Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 February 2011 1 Timothy 2:1‏

1 Timothy 2:1.    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.

Oh Friends, February is dead and gone! Thank the Lord!  Unfortunately though, there’s still March to endure with its cold, uncomfortable, depressing winter weather. But I have a gem of a quote for us. It’s from the novel ‘Four Fires,’ by the South African born, Australian raised, Bryce Courtenay. The same mate who wrote ‘Power of One’ and some other wonderful books, the best of which is still ‘Tandia,’ mih young D. (smile) Anyhow, in this novel, this bloke is writing about a lecture on jungle warfare he received in the Australian army. ‘There are four natural reactions to fear. You either freeze, or faint, or run away or become irrationally aggressive….If we all reacted in one of these four ways, it would be a disaster…So, to overcome your instinct to react in one of these ways, we practise ‘contact drills’. We practise them and practise them until they take over from our natural instincts, and replace them with a planned action. It’s the contact drill that allows us to react in such a way that we are ready to take on the enemy and defeat him.’ Oh mih people, when I read that, it struck me right away that it’s a perfect way to describe the workings of our Christian faith. We can do any of those four things when the enemy attacks, but none of them really help. However, if we practise those ‘contact drills’, which for us are reading, studying, meditating on and being obedient to God’s Word, when Lucifer comes against us, we’re so well versed in and focused on it, that we’re not afraid to stand up to him, and ten times out of ten repel him. Remember Friends, we’re involved in real warfare, and though it’s mostly spiritual, the same tactics used in the physical kind can also apply. So let’s keep that idea at the forefront of our minds nuh, and daily practise those contact drills with the Word, so that the enemy won’t have us responding in the wrong manner when they attack. Hopefully this will also give us some added inspiration this Monday morning and help to drive away those depressing blues that so many of us get when we have to go back out to work. Now let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn with great fanfare. (smile) ‘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 we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the 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!’ And having sung that so spiritedly, let’s venture out courageously into the evil workaday world and engage and vanquish that wicked fool Beelzebub and his evil minions. Ah Friends, I had intended to finish with this Bit today, but the Holy Spirit, as He occasionally does, threw an unexpected spanner into the works with the contact drill stuff, and as there’s still much to say, I‘m hesitant, not wanting to make it too long and indigestible. Hn, hn! The Spirit just threw me a bad eye and said: ‘Chuh! Forget about length and just write the Word yes man! Them short attention span people that the world producing nowadays, like to talk about God this and God that, but when coming to reading His Word, they can’t find time to read it. They too busy, and only want ten second bites, if not shorter. But when yuh send them the stupid, immoral, ungodly, racist, sexist jokes, they not too busy to read those though.’ Ah mih Friends, yuh see the stuff I have to put up with on all yuh behalf. (smile) And though the Holy Spirit is right, I won’t get into all the stuff I wanted to get into, because it will really be too long. Sending long bites to short bites people will only defeat the purpose. Tomorrow though, our God in favour, I’ll bombard us with the Word that I had planned for today. Yes people, we’ll keep practicing our contact drills, for that’s what the Bit is all about; keeping us focused and filled with the Word, so that we can engage the enemy in a planned and measured way, defeat them, and take them all prisoners for Christ. Praise the Lord! In the meanwhile, you also have to practice your contact drills on your own time, for the enemy never let’s up: ‘So be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.’ (1 Pet.5:8) Therefore we must always be prepared. Much LOVE!…the victorious soldier is the one…who’s always on guard…who’s always prepared…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 February 2011 1 Timothy 2:1‏

