What a powerful move of God we had this past Sunday as Pastor Jackson kicked off his series “Movie with a Message” for the month of August.  When you stepped into New Beginnings you were welcomed to the cinema!!  We received an impactful message through a different method as we watched movie clips of “Ray” and Pastor Jackson narrated his message throughout the movie.  There were three areas from the clips of the movie that Pastor Jackson touched on:  tragedy, dysfunctions and silence.

The first area of the movie that Pastor Jackson focused on was the tragic loss of Ray’s brother and then his eyesight.  This was a very devastating time in the life of Ray and his family.  These are the moments in life that can either bring division or deliverance, but it all depends on your faith. Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Pastor Jackson reminds us that “You may not have all you want but GOD has given you all you need”.  The question is who or what are you going to draw your strength from?

“Ray takes a wrong turn as he begins to use drugs to deal with his circumstances. Rays dark secret of dysfunction and drugs began to come to light.  Luke 8:17 says, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”  One of the tricks the enemy will use is to decorate dysfunction and cause devastation in your life.  Ray did not feel what he was doing was a problem and he felt that he had control of it, but that was the furthest from the truth. The worse thing we can do is try to protect or cover up our sins in order to continue down a path of decorated destruction. There is nothing right that will come from doing wrong. There’s nothing that makes us ignore private failure more than the glory of public success. Pastor Jackson asked, “Do you have someone that loves you enough to tell you the truth about you?” It is imperative that we surround ourselves with people that love us enough to tell us when we are wrong.  Accountability in your life will bring stability to your life.   When Ray was completely blind at a young age he fell and cried out for his mother, “Where are you, I need you, help me.”  Pastor Jackson asked, “Have you ever been in a state that you call on the Lord and He was silent?”  Isaiah 64:12 says, “After all this, Lord, will You hold yourself back?  Will You keep silent and punish us beyond measure?” Pastor Jackson shared that a good instructor will test you to see if you have learned what they have taught you. God will test us to see if we will put into practice what He has taught us through His word. Although you may have called on the Lord and you can’t hear Him, or feel Him, He is still there and He has never left you nor forsaken you.

Pastor Jackson closed this message by referring to Proverbs 24: 6, “Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”  Family, God has given you the power and the people to help you defeat the enemy so please don’t give in or give up on your purpose in life.

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