September 19. 2021

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. -Hebrews 11:7-8 ESV

Warrior;
Faith requires a GAP! Without a GAP, there is NO FAITH! Many who call themselves followers of Jesus have their security in their Job, their Bank account, their Family, their RICH BEST FRIEND, or their own gifts, talents and strength. 1 Corinthians 1:27, ESV: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;” If you could do it without God, there is NO FAITH required. To God, Faith=Glory.

Leader, It takes NO Faith to believe that 2 +2 =4. It does take Faith to uproot your entire family and head out without knowing where you are going. It takes NO FAITH to hold onto whatever money you have, instead of helping someone in need, because you have a budget, and you might not have enough for your retirement or planned vacation. It does takes faith to spend 100 years building an ark, in a desert, when it had NEVER RAINED before, and preach about the end of the world. When it rained 40 days and 40 nights, God recurved- MUCH GLORY!

Conduit, when we are in the flesh then we do as ‘earth dwellers’ do. (Rev 3:10) However, when we are in the SPIRIT and GOD IS OUR PROVISION, when we truly treat HIM as JEHOVAH JIREH and we depend on HIS PROVISION, HIS VISION, then the world will mock us, put us down and even ‘believers’ will join in the chorus. We must DECIDE who we are here to please; Man or GOD? It is impossible to please GOD WITHOUT FAITH! Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Amen!

September 18. 2021

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand. “Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” – John 13:6-10 ESV

Warrior;
Before the Son of Man was mocked, beaten, tortured, spit upon and nailed to the cross; before HIS LAST SUPPER, He took on the role of a lowly servant and washed the feet of His creatures! You CAN NOT have fellowship with Jesus until HE takes your feet into HIS HANDS. The feet are important, for It is our feet that allow us to STAND FIRM. Stand your ground…For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (Eph 6:10-17)

Leader, our feet represent our WALK with God. This is a serious implication! We must completely YIELD to HIM! Isaiah 6:2; Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: God creates His creatures to function in the environment He will place them in. Two to cover their eyes- Gods Shekinah glory is too much for even angels to see. Two were to fly, of course. The final 2 are to cover their feet. Our feet, supply our foundation, they give us stability and they are the piece of us that keeps us connected to the dirt, they represent our creature-hood. They must be covered in the presence of a holy God. Like God told Moses when he turned to see the bush that was burning, but not being consumed. Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)

Conduit, are you willing to sit at the FEET OF JESUS, and have your FEET in the hands of our LORD? We must recognize we are sinners who need to be cleansed! Jesus is still in the business of washing His disciple’s feet! Without the washing of our feet, there is no fellowship with Jesus! Be cleansed and BE- in HIS hands! Only then will your walk have a PEACE that surpasses all understanding. No Jesus, No Peace. Know Jesus, KNOW PEACE!

LIM Radio Replay; How to change your life!

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black continues on with the topic of the week: Change. Most people want change but don’t believe it’s possible. Many people need change but they don’t know how. Some people haven’t been introspective enough to realize the need for change. If you are in the first 2 groups, I can help. If you are in the last group, understand that change only happens in the presence of desire. Today Mr. Black will simulcast Like It Matters Radio on FB LIVE and be joined by recent graduates of Leadership Awakening as they share the power of real change and create a hope for that needed change! Tune into Like It Matters Radio fir an hour of power, as Mr. Black goes in-depth: 3-part change = Life Change!

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/09-17-21-three-part-change-changed-life

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September 17. 2021

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he (Proverbs 29:18, KJV).

Warrior.

Joel Ryan with Christianity.com, wrote well, when talking about this verse. “The book of Proverbs is one of the most practical books in the Old Testament. With its thought-provoking wisdom and memorable epigrams, the writings of King Solomon have provided inspiration and instruction to generations of God’s followers looking to practice righteousness in every area of life. In fact, many of the principles touched on in Proverbs offer warning, correction, encouragement, and practical steps for godly living.” He goes on to pose a question, that he answers: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PROVERBS? In the first few verses of the book of Proverbs, in the 1st Chapter of Proverbs, Solomon outlines the purpose of Proverbs, by saying that the Proverbs are written: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple knowledge and discretion to the young — let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance — for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings, and riddles of the wise(Proverbs 1:2-6).

