May 29, 2018

Precious Saints Our Meditation comes from Ecc 4:9-12 ” Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their Labour . For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone ? And if one prevails against him, two shall withstand him, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Topic: UNITY + TENACITY = STABILITY.

Some persons are familiar with the fable of the THREE BULLS AND THE BEAR.

There were three big bulls in a pen. They lived lovingly and were always together . There was a bear that was determined to kill all three bulls, but was unable to do because they were closely knitted together .
One day, one of the bulls strayed , and the bear whispered , ” Your two friends hate you. They are only pretending.” Of course he listened to the bear and started separating himself from his friends. Very soon the bear devoured him.
The others were determined not to let that happened to them, so they were even closer than before. However one day one strayed and the bear whispered again that his friend hated him . He believed the bear and was eaten by the bear. As you can imagine the third bull couldn’t manage the bear by himself, so he too was eaten.

Ps 133:1 Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. The Psalm speaks of the GOODNESS AND PLEASANTNESS OF UNITY. Jesus in St John 17 prayed for our:

1. SANCTIFICATION  V17
2. UNIFICATION  V 21-22
3. PRESERVATION V15
4. PERFECTION V23
5. GLORIFICATION V 24

Paul in 1 Cor 12 teaches that we are members belonging to the same body, so take care of each member.

In 1 Cor 3 Paul uses 4 metaphors to teach us the importance of UNITY:
1. We are children in the same FAMILY, there should be MATURITY v1-5
2. We are plants in the Same FIELD, there should be quantity. v6-8
3. We are all materials in the SAME BUILDING , there should be quality v10-15.
4. We are all priests in the SAME TEMPLE, there should be beauty. v16-23.
Eph 4: 3 says we are to endeavor to MAINTAIN THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE.

A man was speeding one day, and lost control of his car, and went into a ditch. A stranger with a horse offered to help him get out his car.

He tied his horse to the car and said , ” Pull Nell” but horse never moved. He then said, “Pull Fred” but horse made no attempt to pull. Finally the man , said ok Betsy, ” Pull”. Soon the car was out. The man was very curious why he had to call the horse by three different names. The farmer said, ” Normally my three horses work together, BETSY IS BLIND, if she knows she alone had to do the work , she wouldn’t move. So l had let her think the others were also pulling”.

Remember , a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Let’s stay together because : UNITY + TENACITY = STABILITY .

God bless us , as remind ourselves that NO MAN IS AN ISLAND. United we stand, but divided we must fall.

 

 

May 15, 2018

Our meditation comes from Judges 15:15-17 ” Samson found a new jawbone of an ass, and took it , and slew a thousand men. Then he CAST AWAY THE JAWBONE OUT OF HIS HAND.”

Samson used the jawbone just once and then cast it away. He never tried to use it again.

Somethings were meant to be used just once. Jesus in St John 9:6-7 “Spat on the ground and made clay of spittle and anointed the eyes of the blind man, and said ,’Go wash in the pool of Siloam'”.

Please note that He never used that method with Blind Bartimaeus. He just said, ” Thy faith hath made thee whole. In Acts 5:15 “They brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. Verse 16 says all of them were healed . That worked then, but should never become a doctrine .

In Acts 19:12 “From Paul’s body were brought unto the sick, handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases depart from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” Paul never used this method with every case. He was led of the Lord to do so, then he threw it away.

Today we have a lot of consecrated cloth, water and oil for sale. Peter warned in 2Peter 2:3 ” Through covetousness shall they with feigned(counterfeit ) words make MERCHANDISE OF YOU.

Saints walk as wise and not as fools, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16.

In Mark 6:13, the disciples cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. In James 5:14 the elders are asked to anoint the sick with oil. Oil is a representation of the Holy Spirit who brings newness and freshness. Please note that it is not the amount of oil that’s used , but the representation that’s important. Some people behave as if it is the oil that’s doing the healing.

David used a sling to kill Goliath, but we never saw him using it again. He used even Goliath’s sword 1  Sam 21:8-9.

In Numbers 21:8 , God told Moses , ” Make thee a fiery serpent , and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”

That was only for that occasion, but would you believe that Israel kept that pole with the serpent until the time of Hezekiah. 2Kings 18:4 ” Hezekiah brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it, and he called it “Nehustan” ( a piece of brass).

It’s time to get rid of some superstitious beliefs and put your faith in God alone. Even God used the object once, doesn’t mean He is going to use it again. Like Samson throw away the old jawbone, it has served the purpose . God loves variety.

Please expect Him to use something novel each day. May we follow His leading.

Matthew 6: 16 “When ye Fast, be not , as the hypocrites.”

