Today’s Scrip-Bit 5 September 2021 Isaiah 41:10a.

Isaiah 41:10a.     Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:

Sunday morning…time for worship…the last one we will have technologically at my church. Thank God! From next Sunday our church will be again opening its doors, so whosoever will, may come. Yes, many people have complained about missing the benefits of physical togetherness in worshipping under the same roof, but it’s still left to be seen how many will show up on opening day. We Christians talk a good talk, but we don’t walk our talk as well as we talk it. (smile) And with the Covid 19 virus still very active in our area, plus all the protests, fearmongering and disinformation being spread about it, some people will still be anxious, leery and somewhat fearful to attend physical church services. 

And under the circumstances, I don’t know if we can really blame them, but being sincere Christians, we ought to have some faith in the promises of our God when He tells us not to fear. As He said through the prophet Isaiah: ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.’ (Is. 41:10) But unfortunately, even in Jesus’ time, two of His favourite words to the disciples and the people, were ‘Fear not.’ And several times He accused them of little faith. 

We also know these famous words of His, when He promised the disciples the Holy Spirit after He went away. ‘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) And a couple chapters later He uttered these awesome, reassuring words to the disciples. ‘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) 

Now those were tough words for the mostly youthful and uneducated disciples to absorb. And even with our better understanding of the scriptures today, it’s also difficult for many of us to hang on to those reassuring words of Jesus. Thus, fear and anxiety are still a major part of our lives, especially with the enemy currently being in worldwide ascension. But fear not friends, (smile) today we will sing a song of worship that will help us to annul any fear or anxiety we might feel. It’s sung by that rising American gospel singer Tasha Cobbs, and it’s aptly titled: ‘No Longer a Slave to Fear.’ 

Wow! And isn’t that good news my people? It surely is! If we can break the bondage that fear has over us, then we are free and clear of the enemy; victorious over his evil deceptions and lies! So let’s sing it like we really mean it nuh. In full, soulful voice, letting the words rise sincerely up from deep within our hearts, all the way to heaven’s throne, showing our Saviour that we have matured, we now fully and faithfully believe His promises, and are no longer slaves to fear. 

‘(Chorus: I’m no longer a slave to fear, For I am a child of God (2) You unravel me, with a melody, You surround me with a song, Of deliverance, from my enemies, Till all my fears are gone. (Chorus: I’m no longer, a slave to fear, For I am a child of God (2) From my mother’s womb, You have chosen me, Your LOVE has called my name, I’ve been born again, Into your family, Your blood flows through my veins. (Chorus: I’m no longer, a slave to fear, For I am, a child of God (2) Oh oh, oh oh oh. Oh oh, oh oh oh! You split the sea, So I could walk right through, My fears are drowned, In perfect LOVE, You rescued me, so I could stand and sing, I am a child of God …

You split the sea, So I could walk right through it, My fears are drowned, In perfect LOVE, You rescued me, so I could stand and sing, I am a child of God, I am a child of God, I am a child of God…. I know who I am, I know who I am, I am a child of God! He calls me the head and not the tail, Above and not beneath, a lender and not a borrower. So I no longer walk in fear, but in faith. For I am a child of God. If you are a child of God, sing Hallelujah to His glorious name!’ Awright mih bredrin, let’s shout some ‘Hallelujahs’ to our wonderful heavenly Father, because we are indeed His ever-faithful and ever-LOVING children! Glory be! 

And the Lord’s certainly moving in mysterious ways in me these days yes, because as I listened to the song on You Tube, I was again led to scroll down to the commentaries, and there I found this wonderful testimony from a young lady named Sophia G, first posted about a year ago. Please read these heartfelt words with me. She says: ‘Recently I’m experiencing so much pain right now. I’m in high school and all of my “friends” have turned on me and starting to bully me basically. I don’t feel like I’m being bullied because I ask god to fill me up with his Holy Spirit and fruits of the spirits everyday. 

