Friday, June 23, 2017

Rebecca’s Well

Continued from last week

I Corinthians 14:2ff: Speaking in tongues (says Paul)
• Is desirable for it is a gift from God.
• It is not a requirement of faith.
• It is less important than prophecy and teaching.
• Although Paul spoke in tongues, he stresses prophecy (preaching and teaching) because it benefits the whole church, while speaking in tongues benefits the speaker.
• Public worship must be understandable and beneficial to the whole church.
• Speaking in tongues is helpful for public worship w/ interpretation. Paul says he would rather speak five (5) words that his hearers can understand than 10,000 that they cannot.

I Corinthians 14:13: If a person has gift of speaking in tongues, he should also pray for the gift of knowing what he said (interpretation), so he can tell people afterwards. That way, the entire church is helped by this gift.
I Corinthians 14: 22-25: The way the Corinthians were speaking in tongues was helping no one because believers did not understand what was being said, and unbelievers thought the people speaking in tongues were crazy.
• Speaking in tongues was supposed to be a sign to unbelievers (as it was in Acts 2). After speaking in tongues, believers were supposed to explore what was said and give credit to God. The unsaved people would then be convinced of a spiritual reality and motivated to search the Christian faith further. While this is one way to reach unbelievers, Paul says that clear preaching is usually better
(I Corinthians 14:5)

I Corinthians 14 :26-33: Everything done in worship services must be beneficial to the worshipers. This principle touches every aspect-singing, preaching, and the exercise of spiritual gifts. The gift of speaking in unknown tongues was a concern of the Corinthian church because it had caused disorder in worship.
• Those contributing to the service (singers, speakers, readers) must have love as their chief motivation, giving useful words or help that will strengthen the faith of believers.

I Corinthians 14:33: In worship, everything must be done in harmony and with order. Even when the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are being exercised, there is no excuse for disorder. When there is chaos, the church is not allowing God to work among believers as He would like. “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saint.”
(v. 33)

I Corinthians 14:39-40: Paul concludes his teachings on the subject ofthe pneumatika (“spirituals,” i.e., matters of or from the Holy Spirit) which gives the key to chapters 12, 13 and 14.
• Wherefore, brethren, covert (desire or long) to prophesy (speak-forth, preach or teach), and forbid not to speak in tongues.
• Let all things be done decently and in order.

Your Homework O child of God is to know yourself, to study yourself and discover the manifestation of the Spirit of God in you (I Corinthians 12:7). For you are gifted of God and as such should profit from your spiritual rebirth, i.e., born again from the Jerusalem above.

AMEN (OH YES!)

Rebecca Ruth Rivka

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Continued from last week

Spiritual Gifts In the Body of Christ for Ministry and Worship
(I Corinthians 12:1-14:40)

• Word of Wisdom
• Word of Knowledge
• Faith
• Gifts of Healing
• Working of Miracles
• Prophecy (Preaching, teaching, forth-telling the Word of God)
• Discerning of Spirits
• Divers Kinds of Tongues
• Interpretation of Tongues

In Corinthians the gifts are Spiritual Enablements and Capacity for specific service.
Every believer has one or several gifts and as such has a definite ministry. (vs. 7)
The gifts are diverse (vs. 4,5,6, 8-10, 28-30) but all are equally honorable and different.

In Ephesians the gifts are men and women who have such Enablements (Ephesians 4:7-13)

Apostles (those who were eye witnesses to Jesus)

• Prophets
• Evangelists
• Pastors
• Teachers

Divers Kinds of Tongues (Glossolalia, ecstatic utterances or speech)

• New Tongues
(Mark 16: 17)
• Other Tongues
(Acts 2:4)
• Our Tongue (Language)
(Acts 2:8)
• Our Tongues (Languages)
(Acts 2: 11)
• Unknown Tongue
(I Corinthians 14:2)
• Speak with Tongues
(Acts 10:46)

I Corinthians 14:1-5: Paul speaks about the gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

• For those who speak in tongues speak to God not other people.
• For nobody understands them, since they are speaking mysteries in the spirit.
• Those who speak in a tongue build themselves up. Those who prophesy build up the church.
• Now I (Paul) would like for all of you to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy.
• One who prophesies is greater them one who speaks in tongues unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Speaking in tongues is a legitimate gift of the Holy Spirit, but the Corinthian believers were using it as a sign of spiritual superiority rather than as a means to spiritual unity.
Tongues are the embodiment of all sounds; and so, it is no wonder “that every man heard them speak in their own language the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:6-11)
Tongues are the Divine Message and Interpretation of Tongues, the line of communication.

