Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 January 2013 John 12:49

John 12:49.     For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
 
Oh Friends, our God is a great God yes, but sometimes He can be a bit harsh. Imagine this scene nuh: The duchess and the ole fella in sunny Tobago, cavorting with Friends and family. We hanging out with mih favourite uncle, Uncle Foster, up by the old house where I use to live, at the corner of Main and Bacolet Streets. The ole fella even expatiating to a poor mentally challenged lady about the poor mental health benefits even in the rich countries. Meanwhile she is sitting by the window where my grandfather sat every evening, watching the fowls go to sleep in the soursop tree, before he went to bed too. I’m even in Miss Armstrong’s parlour across the road, looking to buy goodies from Cowie’s bakery down Carnbee. Then all of a sudden reality hits! I wake up in cold, wet, miserable Canada, where all night, a wicked wind has been forcing the naked, unprotected, defenceless trees to dance to its merciless up-tempo tango. Hn! I can tell you it sure was a major let down. And the strange thing is that usually I hardly remember any of the details of my dreams when I awaken, but this one in Tobago was burned, etched in stone in my mind. Now Friends, I can either look at that dream as a tease or a promise. But as far as I’m concerned it IS A PROMISE! Thank you Lord! And having received the promise of a promise (smile) and having stored it safely in my heart, let’s turn to our Bit. ‘For I have not spoken of myself (my own authority), but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.’ It’s the same as yesterday, so I can share those scriptures I promised, cause I want to be as faithful as our God, when I promise something. (Heb.10:23) And to introduce it all, listen to the thrilling testimony of John the Baptist. ‘He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth (bears witness to); and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal (certified) that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father LOVETH the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.’ (John 3:31-35) There John the Baptist sets the stage for Jesus’ coming. And when Jesus came and healed a man at a pool in Bethesda on the Sabbath, the hypocrite Jews set out to persecute Him. But Jesus in His calm manner informed them: ‘My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.’ (John 5:17) Well that only got the religious zealots even more fired up, for Jesus had not only committed a cardinal sin of working on the Sabbath, but was now also blaspheming by claiming He was the Son of God. Mama Mia! That certainly wouldn’t do! But I can just imagine Jesus standing there, looking the hypocrites straight in the eye and answering: ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father LOVETH the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.’ (John 5:19-20) Then later in that same speech, Jesus further declares: ‘I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just (righteous); because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true (valid as testimony).’ (John 5:30-31) Yes Friends, though Jesus was God incarnate, He didn’t give Himself any unnecessary airs and graces, but constantly deflected all glory to the Father. Now later on, in talking about Abraham’s descendants, He tells the Pharisees: ‘I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.’ (John 8:37-38) Meaning, we usually do the things our fathers do, but unfortunately they didn’t have the right Father like Him. Then, when Jesus teaches the disciples about the way to the Father and Philip asks Him to show them the Father, (John 14:8) Jesus gently rebukes him. ‘Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words I speak unto you I speak not of myself (of mine own authority): but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works sake.’ (John 14:9-11) Ah mih brethren, it’s amazing that despite all the awesome works that Jesus did, the religious leaders still doubted His authority. It reminds me of the man, blind from birth, that He healed and the Pharisees kept harassing the man about it. Finally he got fed up and simply told them he didn’t know anything about Jesus, just that He healed him, and if they didn’t like that too bad. But as far as he was concerned, He was a man of God, otherwise He couldn’t have healed him. Matter fixed! (John 9;30-33) And our last scripture comes from when Jesus promises the Holy Ghost to the disciples. Judas, (not Iscariot) asked how He would show it to them and not the rest of the world? (John 14:22) Jesus replied: ‘If a man LOVE me, he will keep my words: and my Father will LOVE him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode (home) with him. He that LOVETH me not keepeth not my sayings (words): and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.’ (John 14:23-24) So Friends, having heard the word of the Father, through the Son, let’s go out now and put it into action nuh. It’s our bounden duty as believers. Much LOVE!…if you LOVE Jesus…then you automatically LOVE the Father…and He automatically LOVES you back…what a glorious arrangement…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 January 2013 John 12: 49

