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GOD STEERS MOVING SHIPS

 ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

 

He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. – 2 Corinthians 5:15

Let me remark that being “led by the Spirit of God” is a remarkable expression. The Bible does not say, “As many as are driven by the Spirit of God.” No, the devil is a driver, and when he enters either into me or into hogs he drives them furiously. 

God turned down David’s offer to build Him a house. David lived in a really nice house himself. Second Samuel calls it a “house of cedar,” an Old Testament way of saying “blingin’.” Meanwhile, God dwelt in a drafty old tent, so David thought he would do a favor for God and upgrade His abode. But God said,

In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word… saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’… I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name… And I will give you rest from all your enemies… Will you build me a house? The Lord declares to you that He will make you a house. – 2 Samuel 7:7-14

God did not need David to build a house for Him. In fact, God was building one for David. God said David’s offer did please Him, however (2 Chronicles 6:8), because it revealed two things about David’s heart — two things that should characterize any believer’s heart: he was filled with a desire to sacrifice for God’s kingdom, and he was completely yielded in surrender to God. These two characteristics embody the posture of “active waiting”. Let’s look at them one at a time.

To our beloved Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Healing School Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England; Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, Queen Abbess Dr. Patricia Hackshaw,  Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

A Desire to Sacrifice

David felt so overwhelmed at what God had done for him that his heart overflowed with a desire to give back to God.

This pleased God, so while God told David he could not build the temple, He did allow him to collect the materials that his son Solomon would use to build the temple. The writer of Chronicles records that David provided “a large amount” of materials, more than could be counted, and “at great pains” to himself (1 Chronicles 22:4, 1 Chronicles 22:14).

A heart that truly understands the Gospel overflows with gratefulness to God. Extravagant grace produces extravagant givers.

David knew he had been nothing when God chose him to be king: a shepherd, the lowliest occupation in Israel, and the “least” of eight sons. Are you a David today? God moved David from the keeper of sheep to the King over Israel.

God gave him everything. And even more than an earthly kingship, God gave him forgiveness of sins and an eternal inheritance in Heaven. David was declared a man after the heart of God’s own heart. So where are we standing today? The years roll on and steals away. 

David’s heart burst with thanksgiving.

Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? – 2 Samuel 7:18

He had to do something. Something big. With all the blessings that God poured out on David, in good times and bad times David was determined to do something for the Lord and something very BIG. So here I am about to pour out my heart and my complaints to God and I want to do a big thing on your behalf.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much you “owe” to God? Where would you be had Jesus not come to earth to save you? He had no obligation to come. What were you when He came for you? You were condemned, having sold yourself to sin. Yet, God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He voluntarily absorbed the sting of your rejection and died in shame upon a cross in your place, going through hell itself for you, just so you could live with Him in indescribable joy forever. When you understand that in your heart, it changes your attitude toward what to do with your life. How could it not? My beloved brothers and sisters of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel the Grace of God will sustain us and all it takes is putting your trust in the Lord and let Him direct our path.

Realizing the love of God for us produces love for God in us. Extravagant generosity compels extravagant response. Are we willing to give of our best to the Lord today. I call on you to lift up the Name of the Lord even in the worst of the circumstances.We are called to give to the Lord and without reservation. You will receive of the Lord pressed down, shaken together and running over. A little of your time to read this email, a little time to pray. You don’t have to make yourself righteous before God in prayer. That is one good reason why we approach the Throne of Grace where only Jesus hears and can answer our prayers. Lord just as I am without one plea.

When we realize how great a debt we owe to God, we become willing servants, eager to be poured out for God and His Kingdom. If we do not feel that way, we might never have truly understood the Gospel. I think a major problem is we do not want to serve but be served. As ministers we hold a very high office but yet servants. We are called to serve the people and not to take advantage of their innocence. Many people are being robbed daily of their inheritance by leaders in the name of service. Hear what the word of God says freely you received and freely you give. I am so happy that the God I know is one of justice and mercy. 

Gifts that please God express a heart of deep gratefulness and passionate worship.

Jesus praised the woman, for example, who poured out the expensive perfume on His feet, not because He needed that perfume — after all, it sweetened the air for only a few minutes, and was wasted in an economic sense — but because it expressed His priceless value to her. Jesus didn’t need the perfume; it was she who needed to wash His feet with her tears and offer her most expensive possession. Jesus would wash her soul with His blood; she needed to declare His worthiness. What would you have done if it were you? You still have moments to share the same sentiments with your time and possessions. God does not need what we have, it our duty to give to Him as He has blessed us and so He can give us more of the things He has in store for us.

God calls us to be generous, not because He has needs, but because He wants us to become generous, as He is. Generosity is not something God wants from us, you see, as much as something He wants for us. He wants us to be consumed with His glory and filled with compassion, just like He is, moving instinctively to a world of need around us.

Toward the end of his life, David wanted again to give something to God — a field on which God would construct the temple. The owner told David he could just have it. But David responded, No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing. (2 Samuel 24:24)

David would not give to God an offering that cost him nothing, because by this point he understood well that his offerings were not about meeting God’s needs, but about expressing God’s worthiness. If the gift had been about meeting God’s needs, then a free field would suffice. But to give God a gift that cost David nothing would not express to God how he felt about Him.

So, is your heart ready to be led?

The first question to ask is this: Have you offered your life to God in grateful sacrifice? When last have you given an offering to the work of the Lord and this ministry? How about your time and experience? Have you ever given a widow’s mite? Then this is your opportunity to show God’s gratefulness and gratitude for your life. That is all He ask of you  in these dark hours. You asked for a job and you got it, Have you given back anything? Whatever your need today just give and see your blessings come down.

God steers moving ships — ships driven by the winds of worship, gratefulness, love to God for what He’s done, and compassion for those He cares about.

Complete Surrender

Not only did David present his life back to God as a grateful sacrifice, he also yielded himself to God in complete surrender. Whatever God would command, David stood ready to obey. So later, when the prophet Nathan told David what God wanted from him, he obeyed with great zeal. His exuberance in obedience became so contagious that he brought all of Israel along with him into his offering 1 Chronicles 22:2-19.

Following Jesus means a full surrender of our wills to God. He will not accept anything short of the fullness He requires. You need to surrender one hundred percent. To whom shall we go, so why are you holding back?

