Archive for August, 2012


The phrase “Full Time Ministry” is in some ways implicit that there is part-time service within the body. I know what it is supposed to mean, but I believe the implications that it presents are dangerous in forming the proper paradigms through which believers live their lives. There is no such thing as a part-time Christian.

Christ did not sacrifice all that He was on a part-time Cross. He did not provide part-time salvation. There is no such reality as part-time justification. Christ definitely does not encompass us with a part-time love. Wherein is the right to offer up part-time service?

It is extremely important to understand that the Christian life cannot be compartmentalized. Everything we do we do unto the Lord and we present ourselves as living sacrifices to the service of the Kingdom. This means that there is no moment of our lives that belong to us.

You may not be on staff at the Church and preaching may not be your vocation, but trust me, you are in full time ministry. The question is: Are you living your life in a manner in which Christ’s reflection is seen in everything that you do?

You expect full-time engagement from God and He is expecting the same from you. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace

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God is Enough
9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [b]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9, AMP)

“Let’s face it–anxiety or worry have no advantages! They ruin our health, rob us of joy, and change nothing! Our day stands no chance against the terrorists of the Land of Anxiety.

But Christ offers a worry-bazooka. Remember how He taught us to pray? “Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11” This simple sentence unveils God’s provision plan: live one day at a time.

Worry gives small problems big shadows. Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” And Romans 8:28 affirms: “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Most anxiety stems, not from what we need, but from what we want. Philippians 4:4 says, “delight yourselves in the Lord, yes, find your joy in Him at all times!”

If God is enough, you’ll always have enough!” ~ Max Lucado

We are commanded in the Bible to “fear not” or not to “worry” over 365 times. That is an average of at least one scripture per day telling us to cast away worry. Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” How true; fear and worry paralyzes those in whom it is able to sink its relentless talons.

The study of psychosomatics reveal that any prolonged emotional or psychological tension subsequently manifests itself physically. Not only does worry and fear create health issues, but they also create a state of dysfunctionality in which a person is rendered ineffective in the most simplest of daily tasks. So, it is easy to see why we are commanded to “fear not” or “be anxious about nothing”.

It is one thing to know that you are not supposed to be overcome by fear or engrossed in worry and an entirely different thing to understand the power you have to carry out the command. It is understanding the power available to every believer to carry out the commands of God that empowers them to live a powerful and effective life.

The presence of fear and worry is the product of doubt. It is the absence of faith or I sometimes say that is is having more faith in your situation than you have in God. It is the inability to apprehend with certainty God’s desire to act on your behalf and His ability to do so. When Paul went to God and asked that the thorn in his flesh be removed, he did not get the response that he desired. The fact that Paul went to God three times on the matter reveals to us the significant impact it was having on his life.

God did not remove the thorn, instead, he responded with the revelation of one of the greatest of truths in the Bible; “My grace is sufficient…” In other words, your survival and success does not rest in your extraction from hardship, but in the strength provided to withstand and ultimately overcome every struggle triumphantly. Your peace is not hidden in the ability to circumvent the vicissitudes of life, but in the God sustained power to move through them.

Why should there be no worry? Because God is enough. All by Himself, God is enough. “Why should I feel discouraged; why should the shadows fall…for Jesus is my portion…” God is enough my friend. When you are struggling to hold your marriage together, God is enough. When you fighting to keep your head above water, God is enough. When the doctor is shaking his head, confounded by your condition, God is enough. When your finances are in shambles, God is enough. When there is more mouths to feed than there is food, God is enough.

You are fighting to breakthrough and there seems to be no end to the darkness, just know that God dwells in the darkness. Trust me, I know the pain of abandonment and betrayal. I know the heartache of loneliness. I know what it feels like to be tossed by the waves of uncertainty and to have despair knocking at your door. What I want you to understand is that God is “a very present help in trouble”. He is moving in the undercurrents of your struggles and he is preparing your breakthrough. Know that you are not only coming out, but you are coming out with your hands up (sot in surrender, but in victory).

