Christian Advancement collated by Rev. E. Anderson

                                          

                                         Rev. E. Anderson

ADVANCEMENT THROUGH CHANGE

 

JOSHUA 1-5

 

A new book with a new look and with fresh developments that arise out of divine change that takes the people forward in great style. This is a great initiative that was to cause immense success in so many ways and bring to realization of divine destiny. The death of Moses and the arrival at Jordan meant a decisive alteration was to occur and all needed to be big enough to deal with it, and they were! And so there were exciting days ahead.! Thankfully, the Changeless One was in the midst creating the changes!

 

1/. CHANGE THROUGH LEADERSHIP – JOSHUA 1

 

The Lord confirmed the appointment of the new leader and the people were ready to accept him as the one to administrate and direct future action and the Lord was to magnify him in their sight. Joshua was to be the new, unquestioned man at the helm. This trusty servant of Jehovah was ready to accept all the change that was to occur and give a lead in so many ways. One thing did remain the same, the knowledge of and commitment to the Book of the Divine Law. Joshua had to be in the position to accept the change to from follower to leader.

 

2/. CHANGE THROUGH THE MIRACULOUS –JOSHUA 3 & 4

 

There had to be the negotiating of Jordan and this meant the facing of a new factor for him. It would be the entering into a new phase, the beginning of the extraordinary that would require utter abandonment and the manifestation of the miraculous in a great way. He had no difficulty in believing for it for he was a man of faith in God. There was not only to be Jordan but Jericho etc.

 

3/. CHANGE THROUGH RENEWED COVENANT – JOSHUA 5:2-12

 

There was the renewal of circumcision at Gilgal and that became the place of ‘the rolling away of the reproach of Egypt’ and the keeping of the Feast of unleavened Bread. The latter spoke of their unique deliverance by the Lord.

 

4/. CHANGE THROUGH REVELATION – JOSHUA 5: 13-15

 

What a startling and unique manifestation of the Lord to Joshua as Commander in Chief! He was to find out who was in charge and control and the success of the mission rested on His capable shoulders. He had the answers. Joshua could never be the same after this personal disclosure.

 

CONCLUSION

 

They were good changes that were readily accepted and paved the way for monumental progress and success. They were not to look back or go back to Egypt or to Wilderness Wanderings.

 

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Word Studies provided by Rev. K. Munday

                                      

                                      Rev. K. Munday

WORD STUDIES

 

Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. Munday, retired minister and former General Secretary of Assemblies of God for many years. He has served the body of Christ with grace and distinction, is an excellent, quality preacher and speaker, broadcaster, writer of books and still active in Christian service. His contributions here on Word Studies should prove a great means of blessing, inspiration and instruction.

 

HONOUR

 

Honour is “the esteem and respect paid to a worthy person’, and the list of people who achieve outstanding things is constantly being up-dated. We hear of new feats of endurance, new inventions and discoveries and heroic rescue dramas. The famous Guinness Book of Records lists many of them, particularly if new records have been obtained.

 

Such folk are the pioneers of society and are duly acknowledged for their efforts. Sometimes the reward is financial, or with an award or medal. Some are even ennobled in status so they can join the great and the good.

 

There is an interesting feature in one of the Cambridge College buildings – Gonville. The Campus is about 600 years old and it has three gates. The one at the entrance has engraved in the stone-work, the word HUMILITY. As you walk through the quadrangle, another gate bears the word VIRTUE, and then the exit gate is marked HONOUR. Obviously, the Founders of that establishment were men of principle and those three words symbolically indicate the hoped-for sequence of the students’ studies, with the results of their intellectual attainments being honoured.

 

You will know that members of the British Parliament are known as ‘Honourable members’. Whether or not they are all worthy of respect is a matter of opinion, but they enjoy that special status because the electorate has voted them in and the Queen as approved their appointment.

 

All these honours (if they are given to truly worthy people) remind us of the tremendous potential that is within human nature. Some believe that they are faint reflections of the ~ct that man was made in the image of God despite the misuse of those gifts at times.

 

The practice of honouring the worthy is endorsed in the Bible. In Romans 13:7 it states ‘1Render to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute, custom to whom custom and honour to whom honour”.

 

This brings us to the greatest form of honour, and that is Worship. If honour is paying respects to a worthy person, it touches its highest form when we worship the Almighty God, our Creator and Saviour, and it’s put into words in Revelation 5:12 “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, riches, wisdom and strength, honour glory and blessing! . .”

