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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I AM THANKFUL FOR...

Pastor Nimmons & Family
During this Thanksgiving season, we have so much to be thankful for. This is not just a time of family gatherings, football and of course food, but it is time to reflect upon all that God has done for us through the year. Sometimes our time is consumed with work, family, and friends that we don't take the time to thank God for all that HE has done for us. And, I truly believe this season of Thanksgiving we should spend sometime reflecting upon the goodness of God in our individual as well as our collective lives.

It's interesting this particular month we have been dealing with this theme of "Thanks" as we've had an opportunity to expound upon this subject at two services this month. The message God had given to us to minister was entitled; "The Paradox of Gratitude, taken from Gen 50:20, and Psalms 34:1-3. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph has revealed his identity to his brothers; the same brothers that wanted to kill him, the same brothers that were extremely jealous of him, the same brothers that eventually sold Joseph into Egyptian slavery. They were now being reunited, by circumstance, with their younger brother Joseph, who is now the 2nd in command of all of Egypt. Knowing and understanding the story of Joseph, he could have very well sought revenge and retribution against his brothers for what they had done to them. After all, it was his being sold into slavery by his brothers that began the series of events in his life that got him to this point. But, Joseph knew and understood that God was the one that orchestrated it all, that's why he was able to say with confidence as well as humility to his own brothers, "What you meant for evil, God meant it for my good that He might save much people alive."  Joseph was ultimately giving thanks to God for the twists and turns that his life took in order to get where God wanted him to be.  What I continue to love about this story the most is, as you read it you would think that the twists and turns of Joseph life happened as a result of him possibly falling off of God's radar. That being sold into slavery, being lied on by Potiphar's wife and thrown into prison, being forgotten about while in prison, were all of result of God not keeping up with Joseph's whereabouts. Not so! But, God was not only thoroughly aware of where Joseph was, but He was strategically involved in every twist and every turn that his life took. And, we found out that it wasn't even about Joseph in the end. It was all about the preservation of God's Chosen people; the Children of Israel. But, Joseph was thankful to God for not just where he was, but he was also thankful to God for the journey.

And, this is what I believe many people miss in understanding their walk with God. That God has a purpose and a plan for our life. He is not just making things up as we go, or with us today and forgetting about us tomorrow. But, God's plan for our life is one that He thought about even before the foundations of the world. And, God's thinking about us, was not a casual occurrence or some off the cuff reality, but we all are very much aware of the power that is contained in God's thoughts. It was His thoughts that created the world that we live in. So, God thinking about us is a very significant component about our walk with God that we must remember. And, the part that we continually miss is that Jesus said in St. John 16:33.."in this life ye shall have tribulation;" we forget that part. That God has sprinkled and colored our lives with tribulation, not in an effort to kill us or to destroy us, but as way to mature us and to make us better. In fact, Jeremiah writes in the 29th chapter vs 11, "For I know that thoughts that I think towards you saith God, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end." So, we are not just to thank God for the good things that happen in our life, but we have to thank God for the bad things as well. Understanding that the Apostle Paul was right when he wrote in Romans 8:28, "And we know that ALL things are working together for the good of them who are the called according to His purpose." And, David echoed similar sentiments in Psalms 34:1-3, "I will bless the Lord at ALL times and His praises shall continually be in my mouth.

Praise is the equivalent of the thanks or thanksgiving. Inasmuch as we praise God for what HE has done, and we worship Him for who He is. Therein lies the difference between praise & worship; two essential parts of a child of God's daily devotion. But, for the context of this week's blog, our praise to God should not just be limited to the good thing that He has done, but we have to praise Him for even the turbulent times in our life we've had to experience or are even experiencing. Once you know the intent behind the tribulation, then you should be better able to endure it knowing that you're going to be better when you come out of it then when you went in. Being thankful for just the good things that God has done, implicitly suggest that God is only worthy during the good times of your life. And, during times of indifference, times of struggle, or the hard times that we face, God is no where to be found and therefore not worthy of the praise. Not so! He knows where we are and has reminded us that he will never leave us nor will he forsake us. So, God is right there in the midst of what you're going through; ready, willing and able to come to our rescue whenever we need Him the most!

