Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 December 2011 John 6:27

John 6:27.    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

Well Friends, at last it’s New Year’s Eve; the day of the big bash! Now as I said yesterday, enjoy yourselves; eat, drink and be merry, but don’t get too carried away, conduct yourselves with ‘a modicum of circumspection.’ As Peter so wisely advises: ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.’ (1 Pet.5:8) Truer words were never spoken Friends! And it’s especially in times of merriment that we let our guards down and are most vulnerable, most susceptible to the evil tricks of the wily enemy. So once again: drunk or sober, mind yuh business. (smile) And the easiest way to do that Friends is to live the way Jesus declares in our Bit: ‘Labour not for the meat (food) which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.’ Yes my people, when our focus, our concentration is on the things of heaven, rather than those of earth, we are less likely to fall into the snares and traps of the lying Lucifer and his evil buddies. But if we are fixated on earthly things, those things that belong to Lucifer and are fiercely promoted by his lieutenants, then we can be very easily swayed and made to do wrong. Yes, I know it’s not easy, it’s a constant battle, but if we stay secured to Jesus, then we will surely win most of those battles. Remember that Jesus is our rock, our sure and solid foundation, our anchor in the time of storm, and once we’re securely linked to Him, there’s no cause to fret and/or worry, because He’s promised to never leave nor forsake us. And we know that He faithfully keeps ALL of His promises. Now let’s look at some scripture that aligns with our Bit. I promise to keep it short because I know you have to prim and prep yourself for the partying later. (smile) And a good place to start is at the well of Jacob, with the Samaritan woman whom Jesus asked for a drink. (John 4:7) The woman was taken aback that a Jew would ask a Samaritan for anything, since the Jews considered the Samaritans outcasts, unclean through intermarriage with the Gentiles amongst whom they lived. When she raised this point with Jesus, (John 4:9), He answered: ‘If thou knewest the gift of the God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.’ (John 4:10) Not knowing who Jesus was, she obviously questioned His ability to give her water since He had no utensils with which to draw it. ‘Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well (fountain) of water springing up into everlasting life.’ (John 4:13-14) Oh Friends, that’s the kind of water we desperately need! And it’s the kind of stuff that Jesus is referring to in our Bit, where we earnestly and excitedly desire the eternal things that He has to offer, not the earthly stuff. And the woman wasn’t stupid, she asked for the living water. (John 4:15) Oh my brethren, when we live for the things of heaven rather than those of earth, we tap into the spiritual power of Jesus, and are thus able to do much more here on earth in His Name, to further His kingdom. As Bruh Paul enlightened the Ephesians: ‘For by grace are ye (you have been) saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship (creation), created in Christ Jesus unto (for) good works, which God hath ordained (prepared) that we should walk in them.’ (Eph.2:8-10) So Friends, for this upcoming year of 2012, let’s make it a priority to walk in those ways which God has ordained for each of us nuh. It’s our duty as believers to do so. And if we do, life will be ever so wonderful! See, I kept my promise to keep it short. (smile) Much LOVE!…walk in the footsteps of Jesus…and you’ll never go astray… 

  

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Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 December 2011 John 6:27

