Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 June 2011 Psalm 122:1‏

Psalm 122:1.    I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
 
Oh Friends, it’s a gloomy Thursday morning in my area after lots of rain and stuff last night. But since we’re pilgrims on this earth, we’ve got to diligently plod on despite our circumstances. And though the day seems gloomy, our spirits are definitely not; they’re soaring with joy, because we know that all the good things like blessings and mercies that God gives us each new day are waiting for us to gratefully accept. So we say a bright and appreciative, ‘Thank you Lord!’ And our Bit today contains one of the best ideas we can ever have or put forward, and putting it into practice only enhances it a hundred fold. ‘I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ Wow! What a glorious sentiment! What better place to go than to God’s house eh? To sit and talk, meditate and communicate with Him in His own appointed place. What an awesome opportunity and pleasure! That’s why going to church is so highly recommended to believers. There’s just something different and unusual about being in God’s house; a feeling, a presence that we don’t or can’t seem to get anywhere else. The scholars believe that this psalm was written after a pilgrimage to Jerusalem: ‘Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of (as a testimony to) Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are set the thrones of judgement, the thrones of the house of David.’ (Ps.122:4-5) Yes my Friends, to give thanks to our amazing and wonderful God is one reason we go to church, but also to fellowship with other believers, for there is strength in numbers, and to find peace and comfort in our souls, for sometimes the aura of God just seems to be more plentiful in His house than anywhere else. Now let’s look at some scriptures which show that going to the tabernacle, temple, church, sanctuary, whatever you call the place where God has set up shop, so to speak, has always been, and will continue to be, a very important part of believers’ lives. Listen first to the master prophet, Isaiah, talking about the day of the Lord: ‘And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’ (Is.2:3) The prophet Micah, in reference to turning swords into ploughshares, says the same thing in Chap.4:2, almost quoting Isaiah word for word. And Zechariah, in talking of the promised restoration of Jerusalem, boldly proclaims: ‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people(s), and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another saying, Let us go speedily (continually) to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.’ (Zech.8:20-22) Oh my people, that promise, like all the others of our most faithful God, was kept; Jerusalem was restored and even to this day, though it’s embroiled in turmoil and strife, thousands of people make pilgrimages to God’s city every year. How great is our God eh? Now all of us can’t make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, but we can certainly go to our local church, tabernacle, sanctuary or temple where God has established a physical place of communion and restoration for us. And if by chance you don’t believe me, (smile) then check out Jesus’ itinerary when He walked amongst us here on earth. No one spent more quiet time alone, communicating with the Father than Him. That shows our great need to do likewise. He also never missed an opportunity to preach and teach in the temple, and wherever He found Himself on the Sabbath, He always honoured the Father by going to fellowship in that area. So how can we do any less eh my brethren? In closing, let me share a saying which declares that ‘sometimes an empty church has more room for God.’ Now, from personal experience, I’ve found that to be quite true. Fellowship with others in church is right and good, but sometimes our individual spirits just need some one on one time with the Father in His house with nobody or nothing to distract us. Unfortunately nowadays churches, like most other public buildings, are locked up when they’re not in use. But if you’re ever lucky enough to pass by an open church, just step inside and sit for a while. Oh Friends, you’ll be amazed at the quantity and quality of vibes you’ll receive just sitting there quietly drinking in God’s holy and peaceful presence! Till tomorrow then mih people, our God in favour, please walk safely with Him, for He’s our strong rock and sure salvation. Much Love!…there’s no feeling so pleasurable and uplifting…as private communication with Almighty God…
 

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Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 June 2011 Ephesians 5:19‏

