Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 February 2008 1 Samuel 2:1-4‏

1 Samuel 2:1-4    And Hannah prayed and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more exceedingly proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
 
What a wonderful prayer! Hannah was the Prophet Samuel’s mother. Barren in her youth, she was provoked and ridiculed by her husband’s other very productive wife. Back then, barrenness was considered the consequence of some great sin against God. So although her husband Elkanah loved her and gave her a healthy portion of his possessions, she refused to be consoled, driving him to claim that he was better to her than ten sons. Instead, Hannah went up to the temple and prayed to the Lord, asking Him to bless her with a son, promising that if He granted her request, no razor would ever pass his head, and he would do the Lord’s work all his life. Note her strong faith, believing that the Lord could really do what she asked. Things were so bad with Hannah, that even as she knelt there, praying quietly from her heart, her lips moving but no sound coming out, the priest Eli saw her and thought she was inebriated, and even scolded the poor woman. Note how we can quickly jump to wrong conclusions and act on them to the detriment of others. But Hannah explained her situation and Eli blessed and wished her good luck. Then Hannah went home, ate, drank and relaxed, wisely leaving the matter in God’s hands. Soon thereafter, Elkanah knew Hannah. (smile) I love that term. Nine months later, Samuel was born and Hannah said, ‘For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.’  In return, she kept her promise, unlike many of us, who conveniently forget once our wishes are granted. At an early age, she sent him to work and study under Eli, the priest. Oh Friends, what a moving story, that also highlights all the principles of our faith: Hannah having hard times, being wrongfully judged, even when she was praying. But she, staying steadfast and faithful, praying expectantly to the Father, believing He could grant her wish. And, as we keep on reiterating, the Lord looks mercifully upon those who remain faithful through hard times. I’d like us to pay particular attention to one line of Hannah’s prayer; ‘for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.,’ meaning He reads our hearts to find out the true intentions behind our actions. Hannah’s heart must have been right, so He granted her petition. And she, in genuine gratitude, proudly announced; ‘Mine heart rejoiceth in the Lord…There is no one holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God’  Friends, truer words were never spoken. May we all be strong, faithful and true like Hannah. Much LOVE! remember…our trials…are oftimes God’s way…of testing us…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 February 2008 Zechariah 10:12

Zechariah 10:12    And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.
 
Zechariah’s talking about the repatriation of the Jews to Jerusalem from whither the Lord had scattered them, as punishment for their disobedience. We also are partakers of that promise. Our problems may be many, and we may feel oppressed by the enemy, and forsaken by all and sundry, but take hope Friends, the Lord is a wonderful God. He says, ‘for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off; for I am the Lord their God, and I will hear them.’ Vs.6. In our times of trial, it’s necessary for us to draw as close as possible to our God; study His word and stand on His promises, so that our faith can be bolstered and our resolve to walk in obedience to Him strengthened. We’ve got to believe when we hear promises like; ‘Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee. And the Lord shall be seen over them… The Lord of hosts shall defend them… And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people… For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty, corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids. …their hearts shall rejoice in the Lord.’ Wow! What awesome promises Friends! And those are only from Chapters 9 and 10 of Zechariah. There are lots more to be found throughout the Good Book. That’s why we need to read it, especially when we’re feeling frail and unworthy. That’s the purpose of the Bible and the indwelling Holy Spirit; to guide and strengthen us whenever we get tired and weary from all the frustration thrown at us by this wicked world. Remember People, the enemy can never defeat us if we walk steadfastly with the Most High. Only when we let our defences down, can he infiltrate our spirit. But whenever we slip, let’s not lose hope, don’t think it’s all over, for it’s not. Just remember that the Most High God, Jehovah, the most powerful Being in the Universe, is our Lord and Saviour. He will never leave nor forsake us. Whenever we turn to Him with a sincere heart, He’ll do as He promised: ‘And I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.’  Much LOVE!…remember people…there’s always hope…when one trusts in the Lord…so keep on trusting…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 February 2008 Ephesians 6:10-12‏