To Be Continued…

My Story – Part 1

On Sunday Morning, October 15, 2006, following the powerfully inspired preaching of the Reverend Phillip E. Terrell, son of Pastor E.H. Terrell, Jr., New St. John AME Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia; there was an awesome manifestation and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The congregation was ecstatic with praise and deliverance.

I spoke publicly in an unknown tongue (1 Cor. 14:2)
I had never done this before in church, so no one was aware of this dimension of me. But some years ago I was given the gift of tongues, and subsequently, I have prayed or sang in the spirit privately.

But on this Sunday, the Holy Spirit fell on me in great force and utter control, compelling me to external expression directed to God, but neither understood by the church nor by me. The words or sounds were prayer and praise. They were not clear meaning and gave the impression of something mysterious. I tried but could not hold back the flow of speech.
I understand 1 Corinthians 14:27-28, that if a person speaks in an unknown tongue and there is no interpreter, he should keep silence in the church.

I didn’t know what I was saying, so the church certainly couldn’t know and probably thinks assuredly that something really is wrong with me now. Particularly, since I was “Slain in the Spirit” (at the altar) while reading “The Prayer of Humiliaiton” during Holy Communion Serivce, September 3, 2006.

Subsequent to this spiritual progression, I was led by the Spirit into the Scriptures for explanation to set down in writing, for my own learning, as well as for those in the church who may wish to know more about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-14;40), especially divers kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues.
“To the praise of the Glory of His Grace.” (Eph. 1:6)

Rebecca R. Rivka

Pentecost is the festival of the Christian Church occurring on the fiftieth day and seventh Sunday after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; also it is known as Whit-Sunday. Pente is Latin for five. Konta means times ten.Hence 5×10=50. The Holy Spirit gave birth to the Church at Pentecost. You recall upon His Ascension, Jesus instructed His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they be indued with power from on High. (Luke 24:49)

Jesus said “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (The Acts 1:8)

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven ( split or divided ) tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (The Acts 2:1-4)

Notwithstanding, the Day of Pentecost, The Holy Spirit without delay or any condition other than faith, is given to every believer who repents and receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour . This is the permanent fact for the Church. Every Believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Where some teach otherwise may be distinguished between having the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit. There is one Baptism, but Many Fillings. (The Acts 2:4 with 4:29-31) and (Ephesians 1:13,14 with 5:18) In other words, some believers’ cups are half full of the Holy Spirit and other believers’ cups are running over with Holy Ghost awe, presence and power. We call this “the anointing”.

The Holy Spirit forms the Church by baptizing all members into the Body of Christ.(1 Cor. 12:12,13) Every member is given a Spiritual gift(s) as the Spirit sees fit. In 1 Corinthians 12: 8-28, the Spiritual Gifts are Enablements for specific service ; in Ephesians 4: 7-12 the Gifted Believers themselves are the gifts to the Church and Society.

Remember the Spirit does not dwell in brick and mortar, church pews and stained-glass windows. The Holy Spirit lives in us – flesh and blood mortals. When we as Spirit-filled Believers are vitally alive and on fire for the Lord, loving and serving God and our fellow man in the Spirit of true beauty, holiness, and peace, the Holy Spirit can fill the Church-Scene in His Work of Exalting and Manifesting Jesus Christ Who is Head over all things to the Church; which is His Body, the Fullness of Him that Filleth All in All. (Eph. 1:22,23 )
Rise up O Church of God. We believe the Church Militant can take the city.

Rise up O men of God.
The Church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great.
Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His Feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of man,
Rise up O men of God!

Merrill, 1867-1954

Amen (Oh Yes!)

Readers of my column have inquired of the meaning. Rebecca’s Well was the title of a poem written to me on my birthday October 13, 2000, by a younger sister of the SPIRIT, LOCAL – POET Deborah Thomas of Portsmouth, Virginia.

I was so gratefully surprised and elated that someone would think and write something so inspiringly, beautiful and spiritual about me that I have kept the poem all these years.
Surely it was the working of DIVINE PROVIDENCE and GOD knew many years later that I would need Deborah’s poem to inspire me to write this column in the New Journal and Guide.
The poem draws upon the wells of living water(s) in scripture:

(1) “She saw a well of water;”
(Gen. 21:19)
(2) “Spring up O well;”
(Num. 21:17)
(3) “Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem,”
(2 Sam 23:15)
(1 Chr. 11:17,18)

(4) “The mouth of a righteous man (or woman) is a well of life”
(Pro. 10:11)
(5) “Who passing through the valley of Baca (place of weeping or tears) make it a well.”
(Ps. 84:6)
(6) “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of Salvation.”
(Isa. 12:3)
(7) “No Jacob’s well was there, Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well:”
(John 4:6-12)
(8) Jesus said, “whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
(John 4:13,14)
(9) “…If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit…)”
(John 7:37-39)

This is my testimony. When I sit down to write Rebecca’s Well, it is like a river of Living Water in me, in which God is in the midst and wills His Word to flow by the Holy Spirit through me and out from me into the community of the readership of the New Journal and Guide.