Ephesians 5:19.    Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
 
Oh Friends, morning’s a rising, so please prepare yourself to receive all that God has prepared anew for you; fresh mercy, forgiveness, blessings, LOVING-kindness etc. etc. It’s all yours, just there for the asking and taking! Anyway, earlier on, when I came down to write the Bit, I had no idea what I was going to write on, but as always, asked for guidance. And it’s oftimes strange and amusing how God answers our pleas. Today He answered mine by having me glance at one of the several fortune cookie pronouncements that I have on my desk. This one boldly declared: ‘A cheerful heart makes its own song.’ Now that’s a fact with which we cannot argue! That then led me to thinking how so many believers’ hearts are hard, stony and not cheerful, which in turn guided me to our Bit: ‘Speaking to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.’ Oh Friends, our hearts are considered the bastion, the stronghold of our faith, from which all else flows; meaning that if they are not right, not in tune with our God, then our lives cannot be right either. And one of the ways to ensure that our hearts stay tender and pure is by talking to ourselves and others, repeating psalms, hymns and other spiritual material. That way we encourage and instruct each other by godly means, thus constantly renewing the cheerfulness of our hearts, and consequently our faith. And a very good example of that is when Bruh Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Philippi. The Good Book notes: ‘And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises (were praying and singing hymns) unto God: and the prisoners heard them.’ (Acts 16:25) What a perfect way to communicate the gospel under less than perfect circumstances! And we all know what happened after: A sudden earthquake shook the prison, opening all doors and loosening the chains of all the prisoners, but none escaped. And when the warden, having seen the catastrophe, was about to commit suicide, Bruh Paul stopped him. Then later that same night, he and all his earthly family were baptized into the spiritual family of Jesus. (Acts 16:26-34) Wow! What a moving story! One only our God can produce! But it all began with the singing of psalms and spiritual songs, finding a way to keep the heart cheerful and in tune with the heavenly Father in poor, downtrodden circumstances. And when we’re not talking to others on a godly basis, we still need to be singing and making melody, giving praise and thanks in our individual hearts to our great God. Now sometimes that’s the most important part of it all; keeping our own hearts cheerful when we’re alone and under pressure. It’s not always easy to do when life and its numerous adversities bear down upon us with their full weight. But as James advises: ‘Is any among you afflicted (suffering)? let him pray. Is any merry (cheerful)? let him sing psalms.’ (James 5:13) Yes Friends, the best way to lift our sagging spirits is through prayer. And when they’re lifted, the best way to keep them cheerful is by singing spiritual songs. Now our talking and singing of spiritual songs might never produce the amazing and miraculous results that Bruh Paul’s and Silas’ did, but for sure it will help others, believers as well as non-believers. And above all, it will keep our own hearts, soft, tender, true and cheerful before our God. That will then leads us to: ‘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.5:20-21) In other words, that cheerfulness produced by the Holy Spirit in our hearts will keep us continually being grateful to God for all He’s doing in our lives, and we’ll also have good relations with other believers, all based on what’s pleasurable in God’s eyes. So today my brethren, let’s promise ourselves to try and bring some cheerfulness to our own hearts and then of others around us, so that human lives will be uplifted and Almighty God praised and glorified. Much LOVE!…the only antidote for a cheerless heart…JESUS…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 21 June 2011 Job 40:4‏

