Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 January 2008 Deuteronomy 20:2-4‏

Deuteronomy 20:2-4     And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: Let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them. For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
 
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! For He’s a Mighty God! Our strength in time of need! Yes Friends, it’s certainly something to give thanks for. Every day we get up and go out into the world, it’s a battle. The enemy endeavours to have us bow down to him and reject the Most High. It’s a ploy we should not fall for. Neither do we need to be afraid. As Moses told the Israelites, whenever you go out to fight, let the priests boost your spirits. The same thing applies to us today Friends. Each day, before we go out to face the world, we’ve got to remind ourselves of whom we’re living for; the One and Only, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. And as such, we’ve got to boost our faith, lift our spirits with those same thoughts and words that Moses suggested. ‘Let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them. For the Lord your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ Yes People, everyday, before we step out that door, we’ve got to put on that armour, that breastplate, that protection of God from our enemies. Thus clothed with that superb reinforcement, spectacularly insulated against the forces of evil, we can then step out boldly and join the battle, for we know that with Him as our guard and guide, no evil can prevail against us. But Friends, it requires a serious commitment to actively do it every single day. Start each day afresh. Throw off what happened yesterday, and don’t worry about tomorrow, that will take care of itself. Believe that every day’s a new day, and God’s mercy is new and fresh every morning. Fortify yourself with words like, ‘This is the day the Lord hath made. I shall rejoice and be glad in it.’  ‘The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ Speak them out loud. That’s the kind of stuff that will enhance our power and energy, straighten and strengthen our backbones, make us hold our heads high, chests out and shoulders back. In other words, make us self assured and fearless, ready to take on all comers. So let’s all put a little pep, a little swagger, some bounce in our stride, stir up our spirit, and get out there and meet the enemy head on. The best method of defence is attack, so don’t wait for him to come to you, take the battle to him. He won’t be expecting your frontal assault. And, armed with the knowledge that our Mighty God is always right there fighting alongside us, Friends, our victory is assured. Much LOVE!…remember…the battle is not yours…it’s the LORD’S…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 January 2008 Leviticus 16:10&22‏

Leviticus 16:10 & 22    But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
 
That’s the Old Testament way of atoning for sins. The priest took two goats and cast lots on them: one for the Lord, the other for the scapegoat. The Lord’s goat was sacrificed for a sin offering, however, the other one was presented live before Him. Then, later on, the priest would lay both hands on the goat’s head and confess over it, all the iniquities and transgressions of the people, laying them all on the poor goat’s head, before sending it away with a strong man, to be exiled to some uninhabited place, taking their sins with it. That’s the scapegoat story; an innocent replacement, bearing someone else’s wrong. But like the Lord got tired of that method. And who wouldn’t, since it was surely played out innumerable times, judging by the Israelites sinful nature. Imagine if we were still doing that! Hn! We wouldn’t have enough goats. So the Most High decided to do it once and for all. But who or what was sufficiently holy and righteous and willing to pay such a high price? Sadly, the only being who met all the criteria was His Son, His only Son, Jesus. So, obviously with a heavy heart, yuh know how we parents feel about only children, the Lord reluctantly gave Jesus the job to be the once and for all time scapegoat for our sins. But instead of just been banished to some uninhabited wilderness, Jesus suffered a horrible, excruciating death, nailed to a wooden cross. We’re such sinful beings, that only an agonizing death could wipe the slate clean. Imagine how Jesus must have felt when His Father proposed the idea. Flabbergasted, for sure. But, being an obedient Son, He became human, and although sinless, suffered an inhumane death to pay for our sins. Unfortunately, using an unblemished scapegoat was the only way to erase them for ever. Oh Friends, consider J.C’s sacrifice nuh, and how we are repaying it? With more ugly sin: by refusing to acknowledge the debt He paid for us with His innocent life; disobeying His will; even trying to have His name and courageous acts removed from our daily lives. How tragic and ungrateful we are. But yuh know, come Judgement Day, when everything crash, we’re boldfaced enough to expect Him to help and forgive us, even though we ignored Him in rosy times. But Friends, it won’t be that simple. Rejecting Him now, will bring only anguish and sorrow later. So please, let’s all accept His mercy and forgiveness now nuh, and try our very best to walk in obedience to His sovereign will. At the end, we will all be so much better off for it. Much LOVE!…a word to the wise…is usually sufficient…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 January 2008 Amos 5:8-9‏

Amos 5:8-9    Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth. The Lord is his name. That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
 
