welcometo this christian website

Mar 30th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘fulfilment’. During your life and stay of earth and within the church of Christ you must be able to perform so that you achieve your God-given destiny. Christ lived a fulfilled life and at the end he could say to His heavenly Father, “I have finished the work you gave me to do”. So you, too, must be able to complete your course in life and work.

FULFILMENT- IN ANSWERED PRAYER – 1 Samuel 1-3

It is a very seemingly disappointing thing to pray and not get an immediate answer. Any delay appears to worsen the situation. It is known that God does hear and answer prayer but protracted periods of waiting are testing and not welcome. Hannah discovered this in her life. How she longed to have a child and prayed sincerely and trustfully concerning the same but there was response from heaven. It appears to have been worsened by the fact that her opposite number. Penninah readily gave birth and this put pressure on Hannah.

But Hannah was not going to give up easily. Even though matters got very protracted she made it her business to continue to call on God. Eli the high priest ultimately recognised her genuineness and prayer and said to her: “the God of Israel grant you your petition that you have asked of Him” – 1 Sam 1:17. She laid hold of that and expectation in spirit became hers which was followed by another expectation born in her womb. When the boy was born she called him – ‘Samuel’ = asked of God.

Maybe the Lord is teaching you a similar lesson. The thing or things you have prayed for appear quite legitimate but, as yet; there is no sign of fulfilment. Do not despair and be reduced to doubt. Rise above all the negativity knowing that as you persist you will prevail. In His time and way the Lord will manifest both His grace and power and you will be revelling in the answers.

QUOTES TO NOTE Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela

SACRED SONGS

Talk with us LORD, Thyself Reveal

This is another great hymn of Charles Wesley which expresses the desire of the believer to hear, know and receive the messages for the heavenly Lord. It is very needful and choice experiences to have the Lord speak personally and to value what He has to say. He always speaks the appropriate word and as responded to yields utmost benefit to life and living. May you sense His presence today and hear Him speak clearly so that you might be lifted into a greater and better way of living.

1/. Talk with us, Lord, Thyself reveal, While here o’er earth we rove;
Speak to our hearts, and let us feel The kindling of Thy love.

2/. With Thee conversing, we forget All time, and toil, and care;
Labour is rest, and pain is sweet, If Thou, my God, art here.

3/. Here, then, my God, vouchsafe to stay, And bid my heart rejoice;
My bounding heart shall own Thy sway, And echo to Thy voice.

4/. Thou callest me to seek Thy face, ’Tis all I wish to seek;
To attend the whispers of Thy grace, And hear Thee inly speak.

5/. Let this my every hour employ, Till I Thy glory see;
Enter into my master’s joy, And find my heaven in Thee.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

BEING REAL WITH GOD – Isaiah 29

As the Lord reviewed and examined the actual spiritual condition of this ancient people He had formed a true judgment concerning them. He had concluded that this people were hypocrites – play actors. The decision was “These people say they are mine. They honour Me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. And their worship amounts to nothing more than human laws learned by rote” – v13. It was a terrible indictment upon their professed spiritual belief and conduct. They could say all the right things and put on a religious show but it possessed no genuine content. There was a lack of reality in their relationship with and worship of God.

It was a very serious offence but the people did not sense any heart conviction of their wrong. Blindly and foolishly they were going through all the varied rites and motions and felt justified in their behaviour. But it was all pretence and the Lord highlights the evil. This was very much manifest in a class of people in Christ’s day who had a form of godliness and that is all that it was. There was no true accord with God nor was there any genuine expression of goodness and righteousness in their lifestyle. And so, it came under the censure of Christ in a big way.

This evil still exists. It can beset the Christian so a watchful eye must be kept on this so that it does not take root and become the practice of any believer. The thing can be defined as profession without possession; professing to be without actually knowing and experiencing a dynamic relationship with Christ. Be on your guard against this sinister evil of duplicity so that you do not fall foul of it.

 

 

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