Pastor Keion Henderson is the lead pastor of The Lighthouse Church in Houston, Texas Lighthouse is an organization that serves the body of Christ through our 5 pillars. We always ANTICIPATE a move of God in every experience, so we constantly set a great ATMOSPHERE, and we ACCEPT everyone through love. We believe the best way to impact people is by being AUTHENTIC to who we are and by taking ACTION to move everyone towards greater.
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Pastor Keion (00:01):
Oh, I am talking to somebody here today. Oh, now it’s time to go in. This year, the only thing I want you to fight is something worth fighting for. Taught to be silent. And let me tell you why you have been taught to silent. I’m not blaming my mother because of how she spanked me. Why did she whoop me and tell me to be quiet? Because her parents whooped her and told her to be quiet. Why did her parents whoop her and tell her to be quiet? Because their parents whooped them and told them to be quiet. And why did my great great grandfather whoop my grandfather? And why did he tell him to be quiet? Because his father was a slave.
And the side effects of slavery is take this punishment and shut your mouth. And let me tell you something. The reason why Israel has not said anything for 400 years is because they are slaves. And the reason why black and brown people have taken what has happened to us and not said anything is because we’ve been taught to be silent by slaves. What you are dealing with is a generational curse where your great, great, great, great grandmama remembered that if she dropped the egg, she would be whipped. And so she taught her daughter don’t mess with the master, and she taught her daughter and she taught her son to be quiet. And your mama taught you to do the same.
My mother used to bake this ham when we were growing up and she would put this, I don’t know how to cook, but I’m going to tell you, I’m going to describe what it looked like. It was a ham with pineapples and red stuff coming down it and these little black unedible things. What is it? Yeah, she would put them in there. Why flavor? Okay, I promise you, ham got enough flavor all by itself and she used to cut it and put it in the pan and throw the edges away. Now, I remember asking my granddaddy, my granddaddy name was Eddie Hawthorne, smooth as ice twice as nice, never had a bad day in his life, had a 1979 canary Cadillac with white interior. Y’all ain’t talking to me with Daytons. Y’all remember Dayton’s white wall tires? And he washed it every day. And I said, granddaddy, well, mama told me to ask you why she cut the ham off because her mama did it.
I said, why did grandma cut the edges off the ham? He said, because her mama did it. And then I kept inquiring and asking, and once I got to the place where he could go far as far back as he could, he said, the reason why my mama cut the edges off of the ham is because her pan wasn’t big enough to put the whole ham in it. But here my mama is cutting the edges off of her ham and her pot is big enough, but she’s cutting it off because it’s a generational cycle that has been passed down to her. And there are a lot of you all in here right now. You have coping mechanisms. You think it’s healthy, it’s generational. You think it’s God, but it’s been passed down to you. And God sent me here this weekend and asked you to come because by the time we finish today, we going to break these curses and we going to break the silence. We are not going to teach our daughters to be sighted like we were. We’re not going to teach our sons to be subservient like we were. Yes, you ought to be respectful and yes, you ought to be humble, but you got to use your voice because it is the only thing that God is going to respond to.
So we are doing things generationally because it’s been passed down to us and we’re silent because we’ve been taught. Don’t talk ’em, grown folks talking. Shut your mouth. Don’t speak unless spoken to. Come on, y’all. See, look at how many, look at how many parents are here right now. Just feeling bad. Ain’t no need to feel bad. You were taught this by people who were taught this by people who were taught this. And now we’re raising a generation of kids who talk when they’re not supposed to be talking, and now they’re quiet when they should speak up. So now they’re talking in class but won’t speak when they’re molested, which is why now they live their life in front of a camera telling the whole world, see me? I’m struggling. I hate it here. I don’t like my family because they can’t sit down at the dinner table and talk to you about it.
And now we’re finding our sons with ropes around their necks and our daughters with pills in their system because they feel like they cannot talk to us and we don’t recognize that. They don’t feel like they can talk to us because we think we’re open. But how can you be open when you were born to somebody who was closed? How do you think you are any different than the thing that you have been spawned from? No matter what you think you are similar to the thing that raised you, and I know you think you’ve changed, but change is not predicated upon what you think of yourself. Change is only change when somebody outside of you can recognize it.
Oh, I’m going to be in here today, y’all son for an hour. Y’all going to give me a few minutes. And so we’ve come. Everybody repeat after me to the burning bush, to the burning bush, and we come to the burning bush, which is not just a bush. It took me a while to see this, that this was not a bush, this was a signal. This was a signal for Israel that the silence was about to break. Oh God, help me in this place today. It was a signal. Everybody say that better days are coming. I wonder, is there anybody in here that even though you can’t identify, you just feel that better days?
Who am I talking to? You don’t have no evidence. You don’t have no check in the mail. You don’t have a direct message. You don’t have nothing to point to. You don’t have. You just feel like somebody say, I feel like days about to get better. I feel it. I feel it. I feel it. Matter of fact, testify to everybody in your role telling Better days are coming are. And if your neighbor hasn’t said anything to you, let me just help you arrest him. Say, neighbor, this is a praise and section. So if you don’t intend to say nothing, go take those empty seats over there. But as for me in my row, we going to praise the Lord that you’re not going to sit here hearing a sermon about silence and still be silent. I’m looking for somebody on my row that’s going to break the silence in our life and set ourself up for God to take us out of Egypt into the promised land. Do I have any Canaanites in the room that recognize that you are going to a land filled with the milk?
Somebody say, get in the flow. Get in the flow, get in the, what am I saying? Because see, sometimes Pastor Raymond, sometimes you can miss the moment because you can’t read the signal. Have you ever heard the statement read the room. Have you ever been around people? They don’t know that it ain’t okay to be like that right now. It is not okay. When the room is full of energy and they’re sitting there like a lump on the wall, or when things are serious and they’re playing, sometimes you have to adjust to the environment. Oh God, help me in this place today. And the bush
Speaker 2 (08:55):
Was a signal that something was about to change. How do I know? Verse two, the Bible says, and the angel of the Lord appeared unto Moses, watch this. Somebody about to shout in this place. You hear me? The angel of the Lord came to Moses and the Bible says that when it came to pass in the process of time, I love the Bible. The King of Egypt. You read, your Bible too has died. Now that may not mean nothing to you. That may not mean nothing to you unless you know context. Because the king of Egypt is a metaphor for Pharaoh. And Pharaoh wanted to kill Moses, and Moses has just got the message that the man that wanted him dead is now dead. Snap your neighbor. Say, neighbor, God told me to tell you. You going to outlast your enemy. Lemme talk to somebody over here. I prophesy that everything that wants you dead is going to die. Before you do, snap your neighbor and say, I will live and not somebody shout. It’s going to die before I do. I promise you it’s going die before I do. I might cry, but I ain’t going to die. I might slap somebody, but I’m not going to die. I might curse you out, but I’m not going die, but I’m not going to die.