1 Timothy 2:1.    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.

Ahoy there me mates! (smile) What’s new and exciting this Sunday morning? I hope many things are, and that the Lord’s keeping you busy in His work, while making your paths straight and prosperous, because that’s His promise if we are faithful and obedient to His Word. Ah Friends, the ole fella’s joshing to a certain extent, since I know from personal experience that life is never always wine, roses and song. In fact, most of us live bland, banal lives. But though they may not be chocked full of excitement, neither should they be monotonous and full of drudgery. The Lord created us to be champions, and if we aren’t being champions in our own little world, then something’s wrong with our modus operandi. And to fix it, we need to turn to the Lord in prayer and sincerely ask for His help and guidance. That’s the only way our lives will improve. As our Bit shows, Bruh Paul listed several types of prayers; ‘I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.’ Then he lists three basic reasons why we should pray. We dealt with the first one yesterday; for people in authority, so that our nations can live in peace and prosperity. Now let’s look at his second reason for praying. It’s simple, but extremely important. ‘For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.’ (1 Tim.2:3) Yes Friends, we should pray simply because our God takes pleasure in it. It’s our main form of communication with Him, and He likes us to keep up a constant flow of conversation, for us to keep Him up to date on all the happenings in our lives, be they big, small, good, bad, important or unimportant. Just imagine what would happen nuh people, if instead of all the foolish and inane stuff we communicate and the enormous time we waste on Facebook and other sites, tweeting, texting, talking, we spent even a small portion of that praying, or simply talking to God. Wow! What a prayerful, much more godly and peaceful world we’d enjoy! But no, our sinful flesh and the cunning ploys of the enemy calls us, like the siren’s song, to worship these ‘here today, gone tomorrow,’ man made idols, which though useful in some circumstances, are now being blatantly worshipped. Oh Friends, we even use violence, kill innocent children of God to get them. How sad eh. However, as Bruh Paul so aptly told the Roman church: ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (rational) service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ (Rom.12:1-2) Oh mih people, I know that Lucifer’s call is exceedingly strong, but if we truly desire to live for Christ, then we have to resist the evil wiles of that fallen angel. And the only way to do that is to immerse ourselves in the Word and in prayer, regular communication with our heavenly Father. When asking for punishment for the wicked and the strength to stay away from them, Bruh David fervently declared: ‘but I give myself unto prayer.’ (Ps.109:4) Meanwhile, the apostles, when the business of the church began to grow and they couldn’t handle all the duties, decided: ‘But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.’ (Acts 6:4)  And Peter, in his advice on being good stewards of God’s grace, said: ‘But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.’ (1 Pet.4:7) So prayer is of the utmost importance if we seriously want to resist Lucifer, because being in the world, but not of it, depending solely on our own efforts, is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Oh Friends, just as Bruh Paul reminds Timothy in a later missive, when exhorting him to endurance, I also want to encourage us to stand strong in the Lord. ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, nor of me, his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions (share with me the sufferings) of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’ (2 Tim.1:7-10) Yes my brethren, we all have those same attributes, and Christ has done the same things for us, but in these tremulous times we need to use our attributes, in conjunction with the Word, on a deeper and more extensive basis, so that the kingdom can be enlarged and the Most High God glorified, for that’s our God given purpose. More on this tomorrow, our God in favour. Till then, walk safely, and pray plenty. Much LOVE!…oh, how like sweet music to God’s ears…are the sincere supplications and petitions of His people…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 February 2011 1 Timothy 2:1‏

