Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 September 2010 Isaiah 29:13‏

Isaiah 29:13.    Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.
 
Oh Friends, like several locations in our hemisphere were not as lucky as us in the recent heavy rainfall, for there have been serious mudslides in Colombia, plus floods in Jamaica and the Vancouver area. Oh my people, when will it end eh? Sadly we have no control over that kind of stuff, neither do we have the economic wherewithal to help all those unfortunate folk, but we can certainly offer up prayers for them. Let’s offer one now nuh mih Friends. ‘Oh Lord God Jehovah, your people know and accept your sovereignty and awesome power, that’s why we’re crying out to you for help for those unfortunate persons involved in the latest round of natural disasters to occur in our evil, ungodly world. We don’t know the reasons for them, but we’re sure that only you can alleviate the distress to any great degree. And since you’ve promised never to leave or forsake us, we pray Father, that you’ll reach out a helping hand to all those in need, as quickly as possible. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.’ My people, we should also offer individual prayers, for remember if the prayer of one righteous person is considered important by our Father, can you imagine what the prayers of many righteous will command. And again I have to wonder and chuckle at the mysterious movements of our Lord, in guiding me towards a Bit today, because it coincides so closely with what we’ve just been talking about, prayer. Oh Friends, in many cases that’s all we have to offer others, and though it’s a very powerful medium, we also have to ask, how sincere are our prayers? Are we just mouthing words with no heartfelt feeling, or are we truly genuine in our requests? Such was the problem Isaiah faced with his people Israel. ‘Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.’  Yes Friends, at that time Israel was blind to God’s Word. They mouthed godly platitudes, but their hearts were really far from God. Much like it is with so many of us today; where so many of us talk up a godly storm, but in actual fact, that’s all it is, mere talk. Our words lack substance because our hearts are not really set on God, but on some different wavelength and agenda, though it sure looks and sounds good to spout off about God. And Asaph, the psalmist, surely hit the nail on the head in Psalm 78, a reminder of God’s goodness to Israel, when, after being punished, Israel turned back to God. ‘And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right (steadfast) with him, neither were they steadfast (faithful) in his covenant.’ (Ps.78:35-37) Yes my people, it’s very easy to talk God, but it’s a different story when we have to walk that talk. The Israelites, though under heavy manners from God, were foolishly only pretending to be contrite, for deep down they still lusted for their old, sinful ways. Unfortunately, as they say, things change, but yet remain the same, for Jesus experienced the same problem with the leaders of his day, the Pharisees, and quoted our Bit to them: ‘Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth night unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’ (Mat.15:7-9) Today our leaders do the very same thing my brethren. They lead us along many dubious paths set out by men and not God. They pay lip service to all things godly, but in their hearts it’s evil that really lurks. And we, the ordinary people, follow them like lost sheep all the way to the slaughter. Oh Friends, we have to wake up and pay serious attention to what’s happening in our world, our individual nations, and also our immediate communities because the ungodliness currently being propagated will eventually draw the Lord’s ire, just as it did with Israel, if it hasn’t already. My people, the Good Book, the infallible Word of God, is our undisputed, indispensable guide on this earthly journey, and we need to make sure that what we’re hearing, seeing or being taught is in accordance with its principles. And if it’s not, then we don’t follow it! It’s not always easy to do because we have a lot of smart, astute wolves out there in sheep’s clothing trying to sway us to their way of thinking for their own good. However, the only way we can counteract their iniquity is by studying the Good Book regularly. And I’m talking about each and every single believer on planet earth. Reading the Scrip-Bit and all the other numerous publications out there is fine, but definitely not enough. You cannot resist Beelzebub and his evildoers unless you personally know what the Word says. So though I’m glad, in fact overwhelmed that millions of people are reading the Bit all over the world – you gotta dream big- (smile) it’s still imperative that we all read the Word for ourselves, or get someone we trust to read it to us. Now I may know a little more than some folks, but what little I do know, I didn’t acquire by osmosis, but by reading and studying the Word along with other scriptural material. And I can only write this Bit every day by reading and studying the Word. Please remember Friends: THE WORD MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST! Without it written deep in our hearts and souls, we’re only capable of outward show. Please, let’s not become, anymore than we already are, like the people Ezekiel talks about. ‘And they come unto thee as the people cometh (as people do), and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much LOVE, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.’ (Ezek.33:31-32) Oh my people, I implore us to honour our God not only with our mouths and lips but also with our hearts, and to fear, reverence Him because of who and what He truly is, not because of what we’re taught by evil, unscrupulous, unrighteous men. That’s the only way to truly draw close to Him. So till we meet again tomorrow, God willing, go in peace, to sincerely LOVE Your GOD, LIVE Your FAITH, and SPREAD His WORD. Much LOVE!…God’s song…though beautiful…is meaningless…unless we act on it…

