Category Archives: Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF HOPE (3)

THE GRATUITOUS CHOICE OF GOD

The people of God live in the light of His countenance, humbly realizing that God has not chosen them because of their own qualities or goodness. God’s act of saving love is for “His name’s sake”; the reason for His choice and deliverance of His people is to be found in God alone. This is the mystery of election and grace. God loved Jacob, and the ground of His love lies solely in His own goodness, not in the lovableness of Jacob. God’s love is agape for those who have nothing to offer in return, as opposed to EROS which is based on the attractiveness of the object loved. God has not chosen them because they are righteous; rather, because God has chosen them for they must be righteous.

Mindful of His covenant with Abraham to bless all the nations of the earth, God elects Jacob-Israel, not to privilege, but to service, to further His saving purpose among the nations. Israel, too, is appointed to be “a kingdom of priests,” a kingdom set apart to represent God to the world and the needs of the world to God. She is to be a dedicated nation, a light for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:6). Look about in the Mystical Order and see where you are placed, and stay there for the blessing of Almighty God awaits you. You will only receive it, if you stay in your place. Hallelujah. I stayed where God planted me and the fruits came forth in my season. Praise the Lord. Shall we praise the Lord this morning.

Above all, Jacob is the symbol of Israel’s own humble hope. And because he continues to hope, he (and the people of God) becomes the hope of all the nations who would receive God’s blessing through him. Everything is against Jacob, except the mysterious ways of God, and these eventually triumph in him. He is the youngest brother in a land where pre-eminence is naturally given to the oldest son. In contrast with Esau, Jacob is clearly the lesser vehicle; yet he bears the promise and the blessing. Israel, too, the “least of all the nations,” is the most unlikely candidate for God’s election. And yet, like her ancestor, Jacob-Israel, she is chosen by God to be the instrument of salvation.

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF HOPE (2)

ISRAEL STRUGGLES WITH GOD

Pay close attention to this morning’s message. There is an uplifting moment for you. Read with an open heart and ask God to reveal the hidden truth.

For this chosen people Jacob is both an historical individual and a symbol of their own relationship to God. In Jacob-Israel they recognise their own wayward nature, through him they realise that their own election is neither ethically nor morally merited. Election, the call, God’s favour is not theirs because of any intrinsic nobility and goodness of their own, but rather, as it would appear, despite the deviousness of their ways, in the grace and purpose of God. They have no claims on God; they cannot “force His hand” with human efforts. The people of God realise that the righteous man is not he who conforms his conduct to what is right but he whom God recognizes as righteous. It is for him whom God loves to learn to love. Jacob was not chosen because he was righteous. He is righteous because he is chosen. Jacob eventually receives his comeuppance for his sins and becomes a wise and mellow old man.

Jacob expresses the tension between human perversity and divine love. In Jacob the people of God read the shame of their own sinfulness, and the hope offered by God’s eternal goodness and saving love. Jacob grew in faith at Bethel, “Surely God is in this place; and I did not know it”. The history of the people of God, too, is one in which they understand themselves to be supported only by the grace of God, a story of sustained hope and confidence in a beneficent, life-giving Providence, communicating His goodness to all.

My peace I leave with you this morning and may Almighty God grant you His favour.

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF HOPE (1)

JACOB – PATRIARCH OF HOPE

Starting today we want to look at Jacob the Patriarch and how it applies to us this day.
Genesis tells us little about Isaac who seems to be a replica of his father; but it has much to say about his son Jacob-Israel. Jacob is a most dislike-able character – treacherous, deceitful, acquisitive, proud and self-centered. The disreputable Jacob tricks his brother Esau out of his birthright and his father’s blessing. Although Esau is magnanimous, forgiving and noble in character, God, in His supreme and unfathomable liberty, has made Jacob the object of His special providence. Jacob may cheat his brother and outsmart his father-in-law Laban, but dishonest as he is, he is still the object of God’s loving covenant-promise. Jacob’s morality is like that of any Middle-Bronze-Age believer, but God takes him as he is, working with him and slowly educating him. Are we any different today? Look closely and see what God is doing with His children, how He is selecting just as He did with David from among his brothers. Where do you stand in the selection process?

At a time of despair Jacob has a dream at Bethel (Genesis 28: I0-22). God appears to him and renews the threefold promise made to Abraham. Now Jacob can hope in the goodness of God. Assured of the divine Presence, he journeys to his kinsmen in Haran where, through the providence of God, he acquires great wealth and two wives, and is enabled to return in safety to his own land. Again at Bethel, but now at a time of prosperity, he has another dream. He wrestles with the angel of God until daybreak, when he receives the angel’s blessing and a new name, “Israel,” indicating his new mission in life as the father of the chosen people. There is where I am today. I have walked in the promises and received my new name. Hallelujah

Sir Godfrey Geegg

Divisional Patriarch

OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSINGS

But because you say so, I will let down the nets —Luke 5:5.

