Today’s Scrip-Bit 15 June 2017 Psalm 37:1.

Psalm 37:1.   Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

And then it was Thursday; another blessed day on earth so generously granted to us by our magnanimous God! Give Him some thanks and praise people as we gratefully and joyfully declare: ‘This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!’ 

Unfortunately though several people involved in the fire in London yesterday won’t see today, and in the U.S a couple in the shooting of Republicans at their baseball practice might not see tomorrow. 

What a life eh! What are we coming to? A group of legislators gather to practice for a charity game and then all hell breaks loose! 

But in a country where the gun culture rules and guns are so easy to come by, the gun will be used to settle a lot of scores. As the old adage goes: ‘You live by the gun, you die by the gun.’ 

It’s been reported that a U.S Republican congresswoman from New York received an email that asked what else she expected after her party, which has the majority in both the House of Reps and the Senate, was making the poor even poorer in order to enrich their already rich friends. 

And the current state of confusion that reigns in the U.S between its President and some of the lawmakers, doesn’t help the situation at all. But all I can say is that God is still in control, and nothing is going to happen unless He allows it, for whatever reason. 

So we just need to stay calm and collected, holding on to His ever-faithful promises and run the race that He has assigned for each of our lives. Christians definitely need to look to God more than ever in these turbulent times, where stuff we never dreamed of is sadly happening. 

Friends, this a whole new world, and it’s definitely not a brave one, but we have to have courage, and with the help of Almighty God, we can, and WILL handle whatever comes against us. 

And one of the ways we can handle this new world, is by paying serious attention to the words of Bruh David enshrined in our Bit. ‘Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.’ 

Why, you ask? Because our God will deal with them in His own way and own time! Don’t worry friends, our God said that vengeance was His, and that He would repay it. He’s taking note of all the evil and evildoers, and at the right time, He will cut them down and burn them. Glory to God! 

Meanwhile, what we believers need to do, is to follow the words of Bruh David found later on in Psalm 37. ‘Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgement (justice) as the noonday. 

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices (schemes) to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil (it only causes harm). 

For evildoers shall be cut off (destroyed): but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider His place (look diligently for him), and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.’ (Ps.37:4-11) 

Oh my people, that is the best remedy for whatever ails us: turn sincerely to God and try our best to live in peace and harmony. 

And if you don’t believe me, then listen to these words of Bruh David, found later on in Psalm 37. ‘The steps of a good man are ordered (established) by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. 

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed (descendants) begging bread. He is ever merciful (merciful all day), and lendeth; and his seed (descendants) is blessed. 

Depart from evil, and do good, and dwell for evermore. For the Lord LOVETH judgement (justice) and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever; but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.’ (Ps.37:23-28) 

There we have it friends; the perfect prescription for earthly living! And when we follow it, then we are continually showered by our Thursday Blessings. Wow! What a wonderful God we serve and worship! 

So let’s declare those blessings now with strong belief heartfelt passion. ‘I declare that I am blessed with God’s supernatural wisdom and receive clear direction for my life! I declare today that I am blessed with creativity, courage, talent and abundance! 

I am blessed with a strong will, self-control and self-discipline! I am blessed with a great family, good friends, good health, faith, favour and fulfillment! I am blessed with success, supernatural strength, promotion and divine protection! I am blessed with a compassionate heart and a positive outlook on life! 

I declare that any curse or negative word that’s ever been spoken over me is broken right now in the name of Jesus! I declare that everything I put my hands to will prosper and succeed! I declare it today and everyday! Amen!’ 

And the ultimate factor in blessings is that they must be shared, so let’s go out and do that now nuh, so that we can please our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Much LOVE!…

blessing and sharing…IS the Christian way…

 

 

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 October 2013 Matthew 5:5

Matthew 5:5.    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (land).
 
Oh Friends, this is what I had planned for yesterday, until I read about the disastrous school shooting incident in Nevada. And in God’s everlasting wisdom, this project can, and will, definitely alleviate those kinds of tragedies, if we sincerely and seriously put our hands to the plough and furrow straight ahead without looking back.
 
