Friday, 24 November 2017
Now let us consider Proverbs 3 v 6,'' In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He
shall direct thy paths.'' Gods word tell us we know not what a day may bring forth''
(Proverbs 27 v 1 ),but God does. It is strange that people at funerals have the song
,' My Way', played ,as if is an achievement to boast about,and if we think of the
eternal consequences, if that person has never trusted Jesus as Saviour.Again
Gods tells us, 'There is a way that seems right unto a man ,but in the end it leads to
death.' ( Proverbs 16 v 25 ) Charles Bridges writes ''The end tests the safety of the
path''. Oh the transcendent[meaning going beyond ourselves to God) mercy of the
eyes opened to see the awful danger of our own way,and our ears opened to hear
the voice behind us saying ,this is the way ,walk ye in it'' (Isaiah 30 v 21 ).
Consider the open part of this verse ,'' In all thy ways acknowledge Him'', How
inclusive these words are, '' we need to bring God into all things,everyday, we are
are no longer doing things our way,the worlds way, but Gods way. Next consider
acknowledging God ,He will respond ,and He will direct our paths. Again
Charles Bridges writes, ''No step well prayed over will bring ultimate regret,He will
lead us forth in the right way, ( Psalm 107 v 7 )''
He led them on safely.
( Psalm 78 v 53 )
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Let consider further Proverbs 5 v 3 'Lean not on your own understanding', everyday we
are bombarded with so many things, things that challenge our faith,in relation to creation,
moral values, the person of Christ,how can he God and man.?. The miracles recorded in the
Bible,and when it comes to trials we are inclined, to stop thinking Biblically , we move from
God and His word, and make shipwreck of our faith.We need to educate our understanding
so we can, stand and having done all to stand. There is no excuse for neglecting Gods word
we need to understand what God has to say about trials of different sorts. When we do this
then we can rest in the Lord,we realise that we are not unique ,many of Gods choosiest
saints have suffered the severest of trials. yet they fixed their eyes on Jesus, who endured the
cross ,scorning its shame, for the joy that was set before Him. (Hebrews 12 v 2 ) The
unbeliever will not receive any help from that ,nothing can compensate him for the trials he
suffered.We could put it this way we need to lean on Jesus and His word, more and more,
instead of leaning on our own understanding.
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
( Words E.A. Hoffman )
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Trust in the Lord ,so v 5 of Proverbs 3,many say they believe in Jesus who have never
trusted in Him as Saviour. When seeking to witness to people we discover that people
dislike the Saviour, they may even hate him.People trust in many different things,the
rich trust in their riches, the strong man trust in his physical strength.But the Bible
exhorts us to trust in the Lord, why?, because we all need a Saviour and only the
Lord can save.There are to be no half measures when it comes to trusting the Lord,
with all our hearts, some would say that's a bit extreme,is He not worthy of our trust ?
of course He is. Likewise when it comes to love there are again no half measures,
consider what Jesus said ,'' Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul, and with all your mind''(Matthew 22 v 37. Total trust and total love ,to do
otherwise we will be heading for trouble ,whatever life brings at us.wherever He may
God says simple , trust Me ,
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
There are two verses in the Bible that have helped and challenge me right
through my Christian life,they are Proverbs 3 v 5 - 6 ,I prefer the AV translation
of these verses,I am going to leave these two wonderful and instructive verses
with you,and then possible comment on them tomorrow.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,
and lean not upon thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He
shall direct thy path.
Monday, 20 November 2017
The first heavy frost arrived ,on my daily walk , I could see a number of people
scraping the frost of their cars windows ,it is like someone has sprinkled icing sugar
over everything . We knew it was coming ,for we live in a land of seasons ,now Autumn
is giving way to winter,the season come and the seasons go.It was the prophet Jeremiah
who prophesied for over 40 years ,to what became known as the southern kingdom.
His ministry was hard and unrewarding for things became worse and worse spiritually.
Jeremiah just kept on going, his task was to faithfully tell the people Gods
word. He challenged them time and time again, to no avail. In chap 8 v 20 we read
words that caused him great sorrow,they
''The harvest is passed,
the summer is ended,
and we are not saved.''
They where about to enter a season of great suffering ,no matter what God said, no
no matter how he pleaded with them,through the prophet, their opportunity to be
saved from the coming judgement was slipping away. Now us let apply these sad words
to the here and now,could it be that God has been speaking to you about being saved.
And you are still not saved, that's a deep tragedy.Remember now is the day of salvation
now is the time to accept Christ as your Saviour, before it is to late.
The choice is your's
Sunday, 19 November 2017
It felt like one of those days, things where getting me down, as I did my daily walk,
instead of talking to God, I put my words into a song. It was a song from my heart to
His ,and in that song I felt we were communicating with each other.Me expressing how
I felt, and He expressing His love ,comfort, and assurance that blessed me. I thought
how David wrote many of his Psalms,those Psalms that expressed the heart of a man ,
and the heart of God. I want to leave you words from one of Davids Psalms
I will lift up my eyes to the hills,
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved,
He who keeps you will not slumber,
Behold, He who keeps Israel,
Shall neither slumber or sleep.
The Lord is your keeper,
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night .
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil,
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out,
And your coming in,
From this time forth,and even for evermore.
Saturday, 18 November 2017
During the communist reign of East Berlin, there was built a giant television tower,
near the top of it was huge globe structure, housing a restaurant and other facilities.
The remarkable thing was, that once it was finished , it was discovered that sunlight
always reflected off the globe in the shape of a cross.The authorities had tried everything
they could to prevent this optical phenomenon ( known as asterism ) , but nothing worked.
No matter how hard they tried they could not get rid of the Cross.
We sing the praise of Him who died,
Of Him who died upon the cross;
The sinner's hope let men deride,
For this we count the world but loss.
Inscribed upon the cross we see
In shining letters God is love;
He bears our sins upon the tree;
He brings us mercy from above.
The Cross, it takes our guilt away;
It holds the fainting spirit up;
It cheers with hope the gloomy day,
And sweetens every bitter cup.
It makes the coward spirit brave,
And nerves the feeble arm for fight;
It takes the terror from the grave,
And gilds the bed of death with light.
The balm of life,the cure of woe.
The measure and pledge of love,
The sinner's refuge here below,
The angel's theme in heaven above.
(Words ...Thomas Kelly )