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SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER
Charity No. 1081578 www.godpod.org.uk
Greetings in our Lord Jesus.
There is a lovely but sad story in 1 King’s 13, it would do a world of good if you read it!
A man of God (prophet) was sent to warn the King, who was doing evil in the sight of the Lord.
The prophecy in verse 2, came to pass 300 years later by Josiah, you can read about this in 2 King’s 23 v 1-20, a wonderful prophecy naming the child thousands of years before any scan’s.
Verse 4, the king tries to arrest the prophet but the King’s hand withered, note verse 6 then the King wanted a favour even when the prayer was answered but he didn’t repent.
The man of God was told not to eat or drink (anywhere) but in verse 8 place was added.
Verse 11 there was an old prophet in Bethel, his son’s told him all the works the man of God had done, so he went in search of him and found him sitting under an oak.
Verse 14 Are you the man of God?, (if he was a prophet he would have known who he was, but he was a lying prophet). An angel had spoken to him and told the man of God to come back with him, sadly he listened to the wrong voice and went back with him.
Verse 20 the man of God disobeyed Gods word, as he was told not to eat and drink in any place.
Verse 24 sadly as he travelled back a lion killed him, the lion and the donkey stood by him, but the lion didn’t eat the corpse or the donkey, because as no-one was eaten this showed it was a divine judgement. So what can we learn about ourselves from this reading?
We must reflect on what the scriptures teach us. Are we listening to the right voice being aware of someone coming with supposingly a word from God? The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice!
The prophet rested under the oak tree instead of completing the mission God had given him and especially not to go back the way he came, so as to get in a rut, (doing the same thing, over and over, in our own way not God’s way), we must be careful that we don’t make a deep rut for ourselves, and not be able to get out of it. Did the man of God rest on his old experience! (old manna).
Gods faithfulness is new every morning. What has gone before is history, it’s how we finish that’s important. In reflection, sadly I must quote Paul, Romans 7 v 24 O wretched man that I am,
I can’t change myself so I pray Psalm 51 V10 create in me a clean heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Please read and check this out for yourself
Every blessing to you all, stay safe and well, God bless. Love Mick & Annie
The Certain Future
With all the uncertainty we have faced during the last 15 or so months it is possible that we can become anxious or even worried about the future and what it holds for us. With constant reports through the media that there are other Covid variants that could affect the gradual getting back to normal life this can drag us down. The truth is that we can only live one day at a time, Jesus said “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” Matt 6:34 (NKJV). We place our hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has promised never to leave or forsake us, what a promise indeed! So often we allow our feelings to dictate and obscure where our true hope lies.
Here are some comforting words from King David who faced many a trial.
Psalm 139:7 Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your pres-ence? 139:8 If I go up into Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the furthest parts of the sea; 139:10 even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light around me. 139:12 Yea, the darkness does not hide from You; but the night shines as the day; as is the darkness, so is the light to You.
May His grace and peace be with you now and always. Roy
A Reminder of Gods grace to the lost
Matthew 8:11-12 KJV 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – There will be many in heaven who once were drunkards on earth. There will be many harlots: some of the most abandoned will be found there. You remember the story of Whitefield’s once saying, that there would be some in heaven who were “the devil’s castaways;” some that the devil would hardly think good enough for him, and yet whom Christ would save. Lady Huntingdon once gently hinted that such language was not quite proper. But, just at the time, there happened to be heard a ring at the bell, and Whitefield went down-stairs. Afterwards he came up and said, “Your ladyship, what do you think a poor woman had to say to me just now? She was a sad profligate, and she said, ‘O, Mr. Whitefield, when you were preaching, you told us that Christ would take in the devil’s castaways, and I am one of them,'” and that was the means of her salvation. – Charles H Spurgeon.
Words of encouragement
We all need encouragement at times, God has encouraged us if we believe in him, he will give us strength, no matter what we are dealing with John 14:17; Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Matthew 11:28-29.
Thank you all for your continued prayer, it is very much appreciated.
If anyone would like to come on the prayer clock, please contact Dave Sibley on 854903 mb07967912226. Thank you, Every Blessing – Dave & Lin.
The Gospel Commission
Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all mankind. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16v15 and 16.
Being a member of the GODBUS since the year 2001, it has been a joy to share the word of God with islanders and visitors alike. Since March 2020 the bus outreach team have not been out ow-ing to the outbreak of Covid and the lockdown regulations to combat it. We pray that we will soon be allowed out in the streets once again. B Penney.
May God richly bless us all in His service.
We thank you for your continued interest and support. May the Lord bless you and those you love.