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May 27th


Rev. E. Anderson

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LIFE’S EXPERIENCES

Good people are worth their weight in gold. Most individuals have benefited by the input of some person that has been humbly motivated. I shall ever be indebted to a man by the name of Tom Cranswick. When I first got saved he was my fist pastor andhow he loved and cared for people. He was anxious for their welfare and ever sought their betterment. This was so for me. He taught me to love God and how to pray. We held days of prayer and fasting and this set my course for the future. It was a shock to me when the LORD called him higher at this time. It is still a mystery to me. But what he sowed then still yields fruit.

AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

If you are really going to make something of today and of your life, you must sort out what is priority, best and most rewarding. Your inward motivation towards that which is the greatest in the things that are of quality must be ever present and rule. You can follow the finest example, Christ. One knows what dominated and directed all of His life. He never deviated from this constant inspiration: “I always do those things that please the Father” – John 8:29. The reason why He is the King of heaven is due to this being fulfilled. Do not settle for second-best but commit yourself always to things which are of primary worth and good.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

RIGHTLY CALLED – Acts 11: 19-30

It is choice to read how the people in this church at Antioch were called ‘Christians’ – v26. The term had never been used before but as these early believers had embraced the Christian Gospel, and put it into practice, the name was given to them. They must have exhibited Christ by their faith and deeds. They had given themselves to Christ and also been brought up under good, spiritual leadership, namely Barnabas and Saul, who had truly taught them about Christ in every way. They had been keen and eager to learn and receive His life and adopt His lifestyle,

One of the ways in which they revealed Christ’s nature and deeds was in caring for others in great need. In being acquainted that fellow believers were about to go through hard times, they immediately took up a generous, freewill offering that would bring some relief. Their Christianity was released in making sure that their fellow believers were catered for. When the opportunity came to give visible evidence they were Christians, they were not slow in proving it. Their testimony was not only to be known in Antioch but in the sacred city of Jerusalem, too.

As people observe, can they recognize the fact that you are a Christian by what you both say and do. Your belief in its expression must be fully backed up in a behaviour that is in accord with your words. Creed and conduct are to concur so that your faith is beyond dispute. Christ will give you ample opportunities of being able to relate to others so that they can see Himself manifested everyday in every way. The Lord desires that you be successful in being a true and worthy representative of the Christian message and He will help in this vital exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 26th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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LIFE’S EXPERIENCES

It is many years ago since we pastored our first congregation in Lincoln. We had no house to go to but were able rent accommodation outside in Bracebridge Heath. It wasn’t very helpful as needed to be in the city. We were surprised when an advert appeared in the Lincoln Echo that a lady was offering a house for rent but she wanted to know what the people would pay in. We wrongly thought she was desirous of the best returns. We reckoned we didn’t stand a chance but our church secretary wrote to the lady and she replied for more details. We left it for a while but on a Tuesday evening felt constrained to go and see her. She was a widow and welcomed us and listened to our situation. She said she was looking for a good neighbour as she had lost her husband and had her aged father living with her. Before we left she said, “I believe you are the people I am looking for and that will do me fine”. The house was ours with two weeks free rent for decorating! Whilst there, she became a real mother to us and we her friends. When our first baby was born she hugged it with delight!

AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Never ever forget that it is God that works in you both to do and will of His good pleasure. It means to say that He has nothing but the best and greatest in mind for you now as well as eternally. The present programme of life is intrinsically bound to His eternal plan. As you are faithful and fruitful now this is all preparation for something more choice and wonderful. There is no way as your Father that He wants you to miss out in either realm.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNDER DIVINE DIRECTION – Acts 11: 1-18

After this amazing experience with the Gentiles, Peter has to return to Jerusalem to the church there. When he gets back he discovers that the news had gone ahead of   him but not a full version of what had actually occurred. Unfortunately there were those who were ready to put a wrong slant and so criticized his actions. It needed sorting out. The apostle was able to give a clear, divine resume of the event and experience and proved beyond any doubt whatsoever that he had been under the Lord’s orders. He had acted at the behest and confirmation of the Lord.

