Moonbi Christian Fellowship.

( A Presbyterian Church )

Meets at 9 am every Sunday at the Coach House,

Churchill Drive, Moonbi.

Rev David Seaman 0422 089 746

Gordon 6761 2979 Alex 6766 6334

You are most welcome to attend.

 

29th June, 2020.

 

Dear Friends,

 

Although Moonbi Nursing Home is now allowing close relatives to visit their family in the Nursing Home, we are still not allowed to use the Coach House, and therefore have no place to meet for worship as yet. The Manager, Debbie O’Shea, has told me she will ring as soon as we are able to return. Please continue to pray that we will be able to return soon in order to worship God together.

 

When we look around the world and see and hear of the overturning of our normal lifestyles, when we see the truth of the Bible being lived out before us, that lawlessness will prevail, and that truth will be exchanged for lies, that black will be white and white be black in regard to turning everything that God values upside down, we are amazed. Yet we should not be, because the Bible tells us to expect this. It points out the absolute depravity of man, and that the ruler of this world, “ the man of lawlessness”, is indeed doing everything to try to overturn the rule of Christ, and draw people to be godless. Thanks be to God that, one, Christ has conquered Satan, and two, that God protects those that are his. Corrie ten Boom puts it like this, “ If you look at the world , you will be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed, But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”

 

But this highlights , again, what the Bible says, that we are in a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6 : 10 - 18 tells us that we must put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. “ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day.”  But even the best of us tend to forget this. I was with a group of people last week studying a Bible passage where Jesus was casting out demons, and he was accused of doing this in the power of Satan, not the power of God. Yet though the passage was talking about evil spirits, when asked what the passage was dealing with there were several answers given, all true,  but the main subject of dealing with evil spirits was not even seen. We have a good grasp of the Bible and its truths, but we tend not to think of our lives in Christ, continually being in a battle against evil spirits. But as we see around the world, even amongst leaders and lawmakers and judges thereof, evil is being promoted.

 

Not much has changed, although, with many others, we need to ask is this the end times, when we are told there will be a great falling away, and lawlessness will prevail. But in the Old Testament we see much the same conditions prevailing. There is a great need of repentance now, as there was then. But instead of pointing the finger at others, we really need to look to ourselves, and admit OUR failings. This is what we see in three great prayers of confession by three great Old Testament figures, in Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, and Daniel 9. Each of these men included themselves in confessing the sins of the nation. Read the chapters , but particularly verses 1-15 in Ezra, v17, and 26-31 in Nehemiah, and 18-19 in Daniel. Though these men weren’t personally guilty of the sins confessed, they identified themselves with the people who did commit them. So they got right to the point and said, “ We have sinned!”  “Humble prayers build bridges, but selfish prayers tear them down and build barbed wire fences,” says Warren W. Wiersbe in his book “ On Earth as it is in Heaven.” 

 

Yet we are not sinless. 1 John 1:8 says, “ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus calls us to continual repentance of our sins. He says further in Mark 7:14-23, “...From within out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries (including forsaking God), fornications (sex outside marriage), murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit. lasciviousness ( lustfulness), and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”  And in Matthew 15: 10-20, Jesus says, “ These things that proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”  J.C. Ryle says, “ The man that does not glory in the Gospel can surely know little of the plague of sin that is within him.” But too often, we don’t see that our sin is like a plague.

 

John 13: 5-11, we see that if Jesus doesn’t wash us clean of our sins then we have no part in him. If we do not humbly confess and repent, we are not his:-

 

                           What can wash away my sin?

                           Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

                           What can make me whole again?

                           Nothing but the blood off Jesus.

 

                           Oh! Precious is the flow that makes me white as snow;

                           No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

                           Nothing can for sin atone,

                           Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

                           Naught of good that I have done, 

                           Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

  •                                                                               -   Robert Lowry. 

 

As a people of God, we need to repent daily, for none of us is perfect yet.  Let us then pray-

 

Our Heavenly Father, how glorious is your name, how wonderful the works that you perform. How could we turn from such a glorious God and Saviour. Yet like Ezra, we are ashamed at our lack of walking closely with you each day, for our sins have increased dramatically, we miss hearing the prompting of your Spirit, and we don’t recognise evil for the spiritual battle it is. Like Nehemiah, we confess that we have not been a separate people drawing to your side, and have too much tolerated the sins of the land, instead of putting them away. We are proud, and have stiffened our necks, and not listened to even the smallest of your commandments, refusing to obey, not being mindful of the wonder of Jesus death on the Cross for our sakes, and of his resurrection, and of the promise that we would be one day with you in Heaven. Yet you are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and you forsake us not. So, like Daniel, we pray, “ O Lord hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hear us and do; don’t put off you salvation, for your own sake, O my God: for your people are called by your name.”  Amen.

        

May God make you spiritually aware.






 

Gordon Dandie.