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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Meaning [ Psalm 73 ]

Michael Wilcock writes the following,''The first step towards salvation is to see that life does make sense,and it is the teaching of Jesus which enables men to see this''.I remember as a young man wondering what is life about,it just  did not make any sense,I am convinced that many people feel this way.
It is easy to give into despair,for we all desire meaning in our lives,some try to find it in politics,pleasure, and a multitude of other things,but in doing so they are just papering over the cracks,In the Bible we have a book called
Ecclesiastes,it is about a man who had power,and riches,this enabled him to
have everything his heart desired.Yet he came to this conclusion,it was meaningless like chasing after the wind,nothing appeared to make sense.In a sense this book emphasises this fact life is meaningless,but throughout the Bible we have men and women who found meaning,and it transformed their lives.Returning to myself I found meaning when I found Jesus as my Saviour,when I prayed and asked Him into my life,all things were changed.I found out that life had a meaning, that meaning was Christ.
                                       A  prayer.
Dear God we praise you ,and that in knowing Jesus as our Saviour,we find meaning to our existence,Amen.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A call to preach. [ 2 Timothy 4 v 1-5 ]

I suppose one  thing that would frustrate me is not preaching,when I stood down as a minister,the desire to preach remained.Yet it is very challenging thing to do,I am my own worse critic,I am continually trying to improve,yet I sometimes wonder is there any improvement?.It seems in looking back over my ministry,I usually minister to small groups,yet I do not mind as long as I am preaching,if that's the way God wants it,so be it,People apologise to me that the numbers are down,so what,the few as well as the many need to hear Gods word.I am called to be faithful that's what matters,not just to my preaching,but as to what I preach.I have not only to be true to myself,but to my Saviour.Today a man said to me that he had to make a decision,whither to have breakfast,or go to the chapel,he choose chapel.He made the right decision,like Mary of old,he choose that better part,what is that to do with preaching?.Well it means ,that he had a hunger for Gods word,and it was my responsibility to feed him,hopefully I did.
                                      A prayer.
Dear God grant grace to those who feel called to preach,help them to be faithful,in fulfilling their ministry,and all that means, in Jesus name Amen

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A cup of tea. [ Acts 1v8 ]

It is surprising how the Lord opens opportunities for one to witness .Two young lads clean my windows,I usually offer then a cold drink,or a cup of tea.To my surprise a conversation opened up which granted me an opportunity to speak to them about the Lord.It was friendly talk,my prayer is that the word of God which is likened unto a seed sown will bear fruit.I have watered those words of witness with my prayers,that is also important. Jesus spoke to thousands of people but He also spoke to individuals,you may not be a preacher,but why not pray,that God will lead you into opportunities to witness to those individuals or couples you come in contact with.
                                       A  prayer.
Dear God in our weakness fill us with your Spirit,that we may tell others
about our Saviour,Amen.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Put into practice.[ Luke 22 v39-46]

When our dear Saviour was about to face death,a cruel and wicked death,he prayed,[Luke 22 v39- 46 ],he also told his disciples to pray,so that they would not fall into temptation.But because they were exhausted and filled
with sorrow,they fell asleep.So Jesus came to them,asking them why they were sleeping and challenging them to pray that they would not fall into temptation.How are you and I going face the temptations that continually beset us? ,the answer is simple yet absolutely vital,prayer.If David had prayed when he cast his eye upon Bathsheba[ 2 Kings 11],he would not have fallen into sin.Returning to the disciples,they were tired and exhausted,so they did not pray,there is always reasons why we do not pray,but there are greater reasons why  we should pray,yes even when we are tired and exhausted.It seems to me that Jesus is telling them and us,if we are to overcome the evils that we face,we need,let me stress this again,we need to pray,as if our lives depended on it,what is vital,our spiritual well being does depend on it.Consider the words of Jesus,''Pray that you will not fall into temptation'',but not only consider His words,put them into practise.

                        Have we trials and temptations?
                        is there trouble anywhere?
                        We should never be discouraged,
                        Take it to the Lord in prayer.
                        Can we find a friend so faithful
                        Who will all our sorrows share?
                         Jesus knows our every weakness;
                         Take it to the Lord in prayer.
                               [Words by J.M.Scriven]

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Who or what are you trusting?.[[Psalm 121 ]

In Isaiah 36 v5, we read the following,''Now on whom dost thou trust?'',it is a good question,people are trusting on many things,on their wealth,on their power,whatever.It is Spurgeon who writing on trusting God,as the one we should all be trusting in, writes the following,''Oh blessed trust,to trust Him whose power will never be exhausted,whose love will never wane,whose kindness will never change,whose faithfulness will never fail,whose wisdom will never be nonplussed,and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution. Happy are those who trust in Him, so trusting
thou shalt enjoy sweet peace now,and glory hereafter,and the foundation of
thy trust shall never be removed''
                                Leave God to order all thy ways
                                And hope in Him whate'er betide;
                                Thou'll find Him in the evil days
                                Thy all sufficient strength and guide,
                                Who trusts in Gods unchanging love
                                Builds on the rock that nought can move.
                                        [Words by Georg C. Neumark ]

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Professing and showing Christ. [ Matthew 7 v 15-23 ]

While on  holiday in Malta,I visited a museum,it showed a  grisly history of
that small Island.The tortures that where inflicted upon people by political,and religion authorities, the political involved those who ruled over the Island,it showed the wickedness of  Islam,on Christian slaves,but it
also showed the awful wickedness by the Roman Catholic church.It mentioned the Spanish Inquisition,I noticed a poster on the wall of people being tortured,a religious  priest looking on,it was awful.One asks the question how can those who claim to be Christians,involve themselves in such cruelty?,but they did,even though it was most diffidently wrong.In England people were burnt at the stake,the people who did the burning were
supposed to be Christians,but can it be possible that one can be religious,
and ,for the life of me I don't see what they did can be reconciled to being a
Christian.And yet it brings a challenge to all of us who profess to be  know
Christ,to live lives, that are in keeping with  being his followers.
                                            A  prayer.
Dear Lord we leave to your judgement those who profess to be yours,but we ask that you would help us all to live in a manner that reflects you in everything, Amen.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Holy Spirit. [ Galations 5 v16-26 ]

While on holiday we decided to go to the cinema,considering what was being shown,I choose one,feeling it may a good story to it.It was rated a 15,
and I sensed it may not be suitable,but I over ruled those feelings,and so we went. Sure enough it was totally unsuitable,and after about 10 minutes we
got up and left.My underlying feelings had been right,what caused those
feelings?,I believe it was the Holy Spirit, and He was right as He always is
,again I was reminded again of the importance,of His prompting.We are told
to live by the Spirit,and to be led by the Spirit[Galations 5v 16-18],after all we as Christians,are indwelt by the Spirit.Whereas before we became a
Christian,we did what took our fancy,and would be drawn into all sorts of things,things that were unhelpful and detrimental to our well being.We left the cinema but other young people didn't,what they watched would not have been helpful to them,and effect them.I am not judging them,but am concerned for them.The challenge for us who know Christ,is to not leave ourselves open to wrong influences,be it movies,or whatever,and that is why we need to be  people who are led by the Spirit.
                                    A  prayer.
Dear God,help us to live by your Spirit,and to be led by Him,when He speaks and prompts us,in Jesus name Amen.