Monday, October 2, 2017

GOD KNOWS WHO I AM

Praise the Lord everybody! Let everything that has breath Praise His holy name! God is taking me through something right now, something painful but at the same time, it's a good thing for me in the long run. In this walk with Christ, I have learned that some learning experiences will come with pain attached.

Sometimes God will assign us a task that we think is above our "pay grade," in other words we have a Moses moment, as he had when he spoke to God in Exodus 3:9-11
9 Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now, therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

Like Moses, we feel not only unworthy but also ill-equipped for such a task. We not only begin to question our hearing but we may begin to also question God's judgment. The enemy seizes the moment and starts to plant the seeds of fear and doubt. Just as God told Moses not to worry and that He would surely be with him, God wants us to know the same thing. God  tells us in His word Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

God wants us to have the spirit of David when He gives us these seemingly insurmountable tasks, David when facing Goliath ran to his task in 1st Samuel 17:45-47(NIV)  45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

God wants us to trust Him as David did when we face our Goliaths, with faith knowing that God has our back, knowing that He would not send us on a mission to fail. He tells us in His word Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. He tells us that we are "more than conquerors" in Romans 8:37. God wants us to stop asking Him "who am I" and turn it around and declare "who I am" in Him, by standing up in faith and walking in our calling, God wants us to trust in our gifts, He knows what He has invested in each of us and He wants us to put them on display, not for our glory. but for His glory. God wants us to go from "WHO AM I" TO  "I AM". To quote Joel Osteen "I am who God says I am!!" I will leave you with this,
2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

  God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall




Monday, September 18, 2017

HUNGER GAMES!


Praise the Lord everybody! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name!! God has been so good to me, His grace and His mercy towards me is never-ending. I ask myself have I been as attentive to Him as He has been to me? Truthfully I must say I find myself lacking. I have slacked off in my pursuit of Him.
God has been dealing with me concerning this issue. I remember How it was when I first got saved, how I carried my Bible everywhere and every chance I got I would open it and read God's word. Gods word was like finding water while wandering in the desert, and like food to a starving man. After reading it from cover to cover I would just start all over again and each time I read it was just as enlightening as the first time, and just as thought-provoking. His word was and is alive and we had a love affair with each other. Now we are like an old married couple, comforted by each others presence but the passion is fading.

David wrote in Psalms 42:1(NIV) As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

I asked myself where is my "panting, my hunger and thirst?" I had to admit that I had over time began to fill my hunger and quench that thirst with other things, things of the world. It started when I finally decided to buy a T.V. after over four years of just me my Bible and Christian radio. Slowly my hunger for the things of God has had to compete with my hunger for a good movie and a plethora of television shows.
I often long for those simpler days of just me and God and His Word, but I fear what with social media and all the exciting media distractions these days, can I ever really go back to those days. I do find that as I get older, it is easier to let go of those things that I used to think were so important to me.  And like that old married couple, I mentioned earlier when we do take a moment to really look at each other we realize the Passion is still there and there are still things we don't know about each other, all we have to do is take a moment and look. 

The fire of God and His word never goes out and the hunger for Him and His righteousness never dies. Psalms 63:1 states   O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

David had a heart after God, and that's what I have always desired, I love the Lord and I'm growing tired of distractions coming between us. In these last and evil days, we can not afford to be caught watching television when He comes for His Church.

Hebrews 12:1 states,  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 

I am asking God to help me throw off those hindrances that I so unwittingly put upon myself. First off I think I'll buy a radio.

 God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NO TIME FOR THE OLD SOFT SELL!!


Praise the Lord everybody, let everything that has breath praise His holy name!! God alone is worthy of all glory and praise. Jesus is preparing to return to His Church and at the same time the Holy Spirit is doing His best to prepare us, The Church to be received by Christ. I say doing His best because the Children of God have always been a "stiff necked" people. Yes, we may be grafted into the vine as adopted children but we have somehow received the same stiff necked DNA.
 As "that" day gets closer, God is saying to the Church "It is time to press a little harder. the time for the old soft sell is over." In Luke 14: 23 Jesus says in a parable   23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. (read full parable)                  

