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2. He Says She Says

Adam Ramdin
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  • March 19, 2018
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Father in heaven, we pause to thank You for Your goodness, Your mercy to us. We thank You Lord for bringing us through this day. And as we gather together here as a church family whether we know this here, whether we don't, we thank You Lord for the commonality of faith that we can share and the purpose of coming here. I pray Lord that You would speak to our hearts. I pray Lord that You would speak through me and I pray Lord that we may reflect upon Your word this evening in a personal way. Bless us Lord we pray in Christ's name. Amen.

 

The sermon title tonight is entitled He says, she says.

 

I don't know about you but growing up I learned a phrase in school that we would sometimes repeat to other boys and girls on the playground and it went something like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but we would say, names will never hurt me.” Now, I'm not here to talk on how that saying is actually not that true. Anyway, but what we would say when would say “Stick and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” What we were trying to convey, the underlying message, we were trying to convey, was I don't care what you say about me. That's what we're trying to say. I don't care what you say about me. You can say whatever you want about me; but I don't care.

 

Today in life we're kinda taught to not listen to some of the negative things that people may say about you. Have your own identity; be sure in who you are, and; don't let what others say about you form you. To be sure in yourself, to know where you come from, to know why you're here, and be sure in yourself and don't let other people mold or shape you.

 

I was reading a book recently, I posted a picture on Facebook, maybe you saw it. It's called the Insanity of God. If you've never read the book, it came out about two years ago, it's a fascinating book by I forget his name, I think it's Nik Ripken. The first half of the book is his account of being a missionary in the country of Somalia right after their Civil War of 1992 and it's just heart-wrenching as he describes what it was like to be literally one of a handful of Christians in the country. They could literally count them on one or two hands. What was it like to be a missionary in a country that's completely devoid of God or Christianity or the God that we understand. The second half of his book describes how he then traveled to hundreds of churches, tens of countries around the world and visited Christians in countries where they had been persecuted. And he just sat down with these Christians and interviewed them and got their stories. And some of the stories were just fascinating. He went to Russia. He went to the old eastern bloc countries. He went to China. He went to some of the Muslim countries in Southeast Asia and he got story after story after story and then he comes to his conclusions at the end of the book. But some of the stories were fascinating and some of the situations were really, really interesting.

 

For example, he went to China and he was visiting with the church there in China and he was talking to them about persecution like people there didn't really have too much of a problem with being persecuted. In fact, being persecuted was normal and at least three times in the book when he's talking to people he says to them, “Wow, these stories are amazing. You need to write it down.” And they look back at him like “haah?” He's like “you need to write these down” like and then one man actually just took him to the window and said, “The sun is rising up over the horizon, isn't it?” “Yeah.” He said, “At home, do you write down that the sun rises every day in a journal?” He said, “We don't write down that we get persecuted for its just normal.” In China, he found out when he went there, you couldn't be a church leader in China unless you had been to prison. Nominating committee meets and “we like to nominate so and so to be a church leader.” “Has he been to prison yet?” “No.” “He's not tested yet.” You could only be a church leader if you serve time, proving your commitment to the cause. Without prison time, you were just a girl or a boy.

 

The stories that he wrote there in the book though, it was people writing their stories and one of the conclusions he came to was that the ability to witness, and this really resonated with, the ability to witness does not depend upon the political system that someone lives under. He said, “We in the West, we pray for people's freedom.” Why? So they can be Laodicean like us? He says, “They don't pray for freedom, they pray for obedience.” We're here in the West thanking God for the freedom so that we can be Christian and no one knows we’re Christian. So they don't pray for freedom, they pray for obedience. And he says, they conclude, one of the conclusions in the book was that the ability or the opportunity rather to witness does not depend on the political system that you are born under. Everyone has freedom to witness. It’s just the consequences are different depending what country you live in; but everyone has the freedom granted by God to be a witness. The Christians in that book that I was reading about though, had an experience where other people knew for sure. There was no question; they knew for sure that they were Christian. There was no like “I am not quite sure, you know.” “Yes and they are kinda”, “Yeah, they kinda friendly at work”, some, I don’t know.” “No.” Everyone that was written about, other people would know “That’s a Christian.” And they were often a Christian in spite of all the situations around them.

