FRIDAY REFLECTION – Function in your own gifting do not concern yourself with the gift of others

Function in your own gifting do not concern yourself with the gift of others

Good morning friends, 
Peace be with you as you journey towards the end of another week. I trust that this week has been very productive thus far. I share these words with you and my prayer is that you will remember them as you continue your journey into a new week. 

“There is no person like you, you are the best fit for your function; only you can do it”- unknown.
Let us hear this in another way, very well said by a man whom Jesus met on the road to Damascus. 
Hear Paul in the text for reflection today: 
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
Romans 12:4‭-‬6 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.12.4-6.NIV

Just as we have one body with different parts having its own function, so are we members of the body of Christ and we have our own function. What is your function? Are you clear on what is it that God has called you to do? 
Are you the eyes that should be discerning the good and the evil?
Are you the ears that should listen to the cries of the people, and make petition on their behalf?
Are you mouth that should prophesy? 
Many of us today are still struggling to operate in the gift given to us by God. Why you may ask? I can give two reasons why this might happen:

1. You are more concerned with the gift of other members, than with your own gift: Too many times we try to be the mouth, when God has called us to be the eyes, or the ears, or the fingers and even the feet. Instead of operating in our own function/gifting, we think it too small and we meddle in the gift of others. This my friend will cause confusion and  malfunction in the body of Christ. Why? because the there are no two body parts with the same function. To each it’s own, and if one is functioning as another there will be great confusion and disunity

2. You do not think that your gift is of importance: Some members struggle with being accepted among other members, because they feel that their function is of no importance. Today I want to remind such a member , that every part of the body has its own function, and one cannot function with the other. Whether you are the head or the feet your function is important. If the feet be cut off from the body, it weakens the overall function of the body, *including the head. 
So do not count your function as of no importance, whatever you are called to do, is of great importance to the body of Christ. 

Therefore, Do not concern yourself with the function of others, find your function and do it well . Do not look at your function as not important, all the body parts are needed for the overall function of the body of Christ 

Untill next week, function in your own gifting, do not focus on the gifts of others

Blessings,
Shaneka Raymore-Euphfa

THURSDAY REFLECTION – Declare the works of God

Thursday Reflection – June 27, 2019

Declare the works of God    

God says, “From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.” Isaiah 48:6

“Outward conformity to Yahweh, but their real interest and concern is for their gods.” This comment from Pett’s Bible Commentary gives the essence of the text in Isaiah 48. God, speaking through the prophet to Judah, in a sarcastic manner condemned the people for their pretentious religion. The people of Judah pretended they believe and honor God, but their worship and religion was a fraud. They are called by the name of God, but do not act as people of God. They swear by God’s name, but this also is false.

God told them what would happen before it happened, but they did not declare it. God revealed himself to them in many ways, but they ignored the Lord and worshipped idols. As I thought about this passage I wondered how many people who are called Christians are living a pretentious life. They call themselves Christians, but they have other gods that they worship. These other gods are not necessarily carved wooden images. No! These other gods is their money, fame, status, lifestyle etc. So even though they come to church and call themselves Christians it is a fraud for they do not truly worship God.

The text continued as God stated that these pretentious Jews who have witnessed and heard of the wonders of God fail to declare it or fail to admit it is the working of the Lord. The Lord speaks over our lives and tells us things before they happen so that when they do happen we will know that it was God. “For I know the plans I have for you.” Declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Give God credit for what is doing in your life.

The Lord went further to say that he will make the Jews hear new things; things that have been hidden and that they have not known. Hear the Jews are presented with another opportunity to see the Lord at work. So the Lord is once again showing that He is God by declaring that he’s going to do something new, but it is up to us to believe the Lord and declare it.

Let us no longer live pretentious lives if we are living pretentious lives. God is at work in our lives and we have seen it. Give God the credit that is due his name and worship him in Spirit and Truth.

Until next week live righteous lives before a righteous God.

Christopher Euphfa 

WEDNESDAY REFLECTION – In the Midst of the Storm

Wednesday Reflection – June 26, 2019

In the Midst of the Storm

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. Psalm 31:9  

I’ve always said that one of the main reasons why I so love the Bible is that it is a real book, with real people, facing real situations, in the midst of a real God. Whichever characters in the Bible we pick out, they all faced real issues; they had their storms to go through. Even Jesus had to deal with real-life issues such as the temptation in the wilderness, and his agony in Gethsemane as his gruesome death became imminent.

