Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Bandage is Not the Solution!

Grown folk know that a bandage is not the solution, is not the cure. No, the bandage is a temporary cover. Sooner or later we will have to clean up the wound, apply the antiseptic, experiece the sting and get rid of any infection. It is not rocket science to realize that sky-high rents and limited options will cause people to make homes in uninhabitable places. Freeze the greed. Make those uninhabitable places habitable. Let justice prevail. Treat people like you would want to be treated. 


Dear Lord, thank you for being a refuge in time of trouble. Comfort those who mourn this morning. Help us to choose daily to be a nation that exalts your righteousness, a nation that seeks you first, a nation that bows to your perfect will in every matter. Tenderize our hearts, turn up our compassion, correct our perspective so that we see our neighbors as you see them. Help us to never settle for apathy or fear doing anything you bring to our minds.  Help us to abandon selfishness for good. Check us when we are hearers of your Word and not doers. Let all who come in contact with us see our boldness, our courage and realize that we have been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13) Let us focus up in this hour and always ride under the banner of love. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Holiday Note On Unforgiveness




At the heart of many of our blocks to success is a buried root of unforgiveness. That may be just why David ended Psalm 139 with a plea for God to search his heart and get him on a better path. (Psalm 139:23-24)

For sure God can lead us out but we have to be willing to follow His direction step by step.

Forgiveness is not easy and it is a process but taking that first step is more freeing than you could possibly imagine.

Don't let the end of the year catch you without taking that first step.

Amen


Thursday, September 1, 2016

When Reaping Feels Like Consequences



There is no greater wakeup call than to reap what you sow and to know exactly what you sowed, when you sowed it and even why. (Galatians 6:7) You can’t be mad at God because you brought it on yourself. It makes no sense to get mad at yourself either. Your best bet is to partner with God and do all you can to bring Him glory as you walk this reaping out. (Romans 5:3 & 1 Corinthians 10:31)

The phenomenal news is that God keeps you and teaches you in times like these. (Psalm 121:3-4) He is so merciful and He knows just when to insert His tender loving kindness.


If you find yourself in this position, don’t throw in the towel. Instead repent, (1 John 1:9) pick up a note pad and sit at God’s feet and take notes. You’ll shed some tears but God will cause you to grow and glow. Aren’t you glad that He promised that all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose? (Romans 8:28)


Well, I’m done preaching now. Say ouch if this message hit where you live. I did. Ouch!!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Saturday Morning Wake Up Call


I got a wake up call this morning. I woke up with a biblical promise illuminated in my brain—‘…He’ll never leave nor forsake you…’ (Deuteronomy 31:8 and Hebrews 13:5)


I woke up stirred to share that there is more to this scripture than meets the eye. First, we are assured of God’s continuous presence. That’s awesome. That’s straight out of Psalms 139—wherever I go, there He is. Read the way David describes this in verses Psalms 139:7-10 then meditate today on the whole Psalm.


I also love that modern day psalm William McDowell sings, “There is nothing like the presence of the Lord..” Oh yes and let us not forget that old school, hair-raising anthem by Byron Cage—“the presence of the Lord is here; I feel it in the atmosphere.”


Just taste and see the Lord in that regard for a moment and then shift your attention to the continuous presence of His holy Word. I’m talking about the Word as described in John 1:1 and then John 17:17.
As you shift, focus on a second bit of evidence of God’s continuous presence in our lives. Think about how His Word in all of it’s consistency and truth has impacted your life. Flip the pages of your Bible to Psalms 119:130 and hear that powerful and long-winded psalmist Ezra reveal to us that the entrance or unfolding of God’s word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.


Let me help you here. Think back to a dark moment in your life—a moment when you were overwhelmed with doubt, or sickness, confusion or pain and it seemed like there was no way out. All of your thoughts were gloom and doom. Then, seemingly out of nowhere you managed to eek out a teeny tiny praise or thanksgiving…just a bare minimum, sacrificial, under the breath mouthing of one little ‘Thank you Jesus’. Somehow, something caught in your spirit. A clearing began to take place and your soul heard “I GOT YOU”, followed by the entrance of the word from Philippians 4:19—“my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”


Or maybe one day you were in such pain that even eeking out a miniscule ‘thank you Jesus’ hurt, but you pressed and God met you with not a releasing of the pain but a rising above it so that the pain was still there but you were so caught up in Him that it seemed like you were watching and somebody else was going through it.


Through it all, your spirit was being refreshed by “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26) You couldn’t help but turn up the praise because you understood the power of the word in Psalm 100:4 that praise and thanksgiving would take you through His gates and into His courts. You’d be not just in His presence but close enough to touch, hear, feel Him intimately.


O my yes, that’s the kind of impact His word has on our daily lives.
We can be going in a wrong direction and the entrance of His word will bring just the revelation light and understanding we need to make it through.


Now somebody ought to say Amen.