David likely remembered how his predecessor, King Saul, had failed so badly in this. Rather than giving God what he asked, Saul had offered a substitute — although a generous one — in place of surrender. God rebuked Saul with these harsh words, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22

At the end of the day, obedience is what God desires most from us.

The first command Jesus gave for those who follow Him is the complete surrender of our wills. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24.

Deny yourself” means a total surrender of every desire in your heart to God. Every dream, every desire, every ambition. You say “no” to all that you want from life so that you are ready to say “yes” to all that He wants from it. “Take up your cross” means you embrace His agenda in life rather than your own. The cross is the best-known Christian symbol, but for many Christians it has become little more than a sentimental piece of jewelry to hang around their neck. For the first disciples, it was no piece of jewelry. The cross was an instrument of oppression, torture, pain, and death. Crosses struck fear into the hearts of all who beheld them. Yet this is the image Jesus says should characterize the lives of His followers.

To follow Jesus means that you die to any control you maintain over your life. Like a man on a cross, you place yourself under Jesus’ complete domination, with no more dreams of your own. Dead men have no more ambition for their lives.

Have you ever presented your life to God that way — with no conditions, no restrictions?

This Is the Will of God for You

Grateful sacrifice and complete surrender. When Paul summed up in Romans 12:1 what God wants from us, he called for those exact two things:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1

We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God as an act of worship. Notice that we do this in response to something — the mercies of God. The mercies of God in the Gospel, Paul believes, should cause us to be so overwhelmed with gratefulness that we joyfully die to everything we have wanted from life so that we can live to fulfill His desires.

So again, I ask you to consider: Where would you be without Jesus?

Short answer: Lost. Forever. The only way others will hear about the gospel is through us. Others are at exactly the same place that we would be without Jesus. We may not speak the Gospel but we are to be living it daily. Let our lives be the only book that some people read and as Matthew putts it “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good work and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

As I often said, “It wouldn’t matter if Jesus died a thousand times if no one ever heard about it.” It is impossible to understand that and not have your heart rise up to say, “Please, Lord, send me! Use me! I’m ready! Give your command.”

The true Spirit of Jesus serves the mission of the cross. His goal is to make the cross larger in our hearts and to compel us to yield our lives in service to its purpose. The Holy Spirit, you could say, is always leading to the cross or from it, to carry its message of healing to others. Let us go out in peace and save those that are lost and heading the downward path.. This is our time to shine and meet the requirements that God set out in His word. You will always be in my heart and as I close this message Let the Grace of God saturates your hearts and give Him praise.

APOSTOLIC LEADERS ARE BORN NOT MADE

THE ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD 

APOSTOLIC LEADERS ARE BORN NOT MADE

To my Lord Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, His Eminence Sir Eric Alleyne, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England, Clergy, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

You can identify them, train them, guide them, and encourage them, but you can’t create them.
While you can and should encourage every believer to be committed to and engage in mission, we have to be comfortable with the idea that Paul was serious when he wrote that all God’s people have gifts and they are in fact different from one another.
Too many ministries fall into the trap of believing that being Missional is the same as being apostolic and that any person can be developed into an apostolic leader. So they press and push people with leadership gifts into attempting an apostolic leadership role that neither fits them nor ultimately advances the mission. Leaders who are not Apostolic find themselves forced into places where they will face certain failure. Trying to do so will not only harm the individual but also frustrate the purposes of whatever mission you are attempting

How do you avoid this problem?

By developing a ministry that allows a variety of gifts in people to emerge and then particularly identifies the apostolic oriented gifts to be identified and developed.

What does that kind of ministry look like?

It is ministry that recognizes that apostolic gifts that come in every ethnicity and in both genders. Leaders must have eyes to recognize the signs of the apostolic no matter what language or culture is represented.

It is ministry whose leaders are always on the look out for those who demonstrate in their everyday lives characteristics that indicate their apostolic gifts.

You are looking for:

  • Risk takers who are willing to step outside their comfort zones to try a new thing.
  • Men and women who are zealously focused, determined to follow through on their convictions. In work and play they drive forward relentlessly.
  • Folks who are eager to act out their convictions and are often impatient in their desire to see mission advance no matter the barriers.
  • Folks who, if they don’t see your organization moving forward in the way they think it should, will go ahead with what they want to do anyway, perhaps even starting their own organization to advance what they believe to be essential to the gospel.

We have to be very careful since there are some who wants the church to move in their direction and not necessarily the word of God. Many times they will gather the weak members to branch out on their own. Except the Lord build the house they will labour in vain. Their gifts can be big which means they can be unwieldy tools in the hands of the untutored and unpracticed. In their youth, apostolic leaders are prone to make mistakes, sometimes out sized ones that match their gifts. Even though apostolic gifts that are untrained and un-mentored can be a menace to a group and create conflicts that encourage constant uproar, ministry that develops apostolic leaders must allow its members to make mistakes. It is not only the price you pay to allow such gifts to emerge but it is also the way for these folks to learn. But we mustn’t allow the mistakes to be repeated until they result in real damage. We must help them both correct and redeem those mistakes so that a greater work can emerge. Leaders have to be willing to stand for, with, and sometimes in front of apostolic leaders so that they are not only trained but also cared for in sometimes rough and wild public domain.

It’s important to remember that Apostolic leaders can be abused by their experiences in the world and by others who, overwhelmed by their personalities, believe the only way to exercise control over them is to be heavy handed and sometimes mean. Apostolic leaders need to be mentored by others who encourage and guide their gifts and honestly care and believe in what they are about.

Those of us who lead movements in the Gospel need to develop environments that allow apostolic gifts to both emerge and grow. If we are attentive, we will be blessed by seeing apostolic leaders have kingdom impact and break through barriers in ways we never believed possible. Give the youth the opportunity to advance and in that way you will cement then into open doors. Let us as Leaders put aside all differences and look for values in our youths and encourage them to move ahead. A youth ministry may be the way forward. NOT SO FAST, we are going to pray about this and ask God to lead kindly light.

To God our father be all the honours and the glory and for keeping us under the shadows of Thy wings. God grant us the understanding to move to the next level. If ever there was a time that we need Thee is in these dark hours. The world is truly falling apart and I pray for all the help and strength that is possible to take us beyond the reach of our mortal sense of reasoning. May peace reigns in the hearts of your servants and children. Amen

WHAT IS TRUE CONSECRATION

ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

 

I take a different approach from today to reach the few people that delve into the emails daily. Let me take this opportunity to thank all who faithfully read and send me a comment. I am glad that the Lord is using this vessel to minister and witness to your hearts.

