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Jan 10th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is ‘communion’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him.

Communion – the Building of Altars – Genesis 12: 8

Abraham, after coming into relationship with God ever desired to know the richness of His input in terms of fellowship. God spoke initially into his life calling him to pilgrimage with Him under is direction and protection. This is what he was ready to do even at the age of 75!  In Genesis 12: 8 is the erection of his firt altar which became a genuine practise in his life. He wanted Jehovah to know beyond any doubt that he was seeking to enjoy the art of divine fellowship.

The altar also became a very important factor in the nation of Israel in its association with God. Jehovah pitched His tent, The Tabernacle, amongst them indicating He was seeking a constant fellowship with them. There was both the Brazen Altar for Sacrifice outside and the Gold altar inside which was indicative of fellowship. He showed by this gesture He primarily concerned about a deep union and accord with this people.

Christ came an at the Altar of Calvary, the Cross, is where God established a meeting place for all men. It is there where reconciliation takes place with Him and where the holy and heavenly fellowship begins. The Christian needs to meet at his own spiritual altar with God in Christ on a daily basis and building a worthwhile and blessed relationship with Him. Make sure that  today, this is the case.

SACRED SONGS

My Goal is God Himself

This has always been a hymn that has inspired and challenged me in my Christian experience and career. It sorts out what my aspiration and devotion should be. When it becomes the inward, motivational factor, it produces a life and ministry that is approved and blessed by heaven. We need these kind of convincing truths so that we are safeguarded and guided to believing and performing in a manner that will be rewarded by the Lord

“Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ— “…that I may know Him…” – Philippians 3:10. To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender— complete abandonment of myself to Him. Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me” – From My Utmost for Hi Highest

Frances Brook daughter of the Rev. James Brook, M.A., of Helme Edge, Meltham, Huddersfield, was born in Bath in 1870. Her interest in missions is deep, and delicate health alone has prevented her from giving her services in the foreign field where two of her sisters are labouring. Her first hymn leaflet was:— 1. There is singing in the Homeland. [Martyrs.] It was written in 1895 “In Memoriam” of the Rev. Robert Stewart and his little band in the Hawa Sang martyrdom of that year. It was printed in the C.M.S. Gleaner, March, 1896, p. 34, and included in the Church Missionary Hymn Book, 1899,.”

1/. My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;
’Tis His to lead me there—not mine, but His— At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.

2/.So faith bounds forward to its goal in God, And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.

3/. No matter if the way be sometimes dark, No matter though the cost be oft-times great,
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark, The way that leads to Him must needs be strait.

4/. One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay; One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day, And in the glory there my great Reward

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me – Winston Churchill

DAILY MEDITATIONS

MISSED OPPORTUNITY – 2 Kings 13: 1-19

On hearing that God’s prophet was quite ill, the king of Israel decided to visit him. Even though he was sick, the man of God was in an inspired mood and had a word from God to speak into the monarch’s life. He called the king to open the window with the purpose of shooting an arrow through it. Having placed his hands on Joash hands as he shot he proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s arrow, full of victory over Syria, for you will completely conquer the Syrians at Aphek” – v17. He then advised him to strike the remaining arrows on the floor.

The sovereign did so in a rather apathetic manner much to the annoyance of the sick prophet. Instead of being delighted and enthused with the message, he shows a spirit of reluctance in hitting the ground with the missiles. Elisha saw it as an opportunity of demonstrating great zeal in smashing the arrows to the ground with intense action thus indicating complete mastery. But the king missed it and so disappointed this choice messenger. He would live to regret this awful attitude and a price would have to be paid in terms of conquest.

This teaches that we must be awake to opportune moments in life, when they have to be seized and taken hold of to full advantage. When the inspiration and revelation is flowing from heaven that affects the future, then such must be realized and entered into with zeal. What is the Lord saying to you at this choice moment that you need to perceive, believe and fully act upon? Do not allow indifference at any time to rob you of what should bring you into fulfilment. Hear and act as God summons you.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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DIVINE GRIEF AND AGGRAVATION 

Micah 1

This is what is evident in this first chapter of Micah. He is given the responsibility to convey what he beholds in a vision from the Lord with respect to two capital cities, Samaria and Jerusalem. Someone has aptly and quaintly called it ‘The Tale of Two Cities.’ They were places of great significance as far as God was concerned and He was taking them to task and exposing their true condition and what was about to take place. There is a tremendous calling to attention – vv2, 3, for all to take notice as to what was occurring. The primary thing, the Lord was speaking and was to come in great power and authority to deal with the current situation – vv3,4. The disclosure unveils the grief and aggravation of the Lord.

