Have you ever wondered what do clasped hands pointing upward towards heaven have to do with God? Well according to several references from Google search, it has to do with an acronym I have penned…R-O-S-S.
However, needless to say, we have a higher authority than Google search…do we not?When the Patriarchs and holy men in the Bible prayed unto the God, they often spread out their hands towards heaven. And the wisest man in the Bible (King Solomon) went a step further; he also knelt on his knees (1 Kings 9:54).
So, at the close of the day, let us remember to posture ourselves in a position of repentance, obedience, submission and sincerity and call upon the Name of the Lord while doing so on bended knees.
And while you are at it, why not broaden your prayer to include the following: widows, orphans, homeless, calamity dispossessed victims, jobless, sick and shut-ins, governments world-wide, the lost, backsliders, friends far and near, relatives, loved ones, and most of all…pray for peace!
“Because God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that who so ever believed on Him should not parish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
My prayer for you: Be blessed and enjoy the rest of the summer and every day there after.
In my younger days, I participated in various Sunday School classes as a teacher and had the privilege to teach just about every age group. If I had to select which group was the most challenging, I would have to pick the young adult classes. Why this particular group? Well, the truth is the young adults hardly ever came to class prepared.
Also, the young mothers were constantly late for class because they had to deliver their little children to their respective Sunday School classes. The young men would dominate the discussion time with job-related situations, New Age commentary, sound-bite buzz words from popular television preachers and other personal life experiences that often had nothing to do with the subject at hand.
As we all know, there are great physical demands placed on the lives of our young people and a number of extra curricular activities are vying for their attention. Devoting time to study their Sunday School lessons was a low priority on their agendas. Once a student told me that because I was so well prepared as the teacher, she did not feel she had to study! This disturbed me greatly because I knew what the Bible said about studying…’to show yourself approved‘ (2 Timothy 2:15). I also knew what it said about teaching…’teachers will be judged more strictly‘ (James 3:1).
And further more, as a servant teacher called by God, I was under the holy job description written in 2 Timothy 2:24-26: “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.“
So I had a little talk with the Holy Spirit…
Subsequently, I categorically began to pray for every member of that class. I asked God to deliver fresh blessings on their jobs, children, educational pursuits, finances, emotions, health, marriages and other personal relationships. I begged God to open their eyes and ears; to whet their appetites; to give them a hunger and thirst for his holy word. Soon, I discovered that praying was not enough. Strongholds needed to be broken down. That called for fasting as well as prayer!
The fruit of my labor began to unfold when we started to study the Book of Job. Because of the students’ weak foundation in the Old Testament and their difficulty in understanding God’s treatment of Job, I found myself defending the scriptures instead of teaching the scriptures. I was just about ready to ask the Sunday School superintendent for a transfer out of the class when the Holy Spirit spoke to me a second time. (This time more forcefully.…)
I was led to read the first chapter of the Book of James. There I began to discover the answers to Job’s predicament…and my own. Revelations were coming so fast until I had to ask God to please slow down and allow me a chance to get a pen and paper. Praise God!!! These divine messages needed to be immortalized. The litany, “God Speaks To Job Through James” was the result.
PLEASE TUNE IN NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2022, TO READ HOW CHAPTER ONE OF THE BOOK OF JAMES COMPLEMENTS THE ENTIRE BOOK OF JOB. IN THE MEAN TIME, PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SONG BELOW.
No doubt, in today’s society, if you were to turn on your television, open your laptop, read a newspaper, or talk with your next-door neighbor long enough, the topics of interest would be the state of the union, wars and rumors of wars, politics, the economy, and genocide of impoverished people world-wide.
What a state of hopelessness we are living in today. Suicides, massive deaths from a world-wide pandemic, random killings of innocent men, women and children, sex and drug trafficking are running rampant in every area of society. Lord Help!!
WHERE IS GOD? SOMEONE IS ASKING!!!
When we examine the role and characteristics of a Triune God Whom we serve, (the Father-Son-Holy Spirit), in order to answer the above question, we should look for character traits attributed to the Holy Spirit. Additionally, what we should never forget is the fact that the Holy Spirit only works within the heart, mind, and spirit of Believers in the Spirit of God’s Son, Christ Jesus. And when a person confesses (repents) that he/she believes in the ‘Spirit’ of Christ, that declaration implies that they believe that Jesus was nailed to the Cross, bled, and died on the Cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb and on the third day He arose again for all mankind’s sins and that now He (the Third part of the Trinity) has taken residence in only those who believe in Him: For it is written in Acts 2:38: “Peter said to them, repent and be baptized, each of you in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
SO, GOD IS NOT DEAD!! HE LIVES IN THE HEART, MIND AND SOUL OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIS SON, JESUS THE CHRIST!!
