Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 March 2011 Matthew 17:17‏

Matthew 17:17.    Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
 
Oh Friends, March is over now, and hopefully the snowfall too, but it’s still cold. Even the trees refuse to be fooled again and haven’t brought forth any buds as yet. Anyway, we’re alive and well, which is the important thing. And all God’s people lifted their heads, hands, hearts and eyes heavenward and offered up a grateful: ‘Thank you Lord!’ But unfortunately my brethren, there’s still one major problem; the proportion of the population that offered that thanks is way too small, it’s in the minority, while the majority fall under Jesus’ condemnation in our Bit. ‘O faithless (unbelieving) and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer (bear with) you? bring him hither to me.’ The occasion for this rebuke is a man bringing his epileptic son to Jesus to be cured after the disciples were unable to heal him. And when the disciples asked why they could not cure the child, Jesus declared these famous words: ‘Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove (move); and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.’ (Matt.17:20-21) Sadly though my people, there still exists today a great pool of unbelief, disbelief, non-belief, call it what you will, but too many people don’t sincerely believe in Jesus Christ as the answer to our problems, and thus we have become the most perverse and idolatrous generation ever, although we’re supposed to be the most advanced and enlightened. That might show up in other aspects of our lives, but certainly not in terms of accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. And though that’s an unfortunate fact, it’s not totally unexpected given our forefather’s behaviour down through the ages. Moses ominously declared it in his song: ‘They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children (they are not his children because of their blemish): they are a perverse and crooked generation. Do ye thus requite (repay) the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? Is not he thy father that hath bought thee? Hath he not made thee, and established thee?’ (Deut.32:5-6) Unfortunately Friends, not many of us seem to think so in our current society. And Moses’ words are a direct reference to our generation since more people follow Beelzebub’s evil ways than do the Lord’s godly desires. And the blame for that lies at the feet of we believers for several reasons: for being too weak, silent and scared when Lucifer’s minions try to wipe out God from our everyday lives; for not being strong and proactive enough to mount sensible campaigns to bring unbelievers into the fold, and above all, the many dissensions and continual strife in our ranks. Remember yesterday we talked about strife being Lucifer’s number one weapon, well he’s used it very successfully on us. Jesus said it quite clearly: ‘And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.’ (Mark 3:25) And Christians are so divided that I don’t know how we survive! Meanwhile, Lucifer and his boys stand together and together corrupt the world with evil and violence. Oh Friends, in the essence of brevity, (smile) we’ll end with some wise and encouraging advice from Bruh Paul. ‘Do all things without murmurings (grumbling) and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless (innocent), the sons (children) of God, without rebuke (fault), in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation (generation), among whom ye shine as lights in the world.’ (Eph.2:14-15) Yes my people, only if we behave like godly children and work in harmony with each other, with a strong and proactive bent, can we ever hope to retake this evil world for Christ. If we keep on allowing the enemy to divide and conquer us, then the Lord’s army will either be soon defeated or remain second-class, and neither position is tenable in the eyes of Jesus. So it’s up to us, His supposed followers to ramp up our hearts, minds and efforts and do our bounden duty. Let’s take our lights from wherever we have them hidden and bravely expose them to the world, shine them from every roof and mountain top, in Jesus name. Amen! Much LOVE mih people!…only in so far as all Christians come together…and fight a war of solidarity against the forces of evil…can the forces of good ever hope to be victorious…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 March 2011 Proverbs 17:14‏