But I do get down because the enemy is trying so hard to let me loose faith in Jesus and to get me depressed. My friends don’t like me because I’m different and no matter how hard they try and get a reaction of negativity out of me I never do and never will. They see god inside me and they don’t like that. But I’ll praise god in the good and the bad no matter how much I get down and this sing just gets me going and for (full) fills me. I love God so much and he is probably letting me experience this for a lesson. But it’s hard and some days I get so down I want to give up completely. Please pray for me and for my friends also so they can get Jesus in their life also, thankyou💞😭’

Now doesn’t that just break your heart? But here is the wonderful part, she recently shared. ‘Hello guys!! It’s been 10 months since I posted this comment and I just want to say Thank you so much for all your love and support. I would have never have ever thought this comment would get so many people praying for me! And oh wow how I have changed. God has blessed me so much and your prayers have helped me more than you could imagine. My mental health was very very bad. I was very depressed I’m not gonna lie. Everyday was a battle for me and every night I would be sobbing myself to sleep. But the devil never wins. 

My faith with Jesus has grown. In this world ye shall have tribulation so much now. Now for me this year has been the happiest I’ve ever been.  Even though 2020 had been a very strange year I can say this has been the best year for me mentally in my whole life. I ended losing all my friends which made me quite sad but I realised how toxic they were for me. But now I have the best friends I could ever ask for. All my problems I was in has been erased from my life and I have forgiven everyone. I’m honestly so happy and thankful for you all. God is so good and even in the hardest times you feel like giving up he’s always by my side. 

This just shows how powerful God is and gods people💘💘 I love you all and I appreciate you very much. I still have a lot to learn and I want god to teach me more about life. It took me just less than a year for god to turn my life around but I’m more grateful than ever. I will never forget any of you xxxx.’ 

Mama Mia! And who says our God isn’t a great and powerful God eh? One who answers prayers! But we have to come to Him, to actively and consciously seek His face like that young lady in the testimony above, and allow Him to drive away the fear in our hearts and souls. That’s the only solution to our fear problem my people! Much LOVE!

…God hath not given us the spirit of fear…but of power…and of LOVE…and of a sound mind… (2 Tim. 1:7)                                                                                             

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Today’s Scrip-Bit 7 December 2013 Matthew 6:25

Matthew 6:25.    Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for (do not worry about) your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink: nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat (food), and the body more than raiment (clothes)?

Oh Friends, at last Nelson Mandela, ‘the Son of Africa, father of freedom’ as the newspaper termed him, has gone home to be with his Maker. His early days on earth were filled with poverty and struggle in a racist, apartheid South Africa, then his middle years with lonely incarceration on a barren island, from which though he arose like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes to lead his nation to democracy.  

And although his last days on earth were filled with sickness and family dissension, he will always be remembered as a giant of a man in personality and decency, whom the whole world gathered around to fight poverty and racial injustice.

Oh my people, if our troubled world only had a few more decent, upstanding leaders like him, then it would be a much better place to dwell. And though his country, South Africa is still riddled with problems, his name will always stand at its masthead as being the one who finally set it on the right path.

Nelson Mandela, you will always be remembered as a statesman extraordinaire. We mourn your passing, but it was time for you to rest from the problems of this world, to finally go home.

We LOVE you, and will always think fondly of you, as we write your name indelibly in the history books of life.  And that’s as it should be Friends, because he gave people hope for a better future. Wish the same could be said of the leaders who remain.

Now let’s turn to our Bit. ‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for (do not worry about) your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink: nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat (food) and the body more than raiment (clothes)?’

Gospel truth my brethren! As Jesus proved to us yesterday, showing how nature is taken care of by our wonderful Creator, with the flowers of the fields even better dressed than Cousin Sol in his Sunday best. And since we’re much more important than they are, why wouldn’t He look after us in an even better manner eh?

Jesus then ended by pointing out that our problem stemmed from a lack of, or only a small amount of faith in our heavenly Father. (Matt.6;26-30) And we know if Jesus said that, then it must be true.

Today we’ll continue with Jesus’ discourse on the subject, where He sincerely advises us: ‘Therefore take no thought (do not worry), saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.’ (Matt.6:31-32)

And Friends, if the God that we serve and worship is truly our Creator, then we shouldn’t need Jesus to tell us that.  We claim that He’s omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, can do anything at all, and above all else, WE ARE His children. So what are we saying then when we don’t depend on Him, that He’s an absentee, unsupportive father, like so many of us mortal fathers?

It would seem so, by the way we try in our own strength, and that of our fellow man, to get the material things of life, idolizing them so much that we often suffer from debilitating stress and abnormal anxiety in our rush, our impatience, to acquire them. And though we know the pratfalls of running down material things, yet we still do it. That’s certainly not wisdom my people.