John 12:49.    For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
 
And as another day dawns on God’s bountiful earth, all the creatures of His universe turn to praise and acknowledge Him in whatever manner He prescribes for them; be they fish or fowl, man or beast. So let’s raise our heads, hearts, hands and eyes heavenward and offer our heartfelt thanks for His incomparable blessing of allowing us to see another fine day here on earth. Let’s all happily intone: ‘This is the day the Lord has made, we WILL rejoice and be glad in it!’ Now Friends, we just can’t mouth those words yuh know, but also have to go out and put them into action. Actually put rejoicing and gladness into whatever situations we find ourselves. This needs to be a conscious decision, not something we hope will flow from our circumstances. For remember, the joy of the Lord is our strength, (Neh. 8:10) and if we lose that JOY which comes from knowing Jesus, then our lives will be like trash, blown any which way by the ever huffing and puffing winds of evil. So the first thing we need to do everyday on awakening, is to reignite that joy, put the bellows to that spark of fire in our souls that has burnt low during the night. Then and only then, are we ready to face the day, come whatever may, because the LOVE, JOY and STRENGTH of Jesus are all burning brightly in our souls. Now let’s see what our Bit wants to tell us today. ‘For I have not spoken of myself (my own authority), but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.’ Isn’t it interesting Friends, that throughout His entire ministry, Jesus kept on humbling Himself, kept on claiming that the words He spoke and the deeds He did, were not of Himself, but of His heavenly Father. But instead of actually paying attention to what He was saying, and if His deeds were in concert with His words, the religious leaders of the day were only concerned about His contention that He was the Son of God. And the same thing’s happening today. When believers talk about Jesus as Lord and Saviour, the heathen don’t really listen to what we’re saying, re things like Peace and LOVE, but quickly get this pickle in their ear about Jesus Himself and begin condemning Him. The message itself gets lost in all the paraphernalia surrounding it. I’m sure if Lucifer gets religion and changes his act and begins talking of LOVE and Peace, the message won’t get lost though, because we’ve been programmed to welcome Lucifer in whatever guise, but not Jesus. Anyway, what I want to do today is point out some of the many times that Jesus made nothing of Himself, but gave all the power and glory to God the Father. First though, let’s deal with the last part of the Bit, (smile) ‘…what I should say, and what I should speak,’ because it brings up very important stuff that pertains to us today. Some of us may not realize it, but those words of Jesus fulfilled a prophecy from the days of Moses. The Lord promised, through Moses: ‘I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. (Deut.18:18-19) Yes Friends, that promised Prophet was to be like Moses, a mediator between God and man. And the only person powerful enough to fulfill that role since the promise, was Jesus. According to the scholars, that Prophet would be ‘faithful (Heb.3:2), full of compassion and LOVE (Num.27:17; Matt.9:36), a powerful intercessor for His people (9:18; Heb.7:25), speaking with God face-to-face and reflecting the divine glory (2 Cor.3:7) Like Christ, he was to be a mighty prophet in word and deed (Luke 24:19), a revealer of God’s will and purpose (cf.6:1; Rev.1:1) a mediator of the covenant (29:1); Heb.8:6-7), and a leader of the people (Is.55:4).’ Yes my brethren, our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus is the fulfillment of all that! Now the second thing I want us to note, is what Jesus says to the disciples when warning them of the serious persecution to come. ‘But when they deliver you up, take no thought (do not worry about) how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.’ (Matt.10:19-20) That means believers today should not be afraid of persecution, because in time of need, the Holy Spirit of our heavenly Father will tell us what to say, and how to react. So my brethren, that fear of not knowing what to say when troubles come, is one more fear we can cast adrift, because we have Jesus’ assurance that He will work in us, when it’s necessary. Hn, hn, hn! Oh mih people, I think I’ve outdone myself, but what’s new about that eh? It seems we’ll have to leave those scriptures I promised until tomorrow, God willing obviously, because there are several I want to share. Anyway, we have enough stuff to ponder today. Don’t want to give us too much, what with our busy schedules of everyday living. (smile) So as we opened with thanks, let’s close with a blessing. May the good Lord we serve and worship, bless us and keep us safe from all harm. May He shine His wonderful and radiant countenance on us, and give us His everlasting peace, so that we can walk worthy of Him, and thus further His glorious kingdom. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen. Much LOVE!…with Jesus ruling our hearts…fear should be a thing of the past…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 January 2013 Genesis 2:16-17

