Word Power With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – The Inward Voice 2.0

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tuhc7-d84ca5

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

Fiery Trials

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12-13 NKJV

Do not think that it’s strange; don’t be surprised, when you experience a fiery trial—something used by the devil—that is so calamitous, so devastating, so severe—in order to destroy your faith. Your adversary, the devil, is out to steal the Word of God from you. Just remember, it isn’t God sending the fiery trial, but it’s the devil.

Satan’s number one weapon that he uses to steal the Word from you is affliction and persecution (Mark 4:17). Affliction means “pressures of life.” Affliction includes sickness and disease, financial problems, and physical and emotional problems including anxiety and depression. So, what is the will of God concerning fiery trials?

The apostle James said that you should “count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing that the trying of your faith works patience” (James 1:2-3). Various temptations (tests and trials) are to be received with joy and endured with patience. The word, “temptation” translated means evil solicitation; tests and trials (Greek text); and Jesus called temptation evil (Matt. 6:13).

If Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”, then how could tests and trials be the will of God.  And, in the same teaching on prayer, Jesus first taught his disciples to pray: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Since there are no fiery trials, tests and trials in heaven, then obviously, these pressures of life aren’t the will of God here on earth.

The will of God is to endure, i.e., be patient (Jas. 1:12-14); not waiting for something to happen, but enduring what is happening. Remember the devil comes to steal the Word with affliction to cause you to fail, to quit, and go back into sin (See Mark 4:15-20). When you are faced with a fiery trial, including this Coronavirus pandemic, “let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Power With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – The Inward Voice

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-szbzg-d84c96

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

The Trying of Your Faith

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12, 13 NKJV

The Twilight Zone was a television series aired on CBS back in the early 1960s with episodes of science fiction, suspense, horror, and sometimes a psychological thriller with an unexpected twist. The show fantasized about strange things that happened to people. This Coronavirus pandemic that we are experiencing can feel like a twilight zone, but it is nothing more than the trying of our faith, and we should not think that is strange.

We are told by the apostle James to “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (Jas. 1:2-4). According to James, the trying of our faith is various temptations, i.e., tests and trials, troubles and problems. We are told to count it joy when we fall into—not walk into or jump into a temptation.  If we fall into a situation of no making of our own, God will give us the grace to overcome it and come out on the other side better and stronger. But make no mistake about it; trials don’t come not to try us, but rather they come to try our faith—to test what we really believe about the Word of God. Too many Christians believe in the Bible and even worship it, but not enough will act on what it says. Every trial is an opportunity, if we have an attitude of joy.

Test and trials don’t make us stronger, but we can come out stronger if we take the opportunity to stand on the Word—that’s what faith is. Faith is like a bridge over troubled waters, and patience is the pier to uphold our faith. And, patience works by us being constant and consistent in our faith. And, it is patience that perfects us, not the trial itself (Heb. 10:36).

Further, we must have the right perspective about the trying of our faith, especially during this COVID-19 viral pandemic. Is it God’s will? Not according to scripture (Matt. 6:10). Will this test and trial make us grow and become more like Jesus? No! It is the Word of God and the Spirit of God that makes us grow stronger and be more like Jesus. Test and trials come to take the Word out of us, to cause us to fail, and to cause us to go back into sin (See Mark 4:14-20). Whatever the will of God is in heaven, it is also His will for us here in the earth. So don’t think that this pandemic is some strange thing. It is a trial which is to try us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Being Led by the Spirit 2.0

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ep4sv-d71cca

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

The Empty Tomb

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NKJV

Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross and buried in a borrowed tomb, but on the third day He arose; and those who went to His grave—first the women, and afterwards both the women and Peter and John—found an empty tomb (John 20:1-8). He was resurrected from the dead!

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the heart of the Gospel message. Without the resurrection, we have nothing to stand on as believers, and our faith in Christ Jesus would be in vain (1 Cor. 15:14, 17). Jesus’ bodily resurrection tells us that the grave could not hold Him and that He demonstrated power over death. This in-refutable fact holds the promise that we too, who believe, will also have victory over death (1 Cor. 15:55). The empty tomb is the evidence that Jesus is not dead; He is alive and well (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).

