Once you have been commissioned by God, and approved by trusted friends in Christ Jesus, then get on with it: ‘Just do it’.
Stop talking about it, and do it.
A young man approached me in a church service this last Sunday morning and asked me if I would please pray for him. He said that I had prayed for him when he came forward at an alter call many years ago. He was sixteen years old at the time and at present is over forty years old. We had been praying for people to get actively involved in serving Jesus, for them to live out their dream. Sadly, he told me, with tears running down his face, that he had done nothing about it all of these years. The young man basiclly asked if it was not too late to start again. With great joy we told him that it is never too late to start again. We anointed him with oil again, and then prayed that he would realize his dream from almost thirty years ago. The man and his wife went off together rejoicing with a determination to ‘just do it’.
Never forget, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so no more procrastinating for us. As God’s children let’s finish what we started for God.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Angus and Jill Buchan.
In the Old Testament book of Numbers 2:31, the Word of the Lord says that the tribe of Dan must break camp and travel last, bringing up the rear end of the twelve Tribes of Israel.
Looking in from the outside one could almost think that they were possibly the most inferior of the tribes but that assumption could not be further from the truth. You see, as the last tribe they had the enormous responsibility of collecting all the stragglers and lost property on the trail.
The Rear Guard is also a place of danger, because the enemy lurks in the rear, as much as the front. And then there are the disillusioned folk, the tired folk, sick folk, who have to be encouraged by the last tribe to keep on going.
Sometimes I have asked a lady what she does for a living, and often her reply is, “Oh, I’m just a House wife.” Well, I need to remind all house wives reading this letter, that I believe that you hold the most important occupation there is in this world.
Mary the Mother of Jesus, surely had the most important responsibility that the world has ever known, to nurture, protect, and see to the well-being of God himself, in the form of a helpless and defenceless babe. And that is why she could say that God has regarded her worthy to look after the Baby Jesus (Luke 1: 46, 55). Indeed, the most blessed of all women, ever.
What about Stephen, who waited on the tables while the disciples spent time praying and reading the scriptures, and receiving the ministry of the word (Acts 6: 1, 5). And yet He became the first martyr in the New Testament. He never compromised his testimony, or ran away, or denied the Lord like the disciples had previously had done. What a Man of God!
We could go on and on with many so more examples of folk holding down the ‘so called’ menial jobs in life, but then again, who says that any job done for Jesus is menial?
My dear friends I think we are all in for some huge surprises when we get to Heaven one day because the Saints who will be heralded by God will be: the old praying granny, the lonely missionary, the Bible translator in the jungle, the Christian school teacher who refuses to water down the Gospel, and so many others who are hardly ever mentioned, or noticed, or even recognized here on earth.
So press on, those who maybe sometimes feel used, abused, and taken advantage of, because your reward, a big one, is still coming. Jesus never overlooks anyone!
Angus and Jill Buchan.
Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
Let us never cease to be provoked by Our Lord, the Holy Spirit, to speak up when we see people worshipping idols.
The apostle Paul could not contain Himself; he had to warn the people, because father God had given Him such a love for those who are lost, who are directionless, and who are literally grasping at straws!
The philosophers called Paul a “babbler” – meaning a seed picker, an idler who makes a living picking up scraps. How wrong they were.
I was called that once too, a “babbler”, but nevertheless, the truth always prevails, because God has put eternity into the heart of a man, and eventually the most ardent critic will want to hear what you have to say, hence the invite to Paul from the Philosophers, to speak on Mars Hill.
Angus and Jill
Having just completed a very rigorous campus tour of all the major Universities in South Africa, interspersed with huge MMC conferences, I am sitting in my “quiet time” shack in the garden.
Birds are singing outside, especially the African dove. It is so very peaceful. Next to me a small fire is burning brightly in the hearth which my dear wife, Jill, has very kindly prepared for me to take the chill off the early morning air.
I am sitting here meditating on the goodness of God over these past number of weeks, and the miraculous work He has done. I am realizing, yet again, the importance of preaching the undiluted Word of God. (2 Timothy 4 : 2 ) The power is in the Word!