In March 2004, I wrote a poem and recited it to fellow members of a writer’s club I was associated with. The club’s president had challenged its members to write and recite something barely known about a famous person in our history. After performing due diligence in my research (* See NOTE below), I chose Thomas A. Edison. Boy, was I surprised at what I learned. Featured below is Part One of this fascinating piece of nostalgia that I came across. After consulting with the Holy Spirit, I decided to share my poem with the readers of this week’s blog. (Please do not hesitate to send in any comments you may have in regards to its content as it relates to the title of this week’s blog.)
THE DARK SIDE OF THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
COMPOSED BY S. L. FOWLER
Thomas A. Edison was a self-taught genius
Who lived a productive 84 years.
He was the youngest of eight children and
Scarlet fever left him partially deaf in both ears.
He terrified his parents, sisters and brothers
When in the basement his experiments would explode.
They were relieved when at twelve years of age he left home
To sell newspapers not only on trains but from door to door.
A millionaire he became due to his remarkable industriousness
He produced over one thousand patented inventions
Which included the phonograph, the electric light bulb,
The alkaline battery and secret work in extrasensory perception.
You see, Thomas Edison had a dark side,
He desired to communicate with the dead.
Declaring when we die our personalities do not cross over
They remain behind wishing to communicate with the living instead.
In 1920 the scientific world buzzed with rumors due to an article
Published in Forbes magazine, that the man who had been voted
"America's Most Useful Citizen", was now attempting to invent
Instruments that could record sound waves from spiritual beings.
It was about fifteen years before his own death
Ole Tom became obsessed with the hereafter
"Was there scientific proof that man's soul was immortal,
Could life and death co-exit in in the ethereal?"
To be sure, Thomas Edison was definitely no scatter brain
He did not altogether believe in visiting seance parlors
You know, the table-tilting, object-floating, glass-breaking stuff
That is associated with quacks and unscrupulous fortunetellers.
* * * *PART TWO OF THIS BLOG TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK* * * * *
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I have often prayed for the Holy Spirit to take me back to the place where I first believed. And He often does so. In retrospect, I have come to learn, that many of the memories that are revealed to me in answer to my prayers are not in chronological order. I smile when that happens and ‘joke’ with the Holy Spirit by saying…Oh, that’s right, My Lord, You are not inhibited by time and space,.
So, it was no surprise to me this week when I sat down at my computer to begin composing this week’s blog. I sent up a quick prayer to my Father which included only four words…Lord, take me back! I went to my file cabinet and pulled out one of many file folders containing unpublished chapters from a book I have been intending to finish for a number of years. Below is an excerpt from one of the chapters entitled “Promises Given In A Still Small Voice”.
“Tell Me Oh Pretty Sky” (An original song written by the Blogger)
Tell me oh pretty sky, What makes the stars so high? What makes the rivers, What makes the streams? What makes the flowers and grass so green?
If I knew all of that I’d be so happy and gay. God knows it all He’s the One who knows. Tell me oh pretty sky.
The above song was actually written by my big sister, Simone, and me when we were just kids about ten and eleven years old. I remember we were sitting on our back porch of the little yellow house on Kimball Street, in a small town in Illinois, USA. We were looking upward at the the starry sky in total silence for a very long time. I was thinking, where did all those clouds go that I had seen earlier in the day.
Finally, my sister began to speak the first words of the song above. I soon interrupted her with a contributory word here and there. When the song was finished, we jumped up and ran into the house to sing it to the whole family in two-part harmony.
Surprisingly, I have remembered that song and sang its words all during my adult life. I love it! But little did I know how authentic a prayer it was until one evening about 47 years later. According to my journal, it was a Friday night in May 1996 about 12:30 a.m. while I was preparing my Sunday School lesson.
Often, I would begin my Bible study time with a song and that night I sang, “Tell Me Oh Pretty Sky.” After I had prayed, I began my study by reading the following Bible scripture: “I have swept away youroffenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.” Isaiah 44:42
As I paused to meditate on those words, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me in response to my inquiry through song. He said, My child, one reason why I set the clouds up above your back porch those many years ago was to remind you that I will not forget you and have swept away your offenses like a cloud. And as for why I made the morning mist; that was just to remind you that like the mist, your sins disappear from before Me long before high noon.