Ephesians 6:10-12    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 
Great advice from Bruh Paul, my Friends. He’s warning the people of Ephesus about the great spiritual battles they would be called on to fight in their walk of faith. The physical battles would be nothing compared to the spiritual warfare, since   the powers of evil were not only potent, but also intent on achieving supreme control of the world by any means. We have the same problems today, multiplied several times over, due to our much larger, more advanced world. The forces of evil have also increased in all aspects, and now control a substantial portion of our world, which they won’t give up without a battle royal. Our job Friends, is to wrest it from their control, in the name of the Most High God, Jehovah. To do that, we need serious help and protection because the enemy is a strong, wily foe who fights dirty, with no holds barred. And we can only get that help and protection from the same High God that we’re fighting for. He’s the only one who has the ability to withstand and destroy those powerful forces of darkness. So just like those Ephesians, we’ve got to clothe ourselves with God’s armour, that’s the only way we can stand up to the enemy. And what’s this armour Bruh Paul’s talking about? He means a full suit like they used in olden times, covering from the crown of our head to the soles of our feet, with a mighty weapon in one hand and a shield in the other. Thus he advises us to have on a breastplate of righteousness; gird our loins with a skirt of truth; wear shoes of the gospel of peace on our feet; the helmet of salvation to cover our head and face; the sword of the Spirit, namely the Word of God raised triumphantly in our right hand; praying constantly and keeping watch, being on guard for the enemy’s attacks. ‘And above all the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.’ Vs.16. That’s the full armour of God. And believe me Friends, we desperately need it, if we intend to fight the powers of darkness, and the spiritual wickedness that moves in high places. It’s all around us. It’s infiltrated what we see, do, think, hear, wear, eat, drink, feel; where we work, live and play. There’s no getting away from it. But we cannot give up, we’ve got to win this fight, and the only way to do that is to stand ‘strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.’ To do that successfully means we must put on His whole protective suit of armour and go out on the battlefield wielding that mighty sword of the Word in one hand, while protecting our other flank with the impervious shield of faith. Friends, as believers, we’ve got to stand up and fight, and with the Lord’s help and protection, we shall be victorious. Much LOVE!…onward Christian soldiers…marching as to war…with the cross of Jesus…marching on before…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 February 2008 Philippians 2:12-15‏

Philippians 2:12-15    Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
 
This is Paul reminding the Philippians how to live a life worthy of Jesus. Friends, the same prescription applies to us. Our world to day though is bigger and even more crooked and perverse that that of the Philippians two thousand years ago. It’s so bad that you have to make a conscious effort to stand strong, else you could exist in a state of constant fear. Paul praised the the people of Philippi for walking in obedience to God, not only when he was with them, but more so during his absence. But he could not hold their hands forever, so they had to learn to work out their own problems, based on the principles of Jesus that he’d thought them. Friends, that’s something we’ve all got to do too; both as individuals and together, as the body of Christ, the Church. But it’s not an easy thing. It takes a concerted effort of all involved, because as individuals, we all have different wants, needs and desires, plus the enemy is always throwing up roadblocks. You can count on that. However, as Bruh Paul confidently states; ‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.’ Yes People! As believers, it’s God who’s working in us; who’s leading and guiding us through obedience to his sovereign will. And knowing that He won’t lead us astray, as Paul advises, we should ‘Do all things without murmurings and disputings.’ Oh People, that should be our mantra! Unfortunately, it’s the very source of our downfall. We all claim to believe in the Most High God, Jehovah, and all that He stands for, but sadly, when the time comes for us to take action, and show that faith as one strong body, hn, everything just seems to fall apart. There’s so much bad mouthing and complaining, it creates numerous divisions, with some breeches never healed. And that’s true of all our religious bodies today. The Church is so fragmented today, that some groups consist of only a handful of people. But Friends, that’s so counter productive. How can we appeal to the hearts of others when all they see is infighting amongst us eh?  We can only move forward and do God’s work if we act as one. That’s why Bruh Paul advocated we put aside our petty, selfish pride and jealousies, the usual cause of the divisiveness, and work together. The operative word being ‘together.’ ‘That we may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,’ and in the midst of this wicked world, we would shine brilliantly, as lights illuminating its darkness. That’s what Jesus asked us to do: Let our lights shine, so that unbelievers could see our good works and believe. That’s my sincere hope and prayer for us today Friends; that we let our lights shine…brightly. Much LOVE!…light is only produced …when negative and positive are joined together…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 February 2008 1 Chronicles 29:10-13‏

1 Chronicles 29:10-13    Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel, our father for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thee, and praise thy glorious name.
 
‘Praise Him, Praise Him, Glory Hallelujah! He is LOVE! He is LOVE!’ Remember that old hymn? For some reason it just popped into my head today. Later on I realized why; the Most High wanted me to use it as the basis for Today’s Bit. And, as usually happens when I’m inspired, I easily found the scripture to present it. I was surprised though to find that they were Bruh David’s words. Shouldn’t have been, since only he could have penned such beautiful lines of praise.(smile) My plan had been to use only verses 12-13, but after reading the story, I knew 10 and 11 had to be included to make it complete. Here, Bruh David’s telling the people that Solomon would be their king after him. However, since he was still wet behind the ears, he would need their total help to build the Lord’s temple. Then he asked for donations and everyone gave generously. ‘Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly; because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the King, also rejoiced with great joy.’ I even had throw in Vs. 9 too. But it certainly seemed to be a wonderful occasion with everybody on the same page, and the Lord working positively in their hearts. How I wish we could have those types of occasions more often today, cause it’s only when we work together in harmony, that things turn out right. That’s the way the Lord wants us to live; in peace, LOVE and fellowship with Him and each other. The negative fussing and fighting that the enemy drives us to, only destroys relationships. I still can’t believe how the occasion went off so smoothly and joyously. Just imagine what a magnificent revolution would occur, if that same atmosphere permeated the congregations of our churches today nuh! Wow! With everybody on the same wave length, working together, giving willingly and generously  from their hearts of their time and money. Brother! The enemy wouldn’t know what hit him. Friends, that’s my sincere wish and prayer for us today: To live and work in harmony on the Lord’s behalf. Please help me to make it come through, by each of us doing our little part, so that we can all rejoice in the sovereignty and majesty of our God, and like Bruh David say; ‘Now therefore our God, we thank thee, and praise thee, and praise thy glorious name.’ Much LOVE!…let’s work together…and pray together…so that we can praise Him together…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 February 2008 Daniel 11:32‏

