Today’s Scrip-Bit 5 June 2014 Acts 14:22

Acts 14:22.     Confirming (strengthening) the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

So what’s happening this fine Thursday morning eh Friends? I do hope that we’re all prepared to receive the new blessings and mercies that our wonderful Lord has earmarked for distribution today to His faithful and obedient followers.
 
And all God’s people mouthed a most grateful, ‘Thank You Lord! We Love You and praise Your Holy Name!’
 
Now here is the second half of the I CAN DO statements, acclamations of faith to get us started on our journey of faith today.
 
Please affirm with me: ‘I CAN have victory in my life by dealing with the things that are keeping me from God’s best. I AM confronting my struggles head on so I CAN overcome them. God has given me the power to rise above.
 
He has given me the strength to focus on Him and push through. NOTHING will hold me back! This is my declaration of what I CAN do through Christ!’
 
Now my people, let’s take that seriously and get ourselves together and DO what we just affirmed that we CAN and WILL DO! It’s the only way to move forward successfully in this life! 
 
That brings us to our Bit: ‘Confirming (strengthening) the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.’
 
Oh Friends, that’s exactly what we are endeavouring to do through the Bit; strengthen our souls so that we can continue strong in the faith, while keeping in mind the fact that we will suffer trials simply by being a follower of Jesus. So it’s all good stuff. (smile)
 
And though it can indeed be a struggle to live a good life, walking in Jesus’ footsteps, glorifying our heavenly Father, as faithful believers, we must do it, never giving up, persevering despite what ever comes against us, for in due time we will be well rewarded.
 
Now let’s continue where we left off yesterday, by looking at a couple of scripture passages that corroborate the second half of our Bit: ‘and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.’
 
I know it doesn’t cause much interest and excitement to think that we need to see troubles to enter God’s kingdom, but that’s what the Word says, and the Word doesn’t lie. However, it does promise great rewards if we stand strong in the testing of our faith.
 
Listen to Bruh Paul as he tells the church at Rome about living life in the Spirit. ‘So then they that be in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
 
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (give life to) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
 
Therefore brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bchildren of god, heirs of god, beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us.’(Rom.8:8-18)
 
Yes my brethren, the only way to live this earthly life successfully is being led and guided by the Holy Spirit of God, and not by the fleshly lusts of our carnal bodies!
 
And as Bruh Paul says in the last verse there, the trials and tribulations we endure now, will be significantly outweighed by the rewards in glory later on.
 
And if you don’t believe Bruh Paul, then listen to Jesus, as He makes the same claim when talking to His disciples about who is great.
 
‘And there was also a strife (rivalry) among them, which of them should be accounted (considered) the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
 
(Scholars’ note: Benefactors: The underlying Greek word appears nowhere else in the New Testament. Middle-Eastern kings liked to rule with an iron hand, and then take on a title that extolled their benevolence. Christians should crave neither such power nor such acclaim).
 
But ye shall not be so: but he that is the greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief (leader), as he that doth serve. For whether (who) is greater, he that sitteth at meat (at the table), or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat (at the table)?
 
But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto (bestow upon) you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto (bestowed upon) me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’ (Luke 22:24-30)
 
Ah mih people, the world judges greatness by the material things and power we possess. But it is not so in the kingdom of God. Jesus came to earth to serve, to be a servant for His heavenly Father, to help and save those in need, and likewise, that’s what He expects of His followers.
 
Now that doesn’t mean we cannot amass great wealth and power, but we must use them wisely in doing God’s will and work here on earth, not just lay them up for our sole benefit and sit and consider how well off and wonderful we are, otherwise we’ll end up like the fool in Luke 12:16-21, who was called home the same night he decided to eat, drink and be merry over his great earthly possessions. And thus ends today’s message.
 
Oh Friends, we all know that faithfully serving Jesus in this evil, ungodly world isn’t easy, especially when He requires excellence of ALL His followers, and excellence only comes with paying a price.
 
But please remember that Jesus promises to reward all those who faithfully serve Him with rewards of excellence too, rewards like salvation and eternal life with Him and the Father. And believe me people, there is nothing on this planet Earth that’s worth more than those two things!
 
So please hang in there my brethren, and let’s faithfully spread the LOVE Revolution of Jesus all over the world, as he requires, and do it with joy and excellence! Much LOVE!
 
…all that’s required of us on this earthly pilgrimage…is to LOVE OUR GOD…LIVE OUR FAITH…AND SPREAD GOD’S WORD…

 

 
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 17 April 2014 Psalm 19:14

Psalm 19:14.     Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength (rock), and my redeemer.
 
Oh Friends, it’s been a while now since I reminded us of our Scrip-Bit motto, but I was guided to share it this Holy Thursday morning. It’s a simple but truthful and compelling motto: ‘LOVE YOUR GOD – LIVE YOUR FAITH – SPREAD HIS WORD!’
 
Nothing can be simpler and more straightforward than that my people! And it’s all based on Jesus’ commands. The first of which is: ‘Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.’ (Matt.22:37-38)
 
So above all else, we need to truly LOVE OUR GOD!
 
Then Jesus desired us to live out our faith when He declared that we should not hide our lights, our talents, under a bushel, a basket or lampshade, but to be the bright and shining lights of the world, the salt of the earth, worthy examples for all to see and emulate. (Matt.5:13-16)
 
And finally, He commanded us to spread His Word in the Great Commission: ‘Go ye therefore, and teach (make disciples of) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’ (Matt.28:19-20)
 
So Friends, we can surely see that if we sincerely and diligently do those three things, we are very much in obedience to Jesus’ desires, and walking steadfastly in His will!
 
And that’s all we’re trying to establish with the Scrip-Bit; to keep us focused on the Word and Will of God in our earthly lives. But such is the power of the enemy and our own natural sinfulness and weakness, that we need constant reminders to stay on the tried and true, straight and narrow path that leads to heaven and our Father, our Creator.
 
And that’s exactly what our Bit is trying to establish: ‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength (rock), and my redeemer.’ 
 
Yes my people, we certainly need to let good, positive thoughts and desires develop in our hearts, if our words are to be godly and righteous. We should not be cursing, but rather blessing each other. For how can we curse a man made in God’s image, and then declare we LOVE God eh? That’s not possible my brethren.
 
Anyway, turning back to our Bit, yesterday we looked at a couple scriptures that dealt with the meditation of our hearts. Today we’ll check out some that depict the Lord as our strength and our redeemer. And obviously we’ll begin with words from Bruh David, (smile) taken from Psalm 31.
 
He begins it with a wonderful acclamation of faith: ‘In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust (take refuge); let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock (of refuge), for a house of defence (fortress) to save me.
 
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily (secretly) for me: for thou art my strength. In to thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.’ (Ps.31:1-5)
 
Oh my people, we couldn’t ask for a better and more convincing example of trust and faith in Almighty God!
 
Meanwhile, Jeremiah declares it in full voice in his prophecy against Babylon. ‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captive held them fast; they refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly plead their cause (case), that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.’ (Jer.50:33-34)
 
The Lord of hosts is our Redeemer, Friends – none but the Lord of hosts!
 
And if you don’t believe Jeremiah, then listen to Isaiah, who states it loudly, clearly and proudly in Chapter 47 – Judgement on Babylon. ‘As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.’ (Is.47:4)
 
There’s definitely no doubting there my people, of whom the Redeemer is! The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Great Redeemer of His people Israel!
 
Let’s keep that in mind my fellow believers. Let’s write it indelibly in our hearts, souls and minds this Holy Thursday morning, as we keep prayerful vigil with Jesus Christ in His passion, His agony, contemplating His abominable fate of going to the cross of Calvary tomorrow, to redeem not only Israel, but the whole world, both Jews and Gentiles, through the most imaginative and daring plan ever executed in man’s history!
 
It was by no means an easy task, but Jesus completed it without complaining. So please, my fellow believers, let’s fully appreciate our Lord and Saviour’s selfless sacrifice on our behalf, and be truly grateful. For that’s nothing but heavenly wisdom! Much LOVE!
 
