Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2018 by daily-message.de Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:00:00 +0200 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com Useful knowledge - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5085<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>Useful knowledge</font><br>“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Life teaches us a lot, for example, that fear is a bad counsellor, that strength comes from peace, that dogs who bark don't bite, that it is not easy to study on an empty stomach, and that milk makes a man energetic. Are these all fairy tales, naïve sayings or childish wisdom? At least people, at some time, pondered on these things and formulated sayings through their own experiences or acknowledged mistakes. If one would assume that, in order to believe in the forgiveness of sin, it would be helpful to acknowledge that there is a God who requires our insight, repentance and acknowledgement of sin, in order to free us from sin? Would that be logical, acceptable and feasible? We read in 1 John 1:9-10 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” It is logical that I cannot find any forgiveness of sin if I don't believe that I have sin. On the other hand, we as Christians know, that the natural (carnal) man cannot receive anything which comes from the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). How then, can we receive the knowledge of salvation? I think that one uses one's God-given, inherent character to familiarize oneself with the topic of God and the Bible, using one's thoughts, feelings and eyes. I don't have to first become enlightened to do this. It happens when I search for God, and through self-searching reach a certain consciousness and understanding in that which I find and read. Many people have some knowledge of the Bible, and know that Jesus Christ lived and died on the cross of Golgotha and rose again after three days. We even learn some of it at school, or from a good book, or sometimes from a movie that we watched.<br><br>There is a salvation (which many know theoretically) and a knowledge of salvation (which must come as a gift from God). Similarly, there are people who are pious and born again (1 Peter 1:23), and even those who only have a form of godliness, because they have never gotten beyond the stage of head knowledge and religiousness (2 Timothy 3:5). There is sin and the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20). Very astonishing, however unfortunately true, is that which we read in Proverbs 20:6 “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” If we are honest and humble before God, then we are authentic. And to such an extent that we are unable to deceive ourselves – Galatians 6:3 “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” If we truly seek God from the heart, HE will let us find HIM – Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find HIM, if thou seek HIM with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” What we will find then, is the knowledge of sin, and the knowledge of the grace in Jesus Christ. And we will realize that people are always justified by faith and never by their works (Romans 3:28). We will accept God's conditions and pray for grace before righteousness. Jesus said in Luke 11:9-13 “And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?'' <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5085'>[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=5085Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:58:31 +0200 What are we building upon? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5399<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>What are we building upon?</font><br>“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1-3)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>If you, as a Christian, don't reach out to the Spirit, but to the flesh, you are rather foolish than wise. This relates to the spiritual life in general and also to the coming of Jesus, for which we need to be prepared. Foolishness reigns in the flesh and relies upon it. The opposite would be humility and obedience. Foolishness is also relying on secular wisdom (by oneself or through someone whom you trust), on your own understanding, on your earthly heritage, on your wealth, influence, gifts and talents, relationships, maybe on the Church, the Sacraments, the humanistic good of man etc. But, are these the criteria of someone who believes in the undeserved forgiveness of sin, in the cross of Calvary and the crucified Son of God – and this alone by the grace of God? It is simply negligent and contra-productive to, as a Christian, follow Jesus in a carnal manner and rely on something other than that which is written in the Bible or proclaimed by the Apostles. This was what the Apostle Paul accused the Galatians of. Some were so zealous that they even went so far as to demand the circumcision by the law in addition to the Gospel for the forgiveness of sin. <br><br>This angered Paul, as we read in Galatians 5:11-12 “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” Drastic words, which were however appropriate for the intolerable situation. It involved nothing less than eternal salvation in the Son of God. When we think about it carefully, we still find this erroneous practices and thinking today in the Christendom. What do we rely on? On formal religiosity, on our “good core”, or that God doesn't take it so seriously and there are many ways to heaven? If this is our chain of thought, then we have a problem and are just as foolish and blind as some of the heretics in the Churches of Galatia. It is the power of God which transforms a dead, heart of stone into a living heart which, in humility invests in faith and matures in all Biblical practices. It is about a life of faith, truth, watchfulness and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not about pragmatism, but about relationship. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5399'>[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=5399Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:57:31 +0200 My Kingdom is not of this world - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4721<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>My Kingdom is not of this world</font><br>“And He said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.” (Luke 20:25)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The question, as to what stand the Church should take towards the government and vice versa, is being asked much more regularly at this time. The German Minister of Interior Affairs recently stated that the Church should restrain from giving specific advice with regard to politics. <br><br>To what extent should we, as Christians, participate in politics and to what extent should we be guided by politics? Lately politics is being influenced a lot by the general mainstream. And often, the church communities join in before long. The topic of homosexuality has been the current theme for quite some time now. In the Third Reich it was banned and received a death sentence, in the earlier years of the Federal Republic people were sentenced to penitentiary and later prison. Some time later it was permitted, and now they are even allowed to marry.<br><br>Some churches are progressing in a similar fashion. Even though it is stated in the Bible that it is an abomination to the Lord if a man lies with another man, some church communities have deviated from this, saying that one must view the Bible from today's perspective. In this manner, these Scriptures are simply abolished and instead of saying that homosexuality is a sin before the Lord, the couples are even blessed.<br><br>Christians who take a stand against it, are accused of being ultra conservative and old fashioned. In some countries it is even punishable to say anything against homosexuality. The government, who wants no interference by Christians, interferes at will with the Church message.<br><br>“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's” is the only practical way for us. Even if we are the only successors of the former Christian West here, we should strife to separate the church and the government. <br><br>Satan is the ruler of the world – and we cannot convert him with our faith. We are in the world, but not of the world. If the government is turning away from God then we must turn away from the government. Even though we live under the government and must follow its laws, our faith still remains and the government cannot influence it.<br><br>We should pray for our government, not that they are successful in their unbelief, but that their minds are changed towards our Christian principles and their politics based thereon.<br><br>However, God's Kingdom and Satan's Kingdom cannot be intertwined at present. Our time will still come, when we will have dominion over the earth and not Satan.<br><br>Thus let us pray to the Lord: Your will be done!<br><br>I wish you a blessed day! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4721'>[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=4721Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:56:31 +0200 What do we really need? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5271<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>What do we really need?</font><br>''But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.'' (Matthew 6:6-8)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>James gives us important information with regard to unanswered prayers: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3). Sometimes we don't know what to ask God, even when we do it sincerely. There is also honest boldness and bold honesty in our requests to God (Matthew 20:22). And then God must also say to us: “Ye know not what ye ask”! But, above and beyond we have assurances which our own limitations in understanding and acknowledging confine. We read in Ephesians 3:20-21 “ Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” This is the awesomeness, God knows what we need and when we need it and He rewards sincerity. We should pray even though God already knows everything? The answer is crystal clear: YES! Prayer is the expression of our relationship with God. One can also work on this and question oneself, as well as examine the Bible to determine where one stands in one's relationship with God. When we examine the prayer life of Jesus, in human form, towards His Father in the Bible, we recognize this call for an intimate relationship. Jesus and God were and is One and a Unity (a Trinity) (John 10:30). The most perfect prayer, besides the well-known 'Our Father' (Matthew 6:9-13) is the high priestly prayer of Jesus (John 17:1-26). God hears prayers (Psalm 65:2 “ O thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come). <br><br>God wants us to ask Him, because He loves His own and is our eternal Father. It is our responsibility to pray and Jesus' responsibility to meet our prayers with His blood purchased authority. There is no other premise for God to hear our prayers, apart from through Jesus Christ who died and rose for our sins (Isaiah 59:2). Unanswered prayer can thus be through selfish motives (James 4:3), unconfessed sin (Isaiah 59:2), disobedience (Proverbs 28:9), unbelief (James 1:6-7) and also conflicts with others (Mark 11:25). We may and must therefore, continuously examine our motives and search our hearts in order to remove any possible obstacles, to recognize and confess all our sins and to change. We have great promises in the Bible – we can receive and embrace these in faith – this makes God happy. Sincerity before God is prize-worthy – especially when we pray. William Mc Donald once said that prayer is not an endurance test or a marathon. The decisive factor is not how long we pray, but rather how meaningful our prayer is. We read in James 5:16 “ Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Unanswered prayer can also be shoddy prayers, which come from the mind, quickly spoken by the lips – and not from the heart. And many unheard or also unanswered prayers, can also contain something preserved for a later stage, which we don't immediately see. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5271'>[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=5271Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:55:31 +0200 Moments - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=43<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>Moments</font><br>“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Do you sometimes also feel like like this, that you ask yourself, why you are even alive? That you ask yourself what the sense of it all is? <br><br>I, at any rate, have moments like these now and then. Moments, when I am sad. Moments, when I feel that no-one truly loves me. Moments, when I just feel lonely. <br><br>At times like these not even the memories help, memories of moments of joy and security. And in these moments I sometimes pick up the Bible and read about how lonely Jesus felt when they crucified Him. One friend fled, another disowned Him and His Father remained silent. What for? To what end am I doing this, He must have asked Himself. And still, He saw it through to the end: “In Thy hands I commend My Spirit”.