Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 June 2020 John 14:27.

John 14:27.     ​Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 

Top O the morn my people! A cool and crazy wind is blowing through my area this morning, making it feel more spring-like than the summer time it’s supposed to be. But that’s the current reality of the weather in these dangerous and contrary times! More importantly though my friends, today I’ve been asked to inform us, to remind us of three of the most salient facts in this our earthly lives. 

And these cardinal truths are: ‘There is only ONE Power and ONE Presence here – God the Good Omnipotent! And the next essential truth decrees: ‘The Bible is God’s Word to us! Furthermore, it is still fresh, exciting and relevant. It has been thus down through all the ages and will continue to perform it’s God given function till the end of time. No ifs and buts about that! And if we read, study and meditate on it, we WILL find God’s wisdom on its pages. And the third maxim, or fundamental principle is this: ONE Truth from the Bible is worth more than all the wisdom of man!’ 

Glory be mih bredrin! Now I don’t want to preach, (smile) but I’m sure that if we sincerely embraced those three truths our earthly lives would be oh so much better than they currently are. And I am willing to bet that a lot of our ‘sufferation’ stems directly from our lack of adherence to those three great, fundamental and foundational truths. 

And as I look at a page of that same Bible, God’s mighty Word to us, that’s open in front of me, my eyes confront this amazing and oh so true statement from the wisest man who ever lived; Cousin Sol. And it says: ‘The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion (legacy) of fools.’ (Prov. 3:35) Oh friends, never were truer words spoken! 

And just for argument sake, (smile) let’s consider who made Cousin Sol, not only the wisest but the richest man ever; the ONE and ONLY, TRUE, LIVING GOD of his ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! What does that tell us eh? That the God we worship, the God who gave us the Bible, is indeed a powerful, magnanimous and magnificent Being! There is none other like Him in all the world, in all creation! And until we, finite fools that He created in His own image and gave breath and life to through the inbreathing of His Spirit, take those facts seriously and bow down and worship and obey Him the way He deserves, our lives will be filled with unnecessary pain and hardship. 

That’s not to say if we humble ourselves and live the way He desires, that there will be no pain and troubles, because in this world of evil and sin, those things come automatically, as Jesus said: ‘These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) And that, basically, is why it’s so sensible, so wise to sincerely believe in Jesus. Despite all the troubles and torment of this world, through Him we are able to stay peaceful and joyful and deal positively with whatever situations come against us. 

But because so many of us think that believing in Jesus will curtail our sinful behaviour and opportunities – and it will to a certain extent – we shy away from embracing Him as our Lord and Saviour. But friends, as, I believe it’s Sister Joyce (Joyce Meyer) I heard say: ‘The worst day with Jesus is better than the best one without Him!’ And that’s gospel truth my brethren! Supposedly good days without Jesus just don’t compare favourably with any kind of day in His fold. 

And why is that you ask? It’s simple. As Bruh Paul explained to the church at Ephesus: ‘For he (He Himself) is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition (division) between us. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make (create) in himself of twain (the two) one new man, so making peace.’ (Eph. 2:14-15) 

And the scholars offer this insightful explanation: ‘2:14-15. Who hath made both one: Jesus has formed the two antagonistic groups of Jew and Gentile into a single new party, the Christian Church. He did this by removing the middle wall of partition, that is the Mosaic Law. The law was meant to protect Jews from pagan corruptions, but by misconstruing the purpose of the law, the Jews felt superior to Gentiles, who were incensed at this arrogance. So Jesus abolished this enmity (hatred), caused by an abuse of the law, by making the law invalid for His church. Of twain one new man: As above, Christian Jews and Christian Gentiles now compose this “one new man” or Christian church.’ 

Ah friends and fellow believers, we can never repay the debt, the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. And He doesn’t want or expect us to. He made the sacrifices so we can sincerely follow Him, if like so many of us claim, we want to live in peace and have eternal life. For He is our peace; NO ONE and NOTHING ELSE serves that wonderful purpose! Listen to him nuh, as He reassures us: ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’ (John 14:27) 

Oh friends, how can those sincere sentiments not grip your heart eh? His peace is not peace like the world offers, but an eternal, everlasting peace which the world doesn’t know, and will never know until and unless they accept Him as Lord and Saviour! That’s why He is called ‘THE PRINCE OF PEACE!’ And having established all those truths this morning, let’s go home now declaring (yeahhh!) our Wednesday Wail, telling the world of our wonderful position in Christ Jesus! 

As one strong voice, with sincere hearts: ‘Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday: I’m so glad to be alive on this Wednesday! Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday: Thank God the breath of life is still flowing through me on this Wednesday! I am halfway home. My hands are fixed securely on the plough, and I’m not turning back. I’m not looking back at the past, not focusing on what has gone before. But my eyes are fixed straight ahead; straight ahead to a glorious future with Jesus. Glory Hallelujah!’ 

Oh my fellow saints in Christ, in these turbulent and troubled times, we need more than ever to manifest, to show the world true Christian behaviour, because that’s the ONLY thing that will truly bring our world together! Much LOVE!

…right now… Christians need to stand up and be counted… be the true salt of the earth…and light of the world…

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…