Genesis 2:16-17.     And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
 
Oh Friends, this earthly life is something else yes! One day you’re healthy, the next you’re sick as a dog. One day you’re getting better, at least so you think, next day you’ve suffered a relapse, and are possibly worse off than before. Steups! I believe the philosophers would say, such are the vicissitudes of life. (smile) Ah really not smiling though, because in the last few days whatever unwelcome ailment I have, has apparently taken up more serious residence in my body than previously suspected. After a rather rough weekend, I went to the medic yesterday, and wonder of wonders, he only had to put his stethoscope to my back once, to declare: ‘Oh no! It’s bronchitis! You need antibiotics!’ Chuh! That diagnosis didn’t surprise me all that much, but by the same token, when the medic makes a pronouncement, we all seem to take it more seriously. So here I am now, on the cusp of a ten day antibiotic programme. After all the recent news about resistant superbugs, I really hope this one works yes, because I’m really tired of this sickness business. For too long now, it has had me not knowing whether I’m coming or going and playing havoc with my life. Ah mih people, what’s happening to our medical prowess eh? More germs are being spread through and contacted in hospitals than ever before. You go there for a simple procedure and never come back out because of something you caught there. And as fast as we pick up one thing, something else crops up. The diseases are mutating faster than we can handle them. And the sad part is that my current story is no longer the exception that it used to be ten years ago, even five, but now it’s the rule. So many people are contacting stuff, that it’s taking on nightmare proportions. Our immune systems no longer seem to be immune to much. So what now eh? Oh Friends, that’s just another tell-tale sign that we should be seeking to get closer to our Maker, than further away, as we are tending to do. Right now we’re supposed to be at the pinnacle of our evolutionary powers with all the modern technology we have at hand. But in practical terms, it seems that we’re really regressing, free falling into the abyss of despair and uncertainty. We’ve conquered so much of the earth that we now talk about it being a global village. But what benefits does that bring eh? Look at our worldwide economic situation. It’s the worse it’s being in many a year. But a few of the wealthy and powerful are doing better than ever. More billionaires are being made everyday. Yet poverty and hunger are possibly more widespread than they’ve ever being. Look at the health situation. It’s true that some people are being helped more than before, but millions of children are still dying from starvation and treatable childhood diseases. To make matters worse, things like polio, measles and tuberculosis, which we supposedly had conquered, are slowly but surely creeping back in, while the dreaded modern-day scourge of cancer now has us locked in a strangle hold, from which I don’t think we’ll ever escape, unless and until we change the way we live. And here I’m talking about the myriad of stuff that we put in our food, water and atmosphere, most of which have not been properly tested, and plenty of which are known carcinogens. Then look at the way we live nuh. Our societies have never been more selfish, greedy, resentful and warlike, though we call this our most humanistic period. Hn! War and strife rule the roost! So that even in supposed times of peace, we’re still at each other’s throat. All proper mores and manners have disappeared. There’s no longer any sense of honour in our societies. Most people don’t even know the word, much less what it means. Immorality is king; and thus one of the biggest commercial segments of our world society. That means godliness is fast taking a back seat. The family is no longer an important aspect of our culture, cause we’re ‘warring’ there too. True leadership is dead, as all our puppet-leaders are more interested in lining their pockets. And not only in the high echelons is corruption rampant, but in all walks of life, from top to bottom, and brazenly cultivated too. We won’t even mention crime, where ordinary people are scared to walk in many places in broad daylight, much less at night. The justice system is in shambles, a veritable joke, where criminals now expect to routinely receive two and three for one deals. Yes Friends, the courts are our new ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ programme. Domestic abuse seems to be on the rise again, if it ever went down. Parents are routinely killing their children and/ or themselves for foolish reasons. Mental health is seriously deteriorating, especially amongst the young, but help for the mentally afflicted is getting harder to come by. And I won’t even talk about the gun scene. We’re now in the age of the gun. And though the majority is against it, we’re allowing a small but powerful minority who profit from its spread, to tell us nonsense about its benefits. Steups! What benefits accrue from owning a gun eh, especially the sophisticated ones now being touted? The only thing I can think of is the saying, He who lives by the gun dies by the gun. It’s even been recently reported that slavery is more rampant than it was four hundred years ago. So what’s what eh? Ah Friends, this tirade wasn’t what I set out to write nuh. In fact I never really set out to write anything in particular, this all blossomed on its own accord. I guess the ugliness I’m seeing so prevalent in our world finally decided to come out. And what amazes me is that we’re looking for solutions in all the wrong places. And the one place where we will certainly find some respite, some solace from the numerous problems currently afflicting our society, we’re pushing further and further into the background. Yes Friends, I’m talking about our great God! The One who causes us to prosper in times of obedience. And also the One who causes us ‘sufferation’ in times of disobedience, like now. I’m truly surprised that more people aren’t making that connection, when it’s so obvious from the annals of history. And when you include the Word, it makes even more sense. But sense was something mankind obviously never had. You just have to look at Adam and Eve’s story to see that. They had everything, lived in a practical paradise. God only put one prohibition on them, as evidenced by our Bit. ‘And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’ There’s no maybe or possibly in that directive Friends! It’s pure certainty all the way! So what happens? Our fore parents, weak, and foolishly beguiled by the evil one, ate from the forbidden tree. And they died exactly as promised! But yet, thousands of years later, we’re still doing the same thing; being disobedient to the directives of God, still following the foolish call, the empty lure of the evil one. And then we wonder why our world is in such a dysfunctional mess, why we’re dying and going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. Oh my people, when are we going to wake up and realize that Our God is real, and His pronouncements are very serious? Because until we do, there’ll be no surcease from our current demise. Much LOVE!…the question might be cloudy…but the answer’s as clear as daylight…JESUS…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 January 2013 Revelation 3:1

