When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had (divine) authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
I have been to many services where I would have liked to fall asleep. Even some loud sermons made no impression on me except tiredness and boredom. What was it like with Jesus? And with the apostles? Did they speak in such a theoretical or phrase-like way? So loud or full of rhetorical tricks?
The Bible says it was not so with Jesus, nor with the apostles. In church history and in my observations there were many powerful preachers whose sermons tore people and me from their seats; – God Himself spoke through these people, and they gladly let themselves be used. Whether loud or quiet, tall or short, it was the authority of God alone made the Word alive in me and others.
Whether your sermon is brilliant or boring depends on your talent and training. Whether God speaks through you depends on your relationship with Jesus. If you are one heart and soul with Him, He will gladly speak through you and your words will have authority.
God wants to speak. But do we have faith in it? Do we follow Him or only ourselves and our minds?
Even dumb sheep look for the fattiest pasture. If they have the choice, they don’t stay on arid land. Christians are different. They get stuck in their habits and hear a nice but meaningless sermon every Sunday. Were they born to martyrdom?
I need strong, healthy food, also spiritual. Why should I kill my time with boring sermons and meetings?
Jesus spoke the Word of God. That is how He reached into people’s hearts. They felt God’s work and reacted. They wanted more. They wanted to drink the living water, more and more. They wanted Jesus to take shape in their lives.
Thank You Jesus, Your Word is for me to live! Through Your word You solve many of my problems – You sometimes speak a word of power and often comfort, You build my faith, answer my questions and work miracles through Your word. I love You and Your word!!
The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
Matthew 22, 2
Yes, in the same way the heavenly Father prepares the wedding of His Son Jesus to the bride, the church. He is very much looking forward to Jesus being reunited with the bride! Now is, in a manner of speaking, the “time of engagement”. The couple get to know each other, long for each other and make plans, tell each other everything and dream of being together.
Soon Jesus will come and fetch His bride. It will be a great celebration!
At that time the people who were actually invited did not have time to attend the wedding. They had more important things to do. The messengers of the king were so annoying that they were killed. – That’s how many prophets and evangelists have fared.
But God has directed His eyes on His people and never lets such a sin go unpunished. Religion is the worst enemy of living Christianity!
When the invited guests would not come, the king sent the messengers to anyone they could find: out on the country roads, to the pubs, to the cinema, to the markets, everywhere where there were people. And such people came to the celebration: good and evil, noblemen and vagrants, a very colourful mix. But everyone got a wedding dress and no one was denied access.
The king did not save at the banquet. He poured out the best wine, served only the most delicious dishes. – We sometimes get a little jealous when people from the street eat the best food …. God does not know such thrifts and sensitivities.
We see a great satiety in the people who already attend church or who have been respecting pious traditions all their lives. But we see a great hunger for God at our banquets for the homeless or when we go to prison to witness for Jesus. These people want more!
God is forging a very special army together: Homeless people, alcoholics, drug addicts, lonely people, losers ….. Maybe there won’t be so many high-ranking, distinguished people there. But Jesus came for the sinners, not for the righteous. He loves them!
Thank You Jesus, You have accepted me! With You I am precious and loved, welcome and warmly welcomed! Thank You, You have time, hope and patience with me! I am right with You. Thank You!
The thieve comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Heaven and hell clash here, the biggest opposites one can imagine. There is the deceiver, liar, the crook, robber and murderer on the one side, and on the other side the Light, the Source of Life, the Son of the living God, the Savior: Jesus!
Not man is our enemy, even if he does evil but the devil, the origine of all evil. Once having been the angel of light he is now the father of all lies who is able to camouflage and hide himself well, to seduce, confuse, twisting the truth perfectly. He is the wolf in sheep`s clothing pretending innocence and harmlessness. He seduces with earthly passions and lusts to rob heavenly treasures as peace and joy. He is a murderer who likes to cause heavy quarrels between humans and enjoys manslaughter. He is a cheater: as former angel of light he knows the Bible words but misuses them to keep us away from Jesus. As a permanent accuser he sows hostility, useless disputes in the Christian community. Yes, he really knows all tricks to keep us away from Jesus and our mission.
The fight against him is truly real. Jesus wants to help us, wants to give us knowledge how we can defend and protect ourselves. Above all, the common prayer in the Holy Spirit and the intercession are the effective weapons and shields of the saints who thereby save pure life against sin and uncleanness.
For several months I suffered tiredness which became more and more intense. For hours I just sat there, had no energy to do something. It was really threatening in the end. I dye if this continues! It must be over! So I cried and turned to Jesus asked for help in tears sometimes. Brothers and sisters specifically had prayed for it. I am so thankful to them.
In that situation a book of Corrie ten Boom came into my hands reporting about the same lack of energy and tiredness. As she did, I immediately commanded that all fatigue and dullness disappear in the name of Jesus and thanked Him for deliverance. The enemy tried it again of course. But now I was aware of these evil attacks and did not allow the weariness to come. I proclaimed: No, in the name of Jesus I am not tired!