Friends, we live in a world that has gone crazy with lust for money, material things and the supposed good life that money buys. Lust for power is overwhelming; the number of dictators and egomaniacs has sky-rocketed. Immorality is rampant. Sin is treated in a cavalier manner. There’s a constant and concerted cry to relegate God to has been status. Greed, violence and strife are more popular than peace, LOVE, and sharing. The enemy appears to be in ascendance right now, just like he was in Amos’ time in Israel. He’s simply working on a larger scale now; a greater number of targets, plus more tools of evil and destruction. But people, that doesn’t mean he will win the war; a few battles along the way, yes, but definitely not the war. However, for that to occur, We, the Army of Truth, must stand strong and not falter. And the only way to do that, is as Bruh Amos said so long ago; ‘Seek Him!’  Reach out to the ONE who made the heavens with all it’s bright, shining stars. The ONE who turns day to night and darkness to light. The mighty ONE that causes the waters of the sea to overcome the earth. Yes Friends, in order to defeat the enemy, we’ve got to call on the help of that mighty Being who controls the earth. As Bruh Amos declared: ‘The Lord is His Name!’ All powerful is He. With His help, the spoiled, the defeated, the weak, the beaten down, both in body and spirit, are boosted, strengthened, even to the point that they are able to rise up and attack the fortress of the strong. So don’t lose hope people, even though the enemy bombards us with pretty enticements from his big bag of tricks. We can, and shall overcome. But only if we seek the Most High, then put our trust and lives in His hand. Without Him, we’re powerless. With Him, hn! All things are possible! Bruh Amos said it out loud and clear in verse 4: ‘For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live.’  Much LOVE  My Friends!…and steadfastly believe…that good will always overcome evil…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 January 2008 Matthew 28:18-20‏

Matthew 28:18-20    And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying. All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach 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.
 
Those were Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples. The Father gave Him free rein over everything, in reward for sacrificing His life, and He desired the disciples to go out and disseminate the Good News about the redemption of our sins, through His Birth, Death, Resurrection and Ascension. That was to be their life’s work. If they did not spread the Word, then no one would know about it and His sacrifice would have been in vain. That’s why He specifically instructed them to teach all nations, baptizing in the name of the Holy Trinity. Note that Jesus also specified Baptism, so He must have considered it important. It’s like a sign that says ‘Welcome!’; an initiation rite into the following of Jesus, the official coming of the Holy Spirit into our souls. Now Friends, two thousand years later, that directive also applies to us. The calling of all believers is to go out and teach and spread the Faith. Are we doing it? To some extent, but not as much as we can or should, else there would not be as much strife and turmoil in our world. We can’t all be Ministers or Missionaries, concentrating mainly on teaching the word, but all of us in our own way can certainly play a part by living the kind of life that reflects the teachings of Jesus. Remember, He wants us to not only spread the Word, but more importantly, LIVE it. There’s no better testimony than the example our life sets. Yes People, we are required to make a difference in the world, wherever we are, and with whatever we have. The Most High knows what we have and what we can do, so don’t worry about not being able to make large financial contributions, or volunteer a lot of time to worthy causes. All of us have somebody in close proximity who needs some kind of help that we can provide. Jesus told His disciples to teach people to observe all the things He had taught them; things like kindness, forgiveness, patience, perseverance, and above all, LOVE for God and one’s neighbours, from which everything else naturally flows. Friends, that’s also our mandate. Are we fulfilling it? Only God and each individual knows. But if we consider ourselves serious followers of J.C, then it’s very important that we do what He expects of us. So let’s all make a concerted effort; let’s go out there and teach, help, baptize, do whatever  we can to spread His word, so that when He returns, the WHOLE WORLD would have heard it, and joyfully accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour. And Friends, there’s no need to fear, because His last promise was, ‘lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’ Much LOVE!…remember…to truly be like Jesus…we must always be ready…to lend a helping hand…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 January 2008 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4‏

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4    We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all, toward each other, aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure.
 
Oh Friends, I am no Paul, not by a long shot, but it sure would be gratifying to earn the right to say those words. Obviously, I thank God for all of you who read the Bit: for those who read it reluctantly; yuh know, just because it’s there; as well as for you faithful few, who can’t wait to get up in the mornings and rush to your computers to see what words of wisdom I’ve dispensed for that day. Of course I’m laughing as I write this, but I do hope that at some time, something in some Bit, does reach out and talk to each one of you: That in some small way, it gives you some kind of encouragement, brings a chuckle to your soul or a smile to your sad face, brightens your day, shines a ray of light on your darkened path, but somehow helps you to bear whatever  heavy load you’re carrying. That’s why the Most High lead me, or rather pushed me to do this. And He would be exceedingly pleased, if my few words, hn! helps to keep your faith strong, and even better, if it helped it to grow. Wow! But this passage touched me most today; ‘and the charity  of every one of you all toward each other, aboundeth;’ Yes People, it would be so wonderful to truthfully say that we are increasing in LOVE for, and fellowship with our neighbours. Nothing warms the cockles of God’s heart and brings a beautiful smile to His face like when His children live in true harmony. Friends, it’s something we should all strive for. Sometimes I think I’m mentally challenged (now don’t all say yeah!) but I simply can’t understand how people can not only live, but thrive in continuous strife and confusion, when it’s so much easier and sweeter to live in LOVE. Sorry, but I will stay mentally challenged. That’s why crazy people are considered happy; they laugh a lot and we, supposedly sane ones, don’t. Anyway, enough rambling. At least I’m like Bruh Paul in that respect; love to ramble. But seriously though, it would be great if at the end of our journey, we all felt fulfilled and fairly satisfied with our efforts to enhance and advance God’s Church, having endured with much patience and strong faith, the necessary trials and tribulations. And Friends, we can certainly do it, if we’ll only curtail our selfish desires and work together with each other… and with God. Much LOVE!…remember…it takes two hands…to clap…the same with success…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 January 2008 Romans 8:35-37‏

