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THE GIVER OF GOOD GIFTS

Reading James 1

Text v17

Introduction
GREATEST BENEFACTOR: In His advance and approach to mankind, God is evidently, as announced in our text, is a benevolent giver. He can rightfully and righteously be termed the greatest benefactor in the universe. He has no equal or peer or anyone to rival Him in this area. The bestowals and bestowments of God are unparalleled and mark Him out the most wonderful giver of all. The Scriptures detail Him in this regard as the One who knows how to bountifully bless the sons of men with choice gifts – v17.

DIVINE NATURE: It is the nature, character and will of God to give. Just as it is the nature of the sun to give light and warmth, the spring to gush forth refreshing water, the tree to produce blossom, leaves and fruit, so it is with God. It is the outgoing and out-flowing of His being and nature. Because He is essentially love, it is evident and logical to expect that there will be an unrestrained and unreserved giving. Love desires and delights to bestow. He is most favourable and generous in His disposition. It is good to recognises that there is no change in His eternity and nature – TCNT “who is Himself never subject to change.” It is not only His nature to give, it is His will to give and He intends, plans and determines to bestow in fullest measure gifts and blessings on all of His creation. There is no mean streak in God.

“Some people give according to their means, others according to their meanness.”

GOOD GIFTS: It is the nature and character of God to give good and perfect gifts. There is never any design on God’s part to bestow evil. It is entirely contrary and foreign to His nature. Christ gives teaching on this subject and points out that God only bestows the most excellent and best of blessings – Luke 11: 11-13.

The Bible highlights God as a Giver and Bestower. In creating this world, God gave it to mankind, His creatures, for their blessedness and enjoyment. He should be seen and acknowledged in this light. The trouble with man is his nature: he abuses and corrupts the best gifts.

The Bible reveals man as the Receiver. In receiving gifts there must be an appreciation of two factors:

• Divine Favour. The gifts of God are given not according to merit or credit or works but by reason of divine favour and love. A true gift is not earned; is not bestowed on the basis of good deeds and service. A gift is over and above the principle of receiving by reason of labour. Wages are given to those who work. Man in and of himself has no rights or claims on God. It is He out of His free grace and good will that blesses and bestows. The system of man’s free giving is so often corrupt

• Divine Faith. There is the need to believe that the gift(s) are for you and you must believe to take and experience. There is something required beside the mere intellectual nod, the mental assent of mind. Faith appropriates and lays hold of the proffered gift – vv5-7.

There are many gifts God wants to give to those who are in a mind and mood to receive them. He is not stinted or limited in His activity at any time to those who are ready to appropriate.

(1) THE GIFT OF CHRIST

The best possible gift that God could give to the sons of men, to you, is the gift of the person of Christ, His beloved Son. God did not withhold giving His only begotten Son when it was required and demanded. The finest way and measure in which He could truly and fully enrich human society was in and through Him. He spent a tremendous amount of time in preparing for His advent so that He could bless and benefit the world.

• In the gift of Christ is the gift of God Himself. God could do no better that give all that He had and that all was presented in Christ. Deity wrapped itself, not in beautiful wrapping paper, but in flesh and blood, the parcel of humanity. What man needed was God and God came in the person of Christ. Man needed to be enriched, made prosperous, and so Christ came in presence and power to enhance the whole world that lay in poverty and degeneracy. All human gifts are paltry and ordinary in comparison.
• In the gift of Christ is the gift of gifts for many gifts proceed from Him. In receiving and possessing Christ one inherits and receives all other choice benefits. Everything is stored and treasured in Christ.

Illustration: Tower of Lord – a jewel or the possession of the Tower – its contents
Bank – a cheque or the bank?
Granary – a bag of corn or the granary?

A man is a fool that rejects Christ. To have the giver is to have the gifts – Romans 8:32

(2) THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE

The answer to the question whether we shall live forever is to be found in having Christ now – 1 John 5: 11, 12; John 3: 16; Romans 6: 23. It means having the same qualitative life that Christ possessed. There is an exchanging of that which we have, which is sinful and degraded, for that which is of the purest and highest nature – the life of the Eternal.

Certainly, many would not be interested in living forever in this world in a tormented and tortured body. Many are fed up and browned off, depressed now and take their own lives. But who would not want to live in a sound, healthy body, in a heavenly atmosphere and environment free from greed, war, care and the evils of this life. The future life with Christ is to be one of freeness, freshness and fulness. Man will really start to live when he arrives in heaven because there will be the knowing of many more choice gifts.

