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WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Fire Proof Faith Part 2

Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement, edification, and inspiration.

The Lord Was There, I Knew It Not!

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” Genesis 28:10-16 NKJV

Jacob journeyed from home toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down and slept. Then he dreamed, and saw a ladder (staircase) set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood above it and spoke to Jacob rehearing the same promises of blessing that He had given some 150 years earlier to his grandfather, Abraham. When Jacob awoke from sleep, he said, “surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Although I grew up in the church and eventually got saved and filled with the Spirit, I knew that God lived in my heart; yet, there were times that He still seemed far away. But God was always there. Jacob’s story reminds us that we’re always in the presence of the Lord. And, it is not God who changes, it’s us.

Jacob had to leave home. It was the only thing he could do after the way things went down (see Genesis 27). He conspired with his mother to deceive his father, and to steal, his brother, Esau’s birthright and blessing. The family was in crisis and in dysfunction. Instead of acknowledging God, Jacob ran. Often in the midst of pain and struggle, it seems hard to find God, but He is always there to save, heal, deliver, and restore.

Often, when we find ourselves in a crisis, it is so easy to complain about the trouble and not be aware of God’s presence. So we complain instead. Complaining is the realization of “I knew it not.” What we need is a realization of the presence of God (Ps. 16:11). Nothing could help Jacob except realizing the presence of God (Ps. 16:11). There are three reasons why one knows not the presence of God: (1) preoccupations; (2) distractions; and, (3) ignorance of God’s Word (Hos. 4:6). Jacob undoubtedly was preoccupied with regrets for the past; loneliness and fear in the present; and uncertainty of the future (Pr. 23:7). Anyone under the pressure of an emotional crisis can easily be distracted by money or the lack thereof, materialistic things; fear; the voice of the world; the voice of the flesh; and, the voice of the devil (Matt. 6:24).           

It’s time to awake from “sleep” and realize that the presence of God is here whether we know it or not—whether we want Him or not. The problem is that we don not practice the presence of God. So, don’t be like Jacob who looked back after a dream or a life-experience and say, “surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it!”

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Fire Proof Faith Part 1

Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement, edification, and inspiration.

Living In the Face of God

So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God . . . 7 On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the Lord: 8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! 9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! 11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore! 1 Chronicles 16:1, 7-11 NKJV

The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of the God, and in the Old Testament, the word for the presence (panim) of God is also translated as the face of God (2 Chron. 7:14; 2 Sam. 21:1). Thus, for three months the household of Obed-edom lived in the face of God, and God blessed them and everything that belonged to them (2 Sam. 6:11-12). The path of life for blessing and abundance is living consciously in the presence of God (John 10:10). Again, to live in the presence is to live in the face of God.

According to Psalm 16:11, in the face of God, there is fullness of joy, not partial joy, or joy intermingled with pain and suffering (John 16:24; 15:11). Further, the believer stands at God’s right hand—the hand of honor and strength, favor, and power (Eph. 1:20; 2:6). Moreover, believers are promised pleasures forevermore—not necessarily endless happiness, but that God would abundantly satisfy with fullness (Ps. 36:8). Every answered prayer, every Word of the Lord spoken to your heart, and every manifestation of God is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore.

What does it mean to live in the face of God? It is to live life with a consciousness of God’s ubiquitous presence; not living one way when you’re conscious of His presence and in an unholy fallen way during a mental lapse of consciousness of God. For example, in your human nature, you’re often on your best behavior in the face of one you respect, but you may be disrespectful of that same person when their back is turned. God never turns His back!

Jesus taught His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount that “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt. 5:8). In the pureness of your heart and being conscious of living in the face of God, shouldn’t you feel fear and reverence? (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; Ps. 111:9). Wouldn’t you pray and worship Him? Wouldn’t your words and behavior show honor and respect? Would you still be a people-pleaser? (Mat t. 5:37; Rom. 8:8). To live in the face of God is to live with an uninterrupted consciousness of His presence; it is to set your affection (mind, mental disposition, consciousness) on things above. Not on the things on the earth (Col. 3:2).

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – But If Not Part 2

Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement, edification, and inspiration.

Joy In the Presence of God

For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:10-11 NKJV

In the Old Testament the word “presence” (panim) is also translated “face” which means to seek the presence of the Lord (2 Chron. 7:14). God is always present. Some seek Him or respond in other ways. For example, like Adam & Eve, God’s presence may cause some people to feel fear (Gen. 3:10); like Joshua, it can bring comfort in a time of anxiety and trouble (Jos. 1:5); like David, it brings strength and encouragement when you’re feeling downcast (Ps.42:5); like Jonah, some have tried in vain to escape God’s presence (Jon. 1:3); and, for the spiritually enlightened, God’s presence causes you to have fullness of joy.  

