verse of the day

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A great Theologian. ( John 3 ]

                                Someone once  said to a great Theologian
                                that he conceded that he had good faith.
                                he relied to this by saying the following.
                               '' So you allow me good faith , I have never
                                conceded myself good faith. And when
                                once the day comes when I have to appear  before
                                my Lord, then I will not come with my deeds
                                with the volumes of my Dogmatics  in the
                                basket upon my back. All the angels there
                                would have to laugh. But then I shall say,
                                ' I have always meant well; I had good faith
                                No , then I will only say one thing: Lord be
                                merciful to me a poor sinner.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Something better ( Romans 8 v 26- 27 )

                          A friend of mine shared with me about
                          his daughter and her husband were looking
                           to buy  a house. They saw one that really took
                          their fancy, had their hearts set on it, but  to
                           their great disappointment it didn't happen .they
                          had prayed about it, but the good news was
                          another house came on the market, that was
                          better in everyway. Now it is Selwyn Hughes
                          who said about prayer ,''No prayer goes unanswered
                          for the answer will come in one of four forms.(1 )
                          Yes ( 2 ) No ( 3 ) Hear is something better;  ( 4 )  
                           Wait to see what I will do.

                                                    Alec Motyer.
                          Elijah was really down ,so much so he prayed to
                          God ,to take his life ,He was talking to God not to
                           himself. He does not contemplate suicide, but asks
                           God to act. His prayer is answered with a mag-
                           nificence which defeats the imagination, for the
                           man who prayed  to die.. never died  at all. ( 2 Ki. 2:11)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Waiting for an answer ( Hebrews 6 v 15 ]

                              Selwyn Hughes writes a number of observations
                              on prayer, as our experience bears witness,waiting can be
                              the most difficult,'' The waiting times said a
                              philosopher , are the times that try men's souls.
                              They certainly are. Ask yourself now; How good
                              am I at waiting for God's answer to my prayer?.
                              The ability to wait says more about your spirituality
                              than almost any other thing''.

                                                      Psalm 40 v1

                               I waited patiently for the Lord ; He turned to me
                               and heard my cry.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Knowing God . ( John 20 v 28 )

                             David Atkinson, wrote,'' A god whom we
                               know through our own reasoning is not
                             the God of the Bible or of the  Christian
                             church.'' A friend of mine was talking to
                             Jewish lady, who expressed an interest in
                             Christianity . so he told her about Jesus, and he
                             told her that He was God , He showed her a
                             passage from the OT, which the Jew's still
                             use, as the word of God . It reads ,'The virgin
                             will be with child and will give birth to a son,
                             and will call him Immanuel. 'Immanuel means
                             'God with us', This scripture was fulfilled when
                             Jesus was born ,and it means what it says.

                                                A. W. Tozer.

                             ''God came to us in the incarnation, in incarnation;
                             in atonement He reconciled us to Himself, and by
                             faith and love we enter and lay hold on Him.''

Friday, 11 August 2017

God is to be.... ( Proverbs 3 v 7 )

                          One day a group of boys were out not doing
                          anything special. One the lads suggested that they
                          do a bit of shoplifting, most of the group agreed ,
                          but one lad did not,  he  said he was not prepared  .
                          to , they asked him why ?,he was silent, then he spoke,
                        ''  he said if his father found out, he would not be
                          pleased. My father loves me, but he will still
                          punish me ,I am afraid of that'', with that he turned
                          from his friends and went home.

                                              Proverbs 1 v 7.

                               The fear of the Lord is the beginning
                               of  knowledge ,but fools despise wisdom
                               and  discipline.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Join the club. ( Luke 15 v 11- 31 )

                          So it did not happen, the fastest man to run
                          the metres ,did not win the final at the World
                          championship in London. To many he is an idol
                          who appeared unbeatable, but it was not to be.
                          Of course if one follows sport ,we soon find out
                          that favourites do not always win. Simply, because
                          we are talking about human beings ,not machines.
                          The football team I follow on the TV will not
                          always win, because that's the way life  is. Failing
                          is not nice, no one likes to fail ,but we will, the
                          question is this we can grow in failures, or we can
                          shrivel up and die, that goes for a failed marriage,
                          a failed business , a failure , morally. As a Christian
                          I believe one can rise from failure, the fact is, we are
                          all failures, for we are all sinners. To not recognise
                          that fact ,is the greatest failure of all, to accept this
                          truth, is the first step in rising up from all our failures,
                          and it starts at the cross of Jesus.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Are you overweight ?. ( Hebrews 12 v 1 - 2 )

      I was watching the ,'World Athletic  Championships', and
      Mo Farah   was running, and of course he won the gold  .
      The thing that struck me about  him was, he is very thin,
      and yet he is world champion. The fact is  none of the other
      competitors carried  much  weight, fat people don't win
      races. It is the writer to the Hebrews who likens the Christian
      life, as a race, a spiritual race. He writes to all the competitors
      and says,'' Let us lay  aside every weight'', The question we all
      have to ask ourselves, what  is holding us back?, or who is
      holding us back?.

                                      A  prayer.
      Dear Lord and Saviour, grant us grace to rid ourselves of those
      things that are weights, that we know is holding us back, be it         
      so called friends, habits, past experiences, Amen.