Monthly Archives: September 2015

Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit….this is the kingdom of God.

Romans Chapters 14 – 15 The Message (MSG)

Life is about self mastery. Very sad are those who spend their thoughts, days and ultimately their lives consumed with controlling and being controlled by others.

Self serving and self seeking engenders power playing and tripping as opposed to just BEing alive unto God in Christ. All mental fatigue and associated mental illnesses spring from preoccupation with ourselves, our self importance in isolation from, (separated from) and ultimately, finally in opposition to the ever living and life giving God. Truly healthy and wholesome self interest is realized as we embrace the love of God the Father expressed and extended to us in His Son Jesus Christ.

Then we are delivered from the pain of judging and being judged by others because as we focus on embracing and appreciating God’s mind and thoughts towards us in Christ, His loving kindness and gentleness with us at all times, we are healed and delivered from the wounding ways and words of a world that is dying and passing away. A dying world system whose religious pretensions at righteousness will ever only amount to so much filthy rags.

As with the WISDOM from above, so with the kingdom from above. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit are the distinctive traits, fruit and issue of lives that have been and are being transformed from the inside out by virtue of having been born from above. It is not a divided kingdom where egos and the lust for power and prestige drives and spurs on those jockeying and competing for position and preeminence. No such sensual, carnal and devilish spirits dominating and dividing redeemed ones. These all seek to serve from a motive, an inspiration of love/agape rather than to be served.

Romans Chapter 14 The Message (MSG)

Cultivating Good Relationships

14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.

Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience.

6-9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it forGod’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.

10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture:

“As I live and breathe,” God says,
    “every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
    that I and only I am God.”

So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.

13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it.

15-16 If you confuse others by making a big issue over what they eat or don’t eat, you’re no longer a companion with them in love, are you? These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning!

17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.

19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love.

22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

ROMANS Chapter 15:  1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

3-6 That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

7-13 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance:

Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing;
I’ll sing to your name!

And this one:

Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!

And again:

People of all nations, celebrate God!
All colors and races, give hearty praise!

And Isaiah’s word:

There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse,
    breaking through the earth and growing tree tall,
Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

14-16 Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.

17-21 Looking back over what has been accomplished and what I have observed, I must say I am most pleased—in the context of Jesus, I’d even say proud, but only in that context. I have no interest in giving you a chatty account of my adventures, only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me that triggered a believing response among the outsiders. In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece. This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped. My text has been,

Those who were never told of him—
    they’ll see him!
Those who’ve never heard of him—
    they’ll get the message!

22-24 And that’s why it has taken me so long to finally get around to coming to you. But now that there is no more pioneering work to be done in these parts, and since I have looked forward to seeing you for many years, I’m planning my visit. I’m headed for Spain, and expect to stop off on the way to enjoy a good visit with you, and eventually have you send me off with God’s blessing.

25-29 First, though, I’m going to Jerusalem to deliver a relief offering to the followers of Jesus there. The Greeks—all the way from the Macedonians in the north to the Achaians in the south—decided they wanted to take up a collection for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. They were happy to do this, but it was also their duty. Seeing that they got in on all the spiritual gifts that flowed out of the Jerusalem community so generously, it is only right that they do what they can to relieve their poverty. As soon as I have done this—personally handed over this “fruit basket”—I’m off to Spain, with a stopover with you in Rome. My hope is that my visit with you is going to be one of Christ’s more extravagant blessings.

30-33 I have one request, dear friends: Pray for me. Pray strenuously with and for me—to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit—that I will be delivered from the lions’ den of unbelievers in Judea. Pray also that my relief offering to the Jerusalem believers will be accepted in the spirit in which it is given. Then, God willing, I’ll be on my way to you with a light and eager heart, looking forward to being refreshed by your company. God’s peace be with all of you. Oh, yes!


Peace Give I to Thee

Do Not Be Deceived (rightly understanding these days).

September 10, 2015 at 4:07am

Greetings and Shalom! This is an update and value add to a post I made on my fb page in May last year (2014).

Basically I’m re-posting it for the benefit of all as the thoughts shared then are even more urgently and importantly needful now. Why? Because according to the Isachaar kind, those who know the times, the shake up and wake up events slated to mark the end of this age, are about to gain considerable momentum imminently.

Quite frankly, my intention here is to encourage awareness and alertness and preparedness to the times, neither panic nor paranoia. I cannot emphasize that enough.

