Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 December 2008 James 4:1‏

James 4:1    From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
 
Oh Friends, what a rather appropriate Bit for the last day of this volatile, unstable, and frightfully demoralizing year 2008! We’ll all be glad to see the last of it. But sadly, nothing’s going to change unless we change the senseless, destructive way we live, both internally and externally with   others. As James asks; ‘From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?’ That’s an awesome truth people! The strife amongst us; between couples, families, friends, neighbours, organizations, countries, our entire world, is built on the unsafe quagmire of our unsatisfied, selfish, evil desires. James further explains: ‘Ye lust, and have not, ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.’ (vs.2) We murder, covet, do serious battle with each other, but still end up empty handed. Why? Because we don’t ask. And even when we do ask, ‘Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.’ (vs.3) Oh Friends, we strive with one another over worldly possessions and selfish pride, instead of turning to God in prayer. But even when we pray, we have the wrong purpose in our hearts, still concentrating on the same worldly pleasures, possessions, power and position, so that we can lord it over others. Obviously our God, who looks scornfully on the proud and envious, won’t give us those desires of our hearts that we’re just going to waste on worldly stuff, cause ‘the friendship of the world is enmity with God…whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.’ (vs.4) One cannot LOVE the world and God at the same time. Jesus said it. ‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and LOVE the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ (Mat.6:24) But it’s exactly what we try to do Friends. And if we listen to Bruh Paul, we’ll understand why. ‘For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.’ (Rom.7:18-19) Hn,hn! Trust Bruh Paul to go round in circles. But he’s simply saying that in his heart, he wants to do good, but can’t, and is doing evil, though he doesn’t want to, since his flesh has only sinful desires. ‘This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.’ (Gal.5:17) And Friends, as believers and followers of Christ, we’re commanded to walk by and live in the Spirit, not the flesh. Not an easy task at the best of times, but one we’re committed to when we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour. But how do we do this successfully? James gives us some direction. ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands…purify your hearts…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.’ (James 4:7-10) Oh people, let’s all vow that we’ll leave the lusts of the flesh behind in this old year nuh, ‘For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.’ (James 3:16) God didn’t make us, neither did Jesus die that painful death for us to live a dog eat dog life. Rather, let our New Year’s resolution be to walk faithfully in the Spirit; honouring truth, peace and righteousness. For ‘the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.’ (James 3:18) Wishing you and yours a happy New Year. It will be our best yet. Now don’t party too hearty tonight. Remember what the ole people say; ‘Drunk or sober mind yuh business.’ That means if yuh drink, don’t drive. Much LOVE!…kick out the flesh with the old year…ring in the new year with the Spirit…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 December 2008 Psalm 3:3‏

Psalm 3:3    But thou O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of mine head.
 
Oh, how true that is my Friends, for all those who put their sincere trust in Him! All believers should subscribe to that dictum. Psalm 3 is a prayer of Bruh David, showing his confidence in God, when he ran from his son Absalom, who sought to kill him and take over his throne. I doubt anything worse can happen to a parent; the fruit of your loins, actively seeking to shed your blood and take your belongings. How sad! And it caused Bruh David to moan in sorrow: ‘Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.’ (vs.1-2) Oh Friends, we all have people, both fickle friends and friendly foes, who do us wrong or try to hurt us, and it’s always more disturbing and hurtful when that person is close to us, someone we’ve long trusted, but who, without warning, finally shows their true, traitor’s colours. After years of deceit and treachery, feigning allegiance to his father, Absalom decided he was strong enough to overthrow him. ‘And the conspiracy was strong; for the people were increased continually with Absalom.’ (2 Sam.15:12) But Friends, as it is today with our enemies, so did Absalom not reckon, with the mightiest power in the universe; the Lord God Jehovah is His name. Absalom should have known better. He must have heard about or seen Bruh David’s numerous troubles and even more numerous triumphs, and known about his unshakeable faith and trust in the Lord of his fathers. And though others figured that the Lord would not help him this time against Absalom, Bruh David’s faith was as strong as ever. He knew with absolute surety the source of his strength, and as he did throughout his entire life, turned to it in faith. ‘But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.’ How many times has he referred to the Lord as his shield eh? We’ll just quote two. ‘For thou Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.’  (Ps.5:12) ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my songs will I praise him.’ (Ps.28:7) The same goes for ‘my glory and the lifter up of mine head.’ He’s always ascribed his success and his inspiration to God. ‘And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy: I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.’ (Ps.27:6) Then he continues in Psalm 3: ‘I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.’ (vs.4) Please note Friends, Bruh David’s faith is active, not passive, like many of us. He cries out loud; he rejoices; he sings praises and gives heartfelt thanks to the Lord. That’s what we need to do; vocalize it; show it in our everyday behaviour, don’t hide it under a bushel. Jesus said; ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’  (Mat.5:16) If Bruh David had hidden his strong faith, had kept quiet about it, we would only have a few Psalms and songs of praise, worship, trust and encouragement to turn to, to guide and help us today. Oh Friends, as believers today in this cruel world, we need a strong, vocal, active faith. The enemy is strong, vocal and active; that’s why he’s winning as many souls as he is. We need to possess the trust and faith than can say with great assurance, even when our troubles are many and our enemies strong; ‘I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me roundabout.’ (vs.5-6) Yes people, that’s how strong our faith needs to be in these critical times. Bruh David’s strong faith helped him, and if we develop a strong trust, it will help us too. For ‘Salvation belongeth unto the Lord; thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.’ (vs.8) And that’s the gospel truth Friends; the Lord blesses those who trust in Him. Much LOVE!…trust in the Lord…great will be your rewards…P.S. Friends, this was one of the Lord’s mysterious moves. Just before I sat down to write the Bit, something happened that cast a black cloud over me, and I just could not gather the inspiration to write on the intended topic. Obviously I turned to the Lord for solace and answers. And Friends, AS ALWAYS, He came through, eventually guiding me to Bruh David’s words. Guess He felt my faith needed strengthening too. So yuh see, ah not talking from hearsay only, but experience too. (smile) And when I came to transfer it to the computer, I found two messages of faith and encouragement waiting to be read. And all God’s people said; ‘Thank you Lord! We praise your Holy Name!’ Much LOVE!
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 December 2008 Nehemiah 2:8‏

Nehemiah 2:8    …And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
 
Oh Friends, that’s what usually happens when we are walking with the Lord; doing His will, stepping out to do something big or small for Him. There are always obstacles in our way, but if the Lord is onside with the project, then those obstacles, even seemingly insurmountable ones, are often solved with little or no difficulty. And so it was with Nehemiah when he conceived the project of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Having heard that his brethren there were ‘in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days and fasted, and prayed before the God of  heaven.’ (Neh.1:3-4) As was the custom, he first acknowledged God’s sovereignty, then reminded Him of His covenant, confessed the Israelites had sinned against Him, so had been scattered abroad, but He’d also promised that if they repented, He would have mercy and gather them once again to Jerusalem, and ends. ‘ O Lord I beseech thee, let thine ear now be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cup- bearer.’ (Neh.1:5-11) And Friends, Nehemiah’s wish was granted. But what’s interesting is how it happened. Now he was the official cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Babylon, during the Israelites captivity there, and one day while serving him, his countenance was sad. ‘Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.’ (Neh.2:1) So the king asked why he was sad, since he wasn’t sick? ‘This is nothing else but sorrow of the heart.’  (vs.2) Nehemiah was obviously afraid, but he stood strong and told the king about the problems his people in Jerusalem were having. ‘Then the king said unto me, for what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.’ (vs.4) Oh Friends, it’s very important to note, that before Nehemiah answered the king, he first talked to God. That’s a wonderful example we should all emulate; in all our doings, talk to God first, even if it’s just a quick, silent plea for guidance, like Nehemiah’s must have been, since he couldn’t keep the autocratic king waiting long for an answer. Then, guided by the Lord’s Spirit, he told the king what he wanted. ‘And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.’ He got everything he asked for. Why? Because of his genuine, heartfelt desire to do something worthy for the Lord, and first invoking His guidance and blessing. Therefore the Lord softened the king’s heart, just like He hardened Pharaoh’s. And there was opposition from the time he left Babylon. When he got to Jerusalem, he even reconnoitred the situation by night to avoid suspicion. ‘Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.’ (vs.18) Oh Friends, you see what is possible when we work, for, with and through, rather than against the Lord? And even when some petty officials of other nationalities, ‘heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, what is this thing ye do? Will ye rebel against the king?’ (vs.19) But little did they know that the king was solidly behind them, through the Lord’s grace. ‘Then answered I them…the God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build.’ (vs.20) And this they did, in spite of much opposition, treachery and deceit. Praise His Holy Name people! And that’s exactly how we should treat all our projects, great or small: first get the Lord’s blessing, then work seriously and steadfastly at it. For if the Lord be for us, who can triumph against us eh? Nobody Friends, nobody!. So let’s all resolve to work accordingly nuh; build in His name, with His help. Much LOVE!…the Lord’s help…it’s absolutely necessary…to achieve continued success…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 December 2008 Leviticus 26:14‏

