17th February 2020
THE STRINGED INSTRUMENTS CHOIRS
”Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. ” Psalm 96.3 KJV
”Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. ” Matt.17.21 KJV
A man spoke at a house meeting: The string choirs have been crucial. All the youth in our village participated in the choir. We rushed around the country to the mission weeks, where we sang and testified. We prayed a lot and experienced great wonders; but the elders did not care much to talk about it, for they thought it was a matter between God and each individual, and so we acknowledged this. However, God's Word says, ”Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. ” Psalm96.3KJV
It is crucial that we stick to the "fire". If we begin to yield to Bible reading, prayer, and coming together, our spiritual lives die. All those who participated in the string choir back then are still preserved in the faith to this day, and many are still active.
Several Faroese individuals have been to the Bible School in Staffelsgata in Oslo. The well-known Bible teacher, Elna Kvellestad, once told me something that has followed me throughout my life:
An old woman was lying in the hospital and she was very sick. The congregation gathered around her and each one prayed. When the last person had prayed, the old woman herself began to pray, "Lord, leave a door open when I come!"
The others had prayed to the Lord to heal her, but we are not always to stay here, and the old woman had understood that now was her time.
16th February 2020
DIFFERENT WORKING METHODS
”Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ”
James 1.17 NIV
In chapter 13 by Matthew, there are 7 parables that Jesus told about. The first parable is about the sower. Not much fruit came from him because certain conditions came about that destroyed his work: The birds ate something, other seeds did not have much soil underneath, and therefore they never fully became rooted, and thorns also grew up together with others and destroyed the good seed.
Jesus himself talks about the significance of this parable. The seed corn is the Word of God. Satan is there as soon as the seed is sown and he steals the seed corn.
In the next parable about the weeds in the wheat field, Satan uses a completely different working method and a strategy that is more dangerous and which is highly relevant today. The weeds are sown while Christians are asleep (verse 25). The weeds are mixed together with the wheat.
Much of what God's Word warns us against is not taken seriously today, and this has gradually gained access in the congregations as time goes. "Don't be that old-fashioned," they say. But with God there is neither change nor shifting shadows (James1,17), what was previously sin is still sin today.
15th February 2020
NEW LIFE IN THE PARISH HALLS
Vision Norway broadcasted from the annual men's convention in 2017. A man then came forward and gave his testimony:
“There were few people coming in our local mission house and therefore the board had asked the priest to put the mission house up for sale. Then my wife received a word from the Lord: “You must not sell the mission house. I want to create a revival. The house will again be filled and there will be many prayers there. "
When she told me this, I said that she had to tell this to the priest. "I do not dare doing that" she replied. "Well, you must," I said, "because we have promised that we want to obey God always."
“Yes, I will say this to the priest, but then the Lord must make it so that I will get a favorable moment without interruption with the priest.
Shortly after this, my wife was present at a meeting and the pastor came to sit right next to her. This was the auspicious moment, and my wife conveyed all that the Lord had given her to pass on.
And what happened with the mission house? Well, it wasn't sold. Awakening emerged and the house was filled with people. A lot is now prayed in the house and we are experiencing wonders. For example, a woman who attended the mission house became seriously ill. She was hospitalized and died. She left her body and went to heaven. There she spoke to Jesus, who said, "You are not to die yet, you must go down to earth again, for there you have work to do for me." And that's how it went!
This I testify because I want to make the name of the Lord great. Scripture says, ”I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” - ”Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.” Psalm9.2 and 9.11 NIV
Well, we have been commanded to tell of what God has done, and I do not intend to ignore it, and thus miss the opportunity,” the man concluded his testimony.
14th February 2020
A BIBLE SMUGGLER TELLS:
”“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ”
Matt. 28.18 to 20 NIV
My trip to China as a Bible-deliverer was anything but boring. The weeks before departure, many things happened. First the relationship with a good friend was interrupted and then I got a disease that made me powerless and without strength for a long time. I left knowing that I was fully bound and dependent on God in all matters. All joy had disappeared. Occasionally, I felt that I had completely lost my footing. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would fill me. I longed to be present and to surrender to this task for the Kingdom of God. But the joy was not present.