Leader, the theme of Proverbs is then laid out in the following verse, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). If we are to be WISE, WISDOM COMES FROM GOD, then we must begin the process by having an AWE for God and His WORD! Throughout the Bible, we see that this is part of God’s plan for humanity. He wanted his creation and the jewel of that creation, humanity, to thrive by being in relationship with Him. But in order for that relationship to exist and for us to develop the disciplines required to live the life He wants for us, a life free from sin, we must be equipped with proper knowledge and instruction. This knowledge provides a new vision that allows us to see God and His plan for our lives more clearly. It creates in us a GOS (God operating System). Without this frame, without this VISION, we are left to wander in the dark, down a path that ultimately leads to destruction. Hear the Word of the Lord: “We hope for light, but behold, darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope along the wall like blind men, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at midday as in the twilight, among those who are vigorous we are like dead men” (Isaiah 59:9-10).

Conduit, let us consider what 2 of the greatest Christians of all time; Paul and Jesus had to say about this, about having this VISION, about those who read the Word, follow the WORD, preach the WORD, and LOVE THE WORD! In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (2 Corinthians 4:4, Matthew 15:14) This is one of the purposes of the Bible, so we know, so we are prepared so we: Fear NOT…for I AM…. (Genesis 15:1, Revelation 1:17) This is also why, through His prophets, through Solomon, the New Testament apostles, and from the WORD HIMSELF, His Son, Jesus the Christ, God provided perfect, life-giving instruction, which He expects us to live by. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. (Romans 2:13) He also calls us to, expects us to- SHARE THE WORD with others! Hear the Word of the Lord: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Then, “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Matthew 28:18-20) VISION begets Wisdom; GET SOME!

LIM Radio Replay: Upside Down!!

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/09-16-21-upside-down

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black is going to discuss the state of confusion that seems to be occupying our hearts and minds. Confusion is our enemies #1 weapon formed against us. When we are confused we hesitate, procrastinate and even bloviate! Understanding can either remove the confusion, or at the least, allow us to be functional in a confusing, stressful environment. Tune into Like It Matters Radio for an hour of power as Mr. Black makes sense of the confusion discussing the environment of our country and the times that we are in: Upside Down!

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September 16. 2021

And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the LORD to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. And the man cried against the altar by the word of the LORD and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’ “And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” 1Kings 13:1-3

Warrior;
What a powerful part of scripture. In this chapter 8 times we hear, “the WORD of the LORD”. And at NO TIME do we know the name of this prophet, or anything about him. GOD’s WORD is all that matters. Our opinions, our standing in the world, our own personal accomplishments mean nothing compared to the WORD OF THE LORD! This prophesy would be fulfilled in almost 300 years! This shows you that GOD IS IN CONTROL. Quit worrying about what God has done, and is doing and AVAIL and COMMIT to the WORD OF THE LORD!

Leader, God is looking for people who are willing to share HIS WORD, not their feelings, not their interpretation, but the WORD OF THE LORD. The prophet Isaiah boldly proclaimed; No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me, “Says the Lord. (54:17) When Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, in an attempt to subvert the Word of the LORD- his hand dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. Yet, even to the profane, God shows MERCY at the request of HIS Servant- and healed his withered hand! How GREAT is our GOD!

Conduit, do you desire GOD’s will, versus the worlds accolades and rewards? Are you willing to follow GOD’s WORD and not man’s ways? the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, for so was it commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’” So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel. -1Kings 13:8-9 God’s WILL, will be done! 290 years later- the EXACT WORD OF THE LORD was fulfilled! Even the altar at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin—even that altar and high place he demolished. He burned the high place and ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole also. Then Josiah looked around, and when he saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things. (2Kings 23:15-16) The TIME IS NOW, to know the WORD of the LORD and DO HIS WILL! All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him! Start TODAY!

