Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many.
Matthew 24, 4f
How we wish for peace on earth! Happiness for everyone, food and no more hunger, no more wars …. And when someone promises all this, we cheer for him.
There is no other way to explain the phenomenon that so many Christians cheer for “strong” men. They do something Christian-like and let us pray for them and already they are Christian superstars. They enact laws that we Christians like and we elect them. Hitler enraptured the Christians in a similar way and they prayed for him and believed in him.
The Bible writes about the authorities, the rulers, mostly not very positive. They enrich themselves, they plunder their subjects, they rule with arbitrariness, they love power . There were only King David and some exceptions who really listened to God and were a great blessing for their people. I admire Christians who go into politics and take responsibility! We must pray for them!
I watch with great concern how Christianity is splitting into two camps when it comes to politics. Besides, there are among us Christians the followers of conspiracy theories, who smell secret world governments everywhere. This happened in the 3rd Reich under Hitler already.
I was looking forward to a sermon on the Internet by a great German pastor. And it started out well, but after about five minutes he said that 2 men – whose names he mentioned – were the worst boys of all time, and he continued. So I turned it off. I don’t need that.
We need to pray for our authorities, so that we can live a quiet life. We need to respect and honour them. But we’re not supposed to expect miracles from them. We are to believe in our Christ, Savior and Messiah, not in a chosen strong man.
We should not be afraid of everything and fear it. That we leave to the unbelievers. Our trust is in Jesus.
Our task is to glorify the name of Jesus, to serve Him in words and deeds. We should not look upon one man as an instrument of God, as the Messiah, and believe him.
We are not to divide! Christianity should be united in intercession, but not in rejoicing for one man! Salvation comes from Jesus!
Please, do not let yourselves be tempted. Turn on your faith and also your intellect and do not make yourselves equal to the pack! It only leads to quarrelling and division, but not to “salvation”.
The Messiah is coming. But he is neither man nor program. It is Jesus, only Jesus.
Jesus, we believe You! You alone are the Saviour, who sets us free and brings life. You give us heaven, You conquer plagues and chaos, You bring peace! Yes, everything we desire can be found in You alone. Thank You for being with me.
You could see my body grow each passing day.
You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing.
Your thoughts are beyond my understanding.
They cannot be measured!
Psalms 139, 16f
God wants us to go cheerfully trough the day! He gives us courage, as He is with us. He knows what will happen to us. And He knows that we will be winners if we remain in His hand. Every morning He has new hope for us that we can go through the day. He never gives up hope!
All our days He knows in advance. He knows how we will decide and what paths we go. He knows with what difficulties we will face and when we experience injustice. He knows everything! But He never says: Better if he had not been born, that’s all too difficult for him, he will never manage this! Or: No, this man is too bad, I rather should not have made him. No, God never has such thoughts about us. Because since Jesus was born, there is a reason for hope and joy. He, the Savior and Redeemer, the helper and friend is here! This morning He wants to take our hand and bring us safely through the day – come what may! He is the Lord!
Thank You, Jesus, with You I can safely go through life. You take me by the hand and if it becomes too heavy, You carry me. This day is no problem for You. I can look forward and be happy about your presence and help. Even though I do not always understand Your thoughts and intentions, I’m always safe with You. You’re my great Lord!
For He wounds, but He also binds up;
He injures, but His hands also heal.
Very easily we think that God wants to punish us for any kind of act. If something goes wrong we immediately think it`s from Him and reflexively ask us what we have done incorrectly.
However, God is not so, quite different! He is the merciful Lord who sympathizes with us children. He is not looking for revenge, does not punish withpout reason. He does not enjoy it when we fall into the trap of the enemy by going our own way. No, He warns us, wants to bring us up just as children are brought up, wants to draw us near to His heart to make us fit for life.
Today during lunch the food of one of my sons kept falling from his fork and also from his plate until we remembered: We forgot to pray and to thank for the meal. We quickly caught that up now later and the peace was there again. No food fell aside anymore. This is the way how God brings us up.