Job 40:4.    Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
 
Oh my beautiful Friends in Christ Jesus, the new day’s dawning and the heavens are opening, getting ready to pour down the daily blessings and goodness of the Lord God Jehovah on the children of men! When you awaken, please go to Him with gratitude and thanksgiving and prayerfully receive your portion. That will set your feet on the right path for your daily journey in this mish-mash world, and allow you to travel in God’s most exquisite and LOVING company all day long. And that’s the gospel truth my people! Wow! What an honour! Beginning each new day with the Lord certainly helps us to handle the problems we encounter with more strength, wisdom and courage, than if we just relied on our own anaemic power. Remember, without Him, we are nothing, and can do nothing. And having poured out those general words the Spirit put in my heart to share with you, (smile) let’s continue looking at our Bit, where God had to drape up Job and bring him to his knees, ere he finally humbled himself before his Creator. ‘Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.’ Now yesterday we heard Ezra’s prayer of confession, re the Israelites sins. Today, let’s listen to Job’s response to God’s challenges. ‘I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee: Wherefore I abhor (deplore) myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’ (Job 42:5-6) Yes Friends, Job finally submits to God. Per the scholars: ‘He has a new awareness of the wisdom of God’s hidden plans, a new sense of the limits of his own wisdom, and a new sensitivity to his own sin. He admits that his has been a limited perspective, and he totally submits to God’s will and authority.’ What an awakening my brethren! One that is necessary for all believers to come to before we can truly appreciate the great God we worship and thus dutifully and confidently do His will. It’s not an easy task, as Job discovered. But I’m here to remind us that all things are possible when we work with the Lord. Now let’s look at the second part of our Bit, which is perhaps even more important than the first: ‘I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.’ Oh Friends, if the majority of believers would do this, both literally and figuratively, our world would be such a wonderful place! Why, you ask? Because it’s oftimes our too quick to open mouths and consequent thoughtless words that breed a great amount of friction, strife and resentment, which only lead to hatred and violence. To improve the situation, WE MUST STOP AND THINK BEFORE WE TALK! It’s therefore to our great advantage to contemplate these important scriptures on the subject. ‘If any man among you seem to be (thinks he’s) religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain (useless).’  (James 1:26) And there’s more: ‘Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter (forest) a little fire kindleth (sets ablaze). And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue (the tongue is so set) among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature (existence); and it is set on the fire of hell.’ (James 3:5-6) Yes mih breddren, that’s the enormous power our tongues, mouths and words wield, and why we need to control them so carefully. And it’s not that Job didn’t know better, since he earlier acknowledges that others held their peace when he addressed them in his glorious past. ‘When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street (took my seat in the plaza)!….The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. The nobles held their peace (the voice of the nobles was hushed), and their tongue cleaved (stuck) to the roof of their mouth. When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness (approval) to me.’ (Job 29:7, 9-11) Ah mih people, in these perilous times it’s of the utmost importance that we choose our words very carefully and also humble ourselves before Almighty God, because He is the only real source of hope we have to extricate ourselves from the awful mess we’ve made of our world. Much LOVE!…to be suitably humble…one’s tongue must be suitably bridled…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 20 June 2011 Job 40:4‏

Job 40:4.    Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.’
 
Oh Friends, It’s Monday once again! The bugle’s blowing Reveille, warning us to get up and put on our spiritual battle gear for another strenuous week of battle in the trenches of work, on Jesus’ behalf. And though some of us, like Buju Banton, are still battered and bruised, still nursing wounds from last week’s encounter, it’s imperative that we answer today’s call regardless of our state. But thankfully, because of our God’s great mercies, which are new and abundant each morning, our spiritual self will enable us to weather the storm. So let’s now ask the Father for strength, courage and guidance in these calamitous times, by loudly and proudly singing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn. All together now: ‘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!’ Yes mih people, that ought to boost our spirits and empower us to go out into the evil world with confidence to fight the good fight of faith. But please note that though we may feel strong and powerful, we must always remember to be humble. It’s extremely important that we humble ourselves before Almighty God, or else He will bring us to our knees, and not easily, but painfully, like He did Job. Oh Job was decent enough in his daily dealings, but after his misfortune and the acid words his supposed friends hurl at him, he gets a bit self-righteous in his replies until the Lord takes him to task, and asks him this all-important question: ‘Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? He that reproveth (rebukes) God, let him answer it?’ (Job 40:2) My brethren, that’s also a question that we should ponder, considering the haughty and prideful behaviour of our world in general, and in particular of so many supposed believers. And like Job, in the words of our Bit, we ought to humbly declare: ‘Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.’ Ah Friends, in the face of the omnipotent, omniscient and always around God, what else could Job say eh? And it should serve as a reminder to us to always consider our personal situations before forming opinions and passing harsh judgement on others, since we don’t know what’s truly going on in their lives, how God is dealing with or using them. Unfortunately, in this ungodly society, that’s become the norm. This brings us to the prophet Ezra’s confession when the Israelites were trying to get things together in Babylon to go and rebuild Jerusalem. ‘And at the evening sacrifice I arose from my heaviness (fasting); and having rent (torn) my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God. And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass (guilt) is grown up unto the heavens.’ (Ezra 9:5-6) Oh my people, our time is certainly a reflection of Ezra’s. If possible, it’s even more blatantly sinful and ungodly, and it would do all of us a world of good to fall on our knees and confess our vile and sinful state to Almighty God. It’s the only way out of the stink, stagnant morass in which our world’s currently mired. More tomorrow on this topic, our God willing. Till then, please walk and talk the LOVE of the Father. Much LOVE!…by definition…a godly heart…is a humble heart…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 19 June 2011 Proverbs 4:1‏

