Mar 27th – 2017
Rev. E. Anderson
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Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘fulfilment’. During your life and stay of earth and within the church of Christ you must be able to perform so that you achieve your God-given destiny. Christ lived a fulfilled life and at the end he could say to His heavenly Father, “I have finished the work you gave me to do”. So you, too, must be able to complete your course in life and work.
FULFILMENT – INTO THE PROMISED LAND – Joshua 3
It was ever the intention of the Lord that His people should enter and possess the inheritance promised to Abraham. It was not His will that they should live and exist in the desert indefinitely. The time came when God’s people need to get a new vision and passion and fulfil the expectations that had been promised. No longer were they to linger and longer in a dissatisfied situation. The prospects that the Lord had in mind was good and so a fresh beginning was called for.
Thankfully there were two good, courageous, believing men that were ready for action. Joshua was summoned to take over the leadership after Moses departure and he did not hesitate. There was a formidable obstacle to negotiate at the outset and the Lord gave clear direction how Jordan’s river was to be crossed. He who parted the Red Sea was still up to performing another miracle and also secure the downfall of Jericho. They were to enjoy an unprecedented and memorable movement into the Promised Land. What fulfilment took place at the outset!
So the challenge is before you: either stay put where you and exist in fear and doubt and lack of realisation or move into all that God has planned and promised. Do not merely exist but be filled with a heavenly and holy enthusiasm sensing this is your day for great dreams to be realised. Be amazed and wonder as you look back and see where the Lord has brought you from and what he has brought you into – A LAND OF GOOD THINGS.
QUOTES TO NOTE – Fear
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie Motivational, Home,
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
A lovely hymn to be sang on the Lord’s day morning together. On this choice day of the week it is good to set the mind and heart in the right place with the Lord so that all will flow as it should in glorious living and service. To be in a quiet place of being where he can input and infuse with His presence and word so that things may move further ahead in relationship and labour,
John Greenleaf Whittier, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era.
1/. Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
2/. In simple trust like theirs who heard beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee.
3/. O Sabbath rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
4/. Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
5/. Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!
PERFECT PEACE– Isaiah 26
The Lord gives an assurance that His people will enter into the blessedness of perfect peace. In point of fact there is an emphasis here. It should read, “peace, peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee” – v3. According to Adam Clarke it means as in keeping with the Jewish greeting – “Shalom, shalom” and implies “peace upon peace – all kinds of peace – happiness in this world and in the world to come.” God’s own peace is transmitted to those who learn to place their mind on Him. As this is done, His mind and spirit begins to flow through and produces a composed and balanced state from which life is to be governed.
The word ‘keep’ is that used of a garrison that is well fortified and protected and can resist all that would seek to besieged and conquer. The within is in a place of strength and security because there is the personal sense that the omnipotent Lord is in absolute and perfect control. Faith relies upon Him and discovers that He is altogether sufficient to deal with all that would offend and seek to demean and destroy. God’s people were to know beyond any doubt that He would defend them and preserve them from all evil and make their way prosperous.
Every Christian believer can experience this peace in and through Christ. Both thought and emotion can be kept perfectly stabilized and composed so that nothing and no one will be able to create panic and turmoil. The promise is given when all is handed over to the Lord: “and the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4: 7. Enter into your divine legacy of peace right now and let it direct your life in all things at all times.