FIVE YEARS ANNIVERSARY

Image may contain: 1 person, standingToday we join His Holiness Sir Darrin as he celebrates 5 years since he was Elevated and Consecrated Patriarch and Chief Apostle to serve the people of God.

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There were many up hills and valleys, but his Character has stood the test of his trials. As Charles Wesley puts it “Fighting within and without since we last assembled”.

Let me take this moment to wish him and his family all the best as he continues in the service of the Lord.

It was my honour to preside over his elevation this date in 2012. I was determined and moved by the Holy Spirit to walk in that vocation at the set time without fear or favour.

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Starlight of Israel Healing School joins with The Mystical Order in America, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Canada, United Kingdom and St. Croix to pray continued blessings on this servant of Almighty God.

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CONGRATULATIONS DR. DARRIN JOHNSON

A NEEDED REMINDER

Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM, ROMC

I have been reading this book entitled Helpful Truth in Past Places written by Mark Deckard, There are a series of principles the author quoted from a lecture he attended and was delivered by one Ferguson.  Although all of these principles are well known to me and established in my heart through many scriptural passages and examples, I found myself thinking how quickly and easily these truths can fade from conscious thought.  And so, to help me reestablish these truths…and hopefully, to also encourage you…here are ten of those principles:

  • God is in control of his universe.
  • God is working out his perfect purposes.
  • God is not my servant.
  • God’s ways are far more mysterious and wonderful than I can understand.
  • God is good–all of the time; I can trust him–all of the time.
  • God’s timetable is not the same as mine.
  • God is far more interested in what I become than in what I do.
  • Freedom from suffering is not part of the promise of the Christian gospel.
  • Suffering is an integral part of the Christian life.
  • God’s purposes, not mine, are what bring him glory.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.  Let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children. 

Let the favour of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands…yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 90:14-17

NOT OF THE EXTRAORDINARY

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside, of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (Exodus 3:1,2).

The vision came in the midst of common toil, and that is where the Lord delights to give His revelations. He seeks a man who is on the ordinary road, and the Divine fire leaps out at his feet. The mystic ladder can rise from the marketplace to Heaven. It can connect the realm of drudgery with the realms of grace.

My Father God, help me to expect Thee on the ordinary road. I do not ask for sensational happenings. Commune with me through ordinary work and duty. Be my Companion when I take the common journey. Let the humble life be transfigured by Thy presence.

Some Christians think they must be always up to mounts of extraordinary joy and revelation; this is not after God’s method. Those spiritual visits to high places and that wonderful intercourse with the unseen world are not in the promises; the daily life of communion is. And it is enough. We shall have the exceptional revelation if it is right for us.

There were but three disciples allowed to see the transfiguration, and those three entered the gloom of Gethsemane. No one can stay on the amount of privilege. There are duties in the valley. Christ found His life-work, not in the glory, but in the valley and was there truly and fully the Messiah. The value of the vision and glory is but their gift of fitness for work and endurance.

ARE YOU READY TO MOVE?

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor.5:1).

      The owner of the tenement which I have occupied for many years has posted “For Sale” notice that he will sell and little or nothing will be done to improve the living conditions. I am advised to be ready to move. Where am I going? I am not sure but I am packing whatever earthly possession I have that has kept me comfortable in this life for the next location.

At first, this was not a very welcome notice. The surroundings here are in many respects very pleasant and were it not for the evidence of decay, I should consider the house good enough. But the neighbourhood is getting saturated, and all the signs are saying time is up. So I am getting ready to move.

It is strange how quickly one’s interest is transferred to the prospective home. I am in touch with my daughter and progress on my new home is coming along.  I am in touch daily with progress and the investments in the country; It is a matter of time and hopes that I will eventually make my move and a place for my transition to my heavenly home. This world will soon, no longer be my home because I am only passing through. There awaits a better place in store for me. Such beautiful words I will one day hear “Come, my son, enjoy the pleasures of your Father which was prepared for you from the foundation of the world”. Hallelujah

There is no foundation here for me, I enjoyed every day being here and have wished myself among the company of those who were singing praises to the King on the other side. I wondered if those singing are in this part of the world or on the other side.  Many of my friends are moving back to their homeland and there are many who expressed interest to visit. Before leaving they spoke of my coming later. I have seen the smile on their faces as they passed out of sight. Often I am asked why not buy a house and settle down, but my answer in every case is, “I am getting ready to move.”

The words often on Jesus’ lips in His last days express vividly the idea, “going to the Father.” We, too, who are Christ’s people, have a vision of something beyond the difficulties and disappointments of this life. We are journeying towards fulfillment, completion, expansion of life. We, too, are “going to the Father.” Much is dim concerning our home-country, but two things are clear. It is home, “the Father’s House.” It is the nearer presence of the Lord. We are all wayfarers, but the believer knows it and accepts it. He is a traveller, not a settler.

Brethren, this may be the place most people want because of the notion that it is the greatest nation on earth. I will encourage you to make sure your anchor holds within the vale. This is not an ordinary time we are living in, this is preparation time or in other words “Homegoing time”. Hallelujah. so let me close with the words of this well known song:

1 My times are in thy hand;
my God, I wish them there;
my life, my friends, my soul, I leave
entirely to thy care.

2 My times are in thy hand,
whatever they may be;
pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
as best may seem to thee.

3 My times are in thy hand;
why should I doubt or fear?
My Father’s hand will never cause
his child a needless tear.

4 My times are in thy hand,
Jesus the Crucified;
those hands my cruel sins had pierced
are now my guard and guide.

GENTLE LEADING

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“I will lead on softly, according to as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure” (Genesis 33:14).

What a beautiful picture of Jacob’s thoughtfulness for the cattle and the children! He would not allow them to be overdriven even for one day. He would not lead on according to what a strong man like Esau could do and expected them to do, but only according to what they were able to endure. He knew exactly how far they could go in a day, and he made that his only consideration in arranging the marches. He had gone the same wilderness journey years before, and knew all about its roughness and heat and length, by personal experience. And so he said, “I will lead on softly.” “For ye have not passed this way heretofore” (Joshua 3:4.).

We have not passed this way heretofore, but the Lord Jesus has. It is all untrodden and unknown ground to us, but He knows it all by personal experience. The steep bits that take away our breath, the stony bits that make our feet ache so, the hot shadeless stretches that make us feel so exhausted, the rushing rivers that we have to pass through–Jesus has gone through it all before us. “He was wearied with his journey.” Not some, but all the many glasses of water went over Him and yet did not quench His love. He was made a perfect Leader by the things which He suffered. “He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Think of that when you are tempted to question the gentleness of His leading. He is remembering all the time, and not one step will He make you take beyond what your foot is able to endure. Never mind if you think it will not be able for the step that seems to come next; either He will so strengthen it that it shall be able, or He will call a sudden halt, and you shall not have to take it at all.

In “pastures green”? Not always; sometimes He Who knowest best, in kindness leadeth me In weary ways, where heavy shadows are. So, whether on the hill-tops high and fair I dwell, or in the sunless valleys, where The shadows lie, what matter? He is there. Are you there with Him?

THE GIFT OF GOD’S LOVE

And the children of Joseph took their inheritance. Joshua 16:4

What a wonderful wealth of blessing these children of Joseph came into! There were the precious things of heaven, the dew, and the deep that couched beneath; the precious fruits of the sun and of the growth of the moons; the metals of the ancient mountains and the everlasting hills; the precious things of the earth, and the fullness thereof; and, above all, the goodwill of Him that dwelt in the bush (Deuteronomy 33:13-16). Surely they were blessed with all manner of blessings – more than they had asked or thought! The rich gifts of God’s grace! An inheritance which could not have been won by their prowess or arms, but was the free gift of God’s love – to be taken and enjoyed!

These things happened to them as types; the spiritual counterparts of all are ours in Christ. He is precious – nay, priceless: His promises are exceeding great and precious. The blood by which we were redeemed is precious, has meanings not yet explored; the very trial of our faith is precious as the gold taken from the everlasting hills. How much preciousness there is for us who believe! (1Peter 2:7). But we are poor, and wretched, and miserable, and blind, and naked because we have not taken our inheritance.

We need to do more than asking for it. He that asketh should not rest satisfied till he receiveth. We must take by a faith which claims, appropriates, employs. Open your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ, that He may cause you to receive and enjoy all His precious gifts. In Christ all things are yours: go in and possess; take your inheritance; believe that you do receive; thank Him, and go on your way rejoicing.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

HE REFINES THE BRETHREN

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).

They were living to themselves; self with its hopes, and promises and dreams, still had hold of them; but the Lord began to fulfill their prayers. They had asked for contrition, and had surrendered for it to be given them at any cost, and He sent them sorrow; they had asked for purity, and He sent them thrilling anguish; they had asked to be meek, and He had broken their hearts; they had asked to be dead to the world, and He slew all their living hopes; they had asked to be made like unto Him, and He placed them in the furnace, sitting by “as a refiner and purifier of silver,” until they should reflect His image; they had asked to lay hold of His cross, and when He had reached it to them it lacerated their hands.

