Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2021 by daily-message.de Sun, 09 May 2021 02:00:00 +0200 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com Perilous times - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4936<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Perilous times</font><br>This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The topic of this Bible text can make us afraid! Am I ready for such times? People are killing each other in God's name. There is talk about retaining and defending freedom at any cost. But, what type of freedom is meant? Political freedom? Social freedom? Freedom of reason? Moral freedom? Secular justice? Religious freedom? Freedom from God? It results mostly in terror, fear and pain. Today, more than ever. Everyone thinks he is right. But, it must become personal, because I cannot hide behind humanistic ideologies or radicalism. How will God judge me? It is not only proverbial end times, evil is banging on the door more than ever before! Not a day goes by without some fearful reports! What exactly is the end time? This last phase prior to the second coming of Jesus started already when Jesus came the first time (Galatians 4:4). Did the belief in His second coming not keep Christians spiritually alive throughout the past centuries? This is what we need now? For God a thousand years are like a day. Must the presently alive Christians go through this apocalyptic time of sorrow and fear? A lot of questions, a lot of interpretations. But, is it so crucial and decisive? No-one apart from God can really end it. That is a breathtaking and simultaneously comforting thought. One day there won't be any more suffering, pain, fear, panic nor sin. The evil will be destroyed and those that do evil judged. We will not have any more painful thoughts or memories. The world with its lunacy and injustice will come to an end. What remains? What must remain? The Word of God, the love of God and our living faith will remain (Matthew 16:27). End time – it's not just enough to say: “I was there”. To be present doesn't necessarily mean to partake. God tests our hearts. That makes me happy. God can't just end, but daily works something anew. We always need to know that. <br><br>Sometimes the fear and unease forces us to our knees. Thus, also the bad serves to our best (Romans 8:28). God is, in life and death, our sovereign Lord. The evil and injustice sometimes seems unstoppable, inevitable and unbearable. When we are somehow able to cope with it all, then only through our steadfast and earnest faith in God (Hebrews 11:6). Fear should not paralyse us, but inwardly mobilise us. And more so as the world gets worse. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We must (may) continue to work through our failures so as to become more aware of how complete and vital salvation is. Faith is necessary for salvation. In my bookshelf I have a book with the title: “Does faith make us mentally ill?” Will this be our obituary? Do we take this from the end time: fought, lost, mentally and physically finished!? Mutated to couch-christians due to fear and failure? Is that what is meant with our love having waxed cold (Matthew 24:12)? I think this is written in the Bible, not for us to become like this, but that we do the exact opposite. Let us occupy ourselves with that which is essential. We need the good deeds and the love to other people, especially our fellow believers (Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 3:8). Love has a lot to do with the “you” and little with the “I”. There is still a lot to do, many people who can still obtain salvation, we can still grow in our faith – especially when we go through bad times. End times don't mean the end of love and mercy and the act of loving – quite the opposite. The closer we get to the end the more we need to strengthen each other (in word and deed) and spread the joyful Gospel. Jesus is coming in power and glory! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4936'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4936Sun, 09 May 2021 10:06:57 +0200 The Vine - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4978<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>The Vine</font><br>''I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.'' (John 15:5)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>''Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.'' (Matthew 7:20) Most people bring forth fruit in their lives. Some fruit are good, others bad. However, some people's lives don't bear any fruit at all. They seem to be dried up and there is nothing that anyone can reap with them. <br><br>Jesus said that He is the Vine and we are the branches, who grows on the Vine and extracts power from it. Only when we are really “grounded” in Him, do we receive nourishment to grow properly and bring forth good fruit. We need a foundation, which supplies us with the water of life, so that we don't dry up inside.<br><br>And only Jesus is such a Foundation. Whoever wants to give without taking, wilts quickly as a flower removed from the soil. The love which we want to pass to others, we must first receive – and from whom better than the One who Himself is Love. If we want to love without receiving love, is it not the same as a blind man speaking of light?<br><br>Only when we remain close to Jesus, are we able to experience and be filled with the love of the Father.