welcome – an encouraging meditation

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome, if it is your first visit to the site. I trust that you will enjoy reading and noting the contents and benefit enormously from the material presented. If you visit often, thank you very much. It gives me some pleasure to know that what is presented is being of service to you to bless others.

If you will look at the left hand side of the page you will see and note, select category. Place your cursor there and it will give you a list of many categories on this site. Click on any subject and it will provide much material relating to the subject. It is a library of contents that has been placed on the site for over three years. There is much material for you to see, note and use as desired.

I have been a Christian minister for over fifty years and now in my retirement am engaged in encouraging all who are in the later stage of life still to be active for the Lord in releasing the spiritual potential still waiting to be released with much blessing. God’s will for us is that we shall be possessed by divine zeal and usefulness. May we who lead others have such a passion and commitment.

28/02/15 – Saturday

 SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU THINK

Ernest Anderson

 Genesis 47:1-12

 DIVINE PROVISION

 It is here we have revealed how the Lord fully provided for His covenanted people. It seems that He gave the divine household favour in the sight of Pharaoh and that he desired to see them settled in a profitable place. Jacob blessed him and the heathen king blessed him and his family. It affirms “Joseph settled his father and brethren and gave them possession in Egypt in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses (Goshen) as Pharaoh commanded” – v11. It was most obvious that the Lord had brought this about and the immediate future looked rosy. The Lord is well able to do the same for you in this 21st century. He is still in charge of the universe, this planet, you and your well-being. David could say: “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage” – Psalm 16: 6. And “No good thing will he withhold from him that walks uprightly” – Psalm 84:11. So live today in the knowledge of and of faith in goodness of the Lord and you will not be disappointed. He is well able to provide for you whatever the demand may be, now and forever.

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miracles and healing testimonies

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Rev. E.Anderson

YELLOW BUTTERFLY

Deborah Derosier

 “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him” -Psalm 42:5

As a young girl, my biggest dream was to be a mother. I always said I wanted four children—two boys and two girls. When I got older I was so blessed to have that dream come true. I loved those kids more than life itself. Many times I found myself standing in the doom/ay watching as they played outside and thinking just how blessed I was, and I was always amazed that all of them were mine.

Like most mothers, in the back of my mind there was the fear that something would happen to one of them. Sadly that horror came true.

It was in June when the knock on the door came. When my husband came to tell me the news, he didn’t have to say a word. I saw into his soul that night as I looked into his eyes. Our oldest son, fourteen-year-old josh, was hit by a car and killed.

The years after that seemed to just run together as we struggled to learn how to live life without him.

A few years later, on a beautiful spring day, my daughter Chelsea and I were going fishing. It was our favourite hobby and we could never wait until the weather got warm enough to go again. The fresh smell of newly cut grass filled the air and the daffodils were in full bloom. Everything around us seemed to be coming back to life, including us, if only for a day.

We grabbed our buckets and fishing poles and climbed over the old fence and headed down the field toward the creek. l looked back at Chelsea, who was lagging behind slightly, and saw at least thirty white butterflies dancing all around her. It was a heavenly sight and I wondered if my josh could communicate with us from where he was. So I called out to him several times, “josh, if you are with us, please send us a yellow butterfly”

Then I stopped and waited as my daughter caught up with me and l told her, “If you see a yellow butterfly it means josh is with us.”S

She said, “How do you know?”

“Because l asked him to send us one if he was here.”

Then we both started calling out, “josh, please send us a yellow butterfly so we’ll know for sure that you are with us.” “God, please let josh send us a yellow butterfly.”

Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere a large yellow butterfly with rounded wings flew right in front of my face not three inches away! Our jaws dropped as our eyes met and when we turned back around it was gone just as quickly as it had appeared. We couldn’t see it anywhere, but we didn’t need to. We had the answer we needed. With a great sense of peace we started walking toward the creek again, saying, “Come on josh, let’s go fishing!”

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great stories

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Rev.E.Anderson

TRUE CONFESSION

Paul Galanti

At that instant of spiritual and psychological checkmate, I experienced something so powerful that it still affects my life to this day.

