The Church of God UA, LaGrange, Georgia

“Daddy was an old time Preacher Man”

Don’t Give Me No Hand Me Down Suit

 

The Church of God of the Union Assembly, located in LaGrange, Georgia is honored to welcome you to our very first official Facebook page that is dedicated to our church.

We have wonderful news to share with you all and we certainly are about to bust before we can tell you about it.

The Lord has blessed us to finally buy a beautiful church building located on Youngsmill Road, just outside Hogansville, Georgia, and we will be closing on it around the last of April or the middle of May if it is the Lord’s will.

As the sun drops behind the horizon, I am starting off this subject today with a burning desire to tell you something about the Word of God that you might not realize and it includes that old country boy or girl like you and me.

I will add pictures and the address later but we are all very excited, as you can very well imagine.

You don’t have to have a ton of money to serve God the way a lot of Preachers would have you believe, you don’t need the padded pews, the five hundred dollar suits, and the fifty thousand dollar cars, which are all nice if you can afford them.

What about that poor old redneck boy or girl who doesn’t have the fine suits and clothes to dress up in, but who still wants to serve God and be a part of his household?

I am giving this subject to you straight from the heart, but it is also being brought directly to you from the pages of God’s eternal Word.

Folks, I am an old man with an honest heart and a Gospel message that I wish to impart to you in an effort to bring to you more knowledge and understanding concerning the Word of God.     

Since I am not trying to sell you anything, I am not asking for money, nor begging for a salary, what other reason would I have, other than to see your soul be saved and to walk the streets of gold with you when this life is over.

I have Pastored churches in several states over the past almost 50 years, ran revivals, using tents, storefront buildings, and when I was younger, I even attended church and have preached under old-time Brush Arbors (My favorites) and I am also an Evangelist.

Most of you will never have even heard of a Brush Arbor, but I am here to tell you that it is a venue that I will never forget.

We would build a roof made out of brush; our light was provided by filling coca cola bottles with kerosene, then stuffing a twisted rag down into the kerosene; and using it for a wick, then lighting it, and voila, we had light.

We would hang several of these lights, called “Flambos” around on the side posts and center posts of the Brush Arbor, and it actually worked!

Our seating was made up out of rocks, logs, and sometimes; people would even bring a chair or two from home. I loved it!

I have started churches, having Bible Study with people in their homes, which grew in number, then moved into a building, which still flourishes even after all these years.

I have NEVER been more thrilled than when I can meet one on one with honest people who truly have a desire to obtain a closer walk with the lord.

Just to see that gleam begin in their eyes, and to watch their faces light up with understanding and love of the truth has always been more than enough payment for me.

Lord, what a privilege it is to help some lost soul find their way home to the lord and I have actually seen on several different occasions, times when people have taken up fellowship with the lord; and not many days later went on to meet their maker.

What if they had never found the lord and never had the opportunity to become a part of the household of God, what an awful thing to even comprehend.

 I have NEVER taken up an offering for myself, nor asked anyone to keep me and my family up, rather we believe in working for a living; like everybody else has to, and I have NEVER taken a salary for being a Preacher either, just to set the record straight.

 My family and I have moved all over the country at our own expense, wherever the church needed us without asking anyone for help because I believe a Preacher is supposed to have something to give to the people, it is not the people’s place to keep the Preacher up!

I tell you this, not bragging or boasting, I am so honored to have been able to watch so many of you make that life-changing decision to leave the world of sin, and become a part of the household of God.

Actually, folks, the reason I am bringing this subject to you is this: time has almost slipped away from me, and suddenly, I am not able to travel like I used to, and I am desperate to teach this word of God to every person who will listen.

My time on this earth will soon be drawing down to a close, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will be stepping off into eternity and my feet will walk on those shores of home.

Just to know I’ve been a help to someone is such a wonderful feeling that I am asking you to like and share my page, not because I am looking for anything from you, but my desire is to help ease your burdens and to bring you more strength from the Glory World.

It is truly an honor to teach you that old book that forever changed my life from being a Drunkard to becoming a full-fledged Child of God.

 That is what this little subject is all about, entitled,

DON’T GIVE ME NO HAND ME DOWN SUIT

 It has always been an honor and a privilege to have and to wear a hand me down suit or a piece of clothing that my spiritual or natural Brothers have owned before me.

It causes me to feel closer to them because I can feel their spirit at times whenever I put that particular piece of clothing on and I know you probably have such a garment that you feel the same way about.

That’s all well and good, but there IS one suit of clothing that I don’t want to get second hand, it MUST be brand new, and there is only one place you can get it!

I am talking about the Garments of Salvation, which we have to get first Hand.

 Here is what I mean when I say you have to get them first hand, you have to go straight to the head of the stream if you expect to find these Garments of salvation.

