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Feb 14th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides you, who works for him who waits for him” – Isaiah 64: 4

God loves it when we wait for Him to work on our behalf. While many might think that waiting on God is a passive exercise, I believe waiting is one of the most active things that we can do! Waiting on God is acknowledging that He is our source for everything. When we wait on God, we choose to trust Him to act on our behalf rather than trusting in our own resources to make things happen.

I believe that when we truly wait upon God in obedience to the direction of His Holy Spirit in our lives (Romans 8:14), we are demonstrating our wholehearted trust in His goodness to lead us. When we trust Him, we honor His ability to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. My prayer today is that we would all see the incredible benefits of learning to wait on God.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
SELFISHNESS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

The selfish man quarrels against. Every sound principle and conduct by demanding his own way”. Read: Proverbs 18:1 Selfishness is a miserable disposition to be controlled by and even more pathetic to see in action. From early childhood our parents had to teach us the grace of sharing what we have with others and on many occasions had to sharply confront our grasping natures when we refused to let our brothers or sisters play with our toys. Our reasoning was simple, “This belongs to me, and me alone, and l don’t have to share it with anyone else if don’t want to”!!! ‘

In actual fact there is legitimacy about this reasoning? The reality is that those things which truly belong to you are in fact your possessions to do whatever you wish with them. After all isn’t it right and proper to be protective of what is yours? Who knows? If I let somebody else have what is mine it might get damaged or broken? All these are legitimate concerns but our parents were wise to teach us in those early days that there are times when we have to release our grasp on those things we treasure and love because sharing lets somebody else experience the same joys that we do, in spite of the risks!

The alternative would allow selfishness to rule us and then we would have to experience the loneliness of having our own way.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
ROMANTIC

A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul – Minna Antrim

True love stories never have endings – Richard Bach

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope – Maya Angelou

I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else – John Keats

DAILY MEDITATIONS
DIVINE INTIMACY– Deuteronomy 34: 9-12

It mentions in v10 the particular close relationship that the departed leader had with the Lord. Besides being acclaimed the greatest prophet there is the declaration of the reason why he became such – “whom the Lord knew face to face.” He enjoyed a close relationship with the Lord and this resulted in the Lord being able to communicate the things he needed to know of His plans and procedures. When real problems cropped up that really required sorting out, he was able to discover the wisdom, insight and direction of the Lord.

This holy, godly man knew that the strength and success both of his life and ministry was dependent on the priority of having and maintaining a close bond with the Lord. God became his sufficient Lord at the burning bush – Exodus 3, and he was determined that the union would become stronger and more productive than ever. He had the opportunity of getting to know the Lord for himself and in a way that would also serve to the advantage of the people. He hungered for the Lord personally. His leadership emerged out of this wholesome condition of life and being and so became powerful and profitable.

It should be a number one priority of life and ambition to really get to know the Lord. All depends upon this crucial factor. He would not only reveal Himself to you but desires that from this unveiling there will proceed a bonding and blending with Himself so that your life becomes enriched at all levels. The end result will mean that your work for others will be divinely influential and effectual.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

Feb 13th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“For you have been a refuge for me, a strong tower from the enemy” – Psalm 61: 3

The New Living Translation Bible translates Psalm 61:3 this way… for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. (NLT) God is a safe place and a strong fortress where your enemies cannot reach you. I believe the more we can believe this, the more we will find peace and rest in our Father’s arms.

If we struggle to believe that He will be a safe refuge for us, then we will likely spend most of our time trying to be a safe place for ourselves. Living a life trying to defend ourselves can be very exhausting. However, when we really see that God Himself is our shelter and a place of safety from all those who would want to hurt us, then we can take a deep breath and relax. In Exodus 14:14 the Bible says… The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. (NLT)

If we can truly believe that we live in the secret place of the Most High, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1) we can let down our guard because the wings of God Himself are our shield. May our God and Father give each one of us a deeper revelation of His protection and safety today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
SIX HONEST MEN –  Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The man of few words and settled mind is wise; therefore, even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut” – Read.” Proverbs 17:27-28

It was Rudyard Kipling who wrote the following ditty entitled ‘Six Honest Men’ and ever since the day I read about them and committed themmto memory, they have been invaluable sentinels who have faithfully stood by me for many years. The poem goes like this, “l have six Honest serving men who taught me all I knew. Their names are How? and What? and Why? And Where? and When? And Who?

We have in fact gained all the information we possess, by either using these words ourselves to gain that knowledge, or acquiring it because somebody else took the time and trouble to make those enquiries on our behalf.

If you are prepared to make these six honest men your life partners you will be able to develop the art of meaningful and interesting conversation. This gateway to knowledge has been with us since childhood when at times we exasperated our parents by our constant replies of Why? Even when they had supposed their explanations were more than adequately explained!

You only need as few as six words to become wise and you’ll get a settled mind thrown into the bargain. Your mental stability also cannot easily be challenged when you’re in possession of this valuable sextet!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
RESPECT

I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. – Jackie Robinson

A person’s a person, no matter how small – Dr. Seuss

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized – Albert Einstein

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners – Laurence Sterne

DAILY MEDITATIONS
FINISHING STRONG – Deuteronomy 34: 1-8

What a remarkable person Moses turned out to be! What an outstanding and memorable task he performed over the course of forty years! There had been a tremendous consistency of faith and conduct that had benefited Israel in so many ways as he honoured the Lord during that demanding pilgrimage. As he comes to conclude his days on earth we discover him to be in a strong and healthy position. What is recorded makes it apparent that he serves as a pattern for all those who would dynamically serve God.