 

You see, we have been taught to be personally confident in what we say. And yesterday, I said that. You know, as an Adventist we should know why we are Seventh Day Adventists. Amen. We should have personal confidence in our understanding of God's word and know why we're a Christian or know why we come to church or we should know why we believe that Jesus is a Divine Being and part of the Godhead. We should know that. We should know why the seventh day is the Sabbath. We should know why the sanctuary was on Earth but was also a replica of what was, what is, sorry in heaven. We should know that when the dead die, they don't go to heaven but they go to the grave and they await the resurrection. As a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, we should know these things. We should know why we are a Christian.

 

And often times we turn to Bible character. Turn your Bible to the book of Daniel. Often times, we turn to Bible characters that illustrate those traits of character and we look at those Bible characters as people that we want to emulate in our lives. Daniel stands as a prime example of that. Daniel grew up in Jerusalem. There in Jerusalem he would have gone to is his nice church school as we would say. He would grow up in a very protected environment. At the age of 15 or 16, his life was shattered. He was ripped from his home; essentially, no parents for the rest of his life; becoming an orphan at the age of 15 or 16. He was taken to a foreign country after he had to walk 800 miles across the hot Arabian Desert. As he gets to the foreign country, he's there in the center of the universe, sorry, the center of the globe, the biggest city there. And as you know, you read the story, the food spread out in front of them. They're about to eat. And the Bible tells us in Daniel chapter 1 and verse 8 that famous verse that we read so many times in church. It says, “But Daniel (did what?) he purposed in his heart that he would not (he would not) defile himself with the portion of the king's meat nor would the wine which he drank.” And we look at this story and we say Amen. And then we turn to our Seventh Day Adventist hymnal and we sing ‘Dare To Be a Daniel.’ Should we ‘Dare to be like Daniel’? Yes or no church? Of course we should.

 

 And then, if you go through Daniel's life, you can find Daniel in Daniel chapter 2. He was standing for God again. His life is on the line. He's about to get killed and he goes into the king and he tells the king the meaning to the vision and he tells him what it means as well. And the king’s like, “Wow, you're amazing.” Then you get to Daniel 3, well Daniel's not really in Daniel 3. The three Hebrew boys are in there. And then you go to Daniel 4, Nebuchadnezzar gets converted in Daniel 4 written by Nebuchadnezzar. Then you get to Daniel 5 and Daniel 6 and at the end of Daniel's life. So in Daniel 1, you've got him as a 15-year old, 16 maybe 17-year old. In Daniel chapter 6, Daniel is now about 87 years old. So we've got the example of the beginning of his life chapter 1 and then chapter 6, we have the end of his life. And in Daniel chapter 6, you have the story, you know the story I don’t need to recount it too much to you. What happened in Daniel 6? They wanna frame Daniel. What empire we're living under now in Daniel 6? It's not Babylon anymore. It's Medo-Persia. You picture the scene, you know, you've had a change of Emperor; but despite the change of Emperor, the prime minister stays the same. Like that doesn't happen. That does not happen. That's like Donald Trump winning the American election, but keeping on Barack Obama as his vice president. It doesn't happen. It’s like Jeremy Corbyn going into power and keeping Theresa May as his vice prime minister; whatever you call it here Deputy Prime Minister. It doesn't happen. And if that did happen under a Labor government, you can imagine what all the Labor M.P.'s or think of the deputy prime minister from the other party. So Daniel in Daniel 6 is now the other party; the other empire serving over the Persian Empire. You know the story. They try and frame him. And what happens? They can’t frame him. Verse 10 says, he knew the writing was signed; he goes home and prays three times a day. And then they go back to the king and they go back to the king. The king, “We got Daniel.” And then you come down to verse 15 - Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. And verse 16 says Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. And the king spake and said unto Daniel,” What does the king says to Daniel? The king says “Your God whom thou servest continually, He will (what?) deliver thee.”

