LIM RADIO Replay: Stormy Days.

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/01-11-22-stormy-days

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black has us take a reality check. Things are not what they used to be. It seems like there is no ‘normal’ anymore. Normal, has become abnormal. Things are confusing, things are constantly changing, and many things don’t make sense. It is in times like these that some will rise, while many will fall. If we are to be successful in this environment we need to focus on 2 key things! As a leaders we must control our focus, which directs our energy! Tune into Like It Matters Radio fir an ‘hour of power’ as Mr. Black gives us a dose of reality and of hope. Enjoy today’s conversation: Stormy Days.
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January 11. 2021

You must not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not follow the practices of the land of Canaan, into which I am bringing you. You must not walk in their customs. You are to practice My judgments and keep My statutes by walking in them. I am the LORD your God. Keep My statutes and My judgments, for the man who does these things will live by them. I am the LORD. – Leviticus 18: 3-5 BSB

Warrior;

We are called to be different. The ESV translation says, “You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you.” The reason that God chose a people, the Jews, was so that people would notice they are different. God’s plan was that He would walk with Israel, and He will be their God and they will be His people. The other people in the World will see how these people act differently, think differently, treat each other differently, mourn differently, punish differently…. Then the pagans and the Gentiles will see Israel and notice the difference and want to follow after Israel’s God. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:12) The Story of Balaam and Balaak and the talking donkey in Numbers 22-24 is from the similar purpose. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19) God tells us that we are to BE IN THE WORLD, but NOT, of the world! This is what He means. We are to be like a chocolate chip, in a chocolate chip cookie. The butter, the flour, the sugar all became OF the cookie. They can no longer be separated out. You cannot remove the butter, flour, eggs, or sugar from a chocolate chip cookie. However the chocolate chips never loose their shape, their form, their sweetness, or their goodness. And even after a chocolate chip cookie is baked, you can still REMOVE THE CHIPS! The chocolate chips are IN the cookie, but NOT, OF, the cookie.

Leader, hear the Word of the Lord: “Be Holy as Your Father in Heaven is Holy!” (1 Peter 1:16) Jesus calls each one of us to become like our Father in heaven. He calls us to be holy. Holiness means to be in communion — in a solid and loyal relationship — with God. God is HOLY, and He is calling us to be HOLY!!  Consider the fact that holy is mentioned 431 times, not counting the word holiness.  The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” which means “apartness, sacredness,” or “separateness” showing that God is altogether holy, sacred, set apart or separate from His creation. The Greek word used for holy is “hagios” and has a similar meaning to the Old Testament word “godesh”, which is “pure, morally blameless” or “set apart” as in set apart for holy use, which is what the saints of God have been called to.  The word “holy” is found in the New Testament 180 times and if you used holiness, then it’s almost 200 times that holy or holiness is used.  It is obvious from the Scriptures that holiness is important to God. We are called to be like the Father and like the Son. God calls us to be LIKE HIM!  Jesus said, “I am the way, I am the Truth, I am the LIFE….” In other words, Jesus is saying, “I am your example, what you see me doing, you do!” Jesus spent 33 years on this earth.  Of all His purposes, plans and outcomes none of them was about having sex and being happy.  They were not on His agenda, but seem to be on the agenda of many who “identify” as Christians, and most who do not.   Jesus was here to do His Fathers business, He was here on a Mission, He was here to bring Glory and Honor to the Father, through the Son! We are to have a similar focus and a similar desire, will, ‘want’ of the heart! If being a true follower of JESUS was a crime…  Would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Conduit, this is a common theme in the Bible for God’s chosen; BE DIFFERENT than the earth-dwellers, those whose life is lived for themselves, for the purpose of existence and gratification. One of the biggest things that differentiates children of God from children of the World, and the Prince of this world, is the desires of the heart. Leviticus 18, the entire chapter is about what NOT TO DO SEXUALLY. Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality. (1 Corinthians 6:9. Also see Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:26-27)) We are all sinners, we all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We all stumble, but stumbling as a sinner is different from practicing sin. Practice is defined in biblical context as frequent, repeated, or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind; usage; habit; custom; as, the practice of rising early; the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the practice of daily exercise. (v. t.) To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2) Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. (Proverbs 4:14-15) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) It is time to check your citizenship. Are you thinking, voting, protesting, rallying like the world? Are you buying into the lies of the world? Are you keeping a ‘pound of flesh’, a ‘record of wrong’ like the world? Are you pushing CRT and BLM and denying forgiveness, mercy, and grace…LIKE THE WORLD? If you are to be LIKE CHRIST, then why are you ACTING LIKE THE WORLD? Examine yourself, your social media posts, your voting history… to see if you are still in the faith! (2 Corinthians 13:5)

LIM RADIO Replay: What’s Possible?