John 6:27.    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

Oh Friends, like the snow took umbrage at my disparaging, belittling remark yesterday and decided to show me what’s what. (smile) So it fell all night and intermittently throughout the day. Now there’s no mistaking it’s winter. So be careful with your words, for they’re liable to come back to haunt you. By the way, it’s also Friday, the eve of New Year’s Eve! Wow! So you can just imagine the mas (carnival atmosphere) that’s predominating all over the world as people make plans to celebrate the incoming year, many in high style, some not so high, and others in very low style. Me? I think I’ll do it in low style. Too many headaches involved; with celebrations too far away, thus having to fight traffic and snow to get there, then on the way home, constantly being on the look out for Babylon, who’s on the lookout for you drinking and driving. (smile) I’m a little too old for that rigmarole now, so I think I’ll just stay home and celebrate quietly with the duchess. But most everybody will do some kind of celebrating. And since New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, like Christmas Day, that means Monday is a holiday for many, further meaning we’re enjoying back to back long weekends. Can you imagine the feasting and partying? But hopefully also some fellowshipping, worshipping and thanksgiving too will take place, for all God’s goodness to us, His undeserving children. Don’t forget Jesus is still the reason for the season. Now because of all those exuberant circumstances, Lucifer is very alert, gleefully walking around looking for any unsuspecting person(s) he can waylay and infiltrate. I therefore need to remind us to be careful not to give him even one miniscule opening into our lives. Or to put it in the idiom that most of us understand: drunk or sober, mind yuh business. (smile) Oh Friends, we can never be reminded of that too often because the enemy never takes a break, he’s always on the lookout for prey, so we always have to be on our p’s and q’s to avoid him getting his evil fangs into us. And to help us do that, let’s chant our Friday Chant nuh, with plenty feeling too, because this is a real big weekend. Altogether 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.’ Yes my people, we can never afford to let our guard down where Lucifer and his evil cohorts are concerned. That’s why we need to routinely stick to the wise advice Jesus gives in our Bit: ‘Labour not for the meat (food) which perisheth, but for that meat (food) which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.’ And that’s the living truth Friends! Now what’s this meat, this food that perishes? It’s simply the things of the world, the things the world considers important. And the food that perishes not? Those are the things associated with heaven, as Jesus so compellingly spells out: ‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt (ruin), and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt (ruin), and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’ (Matt.6:19-21) Oh my brethren, that’s just pure common sense! Wherever the things we hold dear are stored, then there will our minds and hearts be focused. And if those things held dear are on earth, even our bodies will often be there too. As believers we should not be focused on earthly things because we can’t take them with us when we leave this earth, so why get all hot and bothered about accumulating them? We’ll only leave all that earthly wealth for others to fight over. Job said it quite nicely when he was battered by trials and tribulations, losing all of his earthly possessions. ‘Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ (Job 1:21) Now obviously most of us will be clothed when we return to the earth, but it’s just that we won’t be carrying any of those earthly possessions with us, so why kill ourselves to get them, and why make them so important that they become like idols, taking away our focus from God? Note in Jobs’ speech there, though the Lord had dealt him a rough hand, Job never once blamed God or cursed Him, instead he blessed Him. Now Friends, that’s the way believers ought to operate. It’s not easy, but it’s what our heavenly Father and our Saviour Jesus desires of us, so let’s put our shoulders to wheel and do our best to please and bless Them nuh. It’s what we signed up for as Christians. More on this tomorrow – if we don’t make the obits. (smile) Much LOVE!…earthly things are useful…but when they entice us away from Jesus…then problems set in…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 December 2011 Psalm 14:1‏

Psalm 14:1.    The fool hath said in his heart; There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
 
