Inspirational Moment

Inspirational Moment

The Bible says in Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ESV

But you may reply…Really? How does rejection, depression, sickness, impecuniosness  (poverty), homelessness, etc., be good. Well, the Bible does not say that the aforementioned are good, but it says, ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER for our good.

The operative words are: All things work together. The vicissitudes (challenges) of life are used by Holy Spirit to work in us patience.

James 1:2 – My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have herperfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The word patience in the Greek is hupomonē, and it means: Steadfastness, constancy, endurance. If God did not allow us to go through things, we would never grow in patience. And if we never had an opportunity to grow in patience, we would never see the deliverance and feel the love of God.

We have been called to the highest purpose of all and that is to praise the Lord. The vicissitudes of life will come…but praise your way through them. As one songwriter says, “Trouble don’t last always.”

The Bible says that these vicissitudes are temporal: 2nd Corinthians 4:17 – For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

You may be facing afflictions, but you are to let patience work in you. Your afflictions are only temporal, but through them you will see the deliverance and LOVE of God as never before, and in the end, the eternal Glory of God will exceed the temporary vicissitudes of life.

Dr. Himie Pickett
The Bishops College

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Friend Or Foe

I am just excogitating (thinking heavily) about persons who profess to accept Christ, but their lives never become Christ like. These people claim Christ as their friend, but by incessant  (continual) sin, their sins say the antithesis  (opposite). Are or were they Christ’s friends? And if so, have they committed amicicide (killing of one’s friend)?

Notice what the writer of Hebrews says about such persons, Hebrews 6:4 – For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing theycrucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

We are to do introspections (search within) quotidianly (daily) to see if we are committing amicicide against Christ.

If we find that our actions are commensurate with amicicide, let’s rush to be abducent  (turn away) from sin.

Dr. Himie Pickett
The Bishops College
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Bishops College Word for Today 10/12/15

Bishops College Word for Today 10/12/15

Thank God for another Monday. I pray that today you will be prosperous. To aid in your prosperity, we are going to learn five new vocabulary  words. Our wordhoard (vocabulary) for today is: perspicacious, perspicuous, palpable, phronesis, and pertinacious.

Perspicacious [pur-spi-key-shuh s] is an adjective, and it means having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning 2. having keen vision.

Perspicuous [per-spik-yoo-uh s] is an adjective, and means clearly expressed or presented; lucid.

Palpable [pal-puh-buh l] is an adjective, and it means readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident.

Phronesis [froh-nee-sis] is a noun, and it means wisdom in determining ends and the means of attaining them.

Pertinacious [pur-tn-ey-shuh s] is an adjective, and it means 1. holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute 2. stubborn or obstinate 3. extremely or objectionably persistent.

Let’s look at our wordhoard in the context of the following Scripture passage.

Daniel 1:17 – As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. 21:And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.

This passage chronicles Daniel and three other Hebrew boys in Babylonian captivity. They came to Babylon as captives, but the king was going to give them positions of authority because of their phronesis (wisdom know to what to do). Their phronesis was palpable (easily seen) by the king and other men. God had anointed the boys to be perspicacious, (to have keen insight), but the other men of Babylon were jealous of them. However, the king was going to be pertinacious (stubborn) about promoting them. The king was going to make his confidence in the four Hebrew boys perspicuous (clearly seen) by setting them above all others.

My friend, you are going to be prosperous, because it is palpable and perspicuous to the king that you have the phronesis that he needs. Prophetically, I say that your phronesis and grace to be perspicacious have been palpable and perspicuous to the king, and the king is going to be pertinacious about your prosperous promotion.

God bless,

Dr. Himie Pickett
The Bishops College