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Jan 31st – 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. The word is ‘peace’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know and extract the best from life.

PEACE – TO FULFIL A DEMANDING VOCATION – Exodus 5 etc.

Moses was called at a difficult time to fulfil an extremely demanding role, to become the leader of an enslaved people and to achieve their freedom and to establish them as a nation. For 80 years he knew restlessness within his being and felt frustrated. It was a very long time to go through this discipline and there must have been times when he wondered whether he would ever make it. But he did!

God met him at the burning bush (Exodus 3) and from that time it would seem a new Moses arose, calm and collected, capable of dealing with a gigantic task. He had to face a formidable an unbending Pharaoh, deal with an undisciplined people and have to encounter seemingly impossible problems. But he rose as a person to take charge and control, proved that he could engage everyone an everything in a state of quietude an peace. How remarkable he could confidently say, with the pursuing Egyptians close by, the impassable Red Sea ahead: “Stand still and see the salvation of your God” – Ex 15.

You have a great task ahead of you to fulfil and you sense your inadequacy and failings. Do not surrender to those emotions and feelings. Expose yourself to the peace and tranquillity of God and heaven and you will cope with all that is before you. Know that you have been called an equipped by your God to more than deal with impossible people and situations. Like Esther of old, ‘you were born and made’ for such in an by God.

SACRED SONGS

Take the Name of Jesus with You

It is a very loving an choice thing that God our Father has given us the use of the Name of His beloved Son, Jesus to be wisely use to bring answers to prayer an blessing to life here and now. He would inspire you to know its worth an power an to employ it in prayer an other situations of a difficult you are to confront. Demons and difficulties bow to that sacred Name an so arm yourself today an use it to supreme advantage. He will honour those who honour Him and His Name.

Today’s hymn is known by two titles – Take the Name of Jesus With You or Precious Name – the latter being the opening words of the refrain and the former the opening words of the first stanza.

Lydia Odell was born in Petersburg, New York on September 2,1809 to parents Jonathan and Mary Odell.  Lydia was said to have been an invalid and bed-ridden most of her adult life.  Nevertheless, she was also known to be an enthusiastic Christian worker.

Lydia and her sister were converted to the Christian faith and were later responsible for establishing a Baptist church in their hometown of Petersburg.  She moved  to New York City after marrying her husband John Baxter, a ship chandler, in 1832.  At least three children, as enumerated in the 1855 New York State census, were born to John and Lydia:  Edgar, John and Lydia.

Lydia continued her Christian service in New York City.  Her home was known as a place where Christian workers, preachers and evangelists would gather for fellowship.  Evidently she possessed a positive attitude despite her illness.  Her friends would say that they would visit her sickroom not to comfort her but to receive encouragement for themselves.

She was particularly interested in the study of Biblical names and loved to discuss the meaning and significance of those names.  To Lydia Baxter, however, the most special name was the name of Jesus.  Whenever asked how she could be so positive despite her physical difficulties, she would reply, “I have a very special armor.  I have the name of Jesus.  When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent, I mention the name of Jesus, and he can’t get through to me anymore.  The name Jesus means ‘Savior’ and it comes from the same Hebrew root from which the names of Joshua and Joash come.”

Her special relationship with her Savior led her to write hymns, although Take the Name of Jesus With You is the only one which remains in use today:

1/. Take the name of Jesus with you, Child of sorrow and of woe;
It will joy and comfort give you, Take it then where’er you go.

Chorus:
Precious name, oh how sweet! Hope of earth and joy of heav’n;
Precious name, oh how sweet! Hope of earth and joy of heav’n;

2/. Take the name of Jesus ever As a shield from ev’ry snare;
When temptations round you gather, Breathe that holy name in prayer.

[Chorus]

3/. Oh, the precious name of Jesus! How it thrills our souls with joy,
When His loving arms receive us And His songs our tongues employ.

[Chorus]

4/. At the name of Jesus bowing, Falling prostrate at His feet,
King of kings in heav’n we’ll crown Him When our journey is complete.

[Chorus]

QUOTES TO NOTE – attitude

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude – John C. Maxwell

DAILY MEDITATIONS

LONGING FOR GOD – Psalm 63

The deepest and healthiest desire that can possess the heart of any person is that of a wholesome yearning for God. The psalmist at the outset makes known this intense longing that dominates his being and that leads him into quest for the Lord. He becomes pre-occupied with seeking Him who means so much to him. The first verse describes the immense feeling he has towards the Lord and knows he cannot be satisfied until God meets and ministers to him in His own unique ways. The craving is like that of an animal in quest for a stream of water in a desert situation.

The reason for this was due to the fact that he had already tasted and known something of the beauty and lovingkindness of the Lord in his affairs. How blessed he had been of Him in so many ways and incidences! This quest led him to meditate on the Lord in the night watches. Day and night he appears to be in holy pursuit of Him because he ever wanted to enjoy the favour of His presence and provisions. The Lord was irreplaceable. No one could stand in for Him. He must find out more of His grace and goodness whilst life and opportunity was his.

It is essential that you not only nurture rich desires in your heart for the Lord and entertain good thoughts about Him, there must also be a divine reaching out for Him until He comes and satisfies you to the limit. This may well mean leaving aside other things that occupy your attention and affection to let Him see that you mean business with Him. The reward for seeking is beyond human estimate. As God breaks through with a revelation of Himself and His abundant mercies, they far outweigh anything else. Let the Lord be first on the agenda today.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE COMING RULER

Micah 5

This is one of the most amazing prophecies given to Micah that focuses attention on Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ. In the midst of all the difficulties and heartaches he was witnessing, Micah, receives a word of foreknowledge as to what is going to occur with regard the appearance of a unique personality. This extraordinary person to emerge would leave His mark permanently in history and affect the blessedness of Israel in a remarkable manner. There was going to appear an individual who would become renowned and manifest so much good.

1/. THIS ONE WOULD BRING GREAT SIGNIFICANCE TO A PLACE – v 2

Bethlehem, a little town of lowly status would become a venue of great note because of this individual being born there. This place had gained some publicity through David, Israel’s, former monarch, but the birth of Jesus Christ there would give it incredible prominence.  The prophecy was to be later fulfilled and it is recorded in its accomplishment in Matthew 2. 

2/. THIS ONE HAS AN ETERNAL EXISTENCE – v2

A simple yet profound statement is made re-this one – “Yet a ruler will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.” This certainly is a unique declaration that makes it clear that Jesus Christ did not begin His existence on earth. It voices and accents the eternal and pre-incarnate position of Christ. The one who came had no beginnings and came as man can judged from the eternal past. 

3/. THIS ONE WILL GIVE TRUE LEADERSHIP TO GOD’S PEOPLE – v4

He has always had His eyes and interest on Israel. What has been in mind and view was to take ultimate control and give absolute and perfect leadership to this people at the end of the day.  This will be more than natural direction and government, it will be utterly divine and conducted with heavenly authority.

4/. THIS ONE WILL BE HIGHLY HONOURED – v4

What he will achieve will not only benefit and bless Israel, one nation, the whole world will profit from Him and He will be highly exalted by all. Time and history has proven and witnessed the birth not only of Christ but Christianity and it is yet to see a greater display of His sovereign grace and rule.

5/. THIS ONE WILL CREATE A STATE OF PEACE – v5

Another blessed title of this coming ruler is ‘Prince of Peace.’  Through His first advent He has brought into being peace for all men between God and Man through His vicarious and victorious work on the Cross. When He comes again, in all of His regal and legal power, He will initiate an order of peace the world over. Spiritual and natural peace come from Him alone through His Kingship and rule.

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