Religion and Culture

Love the Unlovable with God’s Love: it’s Easy

kaieteur_falls_429543 Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls

God’s Love is the only true love; and as the mighty Kaieteur Falls among the other falls, it stands out among all other love. 

As part of our InJew Culture in Christ Jesus, we obey a distinct and unequivocal (clear) order or command of the Creator and Most High God, that is, all people of faith in Christ Jesus love not only Him, and one another, but also, our neighbor; in this case, say, the person next door. [Deuteronomy 6:4; I John 4:7; Matthew 22:37- 40] But you may ask yourself, “How can I like a person who has hurt and embarrassed me not even once, but several times, or perhaps any enemy who has been a ‘pain in my neck’ for several years now, much less to love that person.

About God’s Love

Unlike most, who think that their love for others must be intimate and erotic: God Almighty’s love is unique in that it is unilateral, (one sided) and has nothing to do with his likes or dislikes about a person. This is actually God’s love and it is known as AGAPE love. Unlike man’s love in the natural or the emotional ways man loves his fellowmen, God’s love is definitely supernatural, and rightly so, because He is supernatural. And God’s love was, is, and will always be the same in every Epoch to come. This is why in our modern day societies, His love is relevant. God the Father is still merciful and forgiving to all mankind, and He is with open arms reaching out to all who would come humbly to Him for help. Interestingly, in spite man’s short comings, God Almighty commanded that believers must love Him, as well as,  and themselves. [Deuteronomy 6: 4] In Matthew 22:37- 40 Jesus the Christ confirmed His Father’s command whe He told the inquiring Pharisees thus, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. this is the first great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”This is possible because believers in Christ can access the love of God Almighty, knowing that it can be released by the Holy Spirit who indwells the believers. If you are a backslider, or one who never accepted Christ Jesus as   your Lord and Savior, but acknowledge that you are a God loves yousinner, who needs a Savior because you want to be saved and to receive God’s Holy Spirit within you; don’t despair. Please follow the seven steps below:-

Seven Steps to ensure you are saved and to Holy Spirit within you

  • First, remember that God’s love is released by His Holy Spirit only, and  does not have whom to like, or to dislike
  • Second, Know that to have access to God’s love, the Holy Spirit must dwell within you
  • Third, for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you, you must voluntarily repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you of your sins, and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness through the blood of   Jesus, [1 John 7:-10]
  • Fourth, invite Christ into your heart and life, by faith : You may say, Jehovah, my heavenly Father, I come before your presence believing that I am a sinner, who need a savior because  I cannot save myself. I repent of my sins, and I ask you to forgive me my sins. By faith, I invite Christ into my life. Come into my heart and life Christ Jesus, save me, and live my life for yourself. I surrender my all to you. Grant it Holy Father, In Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • Fifth, know that when you invite Christ into your life, you also receive the Holy Spirit automatically
  • Sixth, know that Holy Spirit has one fruit divided into nine parts of which the first part is love, [ Galatians 5: 22-24], and
  • Seventh, as you read, pray and study the Word of God , you will experience the love of God more and more if you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Understand the term following the leading of the Holy Spirit

In Galatians 5: 17-26, we read about the battle within man, that is, between his flesh and the Spirit, so much so, that he (degenerated man) is hindered from doing the things that he wants to do. But if you relate this condition to your own experience, you will do all things through Christ who gives you the strength to do so. This is why you must put your total dependence upon God Almighty, through Jesus Christ, to lead you to the next level, and the next, as you read, study and apply Galatians 5: 19-21 to your life. It is all up to you. Are you ready? Let us get ready to “Rambo” in Jesus’ name. It is a fact, a biblical fact that these sins mentioned in Galatians 5: verses 19 to 21 stem from the fallen nature in man, and that this fallen nature is the root cause of sins working and manifesting themselves in our members. So we have desires and yield to them as well. But if we follow the leading of the Spirit of God within the context of Galatians 5:19-21, we will soon understand that the greatest battle on earth that is currently taking place is in none other part of the Globe, but that part of our inner world 24/7 per individual on a daily basis. It is a bitter battle between the flesh, or man’s lower nature, and the Spirit of God; who has Jehovah’s divine nature and strongly apposes the fleshly lust in the believer, so he cannot do as he well pleases without being convicted by Him (the Holy Spirit).

I urge you to walk in the Spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. [Galatians 5:1]

Understand through the scriptures that man has a lower nature, also known as the fallen nature, or the Adamic nature. This fallen nature has desires which are totally against the Sprit of God Almighty, within man, and the manifestation of it, is seen in the various behavioral patterns of people in every stratum of society, worldwide. I would list them shortly, but I cannot at this time provide you with a full explanation of each, for this is beyond the scope of this instructional post. I urge you to walk in the Spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  Renounce these (lusts) where applicable in your life now, in the name of Jesus, and instead, walk in the Spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Stay under the blood of Jesus, by faith, it will cleanse you and make you whole. Below, are the manifestations of some desires of the flesh clearly spelt out in Galatians Chapter 5: 19-21, termed “works of the flesh.” Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (lust), idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, (disagreeing) emulations (jealousy), wrath, strife, seditions, (divisions), heresies (opinions contrary to the Word of God), envying, murders, drunkenness, and revellings (ungodly merry makings) etc.

