This week's episode deals with the purpose and process of LAMENT!
What makes your heart cry? I'm talking about that person, place, thing, or idea that causes you grief, causes your soul to deeply mourn.
Lament opens one's eyes to see the transgressions, injustice, sin, etc..within and around them and gives one the humility and desire to bring it before God in complete sorrow and surrender.
Lament pulls at that root, to propel us to confess our transgressions and fall on God’s mercy, so that His character can take root in our lives, producing the fruit of His spirit.
"When we pull our transgressions up by its root, we can kill and eradicate its fruit. Lament helps us prepare the soil of our hearts and minds to do just that."
Take some time to reflect on the experiences in your life that have had the most influential impact on you and the person you are today. Has someone of another culture ever made an assumption about you and your culture, how did it make you feel? Is there something about your culture that you love and something that you wish was different?
Before you can fight the enemy outside, you have to first fight the enemy inside.
Heart change. Humility and awareness requires a heart change. Sometimes becoming aware shines a light on shameful secrets that many of us never want to be reminded of or much less discover about ourselves or the history of our families. Awareness can bring about feelings of guilt and shame. Shame in and of itself can be its own form of slavery, but what’s worst than that is being complicit and not acknowledging the truth. As we find in John 8:32 “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
In the wake of the unrest in our world right now, with racial injustice, killings of innocent black people, police brutality, and the like. Having a posture of awareness and humility will help you let go of pride, biased presumptions about people, and prejudices, and become like a student with a desire to learn how to implement racial restoration and equity into your life all while you unlearn and let go of racial biases.
With the current situations happening in our world today, in this episode I express my thoughts and feelings concerning it as well as a practical life lesson for your application. In sharing not only my take on the tragic events of 2020 thus far, I also share a dangerous behavior pattern that we all commonly find ourselves wrapped up in in our own lives without even realizing it. The cycle of hurt that leads us to hurt others.
Tying in numerous stories of injustices, murder, and racial profiling to name a few, I speak on the concept of Hurting People, Hurt People and offer you a solution to help you let go of past hurts in order to break the cycle of hurting others.
I want to help you stop bringing yesterday into today, so you don't cut off your tomorrow.