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The 3 wise men of the East – 2019.06.26

The 3 wise men of the East – 2019.06.26

On coming to the house, the 3 wise men of the East saw the child with his mother Mary,​ ​and they bowed down and worshiped Him.​ ​Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11

The 3 wise men and astrologers of the East had seen a special star in the sky. They knew that extraordinary events in the starry sky have often a supernatural meaning. Gods sometimes speaks to us through star constellations. That has nothing to do with fortune telling or horoscopes.
These 3 wise men may have consulted with each other perhaps remembering the pophet Daniel who had fortold the year of Jesus` birth. They came to the conclusion that a very great king was born! So they set out to honor Him. They were on the road for weeks until the star stopped over the hut.They knew that they now were at their destination and found Jesus and His mother. They fell down on their knees and worshiped Him, gave Him their gifts, precious presents.
Yes, they spared no effort, had walked a long way, did everything to find Jesus. And I? I think about driving 30klm on Sunday to attend the service. Should I really sacrifice the time for it.There is so much more pleasant to do! Sometimes I am too tired to read the Bible, to talk to Jesus. Oh, should I rather not look at the 3 wise men, take them as a good example?
The 3 wise men they bow down before the great King. And I am sitting comfortably here! In the church I have problems to stand upright for a long time to worship Him. They have made themselves fresh put on their best clothes. And I have problems getting out of bed, do not even wash my face and come in jeans. Not that Jesus cares about clothes! But the 3 wise men brought with them the best they had. And I myself, I give most a few coins, paper money is too much for me!
Oh, should I not give Him by best!!! Should I not give Him more reverence and worship, more time? He is worth it! He is the King of Kings. Should I not seek Him more?  More intense, more persistent! Should I not investigate more time and thoughts with Him, have more quiet time with Him, more fellowship?

Oh, Jesus, I am afraid I have to apologize to You. whilst You have given all to me I was somewhat lazy and uncaring. Sorry, I definitely will change and let You be totally my Master.

Chosen​ – 2019.06.25​

Chosen​ – 2019.06.25​

But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, …..
Galatians 1:15

This is from the apostle Paul. But it really applies to all of us: God already knows us from the womb, and already from this time HE wants to call us and reveal Jesus to us. The biblical Revelation has a completely different point of view than our “abortion industry”. For God a person exists from conception, He knows him since the beginning of time and wants to reveal His grace in this child.
We can take this very, very personally: God has already chosen me in the womb! He said yes to me! From the very beginning of time, HE knew about me and was looking forward to me. He always had the plan to reveal Jesus to me! He is gracious and full of kindness to me like a real, loving father!
Try repeating it, so personally to yourself: God has already chosen me in the womb! He said yes to me! For ages HE has known about me and looked forward to me! He wanted to reveal Jesus to me! He is gracious and full of kindness to me, a true Father! – Can you accept this for yourself? Or does unbelief and doubt stir? Then read it again and again, begin to thank God for it and make up your mind: I ​ ​W I L L​  believe it! It is the truth, because God Himself says it in the Bible! – It will take some time until it is really firmly anchored in your heart, but God will accomplish it. He really loves you.

Thank You, Jesus! You are the one who has accomplished reconciliation with the Father. You are my mediator, my intercessor, my redeemer, my hero! Please help me to believe that God made me personally and loved me very, very much! Forgive me, I find it hard to believe – help me!

Fishermen of Men – 2019.06.24

Fishermen of Men – 2019.06.24

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
Matthew 13, 47

​”​… When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore.  Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how It will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where they will weeping and gnashing of teeth.​”​
Everything that Jesus says, He means very, very seriously. When He talks about the end of the world, it is for Him a bitter, serious reality and at the same time a great joy. He rejoices that the net is full and that many people are saved for Heaven. And He is sad about the many who have turned their backs on Him and now have to bear the consequences. These consequences are real, HE knows it and therefore tells us about it. We may keep it quiet or discuss it away; – but He has the better arguments, for He has been there before and knows.
It is like in the days of Noah. Everyone did what he liked. Robbing, murdering, lying, raping ….. horrible times! The people celebrated as much as they could. Let us enjoy life, for tomorrow we may already be dead! – There is no God, there is no judge; – whatever I like is good. – I want to be free, even at the expense of others! – Oh, it is hard to listen to all this nonsense. Back then with Noah it was exactly the same as today. And then the rain came ….. and the world ended.
Today we are heading into catastrophe with our eyes open. But hardly anyone steers against it. Even we as Christians are conspicuously quiet. Seldomn do we raise our voices. But we have to fish! Cast out the net and save what can be saved! Playing the moral advocate is not enough.
There are so many who are disappointed by the empty promises, by the temptations, by the sin and the bondage. They want peace, freedom, genuine joy, security and meaning in life. Let us seek them, throw out the nets and find them! We can argue about the correct theology later ….