(3) THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

It is God’s purpose in Christ to provide the fullest, deepest, sweetest and greatest life here and now for the receiver and believer. He wants to grant abundant life. Life that is rich, full and effervescent – that which bubbles and springs forth and flows out. He not only gives eternal life but adds to it by the Holy Spirit.

Illustration: A dying person can be said to have life but one would not categorize it as abundant. It is mere existence! Compare it to that of a child or teenager abounding with energy etc.

The Holy Spirit comes as the Energiser, Comforter, Inspirer, Encourager, Counsellor, Instructor, Director and Advocate.

• Through Him you are to be enlivened – made alive to God and the things of God
• Through Him you are to be energised – to possess power to perform and act
• Through Him you are to be equipped – given what is necessary to be and to achieve

Illustration: At Caesarea Philippi – the temple of Pan – Greek god – powerful underground springs that flowed right from within the former temple – Ezekiel 47

(4) THE GIFT OF PHYSICAL HEALTH

It is a tremendous thing to have good health. It is well to know that God desires that we should possess and enjoy it to the full. Are there any indications from the Bible that God wants to bestow health and vitality and healing to those who require such? Can hope rise to the point where we can expect and receive healing from Him.

• Proven by His promises. The point to be made is that God has revealed by sure promise that this is His intention. He stands revealed as the Healer and affirms His ministry – Exodus 15: 26; Mark 16: 18; Luke 10: 9
• Proven by His deeds and works of power. From the Scriptures alone it is discovered that He cured all forms of sickness and diseases. All who came to Christ went away with the gift of healing – Matthew 12: 15; Luke 18; 35-43

The great question: “What wilt thou that I shall do unto you?”

One of the reasons for the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit is to quicken and bring healing gifts – 1 Corinthians 12: 9, 10.

Can God heal? Of course He can. Does He want to heal? Without a doubt!. You can receive your healing today through Christ by the Holy Spirit who is the Healer and is unchanging – Hebrews 13: 8

Illustration: During the Spanish War, the late President Roosevelt, then a colonel, commanded a regiment of rough riders in Cuba. He became much attached to his men and was greatly concerned when a number of them fell sick.

Hearing that Miss Clara Barton (the lady who devoted herself to the work of nursing wounded soldiers) had received a supply of delicacies for the invalids under her care, Col. Roosevelt requested her to sell a portion of them for the sick men of his regiment. His request was refused. The Colonel was troubled; he cared for his men and was willing to pay for supplies out of his own pocket.

“How can I get these things?” he asked?” “I must have proper food for my sick men.” “Just ask for them, Colonel.”

“Oh” said Roosevelt, his face breaking out into a smile, “That’s the way is it? Then I do ask for them.” He got them at once.

CONCLUSION

It is up to you to perceive and receive the truth as it applies to you. You are to behold God as the untold and bounteous Giver and Benefactor in and through Jesus Christ. Your view of God will determine whether you will know and enjoy the fulness of His benefits.

The essential thing to know is that God’s favour is towards you and that you must learn to believe and take from Him what He offers. Do not miss out on the goodness and generosity.

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Feb 6th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
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A GOLDEN PROMISE

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins. Return to me, for I have redeemed you” – Isaiah 44:22

I love how the New Living Translation says Isaiah 44:22… I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (NLT) God has swept away all of our sins like a cloud, with just one blast from His nostrils, any remnants of our mistakes and failures vanish just like the morning mist is consumed by the heat of the sun.

While this promise of God’s forgiveness is found in the Old Testament, it really points to the day when the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, would once and for all pay the ultimate price for us to be completely forgiven.

When God looks at you, He doesn’t see all of your shortcomings and failures. For all those who have received the free gift of Jesus Christ, He sees you as fully justified and holy. While our past sins may continually scream to get our attention in the soulish realm, to our God they have vanished into thin air because of the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
HEARTLESSNESS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a rebel who has no heart for truth”. Read: Proverbs: 17:16 Rebelliousness is as old as the Garden of Eden and manifests itself in many ways, not the least being a heartlessness for the truth. What do you do with someone who has no heart to even want to get at the truth? What do you do with a person who is hell bent on having their own way whatever the cost to themselves or anybody else for that matter? The Bible says we are not even to waste our money on any form of re- education program because it isn’t going to do any good anyway.

There is a part of me that doesn’t want to accept this as a fact of life. l want to believe that there is hope for everyone no matter how far gone they may seem. I don’t want to get to the point of giving up on anyone as a lost cause! I want to believe and to positively confess that change is possible for all and sundry. But alas, the truth of the matter is there is no re-education programme in the world able to tutor a person out of their pig headedness if they refuse such help.

