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Living by Faith!
By: Shirley Inkton (the Reverend)
Arkansas State Chaplain
"But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” (Galatians 3:11)
Sorors! The alarm has been sounded!!! If we ever needed God to be our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble, it is now!
We have entered a new season in the life of Delta, as well as the world. This new way of life is making us very uncomfortable, yet there is really nothing we can do to change it in our own strength. We may be even allowing the spirit of fear and helplessness to discombobulate our thinking process. Business as usual is not longer an option, and we are being told by the experts of the land things will get worse before better. Yes! It appears we may have entered into the season of perilous times foretold in the 3rd Chapter of 2nd Timothy. For those who confess and believe in God, the unfortunate truth in this theory can validated via correlating the behaviors found in II Tim. 3 to the behaviors that have become prevalent in our country and the world.
My sisters, we must continue to encourage ourselves, families, friends and those in whom Delta has served faithfully since 1913! Our focus Scripture for this meditation reminds us “the just shall live by faith.” This is not the season to insult your intelligence by saying these events are not as alarming as they seem. This is the season for truth. If we know God’s Word and believe It to be true, we must admit there is a good possibility we have brought this plague upon ourselves through our behaviors and lack of reverence to our Creator. So the question is, “What must we do?” Please consider the following: Although we love our sisterhood, now is the time to love God even more; acknowledging it is because of God’s favor upon our founders that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. even exists. Yes, Delta has been a forerunner and formidable force in the areas of Educational Development, Political Awareness, International Awareness, Economic Development and Physical and Mental Health, but if we truly believe the foundation of our legacy is built on Christian principles, I believe now is the time God is empowering us to lead in this arena as well. We have been propelled into this undesired season of death but we must continue to TRUST God through this valley experience and LIVE by faith knowing regardless of the outcome, we have been justified by God, not man. If we do our part now, our posterity will be blessed (Haggai 2:9).
Omnipotent God, You have been our dwelling place through all generations. You have kept, blessed and provided for us all the days of our lives, and we are grateful. We come offering repentance for our sinful ways. God, our hearts ache with sorrow. Please forgive and help us to begin living our lives worthy in Your sight. We love You Father and are so grateful for Your grace. We ask for Your divine strength to help us through this trial that may have been manifested because of our disobedience. And even so Lord, we still love You, bless You, and reverence Your love for us. Thank You for being the good Father who gave Your only Son to shepherd and give His life for the remission of our sins. Thank You for loving us so much that You refused to leave us comfortless. Thank You Holy Spirit for being our Comforter, even now. And God, we decree and declare, whatever our fate, we will not be afraid to live by faith, and thank You in advance for the good that is yet to come. It is in the majestic name of Jesus we offer these prayers and supplications to You believing that it is already done! AMEN, AMEN and AMEN
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God’s healing presence has taken up full residence in my body temple. I am whole and healed NOW!
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God’s bounty is never ending and therefore always available to me. I have plenty to share and to spare NOW!
A Prayer for Happiness:
God’s joy bubbles up in my soul and overflows my life. I am happy NOW!
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 (ESV)
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