Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 November 2011 Matthew 18:7‏

Matthew 18:7.    Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!
 
Oh Friends, it’s been raining for most of the last two days in my area, and unfortunately I’m still experiencing some leakage in my basement. Ah Lord eh! And though it’s not as much as it was before, leakage is leakage, be it big or small, for it denotes a problem. And sure it’s disheartening because I thought we had fixed it all. But what can I do eh? Nothing but live with it until I can get it fixed again. As the man says; ‘that’s life!’ You do your best with what you have, then leave the rest to God, which is exactly what I’m doing. Getting all worked up over it is not going to improve the problem, only make me feel worse. So Lord, I’ve done my best, called my repair person about it, and put some towels to sap up the water, the rest is now in your hands. Amen. Ah mih people, life’s not easy, for when it’s not one thing it’s another, there’s always something around trying to make us lose our peace. As Jesus says in our Bit: ‘Woe unto the world because of offenses (enticements to sin)! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!’ Yes Friends, Jesus acknowledges that temptations to sin will come against us, because it’s simply part of the world order. Bruh Paul recognized this too when, concerning the Last Supper, he told the Corinthians: ‘For there must be also heresies (factions) among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest (recognized) among you.’ (1 Cor.11:19) He was sure that divisions would occur in the church, that being the very nature of man -though surely not as many as there are today- as the scholars say, ‘if only to bring light to those who defend the truth.’ Then in 1 Timothy, re predictions of apostasy, Bruh Paul declares: ‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.’ (1 Tim.4:1-2) Now apostasy is deliberate rejection of the faith, after having once professed it. So Bruh Paul’s saying that there will be defectors from the faith, who have been bewitched and bewildered by evil spirits (demons). Those turncoats have been branded by sin, and carry around their guilt, unfortunately while still preaching to others. Of these types we must beware my brethren. And I like how he says it in 2 Timothy. ‘Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers (imposters) shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.’ (2 Tim.3:12-13) Now that’s the gospel truth Friends, as is currently being proven in our violent and tumultuous world. Fraud artists and con-men are ever so prevalent in these times, existing from the very heights of power right down to the level of the poorest poor. It seems like most of us have scarred consciences since it doesn’t faze us to defraud or scam our fellow man. Peter possibly said it the best: ‘But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (secretly) shall bring in damnable (destructive) heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious (destructive) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of (blasphemed). And through covetousness shall they with feigned (deceptive) words make merchandise of (exploit) you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not (has not been idle), and their damnation slumbereth not.’ (2 Pet.2:1-3) Now what does all of that mean? The scholars explain it better than I can. ‘The opposite of true revelation is the message of false prophets and false teachers who deceive God’s flock and bring in damnable heresies. These heresies (unorthodox teachings) include an open denial of Christ Himself. Denying the Lord that bought them indicates that Christ’s atonement potentially extends to all men, including these false teachers who reject Him. Therefore they will experience destruction because they themselves will be deceived by their own teaching and continue to reject the way of truth.’ Yes Friends, those same false teachers and prophets will be destroyed, having being deceived by their own false teaching. Like the blind leading the blind. Any way people, that’s enough for today. I don’t want to burden you with too much stuff to assimilate all at once, (smile) so we’ll continue this tomorrow, if we see the light of day. Till then, please LOVE your God, LIVE your Faith and SPREAD His Word. Much LOVE!…temptation is inevitable…but succumbing to it is not…it’s a personal choice…
 

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Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 November 2011 Psalm 83:1‏

