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17/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

GOD IN CONTROL: It is good to be reminded of the fact that He is in complete control of the universe, this planet and all creatures. Angels and men will never be able to wrest His supremacy as He rules over all. It is a rich assurance that gives peace of mind and heart when all appears to be topsy-turvy. Since all was set in motion by Him He maintains a diligent hold on all and when all is submitted to Him works to the good and advantage of those who do so. Whatever your lot may be at this time, possibly not too good and understandable, place yourself and the situation into His wise and capable workings and as Paul affirms, you will discover that ‘all things work together for good to those who love God’ and hold Him in highest regard. It is clear from the experience of those in the Bible, those who loved God and accepted His rule came out on tops. And so will you!

WISE COUNSEL

SECURE IN STORM: As the wise saying puts it, the wicked are in deep trouble when the tempest and squalls of life hit their barque. It puts it like this: ‘when the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the (uncompromising) righteous have and everlasting foundation’ – Proverbs 10: 25. When an ill-wind really begins to blow those who are evil are swept away and are no more. There is nowhere for them to flee for safety. How different in contrast for those who make righteousness their life-style! The whirlwind comes but they cannot be swept away because they have a sure and stable foundation that is rock-like and unmoveable. They are still standing after the ordeal and have everything to live for and expect in and through God. Each individual has to show sense and make certain they are right and are linked with those things that are solid and approved by God.

THE BLESSED MAN

‘Blessed in the man who has learned to admire without envy, to follow without mimicking, to praise without flattery and to lead without manipulation.’

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16/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

DON’T SLEEP ON THE JOB: One of the things to be known if you are to be blessed and see the hand of God upon your life and labours is the need to be spiritually wide awake to Him and His directives. Satan, your enemy, would lull you to sleep by various means and take the sparkle out of your accord with God and interfere in your work and usefulness in the kingdom of God. In the light of the coming of the LORD and the world’s pathetic condition, you are caledl to be alert and at a premium for Him in worship and work. Keep an early vigil with Him and seek to maintain it throughout the ensuing hours so that when you come to end of the day you will be in tip top condition. Because you are a wake you can waken others and keep them awake and industrious inn the things of God. When your master arrives on the scene He will be delighted that you kept a spiritual vigilance.

WISE COUNSEL

MUCH TO EXPECT: This is an excellent, encouraging wise saying: ’the thing a wicked man fear shall come upon him, but the desire of the (uncompromisingly righteous shall be granted’ – Proverbs 10: 24. Two outcomes that must be considered and the right one responded to. Those who have no time for that which is good and favourable in God’s eyes exist in a fearful and hopeless condition. The future is bleak and not bright, full of foreboding and misfortune. Evil overtakes and ruins the evil person. Not so whose lives and actions are inspired and influenced by the LORD. The rich and wholesome desires entertained will blossom forth into a noble and fruitful status. There is an assured promise in Psalm 37: 8 – ‘Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ Having the LORD observing your belief and behaviour incites to wholesome conduct that is abundantly compensated.

SPENDING YOUR LIFE

‘Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing’ – Seneca

‘Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of’ – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

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15/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

ETERNITY EVER IN MIND: You must live out your life on this planet with this concept and conviction in mind: it is but a brief run in to eternity, the greater scene and life to be and is everlasting. God gives awareness that this is so in the Bible and expects you to be wise in your considerations, decisions and actions. Do not let eternity rush upon you and you discover too late that you did nothing or little about it. The things of the natural and earth try to gain the big picture and so many are deceived and invest time, effort and wealth in its pre-occupation and pursuits. One of the things to determine whilst you are is the discovery of what is most vital and valuable and then make certain you go in for it. Christ came to put things in perspective and when He is your LORD and follow Him you will not make any mistakes in this.

WISE COUNSEL

A CONTRAST TO NOTE: ‘It is as sport to a self-confident fool to do wickedness, but to have skilful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding’ – Proverbs 10:23. It is well to think about the two positions and in wisdom decide where your emphasis is to be. The person who only is induced and seduced to the satisfaction of carnal appetites in the present, indulgence in those pursuits that only gratify his natural senses is foolish. They are put deceitful and temporary and lead to the complete undoing and worthlessness of life. Ultimately such are rejected by God and an awful judgment wait. The wise sees and seeks that which is pure, right, wholesome and good and maintains a choice disposition towards them and sees they become the life and life-style. He can afford to rest and relax knowing he can satisfy himself on the best and in the end experience God’s approval. Make sure you have your values right!

FUTURE ASSURANCE

‘I am in perfect peace, resting alone on the blood of Christ. I find this amply sufficient with which to enter the presence of God’ – Mel Trotter

‘No one ever repented of being a Christian on his death-bed.’

 

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14/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

RESIST THE DEVIL: The directive of Scripture is: ‘Resist the devil and he will flee from you’ – James 4:7. The teaching and revelation of God’s Word make known the fact that man has a principal evil adversary that ever seeks his undoing and destruction. His name is Satan. He succeeded with the first human beings, Adam and Eve, and has not ceased in his endeavours to waylay every person in succeeding generations. He certainly wants you to believe he does not exist as it makes his task easier. Wake up to the knowledge that you have a spiritual, unseen foe that is ceaseless in his efforts to cause you to sin and be an enemy of God. Have no truck with him! Christ came to disclose him and destroy every power over which he seeks to harm you. Through Christ and the artillery He has provided, you can resist him and put him to flight and live in victory. Take issue with him today and drive him out of your life and you will be the better for it!

WISE COUNSEL

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD: What a welcome, refreshing knowledge to inspire your life and today and to be in possession of it! The wise saying states: ‘The blessing of the LORD – it makes (truly) rich, and he adds no sorrow with it’ – Proverbs 10:22. It is a most welcome experience to know the hand of God’s blessing on your life in every way when free from all that is of a painful and questionable nature. Joseph of old was singled out by God to be blessed and bless. Yes he had his particular trials that developed his faith but then such was rewarded speedily in an incredible manner and measure. He put him in a status and situation where he would be unquestionably enriched to help and enrich others and save a disastrous situation. Know today that it is the mind and movement of the LORD to open heaven on you and pour out a blessing that cannot be contained but has to flow out to bless others. The great blessing is the LORD Himself, but when He is LORD, blessing is fully enjoyed!

LIVE IT UP

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.’

‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.’

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13/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

A BALANCED MIND AND VIEW: To be able to deal with life well, there is the need for balance. It is so if one is walk and act sensibly. A wise diet and intake of food usually ensures the proper nourishment and development of the body. Certainly, in the use of our limbs, to walk good and sound, demands it. In the use of the eyes, both must be correctly employed to have the best of sight and vision. It hardly needs to be said that the mind must learn to think and ponder correctly and possess the finest of judgments because so much hinges on its correct decision and function. Some people go off at a tangent and lose it and the loss sustained can be quite enormous. There is a saying in this connection: ‘look before you leap’. In other do not be careless in what you are about to do. In so doing you could save yourself a lot of heartache!

WISE COUNSEL

RESTRAINT OF LIPS: The use of the lips is of major importance if you are to be made a blessing and obtain good favour of others. The wise saying has it: ’In a multitude of worse transgression is not lacking, but he who is restrains his lipos is prudent’ – Proverbs 10: 19. Do not be in a hurry to speak or to shoot your mouth off because it can land you in deep waters and create immense trouble. Learn to think before you speak so that you have educated your mind and mouth and your communications will have weight and worth. Having patience and a good understanding is a real safeguard and benefit in ordering your daily conduct. By doing such, others will seek you out and share their questions and problems with you and you will serve a blessed role in the building of their lives. Their thankfulness will overflow toward you and it will be your joy to see your wisdom and usefulness regarded in a becoming manner.

DON’T BE A LONER

‘If you don’t think it doesn’t pay to stick together, consider the banana. As soon as it leaves the bunch it gets skinned.’

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12/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

RECEIVING HELP: It is one thing to be a real help to others and find immense satisfaction and joy in being able to step is and assist others amidst their problems, but it is another thing to seek and receive the kind aid and support of others. We have to learn in life quickly the lesson of inter-dependence. Going and doing it alone is not the thing and eventually breeds contempt. The LORD allows difficulties you cannot resolve in the hope you will not only seek Him for solutions and guidance, but to resort to others who have been appointed to act on your behalf. Christ sent Paul from the Damascus Road experience to go into the city and he would receive help and direction there. Ananias was the one to be commission to serve him to good effect. So, be alert to the fact that today you may require the choice aid of someone else and so build a spiritual bond and fellowship!

WISE COUNSEL

A GREAT AND WORTHY EXAMPLE: The following is self –explanatory: ‘He who heeds instruction and correction is (not only himself) in the way of life (but is also a way of life for others.  And he who neglects or refuses reproof (not only for himself goes astray (that also) causes to err in a path toward ruin for others’ – Proverbs 10: 17. Certainly, this is relative advice to one and all. It is imperative that you set the best of example for others, especially the young, that they may have a visible testimony that it really pays to always do what is right and good. There is a blessed two-fold consequence of hearkening to the best, you are saved and greatly blessed and those who copy the pattern set likewise. When you are not messed up and become a failure, the impact you make for the well-being of others is immense!

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11/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

WIDE AWAKE: Having risen this morning with eyes wide open to use them to good effect, see that likewise your spiritual peepers are also open to take in the spiritual sights and enhance your knowledge in that field. Ask the Lord to give you vision of what you really are to view and sense in and through him. The Old Testament prophet, Elisha, had to ask the LORD to open the eyes of his servant who could only behold an army set against them, all around. After given true sight he could behold an angel army looking after them and the situation, their own safety being safeguarded. Today, it is imperative that you know what it is to live in this world to see from two angles. The spiritual sight will keep you in the driving seat and in tranquil mind and mood and capable of answering all that comes across your path both natural and spiritual.

WISE COUNSEL

USING WEALTH WISELY: ‘The earnings of the righteous (upright, in right standing with God) lead to life, but the profit of the wicked leads to further sin’ – Proverbs 10: 16. It is the upright that knows how to use his riches to good effect and profit. Instead of wasting his substance on riotous living, such is invested in programmes of blessing and helping others amidst their need. The realisation is present and commitment made that he occupies his healthy situation financially because what he gathers and earns is lovingly and wisely used not so much for personal gain but for the advantage of the less fortunate. Te wicked indulges his money and earning on self pursuits and gratification and at the end of the day has nothing to show for it. Make certain that as the blessing of the LORD abounds in your affairs such is employed to the well being of others. In so doing, much more will flow your way!

OPTIMIST:

‘An optimist is one who thinks the preacher is nearly finished when he says, “Finally” .’

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KINDNESS REWARDED: When kindness is expressed it is the sowing of choice potential seed that is bound to be compensated. Ruth was self-forgetful and was committed to seeing her mother-in-law’s need in her crisis. She goes out to work hard gathering seed that had fallen in harvest and in the hot sun she laboured for another to provide – see Ruth 2. Her kindness was not to be overlooked because the owner of the field, Boaz, was rich and kind too. How impressed he was with Ruth’s caring attitude and so blessed her in a very kind way! It became a turning point for Naomi sensing things were now moving to her good. This account is intended to teach and emphasize the need to follow suit in life. Go out of your way today and do somebody some good, yes, even a stranger and see the results. Never do you copy the LORD more than when you inherit and manifest His disposition!

WISE COUNSEL

A GOOD STOREHOUSE: ‘Wise men store up knowledge (in mind and heart), but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction’ – Proverbs 10:10. Every person that is sensible can become a walking library wherein is all the know-how how to live well and be blessed. You can become a veritable storehouse where all the understanding required to be successful is found. Others can draw upon the wealth of wise counsel that you posses and benefit beyond measure. Having wisely learned and now you are a treasury where others can resort and prosper in remarkable ways. You are not classified with the stupid ad ignorant but can take an honoured place at the gate of the city and be a wise teacher. Others will bless you that you took the time to learn and then become a teacher! The option is with you to become a storehouse of knowledge!

GOD’S CALLING:

‘If God has called you, do not spend your time looking over your shoulder to see who is following.’

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9/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

HELP: There are occasions when you are called upon to render assistance to someone who requires a helping hand because what they are doing is too much for them. To bring relief and rescue a situation is an honourable task and duty. The LORD gave Eve to be a helpmeet to Adam because he was incomplete without her role by His side. Look for opportunities to give someone a lift in a quiet fashion so that they are thankful you are there to perform such a role. It is a wise thing to be a help to others because one never knows when you require a helping hand. The apostle Paul was full of appreciation and admiration for a host of people who came alongside him to help him in his mission for Christ. Today, have your eyes wide open to note who could do with some support and backing! Your day will be rewarding!

WISE COUNSEL

A MOUTH OF BLESSING: ‘The mouth of the (uncompromising) righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence’ – Proverbs 10: 11. What a contrast there is in this affirmation with regard to the utterances that flow the lips! The mouth can be an immense ministry of good or evil and is dependent on its owner. Remember it is the positive that should be aimed for daily. What you say and utter can make a world of difference all around. Make sure that you be a well-spring of life that when people here your voice and utterances they feel inspired in so many ways to become a better person and do a more choice service. People travelled from afar to hear Christ speak and were amazed at the wise and gracious words that flowed from His lips. You could do no better than to copy His example. Let not your mouth become the source of violence and someone’s undoing!

A TRIBUTE

‘Live in such a way that the preacher can tell the truth at you funeral.’

 

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8/08/18

THOUGHTS TO QUICKEN AND INSPIRE

Pastor Ernest Anderson

JOY THAT SUSTAINS: A choice blessing that contributes to life and keeps it going is the possession and release of divine joy. The good news is that the LORD is exquisite in His rapturous delight.  He loves to share this with His creatures, especially those who now constitute His new Family in and through Christ His unique elation. You have every cause to be inspired by Him in this way because of what He is to you, what He is doing and yet to accomplish. He has not treated you harshly in spite of your sinful state but has freely and fully pardoned and freed you from your past doings and given you His new nature. Besides placing you in His heavenly Family, He has become your Father and extends His provision, direction and blessing on your life on earth. There is also the prospect of sharing heaven eternally with all its bliss and blessings. And so on! You ought to be over the moon with a sense of pleasure at the awareness of these real factors and let you joy know no bounds today!

WISE COUNSEL

A SECURE ROAD: This is what is assured through the counsel from Proverbs 10: 9 ‘He that walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished’. One cannot afford to take a devious route by wrong-doing but make sure that life is lived honestly and decently so the outcome is sure to be the best. The options and opportunities are presented to all to go in for believing in and doing what is true, sure and upright and reap the blessed consequences. Do not assume but make sure of your bearing and goings! There is another wise saying which affirms: ‘There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but te end thereof are the ways of death.’ Take time out with the LORD no and assess correctly that you are going under the right direction with His compulsion and propulsion. In so doing, you will have no regrets! Do not finish up on the scrap heap!

LIFE

‘Engraved on a tombstone: “I expected this but not yet”.’

‘Oftentimes we don’t appreciate life until it’s time for it to end.’

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