Oh, what a blessed formula for us! This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing; nevertheless, at your word I will go forward. This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear. It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, Thy will be done. But,nevertheless, at your word I will say, “Even so, Father!” This besetting habit, or infirmity, or sin of mine, is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself—a second nature; to be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand, or the plucking out of a right eye;nevertheless, at your word I will lay aside every weight; this idol I will utterly abolish. This righteousness of mine it is hard to ignore; all these virtues, and amiabilities, and natural graces, it is hard to believe that they dare not in any way be mixed up in the matter of my salvation; and that I am to receive all from first to last as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Nevertheless, at your word“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” [Philippians 3:8].

Divisional Patriarch

Sir Godfrey Gregg

LET US STOP COMPLAINING

LET US STOP COMPLAINING

Turn with me to the Book of Lamentations 3:22-40

  • 22 It is of theLord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
  • 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
  • 24 TheLord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
  • 25 TheLord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
  • 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of theLord.
  • 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
  • 28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
  • 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
  • 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
  • 31 For theLord will not cast off for ever:
  • 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
  • 33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
  • 34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.
  • 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
  • 36 To subvert a man in his cause, theLord approveth not.
  • 37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
  • 38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
  • 39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
  • 40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to theLord.

We are all familiar with the word “complain”, it means to express dissatisfaction, pain, regret, discontent, uneasiness, resentment or grief. It means to find fault and accuse someone. It is synonymous to grumbling, whining, murmuring, lamenting, protesting and every other word that can be used to express dissatisfaction or discomfort.
Complain is very good when it is properly channeled. Someone has offended you and you complain to someone that can take care of it that is perfect. When you complain to God about a situation and pray about it that is OK. The psalmist complained to God about the wicked ones in Psalms chapter 55 and 142. These are not bad complains, when you poured out your hearts to somebody with the intention of taking care of these problems, it is not bad. Because of what she was going through, Hannah complained and prayed to God and God answered her.
However, our complain is always to accuse, to protest, to find fault, it is about discontent, about why is someone having this while I am not, why is he riding a New BMW while I am just having a used car, are we not serving the same God? Is it a sin to serve you? Have you thanked God for the used car first? Or where were your God when this was happening to me? At times, when God has helped us and we have moved up or we have been promoted, we get too busy to attend the things of the Lord and when we are asked, we begin to say it was because of the work that God has given to us. Or complaining unnecessarily about our boss or supervisor or spiritual leader, your spiritual leader may not necessarily be your Bishop, Abbess, Archbishop or Patriarch, he may be your Head of Department, your Chairman of a Committee, etc. Somebody that is ahead of you, no matter how small in the church or ministry setting may be your spiritual leader. Why is he always telling us that we come late? Why is he always calling me to ask a question or to do one thing or the other? Why? Why? Why? Complain! Complain!! Complain!!! (Jude 16)
Whether it is hereditary or learnt I cannot really say, but I know that children as soon as they learn how to talk will start to complain, when you ask a child to do something, he or she starts to complain.  We must be very firm with our children in order to get the best out of them. The earlier we discipline them and let them know that complaining is not good, the better.
Complains are directed towards ourselves, this is rare, but towards others and we as Christians mostly towards God. The first complainer in the Bible is the first man Adam, and he directed his complain to God, “the woman that you gave to me” so we can see that to complain is natural, however, it is not scriptural and not spiritual.

EFFECTS OF COMPLAINING 

The Lord is displeased
Let us read Numbers 11:1. “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and His anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.”  The first thing we should know is that when we complain The Lord is displeased. You are not going to displease God in Jesus name. Because when the Lord is displeased, his anger is kindled and in the text that we have read, the Bible says that he sent fire from heaven to burn the children of Israel, and consumed those that are uttermost of the camp. The fire of the Lord will not burn us in Jesus Name.

Nobody apart from God can stop his fire, After Moses prayed to the Lord in this instance, the fire stopped, but the fact is that some were already killed. So when we are complaining with the hope that if there is a problem, we can always run to the Bishop, Abbess, the Archbishop or the Patriarch; what of the havoc that would have happened? If you read the book of Numbers chapter 11 further, you will see another instance where the children of Israel complained and God still punished them.

