Summary: A discussion, of whom's authority do you live and work. In the Name of Jesus, a powerful revelation of change.
IN THE NAME OF JESUS
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (10/18/2013)
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (The Acts 2:38, King James Version [Peter preached]).
Greetings in the Name of Jesus,
My brothers and my sisters, we stand on the precipice of change as modern change agents. What we do today will effect real change? In the Name of Jesus. Jesus effected real change two thousand years ago in his public ministry.
Today, in the spirit of change, neighborhoods manned themselves with home command stations to speak out for change. My brothers and my sisters, those neighbors became community activists to improve what the United States government already established in the constitution and bill of rights. Fundamentally, those neighbors refused to accept a fly-by-night excuse for why their cherished government no longer meant the same to them as it meant to their parents and their parents' parents. What was the meaning for the lack which purported to stand for an abundant living society?
Why could the leaders no longer speak to the mountain and move the mountain, if the mountain stood in their way of what their forefathers built then rejected their right to improve upon what was built.
Congress had to give the power of the people back to the people because they failed to represent. When in doubt, act. Job (12:2) said, “...No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. This bit of wisdom took back the power of the people from the Congress of the United States of America (U.S.A.) and the technology of the opinion polls to save a president. Jesus saves.
The public ministry of Jesus went into the neighborhoods, the streets to heal, preach and teach.
The strategy to man up the neighbors of America with home command stations, brilliant in its conception turned up the inspiration of those who stood up to be counted when representation failed. Sometimes, a citizen must stand up for himself. Neighbors took action without a paycheck just in the love of Christ Jesus as stewards of what God gave them. The Acts 3:6 (KJV) said, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I to thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (many were converted).
Why were today's leaders, incapable of representation, incapable of speaking to the mountain, incapable of doing God's business, incapable of effecting change? The Acts (4:10) said, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole” (Peter exhorteth repentance). Who said, “The only thing you have to fear, is fear itself”? In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) spoke to the consequences of fear in his first inaugural address. What did Jesus say and why must you authorize your works in the Name of Jesus? ---from whence cometh your “strength” (Job 12:13, KJV [Job's confidence in God])?