Friday, 20 April 2018
A line from a well known song goes,''The times they are changing'', yes we appear to be world of change,as a man aged 74 ,I can testify to the changes I have witnessed in my short life,from the home I lived in as child to the home I live in now.From using a pen with a nib which one dipped in ink, to write with, trying not to cause the ink to blot as one wrote,to using a computer to write to people. There so many change have and are taking place,one could fill book with them. On the moral front there are changes , in the area of sex, divorce,and in so many other aspects of modern life. And yet we are told that there is nothing new under the sun,oh yes there are many new things ,but for us all life is repetitive. Yes the times are changing ,but man is still a sinner, that never changes, and never will, and thankfully Gods love never changes, the gospel never changes,these will never change. His promises never change.Mankind can still be changed in a positive good way.and when we put our trust in Jesus,we discover one who will never change.Come what may in Jesus we will be safe and secure,we read that He is bringing many saints to glory,the question is will you be one of them? Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hallelujah.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
I heard someone say as to their Pastor how he boxed himself into a corner, by his attitude and what he had said. Like that Pastor I have been there myself , and it is difficult to get out of it,Winston Churchill's father Lord Randolph was Chancellor of the Exchequer ,he was a very able politician,but he was opposed to certain things in the government,so he sent a letter a letter of resignation ,hoping it would force change,but his letter of resignation was accepted.and that was the end of his political career. Of course there are things we must take a stand on,truth,holiness, but there are things we must be careful with, and not assume that we can force our ideas on others. We would do well to heed the words of Solomon in Proverbs 15 v 22..''Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed''.Now of course we do not want as Charles Bridges says,to be carried away with every person's opinion,But there are mature godly men or women we could go to,and listen prayerfully to what they have to say.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
''The book of Job is about the unchanging human realities - war, destitution, sickness,humiliation, bereavement,depression.Also the unchanging goodness of God , who transforms our human agony into justice, kindness,love and joy. It is about the 'terror of the Lord'( 2 Cor 5 v 11 ) and His great tenderness ( Jas 5 v 11). It is the story of one man who held on to his life in God with a faith that survived the torments of utter loss and expanded into new wonders and delight.'' These are word by Francis I . Anderson in the preface of his book on Job,the book of Job is one of deep meaning and is helpful to all of us,it challenges all who look to God for a quick fix,and helps us to see that when we loose everything, God remains with us, our Rock.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Michael Wilcock writes, '' Never in Life can the Lord's servant claim immunity from Satan's attacks on a heart which is not yet sinless and a body which is still mortal''.I often pray and ask God why some unclean thought comes into my mind?,why are my thoughts not always pure, and I have to raise a prayer and ask God to create in me a clean heart.In Romans 7 we read of the godly apostle Pauls concern for that law of sin which is within him and indeed in every believer.In Galatians 5 v 16 ff he writes of the sinful nature which besets him, and every believer, he stresses the different aspects of that fallen nature,'' sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft,hatred , discord,jealousy, fits of rage,selfish ambition,dissensions,factions,and envy,; drunkenness,orgies, and the like''Then he gives a solemn warning,''that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God''.Now he is not writing about the normal Christian life,where we may be tempted and even as David did and fall into sin,I believe that one of the evidence that we are a Christian is we do not live in sin.As John writes in 1 John 5 v 18 ,''Anyone born of God does not continue in sin''John Stott writes the following on these words, ''The new birth results in new behaviour. Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony''
Monday, 16 April 2018
I was watching an old movie,the main actor was William Powell,it was a nice movie, and it touched on something that many dear Roman Catholics, would have appreciated, Sainthood.It involved the thief who was crucified with Jesus,and who confessed the wrongs he had done, and asked Christ to save him,which He did,and the moment he died he went to heaven.And that's it nothing more is said about Him. Now there is no record that He performed any miracle, he was just like the rest of us, a sinner saved by Gods grace,yet in the movie he is classed as a saint , one who we can pray to. Why attribute to him things he cannot do? he does not hear our prayers and cries for help..If he or anyone else did , then they would be taking Jesus place,and He alone is able to take on board all that we bring to Him. We cannot make Jesus redundant,oh no,He is our great high priest,the one who saves us,when we call upon Him like that thief on the cross,and the who ever lives to make intercession for us. The one who is touched with all our weaknesses, the one who alone can help us.Dear Catholic friend look to Jesus and Him alone,for salvation ,remembering that His saving work on Calvary alone saves us .And keep looking to Him every moment of every day, and here is something that may surprise you ,every true Christian is a saint, C P Ephesians 1 v 1/ 2 Corinthians 1 v 2. Adrian Rogers said,there are two kinds of people on earth ,''There are saints, and there are ain'ts''
Sunday, 15 April 2018
A friend told me the following story, '' A good many years ago a young lad got saved, now he lived in a country where racism was rife,even in Christian churches. Well the young lad decided he would attend a particular church,but was turned away. He sat outside the church building very sad,and a person came and sat, and it was Jesus. He spoke to the lad asking him why he was sad,the young lad said they would not let in .well said Jesus ,''don't worry, I have been trying to get into that church for years''. In Revelations 3 v 20, we read ,''Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come and eat with him, and he with me.'' These words where written to a church.but they can apply to anybody, who keeps Jesus outside their lives.
Saturday, 14 April 2018
I received an invitation to enter the post code lottery,years ago people did the football pools,lotteries have become big business all over the world. The question is this if a person won a lottery prize,would all their troubles fade away?,would life hold nothing but unrefined joy,now don't get me wrong, there is nothing nice about being really poor,where children go hungry, and when illness comes ,and you no money to buy medicine..There are many in this world who suffer so much because of poverty. But most people in this country, have homes,food education,doctors,colour TVs,cars ,holidays etc, and yet they think if they had a lot of money their lives would be perfect. Not so because we live in a fallen world, money does not solve everything, it never will.The castles we build for ourselves can so easily fall down, our hoarded nest eggs can suddenly vanish.We think they will last for ever and a day,but they wont,for the grim reaper will break into all our lives,and then what.?.So many ,many people live as if they do not need God,the reality is,He above all else is what we need most.Jesus says to all us follow me just like He said to the the disciples of old.Not to a life without problems, but a life with the problem solver.Not to a life fashioned to our dreams and desires ,but a life that sees beyond every sorrow ,pain ,and disappointment ,to a greater glory. The journey may be difficult, but there will be one with all those who trust Jesus ,every step of the way.