What he had to state was the unmistakable guidance of heaven and these Gentiles had received the testimony of the Holy Spirit that made it absolute. He came to this sure conviction: “And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift He gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to argue?” v17. If they got a problem with the matter then they would have to sort it out with the sovereign Head of the Church! He had been the One who had initiated and brought the whole thing about and Peter had just been the seeming reluctant servant in it all. So the issue was resolved – v18.

When the Lord does things that are different in our lives and experiences not everyone may understand at the time because there may be some strange element in them. However, there will be the sure knowledge and evidence of His word and working that will be undisputed witness to His administration. If others conflict, know how to answer so they will come to the conclusion that this is something of His doing. Do not cultivate an argumentative spirit but learn to explain things in a gracious true and clear manner and everything will be settled in a godly fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 25th


Rev. E. Anderson
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LIFE’S EXPERIENCES
It is true to say our lives are often influenced by the not so gifted and quiet people. May be it is because they are not a threat and welcome our spiritual input. When a pastor, I loved the pleasure of visiting these kind of people. It was where I got to know them and built a wholesome accord. Two spinsters. Mabel and Beth Rice at Louth where choice. How they delighted when I popped in! They did not have a lot in terms of possessions but in nature, love and consistency were outstanding. They were regular at the meetings and supportive in every way. They were worth their weight in gold to any Christian minister and fellowship. So many times in the past I have been most grateful for their presence, smile and contribution. It is nice to know I’ll meet them in heaven!

AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY
You live in a world of doubt and fear manipulated by Satan who persistently seeks to waylay your mind and spirit with such and so create a state of hopelessness, panic and restlessness. In Christ, through the Holy Spirit and God’s Word you can utterly negate and destroy them. His presence and promises far outweigh all that he can throw at you. He and his operations can and will be nullified by the matchless and miraculous power of God acting in your defence and attack. Enjoy living in the goodness of Him today for all is well.

DAILY MEDITATIONS
A BLESSED HOUSEHOLD– Acts 10: 34-48
The Lord certainly had some surprise in mind as Peter arrives at this Gentile home. It suddenly dawns upon his spiritual understanding that the Lord is truly interested in and committed to people distinct from his own race, Israel! It must have been quite a shock to his system! There is a divine conviction in his being that God does not show partiality and that “he accepts those who fear him and do what is right” – v15. The inspiration is upon him to make the Christian message known and to make the truth of Christ’s work plain to all who are assembled in the home.

What a response as he was preaching because it was to a captive, believing audience! They drank in every word and found no difficulty in accepting Christ as the message was being delivered. The Lord was so thrilled that the Holy Spirit was immediately sent and given to the household, so they were doubly blessed. They were saved and filled with the Spirit to the astonishment of those who had come with Peter who were Jews. In one moment this home was owned by the Lord in a special and significant manner and would become a permanent witness to Him.

When people are of this spiritual nature, the Lord will move in and demonstrate His grace and power. As real hunger for the things of God exist, then He has ways of turning up and doing things in an extraordinary fashion. It is good to know that He wills to bless households. You and your home can be wonderfully blessed by the Lord as you give Him room to come and operate. The Lord has no favourites but He does note those who have a high regard for Him and who seek to pursue the path of righteousness. Let your household be one that knows His grace in a unique way.

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May 24th

Rev. E. Anderson
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LIFE’S EXPERIENCES
One Saturday morning years ago, at the time when our firstborn was about 18 months, I was calmly reading the newspaper when he decided to climb on the table to walk around. I saw the threat and took action. Unfortunately he saw me coming and moved away from any contact. Regrettably he dropped off at the other side of the table that was close by a window which smashed in the descent. He caught the nape of his neck at the back and cut it badly. Immediately we had to rush to the hospital in Louth for attention. Whilst the doctors attended to him we prayed in the waiting room rather chastened. Having stitched it they kept him in the ward because they were worried whether he had damaged some other part. That night our home was desolate! Sunday was Breaking of Bread service, and having prayed for our son, we refused to detract from our real reason of spiritual gathering. Going to see him in the afternoon, he was up in his cot, chirpy and soon out and has never had any after effects. We are most grateful to the LORD!

AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY
The world in which you reside is full of uncertainty on a daily basis. Christ taught that each day is different and uncertain. The only real assurance is about the Lord who creates, oversees and overrules in its proceedings. You can be certain about Him. He desires that you be anchored to Him and His procedures and promises so that you can exist in believing that he will work everything out in His love, wisdom and power to your present and eternal good. Partnership with Him is the best thing that could be your lot because nothing surprises or baffles Him and this is to your blessedness.

DAILY MEDITATIONS
FAITH’S ADVENTURE – Acts 10: 9-33
The Christian life and experience must be viewed as one of an adventure in faith. God’s plan in Christ is to lead the believer and leader into that which is unique, inspiring and fulfilling. There will be challenges that will have to be taken up but as they are followed through yield great results. As Peter went on the house top to pray he little realized what lay in store for him. A vision was given that really shook him and filled him with perplexity as to its meaning. He was challenged to eat food that he believed was utterly forbidden but the Lord assured it was alright to do so.

He is not to be left in any doubt as men sent by Cornelius arrived at that moment and he was given a sound message: “Go down and go with them without hesitation. All is well, for I have sent them” – v21. He was to embark on an errand for the Lord not knowing what was purposed and so he is on a new enterprise that will require faith and commitment. Here he is, a Jew called to go and see a Gentile! This was not customary and in the usual order of things. The Lord was about to break a mould, and Peter was to be used in bringing it about in the Lord’s schedule.

The Lord does not want His people to settle down in a hum-drum existence but loves to see them stepping forth in faith under His inspiration and direction. There are always new things to be accomplished in and through the believing and obedient soul. As you seek the Lord truly in your life and affairs, sense that He has things to unveil that will make your service more satisfying and fulfilling as you respond to His demands. Do not lose the awareness that He wills to direct in fresh ways that will open you up to blessing others in a bigger manner and measure.

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May 23rd

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

You are encouraged through the Scriptures not to “Cast away your confidence which hath great recompense of reward” – Hebrews 10:35. Those early Christians were in danger of losing out because they were losing their spiritual grip. Satan was and is ever on the prowl to denude you of that assurance you have found in a through Christ and His Word. Your confidence will be rewarded at the right time in incredible fashion. So hold on until you enjoy its benediction. You may have a battle but you will experience the blessing!

LIFE’S EXPERIENCES

I recall when I had a real amusing answer to prayer but it was so true, memorable and encouraging. We were having a holiday in Mablethorpe years ago with good friends who helped us in our early days of pastoring. We were bathing early in the sea on the Monday morning having a time of frolic and fun. Suddenly the husband called out that he had lost the top set of his false teeth. Immediately he felt upset and so we all gathered where he was to see if we could feel them on the sea bed. It was a pointless quest. After chatting on the beach, I suggested we both go back to the front. Having arrived, I suggested he go one way and I the other. Before I started out, I prayed and told the Lord how vital these teeth were to this man and He was present to answer prayer. I had hardly gone twenty paces when rolling over on the crest of the wave was a top set of teeth. I never forget the joy and excitement of the occasion! When I tell the story of how the teeth fitted people get a good laugh. This has ever servted as an inspiration to pray for me!!!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

TAKEN NOTE OF – Acts 10: 1-8

It is quite something to be taken note of even when you are not completely aware of it. Such was the case of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, who had a tremendous respect for God and others. He was a man who impressed his household in a godly manner by his faith as it was carried out in loving service. He not only prayed regularly, he sought where he could do good for others in a kind and benevolent manner. Those around were truly impressed by the way he conducted his life and were happy to live under his command. He was taken note of by those near him.

More than this, he had real influence with God. As He viewed from above, there was a admiration and recognition of this Gentile. The Lord wanted to honour and reward him in a meaningful way and did so, first of all, by assuring him that his prayers were answered and his giving acceptable. There was much more in the pipe line for him and his household as he responded to divine directions. Immediately Cornelius takes notice of the inspired word and prepares himself and household for what is to be revealed by the Lord. His faith is quickly followed by obedience.

How much do you claim the attention of the Lord by your faith, devotions and liberality? He certainly observes the way people believe and behave and His eyes are watchful of you as to your manner of life. There is much more that He wants to accomplish in, for and through you and as you sincerely follow out His purposes in everything, He will similarly respond. Give yourself to God and others in simple and loving service and you will discover that all is observed by Him and in the process of time, and His arrangements, He will surprise with many choice things.

