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He Shakes The Foundations

He shakes the foundations.

“He makes the mountains of Lebanon jump like calves and makes Mount Hermon leap like a young bull”.

Ps 29:6 GNB

A few hundred years ago a man called Copernicus came out with the strange idea that the earth went round the sun. His thoughts shook the world of human ideas and challenged many previously-held beliefs. It had always been assumed that the earth was flat like a table and that it rested on foundations.
Mount Hermon is a high mountain which can be seen from most parts of northern Israel since it dominates the skyline. Mount Lebanon is close by. Before the Israelites came to the land the locals had regarded it as the abode of their gods. So violent was the storm that it seemed that God was even shaking it to its foundation as he played with it, making it jump and run like frisky young calves. The poet rejoices at God’s might in thus expressing his total superiority over other lesser gods. Whilst marvelling at what we would call the strength of nature, he revels in the thought of God’s all-dominant supremacy.
We understand much more about the working of the universe now. But the occurrence of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and droughts brings home to us the unpredictable character of some aspects of nature, and our dependence on God. We do not worship nature but we do worship the God who created it and recognize our frailty when the earth is shaken to its foundations by some terrifying upheaval. Such an event also reminds us how normally dependable this world is that God has created. Storms come and go but God maintains a reliable system so that we can plan, use and manage it for our benefit and to his glory.

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Made To Soar

Made To Soar

When I visit the zoo, I skip the eagles’ cage. I can’t stand the pain of seeing those majestic birds sit there on their perches day after day, their burnished brown wings draped over them like an ill-fitting old coat. They were created for the heights, to dance among the clouds, not to be prisoners in a cage. Those birds were made to fly.
Many people who profess that they are Christ’s men and women are like those caged eagles. They are made to live as free citizens of heaven, but they are imprisoned by their own sin. Their condition must break God’s heart. He knows what they could become, but they have put themselves in a cage. And the irony is that it is a cage with open doors.
The apostle Paul said that we who have put our trust in Christ have died with Him to the sin that confined us in our old life. And we are now alive in Him. We are not the person we used to be. Therefore, we must stop facing life as we used to face it.
Think long about those truths. Remind yourself of them often. Through Christ, you have been set free! You were never meant to be imprisoned in a cage. Confess your sin and trust God anew. You were made to soar.
Lord, I thank You for salvation,
For Your mercy, full and free;
Take my all in consecration,
Glorify Yourself in me. —Codner, Elizabeth
Christ is the open door out of the cage of sin.

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Never Too Old

Never Too Old

Look at what some people have accomplished despite advancing age. When Grandma Moses was 100, she was still painting. George Bernard Shaw wrote a play at 94. Arthur Rubinstein gave a great recital at Carnegie Hall when he was 89. And at 82, Winston Churchill wrote A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
The Bible tells of many godly people who didn’t let the advancing years stop them—Caleb and Moses, for instance. At 85, Caleb (one of the men who had spied out the land of Canaan) entered the Promised Land and drove out the Anakites (Josh. 14:6-15). And Moses continued to lead the people of Israel faithfully until he was 120 (Deut. 34:5-7). The secret of their success was faith in God and an attitude of steadfastness until God called them home.
There are many people who have lived far beyond the 70 years mentioned in Psalm 90:10. They are still bearing “fruit in old age” (Ps. 92:14) by encouraging others and using their energy in God’s service. Others, however, far younger, have decided to coast home.
As long as we have strength, we need to dedicate ourselves to the Lord’s service. Then, no matter what our age, we can “rejoice and be glad.”
Growing old but not retiring,
Lord, the battle still is on;
I’ll go on without relenting
Till the final victory’s won. —Anon.
To stay youthful, stay useful.

The Changeless And Caring God

“(God said) ‘Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – appeared to me and said:
I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt’”.
Ex 3:16 NIV

There is a common saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. We watch the years slip by and see the landscape change – especially in towns and cities. Technology moves on – cars replace railways and planes replace ships. But people, with their hopes, their dreams, their ambitions, their frailties and their sins – they remain pretty much the same.

A long time had elapsed – something like five hundred years – between Abraham’s trek to Israel and Moses’ call at the burning bush. Time would have dimmed all memory of the great patriarch and vast changes had taken place in the intervening centuries. But the God who had led Abraham out of Mesopotamia had not changed. He was ready to lead another great trek. He was showing again that he was changeless. Now, however he reveals another aspect of his nature: “I have watched over you”. During the long centuries of slavery, servitude, poverty and misery he had never ceased to watch over and to care for them. He had watched over and cared for Abraham and his descendants. He was a caring God.

