HAVE YOU ever struggled in keeping your personality and individuality,
as well as staying focused on your specific ‘calling’ in Christ?
As Believers, we are admonished to remain with Christ in the same type of
‘calling’ as when we were first saved, as well as to remain in the
same social, cultural or economic position. Tragically, contrary to
Scripture, many of our Native people are taught they must stop being an
Indian in order to become a Christian.
TODAY, I INVITE YOU to pray with me that our Native people will be given
freedom and encouragement to serve Christ, as our Creator intended.
1 Corinthians 7:17 says, "In every church I tell the people to
stay as they were when the Lord Jesus chose them and God called them to be
his own. Now I say the same thing to you."
Ask our Creator to allow our First Nations people and those serving in
Native Ministry to remain with Him, continuing in their calling, while
honoring their identity and personality.
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES (4 translations: The Scriptures, CEV, Amplified, KJV):
"The Scriptures" is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names
and has the books in chronological order. The Contemporary English
Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for 'oral tradition'
peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud. The Amplified
version is one where meanings of words and phrases are 'amplified' for
better understanding. The King James Version (KJV) is the
translation that works well with Strong's Concordance. Please also note
the links to Scripture in Cherokee.
Let us remember our ancestry and heritage as we review these
scriptures. For some of our families, the ‘honoring’ of ancestry and
heritage has been neglected for many generations.
Exodus 20:12 - "Respect your father and your mother, so that your
days are prolonged upon the soil which
your Elohim is giving you." (The Scriptures)
Deuteronomy 5:16, 32-33 - "Respect your father and mother, as
your Elohim has commanded you. so that your days are prolonged, and so that
it is well with you on the soil which
your Elohim is giving you. ... And you shall guard to do as
your Elohim has commanded you - do not turn aside, to the right or to the
left. Walk in all the way which
your Elohim has commended you, so that you live and it be well with you. And
you shall prolong your days in the land which you possess." (The Scriptures)
Matthew 15:4 - "For Elohim has commanded, saying, 'Respect your
father and your mother,' and 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put
to death.' (The Scriptures)
Matthew Chapter 15 in Cherokee.
Matthew 19:19 - "'Respect your father and your mother,' and 'You
shall love your neighbour as yourself.'" (The Scriptures)
Matthew Chapter 19 in Cherokee.
Ephesians 6:2-3 - "Respect your father and mother," which is the
first command with promise, in order that it might be well with you, and you
might live long on the earth." (The Scriptures)
Ephesians Chapter 6 in Cherokee.
1 Corinthians 7:17-40 - "Only, let each one [seek to conduct
himself and regulate his affairs so as to] lead the life which the Lord has
allotted and imparted to him and to which God has invited and summoned him.
This is my order in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his summons
[from God] already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the evidence of
circumcision. Was anyone at the time [God] called him uncircumcised? Let him
not be circumcised. For circumcision is nothing and counts for nothing,
neither does uncircumcision, but [what counts is] keeping the commandments
of God. Everyone should remain after God calls him in the station or
condition of life in which the summons found him. Were you a slave when you
were called? Do not let that trouble you. But if you are able to gain your
freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity. For he who as a slave was
summoned in [to union with] the Lord is a freedman of the Lord, just so he
who was free when he was called is a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by
Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation]
slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].
So, brethren, in whatever station or state or condition of life each one was
when he was called, there let him continue with and close to God. Now
concerning the virgins (the marriageable [a] maidens) I have no command of
the Lord, but I give my opinion and advice as one who by the Lord's mercy is
rendered trustworthy and faithful. I think then, because of the impending
distress [that is even now setting in], it is well (expedient, profitable,
and wholesome) for a person to remain as he or she is. Are you bound to a
wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
But if you do marry, you do not sin [in doing so], and if a virgin marries,
she does not sin [in doing so]. Yet those who marry will have physical and
earthly troubles, and I would like to spare you that. I mean, brethren, the
appointed time has been [b] winding down and it has grown very short. From
now on, let even those who have wives be as if they had none, And those who
weep and mourn as though they were not weeping and mourning, and those who
rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they
did not possess anything, And those who deal with this world [[c] overusing
the enjoyments of this life] as though they were not absorbed by it and as
if they had no dealings with it. For the outward form of this world (the
present world order) is passing away. My desire is to have you free from all
anxiety and distressing care. The unmarried man is anxious about the things
of the Lord--how he may please the Lord;
But the married man is anxious about worldly matters--how he may please his
And he is drawn in diverging directions [his interests are divided and he is
distracted from his devotion to God]. And the unmarried woman or girl is
concerned and anxious about the matters of the Lord, how to be wholly
separated and set apart in body and spirit; but the married woman has her
cares [centered] in earthly affairs--how she may please her husband. Now I
say this for your own welfare and profit, not to put [a halter of] restraint
upon you, but to promote what is seemly and in good order and to secure your
undistracted and undivided devotion to the Lord. But if any man thinks that
he is not acting properly toward and in regard to his virgin [that he is
preparing disgrace for her or incurring reproach], in case she is passing
the bloom of her youth and if there is need for it, let him do what to him
seems right; he does not sin; let them marry.
But whoever is firmly established in his heart [strong in mind and purpose],
not being forced by necessity but having control over his own will and
desire, and has resolved this in his heart to keep his own virginity, he is
doing well. So also then, he [the father] who gives his virgin (his
daughter) in marriage does well, and he [the father] who does not give [her]
in marriage does better. A wife is bound to her husband by law as long as he
lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she will, only
[provided that he too is] in the Lord. But in my opinion [a widow] is
happier (more blessed and [d] to be envied) if she does not remarry. And
also I think I have the Spirit of God." (Amplified)
Corinthians Chapter 7 in Cherokee.
Acts 2:11 - "Cretans and Arabs, we hear them speaking in our own tongues
the great deeds of Elohim." (The Scriptures)
Chapter 2 in Cherokee.
Acts 26:2-7- "I think myself blessed, Sovereign Agrippa, because
today I shall make my defence before you concerning all of which I am
accused by the Yehudim, you being most of all an expert, knowing of all
practices and questions which have to do with the Yehudim. So, please hear
me patiently. Truly, then all the the Yehudim know my way of life from
youth, which I led from the beginning among my own nation at Yerushalayim,
since they have known me from the first, if they wish to witness, that I
lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our observance. And
now I stand and am judged for the expectation of the promise made by Elohim
to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes, earnestly serving Elohim night
and day, expect to attain. Concerning this expectationm O Sovereign Agrippa,
I am accused by the Yehudim." (The Scriptures)
Chapter 26 in Cherokee.
Cherokee Bible Project for an ongoing Western Cherokee dialect project.