I was lashed to a wooden stool in an unheated interrogation room at what we POWs ruefully called the Hanoi Hilton. The ropes binding my hands behind me cut deep into my wrists. On the floor a few feet in front of me was a bowl of watery gruel in a rusted, lopsided tin. This was day ten of another period of torture and interrogation.

By then I had been a prisoner of the North Vietnamese for two and a half years after being shot down during my ninety-seventh combat mission. After I ejected from my crippled Navy Skyhawk attack bomber, an enemy bullet had caught me in the neck while I dangled helplessly from my parachute. Captured, I had been forced to march for twelve days to the prison in Hanoi. There the process of breaking me down began, as it did for all POWs, with trying to force me to sign a written confession of my ‘war crimes’. I was bru­tally beaten and psychologically tortured. Still, like most of my com­patriots, I refused to sign.

I eyed the battered tin, as did the rats in the grimy, freezing room. To eat, I had to rock my stool until it fell forward. Then, like a starving animal, I would lap up my one daily ration of gruel, hoping the guard outside wouldn’t wait too long before coming in and pulling me upright again, lest the rats eat the dribbles of food off my chin. But this was a respite. Sooner or later another torture session would begin.

Torture could last hours at a time to twist my limbs into pretzel-like restraints until the agony was beyond unbearable and the only reality was the stupefying pain. When my mind drifted my captors shouts and slaps penetrated the haze, bringing me back.

Worse, in  some  ways was the  time  between interrogations. Dragged back to my dingy cell, I languished in cramped isolation for months. I was forbidden to speak with my fellow prisoners. communicating only sporadically by whispering and surreptitious tapping in code on the walls. The days passed most in silence. I spent long, solitary hours trying to keep myself sane by formulating to the minutest detail all the grand business schemes I planned to carry out after the war. Sometimes I watched what we called Hanoi racing spiders, big furry things that could actually rout the rats and devour lizards that sped over the rough, clammy walls.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the gruel. I knew I needed its paltry nourishment to endure another round of barbarous punishment in the interrogation room, but I could not bring myself to fall over and lap it up. I tried to pray for strength. Dear Lord ..

Even quasi-religious types like me turned to praye regularly in the Hanoi Hilton. I was the son of a highly decorated Army colonel and had attended ecumenical chapels at bases all over the world most of my life. But faith had never meant much to me. I was more interested in the hard-living, girl-chasing image the fighter pilots cultivated. I toned that down when I married Phyllis, but religion  was still pretty much a Sunday morning kind of thing

On Sunday mornings at the Hanoi Hilton, though, I at last made a deep connection with faith. None of us could afford to turn his back on God. Three deliberate, commanding thumps on the wall were the signal for all of us to stand for services. Alone in our cells, we said the Lord’s Prayer, our voices mingling in the narrow passageway outside.

Now, awaiting the return of my tormentors and trying to gather an appetite for the cold slop in the dirty pan, I felt I couldn’t go on even with God’s help. I was too weak, too broken. I would never sign a confession, but I couldn’t endure much more of this agony. What was the sense of eating? I was dying anyway, dying from the inside out, not just from the pain but also from the utter senseless­ness of it. I was at a point where it seemed almost a crime to go on living. I decided I wouldn’t eat. I would die instead.

Slumped on my stool at that instant of spiritual and psychological checkmate, I experienced something so powerful that it still affects my life to this day. With complete clarity I realized I was not alone in that desolate room. The veil of suffering lifted and I clearly saw a figure standing near me. He wore a white robe more vivid than any earthly garment I have ever seen. Though I could not make out his features, I listened to his voice with my whole being, as he told me, ‘Paul, you are going to be all right. I am always with you.’

I was still bound, but suddenly I felt free, the flames of my despair smothered by comfort and reassurance. Those words, I knew, were the words of Jesus, delivered by an angel. It was God alone who had command over life, and He was telling me that with him all suffering could be endured, all pain soothed.

Suddenly my companion was no longer visible, and I was alone again with my pitiful meal. Yet it beckoned me like a feast. I tipped over the stool and ate gratefully.

I survived two more weeks of intermittent torture with the interrogators, and for four more years I was a captive in the Hanoi Hilton. In 1973 I was finally able to come home and get started on some of those business plans I had dreamed up in my prison cell. That day when the angel delivered the words that saved me, I did make a confession — a confession of faith. My life was saved, not just once but for ever.