 

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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Subject  PROPHETIC PORTRAITS OF CHRIST

Zechariah 9 & 10

A preview is given of Messiah, Israel’s future Saviour and deliverer and what He will be to His people. There is a disclosure of His person and work and what a significant role He will play in the forwarding and blessedness of the nation. He will certainly make a powerful difference as His presence, influence and exercise is known. God’s people will have every reason to be assured and glad in the manifestation of His person and the input He will make.

1/. THE HUMILITY OF THEIR MONARCH – 9:9,10

This prophecy we know was fulfilled by Jesus Christ as He entered into Jerusalem prior to His crucifixion. He did not ride in on gallant steed or war-horse but on a domestic animal to the astonishment of all. The lowly animal that had never been broken in was mastered by the Master in humble fashion and in the event unveiled the quality of His person. There was no pride or arrogance in the Christ. He was different to other conquerors and this was His city!

2/. THE ABILITY OF THEIR WARRIOR – 9: 11-15; 10: 5-12

He is to be seen as one that is ready to enter into conflict and fight battles and emerge as the mighty warrior and conqueror. He is fully armed and sounds the trumpet and moves with great speed against His foes and to protect His people. Those that stand against Him have no hope of success because He has strength, skill and speed. When He moves out to fight His enemies they have good reason to fear and quake for they will prove to be helpless at the sight of Him and the demonstration of His omnipotence. There is a further portrait given of Him in the book of Revelation, mounted on His white horse read to lead heaven’s allied forces into battle. What a sight for the eye to behold! 

3/. THE MINISTRY OF THEIR SHEPHERD – 9:16,17; 10: 2-4

Yet another view of Him is as the Shepherd of His people and the revelation of His ministry to His flock. He sees them scattered as a flock but comes to rescue them from mortal danger and shows His intense love of and for them. They will be subject to His tender care and provision. He comes to take over the essential leadership so that they will be no longer in difficulty. He will also transform this flock in many ways so that they will take on His qualities.

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May 22nd

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

You are encouraged through the Scriptures not to “Cast away your confidence which hath great recompense of reward” – Hebrews 10:35. Those early Christians were in danger of losing out because they were losing their spiritual grip. Satan was and is ever on the prowl to denude you of that assurance you have found in a through Christ and His Word. Your confidence will be rewarded at the right time in incredible fashion. So hold on until you enjoy its benediction. You may have a battle but you will experience the blessing!

LIFE’S EXPERIENCES

I recall when I had a real amusing answer to prayer but it was so true, memorable and encouraging. We were having a holiday in Mablethorpe years ago with good friends who helped us in our early days of pastoring. We were bathing early in the sea on the Monday morning having a time of frolic and fun. Suddenly the husband called out that he had lost the top set of his false teeth. Immediately he felt upset and so we all gathered where he was to see if we could feel them on the sea bed. It was a pointless quest. After chatting on the beach, I suggested we both go back to the front. Having arrived, I suggested he go one way and I the other. Before I started out, I prayed and told the Lord how vital these teeth were to this man and He was present to answer prayer. I had hardly gone twenty paces when rolling over on the crest of the wave was a top set of teeth. I never forget the joy and excitement of the occasion! When I tell the story of how the teeth fitted people get a good laugh. This has ever served as an inspiration to pray for me!!!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DOING GOOD – Acts 9: 32-43

She was quite a remarkable and outstanding lady. Her Christianity was of a practical and social nature that influenced many. What she could do she did so with her whole heart as she made garments and cared for those in desperate need, especially the widows and the poor. So many people benefited from her gracious and generous doings that were wrought from a loving spirit and compassionate heart. The whole area had become dynamically moved by her constant contribution to the welfare of all. Whenever she saw a need she sought to minister to it. Her name Dorcas means gazelle and in a sweet manner she demonstrated her faith.