Daniel 11:32    And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt with flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
 
Ah Friends, we seem to be living in grievous times. Everyone I talk to, appears to be experiencing a period of unusual difficulty. A reflection of our world that’s just full of negative turmoil and destruction. Today, I asked the Most High to point me to some words of encouragement to share in this dire time of need. He lead me to the words of Daniel, talking about the fall of the Babylonian Empire, how there would be much upheaval. We’re currently seeing an enormous amount of that. People are being forced to leave their homes, either through natural disasters, which seem to be happening more than before; through diseases, like Aids, that’s rampant in many areas; and good old warfare. It’s possibly easier to count the places that aren’t involved in armed struggles, than those that are. But whatever the cause, there are millions of people all over the world currently living in refugee camps, under exceedingly squalid conditions, who desperately need food, medicine and proper shelter, but also emotional assurance that they are important, as well as encouragement to continue the struggle to improve their lives. Unfortunately, lots of us living in the First World also need those things due to the stressful, insecure lives our turbulent society forces us to lead. Friends, that’s where Today’s Bit comes in. We all know that disobedience, makes us easy prey to the corrupt entreaties of the enemy. ‘But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.’ That’s His message people. That’s what the Most High wants to emphasize. Those who really know Him, won’t be taken in by the wiles of the enemy. We’ll stand strong. Oh thank you Lord for those encouraging words! I can feel my spirits already being buoyed, feel that belief, that hope in the Lord flowing stronger. I hope you feel it too. It’s not an easy task, and problems come one after the other. But if we focus on the Most High God, read His word and sincerely try to follow His principles, He’ll fill us with the strength we need. It’s the only way Friends to overcome the evil and confusion that’s besetting us. The only way to achieve great things. So let’s read and pray, get up and do unselfish acts. There’s always someone worse off than us, and when we focus on others, we tend to forget our problems. That’s the way the Lord works. Let’s rekindle the fire and the passion in these blah days of winter, let’s rise up and know our God, that we may stand strong and do great exploits in His name. Much LOVE!…when the going gets tough…the tough…they get going…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 February 2008 Psalm 1:1-4‏

Psalm 1:1-4    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the Law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like chaff which the wind driveth away.
 
Oh how great is our God! He’s always working behind the scenes. Last night while watching a tape of Bubba Joel Osteen talking about staying in faith in the rough times, and rekindling the passion of the dreams the Lord put in our hearts, he quoted verse three of Today’s Bit; ‘And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.’ I had to chuckle since I’d just written about the same thing that day, only using the passage from Jeremiah. And wonder of wonders, Bubba Joel also used that passage. I took that as a sign that the Lord was trying to drive home the point to us that ‘Without me you’re nothing! You won’t flourish!’ and I should continue the theme, using Bruh David’s words instead. Blessed are those who refuse the advice and don’t participate in the activities of the ungodly. That doesn’t mean we should have no association with them, because that’s whom Jesus came to save, the unrighteous, and our calling is to continue His work. The important thing is that we don’t let them influence us, we must influence them. And we can only do that by delighting in the Law of the Lord and studying it continually. That’s how we acquire our conquering strength, which allows us to do the Lord’s work amongst the ungodly without fear of backsliding. That’s when we become fruitful evergreens, planted in fertile ground, by ever flowing waters. Yes Friends, that’s the living truth! Trust in the Lord and you shall prosper! What else do we need to hear or see to believe it eh? There are numerous examples: From the beginning of time; Adam and Eve, right down to now; you and me. We’ve heard about it, seen and experienced it. When people are obedient to the Lord, they prosper. While, as Bruh David emphasizes, ‘The ungodly are not so: but are like chaff which the wind driveth away.’ They who refuse to walk with the Lord, will suffer much misfortune and forego His awesome mercy and loving kindness. Please Friends, let’s not fall into the snares the enemy lays for us. Let’s stay close to the Lord Jehovah; He is All, and has All we can ever want or need. Much LOVE!…like ticks stick to an animals hide…so should we…stick to the Father’s side…
 

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