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Sep 25th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

SEEING GOD

In His sublime teaching Christ gave a sure statement and promise: He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” – Matthew 5: 8. That is some demand and some fulfilment! Seeing God is surely one the supreme highlights and blessings of life. C.H. Spurgeon wrote, “What a privilege to see God here! A glimpse of Him is heaven below! In Christ Jesus the pure in heart see the Father. We see Him, His truth, his love, His purpose, His sovereignty. His covenant character, yes, we see himself in Christ”. But it is dependent on knowing and living in a healthy and spiritual condition –‘being pure in heart’. Our inward commitment and life-style is to be one that accords with His directives and counsels. Acting in accord with His sacred and pleasurable commands is the road to this great discovery and knowledge. So make it your aim to please Him and the pleasure will be yours of seeing and knowing God in an incredible way!

Thought for the Day

GO

Always be consciousness of the green light in your life and ministry, it is the clear summons to go and do as he commands. As you learn, accept and obey His directives you will discover they open you up to Himself and all His goodness and resources. You do not travel or perform alone but He is backing and blessing all so that you become very effective and fruitful so that you have every reason to glad at your progress in and through Him. “Trust and obey, for there’s no way; To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.” In the path of your obedience in going and doing there comes maximum development, delight and destiny. He who says to you ‘Go’ is the very One who will give you the ‘GO’ as you commit yourself to Him. Yours is to be a most productive life and service. You have got to believe it!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Desmund Tutu

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A SAD EXPRESSION – 1 Kings 13: 11-34

The prophet who had been so obedient to the Lord regrettably falls foul of a deceiving prophet as revealed in this incident. He had cause to be grateful that the Lord had confirmed His word in such a way and preserved him from the evil designs of the king. He had also been able to say no to the king’s invitation to refresh himself and take a reward – vv7, 8. But he turns out a victim to a scheming, former prophet. No sooner is away from the scene of conquest that he is confronted with this person who seeks to take him from the revelation the Lord had given. There was a need to be most vigilant on such an occasion.

The true messenger had heard very clearly from God in the first instance and could affirm this to be the case – vv16, 17. There was no need to listen to any other voices because the all-important voice and word had come direct from the One that mattered. If there had been any change in orders the Lord who had spoken at first would have come through to him. Sadly he hearkened to this man and as the story reveals, he lost his life. The old prophet’s final comment says it all – “Alas, my brother!” –v30. It was not the way it should have ended up. The king got to know about it and as a result did not amend his ways.

In a world where much deception abounds and error exists you must be doubly certain of God’s mind and not be led astray. The Lord does not want you to fall prey to anyone or anything and become a victim and finish up devastated and ruined. He will speak into your life and affairs but then you must safeguard that word and not permit it to be taken away. The enemy of your soul would do every conceivable thing in order to waylay you, so be vigilant and diligent – 1 Peter 5:8.

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Sep 24th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

 

IN A TEMPEST

That is how you may sense things are at the moment for you. Everything appears to be falling apart and inwardly you are in turmoil. An utter state of restlessness and faithlessness exists. What can you do? Who can you turn to? Paul was on the Adriatic waters and for three days and nights there was a relentless, horrendous storm. It did not look as if any one board that ship would make it. But an angel came to him and assured that no one would be lost. The word of promise was given unto him saying: “Do not be afraid, Paul, you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you”. His response to the message: “I believe God that it will be just as it was told me” – Acts27: 24, 25. So today friend: the Lord is in control when things are bad and would assure you that you will come out of the threatening conditions you are in. You will be wonderfully saved and the word of the Lord will come to pass in your case. Hold on to the promise!

Thought for the Day

CAUTION

Occasions arise that call for caution, watchfulness and care in the busy thoroughfare of life. Things are occurring constantly and some of these factors do have latent dangers that must be avoided. So make certain that you maintain a balanced mind so that you are really cognisant of what is really taking place and can act wisely.. You must not suddenly be overwhelmed by events or experiences that you find you ill-prepared for and unable to cope with. Learn to pull aside and off so that you truly assess where you are and the full force of what you are to deal with so that no mistakes occur. Vigilance is aided by prudence which together they enable you to make the right choices and move ahead into that which is worthwhile and rewarding. Have a blessed day!

