(repost from 9/2015)
Praise the Lord to the Miracle Temple Family and the people of God everywhere. I greet you all in the matchless name of Jesus Christ!
I had the pleasure of watching a video from a service at Greater Grace Temple, Detroit Michigan, where the Late Bishop David Ellis attempted to preach. I say attempted because as he led the congregation in the song, “Joy Bells Keep Ringing In My Soul”, The Holy Spirit fell over the choir, the pulpit ministers, and the congregation so heavily until he could barely give his scripture text, which was Psalm 100:1-5. 1 ( A Psalm of praise.) Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
I long for the day when the saints of God become so preoccupied with worship that the preacher won’t even be able to minister because of God’s anointing and His presence in the sanctuary. Worship past the hurt, worship through the pain, worship in the midst of financial hardship, worship in spite of the doctor’s report. Worship, to give reverent honor and adoring homage to God. The bible declares that the Joy of the Lord is your strength! Joy isn’t the same as happiness although one can be used to describe the other. Joy is the emotion of great happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: That sounds to me like the description of the Joy of the Lord! When we have the Joy of the Lord, not even our present circumstances no matter how difficult will be able to keep us from glorifying our God. I often say that we should start the day by thanking God for something that He has done for us. In doing so this will set the tone for a day filled with the understanding that everything good that has happened to you is because of the grace of God! This joy that I have the world didn’t give to me and the world can’t take it away.
Until our next communication I remain your servant,
Pastor T. Marc Gandy