Ah Friends, we finally got a little white powder, enough that we can call it snow. Hn, hn! Sorry for those who hoped for a white Christmas but were disappointed. Now we’re looking forward to the New Year, and as we’ve been wondering recently whether things will improve, I heard a very disturbing piece of news today, namely that Iran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway in the East, where about 40 percent of the world’s oil passes through. Hopefully that’s only a rattling of sabres, because if it ever happens, you can be assured that serious warfare will ensue, since oil is the defining factor in our society these days, and without it, we’ll be facing even more hardship than normal. So let’s pray that the world leaders don’t do any foolishness and further upset the already very fragile applecart of world peace. Now to try and counteract all the folly of both our leaders and ourselves, here’s a prayer prepared by the Life Study Fellowship of Noroton, Connecticut, apparently for the 2005 New year. I found it on a pamphlet in my mother’s Bible, and it seems very appropriate for 2012. Actually, it’s a continuation of one I shared with you earlier on, but kept this part for just before the New Year. It says: ‘Dear Lord, how grateful I am to be able to turn to You for guidance and comfort when troubles come my way! If any situation arises that makes me feel discouraged, You let me know I can lean on You for support! And because of Your LOVE for me, somehow I seem to find the strength to keep going – even through the most difficult of times! I’m grateful, too, for peaceful moments like these when I’m all alone with You in prayer! Talking with You never fails to reassure and uplift me! Nothing I say to You goes unheard. You listen with great concern to everything I confide in You! For you truly care about me! As I look to 2012, I pray that You will continue to watch over me – and grant me even more of Your wonderful blessings! And may I serve You well in my every word, my every deed! Be my Guide hour by hour, I pray! Amen.’ Yes Friends, we all need that kind of encouragement and comfort for the coming year. This past one was pretty scary, so let’s hope the next one isn’t as bad, although the writing on the wall doesn’t look too encouraging. As believers though we need to remember that our God, the Lord Jehovah, created the universe and all therein, and still controls everything that goes on within it. We might not always understand His reasoning, but since we know that His mental capacity is much greater than ours, we trust and have faith in His awesome promise to work out all things for good to those who LOVE Him and are called to do His bidding. That means we cannot follow the foolishness of men and do as our Bit indicates: ‘The fool hath said in his heart; There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.’ Ah mih people, you’d better believe there are many – too many – fools in this world, doing evil, abominable works instead of encouraging and uplifting ones. That’s why our world is in such a sad state, filled with all kinds of wickedness, violence and ungodliness. Too many people are saying that there is no God, therefore they see fit to behave sinful and ungodly. But listen to how Bruh David continues the psalm: ‘The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy (corrupt): there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.’ (Ps.14:2-5) Yes my brethren, the wicked are very prominent throughout all the earth, but that last verse is oh so important, because they will end up in fear, but please take heart, be encouraged by the very last line: ‘for God is in the generation of the righteous.’ That’s us Friends! And all God’s people vociferously sang: ‘Glory Hallelujah! Our God is indeed a great God!’ So please remember Friends, that Almighty God, Creator and Ruler of the Universe, is indeed with us, the righteous of the earth, therefore there is no need to fear, once we stay safely ensconced under the protective canopy of His mighty wings. Let’s write that indelibly in our hearts, minds and souls and look forward in faith to blessed times ahead. That’s why Jesus sacrificed His holy, innocent life for us. Much LOVE!…the fool says there is no God…but the righteous and wise…know differently…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 December 2011 Psalm 141:8‏

