Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2020 by daily-message.de Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:00:00 +0100 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com Perilous times - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4936<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Perilous times</font><br>This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The topic of this Bible text can make us afraid! Am I ready for such times? People are killing each other in God's name. There is talk about retaining and defending freedom at any cost. But, what type of freedom is meant? Political freedom? Social freedom? Freedom of reason? Moral freedom? Secular justice? Religious freedom? Freedom from God? It results mostly in terror, fear and pain. Today, more than ever. Everyone thinks he is right. But, it must become personal, because I cannot hide behind humanistic ideologies or radicalism. How will God judge me? It is not only proverbial end times, evil is banging on the door more than ever before! Not a day goes by without some fearful reports! What exactly is the end time? This last phase prior to the second coming of Jesus started already when Jesus came the first time (Galatians 4:4). Did the belief in His second coming not keep Christians spiritually alive throughout the past centuries? This is what we need now? For God a thousand years are like a day. Must the presently alive Christians go through this apocalyptic time of sorrow and fear? A lot of questions, a lot of interpretations. But, is it so crucial and decisive? No-one apart from God can really end it. That is a breathtaking and simultaneously comforting thought. One day there won't be any more suffering, pain, fear, panic nor sin. The evil will be destroyed and those that do evil judged. We will not have any more painful thoughts or memories. The world with its lunacy and injustice will come to an end. What remains? What must remain? The Word of God, the love of God and our living faith will remain (Matthew 16:27). End time – it's not just enough to say: “I was there”. To be present doesn't necessarily mean to partake. God tests our hearts. That makes me happy. God can't just end, but daily works something anew. We always need to know that. <br><br>Sometimes the fear and unease forces us to our knees. Thus, also the bad serves to our best (Romans 8:28). God is, in life and death, our sovereign Lord. The evil and injustice sometimes seems unstoppable, inevitable and unbearable. When we are somehow able to cope with it all, then only through our steadfast and earnest faith in God (Hebrews 11:6). Fear should not paralyse us, but inwardly mobilise us. And more so as the world gets worse. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We must (may) continue to work through our failures so as to become more aware of how complete and vital salvation is. Faith is necessary for salvation. In my bookshelf I have a book with the title: “Does faith make us mentally ill?” Will this be our obituary? Do we take this from the end time: fought, lost, mentally and physically finished!? Mutated to couch-christians due to fear and failure? Is that what is meant with our love having waxed cold (Matthew 24:12)? I think this is written in the Bible, not for us to become like this, but that we do the exact opposite. Let us occupy ourselves with that which is essential. We need the good deeds and the love to other people, especially our fellow believers (Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 3:8). Love has a lot to do with the “you” and little with the “I”. There is still a lot to do, many people who can still obtain salvation, we can still grow in our faith – especially when we go through bad times. End times don't mean the end of love and mercy and the act of loving – quite the opposite. The closer we get to the end the more we need to strengthen each other (in word and deed) and spread the joyful Gospel. Jesus is coming in power and glory! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4936'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4936Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:28:18 +0100 Eternal Priesthood - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5285<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>Eternal Priesthood</font><br>“The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The letter to the Hebrews concerns the cause for the Gospel of the forgiveness of sin. This is irrefutably presented to the believing Jews. The focus here is primarily towards those people who originated from the traditions of Jewish faith and the Old Testament law. So, not applicable to believing heathen. It is important to draw a distinction here otherwise some of the statements in this letter can cause controversies. These believers were to reach full maturity in Christ. Thus not in-between law and grace, old and new covenant, deviating to and fro and never coming to peace, but to have certainty of the foundation upon which they may and must stand. The practice of reaching a godly transformation in one's faith life is to attained by occupying oneself with Jesus Christ. To this the Apostle Paul wrote, in 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Striving in the life of a Christian is not about following certain rules, but attaining, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Christ, a relationship with God, which is given us through the Gospel. That is far better and more credible than adhering to strict rules and regulations and trying, through works and sacrifice, to guarantee and earn a place in heaven and in God's heart. <br><br>The recipients of the letter to the Hebrews were in this position. And if they took a stance against Jesus and the Gospel in this manner, and completed the task in the reverse, there would most certainly not have been any possibility for them to be saved. Whoever rejects the best and only opportunity of redemption, in the truest essence