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Oct 19th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

SOMETHING MORE – MORE GOD’LOVE

The great eternal, perfect quality characteristic in God is that of His immeasurable love. It has ever motivated and will always motivate in all He does especially towards His creatures. With pure passion the Trinity exists to demonstrate it affection to all whom Has been made. God loves you and desires through Jesus Christ you taste the dynamic of it and that it take possession of your being and that it becomes the driving force in your daily living. Others see and witness God alive in you because His love is shed abroad and visible. It cannot be contained. Paul said: “The love of God is shed abroad in hearts”.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

MASTER OF ALL – Luke 8: 22-56

This particular section of Scripture shows Christ in action and reveals His sovereign power at work in a number of difficult situations. He was more than sufficient to deal with each problem as it arose. There was the need to deal with the outrageous storm that had arisen that would have swamped the boat and drowned all on board; the demand to deliver a man who was possessed with evil powers that made him restless and a threat to society; the call of a woman who was losing blood at such a rate that everything looked bleak because no one could cure her; finally, a daughter that was greatly loved and had died. The four factors called for an answer and He was up to them!

Without any fuss or bother He ministered to each situation. The storm was stilled by a brief but dynamic word; the man was delivered and restored to a state of sanity and usefulness in a moment; the woman was healed in an instant and was able to live in health; the daughter was raised from the dead and caused astonishment all round. He left a fabulous witness wherever He went, and whoever He ministered to, showing He was the master of all.

It is of importance to know that Christ is still alive and in business and that He has not lost any of His ability. He can still quell the storms that arise in people’s lives, release individuals controlled by the forces of evil, heal the seemingly incurable and raise the dead. In no way has He lost any of His authority or ability but wills to manifest it now. Whatever you need, realize that He is the one that is the absolute answer to it. Turn yourself and problem over to Him and He will answer you.

Closing down for a few days until I make a full health recovery.

 

 

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Oct 18th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

SOMETHING MORE – MORE OF GOD

What you need to know above everything else in life is God. You were made by Him in order that you might discover a blessed relationship with Him all your days on this planet. He has a personal interest in you and longs for you to find Him. Jesus Christ came into this world not only for you to have forgiveness of your sins but to make you a member of God’s special Family, where you can know Him and have His input into your life. When this occurs, you will want to know Him in a dynamic way. Life will never be the same. Do not be robbed of God!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOOD SOIL – Luke 8: 1-21

Nearly everyone knows how important it is to have good soil, especially the farmer. He knows that if he is to make a success in his work then he requires fields that possess soil that can highly produce. One thing that he does before he even sows the seed is to make sure that the soil is ploughed, chopped up by rotivation and fertilized so that it is in the right state to receive it. No effort is spared at the outset to see all is cultivated because he wants a bumper harvest. The yield to him at harvest time is of immense value and importance.

The spiritual lesson Christ puts over is that the condition of mind and heart is of great importance in the production of a life of worth and wealth. God’s Word is good seed waiting to be sown in the best of conditions. It is imperative that the inward state be not like that of rock or where weeds and thorns grow in abundance thus preventing growth of the divine seed. The heart has to be in a broken down and fertilized situation so that it can receive and nurture the word that has been implanted. The possibilities is that of producing a hundredfold –vv8, 15.

Every believer is responsible for the shape and state of their own heart. It is possible to possess a hard attitude to God and His Word so that all His efforts of producing a good crop in your life are hindered. How essential it is that all allow themselves to be softened by His love, grace and disciplines so that the best condition exists for the receiving of His Word that will yield a harvest of enormous profit. The Lord wants the returns to be the greatest possible and this can only be as you permit God to prepare your heart for His Word by intense cultivation. There is much to be achieved through the whole period of your life.

 

 

 

 

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Oct 17th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

SOMETHING MORE

Be encouraged by the fact that the Lord always has something more for you to know and experience irrespective of your present attainments. He loves to see His offspring moving on to what He has planned. Quietly, believingly, look to Him to reveal and resource you for what you are to taste. It may not be some outstanding thing but it will take you on into something enjoyable and special.

