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Fourth Quarter

July 11, 2016

In many football and basketball play-off games, many games are won in the fourth quarter to advance to the next round. During this time, the players must rely on their inner-strength, they must somehow ignore their pain. They must rely on their team mates and play team ball.

They must continue to play their best and encourage each other to put forth their best effort. The defense must press and close open gaps in the offense; all while adhering to the instruction of their coach.

In this game of life, we are in the fourth-quarter and God is our Coach. We have to come together, unite, encourage each other, listen to the voice of our Supreme Coach and “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 3:14) We as God’s people have to unite, encourage one another, pray and go on defense. Our enemy is penetrating open gaps and plucking us out; one by one. Our enemy is busy killing our men with bullets. He is stealing our freedom by injecting fear and destroying families with hate and division. (John10:10)

Life is short, yet, we spend most of our life bickering, hating others and being divided. Before we know it, death is knocking upon our door and we don’t have time to love, feel love or show kindness. Our life is as vapor. It is here today and gone tomorrow. (James4:14)

We cover our dwellings, automobiles, jewelry and guns with insurance. We cover ourselves with medical insurance and cover our families with life insurance. We hear daily news reports of police shootings, so much so that it appears to be the norm. We MUST cover ours families with the blood of the Lamb. Evidence has proven that “hope nothing happens” and shields won’t protect us from the fiery darts of the enemy”. Once they are covered by the blood it is certain their life insurance can be redeemed in Heaven. While the Country’s investigating Hillary Clinton’s email, we need to be looking at one of the real problem in this Country, “officers shooting unarmed citizens”. Death does not discriminate between age, color or whether we pin a badge on.

Police officers often refer to themselves as “family”. When one loses their life in the line of duty, they know how it feel to loose a member. Citizens feel the same pain. With the killing of the 5 officers in Dallas, it caused Congress and the speaker of the House to immediately issue statements voicing their outrage. Why are these lawmakers silent while our young unarmed men are being shot down senselessly? Should not the same law apply to all?

I experienced God’s love and His hand in motion this weekend at a teenager’s funeral. With all the killing of unarmed black men and the killing of 5 officers in Dallas, I saw blacks and whites united, sitting together, embracing, mourning and crying. In God’s infinite wisdom, He knew the Country would be divided with the death of the 5 officers in Dallas. “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor, preferring one another.” (Romans 12:9-10) God used the death of a 13 year old to give us a glimpse of the way it could be if we were united in love. It was such a beautiful picture to see everyone together in unity. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”. (Psalms 133:1)

Prayer: Father, we come to You with bowed heads and trouble hearts. We come casting all our burdens upon You. With everything taking place in this world, we know that You are still in control. We come to You seeking rest from our labor for we are heavy laden. We ask You to heal bereaved families. Wrap Your loving arms around them right now and comfort their heavy hearts. We know the things that are too difficult for us is just right for you. Bring this Country together in perfect peace. Bless everyone to reach for love instead of guns. In this 4th quarter of this season, stand by us and seal us with the blood until the day of redemption.

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