“Clarity brings acceleration to vision. Reimagine the way you think. As you imagine your desired outcome with corresponding, purposeful and intentional action, success will follow." —Theo A. McNair, Jr.
Nia is a Swahili word that translates into English to mean purpose. Mindful of the words of the late Dr. Myles Munroe, “when we don’t know the purpose of a thing we will abuse it,” I’ll share a word with you.
First though, here’s a short video and song on the subject of Nia.
This message is a wake-up call for men and women of light as we align our imaginations with our Nia in the midst of discerning the times as did the Sons of Issachar.
“Pray for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.” 1 Timothy 2:2
Yes, we must pray for our leaders and trust God to heal our land.
Saturday March 23, 2019, was a warm sunny day. As I was preparing to attend choir rehearsal and a track meet with my family, I began to reflect on Nia.
I was in a celebratory mood due to the state senate’s passage of the Heartbeat Bill in Georgia. In the midst of all of the adversity, confusion and political confusion in the world today, this victory further acknowledges the humanity of children in the womb.
Mindful that “god of this world,” and “prince of the power of the air,” are just empty titles attributed to Satan who was dethroned by Christ’s victory at Calvary, as I was writing this message, I became more and more intrigued during my prayers and meditation.
An old Negro Spiritual recorded by the dearly departed Aretha Franklin Song came to mind:
"Mary, Don't You Weep."
Reflecting on the song, I realized that we are moving into a season requiring more and more prayer. I kept writing.
While this message is not gender specific in that it is more for the broader faith community, I do realize that this is a serious time; especially for women of God who are being called not of flesh, but in God’s Spirit, where there is no male and female, no slave or free [except in Holy Spirit where as slaves of Christ and members of the One Blood/One Human Race of Acts 17:26, we all have ultimate liberty] we must resist the temptations of pride, of Jezebel and Ahab more than ever. As such, as women, as God’s handmaidens and helpmeets, we must serve and uphold our Christian brothers and sisters. Ladies, we must NEVER overrun and compete with our men. When and where they are weak, we must SERVE THEM CHRIST; and never with our intellect or feminine wiles [which can easily be manipulated by Satan].
There is Divine Order in Christ. Bible examples of such are Abigail, Lydia, Deborah, Queens Esther and Sheba, Proverbs 31 Woman, 2 Marys [Mother and Disciple].
Again this is not a for-women-only message. We can all follow the examples of all of God’s vessels of honor, Bible heroes as it were; as we become humble heroes and leaders ourselves. Together as we follow Christ in Agape love and faith, others will come.
I’ve been playing this song about Mary Magdalene’s love for Christ, and was reading this scripture below while humming it as this message unfolded:
"I Don't Know How to Love Him" [thank goodness HE knows how to and does love me].
Again, our inheritance in Christ is for men and women:
Numbers 27:6 And Yahweh said to Moses: 7 “The statements of the daughters of Zelophehad are right. You must surely give them the property of an inheritance in the midst of their father’s brothers, and you must transfer the inheritance of their father to them."
Yes. God’s love is for everyone.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” John 3:16-18 MSG
Even so, these are indeed extraordinary times. The world needs stability. It’s time to wake up. Turn on the lights. We are not color blind, we are not gender blind. We are not blind at all. Jesus gives sight to the blind. God is calling us as sons and daughters to accomplish much for His Glory. Where peripherals collide; convergence is imminent. Let’s unite our gifts and callings on purpose.
With God’s loving guidance, let’s realign our imaginations with our divine Nia, our destiny and purpose in Christ.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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