THE CARING LORD – 1 Peter 5:7

REQUIREMENT: Without question, people require someone of worth and wealth to truly show an interest and consideration in them and possess the ability to care and minister into all of their life’s situation. Man needs to be taken care of. There are those who feel like the psalmist of all who expressed: “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me; refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” – Psalm 142:4. He sensed he was a stranger and in a helpless and hopeless state of mind and being. It is at such a time when suicides occur! People feel they need to be wanted and helped.

COMPASSION: At the core of care is heart compassion. It is more than just manifest outwardly an act of benevolence. There has to be a genuine love within the caring so that its spring and motivation is free from all admixtures. This is reflected in the ministry of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:30-37. One of the primary reasons for the advent of Christ was to come with the ministry of caring – Mark 10:45.

SUFFICIENCY: There is no lack in the ability of Christ to perform this kind of service. He generally and specially did things for people without ado. He not only did the physical and spiritual things for folks, He did the practical things too. Acts 10:38 “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth . . . . who went about doing good. . . . .” He not only went about, most folk do that; He went about doing good. He could cope with any person in any situation. In the Scriptures it is revealed that He had time for every individual and need. Peter discovered that He had a big enough heart, broad enough shoulders and a sufficiency to meet all.

Illustration: Charles Atlas  “He’s got the whole wide world in His hands..”

  • THERE IS THE CARING FOR BABES AND CHILDREN – MARK 10:13-16

 

    1. His disciples may have little or no time for this group but not so the Lord. Just like a gardener has all the time in the world for his seeds and seedlings, so the Lord has much to give this infant community. His blessing can and does make a difference to them. There was an occasion when He was taken up in someone’s hands and arms and blessed, Simeon – Luke 2:38.
  • THERE IS THE CARING FOR GROWN UP CHILDREN –   MARK 5:22-24; JOHN 4:46

 

Parents that had offspring who had grown and now were in great need discovered He had got the time and ability to move in and help them in the hour of crisis. Jairus’s daughter even experienced death but Jesus cared enough to raise her to life. The nobleman so believed in Christ’s love, compassion and power that he could trust His word to affect an immediate cure.

  • THERE IS THE CARE FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE – MARK 19:20

 

A young man came to him with a challenging question and Christ gave him a challenging answer, challenging him to faith and a greater life. He spoke the truth because He cared and He was offering this man at an important stage of life tremendous prospects. He wanted to open him up to faith and adventure. He was showing him the way to live is to give. It was already being proven in the young apostolic band who had given up business careers.

  • THERE IS THE CARING FOR THE NEWLY WEDS – JOHN 2

 

The marriage celebrations are thrust into a state of crisis and difficulty. One of the most important factors and features of the festive part was the provision of wine and the situation arose: “They have no wine.” What an embarrassment! It was a good job that Christ was there and was ready to respond to His mother’s request. He cared enough to make sure that the occasion was not ruined by providing wine of a vintage order – see v10. Not only abundance but the best!

  • THERE IS THE CARING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RUINED THEIR LIVES – JOHN 4

 

    1. Jesus went deliberately out of His way to meet this woman who had messed up her life with a number of affairs and marriages. They had all failed and He went to switch her on to the pure water of life – v4. Her moral disaster did not prevent His care or ministry. Another woman in her sin was thrust upon Him but He showed the same love – John 8.
  • THERE IS THE CARING FOR PEOPLE UNDER OPPRESSION – MARK 5:1-20

 

This is a wonderful case of care. This man was friendless and without anyone to give him any love or help, in fact everyone was helpless to meet his need. Christ knew about Him and went out of his way to affect his freedom from a tyranny of evil powers. No wonder the man wanted to stay with Jesus; He was the real Friend he had needed. He is sent on a good errand – vv19,20.

  • THERE IS THE CARING FOR LIVES IN JEOPARDY – MARK 4:35-41

They cried out in their desperation: “Carest Thou not . . . .?” He cared enough to become a man, to be with them etc. They were to discover how He could handle storm and tempest and them.

