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Feb 27th – 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 ‘assurance’ a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know God to live a true life and extract the best from God. In coming to know Go through His Word, Spirit and Jesus Christ, the min an heart is to be possessed with sure knowledge of truth an things that matter. Doubt and uncertainty is removed as the blessing of heavenly convictions move in an take over life.

ASSURANCE – ASSURED IN THE MIDST OF SEVERE TRIALS – Genesis 39

It was one thing to have great dreams respecting one’s future, quite another to know the very tough route lined up secure the same. Joseph was quite overwhelmed as a youth over the dreams that God gave concerning his life an ultimate destiny. That was somewhat veiled from him. Little did he know that getting to the top and becoming a fulfilled individual would prove most costly and demanding. In the midst of it he could have fallen apart but somehow a firm assurance was in him that stabilized in the questionable situations.

Arriving as a slave in Egypt he must have thought it was strange path to take to success. But he applied himself wisely and the time came when he was head steward. But then he finds himself in prison for doing the right, moral thing. Resisting temptation he experiences the loss of his position an liberty. Maybe he sensed he was fortunate to keep his life! There was encouragement even in these conditions. He more or less runs the prison for the chief guard. Then the disappointment of being forgotten by the chief butler after serving him well.

But he maintained his assurance and at the right moment in the workings of the Lord he is brought out to serve a tremendous situation. He becomes Prime Minister overnight and enters with revelation to save the day and generation. All would be grateful for his faith, knowledge and expertise in directing the next years for good. He knew God had brought him there and would sustain him. You have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this. Although you may be severely tried, remember, it is the way in which you are developed by God for a worthy position and ministry. He will not fail, and neither will you. Be assured an apply yourself with spiritual diligence and fortitude.

QUOTES TO NOTE

ACTIVITY
It’s one thing to be active in our work for the Lord- quite another thing to be effective.

SACRED SONGS

The Name of Jesus I so Sweet

This is a lovely song that has brought tremendous comfort an consolation to may saints throughout the years. The simple but sure mention of His Name does seemingly work spiritual and natural wonders. He responds to His Name and works dynamically in an for those who trust its authority.

Martin was pastor of the Grace Baptist Church (formerly Cramer’s Hill), Camden, New Jersey (1891-4); Noank Baptist Church, Noank, Connecticut (1894-1900); Grace Baptist Church, Somerville, Massachusetts (near Boston; at the time of his arrival there it was noted he was from “Bluffton, Indiana”); and the First Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, Florida, from 1912 until his death

1/. The name of Jesus is so sweet, I love its music to repeat;
It makes my joys full and complete,  The precious name of Jesus.

Refrain
Jesus! oh, how sweet the name, Jesus! every day the same;
Jesus! let all saints proclaim  Its worthy praise forever.

2/. I love the name of Him whose heart Knows all my griefs and bears a part;
Who bids all anxious fears depart,   I love the name of Jesus – Refrain

3/. That name I fondly love to hear, It never fails my heart to cheer,
Its music dries the falling tear; Exalt the name of Jesus – Refrain

4/.No word of man can ever tell How sweet the name I love so well,
Oh, let its praises ever swell, Oh, praise the name of Jesus. – Refrain

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNTOLD AFFLICTION AND MISERY – Psalm 88

Apart from the opening phrase one pleasant expression does not appear within the words of the psalmist. He commences with the words: “O LORD, God of my salvation” – v1 and then proceeds down the line of unveiling his untold experience of suffering, pain and woe. It is possibly one of the saddest psalms composed. He really must have been going through a valley of darkness with hardly any light in the tunnel. Everything and everyone was set against him. Nothing was going right and no one seemed bothered, not even the Lord! He found it to be a very demanding and trying ordeal. The circumstances he found himself in made him feel trapped.

At least he could unburden his thoughts and feelings to the Lord. He sensed that the only way out of the mess was the Lord, hence the prayer. Whilst this evil and predicament existed the only relief he could find was making his whole condition known to the One that could bring supernatural help. Although it may look as if he was forgotten and abandoned by God, yet he knew deep within his spirit that God was truly aware of his plight. There was some slight token of faith even though all was black and lacking in any positive prospect. He would stand through prayer.

There are occasions when all seems to go wrong and there is no immediate answer to prayer. Afflictions do take their toll upon us. They can create the idea that God has abandoned us. It is easy to sink into hopelessness and despair. If you are at that point you need to hold on to God in prayer until you see His miraculous intervention. There is no hopeless situation that He cannot resolve.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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AN AWESOME GOD

NAHUM 1

The special messenger of the Lord, Nahum, portrays God as awesome. His descriptive speech in vv2-6 reveals what a great, illustrious and powerful God He is. No one should underestimate His person, presence, attributes, abilities and glory. He appears majestic and He is to be reverenced and given due respect. In this section He makes known so many things and as they are seen and assessed together make known the wonder of Israel’s God, the Almighty.

1/. HE IS ABLE TO DEAL WITH ALL OPPOSITIONS – vv2,12,13

God is not overwhelmed or intimidated by the strength and number of the opposition. It does not matter what the size of it is. He can and does reduce it to utter impotence and desolation. There is no one that can stand against Him and have any hope of success. This is a comfort to those who have Him as God in life but a real threat and fear to others that defy Him.

2/. HE IS ABLE TO MANIFEST HIS SOVEREIGN POWER – v3

The prophet affirms that ‘His power is great.’ There is no limit to what He can do. It can be measured against every contingency and emergency and is never found wanting. His power is equal to any demand at anytime. Infinite and all power belong to Him as the prophet Isaiah reveals in chapter 40. He not only has the ability to create in an infinite manner, He is able to sustain all that he has created. He does not have to wax strong and neither does His power wane. It is a consistent factor and He shows it in awesome manner.

3/. HE IS ABLE ADMINISTER JUSTICE –v3

The point is made that ‘He never lets the guilty go unpunished.’ This reveals Him as the perfect Judge and that He possesses understanding in relation to all of His creatures and observes their conduct. No one can pursue a course of evil and get away with it. He brings to account and if one is found guilty then He will take the right measures to deal with such. How awesome is this fact!

4/. HE IS ABLE TO COMMAND AND CONTROL NATURE vv3-6

All of creation without is subject to His law of command and responds to His presence and decrees. The whirlwind and storm, oceans and rivers, forests, hills and mountains stand in awe of Him and acknowledge His majesty and authority.

CONCLUSION

The prophet assures that this is an excellent factor to consider because it is a blessing to those who have placed their pure faith and trust in Him -vv7, 8. This awesome God becomes a strong refuge and cover for those who love, know and serve Him. They do not have the wrong kind of fear that produces terror but the divine fear that produces trust and security.

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