Because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun
will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
and guide our feet
into the path of peace.
Luke 1, 78
Imagine you’re sitting in church. In the middle of the most solemn moment the door opens, armed people line up in a guard of honour and the bishop, cardinal or so walks in. He looks around searchingly in the church, comes forward, whispers a name, and everyone begins to point to you: That is him! The bishop comes up to you, takes out his notebook and asks if you really are that person. And then he takes you under his wide robe, embraces you and puts his seal ring on your finger. From now on, he says, you have authority over all the power of the enemy, over dragons, snakes and scorpions, in my name!
Wow, a shudder goes through your entire being!
And then he sees another name in his notebook: Elvira Klein or something similar. That is also there. And he says to her: “Your guilt is forgiven you. Don’t torture yourself any more with it, Jesus died for it, and He will not die for it again.”
And then he sees you: Come visit me! – he says. And there He comes, the Spirit of the mighty God, and He sets you free from curses and misfortune, from self-accusation, bitterness and all bad habits. Suddenly you can no longer stand, because the power becomes too strong. For hours you still have trouble walking in a straight line. And always this laughter that the spirit of joy gives. ….. A wonderful Sunday, full of divine visitation, although we sit in the shadow of death, in darkness! Yes, God is visiting His people, believe Him at last!
Thank You, Jesus! You have redeemed me from the curse of death and from all darkness! You are my light, my hope and my life! Thank You for Your Spirit who makes Your words alive in me! I love Your visits which are full of gifts and surprises. You are good to me!
Jesus said to the healed leper :
“Your faith has made you well!”
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus met 10 lepers. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” They had a concrete problem and a concrete request to Jesus. And Jesus answered very concretely. “Go, show yourselves to the priests!” On the way to them they were healed. But only one of them turned back to thank Jesus. To that man Jesus said: Your faith has helped you.
With Jesus everything is concrete, not as vague as sometimes with us human beings and with me as well. Until now I often was uncertain whether Jesus heard my prayers. May be. It is His decision! That “maybe” is the greatest enemy. Often I was disappointed, no answer! Other, however, were healed after praying.
Could not be this “maybe” the reason for God`s silence? For I know: God hears every prayer! He knows all my thoughts, actions and feelings, everything lies open before Him. Nothing is hidden to Him.
He certainly does not like to disappoint me. He wants more prayers! Prayers in more strong faith! A maybe is not enough.
If I know that Jesus is hearing all my prayers and answers them as it is good for me then I pray more confidently, certain, stronger, more often, and longer. The trust in God is the motivation for my prayers. No doubt, He likes to bless, to answer, to heal!
There was an investigation in how often one was healed by prayer.. One third of the interviewees were healed on the spot, another third had been in a healing process and with the last third nothing seemed to have happened. Nevertheless, the last third remained happy and were sure that the prayers had done them good after all.
Yes, God definitely hears prayers and even when fulfillment is not coming immediately you may be sure God gives you the best, covers you with His love.
This gives me peace and encourage me to turn to God anew, to make concrete requests and to expect good answers.
Thank You, Jesus, You appreciate my faith! You are hearing my prayers. You haven given me enough faith that is not too small! Thank You for blessing the people for whom I pray. Lord, You are wonderful!
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
Philippians 3, 13
Paul has his heavenly calling and Jesus before his eyes. He chases after this calling and wants to reach Jesus. That is why he considers everything that lies behind him for nothing. He lives for the present! He has a heavenly goal!
Today I talked to a person who did me a lot of harm. But he no longer knows anything about it, but thinks that it is all my failure.
But then I became very angry and we got into an argument. Afterwards I told myself that it was very unnecessary. Why get upset about the past? That doesn’t change anything.
I forgave that person. I would like to forget everything. And looking forward, how Jesus works in me and see my heavenly goal. He is the meaning and the goal of my life!
The past catches up with us again and again. Our own mistakes, failures and sins are always before our eyes. And the mistakes others have made about us, their wickedness and cruelty, often do not let us rest.
Yet God says, We should forget it. He has built a way for us to do this: Forgiveness.
When I rest in Jesus, then I know: He has forgiven and forgotten my guilt, and He causes in me that I also forgive it to myself and forget it. It doesn’t hurt anymore and I don’t feel any shame about it anymore.
It is exactly the same with the guilt others have against me. Jesus forgives them, I forgive them; He forgets, heals me and helps me to forget.
This is how heavenly peace becomes in me: Forgive and forget.
HE, my Jesus, is wonderful. He does everything that I cannot do myself. In Him there is rest, security, forgiveness, forgetting and an orientation towards new goals: Jesus and the heavenly calling.
O Jesus, how good it is for You to set me free from anger, wickedness, vengeance and mischief. You help me to forgive. You help me to forget. Now I am free to reach out to You and pursue my heavenly calling. You take care of everything, thank You!!!
Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
Psalm 94, 9
Many people do wrong because they do not realize that God sees them. They mock the God of righteousness. They do not believe that He will judge them one day.
Many Christians are almost exactly like this: they are doing wrong, nobody sees it, right? And because of their lies, their deceit and their theft they ask for forgiveness, almost in advance; you never know. – Somehow this is blasphemy. They do not know the Holy One who demands justice, who never tolerates sin, who judges us all as we deserve. He will not be mocked!
We Christians who are serious suffer much injustice. But the LORD sees it, and He makes up for it all. Perhaps we do not always get what we deserve, that is, what we are entitled to. But we get His blessing, and that is certainly more than we are entitled to.
I think of those who did me wrong. And I see how God has withdrawn His blessing, how they suffer and perish in their godlessness. Some have died or have been admitted to psychiatric institutions, some drink, some are simply unhappy. How people suffer without God! They are empty, often only a facade. I never want to trade with them! And the worst is yet to come: They must spend eternity without God, without anything God has created: without light, without hope, without music, without friendship, without kinship, without everything. One can hardly imagine the horror.
God sees and hears. He sees all that is small just like He sees all that is big. For Him there is no difference. He pays close attention to the life of His smallest child. And He compensates each damage 10 to 100 times over. Just when it is the worst for us, He is closest to us. His love for us lets us endure everything. That is why we turn to Him in prayer full of trust and gratitude. And He answers our prayer and bends down to us.
We want to forgive. Because the punishment for those who do us wrong is terrible. When I imagine it, I can easily forgive my trespassers and ask for blessing and redemption for them. Lord, give me Your eyes so that I may see people as You see them!
Thank You, Father in Heaven, You take care of me! Your ears are not clogged and Your eyes are not blind. You see me and my struggle here on earth. And You are with me, strengthening me, helping me, comforting me, giving love, hope, faith and peace. How good it is to seek refuge in You! Thank You, dear Father!
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And being afraid they marveled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him?
Luke 8, 25
They’re talking about Jesus! He performed the miracle and calmed storm and waves in seconds. He is the LORD!
Jesus said: We want to cross the lake to the other side. (He never decides such a thing alone; He has heard it from His heavenly Father. That is why it was decided: We go to the other shore.) But the enemy did not sleep and wanted to prevent it. For on the other bank there was a man possessed, the Gerasener, who absolutely needed the help of Jesus; – that of course did not please the enemy at all. That’s why he sent the storm, which whipped the waves higher than normal, so that the boat hit full of water and threatened to sink. The disciples did not understand the connections and were full of fear for their lives. They were fishermen and knew all about boats, wind and waves. They had never experienced anything like this before. Jesus, on the other hand, was asleep because He knew that His Father was not resting. The disciples woke Jesus: We are perishing! – And He stepped into the wind, threatened him, and indeed, in seconds the wind and the waves went down. But the Lord asked the disciples, “Where is your faith? – The disciples were totally amazed at Jesus. Who is He? Why do the wind and the waves obey Him?
Jesus is the Lord. Also about the forces of nature, especially when they were caused by the enemy. I read a lot about how Jesus performed such miracles in the 3rd world. But in the first years when I lived here in Lithuania, it happened more often that the enemy sent a storm against us and our house. I noticed this restlessness in me and the certainty that the enemy meant me. That is why I approached him in prayer and the damage was very limited. Once a storm divided, felled many trees left and right of the village, but the village suffered no damage. Yes, I can confirm it: Jesus is Lord, also about forces of nature.
We need a LORD who not only sits in heaven and watches over our redemption, but who is concretely here on earth with us and can help us in every situation. Many Christians think that He does not do it, although He could. It would be better if we believed the Lord that He has not changed: He is interested in everything that causes us difficulties, even the forces of nature. He will gladly help if we would only believe it!
Thank You, Jesus! You are close to me. You do not only dwell in my heart, but you steer and control my whole life, also my circumstances and the situation I am in. You are the LORD whom I trust every second for everything. Thank You, I am no longer helplessly at the mercy of the forces of nature!!
Father, I want those You have given me
to be with me where I am,
and to see My glory…
The whole day through I am meditating about above verse. I can not get it our of my head. It must be most important for Jesus. Was does He express with these words? It must be His love, His longing for us! He wants us to be children of God.
But do we take that, do we spend time for Him? We spend the whole day working. Thereafter we care about our family, or meet our friends in a club, or are somehow activ in the church. We are tired at the end of the day and get up sleepy in the morning.
This morning, however, God clearly spoke to me: Yesterday, the ancients still had their quiet time, studied the Bible, have maintained community, prayed, fasted, seeked God
s presence. Today we live in stress, have no time for nothing. It is the devil who steel our time and destroy, does everything to keep us away from Jesus, to have time for our family.t?
Imagine you get up in the morning 15 minutes earlier, sit on the edge of the bed, thank for the day, put all the things of this day in the hands of the Lord, read a psalm when drinking your coffee. Imagine you bless your children before departing and talk to the Lord about all your coming affairs during your drive to your workplace. During lunch break you reserve for Him several silent minutes, talk to Him again on the way back about the events of the day. Imagine you read the Bible in the evening and clarify with Him all that are on your mind: Your children, your spouse, your neighbor, your collegues, simply everything. Before falling asleep you thank and praise Him. Before important decisions you fast until you have clarity, know the will of God. You promote the church life so that the children find a spiritual home there.
Imagine all that, then you will realize that suddenly Jesus permeates you in all areas of your life. When you wake up at night you hear yourself sing, praise God in tongues. He likes when you are reflecting His love, when people meet Him in you whereever you are. How wonderful, isn
Yes, Jesus wants to be with us tangibly close. For this the hectic of the every day life has to be overcome. A clear decision has to be made. Then the reward will be great. His presence!
Thank You, Jesus, with You I can live well. Even if it gets difficult You are there. Your peace is protecting me, your love covers all. You fill me with joy and I realize: You are there, Lord, I am happy in Your presence!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10, 27
These are the most important commandments, it is inseparable: to love God and to love one’s fellow man and oneself. One is impossible without the other.
We went to the lake to barbecue. There lay a dog with a bowl of water, alone. Immediately we all knew that he had been abandoned in the hope that someone else would take care of him. And then the pity started. Everyone immediately thought of someone who should take this dog. But all the phoning brought no hope, nobody wanted a dog. Great sadness ….. all of us close to tears: The poor dog!
It was once again as it so often is: no one was able to help, but everyone knew someone else who should help. – Did Jesus mean that?
A few days ago I got an e-mail. I was to protest against the fact that people from Iran who had become believers in Germany were being deported back to Iran. There they are threatened with coercion, torture and death. Some are said to have already disappeared.
I became a little angry, because again the Christians are doing nothing but demanding help from the state. The state should stand up for our brothers and sisters. And the Christians? They are content to write mails.
When the Nazis persecuted and killed the Jews, many Dutchmen and Danes hid Jews, even if they endangered their own lives. Why can’t we take in, hide and care for these Iranian brothers and sisters today? We would rather have them deported to Iran, to death; – and our state is to blame.
How many of us have more than one room, some even live alone in a big house. But one does not come to the conclusion that the persecuted brothers and sisters should be taken in and cared for. If you report them to the social welfare office, everything is on file and soon the bus arrives for deportation.
Before we ever complain and protest again – (Protest against unjust politics is, by the way, correct. But one must not stop there) -, we should in future consider where we ourselves are asked to act. Whether we have the possibilities and how to do it. We have become lazy in the welfare state, which supposedly takes care of everything. Love God and your neighbor, that is energetic action and not pious feelings!
(PS: The dog ended up on my farm.)
Jesus, forgive! So often I have not come to the conclusion that I have the duty and possibilities to help. You did not spare yourself, but gave Your life so that I could live. Help me so that I may become more like You!
Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm.
Matthew 8, 26
Sometimes we find ourselves in difficult circumstances. It is as if we are on a lake in a tiny boat and the storm threatens to knock us down and the waves threaten to sink the boat. Then we cry out to Jesus: Lord, help us, we perish! This time Jesus kind of criticised His disciples and said: “Why are you so frightened, what little faith you have!” Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm. And everyone was amazed and they said: “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”
Jesus wants us to believe Him, that we know in any situation: He is the Lord. Thomas would not and could not believe that Jesus was resurrected. He only wanted to see the wounds of the nails in His hands. When Jesus then came back and said, “Thomas, put your hand in my side!” – Because he could believe. Jesus said to him: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!” We also want to trust Him, even when the storm is going worse and the waves are beating into our boat. He is the Lord about our problems! We do not always know what He intends and what His plans are. But we must be silent in His arms and receive the certainty that He is the Lord!
Sometimes Jesus calms the storm in our lives and there is a great calm. But sometimes He does not calm the storm, but calms us and there is complete silence and peace in us. Because we know for sure: He will not let us perish, if He does not want to. And He will let us go down, when He has different, better plans for us. In any case, we are firmly in Jesus’ hands and nobody, not even the thickest storm, can tear us out.
Thank you, Jesus, that I am completely safe and secure with You! How many storms do You already have calmed down, and how often have You kept me in a storm and carried me through! Yes, I can trust You in all things, for You are the Lord who loves me!
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise Him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to Him on the tenstringed lyre.
Sing to Him a new song,
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
And why should we praise the Lord for joy? The answer is given in the Psalm verses immediately thereafter. He is our wonderful Lord who takes care of us and does not let us out of sight. The earth is full of His unfailing love; there are so many things what He is doing for us. You have every reason to praise Him.
You are really poor if you have no reason to so. I am not well at the moment what however does not hinder me to thank Him for thousand reasons. For when I am weak, can do almost nothing, then He can intervene and make me strong. Truly wonderful, it is like swimming in God
s love stream. He makes the impossible possible.s Spirit accomplishes this. Thanks and praising bring me nearer to Him. Yes His presence is then tangible. That is really marvellous! May the thanks be rather contrived and insecure in the beginning, but if we stay tune, keep praying then on and on the thanks will be real and warm. For muffles like me it takes long time to grasp that.
<span class="gmail_default">I</span>t is not always sunshine which would seduce us to live without Him, our Savior and Redeemer. In Psalm 34:17 it is said: The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. How God can set free when one is not willing to suffer because of injustice?
The greater the need, the greater the salvation. The stronger the enemies the greater the victory of our Lord, the greater my praise and thanks. God
Once again, in greatest need the power of the Lord shows up the more and with it my thanks get more intensive. The presence of the Lord gets stronger the more I praise Him. And now the overwhelming moment comes when I melt away in His presence, need no more , am filled with peace, have everything. Words are not enough to describe this state of happiness. I am only amazed and rest in this heavenly quietness. How glorious! Such moments never should end!
Thank You, Jesus, You are so wonderful! It is everything for me to live with You! I am overly happy when You flow through me with your love and fill me abundantly. Lord, You are a wonderful, mighty and lovingly Master!
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by the day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out
and your coming in
from this time forth and foreveremore.
Yes, the Psalms are so beautiful! It is good to read a little bit every morning, which positively influences the whole day.
Even if the worries are as big as mountains, the Lord is even bigger. We look at the mountains, – but better to see a little higher, directly at the Lord! Don’t hang your head, don’t look at the dirt at your feet; hold your head up and look at Him who loves you so much!
He wants to bless so much. Sometimes our unbelief and small-belief, our “maybe-thinking,” our nagging, our ungratefulness, and our craving for money keep Him from it. We want to get rid of this, this “Maybe” (Should the Lord have said ……. – and our destructive thinking begins until nothing remains of faith), the whining, the bitterness, the pride, and the greed for things. We want Him; whatever it costs. – He is such a wonderful, loving, caring father! Under His wing I am completely safe and secure.
Thank You Father in heaven! You love me and never let me out of your sight. The enemy must not do with me what he wants. You set him a limit. You are the winner and with You I come together well through Life! You are always good to me!