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Nov 15th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson



Know that today the Lord is your All-Sufficient One, and that means, there is no deficiency with Him. He does not lack on any front. Whatever your need and demand is, He is always up to your requirements. The LORD made total provision for His people as they came out of Egypt, and as they travelled through the wilderness, and with the prospect of even greater bestowments in the Promised Land. Christ in His ministry proved He could cater for every position no matter how desperate the state.  The infant Church also proved He was up to every demand. Paul lays it down emphatically to the Christian believers in Philippi: “My God SHALL supply all your need ACCORDING TO His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” – Phil 4: 19. So look only to Him in faith and prayer and you will experience the abundant and blessing of His provision. He loves to work lovingly and extravagantly for His own.


When the Roll is Called up Yonder

This was a favourite that often wound up the great convention meetings of past days where saint from various churches gather. It became an affirmation of their commitment to be present at the ultimate gathering of all the saints when Christ shall return. How it was sung with a sense of pleasure, zest and faith at the glorious prospect of the greatest, fulfilled gathering ever. “I’ll be there” was an indication of being there at the most glorious meeting of all.

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder is an 1893 hymn with words and music by James Milton Black. The song was inspired by the idea of The Book of Lifementioned in the Bible, and by the absence of a child in Black’s Sunday school class when the attendance was taken.[1] The idea of someone’s being not in attendance in heaven haunted Black, and after visiting the child’s home and calling on a doctor to attend her for pneumonia, he went home and wrote the song after not finding one on a similar topic in his hymn collection.[2] The song’s lyrics were first published in a collection titled Songs of the Soul and the song has since been translated into at least 14 languages and sung all over the world in a variety of Christian denominations.[3] There are more than 500 versions available on such sites as Amazon, recorded by various artists such as Loretta LynnJohnny CashJim Nabors, and Willie Nelson, to the traditional tune. The lyrics have also been set to new music by contemporary gospel artists such as Doris Johnson. In 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created a stir in the British press when he quoted the hymn in response to a question about when the Big Three were going to meet; stated the Winnipeg Free Press: “Mr. Churchill, in one of his somewhat puckish moods, replied that he did not know, but, he added irreverently, ‘When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.'” The British press expressed surprise at Churchill, anAnglican, being familiar with a hymn more associated with MethodismPresbyterianism, and other “chapel” denominations or the revival meetings of Dwight L. Moodyand Ira D. Sankey or R. A. Torrey and Charles McCallon Alexander, whereas the Free Press speculated that Churchill might well have heard the “catchy” tune in the street meetings held by the Salvation Army.[4] He might also have remembered the lyrics from the 1941 movie Sergeant York

1/.  When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more, and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,  and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

When the roll is called up yonder, repeat 3 times When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

2/.  On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise, and the glory of His resurrection share;
When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

3/.  Let us labour for the Master from the dawn till setting sun; let us talk of all His wondrous love and care;
Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done, and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]


Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith – Steve Jobs


A MAJOR LESSON TO BE LEARNED – Matthew 21: 18-46

The Lord seized hold of the opportunity to drive home a very telling lesson to His disciples on the principle and power of faith. They had witnessed Him cursing a fig tree for the absence of fruit and saw it immediately die and wither away. It rather astonished them that His word could do such a thing. He had deliberately done this because He wanted to teach them on this crucial, spiritual fact and reality. They needed to get hold of this because they were to see so much accomplished by and through faith.

He sought to upgrade their ability to believe especially in the reality of prayer so that they would see great things happen. The promise given is: “And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” –v22. As they truly believed within their beings they would see the extraordinary occur. Jesus said: “It shall be done.” The word there is ‘Amen’, and this is the Hebrew word of faith. The Lord was sowing this spirit and assurance in them so that they would carry this in their minds and hearts at all times. The ‘Amen’ needed to be living inside of them.

You need to be a big believer in Christ, His Word and in the dynamic of prayer. Your life will be an adventure and your work exciting as you take this divine inspiration into your being and nourish it continually. The mountainous problems that confront can all be effectively dealt with in your knowledge of God and His power to perform in every situation. The Lord desires big believers and you can be one of them as you allow divine faith to be birthed and developed. See God at work in those things that are thought impossible today and gain a great testimony to God’s glory.


Reading: Romans 8

Text : v 19 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” SFB  “The whole of creation stands on tip-toe waiting for the sons of God to come into their own” – another translation


GOD THE CREATOR: The Bible clearly presents, without question, God is the Creator. The opening chapter gives a detailed revelation with regard to the creation of this world in its stages, culminating in the formation and appearance of man – Geneses 1. This is also highlighted and underscored in Isaiah 40. He does not question His own ability and neither should we. We must not put God out of the equation because he certainly does not put us out of the equation.

CHRIST’S ADVENT AND MISSION: The real reason for His coming was in order to bring into being something that God has always had in His mind from the eternal past, to be worked out in and through Him in his world and time. His object was not simply to live a perfect life and serve as an example to all mankind, but to bring into being a spanking new creation of an extraordinary nature and order. His purpose was not simply to patch up humanity but to initiate a brand new creation that would be entirely different. As the Son of God who became the Son of Man, His object on behalf of the Triune God, was to make sons of men into sons of God. This is what is to be understood and appreciated. Such would require a miracle and supernatural act! God the Father has always purposed and planned that He would have an authentic new creation of beings that would be conformed to the image of His Son and be intimately introduced into the Family of the Godhead.

SCRIPTURAL DIRECTIVE AND ASSURANCE: John makes this very clear in the outset of His Gospel by stating: “But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, right, privilege, to become the children (sons) of God, (that is, to those believe in) adhere to, trust in and rely on) His name” – John1: 12. Later on he reveals he has not changed his understanding or stance on the matter but clearly affirms the status of the Christian believer – “Beloved, we are ( even here and) now God’s children (sons)” – 1 John 3:1. It has to be really understood that Christianity is radical and is a life-changing transformational factor and force and is altogether unique. Nothing comparable to it! “Therefore if any person is (engrafted) in  Christ, he is  a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” – 2  Cor 5: 17

It has to be understood that whilst this text embraces that which is futuristic and extends beyond the confines of this world, it does have present meaning and application. It is not something of an eternal forecast of the ages to come but is relevant now. Creation is looking for the appearance and demonstration of the sons of God in the immediate. In no way is it simply, by and by, but it is to be known and introduced in the present. Whilst Christ was here He made it abundantly clear that He the Son of God in human form (see John’s Gospel) desires that His appearance, life and ministry will re-appear in those have received Him and His Sonship, too. Note that one of the tasks of the Holy Spirit is to install this knowledge and assurance – “The Spirit Himself bears witness with out spirit that we are the children (sons) of God” – Romans 8: 16. You can call God Father if you are in His Family! Christ came unto His own in this world; He is yet to come into His own in a greater way at His second advent. He encourages the sons of God now to enter into an inheritance besides awaiting the bigger manifestation.

It is good to be encouraged to see and witness people who came into their own in God in their day and generation and be ready to go for it. All these fold were ordinary yet became extraordinary.


Who would have thought that an old man at 75 years of age would have dared to be different and do something different! But that was the challenge that came to Abraham and he was ready for the change in every way. All seeming security was thrown to the winds as he was ready to step out in and with God into a glorious new future. Ur of the Chaldees would have to be left behind with its false religion and accommodating gods. There was something infinitely better as he heard Jehovah, the God of the ever-now speak golden promises and hopes for what lie ahead.

“Now the LORD had said to Abram, get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” – Genesis 12; 1-43. Never did he think he would become one of the greatest individuals of history and his record be in the greatest book, the Bible. He possibly never considered he would be the start of a great nation with such immense prospects and that would introduce the greatest King and Kingdom that would be of eternal existence and considerations and so on.


His great grand-son would also achieve immense privilege and fame as he began to sense that he was no ordinary individual. He may have been born into a large family of sons and he not be regarded much by his brothers but he live on the tip toe of expectancy sensing that there was something good in the pipe-line for him. He wasn’t simply to while himself along without some knowledge of grandeur ahead. The dreams that he received from on high imparted and assurance that destiny awaited to come to pass in due time.

Of course, he was unaware of all that was to occur before such came to ultimate realisation. He would be sorely tested and tried and be in the situation they were incapable of being brought to pass. But because he was a son of God, he believed that in some miraculous manner his circumstances would alter and be promoted and projected into an honourable and responsible role. His time in the Egyptian household did have some worth in that God had exalted him from a slave to chief steward! It was something to cling to!

You have to review life and see where the Lord has led and brought you and to be aware of the fact it is preparation for something nobler. Do not surrender your God-given calling and workings!


Of all people who had been subjected to a very chequered career, Moses must have wondered what on earth lay in front of him. He was aware of his origins and even though reared in a great palace with seemingly high prospects and hopes from a natural angle, he must have inwardly sensed he was one of God’s special sons. Frustration must have been his lot and he wondered how all that pent up knowledge and feeling would find release and fulfilment.

When he finishes up simply as a shepherd looking after a flock of sheep he must have wondered how all was to end. Inwardly a conviction burned and blazed within that something extraordinary should have happened or happen. All that was located and been fed within him called out of fulfilment.

