There is an identity crisis in the Body of Christ; too many becoming carbon copies of what already exists. Our mission is to empower those we encounter to unearth their original God-given design, realize all of their potential and gifts, and to walk worthy of that calling to the end that the name of Jesus Christ can be glorified in the Earth and His Kingdom expanded.
Usually I’m a Fall/Winter girl (even though I was born in June). I’m not for the hot weather. Ya girl sweats. #NotCute
But this year, I’ve really been looking forward to the season change.
I’m ready for warmer weather. I’m ready for the blooms on the trees (The cherry blossoms in the picture were my dad’s FAVE! #DCStandUp) (as a native Baltimorean, that will be the ONLY DC Love you get on THIS blog)
As I was saying…
I’m ready to be free of coats & scarves. I’m ready for the daylight to last longer.
I’m ready for SPRING! #HeyGirlHey
Last year, while I was having my #JesusTime, I said out loud “My season is about to change!” God said back to me: “Your season HAS changed. The weather may not have changed, but the season has.”
*slow blink* Say what now?!
You ever have one of the moments when you hear God’s voice and you think your head is about to explode?
Yeah. That was me.
The season has changed even though the weather hasn’t caught up. Today is the first day of spring even if the weather outside doesn’t indicate that truth.
The date of the season change doesn’t alter just because the weather isn’t cooperating. Don’t let the circumstances outside make you disbelieve what’s been scheduled on the calendar of your life.
The weather just has to catch up.
I felt (and feel) that I’m about to enter into a new season. It’s my personal #HarvestTime. It’s a personal time of reaping. Birth. Renewal. Growth. Expansion. Double portions. Scratch that…I’m not about to enter in…I’m in.
But that weather tho.
As my seasoned aunties would say “I don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of!” (Not literally y’all. Relax!) I live in the same house. I do the same things. My social circle hasn’t really changed. TECHNICALLY, I’m in the SAME spot I’ve been in for the last year or so.
But really…I’m not.
Because, my season has changed though the weather around me tries to convince me otherwise.
SPRING IS HERE.
I don’t care if it’s cold. I don’t care if not one bloom has well…bloomed. I don’t care if the tulips haven’t pushed through the dirt in my front yard. I don’t care if a snow storm hits. None of these things happening disrupt what’s on the schedule.
The season has changed. Spring is here.
And I’m fittin’ to rejoice & be glad in it.
“But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun. Do you not see it?” – Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT
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Yep. I did it. I took something that is pop-culturally relevant and I’m about to use it for my own purposes to illustrate a biblical truth. Yes, the mere fact of Beyonce’s picture being up there will probably drive more traffic to my site. I don’t feel no ways about it either. You don’t like it… #BYE
Now for the rest of you. Hello!
I promise I was watching the Superbowl like the rest of you…mouths agape as I saw this ICON (feel anyway you want to about Bey, she is an ICON of this generation) take the field with all those subtle and not AT ALL subtle illustrations of Black, Woman empowerment! I then also saw the onslaught of foolishness from EVERYBODY (Hive-included-YES I SAID IT!) and I was over it before I could even begin. UGH with the Formation already! GEEZ, ya’ll mad or naw?!
So, it surprised ME more than anything that when I was about to tweet a thought about the #BOC (Body of Christ for the unenlightened); as I was typing out the thought, before I could catch myself, my hands flew across the keyboard, “We need to get in #Formation.”
I’m sorry, Qhwhat you say there Jesus? Come again?
I deleted it IMMEDIATELY because…
I HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEE when the #BOC turn EVERYTHING culturally relevant into a SERMON, A POST, A SONG… And I’ve said so too…so you know my next thought… #FearofJudgementfromthePentecostalPeanutGallery
Ya’ll won’t be looking at ME like… Well like Beyonce’ in the below pic.
But then, I hear the Holy Spirit so clearly and all that joker does is float a picture of my last blog post across my mind. #FearBeLyingYall
Word? You Right.
Okay so here I go.
Soooooooooooo let me start with this good question…
What does Formation even mean? Not in the Beyonce context. Let’s try the Webster context. (Remember him? Some ya’ll of ya’ll need to meet him for yourself. But I digress!)
Let’s tackle the second one. The structure or arrangement of something. Synonyms are “arrangement, positioning, alignment, order.”
If I could preach a sermon about the #BOC, main issues would be
“We can’t get in position, buck against arrangements of any kind, don’t want to be in alignment and SO OUT OF ORDER!”
Why would you say that is?
I would say it’s because we can’t conquer Definition #1 #Formation
Since I won’t define a word with its own word, Let’s say it like this:
“The act or process of being developed or shaped.”
You’re about to be mad. It’s okay. You’re in good company on this blog.
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY do we so STRENUOUSLY avoid being developed?! WHY do we run for the hills every time God is trying to process us?!