In closing, I'm thankful for so many things. A beautiful wife, son, and daughter that God has so graciously blessed me with. I have a wonderful extended family and support system; father, mother, and sister that are the lifeblood of my existence. I'm thankful for a job in this current economic crisis that we're experiencing; I'm thankful for the many doors of opportunity that God has opened and is opening for us in our lives; I'm thankful for the many talents and gifts that God has bestowed upon us. I'm thankful for the many friends and well wishers that God has put in our path on this journey to our destiny. Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration. It has kept me humbled as well as focused on being ALL that God would have us to be. I'm also thankful to you our readers, who consistently take a few minutes out of their day to read our blog and to comment and provide feedback that can help us doing things even better. And, I will continually praise God for ALL that He has done, and more importantly worship HIM for who He is. So, my questions today is what are you thankful for? What has God done for you that you just cannot give Him enough praise for? Please share these thoughts with our readers, as I believe many will be spiritually edified by the individual testimonies of our brothers and sisters. So, on this Thanksgiving Eve, what are you thankful for?


Be Blessed!

Pastor Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The 67th Book

I Corinthians 3:3 "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in table of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.


For the past several weeks we have been teaching a bible lesson for the Young Apostolic Students for Christ (YASC) at Wayne State University entitled; "The 67th Book." It was a lesson that God had given to us earlier this year during the Easter season to share with our Greater Grace Temple Christian Education Teen & Young Adult Dept. And, ever since then it has been something that has stuck with us and God wanted us to expand upon the lesson and formally teach it as apart of a bible class series for  YASC @ WSU.  I must say over the past few weeks of teaching this lesson, God has not only blessed the youth that have been apart of the class, but has also opened up a reservoir of revelation to us about His Word and how important it is for us to not just "READ" His Word, but to "LIVE" His Word.

The concept behind the lesson comes from the theme scripture in I Corinthians 3:3, where Paul is writing to the church of Corinth instructing them that they are an "...epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of the stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." Here, the Apostle Paul is putting the church of Corinth on notice that they have a greater responsibility than just church attendance; a great responsibility than just "READING" the word of God, but they are to "LIVE" the word of God. This is what Jesus meant when he declared in Matthew 5:15, that ye are to, "let your light so shine that men might see your good works, and glorify the Father, which is in heaven." There is no way that your light can shine effectively, if you don't have God's Word down on the inside of you. If you are not living God's Word; by applying it to your everyday life, how can you be the "living epistle" that God desires for you to be?

The problem with so many people is that they are great at giving God and everyone else lip service.  They can talk a good game, but when it comes to actually living what they profess, that is something they fail to do. It is said so often "Practice what you Preach," but one day on twitter I read an interesting quote which seem to be the inverse of this early quote. And, it read "Preach what you Practice." And, I believe the latter quote speaks volumes about the effects of our walk with God. The early quote admonishes the preacher to practice what you are constantly preaching. In essence, follow your own instructions, or take your own advice. And, yes this is a true statement as well. Especially, in this day and time where we are seeing preachers, ministers, evangelist and the like being exposed, and the cover being pulled back on private and secret sins that they've intentional covered from others. So, yes it is important to indeed, "Practice what you Preach." But, more importantly, I believe it is also essential to "Preach what you Practice." This again puts the responsibility right back squarely on the preacher that your words should line up with your actions. Both of these statements are emphasizing the importance of accountability not just among those who stand at the pulpits on Sunday Mornings, but even to those who sit in the pews as well. Everyone is held to the same standard of holiness, and no one is exempt because of where they may sit or happen to stand in the Kingdom of God.

Another important element that God showed us as we are teaching this lesson on Mondays, is a scripture that's often quoted and misinterpreted in Romans the 8th chapter vs 28, where Paul says, "And, we know that all things are working together for the good of them who are the called according to HIS purpose." We typically interpret that scripture to mean that every good and bad thing that happens in our life are both working together for our good. And, we extrapolate the "we" out of the scripture to be apart of the disclaimer Paul associates with being "the called according to HIS purpose." Which, again is a true statement, but everybody is not in the "we" crowd.  A key component of this scripture which is often overlooked is that the "We" crowd is directly connected to "HIS" purpose. God has a purpose that requires more from us than many people are willing to give. His purpose requires us to make a sacrifice in order to walk with Him. This scripture not just speaks to the benefits or the perks that comes with walking with God, but also the mindset as well. Because in order for you to properly understand the significance of ALL things working together in my life for the good, you must have first surrendered your life entirely over to the purpose of the Lord. And, if you haven't done that, then there is no way you will ever see "good" coming from the "bad" in your life. Many people come to God with their own agenda, or with their own set of guidelines and they tell God implicitly and even explicitly this is all that I'm willing to do for you.  Nothing more and nothing less, many so called "Christians" have a "Take It or Leave It" kind of attitude towards God. And, God has to fit within the parameters of what they want their relationship with him to be. But, I hear God saying that it is either"ALL or NOTHING." I want ALL of you or don't give me nothing at ALL. This speaks to the value and significance that God has placed on having a relationship with us. And, if you are not willing to do your part, then He's saying keep on doing what you want to do. You will be the loser in the end. He died just so that we could have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, and yet some still choose to give Him the cold shoulder. Go figure!