Proverbs 17:14.    The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
 
Oh Friends, it’s another beautiful day in God’s kingdom! Hallelujah! We’re alive and kicking! All praise and thanks be to God! Sadly though our world is too full of Beelzebub’s main weapon; strife. Everywhere we turn on God’s great earth it’s either existing in abnormal proportions, or the seeds for it’s birth have already been sown. But here are some wise words concerning it from Gloria Copeland’s book, ‘Hidden Treasures,’ re abundant living in the riches of proverbs. ‘In order to walk in God’s wisdom and keep the door of your life closed to the devil, you must diligently guard against strife and seek diligently to LOVE others.’ Yes my people, LOVE is the only antidote for strife! And I like how our Bit characterizes strife: ‘The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.’ Such words of wisdom mih Friends! Strife begins so easily; like turning on your tap, first slowly, in a trickle, then the flow grows ever bigger and faster. That’s how strife operates. Even like a dripping faucet. The drip starts out small, but note, those drips never get smaller, always bigger. I believe the Amplified Bible refers to it as a crack in a dam. It’s the same principle of starting out small. And that’s the awful truth about strife my brethren; it usually starts out small, but quickly increases if left unchecked. That’s why our Bit says we ought to ‘leave off contention, before it be meddled with.’ We need to nip it in the bud, stop the contention before the quarrel begins. It’s the only way to conquer strife my Friends, for as these two verses of the Good Book concur, strife is the devil’s own handiwork. ‘He LOVETH transgression that LOVETH strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. He that hath a froward (deceitful or crooked) heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief (evil).’ (Prov.17:19-20) Lucifer’s followers delight in creating strife, for it kills whatever peace and LOVE that exists in a particular situation, and that’s their life’s goal. But we believers have to listen very closely to Proverbs 10:12, and diligently put it to work in all aspects of our lives. ‘Hatred stirreth up strifes: but LOVE covereth all sins.’ And isn’t that the way it truly is! As James so rightly puts it: ‘For where envying and strife is (where self seeking exists), there is confusion and every evil work.’ (James 3:16) And Bruh Paul warned the Corinthians: ‘For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions (dissensions), are ye not carnal (fleshly) and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?’ (1 Cor.3:3-4) Yes Friends, we certainly are being carnal, of this world, when we exhibit things like greed, lust and envy, which always bring strife, much to Lucifer’s delight, but our Lord’s displeasure. However my people, there is a way to guard against that persistent enemy called strife, for just as Cousin Sol tells us about the disease, he also gives us the remedy. ‘The discretion of a man deferreth his anger (makes him slow to anger); and it is his glory to pass over (overlook) a transgression.’ (Prov.19:11) Or as James says: ‘Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not (does not produce) the righteousness of God.’ (James 1:19-20) And Bruh Paul told the Ephesians: ‘Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.’ (Eph.4:31-32) Oh Friends, there’s only one thing left to be said; make sure you keep strife out of your family and your home, for that seems to be the easiest place for it to start. And as Cousin Sol says right at the beginning of Chapter 17: ‘Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices (sacrificial meals or feasting) with strife.’ (Prov.17:1) And as the old people were wont to say: ‘Charity (LOVE) begins at home,’ and that’s the first place we’ve got to stop strife from taking root. So let’s all seriously consider the strife in our lives, and with the help of God’s Word and His awesome LOVE remove it, so that both our individual lives and our world will experience some much needed peace. Much LOVE!…unfortunately…strife in our lives and hearts…blocks the flow of communication…with our wonderful God…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 March 2011 Psalm 104:33‏

