welcome to this christian website

Nov 9th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Because you have come to a dynamic faith in Christ, and by reason of Him and His promises living in you, plus the incoming of the Holy Spirit, you were born to be a conqueror Not only are you able to deal with the oppositions and obstacles in a positive manner, you are prepared to invite the enemy to use what he can to defeat you, knowing that He that is in you is far greater than all that is set against. You are in a favoured situation in Christ where victory is assured because He provides all the means for conquest. Never will He forsake or let you down but always be present so you become a formidable opponent of all that would destroy. He who won the day will enable you each day to succeed because you have always the  Divine Conqueror within you.

SACRED SONGS

Jesus, the very Thought of Thee

This is a choice song with some very endearing words to be sung directly to the LORD. They are an outward expression of what the Christian believer really feels about His Lord and Saviour. There are supreme and ideal moments when the soul and spirit cries out in adoration of Him who means so much because of who He is and what He has done. Why not sing or at least mouth these words lovingly before Him today and sense His beautiful presence and influence in your being and life.

1/. Jesus, the very thought of Thee With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see, And in Thy presence rest.

2/. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame, Nor can the mem’ry find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest name, O Saviour of mankind!

3/. O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art! How good to those who seek!

4/. All those who find Thee find a bliss Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is, None but His loved ones know.

 

5/. Jesus, our only joy be Thou, As Thou our prize will be;
Jesus, be Thou our glory now, And through eternity.

“Jesus the very thought of thee” was originally penned by Bernard of Clairvaux in the 1100s. The son of a knight, Bernard grew up with wealth, power, and opportunities. Instead of pursuing these things in his adult life, however, Clairvaux abandoned his earthly luxuries and became a monk. In this hymn we can see how devout and sincere Clairvaux was. The text expresses the feeling of joy and bliss that only Christ can provide.

Bernard of Clairvaux, saint, abbot, and doctor, fills one of the most conspicuous positions in the history of the middle ages. His father, Tecelin, or Tesselin, a knight of great bravery, was the friend and vassal of the Duke of Burgundy. Bernard was born at his father’s castle on the eminence of Les Fontaines, near Dijon, iu Burgundy, in 1091. He was educated at Chatillon, where he was distinguished for his studious and meditative habits. The world, it would be thought, would have had overpowering attractions for a youth who, like Bernard, had all the advantages that high birth, great personal beauty, graceful manners, and irresistible influence could give, but, strengthened in the resolve by night visions of his mother (who had dies!

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHANGE

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – George Bernard Shaw

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GIVING ALL TO RECEIVE ALL – Matthew 19: 16-30

Regrettably the young man made the wrong decision although he asked the right question. He was not willing to give his goods to bless others and neither was he ready to follow Christ the One who truly gives life. It meant giving all to receive all. He came to the right person to seek for the possession of the life of the Eternal, God’s quality life. However he is too concerned and committed to the natural and the material to surrender them for something infinitely better and certainly lasting. He lost out on the great challenge and deal that Christ was offering. If only he had blessed others with his goods and then pursued the Blessed One, what an inheritance he would have gained!

Peter the outspoken one then says: “Behold, we have forsaken all and followed You; what shall we have therefore?” –v27. Christ makes it clear that the rewards are great for those who truly abandon themselves to Him. He said: “they shall receive an hundredfold and shall inherit everlasting life” –v29. One may not have everything now but at the end of life’s journey and service the compensation will be excellent. The investment will have proved sound and sensible. All will have been provided for now but the ultimate reward is out of this world!

Make sure that you are investing your life and goods in and for the Lord thus ensuring the grace of His blessing on a greater and fuller scale. As you are freed from selfish living and concern, and devote yourself and all you have to Him and others, you will in no way lack. Boundless blessing waits as you live a released life, giving all to Him you will discover He is your All in All. Open your whole life to all and you will know God’s open hands in double blessing to you in life and fulfilment.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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TOTAL EXPOSURE

AMOS 7-8

The prophet is to be given a complete exposure of the actual state of God’s people and it was to become very obvious that they deserved immediate judgment. The Lord was not going over the top on the issue but had acted with great restraint on this, but facts could not be denied. Amos was a divine seer and God gave him something to see and perceive in these unveilings. He was not left to the mercy of his own assumptions, thoughts and conclusions but was truly made aware where matters stood. He evidently spoke out against all that was taking place and was not a welcome spokesman as can be seen from 7: 10—17; 8. A series of visions are given and the ultimate one shows the utterly rottenness of this nation.

1/. THE PORTRAYAL OF DESOLATION –vv1,2

The locusts of green worms had done a devastating work and were the start of awful judgment. It seems that nothing would remain if left to continue. It spelt utter economic ruin for the people and forecasted a hopeless state. It was to throw things into crisis. The locusts were indicative, too, of the evil that had eaten the spiritual life. Nothing really left of value. Would they survive? Revive? The prophet asks and God shows mercy.

2/. THE PORTRAYAL OF DEHYDRATION – vv4-7

Somehow the water of the land was gone and so the land and everything was dehydrated The subterranean passages were but a raging fire consuming the life-giving content and what was in evidence was a scorched earth policy. This thing spelt added ruin. Everything withering and dying meant no prospects and the death of the people. The water levels had all dried up and so the intercession of the prophet and the divine answer.

3/. THE PORTRAYAL DELINEATION – vv7,8

The plumb line placed against the bowed wall reveals how hopelessly out of line the nation was in relation with God and with regard to His standard word. The nation had not been built according to His design and purpose and it was inevitable that it would fall down. This exposure really showed how matters stood and made it clear and certain that judgment was inevitable.

4/. THE PORTRAYAL OF DEGENERATION – 8: 1,2

The basket of summer fruit was not in an edible condition. It was not fit for consumption because it had really over matured and gone off. There was no way that anyone would touch such. Eating such would be vile and obnoxious. It was a picture of God’s people and there was no cause for pleasure at all in them..  It is apparent that the prophet makes no intercession here.

CONCLUSION

How imperative to get a true picture of the actual state of affairs.

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