Hallelujah! At last I had confirmation to all those questions in that song. The ‘what‘ turned out to be the ‘Who’. For indeed the Lord declares in a still small voice…“I am the Lord who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself.” Isaiah 44:24b
My prayer of thanksgiving…
To my Beloved Master, I thank and praise You for truly You are a promise keeper, a Lord of lords, a Rock in a weary land, and a Teacher extraordinaire. For I am at odds numerous times, just like Mary and Martha, why Your ways are so forgiving and Your actions are so lovingly expressed towards me. Teach me, Heavenly Father to never doubt You again, for truly You are the Joy and the Strength of my life. Amen and Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16, 25
Have you every thought about just how much God’s choice of color for all of his vast creation affects man’s psychological persona and the recording of history? Well I have. When I began to write this post, I consulted the Holy Spirit on this subject and He reminded me of the vivid role a certain sea had at the culmination of what had been a benign relationship between two nations. That sea’s name was called…
In Exodus 15:4-5 NIV “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he (God) has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.”
Now take a look at the definition of “RED” in the color chart below and imagine how many incidents you can ascribe to the events in the Bible concerning the Red Sea. List some of the danger and excitement it caused. For instance, the daring trust and faith the Hebrew people had to place in God that the wind forces would hold back the waves. In addition to how the Hebrews felt, I am quit certain you can think of other emotions listed on the chart that Pharaoh’s army felt that affected their psychic. For after all, this conquest was a bloody one and that color is also red.
The Color Yellow
Yellow and the color gold are used interchangeably in the holy scriptures. This color mostly represents loyalty and suffering. Golden crowns are placed on kings heads and a person who is suffering from leprosy has a skin condition that has turned “YELLOW”. So joy, cheerfulness and loyalty are associated to kings, while caution and intelligent decision making are to be exerted when exposed to contagious diseases or fuels that expend energy and warmth, such as a blazing fire whose hue is described as yellow. Such traits are listed on the chart.
In Leviticus 13:32 NIV: “On the seventh day the priest is to examine the sore and if the itch has spread and there is no yellow hair in it and it does not appear to be more than skin deep, he must be shaved except for the diseased area, and the priest is to keep him in isolation another seven days.”
The Color Blue
Have you noticed that blue is the color of the sky as well as the color of deep waters here on earth. So the world is surrounded with the color blue. Therefore, when we look up at the endless span of space we can imagine a place where we can ascend and be far above all of our trails, worries, and disillusions. When we look deep into the blue sea or ocean or even the water in a fish tank, we can imagine floating away or sailing away or just wondering away from the havoc and destruction down here on this world. This color evokes peace, tranquility and calmness.
A number of Bible scholars have attributed the 7 colors of a rainbow with the 7 Names of God. Further more, they have assigned meaning to the 7 rainbow colors. The 7 colors of a rainbow are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. (The acronym “ROY G. BIV”) is a handy reminder for the rainbow color sequence.
I personally believe the Bible scholars took the time to ascribe meaning to the rainbow colors because there is no reference to the color BLUE in all of scripture. Since well documented miracles have been recorded about supernatural healings and the bearers of those miracles have also reported to doctors and historians that they imagined they saw a “blue” hue light glowing all around the phenomenon, the color blue took on character traits of having healing powers. Thus associated with one of the names for God: Jehovah-Rapha—The Lord Our Healer.
In Exodus 15:26 NIV: He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
Be sure to meditate on all of the attributes of the color blue listed in the chart below. For they are ascribed in the Rainbow.
In Genesis 9:12, 13, 15b TNIV And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you (Noah) and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” (Read the “Blue” list in the chart below and weep for joy. Hallelujah!!! and Amen!!!)
PLEASE RETURN NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2022, FOR PART TWO OF THIS HIGHLY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE SUBJECT ON COLOR PSYCHOLOGY IN THE BIBLE. HOPEFULLY, MY RESEARCH ON THIS SUBJECT WILL HELP INCREASE YOUR BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE ON HOW GOD EMPOWERED ALL OF US TO SEEK AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS GOODNESS AND MERCIES CONCERNING THE SECRETS OF CREATION.
