Dear Ones,

All lives matter!  Scripture says that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and neither should we be.  Any practice or attitude that suggests that only one type of life – black, white, red, yellow, etc. – matters is flat out not Scriptural.  As a matter of fact, you won’t find anywhere in Scripture where God differentiates between individuals based on the color of their skin.  He differentiates between the righteous and the unrighteous, those who walk in darkness and those who walk in His light, and you know what?  HE LOVES US ALL THE SAME!!!  He loves those living in the sin and those walking in His salvation with the same unconditional love.  He created us all equally.  He created us all with the equal opportunity and ability to respond to His invitation of life eternal with Him!   The only difference is that those who have accepted God’s salvation, the free gift of all that Jesus sacrificed to provide for us, is that thosewho have chosen Jesus will walk in God’s supernatural provision and blessing here on earth duringtheir earthly existence, and they will live with God in His glorious presence for all of eternity.  After Acts 10:34 says God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:35 goes onto say, “But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.”  Just my point.  God loves us all, but He judges based upon our choice to live in His righteousness through our acceptance of Christ.

Does it shock you when I say that God loves the sinner just as much as He loves the saints?  It shouldn’t.  Jesus said He came for the sick, not the well (Mk. 2:7; Mt. 9:11-13; Lk. 5:27-32).  If you are saved, you were once the sick, and then you came to the revelation of Christ’s sacrifice for you; you received Him and became a child of the Light.  Hallelujah!  Aren’t you glad He loved you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins (Col. 2:12-14)?  

If you have not received Christ’s salvation, aren’t you glad to hear that God loves you now, where you are, no matter what you have done?  God does not love us more because we follow Christ or love us less because we don’t.  His love never changes and never fails and does not differentiate between people based on skin color.

So, when someone says one type of person matters, it is true, but it is only a partial truth.  The truth is that all lives matter, and we need to get out of our small thinking, our small universes, and realize ALL lives matter.  To do any less is to fail to walk in the love and acceptance God has offered each one of us, the love we should be demonstrating to one another.  We are commanded to follow Christ, and the way to do that is to embrace His love and communicate it unconditionally, not determining that one type of life matters more than others.  In reality, thinking that one type of life matters is truly a demonstration of the fact that one does not understand that he or she is unconditionally loved by God.  This person feels that he or she has to fight his or her own battles and scrap for every bit of blessing he or she can get.  He or she feels like he has to fight His own fight.  He is running in “protection mode” not “blessing mode.”  It is an attitude of fear not faith, and the only way to overcome it is to accept God’s true, unconditional love.  When we truly understand God’s love for us, we realize He will fight our battles for us.  We don’t have to elevate ourselves by devaluing others.

We must all realize that it is never a person who is our foe or enemy!  Only the devil is our enemy.  Unfortunately, some people allow the devil and spirits of darkness to work through them to bring division.  It is the demonic spirit which motivates a person that is the enemy, not the person himself.  It is the sin, not the sinner.  God loves the sinner and the saint the same.  So, let’s get our heads on straight and our spirits in line with the Word!  Stand against the demonic spirits of division and strife and contention that suggest that we are not all one body, loved the same by God.  No one matters more to Him than any other!  It’s always the same spiritual principal that applies.  The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but God comes with life, light, and healing in His wings (Jn. 10:10).  The devil comes to bring division and strife.  Stand against the forces of spiritual darkness, but love the person being influenced.  Pray for them.  Witness to them in words and in your walk.  The Word says that light overcomes darkness (Jn. 1:5); darkness has to flee when we walk in God’s wisdom and love.  The Lord rebukes the forces of darkness that come to bring destruction (Mal. 3:11)!  Stand firmly, planted on His Word.  Be established in His love and refuse to walk in any less toward others!

We all matter to God!!!

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.

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