Now let’s hear the wise way as declared by Jesus. ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matt.6:33) 

Wow Friends! That’s more plain, simple and straightforward talking by our Lord and Saviour! Again, to be considered His true followers, we need to live by His dictates, which unfortunately too many of us aren’t doing, and thus we are experiencing all kinds of problems in our lives.

And now that we know why we’re experiencing so many problems, (smile) let’s smarten up and take His divine advice nuh. ‘Take therefore no thought for the morrow (therefore do not worry about tomorrow): for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil (trouble) thereof.’ (Matt.6:34)

More words of absolute truth from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! When are going to listen to Him eh, to take Him seriously?  When it’s too late? Oh my fellow believers, please let’s stop running down the material things of the world, especially if we can’t truly afford them and have to almost literally kill ourselves to get them!

Now let’s end with some thoughts form the scholars on those last two verses, perhaps something they say will get through to us. (smile) ‘6:33-34. This portion of the Sermon on the Mount is summarized by the statement seek ye first the kingdom of God. The disciples who have pledged their allegiance to the King must continue seeking the kingdom and its righteousness.

The present imperative form of the verb (Gr. zeteo) indicates a continual or constant seeking. The contrast between the spiritual and the material is again emphasized. The believer is to seek first the righteousness that is characteristic of God’s kingdom and then all these things (material things) shall be added to him. When our priority is spiritual, God will take care of the material, for where God guides, He provides.

We need not worry about tomorrow, for sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (v.34). This means that each day has its own troubles and challenges to be responsibly handled, without worrying about the hypothetical problems that could arise tomorrow.‘

So my people, having heard all the reasons for not worrying and truly depending on our magnanimous God to take care of our daily needs, let’s get serious and cut back on the worrying and running down the things of the world, for we can only use so much stuff at any one time, and even more exasperating is that we can’t take any of it with us.

Please, let’s ponder those words today, and ask God for His divine help. You know He will never say us nay. Much LOVE!

…the fear of man bringeth a snare (trap)…but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe …secure…set on high… (Prov.29:25)

 

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 6 December 2013 Matthew 6:25

Matthew 6:25.   Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for (do not worry about) your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat (food), and the body than raiment (clothing)?

 
Oh Friends, it’s Friday… a normal Friday, one without some foolish nickname that invites us to become a part of the evil, lustful world. Praise the Lord! Instead it’s a normal Friday, where I can’t hear my ears, (smile) for your joyous shouting of ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday, and this week of slave labour soon over!’ 
 
But mih people, though it’s a regular Friday, it still falls within the Christmas Season, which means more shopping and partying and things that Jesus might look askance at. So to try and keep us on the straight and narrow, let’s chant our Friday Chant with total concentration and sincere feeling.
 
As one voice 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.’
 
Now that should guide us in the right direction. And on top of that, I guess the Lord chose this Bit for this most appropriate time, when we’re all in a tizzy about food, money and gifts to celebrate Christmas. But please remember my fellow believers that the worldly celebrations are not the reason for Christmas, but the incredible, God-LOVING, incarnate birth of Jesus Christ!
 
So even if we don’t have all the stuff we want, we have to learn to be contented with whatever we have. As Bruh Paul so rightly says to the Philippians, in appreciation of their gifts: ‘Not that I speak in respect of want (in regard of need): for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.’ (Phil.4:11)
 
And that is something we have to consciously cultivate my brethren, for it doesn’t come automatically. And we need it even more nowadays in the face of the world continuously egging us on to want more, more, more…
 
That’s why Jesus warned us in our Bit: ‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for (do not worry about) your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat (food), and the body than raiment (clothing)?’ 
 
But I know it’s a daily fight my Friends to live up to Jesus’ warning, especially with all the wars and strife in our world and the economic situation getting worse for the majority of the population. The greedy, evil powers that be, are trying to get us caught up in the world system of materialism and want. 
 
But my people we have to staunchly and jealously guard our hearts, minds and souls against that. For once we get caught up in that evil mess, we’ll never know peace again, because we’ll never be contented, even with great wealth and power, but we’ll keep on wanting more and more, just as the rich, evil and greedy are now doing.
 
