The real fear and depth of pathos in the face of 12 year-old black American Keedron Bryant as he sings the song his mother wrote, I Just Wanna Live, overwhelmed my heart along with many others as it went viral and global in the days immediately following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis, MN police officer back on May 25th this year. And while I cannot speak for Keedron’s feelings, in it for me was not just the Floyd murder, but the repeated killings of black American males in the news across America since I can remember in over sixty years of living not only by the police and white citizens, but other black males in predominance as I have written about in other posts.1
I write to Keedron, my own progeny and every black child now, and to come in this 21st century with a word of encouragement from the Lord! First, Keedron, know your mother’s song expresses the heartfelt prayer our forefathers had in slavery God has already answered for those willing to believe. For while a relative few slaves thought to liberate themselves through violent uprisings, those that had become Christians in larger numbers decided to put their faith in and wait on God who had allowed their plight and would in His timing, set them free which He did (Psalm 107:10-16).2 Their faith in God brought them and its legacy the Christians that have followed through much suffering!3
Second, know that God in Jesus Christ, His Son, has already answered your prayer for freedom from fear of death and to live in peace in spite of what is going on all around you. You are right to believe you should not have to live in fear and feel like prey from any source much less those of your “kind,” officers as sworn agents of God and men to uphold the law or fellow citizens. But the one who really wants you to live in fear for your life is not human. He is the devil, one of God’s fallen angels who hates Him and mankind. He works through sinful persons from all walks of life to hurt and destroy as many as he can unlike Jesus (John 8:44, 10:10-11; Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 5:19).
Making the Lord Jesus your Shepherd assures His protection on this earth to the extent He wills since out of love for Him, we as His sheep are already prepared for the slaughter; living as though we have already died in Him who raises us from the dead to live with Him forever (Psalms 23, 44:22, 118:6; Romans 6:1-8, 8:31-39)! Also, He gives us His peace, the peace of God so that we do not have to live in fear of man or anything else of this world (Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7). Too, we are to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might;” putting on all of the “whole armor” He has given to stand while we purposely live holy (Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 John 5:18, NKJV).
Finally, once more the Lord has already answered your emotion laden prayer in song through Israel’s king David who over three thousand years ago made many of his divinely inspired prayers Psalms for all to read in the Bible. To those in Israel similarly oppressed, troubled by and living in worrisome fear of those doing evil, he wrote encouragement in Psalm 37:1-11 we can take hold of. His key points are not to worry about those who do evil or practice things clearly forbidden by God because they will not long endure (vs. 1-2). Instead, “trust,” “delight yourself also in” and “commit your way to the Lord,” (vs. 3-6, NKJV). “Rest in” “and wait patiently for Him” as well (vs. 7, NKJV).
Furthermore, along with ceasing from worry, do not be continually angry and bitter as are many of your “kind” that destroy themselves and others as victims or again, worry about evildoing racists with or without police badges. God is going to deal with them, but anger, bitterness and worry harms you (vs. 8-9a, 10)! Therefore, let these destructive emotions go through faith, forgiveness and hope in the promises of God “who cannot lie,” (Habakkuk 2:4; Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32; Titus 1:1-3, NKJV). Among the promises God has made to all David calls “the meek” is that we “shall inherit the earth” and enjoy an “abundance of peace,” (vs. 9b, 11, NKJV).4 God will take this present world away from evildoers, reverse the way it works and give it to us, His saints to rule under Christ!
Indeed, teaching His disciples in first century Israel the Lord Jesus affirms God’s promise made a thousand years earlier through David declaring: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” (Matthew 5:5, NKJV). The Lord comes to the stunning promise of future reversal in favor of those that humbly serve God now, after acknowledging how they first came from having poverty of spirit and continual grief through the wicked works of evildoers as well as their own sins (Matthew 5:3-4, NKJV). But God begins the process of reversal right now, through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to save us from our sins and resurrection from the dead; assuring the Kingdom we wait for comes to earth, His forgiveness and eternal life are available to all in the meantime (John 3:1-8; Acts 2:36-39).
1 See the August 12, 2018 post, Curtailing Gang Violence, under the category, Call To Repent and its follow up, August 19, 2018, Valuing Human Life, under the cate-
gory, Biblical Worldview.
2 Read the two-part post beginning June 2, 2019, Message From A Redeemed Black Man, under the category, Biblical Worldview. Be sure to also visit our Ministry’s
Web Site dedicated to the cause of presenting a biblical worldview of the black American experience, https://fromslaverytovictory.org.
3 The legacy of faith our Christian slave forefathers left us is embodied in their simple, and deeply emotive “Spirituals” (which I Just Wanna Live harkens back to); those
Christian black Americans thereafter in most forms of their Gospel Music to this present day!
4 To be meek is not to be weak, cowardly or an “Uncle Tom” as negatively defined by many black Americans (read the biblical worldview of this fictional character the
Lord led me to present on our From Slavery To Victory Education Project Web Site). Meekness is the willful choice by aspiring strong men and great women of God
to walk in Christ’s humility as a Lamb and His strength under control as a Lion. I give this instruction as the Lord leads in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To
Basics. It is an excellent resource for godly parents to use in teaching and mentoring their children into biblical man or womanhood as they near their teen years. Get
a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can also
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God’s Coronavirus judgment has brought the unsaved world and all professed Christians to a spiritual crossroads. From His perspective anchored in the Bible, the issue for the unsaved is will they repent of sin and turn to God through faith in the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, for salvation; for guilty professed Christians it is will they repent from all sin in disobedience to His written Word objectively presented and easily understood by the willing? The closeness of the foretold state of being irreversibly deceived and hardened in heart and more devastating warning judgments leading to God’s Day of cosmic shaking wrath demands an urgency of the now in making one’s decision!
