FAITH ON THE FORCE


It’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post and I apologize. So many things has happened in my life. Sharing what God put on my heart is something I’ve always enjoyed. So what has kept me from writing? I’ll fill you in on what was going on and what God has done since then.

About 14 months ago I didn’t know if I would ever wear the uniform again. I had experienced so much trauma from things I had seen while wearing the uniform. After being away 6 months I strapped on my vest and promised from that day forward I would bring awareness to the silent #1 killer of Law Enforcement…..PTSD. I’m finally excited to release the video recorded by Life View Video Production, LLC helping me bring awareness to this silent epidemic.
You too can help me spread awareness to PTSD in Law Enforcement by sharing this video and may save a life by doing so. Click the link below before you read on and watch this video!!

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Since this video God has done some amazing things!! I’ve recently started a face book page called Faith on the Force and a podcast with the same title that will be available on that page. On September 11th I finished taping podcast shows one and two of Faith on the Force with two special guests!! Show one will be released next Monday September 18th on my face book page with show 2 being released the following Monday September 25th. What’s so exciting is that I had been talking about doing this over a year and a half ago with my now producer Claude Jennings putting it off and now it’s finally a reality.. To top that off my family played a major part in it all coming together. My son came up with the name, my daughter created the logo and we all as a family came up with the intro instrumental!!

Faith on the Force a podcast bringing attention to the issues that law enforcement officers around the country face on a daily basis; issues including family life, relationships, mental health and community relations. Faith on the Force is a place where officers share their stories about the things they are dealing with and dealt with and how they overcame these situations. It’s a safe place for officers and their families to know their not alone and where we all as a community can encourage and uplift one another. It’s also a place where citizens can go and find out things they can pray for or do for our law enforcement and their families while learning about things they might not have known or every thought about that takes place in the law enforcement profession.

So who’s going to be the first guest on Faith on the Force podcast that will be released Monday September 18th? Former Alabama Roll-tide and Seattle Seahawks former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. He’s got a great word of encouragement to share to all our law enforcement brothers and sisters in blue and talk about what it looks like to support our brother and sisters who are struggling!! You’re not going to want to miss this first show!!! Watch the video below!!

https://www.facebook.com/faithontheforce/videos/1801907993157201/

You can help by liking and sharing my Faith on the Force face book page. I’m so excited about all of this and excited to say God has given me my joy back!! I’ll continue to write on this blog McSellers Thought of the Day going forward as well!!! So through my struggles God has done some amazing things!

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What does obedience look like?


What does obedience look like? It looks like Ezekiel. Ezekiel was faced with a difficult task but it didn’t keep him from obeying the commands of God. There are a couple things we pick up when we read about Ezekiel besides his obedience. We see that every mission he was given after his willingness to obey he was equipped with the power to complete the mission that was given to him by God. Not only was he equipped, he only went where God instructed him to go and everywhere he went God was there….Let that sink in.

Now just imagine this for a second. God tells Ezekiel to go to people that are one rebellious and stubborn who might not listen to what he has to say and even if they do listen their still rebellious people. That’s their character. Then in the midst of telling him about their character he informs him that he (God) is sending him (Ezekiel) where briers and thorns are all around him and that he will be living among scorpions. This is being told to him before he even goes.

Ezekiel 2:4-6
4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.

Now we know when you’re walking through an area with briers which or sharp and prickly and thorns they hurt if you get stuck by them and they usually stick and cause you to get entangled in them. Then consider scorpions the fact that not only just like thorns they pierce with a sharp sting their deadly. But this is where God is sending him warning him not to take on the habit of rebellion like those around him but instead speak the words provided by God.

Ezekiel 2:7-8
7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

Ezekiel was going into a situation where from the jump he would face opposition even though he was called by God to be his watchman and would be told he would be tied up physically and symbolically have to display in his life by his actions what the people of Israel would eventually experience and he was obedient in the midst of what he would have to endure because it was God’s will.

Ezekiel 3:22-27
22 The hand of the Lord was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.” 23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell face down.

24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house. 25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. 26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people. 27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.

Sometimes God will call us to do difficult things but like Ezekiel he’ll be with us walking with us through those difficult times and like Ezekiel we’ll be rewarded one day for our obedience but it may not just be here!!!!

JESUS IS CLOSE


Jesus is close and near to us and he’s closer than sometimes we think. We may not feel his presence because we’re so wrapped up in what we may be going through we fail to realize it. As we go through Jesus is watching us just like he was watching his disciples as they were struggling with the boat oars as they sat in the middle of the lake because of the force of the wind. As Jesus watched them struggle he was going to pass them by which is interesting.

Could it be because even though there was some struggle even in the midst of it they hadn’t panicked? Well out of fear they panicked and cried out and when they did Jesus responded. He responded by getting in the storm right along with them seeing them through their moment of fear, confusion, helplessness, and hopelessness and even though they panicked Jesus never did.

