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I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine which has arrived at last.
You all will be aware that you have an outer and an inner man. Some would expand this idea by speaking of all mankind as being body souls and spirit. No doubt both statements are correct. When Jesus preached the sermon on the mount He was was speaking to the inner man, even though that inner man could not fulfil those directives at that time. The reason being of course that the inner man needed a new birth: that birth became a reality after the finished work of Redemption and the outpouring of the Spirit. John Baptist had prophesied the He, the Lord Jesus, would baptise people in the Holy Spirit the result would be the miracle of the New Birth.
A new born baby needs constant nourishment and that need continues to the very end of our natural life. Jesus insisted that He was the Bread of Life and that His intention was to provide constant nourishment to the new inner man. When we look at the church we see a company of women and men who are in constant need of the strength which comes from the nourishing ministry of the Spirit. Paul put it like this in his Ephesian epistle: "That you may be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man." He uses 2 words in this part of verse 16 of chapter 3, which are hugely significant. The word strengthened is the word ENERGISED and the word might is the word ABILTY. Spend time pondering the thought. You and I are to be energised by God's ability because of the Spirit who dwells within.
I am aware of my need of this ministry of the Spirit in my own life as I an sure you are. Let us ask Him to make us aware of our weakness so the we may be energised by His ability working in us by the Person and Presence of the Spirit. The greater the sense of weakness the greater will be our dependence on His provision to make strong the inner man.
Finally let's remember that the strengthened inner man will be able to govern the outer man of flesh who is so easily drawn into carnal thinking and behaving. If you struggle with the outer man there is the power of the cross to take him to death and the ever constant strengthening of the inner man to take control of our emotions, our thought life, whenever temptation comes against us. Remember......"GREATER IS HE WHO IS FOR US THAN HE WHO IS AGAINST US"
Onto victory brothers and sisters Dai
Have you ever wondered what the transfiguration of the Lord Jesus was all about. We have all read about His shining face and His clothes becoming white and glistening. What a view those 3 had. But what was behind the event? What was God wanting us to see in this wonderful Son He had sent into the world.
I have become more and more convinced that these events, and those that immediately followed, were a demonstration of the Love of God equal to the wonder of the incarnation.
It seems to me that on the mount Jesus came to the moment when He was seen in the perfection of His manhood. He had overcome every temptation thrown at Him, and having overcome He was ready to pass from this world into that where the spirits of just men made perfect were ever before the face of the Father. He was perfect in His first coming but did not face the onslaught of temptation until He entered into His Redemptive ministry at 30. The devil knowingly sought to deceive Him. Peter unknowingly sought to distract Him from His mission of death and resurrection. Scribes and Pharisees sought to trap Him and humiliate Him. He was misunderstood, maligned, accused of being in league with satan. Yet remained the most loving of men in the midst of it all. On the mountain His spirit metamorphosed His body and He was ready to depart into the glory which He had with the Father before the world was. So, why did He not go?
It was because He saw the misery and despair down in the valley and His heart ached to meet the need of those to whom He had been sent, even though they rejected Him. His love is so far beyond the ability of men to understand by logic or reason, so down He comes to demonstrate it yet again and give to the unbelieving crowd in the valley the opportunity to see Him as He really is: The LOVER of the world.
Let's note the failure of all in this valley scene, especially that of the 9 disciples He had left behind. These men had been given authority to heal the sick and to cast out demonic powers operating in human lives. So what had happened to them that they were powerless to meet the need of the boy who was there with his father? Jesus told them later it was because of their unbelief. But what had happened in them to cut the nerve and power that they had known and bring them to the place of faithlessness. My thinking is this. Please give it some thought.
Before going up the mountain Jesus had been telling the 12 of his soon coming death and resurrection. They could not understand Him and Peter boldly told Him that this would never happen to Him. How blind he and the others were to the real mission of the Christ. Was it this misunderstanding that caused faith to stumble and led to their failure? Thank God that He has come and given us an understanding so that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in the Father and the Son. Let us thank the Lord that the coming of the Spirit resolved this matter of unbelief and they became new men, living a life of faith by the power of the Spirit.