of the word, has nothing left to hope for. That was the situation. It had nothing to do with whether or not they believed in God (they did), but whether they preferred to rely on the Old Testament Aaronite Priesthood in their quest for salvation, or on the New Priesthood in Jesus Christ, who is our compassionate High Priest. In Hebrews 2:17-18 we read about Jesus: “Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted.” It also has to do with a certain maturity in one's faith, for in this sense it means nothing else than to have found eternal peace with God through an inner perception and certainty in the Person of God's Son. And even today the situation, not infrequently, arises that many are not opposed to God, however they do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, nor that His sacrificial death at Calvary is the cause and foundation of salvation. But, it is the only way (John 14:6). <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5285'>[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=5285Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:27:18 +0100 The Narrow Way - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4648<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 Narrow Way</font><br>“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>A gate is the generally accepted term for a controlled entry point to a property. Two such gates are described as synonyms for believers and unbelievers or religious and born again people. The narrow gate is often seen as something that accompanies a lot of sacrifice, lack of joy and ironclad discipline. But this is not true at all. If it was, the message of the Gospel wouldn't be one of grace, but of religiousness and self-redemption. Jesus Christ is the Way (John 14:6) and also the door of the sheep (John 10:7 “I am the door of the sheep”). And in John 10:9 Jesus repeats “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” The narrow way and narrow gate is Jesus Himself, because there is no salvation other than through the Son of God, as proclaimed by the apostles in the Gospel. <br><br><br>The broad way is the way of atheism and other religions or self-redemption ideologies. Every message which teaches and promises salvation without Jesus Christ is a lie and false even if they call themselves Christians. The apostle Luke emphasized in Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” There is no place for anything else even as only a believer will fit through the narrow gate. Therefore no-one has access to God without Jesus Christ (John 14:6 “...no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” For this reason the gate is narrow, and for this reason the religious world protests vehemently about this “injustice” and proclaims the opposite.<br><br><br>They conclude that we all eventually come to believe in a God who reveals himself in different names and cultures. Whether it be ''Allah'', ''Krishna'', ''Buddha'' or ''Jahwe'', it is all the same God and the gate is not narrow, but wide. This is a lie. Jesus is the Door and we see in John 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” Whoever seeks redemption and a place in heaven in any way other than through the Person of Jesus Christ and the Biblical Gospel and says he found grace, is a false teacher, liar, seducer, robber and deceiver. The general ecumenical vision may teach reconciliation, peace and humanity, but it proclaims the wide way and the wide gate which in end effect will lead to eternal destruction. Obviously people should communicate with each other and live in peace, but lazy compromises in the form of outward fraternization with un-scriptural religions and the suggestions of so-called similarities, is dishonest (and sometimes also feigned) and a false peace that does not lead to the truth. Whoever follows Jesus in faith (and takes up His cross) goes through the narrow gate. There is no other possible way (Luke 9:23). The saving grace is unique, which has its beginning and its eternal end only through the Name Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). This may sound narrow-minded and inhumane to some, however it is as vital for every sinner as the air that they breathe. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4648'>[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=4648Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:26:18 +0100 Under God`s protection - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4647<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>Under God`s protection</font><br>Psalm 34 (Vers 1 - 23)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Under God´s Protection<br><br>Under God´s protection („When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.“)<br><br>I will praise the Lord at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth. I will glory in the Lord, so the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant from joyand their faces will not be covered with shame. One poor person called in hardship and the Lord saved him out of all his troubles.Taste and see how friendly the Lord is, blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people,for those who fear him lack nothing. The rich may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Come, you children, listen to me! I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever desires a good life and many nice days? <br>Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.Turn from evil and do good;<br>seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cries, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,<br>to blot out their name from the earth. When the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them and he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted<br>and helps those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may be suffering a lot,<br>but the Lord delivers him from them all. He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Disaster will slay the godless; who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord will rescue the life of his servants and all who take refuge in him will be free of guilt. <br><br>Since days I am stuck with this wonderful Psalm. Again and again I get occupied with the written lines und I can see many related aspects. David`s praise (verse 1 – 4), testimonials (5 – 7), exhortation (10 – 17) and encouragements (6,9 – 11, 16 – 23) testify that a relationship with the living god is possible, even necessary to live a good, blessed life. Personally I can testify this with my life und I`m willed to take David`s words to heart. I`m aware, that everything in favour of my relation with god is supposed to work out well. To honour god and to praise him is a major attitude of my spiritedness, but am I also ready to absorbe the exhortation?