 

Turn to Exodus chapter. No. Turn to 1st Samuel. First Samuel 17. In the book of First Samuel chapter 17, you have the famous story of David and what's his name? Goliath. When David spread across that stretch of land with his swing in his hand, a stone in the sling, and as he looks at Goliath as he's about to sling him, what does David say? David stated, not so much who he was; but he stated who he was serving. It's almost like David was stating his identity on his way to destroy Goliath. I believe it's around verse 45, is it? Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in (what?) the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

 

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. David stands there and says, “Bang, I'm coming to you in the name of God.” When Moses stood before Pharaoh. Remember God came to Moses and God says, “Moses go to Pharaoh and say, Let my people go” and Pharaoh. And Moses says back to God, “Well, who should I say sent me? On whose authority shall I say I'm here.“ And God says, “You tell Pharaoh that I am that I am has (what?) I sent you.”

 

These stand to us as examples as Bible characters of people who were sure under the God that they serve and whom they were. And they stand to us. Daniel stands as an example of someone who lived in exile. And it is interested in the characters in the Bible that we often relate to the most, Joseph and Daniel and Esther were all exiles. And it relates to us as Christians living in a non-Christian world because so much of what we feel like is almost like the same feelings of being in exile in a country that's not ours.

 

Living around people that all think differently to us and these people all stand as exiles, as examples of people that were sure as to who they were. They may have struggled at times. Esther wasn't quite sure. Maybe she was a backslider. But they came the point in her experience where she stood in front of the king and she said, “My people and I are under a death decree and we need you to help.” She rediscovered her identity, though she had hid it when she stood in front of them, to auditions to be queen. There came the point where she remembered who she was and stood there. A few chapters after she had said, “If I perish, I (what?) perish.”

 

You know when you're applying for a job today or you applying at the University College, you're encouraged to write out a personal what? Personal Statement. Now I don't know for those who may be slightly older in this room if that was something you had to do when you were younger? I don't think so. I think it came in around the time I was going to uni or in college in school and it was very weird. The teachers didn't quite know how to tell us how to go through the process and especially as being from a British or English society where we don't really like talking about ourselves, at least not in good terms. We're quite good at being self-depreciating, deprecating or whatever the word is here in Britain. But you're taught that you have to write a personal statement telling people who you are, what you stand for, what you are, and how good you are whatever. And it's not that easy. It's not that easy. But in the church sense, when the preacher says, “Know what you believe.” It's almost the same thing. What's your? What do you say about yourself as a Christian? “My name is Adam Ramdin. I’m a Seventh Day Adventist. I go to church on Sabbath. I believe Jesus is coming again. He died for our sins.”

 

What do you say about yourself and your faith experience? Are you comfortable with what you believe? With knowing your Bible? With believing in the Sabbath? Are you comfortable with what you know you should be and then what you are? Is there a consistency there?

 

There's another point. When you're applying for a college or a job, you'll write your personal statement. I don't know if it's a how new it might be; but I'd say there's a relatively new interview technique or question that you're likely to get asked in an interview today, whereas an interview for a college university or interview for a job. And the question would go something like this tell us” “Tell us, tell us, how would your friends describe you? What do your family or your friends say about you?” It’s kind of like the step up from the personal statement. Now, it's just not what do you say about yourself; but tell us in your understanding, what your friends say about you. Even more uncomfortable, would you say? It's not that new though. It's not that new. But I wanna throw the question out there: what do others say about you? What do they say about you? 

 

You know, I travel to go to different countries in the world or different parts of Britain or ever, I often get asked the question, “Hey, Adam! Where'd you come from ethnically?” And I always I get asked the question so much. And you kind of get bored of getting asked that question. So, I thought again. “Ok, what do you think?” And I always tend to just throw it back. And depending where I am in the Globe or what ethnic community I am in, the answers vary greatly. “I don't know, maybe the Lord to bless me with a face that looks like nothing.” When I lived in the United States of America, I would frequently get called Mexican, Colombian, Brazilian and I used to really dislike and would stay away from going to Hispanic or Spanish churches in America. The reason being I would walk in and they would see me and they'd be like “ah, Spanish, e como estas señor?” And I would just be, “sorry, I don’t speak Spanish.” And then you know that look that you get given. “Tim, if you were to meet a fellow Nigerian who can't speak a word of whatever your language is, you just look at them like “Ah, ah, ok.” You get that look. Now, if you can speak your native tongue, then obviously you never get that look. But the look you get from someone who Spanish who looks at me and I say, “Sorry I don't speak Spanish” and they look at me and they're convinced I am from South America but I can't speak Spanish, I’m one of those who thinks I'm too good to know the native tongue. So I just used to like “I'm not, I'm not Spanish.” “No, no, you must be.” “I'm not, I'm from English.” “No, no, you're joking me.” And the conversation will go like that. Some over there, they think of Spanish. Then other parts of the world where people think I have some Indian blood in me. Only of one, someone actually said, “You look like you've got some Marisian in you.” It happened to me once in all my years. People have said that they think I come from Thailand, Malaysia, and I frequently get Maybe you're from Israel or Jordan or Turkey or Egypt and the list goes on. Jamaica. I don't know where that one came from as well. When I go to South Africa, they're like “Oh you're a good and you're colored.” 