When the Lord arrived from mountain top to valley floor He was grieved and called them a faithless generation. That applied to the religious men who were there, and to the father of the boy and to the 9 disciples.
[I wonder whether Peter,James and John thought they were exempt from His comments because they had been in the mount with Him}
I am thrilled with the fathers response to Jesus. He had seen the failure of the 9. They could do nothing. But can you do anything said the man. The Lord's reply is well known to us. "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" And wonder of wonders the man did:
not perfectly but he did say, "Lord I believe: help my unbelief" and he said it with words and tears. On the basis of the cry of faith the Lord acted in power and the lad was delivered. What love
Jesus rejoiced to hear that man's cry of faith, even though it was mixed with uncertainty and doubt. Our faith may not be perfected but let us be sure that behind faith is this love which causes faith to rise and the Lord delights to work as He sees faith operating in our hearts.
Love to one and all. Dai
Power and the Kingdom
A good afternoon to you all. What beautiful weather for enjoying the wonder of creation. Our garden is filling with new life and demonstrates again the power which the Lord has put into what He has made. And it is about that power I want to share this afternoon.
Mark tells us in his Gospel that the disciples had hardened hearts in 6:52. He repeats the comment in 8:17 and in verse 21 asks them how is it that you do not understand. In 9:30-
This raises the question "what is wrong with these men"? How is that they cannot understand? It is not that they don't want to understand but are incapable of so doing. They had seen things which you and I dream of seeing, perhaps long to see, so what is wrong? One of their number had even confessed Him to be Messiah or Christ, not a name but a title. Yet when He speaks of His death and resurrection this same disciple opposes Him and he is firmly rebuked by Christ. This very same disciple is told that he is not mindful of the things of God but of men. 8: 31-
It is clear that there is something fundamentally wrong with these men. It is remarkable that Jesus does not despair of them and selects a more understanding group. He knows that the remedy will be available to them after the fulfilment of His prophetic word concerning His death and resurrection. I am speaking of the coming of the Holy Spirit: the One Jesus promises will come in consequence of His finished work on Calvary. So sure is He that His mission will be successful that He makes this remarkable promise in chapter 9 verse 1. They will see the kingdom of God present with power. At the time of His speaking it seems to be all weakness. He tells them of His forthcoming death and they are horrified. His death means the end of all their hopes of a Messianic kingdom. But they are not yet aware that this kingdom is not a material one but a spiritual one, and it will be in the hearts of men by the coming of the Spirit. When He comes, Jesus promised that He would lead us into all truth [ what understanding He has come to give us] and it was when He came on the day of Pentecost that these men understood the glory of what He had done by His cross.
Let me remind you of what Paul writes in 1Corinthians 1: 18-
Paul makes clear that this kingdom is in POWER and is the result of the death of Christ. We are not called to preach the kingdom as some future event which will become evident during a millennium but to preach CHRIST and HIM CRUCIFIED here and now, and in this great message there is power to bring men and women into that understanding which was missing till He accomplished a full Redemption on the cross.
A final comment by Paul:" in malice be children but in UNDERSTANDING BE MEN" Let us grow up into a full understanding of this Gospel and realise the Power which is at our disposal.
Love to all you lovely people of God. Dai
Hello everyone. The subject of obedience is not an easy one because of the different ways it is presented under the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. In the Old Covenant God gave His 10 commandments to Moses. They were His writing on 2 stone tablets. He was the author of them and they were not some made up creation He intended to impose on mankind to make their lives somewhat miserable. They must have been given to mankind in the light of the Incarnation when Jesus came and fulfilled all the requirements of that law. How did He do it?
Did He keep them by setting His will to do them or was there a secret to His success which we need to understand and enter into. Let me suggest this to you. He had, what I am going to call, a DYNAMIC.... an inward power that was resident in His soul life whereby He was able to do all the will of His Father. It was this DYNAMIC which was the foundation of His Life. " Lo I come to do Thy will O God" And by fulfilling that will He has provided in His resurrection life that DYNAMIC so that we can do the will of His Father and ours.
