Forward Thinkers, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of watching others being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of feeling like nobody sees or cares that I’m sick and tired.
Forward Thinkers, today we need a word from God to empower us and encourage us to keep the faith in a season when we’re sick and tired.
Today I’m standing and declaring no more B. S. (No More Being Sick)
Cain and Abel
4 Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.
Since 1980, 324,000 black people have been murdered by another black person; that’s more than all the soldiers killed in the Iraq War, Korean War, and Vietnam War combined.
We are quietly doing a better job destroying ourselves than the KKK and rogue cops could have ever imagined.
Yes, Houston we still have a problem because every 30 hours in Houston someone in murdered. The 1st fifteen minutes of the local news has become a nightly horror show filled with stories of senseless violence.
Forward Thinkers, it’s time our local government stop spending millions of dollars studying the dynamics of crime and start investing our tax money in the prevention of crime.
I sat in a funeral last year waiting to preach when I noticed how many young people were wearing RIP tee shirts. I began to cry because, I realized dying young in Houston was becoming commonplace, almost trendy. A local tee shirt company off FM 1960 has “RIP” tee shirts on display in all sizes and colors; my spirit said enough is enough. We must declare “No More B.S.”
Adam and Eve
God created families; which strong families create strong children, schools, churches, and communities. Therefore, the enemy is attacking the family to weaken the country. If we are going to fight, let’s fight for our families; especially our Black and Brown families.
Forward Thinkers, this weekend we experienced the “No More B.S.” weekend and we once again witnessed the pain and grief of families who have been destroyed by senseless violence in our city. If you are ever around a parent who has lost their child to senseless violence and you are not moved to action, you might want to find a heart doctor because, there has to be something wrong with your heart.
God tells Cain, your brother’s blood cries out from the ground. What do you think Abel’s blood is crying out? Enough is enough. “No More B. S.”
No More B.S. (Being Silent)
When the devil showed up to entice Adam and Eve, the parents of Cain, it is very important that we notice the fact that Adam was silent. It is time for us to realize that being silent is not the answer this season.
Law enforcement says the ‘no snitch rule’ in our communities makes it difficult for them to solve crimes in our communities and I’m declaring this generation will realize being silent only allows the enemy, the devil, to have the final say.
Forward Thinkers, being silent allows the enemy to keep going around stealing, killing, and destroying and eventually, he will attack your family.
Forward Thinkers, we must wake up and speak up; no more being silent.
No More B.S. (Being Scared)
God didn’t give us the spirit of “fear” but the spirit of power and authority. The enemy will use fear to keep you under his control but you must believe the God you serve is a mighty big God. Fear or being scared will stop you from getting involved and God is calling you to enlist in this “NO More BS” mighty army and fight the good fight of faith.
Understand this, no weapon formed against you can prosper; stop being scared and release the power that is within you. My friend and co-laborer Deric Muhammad stated: “A mother that has lost her child to murder has no more fear because the worst thing that could happen to her has already happened”.
Forward Thinkers, being scared will stop you from being a history maker and world changer. I would rather fail while trying to make a difference than being too scared to even try.
No More B.S. (Being Stuck)
Forward Thinkers, the bible says Cain was very angry and I want us to realize the devil’s desires to keep us stuck being angry, mad, jealous, and envious because that will drain your energies. It’s time we stop being stuck and become purpose filled people.
Most of the murders committed in our communities are committed by people who feel stuck in their current situations. We must encourage those around us that every day God wakes them up is a new day full of new possibilities and they don’t have to remain stuck in a negative position.
No More B.S. (Being Selfish)
Forward Thinkers, Eve was being selfish when she allowed the devil to trick her into eating the fruit. God said don’t eat and her seed Cain, was being selfish when he murdered his brother because his brother possessed something he didn’t possess.
Right here in Houston, our dear sister Dazie Williams had to bury her son because another young man decided he wanted what her son possessed, a filthy pair of Jordans.
Forward Thinkers, Cain had a choice to work harder to gain what he desired but instead he chose to murder his brother and the irony is he still didn’t get what he desired. The murderer of Mr. Carroll Oliver, the Black owner of Mc Donald’s who was murdered over money, never got the money and even if they would have gotten the money from Mr. Oliver or the shoes from Joshua Woods (Dazie’s son) their selfish acts would not have gotten them the peace of mind needed to sleep at night.
Forward Thinkers, I challenge every man and woman of faith to stop the “B.S.” Stop being selfish and get involved because, you never know if you will one day end up in the community of families grieving over the murder of their loved one.
I pray today you will read this article and be encouraged and empowered and now ready to enlist in the No More B.S. movement.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church now located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net