Leviticus 26:14    But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments…
 
Then woe unto us Friends! Yes people, God’s world has balance; everything has a counterpart; point-counterpoint. Nothing exists solely unto itself, but is interlocked with something else. Yesterday we dealt with the wonderful blessings the Lord has in store for us if we walk in obedience to His Will and Word. Today, we’ll deal with the other side of the scale; The Penalties for Disobedience. Yes my brethren, there are penalties for disobedience; some rather severe ones too, more intense, problematic and plentiful than the blessings. ‘And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgements, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I will also do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of the heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.’ (Lev.26:15-16) Oh Friends, what a nightmare that would be, for the terror is not of human terrorists, but of sickness, of disease. According to the scholars, consumption is a general term for a wasting disease that could include dysentery, cholera, typhoid and typhus fevers, malaria, T.B. and various types of cancer. Meanwhile, the burning ague etc. might be a reference to gonorrhoeal blindness. Wow! And people, He’s not finished, that’s only the beginning. ‘And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you, shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.’ (vs.17) I like the part about fleeing when nobody’s after you. We must really be terrified to be doing that. But seriously Friends, Israel never listened and all those things befell them at one time or another. Eli, the high priest in Samuel’s day was warned; ‘shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart…on Hophni and Phineas; in one day, they shall die, both of them.’ (1 Sam.2:33-34) Eli’s family lost the high priest position because of his sons disobedience. Judges 6: 3-6 describes this situation. ‘And so it was when Israel had sown, the Midianites and Amalekites came up against them. And they encamped against them and destroyed the increase of the earth…and left no sustenance for Israel…and Israel was greatly impoverished.’ And would you believe they were bold faced enough to cry to the Lord, who basically said, ‘Sorry. I told you what to do, but you disobeyed me. Now you’re paying the price.’ Everything we’ve said so far Friends, both happened and was enlarged upon by some other man of God. Bruh David declared: ‘The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.’ (Ps.34:16-17) Meanwhile Solomon says: ‘The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.’ (Prov.28:1) And in Psalm 106, where Israel sins against God’s LOVE; Bruh David opines; ‘He gave them into the hand of the heathen, and they that hated them ruled over them.’ (vs.41) Oh people, our God doesn’t make promises, good or bad, for want of something to do. They all serve some useful purpose. They are rules, guidelines and suggestions for us to live by, and are all placed in the Good Book so that we won’t have to go searching, or say we never knew. Just like every organization and every product has rules and guidelines to get the most out of them, all the tenets for godly living are found between the covers of the Bible. That’s the Lord’s Manifesto. Friends, our God must really, really LOVE us, to be putting up with our disobedience for so long. And we only going back to the Israelites, not right back to Adam and Eve. He is indeed Patience and LOVE personified. But even the Lord has His limits, especially when we completely disregard Him, hold Him up to ridicule, consider Him of no account, worship idols or graven images and try to take advantage of His good nature. Then His wrath… Just look around us Friends. It’s as plain as day; right before our very eyes. And it’s only the beginning, if our wilful disobedience continues. It’s not fear mongering either, just simple facts and logics. If you read the Bible and see what disasters befell those nations that got too big for their breeches, and compare our society today, then you’ll understand. All the diseases we’d supposedly conquered. Hn! With all our medical and technical wizardry and millions of dollars in research, cancer is more prevalent than ever, possibly because of the overwhelming amount of carcinogens we put in our food, air, water and numerous other products. Famine, hunger and poverty are rampant in a fertile world of plenty. Why is that? Oppression and strife rule. Everyday a new theatre opens; the latest being the poverty stricken dictatorship of Guinea, where the dictator, Lansana Conte died this week and a group of young military officers carried out a successful coup. Another problem spot in beleaguered Mother Africa. Friends, please realize that God’s dealings are just. He’s a God of justice and righteousness, thus He can only govern one way. As he said to the Israelites when they asked, through Ezekiel; ‘If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?’ (Eze.33:10-11) Friends, that’s exactly what the Lord is saying to us today. He gets no pleasure form the wicked dying. He wants us all to live. So let’s listen to Him for once and turn from our wicked ways nuh. You know it’s always for our benefit. Much LOVE!…our God…never makes idle promises… 
 
