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Disney’s Zootopia Rebukes America

Disney’s Zootopia Rebukes America

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I was not expecting that, but I was pleasantly surprised! That is my sentiment as I reflect on what I just saw. I purposefully avoided any reviews and comments prior to taking my wife and kids to see this movie, partly because I didn’t think I was interested. I imagined it would just be another day out with the family giving the kiddo’s a bit of entertainment. But Disney had something else in mind for it’s viewers — a socio-political smack in the face to be exact. My attention was held from the beginning of this “children’s” animated movie, catching me with the undertone of racial tensions that frustrate our nation. “Only bunnies can call other bunnies cute”, she declared. Disney pulls no punches as they hit us with the unjust legal system that plague many of our cities and towns. How many fathers are incarcerated like wild animals after being subjects of a system that has set them up to fail in order to push a political agenda? I kept looking at my children who watched with bright-eyed excitement, laughing when appropriate and jumping at energetic moments that even surprised me. Upon leaving the cinema my 12yr old turned to me and said, “I felt like they were dealing with racism in that movie.” I applauded his keen observation and told him they dealt with a lot of the problems of our day in this movie. Both young and old, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat can sense the message in this bold move by Disney. Bravo! Go see it!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

6 Keys to Walking in God’s Plan for Your Life

There is nothing more important than knowing and walking in God’s plan for your life.  Knowing His plan for you is paramount because until you understand and fulfill God’s purpose for your life, you will never experience true peace.  I presuppose that we all have hopes and dreams.  We have short and long term goals.  We have made plans for college and even marriage.  Many of us know where we want to live, work, and retire.  But no amount of research, counseling, parental guidance, career coaching or mentoring can give us greater satisfaction in life than understanding God’s plan for us.  Simply put, God’s plan is better than yours!

One day I got my children up out of the bed and assigned them chores.  I gave clear instructions for what I wanted each of them to do.  My plan was very strategic and systematic.  If you have children, you understand the struggle with morning attitudes and silly arguments over toothpaste and bathroom time.  Thus, I wanted them doing chores in separate rooms in order to avoid conflict and stress.  A few minutes after waking them and giving them instructions I didn’t hear any dishes clanging so I checked in on their progress only to find that my son was not doing what I asked him to do. 

“Samuel, what are you doing?”  I asked rhetorically.  He responded, “I’m cleaning my room.”  I was angry.  “What did I tell you to do?  I told you to unload the dishwasher so that the kitchen would be clear for when your sister came down to wash the pans.”  “But Dad, I’m cleaning my room….” I cut him off.  “I don’t care what you are doing because it is not what I told you to do.  Now, get downstairs and do what I told you to do.”  I then backed off and gave him some space.  I needed the space at the moment, too.  A few minutes later I called him into my office and opened my Bible to 1 Samuel 15 and begin to lecture him.  His eyes skimmed the passage as I was talking. 

“Samuel”, I said solemnly, “Sometimes, doing the right thing at the wrong time is wrong.  You see, you thought it was good to clean your room but I had a bigger picture of the day in mind.”  He interrupted me with excitement, “I remember this story.  Saul was supposed to kill the king but he didn’t.” 

“You’re right!”  I was impressed.  “But there’s more to the story.”  God told Saul to kill everything but Saul thought it would be a good idea to keep the best stuff and sacrifice it to God.  And this is what I want you to see.”  I pointed to the 7th verse and told him to read it out loud.  After he read the text, we talked a bit more about it and during that conversation the Holy Spirit revealed to us six things as it relates to following God’s plan for our lives.  It was so wonderful that I felt the need to share them with you.  Are you ready?  Here they are in the order in which we received them:

1. Partial obedience is disobedience (Verse 7-10)
2. The things that break God’s heart should break our hearts too (Verse 10-12)
3. The results will always speak for themselves (Verse 13-15)
4. Never forget whose plan you are on (Verse 16-18)
5. It’s not just about how you start, but how you finish (Verse 19-21)
6. Obedience is better than sacrifice (Verse 22-23)

We must understand that whenever we take matters into our own hands, whenever we act independent of God, we are telling Him that we no longer need Him and that we are not interested in His plan.  This is the definition of rebellion, the sin that God equates to witchcraft.  Therefore I conclude that a life that is lived outside the plan of God is a life that is essentially doomed.  My friend, that ain’t living!