Regardless of the natural origin of the Coronavirus, it is ultimately of the sovereign God who by “the Word” and “Son of His love” “created all things,” (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:13-17; Revelation 4:11, NKJV)! Too, the rapid global and yet, controlled spread of the virus can only be accurately described as being of biblical proportions as even many unsaved secularists have done recalling the plagues referenced in the Bible that were set in motion supernaturally by God (Exodus 9:1-7). Nonetheless, these unsaved secularists joined by some professed Christians refuse to take to heart what they are seeing and actually acknowledge the Almighty God; turning to Him in all humility and fear leading to repentance and faith to be saved from His coming wrath (Psalm 145)!
Instead, unlike Pharaoh’s magicians only initially arrogantly confident in ignorance up against the power of God (Exodus 5:1-2, 7:8-13), after nearly two thousand years of the knowledge of God spread throughout the earth in the Gospel science willfully leads the charge to defeat the Coronavirus in the best tradition of pride-filled man versus nature movie epics.1 Rather than humility and fear, emboldened and cocky because of all of its past successes in microbial warfare God in grace and mercy has granted (Psalm 103:8-10), science entities such as Pfizer have run television commercials trumpeting “the power of science” alone to prevail yet again in the Coronavirus pandemic.2
The grace of God continues to be manifested to whatever extent the Coronavirus abates along with other present plagues of His warning judgments and those to follow. The Lord’s warning judgments are merciful because they precede the full outpour of His wrath upon all sin hardened mankind that refuse as Pharaoh to obey His commands. In the case of Pharaoh, it was let Israel go from Egypt; with all guilty humanity it is the command to repent and believe the Gospel to be saved from His wrath on the Day of judgment as He led me to write in recent posts (Exodus 6:10-13; Acts 17:30-31).3 Truly, these days are to God as those of Noah before the flood (Genesis 6:5-13)!
God also commands the world under Satan to stop troubling Israel so the people might serve Him back in their land and brings the severe plagues to come, His wrath and final war of the ages at Christ’s Second Coming to fulfill this part of His will (Isaiah 51:17-52:3, 66:15-16; Ezekiel 38:18-23; Joel 3:1-17; Zechariah 12:1-9). Indeed, God’s plagues on Israel’s behalf will bring Him glory a second time like they did at first with Pharaoh as I wrote in a previous post.4 For just as Pharaoh who hardened his heart required escalating displays of God’s power, so too, those today that trust in science among their many false gods He will utterly humiliate and defeat (Exodus 7:1-7; Job 9:4-13).
Pharaoh’s magicians were able to match God in only the first two of His ten plagues (Exodus 7:19-8:7). On the third plague when God brought forth living lice from dust, Pharaoh’s magicians had to give it up declaring, ‘“This is the finger of God,’” (Exodus 8:16-19, NKJV). Nevertheless, his heart irreversibly hardened, Pharaoh refused to repent! Again, my God is so gracious and mighty He has had the coming severe plagues and His wrath prophetically laid out with specificity for all to read in the last book of His written Word since the end of the first century (Revelation 8-9, 16). Amazingly though, despite seeing the fulfillment of these foretold plagues and powerless to avert them, just like Pharaoh, irreversibly hardened hearts will still refuse to repent (Revelation 9:20-21; 16:8-11)!
This post is yet another display of God’s grace who in love seeks to save not destroy mankind (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-11; 2 Peter 3:9). Today is the day of decision as we all stand at the spiritual crossroads the Lord has brought the world to through His Coronavirus judgment. As it is written, “behold, now is the day of salvation.”5 And, ‘“Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,’” (2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:15, NKJV). No one knows when hereafter the Lord will suddenly and finally let stubborn hearts unwilling to repent irreversibly harden over as He did with Pharaoh in prelude to His coming severe plagues that prove their condition. Has not the Coronavirus judgment well alerted us to suddenness? Let the guilty then, be diligent to repent!
1 If after asserting the divine prophetic will Christ fulfills and commands, the apostle Paul declares that the Gospel has been preached to the whole world even still in the
first century, then, what is the reality nearly twenty centuries later (Mark 1:14-15, 16:15; Romans 10:14-18; Colossians 1:3-8, 21-23)? Western societies have been so
saturated with the Gospel to this hour rejection within them cannot be truthfully characterized as anything but “willful” and rebellion (Psalm 2:1-3)!
2 View Pfizer’s April 2020 television commercial touting their fight and all of science against the Coronavirus entitled, Science Will Win, on YouTube. In it, the company
says science is “the most certain thing there is;” a statement as arrogant, brazenly anti-God and secularly atheistic as can be made by mankind!
3 See the April 5, 2020 post, God Is Speaking and Does Anybody Repent Anymore? posted on April 19, 2020 both under the category, Call To Repent
4 Read the September 29, 2019 post, God Almighty In A 21st Century World, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
5 I made my decision long ago; “ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around” (Joshua 24:14-15)! Truly, understanding the times is why every aspiring strong man and great
woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ I write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, is moving in the urgency of now, to proclaim the Gospel
about and witness Him as remains our mission till the end! The day mankind can decide is now. The Day of God’s wrath is too late since He as Judge renders His de-
cision (Joel 3:12-14). Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple
(digital only). You can also purchase a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
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