17 February 2018

Remember-God is at work!

The Apostle Paul exhorts us in Philippians 3:1 to rejoice in the Lord. He furthers this by saying that it was not tedious for him. For me, I can say with confidence, rejoice in the Lord: there is much to give thanks for.

In Malachi’s time, people turned cold in their heart towards God. We read in chapter 3 verse 13, there was a sense of unbelief that had swept through the hearts of God’s people, yet they had known His faithfulness. After bringing them back from Babylon and resettling them in their land, they once again turned their hearts from Him. They said it was useless to serve God and as a result, they exalted wickedness. This is such a reflection of the times we now live in. To look at it in the natural, it could lead one to despair. But in verse 16, it says,

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him, for those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name.” (Malachi 3:16)

The Lord said on that day, that He would make them as jewels and He would restore again discernment to His people: to discern between what is righteous and wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

In measure, I believe that this is what God is going to do with this magazine. I believe the Lord is bringing together men and women who fear Him and they are speaking together the things of God. They are writing them down and entrusting it, as it were, to a book of remembrance. As we begin to focus again on the greatness of Christ, His truth and His victory; as we begin to rely upon His promises and speak to one another in faith; I believe the Holy Spirit will come in a mighty way and touch that great sleeping body called the church. Rejoice in the Lord always: it’s not tedious for me to write this.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Why? Because today there is a church alive and well in Cork City, Ireland, with many hundreds who have come to know Christ. We have just started our first Bible school.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Why? Because today, around this country, hundreds of churches have been planted.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Why? Because the vilest sinners are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rather than getting swept up in the unbelief that is all around us, let us remember, just as in Malachi’s day. Let’s speak to each other the mercies and glories of God. These are not exaggerated testimonies, these are true and worthy to be spoken of and written down. God is faithful! He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it! What we face today, we have always faced: darkness and indifference – but we speak to each other today, through this magazine and through other forums, rejoice in the Lord – God is at work.

Time and space do not permit me to catalog, as the writer of Hebrews did eloquently, those who journeyed in faith – for me to catalog those who have journeyed in faith in the country of Ireland these last 35 years, some in the most obscure villages and hamlets, in places where they have been outnumbered and overwhelmed, yet God has proven Himself faithful. There is a bride in Ireland, there is a church here and it is good for us to rejoice because God is faithful.

May your heads be lifted up, may your faith be strengthened, as we recall all the glories of His love. As the Psalmist put it best, “Bless the Lord, o my soul and forget not all His benefits. “ (Psalm 103:2)

Nick Cassidy