QUOTES TO NOTE – C.S. Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A SOLEMN WARNING – 1 Kings 13: 1-10

How amazing to read of the grace of God towards this man in spite of this appalling wickedness! He could have easily and speedily removed him from office and from life’s scene; instead, he chose to give a solemn warning through a supernatural word and encounter. A man of God is dispatched with a message to let the king know beyond doubt of the evil of his doings. He appears right at the place where the monarch is at the altar with solemn declaration.

He first pronounces judgment on the leadership that is and will be involved at the altar in unholy worship by affirming that one of David’s line will see to it that their bones will be burnt on it – v2. The token of this would be in the immediate rending of the altar and the pouring out of the ashes. This indicated the displeasure of the Lord and showed what he thought of it. Jeroboam would have attacked the divine messenger but his hand is paralyzed and he becomes a victim of judgment. He appeals for its restoration and God in grace effects its healing. All of this was a solemn and serious warning and should have been heeded.

When the Lord gives a definite course of action, extreme care must be taken that there is no deviation from it. Even seemingly good people can take of the track that God has appointed. We must never act in a way that provokes the Lord to act in judgment against us. Having tasted the riches of His favour we must make it our daily business to conform to His ways so that we may reap much more of His kindness. If we do suffer His judgment, then we must have the good sense to repent and make amends so that it is not wasted on us. His love will not permit us to keep sinning.

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Sep 23rd – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

 

SOMETHING TO REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO

When Nathanael came to Christ he was immediately impacted by what Christ had to say to him. He had raised a question but Christ was packed full of assurance and gave an inspiring message of hope. He said: “do you really believe in and rely on and trust in Me? You shall see greater things than this!” Right at the start, Christ raises His expectations levels as if to say –‘you’ve seen nothing yet!’ The Lord has brought you into His kingdom that you might not only be blessed but to see Him at work in and through your life in a fantastic manner. There is every reason that you should see miracles and wonderful works of His coming to pass. As His kingdom life becomes resident in you and begins to preside, the extraordinary will occur. Do not simply settle for the ordinary when the One you love and believe is inside you seeking to bring about the impossible. The prophetic promise is yours: “you shall see greater things!”.

Thought for the Day

HALT

The halt sign the LORD gives you must be taken note of. It is there for a good purpose. To stop, you have to learn from contending with matters and issues that really are of no real concern to you. Like traffic, you must let them slip by until the road is clear ready for your next movement forward. Whilst being in that ‘halt’ state, you can learn faith and patience and quietly commune in spirit with Lord so that you are aware that He is with you on the journey to negotiate all that is ahead. You will not lose time or position by observing these necessary calls to stop. They will be occasions when things will clear up ahead so that you can make the progress heaven has planned. So discover the ‘traffic signs’ of heaven in your life and affairs and benefit from their spiritual input and guidance!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Alfred Lord Tennyson

A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

LACK OF TRUST – 1 Kings 12: 20-33

Having received assurance from the Lord that he would become king over the northern tribes and seeing this come to realization, one would have thought that Jeroboam would have shown both his gratitude and trust towards Him. The Lord even stayed Rehoboam from entering into conflict with him. He surely owed it to God to make sure that he followed through the directions that was given to him – 1 Kings 11: 38. But regretfully he embarks upon a procedure that was not right or good for himself or the people.

It arose out of the surmising and devising of his mind and heart. He imagined that if he permitted the people to go to Jerusalem to worship then they would soon return to becoming one nation again and he would be in difficulty. It was a failure to trust God who had paved the way to his new status. He planned a new system of worship that was objectionable to God in the making of two golden calves and placing them in Bethel and Dan where the people could go and offer sacrifice. It states: “And this thing became a sin” – v30. It was deviation from God’s ways.

