Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 September 2011 Mark 7: 9‏

Mark 7:9.    And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
 
Aye Friends, just as we hate Mondays with a passion, we’re deliriously passionate about Fridays and our weekends! You can always know that it’s Friday by the chorus we sing as we chip down the road, a la J’ouvert morning; ‘Thank God is Friday! Thank God is Friday! Ah say TGIF! Thank God is Friday!’ Accompaniment is provided by some scintillating iron and bottle and spoon, while an old doodup drum, hanging by a strap around somebody’s neck, bangs out a bass drum riddim. Hn, hn, hn! That’s the scene we witnessing today. And this Friday is even more special because it’s the end of the month, and everybody just got paid. Wow! So the watering holes will be hopping this weekend! But Friends, as I keep warning us, drunk or sober, we’ve got to mind our business. We can’t just run amuck, go over the deep end without a life jacket. So to help us stay sane and sober (smile) and keep the proper perspective, let’s chant our Friday Chant like we really mean it nuh. In time to the riddim now: ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ Ah Friends, our lives aren’t much different than those who lived in Jesus’ time, except perhaps we’re more sinful, ungodly and more boldfaced with it. As Jesus says in our Bit: ‘Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.’ The scribes and Pharisees, the religious rulers of Israel had shunted aside some of the old commands of the Old Testament for some newer religious practices. Hear how Jesus lambasted the Jewish leaders just before our Bit. ‘Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites (pretenders), as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for (as) doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots (pitchers) and cups: and many other such like things ye do.’ (Mark 7: 6-8) Oh my people, we’re doing the same thing, concentrating more on outward appearances, than inward cleanliness, and sadly on a much larger, wider and more ungodly scale. As the scholars claimed of the Jewish elders: ‘Too many were substituting modern religious custom for divinely revealed truth.’ Unfortunately, this generation is no different. There are so many new-fangled religious theories and ideas floating around, that one has to be very careful of what one hears and believes. On any given day, one can hear ten different preachers preach ten widely divergent sermons on the same subject. Sadly, each of them will veer off in whatever personal direction or slant, they decide to put on it. But in the end, none of them will fully conform to the Word of the Lord. That’s because we have allowed too much man-made junk, too many man-made customs to infiltrate our beliefs and usurp the real truth of God’s Word. The obvious result is that we now follow more man-made customs, idols and practices instead of what the Word teaches. My Friends, in these scandalous, confused, ungodly times, it’s impossible for us to understand what is and isn’t truth without personal and individual knowledge of the Lord’s Law. With all the shysters and false preachers around, it’s imperative that we read and store the Word in our hearts, minds and souls, so that we can refute and counteract the false witness and testimony that currently passes for truth. That’s why I keep pleading with us to spend time, as much time as is necessary, reading the Good Book and meditating on it, so that we can have a solid foundation to resist the lies and falsehood being spread by the enemy and his evil cohorts. Unless we know what the Word says, we can’t truly tell right from wrong, and thus prevent ourselves from going astray. And we certainly don’t want that! So starting today, RIGHT NOW, let’s promise our God and ourselves, to study the Word more sincerely and diligently than we’ve ever done before, that we may uphold the Lord’s divine truth and not man-made customs. It’s the only way positive change will ever come to our world. More on this tomorrow, God willing. Till then, remember to LOVE your God, LIVE your Faith, and SPREAD His Word! Much LOVE!…unless you know the law…you can’t tell right from wrong…true from false… P.S. This is a bit late because of some modem problems…and my tiredness. (smile) 
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 September 2011 Psalm 119: 97‏

Psalm 119:97.    O how LOVE I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
 
Oh Friends, the Lord has graciously granted us one more day of earthly life. And all God’s people gratefully declared: ‘Thank you Lord!’ Now giving thanks for seeing another day is fine, but what we do with the day, how we live it, is even more important. And the first thing we need to do every day, is consider how God wants us to live that particular day. And we can only discover that by earnestly communicating with Him. He will surely lead and guide us when we sincerely trust and surrender our lives to Him. But we also need to know His likes and dislikes, what we should and should not do. And we can only know that by reading and studying His Holy Word. Every believer needs to come to a point in his or her life where they can truthfully say, as our Bit does: ‘O how LOVE I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.’ And why is that? Because, as we saw yesterday, the Lord told Joshua, in no uncertain terms, that the road to prosperity and success is via His law, knowing and keeping it. (Josh.1:8) The psalmist corroborates that when he wisely says: ‘Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly (wicked), nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate (ponder) day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.’ (Ps.1:1-3) Wow Friends! What a magnificent promise! When we keep God’s law before us constantly and follow it faithfully, then we’re assured of living successful lives! The Lord promised it, so it must be true! But it all comes back to our standing on His promises, which we aren’t doing enough of, else we wouldn’t be as anxious and worried about what’s happening in the evil, ungodly world around us. Remember, as Bruh Paul informed Timothy: ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind.’ (2 Tim.1:7)That means when we’re in right standing with God, when His Holy Spirit is living and flowering in us, we are strong and fearless, full of LOVE, power and wisdom. But the Holy Spirit can’t flower within us if we don’t read, digest and practice the rules and regulations of Christ’s kingdom. It’s as simple as that my people. Hear how the writer of Psalm 119 describes it: ‘Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation…How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth. Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.’ (Ps.119:98-99,103-104) Ah mih people, what words of wisdom! And all of that still applies today because our God and His Word do not change! So what are we going to do about it eh? It’s obvious that our world is suffering in large part because of our ungodliness, our lack of knowledge of the Word, our defiant attitude towards it, plus our foolish acceptance of the worldly enticements of the enemy. Now if we want to believe the Word, but are having trouble practicing it, then we need to go to God and ask, as the psalmist does: ‘Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.’ (Ps.119:33-34) Oh my brethren, if we go to God with those requests, He will surely grant them! And if we listen and obey His teaching, then we’ll be able to sincerely declare like the psalmist: ‘I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.’ (Ps.119:14-16) So Friends, having seen the unmistakable and assured benefits of immersing ourselves in God’s Word, let’s faithfully promise ourselves to get on with that most important task, as of RIGHT NOW, so that our world, our children and ourselves can begin enjoying the great mercies and blessings our faithful and magnanimous God has in store for those who LOVE Him and sincerely practice His Word. Let’s put Him to the test nuh Friends! Let’s stand on His promises! It’s the only way to discover the Truth of God’s Word! Much LOVE!…Standing…standing… standing on the promises of God… 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 September 2011 Psalm 119:97‏

Psalm 119:97.    O how I LOVE thy law! It is my meditation all day.
 
Oh Friends, what a contradictory world we live in eh! Imagine thirteen people dying from listeria through cantaloupe infection in the U.S. in this highly technical and sophisticated age. They keep telling us to eat more fruits and vegetables, but every year there’s some serious outbreak of sickness from fruits or vegetables. Also a simple thing like washing hands has to be continuously trumpeted and put in our faces because it seems the more technologically advanced we become, the less sanitary we get. Hospitals, where you’re supposed to be healed and cured from illness, are now also some of the biggest carriers and perpetrators of disease. I remember growing up and considering the hospital the safest place in terms of illness. Not now though! Ah Lord Friends! What’s safe nowadays eh? It seems like nothing except the Word of the Lord, as our Bit highlights. ‘O how I LOVE thy law! It is my meditation all the day.’ The Lord’s Word definitely won’t sicken or kill us Friends! Instead it will make us strong and keep us from illness, cause when we follow it, we will do healthy things, pursue healthy and godly activities. Now how many of us can categorically and sincerely claim that we LOVE the Lord’s law? Certainly not as many as ought to! And even fewer can truly claim that they meditate on it all day, or even a lot of the day. That’s not good enough my people. To be true followers or members in any organization, we must know the rules and regulations of the particular body and then loyally follow them. It’s no different for Christianity. The rules are God’s law found in the Good Book, rules that we should know pretty well and then follow to the best of our ability. Unfortunately though, as followers of Christ we have been tested in that area and seriously found wanting. It’s like the complaints Christ had against the seven churches in Asia found in Revelation Chapters 2&3. On the outside we seem half decent, but on the inside where it really counts, we’re not truly faithful. Again it boils down to talk versus action. Our talk greatly outweighs our action, which should not be so, because Christianity is an action movement, and in any case actions always speak louder than words. As James says: ‘Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.’ (James 1:22) And also: ‘What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?…Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.’ (James 2:14,18) Sadly, we Christians are not living up to our cause, else our world would be in much better shape than it currently is. Too many of us are still too concerned with the lusts of the flesh and the worldly pursuits. But we can’t be of Christ and of the world too. There’s no fence sitting. As James also tells us: ‘A doubleminded man is unstable in all his ways.’ (James 1:8) So my brethren, we have to make up our minds whom we’re going to follow; Christ or Beelzebub. And if we choose Christ, then we must seriously learn His laws and then faithfully pursue them. It’s the only way we can keep Christ’s Church alive and growing. Oh Friends, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of delving into God’s law, of knowing it, of meditating, contemplating and thinking about it during our waking hours, because it’s God’s law that gives us guidance and direction for living a joyful, righteous and full earthly life. Without God’s law to lead and guide us, we’d be lost, be falling for the evil wiles and lies of the enemy, and going down the garden path to sure death and destruction. But that’s not what our wonderful God wants for us. He wants us all to eventually come to salvation and eternal life, while experiencing a long, happy and faithful journey here on earth. We can’t do that though unless we first lean the rules for doing so. Here’s an epic bit of scripture that shows the importance of learning God’s law and keeping it. And it goes way back in time when the Lord commanded Joshua in no uncertain terms. ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth (shall constantly be in thy mouth); but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.’ (Josh.1:8) Yuh see Friends, directly from the Lord’s mouth to us. Study My Word, keep it, and you’ll be successful. What’s so difficult in that eh? Our fathers listened, obeyed and were successful. But we believed that it was our own strength that made us successful, and because the Lord’s given us freedom of choice, we think we can do whatever we want. Yes, but not without serious consequences, when we choose the wrong path. And there’s no doubt that our generation has done that, therefore we’re seeing and feeling the disastrous repercussions right now. Oh my people, I’ll close by reminding us for the umpteenth time, that the wisest choice we can ever make on this earth, is to learn the Lord’s law, LOVE it, and follow it. More on this tomorrow, our God in favour. Till then, please, let’s read His Word, meditate on it, and try our very best to faithfully live it. Much LOVE!…to be considered wise in God’s eyes…we must first seek Him and His Word…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 September 2011 Psalm 32:7‏