The Reverend Dr. Rebecca R. Rivka is (ret.) Professor of Psychology, Norfolk State University. For consultation or prayer she can be contacted at (757) 321-8858. Dr. Rivka is the Local Elder of Saint John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, Norfolk, VA. The Rev. John D. Burton is the Senior Pastor.

Below is the poem Rebecca’s Well by Deborah Thomas

There are those
who thirst
for Hearing/
There are those
who thirst
for Love/
There are those
who thirst
for Harmony
not know which way
to turn/
“But God”
has prepared a place
for them
and
it is here
they will thirst
no more/
because:
His Word
is in this water
and
His Will
is in the Word
God has stirred up the Gift
in the Preacher
so
that
those who drink
will thirst
no more/
God has stirred up the Gift
in the Preacher
so
that
those who drink
will thirst
no more
for
HIM.

I have been writing on the theme “PoliticsTrees since 2012: “The PoliticsTrees of then President Barack Obama and contender Mitt Romney. And later in 2016, “The PoliticsTrees of Hillary Clinton and now WH resident #45.

God at sundry times uses the tree as symbolic of the human being’s life. Jesus says, “If they do this in a green tree ( meaning Himself as The Creator of Life ), what shall be done in the dry?” ( Luke 23:31)

The Bible states: “Ye shall know them by their fruits…Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. Neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:16-20) So we know people by what they say and do.

Consider the Biblical Nebuchadnezzar Tree in the 4th chapter of the Prophet Daniel. “The Holy One From Heaven said, Hew down the tree and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit … nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth…” (Dan 4:14-15). Within 12 months, the dream came true and Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind and kingdom for 7 seasons or years. After 7 years, he repented, worshipped God and his mind and kingdom were restored to him.

We all bear aspects of The Nebuchadnezzar Tree in that the old Adamic self must be cut off and the roots of our lives rekindled with life from Jerusalem Above, The Messianic Kingdom Of Jesus Christ. All human beings must be “born again” “… That they may be called trees of righteousness,the planting of the Lord, that He might be Glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)

“The Lord is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to Repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) The Father wills that all should live righteous lives and manifest good fruit through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Those who willfully reject Jesus will be subject to the fateful scripture: “And Now Also The Axe Is Laid Unto The Root Of The Trees …”

The Bible states,”do not cut down the trees that are good for meat and useful for producing good fruit. For the tree of the field is man’s life. Only the trees which thou knoweth that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down …” (Deuteronomy 20:19-20)

We are unaware of any good fruit bearing by #45 and his politics fruit bearing trees. Therefore, stand still and listen for the sound of falling TIMBER as announced by the text: “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10)

Amen (Oh, Yes !)

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On January 26, 2012, I wrote my first article for The New Journal and Guide. The title was SEND IN THE CLOWNS. I was moved by the Presidential Campaign between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In that campaign there was a myriad of Republicans candidates acting like circus clowns: Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul, Bachman, Huntsman, Perry, Cain, and finally  Romney who lost the battle for president to President Obama.

The Republican Clowns were all smitten (2 Ch 20: 22) and thrown under their bus. In the Presidential Campaign of 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a recycled clown bus, its wheels on the bus going round and round landed the Joker of Clowns in the White House. Remember, in a previous article I told you that “The Most High God of Heaven rules over the Kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17) KJV.  “God arranges all kingdom affairs.” (Message Bible)

The Bible states in(2 Ch. 20) ”A great multitude came against Jehoshaphat and his people. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, prayed that the Lord would hear and help against their invading enemies. The Lord answered his prayer through Jahaziel, a Levite (priest).  Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours , but God’s…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem; fear not, nor be dismayed; for tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord will be with you.” (2 Ch 20:17)

“Jehoshaphet  appointed singers unto the Lord, that should praise the beauty of Holiness, as they went before the Lord , and to say, Praise the Lord; for His mercy endureth forever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set AMBUSHMENTS against the children(armies) of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were SMITTEN…Every one helped to destroy another.” (v.23)  The armies turned on themselves and destroyed each other.

Jehoshaphat and his people took away the spoil both riches and jewels. They were three days in gathering the spoil, it was so much.

