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Some Never Equals ALL

July 27, 2020
By Dr. Terry Flowers

You may be familiar with the quote “some is not a number and soon is not a time.” It speaks to the uncertainty of two words that start with “s.” If we are honest with ourselves, there are times in life like today when the ambiguities of “some” brings us discomfort. Clearly economic crisis, political corruption and turmoil, climate change, poverty, inequality, racial strife, and the devaluing of human life can all be unsettling. 

Despite ALL of these circumstances and more, there is The Good News for some of us. In fact, it is more than news, it is a promise that keeps me and others from becoming overwhelmed amidst crisis, injustice, pandemics, and even death. Because of it, in the time of sorrow we do not weep as though we have no hope. We can manifest what many perceive to be a peculiar optimism in troubling times. Our faith is affirmed by certainty of promise that replaces the doubt of “some” with the assurance of ALL. 
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (KJV). ALL things, ALL things, ALL things!!! Every sickness, road block, every set back, and yes even the 17 deaths of loved ones for my family in the last twelve months (three to COVID-19), is included in the ALL that’s working together for my good.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 (KJV) 

A point of clarification in order! Scripture says, to them that love God. It suggests the possibility of exceptionalism. Do you love God? If the answer is yes, you are halfway there. “He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” John 21:16 (KJV) 
Simon is asked a third time about his love for God as a reminder of the calling and purpose God had issued to His followers. Feed My Sheep.

Loving God AND doing His will provides you a bridge over troubled waters where poverty, prosecution, policies, preachers nor politics, even pandemics, and ALL things work together for your good.

As we solidify our protocols, adapt our facilities, staffing, and instructional delivery for the reopening of school, I want to encourage the faithful lovers of God who are doing His will; our faculty and staff, our parents, and especially our children. 

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)

As Simon was being reminded THREE times: If we love God, let’s act like it.  ALL does not equal some. ALL is not a number because God’s power is without limit. Had His word said “some,” He would’ve also given us a spirit of fear.

Be Encouraged
+erry Flowers
Allow Your Faith to be Your Fuel

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Margertree Holmes says:
July 29, 2020 06:27 AM CST
Bless the Lord! Oh my soul and ALL that is within me. Bless His Holy name!

Paul Gipson says:
July 30, 2020 04:10 AM CST
Very good words of encouragement, and truth.
Be Blessed and have a good day.

Eugenia King says:
July 31, 2020 01:10 AM CST
Well said
We live a life of Hardship and Hope

M Bennett says:
August 04, 2020 03:43 PM CST
Thank you Dr. Flowers for reassuring us of God's Love for us.

Wyvonnia Smith-Gorden says:
August 05, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Great message Dr. Flowers.

Hope Wharton says:
August 06, 2020 11:23 AM CST
Thank you Dr. Flowers. Your words of encouragement always make a difference. Blessings.