welcome to this christian website

June 20th – 2016

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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

”to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified” – Isaiah 61:3

Isaiah 61 is full of amazing promises from God that were fulfilled when Jesus came to the world two thousand years ago. Verse 3 alone contains at least 4 promises that we could take all day to talk about! But in this devotional, I will stick to the promise where God says that He will give us a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Many of the translations that I studied agree with the KJV that God promises a garment (or mantle) of praise for a spirit of heaviness (or despair – NIV). The Amplified version describes the spirit of heaviness as ‘a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit’ that God wants to lift off of us.

We all get discouraged. We all despair at times. Some of us struggle with this more than others. It is part of the human condition. I am thankful that modern medicine has helped us to better understand issues surrounding depression. Through the wisdom that God has provided, there are many helpful medical solutions to treat these issues. We need to be wise and continue to follow our doctor’s advice if we are being treated for such a condition.

But what about those instances in life where a fearful thought or a discouraging thought makes us feel heavy and burdened? What can we do to combat these negative thoughts that come from the enemy of our soul? In today’s promise, we read that God will give us a garment of praise in exchange for our spirit of heaviness.

I am not sure how it works for other people, but for me, when I take my eyes off my circumstances and begin to praise God, then I seem to get a new perspective on things. All of a sudden, my eyes are fixed upward rather than inward and my outlook on the problem starts to change.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

RESENTMENT – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”A rebel’s frustrations are heavier than sand and rocks”.

Read: Proverbs 27:3

Rebellion of any kind is bad enough but where it gets to the point of causing frustration then you are heading for serious trouble

There are of, course certain circumstances when opposition to the status quo might be admissible. We have all heard of the many injustices that have been perpetrated in the world, even in some instances, with the backing of the law of the land. A case in point has been the Lindy Chamberlain case in Australia, where she was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of her baby, when in fact it was ultimately proven to have been taken by a wild dingo. It took thin; years for this lady to strenuously oppose the legal system which perpetrated this injustice, to eventually get her name cleared of this offence

The rebellion that our proverb refers to is that of a disregard for any kind of authority, censure or correction. A disposition bent on going against all the norms of acceptable behaviour Such rebellion is as frustrating to the rebel as it is to the ones rebelled against as there seems to be no way of bringing an acceptable resolution to either party. In either case it is like having to carry a couple of sandbags around your neck every day and the sooner you are able to cut loose from such a burden the better it will be for you.

QUOTES TO NOTE –  H. Jackson Brown (Jnr)

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WHERE GOD LOOKS – 1 Samuel 16: 1-13

God’s plans and purposes must go forward in spite of the let down caused by people who fail to live up to expectations. He was not floundering and in confusion because of Saul’s unfortunate demise but had someone and something in mind that would be a successful replacement. His eyes had moved to an individual that would be schooled in His ways and who was already showing signs of obedience and trust. He was just an early teenager that had a great affection for God and was showing immense promise. Samuel was called upon to go to the family of Jesse because the future king of Israel was amongst his sons – v1.

He had a number of sons that were quite impressive from the natural standpoint and the prophet could easily have made a mistake. The Lord gave him some sound advice that aided him in his assignment – “Look not on his countenance . . . for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” v7. It was essential to get the right person and the Lord would point him out. In this case, it was the least likely that turned out to be the divine choice.

This still appertains today. We are still likely to make mistakes and capable of choosing people according to our own carnal reasoning and judgment. It is imperative that we are prompted by the Lord and have His perception and understanding because He knows people through and through and sees the end from the beginning. He only makes the correct assessment and He is to be trusted. He is able to inspire you to prepare the way for those who will be major successes.

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