Spilling Ink Kudos to
Rev. James David Manning
By Rev. Lainie Dowell
Christians cannot refuse to hear the Lord's voice, reject His warnings through His Godly messengers, and then blame God and Preachers for their own disobedience to hear, discern, trust, and obey. Many believers miss their blessings, because they do not understand OURS is just to tell it like God told it. God does not force Himself upon anybody. He has given People free will to either accept or reject; but they also have to be ready to take the consequences of their choices.
Warnings about Obama and the world's ills have continued for years and they are not just being heralded. Too many people have only just begun to wake up and pay attention but they still refuse to hear. And, just because mankind has not been obedient to hear and respond to know what is true and of God does not mean that God has not spoken. Many of God's chosen vessels, through His Spirit, are able to discern the heart and spirit of a person. But that person (whether Christian or non-Christian) many times doesn't like it, because they have been exposed by God's LIGHT. Consequently, they will turn against the spirit of the one who exposes them. They fail to realize there is spiritual warfare raging in the Spirit realm all around them. It is ugly but we cannot turn aside.
People who want to blame and accuse Pastor Manning for being the bold soldier who lives, speaks, and preaches God's Gospel, have to know that God has already prepared him and all like him for the battlefield. And it is God who keeps them (us) on the battlefield knowing that it is He and not we who fight that battle. Any Christian who claims to be such, at the very least, should act as if they know God is real. Our God is alive. God IS. And whether they believe that or not is easily discernible by the Holy Spirit.
When all is said and done, God is the final arbiter of all things concerning us. We and all things everywhere are God's business. Ours as Preachers is just to tell it like HE told it and, then, to get out of God's way. Discern. And, if we are silent in the face of people's ignorance and their incessant blame game, it is because God has called us to either step aside for a time or else to finally "shake the dust." But even though God gives people many chances, thanks to His mercy and agape love, He does have a time limit known only to Him.
Through Christ Jesus, we love God and mankind enough to suffer all things for the Lord's sake; but we are not victims in any situation. We are servants of the Lord for your good. We seek to please God. Mankind cannot even save themselves much less anyone else. I support Pastor Manning. I bear witness to his spirit that he is of God, and I will encourage his heart by confirmation and by prayer through the Holy Spirit.
So, until God shouts! Trust God for what He has done, is doing, and is yet to do. We do!
View and hear Rev. James David Manning, Pastor, ATLAH Network Media and Ministries at www.atlahmedianetwork.org