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Holy Jamz takes aim at gang life
Saturday, July 24, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno Community is motivating local youth through positive messages and powerful testimonies today. The effort is taking place in a Southwest Fresno neighborhood that has long dealt with issues involving drugs and gangs.

This is the third year West Fresno has sponsored an event called Holy Jamz. Organizers at say this is their attempt to keep kids out of trouble by getting them into church.

To some doing the latest dances to gospel hip-hop music may seem out of place inside of a church.

'It's not odd to me because I grew up listening to that kind of stuff," said 13-year-old Michael Kinley.

Motivational speakers say they are speaking out against gangs, drugs and drug dealers in a way that makes young people more apt to listen to them, instead of message that glory lifestyles on the street.

"They tell them about the cars and money, but they don't tell them about the morgues, prison cells and life sentences," said Larry Bluford with Operation T.H.U.G.S.

37-year-old Larry Bluford says he found his calling while serving a five-year sentence in state prison for an attempted murder charge. "I'm not telling them I know someone whose been to jail or juvenile hall or suffering a broken home, gang life. I've been there and they are willing to give me the time of day."

Gospel Rapper Jacob Mendez says his crew hopes to change lives through their music and life experiences.

"As a child I was molested by my aunt," said Mendez, "I know there are others out there that struggle with the same thing."

Teenagers say inspirational messages help deal with negative influences.

Tyesha Mister said, "There's a lot of peer pressure from school, drama, friends, when you come to church you don't have to worry about nothing like that."

Holy Jamz involves youth from nearly 15 different churches across the Valley.

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I've Got the Power! GOD given Power!

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (KJV)

Jesus shares with us that we receive power when the Holy Ghost comes on us. Acts 1:8 puts the emphasis on the power that comes on us to be witnesses first in Jerusalem and then Judea and to the uttermost parts of the earth. You shall receive power! You shall receive an anointing! You shall receive courage! You shall receive strength! When the Holy Ghost comes on you, you shall receive power to be my witnesses!

I want to push the message a little bit and remind us that this power, of which Jesus speaks, has not only been given to us so that we might be witnesses of the goodness of God and of the grace of God, but that this power has been give to you and I also for the tearing down of strongholds. The power of God has not only been give to you and me so I can witness about the grace of God, but the power of God has been given to me so I can also witness about strongholds in my bloodline that may have destroyed generations above me that I can give witness and say, "It destroyed them, but by the power of God it did not destroy me."

As a child of God! You are protected by Christ! And you have the power through the Holy Spirit to overcome, achieve, accomplish and survive anything!

Pray with me: Father, I thank you that I am free. I thank you that because of the shed blood of your son generational curses have been destroyed. I thank you that I have the power to remain free and whatever demon that might rise up against me, I have power over. I have been made free from the curse of sin. I have power to overcome the world through your son-Jesus. My Father in Heaven, be glorified in my life who is the head of my life that I may be an effective witness unto you.

Silencing The Foolish

"For this is the will of GOD, that by doing good you may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men." [1 Peter 2. 15]

Egotistical and arrogant foolishness are the humanistic, blasphemous
attacking criticisms that are against GOD'S HOLY WORD and HIS
people. "Professing to be wise, they became fools." [Romans 1. 22] "HE
WHO is enthroned in heaven laughs; the LORD mocks and ridicules them."
[Psalms 2. 4] Yes, the wicked man schemes
against righteousness but "the LORD laughs at him, for HE knows
that his day will come." [Psalms 37. 13]
Thus, the best way to silence foolish men, is by doing good.

"When you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is
commendable before GOD." [1 Peter 2. 20] "For it is better, if it is the
will of GOD, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil." [1 Peter 3.
17] "Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of GOD commit
their souls to HIM in doing good, as to a faithful CREATOR." [1 Peter 4.
19] "Shun evil and do good, and you shall abide forever." [Psalms 37. 27]

The LORD MESSIAH YESHUA is the greatest, most unsurpassed EXAMPLE of
this for "when HE was reviled, He did not revile in return; when HE
suffered, HE did not threaten, but committed HIMSELF to HIM WHO judges
righteously." [1 Peter 2. 23] "HE was oppressed and HE was afflicted,
yet HE was submissive, HE did not open HIS mouth; like a sheep being led
to slaughter, like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, HE did not
open HIS mouth." [Isaiah 53. 7]

Of course, everyone has the right to reject every argument and even
ridicule such a life, but they must eventually come to see its sure
foundation. "When they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by
your good works which they observe, glorify GOD in the day of
visitation." [1 Peter 2. 12] "Do not forget to do good and to share,
for with such sacrifices GOD is well pleased." [Hebrews 13. 16]

The LORD YESHUA bid those who would "follow ME."
Furthermore, it is "the will of GOD" that we identify ourselves with our
wonderful LORD by "doing good" as we emulate our HEAVENLY FATHER. And
when the GOOD SHEPHERD, the OVERSEER of believers appears, those who
know HIM will be glorified. When we are sure of our FOUNDATION, we have
little to fear and tough times are nowhere near as tough as without HIM.
Such joy and hope we have!

Man is given the choice of how he will act out in this world; but the
junctions and highways have been set in place by the CREATOR. We have an
AWESOME GOD, and HE is on the throne ruling over the affairs of men. If
only we could see the path as OMNISCIENT GOD has always seen it, we
would have selected it as well. HE is worthy of all our praise and
worship, even in difficult times.

Praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes. Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal PEACE & LOVE.
Fulfilling Our God-given Dreams--They are Straight Ahead of Us"

We must let our dreams transformed us and propelled us into a life chosen for us by God. And in living for God, we change the world for God's glory. We must give our lives for our dreams in God. Truly, the lives we live in Him is imperative, yet believe it is the most satisfying than anything you can live for yourself. When we give our lives to God and believe in the dream that God has given us, God will give us influence over the world.

What is the dream God has given you?

Has God given you a dream, a vision, yet the enemy has placed obstacles and barriers against you in an attempt to rob you of it? Is the enemy trying desperately to hold your heart in the clutches of self-doubt and unbelief? Well my brothers and sisters…..THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

The Lord is breathing life into old dreams. He's reaching into hearts for the buried treasure of your lost dreams and aspirations--dreams that have been discarded or driven to the recesses of your mind. He is giving life to dreams that are on the verge of being abandoned for the prosaic, mundane realities of life. The enemy attacked you with every measure in his power. But why? Because your dreams terrify him, that's why. They are, indeed, a threat to his plans. Your dreams are genuine and good; they are of value to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Many of you have given yourself wholeheartedly to the dreams and visions God has placed in your heart. You've pursued God's plan for your life and yet now you find yourself trapped and attacked by the enemy to such a degree that your dreams and visions have become of secondary importance to you. You are much more concerned with surviving the attack you're experiencing.

Realize, however, that nothing you are experiencing is any surprise to God. He's known all along the obstacles that would lay before you. It is those very obstacles you are tackling that will equip you to handle your dream's fulfillment as He shows you how to overcome them and not waste time "suffering" through them anymore. God will guide you through and he will help you find a way through them. God said he will never leave us nor forsake us even in times of trouble.

Heeding God's Voice

One very important lesson we need to learn is to listen to God's voice. We need to submit our head knowledge to the voice in our spirit that gives us God's wisdom. It's all too easy to hear God's voice and yet talk ourselves out of listening to it for one reason or another. The Lord reveals His wisdom to us and yet, for various reasons, we choose not to listen. Oftentimes, the penalties and woundings that come from satan and disregarding God's wisdom are the greatest obstacle of all.

The Word of God clearly states in Matthew 7:6, " not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." The pearls represent the dreams God has given you and the swine are the natural-minded people who are unable to handle your dreams with care and end up trampling what is very precious to you. We are responsible for protecting the precious gifts God has given us, and we must learn to discern the type of person we can trust to esteem the precious things in our hearts.

The naturally-minded person values the things of this world much more than the things of God. As the Word says, "...for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God" Luke 16:15. They have great difficulty in esteeming the things that are precious in God's eyes.

They see the Cross as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18), and do not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14). It's only through knowing Christ and experiencing His Cross that we can even come close to appraising and valuing the things of the Spirit correctly.

The Lord has promised us an abundant life, but what does an abundant life really look like? Is it money and fame and receiving everything for ourselves? Having a perfect life? Or is abundant life found in giving away more than we receive?

There is greater joy in esteeming the dreams of others than in trampling those dreams to fulfill our own. The ultimate abundant life is living for God's Kingdom and, in His Kingdom, we cannot live for ourselves. Our joy is found in esteeming our brother above ourselves -- in giving away what we need the most and in treasuring the dreams of others in the Kingdom as if they were our own.

Crafty devil

The enemy is crafty and will try and place people in your life who speak for him and not for God. They will try to convince you of the impossibility of your dream or make you feel incapable of fulfilling it. The enemy wants to distort your view of yourself and if he can cause you to esteem the things of this world, he will make you seem like a failure or foolish. Yet, the Word says that "God has chosen the foolish things of this world to shame the wise.." 1 Corinthians 1:27.