We go to church each week, some of us twice or thrice and we don’t leave changed.
We sing our songs, we lead our solos, we serve diligently, we preach, we teach, but we are the same.
The same fearful, jealous, petty, passive-aggressive, non-confrontational, depressed, weary, joy-less, mean-spirited, bitter, self & others loathing, oppressed people we were when we came in the doors! First of all, in my humble opinion, it’s because we refuse to confront our emotional issues. I’m currently reading a FANTASTIC book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
He speaks to not being able to deal with emotional scars and our oft-ignored feelings; shoving them aside and essentially pouring “Christianity” over them.
But what I would also speak to is that we not only won’t confront our own selves, we rebuff anyone else who God might be sending our way to help get us together.
Everyone isn’t hating on you.
Let me say this in all truth. I have been the type of person who wasn’t open enough to hear if God was using someone to illustrate a particular truth in my life. Not because I thought I was so fabulous; more so because I was scared that I had been found out. I was so busy being scared to let people know how jacked I really was that whenever anyone would point out a particular flaw, I would either deflect, deny or get defensive. But where did ANY of that ever get me? I’ll tell you where.
Exhausted. (Wearing that mask all the time is tiring)
Playing the Blame Game (It’s YOU, it’s not ME)
Constantly having to talk about other people so no one ever shined the light this way.
Afraid of being found out.
Which brings me back to Isolation.
There is NOTHING the devil loves more than to get us isolated.
We actually ARE made for community.
That whole scripture about “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together…” – Hebrews 10:25
Yeah, He meant that thing. But not so He could brow beat you into going into a building, but because He knows there is strength there.
Do you think God needs anyone? (Yes we could go theologically deep on that question, but let’s just keep it simple, shall we?)
He doesn’t. But He chose to reveal himself in 3 distinct forms. “Let US make man in OUR image.” -Genesis 1:26
He chooses to use US to do His work & will in the Earth. Despite how nuts we are.
So when you refuse to allow yourself one of the divine privileges of community, how do you think that makes God feel?
Ask yourself, When is the last time you were able to sit and let someone speak into your life in truth and honesty and you didn’t have to go
I’m not talking a “Prophetic Utterance” in the way we’re conditioned to think of it.
When is the last time you let a friend/your husband/your wife/bay/co-worker (that you may not even like) say something to you that ya’ll BOTH knew you didn’t want to hear?
Are you the type of person that is open to criticism of your person? Not your work…Not your project…Not even who you’re dating. YOUR PERSON! (Cause truth be told, if we let God deal with the untouched aspects of our person, we’d probably get delivered in the area of the fools we keep allowing into our spaces #JustSaying)
Can you declare #OpenSeason for the Purpose of #LifeGettingSeason ?
Can someone tell you, “You’re wrong.” Can someone say “That comment was unnecessary” Can someone call out jealousy, pride, a critical spirit, prejudice or even un-biblical behavior in you?
I say this.
There is NO WAY the Body of Christ can get in #FORMATION if we can’t even get our own selves in #Formation
If you’re Dancer #3, HOW are we going to ROCK OUT at the Super Bowl if your right arm keeps going LIMP when we need it OUTSTRETCHED & FISTED towards the SKY?!
But you want to get mad when the Choreographer sends one of the other dancers over to help you get arm up? #GetYourLife
We have to be willing to let God do the work in us. Yes, it does take a level of maturity. It takes tackling fear head on. It takes safe spaces and sometimes NOT safe spaces.
And for those of you reading this thinking “YES! Here’s my opportunity to let loose on so-and-so.” No boo boo. Not at all. Please don’t do that.
When a surgeon goes into cut, he or she goes in carefully, skillfully and for the purpose of cutting the bad before it infects the good. He or she doesn’t go in HACKING away hoping to hit something for the sheer enjoyment of it. The enjoyment should come in the bettering of the patient; not the glee of getting to cut.
COME ON JESUS! I think God just delivered ME in that last paragraph! YAAAAAAAAAAS!
And for those who have something to say to someone…
Walk in authority & love. The two are NOT mutually exclusive.
I say that to myself more than anyone else. I have almost ruined friendships by being afraid to be honest. But you can also ruin a friendship by being too afraid (or too prideful) to be confronted too.
So if you’re not a member of the “Bey-hive” the word is still the same to you.
It’s STILL time to get in #Formation
We can’t do that moving every time God is ready to “cut”
We can’t do that being scared to be authentic.
We can’t do that being jealous of sister-girl cause she got to be in the front behind Bey (or lead the dance ministry or called to preach or had the baby first or got the contract you wanted or whatever your issue is)
We can’t do that criticizing who’s next to us in #Formation cause they mis-stepped during the performance.
We can’t do that constantly battling those who are themselves embattled.
Get in #FORMATION
2 Timothy 4:1-5
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