Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2019 by daily-message.de Tue, 17 Sep 2019 02:00:00 +0200 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com Now is the time, now is the hour - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4738<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 is the time, now is the hour</font><br>“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” (Romans 13:11-12)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>It is Saturday afternoon and I am sitting here to write something. There is a cup of hot coffee between me and the computer. The coffee helps me to wake up and gather my thoughts. Due to sleep appnea, I often get tired during the day. Therefore, I enjoy the hot drink in order to stay fit.<br><br>Paul also wrote about waking up in the Scriptures. He probably would not have had any idea how much more current his words are for us today. We just have to look around in the world, to realize that we have been living in the end times for quite some time now. The Lord could return at any moment. <br><br>Thus, it is certainly not a good idea to sleep away the time, thinking that we have a lot of time still. The words to an old song says:<br><br>Now is the time, now is the hour,<br>Today is gone, or even wasted,<br>Upon which it matters, when He returns <br><br>To be awake, should be the vision of today, to watch what is going on in the world around us and determine how we can build upon God's Kingdom. <br><br>Many of us need a kick in the butt, some only need a cup of coffee, and others get it right. Those who are asleep today, may miss out on the Lord's return and remain here whilst others are raptured into God's glory.<br><br>Are you ready for that which is to come?<br>Are you gathering treasures for heaven?<br>Have you woken up yet?<br><br>Seize the armor of light, and do combat against the darkness!<br>Be a beacon of light for your brothers and sisters.<br><br>I wish you a blessed day in these end times. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4738'>[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=4738Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:59:42 +0200 Gratitude and courage - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4681<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>Gratitude and courage</font><br>“See that none render for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice ever more. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-22)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Apart from our carnal nature, there is also a spiritual nature. We know, as Christians, that we can't follow Jesus in a carnal style and manner and also that the carnal nature has no interest therein. Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to control and discipline our bodies and our mindset. And when we ponder upon a spiritual “alertness” then thankfulness has a greater meaning – it is God's explicit will (verse 18) just as praying without ceasing is. What can we continually give thanks for? In the first instance for our salvation through the fulfilled Gospel of and in Jesus Christ. Also for the Holy Spirit, the Word of God in the Bible, our Church and our fellow-believers, our gifts and talents etc. And something which especially stands out here is the fact that this life has an unseen, blessed meaning and God is behind it. In Romans 8:24-31 we find the familiar Scripture which emphasizes this “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But, if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of the Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”<br><br>What shall we then say to these things? This is more of a rhetorical question, which answers itself in the continued text. It is therefore maybe better to say less (theological) thereto, and rather be wholeheartedly grateful to God that it is so: God is for us! When we sometimes experience such moments for which we cannot really thank God, we should read this scripture! Whoever is grateful, is also courageous. The words in Hebrews 10:39 brings us to this point: “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” It is the saving of the soul that we desire and for which we reach out in faith. The Holy Spirit compels us to this (Romans 8:14). Courage through faith, gratitude and also perseverance are all signs of the new birth and contains a living faith. However, more often than not, when we internalise these characteristics, we seem to others rather unapproachable, pretentious, boisterous and strange. True gratitude, that turns us into courageous and encouraging people, makes us peaceful and humble. He who possesses a self-awareness of the blessings of God in these things, and in his personal and everyday life, acknowledges that it is exclusively attained through the grace and mercy of God. We don't deserve anything. Humility also has something to do with courage. Namely, to recognise in and above all our blessings, the goodness of God Who intends exceedingly abundantly above more for us even than we could ever comprehend. Pride goes in the exact opposite direction. In Proverbs 11:2-3 we read: “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: But with the lowly is wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: But the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” All the glory belongs to God! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4681'>[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=4681Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:58:42 +0200 Perfect - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=3264<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>Perfect</font><br>So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them... And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1,27+31 )</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Have you studied the creation story closely? God worked six days, creating the Garden of Eden and the whole world with all living things. After each day he looked at what he had made and found that it was good.<br><br>Only on the sixth day, the day on which he created man, he looked at his work and said to himself:It is very good!<br><br>In five days he created everything that we need on this earth, so that he could put human beeings in the Garden of Eden afterwards. Man was the Culmination of his great work - and it was very good.<br><br>When I look at myself, I see many flaws, things in which I am anything but perfect. As much as I try, in my own eyes I will always remain imperfect, I'll always find something that I don't like about myself.