Christian Advancement

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                                              Rev. E. Anderson

ADVANCING TO ADVANTAGE OR

                               GRADUATING WITH PURPOSE

 

GENESIS 5:20-24; HEBREWS 11:5

 

It is essential to move forward with divine design and destiny and to move into that which is God appointed, approved and fulfilling. There are those in this life who have graduated in college and university and have made absolutely nothing of their education, lives and abilities. They have fallen way short of expectations and of good and great goals. Nothing of any worth has been achieved.

 

Regrettably this can occur with regard to God’s sons in the family of God. It is imperative to go forward to divine gain and position. It happened to Enoch at 65. He entered into a situation at that period of life that became meaningful, profitable, enjoyable and successful.

 

1/. HE ADVANCED INTO A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD – v24

 

TLNT he enjoyed close relationship with God.” This was the best and finest thing to have happened to him, the start of a holy, happy and wholesome friendship and communion with the greatest of all – God. Life was to be lifted on to a new level and yield enormous benefits.

 

2/. HE ADVANCED INTO A SENSE/EXPERIENCE OF DIVINE DESTINY –

 

He was now no longer working things out for himself but the Lord was inputting his life in a significant manner and measure, giving needful counsel and directing as to the present and eternal future. There was a completely new focus in mind and a spiritual atmosphere about his being.

 

3/. HE ADVANCED INTO A CONDITION WHERE HE PLEASED GOD AND WAS DULY APPROVED – Hebrews 11:5

 

Each succeeding day saw him doing and accomplishing God’s will fully and making further strides forward. Leaving the lowlands of the mere human he lived and moved in the highlands of the divine.

 

4/. HE ADVANCED INTO A PLACE WHERE HE GRADUATED TO THE HIGHEST REALM – v24

 

He had a divine translation and graduation ceremony. Heaven’s company must have been quite astonished at his arrival and to see him receiving his cap and gown from God. He had not missed out on the greatest promotional exercise as he entered the real corridors of power.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The break in and through into Enoch’s life and experience had not been a vanity but it turned out to be a blessing on earth and eternal wise. He kept moving on until the utmost was gained and the eternal is to display the continual advancement.

 

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Word Studies

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WORD STUDIES

 

Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. W. 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.

 

CLICHES

 

Admittedly this is a word from the French language, but ifs a habit most nations have got into . . . stealing others’ words when convenient. The word describes a hackneyed or stereotype phrase that is often popped into normal conversation. It briefly summarises a particular situation, and l have put a dozen examples into their respective groups to illustrate.

 

There is:

 

THE COMFORTING CLICHÉ: If a concert party are rehearsing for a show, and things go wrong and the players get anxious. Somebody fluffs their lines or makes an entrance at the wrong time, the optimist comes up with the comforter, – ‘it’ll be alright on the night’. Then there is another cliché which is meant to be a comfort in a strange sort of way when someone who is suffering is told that you can always find someone worse than yourself. That could carry some sinister sadistic thoughts! Then there is

 

THE RHETORICAL CLICHÉ: There are times when one feels that a comment should be made, but it’s difficult to know what to say, so we come up with bland statements like It’s one of those things (what things?) or There’s worse things happen at sea although we don’t suggest what those worse things are. What about

 

THE INSTRUCTION CLICHÉ: Now these are more practical and could prove beneficial. The one about drawing a line is advice to forget the past or to keep dwelling on the mistakes and whatever has gone wrong; but there is a relevant cliché that usually follows abut learning any lessons that the trouble has taught us, and if we draw a line and learn the lesson we can get on with our lives. Of course there’s no guarantee that the advice will be acted on. Sometime the line is only drawn in pencil and somebody at any time can rub it out and so resurrect the past and as for learning lessons, we only do so until the next mistake.

 

THE CHALLENGING CLICHÉ: We often hear it in Christian circles that we’ve got to get out of the boat. This comes from the incident in the New Testament when St. Peter wanted to walk on the water to Jesus and he took the risk (or a step of faith). This thought brings in another cliché about leaving our comfort zones which is self-explanatory, and when you get down to the nitty-gritty and the real world you are at the cutting edge of things, whatever that means.

 

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Prayer Dynamics

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                                      Rev. E. Anderson

TO FACE THE FUTURE WITHOUT FEAR

From the Prayers of Peter Marshall

 

 

Thou knowest, Father, the things of which we are afraid – the terror by night, the arrow by day that takes us unawares and often finds us without a vital, ready faith.

 

We know that Thou hast not promised to surround us with immunity from all the ills to which flesh is heir. We only pray that when they come, if come they must, they shall End us unafraid and with adequate resources to meet them.

 

Give us a constant faith and a steady courage, that we may neither whimper nor in peevish petulance complain before Thee.

 

We thank Thee that Thou dost still rule over the world that thou hast made. Kings and emperors come and depart. All the shouting and the tumult, the screaming hurricanes of time have not deviated Thee from Thy path.

 

Help us to remember, O Christ, that Thou art victorious – Christus Victor – reigning over all; that in due time, in Thine own good time, Thou wilt work all things together for good to them that love Thee, who are called according to Thy Purpose.

 

May we find our refuge in that regnant faith, and so face the future without fear. Give to us Thy peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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