Whatever the kind and weight of care, Christ is here to bring an answer to it. What has to be done? There has to be the casting – to throw and let go and let Him perform His ministry. We have then to do the resting – leave all to Him. No need to be filled with anxious care because He cares.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNTOLD GRATITUDE – Luke 7: 36-50

What a beautiful manifestation of gratitude is evidenced by this woman as she shows what she thought of Christ! She seems to be oblivious of people no matter how important they were as she wanted to honour the Lord. She broke spontaneously in on a gathering to declare her appreciation by washing Christ’s feet with her tears, then drying them with her hair and finally anointing them with costly perfume. It was the overflowing of a heart that was immensely grateful for what Christ had done for her. It was the best way she could reveal her love.

This deed was not altogether welcomed by the host, Simon. He could only put a wrong assessment on Christ and the woman and sought to devalue what was done. But Christ put it into true perspective by bringing it out further with a relevant story that justified the woman in her deed. Simon was called upon to give a conclusion to the brief story and made to see what the woman had done was both right and good. To seal it all, Christ spoke to the woman and assured her that all was well. Her past was forgiven and her present and future could not be better.

Christian believers are called upon to give some evidence of their appreciation of Christ. He is to figure much in their thoughts and devotions. Opportunities must be sought and seized upon to give real tokens of their love and affection for and of Him in a positive manner. As this woman went beyond the norm to declare her value of Christ, so you must seek to prove to Him how warm is your passion for Him. It is possible for you to thrill Christ by doing something unique and extraordinary and to receive His greater benediction on your life and future.

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Oct 16th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

 In going with God it has to be said that a lot of challenge and dare is present. There are really no soft options with Christ as He seeks to monitor the spiritual will, faith and determination of His genuine followers. There has to be the readiness for instance to ‘give up all’ if one is to be His disciple. On the spiritual, moral and financial front He lays down the route which is demanding. Those who dare to do with and for Him are not the losers. The gains now as well as eternally far outstrip any demand that may be made on you. Everything He puts before accept and go for it. Get the spirit of faith and adventure inside of you and be up for all that is ahead and you will move ahead.

WISE SAYINGS

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him” – Proverbs 20:7

Our children are like mirrors – they reflect our attitudes in life. How good is to have good reflectors that reflect all that is good, inspirational and praiseworthy.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE CARING CHRIST – Luke 7: 11-35

This incident expresses quite powerfully how much Christ cared for people. As He saw this funeral cortege and realised the extent of it, that it was a dear widow that was burying her only son, Christ was greatly moved with compassion and felt He must do something to help in her distress. It affirms in v13 “When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, ‘Don’t cry ” Instead of letting it pass by, He moved in to demonstrate His heart of love in a simple but true expression. He possessed the ability to cause those tears to dry up and to fill her with joy and delight.

He was able to stop the cortege and speak words of faith, power and life to the corpse and call the young man back from the dead. The miracle then happened. The son of the widow sat up and began immediately to talk. Christ so cared that He brought the lad back to life again in order to be a greater blessing to his mother. The restored relationship would prove to be better than ever because of His intervention. What a difference Christ made that day to the whole proceedings because He cared! Suddenly all the weeping was over and the procession returned home in a state of immense jubilation.

It is heartening to know that Christ has not lost His loving heart but still cares today for people and especially those who belong to Him. He knows the particular sorrows that they encounter and would assure that He is present in an understanding way. Comfort of a divine nature is offered and He has the power to cause the tears to cease. The reason why He says, “Don’t cry” is because He has the answer for the situation no matter how problematic. If a miracle is required, He is more than able to provide one. Trust Him today to answer your grieving state!

 

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Oct 15th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

CONTEMPLATION: is essential to know and have the mind of God if one is to succeed in achieving life’s real purpose. Ignorance of God and His direction lands people into chaos and difficulty. God speaks and puts forth the truth when He says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55:8,9. How necessary it is for you to begin to contemplate the thought of God upon your life, work and ministry. You require His full assessment upon who you are and what you are doing so that you my act in accordance. Through the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, Biblical instruction you can make great strides in and with God to achieve great things.

WISE SAYINGS

“Abstain from all appearance of evil” – 2 Thessalonians 5:22

If you don’t want the fruits of sin; stay out of the devil’s orchard. The very appearance of is dangerous and infectious, hence the admonition.