There were so many times in the Bible that the people complained about God, and the Lord punished them. That shows that, as long as we are complaining about God, his anger cannot cease. My prayer is that we will stop complaining so that His anger will cease over us in Jesus Almighty Name. In the book of Jude 14-16, the Bible made it clear that the Lord will come with His saint to execute judgment upon murmurers, complainers, and people that are walking after their own lusts. God will not execute His judgment upon you, but you must first stop and try to walk in His ways.
We are rejecting God


When we are complaining, we are saying that Almighty God is not our Lord. We are saying that He is not capable to be our God, he is not fit to help us, and he cannot help our situation. In Psalm 144:11-15, the psalmist requested for the things that would make people happy, in verse 14, he said that these will make complaining to cease, people will be happy, and such people who do not complain has God as their Lord. We weaken our people when we fail to obey the words of the Lord. Who am I to question God or the one He has placed over me? Who am I? Why should I complain and to whom? I have learnt not to complain to God because according to the book of Jude God hates complainers. So I have concluded that prayer is my key to get the right answer. David is telling us in the book of Psalm to be very careful what we say. I warn you not to touch the Lord’s anointed and do His servants no harm. Moses spent forty years training to be the Leader and another forty years to become the deliverer and with eighty years of training the people wanted it their own way and they gave Moses a very hard time. God had a plan for them and I am telling you that we are not going into the promises of God unless we stop complaining and repent so that justice will be tempered with mercy.
Our Spirit is weakened.
The third thing we should realize when we complain is that it weakens our spirit; it becomes difficult to move forward. Let us look at Ps. 77:3. The psalmist said that “when I complained, my spirit was overwhelmed”; another version says that “my spirit faints.” Has complaining ever solved any problem apart from aggravating it? Because you are complaining that an examination is tough, has it made is easy? Or has it made you to pass it? Complaining of not having a job will not get you one. Has it ever happen?

In Job 10:1, we discover that complain brings weariness to life. Job said he was weary of his life and he was disgusted with it and so he will complain without any reservation and he will speak in the bitterness of his soul. Complaints will only aggravate bitterness of soul. I will say this to you that complaining makes enemies. So when we complain to God about His works and His people we make ourselves enemies to God. I say no more on this subject, but allow me to finish the subject and thank God for speaking to our hearts and ask Him to make us better children for His Kingdom. My brothers and sisters of The Mystical Order let us shake ourselves and walk in the vocation before us.
Sad Countenance 
Another effect of complaining is that it makes our countenance sad. Have your seen anybody complaining about someone smiling or laughing? It is not possible; a complainant will look sad, angry and at times dejected. In Job 9:27 while Job was complaining and accusing God, he admitted that if only he could forget his complaints, he will be able to put off his sad countenance and he will be of good cheer. Complain will only increase our sadness, it can only make us to feel worse, not better. It makes us heavy and laden with more burdens. We hurt people in the process, we destroy homes and can destroy lives even a church. It is the work of the devil that came to kill, steal and destroy.

In Job 23, despite Job’s bitter and rebellious complaints, he said that his suffering was only heavier. Thus, complains apart from what we are going through has additional problems that will be placed upon us as long as we continue to complain. Oh believers just read verse two of chapter 23 “Even today is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.”
As I conclude, complaining is a sin and God hates it when we complain, it displeases Him and makes Him to send His wrath on us. Complaining also means that we are rejecting God as our Lord; it weakens our spirits and makes us to be sad and feel dejected. If you have not been complaining, do not start, and if you are the type that is always complaining, the earlier you stop, the better.

PATRIARCH IN FAITH (4)

The grace of Almighty God will take us to our destination.

FAITH IN TRIAL

In episode after episode, Genesis shows how Abraham’s faith is severely tested. Yet, when everything seems lost, God intervenes. In Egypt, for example, Sarah is in danger of being taken into Pharaoh’s harem. Had this mishap befallen the ancestress of Israel, the promise of a great progeny would not have been fulfilled. But the divine plan, so solemnly initiated, is not to be thwarted, and God’s hand intervenes. The God of Abraham is Lord in Egypt; the protection of His chosen ones is not circumscribed by space.

Again, when it is necessary for Lot and Abraham to part, Lot is given the freedom to choose where to go. The future of Israel depends upon his decision. Lot chooses, not the land of promise, but the Jordan Valley that would later know the Moabites and Ammonites. The promise of the one land, made to Abraham, has been safeguarded and the promise is now renewed (Genesis 13:14).

The totality of Abraham’s response of faith is demanded when God tells Abraham: “Take your son, your only son Isaac whom you love…and offer him there (in the land of Moriah) as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2). It seems that God is asking him to destroy in faith the only concrete evidence that faith could be fulfilled. Isaac is the only visible hope for the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise. Although Abraham realises that God has the right to demand this sacrifice, the test to his faith is unimaginable. God is satisfied with his readiness to obey; a ram is substituted.