LIM Radio Replay; VISION

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/09-15-21-without-a-vision-people-perish

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black is continuing to Move forward. The Good Book says, “Without a Vision, people Perish.” I firmly believe in this statement. Vision is a forward focus. vision is the belief that no matter how things are today, tomorrow can be better. Vision says, ‘I can see the way forward, connecting the dots.” Tune into Like It Matters Radio, for an hour of power as Mr. Black posits: Without a Vision people perish.
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September 15. 2021

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” – Daniel 3:16-18 ESV

Warrior;
When we read the Bible, we are reading history. We are reading about things that happened, IN THE BEGINNING, reading about people who succeeded and people who succumbed, people who soared and people who stumbled. However, there is also much prophecy in the Bible. According to “The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” by J. Barton Payne, there are 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament for a total of 1,817. These prophecies are contained in 8,352 of the Bible’s verses. Since there are 31,124 verses in the Bible, the 8,352 verses that contain prophecy constitute 26.8 percent of the Bible’s volume. According to George Konig; “The Bible contains 1,817 individual predictions concerning 737 separate subjects found in 8,352 verses. These numerous predictions comprise 27 percent of the 31,124 verses in the whole of the Scriptures. Generally, the Bible is said to be approximately 30% prophecy, although many of the prophetic verses have already been fulfilled historically. With all that said, we are living in END TIMES and much of what was talked about in the Bible, is coming true now, we are living through it. We can find solace in these ever-darkening times to understand that this is WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT, and now we are to be ABOUT IT! For the word of God is living and active…discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Leader, these three Hebrew boys, give us an example of how we are to be as children of God in the days that they were in literal Babylon, while we live today in figurative BABYLON. God is telling us, it is time to decide. “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”. (Revelation 3:16) We are living in a time, where we are called to CHOOSE; “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” (Joshua 24:15 MSG) Matthew 25, Jesus states he will gather up all people when he returns to the earth as King (31). He will then divide them into two groups, the sheep, and the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left (32). He will then say to the people on his right, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father! (those who lived a truly converted life and obeyed God) Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world.” (34) Christ will then turn away from the sheep and state to the “goats” or those who are on his left, “Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels!” (Matthew 25:41). This parable is about the time of the judgment. The sheep are symbolic of those who follow and obey Christ, while the goats represent those who chose not to follow Jesus and His example on earth (a witness). Choose this day are you going to be ON THE RIGHT, or ON THE LEFT?

Conduit, God is in control and God is allowing for these TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS, we can no longer separate God from the rest of our life- the TIME IS NOW TO be about JESUS and HIS WORD. There is going to be no elected official, no politician who will save AMERICA from the destructive course we are on- the only answer IS JESUS and HIS WORD. Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. (1 Timothy 6:2b-5) Does this sound familiar? This is America today, in the name of SOCIAL JUSTICE we are moving away from God, moving away from HIS WORD, JESUS. There is NO JESUS, NO PEACE, in all the street marches, in all the ‘Defund’ this, and ‘Cancel’ that. We need to go back to the basics to our LORD, to OUR WAY, to OUR LIFE! (John 14:6) After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (John 6:14) After conducting Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, Arturo Toscanini brought down his baton to a burst of applause. The audience roared its approval. Toscanini and his orchestra took repeated bows. When the cheering finally subsided, Toscanini turned back to his musicians and leaned over the podium. In a staccato whisper, he said to the orchestra: “Gentlemen, I am nothing. Gentlemen, you are nothing. But Gentlemen, Beethoven-Beethoven is everything, everything, everything!” Whether it’s Toscanini or the apostle Paul, whether it’s BLM, Republicans or Democrats or some social justice hero, these people are nothing. I am nothing, you are nothing, we are nothing- But Christ is everything. Today LIVE, LIKE IT IS ABOUT JESUS!

LIM Radio Replay: Thinking Strategies

https://omny.fm/shows/like-it-matters-radio/09-14-21-think-it-through

Today on Like It Matters Radio Mr. Black goes into qualities of effective leadership. 2 qualities that seem to be lacking are vision and critical thinking. We’ve become lazy with out thinking. We are stuck in a ‘group think’ and can’t seem to think fir ourselves. Vision, as well, seems to be a rare commodity in today’s America. Vision is the ability to connect dots, to see how things play out in the future.  Tune into Like It Matters Radio for an ‘hour of power’ as Mr. Black challenges us to: Think it through!

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