Now it’s not a new project, but a very old one that we’re guilty of not doing properly. However, we’re starting over TODAY, in a more serious and sincere manner. So listen to the basic nature of the project, as Johnny Reid, in his drawling baritone, tells it to us in song.
 
‘Today I’m going to try and change the world. Gonna take it one day at a time. I’ve made my resolution, opened up my eyes. Today I’m going to try and change the world.’
 
That’s just the chorus people, but even that’s very eye opening and inspirational!
 
Now listen to the verse. ‘I’m gonna say hello to my neighbour. Going to greet him with a smile. And shake the hand of a stranger, sit and talk to him for a while. I’m gonna tell someone I LOVE them from the bottom of my heart. Today I’m going to try and change the world… Chorus’
 
Oh my brethren, isn’t that a wonderful project? It sure is! And the beauty is that we’ll just take it one day at a time, no rush, doing the simple things that Jesus did in his sojourn down here on earth, and now wants us to carry on in His name.
 
And the whole thing is very easy; greet our neighbours with a smile and a pleasant hello; shake a strangers hand, then spend a li’l time chatting with them; tell someone we LOVE them, with a sincere and heartfelt feeling of truth.
 
Oh my people, my people, that’s the only way we can ever change this world!
 
But to do it sincerely and successfully, we have to live according to the dictates of our Bit. ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (land).’
 
Yes Friends, we cannot do those things, or anything that Jesus requires of us, unless we’re meek, unless we’re humble. Now please remember that meek and humble don’t mean weak and afraid, like many people think, but rather strong, with an inner confidence in God, that you don’t have to huff and puff, get angry, or show off and boast.
 
Meekness and humility simple means we have a quiet, inner strength, steadfast faith, not afraid of the world or whatever it brings our way.
 
And this is the scholars’ take on our Bit. ‘5:5. The meek…shall inherit the earth refers again to those who have been humbled before God and will not only inherit the blessedness of heaven, but also will ultimately share in the kingdom of God on earth.
 
Here, in the opening statements of the Sermon on the Mount, is the balance between the physical and spiritual promise of the kingdom. The kingdom of which Jesus preached is both “in you” and is yet “to come.”
 
Solid truth that mih breddren!
 
And even before Jesus spoke those memorable words of our Bit in the Beatitudes, Bruh David solemnly declared in Psalm 37, The true state of the wicked: ‘For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider (look diligently for) his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.’ (Ps.37:10-11)
 
And as per inheriting the earth, Bruh Paul wrote this to the church at Rome. ‘For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.’ (Rom.4:13)
 
And the scholars’ explain that thus: ‘4:13. The promise: Many Jews thought that the privileges they enjoyed came from their adherence to the Mosaic Law. This is false. The promises were given to Abraham 430 years before the law was given, hence the law does not annul the Abrahamic covenant. It was merely added alongside until Christ should come to fulfill it. (cf. Gal.3:17-19)’
 
So we see Friends, it’s all based on faith, trust, and surrender to Almighty God; from the day Abraham received the promise, till the day the last trump sounds. Therefore let’s try and stop living by sight nuh, and instead live by faith, as we ought to, since it’s the ONLY WAY we can truly embrace Jesus and all that He stands for.
 
That means we continually need to ponder the strength of our faith and find ways to make it stronger. Now that’s where divine wisdom comes in. Much LOVE!
 
…if each believer tries to make a positive difference…each and every day…then we’ll soon change the world…as Jesus… so long ago, asked us to… 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 9 February 2013 Psalm 72:7

Psalm 72:7.     In his days shall the righteous flourish: and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
 