Jesus, get us ready for You! Help our hearts come into harmony with Yours!  We want to do what is on Your heart. Thank You, You will help us. Amen!

Words of eternal life – 2019.06.23

Words of eternal life – 2019.06.23

You do not want to leave too, do you?
Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered Him:
“Lord, to whom we shall go?
You have the words of eternal life.
John 6:67f

Jesus addressed above words to His 12 disciples after many Jews had turned away from Him because of His challenging speeches that they did not endure. The disciples, however, wanted to stay with Him. Whereelse should they go? They have realized that He has words of eternal life. He is the Holy One of God, His Son and Ambassador and not just any human being.
Jesus said it is the Spirit, not the flesh which gives life. This in fact is not easy to understand. But what did the Lord at the beginning of the creation? He breathed into man`s nostrils His breath, the breath of life so he was able to communicate with his Lord freely. But then came the fall, the rebellion, that plunged mankind into spiritual darkness. Now Jesus has come to give back light to man, to breathe new life.which eliminates spiritual darkness. Now the man can again have fellowship with God, can confidently communicate with Him. They are one again!
However, many do not understand that and reject the offer of redemption. They still want to see only miracles, want always new teachings, new rituales. But the truth is not a mere theological doctrine, a dogma, it is a person: Jesus! From Him comes the truth, He says words of eternal life.
This Jesus the desciples did not want to leave neither do we. No, we want to get to know Him better and better, want to praise Him, to talk with Him more and more deeply as He has words of eternal life for us.

Thank You, Jesus, You are wondeful! My soul is lifting You up for You are my Savior and Redeemer. You have released me out of darkness, called me into Your presence. You have words of eternal life for me!

The Word of God – 2019.06.22

The Word of God – 2019.06.22

Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23, 29

What the Lord commands will happen. This can be seen in creation. He commanded: Let there be light! – and it became light. His word is alive and powerful. At the command of Jesus the storm and the sea calmed down. The lepers were healed, the dead stood up again, one could walk on the water …. There is so much that Jesus brought about through His Word! Yes, His Word is like fire burning in us, like a hammer shattering rocks!
How often has a word of the Lord hit us during a sermon or in praise or while reading the Bible and never let go? How often has HE spoken through prophets in certain situations. He does not remain silent, but answers when we ask and seek. Only when we discuss everything away does He no longer need to talk.
There is another effect of the word. That is like water. Water polishes a rock. Then it becomes round and the sharp edges become smooth. That’s how it is in the mountain streams. This is how God’s word works in us: slowly and steadily. It transforms us. It is not only the highlights that give us a firm foundation, but the constant exposure to the Word of God, the constant reading of the Bible and listening to Him that transforms us into God’s image. As water smoothes a rock, so the Word of God smoothes our character until we are soft and without sharp edges.
Our hearts are sometimes hard and stingy and bitter and completely inaccessible. This can “crack” God’s Word. He alone can reach us where no man can go. He can soften a hardened heart, for He has access through His loving Word. He can heal the wounds that have led to such a hard heart. He is wonderful! We want to trust and trust Him more. We want to be faithful to Him and let His Word work on us ….. Let us read more in the Bible again, the Word of God!

Jesus, You are wonderful! Thank You, You speak through Your word, correct me and encourage me. I love Your Word!