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Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 September 2010 Luke 17:26‏

Luke 17:26.    And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
 
Oh Friends, the rain’s finally stopped in my area. Thank the Lord! I hope it’s stopped in yours too, if it was also raining there the past two days. And let’s hope it stops long enough for the earth to at least absorb all that moisture recently deposited. I had to go into Toronto yesterday afternoon, during rush hour in the pouring rain, and several times questioned my sanity for being out in such horrible conditions at that time of day. But I had faithfully promised to attend a function, so with the Lord leading and guiding, I banned my belly and made the journey. (smile) And truthfully, the function turned out to be quite interesting, and the rain had ceased by the time I headed home. But yuh know Friends, in Noah’s time that rain lasted forty days and the ensuing flood a hundred and fifty. Now, per the coming of His kingdom, Jesus said: ‘And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.’ Jesus likens His return to that of the earth’s destruction in Noah’s time. ‘They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.’  (Luke 17:27-30) Oh Friends, how much plainer can Jesus put it eh? Genesis 6 clearly states: ‘And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart (intent or thought) was only evil continually (all day). And it repented the Lord (He was sorry) that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me (I’m sorry) that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.’ (Gen.6:5-8) Now let me ask a foolish question mih breddren. What do you think the Lord sees when He looks down on the earth now? The same so and so thing mih people; wickedness everlasting! And multiplied numerous times to boot! That’s because the wickedness practiced back in Noah’s day was like kindergarten to now. Today we have our Master’s in wickedness, working towards our Ph.D; so rampant and destructive are the tentacles of Lucifer and his evil cronies. They’ve come up with evil doings that would make the evildoers of Noah and Jesus’ time cringe with fear. That’s how bad it is in our world today. Furthermore, the iniquity workers are avidly seeking new and more evil schemes every day, hence my saying we only have the M.A in evil right now. Yes Friends, our world’s getting more evil every day instead of more righteous, and we have only ourselves to blame by not standing up strong and steadfast enough against the workers of evil. But my people, the basic but ever so important point that Jesus is trying to make here is that despite umpteen warnings from Noah and those faithful around Sodom and Gomorrah, life went on just as wickedly as before; the warnings were blatantly spurned and disregarded. Hn! Until judgement was eventually rendered. But then it was too late for the majority of the populace. As Matthew puts it: ‘And (they) knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.’ (Mat.24:39) Now Friends, remember I’m no prophet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t glean a little sense from nonsense. (smile) And if we claim to believe in Jesus and the Word, then isn’t it logical to expect that if the Lord destroyed the entire earth and many evil civilizations during the course of time, plus Jesus promises that His next coming will be apocalyptic, then shouldn’t we be very concerned about the current state of our world and the possible repercussions for our evil bent? Remember all the other civilizations had some sort of warning which they never took seriously. Oh my people, let’s not be as foolish nuh! So it’s been two thousand years since Jesus warned us of the end to come, but note too He said that it could come at any time. Even He, the Son of God, didn’t know when. Only the Father knows. So let’s smarten up nuh Friends. Let’s take the coming again seriously and set our houses in order, for it could come today, tomorrow or another thousand years from now. But we need to be prepared, just in case it does come tomorrow, or even today. For if it comes and we’re not ready, then crapaud smoke we pipe yes people! We’ll be then condemned to eternal death and damnation in Lucifer’s evil company. No siree! I don’t know about you nuh Friends, but I certainly want to avoid that most repulsive conclusion at all costs. Therefore, me and mine will worship and serve the Lord God Jehovah and thereby avoid that disastrous result. My people, all we’re dealing with here is a little common sense and simple logic: The world has been evil before, the people were warned but did not listen, and they were eventually destroyed. Now luckily, the Son of God forewarned us about more destruction to come, so why are we that reluctant to accept His warning eh? Anyway, I sincerely pray that by the time it does happen, we, the fortunate and caring believers, would have spread the LOVE Revolution across the entire world, so that no unfortunate souls would be lost to Lucifer; the way our Leader, Jesus, desperately wants it. We’ll end with a simple but subtle and powerful reminder from Jesus: ‘Remember Lot’s wife.’  (Luke 17:32) And if you don’t know the story, or you need to refresh your memory, check out Genesis 19:24-39. Much LOVE mih people!…it’s not a matter of if…but when…retribution will be administered…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 September 2010 Luke 16:15‏

