Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2017 by daily-message.de Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:00:00 +0100 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com The Self-witness of God - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5144<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 Self-witness of God</font><br>“And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” (Exodus 34:5-6)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Moses was God's friend and God allowed him to express a wish. What Moses wanted was to see the face of God. However, it was not possible. God is holy and man was, due to sin, unable to look at God's face without instantly dying. Nevertheless, Moses (shielded and covered by God's hand) was permitted to see God from behind as HE passed by (Exodus 33:12-23). Then God spoke the scriptures we read at the beginning of this devotion. The self-witness of God is that, on the one hand, HE is clearly positioned: HE is the eternal God, the eternal Being and perfect, whom no-one can comprehend or see, which man nevertheless have to fear beyond any doubt. God can be everything and no-one can contradict Him or take notice of Him. But, HE says of Himself, that HE is merciful. Mercy is not a human, but a divine characteristic. There is unlimited grace before the law – only a merciful, compassionate God can implement this. God, in every instance, has the right to judge the evil, the bad and the wrong. It would be fair. Man is evil and corrupt and God owes him no explanation whatsoever. Then the law came – and maybe we understand that even this is grace, for without the law (as strict as it was in the Old Testament) we would also not perceive or recognize any sin. Also the law is grace, so that we are able to, in this world, recognize death and the devil with the eyes of God. And even as people of his time, and today, are able to recognize God's greatness and holiness to a certain extent (in particular the nation of Israel) they nevertheless backslid time and time again, continued to sin, paid attention to foreign gods (idols) ignored and grieved God. <br><br>Still, God remained inclined to forgive, did not act according to the deeds of men, and was slow to anger. The anger will however come, even if it comes at a slow pace. Principally, for the reason to give man time to turn around, to repent, to humble themselves before God, to ask for forgiveness and to stop ignoring God. God is also faithful – keeps His promises (contrary to mankind). David wrote in Psalm 103:1-11 “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.” The fear of God goes hand in hand with the acknowledgement of one's own depravity and one's absolute, legitimate, lost condition. If God was not merciful and gracious, as He reveals to us in His Word in the Bible, He would still be righteous and His treatment of mankind would be just. We owe God eternal praise, love and gratitude from our whole hearts and our whole souls. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5144'>[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=5144Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:38:01 +0100 Hope for a hopeless world! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5113<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>Hope for a hopeless world!</font><br>“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?'' (Luke 18:8b)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>On Friday evening the Baptist Association invited us to a talk. The organizers were the two Baptist Churches in our city. The theme of the talk “Hope for a hopeless world”. The evening consisted of a dinner paid by the Association. 70 people were given the opportunity to partake in this interesting event. An invitation which consists of two free events, one would think, would make for a special incentive. One would think so, however we discovered that not even half of the desired amount of people would partake in this evening. They simply would not accept the invitation!<br><br>Hope for a hopeless world? I am not sure that there is still hope. People are just not approachable any more, have no interest in faith, not even in a free meal. They are satiated with everything that keeps them busy and satisfied.<br><br>Ephesians 4:18 “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”<br><br>Unfortunately, they are not aware that they had the opportunity to eat with the King personally. Because God is the Host at every Christian event. He invites us to meet with Him. At the latest, in the presentation, everyone became aware that, in declining the invitation, they had lost out on the opportunity. God knocked on the doors of their hearts, but they did not open.<br><br>Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”<br><br>But, thank the Lord that there is still hope in a hopeless world, because we are still living in the “today” of which the Bible speaks.<br><br>Hebrews 3:7-15 “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known My ways. So I sware in My wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”<br><br>Amen<br><br>Be very blessed <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5113'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rosemarie%20Schauer%20(Hojus)'>Rosemarie Schauer (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=5113Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:37:01 +0100 The new Covenant - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5163<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 new Covenant</font><br>And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Jesus was a Jew. His disciples and other direct followers were also Jews. In Matthew 15:24, we read what Jesus said: “But He answered and said, ''I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.'' Thus we can accept that nearly everything that Jesus said was first and foremost directed towards the Jews.