Psalm 83:1.    Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
 
Oh Friends, it’s a cloudy, rainy morning in my area, and no doubt in many other parts of the world, but that doesn’t stop believers from believing for the best, and from having a bright sunshine burning brilliantly in our hearts, for we know that our great and wonderful God, Jehovah Jireh is still on the throne, He’s still controlling things, although we don’t understand a lot of what He’s doing, since His ways and His understanding and wisdom are much higher than ours, and so in our steadfast faith we leave it all to Him, having surrendered our souls and lives to His tender, LOVING care. And I know that Bruh Paul is chuckling in heaven as he reads that last sentence and saying, ‘shades of me.’ But that’s just the way the Spirit guided me to write it. And who am I, a mere man, to question the mighty Spirit of God eh? (smile) Anyway mih people, having renewed a right relationship with the Father, through the sacrificial blood of Jesus, which also made us heirs with Him, we are thus entitled to ‘come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’ (Heb.4:16) And Friends, if this present time isn’t one of overwhelming need, I don’t know what is. That’s why I’m urging us to join together in unity and confidently approach God’s throne and plead in the words of our Bit: ‘Keep not thou silence. O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.’ Yes my brethren, it’s certainly time for our great God to work some mighty works here on earth: ‘For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult (uproar): and they that hate thee have lifted up the head (exalted themselves). They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden  (sheltered) ones.’ (Ps.83:2-3) Please note Friends, that there’s no shame or disgrace in crying out to our heavenly Father for help, since He’s the only one who can truly help us in these dire times. Furthermore, He’s told us, on numerous occasions, to always come to Him first when trouble besets us. And just as Asaph, the psalmist cried out in prayer in our Bit for the destruction of Israel’s enemies, so too can we cry out in prayer for the destruction of our enemies. We also have an excellent example in Bruh David, for I don’t think anyone ever cried out to God as much as he did, from small, personal matters, to big ones of state. Let’s listen to some of his pleas, and hopefully they’ll encourage us to do the same. This first one is simply a prayer for God’s help. ‘Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle (sanctuary).’ (Ps.28:1-2) Meanwhile, in Psalm 35, a prayer for rescue from enemies, he solemnly declares: ‘ Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and saith, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord be not far from me. Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgement (vindication), even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.’ (Ps.35:21-23) Then in Psalm 39, a prayer for self-understanding, he pleads: ‘Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. O, spare me, (remove thy gaze from me), that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.’ (Ps.39:12-13) So Friends, if Bruh David, a mere mortal like us, could cry out so ‘heart-achingly’ to God, so can we, especially with Jesus’ backing. Oh my people, our world is falling apart right before our very eyes, but those who can staunch the flow, the rich and powerful, don’t seem inclined to do so, they remain more fixated in wallowing in their greed, oppression, violence and evil doings. That means if our world is going to be saved for our children’s children, then it’s up to us, the true believers, to so something about it. And the first step in any believer’s actions ought to be communication with Almighty God. So please mih people, I’m pleading with us to come seriously and confidently to the heavenly throne and throw ourselves on the mercy of God, having our wonderful Advocate, Jesus, also plead on our behalf, that things be made right in our world, unless this is the time appointed by the Father. There’s one important proviso in all that though; we must obey God, and live the way He wants us to, otherwise all our prayers will fall on deaf ears. So let’s step up to the plate nuh Friends, and do what we know we ought to. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. Much LOVE!…crying out in faith…is the surest way to get God’s attention…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 November 2011 Romans 12:16

Romans 12:16.    Be of the same mind one to another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