Psalm 32:7.    Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
 
Oh Friends, the Lord in His LOVING-kindness has granted us another day of life on planet earth! And all God’s people joyfully sang: ‘Praise Him, Praise Him, Glory Hallelujah. He is LOVE! He is LOVE!’ He certainly is my people! So much so, that along with the new day of life come new mercies and blessings. I therefore urge us to gratefully accept and use them to enhance our earthly lives and further God’s kingdom, the two main purposes for which we’ve been granted life this blessed day. So whether it’s raining or sunny in our lives, let’s be contented and make the most of what we have, for that’s the only way to bring peace and joy to our weary, bruised and confused souls. And if we can’t handle life on our own, which we obviously can’t, then there’s help, there’s always help to be had from our God. As our Bit so wisely states: ‘Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about (surround me) with songs of deliverance.’ Yuh know Friends, it’s sad that there are many Christians who still try to do stuff on their own, when fully knowing, through the Word, that we can’t. I guess it’s a matter of foolish pride and rebellion, when we know that our chances of success without God’s help are few or nil. Why are we so reluctant to get God in our lives eh, when He so badly wants to help us in all areas? Right now our world is in a terrible state; overwhelmed by physical strife, economic depression and widespread inequality. Currently, it’s also disaster prone, thus a high degree of ‘sufferation’ prevails all over. But yuh think the powers that be are even contemplating turning back for help to the most mighty and ever-LOVING God who created and still cares for us? Absolutely not! They’re completely focused on accomplishing stuff in their own strength, and everyday things become worse. Bruh David spells it out so clearly in our Bit, that in times of trouble God is our best refuge. And he’s talking from lots of experience, both personally and as king of Israel. Those of us who choose to look to God for help, know without a doubt that there’s no better place of comfort, solace and security, at any time, than in the protective arms of our wonderful God. And He’s so caring, considerate and understanding, that He doesn’t simply protect us from trouble, but in our times of need, He also surrounds us with songs of deliverance. Yes Friends, our God delights in song! All through the Good Book it talks about singing; songs of praise, gratitude, whatever. The angels also sing in heaven. Songs and singing should therefore be an integral part of the believer’s earthly journey. Bruh David, when talking about praise for answered prayer, said it thus: ‘And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.’ (Ps.40:3) That’s so true my people! When God answers our prayers, a song of praise and joy just naturally bubbles up from the depths of our souls. Here are a couple of examples of that from the Good Book. First up is Moses’ Song, after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.: ‘Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.’ (Ex.15:1-2) Then there’s the Song of Deborah and Barak; the prophetess and judge of Israel and the mighty warrior, when they delivered Israel from the army of Sisera. ‘Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel (when leaders lead in Israel), when the people willingly offered themselves (volunteered). Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.’ (Judg.5:1-3) The Psalms and Song of Solomon are two whole Books within the Bible dedicated to song. And at the end of time we’ll still be singing songs of praise and glory, as John saw in Revelation: ‘And when he had taken the book, the four beasts (living creatures) and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials (bowls) full of odours (incense), which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book (scroll), and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred (tribe), and tongue, and people, and nation.’ (Rev.5:8-9) So my people, in wisdom, let’s keep looking to the Lord our God for refuge and comfort, both in good and bad times, and let’s glorify His Holy Name also in song; songs of deliverance, praise and thanks, for it is meet and right so to do. Selah! Much LOVE!…when earthly song rises to heaven…heaven joins it in song…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 September 2011 Psalm 32:7