The Spirit of God Almighty as restrainer and character builder

Interestingly, the Spirit of God in the believer acts as the restrainer to the above mentioned desires of his flesh, and thus restrains the believer in Christ from such indulgences. He also convicts him/her of righteousness and judgment to come [John 16:8], and with no little conviction if the believer sins against Him (the Spirit of God). You may now understand why the believer “cannot do the things according to his will,” as a result of this constant tug-o-war between “flesh” and “Spirit” within him/her. The Spirit of God Almighty develops character in men and women, even in those who did not have any moral or ethical values and self respect at one time in their lives. He does not only builds character in us believing men and women, but also, empowers us for service. And sends us out as role models and living examples to God Almighty’s saving grace and keeping power through Christ Jesus; and, as well as, His “burning and shining lights;” in the midst of this present dark world of  sin, wickedness,  and in this rebellious generation to win some (including the unlovable) to Christ;  through His love, His Word, Effective fervent Prayer, Daily Lifestyle and Faith in Christ Jesus. As the believer in Christ, let us reach the unlovable with the love of God Almighty. The unlovable have a right to know and understand God Almighty’s love, too, but how would unlovable men and women know it, if they are shunned? How can God Almighty build character in the unlovable, if believers act like the unlovable? Certainly, if some among the unlovable humble themselves before God Almighty, believe the Word of God, and yield themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit,  they too should be delivered: and further, manifest such characteristic traits, and graces of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as mentioned below:-

The Walk and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is: —love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control. It is only one fruit, but it is divided into nine parts. The onus is now  the reader’s,  to choose either to be lead by his/her own fleshly desires and works of the flesh, or, instead,  choose and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, through whom God’s love is released.

That you follow the leading of God Almighty’s Holy Spirit, is my earnest prayer on your behalf. May God richly bless you. Amen.

Stay under the Blood of Jesus!

Serving in newness of spirit,                                                                                                                                                       Pastor: Elder Wilfred A. Wilson

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Interview

My Interview with Nersa

This is a photo of various stalls of street vendors in Georgetown, Guyana.

This is a photo of various stalls of street vendors in Georgetown, Guyana.

Welcome to InJew Nation in Christ Communiqué! Wednesday, December 05, Stormy 2014: InJew iNation in Christ “History and Culture Development”   (Universal Church of Christ 7th Day Ministries, Inc.; (Guyana)

Greetings: Recently I ran into a young lady by the name of Narsa, who has been working tirelessly for the past five years selling stuff for both women and men, and I held an interview both face to face and by telephone with her. Please see interview blow:-

A pleasant good morning to you young lady, my name is Wilfred and I would like to have an interview with you if you would not mind.

“Why would you want to interview me?”

She asked, in a soft tone of voice. And as she looked up, our eyes made contact, and I said to her,

“I am very much interested in your story and I would like to publish it.”

“Publish it! Who would be interested in hearing my story? I am a single parent and my story is about hard ‘wuk;’ and coming out here every day ‘fuh’ five years in ‘duh’ rain and ‘duh’ hot sun to make a living and to make ‘ends meet ain’t’ easy. Who want fuh hear bout hard wuk and hard life dese days fuh G$10,000- $15,000 a week.?”

What do you sell, Nersa?

I sell mostly women clothing, and makeup kits, and some jerseys for men.

Nersa, I can assure you that there are lots of people out there who would love to hear your story and they would be touched, and even encouraged by it. Think about this, for example, the many people who have launched into similar ventures like you, and perhaps longer than you, and especially those single parents like you, who have just started to sell on the street. I was still looking at her while I waited to hear her decision when she said,

“Well if you ‘seh suh,’ it’s ok with me.”

Would you like to tell me about yourself?

“Well, my name is Nersa, and I am thirty one years old. I was born and grew up in Meadow Bank on the East Bank of Demerara. But I was born an unwanted child, you see. I say so because my father told my mother that I was not his child when I was born, and he shunned me, and never supported me. I heard this when family and friends would talk about it, and even thou I was small, yet I had good sense when I was about eight years old: but they did not know this, let alone to think that I understood exactly what  they were saying about me. I had to live with this feeling of rejection from my father, and unto now I have not overcome it fully. The reason why is because I know he is my father and I love him.

Growing up knowing that my father rejected me was painful and still is, and it hindered me from moving on in my life in many ways. It was the main reason why from about eight years old I kept myself to myself and did not want to play much with my two brothers and five sisters even though I loved them. In my heart I really wanted to play with them, but the feeling that my father disowned me always comes to mind, and I found it hard to laugh out, and be happy and free as they , so I would find a place in the house or the yard where I could be all by myself.”

In what other ways Nersa?

“I hardly played at school, and preferred to be by myself. Also I did not focus on my school work all the time because my mind would wander away from the class room for a while and come back again, after an empty gaze, seeing and hearing nothing strange; except when I would hear my teacher say, ‘Nersa, come up in front, I do not want you to sit at the back.’ Then I would say, yes Sir. However, my grades dropped eventually as my school work became harder, and even though I tried hard to keep my previous high grades I was accustomed to having, yet I could not make them anymore. So my performance at school dropped too, and that was added to my list of bad experiences and woes. I became fed up at times and would cry quietly without being noticed and especially at nights when I retired to bed. I asked myself hundreds of times why me Lord, as the tears kept flowing from my eyes as a young girl then, and even now as a adult with responsibility.

I finally left school in form 5 at age seventeen without writing my CXC examination, because that was the age where you leave school if you made no particular progress. However, before I left school, I attended my school’s attachment program and studied Cosmetology.  And after I left school, that is, St, George’s High, I attended an institute where I did courses in floral decorations, and handcraft. I use these skills to make money also.

Could you remember any good times you had growing up, Nersa?

Yes, my father and my mother did not live together, therefore growing up was kind of hard, but God provided for us each day. However, things changed a little when my stepfather met my mother and that was when I was about twelve years old. My stepfather, who is currently married to my mother, had lived home with her at first, treated us well, and I appreciated him a lot, but that did not change my thinking or healed my inner hurts completely. A good time for me also was when I was helping my mother in the kitchen. I always loved to help my mother in the kitchen because she spent most of her time working there, and I thought she need an extra helping hand. Also I wanted to learn to cook and to clean the way she did.  She used to cook food and make pastries to sell, and also according to special orders she would received as well. So by helping her I learned to cook almost anything.

What really went wrong at eighteen years old?

“But how you getting me to talk so much, this woman don’t like to talk out ‘sh’ (her) business, however as a gone so far I will continue. At age eighteen that was in 2001, I was overcoming my childhood experience about my father, when I met my first boyfriend, who was nineteen years old. He was born in my hometown and grew up there, but spent some years in the United States of America before returning to Guyana on vacation. Our relationship lasted for one year, that was the whole of 2002, and during that time I had my first ever affairs with a man, and the second time around I became pregnant. During that one year period he returned to the USA, but came back in September of that year, and when I told him that I was pregnant, he said the same thing that my father told my mother about me. He said that the child was not his. So that made the two of us, mother and daughter to be rejected by their fathers. He never supported her and to this date he shuns her. What he said to me woke up every pain in me again, and I started to cry out again not only why me, but why her also. I would like to add though, that his mother who lives abroad saw the child and acknowledge her as her granddaughter, and never stopped sending things for her.

Is your daughter aware of her father’s attitude towards her.

Yes, but even though I never told her anything yet she knows. It was not that I did not want to tell her, buy I was waiting for an opportunity to tell her at the right time. However, one day she said to me, mommy, I know who is my father, his name is so, so, so. And that was what left me a bit surprised for a while. I also know that she is taking it on. I know this because he was sent back home to Guyana from the USA, and he tried to make up back with me, so I said to him, after you put me in all that stress you want to make up back with me now? Not this woman. Look after your child and do not worry about me. As a result, he shuns her more, and she knows it. This was even noticeable at a function held recently, namely, her grandfather’s birth anniversary, and one where her grandfather insisted that my daughter must attend. So I decided that I would take her to the function just to please her grandfather, and at the same time to let her see some of her relatives. During the course of the evening my daughter’s father passed her as he walked up and down the hall, until it got overbearing where her grandfather was concerned. As a result, as his son passed again for the sixth time, her grandfather said , ‘Stop right here in front of me, I noticed that you have been passing this child all the time without say a word to her, say something to her now, she is your daughter. I am not concerned about the relationship between her mother and you.’  At that point he spoke with her for a while and after he was done, I did not ask her what he told her, but rather, told her grandfather that I was taking her home, and my daughter and I left, after I called for a taxi.

Presently my daughter is at school and not doing so well as before, but I keep praying that she would improve, especially since her examination is just around the corner. This is why I am doing my part to help her as much as possible.

What advice would you like to give to adults and young people?

What advise can I give? I would say to them that life is unpredictable. Sometimes you are not directly responsible for the way life faces you, but you must try to make the best out of a bad situation, and you can do this with the help of God Almighty.

Thank you, Nersa, it was a pleasure speaking with you.

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