God Still Delivers

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

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

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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.




God Supplies

Stewarding the Heart:  Having Patience When God is Freeing You.  Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, March 24, 2019

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“But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes” (Numbers 11:6).

The Lord demonstrated His love and patience for the Israelites for many years. He heard their cry and sent a liberator through whom He would deliver them from slavery. Through the entire process, He was restoring their religion, dignity, and respect among those who did not believe in God. All of this was done that they might know that God was desperately in love with them, and that the world would know that the God of heaven is the one true God who was worthy of worship.

When Freedom Frustrates

All too often the children of Israel complained about the way God was choosing to manifest their freedom. Murmuring became an intolerable habit that God hated. It is a blessing to know that in spite of the fact that God knew before He set them free, that they would behave this way, He still loved them.

How can our souls still be dry, when God has offered all to us?

One of the complaints they often related was their lust for the rich foods of Egypt. Food, for the children of Israel, like it does for many people today, enslaved their minds. The Lord gave them a miracle of provision while they wandered in the wilderness. “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no” Exodus 16:4.

In spite of this perfect food that God provided, they still cried for the fleshpots of Egypt. “But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes” Numbers 11:6. How could their souls be dried up when God Himself, knowing their need, gave them bread from heaven? This bread was an object lesson about the Messiah, the perfect provision for all of our needs (John 6:35).

Reflection

Do we wander in our wilderness of life with dry souls? How can it be that God has given every provision for us and we still cry that our souls are dry? Eat and drink from the heavenly storehouse. God always supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). Pray today, that the Lord will teach you how to accept His perfect provision and be satisfied. Why should your soul be dry?

Welcome to the privilege of becoming faithful stewards of your hearts. Manage responsibly, in Jesus’ name.

 

 




A SLAVE IN FREEDOM

Trapped. Stuck. Imprisoned. I don’t know too many people who are comfortable in those circumstances. No one likes the feeling of his or her freedom being limited. That is just what sin does to us though. It corners us in a cell of selfishness that seems impossible to escape. That is why what Jesus did for us on the cross is so amazing! Because of His life, death, resurrection, and glorification we have been liberated. Even so, I’m convinced that the enemy still wishes to keep us captive. Let us eavesdrop on what Jesus does when He meets a slave in freedom.

1) Read Matthew 8:28, Mark 5:1, 2
Here we see that the two authors have two different accounts of the same incident. Don’t be distracted by the differences, but rather focus in on the similarities. Does it strike you as odd that someone who is demon-possessed runs toward Jesus rather than away from Him? Isn’t the grace of God amazing in that when you think you’re far, He’s so close? Tell us about a time when you ran into God in an unexpected place. We would love to hear about it here at Message on Social Media using #MessageMag.

2) Read Matthew 8:29, Mark 5:7, 8
Do you see the ownership that the demons proclaim over the ones they possess? I can’t sugar-coat the reality that evil is contagious. It spreads without permission. I once heard a preacher address how one could possibly get thousands of demons in them. His answer was simple. “One at a time.” Maybe demon possession is more extreme than your current predicament. We all can admit that doing wrong has a tendency to get out of control quickly. Is there a song, scripture, poem, or anything that you refer to when it seems life is getting out of control? Tell us about it using #MessageMag on Social Media.

3) Read Mark 5:3, 4
I want you to take your time reading and meditating on this particular portion of the story. Take some time to ask God for His Spirit’s guidance in seeing yourself in this man. Pray. If you want someone to pray with you e-mail me at pastor.rashad.burden@gmail.com.

4) Read Mark 5:3, 4
This man is not just demon-possessed, but it seems that people have tried to either help him or themselves by putting chains on him. We see that he hurts other people and himself, and someone thought the solution was chains. Clearly, though, external boundaries proved insufficient. Don’t we have a tendency to do the same thing? We sometimes think that if we put enough rules, laws, and constraints into place that we can change people and maybe ourselves. Have you ever tried to use rules to change who you are to no avail? Share your experience with us using #MessageMag.

5) Read Psalm 51
David knew something that we need to know. Our actions are more about the internal than the external. Read his words and think about how people tried to handle the man who was demon possessed.

6) Read Mark 5:3, 4
I want to bring your attention to the fact that though the man was chained, he exercised supernatural strength to break the chains, yet he was still demon-possessed. He was able to get an appearance of freedom, but at the end of the day, the devil was still guiding his life. I wonder if Satan allows us to get victories from time to time as long as we let him keep his hand on the controls? It’s a humbling thought that you can have chains broken but still be stuck.

