With all the negative comments on social media it may be difficult to stay focused on the vision.  There are many black Americans who pressed beyond what they can humanly bare. We are looking to others to fix what only God can fix.   

It doesn’t matter what it looks like or how others view you when you know who and whose we are? We have to stop believing the lies of the enemy. Our enemy is not flesh and blood, but the principalities, rulers in higher places that seek to devour us by having us focused on the wrong things. Light and dark powers have existed throughout the ages, warring against each other for control of individuals, communities and nations.  As a result, people succumb under pressure, neighborhoods deteriorate, and nations crumble. Whole people groups are destroyed. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Many are being held captive to old mindsets and cannot move beyond the past . . . what used to be or what happened before. When we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, “we have the mind of Christ.”  1 Corinthians 2:16

We no longer think in terms of black or white. We no longer think like nor live according to this world system.  We live according to the Word of God Our lenses change because we now have His mind which gives us a better way of thinking and seeing about our reality and circumstances. It's a complete paradigm shift in our perception; one that allows us to experience the power of His grace.  Romans 12:2

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

February is Black History month, is our time to highlight and reflect on those who have made significant contributions to the black community. A time in which we honor the accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans in the United States of America.  Black American men and women who have stood up for civil rights. These notable civil rights leaders changed the course of history through their activism. Many of them risking their lives. What made them endure public humiliation? It was hope of a better future for our generation. Some didn’t see the fulfillment of the promise, yet they died still believing. “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

They have been innovators and made great contributions to American arts, culture, and literature. In every discipline, African Americans have written key chapters in the story of our Nation. We know some of the most famous names: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes and General Colin Powell, among many others who championed for the rights of all. However, we must not forget those whose names are not in the history books, whose struggles and triumphs are part of our shared national heritage. Their labor of love was not in vain.  We are called to fulfill the generational responsibilities given to us by keeping the dream alive and pressing toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

I believe God gave Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a prophetic dream. When we are facing great challenges, receiving a Word from God brings great comfort. “For the vision is for an appointed time.” Habakkuk 2:1-3

Dr. King carried a transformational message of love and repentance that touched many people, black, white and many others from all walks of life.  In a public speech delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Dr. King said, “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now.” Now is the time to not only lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice, but to lift our nation above societal ills (e.g., abortion, crime, bullying, racism, delinquency, discrimination, family disintegration, drug addiction, poverty and homelessness) that do not reflect who we are as “One Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”.

Dr. King had a prophetic message for Black Americans that stills holds true today, “But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

To make American great again, we must pursue God’s dream, vision for our nation.  “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We cannot turn back!

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green