Both the cross and the empty tomb are significant in the Christian faith. Why? The cross symbolizes our atoning sacrifice for sin (John 1:29; Heb. 9:22). It is also the universal symbol of Christianity, but it has no saving power. The cross (timber of a tree) was an instrument of capital punishment and suffering and shame. It only symbolizes what Jesus did (1 Peter 2:24). And, the empty tomb is a symbol of the resurrection and victory over death—speaks of what Jesus is doing right now in the lives of believers.  The empty tomb gives us the hope of our victory over death and our resurrection.

Much is said and sung about the cross, but little or nothing about the empty tomb; believers even wear and display crosses as a symbol of their faith. Some will even hang a cross around their neck. But why do we hang a cross around our neck but not an empty an empty tomb? Jesus is no longer on the cross; He is not dead, He has risen! It is the empty tomb that tomb demonstrates that death is not the end for us but only a new beginning in the presence of the risen One (1 Cor. 5:3)

So, the empty tomb is the evidence without question or dispute, “[that] without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory” (1 Tim. 3:16). Because of the empty tomb, we are forgiven of sin; we are saved by grace through faith; we have eternal life; we are filled with the Spirit; we have life in abundance; we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus; and, we have hope against hope, today and tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Being Led by the Spirit

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-u5atj-d71b91

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

Fear Not!

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

The Lord is your Helper and He promised to never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5); yet, one of Satan’s most powerful and insidious weapons used against the people of God is fear: fear of failure, fear not having enough, fear sickness and disease, and in these days, even fear of contracting or dying from a viral infection.

Fear immobilizes and paralyses you by instilling dread in your heart and mind. But if you are faithful, focused, and fearless, you will triumph in victory by staying present in the moment, keeping your eyes on Him, and showing courage in the face of fear.

What Is Fear?  Fear is the opposite of fearlessness and courage. It is a feeling—and can be a spirit—of dread caused by the expectation or realization of danger, or any unfavorable outcome. What causes fear is the uncertainty of the future (See Gen. 15:1). Fear is an acronym (F.E.A.R.)—any circumstance presenting false evidence in your mind but appearing real; and thus, you react as if it were so. Therefore, fear is faith in reverse. But God says, “Fear not, for I am with you!”

The two greatest emotions among mankind are fear and love. Always choose love because God is love and there is no fear in love; in fact, perfect love casts out the torment of fear (1 John 4:7-8, 18). Remember you are dead with Christ in God (Col. 3:2, 3), and “dead men don’t sin’ and dead men don’t fear! But truth be told . . .

It is only natural in your humanity to have some fear, but choose to respond to fear in faith and not react with dread in your heart.         “Fearless” isn’t the absence of fear, but having courage in the face of fear, just as Moses told Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of  them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Fear produces bondage, but fearlessness produces liberty and victory (Rom. 8:15; 2 Tim. 1:7). Fear not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Four Voices 2.0

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ui8yi-d4c436

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

Keep Your Eyes on Him

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2, 3 NKJV

Living in a day and time of COVID-19, the Coronavirus pandemic, can be unsettling in many ways. These perilous times can try your faith, distort your focus, and shake your courage. But you must not let plagues, pestilences, life’s troubles, and other distractions dampen your faith, blur your focus, or grip you with fear. You must continue to do God’s will, and in the end, you will triumph if you remain faithful, focused, and fearless.  You need to stay present in the moment and keep your eyes on God. Just keep eyes on Him!

In scripture text above, we are told to set our mind on things above—not on the things of the earth—because we are dead in Christ (Gal. 2:20) and our life is hid and protected with Christ in God. What God is saying is that we are to focus on Him and not be moved by everything happening in the world. Focus is fixing your spiritual eyes, i.e., your mental sight. “Where there is no [mental sight], the people perish” (Prov. 29:18). To focus on God is not glancing at Him, His Word, or His promise in the times of trouble (Ps. 41:1; 59:16); it is time to gaze and not glance. When you gaze at God, you are focused on Him and maintaining a clear image of a vision of victory—coming out of this crisis on the other side.

Let us set our minds and spiritual eyes on God. Instead of seeing only the discouraging and mounting number of infections and deaths caused by this invisible enemy, let us look unto Jesus, our Lord (2 Cor. 4:18; Heb. 12:2). “Let [our] eyes look straight ahead, and let [our] eyelids look right before [us]” (Prov. 4:25). And, if you believe what you see by faith, stand on Isaiah 44:23, “Sing O heavens for the Lord has done it. Shout you lower parts of the earth; break forth into singing.” It’s time to focus on God; it’s time to sing; it’s time to shout!  “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him (Isa 59:19). Just keep your eyes on Him!