I can remember as a child trying to learn the 10 commandments and being told that God expected me to keep them. It did not take me long to realise that it was impossible. Then I heard about the sermon on the mount which was even more impossible to keep. What was I to do? Try harder and ask for forgiveness when I failed. I seem to be forever asking for forgiveness for I was a constant failure. I began to wonder if God was somewhat of a mocker of my condition rather than a Saviour from my condition.
Then I heard about the New Covenant and what wonderful news it was. I was particularly struck by the Old Testament promise in Jeremiah, who prophesied that God would write His laws in my heart and mind. I was amazed at such a promise and wondered whether this was for some select few or if this is what the Gospel was all about. Then I came across the promise in the New Testament in Hebrews 8 and was struck with the thought that this was for all, and was inherent in the Gospel which Christ had brought into being. Here was the secret of His DYNAMIC. It was in His very life and make up. He loved to do His Fathers will because of this law of His life. This New Covenant was in His very Life. The conclusion I came to was that I MUST have that Life for it was THAT LIFE which had triumphed over all the things over which I was a failure.
This Life is available to any and all, who having recognised their need, come to Him to receive. That Life is ours by the ministry of the Spirit who comes to fill and flood our beings, and it is He who writes these laws of God's being in our hearts and minds. Life then becomes a life of dependence on this blessed Spirit whose purpose is to lead us into the obedience which operated in the blessed Lord Jesus. He has to take us through some tough times but all His ways are to create in us this like obedience which we see and admire in our Christ.
Be a man or woman of this New Covenant, which is the creation of the Gospel which we love and what we want to proclaim to all mankind. He will help us to do so not by some outward rule but by the DYNAMIC power of His Spirit ruling in our hearts.
Love to you all Dai.
Hi everyone. Hope you are all okay. A reminder that we are planning to meet on Easter Sunday morning at 10.30 to worship and love the Lord together. Please bring a mask, but most importantly bring a rejoicing heart full of thankfulness for all His grace to us over the months of being apart.
I have enjoyed reading again the life of Joseph and have been struck with the history of his life and how it pictures the Life of the the Lord Jesus. He was rejected by his own people as was Jesus by the people to whom He had been sent. Joseph has been accused of being either arrogant or unwise in relating his dreams to his brothers first and then to his mum and dad. The people of Jesus' day rejected Him in a similar way saying "this is the carpenters son. His brothers and sisters are with us. Do you think their attitude to Him was one of "Who does he think he is"
I am supposing that you are all familiar with the story so let's jump forward and see Joseph elevated to the second highest position in Egypt. He has control over the huge amount of food being produced during the 7 years of plenty, and wisely stores it ready for the 7 years of famine. When the famine strikes it has massive impact in Canaan, and it is important to recognise the deliberate hand of God in bringing Josephs family to desperation. The importance of this desperation is the basis upon which God is going to deal with the consciences of his brothers and bring about the most wonderful reconciliation.
Each of us has to experience a famine in our own lives so that we go to the one person who can meet the hunger in our souls. When the brothers came to Joseph they did not know it was him and it was Joseph who revealed himself to them. He did not reveal himself as the injured, mistreated, abandoned brother but as the forgiving all embracing saviour, for that is what he was, not only to Egypt but more importantly to these who were to become the people promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In Genesis 45:4 Joseph behaves in the most gracious way and calls them into immediate closeness to Him. There is no holding back in him because of bitterness of heart caused by their treatment of Him. In verse 5 he urges them not to condemn themselves for their past treatment of him. Do you see Paul's language here: " there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus". Our Jesus/Joseph calls us into immediate relationship to Himself, and conscience is cleansed and peace floods the once troubled mind.
