MANEUVERS
by Bro. Brent Manning

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However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—
1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

“When you take the long way to avoid distractions, you have actually found a shorter way to your destiny.”
Bro. Brent Manning

  
“My mother constantly drilled in ‘Believe in God; believe in yourself.  If you fail, you let your people down.’  We were taught to achieve, not in spite of our race, but because of our race.”
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Greetings, Saints! 
       Salvation is individual but freedom is a team effort!      This is Brother Brent “I am glad that God created me to be a strong  Christian Black man” Manning with another exciting teaching segment of “Maneuvers”.  Before we get started, I just want to wish everyone a Happy Black History Month!  As Black Americans, God has truly blessed us as a people.  Even though our ancestors came over in chains as slaves from Africa, just look how God has kept us and provided for us over the centuries!  Black people have endured hardships and sufferings on a level that would have destroyed others!   I know we are not the only ethnic group that has endured sufferings and hardship, but , we as a people, have made it through by the grace of God!  So as we celebrate this wonderful month of the many achievements and sacrifices of African Americans, let us not forget that it was God who was there with us through the good and the bad!  One important part of our history is that the church played a significant role in the Black Community!  During the fight for Civil Rights and the equal treatment of all, the local Black church is where many of these life changing meetings were held!  Before Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for equality, he taught from behind the pulpit using the Word of God for guidance and strength!  I believe that it would be safe to say that the seeds of Civil Rights Movement were planted in the hearts of these courageous men and women in the Church!  Amen, somebody!   I truly believe that if there was no revival and no stirring up in the Spirit in the Body of Christ to make a change so everyone can be treated equally, there would have never been a Civil Rights Movement!  Again, let us never forget what God has brought from and where He is taking us to!  But in order to reach that goal, we must be obedient to His Word and listen to His Voice! 


     Last time we discussed how God has great plans for you and I.  Indeed, Jeremiah 1: 5 states “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Now go a little further in the same book and read Jeremiah 29:11  which states  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper  you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   God has great things planned for His children.  Just like in the natural, Angel-Boo and I have great plans for our son!  As good parents, we want him to have a better life than ours.  We don’t want our child to go through the same struggles that we went through.  Now, I know some may disagree with that.  And they are entitled to their opinions.  But let me ask you this.  What kind of parents would Angel-boo and I be if we had the means to provide a better life for our child and we make him go through the same type of hardships to “teach him a lesson”?    Now I’m not judging anyone, but that kind of thinking gets on my spiritual nerves!  Lol   I’ve heard many  parents say something like “Well, I went through hard times, so my kid is gonna go through what I went through so he can be tough!”  What?  Are you kidding me?  You want your child to suffer so he can get some kind of “spiritual badge of honor” for suffering?!?  Now, again, hear me out on this.  My parents didn’t have much but they taught us values.  I’ve seen my parents make many sacrifices so their children could do better and have a better life.  Same with my grandparents.  One of the things my Godly grandmother, Mrs. Ola Mae Manning, would tell me on a regular basis is “I scrubbed floors so my children and grandchildren wouldn’t have to.”  She worked as a housekeeper or maid or whatever term you want to use so she could provide a better life for her children.  Each of her eight children had the opportunity to go to college or they went into the military, but all of them had a better life because my Momma Manning made sacrifices for them!  And let me add, my grandmother had very strong faith in God!  Many a night I would see my Grandmother on her knees at the foot of her bed praying for the safety and well being of her children and grandchildren!  And I ain’t ashamed to tell you that part of the reason I am still here is because of the prayers of my parents and grandparents!  Amen!  I’m about to have some church up in here!  Help me somebody!  Lol  But getting back to our primary subject,  If we as natural parents want the best for our children, don’t you think that God wants the same for His children?  We are His children, are we not?  I know I am!!  So if God, Who cannot lie, promised us a better life according to the plans He has for us, why do you have a problem with me teaching about Biblical Prosperity and Material Wealth?  Think about it!  You just read what Jeremiah 1: 5 and Jeremiah 29: 11 at the beginning of this sermonette.  So if you believe God’s Word, why are you still living in the bondage of poverty?  Again, I’m not judging anyone.  I believe that so many Saints in the Body of Christ are living in poverty because they haven’t either been taught the Word of God concerning prosperity properly or they just want to be disobedient if they have heard God’s Word!   Well, it looks like I have run out of time for this month.  Please join us next time when we will continue teaching on Biblical Prosperity and Material Wealth!  God bless and good day!
In His Service

Bro. Brent Manning

  
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