Luke 16:15.    And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
 
Oh Friends, it’s been seriously raining in many parts of the world, let’s hope and pray that it was all mere showers of blessing to nurture Mother Earth and not harbingers of disaster. But whatever it turns out to be, and however our own lives play out, Jesus’ people can’t afford to give up or get caught in any skulduggery or corrupt behaviour that will tarnish His Holy Name and cause our heavenly Father to admonish us. Sadly though, our world is chock full of crooked and devious behaviour, much more so than when Jesus admonished the Pharisees: ‘Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’ Ah my brethren, that’s so true, I’m sure every day God must shake his head in sad wonder and disgust at the sinful behaviour of His children. And it’s getting worse every day. Yuh know Friends, if we’d just put a half, or even a quarter of the energy and effort that we expend on sinful behaviour into righteous and godly activities, our world would be a completely different and much improved place. But such is the proclivity of man to sin that it’s very difficult to drag us away from it. I have to laugh here yes, because that word ‘proclivity’, for some unknown reason, ran through my mind a couple hours ago, but I dismissed it as being too big and bumptious to use in the Bit, and some readers might not know the meaning (tendency to, habit, action). So you can imagine my amusement when it just popped up conveniently. Oh doesn’t our Lord surely move in mysterious ways! And here’s one example of His mysterious movements long ago, that falls under the umbrella of our Bit. We’re talking of when the Lord sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint a king. Samuel’s focus was on the outward appearance of Jesse’s sons: ‘But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused (rejected) him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.’ (1 Sam.16:7) Yes Friends, from early on the Lord made it very clear that His major interest wasn’t in our out appearance or deeds, but what was hidden in the very depths of our souls. And though He knew Bruh David would make some serious mistakes, He saw that deep down, his heart was more attuned to Him than Lucifer. My people that’s all God asks of us; to stay tuned to Him, rather than that rogue Lucifer. He knows that every so often we’ll be tempted to change the dial and hear what’s playing on SIN 101 because that’s our natural temperament. However, He doesn’t expect us to spend much time there, but to turn back to RIGHTEOUSNESS 100 asap, for if we spend too much time listening to Lucifer, our souls, bodies and minds will soon get corrupted by his evil, sinful offerings. Now check out the kind of actions to which you’ll be led, if you listen too long to SIN 101 as described by the psalmist in Psalm 10, a prayer for the overthrow of the wicked. ‘The wicked in his pride doth persecute (hotly pursues) the poor: Let them be taken in the devices (plots) that they have imagined (devised). For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous (greedy), whom the Lord abhorreth (and renounces the Lord). The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.’ (Ps.10:2-4) Oh my people, we certainly don’t want to be involved in that evil stuff and thereby lose the wonderful blessings our God has to offer on RIGHTEOUSNESS 100, for as Cousin Sol so rightly proclaims: ‘A man’s heart deviseth (plans) his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.’ (Prov.16:9) Yes Friends, the Lord’s direction is what we need, not Lucifer’s evil machinations and abominations. And talking about abominations, let’s hear from Cousin Sol again, for from his wide and excellent research, he drew this exquisite, correct conclusion, re the seven deadly sins: ‘These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him (unto his soul): A proud (haughty) look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations (devises wicked plans), feet that be swift in running to mischief (evil), A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.’ (Prov.6:16-19) There we have it my brethren; seven basic things that the Lord abhors. And unfortunately from those, many others flow. Oh my Friends, well- intentioned persons can only offer us advice, in the end, we have to make our own decisions. And I certainly hope that eventually, the entire world will recognize and accept Jesus’ hegemony (rule, leadership) Hn! What a way we using big words today sah! (smile) And our job is to make that happen, by diligently spreading His Word and living it faithfully. Now to end this series of Bits on justifying ourselves before men and not God, let’s listen to Jeremiah again, as he proclaims the Lord’s stand on the matter. ‘I the Lord search the heart, I try (test) the reins (mind), even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings (deeds).’ (Jer.17:10) There’s no more to say Friends, except: ‘He that hath an ear, let him hear…’ Much LOVE my people!…and remember that…SIN 101 plays evil drivel…while RIGHTEOUSNESS 100 blossoms with heavenly hope…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 September 2010 Luke 16:15‏