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/01-10-22-whats-possible

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black continues talking about expectations. What were your expectations about 2021? What are your expectations for this Holiday Season, or next year? What are your expectations of your family, spouse, or children? The Galatea and Pygmalion effects are two important theories based on the power of expectations. The fundamental difference between the two theories is that the Galatea effect is based on an individual’s expectations about themselves, whereas the Pygmalion effect is based on the premise of people’s expectations of others. Tune into Like It Matters Radio, for an hour of power as Mr. Black asks the question: What’s Possible?
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January 10. 2022

After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. – 1 Corinthians 3:5-7 ESV

Warrior;
The only reason we LOVE GOD, is because God loved us first. It is written: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:10,19) The only reason we choose\Chose God, is because He chose us first. Hear the Word of the Lord: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (John 15:16, Romans 8:29, John 6:44) This is what is meant when the writer of Hebrews says that Jesus is the ‘Author and Perfecter’ of our Faith. In other words He is the one who STARTED IT, and HE is the one DOING IT!

Leader, this is where we must realize there can be NO SHARED GLORY. Because it is He who begins and brings to perfection our faith, we must run the race with our eye fixed upon Him: in Him is the beginning, in Him the completion of the promises. See 2 Corinthians 1:20. Other translations use the following words instead of Author and Perfecter; Founder and Finisher of our faith, Source and Goal of our Faith, Originator and Completer of our Faith. The MSG Bible paraphrase puts it this way; Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. It is clear to see that we cannot accept any credit for the fact that we are followers of Jesus Christ. For many reading these words, this is a hard pill to swallow. Let’s surmise this so far; God starts and completes our Faith, and God loves us and chose us and thus we love and choose Him. For some reason you were chosen, and you are loved. Love made the first move; our love for God is simply a response to His love for us. When we add that to the fact that God initiates, activates, and completes our actual FAITH…. Again, NO SHARED GLORY.

Conduit, there is one more thing to add to the equation that I am building. That one last thing is that every single thing we do for God was pre-designed and pre-planned by God. Again, let us look to the WORD for verification. Hear the Word of the Lord. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life. (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10) Did you get that? God has plans, and God knows those plans, and God has PLANNED IN ADVANCE GOOD WORKS for you to walk through. If you add all this up you will see that we can take NO GLORY for our lives and the impact God allows us to have on others. God doesn’t NEED anybody, but will USE anybody. God doesn’t use the ABLE, He uses the AVAILABLE. In other words we get to play as big for the Kingdom of God as we DESIRE. God is looking for men and women of Faith, who know WHO THEY ARE and who know, WHOSE THEY ARE! There are too many PRIDEFUL Christians. Too many Pastors, Preachers and Evangelists taking credit for leading people to Christ, when they were just blessed to be used by God to activate the ‘CALLED OUT’ ones. The Holy Spirit is the only true SOUL WINNER, and it is only JESUS, whose ministry is the “ministry of reconciliation’. Remember one of the last things Jesus said in the flesh, “IT IS FINISHED!” Knowing that God has done all the heavy lifting, what then? We children of God, we saints, our job is to FEAR THE LORD, SHARE THE GOSPEL and LOOK UP! This is why PRIDE is so offensive to our LORD, because we are stealing God’s glory. No shared glory! This is why we Praise the only wise God, The Father, and give Him glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

January 9. 2022

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the filed, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying “What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. – Matthew 6:25-32 ESV

Warriors;
THE TIME IS NOW, to walk by Faith and NOT BY SIGHT! Do your actions show you as a PAGAN; a NON-BELIEVER In the God of the universe? Do you think like those who DON’T KNOW GOD, or do you THINK differently, WANT differently, STRUGGLE differently and DO differently? Are you different or are you like the “earth dwellers”, the idolaters? Romans 12:2 gives us an imperative: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

Leader, God knows your NEEDS, HE is our FATHER, ABBA Daddy! “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:9-11) God DESIRES to be your FIRST LOVE, your FIRST WANT, your overriding YEARNING! Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) When you seek God first and foremost, HIS DESIRES become your desires and HIS WILL be done, in our lives as it is in heaven! Deo Volente!

