“Just Praise!” That is the word God’s Way received from Eld. Micha Dorsey on Feb. 19. The next Sunday, Feb. 26, Pastor Timothy Carpenter told the congregation, “You have no right to remain silent!” This week, the first Sunday in March, he noted that reaping is non-negotiable. In other words, like it or not, seeds that have been planted will come to harvest in our lives.
So, God’s Way ended February with the command to praise and the admonition that silence is not a right of ours. We began March with the understanding that what we sow, we will reap. There is no negotiating when it comes to that!
Whether you are part of God’s Way or you just happened upon this blog, lift your voice – continually - in praise. As Eld. Dorsey so passionately brought out in her message, bondage will be broken, enemies will be driven out, and joy will fill our environment when we praise. She illustrated this through Paul and Silas’s experience in prison as told in Acts 16:25-26: “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.”
If you are or just feel like you are in bondage, praise God, and watch Him move! As Pastor Carpenter so aptly put it, we have no right to be silent. “I’m going through so much right now, I don’t know what to say,” you might think. No problem! Say, “Thank you, Jesus, for being with me.” Say, “Hallelujah, Lord! I praise you for helping me make it through another second!” Say, “I praise you in the midst of my circumstance, though I cannot say I am grateful for it, at this point.” Say, “Help, Lord!” Just part your lips, use your voice, and speak words of life into your atmosphere! Why? Because you are planting seeds that will come back to bless you! Hallelujah!!! As you speak life, you will move further away from bondage, depression, anger, vengeance, and negativity and closer to freedom, joy, peace, long-suffering, and the abundance that Christ died for you to have. You will reach, as Eld. Dorsey said, the point of no return. This is the place where you know that you have advanced too far to stifle your growth by returning to that from which God has delivered you. Hallelujah! Be free!!!
- Rhea Edmonds