Luke 16:15      And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Oh my beautiful Friends in Christ, unfortunately it’s Monday Morning; time to gear up for battle! But before we jump into the fray, let’s loudly and proudly voice our Monday Battle Hymn! ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once your powerful, protective aura hovers over us. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that your Holy Spirit lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ Ah Friends, now that we’re empowered, let’s go out there and give Beelzebub and his buddies’ heck! (smile)  I’ve reworked our battle Hymn. Though it was nice and flowery, it was just too long for our purposes. Now let’s continue with our Bit, strong, true words of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus: ‘…Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’ Oh my people, we’ve all been guilty of that at some time in our lives. It’s like the pompous lawyer who tries to test Jesus by asking how he can inherit eternal life. Jesus in return asks him what the law says, and he immediately spouts it out to Jesus’ satisfaction. (Luke 10:25-28) ‘But he (the pompous lawyer) willing (wanting) to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?’ (Luke 10:29) This led Jesus to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:30-37) Now the lawyer very well knew the answer, for at the end of the parable, when Jesus asks who he considers the neighbour, he answers correctly: ‘He that showed mercy on him.’ (Luke 10:37)  However, in foolish arrogance, he tries to make Jesus look bad, which we all know is impossible, as Jesus’ answer testifies: ‘Go, and do thou likewise.’ (Luke 10:37) But don’t we all react in that foppish, foolish, self-important manner at times my Friends? Certainly! Especially in front of those we consider our betters, so that we can look and sound impressive and hopefully advance our cause; also to those we consider lesser mortals, trying to impress them with our superior intellect. It’s a natural human trait, made even more popular by the fawning, sycophantic way our world now operates. But my brethren it’s wrong to justify ourselves before mortal men, as we saw yesterday, when Jesus castigated the Pharisees for fasting, praying and doing charitable deeds in public just to look good and righteous. That’s definitely not our Saviour’s style; neither should it be ours, because it doesn’t cut any dash with God since He only looks at the true story that’s hidden deep within the recesses of our heart, not our hypocritical outward behaviour. Now the best way to get the message of a true and righteous heart indelibly written in our souls and minds is to look at some scripture that deals with the subject. And we’ll begin with one of the best bits of advice a father ever gave a son. Listen to Bruh David when he encouraged Cousin Sol to build the temple to the Lord: ‘And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong and do it.’ (1 Chr.28:9-10) Oh Friends, there’s no better direction we can give to our children, or to any other human, than to serve the Lord God Jehovah with a perfect heart and willing mind because that’s where the crux of the matter lies! It’s straight to inner recesses of our hearts that the Lord’s x-ray vision delves. Our hearts are like the bull’s eye on a target, which the Lord always aims for and always hits; dead centre! So the sooner we realize the futility of hiding anything at all from Him, the better off we’ll be. Now hear Cousin Sol from his prayer of dedication re the temple: ‘Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:) That they may fear thee (hold thee in reverential awe), to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.’ (2 Chr.6:30-31) Wow! Definitely more words of truth and wisdom my people! And it’s all been applicable from the day God created us, and will be till the end of time; if there’s ever such a thing. Oh Friends, we can never over emphasize the importance of a righteous heart, because that’s where all our doings, good, bad and indifferent, begin and end, and the Lord judges us on its state of rightness. I therefore implore us to diligently try and maintain a right heart in the Lord’s sight. We obviously will do wrong at times, for that’s our nature, but please let’s try and keep our motives as pure and unadulterated as possible. That’s the best way to please our God. More tomorrow on this topic, God willing. Till then, please go in peace, LOVE and safety. Much LOVE!…the heart…the heart…the heart…it’s all about the rightness of our hearts…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 September 2010 Luke 16:15‏