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gospel nuggets

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Rev. E. Anderson

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Taken from Senior Life Ministries

 “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3: 16

A story is told from the Middle Ages about a certain monk who announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” The next Sunday evening came, and the shadows fell and the last bit of light ceased to come through the cathedral windows. The congregation gathered inside.

To their surprise, there were no candles lit, making the inside of the church almost completely dark. In the darkness, the monk lit a candle and carried it up to the crucifix. There, he illuminated the crown of thorns, next the two pierced hands, then the spear wound on the side, and finally the feet.

After he had finished, a hush fell across the congregation. With that, the monk blew out the candle and stepped down. There was nothing else to say.

The most poignant reflection on the love of God comes when we look at what He did for us: sending His only Son to die so that we can have life in His name. There’s simply no greater way He could’ve displayed His love for us.

If you want to know what love really is, look at Jesus. His work on the cross is an enduring statement of God’s amazing love for you. Rest in that love today.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to give you a fresh perspective on His amazing love for you through Christ’s work on the cross.

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a time to laugh

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Rev. E. Anderson

A CHILD’S FUNNY

“Teacher,” announced little Joey, “there’s somethin’ I can’t figger out.”
“What’s that Joey?” asked the Sunday school teacher.

“Well accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”

“Right.”

“An’ the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?”

“Er–right.”

“An’ the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?”

“Again you’re right.”

“An’ the Children of Israel fought the ‘gyptians, an’ the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an’ the Children of Israel wuz always doin’ somethin’ important, right?”

“All that is right, too,” agreed the teacher. “So what’s your question?”

“What I wanna know is this,” demanded Joey. “What wuz all the grown-ups doin’g?

 A HEAVENLY FUNNY

“If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?” I asked the children in my Sunday School class.
“NO!” the children all answered.

“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?”

Again, the answer was, “NO!”

“Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my wife, would that get me into Heaven?” I asked them again.

Again, they all answered, “NO!”

“Well,” I continued, “then how can I get into Heaven?”

A five-year-old boy shouted out, “YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!”

GOLFER FUNNY

Golfer 1: “Why are you so late?”

Golfer 2: “I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing golf and it took 25 tosses to get it right!”

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focus

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Rev. A. Linford

SOLOMON’S EQUATION

“A man ran do not/sing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work” – Ecclesiastes 2:2

The bottom line, according to Solomon, is that God wants us to enjoy our lives and our work. He wants us to do it right now, not at some time in the distant future. This is present tense, not future.

Finally, there is some light at the end of the tunnel in all of Solomon’s talk. He

gives us the key that unlocks the door to happiness and meaning, the secret to life: It is impossible to enjoy our lives and our work without God. Why? Because the enjoyment of life and work is separate from life and work itself. You can have one without the other. .

It’s possible to have a life full ofwork and a life lacking enjoyment of that work.

Most people don’t understand that secret. They have one part of the equation, which is work or pleasure or laughter or wine or wisdom or knowledge or possessions. They may have these things together or separately, but they are missing the second half of the equation, which is God’s gift of enjoyment of those things.

In other words, if you have a relationship with God and bring Him into all the different areas of your life, then you will live a life of joy, meaning, and fulfilment. Do you believe Solomon’s equation? It took Solomon himself a long time to believe it, but in the end, he found it to be true.

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message by the late rev.david wilkerson

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Rev. David Wilkerson

WALKING IN RESURRECTION LIFE AND POOWER

In a weary moment, Jesus stopped to rest at a well, but there was a lost woman who needed help. Once again, He was energized. His disciples came again to find their Master so relaxed, so refreshed! “He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of” –John 4: 32. That is the secret energy of resurrection life!

Often I feel like a drained car battery. If you forget to turn off the light of your car, all you get the next day is that dreaded noise—urr . . . urr—the empty clinking sound of dead machinery.

i  know something is wrong among today’s believers, for we have been promised the very same energizing life of Christ. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”- Romans 8: 11. ” (Romans 8:11).

How clear it is in Scripture that the Holy Spirit dwells in us to bring forth constant life. God has provided His very energy to come into our mortal bodies and give us physical strength. “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him” – Colossians 2; 13.

