Pastor Doris G. Deckard

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

"Light Duty"

Are people depending on you? Are you very responsible? Do you need to complete a task? Will you fulfill the need based on the matter or based on YOU getting the glory and recognition?

In the same way, let your light shine before humanity, that they may see your good deeds and praise your FATHER in heaven. Matthew 5:16

In this day and age, we often witness persons in distress? Seems as though everyone is struggling with matters and concerns of life; having a bad day, grumpy and just not in the mood to face life’s challenges. Somehow, you experience a close encounter with these very individuals. You smile or maybe greet them with enthusiasm and for the most part; the individual may reciprocate the smile or an upbeat response. If not -- this could very well be your day for “light duty”.

Now, this light duty does not mean that you have little or no work to do; or that you've returned from workman's comp...not at all. This day could be your opportunity to add some light to a very dark situation.

Luke 8:16 tells us that no one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, it’s placed on a stand so that those who come in can see the light. Do you realize that you are a very important source of light to someone? There's a person in this world who is dependant upon you for “light duty.”

As believers in Christ, we face many dark encounters. Jesus is the source of our light and we should walk in that light and allow the cleansing of Christ’s holiness to destroy every evil yoke darkness, fear, the lack of confidence and little or no faith. If we say we are God's heir, then our lights should never go out; even if our light gets dim -- it should never go out.

'Evil does not drive out darkness, light does.'

As followers of Christ, we should continue to let our lights shine before others to drive out the unknown evils that surrounds us. So what, if a person feels you’re 'faking the funk'-- doesn’t matter; God knows if your heart is true and sincere. Basically, all that matters is what's pleasing to God. We all can make this world a brighter place; all we have to do is take on some "light duties."

In the Old Testament, God provided special light for the Israelites during their expedition to the promised land. Moses was not totally responsible for leading God’s people alone; God was with them all the way. By day, the Israelites traveled by a pillar of cloud and during the night, they traveled by a pillar of fire. Moses trusted God’s instructions and the Israelites trusted that Moses was their God-appointed leader.

How often do we look to our leaders, especially our church leaders, as God’s chosen -- not humanity’s selection but God’s royal elect? Do we entrust the leaders to follow God’s instructions? What about the followers? Do we trust that we are lead by God and the Holy Spirit or an illusion of us leading ourselves??? Test the spirits!

Today, we are living in a world filled with misery and strife. People are searching for something or someone to bring light into their dark situations. There’s evil everywhere. Very few people wish to live in the light, for darkness is their motivation. God has entrusted us [children of light]with being that light representing Jesus Christ. Now, God does not place all the light in the same location to shine. Some may be called to shine at home; some in the workplace; others in he church or parachurch and to different ministries; to our families or in remote places. However, the glory of the Lord gives us that light. It is our responsibility to share the light with the lost, confused, less fortunate, the excluded, the mistreated, the misunderstood and the lovers of the darkness. Then, God gets the glory. It's not about you!!

"Jesus’ light is more powerful than the deepest darkness."

In Ephesians, we are instructed to live as children of light. Sometimes our lamps are on and we are not fully aware of the magnitude in that light. Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a room full of people, the room just lights up? Me too. People are happy to see you. They feed off of your illumination of radiance. Your positive spirit ministers to them. That pep in your step encourages them that everything is going to be alright. Keep it up!

For those who are living in a world of darkness and are not the least bit affected by your light, God has a place for them too. If they are too busy allowing self-hate and pitty to control their lives, you need to remove yourself from that space.

Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you!

Are you sleeping on the job instead of taking on some light duty?" Is your light running low on energy? Are you tired, fatigued and stressed out? Here's a suggestion....

Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you!

When are you going to turn on YOUR lamp; get out of that dark hole; take off the sunglasses and let in some light? Stop allowing others to create a world of darkness; dump their load on you and leave or deposit negative energy in your spirit! Embrace your light and place it on a stand to give life to a dead situation!

Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you!

Don’t hide your light under a bushel or in a closet. You can't hide from God! Walk in your own light and get out of someone else's shadow. Let YOUR light shine for the entire world to see that Jesus is the light of your life.

Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you!

Stop living in the gutters and rise to the occasion. Live for Christ because only what you do for Him will last. Stop dwelling in darkness and seek the light of hope! Stop believing that God does not love you because....?????

God can use anyone available for his kingdom and glory; just try him! Use your light for the glory of God; not to impress humans but to please God. The Lord is MY light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you!

Let it be so in your life today, Amen!

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