This morning I greet you my brothers and sisters with the “Peace of God which passeth all understanding”. I will make this message three parts so I will not bore you as you read. However, I will see you tomorrow to continue where we left off.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” –Romans 12:1

We have seen that the only acceptable ground of consecration is the ground of resurrection, and that God will reject any consecration of our old and natural man, however sincere and well-intended, to Him. To consecrate our natural man without passing through the death and resurrection of Christ is tantamount to Cain offering to God the produce of the ground, which was rejected by God. To be truly consecrated to Jesus Christ is the most difficult commitment for Christians to make, partly due to the fact that they are still unwilling to give up their self-life in full surrender to Christ and His will. Instead, many are consecrated to their profession, their families, to serving others, their culture, or even charity; yet they would turn a deaf ear to the subject of being fully consecrated to the Lord Jesus Christ. Certainly, to live a consecrated life for Christ does not preclude our attending to some of these good deeds, such as taking care of our family and the needy ones; however, the question is, does the Lord Jesus Christ have the preeminent position in your life? Is He at the very top of your priority or is He lower in priority than yourself, your family and friends?

My brothers and sisters, many Christians ignore the fact that to live a fully consecrated life for Christ is the normal Christian life; rather they consider it to be a life merely for the few faithful and the fanatics for Christ. Our Lord is dethroned more deliberately by Christians and even some Christian workers than by the world. They treat God as if He is a machine designed only to bless us, and Jesus as a miracle worker to bring abundance to our lives. Yes, the Lord Jesus did say that He came to bring us an abundant life (John 10:10); however, He is not referring to a materially abundant life (else all of the Lord’s disciples would be deliriously wealthy, but they were not), but an abundant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11).

The goal of consecration is not that we will work for God, but that He will be free to do His work in and through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son – for His glory.

Consecration is most assuredly not for selfish gain. If it sinks into that, it ceases to be consecration, because as we have seen: true consecration only issues out of our dying to our self and living in newness of life in Christ. Being consecrated, we will cease to live our lives for our own happiness and pleasure. Rather our true aim in life, if the love of Christ constrains us, will be “not I, but Christ” (Galatians 2:20). Not for “me” at all, but all “for Christ”; not to secure my safety, but to secure His glory; not for my comfort, but for His joy; not for the fulfillment of my dreams, but for the fulfillment of His grand purpose!

If we truly and fully surrender ourselves into His hands, He will search and probe fully and firmly, though tenderly. Painfully as it may be at times, but only that He may accomplish the very thing we want – to cleanse our vessel and fill us with the real treasure of Himself, so that we may walk in real newness of life and live life abundantly. Yet if we refuse to give ourselves unreservedly into His hands, it is useless to be talking about being consecrated to Him. The heart that is not entrusted to Him for cleansing and transforming will not be undertaken by Him to be made His abode. The life that fears to come to the light lest any deed should be reproved, can never know the blessedness of fellowship and the privileges of walking in the light with the Lord, even as He is in the Light (1 John 1:7).

As he walks in the light, a consecrated person will see with spiritual insight that God sovereignty controls his circumstances. Oftentimes, we take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not completely believing it. We act as if the things that happen were really controlled by people. To live a consecrated life in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith—the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring the realization of our unfaithfulness to Him for not recognizing that He had ordained the situation. We never saw what He was trying to accomplish, and that exact event will never be repeated in our life. This is where the test of our consecration comes. If we learn to worship God accept His will even during the difficult circumstances, we will enable Him to work out His good pleasure in and through us.

Consecration may be the act of a moment, but it is the work of a lifetime. It must be complete to be real, and yet, if real, it is always incomplete; a point of rest, and yet a perpetual progression. We give our lives over to God definitely and completely. But then begins the practical development of consecration. Here He leads on gradually, according as each of us, His children is able to endure. I do not suppose anyone sees all that it involves at the outset. Little by little the Master shows how much more our lives may be made to conform to His eternal purpose. It will seem as if there is always more and more to be done by the very fact that He is constantly showing us something more to be dealt with or surrendered in our lives in order to to prove that we are truly His and His alone.

As we wholly give Him our lives – no matter how poor, puny, and useless they may be – then He can make our wilderness like Eden, and our desert like the garden of the Lord. When we yield to the Lord for Him to work on us, the day will come when our Lord may find His good pleasure in us: “My beloved is gone down into His garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies” (Song of Solomon 6:2).

A coworker of mine said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Your servant and brother,
+  Godfrey Gregg DD
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head                                                                                      Vice Grand Commanding Officer of The Mystical Court

THE PREACHER’S CRY

 ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

To my lord Patriarch and Chief Apostle, and Bishop of Starlight of Israel, Crowned Queen Abbess Hon. Dr Jacinta Albert-Patrick, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England; brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

“That the true apostolic preacher must have the prayers of others – good people to give to his ministry its full quota of success, Paul is a preeminent example. He asks, he covets, he pleads in an impassionate way for the help of all God’s saints. He knew that in the spiritual realm as elsewhere, in union there is strength; that the consecration and aggregation of faith, desire, and prayer increased the volume of spiritual force until it became overwhelming and irresistible in its power. Units of prayer combined, like drops of water, make an ocean that defies resistance.”

How far does praying for the preacher help preaching? It helps him personally and officially. It helps him to maintain a righteous life, it helps him in preparing his message, and it helps the Word preached by him to run to its appointed goal, unhindered and unhampered. A praying church creates a spiritual atmosphere most favourable to preaching. What preacher knowing anything of the real work of preaching doubts the veracity of this statement? The spirit of prayer in a congregation begets an atmosphere surcharged with the Spirit of the Highest, removes obstacles and gives the Word of the Lord right of way. The very attitude of such a congregation constitutes an environment most encouraging and favourable to preaching. It renders preaching an easy task; it enables the Word to run quickly and without friction, helped on by the warmth of souls engaged in prayer.