Joseph has seen beyond the circumstances through which he has passed and recognises the God who sent him to preserve a posterity for them on the earth and to save their lives by a great deliverance.[see verse 7] Praise God for Josephs life, but oh to praise Him for the greatest of wonders as we get to know the One who delivered us from so great a death and has brought us into His kingdom of joy and peace.
Seeing characteristics in the lives of these Old Testament people which point to the person and life of the Lord Jesus is a joy but let us not fashion our lives on them but see afresh that Jesus gives us His very life and as we walk in obedience to Him that life is formed in us. Then we in our day and generation become a demonstration of Christlikeness to the famine stricken lives of those round and about us. Please Lord, make it so to your honour and glory.
Love to you all. Dai
Hello everyone and trust you are all well. I was hoping more of the restrictions would have been lifted so that we could resume meeting soon. Let's ask the Lord about it shall we.
Would you please read Song of Solomon 4:12-
Let's notice the 5 things He says about His Bride.
1 She is likened to a GARDEN.
2 She is likened to a SPRING
3 She is likened to a FOUNTAIN
4 She is likened to a STREAM
5 She is likened to a WELL.
Points 2,3,4,5. can all be recognised in John's gospel chapter 4 and again in chapter 7. Please check for yourselves.
Please note how He sees her. Perhaps she doesn't see herself like He sees her. So how are we to view ourselves. It would be impossible to think of ourselves like this unless we realise that He has made to her to be all that He said of her.
In addition to the 5 characteristics above, she is also described as being anointed with various spices and fragrant oils and being incredibly fruitful like the pomegranate. Lovers of the Old Testament will recognise these fruits and spices as part of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. The priest hood had to be anointed and the garments of the High Priest has pomegranates in the edge of his blue robe.
We, who have been born from above are His New Temple indwell by the very Spirit of God. We are also His Bride/Church, and Solomon;s description of his bride is a very apt one of we who are Christ's Bride.
The last verse of the chapter is most illustrative. The Bride asks how all this wonderful fulness and richness can be seen in the wilderness all around. She calls for the North wind and the South wind to blow in the garden, that is in Herself. Why not the East and West winds? Because the East wind brings the bitter cold [the beast from the east] and the West wind brings the driving wind and rain.[ just as we have had the past few days]
The North and South winds bring both warm air and cold air needful for health and development of the garden.
The wind/Spirit alone can move the fragrance out of the garden[the bride] into those regions around. How dependent we are on this vital ministry of
Even as she, the Bride, cried to the 2 winds to awake, so we needs must call upon Him to move within us His Bride so that the fragrance of the Beloved streams out of our lives to demonstrate His wonder and glory. Amen Lord. Please blow upon us and come into your garden in all the splendour of your person.
Love to you all Dai
Good morning everyone. Some thoughts to consider: and not only to think about, but to realise by personal experience that the Lord Jesus has provided for us all His fulness for daily holy living and His enabling to make us effective witnesses to the power of His life changing resurrection. So let's go the the great day of Pentecost when His Spirit was first poured out as a result of His receiving from His Father the promised Spirit and deluging His waiting 120 with this most amazing gift of grace.
Two things happened on that occasion. Firstly they were baptised into Christ and by that baptism they were regenerated. Secondly, and just as vital, they were filled with the Spirit. Acts 2:4 makes clear that this was not some theory to be believed but an experience of the life filling person of the Spirit flooding their beings and over flowing in utterances entirely supernatural. It seems apparent to me that their power and witness was entirely the result of that work of the Spirit in their hearts, and He produced a fullness which left no room for their previous held fear and powerlessness. How wonderful it is to see for ourselves this glorious fulness as the result of His redeeming grace alone.
They were in the right place, at the right time, not by some stroke of good fortune but in obedience to His command. "Tarry ye in Jerusalem UNTIL ye be endued with power from on high" It was an absolute certainty. Here was the Lord's grace outpoured on them and He will do the same for every one who is willing to obey.
