This evening I have the distinct honor of being recognized with a hundred distinguished Leaders, Speakers, and Influencers! I do not take this moment lightly and am humbled by the opportunity…
In a time where tears are a representation of pain, sadness, or even weakness I find it necessary to take a different approach to the significance and meaning of them. Webster’s Dictionary defines tears as, a fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as a result of emotion, especially grief. And while I understand grief and have been acquainted with it on many occasions, lets change the stereotype or better yet lets elevate our thinking and seek a greater truth.
Yes, a negative connotation comes along with tears and suggests weakness but how would you respond if I told you your tears have also been a sign of strength? Tears can be so strong that they won’t let you quit. They are a reminder of your promise, an outward manifestation that you trust God! Tears are a sign of trust! Tears have the ability to pull on the power of God “for we have a High Priest that can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Heb. 4:15). This is what we do when we don’t know what to say…so how is it that we only categorize tears as a posture of feebleness or of a shortcoming? Your tears are so strong that they keep you from choosing what does not please Him. They tell you to wait on the Lord! Your tears are so strong they make you wait for Him!
The story your tears tell, are up to you…So the next time tears are rolling down your face, see strength, see perseverance, see endurance, see how you made it through and are making it through but most of all see promise! #HelloPromise #Tearsareliquidprayers #ThesetearssayItrustGod
This Saturday I have the distinct honor of joining forces with A Woman’s Voice, Bishop Marvin Sapp, and a host of phenomenal speakers as we attempt to encourage, inspire, and uplift women from all walks of life…
This symposium challenges women to own their story, own who they are, and own he call of God on their lives so they can (we can) make a difference in the earth – to the Glory of God!
I invite you to join us as we stand flat-footed in promise and declare “my story matters because I matter!”
See you this Saturday!! Visit http://www.awomansvoicematters.net today to register!
Planning on attending The 2016 Gathering Conference but haven’t registered yet? Click on the following link by July 10, 2016 and register for ONLY $35.00.
While I encourage everyone to attend this year’s Gathering, I especially want to encourage every man to attend my session on July 14 at 10:00 a.m. This session is designed to birth dreams, confirm callings, and reignite the Word that’s already within you…Don’t miss your moment!
Register today and I will see you in a few weeks…
Bishop Donald A. Wright
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel: which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room…” (Acts 1:8-12 KJV)
One of the problems with attempting to extract another application of a familiar text is that it’s a familiar text. We all know the apostles had received instructions to go into the Upper Room and wait for the baptism of the Holy Ghost; We even know that a sound came from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house, and that they were in fact baptized as promised…It’s a well-known text…
So what are we after here? Verse 11 “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?”
Go with me for a moment. Verse 9 says that after Christ spoke to them He was received by a cloud and taken out of their sight. And yet the men continued to stand there looking. Gazing. The Lord was out of sight, no trace of Him (at that moment) but He had left them with His word or instructions on what to do next – go to the Upper Room and wait. Yet they continued to stand still at the place where the Lord declared the promise instead of moving forward to obtain it. Which brings me to where I want to be, how much time have you spent gazing at your last encounter with Him? How long do you plan on letting yesterdays experiences capture your attention? The Bible says that after this encounter they were only A SABBATH’S DAY (less than ½ a mile) away from THE PROMISE. They were less than 24 hours away from the fulfillment of everything He had said. So let’s talk about you? Could it be that THE PROMISE is really within your reach? Could it be that if you “get ye up and go ye northward” that victory is just up the street? SAINTS, KEEP GOING! THE SAME JESUS THAT PROMISED IS ABLE TO DO IT, IF YOU KEEP GOING! STAY IN THE PRESS! Don’t let yesterday’s experiences distract you from how close you are! WE ARE CLOSER TODAY THAN WE’VE EVER BEEN! IT’S ALL IN YOUR REACH!
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him…. And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Mk. 10:47-52 ESV)
The Gospel according to Mark uniquely tells a story of a blind beggar, whom is referred to as Bartimaeus (literally “Son of Timaeus”). As Jesus and his disciples leave Jericho, Bartimaeus cries out, “Son of David, have mercy of me!” After Jesus hears the man and summons him, the beggar throws away his cloak, comes to him, and receives healing.
Typically, we as Christians read this text and center our focus on the miracle and healing power of Jesus. Now while it is true, Jesus did heal many and He possesses great power, however, it is my opinion that the healing miracle of Bartimaeus is just the surface of the story.
Marks gospel is filled with theological meaning. For starters, the gospel narrative’s overall theme is to show Jesus as a servant, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (Mk 10:45). Secondly, Mark shows a man who understands who Jesus really is and how to appropriately engage him with faith. Look at the text:
- Bartimaeus throws away his cloak (v. 50) symbolizing one leaving behind his/her valued possessions. Question: Are you really willing to throw away your possessions for a true encounter with the Lord?
- Bartimeaus addresses Jesus using the title, ‘Son of David’- not to be found anywhere else in Mark’s writing, identifying Jesus as the Messiah.
- Bartimeaus’ faith in Jesus compelled him to call out again and again even when the crowd (letdowns, guilt, embarrassment, those who have seen us exposed, etc.) tried to silence him.
Brothers and sisters, could it be that we (the Body of Christ) have become like the son of Timaues? Allowing our current situations to cause us to lose sight of the promises of God; letting the voices of those around us make us doubt that our moment for victory has finally come; or perhaps we have been “blind” so long that we concede to defeat and just look to get by from day to day…Well I submit to you today that YOUR BEST DAYS ARE HERE! It’s time for us to lift our voices like a trumpet and say something! It’s time for us to get the attention of our Victor and call forth our healing, our deliverance, and our peace! Saints it’s time to take our eyes off of what would like to keep us blind and “look to the hills from whence comes our help”! It’s time for better days but they only come when YOU say something!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self- control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control (1 Cor. 9:24-27 ESV).
In order to complete a full marathon, a runner has to run 26.2 miles. At some point in a runner’s life they hit what is called, ‘The Wall.’ The Wall is a phenomenon in marathon running, which is described as being overcome with an unanticipated wave of fatigue. A Runner’s body will become sore, they will become thirsty, the runner will begin to feel as if he or she cannot finish, causing some to quit. Some will even describe their experience as entering a place of darkness (in their mind). What is most fascinating about this ‘Wall’ is that it is reached anywhere between the 15-20 mile mark…almost at the very end, all runners both novice and expert have fallen victim.
Ladies and gentlemen if you have not figured it out by now, I am really talking about the fast. We are approaching the half waypoint and it is important that we keep going. If you find yourself at, ‘The Wall’ point just know you are not alone and you have to keep fighting. Together let us exercise self-control and disciple our body (minds), we are not quitters. On this second leg of the fast let us lock in and go after the prize called finished! Remember, in the end is guaranteed victory!
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Mat. 6:18 ESV)
Jesus’ words concerning fasting were not commanding, however, they were words of expectation. He says, “when you fast…” which seems to suggest that as His followers this is something we all will do. Not only is fasting something that we will do, when we do it our focus should strictly be on growing closer to God, thus making our experience exclusively reserved for Him.
During the next 18 days, do not just concentrate on not eating during certain times. Instead concentrate on growing closer to our Lord. Put aside all of the distractions, make time for God, READ YOUR BIBLE, PRAY, and FAST because victory is certain when we finish.
Below is our Fast calendar to assist you through your journey.