My prayer for you: Dear Heavenly Father, please make me into a child of the light. For I have put behind me the dark light of sin. Please continue to break me and mold me into the light of the Lord. Help me to expose sin and be willing to work on my relationships with other people. Most people realize that certain colors can affect one’s disposition and character. Do all that is necessary to make me an instrument of Thy peace. Help me to develop this biblical truth of recognition of various colors so that all will be able to connect to your invitation to a glorious life in You. Amen and Amen.
Scripture Lesson:“You were once darkness, but now you are light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)” Ephesians 5:8-9
I know that all of you guys out there realize that within the first few days into January (the new year), almost everybody is either thinking about or pronouncing ideas for new year’s resolutions. And many of them are sealed with a prayer. That’s where God comes in. He empowers the Holy Spirit to put on their listening ears and take notes. Why? Because God wants a record of all those persons who strive throughout the year to perform their vows and commitments as well as those who do not. In other words, God is going to get a lot of phone calls…some legit…some not!
Of course, most the callers will have to leave a message because God’s secretaries do not answer calls when they do not recognize the phone numbers. (You know how it is…Like when you get calls from solicitors (especially from On High) and you neither recognize them nor respond. So, it’s like tit for tat. You have no other choice but to leave a message for Jesus, which goes like this:
Aaah, hello…anybody there? This is Bubbah…You remember me from last year, don’t You? I called You, but I didn’t hear back from You. And subsequently, I guess I really didn’t need You after all, because I failed to carry out what I intended to do. Well, for this new year 2022, I have decided to try again, and I do really, really need Your help. I’m miserable.
During this past year I have overspent my bank account, especially in December, overeaten, gained weight, ignored my spouse, failed in most of my employment assignments, told a few lies, drank a little too much alcohol, and missed a few little league soccer games that my son was participating in. (We won’t talk about my lack of church attendance.) I admit I’ve been a little negligent in my duties as a parent.
Honestly, I need Your help big time in controlling my desires in the area of physical indulgences, as well as self-improvement indulgences. Can You help me? I realize now that I can’t do it alone. Making New Year’s resolutions suck. (Excuse me, caller, you have exhausted your recording time.) I look forward to Your return call, Sir. (This is where the rubber meets the road. Do I leave my real name or a fake one? I guess I have to leave my real telephone number.) Good bye.
In my research, I discovered that New Year’s Resolutions were more religious or spiritual in nature back in the 1900s. During that phase of history, the emphasis on most requests was for developing a stronger and more moral character, as well as a stronger work ethic, and more restraint in the face of earthly pleasures. Times have changed basically due to advanced technology. But most medical sociologists do agree that today’s New Year’s resolution statements reflect a person’s life status, financial wealth, and life responsibilities along with their self-discipline restrictions.
But here is something you should remember: Self-motivation will not in and of itself sustain you. There is something in your brain called dopamine, which secrets a very powerful “neuro-hormone” that won’t allow you to succeed on your own. Why, because they are short lived. You actually do need the power of the Holy Spirit or a dedicated confidant that will stand with you throughout your ordeal.
A little history…
New year resolutions started back in 2000 B.C. when the Babylonian inhabitants in Europe made vows to return any farm equipment they had borrowed from their neighbor during the year. The actual name for the month, January, was decided upon in 46 B.C. when the Julian calendar was initiated. It was named after the two-faced Roman god, Janus. He had a reputation of looking forward for new beginnings while at the same time looking backwards to see how he could correct his actions for a better and more prosperous year in the coming months.
So the moral of the story is whether you resolve to return borrowed equipment to your neighbor or to stop telling lies and procrastinating, we still find ourselves tapping into ancient and very powerful desires that requires the helping hand of the Holy Spirit. (God’s busiest time of the year.) If you really want a fresh new start, try Him.
My Prayer for the Coming Year…
“Dear All Powerful and Everlasting Father: It is so wonderful that You have promised to be with us, to strengthen us, and to help us. You have also promised, Holy Father, to hold us tightly in Your right hand and to save us from all hurt, harm and danger. Therefore, we come humbly and on bended knees to the throne of grace to lay claim on all those promises in the Precious Name of Your Son, Christ Jesus, Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
God’s greatest gift to humanity is L-O-V-E!!! And ‘Love’ by any other name is JESUS CHRIST!!!
How can you become a recipient of this Gift?…
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 (Explanation: This verse emphasizes God’s grace through Christ. Jesus gave his life and gave it freely.)