Everywhere you turn people seem to be sensing that something major is up within and without the community of professing Christians in Barbados and around the world in fact. But all the LORD’s people would do well to focus on the essential and needful in these days, which is making one’s calling and election by the Father through Jesus Christ certain. How is this realized? By holding steadfast to our confession and profession of faith in Christ. It is ON and In Christ alone that the OVERCOMERS must stand. More and more it is becoming self evident that all other ground is sinking, shifting sand. With these preliminary thoughts therefore I invite you to examine and; as the Spirit of Truth leads, embrace and enjoy the following food for thought and walk.

Who can deny that our island Barbados and the Caribbean region as a whole is in the writhing of birthing?

The pangs are getting sharper, coming quicker in their intensity….

And everything that can is being shaken…For we are in a time of great advancement of the purposes and plans of God for this region even as those purposes and plans of the kingdom of darkness are hastening towards their futile and vain anti-climax.

Hear me carefully… even as throughout the ages of time Yahweh-the Timeless King has never been unduly concerned nor alarmed with the schemes and constructs of those who regard themselves as power brokers and king makers (Psalm 2), let not the Sons/Saints of God in Barbados and the region concern themselves unduly, nor be alarmed by this region’s politics & religion! The King of Kings is enthroned in Zion and He rewards all vassals, govenors and princes, all persons both high and low, rich and poor of the nations of the earth according to their works.

As citizens of new heaven and new earth sojourning in these isles lets become and remain concerned firstly with seeking the kingdom of Our Heavenly Father and His righteousness Christ Jesus the incarnate WORD/WISDOM of the Father, in our own hearts and lives! This means first and foremost NOT looking to the promises, posturing and politics of men, NOT looking to the economy, nor to churchianity/religion but to our heavenly Father, the King of kings!

This means in humility walking and watching, looking and listening for His voice and leading daily! Luke 9: 23. Beware and steer clear of all preoccupation with earthly riches, greed and or anxiety over even life’s basic necessities. We don’t need to. The second part of “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” says “and all these things shall be ADDED unto you.

Nobody adds like God does. Let us in spirit and truth, look to and stay our minds on our heavenly Father Yahweh Jireh our provider! Preoccupation with and obsessing over the cares of ‘life’; and that in a world system that is passing away is taking out many. We are admonished to put no confidence in uncertain riches but to repose our trust and confidence fully, unreservedly in our heavenly Father who gives us all things freely to enjoy! (1 Timothy 6:17). All who trust in uncertain riches will find that they themselves; like the said very world system, are passing away.

Let’s be thankful always practicing the attitude of gratitude for who and what God in Christ is to us and IN us!!! But do you in spirit and in truth know who and whose you are in Christ and have become to the Father?

Its not by chance that the LORD Jesus Christ has brought us the revelation of Yahweh God as ‘our Abba’ our Father. Knowing the Father through the Son by revelation of the Spirit of Truth is the one needful, urgent and important thing in these days. Congregant, knowing your pastor, knowing the constitution of your local church can be useful in one way or another. But quite frankly its not the needful, nor the urgent and and MOST important matter in this hour. Know Yahweh your heavenly Father.

By the same token, you pastors/leaders in the local churches, knowing the loyal from the disloyal in your local congregations/assemblies can certainly be helpful in some ways. But again its not the central thing. That which always was, still is and remains the central thing. And that one thing is actually a Person. Knowing the Father. What is our Lord saying to every disciple today, what is He asking in this hour. “How can you say to me show us the Father. Have I been so long with you and yet you do not recognize me? He that has seen me has seen my Father (John 14: 8-21).

What awesome and exciting days are upon us! These are days of exploits for the Ones who know the Father in spirit and in truth. The ones who abide in the Son (Jesus Christ) and are always excited and eager like He is to please the Father and bring Him pleasure. These are the overcomers who worship God in spirit and in truth. They are enjoying the abundant organic life that LOVE is and gives them.

They are not under the manipulating and controlling of the Judaizers, the Jezebel spirit that has ensnared so many simple-minded ones. This coming under religion and the religious spirit, the idolatry that ancient Israel came more and more progressively under is not the lot of the Overcomers! Domination by the religious world, religious flesh and religious devils is not the lot of the OVERCOMERS! Amidst the worst of times, they experience and enjoy the best of times. And are of good cheer because in Christ they have overcome the world system, religious and otherwise!