 


Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 December 2008 Leviticus 26:12‏

Leviticus 26:12    And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
 
Oh Friends, it’s not every day that God makes this offer. This was after the Israelites had been freed from bondage in Egypt. The Lord was laying down the ground rules for them to live by as His chosen people. When God chose Moses as the leader, He ‘said unto him, I am the Lord: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH, I was not known to them. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.’ (Ex.6:2-4) The covenant with their forefathers had already been made, and God had kept His promise to free them from slavery in Egypt. ‘And I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgements…And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burden of the Egyptians.’ (Ex.6:6-7) So by the time they got out of Egypt, the Israelites knew that they were special; God’s chosen people. But how many really realized that that exalted status came with several strings attached, is doubtful. And it’s here, on the opposite side of the Red Sea, that the Lord’s laying His cards on the table. And Friends, they’re not that hard for us to best. ‘Ye shall make you no idols or graven images…or any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God. Ye shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary…If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments and do them…(Lev.26:1-3) And for that Friends, the Lord promised to shower many blessings upon them. For our purposes, we’ll call them the Blessings of Obedience: The first is material prosperity; ‘I will give you rain in due season…the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.’  (Lev.26:3-5) For their obedience, the Lord also guaranteed victory over their enemies. ‘I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five shall chase an hundred, and an hundred shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.’ (Lev.26:6-9) Wow! And it wasn’t like the Israelites didn’t know God’s power. They’d seen Him operate in Egypt when Pharaoh refused to let them go, the atrocities He caused to occur there. And what could be more awe inspiring and encouraging than the parting of the Red Sea, for them to cross over on dry land, followed by the annihilation of Pharaoh’s army, when it returned to its normal state? So they were well acquainted with His capabilities. In addition to material prosperity and peace, the Lord also promised His presence in their land. ‘And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and be your God, and ye shall be my people.’ (Lev.26:11-12) How much more can we ask for eh people? But there was more. The Lord in His magnanimity also offered them the dignity of personal freedom. ‘I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be bondmen: and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.’ (Lev.26:13) Oh Friends, that should have been a day for rejoicing and shouting, ‘Glory Hallelujah!’ For when we have those blessings of obedience and the assurance of God’s presence amongst us, it should encourage and strengthen us; give us some much needed ‘get up and go.’ And the beauty of the whole thing is this: We are also of the flock of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus. God’s covenant hasn’t changed either. Bruh Paul says, ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.’ (Heb.13:8)  That means we’re also entitled to those blessings my Friends, if we’re obedient. Ah people, there’s the rub; that’s the fly in the ointment; OBEDIENCE! We keep chastising each other, saying that you can’t get something for nothing, so why do we expect our God to be different eh? Let’s wake up people and get it through our hard heads, that there’s always a price to be paid for everything, even if it’s comparatively small, but there’s always a price. And for the benefits the Lord’s offering, both in terms of quality and quantity, His price is rather cheap. So please, seriously check it out. We have so much to gain, and little to lose. Much LOVE!…on sale…blessings…the price…simple obedience…
 


Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 December 2008 John 12:26‏

John 12:26    If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
 
Oh Friends, what a wonderful promise, straight from the heart of Jesus! And Christmas Day 2008 was a beautiful winter’s day in my little burgh; lots of sunshine, not too strong winds, snow on the banks and dry streets. The way it should be. But that means the season has reached its zenith. We’ve celebrated the birth of Christ. Hope we didn’t imbibe too much ‘rum and puncha creamer’ (smile) and we remembered exactly why we were making merry. The whole shebang is going to start winding down now, and the bubble will burst at New Years, when everything will just float away, and we’ll conveniently forget that we were hugging, kissing and being nice to perfect strangers only a few days before. But Friends, it ought not to be so. Jesus did not wax hot and cold; full of joy one day, then sour and being rude to others the next. Neither should we, especially if we profess to be His followers. For He declared in no uncertain manner, ‘If any man serve me, let him follow me.’ That entails emulating His behaviour if we want to be His followers, disciples, servants, whatever. He even spelled it out: ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.’ (Mat.16:24) Meaning we’re to stop being selfish, to figuratively, and lots of times actually deny ourselves for the benefit of others. Jesus came to serve, not be served, and to follow Him, we have to do likewise; die to self, and willingly and humbly serve others; take up our cross and hold it high, so that everybody can see it, and know that we’ve surrendered our lives to the Holy One who died for us. Now Friends, that doesn’t mean we have to live a drab, disgusting life of servitude. Jesus might have adopted an attitude of always being willing to help, but He never lost His pride. Whenever necessary, He stood up for His principles, and so should we, cause as He faithfully promised; ‘where I am, there shall also my servant be.’ And He later explained: ‘I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may also be.’ (John 14:2-3) And all God’s people said; ‘Thank you Jesus!’ What a kind, LOVING, and generous leader we follow my Friends! He’s, without a doubt, ‘The Best of the Best!’ Not only does He promise his own rewards for faithful service, but also, ‘if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.’ Oh people, that’s the highest level to which we can aspire; ‘the Father’s honour.’ And we’ll achieve that automatically if we’re obedient to the dictates of His Son. Jesus even showed his sincerity by praying to the Father on our behalf. ‘Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.’ (John 17:24) Oh Friends, what are we waiting for eh? With the great gifts Jesus bestowed on us; cleansing our sins with His precious blood that was inhumanely spilled on the cross, and the glorious promise of salvation and everlasting life with him and the Father, we should be up and about, bustling ourselves in His service, spreading the good news, telling others, the whole world, about the wonderful Son of God, who came down to earth, was born on Christmas Day, was crucified and died at Easter, rose again three days later, then went back to Heaven to prepare a future home for all those who believe and trust Him as their personal Lord and Saviour. Oh Friends, what a joyous reunion we’ll have when Jesus returns, in full pomp and splendour this time! People, He’s done so much for us, out of the goodness and LOVE of His heart, let’s go out and show our appreciation by living a life worthy of Him, thereby bringing other sinful souls to His cleansing blood, that they may also serve and dwell with us, on that glorious day when He assumes the throne of righteousness. That’s all He asks of us. Bruh Paul puts it thus; ‘Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.’ (1 Thess.4:17-18) My Friends, consider yourselves comforted. (smile) Much LOVE!…when the roll is called up yonder…I’ll be there…hope you will too…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 December 2008 Luke 2:11‏