Psalm 32:7.    Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Oh Friends, it’s Monday…! And the numerous, loud, long drawn out ‘Chuhhhs!’ and ‘Steupsss!’ that greet this announcement are not surprising, for though we know there’s nothing we can do about Monday and having to go back to the daily grind and common task, we still have this unbreakable hatred of Monday. It’s the one day of the week in the Western world, that just thinking about it, gets us all riled up. But luckily for us Friends, we have the panacea for that ailment; it’s called our Monday Morning Battle Hymn. So to tune down the angry or bluesy feelings, let’s sing it now in full voice, as one. ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ Ah mih people, that should get us up and going now, reducing the anxiety and boosting our spiritual fervour. (smile) And our Bit today is an excellent accompaniment to our Monday Morning Battle Hymn, as it says of our great and wonderful God: ‘Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about (surround me) with songs of deliverance. Selah.’ Words of inescapable truth from Bruh David in his contemplation on the blessedness of forgiveness! Where else can we safely hide from the evil Beelzebub and his wicked cohorts, but in the all embracing, protective arms of our ever-LOVING Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Nowhere else Friends! For once we have committed our lives to Him in true repentance and been forgiven, the Lord will not allow us to be unduly harmed by the enemy. As Bruh David proudly proclaims in Psalm 9, praise for God’s justice; ‘The Lord also will be a refuge (stronghold) for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee; for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.’ (Ps.9:9-10) Yes my people, when we surrender our lives to God, He will protect us from the oppressor in times of trouble. We know that for a fact, because no one that has ever trusted Him has ever been forsaken. Our God stands solidly on His promises: ‘And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.’ (Deut.31:8) What a promise eh Friends! Moses promised that to Joshua when he handed over the leadership to him, Joshua held on to it and was successful. Then Jesus reiterated it to His disciples before He ascended to heaven. ‘And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’ (Matt.28:20) And they stood on Jesus’ promise and built the church that we are a part of today. What more can we ask of our God and Saviour? Nothing really! It’s up to us now to stand on those promises and prove the faithfulness of our God. It’s a sad reality that though we know all the promises God’s made, too many of us don’t act on them, much to our detriment. However, as of today my brethren, let’s promise ourselves to take God’s promises seriously and stand solidly on them. If we do we shall see a great improvement in the quality of our lives. Much LOVE!…to break the enemy’s hold… believers must act on the promises of God…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 September 2011 Proverbs 3:5‏