Psalm 104:33.    I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
 
Oh Friends, the ole fella is shaking it a bit rough this morning, with some sneezing and a strep throat. Hope it’s only my sinuses acting up. But yuh know what? I am alive and kicking, so ‘Praise the Lord!’ And just as rain, snow, sleet, sun or any disaster never stops the mailman from delivering the mail, likewise, nothing, no sickness or tragedy is going to stop me from writing the Bit. (smile) But I’d better not get too high and mighty on that nuh, before the Lord challenges me, because that’s How He operates. You boast about something, then soon thereafter that very same boast comes back to haunt you. In any case my people, though something might very well stop me from writing the Bit, for sure, nothing but death will cause me to stop doing what today’s Bit proclaims: ‘I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.’ Yes Friends, nothing but death should stop us from singing the mighty and worthy praises of our Great God Jehovah! Regardless of the physical shape of our bodies, while we have breath in them, once we can put two and two together in our minds, the Lord’s praises should always permeate our souls. And all God’s people shouted a powerful ‘Amen!’ Please remember that one of the purposes for which we were created is to commune with and worship the Most High God. Our praise and worship is essential to His happiness. It won’t change who He is, but just as we expect our children to be obedient and respectful, our heavenly Father expects us to praise and worship Him. And to emphasize the importance of communication with our God, the psalmist, after writing our Bit, then continues: ‘My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.’ (Ps.104:34) And that’s exactly how it ought to be my brethren! When we read and contemplate on God’s Word, it should bring us joy, a sense of peace should overwhelm our spirits, and make our souls glad, for that is it’s purpose. It wasn’t only given to guide and educate, but also to enliven and gladden us with all the truth of God’s promises contained therein that we can boldly rely on. The Good Book was not written to make us sad, but glad; to give us encouragement and hope of a good future, especially God’s promises of salvation and eternal life through Jesus’ all-embracing sacrifice on the cross. What news can bring greater joy that that eh? NONE mih people, NONE! That’s why men of faith have been singing the Lord’s praises and blessing Him from days of old. Now hear Bruh David in Psalm 63, when he talks of God satisfying the thirsting souls of men. ‘Because thy LOVING-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied with marrow (the best fat) and fatness (abundance); and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.’ (Ps.63:3-5) And all God’s people sang a loud ‘Glory Hallelujah!’ And Friends there was never a more righteous sinner than Bruh David, and he paid for his mistakes, but through his constant devotion to the God of his fathers, the Lord still looked upon him with great favour. Why won’t He do the same for us, if we sincerely try to walk in His will? No reason whatsoever my brethren! And we’ll end with some more encouraging words, these of Bruh Paul, re singing praises to our Father. ‘And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess (dissipation); but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves 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.5:18-21) We can’t beat that advice my people, so let’s take it to heart and do it nuh. It will bring a big smile to our Lord’s face, a tear of joy to His eyes and a gentle, tender tug of LOVE to His heart. Till tomorrow then, if it’s on God’s agenda. In the meanwhile, please walk safely with Him, offering much thanks and praise for His goodness to us. Much LOVE!…it is both meet and right…to offer thanks and praise to our God… P.S. And the gospel music I’m listening to while I’m editing the Bit is saying exactly that: ‘I will lift my hands, I will worship you. We lift our hands to worship you Lord. Almighty God, I worship you. Not just for what you’ve done, But who you are. So I lift my hands and worship you Lord…’ Much LOVE!
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 March 2011 Hebrews 2:1

Hebrews 2:1.    Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Oh thank the Lord Friends, that we’re alive to see another beautiful, sunny day, alive to admire God’s marvellous handiwork! And it’s essential, that everyday, regardless of our circumstances, we make time to admire some aspect of God’s creation; be it big or small, animate or inanimate, as that helps us keep a clear focus on the One who created the universe and all therein. And don’t say you can’t find anything, because everything that God made is a source of wonder in and of itself. It might even help to look in the mirror and declare in wonder and amazement: ‘Oh what a beautiful image of the living God! I am indeed His most marvellous creation.’ (smile) Be careful though, not to get too carried away and let it turn into narcissism. Anyway, today is Monday and we’re not in a particularly light-hearted mood because we have to go back out and face the stressful, evil workaday world. But like everything else in this life, with the Lord’s help, we can overcome that anxiety. So let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn in a loud and sincere voice. ‘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!’ Now turning to our Bit: ‘Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip (drift away).’ Yesterday we saw the basic reasoning behind that statement: If all sins and disobedience were justly punished, then most of us would end up in purgatory, eternally separated from God.  But the Father, in His awesome wisdom and exceptional LOVE, made a way for us to escape that diabolical state by sending His Son Jesus as a sacrifice to pay for our wrongs, a fact we can ill afford to forget or neglect once we’ve been taught it. (Heb.2:2-3) Then the author of Hebrews goes on to prove the authenticity of Christ and His offering of salvation: ‘God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers (various) miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?’ (Heb.2:4) And here I’ll quote the scholar’s explanation of this verse, as they do a better job than I can. ‘The miraculous sign gifts of the Holy Spirit were present in the first century to confirm apostolic revelation (2 Cor.12:12; Heb.2:2-4) and are not expected today. Just as it is necessary to erect a scaffolding to aid construction when a building is being erected, so sign gifts were the spiritual scaffolding used by God to give credibility to His revelation which became the foundation of the church. When the written Word of God was complete, God removed the scaffolding. These gifts were given primarily as signs for the Jews (1 Cor.1:22). Also, as the apostles were primarily communicating an oral tradition, they needed signs to authenticate their message (2 Thess.2:15). When considering a sign gift, one should remember that gifts, such as the gift of apostles, were foundational gifts needed in the first century, and were characterized by certain qualifications that could not be met today (Acts 1:21-22) Also, Paul specifically indicated that some gifts would cease (1 Cor.13:8), and he referred to miracles seemingly in the past tense, which he would not do if they were still prevalent at the time of writing. The sign gifts would include apostles (Eph.4:11), healing (1 Cor.12:9), tongues, miracles, and interpretation of tongues (1 Cor.12:10). Some might add to that list the discernment of spirits (1 Cor.12:10)‘ Yes Friends, we no longer need some of the stuff that the first Christians needed to help them believe because we have it all written down and thus can refer to it at will, but with any kind of oral work there must be something physical to justify it, and obviously the Good Lord provided the tools His spokespeople needed to do His work, just like he does with us today, though again different tools for a different kind of society. And who says the Lord doesn’t know what he’s doing eh? Anyway mih people, please take the time to check out the references above, I found them very helpful, and I’m sure you will too. And as we noted before, unlike the early Christians, we have the Word readily available to us in all forms and fashions, but still, if we don’t read, study and practice it, it will be of no use to us. We’ll lose the hope, the motivation, the belief, the faith and the encouragement it engenders in our beings…and what then?  We’ll be lost; like dumb sheep, unable to find our way, in our own strength. And anyone who’s ever been lost knows that’s a terrible experience, one to avoid at all costs. So please, I implore us, let’s pay earnest heed to the Word so that we’ll walk safely with Jesus and not get lost in the darkness. Much LOVE!…to remain connected to God…we need to concentrate on the things of God…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 March 2011 Hebrews 2:1‏

