Are You Positive You Are Not Positive? Series
Contributed by Carolyn Malaika Foster-Brooks on Jul 3, 2003 (message contributor)
Summary: This sermon is the first in the Christian Education Series: BAD CHOICES=FATAL MISTAKES which is targeted to African American women in the rural south specifically! HIV IS A KILLER IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED!!!
Evangelist Carolyn Malaika Foster-Brooks
The Ministry of S.A.R.A.H.
(serenity*atonement*restoration & healing)
Pt. 1 of a series:BAD CHOICES=FATAL MISTAKES
Father God, Thank you for Your Divine guidance in directing me on a subject that our people need to hear and be educated in. God I thank You for the clear understanding I am receiving as I progress in my research and continued study of Your Word and how it all applies to our lives today!
Lord, I realize that your Son Jesus was rejected by His peers in His own hometown when He went there to preach the gospel truth and I realize that I too will be persecuted for telling the Good News!
Father, God, I stand firm on Your directions for my life and I know that as long as I serve You with a willing heart, I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength when I might want to give up!
I pray, Lord that this thought provoking message will be like a lamp by the feet of someone who has been in darkness! Lord let this message bring serenity, atonement, restoration and healing to the ones who are in need of a touch from You on high.....
In the precious and Holy Name of Jesus, I have prayed and have prepared this sermon to be delivered to the world!
Amen and so it is!!!
MAIN SCRIPTURE AND THOUGHT:
1 Corinthians 15: 21-26....DEATH CAME INTO THE WORLD BECAUSE OF WHAT ONE MAN (ADAM) DID AND IT IS BECAUSE OF WHAT THIS OTHER MAN (CHRIST) HAS DONE THAT NOW THERE IS THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. (22) EVERYONE DIES BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE RELATED TO ADAM, BEING MEMBERS OF HIS SINFUL RACE, AND WHEREVER THERE IS SIN, DEATH RESULTS. BUT ALL WHO ARE RELATED TO CHRIST WILL RISE AGAIN. (23) EACH, HOWEVER, IN HIS OWN TURN: CHRIST ROSE FIRST; THEN WHEN CHRIST COMES BACK, ALL HIS PEOPLE WILL BECOME ALIVE AGAIN. (24) AFTER THAT, THE END WILL COME WHEN HE WILL TURN THE KINGDOM OVER TO GOD THE FATHER, HAVING PUT DOWN ALL ENEMIES OF EVERY KIND. (25) FOR CHRIST WILL BE KING UNTIL HE HAS DEFEATED ALL HIS ENEMIES, (26) INCLUDING THE LAST ENEMY- DEATH. THIS TOO MUST BE DEFEATED AND ENDED.(nlv)
ARE YOU POSITIVE, YOU ARE NOT (HIV)POSITIVE?
Today I want to illustrate and provide you with facts on the drastic effect that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Disease, more commonly known as AIDS is having on our community right here at home in the State of Georgia.
My topic is not just a fancy title, but it is a thought provoking question that I am asking you to ask yourselves! Why? Because we are asking a lot of the wrong questions about a lot of the wrong issues. Often we are trying to judge someone else ( which is not our heavenly right anyway) and are not judging ourselves according to the Word of God, which is the bible!
On top of that, we have the sanctimonious audacity to talk about how we are living, yet we are dumb when it comes to talking about how we are killing ourselves! And because I am a black person, I can bring it really close to the "house" and direct this to black citizens in the rural south! Amen?
This message, through me, from God ,is not one to create a controversy, because God is not the author of confusion. Yet is a controversial topic for His chosen people who are called by His name!
If you are offended by His message to you today, then that is well with my soul because we sometimes have to be "pricked" by the truth , for in Proverbs 26:12 we are reminded, THERE IS MORE HOPE FOR FOOLS THAN FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE WISE. (nlv)
AIDS is a killer in our communities and our local churches are not doing enough nor are we saying enough from the pulpit to educate our congregations on the danger of this dis ease.....well, it is time out for The Ministry of S.A.R.A.H. being dumb on this issue! (Dumb is also defined as one who cannot or who will not speak!) I am not pointing fingers at anyone else because when I do that, there is only one finger pointing outward and four more directed at me!
Therefore I will stand firm on God’s Word as recorded in Proverbs 12:19-20,22...THE LIP OF TRUTH SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOREVER: BUT A LYING TONGUE IS BUT FOR A MOMENT. DECEIT IS IN THE HEART OF THEM THAT IMAGINE EVIL; BUT TO THE COUNSELORS OF PEACE IS JOY. LYING LIPS ARE ABOMINATION TO THE LORD: BUT THEY THAT DEAL TRULY ARE HIS DELIGHT.