My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children
1 Peter 3:15-16
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
I have spent a season in debates over the Word of God and in exhortation. I have learned so, so much from the Lord. I have also seen His love for me in His defense. Yet, He has placed it in my heart to simply not care about such things for this season that He is taking me into. This has been for a while since my last Blessed Thoughts post. It is like the Holy Spirit give a last punch, and was like, "Ok, time to move on," and completely changed the direction of my heart. Many things have been said since then, and I have simply been mostly unmoved. My focus is even more on the Word of Jesus and not on the words of men. Emery in Christ is now in a season of love and encouragement instead of debate and exhortation. A season of renewal and healing.
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
1 Corinthians 8:1-2
Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
So, a lot of times, in the church, we do things without knowing what they are and their purpose. An example is testifying. What is a testimony and what does it mean to testify? Well, we will start in what we are when we testify. We are witnesses. That means that we saw and experienced something. When we speak of what we saw and experienced, we testify.
As Christians, we are to be witnesses to Christ. That means that we are to see and experience who Christ is and what He can do. When we speak of who He is and what He has done, we testify. The purpose of being a witness in Christ and testifying of His grandeur is to bring glory to Him. This is so crucial that I will say it again. The purpose of being a witness in Christ and testifying of His grandeur is to bring glory to Him.
One example of a witness testifying to the glory of Christ is when the King Darius praised God for protecting Daniel in the lion's den. Darius did not speak of Daniel. He did not say that Daniel was so bold or powerful. Though it was one of Daniel's testimonies, He gave all the glory to God.
In Daniel 6, verses 25 to 27, we read:
Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
For He is the living God,
And steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,
And His dominion shall endure to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Going all the way down to the Old Testament, we see Jesus and the Samaritan woman. While in Daniel 6, King Darius was a witness to something that Daniel went through, in John 4, the Samaritan woman was a witness to something that she went through herself. We see that after she saw and experienced Christ, she did not boast of herself to her fellow villagers. She did not speak of how special and grand she was to have seen and spoken to Christ so personally. She did not call attention to herself. Instead, she pointed the villagers to Christ. In verses 28 to 29, we read: "The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” When she testified, she did not call the people to come and see her but to go and see Christ. She did not render glory to herself. She rendered glory to Christ.
Personally, I can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who protects for many times the devil tried to kill me but Christ gave me life. Even greater than that, I can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who Saves, for I once was lost in sin but Jesus forgave me and redeemed me into righteousness.
Someone can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who heals for that person once was sick, almost to death, and Christ healed them. Another can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who restores, for they almost lost their marriage but Christ restored it. Also, one can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who provides, for they had no means to pay for their education but Christ made way for them to obtain an education through honorable means. Etc.
The greatest testimony though is that Christ is the One who Saves. That is the essence of the name of Jesus. Yeshua. Yehoshua. Yaweh is Salvation. His own name witnesses to Him and the greatest act that He has ever fulfilled. - WOW. The name above all names!!! -
In all these cases, the glory does not go to the witness for they did not do anything great. They simply received something great. Instead, the glory goes to Christ who was the One who saved, the One who protected, the One who healed, the One who restored, the One who provided, etc.
If anyone testifies with the purpose of having people look at them with reverence and praise them, they have yet to understand who Jesus is and what Jesus did for them. For if they truly understood how great Jesus is and how little they are, they would be completely convicted that all glory belongs to Christ and Christ alone. I mean... take some time to study astronomy. Look at the planets, the stars, the moon and the sun. Look at how big the galaxy is and think on how there are many more galaxies. - Look up pictures. - Think on how God sits above it all and created all of it. Then, you will see how before God, we are just a pieces of dusts and do not deserve even a bit of the glory that He is to receive, and it is by grace that He even thinks about us. It is by excess love that He sent His Only Begotten Son to die for us. The Son of God died for bits of dusts who have sinned against Him again and again! Amazing!!!
That is why one's testimony does not make one so special, but instead makes Christ so worthy. A person's testimony certainly does not make a person more special than other people for everyone who is in Christ has a testimony that shows how worthy Christ is. The testimonies may be different but each have equal value.
Lastly, as I said before, a testimony is not the gospel. While it brings the Lord glory to share with an individual what Jesus has done for you, the gospel is what God did for that individual. I can share with a person my relationship with Jesus and all that I have experienced in Him, but they will not feel invited to received Christ unless I share with them that Jesus has something special for them as well. Christ died for me. Yet, what brings an individual to Christ is that He died for that individual as well. Going back to the Samaritan woman, she did not only tell the people to look at what this Jesus did for her, she also told them to go and see for themselves who He is and what He can do.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
So today, is a very different post. I have been thinking about this post and whether to write it and how to go about it if I choose to do so... and here it is.