In the text above, this Messianic/resurrection psalm, God gives David assurance of eternal life, which foreshadows his greater Son’s (Jesus Christ) victory over death and the grave. God gives us the same assurance. By grace through faith, there is a path for us from death to life, and we too have been quicken, raised and made to sit in heavenly with Christ (Eph. 2:5-6). This path is one of love, mercy and grace, forgiveness and reconciliation to God. Because of this legal position in Christ, we are already potentially in heaven and experientially in His presence here on earth (Ps. 140:13), where there is fullness of joy.

We now live in the presence of God who is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time). Where we are, God is there (Prov. 15:3; Ps. 139:7-8). Since God is omnipresent, our inheritance in God is also omnipresence (Col 1:12). God is light; thus, omnipresence is Jesus the light of the world (John 8:12). So, everywhere God is, heaven is also there in our heart. By faith, heaven is here and now. If heaven is here and now, the only thing we should be feeling now is fullness of joy (John 16:24). God is able to make us stand in the presence of His glory with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24).

It is error to think and say: One day I’m going to stand in the presence of His glory. We are there now! (See Number 14:21; John 11:40). This should fill our hearts with joy (John 15:11). In His presence there is fullness of joy—that which is pleasant, delightful, and sweet. Every answered prayer and every manifestation of God’s glory affords us fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – But If Not

Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement, edification, and inspiration.

Not In Vain

O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 NKJV

As we say goodbye to the year 2020, just know that God is still speaking and working in the lives of His people. This has been a year of fighting many battles, and some are probably weary, worn, and tired fighting the good fight of faith—sometimes fighting the same battles over and over—whether it was marriage and family; or some other relationship; work and business; church and ministry; finances and health; and, of course, covid-19 which has caused so much fatigue with exponential infections, hospitalizations and deaths, This year brought many overwhelming and difficult circumstances.  So, what is God saying in the face of these challenges: “don’t give up, continue the fight. Your work of faith and labor is not in vain.”

Through the power of the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3), this year hasn’t been in vain because God has given us the victory. In the face of difficult situations, you may not feel successful, but you do have the victory. It is easy to feel that this year has been in vain if you confuse success with victory. Success is achieving a favorable outcome or desire; but on the other hand, victory is the overcoming of an enemy. Through Christ, we have overcome the sting of death and any other enemy (Text). We have the victory—period!

There is victory in Jesus; thus, Apostle Paul admonishes us to “be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (Text). So what does all of this mean? To be steadfast is to continue to be seated and settled in “heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6); to be unmovable is to be unalarmed and undeterred regardless of the circumstance—to be planted like a tree by the rivers of water (Psalm 1:3; Acts 20:22-24), and always abounding in the work is to be engaged in doing the will of God, giving Him glory, and advancing his kingdom (Col. 2:7). Our living, giving, praying, and other commitments and disciplines in the Lord are never in vain!

Never cease “your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father” (1 Thess. 1:3). Because of the resurrection, we have the victory; therefore, nothing we do is in vain. So, don’t stop doing good because you don’t see immediate results; don’t get discouraged (Gal. 6:9); just keep on keeping on, being steadfast, unmovable; always abounding in the work of the Lord!

WORD POWER with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams

Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement, edification, and inspiration.

Christmas Lights Are About “the Light”

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2 KJV

The prophet Isaiah prophesied that a great light would come into the world to bring illumination to those who walked in darkness. This great light is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. His first coming fulfilled this prophecy (Matt. 4:1-16; John 1:9). Jesus was born to save mankind from their sins: “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). Jesus is the reason for the holiday season!

During the holiday season, the inside of homes and their front yards are aglow with displays of Christmas lights during celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Why? It’s all because of Jesus! John the Baptist said of Jesus that, “[h]e (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:8,-9). Furthermore, Jesus also said that, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness (John 12:46).

Whenever Christ comes, the light comes, for He is light. Every string of Christmas lights should remind us that Jesus left heaven for earth to save us from our sins saying, “I come to do thy will, O God” (Heb. 10:9). Christmas lights are emblematical of God’s great purpose for man as “manifested by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and has  brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10). Moreover, Jesus said, ““I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Christmas lights are about the Light. Let Christmas lights shine bright because Jesus is the light of the world. Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa and happy holy days!