So many people report that they would not have found Jesus without almost fatal accidents. Without bad illness, without tragic prison stays they would never had looked for God and heard His voice.God allows evil that we return to Him. This is how He bring us up. He loves us, wants to give us the best. And God is faithful He will not let you be tempted beyond you can bear. He always treats us fairly even if we often do not feel like that.
The verse before Job 5:18 says: “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
Further on the Hebrews chapter 12:10 says: “They (the parents) disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however,it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Thank You, Jesus, I can trust You even when a lot goes wrong. I am sure You want my best. You want me to grow up, to grow in maturity, sustainability,and strength. With You I will be successful! I am ready to go through the school of discipline, will not refuse to learn. Shape me, as You think it best for me!
You formed the way I think and feel.
You put me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.
I know how amazing that was!
Psalms 139, 13f
God’s word was over His creation. And God saw that this was good. And about us it is written: Wonderful! About all the works of God, even about us, is written: Astonishing! Yes, that is our God. What He creates and makes, that is very good, wonderful and admirable.
Now, however, there is a problem: We people see it differently. Even the great Hollywood beauties sometimes have cosmetic surgeries. In the morning teenagers stand in front of the bathroom mirror and try to cover a spot. It is not sung, because those from the radio can do it much better. We measure ourselves on this illusory world where every little mistake is airbrushed – Therefore we don’t get along in life or at least it’s very hard.
If people are so insecure and feel so inferior, the enemy has a walk-over with them and delegates them to where he wants them to be: Away from God.
Our only help is a firm ground! We should be well-grounded in God’s Word. We should know the truth! We should know Jesus personally and be guided by Him! Because His YES to us is an eternal, immutable Yes. Whether we are tired or sick, have a pimple or can not sing: He wants us! He considers us for well! He wants to be our best friend! Then we can also sometimes swim against the stream and have our own opinion. Then we are mature, firm, stable people who are a blessing to their environment.
Thank You, Jesus, You truly are my best friend! With You I don’t have to shed my skin to show You how good I am. You know me through and through and mean well with me! You know my skills and talents and want to make use of them, You don’t just see my mistakes and weaknesses! Yes, You shall move and touch me because You mean well with me!
Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forebearance and patience, not realising that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
If God would always talk seriously with us and punish us immediately for our sins and mistakes, we would be the best people. But only out of fear of punishment, not out of love for God. That is why God has decided not to punish during this time; – not at all. But we struggle to believe that. It is very, very hard for us to believe that He really forgives every sin. Strange, isn’t it?
HE forgives the one who does evil to us. HE forgives your neighbor, your spouse, your parents or children, HE forgives the tyrants and murderous mercenaries …. HE forgives. Jesus once said that the reason for damnation is that they do not believe Him. That alone is decisive for our future after the Last Judgment: believe in Jesus or not.
HE says that He has forgiven you. Now please believe Him! Or do you despise the riches of His patience, goodness and longsuffering?
God wants your conversion, away from sin and selfishness, away from greed and self-pity. But the only means He uses is His goodness. to entice you to leave evil behind and follow Him.
Zacchaeus wanted to give back all his wealth, which he had acquired wrongfully at the customs – voluntarily, without pressure from Jesus, only out of love for this wonderful LORD.
The easy girls left their “profession” because He accepted them as they were. They stopped sinning and became new people. Only through His kindness and love were they able to do so. Threats and punishments would not have done it.
Please, dear brothers and sisters, let us not play with the love of Jesus. It cost Him so much, He left His life in agony on the cross, only for you and me! Let us seek His love, and change out of love for Him, become more like Him and lead a pure life. HE is worth it!
Yes Jesus, I love You because You loved me first. You gave everything for me so that I could be saved and free. Now I want to give everything for You, because I love You. You are wonderful!
It was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leading man among the Jews. He sought Jesus out by night….
Three times John reports about Nicodemus in his gospel. The first time Nicodemus secretly scurried to Jesus at night. And it seems to me that Jesus was already waiting for him. HE did not stay long with prefaces and pleasantries, but told him immediately: “You must be born again, otherwise you cannot see the Kingdom of God. – Jesus answered all the questions that Nicodemus had on his mind, even though he himself did not know exactly. But he was looking for redemption, the consolation of Israel, a new heart, the grace of God instead of cold law…… Jesus had all the answers for him. And it seems that His answers made Nicodemus a Christian, one who alone follows Christ. At first Nicodemus was afraid of the Jews, the priests and the superiors, afraid for his good reputation as a Pharisee. Later, he was the only one to defend Jesus against plans to kill Him. And He anointed the body of Jesus together with Joseph of Arimathea for burial. He was not only a fan of Jesus, but loved Him. Jesus was not one of many to worship, but the center of the life of faith.