‘Stand up, Stand up for Jesus! The trumpet calls, obey! Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed!’ Yes mih true Friends in Jesus, it’s Monday once again, which means it’s time to resume the ongoing workweek battle. And though you’re not pleased to have to go out there and battle, tough beans! (smile) It’s all part of your covenant with Jesus, so let’s get swinging by singing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn. As one voice now; loud and proud! ‘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 now that the adrenaline’s pumping Friends, let’s go get them ‘good fuh nutten’ scallywags that kowtow to Beelzebub, show them the error of their ways, and have them change their allegiance to our wonderful Leader, the ONE and ONLY Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour! And all God’s people declared a loud and passionate ‘Amen!’ Wow mih breddren! Like the adrenaline and the Holy Spirit really working in the ole fella this morning! Hn, hn, hn! However Friends, before doing all this good stuff in Jesus‘ name, we need to strongly consider and follow the wise advice of our Bit: ‘Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not (do not set your mind on) high things, but condescend to men of low estate (associate with the humble). Be not wise in your own conceits (estimation).’ Yes mih people, we all need to be on the same page, humble, not arrogant and full of ourselves, because there’s nothing that turns others off like a proud, know it all. To be successful in any pursuit, those involved need to live in harmony, which cannot be said about the current church, as we saw yesterday when dissecting the three statements Bruh Paul made in our Bit. Neither can we gloat over the less fortunate re our earthly power and possessions, for that’s definitely not a part of Jesus’ platform. Now, let’s deal with the last statement in our Bit: ‘Be not wise in your own conceits (estimation).’ Unfortunately Friends, that’s the going thing in our evil, ungodly world today. All of us think more of ourselves than we ought to. In our own estimation, we’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, (smile) and that’s exactly how too many of us behave, both believers and non-believers. I don’t think the world has ever faced such an overwhelming ego problem as it does today. We were taught to be humble, but this is the age of unfettered pride and arrogance. However, please note carefully, the wise words of Cousin Sol, re pride and arrogance: ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (stumbling). Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil (plunder) with the proud.’ (Prov.16:18-19) Indeed wise words my brethren. But just in case they didn’t get through to your prideful heart, then to listen to God’s pronouncement on Edom through Jeremiah: ‘For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen (nations), and despised among men. Thy terribleness (fierceness) hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.’ (Jer.49:15-16) Yes Friends, the Lord will lower the boom on those whose pride and arrogance makes them feel strong and independent. Why? Because it makes Him feel not needed, not wanted, unnecessary, unappreciated. Nuff said my people. I now implore us to go and do as we ought; shun the evil of the world and hold on the righteousness of Almighty God, through the sacrificial blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, which paid for our disgusting sins and thankfully reconciled us to the Father. Much LOVE!…without God…man has no power whatsoever…so all his boasts are baseless… P.S. And check out these most appropriate words of the old Brook Benton song: ‘Remember, in your search for fortune and fame. what goes up, must come down again. It’s just a matter of time.’ Words of Wisdom, my people! Please take serious note. Much LOVE!

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 November 2011 Romans 12:16‏

Romans 12:16.    Be of the same mind one to another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

A good Sunday morning to you all Friends! The world has successfully rotated on its axis and thus another day is born. Wow! What a showcase of God’s power and ingenuity! The earth does not stand still, neither does human life. As Everett M. Dirksen (1896-1969) U.S. Congressman and Senator, reputedly said: ‘Life is not a static thing.’ And that’s the living truth! Life indeed does not stand still. It is all about changes. The problem though is that man dislikes change. Slow, small changes we can accept, but the big, sudden ones are much more difficult to handle and we fight against them. That’s not surprising since it’s in our nature to resist change because it takes us out of our comfort zone and disrupts our normal, staid lives. Disruption is not something the human animal takes lightly. The essential fact though is that we can’t get away from change. And we’re not talking change just for the sake of change, but positive, useful, empowering change. So it will probably do us all a lot of good if we focus on the words of the Serenity Prayer, and ask the Lord to help us understand what things we can and cannot change, and grant us the wisdom to know the difference, otherwise change will create untold havoc in our lives. And having said all that, let’s tackle our Bit: ‘Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not (do not set your mind on) high things, but condescend to men of low estate (associate with the humble). Be not wise in your own deceits (estimation).’ Oh Friends, in this age of extreme ungodliness and numerous divisions within Christ’s Church, that statement of Bruh Paul could safely stand as a blazing, glaring testimony of too many believers. Please note in that simple passage Bruh Paul tells us three things we ought not to do, but unfortunately the church is rife with all of them. How sad eh. Now let’s look at each statement separately. The first says: ‘Be of the same mind one toward another.’ That means we ought to live in harmony with each other, which should not be too difficult to do since we’re all supposedly living and abiding under God’s will. But sadly it is one of the biggest problems the church faces, as we fight, argue, quarrel and divide over how the church and our individual lives should be run. Living in harmony was a subject that was very near and dear to Bruh Paul’s heart. Listen to him plead with the Philippians. ‘Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same LOVE, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than themselves.’ (Phil.2:2-3) And later on, he begs: ‘I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.’ (Phil.4:2) Obviously those two were in disagreement over some matter(s) which Bruh Paul thought should not be happening between believers. And sadly Friends, at a time when the church needs absolute cohesion to successfully fight the evil powers that are currently in ascendance, we are foolishly fighting amongst ourselves and separating like crazy, being easily divided and conquered by Lucifer and his buddies.  None of this augurs well for the livelihood and growth of the church, which brings us to the second aspect of our Bit. ‘Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.’ Personally, I believe that ‘condescend’ was the wrong word to use there because it carries an inherently negative connotation, the stigma of lowering oneself to those whom you consider inferior. Now unfortunately that kind of thinking is also too prevalent in the church; from an hierarchical point of view amongst the clergy, as well as amongst the lay people. Too many of us think we’re better than others, for whatever reason, and those negative thoughts and feelings only create disharmony, not the harmony Bruh Paul was seeking, and which we so desperately need in these troubled times. Now hear Jeremiah comment on this. ‘And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil (adversity) upon all flesh, saith the Lord: but thy life I will give unto thee for a prey (as a prize) in all places whither thou goest.’ (Jer.45:5) Oh my people, those words were meant for Baruch, the scribe who copied Jeremiah’s words in a book. According to the scholars, ‘Baruch’s lofty calling was simply to be a faithful minister, content with the Lord’s appointment. Faithfulness has its own reward.’ That’s gospel! So please Friends, I implore us to take heed of God’s words, for they do not change, and He faithfully keeps all His promises. More on this tomorrow, if we live to see it. Much LOVE!…a believer’s duty…to LOVE God…LIVE their Faith…and SPREAD God’s Word…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 November 2011 Job 20:8