 

                                              

Powerful Quotes arranged by Rv.L Goodwin

                                          

                                         Rev. L. Goodwin

LEADERSHIP QUOTES

 

“Spiritual defection flourishes under loose leadership.”

Charles Swindoll

 

 

“A true & safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inner pressure of the Holy Spirit & the press of the external situation. I believe it might be expected as a fairly reliable rule of thumb that the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader.”

Dr. A. W. Tozer

 

“Leadership is the capacity & will to rally men & women to a common purpose, & the character which inspires confidence.” (Lord Montgomery)

Here are his 7 ingredients of leadership qualities: –

1. Should be able to sit back and not get embroiled in detail;

2. Shouldn’t be petty;

3. Shouldn’t be pompous;

4. Chooses personnel carefully;

5. Exhibits trust in those around and lets them get on with their job without interference;

6. Must have the power of clear decision;

7. Should inspire confidence.

 

“Leadership is influence, the ability of one person to influence others. One man can lead others only to the extent that he can influence them.”

Oswald Chambers

 

“A leader is a person with a magnet in his heart & a compass in his head.”

Vance Havner

 

“A leader is a person who has the ability to get others to do what they don’t want to do & like it.”

President Truman

 

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way & shows the way. “

John Maxwell

 

 

 

 

Sermon Starters provided by Rev. E. Anderson

                                       

                                        Rev. E. Anderson

BE STRONG IN THE LORD 

 

Ephesians 6: 10-20

 

Introduction

 

There is a need to be strong in order to accomplish the divine things that God has in mind and work.

 

There is the need to be strong in order to take up and be clothed with the divine armour and engage in spiritual warfare.

 

There are times when God allows us to be utterly weakened so that we might discover His strength. Our impotence is to make way for His omnipotence. His strength made perfect in our weakness.  It is imperative to energised and fortified by Him and made adequate for anything and everything.

 

Why do we really require TO BE spiritually strong? In order

 

1.      TO DEAL WITH THE POWERS OF WICKEDNESS 

 

Paul makes it clear in his teaching that the Christian believer has immense spiritual opposition that is set to bring about his personal and spiritual destruction – Ephesians 6: 11-13. Satan, with the combined forces of wicked spirits are bent on bringing about ruin to the saint of God. Such can more than be overcome through divine strength, armoury and strategy.

 

As David took on Goliath and the whole force of the Philistines in the name and strength of the Lord, so the soldiers of Christ can effectually deal with all the opposing powers of darkness.

 

2.      TO COPE WITH INHERENT WEAKNESS – SIN  ROMANS 7

 

Prior to conversion, a person was victim to the strong law of evil within, held captive to a carnal and sinful nature Romans 7: 14-24. Man is unable to keep the force of evil in check and needed that to be broken.  As Christ Jesus is invited into the heart and life He breaks the rule and monopoly of sin through His salvation and indwelling – Romans 7: 25 – 8.  John also states: “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” – 1 John 4: 4. Christ is both the victor of sin and Satan and affords His strength to the believer to b also be an overcomer. The strength of sin is broken by the spiritual dynamic of Christ.

 

3.      TO FACE THE VARIOUS TRIALS OF LIFE

 

Trials are an inevitable part of the Christian life and they are of a different type and can assail the child of God. In order to not only endure and be victorious over them, quality courage and power are essential. Every one will be tested at some point in their walk with God and in their spiritual career. Human strength is inadequate to satisfactorily overcome and be in the driving seat. James affirms: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various temptations . . .trials” – 1: 2. There is no immunity or escape from such but there is divine strength to succour and sustain.

 

Joseph, Job, David etc., found a resource available from God that was more than sufficient to answer the variables in terms of trials, and so can you.

 

4.      TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE FEEBLE AND NEED FORTIFYING – PETER

 

When we are made strong we are the able to be a means and source of strength to others. Note what Christ said to Peter when he was to discover how weak he was when he thought he was strong – Luke 22; 31-34. However, he would could through his test and be renewed by divine grace and strength and so be in a healthy spiritual condition whereby he would be a pillar of support to others. The directive given to him by Christ was: “and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren” –v32.

 

“Confirm them, warn them, encourage them. They are in continual danger, also, of sinning. Use your experience to warn them of their danger, and to comfort and sustain them in their temptations” – Barnes

 

5.      TO FULFIL MINISTRY

 

There is no one that can fulfil a ministry for the Lord without the necessary divine strength.