Good and bad fruit – 2019.06.21

Good and bad fruit – 2019.06.21

By their fruit you will recognise them ….
Matthew 7, 16

The topic here is false prophets. You can recognise them if you have trained ears and eyes. You can expose their teachings where they are against Christ. You can unmask their deeds if the prophets have sources other than Jesus, if they are egoists who want to produce their own wisdom or make a good name for themselves. There are many actors and esoterics in the church of Jesus! – Jesus knows them now, but one day He will say, “Away with you, I do not know you”, even if they have performed miracles in His name.
When I read this verse, the question immediately comes up: “And what about me? Is my fruit always good? Somehow I feel like a tree that has two kinds of fruit, good and bad. And that gives me a hard time. Jesus is very radical: A good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit…
The fruit grows through the Holy Spirit: patience, peace, mercy, love, joy, discipline …. It grows just as the Holy Spirit does. All I have to do is ensure that I remain open to Him, as the tree needs the light, and fertilizer and water and good soil. That is my responsibility. His responsibility is to let the fruit grow, because I cannot do that myself. If I am completely one with Jesus, one heart and one soul, the fruit will be strong and good. If I hang to all sides, many fruit are dried up or only tiny or even rotten.
How good that Jesus always forgives my guilt when I ask Him and repent. Yes, He washes me clean every day; – I need it, I am only human.
I rejoice and am relieved that Jesus is my judge and not myself or another person. He frees me. He sees only the good fruit, He throws away the bad ones, into the sea, where it is at its deepest.
So I do not want to be judged or condemned by others, and I also do not want to do the same to others. But I should and must judge some leaders, prophets and apostles. I am to test their teaching and their lives. And I should and must take a stand on this; or should my brother perish because I do not warn him?
Judging and condemning are two different things! – And I must do everything with reservation, for I too am a fallible man. How good that God is gracious to me!

Thank You, Jesus, You do not condemn me, instead, You forgive me. You throw away all my bad fruit and let new, good ones grow. Thank You!

Fear, worry, and little faith – 2019.06.20

Fear, worry, and little faith – 2019.06.20

Jesus said to His followers: You are of little faith, why are you so afraid?
Matthew 8:26

The disciples of Jesus were always together with Jesus and saw miracle after miracle. And yet they had fear for their life in the midst of the storm. He, however, was totally protected in the Hands of the heavenly Father…
We also have often fear when something is threatening us. It may be thickness, unemployment, a bad neighbor, or a policeman driving after us. We can really have the impression to be steadily attacked. We then are insecure especially when we have to face new situations. What can all happen!  Unthinkable if possibly…..! This undefined fear can determine our life.
In addition to that we fear not to know something and do everything wrong or prefer to do nothing.
Or are we as courageous as Jesus? Are we praying before God without fear and ask for great things without doubts?  Are we marching in certainty which God gives us?  Are we living in the security which the heavenly Father offers us and which Jesus enjoyed in the midst of the storm?
To be afraid is human and quite normal as it had been with the disciples. However, we can overcome the fear as Peter did it when he stepped out of the boat, went over the sea to Jesus in spite of the great waves. He had almost made it. What a courageous man! But at that moment when he looked at the waves he began to drown in fear but Jesus saved him and brought him back to the boat. Yes, Jesus is there when we need His help.
We want to exercise it every day to go with Him in spite of all fear and little faith. The trust in Jesus should reign us and not the undefined fear!  In piece and with trust we will seek the security and safety in Him. First we will discuss with Him our matters of concern before performing them. We act in the certainty that He is present, leads, directs, and protects us. He is there also when we make mistakes. He forgives and puts everything in order again. He is not blaming us to be a failure, a good-for-nothing! No, He is a wonderful Master and we may go at His hand bravely and safely!

Thank You, Jesus, for the security which You give. Yes, I am fully protected at Your side. Even when I make mistakes, You are greater! How wonderful that I can entrust You everything, put everything in Your strong Hands.

Think big! – 2019.06.19

Think big! – 2019.06.19

I will give you every place where you set your foot,
as I promised Moses!
Joshua 1:3

