Aug 17th 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 135,000 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 Daily Promise Box, the Bible, a Thought for the day from my pen, A Choice Quotation 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 from
THE DAILY PROMISE BOX – THE BIBLE
Within the Bible are innumerable promises given to those who are committed to God in love, faith and obedience. They are of such a quality of character and sufficiency that through their reception and acknowledgement, God purposes to perform in every way in incredible way. He wants you to know, receive and believe them and see His hand at work continuously through them.
A Daily Promise
Guided to Intercede in Crisis – Gen 18: 16-33
The unusual happened to this noble patriarch who the angels visited him with a two-fold purpose: to confirm the fact of a babe to be born and to open his eyes to the judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. One was to cause immense pleasure, the other, in contrast great heartache and sorrow. The situation for these wicked cities was they were to know God’s wrath because of their sinfulnness. God’s servant realized that his nephew stood in jeopardy and he knows that he is guided by the Lord to plead for his salvation. That is why he was let in on the ensuing sentence. Immediately he is conscious of his duty to plead and does so effectively and is successful way because Lot is saved out of the horrendous event. Abram’s prayers counted with the Lord. And so with you! The Lord would both burden and direct you with regard to those around whose immediate future is threatened. It is crisis time for them and you must be aware of the fact. So you must stand in the gap and pray for family, friends, neighbours, city, town and country. He would guide you into becoming an effectual intercessor.
Thought for the Day
On of the spiritual stances that must be created and cultivated in your being is that of learning to look heavenward. Instead of simply being earthly focused, you must learn to live in contact with heaven and be influenced from this eternal region where the Blessed Triune God exists and rules. Paul made it clear to a group of Christians that our “citizenship is in heaven; from when also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” – Philippians 3: 20. You can be over –involved in natural things in this world and fail to possess the grace, government and blessings that stem from Christ who is seated in heavenly places. Don’t wait for heaven to begin, it has already begun and you are to enter into the life and blessings that come from such glorious person and place, here and now.
QUOTES TO NOTE – Dr. Billy Graham
Many people turn to alcohol to drown the (cries0 and longing of the soul. Others attempt to quiet the longings of their souls by other ways. Nothing but God ever completely satisfies, because the soul is made for God.
OVERWHELMING VICTORIES – 2 Samuel 5: 17-25
When David was established as king, there came the immediate effort on the part of the Philistines to defeat Israel and David. They must have felt that the best and wisest course of action was to attack and dispose of him as soon as possible before he had opportunity to settle. This could have been their reasoning. David did not seek a conflict with them but they were of a mind to act quickly and so unnerve and remove him.
The newly anointed monarch was not to be intimidated or scared by the sudden encounter. He knew he was where he was in the will of God and that he had a real job to do in this area. The enemy tried with formidable force on two occasions to try and smash his army but David did not move without divine guidance or assistance. On both occasions he sought the Lord and was given different directions in the engagement and in obedience moved on to overwhelming victories. The Lord contended for them and so all went well. The Philistines were truly licked and so the Lord’s kingdom was in the ascendancy.
It is the divine purpose that the sight of our oppositions whoever and whatever they may be should not overcome us. As we have been anointed and appointed by the Lord, we can move on to great success. The secret lies in our seeking of the Lord and getting His mind on how to handle the conflict. He is willing and able to mastermind triumph no matter how tough the numbers and the resistance may be against us. There is no reason to fall or fail but His will is that we register an immense victory. It is time for us to rise in these days to fight and to take on all that would seek to harm and hinder us from divine progress.
FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS
AN APPROPRIATE HOUR
Even though the messenger of the Lord is called upon to affirm the true situation that Israel was in because of her sinful creed and conduct, it would seem that the Lord is emphasising to Judah the possibility of avoiding the same fate if it will take remedial action – vv11,12. There could come a reprieve and stay of judgement if she will adopt some sound and sensible doings of a right, spiritual order. It was an apt moment to get through to the southern kingdom and it was an appropriate hour for them to sit up and take notice and introduce the necessary reforms. There was something it could do from going down the same track and finishing up in a dreadful state. The summons indicates that
(1) THERE WAS TO BE THE PLOUGHING UP OF THEIR HARD HEARTS –vv11,12
It is called in the AV ‘fallow ground.’ This means land that had been left unattended and had become hardened, unproductive and in a state of utter barrenness. It was essential first of all that the cutting edge of the plough share penetrate and break up this condition of heart. Hardness of heart speaks of lack of responsiveness and yieldedness to God but now it was time for the breakthrough by God through His Spirit and Word to turn them over. A softening up procedure towards the Lord needed to occur. Brokenness was to precede blessedness.
(2) THERE WAS TO BE THE SOWING OF THE SEEDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – v12
The fallow could become the fertile and the fruitful if there was the readiness to receive and have the right seeds sown and the best plants planted. It was needful to have not only the right disposition but to make sure that there was a divine intake of choice sowing of the good and right kind. A miraculous change could take place providing the divine way of life was introduced and adhered to. A new and further opportunity was with them to amend what was being begotten into their hearts and lives.
(3) THERE WAS TO BE EXPERIENCING OF THE SHOWERS OF GOD’S BLESSING – v12
If they attended to the ploughing and sowing then there would fall in accord divine showers that would cause the seed to germinate, grow and become a healthy and wholesome crop. God would certainly fulfil His part if they truly did theirs. The whole situation would be changed by these showers.
(4) THERE WAS TO BE THE REAPING OF THE BEST KIND OF HARVE
The end result would be a divine harvest that would satisfy the Lord and would bring complete enjoyment to God’s people. The reaping would herald all that was good and ensure the future of all. It can be seen that it was in their interests to rise at this opportune time to act out what was required of them. They could not afford to be indifferent to God.