<br><br>Whenever I am discouraged, I turn to God who created me and said: ''behold, it is very good ! ''<br><br>What matters more, what I think about myself or what God the Creator says about us? I am his beloved child, and he likes me, with all my flaws. I am wanted and created by him intentionally, just as I am. Why should I worry?<br><br>What about you, do you still see your flaws or do you let him enlighten you with his light ?<br><br>May your day be filled with blessings <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=3264'>[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=3264Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:57:42 +0200 Love not the world - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5464<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>Love not the world</font><br>“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Love is not value-neutral, but purpose-bound. The love of God is described in the Bible as a “bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:14). We are to be bond with this agape-love (the highest form of love). The universal love does not float around in empty space and is always positive and above all available to all. This it is not. There are many areas in our lives, where a misguided love does more harm than good, and ultimately blinds one. There is often a difference between God's definition of love and what He values, and love as I imagine it, live out, invest in and experience. As a Christian, this is not always the case. Just because someone has faith, he does not automatically love God's way! Love can be right and positive, but also wrong and negative. In 2 Corinthians 8:7-9 the Apostle Paul writes: “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” Here love is tested through money and the generosity of love. Certainly not through coincidence, for the love of money is a particularly great evil and a corresponding measuring tool of love (1 Timothy 6:10). Love is thus in principal always the pure practice and related to things which we sometimes don't even really think about. So according to the motto: “You don't talk about money, you have it”! Therefore, we should always sincerely consider (not excluding, but also including the matter of money) what is wrong with our love? For example, if we do not help (when confronted with specific needs), although we are able to help in many ways, then we most definitely have too little love for God and too much love for the world (Proverbs 3:27).<br><br>“In the last days”, for example, there will be those who give the appearance of piety, however their love for the world and for the lust of the world will be greater than their love for God (2 Timothy 3:1-5). This will include the filthy mammon. The power of divine love is tarnished by these people. In general, we are exhorted in the Bible, to be cautious with our love and not to hastily lose our hearts to the world and specific things, or people (James 4:4; Proverbs 6:20-26). Misunderstood and experienced love, can hurt very much when one awakes from one's daydreams. Love is a decision and emotional dependency is not love. Not everything that is beautiful is worthy of love. Also the love of money which is ultimately the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). It is a necessity for every day living, and when someone has more than others, then good for him, but it can also happen quickly that one's love for it causes one to stray from God. Also self-love can be exaggerated. We should not become self-centered, but rather edify our neighbor (Romans 15:1-3). Like Jesus. Anyone who constantly seeks recognition and seeks after confirmation, leans towards narcissism and is proud, arrogant and conceited (Psalm 4:3; Isaiah 32:9-11). Love has something to do with my attitude and my actions. But above all, with my peers. That must be, in the first instance God, but also towards fellow believers, my family and the people I encounter daily. One can and must practice this (Micah 6:8). I don't do this when I am always waiting to see if I am approached. Love goes ahead! It does not react, but acts (Romans 12:10-11). Love should be sincere and honest, and able to withstand every external and personal testing. All to the glory of God! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5464'>[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=5464Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:56:42 +0200 Praise the Creator! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4675<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>Praise the Creator!</font><br> “...He hath made a decree which shall not pass.” (Psalm 148:6b )</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>A few days ago I overheard a conversation between some women. It had to do with which moonphase was best suited for washing windows or cutting hair. One of the woman approached me and although I told her that I didn't believe in such things, she still continued to give me a passionate explanation of why she had the best experience of this topic. From my own experience, I know that the moon does play a role in our circulation system as well as hormonal fluctuations. Every child learns at school that the earth and the moon plays a role in tides and floods. As the body consists of approximately 70% water it is possible that these tides can impact people.<br><br>Whether proved or not, fact is, that people have always sought validation, and especially as to the fact that the moon and stars can assist them and bring them luck. (Isaiah 47:13) People study moonphase calendars and question the stars and believe in horoscopes written by people who think they possess wisdom with regard to these things. The saddest part of this, is that people degrade the “One” Who created the celestial bodies. God gave us these night lights, for the purpose of orientation and also for our joy, but they are there to light up the skies and for nothing more than that. Should we interpret the power of the sun, moon and stars, in any way other than for the purpose God intended, we give more glory to the Creation than to the Creator.<br><br>I especially like Psalm 148 where we read about the ranks of God's creation. Everything that God created, whether it be the sun, the moon or the stars, will praise Him and give Him glory. The entire creation is called to praise the Creator Who ranks above all. Namely, God, our Father in Heaven. We need to become aware what an awesome, perfect Creator we have and come together in one accord to give Him the most phenomenal praise of all times!