One morning, when I woke up, I saw that God truly answered my prayers. I felt strong and healthy for the first time in a long time. In order to "celebrate" this, I decided to fill my backpack with as many Bibles as possible. It got so heavy that others in the group had to help me get it back up. When I traveled to cross the border again into China, my prayer was: Lord, give me your joy to be able to bring your Word out to people - and help me keep the backpack on because if I have to take it off, then I will need help getting it back up.
I came through the customs and up and down through floors and corridors. It seemed to me that everything was going well. But when I only needed one check to get through before I reached the subway, I was stopped. I had decided not to make eye contact with anyone, I was constantly looking down at the floor as I went through the check. Suddenly when I was about to pass - a hand grabbed me and I was asked to put the bag on the scanner. When the precious backpack had been scanned, I asked for God's protection. I went to the other side to take my luggage.
But it didn't work. The guard took it out of my hands and set it aside so that he could open it. I didn't know what to expect - but all I could do here was pray. As he looked down into the backpack, he opened his eyes. He took the time to look at the Bibles and turn over the pages through them. The other guard noticed the contents. Both queues to the scanners stopped completely because of this.
What the guard said as he held a Bible up while facing me, surprised me. He said, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! "
There I stood completely speechless and shaken. He stuffed the Bibles back into the backpack and lifted his backpack back onto my shoulders. As I continued unbelieving and skeptical, he said "Hallelujah!" one last time - I replied, "Hallelujah!" and then proceeded towards the subway with teary eyes. As I turned around, I saw the tears running down the guard's cheeks as well.
This event completely changed my attitude. When I saw how surprised the security guard was of seeing so many Bibles at one time, I understood that the need for God's Word was great in China. The joy I had so heartily desired to get came naturally now. It wasn't so much about me now, but I saw the bigger picture that God was showing me now. Later that day, one of the leaders said there were over five believers for every Bible in China. It is clear and understandable that the Chinese people thirst for God's Word.
We heard stories of changing villages and of individuals praying and fasting to get a Bible. Our group had a week back in China and I was so happy every day I was allowed to bring Bibles into the country. I met the same guard one more time. He grabbed me and said the same word he had said when we met last time. I greeted again with the only word we had in common: "Hallelujah!"
The word “Hallelujah” is one of the few worldwide words that sounds the same in many different languages. It means "Praise the Lord", and indeed we have much to praise Him for!
Praise the Lord for his Word being distributed and spread throughout China. Praise the Lord that He can use us even though we feel weak and unworthy. Praise the Lord for raising daughters and sons in China. Praise the Lord for filling us with joy over and over again.
Effie Campbell translated
13th February 2020
He spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm
”Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. ”
Psalm 33.8-9 NIV
The Word of God has held a central place throughout history. When God created the world He created it with His Word. "God said, 'Be light!' And it became light. " The psalmist says, ”For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” Psalm 33.9NIV
But God not only created everything and then set it in motion to run automatically and by it self afterwards. No, He still holds the whole world up today and gives it new power by His creative and life-supporting word.
We recognize the same creative power in Jesus' speech. He says to the leper: Be clean! And to the storm and the waves he says, calm and it happened. Based on Jesus' words, Peter had the courage to step out of the boat and walk on the agitated water. At that time, the congregation's leader, Jairus, had lost his daughter, Jesus spoke courage and belief to the father, and through Jesus' words, life returned to his daughter.
It was this power in Jesus' words that the officer had noticed when he said to Jesus, "Just say a word and my boy will be well."
Jesus once saw a woman who had been afflicted by a spirit of illness for eighteen years. Jesus said to her, ”Woman, you are set free from your infirmity. ”
And immediately she straightened up. He also calls the dead Lazarus out of the tomb, and after Jesus' words, the forces of death had to let go and Lazarus came back to life.
The same Jesus said before he was lifted up to heaven: ”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” He also said he would be with us always, to the very end of the age.
This Jesus, who calls and transforms so many lives, he still to this day transforms human lives, families, village communities and nations where he is allowed to come with his powerful word. Once in the resurrection, He who called Lazarus out of the tomb will also call all the dead in Christ out of their tombs. Then he will not only cry to Lazarus, but he will cry to all those who have died in the faith in Christ. They will then rise and forever be with Christ.
Effie Campbell translated
12th February 2020
SOUTH EAST ASIA: SHARIF IS SAVED
”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ”
John 3.16 to 17 NIV
“As a young boy,” says Sharif, “I was thrown out of the Muslim school because I asked difficult and awkward questions to the teacher. The teacher shouted to me, "You are a sinner, chap, and you will end up in hell!" Dad was furious. He threw me out of from home and banned the family from talking to me.
One day, I was surprised when a white-haired missionary spoke to me: "Hello brother, will you ride with me in this rickshaw?" Before the missionary left me, he gave me a New Testament.
That night I read the New Testament. It seemed to me that I flicked through the pages al by myself right up until the sun rose. I read the gospel after John. In chapter 3.17 it says: ”For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Several years after this, when Sharif told me his story, tears ran down his cheek. “You see, I wasn't sentenced to hell. I became a saved sinner. Jesus had come into the world to save me. "
For the next 10 years, Sharif had to endure severe hardships for his faith in Jesus. His father threatened to kill him. A Muslim gang gave him violent punches and left him twice mortally beaten. "But this means nothing," said Sharif, "even if they cut my body into a thousand parts, every part would cry: Jesus Christ is Lord!"
Sharif later led his father to Christ. "Now people come to worship in our home," said Sharif.
Today, Sharif is part of a movement of Muslims who have come to believe in Jesus Christ. A movement that may count more than 100,000 believers.
"30 Days in Prayer for the Muslim World"
Effie Campbell translated.
11th February 2020
Cambodia's western Cham people
”I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ” 1Tim. 2.1 to 4 NIV
Kandi was scared. Access to proper medical care was difficult to get when living in the country of Cambodia in year 2000. Her husband had left her and she was alone to take care of their children. Therefore, it came as a great help and comfort when she encountered a Christian married couple sent by God to meet her at this time and place of her life's journey.
The married couple had studied her language and listened intently to her. They prayed with her and referred her to Mercy Medical Center, where several people of God offered cheap medical care to those who were very poor. Here Kandi learned more about Jesus and the perfect sacrifice He gave to all people.
Kandys people were called the cham people. They lived scattered across all parts of Cambodia.
In year 2000, God speaks to one of his servant women to begin praying for the cham people once a week that they may come to know Jesus. Another woman joined her. In 2014, there were at least 10 believers from different countries praying for the cham people. This is still happening today and this is the key to the cham people's journey to come to believe in Jesus.
Several years after this, this married couple met Kandi again. God had answered their prayers and healed Kandi. She had also come to true faith in Jesus along with her son and her husband had returned home. Kandi had many questions that others had asked her about the faith, but she was unable to answer them. The married couple encouraged her to start a Bible study group in the village and her family was to be the first members. And thus the cham people's journey continues toward a living faith in Jesus!
"30 Days in Prayer for the Muslim World"
Effie Campbell translated.
10th February 2020
SEEKING GOD'S PRESENCE
”... If God is for us, who can be against us? ”
Rom. 8.31 NIV
A testimony from a believing man with a Muslim background:
I was born into a Muslim family. Some in the family did not believe in anything at all and had been secularized and others were religious. My father, who was a sophist, was very religious and he had a huge impact on my life. When I was 10 years old, I began to seek God. I was so eager to seek God’s presence and did everything I could to get closer to Him.
As a young man, I continued my search, and I became even more anxious to pray, fast, and go to the mosque. Not only did I pray the ordinary prayers, I also called upon God with all my heart. In those years when I sought God in Islam, it dawned on me that I had not come nearer to God - in fact, it seemed to me that God was far away from me. When I got the age to start at university, I stopped seeking God.
One evening, while with some friends, I heard the gospel for the first time. A reborn Christian, whom a mutual friend had presented to me, testified to me and shared the gospel of Jesus with me on one of the streets of Cairo. The week after, I went to church with him - and merely four weeks later I received Jesus as my personal Savior! I experienced exactly what this young believing man had told me: "Come and see for yourself - Jesus lives, He heals and sets people free."