<br><br>I believe that Jesus used the image of the Vine on purpose. He could also have spoken of wheat or any other staple foods, however He used the image of the Vine. The vine is something which should, apart from our basic needs, give us joy. God's love is exactly like this. He showers us with overflowing masses of love, and not just enough.<br><br>“He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) Not merely a little drop, but streams will flow from Him to us. God is not a miser, when He gives, He gives abundantly!<br><br>What is your foundation from which you nourish yourself?<br>Which source are you connected to?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day and the abundant love of God <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4978'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4978Sun, 09 May 2021 10:05:57 +0200 Are you waiting? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5407<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Are you waiting?</font><br>“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:27-28)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>It is an important question! Especially for Christians, as, whoever doesn't believe in Jesus Christ does not expect His second coming. But, there are probably some Christians who are also not expecting it, or don't even know that the Bible speaks of Jesus' second coming. Waiting is of no insubstantial significance to Christians. It is clear that this is not a very popular topic amongst Christians – who likes to wait? However, for all of us who call ourselves Christians, and are also Christians, it is a given order to have patience when waiting for God's actions and reasons – in accordance with His promises. We read in Proverbs 10:28: “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.” The ungodly, so unbelievers, are also waiting upon God – even without realizing it – but they are in fact waiting for the judgement! To wait, as a Christian, has to do with a practical, realistic hope. But, are we really overjoyed to be waiting? It certainly depends on what it is actually all about. To wait for lunch, although one is hardly hungry, or to be served something, which one doesn't really like, is certainly no reason to be overjoyed. Similarly, waiting for a grade for an assignment for which you didn't learn – definitely not cause to be overjoyed. But, there are things which are not in our own hands. Things which are much bigger and more crucial to our lives. And when we think about it, there are many things over which we have no influence. Then one has a rather vague hope that this or that will somehow work out and continue to do so. Or one relies on others, or on a real or imaginary authority. As Christians we find ourselves in a battle – not against flesh and blood, but against demonic rulers and powers (Ephesians 6:12). The devil is also waiting – to bring us to a fall and that his attacks and temptations will lead to his goal to harm us. Are we waiting and expecting God to help us? Are we really doing this?<br><br>To fight the good fight of faith, in a spiritual sense, is not to fight against the devil and the co-incidences of life, but in trusting, and in wrestling in prayer and faith, for God to work, help and preserve us. And this, never to our detriment – on the contrary (God's promise in Romans 8:28). Therefore, we should wait and not lose faith, as we read in Hebrews 10:35-38: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” (Habakkuk 2:3-4). This waiting therefore has as much to do with our daily lives and its consequences, as with Jesus coming again in power and glory. And indeed to those who wait on HIM! This life challenges us daily. Who doesn't know that? It sometimes also frustrates, unsettles, provokes and discourages us. For this reason, it is all the more important that we invest patience, persevere and wait in prayer. God's help and guidance is never late – even when we sometimes think otherwise. Our feelings are deceptive, because we have to struggle for patience – it is necessary for us to exercise our patience. God's calculations are often different – and we as children of God don't live in the logic and ideas of this world. The essence of this world will pass away (1 Corinthians 7:31). What really matters is God's eternal will – also for your and my life! Nothing better can happen to us. Amen. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5407'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5407Sun, 09 May 2021 10:04:57 +0200 Money rules the world - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5583<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Money rules the world</font><br>“And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” (1 Corinthians 1:28)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>What counts in this world? Money, power, honour, success are things which most people strive for. When one is able to utilise it correctly, it is not necessarily a bad thing to have. <br> <br>The problem is however, that many people have chosen these “values” as the entire purpose and goal of their lives. Their entire purpose has become to make more money and have more power in this world. They don’t think about how temporary these things can be in life, and especially when they leave this earth, because with God all these things have no meaning whatsoever.<br><br>One can certainly accomplish a lot of good with a lot of money. With a lot of power one can eventually improve the living conditions of other people. However, those who strive for it, mostly have other purposes and in most instances only consider themselves as the focal point.