DAILY MEDIATIONS

THE DYNAMIC OF FAITH – Luke 7: 1-10

It is encouraging to read the account of this Roman centurion who was prepared to express faith of a great kind in Christ. He was evidently a good master that cared about the welfare of his servants that worked for him and revealed that he also had a love for God’s people, the Jews. It would seem that he had a belief in God and a pure motivation of life. Although he was a leader there was a self-effacement about him that was quite commendable. He was not living and acting as a show –off but as a person who desired to do a great deal of good in life. The dynamic of a real faith also inspired his works in everything.

It became manifest to a great degree when he sent for Christ to come and heal his servant. There was no parading of position, just the simple request to act in compassion to one in need. He believed in Christ to work the wonder. As Christ got near to the home in response, he stopped Him from coming further by asking Him to simply speak the authoritative word and the man would be well. He had such respect for Christ, His person and word, that he was greatly humbled by being honoured by Christ. The Lord is amazed and commended his faith – v9.

This man’s quality character and example is highly celebrated in order to challenge others to similar living and believing. He claimed no merit but rested in the authority of Christ to perform the healing. It is possible for you to stand in the gap for others and look to Christ to work but faith is a necessity. As you believe in Him and His power so you will see Him produce the answers. As you are switched on to the need and to Christ so you will experience His sovereign ability at work.

 

 

 

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Oct 14th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GENTLENESS: The palmist said: “Thy gentleness hath made me great” – Psalm 18:35. It is a choice thing to be a gentle giant. Paul advised Titus to ‘be gentle’ – 3:2 and also it is listed in the fruit of the Spirit – Gal 5:22. Christians are to be gentle-giants. Of course they can handle things difficult and hard things in a mild and placid manner that produces outstanding results. I remember being trained as a fitter and turner in the Doncaster Plant Works where the famous steam engines were made. Visiting the plant where the big steam hammers were located was an education. To see them operated by qualified people who could bring the mighty hammer down with a heavy crushing blow on some red hot iron was quite a thing. But to see it descend to give a slight tap on an object was mind-boggling. It was a gentle giant in the right hands. So we must be the same. Although God is so great and does great things, He is so gentle!!

WISE SAYINGS

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” – Romans 12:18

If you feel ‘dog-tired’ at night, maybe it is because you ‘growled’ all day. The more you are at peace with God, others and yourself the stronger and more resourceful you will be and less tired and energy less.

DAILY MEDIATIONS

THE GRACE OF GIVING – Luke 6: 27-49

In His masterly teaching Christ placed a great emphasis on giving and pointed out that it is a worthy and rewarding exercise. He sought to introduce and inspire this ministry because of the good that would be wrought both in the giver and the recipients. He said: “Give, and it shall be given unto you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with what measure you use, it will be measured to you” – v38. When the deed is performed aright, out of a loving and generous spirit, it is sure to be highly productive.

God is the greatest giver of all and gave the supreme gift in His Son. Through Christ every person can be blessed and enriched beyond measure. The gift of eternal life, divine relationship, glorious prospects of a future here and now and eternally, of answered prayer and guidance, etc., is all to be known through Christ. All comes through the grace of God. Having received all these gracious gifts from God, and especially His nature, then giving is to be the life and life-style of those born within the Kingdom of God.

This word is directed to all Christian believers because they are to manifest this grace at all times within their daily living and activity. Having received so much from the Lord, there has to be a loving and free distribution of life and gifts to others so that they are made aware of the love and goodness of God. The more that is given from the divine disposition the returns are seen to be considerable. There is a great flow of blessing that comes the way of those who are so exercised. Be certain that this grace is abounding in your life and you will truly abound.

 

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Oct 13th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

JOYFULNESS: It has to be realised that God is a God of exceeding and exuberant joy. He exists in sheer pleasure and ecstasy in the work of His hands. He is working at all times from delight. One thing for certain: He wants His creatures to be happy and blessed and to express joy in all conditions. Paul wrote and epistle of joy from a prison jail, Philippi. In no way was he down in heart or in the mouth because of his seeming untoward circumstances. In fact, he utilised those negative conditions and lit them up in a manner that caused all to realise what a pleasant servant of Christ he was. People became switched on to Christ as they saw and heard this happy saint. This world requires a baptism of joy and you can help by being a manifestation and ministration of it.