<br><br>Being a mother, I like that David askes the children to listen. I wish my children realize, how well god means with all of us and how important it is, to have him in their own lifes, with all my heart. But watch, those exhortations are not meant for the young only but especially for us. Fear of the Lord is a good item not to sin, but not fear, reverence and respect are supposed to stop us acting wrong. Especially words drop us faster into sin than we think. Like there is this saying: „ Talking is silver, silence is gold.“ In Proverbs it says: „ Who talks a lot, commits a lot a sin“ (Holy Bible, Proverbs 10, 19). So let us watch not to use wrong words while we talk. Gossip is declared as sin in the bible and for good reason the tongue is presented to be as a sharp sword (Proverbs 12, 18). <br>Especially women have to take care, men don`t gossip, they discuss ;) / … that is how the exhortation to the older of us is written (Titus 2,3). Too much or wrong talk is harmful, but thinking is allowed and I recognized this Psalm is a rich source for my thoughts.<br><br>Praise, thanks, regard and respect are a good mixture to honour god and an obidient listening to the word of God will bring blessing to our lifes. This is a promise god made und I know this well and I think you do so too. Amen.<br><br>Be blessed, your<br> Rosemarie Hojus <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4647'>[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=4647Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:25:18 +0100 Crazy - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4951<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>Crazy</font><br>''Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.'' (Matthew 5:9)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>I like him, because he does such crazy things, the woman says about her husband. You must be crazy when you come up with an impractical plan for a surprise. I am not crazy to stick my head out for another, so to speak, when it helps a colleague out of trouble. <br><br>We often use the word “crazy”. Thereby we mean, in the true sense of the word, out of the ordinary, not according to life's norms. But, don't we secretly admire people who are capable of such things? Do they not make life better, more worth living? <br><br>The Bible says: When His own heard about it, they went out to seize Him. They said HE (Jesus) was crazy. The occasion was that He had sat at the table with publicans and sinners. With people who were ostracized and hated. <br><br>And He also taught such crazy things. Blessed are the peacemakers, the merciful. Whoever wants to be the greatest must be a servant to all. Love thy enemy.<br><br>At His farewell, He said to His disciples: In the power of the Holy Spirit you will do the work I have done, and even bigger works than these.<br><br>We should ponder upon this now and then. The world will be more humane, more beautiful, with a richer life, more fulfilled.<br><br>I wish you the courage to be “crazy” today <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4951'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Gundi%20Hornbruch'>Gundi Hornbruch</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4951Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:24:18 +0100 Upon the road of Hope Part 2 - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4834<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>Upon the road of Hope Part 2</font><br>“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.” (Isaiah 40:3,10)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>I must also take care not to judge or condemn myself for my mistakes. Because the road then ends before a wall of self-accusation and despair. “I can't forgive myself for that which I have done. My life has become meaningless.” What self-condemnation is behind such words! Paul says: “Don't judge yourself.” For me that means “don't condemn yourself”. We are on the narrow path, preparing for the Lord, imperfect yet still loved. Be merciful to yourself, as God was and is and will be.<br><br>Because at the end we will not remain unjudged. But, also not without mercy. God will judge you, when He comes. He knows you better than you know yourself. Everyone who is of God will receive His praise. Our hope is this: God comes to us as a Judge, but with the face of His Son. When God comes, then with the face of Christ: Upon Him we wait, upon Him we hope now during the Advent. We try, with our songs and prayers, by listening and being silent, to experience a part of His coming, to lead us on our path. The four Advent Sundays show us, which Judge we know and may expect: “Behold, your King comes to you, Righteous and a Redeemer”. He wants what is best for you. Stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws nigh.” An encouraging sentence. We may, upon our narrow path, walk upright towards God. We don't say “You must!” The Judge gives us courage and freedom. “Prepare the way of the Lord, behold, the Lord comes in all His Might!” Where Jesus comes, the world changes. Paths open which were invisible to us. This means: Whomever can transform the world, can also transform our faulty, inactivity into righteousness and peace. How often have I tried to teach this to the children in my class.