Stubbornness or any other description you want to give to such a demeanour will lock any person out of the very classroom that can help them – The classroom of truth!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
NATURE

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer –
Albert Camus

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better – Albert Einstein

There’s no night without stars – Andre Norton

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather – John Ruskin

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
KNOWING GOD’S COMMANDS – Deuteronomy 6

It has to be understood that the name of the book of Deuteronomy means the ‘second law’. Actually it is a repetition to an extent and expansion of what had been formerly given. As Israel were soon to move into the Promised Land they really needed the giving of the Law in this way to make known the importance of learning God’s requirements and of the demand to obey them. This was to be a major exercise that must be followed through and one, which they could not afford to let go by, as their future was full of wonderful prospects as they adhered to all that the Lord decreed and designed. Obedience was to become paramount if they were going to be wholly successful.

The Lord made it plain that so much depended upon doing this. Note v3””Hear, therefore, O Israel, observe to do it; that it may well with thee, and that you may increase mightily, as the Lord of your fathers has promised you, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” They would be blessed as they believed, truly loved and obeyed the Lord. Their loyalty to His commands was to arise and be activated from their genuine love of Him. They had every good reason to sincerely love in the evidence of all His care and commitment. If the past had anything to record it was the constant faithfulness of the Lord and this should provoke great fidelity to Him.

It is the apostle of love, John, who places this in the context of Christian life. He affirms: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous” – 1 John 5: 3. The Lord never directs us to do anything for our undoing and unhappiness. The things demanded may be difficult to carry through but as they are worked out will always result to our advantage. He will give you the grace and strength to perform the most arduous requirement that in the end will ensure ultimate good and blessing. When love for Him possesses the heart there is no real problem in acting according to His will.

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Feb 5th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

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I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him” – Col 1: 21,22

The New International Version Bible says Colossians 1:21-22 this way… 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. (NIV)

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross has done for each one of us what nothing else could do. Jesus completely reconciled us to His Father through His death so that He might present us holy and blameless to His Father. We are free from any accusation and the Father sees us completely spotless because of Jesus!

God sees us this way because of the shed blood of Jesus and not for anything that we have done to earn or deserve His favour. The next time a condemning thought comes to your mind, remember this promise and the incredible power of the cross. You are holy and completely free from blame because of Jesus Christ’s death!

WISDOM THAT WORKS
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – Rev. Bob. Stevenson

“It is hard to stop a quarrel once it starts, so don’! let it begin. The Lord despises those who say that good is bad and bad is good”. Read: Proverbs 17: 14- 15

In these days of social and political correctness it is not difficult to identify some of the issues of life which once we called bad but now we dress up in the guise of goodness. Why, even our language is being corrupted so that words which once had a quite innocent meaning now mean something gross and offensive in the sight of God. I am referring to the word GAY! At one time gay just meant colourful, joyful abandonment, or just someone who was the life and soul of the party. Now this word has been hijacked to make something God says is bad as being good and socially acceptable. j

We now have the emergence of phrases like ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ designed to make genocide sound more acceptable. Then what about, ‘collateral damage‘? A military term validating the killing of civilians! We no longer have prostitutes but the more industrialised title of Sex Workers.

On a less sinister level our younger generation now say something is ‘wicked’ if it’s really good! This so called political correctness does not escape the notice of the Almighty who finds such reversals of truth despicable in the extreme.

No! BAD is still BAD and GOOD is still GOOD!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
MOVING ON

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself – Walter Anderson

It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure – Ernie Harwell

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on – Robert Frost

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer – Denis Waitley

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
SEEING WHAT GOD SEES – Deuteronomy 1

What an encouraging word from the Lord to really get things moving for God’s people – v8 “Behold I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which I sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give them and to their seed after them.” He evidently desired that they get a real vision of what was before them and take it as their own. The rights of possession belonged to the Lord and He had handed it to them so it was now up to them to claim their rights. They must see what He sees and know it was theirs.

The fathers had seen it afar off but now it was within their grasp. The time had come for them to make good what had been their faith and conviction. It reveals it was no vain dream, fantasy or empty imagination. All was occurring to their expectations so they must realise the divine vision. No longer was it a case of prophecy and promise: the opportunity was before them to make good all that had been assured. It was to be the period of entrance and possession.

The Christian Church must now view her situation from the divine viewpoint. What has been forecasted and prophesied for these particular days must come to fruition in terms of spiritual outpouring, blessing and expansion. God has brought us to this place and to view the land and to possess the mindset of being a possessor. The clarion call is to go forward personally and collectively into what He is revealing. Let there be no going back or holding back from what He is declaring and disclosing by His Holy Spirit and Word.