Precious Saints our meditation comes from Matthew 6: 16 “When ye Fast, be not , as the hypocrites.”
Please note that Jesus never said, “If you fast”. In verse 7 He says , ” When you pray”. Just like how prayer is not optional, likewise fasting cannot be optional. Jesus Himself fasted  Matt 4:2 . Moses fasted, Elijah fasted , Daniel fasted Dan 10:2-3.
What then is Fasting?
Fasting is abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. There are occasions in the Bible when people did fast without food or water for as long as forty days. In Esther 4:16 , She says ,” Go gather all the Jews and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink three days.” That’s 72 hours without fluid. Doctors advice that we don’t go beyond that without fluid.
Daniel practised what is called Partial Fast Dan 10:2-3.  For 21 days he abstained from: pleasant bread, meat, wine and anointing of himself. He did this for spiritual mourning.
In 1 Cor 7:5 Paul says : ” Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time , to give yourself to fasting and prayer.” Hence fasting involves more than just abstaining from food. It’s a period when you give God your undivided attention and affection .
Isaiah 58 is a great passage on FASTING. We must pay close attention to this passage.
Fasting is to:
Loose the bands of wickedness , to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, to break yoke, to use your meal money to feed the hungry, and clothes the naked.
Here are somethings that will happen in your life when you fast verse 8-12
Your light shall break forth, your health shall spring forth speedily. Please read the other benefits. Oh hallelujah . Many of God’s children are no longer like a well watered garden because they no longer Fast and Pray.
Daniel and his three friends looked fairer and fatter in flesh than those who ate the King’s meat. Dan 1:12-15. Jesus says: ” Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matt 4:4. This means that we must have period when we put away the physical bread and spend time eating the spiritual bread.
God bless you as we will continue on this very important subject of Prayer and Fasting.

St Matt. 9:21 “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Precious Saints our meditation comes from St Matt. 9:21 “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
The calling is for the return of Fasting and Prayer in the church.
Jer 6:16 “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and he shall find rest for your souls.”
All Jews fasted on the Day of Atonement Lev. 16: 29-31.
The early church fasted before sending out the Apostles Acts 13:2-3.
They fasted before they appointed leaders Acts 14:23.
John Wesley never ordained a man unless he would commit himself to fast every Wednesday and Friday until 4:00pm. No wonder the Methodist church spread rapidly.
Today I give seven purposes of Fasting :
1. To humble yourself Ps 35:13.
2. To come closer to God. James 4:8
3. To seek God’s will Ezra 8:21.
4. To seek healing Isaiah 58:8 , Matt 17:21.
5. When we need God’s intervention in a particular crisis 2 Chron 20, Joel 2.
6. To intercede for others Matt 17:21.
7. To give rest to the body. Isaiah 58:3-14. See Lev 26:33-35. When the Jews refused to rest the land , God scattered them so His land could get rest. Both the land and our bodies need rest. Fasting is great way to rest the body especially the digestive system.
We will continue on the study of fasting. Please let’s return to what made the church strong in the past. Jamaica is in serious crisis like Nineveh . Like that great city let’s get back to Fasting and prayer. Jonah 3:5-10.
God bless you richly.

Devotional Guide

Thursday, July 29th - Evening

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me. - John 6:37

— Morning & Evening, with Charles Spurgeon Devotionals

This declaration involves the doctrine of election: there are some whom the Father gave to Christ. It involves the doctrine of effectual calling: these who are given must and shall come; however stoutly they may set themselves against it, yet they shall be brought out of darkness into God's marvellous light. It teaches us the indispensable necessity of faith; for even those who are given to Christ are not saved except they come to Jesus. Even they must come, for there is no other way to heaven but by the door, Christ Jesus. All that the Father gives to our Redeemer must come to Him, therefore none can come to heaven except they come to Christ.
Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words "shall come." He does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they will, but they "shall come." The Lord Jesus doth by His messengers, His word, and His Spirit, sweetly and graciously compel men to come in that they may eat of His marriage supper; and this He does, not by any violation of the free agency of man, but by the power of His grace. I may exercise power over another man's will, and yet that other man's will may be perfectly free, because the constraint is exercised in a manner accordant with the laws of the human mind. Jehovah Jesus knows how, by irresistible arguments addressed to the understanding, by mighty reasons appealing to the affections, and by the mysterious influence of His Holy Spirit operating upon all the powers and passions of the soul, so to subdue the whole man, that whereas he was once rebellious, he yields cheerfully to His government, subdued by sovereign love. But how shall those be known whom God hath chosen? By this result: that they do willingly and joyfully accept Christ, and come to Him with simple and unfeigned faith, resting upon Him as all their salvation and all their desire. Reader, have you thus come to Jesus?

Daily Reading

Fri., Jul. 30, 2021 — Isaiah 54:1 - 58:14 KJV

Isaiah

541 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Isaiah 54:1 - 58:14 KJV reading for Fri., Jul. 30, 2021