Do you know what God’s will and plan is for your life?  Would you like to know?  If so, then you must realize that walking in God’s will and plan is a life-long process.  We seek Him in prayer, not only at the beginning of our journey, but for every step of the way.  That’s why it is important to make prayer and fasting a routine.  Prayer keeps you in contact with God.  Fasting helps you minimize distractions so that you can hear His voice.  To know His plan, you must hear His voice. I hope these keys will help you to hear God’s voice, know His plan for your life, and give you the courage to finish strong!

Blessings Indeed,
Corey D. Sturdivant

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

America’s Next Great Movement: A Two-Step Process

America’s Next Great Movement: A Two-Step Process

When we evaluate the history of Christianity, we quickly discover that every generation had its share of battles.  The 1st century church faced persecution by the hands of the Roman emperor, Nero.  By the late 8th century the Persian Christians experienced a series of persecution.  The High Middle Ages presented a most unusual conundrum as the enemy came from within.  Heretical teachings and strange theology, schisms and major scandals caused much damage to the church’s reputation.  The rise of cults in the 19th Century no doubt added to the confusion of what it is, or rather what it means to be Christian.  The 20th Century was not without its share of warfare as the church found itself debating over slavery and civil rights.  Drugs, sex, and rock & roll smacked the face of morality although, much like in every generation, there remained a remnant of valiant men and women willing to stand and fight for the sake of righteousness.  History proves that many of these battles were won as great men such as Paul, Augustine, Wycliffe, Calvin, Luther, Graham, King, Wagner, and Morton have stood up for righteousness, even in the face of persecution.  

Allow me to reach all the way back, thousands of years to ancient texts where we discover the account of Israel’s first King losing ground and in need of a miracle.  The first historical book of the prophet Samuel as recorded in Chapter 14:1-15 reads as follows:

1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men,

3 among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.

5 One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.

6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.”

7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us.

9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them.

10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands.”

11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.”

12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.”

13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.

14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

15 Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.[fn]

Every generation has its time to stand but the human life is mortal.  We are dust in the wind.  Our existence is but for a season.  Our lives are scheduled by God for an appointed time.  Ecc. 3:1-8 reminds us that for everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.   Indeed, to everything there is a season.  There is a time to be born and a time to die.  A time to speak and a time to keep silent.  A time for war and a time for peace.  Our roles as leaders in our community is to be discerners of the times.  We must know the difference between seed time and harvest, night and day, peace time and war.  When I look at the circumstances of our day, when I consider the beheading of Christians, the injustices faced by our youth, the attack on biblical marriage, the human trafficking epidemic, and all the other travesties we read about in the paper or watch on the news, I believe we can all reach the same rational conclusion and it is my firm belief that we are undeniably at war!  

We are at war against an enemy that wants God out.  We are at war against a spirit that desires the blood of our children.  We are at war against spiritual wickedness in high places.  We are at war against injustice, immorality, humanism, idividualism, satanism, and athiesm.  We are at war with the spirit of anti-Christ and the church can no longer be silent.  For to remain silent is to betray the gospel that God has entrusted to us.  The apostle Paul declared in a time of persecution that he was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every man that believes.  The question that we then must ask is, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”  It is therefore, of necessity that we enter into the trenches.  It is of necessity that we go into the highways and byways, the dirt roads and the gravel, the city and the suburbs, and proclaim the Word of the Lord to a hostile nation.  It is during times of war when the military presence is most visible.  In peacetime, besides the occasional drills and short missions, the men are resting.  But when duty calls, when the enemy invades, when our spiritual liberties are on the line, the warrior must rise and fulfill his duty.  

But King Saul and 600 men are hiding in a hole, under a pomegranate tree. We are in a challenging situation when the church is under attack and those we expect to lead us into battle are nowhere to be found.  We mean no disrespect to the fathers and we applaud the battles that they have fought and won.  We appreciate the blood they shed and we acknowledge the sacrifices they made.  Simultaneoulsly, as we consider our plight, as we attempt to make sense of this crazy world, we cannot ignore the elephant in the room.  As much as we love them, we have questions.  As much as we celebrate them, we still feel compelled to ask, “Where were you when we lost ground on the issue of abortion?  Where were you when we lost so many children to gangs?  Where were you when they legalized gay marriage?  Where were you when they propagated the public schools with Darwinism, when they legalized drugs, when they sold our daughters and revoked our rights?  

The text informs us that they were underneath a pomegranate tree.  The Philistines called their hiding places, “holes”.  The problem that I’m having with their camps location is that it too closely resembles a mass grave and as we all know graves are where you bury the dead.  Men in graves can’t fight your battles.  Men in graves can’t solve your problems.  Men in graves cannot answer your cries nor your questions.  There are two types of men that rest in graves.  Those that have once lived and transitioned from this life — and those that still live but live as though they are already dead.  It is to the latter that we ask, “O brother, where art thou.”  These are the fathers who have most assuredly forsaken their sons.  

