Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 August 2016 Deuteronomy 4:29.

Deuteronomy 4:29.   But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Oh friends, the freedom paper for the weekend has been signed… Thank God! And it’s only a matter of a few hours and we’ll be free; free to do our own thing. But please remember that come Monday morning, that freedom will be revoked, the freedom paper burned to ashes, and we’ll return to being slave labour. Hn, hn! 

I guess that’s what motivates us to pack as much pleasure as we can into the two days of freedom. And it’s all well and good to shout ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday, and the weekend is here! Thank God for Fridays and the weekend!’ 

But we also need to remember that life is not all fun and games, not strictly the fulfilling of lustful desires and pleasures, there needs to be mixed into it some serious and godly times to balance it all out. And to help us better understand that, let’s chant our Friday Chant which gives us some decent direction. 

Altogether 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.’ 

Yes friends, a sense of balance is what we need on the weekends if we’re to do ourselves any good. If we don’t have that, then come Monday, we’ll just be tired and miserable and won’t be able to go out and perform properly, perform as Jesus desires. And you know that is our Number ONE priority. So let’s get smart and godly and use our two days off as we ought to nuh. (smile) 

Now let’s turn to our Bit: ‘But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.’ 

Ah mih people, what an encouraging and reassuring piece of scripture! If we repent of our sins and seek the Lord our God with all our heart and soul, we WILL find Him! 

Now how gratifying is that eh, especially in these times of hardship and uncertainty? Very gratifying friends, because we know that whenever we sincerely turn to God, He will be there for us, regardless of the circumstance(s) or our behaviour. Here’s how the prophet Isaiah put it in his declaration of God’s free offer of mercy to all. 

‘Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.’ (Is.55:6-7) 

What a magnanimous God we serve and worship my people! And my fellow believers, it’s not only talk, for we’ve seen how often God’s chosen people, Israel, fell from grace because they forsook God and turned to worshipping idols and other pagan gods. 

Yet when the enormity and foolishness of their behaviour, when the punishment for their disobedience finally sunk in to their thick skulls, they repented and were welcomed back into God’s fold. 

Now why can’t our society realize that eh my brethren and change our wicked, sinful, disobedient ways and sincerely repent and return to worshipping Almighty God, the ONE who made us and is still running the show? 

I guess many of us don’t even realize that we’re living wrong, since they don’t know Jesus. But enough of us do know Him and realize that a lot of the negative stuff that’s happening to us nowadays has a correlation to the sinful and ungodly way we’re living. 

Instead of running away from God, as so many of us are currently doing, we should be running back to Him, right back into His wonderful, safe and welcoming arms! It’s more of Jehovah God we need, not less! 

Remember how God drilled it into Joshua’s head after the death of Moses, and He made him leader of the Israelites? ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of (be constantly in) thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.’ (Josh.1:8) 

And if we look back to our prosperous times, barely a generation ago, we’ll discover that we were a much more godly people. However, as we began moving away from God, our prosperity also began deserting us. 

Remember friends, it’s only through obedience to God’s word that a society can truly become prosperous and remain that way for any length of time. Obviously we have forgotten that, or simply choose to believe that it’s through our own efforts that we become prosperous. What an abominable mistake! 

Anyway, my fellow Christians, we are the ONLY ones who appear concerned with the deterioration of our society, and are therefore the ONLY ones who can cause us to be convicted, not condemned, by the Holy Spirit, and thus bring about repentance and a righteous return to worshipping the ONE TRUE and LIVING God, He of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

That’s the wisdom we so desperately need today, as our world is falling apart. So please, let’s pray, as individuals, as well as collectively, the church, and then, with God’s help, do our best to make the LOVE Revolution of Jesus a successful one. Much LOVE!

…only when God is NUMBER ONE….can a society be truly prosperous…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 10 February 2013 Ephesians 2:10

Ephesians 2:10.      For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
 
Ah Friends, the weather is bright and cold in my neck of the woods. The roads are fairly clean too, but the banks are overflowing with snow. However, what annoys and mystifies me about this weather is that tomorrow, Monday, we’re supposed to have rain and a high around 7 celsius, then Tuesday, it’s back to freezing temps again. No wonder people get so sick with this constantly varying temperature from one day to the next. And don’t tell me it doesn’t have anything to do with climate change, because in my forty odd years in Canada it’s never been as up and down as this. Yet there are numerous people out there, many for selfish reasons, who still doubt the factual evidence that the climate around the world is changing, has become unstable and unreliable. We won’t even worry to get into the whys’ of the situation, because everywhere people are experiencing unusual climatic conditions. But though the unseasonal vagaries of the weather may beset us in unfortunate ways, there’s one thing that will remain stable and unchangeable; that’s the godly creation created when Jesus comes into our lives, and how we’re expected to behave after that. Listen to our Bit: ‘For we are his workmanship (creation), created in Christ Jesus unto (for) good works, which God hath before ordained (prepared) that we should walk in them.’ Yes Friends, receiving Christ causes us to be placed in a special spiritual mould, whereby our lives are then channelled towards good deeds which the Lord had long ago prepared for us to do. Here’s the scholar’s interpretation of that verse. ‘For verifies the assertion of man’s good works having no part in obtaining salvation (that only comes by grace through faith, vs. 8). Workmanship refers not to our original or physical birth, but to our spiritual birth: what we are spiritually in the good sense is due to God, not ourselves. Created in Christ unto good works means “having been (morally) re-created by Christ Jesus for good works”; that is, Jesus remade our spiritual lives so that we could then do good works. The apostle’s thinking is this: since the Christian has been given spiritual life for the purpose of doing good works, there could have been no good works by him prior to conversion that would merit salvation. Good works follow – do not precede – salvation.’  What we have to realize Friends, is that though the Lord began with Israel as His chosen people, from day one His intention was to have all His creation eventually come under His protective wings, through the church of Christ, for we are all the works of His hands. If you read Isaiah 19, you’ll see that the Lord promises at some stage that Egypt, Assyria and Israel shall live in peace under His righteousness. The last two verses of the chapter declare it thus: ‘In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land; Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.’ (Is.19:24-25) This signals a time of peace amongst those constantly war-torn lands, though it might not happen until the second coming of Christ. But if the Lord promised it, then it WILL happen. Bruh David in Psalm 100 – A call to praise the Lord – reminds us of our roots. ‘Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.’ (Ps.100:3-5) And that’s the living truth Friends, so we had better pay attention and follow it! That means whether we’re good or evil, the same hands created us all, and wants us all to come to Him through salvation, by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ. I like how Hosea says it, re the restoration of Israel. ‘And I will sow her unto me (for myself) in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people; Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.’ (Hos.2:23) Yes Friends, the Lord is expecting all those whom He created in His own wonderful image, and who have turned away from Him, to return to Him, where they will find LOVE, mercy, peace and forgiveness. This is possible with no other supposed god, only the magnanimous and ever-LOVING God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So why don’t we make that most important and memorable decision today, to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, so that we can be reconciled and most heartily welcomed back into God’s fold, where we can then do the good works that He’s prepared for us from time immemorial? It’s the only spiritual decision that makes sense in this evil, ungodly world in which we live, a world that’s crying out for all the good things of God, especially good people doing good deeds. Let’s step up to the pate today nuh my brethren and accept our God-given responsibilities. That’s what followers of Christ are expected to do. Much LOVE!…it’s impossible to truly LOVE Jesus…and not truly desire to do good deeds…in His name…