God did break through and reveal His vital interest in Him and his future – Exodus 3. He is given a disclosure and interpretation of Jehovah – the I Am that I Am and this he was to prove as he embraced his sonship and leadership. What a titanic personality he turned out to be and staggering historic things took place through his ministry and service! After God made him he did not fall apart took on an enormous task.


It is not all left to the men-folk. Women can specialize in becoming sons of God who manifest their unique accord with God. Formidable in the list is a woman called Hannah. She was not the kind of person to take seeming defeat and the negative lying down. She believed she had the title right of being a mother and bearer of children. Humanly speaking it looked as if nature was against her and that she would have to content herself in being a good wife.

But she was to have none of it. She had the faith and the tenacity to see this state radically transformed. In no way was she going to sit back and let circumstances governed. She believed in Jehovah and the power of prayer and would not be put off by the pressure of Penninah who made a mockery of her. It was hard going but she knew who she was and the means by which this barren state could be more than answered. Even when the high priest questioned her state she is not put off in any way. When he spoke she took his words in faith and expected their fulfilment. She sensed they were prophetic. He said: “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him” – 1 Samuel 1; 17. No wonder she called the baby Samuel, ‘asked of God’. And what a son of God he turned out to be! She not only came into her own, her son did, too.


Esther in her beginning appears to be a non-descript and comes out of the shadows to occupy quite an amazing role. Ahasuerus, king of Persia ruled. He called a feast and Vashti the queen dishonoured him and so was deposed. In a providential manner this beautiful Jewish girl comes to be the stately queen and entered into it with grace, charm and acceptability. Little did she realise that down the track there would come a situation where she would have to reveal her true status.

Her race is threatened to extinction by the wicked manoeuvrings of Haman an enemy of the Jews and she is called upon to stand in the gap and exercise great understanding, faith and skill. Thankfully she was nerved and assisted by her good and godly uncle, Mordecai, and they saw Jehovah work an incredible miracle of salvation that not only saved the nation but advanced Mordecai and enhanced her situation. Instead of trying to save her own kin she is prepared to put herself on the line and trust in the LORD for His help. And it was not wanting!

At this time, in our world, church and nation, the summons is for people who know what they are here for. Being an integral part of the new creation in Christ means we are here to bring dramatic change. Instead of being run down and over by evil opposition, it is time again for the King and Kingdom of God to find expression. John Wesley. William Booth refused to accept the status quo and sensed it was time to dynamically alter things! 


The departure of Christ was not to be the end of the story, the termination point where all was over. It would have been easy to have become depressed and pessimistic when the LORD left them to return to heaven. The mantle and movement was to fall and rest on their shoulders and a difference of an astronomical nature was to be expected. Where Christ had left off they were to begin in a great manner and measure through the advent and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They were not eft to endeavour on their own but stand on tip toe expecting greater developments. Things were not to remain the same. A new a greater door of opportunity was about to be flung wide open and they were to lead the way in grand style.

They become imbued, inspired and indwelt by the third member of the Godhead who is under no illusions as to what can be wrought. Suddenly they are transformed individuals and as a whole body are used to make immediate impact upon the great, illustrious city. Many things had occurred there but this was to make history that would not be forgotten – Acts 2.

Not only a great throng assembled, they were brought under the sound of the Christian Gospel for the first time and the consequence, 3,000 people became Christians – Acts 2:41. Peter the failure was galvanized into a powerful preacher, miracle -worker and proclaimed Christ with great results. In he next chapter, Peter and John are at it again offering healing to a crippled man and the church grew to about 5,000 – Acts 4:4. And they were not afraid to give a defence of their actions – Acts 4.


Barnabas was a quiet man who came into the infant Church and was prepared to commit himself entirely to its life and growth. Financially he made it his business to contribute to the needs of others by selling off a parcel of ground. Besides this, he was always around to back up and bless the leadership as they did all they could to attend to the tremendous demands. He came into his own in God in a humble but praiseworthy fashion little realising what lay ahead.

The need of another group of believers that had formed into an assembly was crying out for leadership and he is chosen to and help the new situation –see Acts 11:19-24. When he arrived he witnessed that the LORD had done so much good and he felt he must give himself unreservedly to seeing the folks increase in faith and Christian maturity. They could not have had a better example to copy.He shows his initiative by calling upon Saul, now Paul, to aid in the ministry so that things would intensify –Acts 11:25, 26. Things were not allowed to become static. Eventually both of them move out again to fulfil a great calling – Acts 13:1. What had occurred was preparation for something bigger!


It is good to take into account what others have really accomplished in their day against, sometime impossible odds. They never gave up but won through, seized the day and hour, making a great testimony to the Almighty, bringing Him praise and manifesting their immense worth and potential.

The privilege of this lat hour and end time, the opportunity is now yours and ours to finishing up on a praiseworthy note.









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