1 Timothy 2:1.   I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.

Oh Friends in Christ, a happy Saturday to you all! Let’s begin with some words of Wisdom for Today from Gloria Copeland’s ‘Hidden Treasures; abundant living in the riches of proverbs.’ These are from the end of Chapter 2. ‘Direct your heart and mind towards God’s wisdom and knowledge. Expect to hear from God today; don’t miss him in the little things. Walk in discretion. Resist temptation as soon as it confronts you.’ They are indeed wise words my people, and if we follow them, then we’ll surely walk in God’s way, be at peace, and prosper. Now turning to our Bit. Yesterday we looked at Bruh Paul’s four basic types of prayer; ‘supplications, prayers (general), intercessions, and giving of thanks,’ and also defined them. Today we’ll see why He said that prayers should ‘be made for all men.’ There are three chief reasons, each of which he spells out in a later verse. The first reason is: ‘For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.’ (1 Tim.2:2) That means intercessory prayers for leaders and those in authority are necessary for Christians to lead a ‘quiet and peaceable’ or calm and tranquil life. Now here’s the scholars’ take on that particular subject. ‘The word quiet means ‘not troubled from without’; that is, intercessory prayer enables good government to ensure that its citizens are not troubled by enemies or forces outside its borders. Peaceable means ‘not troubled from within’; that is, the church’s prayer also aids competent government in maintaining law and order within its own borders.’ That certainly makes sense, for we all need our leaders to be empowered to keep our national enemies at bay, and also to provide stability and calm at home, without which no nation or group can prosper. And the scholars have put forward an interesting claim about the wording of that verse. ‘The translation ‘godliness and honesty’ is unfortunate, for the exercise of these virtues is not dependent upon good government; they can be cultivated even in poor political management and persecution. The text should read, ‘That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life with the utmost reverence and respect.’ This respect is for governmental authority. Respect can best be realized when rulers are competent and rightly discharging their duties. Otherwise, it is difficult to respect rulers when they are incompetent and unjust.’ And they do have a valid point, for it’s very hard to respect inefficient and unfair rulers, regardless of how much you try to honour God. And that’s exactly what’s showing out right now across the Arab world. Many of the people are devout, but they’ve lived under such tyrannical and despotic rule for so long, that they’ve reached the end of their rope, and are finally saying, enough is enough. Whatever God you worship, your faith will only allow you to live in poverty, want and oppression for so long. Eventually, that same faith will make you rise up and seek redress, seek a better way. Oh Friends, that’s elementary psychology! Keep a man down long enough, he’ll either just lie down and die, or with nothing left to lose, rise up and retaliate. That’s just how God made all His creatures; both man and beast. There’s this state of being cornered, with your back against the wall, with nowhere to go but forward, against your aggressor. At those times fear is joined by anger, frustration and a sense of it’s do or die anyway, so the natural instinct of self-preservation that God endowed all His creatures with, rises to the fore and gives us an hitherto unknown strength and fearlessness to confront our adversaries head on, to the death if needs be. So why can’t these foolish leaders who try to keep their fellow man in subjection and abominable poverty for long periods, while living in royal splendour themselves, understand that that state of affairs only lasts for a relatively short time? That brings to mind the Rasta breddren that taught me History in High School. He’d put his feet, encased in Clarke’s brogues, up on the desk, twiddle his sparse, wiry grey beard and philosophically intone: ‘What is History? History is a record of the past. And why do we learn History? So that we can understand the present.’ And I like to add; navigate the future. But it’s obvious that many of our leaders around the globe have no use for History, or foolishly think that they are different to the other fallen despots. How false! For if we keep making the same mistakes, then the same results will befall us. That’s why they say; History repeats itself. But despite the overflowing graveyard of vanquished despots, dictators and bullies, too many of us still foolishly think we’re so different, even invincible. It’s God’s law that we all meet our match, get our comeuppance sooner or later. So let’s be wise, LOVE Our God, SPREAD His Word and LIVE Our Faith! That’s the only way to ensure a peaceable and quiet life. More tomorrow on this subject, God willing. And a serious note of warning here Friends. It’s essential that we blitz our God with intercessory prayers for our leaders in the West, in the supposed democratic societies, for many of them are getting too big for their breeches, and taking on some dictatorial characteristics. And isn’t it interesting, remarkable really, that the people in the Mid-East who’ve been oppressed for so long, are now rising up for freedom, while we in the West are being slowly, but surely, turned into fearful and frightened societies, and de facto Police States by the cowardly murders, soberly called terrorism, by some of those same people. Much LOVE!…as the man said…power corrupts…and absolute power…corrupts absolutely…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 February 2011 1 Timothy 2:1‏

