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Jan 14th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

One thing advocated in Scripture is that Christians should be given to hospitality, given to kind deeds to and for others. This was a spirit and action right at the commencement of the infant Church. As those Christians saw others requiring help and aid, there was no withholding. Barnabas on conversion was immediately impacted with this and gave his life simply ministering to others. It was what he could give that mattered and not what he could get. So today, be on the look out for believers and non-believers that you can readily bless in some practical, financial and personal way. Do not be blind to this requirement and missing the point of your being and service. You could lose your divine reward!

DAILY MEDITATION

PLAYING THE HARLOT – Ezekiel 23

In graphic word and detail the Lord discloses the awful corrupt condition of His people. He uses language so strong to describe how vile and sinful that the whole nation had become. He refers to Samaria, the northern kingdom, and Jerusalem, the southern kingdom as being as two sisters both being terribly guilty of harlotry and prostitution. The former kingdom, Samaria, had led the way in this and sold herself to evil lovers and as a consequence had been duly punished by the Assyrians. What a fate she suffered at the hands of this tyrannical power!

Did the southern kingdom learn from this? Did she take note of the track that those closely related to them had taken and observe the result to benefit? No. Instead of it serving as an awesome reminder of the end of this procedure of life, she became even worse than her sister. There was no real love and loyalty to the Lord, in purity and integrity; rather, there was a chasing after other gods that allowed them to behave loosely and immorally. The Lord was utterly disgusted in the way she sold herself in carnal pursuits. At every opportunity it seems she is prepared to play the harlot with anyone. She paid the price of sin.

When a person becomes a Christian it is in order to be wholly devoted to the Lord. He is to have the supreme place in the realm of the affections and commitment. No other love should be allowed in to take His place. There will be every effort on the part of Satan to entice and seduce so that the life and conduct are prostituted by the things of this world. Every Christian must be alert to the fact that they must not be conformed to this world but preserved from it by a complete abandonment to Christ. The Lord does not want any to suffer the fate of a harlot.

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Jan 13th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

One of blessed thoughts that can occupy the mind is the hope of relief at end of a very busy schedule and day. There is a looking forward to the moment when the task has been accomplished and you can rest your weary frame. This is how the Lord ordained it from the beginning of creation. A rest day was instituted for each week because it gave opportunity for the physical and mental renewal that was essential. There are many folks that seemingly go on tirelessly but there is a subtle danger in this of burn out that can have permanent and devastating effects. There is surely a divine wisdom that should be used in knowing when to lay things down and find welcome renewal. Dashing and going everywhere may look impressive but at the end prove to be most unrewarding. Keep a wise and jealous watch in this field because it could mean your salvation. Relief enables times of fresh reserves to be drawn upon and create renewal for a fresh start of significance!

DAILY MEDITATION

GOD IN QUEST – Ezekiel 22

This is an expression of the Lord’s viewpoint when Israel was in dire, spiritual straits. The chapter reveals how vile and corrupt the people had become. They were utterly wicked and wayward in their conduct and such warranted divine judgment of a severe kind. Nobody seemed to be interested in truth, purity and integrity and so the whole society was on a downward spiral. It was a very sad time for the Lord as He witnessed the despicable condition all around, in spite of all His devotion and hard work on its behalf.

The comment that is made in v30 makes alarming reading: “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” This is God in quest and how He must have been disappointed not to discover someone with a burden and commitment to see things changed! It would seem from the expression that one person could have made an enormous difference. The Lord wanted someone to really mediate on His behalf so that the evil of judgment could have been averted. But it was not to be.

No less is true with respect to the days in which the Christian Church exists. The downward spiral of society without and the weakness of the Church within call out for people who can and will make a difference. There is a demand for spiritual leaders and people who know how to travail and prevail in prayer and to stand out in the cause of righteousness for God. You can be that person who the Lord is looking for that can bring decisive change and divine transformation to these days.

 

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Jan 12th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

As Christ came to the crescendo of His earthly life and work He uttered in one word His success: ‘Accomplished’. In other words, “It is finished”. He could look back on a unique life lived and a task well done. This is what is essential for you to experience and to be able to affirm. You are given but one go in life here below and heaven and earth desire to know how you fare. Each day, task and commitment gives a revelation of your attitude before God, angels and men. You cannot afford to mess up your God-given opportunity. God is not simply an observer but has special interest in you really succeeding. So gird up your loins and give the LORD the best today by being at your best. In the end, you will be pleased that you accomplished and fulfilled heaven’s expectations.

DAILY MEDITATION

GOD’S SWORD OF JUDGMENT – Ezekiel 21

It is quite remarkable that the Lord should use Babylon as an instrument in His hand to bring judgment and correction to His people. Reading the brief prophecy of Habakkuk, one finds that the prophet was somewhat amazed and bewildered that the Lord should adopt such a heathen nation to be His sword of justice and judgment. As He argued, they needed to be chastised because of their wickedness! Why did the Lord use Babylon to be His weapon? It was to highlight the awful sinfulness of His people. In no way was He justifying Babylon in their conduct.

His people needed to get a real understanding and conviction of their terrible waywardness and sin and one of the ways was by employing this foreign, heathen power to administer judgment. Their suffering and banishment from the land may at last cause them to see how badly they had behaved especially in relation to rebellion against His laws and in the grave matter of idolatry. They would have time to reflect on the real reason why things had ended like this.

The Lord does not allow His people to get away with evil but has ways and means by which He would pull them up in their conduct and procedures. His rod of correction and sword of judgment still operates. He can even use the world to administer and bring vital spiritual amendment to His people. As Paul points out in 1 Corinthian 11:30; it is possible to be waylaid by sickness as a means of divine reprimand and discipline, and for some, it can mean premature death. One must not be guilty of treating the Lord in a shabby or indifferent manner.

 

 

 

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Jan 11th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Christ unmasks Satan, the Devil, and reveals him in his true colours. He shows him to be a liar and a thief and that he ever seeks to deceive and destroy mankind. He robs of the most priceless treasures: of God and His grace and blessing in and on daily living. He plunders men and women robbing of their morality, spiritual and eternity. People do not realise what a dangerous and damaging being he is, aided by other evil agencies. Christ came to unveil him and to give by His personal indwelling by the Holy Spirit in your life to know His plans and procedures and have complete mastery over him. So live in conquest today of the evil one and evil and life will be most fulfilling in and through Christ.

DAILY MEDITATION

AN UNATTENTIVE LORD – Ezekiel 20

Twice the Lord said to this people through His messenger: “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will not let you enquire of Me” – vv2, 31. The repetition indicates the mind and strength of feeling of the Lord on a most important issue. Although His dwelling place was still amongst them, He let them know, in no uncertain way, that as far as He was concerned He was switched off both to them and their praying. He was not interested in them approaching Him in enquiry or petition.

There was a justifiable reason why He should speak in this manner and adopt such an attitude towards them. They had manifested a constant rebellion towards Him throughout their history although He had been utterly favourable to them. He reminded them of all what He had done and how rebellious they had been in relation to His directives. Instead of doing what He desired for their good, they had been perverse and acted contrary to His good will and purpose. They had been switched off to Him; now it was time for Him to be switched off to them.

The most vital thing in life is to know the attentiveness and favour of the Lord in life. To possess the ear, heart and hand of God in life is a most choice and blessed factor. No one and nothing should be allowed to rob of His affection and attention. It is imperative that all have an access to Him and obtain His hearing at all times. Sin is the cause of the lack of His consideration if prayer is not answered – see Isaiah 59: 1, 2. Be certain that you are ever accepted of the Lord so that nothing interferes with your relationship with Him. The reward of this: His warm response.

 

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Jan 10th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Be the person of faith and assurance that Christ has called you to be. With His calling are the grace, gift and power to be this kind of individual. His first disciples were men of doubt and fear when He summoned them into His team. As they listened to Him and saw Him act so they imbibed His spirit and nature and began to believe and perform as He did. They left a dynamic testimony to what could be achieved through absorbing His life and authority. Christ still makes Himself available within His Church for all time. This is to be your season when you break out into faith and action that will leave a trail of blessing and inspiration for others to note and be impacted by. Let the flow of His life, nature and faith direct the oncoming days in a successful manner and measure.

DAILY MEDITATION

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – Ezekiel 19

A major problem that existed in Judah was the fact that the leadership failed to give the people the spiritual lead that it required. Here is a lament, an expression of sorrow and regret, because those in high positions of responsibility did not provide the quality directives either in their words or life-style. The princes or kings should have been divinely, inspired personnel making sure that the subjects had someone to look to as an example of faith, integrity and commitment to God and the welfare of the nation. That was why they had been appointed; but they failed.

Here they are represented as lions that grew up, learned to take the prey and suffered a quick demise. Because of the way they behaved they were not around for any length of time. The Lord did not allow them to continue because of the evil they practiced. Things could have been so different for them and the people but things ended tragically for them and the nation. The mother of these succeeding kings did not set a pattern as observed from vv10-14. She had been as a vine rightly planted but missed out in bringing forth good fruit and finished up ruined, as were her royal lineage. The leadership ceased to be, hence the lament – v14.

The Christian Church needs good leaders: those of spiritual quality and divine commitment. The people within the body of Christ require those above them to give sound direction both in belief and behaviour. How essential it is to pray that the Lord will raise up people who will stand for truth and righteousness, loving God and the people primarily above their own desires and pursuits. As the leadership succeeds in God so the prospects are good for the saints and the world at large.

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Jan 9th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

You have been placed in a very advantageous position in and with Christ. You have not only been forgiven and freed from sin by Him, He now indwells you and enables you to sit enthroned with Him in heavenly places where from this state, you are to reign and rule over Satan, sin and self. No longer are you the victim but the victor. Instead of being dictated to you now have the capability in Christ of overcoming the negative foes and forces that have sought your destruction. This year it is appropriate for you to move through your ascendant state into being more than a conqueror. So today, let us see this spiritual mastery in evidence so that you are a dynamic contributor to the kingdom of God.

DAILY MEDITATION

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – Ezekiel 18

The Lord made it perfectly clear that every person was responsible for their own decisions and conduct. No one could blame someone else for their choices and actions. As far as He was concerned, each individual was accountable for the way they believed and behaved. Children could not associate fault to their parents and neither could parents attach blame to their offspring in relation to themselves. Everyone had to face up to the fact that they had a mind, conscience and will of their own, therefore, they would be personally answerable to God.

If the people chose to do evil then there would be a heavy price to pay for choosing this way of living. The clear message was; “the soul who sins is the one who will die” – v4. It was necessary for all to understand that they must make the decision to opt for the life of righteousness so that they do not fall into condemnation and divine judgment. The appeal of this section by the Lord, to one and all, was that they would repent and turn from their evil ways and opt for the path of His righteousness. He finds no pleasure whatsoever in the death of the wicked.

In a world where everyone seems to blame others for its terrible condition, each one must be made to face up to their own personal responsibility and accountability. There must be no running away from the fact that God holds the individual liable for the manner in which they conduct themselves. It is imperative to distinguish between sin and righteousness and to opt to travel the virtuous and moral road that God approves of. In realizing the consequence of evil and the blessedness of that which is right, the right choices should be made.

SERMON FOR THE WEEK

THE STRENGTHENING LORD - PHILIPPIANS 4

ESSENTIAL: For life to make progress and be a huge success, then a main ingredient is strength. This is so both naturally and spiritually. One, for instance, can never be a potent sportsman without the abundance of energy and drive and other factors. It is imperative to be strong and able if one is going to really make it. The same can be said in the things of God. There can be no real accomplishment for God in the way He has determined unless there is the input and output of divine strength.

RECOGNITION: Paul had reached such a peak in his experience that he could honestly affirm : “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” – Phil. 4:13. That is some declaration! As far as he was concerned he had reached a point in his spiritual career when he thought and felt he could cope with anything and anyone that presented themselves as a challenge through the Lord. He was so reinforced by the indwelling and reigning Christ that all oppositions and obstacles were there to be taken and overcome. He could say with the psalmist of old: “the Lord is the strength of my life” – Psalm 27: 1.

OMNIPOTENCE: It is true and right to state that the omnipotence of God is at the disposal of every believer to draw upon in all of life’s situations. His strength is there to minister so that all kinds of impossible things from the human angle will be realized. This strength is able to flow in and enable the performance of staggering things. Here are a few to note in Biblical history.

1/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO CONCEIVE, HOLD A PREGNANCY AND BITH – SARAH

A woman is called to bring forth a child at the incredible age of ninety. The Lord gave a sacred promise to His servant and friend Abraham that his wife would conceive and give him a son. He kept them waiting at least 25 years before bringing the word to pass. This was a deliberate ploy on the part of God because He wanted to prove to Abraham both His love and power. He also would reveal His capability to Sarah. In Heb. 11: 11 it is affirmed: “Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age…” She saw things to a conclusion through divine life and energy.

2/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO CONTINUE UNTIL REALIZATION OF DREAM – JOSEPH

Much was forecast with regard to this fine teenager but little did he realize that he would be utterly weakened from a human standpoint yet made strong by God to face formidable things that would have devastated many. So much went wrong before they ultimately came right. What the Lord was seeking to teach him in the process and proceedings that he needed the inflow of His strength and power. And it happened – c.f. Psalm 105:19 margin “his soul came into iron.” Genesis 49: 23, 24.

3/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO EFFECT DELIVERANCE AND LEAD A PEOPLE – MOSES

One of the outstanding, courageous leaders of all time had to be reinforced by Jehovah. He allowed him to be an utter failure and met him at a time and age when it looked all up for Moses. But the Lord did a marvellous work of renewal and strengthening so that he was able to take on the might of Pharaoh and Egypt and take hold of the leadership of a desperate nation. In Exodus 3 we see the Lord nerving and arming him for the major task. What a success story it became!

4/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO PERSIST UNTIL PRAYER IS ANSWERED – HANNAH

There is no give in this woman until she obtains her heart’s desire and it all fell within the will of God – 1 Sam. 1. She is galvanized by God and determined to get her answer from on high.

5/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO COMMAND A BATTLE AND WIN – GIDEON

The Lord found this man in a weak frame of mind and spirit but he was willing and so was made strong to achieve a resounding victory for Israel at a depressed time in her history – Judges 6 & 7.

6/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO MOVE INTO THE ROLE OF INTERCESSOR – ESTHER

She never had it in her, and she knew it, but looked to the Lord to aid her in making intercession for her people that were in great jeopardy – Esther 4.

7/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO A NEW CHALLENGE OF WORK – NEHEMIAH

No one would underestimate the formidable challenge that was placed before this individual who had been fulfilling the role of the king’s cup-bearer. What a sight met his gaze as he viewed the broken walls of Jerusalem! What a prospect and with the certainty of a sinister and cruel opposition! But with unwearyingly mind and will the task was set about with the Lord’s input – c.f. Neh. 4:2, 6,23.

8/. DIVINE STRENGTH TO FULFIL AN APOSTOLIC CAREEER – PAUL

To review the life and work of Paul and to take note of His testimony reveals that he was able to get through a tremendous work load. He also had to deal with a host of things physically that would have destroyed many – c.f. 2 Cor. 11. He certainly had his endurance tests but succeeded in all.

The promise of God is directed to this end. It is stated: “Be strong in the Lord . . .” – Eph. 6:10 and that “His strength is made perfect in our weakness” – 2 Cor. 12: 9.

 

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Jan 8th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Your wisdom and strength lies not within your own gifts and powers but in the presence and supply that Christ gives on a constant footing. It is imperative that you learn to humbly trust Him to meet and minister to you first of all before you consider doing so to others. This takes time to wait on Him in order to ascertain and be sure of what He wills to accomplish through you regularly. It is your dependence on Him and reception of what He chooses to impart that is to make all the difference to your daily living and ministry. In union and communion with Him is the absolute guarantee that all will work to good and for His glory. Doi not waste your time and life in fulfilling your own agenda.

DAILY MEDITATION

A LESSON NOT LEARNED – Ezekiel 17

In the light of what this people had gone through one would have thought that they would have taken time out and thought about what had actually occurred amongst them. They had been invaded by the Babylonians and a lot of their people had been taken captive. They were now being threatened again by the same power and instead of really thinking matters through and making peace with them were looking elsewhere for assistance. It would have been wise and.action to respond to this formidable opposition.

The prophet made it clear with imagery and declaration that they were behaving stupidly. What they needed to do was to get right with God and to come to a true settlement with the Babylonians. Looking to others was a vanity they could ill afford. They would save themselves a lot of heartache and bloodshed and the city from ruination if only they would submit to the directions of the Lord. If the Babylonians had succeeded before surely they could do it again? But sin had hardened them into a senseless and rebellious condition.

There are major lessons for all to learn. Sometimes they are repeated in order to drive some understanding and sense into a person. Instead of neglecting or rejecting them, they must be taken on board, considered and rightly acted upon so that no further hurt or loss is experienced. It is highly dangerous to go on in courses of action that can only produce disaster. What lessons is the Lord majoring on in your life and affairs that you need to give attention to?

 

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Jan 7th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Look back on the first week of this year and assess whether you have made some progress in your life, spiritually, in your communion with the Almighty; naturally with the folks that are around you. Do not dismiss this procedure even if the progress has been slight. It is something for you to build on and in the next few days and can make a major difference that will change you and so enable greater, choice considerations of value gto be realised.. This year is going to be one of challenge that when accepted will introduce untold satisfaction. There is to be no going back or stopping in your tracks but an upward advancement that will promote others to something more significance for their lives and abilities.

DAILY MEDITATION

UNFAITHFULNESS TO GOD’S GRACE – Ezekiel 16

Again there was further reproof for this people as the Lord used another image to depict the terrible condition of His people. When He had first set His eyes on this people they were simply a non-entity with no prospects. He found them in a filthy and despised estate and determined, by the input of His love, grace and power, to do something about it. They were as a helpless, female baby, thrown out into an open field, unwanted and completely rejected. It required someone to show mercy and invest their compassion, time and effort on their well-being.

The Lord had done precisely this for Israel, making the people His own, nurturing and caring for them in an incredible manner until they had matured into something of worth. She became a beautiful queen, adorned with His goodness and taking her place among the nations. But then she prostituted herself, despising her true lover, the Lord, and began chasing after the ways of other nations and gods. Instead of being an incredible partner of the Lord she gave herself to everyone and everything. The Lord calls her: “You adulterous wife!” – v32.

When a person becomes a true Christian they in point of fact become married to the Lord. They are espoused to Him in a close, spiritual relationship, just like the marriage bond. It is all because of His grace that this is so. Christ finds all in a helpless, defiled state and in His love and mercy cleans them up and makes them His own. He has a destiny for them to fulfil in a spiritual union with Himself where He wills to shows the faithfulness and love of a choice husband. The calling of each believer is to be faithful to Him who has shown such grace.

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Jan 6th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Make it your daily business to hold conversation to converse with heaven, to talk to your heavenly Father through Jesus Christ the Son by the enabling assistance of the Holy Spirit. Also, make certain that it is two-way traffic. You must have your mind and ears open to what heaven has to say to you, what direction to take, orders and commands to obey, promises to believe. As these two spiritual principles are adopted and applied they ensure a sound and successful relation on the highest level which cannot be improved upon. They assure that all will be well now and stand you in good preparation for the life to come. When you arrive at your final destiny you will be able to speedily move into all the Father has planned for your eternal status. Alkl the commitment and effort now prophesies something greater!

DAILY MEDITATION

A USELESS VINE – Ezekiel 15

The Lord’s condemnation was upon Israel because they had failed to be what they should have been. It wasn’t because there had been a lack of commitment and effort on His part to make them a people of good quality and of establishing them in a unique position. He had desired that they should become a highly productive vine with fruit that would be choice and commendable. The potentiality and possibility had been there but the sad thing was they failed to become a nation of worth and value. They were a useless vine and a poor witness to His grace.

The point is being made here that if the vine does not yield beautiful and good fruit then it is utterly useless and worthless. The wood is good for nothing if it does not fulfil its destiny. It cannot be made it into anything that will serve the benefit of man. The end of such is the fire. This is the prophecy over this people because they had not achieved the objective of their being and destiny. All that could be their lot in the immediate future meant going through the awful experience of divine judgment, and that was inevitable fire.

The Lord appears to express Himself in similar terms in John 15 when He is referring to the fact that He is the Vine and Christian believers are the branches. There is nothing wrong with the life and health of the Vine itself but there can be with regard to the professed branches that are united with Him. Each branch must not only know its identity and union with Him; there must be the production of good, Christian fruit, if not, there are consequences to be faced. Christ said: “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” – v6. What a solemn and serious reminder!

 

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Jan 5th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Make it your daily business to hold conversation to converse with heaven, to talk to your heavenly Father through Jesus Christ the Son by the enabling assistance of the Holy Spirit. Also, make certain that it is two-way traffic. You must have your mind and ears open to what heaven has to say to you, what direction to take, orders and commands to obey, promises to believe. As these two spiritual principles are adopted and applied they ensure a sound and successful relation on the highest level which cannot be improved upon. They assure that all will be well now and stand you in good preparation for the life to come. When you arrive at your final destiny you will be able to speedily move into all the Father has planned for your eternal status. Alkl the commitment and effort now prophesies something greater!

DAILY MEDITATION

THE SIN OF IDOLATRY – Ezekiel 14

One of the great and grievous sins that Israel were prone to and guilty of was idolatry. This was in spite of the decreed, divine law which put it ever so plainly – “Thou shalt have no other god before Me” – Exodus 20: 3. It was the first commandment God had given so it could not be more obvious. He had given all the proof needed to show that He was the only God and that they should not adopt the beliefs and behaviour of the heathen nations around. Their existence, identity, history and present situation was evidence enough of His uniqueness amongst them.

The call over the past by the divine prophets was a summons to do something about this. Here, Ezekiel, is declaring God’s mind on the matter – “Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!” – v6. The Lord loathed this in particular and it was imperative that His people reveal an equal loathing. The best way to reveal this loathing was by rejecting this procedure and making sure that the Lord was in His rightful place and all these false gods be removed.

It is possible for idolatry still to be existent today. It has to be fully understood that anyone or anything that holds primary place in the heart and life before the Lord is an idol. An idol can represent a person or thing that is loved more than the Lord and assumes pre-eminence. When a person is converted to Christ there has to be a turning from all idols to believe in and serve Him alone. John states that every Christian must “keep themselves from idols” – 1 John 5: 21. You have a spiritual duty to make sure that the Lord alone reigns in your life and this evil does not exist.

 

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