welcome to this christian website

May 9th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Because of the interest and input into your life and being you are not only able to face each day in good mind and mood, you are able to negotiate it properly, purposely and successfully. There is nothing that you and he cannot confront and more than deal with it in a positive and productive fashion. Never leave God out of the equation but make sure of His presence and contribution and your achievements will be great and lasting.

IMITATION OF CHRIST – Thomas A. Kempis

If you knew the whole Bible by heart, and the sayings of the philosophers, what would it profit you without the love of God and without grace.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

POSSESSION OF AN EXPERIENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – Acts 2

Christ not only came to save and indwell you by His Presence but to make it possible that you might have the added blessing of the Holy Spirit in your life and ministry.  Just as it was essential that He knew what it was to be filled, blessed, led and used by the Holy Spirit, so He offers the pleasure and experience to all who claim His Saviourhood and Lordship. If such are to achieve all that is expected of them by God the Father, it is imperative that they experience this special blessing.

The first disciples were commanded not to leave Jerusalem until this became their lot. History indicates that they carried out the directive of Christ and so the day of Pentecost arrived and this unique, heavenly presence and power became their experience. Not one missed out on that day but ‘all were filled with the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2; 4. Because of their faith, obedience and supplication they were endued from on High with the dynamic of the third member of the Godhead.

Paul asked the question of infant in believers in a church at Ephesus as to whether they had received this blessing – Acts 19: 2. Because they hadn’t, Paul made sure that they were given the opportunity to seek and know it and they were duly blessed – v6. Be encouraged, today you have the right if you have been born again and are a member of God’s Family of this choice experience. Seek the Lord and receive this spiritual blessing and booster for your life and service and such will be yours. Have a Pentecostal experience!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO – Isaiah 65

It is good to be able to entertain a spirit of choice expectation in the mind and heart, where you are looking forward to something beautiful to happen in and from God. Here the Lord is setting His people up in whetting their appetite as to what is going to occur in the future. Their present may not be too brilliant, but the prospects ahead could not be better. A list of things is mentioned that will be of an unparalleled significance – v17 “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth- so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones any more.” He is to open a completely new chapter and way of life that will be utterly thrilling.

Amongst the things assured is this one on prayer: “I will answer them before they even call on Me. While they are still talking to Me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers” v24. This emphasizes the absolute, intimate knowledge that He has with regard to those whose faith is in Him regarding all of their requirements. Such is the relationship between God and His people they will know that He will take care of all, therefore, they need not be overwhelmed with anxiety. The conviction will ever be present and prevail that the Lord will answer all their demands.

There is no need to wait for this in the eternal future because it is possible to know and develop a sure and tranquil confidence in the Lord now on this front. Faith teaches to rest in Him and all the promises of His Word that He will answer each day with all of its current requirements. A divine awareness exists that assures that He has already taken account and cares about what is to occur within the next 24 hours. Learn to live in the spirit and attitude of a prayerful mind where you and all that appertains to you is placed in His capable wisdom and action.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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AN ISSUE OF IMPORTANCE

Zechariah 7

 

It seems that a number of them were anxious about an issue of great importance: the matter of fasting – vv1-3. The nation during its exile period has seen them engaged in regular fast days. This was so with regard to the anniversary day of the Temple’s destruction. They had been mourning and fasting on definite set days and seasons and were concerned as to whether such continue, hence the seeking of the prophet to find out from the Lord His mind. It seemed to quite a legitimate, sensible spiritual request they were making. They were to receive an answer from the Lord that was truly revealing.

1/. THE LORD RAISES THE MATTER OF THEIR MOTIVATION – vv4-7

The Lord immediately speaks the truth and makes His mind clear when he exposes what was latent in their hearts with regard to the holy festivals. He poses the question first of all that was very searching and plumbed the depth of their inward being: ” was it really for Me that you were fasting?” Was there an 2/. honest quest for Jehovah in the whole period of time or was it just a sham and drudgery? They had to answer this issue within themselves. It was needful to discover the spiritual driving factor within their deeds. The Lord lets it be known that as the pure and true Judge that even now in their present engagement there was an absence of divine reality – “And even now in your holy festivals, you don’t think about Me but only of pleasing yourselves.” It was certainly an eye-opener and not the kind of reply they were expecting.

2/. THE LORD REVEALS THE ISSUE OF TRUE FASTING -vv8-14

He then makes known that throughout their history it had been a repeated performance. They went through the rituals but there was no divine reality. What He was deeply concerned about was that there should have been an abstinence from all evil and an embracing of righteousness and goodness. It was not in what they should be refraining from by way of food but what they should be committed to in the matter of perform right and good deeds to each other and in truly honouring the Lord. The prophets had sounded out this message consistently but there had been a stubborn resistance to it hence the disaster. It was now time to settle this issue and get the priority right.

3/. THE LORD REMOVES THE ACT OF FASTING – 8: 18-19

The Lord comes back later on the matter and states the fasting factor must cease. The old traditional procedure must end and they must make the occasions times of celebration and joy. Above all they must get the emphasis right and begin to seek truth and peace. The divine values had to be put into correct perspective and they were to see what the Lord was really after. As they engaged in the true principles of belief and conduct they would meet His approval and they would have cause to be exceedingly glad. The Lord was not after a mourning people but a people who lived and acted to His standard behaviour that would give Him satisfaction and jubilation.