He asked his servants to "compel" them to come in, and that's what He is asking us to do now in these last and evil days. Time is short and we have to add urgency to our efforts to win souls for Christ. The dictionary tells us that "compel" means 1.  To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: 
2.  To necessitate or require, as by force of circumstance; demand

Compel is an action word, we need to take action. God is letting us know that the days are past where we can just walk around looking good and smiling at people and"acting" like Godly people, hoping that was enough to draw them in. I remember how I used to admire the Jehovah Witness, watching them walking around in family groups smiling and appearing blessed of God. But when you strip away the facade you find out they are lacking something. We as Christians can not fall into the same trap.
I was going to say that we don't have to go around door to door like them but then again, why not? We need to take our soul saving game to another level, at least let's get back to the streets, handing out tracts and preaching Gods word, praying with people and telling our testimonies.

Before we can do these things we have to be ready for this type of ministry, no matter how good your rap game or your gift of gab, if you don't have power, Holy ghost power, your efforts will bear very little fruit. It is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage.
The time has come when people can no longer slide by, avoiding the spiritual. The time has come where every man and woman is going to have to make a choice. and it's our job to let them know what those choices are. We don't have to be obnoxious but we must become more determined. We must go forward with compelling testimonies, compelling preaching, and teaching, even our lifestyles should be compelling. It is Gods wish that His "house" His Kingdom be full and it's our job to let Him work through us to make it happen. God by His spirit is compelling us to go out a compel the lost to come in and be saved.

        God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, AND GOD

Praise the Lord everybody, let everything that has breath praise His holy name. I am truly grateful today for God's grace and mercy in my life. The Lord is really dealing with me now, as we go forth in these last and evil days. God is calling on the Church to get its self together. Jesus is coming back for a church without "spot or blemish", and as of right now we have a lot of spots and blemishes that need to be removed.

JOHN 4:23 states, Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

"True worshippers" worship God in spirit and in truth, this means not only speaking the truth to God but being truthful to one's self. We can't be fully honest with God until we are fully honest with ourselves.
A lot of the time we say "Lord take me, I'm ready to come home" Let me ask a question if Jesus were to come back right now how many of you believe without a doubt that you would be going back with Him? A lot of us, including myself are going to be quite surprised on that great getting up morning if we don't get ourselves together.
A great man of God, Apostle Paul said this in  PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 3:7-21 
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
17 Brethren, be followers together of me and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Paul realized that to obtain the perfection God has called us to, we have to press toward that mark every day, minute and second. We have to forget those things that we have left behind, like our flesh, our besetting sins and everything else that has been holding us back.

Jesus is coming back for a church without spot or blemish. We lie to ourselves when we say to God "I'm ready to go" while ignoring the fact that we still think it's alright to gossip, tell so-called "little white lies," we call ourselves "supporting our schools" when we buy lotto tickets and raffles with God's money. When we have a "little" drink every once in a while just to "calm our nerves" or for other medicinal purposes. When we continue to fall into sexual immorality and fornication because "God knows I had to stop my flesh from burning." God is now telling His people to put away all these things and press toward the mark He has set for us, It's pressing time!! This is not a game of Musical chairs where if you get caught without a seat you just wait until the next game. If Jesus catches us not sitting in our "Kingdom" chair there is no other "game" there is no other chance for redemption.

Let us stop lying to ourselves and to God, it's useless anyway. Let's "keep it real" with ourselves and God and ask Him to help us rid ourselves of every transgression so that we can best serve Him in the beauty of Holiness and the fullness of the spirit. IT'S PRESSING TIME!!

 God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall

Thursday, August 10, 2017

THE CHURCH IN AMERICA: A SOUNDING BRASS!!


Praise the Lord everybody! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name!
God has truly been good to me these last few weeks, He's good all the time but He's been especially gracious to me lately and I'm so grateful. I've said it before and I'll say it again, these are exciting times for the men and woman of God who have eyes to see and ears to hear the signs of the times in these last and evil days.
One thing the Lord has been showing me over and over again is that the church in America has become as a "Sounding Brass" when it comes to its effectiveness in the Body of Christ. 1st Corinthians 13:1 1If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
The dictionary says "sounding brass" means 1. resounding; resonant  2.having an imposing sound and little content; pompous
In other words, making a lot of noise about nothing, or with no effect. We have learned over the years how to put on a good show, with large mega churches and all inclusive "Christian centers" with on site book stores and cafes. I just recently heard about a church in Detroit that put in ATM machines for the offering. We've created Gospel stars and have made "idols" of our men of God who in turn have accepted our accolades and have sought titles with more grandeur than "Preacher" or "Pastor".
they are no longer taught and led by the Holy Spirit, instead, they seek Ph.D.'s from Seminaries where the Gospel of Christ is just another myth to be studied by nonbelieving theologist.