In my conclusion, my question for you today is this, "Are you the 67th book?" Are you a walking, and talking embodiment of the Word of God? Or, have you decided to make up your own rules of how to live holy? Are you interpreting and digesting God's Word in its totality or are you piece-mealing God's Word and only reading and applying those scriptures to your life that benefit you. I believe the former is actually true, the only way you can truly be the 67th Book, is if you are rightly dividing the Word of God and directly applying it to your walk with God. This is the only you can truly be the 67th book. King David said of himself, "thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee." This scripture is a demonstration of the importance King David placed upon the Word of God for his life.

My question to you is simple, is God's Word that important to you?

Your thoughts?

Be Blessed

Pastor Michael S. Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com

P.S. Join us next Monday as we continue this lesson entitled; "The 67th Book" at Wayne State University, State Hall Room 116 at 7pm.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Is This What Passes For Music Nowadays?



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The above music video by Willow Smith; daughter of Will & Jada Pickett Smith, is just one of many music videos that in addition to be extremely inexplicable, speaks volumes about the direction the music industry is headed. The music industry continues to push the envelopes of indecency, morality and ethics, and will continue to do so; I believe, until Jesus Christ return. So, we can assume that it is going to continue to get worse before it gets better. But, it is disturbing to see the "No Holds Barred" type of mentality that has been embraced by today's so called artists and musicians in the Entertainment Industry. What passes for entertainment nowadays is entirely reprehensible and deplorable to say the least. And, if we think things are bad now; if the Lord so delays His coming, you can only imagine what it will look like 10 or 15yrs from now. It appears that nothing is off limits and everything is fair game when it comes to producing music to promote to the world.

And, to me the most disturbing part about all of this is that the farther the industry pushes the envelope the more willing and acceptable society is of how far the envelope has been pushed. This mentality gives credence to the saying, "The world loves its own."  It seems that the weirder the artist, the more accepted they are, the higher the charts they climb and the more records they are able to sell.  When you look at this diverse list of the music industry's so called "Hottest Artist" the one thing they all seem to have in common is they are extremely weird. In fact the weirder you are the more successful you are. Take a look

Willow Smith
Waka Flocka
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne

Beyone aka Sasha Fierce
Rhianna
Kate Perry
Lady Gaga

Weird seems to be the only stipulation for success in the entertainment industry, and weird is just another way of saying, "I'm willing to do anything to be famous."  I have no objections, no prohibitions, no limits to what I'm willing to do be famous.  Typically, a person like that would either be locked up or institutionalized because of their limit-less behavior which is criminal or at least border-line insane,  instead they're being signed to multi-million dollar contracts, fancy cars, clothes, homes & jewelry to propagate and promote the devil's agenda.  And, all who travel this walk of fame have done exactly that. Jesus asked a very important question in Mark 16:26  "For what is a man profitted, if he shall gain the whole world , and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" A very telling question that each of us must consider as we evaluate and prioritize the goals and objectives of our life.  And, yet we have seen the answers to these two questions reflected in the lives of the artists who sold their soul and sold out to be famous. Many have sacrificed family, loved ones, morality, decency, self worth and much more for 15mins of a fame.

And, I know I will probably get some comments along the lines of why are you even interested in this anyway, in what way is this suppose to spiritually edify your readers? I'm glad you asked, if nothing else this continues to illustrate the point that time is winding up, and Jesus Christ is soon to come. As we said in our post concerning  "Signs of the Times" that the devil is getting much bolder and bolder with everything that he does in the world. What was once done in secret is now being done openly, what was once done at night, is now being done in broad day light. So, my advice to those who do not know God, taken advantage of the time you have to get to know him. You can find out how in Acts 2:38. Read it once, twice and even three times until it becomes clear.