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Feb 4th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

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I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Before you came forth out of the I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” – Jer 1:5

In today’s promise, God is speaking to the prophet Jeremiah and reassuring him that before he was even conceived in his mother’s womb, God knew him and designed him for His purposes. I don’t know if you have wondered about this Bible verse before, but I have.

How could God have known Jeremiah before he was even conceived? The best way that I can try to comprehend it would be if I compared our creation with how an architect designs a building. (I realize this analogy could never adequately describe the creation process, but it helps me to grasp this promise.) Before a building is built, it has to be designed by an architect.

In the design process, the architect spends much time thinking about the plans and purposes for the building He is going to create. No detail will be too small for the architect to overlook. Even though the building is not yet created, He has already created it in his mind and then he commits the design to paper.

When I think about how God says that He knew us before we were conceived, I think that He carried our design in His heart before the creation of the world and knew us intimately before the wonderful day of our conception.

If you have ever felt misunderstood by anyone, if you have ever felt alone in this life, may the promise that God knew you before the foundation of the world bring great comfort to your heart today. You are His workmanship, created in Christ to accomplish His special purpose!

WISDOM THAT WORKS
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool caught in his folly. If you repay evil for good. A curse is upon your home2. Read: Proverbs 1 7:12-13

Have you ever met somebody who is impossible to advise? Even in spite of your best efforts of persuasion, there is an absolute refusal to compromise or change. It isn’t that you are trying to impose your will upon them, but you just know that if they persist in pursuing their determined course of action, they are going to land themselves in all kinds of trouble. Not only are they reluctant to be guided by a wiser head, there is an absolute belligerence, and a self willed implacability to listen to reason. It is a sad but unavoidable fact of life, that the only thing you can do in such circumstances is to withdraw from the fray, lest you yourself become embroiled in the folly you are trying to help to avoid.

In both instances, be it a headstrong fool bent on folly or a bear robbed of her cubs, take evasive action and keep your distance.

If you are forced to make a choice between Mrs Folly or Mrs Bear choose the bear every time. I am sure that we can all be very well meaning in our attempts to help anyone we can, whenever we can. However, there is the odd occasion when the only safe thing to do is to withdraw with grace and let the Almighty work things out.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
MOTIVATIONAL

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one – Wayne Dyer

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it – Charles R. Swindoll

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough –
Og Mandino

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows – Ralph Marston

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
A STIRRING SUMMONS – Deuteronomy 1

The Lord with a word disturbs the seemingly settled state of His people in v6; 2: 3 by saying “You have dwelt long enough in this mount: turn you northward.” The long period of activity at the sacred mount could have made it quite easy for them to put roots down but this was not God’s mind or will. There was a far greater place to end up rather than encircling the same place day in and out. This was a stirring summons from the Lord to arise and get moving because there were far better things in store. He did not want this to be the end of the line. The salvation from Egypt had infinitely greater prospects in view. It had been a necessary stage on the way but much more was in the offing.

They needed to be awake and alert to the movements and workings of God so that they did not miss out on His immediate agenda for their well being. Thankfully they had a spiritual leader that was altogether conscious of the Lord’s promptings, plans and procedures. He had the good habit of being able to direct and inspire them to action that was profitable. He knew that they would never attain the divine goals if they simply remained glued to the spot. They must move on.

No one can afford to hang around when the stirring summons comes from the Lord and through godly leaders. The antennas must be up ready for the next command and directive. Every spirit, filled with faith, must be prepared to adventure forth towards the sublime inheritance in Christ. Do not become bogged down by the world or by religious tradition. It is time to be up and away at the call of God to achieve His purposes. You must hear and rise to the divine call. Ensure that His expectations are fulfilled in both your life and work for Him.

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ernest (2)
Feb 3rd – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”- Isaiah 46: 9, 10

Our Elder Brother is known as the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the end. The Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit have always been and always will be. In today’s promise, we read from Isaiah 46:10 that God knows the end from the beginning and all His plans will be fulfilled.

Many times in life, I feel like I can only see a few short steps ahead but it gives me such great comfort to know that my God and Father knows the end from the beginning. In Psalm 139:16 King David makes this declaration about God… Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them. (WEB)

God has a plan for your life. He knit you together in your mother’s womb and ordained every one of your days, writing them in His special book before one of them ever came to be. We can rest in our God and Father’s goodness to watch over us and fulfil the plans He has for us. For He is a good Dad and He knows the end from the beginning.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
SPILT MILK – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends. A rebuke to a man of common sense is more effective than a hundred lashes on the back of a rebel. The wicked live for rebellion; they shall be severely punished” – Read Proverbs 17:9-11

We have all heard the saying, “It’s no good crying over spilt milk”, which means, what ever was the cause of the accident or mistake you may have made, the sooner you forget about it and move on, the better it is going to be for all concerned.