Are you full of the Holy Spirit? Then by faith, lay hold of new life and energy! “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits . . . so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2, 5). Titus also speaks of this: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” – Titus 3: 5-6.

Thank God for the present greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ! Appropriate it by faith—and walk in resurrection life and power!

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christian testimony

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Stewart Cink
JESUS HELPED ME GET LIFE

A golfer says becoming a Christian has made him a better husband and father. American Stewart Cink, who lifted the 2009 Open Championship, has become one of the world’s most skilled golfers having spent the last few years in the world top ten ranking.

The 6ft 4in star, who lives in Georgia, used to be obsessed with golf until a friend asked him a very important question.

“I don’t think I saw the church doors for three or four years,” Cink, 40, recalls.
“l took a detour. It wasn’t a Christian detour. I was always at the golf course. One day a friend asked me, ‘lf you died today, would you go to heaven?” The golfing superstar thought he had the answer. “I had a list in my pocket, figuratively, of course,” he says. “Are you a good person? Are you nice to people? I had a checklist that would go on for hours and I, of course, had checked all the right boxes. I had to take a look at the man in the mirror.”

Some six years later Cink surrendered his life to God and decided to become a Christian.

“Though it took me a few years, the most important lesson I ever learned was that the way to heaven leads directly through Jesus Christ and only through him,” he says.

“My relationship with Christ is now the central part of my life. I am a better father to my two boys. I am a better husband to my wife; and I am a better golfer now that the Lord is walking with me in the fairways and through the rough.

“I’ve always relied on my faith really heavily and have never been afraid to talk about that with people — whether it’s media, friends, whatever. And I really believe that’s the rock I have.

“I’ve been through a lot. Anybody that plays golf out here for a long enough time goes through some ups and downs and I’ve been through both of them. And the one thing I always have with me, whether it’s up or down, is my faith.”

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womens’ page

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Janine Parkinson
WHY I BELIEVE

Janine Parkinson is a neonatal nurse, wife and mum from Sheffield…

HOW DID YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN, AND A NURSE‘?

I’ve not always been a Christian, and I gave my life to the Lord when I was 19 after a difficult childhood, rebellious teen-age years and a number of events.
I’ve not always been a nurse in my working life, either. I left school with few GCSEs and little drive, but after I married in 2005 I went to college for three years to get my qualifications for university. Then, after a further three years at university and a year out to my have my daughter, I finally qualified.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

My relationship with God changes as anyone’s does, but he has touched my heart and changed my life so much that I can’t deny him.
I hear God a lot in the little things of life. I often get a real feeling that I have to do something that l just can’t shake, and it won’t leave me until I’ve actioned whatever it is.

My heart has always been to bind up the broken hearted and help them to live in freedom. I’ve always felt I’d like to start a clinic for children and families in a place where people don’t have the same access to medical care like we have here in the UK. This is the main reason why I went into nursing and I’m hoping that this will be the next chapter of my life.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR HELP AS A CHRISTIAN?

Throughout my Christian life, the one thing that has shaped my walk with God is the verse in Matthew 6:33, which says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and the rest will be added unto you.” I have found this to be so true and whenever I battle for something I try to remind myself that I’m not on this earth for my earthly desires.

Another thing that has helped me in my walk with God is the Holy Spirit. I once went on mission to Africa with a powerful woman of God named Pauline Edwards, and she always said, “Keep speaking in tongues in every situation.” As the Bible says, this ‘edifies the soul’, and I’ve found it to be true in so many
ways. So now, whenever something is bothering me or I need to pray hard about something, locking myself away for half an hour and speaking in tongues really helps.

HAVE YOU HAD ANY DOUBTS ABOUT GOD?

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sermons to note

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Rev. E. Anderson
THE WORK THAT GOD WILL PERFORM

Reading Philippians 1

Text v6

Introduction

IGNORANCE: It is a regrettable fact that man lives in spiritual ignorance to the great, good work that God desires to perform on his behalf. Man was created and destined to be and live for something good and great. Unfortunately he has fallen foul of sin and Satan and because of this has been blinded to what God would achieve and bring to pass of a tremendous order within his life and affairs. Life with all of its true meaning and motivation has been lost and so an awful condition of ignorance prevails. Whilst he is clever to some extent on natural fronts yet he is abysmally ignorant on the main one. He is in a maze and requires help of an extraordinary kind.