Men in the congregation given to praying for the preacher, are like the poles which hold up the wires along which the electric current runs. They are not the power, neither are they the specific agents in making the Word of the Lord effective. But they hold up the wires, along which the divine power runs to the hearts of men. They give liberty to the preacher, exemption from being straitened, and keep him from ” getting in the brush.” They make conditions favourable for the preaching of the Gospel. Preachers, not a few, who know God, have had large experience and are aware of the truth of these statements. Yet how hard have they found it to preach in some places. This was because they had no “door of utterance,” and were hampered in their delivery, there appearing no response whatever to their appeals. On the other hand, at other times, thought flowed easily, words came freely, and there was no failure in utterance. The preacher “had liberty,” as the old men used to declare. The preaching of the Word to a prayerless congregation falls at the very feet of the preacher. It has no travelling force; it stops because the atmosphere is cold, unsympathetic, unfavourable to its running to the hearts of men and women. Nothing is there to help it along. just as some prayers never go above the head of him who prays, so the preaching of some preachers goes no farther than the front of the pulpit from which it is delivered. It takes prayer in the pulpit and prayer in the congregation to make preaching arresting, life-giving and soul saving.

The Word of God is inseparably linked with prayer. The two are conjoined, twins from birth, and twins by life. The Apostles found themselves absorbed by the sacred and pressing duty of distributing the alms of the Church, till time was not left for them to pray. They directed that other men should be appointed to discharge this task, that they might be the better able to give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. So it might likewise be said that prayer for the preacher by the church is also inseparably joined to preaching. A praying church is an invaluable help to the faithful preacher. The Word of the Lord runs in such a church, “and is glorified” in the saving of sinners, in the reclamation of backsliders, and in the sanctifying of believers. Paul connects the Word of God closely in prayer in writing to Timothy: For every creature of God is good,” he says, “and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.” And so the Word of the Lord is dependent for its rapid spread and for its full, and most glorious success in prayer.

Paul indicates that prayer transmutes the ills which come to the preacher: ” For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” It was “through their prayer” he declares these benefits would come to him. And so it is “through the prayer of a church” that the pastor will be the beneficiary of large spiritual things. In the latter part of the Epistle to the Hebrews, we have Paul’s request for prayer for himself addressed to the Hebrew Christians, basing his request on the grave and eternal responsibilities of the office of a preacher: “Obey them that have the rule over you,” he says, “and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you. Pray for us; for we trust we have a good conscience in all things willing to live honestly.” How little does the Church understand the fearful responsibility attaching to the office and work of the ministry. “For they watch for your souls as they that must give account.” God’s appointed watchmen, to warn when danger is nigh; God’s messengers sent to rebuke, reprove and exhort with all long-suffering; ordained as shepherds to protect the sheep against devouring wolves. How responsible is their position. And they are to give account to God for their work, and are to face a day of reckoning. How much do such men need the prayers of those to whom they minister. And who should be more ready to do this praying than God’s people, His own Church, those presumably who are in heart sympathy with the minister and his all important work, divine in its origin.

Among the last messages of Jesus to His disciples are those found in the 14th, 15th and 16th chapters of John’s Gospel. In the 14th, as well as in the others, are some very specific teachings about prayer, designed for their help and encouragement in their future work. We must never lose sight of the fact that these last discourses of Jesus Christ were given to disciples alone, away from the busy crowds, and seem primarily intended for them in their public ministry. In reality, they were words spoken to preachers, for these eleven men (NOT WOMEN) were to be the first preachers of the new dispensation. With this thought in mind, we are able to see the tremendous importance given to prayer by our Lord, and the high place He gave it in the lifework of preachers, both in this day and in that day. First our Lord proposes that He will pray for these disciples, that the Father might send them another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world could not receive. He preceded this statement by a direct command to them to pray, to pray for anything, with the assurance that they would receive what they asked for. If, therefore, there was value in their own praying, and it was of great worth that our Lord should intercede for them, then of course it would be worth while that the people to whom they would minister should also pray for them. It is no wonder then that the Apostle Paul should take the key from our Lord, and several times break out with the urgent exhortation, “Pray for us.”

True praying done by the laymen helps in many ways, but in one particular way. It helps very materially the preacher to be brave and true. Read Paul’s request to the Ephesians: Praying always with all prayer and supplication,” he says, “in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel; for which I am an ambassador in bonds, that therein I may speak as I ought to speak.” How much of the boldness and loyalty of Paul was dependent upon the prayers of the Church, or rather how much he was helped at these two points, we may not know. But unquestionably there must have come to him through the prayers of the Christians at Ephesus, Colosse and Thessalonica, much aid in preaching the Word, of which he would have been deprived had these churches not have prayed for him. And in like manner, in modern times has the gift of ready and effective utterance in the preacher been bestowed upon a preacher through the prayers of a praying church. The Apostle Paul did not desire to fall short of that most important quality in a preacher of the Gospel, namely, boldness. He was no coward, or time-server, or man-pleaser, but he needed prayer, in order that he might not, through any kind of timidity, fail to declare the whole truth of God, or through fear of men, declare it in an apologetic, hesitating way. He desired to remove himself as far as possible from an attitude of this kind. His constant desire and effort was to declare the Gospel with consecrated boldness and with freedom. “That I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel, that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak,” seemed to be his great desire, and it would appear that, at times, he was really afraid that he might exhibit cowardice, or be affected by the fear Of the face of man.

This is a day that has urgent need of men after the mould of the great Apostle – men of courage, brave and true, who are swayed not by the fear of men, or reduced to silence or apology by the dread of consequences. And one way to secure them is for the congregation to engage in earnest prayer for the preachers. In Paul’s word to the Ephesian elders given when on his way to Jerusalem, Paul exculpates himself from the charge of blood-guiltiness, in that he had not failed to declare the whole counsel of God to them. To his Philippians brethren, also, he says, that through their prayers, he would prove to be neither ashamed nor afraid. Nothing, perhaps, can be more detrimental to the advancement of the kingdom of God among men than a timid, or doubtful statement of revealed truth. The man who states only the half of what he believes, stands side by side with the man who fully declares what he only half believes. No coward can preach the Gospel, and declare the whole counsel of God. To do that, a man must be in the battle-attitude not from passion, but by reason of deep conviction, strong conscience and full of courage. Faith is in the custody of a gallant heart while timidity surrenders, always, to a brave spirit. Paul prayed, and prevailed on others to pray that he might he a man of resolute courage, brave enough to do everything but sin. The result of this mutual praying is that history has no finer instance of courage in a minister of Jesus Christ than that displayed in the life of the Apostle Paul. He stands in the premier position as a fearless, uncompromising, God-fearing preacher of the Gospel of his Lord.

