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John 10, 14

John 10, 14

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me.”
John 10, 14

Kings and presidents often do not know their people personally. They sit in the capitals and make laws for all. But mostly they do not think of me. Jesus is different. He knows me personally. He knows my name, and even my nickname. He is interested in everything in my life. He does not make laws that I absolutely must respect, but gives me advice und instructions that are just right for me. He is really worried about me. Where else is there such a fine king? If I want to talk a president, king or priest, there is a long waiting list. And maybe it happens that I get a brief audience. But actually they are not interested in me. But Jesus is different again! He is waiting for me. He wants me to meet and get to know Him. He wants to get to know ME. He is always available and has time for me. Although He has so many important things to do, He pretends as if nothing is more important to Him than me. He is a wonderful God! He is my good shepherd. He is always looking for the best pasture, the best water. He knows when a break is necessary. He himself goes first and paves the way. In every situation He knows how He has to deal with his sheep. For each He has the right words and the right education. He has entrusted other people to us and wants us to deal with them as He deals with us. Therefore we ought to know Him better and let us determine of Him more and more. Then our family becomes a little piece of heaven and our business or work becomes a foretaste of paradise. Yes, Jesus will build His kingdom and wants us to be His children! There is nothing more important for Him than you, His dearly bought child!

Thank you, Jesus, You are my good shepherd! You truly care for me. You know me through and through and You know of all my needs and secret desires. In You I am safe and with You I can talk about my little problems. You help me in everyday life, You give me peace and a place to live. You care about everything!

Psalms 25, 15

Psalms 25, 15

My eyes are always looking to the Lord
because he will free my feet from the net.
Psalms 25, 15

Even if we are under a lot of pressure, when everything assails us at the same time and we are about to lose track, we can stand firm: Because He is there. He is at our side, and He still has the overview. Yes, He even has the final say! Not the circumstances and not the stress and pressure are ruling, but He! Or do we really believe that He would leave us in such situations? Just then we do need him! In Him my soul comes to rest, even under a lot of pressure. God wants us to be stress- and chaos-resistant. Therefore, He trains us. And I only need to remain firm in my faith that He won’t let me alone just now. Then the discord moves out of my heart and the peace of faith moves in; – Even in the midst of a chaotic situation. Do you remember how Jesus and his disciples went boating over a lake and He fell asleep from weariness? The enemy took advantage of that and sent a heavy storm, so that the boat was in danger of sinking. But Jesus was sleeping, safe and secure in the arms of His Father. Because He took care of His Son Jesus. The disciples cried out in fear, because they saw the storm and were afraid of it. Jesus still was asleep, as He looked up to God. They woke Him and He calmed the storm. But He rebuked them for their little faith; – They knew, He is the Lord, but could not believe in this situation.When we learn to always see on Him, we become strong and firm. Up to now He has freed us from every net, that the enemy has given us. He was my good Lord yesterday and will it be today as well.

Jesus, I want to thank You, You are my savior in all situations! How many times did You freed my feet from a net, that the enemy had made for me. You will also help me today, and You will be my savior. I can trust You, because You never disappoint me. You are my comforter, savior and helper!

Blessing and curse of work  –  2019.12.06

Blessing and curse of work  –  2019.12.06

God the LORD took the man and set him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep him.
1 Moses, Genesis 2, 15

God had created man and made him ruler over all things. He was to cultivate paradise and develop all that was hidden in creation, and he was to guard paradise so that all might be well.
But through the rebellion against God man became a sinner. And sin has the consequence that work is also cursed: thorns and thistles he makes grow for thee (on the ground), in the sweat of thy countenance thou shalt eat thy bread.
So it has remained to this day: Man tries to subject creation to himself and to fathom all the mysteries. But the work is hard and many, many people have to do the hardest work to have anything to eat at all. Sure, there are some who have a good job and are happy with it. But most of them work for a starvation wage and the work itself is deeply monotonous, tiring and unsatisfactory.
This is the result of sin. The enemy interferes by causing many “disturbances” and even catastrophes. Man exploits man and hardly leaves the poor alive.
Jesus came to free us from the curse. He is the redemption from sin and He also removes the curse that lies on work.
In the New Testament we find some instructions: Be joyful! Be thankful for everything, including the work! God takes care of you! Do your work gladly as if it were for the Lord, make an effort so that you may live in His glory!
Thanksgiving changes us and we find joy in our work. HE cares for us and things are getting better and better with us. Even the work we have to do is getting better. Our joy is contagious and the atmosphere at work gets better. He does not want to save us FROM the work, but bless us IN the work. It is important to him what and how we work, whether as lazybones, moaners or as reliable, loyal employees. He has many blessings for those who trust and follow Him. Be blessed in Him! For He can fundamentally change any situation.

Thank You Jesus, for my work! I want to do it joyfully, gratefully and seriously. You trust me to do it. Together with You even the most boring and difficult work becomes a blessing. You are wonderful because You change everything. Thank You!

