welcome to this christian website

Mar 8th    – 2017

 

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 now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word is ‘victory’ 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. God made man to be a victor not a victim. It was His eternal an original intention that those who knew, loved and served Him should be kings and sit enthroned ruling life an eternity. In no way does He desire that you wallow in defeat and self-pity, rather the opposite. It is important to discover the route to glorious conquest. 

VICTORY – ASSURED AMIDST DEPRESSING CIRCUMSTANCES – Judges 6 

Things could not have looked worse for God’s people. Things were in a real mess. They were victims to the Midianites who were ever piling on the pressure and making things extremely difficult to exist. They had a job to harvest any grain because their enemies were on the prowl to denude them of any food. It was a depressing state and way to live. Gideon, a young Israelite, did not like it all especially when the Lord appeared to him and called him a mighty man of valour. He did not feel like anything like one and complained about the evils he and his people were facing.

It was then the Lord announced that there would be glorious triumph over their enemies and he was to be the instrumental agent to accomplish it. The Lord confirmed his leadership and showed him the action to take. God’s Spirit came on him and motivated him and enabled Israel to unite together to take on the formidable foe. The Lord reduced Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300 and affirmed through this handful victory would come. And it did! What a victory was wrought when it least looked likely!

How easy to look at the conditions you are in and be depressed especially when the opposition appears to be large and formidable! One needs to hear from heaven and be nerved by God and to discover the answer He would give. Do not resign yourself to a negative state of mind and spirit. Let the Almighty begin to impart afresh inspiration and motivation. Let not defeat be in your attitude or vocabulary but commence to expect the turn of events through divine intervention.

QUOTES TO NOTE – C H Spurgeon

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.

SACRED SONGS

Open my Eyes that I May See

Clara H. Scott (1841-1897) provides us with a hymn of consecration that has been sung for over 100 years. A Midwesterner, she was born in Illinois and died in Iowa.

In 1856, Scott attended the first Music Institute held by C.M. Cady in Chicago, Ill. By 1859, she was teaching music at the Ladies’ Seminary, Lyons, Iowa. She married Henry Clay Scott in 1861, and published in 1882 the Royal Anthem Book, the first volume of choir anthems published by a woman.

Horatio R. Palmer, an influential church musician in Chicago and later New York City, was a source of encouragement for Scott, and helped her publish many of her songs. Three collections were issued before her untimely death, when a runaway horse caused a buggy accident in Dubuque, Iowa

The text of “Open My Eyes” was written in 1895 shortly before Scott’s death. Each stanza reveals an increasing receptiveness to the “Spirit divine.” Open eyes lead to “glimpses of truth.” Open ears lead to “voices of truth.” An open mouth leads to sharing the “warm truth everywhere.” An open heart leads to sharing “love to thy children.”

The image of open eyes is common in the Bible. In some cases, this is a sign of Christ’s healing power, as when Jesus gave sight to the blind man at the pool of Siloam in John 9. Closed eyes, on the other hand, could be a metaphor for avoiding the truth as in the case of John 12:40, a passage following the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem and beginning his journey to the cross: “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted and I should heal them” – Matthew 13:15

While the eyes and the ears are receptive organs, the mouth has the capacity to project. The mouth may project “cursing and deceit and fraud” (Psalm 10:7), or it may be an organ that projects praise, as Psalm 51:15 exhorts us: “O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth \thy praise”.

The heart is the only organ included in this hymn that is not visible. It may harbour deceit. Jesus asks in Matthew 9:4, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” But Jesus also realized that the heart has the capacity for purity: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” – Matthew 5:8

Scott has given us not only a list of organs through which we may receive and project truth and love, but also provides the method in her refrain:

1/. Open my eyes that I may see Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free.

Refrain

Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit Divine! 

2/. Open my ears that I may hear Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear.

3/. Open my mouth and let me bear Tidings of mercy everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare Love with Thy children thus to share.

4/. Open my mind that I may read More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead? Only for light from Thee I plead.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GODLY PROSPECTS Isaiah 3

The days which Isaiah portrays were of an exceedingly evil and vicious order. The immediate revelation of the people around was of a wicked character. Society had sunk so low that everyone was taking advantage of one another.  There was an awful lack of trust, honour and regard even with neighbours and there was particular rebelliousness evident amongst the young. It states in v5 “young people will revolt against authority, and nobodies will sneer at honourable people”, and in v12 “Children oppress my people, and women rule over them.” The words seem to give an apt description of the kind of days that exist now. The times were evil and difficult for the godly.

The assurance is given by the Lord that there are good prospects for the godly even amidst the ungodliness. They need not fear when things are at this stage. The promise is given – v10 “But all will be well for those that are godly. Tell them, ‘You will receive a wonderful reward!’” Their security and blessing will flow from being faithful to the Lord and maintaining a righteous way of life. God watches over their lives and ways and will make sure that they will come through the terrifying ordeals with a testimony to His goodness and preservation.

The Christian believer can know in the present evil climate that the Lord can and will preserve faith and peace. Do not be over alarmed and agitated by the perversity but make sure your life conforms to His pure righteousness and love. You will be amply rewarded by remaining loyal to the Lord. He will not only keep but bless you as you maintain your commitment to Him.

 

 

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