Luke 16:15     And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Oh Friends, one more day has waned and passed into eternity, while another is on the rise for us to experience. Let’s be thankful that we’re alive to enjoy it, through God’s enduring mercy. ‘Thank you Lord for allowing us to be a part of another one of your marvellous and miraculous days on planet earth. It’s a rough go down here, but though coming home to you brings everlasting peace and comfort, many of us still want to spend more time in this ungodly and evil world. Anyway, you’ve left us here for a purpose; to transform our lives, and help others transform theirs into the image of your Son Jesus. Please help us to do a good job today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.’ And my Friends we can’t do that unless we have a right heart; not the kind Jesus said the covetous, idolatrous, men-pleasing Pharisees possessed. ‘Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’ Jesus laid that accusation after telling the parable of the dishonest steward, (Luke 16:1-13) and the money-hungry Pharisees laughed and turned up their noses at him. But my people that statement contains awesome truths that are still very applicable today, perhaps more so, simply because the boundaries of our world are wider and there are so many more things now to entice us. And do they ever entice us! And do we ever succumb to the enticement! Yes Friends, too often we sell ourselves and our souls short to obtain some glitzy, fanciful thing we think we need, using some unethical, nefarious means, or by fawning and trying to please whoever has what we desire; be it power, fame, influence, social position, money or other worldly possessions. And the sad part is that some of the stuff may indeed be useful, but the means we use to get them are not justified. Oh Friends, whatever we do in this life should be able to withstand God’s careful scrutiny, and if it can’t, then things bad with us. We ought not to justify ourselves to men, but to God. However seeking and holding the approval of men has become increasingly prevalent, especially in rough times like we’re currently experiencing. To make ends meet now, many of us are liable to do stuff that we wouldn’t dream of doing when times are good. And if we’re not trying to get something, then we’re trying to impress someone so that they will think more highly of us. Now believers ought always to do good things, but when those things are done first and foremost to look good in men’s sight, to please men and not God, then we’re in trouble with the Father. As Jesus noted when He preached on almsgiving, prayer and fasting: ‘Take heed that ye do not your alms (charitable deeds) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of (from) your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have the glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites (pretenders) are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, (inner room, private place), and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly….Moreover when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.’ (Mat.6:1-6, 16-18) Now praying, fasting and doing charitable deeds are all good and worthwhile endeavours, but my people, when we do it publicly, just to get men’s attention, so that we’ll look righteous and make a good impression, then according to Jesus’ principles, we’re only wasting time and fooling ourselves and those around us. It actually displeases and turns off the most important person, the one we should always try to please, the Father. That’s because He reads our hearts and knows the true reasons for our public display, finds them disgusting and won’t reward us. Note, Jesus isn’t saying that we have to hide to do good or pray or fast, because sometimes that’s just not possible, but we must not make them a public display or spectacle for self aggrandisement in whatever form. Unfortunately though my brethren, in this supposed modern day and age, self-aggrandisement, ‘showoffness’, boasting, holding ourselves up as great righteous and moral beings is so prevalent that it’s become second nature to many of us. Our world has become such a den of vipers and nest of hypocrites that we often don’t know what or who to believe, for everybody is just intent on pushing their own private agendas, regardless of the cost to others.  All our deeds ought to come from a pure and righteous heart, and though we can fool others with our outward show, we can’t fool God, for as He says through Jeremiah: ‘I the Lord search the heart, I try (test) the reins (mind, secret parts), even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings (deeds).’ (Jer.17:10) And sadly mih breddren, is not like we don’t know the fallacy involved in public posing or haven’t experienced its disastrous repercussions, but yet we continue to live the keep up with the Jones and cult of celebrity lifestyles which are in direct opposition to God’s wishes. Many of us are in a serious slump now; economically, mentally and spiritually, because we refused to adhere to Jesus’ directives and instead ran headlong into the foolishness that the world’s promoting. Oh Friends, I don’t know what it’s going to take for us to stop, but I certainly hope we do before it’s too late to reverse the process, else a whole lot of us will be busted and end up in God’s doghouse. And believe you me, that’s not a very nice place to be. So for our sakes, and those around us, let’s stop pandering to men and their evil ways nuh, and instead pay more attention to what Jesus says. That way, we can never go wrong. We’ll continue this tomorrow, God willing. Till then, walk safely with the Lord mih people. Much LOVE!…to obey…is better than to sacrifice…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 September 2010 Psalm 133:1‏

Psalm 133:1     Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.