Now let’s listen to Jesus, as He continues His discourse on the topic. ‘Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought (worrying) can add one cubit unto his stature (height)?
 
And why take ye thought (do you worry) for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed (clothed) like one of these. Wherefore if God so clothe (clothes) the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?’ (Matt.6:26-30)
 
Oh mih breddren, more plain and simple language from our Lord and Saviour! What does it take to convince us eh? The birds don’t sow and reap and store away, neither do the flowers in the fields, but even Cousin Sol in his Sunday best couldn’t outshine them.
 
And since we’re a thousand, thousand times more important than them, we ought to show that importance by being appreciative and thoroughly dependent on our God and His gracious, abundant will for our lives. For remember that our Lord only has good thoughts towards us, and a brilliant future in store for those who submit to His will. (Jer.29:11)
 
Now here are some interesting comments from the scholars’: ‘6:26-32. Jesus illustrates His point by referring to objects in nature that were immediately at hand, the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. The key point of this passage is found in the phrases Are ye not much better than they? (v.26) and shall he not much more clothe you? (v.30).
 
The Bible clearly teaches that God is the Creator and sustainer of nature. Worry and anxiety are related to the length of one’s life in the phrase add one cubit unto his stature. A cubit is a measurement of 18 inches. However, this reference is probably not to one’s actual height but to length of his life.
 
The term stature (Gr. helikia) may mean “age.” Thus the idea seems to be that a man cannot add the smallest measure to the span of his life by worrying. This state of anxiety is related to having little faith (v.30) Faith is total confidence in the provision of God.’
 
And that my fellow believers is the ultimate in truth and wisdom!
 
So let’s try and attain to it nuh. Let’s stop running after the inferior, soon to be destroyed things of the world nuh, and instead focus on the superior, everlasting things of heaven and of our omnipotent God. For it’s there our greatest benefits lie. Much LOVE!
 
…true contentment…can only ever come…from true confidence in Jesus Christ…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Today’s Scrip-Bit 5 December 2013 Matthew 6:25

Matthew 6:25.   Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for (do not worry about) your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat (food), and the body than raiment (clothing)?
 
Oh Friends, the ole fella’s feeling a bit down this morning, and I can’t figure out why. There’s no good reason for it, cause I had a good sleep, so I’m feeling fresh, and I even did some other stuff that I’ve been putting off. But now that I’ve come to write the Bit, the spirit isn’t as bright and bouncy as it should be.
 
But don’t worry, for as I write, it’s getting there, I’m a-chuckling now, and by the time I find something to write about, the joy of the Lord, my strength, would surely have kicked that deceitful Lucifer out of my mind.
 
So let’s see what our wonderful God wants us to hear about His Word, this supposed fall morning, one which the forecasters claim will reach a high around 15 celsius in my area.
 
Mama Mia! That’s spring, not fall! But we’ll take it, remembering not to look a gift horse in the mouth. (smile) Anyway, soon come, going to find a Bit.
 
Oh Friends, oh Friends, the ole fella’s back, some fifteen minutes later, exuberant, filled with joy and purpose! Praise the Lord!  For it would seem that He wants us to continue looking at His gracious and LOVING promises. And today, in particular, the one where He’s promised to meet our daily needs.
 
That’s where Jesus, after talking about only being able to serve one master at a time (Matt.6:24) He declares in our Bit. ‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for (do not worry about) your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat (food), and the body than raiment (clothing)?’
 
And that’s the undeniable truth my brethren! 
 
Now listen to the scholars’ take on that. ‘6:25. Jesus now deals with the equally dangerous tendency of those who have few possessions: worry. Take no thought (Gr. me merimnao) means  “Do not be anxious.” This word means to be so disturbed about material needs that we distrust God and are distracted from faithfully doing His will. Anxious care is the direct opposite of faith.
 
Therefore, even the poor are not to worry needlessly about what they should eat, drink, or wear. The question Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment? indicates that inner mental stability must come from the spirit of a man and not from outward physical provisions. To set one’s heart on material possessions, or to worry about the lack of them is to live in perpetual insecurity and deprive oneself of the spiritual blessings of God.’
 
Amen, mih breddren! They just told us in no uncertain terms. Now no one’s saying not be concerned or pay attention to our daily wants and needs, but the excessive manner in which some of us believers go about it is not worthy of our God and His promises.
 
