White people cannot, in the generality, be taken as models of how to live. Rather, the white man is himself in sore need of new standards, which will release him from his confusion and place him once again in fruitful communion with the depths of his own begin.. ~James Baldwin (The Fire Next Time)
It seems like one of the most profound transformations to ever take place in the black man’s life is when he finds himself in prison. Trapped within his own convictions he has no choice but to wrestle with the errors of his ways. He is backed into the cement blocks that represents the “Gates of no return”, where our black bodies were held captive while we awaited ships that would take us to North America, Latin America, or the Caribbean.
These ships that left Cape Coast Castle and traveled to many different ports in North and South America, such as ports in Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. It is in prison that many black men relive those trauma’s and is able to recon with the divisiveness, racism, oppression, inequality, and the subjugation of the black mind; as something evil and of no merit.
As a thinking black man, it is about being able to reason with the notion of building a new ecosystem for your Kingly spirit to dwell. This notion that black men are wasteful impasses is a false narrative that must be dispelled at once. The hell you are experiencing was needed to open your eyes to the King’s Spirit that operates in you at this moment. You needed poverty in order to understand how to operate in a different Kingdom perspective.
You no longer have to fight and wrestle in a system that was created without you in mind. There is a good reason you weren’t in the planning circles of this democratic ideal. God do not make mistakes. He priced you out of this system because he created you to operate in a different domain of development. The main goal of your existence is to defeat the poverty mentality that was imposed upon you. You were born in a deficit that you have to climb out. You have a King’s Spirit. You no longer can move forward in life without having your mind fixed on the notion that you are a king.
The next question you should ask is “How does a King Act, think, give, love, move, plan & strategize”? If you can get this the game immediately begins to change in your life. When I first realized that I have a King’s spirit I had to fight with the poverty that was placed over my mind. I was blind to my rightful position as the son of a King. In addition, I had to align my priorities so that I could begin building what I seen my father build.
So, how do you defeat poverty as a Young Black Man in America? Become a 7-foot 3 Blocking Machine, Laugh in the face of opposition, and believe the word that you have been given. Let me explain further.
Become a 7-foot 1 Blocking Machine: Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 7 ft 1 in tall with a wingspan of 7 ft 9 in long, he plays the center position; and recently named 2020-21 Kia Defensive Player of the Year. What’s so important about becoming a blocking machine is that you become what I would like to call the “Rim Protector” for your family and community. Block any poverty, drugs, negativity, crooked cops, external forces, setbacks and attacks of the enemy that would try to derail the plans and purposes of your prophetic destiny.
Laugh in the face of Opposition: At some point you got to remove your mind from the stains of oppression that grips your community. It will remain until you become bold enough to laugh in the face of poverty, racism, oppression or any hinderances to your success. I am not talking about actually smiling. You laugh by taking action, making moves, playing chess, reaching out to political alliances, getting involved with the real work that is being done behind the scenes. Never let the enemy see you sweat. Because you can’t be defeated brings on a new set of challenges. Your grit, hustle and resolve bring about a new fight the enemy is willing to wage. People will celebrate a few of your victories but when you begin to keep winning; then you see another side of the system come out. Laugh in the face of opposition.
Believe in the Word you have been Given: Today, you have been given a word that you can use for the next few months. Dig deeper into these words and be able to reason with your own circumstances. Allow truths that come into your life to become confirmational points along your journey. On some level you were thinking about these things, or this blog post wouldn’t have found you. You attracted these renderings because these ideals have been on your mind. You meet nobody in life but yourself and that includes the revelation that comes at your table. When the student is ready the teacher appears.