Hebrews 2:1.    Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

And a good Sunday morning to all you wonderful Friends in Christ! Or as 3 Canal would say: ‘Mornin’ Neighbuh, morning!’ (smile) Oh mih people, I read the obits today, and I didn’t see my name or picture…’Glory Hallelujah!’ Hope you have the same feeling of joy and contentment. Now to further make your day, here are nine requisites for contented living attributed to the German novelist, lawyer, playwright and poet, Goethe (1749-1832) ‘Health enough to make work a pleasure.’ Hn! ‘Wealth enough to support your needs.’ Of course! ‘Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.’ For sure! ‘Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.’ O thank you Jesus! ‘Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.’ Ah Lord eh! ‘Charity enough to see some good in your neighbour.’ Now that’s a hard one! ‘Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.’ Well awright! ‘Faith enough to make real the things of God.’ True! ‘Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.’ But nuh must! Oh Friends, I couldn’t help putting in my own two cents comments, but if we can consistently meet those nine requirements, then we can confidently say we’re living the kind of life Jesus desires of us, for none of them are easy to come by, much less maintain in this evil, greedy, violent and stressful world. But I urge us to sincerely try and attain them. Make your own list, place it somewhere very visible, then check it every few days to see how you’re doing, concentrating on those areas in which you’re found wanting.  And as the Lord would have it, those 9 requisites do tie in rather nicely to our Bit. ‘Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip (drift away).’ Yes my people, we most definitely ought to pay diligent and sincere attention to those things we have heard, re the Good Book and the Word it contains, in case, through neglect or lack of use, we forget them and consequently stop living by them, an act with very disastrous consequences. Now though there is dissension amongst the scholars, as to who wrote Hebrews, when, where and to whom, there is general consensus as to its purpose. Its basic theme is one of comfort and encouragement, plus some warnings to those Christians living either in Jerusalem, the general Palestine area, or Rome, to stand steadfast and strong, despite the persecution they were facing from both Gentiles and other Jews, still attesting to Judaism. Some of these early Christians had either converted from Judaism, or were second-generation believers. However, everybody, family, friends and foes, seemed to be against them, for Judaism was sanctioned by Rome but not Christianity. And to make matters worse, the promises made in Christianity; that Christ would return and Israel would be saved, had not yet occurred and didn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. Those unfortunate circumstances were obviously causing them much strain and heartache. But two thousand years later Friends, Christ still has not returned, neither has Jerusalem been restored to its original glory. Now does that mean we should lose hope and give up? Absolutely not! ‘For if the word spoken by angels was (proved) steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward (penalty); How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;’ (Heb.2:2-3) Oh my people, those are all excellent questions! Before Christ came the law was given to us by angels. And we can hear this in Stephen’s monologue before he was martyred, accusing the Jews of persecuting the prophets and not keeping God’s law. ‘Who have received the law by the disposition (direction) of angels, and have not kept it.’ (Acts 7:53) Also, if every sin and act of disobedience was to be justly punished, (Num.15:30) then our only means of escape is by accepting the awesome salvation that Jesus first offered. ‘From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (near). (Matt.4:17) And luckily for the doubters amongst us, all that was confirmed by those who heard it. (Luke 1:1-4) There Luke states his purpose for writing to his associate Theophilus: ‘That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.’ (Luke 1:4) Luke plans to reinforce Theophilus’ knowledge by giving him, as it were, actual facts and figures for the things he’s been taught. Sadly my people, time and space have run out for today, but we’ll continue this topic tomorrow, if God sees fit to grant us another glorious day on planet earth. In the meantime, please pay much attention to the Word and please stand fast in your belief in Christ and the salvation His precious blood bought us, for without that surety in our hearts, we’re headed for eternal separation from the Father. Much LOVE!…I am the way, the truth, and the life…no man cometh unto the Father…but by me… (John 14:6)