Oh Friends, it’s been another one of those ‘funny-curious’ days in my area; warm and sunny, but with a strong wind cavorting to and fro. I even had to take down the covering on my deck before I was ready since the wind seemed intent on doing it for me. Our weather is surely being unpredictable, for I can’t remember ever seeing such strong, warm winds at this time of year? It shouldn’t be surprising though, because 2010 is set to break the record in these parts for the year with the highest average temperature. But despite our weather not being well balanced, here’s a quote that shows why our lives should be. ‘Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another. The former would seem most necessary for the camp; the latter for the council; but to constitute a great man, both are necessary.’ Those words, attributed to C.C Colton, are the living truth my Friends! To be good, solid believers, we need to be well rounded and balanced in all we do. As Bruh Paul recommended; moderation in all things, with common sense prevailing. We can be brave as all hell on the battlefield, but at the peace table, if we don’t have the rectitude, the moral parts to stand and be courageous there too, then our battlefield courage is wasted. That brings us to our Bit: ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.’ Oh Friends, this is one of the most important verses in the Good Book, and if we’d only abide by it, at least seventy percent of our problems, if not more, would be readily eliminated because it’s disunity that’s causing most of our problems, from the basic family unit to the worldwide brotherhood. And here’s a great example of why our problems persist: It’s reputed that a couple days ago, at the U.N’s General Assembly Meeting, while the President of Iran was making his speech, thirty odd leaders and/or delegations walked out, ostensibly because they disagreed with his rhetoric. He claims that the world powers refuse to give Iran the respect they deserve, but the powers view Iran as a rogue nation who steadfastly refuses to toe their line. So when shall the twain meet eh? At the rate we’re going, it will be never. The same goes for Israel and Palestine, with both sides refusing to compromise, so they live in a constant state of anger, resentment and strife. But my people that’s such stupid, wasteful, ignorant behaviour on all sides! Further confrontation and strife will only bloom into all out war and destruction, as it has done before, from which there’ll be no real winners. Why can’t we humans get that into our stubborn, egotistic heads eh? Oh Friends, war has never really solved anything; it just puts off the real problems for another time, while fomenting new ones to add to the list. At the end, the vanquished are indeed brought low, but the victors have also suffered severe death and destruction. I’d call that a lose – lose proposition. Now listen to one of the best examples of how to conquer strife. We’re talking of the strife between Abram and Lot’s herdsmen when the cattle of both camps were too plentiful for the land to support. Instead of living in constant strife and conflict, ‘Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.’ (Gen.13:8-9) Oh Friends, that was so simple! But note Abram’s overriding concern: ‘for we be brethren.’ Granted, not all problems are so easily solved, but there’s always some way to avoid violent confrontation if people are willing to conscientiously sit down and find a solution that doesn’t entail further strife or all out war. Hear how Bruh David describes the joy of brotherhood: ‘It is like the precious ointment (oil) upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts (edge) of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.’ (Ps.133:2-3) Oh my people, doesn’t that sound a whole lot better than steel on steel, or steel on flesh, than bullets whizzing by, and canons roaring? Any day mih people, any day! What’s wrong with peace, LOVE and togetherness eh, that so many are choosing to go the other direction? Bruh Paul told the Romans in no uncertain terms: ‘Let LOVE be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned (affectionate) one to another with brotherly LOVE; in honour preferring (giving preference to) one another.’ (Rom.12:9-10) That’s so much better than the negative emotions that are currently running and ruining our world. But this brotherly LOVE and unity will never happen until, or unless it begins at the smallest unit of society; the family, and then spreads out to societies, nations and the world, for generally speaking, we bring to the world what we learn at home. But if families are in constant strife, as too many are right now, brotherly LOVE and unity will only ever be a pipe dream. That means Jesus’ hard work, suffering and sacrificial efforts would have all been in vain. Friends, we can’t allow that to happen. We need to do much better than we’re doing. And don’t for one moment think that it’s only unbelievers who are living in strife, for many believers are also playing right into Lucifer’s hands with the anger and resentment they either cause or possess. Call me stupid, naïve, or whatever, but I find it difficult to bear grudges and be resentful for any length of time, and I like it so, for then bitterness and hatred don’t get a chance to take root in my soul. But if we allow the negative stuff to grow and foster in our souls, then we can never hope to live in brotherly LOVE and unity, since those emotions are not conducive to that lifestyle. My people, I don’t know what else to say to get us seriously thinking in the right direction, so I’ll let the author of Hebrews take us home; perhaps he’ll have a more positive impact on us. ‘Let brotherly LOVE continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds (prison), as bound (if chained) with them; and them which suffer adversity (are mistreated), as being yourselves also in the body.’ (Heb.13:1-3) Yes Friends, we’re to consider all those who are suffering as if it were us. That’s the first step to attaining brotherly LOVE and harmony; having it in our hearts. Please think seriously on these things and let’s try to make a difference in the world. Much LOVE!…family unity…it blesses…sanctifies and solidifies…just like Jesus desires…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 September 2010 Colossians 3:17‏