<br><br>Most of us, who are Christians, have no Jewish roots. According to Old Testament standards and Gospel standards we are all Gentiles. We don't belong to the nation with whom God wrote His history. At the time of the Bible, our forefathers mostly lived in pagan cults and had nothing to do with Jehovah, the God of Israel. <br><br>And although God knew that He could not bring His nation to repentance through His Son, He still sent Him only to them. He wanted to give them the first opportunity to get on the right path.<br><br>Only after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the situation changed. At the end of the Gospel by Matthew Jesus spoke to His disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you...'' <br><br>Only after God made a new covenant with the people, non-Jews were also allowed to come to God. Although He created us too, He loves us too, we did not belong to His nation – we still today don't belong to His nation. His nation is and remains Israel.<br><br>And nevertheless we are allowed to come to Him today, He has promised us His glorious eternity as well. In contrast to His nation, we will celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb with Jesus in heaven and will rule the world from above, together with Him.<br><br>In Acts we read about the first Gentiles who repented and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ: the Ethiopian eunuch and Cornelius, the Roman centurion. They knew the Jew a little and wanted to understand more. Philip and also Peter brought the Gospel to them and they requested to be baptised thereafter.<br><br>And exactly like these first Gentile-Christians, we are also invited to God, to follow Him and praise Him, even though we are not descended from the Jews.<br><br>God makes a new start. Our origin doesn't matter, only our own, personal acceptance of Jesus, His Son.<br><br>Have you accepted this invitation?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5163'>[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=5163Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:36:01 +0100 Have you ever seen God? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4787<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>Have you ever seen God?</font><br>“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Faith is the sure confidence of hope without doubting that which cannot be seen with the naked eye.<br><br>“Have you ever seen God?” You often hear this question from non-believers, when speaking about your faith. No, I haven't see Him, also not Jesus, for that I came into the world about 2000 years to late.<br><br>But:<br><br>- Have you ever seen air? No, you can't see the air, however you can feel the wind when it blows and you can see its impact during a storm. Likewise, I can feel God when I allow Him into my life, and I also often see His impact on my life and the world.<br><br>- Have you ever seen love? No, you can't see love, but you can feel it within when you are loved. The butterflies in the pit of your stomach, the deep intimacy with a loved partner. God's love can also be felt within, when I allow Him in, this tingling when the Holy Spirit fills me.<br><br>- Have you ever seen a thought? No, a thought cannot be seen and still one can experience and share it. God also shares His Word with us and speaks to me in my dreams.<br><br>So there are many things in the world which cannot be detected with the naked eye – but, God has given us other senses with which to understand the world. And with precisely these senses we are able to experience God, even if we can't see Him.<br><br>He is every bit as real as the air, love and thoughts....<br><br>I wish you a blessed day in which you fully utilize all your senses <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4787'>[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=4787Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:35:01 +0100 Your will be done - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5158<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>Your will be done</font><br>“And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two Thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:24-26)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Shortly (today is Saturday) we will be having our year-end congregational meeting. As we are, as a congregation, seen as an organization, we have to hold regular member meetings. Here, we discuss everything which concerns the congregation. It relates to financial as well as personnel issues. And in keeping in line with the German Association Law, everything is conducted in a democratic manner. <br><br>Clearly, democracy has already established itself as the format of government in many countries. But, what is the format of government in the Kingdom of God? As a local congregation, we are part of God's worldwide community, and as such we are building a part of God's Kingdom on earth.<br><br>The question may arise as to whether democracy is appropriate here. It was not yet established during Biblical times. When one reads the Book of Acts, one finds the church leadership and the deacons. The leadership was responsible for the spiritual well-being of the congregation. In these matters they had the say. Additionally, we find the deacons, who were responsible for the physical well-being of the congregation.<br><br>The Church leadership consisted of the apostles, through whom a successor for Judas was chosen by way of a godly lottery. The deacons were not elected in a democratic manner either. They were chosen from within the circle of apostles. <br><br>Divine rules are different to our human ones. Here, God Himself decides and we disciples, members, believers, must be subservient to God's will. Each of us have a special function where he has been placed.