<br><br>In Matthew 23:11 we read: ''But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.'' With God, the world’s values are reversed. That which is considered inferior and meaningless to the world, counts with Him. Whoever exalts himself, has already received his reward and will be humbled before God.<br><br>Only when we serve our fellow-men with all we have, when we place the needy above our needs, then it becomes of eternal significance. These are then eternal values that give meaning beyond our earthly lives.<br><br>This also doesn’t mean that when we own something, we are not allowed to treat ourselves from time to time. However, we must love our neighbours (Mark 12:31) as ourselves!<br><br>When we are governed by this, we are no longer controlled by the money of the world, but rather by fellowship with our neighbours. And then we will also one day rule the world with Jesus. Because He will take over the ruler-ship of the world one day, and will steer it in accordance with His example.<br><br>What is the meaning and purpose of your life?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day, aligned in accordance with this goal! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5583'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5583Sun, 09 May 2021 10:03:57 +0200 Why specifically me? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4940<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Why specifically me?</font><br>“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry?” (Isaiah 40:6a)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Today's Scripture is taken from the book of Isaiah. The prophet of God is hereby instructed to preach. Isaiah's reaction thereto is totally human, he asks what he should preach.<br><br>Are we not often like this as well? When Jesus says to us: “Go and preach the Gospel to every creature”, we also ask God, what we should say. We are just simple people, how will we preach? How will we tell other people about God? Can't others do it, who have studied, who have the gift of preaching. I want to live as a Christian, but missions, that is not really my thing, I can't speak well at all...<br><br>God often hears such excuses. And it is not only we who speak like this, a lot of the Old Testament prophets and even Moses reacted in like manner to God's instruction to speak. But, where would we be today if everyone thought and spoke like this?<br><br>There is a saying: “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those He calls!” We read in Matthew 10:19: “take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.'' We don't have to speak in our own power or knowledge, God doesn't ask anything of us that we are not able to do. When we depend on God, when we allow Him to work in and through us, then His Spirit will speak through us.<br><br>We are the instruments through which God glorifies Himself, we are not God Himself, that we speak from ourselves. Whoever only speaks his own words, wants to glorify himself, wants to make himself to something that he is not. But, whoever has open ears, whoever gives the Holy Spirit of God room to work through him, only he can bring glory to God.<br><br>Therefore God instructs us to preach, we shall all become His witnesses. He doesn't have to explain everything to us in detail, His word only says: Preach!<br><br>Do you hear this call of God? Are you willing to open your ears? Do you hear His call? Are you willing to adhere to His Word? Do you obey His call? Are you willing to listen to that which He wants from you?<br><br>We are the messengers, sent by God into the world. We must take His Word to the ends of the earth, so that no-one can say they haven't heard it. Are you ready to do this?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day, in which you allow yourself to be used totally by God. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4940'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4940Sun, 09 May 2021 10:02:57 +0200 Length and width degrees - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5234<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Length and width degrees</font><br>“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>I want to travel on Saturday. As usual, I first googled the end goal in order to get more information regarding the area. There is even a parking garage nearby. Unfortunately, only the name of the street is displayed and not the house number – and the street is really long. After a few clicks I find the navigation point. But, here too - no house number, only the geographical coordination leading to the destination, is given. Even if this long quantity of figures tells me nothing, as soon as I enter them into my Navi (Garmin) the exact destination is displayed. <br> <br>In our lives we are often searching for the right way. But the majority of market-peddlers who want to show us the way, only want to mislead us into taking that path which is most profitable for them.<br> <br>But there are also quieter voices which don't want to manipulate us. They speak of different coordinates according to which we can direct our lives. There are, for example, charities, help, care-giving, support, selflessness, commitment and many others. But, often we find ourselves helpless before these co-ordinates.<br> <br>We need the Navi (Garmin) in which to record these coordinates, in order to find the way and the destination.