1 Timothy 2:1.    I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.
 
Oh Friends, ah see all yuh coming down the road this Friday morning, chipping and waving like is Carnival Monday, and all yuh singing, ‘TGIF! Thank God is Friday!’ (smile) But unfortunately yuh still have ten days to go before that time of revelry, of total bacchanal. Such though is the crazy effect that the coming of the weekend has on us. However, before we get too far into the party mode, leh we chant we Friday chant nuh. That will help us to put everything into its proper perspective. So chanting, loud and clear: ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely 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 glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ Yes Friends, now that we come back down to earth, please remember that weekends are made for more than just partying and hanging out, but also for getting involved in fellowship. And that fits in very well with our Bit: ‘I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.’ Yes mih people, in this section, Bruh Paul is giving his protégé Timothy wise advice and guidance on prayer. Now that advice was so good, that it still holds true for us all today, two thousand years later. The first thing, the most important act that Christians should address themselves to is prayer. It’s to hold a pre-eminent place in the church and all its proceedings, as well as in our individuals lives, because it’s our basic method of communicating with the Most High God Jehovah, our wonderful Creator, heavenly Father and sole Provider. It’s obvious that if we want and/or expect to receive His parental guidance and blessings of earthly provision, especially in these rough and troubled times, then we must have plenty communication with Him. It’s just like there must be a lot of communication between our children and us, if they require or expect to receive our parental guidance and earthly benefits. Now Bruh Paul identifies four kinds of prayers in our Bit. Let’s get some basic definitions on them. And according to the scholars, they are as follows: prayers of supplication; those precise requests made to meet specific needs. Like when we ask the Lord for a new car or house to replace our old, broken down ones. (smile) Then there are just ‘prayers,’ used in a general sense to include things like confession, adoration, etc. The third kind of prayer Bruh Paul isolates are prayers of intercession, which we all know about. That’s when we offer prayers for others, which hopefully all of us do on regular basis. That reminds me, we have been amiss in not praying for those people in Christchurch, New Zealand, who recently experienced that devastating earthquake, and also for the millions of oppressed and suppressed in the Mid-East, who are now engaged in life endangered protests for long overdue relief from dictatorial and tyrannical rule. Please pray for them all, that their areas, and consequently our whole world, will not deteriorate any further. And the fourth type of prayer is the ‘giving of thanks,’ where we give our great God thanks and praise. Now that’s another aspect of our prayer lives which should be in constant motion, for remember that our entire being; all that we are, all that we have, and all that we hope to be, depends entirely on the Lord, re His mercy, forgiveness, blessings, kindness, unconditional LOVE, salvation and eternal life. Oh Friends, that’s it for today. I know we all have short attention spans in these modern times, so I’m not going to give us too much to digest all at once. (smile) Tomorrow, with God on our side, we’ll continue our discussion on prayer. Till then, please pray that the Lord gives us a sense of calm and peace in our souls, with provision suited to our needs, and guides us safely on this our rugged earthly journey. Much LOVE!…heaven’s switchboard is open 24/7…and there are never any busy signals…so there’s no reason for any break in our communication…with our just and faithful God…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 February 2011 2 Chronicles 20:20‏