They had asked they knew not what, nor how, but He had taken them at their word, and granted them all their petitions. They were hardly willing to follow Him so far or to draw so nigh to Him. They had upon them an awe and fear, as Jacob at Bethel, or Eliphaz in the night visions, or as the apostles when they thought that they had seen a spirit, and knew not that it was Jesus. They could almost pray Him to depart from them or to hide His awfulness. They found it easier to obey than to suffer, to do than to give up, to bear the cross than to hang upon it. But they cannot go back, for they have come too near the unseen cross, and its virtues have pierced too deeply within them. He is fulfilling to them His promise, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).

But now, at last, their turn has come. Before, they had only heard of the mystery, but now they feel it. He has fastened on them His look of love, as He did on Mary and Peter, and they can but choose to follow.

Little by little, from time to time, by flitting gleams, the mystery of His cross shines out upon them. They behold Him lifted up, they gaze on the glory which rays from the wounds of His holy passion; and as they gaze they advance, and are changed into His likeness, and His Name shines out through them, for He dwells in them. They live alone with Him above, in unspeakable fellowship; willing to lack what others own (and what they might have had), and to be unlike all, so that they are only like Him.

Such, are they of all ages, “who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.”

Had they chosen for themselves, or their friends chose for them, they would have chosen otherwise. They would have been brighter here, but less glorious in His Kingdom. They would have had Lot’s portion, not Abraham’s. If they had halted anywhere–if God had taken from His hand and let them stray back–what would they not have lost? What forfeits in the resurrection? But He stayed them up, even against themselves. Many a time their foot had well nigh slipped, but He in mercy held them up. Now, even in this life, they know that all He did was done well. It was good to suffer here, that they might reign hereafter; to bear the cross below, for they shall wear the crown above; and that not their will but His was done on them and in them.

Father graciously hear us as we make our petitions to You. If, ever there was a time that we need You the answer is now. So Lord Jesus with Your will before us, help us to accept and walk in faith until we receive the promise. Lord had it not been for all your promise, mercy and grace, we would be lost. Thank You, Father, for hearing us in this the third hour of the night watch and grant unto us the desires of our hearts. May Almighty God grant us peace in the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen

MY FIRST ANNIVERSARY

I want to thank God for this day commemoration the first anniversary of my elevation to the high esteem Office of Divisional Patriarch of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc.

Let me thank our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Dr. Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson for bestowing this title on me and for expressing his confidence in me to execute the duties of the office. During that office, I was also honoured to receive the DEGREE of the Royal Order of The Mystical Court. In the picture, you will see the Patriarch and me in the regalia.

After my elevation, I had the privilege of honouring Archbishop Dr. Martina Adonis in conferring the DEGREE of the Royal Order of The Mystical Court. Dr. Adonis assisted in my elevation and we will be forever grateful for her support.

Today the Lord continue to lead and bless and to all who witnessed the elevation, I am grateful and you will forever be in my heart. Thanks to Archbishop Leslie Warner form Toronto for his role and ministering the word of God on that day.

Thank you, Jehovah in Emmanuel Spiritual Baptist Church

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

YOU HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Timothy 4:6, 7).

As soldiers show their scars and talk of battles when they come at last to spend their old age in the country at home, so shall we in the dear land to which we are hastening, speak of the goodness and faithfulness of God who brought us through all the trials of the way. I would not like to stand in the white-robed host and hear it said, “These are they that came out of great tribulation, all except one.”

Would you like to be there and see yourself pointed at as the one saint who never knew a sorrow? Oh, no! for you would be an alien in the midst of the sacred brotherhood. We will be content to share the battle, for we shall soon wear the crown and wave the palm.

“Where were you wounded?” asked the surgeon of a soldier at Lookout Mountain. “Almost at the top,” he answered. He forgot even his gaping wound–he only remembered that he had won the heights. So let us go forth to higher endeavors for Christ and never rest till we can shout from the very top, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Today we have a soldier who can shout from the mountaintop and show the scars obtained in battle. Oh, brethren, a pilgrim on the road from St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the mission started and ended on Enterprise main road in Barbados. Queen Mother Bibby ran the race and has kept the faith. Today, as her body is laid to rest many, will ponder where has her death left us. There was no better way for Paul to put is “To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord”. (2 Corinthians 5:8) “For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a nightbut joy comes in the morning”. (Psalm 30:5)

“Finish thy work, then rest,
Till then rest never;
The rest for thee by God
Is rest forever.”

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees
or diplomas but for scars.”

Of an old hero the minstrel sang–

“With his Yemen sword for aid;
Ornament it carried none,
But the notches on the blade.”

What nobler decoration of honour can any godly man or woman sought after than his/her scars of service, his/her losses for the crown, his/her reproaches for Christ’s sake, his/her being worn out in his/her Master’s service.

Our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Darrel, Clergy and members of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel extend our deepest sympathy to the family and all that mourn her loss.

SLEEP ON AND TAKE YOUR REST MOTHER