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The Mini Lessons & Themes of Watching Black Panther

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Normally, I don’t really blog about movies. But just like the Karate Kid and many others, the Lord can use movies to give you messages. (Sometimes even cartoons). The movie was nothing less than amazing. The actresses and actors all did an outstanding job. The movie also kept the audience interest and attention throughout the entire film. (I hope that they do another sequel). If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend and suggest that you do. Bring your entire family if possible :).

There are many lessons but I am just going to point a few out that are not in any particular order:

Everyone wants a title, but titles come with a lot of responsibilities. Kings and Queens are not just there to appear “cute”. Kings and Queens have presence. There is a certain manner, honor and respect that they must conduct themselves in however, it’s not just about image. Kings and Queens have a lot of responsibilities and pressure upon them. They have power, but a lot of pressure and the weight of the kingdom upon them. When you are a boss or CEO, you not only have the pressures of the livelihood of the company upon your back, but the external issues that can effect the environment in which can come against the business. You must have the intellect, wisdom, knowledge and heart to do whats best to protect the people and your company. You must always be a quick thinker, problem solver and risk taker because things do not always go as plan. The bible says in Luke 12:48: For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more“. Can you handle the sacrifices, challenges and the requirements that comes with a higher position of power?

Never forget where you came from. Sometimes when we make progress and can be in a season where we may have a little more than our previous seasons. Although you may not be where you want to be and its better than where you were, its important to still remember the struggles and challenges in where it took to get there. Don’t leave the people who were there for you in your humble beginnings. Use your blessings and resources to help someone else even when you don’t have much. (Even if that means volunteering, donating clothes, money or buying lunch for someone). It doesn’t take much just do what you can do. It is written in Matthew 25:35-36: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me”.

Loyalty. (This is another chapter and topic that I would have to expand on one day). As matter of fact I think I will :). The loyalty within the community as a whole should be so strong, that they are willing to perish for it. (#Wakandaforever). A kingdom can fall from division lies, secrets and unloyalty. For example, what keeps a city functioning? The people. What keeps a city flourishing? The people. What keeps a successful business thriving? The people. You cannot buy true loyalty and honor. Even when people who disguise themselves as friends in your inner circle betray you, there should just be a few remnant of real loyal people to fight for your behalf. Even if there isn’t, God will fully vindicate you and fight for you, for the battle is not yours. The people who are the closest to you as well as family members can be some of the most dangerous wolves in sheep’s clothing. Again this will have to be a chapter all by itself. Ask God for the ability to discern and the strength to distant yourself. If a person is not loyal to God, he/she will not be loyal to you. Loyalty is what keeps a power dominion of fruitful relationships, establishments and wealth. It is one of the qualities and characteristics that will help a community prosper in all areas.  It is written in Proverbs 17:17: “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”. Proverbs 18:24: “A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother”. Matthew 26:35: “Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples”.

Bitterness. This needs to be a blog topic all by itself, but I will touch on it since it is one of the many themes/lessons of the movie. What doesn’t heal within you will destroy you. No matter how strong or powerful you are, if you do not work on yourself nor get the necessary amount of help that you need for your healing, (Which is not over night, but takes time). Not only will you destroy the relationships around you but you die from the poison that is inside of you. What may have happened was not fair and ruthless, but you are not victim. You are more than a conqueror. Please do whatever you have to do in order to get the healing you need. Please spend time with your creator. Don’t be upset with him, instead pull closer. You are a walking ministry and a vessel who can be used to help others to become delivered out of those same traps. Don’t become a trophy for the wrong team. It is written in 1 Samuel 1:10: And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore”. Job 21:25: “And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure”.