Proverbs 3:5.     Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Oh Friends, another day is upon us, one in which we’ll be called to make a host of decisions and choices. I read somewhere that we make about 2500 hundred choices everyday. That’s sure a whole lot of choices! So how do we make these numerous choices; on what basis, on what foundation do we depend to decide whether we’ll go left or right, up or down, round and round, etc. etc? Hopefully that foundation we use to guide us through life is Jesus and the Word of God, because those are the only proper foundations on which to build this earthly life. All else is useless. My brethren, everyday we face numerous challenges, but the biggest is to retain a positive mental attitude when life changes are battering us to and fro. How do we survive and overcome them? Again, only with the Spirit of Jesus in our souls and the Word of God in our hearts and minds. Here’s an interesting quote from the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) that helps us to understand our situation. ‘To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.’ Now there’s much truth to that statement, but it’s unfinished. It should read instead: ‘To be what we are in Jesus, and to become what we are capable of becoming in Jesus, is the only end of life.’ Now that’s the truth, the whole, truth, and nothing but the truth my people! That’s because the most important thing in life is to become like Jesus; walk, talk, think and act like Him! And if that’s our goal, the most worthwhile one there is, then it’s obvious we can’t do it our own strength, we need Jesus’ help to accomplish it. That’s why Cousin Sol advises us in our Bit, to: ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.’ Now though we’re the first amongst God creatures here on earth, and have dominion over the others, our own strength and understanding is very insignificant and sadly lacking when compared with God’s. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ (Is.55:8) Consequently, only God, through His indwelling Holy Spirit can ever bring about real change in us, change that resembles Jesus. Yesterday we looked at the first half of our Bit; trusting in the Lord with all our hearts. Today we’ll tackle the second half; not leaning on our own understanding. That means we cannot depend on our native instincts, or the supposed wisdom of this gone astray world, but on the insights of God, found in His Holy Word. That’s where we find the strength, the courage, the wisdom, the perseverance, the faith, the hope and whatever else we need to make those right 2500 hundred choices everyday. And if used in tandem with the new mercies and blessings that the Lord rains down on us each and every day, then we’ll be laughing all the way to heaven and eternal life, while enjoying this earthly journey. Now remember it’s not going to be easy, Jesus said so: ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) He didn’t die that we should spend our earthly days miserable and unhappy, but if we’ll stay faithful to Him, through whom all things are possible, He will stay faithful to us, leading and guiding us along the right path; the straight and narrow one. In conclusion, let’s listen to some powerful words on the topic from Jeremiah: ‘Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise LOVING-kindness, judgement (justice), and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.’ (Jer.9:23-24) There it is Friends, loud and clear from the mouth of the Lord Himself: the knowledge of God is man’s glory! So let’s sincerely try and attain it like true believers should nuh, so that we can truly walk in His ways, glorify Him and further His righteous kingdom. Much LOVE!…to know and LOVE Jesus…is to know and LOVE God Himself…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 September 2011 Proverbs 3:5‏

Proverbs 3:5.    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Oh Friends, a couple days ago I drove into the country to visit some folks I hadn’t seen in a while, and I was most surprised to see that the leaves on some trees were already losing their green colour in anticipation of the upcoming winter season. Now fall (autumn) is the most colourful of all the seasons, with various shades of colours ranging from red, through yellow and gold to brown. Remembering that just now, got me to thinking how trusting those trees are. They have no understanding, simply operate on instinct. When it begins to get cold, they know that it’s time to shut down operations, shed their leaves and go into hibernation until the warm weather returns in spring. Oh, that man with his great intellect and understanding could be so trusting! Then perhaps Cousin Sol would not have found it necessary to write our Bit: ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.’ Unfortunately, a majority of mankind, who possess powers of reasoning and understanding, instead of relying and depending on The Lord God Jehovah, have chosen to put their trust in idols; man-made objects like power, money, celebrity recognition and material possessions. But just like those man-made idols which will rot, be destroyed or lost, and eventually disappear, the souls of those who refuse to trust in the Lord will face death and everlasting damnation, eternal separation from the heavenly Father. How sad that is my people. Hear what Bruh David says in Psalm 37, when talking about the true state of the wicked. ‘Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed (feed on his faithfulness). Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgement (justice) as the noonday.’ (Ps.37:1-6)  Yes Friends, the wicked will eventually be destroyed as grass withers in the hot sun. But those who trust in the Lord shall be well looked after. What’s so hard in that to understand eh mih brethren, especially when we have so many examples of the wicked being cut down in their prime, and the righteous flourishing? I guess it’s the result of our inherently sinful nature, where things like greed, power, pride, arrogance, leisure and wealth predominate. But being a Christian does not preclude you from having wealth, power and many material possessions. It’s just that these things must not be your prime focus in life. Our primary focus MUST BE Almighty God, His Word and His Will! Look at Cousin Sol nuh, who in his youth, as king of Israel, asked God for wisdom and understanding to rule the people. And what did our faithful and magnanimous God do? Sol’s request pleased Him so much that He gave him what he asked for, but also material wealth, riches like no one had ever possessed before or since! That’s because Cousin Sol’s heart was focused on being a just and godly ruler of his people Israel. Oh Friends, nothing has changed since then. The Lord still rewards those who genuinely seek Him. So why are we so reluctant to do that eh? The verse after our Bit goes on to say: ‘In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Prov.3:6) What can be better than having the One who created, LOVES and still cares for us direct, make smooth our earthly journey? NOTHING, my people! NOTHING can ever be better than enjoying the Lord’s deep care and concern.  And unbelievably, He’s willing to do all this despite our sinful and rebellious behaviour. What a wonderful Deity! Oh Friends, please, I implore us, as of today, as of right now, to leave all the worldly, fleshly, sinful, ungodly things behind and focus on the Lord our God, who is able to do so much more for us than our fellow mortals. The bright, glossy, but ephemeral things of this world are not worth losing our eternal souls over. If not for our sakes, then for our children’s, let’s return to the Lord like our forefathers did, so we can live a good life and prosper. It’s the only sensible path right now in this war torn and confused world. Much LOVE!…Lucifer rules over death and damnation…Jesus over salvation and eternal life…whom will you choose…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 September 2011 Psalm 26:1‏