Conduit, the poem by Elizabeth Cheney is painfully accurate: Said the robin to the sparrow, “I should really like to know, why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.” Said the sparrow to the robin, “Friend I think that is must be, that they have no Heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me.” If being a Child of the Risen King was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Do you want like the world? I want better food, I want sex, I want fame, I want to go to the ‘Social Justice” rally, I need people to know what I’m thinking (twitter), I need people to see me naked, I want to vote for the person who will give me stuff and pay for my insurance. When we SEEK FIRST the Kingdom of God and HIS WILL and HIS WAY, then we let God be God and we TRUST in HIS PROVISION. For He is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides! Remember the proverb: You can tell a man’s religion in times of despair! When our back is against the wall, we GO TO what we KNOW! Do you know Jesus? Do you have an intimate relationship with HIM? Do you seek HIM above all else? Repent, turn away from the worries, ways and patterns of this world and be different- especially in wanting! Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own!!! He is worthy to be trusted! Remember: Without Faith it is impossible to please GOD!

January 8. 2022

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. – Ephesians 1:1-3 NIV

Warrior;
We need to keep our geography right! We need to know WHERE WE ARE in relation to CHRIST! If we don’t where we are at, then how will we ever get to where we are going? If you take a GPS device into your home and type in the address you want to get to, there can be times when the device will NOT be able to give you directions. You might ask why, if I know where I want to go, then why can’t it give me directions? Because if the satellite can’t locate you, then it doesn’t matter how clear your destination, it can’t give you directions! It must know what our starting point is in order to give us directions to where we want to go. Do you know WHERE YOU ARE, in relation to Jesus Christ? How can you get where He wants you, where He planned for you to be?

Leader, God has blessed us! WE bless HIM because He first blessed us. We bless Him with our LIPS, we bless Him with our HEARTS and we bless HIM with our hands and feet- those things we do to HIS GLORY. What does blessed mean? The word has in in the thought of happiness and joy; God is happy and joyful for He has a way to bless us- in the form of JESUS the CHRIST! These blessings are NOT WITH CHRIST, they are IN CHRIST! He has blessed us IN the heavenly’s, IN CHRIST. We put our FAITH IN Christ, not with CHRIST. Do you see how important this preposition is? Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4) This is a symbiotic relationship, the two become one; they are IN each other! I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Conduit, when Moses had died, and Joshua was now leading the Israelites, they were ready to cross over the JORDAN into the promised land GOD told JOSHUA clearly: Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. (Joshua 1:3) GOD WAS WITH THEM! When we become ONE with CHRIST, we are WITH HIM, IN HIM- in other words wherever HE GOES, we go! Wherever WE GO, CHRIST IS IN US, so HE GOES! It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (1 Cor 1:30) Christ has been made unto US. He has been made Sanctification, Justification- we can’t DO IT, because CHRIST HAS BEEN MADE these things FOR US! When we come to CHRIST we get everything from HIM! It is the WILL OF GOD, that we have GRACE and PEACE from God and with GOD and that we have ALREADY received all the SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS! If Christ is in the throne room of GOD and we are IN CHRIST, we too are IN THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD! “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16) Today, ACT AS IF, you are IN CHRIST and experience HIS GRACE, HIS MERCY, HIS PEACE and be LIKE JESUS, and share it with others! Amen.

LIM RADIO Replay; Who’s list are you on?