Oh Friends, the snowstorm has come, and hopefully gone in my area. I don’t know how much fell, but I know that my driveway is covered to between my calves and my knees. Meanwhile the fellow who was supposed to come and plough it hasn’t shown up or even called, despite the fact that I called him about it yesterday. Sorry for that delay, roughly 40 minutes. But you’ll find out why as the story progresses. Now yesterday, I had no cause to go out during the day, but in the evening I had some matters to attend to, and though the snow was piled high in my driveway and lane I figured my ole limo could handle it. But lo and behold, I first got stuck in my driveway, then in the lane. Couldn’t move back nor forth, with just a lot of slipping and sliding and burning rubber. Steups! It’s a good thing my younger, stronger, non-Christian neighbour was outside shovelling his driveway and he helped me. Please note the non-Christian belief, but the very Christian action. For about an hour we were out there trying to get ‘Grey Matter’ (the car’s name) to move sensibly. Finally we managed to get it out of the lane and up the driveway, with its nose in the garage door and it’s tail in a snow bank by the side of the house. The important thing was to get it out of the lane before they came to plough it, otherwise that would have caused even more problems. Obviously I was frustrated by having to cancel all my plans, but I quieted my Spirit by telling it that the Lord was seeing the bigger picture, and there was a good reason He didn’t want me out on the road at that time. And that’s how it stayed until about an hour ago, when a tow truck from the C.A.A (Canadian Automobile Assoc.) came and helped me pull it off the bank. By this time they had cleaned the lane – after 10 p.m. last night- so it was easy to drive it into the garage. In any case, I doubt I would have been able to get on to the main road because of the nasty habit the ploughs have of just ploughing without regard for anything and thus blocking up entrances. The snow at the entrance to the lane was much higher than that in the lane. And now my poor neighbour, who shovelled his driveway will have problems getting out because they blocked up his driveway when they ploughed the lane. Ah Lord eh! This whole sorry episode just has me singing: ‘Oh Tobago, land of Crusoe. I am coming home to you. My poor ole spirit and body, can’t take this nonsense any more.’ (smile) And would you believe, to get back into the house after the tow truck left, I had to shovel a path from the garage to the back door, which took me about fifteen minutes, the snow was so deep. But as they say, after one time is really two yes, for a few years ago, I’d be out there happily shovelling the snow, bad back and all, with my car trunk open and the tunes blasting out, while I danced and shovelled, shovelled and danced. People would pass by and watch me quite amused. But unfortunately I can’t do that any longer. And it’s so hard to get reliable people to come and clear the snow. The latest scam going around is to pay a lump sum of money for snow clearance from say December to March, but when the snow flies, nobody shows up to clear it. My guy wanted a lump sum too, but I decided to err on the side of caution; when you clean, you get paid. I guess he’s so busy, he just couldn’t be bothered with my small money. But of one thing I’m sure; the Lord will see me through all these difficulties, one way or the other, cause He’s promised to work out all things for the good of those who LOVE and serve Him faithfully. (Rom.8:28) And I’m trying my level best to do just that. And our Bit, which I just found (Praise the Lord!), where I’d left my Bible open when I went outside to see about the car, assures of God’s care and concern. ‘In his days shall the righteous flourish: and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth (the moon is no more).’ Yeh mih people, as long as the moon continues to shine, the righteous in the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will continue to flourish, cause that’s the kind of ever-LOVING, kind-hearted God we serve and worship. This Psalm, 72, titled; The reign of the righteous king, is only one of two attributed to Cousin Sol. The other is Psalm 127 – The need of relying on God. But according to the scholars Psalm 72 is so idealistic that the things it declares cannot be attained by a sinful human being. ‘Its aspirations become messianic in nature and point to Christ who alone can fulfill this ideal kingship.’ Yes Friends, only Christ can satisfy all its high ideals. No wonder our Bit has such strength and staying power! And we’ll close with an appropriate word from Isaiah, re the days of the Lord. ‘And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruninghooks (pruning knives): nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.’ (Is.2:4) And all God’s people joyfully declared: ‘Glory Hallelujah! Blessed is the name of the Lord our God!’ Yes Friends, many of us might not live to see that treasured day of no war, but it will come eventually as promised. So let’s go out and do our best to help it along nuh, by sincerely LOVING our God, LIVING our Faith, and SPREADING His Word. That’s what Jesus expects of us. Much LOVE!…when you truly LOVE Jesus…your only desire is to please Him…