We are not to view ourselves according to the way people treat us, but find our relevance in Christ and Him alone. So often, men esteem people who are corrupt in their hearts because they seem important, yet disregard those who truly have the heart of Christ. And having misunderstood who we truly are, how can they judge the motives of our heart?

God has, in the past, led me to individuals in my life who've poured life into my spirit and given encouragement to the dreams in my heart. However, I have befriended people who've not valued me or my dreams; they have not encouraged and strengthened but, indeed, brought accusation and discouragement.

There have been people who God has specifically warned me to stay away from; His warning being they would trample the dream in my heart and turn and cause devastation to my spirit. However, as I came to know the person, they flattered my ego and tugged on the strings of my heart. I felt pity for them and, little by little, let my guard down. I let them into my life and opened my heart to them only to find in the end God was indeed trying to protect me.

I found out too late they were really unable to understand the dreams I cherished in my heart. Now, knowing my weaknesses and dreams, they had power to hinder me--to sow seeds of destruction into my spirit keeping me from the dream's fulfillment. Not understanding the value of the dream and its place in God's Kingdom, they sought to rend my spirit with accusation and judgment, gossip and slander.

The pain, however, and despair I felt from their betrayal was as needful for me as one of my mama's spankings. I learned the devastating cost of not obeying God's voice, all the while learning the tactics of the enemy. It was a lesson I needed to learn and let me tell you this last year was the biggest lesson of them all! I truly am so grateful for God's lesson and opening my eyes to truth and I now no to never disobey his voice again.

I would love to tell you that one failure was enough for me to grasp this important lesson, but that would not be the truth. No, not in the slightest. I have had to learn that lesson the hard way and have failed many times. But the Lord used each instance to train me and give me wisdom and discernment. I learned more fully the tactics of the enemy and the weaknesses of my own heart. It is imperative that we learn who to trust with our dreams. It is also important that we learn to turn away from the negative voices and combat what they've spoken with the truth of God. Our dreams and visions must be treated with great care and fed and nourished by the Word of God and by those who value them for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

As we mature in Christ, the confidence in our calling increases and the less we will worry about our own feelings and safety. We will find that as we lay down our lives for the call of God, living not for ourselves but for His Kingdom, willing to sacrifice everything for the hope of the calling in our heart, we give birth to an unstoppable passion that will change the world. Friends, many of us have begun a journey with God and it's been tough, and many are in a tight and desperate place you do not want to be in. You've thought, "God, I don't want to be here. I don't want to do this anymore." You may think, "Never mind God, forget it. I don't want to go through with it. I want to be safe. I don't believe the dream is possible anymore." BUT DON'T GIVE UP! Trust me I wanted to many times but GOD would not let me!

You may not want to be in the position you're in right now, but still you are there. You've got no other choice; you've got to keep going--moving straight ahead, on toward the prize. In so doing, you will find the fulfillment of your dream, and with that deliverance, you will find freedom from what is oppressing you. Strength in the Word We've got to realize there's no going back with God. You will never be "normal" again. You may not be what you used to be and you are not yet what you are to become. But you will find who you are in Christ, in His Word. As you esteem God's Word, you will trust more completely who the Word says you are and what you are capable of doing. You will be rooted and grounded in the incredible love of your Heavenly Father, Who's loved you from before your first breath. You will surely find a you that you never knew could exist--a glimpse of yourself seen only through the eyes of the Spirit. God sees what you can become if you will only believe what He says about you and continue on in pursuit of the victory...of the dream...of Him.

When you started your quest, the fulfillment of the dream was your greatest desire and yet, when you finally see the manifestation of what you've only seen in your spirit, you will receive more than you ever thought was possible--more than you ever thought to ask for, I am a witness to that. Surrendering yourself so completely to the Lord's designs, they become your own, though you once only desired to see the Kingdom of God, now you will become His Kingdom. My dear friends, as we stand together as His unstoppable Kingdom unable to retreat, we press on. We look straight ahead, not allowing our hearts to be sidetracked by the snares of the enemy, keeping our eyes fixed only on our Lord. I feel our Father saying emphatically to His children, "Straight ahead, children. Your dream is straight ahead!"

Pray this with me: Dear Father, please dust off the dreams You've given me in the past, and breathe Your restoring breath of life into them. Fill me with Your faith to believe and trust in You to guide my future. I surrender my will to You, and I ask that You make me useful to Your Kingdom. Love Your people through me and help me to be Your servant and Your child. In Jesus' name, amen. If the enemy has tried to make you feel foolish, remind him that God's Word says that God will use the foolish things of this earth to shame and confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).


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