Let us not be led astray by the imposition of some new novelty, well meaning as it may appear to be, if subversively it counters God’s will and procedure of true worship. The devil will throw up all kinds of things to seduce and to draw us away from what is right and pleases the Lord. How jealous and zealous we ought to be in trusting Him and making certain that we adopt those things that accord with His mind and desire always!

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Sep 22nd – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

 

PROSPECTS ARE GOOD

Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi in words to show them that their prospects were really good because they were being inspired and handled by the Lord. He said: “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 1:6. He knew that Christ does not start something He cannot bring to a satisfactory conclusion. He perfectly fulfilled all the Father’s expectations when He became a man and He is able to re-produce the same in those who become His disciples. So you are in good hands! His omniscient eye is ever upon you for good and His grace and power is always at your disposal to bring about the best and worthiest results. There is no need for you to be unduly worried about your tomorrows or yourself because you are in the best hands possible. At the finish, both He and you will be thoroughly pleased with what has been accomplished

Thought for the Day

BLESSED

The word ‘blessed’ simply means to be done good to. The LORD is the Blessed One who has the ability to bless His creation and creatures in an incredible, continuous and increasing fashion. Having renewed this planet in every way and blessed it in every degree (Genesis 1), He also created mankind with this in mind. It states “And God blessed them  . . .” – v28. There has been no change in this. In calling Abram, this is what He affirmed: “I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing . . “ (Genesis 12: , 3,4) He accepted this guarantee and entered into it. He is but an example and  the LORD desires to bless you, too. In sending and giving you Christ, the Blessed One, in and through Him you are to be blessed now and eternally. So why not enjoy your favoured and privilege state. You are now among ‘the blessed ones!’

QUOTES TO NOTE – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A SENSELESS DECISION – 1 Kings 12

The initial act of Rehoboam on becoming king looked to be a wise procedure as he appears to be making the right move. Before he does anything he seeks the help and expertise of others as he assumes a major responsibility. One would commend him for taking this kind of step. The Bible affirms that “in the multitude of counsellors is wisdom”, and so one would imagine that in taking on this new role he needed to know the best and wise step to take next in governing God’s people. He seeks both old and young for their views and judgement. There was nothing wrong in this provided he weighed everything up aright and discerned the finest course of procedure.

Regrettably he did not heed the counsel of the older men and the people but forsook the counsel they offered. In pride and arrogance he rejected their sensible directives and embraced the foolish words of the young men. Instead of showing signs of grace, understanding and tolerance he adopted a brutal and shameful attitude that promoted a senseless decision that would bring about an awful division. He would lose not only the good will of many; he lost their allegiance and help. There would be an awful price to pay for such wilful conduct.

It could be that we are in a situation where we have to make some important decisions and we are not too certain as to what to do. Of course, we need to pray and seek God’s guidance but that guidance may come through other people. The Lord is able to commission someone or even a body of people to sound the right word and policy into our affairs and we must be very sensitive to what is right and good. Making the correct choice and taking the best route is vital to your welfare.

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Sep 21st – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

 

THE GREAT HELPER

The promise stands secure and abiding: “Yes, I will help you” – Isaiah 41: 10. He states that today to you because He is still on the scene of time and is still capable of rendering assistance and provide perfect answers now into your life whatever the demands. When He is alongside there is no cause for anxiety or pressure as He is sufficient and adequate to respond to the situation. Even when no one else is around capable of being of some assistance, the Lord is with and for you and will work some great things on your behalf. He helped Moses deliver and govern a nation. He assisted Joshua and Caleb to cause His people and themselves to be possessors. He helped Hannah and Ruth in their crises. And shall He not come to your aid? Of course He will! Make the declaration of faith now by saying with your lips and heart: “THE LORD IS MY HELPER!”

