Try Jesus – Transcript

14 Jan

Try Jesus by Dr. Franklin Emeka

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If you don’t like the history you have, then begin the history you want.”
This quote speaks volume because it could be used to address both circular and spiritual aspects of our lives.
From Circular perspective:
• There are “Social Factors” that are beyond our control.” Social factors such as, family, education, Peer-Pressure and race. Things that are often beyond our control.
• While the factors were used to delineate juvenile gangs in dissertation, they are very relevant to many struggles adults face every day.
1. Take for example, family issues & its challenges
• Maybe you were not born into the family you want, but you can begin the family you want.
o Psalm 127:1
 Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.(New King James Version, NKJV)
• We have no control over our ascribed status, but we can ask the Lord to help us build the home we’d like to have. You don’t have to be absent father, even though situations, sometimes become very tasking.
2. Education is another example:
• The need for Education & its access inequalities. My experience in education, both as faculty & administrator, has led me to see it as privilege.
• Dr. Lee Brown, former Houston Police Chief & Mayor once said, “No job could ever fire your education from you.
• Education is a necessary tool to survive in this world.
o Education is often a ticket out of poverty and economic and hardship.
• The Apostle Paul was very educated.
3. Peer pressure
• Its adverse effects the young & older are alike.
• You don’t have to always have to fit in.
4. Race
• Revelation 7:9-10
o 9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (New King James Version, NKJV)
From A Spiritual Perspective:
• Readings from the Bible:
• The book of Matthew in the Bible gives practical & applicable examples of how we should live our lives. For example:
o Matthew 6:24
 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (New King James Version, NKJV)
Matthew 6:33
 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (New King James Version, NKJV)
o Proverbs 3:5-7
 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a] 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (New King James Version, NKJV)
A Closing thought:
• Think of the GPS directions on your phone or car, which infamously says “route recalculating” when you miss your turn. Much like the GPS fixed on getting you to the destination, so too will your life be guided by God if you fix your eyes on God through His son, Jesus Christ. My friend, I have made many mistakes in my life, but focusing on God through Jesus has helped me to avoid making even more mistakes since I was a teenager.
• Give your life to Jesus:
• The Word of God is inexplicable and intriguing to the young and old, alike. The teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, are so applicable to our lives today. I am sometimes so amazed of how relevant His teachings are that even my younger boys, whom I regularly study the bible with, could relate.
• Maybe you’ve always lived your life the way you want, and that may have led you to troubles. My prayer for you is that you try Jesus. Jesus said:
• Matthew 6:26
o 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (New King James Version, NKJV)
• John 3:16
o 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (New King James Version, NKJV)

This message has a permanent link at www.dignityshouse.org

Direct your path to enjoy your journey!

Dr. Daintee G. Jones

Founder

The House that Dignity Built

An initiative of The Dignity in Direction Group

www.dignityclasses.weebly.com

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