WISE SAYINGS

My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live” – Job 27:6

Reputation is made in a moment: character is built in a lifetime. Being made as a person of rich quality and faith needs the passage of time and a host of things, positive and negative, to shape to perfect stature, maturity and usefulness on a great scale.

DAILY MEDIATIONS THE POWERFUL CHRIST– Luke 6: 12-26

Jesus Christ is presented in the New Testament as a person who possessed divine power. Within His being and ministry He had the authority to speak and act in an authoritative manner. He showed that by choosing men to become apostles that they would act in a similar fashion under His inspiration. As crowds gathered to listen to Him they sensed He was a man who had unique and inherent virtue that could impact their needs. They pressed through to touch Him knowing as they did, they would be healed. It states that “the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all” – v19.

On this occasion He delivered a powerful address to them speaking of the divine qualities required of those who would be subjects in His Kingdom. In observing what he had to say, the virtues demanded are not within the capacity of man’s fallen nature to produce. It is only through Himself, the King of the Kingdom, by His life, nature and ability within a person that these supreme attitudes of being can be created and cultivated. He possesses the power to reproduce His own character within as He takes up residence as King within the life.

Every Christian must always recognise the majesty and mastery of Jesus Christ and prove that He is ever sufficient to minister His grace and power into life on a regular basis. He has power to heal in times of sickness and ill health. It is important to reach out in faith to touch Him so as to receive His vibrant life to deal with the offending affliction. He constantly lives within a person in order to manifest His nature so that the beautiful disposition of His being is seen in the manifestation of His choice characteristics. Let Christ be seen in you.

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Oct 12th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

REALITY: People cry out for reality and the best thing for you is to make sure you are real and true to yourself and God and you will be real to everyone else. As you seek to be genuine and true at all times and situations, you will live and lead a life of honour. Do not masquerade at any time under any false guise because it is totally unprofitable. When falsehood exists one falls out of respect and favour. When you live and speak the truth you will never have anything to be ashamed of. The directive of Paul is a helpful word in this. He said: “We can do nothing against the truth but for the truth”. With such a motivation one is wholly safeguarded!

WISE SAYINGS

“Whatsover thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” – Ecclesiastes 9:10

What counts is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put into the hours .Labour well spent brings a life of content.

DAILY MEDIATIONS THE POWERFUL CHRIST– Luke 6: 12-26

Jesus Christ is presented in the New Testament as a person who possessed divine power. Within His being and ministry He had the authority to speak and act in an authoritative manner. He showed that by choosing men to become apostles that they would act in a similar fashion under His inspiration. As crowds gathered to listen to Him they sensed He was a man who had unique and inherent virtue that could impact their needs. They pressed through to touch Him knowing as they did, they would be healed. It states that “the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all” – v19.

On this occasion He delivered a powerful address to them speaking of the divine qualities required of those who would be subjects in His Kingdom. In observing what he had to say, the virtues demanded are not within the capacity of man’s fallen nature to produce. It is only through Himself, the King of the Kingdom, by His life, nature and ability within a person that these supreme attitudes of being can be created and cultivated. He possesses the power to reproduce His own character within as He takes up residence as King within the life.

Every Christian must always recognise the majesty and mastery of Jesus Christ and prove that He is ever sufficient to minister His grace and power into life on a regular basis. He has power to heal in times of sickness and ill health. It is important to reach out in faith to touch Him so as to receive His vibrant life to deal with the offending affliction. He constantly lives within a person in order to manifest His nature so that the beautiful disposition of His being is seen in the manifestation of His choice characteristics. Let Christ be seen in you.

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Oct 11th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GRACE

In a seemingly graceless world Jesus Christ cam to introduce the great dynamic of the grace of God. He was full of it Himself and established the Christian message on it. Al who are to be genuine Christians must personally and greatly receive it and that it be the inspiration of their lives and doings. You are called upon to manifest and minister this choice quality in your home, Christian fellowship, the outside people who have no understanding of the Christian message. The grace of God in Jesus Christ makes sinners into saints and become powerful adverts to the goodness and kindness of God. People should be able to tell who you are because of the eminence of this heavenly quality. See that you are soaked and saturated with this beautiful excellence.