Thought for the Day

HAPPINESS

I read these words today and sensed they were apt and appropriate for you . Quote: ‘God wired the universe so that happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success. Happiness comes from service. God designed you to be happiest when you are giving your life away. Why? Because he wants you to become like him. It’s all about love!’ So learn to give yourself away and concentrate on the well-being of others. See them blessed by saying and performing things that will bring a smile to their face, faith to their heart and strength to their will to copy your example. Life will be different because you are making a decisive choice to be different and so advance the good of those around. As the old song puts it: “If I can help somebody along life’s way, Then my living will not be in vain”. All the best for you today!!

 QUOTES TO NOTE – Dr Billy Graham

No one can outrun death. It will catch up to all of us eventually. 

DAILY MEDITATIONS

LEAVING THE DIVINE TRACK – 1 Kings 11

After all the goodness and blessing that had been poured upon his life and labours for the Lord, one would have expected Solomon to have been both careful and grateful. He should have made doubly sure that he always did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. He owed it to Him to be diligent in doing what the law of the Lord had ordered. The all-essential wisdom was to revere the Lord and to totally keep on track with his Word. He should make sure that he safeguarded his relationship with the Lord so that he kept on line with Him.

This he failed to do. Success and prominence contributed to his spiritual so that he became seduced and mastered by them. Unfortunately he was lured to those from foreign nations. These led him off track and so there came the introduction of false gods and worship that had a bad effect on the nation. The example he set was not good and so God’s people became infected with a wrong profession and procedure that was displeasing to the Lord. It was a wicked thing to do especially in the light of all that the Lord had done for him.

It is needful to be on guard against any one and anything that would subversively lead us away from allegiance to the Lord. Lots of things seek to move in and to draw aside from wholehearted love and obedience to Him. Satan is a crafty seducer and invents many ways by which he can captivate the desires of the saints and so destroy their commitment to the Lord. It is imperative that you be wide awake and have the courage and guts to say no to that which would cause you to part company with the One who has abundantly blessed you. Remember, above all, He is deserving of your love and service and no counter attraction should be permitted to cause you to backslide from His grace.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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A LESSON FROM HISTORY

 HOSEA 12 

It is time to address another section of His people, Judah v2. He can foresee the path that it is treading and so foretells of coming disaster. They are on the slippery slope that will inevitably bring about their downfall. Inherent within them and evident without was a deceitful nature and ways. They were crafty in a sinful way with God and with one another and it was essential that this be sorted and sifted out from among them. He could point to their forefather in history, Jacob, and show that He had successfully affected a divine change in him and it was not too late for a miracle of this nature to occur in them.

1/. A STRUGGLE HAD TAKEN PLACE AT BIRTH – v3

It is known that in the womb of Rebekah there was a great conflict and that at the time she was in difficulty and dilemma. She was wondering what was taking place as she was to be a bearer of twins and there was a wrestling occurring within her Genesis 25: 19-26. A spirit of rivalry was existent and especially in the one to be born last, Jacob. There was something amiss even before he appeared on the scene. The boys were not conscious of it but it would become evident in a real way and have to be divinely dealt with.

2/. A STRUGGLE TOOK PLACE IN LIFE – v3

Within the context of the domestic scene this struggle became obvious and Jacob expressed a real twist and bent in his nature. He was some manipulator. He had a way with him whereby he could secure his own ends and not be too worried about it. There was something fundamentally wrong with him as in the case of Judah at this time. There was the deceiving of Esau on two occasions and later this was to be manifest further in his dealings with Laban. Jacob was the sort of person that could not be trusted but the Lord loved him and desired to see him utterly transformed.

3/. A STRUGGLE TOOK PLACE OF A GREATER ORDER – vv4,5

History showed and proved that the Lord was not happy with this state of affairs and on one occasion dramatically and dynamically moved in on man. He was to have a personal confrontation so that he would never be the same again. The bents and the twists had to go and so the divine wrestling match occurred where Jacob was weakened and there came the birth of a new man with a new nature and name – ‘Israel’ – ‘prince with God.’ Bethel and Peniel became two historic places for this man where God met, challenged and changed him so that he might fulfil divine destiny. He came forth from these experiences with a pure and true relationship with God and also the blessing of God. This was to be a reminder to the nation that what had happened historically to one man needed to happen to the whole nation. It was time for a fresh meeting with God and for a change to take place.