Nicodemus had realized that keeping the commandments does not make anyone happy. He realized that there must be another way to God, a way that normal people can go. That’s why he came to Jesus asking and seeking. Jesus gave him the answer: You must be born of the Spirit, from on high, otherwise you can never see the Kingdom of God! – And it seems that Nicodemus began to believe in Christ as his personal Saviour. It is grace, not the law, that makes us happy and brings us to God. The Pharisees wanted to be holy, they wanted to have something to show before God. But grace is a gift for those who cannot bring anything to God.
He came secretly, in the dark night, perhaps still hooded. Do not be ashamed of Jesus! HE is waiting for you. HE has the answers your heart needs: Grace, a new birth, leaving the old behind, starting a new life together with God, a new life under grace .
Thank You Jesus, You were gracious to Nicodemus, and You are gracious to me too. At night, in the dark, You wait. When all the lights are out, You speak. Words of life, words of love, words that take away loneliness. How good that You are here!
Consider how far you have fallen!
Repent and do the things
you did at first!
The church in Ephesus is addressed here to which above words are written. Jesus is worried that this church has left the first love and has got cold, or lukewarm. He reminds them of this hot first love for Him that they had experienced in the beginning in heavenly places wherefrom they have fallen too deep in this world. Please do not stay lukewarm, remember,return to the first love for Jesus, keep your spirit fervor.
This first love has rescued many of my friends out of the swamp of alcoholism, drugs and other additictions. Their love for Jesus had been overflowing. But a few years later after having begun to study theology they boasted over of their knowledge. They are now teachers but not witnesses of Jesus anymore. They know everything but have forgotten the love of Jesus. Their bookshelves are full of theological writings about Jesus and many saints, about Christian tradition. But Jesus is not the Number One, the Centre of everything anymore. Friends! Please return to the first Love!
When I found Jesus I was happy beyond measure. I was touched by His love that overwhelmed me so deeply. Oh, how I enjoyed His love! But then I was confronted with my daily work, with family life and other problems that put Jesus far away in a corner of my life. What a pity, together with Him I would have come through all challenges far better. Each struggle would have served me best. Quickly I will return to Him, my beloved One! Now I want to love Him as He loved me from the beginning.
I know a man in Russia who loved Jesus and was prepared to do everything for Him, absolutely crazy things that blow everyone`s mind: One day a voice spoke to him, it was the Holy Spirit, and ordered to drive to a certain crossroad in the country. Before doing that he should put on a blue and a red sock. He obeyed although it seemed rather strange to him. When he arrived at the crossroad the Spirit asked him: “Make loud praise musik, jump on the top of the car roof, roll up your pants so that one can see your socks and then begin to dance! He was rather confused about these commands but he did it. After some minutes a car approached and stopped immediately. The driver got out, fell on his knees and thanked Jesus. Then the driver explained that he has refused to believe unless he would see a man dancing on a roof of a car with red and blue socks praising Jesus. The absolute unexpected had now occured and helped him to take the step of faith. Only the first hot love of Jesus makes us do such unusuabel things.
So return to the first love, love Him hotly and intimately. Be open for unusual instructions and ready to obey, show Him your love. He appreciates that. He loved you first!
Thank You, Jesus! You love me hotly and intimately. You died for me on the cross. Now I will respond to love you over all. You are worth it, oh my beloved Jesus!
There you will seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 4, 29
Moses foretold that Israel would again fall away from God and serve other gods. But God will then pour much suffering on them and scatter them over the whole world. There they will seek God again, and if they earnestly seek Him and turn away from their compromises and false religions, they will find Him.
It is the same with us. If we turn our backs on God, make an effort in religion and try to become wise ourselves (in the sense of deeper, logical understanding), if we stuff ourselves with luxuries and goods, then we will miss His blessing. Then everything will go wrong somehow; or everything will go brilliantly, only peace is lost, happiness is no longer there, joy is gone, boredom, senselessness and greed rule us.
If we seriously turn back, away from religious satisfaction, away from the useless ballast of luxury, away from our rights to holidays, peace, celebrations and all kinds of things, if we no longer take ourselves so seriously, if we turn back to God and seek Him, with all the strength of our heart, then He can be found. If our conversion is genuine, He will see it and bend down again over us. Then He can fill our heart again, because all the other stuff is no longer there.
This is what God promises: Turn away from the useless things, seek Him earnestly, and He will come to you.
And God wants to say something else: It is not enough for Him that you spend some time with Him, read the Bible a little bit, go to church a little bit. He wants the whole of you. The way it is now is not enough for Him. Return to your first, hot love for Jesus! A little bit of lukewarm faith is too little in these times! Turn all of your heart to the Lord, and He will show you miracles.
Thank You Jesus, for being here! You are the mighty Redeemer, the Lord is Strife, the Deliverer, the Saviour and Helper! Lord, I want more from You!!
Everything you do, O God, is holy.
No god is as great as you.
Psalms 77, 13
God is doing many, many wonders and signs. We experience it differently and therefore give different explanations for it. Explanations and theories help us to distinguish, who has done this sign; – The enemy can even do a few things, and we do not want to fall for his line. However, different explanations should not lead to an argument!
God is doing so much! But He does not fit into a standard pattern. Many times He has healed me from illness, but often I have to take medicine. He mostly helps me to find again lost things, but not always. Once, when I had no money, a brother came and asked me how much I would need. But usually I have to earn my own living. Some times His voice spoke into my head and my thoughts and saved me from death by disease or accident. But I can never make a rule out of it! God stands sovereign over the things!
I can trust Him, because through this small signs of love He shows, how much He loves me. I need this small signs of love, since they build up my love and trust to Him.
God does “unimaginable” things. He is just worried about the smallest little thing which burdens me. Once I wanted to camp in a pine forest by the sea. But there was an army of mosquitoes. I complained my suffering to the Lord, and the mosquitoes always kept a distance of one meter. This evening I enjoyed very much! Unfortunately, this was a unique miracle, and I’ll usually get bitten like everyone else. But, He has shown that He can!
Yes, I believe in the Lord, who can work every miracle! Nothing is too large, too heavy or too tiny for Him. He can do EVERYTHING! He does not fit into a standard pattern; but He himself may be found. I can not believe in theories, but only in Him. He is my help, my savior and my comfort.
Thank You, Jesus, that You are so concerned about me! In You I can trust in any situation, for You are the Lord! You never let me down, Your help is always on time. You alone are my God who works miracles!
“… and do not have love!”
1 Corinthians 13:1
Actually I wanted to write about something breathtaking today, about new revelations, miracles, about really great things. In vain, hours passed and nothing came into my mind.
But suddenly the following words lit up in me: God
s love is the greatest! Isnt the most precious that I have a Father high up in heaven who understands my situation, who forgives me when I confess my sins, who has time for me, gives me the right advices, consoles me, admonishes me as well, who builds me up and gives me certitude? He is the only One who can change my heart, fill it with joy, peace, strengthen my faith. I always can live in His tangible presence. Isn`t that the greatest of all miracles!
Oh, how many gods are there on earth who want to claim our attention, want to capture us. But there is only one God who truly loves us and only one way to Him, through Jesus Christ. The other gods can try to tempt me as much as they want I will always choose Jesus again.
I do not want to serve a god, who pretends to can do everything but does not love me, who always asks me for sacrifices, gives me orders, expects strict obedience, and punishes every fault immediately.
No, I only want to follow Jesus who purely is love as described in this song. About Him I only want to talk, to write. His unlimited love I want to praise and to live within same!
“If I speak in tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1. Cor. 13,1f.)
Oh, Jesus! How lovely it is to have a hiding place in You! How soothing it is when I can talk to You in silent moments and feel You are there. That is like water in a desert. You are the source of the highest love!