Monday, 11 December 2017
Philip Yancey tells of a prostitute who was in dire straits, confessing to a very, very ,wrong,
she had committed in connection with her two year old daughter ,to someone.They asked
if she ever thought of going to a church for help.She gave a look of astonishment,and cried, ' '' ''Church ''why would I ever go there? They'd just make me feel worse than I already do.''
It is dear old Shakespeare ,who wrote.
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven...
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
( Matthew 5 v 7 )
Sunday, 10 December 2017
I read this by Michael Wilcock , ''It is at Wits' End Corner that you meet the miracles,''
so many times we read in Gods word how God delivered His people,when all seemed
lost.my mind turns to different accounts in the Bible of how God stepped in and helped
His people.In Exodus 14, Israel were in dire straights,The people were terrified the
Egyptian army was about to attack them had no where to run, they were at 'Wits'
End Corner'.But the man of God had the answer,God,and so he spoke to Gods people,
''Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you
today., and they did, God performed a miracle.God is never at Wit Ends Corner, never. In John 11, a man had died, the sister's of the man went to Jesus, one said ,''if you had
been here, my brother would not have died ( John 11v 21 )But they soon discovered
that ,Jesus was able to bring back their brother from the very dead. The words in
in v 40 challenge us all to have faith,''Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would
see the glory of God'',and they did.
Remember if we believe we will see the Glory of God
[ John 11)
Saturday, 9 December 2017
I am studying Chronicles ,and just finished looking at the life King Jehoshaphat
king of the southern kingdom, also known as Judah,Benjamin was also part of
it. Israel was split in two.the other part was known as the northern kingdom, they
were ruled by King Ahab. From the time the Northern broke away politically,
they broke away spiritually,forsaking God. Ahab had married the infamous
Jezebel ,and followed her ,into her pagan worship.Now Jehoshaphat did a foolish
thing he allied himself to Ahab, ( 2 Chron 18 v 1 ) . It is M. Wilcock who writes
''The frequent comings and goings between the two capitals no doubt originated
in Jehoshaphat's desire to thing the best of his neighbour,to foster the unity of
the two nations, and to overlook differences. Subsequent events showed the perils
of goodwill without discernment''.This nearly cost Jehoshaphat his life,and would
open the door for a down turn spiritually,that would eventually be disastrous,for
the southern kingdom.We cannot fraternise with those who do not stand for truth,that is
revealed in Gods word, if we do ,we will be pulled down. Nations are introducing
laws ,that are bound to to have serious consequences,more than ever we as Cthistians
Friday, 8 December 2017
If we turn to the book of Job we see a very godly man who had had suffered awful
loss,his ten children,had died, when a house had collapsed on them.He was a very
wealthy person,but he lost his wealth,then he lost his health. His wife thought the
best thing for him ,was to die,then his three friends came,and they began to accuse him,
of causing all the evil that had happened, on him,in other words ,he had sinned,and
God was punishing him.The debate wages to and fro,they accused him , he defending ,
himself ,in the end God sorted it out.During all of this Jobs,friend Eliphaz
said this to Job,'' As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit
my cause. ( Job 5 v 8 )That's good advice ,there are so many situations that we find
ourselves in which we are accused falsely of whatever,and all we can do is ,seek God,
and commit it all to Him. You see that's what our Saviour did,we read ,''When He was
reviled, he did not revile in return, when he suffered,he did not threaten, but continued
entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
Leave it to Him.
Thursday, 7 December 2017
I read recently something by a man called John Sherrill ,he said that there where
two types of promises in the Bible ,one for feeding on which we receive strength
from, then there are those premises ,that help us fight our enemy, when we are
being attacked..I have just read 2 Chronicles 20,King Jehoshaphat and his country
are faced with a combined force of three nations.Defeat was stirring them in the
face,Jehoshaphat called the people together to fast and pray.He led the people in
prayer,one of the things he prayed was this.
( v12) O our God,will you not judge them?
For we have no power to face this vast army
that is attacking us. We do not know what to
do,but our eyes are upon you.
What a prayer that this king offered in front of all his people ,humility is a great thing
especially for a king, what an example to his subjects,and to us,Jesus said without me
you can do nothing ( John 15 v 5 ) .Then a Spirit filled man spoke a message from God
Do not be afraid or discouraged , because of this
vast army, for the battle is not yours, but Gods. ( v 15 )
What a wonderful promise from God ,and so it came to pass,God Himself defeated the
enemy.,the God who promised ,fulfilled His word, and was victorious over them.
Trust those exceeding great and precious promises
REMEMBER GOD CAN BE TRUSTED.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Freedom is the cry of so many in this world, people die for it, in recent years South
Sudan ,got their freedom,you would think every body would be happy. But not so
at this moment there is a severe conflict there,with the result many are perishing.The
term killing fields has been mentioned,we all know that comes from, Cambodia.
It appears ,as so often happens freedom politically does not free from such conflicts
.Refugee's,starvation,rape,murder ,ans so ,and so .The French revolution ushered
in the great terror,the agreement in Ireland,freedom from British rule, ushered
in a civil war, and so one could on.Prisoners are freed, only to re offend. In the West we have
material prosperity, like no other time in History ,but people still bemoan their lot
. Prosperity ,has not stopped people falling into debt . In the 1960 free love was promoted
yet sexual perversion is on increasing, millions are controlled by lust, and feast on it,on the
inter-net.Millions are addicted to so many things, over eating,gambling, alcohol,children
receive wonderful education ,yet bullying goes on everyday.We watch the Proms on the TV
and hear them sing land of free,if only that was true. Let me unashamedly tell you what my
Saviour said,''I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin, that means, all of us,
but He went on to say ,if the Son sets you free,you will be free indeed. ( John 8 v 34 v 36 )
Jesus said the truth shall set you free.
Well do you want to be free?
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
December is a bit dark and dreary, yet it is this month in which we celebrate the coming
of Christ. Most people do not fully understand or take into account what that means.Some
historians are changing,the general accepted terms,''BC/AD'',possible they want to write out
the Christ event altogether.I am reading a novel called ,'Conclave', by Robert Harris.it deals
with the election of a new Pope. The main character is Lomeli who is overseeing the affair,
he is has to preach during this process, and one of the things he said was this,''the one sin I have
come to fear more than any other is certainty . Certainty is the great enemy of unity. Certainty
is the deadly enemy of tolerance, ''I wonder what you think of these words ?,now of course
the Bible teaches us truths that are certain, the Christ event is an historical fact, and as
one reads the OT we see plenty of references as regards a Messiah coming, the purpose of His
coming is clearly shown.,to die as a sacrifice for sin.These and many other things we believe
are clearly shown and declared as a certainty. Jesus Himself declared that he is the only way to
God ( John 14 v 6 ) .The word hope as is used in parts of the NT is a sure and certain hope,so
much so that many have been prepared to die for their faith.What about intolerance ?,well
those who profess to be Christians at times have shown an intolerance ,that is unbiblical.
We are meant to hold on and proclaim the truths we believe,but we are never meant to
harm or,hurt anyone, we go forth, not with sword or gun ,but with the greatest power in
world, the love of God.