That night I prayed for the first time. I asked Him, "Where's the way? Is Christ the Way to God? ”The answer was“ Yes ”. I said in my heart, "OK," and experienced at that very moment the presence of God - a heavenly peace and joy. I became a Christian at the same time, I said "ok" to Jesus!
Some time after this, my family and the village people persecuted and attacked me in the cruelest way, but His presence was so strong within me that I did not care about the loss and danger that followed becoming a disciple of Jesus.
"30 days in prayer for the Muslim world"
Effie Campbell translated
9th February 2020
THE SHARE BROKER WHO SAVED 669 CHILDREN
”Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
Prov. 3,27 NIV
It seems incredible, but English stockbroker Nicolas Winton managed to save 669 refugee children heading to Hitler's extermination camps in 1938. When this war hero died in 2015, 106 years old, his recommendation was the same: "You have to dare help, and you should not wait for others, because then it may be too late. "
At that time, a 29-year-old stockbroker from London was planning a ski vacation in Switzerland in December 1938, a friend in Prague called him: “I have an incredibly exciting job for you, and I need your assistance. Don't take your skis with you. "
When Winton reached the destination he was asked if he could not help in a refugee camp. In the camp were thousands of people fleeing from Hitler and lived in miserable conditions.
A conference had been held in Munich in September 1938, where Hitler had demanded Sudentenland, an area of Czeckoslovakia where a large number of Germans lived. Winton was convinced that the Germans would soon occupy the rest of the country. News of the Crystal Night and what happened on November 9-10 that year had also reached Prague, and people who were unwanted and hated were now trying to save themselves from the country. However, unlike other Eastern European countries, Czeckoslovakia had no refugee agreement with the rest of Europe.
"I noticed that children of refugees and other human groups who were Hitler's enemies were not being cared for," Winton said. “I decided to try to get a residence permit for them in England. But the demands became too large and difficult for most families. Authorities demanded £ 50 for each child, and you should have a family ready to accommodate all children. This was a heartbreaking situation. Most refugees did not have money for a meal.
The parents were completely desperate to get the children away to a place where they were safe as they had no way of getting a family outing permit. That's where I began to understand how great the suffering was each time the soldiers marched past. "
Families on hold
Winton opened an office in Prague where he began to register children of families who wanted to bring their children to safety somewhere abroad. Quickly, there were hundreds of families waiting in line outside his office. He approached several countries to inquire whether they were willing to receive children under the age of 18 if Winton found a home for them and if he deposited 50 pounds as a mortgage for each child. This should then cover their return journey after the war.
Because he wanted to save as many children as possible, Winton moved back to London again. In London he worked on the London Stock Exchange during the day, while the afternoons and evenings were spent on refugee work. He got his mother, his secretary and a few volunteers to help him.
Winton had to raise money and find foster homes. He advertised in British newspapers, in churches and synagogues. He printed pictures of the children and then sent them all over the country. Finding foster homes for the children was just one of many difficulties, so that he could get the necessary documents from the Germans and the British authorities.
“The authorities in England were so cumbersome and lethargic to approve the entry permits. We tried to push, but they simply replied: "Why such a rush? Nothing happens in Europe.” This was just a few months before the war broke out. So we just had to write some fake entry permits, ” he says.
The train that disappeared
On March 4, 1939, the first of Winton's child transports flew from Prague to England. Winton managed to organize a total of seven transports, most by train and ship to Liverpool, where the English foster parents were waiting for the children.
The last train transport with Winton's children drove on August 2, 1939, bringing the total number of children to 669 children. It is not difficult to imagine the stresses and emotions of the parents who now sent their children away knowing that they might never see each other again. And the fear and emotion has scarcely been less for the children who now said goodbye to their parents and closest in life, in favor of a completely unknown and foreign land.
