Rev Dennis is the pastor of The Voice of The Gospel Mission Church.
The wisdom of a grandmother!
My grandfather, the late Rev. Herbert Jarvis, Just finished preaching the Sunday sermon from the pulpit of “The Voice of Gospel Mission Church;’ he chose his topic out of the book of Revelation.
God’s people are being destroyed.
My grandfather preached about Christians being in a war with Satan. And yes, his word’s scared me because I did not understand the scriptures. But I do remember God saying to the prophet Hosea; My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, (Hosea 4:6).
I made up my mind I was going to stand on neutral ground.
After I remembered what God had said to the prophet Hosea, at that moment, I made up my mind to be neutral. I was not on God’s side or Satan’s side. I chose to stand in the middle during this spiritual battle between God and Satan.
I stopped at my grandmother's house.
After Sunday service, I stopped at my grandmother's house, no, not for dinner, or to visit; I stop by their house to borrow money. I knocked on the door, and my uncle Dickey let me in and said grandma is upstairs. I called out, granny, and she said, come up, come up.
We discussed my grandfather's sermon.
While standing in the upstairs living room, we discussed the sermon which my Grandfather had preached and I said I am going to remain neutral; I am not on God’s side or Satan’s side. When my late grandmother heard these words, she said, come, son, sit by me as she padded the couch pillows. As I sat next to my grandmother, she pulled out this giant Bible and turned to the book of Revelation.
My Grandmother lives her life by the word of God.
As my grandmother readjusted the Bible, which was sliding off her lap, she begins to quote (Revelation 3:14-16) and my grandmother said,
And to the angel of the Church of the Laodicea’s write these things, says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God.
I know the works that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot I, will vomit you out of My mouth.
My grandmother flips through the pages and quotes (Matthew 12:30).
My grandmother said: “Those who are not with Jesus is against Him, and he who does not gather with Jesus scatters abroad.” and Oh, it was me, Dennis, who my grandmother was speaking to, and no,’ I was not a pastor when my grandmother informed me that there is no neutral ground when it comes to salvation.
The gift of salvation is free.
My grandmother said to me, although salvation is a gift that God has freely given however God’s gift of salvation must be accepted by faith from each individual who wants to experience eternal life in heaven with the Father.
My grandmother thumbs through the Bible, and stops, at (John 3:16).
As my grandmother gave me a big smile, she said, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Again my grandmother shuffles the pages and turns to (John 1:12-13).
My Grandmother said, Jesus visited His own people, but His own did not receive Him, but as many as received Him, He gave the right to become children of God to those who believe in His name.
What Mark says about God’s salvation?
In (Mark 16:16) Mark wrote, He who believes in Jesus and is baptized, will be saved, but he, who does not believe, will be condemned.
My grandmother reads John 3:16, for my hearing.
My grandmother said, see son, God had such an intense love for His creation that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
My grandmother opened the Bible to Romans 10:8-10.
My grandmother said to me.
But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart that is, the word of faith which we preach; that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
God offers blessings or curses.
My Grandmother said to me, the Lord has set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live.