Millions have tested and proved that truth since Moses. They have found that he cares for them in easy times and in dark days, in war and in peace, in times of oppression and freedom, in times of sadness and in joy, in success and in failure, in times of faith and of doubt.

He cares for you, and always will

The Straight Gate

Matthew 7:13, “enter in at the straight gate”
We are all on a journey, on our way to a destination. There are two places where we will arrive, one of two gates we will use to enter our destination. One is a gate of abiding life, one is a gate of destruction.
This verse removes many of the stumbling blocks to serious religion that the world greets us with. There are difficulties on our journey. The vast majority take the easy way out and head towards the wide gate. This verse comes in the midst of Christ’s sermon on the mount and follows the trend of the sermon that, “it is a hard business to follow Christ”. The way to life is a very narrow road, hard to find, and hard to walk in. However, cost what it will, Christ exhorts us to enter by the straight gate.
1. The course pointed out to us is a safe one. A Gate is in Scripture, Acts 12:10, the entrance to a city and, Acts 3:10, the entrance to the Temple. So here is the metaphor, heaven is compared to a holy city. So the godly are, as it were, in the outer court of heaven and the ungodly are in the outer court of hell, both making progress on their journey to their place.
2. It is our duty to enter in the straight gate. As soon as we begin to discern between good and evil, we begin, to enter one of these gates. We are sure to choose the wide as it is the easiest, until we hear the voice of Christ and change our course.
The reason Christ gives us this warning. 1. The alternative to the straight gate is easy and it is a gate used often. However it is very dangerous. We must not divide the gate and the way to the gate. They are the same. They may be distinguished in some respects, but they are undivided in reality.
2. Though the gate we are called to enter by is difficult, it is a safe and happy way. The reason the gate is narrow is because the duty of serious religion is difficult. The Jewish Rabbis speak of the gate of repentance, the gate of prayer, and the gate of tears. These gates are much like our gate that we must enter through.
3. The use of this gate is infrequent, few find it. There is no difficulty in finding the wide gate. In fact, few seek the narrow gate. Most are blind and corrupted by lusts and the narrow way is burdensome to them. However, for those that find the narrow gate it is a happy journey that they begin towards it. Our journey is a steady course that leads away from the devil, the world and the flesh. So the hardness of the journey is balanced with the joy of moving away from that which plagues us the most.

The God Who Reveals Himself

“God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you’. This is my name for ever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation’”.
Ex 3:15 NIV

One of big questions in the Christian faith is the baffling one of why God chose to work through this small tribe of wandering Israelites when there were bigger and more powerful and successful nations that he could have used. Then the questioners have to face the fact – he did, however irrational it might seem to us.

“Right through the Bible the distinguishing mark of God’s earthly people is their knowledge of a self-consistent God who speaks by his word and allows them to know his unchanging name. This was so when there was only Adam: the hall-mark upon his life was that he possessed the word of God to obey, and his privilege as the tenant of the garden was conditional upon his living by that word. Again, what distinguished Abraham and the patriarchs from their Canaanite contemporaries was not that they were emigrants from Mesopotamia but that they were in Canaan because God had spoken to them and made them his word-bearers” (A. Motyer, The Message of Exodus, p71).

The church of Jesus Christ has become the trustee of God’s word today. It bases its life, its worship and its witness on that same word – including the incarnate word in Christ. Make sure your church community places the message of God in the centre of all it does. So that God can reveal himself through it anew in every age.

A Message To Say Goodbye

A few days ago I received a message from the wife of a good friend of mine MAL.

This message was to tell me of the passing of my good friend a short while ago.

MAL was a person who was an avid reader of this blog and a person who knew the Bible from back to front and a person who was extremely knowledgeable about theological matters.

Whenever this preacher needed a sounding board MAL was there and in his own unique way was able to help more than so many people would be able to imagine.

The most important part of this message is to tell everybody that even though MAL was an atheist he was a person who read the scriptures and commented often to my posts.

MAL I know that if you were still here that you would find what I have to say strange,  but I pray today that you and the soul that you believed you did not have,  has found peace. 