Illustration: Hampton Court maze is a well-known labyrinth of hedge-bound paths in which it is easy to get lost. So many avenues lead to nowhere, so many openings prove abortive – the would be pursuer of conquest can feel utterly frustrated. Such is life !

We chase down cul-de-sacs. We take the wrong turnings, we become baffled by the very complexity and vicissitudes of our experiences. Life is indeed a puzzle, often painful, sometimes even pitiful.

But Hampton’s maze has a guide on an elevated spot that is able to direct anyone in perplexing difficulties. There is someone with an over-perfect perspective of the situation who can direct to the way forward and out.

SENSITIVE: The first thing is to become aware of and tuned in to what God is seeking to truly and fully effect. This ignorant state must be dealt with so that it is dissipated and a genuine divine knowledge be imparted and realized. There ought to be a calling on and a crying out to God to ask Him to give light and sense. There is a demand to be switched on to Him and for Him to make us sensitive and alive to what we really need to know and understand. Countless numbers have cried out in the annals of human history and dared to ask Him to show and prove Himself in this and He has not failed.

Illustration: As a young lad one of the great concerns of my being: why am I here ? I was a young philosopher in quest and God knew it, in fact He planted it in me and desired to answer it.

MEANS: God has ordained means and measures by which every person can be enlightened as to this vast, virtuous work that can be accomplished so that life and work is lifted and brought into a higher condition of being, existence and exercise. It is through the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, the perfect revelation of God. Jesus Christ is the perfect and absolute answer to the personal searching questions of life and He has all the time, patience and commitment to mankind to solve everything for all.

What is that work that must be performed in relation to, in and through us ?

1/. TO BRING A REAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE GODHEAD INTO LIFE

What every man needs is a clear revelation of God in and upon his life and affairs. It is imperative to know who God is and to be aware of the fact that He has specifically revealed Himself in and through the Holy Scriptures and in and through Jesus Christ.

The Bible is no ordinary book: it is extraordinary. In composition, content and production is stands out as the ‘unique book’ in human history. It is a library of books in one and its main message is to give and unfolding of God and His purposes to all mankind. It is full of His precepts and promises that embrace the blessedness for all, without exception. It is possible to come to know God as author.

Jesus Christ is no ordinary Person: He is extraordinary. The Old Testament, to quite an extent, is a prophetic Book and one of its main themes is a declaration that a unique Person is to be born through Israel as a nation, from the tribe of Judah and of Davidic descent and He would be born in Bethlehem. He would be the Messiah not only of Israel and of the whole world. He would through His life and teaching give a clear perspective of God because He was ‘God manifest in human flesh’ – (John 1: 18). When a person comes to know Jesus Christ they will come to know God. All must come to know Him.

2/. TO EXPERIENCE A WORK OF DIVINE SALVATION AND REGENERATION IN THE HEART

There is a two-fold need in the life and condition of all people irrespective of race, colour, sex, age, status etc. It is to be saved from the presence and power of sin and to bring complete spiritual renewal of the inward being so that he can know God and be and live as God truly has designed.

One of the main reasons for the advent of Christ was that He should become man’s Saviour and Redeemer – Matthew 1: 21. The Cross was no accident but was a pre-ordained event in God’s calendar and became the major work of human history. It was God acting on behalf of man in order to provide an absolute and radical answer to the prevailing fact of sin and evil. God has done something about the sin factor and it is portrayed and proclaimed from Christ’s Cross – c.f. Romans 5:8. It is possible for all men and women to be saved by turning to Christ and His Cross.

Further, He comes to renew men by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit – John 3: 3-8 “you must be born again.” When sin has been dealt with then it gives God the right and opportunity to work a work of grace within the heart of renewal by His Spirit. He wills to make new creations – creatures – 2 Corinthians 5: 17. He gives people a brand new start by giving them a brand new life and nature. Only God can do this but He wills to do it for those who desire it. All people should welcome the opportunity of being re-made and renewed by God all over again. To by-pass and ignore this is tragic and has dire consequences.