Conditions became tough for the Lord's people in Jerusalem and eventually Peter and John were arrested. The next day they were brought before the sanhedrim and asked to explain by what power and in what Name they had done these things.[the healing of the crippled man in Acts 3]
Notice how Luke describes their defence. In Acts 4:8 he tells us that Peter filled with the Holy Spirit began to speak. Was this a new filling of the Spirit for this difficult occasion, or was it an expression of the already existing fulness which Peter and John were experiencing. These are 2 commonly held views. I wonder what you think? Perhaps Paul helps here when he writes in Ephesians 5:18 that we are to be being filled with the Spirit. The tense of the Greek language here is an ongoing being filled. Not something intermittent but a continuing activity of the Spirit.
I guess it goes without saying that such a life of fulness is only possible as we live in the attitude of obedience to our Sovereign Lord and Master.
This fulness was not for the select few but for all. In Acts 4:31 we read that the gathered church prayed against the threatened opposition from the priests and elders of Israel, and having prayed the Lord came and shook the place and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of the Lord with boldness. Such fulness is the inheritance of every saint. Its yours and mine. The Lord open all our understandings to see that this fulness is our according to His promise.
Your brother Dai
Good morning All on this very wet Welsh day. No sun today: but He who commanded the light to shine OUT of the darkness has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Our greatest need day by day is to behold Him in the secret place which is the inner tabernacle of our hearts, the place where He has shone and is still shining. That leads me into my thought for the day. Fellowship.
The word is KOINONIA and is taken from the business world. It speaks of 2 who form a partnership and invest their everything into that partnership in order to make the business successful. They share everything and there has to be an openness between the 2 so that each knows the thinking of the other. Neither can hold back from the other what is necessary for the partnership to work.
Please read with me 1Corinthians 1:9 and notice the amazing call God has on each of our lives, not a calling to be something but a calling to engage in partnership with Christ. There are a number of translations which read that we are called into fellowship WITH the Son, which is true but is not adequate. The original wording is this: "we are called in or into the fellowship OF the Son" which raises the question, who did the Son have fellowship with, and can I enter that fellowship. The answer is a resounding YES.
I imagine that all of you would answer the question something like this: " He [Jesus] was in fellowship or partnership with His Father. They invested everything in this partnership [relationship]. Their beings were utterly committed to fulfilling all that was intended when They acted in Creation, and brought mankind into being. They have never deviated from their original plan and have provided a way whereby their plan is active today and they are calling you and I into that great original purpose and plan."
Of course it took the death and resurrection of the Son [not the Father] to open up this new and living way for us to become part of THAT fellowship. John made it clear when He said, " Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." According to 1John 1:3 we enter into THEIR partnership [fellowship]
Let me return to a comment I made earlier. "Neither can hold back from the other what is necessary for the partnership to work" Just for a moment think what would be the consequence if either of the 2 in the Divine partnership were to withhold from their entire sanctification to that partnership. What if the Son had said NO in the garden of Gethsemane!! or the Father had said I cannot allow this to happen to My Son!! Oh the wonder of this loving relationship that has called you and me into its glory and beauty. And so it is with you and I, my dear brother and sister.
And what are you and I called upon to give to this Partnership. All the Grace and Power and Sufficiency and Enabling are what He brings to it, but what do I have to bring. One thing, and one thing only, which has been put into the most sublime language by Paul.
"I beseech you brothers and sisters that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable to God" Perhaps your response to that is that I have tried and tried again and yet nothing changes. I have no sense of the wonder of this fellowship, no deep sense of fulfilment knowing that I living in the centre of His will. What do I do now.
Those of you who read the quote from Romans 12:1-
Glory be to God, Father Son and Spirit. Your brother Dai
Good morning All from the Pattersons, with the desire that you are all enjoying that fellowship with the Father and the Son into which we are called.
Praise the Lord that this a day in which we are to know what it is to be partners with Him and to enjoy being obedient to Him as servants, firstly to Him, and then to one another.
