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Rev. Aaron Linford

FOUR WONDERFUL THINGS

“There are three (nay four) things too wonderful for me”Proverbs 30:18,19

Nature is full of wonders, for nature is God’s handiwork. We may constantly learn from His works – they are a reflection of Himself, His beauty, His wisdom, His power and His love. Curiosity and wonder are twin graces; the desire to know the reason why and the sense of awe and amazement at discovering some reasons why, are close companions. The person who loses his sense of wonder loses the enriching of mind that belongs to the mentally mature. He never grows old who keeps his senses alert and astute. Agur, with his usual acumen and passion to know, picks out four things that make him ponder, things that go beyond his comprehension.

EAGLE. A threefold wonder. How can so heavy a bird defy the pull of gravity and remain aloft when nature would drag it down? How can a bird with so small a brain perform amazing feats of aerodynamics that man has taken millennia to understand and apply? And where is evolution so efficient as to produce this wonder of flight? All the right features had to be there – formation of feathers, respiratory system, muscular development, plus the eye to see, the desire to urge, the ability to know – before the bird could fly at all. Men call it instinct: we call it God.

SERPENT. It has no feet, yet it moves rapidly along. It is a miracle of locomotion. Biologists have established the mode of its travelling, but to this ancient observer, it was a wonder. And its camouflage? How did it gain that colour – design that made it visible only when “upon a rock”. In the verbiage it could hardly be seen. Who thought this out: a mindless beast, or a mindful Creator. Design in nature calls for a Designer – God.

SHIP. Even man’s works caused Agur to wonder. Human attempts to conquer nature are commendable; if not always successful. How does a ship, laden with goods remain afloat? It passes through uncharted waters, leaving no trace behind. And how puny man’s structure when beset by the forces of a storm at sea? Man must be the servant of nature before he can be its master.

MAN AND MAID. The greatest wonder of all. What strange alchemy draws man and woman together? And why does a man choose this maid, and not another. The love of the sexes is inexplicable. From the earliest point of physical attraction to the climax of married love is a wonder of that divine creation that made male and female. Love, courtship and marriage are part of the wonderful dispensation of God’s wisdom.

PRAYER: May I never lose my sense of wonder, O Lord!

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Rev. E. Anderson

THE ENRICHING LORD   

Reading     Romans 12; Ephesians 1;

Text          1 Corinthians 1: 5

Introduction

Are you a millionaire? Billionaire? Are you really rich? If you are a Christian and have entered into the full benefits and blessings of Christ, you are incredibly, unbelievable rich! God has purposed to make you outstanding rch in and through Him.

A RICH LORD: No one can match the Lord for riches, indeed all belongs to Him. The psalmist affirms the immeasurable wealth of the Lord – Psalm 24:1; 50: 9-12. All that any person possesses is simply loaned to him, yes, also his breath! The Lord is not lacking or without on any front. He is the rightful creator, owner and possessor of all. When any individual gives to Him there is only the giving back which is truly His in the first place. It is He that gives power to make wealth, too.

A RICH GIVER: The Lord is not just simply loaded with immeasurable wealth, He seeks to bless and bestow it upon His creation and creatures so that all can benefit greatly from it. The revelation of Scripture of the Lord is that of a beautiful, bountiful and beneficial Giver. Out of His infinite resource He is willing and capable to enriching all that come to Him to be blessed by Him. He can do this in relation to spiritual blessings – Ephesians 1 or even those of a material kind.

Illustration   – Job 42:12.

It is good to recognize those vital areas in which the Lord seeks to enrich and remember that He is consistently the same with regard to this matter – James 1:17.

1/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE PRESENCE – Luke 24: 13-36

The best thing that the Lord could do was to come into this world and enrich the world with His Presence. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is God entering a human body in order to get near to man and to bless Him with His closeness and friendship. He, being with a person or group, makes all the difference. The two men on the road to Emmaus discovered what He could when He drew near! He brings a dynamic lift into life as He joins the relationship.

Illustration: The difference my wife’s presence makes to my home and life is immeasurable

2/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE PROMISES – 2 Corinthians 1:19-22

To those that belong to Him, He has a way of blessing them with untold guarantees that make for the enjoyment of life. They are indeed the promises of God that affirm all the things that He will do for those that have received Him and fall in line with His precepts. To those that are His genuine believers and disciples He assures them of untold good as they follow His directions and disciplines. Love, peace, joy etc., all become available in and through Him.

3/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE FAVOUR AND GRACE – EPHESIANS 1:7

He possesses the power to grant a relationship with the Godhead that initiates into a rich standing of favour and good. He comes according to the riches of His grace to bestow the grace of forgiveness, election, sonship, the sealing and anointing of the Holy Spirit, His headship in life, a dynamic spiritual environment and so on. etc. John speaks as of receiving grace upon grace – John 1:16.