He is summoned by the Lord to ascend Pisgah’s mount because He desired to give him a panoramic view of the Promised Land. This indicates that the Lord wanted him to see that his life and labour had not been in vain. There would be a sense in his being that the whole mission had been a success in spite of that one personal failure and that the Lord was pleased with his work. He also was in a great physical state, too, – v7 “his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” He was finishing strong in every sense!

All must be inspired by the example of this godly patriarch and leader. In the consummation of the final years and days, there is a demand for unclouded vision and a sense of spiritual life, energy and motivation. Before the home call to higher regions, there is the need to be strong and resilient in and through God. Seeing what was accomplished through one devoted servant of the Lord, there is no reason why it cannot be repeated.

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ernest kitchen
Feb 12th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honour him” – Psalm 91: 15

When we are in trouble, God is ready and waiting to help us. We don’t have to try and convince Him to come to our aid, for that is what good fathers do for their kids. No matter what the situation, good parents are always there to help their children when they need it.

When our children were young, nothing would stop my wife and I from rushing to their side when they needed help. I believe every good parent that is reading this devotional thought would feel the same way too.

God is no different than a loving parent …with the exception that He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent and the absolute most loving, best Father in the universe! Psalm 91 is full of promises of God’s protection and His readiness to help us when we are in trouble.

If you are in a situation today where you need to be rescued, call out to God. He encourages you to call out to Him for He is ready, willing and able to be with you in your time of trouble and rescue you when you need to be saved! …For that is what good fathers do.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
THE LAW IS AN ASS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“How short-sighted to fine the godly for being good! And to punish nobles for being honest”. Read: Proverbs 17:26 I don’t know who it was that first quoted this saying, ‘The Law is an Ass’. Whoever it was, it graphically illustrates the fact that there are occasions when the sentences imposed under legal constraints are, like the ass, absolutely stupid.

We hear of cases where the law condemns somebody who is innocent of the alleged offence and yet by some quirk of legal interpretation, the law has no option but to impose its due punishment. Just recently I was following the case of a man who was being prosecuted for defending himself against an intruder who had broken into his home. In the act of that defence he had caused the intruder serious injury. He was charged with assault and battery and found guilty of doing something that the rest of society considered to be a nom1al reaction to somebody breaking into your house in the dead of night.

Had it not been for the considerable public outcry in support of this man he would have been forced to serve out his time behind bars.

It is possible to be morally right yet legally wrong because unfortunately the law is not designed to acknowledge such a distinction.

Our proverb is right on target in its assertion that such impositions are short sighted, and at worst plain stupid.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
RELATIONSHIP

Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for – Bob Marley

If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were – Richard Bach

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity – Barbara de Angelis

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart – Washington Irving

DAILY MEDITATIONS
A PROPHETIC WORD – Deuteronomy 33

God’s servant was called upon to place a prophetic blessing on the Lord’s people. They were to be made aware of the fact that it was His desire and design to bless each tribe and each person within each tribe in a wonderful manner. There was so much of a good and godly order to confer that would enrich the life of the whole
nation in so many ways. God marked the Israelites out for a wholesome blessing. It is expressed most clearly in word what His thoughts and feelings were towards them: “Yes, He loved the people; all His saints are in your hand” – v3. The heart of Jehovah beat incessantly in unreserved affection for His elect Household.

It was necessary for them to know that they figured much on His agenda for the future because He loved them dearly. He wanted them to hear the beautiful words that would make them aware that their prospects were rich and bright because of His vested interest and affection for them. As they sat and listened to what He prophetically had to say, then they would realise how fortunate they were to have a God like Him who could not only promise lovely things, but also bring them to pass. They needed to live in anticipation of their God and to see Him at work in every area of their lives.

The prophetic is an essential factor within our lives. The Lord ever seeks to speak to inform us at a personal level what he intends to do for us. It is vital to put time aside and get into His presence that allows Him to talk into our beings. He wills to assure us of good things yet to be, as we maintain a wholesome relationship with Him. Israel knew what it was to have this choice man of God affirm the Lord’s great intentions and there is no reason why the Lord cannot send some anointed messenger across your pathway to give you a positive word of blessing.

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ernest (2)THE DIVINE ANSWER TO TROUBLE – Rev. E. Anderson
Reading Psalm 50

Text v15

Introduction

AN AUTHORITATIVE WORD: It is worthwhile noticing who it is that is speaking these words in this text of Holy Writ. One is encouraged when it is one of the OT patriarchs and saints that has something inspiring and definite to utter and express, but when it is the Lord, one must really sit up and take note. The author being the Lord places the absolute and highest authority on what is said because He never wastes words and also means what He says and is always in the healthy position of fulfilling all He declares. “Hath He not said, and shall He not do it.” One could have no one greater than He, and here He is going on record on a vital issue that touches upon all at a crucial and critical state in life’s experiences. One of the things that is important and imperative in life is to come to know and depend upon the Lord and His Word.

ASSURING FACTOR: This is certainly an assuring factor and an inspiring sort that is purposed to act as a stimulus and it comes by way of a sacred and divine promise. It is so essential to be able to live in the realm of faith and assurance rather than in depression and dejection. Of course, it is to be recognized, there are things that happen that have the ability to create the wrong atmosphere and attitude and to sink the mind and spirit into a woeful, sad and dejected condition. The pressures without can attack and deflate the within so that there comes a mental and spiritual recession and low.

The Lord wants us to be able to properly react when we find ourselves facing certain circumstances in life. This divine guarantee is intended to give a good and wholesome attitude to whatever is taking place in our affairs. He is actually setting us up beforehand so that we know what to do when there are specific developments happening that can have a damaging and destroying effect. It is obvious that He is desirous of seeing the spirit of assurance and the rule of faith directing the whole of mind and heart.