I have been writing a whole lot, but most readers do not know who I am. There is a reason for that. When the Lord was speaking into my heart to build up this website, He placed heavily within me John 3:30, which speaks: "He must increase; but I must decrease." There is a lot of self-idolatry in this world, and many individuals build up alters to themselves. They worship themselves and put themselves out there for people to worship them. They are very much like: "Look at me! Look at my beauty. Look at my hair. Look at my clothes. Look at my purses. Look at my shoes. Look at my husband. Look at my children. Look at my family. Look at my activities. Look at my house. Look at my decor. Look at my education. Look at my career. Look at my work. Look at my money. Look at my car. Look at all of my possessions. Look at my ministry. Look at my gains. Look at me! Am I not just prefect or near perfect and deserving of your attention and admiration?” Let me make this very clear, no person besides Christ is worthy of a person’s devotion. All admiration, glory, honor and praise belong to Him.
Refusing to turn to the Lord, from the self-idolatry of this world has come social media platforms that are very much about the self. There was a time when the Lord just spoke into my mind to look at the titles of these social media worlds. YOUTube. FACEbook. INSTAgram. Twitter. To help you to understand what these titles reveal, I will explain each. YOUTube. This one is pretty easy. It is a platform where you can have a channel that is all about YOU so that people can worship YOU. FACEbook. It is a platform that is mostly about posting pictures so that people can see your FACE. The face is most critical when it comes to defining an individual. It is easy to find two individuals with the same hair type or skin tone or height, but it is the hardest to find two individuals with the exact same facial features. Even identical twins can have certain unique traits. Again, the face is very much about the self. Next, INSTAgram. One does not need to think about what pictures they are posting. They can send it off INSTANTLY. Twitter. A bird that just talks and talks with no kind of self-control when it comes to the words that are coming out of its mouth. Even Pinterest has its evil. It enables a person to have different cults of adoration to vanity. Let me not talk about selfies. How many must we take before we come to believe ourselves to be beautiful? The answer to that is n/a, non-applicable. A true love for yourself can only come from the flowing of the love of God in your heart. We live in an ironic society in which people are obsessed with their selves but hate their selves. Yet, I do acknowledge that Jesus has given certain individuals the grace to effectively bring Him glory by using these platforms. For the Lord often uses what the devil intends for evil to do good.
When speaking of idolatry in today's times, idolatry does not only still exist in the form of worshiping carved idols, it also exist in the worshiping of ideals, objects, people and their images. The worshiping of carved idols exist in religions such as the Hindu religion. The worshiping of ideals, objects, people and their images exist worldwide. All of these idols serve as false gods to worship, but let us focus on the worshiping of people and their images. It has come to be that people post their own pictures or pictures of others for worship. People post reels of their lives for worship. And just as the idols of the past were deceitful so are the idols of today. The sociologist Erving Goffman in his book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Interactions, theorizes that what we often know about individuals is what they present of themselves and what they present of themselves is often false or not the whole picture. Many times, what people present of themselves are distorted realities.
Therefore, when inspiring to build this website and to write posts, Jesus convicted me to speak the truth of who He is for His glory and to not make lies about who I am for a vain glory. His Spirit convicted me to see only Him and to forget myself, more so, that self that I would like for everyone to know. He helped me to understand how much people were perishing and how they need to know HIM because salvation is in Him and Him only. Salvation would not come from me and my vain goings. So, then, the goal of this website is to give Christ the place to INCREASE, to be made known and to be glorified so that souls may come to Him. The only way for this goal to come to fructification is for me to decrease. So, then, I care not about my little doodads and forsake the vain adoration that people would have given me.
Lastly, ministry. Though I often sign, "Much love and blessings, Emery in Christ," Emery in Christ is not a person. It is not me. It is a ministerial platform. Yet, what you see on this site is not my ministry per se. The biblical studies page is a place for me to learn more and more about God and the Bible, His Word. He called me to share it with the world. So, you all are welcomed to learn with me and take any goods you want. Being colorful instead of bland, I have different parts such as a simple Verse of the Day, a more extensive Blessed Thoughts or a more creative Spoken Word. I also have series. The first was the one on the last teachings of Jesus before He was arrested. The second was on the Armor of God. Lastly, I have the Pinterest page in which I have categorized Bible verses and quotes. All of it is purposed for our learning in Christ.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
P.S. I care not to put a picture of my self for it is not necessary and would not serve a good purpose. Hence, the blank picture.
Blessings in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ!!!
How amazing is the Most High God and Everlasting King?! He reigns with all power and authority forever and forever! He is glorious, marvelous, awesome, unfathomable and the epicenter of my heart! Amen.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Now, I speak to encourage you in your work for Jesus Christ. Know that you are working for Jesus and not for man. Yes, indeed you are employed for the work of His kingdom. He has called and has molded you and has used you as His vessel.
He has moved in you and through you, and let me tell you the enemy is frightened and angry by the power of the Holy Spirit which manifests in you. The enemy will try all things to cause you to be discouraged and to turn your back on the harvest.
But let me also tell you, the harvest is bountiful yet the workers are few, and a worker who puts his or her hand to the plow and turns his or her back on the Lord is not worthy to be a worker in the kingdom of the Lord (Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 9:62). Amen.
I speak this without ignorance. I know the difficulties of ministry, and I understand how frustrating it can be to seek to serve the Lord with all of one's heart and to be persecuted for the glory of Christ that manifests through.