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 March 2011 Mark 5:20‏

Mark 5:20.    And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Ah Friends, old man winter, having summarily knocked out the presumptuous upstart spring, continues his stranglehold over the land. Last week we were boasting of positive double-digit temps, today though, it’s a minus double-digit reality. And who say’s Mother Nature doesn’t have a sense of humour, corny though it may be? But who’s paying attention eh? Plenty winter-weary people! (smile) Anyway, since we’re believers, followers of Christ, what’s a little cold weather eh? For we’ve been endowed with the spiritual power to endure and persevere through hell and high water, to come out smiling and undaunted on the other side. Praise the Lord, my people! And that’s exactly what our Bit is all about. ‘And he departed, and began to publish (proclaim) in Decapolis (the ten cities) how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.’ Yes my brethren, the grateful man whom Jesus cleansed of the evil spirit broadcasted His goodness to all and sundry in the ten cities around his area. That’s how we ought to behave too. And as we noted yesterday, though Jesus told him to give Jehovah God the glory, the healed man recalled the acts of Jesus Himself, so that ‘all men did marvel.’ Now that’s our topic for today, and the Good Book is full of accounts of men marvelling over the works of Jesus, so let’s check out a few. First up is Jesus healing a paralyzed man, telling him: ‘Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.’ (Matt.9:6-8) After that, He healed a dumb man possessed with a demon: ‘And when the devil (demon) was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.’ (Matt.9:33) Obviously not, since the Son of God had never before been to Israel in human form. The ordinary folk recognized that there was something very special about Jesus, but the foolish, hypocritical Pharisees declared: ‘He casteth out devils (demons) through the prince (ruler) of the devils.’ (Matt.9:34) Now that makes no sense whatsoever. Why would an agent of Lucifer cast out his master’s evil, demonic nature from his people eh? It’s like accusing Jesus of casting out God from believers. But such was the Jewish leaders’ short-sighted, selfish thinking, as it needed to be, for the Lord’s plan of salvation to come to fruition. Our next example is of Jesus Himself bringing up the notion of marvels. Talking of the Son’s relationship with the Father, Jesus told the Jewish elders: ‘My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, (by healing on it) but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God (blasphemy). Then Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father LOVETH the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth (gives life to) them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.’(John 5:17-21) Yes Friends, if we think we’ve seen or heard of marvellous works, just wait until the Father shows Jesus His whole awesome repertoire! And not only did the people marvel at Jesus’ doings, but also those of His disciples after he ascended to heaven and the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them. Check out this story in Acts 3, after Peter and John healed a lame man begging in front of the temple. The people saw him leaping and jumping and praising God: ‘and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held (on to) Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering (amazed). And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly (intently) on us, as though by our own power or holiness (godliness) we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our Fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus…’ (Acts 3:10-13) The Jewish leaders were no better, for though they imprisoned Peter and John for their preaching resurrection through Jesus, when they brought them before the high priest, the Good Book recounts: ‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant (uneducated and untrained) men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them (realized), that they had been with Jesus.’ (Acts 4:13) Yes my brethren, the miraculous works accomplished first by Jesus, then His disciples, made the people of olden times marvel, yet many still believed not. Unfortunately the same thing is happening today. Jesus is working fruitfully in so many lives, with people seeing the results, but still not believing. What’s it going to take for us to truly believe and appreciate the awesome power of our God eh? Friends, we don’t need any more miracles to show or tell us that God’s in total control of the universe, they’ve been enough of them down through the ages. It’s time to wake up my people and sincerely recognize God’s amazing power and truth for what it really is…the saga of His unconditional LOVE that begat Jesus, our salvation and eternal life in His company. Much LOVE!…to know, know, know Him…is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Him…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 March 2011 Mark 5:20‏