A DEMANDING REQUIREMENT: If this is actually to come to fruition, in a powerful dynamic sense, then the previous verse cannot be ignored. It lays the foundation for the actual realization of this promise. Two things are required of us that express definite spiritual qualities that He admires and appreciates.

A spirit of thankfulness – v14 “Offer unto God thanksgiving”. This would seem to indicate that the person has a deep sense of gratitude to God and is aware of the choice things that have already taken place within life. Liv. Bible “What God wants from you is your true thanks.” Many believers do not develop a disposition of divine gratefulness but it is vital if there is to be any greater display of God’s goodness. David appears to have quickly learned this art within his heart and reveals it in the psalms he wrote – Psalm 103: 1-5. Paul advocates that when prayer is made it should be truly united with thanksgiving – Philippians 4: 6. It is not simply a case of ‘Give me! Give me! Give me! but Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you!’

A life of obedience – v14 “pay your vows to the Most High.” Much depends upon this factor. The bringing to pass of all that God wills and wants to do is contingent upon our commitment to Him and especially in the keeping of our word to Him. He seeks to find out whether we mean what we say before there can come about the outworking of so much more for our good and blessedness. Those things that we have promised we would do for Him need to be seriously attended to so that the foundation is surely laid for what He desires and will do for us in our crisis times. His character is not in question: ours is. The issue has to be resolved before the ongoing assurance is ultimately accomplished.

“Let the ground of all religious actions be obedience; examine not why it is because it is commanded. True obedience neither procrastinates nor questions.” – Quarles

Having settled these matters it is possible to move on this fundamental word for given circumstances. So much is expressed in the compass of the text.

1/. IT DOES AFFIRM THERE ARE PROBLEMS TO BE ENCOUNTERED

• There is no escaping the fact that ‘troubles and trials’ are there in the route and road of all and have to be negotiated.

“The greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.” – Anon

It is evident that people and even believers are destined to meet crises and difficulties – Job 5:7. In no way is the Christian assured that they are going to be rendered immune from the problems and stress of life – see 1 Peter 4: 12. The apostle ought to know because he was put through the mill in relation to this sort of thing. They happen to good people who appear to be living the kind of life that God likes and approves of – e.g. Joseph. Sometimes the ride becomes definitely rough! One is not always prepared for it as a corner is suddenly turned.

It is also apparent that they are of a varied order and can come with quick succession – Job 1 & 2; James 1. Job appears to be a helpless victim as wave after wave of depressing news is communicated to him. There did not look to be any relief on the matter and no one seemed to give him any crumb of comfort. Nothing in the way of telephone, E Mail or card in those days. His back was proverbially right back against the wall as he was repeatedly assaulted. James speaks of ‘trials’ knowing they have a habit of coming in thick and fast at times.

It is possible to be overwhelmed by them and so they have the effect of producing a negative state of mind and spirit – Genesis 42: 36. Even the godly patriarch and tested Jacob knew what it was to cry out in a seeming cry of deep sorrow and sadness – “All these things are against me.” At that time, nothing looked as if it was going right: all was wrong from the human standpoint. He was having real difficulty interpreting the events that he was facing at that time. They did not appear to have much sense of value. He was in the dark, ignorant of what was taking place behind the scenes. He was simply overtaken with the goings on and had to learn to trust the Lord.

It is vital to know what the divine action should be when this sort of situation arises. There has to be the coming to terms at some point with the issues that are grievous and critical and a spiritual procedure adopted to counteract the become offensive. One line that James give sit quite shattering and shocking – “Count it all joy when you fall into all kind of temptations – trials” – James 1: 2. Many would find it difficult to reconcile themselves with this sort of program. It is contrary to natural psychology and human practice. It is not the time to be on a high but a low.

The Lord does reveal that there is something to be really done amidst the worst of conditions and irrespective of the negative factors – “And call upon Me . . . .”

  • There is a ministry to be engaged upon even when this kind of thing occurs – prayer. It is the Lord that places the premium on prayer and this should be taken note of. If it is the request and directive of the Lord that this is the primary thing to be done then it underlines its priority and efficacy. He has no low estimation of prayer but regards it high on His agenda in His dealings with His people. God regards prayer as being full of potential and prospect and so seeks to beget and nourish its action in those who are to have a dynamic relationship with Him. He reveals that the answer to trouble is to be found in prayer and believers have to give it its due place of prominence Paul got it right the moment of conversion – Acts 9: 11

Illustration: Notice on a church notice board- “This is A Prayer Conditioned Auditorium.”

  • There is implication that He is given to listen to what is voiced and this shows His interest and involvement. What a tremendous thing it is to be able to have the ear of God! One thing that God does not suffer from, deafness, although He does switch off if things are not right with regard to the prayer – Isaiah 59: 1,2. Christ revealed that He always had the ear of His Father and this proved to be an invaluable asset – see Luke 11: 41. The fact that He is prepared to go this far in hearing also makes known that he is ready to further to work on behalf of the one that prays and in the situation.
  • There is the knowledge that prayer brings both an immediate and ultimate answer – relief in the now and intervention ahead. So often in the calling there comes the actual ministry of divine relief as prayer is engaged upon. It somehow switches on a relief valve that releases the pressure that has built up because of the troubles. This is certainly a most helpful factor alone within the kind of conditions. It is one of the things that is instantly required and the Lord has ordained that by this means there can come a state of serenity and assurance as the issues are not only before the Lord but into the hands of the Lord. Because there is this immediate sense of relief it paves the way for the greater faith that believes that the overall trouble will be adequately answered. There is the knowledge that He is in the midst of the situation and will give a satisfactory solution according to His wisdom and power.

