August 1st – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE
Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU
It is imperative that you maintain a life of good works through the inspiration of your LORD and the Holy Spirit. They are inside and alongside of you to encourage you to lovingly give yourself daily to the well-being of others. This pleases heaven enormously and convinces those around of the genuineness and reality of your faith. It is also has the capability of switching them on to the LORD, too, so it is a profitable exercise. When you finally are presented before your LORD for ultimate assessment and judgment, you will have every cause to be delighted as He affirms your bountiful labour for Him and others. There will be His choice and blessed benediction – “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your LORD”.
A GOLDEN PROMISE
”God is not a man, that he should lie, nor the son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19
In today’s promise, Numbers 23:19 clearly tells us that God is not a man, that he should lie. One of the problems that we have relating to God is the ability to trust Him completely. The reason why we struggle to trust him is that we have learned from life’s experiences that people do not always keep their promises.
While I don’t think we intentionally make the same assumptions about God, there is something in the human heart that can sometimes project onto God the same disappointments that we have experienced with people close to us. Many times we can assume that God will treat us just like our earthly fathers did. If we struggled to trust our parents, then we may struggle to trust God.
But this promise clearly says that God is not like any person on earth. He does not lie or change His mind. Every promise that He makes is completely and absolutely true! The work that God has called us to is to simply believe that He is who He says He is. May faith rise up in our hearts today and cry out ‘Yes and Amen!’ to every promise that God makes! He is true! He is faithful! …And He always keeps His promises.
JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THREAD OF HOPE
Tormented Job complained “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope” (Job 7:6). Dr John Parkhurst points out that the Hebrew for “hope” – an extended period of time, could also be rendered “thread” — an extended form of fibre. He translates thus and they are finished for want of thread”. Truly in the loom of life the warps are the days that pass so swiftly, and the weft are the experiences woven into the web.
Accepting this, Job felt that his days were empty of meaning. ln this mood he could have sat down with “the Preacher” and cried thus in his pitiful dirge : “VANlTY OF VANITIES; ALL IS VANITY” (Eccles. 1 :2). life without hope is a mere existence: the past a painful memory, the present a pitiful misery the future a tormenting mystery. Thank God Pandora, out of whose opened coffer fled many benefits, still closed the lid on hope. ln more than one sense “we are saved by hope”.
Christianity restores hope to mankind. It is one of the abiding virtues to essential happiness (cf 1 Cor 13:13). When our despairing hearts turned to Jesus, He banished our gloom and gave us a glowing expectation of blessing that would extend through time and leap the barrier of the grave into eternity.
This hope, like a binding thread, takes up the fruitful experiences of our past, the ongoing days of our present, and assures us of “a bright tomorrow”. Our whole life becomes bound together in a meaningful whole – the web of life.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction” – Pascal
“Evil often triumphs, but never conquers” – Roux
“Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world” – Ruskin
“There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net” – Swetchine
“There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to One who is striking at the root” – Henry David Thoreau
“Evil is an antagonism with the entire creation” – Zschokke
FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
RETURNING TO GOD (PART ONE) – Thomas Addington
“Submit yourselves, then, to God . . . and He will lift you up. James 4:7, 10
It may seem a bit odd for a follower of Christ to talk about returning to God. After all, aren’t we supposed to be walking with Him on a daily basis?
Yes, but it’s also a fact that most repentance occurs after Christian conversion, at the time of our conversion. Even after we become believers in Jesus, it doesn’t take much for us to move away from intimate lives with God. When that happens, often respond by denying that the alienation has occurred. Or we put up a front and pretend that nothing is wrong. Occasionally we admit it and either try to change ourselves, or we just give up.
None of these responses will work. The only thing we can do when we lose our intimacy with God is admit it and return to Him. In other words, we must repent from whatever caused us to break fellowship with God in the first place.
The pathway back to God is not a complicated one, but it is one that demands bending of the human will. In James 4:7—10, we find eight steps that help us in that process.
First, we must submit ourselves to God, which involves arranging of every area of our lives under His control (v. 7). This is not a subtle, casual drifting back to God. It is the decisive, urgent, clearly focused act of arranging our lives under God in every particular area. .
Next, we must resist the devil (v. 7). This is literally the idea of standing in full battle array. We must come to fight. We must think back with vivid imagery to the experience that Jesus had in the desert. Satan will flee from us if we resist him.
We’ll address the remaining six steps tomorrow. In the meantime, evaluate yourself in two areas: Are you intentionally focusing every aspect of your life—from your work to your thought life to your relationships-—under God’s control? And are you actively engaged in resisting the devil, no matter what kind of temptation he throws at you?