WISE SAYINGS

“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out” – Proverbs 17: 14 – NIV

It isn’t hard to make a mountain out of a molehill. Just add a little dirt. Be the opposite: be a peacemaker and so be in accord with God your Creator. It is more rewarding.

DAILY MEDIATIONS LACK OF COMPASSION – Luke 6: 1-11

It is always sad to read of people that appear to be quite heartless, lacking compassion and good will with regard to others who are in need. Christ had to counteract this sort of thing in the course of His ministry. There were those religious leaders who seemed to be more concerned about their traditions than having a real compassion to help people in difficulty. They could only question things from a state of bias without rising to minister to the people all around them and so they became censorious.

They found fault with Christ’s disciples because they dared to pick and eat corn when it was the Sabbath day, even though the men were hungry. How furious they were because Christ dared to a heal man on the Sabbath day! One would have thought they would have been extremely delighted that this man was now able to enjoy a normal existence, but not so. It became apparent that they really didn’t know what the love of God was all about. They were so taken up with their ideas and bias that they hadn’t the time to minister to the needs of the people.

One of the vital things that all Christians should be engaged in is to perform good works from a compassionate heart. Mere mechanical teaching that lacks compassion and commitment is worthless. It is recorded of Christ that He went about doing good seven days a week, and that included the Sabbath. How vital it is that you seek to be a person that seeks, when possible, an opportunity to bring relief into someone else’s situation! As you give yourself at all times to doing well and refraining from being a critic, you will be blessed and answered by the Lord.

SERMON

THE ANOINTING LORD – Matthew 3:13; John 1:29-34; Acts 2:33

Jesus is the Anointed One hence He is called the Christ, the Anointed. We are not left in any doubt on this front with regard to Him. John the Baptist was given this means of identification of the Messiah, Son of God, by the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Him – John 1:33. He was anointed that day and it became immediately manifest.

  • In His confrontation with the evil one – Luke 4:1,14.
  • As He commenced His dynamic ministry in word and deed He revealed He was confirming the prophetic Word – Luke 4:18; Isaiah 61. In Acts 10:38 we are informed that the reason for His power-packed ministry was due to the Holy Spirit. He said himself that “He casts out demons by the Holy Spirit of God.” The Christ, the Anointed One, has been exalted on high.

THE ANOINTED ONES: He came to bring into being an anointed Family, His Church. As Lord and Head of the Church it was and is His will that the anointing rest upon His people. In His ascension and exaltation He has won the right to bestow upon Christendom as a whole this same blessing. John the Baptist affirmed that He would do this – John 1:33. The Lord before His decease and ultimate ascent to heaven spoke of the Holy Spirit – John 14-16 and of the need for His servants to wait until they had received this choice benefit – Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4. The Church was to live, flow and grow through the anointing.

THE ANOINTING: The anointing of the Christian Body took place on the day of Pentecost and this was to make an essential spiritual difference. The Acts of the Apostles is a bold and clear testimony to this particular fact. The Church did not simply talk about the Holy Spirit; they knew His mantling and mentoring in a personal and powerful fashion. There are some things to be known with respect to this gracious blessing. The Spirit’s descent meant a spiritual ascent for the Christian community. They moved up and on in the things of God.

  • THE ANOINTING IS BESTOWED WHEN THE SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS EXIST

It has to be stated that this unique blessing is known and experienced in the timing of God and when certain factors are in place. It was so in the life of Christ. He comes on the scene at the perfect moment with all the essential qualifications and credentials for this special gifting. It is so with the child of God. There must be repentance and baptism in water – Acts 2:38. An obedient and believing condition of heart and life – Acts 5:32. A genuine thirst and longing also must be evident – John 7:37-39. Fear also can be a preventative – Luke 11:11-13.