And now the sons must act.  But if they are going to act they should first seek direction.  And if that direction be divine, then it is well.  For man makes his plans but it is The Lord who guides his steps.  Indeed, with much counsel battles are won and a fool despises wisdom.  So what do we say to those who would riot?  What words do we speak to those who would burn buildings and destroy communities?  What wisdom do we share with those who would now act and what advise do we offer to those who would put their hands to war?  Our advise is twofold and if it is followed, then we can change the world.  Truth be told, our advice is more than advice, it is a commandment — make that two.

Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 22: 37-39 that You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

If America can get this right, then we can make our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities, our states, our nations, and even our world better than it has ever been.  You want marching orders?  Well here they are.  We can win this war together and start a movement like never before.  When Jonathan and his assistant made their move, the results were literally earth shattering.  We need a movement of young people that will shake the earth and cause everything that doesn’t belong to fall away.  Before you doubt what I’m saying and dismiss it as religious fanaticism, ask yourself one question:  What would it hurt to try?  

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in On Leadership

 

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Parents Can Be So Cruel

My father had an interesting sense of humor when I was growing up. I remember him laughing uncontrollably at our expense. We seemed to be his favorite source of entertainment besides the classic Dracula and King Kong movies. Apparently it’s hereditary. A recent conversation with my son went as follows:

Daddy, that’s Chapstick right? Because I used it.

No, son. That’s not chap stick and I hope you didn’t put it on your mouth.

Why? What is it?

It’s medication used for areas that hurt when you eat something too spicy. It soothes your butt.

My wife joined in ~
Samuel, you rubbed butt paste on your mouth?

My son lowered his head, fighting back his tears.

Son, what on Earth would make you rub a used stick of butt paste all over your mouth?

His eyes turning red, he mumbled something unintelligible.

We couldn’t hold in the laughter anymore. The boy was so mad we didn’t get another word from him for 10 minutes.

Parents can be so cruel!

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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

A Weekend in the Springs

A week before Valentine’s Day my wife and I drove to Colorado Springs to attend a marriage retreat. We arrived 40 minutes late to the opening dinner where couples were already gathered around beautifully decorated tables in a small dining area of our hotel. After a quick chat with our pastor whom we ran into in the hallway, we were introduced to our hostess. She pulled us aside and said, “I have a request.” “Okay?” I responded, looking inquisitively at my wife. She shrugged her shoulders and leaned in to hear what the now grinning hostess had to say. She continued, “I read the article you wrote for your church’s newsletter.” We stared. “The one you two wrote together?” We nodded our heads. “Well, I want to know if you’d be willing to read it for the group tonight. It’s a perfect match for our theme, “The Cinderella Affect”. “Sure,” I replied without hesitation, “we’d be honored to.”

Within an hour we were standing in front of a crowd of curious couples ranging from newlywed to 40+ year veterans. Once we started reading I could sense their curiosity change into first skepticism, then to laughter, then adoring sentiment, and finally appreciation. I found particular joy in seeing the affirming look on our pastor’s wife’s face as my wife read from the newsletter she produced. The crowd applauded when we finished and we spent the rest of our evening meeting other couples and learning about them in most humorous ways, et al, the newlywed game, serenades, and good ole fashion conversations. Much more happened that weekend that made for good self reflection and marriage enrichment and encouragement but most importantly, I believe God was honored in the efforts and glorified by the results of this year’s marriage retreat.

If you missed it this year, let me encourage you not to miss the next one. I have no doubt that it will be an investment in your marriage that is well worth it. You might spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year to maintain your houses, cars, and hair. Yet, all of these things can and most likely will eventually fade away. But the love you share for your spouse should last forever. With proper maintenance, I believe it can. We hope to see you at the next marriage enrichment session.

Blessings Indeed,
Corey D. Sturdivant

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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Forensic Theology: Lessons from Eden

Forensic Theology: Lessons from Eden

A recent study of our correctional system, even with its intentions to rehabilitate convicted perpetrators in the state of California revealed that within 1 year of release a total of over 44% return to either prison or jail. What this says to me is that the best theories and techniques that man can think of won’t solve this terrible problem. At least not until we call it what it is. We don’t have a correctional problem. We don’t have a murder problem, nor is it a drug or sex problem. What we have is a sin problem and sin must be dealt with at the root. Understand that neglecting to address this underlined issue, or failing to uncover and expose the actual cause or motivation for sin, will leave us vulnerable to repeated offense.