Revelation 3:1.    And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Oh Friends, it’s Monday, so let’s be up and at ’em nuh! No pussyfooting and complaining today. Let’s act like the adults, the believing adults we’re supposed to be and cut out the whining and moaning every Monday morning. Jesus is tired with it. He’s saying to us in Cocoa Tea’s words, ‘My people, stop it! Drop it!’ We all know that Monday is a working day, therefore it’s our responsibility to be prepared. That means to stop abusing the weekend, so we can step out smartly on Mondays when the battle call sounds. Now to help us get into a groove and strengthen our resolve, let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn as though we really mean it. In unison now: ‘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!’ Yes my people, that’s the kind of attitude we need to constantly foster, so that Mondays bring energy and determination, rather than fatigue and listlessness. And our Bit today is a very good reminder of that. ‘And unto the angel (messenger) of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art (but you are) dead.’ Yuh see Friends, Jesus wasn’t mincing words there with the church at Sardis. He was telling it as He saw it. They were alive, yet dead, like many of us are today. Now here’s some historical background, re the scholars, on the city of Sardis. ‘Sardis, the ancient capital of the rich and powerful kingdom of Lydia, was located about 30 miles south of Thyatira. The name may mean “Escaping.” It was destroyed by the Persians under Cyrus. Under Roman rule, in the New Testament era, it never regained its earlier prominence. It only possessed its former name of greatness, not those great works. The city was destroyed by an earthquake during the rule of Tiberius Caesar (A.D.17) and rebuilt by him. This indebtedness promoted emperor worship in Sardis and eventually prompted compromise by the church. So the church was now virtually dead in spirit and works, and is representative of dead orthodoxy. Today a small Turkish village named Sart lies near the site.’ Oh my brethren, I sure hope all of that rings an alarm bell in our minds re the modern day church, because we are behaving just like the people of Sardis; living on past glory, worshipping idols. Our spirits are basically dead, we have no real passion for Christ, we’re not excited to be believers and to be working energetically for our Saviour. Consequently, many of the orthodox churches are regressing, not progressing. Petty divisions and dissensions are further weakening Christ’s body. That should not be so my people. Please, let us not become like the people of Sardis, a mere shadow of our great past. And here then is the antidote proposed by the Master Healer Himself. ‘Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect (complete) before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment (garments); and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.’ (Rev.3:2-5) All I can do is warn us to pay serious attention to Jesus’ words there Friends. Our society is floundering, and as the serious remnant of Christ’s church we need to strengthen what is left and help to keep the sound teaching of the apostles alive till the day of Jesus’ return, which could be anytime. Please, I implore us, let’s try and be numbered amongst those worthy to be wearing white when Jesus returns, and our names written in the Lamb’s book of life, so that we can be sure of everlasting life with Jesus, because it’s only the names of genuine believers He will include therein and make mention to the Father. Much LOVE!…please listen carefully…and do as advised…for the consequences of disobedience will be life altering…

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 January 2013 Jeremiah 10:23

Jeremiah 10:23.       O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
 
Oh Friends, have you seen the date – 27 January? That means in another 4 days, January 2013 will be history, cast into the vast oblivion of time. But in my mind’s eye, it seems like January only just began, like we celebrated New Year’s a few days ago, and not a whole four weeks ago. Anyway, the purpose behind that observation is to bring us to the sombre realization that time is passing us by rather quickly, and consequently to remind us of our New Year’s resolution to develop and even closer walk, closer relationship with Jesus than we had last year. I sure hope we have not already reneged on that promise, as we do to 99 % of them. Remember that was the only resolve we were going to have, in fact the only one we truly need, since becoming more familiar and friendly with Jesus encompasses all the other things we need to improve our lives. That’s why He says when you give Him priority status in your life, everything else falls in to place. (Matt.6:33) So please, let’s take a gander back at this past month, and see how we’ve done on that particular resolution nuh, then try to bring our efforts up to a respectable level for this next month. And a brilliant idea just struck me: I think I’ll just have us review our LOVE WALK on a monthly basis, rather than on a yearly one. That way, if we do fall behind, we won’t have as much backlog to make up. (smile)  Having said all that, we can therefore segue smoothly into our Bit. ‘O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.’ And Friends, if you don’t see the essential truth in those words spoken by Jeremiah donkey years ago, then I suggest you go and get your brain checked out, because in the life of every man who has ever walked this earth, since Adam sinned, there have been numerous occasions when he has chosen, or desired to walk a particular path, but through divine intervention has ended up walking an entirely different one. Thus these quintessential words of wisdom from Cousin Sol. ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct (make smooth/ straight) thy paths.’ (Prov.3:5-6) Oh my brethren, if we were to follow only one bit of advice from the Good Book, I think that would be it, because it takes into account the workings of all aspects of our lives. And to cement that fact, the psalmist wisely declares: ‘O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!’ (Ps.119:5) Yes my fellow believers, we desperately need to find out the ways of the Lord and keep them, since He is the one that controls our very going out and coming in. As Cousin Sol says later on: ‘The preparations (plans) of the heart in (belong to) man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.’ (Prov.16:1) That tells us in no uncertain manner that the Lord has sovereign power and control even over our thoughts and words. So we’d better smarten up and pay attention to His dictates, otherwise we can, and oftimes will find ourselves going in a very different direction from the one we set. And that’s the voice of personal experience my people, because my intentions were always to write, but certainly not on scriptural stuff. The Lord had other ideas though. And whose plan has obviously prevailed? The Lords! So I know therefore of which I speak. (smile) So please realize this bit of wisdom ASAP: ‘For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth (observes, weighs) all his goings.’ (Prov.5:21) We don’t merely exist to do our own thing, but more so the Lord’s. And Cousin Sol further confirms all the above by declaring: ‘When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.’ (Prov.16:7) Oh Friends, is that why so many of us are surrounded by so much enmity? It might be something to consider. Now here’s one more piece of eternal wisdom from that world renowned sage, Cousin Sol: ‘Man’s goings (steps) are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?’ (Prov.20:24) Simple common sense Friends, simple common sense! But please contemplate it seriously, for it can make or break you. And after you’ve done that, then ask the Lord, in all wisdom and sincerity, like Jeremiah did: ‘O Lord, correct me, but with judgement (justice); not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.’ Jer.10:24) Yes my people, it’s wise to submit to correction, while asking for mercy. Much LOVE!…just a closer walk with thee…blessed Jesus is my plea…ever walking close to thee…let it be…dear Lord…let it be…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 January 2013 1 Peter 2:11