  • THE FACT THAT HE IS COMING AS HE DOES UNDERLINES IT – vv2,3

He can no longer remain situate above but comes right into the scene expressing something of note in this direction. He is moved to visit and see the awful state of affairs. There is never any indifference with the Lord but at times He does make known the fact He is truly and visibly disturbed especially when things have reached an awful climax – see – Genesis 18:21.

  • THE FACT THAT HE EXPOSES THE SINFUL CONDITIONS REVEALS HIS SADNESS AND ANGER – v5

Having to speak in this fashion was a matter of grief to Him. He would have liked to have taken great pleasure over these principal places but they were centres of sin, rebellion and idolatry. They both profess a religious profession but there was nothing holy, sacred or God-honouring in either. What he witnessed made Him heart-sick.

  • THE FACT THAT THERE IS NOTHING FURTHER HE CAN IDO TO CHANGE MATTERS INTENSIFIES IT – v8

They have so prostituted themselves that there is no way that He can intervene and save them from punishment and judgement. They had gone too far: in fact, He says: ‘my people’s wound is far too deep to heal.’  If only something could have been done!

  • THE FACT THAT HE USES LANGUAGE THAT DESCRIBES HIS FEELINGS – v8

He speaks of mourning lamenting, walking naked and barefoot etc., thus showing what He sensed in it all. There is no gloating, only a grieving and indignation.

  • THE FACT THAT HE CALLS THE PEOPLE TO GRIEVE – v16

The people of Judah are called to weep as they see the outworking of judgment. Not only is the Lord to feel it, the people will know what it is to be wrought upon in sorrow. Sin its ultimate always brings about this – grief!

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DEEP-SEATED EVIL

DIVINE GRIEF AND AGGRAVATION

 

Micah 1

 

This is what is evident in this first chapter of Micah. He is given the responsibility to convey what he beholds in a vision from the Lord with respect to two capital cities, Samaria and Jerusalem. Someone has aptly and quaintly called it ‘The Tale of Two Cities.’ They were places of great significance as far as God was concerned and He was taking them to task and exposing their true condition and what was about to take place. There is a tremendous calling to attention – vv2, 3, for all to take notice as to what was occurring. The primary thing, the Lord was speaking and was to come in great power and authority to deal with the current situation – vv3,4. The disclosure unveils the grief and aggravation of the Lord.

 

  • THE FACT THAT HE IS COMING AS HE DOES UNDERLINES IT – vv2,3

 

He can no longer remain situate above but comes right into the scene expressing something of note in this direction. He is moved to visit and see the awful state of affairs. There is never any indifference with the Lord but at times He does make known the fact He is truly and visibly disturbed especially when things have reached an awful climax – see – Genesis 18:21.

 

  • THE FACT THAT HE EXPOSES THE SINFUL CONDITIONS REVEALS HIS SADNESS AND ANGER – v5

 

Having to speak in this fashion was a matter of grief to Him. He would have liked to have taken great pleasure over these principal places but they were centres of sin, rebellion and idolatry. They both profess a religious profession but there was nothing holy, sacred or God-honouring in either. What he witnessed made Him heart-sick.

 

  • THE FACT THAT THERE IS NOTHING FURTHER HE CAN IDO TO CHANGE MATTERS INTENSIFIES IT – v8

 

They have so prostituted themselves that there is no way that He can intervene and save them from punishment and judgement. They had gone too far: in fact, He says: ‘my people’s wound is far too deep to heal.’  If only something could have been done!

 

  • THE FACT THAT HE USES LANGUAGE THAT DESCRIBES HIS FEELINGS – v8

 

He speaks of mourning lamenting, walking naked and barefoot etc., thus showing what He sensed in it all. There is no gloating, only a grieving and indignation.

 

  • THE FACT THAT HE CALLS THE PEOPLE TO GRIEVE – v16

 

The people of Judah are called to weep as they see the outworking of judgment. Not only is the Lord to feel it, the people will know what it is to be wrought upon in sorrow. Sin its ultimate always brings about this – grief!

 

 

 

 

 

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