Job 20:8.    He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

Oh Friends, the ole fella’s tired this morning because my life is out of balance. This past week I foolishly did what I knew I’m not supposed to do – try to burn the candle at both ends simultaneously. To make matters worse, I don’t know how to begin Today’s Bit, so I’ll just let the Holy Spirit take over and write whatever He sees fit. Hn, hn! Wish it was that easy. But seriously though, for some unknown reason, I allowed my life to go out of balance this past week. No doubt Lucifer and his buddies were laughing all the way to the bank. And though a couple of times I realized what was happening, I never checked my unbalanced stride, and now I’m paying the price; tired, out of sorts and miserable. (smile) That my Friends, is the lesson our parents have been trying to teach us from day one; when you don’t hear, you eventually feel, and the feeling usually isn’t very nice. It’s the same thing the Good Book is trying to teach us about the wicked and their ungodly ways. ‘Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung (refuse): they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?’ (Job 20:6-7) Yes my people, unfortunately that’s what happens to the wicked. Though they rise to be high and mighty on earth, they shall eventually perish and disappear, sometimes so suddenly that people will be asking in wonder and surprise for them. As our Bit says: ‘He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.’ That’s Zophar speaking there, but Job’s other buddy Bildad has it going on too. ‘His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. His remembrance (the memory of him) shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street (among the renowned or distinguished). He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. He shall neither have son nor nephew (posterity) among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. They that come after him shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before were affrighted (were seized with horror). Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.’ (Job 18:16-21) Oh Friends, do we want to end up like that; driven into darkness and forgotten? Certainly not! Well then we have to change our wicked ways and begin living the way God wants us to. Now hear how Job describes the hypocrite’s hopelessness: ‘The rich (ungodly) man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not. Terrors take hold on him as waters (overtake him like a flood), a tempest stealeth him away in the night. The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth (is gone): and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. For God shall cast upon him (it will hurl against him), and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand (desperately flee from its power). Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.’ (Job 27:19-23) I don’t know about you nuh mih breddren, but I definitely don’t want to endure such ‘sufferation,’ so while there’s breath in me, I will try my best to steer away from the evil side of life towards the righteous and godly. Any sensible person would choose to do likewise, the sad part is that there are way too many ‘non-sensible’ people in our world today, foolishly lusting after the earthly wealth and power that Lucifer and his evil cronies glorify. So let’s see if we can stir up some righteousness by highlighting the sad plight of the wicked under God’s law. ‘His children shall seek to please (the favour of) the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods….Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue…Yet his meat in his bowels (food in his stomach) is turned (turns sour), it is the gall of asps (becomes cobra venom) within him. He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly…Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away (seized) a house which he builded not. Surely he shall not feel (know) quietness in his belly (heart), he shall not save of that (anything) which he desired….In the fullness of his sufficiency (self-sufficiency) he shall be in straits (distress): every hand of the wicked (wretched) shall come upon him. When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating…The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.’ (Job 20:10,12,14-15,19-20, 22-23,27-29) Yes Friends, such is the calamity of the wicked. Need I say more? Much LOVE!…truth…that falls on deaf ears…will one day…bring disastrous consequences… P.S. Yuh see Friends, in my time of need, the Holy Spirit did come to my assistance as promised. What a wonderful God we worship! Much LOVE!

