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Word Power with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – A Picture of Health Part 2

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

The Ways of Life

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 NKJV

In life, there many roads that leads to many destinations. But there are only two roads and two destinations that lead to eternity. One road leads to heaven—way of the righteous; and the other road leads to hell—the way of the ungodly. These are inescapable truths.

The first mention of the word “way” in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:24 when God expelled Adam and Eve, from the Garden of Eden, for their rebellious and irresponsible behavior, after they sinned against God’s command. After God’s judgment of Cherubim and a flaming sword to protect the “tree of life”, they could no longer travel that “way” of life; and thus, began to die spiritually and eventually, physically.

There are only two ways of looking at life—the God-centered viewpoint, which leads to life, and a man-centered viewpoint that leads to death. Ergo, the psalmist concluded that there are only two ways of life—the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly.

It has been said that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Good intentions aren’t good enough. Everything that seems right, or looks right, or sounds right, or even feels right may not be right, but it may lead to death (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount that life presents us with two “gates” that lead to two ways: the narrow gate is the way that  leads to life and the broad gate leads to death (Matt. 7:13-14).

So, what is the way of the righteous? Isaiah spoke of the “way” that we should walk in and not turn to the right hand or to the left hand (Isa. 30:21). Jesus said that He was and is that way (John 14:6). Make no mistake about it. Jesus doesn’t show the way; He is the way. Salvation is in a person (2 Tim. 1:12). Jesus is not one of many ways. He is the only way to heaven; not religion, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, not even Church membership. In life, there is only the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly. Jesus is the way of the righteous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Power with Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – A Picture of Health

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

Loves Shows the Way

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NKJV

How can we be perfect—sinless and flawlessly perfect? As long as we have an earthly nature, we will never have sinless perfection like God does in heaven, but we can be perfect in character, in holiness, in maturity, and in love. How? Love shows the way to perfection.

Being on the path of perfection and staying on the path can be hard. For example, whenever we are wronged, often our first reaction is to get even and retaliate against our perceived enemy, and to keep score of their wrongs. Jesus taught that we should love and forgive, but is this natural? No, it is supernatural, and only God’s love can show us the way to the path of perfection, because love and forgiveness keeps us on the path.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus outlined several “higher standards of righteous” for us to practice if we were ever to become perfect (Matt. 5:38-48). Retaliation, revenge, refusing to give, hate, and not praying for those who hurt us, will cause us to stall on the path. Humanly speaking, the exceeding high standard of behavior the Lord calls for is nearly impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit and God’s love in your heart (Matt. 5:20). Once on the path, we must be determined to stay on the path; therefore, we must forget about all of our past failures, mistakes, missteps, and short-comings and keep pressing on (Phil. 3:13-14).

Love shows the way to those who aspire to be imitators of God (Eph. 5:1). On the path of perfection, we must resist retaliation when wronged and desire Christian maturity; we must love those who hate us; pray for those who persecute us; and, show kindness to both friend and foe by imitating God’s love. Love shows the way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Power with Dr. Jerry Williams – Power and Strength in the Spirit

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

Excellence Is Not Perfection

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 KJV

“Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Why? The will of God here on earth is the same will as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).  Not only is God perfect in heaven and earth, He has an excellent Spirit; and, the people of God should also strive for a spirit of excellence while on the path of perfection. Excellence is not perfection, but helps to keep you on the path of perfection.

Often people conflate excellence with perfection. In fact, some with a spirit of excellence are sometimes accused of being a perfectionist—not in most cases. Having a spirit of excellence is not perfection. They are not the same. For example, Noah was just man and perfect in his generations and he walked with God, but the Bible doesn’t say that he had a spirit of excellence (Gen. 6:9). Job was a perfect and upright man, i.e., full of integrity and truth, but he wasn’t one with a spirit of excellence (Job 1:1; 3:25); but on the other hand, Daniel had an excellent spirit, but not perfection (Dan. 6:3).

What is a spirit of excellence?  It is living in a state of excellence and valuable quality (Merriam-Webster), measured by one’s heart—not the abundance of skill (Col. 3:23); whether you’re facing a test or trial, believing God’s promise, serving in ministry, or just living your life, do it with a spirit of excellence. It is doing everything heartily to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). This is the spirit that keeps you on the path of perfection.