True Christians must become modern day Jehoshaphat and people, invoking the help of the Lord against the invading armies of the Trump WH and Republican controlled House and Senate,etc. We must praise and worship  our Father God and the Lord Jesus for their wonderful acts to the children of men. For all Glory belongs to our God.

Finally, the clowns are all in to be smitten. God is setting AMBUSHMENTS in the Republican Party, killing off each other.

The Necrology(roll call of the dead) reads – Roger Stone, Paul Manafort,Carter Page, Mike Flynn,  Chaffetz, Nunes, Bannon, Ryan, McConnell, Tillerson, Sessons, Krushers, Comey, The 217 Republicans voting to repeal Obamacare, et. al. The Bible states, “The Lord has made everything to accommodate itself and contribute to its own end and His own Purpose; even the wicked are fitted for their role for the day of calamity and evil. Every one proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured I pledge it he will not go unpunished.” (Amplified Bible 16:4,5)

 

Amen (Oh, Yes !) 

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Continued from last week

(Jesus’ New Commandment – John 13:34; John 15:12-14)

… “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself (sacrifice himself) and take up his cross and follow me.”
(Matt. 16:24)

The “cup” is the cross-bearing that all of us must experience. It is neither sickness, poverty, or the lack. Excluding abusive co-dependent living, the cross is loving unconditionally and voluntarily sacrificing for Jesus and others. It’s loving the unloveable and those who are difficult to love.
The cross is the bitter cup of a voluntary action on our part that we choose to do because it is the right thing to do. It is the Jesus thing to do. It may cause agony to our spirit, but bearing our crosses will put muscles in our souls and build character for on High.
Yes, all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are His loving disciples. All the world will know us by our love for one another. They will know we are Christians by our love.
We pick up the cross and follow Jesus. “Bear the Cross, Ye Sons and Daughters of Men” – Going into all the world, teaching, preaching, healing and witnessing for Jesus. Jesus says, do it for Him, do it for Him.
On Maundy Thursday Night when He was betrayed, Jesus prayed three agonizing prayers concerning the “cup.” He and three of His disciples, Peter and James and John, his brother, were in the Garden of Gethsemane. This was Jesus’ inner circle.
The 1st Prayer: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this “cup” pass from me: Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
The 2nd Prayer: “O my Father, if this “cup” may not pass away from me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.”
The 3rd Prayer: … “(He) prayed the third time saying the same words.”
(Matt 26: 36-46)

When Jesus had finished praying, He had pulled His humanity up under His Divinity and He was ready to go to the cross.
I refer to these three prayers as the “Nevertheless” and “Thy will be done” prayers. There are times in our lives when prayers are made to God that only His will be done regardless of the cost to us. The bitter cup must be drunk. It is then we pray, not my will, but thy will be done. Now, we never pray like this when we need money to pay the light bill and etc.
This breaking down of self-will (“not my will but thine be done”) is necessary for us to attain higher planes of soul evolution. “Thereby allowing the Holy Spirit to flow out from our inner most being (belly) as springs and rivers of living water into the throne room of our physical body. We thus become Spirit beings.”
(John 7:38-39)
AMP, KJV paraphrased

Amen. (Oh, Yes)

The Reverend Dr. Rebecca R. Rivka, LPC, is former School Psychologist, Portsmouth and Norfolk Public Schools; (ret.) Professor of Psychology, Norfolk State University; (ret.) Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Virginia; Senior Local Elder, The Historic Saint John’s AME Church, Norfolk, VA. The Reverend John D. Burton, Senior Pastor. Saint John’s AMEC is the Mother Church of African Methodism in Virginia.

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Next Week:
The Crucifixion of
Jesus Christ

Preface

I. Hosanna’s Out! Crucify In!
Garments spread in the way! Gone!
Palm branches strew in the way! Gone!
The ride into Jerusalem! Ended!
The Temple purified! The Fig tree cursed!
The Olivet Discourse, Parables, Taught!
The Last Passover eaten! The Lord’s Supper Instituted.

II. Upper Room, Last Supper, Feet-washing Maunday Thursday.
Troubling, Agonizing, Gethsemane Maunday Thursday.
Plotting, Betraying, Seizing Maunday Thursday.
Denying, Condemning, Arraignment Thursday.
Six Trials, 18 Hours, Judgment Halls, Thursday.