The near-sacrifice of Isaac is understood by Abraham and the people of God to mean that, unless we are willing to lose our life for God’s sake, we shall neither find nor save our life. This total demand of faith expects a complete, unqualified response, a total commitment. We find a strong echo of this in the succinct statement of Isaiah: “If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established” (verses 7:9b). For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”. And you would not…(Isaiah 30:15). Just as the history of the people of God begins with Abraham, so too, the spiritual life of this people begins with faith. Salvation comes to him who believes in God’s promise and accepts life on His terms. Only thus can the promise be fulfilled.

TO BE CONTINUED …….

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

BE PERFECT AFTER THE PATTERN OF THE SON

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure —1 John 3:3.

God is now aiming to reproduce in us the pattern which has already appeared in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Christian life is not an imitation of Christ, but a direct new creation in Christ, and the union with Christ is so complete that he imparts his own nature to us and lives his own life in us and then it is not an imitation, but simply the outgrowth of the nature implanted within.

We live Christ-like because we have the Christ-life. God is not satisfied with anything less than perfection. He required that from his Son. He requires it from us, and he does not, in the process of grace, reduce the standard, but he brings us up to it. He does not let down the righteousness of the law, but he requires of us a righteousness that far exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, and then he imparts it to us. He counts us righteous in sanctification, and he says of the new creation, “you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.”

Lord, live out your very life in me.

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

DON’T LOOK BACK

O, don’t turn back Zion City before you. Peace be unto all within the gates and the protection of The Mystical Order. This morning I encourage you to listen for the voice you will hear in the stillness of the night is Jesus.

I bless the Lord for you today and want to encourage you with the words of Bishop Maurice at my elevation service. Listen to distinguish the voice that is calling. Take note of Samuel hearing a voice but not recognizing it. There is where the prophet of God stood to counsel and guide. Eli was able to lead Samuel to recognizing the voice of God.

Today I beg of you to analyze the voice that is speaking to you. That voice is Jesus softly and tenderly calling you to come home. If you are weary and burden with a load of care. It is time to whisper a little prayer and tell Jesus Here I am.

Hear these words “I am tired of sin and straying Lord I am coming home.” this is your moment to cry out to Almighty God. Do it now, do not wait another moment.  You see brethren our times are in His hands. So if you are outside of this protection there is room at the cross for you. Come to Jesus and find rest for your soul. I did and every day I am holding on stronger and stronger. As David said in the psalms “planted by the rivers of water and bring forth fruits in due season. I believe that this is my season, your season. God help us.

Love to all,

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF FAITH (3)

Today we look at another aspect of the faith of Abraham. I want you to pay close attention and see where you will fit. Do you have faith as patriarch Abraham. Can you walk in the footsteps of your patriarch of This Mystical Order?

ABRAHAM’S FAITH – THE ANSWER TO BABEL

The promised destiny, though still vague, is stated with equal emphasis: “I will make your name great.” A “great name” was the very thing that motivated the builders of Babel: “Let us make a name for ourselves” (Gen 11:14). God now grants that which men had tried to gain by their own resources, but to the man of His choice and on His terms. Abraham will be the instrument and means of blessing, not for himself and his descendants alone, but for “all the peoples of the earth.” “So Abraham went as the Lord had told him” (Genesis 12:4), obedient to the word of God as were the elements at the time of creation. Such is the faith, which makes possible the fulfillment of the promise. So where do you stand today in The Mystical Order. Many would rather the fall of the tower but in God it is secured.

Abraham’s call and response initiate salvation-history for all mankind. From the story of creation and the first man, Genesis had constantly narrowed the center of its interest until it focused on the solitary figure of Abraham, the father of the people whom God had chosen for His universal redemptive plan. Just like Patriarch Darryl with a hope of reconciliation. Coming almost immediately after the Babel story, which presents the total denial of God in the absolute assumption of self-sufficiency and the dark picture of divine judgement on mankind, the story of Abraham’s call is like a burst of light that illumines the whole landscape. The people of God realise that Abraham’s response must be their own appropriate response to the divine initiative in their regard. So, that’s why I heed the call of the patriarch whenever he makes that call. Will you?

TO BE CONTINUED ……

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

ELEVATION DAY

Thanking God for lifting me up from the miry clay and resting my feet on the rock to stay. Thanking God daily for keep His servant in His presence and for providing daily for me.

When all odds came within my path, God has lifted a standard above all human flesh. Hallelujah.

In 2014 when I was appointed the Divisional Patriarch, I stayed true to the oath taken and lived to the promises I made to serve the Lord in deep humility. Two years later I was confirmed with honours and a citation.

Thank you Lord Jesus