 As a sinner, I was clothed with the Rags of Sin, but when the Master came my way over fifty years ago, I was taught about the Garments of Salvation.

This is one of the first subjects I was taught, that I had to lay aside the dirty Garments of sin, get washed in Jesus’ blood, be made white in the blood of the lamb, and put on the Garments of Salvation.

What good would it do to be washed in the blood of the lamb, then keep the old Garments of sin about you?

In other words, to be a Christian, you have to live as Christ-like as you know how, and as you learn more, you must move up to it or you fall out of favor with God.

Can you prove that, Preacher? Absolutely, if you will keep reading these subjects, they will prove that beyond any doubt.

It is interesting to note, You wouldn’t put on a new suit of clothes unless you would first remove the old, dirty garments because you would transfer the dirt from your old suit onto your new garments, wouldn’t you?

It is the same with the Garments of Salvation. It just will not work unless you first put aside the old dirty, ragged garments of sin.

Here is the way you do that:

Ephesians4:22-24

(22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Notice here, the first thing you must put off, are the old habits, and the deceitful lusts that go along with the Garments of Sin, because the old clothing is corrupt.

Here’s what you will accomplish by obtaining your New Garments of Salvation, you’ll make a complete turn around from the Old Sinful Man, and become a New man in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

(23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

         You will gain a New Outlook on life when you have the Spirit of your Mind renewed.

         You will walk a new road, yes; you will be able to travel on the King’s Highway.

  You won’t go to the same places you used to go before, like in my case, the beer joints, I had to quit running with the same bunch that I drank with, and I started going to church.

  I got out of the drunkard crowd and became a part of the household of God.

  Let me say right here that now, I can and do pray for my friends whom I used to go to the beer joints with but I refuse to go back to that life anymore and all the powers of hell will never drag me back into that life anymore.

 I still love all my former friends from those days but it seems that because I don’t want to lower myself to that life anymore, they have turned their backs on me.

I don’t believe I am better than my former friends but I have better things to do with my time and money than to spend it in the pool halls, beer joints and things that take me away from my family and from serving God; and causing me to lose my soul and setting the wrong example for my family.

(24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Notice, when you become a child of God, you put on the New Man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 That New Man you will have is called, “The Mind of Christ.” You will learn to walk the road with a desire to live a Righteous, Holy life, a life free from sin and degradation.

Romans 13:11-14

(11) And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

         It is time to wake up out of that spiritual sleep, our Salvation is close at hand if you will only believe, and our time to depart this life gets closer with each passing day.

(12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

 That spiritual night is far spent, we don’t have to be in darkness anymore, the Sunlight of the gospel is shining bright today, to lighten our pathway: it is up to us whether we allow it to shine in our hearts.

Unless we first cast aside those old spotted Garments of sin; the new Garments of Salvation just will not fit over them.

 Time is running out for this hell-bound world, they MUST get rid of the works of Darkness, (Sin) and put on the Armor of light.

 We will get into that a little further in this discourse.

(13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

(14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

We must walk honestly at all times, some folks put up a front during the day while the light can be shed on their evil works, but if you want to make it to God’s heaven, you can’t walk in rioting, drunkenness, chambering, wantonness, strife, and envying.

We must put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not make provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts that go along with the works of the flesh, which we will see in a moment.

II Corinthians 5:17  

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

If you are a true child of God, you made a complete turnaround, you got rid of the sin in your life, and you became a new creature in Christ, one who does NOT sin, anymore. We will explain that more in future discourse.

Mark 5:1-15

(1) And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

(2) And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

I want you to remember this man, “Legion”. Watch what the Son of God did for this poor man.

To be honest, most people would have laughed at him and made fun, then went on their way, but Jesus was a different kind of man.

 This man dwelt down in the tombs; he had an unclean spirit, as well.

Luke’s version in Luke, the eighth chapter said this man did not wear any clothes.

(3) Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

(4) Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

This man dwelt down in the tombs, he had been bound with many fetters and chains, but he broke them asunder, and no one could tame him.

(5) And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

(6) But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

I want you to remember that this man wanted help, so when he saw Jesus coming a long ways off, he ran and worshipped him.

 (7) And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

         Something that you may not realize, this was those unclean spirits dwelling in this man that was doing the talking, those evil spirits were calling out to Jesus.

You might ask, “Well, Preacher, can you prove that?” Absolutely, that man had already been worshipping Jesus. We just read it, so why would he ask Jesus to leave him alone?

(8) For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

Now, Jesus commanded the unclean spirits to come out of that man.

(9) And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

Notice, Jesus asked the man his name, watch what the man answered, “My name is Legion, for WE are many.

Now, you can see that it was those unclean spirits talking here, can’t you?