3/. TO IMPART VITAL FACTORS SO THAT GREATER WORK CAN BE ACHIEVED

He has ordained that, by the Scriptures of truth, that as they are illuminated by the Holy Spirit of God, that those who have been spiritually renewed will become conversant and aware of the good and greater things to be accomplished in their persons and affairs. There has to be a constant input of divine communication and knowledge.

The Scriptures contain divine precepts that are planned to found and structure life. There are the commands of God that must be obeyed because they hold the key to a strong and powerful life. They must not be looked upon simply as rules and regulations but as good principles of faith and conduct that make for successful and powerful living – c.f. Joshua 1:7,8; Psalm 1: 2. His commandments are not grievous but a blessing to those who know and obey them. They become a well-spring of life.

The Scriptures also hold sacred promises that are purposed to fill the life with guarantees that will be fulfilled by God – 2 Corinthians 1: 20. God wills that the life be filled with His absolutes so that it can be exercised positively and assuredly. He has covered every contingency and emergency on our side through His Word. He is never in difficulty on this front because He can bring to pass all He has promised.

4/. TO LIVE AND SERVE IN THE GREATEST THINGS AND BE FULFILLED

It is God’s design for life and living that all should be able to give themselves to those things that are worthwhile, productive and successful. Without question and doubt He has plans of the highest order to bring about in those who desire such – Jeremiah 29: 11. There is a work and ministry to be achieved in His Name and kingdom that is of the greatest kind. There is nothing comparable to being involved in that which He has ordained for life – Luke 2: 49. When a person comes to know God in reality and truth there is the desire and will to become fully involved with Him and His enterprises – Acts 9: 6.

God desires that those who know Him be rightly ambitious and have aims of the best sort motivating all they do. To render great service to Himself and to the rest of mankind and for life and work to be indescribably and abundantly blessed. When God called and revealed Himself to a man by the name of Abraham He assured him of what He would effect in and through Him as He did what he said – Genesis 12: 1-4. This man did not miss out on anything but found that he lived at a better and greater level when he lined up with God. His life counted not only more for God and others but even to himself as he ran his course. If we could ask him : “Was your life really fulfilled to the full ?” The answer would come back immediately, “Certainly so!” See also Jesus Christ – John 17: 4.

5/. TO CONCLUDE LIFE WITH A SENSE OF ENORMOUS SATISFACTION

The important thing is to end one’s days on earth completely happy and satisfied. To be able end up knowing that life has not been a waste but that it has been most profitable and pleasurable. Only God can bring this about. At the conclusion of things God does not want anyone to possess a painful conscience but a blessed one because all of life’s expectations have materialized; nothing has fallen short.
Abraham died completely satisfied – Genesis 25: 8 “Then Abrahan gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man full of years.” Newberry margin “satisfied.” This is a praiseworthy and noteworthy epitaph to have inscribed over the life and experience of this famous and illustrious individual. All his expectations had been brought to fruition so he can breathe his last with a great feeling of delight. He not only made history; he had great joy in achieving it and perfect pleasure with last gasp of life.

Paul died in a blessed condition – 2 Timothy 4: 6. His became a very challenging life and work with so many demands upon him. When he was converted to Christ and brought to a true knowledge of God he never knew what lay ahead in terms of excitement, faith and adventure. He was going to make a lasting mark for all time in the Christian Church and world. He would not be forgotten or his work and service. In coming to his great finale he is filled with a sense of absolute fulfilment and delight. He had done the work that had been God-appointed and so could face the future prospect with great hope and anticipation.

CONCLUSION

Know that God has got His hand upon your life and that He wills to give you the opportunity of knowing Him and His great plan for your mortal existence. This is a providential moment and hour ordained by God where you may encounter Him and discover what you and your life is all about. It is not a chance factor but a golden time when what you have been looking for and need can be yours.

Through Jesus Christ you can be introduced to the Godhead, discovering the blessed deity is a trinity of Persons consisting of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and each have a role to fulfil within experience. All that needs to be done has been done. God has already worked things out whereby you can enjoy a rich experience of salvation through Christ, His Fatherhood in all your affairs and the blessing of the Holy Spirit as a permanent resident.

Do not miss out now, immediately, to let God work in and through you those things that will wholly profit and please you but above bring glory to Him. This kind of opportunity may never present itself to you again so grasp it while you may. God has brought you to this time and place so that His great, good work will commence.

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