NEVER ALONE

” ‘For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, “Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.” ‘ ” —Acts 27:23-24

Time and time again God reminded Paul of His presence, no doubt when he needed it the most. God knows what we need, and He knows when we need it. He knew when Paul could use that extra assurance. When he was in that prison cell in Jerusalem, the Lord appeared to him and told him to be courageous (Acts 23:11). Then from prison in Rome, he wrote to Timothy, “But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength . . .” (2 Timothy 4:16). In some special way, God reassured Paul of His presence. Acts 27 tells us that the Lord sent an angel to reassure him.

You can take heart in the face of danger or uncertainty because of your awareness of God’s presence with you. When your heart sinks, when it seems as though your life falling apart, you must remember the Lord is there with you. You are not alone. No, there are not always easy answers. But we can be sure of this: He will be with us through the storm.

God was standing by Paul’s side, and God is with us in our storms as well. He may not necessarily send an angel. We may not necessarily hear an audible voice. But if we pay attention, we can hear the still, small voice of God. And certainly, He will speak to us through His Word. Then we, like Paul, can reassure others that the Lord is in control. Oh brethren do you hear that voice saying, “I will be with you to the end”?

Your brother,
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
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WHEN GOD SEEMS IN THE DISTANCE

“John the Baptist, who was now in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, ‘Are you really the Messiah we’ve been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else?’ ” —Matthew 11:2-3

Have you ever had something happen in your life that caused you to say, “Where is God?” None less than the greatest prophet who ever lived, John the Baptist, faced this struggle.

John had put it all on the line for Jesus Christ. He had baptized Him in the Jordan River. He pointed his own disciples to Jesus, whom he believed was the Messiah. John had clearly pledged his complete loyalty to Jesus. Yet a strange series of events took place after that. One moment, he was out preaching to the multitudes and baptizing people. The next moment, he was in prison. The great John the Baptist began to entertain some doubt. So he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you really the Messiah we’ve been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

Jesus’ disciples and John commonly believed that Jesus would establish His kingdom then and there. But they failed to recognize that before Christ would establish His kingdom, He would first come to suffer and die for the sins of humanity. John misunderstood the prophesies of Scripture, and therefore felt that Jesus was not doing what He was supposed to do.

Sometimes we, too, misunderstand God and His Word when He doesn’t do what we think He should do or when He doesn’t work as quickly as we would like Him to. But even when we cannot understand God’s ways, His methods, or His timing, He still asks us to trust Him. And He is trustworthy.

Your brother,
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
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SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP (RE-POSTED)

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The peace of the Lord be always with you and with your spirit. My beloved brethren in the Lord in in the power of His might Grace and peace be unto you. We are in a time that we need to hear for God in Heaven as to where we are going and how we are standing in these last and final days. I want to address the question of leadership this morning and I pray that you will receive the word from the Lord.

What is really needed from leaders today? Our world is crying out for better leadership in all spheres of life–government, church, schools, NGOs, you name it. What is really needed, though? Do our existing leaders lack knowledge? wisdom? sophistication? skills? diplomacy? humility? courage? faith?

I think no, but they do lack God in their lives. You can have all the experiences of this world and control but without God you are nothing. Remember you can only do what our Heavenly Father allows you to do.

There’s obviously not one answer that fits every leader and every situation, and the list of how any individual leader could grow may be endless, because there is always room for more personal and professional growth for any of us. But something fundamental needs to change that applies to every leader–for the sake of the Church, our society, and our world. It’s not as if it is totally absent by any means, but more of it is needed as a top priority for leaders going forward.

What’s needed is at its core spiritual—spiritual renewal, spiritual vitality, spiritual growth, and spiritual leadership. I’m talking about truly understanding who we are, why we are alive in this world at all, what it means to be a leader, and how we can best fulfill our purpose in life.

What I am feeling in my spirit is that anointing pulling us to that place in the wilderness where Samuel went to anoint David king over Israel. If you can feel the tug in your life this morning you may be on the right tract to the place where God wants to take you.

The more leaders see themselves as precious children of God, created to experience the love of God deeply and personally and to live out their calling in love, the more leaders will be able to function powerfully and effectively from a deeply spiritual base. The basic image is one of a deep well, filled with clean, refreshing water that flows freely to all those who tap into its source. The more leaders become deep spiritual wells, the more they will be capable of meeting the incredible challenges in today’s world and of leading others to greater depth, wholeness, and fruitfulness.

A leader must be careful not to inject his ideas in place of God’s word.

When I say “experience the love of God personally and deeply,” I mean having a sense of being embraced by God in life-changing and loving ways. For some the experience may come as a gentle calling of their name; for others, there will be an overwhelming conviction that they must bend their knee to their Creator.

