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Nov 7th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS IN GUIDANCE

It is so essential as a child of God to become aware of the ways of the Lord and have a commitment to do His will. He seeks to create and nurture sons who want to know Him and to fulfil His designs for both their life and work. The wise proverb gives direction here in securing His guidance: “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” – Prov 3:5,6. And of course we have the inspired example of Christ to observe who said: “I always do those things that please the Father” – John 8:29. You will make a huge success of both your life and labour as you make it your priority to know and do what heaven plans for you. The psalmist states that something good of worth happens to those who positively respond to God in this. They become ‘like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth his fruit in its season’ _ Psalm 1. Make sure you are going in the right direction today!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

NO LOOKING OR GOING BACK – Luke 17: 20-37

There is always a present danger of having been saved by Christ to look and go back to the former way of life. Christ made a salient point when He mentioned about Lot’s wife. He said, “Remember Lot’s wife” – v32. This shows that what happened to her was to serve as a lesson for subsequent generations. She had known what it was to be delivered from the fiery judgment that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah and yet finished up divinely judged because she looked back in disobedience. She was turned into a pillar of salt and left as a standing witness.

The prevailing problem was that her heart was still in the place she had been saved from. In no way was she either grateful to the Lord or her husband that she was out of that awful evil environment. The opportunity was before her to cut a new life and have a totally fresh beginning with the Lord but this was not in her. The looking back was a declaration that she wanted to go back. There was nothing in Sodom of any good or worth and one is surprised that this is how she felt. How better it would have been to have pressed forward into a new future with God!

The temptation ever exists in this world for the Christian believer. Satan seeks to make everything without most attractive and seductive in order to draw back into the former state. No way does he give up in his relentless effort to cause the saints to return to their previous behaviour. Demas loved the present world and so gave up on his faith and relationship with God and Paul. Do not allow anyone or anything to come in the way of your devotion to and relationship with the Lord

SERMON FOR MEDITATION

THE ENRICHING LORD – Romans 12; Eph 1; 1 Cor 1:

A RICH LORD: No one can match the Lord for riches, indeed all belongs to Him. The psalmist affirms the immeasurable wealth of the Lord – Psalm 24:1; 50: 9-12. All that any person possesses is simply loaned to him, yes, also his breath! The Lord is not lacking or without on any front. He is the rightful creator, owner and possessor of all. When any individual gives to Him there is only the giving back which is truly His in the first place. It is He that gives power to make wealth, too.

A RICH GIVER: The Lord is not just simply loaded with immeasurable wealth, He seeks to bless and bestow it upon His creation and creatures so that all can benefit greatly from it. The revelation of Scripture of the Lord is that of a beautiful, bountiful and beneficial Giver. Out of His infinite resource He is willing and capable to enriching all that come to Him to be blessed by Him. He can do this in relation to spiritual blessings – Ephesians 1 or even those of a material kind – Job 42:12.

It is good to recognize those vital areas in which the Lord seeks to enrich and remember that He is consistently the same with regard to this matter – James 1:17.

  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE PRESENCE – LUKE 24

 

    1. The best thing that the Lord could do was to come into this world and enrich the world with His Presence. The incarnation of Jesus Christ in God entering a human body in order to get near to man and to bless Him with His closeness and friendship. He, being with a person or group, makes all the difference. The two men on the road to Emmaus discovered what He could when He drew near! He brings a dynamic lift into life as He joins the relationship.
  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE PROMISES – 2 CORINTHIANS 1:20

 

Those that belong to Him He has a way on blessing them with untold guarantees that make for the enjoyment of life. They are indeed the promises of God that affirm all the things that He will do for those that have received Him and fall in line with His precepts. To those that are His genuine believers and disciples He assures them of untold good as they follow His directions and disciplines. Love, peace, joy etc., all become available in and through Him.

  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE FAVOUR AND GRACE – EPHESIANS 1:7

 

    1. He possesses the power to grant a relationship with the Godhead that initiates into a rich standing of favour and good. He comes according to the riches of His grace to bestow the grace of forgiveness, election, sonship, the sealing and anointing of the Holy Spirit, His headship in life, a dynamic spiritual environment and so on. etc. John speaks as of receiving grace upon grace – John 1:16.
  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE LIFE – JOHN 3:16

 

A major factor is to be the recipient of eternal life and this none other than the same quality life of God. Natural life must possess the very essence of the divine spirit and nature if it is be lived sublimely and prosperously. Sin cut man off originally from the life of God. The Lord has come to restore the lie-line and make it possible to draw upon the life of God. Without the Lord, man simply exists at a natural level and only knows the extent of this world to a degree. But the Lord has come to switch on life in its truest and fullest sense – John 10:10.

  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE FAITH AND GIFTS – ROMANS 12; 1 CORINTHIANS 12

 

Man, to a great extent is mortified with a sense of fear and lacks in many areas to live a life of true divine fulfilment and satisfaction. The Lord has the capacity to bestow the faith to live and to bless with abilities that enable the life and work to be useful and highly productive. The Bible is full of people that received from God the faith to believe and the power to perform and to achieve incredible things. It happened to old and young. Abraham was 75 when he started to receive faith and exercise it and David was but a youth when he knew the faith of God in his being. And what powers became theirs as the Lord enriched!

  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE PURPOSE – JEREMIAH 1; ACTS 9
  • One thing that the Lord endeavours to do for those who come to know Him and that is to give a sense of destiny. He makes clear that life should have a significant and noble design and intention through it and this should not be lost or missed. To Jeremiah He makes known that before he was born he was destined to be a prophet of the Lord, bringing divine revelation of a unique order to his day and generation. To Paul, there is the knowledge he had been singled out to become a great missionary-preacher of all time and a pattern to succeeding generations of what the Lord’s grace and gift could do – 1 Timothy 1:18.

 

  • HE DESIRES TO ENRICH WITH DIVINE HOPE – 1 PETER 1:3
  • The simple thing is: make sure one knows the Lord and that life is enriched by Him at all levels. Certainly this applies to man’s eternal future and prospect – 1 Corinthians 15. It is not enough to have hope and certainty with regard to this world and life – v19. He offers the broad scope and prospect of eternity that assures of a future that will be pleasurable, profitable and without end. There is an inheritance yet to be possessed of infinite worth.

 

 

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Nov 6th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS IN BLESSING

Whatever you have known in terms of the blessing of God upon your life, home, ministry, etc., you are to be assured that there is to be a fresh initiation of blessing. Looking back you can see and trace the good hand of your Lord achieving some wonderful and memorable things. The assurance to you today is that such is but the basis of much more to come. Centuries ago a prophet said to a king: ‘The LORD is able to give you much more than this’. It is time for you to know a real and powerful breakthrough in terms and tokens of the grace and blessing of heaven. One of the reasons for Christ coming into your life and being was to commence a life of his untold goodness and it is now time to know it more and more. Note this day as a red-letter one where you move into something bigger and better than you have known and experienced.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GRATITUDE – Luke 17: 11-19

One of the essential things to be expressed and developed in life is that of showing gratitude. When choice things happen to a person from another individual there ought to be the giving of thanks in genuine response for the kindness. Ten men came to Christ in a desperate situation. They were all lepers. In those days leprosy was regarded as more than just a physical disease because it had both societal and spiritual consequences. Other people kept their distance because they did not want to become infected and become subject to it and so be alienated as well.

Ten men stood at a distance crying out to Christ to have mercy on them, and He did. He gave them a command to go to the priest to show they were free from the cursed evil. They believed and as they went were healed. What a thrilling moment it must have been for them to discover there was no trace of it on their bodies! One was immediately grateful and felt that his first duty was to go back to Christ and show his gratitude. He was overwhelmed as he threw himself at Christ’s feet to say thanks. Christ was surprised that the others had not returned and makes the point it was a Samaritan that was different.

One of the great teachings of the Scriptures is that people, especially God’s chosen ones, should be thankful. There is an exhortation which affirms: “In everything give thanks.” This should evidently be the life style of the child of God. The Lord has been and done so much for all, particularly those who have been regenerated by His grace and Spirit that should create a continual state of gratitude. Today, make it your business and pleasure to give thanks to the Lord for all that He has done for you. And don’t forget to thank others for the little as well as the big things.

 

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Nov 5th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS IN CHALLENGE

You have been able through your lifetime to face many seemingly impossible challenges and succeeded in dealing with them. They have been of a varied nature and wisdom, grace and strength have come so that you have had the pleasure of achievement. They are but the platform for the confronting of bigger ones. Do not be scared or alarmed at their size and demands for you have been prepared by the LORD to meet and overcome all. Abraham discovered as he responded to God’s initial challenge he was able to positively respond and so set an inspiring example for others to copy. He had to move on and discover God opening his life by such and so leave a tremendous pattern for his family and nation to follow. So today, face the facts. God is at work in you to see you rise to be and do something that will make angels and men take note.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

OFFENCES – Luke 17: 1-10

Two things are mentioned here of note by Christ that must be guarded against. The first is not to be guilty of causing offence: such is sin. A responsibility is taught that a jealous and constant watch must be kept in relation to self that it does not permit either in spirit, attitude, word or deed to cause grievance to God or other people. The principle of sin within a person would cause them to do damage to others by way of offence and hurt in all kinds of ways. Sin within must be dealt with so that it is not allowed to function and spoil the individual or others.

There is also the matter of being offended: when people do evil things to a person, what is to be the response and re-action? It is to deal with it in a God-like manner. Instead of taking umbrage and being angry and resentful, take the immediate attitude of forgiveness so that the offence is not allowed to grieve and embitter. The spiritual grace of forgiveness is the best antidote to the wrongs that have been committed. By this kind of reply the evil is quickly dealt with and ceases to have any continuance and rule. To forgive means that the person is in complete charge over the evil and expresses conformity to God’s nature.

Through Christ and the Holy Spirit it is possible for every Christian to develop greatly on these fronts. No Christian should be willfully doing wrong to others but should be committed to expressing grace in every way to everyone, to Christians and non-Christians alike. When wronged, instead of making a hue and cry against the evil and evil-doer, and building up a resentful attitude, there should be an overflow of forgiveness that wipes out the offences. In doing this, there is the basis laid for great reconciliation and blessing. Today, make sure that you keep clear on both these fronts for by so doing, you will know the abundance of God’s blessing.

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Nov 4th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS IN DESIRE

It is always good to have new and fresh desires born within your heart especially of a divine order. So much that the LORD brings about within life commences and is initiated in the heart in terms of good longings. As you long after the LORD you will discover that He will generate wholesome and worthwhile yearnings that commence wishes that He brings to fruition. The psalmist gave good counsel when he advocated: “Delight yourself in the LORD and HE WILL give you the desire of your heart” – Psalm 37:4. I remember praying as a teenager that the LORD would give me the right young lady, a blessed family and involvement in His service. He led me to lead a young lady to Christ and then to the altar. He has given us a choice family of three children, 9 grandchildren and four great grandchildren and used us in over 60 years in His kingdom business. May He impart to you rich, new desires and bring them all to pass!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

MISSED OPPORTUNITY – Luke 16: 19-34

The story told here of the rich man and Lazarus is not only about the ultimate destinies of both but of the fact that the former failed to seize hold of a golden time an occasion in this life to achieve so much good. He had been blessed with so much wealth and goods that he had the opportunity of ministering relief to those in unfortunate conditions. Instead of being taken up with gratifying his own needs he ought to have brought untold blessing to those who were in desperate circumstances. He had one man right outside his gate on a regular basis, an individual that he could have done a great deal of good to.

There was an evident lack of compassion and good will inside of him. He was not switched on whatsoever to expressing some grace and kindness. It is obvious that he failed to see what his responsibility was in relation to his prosperity. It was not for his sake alone but that he might benefit others who stood in poverty and need. The time came when no longer would it be opportune and the tables would be reversed. He was to pay dearly for his criminal offence forever.

It was John Wesley who said the following: “Do all the good you can to as many people as you can, whilst you can.” The reason why Christians are blessed with much is in order to enrich and relieve the conditions of others that they may witness the dynamic of practical Christianity. The best and most effective sermons to be preached are in good deeds. As this day stretches before you, take the opportunities that are at hand to minister as much good to as many as possible. It will prove worthwhile.

 

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Nov 3rd

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects

NEW BEGINNINGS IN PATIENCE

Just when you think you are making progress in the issue of patience something happens that really puts it to the test. When facing such you reckon you are just beginning! No. There has been some developments in connection with it but if it is to reach its maximum then each fresh stage has to be negotiated well. Joseph certainly seemed to learn patience in Potiphar’s home but when in prison it was severely tested before it climaxed well and yielded profit. He certainly required a great deal more for ruling and dealing later with his brothers! The LORD is getting you ready for something distinctive but now you are in circumstances where you are sorely tried. Let patience have her perfect work so that you become entire and complete person prepared for shouldering something really significant and worthwhile.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

TRUSTWORTHINESS – Luke 16: 1-18

It is one thing to trust God but the counterpart to this is, God being able to trust men. He has given all the grounds and reasons why men should be able to place their utter confidence in Himself, His words and His deeds. In no way has He or is He likely to fail mankind, therefore, all men should make Him the basis and inspiration of their faith and living. He is worthy of absolute dependence because He is altogether wise, powerful and loving and desires to be man’s greatest friend, director and asset in life. The wise person makes God the foundation of their faith.

But it is two-way traffic. He is looking for individuals who He can trust and vouchsafe to them a calling and talents that will be sacredly and successfully used to enormous profit. Whilst He wills that His servants be shrewd, He wants them also to be honest and industrious in a righteous manner. It gives him enormous pleasure when He beholds those who go about the business entrusted to them in a becoming way. The point being made is that the present life is a proving ground for a bigger calling and work. An eternal destiny stands waiting for the true workers.

Fidelity is a divine quality that God places a great premium on in the kingdom of God. It is not only important to have a divine vocation and task to perform but also to perform it with a sense of trust. There will come a day of accountability for all within Christ’s kingdom, hence the necessity to do all things right and zealously for the Lord and the consequences will be immense. Remember, He has called you to be a trustworthy servant and it is important to know the things He has entrusted into your care for your progress and enrichment of life and work, for His glory.

 

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Nov 2nd

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects

NEW BEGINNINGS WITH GOD’S PLANS

An assurance was given to the ancient nation, Israel, when she was in great straits and virtually a non-entity by Jehovah: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” – Jeremiah 29:11. Things looked bad and the prospects empty and dark, but God lit up everything up with this golden affirmation. No matter how far you have come and what you have accomplished, remember this, God Almighty has greater plans and purposes on His drawing board for you that are soon to be disclosed. He is able to bring you out of one extreme into another and underline the fact; he has not finished with you yet. As you wait on Him you will discover this to be so!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

CONCERN FOR THE LOST – Luke 15

In Luke 19: 10 Christ made it clear that one of the main reasons for His advent into the world was to come and seek and save that which was lost. This was a real mission that He was on and He gave Himself to it. The Pharisees and the teachers time and energies with sinners – Luke 15: 1, 2. As far as Christ was concerned no better compliment could be paid Him. This was His concern and commitment and required His loving service. They were the people that stood in desperate need of His attention and affection.

To press home the truth and fact He told three parables about lost factors: a lost sheep, coin and son. They were telling accounts of the desperate search of a shepherd, woman and father in the quest of seeking a sheep, coin and son found and restored. The account of the loving father and lost son appears to be the most telling of all. Although his son had plummeted from the heights of His grace and favour and sunk into a lifestyle of sin and debauchery, the father had not lost a true concern for him. He was certainly glad to see his wayward son return.

The Christian Church must make Christ’s concern its own. It has a loving duty to reach out where the sinners are and to seek and see them saved and restored to God in a beautiful relationship. No effort must be spared in seeing this fulfilled. Like the shepherd and the woman, the daily quest should be on in looking for the lost and in showing a real, divine compassion towards them. What are you doing in the way of outreach to lost souls? It is time to ask the Lord to give both a love for and an obvious activity in winning them to and for Christ. There are multitudes of people that still need to be brought to Christ. Make sure you do your part.

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Nov 1st

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects.

NEW BEGINNINGS WITH GOD’S PROMISES

You were saved and brought into God’s Family on the basis of divine promise. He assured you of a great salvation the moment you placed your faith in what Christ had done for you on the Cross and in His resurrection life and power. This is but the start of trusting Him for everything in this life as well for life and heaven after death. He is at work in a continual sense where you become a big believer in Himself and all that He has declared in the Bible what He wills to do now for you. There has to an increasing opening up of yourself to what He wills to underline what He plans to bring about even though the things are of an impossible nature. Abraham did not have just a single promise but many and moved forward into a memorable life of progress. See what God is seeking you to believe for now and trust its realisation!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

EVERYTHING IS READY – Luke 14: 15-35

The Lord makes the pronouncement: “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God” in v15 and then adds: “Come for everything is now ready” – v17. He is declaring that the message to be declared to all men is one of an invitation to a divine feast, where people can experience and enjoy the delight of banqueting with God on rich and wonderful dainties. What He was going to effect for man would make it possible for people to draw nigh to God’s table of fulness and variety and know a bountiful fellowship with Him. Since His coming He has provided for man’s appetite and satisfaction. All has been done and provided for.

It is not a matter of knowing the blessing of sin’s forgiven but of daily feasting with Christ on a wonderful diet. It is the spiritual and inward part that is to be catered for. He satisfies by giving the wine of His Spirit and stimulating food from His Word that energizes the mind, heart and will and makes the individual healthy and strong. There is the rich provision of fellowship with the saints in gathering at this sumptuous table. No one is to be left out for all are bidden and must come.

The Lord is more than able to satisfy the demands of all men of every generation. His summons must still go forth through great preaching that the call of Christ is to enjoy a fulness of provision in life for all of life. He has the capacity to provide for the greatest need that may exist on any front and in any life. The call of Christ to you today is to come and taste and see that He is good. Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, heard the call of David in spite of the fact that he was lame to come and dine at his full table – 2 Samuel 9. He responded, and so can you to Christ.

 

 

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Oct 31st

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects

NEW BEGINNINGS WITH GOD’S PRECEPTS

One of the great reasons for the giving of the Holy Scriptures is in order to give pure and true command and direction into your life by God. There are many sacred charges given by the Almighty to make certain that humanity understands His nature and what He expects in honest response from those who to have a positive relationship with Him. Adam and Israel etc., were to be left in no doubt as to His standard requirement. There was no way forward unless this was attended to. Christ by example and instruction clearly revealed that God required love, faith and obedience at all times. Having commenced to know and obey there is much more to be discovered. Fresh beginnings are called for by Him if you are to build a permanent and rewarding association with Him. Remember what Jesus taught: “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them” – John 13;17.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A HUMBLE DISPOSITION – Luke 14: 1-14

When Christ was invited to a meal at the home of a prominent Pharisee, he noticed what a certain group of people did. He observed that they chose certain seats of prominence and honour, preferring themselves above others. Christ latched on to this and gave a crucial lesson to one and all. What He sought to drive home was the fact that it was vital to develop and evidence a humble disposition. Instead of seeking out the highest places which revealed a spirit of pride, it was needful to possess a lowly attitude that was of immense worth. In no way was He trying to demean a person by this teaching but to create a noble attitude to and in life.

He does also make the point that the genuine humble attitude will not be rejected but honoured. The humble have a wonderful way of being promoted and exalted. They will be given their rightful place and one of distinction. There is a proverb which states: “before honour is humility.” This is a wise saying and underpins what Christ taught here. The great example of humility is to found in the One that taught this divine principle – see Philippians 2: 5-11. He demonstrated to all, forever, what it truly means to humble self and to allow God to promote.

This is a very hard lesson to take on board and to learn because the human spirit is beset with pride. It is only by the grace and enabling of the Lord that this kind of attitude can come into being and manifestation. Pride is revealed as the primary of the deadly sins and must be disposed of. When it is known that humility is the best and worthy of attitudes then a person can set their sights and desire on its possession. As you rightly humble yourself before God and men, He will exalt you.

SERMON TO NOTE:

THE ENCOURAGING LORD – Isaiah 61

PROPHETIC DISCLOSURE: The ancient prophet gives a beautiful portrayal of Chris with regard to impact and influence of Christ’s Spirit-filled ministry in His day. It certainly is revealed as a most encouraging life and service to the people of Biblical times. He was not present amongst them in a condemning role and manner but there to inspire, bless and do them good and leave them better off after His ministry. He discovered such a desperate need and He came on to the scene to change it and bring immediate relief in an encouraging manner..

NEEDFUL MINISTRY: A battered and bruised society requires a ministry that can regenerate, renew and lift to a condition of hope, health, usefulness and destiny. When evil has done her work and left humanity devastated and utterly dejected, there is a demand for those who can bring fresh inspiration and life and alter the awful state of affairs – Ezekiel 37. This is where Christ came, in order to perform a divinely anointed work. He was/is the real Minister of Encouragement.

POWERFUL EXERCISE; He had the capacity and capability through word and work of raising the spiritual climate in peoples’ lives and situations and inspiring them to feats of character, life and expression beyond the norm. He sought to birth in people divine worth and potential and raise the standard of life in every way.

BALANCED QUALITIES: He encouraged production on every front because He desired to see people reach their potential in character and service in and through God.

  • HE ENCOURAGES LOVE AND SACRIFICIAL SERVICE – LUKE 10

 

All who would embrace and follow Him must be ready for the expression of love and devoted service to Him and others for this is one of the main reasons for being and life – Mark 10:45. This is what He sought to get over to this young man and illustrated and emphasized it with the account of the Good Samaritan.

  • HE ENCOURAGES FAITH ANDS ITS FULL GROWTH – MARK 11

 

The cursing of the fig tree and the subsequent developments happened so as to encourage His disciples into a greater state of faith and expectancy. It did not occur should to provoke and promote wonder but to initiate and instill the principle and power of faith, a believing condition of mind and heart that would pave the way for supernatural ministry and manifestation.

  • HE ENCOURAGES HUMILITY AND LOWLINESS OF SPIRIT – MATTHEW 23:1-12; 5:3

 

So often Jesus exposes the vanity of pride and reveals it has no place or room within His kingdom and neither should it have its root or influence in those who are His disciples. The greatest demonstration model concerning this is Himself – Philippians 2. Humility leads to ascendancy. The way up is the way down.

  • HE ENCOURAGES TO A LIFE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – MATTHEW 5:6,20; 6:33; JOHN 8

 

    1. He is the great inspiration to righteousness being the Righteous One. He sought to create in people a desire and will to go after righteousness, to hunger and thirst after it. It had to exceed man’s idea of it and be in on God’s standard. He did not condone the sin of the woman. Whilst forgiving her He sent her on her way to love differently.
  • HE ENCOURAGES PERSISTENTCY AND PERSERVERANCE – LUKE 18:1-1-8; MARK 7:26-29

 

The reason why many do not receive from God is due to the fact that they easily quit in prayer and in their relationship with God. People lose heart, encouragement, because things do not happen speedily. There is the need to press through with God until what is desired takes place – Illustration:   Hannah 1 Samuel 1.

  • HE ENCOURAGES A DISPOSITION OF REST AND TEACHABLENESS   – LUKE 10;38-42

 

He was not commending idleness or laziness but the readiness to be willing to sit back and be taught the important things of life. Service, of course, is important but even such has to be conducted from a state of mind and spirit that is relaxed. Sometimes there is a need to pull off in order to get the right attitude to it and ministry from the Lord is essential to restore the balance.

  • HE ENCOURAGES CONVERSATION AND DISCUSSION – JOHN 4; LUKE 24
  • So often Jesus desires to conduct a healthy and helpful time of conversation and discussion so that we may spiritually profit. He draws alongside, just like the woman at the well and the two on the Emmaus Road to start communications going that will be inspiring and uplifting.

 

  • HE ENCOURAGES ESSENTIAL MINISTRIES TO AID OTHERS – JOHN 21
  • Having been greatly encouraged by the greatest Encourager of all with the greatest encouragement, so we must also see to it that our time, thought and talent be devoted to this vital ministry.
  • When Peter felt he had flopped it and that he had no alternative but to go back fishing in depressed mood, He discovered the Lord knew where he was going and the mind-set of his being and went to put fresh heart into him – Matthew 28:7. The Lord had already spoken on this matter – Luke 22:33.

 

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Oct 30th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects

NEW BEGINNINGS WITH KINDNESS

No matter how good you have been in showing kindness to others, why not a further breakthrough in connection with it. God has always been kind to mankind but then He really shone and broke through in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Among the list of the fruit of the Spirit is this desired quality. The influence and blessing of this grace is beyond description, influence and measure. See Dorcas in Acts 9:36-42: She became an indispensable member of the community and her Christian testimony was renowned by her good deeds although she was but a widow. You have been called and equipped to be as the Good Samaritan who overflowed with kindness to an opposite number. Begin to specialize in and through Christ’s grace this outstanding blessing and see its impact!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

INFLUENCE – Luke 13: 18-35

Someone has stated that one of the greatest forces in life is that of influence. It is defined as the effect of one person or thing upon another person or thing. Christ gives illustration of this in a parable on a mustard seed and yeast in vv18-21. A seed of itself in the hand is not really of much worth until it is planted in fertile ground and then the influence of mother earth brings its influence upon it to make it highly productive.  The same with flour, when yeast is kneaded into it and then it is placed in the environment of a warm and heated oven, the effect is powerful.

Christ is making a relevant comparison here with those in whom the kingdom of God is birthed and is allowed dynamic function. The kingdom of God is where God is King. Where He is permitted residence and rule the effect is tremendous. The life, nature and order of God become manifest, which in turn reveals His authority, presence, goodness and blessing in remarkable ways. It becomes patently obvious that the divine is having supreme influence and others are greatly affected and moved by it. There is no limit to which a person and life is enriched.

Every Christian should know what it is to have Christ personally and powerfully active in heir lives and service. The consequence of His indwelling and inspiration must have some spiritual influence that reveals that the kingdom of God is operational to the utmost degree. Being placed in Christ and Christ’s residence within, there could be no better or greater environment to be situated in. The influence of Christ in and on you should cause you to grow and at the same time make you a dynamic influence among others. Let your influence count for Christ.

 

welcome to this Christian website

Oct 29th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects

NEW BEGINNINGS WITH GENEROSITY

It is so important to learn the lesson of generosity. It was one of the major truths that Christ sought to get over to His disciples. He, himself, had no problem with this quality characteristic. He declared: “Give and it shall be given unto you . . .” Enriching others is to be an attitude and way of life and it paves the route to such good things. No matter where you are in relation to this, there is a divine call to a bigger disclosure and demonstration of it. From Christ’s instruction there comes a bountiful explosion of life and blessing as it is engaged upon. Barnabas was such a disciple that practiced it and it led him into a very full and blessed life and ministry. Look today to bless someone with a loving gift and enjoy its compensations.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

TRUE PRAYING – Luke 11: 1-13

Many things are highlighted here on the subject of prayer that should be noted. The disciples were personally impressed as they saw Christ at prayer and also observed the influence it had upon His life and ministry. They sensed that this was one of the main reasons for His success. Besides showing the disciples who they were really addressing in prayer – ‘Father’, and the subject matter of prayer, He then made known that true, effective prayer calls for persistence. He gave a story to back home this particular requirement in prayer.

It would seem that prayer must possess this essential ingredient if it is to be successful. The danger of quitting is ever around and must be guarded against. Faith and determination must seek to win through so that the answers are forthcoming. It is illustrated in the man who would not cease knocking at his friend’s door until he got what he wanted. There was no way that he was going to leave that house until he had the bread in his hands. He would only be satisfied in having the results of his praying on his way back home to bless others.

No one should ever give up in prayer when the promise that Christ gives concerning true praying is appreciated. From vv9-13 Christ gives guarantee and reveals that good things are lined up to all of God’s children by this means. It is apparent that God is committed to the prayer ministry and wants to perform greatly through it. Every believer ought to be highly involved in true praying so that God’s grace and power will be experienced every day and in so many ways. Be assured, as you use your spiritual and legal right in prayer through Christ and His promises, you will yet see God at work in your life on every front.

 

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