<br><br>There will most definitely be numerous heated debates at the congregational meeting again – however, in my opinion, this is totally unbiblical. With God there is no democracy, whether we like it or not.<br><br>I will allow myself to be surprised at how today's meeting turns out – because it still applies: YOUR WILL BE DONE!<br><br>I wish you a blessed day <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5158'>[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=5158Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:34:01 +0100 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=4971Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:33:01 +0100 I can get annoyed all day long – but I am not obliged to do so - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4794<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> I can get annoyed all day long – but I am not obliged to do so</font><br>“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity!” (Psalm 118:24-25)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>On Monday my short holiday will be over again and I have to return to work. The lovely days of doing just what one wants to will be over. Then the alarm will ring again every morning to remind one that one can't turn around again, but must get up and get ready for work. <br><br>In an anecdote, a man was asked, during a job interview: “What are your prospects at work?” - “Weekends and holidays ” - “We mean longterm!” - “The vacation”.<br><br>How many of us live only with the prospect of the weekend or vacation/holidays? - When you are able to live life without the boss or teacher telling you what to do? In this manner, life becomes very short. The few free days per year, as opposed to the other days, don't give you a lot of free time.<br><br>Todays Bible verse sees this quite differently. “This is the day which the Lord hath made!” Every day, regardless of what we do, is a day given to us by God. If we exclude most of these days, then we reject our gift from God. We should also look forward to work or school!<br><br>I once heard the following phrases in a sermon:<br><br>Rejoice when you get a fine whilst driving – it means you can afford a car!<br>Rejoice when you have a mountain of ironing to do – it means you have enough to wear!<br>Rejoice when you need a new fridge – it means you have plenty of fresh food to eat!<br>Rejoice when you have to go to work – it means you receive money...<br><br>This list is endless. A lot of things which seem negative at first glance, has its positive side. A lot of that which annoys us is, on the other side, also often grounds to be thankful for and to rejoice!<br><br>See life through these glasses just once and your life will become much more fulfilled and you will also have much more of your gifted time.<br><br>What can you give thanks for today?<br><br>I wish you a blessed and thankful day. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4794'>[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=4794Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:32:01 +0100 Faith and Healing - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4734<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 and Healing</font><br> “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Some Christians say that all sickness originates from Satan. They conclude then, that because Jesus, through His wounds, bore our sickness on the cross (Matthew 8:17) and Satan was defeated, logically those who really believe it, won't have any sickness or physical ailments. In principle our health therefore is dependent solely upon the extent of our faith. Is that correct? An illness can also be the result of sin (1 Corinthians 11:28-32) or to teach us something (James 5:15-16) or the aging process and the therewith associated diseases of the body. The psychological damage which this type of ironeous statements and false doctrine can cause to sincere Christians is really bad. Whilst it is true that sometimes miracles don't happen without faith (Matthew 13:58), firstly Jesus also healed people regardless of how much or how little faith they had and secondly Jesus healed in order to fulfill the prophecies with regard to Himself (Isaiah 53:4). People need to recognize Him as the Messiah. That we are “healed through His stripes” (1 Peter 2:24) is not natural but spiritual understanding, just as we don't physically partake in “flesh and blood” at communion, but spiritually and in faith experience the death and resurrection of Jesus, confessing visibly (Luke 22:19-20). God can certainly cure an ill Christian and lengthen his life, if he asks for it. I have witnessed this. A faith-filled man suffering from cancer asked God to lengthen his life so that he would have more time to spend with his grandchildren. God heard his prayer and cured him of cancer. A few years later, without any notice, he fell over and died during a prayer meeting at the church. With God all things are possible, however it is not our right to be free of pain, sickness or death (this is in accordance with Romans 6:23, the wages of sin), because we have to go through it – yet continue to hope with confidence!