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Don’t You Flinch in Your Moment of Truth

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          In school, we played a card game called “knuckles”.  I don’t know if you ever played it, but the object was whoever lost the hand would have their knuckles struck with entire deck of cards.  The object was to try to get the person who lost to flinch when you went to hit his knuckles.  If he flinched, the edge of the cards would cut his knuckles but if he didn’t flinch, he would just absorb the blow.  If the boy flinched, we would call him scared.  And from that point on, we would torment him until he learned not to flinch under the threat of danger.

          I remember as a soldier standing in line to receive my immunizations.  Each moment I got closer to the medic who held that needle which would penetrate my skin, my heart rate increased, my skin sweated profusely, and the only thing the medic told me when I was next was don’t you flinch.  He said, if you flinch the needle may scar your arm and give you a wound for which you will need treatment.  I stood there afraid, but I didn’t flinch.

           Flinching is shirking back in the face of danger, suddenly, you move off your position, you take down your guard, and you yield to the okie doke.  Flinching occurs when you’re unsure of your calling, your purpose, and your ability to do what you set out to do.  If someone or some circumstance lurched at you, would you flinch?  Or would you stand still and remain confident of your ability to be successful.

            Flinching occurs when your fear is greater than your resolve. But when you know that you know that what you are standing for is justice and righteousness you must not flinch.  Friends may not understand you or your mission.  They may even believe that doing you harm will do God service, but you must not flinch. Flinching shows a lack of confidence in your stated calling and a lack of courage to persist until you succeed.  If you flinch in front of your enemies, they will bully you and cause you to back down.

              In the movie “What’s love got to do with it,” Tina sits in her dressing room, about to start a new life.  Ike enters out of nowhere, shows up brandishing a revolver, and sits it on her dresser.  He asks “what you going to do now Annie Mae?”  She just sits in the mirror, she didn’t flinch, neither did she panic.  You could see the look in her eyes that regardless what Ike did, she was determined to maintain her resolve.  She told Ike people were in the audience waiting to see her perform.  She told him he could do what he wanted with his gun, even shoot her, but she was moving forward.  She had made up her mind to begin a new life and his threat of bodily harm would not stop her.  She got up from her desk, walked past Ike and went on to do a wonderful performance of “What’s love got to do with it.”  Tina Turner stood her ground and when threatened she did not flinch.  Her resolve was stronger than her fear and she won the victory. 

          You should do no less; don’t you flinch!  It’s your season; it’s your time!

You Can Handle It!

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”              (1 Corinthians 10:13)

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Life’s difficulties are proportionate to what we can handle.  Getting laid off from your job may seem overwhelming, but you can handle it.  Losing your baby at an early age or at birth may throw you into a fiery furnace of turmoil and pain, but you can handle it.  Being abused by your husband or disrespected by your wife resembles being tossed to and fro by angry waves and fierce winds which propel a hurricane, but you can handle it.  You may have insufficient funds to pay your bills and creditors are threatening or have already come and repossessed what they loaned you, but you can handle it.  That’s right, Life’s difficulties are proportionate to what we can handle.

In other words, whatever you’re going through, God has already worked out a plan for you to be able to handle it.  That’s why you need not turn to the left hand or to the right hand in search of resolution of your various trials and tribulations.  That’s why you need not toss in the middle of the night frustrated and wondering how you’re going to make it.  The answer to your dilemma is found within you, and all you need do is pray and fast and allow the Holy Spirit to show you the way that God has already made for you to be able to bear up under the weight of that burden until the door is opened for your exit.  Is that not why the old folks in the heat of the day exclaim, “I’m so glad that trouble don’t last always.”  Hallelujah!

A Family that Stands Together

Duck Dynasty won because Phil Robertson’s family refused to continue without him. A & E said its core company values were “inclusion & mutual respect. ”  What Robertson said didn’t conflict with those values but they offended some people and rightly so.  How can we have a genuine conversation about issues of race and sexuality if we silence voices with whom we disagree?

Of note for us is what Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. ” A&E was a house divided and they retracted their decision.  This is a lesson for us as a people,  we need to stand together towards some common goals in 2014.  We need to refuse to compromise even if others are offended.  Dr. King taught, “If you don’t stand for something,  you’ll fall for anything! ”

Take a stand in 2014!