Psalm 26:1.    Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
 
Well people, it’s Friday once again… And the mighty shouts of joy ‘TGIF! Thank God is Friday! The weekend’s here at last! Glory Hallelujah!’ suddenly rings out loud and clear across the land. Awright Friends, I know we’re excited because that means no more getting up early, ‘fore day morning,’ no seemingly endless traffic jams to suffer through, both morning and evening, and no obnoxious, ungodly co-workers and supervisors for two, whole, big, glorious days. Wow! But let’s not get too carried away because we still need to keep those days, everyday, in proper perspective. And to help us do that, let’s chant our Friday Chant: ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ Yes my brethren, it’s not all fun and games over the weekend. We still need to live good and righteous lives during those two days of respite from official work, renewing our physical, spiritual, emotional and mental strengths so that we can be bright and fresh on Monday morning to begin the whole boring cycle over again. It often seems like slavery, a constant drudgery that brooks no change, with no end. But Friends, for all believers, there is a light at the end of the tunnel; heaven with Jesus, LOVINGLY made possible by God’s grace because Jesus made the eternal sacrifice, shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary, and paid for our sins in full. And all God’s people gratefully declared: ‘Thank you Jesus! You are the best!’ And that’s the gospel truth Friends! Jesus is the best leader we can ever have. He’s also our Friend, Brother, Counsellor, Prince of Peace, and everything else we’ll ever need. When you talk about one-stop shopping, Jesus is the irrefutable, undisputed champion! With Him running our lives, we need nothing or no one else. Once we give Him free rein, He will show us a life that will boggle our imaginations. It won’t be easy, not a life of leisure and excess, for there will be many obstacles in our path, but I can guarantee that it will certainly be interesting and very worthwhile. That’s why Bruh David, despite all his problems, gave himself entirely to the God of his fathers, and would boldly declare in our Bit: ‘(Judge (vindicate) me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall nor slide (slip).’ He knew that walking faithfully with God would be tough, but would eventually bring joy untold. That’s why he could also declare in Psalm 7, a prayer for deliverance: ‘The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.’ (Ps.7:8) And Friends, when he makes these claims of innocence and faithfulness, they aren’t words of pride or boasts, but simple matters of fact. When we’re falsely accused, we must protest our innocence, especially when we know that we’ve been trying our best to walk faithfully with the Lord. It brings to mind the story of King Hezekiah being sick unto death, and Isaiah coming to tell him the Lord said to put his house in order for his time was drawing nigh. Hezekiah’s response was to turn his face to the wall and pray: ‘I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore (bitterly).’ (2 Kin.20:3) And wouldn’t you know that before Isaiah could leave the king’s court, the Lord sent him back to Hezekiah with this message: ‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.’ (2 Kin.20:5) The Lord also promised him fifteen more years of life, as well as deliverance from the king of Assyria. But like most of us, Hezekiah wasn’t satisfied, he wanted a sign that Isaiah’s words would really come true. He asked that the sun’s shadow be turned back ten degrees. And in one of the greatest miracles of all time, Isaiah cried out to the Lord, and He turned the sun’s shadow back ten degrees. (2 Kin.20:6-11) Ah mih people, only the great God who created the universe and all therein can do such wonders! No wonder we worship and adore Him! A fact boldly proclaimed by Bruh David in Psalm 13: ‘But I have trusted in thy mercy (LOVING-kindness); my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.’ (Ps.13:5-6) And that’s no lie my brethren! When we trust in the Lord’s goodness and mercy, He deals bountifully with us. So please, let’s go out today, and everyday, trusting in Him, so that He can deal bountifully with us all the time. That’s true common sense and wisdom, my people! Much LOVE!…Christians must endeavour to have clean hearts…so that they can be opened to the Lord without fear…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 September 2011 Psalm 26:1‏