As you look at the sinister direction that the entire entertainment industry has taken, you cannot help but attribute it to its silent partner the "Devil." Whether you know or not, or whether you believe or not, he is the primarily culprit behind everything that is going on, from raunchy videos to the proliferation of secret societies. He is behind it ALL. And, it makes perfect sense, because it plays right into his character and nature as the Children of God's primary adversary. He is a cunning, shrewd and deceitful operator and manipulator. The devil has done everything in his power to keep his agenda hidden from the world, and yet they are strategically apart of the planning of implementation of it. In Isaiah 14 it talks about Lucifer; formerly known as, the chief musician in heaven. He was in charge of the heavenly host, and it speaks of how he got beside himself and wanted to take over and how he thought he could do a better job than God-himself. And, so God kicked him out of heaven. But, as G. Craig Lewis put it, "even though he changed locations, he never changed occupations." He is still making music; and he is still leading the movement against God here on earth. I heard someone put it very poignantly, the secular artists that you see nowadays are apart of "The Devil's Praise Team." And, to me that summarizes this post very beautifully, especially when you see and hear some of songs that come over the airwaves into our radios and through the television screens of our homes.  Songs that continue to objectify and sexualize women like "Bottom's Up" by T.I, and the sadomasochistic song by Rhianna & Eminem called "Love The Way You Lie."  Here are some of the lyrics to that song.

Rhianna Chorus
"Just going to stand there and watch me burn, 
but that's alright because I like the way it hurts. 
Just going to stand there and hear me cry, but that's alright 
because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie"

Eminem verse (Excerpt)
Can't tell you what it really is
I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now there's a steel knife
In my windpipe
I can't breathe
But I still fight
While I can fight
As long as the wrong feels right
It's like I'm in flight
High of a love
Drunk from the hate
It's like I'm huffing paint
And I love it the more that I suffer
I suffocate
And right before im about to drown
She resuscitates me
She f*** hates me
And I love it...


I included the lyrics because I don't think people realize what they are singing, and more importantly what they are saying. So the lyrics are here for people to plainly see what it is that Rhianna and Eminem are actually talking about. Rhianna & Eminem are both talking about loving being abused and manipulated by their "handler(s)" And, if you ever read the VigilantCitizen.com you would understand what the term "handler" means.  This is the dark and sinister side of the industry that only the artist sees and is privy too. But, it is believed that through a process called "Monarch Programming" that these artist are being brainwashed and sexually abused, and they create alternate personalities like "Slim Shady" & "Sasha Fierce" to escape the reality of their abuse. And, this alternate personality becomes the primary persona in the music industry where they are now doing the bidding of their handlers; those people who are behind the scenes controlling the multi-million dollar puppets for the industry.  In the song their both talking about loving being hated, and loving being hurt and lied to. Now, what reasonable person would this actually makes sense to? I would definitely like to meet them so we can talk about this further, or maybe I'm missing the entire meaning of the song. I encourage anyone with an alternate meaning to feel free to leave their comment to offer clarity to both myself and those who read this weekly blog, because I'm sure they are just as confused as I am.

Professor Griff, former member of "Public Enemy" said in a radio interview discussing some of the more popular songs in the music industry and why they are popular,

he said, "...entertainment is kept below the 6th grade level. When you start hearing songs like "Laffy Taffy" and these kinds of songs;  they would hit your lower sacrum and vibrate that negative energy activating your pituitary gland releasing those hormones. Now you have grown men making songs for 13yr olds..."  

In essence what I believe he was saying is this is in fact the "dumbing down of society." And, those that continue to listen to these artist and their music are willing participants. You find yourself listening to the song, the beat is catchy, and before you know it you've learned the lyrics and because of the over-saturation of this music in the marketplace  (i.e. radio, t.v., Internet, etc) you find yourself singing, and quoting lyrics completely oblivious to its real meaning.  You're singing about domestic violence, and sadomasochism and wondering why you're either a victim of domestic violence or perpetrator of it yourself. What we fail to realize, which is something the devil has known for sometime now, is that words are extremely powerful. That's why we have to be careful what we profess and declare in our lives, because many people have spoken doom upon their own lives by simply quoting the lyrics of a song they heard on the radio. That is just how powerfully shrewd and sadistic the devil really is.