It is interesting as we observe how conducive certain countries, territories, and communities are for certain crimes. Reportedly, the African continent has increasingly become dangerous for women and children as they face a greater risk of being abducted and trafficked by sex traders. South America is known for its drug cartels, the middle-east has developed quite a reputation for terrorism, and Europe has for centuries, basked in Hedonism. There are neighborhoods nearby that are known for street corner prostitution and drug dealing. There are certain places right here in Denver that have reputations for high gang-related activity. Some of us can call out which night club has the most frequent drive by shootings. There are parks and walking trails that have greater incidents of rape, and certain convenient stores are robbed more than others. There is, I’m told, a town that has a higher population of homosexuals to the degree that this town has earned itself a nickname in honor of its strongman. Unfortunately, as we have long discovered, there are some communities where citizens are likely to be harassed by authorities to the point of brutality and even murder. Indeed corruption is even prevalent in our churches and even in our homes.

The statistical data I just quoted reveals that the socioeconomic problems that we face today are on a greater level than the solutions and strategies that we have deployed against them. The scholars and publishers of modern leadership theories almost unanimously agree that we cannot solve level two problems with level one mentalities. I submit to you, my brothers and sisters, that the perils of this world are level two problems and our natural solutions are inadequate to solve them. Just as a first grade student is not expected to understand trigonometry, the natural mind fails to grasp the constructs of that which is spiritual. Indeed, the natural proceeds the spiritual. What this means for us is that by the time a drive by shooting occurs, by the time a young lady sales her body to a stranger, by the time the meth is inhaled, and by the time that child is snatched into a van and shipped off to Thailand, something demonic has already taken root and what we are observing is only the natural revelation of a spiritual matter!

It is not enough to send the rapist to jail. It is not enough to psychoanalyze the serial killer. We applaud the efforts of the mental health professionals and the now popular “Life Coach” but as long as we remain ignorant of the enemy’s devices we remain perpetually helpless. The apostle Paul is optimistic concerning our ability to discern evil as he writes in 2 Cor. 2:11 that we are NOT ignorant of Satan’s devices. Yet when I watch the news or read the reports, I wonder at times if we, that being the Church are worthy of the apostle’s commentary.

It begs to question, “If our correctional system is not the answer, if the psychologists cannot solve our problems, if social scientists and politicians fall short of solutions, and if good parenting and megachurching is not enough, then what, pray tell, is left to save us? It would be simple to answer that question with the resounding proclamation that “Only God can save us”, and though this is a true statement it is in and of itself, elementary. It is a matter of fact for sure that God does intend to save us, but it is also a fact that God desires to do so with the active participation of those whom he has called. It is not my intention to insult your Biblical intelligence but allow me for a moment to remind you that “those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:30

I would like to take this a step further by adding that those he glorified he also equipped. I call King David to the witness stand who declared unto God, “For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.” 2 Sam 22:40 And for the sake of good witness I also call upon Paul who wrote to Timothy that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16-17

It is upon these truths, then that we turn to our Bible for strategies to conquer evil. It is by the Word of The Lord that we should be empowered to put the devil under our feet. Yes, we shall over come by the blood of the lamb and the word of the testimony of all those who have put their trust in God for though we suffer for a little while, our suffering is not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us!

Bicycles made today are much more complex than they were when I was a child. In the 1980’s I could take a bike a part and completely reassemble said bike in less than an hour. Now, with all the advanced technology and extras added to these bicycles it takes me an our just to get the wheel off. I am forced to consult the manufacturer’s manual if I am going to make progress. Sin too, has become more complex. It now has a technological aspect like never before. It has become difficult to avoid and we can no longer escape it as we once could. The heart of man is complexly wicked and in order to understand it we must rely on the manufacturer’s instruction manual. And with a sense of humility and a pound of wisdom, we turn our pages to the beginning.