Psalm 26:1.    Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
 
Oh Friends, who ever says that our God is not a truly great and wonderful God, tell them I say deh lie! And I’m very adamant about it, because everyday He does something to amaze me. Well, yesterday, after I finished writing the Bit about 1 p.m, I went outside to tackle unloading the van packed with stuff from my mother. On opening the back door of the van and surveying the confusion, I sadly wondered how I was going to get all of it out, and in two hours too, because the van had to be returned by 3 p.m. I had no help, unlike the previous night, for even my darling wife who might have helped me with some, had gone out. So with not prospects for help around, and the rain clouds darkening in the eastern sky, I just began taking stuff out. After taking out some garbage bags filled with clothes, I came to the heavy stuff. Clothed in my knee and back supports I simply went at them the best I could. And would you believe Friends, that the Lord gave me the strength to get those things out of the van and into the house. Stuff that two people had lifted on to the van the previous night. Granted it’s easier to take stuff off than put it on. But I got them into the house all by my lonesome. Most importantly, I got some pieces into the house and placed where I wanted before my wife returned, because they would have caused some dissension. Smile mih children! At one stage, fighting with a mattress up my front steps, I asked a youngster going home from school for help. But he declined, saying he had a bad back. Hn! That just discouraged me from asking a couple other passersby. But I managed, with the Lord’s help, to get everything out and in place, beside the adjustable bed which my mother had bought several years ago, but which I never liked. Whenever I visited her, I would always sleep on an old, rickety sort of bed in another room. However, as the stone the builder refused, which eventually became the chief cornerstone, I now realized its usefulness and decided to keep it. But when I looked at it in the van then, I was stumped, unable to figure out how to get it out by myself. Then just as I was about to try taking it out, I saw a young, strong neighbour get into his car. I flagged him down then went to ask for his help. Unfortunately, he was on his way to work and couldn’t stop, so I just went back to the task, tired, sweating and somewhat discouraged. The problem with the bed is that the mechanical metal parts are attached to the box-spring, so it’s not only heavy but also rather unwieldy to lift. Luckily though, it sat on rollers, so I pulled the end towards me. But unfortunately when the end rolled off the van, the bottom half unexpectedly folded down between the van and I. I obviously couldn’t get it off in a straight piece. So there I was, leaning on the top half still in the van, the bottom half folded against the van, not knowing what to do. All along I had prayed for some help. But since none seemed forthcoming, I now asked the Lord for some discernment, to show me what to do in my untenable situation. I knew that even if I got it off the van, I couldn’t get into the house by myself. But I kept working at it, and eventually got it to fall off on to the wheels without damaging bed, van or myself. That only brought up the next question; where was I going to put it, with the rain clouds steadily darkening? But that’s when the Lord came through with a brilliant idea. I pulled the bed to one side of the driveway, moved the van, took my car out of the garage, thinking that it could use some showers of washing, (smile) then pulled the bed into the garage, and after a couple of attempts got it to lean safely up against the garage wall. And wonder of wonders, I even had enough space to put the car back into the garage, with room to spare. That’s when I exhaled a low, tired, but enthusiastic and grateful ‘Thank you Lord!’ Yes Friends, our God does move in mysterious ways, doesn’t give you more than you can bear, and also provides strength to His followers when they need it. I didn’t think I could move all that stuff by myself, and in only an hour and half too. Shortly after that, the rain began falling and my wife, potential help, returned, but through the Lord’s mercy and blessing I had done it all by myself and in time. So how can I not have faith in the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob eh, when He does indeed help me to accomplish tasks that in the natural seem impossible? That’s why I keep saying that the wisest decision we can make on this earth is to put our sincere faith and trust in the Lord. Be faithful to Him, and He will be faithful to you. That’s His eternal promise! And we all know that He’s never reneged on a promise, and never will. Oh, here’s another one of His mysterious movements: A while ago, while I was sorting some papers by my bed head, I came upon this verse of a song that I believed I shared with you some time ago. It beautifully describes the way I feel right now, and also the way all believers should feel most of the time. ‘I’ve got a joy deep down inside of me, that makes we want to shout out how good God has been to me!’ And that’s the living truth people! Though my recent life hasn’t been exactly a bed of roses, the Lord has indeed been good to me. And that’s my testimony for today! So let’s all shout with joy and praise His Holy Name for His goodness, mercy and faithfulness to the undeserving children of men! Much LOVE!…trust in the Lord… do good…and He will reward you abundantly…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 21 September 2011 Psalm 26:1‏