 CONCLUSION

Just as God spoke to the forefather through the prophetic so to the descendants. He desired to lead the nation into a radical transformation that would transform the inward nature and outward future.

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Sep 20th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

BOLDNESS AND BLESSING

They are greatly linked together. If you are really to enter into and experience a wonderful and bountiful state of blessing then boldness must precede. All those who have known what it was to enjoy a tremendous amount of increase and development have required it. This is one thing the Lord would seek to nurture in you so that you might taste the fulfilment of His glorious promises to you. As Joshua had to assume leadership after the great exploits of Moses he recognised how much he stood in need of it. The Lord spoke and said to him: “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shall you divide and inheritance the land . . . .” – Joshua 1: 6. The call is yours to move out at the summons of your Lord for you must forward into your greater possessions. Do not be satisfied where you are but know this is the time for fresh courage and attainment. Do not be faint-hearted but stout-hearted in the Lord.

Thought for the Day

WINSOMENESS

It is a choice attribute for you to have if you are to be blessed and successful in your relationship with others. This quality will make an immense difference in your enjoyment and pleasure in life. It does mean being attractive and pleasant, having the capacity for people to like your genuineness, cordiality, warmth and friendliness and the way you do things in a gracious and generous manner that draws their respect and attention. Christ had this great capacity and as you allow yourself to be inspired and influenced by Him, He will cause this beautiful factor to be birth and developed in the grace your person and ministry. People will be glad to know you and enjoy your input into their lives and affairs. Do not turn people away and off from you. But be like the magnetic that has its own quiet manner of dynamic influence! A smile, a gracious word, loving act count a lot!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Alfred Lord Tennyson

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

FINDING OUT THE TRUTH – 1 Kings 10

The queen of Sheba had heard that such a king existed over the kingdom of Israel that had become renowned for his outstanding wisdom and knowledge – v6. She wondered whether it was true or not and so decided to go on a mission and find out for herself. Her curiosity had been aroused and got the better of her and so she could not rest until she verified the matter. She made the great trek and took with her invaluable presents to offer the monarch, to ensure that she would not be embarrassed if this was the actual truth! She welcomed the opportunity to make the trip and to be enriched in every way.

On meeting and being entertained by him she immediately was fixed on settling the issue – “she communed with him of all that was in her heart” – vv2, 3. In talking to him she discovered what a gracious and wise person he was and that he exceeded all her expectations. In summing it all up she recognized the role that the Lord had played in gifting and exalting him as king. She sensed that this wealth of understanding had come from the Lord and so availed herself at that convenient hour to benefit from the knowledge that flowed through him of a godly order.

In coming to Jesus Christ, we discover what an extraordinary person He is. He doesn’t just have some but all the answers to life and living. He is not wanting on any front. His Kingdom certainly excels that of Solomon’s because it is spiritual and eternal and those who are His subjects He schools them so that they become altogether wise through His wisdom. As you sit at the feet of Christ today, learn of Him and you will advance in the highest knowledge.

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Sep 19th – 2016

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

STRENGTH FOR EVERY SITUATION

There is no need for you to suffer from mental fatigue and heart failure because there is offered and open to you a promise of incredible proportions to meet all your current demands. He who hold and sustains the universe speaks these assuring words: “Fear not for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes I will hold you up and retain you with My (victorious) right hand of rightness and justice” – Isaiah 41: 10 Amp Ver. C.H. Spurgeon said:  ‘God has strength omnipotent; that strength He can communicate to us and His promise is that he will do so.  My own weakness makes me shrink, but God’s promise makes me brave’.