Proverbs 4:1.    Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

                                                        HAPPY  FATHER’S  DAY!

Oh Friends, on this bright and glorious Sunday morning, let me wish all fathers, including those mothers doing double duty as fathers, a blessed and prosperous Father’s Day! A father is supposed to be the head of the household, providing godly leadership and guidance to those around him. That’s simply the way the Creator established it. Consequently, a father has to have both a good and wise knowledge of life, as well as portray those elements in his personal lifestyle. Fatherhood does carry an enormous responsibility, and that’s one reason why so many men run from it, and why so many families are dysfunctional. But it’s our godly calling, therefore we should embrace it with fervour and joy instead of running from it. What a pleasure it is to raise a godly, decent and LOVING family! And like every other collective in our world, it takes wisdom at the top to ensure overall success. If proper guidance at the helm isn’t forthcoming, then the project(s) will always go awry. Wise Cousin Sol knew this, hence the subtitle of Proverbs 4; ‘A Father’s Wisdom.’ He thus boldly declares our Bit for today: ‘Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.’ Yes Friends, children, in fact the entire family ought to listen to the father’s instructions and desire to acquire understanding, as to why and how these instructions were come by and why they are so important and relevant in their lives. ‘For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.’ (Prov.4:2) Now that’s exactly what a good father ought to provide; wise and sensible foundations for his household. That’s why Cousin Sol, at the beginning of Proverbs, ominously warns: ‘My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.’ (Prov.1:8-9) That’s the living truth my people! Father’s must appeal to their children to listen to their directives and choose wisdom over folly. And I like how the scholars slip in here: ‘The mention of the mother shows that the original setting of the book was at home, not the court or the school.’ Bingo my brethren! It is indeed the home where all this stuff needs to begin, not somewhere outside. Note, it should definitely continue outside, but it can only be properly directed when begun, enforced and reinforced at home. Remember that old but true saying: ‘Charity begins at home.’ That’s an indisputable fact: LOVE and all its trappings must start at home for it to be truly successful in our lives. Seeing different things at home and outside, causes confusion in young minds. But when the solid foundation of LOVE is laid down at home, then it serves as a bulwark, powerful protection against the evils and distractions of this world. And when we pay attention to our parent’s instruction, we’re graced from God with beautiful ornaments for our lives; things like wisdom, justice and understanding. Cousin Sol himself had good groundings from his father, Bruh David, who, despite his many mistakes, never forsook God, and guided Sol in a godly direction. Hear how Bruh David says it when he changed his ways before Abimelech the priest, who drove him away to the wilderness. In the resultant psalm, the Lord hears the righteous, he proclaims: ‘Come ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.’ (Ps.34:11) Now that’s indeed a parent’s first and most important job; to teach their offspring about Jehovah God, how to serve, worship and revere Him! And having declared theoretically all that a father ought to be, we finally come to the reality of the situation. Unfortunately, it’s rather an unfortunate one. For whatever reason, and there are several, too many households today lack incumbent fathers. In addition, too many of the incumbent ones are weak and/or not seriously focused on God, therefore they can’t teach the children, or those around them the right way. As a result, families, or what passes for families in this nuclear age of greed, evil and violence, have no strong, solid foundation, and thus the members are easily led astray. Just look at how our children are feasted upon and consumed by worldly lusts! In other words, the family, the basic root, the necessary foundation of our society is being eroded, or has already been destroyed, because there’s nothing strong and cohesive to hold it together. The glue that once unified it; God and general decency towards others, no longer play a prominent role in our society. The logical conclusion to this negative trend, if it continues, is the eventual destruction of society as we know it. Oh Friends, we have neither the time or space to delve into why fatherhood is at such a low ebb, but it is an unsustainable position. And with more people bearing children outside of wedlock, plus the increased use of fertility clinics and artificial insemination, fewer fathers will be in future households, thus worsening an already bad situation. Anyway, for those fathers who are there for their children, whether or not they live together, my sincere advice is to please keep up the good work. I know it’s a difficult up-hill task in this confused and evil world, but in the long run you will be well rewarded, both in heaven by the Father, and here on earth with godly, well balanced children. Much LOVE!…train up a child in the way he should go…and (even) when he is old…he will not depart from it… (Prov.22:6)  P.S Sorry for this being so late people, but I wanted to go to church, haven’t been in a month, and I didn’t get up early enough to do it before church. These days my ying and yang are out of whack. (smile) And more importantly, I couldn’t pass up the once in a while opportunity to go to church with my young daughter, especially after all that I’ve written above. It’s long, but beautiful. (smile) Much LOVE!