1 Peter 2:11.     Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
 
Welcome to another day on Planet Earth, my dearly beloved Friends! (smile) You can be sure of one thing, today won’t be exactly the same as yesterday, nor will it be like tomorrow. That’s because our wonderful God makes each day special. That’s one of the mysteries of God’s universe. Some things may look alike, yet each has its own individual personality. And nowhere is that more pronounced than in God’s most cherished creation; mankind. So though many of us may talk alike and look alike, we all have different mindsets, which produce different ways of thinking, no wonder the great amount of disagreement and controversy that’s always present in our world. However, one instance in which there is no room for divergence is the way that true believers ought to spend their earthly sojourn. We ought to live as servants of God in all respects. Having been reconciled to the Father through the sacrificial, redeeming death of Jesus Christ, we were brought out of the prison-like darkness of sin, into the brilliant light of freedom, forming a body of like-minded light people. Peter describes it thus: ‘Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.’ (1 Pet.2:10) Yes Friends, before Jesus reclaimed us, we were lost, individuals wandering with no proper purpose or direction. But through His wondrous atonement, we now belong to one great body, the Church of Christ, with lots of positive purpose and direction that now culminates in a unique relationship with Almighty God.  And all of God’s people declared a loud and grateful, ‘Thank You Jesus!’ And for any organization to grow and function properly, there must be procedures that all the members are required to follow. And one of those procedures that the Church of Christ needs to follow, especially in these desperate and evil times, is dealt with by Peter in our Bit today. ‘Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.’ What we need to remember my brethren is that once we surrender our lives to Jesus, the things of the world and the things that the fallen flesh drive us to do, are no longer appropriate. We need to now realign our lives with the Holy Spirit of Jesus that then comes to dwell in us, to show us how to live in concert with our Saviour. That means we then have to live a Spirit filled and guided life. Thus Bruh Paul waxes philosophical to the Galatians. ‘This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.’ (Gal.5:16-17) Consequently, there will always be a clash of wills within a believer; the fallen sinful flesh against the new reconciled Spirit. But if the believer allows the Spirit to lead him, then there will be much less confusion, and therefore less sin in his everyday life. After that, Bruh Paul goes on to list the more extreme lusts of the flesh, as well as the fruits of the Spirit. (Gal.5:19-23) Please check them out my Friends for yourselves. James also deals with the subject in talking about worldliness and pride. ‘From whence come wars (conflict) and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts (desires for pleasure) that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill (murder), and desire to have (covet), and cannot obtain: ye fight and war (battle), yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (fleshly pleasures). Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of (with) the world is enmity with God? whosever therefore will (wants) to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.’ (James 4:1-4) That’s gospel Friends, for instead of wrestling and striving with God in prayer, we foolishly wrestle and strive with each other over the unproductive things of the world. And I like the way the apostles each say basically the same thing, but in somewhat different tones, so to speak. Bruh Paul uses his learned, professorial style, while James gets somewhat rambunctious, in your face, telling you in down to earth language. Meanwhile Peter puts it in simpler, more gentlemanly, drawing room terms. ‘Having your conversation (conduct) honest (honourable) among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation…. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness (evil), but as the servants of God. Honour all men. LOVE the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King. (1 Pet.2:12,15-17) There you have it my brethren, words of absolute truth and wisdom from three of the greatest men of faith. So you can’t have any arguments with me. (smile) And I’ll leave us with one more offering, a lagniappe, from Bruh Paul, simple but straight to the heart of the matter. ‘For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.’ (Rom.8:13-14) That’s it in a nutshell people! Much LOVE!…each man’s decision is his own…but remember…your eternal destiny depends on that decision…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 January 2013 Psalm 67:4

Psalm 67:4.    O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah. 

