Friday, May 15, 2015

The Lord hears our Prayers!

O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.  - Psalm 65:2

Yes God, the Lord the Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ who sits on the right hand of God the Father, it is he who hears all prayer! 
Jesus hears, He is not dead and buried, He is alive, He is the Eternal One, the God who hears the cries of His loved ones, He who listens, even when we are alone in darkness, abandoned, deserted, abused, forsaken, forgotten by all, neglected, depressed, even when we are persecuted with impunity to death, Jesus hears our cry. Oh what comfort, though no one responds to our distress, He hears our prayer, our voice, He sees our need, our desperate plight. Truly we come to Him, we draw near to Him in prayer.
I wonder if we truly appreciate what a God-given resource we have at our disposal, I wonder if we realize what privilege we have been given?
"Oh Lord, you see us where we are, you see us as we are, you see beneath the facade, you see our heart, our lostness, our brokenness, you see and you hear!
May your name be praised now and forever more, Amen!"
Draw near to Him in prayer.
May He bless us in the days that lie ahead with a stronger sense of His very real presence with us at all times.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Waiting

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  - Psalm 62:1

In God, and in God alone, and in no other, and in nothing else can our souls, our inner most being, that which we are inside ourselves, only in the Lord God alone can our souls commune. 
Apart from Christ our inner most being is actually spiritually dead, dead souls are like dead people, and dead people just simply do not communicate at all, they don't communicate, because they cannot, they are dead. 
Once the Lord comes and breathes His Holy Spirit over us and on us our souls come to life, and immediately like newborn babies who wait for their mothers, we wait for our heavenly Father! 
Our very salvation comes from God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God brings His salvation to us in a more certain way than a mother feeds her newborn baby. God's care for us, his newborn children is more loving and caring than the most loving parent could ever possibly be. 
That may be hard to grasp for some, but it is meant as an encouragement, and assurance, a comfort.  
We need never fear the Lord and His love for us. 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Our great refuge!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  - Psalm 46:1

 The Scripture makes very clear to us in this verse, that God, our God, the Lord, the Creator of the universe, he alone is where we find refuge!
Refuge from our guilt, our sin, our inner struggle, our weaknesses, we can flee to him for refuge, for safety for comfort for consolation.
Our God will have compassion on us when we turn to him for help. He will keep us safe, he will keep our souls safe and secure, in him we are all refugees looking to him for sanctuary. We go to him and plead for asylum from the tyranny of our own transgressions. 
God gives us all the strength we need, in our weakness he is strong, we have no strength but for him, and him alone, and oh what a Savior, He rescues us when we are in the direst trouble, when we were at our worst, when we are beyond help and hope, he came to help us.

May he be our comfort and our rest,
in Jesus name, Amen!




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Where does joy come from?

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, 
nor fruit be on the vines, 
the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, 
the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  - Habakkuk 3:17-18


Rejoice in the Lord no matter what your circumstances are, our joy is in Him, not in what we have. 
Our joy is in the Lord and in what he has done for us in Christ Jesus!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The resurrection of Jesus

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. Acts 2:24

Hallelujah for the resurrection of Jesus, it was impossible for death to keep Jesus in the grave, to keep him in its grip!
God the Father did the impossible, he raised Jesus to life again, thereby vindicating the perfect righteousness and sinlessness of Jesus life. Jesus who never sinned could not be killed either, he gave up his life! He took our sin upon himself and suffered death in our place, so that we by God's grace could be forgiven!
The resurrection of Jesus forever silences his all his critics, whatever anyone ever says about Jesus that contradicts what Jesus says about himself, must be submitted to the acid test, surely the one resurrected is the one God the Father has accepted as true and faithful. Jesus is the way the truth and the life!

May we all continue to rejoice in the resurrection everyday of the year!

Pastor Gary Morrison


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The death of Christ.

Luke 23:44 
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Its Easter time again, its that time of year we celebrate the Supreme Sacrifice of God the Son for the forgiveness of our sins. 
This season is actually more important, more holy to us than Christmas is! Yes the world has much more emphasis on Christmas, and the true meaning of Christ's coming to earth gets lost behind a flurry of gift giving and receiving.
At Easter there is no hiding, not even the chocolate eggs can obscure the terrible price God Himself paid for our sin, this was the great day of reckoning, a supreme demonstration of the self-sacrificial love of our God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, as the Lord Jesus stepped into the breach. 
Yes not only the supreme demonstration of love, but also God's supreme demonstration of His Holy wrath against sin! He did not spare His Son the torment of taking sin upon himself and paying the price for our redemption in His death. God's Holy hatred of sin was punished to the full extent that His infallible law and His righteousness demanded. 
What the Roman Centurion said what was absolutely true about Jesus, he had seen many people die in all kinds of ways as a soldier of the Empire. In Jesus however he saw someone die as he had never seen before, the manner of Jesus' death made  huge impression on him, yes Jesus was innocent, he even died the death of an innocent.
What impression, what impact will the death of Jesus have on you over this period of time, if it is not life changing, then pray to God that he will still have mercy!
He is a merciful God, not willing that any should perish in their sin!