<br><br>Christians have received forgiveness for their sins, but we must still bear the consequences because we are made of flesh and blood. Thus it is determined for us to die once (Hebrews 9:27). It is unscriptural and arrogant in the highest degree, as well as loveless and inhumane to call a permanent disease a lack of faith and tell others so. Jesus certainly brought salvation to the entire (believing) person (in other words mentally, spiritually and physically) but we will only come to know what this really means in all its totality in heaven. We are still waiting for our physical renewal. There are no Christians on earth who have not been sick at one time or another. Jesus came to us, in the first instance, to seek and find that which was lost (Matthew 18:11). He came to set us free from sin. Although Jesus died for our bodies, we will still suffer illnesses, still have a sinful nature and will physically die some day (except if the Rapture happens first). Even those people who Jesus healed in His time on earth died at some stage – including Lazarus who Jesus raised up from the dead who died twice (John 11:43-44). The best example that one can't simply pray sickness away or believe it away is the Son of Man, who was fully divine yet also fully human yet he experienced fear. He was just as tempted as we are yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus, despite all his suffering, was only concerned with doing the will of His Father. In Mark 14:36 Jesus prayed “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.'' Where we bow to God's will in faith, accepting our lives as it presently is, we also receive the inner strength to continue on our pre-destined path. Then we also mature in the grace – become spiritually strong. This hope (to be carried by God) and His strength which is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) will not put us to shame, regardless of what happens (Romans 5:5). <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4734'>[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=4734Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:31:01 +0100 Immaturity and Obedience - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4713<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>Immaturity and Obedience</font><br>“At that time Jesus answered and said, ''I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.'' ''Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.'' (Matthew 11:25-26)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The forgiveness of sin is not a process, an acknowledgement by God, neither your own thoughts or philosphies. One cannot learn spirituality. One must immerse oneself into the truth of God, otherwise it becomes an irritation which we endeavor to solve intellectually. Whomever is born again, knows it or is at least immediately willing to accept it, because he realizes that he should behave in this manner. God gives us the will and the ability to do (Philippians 2:13). Our spiritual union with God is His work or it isn't! Our co-operation in faith cannot happen on equal footing. We live in the flesh, on earth and exist in a three-dimensional world – but, God doesn't. Therefore, reflection doesn't enlighten us, but only obedience in faith – that is the key to knowledge! Whomever sacrifices a lot of time, effort, attitude and power for God, and remains disobedient, remains in the dark and partakes in mock battles. Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). We don't do God any favours by doing things which God never asked us to do (perhaps with the best intentions) according to our own discretion. This applies especially to some or other sacrifice from which we hope to gain something – Keyword: answer to prayer! I cannot pressurize God through good deeds, praying a lot or fasting to put my own will through. If we are simply obedient, we will get what we need and desire at the right time (Matthew 21:22). We can't just “discover” something and enlarge our spiritual power and wisdom through all kinds of technicalities, tricks, relationships etc. in the spiritual level – God has to reveal and show it to us. And certainly not without prayer and searching. We are even able to learn through our own failures - for example to get up again and experience God's mercy. Obedience is important – because one can and must learn (Hebrews 5:8). However, ideally it is best for us to realize something ourselves. God knows it (Romans 8:28), however it is of no use to us if we don't understand it ourselves or if we don't want to accept it. <br><br>Belief without experiencing anything encouraging is more valuable than calculated optimism or through spoonfeeding principles. God can move and change everything – according to His will and in His time. Even Jesus submitted Himself to God's will and learned obedience through His sufferings (Hebrews 5:8). When we receive blessings through our obedience, the light appears in our daily routines, our spirits, our lives and our faith. Heaven opens to us if we seek, above all, the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). We do this through our obedience to God and our trust in Him. More specifically, we need to be obedient to the Gospel (Romans 10:16). We need to know God's grace, and understand that the obedience of Jesus assured my salvation (Philippians 2:8). We must be obedient in showing love (2 Corinthians 2:8-9), not indulging in our own desires and continue in the hope of grace (1 Peter 1:13-15). We must be obedient and ready to witness about the hope that is in us, thus have the responsibility to give an answer to anyone with regard to the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). This applies also to regulations in meetings and worship (1 Timothy 2:1-15) and in the practice of godliness (1 Timothy 4:7). We should continue virtuously, blamelessly with our daily chores, avoiding unspiritual, vain babblings (2 Timothy 2:15-16) in addition to other things which the Bible teaches. This should not be a burden, but precious and sought after in our daily routine – and especially then when we make mistakes. This is loving advice from our heavenly Father, who knows that we must have our own experiences in order to learn. We do not live under the law anymore. Paul wrote as follows to the Church in Rome: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4713'>[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=4713Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:30:01 +0100 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=5317Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:29:01 +0100