June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Let it go
Let it be
‘Cause I found out, Oh Lord
Your will is what’s best for me.
—Your Will Is What’s Best For Me
This year has been very interesting, and it is not even half way done yet. I have done many things that I thought I would never do. At the beginning of the year, I resigned as co-pastor of my church. I did not resign as a member, but God spoke to me and told me I was released. If you know me, you know I do not quit at anything, but I also know that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Then Samuel said, Do you think all God wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production. Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult. Getting self-important around God is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to God’s command, he says No to your kingship. (1 Samuel 15: 22-23, MGS)
After I resigned, I began to pray because I knew God was the only one that would tell me to step down and give me the courage to do so. My concern was “what was my next steps for my ministry?” A few weeks later, my pastor told me that God told him “in all things praise and worship, that I had the authority to shift the atmosphere, and that I would be called Ambassador Keviyona Ray.” Now I am not hooked up on titles at all but all things praise and worship was a great task and I was up for the challenge. My friend told me, “It’s not your will, not even God’s permissible will but His perfect will for your life.”
The next thing was my house. Now I was blessed with my house and I love it. I knew that I would need to invest in a roof eventually because the roof was old and no insurance company would cover it. I made it home from work one day and a major part of the roof was laying in my yard. I instantly called my husband and told him we would need to find a new place to call home because we couldn’t afford to invest in a roof right now; however, I did not make any initial movement. My friend reminded me, “It’s not your will, not even God’s permissible will but His perfect will for your life.” Someone came and looked at the roof and I now have a brand new roof on my house. I didn’t have to come out of pocket with anything. Imagine if I would have decided to proceed with moving my family somewhere else. I would have missed what God had for me. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)
Now my employment is always a topic of discussion this time of year because I am always usually tired and need a break. This year was different. I decided that I was actually leaving and there was nothing anyone one could do about it. I decided to seek my own employment and God stepped in. I am changing jobs but God has taken total control of the situation. God has begun opening doors that I have more options than I can figure out on my own. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV) Again my friend told me, “It’s not your will, not even God’s permissible will but His perfect will for your life.”
Thank You for always knowing what is best for my life. God, thank You for ordering my steps even when I think I am making the right decisions. God, I am praying for the women that are reading this EmpowerMoment and are looking to their own understanding. I pray that they have faith that You will work on their behalf. God teach them to let Your perfect will be done in their lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Dear Women of God,
I EMPOWER you to stop looking to your own understanding and instead look to God. I EMPOWER you to trust God to help you make life-altering decisions. When you pray, ask God in whatever decision is made that His perfect will be done in your life. I EMPOWER you to have faith and believe that God knows what is best for you!!!
Please take a moment this morning and enjoy this song by Darius Brooks:
Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.