That was long ago. Today I may say that this lack of energy, dullness, lameness, lethargy, this sitting around has gone. I am so grateful!. Yes, Jesus has come that I may have life, life to the full!
Thank You, Jesus! You free me from everything! You have overcome all attacks of the enemy. I am safe in Your strong hands. Your name is holy and powerful! Thank You!
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
Revelation 2, 10
The goal of life ….. yes, what is it? Why do I live, where is the journey going? Or am I a comfort zone, thinking that this will go on for eternity? – Jesus is the Lord of life, He can give us the crown of life or not, depending on whether we want it or not.
What is my life worth? What do I use it for? What do I strive for? Just for retirement or a new car? For children, spouses, parents or other ideals? – Jesus wants to be the goal, harmony with Him and intimate fellowship with the Creator of the universe and heaven; – to become one with Him. This is the life for which we are programmed. Only there do we find fulfillment in abandon.
I have given my life to the Lord, for He left His life for me. His love envelops me every day anew. A day without Him is a lost day. How could I withhold anything from Him? Everything belongs to Him: my material things, my time, my energy, my health and even my life – it is in His strong, gentle hand. I trust Him, for only He has never disappointed me.
I want to remain faithful to Him in life and death. I think of the brothers and sisters in North Korea and elsewhere who are in torture camps in the name of their Lord and who are murdered, of the Christians who have to go back to the Islamic states and disappear there …. faithful to the death. Would I be able to do that? But God assures me: It is like Stephen who was stoned for Jesus. God had him firmly in his hand and Stephen saw the sky open and Jesus standing before the throne. Perhaps he felt nothing of the stones, but was blessed in the Lord. (cf. Acts 7, 54ff.)
I think of the brothers and sisters I saw die. What peace there was! What a blessed expectation lay in their eyes! Yes, if the Lord is so close to me in the face of death, then I too can die quietly, in Jesus’ hand, in His hand. He carries me.
Yes Lord, I will remain faithful to You all my life. And when the hour comes, then You will be faithful to me. Thank You for this knowledge and this security, which drives away all fear. Thank You, You are there!! Thank You, You are the Lord!
See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children—and so, in fact, we are.
1 John 3,1
At this end there is a point or an exclamation mark. That means point, finish, end of discussion. There is no question mark!
If you also have an exclamation mark, then it is good. But if you have a question mark, then you have problems. Some people think that they are God’s children as long as they are good. But if they’re not good enough, then there is a question mark or a no. But do you know, we don’t constantly change our parents and parents don’t change their kids. My children are my children and remain it, no matter how they behave. Some humans don’t have a father who always cares for them, but just a biological father who made them. And some only have a Creator-God and no heavenly father. But God wants to be your father and indeed a heavenly, wonderful, loving, patient, kind father! Let yourself be pampered by the love of God, make up your mind to be His child. He wants, and how is it with you? Today there are two prayers. One for the children of God, and one for those who want to be one.
Thank You, my Father in heaven! You really are my father, who never leaves me, depresses me or makes me feel bad. You love me! I can bring You all, even with my failure. Because You forgive me, help me back up and give me new courage. You have so much hope for me! How nice that I can be Your happy child! Thank You, Father, that You take care about everything! You’re truly a kind, merciful, loving and patient Father.
Thank You, Father in heaven, that You want me! Yes, for You I want to open my heart’s door, please come in and be my father! Clean me from all unholy, unclean and from all sin. Jesus has paid my sins on the cross! From now on I want to be Your child and want to live to Your honor. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, who leads me and blesses me with Your gifts. Let me remain faithful to You, because You are loyal to me.
God`s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Yes, that is true, without the Holy Spirit we have no access to God, are not able to perceive His actions. We then do not feel that Jesus wants to speak to us. We do not even long for it. How deaf we are to God
s words, so to speak almost immune!s love is a gift to which we should open ourselves more and more and continue training it constantly. We then experience His peace, his joy and inmidst of all His presence, His warm closeness until we literally bathe in His love. The stream of His mercy flows in us. Everything is still in us, ready to receive and enjoy. Wonderful! For ever you want to stay there.
My son Gabriel did not feel the cold after his accident which was due to head injuries. Its getting better now. But as he did not feel the cold, so some people do not feel the love of God. They are separated from it, seem to be really immune.
We all need a revelation, a breakthrough. To feel God
How glorious, that this is not a mere deceptive feeling. It is real, the only truth with which God had created us. Long for that and grow in it!
These positive emotions strengthen and encourage us to resist sin, to serve the Lord, not to grieve Him, motivate us to bring the good news to others. In Him we are all one in heart and soal!
As a human being Jesus was exemplary in everything, fair and friendly, full of compassion, joyfull and patient. In His image He wants to transform us! He counts on our willingness to say good-bye to our egoism, our fearful character and helps us to take this step. Obedience to the directions of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. So many Christians remain powerless and joyless because they are not ready to obey.
