Ne’er Start a Great Task or Journey Without First Checking With Skip

"I will tell you all that you must do." - Jesus

Ne'er Start a Great Task or Journey Without First Checking With Skip

“Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” – Acts 9:1 (Acts 9:1-7)

After tha Sun come out of tha grave, Saul Paul continued ter breathe murderous threats agin tha Sun’s disciples. He went about dragging folks from thar homes, taking ’em prisoner, ‘aving ’em tossed in jail and beaten. All ’cause they be followers of tha Way, which be what some called tha Sun’s group.

Now fer we go judging Saul Paul, think on this a wee little bit: Saul Paul be thoroughly trained in Skipper’s Code of Conduct. He be zealous fer Skip. He persecuted tha followers of tha Way ’cause he feared they be speaking blasphemous lies ’bout Skip and his words. We know not what his motive whar. Perhaps he feared losing his power and prestige if tha Spirit of tha Sun took holt of folks. Or maybe he truly believed he whar doing what Skip commanded him ter do. In all cases, and especially when we be absolutely sure we be doing Skip’s will, we need ter pause, pray, and beg Skip ter show us if our actions be off kilter.

Not willing fer tha Sun’s followers ter escape his wrath, Saul Paul went ter tha High Priest, Caiaphas, and asked fer letters ter tha synagogues in Damascus so that any he found thar who belonged ter tha Way, could be hauled back ter Jerusalem and punished.

Only around noon, as he neared tha town, a bright light blasted from heaven, knocking Saul Paul ter tha ground. A voice called, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? Get up! Go into the city. There I will tell you all that you must do.”

Saul Paul’s mates saw tha light and stood speechless. They heard tha Sun speaking but did not see anyone. This be tha way it is fer some of us. We hear Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth whispering, giving us guidance and directions, but others claim we only be hearing voices: that we be loopy in tha head.

Up ’till tha moment when tha Sun’s light knocked him ter tha ground, Saul Paul be sure he be sailing tha right rhumb line, only he be way off course. So fer off course, in fact, that tha Sun had ter come off his throne and knock some sense in ter ’em.

Ne’er start a great task or journey without first checking with Skip. This whar Saul Paul’s first big error. It be tha process of prayer and patience, of waiting on Skip’s will, that be our task, not some goal we set. Make preparing ter be holy and obedient ter Skip yer goal, not some outcome. If we ‘ill turn our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our souls over ter Skip, he ‘ill guide our steps. Prepare and receive yer tasks. Pray with humility and ask tha Holy Spirit of Truth ter make ya pure through and through. Blessed be the pure in heart, for they ‘ill see Skipper and his Sun, of this ya kin be sure.

“Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Could Be Yer Obedience Be Tha Reason Skipper Put Ya in a Place at a Certain Time With Certain Folks

"Why shouldn't I be baptized?"

“Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem.” – Acts 8:26 (Acts 8:26-40)

An angel of tha Lord told Phillip ter go south on tha desert road. Right off that seems like a tall tale —an angel giving one of tha apostles walking directions. Only this not be tha first time angels appeared ter folks after tha Sun rose from tha grave. Angels helped break out Old Pete and Loving John from jail (Acts 5:19). Another assassinated Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:23). An angel predicted Saul Paul would arrival safely in Rome (Acts 27:23).

Once Phillip be on his way, he happened upon an Ethiopian eunuch, a feller in tha service of a queen. In those days a eunuch be a feller who could not father children. This chap whar sitting in his carriage reading from tha scroll of Isaiah and like a good many, he struggled ter make heads and tails out of what that old prophet’s words meant.

Tha Holy Spirit of Truth piped up and told Phillip ter go stand near tha Ethiopian’s carriage. Soon as Phillip heard tha feller reading, he said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

“How can I unless someone explains it to me?” This be our response a good many times as well: how kin we understand Skipper’s Code of Conduct unless someone explains it to us?

Right off Phillip commenced ter explaining how tha Sun be mentioned in tha old scrolls and how he done come and lived and died fer our sins and then come out of tha grave and gone in ter heaven so he kin prepare places of welcome fer us. After hearing such good news, tha Ethiopian asks, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Now this be a fine question, on account of, A: he whar unfit ter be in tha temple on account of his physical condition and B: he be of a darker skin color than Phillip whar used ter seeing. Only in God’s kingdom all be welcome, regardless of skin color, physical condition, mental state, and all. In Skip’s kingdom all be received with open arms when they pass through tha shining glory of his Sun.

So tha pair went down in ter tha water and Phillip baptized tha Ethiopian. With that tha Ethiopian went away rejoicing and I reckon so, fer ter get taking in by tha Sun always be a grand event and worth celebrating.

Even at that risk of being seen as loopy in tha head, we must obey Skipper and celebrate his grace in taking us in ter his kingdom. Only think on this a wee little bit: our confusion ’bout spiritual matters and Skip’s Code most often be tha result of sin or us refusing ter do a thing Skip told us ter do. Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth pricks our hearts so we be tender ter such things we ‘ave never thought ’bout be fer. Phillip heard tha Holy Spirit’s whisper and obeyed. Tha Ethiopian heard Skipper’s words in a new way and believed. If either of them fellers had shrugged and moved on without responding ter Skip’s nudge, his whisper, no telling whar tha Ethiopian might ‘ave ended up.

Most likely in hell.

Ne’er ignore tha call of Skip when it comes ter ya. Always be anxious ter share tha good news with all, regardless of how they look or act. Could be yer obedience be tha reason Skipper put ya in a place at a certain time with certain folks.

And that be a right fine calling ever time.

“Pray to the Lord for Me” – Simon the Sorcerer

From a Feller's Heart Sprouts Wickedness

“Pray to the Lord for Me” – Simon the Sorcerer

“Pray to the lord for me.” (Acts 8:9-24)

Simon tha Sorcerer whar a feller who boasted that he be someone great. He amazed folks with his magic. Fellers said of him, “Tha Great Power be in him, fer he has divine power.”

Then tha Sorcerer heard tha apostle Phillip preach tha good news. Straight away that black-hearted Sorcerer believed in tha Sun and whar baptized. Only his heart whar not right, fer when he spied Old Pete and Loving John laying thar hands on folks so as ter receive Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth, tha Sorcerer envied thar gift.  He said, “Give me this ability so that everyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Old Pete replied, “You cannot buy the gift of God with your money. Your heart is not right before God. You are captive to sin. Repent! Perhaps God will forgive you for having such thoughts in your heart.”

What Skipper reveals in our heart we resent. Fact be, we live in Fool’s Paradise. We think our hearts not be all that vile but tha Sun says ter us:

“These things defile a man. Evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemy against the Father.”

Tha only protection we kin lay holt of ter guard our hearts from such perverse desires be tha redemption of tha Sun. Him alone kin change our hearts, make payment fer our sins, and change tha soil of our hearts so it produces holy thoughts, not vile, unspeakable desires.

If we ‘ill simply sign on ter follow tha Sun and submit ter his authority, we ‘ill ne’er have ter face tha terrifying dangers that lay buried in our heart jest waiting ter take root. Tha Holy Spirit of Truth be absolute purity and perfect soil.

If ya be like Simon the Sorcerer and still harboring wicked thoughts, motives, and desires, then make it yer task ter repent. Ask Skipper ter fergive ya. Ask others ter pray ter tha Lord fer ya. Ask ter be filled with Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth. Ya may lay ter this: from a feller’s heart sprouts wickedness. Best ter deal with such vile seeds be fer they take holt and pull ya down in ter darkness.