 

That’s all the answers I get as to what people say where I come from. But what do people say about you? Not so much where you come from ethnically but what do people say about you? If I was to ask Clive right now, “Clive, what's your ‘what word would that be?’ what diet do you follow?” Clive would say to me. He would say, “I am vegan.” I know that's what he’ll say.  I've traveled with Clive on Lineage filming and I know that the end of the day. Will eat breakfast in the morning and then we'll film all day and frequently we would just not eat all day. And just go and go and go and go and go because you got to use sunlight while you got it. We got no time to eat and have an hour break in the day, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go. And at the end of the day, find somewhere to eat. So, I know I got to pull out my phone and I gotta find tutututu vegan place to eat in wherever because I know Clive’s vegan. He'll tell me he's a vegan; but then if you've ever hang around Clive long enough to sit at the meal table with him you'll also know that Clive is a vegan. And I would testify that he's a very stringent vegan or strict. And so, “Hey Clive, there's nowhere else to eat. We're stuck here in Copenhagen, there's nowhere else to eat, Clive we've got to go get pizza.” Clive’s it's not going to be like “Ok, I'll get pizza.” Clive’s gonna be like “Ok, I'll just eat a salad.” Because I know he’s a vegan. Now I may say sometimes, you know, “I’m kind of, kind of a vegan.” And Clive will start laughing now; because while I am home, well we don't go out and buy whatever else I home, when I travel, I'm a bit of a backslider. I call myself flexi-vegan which a real vegan would just be like “you’re just not a vegan.” Because if you travel with me then you would never, if you're out on the and you see. 

 

What people say about you? You can say whatever you want about yourself. Clive could say he's vegan until he's blue in the face; but myself and the other guys I'll travel with him on Lineage, you know those that know him, you would also stand there and say, “Yeah, yeah, he’s a vegan, we know he is because we've seen it.” So it's not just what he says about himself, it's verified by what others who have lived with an experience would also then say about him. 

 

So what do others say about you? Not what you say about yourself. Out there on the sign it says Manchester’s House Seventh Day Adventist Church, service tadahdahdah. Let's just suppose for argument's sake that when you bought your church sign, you brought a blank white sheet of metal, and then you went round in the community and got ten people from the community to come and you gave them a marker pen and said “You write on this board who we are.” I wonder what the church signs up and down the United Kingdom would say if they were labeled by the communities in the churches that we're located. Would they say Seventh Day Adventist, Bible believing, would they say that? Or they just say “you take my parking.”

 

What they say about us? We can say whatever you want to say about ourselves and we've been saying whatever we say about ourselves for the last 150 years, forgetting that well what do they actually say about us? When you write your application form for your passport or whatever application form you may write down, it asks you what is your religious affiliation? And let's just say there was a box, the Seventh Day Adventist, though, it’s not written, there never is, you check that. If your friends were filling in your application form for you, what box would they mark? Christian? None? Other? What do they write down? Do they even know? If you went to your neighbor's house and filling in this passport application or whatever. “Could you just check, check, I got no time.” What do they write down? You see, we set in our house, in our four walls, in our living room, we watch YouTube, you know, whatever we watch but what are they saying about us. 

 

See Daniel in Daniel chapter 6. That verse we just read. Daniel in chapter 1 says I purpose in my heart; but Daniel in chapter 6 at the age of 87 and he's only known this king for about one year. He hasn't known him for his whole because there have been a change of empire. So, he's only known for about a year. And at the end of one year the King looks down and says, “Daniel, your God who you serve continually, He will deliver you.” And then when he goes to the stone in the morning, rolls back the stone, he says, “Daniel, how’s your God whom you serve delivered you?” The king testified of Daniel’s faithfulness in Daniel chapter 6. Chapter 1 - he testifies - I am purposing. Chapter 6 – “Daniel, your God who used to continually.” 

 

How about our families? What do they say about us? Turn to Matthew 16. Matthew 16, you see, you know, the interview technique of asking you what your friends say about you is nothing new actually, in fact, it originates with Jesus Christ. Amen. Jesus was the first one that ever came up with this technique in Matthew 16:13. The Bible says that Jesus was there at a place called Caesarea Philippi. You don't know where that is? On a map, its geographically speaking at the very northern tip of Israel. There's two Caesarea in Israel. One's on the coast. That's where Paul stood. I believe in Agrippa’s palace and testified to Jesus. But there’s another Caesarea, Caesarea Philippi which is in northern Israel. Today, it's right on the border with I believe that would be the border with Lebanon. And there in this place, and you could go to the tour of Israel, you can go there today, it's just gonna be, there are some caves up there and whatever. 

 

The Bible says and Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi and He asked His disciples saying, “whom do men say that (what?) that I am?” Jesus is asking for this almost communal sense of identity -what does the community, what do men say that I am? And what answer does he give? Peter answers Him in verse 14, “And they said, Some say that You are (who?) John the Baptist, and some that You are Elijah; and others say that You are Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” Ok. John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah. But then Jesus looks back and He says, “But who do you say that I am?”  The Bible says in verse 16. If you got a red letter Bible, you know it's not red because it's Peter speaking. But these are profound words - profound words. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou Art the Christ, the Christ the Son of (the what?) the son of the Living God.” 

 

He says, “Who do you say that I am?” And here for the first time in Scripture, someone else testifies that Jesus is the Christ. He could have gone through His whole ministry (Jesus) saying “I'm the Christ.” “About to feed the 5,000, by the way I’m the Christ. about to heal the centurion’s son, but, by the way I'm the Christ. I have to feed the 4,000, by the way I am Christ. Just wanna let you know, in case you missed that.” No. He does all these miracles. 

 

Because you ask yourself the question - What has Peter seen at the time of Matthew 16 that he can say ‘You are the Christ’? Well, but if you just go back to the previous chapter or so, he has seen in the 4,000 fed; the chapter before, he’s seen the 5,000 fed; a few chapters before, the centurion’s son is healed, the woman is healed, the man who's born blind, he can see, the man by the pool of Bethesda. All of these stories happen prior to this. And so when Jesus says, “Who do you say that I am?” The disciples of all this evidence, they have seen all this evidence of who Jesus is and Peter just instinctually don't have to scratch his head, he says, “You are the Christ.” You're the Christ that's who you are.

 

Jesus was employing this modern technique – “What do your friends say about You Jesus? Well, let me ask my friends, let me ask them and we'll find out what my friends say.” “Friends, who am I?” Well, some say this and… What do you say? You’re Messiah.

 

Church, who the people say that you are? Who the people say you are? It's very important for you to be sure of your identity in Christ. It's very important for you to know what you believe; but if no one else verify what you say, what does that say about your personal statement of faith? It’s so private, it doesn't mean too much in the grand scheme of things. “I'm a Bible believing, truth believing Seventh Day Adventist.” But if no one else will testify that of you, that maybe your faith is too private. 

 

When I was reading that book The Insanity of God, he said, “Persecution is dependent on two things. No. 1, someone has to believe in Jesus Christ. No. 2, they believe in Him enough to share it with someone else.” And after they believe in Jesus enough to share Him with someone else, the persecution starts. Because the people they share Him with will testify “That’s a Christian.” 

 

It so we easy in the western world to believe in Jesus and keep our beliefs so private, they just stay with ourselves partly because it reflects the reserve of the British culture that we live in. And sometimes as a Christian it's just so easy to go along with that which is why we often pray in church, “Lord, let my light shine” because we're so silent. It’s the only thing that could possibly maybe be a witness.