I have been reading about the temple. Not the constructions of the Old Testament of which there are at least 3. The tabernacle in the wilderness, built by Moses under the pattern given Him by God. The temple built by Solomon under the directions given him by God. The rebuilding of that temple by Ezra/Nehemiah following the captivity. There are others mentioned, namely Herod's which was still uncompleted at the time of the Lord's presence here on earth and was destroyed in 70 AD. Ezekiel's temple which some say is yet to be built.
But I want to speak of the New Testament temple which is entirely the building of God. All the Old Testament temples are a shadow of this one and man has no part in building it. This is the sovereign work of the Father and the Son and is accomplished by the Spirit. This is how Paul speaks of this amazing Temple in 1 Corinthians 3:16-
The first word HIERON is used to describe all the buildings and the ground connected to those buildings. Let me illustrate by reference to the tabernacle in the wilderness. There was a surrounding curtain to the whole of the tabernacle and another smaller structure within. Between the entrance and this smaller tent were the altar of sacrifice and the Laver for the priests to wash at. Inside the small tent was a table and a candlestick and an altar for incense. The altar was placed in front of a curtain which led into an even smaller room in which was the Ark of the Covenant. All of that was the Hieron.
The NAOS speaks of the innermost place where the Ark was placed which was the place that God said He would come and dwell, His throne being the seat of Mercy which was over the ark. The word NAOS is never used in the New Testament except in reference to this most holy place, the place of God's dwelling. Paul is careful to use this word NAOS in reference to US being the temple and He dwells in us by the Spirit. It is the Person and Presence of the Spirit which makes us the temple of God.
This statement of Paul's is staggering and its implications are breathtaking. Any heart which knows this to be true has entered into the glory of the New Covenant. Please remember how Paul introduces verse 16......... Do you not know? Let the wonder of the truth seep into every fibre of our beings and bring a sense of wonder to our hearts. Such is the wonder that filled Pauls heart and mind and understanding that he issues a warning in the next verse. Be careful not to damage this temple by allowing anything into it to damage it. The Corinthians had allowed division, party spirit, judgementalism, pride associated with opinion, immorality into the temple and Paul knew that the Spirit of the Lord was grieved. The remedy for the Corinthians was a genuine repentance and a turning from these worldly attitudes of mind to the Cross of Christ so that there could be a restoring to the true holiness which God intend should mark out His Temple.
Dear brothers and sisters, WE are the temple where God has chosen to live. Open our eyes, Lord, to see the wonder of what is ours in Christ and to recognise that we are Christ's and Christ is God's. [verse 22]
Your brother Dai
Hello Everyone and I trust you are all well and finding the Lord's provision during these shutdown days. There is a theme in Scripture, more so in the New Testament than the Old, which speaks of refreshing. It is most interesting that all the references in the New Testament speak of the Lord's people refreshing others, and not of the Lord directly acting to refresh. Let me illustrate the point. In the letter written to Philemon Paul commends him because he had refreshed the inward parts of the saints[verse7]. He is urged to receive his now saved servant Onesimus who had runaway. Says Paul, if you welcome him back, you will refresh my heart and cause me much joy.[verse 20]
What an amazing company of people we are: with a God given ability we can refresh one another. Undoubtedly this is the work of the Spirit operating in every regenerate heart so that the body of Christ is kept in newness with the refreshing water of life flowing from one to the other.
Let me point you to 3 other men, who are seldom mentioned spoken of. None of them has a public ministry which is noted in Scripture, but how wonderful to note that they refreshed others. They are found in 1Corinthians 16:17-
Finally, let me say something about the meaning of this word refreshing. It has 2 meanings. 1. It means to cool or refresh again, suggesting that something has been lost and the loss has resulted in us getting hot and bothered. In the heat of the conflict we may be going through, along comes the brother or sister who refreshes and our hot emotions or troubled spirit is cooled and restored. We read of Onesiphorus who was such a man in 2 Timothy 1:16 who OFTEN refreshed Paul. What a ministry to have for weary souls, even the soul of an apostle. 2. It means to rest again, and we can find its use in 2Corinthians 7:13 where Titus has been refreshed by all in the Corinthian church. Do note that the whole church was involved in the process of refreshing in the life of Titus. He came to rest again.