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/07-07-22-whose-list-are-you-on

Today on Like It Matters Radio, Mr. Black talks about LISTS. The human creature works through lists. Some of the most famous lists: Bucket List- things to do before we die, No-Fly list- for those who make the government upset, Emily’s list- for those who believe that a women’s most important right is abortion, The “A” list- for top-of-the-line celebrities, TO DO list, and men- we have our HONEY DO, list. People keep and make lists, government keep and make lists. At the end of the year, many people make a list of memories from the year, things that they experienced and people that they encountered. It is a list of memories and memorabilia and each of us is on a list somewhere, or on someone’s list, somewhere. When you live your life like it matters, that mindset has a tendency to impact many people and get you added to their list of, “People who have made a significant different in my life”. Today Mr. Black wants you to consider: Who’s List are you on?
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January 7. 2021

In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. .- Ezekiel 1:1, 4 ESV

Warrior;
In J. Vernon McGee’s exposition on the book of Ezekiel he posits that this vision from Ezekiel is of the chariot of God as He rides triumphantly and irresistibly through time. Ezekiel saw visions of God. We do not have GOD Himself exposed, it is instead a VISION of the GLORY OF GOD, the presence of GOD’s AWE and POWER. How about you, when you dream do you dream of a bigger house, a more successful career, or do you dream of the awe and majesty of the God who seeks us out? A God who will inhabit our dreams, and dwell in us and DIE FOR US? If we truly want to Live a life of significance then we should seek a vision of GOD, from God. Proverbs 29:18 instructs us; Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Leader, Ezekiel was part of the second diaspora into Babylon. The Israelites were slaves in a foreign land, a land of pagans and idol worshipers; they were being disciplined by God for their lack of obedience. Psalm 137 was written about this time-event: By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” (Psalm 137:1-3) In the midst of this tragedy and persecution Ezekiel was seeing visions of God. The VISION shows us HIS AWE and it reminds us of why we are to seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, HIS WILL for our lives- and everything will be taken care of! (Matthew 6:33)

Conduit, in our familiarity with Christ we forget: The Word of God says that our God is a consuming fire, (Hebrews 12:29), and God is light, (1 John 1:5). In his vision he sees a FIRE unfolding itself and a brightness was about it. It was a LIGHT flashing forth and it was revealing and concealing, it was obscuring and yet bringing- it is a light brighter than the sun. As McGee posits, “it could be compared to the inside of an atomic blast. It was incandescent, like lighting. “In Acts 26:13 Paul said, “as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me.” This is the GOD who sent HIS SON, to die so that we may spend eternity in HIS PRESENCE, under HIS AUTHORITY. The only way to GET TO THERE is from a place of AWE and reverence. A place of HUMILITY and GRATITUDE. For God so LOVED the world that HE DID something about it! (John 3:16) Do you so LOVE (verb) God, that you do something about it? A VERB is an action word! Commit your life to the ONE, who GAVE IT ALL, so that your daddy, ABBA Father is YOUR FIRST focus, FIRST priority- your FIRST LOVE!

LIM RADIO Replay: It’s the environment….

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/01-06-22-its-the-environment

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black wants to remind us of the importance of our environment. Our environment: the norms, acceptable behavior, common ways of thinking and doing things- dictate so much. The study of Epigenetics teaches us that ‘we are a community of 300 Trillion cells all driven by our environment’. As leaders, as difference makers we must be aware of our environment, so we can be safe, we can be productive and we can be in control of our outcomes! Tune into Like It Matters Radio for an hour of power as Mr. Black reminds us; It’s the environment….

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January 6. 2022

Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.” – Luke 12:37 NASB

Warrior;
This is an incredible verse! The God of the universe, the ONE WHO PAID IT ALL, the only ONE WORTHY to open the scroll- the deed to planet earth- is the ONE WHO WILL SERVE, His good and faithful servants! Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it. Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1-5)

Leader, Jesus told us when He was on this planet before His death and resurrection- He told his followers; And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And Paul tells us of the magnificent glory of what we will experience in that time;” No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor 2:9) Before His arrest and crucifixion Jesus did something similar to what He will do again in heaven; He riseth from supper and laid aside his garments; and took a towel and girded himself. (John 13:4) Notice the consistency of our SAVIOR! HE IS WORTHY of all our PRAISE and our WATCHING and WANTING for HIS RETURN!

Conduit, Jesus makes another powerful promise about those who ENDURE to the end: “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” (Mark 10:29-31) So here is today’s LITMUS test: Out of all the things you are LOOKING FORWARD to, is the main one the RETURN OF CHRIST? This will tell you your SPIRITUAL temperature more than anything else! Are you ON ALERT, WATCHING, WANTING, preparing, LIVING as ONE WHO CRAVES, DESIRES HIS RETURN? Up Until NOW…! Focus- Amen!