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
This Gift is to be shared…
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong–that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
What makes God’s Gift so special?…
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many (mankind) died by the trespass of the one man (Adam), how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
So, I reiterate once again…God’s greatest gift to humanity is L-O-V-E!!! And ‘Love’ by any other name is JESUS CHRIST!!!
MY PRAYER FOR YOU AND ALL OF MANKIND IS THIS…
Dear Holy and Everlasting Father, may every good and gracious gift given or received this Christmas be infused with steadfast faith, sincere hopeand undying love that flows from heart to heart and from breast to breast. For it is by Your grace, heavenly Father, who gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish BUT have eternal life. Amen and Amen.
Scripture Lesson:“Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him”. Romans 16:25-26
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.”Matthew 1:23
Tell me something. How do you come to the throne of Grace? Are you on bended knee? Is it during your meditation time? Could it be only when you experience glad tidings? Or are you one of those persons who only call on God when in a sarcastic mannerism (and forgive me for this expression) …when all hell breaks loose?
God’s Word says in 1st Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So, what in the world did the Apostle Paul mean when he admonished the Thessalonians to be thankful in everything. OOPS! Did you get that? Go back and read it again. The scripture says to give thanks IN everything…NOT…give thanks FOR everything. So, yes, you are allowed to give thanks when all hell breaks loose. That’s because sometimes mankind is so stubborn that God must make a donkey (I would rather use the euphemism for ‘donkey’, but this is a family-rated blog) speak to our willfulness. (See Numbers 22:28-39.)
The Apostle Paul was saying that things could be worse. That life is full of ups and downs. But God is with us through it all. I’m a witness to that very truth. Once when I had to make a choice to either pay my monthly tithes to my church or to use the money to finance my next mission trip abroad, reluctantly I paid my tithes and unpacked my suitcase. To my surprise, several members in the congregation who had funded some of my mission trips in the past, heard that I was not going on my next trip due to lack of finances, and they miraculously provided all the money I needed to make the journey to St Petersburg, Russia.
But that’s not the end of the story. While in Russia, all hell broke loose. I lost my wallet; fell down some unevenly constructed stairs, twice; made an awkward comment and displayed photos of my newly built church building in the USA to a Russian pastor who held his church under a bridge and who commented…what a waste… (he was referencing the expenses used on a building rather than in helping the poor and needy). Bad scenes all around! I should have stayed in bed!
But then, hope arrived!
Later, I realized how my actions and mishaps were drawing attention away from why my team had come to Russia in the first place. We had come to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to extend compassion, love and supplies to the administrators and children at the orphan homes there that our USA organization supported. I prayed for forgiveness for drawing attention to myself and asked God to temper my fate and order my steps in his service. I ended my prayer by offering thanksgivings in knowing that all things work together for good to then that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
My wallet was recovered. It had fallen under my bed in my hotel and the housekeeper placed it on the nightstand in tack. I learned not to display pictures of prosperity to those less fortunate while on mission trips. I grew in grace, humility and strength while serving in this capacity. I learned that we can be thankful in prosperity as well as adversity. I realized that I had no reason to blame God or anyone else for my actions. Knowing that Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God in everything. And for that, I can rejoice.
The misunderstanding comes in those two words: Give thanks IN everything vs. FOR everything. So, my prayer for all my readers is that the Holy Spirit will make it possible for everyone to be thankful in all things. Knowing that we will only be able to do this if our gratitude is anchored in You. Amen and Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19-20).
America just finished celebrating a traditional holiday called Thanksgiving. And no doubt, millions of households opened their doors to family, friends, relatives, and strangers to gather around a delicious meal and To engage in wholesome entertainment to give thanks and praises to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I should also mention that this annual national holiday is celebrated in Canada, too. And the Canadians’ jubilance is the same as ours…eat, drink and be happy. For both countries are setting aside time to revisit the abundant harvest and other blessings of the year gone by.
But did you know that consuming the traditional meal of turkey meat has acquired a false but bad reputation. Oh, Yeah! I believe it has something to do with ‘tryptophan’, an amino acid in the body that causes a person to become sleepy. Take a listen to this two-minute video that explains everything. You just might learn something. I did.
Now that you’re back, let’s examine what you have just learned on Youtube and compare it to something God offers called ‘amino-Spirit‘, that after you consume it, it wakes people up, not put people to sleep!