God seems to have taken great pains with His prophets of old time to save them from fear while delivering His messages to mankind. He sought in every way to safeguard His spokesmen from the fear of man, and by means of command, reasoning and encouragement sought to render them fearless and true to their high calling. One of the besetting temptations of a preacher is the “fear” of the face of man. Unfortunately, not a few surrender to this fear, and either remain silent at times when they should be boldly eloquent, or temper with smooth words the stern mandate it is theirs to deliver. “The fear of man bringeth a snare.” With this sore temptation Satan often besets the preacher of the Word and few there be who have not felt the force of this temptation. It is the duty of ministers of the Gospel to face this temptation to fear the face of man with resolute courage and to steel themselves against it, and, if need be, trample it under foot. To this important end, the preacher should be prayed for by his church. He needs deliverance from fear, and prayer is the agency whereby it can be driven away and freedom from the bondage of fear given to his soul.

We have a striking picture of the preacher’s need of prayer, and of what a people’s prayers can do for him in the 17th Book of Exodus. Israel and Amalek were in battle, and the contest was severe and close. Moses stood on top of the hill with his rod lifted up in his hands, the symbol of power and victory. As long as Moses held up the rod, Israel prevailed, but when he let down his hand with the rod, Amalek prevailed. While the contest was in the balance, Aaron and Hur came to the rescue, and when Moses’ hands were heavy, these two men “stayed up his hands, . . . until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people.” By common consent, this incident in the history of ancient Israel has been recognized as a striking illustration of how a people may sustain their preacher by prayer, and of how victory comes when the people pray for their preacher. Some of the Lord’s very best men in Old Testament times had to be encouraged against fear by Almighty God. Moses himself was not free from the fear which harasses and compromises a leader. God told him to go to Pharaoh, in these words: “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayst bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses, largely through fear, began to offer objections and excuses for not going, until God became angry with him, and said, finally, that He would send Aaron with Moses to do the talking, as long as Moses insisted that he “was slow of speech and of slow tongue.” But the fact was, Moses was afraid of the face of Pharaoh, and it took God some time to circumvent his fears and nerve him to face the Egyptian monarch and deliver God’s message to him. And Joshua, too, the successor of Moses, and a man seemingly courageous, must needs be fortified by God against fear, lest he shrink from duty, and be reduced to discouragement and timidity. ” Be strong and of good courage,” God commanded him. ” Have I not commanded thee? Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whither-soever thou goest.” As good and true a man as Jeremiah was sorely tempted to fear and had to be warned and strengthened lest he prove false to his charge. When God ordained him a prophet unto the nations, Jeremiah began to excuse himself on the ground that he could not speak, being but a child in that regard. So the Lord had to safeguard him from the temptation of fear, that he might not prove faithless: “Thou therefore, gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them,” God said to His servant, “all that I command thee; be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.”

Since these great men of old time were so beset with this temptation, and disposed to shrink from duty we need not be surprised that preachers of our own day are to be found in similar case. The devil is the same in all ages; nor has human nature undergone any change. How needful, then, that we pray for the leaders of our Israel especially that they may receive the gift of boldness, and speak the Word of God with courage. This was one reason why Paul insisted so vigorously that the brethren pray for him, so that a door of utterance might be given him, and that he might be delivered from the fear of man, and blessed with holy boldness in preaching the Word.

The challenge and demand of the world in our own day is that Christianity be made practical; that its precepts be expressed in practice, and brought down from the realm of the ideal to the levels of every-day life. This can be done only by praying men, who being much in sympathy with their ministers will not cease to bear them up in their prayers before God. A preacher of the Gospel cannot meet the demands made upon him, alone, any more than the vine can bear grapes without branches. The men who sit in the congregation are to be the fruit-bearing ones. They are to translate the “ideal” of the pulpit into the “real” of daily life and action. But they will not do it, they cannot do it, if they be not devoted to God and much given to prayer. Devotion to God and devotion to prayer are one and the same thing. May God bless His word today and your hearts also….

This concludes the message and I trust that you have received the plessing that this message was intended to produce. May Almighty God bless and transform our hearts and minds to the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

DIVINE APPOINTMENTS

 ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

HisBeatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

Today it is another privilege to greet my Leader and elders in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Dr. Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Matriarch Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick of Trinidad and Tobago, His Eminence Sir Eric Alleyne, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England. Let us look at our scripture for today.

So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” – Genesis 41:41

Isn’t it interesting that the word appointment comes from within the word disappointment? I’ve often marveled at that because I’ve seen again and again how disappointments take somethings from us: a dream, a piece of our hearts — maybe whole chunks of it. But disappointment leaves something too: a gift, an opportunity, the possibility of creating change.

This means we can move from the valley of the shadow of death to new horizons and bring others with us on that road. However, we have to stay in our lane and walk behind our Leader. Remember the steps of the righteous man are ordered by the Lord.

The enemy would like us to feel such a depth of disappointment that we never find our way back to the plan God has for us. If he can convince us to stay stuck in our disappointment, we’ll miss many of our future God appointments. I realize that some disappointments seem so big that we can’t imagine ever being able to move beyond them. We ask deep questions and they go unanswered. Many times we just have to sit back and let God work His will for us. We feela sense of loss when others fail us, we feel disappointed and in many cases it is the will of God for our lives. We must STOP interfering in the plan of God.

Joseph could have become bitter when he ended up in the pit, was sold into slavery, and thrown in prison through no fault of his own. His dream appeared shattered by disappointment. Yet, because he did not lose hope, he finally stepped into his divine appointment and was put in charge of Egypt. Hallelujah, they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Yes, they shall mount up with wings like an eagle, run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.

We too will encounter many disappointments along our journey and must decide ahead of time that we will not allow them to derail us. Everyone of youhad some disappointmentin your life and may have some disappointmentin me as well. That is part of the process in building characher for the journey. It is not what the other person thinks of you but how God sees you in His plans. My brothers and sisters donot be disappointed in yourself. Take that moment as the first step to a better place. You are worth more than the thoughts of others. Your worth is what God has in His plans for you.