…oh what an awesome and magnanimous God we serve…One who selflessly and graciously redeems His sinful people from their heinous sins…  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 9 February 2013 Psalm 72:7

Psalm 72:7.     In his days shall the righteous flourish: and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
 
Oh Friends, the snowstorm has come, and hopefully gone in my area. I don’t know how much fell, but I know that my driveway is covered to between my calves and my knees. Meanwhile the fellow who was supposed to come and plough it hasn’t shown up or even called, despite the fact that I called him about it yesterday. Sorry for that delay, roughly 40 minutes. But you’ll find out why as the story progresses. Now yesterday, I had no cause to go out during the day, but in the evening I had some matters to attend to, and though the snow was piled high in my driveway and lane I figured my ole limo could handle it. But lo and behold, I first got stuck in my driveway, then in the lane. Couldn’t move back nor forth, with just a lot of slipping and sliding and burning rubber. Steups! It’s a good thing my younger, stronger, non-Christian neighbour was outside shovelling his driveway and he helped me. Please note the non-Christian belief, but the very Christian action. For about an hour we were out there trying to get ‘Grey Matter’ (the car’s name) to move sensibly. Finally we managed to get it out of the lane and up the driveway, with its nose in the garage door and it’s tail in a snow bank by the side of the house. The important thing was to get it out of the lane before they came to plough it, otherwise that would have caused even more problems. Obviously I was frustrated by having to cancel all my plans, but I quieted my Spirit by telling it that the Lord was seeing the bigger picture, and there was a good reason He didn’t want me out on the road at that time. And that’s how it stayed until about an hour ago, when a tow truck from the C.A.A (Canadian Automobile Assoc.) came and helped me pull it off the bank. By this time they had cleaned the lane – after 10 p.m. last night- so it was easy to drive it into the garage. In any case, I doubt I would have been able to get on to the main road because of the nasty habit the ploughs have of just ploughing without regard for anything and thus blocking up entrances. The snow at the entrance to the lane was much higher than that in the lane. And now my poor neighbour, who shovelled his driveway will have problems getting out because they blocked up his driveway when they ploughed the lane. Ah Lord eh! This whole sorry episode just has me singing: ‘Oh Tobago, land of Crusoe. I am coming home to you. My poor ole spirit and body, can’t take this nonsense any more.’ (smile) And would you believe, to get back into the house after the tow truck left, I had to shovel a path from the garage to the back door, which took me about fifteen minutes, the snow was so deep. But as they say, after one time is really two yes, for a few years ago, I’d be out there happily shovelling the snow, bad back and all, with my car trunk open and the tunes blasting out, while I danced and shovelled, shovelled and danced. People would pass by and watch me quite amused. But unfortunately I can’t do that any longer. And it’s so hard to get reliable people to come and clear the snow. The latest scam going around is to pay a lump sum of money for snow clearance from say December to March, but when the snow flies, nobody shows up to clear it. My guy wanted a lump sum too, but I decided to err on the side of caution; when you clean, you get paid. I guess he’s so busy, he just couldn’t be bothered with my small money. But of one thing I’m sure; the Lord will see me through all these difficulties, one way or the other, cause He’s promised to work out all things for the good of those who LOVE and serve Him faithfully. (Rom.8:28) And I’m trying my level best to do just that. And our Bit, which I just found (Praise the Lord!), where I’d left my Bible open when I went outside to see about the car, assures of God’s care and concern. ‘In his days shall the righteous flourish: and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth (the moon is no more).’ Yeh mih people, as long as the moon continues to shine, the righteous in the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will continue to flourish, cause that’s the kind of ever-LOVING, kind-hearted God we serve and worship. This Psalm, 72, titled; The reign of the righteous king, is only one of two attributed to Cousin Sol. The other is Psalm 127 – The need of relying on God. But according to the scholars Psalm 72 is so idealistic that the things it declares cannot be attained by a sinful human being. ‘Its aspirations become messianic in nature and point to Christ who alone can fulfill this ideal kingship.’ Yes Friends, only Christ can satisfy all its high ideals. No wonder our Bit has such strength and staying power! And we’ll close with an appropriate word from Isaiah, re the days of the Lord. ‘And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruninghooks (pruning knives): nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.’ (Is.2:4) And all God’s people joyfully declared: ‘Glory Hallelujah! Blessed is the name of the Lord our God!’ Yes Friends, many of us might not live to see that treasured day of no war, but it will come eventually as promised. So let’s go out and do our best to help it along nuh, by sincerely LOVING our God, LIVING our Faith, and SPREADING His Word. That’s what Jesus expects of us. Much LOVE!…when you truly LOVE Jesus…your only desire is to please Him…