<br><br>God's praise in heaven and on earth<br>Praise ye the LORD, Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: Praise Him in the heights. Praise ye Him, all His angels: Praise ye Him, all His hosts. Praise ye Him, sun and moon: Praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the Name of the LORD: For He commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: He hath made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the LORD from the earth, Ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; Stormy wind fulfilling His word: Mountains, and all hills; Fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; Creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; Princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; Old men, and children: Let them praise the Name of the LORD: For His Name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of His people, The praise of His saints; Even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Praise ye the LORD.<br><br>Be very blessed <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4675'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rosemarie%20Hojus'>Rosemarie Hojus</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=4675Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:55:42 +0200 Be able to speak - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4993<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>Be able to speak</font><br>Romans 10:14-17 “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:14-17)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Recently someone posed the question, on the internet, as to what the actual purpose of the Bible is. Now, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Moreover, God has made known His will in the Bible. In 2 Peter 1:19-21, we read: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” God speaks to us through His Word (which is ageless) – that is reason enough for the existence and purpose of the Bible. One thing is also obvious, namely without content, binding statements, explanations and information, nothing is possible. In fact nothing can function (whatever it may be) without appropriate content. Communal living, communication and other relationships cannot function without it. People are just like that, they need something tangible in order to deal with things. How they do it, and what the outcome is, is another question, but nothing can come from nothing. With regard to faith-filled and appointed people bringing the message of God to their fellow man and contemporaries, the vital information is written in the Bible. Namely, by people who were empowered, chosen and driven by the Holy Spirit. Thus, to God it was a matter of key importance. Should this matter of importance have become less important or have stopped altogether? I think not.<br><br>Even today (maybe even more so) people need God's edifying words, as well as other Christians to tell and explain it to them in love and with upright motivation. Why is it so important? In Isaiah 53:11 we read a prophecy about Jesus Christ: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” God (in human form) laboured in love and mercy in Christ His beloved Son – for us! Should we not then also make a small effort, to break the silence at the appropriate time, and bear witness of our faith? Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” We should, as Christians, speak our faith, and not hide ourselves or be ashamed of the reason and foundation of our salvation, giving a testimony of our faith when the opportunity arises. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” God's means of salvation is through grace, love and the new birth through the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 14:6). Life is meaningless without God and there are no alternatives apart from faith in Jesus Christ. We need to communicate this, stand firm in our faith, and also suffer for it, if need be – God will reward us! In Hebrews 10:34-35 we read: “For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” Amen. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4993'>[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=4993Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:54:42 +0200 God's wrath – our witness - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5221<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>God's wrath – our witness</font><br>They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.” (Ezekiel 7:19)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The Prophet Ezekiel declared the downfall of Jerusalem – the false prophets said the opposite, saying that a loving God would never allow it (Ezekiel 13:1-16). The religious do-good ministers and moral-apostles argue in precisely the same manner today. They say that they are doing well and that all one's needs will be met, and in the end reason will regulate everything. They want to make things work somehow – even without God! This is the situation in the world today. Gospel preachers are also struggling against windmills and false prophets and the erroneous belief of many people with regard to solving the problems of the world. Certainly one also contends against atheists or people with erroneous beliefs, who either discuss the slander of Christians or their imagined fantasies. It is said that there is no God and that, fundamentally, it has always been the pious who have been responsible for all the unhappiness in the world – such as religious wars, fundamentalists, terrorists, crusades, fanatics, inquisitions and mental attitudes which state that there is only one way which leads to heaven, salvation and peace with God (John 14:6). For many this is the height of intolerance and therefore rigorously rejected. That man is evil, in accordance with the Bible, many see as pious incitement and lovelessness. And someone who preaches God's judgement, His righteousness, holiness and wrath, is spurned. However the God of the Bible is also a God of wrath. When one becomes aware of this, no possessions, influence, and religiosity will be of benefit. Our soul needs God – it comes from the eternal God and belongs to HIM. That we are alive was never our own idea.<br><br>That God is God, some only experience when it is too late or when they come face to face with God's wrath. Perhaps that which is happening in the world today, is already judgement and predecessors of the coming dark ruler – the Antichrist who is coming!? He will also profess to be able to solve problems. But, do people wake up now? Hopefully, and I think there are people who, through spirit and truth recognize the signs of the times and acknowledge God's gift of saving grace so that they may not perish in their souls, but live (Luke 13:3). Basically, people should be grateful that there are still Christians who can and want to tell them about God and reveal Him to them. Thus we become (in all our weaknesses) the salt of the earth. In Matthew 5:13 we read: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” One can definitely say this about Ezekiel too, who spoke to the people in his time, in an awe-inspiring manner which was effective even without words. And whoever listened to him was simultaneously blessed by God. It would be awesome and of great value if the same could be said about us. Amen. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5221'>[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=5221Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:53:42 +0200 Bitter Roots - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4687<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>Bitter Roots</font><br>“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” (Hebrews 12:15)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>A few days ago I had a lengthy discussion with a few other Christians. Before long, one of them starting telling us what a hard time she has been going through. Yes, she has been through worst times, which no-one would willingly wish to go through in their lives. First people sympathized with her, which seemingly did her good. However, then we noticed an immense bitterness in her. She couldn't let go, she couldn't really forgive. It was eating her up inside and a lot of the bitterness had already turned to pride, not only against those who had hurt her, but also against God, Who allowed her to go through this...<br><br>The Bible calls such bitterness sin. We must let it go and not allow it to fester. When we are bitter, it doesn't just affect others, it also destroys our hearts, leaving to place for love. When we forgive others, it helps us to be be reconciled and set free. <br><br>But, true forgiveness calls for us to exchange our pride for humility. True greatness is first revealed through humility, when we say to God: I don't know why – but let Your will be done. When we exchange our reputed right against grace, when we can truly forgive and forget, only then can we truly be free to live a happy life. <br><br>What are you still carrying around with you? What burden are you still not prepared to let go of? Bring it before the Cross, upon which the LORD already carried it for you.<br> <br>I wish you a blessed day <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4687'>[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=4687Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:52:42 +0200 Healing of the mother-in-law - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5412<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>Healing of the mother-in-law</font><br>“But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell Him of her. And He came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto Him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered together at the door. And He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him. And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with Him followed after Him. And when they had found Him, they said unto Him, All men seek for Thee.” (Mark 1:30-37)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Jesus went to the woman, took her hand, helped her up and she was healed. She immediately served Him. So simple and clear, I like that. In the Bible, stories about conversion and salvation sound so simple, in our lives it is not so simple. I wish it was different.<br><br>My mother-in-law is in the winter of her life. She is 85 years old, bed-ridden and ill. Even though we believe in the miracle of healing, we know that she won't get well again. She is old and warn out and her body is weak and frail. It won't be long before she closes her eyes forever. She doesn't feel well and she is afraid.<br><br>In the last part of the story, everyone were seeking after Jesus. Unfortunately, this is not the case with our mama. It worries us that she still hasn't made peace with God. But, we are praying around her sick-bed and telling her about Jesus. We know, as with Simon's mother-in-law, Jesus is extending His hand to her. Not so heal her physically, but to heal her soul. He is extending His hand to her, to bring her to repentance and bring peace to her unwell heart. He is extending His hand to bring her home. Home to heaven, where He will wipe away every tear from her eyes.<br><br>Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”<br><br>We are confident and hope for the grace of God, and continue to pray. Please pray with us.<br><br>Be abundantly blessed, your <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5412'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rosemarie%20Schauer'>Rosemarie Schauer</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=5412Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:51:42 +0200 Yes, when Jesus comes again - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4830<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>Yes, when Jesus comes again</font><br>“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>We are in the middle of the Advents time again. We are trying to prepare for the coming of the Lord again. 2000 years have passed since the Lord was born, as the little baby Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. And this Christmas we will once again hear the familiar story in the Gospel of Luke, of Maria and Joseph, the little child in the crib, the shepherds and the angels.<br><br>At that time God wrote history with humankind. It was the beginning of the new covenant God made with us people, which was sealed at the Cross of Calvary, when Jesus' blood was shed for our sins. “God became human, for the good of humankind” we sing in an old Christmas hymn. Only because Jesus came to earth, we can be saved. A real reason to celebrate.<br><br>But, alongside this first Advent, God taking on a human form, we also prepare for the second Advent, the time when Jesus will come again, when heaven and earth will be renewed and we will rule with Him on earth.<br><br>No-one knows the time and the hour, Jesus said, however He also said that we, as we recognize the weather by the signs in the sky, so we will also recognize the time as the end of this world approaches. And when we keep our eyes and ears open, we will see, that we have been living in end times for quite some time now and that Jesus' return is just a question of a very short time. <br><br>Are you ready for it? Are we ready for it? Or are we living like the foolish virgins who had no oil in their lamps when the Bridegroom came?<br><br>Advent always reminds us of both, God's in human form and the return of Christ, which we are waiting for. Blessed are those who are ready. <br><br>I wish you a blessed Advent time – maranatha – the Lord is coming soon. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4830'>[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=4830Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:50:42 +0200