Thought for the Day

STRIVE

This is a word that should be descriptive of you, defining your Christian behaviour. It is to be used in a good connection. The word in its choicest definition means to do your best, go all-out, do your utmost, make every effort in your relationship with and work for the LORD. Because He is the best and has wrought the best for and in you and purposes to do the same in the coming ages, you should be sold out and given completely over to being and accomplishing the best for Him. If you are to get the most out of your Christian life, faith and service it can only be as you give it your all on a continuous basis. By so doing, you will make immense gain and advancement and really please Him who you love and pursue. Your striving will not be a vanity but prove to be the greatest reward exercise of your daily life.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Dr. Billy Graham

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD’S CONSENT – 1 Kings 9

The king was to discover that the Lord would respond to hia prayer and commitment. The lord reacted quickly and positively to his request by appearing again and assuring him that He had heard his supplication and that He would assent – vv2,3. It had not been wasted breath or expression but all had beeen taken into account and noted. He would consent to do according to his desire. How assuring it must have been to know such a positive response fro the Lord! It was imperative to obtain the ear, heart and hand of God at that point in life.

But he was to discover that there was another side to the issue of answered prayer. The Lord would do His part and fulfil His side of the agreement as long as he believed and acted aright in relation to His Word v4. Provided there was true and loving obedience, the king would know His constant blessing in the establishment of His throne and kingdom. Further, the people would profit from this. As he gave the positive spiritual lead then the people would follow and so all would benefit.

Prayer, if it is to be fulfilled, does require the love and loyalty of the believer in acts of faith and obedience. To know the abundant favour of the Lord in the joy of His benediction and supernatural interventions does demand complying with His commands and standards. No good thing will He withhold from him that walks uprightly – Psalm 84: 11. It is a sure thing: He knows whether there is a wholesome regard for Himself and His statutes on the part of the individual.

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Sep 18th – 2016

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A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

 RESTING IN PEACE

“I will make them to lie down in safety” – Hosea 2: 18. Yes, the Saints are to have peace. The passage from which this gracious word is taken speaks of peace ‘with beasts of the fields, and with the fowls of the heavens, and with creeping things of the ground’. This is peace with eartly enemies, with mysterious evils, and with little annoyances! Any of these might keep us from lying down, but none of them shall do so The Lord will quite destroy those things which threaten His peope: ‘I will break the bows and the sword, and the battle out of the earth’. Peace will be profound indeed when all the instruments of disquiet are broken to pieces. Charles H. Spurgeon

Thought for the Day

DELIGHT

It is not a case of what you delight in but who that makes all the difference to life and living. The psalmist puts it simply and clearly for you to grasp and apply. He declared: “Delight yourself also in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart” – Psalm 37: 4. This is one thing you must learn to do on a daily basis. He is to become your chief pleasure and cause of joy in the everyday of your existence. Giving Him first place and offering to Him your joyous gladness paves the way for Him to plant in your being those things that will culminate in your greatest good and happiness. You will discover Him working things out regularly that will enhance your person and faith and bring testimony to His ability.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Dr. Billy Graham

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A HOUSE OF PRAYER – 1 Kings 8: 22-66

In the dedication of this divine place, Solomon consecrated the sanctuary as a house of prayer. This was to be one of the primary functions of this Holy Place; a venue where people would meet the God of Israel and offer their prayers to Him. It was excellent to see the king setting the pattern in attitude and word as he made the first petition at the altar. He set the standard and the tone for those that belonged to God’s people on how to pray and what to pray about. He addressed the Lord in a most respectful manner as he opened up his heart towards Him – v22, recognizing His uniqueness, character, grace and ability. He knew full well that this wonderful sanctuary could not house God and that it was but a venue, a meeting place, to communicate with Him on the issues of life – vv27, 28.

There was the petitioning of God that this house of prayer would take on power and significance in the future. When God’s people would fail through sin and make supplication from the sanctuary, he asked that God would respond in grace and restore His people and cause His blessing to be theirs.

It is rather noteworthy that Christ called the Temple in His day, ‘the House of Prayer’ thus highlighting a main purpose for its existence – Matthew 21: 13. He was saddened by the fact of the abuse of the Holy Sanctuary. As we gather with other Christians, we are God’s dwelling place and our privilege is to be able to present our requests to Him and discover His lavished favour in answers of a wonderful nature. The Lord that answered the king will respond to you as the spiritual conditions are fully met. Treat Him and His house with respect and reap the benefit!