In the Book of Acts 2:1-13, there is an event retold by Luke, the companion of Paul, that did just that. This Event woke people up. Luke enlightens us with a story that there was a group of God-fearing Jews from every nation assembled in the temple area on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. They, too, were gathered to dine and to give thanks to God, when suddenly a violent Breath of wind came rushing in and shook the rafters of that place. We read where those people’s lives were so radically changed that they were awakened to a new lease on life and they were never the same thereafter. They could not blame their diet of eating turkey and drinking wine that made them drowsy, because it was an infusion of the newly dispensed Holy Spirit!
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4)
On the contrary. Peter was so energized by this experience that though he was timid and afraid at first to acknowledge that he was a follower of Christ, he began to preach his head off and delivered a powerful sermon to the crowd that inspired more than 3,000 new souls to be added to the Way’s number. No, my beloveds, those in attendance were not gluttons and winebibbers, they were our ancestors laying the foundation for the celebration of our modern day Thanksgiving Day, which was further instituted by the Pilgrims in November 1621 and our Native American allies, including the Wampanoag Indian chief Massasoit.
So, as you can see, the Holy Spirit not only changed Peter’s life, He has also dramatically changed the lives of many of us Born Again Saints. We have no excuse for not going into the highways and byways to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The One who has done so much for us and our loved ones. If we could just allow the Holy Spirit to change our lives, we would be a tremendous asset to the Kingdom of God.
My prayer for you is if the Holy Spirit has not brought a dramatic change in your life so far, just Ask and you, too, shall receive…Seek and you shall find…Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. I truly thank God for opening that door for me to come in and he certainly changed my life for the better. And I am confident he will do the same for you. So, now you understand why God desires to optimize your potential.
Scripture Lesson: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keepon praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open mu mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:18-19).“
Some weeks are harder than others. So, this week, I have been praying for strength, compassion, tolerance, and a word of enlightenment from the Holy Spirit to instruct me on how to bring comfort, peace and hope to all those who come my way, looking for some relief from life’s miserable dilemmas. And it happened that during my quiet time, I distinctively heard a still small voice whisper, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”.
What brought all of this on…it’s a sign of the times…
Now that the worldwide Covid-19 virus has morphed into a Delta variant, more and more people are becoming depressed and disillusioned. Hardly a day goes by that someone in my sphere of influence does not approach me with a gloom and doomed report of a dear friend, family member, neighbor, loved one, a friend of a friend, or simply a news health statistic reminding us all that someone has died from Covid. And now it is affecting our children. Since this unsolicited bit of information is dumped on me so often, I came to realize that if I am not careful, I will allow such conversations to infiltrate my spirit and cause me to become depressed, too.
(I had a scary thought…the enemy began taunting me by repeating…it’s your fault…it’s your fault! You had no business praying for your Maker to make you an instrument of his peace!)
That was the exact moment I knew it was time for me to have a little conversation with God using Scripture. Here is some of the reinforcement the Lord gave me.
After listening to that encouraging song, I recommitted myself and vowed to the Lord that I would continue researching the scriptures in order to fortify myself with the teachings of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, so that I might persevere in becoming a beacon light to all those who find themselves on the verge of giving up on life and the cares of this world.
At-a-girl, I heard the angles shout! We knew all along that you were God’s salt-flavored seasoning to infuse the people on earth who were beginning to lose their saltiness. You were meant to be a light in situations where darkness is creeping in. You have been sat on a lamp stand in order to shine brightly. You were meant to encourage other people to put their trust in Jesus and to remind them that there is no sorrow on earth that heaven cannot heal. For by carrying this banner on your shoulders, you will find honor in the kingdom where the Lord has gone to prepare a place for you.For our God is superior over all!!
My prayer for you…
Dear Heavenly Father, your children sincerely thank you for calling them to become a beacon light in a dark and unbelieving world. Help them to love and assist all those who love You and desire to learn how to trust and depend wholly upon You and Your teachings. Instruct Your workers on how to pray more specifically for what they desire to accomplish through the aide of the Holy Spirit for their fellowman. If necessary, remind them that some things come only through prayer AND fasting. Teach them not to be afraid to rebuke the enemy and all other situations that are not according to Your will and Your ways. And when it is all said and done, my Lord, we will not forget to give You all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory until our traveling days are done. In Jesus’ Name we ask it all. Amen and Amen.
Scripture Lesson:“The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.” Isaiah 50:4-5