Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2018 by daily-message.de Mon, 22 Oct 2018 02:00:00 +0200 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com Time - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=29<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>Time</font><br> (Ecclesiastes 3)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>How do you spend your time?<br>When I calculate how many hours I work (ok, perhaps that is my own fault...), when I add the hours I sleep every night, and then add shopping, eating, tidying, cleaning... yes, not much time remains. <br>Ok, all these things are necessary to live. But, we are doing something wrong when there is no time left to live.<br>Because to live, you still need time to plant,... a time to heal,... a time to dance,... a time to embrace,... a time to keep,... a time to be silent,... a time to speak,... a time to love,... a time of peace. (from Ecclesiastes 3)<br>The work, the effort and the battle are all necessary. Necessary, so that you will also have time and opportunity for the other things in life. <br>When I don't have time left for myself, my friends and for God, I am actually robbing God of the time that He gave me.<br>Every day that I did not make time for myself, that I didn't make time to love and to pray, is a lost day.<br>When God created people He didn't plan for us to work. We were destined only to live and experience the joy of life itself. What do we have of that life God had planned for us when we just want to work for the sake of working? Certainly no meaningful life...<br>How do you intend spending your time today? <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=29'>[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=29Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:50:21 +0200 Holy Spirit Presence - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4952<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>Holy Spirit Presence</font><br>“The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 20:27)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Many people have become alienated with Pentecost as being the feast of the Holy Spirit of God. Many people take a day off to have leisure time or catch up with any work they have fallen behind on. When they hear that God wants to pour His Spirit upon people, they ask themselves, what meaning it would have in their daily lives. Or they don't even ask that any more, because they expect nothing from such an assurance.<br><br>However, Pentecost refers to a process of vital importance to our daily lives. People of different language and origin can suddenly understand each other. In accordance with the testimony of the Biblical Pentecost, people could understand each other because they could understand what God did for them and what great things He had in store for them. <br><br>Understanding amongst the people – understanding amongst the nations, that is a question of survival for us. It concerns relationships between individuals, between children and parents, between spouses and friends... relationships between nations...<br><br>We need to understand each other, if we want to survive. Without understanding people can't live together, work together, play together... Four Italian children, who couldn't speak any German, recently came to my class. Initially, hand and foot signals, copying and imitating proved to do more bad than good. Our everyday use of language makes it clear: We understand each other well, we say and mean much more than mere acoustic communication. We mean harmony, unity, happiness and fulfilling lives.<br><br>Christians don't have a patent recipe for happiness. But, they remind themselves of God's promise: I want to pour My Spirit onto all people. A Spiritual Presence of a special kind. A Spiritual Presence who don't hurt others, but tries to understand them.<br><br>We all need this Presence. I wish you this Presence at all times. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4952'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Gundi%20Hornbruch'>Gundi Hornbruch</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=4952Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:49:21 +0200 Crucifixion and resurrection - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5317<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>Crucifixion and resurrection</font><br>“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” (Luke 24:1-7)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>It is the greatest event in world history and beyond! The resurrection of the dead is the most vital part for believers. If Jesus had not risen from the dead after having sacrificed Himself on the cross, salvation would not have been possible. But, salvation would also not have been possible if God did not want the Gospel and there would have been no way of even believing in the forgiveness of sin (John 3:16). God was not obligated thereto – on the contrary! Nevertheless (or precisely for this reason) what Paul says would then be applicable (1 Corinthians 15:32) “If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.” (Isaiah 22:13) All faith and all effort would be in vain without the empty tomb of Jesus Christ! But, blessed be God, the Son of the Most High has cast off the shackles of death and is alive – Yesterday, today and for all eternity! These days we celebrate the so-called “Easter Festival”. The name “Easter” can however not be of God, because it is of pagan, ancient Germanic origin. The Easter festival was celebrated in all cultures long before the turn of the century. Indeed, as the spring festival. The name Easter probably originates from the Germanic light- and spring goddess Ēostre or Ostara. The goddess Ostara was particularly admired in the cold Nordic regions, as she revived life anew after the cold, hard winters. Particularly noteworthy is that “Ostera” had a “holy hare” as companion. It was an early symbol of fertility, but also served as a messenger between the gods. The hare was also considered holy to the Roman goddess Aprhodite (goddess of love) as it served her, as a nimble messenger. <br><br>To honor her (if one could call it “honor”) eggs are dyed and gifted. This custom is also found in reports concerning ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and the pre-Christian Rome. The egg has always been a powerful symbol of life, fertility and new beginnings. But it has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection celebration in the Biblical sense. It was purely the seasonal circumstances which led the Church to link the resurrection to the re-awakening of spring and fertility. Therefore it is today erroneously called Easter celebration instead of Resurrection celebration and maybe for some also Easter bunny (hare) instead of Lamb of God!? The decisive factor is not the seasonal time of year, but the event! It is not the format which is crucial, but the (biblical) contents. Jesus is alive and whomever believes in HIM will also be resurrected and live eternally. In principle, the entire year is a time of resurrection celebration and acknowledgement of the “awakened or born again life” for children of God. Jesus lives, the grave could not contain Him – and that is all that counts for all called children of God. We experience the awakening every time we awaken after sleeping and realize that we are in the true sense of the word “alive” and are awake and that God's grace is new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). It was God's will to give us salvation through His Son, our Saviour. If we want to believe in this, and come to repentance, our grave will also be empty one day. Wherever God sees a believing heart, through His goodness, He also leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). We, the believers, are destined to eternal life in glory. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ prepared the way for us. The LORD has truly risen – Hallelujah! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5317'>[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=5317Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:48:21 +0200 Transformed people - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4820<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>Transformed people</font><br>“For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare Thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee.” (Hebrews 2:11-12)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>We humans often don't feel comfortable in our own skins. And when we get together with some people and characters, we sometimes find it really difficult to relax and be satisfied. This is due to our preferences, attitudes, experience, interests and upbringing. Some people overwhelm us, some make us feel aggressive or bore us. It was probably not much different, to what it is today, in Jesus' time. We also misjudge people for being simply too unsuitable or stupid to share our interests. These pre-conceived convictions surely portray our own arrogance and hardness of heart. However, maybe it is true in some circumstances? We choose our own friends and often also hope to be chosen. Jesus had different priorities and intentions. He was concerned with truth and righteousness. God is concerned with the interior of man and not the exterior, or our fickle, human preferences. He sees people in a different manner to how we see them. God knew that no man could come into His presence and know that they belonged, without Him and His righteousness. There were none too good or too bad, too clever or too stupid, but all were, due to their sins, disqualified, unsuitable and useless for God and His heavenly Kingdom. It was about more than just superficial preferences or common interests. It was about God establishing and purchasing His family. In Titus 2:11-14, we read: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Because God transforms believers, changes them and bringing them into His presence, they become pleasing and acceptable to Him. The Almighty God therefore has absolutely no uneasiness or misgiving with coming to us and accepting us into His arms with His total love, grace and truth.<br><br>We humans are sometimes ashamed of each other, but God, Who has more grounds than any of us to turn from us, reconciled us to Himself, in that He redeemed us through Jesus Christ, purified us and made us holy and righteous (2 Corinthians 5:19). Only therefore are we so loved and accepted. And only therefore we should regard others and act towards them in like manner. God loves to reveal His Presence to us, and even confirmed His identification with the redeemed by giving us His Holy Spirit. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:17-22 “ And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” We, in turn, should also now profess that we belong to God and not be ashamed that we believe in Jesus Christ and only through Him receive our salvation, blessings and eternal future. We should take serious that which is written in Luke 9:26: “For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.” We have no reason to be ashamed. The world is not the measuring stick for right and wrong, valuable or worthless, but God has united all authority and truth in Himself. The truth frees us to see our Heavenly Father in God and to love Him for that which He did for us. The forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ gives us God's complete and perfect love and full attention. We belong to God eternally – Hallelujah! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4820'>[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=4820Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:47:21 +0200 Praying in God's will - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5510<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>Praying in God's will</font><br>“LORD, teach us to pray!” (Luke 11:1)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Why do we pray, when we pray? What is really behind it? How should it be? If we think that prayer is simply a means of gaining something for ourselves (or others), we are missing the mark. What should we learn by it? God is not a genie in a bottle! Getting our wishes fulfilled is nice, but if that is all that is important to add value to our prayers, we are not really praying. God wants us to change and see our surroundings in a different manner, and not vice versa! We need that. The sequence is crucial. When we start seeing through God’s eyes, we are praying in His will, and then everything else can also change. We see Solomon, who prayed to God for wisdom in order to righteously govern the people. He received over and above that which he could ever have wished for from God (2 Chronicles 1:10-12). To strive after God’s kingdom above all other things (Matthew 6:33), is to recognize God as the One who is life. Without reference to the living truth, everything else is quite meaningless and worthless. Then one merely exists, but doesn’t live in the proper sense. It is about a relationship with the Creator of all things. What we should perceive is the new man, who is indeed able to believe, pray and live – in the will of the Most High God. We often make the mistake of seeing the shortcomings of the old man and then praying for this and that and lamenting our suffering. But God does not repair our old man, who has died (2 Corinthians 5:12). We are not recycled, but renewed! The new and living in us, now needs nourishment and experience. That is sanctification. The prayer life is part of it. Whoever is self-satisfied, does not pray! The new man wants to satisfy God, not himself. We are able to change things ourselves, when God has changed us – in childlike faith – in prayer – in the power of the Holy Spirit. When our prayer reflects only dissatisfaction, justifying ourselves and defending ourselves or even indifference, then we are not ASKING God for anything (John 16:23). God loves us – because we love Jesus and believe that the Father has revealed Himself in the Son (John 16:26-28). <br> <br>This means that we need Jesus as Mediator to the forgiveness of our sin (this is the foundation), but not to edify ourselves, rather to honour God with our lives. This alone makes us to that which God wants to see in us and is able to see, through Jesus. To grow in faith and deepen our relationship with God (made possible through Jesus), means that we need to become aware of our dependence upon God. Likewise, an understanding of sin, faith, the world and evil – also in our personal lives. And to respond thereto accordingly, in the will of God. And indeed in a trusting, adult manner – without fear, but with reverence and with purposeful prayer. The goal is to become strong and steadfast in our faith (Ephesians 4:11-16). Jesus is not merely the one who carries our prayers, He is the reason why our prayers are even able reach God. To pray in Jesus’ Name simply means that we are able to believe that His precious blood enabled the forgiveness of our sin and the way to the Kingdom of God. Jesus is our Friend and first-born Brother – we are bought at an expensive price! Therefore, we are also precious to God and our prayers in Jesus’ Name reach Him. Jesus ascended to heaven and sent His Spirit to believers, as He promised. It is the same Spirit which connected Jesus with His eternal Father in heaven. To get in touch with the spiritual reality, we must allow this same Spirit to work in us. I do not work so that God can work, but vice versa! Jesus only did that which He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). Faith and prayer is a matter of the heart – is your heart wide or narrow? The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah, said it in this manner: “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes” (Isaiah 54:2). Our lives are planned and seen in the holiest place of all time and world by the Almighty God. Therefore, we should always prayer in God’s will (like Jesus), as well as investing patience and trust. No-one knows what is meaningful and right for us better than the eternal God. HE Himself loves us. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5510'>[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=5510Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:46:21 +0200 The Bread of Life - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4971<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 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>A representative for Coca-Cola approached the Vatican. He offered 100,000 Dollars for the “Our Father” to be changed. It should, in future, be as follows: “As of today, give us our daily Coca-Cola!” The secretary categorically rejected the offer. Even after offering 200,000 and 500,000, the representative was unsuccessful. After calling his company, he offers 10 million dollars. The secretary hesitated, grabbed the internal telephone and called the pope: “Boss, how long does the contract with the Bakers still run?”<br><br>I couldn't help but think of this anecdote when I read today's scripture. Jesus, as the Bread of Life. Not only in this scripture and in the Our Father, we find the reason for the bread, also at the last supper Jesus spoke about bread as His body which He gave for us.<br><br>Can we then still think that this concerns satisfying a rumbling stomach, when we see from other scriptures that the bread here is given as a symbol. It is not only with regard to satisfying our stomachs, it concerns so much more.