One of the names for God is ‘EL’ which means ‘the Strong One’ and he possesses all the power and ability for every task and situation that he summons His servants to do. They must learn to derive their energy and motivation from Him. The name for the prophet Ezekiel is ‘God will strengthen,’ and he certainly required an enormous amount of strength from God to fully perform.

 

When God does this then the recipients know it and they believe whatever the demand they will be up to it. Paul made the affirmation: “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” – Philippians 4: 13.

 

CONCLUSION

 

It is possible to be strengthened by God on all fronts; even the weak and vulnerable areas can be fortified.

 

There is the strength of His grace, wisdom, anointing etc., etc.

The command to ‘be strong in the Lord’ must be realised

Wisdom’s Ways presented by the late Rev. A. Linford

                                      

Rev. A. Linford, before his decease, was recognized as a good, great and interesting Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Fellowship for many years. He was a well-loved Bible College lecturer and writer that bequeathed a tremendous amount of Biblical material in his generation. What a legacy he has left to be researched and brought forth to refresh our day! We shall be using such on this site: His writings from the book of Proverbs and also his Editorials that he wrote for the Redemption Tidings when he was its editor. I trust you will enjoy and appreciate his inspired teaching.

                                                                                                                                            

SEVEN ABOMINATIONS

 

“These . . . .things doth the Lord hate” – Prov 6:6-19

 

There are qualities that are repellent to a God who is holy and just and true, things from which he turns with repugnance. These are evils which all God-lovers will repudiate; these are evils which evoke the frown of God on all who are contaminated with them.

 

“A proud look”: Supercilious arrogance is the chief element in this list of infamy. Pride was the first sin – 1 Tim 3:6, pride is the worst sin. In fact, at the centre of all sin is pride – that is, the enthronement of self. Its evil is that it constitutes idolatry of the worst form, the setting up of self against God. No wonder “God resisteth the proud”!

 

“A lying tongue”: Falsehood is a great-evil, undermining the very fabric of society; for if no one can be believed or trusted, then a barrier exists between every human being. Lying violates faith, destroys hope and vitiates love. It is a deadly evil.

 

“Hands that shed innocent blood”: Murder is a vile offence. It destroys one who is made in the image of God, it terminates a life that cannot be restored, it robs society of a living member. It signifies a degradation, a dehumanisation, a destruction that calls for the severest penalty: “he that sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed”.

 

“An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations”:  The creative quality in man, his imagination, is a divine gift. Used for good it can enrich his life. Art, music, poetry – the very colour of life itself – depends on imagination. But turned to evil it can become a devisor of plots, a projection of malice, a deadly weapon of hatred.

 

“Feet that are swift in running to mischief”: The heart plans, the feet perform. Such feet run swiftly because the path is downward. They precipitate the soul to its own destruction. Those that are eager to do evil display malicious madness; the evil they plot destroys them.

 

“A false witness that speaketh lies”: Perjury is a great evil, it perverts the course of justice and condemns the innocent. It may at the time justify the wicked: but a higher justice will ultimately prevail.

 

“And he that soweth discord among brethren”: Brethren should live in unity and peace, but sowers of distrust imperil true brotherhood.

 

PRAYER:

Help me always to do those things that delight thee, 0 Lord.

Prayer Dynamics furnished by Rev. E. Anderson

                             

                                 Rev. E. Anderson

   

FOR CHILDLIKENESS

From the Prayers of Rev. Peter Marshall

 

FORGIVE us, Lord, that as we grow to maturity, our faith is blighted with doubts, withered with worry, tainted with sophistication. We pray that Thou wilt make us like children again in faith – not childish, but childlike in the simplicity of a faith that is willing to trust Thee even though we cannot see what tomorrow will bring.

 

We ask Thee to give to each of us that childlike faith, that simplicity of mind which is willing to lay aside all egotism and conceit, which recognises vanity for what it is – an empty show, which knows that we are incapable of thinking the thoughts of God, which is willing to be humble again.

 

Then may we feel once more as do our children who whisper their love to Thee, who trace with chubby little fingers the pictures of Jesus in a picture book – those pictures that por­tray Thee, Lord Jesus, with a hurt lamb in Thy arms or a child on Thy knee. Help us, even now, to feel again like that, that we may be as loving, as trusting, as innocent, as grateful, as affectionate.

 

And as we are willing to kneel again as children, then shall we discover for ourselves the glory Thou hast revealed, and find the wonder of it gripping our hearts and preparing them for Thy peace. So shall we, along with our children, enter into the Kingdom of God, and know it, and feel it, and rejoice in it. In Thy name, who didst dare to come to earth as a little child, we pray. Amen