As we go through the many challenges in life sometimes we panic. We panic because what’s right before our eyes may be something we can’t see through or see the outcome. But even when we panic Jesus never does.

Mark 6:47-51(NIV)

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.

48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,

49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed

JESUS NEVER PANICS IN ANY SITUATION WE’RE IN. WHY? BECAUSE HE KNOWS THERE’S POWER IN HIS NAME AND HE KNOWS IF THINGS DOESN’T TURN OUT THE WAY WE EXPECTED THEM TO. HE’S STILL SOVEREIGN AND WORTHY OF ALL OUR PRAISE AND IN THE END NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IF WE BELIEVE IN HIM WE’LL BE WITH HIM FOREVER IN ETERNITY AND WHAT CAN COMPARE TO THAT…..NOTHING!!!

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HE MEETS THE NEED BUT ALLOWS US TO PARTICIPATE


Its one thing to be concerned about someone’s need and it’s another thing to do something about it. In the Gospel of Mark the disciples were concerned about the physical need in regards to food of those who had been following Jesus.

But it was Jesus who decided to do something about it. What’s cool about that though is that even though Jesus took care of the need he allowed them to be a part of it. After breaking the bread Jesus gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people.

Mark 6: 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. (Jesus provides/they participate in providing the physical need).

Not only did Jesus allow them to be a part of this physical need at this present time. He paralleled that right before his ascension but this time he allowed them to participate in something more important.

Jesus knowing we needed a savior (provided a spiritual need by dying on the cross) left his Holy Spirit to us after his death while leaving his words with his disciples allowing them to participate (by preaching the gospel he taught them) in the spiritual need of God’s people.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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YOU HAVE A VISION BUT WHOSE IS IT?


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Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

There’s something to be said about a vision. In the scripture the word vision represents several things.

1. It represents a direct connection and revelation from God. (His vision)

Genesis 15:1
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward

2. It represents what’s in our hearts in essence our ( own vision).

Ezekiel 13:7
7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

3. Visions doesn’t always start easy and may come with struggles, pain, correction and discipline and even require us to step out of our comfort zone before we see the reward.

Acts 9:10-15
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

4. Some visions are only to be proclaimed at a certain time. Meaning there’s a time a place and an order in which they are to be revealed.

Daniel 8:26
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Matthew 17:9
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

You have a vision but whose is it?
In the end without God’s guidance and direction through prayer for his vision(not our own) the people will perish.

WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE FACE OF YOUR ENEMY WHO DO YOU SEE


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As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King today and what he stood for there couldn’t be a better song that symbolize what he stood for. In our current state of racial tension and divide and as we embark on a new journey with the inauguration let us remember that Martin Luther King might not have agreed on certain points with the President Elect but one thing we know based off his legacy despite how he may have felt he still would have consider the President Elect a brother and a son of the living God. #takealisten

A LIFE LESSON FROM LES MISERABLES


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Forgiveness can really change someone’s life and draw them closer to Christ.

With that I’ve watched Les Miserables twice when it first came out after getting the DVD for my wife because she enjoyed it and I fell a sleep on it both times we watched it. I remember the first time watching it I asked my wife five minutes in will they be singing like this the whole time because I hope not it’s making my head hurt. She said yes and I was like oh no lol and I fell a sleep after 15 minutes in.

Well yesterday I actually watched it seriously with my bride without falling a sleep and just couldn’t stop thinking about the love of Christ and just how one-act of forgiveness can change the world and the story to someone’s life. When Jean Valjean was homeless needing someone to take him in it was the Bishop who took on that burden to cloth, house and feed him. Valjean out desperation took items of value from the Bishop and fled which would cause trust issues, bitterness and unforgiveness. But when Valjean was caught and brought back to the bishop by the police the bishop denied him taking the items even given him more than he had taken.

That one-act of forgiveness changed the course of Valjeans life drawing him closer to Christ and it changed the life of Fantine, Javert and Cosette to include the people Valjean was the Mayor of during his time and it all started with the Bishop displaying the love of Christ through his forgiveness.. I could write more about the love of a mother willing to do anything for their child displayed in Fantine. I could write more about the duty Javert felt like he had to do believing he was doing truly the right thing reminding me of Saul before he became Paul and I could write more about Cosette a girl in desperate need to be loved after losing her mother. I could write more about a group of people wanting and desiring fairness and a better way of life from those who oppressed them. I could write more about a group of wealthy young men who were willing to stand against oppression against the will of their wealthy family. But what speaks to me the most from a story with several stories. Is the Christ like act of forgiveness. Reminding me just how impact full forgiveness can be.

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THE FAVOR OF GOD


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Only God can give the type of favor that would cause you to get promoted after refusing to bow down to a King even if it would’ve cost you your life.

Daniel 3:28 (NIV)
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Daniel 3:30 (NIV)
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Abraham in total trust put Issac on the alter and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in total trust went into the fire and God delivered them from death to life…