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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A DECLARATION OF LOVE

HOSEA 11

This is quite some chapter that makes in no uncertain way and terms the immense and intense love of Jehovah for His own people. At the outset, Hosea is called upon to love and demonstrate love for a woman in quite an amazing manner, illustrating His love.  Here, the Lord discloses the tremendous affection that He has borne and still bears to His elect Household. God’s people are summoned to reflect upon and recognise the depth of desire and love that their God has towards them. The knowledge of this should have impacted their beings and brought about a fundamental and essential spiritual change in them.

1/. IT HAD BEEN REVEALED AT THEIR BEGINNINGS – v1

From the earliest moment He had set His affections upon them. He had clearly and dearly loved them when they were they were small and when they were in unfavourable circumstances in Egypt. He was not put off but in the time of espousal, whilst young and small, He had made them the apple of His eye, His choice possession. He could look back to the start without embarrassment and affirm, they had fixed themselves in His heart.

2/. IT HAD BEEN MANIFESTED IN HIS CALLINGS – v2

Throughout their history, amidst all their sin and indifference, there had been no want of love on His part and this was reflected in the way He had used many good messengers to speak to His own. They were words from His heart and they should have appealed in a strong and personal way to them. The call overall was the call of love.

 3/. IT HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN HIS UNTOLD CARE – v3

There is the disclosure that throughout He had been watching over them diligently, taking them by the hand in their infancy and seeking to bless them in every way. He was jealous of their good and development. They had been able to take their place in the world of nations because of His intervention, goodness and love. He went to great lengths to see them advanced.

 4/. IT HAD BEEN IN HIS UTTER CONSISTENCY – v8

Though they had miserably failed and fallen short and brought much trouble on themselves, He could and would not ‘give them up.’ His love was tested to the hilt but did not breakdown. His love endured and persisted in spite of all the way they had treated Him. He is bound to them in an eternal manner.

 5/. IT WILL BE EXPRESSED IN THE ULTIMATE – vv10,11

Although they are to be reduced to great straits and seemingly written off, His love could not be written off, so they would be renewed and their future would be restored. His love would come shining through and be recognised at last. The love of Jehovah is a profound message that must be meditated upon and its effect should be dynamically manifested in the hearts of His elect people.

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welcome to this christian website

Sep 17th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

 

VICTORY OVER EVIL

It is not simply a matter of daily praying -‘lead us not into temptation’ but know that the Lord has broken the power of Satan over your life. You can now live and operate in perfect freedom because the favour of the Lord is continually in and over you. The prophetic word spells it out for you to believe and apply – “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” – Romans 16:20. He is no longer your ruler and tyrant because Christ is in you as Lord and He has altogether bruised and ruined him. So instead of being conquered you are the conqueror and can enjoy be seated with Christ enjoying daily triumphs       and experiencing the peace of God with all of its attendant grace and advantages. Make this day through Christ, the best day of your life! Let him be the one who sits in misery because he has lost the battle and the ground of advantage.

Thought for the Day

CONFUSION

In a world around you that is in a state of confusion, you must not exist in such a condition. There is much that is happening that causes bewilderment and panic that causes a lack of insight, truth and knowledge, which in turn produces despair. This shall not be your lot because Christ, who is the Light of your Life, has lit you up with His presence and affords answers amidst such an awful negative situation. There is no need for you to be disillusioned or distressed because He abides to assure that He can and will deal with this evil. He knows what to say and do and will afford such understanding that you can plainly interpret the times and experiences you are facing. Instead of being traumatised by doubt and fear you will discover his wisdom, certitude and peace and be able to rest in His revelation and guidance.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Dr. Billy Graham

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

HOME AT LAST -! Kings 8: 1-21

It was a choice moment when the Temple had been beautifully constructed and finished and made ready for the divine residence. The best had been put into it and now it was ready for occupation. Great preparations went into the occasion when the Lord was to be welcomed into His new home. The Ark of the Covenant, representative of God, was brought up and placed in the newly built sanctuary – v1. It was to be a time of immense celebration and feasting by all in the recognition of this unique event. What sacrifice and joy was in evidence!

