Today’s Scrip-Bit 10 October 2018 Psalm 55:22.

Psalm 55:22.    Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer (permit) the righteous to be moved (shaken).
 

 

Another, warm, bright and sunshiny day! Glory to God! Yes friends, yesterday was a beautiful summer’s day, with temps in the twenties, and today promises to be another of the same. How wonderful it is to have two such days in mid October eh!

And yuh know the trees have hardly shed any leaves as yet, many of them are still even as green as the months of spring. But we know that won’t last for much longer, so we’ll enjoy it as much as possible. 

And saying that, I couldn’t pass up sharing this wonderful bit of encouragement with you. It’s called ‘I Asked for a Sign,’ and comes from our One Year Book of Bible Promises with writings by Ruth Harms Calkin.

Please pray with me. ‘Even as I answer your letter, you are perhaps still waiting while God sends only silence. There is no sudden hailstorm, no writing in the sky. The crisis is real, and you don’t want to be presumptuous. 

Like Gideon in Judges 6, you want to feel the wet fleece. Or the dry fleece – you don’t care which one. You just want to know! You don’t stand alone! All of us who walk with God face conflicts that involve urgent decisions.

God is not a God of confusion. We can know His will. When our faith is very new, He may send a sign to fortify us. However, I am convinced that God’s highest intention is to free us from unnecessary “props.” 

He wants to buttress us, not baby us. Above all, He wants us to trust His Word, not the wool! When He encourages us to hope in a promise, that hope may be our only evidence. At this moment you can’t see ahead.

However, you can still be incorrigibly (incurably) hopeful! You can anticipate as you wait, knowing that God will never disappoint the hope He Himself implants. He is never late. Remember. Not the wool but His Word!’ 

Ah mih people, yuh see why I had to share it. Too many of us believers need a sign to do God’s will. When God called Gideon to lead his people out to battle, he hemmed and hawed and desired a sign about the wet fleece. And even when he got it, he asked for the fleece to come up dry. And only after the Lord granted him the sign did he get the chutzpah to get up and go. 

But the Lord doesn’t want to be continually spoon-feeding us with signs and wonders before we have the necessary gumption to do His will. He’s given us his Word, in which lies all the hope we need. I’m sure that if asked, we’d all say that God never breaks His promise, so why are we so reluctant to act on His Word eh, when it is filled with so many promises that will never be broken? 

My brethren, we have to get stronger and more mature if we ever hope to make a positive difference in this evil world. Let’s stop looking for signs, instead, let’s be buttressed by the omnipotent Word of our omnipotent God!

The problem here though is that we don’t read, understand and accept His Word as much as we ought to. So obviously if you don’t have the Word as a strong foundation in your soul, you won’t be able to stand strong and steadfast on the wonderful hope that it contains. 

You’ll always be like a baby, needing to be spoon fed, needing milk, not able to eat solid food. Like the author of Hebrews wrote to his audience. ‘For when the time (by this time) ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles (sayings) of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat (solid food). 

For every one that useth (partakes of) milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat (solid food) belongeth to them that are of full age (mature), even those who by reason of use (practice) have their sense exercised (trained) to discern both good and evil.’ (Heb.5:12-14) 

Yes my people, only as we grow in knowledge of God’s Word and put it into practice, stand steadfast in hope in His promises, will we ever mature and become as Christ-like as possible. And remember that’s God’s overall purpose and desire for us all: to become like His Son! 

And the Bible Promise for the poem above, which is also our Bit, says it in spades: ‘Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer (permit) the righteous to be moved (shaken).’

Oh friends, that’s the gospel truth! Bruh David said it in his cry against deceitful friends, and it’s only because he kept the Lord first place in his heart that he was able to successfully undergo all the calamity that came against him in his lifetime. 

And since the Lord never changes, and His promises are always faithful, He will do the same for us, but we have to put our sincere trust and faith in Him. Now let’s go home declaring (spelled it right) our Wednesday Wail, letting the world know of our great faith and trust in Almighty God! 

In 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 brethren, what a great joy it is to walk in lockstep with Christ! There’s nothing else that can compare to it! So please be wise and take His safe and LOVING hand…NOW! Much LOVE!