Psalm 141:8.    But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
 
Oh Friends, we’re down to four days now for the New Year and we can all sit down an pontificate about what’s going to happen, but as I asked yesterday, is anything new and improved going to take place, is much going to change? Not at the beginning, though hopefully by the time we get to the end and start looking forward to 2013, we’ll have some positive changes. The physical disasters like the flash flooding recently in the Philippines, neither the suicide bombings around the world aren’t going to end just because a new year’s been ushered in. In fact the Nigerian Islamists have just begun a new wave of bombings and violence against Christians and their churches in Nigeria this past Christmas week. Oh Friends, Christians are being horribly persecuted in Muslim countries all over the world simply because of their faith. And what are we Christians out here doing about all that nonsense eh? Apparently nothing. We allow them to come to our Christian, or should I say supposed Christian countries and bend over backwards to accommodate their faith. Why doesn’t this picture seem right eh Friends? It’s time we stand up and fight back people, else our faith will be pushed back into the dark ages when we had to hide and gather in secret to worship for fear of prosecution. The Western world was colonized on a Christian based foundation, why are we allowing others to bring their foreign ideology and change it so drastically eh? Serious inroads affecting our faith have already been made, and if we don’t stand up and fight back, Islam will eventually reign supreme here, either through peaceful or violent conquest. And please don’t be fooled into thinking that that’s not the eventual goal. It might not be for the ordinary man in the street, but the power brokers at the top certainly envisage that day and are working tirelessly towards it. Anyway Friends, we seriously need to do something, and soon too, about the erosion of our faith, especially here in our homeland. We need to stand together and purposefully fight against the encroaching enemy. That means at least two things: First we have to forget our petty, selfish infighting and divisiveness. We have to fight as one, else we’ll remain divided, as we are now, and thus easily conquered. And the second thing is that we have to look fervently to our God, do as our Bit says: ‘But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.’ Yes Friends, it’s only with God before, behind and around us that we can ever hope to win. When the armies of Moab came to invade Judah, what was King Jehoshaphat’s reaction eh? He prayed for deliverance: ‘And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.’ (2 Chr.20:3) And here’s how he ended his prayer. ‘O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.’ (2 Chr.20:12) Yes my people, if our eyes are not steadily and steadfastly focused on the Lord God Jehovah then we will be in serious trouble. In Psalm 25, a prayer for guidance and protection, Bruh David faithfully declares: ‘Mine eyes are ever towards the Lord; for he shall pluck (bring out) my feet out of the net.’ (Ps.25:15) And in Psalm 123, a prayer for mercy, the psalmist wisely proclaims: ‘Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden (maid) unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait (look) upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.’ (Ps.123:1-2) Oh my brethren, these are seriously troubled times in which we’re living. There are enemies all around us in various stripes and forms. It’s not always easy to spot them, but unless our eyes are on God, our hearts right, our faith strong, and our zeal and passion fiercely ignited, then eventually we will be defeated. It’s time for us to stand up strong and act. Enough talking, it’s getting us nowhere. And remember, as I keep reminding us, Christianity is an action based faith, so let’s get some serious action going in Jesus’ name nuh. Much LOVE!…only so much as our passion for God…is channelled into positive action…will our faith be truly successful…
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 December 2011 Psalm 141:8‏

Psalm 141:8.     But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
 
And then there were five! Yes Friends, only five more days to the New Year of 2012! It’s interesting to note the amount of attention we pay to the coming of a new year. But does anything really change except the date on the calendar? Not a whole lot, because most of us abhor change, especially the significant kind. At the New Year, one year simply morphs into the other and within a few days all our good intentions to improve ourselves, our relationships and whatever else, tend to go through the window. The point being that we simply make a lot of arbitrary, frivolous, feel good, on the surface resolutions, with little or no serious thought behind them, and more importantly, no consultation with God. So how can we expect true change then eh mih people, if we don’t consult with our Higher Power, since it’s only through Him that real change can occur in our lives? We don’t need to wait for a new year to initiate change. We can do that at anytime with God behind us. So please, let’s not be carried away with all the token expressions of improvement and doing good in these next few days. If there are serious changes we desire, or need to make, so be it, but please, let’s talk to the Father first and ask His help, otherwise our efforts will most likely be fruitless. Now I’d like to share an interesting quote from an interesting novel I’m reading, interestingly enough right at Christmas time, because it does throw up a lot of interesting questions about our faith. And I’d strongly suggest that unless your faith is fairly strong, you don’t read it, because it’s likely to cause all sorts of doubts and questions that will confuse you. Anyway, the name of the book is ‘the Sacred Bones,’ by Michael Byrnes, and in this scene an Irish priest at the Vatican is talking to a newly arrived female American geneticist, who’s come there to do some work for them. And while enquiring about her faith, the priest realizes that religion is a touchy subject with her. Unbeknownst to him, she was suffering from the early stage of bone cancer, stuff that really tests our faith, especially if we’ve been seemingly living right, and he ventures to say. ‘You know, back in Ireland we had a saying: ‘I believe in the sun when it’s not shining, I believe in LOVE even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when he is silent… Sometimes the things we really cherish just need to be remembered.’ And that’s the gospel truth Friends! In this busy, impersonal, material wealth and possession-seeking world, where we’re constantly on the go, the things we truly cherish often don’t get any, or enough consideration from us. And that’s a major reason why our society is in such shambles. We don’t have time to truly appreciate our friends, families, pets, etc. because we’re always in such a rush to do the next supposed important thing. Unfortunately that makes our hearts cold, inconsiderate and without the passion we need to truly appreciate life. Please remember Jesus; He always had time for the things and people He considered important. He was never in a rush, and never turned away anyone who asked for His help along His paths because he was too busy. For this New Year, or even right now (smile) let’s make a serious resolution to become like Jesus in that respect nuh. Let’s promise God and ourselves, to slow down and enjoy what we already have, including the people around us, and to spend some quality time smelling those beautiful roses that we all talk about doing, but never do. Friends, it’s time we get back to being people persons, rather than the cold, busy, unfeeling, selfish, robot-like creatures we’ve become. And the only way to do that successfully my people, is in concert with our mighty God. Thus shall we say, like Bruh David does in our Bit, taken from Psalm 141, a prayer for help in trouble: ‘But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins (traps) of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape (while I escape safely).’ (Ps.141: 8-10) Yes my brethren, only by looking to our omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, ever-LOVING, kind, gracious, merciful and forgiving God, can our paths on this rough and rugged earthly journey be made straight. So let’s look to Him today nuh. If not for our sakes, then for our children’s, and for their children. Much LOVE!…I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills…from whence cometh my help…My help cometh from the Lord…which made heaven and earth…(Ps.121:1-2)
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 December 2011 Psalm 64:10‏

