So He said He would destroy them – had not Moses, His chosen one, stood in the breach before Him to keep His wrath from destroying them.
God was very, very angry. He had delivered the people of Israel from Egypt with many miracles and a strong hand, and now, a few weeks later, they were building a golden idol to worship. Moses had been on the mountain for days talking to God. And they had nothing else to do but to build their own god … Then God wanted to wipe them out, just strike them dead and forget about them. But Moses prayed for the people, he stepped into the breach. And God listened to him, because Moses was His chosen one.
How quickly we build our own gods when something is no longer right with our faith. Some idolise the Holy Scriptures, others immerse themselves in tradition, but they have lost the living exchange and contact with the Lord. How good it is when others step into the breach and stand up for us! God hears prayer! God likes it when we care for each other!
Moses was God’s chosen one, and we too are chosen by God. We are His beloved children! Read up on the “prodigal son” how much the father loves his child! He pays attention to the wishes of His children and is happy to fulfill them. Some come to God very demanding and proclaim everything for themselves. Others are very humble and may hardly say what they want. But God has an ear for everyone and knows how they mean it.
Be someone who stands in the breach for your brothers and sisters so that God will withhold His judgement! Our people and our country desperately need intercession! The churches are brimming with lifelessness; – they need prayer! Our own kinship needs healing and the Saviour! Our families need Jesus to hold them together! There is so much to pray for ….. one could spend hours on it.
How good that intercession is not boring. The Holy Spirit wants to intercede with us. We ask what and how we should pray. And the Spirit inspires us to pray intensely. There is no boredom in this community! It may be work, but it is very satisfying. Because we know: God listens to our pleas – our Father has promised this out of love for us.
Jesus, You are my advocate before the throne of God. You know what I lack and intercede for me day and night. I want to pray for my brothers and sisters and for my country. They need You so much! Have mercy!
Because my house is in ruins….
Haggai 1, 9
“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little; what you brought home, i blew away. Why? – Says the LORD. Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.” – That’s the whole verse.
And that’s how I see it in many churches. People look after their own welfare and what remains for the community is only what is absolutely necessary or what can be dispensed with. It should not be like that! Just imagine if God treated us the way we treat Him! We would be in a really bad way!
God wants first place in our lives. If He has to share this place with anything, He goes away. And what happened to the ancient Israelites happens: one drought after another, one bad harvest after another, locusts, storms and many misfortunes, a purse full holes; – misery and distress. The land was not blessed at all. Whatever they did, it failed.
But the Israelites were warned and began to rebuild the old temple. And God said, “Take heed: today you have begun to rebuild my temple. And from this day forth I will bestow blessings. The land will be fertile again, the locusts will come no more and your purses will have no more holes.
Hold on to God, and honour Him with the best of your life! HE needs the place of honour, even in your diary. His commandment applies more than short-term enrichment through lies and deceit. And then you will experience the blessing. HE will carry you through, His provision is good and plentiful. Your wallet will no longer have holes and your car will rarely break down. Yes, HE gives blessings from today on, if you seek His glory.
Thank You Jesus, for giving everything for me. I don’t want to be stingy, but also give You everything I have. Everything is at Your disposal, it is to honour You: My possessions, my car, my time and energy. Thank You, You take great care of me!!!
And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1, 6
God is a God of patience. Therefore He can constantly carry us, even if we do not care about Him for years. He namely has a goal for us, that we find our place in His heart. And for that He has time, ways and means.
Sometimes there are times full of doubt: Does God love me? Am I ever a child of God? Do I really believe or is that all just imagination? Did he forget me because of my sin? – There are so many nagging, agonizing questions!
And He is above such things. He still holds everything in His mighty hand. And when He began His work in you and has started to draw you to himself, then He will also complete His work and you will find your place in the Lord.
Be glad if you doubt again and again! Because if you wouldn’t care for you and God, you certainly would have no doubts; – It wouldn’t interest you at all. He wants to put your faith on a stronger foundation, therefore He is testing you. Actually, it is impossible for a human to find the way to God. How are we small, limited and unholy people able to comprehend the eternal, holy and all-powerful God? God knows this and therefore He says: With human it is impossible, but with God everything is possible! He will make His word come true and He will bring you to the aim!
But if we are rebellious and stubborn, only discussing with God because we do not want to give up our old, comfortable life, God will simply ignore us. He then will wait until we truly seek Him, or until we forget Him entirely. Please, do not play with God!
Thank You Jesus, you’ve already started working in me. Now you will also bring it to an end! For me, everything looks so difficult, as a matter of fact impossible. But you are almighty and have a way for me. For Your great name’s sake You will take pity on me and completely capture me.
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
A few days ago I found myself thinking about the great revival at the end of days. The thought came into my mind that it will be like springtime. Something stirring here and there. The sun will shine for a longer time. It will be getting warmer. The larks will rise in the air and sing. The trees will go into bud, and later leaves. The wind will blow in balmy air. The clouds will shine and pass by…. Everything will be as it always is, you don’t really see any changes and yet every day spring continues to advance. And if you remember the last week, you see how quickly everything has developed within a week.
