Spiritual Encouragements

Blessings

 

      by Sis Winsome

God is not the only

one who pronounces

blessings. When

Rebekah left her

family to become Isaac's wife (Genesis 24:60), Rebekah’s family blessed her by saying “may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the gates of their enemies.” When the time came for Isaac to die, he pronounced this blessings upon his son, Jacob: “May God give you blessings of heaven's dew and of earth's richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and people bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed” (Genesis 27:28-29).
When people offer a blessing, or offer a prayer on behalf of themselves or someone else they mean well. Old Testament patriarchs are often remembered for the blessings they gave to their children. When God gives blessings He gives to those who faithfully follow Him. Deuteronomy 11:26-29:26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse--  27the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today;  28the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. 29 When the LORD your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim On Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses.

Sis Pat's Corner

The church I used to attend in

London, England would often

sing this popular chorus “Try

Jesus, when everything has failed,

try Jesus” I don’t know the name of the author, but I’m sure it was written with good spiritual intentions. However, I would encourage believers and non-believers of Christ to ‘try Jesus before anything else.’

Let me draw your attention to a passage in the Bible of a woman in desperate need of help, and the miraculous way in which she received help from God.

2nd Kings 4:1-7. Now the wife of one of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, 

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,[b]
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

How I Ditched  My Masters 

By Patricia Smith

 

My name is Child of God, working on my Master’s degree in SCG.

I had many Master degrees in the past through the University of Adam, but I ditched them. I didn’t have to study for those degrees, and didn’t have to take any tests because through Adam it was gradual and instinctive learning.

My Masters were accepted everywhere in the world, except in Bible teaching churches.

Let me tell you about my many degrees: MBA, MCA, MJA, MRA, MSA, MTA and MUA. Now you are saying those acronyms tells me nothing. You are right, let me tell you about them one by one.

MBA - Master of Backbiting Association. With this degree I attacked the character and reputation of people like you behind your back. I spoke horrible and spiteful things about you and everyone I knew. But listen to how I ditched my MBA. One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Pastor started his sermon and said today he will be teaching on backbiting. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, quoting “Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MBA.

Next MCA - Master of Criticizing Association – Talk about harsh judgment, that was me, found fault with everyone and everything, never had a positive word to say. One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on criticizing. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, and said Galatians 5:15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.  After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MCA

MJA - Master of Jealousy Association – jealous of your success, your house, your, and your car.  Jealous that my friends were spending too much time with you. One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on Jealousy. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, and said I Cor 3:3 “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MJA

MRA - Master of Resentful Association – It’s unfair. You did something I didn’t like. I was annoyed, bitter, offended. I was angry. I would not call or phone you, would not speak to you again, and would malice you. One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on Resentfulness. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, and said Ephesians 4:31 get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. “Romans 15:7 accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MRA

MSA - Master of Selfishness Association – I was totally self-absorbed. I was unwilling to inconvenience myself to help you. Cared only for me, I was number one. It was all about me, self-centered and very stingy. One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on Selfishness. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, and said Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MSA

 

MTA - Master of Thief Association – Robbed God in tithes and offering, didn’t give God thanks and praise, and I stole office supplies and whatever could fit into my handbag. One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on Stealing. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, and said Malachi 3:8-10 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. Pastor said Ephesians 4:28 “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer. After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MTA

 

MUA - Master of Unforgiveness Association – Had vengeful thoughts. I would say I can’t forgive because it is a big offence. I’ll forgive if you first say you are sorry. If I forgive, you’ll go and do it again. I can’t forgive if I can’t forget what you said and did. Time will heal.  One Sunday morning, I dressed sophisticatedly, went to church, sat in the back row on the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on unforgiveness. Pointing his finger in my face, all the way to the balcony, and said Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Pastor went on to say: Forgiving others is an absolute necessity. When we forgive others we outwit Satan. After listening to the sermon I was convicted, repented and ditched my MUA.

 

The following Sunday I went to church, sat in the balcony. Then Pastor said today he will be teaching on how to obtain Sanctified Child of God (SCG) degree. Didn’t want to be distracted so I looked around and saw an empty seat right in front of Pastor. I hurried down from the balcony as fast as I could to that seat. Then Pastor pointing his finger around the church saying “Brethren I encourage each of you to get the SCG.”  Then I realized that over the weeks Pastor was not pointing his finger directly at me, he was pointing at the entire church, as we all had loads of masters to ditch.

Pastor said you will be tested every day, you will have trials, but don’t give up if you fail a test, the Holy Spirit, your teacher and counsellor, will lift you up and guide you back on track if you are willing, obedient and disciplined. Like a runner in a race, keep pressing on until you have gained the victory, as did the apostle Paul. Train yourself to be godly. Be like an athlete, who persists in training. That’s what Paul counseled Timothy to do. Pastor concluded by saying 1 Thessalonians 5:23 - May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.

After listening, I claimed the front row seat right in front of Pastor for my SCG training, and this degree by God’s grace, I will never ditch.

 
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