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Remember Who You Are

October 21, 2009

Hello Saints,

I have something I would like to share with you. Monday morning myself and a few friends were at Panera Bread just sitting around talking and enjoying our beverages. A man walked up to our table and asked if any of us would mind doing an interview on the topic of a Gambling Casino being opened in Ann Arundel County. We all agreed to do the interview but I ended up as the only one actually doing it. The reporter asked me to meet him in the parking lot for a live interview in six minutes. I was excited and thought over what I was going to say. I went outside to meet the reporter and he gave me a tour of their satellite vehicle that they do live broadcast from, we had some small talk and then came the big moment. As I did the interview I was asked how I felt about a Casino being opened in Arundel Mills. I told the reporter that there were two sides to that story and this was my take…”You have people who live in the community , who are just not happy with the characters that associate themselves with gambling coming to their community, there is a very good chance that crime will rise, and people will get so addicted to the slots that they will lose everything by taking a chance on gambling.

Then I also spoke about how the Casino could provide jobs for the area and bring money to the county. Well as I was all excited about my sudden rise to fame the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said “do not forget who you are” in other words for me to speak from a Christian perspective. Well as my interview was winding down the reporter told me to take a look around and envision a Casino across the street at Ann Arundel Mall, then he asked me “Mr. Nixon if it were up to you what would you say to this Casino being built here”? And I responded “I would not want it here, it would be more trouble rather than help”. The camera man looked at me as though he had thought I would say just the opposite.

The moral of this story is don’t forget who you are! Often times in life we get so caught up in the hype that we forget just who we are and who we belong to. It may be in our daily decision making, be it a job interview or work decision, a date, who we spend time with or even who we may decide to marry, it could be on ethical or moral issues on which we must make a choice it could be numerous things. Just remember who you are and stand up for Christ. A firm Christian decision is the best decision. 1. Deuteronomy 17:11 Act according to the law they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left. Deuteronomy tells us to not turn to the left or the right but to act according to God’s law, God’s Word. In Deuteronomy, God relates to His people how they should impress upon their children His commandments. He tells them that teaching their children His commands is extremely important and they should do it at all times of the day.

We need to stop seeking worldly advice and seek God’s advice and do as He says. What kind of decision are you struggling with? Who’s opinion are you leaning on? You know some folks like to follow the crowd and base their final decision on a worldly point of view. Remember Matthew 27:1 1Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. 2They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. But even when man made the wrong decision God turned it all around to be the right decision. You may have made a bad decision, regardless what it may be turn it over to the Lord, accept what Jesus did for you on the cross and live a life full of joy and peace. God’s mercy and Grace is sufficient. Come to Jesus as you are, with all your brokenness burdens and faults and bow down to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and accept him into your life today. If you are already a Christian and you have made some mistakes along the way, remember God cares for you. You are the apple of his eye. The parable of the lost son–or prodigal son–is a well known picture of the kind of lives we all lead. It details a son who fled from the good things in life into a life of sin, his downfall and his eventual return to his old life a broken and lost son. His father welcomes him home with open arms and a glad heart. God will do the same for you. Be blessed and remember who you are. Who you belong to and what God has in store for you. If you fall down, get up! Wipe yourself off and continue to fight the good fight and run the good race. In several places in the New Testament, the Christian walk is described as a race to be run. Running in a race requires perseverance, training, and commitment–the parallels to the Christian life are clear: we should rid ourselves of all hindrances and weights holding us back. Hebrews 12.

Be blessed. Brother Nixon

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