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KENYATTA D. SMITHER, SR.
Kenyatta "Walking Lion" D. Smither, Sr.
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Kenyatta "Walking Lion" DuBois Smither, Sr.
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The spirit of a warrior is courage and fearlessness. Stand like a tree and don't be moved. Greater is the spirit of the Almighty that is in you than anything in this world. -Kenyatta D. Smither, Sr.
Kenyatta D. Smither, Sr. is a highly decorated, Gulf War/Desert Shield-Desert Storm, United States Marine Corps Veteran
Kenyatta "Walking Lion" is a musician, performer, writer, producer, inspirational/motivational speaker, storyteller (griot), mentor, and educator.
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I attended a revival at a Baptist Church a few months ago . Just before the call to worship, several leaders of the church led devotions, as well as, Praise and Worship. One of the leaders asked if anyone had a testimony. The blank stares on the faces of the congregation was priceless. There was an awkward silence throughout the sanctuary, causing me to strike up a soft melody on the piano. Eventually one of the leaders spoke up and gave his testimony. During his testimonial ritual, he said something that caught my attention and caused my spirit to cringe slightly. In his what I perceived to be a genuine testimony, he made a certainly unnoticeable blunder to many and hidden misrepresentation that the now emotionally charged congregation just responded with shouts of “Amen, Hallelujah, and Thank You Jesus”. His exact words were, “The holy scriptures say that when praises go up, blessings come down”. At that moment, my spirit was in a disagreement and not aligned with such a statement. It sounds good and many people use it because the response from the listeners is usually an agreeable one.
First, you will not find the phrase “when praises go up, blessings come down” anywhere in the Bible. The phrase is often used to get an emotional charge from the listener and the response is usually of emotional fanfare. There is even a song that many people sing often with that phrase as the title. But the phrase is not written in the scriptures anywhere in the Bible. Unfortunately, this phrase is recited many times and given credit to it being a scripture. I am not against the phrase, but I am against the misrepresentation and the misleading of church-goers to believe that it is a scripture.
There are several passages or verses in the Bible that individuals will use to confirm it’s a scripture such as in Psalm 67 where it is written in v.3 and v.5 “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee”. Then verse 6 it’s written, “Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God shall bless us”. Again, the verse is not written as, “When praises go up, blessings come down”. Some will use 1 Chronicles 16:25 to make the claim that the bible says this, but you will not find that phrase.
Don’t misunderstand, I am not saying that God will not bless you if you give him praise. I am a believer in the Almighty Creator and have much hope for receiving blessings in my life, but please don’t lead the listener to believe that something was written in the scripture when it clearly does not exist in the bible. The two tools that many so-called Christians use and abuse is stating that the bible says something or that God has said something in the scripture that is not found in scripture, not valid, not true, or doesn’t exist in the reference/resource that they claim.
Let’s stop reciting and quoting from the parameters of tradition, rituals, habits, and the “spirit of impressing others”. The mind cannot teach what it does not know, and the mind only knows what it’s been taught. Right teaching produces right knowledge. It’s my desire that the recipient of this message increases their circumference of awareness and apply it to their journey and development in this life.