<br><br>Looking back at our lives, in retrospect, we are able to see how often God has led us and pointed us in the right direction. We should be grateful for every moment with every person who accompanied us on our path. We are able to bear it when we stumble, doubt or fail. We know that Jesus is our merciful Judge. We look forward with hope, able to follow the path God has led us on. We can be lights, because our Light is coming. We sing Light-songs with the children: Carry in the world only one Light; Thick, red candles; God's Word is as a Light in the darkness; In Advent a Light is awaited... The children sing these songs with joy. They especially enjoy singing this Gospel song : verse 1: This Little light of mine. I'm gonna let it shine. Let ist be, gonna let ist shine. Verse 2: Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine... Verse 3: All in my heart, I'm gonna let it shine....<br><br>I wish you a blessed, peaceful Advent time! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4834'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Gundi%20Hornbruch'>Gundi Hornbruch</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4834Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:23:18 +0100 The Critic - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5118<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 Critic</font><br>“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Who of us have not been criticised for something he did or said? Mostly these were bad experiences in our lives, which we would rather forget as soon as possible. Sometimes we feel that we are right, at other times we realize that we are in the wrong.<br><br>Often criticism comes from above, like a cane that wants to beat and rebuke us. It is not always constructive, most often it is destructive, negative, putting down that which we said or did.<br><br>The word “critic” is derived from the Greek word “krino”, which means “separate”, “differentiate” or “select”. Criticism is therefore not per se something bad. Criticism can mean both, there is negative and positive criticism, of which the second is rarely noticed.<br><br>But, also negative criticism does not have to be dealt out with the sledgehammer-method. Luther translated here “exhort with all long-suffering”. When we look at the original text, the word “parakaleo” is used. We perhaps know this by the Greek word Parakletos, the Holy Spirit who was sent to us by Jesus. He is not only an exhorter, but also a comforter and helper.<br><br>In like manner, negative criticism should build us up and comfort us, instead of simply breaking us down. Finally, we also read here, the power of our little tongue. It is like a sword which can destroy. However, it is also capable of helping someone onto the right path. <br> <br>So, when you have something to criticise, watch your tongue, the words you say. Be a comforter and someone who builds others up with your words.<br><br>With this, I wish you a blessed day <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5118'>[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=5118Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:22:18 +0100 Nothing is possible without love! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4943<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>Nothing is possible without love!</font><br>“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>I am currently feeling quite challenged and it is taking all my strength not to get angry. “I realize, without love it is impossible!” In my own strength, I am unable to love those who come against me. But, Jesus says: “love your enemies” (Luke 6:27-36). This is easier said than done, as where shall I find love throughout this challenge? Jesus also says: “Love thy neighbour as thyself!”. It is exasperating. When I face huge confrontations and make one mistake after the other, I can't even love myself. Either I lash out wildly or beat myself up with self-reproaches. <br><br>I once said to my future husband: “I am in the world to love”, yet yesterday we had a huge argument. I sensed the love evaporating during our argument. Suddenly we both became confrontational and there was no sign of love. It scares me with what speed human love can disappear!<br><br>The devil roars (1 Peter 5:8), he wants to try and destroy love. He hates the love towards neighbours and love that profits us. In Matthew 14:10-12 it is written that love and hate will reign in end times. When we see what is happening in the world, is it this far?!<br><br>How can we equip ourselves that we don't lose our love? What can we do to even strengthen our love?<br><br>(Ephesians 6:10-16) The armour of God is a necessary tool which protects us especially against the devil's attacks. Similarly, praying with ceasing is a vital tool to weaken and destroy his power. How awesome that God loved us first, for by doing so we too have access to His love, which we need in order to love Him and our neighbours. In 1 Corinthians it is written that a life without love is meaningless, that makes sense to me. A bell without a clapper has no sound and a person without love can do nothing. Therefore, let us have love, because He loved us first!