Like never before there is a full onslaught on authenticity the Bible, and yet these young students are just so hungry and desperate to learn of the truth and power of God’s Holy Word.
Just one practical example of what happens when God’s Word is preached took place at the meeting in the University of the North West (Potch). The presence of God’s Holy Spirit was so strong, almost tangible that night as we were preaching the gospel. Then there was a disturbance from the side of the huge hall, and we saw a middle-aged lady walking with her friend towards the platform, weeping uncontrollably. She had been paralyzed through a stroke, had been brought to the meeting, unbeknown to anyone, in a wheel chair, and through the simple preaching of God’s Holy Word, had got out of the wheel chair by herself and walked, completely healed.
No person laid hands upon her; she had found the meaning of life and Jesus healed her!
We must never rationalize the Bible, nor take anything from it, or try to add anything to it.
Jesus Himself is the Word, and says if I be lifted up, then I will draw all men to myself – John 12:32.
Remember, one genuine miracle equals a thousand sermons!
Angus and Jill Buchan.
If we look at the last verse, of the last chapter, of the last book, of the Old Testament, Malachi 4:6, Father God tells us very clearly that it is the time for the hearts of the fathers to be turned towards the children, and the hearts of the children to be turned towards their fathers.
You and I do not have to be prophets to see that we are living in the last days.
Over this last six or so weeks I have seen, with my natural eyes, Father God doing an amazing work amongst the fathers and their children!
Being so very privileged to speak one week to the children (students), through the major University Campuses in the nation, and then the very next week speaking to many fathers, through the Mighty Men Conferences throughout the land.
There is no doubt in my mind that our Lord, Holy Spirit, is putting this particular area of reconciliation very high on His priority list and He wants us to urgently cooperate with Him.
Undoubtedly the hardest place to be a Christian is in ones very own home because we know each other so intimately and cannot fool each other. Nonetheless, the Father desires for charity (love), to begin in the home.
It is the family unit that can make or break this nation, and the devil himself is working overtime to try and utterly destroy this God-given gift of moms and dads, boys and girls.
Why, we might ask? Well, quite simply because the evil one knows just how precious to Father God the family unit is, and the evil one knows that if he can disrupt the family, and bring division, divorce, and rebellion into the family then he has won the day.
Like never before please pray for this fatherless generation, because there is a huge revival stirring on the campuses amongst the students who are finding out the true meaning of life. Also among the Men through the Mighty Men Conferences taking place all over the land with capacity crowds attending, they are learning to love their children unconditionally, and to become the Prophet, Priest, and King, in their respective homes.
Angus and Jill Buchan
James 5:16 “The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Thank you for your prayers, the students are on fire for Jesus.
We went to the upper campus at UCT, The Jameson Hall, and what a magnificent building. We were concerned they wanted to cancel the meeting, because of the intimidation and the chances of protestors coming etc. Well, when we arrived I got such a pleasant surprise. The hall was fully packed of dynamic, young, passionate students who are wanting to know more about Jesus Christ.
Halfway through my preaching I saw there were people standing against the glass door on the outside of the building, only to find out afterwards that the protestors did in fact come. They were protesting against everything you could think of; from gay rights to feminise etc. Some of the organisers went outside and invited them to come in and to listen to the message, but they were afraid to and they would not come in.
I think of that scripture in Zachariah 4:6 (NKJV), “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” And the other scripture which is found in 1 John 4:4 (NKJV), “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Those protestors didn’t have the courage to come in and disrupt the meeting, because the presence of God was so powerful in that place.
Lastly, I want to say it is the love of God that will change this nation. It is not anger, bitterness or fear, but the undiluted love of Jesus Christ. These protestors need Jesus Christ, just as much as anybody else. They are beautiful people, they are just deceived; that is all. We need to pray for them.
Please keep me in your prayers, MMC Karoo has just ended and in a couple of days’ time we start again with the campuses:
- 8 May Tukkies Pretoria University
- 11 May Kovsies Bloemfontein University
- 15 May MMC Goudveld
- 18 May Potchefstroom: University
Angus and Jill Buchan.
While jogging very early this morning, the brightness of the moon lit up my path beautifully!