And it will do us well to remember how our great God provided meat and manna for the Israelites for the 40 years they wandered in the wilderness. (Ex.16:12-21) So why shouldn’t He be able to do the same for us eh?
 
And the scholars’ have an interesting note on manna that I’ll share. ’16:15. The manna literally means “What is it?” Not only was it remarkable for its size, shape, colour taste, and variety of uses (16:14, 23, 31; Num.11:7-8), but especially for its daily appearance at dawn, its tremendous abundance, its strange capacity for breeding worms at the end of each day, except the sixth, and its sudden and permanent disappearance as soon as the Israelites entered Canaan (Josh. 5:12).
 
It taught the people to look Godward for their daily bread, and it pointed toward the One who claimed to be the true bread from heaven, “even the bread of life” (John 6:32, 35).’
 
Oh my fellow believers, how I wish that there was some sure way to get us to look God-ward for our daily needs rather than towards frail and fallible man, as we so foolishly insist on doing!
 
We saw how the Lord provided the Israelites with more than enough food, but remember too that neither their clothes nor shoes ever wore out during their 40 year wandering in the wilderness. So meeting our daily needs is definitely not impossible for our omnipotent God!
 
As He asked Abraham so long ago, after promising to give him a son in his old age and Abraham and Sarah were somewhat sceptical. ‘Is anything too hard for the Lord?’ (Ex.18:14)
 
No my people. NOTHING is too hard for our Creator and heavenly Father!
 
And the sad part is that we think it and talk it all the time, but obviously we don’t believe it deep down in our hearts, otherwise we still wouldn’t be worrying about what we’ll eat, drink and wear, every day of our lives. And to make matters even worse, most of us spout it every day, when we pray the Lord’s Prayer as Jesus taught us. ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ (Matt.6:11)
 
And as the scholars rightly note: ‘6:11. The section of petitions begins with the request to give us this day our daily bread. Bread (Gr. artos) may be applied to the provision of food in general. The term daily (Gr. epiousios) denotes “indispensable.”
 
The concept of daily provision of bread fits perfectly with the Old Testament example of the daily provision of manna to the Israelites while they were wandering in the wilderness (Ex.16:14-15).’ 
 
Ah mih people, if the Deity we supposedly serve and worship could feed roughly 2 million people and tons of animals in the wilderness for numerous years, and not make their clothes wear out either, why can’t we believe that He’ll do the same for us eh?
 
And we also claim that He doesn’t change; the same today, yesterday and forever. So what’s the problem eh? It must lie with us. And as Sherlock Holmes would say to his sidekick: ‘Elementary my Dear Watson!’
 
My Friends, our reluctant behaviour just shows that our faith in Almighty God is simply not strong enough. That means we have to do something about it, improve it somehow or other, if we ever hope to truly come to faith in our Creator.
 
Let’s get to work on that right away nuh, preferably today, RIGHT NOW! Much LOVE!
 
…O ye of little faith…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 October 2013 Matthew 5:8

 

Matthew 5:8.     Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

And before you know it, Monday has come around again… Chuh!  

Yes Friends, it’s that wonderful day called Monday! Hn, hn!  

And wonder of wonders, this morning while walking down the street, as I passed one house, a middle aged gentleman came out on to his front porch and surprised me by raising both arms, his head and eyes towards heaven and loudly declared: ‘Thank God it’s Monday, and I’m strong and healthy enough to go back out to work today and spread some joy and blessings amongst the great unwashed!’  

Ah Friends, sadly, I hear the peals of laughter ringing out, not from the unbelievers, but from the supposed believers. Shame on you all! Because you’re not doing it, doesn’t mean that others aren’t. That attitude only shows that your faith is small!   

No wonder Jesus constantly criticized the people of His day, by saying: ‘O ye of little faith.’ In the gospel of Matthew, He says it three times – Matt. 6:30; 8:26; 14:31. Today He most likely would have said it more often.  

Remember Friends, we’re supposed to live by faith and not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7) So if we don’t believe, don’t have faith that something good is happening, or going to happen, then how can we ever see it through to fruition eh? Unless you don’t think, want, or expect Christians to change their miserable Monday Morning behaviour.  

Anyway, enough castigating and tongue lashing for today. (smile) Let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn with much gusto, verve and vitality.  