…if walking with Christ on earth is so great…can you imagine what it will be like in eternity…NO…our minds are too finite and puny…(smile)

 

 

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 15 April 2012 Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8.    The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

Oh Friends, the war between good and evil is intensifying! And unfortunately the enemy has recently won an intense skirmish. It seems that a Public School Board in Northern Ontario is planning to ban the Bible from the Public Schools in that jurisdiction. What a sad and crying shame! And it seems that this is being done on the strength of a complaint from one parent, which I find really hard to believe. But these days anything seems possible in our society. So because one parent doesn’t want their child or children to come into contact with the Good Book, the powers that be are choosing to remove them from the whole Public School system in that area. How anal and foolish that we’re bowing to all sorts of nonsense in what’s supposed to be a democratic Christian country. How does that parent think they even got the right to voice their displeasure in the first place? Because of the Christian humanity and democracy! In many other countries they wouldn’t even be able to open their mouths and complain, much less have their complaint actioned. Oh Friends, when are we going to learn that all these acts of simply acquiescing to those of other faiths, or no faith at all, is gradually tearing away the fabric of our Christian society, and openly inviting Lucifer to come in and do his evil deeds? It now means that because of one selfish, misguided parent, hundreds of other children won’t have the benefit of the Bible at school, and the Gideon’s, who have been distributing them freely, won’t have numerous places to spread the Word. The taxes of the parents of all the children now bereft of the Good Book pay for the school too, so shouldn’t they have some sort of say? And I thought this was supposed to be a democracy, where the voice of the majority carries? But our country is no longer a democracy, or the meaning of the word has changed to the voice of the minority carries, because that’s what’s happening so much today. Oh my people, it’s time we took a real and serious stand about the Christian things that our supposed Christian leaders are removing from our society because a few who can’t make it in their, impoverished, dictatorial countries come here and are clamouring for the systems they left behind. Do you think we can do that in any of those countries? Certainly not! We can’t even think about Christ, much less talk about Him! Friends, if we want western society to remain democratic and Christian, then we have to stop giving in and kowtowing to these minority views. If you can’t accept that the society was built on those principles, then leave. That’s not to say we can’t be somewhat accommodating, but certainly not by killing our culture and entrenching theirs. Ah mih breddren, yuh know that one thing we Christians are very good at is talking a big talk, but then there’s never any, or not sufficient action to back up our big talk. And it’s quickly coming to the point where if we’re not going to put up, then we should just shut up and let our supposed Christian but fearful, backboneless leaders and administrators give the country away, dismantle our rich heritage and culture. Now here’s a poem from the Hour of Power Devotional by Robert H Schuller. It’s titled; ‘God Needs Us!’ And isn’t that the gospel truth my brethren! God needs us now more than at any time in the Church’s history, possibly with the exception of its very beginning. And here’s why He so badly and desperately needs us: ‘Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today. He has no feet but our feet to lead us on the way. He has no tongues but our tongues to tell us how He died. He has no help but our help to bring us to His side.’ That means Friends that we’re God’s hands, feet, tongues and help in this evil world, and if we don’t seriously promulgate His Church, stand and fight determinedly against the enemy who’s trying to destroy His magnificent edifice, then we’re not His true followers. Fellow believers, if we want our children’s children to be still enjoying this culture of freedom and Christianity in their time, then we have to make our voices heard TODAY, RIGHT NOW, before any more of our Christian heritage is further eroded. And don’t for one moment fool yourself into thinking that it won’t happen if we keep quiet, for Beelzebub already has his evil plans drawn up and waiting for the perfect time and opportunity. You have already seen how they’ve taken prayer out of our schools and public places, while allowing other faiths to use the schools for their prayer time in the middle of the afternoon. So if we don’t get on our horses and ride, it’s only a matter of time before we become a minor part of our society. The decision is ours now. Please, pretty please, let’s make some wise ones nuh, and not be found wanting at the end of the day. I’m sure none of us want to a part of the generation that lost Christendom to the infidel. Got to go and find a suitable Bit now, since all of that came from the heart. (smile)  And after much searching, I believe I’ve found the most appropriate one. For as Isaiah proclaims so assuredly: ‘The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.’ And that’s the living truth my people, so let’s never forget it and act accordingly! Much LOVE!…a word to the wise is sufficient…he who has ears to hear…let him hear….stand up, stand up for Jesus…the trumpet call obey…till every foe is vanquished…and Christ is Lord indeed…