Perhaps you feel the need of this in your life and he can meet with us. But what is more amazing you can be the means of ministering this to others.
In these days of uncertainty how wonderful to be a means of bringing such a ministry to bear on the lives of others, and to be unconscious of doing it. This is not some kind of religious behaviour but the overflowing which Jesus spoke of when He said that out of our innermost beings should flow the REFRESHING water of life. Let it flow through each of us so that others might be refreshed in spirit.
Your brother Dai
Hi to one and all and trusting you are all proving the faithful mercy of the Lord. Do you find it important to be living today in the reality of the Lord's power and grace and not in a future imagined place of victory that is ours only when we depart this life. Is it true that all the fulness of God dwells in Him? This Paul asserts to be so. And if we are in Him by the miracle of new birth then let us be sure that His fulness is ours to enjoy. Because of the wonder of what Christ has procured for us, our lives have a completely new direction and we live not only to please the Lord but to be a means of blessing to others.
The prisoner of Rome, Paul the servant of the the Lord Jesus, writes of the purpose for his continued living in this world. He speaks of the mental dilemma he finds himself in, wanting to depart and be with the Lord Jesus, but aware of the need in the lives of the Philippians.[1:23]. That need can be met through his remaining in the world and ministering the Spirit of Life to these whom he loves. He calls them his joy and crown in 4:1. What a marvellous view to have of others. They are not there to serve me but I to serve them: and to serve in such a way that their lives are strengthened and filled with joy. He puts it like this: "being confident of remaining in the flesh I shall be with you for your progress and joy of faith.
I love that little phrase,"your progress and joy of faith"[ 1:24-
Why does Paul speak of faith producing joy? He has owned Christ to be his Master and Lord. He had no other reason to live but to serve the One who had saved him and filled him with His fulness. He was so dependent on Christ for everything that he was free from looking to himself or others. He could say that he had all things and abound [4:18]. Such an attitude of mind sets free from dependence on another and on Him only.
Did not Jesus so live in dependence on His Father? And Paul had discovered the liberty and joy there is in serving the Lord in dependence on Him. He had progressed along this pathway of confident trusting and wanted to see his dear Philippian brothers and sisters coming into this great joy which he enjoyed.
I wonder how we who live in this day of ease and comfort compare to this ideal of which Paul speaks. Perhaps that is all it is for us... an ideal with no possible hope of becoming reality. Perhaps we are at ease and have missed the glory and wonder of what Christ has made possible by His death and resurrection. Perhaps we have no expectation that our lives can be used by God's Spirit to bring progress and the joy of faith to others.
Shall we today submit ourselves afresh to Him and allow Him to fulfil His great calling on our lives to be the means of helping one another to progress and walk the path of joyful faith.
Your brother Dai.
Dear One and All, and a very happy new year to each of you. May it be a year filled with the delight of doing His will in both the inner quiet place and in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ where we are each called to function by the power of His Spirit. What a wonderful life He has called into, and and what grace He has given whereby we no longer please ourselves but Him.
I recently read about Peter's denial of the Lord Jesus, which was no surprise to Him, but a devastating exposure to Peter of the inadequacy of his love and devotion to Jesus. When he announced that he would be prepared to die for His Master I think he really meant it. There was no hypocrisy in his reply. He was honest but ignorant. Ignorant of his heart condition and of what he was capable. I believe he honestly thought he was incapable of denying Jesus. How little he knew of the depths of his own heart and the corruption which sin had wrought in his soul.
So Jesus had to show him his deepest need. There was no need for telling him off or pointing out his inadequacy. He simply told him what he would do, and when he did deny the Lord he was brought to see both His wonderful knowing of the human heart and eventually His ability to change it. It was Peter who later was to write in his epistles that we are to love one another fervently, with a pure heart fervently . When Peter's heart was purified by the coming of the Spirit he realised that his natural love and devotion to Jesus was genuine but insufficient.