Jesus is the answer – 2019.12.05

Jesus is the answer – 2019.12.05

But the angel said to him: Do not be afraid, Zechariah, your prayer has been heard. … But the angel said to her: Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
Luke 1: 13, 30

Jesus is the answer of all problems. Therefore He speaks also to us this morning: Dont be afraid! For our Lord nothing is impossible.
When Peter walked on the water to Jesus and began to sink he cried out: Lord safe me! And Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him. If we are lost in a similar situation, Jesus will be there to help us. He is always present and in control. Let us trust Him totally. He is the only one who can help. We should not lament over everything and ask other people for help. Things may proceed not as wished by us but definitely according to His will. Therefore: Fear not, ask Him for consolation, strength, courage and help. He is closely at your side and cares about you always.
God has plans for us, which often we do not understand in the beginning. He had a plan with Zechariah to send us John the Baptist. When the Lord intervened in Zechariah
s life 30 years earlier he did not know at all the purpose of His actions.
God has a plan also with us. If we listen to Him He will let us know His god plans and thoughts for us. Trust Him and He will change the situation of ourselves, our family, our country with great blessings. Yes, we want to be His with all our heart. He will give us the best as for Him nothing is impossible.

Thank you, Jesus, I can trust You. I must not understand everything, if I only know and lean on You. I praise your god thoughts and plans for me and my beloved sisters. You are our Saviour, Helper and my Shepherd.

Lived in vain  –  2019.12.04

Lived in vain  –  2019.12.04

But God said to him:
You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.
Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?
Luke 12:20

Someone in the crowd around Jesus had asked Him for His opinion on an inheritance dispute. Jesus replied: Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. And He told them the well known parable: A rich farmer had a good harvest. He thought about what he should do with it. He decided to build bigger barns for his surplus grain to ensure a happy retirement. Now he can rest, take life easy, eat,drink and be merry. But, as mentioned in above Bible verse, God had had different plan…
I once knew a man, a fine, reliable person, who had given everything to build up a prosperous company. He did that for his family. His wife did not need to work, his children got a good education. They lived in a wonderful house. But one day I met him totally devastated. He had discovered that his wife has cheated him for years with a lover. Now he realized that also his children did not give the necessary respect to him. He was desperate: What he has worked for, had invested all his strength?
The same happens to us Christians when we lose sight of God. no matter how hardworking we are. You missed the goal! And Jesus will finally say to us: I do not know you!
In heaven my whole life will pass me like a movie, all spoken words, thoughts, emotions. Thanks to Jesus, my Intercessor, all the evil parts of life will have been cut away. But is there anything left when all my work without Jesus, my own efforts, all kind of worries,  is wiped out and forgotten? Yes, all hours will remain which you spent with Jesus, when you did your daily work with His love, in His strength, when you did the dishes for instance. Therefore do not lose sight of Jesus, your Savior and source of all doing. Otherwise you live in vain!

Yes, Jesus, this day belongs to You! Everything I want to discuss with You that all my doing honors You. For you alone I live and work. Thank You that You are with me!

IN YOU I FIND REST – 2019.12.03

IN YOU I FIND REST – 2019.12.03

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13,12

Since I know Jesus, He is fulfilling all my desire. Daily I talk with Him about everything, about small or bigger affairs. Always He is near on my side. If we walk together and I am able to pour out my heart I feel His presence and listen to His voice. How wonderful it is to have such a Lord who loves me unconditionally.
However this was not always the case. Howmany goals I was running after in the course of my life. Many of them could not be achieved and those attained finally did not satisfy me. I felt like a donkey pulling a wheelbarrow and trying to snap at blades of grass which the coachman was holding in a safe distance so that he never could reach those what kept him running. Restless I was looking always for something new. Where is the fulfillment of my dreams? Praise the Lord, now I found rest in Jesus! His peace is safeguarding my heart. He is my Helper, my Encouragment, my Comforter. Sometimes I am forgetting Him and try to settle matters by myself. However, quickly upcoming problems are leading me back to my Saviour. How wonderfully sheltered I am in Him!

Yes, Jesus, again I am opening my heart to you. Where you are, there is peace, joy and hope. You alone are fulfilling my desire. You say yes to me because You love me. Only in you I can live. You are taking away all my sorrows and fear. Many things whitch seemed to be absolutely necessary for me before, are now not wanted by me anymore – for I have You!

In You I find Rest – 2019.12.03

In You I find Rest – 2019.12.03

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13,12

Since I know Jesus, He is fulfilling all my desire. Daily I talk with Him about everything, about small or bigger affairs. Always He is near on my side. If we walk together and I am able to pour out my heart I feel His presence and listen to His voice. How wonderful it is to have such a Lord who loves me unconditionally.
However this was not always the case. Howmany goals I was running after in the course of my life. Many of them could not be achieved and those attained finally did not satisfy me. I felt like a donkey pulling a wheelbarrow and trying to snap at blades of grass which the coachman was holding in a safe distance so that he never could reach those what kept him running. Restless I was looking always for something new. Where is the fulfillment of my dreams? Praise the Lord, now I found rest in Jesus! His peace is safeguarding my heart. He is my Helper, my Encouragment, my Comforter. Sometimes I am forgetting Him and try to settle matters by myself. However, quickly upcoming problems are leading me back to my Saviour. How wonderfully sheltered I am in Him!