On the count of three; one, two, three: ‘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!’  

That was a tremendous rendition my people! It had to be, because Jesus was singing along, snapping His fingers and tapping His feet, while the Father sat on His throne smiling, overjoyed to see His blessed Son happy with His people’s behaviour for a change.  

Now that should wake us up, put us in the right frame of mind and give us the spiritual wherewithal to go out today and successfully do battle against the awful Beelzebub and his evil minions.  

And some of our capability to do that is based, or comes in part because of our Bit: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.’ Yes Friends, when our hearts are right, then God flourishes in us!  

And we’re continuing with this Beatitude because I have some scripture to share, re the second half; ‘for they shall see God.’  

Now listen to this scripture from way back in time, when that ole scamp, that consummate smart-man, Jacob, wrestled with the angel and eventually got blessed.  

The Good Book says: ‘And Jacob asked him (the angel), and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the place Peniel (lit. Face of God): for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’ (Gen.32:29-30)  

Ah mih breddren, who would have thought it eh? But that’s how our God operates; in mysterious ways, not using the obvious to do His will, but instead using those whom man considers useless and unfruitful to confound man. Remember His ways and thoughts are ever so much higher than ours! (Is.55:8-9)   

And as you know, whenever possible, we like to end with the potent words of Jesus. Here, He’s talking about greatness, explaining that we have to be as pure, as trusting and humble as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. And to end that section, He says: ‘Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Matt.18:10)  

Oh my people, again we see the simplicity and straightforwardness of our heavenly Leader’s words. He keeps reading and spelling for us, so why is it so difficult to adhere to His commands eh?   I don’t know, possibly because it’s just in our nature to be rebellious and disobedient. 

And since He gave us freedom of choice, I guess we figure we have to use it in a negative light, just to prove that we can. But whatever the reason my people, turning away from our Creator, Controller and Provider is a fool’s wisdom!  

Today therefore, please let’s seriously consider our relationship to Christ, and wisely try to improve it. For that’s truly, common sense and true wisdom. Much LOVE!  

…just like a little child looks up to and trusts his earthly parents…even so should mankind look up to and trust our heavenly Father…for to know, know, know Him…is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Him…

 
                          

 


Today’s Scrip-Bit 3 August 2013 Matthew 8:26

Matthew 8:26.   And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea: and there was a great calm.
 
Oh Friends, it’s Saturday, the day of the big Caribana Parade! Or to give it its right name, the Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival Parade. And I chuckle to see how the parade no longer matters to me.
 
And if you knew me earlier on, you would chuckle too, because once upon a time, the parade was the ONLY thing that mattered to me. I couldn’t care less about the other activities. My only concern was to meet up with my buddies in the city and behave like ‘leggo-beast,’ make a fool of myself. I do that normally now. (smile)
 
The duchess would complain, because those days she never went to the parade and I would come home dog tired and otherwise, just wanting to rest and recuperate, while she then wanted to go out and party. Now she’s the one that goes to the parade with her friends and comes home late and tired. Life certainly has a way of turning around, when we least expect it yes.
 
But this will be the third or fourth parade that I’m missing, and it doesn’t rankle my soul that much, because I know my knees can’t handle the strain any longer, and I did do a lot of walking and prancing in my time. Not to mention in the last few years I stopped seeing the people I used to party with, and the parade itself, the tenor of the celebrations, plus the quality of the mas no longer appealed to me.
 
But I did check out the Pan Alive competition last night, the only aspect that I pay any attention to now. And I almost didn’t go, because shortly after five, as I was about to get ready, a wicked thunderstorm lashed my area. And it didn’t clear up until after seven, so I was there hemming and hawing about going.
 
But fortunately, the Spirit moved me to go. So I got myself together and went. Thankfully, by then the traffic had eased off, so I got down there about 8.30, only missing the first three bands. And since there were fourteen scheduled to perform, I didn’t miss much. 
 
Only thirteen actually performed though, because one pan side dropped out, due to the death of one of their members. How sad eh. Let’s pray that they find faith and strength in Jesus to hold up under their time of sorrow. The rain behaved quite well too, for we only had a couple of drizzles, then it held off after about ten o’clock.
 