7) Read Matthew 8:32, Mark 5:18-20
Jesus didn’t speak to the chains; He spoke to the evil within. We all are susceptible to being a slave in our freedom, if we don’t allow Jesus to have a conversation with the worst parts of us. I’m convinced that if we do, our response will be much like that of the demoniac in that we are begging Jesus to go wherever He goes.


Rashad Burden is the pastor of the Mount Olive and Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Southern Alabama.




Born A Slave And Now Free To Serve

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, February 26, 2017

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“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).

Born a Slave

Everybody was born a slave. I am (almost) sorry to have to break the news to you. The only way anyone can be set free from enslavement to sin is to become a servant of God.

Nobody wants to be enslaved. Ask the countless people who have been subjugated, marginalized, abused, and tortured. Consider  lives lost so evil men could build economic dynasties on the backs of innocent people just wanting to live in peace.

Nobody wants to be enslaved. Ask the countless people who feel helpless under the power of the liquor bottle, drug needle, lustful encounters, unforgiving feelings, or prideful thoughts. Consider lives and souls lost while Satan took satisfaction in destroying those for whom His enemy, Jesus, died.

When the Lord delivers us from Satan’s enslavement, He frees us to serve God with all our hearts. In the process holiness, joy, love, inner peace, and everlasting life result. So, it pays to serve Jesus, who delivers every willing person from sin. While were born slaves, everybody can seize the opportunity to be delivered and reborn into a holy life with God. Avail yourself of that opportunity.




America’s Greatness Found Wherever Compassion and Generosity Exceed Greed

I recently picked up a newspaper with headlines reporting praiseworthy work by volunteering young people. It was great to hear of youth who sacrifice to help make America and this world a better place. Their causes include work for victims of crime, natural disasters, poverty, accidents, disabilities, and discrimination. And, they’re working while others ignore the good and seek to discredit America and America’s leadership.

One reason America is great because of the generosity and compassion found in volunteer groups and faith-based organizations. This includes churches of every denomination, though some are composed totally of individuals who are poor themselves. It appears as though greatness can be found wherever compassion and generosity exceed the greed and selfishness of the citizens.

Influx Of Asylum Seekers

“In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the United States resettled 69,933 refugees and in FY 2013 (the most recent data available) granted asylum status to 25,199 people.”

As reported by the Center for Immigration Studies, “[m]ore than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department’s annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year.”

If all these citizens of the world are trying to relocate to the United States, what is so great about our country? And why is it that those who see nothing great about America are remaining here and are making no efforts to leave?

Improved Standing For The Average American

The highly respected Gallup organization, has recently reported on some aspects of America’s greatness as seen by Americans.

Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the percentage of U.S. adults who considered themselves to be “thriving” has improved by nearly four percentage points. That thriving 55.4% is on pace to be the highest recorded in the nine years Gallup and Healthways have tracked it,” writes Dan Witters, lead author of the report. He further reports that:

• Life evaluations across all racial/ethnic groups have improved since 2008
• Life evaluations among whites now at highest point in nine-year period

Take a look at Gallup’s and Healthway’s Well-being Index and its 2.3 million surveys. There you’ll find a list of 386 accomplishments achieved by the United States since the year 2009. These can be found with point by point documentation reference by any computer search.

As reported on National Public Radio, “Household incomes were up sharply in 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Median family income climbed 5.2 percent to $56,516 a year. That’s the biggest increase in nearly 50 years.” The good news for America indicated there are more jobs, higher wages, and the expanded Affordable Care Act.

Don’t Lose Liberty

It is easy for us to take some aspects of America for granted because we have never been without them. Our basic freedoms, as summarized in the Constitution and listed in the Bill of Rights are often taken for granted. Some would prefer a government managed like a business corporation. That could bring an end to many of our freedoms as we know them. Those freedoms have helped protect us from corporate decisions and excess. Freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion could specifically be diminished.

I am further reminded of how history repeats itself, when ordinary citizens narrow their focus upon themselves and lose sight of greater principles.

“It was the desire for liberty of conscience that inspired the Pilgrims to brave the perils of the long journey across the sea, to endure the hardships and dangers of the wilderness, and with God’s blessing to lay, on the shores of America, the foundation of a mighty nation. Yet honest and God-fearing as they were, the Pilgrims did not yet comprehend the great principle of religious toleration. The freedom which they sacrificed so much to secure for themselves, they were not equally ready to grant to others. While the reformers rejected the creed of Rome, they were not entirely free from her spirit of intolerance” (Great Controversy, pp. 292, 293)

May we be grateful for all the freedoms we have and stand to protect them as we keep America great.




What Will You Do With Your New-Found Freedom?