Psalm 64:10.     The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Oh Friends, Christmas Day is over – too bad – but not the Christmas Season! So please don’t stop the LOVE, the joy, the peace and goodwill to all mankind that you’ve been recently exhibiting. Let’s see if we can’t carry it straight through till next Christmas nuh. (smile) Now wouldn’t that be something!  Unfortunately though, today is Monday, Boxing Day, and many of us have the day off, but a lot of folks still have to go out and face the workweek battle, and some are going out to face even more confusion and greater battles – the Boxing Day sales. Ah Lord eh! What a highly commercialized society we’ve become! Everything now revolves around the almighty dollar. Chuh! But since we have to live in the world, yet not be a part of it, we will always need our Monday Morning Battle Hymn to help us fight Lucifer and his evil flunkies. So let’s sing our Battle Hymn with much feeling and in loud voice, begin the fight mentally, by scaring those evil demons away with our praise. In unison 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!’ Oh Friends, I sure hope that gives us sufficient ammunition, sufficient faith, sufficient focus on our omnipotent God, to go out and fight the good fight, for we desperately need to do that in this increasingly evil and destructive world. That’s why we have to pay serious attention to our Bit: ‘The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.’ Yes Friends, if we desire to make a good and positive difference in this world, then we have to follow Bruh David’s advice; trust in God, be glad in Him, and celebrate His glory. Otherwise all our efforts will never amount to much, since it’s only with Almighty God in our hearts, guiding and directing our paths, that we are capable of anything really worthy. In Job 22, his supposed friend, Eliphaz while accusing him of sin declares: ‘but the counsel of the wicked is far from me. The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.’ (Job 22:18b-19) Yes my people, the righteous see the ungodly devices of the wicked for what they truly are, then scorn and resist them with God’s help. It’s sad Friends, but in these dire times we need to be very perceptive in what and whom we let into our lives, because there are so many predators out there in sheep’s clothing, and it’s very easy to get caught in their deceitful lies and traps, since on the surface they seem so true and worthy. However, beneath the pretty facades, they’re all evil and rotten to their very core. Unfortunately, as our civilization has advanced, so has our evil character, by using those same advances to fuel ungodly, unrighteous deeds and causes. What a crying shame Friends! The only way to conquer those evil forces is for us to stand strong and steadfast in the Lord God Jehovah! So as we wind down this wonderful 2011 Christmas Season of LOVE, peace and goodwill, fully knowing that the ever spreading tentacles of evil will soon come to the fore again, let’s listen to some sound advice on how to resist them. In Psalm 32, the blessedness of forgiveness, Bruh David tells us ‘Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.’ (Ps.32:11) And again in Psalm 68, God has gone before his people, he declares; ‘But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.’ (Ps.68:3) And finally in Psalm 97, the Lord is far above all gods, the psalmist defiantly proclaims: ‘Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of (for the memory) of his holiness (his holy name).’ (Ps.97:12) Oh my brethren, it’s only by having hearts abounding with righteousness, joy and overwhelming faith that we can ever rise above the evil that currently has our world in a vice-like grip. Please, let’s do it for our God…and our children. Much LOVE!…to believe and hope…to trust and surrender…to remain ever faithful to Jesus…that’s a believer’s creed…

