THE DIVINE SUMMONS

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there. Genesis 35:1

God had set His hand to make Jacob a saint. He had given him a glimpse of His ideal at the Jabbok ford, but his nature was not then capable of taking in the Divine conception; and, as we have seen, both in his subterfuge to Esau and his settling outside Shechem, he had fallen back into the schemer and money-maker. In this chapter, God uses several methods of awakening and renewal.

  The Divine summons. – “Arise, go up to Bethel.” He had been in the lowlands too long: too long had he “lain among the pots.” The voice of God spoke words of resurrection life into his grave, as afterward into that of Lazarus.

 The power of old association. – What memories clustered around that name and place of Bethel! It recalled his distress and fear; the angel-ladder, and the comforting assurance which had inspired him with new hope. Directly he heard it, he seemed to have felt the incongruity of the life that was being lived in his camp, and he said to his people, “Put away the strange gods… Arise, let us go up to Bethel, and I will make there an altar unto God.”

 A fresh revelation. – God appeared to him again. For long there had been no vision of God; but now that the idols were put away, his eyes were opened to see Him who had been beside him amid all his backslidings.

 Death. – Deborah, the beloved Rachel, the old father – one after another were taken from him; and there came the far-away look in his eyes which showed that he had imbibed the pilgrim-spirit and had become Israel the Prince. So God stripped him that he might be better able to run the race set before him.

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

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        Certainly, it does not mean that we earn mercy because we extend mercy, for such an idea is foreign to the Word of God. By its very definition, mercy cannot be earned any more than grace can be earned. The Beatitude is saying: “When you experience mercy and share mercy, then your heart is in such a condition that you can receive more mercy to share with others. . . Jesus is not asking us to be merciful occasionally; He is asking us to be constant channels of mercy. “Give, and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38). By extending mercy, we open our hearts to receive mercy; and having received, we can share again and again. Hallelujah

      Brethren, the Christian is surrounded by mercy. When he looks back, he can say, “Surely goodness, and mercy have followed me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6). When he looks ahead, he remembers the words of Jude 21–“Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” As he begins each new day, he can say; “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Can we give the Lord a praise offering, for it is His mercies you are reading this message. Thank You, Lord.

      . . . God responds to us on the basis of the heart. “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself mercifully; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; with the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward” (Psalm 18:25-26). . . . When once we begin to cultivate one of the spiritual graces, God always provides more. When we show mercy, He gives mercy; and thus, we have more mercy to show.

      When a Christian shows mercy, he experiences liberation. (Read that line again) He is set free from grudges that drain the strength and unsettle the mind. . . The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy. Our thoughts become shackled, our emotions are chained, the will is almost paralyzed. But when we show mercy, all of these bonds are broken, and we enter into a joyful liberty that frees us to share God’s love with others. This blessing of freedom is one way that we receive mercy as we show mercy. It is a blessed by-product of obeying God.

      . . . How thrilling to go through life sharing God’s mercy and not having to judge people to see if they are “worthy” of what we have to offer. We stop looking at the externals and begin to see people through the merciful eyes of Christ. Every Christian we meet is a person in whom Jesus lives; every lost soul we meet is a person for whom Jesus died. In both cases, we have candidates for God’s mercy. Amen

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

THE EVIDENCE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

“Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps; set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest.”–Jeremiah 31:21

To look at the past is often a blessed encouragement for the future. If we are travellers in the way Zionward, we shall have our various waymarks. A conspicuous call, or a signal deliverance, or a gracious manifestation of Christ; a promise applied here, or a marked answer to prayer there; a special blessing under the preached word; a soft and unexpected assurance of an interest in the blood of the Lamb; a breaking in of divine light when walking in great darkness; a sweet sip of consolation in a season of sorrow and trouble; a calming down of the winds and waves without and within by, “It is I, be not afraid”–such and similar waymarks it is most blessed to be able to set up as evidence that we are on the road. And if many who really fear God cannot set up these conspicuous waymarks, yet they are not without their testimonies equally sure, if not equally satisfying.

The fear of God in a tender conscience, the spirit of grace and of supplications in their breast, their cleaving to the people of God in warm affection, their love for the truth in its purity and power, their earnest desires, their budding hopes, their anxious fears, their honesty and simplicity making them jealous over themselves lest they be deceived or deluded, their separation from the world, their humility, meekness, quietness, and general consistency often putting to shame louder profession and higher pretensions–these and similar pieces of evidence mark many as children of God who cannot read their title clear to such a privilege and such a blessing. But whether the waymarks be high or low, shining in the sun or obscure in the dawn, the virgin of Israel is still bidden to “set them up,” and to “set also her heart toward the highway, even the way by which she came.”

BREAKING SHAME AND THE LIE OF NOT ENOUGH

 
I have come that [you] may have life, and have it to the full. — John 10:10
 
As soon as Adam and Eve messed up, the Enemy started speaking shame over them, and he’s been doing it ever since then.
 
Guilt, that sense of conviction that comes over us when we do something wrong, is healthy and moves us toward positive change. Shame, however, drives us into a never-ending cycle of trying to fix ourselves, to prove to the world and ourselves that we are not inherently flawed, that we have value.
 
The lie the Devil wants me to believe, and you to believe, is that we are never going to live beyond the consequences of our actions. It’s a lie he’s been perfecting since the beginning of time. But I’m here to tell you this life, the shame he pours into us serves one purpose: to distract us and keep us busy trying to prove to the world that we are perfect. The lie tells us we will never be good enough, regardless of what we do with our lives or how we live out our calling.
 