As I conclude this week's post, I'd like to know from you if you share our thoughts and beliefs on the music industry. Do you believe that is has gone out of control and will continually get progressively worse the closer we get to the rapture? If you don't share our views, I'd like to hear your thoughts as well. Why do you listen to this music, what benefit do you get from it? What purpose does it serve in your life? Recently, rapper,& actor Bow Wow posted some very disturbing messages on his twitter page that might be a window into the reality of a Hip Hop artist.  He said, "I sacrificed my life for this Hip Hop ****  I put my REAL life on hold. If I could do it over...I wudda went back to school. Got me a reg job...I swear I be wishing I was dead sometimes. Because I feel like thats the only way i'll get peace."  These few lines speaks volumes about a life that is suppose to be the "Good Life" as Kanye West describes it, but according to Bow Wow it's really not all that is cracked up to be. I find it interesting that if Bow Wow's life and artist like him were all that "Good" then why would they be constantly plagued with so much unhappiness to the point of not wanting to live anymore.

It really begs the question, is fame really worth it?  You tell me!

Pastor Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Woman's Worth

Niki Minja's alter ego "Barbie"
I'm writing this post after much frustration and confusion over the present day images of womanhood that are being projected and portrayed to this generation of young people. Frustration and confusion about the over-"sexual-ization" and over-saturation of this "sexual-ization" in the marketplace and the effects it is having on the minds of today's youth. If we were to start at the most obvious and move to the more sinister, I believe you will see a direct correlation between how women are being portrayed and how they are treated in music, movies, media and even in everyday life.

Beginning with the obvious, which is the over-sexual-ization of  today's female celebrities. We as consumers are constantly inundated with every aspect of the the female physique in commercials, videos, movies, and the like as a method of advertisement. Many times the products and goods are being sold solely based upon the sex-iness of the spokes model advertising the product. Everything from music to malt liquor, from cars to Couvisseur, woman are consistently used as tools to sell other goods and it seems that this practice is increasing in this day and time.  And, unfortunately the message that is consistently being sent to the youth of today is that "Sex Sales," and this is a misnomer that I believe is a driving force behind the rising criminal behavior in our young men. "If all women have to offer is their bodies, then if I can take that then I've taken everything that they have to offer." And, I know some would say this is weird coming from a man, you should be happy to see the female body on display everywhere you go? As a man, you should welcome this new form of advertisement. Not so! Why, because I believe this marketing practice is undervaluing  and undermining today's women by objectifying and sexual-izing them. And, this certainly is not what God had originally intended for the woman to be marketed and packaged for, objects to be lusted after and fought over. 

Mariah Carey & Niki Minaj
Women today are seen as sex objects rather than the "help mates" and nurturers they were created to be. And, what is frustrating to me is there should be more outrage and outcry from the female community regarding their objectification by society. More women should be speaking out and against this sexual-ization, because it sends the wrong message to their children, daughters, nieces, siblings and the like that all you need is an nice set of assets and the world is your oyster. Its disturbing to hear and see women flaunt their sexuality and attempt to quantify it in terms of how much money they can earn and have earned in strip clubs, videos and even on the street simply because of how sexy they claim they are.  What kind of world are we leaving for babies my daughter's age and older? What kind of message are we sending them as they get older? What kind of message are we sending when breast augmentation has become as common as a visit to the dentist office? A woman's worth and value far exceed their physicality as well as their sexuality. It's unfortunate, when you peruse the profiles of both Facebook & Twitter and find that the women with the greatest number of followers are usually those who's profiles show off more than their beautiful smile.  What that says is that her popularity has been validated by her sexuality rather than her personality. And, she knows the more attractive she is the more influential she will be in society, which is extremely problematic.

Sarah Palin
Conversely, I continue to be baffled by the product the media continues to promote as a symbol of female intellect in former governor and possible presidential candidate for 2012 Sarah Palin. Intellectually she is an embarrassment, and the fact the Republicans tried to market her as a comparable vice-presidential candidate in then Sen. Joe Biden and formidable competitor to now President Barack Obama is laughable. I continue to refer to her joke of interview with Katie Couric; she looked ill-prepared and highly uninformed, especially when the summation of her foreign affairs experience was "being able to see Russia from her house," was an insult to the American public as this being someone who could potentially serve this nation as 2nd in command. 

But, as bad as this objectification and sexual-ization may be, this is only one small part of the problem and it is one that goes far deeper than what is seen on the surface. What we discovered through various outlets of research concerning the occult, freemasonry and the Illuminati, is a concept called "Mind Control." Which, according to the "VigilantCitizen.com" is a common practice in the music industry, and in Hollywood. According to Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D., The Relationship Between Mind Control Programming and Ritual Abuse (source used by the VigilantCitizen.com) she states regarding mind control or "Monarch Programming," that it is...


