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WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Refreshed and Ready

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

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The Power of God unto Salvation

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  Romans 1:16 NKJV

The Gospel is God’s good news to sinners that His Son Jesus Christ has taken their sins on Himself (1 Peter 2:24) and satisfied God’s demand for justice, by bearing the penalty of death for them (Ezek. 18:20); and not only that, He rose from the dead to give them eternal life (John 3:16). The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, in three dimensions, to everyone who believes: in their past, present, and future.

Salvation is not just a past single isolated event in one’s life. Salvation is progressive and effected by the Gospel which is the power of God. Naturally speaking, a Life Guard may save a drowning person today, but he doesn’t continue to save the person daily, nor does he promise to save the person in the future. When a sinner is saved in response to the Gospel message, the Gospel becomes the power of God unto that sinner’s past, present, and future salvation. The Gospel teaches us that Jesus Christ is a sinner’s spiritual Life Guard (Acts 4:12).

Salvation past occurred when a believer was saved from the guilt and the penalty of sin in their life (Luke 7:36-50). This is one’s initial salvation produced by the power of the Gospel. After this initial salvation, the believer is saved daily from the power of sin (Rom. 6:14). God’s standard for every believer to live a holy life. This expectation is never lowered; in fact, under Moses, the Law demanded holiness, but no man was able to keep the Law. God also requires a holy life under grace, too; but grace makes holiness possible—Christ lives His life through the believer.

Salvation future is a promise that every believer will be saved from the presence of sin in his old nature and become wholly sin-free just like the Lord (Rom. 13:11). Thus, if a sinner believed and acted on Romans 10:9 and 10, he was saved, he is being saved daily, and he shall be saved when he appears before the Lord in Glory. This is the progressive power of God unto salvation!

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Loss of Appetite 2.0

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What Is A Christian?

As he spake these words, many believed on him. 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:30-32 KJV

A Christian is generally defined as one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. But does this include people who irregularly attend church services? Does this include democrats, republicans, conservatives, liberals and progressives, pro-life proponents and pro-choice proponents? What about members of radical hate groups; and, does it include all citizens born in a so-called “Christian” nation?

Seems like everyone and everything can be considered “Christian”—there seems to be as many flavors of a “Christian” as there are flavors of “Baskin-Robbins” Ice Cream. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Cor. 13:5). True believers must examine themselves, based on the authority of the Scriptures, and ask themselves the question: What is a Christian? Am I a Christian according to God’s Word?

You cannot honestly begin a self-examination without admitting that Christianity, according to the Scriptures, is not a religion but a way of life (John 10:9, 10; 14:6); and, that acknowledging that Jesus, God’s Son, was not a Christian; He was a Jew who both kept and fulfilled the Law of Moses. Jesus never promised to build or establish a “Christian”, but rather He promised to build a “Church” (Matt. 16:18). He never said that “I am a Christian. But He did He say that “I am the Light of the world; I am the Way; I am the Door; I am the Gate; I am the Good Shepherd; I am the True Vine; I am the Bread of Life; and, I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

A true Christian is one who believes on Jesus and continues to follow His Word (Text). The Disciples of Christ were called “Christians first at Antioch (Acts 11:26), i.e., they were called “Christ ones” because they followed Christ—not as a compliment, but they were being mocked, derided, and persecuted. It was the world that coined the title “Christian”—not Christ!  The Apostle Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, referred to believers in his epistles as “saints, the church of God, or brethren.” Apostle Peter used the word “Christian” one time to comfort believers dealing with the suffering of shame that may have been associated with this name (1 Peter 4:16).

So, should it be discouraged for anyone to call a true disciple a Christian? Absolutely not! The take away here is simple:  true disciples of Jesus should be the ones defining and framing what it means to be a Christian. We must be concerned about the Lord’s expectations—not the world’s! “Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart . . . Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart” (Lyrics, Negro Folk Song 1907).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Loss of Appetite

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As for Me and My House

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:30-33 NKJV 

After God had given Israel rest from all their enemies in the Promised Land, Joshua—now old and advanced in age—gave Israel his final message with an unwavering conviction, saying: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Jos. 24:15). You can’t always understand the way that God works, but when a father believes and faithfully obey the Lord, sooner or later, his children will come along (Mal. 4:6). This is called Oikos evangelism, i.e., reaching out to the whole family and household.

For example, in our text above, the Philippian Jailor sought salvation; not only for himself, but for his household. He and his household were immediately baptized after Paul and Silas spoke the Word of the Lord to them. Now, the Philippian Jailor could also stand on Joshua’s conviction: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Jos. 24:15).