Luke 2:11    For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 
Oh Friends, may the God of peace and LOVE be with us all, on this most blessed and holy day, as we celebrate the greatest gift ever bestowed on mankind; God in human form; Immanuel; the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! The Messiah, who’s coming had been proclaimed ages before, had finally arrived in the person of a baby boy. On that first Christmas, when the night was lit up like a carnival with the glory of the Lord, the poor shepherds watching their flocks out in the fields were understandably deathly afraid. But an angel of the Lord reassured them. ‘Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’ (Luke 2:10) Very prophetic and encouraging words people! Isaiah had prophesied Jesus’ coming centuries before. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.’ (Is.9:6-7) And all God’s people said, Amen! For Friends, so said, so done! What a magnificent Being Jesus was to be! ‘…a Saviour…’ That’s for sure! The angel told his earthly father Joseph; ‘And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.’ (Mat.1:21) Praise His Holy Name people! ‘…which is Christ the Lord.’ And Friends, what would a Christmas message, or any message for that matter, be without some stirring words from Bruh Paul? (smile) ‘Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.’ (Acts 2:36)  Yes people, it certainly was a red-letter day in the annals of man; only rivalled, so far, by the Creation itself. And Friends, Jesus has fulfilled every prophecy spoken of Him. It never ceases to amaze me, when I see how all these apparently unrelated threads of God, sewn in the Good Book, come together eventually. Again proving that the promises of our Lord are faithful and trustworthy. It’s sad though Friends, that this season of Christmas is becoming more commercialized every year. However, it’s still the one time, when even non-believers develop some generosity, some Peace and LOVE in their hearts. I’m sure Jesus is glad of that. But I know that He’s also asking, like me, where’s the Peace and LOVE during the rest of the year eh? Oh people, these are certainly troubling times. Our world’s caught in a negative grip. In accordance with Murphy’s Law, all the bad things that can happen are happening: economic and political uncertainty and confusion, strife, famines, war, oppression, terrorism, fear, avarice, violence, etc. etc. The enemy has taken a stranglehold on our world, but this season of joy, merriment and celebration of the birth of Jesus, provides an awesome opportunity for us to retake some, if not all of it. Everyone, even Scrooges, are much more open and amenable to acts of LOVE and kindness, so let’s see if we can’t get a battle charge going nuh people. Safely clothe ourselves in God’s armour, then righteously attack the enemy out there on the battlefield of the world, with the mighty weapons of Peace and LOVE! We won’t have another opportunity like this until next Christmas. Remember, the enemy never sleeps, so neither can we afford to rest on what few laurels we have. Oh people, I’m serious. The only way our world will improve is if we return to the Lord; renounce our evil ways, and start being obedient to Him once more. Is it so difficult to understand that most of our ‘sufferation’ stems from our disobedience? In almost every area of our lives; school, home, socially, public service, even church, we’re trying to eliminate God. Friends, He won’t stand for that. He’s too proud to let a li’l chupid boy, a fool fool youth like Lucifer, whom He unceremoniously kicked out of Heaven, ever to get the better of Him. Just look at the numerous examples in the Good Book. Can’t we learn from the mistakes of other prosperous societies who thought they’d grown too big for God? That’s impossible, since it’s Him who provides our prosperity in direct proportion to our obedience. Anyway people, I don’t want to rain on our parade today. It’s a day for celebrating one of the best things in man’s history; the Birth of Christ. Let’s not forget that, and act to suit. And please, ah begging us, please let this great outpouring of Peace and LOVE that the season brings, please let it last a little longer than the first few days in January nuh. It will do the whole world, a whole world of good. Merry Christmas! Enjoy, but don’t overdo. Much LOVE!…remember…Jesus…not shopping…yes Jesus…is the reason…for the season…
 

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