<br> <br>My Navi for life is the Bible. When I record these coordinates into the Bible, I find what I am looking for. The Bible wants to guide me through my life. All these coordinates are correct, but it is only when I see them in the Bible's perspective, that the right path becomes clear. Only when the faith in Jesus, our Saviour comes into focus, I am able to know that I will arrive at my destination.<br><br>Only Jesus leads us, around the construction sites and obstructions, on our way. Through His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, He removed all the obstacles and cleared the way for me.<br><br>What is your end-goal? Who is showing you your way?<br><br>My wish for you is that you are able to correctly assign the coordinates of your life, so that you can find the right path.<br><br>Have a blessed day. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5234'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5234Sun, 09 May 2021 10:01:57 +0200 Spiritual Unity - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5441<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Spiritual Unity</font><br>“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>God became man (Mark 15:39 “...Truly this man was the Son of God.”) and was born into a family, namely Joseph and Mary. Jesus had maternal brothers (John 7:3-5) revealing to us today still the value of family and community. This divine will was paramount from the very beginning. We read in Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...” God was in Himself perfect in every respect, and sought fellowship by creating man. Through the Gospel, which is divine and not of man, (Galatians 1:11) God founded His family. He did this in that He gave Himself and became human for the purpose of the forgiveness of sin. We were purchased dearly by grace and love, through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:20). Under these powerful and incomprehensible conditions (according to Ephesians 1:4 believers were pre-destined before the foundation of the world) we should love one another in like unity. And at the least, we should endure this, despite our differing characters and personality traits, and live worthy of our vocation. Spiritual unity can only function in this manner! We do not do this, when we behave in an irreconcilable, indifferent and selfish manner. If we live and behave according to the motto: “I, myself, mine, me – LORD bless these four”, we have hardly comprehended anything of what God desires of us and of Jesus' conduct at all times, as our example. The devil wants to isolate Christians because then it is easier to cause our fall. Whoever is alone too often, during spiritual warfare, and has no support in the form of intercession, inter-action or relationship, is living a life of faith which does not correspond to what the Bible teaches us. Pure knowledge in Biblical matters by itself does not really bring us further in our practical lives as Christians. The life in God is first and foremost a living love and not collected knowledge! We are changed by love, not through theology, through the mind, nor through books.<br><br>Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:3-6 “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” A genuine interest in our fellow brethren enriches us and helps them. It doesn't necessarily always have to be sympathy, which is sometimes also very superficial. True participation in someone else is a spiritual favor – in other words love! And in this manner we should bear with one another – in this spiritually-sincere love. If we are always only exaggeratedly fixed upon ourselves, we are unable to love in the manner which God requires of us. Who edifies himself, is prone to be easily offended and is mostly concerned with himself or nurturing self-provoked injuries. Such a person is only gentle and humble towards himself, but not towards his brothers and sisters. And when we deal with other Christians in a problematic and crippling manner, we will never be able reach unity with God (Matthew 25:45 “Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me.'') We need to challenge ourselves with neighborly love. There are enough opportunities and areas in which we can practice this. We just need to be ready. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5441'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5441Sun, 09 May 2021 10:00:57 +0200 Bread of Life - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5462<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Bread of Life</font><br>''And Jesus said unto them, ''I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.'' (John 6:35)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>What is the bread of life? Every person longs for peace, fulfillment, meaning, love. Rest, security, safety beyond death.<br><br>This hunger cannot be stilled by anything in the world, not through wealth, career, pleasure etc.<br><br>Only in Jesus do people find everything they need. We need Jesus as much as our daily bread. Even those who have enough to eat and drink, and are materially secure, can experience emotional hunger.<br><br>Through the decision to believe in Jesus Christ, we become His children, we experience unconditional love, acceptance, peace in eternity and in fellowship with Him our lives get new meaning.<br><br>How many people look in the wrong places for fulfillment.<br><br>How often do we do that?