<br><br>For, nothing is possible without love Amen<br><br>Be sincerely blessed, yours <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4943'>[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=4943Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:21:18 +0100 Nothing is impossible - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4696<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>Nothing is impossible</font><br>“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matthew 7:11)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>One can imagine many things – and indeed also in the wrong way and manner. But the perception and the faith, that God is always there, should fulfil us and always be present. This perception is blessed and can never be wrong. This knowledge and acceptance gives us, in our restless and despondent hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), the deep acknowledgement, that God has a solution and an answer for everything, at all times. When we ask God for something, then the belief that nothing is impossible for God, is the prerequisite that God will answer our prayers, in accordance with His will (Genesis 18:14). God has His principles and His rules and His time in relation to the Spirit which He has given us, as well as the life which follows. For us this means, for one, that God is our heavenly Father, Who loves us (Jeremiah 31:3) and the All-powerful (Psalm 91:1). And therefore it means that I don't have to worry about anything (Philippians 4:6). Can there be anything better or more awesome than having an All-powerful God with us, who loves us? Therefore, if my perceptions are of spiritual nature and leads to a firm belief of the reality of God in my small life, then the right petition is no longer a huge matter which makes me anxious or unsure. Prayer is however not only petitioning God but, also an expression of my relationship to God – my daily bread – and likewise an expression of my state of mind. <br><br>Trust in God is also revealed in the freedom and zeal to approach God in all things and take all our questions to HIM. Whoever seeks God with all his heart and soul will find HIM (Deuteronomy 4:29). We also seek God through prayer and ask life-changing questions through prayer. A Christian is a seeking and questioning person with patience and trust towards God! You are therefore called: “Go to God with your cares, problems, difficulties and wishes!” One cannot pray too much and our perception that God is All-Present and that everything concerning us must bypass HIM first, can grow and strengthen. To question and seek are predominant characteristics in children – in the same way we should be in tune with God's Kingdom and our heavenly Father (Luke 18:17). God also ask us questions – questions with exclamation marks! - remember the text at the beginning: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” What would you answer to this? The question is: “How much more?” It is a pleasure to seek God whilst we, as His children, know that HE allows Himself to be found and loves us. Albeit (or because of this) our imperfection and our errors and cares “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God” (Psalm 69:32). <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4696'>[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=4696Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:20:18 +0100 Ten virgins Part 1 - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5353<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>Ten virgins Part 1</font><br>“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.'' (Matthew 25:1-13)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>In the Gospel of Matthew there are seven end time lessons. These are parables. The above scripture is about young women, of whom some were tired, others were not watchful, and some were there, but were not really present and ready. There are certainly many questions pertaining to this. It is however clear that it concerns one of the most important events in the life of a Christian: The return of Jesus Christ (the rapture)! What does the Bible mean, in this context, with regard to foolishness? When a Christian does not reach out to that which is spiritual, but rather lives in accordance with the flesh, then he is ill-prepared. This concerns both the spiritual life in general as well as the return of Jesus. We can rely on the fact that foolishness reigns in the flesh. It is also foolishness to rely upon secular wisdom, upon our own understanding, upon our natural lineage, our riches, influence, gifts and talents, relationships, the Church maybe, the sacraments, the humanistic good of mankind etc. But, are these the characteristics of a person who believes in the forgiveness of sin, in the cross of Calvary and the crucified Son of God – and this purely through God's grace? I think this is what the parable of the ten virgins is essentially about. Therefore, not that one can lose one's salvation, when one is truly born again. In my opinion, one cannot. It is the power of God which transforms a man's dead heart of stone into a living heart of flesh which is able to have faith and love God. It is about a life of faith, truth, watchfulness and power through the Holy Spirit. It is not about pragmatism, but about relationship. <br><br>Not all the virgins had a relationship with the sacrificed Lamb of God. Watchfulness also means that which is written in Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” In this context we should be well prepared, because HE will come at an hour of which we are not aware (Matthew 24:50). Lamps need oil to illuminate. Oil is the personal love relationship which we need to have with Jesus. It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who enables this love-relationship. Let us ask ourselves: Is the grace of God really important to us, or is it merely the means to an end? Is humility and gratitude genuine consequences of faith? Are we perhaps Sunday-Christians? Do we utilize the Holy Spirit to get to know and love God more? Do we treat one another with love? Can we forgive each other fully? Are we eagerly awaiting the return of Jesus? Pragmatism is the hallmark of secular believers, who don't take everything seriously, nor await Jesus' return, and are actually still convinced to be found guilty, corrupt, lost and yet loved by God. It is not important to them – not important enough. They are foolish and unprepared. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5353'>[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=5353Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:19:18 +0100