So much of our Christian walk has to do with learning to trust the goodness and faithfulness of God despite what happens to us or is happening around us. Forget the lies, gossips, ill-treatment which sometimescome fromthe people close to you. They shall fail, as your servantI want to encourage you to lift up your heads and smile. Be proud of who you are and what you have, count it a blessing. I never fail to love you and I want you to feel loved every minute and every moment.

This sounds much easier to do than it actually is. When your emotions are screaming and your heart has been betrayed, the door of opportunity has closed, or that relationship has broken down, the last thing you feel like doing is trusting God and continuing the journey. Can I encourage you today with these words? Even if people have disappointed you or circumstances have not turned out as you had hoped or prayed, know that God is with you, cares for you, and loves you. He is working all these things together for your good right at this very moment. He is building up your spiritual immune system. He is making character for the journey ahead. Are you ready?

There are many future God appointments on the other side of this disappointment. Walk with me and let us face the challenges together and heand on. Disappointment will come but we are going to overcome them with God’s plan of appointments for our lives. We are The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel, and we are survivors and fighters. God bless us all on this journey.

DOING THE RIGHT THINGS

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7

To our beloved Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel, Crowned Queen Abbess Hon. Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick of Trinidad and Tobago, Patriarch McGillvary and Queen Abbess of London England, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

God created us as visual beings. It’s so important that we create the right image in our minds because the way we see ourselves is what we move toward. Visualization is simply seeing yourself the way you want to be. It’s creating a picture in your mind of accomplishing your goals, overcoming your obstacles, and fulfilling your God-given destiny. Our imagination is extremely powerful. The way we see ourselves in these pictures that we create, over time, will not only drop down into our spirit, but if we continue to dwell on them, they get into our subconscious mind. Once something is in the subconscious, it’s just like gravity; it pulls us toward it. All these internal forces are released, and more often than not, we become just like we’ve imagined. Find your energies and let them over take you in a positive direction.

If you’ll create a picture in your imagination of something you want, a dream coming to pass, a business succeeding, a picture of yourself healthy and whole; if you’ll keep that image in front of you, that’s what you’ll move toward. If you keep the Word of God in front of you, that’s what will come forth out of you. Keep the right things in your mind and the right things in your life!

Today the way we act, or behave, dress, talk will be the message we preach to the world and that we will become. Let it be a positive attitude with a positive message to the world. Remember the saying that our actions speak louder than words. Your life may be the only Bible that some people will ever read. Therefore, let us be respectful of others and ourselves. There are recording angels that report to our Father and ad our beloved Chief Bishop Roberts will say “God is too wise to make a mistake”.

Father God, we thank You for creating us in Your image. Thank You for our imagination and for the ability to change our lives by meditating on Your Word. Help us to keep Your truth before us always so we can walk and live in the path You have for us in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE LORD OUR ROCK

ARCHBISHOP PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

Turn with me to the Book of Psalm for our scripture reading. While you are finding the scripture let me greet our beloved Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Healing School Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England; Matriarch Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, Queen Abbess Dr. Patricia Hackshaw, Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers.

Let us read together:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge…” Psalm 18:2

When you go through difficulty in life, one of the ways to keep the right perspective is to take a moment to look back over your life and remember what God has done for you. Remember how He made a way when you didn’t see a way. Remember how He opened doors that should have never opened. Remember how He put you in just the right place at the right time, promoted you, healed you and restored you. If He did it for you once, He can do it for you again. When you read what He did for the people in the Bible, how He rebuilt The Mystical Order and join Starlight of Israel; you can have confidence that He will do the same for you!

This is how you build your house on the rock. Hold on to the promise that no matter what comes your way, when the storm is over, when the trouble has passed, you’ll still be standing. As a believer in Jesus, you have the DNA of Almighty God. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you. You may get knocked down, but you’re not going to stay down. You’ll rise up and stand strong when you build your life on the Rock! My brothers and sisters of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel shine forth and build in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Peter “upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” That is a promise and you just have to accept it and believe. Everything you do will prosper as long as you put your trust in the Lord. You will never be forsaken. You will be sheltered in the midst of the storms. Many people start to build and never get to lay the first block. Some people tried to destroy the foundation laid by others, and they were destroyed with their intentions. The Mystical Order was tested and tried and we are standing on the promises of Almighty God. Except the Lord build the house they labour in vain that build it.


Father God, thank You for Your protection, grace and mercy on our lives. We choose to focus on You; We choose to dwell on Your goodness; We choose to lift up our eyes to You because You are our help in Jesus’ name. Amen!

May Almighty God continues to lead you step by step, only if you are willing to submit to His authority, will and purpose. You are told or may I say warned to come back to the place where God is still your ROCK for your well being. Trust your leadership and walk in the vocation wherein you’re called.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SHEPHERD

 

 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg.

 

There is a good reason for the illustration of a shepherd with his sheep, which was used so often in biblical times … because it’s an illustration people could easily identify within their cultural context.  The illustrations we use are most effective when they are understood easily by the culture to which God has sent us to minister.  Spiritual Baptist understood what shepherding is all about. It is a text that is preached daily within our churches.  It is about feeding the lambs and the sheep, bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping them, delivering new lambs, leading them and teaching them to stay together, going off after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep in the field and in the fold.  We are all under shepherds and Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd.  We need to emulate what the Good Shepherd does for the sheep. John 21:15-17 “So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” He saith to him again the second time, “Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” He saith unto him, “Yea, Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee.” He saith unto him, “Feed my sheep.” He saith unto him the third time, “Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, “Lovest thou me?” And he said, “Lord, Thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love Thee.” Jesus saith unto him, “Feed my sheep”.

There are many other aspects of this deep passage I could dwell on such as the Lord’s use of the word “agape” (God’s love for humanity) and Peter’s use of the word “phileo“, (brotherly love) or the paralleling of the three denials with Peter with the three commands of Jesus … but I want to look at the three statements of Christ and think about the excellent illustration of shepherding by the Shepherd Who is showing us how to be good under shepherds (or assistant).

FEEDING: First Jesus says “feed my lambs.”  Emulating the foundational apostles such as Peter, we are told to feed the lambs.  Lambs need milk. (As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word that they may grow thereby 1 Peter 2:2) They need the basics of the Gospel and simple biblical precepts to grow.  We are then to “take care of the sheep”.  That means we are to do everything we can get into in a moment.  Finally we are to “feed my sheep”.  Remember, these are the sheep of the Lord, not our sheep; not sheep of the church.  We are caretakers of sheep that belong to the Master.  The point is we are to move beyond feeding the lambs’ milk to feeding the sheep solid food. Heb. 5:12-14 & 6:1-3 in fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic or simple truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

What then is solid food?  It is training in righteousness so that the sheep can be fully equipped, able to stand in the day of testing. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good work. Stories, pop music, psychology worldly pleasures and gossip do not feed sheep.  They must be fed on the written Word of God as it is explained properly and applied by the Holy Spirit. Watering Genesis 29:3 “And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and water the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.” Water, in the Bible, is often used as an allusion to the Holy Spirit.  It certainly is in the case of water baptism.  An under shepherd will lead his flock to water regularly.  He will roll away the stone of hard hearts and prepare those hearts to be receptive to the nourishment of the Holy Spirit.  This can only be accomplished by rolling away the stone of the “self” culture (in other words get yourself out the way, and let God work) so the light of God’s written Word can shine through teaching and proper explanation, through prayer, and living in obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ.

Grooming:  The shepherd grooms his sheep, keeps them clean and free of contamination, from the world, the flesh and the devil. He then prepares them to be disciples, followers of the Good Shepherd, so they will, in turn, go out and minister to others. Matt. 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

SHEARING: Duet: 18:4-5 “The first fruits also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep shall thou give him. For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the Name of the Lord, him and his sons forever.”  At times sheep must be sheared.  This is a useful and profitable process for both the sheep and the shepherd.  This is an offering to the Good Shepherd.  For the benefit of all, the sheep must be sheared … disciplined, encouraged and rebuked … to keep them fit for service to the Lord. 2 Tim.4:2-3 “Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. (And encourage one another with great patience and careful instruction.) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears.”  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to untruth. But thou, my beloved Ministers and brethren of this Worthy and Noble Mystical Order: keep your heads up in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of your ministry. You are the one that will be called into question. What have you done with Jesus that is called the Christ? Heb. 12:7-10 “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons. For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. (And everyone undergoes discipline), Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we give them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. You have to train your children now so when they get old they will not depart from it.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.

Titus 2:15 “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority, Let no man despise thee.” You should able to teach. Encourage and rebuke (not in your might but) with all authority. Do not let anyone (I say anyone) despise you. As Ministers you have to stand firm and prove that you can lead in the darkest shadow or situation.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom; and shall gently lead those that are with young. We are to deliver the lambs.  We preach the Gospel, the Holy Spirit then convicts the sinner, and if some repent and believe they can be born again. John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” I say no man will enter heaven’s gate unless he is born again. That is your first promise and you should consider this option if, you have not done so. “Only the Lord Jesus Christ can save and cause a person to be born again.  But when a lamb is newly born, the under shepherd still has responsibilities. John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. John 11:39-44 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone,  Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go.

We roll the stone away by preaching the Gospel to let the light of the Son of God shine in the darkness.  When a lamb is born, they come out wrapped in placenta.  They still have the trace of the old man wrapped around them.  They need to be helped to put off the old man and put on the new man!  This is called discipleship.  Then when the lamb is relatively free, we let them go to grow on to maturity and live their faith out in action.

LEADING: The under shepherd leads the flock in the world, while helping them not to be, “of the world”. There is now a new page in the life of these lambs and so the Shepherd must be able to understand and nurture these lambs.  Psalm 23:1-6 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, and he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Following the lead of the Good Shepherd as under shepherds we are to lead the sheep to pasture and water.  We teach them and restore them.  We guide them in paths of righteousness.  We protect them from wolves and beasts in the world with the rod and staff.  The rod and staff are for discipline of the flock and protection for the flock. Proverbs 23:14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.1 Samuel 17:40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. We are to discipline the sheep to be aware of the pitfalls of the world. We are to warn them of any danger, that’s why we as servants and shepherds ought to be watching every hour and every minute, so we can sound the warning.  We are to lead the flock out and teach them to stay together in unity.  Sheep automatically have one type of unity, which they are to “keep”. Ephesian 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The only way to be a sheep is to be born again. A sheep is born with sheep nature and will look like, and act likes a sheep.  Otherwise you are a goat or a wolf.  Those who are born again have a bond of peace, a unity of the Spirit.  But there is another unity that we must build the sheep up into … the unity of the Faith. Eph. 4:12-14  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. This unity is unity of belief, unity of doctrine.  There is no way for sheep to be unify with wolves in sheep’s clothing because there is no unity of the Faith. Matthew 10:16 Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Wolves are those who pretend to be in unity with the sheep just long enough to come in and drag sheep away into sin.  They look and talk like sheep, but they expose who they are by their fruits, false teaching and false prophecies.  We need to teach the sheep to be wise and be on the watch for the pitfalls of the world, the flesh, the devil and of false religion.

WANDERING SHEEP: True under shepherds will make an effort to look for wandering sheep. Luke 15:4”What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. The Bible is clear that many people have and will continue to wander from the Faith.1 Timothy 6:10 for the love of money is the root of all evil. Which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing has erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. James 5:19-20  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth and one convert  him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. We need to help people who have wandered, fallen into the fire, while being careful not to get burned ourselves or soil our own clean clothes.  This means we need to be careful about hanging out with false teachers and those who are deceived because we are also in danger of being deceived. Jude 1:22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference. And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. We need to be mindful that we have all wandered at times, we have gone astray, but the point is to return to the Shepherd.1 Peter 2:25 for ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop (Overseer) of your souls.

PROTECTION: The shepherd would bring the flock home to the fold at night.  He would then lie down in the gate physically to protect the sheep from wolves coming into the sheepfold.  He literally put his life on the line for the sheep. John 10:1-13 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep fold by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand (paid ministers) and cares nothing for the sheep. We learn some important things about being a good under shepherd in this passage.

First of all we are to be watchmen.  There are not only savage wolves out in the world; there are savage wolves that are entering the fold at an alarming rate. Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Matthew 7:15”Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. The wolves who try to enter the fold make themselves look like sheep.  They talk like sheep, they pray like sheep, they make themselves look extra-holy, they say “Lord, Lord”, they claim to be doing miracles, casting out demons, making prophecies in the name of the Lord … but by their fruit you will know them … the fruit of lying, of false works, false prophecy, false teaching, false anointing’s, following false apostles, and trying to be justified by their works.  The Shepherd sees through their ruse and calls them what they are … evildoers. Matt. 7:21-23  ”Not everyone that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them,  ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. ‘If we as under shepherds do not protect the flock against these wolves, we are just as liable for the destruction they cause under our watch as they are. We as shepherds MUST protect the flock, because God will require accountability at our hands.

Ezekiel 33:6-7 “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou O of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them warn for me.” God has made every under shepherd a watchman.  There are many gates into any church.  The gate of the “mourner’s” room, the gate of the music ministry, the gate of the pulpit, the gate of the announcement and upcoming so-called “Church” events, the gate of the women’s ministry, and the gate of people who come into the body but have an agenda to take people away from unity in the Faith. We need to lay our bodies down in the gate to protect the flock at the risk of our reputations, friendships, our livelihood, and perhaps even our lives.  There are too many “hired hands” (paid ministers) in the churches today that are not doing their job because they do not want to take a stand against anyone or anything.  By their inability to make the hard stands they make themselves useless to the Good Shepherd, and allow great evil a foothold under their watch. In conclusion those who are called to be servant under shepherds in the body of Christ must take that responsibility seriously.  There is far too many who claim to be called to servant leadership, but demonstrate clearly that they are not qualified to be shepherds according to God’s criteria and plan.  We need to be feeding the lambs and the sheep, bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping them, delivering new lambs, leading them and teaching them to stay together, going off after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep in the field and in the fold. Oh how I remember the song coming back from mourning,

“There were ninety and nine, that safely lay in the shelter of the fold; but one was out on the hills away far out from the gates of gold.

Away on the mountains wild and bare, Away from the tender shepherd’s care”

What else do you want to hear as Spiritual Baptist coming back from the inner court? Somewhere in the service you are sure to hear, my shepherd will supply my needs and Jehovah is His Name. O what a wonderful time we have in the Lord. I recall the Shepherd watching every move of his children as they receive the pilgrims. Today it is a far cry from what it was like and I will love to call you back to your place of true worship. God is still in charge and He will deliver if we just ask Him.

 

WORTHY OF WORSHIP

ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

To worship in truth we must:

  • Have purity of heart
  • Deal with any sin in our hearts and repent
  • Have a spirit of humility
  • Have a spirit of submission to the will of God
  • Have a spirit of obedience
  • Have a spirit of commitment
  • Have a sense of wonder of who He is and have a sense of awe in His presence
  • Have an awareness of God’s presence and be overwhelmed by His majesty
  • Be speechless in His presence and allow Him to speak to us

True worship is not about us but it’s all about God.  We cannot worship God in truth with sin in our lives or if there is self-will in our hearts, because it is about God’s will for us and not the other way around.

The Bible warns us not to worship anyone or anything else.  We are not to worship, saints, statues, angels, money, or celebrities.  Anyone or any thing that becomes more important than God, and turns our hearts away from Him is an idol or a false god. God says in Exodus 20:2-3 “I am the LORD your God …..You shall have no other gods before me.” When the devil tried to tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:10, Jesus rebuked him and said, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”  If we choose to worship false gods, God’s word says in Jonah 2:8 “Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies.”  I certainly don’t want to live my life without God’s mercy! I want all of Him now and forever. Put your shoulder to the wheel and Let God do the rest.

Praise the LORD!
         Praise God in His sanctuary;
         Praise Him in His mighty firmament!      
  Praise Him for His mighty acts;
         Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!      
 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
         Praise Him with the lute and harp!
 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
         Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
         Praise Him with clashing cymbals!   
  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.   
         Praise the LORD! (Psalm 150:1-6 NKJ)

NOW I CAN SEE

 ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE

His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD

To our beloved Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Healing School Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England; Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, Queen Abbess Dr. Patricia Hackshaw,  Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

“ ‘I don’t know whether he is a sinner,’ the man replied. ‘But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!’ ” John 9:25

Let’s hear the word of the Lord

One time, Jesus healed a blind man, and the religious crowd got upset. They started arguing over why he was healed, how he was healed, and who was to blame for him being blind in the first place! They were hounding the man with questions. Just like the press and the media looking for a story for their network. Some “christian-sinners” do the same playing hollier than thou looking for answers. Their lives are no where near sync with God’s word yet wants to be the guardian of the Holy Writ. But, hallelujah the Lord will give you the utterance at the very moment, the appointed time. Finally, the man said, “Listen, guys. You all are confusing me. I can’t answer all of your questions. All I can tell you is this: I was blind, but now I can see.” He was saying, in effect, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! He was saying, “You can argue all day long, but I know the reason I can see is because of God’s healing in my life.”

There are people today who don’t think you are supposed to be blessed. They don’t think that God wants people to prosper and live in victory. But it’s too late because we’ve already experienced His blessing. He’s already opened up supernatural doors! We’ve seen His favor! Don’t let the naysayers talk you out of your blessing. Don’t let them convince you that God’s Word isn’t true. He’s already done so much in your past, and He’ll do more in your future. Keep standing, keep believing and keep hoping. Soon you’ll see His blessing in every area of your life! I don’t know how to explain it to you but God is doing awesome things in my life and this ministry. I have seen the shift in the wind. I have seen a different direction. I know that I know the hour is drawing closer and we must be ready. I see “these and those” coming to the saving knowledge of God. I an moving out the way and let God do His work. They are all mine and mine is Thine O, Lord.

Over the last few weeks I have seen in my spirit that God is working on our behalf, lifting us up higher and higher. Doors have been open, jobs created, the storm is calming down and we are the recipients of the fullness of God’s grace. I look and behold the great move of the spirit of God among the Church. I have seen lost sheep coming to the fold and there is still room for another one. Out in the desert I heard the cry sick and helpless and ready to die. Here I am come to draw you closer to the fold and safe in the arms of Jesus.

Let us pray: Father in heaven, thank You for opening the eyes of my heart so that I can, first of all, see You and then see every good thing You have in store for me. I look to You with an attitude of faith and expectancy and believe that You are at work in me. Continue to open doors for us and keep us in your perfect love in Jesus’ name! Amen.