Today’s Scrip-Bit 16 September 2016 Galatians 5:16.

Galatians 5:16.    This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Aye mih people, another great day is ahead of us, courtesy of our wonderful God! So please, let’s use it wisely nuh, guided by the Holy Spirit of God that dwells within us. 

It’s okay to shout ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday and the weekend’s here…’ and what we going to do from what we not going to do, but not if they simply relate to the lustful and dangerous pleasures of the world. 

We desperately need to have better groundings, a better foundation for the way we spend our time off, if we are going to have any kind of godly success in this crazy world of ours. And our Friday Chant provides us with that solid footing, that godly balance that we need. 

So let’s chant it nuh, with sincerity, honesty and truth, praying that it will help us do better than we’re accustomed doing. As one 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.’ 

Yeh friends, that’s a much better template for our weekends, than just wild and crazy, dissolute, leggo beast behaviour, which so many of us unfortunately indulge in when we have the couple of days off. 

That’s why Bruh Paul spent so much time warning us against just such a thing, and gave us this godly direction in our Bit. ‘This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.’ 

Yes my believing brethren, the Holy Spirit was sent to dwell within us so that we would follow it’s godly leading and direction, but first we have to stop and listen to it, otherwise we won’t know what it’s saying or where it wants to guide us. 

And the scholars explain it thus: ‘5:16. Walk in the Spirit (i.e. “live by the Spirit”): Christians are to live with the Spirit’s help. How does one “live by the Spirit”? (1) The Christian must believe that the Spirit is with him, having been sent by God into his heart (4:6). (2) In every spiritual confrontation the believer must yield to the Spirit, that is, submit his own desires to those of the Spirit. 

(3) One must depend on the Spirit for help, enabling him to lead a God-pleasing life (v.5). (4) The believer should anticipate the effects of the Spirit’s help in his daily life. The believer who “lives by the Spirit” will not fulfill (accomplish, carry out) the lust (strong desires) of the flesh (sinful desires).’  

There you have it friends, a scholarly guide as to how the Holy Spirit should operate in our lives. Oh, we know it’s not easy living a godly and spiritual life; it takes patience, perseverance, listening, sacrificing, questioning and praying, but with God’s help we can do it all. 

And why is it so difficult to lead that godly life we so ardently desire? Bruh Paul gives us some indication in the verse after our Bit. ‘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 ye would.’ (Gal.5:17) 

Ah mih people, it can be a monumental task, a veritable war, if we’re not strong, faithful and persevering. 

Hear how the scholars tell it. ‘5:17. One’s sinful human nature (flesh) and the Holy Spirit lusteth against one another, that is, they have desires and yearnings that are contrary to one another. The Christian, then, is a battlefield, having desires to do good and evil. The outcome is that ye cannot do the things that ye would: the flesh seeks to thwart the Spirit, who, in turn, attempts to frustrate the flesh’s evil desires.’ 

Gospel truth that my people! As Bruh Paul told the Roman church in his missive to them, talking about the struggle of our two natures. ‘For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal (fleshly), sold under sin. 

For that which I do I allow (understand) not: for what I would (want to do), that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto (agree with) the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.’ (Rom.7:14-17) 

What a battlefield of life my brethren! Now listen to this important explanation of the scholars. ‘7:14. The law is spiritual: The law has the characteristics of the Spirit and is consistent with the character of God. I am carnal: What follows is autobiographical and designed to reveal the real struggle the apostle experienced in the flesh. His experience is also exemplary, for it shows the problems all believers experience in their battle with sin.’ 

So friends, if you are experiencing problems in fighting your fleshly desires, don’t beat yourself up, for it’s just a natural part of this earthly life. We will always have problems trying to be godly, even Bruh Paul had a hard time doing what he wanted to do, as per living by the Spirit. 

What we need to do is to be patient and persevering; keep on reading God’s word, studying it, meditating on it, storing it in our hearts for future use, praying, fellowshipping, and listening intently to what the Holy Spirit tells us. 

And we won’t always be successful, but our compassionate and understanding God knows our weaknesses and frailties, and once He sees us sincerely trying, that our hearts and motives are right, He will be forgiving and compassionate. So please, let’s all stand strong and steadfast in His great LOVE, mercy, compassion and grace. Much LOVE!