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, July 18, 2016

Today’s Scripture Focus: “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” (Mark 5:19).

sin recovery planWe are focusing on sin recovery principle number 12 of 12: “We had a spiritual awakening through these steps, and now we give this message to others.”

Freedom is much sought after these days. We’re looking for freedom of religion, freedom to own property, freedom to speak our minds. We’re looking for freedom from debt, bad relationships, and freedom to make decisions. In all of this seeking, it would be well to seek freedom from sin.

God has made every spiritual resource available to give us this ultimate liberty. Having received the power of God to live for Jesus, it is our privilege also to be free to witness. We cannot be a witness for the Lord before we have a personal relationship with Him.

You Have To Be Free To Serve

If we are still in bondage to ungodly habits and thoughts, we cannot honestly share good tidings about God’s ability to save. We are not saved ourselves. Jesus illustrated this point in His interaction with a man who was bound by unseen chains.

“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

“And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.” (Mark 5:1-8).

The man was finally free. The devils had to leave at the command of Jesus. What would he do with his new-found liberty?

The Witness You Know

He went to Jesus with a heart full of gratitude and wanted to follow Jesus wherever He went, but Jesus did not allow him to. What good would it have been if the man went with Jesus to preach the same message? Who then would go to Decapolis? Jesus told him to go home and tell his friends what the Lord had done for him. “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” (Mark 5:20).

This man exercised his freedom to witness because the Lord delivered him from a life controlled by the devil. Has God delivered you from anything? Are you exercising your right – your freedom to witness?




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.




Prison Of Un-Forgiveness

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Today’s Scripture Focus: Matthew 18:23-35

We are focusing on sin recovery principle number eight of 12: “We made a list of all persons we have harmed and are willing to make amends.”

Did you know that you could harm someone by harboring ill feelings toward them? So many of us have imprisoned a deadbeat dad, ornery neighbors, disrespectful children, and others that have offended us. We have locked them up in prisons of un-forgiveness and thrown away the key. The problem is wherever we have imprisoned people that have hurt us, we become their cellmates without even realizing it, and we will rot there together unless we change our ways.

More than a pleasant thought

Forgiveness comes by divine order and through the power of God. It is not a principle that we can take lightly. The Bible says that all of us have sinned against God, and the penalty for sin is eternal death. Therefore, if you are sharing in this devotional thought with me, it is apparent that God has extended divine forgiveness to you. Dead people cannot read devotions. Having received forgiveness from God when our sins were the cause of Jesus’ death is reason enough for us to be gracious and forgive people who have hurt us.

This seems simple enough until we recount the many ways people have offended us. Spouses have abandoned us. Armed assailants have shot, stabbed, and beaten us. Societies have subjugated us. The media has mischaracterized us. We have been spat upon, lied to, and downtrodden. Yet, these difficulties pale in comparison to the things we have done to the God, who created us.

Freed From Grudge-Bearing

How do we reconcile this? The Bible says that God will forgive us in the same manner we forgive others. So, really there is only one thing we can do. We need to ask God to help us appreciate His mercy so much that we would not even consider holding a grudge against a fellow human being. The blessing in all this is that living by this principle is so far outside our capacity to accomplish that God has promised to provide supernatural grace for us to do so. With God in our corner and His Spirit empowering us to live according to Christ’s example, we can do all He has commanded. We can free those who have hurt us from their prisons, and as a result, we can also be free.




When Confession Is Humiliating

Today’s Scripture Focus: Genesis 38

sin recovery planWe are focusing on sin recovery principle number five of 12: “We confessed to God, and when necessary, to people we have offended, the exact nature of our offenses.”

Talk about scandal! If you want to read riveting stories of the worst humanity has to offer, look no further than the Bible. You don’t need to burn time watching contrivances on television thought up for your entertainment and little in the way of redeeming value. At least in the Bible, we can learn through God’s inspiration, how to overcome our evil character traits.

The storyline from today’s Scripture reading is too sordid and has too many twists and turns for me to summarize for you here. Be sure to read it for yourself. Suffice it to say; things got complicated, really fast. The deception, sexual indiscretion, betrayal, and surprises all point to the fact that we need to submit ourselves to God before we self-destruct!

There are times we find ourselves in complicated situations that seem too embarrassing to rectify. This may have happened to you. You may have committed a crime, and the security camera footage was flashed on the news, and it’s time to turn yourself in. You thought you got away, but you didn’t. You may have birthed a child for a man who is not your husband and the resemblance to his best friend is uncanny. You should have been faithful to your husband, but you allowed a moment of passion to rule you and life just got more complicated. It’s time to come clean. You may have lied about your employment history, which netted you the job of a lifetime and one of your staffers congratulates you for out matching her. You got the job, and she didn’t even though she was the one qualified for the position. It’s time for you to confess and step down.