Hold on though because I’ve got one more piece of evidence proving that God never leaves nor forsakes us. The final piece is the people He uses to bless us just when we run out of resources.
Sometimes it’s a stranger that waits patiently holding the door for you when your hands are full and your tank is empty. Sometimes it’s a gentle touch from a little child that snaps you back to reality. Or sometimes it’s a phone call from a distant friend or family member who says ‘I was just thinking about you.’


I could go on and on but I’ll wrap this up by saying our God is here. He is ever present. He is Emmanuel—God with us. He is here and He never leaves us or forsakes us. He has given us His Holy Spirit and His Word and He uses people to do His handiwork. It can’t get any better than that.


Be assured Friends, that God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.


Now, take that to the bank and have a blessed rest of the day.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

You'll Never Walk Alone

Some mornings I wake up with so much preach in me I can have church all by myself. This morning the choir is up singing “You’ll never walk alone” and I am already up on my feet in my mind and I’m walking and I’m telling those who would have ears to hear that the moment you chose to be chosen, the moment you chose to walk with the Lord was the moment you ceased to walk by yourself . Not that He didn’t have His hand on you from the moment you were thought of and conceived, but you had to come to yourself and realize that nothing else matters but being with, walking with Him who is God eternal, God the King of kings and Lord of lords.


You see the thing that sometimes throws us for a loop in this walk is the storms and sometimes those storms are in our minds. Sometimes the storms are a clearing away of old patterns of thinking, old ways of doing things, old attachments and dependencies so that God can break forth that new thing in you. And the thing about a storm is that it is nearly impossible to see and even more impossible to see who is for you. That just may be why Paul wrote, “If God be for us, who can be against us.“ (Romans 8:31)


Somebody ought to say Amen because the entrance of that word from Paul brings light to the situation. I’m walking right now and it seems like there’s no help in sight. I don’t see any help on the right. I don’t see any help on the left. I look ahead and can’t seem to trust even the glimmer of the new that is in front of me. I have not been this way before, I cannot see where I am going. My mind is flooded with all kinds of emotions.


Yet, I have the blessed assurance in print that if God be for me who can be against me? So, I keep walking.
And then I hear the echoing of the choir singing that song—“when you walk through a storm hold your head up high” and I find my self reassuring myself that I got to keep my mind fixed on things above like Paul told the church at Colosse--- NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. (Colossians 3:2)


Then the songwriter goes on to say “Hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark.”
I know why the songwriter said that because FEAR will show up in the storm, won’t it.? Fear will come and try to snatch your mind off of things above and onto a whole slew of what ifs,… what if this happens, and what if they do that?? And so on and so on.


And then the songwriter speaks of the end of the storm bringing a “golden sky and a sweet song” and my mind goes to Hebrews 12: 2 and I am reminded to fix my eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of my faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross and all kinds of opposition.

“Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.”


I don’t know about you but I believe I can take another step because I know who holds my future. I can take that next step because my hope is not a WHAT, it’s a WHO and His name is Jesus. I can walk on with my hope, my Jesus in my heart and I’ll never ever walk alone. I can weather any old storm… Now, let the church say, Amen.



Friday, April 1, 2016

An Encounter At The Nail Salon

I had a wonderful experience at a nail salon today here in Hayward. I was in the chair hawk-like watching both the feet and hand technicians when a couple of young sisters came in. I was the only customer in the shop at the time so I was glad for the company. The sisters tarried over the nail polish and then took a seat just a station away from where I was. The taller of the two spoke, "Hi Ma’am" and I returned with a "Well hello there" and then I returned to my watching and she to her robust conversation with her buddy. When my technicians finished and left me to dry the young sister said “I’m sorry, Ma’am I am so sorry’ and then turned to her friend and said, “Girl, I don’t cuss in front of my elders.”

I must have drifted off in my thoughts because I didn’t hear any such language. Oh well, I thought to myself and leaned back in my chair to relax but I sensed a quickening in my spirit and I knew that the Holy Spirit was prompting me to say something to her. Just as I was about to open my mouth another technician gestured for me to come to the eyebrow arching chair across the way. I strolled over to where the archer stood with wax in hand thinking I’m going to seize this opportunity. The technician zapped my loose gray brow strands and all I could think of was the scripture I had posted on Facebook earlier that day. I couldn’t think of the chapter or verse but I remembered Proverbs.

The second that technician finished I had her snatch that cotton from between my toes and I jetted to an empty seat right next to that apologizing young sister. I don’t even remember looking at my brows to see if they were right. I sat and said, “Sister let me share something with you” and then fumbled with my less than an I phone to get an internet connection. She introduced herself while I fumbled and I did the same.

My phone would not cooperate so I said, “Sister that was a special thing you did apologizing for your language. I don’t hear a lot of that from your generation and I appreciate the respect. But I tell you, I posted this scripture in Proverbs on Facebook earlier and it had to do with your words and health. It said pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones. You probably already know that our immune system is in the marrow in our bones and a whole bunch of diseases come from weakened immune systems. They say I have arthritis and when I thought about it a few minutes ago I remembered that I cussed like a sailor from the 6th grade to the day I got saved. I am looking at your beautiful smile and I bet you never thought that the words you speak might mess with your health down the way.”

