#WhatsTheMessage EP 032: Your Story Behind the Pain with John T Boston II

In this episode Carmela and Claudia reflect on their experiences at the National Action Network 2020 March on Washington and welcome Pastor John T Boston to the podcast. Pastor Boston shares with us his powerful story of pain, adoption, and reconciliation. He also talks with us about how he’s turned his pain into his purpose encouraging others to lead and produce in spite of great trauma. This is a powerful interview you do not want to miss.

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God Still Delivers

Sin Recovery is submitting our wills and lives wholeheartedly to God.

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Audio Link: http://bit.ly/ThoughtsinWorship

Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 61

I can attest to the fact that God’s ears are attentive to the prayers of those who love Him. He is ready, willing and available to answer us when we call. The problem is that too many of us neglect to call Him. Too many of us put God last on our call list.

Let me tell you a story.

A Different King of Healing

This past Saturday I was in a meeting with various church leaders. After several minutes, there was a knock at the door. It was one of our elders. In my faith tradition, an elder is a servant leader who supports the pastor in facilitating relationships and spiritual growth among the membership. This particular elder said two people down in the sanctuary appeared to need emergency medical attention. Once we got to them it was evident that they were oppressed and possessed by demonic spirits as seen in Mark 5.

A Psalm 61 Anointing

Immediately, a group of us armored up, prayed, and confessed our sins to God. We did this so that no sin within us could stop the Holy Spirit from delivering these two people. We needed to intervene on their behalf under the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus Christ. And so, we asked God to forgive us of the sins inside of us. To make an incredibly long story short, these two people were in fact under the direct oppression of evil angels. I will not share all that happened that night, but as we prayed, read Scripture, and sang hymns we chose to read Psalm 61 over them while anointing them with oil.

I asked God to hear my cry. My heart was overwhelmed as I called on His name for assistance. I asked Him to be jealous over His honor and to get glory in the situation by breaking the yoke and setting these captives free. Praying fervently, I asked the Lord to forgive them of whatever they had done. I pleaded with the Lord to loose them from whatever foothold they created within their lives. In the spirit of verse seven, I asked God to protect and reign over them. And I had full faith and assurance that God wanted to and would deliver these two souls.

Deliverance is Sweet

I am delighted to report to you that God came through! I watched Him deliver those two souls with my own eyes. He manifested His love for them by using us to pray over them. What a beautiful thing to see God free people from the Devil’s binding grip; from his efforts to force them to do his evil bidding.

What is crucial about this story is that the key to their deliverance is the divine authority of Jesus Christ. These two people are able to experience spiritual freedom today because of the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. We were simply servant leaders fully submitted to Him, ready and willing to step on that battlefield and be used to deliver His children.

But guess what else I asked God to do? In the spirit of verse eight, I asked Him to teach these folks to praise Him for His goodness to them, and for them to dedicate their lives in service to Him. Whenever God is so gracious to descend in the Spirit and free us in such a way, we must be certain to thank and praise Him!

Victory Comes Through Submission

We may not be spiritually oppressed to the extent that these two people were. But many of us find ourselves addicted to all sorts of sins. For some of us, pornography is our demon; lying is our demon; pride is our demon; gossip is our demon; violence is our demon; drugs and alcohol are our demons. There are so many sins and vices that oppress us on a day to day basis. And what this experience has taught me is that victory comes through submission. If I want to partner with God to participate in the freedom of another my life must be wholly submitted to Him. And if I find myself in need of victory and salvation then I simply need to surrender and confess to God my desire to be wholly submitted to Him.

Victory is is truly ours! Like the song says I want you to know that you can say with confidence “Satan, get thee behind! Victory today is mine!” I want you to ask God to teach you whole life submission, and encourage you to make this verse your life’s motto:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

If God could deliver those dear children from the chains of Satan’s angels, then what in your life is too difficult for Him? Absolutely nothing.




Celebrating My Independence

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, July 4, 2016

In honor of Independence Day in the United States, we are focusing upon our independence from sin.
“And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,” (Ezra 6:14-16).

