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 30 & 31, 2010 in the Westbury assembly.
written by Br. Samuel Damus
Peter said that there are those who choose to be ignorant of the fact that the Lord is in control and that His promises are certain. They say, “Jesus promised to come back, did He? Then where is He? Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly the same since the world was first created [-Living Bible].” This type of reasoning is to justify their actions that they may continue to walk in their own ways (2 Peter 3:3-7). But Jesus will return (Matthew 24:37) and He will come for those that are prepared. “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching” (Luke 12:37).
There is a preparation that is to take place while we wait for our Lord. Sin has corrupted us and made us filthy before the Lord but Jesus shed His precious blood on the cross that we might be cleansed from our sins and work to keep ourselves clean. If by His blood we are cleansed from our sins then by His words we are kept clean. Part of our preparation is to remain spotless (Ephesians 5:25-27). Jesus said by His words we are cleansed (John 15:3) but the hearing of His words do not keep us clean but it’s the practice of His words that does (James 1:21-25, Psalm 119:9). The Lord has placed His servants to help us to get ready for that faithful day (Ephesians 4:11-13); men that He holds accountable to give us His words (Ezekiel 33:8), men who know that they are accountable to God (Hebrews 13:17).
Paul was one of those men who took the work of the Lord seriously. In his letter to the church of Corinth he had to be stern to get his point across. He did this not to show that he had authority but that those that read his words would turn from their wrong doing (2 Corinthians 13:7-10). Paul said, “Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter” (2 Corinthians 7:9-11). Our preparation is essential for our Lord is coming back for His people.
The time of our Lord’s return is not known by anyone but the Father (Matthew 24:36). We may hear many people who say they know exactly when He is to come but don’t be fooled. What is important is that He will return and our job is to be ready “for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:40). “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them” (Luke 12:35-37).
written by Sr. Kechna Michel
Once again we had a wonderful weekend in the Lord’s house. We gathered together to give our Lord the praise and glory He deserves. On Saturday, Br. Antoine started the service with a statement; He said, “we are living in a time of prophesy and only those who are in Christ will stand”. He also said how we need to take church seriously in our lives. What can be more important in this life than God? God is our hope. That’s the reason why we need to stay in church and listen to God’s words; not only listen but meditate on them, practice them, live our lives by them. It is these words that are going to lead us in the right way. The word of God is the key to everything. As the man of God always tells us, this world and everything that is in it will lose its value and will vanish away but the word of God will last forever.
On Sunday, the word of God continued telling us how we have to fight against the evil spirits that are around us. The evil spirit is everywhere we go, but we as Christians have to be on alert concerning those spirits. As the scripture says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. We need the word of God in our lives. It is with these words that we are made strong spiritually and physically. Without the word of God in our lives there is no way we can defeat the evil spirits. The man of God gave us the definition of Christian; a Christian is one that is serving God truly and faithfully, one that is doing His will and following His commands with no question or doubt, one that is committed and one that is willing to suffer at no cost for the Lord. Being a Christian is not easy at all; it’s a lot of work and suffering but it really pays at the end. The gift that is waiting for us is much greater than a little sacrifice to serve our Lord. The word continued telling us how God gives us plenty of time to repent ourselves. Every day, every hour, every second is an opportunity God gives us to repent and serve Him (faithfully). God gives thieves a chance to repent; He gives the voodoo priest a chance to repent. He gives everyone a chance to repent themselves. We shouldn’t waste any time because we don’t know when our last day is. As the scripture says in Luke 12:40, “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not”. Br. Samuel Philogene always tells us, “let us serve God like it’s our last day, our last hour or our last second of time for we don’t know when our time will end”. Serving God is the only important matter in this world; nothing else is.
Serving God is not an easy task but it is wonderful to serve Him. All the benefits that come from serving God are all that we need. He protects us from many things or anyone who may try to harm us. He forgives us from sins when we repent. He gives us grace when we don’t even deserve it. He gives us wonderful words that will help us to be more like Him. Most of all He gives us hope that one day He will come back for us so we may live eternally with Him but only for those who obey Him, serve Him faithfully and who suffer because of His name. I encourage myself and each and every one to continue to stay in church and listen to the word of God, meditate on them, practice them and live them. The man of God always tells us that we are living in the last days. We have no more time to play or joke around. It’s either you’re serving God or you’re not. I’ve made my decision to serve God with all my might and I always ask the Lord to help me through it all because I know I can’t make it on my own. We all need Him whether you believe it or not. The most important thing is to keep His words in our hearts not in our notebooks or a piece of paper that we might lose tomorrow, but we must keep the word of God in our hearts.
written by Br. Samuel Philogene
“Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment” (Ecclesiastes 9:8).
We, as Christians are waiting for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:7); he that is really waiting for Him makes himself ready for His coming. We have learned that we must prepare ourselves, most of the time we get too comfortable in the church thinking we are ready but this is not so. We must be in constant preparation, our lives must be in daily accord with the word that we are hearing and we can’t afford to stay stagnant by thinking that we have already achieved the goal. Br. Antoine quoted Luke 12:40 where Jesus made it clear for the disciples; He says, “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not”. We all know that we are living in the last days, today is the time to get our lives ready for the return of our Lord. We cannot say that we are waiting for our Master by doing our own little things but we must be doing the will of the Master.
Thru the reading of Luke last weekend, I came to realize that it does not really matter when the Master comes as long as we do what we are suppose to be doing. In verse 43 of Luke 12 we read, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing”. So we must never come to a point where we think we have gotten to the final point; as long as we live there will always be work to be done in our lives, there will always be spots in our spirits to be fixed. Paul was aware of the danger of thinking that we have achieved the race (prematurely), and he warned the Philippian church. Maybe by reading Paul’s letter the saints in Philippi thought that he was already perfect but Paul told them that even though he had achieved a lot he wasn’t ready. There was much more work that had to be done in his life; the humble servant declared, “If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:11-12). We also more than Paul must have the same mindset that until Christ appears we will be working, getting our lives ready for His coming.
There are works that must be done while we are waiting, if we really believe in God, in the return of Jesus the Son, the scriptures teach us to change our lives to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). We all know the parable of the ten virgins; we learned that only those that were ready went with the bridegroom (Matthew 25:10). Br. Antoine always tells us that Jesus will not come back to get anyone that is not ready but now is our time and chance to prepare ourselves. That is why God sent forth His messengers (ministers) to prepare the church (Ephesians 4:11-13), so the church might be pure without blemish (Ephesians 5:27). The ministers are voices crying in the wilderness preparing the land, “make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23). We have now signs showing us the need to get ready, so let us pray, apply the word of God and be awake for the great day of The Lord. It will be joy for the prepared ones but great sorrow for those who never take church seriously.
Let us not fool ourselves like some are doing thinking that the return of Christ is a story. Peter related that in his epistle (2 Peter 3:4) saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”. It is a true saying that not far away Jesus will come back (Acts 1:11) to reward the faithful ones, those that had kept the faith until the end (2 Timothy 4:8).