Thursday, 21 September 2017
I travelled down a lonely road,
and no one seemed to care.
The burden on my weary back,
had bowed me to despair.
I oft complained to Jesus,
how folks were treating me.
And then I heard Him say so tenderly;
My feet were also weary upon the Calvary road.
The cross became so heavy I fell beneath the load;
Be faithful weary pilgrim, the morning I can see,
Just lift your cross and follow close to Me.
I work so hard for Jesus,
I often boast and say,
I've sacrificed a lot of things
To walk the narrow way,
I gave up fame and fortune,
I'm worth a lot to Thee,
And then I hear Him gently say to Me;
I left the throne of glory, and counted it but loss,
My hands were nailed in anger, Upon a cruel cross,
But now we'll make the journey ,with your hand
safe in Mine,
So lift your cross and follow close to Me.
O Jesus if I die upon ,A foreign field
Twould be no more than love demands,
No less could I repay,
No greater love hath mortal man,
Than for a friend to die.
These are the words He gently spoke to me;
If just a cup of water I place within your hand,
Then just a cup of water, is all that I demand,
But if by death to living ,they can Thy glory see,
I'll take my cross and follow close to Thee.
( words by Ira F. Stanphill. )
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
In Ecclesiastes 3 v 11, we read,'' He ( God ) has planted
eternity in the human heart''. What do think this means,
well animals do not consider eternity, and humanity
may not appear to give it much consideration. Yet man is
driven for meaning, for fulfilment, desire, in so many things.
Sin and Satan do their best, to lead man into so many
seemingly legitimate ,and awful things, to fulfil the hearts
desire. I read the following on the net, of a passenger on an
airplane, one the engines went on fire, fortionately the plane
landed safely. The passenger said later,'' I am an atheist, but
even I was praying''.
The unbeliever says God is nowhere,
the believer says God is everywhere.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
A Sunday school teacher once asked the children she
was teaching, imagine you are heaven, and imagine you
could send a post card to a best friend, on earth, what would
you write on it?. A little girl put her hand up, and she said
she would write,' wish you where here'.
The most precious words in the
Bible, are,'' I will dwell in the
house of the Lord for ever.
( Psalm 23 v 6 )
Monday, 18 September 2017
Solomon built a temple ,it would signify the presence
God . It was important but not all important.................
Solomon prayed,'' But will God really dwell on earth? The
heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How
much less this temple I have built''. ( 1 Kings 8 v 27 ) Where
is God ,the answer is Heaven ( Matthew 6 v 9 ) John W. Olley
writes , ''We have difficulties with language to describe God
as both 'hear with us' ( immanent ) and yet far beyond us
( transcendent ),as he further writes ''God cannot be
constrained by a building''. The mystery of Christ coming into
this world is that He was God. How can one fully explain
this mystery? ,the reality is we cannot . The scripture clearly
leaves us in no doubt as to His divinity, and so we believe.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
A man who was an unbeliever attended church
the minister spoke to him, from time to time.One
morning at the communion service he noticed the
man taking communion. The minister asked him why
he had taken communion, the man replied, because
it is true.
Luke 1 v 1-4.
1 Corinthians 15 v 1 - 8.
Saturday, 16 September 2017
A joke,'' Why do the French eat snails?. They can't
stand fast foods.'' People are in so much of a hurry,
you notice this ,especially if you are a driver. So
many accidents are caused by people in a hurry.
Recently while driving home, on the motorway,
torrential rain fell. and when I arrived home ,I realised
that I had encountered no difficulties, why?. everyone
had slowed down, in fact I had not even got stressed.
Dear Lord in a world that is in such a hurry and stressed
out, grant that we may know your calmness and peace
as you lead us gently along in Jesus name Amen.
Friday, 15 September 2017
There are two songs that I know which starts
with the words,'' Soften my heart''. Jesus spoke
of the hardness of the heart . (Matthew 19 v 8)
There are many reasons why our hearts become
hard, consumed by hatred , unforgiveness, lack
of love, etc. whatever the reason, the result is
hardness of heart. A lady who was successfully
treated for cancer ,said this,'' Cancer has chipped
away at my armour, and softened me''. What will
it take to soften us?, cancer?, one thing for sure
God wants to deal with us, hard hearted people.
Ezekiel 36 v 26.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in
you; I will remove from you a heart of stone and
give you a heart of flesh.