ernestanderson
July 4th – 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

When you know you are doing the right thing do not let go because such may never return your way. Jacob, at the ford Jabbok,was wrestling and under great pressure but he would not bow or bend cost what it may. He said to his heavenly visitor: “I will not let go unless you bless me” – Genesis 28. That is the kind of stuff that the LORD is looking for in you. There has to be birthed and developed in you tenacity and determination of will so what is happening for good is realised and brought to fruition for good. Hold on and in there until you witness the favour of the LORD is abundantly manifested in your life and ministry. Christ hung in there literally at the Cross because He knew it was worth dying for! And what results occurred because He would not let go! Follow His example.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

How precious is your loving kindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings” – Psalm 36:7

Both the NIV and the NLT versions of the Bible call God’s loving-kindness His unfailing love in this passage of Scripture. It is comforting to be reminded that all humanity is welcome to take refuge in the shadow of Papa’s wings. Day or night, His wings are spread open wide enough, so that every person on this planet can find protection in the secret place of the Most High.

Whether we take God up on His offer of shelter is more of the question at hand. We are free to respond to His love or reject it. No matter how we respond to Him, His promise stands forever. His love is steadfast and unfailing. We can find refuge in His wings if we just choose to believe that this is the truth.

The tragedy is that so many people go through their entire lives without ever knowing this powerful promise. An even greater tragedy is when those of us who know this promise somehow forget that this can be a tangible reality that we can live in for the rest of our lives.

My encouragement today is for you to quiet yourself and ask Papa God to show you what it looks like for you to take refuge under the shadow of His wings. He is waiting for you to respond to His invitation. This is a promise that we can trust in because our heavenly Dad keeps all His promises!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford

VINDICATION

When Paul speaks of “Great is the mystery of Godliness” He emphasises the essence of the Gospel story as summed up in the life and experience of the Lord Jesus. He was manifested in Incarnation, justified by the Resurrection, under constant angelic, world-wide declaration, universal acceptation and etemal glorification.

The phrase “justified in the Spirit” (1 Tim 3:16) is rightly translated in the NlV by “vindicated by the Spirit”, a fact endorsed by His resurrection, as Romans 1:4 also indicates.
The whole ministry and mission of Jesus, apparently terminated by His crucifixion, is shown to be totally vindicated as His declared life-purpose.
His Gospel was shown to be true. ln raising Him from the dead, the Father declared His total acceptance of His Son as the Saviour of men, as the Mediator of His covenant, and as the Consummator of etemal purpose to “gather my saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice” (Psalm 50:5).

Jesus is the fulfilment of Old Testament precept and promise, the realisation of its types and shadows, the representation of its ideals and covenants. And all this is confirmed and assured by His resurrection.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“In judging and censuring our brethren, we meddle with that which does not belong to us: we have work enough to do at home; and, if we must needs be judging, let us exercise our faculty upon our own hearts and ways” – Henry

“He has the right to criticize who has a heart to help” – Abraham Lincoln

“It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of truth” – Locke

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
A SLAVE OF GOD – Thomas Addington

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” – James 1:1
In New Testament times, slavery was Widespread. As a matter of fact, the social structure and economy of the Roman Empire depended upon slave labour. Slaves performed a variety of tasks: from factory work and mining to medicine and secretarial work, from farming and business management to cooking and teaching. Because of its prevalence in biblical times, much spiritual meaning and application has been drawn from the concept of slavery.

The word for “servant” used in James 1:1 is the Greek word doulos, which means “slave” or “servant.” Positioned inside the word doulos are a host of deep and meaningful concepts that add dimension to a believer’s relationship to his Master and Lord, Jesus.

First, there is the concept of alien: (strangers) and citizens (John 15:16-20; 17:6—16; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13-16). Followers of Jesus are not simply a familiar group of folks who cluster on Sunday. We are an assembly of men and women who are only passing through this life. Our ultimate address is heaven.

The second concept is that of adoption, a procedure found in many legal systems through which a person leaves his natural family and enters another family. As believers in Jesus, we have been adopted into God’s family with all the rights and privileges therein (Romans 9:4; Ephesians,1:5; Galatians 414-5). –

The third concept has to do with inheritance. When a servant joins God’s family, he or she is positioned for tremendous spiritual inheritance. The bounty and benefits that belong to Jesus are duly transferred to each of us (Ephesians 1:18-19).

The final concept is redemption. A servant belonged to his master but could be freed if someone purchased his freedom for him. According to Romans 6, we were born slaves to sin but Jesus purchased us with his life and death (1 Peter 1:18-19).
So when James opens his letter by calling himself a servant of God, he’s not just giving himself a title that looks good on a business card. It is a rich label he has attached to himself as a follower of Jesus Christ. If you had written this book, would you have been able to give yourself the same title?

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