David faced a myriad of challenges and storms in his life, from childhood to his reign as king. Psalm 31 paints a picture of a man in great distress and trouble. This Psalm is a prayer by David who suffers unjustly and in that suffering puts complete trust in God. The Psalm begins and ends with petitions for God’s favour and protection. In today’s text, David cries to God to be gracious “for I am in distress.” The word for distress may apply to many circumstances. It derives from a verb that means “to bind” or “be restricted.” Thus the noun communicates the idea of being in dire straits, with no possible escape. He is facing yet another storm.

But what’s the nature of this storm? David describes it as a trap, wicked actions of the enemies, abandoned by friends, slander, conspiracy, plot to kill him, and lies. Then he gives a litany of symptoms of this distress that suggests sickness, depression, anguish, sorrow, grief, and shame. The Psalmist is overtaken with the forces of death that rack the body and spirit and allows his enemies to have their way. Thus, he asks God to intervene and deliver. For David, his problem warrants action from God; his distress is reason enough for God to act.

What are the lessons here as we face our own storms?

1.      Entrust ourselves completely in the care of the Lord. David voices complete trust in God despite the dire circumstances. He declares, “you are my God,” which is to say, “you control my life” (verse 14). Verse 15 uses the word “hand,” which refers to power and authority to describe the locus of the Psalmist’s hope. David acknowledges that he has no power to affect the future. This power is God’s alone. We would do well to put God in charge of our storms and trust him for the outcome.

2.      Remember God’s steadfast love. David says that he remembers God’s steadfast love when he was besieged in a city and felt he was cut off from God’s sight. But God heard his cry and helped him. God’s steadfast love refers to his covenant faithfulness, as one who does not abandon those who rely on him. We can rest assured that the God who has been faithful in the past, remains faithful forever.

3.      Praise God. When we praise God and celebrate his goodness, our sorrow is transformed into joy. Praise has a way of stirring our spirits, while confusing the enemy. Praise is an antidote for sorrow and anguish.

May God take us safely through our storms.

Jermaine Gibson

TUESDAY REFLECTION: NEVER ALONE

Tuesday Reflection – June 25, 2019 

NEVER ALONE 

Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.” John 14:18

Have you ever felt alone in this world? No matter how many people are around you, you still feel lonely? There is a disconnect between you and everyone else resulting in you feeling alone. Those who have lost loved ones are quite aware of this feeling. Children who have lost their parents are very familiar with this feeling. The death of a loved one has a way of making us feel alone in this world, and Jesus was quite aware of this.   
In John 14, Jesus was having his last supper with his disciples when he explained that he would be with them no longer and where he is going they cannot come. By now we know Jesus was speaking of his death and resurrection. The disciples were still clueless as to what Jesus meant by “You soon will see me no longer”, but Jesus was quite aware of how it would eventually make them feel. The disciples would feel alone and abandoned. They spent the last three years with Jesus, whom they grew to love dearly. Now Jesus was saying he was going away, and even though at that time they did not understand, Jesus knew they would eventually get it. As such he told them he will never leave them orphaned. 
Jesus promised that he would send the Comforter; the Advocate; the Encourager; the Holy Spirit. Whatever name is given to him in the various translation of the bibles, the Holy Spirit is all of them. In other words, the Holy Spirit is an advocate for those in need of advocacy. The Holy Spirit is an Encourager for those who need encouragement. The Holy Spirit is a Comforter to those in need of comforting and the list goes on. The Holy Spirit is a Teacher for those needing knowledge and wisdom. In simple terms, the Holy Spirit becomes what you want so that you are not alone. Jesus knew that his physical absence from this world would create a void so he sent the Holy Spirit to fill that void. 
Today I want to remind us that we are NEVER ALONE. Whatever situations that cause you to feel lonely or to think that you are alone I want to remind those who love God that you’re NEVER ALONE. If the death of a loved one has caused you to feel alone, I want to remind you that you’re NEVER ALONE. If it is emotional sadness, you’re NEVER ALONE. If it is abandonment by friends and family, you’re NEVER ALONE. To those who love God and obey his commandments (John 14:15) God will send you the Comforter; the Advocate; the Encourager; the Holy Spirit to be your company. 
I am always amazed by this passage in St John 14. Jesus saw that being with his Father after his resurrection would create a void in our lives, and so even thousands of years after his ascension he prepared us for this moment by sending us the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus!
Until next week I want to remind you that you’re NEVER ALONE. 