…fighting our carnal nature…is a full time spiritual job…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 7 June 2014 Psalm 69:30

 Psalm 69:30.      I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
 

Oh Friends, what better way to start this spring Saturday morn, than with song eh? None whatsoever!
 
So let’s sing: ‘By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required (demanded) of us a song; and they that wasted (plundered) us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange (foreign) land? (Ps.137:1-4)
 
Now that’s the original and official version, (smile) not the one made into the popular song. But the Israelites questioned how they could sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? To my mind very easily, because the songs of their homeland were supposed to be one of the mainstays of their faith wherever they went.
 
Just like us today, many of us came from other lands, but wherever we go, we still sing some of the traditional songs of our homelands. Those traditional songs help us to acclimatize, have something we can turn to, and be comfortable with, in an otherwise foreign culture. So as far as I’m concerned, the Israelites should have been belting out their traditional songs because it would have given them some groundings, while keeping their faith strong.
 
Aye mih people, we are in song mode again, as per our Bit: ‘I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.’  
 
And if you know the ole fella, you’ll know that there’s nothing he likes better than music. As far as I’m concerned that’s what the Lord made me to do – well to write words and music – but He’s had me lay the music aside for a while, while I get up to scratch on His Word.
 
At least that’s my hope. He’s put too much good music in my soul for Him to just take me home without sharing them. (smile) And as Cousin Sol so wisely says that there’s a time and season for everything, I’m waiting patiently, with hungry hope and expectant faith for my time to make music to magnify God.
 
Anyway Friends, today we’re going to delve into some interesting scriptures again about songs and music in our great God’s everlasting tableau. And a great example of that is when Bruh David brought up the Ark of the Covenant from Baale of Judah (Kirjathjearim) to Jerusalem.
 
The Good Book tells us: ‘And David danced (whirled about) before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of trumpet.’ (2 Sam.6:14-15)
 
Oh my people, it must have been something else to see Bruh David carrying on. Reminds me of myself when I was young. But I’m sure the Lord was not displeased, as was Michal, his wife (Saul’s daughter), who found it rather unbecoming for the king of Israel to be performing in such an outlandish manner in public – as did some members of my family. I just kept on dancing, (smile) but Bruh David put her nicely in her place. Read it in 2 Sam.6:20-23.
 
And as usual, we can’t leave out Bruh Paul. This time re the conversion of the Philippian jailer. Bruh Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Philippi, having been severely lashed and placed in the innermost part of the jail, with their feet fastened in stocks. But the Good Book says: ‘And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises (were praying and singing hymns) unto God: and the prisoners heard.’ (Acts 16:25)
 
Wow mih breddren! Imagine that nuh, beaten and locked up in a dungeon, they were praying and singing songs of praise at midnight. Most of us would have been moaning and groaning and complaining. But that’s the power of our faith Friends…if we stick to it.
 
And we all know what happened afterwards; a great earthquake struck and the prison doors were flung open and everybody’s chains were loosed. But nobody escaped. It was all God’s manipulation to bring the jailer and his family to repentance. What a marvellous and mysteriously working God we serve! Read the rest of the story in Acts 16: 26-40.
 
Meanwhile Isaiah, in talking about the servant (Jesus) coming to glorify the Lord, effervescently proclaims: ‘Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles (coastlands) and the inhabitants thereof.
 
Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands (coastlands).’ (Is.42:10-12)
 
And that’s as it should be my people! And we’ll close with a well-known verse from the pen of Bruh David, from Psalm 40 – Praise for answered prayer. “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.’ (Ps.40:3)
 
Oh Friends, yuh see the many aspects contained in those few words: a new song of praise to God, which many shall see, and reverence and then trust in the Lord! What a cataclysmic effect our songs and prayers can have when securely anchored in God’s Word! And please note that’s a positive effect we’re referring to. (smile)
 
So please, let’s get ourselves together nuh, and keep the songs of praise and glory to our magnificent Creator continuously flowing, for that’s nothing but wisdom at its highest. Much LOVE!
 
…and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps…and they sung as it were a new song before the throne…and before the four beasts…and the elders… (Rev.14:2b-3a)