          “Trauma-based mind control programming can be defined as systematic torture that blocks the victim’s capacity for conscious processing (through pain, terror, drugs, illusion, sensory deprivation, sensory over-stimulation, oxygen deprivation, cold, heat, spinning, brain stimulation, and often, near-death), and then employs suggestion and/or classical and operant

This disassociation that is produced as a result of this systematic trauma based torture is a separation from reality, creating an alter ego that the subject can now relate to and find comfort in being. It is not coincidental that we've seen the advent of these "alter-egos" in today's music industry; Beyonce- Sasha Fierce, Niki Minaj - Barbie, etc. This disassociated state is actually an escape from reality, where they are under the complete auspices of this alter ego, and thereby their original handler as well. It's important to note, the "handler" in all of this because each of these subjects has a "handler" who is ultimately responsible for their persona. And, their alter-ego is only acting in accordance to the instructions that have been administered via mind control by their handler. This handler, which is often times never seen and never heard from, you can see the examples of the handiwork as well as their rationale reflected in their chosen subjects.
Cover of Niki Minaj latest album
Niki Minaj
Beyonce & Sasha Fierce

 Lady Gaga
Looking at this assortment of images gives us some insight into the perceptions of the handlers of these subjects of mind control & Monarch Programming. What is true in all of these photos is that women are obviously viewed as nothing more than sex objects with nothing more to offer than what they have on the outside. The doll-like references are probably the most insulting inasmuch as they imply that women are "mind-less" robots that must be directed in order to be consider useful. Nicki Minaj pictured with no arms in the first picture, and blind-folded in the next photograph makes my point very clearly. Doll-like references, butter fly images, as well as animal; cheetah or leopard print clothing, are some of the exterior clues of "Monarch Programming," according to the VigilantCitizen.com. When you see artists and celebrities pictured this way; making devil hand signs gestures, or covering the left eye is the subject's indirect way of signaling to their handler submission to their control. And, what is most troubling about all of this is that these are projected images are being relayed to the vulnerable, & impressionable minds of today's youth. And, these celebrities pictured here along with many of their counterparts are women they emulate and want to be like. So, if this is true you can see the damage that is being done to our youth before they even have a chance to know what the world is all about. Very disturbing.

Looking at  God's original intention for mankind our value far exceeded anything we might have possessed on the surface. Everything in the word of God speaks to our infinite value to God; who is our Father and our Creator. And, this is a running theme throughout the entire Word of God. In fact, King Solomon when speaking of the  inevitable courtship between a man and a woman in Proverbs 31:10, he ask the question, "Who can find a virtuous woman?" This scripture first indicates the appropriate characterization of a woman according to the Word of God, which is a "virtuous woman," not a video vixen, a barbie doll, or even a sex object. This characterization explicitly suggests that this kind of woman has a wealth of value to offer her aspiring mate. So much so, that King Solomon interjects the word "find" in this verse, which means that this type of woman must be sought after. You can just find this type of woman anywhere. She can't be found on the "Jersey Shore" MTV Reality Show, or on the latest cycle of BET music videos. This scripture also speaks to the character of the seeker as well. Because in order to find someone virtuous, you would have to know it when you see it. So, the man; who's seeking a virtuous woman, in knowing what virtue looks like must also be able to identify with it as well. He must possess the same qualities he-himself is looking for in a mate. However, the caveat in all of this is both the "seeker" and the "sought after" are flawed, because of sin. So, virtue may or may not be identifiable by the "seeker" or completely possessed by the "sought after". This is why God has be enlisted in this search, because only He is able to rightfully match the right man for the right woman. "Who can find...only God can find a virtuous woman, so we-men should consult God when we're ready to look for Ms. Right

So, my question to my females readers is simple, which kind of woman would you like to be? One that is objectified and sexual-ized by society; manipulated and man-handled for profit. Or would you rather be one that is adored and sought after by the right suitor; the one that God has rightfully suited especially for you. It's interesting that the artist; who's song I chose to title this blog, obviously didn't even know her own worth, because she looked for her value from someone who was already taken. Consequently, this says more about her personal insecurities than his martial infidelity.

Ladies, how valuable are you?

Pastor Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com