That is exactly how you and I are supposed to live, to be reflections of Jesus Christ to a very dark world. Psalm 89:37 says that the moon is a faithful witness in the sky. It is the witness of the sun which in the very early morning is yet unseen.
We spell sun, ‘Son’, that’s right, we are talking about the very Son of God Himself, Jesus Christ!
We are His faithful witnesses because there are many, many folk who do not know Him .So when they see you and me, hopefully, we will be faithful reflections of Jesus. Col 1:27 says it is “Christ in us, the hope of glory”.
Angus and Jill Buchan.
The moon early this morning while jogging. A faithful witness in the sky. It bears proof of the sun, which has not come up yet.
A true friend is one that you can call upon at any time of day or night.
That true friend knows you better than you know yourself. They can put up with all your ups and downs, your moodiness, and other-wiseness, and still love you.
When you are not present, and folk bad mouth you, that true friend stands up in public and defends you. They always see the best in you, believe in you, and pray for you unconditionally!
Wow! What a friend to have on your side in this day and age, where people say, “You can’t trust anyone anymore” or “You better watch your back!”
Who is this friend you may ask?
Well, I have known Him for exactly 37 years and two months, and I can vouch for His genuineness, His authenticity. He is for real I tell you.
“You see in my darkest hour when no one else could help me, My Friend was there, yes indeed, He literally pulled me out of the miry pit!”
When I have had to make critical decisions, He has advised me, so well in fact, that some people have even perceived me to be a wise man.
He has taught me to love the unlovely, and to pray for those who speak and say ugly things behind my back.
This friend of mine calms the storms in my life. He also patiently waits for me every single day- even when I am sometimes late for our appointment. We go jogging together early in the mornings, before the sun rises, and as strong and fit as He is, never leaves me behind. He always runs right beside me!
He wipes away my tears with His hand, puts His strong arm around me when I am lonely and afraid. O my dear friend, you really need to get to know Him more intimately and spend lots of time with Him, because You need Him so desperately today.
By the way, His name is JESUS! (And His cell number is Jeremiah 33 : 3)
Angus and Jill Buchan.
‘I will believe it when I see it’… John 20:24-29.
That was basically what Thomas said to the Disciples when they told Him that Jesus was alive and that He had risen from the dead!
I wonder how often we really hurt God when we question His promises over our lives. Promises like, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” – Heb 13:5. And yet we still doubt!
If there is one great attribute of God’s personality that I have learned in my walk with Him, it is that He is faithful and that we can in fact trust Him and His promises always.
An interesting observation in the scripture reading above is that Thomas was not present when Jesus visited the Disciples the first time. Being absent from the presence of God undermines our faith, and so, he doubted the resurrection when the Disciples told him they had seen Jesus.
When you and I spend time regularly in the presence of Jesus, our faith is strengthened. Good quiet times each day! However, when we get side-tracked by the cares of this world then our faith starts to wane.
Jesus said, “blessed are those who have not seen me, yet still believe in me” – John 20: 29b.
Angus and Jill Buchan.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. – Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
The Oxford Dictionary says the meaning of the word ‘miracle’ is, “An object of wonder, or an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explainable by natural or scientific laws attributed to a divine agency.”
The greatest miracle that has ever been performed in this world is the resurrection of our beloved Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!
My dearest friend, the tomb is empty. There are no bones or relics left there, no not even a mummy. It is completely empty. I have been there and seen the tomb with my own eyes, it’s empty.
Romans 8:11 says, “but if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”. What an incredible promise, and by faith we need to embrace this word from God for ourselves as we face the challenges in these last days.
You and I need to believe in miracles like never before because that is the only way that we will make it.
“Please increase our faith Lord Jesus “, (also a request from the Apostles) Luke 17:5.
“The Christian Faith cannot stand without miracles”, E. H. Andrews.
“Miracles are not meant to be understood they are meant to be believed”, Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
“A miracle would not be a miracle if it could be understood”, JC Ryle.
Jesus is alive. What an incredible fact my dear loved ones, therefore we shall not be fearful nor afraid.
Angus and Jill Buchan.