Confession of sin and wrongdoing is not fun. Confession can be a very humiliating experience to be sure. But the Bible says that if we confess our sins, God will faithfully forgive and cleanse us from all our evil. We should be specific and speak openly with no dodgy descriptions of our offenses and let God help us face the consequences. If we ever hope to recover from sin, we must let go of our guilt, shame, and secrets so God can deliver us. We can trust God through the process and no matter what happens, if we choose honesty over deception, He will see us through.




Currency: Why The Principle Behind The Harriet Tubman Bill Must Catch On

The inspiration, courage, and selflessness which lead to heroic achievements are not limited or exemplified by racial constraints or lineage. Most of us have what it takes to receive some honor for displaying these special characteristics should the right opportunities and threats to others present themselves.

I saw a man stumbling and bleeding just after I passed a policeman seated in his cruiser.   I raced to the officer and asked him to call an ambulance. He responded, but was reluctant to get any blood on his hands or clothing. He applied pressure to the worst wound which stopped the profuse bleeding. In the flurry of activity–getting information to call relatives and the police coming to arrest those thugs who had thrown the man through a tavern’s glass window– I couldn’t help but notice the officer’s actions. He took care to use his handkerchief to keep blood off his hand and to avoid further contact that could get blood on himself or his clothing.

The true hero does not fear what may happen to him or her while risking personal property and life in an effort to save property or lives of others. That is why it is so appropriate for us to see Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913) honored by placing her photo printed on the front of the twenty-dollar bill.

“As a child slave Harriet had endured severe beatings that caused her to suffer periodic blackouts for the rest of her life. When her master died in 1849, Harriet escaped to Pennsylvania, hiding by day in caves and guiding herself by the stars at night. As early as 1860 she was a champion of women’s rights as well as a spokesman for the abolition of slavery” (This Far by Faith, p. 179, C.E. Hodges, Review and Herald Publishing, 1998).

This great American voluntarily risked losing her life to save the lives of others, others who were enslaved and brutally controlled to ensure their poverty and suffering while enhancing the wealth of slave owners. This heroic woman, as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, led hundreds of men, women, and children from slavery to freedom knowing there were rewards offering tens of thousands of dollars for her capture. Her own husband threatened to turn her in. No other achieved so much with so little under such threats. She served the union army as a nurse and scout and spied on the confederate troops, thereby saving, not only the lives of slaves but many lives of the union army. She received international honors for her fight against slavery and her support of women’s rights (The Negro Almanac, pp 8 and 154, Bellwether Publishing Company, New York, 1967).

Secretary Lew looks at Tubman art
Looking back on her life, Tubman once said, “I would fight for liberty so long as my strength lasted.” And she did fight, for the freedom of slaves and for the right of women to vote. Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embodies the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates, and we will continue to value her legacy by honoring her on our currency. –Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew April 20, 2016 Photo from Twitter

It was therefore most appropriate for this African American heroine, a former slave herself, to be honored by placing her photo on the twenty-dollar bill of the future.   Opportunities presented themselves and she never looked back or waited for the approval of those with the greater opportunities, possibly greater minds, or greater resources. The twenty dollar bill is also appropriate as she received, belatedly, a government pension of twenty dollars per month for her services to the union military.

The twenty dollar bill is also appropriate as she received belatedly a government pension of twenty dollars per month for her services to the union military.

There are still too many persons who could help make this a better world for all of us if they were not trapped in some of the forms of slavery existing today. And there are those who have the potential of the honorable Ms. Tubman who could help free some of these from their slave masters. Who knows who might be honored on another popular bill of value twenty years from now?

Courage sister, do not fumble, though your road be steep and black: There is a GPS to lead the humble, trust your training, stand and fight. Let the road be steep and black and its end far to the right. Face it squarely, and never look back. Hold on to faith, keep those slaves in sight.   (These words which describe the work and life of Harriet Tubman were partly inspired by a hymn, Trust in God and do the Right, by Norman Macleod (1812 – 1872.)

Packs of money
“The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces 38 million notes a day with a face value of approximately $541 million . . . 95% of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in circulation.” http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0774850.html

The value of the twenty dollar bill will rise and this deceased black woman will be denied the credit for boosting the nation’s economy. But that does not matter. History will be made and love, faith, and courage will be honored. Others will thus be inspired to stand for the right. Another inspiring woman will be remembered for her words of encouragement: “The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.