No sooner had the priests left the ark in the Holy of holies and fulfilled their task when it says “the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord” – v11. The Lord was pleased to give His benediction on the whole proceedings by causing His Shekinah presence to fill the whole place. It was the ultimate and most vital confirmation that was required after all their giving and labours.  As this took place, the king and all the people must have been delighted and satisfied that all the effort put into the long programme was justified in this crowning act of the Lord. It was overwhelming to know He was amongst them.

It is our privilege to make a home for the Lord in our beings and to invite the Holy Spirit to take up His abode. Having saved and sanctified us to Himself, it is opportune and right to ask Him to dwell richly win and with us by His presence and grace so that our lives will become greatly enriched by His nearness and input. Make sure that He is home at last in your life and know the true wealth of His glory. There can be no substitute for His presence in your life. As He takes abode He will furnish life with everything that is good and positive and make it a habitation that will be admirable and commendable to others.

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welcome to this christian website

Sept 16th 

ernest kitchen

Rev. E. Anderson

Welcome to this Christian Website

A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

A Daily Promise

 

FULFILLED DESIRE AND PRAYER

This is but a simple and sure proclamation and promise: “He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them” – Psalm 145;19. Nothing could but clearer and easy to understand. It is important for you to cultivate a true respect for the Lord and His Word and ways at all times. You do not simply believe in them with your mind and heart, you carry such out in your will thus proving wholeheartedly your love of Him. Reverence is not simply a religious act when you to worship with the saints in a service. It is a constant recognition of the role the Godhead must play constantly in your affairs, in all your thoughts and desires. No good thing will He withhold from you as you make sure that He above all others ins the One you honour at all times in everything. He is pleased to do exceptional things for you.

Thought for the Day

SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING

The Lord who you love, serve and believe in has the great capability of making something out of nothing at times. When people are reduced to great straits and do not know what to do, how to handle circumstances, He can and does step in to work wonders. For a widow who was totally embarrassed with only a cruse of oil at hand and with the prospect of her two sons being sold as bondmen, she experienced an incredible miracle. An oil well opened up in her own home as she was able to fill numberless empty vessels to the brim, sell the oil, pay the debt and live off the rest. Christ took five loaves and two fishes to feed thousands! You may be reduced to poverty level now and would despair. Let your faith rest in Him, in His promises and power and see a miracle before your eyes! Know, He is just the same today!

 

QUOTES TO NOTE – Alfred Lord Tennyson

No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

RISING TO DIVINE PURPOSE – 1 Kings 5 & 6

One of the missions that Solomon was expected to fulfil was in the building of the Temple for the Lord. His father had left him a choice legacy of purpose and provision to build a magnificent sanctuary for the God of Israel. He had felt that nothing but the best was good enough for the Lord who had done so much for him and his people and so made sure that gold, silver, precious stones and resources were there in abundance for this project. The Lord needed to be in His rightful place and honoured by all so that all nations would know who Israel’s God was.

It is good to read how his son was prepared to rise to the challenge and fulfil David’s desire and God’s purpose. Certainly it would be a very demanding task, requiring a lot of people, expertise, finance and time, but it would be worth it to provide a beautiful habitation for the Lord. The time scale would be seven years but the end product would reveal the magnificence of the Temple fitted for the indwelling of Jehovah. – 6: 38. The glory of the Divine House though glorious was nothing compared to the glory of the One who would take up residence. It must have been with great satisfaction that he saw this plan fulfilled!

It may well be that God has things for us to fulfil that were the dream and desire of our forbears. Having entered into their labours, it is possible to see accomplished things that they longed for besides the vision and plans God has designed for us. Let us be positive in our outlook and mission and endeavour to be amongst those who succeed in doing things that truly bring honour to the Lord. The world needs to know how much we think about the Lord!

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