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 18 June 2011 Lamentations 3:22-23‏

Lamentations 3:22-23.    It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
 
Oh Friends, do you feel the undeniably new and uplifting mercies of God being showered down upon you this bright and sunny Saturday morning? I’m sure you do! Just being alive, not reading your name in the day’s obits, is cause enough to celebrate and give Him a big, ‘Thank you Lord!’ Yes my people, once we’re alive anything’s possible, there’s hope for improvement in everything around us. Why? Because that’s the faithful, non-retractable promise of our most wonderful and magnificent God! So please, let’s stop being fearful and worried about the daily problems of life that surround us, that keep us tied up in knots, and instead simply dedicate our lives to truly serving our heavenly Father. Remember these assuring words of Jesus: ‘Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought (worrying) can add one cubit unto his stature (height)?’ (Matt.6:26-27) None of us can, so there’s absolutely no need to panic, for as our Bit so rightly states: ‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.’ So why has worry become like a national pastime, when our most faithful God blesses us each day with LOVE and compassion anew? Instead, with the wonderful promise in the Word and the visible evidence in our lives, we should be continually rejoicing and giving God thanks for being so good to us, when we really don’t deserve it. Consequently, before we get to the scriptures I’ve been promising for the last two days, (smile) let’s all join together and offer up a loud, grateful and sincere word of thanks. ‘Oh Father in heaven, we your humble servants down here on earth, thank You and bless Your Holy Name because You’ve been so good to us in these troubled times. We humbly ask that You continue to bless us as we fight the good fight of faith to further Your glorious kingdom. On the holy, spilled blood of Your Son Jesus, we pray. Amen.’ Yes my people, there’s nothing our God likes to hear more than heartfelt thanks and appreciation!  Now turning to those scriptures that tie into our Bit on the Lord’s never ending compassions and mercies, let’s begin with a word from Malachi, where he solemnly declares: ‘For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.’ (Mal.3:6) So true Friends! Only because the Lord made a covenant with our fathers and He is a faithful and unchanging Deity that we’re not condemned to eternal death and damnation for our numerous sins against Him. Then in the Maschil (Contemplation) of the psalmist Asaph, titled ‘A reminder of God’s goodness to Israel,’ he rightly declares: ‘But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.’ (Ps.78:38-39) Oh my brethren in Christ, how can we not be truly grateful and appreciative of such and understanding and magnanimous God eh? And we’ll close with some appropriate words from Isaiah, as he talks about salvation being for those who trust in God: ‘O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.’ (Is.33:2) Yes Friends, in light of all the evil and ungodly turmoil that’s currently surrounding us, those scriptures sure are good ones for us to ponder on this day. So till we talk again tomorrow, our God in favour, please walk safely under the shadow of His mighty, all-embracing wings. Much LOVE!…only a Deity who’s sure and confident in Himself…like our Jehovah God…can afford to be so magnanimous…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 17 June 2011 Lamentations 3:22-23‏