Yes, Jesus, again I am opening my heart to you. Where you are, there is peace, joy and hope. You alone are fulfilling my desire. You say yes to me because You love me. Only in you I can live. You are taking away all my sorrows and fear. Many things whitch seemed to be absolutely necessary for me before, are now not wanted by me anymore – for I have You!

 

Hope – 2019.12.02

Hope – 2019.12.02

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13,12

Since I know Jesus, He is fulfilling all my desire. Daily I talk with Him about everything, about small or bigger affairs. Always He is near on my side. If we walk together and I am able to pour out my heart I feel His presence and listen to His voice. How wonderful it is to have such a Lord who loves me unconditionally.
However this was not always the case. Howmany goals I was running after in the course of my life. Many of them could not be achieved and those attained finally did not satisfy me. I felt like a donkey pulling a wheelbarrow and trying to snap at blades of grass which the coachman was holding in a safe distance so that he never could reach those what kept him running. Restless I was looking always for something new. Where is the fulfillment of my dreams? Praise the Lord, now I found rest in Jesus! His peace is safeguarding my heart. He is my Helper, my Encouragment, my Comforter. Sometimes I am forgetting Him and try to settle matters by myself. However, quickly upcoming problems are leading me back to my Saviour. How wonderfully sheltered I am in Him!

Yes, Jesus, again I am opening my heart to you. Where you are, there is peace, joy and hope. You alone are fulfilling my desire. You say yes to me because You love me. Only in you I can live. You are taking away all my sorrows and fear. Many things whitch seemed to be absolutely necessary for me before, are now not wanted by me anymore – for I have You!

God is great!  –  2019.12.01

God is great!  –  2019.12.01

God took Abram outside and said:
“Look up at the sky and count the stars –
if indeed you can count them.”
Genesis 15:5

Abram, later Abraham, had had a big problem. He had everything, was rich, his cattle herds were numerous, but he had no inheritor. God has blessed him with great wealth. He had worked hard for it, but what for? Will a servant of my household will finally be my heir? This question weighed on him leaving him no rest until God took him outside one day into the silence of the night and asked him: “Look up at the sky and count the stars…, so shall your offspring be!”
To look at the sky this means in general: raise up your face, call to God the Almighty, before whom the whole heaven and earth tremble. Look at the Lord who created all, who guides everything, who determines and hold up time. Do you think that any problem is too big for Him? Look first at the Lord with confidence, start to praise Him and then look at the problem with the help of your ever loving Father.
Are you able to count the stars? Do you have any idea how great the power of God is? Do you know His age, the age of the earth?  You only know a fraction of His glory and wisdom. Do you even want to be His adviser, want to tell Him what to do? We are nothing before Him! Everything is grace, undeserved love and attention. He is merciful to us. We should not doubt that.
God does not need our abilities which only cause Him problems in His work of salvation. He decided to work with us, manage and shape the earth by giving us the Holy Spirit who makes us children of God embraced in His arms of love. That is His will!
Just as He solved the problem of Abram without any human effort, He will solve your problem. For He loves you! He is merciful and directs everything well as it is best for you. He is pure Love and choses you! Trust Him totally!

Thank You, Father in Heaven! You care for me like a Father. Nothing is for You too difficult, to help me. You are a wonderful Father. Thank You!

Faith as justice  –  2019.11.30

Faith as justice  –  2019.11.30

Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.
Romans 4, 3

When someone does good deeds, he gets his reward from God. But he does not get righteousness, he gets it only by grace, he cannot earn it, it is a gift.
Because of faith Abraham did many works: He went away to a foreign country. He waited for his son, the heir. He was ready to sacrifice Isaac because he trusted God despite everything. He gave Lot the better part of the land.  He did some things where there was no trust in God, but God forgave it and forgot it. He now only knows the things that Abraham did because of faith.
Everyone who accomplishes deeds because of his faith will receive a good reward from God, but he is therefore no longer worthy or gets heaven because of it. Only by grace are we saved!
Paul also asks to whom this grace is given: Only the Israelis, the circumcised? He asks, when was Abraham righteous? Answer: When he was still uncircumcised, he was a heathen. Circumcision only came as a sign of election and salvation. That is why Abraham is the father of all believers, not only of the Israelis. That is why all promises are for all of us, not only for the Israelis. That is why Abraham is our role model in faith and trust and active action, and God stands by us!
Circumcision is the affirmation of the covenant, and not the other way round: Because someone is circumcised, that is, Israeli, he is by no means chosen. This is exactly the same with our baptism as a sign of salvation, not the other way round, because we are baptized and church members, we are not automatically saved.
Therefore let us walk the way of Abraham and believe Him: He has forgiven our sins, He is faithful to us, He blesses us gladly, He knows no one too badly or too well, He gives peace, He is reconciled with His people and us. Praise be to God, the Father of Jesus Christ, the Creator, the Almighty!

Thank You Father, You are well disposed to me, for You look upon my faith. Good works I have not many, but guilt, failure and sin I have enough. Thank You, You forgive because of Jesus. Thank You, You mean well with me!