Christopher Euphfa 

MONDAY REFLECTION – In the Midst of the Storm

Monday Reflection – June 24, 2019

In the Midst of the Storm

Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad? Job 2:10  

Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica in September 1988. This was my first experience of a hurricane; and I believe for many persons in Jamaica at that time. So many of us never had a clue what to expect, so we waited with great anxiety and fear. It was customary in my home to sleep when it’s raining, so while Gilbert was raging, many of us were fast asleep. I was awakened by the sound of other family members urging us to get up, and also the feeling of water pouring down upon me. As my eyes opened, I was in shock to see a large section of the roof gone. The level of fear and anxiety was heightened. I also witnessed Hurricanes Ivan, Dean, Sandy and Matthew, all in varying degrees, but all posing a serious threat to our lives and livelihood.

While these physical hurricanes and storms have come our way, with the possibility that others will, we also face other storms of life. These storms come in many ways and in varying degrees. They range from ill-health to financial difficulties, to loss of a loved one, to divorce, to a troubled child, and the list goes on. More than that, while some experience a storm now and again, some experience it ever so often, while some experience more than one at a time. Many of us struggle to figure out what to do in the midst of the storm.  

Job was one who experienced many storms at the same time. It was as if he woke up one day and lost everything and his entire world came crashing down. He lost his livelihood, his wealth, his servants, his house, his children, and then his health. How would he survive? What would he do now? How does he make it through these storms? As if that was not enough, Job’s wife questioned the sense of him still serving God and maintaining his integrity. She obviously thought that he was mad and foolish. How could he still serve a God who allowed him to be going through this mayhem? In fact, she told him to curse God and die. For her, this God was not worthy to be served. I feel that Job also lost his wife, not physically, but spiritually and emotionally.

In Job’s response, we find some thoughts as to how to survive during the storm. He told his wife,

“You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” Then the text says, “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

  1. Be careful who gives us advice and what kind of advice we get in the midst of the storm. We have to sift through advices that we receive at this most vulnerable stage of our lives and seek divine guidance in how we discern and respond.
  2. Serving God does not mean that we are immune to life’s challenges and pain. We receive the pleasant experiences of joy, success, and achievements. Yet, we also receive the sorrow, pain and hardships – the good and the bad.
  3. Life’s pain does not have to lead us to sin and give up. We can overcome by the help of God. He is able to see us through!  

Jermaine Gibson

THURSDAY REFLECTION – The forever faithful God

Thursday Reflection

June 20, 2019

The forever faithful God

Even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and I will save.  Isaiah 46:4

The Lord was speaking to the people of Israel as he proved that the gods of Babylon were worthless and no comparison to him. They trusted the gods of Babylon for protection, but these same gods were taken into captivity with all who placed their trust in them.

It was God who took care of them before birth and after birth. It wasn’t the idols of the Babylonians. God also made it clear that he will be the one who takes care of them when they turn old and gray.

The Lord said this for he was ready to save them and rescue you them from bondage, but they had to put their trust in God. So the Lord reminded them that he is God and that his faithfulness will never change.

As we look on the verse the Lord makes a prophetic statement; one that is for the future. “Even when you turn gray I will carry you”. As I reflect on this statement it makes me wonder how do we treat the elderly- those who are unable to help themselves as before. In some instances we grow weary in caring for them. In extreme instances we neglect them. The reality is barring death at an early age, we will all grow old and for some of us we will reach the stage where we will not be able to help ourselves as we used to. For some of us we’ll become a burden to others and others of us will be neglected.

Despite this we do not have to be afraid of being gray and old. Here is the assurance of God’s faithfulness, “Even when you turn gray I will carry you.” In other words even when you become a burden to others in your gray state, you’re not a burden to God. Even though others might abandon you, God will not abandon you.

Instead God says he will carry you. When you’re not able to go on your own and face each day on your own God will carry you. God will bring you through each day. God made us so God will care for us throughout our entire lifetime once we put our trust in God. God said it in the verse before. He made you and has been caring for you from before your birth. So why would he stop caring for you when you’re old and gray?

God is forever faithful! Throughout the lifetime of our ancestors God has been faithful and God will be faithful throughout our lifetime and he will be faithful throughout the lifetime of those not yet born. All we need to do is put our trust in God and God will take care of the rest. God will save us.

Until next week put your trust in God who is forever faithful.

Christopher Euphfa 

WEDNESDAY REFLECTION – The Proven God

Wednesday Reflection – June 19, 2019

The Proven God

Wednesday Reflection – June 19, 2019

The Proven God

He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. Psalm 115:13

We live in a world where persons not just require, but demand proof. People want to know that there is empirical evidence to support what we say. Today’s society want proof for our claims and people question everything, especially the Millennials and Generation Z. We naturally seek out tried and proven financial institutions; tried and proven insurance companies; tried and proven churches; tried and proven tradesmen etc.