Lamentations 3:22-23.    It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
 
Oh Friends, oh Friends, it’s Friday! This week sure has passed quickly. And all around the world, in various languages, voices are shouting heavenward, ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday!’ That’s because the weekend cometh, when we’re allotted a short period for rejuvenation. And though it’s short, it’s a very important aspect of our working lives, for without that brief respite every five days, we’d soon crumble like the dust from which we were created. So let’s chant our Friday Chant that calls out to our heavenly Father for mercy and LOVING-kindness. ‘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.’ And having offered up that prayer for weekend guidance, let’s look at our Bit, which is the same as yesterday. Today though, instead of my crazy ramblings, (smile) we’ll look at some scriptures that are tied into it. ‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we’re not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.’ Ah my brethren, those are such important words in a believer’s life. According to the scholars, the two verses of our Bit form the main theme of the Book of Lamentations; they highlight God’s compassions, mercies and faithfulness. But what do these words mean? In God’s magnanimity, when He deals with us, His sinful children, He’s exhibiting compassion, which, per the dictionary is ‘Pity (sympathy, empathy) inclining one to spare or help.’ Now Friends, we’d better give our God a big, ‘Thank you Lord!’ for exhibiting that tendency to spare and help, in other words to forgive us, otherwise we’d be long lost unto eternal death and damnation. Then, when we think about His mercies, we’re talking about His great and unconditional LOVE for His people. And on that score, all God’s people declared a loud, appreciative ‘Thank you Lord!’ And we’d better be truly thankful yes, because if our Creator and our God didn’t care for us so much, then crapaud would surely smoke we pipe. Now if this God who has such empathy and unconditional LOVE for us isn’t an awesome and wonderful Deity, then I don’t know who is. He is the ONLY TRUE Deity in the universe, the ONLY ONE who’s ALIVE and kicking, and also the ONLY ONE who forgives wrongs when His people come to Him in sincere repentance. All the other dead fakes punish without reprieve. In addition to that, every single, solitary day, our God begins from scratch, showering us with new sympathy, empathy and LOVE! WOW! What a magnificent God we worship my people! And this happens everyday without fail because He’s faithful. Per the scholars, the word faithful comes from Greek roots meaning to ‘be permanent, secure and reliable.’ And our God sure is all those! From this then comes the idea of faith, where solid trust and reliability abound. This brings us to the realization that if God is so faithful to us, then we believers ought also to be very faithful to Him. It’s a two way street. And on our part, that faithfulness has to be borne out in all aspects of our lives; everything we do must show a constant, consistent, reliable and responsible attitude towards the Lord God Jehovah. True faith, true belief ought to be reflected in the way we live our lives. Now we all recognize that it’s not easy to live a true Christian life in this evil, ungodly world, but we’re also positive that with God’s generous, unstinting help, we certainly can make a good go of it. And having digressed somewhat, though I think it’s a good digression, (smile) time and space have run out on us, so we’ll have to do the scripture thing tomorrow, the Lord in favour. Let me also apologize for the Bit being so late, it was just one of those days: I had a couple problems to iron out before I began, then my trusty computer acted up some, then the nurse wanted to come earlier than usual to check on my wound. So everything just got backed up. But thankfully I’ve had my three problems for the day, the rest of it should now be clear sailing. In conclusion, Friends, the only wise and sensible way for us to live is to keep on trusting and being faithful to our God, who first LOVED us and showed great compassion on a bunch of ungrateful sinners. Where else can we find such empathy? Much LOVE!…to LOVE, serve and worship our God…that’s the very essence…the very reason for our being…

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