Following their release from Babylonian captivity, God’s people longed to rebuild the temple. It was had been destroyed during Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest. Just as in Moses’ day,  the children of Israel longed to be set free to offer sacrifices to God. Over the years many letters were sent out between various kings and governors. Eventually the building of God’s temple took place uninterrupted. The Lord showed His people favor with King Darius.

“Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place. Moreover I made a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king’s goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expences be given unto these men, that they be not hindered. And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

“Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.” (Ezra 6:7-12).

Your Independence To Worship

When the Lord frees us from the bondage of sin, it is not merely for the sake of making us free. The liberty of God is freedom to worship.

God’s declaration of independence from sin is, “I have delivered you to worship me with your lives. You are free to live with the power of the Holy Ghost motivating you to live all I have commanded. You are free to make disciple makers. I have shown you favor in order that you and those to whom you witness might be saved eternally.”

When the Lord gives us victory over sin, self, and Satan, it should not be treated lightly. The Lord delivered us to bring glory and honor to His name. If we are still in bondage to sin, seek His deliverance and begin life anew with Him. You are hereby independent from the rule of Satan and free to live eternally with God.




“Remind God”: You Promised To Deliver

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, November 8, 2015

Today’s Scripture Promise:
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15).

Today’s Observation:
Whom do you call when you are in trouble? When you get a flat tire and have difficulty, do you call a car repair service? When your air conditioner is on the blink in July, do you call a technician? When you feel heart palpitations and radiating pain in your left arm, do you call the ambulance?

It’s natural for us to call the most likely service providers that match our problems, but what if our problems are too great? What if we have done all that logic would suggest and our troubles are not resolved? What if our troubles transcend the ability of any other human beings to help? Whom do we call then?

Frankly, there are no earthly problems we should attempt to tackle on our own, no matter how apparently mundane. Our heavenly Father has promised that whenever we are troubled, if we are His children, we can confidently call on Him and He will deliver us. But He does not stop there. Not only will He give us the deliverance we need, whether temporal or eternal, but our deliverance will glorify Him. That is to say, when He works on our behalf, it will make Him happy and others will see His favor, and desire to know more about Him.

Today’s Marching Orders:
Whenever you have a perplexing issue, no matter the type, immediately pray and remind God that He promised to deliver you, and begin to praise Him for doing so. This glorifies Him.




Hope When The Wait Is Too Much

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, January 19, 2015
Based Upon John 11

Jesus’ friend Lazarus was so sick that he was about to die. His sisters sent for Jesus asking Him to please come and help. The one you love dearly is about to die. One day passed and then two. At least by the third day the loving Savior would show up right? Can you imagine the sadness and utter confusion that must have seized the minds of Lazarus’ sisters when it appeared that Jesus was not coming? As the story continues, we discover that Jesus does not come until the forth day. What took Him so long? Now, Lazarus is dead.

In Bethany, many are sorrowful about the death of Lazarus. Jesus finally appears on the fourth day. There are so many questions in the minds of the mournful onlookers. I can hear it now, “What took you so long Jesus? If you were here, Lazarus would not be dead!” Have you ever felt as if Jesus took too long to appear in your distressful situation? Jesus says, “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” (John 11:15). Soon after, Jesus tested the faith of Lazarus’ sister Martha by saying that he would rise again. Martha said yes, he would rise on resurrection day (John 11:24). “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” (John 11:25). Jesus was saying to all generations that when our hopes are decomposing quickly like Lazarus’ body, and as a result, the terrible odor of doubt and apparent impossibilities overwhelm us, He is the resurrection and brings life to the dead.

 

Jesus was saying to all generations that when our hopes are decomposing quickly like Lazarus’ body, and as a result, the terrible odor of doubt and apparent impossibilities overwhelm us, He is the resurrection and brings life to the dead.

 

What happens next is amazing. “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.” (John 11:43-45).

God’s role as Creator is closely aligned with His role as Redeemer. The same God who created us with purpose, also came in human form when we needed Him the most, and continued His re-creative process of saving us from sin (Romans 5:6-8). If Jesus could raise a decomposing dead man from the grave, can He not also deliver those that are dead in sin? It is our privilege, in the last days, to worship a personal God who created us with purpose and loves to deliver us from sin. What a wonderful God He is.