I have struggled with the desire to just give up at the face of persecution or even when it seems as if I am not working well enough or my work is not fruitful enough. Yet, Jesus has helped me to finally be set in His purposes for me in terms of ministry. Therefore, I have been encouraged, seeking for the Lord to use me as He wills.
I would like to go a little deeper in sharing my experience by sharing a short story. Trust me, it is all connected, and I pray that you get something good from it....
One Sunday, the Lord blessed me to publicly read the Word. Ever since I was a child, I have dealt with fear whenever it comes to speaking in front of a mass audience. My heart would beat heavily within my soul, my ears would burn as the fire of a furnace and my spirit would wither on the inside, anticipating inevitable defeat. In the end of it all, my being would feel submerged in shame and disappointment.
I have overcome this fear to a great extent but there are times when my heart still trembles a bit. Therefore, whenever the Lord calls me to speak before a mass audience, I always seek after Him in prayer so that His power may manifest perfectly in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
So, then, on this special Sunday, I went to the Lord and asked Him to bless me to speak so that the people can hear and decipher His Word. I told Him that I would not go up to put on theatrics and to receive applause, but to minister. The Lord did answer my prayer and blessed me to project my voice and speak eloquently so that the people heard and could decipher the Word.
This morning, I was blessed to read the Word once again. I went into prayer as I did before. At the beginning, I read while projecting my voice and speaking the words with eloquence. Yet, thoughts started to cloud my head. For during that special Sunday, after reading the Word, an individual ridiculed me for reading the Word in English - as I was appointed to read - using my Bible app on my phone. - I did this because my Bible is in French for I attend a Haitian church for I am Haitian. - After thinking on that experience, towards the end, I stuttered on a verse. To add to my plight, my screen went black on a subsequent verse.
I guess the individual was correct..? Or is that truly the case?
What happened here is what social psychologist would describe as a self-fulfilling prophecy. A self-fulfilling prophecy is when in believing what others say an individual come to live out their words making it seem as if they were true. Did I believe in this individual's ridicule? No, but in fretting over it, I gave it the power to cause me to stumble.
I will pause to say that I hold no bitter feelings towards anyone. I am simply sharing a story.
In continuation, after this, I went once again to the Lord and asked Him why He allowed this. - It is okay to ask Jesus for understand as long as it is not with a bitter tone and a blaming tongue. - Then, Jesus blessed me with Romans 5:1-5.
When we came to Jesus Christ, He gives us the grace to become sons and daughters of God and to be in peace with Him. As ministers, we also receive special grace, gifts, by the Holy Spirit. He gives some the grace to prophecy. Some the grace to perform miracles. Some the grace to administer over a church. Some the grace to heal. Some the grace to know certain things. And so much more.
When we are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and minister with such grace it is glorious. Yet, it is not only in the grace that we are to find glory. Verse 3 says, "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations." The grace comes in that the Lord favors us for we are children of God. The tribulations come in that the devil hates us for the same reason. Both are glorious in that is because we are children of God, and that adds fuel to the hope of living for eternity with God in heaven.
When tribulations come in ministry, we are to persevere through. In persevering though, we allow God to build our characters. Therefore, we receive greater strength and greater boldness.
Going back to my short story, it would be wrong for me to say that I will never publicly read the Word again. Instead, no matter what comes against me, I will persevere through in the work of the Lord, and in that Jesus Christ will continue to strengthen me and bless me with more grace.
He may call me to read the Word again or He may not. Yet, if He does, my heart will be willing for His Spirit has encouraged me.
All in all, please be encouraged in the work of the Lord. He is not looking for anything grand or fanciful. He is looking for a willing vessel who will give Him use so that He may minister to lost and hurt souls.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Let us get into John 16! For this post, I will discuss the whole chapter. In this chapter of John, Christ tells His disciples that He will leave them soon. The disciples were sad to hear such news. Jesus saw their hearts. He saw their sadness.
So, then, He encouraged them, saying that though for a moment they will weep, they will then have much reason to rejoice. Skipping down to John 18-21, we see the death and resurrection of Christ. It is heart-tearing to read about the death of our Lord and Savior. But then the joy that we experience in knowing that He resurrected from the dead in all power and majesty is incomparable to the sadness we experienced before.
Actually, in the midst of our sorrows, today, we can rejoice in that Christ is alive. One day, we will be up there with Him in heaven (Romans 28:18).
So, last week, we talked about how the world hates us for loving Christ and for doing His will just as they hated Him for loving the Father and for doing His will. Now, here, in John 16, verses 1-4, Jesus tells us that they will put us out of the synagogues. Who are they? Well, the religious ones. Those who think that they are pleasing God with their ways. Those who are so mistaken because they do not know God nor His will because they do not know nor understand His Word. They do not know nor understand His Word because they do not open their hearts to receive His Word.
Therefore, it is not only the irreligious who persecute those of living faiths but the religious as well. The mockers of Christianity persecute authentic Christians (2 Corinthians 11:26). Wow. It can be discouraging for us to see and experience persecution outside and within the church. It can be so heartbreaking. But Jesus tells us to be of good courage. For, these days on this earth are fleeting. They are not for long. Our sorrows are not for long. Yet, the joy that we are to experience in heaven is eternal!
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu