I call all this to mind –
therefore, I will wait.
Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended;
certainly God’s compassion isn’t through!
They are renewed every morning.
Great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3, 21ff
This morning I took my children to the bus stop. On the way back I recognized how wonderful, colorful and varied God has formed His creation. Therefore I started to worship Him and my heart became happy. I could cheerfully greet the people I met on the street and they smiled back. Yes, life is beautiful!
Actually I am a real grumpy in the mornings! I am still tired and there is much need to be done. Then I take a look at the street dust at my feet, briefly greet the pedestrians and remain silent. No, this is not what God has imagined!
This morning he’s back again, with His grace and mercy He wants to meet me. Even my phone I found in the rubber boots of my smallest one! I thought the guys, who were at our farm yesterday had stolen it; …. so we can deceive ourselves.
He is the merciful Lord who is standing above my life, above every little thing, and He says: I love you! I like you! I like your hair, your hands and feet, even your nose! Yes, you are my wonderful creation. The mix of talents and the things you are not so good at, is just right! I don’t like everything that you make of yourself, but you yourself, I like! Today I’ll be with you again and my grace shines on your life. Let’s make this day together!
Yes, so is our God: Every bad things of yesterday are over now. Also this morning He says YES to us, full of mercy and hope. He is there!
Thank You, Jesus, You are my best friend! With You this day will be successful, as Your mercy and grace reign! Thank You for Your wonderful creation! I can be glad about this and my heart is happy! Yes, You are my wonderful God!
It’s a good thing for the heart to be strengthened by grace!
Hebrews 13, 9
A strengthened heart: That means, somebody has found his place, has a meaning and an aim for his life, is safe and secure, has a firm opinion and is living a conviction, and he is solid as a rock – short: a strong, solid human. At the beginning of the verse it is written: Don’t let all kinds of strange teachings lead you into the wrong way. All thinking, which is not the gospel of Jesus, is this strange teaching. Many people constantly change their minds and their thinking. A friend of mine has a new diet every few weeks. He always tries to explain this in all details and is very excited, – but he has never lost a kilo. A friend is always anxious to what the community might think about her. She never risks something but limits her freedom through her anxiety. Some are constantly trying to please God. The list can be continued almost endlessly. But the Gospel of Christ will set us free! It wants our heart to get strengthened!
Our own activity and effort doesn’t make a strong heart. Only through the bondage or rather the solidarity of the Heavenly Father, we become strong. He is more important as everything others think about us! His grace, His mercy and His love for me are an undeserved gift. I want to grab it and hold on to it! I don’t need to work hard, because this grace I can not deserve. I can only bask in it and feel relaxed. Yes, He makes my heart firm, firm in himself. I am safe and secure. I will fear no evil. I can always look forward. At all times I can thank Him. As well, this solidarity in Him!
Thank You, Jesus, You have opened me the way to God’s heart. Now I can rest in Him and His peace. Nothing can worry or disturb me, because your kindness is on my life. You care for me wonderfully!
…, then stand up, lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.
The sentence above indicates the end times full of disasters. The chaos and catastrophic events are increasing. People are becoming increasingly scared and are looking for explanations. But there is a Redeemer: Jesus Christ! Whoever clings to Him is saved.
However, people are trying to find help somewhere else. They research in all kinds of ancient writings, study other religions, try it with positive thinking, or with a emphatically liberal behavior, or get lost in extreme political attitudes. False prophets with simple solutions to great problems, find enormous influx of people and partly lead them to fanaticism.
Fanaticism is one of the hallmarks of end times. Passionate advocates for a clean environment for instance only see the dirt of the earth, shout loudly and uncompromisingly for immediate solutions, are no longer prepared for a reasonable, balanced dialog.
Of course we must not continue to pollute the earth.God had entrusted us the earth with all creatures to care for them. So we have to talk about it and make good plans. We also have to take seriously the legitmate concerns of other groups, red, yellow, or green such as the objectives of the vegetarians for instance. But their fanatical and one-sided attitude is terrifying.
This makes them deaf to the redemptive words of Jesus. They look for liberation everywhere but not with Jesus. who as only one can help. He is our Helper still today and forever! As the jewish people were saved from the 10th plague in Agypt so the children of God will be protected today. We will be taken out of the court. Our Redeemer is alive! Yes, when the misery grows raise your heads. The world is approaching his redemption. He is there, be encouraged, He will come soon, thank and praise Him. Already now His almighty hands are blessing His people and protect you if you cling to Him. Hallelujah, Jesus is alive!
Thank You, Jesus, You will come to judge the earth. Injustice will disappear and the righteoius will win. You will come to free Your followers to take them with You. With you we are secure and protected! Thank You!
You are saved by God’s grace!
Ephesians 2, 5
Yesterday I asked the Lord, how He is able to love all these people. They are all just liars, thieves and egoists merciless with each other and brutally against each other, ungrateful, bitter and without any remorse. Then He said: They can also be different! And He showed me, how lovingly a reckless man is taking care of his garden. And how an embittered mother is caring for her children. And how a violent father is playing with his dog. Yes, they really can be different, I thought. But… Do they not want, or do they not can?
His grace can make every man a loving, caring, pleasant, friendly people! But as long as we wear us down, make an effort and require things from God, grace certainly will not reign. It makes me soft, I’m grateful to Him and I give up fighting. I become dependent on Him, who wants to give me everything. In his gentle hand I become like soft wax he can mold now. He can put His spirit inside of me and can live in me. I want to listen to Him and talk, as he tells me and act, as he likes it. Just this way earth can become a piece of heaven. Although we know that we are dependent on His grace, we live differently. Grace is a gift, an undeserved gift. But we really want to try to be friendly and good.
Oh, if we finally could understand, how extensive His Grace is! Then our heart would be quiet in His presence. Grace is bigger than every problem, bigger than every sin and can even make you and me a good human. Just let God work! Today we rather look at the grace, the whole day, let us deliver to His grace with our shortcomings, unkindness, errors and problems – HE will do it!
Thank You Jesus, I can entirely rely on You. Your grace is above my life! Your mind inside of me is doing, what I can’t do! I don’t need to deserve anything, but may accept Your love and grace – Yes, You are my wonderful God!
„You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
Psalm 91, 5f
And why do we not need to fear these dark forces? Because Jesus is the winner, and these forces will give way in the name of Jesus Christ. He bought us on the cross so we could be free and redeemed. Hallelujah!
But is our fight over? No. There are theories that Satan can’t do anything against us, but I experience it differently. He has rights that must be broken. Curses can strike us or our things, animals or even children. It’s just that it’s fighting, and sometimes we get wounded in the fight. But no one, not even the devil himself, can snatch us from Jesus’ hand. Then Jesus gave His word, and He keeps it! – That is why we are safe.
According to theory, as soon as someone becomes a Christian, all rights of the enemy are over. Theory says we’re no longer cursed. Theory says Jesus destroys all enemy crafty attacks.
According to practice, even Christians must be set free from concrete sins of their ancestors in order to live in freedom. Just again I thought of a leader who was suddenly tormented by very strong erotic thoughts and dreams that would not let him sleep. He was completely exhausted. Then we could pray together, ask for forgiveness, because the ancestors did not live sexually clean and there was pornography in the ancestral life itself. Immediately the thoughts were gone and the man was normal again.
How often have we Christians had to rid ourselves of curses by asking for forgiveness for these bad words. And the situations suddenly changed for the better.
So often the enemy causes diseases up to cancer. If we pray offensively against the enemy and ask for forgiveness of all sins shown by the Holy Spirit, healing often happens.
There is a big difference between Christian theory and the practice of pastoral care.
But one thing is for sure: Jesus wants to show where the difference lies. HE wants to liberate and heal. In Him we are safe and secure, even when everything around us is in ruins. Praise the LORD!!!
(Please read the whole psalm. He is a great help when we are in battle with dark forces.)
Thank You, Jesus! You are victorious!! Halleluja!!!
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
So many books have been written about prayer, and yet everyone has to find his own style of prayer. I have noticed how my way of praying has evolved over time. From the selfish: HEAR me Lord, I need this, or give me that! – to intercession and then even further on through a prayer language to “sighing”.
Recently I have noticed more and more often that I am no longer praying concretely, but that I am with Him and only need to say: O Lord! – or: Oh Jesus!
This prayer is a deep communion with my LORD. I adore Him, but no longer with words. I pour out my heart to Him, but again, no longer with words. When I am alone with Him in this way, tears often flow, so intense is the communion. And I know myself to be one with Him. This prayer is beautiful, sometimes I don’t want to interrupt it. Even when there are urgent prayer requests, sometimes I am at a loss for words. And yet I know that HE hears me, He listens, and it will be good. Such prayer is beautiful.
I am glad that the Lord understands me, even without words. I am happy when the LORD speaks to me in the spirit and makes things clear. I am happy when I really get rid of my worries and know that HE cares. I am happy when I can entrust people to Him and know that He will look after them well.
My praise and thanks have become silent. But very, very deep. How good that the Holy Spirit brings my prayers before God like incense and it is a pleasant gift. He understands, He loves it, He acts!
I know that my prayer is as God wants it to be, because the Holy Spirit Himself speaks it. Therefore I can expect great things from God. And He steps up to the challenge! Oh, what more do I want? It’s so good to spend time with Him! You can’t spend your time in a more blessed way than this. He’s here, that’s good!!! And He has even more for me! The road is not finished yet!
Thank You Father in Heaven, You hear prayer! You are with me when I talk to You and pay close attention to my prayer. Who am I that You should pay such attention to me? Yes, it is because of Your great love and because of Jesus. Thank You, Father.
He brought me out to wide-open spaces;
he pulled me out safe
because he is pleased with me. …
With you I can charge into battle;
with my God I can leap over a wall. …
You’ve let me walk fast and safe,
without even twisting an ankle.
Psalms 18, 19. 29. 36
These are just a few verses from the 18th Psalm. They describe the ease of faith. King David wrote this Psalm, after God had freed him from all his enemies. It was important for him to write everything down so that he never will forget it.
A friend of mine writes down all the great things God did in her life. If doubts or difficulties come, she reads in her book and gets new confidence. In my Bible there are many marginal notes next to the verses. Often it’s just a word, such as “flu 2007”. If I see it, I remember how God has healed my heavy flu and how wonderful He carried me through. Another: “Feet”. My little one had burned both feet with hot oil, but God healed them, not the smallest scar is left behind. These little asides are very important to me, because they show me how great God’s love and mercy to me are. Because sometimes bad days come and our faith is only a small, almost extinguished flame or just a smoldering wick.
Here God wants to give us courage and confidence: If we remember His intervention, we are thankful to Him, and look at the future with confidence and calm. Let us create characters and memories that we can always go back on, then we will not become discouraged so fast, but we will look at our great God, our savior and helper!
Thank You, Father in heaven, You have never forget me so far and You will never do so! Thank You for Your miracles and acts of love in my life! I never want to forget it. I want to make signs of memory, so that I’m always grateful to You. Because You are the Lord who loves me!
But because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries, “Abba, Father!
Galatians 4, 6
When I started to believe, God was somehow far away. HE was my creator and also my judge. I had to be “good” to please Him. But I had no connection to God. Then I got to know Jesus. HE brought me forgiveness. But I could hardly believe that HE really had forgiven me. I was just too chaotic, too bad, too unholy. Every day I needed forgiveness again, every day from the beginning. Then I slowly let my head hang down, somehow I was tired of fighting and being “good”. I could not do it. And yet, the bible and that with Jesus, that must be true! I clung to Jesus, who forgave me again and again, but I didn’t get any further.
Then God sent the Spirit. He brought about in me what I could not believe: Forgiveness! That’s all there is to it. And the Holy Spirit accomplished what I couldn’t: I could cheerfully believe it.
And not only that: I suddenly knew that I was really a child of God, even a beloved child of God! And sin is gone, even if I still have to ask for forgiveness daily, but it does not rule me! And I knew exactly that if I should die, I would go to heaven! All this had not been really clear to me, I could not really believe it from my heart. But now it worked, because the spirit put it into my heart! Oh, how happy I was! I needed almost no more sleep for days, I was only happily laughing and singing and could not take anything seriously any more. People were already shaking their heads as if I was ripe for psychiatry. But it was divine joy.
And He also helped me to call God the Father, I could even say Dad. He was no longer a judge, but a father. How good our relationship has become there!
Yes, I thank the LORD that He gave me the spirit to say “Abba, Father”!
This certainty is given by the Spirit, that is why He is so important for us! Stick to the bible. In 1 Corinthians 14:1 it says that we must seek the Spirit diligently. For He has more for us!
Thanks for the Spirit, Jesus! HE is real life for me! HE does what I cannot do: Faith and love. Thank You, Jesus.
The Lord who watches over Israel
will neither slumber or sleep!
The Lord himself is the guardian of Israel. He will not sleep nor slumber. He always watches over His people. He does that not only over His people but also over the bride of Jesus, His community, since He will make a flock of both, of Israel and the Christian community. That is why His promises for His people also apply for us Christians. He, therefore, also watches over us and does not sleep for a second. How comforting, He is there, we can cry for help, when the enemy attacks us withpout warning and in unexpected situations. He definitely will protect us then with His strong hand. How many times I have thanked Him for His deliverance. He certainly had seen the disaster when I had no idea of it. In many cases He fought it off before it hit me.
But now and then I was struck by the enemy. More and more I learned to endure same so that at the end it served me best. I know He is there, protects me, I am secure! I feel good when I lift my eyes to Him. I breathe relaxed and freed of mountains of worries, duties, fears which otherwise would have killed me. At Him I will look and not at the mountains of burdens and stress. Jesus, my Sun is much higher and stronger than anything else. He is my Savior and even when so many sorrows want to suffocate me, I will trust Him.
Yes, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He is wonderful, never comes too late. Even my son Gabriel He has healed and made him sound. He is able! Also with regard to the people in Israel, His eyeball!
Thank You, Jesus, You are almighty! You take care not only of the universe, of big things but also of small things, small like me. Yes, I am in good hands with You – Hallelujah!
The angel also showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, and coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Revelation 22, 1
This river is also described in Ezekiel 47. First, it is not deep, the water reaches to the ankle. Later, it comes up to the knees and then to the hip. Now you can’t go further through the stream, you have to swim. Wherever the water flows, everything is healthy.
God invites us to this river, this water of life, because there we are healed. We can wade through it, when the water just reaches the ankles, or we can swim. Some really are content with trying something of the water of life – but we, we are so tired of it! We want to swim and dive in this healing, crystal clear water of life! We can not get enough of it!
When I was at a seminar, we wanted to make an experiment. We should be quiet for half an hour at midday to hear, if God personally speaks to us. I was lying on the grass and felt completely at ease. And I realized how God wanted to say to me: I will always care for you (independent contractors often have existential fears). That were wonderful 30 minutes, which could have lasted longer! It really was as if I was lying on this water of life and let me drift from Him. God wants to invite us to swim. The water carries us! It flushes away all the pain and brings healing everywhere! Even bad memories are healed and don’t hurt anymore!
In the silence we can make this experience – God is true to His word. Let’s give Him ourselves and just be still. Then He will carry us.
I thank You Father, for the water of life! Yes, in You I find healing and in You I can be still. There, on the stream of life, my restlessness and anxiety passes away. You carry me on Your strong arm!