“I used to pray that God would do this or that. Now I pray that God will make His will known to me.” Chiang Kai-shek

2/. IT DOES ASSURE THAT THERE IS A PROMISE TO BE EXPERIENCED

  • Nothing could be plainer and simply put by the Lord – “I will deliver you.” What He announces He will attend personally to seeing that all is resolved to the good of the petitioner. There are no complications from His side of things.
  • He has the wisdom and power to effect whatever His required. It may be asked, has He the wherewithal to be able to meet the critical situation whatever it may be? Does He have the resource and the back-up factors to answer the crisis at hand? It can be proven beyond doubt, from the Scriptures, that He is up to every major crisis. Without question He is the One that not only possesses an ear that hears all but an omnipotent hand that can provide and execute in all circumstances.
  • Because He is omnipresent in every generation it means to say that as the I Am that I Am He is ever around and in the position to act and do what is required. We can be assured that He is always in His proper place and has the capacity to act at all times. There is no way that He forsakes the scene of time or those who dare to place all in His hands. He is not intimidated by anyone or anything but is more than equal to all that stands before Him – see Hebrews 13: 5, 6 Amp. Version “Be satisfied with your present (circumstances and with what you have); for He, (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. (I will) not, (I will) not, (I will) not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let (you) down, leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let (you) down, (relax my hold on you). – Assuredly not! – Joshua 1: 5.
  • He has numerous methods and measures to fulfil His word of promise. The troubles and trials may be various and numerous and so are His answers and solutions. Eliphaz makes the assertion in Job 5: 19 “He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.” Psalm 34: 15, 17, 19. He does not have to proceed down the same route each time and work out an answer in the same way again and again. He is not a stereotyped God but has His own particular and special ways of settling problems. He has many surprising and unique ways of doing things and He wants His people to open to Him to work things out as He chooses.

The vital thing is for those who pray is to be possessed with a genuine faith and expectancy that the Lord will not only turn up but act as He desires and designs.

“The sacred promises, though in themselves most sure and precious, are of no avail for the comfort and sustenance of the soul unless you grasp them by faith, plead them in prayer, expect them by hope, and receive them with gratitude”. Spurgeon

3/. IT DOES ASSERT THAT THERE IS A PURPOSE TO BE ENTERTAINED

The vital conclusion of the text makes known what should be the resultant end of the matter. It gives what the key goal and intention is in the procedure. It is not focusing in on the trouble, the praying or even on the answers, brilliant as they maybe, but in this delightful action – “and you shall glorify Me.” What does this have to say and communicate to us?

  • There is a need to have the right perspective within our problems, prayers and answers. Mind and thought can be focused and centralized on numerous things and become a source of real distraction from the main object of our gaze and meditation. The right conditioning of mind is imperative to the right result. It is necessary in all things to have a pre-occupation with the Lord so that He is the most important consideration of all at all times.
  • There has to be an utter sanctification within our beings and circumstances why we desire the Lord’s action and intervention in our affairs, especially our crises. Sometime there is no speedy response to prayer because there possibly needs to be a tremendous sifting and sorting out within the one who prays. The prayer may be faultless but the one who prays is open to question because the reasons why he wants to be out of trouble and trial may be wrong. This, to a certain extent, is what was in the mind of James when he was writing on the subject – James 1: 2- 5. The real reason why there is a request for the Lord to step and work must be analyzed and it must not be for selfish reasons Prayer gives the great opportunity of resolving the character within and to eliminate unworthy motives.
  • There has to be the recognition continually that He alone is to be glorified in the circumstances and at the end in the answers. There must be the avoiding of glorying in ourselves and in our testimonies, great and wonderful as they may be. The Lord alone is deserving of all the glory because if it had not been for Him hearing and acting the individual would have been utterly devastated by the pressure and the crises. He is the One that has been doing the delivering and helping so He alone is to be praised. The test has not simply revealed how good we’ve been, but how good He has been! It is good to have a great testimony, but better still, it is better to respect the great God who wrought the testimony!

“The next time you are overwhelmed, instead of asking: “How can I get out of this mess? Try asking, How can God be glorified in this situation.” Rob Morgan

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Feb 11th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all” – 2 Thessalonians 3: 16

We live in a restless world that longs for peace. Because the Prince of Peace lives within us, we have access to a peace that is beyond our own understanding. Apeace that will bring rest and tranquillity to the busyness of our soul. A peace that will be a shield and a shelter for our tender heart.

In John 14:27, Jesus promises to give us His peace. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that His peace is available to us even in the midst of a troubled world. A peace that allows us to sleep on a boat in the midst of a raging storm. If you are in a situation today where you need the assurance of God’s peace, open up your heart to God and ask Him to fill you with His peace.

The peace that rests on Jesus is the peace that is promised to every child of God as part of our inheritance. No matter what you are going through in your life, God promises to give you peace at all times and in every situation. As Isaiah 26:3 says…You will keep whoever’s mind is steadfast in perfect peace, because he trusts in you. (WEB)

 ReWISDOM THAT WORKS
GOAL SETTING –v. Bob Stevenson

”Wisdom is the main pursuit of sensible men, but a fools goals are at the end of the earth. A rebellious son is a grief to his father and a bitter blow to his mother”Read: Proverbs 17: 24, 25

I have personally gained great benefit from the exercise of setting goals for myself which l wanted to achieve over a set period of time. I have come to favour a five year vision plan as being a reasonable timeframe to accomplish the various objectives I feel to be appropriate for me.

The difference between having a vision and having a goal, is that your vision can be really big and far reaching, but the goals are the bite- size portions that are necessary in seeing your vision. This is why our proverb becomes a reality for today points out that a fool’s goals are at the ends of the earth; In other words they are so far out of sight as to be ridiculously unachievable. In the business of setting goals for ourselves we do need to apply the wisdom and common sense that will help us to arrive at the completion of our set tasks, otherwise we will become discouraged in the extreme and possibly give up all together. .

Many people have big dreams that never materialise because of their inability to properly conceive a strategy that will get them there. Whatever strategy you adopt it must be broken down into bite size portions.

For goal setting to be effective it needs to be conceived as being attainable in practice and measurable in its accomplishment.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

Ernest Anderson

When God seems silent and saying nothing, He really is talking and saying everything of worth and note. His quietness requires wholesome interpretation – Ernest Anderson

The Christ-like nature and attitude of being is the best, wisest and most fruitful factors in the action of doing- Ernest Anderson

Because God is the Choice Father that possesses a choice family, such will richly enjoy and experience choice favours of enormous blessing. It has already begun with Christ – see Romans 8:32 – Ernest Anderson

Jesus Christ is more than an historical figure to be greatly admired as someone in and from the past; He a personal, real figure of and in the present, to be gloriously accepted and adored – Ernest Anderson

DAILY MEDITATIONS
A SPECIAL PEOPLE – Deuteronomy 32

The Lord is speaking here to His people and giving some very important and choice words that reveal how He greatly treasures them. They had to realize that He valued them in spite of all the problems He had encountered with them. He wanted them to know beyond any shadow of doubt that He really loved them and was committed to their future in every way. The language of vv9-12 certainly makes this point. The word declares without ambiguity – “For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance – He kept them as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him.”

When He found and made this people His own they were in a mess. They were nothing, had nothing and were a non-entity. They were both helpless and hopeless before He stepped in to embrace them as His own and saved them to give them an identity and destiny. There had been a remarkable, outstanding provision and protection order placed on them. It was all due to the fact they were now His chosen people.

Those who have been made Christ’s are also an elect and special people. We are immeasurably loved and cared for by God through Jesus Christ and we are assured that He will lead and look after us all the way from earth to heaven and beyond. Today you are jealously watched over by the Lord and He will be in attendance at all times because you are special.

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Feb 10th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5,6

Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of those Scripture passages that have meant a great deal to me personally over the years. As a person who has had the tendency to trust in his own resources, the idea that I don’t have to lean on my own understanding to manage life is very good news indeed.

Today’s promise encourages us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to rely on our own ability to manage life. The Hebrew word for trust in this passage is ‘batach’ which Strong’s concordance explains this way… to be confident or sure, be bold, confident, secure, sure, careless, to hope, to trust.

The more that we are convinced that God has our best interests at heart, the more we can put all our confidence in Him to steer our ship. The more we know that He really does love us and He is good, the more we will be able to give up control of our destiny and allow Him to lead us wherever we go.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“It is wrong to accept a bribe and twist justice” – Read: Proverbs 17: 23

Alas we are forced to admit that the passage of time has not diminished the propensity of human kind to unlawfully gain favour by making some financial reward too good to resist. It has been well said that everyone has their price. Unfortunately it is a price for which they are willing to throw away their integrity in personal terms, as well as the reputation and wellbeing of their family. I would like to think that nothing takes me by surprise. But the older I get, the more sadden I am, by the stark reality of the power of a bribe that can reach the most senior levels of the professional world. When such bribery is uncovered it only brings disgrace to those involved and disillusionment to those who expect better behaviour of their peers.

From the family prospective this corrupt activity brings more than the loss of reputation and honour, but it also imposes a grief of heart and mind that is not soon shaken off.

How true the Bible is when it declares that, ‘The love of money is the root of all evil’- (1 ‘lIM 6:10) especially when that money is gained dishonestly by deceit and subterfuge.

Let’s make a commitment right now that we will take a hateful stand against any form of bribery be it monetary or otherwise.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
POWER

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power – Abraham Lincoln

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment – Mahatma Gandhi

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect – Bruce Lee

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command – Niccolo Machiavelli

DAILY MEDITATIONS
THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE – Deuteronomy 30

The Lord was to make it perfectly clear to this people what the future held for them but so much was dependent upon their relationship with Him and how they responded to His leadership and direction. He would not impose His sovereignty or His word on them. They had to come to terms with the fact that the bond God was seeking to create amongst them was to be one of love and affection, where they loved Him supremely and desired to listen to His commands.

The future hinged upon obedience with respect to blessing. If they carried through with pleasure His will and purpose then they could expect nothing but the best in
every way. As they were right, all would go right and the wonderful things that would be their lot would astonish them. They would lack for nothing under His covering and care. If they chose to do their own thing and go their own way in disobedience there would be a contrasting scene. Everything would go wrong and they would find themselves living under curse and judgement.

The Lord never enforces anyone to submit to Himself or His will. As there is yieldedness to Him and compliance to His design for our lives we will discover the richness both of His presence and providence. Both are essential to a successful lifestyle. Fall in with the Lord today and see the fall out of blessing, which will be yours now and throughout the days that are ahead. Be assured of this, He wants to bless you more than you can appreciate and as you respond in love to Him and His directions, your future will be blessed. Nothing gives more pleasure to the Lord than to see you enjoying His rich blessing.

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Feb 11th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

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ernest (2)
Feb 9th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible, something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. I will counsel you with my eye on you” – Psalm 32:8

God doesn’t leave us alone to try to figure out life all by ourselves. The Bible says that He is closer to us than we could possibly imagine. In Psalm 139, King David tells us that God knows everything about us and is familiar with all our ways (Psalm 139:1-3). In today’s promise, we read that God has committed Himself to teach us in the way we should go and guide us into what is best.

The New Living Translation says Psalm 32:8 this way… The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (NLT) May the promise of our Father’s tender guidance bring a sense of rest and security to our hearts today. May we know that we are not alone in this life. Each step that we take is carefully guided by a loving Father who has only our best interests at heart.