And the pan was nice, mih Uncle John! The sound system was nice and clean, and the pannists – no longer pan men – were excellent themselves. And as usual, it warmed the cockles of my heart to see the many young people, of different colours, creeds and races, beating pan. For as you would know better than most, pan has certainly come a long way. I told one young lady there about the lowly beginnings of pan and its social stigma, and she was most surprised to hear it.
 
But Friends, our God is a great and wonderful God, operating in ways we can’t even pretend to understand. Just as He allowed His Son Jesus to be born in a lowly and humble environment, a lot of His blessed undertakings start in lowly turmoil and eventually graduate to great things. Pan is definitely one of those undertakings. 
 
Anyway, the competition didn’t finish until after midnight, and by the time the winners were announced, it was minutes to one. Pan Fantasy repeated as winners of the competition, with Afro Pan coming second, and a tie for third place, but I don’t remember the names of those bands.
 
And obviously there was controversy over the results. But that’s nothing new, for I believe that there’s no other competition that causes as much controversy, regardless of who wins, as in Pan competitions.
 
So my brethren, with that time frame in mind, I didn’t get home until minutes to two this morning, and I had to grab some shut-eye, thus the lateness of the Bit. And I guess that wraps up my Caribana ‘particpaction!’
 
Hn, hn! The old people were right as usual, when they said that after one time is usually too yes. But the good thing is that it doesn’t rankle my soul now, though it did a little in the first couple of years. I’ve come to terms with it. Thank you Lord.
 
And let’s pray that there are no serious, untoward events at the parade, because you know how the powers that be can carry on over any incident, large or small, quick to threaten to ban it. But you can’t have almost a million people congregating in an area less than a mile long, and have no problems whatsoever. That’s very unrealistic.
 
Now turning to our Bit: ‘And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea: and there was a great calm.’
 
Oh my brethren, those rebuking words of Jesus apply to us even more today than they did to the disciples of Jesus’ time. That’s because we’re even more scared and concerned about our lives and the way our society is plummeting down to the depths of sinfulness and evil.
 
The disciples had been with Jesus for a while, had seen Him do several miracles, but deep down they didn’t believe, were still unconvinced that He was the Son of God, the Messiah. And thus they only considered the situation in human terms.
 
With the wind and sea so wild and frightful, and the boat doing such a crazy dance on the water, any normal man would have awakened and checked out the scene. But in the heat of their excitement and fear, they forgot that Jesus wasn’t a normal man. I guess there was some disappointment on Jesus’ part, since by then He no doubt expected them to have more faith in Him.
 
However, we can’t look down on the disciples, for their fear and lack of faith, because today we are doing the same thing. We have also seen and experienced many signs and wonders of Jesus’ LOVE and faithfulness, but when the forces of the world, of evil and darkness come against us, we still tend to cringe and get overly scared.
 
But please remember Friends, that our God created the universe and all therein, and still controls ALL that happens in it. So if He tells us: ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,’ (John 16:33b) then why should we doubt and not believe eh?
 
That’s where our level of faith, trust and surrender to God comes in. Now there’s nothing wrong with being afraid at times, but with all God’s promises, plus Jesus’ death, resurrection and the promise of salvation and eternal life they bring, and all the other good things that believers enjoy, we should not become so scared that we panic and thus make wrong or unwise decisions.
 
The level of our faith will dictate the level of our fear. That’s why we all need to raise the levels of our faith my people! For it is that sense of trust in our heavenly Father that keeps us truly grounded and able to not only survive, but also prosper in these ungodly and wicked times. 
 
And I won’t quote you any set of scriptures, but today I want us to read Hebrews Chapter 11, often called the Faith Chapter, where we’ll find a long list of people who found and applied faith to their lives and were renowned for it.
 
Now please don’t think you’re doing me a favour by reading it, because you’re not. I’m going to read it and hopefully build my level of faith. You’re reading it for your own good, to develop your trust and faith.
 
For remember, regardless of how much you listen to the Word, you’ll never truly understand it until YOU read, mark, meditate on and inwardly digest it. If you don’t, then you’ll be easily fooled and made afraid by what any, Tom, Dick and Harry tells you.
 
So we’ll end here and let you go and read Hebrews 11, for that’s today’s wisdom. Much LOVE!
 
…no one can build our faith but us…and to do that…personally knowing the Word is a must…