We lay our hat in Genesis 3:1-13 where we find that the serpent was More crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. ’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

I’d like to draw your attention to two observations here. First, we find that it was not until Adam willfully disobeyed God that we learn that both Adam and his bride were naked or uncovered. This is meaningful because this knowledge of a need for covering had only become a reality at the point of Adam’s rebellious act. It is like the young man who leaves the comfort of his parent’s home and quickly discovers that the rent doesn’t pay itself. The poor young man learns that somebody has to stock the refrigerator and wash the laundry and since momma’s not here to buy the soap and since daddy’s not here to purchase the gas, he realizes as he says to himself in despair, I am left to my own devices. The analogy intends to reveal our situation while covered or rather uncovered by the Holy One. In disobedience we leave his protective covering, rendering ourselves naked. We are naked to the attacks of the enemy, vulnerable to the storms of life, and like Adam, in our desperation we manufacture our own covering by substituting God’s provision with the counterfeit. It is in this atmosphere that the occult thrives, idolatry rules, and heretics grow mega-churches. Yet, God is so ever faithful that in the midst of counterfeits He sends pastors according to His heart to cover us lest we be naked.

And so as God walked through the Garden, Adam and His wife hid themselves from His presence. It does not take a scholar or theologian to tell us how foolish it is to hide from the presence of The Lord. Indeed the scriptures prescribe his presence as the antidote for all that ails us. It is in his presence that depression is remedied for in his presence there is fullness of joy and at his right hand, pleasures forevermore. It is in his presence where the chains of bondage are broken for where the spirit of The Lord is, there is liberty. So much is to be said about this feeble attempt to hide from the omniscient one but the truth of the matter is that there is no place in fact, where we can hide from his presence. The psalmist declares in Psa 139 that even if I ascend in heaven, your spirit is there, if I make my bed in hell, there too will The Lord find me. The deepest see nor the darkest bush can keep me from His all seeing eye. What bothers God most about sin is not so much that we hide from his presence. It is more troubling for Him that we are not in our assigned place. Sin will make us miss church. It will persuade is to sit on our gifts. Sin will cause us to shut our mouths at crucial moments as we hide away in the bush, absent from our God ordained post.

Even so, He calls out to us…bidding us to come out of hiding just as he did here with Adam.

9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Now, traditionally this is the place where I’m supposed to point out how Adam started the blame game but I won’t dwell on that because I want to believe that we all know that blaming others for our shortfalls gets us nowhere. Let me instead talk about the fact that nothing in Adams response to God was a lie. It was true that Adam heard the sound of God in the garden, whatever that sounds like. It was true that Adam hid himself. It was also true that he was, indeed, naked. Adam admitted to eating from the tree and regardless of how we feel about him throwing his wife under the bus, it was true that she gave him the fruit to eat. To go a little further, Eve when questioned also answered truthfully, for the serpent did persuade her and she was not forced to eat but ate of her own volition. The candor that followed their sin is consequential in light of the fact that the Holy One reveals all truth. It is reminiscent of the man who thinks his confession will eliminate the consequences that follow his crime. It is as though an adulterous woman believes her husband will forgive easier if she spills the beans before her neighbors do, the child who tells the principle that he spray painted the school walls must still pay the consequences for his actions.

To be sure, Adam confesses but there are still consequences. Eve confesses, but there remains consequences. There is no record of the serpent’s confession, but to this day that serpent must deal with the consequences of his deception. What distinguishes Adam and Eve’s consequences from their enemy’s is the duration of their consequences. For Adam and Eve, confession gave room for repentance, which opens the door for salvation. For when we confess that we were wrong, we begin our journey to repentance. And if Paul is right about it, then when I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that God is who he says he is, then I’m saved from the eternal consequence of my sins. The root of the sin problem is that too many have been deceived into thinking like a serpent. It is the pride of the serpent who felt no need to explain himself to God. His pride will not let him confess and his pride forbids that he repent, and thus his garment is blemished and his sin remains his own.

But Jesus took on our sin and nailed it to the cross. And every time we confess our sin in godly humility, when we repent, when we turn from our wicked ways and look at sin through the eyes of God, we nail that sin to the cross, drenched in the blood of Christ. From the top of that tree, down to the root, where his blood no doubt puddled, signifying that no matter how low you think you’ve gone, the blood still reaches. We are restored through God’s initiative. He is thorough in all of his work, even the work of redeeming mankind.

God systematically delivered us from sin in a three step process. He protected us with his own ADT.
1. He analyzed the situation — Adam is out of place
2. He discovered the facts — How did we get here (The serpent had no one to blame) It does matter who started it.
3. He took corrective action — uproot, cast out, and destroy the seed (Consequences should be equivalent to the crime). Don’t over/under correct.

The root of all that is wrong with this world is sin. There is only one way to overcome sin in our lives and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Kings and priests, and burnt sacrifices were not able to do it and because God loved us so much He sent his only Son to die on our behalf. This had to happen because the wages of sin is a price none of us could afford to pay.

Blessings Indeed,
Corey D. Sturdivant

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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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