Oh Friends, it’s Friday! And all the joyous shouts of ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday!’ surround and envelop me like a warm cloak. Even in my somewhat muted way, I too can utter thanks because I’m on the mend. I’m not out of the woods yet, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely. And that’s the important thing. So let’s all give thanks and praise to our Creator and Provider for just being alive this Friday morning in January 2013, by chanting our Friday Chant. Let’s let Him know, in no uncertain terms, that we truly appreciate His LOVING-kindness, mercy and forgiveness. Now you all will have to help me here by raising your sweet voices above my croaking one. (smile) As one powerful, united, body of Christ then, let’s 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.’ That was excellent Friends! Jesus chuckled when he heard my croaking, off-key tones, but He is so wonderful, He will accept genuine praise and thanks in any shape or form. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just come from a sincere heart. And so, having reminded ourselves of how we ought to handle the weekend, let’s look at our Bit. ‘O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah.’ It’s the same one from yesterday because I never exhausted all the relevant Psalms. And up first is Psalm 97 – The Lord is far above all gods. From the opening verse the psalmist makes it abundantly clear, who is the boss. ‘The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitudes of isles (coastlands) be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgement are the habitation (foundation) of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.’ (Ps.97:1-6) Oh Friends, NO other God has those omnipotent attributes! And that’s an acknowledged fact, because they have been constantly proven from the very beginning of time. Now listen to some of Psalm 98 – Praise to God for His salvation. ‘Make a joyful noise (shout joyfully) unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise (break forth in song). Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm (sound of a song). With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise (shout joyfully) before the Lord, the King. …Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity (in uprightness).’ (Ps.98:4-6, 9) Yes Friends, we need to boldly proclaim the wonders of our omnipotent, omniscient, omni-present Creator, God, Father, King and Righteous Judge! Yuh see how many things He is to us? So if we don’t serve and faithfully worship Him, we’ll simply end up with the evildoers, eternally separated from Him and His majestic kingdom. And I keep reminding us that that’s the worst thing that could ever happen to a mortal being! But this present world isn’t listening; we’re still running behind the foolish clown prince of darkness Lucifer, even though the world is going to hell in a hand basket by following his evil inclinations. Please remember Friends that Lucifer believes in God, He knows more about God and His awesome powers than us, because he was once one of God’s right hand men. And furthermore, he can’t touch a child of God without asking God’s permission, like he did with Job, or unless we foolishly fall for his wiles and lies. And to heap even more coals of fire on Lucifer’s head, Jesus came to earth and conquered death and the grave, and also set us free from them if we believe on His Holy Name. So why in heaven’s name, are we still so caught up in Lucifer’s nonsense eh, when everything points to the undeniable, indelible fact that he is a loser? And like most losers, he’s a sore one, just trying to get back at Almighty God. But here’s how we thwart him. ‘Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield (produce) her increase; And God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.’ (Ps.67:5-7) And that’s not rocket science, it’s what we’ve seen and heard been done over the ages. So Friends, please let’s use the brains, the wisdom, the spiritual insight that the Creator has so LOVINGLY placed in each of us to rise up and see Lucifer’s fallen world for what truly is nuh; a glitzy facade behind which hides death, destruction and eternal separation from the Lord God Jehovah. Until we rise up in revolt against Lucifer, in a LOVE Revolution, as one united body of Christ, we’ll continue to exist as simple-minded minions in his fallen world. And that’s surely not something to write home about! Much LOVE!…it’s so sad to see those made in God’s image…bow to a fallen being…when all reason shouts otherwise…

 

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 January 2013 Psalm 67:4

Psalm 67:4.     O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah.
 