Mark 5:20.    And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
 
Oh Friends, it’s Friday, the end of the work week! And all God’s people shouted: ‘Thank God it’s Friday!’ Now let’s give some thanks and praise to our God for guiding us through it, by chanting our Friday Chant: ‘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 my people, the Lord got us through this rough week, and He’ll also rejuvenate us over the weekend, but the important question is what’s our attitude to all He does for us? The man our Bit refers to, whom Jesus healed of the demon, wanted to stay and walk with him, but Jesus told him: ‘Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.’ (Mark 5:19) This fellow was very grateful and took Jesus’ advice to heart, as our Bit shows. ‘And he departed, and began to publish (proclaim) in Decapolis (the ten cities) how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.’ A couple things to note here per the scholars: ‘Decapolis was the area southeast of the Sea of Galilee, containing many Gentile settlers. Jesus seems to have been more willing to make His deeds and identity known in a non-Jewish context. In the Capernaum area, by contrast, He felt the need to maintain a lower profile. The man tells what Jesus has done, although Jesus told him to speak of ‘the Lord,’ the God of Israel.’ So Jesus wasn’t against spreading His Word amongst the Gentiles, but He was also wary enough not to raise too high a profile amongst His own Jewish people, until His time was come, knowing that they were constantly seeking a way to get rid of Him. Anyway Friends, back to our question; how many of us are really thankful for what God has done, is doing and will do for us in the future? And if we’re so grateful, how many of us actually make it our duty to tell others; to believers to encourage them in their walk with God, and to unbelievers, to make them see the light, the inestimable benefits of walking with God, both here on earth and in heaven? I feel that not enough of us testify to what Christ has done in our lives. We’re either not proud enough or still too timid and scared to let others know the great life we’re living in Jesus, the wonderful things He’s done for us; the compassion, the mercy, the LOVE, the forgiveness, not forgetting the greatest gifts of all, salvation and eternal life. My people, we don’t have to be garrulous or so talkative that it turns others off, but there are many opportunities everyday for us to either live our testimony or tell it to someone since we’re constantly interacting with other humans. As Bruh Paul asks in Romans, re righteousness through faith in Christ: ‘How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!’  (Rom.10:14-15) Yes Friends, people need to hear the gospel before they can accept it, and telling others about it is one of our most important jobs here on earth. By the way, in the last part of that scripture, Bruh Paul is quoting Isaiah 52:7. The same argument is also found in Nahum 1:15. So my brethren, what have we got to say for ourselves eh, re proclaiming the good news of Jesus in our lives? Are we as jubilant and expressive as Moses in his song? ‘The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation (praise him); my father’s God, and I will exalt him.’ (Ex.15:2) Or are we proclaiming like the psalmist? ‘Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled (praised) with my tongue.’ (Ps.66:16-17) Now that’s how we need to be my people; ever ready to talk of what God has done for us, about the good things He’s wrought in our lives, and give Him endless thanks and praise for them. Remember others won’t know how God’s interacting with us unless we both tell and show them. Remember too that examples work much better than precepts, so our personal testimony is always more moving and thought provoking when witnessing to others. So let’s start talking up ‘bigging up’ our God some more from our personal experience nuh mih people. It’s the best way to spread the Word. More tomorrow on this, God in favour. Till then, please walk safely with the Lord and talk proudly of Him. Much LOVE!…our earthly duties are…to LOVE our God…LIVE our Faith…and SPREAD His Word…
 

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