welcome to this christian website

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June 19th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

As you meet each day you need to be energised and fortified by your LORD so that you are up to its requirements. He wisely knows what is before and is able to provide the wherewithal so that you can readily rise to perform and accomplish what is necessary and do a great job. Your time waiting on and for Him is vital to true and worthwhile accomplishments. Neglect of Him and His daily input will place you in a vulnerable and vincible place. He invites you to draw near to Him so that you can draw from Him the eternal and sufficient resource of life, wisdom and power so that you will not be at the mercy of your weakness or even others. Time taken out with Him ahead of everyone and everything pays off in large dividends. So let Him impart all that He is of Himself and goodness and so be well-prepared for this day!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.” – Isaiah 43: 2
I took this photo when my wife and I were in New Zealand a few years back. These volcanic geysers continually release boiling hot water onto the earth’s surface and it is a truly amazing sight to see. In the natural, no one could walk through these gushing waters without getting burned.

Yet in this Bible verse, God says that even if we walk through fire, we will not be burned. When I think of this promise, I do not think of passing through literal waters or fires, but the raging waters and fires of adversity that we all face in life. The NLT Bible calls it ‘the fire of oppression’ that we sometimes experience. I find great comfort in knowing that God promises that He will be with us as we go through our trials and that ultimately these trials will not overcome us.
One day when Jesus comes back or we go home to be with Him, we will be in a place where there is no more pain or suffering. But in this life, we will continue to experience hardships simply because we live in a fallen world. The next time you go through a difficult experience, remember God’s promise to be with you in the midst of the trial.

My prayer is that the flames of adversity will not consume you as you pass through them. May you be kept safe in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91) no matter what life throws at you!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THINGS GOD CANNOT DO

The exam is over. A tired little examinee prays at bedtime: “Please God make Copenhagen the capital of Japan – if it is only for a week or so.”
So relates Rita Snowden, well-known Christian writer, adds: “She will not have learning enough for life, till she understands that there are some things that even cannot do.”

God cannot deny himself (2 Tim 2:13). He is constant, He is consistent, He is changeless. No disbelief of man can affect divine immutability. “l am the Lord, I change not” (Mal 3:6). lf He is God He cannot change: He cannot improve, for perfection admits of no degrees; He will not grow less, for Deity denies deterioration. He will ever remain true to Himself.

God cannot contradict himself. His promises remain secure, His precepts are sure. God does not “repent”: He may change His methods in dealing with man (Gal 6:6), but He never changes His mind (1 Sam 15:29).

All this has a two-fold meaning for us. It is a consolation, for God will always have mercy on a penitent sinner; it is a challenge, for no man can oppose God and win: He is both Rewarder and Retributer.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The man who covets is always poor” – Claudian

“Though the home is a palace, yet to a discontented mind it is a prison” -Henry

“Those that will not be content with their allotments shall not have the comfort of their achievements” – Henry

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor” – Seneca

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
GUARANTEED RESULTS – Thomas Addington

“There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve” – Ecclesiastes 8:14

We need to guard against developing a personal sense of manifest destiny, the assurance that certain outcomes are inevitable. Salvation is not a promissory note for health, wealth, and success. Just ask ]ob or Joseph or David——or for that matter, any man or woman who has walked with God for any length of time. The life of faith is not walked on an easy road.

We can try all we want, but we cannot manipulate the results of the actions we take. Yes, we can plan in a way that is intended to achieve good results. At times we can manage to get good results from other people. We can even hand out rewards based on results. But ultimately, we are not in control of results. And we were never meant to be.

Results are hidden in the hands of God. We cannot see them in advance. He dispenses them in His timing and according to His will. Understanding this is fundamental not only to our faith, but also to our state of mind. We may fight to impose our will on God, but we will always lose. God wants obedient sons and daughters, not prima donnas who whine because they did not get what they wanted.

Does this mean that we shouldn’t be results-oriented? Of course not. In today’s economy, businesses, organizations, and markets live and die by results. But even they can’t control the results, despite the millions of dollars they spend trying. Focusing on results may improve our odds of success, and we should make every effort to excel in what we do. But favourable results are never guaranteed. The only true guarantee comes from our heavenly Father, the One Who promises that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28).

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