Oh Friends, the song of the day is, ‘I’m getting better. I’m getting better. Thank the Lord, I’m getting better!’ And the ole fella is actually beginning to feel more human than zombie. The cold and cough seem to be under control, though the fever is still trying to resist. But I believe we have finally broken its stubborn hold because twice yesterday I had to get up and change my T-shirt because it was soaking wet with sweat. I guess that’s what the ancients would call the fever breaking. Let’s hope that’s what it was. I’m still not up to snuff though, for I slept out most of yesterday, as has been the modus operandi this past week. But the good news is that I ate solid food for the first time and actually enjoyed it, causing me to regain a couple of the pounds that I’d lost, but I’ll take that trade-off anytime. I also managed to watch two periods of hockey. Still haven’t read the papers though, but there’s one situation that made me laugh. Now there are always oranges and tangerines in the house, but I usually pass on them simply because I’m too lazy to peel them. However in these past few days, have I ever been peeling oranges and tangerines, because they were the only things that really tasted palatable. As they say, if the Lord doesn’t get you one way, He’ll get you the other. But please note that our God is not an unjust or vengeful God, as our Bit so wisely proclaims. ‘O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah.’ Yes Friends, our God is a God of righteousness and justice, but also a Deity who tempers His decisions with LOVING-kindness, mercy and forgiveness. As such, there is none other like Him! That’s why in a number of Psalms, that theme is firmly proclaimed. For example, in Psalm 93, the Lord is clothed with majesty, the psalmist declares without a doubt: ‘The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty, the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is established, that it cannot be moved (shaken). Thy throne is established from old: thou art from everlasting.’ (Ps.93:1-2) Meanwhile in Psalm 96, a call to praise God, the psalmist wisely advises us to: ‘Give (ascribe) unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give (ascribe) unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear (tremble) before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen (gentiles) that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be (is firmly) established that it shall not be moved (shaken): he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof (all that is in it). Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the Lord: for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.’ (Ps.96:7-13) Oh Friends, truer words have never been spoken! But unfortunately we are not doing any of those things today. Instead, our world is casting disparaging aspersions on the name of the ONE TRUE God, removing Him bit by bit from our society, and replacing Him with worship to man-made idols and other foolish men. Now I ask you, if man and his idols were so powerful and wise, would our world be in the catastrophic situation we’re currently in? Certainly not! But man has become so proud, so arrogant and full of himself that he now believes he no longer needs the help of an invisible God. Ponder this for a moment nuh Friends. How much of our everyday tasks can we actually accomplish by ourselves eh? Not much really. And oftimes we can’t even do it with the help of other men, but desperately need an invisible God, someone stronger and more powerful than us. That’s why I don’t understand how we can remove Jehovah God from our society when there’s so much evidence that under His guidance we prosper, and when we move away from Him we suffer immensely. But I guess we’re fooled and bedazzled by Lucifer’s ‘baubles, bangles and bright shining things.’ How often must we be reminded eh my people that all that glitters is not gold? NONE of Lucifer’s stuff is real. They’re just glossed over, just a facade to hide the ugly, lying, deceitful, evil intentions behind his attempt to get back at God for kicking him out of heaven. If he wasn’t so foolish in the first place to want to overthrow God, he’d still be sitting pretty in heaven. But he wasn’t all that wise and is now banished to walk the earth until the Lord chooses to do away with him for good in the lake of fire. Oh my people, is that where we want to end up? I doubt it very much. So please, I’m pleading with us, let’s get ourselves together and covenant once again with our Creator, so that we can avoid the ugly fate that’s eventually going to befall Lucifer and his evil minions. That’s truly wisdom at its zenith. Much LOVE!…he that hath ears to hear…let him hear…or else he’ll eventually feel…the justice of Almighty God…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 January 2013 Psalm 121:2

Psalm 121:2.     My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
 
Oh Friends, yesterday was such a wonderful day… And all the heavenly hosts screamed ‘Liar!’ Awright, so it was possibly one of the worst days of my life. What with the fever, cough and cold still having me on their merry-go-round, playing havoc with my life. I don’t think I’ve ever slept so much in one day, and not all at once either. I’d sleep for an hour or so, get up, putter around for about half an hour, then go right back to bed. When you hear I wasn’t even interested in food, you must know how bad things were. At one point I made a ham and egg sandwich, but after eating about a third of it, I had to put it down. The only things I could handle were some fruits, and at times, even those I couldn’t stomach. One sure way of knowing that I’m sick is when I’m off my victuals. But through it all Friends, I kept singing this song: ‘Hello Jah, Jah. I’m depending on You. Hello Jah, Jah, I’m depending on You. I’ve got the fever and fresh cold, So I’m depending on You. I’ve got the fever and fresh cold, So I’m depending on You.’ I had to laugh when that came to mind, because the words are originally from an old Jamaican Rock-steady tune called “Hello Carol.’ But it suited my purpose admirably, for who else can I truly depend on eh? The man-made medicines I was taking were working in some form and fashion, but they would never be sufficient by themselves. The Lord is who makes them work! That’s why the psalmist could declare with such authority: ‘ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.’ (Ps.121:1) He didn’t mean that the hills would help him, but the one who created the hills. And he expands it with the words of our Bit. ‘My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.’ So true Friends, so true! The real help of all believers is the Lord God Jehovah, creator of the universe and all therein. As the psalmist so wisely declares in Psalm 116: ‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.’ (Ps.118:8-9) And if you’re wondering why that is, then listen to these verses after our Bit. ‘He will not suffer thy foot to be moved (slip): he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper (protector): the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve (keep) thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve (keep) thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for ever more.’ (Ps.121:3-8) Undeniable words of truth my people! Only our great and omnipotent God can do such mighty works. And Bruh David corroborates it by faithfully proclaiming: ‘Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.’ (Ps.124:8) As Job also faithfully declared to his supposed friends: ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust him: but I will maintain (defend) mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before him. Hear diligently my speech and my declaration with your ears.’ (Job 13:15-17) What faith my people! Can we be like Job, living by faith and not by sight? I sure hope so. But it’s not easy, as I can tell you from personal experience. Right now I’m not feeling the greatest, but the Bit must be written for that’s what I’ve agreed to do. And though I’m struggling some, I know deep down that by the time I send it out, it will make sense, because the Lord will not allow His Word to go out in any wishy-washy form. He will fix up any mistakes that I make, because He knows that I’m trying my best under rather adverse circumstances, and I only want to please and serve Him. To end, we’ll recall some poignant words of Bruh David: ‘And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.’ (Ps.39:7) I couldn’t have said it any better my Friends. The Lord God Almighty is where we have to put our faith and trust, if we really want to live a worthwhile life here on earth, then move on to an even better one in heaven. It’s not easy, but with the Lord’s help, it’s certainly doable. I’m chuckling here, because some of you might just be wishing that I stay sick all the time, because then the Bits seem to be shorter. But don’t count on it. (smile) Eventually the Lord will raise me back to full strength, and I will acknowledge His great work and LOVING-kindness with much faith and trust. Much LOVE!…you cannot be a true believer…unless…and until…your trust is solely in the Lord God of hosts…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 January 2013 Psalm 126:5