On the other hand, faith does not require proof; it is about belief. The writer of Hebrews begins chapter eleven with these powerful words, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” But lest we forget, such a faith does not exist in thin air or just suddenly descend upon us. This faith is grounded in a God who has proven himself time and time again.

In today’s Psalm, David outlines that:

1.      This Proven-God is to be glorified. We must claim no honour nor glory, but all should be directed to God. God deserves it because of his steadfast love and faithfulness. This God is consistently true to his word and has always fulfilled his promises. He is dependable, reliable, trustworthy and faithful.

2.      Other gods are useless, static, impotent and dead. In the first place, they are made by human hands. Isn’t it ridiculous that humans conceive that they can make a god and then turn again and worship it?  Such gods have no power, nor can they relate to us.

3.      Our trust should rightly be in this Proven-God. Why? Three times in this Psalm David declares that God is our help and shield. This is particularly important for the Israelites who had to face several wars against opposing armies. They required all the help they could get, and the shield was an essential defence tool. Theirs have been a history of God who not just fought with them, but fought for them. At times, all that was required was for them to stand still and watch God secure amazing victories for them.

Lest we forget, the Church is the army of God. We are in an ever-raging battle against the forces of the enemy. It seems that so many Christians don’t have a clue regarding the war that is taking place in the spiritual world. So many of us are comfortable and relaxed as if all is well; it’s as if we are just cruising along. The battle is raging!! Soldiers arise and arm yourself!! The war is on!!! Yet, this Proven-God is with us and fights for us.

4.      This Proven-God blesses those who fear him. Those who are in awe of God and establish God as priority in their lives are sure to receive God’s blessings. He rewards those who remain true and faithful.

Till next week, remember God has proven true and faithful!

Jermaine Gibson

he Proven God

He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. Psalm 115:13

We live in a world where persons not just require, but demand proof. People want to know that there is empirical evidence to support what we say. Today’s society want proof for our claims and people question everything, especially the Millennials and Generation Z. We naturally seek out tried and proven financial institutions; tried and proven insurance companies; tried and proven churches; tried and proven tradesmen etc.

On the other hand, faith does not require proof; it is about belief. The writer of Hebrews begins chapter eleven with these powerful words, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” But lest we forget, such a faith does not exist in thin air or just suddenly descend upon us. This faith is grounded in a God who has proven himself time and time again.

In today’s Psalm, David outlines that:

1.      This Proven-God is to be glorified. We must claim no honour nor glory, but all should be directed to God. God deserves it because of his steadfast love and faithfulness. This God is consistently true to his word and has always fulfilled his promises. He is dependable, reliable, trustworthy and faithful.

2.      Other gods are useless, static, impotent and dead. In the first place, they are made by human hands. Isn’t it ridiculous that humans conceive that they can make a god and then turn again and worship it?  Such gods have no power, nor can they relate to us.

3.      Our trust should rightly be in this Proven-God. Why? Three times in this Psalm David declares that God is our help and shield. This is particularly important for the Israelites who had to face several wars against opposing armies. They required all the help they could get, and the shield was an essential defence tool. Theirs have been a history of God who not just fought with them, but fought for them. At times, all that was required was for them to stand still and watch God secure amazing victories for them.

Lest we forget, the Church is the army of God. We are in an ever-raging battle against the forces of the enemy. It seems that so many Christians don’t have a clue regarding the war that is taking place in the spiritual world. So many of us are comfortable and relaxed as if all is well; it’s as if we are just cruising along. The battle is raging!! Soldiers arise and arm yourself!! The war is on!!! Yet, this Proven-God is with us and fights for us.

4.      This Proven-God blesses those who fear him. Those who are in awe of God and establish God as priority in their lives are sure to receive God’s blessings. He rewards those who remain true and faithful.

Till next week, remember God has proven true and faithful!

Jermaine Gibson

TUESDAY REFLECTION – Don’t worry, God will tell you what to say

Tuesday Reflection – June 18, 2019
Don’t worry, God will tell you what to say


But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom. Luke 21:14-15 (NIV)

Brothers and sisters, the text for today is pretty straight forward. My wish for us today is that we will hear these words, take comfort in them and rely on God for wisdom.  In this passage the disciples questioned Jesus about the downfall of the temple. They asked “when will these things take place?” “What are the signs that we should look for?” 

Jesus answered with a long list of things that would happen in the future. He explained how his disciples would be locked away and brought before kings and governors. I can imagine how terrified they must have felt hearing these things, but then Jesus said into them: “Make up your minds not to worry about what you will say to DEFEND YOURSELF! I will give you words of wisdom”. What a consolation! 