You may be facing the darkest time in your life. You may look around and it seems as if there is no hope. The enemy has sent a report of failure and futility, but I want you to understand that God works best in the darkness. Masterpieces are wrought out in the darkness. Greatness is developed in the darkness. Marriages are strengthened in the darkness. Relationships are forged in the darkness. Legacies are built in the darkness. So, as you traverse this difficult moment in your life, fret not, for God is enough! ~ Dr. Rick Wallace

 

 

There is someone out there who is going through an extremely difficult time right now. It seems that the load that you are bearing is going to break you. It seems that every where you turn there is bad news. I had someone tell me on yesterday that they could not win for losing. Right now it seems as if the clouds are so dark that you can’t see one foot in front of you and the uncertainty is sucking the life out right of you. I just want to take this moment to reassure you that God is cognizant of your struggles; He is keenly aware of your pain and he sees your your tears.

 

Take a look at what God tells Moses concerning the Israelites suffering at the hands of the Egyptians:

 

“7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land,(U) a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:7-9, NIT).”

 

God assured Moses that He was perfectly aware of the suffering of His people and that He had come because of their suffering to deliver them. My friend, God knows what you are going through, and He is working in the background to produce His glory through your circumstances. When the vicissitudes of life roll in, don’t despair; God works in the midst of uncertainty to produce eternal lucidity based on responsive faith.

 

Let’s take a look at what the Psalmist had to say about God’s relationship with His people:

 

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory Ps. 149:4, AMP).”

 

I want you to know that your breakthrough is coming, simply trust and believe that your tears are temporary. I say as the Apostle Paul, “…consider that the suffering of this current moment cannot be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us (Roman 8:18).

 

I want to encourage you to hold on, your change is coming. God is performing His promise in your life as I write this. Do not allow you circumstances to dictate your stance of faith.

 

God is moving in your darkness to accomplish His will. Remember that authentic faith is efficacious. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace

Expecting the Supernatural

Show a Little Class

As a Christian minister I deal with a diversity of cultures because the grace of God is colorblind; however, there comes those moments when I have to stand up with a sense of pride as I see a fellow African American accomplish something noteworthy. Then there are those moments in which I have to speak out because a fellow African American has done something to feed the negative stereotypes that we find ourselves battling on a daily basis.

On this occasion I find myself doing both. First I would like to congratulate Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas for an awesome accomplishment in becoming the first African American gymnast to win the Women’s All Around God Medal in the Olympics. I would be proud regardless, as I was when Nastia Liukin, Carley Patterson, and Mary Lou Retton won this illusive title; however, there is a heightened sense of pride understanding the challenges that the lack of popularity for women’s gymnastics in the black community creates. When the personal sacrifices that were made are considered in conjunction with the fact that not many gave her much of a chance, it creates a great appreciation for what she has accomplished.

Second, I have to say that I am totally dumbfounded by the ignorance at which some, mainly African Americans, have found reason to be assaultive toward this young lady. With all of her sacrifices, with the class in which she has embraced success, and most of all, the honor she has given our Lord and Savior without fail, there are those that decided to attack her hair. Are you kidding me? This young lady has represented our country, our race, and our faith, with impeccable integrity and poise and what do those whom she represents do, they find fault in and publicly ridicule her hair. How about having the character to put the pettiness aside and show class and reserve. It would be nice to see everyone become unified in the moment.

Are so many of you so miserable that the only refuge you have is to attack those that have the courage to rise above all that has held you back? Maybe it is the detachment from the reality of there being a world outside of that miserable life you perpetuate daily. Whatever the rationale you are using to rail at a young lady that is setting an example to be admired, I encourage you to consider the way this reflects on yourself and the rest of our race. I am calling you to rise to a higher standard. Follow the example of the very one you are bashing and you will learn a great deal.

Gabby has had to make numerous sacrifices and overcome many obstacles to place herself in the position she is in now. She has not rendered excuses when she has failed, she only pressed harder and intensified her focus. Hearing all that the naysayers had to say and yet she pressed on anyway. Take a page from this book of life as your read it through Gabby. You don’t overcome evil with evil, you overcome evil by doing good.

 

 

 

Dr. Rick Yvette Wallace

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