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 December 2011 John 3:16‏

John 3:16.    For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

MERRY  CHRISTMAS  MY SCRIP-BIT FAMILY

Oh Friends, the big day is here at last! It’s Christmas morn! The day God’s incarnate child was born of a woman in a lowly, filthy stable! Glory Hallelujah! And the choir sang: ‘Away in a manger, no crib for His head, The little Lord Jesus, lay down His sweet head. The stars in the bright sky, looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.’ Yes Friends, even as a newborn babe, Jesus was imbued with a sense of peace and calm. How many of us would have lain there quietly in the stinky stable with frightening animal noises all around us eh? Not too many, I believe. And just for being such a beautiful baby child, let’s give Him some adoration nuh. Sing it out loud now: ‘O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.’ Ah mih people, what a momentous day in man’s history the birth of Christ was, and what a transition it ushered in., because LOVE, and Peace, and Goodwill then became more prominent and significant, morphing into true watchwords in our lives. How could it be otherwise when our Bit declares this amazing, this most awesome tale: ‘For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’  Wow mih breddren! What a sacrifice on the part of Jehovah God! He must have LOVED us a whole lot to do such an unexpected, undeserved, ‘unrequitable’ thing, won’t you say? But that’s the unselfish majesty of our God! Though He knew we didn’t deserve it, and could never repay it, from the never-ending source of His LOVING-kindness and concern for us, He still extended that gift of LOVE, of Grace, of Salvation, and of Eternal Life to us, embodied in His Son Jesus. That certainly deserves another ‘Wow!’ mih people…and some singing too. ‘Silent night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright. Round young virgin, mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Shepherds gaze at the sight. Glory streaming from heaven above. Heavenly Host sings Hallelujah! Christ the Saviour is born. Christ the Saviour is born.’ Truer words were never spoken Friends! Now let’s check out some scripture re this auspicious occasion. As regards God’s LOVE, Bruh Paul confidently proclaimed to the Roman Church: ‘But God commendeth (demonstrated) his LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Rom.5:8) Then to the Ephesians, he pointed out: ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great LOVE wherewith he LOVED us…For by grace are ye (you have been) saved, through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.’ (Eph.2:5,8) And to the Thessalonians: ‘Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath LOVED us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.’ (2 Thess.2:16-17) Now listen to John’s take on the subject: ‘In this was manifested the LOVE of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him. Herein is LOVE, not that we LOVED God, but that he LOVED us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.’ (1 John 4:9-10)  And in Revelations it’s revealed thus: ‘And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten (born) of the dead, and the prince of (ruler over) the kings of the earth. Unto him that LOVED us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.’ (Rev.1:5)  Oh Friends, without a doubt, it’s all about that glorious emotion of LOVE, that overwhelming feeling of care and consideration that the Holy Trinity has for us, that we can safely say we’re on the road to peace, joy, salvation and eternal life. There’s nothing else like LOVE in existence. It’s the very nature of our God! And we can’t end today without sharing the most amazing bit of scripture, of prophecy that was ever written, centuries before it came to pass too. Listen to Isaiah: ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’ (Is.9:6) And as it was said, so it was done my Friends, some two thousand years ago. Now let’s go home with some praise in song. ‘Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Hark the herald angels sing, Christ is born in Bethlehem. Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new born King.’ Yes Friends, let’s give our God some most deserved glory, this Christmas Day 2011. And remember, drunk or sober, mind yuh business. (smile) Much LOVE!…the reason for the season…Jesus’ birthday…so please pay Him some homage today…

 

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