<br><br>The bread is His body, He Himself is the Bread of Life. But, we are misunderstanding the communion if we think that, through some kind of magic, the bread will suddenly become a piece of meat. God is Omnipresent, He is everywhere simultaneously – and this applies also to the Bread, He Himself is the Bread that we share at communion. It is not just an image that we partake of as the Bread, no, we truly receive God within us.<br><br>When we thus ask God, with the Our Father, for our daily bread, we are in fact asking to receive Him within us. That this does not merely concern a satisfying of our bodily needs, is obvious. It concerns that which we need for our daily lives:<br><br>- Jesus, as the One, who fulfils our lives<br>- Jesus, as the One, who gives us purpose and a goal<br>- Jesus, as the One, who shows us the way<br>- Jesus, as the One, who fills our hearts with His love<br>- Jesus, as the One, who gave His life for us, to enable us to come to the Father.<br><br>Jesus is the Bread of Life. Through Him the hunger of our souls are stilled, for what does it help to have a full stomach, if our souls are starving?<br><br>What is the bread for which you are praying today?<br>What can still your hunger today?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day, in which you are saturated in all things. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4971'>[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=4971Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:45:21 +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=4823Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:44:21 +0200 Serve through God's power - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5246<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>Serve through God's power</font><br>“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7-11)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>How do we best serve others? There are occasions when we mean well, however through blind pursuits, we achieve the exact opposite thereby hindering others. But, out of courtesy, one says nothing and allows it to happen. The mature Peter brings various things together and tells us what God finds worthy and how we can and should indeed do good to others. Firstly, we should be sober and vigilant in prayer. I ask myself why he places special emphasis on the “how” here? Probably because we sometimes assume that we need to start with a certain mood and feeling as well as a specific place etc. If we always wait upon so many external and self-imposed conditions, we will never come to significant prayer. That is why Peter says: “be ye therefore sober” (1 Peter 4:7). That means we can and should always pray (Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”) When someone has problems (maybe even self-inflicted), then we should not hesitate or wait until the learning-effect has occurred. How do we know how God sees it? Who are we to deny fellow Christians a helping prayer when we know that they need it? Perhaps only you know about something and therefore only you can pray for it? There is also talk about “fervent charity”, which clearly pertains hereto. If I refuse someone my love (am thus fickle and impetuous, regarding a quick prayer as sufficient) then I cannot assume to really be forgiving and merciful. Then I am rather heartless and say: “you only have yourself to blame”! In which other ways can I help and serve? Through hospitality without grumbling! It can also occur that someone invites others “with apathy” thus feigning hospitality. What is the point? We should view it as a godly privilege to serve other Christians with food and drink as well as good companionship. Especially towards those who may be lonely or are suffering due to difficult circumstances in their lives.<br><br>We should however also not serve others with that which we don't have. It would certainly be wrong to make debt in order to serve others. Then you are also doing it more for yourself than for others. Namely, putting on appearances. To accept an invitation (especially when you know that you are unable to reciprocate in like manner) should be possible with all of us. God also gave every Christian gifts with which to serve one another. We are allowed to be creative and think about how we can use that which we have in order to bless others. What we don't possess in talents and gifts (but desire) we should not force and through our behaviour maybe block those who are simply more able. It happens. Apparent good can also be the enemy of that which is better. God gifts, not people. We should also consider what remains of our earthy lives? Our heirs will be pleased with our possessions and money. The videos and pictures of us will gather dust and disappear. What remains and counts is that which transcends above all earthly treasures and has value before God: our love, our prayers, our hospitality, our use of our God-given gifts and talents and our good-heartedness towards others, done without self-regard. We read in Matthew 6:19-22: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.'' The most awesome thing is that God expressly tells us here that He is not served by humans (Acts 17:25) but takes it, so to speak, personally when we serve others with the right attitudes and are there for them (Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”) Amen. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5246'>[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=5246Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:43:21 +0200 Long-distance relationship - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5278<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>Long-distance relationship</font><br>“Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?” (Jeremiah 23:23)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>What would it be like to experience Jesus live? If He came today rather than 2000 years ago? We read the old stories and sometimes find ourselves yearning to meet Jesus and God personally.