2 Chronicles 20:20.    And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
 
Oh Friends, let me apologize for giving you some wrong info yesterday. The name of that song about get your motor running and get out on the highway is ‘Born to be Wild,’ by Steppenwolf, who are also Canadian, and not the Guess Who. I know it won’t matter to many of you, but I hate giving out wrong info. So if I do, please let me know so I can correct it. Thanks Old Rob. Now let’s see what our Bit has to offer today. So far the people have prayed to the Lord, and received His response, which was to go out to meet the enemy the next day, but not to worry for they wouldn’t have to fight; ‘for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ (2 Chron.20:15) What a relief that must have been eh Friends! So they did as instructed. ‘And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.’ (2 Chron.20:20-23) Yes Friends, confusion reigned amongst their enemies, and instead of fighting Judah, they fought amongst themselves. Our God sure is marvellous! But the important thing is that the people believed and trusted God to do as He said He would. Without that show of faith the Lord would not have worked on their behalf. And note too that the Lord only went into action when the people began to sing and praise Him. Oh my people, praise and thanksgiving are two of the greatest gifts we can ever offer the Lord. There’s nothing He revels in more than genuine appreciation and gratitude. The battle amongst the former allies was so fierce that there were no survivors. Wow! And the spoil, the unearned plunder was so plentiful that it took Jehoshaphat and his people three whole days to gather it. (2 Chron.20:24-25) And who says the Lord doesn’t bless obedience eh! On the fourth day, they assembled in a valley that’s still called Berachah (Blessing), for there they blessed the Lord. Then they returned to Jerusalem with joy, Jehoshaphat leading the way: ‘for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.’ (2 Chron.20:27) Yes mih breddren, when we call on the Lord sincerely for help, listen for His answer, then follow His directions in faith, we come out victorious. Praise His Holy Name! ‘And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries (stringed instruments) and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord. And the fear of God (awesome reverence) was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.’ (2 Chron.20:28-30) What a wonderful story Friends. But none of it would have happened if Jehoshaphat and the people had not believed and acted on that belief in faith. The belief Friends, the trust and the faith are the most important parts of our walk with God. We can do nothing without a deep-seated, abiding trust. And as the author of Hebrews so nicely puts it: ‘But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’ (Heb.11:6) So please, let’s work diligently on improving, constantly upgrading our faith motors, so that we can hit that highway of life, revving at top speed, thereby bringing victory to our lives and immense glory to our God. Much LOVE!…the moral of the story…if you don’t truly believe…you won’t succeed…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 February 2011 2 Chronicles 20:20‏

2 Chronicles 20:20.    And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
 
Oh Friends, here’s an idea guaranteed to get our motors running this Wednesday morning and get us out on the highway of life looking for adventure in the Lord’s name. (smile) Those sentiments come from a song whose title I don’t remember, but it was done by great Canadian band, The Guess Who. And the idea that’s guaranteed to get us moving is: ‘To get more out of life, give more of yourself.’ And that’s an undeniable fact my brethren! It’s taken from my cardboard poster titled, ‘P.S. I LOVE YOU.’ It’s like Sister Joyce (Joyce Meyer) is wont to say; you can’t expect changes in your life, if you keep doing the same thing every day. Change can only come when the initial movement is different. Unfortunately though, the hardest thing for humans to do is change. That’s due to many reasons, but the biggest is fear, fear of the unknown, of what will happen when we change. However Friends, as believers in the One True God Jehovah, we should not be afraid of change, because we are solidly grounded and rooted in trust and faith in Him. We might not like the unknown, but we shouldn’t fear it. And the easiest way to get rid of that fear is to immerse ourselves in His Word. Oh my people, there’s nothing like God’s Holy Word to strengthen, brighten and excite a human spirit. And our Bit is a perfect example of the Word and our God to quell fear. ‘And as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.’ Now that’s the difficult part in handling the word; belief. But like most things in life, we have to practice it, before we can master it. And our story continues from yesterday, where several nations joined forces to invade Judah, but king Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah did the right thing; prayed to God, acknowledged His superiority and their weakness, and pleaded for help. Now this is where faith, belief, and trust in the Almighty picks up and begins to work. While they are all standing in the temple yard, the spirit of the Lord comes upon Jahaziel, a Levite: ‘And he said, Hearken ye all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid or dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff (ascent) of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook (wadi or stream-bed), before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set (position) yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah, and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.’ (2 Chron.20:15-19) Oh Friends, paraphrasing that piece of scripture would have denied our God His much deserved praise and also denied us its full and true meaning. By the way, the Spirit agreed with me on that point. (smile) Now that’s the second part of our story, of the equation, if you like. Yesterday we saw Judah praying and appealing for God’s help. Today we’ve seen God’s answer and His directions for their conduct in the matter. Ah mih people, I can’t help but be amazed by the many parts and aspects to our God: a powerful warrior King who fights our battles for us, but also a unique Deity whose basic state is one of unconditional LOVE, encompassed by grace, mercy, forgiveness and kindness, with a faithful promise of salvation and eternal life. Wow! It sounds too good to be true! However Friends, this is possibly the only thing in the universe that doesn’t adhere to the cliché: ‘if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.’ Oh my people, the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is for real! His Word proves it, and if you’d only sincerely surrender your life to Him, He will prove it to you personally, like He’s already done to millions. But that’s enough Holy food for us to digest today though Friends. Tomorrow, our God in favour, more of His glorious Word and deeds. Till then, please surrender your soul, put your whole trust, faith and belief in Him. It’s the wisest decision you’ll ever make on this earthly journey. And in return, He’ll surely get your motor running, and take you on the road to adventures you’ve never even dreamed possible. Such is the power and magnanimity of our God! Much LOVE!…it’s all a matter of faith and trust…sincere surrender and belief…for the battle is the Lord’s…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 February 2011 2 Chronicles 20:20‏

