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Monday, January 21, 2013

God has a Dream too

Today the whole world remembers .A man who had a dream...
The Reverend Martin Luther King. ( Jan 15, 1929 - Apr 04, 1968 (age 39)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”Martin Luther King Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 As I was reading my Bible this morning and thinking about doing a post on how Jesus is the light in this darkened world, I remembered that today is Martin Luther King Day, and I struggled with whether or not I should post a short memorial about him instead...And then I saw the Quote above, and knew it would fit right in with a post about Jesus as the Light of the world.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

God gave Him to the world, and He obeyed His Father because He loves us. If you accept what Jesus did for you, repent of the sin that keeps you separated from your Creator and choose to walk with the Savior of your soul for the rest of your life and beyond. Come out of the darkness into the light and live freely knowing that you have the promise of everlasting life...This is LOVE speaking, not hate.
The enemy of your soul (Satan) does not want you to believe what your Creator is telling you...He is the one who hates you just like he hated Jesus. He would like nothing better than for you to remain in the darkness where he can continue to decieve you!
You have the right to walk out of the shadow of darkness and into the light and
 be free...Free at last!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance 2 Peter 3:9   
...See, God has a dream too!



Jedidja said...

Thank you for this special blog. My father has a darker skin, black hair and a crooked nose. He was scold for Turk sometimes. I did not like that, as a child. I walked beside him, yes. And my skin is white as milk :-) Let us accept each other as beautiful creature of God

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Jedidja,
My husband is native american, and one of our daughters look indian. I am white.
When I was in school I got bullied because I wandered into the 'wrong hallway' where whites were not allowed by black students...I was very it works both ways.
I have never understood prejudice, even when I was little and heard things, I never understood it...still don't.
We have many different cultures here, but it's what is inside the soul that makes a person who they are.
I'm sorry you had to go through that with your father. It must have helped to make you a compassionate soul like you are.
How boring the world would be if every person was the same!

Brenda said...

I was never brought up with predjudice, we lived near a dockyard and had all nationalities and colour skins in the area, and we all got on well. Lovely post, we will not hide our light under a bushel, Jesus is light and who would want to remain in darkness once they are introduced to Him.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Brenda,
I heard prejudiced remarks all around me growing up. I feel it was only the grace of God that gave me eyes to see, and a heart to understand that people are people no matter what the differences. And all are made in the image of God, although only those who trust in Jesus are being made into the image of Christ. It makes no sense for anyone once living in the light to want to retreat back into that darkness! Have you noticed just how much darker that darkness is after our eyes have seen His brightness? Just like with our physical eyes!

Ken said...

Hi Lisa,
I agree completely with everything you wrote here. I am especially touched by the scripture verse you referenced near the beginning of the post, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." No matter how much the world hates us because we abide in Jesus, if we follow Jesus, we will always have the light of life. It is much better to have the light of life, than to walk with all of the God haters and walk in darkness and death. Great post, you said a lot of truthful and much needed things in this post.
God bless you, my friend.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Ken,
Yes, that verse stuck in my head for several days before writing this...There was a murder in our town (someone I knew, but not very well), and there was a woman shot,raped, and held prisoner for five days before she managed to escape...
(the man was arrested), then a young college student was kidnapped, raped, but she jumped out of his car & took refuge in a house with only 2 young kids inside...the man ran after her and set the house on fire, the kid's dad came home just in time to rescue everyone and the police shot the perpetrator. (this all happened quite nearby, and one thing after the other last week.)
So the world has been looking darker than ever as of late, my friend. But, like I told Brenda...That is when the light of Jesus seems the brightest!

Peggy said...

This was a beautiful post, Lisa. I have always loved thinking of Jeaus as the Light of the world. He has certainly been the Light in my life. And He loves all of us, no matter what color, size, or shape-and we should follow His example. I hope you are staying healthy this winter. I'm praying for you.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Peggy,

I'm glad you liked this. Me and my husband have been very fortunate so far, and aside from the same old aches and pains, we are both well! Praying you are too...Isn't it nice that we can pray for each other thanks to the miracle of the internet? I am always amazed by this. I know the younger generation probably thinks that's weird since the internet is all they know...but for our generation it is almost like magic, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Hi: This is my first stop here (nice site). This is NOT ABOUT race or prejudice (learned about both first hand as well; people of color in my heritage as well ~ lovely people!)

But what this IS about is: regardless of MLK's title as "preacher" or being called a "man of God"... it'd serve us well to look at his life! Did he bear fruits worthy of repentance? We must be careful who we idolize.... esp. calling someone a true "man of God" when looking at one's fruits!

Personally I have no regard for the man. Sure he made some strides & accomplishments -- however:

A Review of Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life

King was a major horn-dog! I mean, on his last night on earth, he had intimate encounters with two separate women back to back and had to turn a third away early in the morning. He had no control over his enormous sexual appetites, and that was disappointing. He was also vulgar, and smoked and drank secretly. All heroes have flaws, and he was human after all, but it was still disappointing to learn these things.

After essentially winning the civil rights battle, he turned his attention to creating the Poor People’s Campaign, which was basically about his goal of turning America into a socialist country. People fled from him like crazy when he started working on that.
/END of review

Now days we have someone who's also working on building a "socialist" country -- and people no longer flee!! In fact, instead they (many) "worship" him.

At any rate, not trying to poo-poo you guys in any way, fashion, or form. Just that I saw this is a CHRISTIAN site & you're into the Bible & all... so wondered if you might be curious as to who the real MLK was!!??

Never Forsaken said...

Hello Anonymous,
I don't consider your comment as poo-poo. And I do not idolize any man. I do amit, I did not know these things about MLK. I really wanted to make a point about how the world says they love someone whom I felt (regardless of his personal flaws) If he were to talk about biblical principles in today's world he would not be embraced for that.
It appears if your research is correct, and I have no reason to refute it if it is...I was in error to call him a "great man of God" and consider the lesson learned.
In fact, aside from Jesus Christ himself, it would behoove a Christian to be careful to call no man good, as Jesus taught.
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone."(mark 10:18)...Jesus is of course telling the man that although, He being the Son of God, was God and therefore good...the man did not know that whilst he was speaking to him, therefore it would be an error to refer to any man as 'good'.
I am thankful that you have reminded me of this important Christian teaching!
~God bless~

Never Forsaken said...

One last thing, In trying to search for the review you quoted from, It must be well buried within the archives of the internet since I found many positive reviews and auto biographies etc., but nothing else with that title...Could you please provide a link if you can? I am interested in learning more about the (possible) parallels between his politics and Obama's as I have been telling my husband that a socialist agenda is exactly what Obama has been striving to promote! It would make sense then, that Obama would indeed want everyone to 'idolize' MLK. Thanks again.

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