<br> <br>I recently wrote that the relationship to God is very similar to the relationship with a partner. But, also in secular life, relationships sometimes start as long-distance relationships. Especially when you have met someone on the internet or maybe on holiday and don't necessarily live close to each other.<br><br>Sometimes there are great distances to overcome, and you only meet in person now and then. In the meantime, there is the telephone, email or WhatsApp to alleviate those times when you are not able to be together in person.<br><br>Sometimes such a long distance relationship is difficult, sometimes we curse the distance. Yet, sometimes the distance can also be beneficial. Especially, if we have had bad experiences, when we have put up walls around us and when the fear within is considerable. If someone suddenly stands in the centre of our lives, it can be quite difficult. Then a slower and more cautious process is beneficial.<br> <br>So it is also with our lives with God. All of us have experienced affliction, fear and also guilt and sin which hinders us from living a life of freedom. To come into God's direct presence with this can overwhelm us. We must allow God to work on us, some only require little time and others need longer. With our first “yes” to God all our sins are forgiven, however it takes more work on us for us to become true followers. There is so much in our lives which require work, even when God loves us with our many flaws.<br><br>Even though we can love Him so, are we able to also allow His love for us? Our fears and hurts must first slowly and cautiously be healed, before we can stand in this great love.<br><br>God may not have an email account, however we are able to speak to Him, read about Him and write to Him. Slowly yet surely we draw closer to His love through our prayer- life. Very gently and with love, He shows us how we can become, until one day we find ourselves standing totally in His Light and in His Presence.<br> <br>A long-distance relationship does not have to remain long-distance forever. The goal is to be together one day.<br><br>I wish you a blessed day in God's love. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5278'>[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=5278Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:42:21 +0200 Now therefore go - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4670<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>Now therefore go</font><br>“And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or Who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray Thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send.” (Exodus 4:10-13)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Does God expect too much when He chooses us and appoints us there where we are? Are we, as Christians in a position to go against that which lies ahead? This is the question that sprung to mind as I read the above text. We are not Moses, or anyone else in the Bible, however is it untoward to question, even in your Spiritual life, the position which God has destined you for – even though you see yourself doing something different? If you want to formulate this quite simply, you will realize, that God literally expects obedience and trust and in return gives love and salvation. Not because God has to, but because HE wants to and this applies to our obedience as well. Sometimes we fluctuate to and fro. On the one side, as children of God, we can believe in a prepared life as we read in Psalm 139:16-17 “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” On the other side, I am also aware that God wants to be sought and permits us to find Him Proverbs 8:17 “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Only God can bring us to the aim of our faith (the blessedness of the soul). But, faith is not isolated, faith allows us to participate in conversation and in belief, which we should and must. God tolerates contradictions, however He does not change His plans or goals for anyone which He chose for salvation. We are quasi free to assess our situation, however “when” God knows better, how can He permit us to do something to our detriment without us coming to harm? How can He then, at the same time, promise us that everything will work out for the best? Throughout our entire lives we should always be searching, but it is not a game, it is for the purpose of assisting us in understanding and learning the meaning of “Faith”. <br><br>A person does not believe through surveying faith. God can never repent HIS decisions. (1 Samuel 15:29) and the spiritual gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29). So, do I have any influence over my life? I would like to think I have, even if it is just over the little things that I have to (may) accept for what they are. It doesn't have to remain the same forever (everything has its time) but that which I consider to be good or better for me can never be the measure of my faith or God's doing, but only God's will and wisdom. We are allowed to ask questions, to utter our insecurity or impatience and argue with God, however we must also trust that God sees us and never forgets us. God became angry when Moses wouldn't accept His calling. God knew that Moses had a “slow tongue” and already had a pre-elected substitute in Aaron (Exodus 4:14). Our opinion of ourselves is irrelevant. It is also irrelevant whether we estimate the time for any task as being right or wrong. Whatever concrete task I am given to do for God, I must do. I will receive whatever is necessary to perform the task – definitely. However, in everything the human factor is always present. God reacts appropriately to every situation we find ourselves in. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10). In this context: God bless you all! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4670'>[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=4670Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:41:21 +0200