welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen 10th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 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 Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. 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 GOLDEN PROMISE

”In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” – Romans 8:26

The KJV Bible says that the Spirit helps us in our infirmities when we don’t know what to pray for. The NIV Bibles says that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Today’s promise brings good news to everyone who has every felt weak and uncertain of what to pray for. I find it very comforting to know that the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me, is ready, willing and able to help me in my greatest moments of weakness.

But what about the times when I feel strong? What is the role of the Spirit of the living God when I am walking in my own strength? Is He helping me then or is He just waiting for me to be reminded once again that apart from Jesus I can do nothing? (John 15:5) I believe that one of the greatest principles of the kingdom is the principle of weakness. As the Apostle Paul discovered in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, when he was weak, then he was strong because God’s grace was made perfect in his weakness.

If you are feeling weak today, be encouraged! The Spirit of the living God that lives in you will help you in your greatest times of weakness and will even pray through you the words that need to be spoken to the Father when you don’t have the words to pray. May each one of us receive a deeper revelation of the glorious Kingdom principle of weakness today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE JABEZ CONNECTION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The father of a godly man has cause for joy — what pleasure a wise son is! So give your parents joy”.

Read: Proverbs 23: 24,25

Tucked away in the genealogies of book of Chronicles is this amazing about a baby who was born called Jabez – c.f. 1 Chronicles 4: 9,10.  Jabez makes a prayer to the Lord that he might be blessed indeed, have his borders enlarged and that God would be with him and that he would haveno regrets (my paraphrase. The marvellous thing is that the lord granted him his request.

As soon as I read this proverb here in Living Bible, Jabez came immediately to mind. Only because of the phrase in this proverb “may she who gave you birth be happy”. This is in fact the very opposite of Jabez’s mother experience. His birth was so traumatic to that she actually called him ‘Sorrowful’. That is the the meaning of this Hebrew name Jabez, his mother called him this because shebore him with sorrow.

There is no record of her reaction to his prayer and its fulfilment. The fact however, that his life of being blessed by God, along with all the abundance which was to come his way, must have brought her much joy and I venture to suggest that she regretted the day she ever saddled him with a name like ‘Sorrowful’

May God help us, like Jabez, to bring some delight to our parents and cause them great joy.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Matthew Henry

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A REGRETTABLE STATEMENT – Judges 16: 20-20

This is one of those sad commentaries made in the Sacred Book which is a very regrettable statement that was true – “And he wist not that the Lord had departed from him” -v20. He had got so used to and familiar with the Lord’s presence and power coming to him at the crisis moment that he simply expected that He could be simply switched on without ado. He little realised that he had been shorn of divine strength and the ability to perform as previous. The anointing and touch of God had been reduced to something very ordinary and it was only later when he found himself a victim that it dawned on him.

In this instance, he had played fast and loose with his sacred, Nazarite vow. It had become cheapened by allowing this woman to draw the secret out of him and then to fall into her lap in a sleep that would lead to a rude awakening. How foolish to have permitted that which was highly valuable and profitable to be taken away from him by such measures! Nothing could make up for the loss he sustained in the withdrawal of the dynamic power of the Spirit of God. It was not only a loss to him; God’s people were to suffer by reason of this defeat and bankruptcy.

There is a lesson for all that would know and live under the cherished anointing and blessing of the Holy Spirit. He must be wholly and continually respected so that He will always be available to inspire and enable to succeed in dealing with all the demands of life, and certainly with evil oppositions. Make certain that you are not leaving yourself exposed to the evil one that would seek to rob you of this precious legacy and inheritance. It is not wise at any time to fool around with the gifts that God has bequeathed to be used for His glory.

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