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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

 

I wonder what Martin Luther King would think of today’s America.

The America where…

An African American was elected president.

African Americans are free to pursue the American Dream.

Little black boys and girls are able to join hands with little white boys and girls as sisters and brothers.

What would Dr. King say?

“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.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community. Must not lead us to a distrust of all white people. For many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain. And the crooked places will be made straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed. And all flesh shall see it together.

We will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children— black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty! We are free at last!”

America, we need to change the narrative. Only in Christ can we be one.

This is what God says. The God who builds a road right through the ocean. Who carves a path through pounding waves. The God who summons horses and chariots and armies. They lie down, and then can’t get up. They’re snuffed out like so many candles.

“Forget about what’s happened. Don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert. Be present.

I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.

Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’ —the coyotes and the buzzards. Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sun baked earth.

Drinking water for the people I chose. The people I made especially for Myself. A people custom-made to praise Me.” Isaiah 43:18-21 The Message

You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it.

All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ. Everyone is included in Christ.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love. Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you— compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.

Let the Word of Christ— the Message have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives— words, actions, whatever be done in the name of the Master, Jesus.

Thanking God the Father every step of the way. Colossians 3:11-15 The Message

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty! We are free at last!”

 

Usually associated with espionage, advertising, sale pitches, even campaigning politicians. Mind control— brainwashing undermines your sense of control.

What if toxic thinking is also brainwashing? 

Flooding your mind with negative thoughts. 

Immersing your body in chemicals that are physically, mentally and emotionally damaging. An estimated 75% to 95% of illnesses are a direct result of toxic thinking. 

Toxic thinking also stimulates the pleasure and learning centers of the brain. It is as addictive as junk food, drugs and alcohol. 

How can you stop toxic thinking? 

As with any addiction, one has to detox— kick the habit. In the case of toxic thinking, you must first identify what is a toxic thought. Although not an exhaustive list, these are some of the more common toxic thoughts.

I am a victim. You are not a victim! Stop blaming others or your circumstances for your problems.

I can change others. No, you cannot! You can accept them as they are or sever the relationship.

I am in total control of my life. No, you are not! Some circumstances are not under your control. Some things are what they are.

I will be (fill in the blank) if (fill in the blank). You ultimately determine the quality of your life. A life of excellence is not dependent upon others or material possessions. Believing this lie only leads to disappointment and unhappiness.

I am never wrong. Yes, you are. No one is perfect! No one possesses ALL the knowledge or wisdom needed for EVERY situation.

I know it is too late (fill in the blank). Until you and you alone wave the white flag of surrender. There will be more opportunities to change your circumstances or you.

I will play it safe. Passivity only leads to missed opportunities and regrets.

I will avoid discomfort and pain at all costs. The only path to transformation is to leave the familiar for the unfamiliar— to leave one’s comfort zone.

I am only human and cannot be expected to keep all my promises. Then do not make promises! Failing to keep a promise tells others that you do not value their time or relationship.

Finally believers, whatever is true. Whatever is honorable and worthy of respect. Whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word. Whatever is pure and wholesome. Whatever is lovely and brings peace. Whatever is admirable and of good repute.

If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things. Center your mind on them and implant them in your heart. The things, which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Practice these things in daily life, and the God who is the source of peace and well-being will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9 

Amplified Bible 

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