Unfortunately, this approach is not always applied when we make some mistakes. So often we can get such comments like the following. “Will you never learn”? Or, “What did you do that for”? Or, the classic put down of all, “Can’t you do anything right”? We could elaborate on all these kinds of comments, but the sad thing is, that they certainly are not going to put the mistake right and even worse, create feelings personal devaluation and humiliation.

The last thing we need when we have made a mess of things, is for somebody to point out what is the obvious. Relationships get even more strained when we keep getting reminded of our shortcomings with continual comments like, “I knew that would happen again” or “I told you so”. It is amazing to me that naggers never seem to learn that their negative verbiage is completely counter productive and in the end will finally isolate them from even the most committed of friendships.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
MOTHER

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her – George Washington

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it – Mark Twain

My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso – Pablo Picasso

Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I’ve always looked up to – Mike Krzyzewski

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
PILGRIMAGE – Numbers 33

When Israel left Egypt for the Promised Land they became pilgrims just like their ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There was to be no real settling down until they arrived at their final destination. It was not to be an easy thing pitching and pulling up their tents on a regular basis as they made their camps en-route. They must have longed and desired for a more settled situation without the constant daily upheaval. It was a case of a whole nation on the move doing the same thing and the leadership responsibility must have proved quite difficult for Moses.

This chapter details the route they took and the places they visited. Many of the venues reminded them of things that took place there and of the occasions when God had wonderfully intervened. Were it not for His concern and commitment to them they would never had made it. He was with them every day and all the way until the advent and possession of the land.

Peter addresses early Christians with this particular name – “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims” – 1 Peter 2: 11. We need to be frequently reminded of the spiritual truth that this world is not the believer’s home. All are passing through this world, which is but temporary. Our eyes and heart must be fixed on something bigger, better and eternal. Whilst here, however, you can rely upon the presence, guidance and providence of God. It is an important stage in the development of life, character and gift in readiness for a larger role in Christ’s Kingdom.

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Feb 2nd – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
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I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all” – Psalm 103:19

In Psalm 103:19, King David tells that God has prepared His throne in heaven and His kingdom reigns over everything in the universe. While this might be something that we all can agree on, do we live each day with the confidence that our God and Father really is the ruler of heaven and earth?

While we know that the Bible says that the devil is called ‘the prince of the power of the air’ (Ephesians 2:2), we also know that Jesus is called the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! While we know that the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking those whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), we also know that our Savior is called the true Lion of Judah who has triumphed over all things (Revelation 5:5).

In Colossians 3:1-2, Paul the Apostle encourages us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven… 11 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. (WEB) If we focus on all of the darkness that surrounds us in the world we live in, we may get discouraged and lose heart.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
WORKS LIKE MAGIC – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Truth from a ‘rebel or lies from a king are both unexpected. A bribe works like magic. Whoever uses it will prosper”. Read: Proverbs 17: 7-8

A tenet of biblical truth does not endorse I must confess to having some difficulty in working out what this proverb is actually trying to say. It’s one of those occasional verses in the Bible that state something to be a fact but without necessarily making a moral judgment. The more l look into other translations the more complex this verse seems to be. The word ‘gift’ in other renderings has been correctly translated ‘bribe’ and it could be ‘donation’, ‘present’, or ‘reward’. ln each case there is the sense of receiving some benefit in order to provide some service.

Now l have lived long enough on the earth to know that bribes do work like magic but it’s the “Whoever uses it will prosper” that gives me the problem. I cannot accept the ethic of wrong actions producing good results and of course the whole such action. However, if you mean by ‘prosper’ that a bribe will ‘do the trick’ I have no problem in agreeing with that.

The fact of the matter in essence is that this is factually true in life. A bribe does work like magic and will probably do the trick for the one using it. As to it being the right thing to do. I have serious reservations on that one!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
MEN

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings – Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one –
Marcus Aurelius

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions – Leonardo da Vinci

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
KEEP YOUR WORD – Numbers 30

This is quite a chapter on the importance of keeping our word, especially our vows. Israel was expected to make sure that its word was its bond and this was certainly to be so in relation to the Lord. They could not afford to treat their words as worthless and meaningless. He was jealous for a people that they would always speak the truth, even if it meant its own detriment and loss at times. Extreme care had to be taken under Old Testament law so that there wasn’t the rash use of the mouth in utterance on any occasion to God.

It pays to take notice of some very sound and wise words that are given in Ecclesiastes on this issue: “When you vow a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which you have vowed. Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay” – 5: 4, 5. It is apparent that there must be a safeguarding of what one promises because God is aware of what is spoken. Further, genuineness of character is proven to a great extent by the keeping of one’s word. Divine counsel is given in God’s Word so that there will be a conforming to His standards.

