Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 October 2010 Jeremiah 1:5‏

Jeremiah 1:5.    Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Oh Friends, more natural disaster has struck again, this time closer to home. A violent storm and a tornado cut a vicious swath across several U.S Midwest States and portions of Ontario on Tuesday. I don’t know if there were any deaths, but the damage sure looked terrible and will add up to millions of dollars. Let’s pray for all those who suffered through the devastating storm, giving thanks that they came out alive, and with God’s help will satisfactorily rebuild their lives. Then there was another loss; another stalwart in the Entertainment Industry, Gregory Isaacs, Mr. Cool Ruler, passed on to the lush green fields of herb in the sky at age 59 on Monday. He died in England, from what else but the current dreaded scourge of mankind, cancer, lung cancer to be exact. Condolences go out to his friends and family, and to all who liked and enjoyed his cool, LOVER’S Rock style. Personally, I was not a big Gregory fan during the early years, and though I liked ‘Night Nurse’ his biggest hit, later on I discovered other songs that turned me on, and I began listening to him seriously, and eventually grew to appreciate his heavy, dark style. Now, every time I hear Mr. Isaacs, a little thrill runs through my soul, because I know I’ll hear some good, solid rocking riddims. We’ll certainly miss you Gregory, but we’ll always cherish and warmly remember you through your rich, vibrant music that’s still with us. Rest in peace, and now add some strong, dark riddim to the heavenly choir that you’ll certainly be singing with. Our loss is their gain. Ah mih people, when are these sudden, unexpected disasters going to stop eh? And when is cancer going to stop taking our brightest and best prematurely? I really don’t want to claim, when we return to the godly society we once were, but that seems to be the only logical conclusion. We’ve attained tremendous heights in education, technology, medicine and what have you, but we still can’t forecast the weather with sufficient accuracy or stop debilitating illness. So what’s left? Nothing but God, my people! NOTHING BUT GOD! That’s why I keep encouraging us to turn back to Him in a big way, just like we’ve seriously spurned Him over the last few decades. And it’s our job, the true believers, to get out into the evil, ungodly, corrupt, violent, hateful world and enlighten them about what needs to happen if our society is ever to return to some semblance of peace, joy, LOVE and prosperity. Our Bit boldly and clearly states God’s words and desires. ‘Before I formed thee in the belly (womb) I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee (set thee apart), and I ordained (appointed) thee a prophet unto the nations.’ The Lord knows everything about us because He created us, and has a special plan for each life He created. We’re not all prophets or some such glorified devotee, but whatever task He’s assigned us is very important and necessary in His sight, to the furthering of His glorious kingdom, bringing lost souls to repentance, so that they weren’t be wasted in purgatory with that renowned con-artist Lucifer. The problem though is getting the vast majority of supposed believers to actually do God’s bidding. And until there’s a huge groundswell of LOVE and action rising up from believers, nothing much is going to happen on a positive note my Friends. Until we have more people crossing over to Jesus than to the enemy, nothing will improve. And I’m sure that God is talking to all believers, giving each a task to perform, but as we noted yesterday, there’s still this sad blot of fear in too many of our souls that prevents us from carrying out God’s duties. That’s because we haven’t fully surrendered our souls to Him. We’ve seen how some great men balked at God’s calling, but my people this is no time for excuses, because it’s crucial that we turn around the nature of our society from evil and ungodly to good and godly, otherwise I fear we’re in for plenty more very rough times. And since we’ve seen some who balked at God’s calling, it’s only fair that we check out some who promptly answered in the affirmative. We’ll begin with Noah, who found grace in the Lord’s sight and when told that the earth would be destroyed and that he should build an ark to house his family and two of every living thing, he didn’t ask a question. The Good Book simply says: ‘Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.’ (Gen.6:22) Then there’s father Abraham, who when God called him: ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.’ (Gen12:1-4) Yes my people, at seventy- five, Abraham got up and left his family and comfortable lifestyle simply on the Lord’s promises, to journey whither he knew not. Such was his faith in the Lord. And the great thing is that He had no heritage or history of the Lord to look to, like we have, and yet, most faithfully all those promises came through, because today we are considered the children, the spiritual descendants of Abraham. Note that Abraham never asked why or how, or any of those questions that we tend to ask. He just got up and left like the Lord asked. Why can’t we be like that eh mih breddren; just say yes Lord and do whatever He asks of us? And the sad fact is that He doesn’t ask most of us to do weighty, life changing matters like Abraham or Noah, just basics, like truly living our faith and spreading His Word. So Friends, I really can’t fathom our reluctance to do the Lord’s bidding when we know what’s at stake, the severe repercussions likely to both individuals and our society as a whole. Unfortunately mih people, time and tide have cornered us for today, but tomorrow, provided our Lord agrees, we’ll continue to look at some more valiant people of faith, who didn’t doubt, but said a prompt, ‘Yes Lord,’ when He came a calling. Please, I implore us, to seriously and enthusiastically LOVE our God, LIVE our Faith, and SPREAD His Word, because under God’s stellar authority is the only way our world will ever find peace and prosperity. Much LOVE!…it’s getting late…please don’t hesitate…for when you’re finally ready…it just might be TOO late…

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