Friends, as I reflected on the text, I can remember the times I worry about how I will DEFEND MYSELF. Today I can say that God has been my defender. I leave two things with you today:
1. When you are brought before governors, do not worry about what you will say. God will give you words of WISDOM. He will defend you, so I encourage you today, do not be afraid if you are called before the highest person in authority; God will give you the strength and words needed at that time.
2. You might get thrown out or disregarded when you seek to stand up for and in the name of Jesus, especially when you speak up against the things that are wrong! But do not be afraid, God will defend you.

Until next week, I am Shaneka, sharing on behalf of Rev. Bevon White. Let us keep him prayed up as he plans the funeral service of his dear Mom. 
Blessings to you all and remember “DO NOT WORRY, GOD WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO SAY.” 

Shaneka Raymore-Euphfa.

MONDAY REFLECTION – God’s Fulfilling Purposes

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55 is a beautiful invitation from God to come experience abundant life, free of cost to us but costing God everything. In today’s text, God paints a wonderful metaphor, which portrays the providence of God: Water like rain and snow is coming down from heaven, fully under God’s control. Before the water evaporates and returns to the hands of God, it waters the earth and causes it to sprout forth all kinds of plants, and it brings forth seed for the sower and bread for the eater.

The spiritual implications of water, seed, the sower, bread, and the eater are deep in the text. In other passages of the Bible water represents the Gospel that flows like water from those whom God has saved and sent out to preach the Gospel. Such an evangelist is compared to a sower who sows seed into a field, according to Matthew 13. The seed represents the word of God and it provides bread for the eater. When someone hears the preaching of the Gospel and becomes saved, he or she becomes an eater of the word. The Bible is the word of God, and it provides the bread of life for those who partake of it.

God declares that his word shall not return to him empty, but shall succeed or accomplish the thing for which it was sent. Whatever God says stands and his purposes must be accomplished. God’s greatest plan is the salvation of souls, so that we share in his kingdom and be accorded citizenship in heaven. This is the ultimate purpose of the word of God and the preaching of the gospel. Yet, our salvation is not one that we can work for or simply desire; it is all the work of God. While we are required to confess our sins, repent and surrender our lives to God, salvation is the work of Christ, and sanctification the work of the Holy Spirit. Such salvation is experienced through the grace and mercy of God.  

It is important to remember that the invitation to the thirsty to come and drink is not a one off invitation. It is a continuous welcoming to feast in the water of life. Many times we go through the wilderness and parched land experiences; the droughts and dry periods; the barren lands and broken heart and spirits. We need water to quench our thirsty souls; to refill, renew and revive us. Yet, even as we seek and walk with God, we have to feed on his word for spiritual nourishment. We have to progress from baby food (milk) to hard food as we pursue spiritual growth and maturity, for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Until next week, remember that what God speaks, he brings to pass; and what he purposes, he most certainly fulfills.

Jermaine Gibson

FRIDAY REFLECTION – Don’t give up, God’s promises are sure!

Friday Reflection
June 14, 2019

Don’t give up, God’s promises are sure!

You need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised Hebrews 10:36.

“Be patient, run the race of life with hope, knowing that once you have completed the race , you will receive your prize”_ Unknown. 

Brothers and sisters, greetings!
Today’s reflection takes us to a passage of scripture that we are very familiar with, let us take from it what God wants us to hear in this season. As I reflected on the verse, two very important things jumped out at me:

1. The need for endurance: Let me just say for those of us who read other versions , endurance is translated “patience”. Nature teaches that we have basic needs and without these , it is difficult to survive. In the same way, the Bible teaches that we have need for endurance, without endurance/patience, we cannot survive in this day and age. I have randomly read different translations and they all maintain the word need. It is important friends, that we recognize the importance of endurance. We cannot live without it!

2. Doing the will of God is a criteria , if you wish to receive what was promised : What is the will of God? The word of God is set before us , it instructs us to live a life pleasing to God. Every single area of life is accounted for, nothing is left unchecked. Therefore, we have all we need for Godly living, that is, we have all we need to do the will of God. God’s promises are to his people, those who don’t give up! Those who fight the fight of faith continuously . What God has promised is not for those who have been slight and mislead. If you wish to receive what is promised, you must do the will of God. 

Today I want to encourage you. Don’t give up, God’s promises are sure. It is never easy to endure hardship, suffering and pain. But I say to you today, as hard as it seems, it is possible! God doesn’t ask of us anything that he knows we cannot achieve, therefore, let us press towards the mark of the higher calling, run the race of life with patience, help a brother along the way and take Jesus at his word!

Until next week, Don’t lose hope, be patient and keep doing the will of God. You will receive that which was promised!

Blessings,
Shaneka Raymore-Euphfa