July 28th – 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
Learn to be wise, seeking knowledge and understanding that will develop your character and service and so enhance your usefulness and worth. You can rely on your LORD, as you seek Him, because He is the Fountain-Head of all that is right, good and best. He affords the finest counsel that is able to save you from many pitfalls and disaster but to educate and promote you and keep you in a secure position. Those who have looked to Him in the past and have received and taken note of His instruction, they have been blessed and benefited not only themselves but the day and generation in which you lived. So today, the LORD is at hand to give you revelation that is clear and simple and that will enrich you and all who you associate with.
A GOLDEN PROMISE
“Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?\” –Matt 6:25,26
This is a relatively short promise compared to the lengthy corresponding Bible text. But if you look at the simple message that Jesus is saying, the promise is short and sweet. When I was growing up, I was taught that worry was a sign of being responsible. If I didn’t worry, then I didn’t care.
As I get older, I am learning that many of the things that I was told were actually not the truth. Worry is not helpful to us. Worry is not a sign of responsibility. While worry cannot extend our lives, studies show that it can shorten our lives because over 70% of illnesses are stress related. This only goes to show that our bodies were not created to deal with a lot of stress.
Jesus encourages us to ‘take no thought for our life’…period. The reason we don’t have to worry is because we have a Father in heaven who has promised to take care of us all of the days of our lives. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus tells how His Father cares for the birds of the air who do not sow or reap or store into barns. He then asks the question… How much more valuable are you than the birds?
Worry is a sign that we are not yet convinced of our value to God. Don’t worry about how much you worry though! Just ask God to give you a deeper revelation of your worth to Him. Fathers provide for their children. Children don’t have to beg for their provision, they can just rest in the knowledge that they are being cared for by a loving Dad. Don’t worry… God will take care of you!
JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
Short-sightedness can impair vision, both in the natural and spiritual realms. Peter speaks of those who, failing to develop their spiritual lives become myopic. They “cannot see afar off” (2 Peter 1:9). This defective vision applies three ways.
Backward — having “forgotten that he was purged from his old sins”. To forget “the pit when we were digged” is to lose any sense of gratitude for the grace that saved us. Paul never forgot the time when Jesus met him on the Damascus road. Neither should we forget our beginnings.
Inward — myopics find it difficult to focus on near things, their peripheral vision is often misty. lf our spiritual vision is well-focused we will understand God’s present dealings and his ways. They may be “past finding out”, but we will see the outline with clarify, and grasp His purposes.
Forward -the short-sighted person is blind to distant vision; even so, the spiritual myopic loses his grip on the Bible revelation of things to come. Eschatology, the doctrine of the last things, becomes a vague hope rather than a living expectation – the “now-world” takes precedence.
Jesus exhorted the “blind” Laodiceans to “anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see” (Rev. 3:18). Our heavenly Optician can not only diagnose our complaint, he can cure it. Come to Him and your vision can be restored.
“Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now” – Gilman
“very natural longing has its natural satisfaction. If we thirst, God has created liquids to gratify thirst. If we are susceptible of attachment, there are beings to gratify the love. If we thirst for life and love eternal, it is likely that there are an eternal life and an eternal love to satisfy that craving” -Robertson
“Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal” – Royden
“hat only is worth my having which I can have forever. That only is worth my grasping which death cannot tear out of my hand” – Spurgeon
FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE WISE AND OTHERWISE (PART ONE) – Thomas Addington
“Who is wise and understanding among you? James 3:13
What is wisdom? Is it the ability to think on your feet, answer clever riddles, and handle hard questions? Is it being street-smart? Is it being able to read people easily? Is it raw intelligence or academic book knowledge? Is it the ability to roll Mark Twain like proverbs off the tip of your tongue?
The answer, according to Scripture, is none of the above. In God’s view, wisdom is relational. It’s about relationships, not about intelligence. .
James explains that wisdom can be either authentic or counterfeit. Like so many other godly traits, there is a counterfeit that often appears alongside the genuine article. The counterfeit of faith is presumption. The counterfeit of humility is false humility and self-deprecation. The counterfeit of confidence is self-driven pride. And the counterfeit of wisdom is envy and selfish ambition.
Read what James to say about that: “But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:14-17).
Examine your heart. Does the wisdom you possess come from heaven, or is it counterfeit?