2 Chronicles 20:20.    And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
 
Oh Friends, the ole fella’s shaking it sorta rough this morning! Yuh know, one of those days when the mind and body refuse to function with the strength and precision you require. Those of you in your autumn/winter years will understand what I’m talking about. (smile) But being a blessed child of the Most High God Jehovah, I’m not worried, for that too shall soon pass, what with the new grace, mercy and blessings of our heavenly Father available today. Yes Friends, thanks be to God, these old bones shall once again wax supple and strong. Hallelujah! Friends, yuh gotta believe, else things gonna be real bad with yuh. And strangely enough, that’s the basic criteria, the initial requirement of Christianity; only believe. I don’t know if the Lord did that intentionally, to tout the great strength of purpose that He’s placed in our hearts, minds and souls, but when we believe in Him, we can sure move mountains. Now I don’t know where all of this is leading to, but I promise that it won’t be as long as yesterday’s epistle. That was an aberration, where I simply got caught up in the excitement of the moment and ran with all the goodies that the Spirit was feeding me, completely disregarding the parameter of length. And be proud of the ole fella Friends, for when I wrote that intro I didn’t have a Bit, but since it centred around belief, I sought out one that dealt with it, so that the Most Holy Spirit would not again have cause to embar-rass me like yesterday. (smile) And it is indeed a mighty Bit. ‘And as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.’  And that’s the living truth my people! Now on this particular occasion several nations joined together to invade Judah. And what was Judah’s reaction? The right one! ‘And (king) Jehoshaphat feared and set himself (his face) to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.’ (2 Chron.20:3-4) Wow! They all turned to the Lord God of their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for help. Oh Friends, how I wish that something like that could happen today. Imagine if all believers turned out in droves, a worldwide movement akin to the popular uprisings currently going on in the Arab nations, and sincerely petitioned the Lord for help in these troubled times. What a force to be reckoned with that would be eh! But unfortunately we must get back to reality. (sigh) Anyway, just as a good and righteous leader ought to, Jehoshaphat stood up amongst the people in the temple yard: ‘And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdom of the heathen (nations)? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?’ (2 Chron.20:6) That’s how it should be in the lives of all believers my brethren. In times of difficulty or impending doom, our God should always be the first place we seek help and refuge. And Jehoshaphat used the age-old formula; at the beginning of his entreaty, magnifying God’s power, then relating what He’d done for them and also promised to do, then ending with an acknowledgement of their weakness. ‘O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.’ (2 Chron.20:12) Yes Friends, when going to God for help, it’s always wise to admit His power and dominion and our impotence and weakness. Anyway, in keeping with my promise to be short-winded, though it’s hard, (smile) we’ll end here today. There’s so much more to this story that we might spend at least two more days on it. And that just shows mih Friends, how the ole fella has matured. Thank the Lord! Before I would possibly have tried to cram it all into one, thereby giving us too much to digest at one sitting. But through the Lord’s wisdom, and under His maturing hand, I’ve learned the better way. Praise His Holy Name! Now mih people, let’s go out into the evil, ungodly world and walk worthy of Him. Much LOVE!…only believe…all things are possible…only believe…
 

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