Of course, it is a choice exercise to make promises to God and to live up to them. We are most impressed by the likes of Hannah who in the midst of great need made a covenant in her heart and with her lips to the Lord. Having received from the Lord her heart’s desire, she carried through her commitment and was duly rewarded in a magnificent manner by Him. She kept her word and so was bountifully blessed and became a pattern for others to follow – see 1 Samuel 1 & 2. Make sure you stick by your word towards God and man. All will be able to rely upon you and a glowing testimony will result concerning your person as you live up to your spoken word.

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ernestanderson

Feb 1st – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Behold, today I am going the way of all the earth. You know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which Yahweh your God spoke concerning you. All have happened to you. Not one thing has failed of it” – Joshua 23:14

I would encourage you to read the entire chapter of Joshua 23 when you get a chance. This is Joshua’s last chance to share his heart with the people of Israel before he dies. In this final address to them, he reminds the Israelites of God’s faithfulness as he encourages them to stay true to God.

The New International Version says Joshua 23:14 this way…
“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. (NIV)

There is a saying that hindsight is 20/20 vision. What this means is when we look in the past, we can see clearly what has taken place. There is no need for guessing when we look backwards. As Joshua was exhorting the people of Israel about moving ahead, he encouraged them to remember God’s faithfulness in their past. He reminded them about how God delivered them and fulfilled every promise He had made.

The encouragement of God’s faithfulness in our past should give us the courage to believe that He will continue to be faithful in our present circumstances and well into the future. May we all hold fast to the truth that every one of the promises that God has made to us will never ever fail.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
GRAND-PARENTS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“An old man’s grandchildren are his crowning glory. A child’s glory is his father” – Read: Proverbs 17:6

If you d0n’t already have any grandchildren, believe me, you are in for a real treat when they do eventually come on the scene. At this point in time we are blessed with seven of them who bring us constant joy, amazement and happiness. They also give us many opportunities to bring the influences of the faith and the values that we hold dear. How easy it is to tell a story to a little child who just wants to sit on your knee and be entertained. How open are those infant and junior hearts and minds to receive from you all that you have to give them. How wonderful to be able to buy the gifts for them that you know are going to bring them lasting benefits.

What a thrill it is to be enthusiastically greeted by overjoyed, excitable bundles of energy when you visit their home, even if it is only for them to get the anticipated goodies you always bring for them. All this is truly a glory along with the accompanying privilege of prayerful intercession for their protection, godly development and physical wellbeing.

I once saw a bumper sticker on a car in South Africa which went like this, ‘Grand kids are so much fun we wish we had them first’. Whilst we enjoy the fun let’s keep sowing the faith even though there may be times we are glad to see them go home!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
MARRIAGE

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife – Franz Schubert

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave – Martin Luther

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person – Mignon McLaughlin

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me – Winston Churchill

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE – Numbers 27: 12-23

God’s servant, Moses, had fulfilled a tremendous role over the past forty years and it was now time for him to be called home to God – vv11, 12. When he is informed of this he is immediately concerned with the matter of Israel’s future leadership. How essential it was that the right successor be appointed so the issue of Israel taking her inheritance was concluded. He did not assume anything but really prayed over the matter to discover God’s mind. The right leader must be put into place. It was so essential that this be so before his exodus.

The answer came and he was told what to do in separating Joshua to tak

e up the mantle. He had proven himself over the past four decades and was the worthy candidate to achieve the final goal. He was able to encourage Joshua by laying his hands on him and honouring him in the presence of all the people. This made for an easy transition when he had departed.

It is essential not only to think of today with regard to God’s work concerning its leadership but to also regard its future. Thankfully, Moses had a successor and in the Church of Christ we require those people who are able to occupy the shoes of choice men of God so that nothing is lost and even more can be accomplished.

Let us take time to pray to the Lord that He will help leaders to succeed in all areas of this calling. New chapters are to be written where there will be a revelation of those people who He will call and use to take over the responsibility of leadership. Things must go on with greater force and blessing even when we have departed the scenes of life. Encourage those who are being singled out for future enterprise for the Lord. It is not an easy thing to be involved in leading, guiding and directing people within the Kingdom, and those who do require our prayers and commitment at all times. The role and task is a challenging and demanding one and the Church of Christ requires the best of personnel in this area.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)

Jan 31st – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear” – Matt 13:43

In Matthew 13, Jesus shares a few stories that illustrate the kingdom of God. In verse 43, He tells His disciples that one day the righteous (those who are in right relationship with God) will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom.

