Let us run the race that is set before us and hold on to the victory in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanking God for the fresh air we breathe and for coming to our rescue. My brothers and sisters in the Lord hold on to God’s unchanging hands. Let us continue with the well know “Our Father” prayer.
We also pray, “Deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). When confronted with God’s full demand on our lives, we experience a bit of foot-dragging, hesitation, and caution. Your personal trail of reluctance may involve moving from…
Guilt to confession
Wound to healing
Resentment to forgiveness
Complacence to surrender
Self-focus to sacrifice
Sorrow to new life
Sinner to saint
The spiritual challenge is daunting. Imagine unpacking your gear at the base camp of La Soufiere as you look at the climb ahead of and above you. Put yourself on a beach in Cuba with a plan to take the plunge and swim to Miami Beach. My brothers and sisters we will do anything that will benefit us even though it doesn’t look possible. We are doing this for a better life and to fulfill a dream. Let me tell you this that the grass may look greener on the other side but when you get there it is only a mirage. It is fake and you wished you had never start the journey. My mother told us growing up that we must “look before we leap”. Never understood what it meant until many years after. This time she was already called from works unto reward. However those words continue to ring out in my head. The spiritual calling of God is formidable. Oh yes, we may declare our unwavering commitment before the assembly of believers. Yet, tucked in the shadows of the soul, we are squeamish, guarded, and circumspect. We will make the journey, but we are going to ask if it is at all possible for the cup to be removed.
We struggle with the wish that God might eliminate the journey and put us in the jet stream to heaven or on a space ship! Where did we develop the false impression that following Jesus was a stress-free boulevard? You continue living in glory land, Jesus does not promise to save us from the struggle. Neither does Jesus abandon us in the struggle. First, Jesus has blazed the trail. He made the journey and conquered the journey. Our people want an easy life so in the end they have some one to blame for their failures. To get the rose you have to pass the thorns and pickers. Before you see the lily, you have to first see the cess pool of filth. You have to be broken, shredded, melted and poured into a mould and wait for the finished product. Hallelujah
Though He was in the form of God, He chose not to cling to equality with God; But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new; a servant in form and a man indeed. The very likeness of humanity, He humbled Himself, obedient to death, for you and I, a merciless death on the cross! — Philippians 2:6-8 I thank God that He had me in His mind when He wrote the plan and I was there when it was executed. Because of that I can say this morning Praise O praise our God and King. I love you and may Almighty Go bless and keep you.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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