Often, anxiety and worry can seem like a natural part of life, especially during times of uncertainty. When worry attempts to haunt us, it’s important to remember that as children of God who are redeemed through Jesus Christ, we have certain promises, including hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). God also promises to finish what he started in us (Hebrews 138:8) and lets us know that everything will work together for our good (Rom. 8:28). This week, our founder Natasha T. Brown shared a message about God’s great promise of “perfection” that will help remedy worry and anxiety. Watch it below, and share your thoughts.
What's in your house?
The other day I was reading 2 Kings 4:1-7. It's the story of the Widow's Olive Oil. This widow came to the Prophet Elisha fearful because a creditor had threatened to take her two sons as slaves unless she paid the debt that she owed. Elisha asked her,"What do you have in your house?" (2 Kings 4:2).
"Nothing except a small jar of olive oil," she replied.
At that point, Elisha told her, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
Once the jars were filled, Elisha told her to "sell the olive oil and pay your debts and there will be enough money left over to support you and your sons."
She came to Elisha at her wit's end - she was in desperation, and her back was against the wall. There are so many lessons here, but a few takeaways and my reason for this message is to encourage you with these
Seven Lessons from the Widow with the Olive Oil
Today, I went to the park to edit a book, found a pavilion, sat on a bench and turned on my music. About 29 minutes into the process, this Caucasian guy with tattoos comes over with a cigarette in one hand and a book in the other. He said "Hi" and asked me how I was doing and I said "great."
About five minutes later, I turned and saw that he was laying down on the bench adjacent to me, and he was reading "I Declare," by Joel Osteen. I asked, "Is my music too loud for you?"
April is a significant month. During Holy Week, especially, believers everywhere are persecuted, simply because of their faith. Satan, in his deceptive and petty nature aims to take our attention off of the cross and what Jesus accomplished through his finished works - the death and resurrection, and so he turns up the heat on problems and persecution. In light of this, we thought it would be appropriate to wage a counterattack and focus our April theme on one that educates and inspires the body of Christ with promises that we inherited over 2,000 years ago. We are aiming to debunk the control and powers of the enemy (and religion) and instead promote relationship with Christ. Learn more about #ThePromisedLife series below.
I know we're supposed to love everyone, but can I be honest? Loving everyone and the things that came with those people caused a lot of trouble for me. I was a people pleaser, I was loyal to a fault, and I put up with things that threatened my peace, livelihood, finances and freedom.