<br><br>Jesus saw it through for us. For you and me. He suffered the pain unto eternal life. He is the One Who is always there for me, an eternal Friend for Whom my life ultimately becomes worthwhile. He purchased my life with His Blood and so my life is worthy and purposeful and I would not want to ever throw it away or miss out on it. <br><br>Thank You Brother Jesus <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=43'>[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=43Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:54:31 +0200 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=5144Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:53:31 +0200 GOD knows you! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5094<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 knows you!</font><br>“O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Warren W. Wiersbe divided the Psalm in the following manner: Verse 1-6 = GOD knows us precisely – we cannot deceive HIM! Verse 7-12 = GOD is always with us – we cannot flee from HIM! Verse 13-18 = GOD has created us wonderfully – we cannot ignore HIM! Verse 19-24 = GOD is a righteous Judge – we cannot argue with HIM! Didn't David have a moving life? Here we have the beginning of a prayer by a man who was a shepherd, a king and a prophet. His beginning is similar to his ending. LORD YOU...! Is the great, powerful, loving and living GOD also your LORD and GOD?<br><br>No other, no man, no doctor, no scanner or x-ray machine – knows me as well as my LORD. Everyone only sees that which is visible, GOD sees our hearts! (1 Samuel 16:7). We can deceive people, but not our LORD. GOD knows us through and through. Is that not also frightening? HE knows all my most secretive thoughts and wishes. All sins, all thoughts, that I would never tell another person. Are we always aware of this? Even before a thought is “completed” my LORD already knows it.<br><br>Sitting – rising – strolling or walking - the daily routine. The LORD is familiar with my ways. Can we not be cheerful and happy, knowing this? Our LORD already knows in advance which way we will go and also if we will arrive there. (Job 31:4). We are never alone. HE is familiar with and knows what prompts us to do this or that or not to do it. HE tests us. Do we withstand these tests? Or do we sometimes want to go our own way!? Hebrews 4:12 and 13 says crystal clear, that GOD'S WORD is also a Judge of the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. The WORD OF GOD is the guideline and measuring line and we must align our lives to this WORD. <br><br>Moreover – as we read in the additional verses in Hebrews, our LORD, Who was also tempted as we are – yet without sin – wants to come to our assistance in mercy and grace. Even David experienced this thousands of years ago. His very moving life and all his moving experiences written in the Psalms show us what an awesome LORD we have. HE knows everything about us. HE is with us on our path. HE protects and preserves us and HE looks after us. Let us go into the new day with these thoughts and don't forget: our LORD is with us. Let us give HIM the glory and show and tell other people what a great GOD and Father we have. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5094'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Karl-Heinz%20Buehneman'>Karl-Heinz Bühneman</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=5094Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:52:31 +0200 Amazing Hope - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5082<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>Amazing Hope</font><br>Psalm 139:15-18 “My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 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! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.” (Psalm 139:15-18)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>There is a beautiful songbook “Praise”, which I recall when reading Psalm 139. In the chorus, it says about Jesus Christ: “HE is the Centre of history, HE is the Anchor in time. HE is the Source of all life and our eternal goal. ” One can only marvel at God (which, by the way, is also a title of a song) and feel really safe, beyond all our limitations. God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent – the Eternal and Perfect, who has no beginning and no end and therefore He is also the First and the Last (Revelation 1:17). We Christians don't really comprehend with Whom we have to do. But, we have an infinitesimal idea, and are able to penetrate dimensions (still) impenetrable by man, through the Holy Spirit, which makes it clear to us that there is light, power, strength, truth, holiness, purity and bliss. Our inner (new) man is drawn inevitable towards it. And Jesus has indeed said and promised in John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.'' That is the goal, namely to spend eternity in the heavenly Jerusalem with Jesus Christ and to praise and honour God in the inconceivable, still unknown, eternal reality. We read in Isaiah 64:4 “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.” If we now read the text at the beginning, that God has already seen every future day of every person, how does this relate to our conversion? Is election then only foreknowledge and still depends on me alone, because God ultimately only reacts thereto? No, it can't be. We read in John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.'' <br><br>From this I understand that God always brings about repentance (Romans 2:4) and people then have the opportunity to ask God to come into their lives and forgive their sins through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God desires salvation for all people (1 Timothy 2:4), but it has to be our own mature, adult decision. But, without God's fundamental will that all be saved, it would also be useless. Perhaps one can envision it in this manner – one stands before a door upon which one is invited in writing (or some other way) to enter (figuratively this could be through a sermon in which one is lead to believe in accordance with Romans 10:17). And when one goes through the door, one reads on the inside that one has been elected to faith! Nevertheless, the way in which faith, the election, the Holy Spirit and God's sovereignty all correlate, still remains a mystery. Jesus pointed it out in John 16:8-15 “And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.” It is the Holy Spirit, who represents the Truth, which ultimately leads us to salvation. You cannot, by yourself, come to the knowledge of this, it has to be revealed to you, in a certain manner, through the eternal God so that you are able to seize it and desire it (Philippians 2:13). Amen <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5082'>[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=5082Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:51:31 +0200 The tongue – little member, huge effect - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5084<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 tongue – little member, huge effect</font><br>“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” (James 3:5-6)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Someone once said: “Watch out for the tongue! It is so wet and slippery, that you can easily slip!” A little match can ignite a huge forest fire! What destruction and damage it can cause! Right at the commencement, of chapter 3 of his letter, James shows us two further examples of how small things can move huge things. Firstly, there is the bridle which, in the mouth of a horse, directs its entire body. Hence, the instruction to hold his tongue. And secondly, a steering-rudder, which, in comparison to the ship, is very small. It nevertheless directs the huge ship. Our tongue is concealed in our mouths behind two rows of teeth and two lips. What an effect it nevertheless has! Do we always think about it? A spoken word cannot be retracted! Even when it just “slipped out”! Haven't we, at some stage or another, wanted to bite our tongues in order to take back a quick or wrong or hurtful spoken word? Through the fall of man, we lost the power over this tiny member. We can use it for good and also for evil.<br><br>Only with the Lord's help it is possible to control this member! James exhorts us in extensive detail, in the scriptures which follow, concerning the characteristics of the tongue. It is worthwhile to read them in this context. Every animal can be tamed. Only a small amount of poison is sufficient to kill a person. Few words are sufficient to do harm to another person. We ourselves don't have “control” over our tongues. With the same tongue we praise GOD and curse people (Psalm 141:3). Can a spring pour out sweet and bitter water? Can a fig tree bear olives and an olive tree figs? There is always only one! Let us ask the Lord to “lead and control” our tongues, in accordance with His will, daily. Someone once wrote: “A believer should be: How God wants him to be, do as God expects of him, speaks as is pleasing to God, behave as God requires and share his possessions with others”. True spiritual maturity encompasses all aspects of human life! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5084'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Karl-Heinz%20Buehnemann'>Karl-Heinz Bühnemann</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=5084Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:50:31 +0200 Faith is what you make of it - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5076<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 what you make of it</font><br>“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Some things in life are destiny, events which we can't change and for which we are not responsible. For example, the question as to whether we are masculine or feminine, in which country we are born, who our parents are, our size, our hair colour, and so forth... we have no influence over any of these things. But how does that compare to what we ourselves make of it?<br><br>There are many more things in our lives, which we ourselves choose, things which take us in one particular direction because we purport it.<br><br>It already starts with the smallest things. I am not a morning person. I am in fact quite useless before my first coffee. But, what about when the alarm clock goes off? Do you get up or do you push the snooze button? When you arrive at work or school, do you greet others cheerfully, or do you go and sit in your place silently and sullenly? When unobserved, do you continue working, or do you allow yourself a break? <br><br>All this relies upon your decision – and all this influences your life. Everything you do reflects on your future, it is not dependent upon fate, but from how you presently live.<br><br>Your faith is exactly the same. There are people who, as soon as things don't go well, they immediately start doubting and asking whether God even exists. There are people who are not always well-liked by others and ask themselves how God could possibly love them. There are people who have little money and doubt whether God really is our provider...<br><br>Exactly as with the above questions, such a lifestyle and belief-system influences your future. When you remain too long in this attitude, you will lose your faith completely one day.<br><br>Almost everything in life and in faith is a question of choice. How you can decide to live a meaningful life, how you can decide to love other people, in like manner you can also decide to pursue faith.<br><br>“Nevertheless” is one of the most important words in life. If you don't allow circumstances to drag you down, when you don't see hardship and suffering as your permanent fate, but say “nevertheless” and “precisely now”. In this manner, an affliction which you are perhaps experiencing now, can strengthen you. Your future is dependent upon your giving up or your not settling with your present situation.<br><br>God loves you, regardless of your choice – but you can only perceive His love within you, when you decide for Him!<br><br>What decisions do you want to make today?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day, with the right choice for God. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5076'>[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=5076Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:49:31 +0200