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 November 2011 Job 20:8‏

Job 20:8.    He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
 
Oh Friends, it’s Friday! Black Friday! The Friday after thanksgiving in the U.S. Hn! The biggest shopping day in the nation, where people line up and sleep in parking lots so they can rush into the stores when they open late at night or early in the morning. What madness! What sadness! It all comes right back down to our ungodly desire and lust for the things of the world. The merchants trade on that aspect of our lives and lower prices on a few items, using terms like door crashers to entice us, and have us literally crashing the doors, rushing madly, pushing and trampling others just to get in there and possibly save a few dollars. Oh Friends, is it worth it? I don’t think so, especially when you finally get in the store and realize that those in front of you have already gobbled up all the best sales items. The merchants aren’t stupid, they only put out a handful of those sale items thinking that once we get in there we’ll spend our money anyway. How many thousand dollar T.V’s are they going to put out for three or four hundred dollars eh? Not too many. I doubt that if the church or any God based organization was selling cheap stuff, or even giving it away, there would be any line ups, much less the crazy behaviour that our southern neighbours exhibit at this time. Sadly though, a lot of Canadians make the long trek to the U.S for this madness, ostensibly to buy cheaper stuff. But between the time, the distance, the hassle two ways at the border, having to pay duty on most things unless you’ve been away for at least a week, the foreign currency exchange, plus gas and the wear and tear on your vehicle, it certainly doesn’t add up to any savings in my mind. And as the old saying goes, ‘monkey see, monkey do.’ The Canadian merchants are now trying to establish a Black Friday tradition so that people will spend their money up here. Oh Friends, we live in such a crazy world, based  unfortunately on the possession, accumulation and abundance of things, a lot of them useless, and all of them facing eventual, rot, rust, malfunction and destruction. Anyway, in some places people are still thanking God that it’s Friday, and merely celebrating the end of the workweek, not killing themselves to buy stuff most can’t really afford. To counteract this malady, let’s chant our Friday Chant that will give us the true response and reason for the weekend. In one voice now: ‘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 fortunately Friends, our Bit today is also a good reminder of what happens when we don’t follow the Lord. This is Zophar, Job’s friend talking about the plight of the wicked. ‘He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.’ Yes my people, that’s what’s going to happen to evil men. And furthermore: ‘The eye which also saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place anymore behold him.’ (Job 20:9) So to all intents and purposes the wicked will disappear from sight. As Asaph declares in Psalm 73, the mystery of prosperous wickedness, he was at first envious of their good fortune: ‘But as for me, my feet were almost gone (I almost stumbled); my steps had well-nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish (boastful), when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands (pangs or pains) in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men: neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain (serves as a necklace); violence covereth them as a garment.’ (Ps.73:2-6) But finally he understood: ‘Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.’ (Ps.73:17-20) Ah mih people, the wicked surely seem prosperous here on earth, but please don’t envy them their earthly wealth, possessions and power, because they will all meet a sad end. Now let’s go home with some appropriate words from Psalm 90, from the pen of Moses who knew God and His workings better than most. ‘Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withered.’ (Ps.90:2-6) Oh my people, I’m sure none of us want to suffer the ghastly fate that’s stored up for the wicked, so please let’s concentrate on being righteous nuh, and that means obeying God, walking in His will for us. It’s the only sane and sensible option available. Please take it. More on this tomorrow, God willing. Till then, Much LOVE!…to the wicked…comes eternal separation from God…to the righteous…eternal life with Jesus…your choice…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 November 2011 Matthew 26:27‏

Matthew 26:27.    And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, Drink ye all of it.
                                        HAPPY  THANKSGIVING  U.S OF A!