<br><br>John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, ''I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.'' <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5462'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Ulrike%20Puintner'>Ulrike Puintner</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5462Sun, 09 May 2021 09:59:57 +0200 Faith is not every person's thing - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4823<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Faith is not every person's thing</font><br>“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 )</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>“For all men have not faith.” This is such a loose and flaky saying, as if I am saying “Not all men swim”, or “Not all men dance”. And actually this is also quite normal as not every one is interested in everything and no-one can be an expert in all things. Our world consists of many opposites: Football or tennis, modern art or Rembrandt, smokers and non-smokers, musical or not musical, early birds or not a morning person, believers or unbelievers... But wait! Precisely here it becomes critical. Are we not getting suspicious here? Believers or unbelievers are on the same level as tea or coffee drinkers? That won't do. One must believe? - Yes, that's what I believe too, but some don't believe this and therefore Paul says: “For all men have not faith”. This is rather a description of a person's condition rather than a reason analysis. Paul already recognised then what we see clearly today. The faith in Jesus Christ is not without controversy.<br><br>“Not everyone has faith”, one can resign oneself to this and continue with the daily agenda. But, the Apostle Paul is not satisfied with this condition. He writes in verse one: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you”. This is a calling to missions – and isn't it true that Germany has become a missions country? But, if this is so, then surely it is also a commission for us to be an example of living Christianity to our fellow men? Admittedly, faith is perhaps not a thing for everyone, but all people are God's creation – even if some may have forgotten it, repressed it, or denied it. We as Christians are called to show our fellow men how beautiful and liberating it can be to walk in the love of God and be a child of God, in response to God's love in patience and trust. If we continue to be an example to others as Christians, then they may recognize through us and our lives, that faith may not be everyone's thing, but faith is available for every man, every woman and every child. My wish for every person is that God will plant this trust and faith in our hearts. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4823'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joseph%20Gehr'>Joseph Gehr</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4823Sun, 09 May 2021 09:58:57 +0200 Jesus in my house - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5509<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Jesus in my house</font><br>“And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, ''Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received Him joyfully.” (Luke 19:5-6)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The story in our scripture for today took place nearly 2000 years. At that time, Jesus walked through Israel and everyone could encounter Him.<br><br>Yet sometimes I ask myself, what would happen today, if Jesus were to say to me “today I must be your guest”? Certainly, contrary to Zacchaeus, I am a believer. I try to imitate the life of my Lord, as best as I can. Still, what would happen if He stood before my door today?<br><br>Would I let Him in joyfully – or would I be ashamed of some things? One’s own home is certainly something very private and intimate. Would I like Jesus to see everything that is here and happens here?<br><br>What can be found in my bookshelf, what is on my computer...what do I do behind the closed doors of my home and what not... Am I able to show everything to my Lord with joy, or are there some things which should rather remain behind closed doors?<br><br>Okay, it would probably not happen that Jesus would knock on my door some day, but am I always aware that He is sitting with the Father in heaven and thus knows everything? That there are no closed doors for Jesus and everything about me is recorded in the Book of Life?<br><br>As hard as I may try to do His will, I am only a weak human who also makes mistakes and have weaknesses.<br><br>However, the awesome thing is that Jesus took it all upon Himself on the cross at Calvary. In all things where I fail today, I can take it to the cross and Jesus will say: I bore it for you on the cross!<br><br>And even if I, throughout my entire life to the end, always become weak again, when I don’t live exactly in a manner pleasing to God, He nevertheless loves me so much that He has already taken all my weaknesses upon Himself!<br><br>God wants to have fellowship with you, today, here and now. So, don’t try and hide your mistakes from Him – bring them to Him now and always again, place them at the foot of the cross.<br><br>And precisely now Jesus is with you and is joyful to be your guest. Open the door to Him, even if everything behind it is not okay!<br><br>I wish you a blessed day with Jesus at your side. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5509'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5509Sun, 09 May 2021 09:57:57 +0200