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Jan 2nd – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We start with the word ‘meditation’ and see its relevance to an effectual, blessed faith and lifestyle.

Meditating on God’s Word

Two psalms give due emphasis on this regular procedure to be adopted if there is to be great progress and success. Psalm 1:2 underlines the great fact that the blessed person is the one whose “Delight is in the law of the Lord: and in His law doth he meditate day and night”. You must be spiritually quickened to be committed to the act of daily making God’s Word the subject of your deep thought and consideration. In the law of the Lord is a progressive unfolding of God himself, of His plans for life and living, of assurances and promises that He wills to bring to pass in your life of an extraordinary nature. God’s Word will give strength to you to perform that which is sure to succeed and be blessed. Remember: “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God2 – see Matt 4: 4.

Develop a Bible reading plan and procedure and have a note book handy to record the things would say to you and what He would have you do. He still speaks through the sacred Scriptures today. Follow the example of Christ who made the Old Testament the basis of His life and work and that is why He was approved by heaven and earth and holds first place.

SACRED SONGS

Make me a Captive Lord

This was a prayer of George Matheson the composer of the hymn. A servant who served as a slave in an old Hebrew household could be cause of his appreciation of his master sell himself into bondage. It was a pleasure to him to so in the light of his owner’s kindness and goodness. So, we, at the forepart of this year can offer ourselves to the best master of all, Christ, coming under His ownership and discipleship for good and His gain.

Few hymns capture the paradoxical nature of the Christian faith as well as “Make me a captive, Lord.” The text piles on apparent contradictions that only make sense to Christians.

Stanza one contains three profound paradoxes of the Christian: When I become a “captive” to Christ, then “I shall be free;’” If I “render up [the] sword” of my own desires, then “I shall [be a] conqueror” and; When I am most vulnerable or “sink in life’s alarms,” I become “strong” when “imprison[ed]” in the shelter of God’s arms.

Perhaps the life of the poet George Matheson (1842-1906) had something to do with his extensive use of the poetic device of paradox. Though nearly blind by age 18, he became a brilliant student at Glasgow University.

He served faithfully and effectively as a minister in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and wrote several books on theology as well as devotional materials. He also left us with one volume of poetry, Sacred Songs (1890).

Matheson was also awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by the University of Edinburgh in 1879 and the LL.D. from the University of Aberdeen in 1902.

Perhaps the context for this hymn comes from the paradox that a nearly blind man in 19th-century Scotland became, according to hymnologist William Reynolds, “[w]idely known and greatly respected [as well as] one of the outstanding Scottish Presbyterian ministers of his day.

1/.  Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword,  and I shall conqueror be.
I sink in life’s alarms  when by myself I stand;
Imprison me within thine arms,  and strong shall be my hand

2/.  My heart is weak and poor until it master find;
It has no spring of action sure,  it varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move till thou hast wrought its chain;
Enslave it with thy matchless love, and deathless it shall be.

3/. My power is faint and low till I have learned to serve;
It lacks the needed fire to glow,  it lacks the breeze to nerve;
It cannot drive the world  until itself be driven;
Its flag can only be unfurled when thou shalt breathe from heaven.

4/. My will is not my own till thou hast made it thine;
If it would reach a monarch’s throne,  it must its crown resign;

It only stands unbent  amid the clashing strife,
When on thy bosom it has leant, and found in thee its life.

QUOTES TO NOTE – motivational

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honouyour creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth – Bradley Whitford

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A REAL CRISIS – 2 Kings 6: 24-33; 7

The situation could not have been worse. The Syrian forces were besieging the city of Samaria. It looked utterly impossible that the city and its inhabitants would be saved out of such an awkward and embarrassing state. Its entire people had been reduced to utter poverty and the point had been reached where mothers were ready to sacrifice their children in order to exist. The king was blaming the Lord and His servant for this and he could see no way out of this extreme emergency. He sought to take it out on the prophet and would have had him executed but Elisha was to be the divine answer to the situation.

In a unique manner God worked the miracle by causing the Syrians to flee leaving all their goods behind so that the people would be remarkably saved. Four lepers became the bearer of good tidings and so the inhabitants could see that this was none other but an act of God. The man who disbelieved that this could occur was trampled under foot in the rush and did not enter into the blessing of deliverance. In and through it all God showed that it did not matter what the predicament was He was able to answer it. He was not to be blamed or underestimated.

Extreme crises are always opportunities for His amazing intervention. When He is allowed to speak and operate then impossible things can take place. He permits His people to get into crisis sometimes because of their wicked behaviour and also to prove that He is interested and committed to work to their good if they will but sincerely seek Him. It could well be you are in acute conditions now and wonder who can help. Be reminded, He is God and desires to express His answer to you.

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