Some are called to the wilderness or in the upper room or even the inner court for a closer walk with God.

In the dynamic relationship that is formed, there is acceptance, forgiveness, submission, and cooperation. There is release, joy, lightness of being, and love. There is transformation. There is life.

When I say “live out their calling in love,” I mean leaders will see all that they do as an opportunity to bring God’s love to bear on their sphere of influence. There will be justice, compassion, mercy, and intelligent systems that serve the people well. There will be courage, strength, and a fierce opposition to any force that seeks to undermine the good of the people. Leaders will value life, preserve life, and promote the fullest expression of life.

I warn you though as leaders not to be too critical of your peers and be careful of the seeds you sow. You may not like the fruits derived from those seeds. You may not know that your time is planted in God’s hands and He can cut down the tree before it starts to bear fruits. You are a leader and not a division of people. God will do the separation in His time. Therefore, let them grow until the harvest.

What we need, then, are leaders who see themselves first and foremost as spiritual leaders. They value their relationship with God above all else, and then see their vocation as an outgrowth of their spiritual life. More, they both consciously and subconsciously draw on God as the wellspring for their entire life.

Leaders today need many skills, abilities and resources to lead effectively. But the most important ingredient for those called to lead is spiritual depth and vitality, with an ability to let the Holy Spirit work through them in their leadership role.

This is not a “copycat” affair. You have to get into the depth of His divine favour for you life and and your role in leadership. To often we blame others for our failures in life because we fail the people and God. It happens simple because we copy our role as another person. The life I live today is not the life God wants you to live. Therefore, get into your lane and seek the Lord and pray until you hear from Heaven.
I will always be your brother and in love be your servant. Peace be unto you.

Your servant and brother,
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COPING WITH DISCOURAGEMENT

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” —Psalm 42:11

It is not unusual for even the most spiritual people to have their days of doubt. Moses, on one occasion at least, was overwhelmed by his circumstances. After he had listened to the constant complaining of the children of Israel, he basically told the Lord, “I’m fed up. Just kill me. I don’t want to deal with this another day.”

Elijah, after his contest with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, heard that Jezebel had put a contract out on his life. He was so overwhelmed by his circumstances, so discouraged, so uncertain, and so filled with doubt that he said to God, “Take my life.”

Even the great apostle Paul had moments when he was discouraged. He wrote to the church at Corinth, “We were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8).

Jeremiah, the great prophet, faced it as well. He was ridiculed and harassed for giving out the Word of God. Because he was tired of the pressure he was facing, it made him want to stop giving out God’s Word altogether. He said, “The word of the Lord was made to me a reproach and a derision daily. Then I said, ‘I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name’ ” (Jeremiah 20:8–9).

You are not the only one who has ever faced doubt or uncertainty or has been perplexed as to why God did not work in a certain way. We may be in the midst of God’s working and can’t see the big picture as He can. Yet I will say like David I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread Psalm 37:25

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Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
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EXPOSITION OF PSALM 62:3

Psalms 62:3

How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? – The original word here rendered “imagine mischief,” occurs only in this place. It means, according to Gesenius (Lexicon), to break in upon; to set upon; to assail: “How long will ye break in upon a man?” that is, set upon him. It does not refer to their merely forming purposes of mischief against a man, but to their making assaults upon him; to their endeavoring to take his life or to destroy him. The address here is to the enemies of David, and the language would apply well to the attempts made upon his life by Absalom and his followers. The question here is, “how long” they would continue to do this; how long they would show this determined purpose to take his life; whether they would never cease thus to persecute him. They had already done it long; they had showed great perseverance in this course of wickedness; and he asks whether it would never come to an end? Who these persons were he does not intimate; but there can be no great danger of mistake in referring the description to Absalom and his adherents.

Ye shall be slain all of you – Will ye murder (that is, seek to murder him) all of you (combined against a single person, who is consequently) like wall inclined (or bent by violence), fence (or hedge) crushed (broken down). There are those who gave a different interpretation. But this passage gives it an active signification, meaning that his enemies pressed upon him, like a wall that was bent by violence, or a fence that was likely to fall on one. The original word rendered “ye shall be slain,”  is in the active form, and cannot without violence be rendered in the passive, as it is in our translation. But the active form may still be retained, and a consistent meaning be given to the whole passage without the forced meaning put on it in the rendering as Dr. Williams. It is not natural to speak of enemies as so coming on a man as to make him like a falling wall, or a tottering fence. The evident idea is, that they themselves would be as a falling wall; that is, that they would be defeated or disappointed in their purpose, as a wall that has no solid foundation tumbles to the ground. The meaning of the original may be thus expressed: “How long will ye assail a man, that ye may put him to death? All of you shall be as a bowing wall,” etc. That is, You will not accomplish your design; you will fail in your enterprise, as a wall without strength falls to the ground.