Is this what revival is supposed to be like? – I asked. Yes, was the answer. No one is straining, everyone is happy, everything is on the move, everyone is flocking to their gardens to take advantage of the weather. It is as if a starting signal has been given and now everyone is setting off. But everyone is cheerful, calm, full of drive and energy. The hibernation is over, the curtains are drawn away, the windows are opened and spring arrives. – That’s revival.
Hmm, I thought, so that’s how it is. But I still needed a lot of time to think. I hadn’t really imagined it like this…. But after a while I was happy, because revival is not stressful, it does not mean more work. It is God’s revival and not mine ….. Yes, and today I am happy about it. It’s going to be really great!
Thank You Jesus, You always explain everything so clearly. You know, sometimes I take on the ideas of others, and then I get tense and stressed. But with You everything is a joy, it’s not a cramp. With You it’s wonderful!
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Blessed are the poor in the spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5, 3
This verse and the story of Jacob with the ladder to heaven went through my mind. I asked the Lord, what is the connection? And He explained it to me. Jacob was fleeing from his brother Esau, whom he had shamefully deceived. He wanted to go to his relatives in Haran, several days’ journey away. When darkness fell, he went to sleep, and he put a stone under his head. There he dreamed that a ladder stood on the earth and reached all the way up to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending. At the top the LORD stood and spoke courage to Jacob. This happened in Beth-El.
Jacob had nothing left to show for himself. He was defenseless because he travelled alone. No help was to be expected. And in the foreign land he dod not know his way around. He was afraid. He did not know God personally, only by hearsay from the stories of the fathers. He had nothing to show before God, was spiritually absolutely poor.
These are the people that God needs! He does not need the big, strong all-rounders and all-knowers! He does not need those who are always ready with a few Bible verses and sayings!
He needs the humble, who have nothing, who can do nothing well, whose strength is not enough and who know: God’s kingdom cannot be built by man alone, only with Him and through Him. Those who pray because they know that everything is decided in prayer.
Hudson Taylor was physically weak, yet he reached all of China with the 1000 missionaries he prayed for. George Müller was poor, yet he fed 10,000 orphans daily, – and that 200 years ago when there were no social systems. Jacob was nothing, yet God made him Israel.
What will He make of you when you finally stand poor before Him? Without your pride, without your eloquence, just silent? When you finally realize what you are? Then you too will have a chance to become great in the Kingdom of God. Then the ladder of heaven will also go to you, and the angels of God will ascend and descend. They bring your prayers up to the throne and His gifts down to you.
Thank You Jesus, with You I can be honest. When I see You in Your splendor, glory, omnipotence, on the throne, I fall and realise: I am nothing. Lord, be merciful to me and fill me, otherwise it’s over with me!!!
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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me;
because the Lord has anointed me.
Isaiah 61, 1
When Jesus preached in Nazareth, this was His sermon text. And He said: Today this word is fulfilled. It is I.
The people looked at Him because God’s Spirit breathed life into these words and affected them. It went through their hearts. But after a few minutes they wanted to throw Jesus down the mountain and get Him out of the way. They did not want such a Saviour.
But for us it is true: He is the one on whom the Spirit of the Lord rests. Jesus received the Spirit at John’s baptism and since then He has done miracle after miracle. Sometimes He did nothing all day but heal the sick, cast out demons and bring the light of the Lord into the darkness. It is interesting how the text continues:
“HE has sent me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives…
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim a year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve Zion,
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
Such is the mission of Jesus, that is why He was anointed with the Spirit. There are so many today who need deliverance, who are suffocating in hopelessness and despair, who are perishing in loneliness, who are full of sickness, pain and suffering…. Who does not need this Jesus? HE is the answer to so many questions and problems. Pour out your heart to Him and He will answer. He does it out of love for us.
Thank You Jesus, You are the Redeemer, the Liberator, the Good Shepherd, the Saviour, the King, the Lord…… Oh Jesus, how good that You are here, our salvation, our rock! Under the wings of Your wings I find refuge. Thank You, You are real, You are here, You save me!!! Amen!!!
…. even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it.
Jesus was in Jerusalem and visited the pools of Bethesda. There many sick, paralysed, blind, lame and crippled people lay in 5 porticoes. Whenever an angel of the Lord touched the water and made it boil, the first person to jump in would be healed. There was a man who had been sick for 38 years. Jesus looked at him and then asked, “Do you want to get well?” – Then the man enumerated all the difficulties why he could never get well. “Someone else is always faster and gets into the water before me.” Jesus told him, “Get up, take your stretcher and walk!” – And the man immediately got well and walked.
Bethesda means in German: house of mercy.