  • THE ANOINTING IS CONFIRMATION ON THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

One of the vital proofs of the saving and regenerative work of Christ is in the advent and work of the Holy Spirit into the life of the believer. He comes with His presence and power to testify that what Christ came to do is effectual and real and can be wholly depended upon. He is a true and divine witness that seals the great task that Christ has accomplished. Our anointing by Christ signifies that He is the Anointed and that His life and ministry is attested as being complete. The Holy Spirit seals Christ and His work within us – 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; Ephesians 1:13,14.

  • THE ANOINTING IS IN ORDER THAT LIFE AND SERVICE BE EMPOWERED

The work of the Holy Spirit is to achieve a dual role: to enhance both the life and character and to enrich work and service. He comes to clothe and endue with power and authority – Luke 24:49. His person and presence is sure to our person and presence good. The fact of His incoming and indwelling is purposed to do a power of good just at the individual and personal level. Life inspired by His nearness and company makes a difference. But then there is His power and energy to become a witness for Christ in word and deed – Acts 1:8. The Acts of the Apostles is Jesus still in business through the power of the Holy Spirit

  • THE ANOINTING IS ABLE TO EFFECT ALL THAT THE LORD HAS DESIGNED

The Church does not have to look to worldly ideas and philosophies to affect the power of the Gospel. It is not dependent upon human gimmicks to attract and influence into a divine experience. The Holy Spirit is able to empower His servants and the divine Word to achieve the impossible – c.f. 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:4. When the Spirit is present and active all that needs to be done on a divine order and scale will be done.

  • THE ANOINTING IS TO BE SUSTAINED AND MAINTAINED ALWAYS

The responsibility of all Christendom is to know and live under the daily anointing. To be being filled with the Holy Spirit is not an option; it is a divine command – Ephesians 5:18-20. It is to be recognized we have received this divine anointing – 1 John 2:20,28 and to make sure we do not grieve the Holy Spirit in any way – Ephesians 4:30. The Lord waits to give much more of this blessing to those who are in the right condition.

The life and work of Christ must continue unabated, in fact, it should be intensified and increased by the greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon life and ministry – Joel 2:28. It is a case not of less and less but more and more. There is no limit to what Christ the Anointed One desires to do through His anointed ones and they should be ready and willing.

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Oct 9th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GUIDANCE

Although you have not trodden before, know that the One who is with you as your guide, knows it perfectly. He is thoroughly prepared for every eventuality. As you trust Him implicitly, He will give you both the knowledge and strength to deal with all. You will be surprised as you listen to and obey how quick you will and cope even with the most awkward of people and problems. A state of inner peace will be yours and at the day’s conclusion how much progress you have made pleasure encountered. Anticipate making the hours serve the kingdom and you will enjoy the results in every way.

WISE SAYINGS

“But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul” – Hebrews 10:39

Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death. Your faith, like a healthy plant, requires daily watering by the Spirit and Word of God and so will action/develop into a dynamic source of life, blessing and action.

DAILY MEDIATIONS

A UNITED EFFORT – Luke 5: 12-26

There are some things that can only be done together. People working in co-operation can achieve things of great worth. A man who was paralyzed and unable to walk required the personal assistance of four people in order to get him to Christ so as to get his healing. Thankfully in this awful state of being he had four men that were lovingly interested in him and believed that if he could be got to Christ he would be able to live a normal life. They were ready to put themselves about so that he could be blessed. Together they felt they could help him to Christ.

Of course, when they had this good idea they little realized that they would be faced with a major problem. Christ was in a house that inside and outside was surrounded with people that prevented access. But they were not the sort to easily quit. The house was of such a nature that they could remove the tiles and let him down right before Christ. Faith, determination and a united effort made it possible for this man to appear before Christ and He commended their attitude and action. The man was gloriously forgiven and freed from his paralysis. It was worth all the endeavour and effort to see this man made whole.

This thought needs to get through to groups of Christian believers that much more can be done when there is a concerted effort to bring blessing to someone who is in tremendous need. Possibly you could join forces with others in reaching out to someone that really requires your assistance to bring them to Christ for an expression of His grace. What a marvellous reward awaits as there is this commitment to do something positive in bringing relief! Faith will be rewarded.

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