(10) And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

Those unclean spirits asked Jesus not to send them away out of the country, now watch this.

(11) Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.  (Hogs, in our terms)

(12) And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

(13) And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

This ought to show you that you have to have Jesus to overcome the trials and tribulations in this life, and when unclean spirits trouble you, striving to pull you away from Christ, you should let him help you fight your battles.

Even these Hogs had more sense than to hug them up and hold on to the evil things in life, but some people just do not want help, they would rather have the unclean spirits than give up the minor things in this life.

That one man had enough unclean spirits in him, that after he was delivered, all those Hogs (about two thousand) had rather die in the sea than to be possessed with those unclean spirits.

         They ran violently down a steep place and were drowned in the sea.

(14) And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

I can almost see the crowd as they gathered out to see what was done.         Watch what they found.

(15) And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

I want you to notice, they found Jesus with the man that was possessed with the devils, who had been delivered, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.

You know what I get out of that? People who want to run around without any clothes on are not in their right mind; that cuts out bikinis, doesn’t it?

I heard a man say one time, “Well, my wife’s bikini covers a heap more than Adam and Eve’s fig leaves!”

Good argument, but no trophy this time.!

Those fig leaves might have been enough for Adam and Eve, but it certainly was not enough for God.

God took animals, used their skins to make coats for Adam and Eve, so that cuts out that argument, doesn’t it?

You know, I do not know where those clothes that Legion wore came from, but we DO know that the man did not wear any clothes, so where did they come from?

Either Jesus carried them with him, or God dropped them down from heaven, I would love to believe God dropped them down from heaven.

You can believe what you want, though. Lol.

Isaiah 61:10 

 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Let us find out about the armor that God has provided for you to wear into battle against the enemy whenever you are in the midst of your strongest trials.

The Whole Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10 -18

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 There is a way you can be strong in the lord and in the power of his might.

 God gave you a suit of Armor to protect you during the battle when it is raging the strongest against you.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

You do not have to worry; God has your back, as the old saying goes! 

Let me explain the different uses for this new suit of armor we have, as children of God been blessed to wear.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 You can see we are not fighting a Natural battle, so we must have a Spiritualsuit of armor.

We are fighting against spiritual wickedness in high places, most of the time the battle goes on in your mind, doesn’t it?

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 You cannot wear this suit of armor piecemeal; you must put every piece of it on so no part of you will be uncovered.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 You have a piece of this armor to cover every part of your body, nothing is left uncovered, and that nothing is left to chance.

 Notice here, your loins are covered with truth; your chest is covered by the Breastplate of Righteousness; so that nothing can penetrate your heart,

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 Your feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; he gave you some gospel shoes to protect your feet when you travel over rough terrain when the going gets rough. I know you can see that.

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

This shield of Faith, you can put between you and the enemy to ward off the fiery darts of the wicked. What is that?

We all have seen, heard and felt it when people say, cruel, unjust and untrue things about us behind our backs and persecute us, but Jesus won’t let them escape without having to face it, either on this side of life or be punished and have to face the lord. Serious, isn’t it?

Matthew 5:9-12 

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

My desire is to help you obtain the peace that can only come from God and to see you be called one of his children.

Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

When they persecute you, they are actually setting you up to receive a blessing from God, and to inherit eternal life.

 Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

So what if they do say all manner of evil against you, as long as it is false, you will receive the blessings and they will be condemned in the eyes of the lord, and reap the punishments for their actions from God.

If you are suffering for Jesus’ sake, there is a blessing in store for you. I love it, don’t you?

Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Do not be discouraged, rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.

 Do not forget, they persecuted the Prophets that were before you.

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

That Helmet of Salvation will keep evil thoughts from entering your mind to pull you away from God, and you will have the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

See, he has given you a Sword to fight this battle; it goes along with that Suit of Armor.

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Now, you might think, “that armor doesn’t cover my back,” but you would be SO wrong.

He gave you the greatest gift of all to cover your back, he gave you a Brother, who can stand back to back with you and swing the sword in every direction; so that you can protect one another from harm.

Keep on praying with all prayer and supplication in the spirit; even on the job, you can keep your mind on the lord, Do all things in the name of the lord.

Watch and pray one for another, and be diligent in watching out for all the Saints of God, they are your brothers and sisters, please try to be a blessing to one another.

Friends, this will conclude this little subject today, but our walk with the lord must continue until he says it’s enough, then we’ll leave this old world, to inherit a home on the other side of life.

May God richly bless and keep you in all your endeavors for him.

If you enjoy these little subjects, please like and share this page so everyone can share in your joy of being a child of God. What a privilege!

Love to all,

“Uncle Buddy” Simmons

mailto:peacemaker41@charter.net

 

        

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