Kings want strong women. The king was surrounded by powerful and articulate women. This is definitely a topic to tackle by itself in which I will cover soon. (Whether in a blog or book). He had strong and loyal women that could help him through his mission/assignments. Again Kings don’t run from strong women, they gravitate towards them. A king is very confident and secure within himself and does not feel like your brilliance, personality, presence or accomplishments is a threat to his ego, instead it compliments who he is. Kings are not intimidated by strong women, instead they are interested in someone who can bring so much to offer to the table. Queens brings so much more to the table than appearance, clothes and materialism. An insecure man runs from strong women, kings don’t. Kings like challenges and they are not ran off by them. It is written in Proverbs 31:10: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies”.

If you haven’t seen the movie, what are you waiting for! Get to it ❤️ 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Be the Best You that You can Be!

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It’s important to be yourself. If God has called you to do something, then you must do it. There will always be obstacles and challenges along the way. You cannot allow the fear of others or what may happen to deter you from what you have been called to do. The jealousy and the lack of support will come. There will be people who will not be able to continue the journey with you. These are all of the things and events that will occur. See it not a strange thing. It is all an indication that you are walking in the right path. You cannot make everyone happy neither is it your assignment to do so. Some people can become uncomfortable and intimidated by what you have to offer.

The greatness on your life is so strong that you don’t need the numbers, approval nor validation from man in order to continue to pursue God’s will for your life. This is not regarding nor referring to material/financial possession, but his purpose. No matter what constant changes you may face, endure until the end. Your steps are still ordered no matter how many times you have fallen off. Endure until the end. Be faithful over a few things, so he can make you a great ruler of many. The capacity and the amount of responsibility that he wants to entrust you will be greater, so the process may appear slower for you than most people. Endure until the end. The waiting time is a training ground that you must use to prepare yourself for whats to come. Anything worth having will not be easy, again endure until the end. Be the best you, you can be. You were made for this!

Matthew 24:13: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved“.

1 Peter 4:12: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you”.

Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother“.

 

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Building From the Ground Up

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Sometimes it’s important to start fresh. Building from the ground up is not easy. It’s much more difficult than starting with a template or blueprint. There are going to be a countless amount of trial and errors along the way. Building from the ground up also requires more faith and patience. (Since most of the time it won’t be overnight). Once the final product is finished and established, it will be worth all the hard work, effort, risk and commitment you invested. Your hard work and seeds of faith will pay off.

Don’t get discouraged because it didn’t happen in your timing. God always does things in decency and order. He does everything in perfection. There is no need to rush your come up. Your too special to be rushed! Remember he is always on time. When your building from the ground up, don’t be surprise when there are some people who won’t support or help you. This is to only test the motives and the intentions of those who are around you. He is sparing you from the leeches.

What better way to expose someone’s motives when you are in the beginning stages of pursing your dreams, passion, goals or vision? (This can refer to careers, businesses, relationships and education etc.). Everybody is with you during the stages of success, but can they hang during the times when there is no harvest? Be thankful and grateful unto God that he is showing you and revealing who is truly for you. This also makes you aware of the real reasons why you are doing what you love. If there were no financial gain nor reward for it, would you still be able to carry out with his assignment and will for your life?

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Yes, there will be days of frustration. Yes, there will be days in where you will wake up and ask yourself is it worth it? Yes, there will be days in where quitting looks good but I’m here to tell you, DON’T GIVE UP! You can’t and you have no option. That shall not be spoken of nor thought of. You shall fill your mind with his words of truth and peace. The devil cannot win. Don’t allow even the smallest doubt in your mind. Remember that he will not put more on you than you can bear. You can handle the pressure and challenge.

The blessings that comes from building from the ground up without any help, is that you do not owe anyone anything. All credit goes to God. It also removes all the people who only want to connect with you because of what you have or what you are affiliated with. It teaches you how to fully trust and rely on God.

Whatever it is that you may be building from the ground up, always know that God is with you every step of the way. It may not be easy and it will be painful at times, but he will be by your side. Again, do not be discouraged. It shall come to pass, it shall come to pass!! Amen.

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Be Not Entangled

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It is written in Galatians 5:1: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”. The word entangled means to be caught up or twisted in circumstances that are difficult to escape. When a spider trap it’s prey, it is entangled in a web waiting to be devoured. We must not be deceived or controlled by anything or anyone.

Whatever control us is what owns us. We can be entangled in something and not know it or be in denial. The Lord will always provide a way of escape out of your bondage. Do not follow the lust of the flesh. This can apply to any unclean area of our lives.

Galatians 5:16: says “This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. Becoming untangled takes work and just like with anything it’s a process. Whatever you don’t rid of will get rid of you. Whatever you don’t deal with now will always come back later. The Lord will provide a way out. Sometimes you must go through what you have to. The process will be messy, but it will be all for his glory.

He will always give you ashes for beauty. Do not be entangled. His power is much greater than your circumstance and weaknesses. He has the power to make you free from anything that is holding you back. Cling on to his word. Sometimes we can hold our own selves internally back due to our past or present experiences.

It is written in Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Let go of all your heavy burdens and cast all cares upon him. Allow him to remove any chains and strongholds that may have you entangled. He’s waiting 🙂

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Always Be Confident :)

 

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Confidence comes from within. You can have all the outer and exterior things you desire and it will still not create true happiness. Confidence, joy and happiness is a choice. You must trust God that he did not make a mistake when he made you in his image. No one can take away your confidence unless you allow them. It’s important to love yourself. You cannot expect someone else to give you what you don’t have for yourself. No need to seek validation and approval from others or in substitutes. Always know that you are not what others say about you. The LORD shall shut the mouth of every naysayer that came against you. The LORD will always use every negative situation for your good to preserve you. Be strong and courageous in who he made you to be. Continued to be encouraged! Remain whole and not into pieces. It is written in Hebrews 10:35:Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward”. Allow your confidence to come from GOD and none other. Allow him to steer the ship against the waves of insecurity of any form. Be Confident. Do not allow the Devil to win ♥

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Hold on to your Faith: Faint Not

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Hold on to your faith even when you cannot find it in anyone or anywhere else. Sometimes it may be the only thing you have to hold on to. It is written in 2 Corinthians 5:7: For we walk by faith, not by sight”.  It’s never about what’s happening around you, but what’s within you. The words faith and faint sound and almost look similar, but they have two different meanings. Faith means to believe while faint means to fall and to lose consciousness.

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What storm has arose against you? Remember it’s not about what’s around you, but what’s within you. It is written in Matthew 8:23-27:

23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

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There is no need to worry about anything that is around you. As long as God is with you, You shall be protected and secure from the waves of life that tries to knock you down. Be faithful and be whole. Hold on to his power and strength that he has given you in the midst of the storm. Faint Not! 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JZXZEY4
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He’s Still Going to Do it!

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No matter how long its been; no matter what trouble you have been through, always remember that the LORD is still going to do what he has promised. Don’t allow winds of discouragement to throw you off course. No matter how many times you have been knocked down, get back up! It is written in Proverbs 24:16: “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief”.

All you need is a mustard size seed of faith. That dream will come to pass, even when you felt that you may have lost it all. Sometimes the LORD will take you through different routes to get there, but its all part of the process to become better and stronger. There will be times in where things won’t appear fair, but in due season it shall pay off. Your going to be more stronger and powerful more than you have ever been before. Psalms 22:2: “says,  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters”. Speak it into existence and write the vision to make it plain. Don’t give up on him and don’t give up on your faith, for you have come too far now. When God is planning on to bless you, no Devil in hell can stop it. Don’t faint, fall or stumble. He is going to still bless you beyond measure. Your going to come out with much more than what you came in with. Don’t be angry with him, he is still going to make it happen.

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Pick up the word of God as your weapon to fight against whatever doubt or attack that may come against you. It is written in Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. Be anxious for nothing. Allow him to do things his way. No matter what you been through, he is still going to do it! Increase you power and strength by reading his word.

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