We have lost our hunger for souls and our charitable outreaches either don’t exist or are just empty religious gestures, the sins of the Church in America are many and the list goes on and on. Not to worry though because God in His long suffering love for us is telling us through His spirit that the time is now, now is the time for us to wake up and repent, put our hands to the plow and help bring in this final harvest as Jesus is preparing to come for His bride. Time to kick the “world” out of the church, along with pride, falsehood(otherwise known as lying), gossip, envy, strife, anger, malice, sexual immorality, and disobedience.
 God tells us in 2nd Chronicles 7:14   14 If my people, which are called by my name, 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.
 We all know what we are doing and what we are not doing, and so does God. It’s time that we each search ourselves and ask God to remove every stumbling block. Including ourselves.  The full power of God can not flow through a cracked or "dirty" vessel. That has been our problem from the pulpit to the door, compromise and the lust of the flesh and the eye have corroded our values, doctrine and our vision in the body of Christ. Those who would point the way back, who preach the true Gospel of Christ, are vilified by those who would call good evil and evil good.

The Bible told us that these times would come, in 2nd Timothy 4:1-4 1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables

Many Christians today do not want to be confronted with their sin, they do not want to humble themselves. True men of God will be preaching and teaching the full Gospel of Christ and many will turn away to the "new" Gospel lite being preached in many churches across America. Paul talks about this in 2 Thessalonians 2
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
This is no time for the Church to fall away from faith and sound doctrine, it is time for us to fall in. Fall in line with Gods word and His spirit. It is time to repent from our wayward ways and start taking authority over our flesh and our short comings. God has made His power available to us by His spirit and we must start displaying that power in everything we do.

God Bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall





 




Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Friday, June 30, 2017

JESUS CHRIST; A LEGACY WORTH PRESERVING: REVISITED

Praise the Lord everybody!! God gave me this message to share with you all last year and it is still relevant today, and He has put it on my heart to share it again with you again. God bless.


Praise the Lord everybody! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name!! I bless the Lord, I bless the Lord, and His praise shall forever be in my mouth. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate what God is doing in my life. The fact that I woke up this morning in the land of the living is reason enough to praise God, He alone is worthy to be praised.

As I left the weekly "hour of power" service at my church this week began to gaze out the window of the Access A Ride vehicle, and as we rolled through the streets of Harlem on our way home to the Bronx, I began to feel something stir up in my spirit. I began to take notice of all the refurbished BrownStone buildings, some were show pieces while others were still in the process of being renovated. I watched as people struggled to maintain a legacy, an earthly history and something that would bring a certain historic charm to their world.

The Lord began to speak through His spirit, telling me how these people were struggling to maintain a history that can not be saved. He reminded me of what Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 24:1+2   And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

I began to see man as God saw us, struggling to hold on to what can not be held on to, holding on feebly to the natural when we needed to be holding onto that which is spiritual. We are not concerned as much about our spiritual legacies as we should be. Our lives here on earth have become too precious to us, our own creations and ideas fill our hearts and minds. Being out and about our fathers business is something the world rarely thinks about and Christians are following the world instead of Christ.

Paul states in Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

We need to remember who's we are and whom we serve. For the short amount of time we are here on earth God has a mission for us, It's not about establishing our legacy, it's about building the legacy of Jesus Christ. Jesus died for us so that by His blood we could be saved from ourselves and reconciled with God. The only thing Jesus was concerned about leaving behind as His "legacy" was His Gospel, and the Holy spirit to empower man to spread the Gospel and to live Godly lifestyles.

As men and woman of God, our concern should be that we bear spiritual fruit, rather than worldly fruit. Jesus states in John 15:1-5    I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 

Let us bear the fruit that God requires and not the fruit that flesh desires.
             God Bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall