Saturday, 24 February 2018
It was said of the Roman empire, ''that adversity never brought them low, and success never puffed them up''. I was listening on the radio, two athletes involved in the winter Olympic ,they came in eleventh , but they where not disappointed,as they told of the difficulties they had experienced,one of them told, how she had an accident ,and was told that it brought the end of her performing.But in spite of this she had persevered. In spite of the adversity she had faced, it did not make her give up.One of the most important things in the Christian life is perseverance,we read of many believers who are facing adversity, and in it all they do not give up.But perseverance is not just for those been persecuted, it applies to us all ,for their are many challenges to face in life.unemployment, children who break our hearts,whatever the difficulties we may be facing,we can ,let me repeat the,''we can'', by Gods grace, yes ''we can'' persevere. Then let us consider, not been puffed up by our successes, puffed up simple means full of pride,when the Roman general was returning from a successful campaign,he was reminded of his humanity. I notice that when footballers score a goal many of them point up,I wonder why?, could it be that they are giving glory to God,I hope so,remember in all our successes we should always give glory to God. A prayer Dear Lord grant us the grace we need to persevere in all of life's adversities, and in all my successes ,to remain humble Amen
Friday, 23 February 2018
Historian Tom Holland writes the following , '' A bishop named Eusebius could see in the Roman Empires globalisation the very guiding hand of God. It was not just as a consequence of human action, he declared,' that the greater part of the world should have come under Roman rule at the precise moment Jesus was born. The coincidence that saw our Saviour begin His mission against such a backdrop was undeniably arranged by divine agency. After all- had the world still be at war, and not united under a single form of government, then how much more difficult would it have been for the disciples to undertake their travels.'' Daniel 2 v 20 - 21 . Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever,wisdom and power are His.He changes times and seasons, He sets up kings and deposes them.
Thursday, 22 February 2018
One of William Cowper's other famous hymns,which we do not hear sung very much these days is , 'There is a fountain filled with blood'. I wonder why?.Should we not hear more on that precious subject,the blood of Jesus, that cleanseth us, from all sin ( 1 John 1 v 7 ) Consider what sin does to us it makes us unclean, it pollutes,its an infectious disease,we all are dirty old men, and dirty old women, yes that means you, and it means me,we are contaminated,and as to our righteousness they are like filthy rags. There was a moment when Israel sinned, they had not long been freed from slavery,they had witnessed ,so much of Gods power. What did they do? they started worshipping a gold calf, and committing all sorts of things,yes they started acting like a pig rolling in the muck. ( Ex 32 ) God had to warn them and deal with them,and from that point on wards, they learned as Alec Motyer writes, of the ''sinfulness of sin'',we all without exception underestimate our sinful condition,and its awful consequence. In Revelation 21 v 27 we read, ''But nothing unclean will ever enter it '',we are being told in picture language, of Gods future home for His people. It is telling us of those who will be excluded, they who have never had their sins forgiven ,who because of their sin are consider unclean. There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Emmanuel's veins; And sinners , plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains. The dying thief rejoiced to see That fountain in his day; And there have I , as vile as he, Washed all my sins away. Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood Shall never lose its power; Till all the ransomed church of God Be saved to sin no more. E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme, And shall be till I die.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
A friend told me about a relative who was ill,the person is elderly and married, all of sudden they have relatives coming out of the woodwork, they really must love her, or could there be another answer?, it may be , because she is wealthy It is a sad comment that the love of money shows people for what they are, our Saviour spoke of some of the religious leaders who took advantage of widows ( Mt 23 v 14).It is very sad that the death of a loved one can bring out the worse in some people, but them we must always remember that we are living in a fallen world ,the effects of it manifest itself in a multitude of ways. This applies to our love of money ,people will kill for it,cheat for it,betray for it,you name it,they have done it, all for the love of money. This does not just mean in the major things but in all things,after all you have to look yourself in the mirror,make no mistake we soon find out that we have a thing called a conscience,and let us not forget,God in all this, He is not after your money, you are more important than your money, but when it comes to humanity ,our money , possessions , they are not more important than God,. Jesus says come follow Me, but you must rid yourself of all other gods. Luke 16 v 13 Jesus said You cannot serve God and money.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
The tent of meeting which we read about in Ex 33,was not the tabernacle,it was tent pitched outside the camp, . It was a place where Moses went to commune with God,but not only Moses but the people also went the only difference was Moses went into the tent, the people waited outside .When Moses went into the tent a cloud came down and God spoke to him, soon as that happened the people started worshipping God. It is Alec Motyer who writes , ''The tent of meeting was a provision for personal spirituality ( Anyone enquiring of the Lord ), a place apart ( outside the camp ) and a reality of divine fellowship ( a tent of meeting ) The tabernacle and the tent represent two proper sides of true religion ; ordered , ordinances of God , and the private place of prayer of secret prayer, worship and fellowship. But when you pray, go into your room close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret,will reward you. ( Matthew 6 v 6 )
Monday, 19 February 2018
A person asked me ,''show me God''? , idolatry is creating a god you can see,,but the Christian God is invisible. People want to see, but one cannot see Him who is invisible We are told that God is Spirit, ( John 4 v 24 ), Milne writes,'' no form can ever be made of the absolute one''. Leon Morris, writes, ''God's essential nature is Spirit '', and so it follows, that all His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth..And that is also why our Saviour told a very religious person,that one needs to be born again . ( John 3 v 7 ) Our Saviour said ,that''Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit'' (Jn 3 v 6 ) How does that Spirit birth happen ?, in John 1 v 12 -13 , we read,'' To those who received Him ( Jesus ) ,to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.Children born not of human descent , nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God''. It means that God is not only with us, but is in us, And when that happens ,''we cry ,''Abba'' Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children . ( Romans 8 v 15 - 16 ) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are. ( 1 John 3 v 1 )
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Sad to hear of another mass shooting in the dear old USA, seemingly he may have been adopted,who knows the reasons behind what he did. The thought came to me, was it hate?. Hate is a very strong emotion ,hate drives love out, hate drives reason out,hate destroys.It is interesting that the commandments are fulfilled by love,One could fill a library of books on the subject of hate,Writing on Cain who killed his brother ( Gen 4 ) the apostle of love John warns us that we do not become like him, if we hate we become murderers ( 1 John 3 v 15 ).It is our Lord who challenges us as to our looking and thinking,.are equivalent to doing it. ( Matthew 5 v 27 - 28 ).Hitler was consumed with hate for the Jews,and had millions murdered,hate put our Saviour on the cross ( John 15 v 18 ),love can turn to hate, human hatred is a sin ,we all can let hatred take over, we have a choice ( Gen 4 v 7 ), like all sins there is a beginning ,where we can by Gods refuse to hate,or we can run with it,and it ends up like the mass shooting in USA,or like Cain , or even like Hitler. There are ways to overcome hatred forgiveness and love, we can if we choose too, refuse to hate,if we don't we will cause suffering to others and we will suffer ourselves.The apostle declared, ''And now I will show you the most excellent way ,Love ( 1 Corinthians 13 ).