A spirit of excellence is always about man’s doing (Prov. 12:26). An Excellent Spirit is about the Lord and His Doings (Ps. 8:1). Man’s spirit of excellence will demand and command valuable quality (Isa. 12:5) while God’s excellent Spirit releases the Word and works of the Lord (Prov. 22:20). Just know that a believer with a spirit of excellence will imitate God’s excellent Spirit in order to stay on the path of perfection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Power with Dr. Jerry Williams – God’s Ultimate Prayer

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

Don’t Lose Your Joy!

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NKJV

The apostle James taught us to consider various trials encountered as joy, showing a direct relationship between the testing of one’s faith with patience; and, patience working perfection (Jas. 1:2-4). I think James knew that in life stuff would happen and Satan’s number one weapon is affliction (Mark 4:17). Afflictions are the pressures of life: sickness, financial problems, persecution, trouble, various tests and trials. So, when you encounter pressures of life, don’t get upset; don’t lose your joy. Endure it with the joy of the Lord knowing that these things are being used to produce patience and patience puts you on the path of perfection, if you don’t lose your joy.

We are to consider various trial in life as joy—not happiness. Why? Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment because someone or something brought you pleasurable satisfaction (Merriam-Webster). Happiness is based on “happenings” or circumstances, but circumstances are subject to change; then your feeling of happiness changes. On the other hand, joy is a force of the Spirit of God; an unchanging attribute of God’s Spirit; a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). It is patience during the trial, coupled with joy that sets you on the path of perfection.

When trials come to try your faith and test your character, joy is your best character witness. Joy gives you strength to endure (Neh.8:10). For example, Jesus, in His earthly perfection, endured the cross with joy (Heb. 12:2); and, Peter and the apostles rejoiced after being persecuted and beaten (Acts 5:41). They gloried also in their tribulation (Rom. 5:3), and they patiently endured—showing no impatience or weariness—but they endured what was happening with joy (Matt. 10:22), with patience and joy gaining the life of their souls and experiencing the reality of their faith (Luke 21:19).

If the path of perfection were a train, i.e., a love train, then joy would be the engine; peace would be a box car; and, patience would be the caboose. Patience must be constant with joy throughout the trial, whether you’re believing God for provision (Phil. 4:19), or believing for physical or emotional healing (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus said, “these things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” [complete, perfect, entire lacking nothing]. Don’t lose your joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Power with Dr. Jerry Williams – From the Beginning to the End

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The Path to Perfection

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NKJV

I have read that sacred cows are worshipped in India. Many will not eat a cow—but they worship them—notwithstanding widespread hunger and poverty. Likewise, some people worship the Bible. They won’t believe it or act on it; they just worship it. When trials, tribulations, troubles and problems come, for far too many, their troubles have become a sacred cow, because they erroneously believe that these problems somehow perfect them.

In the text above, Jesus taught the multitudes to be perfect, i.e., fully developed. While we live here on planet earth, since we retain the old nature, we are not perfect as God is perfect—that is, sinless perfection, but we can be both fully formed spiritually and spiritually fully developed on the path to Heaven.

Perfection is the offspring of patience, and patience is a fruit of the Spirit that preceded by love, joy, and peace (Gal. 5:22). According to Apostle James, the path of perfection begins with joy (Jas. 1:2-4). James didn’t say count it all joy when you walk or jump into a trial. In fact, Jesus taught us to avoid these kinds of situations (Matt. 6:13). When you fall, don’t get upset. Just know that the pressures of life are being used to produce patience, and patience puts you on the path of perfection.

The Apostle Paul told the Roman Christians to glory in tribulations because tribulations work patience (Rom. 5:3).  You can come out a tribulation perfect, not because of the trial but because you allowed patience to have her perfect work. James didn’t say that the trying of your faith makes you perfect. The trying of your faith is a call for patience, and patience sets you on the path of perfection.

It is patience that produces a perfect work in our lives. Patience is enduring affliction without anger or complaint. It is not waiting for something to happen, but it is enduring what is happening (Matt. 10:22). Patience comes in to undergird your faith when all hell breaks loose. Patience reinforces your faith like pier under a bridge. The trying of your faith doesn’t prefect faith, but it put your patience on the path of perfection.