Natural affection and devotion can never make us disciples of the Lord Jesus. The standard is too high for human strength to attain. But knowing us as He does, He does not condemn nor despair, but offers that Life which has overcome to all and any who will receive. I never cease to be amazed by the love of this blessed Man, who knowing the human heart as He does, is aware of His power and strength to make new men and women of us.
The Lord move in this life transforming way in this new year and make us those through whom He can bring others to know the wonder of this grace which has saved and sanctified us. Love to you all, your brother Dai.
Good morning Everyone. I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas even with the limitations imposed on us. Thank God He is not restricted and His purpose is to pour His Grace on our lived no matter what our restrictions may be.
There is a familiar verse in Luke 1:17 which reads "For with God nothing shall be impossible" There is an alternative translation used in some Bibles which reads " No word of God is without power" The context is the conception of 2 babies, the first to an older lady who had not been able to conceive all her married life. The second to a much younger lady who was still virgin.
Both women had received a direct communication from God. The first via her mute husband and the second via the angel Gabriel. I wonder how Zacharias communicated the wonderful news to his wife that she was to have a son. How he did that I don't know but it was not long before she knew she was expecting this miracle child so late in life. Here was God's power at work irrespective of Zachariah's unbelief. This conception was by the means that God had initiated at the beginning of creation. But what of Mary? Here was God's power operating on an altogether different level. She enquired of Gabriel how this promise could be effected because she knew it could not be by the normal process of generation. Gabriel told her how it would happen and that nothing was impossible to the God who had sent him to Mary.
Her response is one of the most remarkable records of faith we will ever encounter. Two things should be noted which are so inter-
The apostle Paul speaks of this yielded-
This is what Mary did, trusting the One who made the promise to bring it to pass using her womb as the means whereby He would bring His Saviour into the world. Paul also said that "we who live are always being delivered up unto death, so that the LIFE of Christ may also be manifested in our MORTAL BODIES."
May all of us catch the wonder of His coming as the Babe of Bethlehem and the wonder of the faith of Mary who yielded her body whereby He could come. And let us yield ourselves to Him so that His will be done in us as it was in her.
Love to all, your brother Dai
Some weeks ago I wrote in my article how 2 of Isaiah's sons were signs of God's word to the people of Judah. One was called Shear-
Today I want to draw your attention to a man called Methuselah, famous for being the longest living man in recorded history. His name means, "when he dies it will be fulfilled" So what happened at his death? Let's take a look. We will need to do a little maths as we proceed.
We know that Methuselah was the son of Enoch. What a godly dad to have, and being a prophet he gave his son this prophetic name. He was 187 years old when his son Lamech was born. You can find that in Genesis 5:25-
When Lamech was 182 years old he had a son called Noah. You can find that in Genesis 5:28-
Lets add together the 187 and the 182 which gives us 369 years. We are told that after Noah was 500 years old he had 3 sons Shem, Ham and Japheth. This is stated in Genesis 5:32. Add the 369 and the 500 years together and you have 869 years.
In Genesis 7:11 we read that Noah lived another 100 years which means that 869 +100 =969. The very age at which Methuselah dies is the year that the flood came on the earth. Chapter 7:11 gives the detail.
How precise and reliable is the word of the Lord and that word was outworked in the names of Methuselah and his son Noah. How wonderful that the Lord Jesus is and was the Word made flesh and what a miracle of grace that we are to bear in our bodies the treasure of His presence by the Holy Spirit.
The Lord move in all our lives to make manifest the Knowledge of His person and presence through us to the folks in the communities where we live. Your brother Dai
The senior citizens meetings for Saturday 28th March and Saturday 25th April have been cancelled. We will let you know when we will be able to restart these meetings.
Les Wheeldon's visit to Emmaus due in April has been cancelled and the Exploring Christianity course will be postponed till the Autumn.
A number of people are stopping whatever they are doing at 1:00pm each day to pray and to read their Bibles. Please join us at that time.