Jan 22nd – 2017
Rev. E. Anderson
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word I ‘faith’, but it is more than word to be known. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.
FAITH – A LESSON TO BE LEARNED – Genesis 3
Right from the outset, when God created and formed the first couple, Adam and Eve, He sought to nurture in them basic trust and confidence in Himself and His Word. This was the first major lesson to be learned at the outset. He gave them a simple directive to test their belief system as to whether they would wholly trust Him and His commands. The evil one, Satan, knew this and was quick in seeking to pervert and destroy this governing and guiding factor. He cast doubt on what God had said and the couple fell for the trap set and so bitterly learned that it was a foolish thing to do, to dis-believe and disobey.
It proved to be a very costly factor that brought expulsion from a lovely place to reside to many troublesome experiences. They found to their regret that they had missed out on building a glorious accord with the One who had so much planned for their future. They discovered the curse of evil which brought about a great deal of pain and sorrow. Instead of being fulfilled and going on in an ever-increasing fellowship with God, they were exposed to so much weakness and inability.
When a person is turned on to Christ the faith factor is switched on and a trust in God is implanted. It is possible to know the voice of heaven again and to receive precepts and promises of a worthwhile character that can bring quality and fulfilment to life now on a greater scale. Christ desires you learn the lesson on faith in Him and what He has done and in the heavenly Father He has brought to you. Believe Him and His Word and begin to see life open up again as God has purposed.
I’m not Ashamed to Own my Lord
What a privilege, joy an wonder to be switched on to the message of the Cros of Christ, the most magnificent event of history! What wonderful transactions an transformations take place there when people meet Christ there and see what He has wrought by his death! John Bunyan describe the sin-loaded sinner finding the burden release and rolle out of sight when he viewed the Christ on the Cross an understood its message. It is still the in-message that all men must hear and will make a difference!
Author – Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas’ pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary labours. He did not retire from ministerial duties, but preached as often as his delicate health would permit.
1/. I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, or to defend his cause,
Maintain the honour of Hi Word, The glory of His cross’
At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, An the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I receive my sight, And now I am happy all the day.
2/. Jesus, my Lord! I know his name, His name is all my boast;
Nor will he put my soul to shame, nor let my hope be lost.
3/. Firm as his throne, his promise stands, And he can well secure
What I’ve committee to His hands, Till the decisive hour.
4/. Then will he own my worthless name, Before his Father’s face,
And in the New Jerusalem appoint my soul a place.
QUOTES TO NOTE – respect
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life – Richard Bach
A DRAMATIC RENEWAL – 2 Kings 23
Right from the start, as soon as the king was aware of the demands of the Lord there was a full-hearted response. He was quick in his response and indicated to Him and the people the way he intended to go. Josiah did not leave the Lord in any doubt whatsoever as to where his affections and ambitions were, as he fulfilled the divine requirements. The Scriptures leave no question as to his loyalty and ultimate testimony. It is recorded for all to assess: “Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since” – v25. Such is a credible and praiseworthy witness for all to follow.
He commenced in the right manner by calling all the people and in giving the lead to make a righteous covenant with God – vv2, 3. The first thing was the destruction of all the idols and removal of the idolatrous system that caused so much offence to the Lord. He fearlessly set about the sanctification of the land. He also reintroduced the celebration of the Passover, the recognition of the Lord in making them His people. There was a dramatic change that gave immense pleasure to the Lord.
It is imperative that spiritual renewal takes place in these days where manifest degeneracy has taken place. The Lord is desirous of people coming forth who will be daring enough to face the obvious challenge. It will mean drastic alteration at a personal level and the will to believe and act according to the Scriptures. You can be that individual that commences a dynamic reformation for God today. Why not be that person that will make the difference?