God is everything that we need when we need him. He is our Father, our Brother, our Saviour, our Friend, our Healer, our Redeemer and our Teacher. Time and space would fail to speak of the many ways that the Triune God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) watches over us every moment of our lives.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A cheerful heart does good like e medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick”. Read: Proverbs 17:22

It is an established medical fact that the human spirit plays a significant part in the physical recovery from sickness. Likewise, the impact of the human spirit when broken and dejected, can have serious adverse effects on the wellbeing of the human frame.

I once read an account of a man who was diagnosed with cancer who decided to play as many videos as he could that would make him laugh and cheer him up. He literally laughed himself back to full health and strength. In the same way that worry and stress can release harmful toxins into our system, so a happy and cheerful disposition releases health- giving endorphins that have the capacity to fight disease and give us a genuine sense of wellbeing.

How amazing that western medical science confirms the observation made by the writer of this proverb centuries ago, that a cheerful spirit does good like a medicine.

How important it is for those of us who may be hail and hearty to do all in our power to bring good cheer and encouragement to those having to battle sickness, or maybe the sadness which comes from an emotionally broken spirit. Alter all, laughter, in the right setting, is the best medicine.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
POSITIVE

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose – Lyndon B. Johnson

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision – Dalai Lama

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow – Helen Keller

Positive anything is better than negative nothing – Elbert Hubbard

DAILY MEDITATIONS
BECAUSE OF HIS GRACE – Deuteronomy 9

The Lord has many important lessons to teach and they need to be learned by God’s people. In this chapter He makes known the fact and truth that their possession of the Promised Land was not linked to any goodness or grace on their part but it was all because of His fidelity to His word of promise that He had given to their spiritual forefathers. He would not be a liar nor would He prove to be
inadequate in power to achieve the tremendous plans for this people. There was no way that He would fail to live up to what He had guaranteed in sacred assurance. They may fail but He will never fall short of His promises. He loved this people and they ought to realise that He willed to favour them in every way.

The testimony of the passage focuses attention on the failures of God’s people. Their history was one of disobedience and unbelief yet amidst it was the remarkable and outstanding attitude of God in His readiness to lead, provide and intervene in all circumstances. They had made it by reason of His input and blessing. His faithfulness despite their failures is the highlight of the deliverance and the journey. It would be further manifested as they moved into the Promised Land, the next stage in the development of a people in relation with their God.

We can equally state that we have been saved and have arrived at our present destination by the same means. Above all, He has been the One that has stood by us when we have not always stood by Him. His nature is unchanging and we need to recognise always that it is by His grace and faithfulness that we are still on track. Heed the encouragement of Hebrews 10: 23 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.” There is really nothing to go back to and everything to look forward to and with God. This next stage is the most important one in progress of your faith, growth and blessedness.

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Feb 8th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6: 18

In my opinion, this one promise summarizes all New Testament revelation. God’s desire for all of us is that He would be our real Father. That is why Jesus came to the earth two thousand years ago… To make the way for each one of us to come home to His Dad (John 14:6).

Everything that Jesus did pointed us to His Father. He was the exact representation of His Father on earth (Hebrews 1:3) and Colossians 1:15 says that He was the visible image of the invisible God. Jesus loved His Father so much that His desire was to bring many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10-11) so that God could be a real Father to those who would come to Him through the finished work of the cross.

I want to encourage you today that God is just not a ‘father figure’, but promises to be a real Father to you. He is not like any earthly father we have ever known, for He is the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48). Creating is what God does, but Father is who He is. The longing of His heart and the reason for the eternal sacrifice of Jesus is that we would know Him as Father from the core of our being.

When the Spirit of God bears witness with our spirits that we are His children, the only fitting response is to call back to Him and say ‘you are my Abba Father!’ (Romans 8:15) May the Abba cry resonate in each one of our hearts today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
SUSPICIONS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Sinners love to fight; boasting is looking for trouble. An evil man is suspicious of everyone and tumbles into constant trouble. It’s no fun being a rebel ‘s father”. Read Proverbs 17:19-21

I have never forgotten a quote I read years ago accredited to the famous Nineteenth Century preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It went something like this, “When suspicion reigns, even silence becomes a sin”. Suspiciousness is like a debilitating disease, it robs you of your rightful mental and emotional freedom. It’s like a ball and chain you are forced to drag around with you all through life and in the end will destroy even the most secure of relationships.

Now of course there is a place in our lives for proper due diligence in our assessment of people’s inclinations and intentions towards us. This enables us to take any necessary and is appropriate action. But if it gets to such a point of paranoia that you begin to see skeletons behind every cupboard door, you are going to be tumbling automatically into trouble all the time.

Let’s face it, we have all been taken advantage of at some time or other in our lives and reaped the repercussions of being over trusting. However, we have always come out of such experiences all the wiser and certainly more discerning.

I cannot help but feel that those who want to carry the burden of an over suspicious mind may be reaping the results of some of their own undiscovered skeletons.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
PEACE

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding – Albert Einstein
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word – Martin Luther King, Jr

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind – Mahatma Gandhi

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time – Lyndon B. Johnson

DAILY MEDITATIONS
REMEMBERING THE PATH – Deuteronomy 8

At the conclusion of divine events and experiences, the Lord called this ancient people to think on the past and look in detail at what had actually occurred. They had to learn to trace His leading and hand in their journey and affairs. The whole exercise from Egypt to the Promised Land had been with a real object in mind: to educate them in essential knowledge. Much spiritual discovery had taken place throughout the journey. It wasn’t to be merely nostalgic. Remembering was but a prompter to thankfulness and a stimulus to a greater history and testimony.