On the flip side of the life of Shame is the lie of pride. If the Enemy can’t make us doubt our worth, he makes us believe in an equally false version of it, one that tells us we are valuable because of our incredible efforts, sometimes even our efforts on behalf of God. But whether we believe the lie of shame or the lie of pride, each is rooted in our need to feel worthy.
 
Finding Our Worth
 
The key to having a healthy understanding of our worth is knowing to whom we belong. There have been library rows full of books written about worth. But without an understanding of God through a relationship with Jesus that is empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will never really understand the true source of our value. My brothers and sisters, I urge you to stay in the word of God, regardless what the enemy is trying to our lives.
 
Keeping us busy trying to prove our worth is the easiest way to keep us from the life God created us to live because it makes us think that our worth is based on what we do, instead of who God is.
 
Spending our lives being busy trying to prove our worth is how the Enemy fulfills the warning we read in John 10:10:
 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
 
But this verse does not just warn us of the Enemy’s plan, it also reveals God’s plan:
 
I have come that [you] may have life, and have it to the full.
 
(Whenever I read this verse I say, “Because I have come, you, Godfrey, have great worth.” Try adding your name and speaking that over yourself.)
 
God bless you and have a great day.
 
Your brother and servant,
 
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div
 
Co-Founder of The Mystical Order

PROMISED LIES OF THE ENEMY

Every day the Enemy lies to people, trying to distract them from their calling.

He tells Ministers they aren’t worthy of teaching the Bible because they aren’t perfect.He tells mothers they are doing a horrible job and their kids will suffer for their mistakes.He tells men they have to be at the top of the corporate ladder making six-figure salaries, even if it means never seeing their families. Thus neglecting the home for any ungodly actions to filter in the family structure. He tells teenagers that their parents’ faith is meaningless and to abandon it if they want to really experience the life they are meant to live. He also offers them an opportunity to walk through the cracks to experience life in the real world. And he most likely tells you a lie that you believe. Yes brethren that everything is alright, you need to rest after a hard days work. Let the children enjoy the evening out so they will understand what life is like on the outside. Guess what? You fall for the lies of the enemy.

But God reminds us that He offers us life — a rich, full, abundant life — free from striving for our own sense of perfection, a life resting in the assurance that we are already perfect because of the work He has done on the cross. Hallelujah, what a Saviour. I urge you this morning to consider the things that God has offered unto us and take without questioning Him. If He promises it, believe that He will bring it to pass. God bless and keep you beloved.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

ORDER IS CALLED

 
After 16 hours of work and a long drive home, I had t make the time to write to you this morning in my daily page and groups.I thank God for the energy and stamina where I can come boldly to the Throne of Grace and ask for favours. Here I am standing in need of mercy.
 
I worked in the Court system for many years and on many occasions called the Court to ORDER, while announcing the arrival of the Judge in the court. I had the privilege to sit in court with many judges and the court of appeal judges and I learned a lot and it is my guide as I write. Today I sit in church with a gavel in my hand calling the church to Order.
 
We’ve all witnessed the scene many times: An irate judge slams down his wooden gavel and with a voice of fiery indignation shouts, “Order in the court! Order in the court!”
 
That appointed judge carries within his title the power and authority vested in him by the office that he holds. Therefore, all subjects who might attempt to challenge that authority are quickly reprimanded by a possible charge of contempt.
 
So it is with our Divine Judge. Our God is a God of perfect order, and there is nothing that He does that is contrary to His perfect will for us individually or for us as a nation.
 
In this decisive hour, a trumpet is being sounded; a voice of urgency is moving swiftly across our land. Those who have ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying are uniting together in one accord. Like good soldiers of the cross, Christians are falling in line, standing at attention, ready to receive instruction from their company Commander. More and more, a rallying force of believers is coming together with united hearts and like minds, fervently praying for God’s mantle of righteousness to again be restored to our judiciary.
 
The Great Judge of the Universe is about to lower His gavel and bring forth this mandate: “There will be… ORDER IN THE COURT!” Brethren it is my prayer that one day there will be a meeting place for The Mystical Order and there will be a roll call. I hope you will be there.
 
As a nation, we pray that His righteous standard will be held high, fixed and immovable within our judicial system. We pray that the cry for godly justices will be heard loudly within the chambers of the highest court in our land and that a spirit of the fear of the Lord will settle upon the hearts of those dignitaries who even now serve on the Supreme Court. We pray that the balance of powers will once again shift into their rightful positions and be forever maintained by HIS divine scales of justice—and His alone!
 
We as a nation like St. Vincent and the Grenadines are blessed and privileged to live within the boundary of our shores as a free democracy. But many times, because of that Democratic mindset, we lose sight of the fact that we, who are called by His name, are subject to the dictates of the King and His Kingdom. Thereby, we as a governing body are to submit ourselves to His rule and not to our own set of laws. The Scriptures remind us, “But it is God who judges: He brings one down, and exalts another (Psalm 75:7). The structural foundation of the Kingdom is one of perfect rank and perfect order. That is why we must humble ourselves and submit our lives, our nation, and our judges to the rule and reign of His Lordship. We can confidently rest in the knowledge and the assurance that by His authority, He will bring about His righteous sentencing.
 
The Lord says: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies. Your troops will be willing on your day of battle (Psalm 110:1-3).
 
Your servant and brother,
 
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div