Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 September 2010 Isaiah 29:13‏

Isaiah 29:13.    Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.
 
Oh Friends, like several locations in our hemisphere were not as lucky as us in the recent heavy rainfall, for there have been serious mudslides in Colombia, plus floods in Jamaica and the Vancouver area. Oh my people, when will it end eh? Sadly we have no control over that kind of stuff, neither do we have the economic wherewithal to help all those unfortunate folk, but we can certainly offer up prayers for them. Let’s offer one now nuh mih Friends. ‘Oh Lord God Jehovah, your people know and accept your sovereignty and awesome power, that’s why we’re crying out to you for help for those unfortunate persons involved in the latest round of natural disasters to occur in our evil, ungodly world. We don’t know the reasons for them, but we’re sure that only you can alleviate the distress to any great degree. And since you’ve promised never to leave or forsake us, we pray Father, that you’ll reach out a helping hand to all those in need, as quickly as possible. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.’ My people, we should also offer individual prayers, for remember if the prayer of one righteous person is considered important by our Father, can you imagine what the prayers of many righteous will command. And again I have to wonder and chuckle at the mysterious movements of our Lord, in guiding me towards a Bit today, because it coincides so closely with what we’ve just been talking about, prayer. Oh Friends, in many cases that’s all we have to offer others, and though it’s a very powerful medium, we also have to ask, how sincere are our prayers? Are we just mouthing words with no heartfelt feeling, or are we truly genuine in our requests? Such was the problem Isaiah faced with his people Israel. ‘Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.’  Yes Friends, at that time Israel was blind to God’s Word. They mouthed godly platitudes, but their hearts were really far from God. Much like it is with so many of us today; where so many of us talk up a godly storm, but in actual fact, that’s all it is, mere talk. Our words lack substance because our hearts are not really set on God, but on some different wavelength and agenda, though it sure looks and sounds good to spout off about God. And Asaph, the psalmist, surely hit the nail on the head in Psalm 78, a reminder of God’s goodness to Israel, when, after being punished, Israel turned back to God. ‘And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right (steadfast) with him, neither were they steadfast (faithful) in his covenant.’ (Ps.78:35-37) Yes my people, it’s very easy to talk God, but it’s a different story when we have to walk that talk. The Israelites, though under heavy manners from God, were foolishly only pretending to be contrite, for deep down they still lusted for their old, sinful ways. Unfortunately, as they say, things change, but yet remain the same, for Jesus experienced the same problem with the leaders of his day, the Pharisees, and quoted our Bit to them: ‘Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth night unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’ (Mat.15:7-9) Today our leaders do the very same thing my brethren. They lead us along many dubious paths set out by men and not God. They pay lip service to all things godly, but in their hearts it’s evil that really lurks. And we, the ordinary people, follow them like lost sheep all the way to the slaughter. Oh Friends, we have to wake up and pay serious attention to what’s happening in our world, our individual nations, and also our immediate communities because the ungodliness currently being propagated will eventually draw the Lord’s ire, just as it did with Israel, if it hasn’t already. My people, the Good Book, the infallible Word of God, is our undisputed, indispensable guide on this earthly journey, and we need to make sure that what we’re hearing, seeing or being taught is in accordance with its principles. And if it’s not, then we don’t follow it! It’s not always easy to do because we have a lot of smart, astute wolves out there in sheep’s clothing trying to sway us to their way of thinking for their own good. However, the only way we can counteract their iniquity is by studying the Good Book regularly. And I’m talking about each and every single believer on planet earth. Reading the Scrip-Bit and all the other numerous publications out there is fine, but definitely not enough. You cannot resist Beelzebub and his evildoers unless you personally know what the Word says. So though I’m glad, in fact overwhelmed that millions of people are reading the Bit all over the world – you gotta dream big- (smile) it’s still imperative that we all read the Word for ourselves, or get someone we trust to read it to us. Now I may know a little more than some folks, but what little I do know, I didn’t acquire by osmosis, but by reading and studying the Word along with other scriptural material. And I can only write this Bit every day by reading and studying the Word. Please remember Friends: THE WORD MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST! Without it written deep in our hearts and souls, we’re only capable of outward show. Please, let’s not become, anymore than we already are, like the people Ezekiel talks about. ‘And they come unto thee as the people cometh (as people do), and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much LOVE, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.’ (Ezek.33:31-32) Oh my people, I implore us to honour our God not only with our mouths and lips but also with our hearts, and to fear, reverence Him because of who and what He truly is, not because of what we’re taught by evil, unscrupulous, unrighteous men. That’s the only way to truly draw close to Him. So till we meet again tomorrow, God willing, go in peace, to sincerely LOVE Your GOD, LIVE Your FAITH, and SPREAD His WORD. Much LOVE!…God’s song…though beautiful…is meaningless…unless we act on it…

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