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Sep 18th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

A GOLDEN PROMISE from the Bible

 RESTING IN PEACE

“I will make them to lie down in safety” – Hosea 2: 18. Yes, the Saints are to have peace. The passage from which this gracious word is taken speaks of peace ‘with beasts of the fields, and with the fowls of the heavens, and with creeping things of the ground’. This is peace with eartly enemies, with mysterious evils, and with little annoyances! Any of these might keep us from lying down, but none of them shall do so The Lord will quite destroy those things which threaten His peope: ‘I will break the bows and the sword, and the battle out of the earth’. Peace will be profound indeed when all the instruments of disquiet are broken to pieces. Charles H. Spurgeon

Thought for the Day

DELIGHT

It is not a case of what you delight in but who that makes all the difference to life and living. The psalmist puts it simply and clearly for you to grasp and apply. He declared: “Delight yourself also in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart” – Psalm 37: 4. This is one thing you must learn to do on a daily basis. He is to become your chief pleasure and cause of joy in the everyday of your existence. Giving Him first place and offering to Him your joyous gladness paves the way for Him to plant in your being those things that will culminate in your greatest good and happiness. You will discover Him working things out regularly that will enhance your person and faith and bring testimony to His ability.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Dr. Billy Graham

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A HOUSE OF PRAYER – 1 Kings 8: 22-66

In the dedication of this divine place, Solomon consecrated the sanctuary as a house of prayer. This was to be one of the primary functions of this Holy Place; a venue where people would meet the God of Israel and offer their prayers to Him. It was excellent to see the king setting the pattern in attitude and word as he made the first petition at the altar. He set the standard and the tone for those that belonged to God’s people on how to pray and what to pray about. He addressed the Lord in a most respectful manner as he opened up his heart towards Him – v22, recognizing His uniqueness, character, grace and ability. He knew full well that this wonderful sanctuary could not house God and that it was but a venue, a meeting place, to communicate with Him on the issues of life – vv27, 28.

There was the petitioning of God that this house of prayer would take on power and significance in the future. When God’s people would fail through sin and make supplication from the sanctuary, he asked that God would respond in grace and restore His people and cause His blessing to be theirs.

It is rather noteworthy that Christ called the Temple in His day, ‘the House of Prayer’ thus highlighting a main purpose for its existence – Matthew 21: 13. He was saddened by the fact of the abuse of the Holy Sanctuary. As we gather with other Christians, we are God’s dwelling place and our privilege is to be able to present our requests to Him and discover His lavished favour in answers of a wonderful nature. The Lord that answered the king will respond to you as the spiritual conditions are fully met. Treat Him and His house with respect and reap the benefit!

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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A DECLARATION OF LOVE

HOSEA 11

This is quite some chapter that makes in no uncertain way and terms the immense and intense love of Jehovah for His own people. At the outset, Hosea is called upon to love and demonstrate love for a woman in quite an amazing manner, illustrating His love.  Here, the Lord discloses the tremendous affection that He has borne and still bears to His elect Household. God’s people are summoned to reflect upon and recognise the depth of desire and love that their God has towards them. The knowledge of this should have impacted their beings and brought about a fundamental and essential spiritual change in them.

1/. IT HAD BEEN REVEALED AT THEIR BEGINNINGS – v1

From the earliest moment He had set His affections upon them. He had clearly and dearly loved them when they were they were small and when they were in unfavourable circumstances in Egypt. He was not put off but in the time of espousal, whilst young and small, He had made them the apple of His eye, His choice possession. He could look back to the start without embarrassment and affirm, they had fixed themselves in His heart.

2/. IT HAD BEEN MANIFESTED IN HIS CALLINGS – v2

Throughout their history, amidst all their sin and indifference, there had been no want of love on His part and this was reflected in the way He had used many good messengers to speak to His own. They were words from His heart and they should have appealed in a strong and personal way to them. The call overall was the call of love.

 3/. IT HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN HIS UNTOLD CARE – v3

There is the disclosure that throughout He had been watching over them diligently, taking them by the hand in their infancy and seeking to bless them in every way. He was jealous of their good and development. They had been able to take their place in the world of nations because of His intervention, goodness and love. He went to great lengths to see them advanced.

 4/. IT HAD BEEN IN HIS UTTER CONSISTENCY – v8

Though they had miserably failed and fallen short and brought much trouble on themselves, He could and would not ‘give them up.’ His love was tested to the hilt but did not breakdown. His love endured and persisted in spite of all the way they had treated Him. He is bound to them in an eternal manner.

 5/. IT WILL BE EXPRESSED IN THE ULTIMATE – vv10,11

Although they are to be reduced to great straits and seemingly written off, His love could not be written off, so they would be renewed and their future would be restored. His love would come shining through and be recognised at last. The love of Jehovah is a profound message that must be meditated upon and its effect should be dynamically manifested in the hearts of His elect people.

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