God always has great plans, plans of salvation! When He gave to the Israelites the land of Canaan He originally promised them an area reaching to the river of Euphrates which is 10 to 20 times greater than today, which includes Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Sinai in the south.
When He speaks of a healthy life, He thinks of a perfect health without restriction, without aches and ailments. When He speaks of richness He thinks of abundance with which He had blessed Job, Abraham, and Solomon.
When He talks about us He then wants to address us as kings and priests not as anxious people who are content with empty small services. He thinks big about us, has given to us everything we need!  And we? We can not grasp His abundance, His promise, are satisfied with few, are caught in the mediocre, are like a farmer who settled with only few acres and some cows which, however, easily could be increased to 150 ones. Our little faith prevents us from achieving the goals that God has for us. In the end we might lose also the little.
When Hudson Taylor was missionizing in China he always prayed for increase of missionaries and salaries and was successful. God answered his prayers until the whole big China was reached with the Christian message.
When Georg Müller started to build orphanages in England he increased his work more and more with the provision of God. He finally gave 10.000 orphans food and drink, and clothing without own money what often required deep prayer and great trust. But God heard his prayers and provided him with everything.
And we?  We are happy, when God seemed to have heard a little prayer of us. He has so much more to give to us!  He is Lord of all! Should He be stingy? However, His richness is subject to certain conditions: There is first of all the little faith with small targets. Then God pays attention to our lifestyle which should please Him. God will not give us much money when we waste it, deal badly with it, when we cheat and lie. If we do not ask Him for great things with trust as His children, He can not give.
Wake up!  Receive it what God has ready for you!

Thank You, Jesus! You think big about me. You have so many options for me! You are Lord of all! You are not stingy. You wish to give me all! Thank You for that, I love You so much!.

Starting all over again​ – 2019.06.18​

Starting all over again​ – 2019.06.18​

The old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new.”
Revelation 21, 4f.

So many people today would do everything differently if they could start all over again. So many are ashamed of their mistakes, they would never repeat them. So many regret having ended up on the wrong path. So many regret their lives or at least large parts of them. Oh, if only you could start all over again, like with Monopoly: Back to Start!
So many would like to hide parts of their lives which were particularly embarrassing, where they became victims, where they were ashamed, where they became murderers ….. If only one could cut out these scenes like in a film!
So many are numbing themselves with sleeping pills, psycho-pharmaceutic drugs, alcohol, drugs or sex, so that they finally have rest, peace, fulfillment or something else. They lack true contentment, meaning in life, and actually everything that makes life worth living.
So many wander from one to the other in search of what they are looking for. They know something is missing, but they do not know what. And so they go to the Guru, to the priest, to seminars, read bestselling books, surrender to certain philosophies or religions, and in the end are disappointed.
Yes, and then comes Jesus Christ. He says: “I will wipe the tears off your face. I will heal your desecrated soul, take away the pain, erase the sin, mistakes and shame. I love you as you are. I want you, at my side, as my friend and child, I want you! I’ll make everything, really everything new in your life. That is not too hard for me, because I am the living God. I sit on the throne of the universe, everything is possible for me. I can also make your life new, meaningful. I can bring you fulfilment and contentment, peace, joy and real love. Come, pour out your heart to me! Let me sit on the throne of your heart and rule you; – for I love you.

Thank You Jesus! Yes, come and make me completely new! A little bit new is not enough, I must become completely new! Thank You, for loving me, accepting me and giving me what I miss so much. Yes, You are wonderful!

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God’s disappointment – 2019.06.17

God’s disappointment – 2019.06.17

When I came, why was there no one?
When I called, why was there no one to answer?
Isaiah 50, 2

So God asks His people. How much effort and work had God done with His people, and what was the thanks He got? They ran after each other, they praised and worshiped each one, but not Him. To everyone they made sacrifices and promises, but not to Him, the only true God. Everywhere they sought help and advice, but not from Him. – I notice from this verse all the pain of God for the people whom He loves so much.
Jesus expresses it this way: I came into my property and they did not receive me. – What a disappointment for Jesus! He came as the Savior, and they made fun of Him. He gave His life for them and they blasphemed.
And we? Are we there when He comes? Or do we first measure everything by our theological yardstick and decide what may or may not be possible for God? Do we then answer when God calls? Do we still hear His voice, the voice of His heart? Or are we so drunk with all sorts of noise, opinions, sermons and praise that we can no longer hear His voice? Is our heart still responding to Him? Or is it just the other way around?
These questions haunt me. Where am I? Am I deaf to Him? Do I hear Him and go where He desires? Is my heart still beating in unity with His?
When God called Isaiah, Isaiah knew what He had on His heart. And the only possible answer was: Here I am, send me! – And we? We argue  everything away. Why should God talk to such people?
Ah, so many questions ….. and only one possible answer: Lord, here I am, talk to me! I want to hear what You have on Your heart!

Thank You Jesus, You have come to save me. Out of darkness, bondage and sin You have redeemed me; – I am Yours. You called me by my name. Lord, open my ears again, I want to hear Your voice! I want to open my heart wide so that You can come! Please, come!