Psalm 126:5.     They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
 
Oh Friends, like the old Jamaican music icon Prince Buster says in his song: ‘I feel so mash up today.’ Unfortunately though, it’s not from excess sexual activities, as he means (smile) but from the ravages of a cold and fever that’s been attacking my ole body for the last two days. And sadly it’s still not done yet. Ah mih breddren, I haven’t had a cold like this, what the ancients would call a real fresh cold, with my nose constantly blocked up but yet running, since I don’t know when. And I haven’t had a fever for even longer than that. Subsequently I’ve forgotten how lousy and miserable they make you feel. The fever was a real eye opener yes! I ached and pained in places I didn’t even know I could ache and pain in. Hn! Sometimes I didn’t even know whether I was coming or going. I’ve seen how it affects the duchess, but as they say, you never know what something is really like until you experience it yourself. Internally, I felt as cold as ice, while externally my body felt like it was on fire. Chuh! And obviously when I enquired of the Lord as to the purpose for this unexpected suffering, I got no answer. But I was lucid enough between my moans and groans to give Him thanks and affirm that though I didn’t understand or like what was happening, I was confident that it would pass – the problem though was how soon – and He would eventually work everything out for my good as He has promised in His Word. But Friends, I must admit that the Lord was merciful in one respect. He didn’t allow the cough to come on too. Otherwise that would have been the end of me, for the few times I chucked, it felt as though my head would split open. And the coughing would only have brought on my asthma. So at least I have that to be thankful for. (smile) Anyway, enough of my problems, some people have plenty worse ones. Let’s turn to our Bit: ‘They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.’ Yes my brethren, that’s the Lord’s promise to those who believe in Him and faithfully walk His path regardless of whatever comes against them. Now let’s continue to look at some scripture that reflects that promise. We’ll begin way back in the days of Ezra, when some of the Jews returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon and began rebuilding the Lord’s sanctuary. ‘And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests (the priests stood) in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang together by course in (responsibly) praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth forever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice, and many shouted aloud for joy; So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off. (Ezra 3:10-13) Oh my brethren, yuh see how great was the joy of the people, especially the old folks who had known the old temple and never believed they would live to see the foundations of a new one laid. You couldn’t even discern the shouts of joy from that of the weeping. They had sown in tears of faith in their long exile and captivity in Babylon, and eventually the Lord had worked on the hearts of the pagan kings to give them permission and provision to return to their homeland, so they were able to shed tears of joy at the rebuilding of the Lord’s house. Our next scripture comes from Galatians, where Bruh Paul warns the believers: ‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (do not lose heart). As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.’ (Gal.6:7-10) Oh Friends, in truth, what we sow, we shall surely reap. But hear the greatest promise of all nuh. It comes from Revelations, where John sees the new heaven and the new earth. ‘And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle (presence) of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and he shall be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.’ (Rev.21:3-4) Oh my people, if we stay faithful and strong, sowing good seed even in our time of misery and disaster, all those tears of sorrow, will be replaced by ones of Joy, when Jesus returns to claim His kingdom. So please, let’s hold on tightly to that most magnificent promise, and stay rooted and purposed in Jesus, whatever comes our way. Remember, the smart money is on Jesus. Much LOVE!…whatever the problem…we can overcome it…through steadfast faith in Jesus…

 

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