God wants us to bathe in this healing water. We are to immerse ourselves completely so that all impurity is washed away. The water is to penetrate us completely and we are to soak it up like a sponge. It is to make us completely healthy, from head to toe, and also the heart and the soul and our spirit. This water of life, this stream of life in Ezekiel, is the Holy Spirit. Only when we immerse ourselves completely in Him do we become truly alive again. Everything dead and unclean falls away from us and the life of God permeates us completely.
But the price is high: we have to leave everything behind. Everything that is important and valuable to us, everything we cling to, we have to leave to the Lord; – nothing may slip over into the new life and defile us anew. The price is high, but the gain of life is much, much more.
Yes, Jesus, I long for You, for constant communion with You, for the peace You give, for the joy that is with You. I give my own self and my life to death and want the divine life within me. Oh, flood me with the living water! Come, Holy Spirit!!
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1, 27
This is the mystery of the gospel, Paul says. Christ in us!!! – this is the gospel.
As long as we see God and Jesus as opposite, we are caught up in religion. We must perform, we must exert ourselves, we must, we must and we are never satisfied. It is our own achievement that we want to build on. We must do better, we must pray more, we must love more, read the Bible, pray, believe, trust …… everything is a must.
Jesus Christ, the Saviour, is in us. There all toil ceases, there is rest. As Psalm 23 says: “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul; He guides me along the right paths ……” – Who is the doer here? And who allows things to happen to him?
Jesus says accordingly: Give me what weighs you down and take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is light and does not weigh you down ….. – A fine exchange! I give all my worries and efforts to Him and He takes care of me.
If Christ is in me, there is peace in my heart. What more do I want? Peace, joy, happiness, bliss, purity, forgiveness ….. all these things are where Christ is. Why should I fight for individual things when in Him everything is in abundance?
Christ in me, that is the secret of the Gospel.
Jesus, how good that You dwell in my heart! You are my Lord, my life, my everything. In You I find peace and rest. As You are one with the Father, so I will be one with You. Amen!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13, 13
The bible often refers to God, the Father, Jesus, the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. There are many questions about that! Nobody can fathom this trinity to the last detail, but we want to try to understand it better.
To whom should we pray? When I pray to Jesus, is the Father not “superfluous” or does he feel left out? No, the three are so closely connected that each is happy when the other is worshiped and honored. There certainly is no jealousy! You really are one heart and one soul. Everything what one thinks, the other perceives just the same. There are no secrets between them. There is such a deep bond and warm fellowship that the three really are one unity – inseparable.
When God created the human being, He made a man and a woman. Together, they are intended to reflect the image of God. But one alone is imperfect, unfinished. Only together they comply with the image of God. God has imagined marriage as the lowest form of humans being together, community and familiarity. And where two people grow together over the years, they really represent a unit. In heaven we will all together have such a deep familiarity that a marriage is superfluous. We will be one! Also in meetings one often feels this deep unity and familiarity with each other, although there are huge differences between individual people. But we realize how we are longing for a profound community!
The community of Trinity is even more intense and deeper, as we can imagine. That’s why the Bible can write: God is one!
The Father is our Creator who loves His children immeasurably. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer who has redeemed us and has paved the way to God. By His stripes we are healed and by His blood we are cleaned! The Holy Spirit is working with us today. He is the helper, the friend, the Comforter, the Reminder. He gives His gifts, where He may act. His fruits grow where God is worshiped.
Thank You, Father, You have ordered all things wonderful!! Amazed I stand before You and often do not know what to say. You’re so big, so powerful, so inscrutable! I just can adore You, with words or silent, when words alone are not enough. You are a wonderful God!
Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.
Matthew 6, 19ff
There are people to whom God entrusts a lot of money and wealth. But certainly not in order to consume it themselves. He has other plans! He doesn’t forget any benefit, not the least, we do another. This is how we can store up riches in heaven!
He says: You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward. (Matthew 10, 42)
Even such a trifle is not forgotten by God! Jesus saw an old woman throwing a few coins into the Temple treasury and He said: I tell you that this poor widow put in more than all the others. For the others offered their gifts from what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, gave all she had to live on. (Luke 21, 1ff)
Whether God forgets them and their victims? Quite certainly not !! He will richly bless them!
He said to the servant who had well managed and propagated the entrusted money that he now gets a great task. For he was faithful in the little things. ( comp. Matth. 25, 21)
Furthermore Jesus tells us that when we give something to a needy person, whe should not make a big show of it. When we really want to help a needy person then we are supposed to do it in such a way that even our closest friend will not know about it. Then it will be a private matter. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you. (Matth. 6, 1ff)
So there are notes in the whole Bible, how to deal with our money and wealth. Who reserves for itself, will get no reward. He also can not take it with when he goes on the eternal journey; – Others will consume it.
If the Heavenly Father sees how we deal with our money and blesses us, how much more will He bless it, when we ourselves give and entrust ourselves to Him! We ourselves, including our wealth, want to belong to God! This is what we want to do today:
I entrust myself to You, dear God, also my possessions, my wealth and my money shall be Yours. Please, come into my heart and take possession of it! You shall be my Lord and King.