On September 1, 1939, the largest child transport was to take place, but this day Hitler began his attack on Poland, and all the borders that Germany controlled were closed. This was the end of Winton's rescue operation. Later, Winton said that the image that plagued him most all these subsequent years was the faces of the hundreds of children on the train platform in Prague who were going with this last train. The train with all the children disappeared without a trace. “Just hours after Hitler's invasion was announced, the train disappeared. None of the 250 children on board this train were ever heard or seen afterwards. We had 250 expectant families waiting for the children in Liverpool who never reached there. If the train had departed the day before, then it would have reached its destination in Liverpool. No one ever heard anything from any of these children. It was a shocking thought to carry. "
The fate of this last train that disappeared underlines the importance of Winton's action. Furthermore, most of the rescued children's parents and siblings perished in extermination camps.
Fortify the rescue companies
After the war, Nicholas Winton was silent about what he had done. Not even his wife knew anything about this until half a century later in 1988 she found a book in the attic. The book contained pictures of all the children and a complete list of names, a few letters from the parents and other documents. Today the book and documents are in the Holocause Museum in Jerusalem Israel.
When the story of the war hero came out in public, it didn't take long for the rescued children to contact him and to write thank-you letters to Winton. Letters came to him from near and far across the globe and many came and rang at his door to thank him personally.
"His words to us today are that if there is a need for you to do something for your fellow human beings, you must do so," said English Lord Dubb, who was six years old when Winton rescued him.
“My father's greatest desire was to encourage people to make a difference and not wait for others to do so. This is what he was trying to convey in his speeches and in his book about his life, ”says Nick, Winton's son.
Embossed the world
Among those rescued are a world-renowned film director, journalists, members of government, politicians and one of those who established the Israeli Air Force. Right up to his death in June 2015 at the age of 106, Winton wore a ring he had received from several of the rescued children with an inscription from the Jewish Talmud: "Save one life, save the whole world."
Effie Campbell translated
See video about Nicolas Winton
8th February 2020
HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND GOD'S WORD?
”Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? ”
1 Cor. 14.8 NIV
The Word of God is often used so that what is true to you is not necessarily true to me. We decide for ourselves from our point of view of life what is right, and we gladly and conveniently erase what does not suit us.
There is a real possibility and danger that we give ourselves authority to be the fact and the result, and that we are turning the Word of God to make it fit into our own ideas and thoughts. The guidance of the church thus becomes weak and declining because the perception goes in many different directions. If the church's guidance becomes unclear, it will only create chaos, division and confusion. Where two Christians meet suddenly there are three opinions.
”Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? ”
1 Cor. 14.8 NIV Gathering soldiers together about the important and good goals of the church come to nothing because people are all running in different directions. A scattered and rootless church loses credibility. But why should we listen to it? It doesn't even know what it means. It becomes meaningless, because there are so many contradictory opinions that equalize each other. For 2000 years the church has proclaimed "the remission of sins - not the permission of sins".
Once Jesus said to Peter, ”Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. ” Matt.16,17 NIV
In order to understand the Word of God, we need the Spirit of God. It is definitely an advantage to invite him into our reading. We cannot interpret God's Word alone, independently of Him. He is the Helper who will guide us to all truth. Without Him we are "lost in space" and our thoughts and opinions then become the remaining. Our thoughts, opinions, and interpretations of God's Word become like weeds and sucker in the field unless we get help from the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is allowed to guide us in the Word, the fruits are: peace, righteousness, justice and salvation. Kyrie Eleison.
Frank Erlandsen, pastor
Effie Campbell translated
THE IMPOSSIBLE PRAYER
Be strengthened and enlivened by this story of the missionary physician, Helen Rosevear, in believing in prayer, though it seems impossible!
One night in the Central African Republic, I had worked late at night with a childbirth in the delivery room. But despite doing our utmost, the mother died during childbirth, leaving behind a prematurely born baby and a weeping two-year-old daughter. Keeping the baby alive would be difficult. We had no incubators and no auxiliary instruments to help feed the baby. And even though we were near the equator, the nights were often cold and the draught were dangerous.
One girl who trained as a midwife went to pick up the box we used to put newborns in. Another went to get hot water for the hot water bottle. But she was quickly back and was completely shaken, because when she was pooring hot water into the hot-water bottle, the bottle was leaking. Rubber rots rapidly in tropical climates. "And this was our last hot-water bottle," she said very dejected. In the Western world we have a saying that we should not cry over spilled milk. Similarly, in the Central African Republic, it can be said that it is useless to cry about a cracked hot-water bottle. But these do not grow on the trees here, and there are no shops or pharmacies in the jungle.
