The Answer is in Your Problem

“And the king (Solomon) said, ‘Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.’ ” I Kings 3:25

Recently I told the Lord I had two problems. He responded that I had one, so I asked him for proof text and here we have Solomon with an example of the wisdom God gave him. Now before I give a synopsis of the story, in order to understand the relevance of this text to my problem, you need to know I had been reminding God about how L-O-N-G I had been banging on the doors of heaven for an answer. As such I thought it needful for him to know that my patience is wearing thin and NOW would be a good time to spill the beans. Didn’t happen. As promised please read the following synopsis (I Kings 3:16-28).

Two baby mommas, who were also ladies of the night, went to court and stood before the judge. The first baby momma said:

“Both of us live in one house and had two babies. I had my baby first and three days later she had hers. NOBODY else was in the house…ok? So, what had happened was this woman killed her child because she was stupid enough to sleep on the baby and what she did was get up, switch the babies and now she actin’ like the dead one is mine and the living baby is hers. So, when I got up to feed my baby, I saw this one was dead and knew it wasn’t mine.”

Baby momma #2 said, “Nu, uh. The dead one is hers and the living one is mine. This trick is cr-cr-crazy.”

The first baby momma said, “You trippin’ tramp. The living baby is mine and you betta step off…”

Alas the judge silenced the two baby mommas and said, “Enough! Bring me a sword and let’s settle this matter once and for all. Baby momma #1 you take one half and Baby momma #2 you take the other half.”

At the sound of the edict baby momma #1 said, “Oh lawd, don’t do it Judge Solomon. Give her the baby. Don’t kill the baby!” Baby momma #2 said, “Psst, neither one of us should have it. Go on and split the baby in two. If I can’t have it, neither can her.”

And at that very point, that is when Judge Solomon said, “Give the child to baby momma #1. She is the real mother.”
In Solomon’s case getting the answer was never about process (order of the court), location (harlot’s house) or circumstantial evidence (the living baby). The issue was the true mother’s identity and how to determine it. When the real mother was willing to give up her baby so it could live, the answer came because it was a matter of life or death, and had Solomon relied solely on their testimonies, felt emotionally sorry for the baby, a wrong decision would have affected the baby in ways we could not predict.

And it is the same with you. The answers you seek are wrapped up in your problems. Waiting patiently upon the Lord is never an easy thing but rest assured the solutions you need are there. They will never come when you want them, rather when you need them.

Global Impact – Dr. Claude Alexander

When I relocated from Connecticut to North Carolina, I was in search of a church to attend and I knew the Lord chose The Park (University Park Baptist Church). There I experienced growth in Christian character that still puts a smile on my face.

Dr. Claude Alexander is a preaching prince. He is articulate, theologically astute, and well versed in the Holy Scriptures. If you are seeking an intellectually spiritual lift, this is the man to listen to.

Enjoy!

TD Jakes – Kill the Bull

Bishop TD Jakes is one of the most prolific and controversial preachers in 2014 Christendom and although many of us can debate theological differences we can agree that Christianity is about Christ the God-man not theological schisms in the body of Christ.

I attended this service and I must admit, this is one of my favorite sermons. Enjoy!

Don’t Take Lot with You

“So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” Genesis 12:4

Twelve years ago in the midst of adversity I took a leap of faith, left Connecticut and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. With no offer of employment, family, or friends in the said destination, I quit my job and stepped out on the word of God. Reflecting on past decisions I made one big error: I never left the people behind. Keeping contact with them caused me to be ensnared by the unexpected and it was like fighting to take off an invisible straight jacket.

Reading the call of Abram in Genesis 12 I recognized the problem. God called me not “we” and being very curious I wanted to know the meaning of the name Lot. The Hebrew translation is “covering” or in my case taking Lot was more like a security blanket.

What can we glean from Abram’s experience in taking Lot?

1. Lot was a hindrance.
“And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered and the souls they had gotten in Haran.” (1)
God spoke to Abram, not Abram and Lot. God’s call and promises for each of us should not be regarded as community property. Where God calls us is not where he calls Lot and them. The journey requires we have sufficient. Extra only slows us down.

2. Lot brought contention.
“And there was strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle.”(2)
When we continue to associate with Lot, we remain connected to all those associated with his company. Taking time out to play peace keeper among those who are just in it for the ride is exhausting and time consuming.

3. Lot’s presence was inconvenient.
And [Chedorlaomer and the allied kings] took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.”(3)
Consequently Lot’s real estate decision resulted with him being in the crossfire of the battle of the five kings. Had he consulted the Lord, or better yet, had he stayed in the Ur of the Chaldees, Abram would not have needed to bail him out when he got into trouble.

When the Lord calls us to do something, He speaks to us and us alone. So let us be strong, of good courage, and not bring Lot with us in our pursuit of God’s will for our lives.

References
1 Genesis 12:5
2 Genesis 13:7
3 Genesis 14:12

Blinded to the Truth- Part II

Scripture: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (St. John 14:6)

Scripture Context: St. John 14

In a biblical context the verity and/or historicity of the scriptures is not predicated or defined by one’s perceptions, beliefs, or understanding. In other words the Word of God is what it is. Be it the existence of God to the return of Jesus Christ. It is not a matter of debate but an acceptance of an unseen reality that has unfolded and will continue to unfold.

I am confident many will ask what is truth and how do you know truth when you see it. That question is neither unique nor deep as Pilate asked the same. Many not all Westerners are absolute thinkers and surprisingly one would think the concept of truth to be concrete and absolute; however, factor in America’s multiculturalism (early settlers to ongoing immigration) and there are multiple philosophies, worldviews, belief systems and such the like interpreting truth as subjective and relative. So let us define the word truth.

The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus

Truth- (n.) Quality or state of being true; what is true. Veracity, truthfulness, verity, correctness, accuracy, authenticity, fact. Reality, truism, rule, law, principle or gospel.

Biblical Definition (Greek)

Truth (Aletheia) The unveiled reality lying at the basis of and agreeing with an appearance; the manifested, or the veritable essence of matter. The reality pertaining to an appearance.

There is a difference between the two definitions. The Oxford explanation focuses on things that are circumstantial and visibly evident. The biblical meaning concentrates on the realness of reality and the very essence of it made visible. When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” he wasn’t saying he is a symbol of truth but the very spirit of it. In other words, Jesus is the unseen reality come in the flesh (1) and to accept him is to receive truth. This is the result of redemption Christians are afforded in Christ Jesus.

When God tells the prophet Malachi “I am the Lord I change not” (Malachi 3:6) that means his word is immutable. What God says will not change and it is not subject to changing world views, fleeting impressions, and short lived successes.

Rest assured when the truth of God’s word comes into question, it is never our responsibility as Christians to provide signs, wonders, and scriptural amendments. That is a form of temptation to test God and prove him evil. Our job is to direct the skeptical to the scriptures and the burden of proof will always rest upon the Lord.

Reference
1. I Timothy 3:16