She said, “No, ma’am. I hadn’t thought of that

I said, “Pleasant words, sister, remember to let pleasant words come out of your mouth so you can be as healthy as you are beautiful.”

She said, “Yes, Ma’am, I won’t forget. Thank you. It was good meeting you.”… and such and so and I said the same because it was… a good meeting…it really was.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Will You Answer the Call to Answer Anger God's Way?




Greetings and Blessed Weekend to you.


I am already thanking God for what He will do in this “ANSWERING ANGER GOD’S WAY” workshop on May 5th and 12th but I need your help. If you know someone who is struggling with anger or living or working with someone who is, would you share this flyer with them?

From school playgrounds to church board meetings, across generations, out of control anger is a plague that has invaded our communities, taken over our households and schools, and for some of us has taken over our hearts.
We need to be equipped to ANSWER ANGER in all these places GOD’S WAY!

I encourage you to mark your calendar, then share, post, announce, tell your neighbor and join me in praying that God will move mightily at 1848 Bay Road, Suite A, on Thursday, May 5th and 12th @ 6:30PM. Be assured that this “ANSWERING ANGER GOD’S WAY” workshop will be a great time of prayer, real talk, teaching and ministry.
Feel free to call or email me with any questions at 415-908-6711 or soulswin@aol.com.

Thank God for you!



Rev. Teirrah McNair

Monday, January 18, 2016

Three Common Idols in Churches

Three Common Idols in Churches: Hezekiah is affirmed in Scripture as doing “what was right in the Lord’s sight” (2 Kings 18:3). The next verse details what Hezekiah did: “He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, …

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Reflections on the Light


Doubt dims the light. Think about the scripture that reveals that whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23) Does that put doubt in perspective for you? One thing is certain, especially in this season and that is doubt has to be handled like an unruly child. If we don’t put doubt in its place, it will take over. Since we already know that the Word is a lamp and a light, our goal here is to wield the Word like a skilled swordsman and get the victory. It is important here to understand how the enemy of our soul uses doubt to erode our faith.





First up is blackmail. The enemy of our soul will bring up our past and any transgression he can come up with to cause us to believe that God won’t do what He says He will do. As soon as this thought comes up we have to remind ourselves that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9) We have to accept by faith that because we’ve done our repenting business with God, we can appropriate any of the blessings the righteous are promised. How about the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much i.e. get results. I can believe with boldness that if I am in right standing with God then my prayers will get results. Answered prayers will increase my faith and doubt will have to back up.






Second up is pride. Doubt will also come up when we rely upon and take pride in a victory achieved in our own steam. Over and over in the Word we see God teaching the children of Israel the same lesson He wants to teach us---Trust in Him, rely on Him, acknowledge Him…lean not to your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Joshua in chapters 6 and 7 comes to my mind here. After that miraculous ‘couldn’t be anybody but God’ victory at Jericho, Joshua went full blown after a city called Ai without the consent or blessing of the Lord. Our flesh will talk smack to us until we step out on our own and then taunt us when God allows us to fail. “Where’s your God now.” If we pay attention to that voice, doubt wins. Our best strategy to conquer the doubt that comes from pride is to remind ourselves that without God we can do nothing. (John 15:5) That error in judgment on Joshua’s part was a good lesson in obedience for all of us. Because God was not in that first assault on Ai in chapter 7, the men of Ai chased the Israelites out of town, humiliated them and killed a bunch of them.



I’m feeling Joshua here because he was probably pumped from the previous victory at Jericho and just assumed that God would bless Him in the next battle. That assumption was costly. After Ai whipped them, the people and Joshua were tore up. “The hearts of the people melted and became like water.” (Joshua 7: 5) Joshua fell on his face and cried out to the Lord only to discover that there was sin in the camp and God was not pleased.
The important thing to realize for our lesson here is that if Joshua had acknowledged God first, the ever so important camp cleanup could have happened earlier and those 36 lives lost in that battle might have been saved.
How many times in your life has God given you a victory at home or work on a Monday and you charged into a battle on Tuesday armed with adrenaline, emotion and your own self steam—no God nowhere-- no acknowledgement, no instruction, just riding on the high of yesterday.





As believers, we have to wrap our lips around David’s proclamation in 1 Samuel 17:47 and tell ourselves –“the battle is the Lord’s” and as such, I have to trust rely and depend on Him who is my commander in chief for my every direction. God speaks through His Word and His Holy Spirit and he wants us to be victorious.
While Joshua was on his face God gave him just the word he needed to get up and step out. The entrance of His words giveth light. (Psalm 119:123) The word from the Lord was specific and full of instruction. Joshua followed the light of that word to the letter and the rest is history---The Lord gave him the city of Ai just like he did with Jericho. (Joshua 8:1)



Why not spring forth today with an ear to hear and a heart to obey God’s Word? Why not refuse to settle for the trauma and the drama of leaning to your own understanding? Why not follow the Light exclusively and watch God give you the victory?