‘You have to be real with the King’

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - Shanna Kaye Mon­teith/ Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

LOV­ING PEO­PLE back to life is one of the main pas­sions of the min­istry of Kim­berly Jones-Poth­ier, pop­u­larly known as Real Talk Kim.

Along­side her hus­band, the best-sell­ing author pas­tors the Church of the Har­vest in Fayet­teville, Ge­or­gia, trav­els the world ful­fill­ing her pur­pose and spread­ing the Word, us­ing her own life as tes­ta­ment.

Real Talk Kim re­cently de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful ser­mon, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to let go and let God dur­ing the WIN Ac­cel­er­ate 2018 Con­fer­ence held at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre last month.

She spoke of how she was la­belled as a ‘spe­cial ed’ stu­dent back in school – a tag which rested on her sub­con­scious and fol­lowed her into adult­hood.

The pas­tor tes­ti­fied to hav­ing lost ev­ery­thing she owned and hav­ing to move back in with her par­ents at the age of 36.

“Here I am, spe­cial ed, car­ry­ing the la­bel my whole life and think­ing my life was over.

“I was lay­ing in my bed ev­ery night think­ing ‘God, You are mean, You are hate­ful’. I’d be curs­ing Him ev­ery night and I was fall­ing into a deep place where I was aching.

“You see, we can at­tend all th­ese con­fer­ences and spend thou­sands of dol­lars try­ing to bet­ter our­selves, but un­til you get your heart right, ain’t noth­ing go­ing to change.

“You can go to church, shout, speak in tongues, fall to the floor, but noth­ing’s go­ing to change un­til you are for real in your heart with the King,” she said.

Real Talk Kim, as her moniker sug­gests, was ex­tremely trans­par­ent in her ad­dress as she tes­ti­fied and wit­nessed to her long­ing au­di­ence.

She con­tin­ued: “I was go­ing to church my whole life and never found out who God is for my­self, where I could lay in a room and hear His voice. I used to wait hours to hear Him call my name with in­struc­tions, but then I re­alised that’s why my life was so shat­tered – and for so long.

“That’s why some of you can’t even fig­ure it out. You’ve been pray­ing and wait­ing for an an­swer from God and He’s been telling you what to do, but you won’t be quiet!

“Be­ing anointed and messy don’t mix, and un­til you get your heart in line: you can stay here and do all that you’re do­ing, but noth­ing’s go­ing to change.”

Pas­tor Kim noted that many peo­ple are look­ing to God for a change in cir­cum­stances and for de­liv­er­ance, but are still har­bour­ing hate­ful thoughts against oth­ers who may have hurt them.

She de­clared that in or­der for the change to come, there must first be a change in heart.

Ac­cord­ing to her, “I lost ev­ery­thing. I was not sing­ing ‘He’s a Good Fa­ther’. In fact, I was telling Him ev­ery­day that He doesn’t like me, but He wasn’t like ‘Rock-a-bye baby’, He was like ‘Are you through?’

“God is telling some­body that where He’s tak­ing you – just a lit­tle bit of anger, a lit­tle bit of church hurt, a lit­tle bit of that boss an­noy­ing you, just a lit­tle bit of re­sent­ment can keep you from walk­ing into your destiny. What are you hold­ing unto that you need to let go off?”

Other teach­ings of Real Talk Kim are avail­able on In­sta­gram and YouTube.

REAL TALK KIM

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