John 16:20-22 and Nehemiah 8:10). Turn your sorrow into joy!

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – The Path to Perfection

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