Colossians 3:17     And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
 
Oh Friends, I hear you exclaiming: ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday!’ So let’s chant our Friday chant nuh. ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.’ Yes my people, we wouldn’t be able to get through the long, tiring weeks, week after week, if it wasn’t for the Lord’s grace, mercy and compassion. But when we put it all in His powerful, benevolent hands, when we surrender our entire lives to Him, then He fills us with His grace and strength, lifts us up, so that we can truly be, the conquerors He made us to be. That’s why Bruh Paul cautioned the Colossians: ‘And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.’ Friends, if we claim to be believers in Christ, then He should rule our every thought, our every word and our every action. There should be nothing we consider, say or do that doesn’t involve Jesus at its heart. The Father desires us to be like Him, and if we want to please and obey the Father, then we have to seriously try to think and act the way Jesus would in every situation of our lives. I know it’s a lot to ask when we’re surrounded by such ungodly evil, but that’s why we’re different to the unbeliever; our faith and trust in the Holy Trinity empowers us to reach up and out, to live a more righteous and godly life. Bruh Paul said it this way to the Church at Corinth: ‘Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.’ (1 Cor,10:31) Meanwhile, in Psalm 34, the Lord hears the prayer of the righteous, Bruh David proclaims it thus: ‘I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.’ (Ps.34:1-3) Wow! What a powerful testimony! Yes my brethren, we ought to continually bless and praise our God, tell others about Him, and magnify Him together in thankful fellowship. Our Creator, our God, Heavenly Father, Great Provider and Protector deserves no less than the best! As Bruh Paul advised the Ephesians: ‘Speaking to your selves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.’ (Eph.5:19-21) However Friends, we should not take it to the extreme, where every word we utter is God, because that’s just as bad as the other extreme, not paying God any thanks or attention at all. Some of us get so caught up in the Christian thing that we become boring and overbearing, which only turns off others, both believers and unbelievers. Like all things in life we have to strike a happy medium, bringing balance to it. Bruh Paul said it best: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men…’ (Phil.4:5) Though we should always be thankful and rejoicing, yet our graciousness and reasonableness should shine forth. People ought to see and hears us and know that there’s something different, a good different about us. Look at Jesus: He certainly talked about God, but didn’t rave or try to brow beat others with it. He was just calm and peaceful, even when hurting, and let His lifestyle do most of the talking, for He knew that mankind follows more of what they see than what they hear. And we all know our biggest weakness and failure as Christians is that we don’t walk our talk sufficiently. Oh Friends, that’s definitely our Achilles heel! Just ask any unbeliever why they either dislike or don’t pay much attention to believers, and the number one response will be, we don’t practice what we preach, we’re big hypocrites. Consequently, when Peter talks about us being good stewards of God’s grace, he solemnly declares: ‘If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (utterances) of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’ (1 Pet.4:11) Oh Friends, whatever we do in this life, and the next too, ought to satisfy one simple, but also complex requirement; that is glorify our God. If we’ll just set that as our goal, then we’ll be fine. We won’t have too many things to be chastened for, (smile) and God will get the glory He richly deserves. To help us keep that goal, we’ll end with some beautiful advice from Bruh Paul to the Philippians: ‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep (guard) your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ (Phil.4:6-7) Oh my people, truer words were never spoken! So let’s take them to heart and put them into practice nuh, that we can proudly and ably do our duty; glorifying the Most High God Jehovah! Until next time, down here or up there, go in peace and LOVE, with God as your guiding light. Much LOVE!…remember…our lives…they’re all about Jesus…
 

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