Down At The Temple…Rev. Seymour Brice bought the word this Sunday from Exodus 17: 1-7. If your faith can’t be tested, your heart can’t be trusted. God says that when I give you a test and you fail it, then I will continue to test you on it. This I know about all too well, lol let me tell you. In Exodus 16, God tested Israel. When you really think about it, aren’t we just like the Israelites? God brings us through the storm, but as soon as another one hits, we’re right back at doubting him. Umm hello. Step out on faith! Yes. I know it’s easier said than done.
Two years ago I had the ultimate test. I had a surgery that put me down for 76 days and 75 nights. That’s wasn’t the test though. The test was I had to learn to walk all over again. I was almost born, literally, on the church floor – so they tell me. I learned to praise and give thanks to God by way of dance or expression. Well if I can’t walk, I can’t dance – and if I can’t dance, will I still be able to give God the ultimate praise that he is due? The doctor walked in early one morning and said that if I didn’t start standing, I was not going to walk again. First thing that came out of my mouth was, “THE DEVIL IS A LIE”. I began to work with a physical therapist, and when I stood for the first time, fear sat in. All I could feel was every nerve in my body tremble; it was like an out of body experience. My nurse and physical therapist even started crying because my body was shaking, tears were dropping and I couldn’t say anything. So they sat me down and said you’re not ready and we’ll try another day. I went to bed that night thinking “God I trust you. I have faith that this is not the end and that I have too much kingdom work left to do”. So I called my physical therapist and nurse back the next day. Determined that God was going to allow me to walk, I stepped out on faith and walked from the bed to the wheelchair. Now to some, that may have been good enough, but for me, I wasn’t satisfied and knew God could do more. So two days later, while listening to my gospel music, I grabbed that walker, and walked! Two days after that, I grabbed a cane and began walking on my own. A week before I was released from the hospital, I was walking the 5th floor so fast that my nurse said she had to jog to keep up with me, but was very proud of my progress. I said “THANK YOU JESUS. BY YOUR STRIPES, I’M HEALED”. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. At the beginning I couldn’t see me walking again. The fear of feeling the pain I felt left me in a fear bubble. Recently, I was admitted to the hospital with pains that almost prevented me from walking. It was unbearable. What the devil didn’t know, was that I had grown from that fear bubble, and knew that no matter what, I would always give God praise. This time when the doctor came into my room to tell me that I may not walk again, I looked at her and laughed until I cried! Why? Because I knew this was only a test of my faith, but this time, I was so ready. Every day I stayed in the hospital, I prayed. A friend of mine would do daily devotion and bible study with me. When he left for work he would say, “This is your time for you and God. Depend on him, trust him, and have faith that he can do ALL things.” And that is exactly what I did. They released me that Saturday. My mom has stairs all over the house, so I knew that I had to put in some work in order to walk 100%. Faith is like a muscle. You have to work and build it up – I could hear my pastor, Victor S. Brice teaching me while walking those stairs. Sunday I walked through the church doors in my 4 inch stiletto boots giving all glory to God. Excuse me a second – PRAISE BREAK!!! I said I walked into church with 4 inch stiletto boots on all by myself! Reverend Seymour honored me by letting me take a faith walk through the church just to show the saints exactly what Jesus was capable of doing. And yes – I strutted in my boots all through that church. Danced until my legs got tired. I took a break, and danced some more. Why? Because Jesus healed me, and He deserves all of the praise!
Don’t allow fear to overtake your faith. Faith is believing God’s word and knowing that His word is fact. Decide today, to live by faith not fear. Thanks Revy Rev…..what a word!
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Down at the temple…
Let me say, Jesus was most definitely in the building on Sunday, October 30th and Minister Ladonna made sure we knew it. She bought the word from Luke 17: 11-19 with the topic: “Don’t forget to say thank you”. I loved her testimony at the beginning of her sermon where she shared that although God had blessed her with a 6 bedroom home, she would walk through each room on many mornings, never telling God thank you for blessing her with such a beautiful home. Hmmm. Made me think.
Her preaching style was very transparent where she even admitted how she use to date other women’s husbands. I had to pause and say “amen” to that, because that use to be my testimony too. Not only was he married, but he was also a Muslim! Once the Lord delivered me, I thought to myself, “the devil is a lie! This will be the last time I play second best to any and everything”. I decided to trust God and wait on my Boaz.
Minister Ladonna reminded us to never forget to tell God thank you – for the good, for the bad. Thank him for the big things and the little things and to give God glory for all that he does in our lives. When he brings you through your trials and troubles, don’t be like the nine lepers in the text who didn’t return to Jesus to show their gratitude, but follow the one who returned to tell the Master “thank you”. Bless you Minister Ladonna…..Keep the faith!
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As this year is about to end and as we prepare to start a New Year take a look at your self and say these words ,I am going to leave the broken Irreversible past in the Hands of God and Now I am going to step into the Invincible Future with God. Its time to walk into the Season God has planned for you.
‘ITS TIME TO MOVE’
How do we move from dabbling in crazy and allowing the enemy to take us down a path of darkness, destruction and despair to moving in a direction where peace, power, an prosperity abide, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. ~ Jeremiah 29:11.
Joshua spoke to the Israelites and told them about the great things God had done for this people and for their fathers before them. He exhorted them to fear and serve the Lord alone, an to put away their idol gods, in gratitude for what God had done for them. Joshua Presents them with a choice, “choose ye whom youy will serve.” Like the Israelites, we are faced with making the choice of choosing the things of this world or setting our sights on things that please and honor God. We have a choice everyday regarding the attitude and actions we will embrace for that day.
Apostle Paul says, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not that I do,” then the question is, how do we avoid the ” Bait of Satan” and begin to make better choices for our life?
“When our relationship with Christ becomes the priority in our life and not our fleshly desires; Chirst renews, transforms, and empowers us with the desire to make better choices. When we make the decision to submit and surrender ourselves, our families, career, finances, possessions, needs, skills and abilities to Him who loved us so much that He shed His blood for us; He renews, transforms, and empowers us with the desire to make better choices, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”~ Proverbs 3:5-6.
When we really commit to becoming the “salt of the earth, the light of the world and a city on a hill that cannot be hidden,” to reveal and point others to Christ so his kingdom will increase, He renews, transforms, and empowers us with the desire to make better choices. When we express our deepest desire for the Lord Jesus by doing His will, His way, and obey Him completely; He renews, transforms, and empowers us with the desire to make better choices, which will ultimately yield~peace, power, and prosperity.
Thank you for reading my blog this week, and please respond with you thoughts/comments.
Rev. Samuel S. Brice