Thank You, Jesus, You send me the Holy Spirit who helps me to be a true Christian.You gave me everything to be more and more like You. I trust You and am full at Your disposal! Please forgive when I sometimes do not listen to You immediately and go my own ways.
Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my
From birth I was cast on you;
Yet from my mother’s womb you have
been my God.
Psalm 22, 10f.
This psalm is a vision of Jesus’ death on the cross. Much is already described in detail here, almost 1000 years before the crucifixion. And the verse above first of all refers to Jesus. But we can also claim it for ourselves!
When I hear the biographies of many Christians, I realize that many people think that God already had His fingers in the pie at birth. He wanted them and created them, formed them and made them. He watched over them and intervened when necessary. It may be the same with non-Christians, but they would not thank God for it, but stupid coincidence. Unfortunately, they cannot see these connections.
I know of myself that God chose me before birth to be His child. He held His hand over me during pregnancy so that nothing bad would happen to me. He brought help and I saw the light of the world. I was the 5th wheel on the wagon in the family, but HE made up for everything because He said Yes to me. Already as a child in the midst of our clan, which knew nothing of Jesus, He gave me the firm knowledge: God is there. And at a young age I found Him. He took me through the chaotic time of puberty and let me feel His love. My ways to this day are marked by the love of a heavenly Father.
Many Christians can say as follows, or similar: He created me, He wanted me. He has held His strong hand over me to this day. He has guided me on His ways, sometimes with severity, sometimes with patience, but always purposefully towards Jesus. He never gave up on me. He has never forgotten me.
For all this there are many examples and events where I noticed: He is there, He loves me.
How good this knowledge is: He is there, He accepts me, He leads me the right way, even in the mist.
That is why I thank my God with all my heart! That is why I trust Him more and more! That is why I am looking forward to Him!!
Thank You Jesus, You are my God who never forgets me. I am worth a lot to You. You take care of every little thing in my life and will also help me through this day. Thank You, You are here!!
“Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?” they asked Jesus. “No”, he answered, “because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them.”
Matthew 13, 29f
A man sowed good seed in his field. But at night, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. And as the wheat grew, the weeds came through. The servants asked the landlord: Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from? He said: An enemy has done this.The servants said to him: Do you want us to go and gather them? But the landowner didn’t want it and told them: No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”
God has a lot o patience! He guards and cares for every little plant and blesses it, so that it gets large and fertile. But the enemy is jealous and envious and sows weeds; – People who do not want to listen to God and go their own ways stubbornly; People who decide what is good and what is evil; People who do not belong to God. Often I have asked God to “take away” such a human. I saw how much evil he did to others, how he tried to seduce God’s church or exploited and cheated others, or even caused strife and wars. But God would not listen to my prayer. He always told me that He also loved this man and wanted him to be saved. I always had to be ashamed of my impatience and pray for these “poor” people. God showed me my own shortcomings. And He said: Well, should I really eradicate all evil? Then I had to sadly realize that I belong to this crowd as well. But how good that God has so much patience!
There will come a day when the angels are sent to catch and collect the evil and throw it into a fiery furnace. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom (V.43)!
Thank You, Jesus, I am not better than anyone else. Only You can make me righteous. Once I’ll be in Your kingdom and will shine carefree and happy as the sun. How fortunate that You have so much patience with me! How good that You care about me and nurture me like a small plant. You promised that I will bear good fruit; – And You will keep Your promise. You are God!!
God has promised: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you!”
When having read above verses I had the following visions: I saw God on the throne glancing at the earth as through a telescope. He was delighted! It looked so wonderful! Then He continued to turn the dial of the telescope and saw our country. Oh, how beautiful, He exclaimed very pleased. Then He saw our city and was again excited. Finally He set the telescope very sharp and found you with great joy. He only saw the wonderful, the good side in you as He had thought you to be from the very beginning. What a lovely child! I wish to bless it. So God experienced it in great joy to see it as an adult in the next moment. But this time He saw more in detail the shadows, the results of own guilt and violations of others, the sin itself in this adult and the consequences thereof. “We must help him!” God said to Jesus. We want to embrace him warmly, cleanse him. This is of course not possible with soap. It is the blood of Jesus at the cross that makes pure and innocent. At first, God
s child as an adult struggled against this loving approach. But Jesus kept knocking at his hearts door that he finally opened it, accept Him as his Lord and began to love Him. Now he blossomed into a real grown-up. Now life began to be exiting, not boring anymore at all. Joy, peace and hope is spreading. A new life out of ruins.Hallelujah! Yes, Jesus never did forget you, always watched you!
He does not want to neither forget nor forsake anyone. Everyone on this earth is worth a lot to Him even in old age with gray hairs. He remains His child!
Thank You, Jesus, You did not forget me even when I went my own way for a long time. But now You have opened my eyes, I see You want me and I say yes! Please continue to heal me, cleanse me, fill me with new life, hope and joy. You are so good to me!