Illustration:  Seeking the favour of the king – it made a difference

4/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE LIFE – JOHN 3:16

A major factor is to be the recipient of eternal life and this none other than the same quality life of God. Natural life must possess the very essence of the divine spirit and nature if it is be lived sublimely and prosperously. Sin cut man off originally from the life of God. The Lord has come to restore the lie-line and make it possible to draw upon the life of God. Without the Lord, man simply exists at a natural level and only knows the extent of this world to a degree. But the Lord has come to switch on life in its truest and fullest sense – John 10:10.

5/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE FAITH AND GIFTS – Romans 12; 3-8; CORINTHIANS 12: 4-11.

Man, to a great extent is mortified with a sense of fear and lacks in many areas to live a life of true divine fulfilment and satisfaction. The Lord has the capacity to bestow the faith to live and to bless with abilities that enable the life and work to be useful and highly productive. The Bible is full of people that received from God the faith to believe and the power to perform and to achieve incredible things. It happened to old and young. Abraham was 75 when he started to receive faith and exercise it and David was but a youth when he knew the faith of God in his being. And what powers became theirs as the Lord enriched!

Text: “Have the faith of God” – Mark 11: 22 not simply “Have faith in God”

6/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE PURPOSE – Jeremiah 1: 4,5 Acts 9: 1-6

Questions that troubled me: Why am I? and “What should I be doing whilst I am here?!

One thing that the Lord endeavours to do for those who come to know Him and that is to give a sense of destiny. He makes clear that life should have a significant and noble design and intention through it and this should not be lost or missed. To Jeremiah He makes known that before he was born he was destined to be a prophet of the Lord, bringing divine revelation of a unique order to his day and generation. To Paul, there is the knowledge he had been singled out to become a great missionary-preacher of all time and a pattern to succeeding generations of what the Lord’s grace and gift could do – 1 Timothy 1:18.

7/. HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE HOPE – 1 Peter 1:3

Certainly this applies to man’s eternal future and prospect – 1 Corinthians 15. It is not enough to have hope and certainty with regard to this world and life – v19. He offers the broad scope and prospect of eternity that assures of a future that will be pleasurable, profitable and without end. There is an inheritance yet to be possessed of infinite worth.

CONCLUSION

The simple thing is: make sure that one knows the Lord and that life is enriched by Him at all levels.

From this day forward He wills to make a difference to you and your affairs.

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Rev. E. Anderson

THE GREAT LONGINGS OF THE LORD 

This is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction, main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit and inspiration.

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What is evident in this section are the rich, deep and consistent desires of the Lord with regard to His people. He does not conceal the truth with respect to His own personal longings with regard to their conduct and future. These are made plain in the words of the prophet. Nothing but the good, choice and best was entertained in His mind and heart concerning them and how He yearned that they would respond to those things that mattered.

1/. HE LONGED FOR A GENUINE CHANGE IN THEM – vv1-5

There is this deep-seated desire that they will truly repent and turn from their wicked ways. He would even put the words in their minds and hearts saying ‘Let us return to the Lord’ so great is the concern in His being. If only they will make earnest and honest movement to Him He will be there in a flash to receive and restore. But He knows that anything of that nature that may be revealed is but a flash in the pan; it is short-lived and so there is no hope of anything permanent. It is like morning mist or dew, quick to come and go – v4.

2/. HE LONGED FOR A GRACIOUS DISPOSITION IN THEM – v6

There is this strong desire that some real kindness in spirit would be birthed and expressed in and through them. They had become very callous and hard with no heart or good-will. Their attitude towards one another was brutal and left much to be desired. The process and product of sin had made them hard.

3/. HE LONGED THAT THEY WOULD REALLY KNOW HIM – v6

The sad thing about it all was they had not come to a real knowledge and experience of Him. If only they had known an intimate fellowship and union with Him things would have been so vastly different. He was not interested in ritual and ceremony but in reality and communion.

4/. HE LONGED TO SEE THEIR FORTUNES ALTERED – v11

It is openly stated in v11 that He “wanted so much to restore the fortunes of my people!” He had no pleasure in seeing them degraded and downtrodden and missing out on the natural blessings of life. The reason why He had made and preserved them as His special possession was that He might see them blessed in every way and made the envy of the nations. He wanted them to be a wonderful testimony to His great goodness so that other nations would become switched on to Him. Even though they had been reduced to such a low condition it was essential for them top know that it was still in His heart to see all restored.

CONCLUSION

Knowing that these were the wholesome desires of the Lord should have had some decided effect upon this ancient people for good, but, alas! this was not to be. It has to be remembered that these rich longings still are existent in the Lord for His people today. It is imperative that we do not disappoint Him. This being so, we shall not be disappointed by Him.

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