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African Americans are the only racial group in U.S. still making less than they did in 2000

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African Americans (descendant of slaves) were worse off financially in 2016 than they were in 2000.

The median income for an African American household was $39,490 last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week. It was $41,363 in 2000. (Both figures are in 2016 dollars, so they have been adjusted for inflation).

African Americans are the only racial group the Census Bureau identifies that has been left behind. White, Asian and Hispanic households have all seen at least modest income gains since 2000.

The uptick in incomes for so many Americans helped lift the overall median U.S. household income to $59,039 last year, the highest level ever recorded by the Census Bureau. That figure surpassed the previous record set in 1999, during the last period of strong economic growth. Median household income means half of U.S. households earn more and half earn less. It’s an important indicator of the health of the middle class.

But the overall trend masks the fact that African Americans, as a group, have not recovered. The median income gain since 2000 for whites is $1,432 for descendants of slaves (African American) its -1,873.

African Americans are so poor that many of them do not even realize it. Living with so little and predominantly on credit, you will pass a poor black person in a leased vehicle, going on vacation, and nice clothing, without any resources to pass on to their children, but debt. This holiday they will fill the stores and lay away items they do not need and cannot afford.

The solution for the wealth gap may only be found in reparations for descendants of slaves. The average white person starts off with 87% of the wealth they need to live successfully, while the slave descendant starts in the negative. Political change is the only thing that will solve this growing epidemic.

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Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 2.29.45 PMWhat is your setting? What thought runs first, within your mind at the sight of danger? Where do you get answers from first? Is it the training you received in high school? Perhaps your psychology degree or sociology classes are the first thoughts that run within your mind. Who are you listening to?

If I were to ask you about relationships, would your experience define your truth or would your source be from another? If I were to ask you about an emotional problem, dealing with sickness or molestation what would you tell me? If I am single searching for the perfect mate and seem to only find abusers, what would be your words?

Would you immediately think about the Creator of heaven and earth? Would you secretly pray within your mind for the answer? Would you call on the name of the Lord?

 Your default says a lot about, who, you depend on in times of trouble. Your default is clear evidence where you stand in your relationship with Jesus. For if he is the second, third, or fourth option, you are in trouble.

Whatever default your computer comes with can be changed, but not without the knowledge and time spent to change it. Spend time with Jesus and let him change your default.

HOW TO MAKE IT ANYWHERE

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The fear of economic instability in the future and the fear of entering and staying within the high numbers of unemployment send shockwaves to many who are jobless and many who use this dilemma to push a political agenda. The word of God tells the believer to fear not for God is with you, but he also tells us to consider when calamity hits. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the direction that we have been taking. Are we walking closer with him or being seduced by fear like those around?  Fear not God is with you. Jonah did not fear while the boat he was on was being tossed and he was in disobedience, why? He knew God. This is not a declaration or celebration to live in sin proudly, but a revelation that when you know God, you know he is merciful and kind not willing that any should perish.

You can make it anywhere when you know God through his Son Jesus Christ. The question remains how do I know God well enough that fear because a secondary response to bad news? We spend time doing the very thing he told us to do, which is pray. We invite God into our life and believe his word that says I will never leave you nor forsake you. You can make it anywhere because God is everywhere and there is no location on planet earth where he cannot be found.

POWER FOR THE CHURCH

hqdefaultIf you’re looking for souls to fill the pews do not think it is found in assimilation for it is found in power. God used Paul to reach the masses and establish many churches through power.  Paul said my message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4).

So the next question is how do I get the power of God so that I do not have to assimilate the church to the world, that some may be tricked to come inside and when they come inside many leave for lack of power and those who stay become users of the church remaining babes in Christ. We lead them to the cross of Jesus Christ through the disciplines we have learned from scripture. Jesus Christ displayed disciplines that were critical for his power while he walked on the earth. His ministry begins with his relationship with the Father and then baptism and then fasting in the desert. I believe this is a model new believers should use. You have lived in the world a long time and the thoughts from that worldview are strong and the spiritual beings that would have you stay in bondage will continue to attract you. Paul begins his ministry the same way the only difference is that Paul fasts for three days and Jesus fasts for 40 days. I believe today as the New Testament church the three day fast is best.

Remember, we are talking about having power within the church that produces dancers for Christ alone and while we dance for him it will attract others to come watch us praise him. Who is worthy of this kind of praise?

The second discipline would be prayer to God for spiritual gifts, which consists of discerning of spirits, wisdom, healing, speaking in tongues and gifts of prophecy. Understand these things are not the means to an end but are disciplines for the display of power that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 2:4, for all of our ministry needs the covering of love and not simply the works for Christ shed his blood in love for those who would later be saved.

The third discipline would be to read your Bible every day in a translation that you find most helpful. The Lord gives understanding to those who ask for his guidance.

Lastly, although not the last thing that should be done, but here is a good starting point worship God in song, singing melodies in your heart to him, for he loves to be worshipped and adored and comes quickly to those who do. The choice of music should be based upon the thoughts that your mind conjure, for if so-called Christian music you are listening to causes you to think of thoughts that are not Christ center discard and find music that does. We want power in the church not wise persuasive words where the world may begin worshipping the messenger, we want power and this is how God through his word establishes it.

These disciplines are critical and the reason why this is not being followed is not because it is something difficult to interpret in scripture it is because it is not easy, but if the whole Christian Church were to grab a hold of the disciplines, like an athlete who trains for a trophy, we would not see the decay that is taking place.

Lord Jesus, help us turn our hearts, minds, and bodies back to you that you may heal our land.

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What is your default setting? Is it driven by the secular society that surrounds you or the word of God written within the pages of scripture? Have you co-signed on a loan that the Bible prohibits? Have you been burned by this disobedience? Are you suffering because you were surety (contracted to be responsible for another’s debt) for a friend even though the Bible prohibits this? Have you been burned by this disobedience? Have you consider your way and asked the Lord Jesus before making purchases? The Bible commands us to acknowledge God in all our ways, for he will direct our paths? Have you been burned by frivolous purchases and suffering a mountain of debt? Hide yourself saints of God. The ant stores food for the winter, literally the ant is at peace during famine. Are you? Have you considered that your default is the memory of the seductive commercials enticing you to buy just about everything, whether you require it or not. The great thing about the default is that they may be changed. Changing them requires a new set of data to replace the old default. If you are watching and taking in more commercials than you are reading the Bible, your default is the commercials. The only way to change your default is to read your Bible and know what it says. The wisdom in this paragraph comes from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Read them for your safety. The devil desires to shred and kill you. He may only be stopped through the wisdom found in Christ.