III. The Year of the Redeemed is now come.
The 70 weeks Determined are now accomplished. (Dan. 9:24)
Transgression Must be Met.
Reconciliation Must Be Made.
Jesus the Messiah King Must Be Cut off. (Dan. 9:26)
Salvation’s Plan is Finished. Tetelestai.
The “New Mandatum” Must Be Ushered In.
(John 13:34)(John 15:12-13)

Jesus’ New Mandatum

The term “Maundy” is derived from the Latin “mandatum” meaning mandate. Mandate is defined as commandment. This is where we get the term Maundy Thursday or New Commandment Thursday. On Maundy Thursday Before The Cross, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment or mandatum that fulfilled the Ten Commandments given to Moses by Jehovah God. Jesus said:
“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
(John 13:34)

And again Jesus said:
“This is my commandment that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you.”
(John 15:12-14)

Jesus strikes a hard bargain. He challenges us to friendship by obeying His commandment to love as He loves us. This type of love is sacrificial love. He pushes us beyond all types of love known to mortal man: maternal, paternal and fraternal love; eros, platonic, familial and agape love.

To love others as Jesus has loved us is walking through the valley of the shadow of death love. It’s going to the cross love. Jesus’ love is divine sacrificial, unconditional love. Jesus is God. Jesus, Father God and the Holy Spirit are one God. “Hear O Israel The Lord Our God is one Lord.”(Deut. 6:4)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn 3:16)

“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1st Jn 4:19) There exists a tremendous difference between The Ten Commandments of Moses and The New Commandment or Mandate of Jesus Christ. Moses Law demands love (“Thou Shalt love …”). Jesus’ Commandment is love, creates love and exudes love.

Loving others as Jesus Loves us is to drink of Jesus’ “cup.” The “cup” is interpreted by Jesus as the symbol of His sacrificial love – death on the cross when His Holy Soul was made a sin-offering for our sinful souls and bodies. Jesus asks His disciples this question: “Are ye able to drink of the “cup” that I shall drink of…?” Jesus answers His own question. “Ye shall indeed drink of my “cup …”
(Matt.. 20: 22-23)

To Be Continued….

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The Reverend Dr. Rebecca R. Rivka, LPC, is former School Psychologist, Portsmouth and Norfolk Public Schools; (ret.) Professor of Psychology, Norfolk State University; (ret.) Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Virginia; Local Elder, The Historic Saint John’s AME Church, Norfolk, VA. The Reverend John D. Burton, Senior Pastor. Saint John AMEC is the Mother Church of African Methodism in Virginia.

“STAY WOKE” is the new Millennial Cry of Young African-American Activist Groups such as BLACK LIVES MATTER and others. The phrase means DON’T GET SIDETRACKED STAY MINDFUL STAY INFORMED. My generation calls this phrase “STAY WOKE” as BE CONSCIOUS OF WHO YOU ARE AND THE WORLD IN WHICH YOU LIVE.

YOUNG AND OLD ARE SAYING THE SAME THING. STAY FOCUSED STAY CENTERED STAY BALANCED STAY ALERT STAY VIGILANT. LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE KEEP THE FAITH KEEP HOPE ALIVE MARCH PROTEST SING PRAY VOTE. BE PRESENT

We Christians sing “Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as to war with the Cross of Jesus going on before,Christ the Royal Master leads against the foe; Forward into Battle See His Banners Go! Onward Christian SOLDIERS Marching as to war with the Cross of Jesus Going on before.”

The Bible states”Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light …” (Ephesians 5:14-20) “Walk as children of light … (Ephesians 5:8) “Redeeming the times because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

“Awake up my glory; awake, awake psaltry and harp: I myself will awake early; I will praise Thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto Thee among the nations. For Thy Mercy is Great unto the Heavens, and Thy Truth unto the clouds. Be Thou exalted, O God, above the Heavens: Let Thy Glory be above all the earth.” (Psalm 57:8-11)

“Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil …” (Eph 6-11) God’s Hand is writing on America’s Wall. “STAY WOKE AMERICA”! “WOE TO THEM THAT ARE AT EASE IN ZION …” (Amos 6:1) Woe to America at ease in a day of unrighteousness. Here is the Biblical Antidote: “IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME (JESUS) SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

“HEAL US, O LORD AND WE SHALL BE HEALED; SAVE US AND WE SHALL BE SAVED: FOR THOU ART OUR PRAISE.” (Jeremiah 17:14) IN JESUS’ NAME WE PRAY. AMEN (Oh, Yes!)
Special thanks to Philip Riddick of Norfolk, Va, for turning me on to “STAY WOKE.”I WOKE UP EARLY THIS MORNING TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE BECAUSE I KNOW WAY DOWN IN MY SANCTIFIED SOUL THAT “THE HEAVENS DO RULE “ (Daniel 4:26)