It had been a humbling process as they had discovered on many occasions their own weakness and vulnerability. They had failed many times and but for His goodness they would have never have made it. The object from God’s angle was to test their faith and loyalty. Finally, they came through the ordeal and it was now time to prove, in the Promised Land, a total commitment to Him. He who had led still needed to lead.

Christians must learn to look back, but not to go back, to note the ways of the Lord in their lives. It is with this purpose in view, to extract from the past all God has done so that it serves as faith’s inspiration in the present to go forward with God into all that He has determined. Having made it thus far, He wants us to make it all the way and there is no reason why this should not be. The mind and memory are vital to developments of a bigger order as they are positively used in considering God’s works and instructions.

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Feb 7th – 2016
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Good News of your salvation—in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God’s

The English Standard Version of the Bible says Ephesians 1:13-14 this way… 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

The Bible says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). The Spirit of the living God that raised Christ from the dead dwells in every person that has received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. In today’s promise, we read that God even sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise to guarantee our coming inheritance.

The Amplified Bible calls the Holy Spirit the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage of what is yet to come. Our God and Father so wants us to rest assured in our eternal inheritance that He gave His own Spirit to live in us as a pledge of His eternal commitment to us.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
LOYAL FRIENDSHIPS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A true friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. It is poor judgment to countersign another’s note, to become responsible for his debts”. Read: Proverbs 1 7: 1 7- 18

We all need at least one person in our lives who we can call a real friend. It is possible to be very friendly with a variety of colleagues or associates and yet never cultivate a lasting friendship with any one person. I am very fortunate to have forged such a friendship in my early years and ended up marrying his sister. I hasten to add that my friendship was not the motivation to get friendly with his sister although I must confess it did help! Even though our paths have taken different routes throughout our lifetimes, if ever I am asked who is my best and most loyal friend I would immediately reply Laurie Bradley! In actual fact, we now live on the other side of the globe to each other, and I do have other lasting friendships that have developed over the years. But even to this day Laurie and I are still regularly in touch and have that unspoken understanding that we are always there for each other.

This unconditional loyalty has certainly been tested throughout the years, but after all, isn’t that what true and loyal friendship is all about? If perfection had to be the ground upon which our friendship was based we‘ve both missed that mark! No! This friendship is for keeps no matter what! Amen!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
PATIENCE

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come – Robert H. Schuller

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting –
Joyce Meyer

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance – Samuel Johnson

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success –
Napoleon Hill

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
KNOWING GOD’S COMMANDS – Deuteronomy 6

It has to be understood that the name of the book of Deuteronomy means the ‘second law’. Actually it is a repetition to an extent and expansion of what had been formerly given. As Israel were soon to move into the Promised Land they really needed the giving of the Law in this way to make known the importance of learning God’s requirements and of the demand to obey them. This was to be a major exercise that must be followed through and one, which they could not afford to let go by, as their future was full of wonderful prospects as they adhered to all that the Lord decreed and designed. Obedience was to become paramount if they were going to be wholly successful.

The Lord made it plain that so much depended upon doing this. Note v3””Hear, therefore, O Israel, observe to do it; that it may well with thee, and that you may increase mightily, as the Lord of your fathers has promised you, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” They would be blessed as they believed, truly loved and obeyed the Lord. Their loyalty to His commands was to arise and be activated from their genuine love of Him. They had every good reason to sincerely love in the evidence of all His care and commitment. If the past had anything to record it was the constant faithfulness of the Lord and this should provoke great fidelity to Him.

It is the apostle of love, John, who places this in the context of Christian life. He affirms: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous” – 1 John 5: 3. The Lord never directs us to do anything for our undoing and unhappiness. The things demanded may be difficult to carry through but as they are worked out will always result to our advantage. He will give you the grace and strength to perform the most arduous requirement that in the end will ensure ultimate good and blessing. When love for Him possesses the heart there is no real problem in acting according to His will.

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THE GIVER OF GOOD GIFTS

Reading James 1

Text v17

Introduction
GREATEST BENEFACTOR: In His advance and approach to mankind, God is evidently, as announced in our text, is a benevolent giver. He can rightfully and righteously be termed the greatest benefactor in the universe. He has no equal or peer or anyone to rival Him in this area. The bestowals and bestowments of God are unparalleled and mark Him out the most wonderful giver of all. The Scriptures detail Him in this regard as the One who knows how to bountifully bless the sons of men with choice gifts – v17.

DIVINE NATURE: It is the nature, character and will of God to give. Just as it is the nature of the sun to give light and warmth, the spring to gush forth refreshing water, the tree to produce blossom, leaves and fruit, so it is with God. It is the outgoing and out-flowing of His being and nature. Because He is essentially love, it is evident and logical to expect that there will be an unrestrained and unreserved giving. Love desires and delights to bestow. He is most favourable and generous in His disposition. It is good to recognises that there is no change in His eternity and nature – TCNT “who is Himself never subject to change.” It is not only His nature to give, it is His will to give and He intends, plans and determines to bestow in fullest measure gifts and blessings on all of His creation. There is no mean streak in God.

“Some people give according to their means, others according to their meanness.”

GOOD GIFTS: It is the nature and character of God to give good and perfect gifts. There is never any design on God’s part to bestow evil. It is entirely contrary and foreign to His nature. Christ gives teaching on this subject and points out that God only bestows the most excellent and best of blessings – Luke 11: 11-13.

The Bible highlights God as a Giver and Bestower. In creating this world, God gave it to mankind, His creatures, for their blessedness and enjoyment. He should be seen and acknowledged in this light. The trouble with man is his nature: he abuses and corrupts the best gifts.