 

Who do men say that you are? Who do men say that you are? That message is not complicated; but I hope you are reflecting on you. And if your spiritual identity was open to the opinion of your neighbors, your family, or your friends, what would it be? I know we struggle. I know we all struggle with being bold, always being consistent and wherever you may be in your struggle, we need to ask God to give us the grace and the humility and the boldness and the courage to be where we need to be. 

 

One of the stories I was reading in the book The Insanity of God that really stood out to me was about a Russian, I believe, he was a pastor. He lived in a village and he started doing Bible studies. It was illegal. You couldn't do Bible studies. But one of the points, the book brings out, is the ability to share is not dependent on the political system you live under, it's dependent on your obedience to God. So he was sharing in his village would a few people, and people come in the next week, we'll have the Bible study more people come. And he gets to the point where in his house in the village, he has one hundred fifty people coming for Bible study. That's illegal. Eventually, the local officials say, “we're gonna shut this down.” So they take him as a prisoner one thousand miles away and lock him up in a Russian prison. And there he stays locked up for 17 years. His name was Dimitri. And there in the prison, what he would do? Every single morning, he would wake up and the room was facing kind of eastward and he would wake up and then he would look out his cell and the sun would be coming through the windows and he would stand there every morning, he would raise his arms like this and he would sing the same song every day. People would throw their food at him. People would try and drown him out. People would even throw their own human waste at him. Making fun of him. Seventeen years, every day. He would get beaten by the guards. He would get told to stop. Wake up the next day, see the rising sun, raise his hands and sing to Jesus again. One day, he was in the prison’s yard and he saw a pencil and a piece of paper on the ground. He grabbed it and put it in his pocket. And when he got back to his cell, he wrote down every single Bible text he could remember by memory on that piece of paper and then he struck it on the pipe that was in the corner of his cell. He says as an offering to God. Prison guard saw that, found that, beat him again. Next morning, he would sing songs. Ridicule, persecution, the only Christian in a prison of one thousand five hundred hardened criminals. Prisons out there aren't like ours. 

 

Finally, 17 years, the guards have had enough. And they've got an execution place for him lined up in the yard. He raises up, one morning, raises his arms, sings to Jesus again. The guards come. They beat him and they drag him out his cell. And the prisoners know for some reason that this time is different to all the other beatings he's gone and this may be the end of his life. And then something remarkable happens. Who the men say that you are? Who did those prisoners, what was their testimony of him? You see, he could have said all day long “I'm a Christian.” But what would those 1,499 other prisoners have said about him. Well, on that morning, when he was going to be executed, as they’re dragging him down the corridor, bloody, beaten, I don't know what inspired them, maybe it was the Holy Spirit. Simultaneously, he recounts the story of how fifteen hundred prisoners all left their cell, put up their hands up to the rising sun in the east. Atheists, criminals, murderers, killers, and they all sang in unison. The song that he sang every single morning. The prison guards stopped. They stopped. He'd never got dragged out to the courtyard that morning and he never got executed that morning. You see those fifteen hundred other prisoners, if you ask them who's Dimitri? They would have said without a shadow of a doubt “he's Christian.” He's a Christian. And on the morning, when he was going to be killed, they all unanimously testified by singing his song - this man is Christian. Seeing the impact that he had on the rest of the prisoners, it wasn't long before he was soon released. Praise the Lord. He got to go home and live out the rest of his life. 

 

Who do men say that you are? Who do men say that I am? I pray that the testimony that we aim to say about ourselves would be repeated by others that know us as well. That there's a consistency. There's a consistency. If people had to sing a song for you, what song would they sing? 

 

Let’s bow our heads as we close with prayer. 

 

Father in heaven, we pause to thank you for the privilege we have to be called children of yours today. Lord, we call ourselves Christian. We call ourselves Seventh Day Adventists; but what does the he or the she on the street that we live or the he or the she in our workplace or the he or the she in our family, what did they say about us? Whom did they say we are? Lord, I pray that You'd be with us where we are weak, where we like boldness, courage, and Lord, I pray that others may testify of us. Lord, You know each one of our hearts. Yeah, Lord, you know what our struggles are. In a few moments of silence right here Lord, as we commit to you, Lord, hear our prayers. Lord, help us where we are weak. Lord, lift us up when we fall down. Bless us Lord I pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

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