Psalm 26:1.    Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
 
Ah Friends, I don’t know if any of you like moving, but I sincerely detest it. Unfortunately though, yesterday I had to remove the rest of my mother’s belongings from her apartment, and despite having given away most of the big items last week, there was still so much small stuff to cart out that it amazed me. The good part is that I had help, some unexpected, and even then, when I got home late at night, I was so bushed that all I could do was eat, watch a little telly and fall into bed. Having said that, this morning the ole body rebelled against me, refusing to get up until it was good and ready. (smile) That’s why the Bit is so late. Obviously the aging bod can’t handle the stress and strain it once could, and knows that it still has to unpack a vanload of stuff sitting in my driveway. But whenever we get to that, we get to it. I’ll leave it in the Lord’s hands to provide some help, as He did so considerately yesterday. Now what are we writing about today? I don’t have a clue, but I’m going to peruse the Good Book and see where the Lord leads me. Soon come. Well Friends, ten minutes later I’m back with the good words for today: ‘Judge (vindicate) me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide (slip).’ It seems that Bruh David was being falsely accused of some wrongdoing, and in his innocence, he pleads to God for vindication. Now how many of us are bold and confident enough to declare those words to God when we’re falsely accused eh? I’m not talking about the particular false accusation, but the general walking in integrity, the trusting in the Lord, and the resultant non-slipping. I suspect that many can, but certainly not enough, otherwise our world would be less stressful and angry, much more peaceful and LOVING. Ah Friends, it’s all in the numbers; hence the cliché ‘there’s strength in numbers.’ And until true believers outnumber unbelievers, our world will continue to be a mess, for that’s the enemy’s goal. Divide and conquer is his game. And he’s being rather successful about it with all the dissension, divisions, resentment and petty strife that’s currently taking place in Christ’s Church. Most of us can’t do anything about the overall situation, but we can indeed improve our individual performances, which will definitely help the macro position, by being able to say with full truth and confidence: ‘Examine me, O Lord, and prove (try) me; try (test) my reins and my heart. For thy LOVING-kindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.’ (Ps.26:2-3) My people, until we can say those words to our God with a clear conscience, we’re not doing as well as we ought to. It means that we’re still too much a part of this evil, ungodly world and not focused enough on heaven’s glorious doings. It means that material possessions and all the negative emotions promoted by the enemy are still too much a part of our everyday lives. Note what Cousin Sol says in Proverbs 20: ‘The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.’ (Prov.20:7) That’s gospel Friends! The true believer always tries to walk in integrity, be a person of good character and intentions every moment and day of their lives. Of course we occasionally make mistakes because of our inherent sinful nature, but overall we need to be strong and steadfast in walking in the character of Christ. And as Cousin Sol says, when we do this, our children, our descendants are surely blessed. The sad part of this whole story though, is that most believers know what to do, but for whatever reason don’t do it, or don’t practice it sufficiently. That only brings disrepute to Christ’s Church, because there’s nothing the enemy and his evil cohorts relish as much as a backsliding or luke warm believer. They’re quick to cry out ‘hypocrite!’ to all and sundry, and lay bare our deeds, or non-deeds before the world, so that they can drive another nail in the coffin that they’ve constructed for Christ’s Church. Oh Friends, it’s therefore up to us, to make sure that that coffin is never used, that it rots in the enemy’s hands. We have to do our best, to walk in integrity and the good character of Christ as much as is humanly possible, so that we don’t give the naysayers any live ammunition against the WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE and the LIGHT that’s our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! And we can only do that when we can put these words of Bruh David into action: ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.’ (Ps.28:7) That’s our mission for today, and everyday of our lives my people! Till tomorrow when we’ll continue this, our God in favour, walk safely and do right. Much LOVE!…to truly walk with God…is to truly embrace Christ’s character…
 

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