"Well," I said, "then put the baby as close to the fire as you can, and then you must sleep between the child and the door to protect it from the draft. Your job is to keep the baby warm. At noon the following day, I went over to the children at the orphanage. They wanted to pray with me, and we did this most days. I made several suggestions to the children as to who they could pray for, and I told them about the infant. I told them about our difficulties in keeping the baby warm, and I told them about the hot-water bottle that broke. The infant could easily die if it got cold. I also told them about the two-year-old sister who cried because her mother died.
During the prayer meeting, 10-year-old Ruth prayed confidently and straightforwardly, as African children do: “Dear God, please send us a hot-water bottle. It is too late tomorrow, God, because then the child is dead, so please send it to us already this afternoon. "As I gasped inside over this impossible prayer, she added a few more words:" ... and while you're in the process, be nice to send a doll to the little sister so she can know you really love her? "
As so often before, when it came to the children's prayer, I was put on a hard test. Could I really say "Amen"? I just didn't believe that God could do this. And well, I know God can do anything, because the Bible tells us, but there are limitations, isn't there? The only way God could answer this prayer was through a package from the homeland. I had been in Africa for four years and I had never received a package from home. And if someone sent a package, who would think of putting a hot-water bottle in it? I lived close to tropical equator after all!
In the afternoon, while I was teaching nurses, I was told that there was a car outside the front door at my residence. Before I got there, the car had disappeared, but on the porch there was a package of 11 kg! I felt the tears welling up behind my eyes. I couldn't bear to pack up alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.
Together we took the tape off while gently loosening all the knots. We put the paper together carefully and made sure it didn't break. Tension increased! About 40 pairs of eyes stared at the box. At the top were some colorful home-knit sweaters. The children's eyes glowed as I handed them out. Then there were home-made knits for the leprosy patients, and the children started to get bored. Then came a box of raisins, so we should probably get some good buns this weekend. When I then put my hand down in the box again I felt there was one like ... could it really be right? I took the package up. A brand new hot-water bottle! I started to cry. I hadn't asked God to send it, because I didn't think he could. Ruth stood in the front and considered it all. She rushed forward to the box and shouted, "When God sent a hot-water bottle, He must have sent a doll too!"
After searching the bottom of the box, she finally drew a small but adorable doll up. Her eyes twinkled. She had never been in doubt. Looking at me, she asked, "May I come with you, Mother, to give the little girl the doll so she can know that Jesus really loves her?"
The package had been on the way for five months. My previous Sunday school class had packed it. The leaders had been obedient to the reminder of God and had therefore sent me a hot-water bottle despite the fact that I lived in the warmest place on earth at equator. One of the girls had put a doll in it for an African child of five months before even that a 10-year-old girl's prayer was expressed at all, asking to get all this "here this afternoon today".
Effie Campbell translated
6th February 2020
WHAT DOES EXTINGUISH THE SOUL?
John 14,6 NIV
It was Moody who said in one of his books that if you throw a handful of sawdust out in the courtyard there is hardly a bird looking in that direction, but if you throw a handful of bread crumbs for example, then the birds are right there to eat it up.
When we think of spiritual food, a child of God feels the difference between the sawdust of the world and the bread that came down from heaven. Jesus Christ, His word is the only thing that can quench the thirsty soul. Do not drink from the mud pools of the world, but fill yourself with the clear, pure spring water that Jesus has to give you.
Throughout the summer, worldly events are held on weekends, in fact there are two and three of them to choose from. But when the noise has died out, the joy goes out, too, because there is no true joy to be found in noise. The Faroese word for fun, ”stuttleiki” really says it all: it means a short game.
No, Jesus offers the real thing, he fills life with meaning and content. When we receive Him in faith and invite Him into our hearts, we receive the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, peace, and true joy.
He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can acquire this without surrendering to Jesus. He is waiting for you and wants all the best for you.
