GO FOR IT 2019
Forward Thinkers, this past March, I had the privilege of organizing a group of people in Los Angeles, California with the vision of bringing the No More Blood Shed Movement to their community. We held a Peace Walk down the streets of Crenshaw to kick off the day of united peace on the streets on L.A.
Forward Thinkers, the day after that Peace Walk, the hip hop community suffered a great loss when rap artist, activist and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle was murdered at the age of 33 (Jesus Christ also died at the age of 33 and no, I’m not calling Nipsey Jesus. I’m simply stating a numerical fact.) from multiple gunshot wounds.
Forward Thinkers, those bullets not only took Nipsey’s life but they removed one of the most beloved rap artists in the game, and a leader in L.A. who was using his power to create positive change. Nispey was a product of his environment who overcame obstacles and became a hero to many young people looking to change their circumstances just like many of the heroes throughout the pages of the bible.
Forward Thinkers, I’ve collected six quotes from Nipsey’s life and discovered biblical truths as the foundation of Nipsey’s success.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NIP
1. Doubt Is A Dream Killer
“The most important thing, number one, is you gotta get rid of doubt. If you got doubt in what you’re doing, it’s not gonna work and the way to do that is you have a plan. ‘Cause if you got a plan, it’s not just like a pipe-dream, you have a step-by-step list of things to do to get to your goal. If you don’t have that, it’s very hard to really have faith in what you’re doing ‘cause soon as something pop up, it’s gonna look like the end-all.“ Nipsey Hussle
James 1:5-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. 7 For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].
Forward Thinkers, Nipsey understood that doubt was a dream killer and doubt robs us of the ability to receive from God. If we desire to achieve greatness or overcome the demons from our past, we must trust God and not allow doubt to steal our victory.
2. Living Life On Purpose
“I feel good about what I’m waking up doing and about my lifestyle. At one point, I wasn’t proud of my lifestyle… Now, I wake up with the feeling that I’m going in the direction that I’m here for. Like, what I’m on this planet for, I’m doing it. Bigger than just L.A., bigger than some gang-banging, bigger than some street stuff. Just on some human stuff. I’m doing what I’m here to do.” Nipsey Hussle
Ephesians 2:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
2 Corinthians 5:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].
Forward Thinkers, we were born on purpose with a purpose and once we connect to our God given purpose, we begin to live our best lives. The enemy will attempt to keep us off track, desiring to stop us from living our lives on purpose because the devil realizes he can’t control a Forward Thinker who has discovered their purpose in life. Forward Thinkers, when the devil tries to intimidate you with your past, just stand in faith believing your purpose is greater than your past mistakes.
3. Don’t Let Donkeys Keep You Down
“The company you keep has a large influence on the situations you bring to yourself. So, whatever direction people are heading in, whether it’s rap music, production, or a 9-5 life, whatever it is; you gotta surround yourself with people that’s likeminded and focused on the same goal you’re focused on. Birds of a feather flock together.“ Nipsey Hussle
2 Corinthians 6:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
Genesis 22:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Forward Thinkers, this season it is very important we surround ourselves with the right people. God has a major plan for you but you must protect your vision from the wrong crowd. Forward Thinkers, notice Abraham (the Father of Faith) removed himself from certain people before he moved higher in his assignment. Forward Thinkers, don’t be afraid to leave people behind in your pursuit of excellence.
4. It’s All On You
“You gotta go hard, you gotta believe in yourself. You gotta have a sense of humor to know that stuff is gonna happen. You can’t be too serious about it or too emotional and fake when the stuff happens. You gotta just stick to the script, believe and have an overwhelming confidence. Be your own biggest fan, your own biggest believer, and put it on your back and carry the weight.” Nipsey Hussle
Matthew 9:29 Amplified Bible (AMP)
29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it will be done to you.”
Forward Thinkers, the bible is clear. We can only excel to the height of our faith. Therefore, whatever excuses we are using to justify our losses are invalid. We must look in the mirror daily and release the faith needed to be all God created us to be.
5. Chase A Vision Bigger Than Your Current Reality
“Be more fearless. All my radical moonshots have defined me. That don’t be my downfall; my downfall will be not going crazy, not having a higher expectation. Any time I done set my sight on something that seemed way outlandish, it always come back exactly how I seen it. So, I think I would tell myself [to] just put way bigger goals on the wall. Just have a bigger vision, have a higher expectation.” Nipsey Hussle
Habakkuk 2:2-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
2 Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision And engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets So that the one who reads it will run.
3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, Because it will certainly come; it will not delay.
Genesis 6:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 Make yourself an [a]ark of [b]gopher wood; make in it rooms (stalls, pens, coops, nests, cages, compartments) and [c]coat it inside and out with pitch (bitumen).
Forward Thinkers, God gave Noah a vision, a dream, an assignment that was much bigger than his current reality but Noah responded to the task with great faith. This season we must be like Noah and Nispey and dream big, releasing faith big enough to push us into greatness. Forward Thinkers, this time dream so big that your dreams scare you while remembering that the bible encourages us that we can do all things through Christ. Forward Thinkers, it’s time we activate the Word of God into our daily mindsets and go for it.
6. Meditate and Commit On Your Path To Success
“Define who you are and what you are, and be clear on that. Meditate on that and then, live and die by that… You can’t break the rules, the fundamental rules. Be a man of your word, do what you say you’re gonna do, respect people the way you would like to be respected.” Nipsey Hussle
Joshua 1:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be [a]successful.
Psalm 37:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.
Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 [a]Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
Forward Thinkers, in conclusion I believe the life and death of Nipsey Hussle has awaken the thought process of many who had stopped believing they could arise and become great. Nipsey like many men and women in the bible that God used to display His powers through their lives showed us it’s not how or where we start but how we finish that matters the most. Nispey Hussle had a chance to take a victory lap before he left his earthly assignment and I’m praying all Forward Thinkers will experience their own personal victory lap before closing their eyes for the final time.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church and is also the Co-Founder of the No More Blood Shed Movement in Houston, Texas. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org ,or follow him by downloading the Green House International Church App. through your App. Store.