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Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.
1. The object of our joy: Rejoice in the Lord.
2. The manner of our joy: How?: Long: rejoice always Much: again I say rejoice
It is an old rule that the affections of the mind; love, joy, anger, fear…, are in their own nature neither good nor bad. For example to be angry is neither good nor bad, Be angry and do not sin (Eph 4:26), or everyone who is angry with his brother will be guilty before the court (Matt 5:22). So to rejoice or not to rejoice in itself is neither good nor bad. But rather it is what we rejoice in that matters. If we rejoice in the toys of the world, it is an evil rejoicing. But we may rejoice in Christ and this is a proper joy. It is the object of our joy that matters, not the fact that you have joy or do not have joy.
Christ is our chief good and is the author of all the grace we have in this life and all the glory we shall have in the next. Therefore, we must chiefly rejoice in Him, and in other things only for Him, the giver of every perfect gift. So we may rejoice in other things, for the Lord and in the Lord. We may rejoice in our selves, as being the Lord’s, and in others, because they are in the Lord. We may rejoice in the company of friends, in our fellowship with the faithful, in short, we may rejoice in everything which furthers our spiritual rejoicing in the Lord.
Faith is the mother of our rejoicing in the Lord. Christ dwells in our hearts by faith, and spiritual joy is increased by reading, hearing, and meditating on the Word of God. Joy is increased by a good life. As sin grieves the Spirit, so also good works cheer the soul. The very character and brightness of the Lord’s glory delivers us from the hands of our enemies. If you have any feeling of the mystery of faith, even though it be as small as a mustard seed, rejoice in the Lord.
Why rejoice? Simply put, if the Lord of hosts were not your guard, all others creatures and foes would have banded themselves against you, fire would have devoured you, water would have drowned you, the earth would have reached up in a quake and swallowed you. If the Lord of hosts were not your guard the stone would fall out of the wall and crush you, the beam in the roof would fall upon you, your left tire would go out on the freeway and you would hit the center divider. But He has given His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways, He places you under His wings and blesses your going out and your coming home. Every way He blesses you that you may rejoice in Him.

The Inexhaustible God

“I am who I am”.
Ex 3:14 NIV

There are some things in this world which pose baffling problems to everyone. Those that have solutions that can be found (like a murder enquiry) we refer to as puzzles. Those that might have a solution but no one has yet found it (like travelling to Saturn) we call problems. But there are other realities which defy ever being completely solved. When you study them and find a part of the answer you also discover that there is still more to unravel. They are a bit like climbing a mountain. You see a peak before you and expend much effort getting to the top – only to discover there is an even higher peak you couldn’t see before. We call these realities mysteries – the more you discover about them the more you discover there is still to be discovered.

God is like that. When he says, “I am who I am” he reveals something of his nature, but only a small part. There is, tantalizingly, enough to get you going, but never so much that there is nothing more to find out. The task is never complete, and Moses, armed with something in his encounter at the burning bush, was baffled by the inexhaustible nature of the God who had started him out on an endless journey.

In the New Testament Paul speaks about “the unsearchable riches in Christ” (Eph 3:8 NIV). We know and experience a sample of them, but our knowledge of them this side of the grave is only a tiny part of the vast reservoir still to be known and plumbed. Delight and rejoice in what you know of Christ – and constantly look for more.

God’s Satisfaction of Our Spiritual Thirst

There is a thirst built into mankind by our Creator, a thirst that can be satisfied only by God. Some try to fill it with religions such as Buddhism or with “New Age” beliefs. Some try to fill it with earthly pleasures. But the only way to truly satiate this thirst is with a personal relationship with Christ as Savior and Lord, and with God as Father.
Do you feel something is missing in your life? Perhaps you have a lot, by the world’s standards. You may have a “perfect” family, a great house, enjoy your work, but still — something is missing. You are searching, but you just aren’t sure what it is you are yearning and thirsting for. Christ is your answer.
If you don’t have a personal relationship with Christ as your Savior, tell Him you have sinned, sincerely turn from these sins, and ask Him to come live in your heart, and to draw you closer and closer to Him. This relationship can satisfy your deepest longings.
John 4:14 (NIV) but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
If you are already a Christian, but you still thirst, perhaps your walk with God is not what it should be. If not, ask God to bring this verse to fruition in your life:
Mat 5:6 (NIV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
One day, there will be NO more thirst, along with no pain, no sorrow…. Rev 7:16-17 (NIV) Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Dear Father, thank You for providing water for our thirst. Help us to access Your water, and to show our gratitude for it. In Jesus’ name, amen.