5th February 2020
Smith Wigglesworth and the revival
”All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. ”
Smith Wigglesworth was once the cause of a revival on board a large passenger liner. He was aboard this ship, sailing between Southhampton and Cape Town. When the passengers heard that a famous missionary was on board, they asked him if he was willing to attend a concert to be held on board. A ship concert was one of the most improper events that could take place at that time. Outside the three-mile limit, everything was allowed.
Smith understood that they wanted to make fun of him and to get something ridiculous out of the fact that he did not have a tone in his head, nor could he pronounce the letter H, so he intended to use this opportunity to testify about God.
“Okay,” he said, “but I have two conditions. First: I want to be the first one on stage tonight. Next, I want to sing."
Everyone agreed and for many days this concert was now talked about. Everyone laughed and delighted when they heard that Smith Wigglesworth was going to sin.
"I would like to know what he wants to sing that night," one woman said. "Maybe 'oly, oly', oly', almighty God."
The concert night came, and Smith Wigglesworth stepped forward and sang, "Tell me the story of Jesus" in front of 1500 passengers. The Holy Spirit came upon him, and he sang like he has never sung before. When he finished the song there was complete silence in the hall and he began to speak. The Spirit of God fell upon the passengers and a revival broke out on board, and it lasted until the ship reached port.
Effie Campbell translated
4th February 2020
FIVE SIGNIFICANT ANSWERS
”What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ”
Rom. 8.31 NIV
Paul asks five important questions:
1) ”... If God is for us, who can be against us? ”
The knowledge of God's presence gives you all the benefits. So no matter what you struggle with today, you can remind yourself that God is with you.
Consider this: Would God first want to save your soul, and then later drop you? Or would He want to take care of your eternal needs and not your earthly needs? No!
None - For God Himself has given us the right to trust in Him. No accusative voice, nor your own, is accounted for by the heavenly court. God’s approval surpasses everything. It goes far beyond that others are rejecting us - He accepts you because He sees you "in Christ".
When those who accuse you stand up and speak out against you, then Jesus, your defense lawyer, will make them silent. Why? Because his blood hides you!
Paul himself answers his own question:
”For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” (Verses 38-39)
Knowing these five truths will help you enjoy your day even more and sleep better at night!
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell translated.
3rd February 2020
DO NOT LET BITTERNESS COME INTO YOUR HEART
”And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
“We have a Savior who loves us and who gave His life for all people. God hates sin but loves the sinner. People come and people go, but there are three things that never change or go away: Faith, hope and love. ”Greatast of all is love.
God loves to break logic. “The greatest thing the Bible mentions is love. There is hope for you who find yourself in a hopeless situation. There is one thing that is the most important of all, to walk in love. ”In Exodus 15 God freed the Israeli people after more than 400 years in Egyptian slavery.
“A whole people went on foot, healed through the blood of the lamb, in joy of victory with silver and gold. No one else has experienced anything like it. God was present there in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. He divided the sea, an incredible event, but God loves to break logic.
They wandered across the ocean, dancing and singing praises as they walked. But on the other side of the sea they came to Mara, where the water was bitter. It didn't turn out the way they thought it would. The same can happen to us as well. It can come differently over our lives and then stay there, tucked well away in a remote corner in our hearts.
If this place gets bitter, then it will eventually affect our entire lives negatively. What started well can develop into problems and challenges. But we must move on in life and not stop at the waters of bitterness. There is nothing that stinks worse than bitter Christian people.
You must have a pump inside you if bitter water has entered you. The Bible's Joseph is an excellent example of this. Joseph kept his heart from the trap of bitterness throughout his life, and this led to great blessings for many people.
Joseph had dreams and revelations. The brothers became enraged and threw him into a well and then sold him to Egypt. But on his way to Egypt, Joseph switched on the "bale out pump", so he could empty and got rid of the bitter water.
In Egypt, Joseph was sold to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's courtiers. Later, Potiphar's wife made false charges against Joseph, and he was thrown in jail. But even in prison he kept his heart from all bitterness. When he came out of prison many years later, he did not come out of it as a bitter and angry man, but rather as a man filled with the Spirit and power of God.
