welcome to this christian website

April 25th  

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Live in the constant freshness of your faith and love of and for God and you will advance far into what he has planned from eternity passed. God is always at work to bring into being greater factors and this is so with regard to you. Never forget that you have been in His mind and heart from the ages gone and will continue to be so forever. Neither He nor you are simply a flash in pan!

WISE WORDS

“Only fools refuse to be taught. Listen to your father and mother. What you learn from them will stand you in good stead; it will gain you many others” –Proverbs 1: 8. There is wisdom usually found in age and in those who have been down the track!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week A good word in Christian thought and experience is ‘revelation’ and this refers primarily to the knowledge and understanding seeks to impart to those who have a daily dynamic accord with Him. He wills to give tue guidance to the believer and to open life up in a positive and rewarding way. He desires that you experience His daily unfolding to your mind and heart is given so you can proceed with certainty and fulfilment.

REVELATION WITH REGARD TO YOUR PROSPECTS –Genesis 28

Jacob must have thought that has he was fleeing from the ugly threat of his brother Esau that he hadn’t much in the way of prospects in life. Even when in Laban’s household he must have felt his future grim. But the Lord visited him that night whilst fleeing and gave him a marvellous dream. Unexpectedly, God met him in a way-out place and gave him a glorious sight of access to heaven by means of a ladder. Revelation was given that he was under the watchful gaze of the God of his fathers.

Then his prospects were then assured by a sacred and sure promise. The Lord said: “Behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places whither you go, and will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken to you of”- v15. Without, doubt, the Lord could and would bring this about and all that was required of Jacob was to trust the Almighty to achieve it. And He did!

 

The times you live in are uncertain and traumatic but know the Almighty is still around and in control to bring about the things predestined for His own, yes you. Your prospects could not be greater in and through Christ both now and in the world to come. There may be things of an an extraordinary nature to face and combat, nevertheless, He will surely do what he has avowed.

A GOOD QUOTE – ATTITUDE

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one – Hans Selve

DAILY MEDITATIONS

CONSIDERING THE PAST – Isaiah 51

There are times and circumstances when it is right to recall and think about the past.  Here the Lord tells Israel to do just that in the opening remarks: “Listen to Me, all who hope in the Lord! Consider the quarry from whence you were mined, the rock from which you were cut” – v1.  It is obvious that the divine demand was that they should look at and consider their beginnings in order to ascertain their true position. In reviewing their origin through Him they would get a proper evaluation of Him and themselves. At that point in time their immediate situation was not too good or pleasing but the past had something to say and impact.

Their beginnings had been small and seemingly insignificant. When God commenced His work in creating their nation He started with one man, Abraham, and from him birthed them and His tremendous plans for them. Great promises had been made to him and his progeny from God with regard to their destiny and He had brought such to pass. From being nothing He had established them as a people of note and significance. He would do it again because He had not finished with them. Their destiny was in His creative and restorative hands and plans.

It is always heartening to know that all things originate in and through God and this applies especially to those in the Christian Church. Every believer has been personally quarried from the rock and has been placed in His kingdom to become a glory to Him. All in Christendom were non-entities when Christ saw and saved and gave them existence, beauty and worth. Today you are an integral, precious, living stone being shaped and formed by Him to possess an eternal destiny. Your past was nothing but through Christ’s intervention your present and future is great.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE INSPIRATION TO PERFORM

Zechariah 4

Through this revelation the Lord was to show and teach the real inspiration behind accomplishing the seeming impossible. The challenge presented by God is to achieve what appears to be impracticable and beyond one’s capabilities. Looking at the job to be undertaken and then at one’s own power and ability there is a sense of weakness known and the idea and conviction prevalent is, it cannot be done.  Here the Lord is making known the real secret behind the things hat he desires and demands. He plainly and clearly expresses the truth and fact that it is not up to man on his own – v6. Whilst faith is a divine requisite – Hebrews 11: 6, there must also be the presence, influence and exercise of the Spirit of God.

The Lord was summoning Zerubbabel to lead the people in building the Holy Sanctuary. It was quite a sizeable undertaking. If they were to do it God’s way and be successful then the need for the inspiration of God’s Spirit. The revelation is that of a golden lamp stand but the emphasis is upon the existence and flow of oil to the lamps to give light and oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

1/. THIS REFLECTS THE SOURCE OF THE INSPIRATION

Source is where things begin and have their origin. The olive trees are vehicles from which the oil is produced to supply the lamp stand. Without the oil in the olive trees the lamp stand would be an ornament and utterly useless. It would have no real purpose for existence without the all-important substance. Although it was hidden within the trees and pipes it was the vital element required to bring the fulfilment of the lamp stand’s presence. So the source of what is to be done is the Holy Spirit as seen in Genesis 1.

2/. THIS REVEALS THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE INSPIRATION

There is to be no lack of oil because the olive trees exist to produce this continual ingredient. The light will not fail because there is a fulness and adequacy of supply. The Lord is assuring that there is no need to worry or be anxious because a provision has been made whereby there is an unceasing means and measure of that which will keep the light burning. The Holy Spirit can always be relied upon to provide what is essential to achieve.

3/. THIS RECOGNIZES THE SERVANTS OF THE INSPIRATION 

It is pointed out that the two olive trees are representative of two anointed ones who assist the Lord of all the earth – v14. They are servants divinely appointed to be the channels through which things are wrought and in this case represent Zerubbabel and Joshua the leadership for the situation. These men were to be the ones to bring the vital inspiration to God’s people so that Israel would become a light to the nations. Building the sanctuary for God and His coming and dwelling within the sanctuary would mean the knowledge of God would light not only the nation up, it would bring light to all by the Holy Spirit.

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