The Bible reveals man as the Receiver. In receiving gifts there must be an appreciation of two factors:

• Divine Favour. The gifts of God are given not according to merit or credit or works but by reason of divine favour and love. A true gift is not earned; is not bestowed on the basis of good deeds and service. A gift is over and above the principle of receiving by reason of labour. Wages are given to those who work. Man in and of himself has no rights or claims on God. It is He out of His free grace and good will that blesses and bestows. The system of man’s free giving is so often corrupt

• Divine Faith. There is the need to believe that the gift(s) are for you and you must believe to take and experience. There is something required beside the mere intellectual nod, the mental assent of mind. Faith appropriates and lays hold of the proffered gift – vv5-7.

There are many gifts God wants to give to those who are in a mind and mood to receive them. He is not stinted or limited in His activity at any time to those who are ready to appropriate.

(1) THE GIFT OF CHRIST

The best possible gift that God could give to the sons of men, to you, is the gift of the person of Christ, His beloved Son. God did not withhold giving His only begotten Son when it was required and demanded. The finest way and measure in which He could truly and fully enrich human society was in and through Him. He spent a tremendous amount of time in preparing for His advent so that He could bless and benefit the world.

• In the gift of Christ is the gift of God Himself. God could do no better that give all that He had and that all was presented in Christ. Deity wrapped itself, not in beautiful wrapping paper, but in flesh and blood, the parcel of humanity. What man needed was God and God came in the person of Christ. Man needed to be enriched, made prosperous, and so Christ came in presence and power to enhance the whole world that lay in poverty and degeneracy. All human gifts are paltry and ordinary in comparison.
• In the gift of Christ is the gift of gifts for many gifts proceed from Him. In receiving and possessing Christ one inherits and receives all other choice benefits. Everything is stored and treasured in Christ.

Illustration: Tower of Lord – a jewel or the possession of the Tower – its contents
Bank – a cheque or the bank?
Granary – a bag of corn or the granary?

A man is a fool that rejects Christ. To have the giver is to have the gifts – Romans 8:32

(2) THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE

The answer to the question whether we shall live forever is to be found in having Christ now – 1 John 5: 11, 12; John 3: 16; Romans 6: 23. It means having the same qualitative life that Christ possessed. There is an exchanging of that which we have, which is sinful and degraded, for that which is of the purest and highest nature – the life of the Eternal.

Certainly, many would not be interested in living forever in this world in a tormented and tortured body. Many are fed up and browned off, depressed now and take their own lives. But who would not want to live in a sound, healthy body, in a heavenly atmosphere and environment free from greed, war, care and the evils of this life. The future life with Christ is to be one of freeness, freshness and fulness. Man will really start to live when he arrives in heaven because there will be the knowing of many more choice gifts.

(3) THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

It is God’s purpose in Christ to provide the fullest, deepest, sweetest and greatest life here and now for the receiver and believer. He wants to grant abundant life. Life that is rich, full and effervescent – that which bubbles and springs forth and flows out. He not only gives eternal life but adds to it by the Holy Spirit.

Illustration: A dying person can be said to have life but one would not categorize it as abundant. It is mere existence! Compare it to that of a child or teenager abounding with energy etc.

The Holy Spirit comes as the Energiser, Comforter, Inspirer, Encourager, Counsellor, Instructor, Director and Advocate.

• Through Him you are to be enlivened – made alive to God and the things of God
• Through Him you are to be energised – to possess power to perform and act
• Through Him you are to be equipped – given what is necessary to be and to achieve

Illustration: At Caesarea Philippi – the temple of Pan – Greek god – powerful underground springs that flowed right from within the former temple – Ezekiel 47

(4) THE GIFT OF PHYSICAL HEALTH

It is a tremendous thing to have good health. It is well to know that God desires that we should possess and enjoy it to the full. Are there any indications from the Bible that God wants to bestow health and vitality and healing to those who require such? Can hope rise to the point where we can expect and receive healing from Him.

• Proven by His promises. The point to be made is that God has revealed by sure promise that this is His intention. He stands revealed as the Healer and affirms His ministry – Exodus 15: 26; Mark 16: 18; Luke 10: 9
• Proven by His deeds and works of power. From the Scriptures alone it is discovered that He cured all forms of sickness and diseases. All who came to Christ went away with the gift of healing – Matthew 12: 15; Luke 18; 35-43

The great question: “What wilt thou that I shall do unto you?”

One of the reasons for the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit is to quicken and bring healing gifts – 1 Corinthians 12: 9, 10.

Can God heal? Of course He can. Does He want to heal? Without a doubt!. You can receive your healing today through Christ by the Holy Spirit who is the Healer and is unchanging – Hebrews 13: 8

Illustration: During the Spanish War, the late President Roosevelt, then a colonel, commanded a regiment of rough riders in Cuba. He became much attached to his men and was greatly concerned when a number of them fell sick.

Hearing that Miss Clara Barton (the lady who devoted herself to the work of nursing wounded soldiers) had received a supply of delicacies for the invalids under her care, Col. Roosevelt requested her to sell a portion of them for the sick men of his regiment. His request was refused. The Colonel was troubled; he cared for his men and was willing to pay for supplies out of his own pocket.

“How can I get these things?” he asked?” “I must have proper food for my sick men.” “Just ask for them, Colonel.”

“Oh” said Roosevelt, his face breaking out into a smile, “That’s the way is it? Then I do ask for them.” He got them at once.

CONCLUSION

It is up to you to perceive and receive the truth as it applies to you. You are to behold God as the untold and bounteous Giver and Benefactor in and through Jesus Christ. Your view of God will determine whether you will know and enjoy the fulness of His benefits.

The essential thing to know is that God’s favour is towards you and that you must learn to believe and take from Him what He offers. Do not miss out on the goodness and generosity.

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