From the Pastor’s Desk ….. May 2015
Church Family, for some time I have been encouraging you to push back when you pursue matters and the outcome of pursuing the matters do not yield what you expected or anticipated.
Now! To push back does not mean getting angry and telling somebody what’s on your unspirited filled mind. Nor does it mean taking matters into your on hands to get them resolved. What it does mean is working within the frame work of the legal realms of the system, to get what you feel you desire and what is right for you in accordance with almighty God and the law of the land.
Now! Before we attempt to move into this sermon series for the month of May. The month we pause on the 2nd Sunday to give recognition to our “Mothers,” I’ll have you know that we will not receive what is rightfully ours until we learn to be persistent. That is, pray and push back!
The supporting scripture for this message comes to us from Luke the 18th chapter, verses 1-8. It is in these verses we are blessed with a parable Jesus shared with his disciples relative to a persistent widow.
If you would note, the scriptures does not give a name of the widow, nor does it say who her husband was. All it says is that she was a widow. However, we do know from the make up of things as recorded, at some point and time, she was married.
Now! Not only was she married, her husband was dead. We know that she was married and her husband was dead because there is no other way to become a widow unless you were (1) a woman married to a man and (2) the man is dead.
Upon establishing the facts of what we know about this widow, let us examine what Jesus wanted his disciples, as well as us, to gain from this parable.
First of all, it is through this parable Jesus establishes the fact that we should always pray and never give up.
The term, “Always pray and never give up,” literally means execute the power of persistence, pray and push back.
The question is asked, “Why should we execute the power of persistence, pray and push back?
We should execute the power of persistence, pray and push back, because we have some judges, political leaders, police officers and some others who sit in high places that neither fear God, nor care about people just as this judge depicted in this parable in the 18th chapter of the gospel of Luke.
If you would note in reading this parable, it is written that this judge did not fear God, nor did he care anything for people.
Now! The only way to deal with folks in our society today who do not fear God or care about people is to execute the power of persistence by and through praying and pushing back on their decisions and/or actions, that are not in the best interest of God and the people in our society.
In this parable, Jesus states that the widow went to the judge on several occasions with a plea to get him to grant her justice against her adversary. Jesus further states, in this parable, that for some time the judge refused to honor the widow’s request.
The refusal of the judge to honor the widow’s request did not stop the widow from executing the power of persistence, praying and pushing back. The widow kept on praying and coming back. She executed the power of persistence. She never gave in or gave up. She kept on coming!
This widow’s spirit of persistence is a lesson for the saints of God to stand bold, execute the power of persistence, pray and push back, if they expect deliverance from the injustices that run rampant in our society.
Yes! We, the saints of God, through the blood of Jesus Christ, must keep on praying and pushing back if you want God to open doors no man can close and close doors no man can open.
I am confident, through the blood of Jesus Christ, that God will open doors no man can close and close doors no man can open, because Jesus said in this parable the judge finally said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, I will see to it that she gets justice, because she keep on bothering me. If she keeps on bothering me, she will eventually wear me down with her coming.”
Jesus concluded this parable by saying, “If this judge who fears not God, nor cares about men, will render justice, will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones.”
As I bring this documentary to closure, I pause to encourage each of you to join me. Let us take upon the power of persistence by and through praying and pushing back against the injustices and wickedness we are confronted with in our daily walk on this Christian journey. In so doing, I am confident that God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, will bring about justice for his chosen ones.
To God be the glory!
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for May 2015
The Power of Persistence
To be closer to God, be closer to people