How to Speak Truth to Power
Exodus 5:1 NKJV
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” Frederick Douglass
If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.” – Carter G. Woodson
Show Quote with a Pic of Miseducation of the Negro Book Cover
The Bible can teach us how to handle ANYTHING!!!!!
Covid-19 Is covered in Psalm 91
We have insurance in his power and assurance with his WORD that if we follow his instructions, we can conquer disease.
Systemic Racism and Oppression is covered in Exodus
Today’s message is about Strategy, Strength and Spirituality
- How we to be Effective and Efficient in our resistance to oppression
- Understanding that we were MADE! To Speak with Power and Execute Authority
- Knowing who we are and what we have and who we come from.
Our enemy Lucifer “The disposed, dislodged and diabolical demon”, has two primary names
- The Devil Accuser
- The Satan Adversary
Satan is a strategist and his strategy has a 3-tiered approach.
He uses others to attack FOR him. He is NOT Omnipresent he needs a ride!
He uses lies to block knowledge OF him He is NOT Omniscient he needs information
He uses emotions to so we act LIKE him. He is NOT Omnipotent he only has the power we give him/ or that he can steal.
If we are going to be successful in overcoming the Racism and its oppressive demonic effects we must learn how to SPEAK TRUTH to POWER and there are great examples of this in God’s WORD
We have a right to speak because
There is a CAUSE!!!
We have a CALL!!!!
GOD has a PLAN
WE ARE HIS PEOPLE!!
As an academic we must always look for references and documentation for any suppositions we are asserting. So There are a few examples of Truth Speaking to Power
Exhibit A – Nathan Vs David or Righteous vs Anointed 2 Samuel 12
2 Samuel 12:1 “Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him:
As a Nathan YOU can speak truth to power when
- Its your JOB! Nathan was a prophet
- You were SENT! THE LORD sent him he did not go on his own accord.
- You are obedient! Even though David was anointed King! He was not in compliance! Nathan was subordinate to him in protocol but superior to him in practice!
Do YOUR Job Well and you can speak truth to power!!!
Exhibit B – Esther Vs Ahasuerus or Position vs Power Esther 4:13-14
13 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in [c]Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
As a Esther YOU can speak truth to power when
- You were chosen By God and Men
- You have Favor
- You have powers: Beauty and Brains!
Use your Position with God to speak truth to power!
Gangster Granny shows us what disappointment and bitterness will do. Make you kill the innocent for your own benefit. She was angry because her son was killed, but instead of trusting God for justice to took matters into her own hands.
If you’re willing to hurt someone else because someone else hurt you, you’re a Sucker MC.
Exhibit C – Moses vs Rameses I (Pharaoh) Truth Vs Power Genesis
As a Moses you need to know
- You were SAVED to SAVE! Delivered to Deliver! The Baby in the Basket
- You raised in the Palace not the Pit You have the platform.
- You were called by God and equipped by HIM You have what you need!
- YOU HAVE THE TRUTH! You have a WORD! The Prophecy!
2 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.
You can speak to truth to power when you know the WORD!!!!!
How to speak truth to power
Stand OUT!!! Courage!
1 Peter 2:9 WE WERE MADE to STAND OUT
Stand IN!!! Commitment!
Exodus 3:12 Exodus God is WITH YOU!!
Stand UP!!!! Conviction!
It’s GOD responsibility to protect you let him do it. It’s OUR responsibility to Glorify him let’s do it. GOD SPOKE UP For US!
Truth to Power Exhibit D Jesus to Satan AS IT IS WRITTEN!!!!!!
Jesus did this to SHOW US HOW
Truth to Power Exhibit E Jesus to God
Jesus did this to GIVE US THE CHANCE to SPEAK!
Will WE SPEAK UP FOR HIM!!!!!!!!!! JOHN 18 33-36
33 Then Pilate entered the [h]Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
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