What an amazing analogy this is! In Ephesians 5:8 the Bible says… For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, (WEB) Since we are called to be children of light, Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:43 that we will all shine like the sun in our Heavenly Dad’s kingdom.

What an amazing sight heaven will be! Millions of God’s kids, each one shining with the brightness of the sun, living for eternity in the kingdom of their Father. I wonder if we will need sunglasses just to talk to each other? (grin) All kidding aside, may this picture and promise bring encouragement to you as you walk by faith in a world that sometimes can be a dark place to live.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
. MOCKING THE POOR – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The wicked enjoy fellowship with others who are wicked; Liars enjoy liars. Mocking the poor is mocking the God who made them. He will punish those who rejoice in others misfortunes”. Read: Proverbs 17:4-5

Today I heard that the CEO of a major international charity has recently been honoured in the Queen of EngIand’s Birthday Honours List.

In his interview he commended the Australian people for their particular generosity, who, he said, were motivated by this culture of giving everyone, whoever they are, a fair go. Although a relatively recent migrant to this southern continent, I felt honoured to be a part of such generosity.

We do well to remember that God is on the side of the poor and disadvantaged and woe- betide any individual or corporate organization who seek to take advantage of them.

As I have travelled around the world I have seen poverty first hand and the plight that such a condition puts people in. It’s like a trap that is impossible to get free from. It’s like a life sentence to economic imprisonment, and it all happens by the accident of birth and privilege.

In the same radio commentary I was heartened to hear that the chairman of a leading agricultural organization had been honoured for putting in place a company policy that will enable some of the company’s profits to help the poor and disadvantaged. I God can only bless this approach and all those who embrace it.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
LOVE

Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love –
Mother Teresa

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you’ – Erich Fromm

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead – Oscar Wilde

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
CLAIMING A POSSESSION – Numbers 27: 1-11

Five sisters belonging to the tribe of Manasseh were not going to let this issue go by without doing something definite about it. All the other household families of the tribes received a choice inheritance in the Promised Land and it looked as if they were going to be left out. It would seem that their father had died – v3 and because he had had no son, then there were no grounds for them to hold any possession like the other families. They felt this was not fair and took action.

Moses listened to their righteous grievance and brought it to the Lord for an answer – v5 “And Moses brought their cause before the Lord.” The Lord immediately responded in a positive fashion and established a future law that would enable and bless all that would be similarly placed – vv7-11. He was ready to change the procedure to accommodate the daring of these zealous women. They had a new future because of the amendment.

It may be that we need to lay hold of things that we are justly entitled to and bring them before the Lord to experience His word and intervention. Be ready to present your just causes and see Him work things out both in a spiritual and practical manner. You need to possess your Divine possessions. Do not settle for anything less than God’s best as He presents a challenge for you to be audacious.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen
Jan 30th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that . . . ” You may ask the question… why will we receive a crown of glory?

The simple answer is that since we are part of God’s royal family, we all get to wear a crown. Romans 8:16-17 says…. 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. (WEB)

All those who have called upon the name of the Lord throughout the centuries can hold on to this promise. When Jesus appears, each and every one of us will receive a crown of glory that will never fade away. Not because we have done anything in our own effort to earn or deserve it. The crown that we receive does not come from our own self-effort but solely because of God’s grace and goodness.

Because our Father loved us, He determined in His heart thousands of years ago that we would share in the eternal riches of His Son, Jesus Christ and be born into His amazing royal family (Ephesians 1:3-6). On that great and glorious day when we will see Jesus face to face, we will receive our own crown of glory, signifying to all of heaven that we belong to God.

I believe the crown of glory that we will all receive will simply serve as a token of our Father’s affection and a symbol to the heavenly host that we are called to rule and reign with Jesus in His royal family forever. May today’s promise encourage your heart and give you hope for the glorious future that is in store for you.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
THE PURIFYING PROCESS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A wise slave will rule his master’s wicked sons and share their estate. Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies the hearts”. Read: Proverbs 17:2-3

I have never actually seen gold or silver in its raw state being refined into a base metal commodity suitable for the manufacturing process. Apparently it is put in a furnace of incredibly high temperatures to allow the liquid metal to be poured into ingots. However, this is not the end of the process. Whilst the ingots may look to be as pure as pure can be there is even more processing to be done in the smelting shop to take out all the other impurities. It seems that this melting down process keeps bringing the impure element to the surface. Each time this melting takes place the residual scum is then able to be skimmed off.