As a bowing wall – A wall that bows out, or swells out; a wall that may fall at any moment. Isaiah 30:13.

And as a tottering fence – A fence that is ready to fall; that has no firmness. So it would be with them. Their purposes would suddenly give way, as a fence does when the posts are rotted off, and when there is nothing to support it.

May the grace of God be with us.
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YOUR CHOICE

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”—Acts 9:17

After hearing the voice of Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul (later to become Paul) was left blind. He was led to the home of a man named Judas in Damascus, and he had no idea what would happen next.

Enter an unsung hero named Ananias. God appeared to him in a vision and said, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight” (Acts 9:11–12).

But Ananias said, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem . . .” (verse 13).

I can understand the reticence on Ananias’ part. The idea of Saul’s becoming a Christian would not even be believable or plausible.

Yet God was unmoved by Ananias’ protest. He said, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel” (verse 15).

So Ananias obeyed, and Saul received his sight. Everything happened just as God said it would.

Sometimes God will ask us to do something we may be reluctant to do. But we have a choice in the matter. We don’t have to obey God. When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach to them, he went—in the opposite direction. And eventually Jonah ended up doing what God wanted him to do.

So you can be a Jonah, or you can be an Ananias. You can say yes, or you can say no.

Man has his will, but God will always have His way.

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Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
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FINISHING WHAT I STARTED

The moment you believed in Jesus Christ, the spiritual race began for you. Some of you are just beginning, and others have been running for quite a while.

My parents have already finished their race, and their son is still running. And as I get older, I think about finishing this race more than ever. You know why? Here is the answer, I started this race on May 28, 1974. I was baptized by Pastor Anthony Rogers from Trinidad and (43 years later) there is nothing to stop me moving to the finish line. I have been in this race longer than many I came to know. Am I going to give up now because someone threw a stone at me. No sir, that is cause to steer the course to yonder shining light. Pettie issues will not hinder me making the next mile. As I head to the finish line I pray that my steps left on the sands of time will give meaning to this journey.

In his final words to the leaders of the church of Ephesus, the apostle Paul wrote, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

Not everyone is finishing well

I know of some who have not finished their race with joy. People who seemed strong in the faith when I first believed, but who “crashed and burned” in the race of life. They have gotten off track or, in some cases, even self-destructed.

We see this in the Bible as well.

The charismatic leader

King Saul comes to mind. He would have been a good politician: tall, handsome, charismatic, and, I might add, anointed by God to be the king. Prophesying with the prophets, he had incredible potential.

Everything was going Saul’s way, and if he had just obeyed God, it would have been great. But he disobeyed God repeatedly and allowed pride, and eventually paranoia and jealousy, to consume him. This led to a series of sins, causing God to reject him.

The once-great King Saul met a tragic end at the battlefield having, in his own words, “played the fool and erring exceedingly” (1 Samuel 26:21 NKJV).

In the end, he really had no one to blame but himself. He started his race well, but his finish was a disaster.

The “He-Man” with the “She-Weakness”

Or, we think of the mighty Samson, supernaturally blessed with super-human strength and able to vanquish his enemies with relative ease.

But like all people, Samson had his vulnerabilities. He was a “He-Man” with a “She-Weakness.” A series of compromises took place in his life, starting with marrying a non-believer and ending up with a prostitute that took him down “Hooker, line, and sinker.” It culminated in a one-way trip to Delilah’s Barber Shop.

He too did not finish his race well.

Strong runners

I could go on with the stories of men who did not finish the race of life well. But Paul wanted to be of the company of those who “finished their race with joy,” joining the ranks of those who finished in God’s “Winners’ Circle.”

Men like Caleb, whose incredible story is found in Joshua 14. Or Daniel, who wouldn’t compromise, even in his 80s.

Let’s commit ourselves to finish what we have begun, remembering this: the race of life is not a quick sprint, but a long distance run.

So run well!

Your brother,
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
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THE MAN THAT FORGOT GOD

“This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” —Luke 12:20

Here is the story of a man whose date with death came unexpectedly. He wasn’t prepared. He was the man who forgot God.

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘ But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16–20)

There are many commendable things about this man. He apparently was a hard working farmer. Jesus does not criticize his success. This man got up early. He spent time watching his crops. He worked hard. And he made a good living. His mistake was not success.

His mistake was that he failed to plan ahead. He had all his bases covered but the most important one of all: he had not considered eternity. He had forgotten God. And he died a fool because he died unprepared. It’s important to know that heaven is a prepared place for prepared people.

Are you prepared?

Your brother,
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
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