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The Lenten Journey 2016 – A “Therefore” Kind of Faith


“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:1-4

Last night, I had the opportunity to return to my home district, the Edisto District, for their annual “Week of Holy Joy” Revival Series held at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The opening night was blessed to have Dr. William Watley, internationally renowned preacher, pastor, and scholar as the messenger. Pastor Watley’s message centered on the idea of one’s glory being hidden in their story. A particular emphasis of the sermon was the idea that believers will have to go through some things in life to get to the God ordained places. Pastor Watley reflected on the “therefores” of God, and how those instances of “therefore” can push one closer to their destiny.

I began to think about my destiny and the many “therefore” clauses in my own life. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that if it had not been for my “therefores” I would never be the kind of man, husband, father-to-be, pastor, preacher, teacher that I am today. And guess what, God still isn’t through with me yet…

Today, my goal is to help you understand that you have to remember what God has already spoken over your life. Too often, the issues of this life will cause us to forget what God has already said. Faith, in fact, is the ability to trust God even when you cannot trace God. Your faith has the ability to say I am healed, even when the doctors say you are sick; your faith has the ability to say I am more than enough, when the world says you are not qualified; it is your faith’s ability to say I shall have, when life says it will never be yours. It is your level of faith that reminds you of everything God has already said even when it looks like it will not come to pass. Your faith is connected to your “therefore” experiences.

The writer of the Philippian text was ever so compelled to help you and me connect the very dots of our Christ-centered existence. He reminds us because of the very relationship we have to the blood sacrifice of our risen savior, we have enough within us to be consoled with His comfort, fellowship with His spirit, and limitless affection, love, and peace coupled with everlasting joy. Your “therefore” reminds you if God can do it for you, God has this ability to do it for someone else. Don’t ever become so selfish and conceited that you forget from whence God has brought you.

Finally, be encouraged today by remembering God will complete what God has started. Know deep down on the inside God is not like man, and therefore God will not lie. What God has said, will come to pass. The business will happen. The marriage will take place. The baby will come. The book will be written. The loss will be restored unto you. The bill is paid and the very debt is cancelled because of your “therefore-faith.” Whatever God said, God will surely do when your mind, your faith, and your relationship is on His accord and in His timing.

Have an amazing week,

Reverend Jarrett Britton Washington
South Carolina

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  1. Rev. Patsy Brown says:

    Thank you, Rev. Jarrett B. Washington, for this message on “therefore” faith. It really enlightened and encouraged me on the faithfulness of God because of the “therefores” He has already promised us.

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