How similar this is with the way God deals with us. What may have seemed to be an acceptable level of behaviour at one time in our lives, God’s purifying process now reveals it to be totally unacceptable. As the process continues, it is not only behavioural activity that gets challenged but the motivations of our hearts. When we get to this level of expected purity it is only the Lord who can skim this stuff away.
No wonder the Bible says ‘He has perfected forever those who are set apart’ (Heb 10:14), because purity is not an event, it’s a process and only Jesus can do it!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
LIFE

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years – Abraham Lincoln

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back – Arthur Rubinstein

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
FALLING FOUL OF EVIL – Numbers 25

It is possible to fall foul of evil even though blessing is pronounced, which has to be guarded against. Having been the choice recipient of divine blessing, God’s people become subject to the prey of sin again. The men were attracted to the women of Moab and so fornication took place that merited the judgement of the Lord. In v3 it states: “the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.” The enemy knew how to ensnare and the male Israelites fell for it very easily in spite of the good laws God had given and also the leadership of Moses.

Thankfully the righteous indignation of Phinehas the priest rose to deal with the iniquity – vv6-8 and so the plague was stayed. One man intervened and so saved the situation to prevent greater judgment. This man was of such spiritual maturity and character that he act decisively with the spiritual threat. He did not delay because he was aware of the consequences. The Lord honoured his sanctity and zeal and so a situation was quickly retrieved.

We must always be on our guard. The tactics of the evil one are evident. We need to be alert to the fact that Satan works incessantly to produce our downfall and destruction by various means and pressures. Never allow room for carnality because it will produce major problems. Let us be ready whenever necessary to stand in the gap to intervene and thus prevent further harm.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen

Jan 29th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” –

Just before today’s promise in verse 35, the Apostle Paul talks about some of the hardships that can come against the beloved of the Lord… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (WEB) He responds to this question by making the declaration that is the inspiration for today’s promise!

Even in the midst of all these things, we are more than conquerors through the love that God has poured out into our hearts through Jesus Christ. We are not just conquerors, we are MORE than conquerors because of His amazing love! No matter what challenges you are facing today, God’s love will conquer every trial and tribulation. There is nothing in all eternity that is able to separate you from His amazing, unconditional, everlasting love.

My prayer today is that we would all be overwhelmed with a tangible sense of His closeness and the reality of this promise. May we join in the words that Paul the Apostle wrote two thousand years ago and say together… ‘We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!’

WISDOM THAT WORKS
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A dry crust eaten in peace is better than steak every day along with argument and strife”. Read: Proverbs 17:1

Peace in the home is a very precious commodity; it sets the atmosphere for the expression of every other emotion that is beneficial for a happy, wholesome family. Whenever that peace is disturbed it has ramifications on all the members of the household, be they unruly, undisciplined offspring asserting their will, or a fall out between spouses which is allowed to develop into hostile verbiage. Such disturbance affects the whole family and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Whenever I think of peace I don’t just imagine the absence of conflict or confrontation. Such abrasive interaction is inevitable, even in the most well ordered house-holds, This is especially true where people are allowed to live together with the freedom of individual opinion and expression.

No, it’s not peace at any cost, but it is peace for which a price has to be paid. Sometimes that price has to be a strategic back-down. Sometimes it has to be a bitten tongue. Sometimes it has to be an apology, and sometimes an agreement to disagree.

Such a disturbance of this precious commodity should be resisted and contested whenever it raises its ugly head, even if you have the most appetizing food to put on your table.
Believe me, a peaceful household will bring rewards beyond belief!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
LEARNING

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn – Benjamin Franklin

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. – Margaret Mead

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
UNDER DIVINE BLESSING – Numbers 22-24

This is quite a unique story and reveals in no uncertain manner God’s ability to overrule the works of evil. Balak, king of Moab, sought to engage a man by the name of Balaam to pronounce a curse upon Israel so that they would not succeed with regard to their mission and destiny. The latter must have manifested some influence and success in his work of divination previously, and so the king thought that it would work on this people of God that threatened him and his kingdom. He tried to employ him to this end.

Balaam was prepared to respond to his request but was dealt with by the Lord and so instead of uttering a curse he does the opposite. As Balaam opened his mouth to prophesy the Lord caused him to declare what He desired – 23: 7-10. It is further repeated – vv18-24; 24: 1-9; 14-17. Again and again the subject matter is Israel under God’s blessing. What a choice word – 23:20 “Behold, I have received a commandment to bless: and He hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.”

If this is true with regard to Israel’s blessing, how much more is this true for the Church of Christ? We have been blessed with the blessed One and we are blessed in and through Him. Believer, you are called to live under His blessing. The curse has been removed. Enjoy the fullness of blessing. Do not allow any negative attitude to rob you of that which the Lord would bring to pass. Move on in that which God has ordained.

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