Romans 8:35-37    Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ? Shall tribulation , or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
 
Trust Bruh Paul to be gung ho and upbeat even in rough times. He’s reassuring the early Christians in Rome, letting them know that there’s nothing, no, not a single negative happening that can break the bond between Christ and us. Once we accept Him as Lord and Saviour, that bond, that connection is unbreakable. It’s the strongest bond in all the world.  He loved us so much that He died for us. What can be stronger than that eh? As Bruh Paul asks, ‘who shall separate us from the love of Christ?’ and he goes on to list negative stuff, like persecution, famine and sword. Not even death, he claims will do it. At that time, rampant persecution of Christians existed, as Paul knew, since he’d been one of the chief culprits before his conversion. That’s why he could say ‘we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ In fact, all through the Church’s History, Christians have been persecuted simply for their belief in Jesus Christ. Today it’s not as bad, although the persecution still exists in some places, but despite it all, the Christian Faith has survived two thousand years. It’s been spread all over the world, as J.C asked, and is currently flourishing, reaching even more people through the new technology, like television and the internet. Bruh Paul only had two avenues to spread the Gospel, mostly word of mouth and a little written material, since that is where it all began, but he was so secure in his faith in Christ, that he could discount all the bad possibilities, even the very real fear of death. Friends, today, we don’t have to hide and whisper about our faith, as our early brothers did. We have the most freedom of any age to shout and proclaim Jesus. That’s why we’ve all got to get out there and do our part. Our world’s in crisis and desperately needs to hear about the LOVE and redemption of Jesus.  There’s nothing to be afraid of. Bruh Paul said that in spite of all the negativity, ‘in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him who loved us.’ And that’s the living truth my Friends! We can overcome any situation, conquer anything that comes against us, through the LOVE of Jesus Christ. As always, Much LOVE!…remember…with J.C on our side…there’s nothing to fear…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 January 2008 2 Peter 2: 20-21‏

2 Peter 2:20-21    For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
 
Oh Friends, we all know that a life truly dedicated to Christ can be rough at times. But once we’ve embraced the Faith, we cannot, we must not, go back to where we came from; the materialism and all the other negative aspects of our crazy, misguided world. Peter is saying that having escaped the wickedness of the world through acknowledgement of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, if we get entangled in that negativity again, and are overcome by it, succumb to it, then it’s a sad, sad day, ‘ the latter end is more than the beginning.’  Friends, turncoats are liked by nobody, because they can’t be trusted to remain loyal to any one side. Bruh Pete claims that we would be better off not having known the Lord at all, than knowing Him and then going back to our wicked ways. The price we pay for jumping ship is much higher than if we had never signed on at all. Bruh Pete maintains that when we make that about turn, we’re living up to the proverb about the dog returning to its vomit, and a washed pig, going back to wallow in the mud, because that’s all they know, and seem to like. Yes people, it’s hard to stay focussed in today’s world with all the glitz and glamour hurled at us from every side. But remember, all that glitters is not gold, but mostly gold plated or just shiny brass. So when these trials come against us, we’ve got to stand strong, call on the Most High to help us resist the temptation to revert to our more sinful ways. Don’t be afraid. The Lord understands. He knows that to genuinely perform our calling, we’ve got to be in the evil world, to be where the sinners are. As Jesus said, He came to save sinners, that’s why He hung out with them. The same goes for us: We can’t help Him, if we sit in our ivory towers, far away from the reality of it all. We’ve got to mix and mingle too, but with the realization that we’re the ones who must instigate change in the world, not the other way around. We’ve got to be in the world, but not of the world. As I keep saying Friends, it’s not easy. There’s a whole lot of lovely stuff out there to make our mouths water, and a whole heap of people to encourage us to partake. However, if it does not fit J.C’s plan, then we’ve got to resist the temptation. And my people, we can do it; through prayer, a strong resolve, maturation in the Word and the able assistance of our help-mate, the Holy Spirit. Much LOVE!…nobody loves a backslider…least of all Jesus…

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