Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | November 8, 2016

The Strong Word – November 2016

 

November is a time for remembering, the Gunpowder Plot and Armistice Day are two of our Nation’s major annual events, recalling the past in order that the future may be better, well that is the theory at least!

The whole of the church calendar, Christmas, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost are major Christian festivals designed for us to recall each year the events that lead to salvation.

The events record God’s wonderful plan for mankind. Recently on Monday afternoons we have been remembering the 10 commandments when the Lord gave instructions as to the basis for the relationship between God and mankind. The maker’s instructions if you like, which come with a warning from heaven, we must be careful not only to hear these instructions but also to do them!

The longest Psalm, 119, written by King David is a repetitive Psalm emphasising the joy of obedience to God. David knew the sorrow of disobedience to God as he broke a number of God’s commands by his adultery, lies, then murder of Uriah. Of course we humans are not good at obeying instructions. We are better doing things our way, or “My Way”, as one pop song reminds us.

Our monthly Communion service is a time to remember, to recall the night before the execution of Jesus Christ. We eat bread and drink from the cup to remember the New Covenant between God and mankind. We have broken his rules, but we can recall heavens solution to our problem. We can be forgiven and have a new chance.

David reminds us in Psalm 51 we really can have the past forgiven and removed from God’s memory, we can receive the power of the presence of God in our lives by the Holy Spirit and can find great joy in obeying the demands of God on our lives, as we live for him.

Unlike Poppy Day memories, often recalled against a background of wars and fighting in many countries, we can celebrate around the Lord’s table and know our future really can be very different from our past. The war between us and God, evidenced by our disobedience to him, really can be over. We can have a new spirit within us that desires to do the good and the right. May it be so for all who read this!

 

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