Thought for Today: Ezekiel 47:9
"And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish because these waters shall come thither; for they shall be healed, and every thing shall live whither the river cometh."
The living waters in the prophet's vision flowed into the Dead Sea and carried life with them, even into that stagnant lake.
Where ever the Grace of God touches people's life and they experience the New Birth by becoming a Christian, spiritual life is the immediate and everlasting consequence.
Grace proceeds sovereignly according to the will of God, even as a river in all its windings follows its own will; and wherever it comes it does not wait for life to come to it, but it creates life by its own quickening flow.
Our prayer should be, "Lord, let the living water flow through me as the Apostle wrote, 'Out of our innermost being, shall flow rivers of living water."
We as Christians should desire to have life more abundantly and ask our Lord to fill us till every part of our nature is vividly energetic and intensely active.
As the Apostle Paul states, "Be ye filled with the Holy Spirit." This command is just or more important than all the commands of God.
Therefore, if we allow this one command to be a part of our life, the other great commands will come naturally such as the command to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel."
So the question before us is. are we seeking to fulfill the will of God in our life.? If we obey His will, others will see Christ in us.
Thought for today: Matthew 4:4
"It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
I do believe that if it was God's will we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for forty days; but we could not live without His Word.
Do we as Christians believe that by the Word of God we were created, by His Word alone we are sustained?
Physical bread is necessary for our first source of our being sustained and we should not be too eager in that area without believing that God's Word is the source of our being in a Spiritual sense.
In our life, we must have the Word of the Lord With this Bread which he gives we can withstand the devil.
Our souls need food and there is none for them outside of the Word of the Lord
All the books and all the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal; it is only the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of the believer.
When Jesus fed the five thousand, He also taught them about the Bread which He declared, "I am the Bread of Life."
He used the story of how God rained down mana from heaven in the desert for His people on a daily basis. Therefore we should partake of His word daily in our lives because each day His word or bread is fresh and not stale.
Our prayer today is, Lord. thank you for your Word and Jesus Christ your Son which is the Bread of life.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
Thought for today: Jerimiah 29:7
"Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you have peace."
We are told that we as Christians in this world are strangers and foreigners and we should be desirous to promote the peace and prosperity of the people among whom we dwell. Our nation and our city especially should be blessed by our constant intercession.
We should pray for peace, both at home and abroad. If strife should cause bloodshed in our streets, or if the foreign battle should slay our brave soldiers, we should all bewail the calamity let us, therefore, pray for peace and diligently promote those principles by which the classes at home and the races abroad may be bound together in bonds of harmony. Today let us be much in prayer for our country, confessing national sins, and asking for national pardon and blessings, for Jesus's sake.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
Thought for today: James 1:1
"Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."
All of us are tempted at some time in our Christian walk. However, the Bible states that we are tested by God but tempted by Satan.
When we are tempted, we must endure it, without rebelling against God, or turning aside from His integrity. We are blessed when we have gone through the fire and have not been consumed.
When our Lord has put us through a test and it is over, then comes His divine approval, which is "the Crown of Life". Life is the reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence and the realization of the divine purpose of God concerning us.
The Lord has promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only we who love God will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or go back to the world.
The question before us, do we love the Lord? Truly and deeply? Then our love will be tested and tried. but rejoice because Christ has given us victory throughout the testing.
In the midst of all the storms we go through in life, He is there and He has been always there.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor