Weekly Reminder...The Weekly Reminder is an informative tool to help people who read it consider what the man of God has said. This weekend’s articles are based on what was heard on January 3 & 4, 2009 in the Westbury assembly.
written by Br. Samuel Philogene
Once again it was a wonderful time in the house of the Lord; the Spirit of the Lord was there to lead the way. We started on Saturday night with Philippians 4:4 where Br. Antoine was encouraging us with the words of Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always: [and] again I say, Rejoice”. We are living in hard times; Satan doesn’t give us any chance and finding joy in this wicked world seems foolish. But the word of the Lord is sure; Paul repeated the words ‘rejoice’. There is enough assurance in the word of God to overthrow any bad situation of the world. The promises of God give us confidence to overcome our trials and sorrows of this life. We can’t let the things of the world take away the joy of the Lord in our life. Paul tells us that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Let us rejoice in the Lord, He is faithful and will fulfill all His promises (Hebrews 10:23). Let us keep faith in the word of God and we will be happy no matter what happens on our way with God because we have hope in our God (Romans 12:12). His promises are trustworthy; God will wipe away all tears and give us everlasting joy (Revelation 21:4).
On Sunday Br. Antoine instructed us how important it is to take heed to the word of God. We see that there is hope in the word of God, but only if we observe the word will we be rewarded by the blessings of those words (Jeremiah 7:23). We can’t take the word of God for granted, it took Jesus to come down from heaven, go to the cross to give us what we have now (the word of God); not only the word in itself but also the knowledge of the word. There is a big difference in having the word and having the knowledge of the word. How many people, who claim themselves to be Christians, have the word but can’t understand it? It takes a special grace from God, to open our eyes so we can be able to understand what everybody is carrying, the Bible. We have this example in Acts 8:26-35, the Ethiopian treasurer was a man of great education but it took Philip, a man of God to explain to him what he was reading. So we have to always thank God for giving us this privilege to be in a place where we have a man able to give us the very word of God; this is not given to everybody out there in the world but “unto us it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom” (Matthew 13:11, Matthew 11:25).
Br. Antoine quoted 1 Peter 1:12, to show us this grace of God, that lets us know things that angels are willing to know but only God knows why He revealed them unto us. All the messages are for us, for our salvation, so we have to take heed to these words, be grounded, routed and established in them (I Peter 2:12). We can’t go further in God if we leave behind His word but we have to take it with us, incorporate the Gospel in our daily life. Don’t fool yourself, if we don’t give heed to the word we can lose it (Hebrews 2:1). We saw in Hebrews 6:4-8 how we can crucify Christ (to the cross) again just by not taking care of the word. Let us pray God to never reach a point where we can’t go back to God. Let us keep the word, knowing that it is the most precious gift we can have in this life. Let us live the word, practice it, we learned that the only thing that really matter for God is the action, to live the word.
If we really are doers of the word and not only hearer, we will be able to face the Adversary. We’ve learned that we are in the battle; we have to overcome, the desire of the flesh, the influence of this world, and Satan. We need the armor of God; we saw how Paul instructed us to take the armor of God in Ephesians 6:13-20. We are fighting with the Devil and all his evil spirits so we need today, more than ever before, to take the arsenal of God to overcome this evil for we wrestle against powers and rulers of the darkness of this world (Ephesians 6:12). We need the spiritual armor of God; Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:4 that the weapons off our warfare are not carnal but mighty (see 2 Corinthians 6:7, Romans 3:12).
written by Br. Samuel Damus
We learned last weekend how much more we ought to cherish the word of God. We were reminded of the great price that was paid that we may be able to hear these words of life. The words of God that is so precious are of no benefit to us if we do not use them. They become words of life, to the hearer when they are applied. It is more profitable for those that practice and let the commandments of God govern their lives.
We who “were dead in trespasses and in sin” were given a chance by the preeminent council of God. God showing His everlasting love towards us allowed His Son, Jesus to shed His precious blood on the cross of Calvary, willingly, so that we may have redemption. In His blood we have forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:3-7). Our salvation does not stop there but the blood of Jesus ought to purge our conscience from the works of death (sin) unto works of life (living for God) as Paul said in Hebrews 9: 14. We must not fashion ourselves according to the way we lived our lives before we knew the words of God because we were called to be holy (1 Peter 1: 14-16). The Lord has provided us with a pastor that gives us the words that we must live by (Acts 3:22-24) and His Spirit to work along with the words we hear that we may be guided into all truth (John 16:13). When we practice what is preached we will bear forth the good fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) but just like a ground that is given grain and rain but does accept it will produce nothing profitable and is fit to be damned (Hebrews 6:7,8).
Sitting in the church and hearing the words of God does not make you a child of God but your obedience to His words does. Before coming to the Lord we walked according to the course of this world, the Devil and fulfilling the desires of our flesh and mind but the Lord has enlightened us and called us to walk in the Spirit. He has given us His commandments that we must follow to keep us from the evil we were a slave to. We must be like a soldier being trained the word of God and hold onto the doctrine that we’ve learned. We must always be prepared to live out this “gospel of peace” for this is our tool against our adversaries in this spiritual warfare. There is no down time in war so we must always be on watch, praying fervently for one another (Ephesians 6:11-18). When we sanctify ourselves by practicing His words we are being preserved from the evil around us (John 17:15-19); when we knowingly turn our backs from observing the truth we are becoming defenseless against the spirit of this age and eventually will be corrupted for it is hard to turn back to the Lord after being enlightened (Hebrews 6:4-6).
In this spiritual battle there will be temptations and trials but let us remain focus. Let us meditate on the words of God and walk in His ways (Philippians 4:8, 9). We must also consider when we keep the commandments of God He will hear our cry for help (Psalms 34:15) which is only one of the benefits (Psalms 103). Let us not turn from the course that the Lord has, by His mercy, provided for us; for the benefits of keeping His commandments far outweighs what’s in store for those who draw back unto disobedience (Hebrews 10:26-29).