Little wonder that when she fell ill and died there was quite a stir. Folks were disturbed and truly distressed over her loss and when the Christians heard that Peter was not too far away sent for him. He believed for and worked a miracle for them in the name of the Lord and so she was resurrected and restored to the people. She was able to continue her good work with the added testimony of the miracle that had occurred. This ordinary woman became more extraordinary as she witnessed in life and good deeds the faith and goodness she had found in Christ.

It is important that once we have been saved and received the new nature in and through Christ that it is seen to work in the manifestation of loving service to others. Having become Christ’s, there should then be a true disclosure of His disposition in countless acts of kindness to all around. The best witness that you can give to those about regarding your Christian conversion is to shower them with gracious words and deeds. The manifestation of the ordinary through an extraordinary inspiration will have a telling effect upon your neighbours etc.

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May 21st


Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

The LORD is totally aware of all that is to come across your pathway today and has planned every step and sees all the possible challenges and difficulties. There is no need to be fearful or overly concerned because all is taken care of beforehand. Job could say centuries ago: “He knoweth the way that I take”. It is time for Him to oversee and work out all for you in this. Why not let Him and have the best day of your life.

LIFE’S EXPERIENCES

This concerns the conversion of my brothers and sisters which really happened when my mum was miraculously healed when we expected her to die. My father called us all out of bed one night when she was desperately ill. Whilst around her, there was a unique presence entered that colliery home and touched and healed her. The next morning she was up and around looking after a large household. She was full of God, singing praises, sometimes in tongues, and bringing a sense of holy conviction. Within a short while we were all saved and we loved, served the LORD for many years. My mum was lived until she was 89! The miracle really lasted!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DRAMATIC CHANGE – Acts 9: 1-19

The Lord in a moment is able to bring about dramatic change. This is what is recorded here of a man who was utterly opposed to Christ and the establishment of the Church suddenly transformed to become its greatest missionary-evangelist and teacher. One moment he is imbued with a desire to do everything in his power to completely remove every Christian from the face of the earth, and the next, he becomes renewed in such a way that he becomes the willing bondslave of Jesus Christ and devoted worker. He became sold out to Christ in love and mission.

In meeting Christ on the Damascus road the dynamic, inward revolution took place. He could not escape from the glorious Head of the Christian Faith and becomes convinced of His identity and authority, submitting himself to Him wholeheartedly from the outset of conversion. He said on recognition: “Lord what will you have me do?” – v6. This reveals his new faith and expresses his complete allegiance. From that hour he was to be sold out to Christ and His kingdom. No longer was he an enemy filled with animosity but a loving devoted believer committed to total service.

In reading of this man’s outstanding conversion to Christ it should aid in believing for others who are at present opposed to him. If Christ could save and then use the chief protagonist, it is possible to believe and expect that He will do the same in others who are set against Him. It is time that the Christian community started to believe for those at present in antagonism and resistance to Christ to be dramatically renewed by His grace. Pray and believe for such to happen, and it will.

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May 20th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

You have every reason to believe and be encouraged because of all the good things that have inwrought in you by your LORD. Not only has He give new birth, life and prospect in Him, but of directing, providing and protecting on a daily basis. He whose eye is on the sparrow is continuously fixed on you. He treats you with love and diligence and will be thrilled when you make it to your heavenly home and future. It will be worth is all when you see him.

IMITATION OF CHRIST – Thomas A. Kempis

The highest and most profitable lesson is the true knowledge and lowly esteem of ourselves.

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 ‘joy’ and this refers primarily to the knowledge and understanding that God seeks to impart to those who have a daily dynamic accord with Him. Those who really know and relate to God believe in His supreme power, that He can do anything. God the Father desires that His offspring through Christ will know how to perform in similar fashion.

JOY THAT COMES THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHRISTIAN ULTIMATES –Revelations 21 & 21 

The Bible at the closure of the book gives a glorious disclosure how all will conclude for the Christian believer and saint. He is left in no doubt whatsoever by Christ and the Scriptures that all is planned and guaranteed. God has not left it to the speculation of men or the ridicule of Satan on the issue. Jesus Christ came to prove there was a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. His death on the Cross was to assure the blessing of forgiveness and the prospect of a home and future in heavenly mansions provided by His love and generosity

The final two chapters are a suitable end to such an extraordinary book. Commencing with man’s beginning it gives clear disclosure how all is to end up for sinner and saint. No one is left to guess work. The opportunity through the Gospel of Christ is to make certain of one’s eternal destiny and that means making sure that Jesus Christ has become one’s personal Lord Saviour and of the life. It is through Him forgiveness of sins is possible, a new life and nature imparted to make certain one is fitted for heaven. The only guarantee of a sure place there is to be at one with God and the reality of it is extended through Christ.

The worst thing that could happen to a human being is finish up lost in hell. The only opportunity to be saved from it is through the God appointed way that God has obtained. Through the Cross a person can know the great blessing of being reconciled and restored to God the Father and be ensured a place in the heavenly home. Do not miss out on the choice of a lifetime

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNDER DIVINE DIRECTION – Acts 8: 26-40

In the midst of a great move of God in the city of Samaria the Lord had a fresh direction for the evangelist. It was rather strange that he was sent to desert road to Gaza, away from a successful ministry to meet one solitary man. He was ready to respond because he sensed there was something important in the Lord’s schedule. A very important person was making a journey by carriage; it was the treasurer of Ethiopia, a man of great authority and responsibility. This was to be a providential arrangement and Philip had a key role to fulfil as an evangelist.

To his delight he found him reading the Scriptures aloud as he was travelling. The Lord directed Philip to ask the relevant question – “Do you understand what you are reading?” – v30. The man was honest in his reply and made the remark that he required help and invited the preacher on board. In a simple, direct and sure manner Philip was able to give an inspired exposition of the passage of Scripture and lead this man to Christ. He became soundly converted and was baptized under divine direction. Both of the men had been supernaturally guided that day

The Lord is able to guide you in your work of witness for Him. Because Philip was busy already in working for Him in this way He could readily re-direct his servant into a new avenue. Possibly the Lord has someone in mind that He wants you to speak to and input today. Be open and sensitive to His leadings because the welfare of souls is on His mind and heart and He is concerned that all should come to know Him. There could be somebody of major note that He wants to bring into His kingdom through you that will prove to be an invaluable asset for Him.

 

 

 

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May 19th

Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

The LORD does not desire anything should be absent from your life of blessing and usefulness. He has not only blessed you with new life and birth. Latent within you, by His grace and goodness, is choice ability when used under His inspiration and direction will not only enhance others, such will take you forward to be and do in a wholesome and wonderful fashion. There is no limit He puts on you. As you permit Him to reside and preside, so you will be surprised at the good things achieved in and through you. May the best happen to and through you today.

IMITATION OF CHRIST – Thomas A. Kempis

If thou thinkest that thou understandeth and knowest much; yet know that there be many things which thou knowest not.

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 ‘joy’ and this refers primarily to the knowledge and understanding that God seeks to impart to those who have a daily dynamic accord with Him. Those who really know and relate to God believe in His supreme power, that He can do anything. God the Father desires that His offspring through Christ will know how to perform in similar fashion.

JOY THAT COMES THROUGH GROWING LIKE CHRIST – John 15

Christ taught a very important truth when he said “ I Am the true Vine, and you are branches” – John 15.He the revealed the influence and impact that would result from this union and communion. There would be some positive consequence of this life unit and sustaining, spiritual system. The very nature and quality of Christ would come to be manifest in a glorious degree, there would be wonderful answers tp prayer and joy would know no limit- “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you and that your joy may be full” v11. It was to be an abiding and abounding created and sustained by His likeness.

Christ was ever delighted because He lived according to His Father’s pleasure that brought immense joy in heaven. He stood out on earth amongst men because of the likeness to His Father. He could honestly and humbly say, ‘He that hath seen Me hats seen the Father.’ That is a very high and noble attainment and acclamation.

That is the most worthy comment and commendation that people make concerning you. The song that was often sung by may Christians was: “To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, All ask to be like Him”. May that be your prayer and pursuit. To obtain such must the grant aim of your life. Be assured, Christ will know immense joy to see this fulfilled in you. 

DAILY MEDITATIONS

Meditation Notes

A CITY STIRRED – Acts 8: 1-25

It was because Christians were scattered by reason of persecution that the Christian message spread further afield. Philip the evangelist was stirred by the Lord as he moved to Samaria and immediately began to declare and share the Good News of Christ with the people there. The message was listened to by great crowds and was confirmed by the Lord with wonderful miracles. In consequence, there was great joy in the city and many people became believers. They were stirred enough to respond to Christ and become His disciples.

There was to be, however, a further spiritual stirring in the arrival of Peter and John. Something more was needed to be known and experienced by these new converts. They must enter into the blessing of knowing the baptism in the Holy Spirit – vv15-17. There was to be no stopping short in their new life in Christ. It was imperative that they possess the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit possess them so that they and the city would be continually stirred by God. In such a short time the Christian message and blessing had impacted that metropolis.

There is a tremendous need for our communities to be divinely stirred in this day and hour. This will only be when Christian leaders and believers begin to move out and risk all for Christ. What was wrought in the first century can become true of the twenty first as the vision and passion for Christ is known. The Lord would stir you up with His Spirit and Word so that you will proclaim Him and His work and worth. As you do so, He will confirm His presence and power in the miraculous in your area where you live and labour. Set your place on fire for God and bring great joy.

 

 

 

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May 18th

Rev. E. Anderson
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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY
You have never confronted this day before. It has been appointed by the LORD for you and it is His will that you be blessed in it and make a success of it. Your life has been filled with immense potentiality and possibility through His grace and power so you can accomplish things you have never done before. Reliance on Him will ensure that He will give revelation as to plan and procedure and the wherewithal to perform. Make this day one to be happily remembered!

IMITATION OF CHRIST – Thomas A. Kempis
Be not therefore elated in thine own mind because of anyart or science, but rather let the knowledge given thee make thee afraid.

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 ‘joy’ and this refers primarily to the knowledge and understanding that God seeks to impart to those who have a daily dynamic accord with Him. Those who really know and relate to God believe in His supreme power, that He can do anything. God the Father desires that His offspring through Christ will know how to perform in similar fashion.

JOY THAT COMES THROUGH DOING GOOD –Luke 10: 30-37

Who can measure and tell the special delight of being able to perform some beneficial act to another person! Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan highlighting his generosity in aiding a man in desperate need. He must have found enormous pleasure in being able to render such a service even though he was a stranger. Two other people, a priest and Levite had the opportunity but missed out on a special blessing!

John Wesley made the affirmation for Christians to observe: “Do as much good as you can to as many people as you can, whilst you can.” This must become a mind and heart-set so that the world of people around feels the impact of the Christian community in loving deeds. Jesus became renowned for the wonderful things He did for all kinds of people in their need. What a delight it was for Him to bring relief too many who were in extreme crisis and circumstance. It says of Him: “He went about doing good . . .” – Acts 10:38.

Make it you number one priority today to render some choice deed for another. Go out of your way, spend your resources, employ your energy in stepping alongside someone and show a gracious and generous act. When you retire to rest, on reflection, you will be able to pray over the kind act, and who knows, you may well see some wonderful consequence.

DAILY MEDITATIONS
AN INSPIRED DEACON – Acts 6
There came in the history and experience of the Christian Church, because of growth and demand, for the need to appoint men who could serve in a practical manner with love and wisdom. It was with this in mind: to relieve the apostles and spiritual leaders to concentrate on the preaching, teaching and prayer. They had in their ranks a wholesome nucleus of people who suited the ministry. Amongst them was a man by the name of Stephen who came up to the qualifications required – “respected, and full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom” – v3.

As he served humbly and compassionately in this role, he was greatly used of God. He not only relieved the needs of the people in a practical sense, he was also blessed by God in supernatural ways in bringing healing and miracles. So many were touched by the Lord and enjoyed deliverance in various ways. It affirms: “Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people” – v8. He turned out to be a major asset as he laboured amongst the folks and, as a consequence, things went further ahead on all fronts for the Church.

In giving oneself in service to others, in caring for their temporal needs under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit on a regular basis, much more can be administered with His power. God would use you to answer other serious situations that exist amongst the people. Ordinary believers can be used in extraordinary ways as they learn to be ever filled and flow with the Holy Spirit. There is something that you can do for others and so improve their life’s lot and load in natural and supernatural ways. Put yourself at the disposal of the Lord, His servants and people for use.

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