Joseph did not share in any bitterness. He was true and genuine and this made him the country's prime minister during the time of famine in Egypt. This eventually led to Joseph being allowed to reunite with his brothers and the rest of his family. How could this be possible? Well, because Joseph didn't let the bitterness take over.
I have one word for all Christians everywhere in Scandinavia: Could we not stop accusing each other? The greatest and most important thing we can do is to embrace each other spiritually and then move on so that we can win the world for Jesus.
There is one who shows the way: Jesus Christ. He was crucified and died for all our sins and mistakes. His love for sinners is stronger than the hatred that prevails in Europe today. Jesus loves all people and we should do exactly the same.
Make sure that you do not die like an enemy to any person, but make up for it and with all the bitterness and disappointment tonight. ”
”It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” and ”And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Cor. 13.7 and 13NIV
Effie Campbell translated
2nd February 2020
A LIVING BOOK
”Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ”
Joshua 1,8 NIV
Sten Sørensen, editor
I want to encourage everyody to read the Bible. No book has more significance and is more alive than this book! God speaks to us through the Bible, and as we fill ourselves with the Word, we become transformed.
We must read the Bible through the main character, Jesus Christ. We find Jesus in all the books of the Bible, and when we meet Jesus in Scripture, it becomes a living book! Secondly, the Bible is ONE book. We must see it as a coherent whole, and it must always be read and understood from its main message: the way to salvation, and the key person: Jesus Christ! Thirdly, we have been given a Guide. The Bible is the only book we can read where the author is found inside the Book. The Holy Spirit who lives within us is our guide.
Did you notice that Jesus did not leave behind any scripture or text that He himself wrote? It was not necessary for Him. He is the Word itself, and all Scripture testifies about Him! Believing in Him is not the same as believing in a text or signing a declaration of allegiance. After spending 14 years in prison and being tormented for his faith, the Romanian pastor Ricard Wurmbrandt said about Psalm 23 that the psalm never gave him any help, but the Shepherd himself that the psalm mentions, helped him faithfully through all. Faith is the personal encounter with Christ. It is this view of the Bible that makes us approach the Bible with caution, reverence, esteem and tenderness.
How we listen to a preacher says something about how we understand the Bible. “Did he base his speech on the Bible?” Some wonder as they listen to a preacher. In this case, the Bible becomes "something" to take your point of departure in, a stepping stone to say something more. Others again ask, "How was the preacher, did he go into the text?" Suddenly, the Bible has become a gigantic landscape in which you can penetrate. Thus the Bible becomes alive and powerful.
I have had the pleasure and honor of being able to see some of the old Bibles of Aril Edvardsen. Just flipping through these Bible pages makes you feel as if you are on holy ground. He read and searched more than 30 Bibles. Aril Edvardsen read with the pen so that the pages are underlined and comments are written in the margin. Every one of these Bibles are worn.
Already as newly saved Aril Edvardsen was a Bible-starving man. The first two weeks after his conversion he used to read the entire Bible from end to end. After that, he read the Bible from beginning to end more than 200 times.
The Bible gave Aril a living faith. The Bible has shaped, formed and marked many people. It is by far the world's most important book. But now we need a Bible revival in this country.
Effie Campbell translated
1st February 2020
FILLING UP IN MARRIAGE BECAUSE OF LEAKS
”You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. ”
Gal. 5.13 NIV
We need filling into marriage because there are leaks. The gospel is an aid to living in grace and forgiveness. The solution that the Bible points out when it comes to sin and not being able to handle certain situations, is grace. But grace works only for the humble, not for the haughty, vain, proud, or the supercilious. Paul admonishes us in Gal. 5 to live a life in the Spirit. To live in the Spirit is to live bound to God. Therefore, the gospel is the best filling into a marriage. We should not demand of each other but admit our stupidity and mistakes and ask for forgiveness.
You must acknowledge that you are dirty before you can ask for a soap. Jesus' blood cleanses us from all sin. I need just that grace every single day.
We cannot live by all the rules that exist about how a good marriage works. Here, it is of the utmost importance not to demand that the other part in the marriage changes, but rather that we want to change ourselves.
Effie Campbell translated