Another example would be Cornelius, a man who was devout, feared God, give alms to the poor, and even received a vision from God; yet, Cornelius hadn’t made Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. But after he received Peter’s preaching that Jesus is Lord, he and his relatives and near friends—gathered together in his house—all received the gift of the Holy Spirit, which strongly infers that they first received their salvation in Christ Jesus. As for Cornelius, he and his household served the Lord (Acts 10:1-5, 24, 44-45).

Fathers and the heads of households must let their lights shine, ala Joshua, the Philippian Jailor and Cornelius (Matt. 5:16). Too many heads of households have an unchristian reputation, i.e., how they live at home; thus, the unsaved living with them don’t see them practice the promises of God. When a father or head of household walks in faith and acts on what he believes, he will influence his relatives and household members toward the Lord. Then and only then, can he say with confidence: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – You Are What You Eat

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 “Mother-head”

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. Acts 16:30-32 NKJV

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19 KJV

Headship is a fundamental arrangement that God uses to maintain order in the home. For example, according to the Scriptures, “the husband is the head of the wife” (Eph. 5:23; 1 Cor. 11:3). Subjection to a husband/father is essential to building a solid, happy, and peaceful family. According to U.S. Census Data, this principle of husbandly/fatherly headship is missing in 25% of white families and about 65% of black families in the U.S. But a lack of a husband/father doesn’t change the principle of headship; because mothers, out of necessity, will assume headship. I call this phenomenon “mother-head.”

Motherhood is the state and quality of being a mother (Merriam-Webster). On the other hand, “mother-head” is when the mother assumes headship, co-opting the roles, qualities and spirit of both mother and father (Author/Blogger).

God’s promise to save isn’t limited to gender. The Philippian Jailor and his household was promised salvation—not because he was a man, but because he was the head of a household (Acts 16:31-32). God honors headship regardless if the head is a male or female. In the home, God’s promises can only be circumvented only if the head of the family and household doesn’t live for God, nor command his children and household to do the same. The primary responsibility of the “head” is to command, i.e., instruct and teach, his children and household in two ways: (1) to keep the ways of the Lord; and, (2) to do righteousness and justice (Gen. 18:19). “Mother-head” is when a single mother is given this charge out of necessity.

It is God who builds a family and household (Psalm 127:1). And, it is God who gives a single mother the grace for “headship.” In fact, most single mothers would gladly choose motherhood over “mother-head” where they have to wear both “hats”—fulfilling the roles and responsibility of a mother and father. Some fathers are present, some AWOL, and some are just titular heads.

A present father will lead his wife and children and other members of the household, thus fulfilling his God-given role and responsibility. An AWOL father is absent—not present in the mother or the children lives. And, a titular father is the “head” only in name. He is physically present but emotionally and spiritually absent. Without headship from a father, children are at risk of behavior problems, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy, gang membership, substance abuse, crime, prison, and poverty. But when a mother is forced into “mother-head”, God will still honor his promise to her and her household. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – “Change Your Mind”

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Lost and Found

And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. Acts 16:27-33 NKJV 

Undoubtedly, a missing fruit in the latter day church is a lack of oikos (Greek) evangelism, i.e., sharing Christ with the whole family—the whole household. This includes witnessing the Gospel message to everyone under the influence of your household. You may be saved, but without your witness, family and household members remain lost and need to be found.

The “Lost and Found” is a place where personal property is kept until claimed by the lawful owner. So, what does it mean for a sinner to be lost and found? First and foremost, understand that a person is a sinner, primarily, not because of what they do, but because of whom they are—a person without Christ in their life. Furthermore, a person is lost because they don’t know where they are and whose they are. They are lost within themselves but not to God. Nothing is ever lost in the mind of God.

To be found is when God, by His Spirit, makes a rightful claim on your soul (Luke 19:5-10; John 6:44). Figuratively, God claims the lost from the “Lost and Found.” Like the keeper of the prison (Text), a sinner is sleep in darkness and will only be awaken by God shaking the foundations of his life—being before oblivious to the light of the Gospel. In fact, Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that, “ . . . if our gospel is hid, it is hid to those who are lost, in whose minds the god of this world has blinded, who do not believe, lest the glorious light of the gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Cor. 4:3,4 ). So what makes a sinner see and realize the need for salvation?

If a sinner doesn’t see the need, he remains blind to the Supply; if he doesn’t see the problem, he remains blind to the Solution.  Jesus Christ is the Supply and the Solution, and He will come to claim lost souls in the “Lost and Found.”  When a sinner realizes that he is lost, helpless and without hope; then he’ll believe. It’s the only thing left that he can do (Acts 2:37). The evidence that he truly believes that he acts on what he believes, i.e., he’ll look for an opportunity to “wash stripes” (Acts 16:33). To “wash stripes” are acts of rectitude and restitution—seeking to clean up what he messed up; he wants to right his old sinful acts that wounded and hurt others. This may not be possible in every case, but just know, what the new believer can’t make right, God will by His grace.