 

Oh Friends, it’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Possibly the biggest day of celebration on their calendar, for unlike things like Christmas, everybody celebrates Thanksgiving. Not to rain on their parade though, I wonder how much true thanksgiving will really be offered today? I suspect not as much as usual, for many people will forego reading their Bibles, being too busy preparing for the big feasts and parties thereafter. And though it’s mete and right to celebrate, I believe we put too much emphasis on the celebrating, rather than on the giving of real thanks. Anyway, thanksgiving comes from a spirit of gratitude, and according to Dr. Schuller: ‘The attitude of gratitude gives you surviving power, which means you will not quit.’ Quite true my people! When you are grateful for whatever you have, be it a lot, a little, or in between, you keep believing that better will come, and therefore you keep on keeping on with hope and faith. Dr. Schuller also shares an enlightening story about one harvest when he was a boy on his father’s Iowa farm. It was a terrible harvest. Instead of reaping a hundred wagonloads of corn, his father reaped only a half full wagonload. Mama Mia! But here was his reaction. He said: ‘I thank you God, that I have lost nothing. For I have regained the seed I planted in the springtime.’ Hn! He had used a half wagon of seed for planting and had gotten back a half wagon. So he felt that he’d lost nothing, but the other farmers in the same disastrous situation, whined and complained, because ‘they counted their losses by what they hope they could have harvested.’ Dr. Schuller remembers his father saying: ‘You can never count up the might-have-beens or you will be defeated.’ And that’s gospel mih people! But we all still do it, though it’s best for us to concentrate on what we have left, rather than what we lost. This brings us to our Bit: ‘And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.’ Yes Friends, a very simple, but most meaningful gesture on Jesus’ part. This First Communion happened during what we term The Last Supper. Jesus first took bread, blessed it, then gave it to the disciples saying: ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ (Matt.26:26) Then He took the cup of wine and after giving thanks… Please note that though Jesus was God incarnate, He still showed respect and reverence for His heavenly Father by giving Him thanks for the wine they were to drink, acting as a token of His soon to be shed blood. ‘For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission (forgiveness) of sins.’ (Matt.26:28) Oh Friends, we desperately need to remember that the giving of thanks to Almighty God is a most important part of our Christian heritage and duty. There are also many passages of scripture that attempt to drive home this message to us, but too often they fall on deaf ears, and instead of being thankful for what we have, we bemoan the lack of what we don’t have. Let’s look at a few of these passages and see if they can make some headway in our lives this Thanksgiving Day. And what better words to start with, than those of Psalm 95; a psalm of praise and thanksgiving to our great God. ‘O come let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise (shout joyfully) to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms (songs). For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.’ (Ps.95:1-3) Bruh Paul was also a great example of one who gave thanks for all sorts of things. He wanted it to be a trait of the believer. ‘Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Eph.5:20) Then, in talking about death’s sting being abolished, he declares: ‘But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Cor.15:57) Meanwhile, in Acts, as a prisoner on his way to Rome, some brethren came to greet him along the way. ‘And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as the Appii Forum, and The Three Taverns (Inns): whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.’ (Acts 28:15) And then there’s this, one of his most famous pronouncements, re rejoicing in the Lord. ‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep (guard) your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ (Phil.3:6-7) Oh Friends, this life is all about giving thanks to our Creator, Provider, Protector and great God, for all the wonderful blessings He’s bestowed on us down through the ages and will continue to do in the future, once we abide by His will. Please, let’s make it a predominant factor in our lives, for in the long run it will certainly bring us great joy and many rewards. Much LOVE!…giving thanks to Almighty God…ought to come naturally…to a believer’s heart, soul, mouth and mind…

 

 

 

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