25th January 2021
IN THE NAME OF OUR GOD “May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God...” Psalms 20:6NIV There can easily be a heavy mood over Christians because they feel they have lost the battle. You feel in many ways yourself how weak you are and experience being defeated over and over again. Indeed, Christians will win. They have to lift the banner in the name of God. And so it is with you, especially in the battle you are to fight. Do not merely walk around waiting for being defeated. Then defeat is certain. Also you will gain victory. Not in your own power, but in the name of our God. Go boldly into the battle and trust God and His mighty power. Then you will finally rejoice in your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. FW / TDH translated
24th January 2021
CREATED AND BLESSED BY GOD ”So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them ...” Gen.1,27-28 Out of all of God's creatures here on earth, only man was created in God's own image - created to resemble the holy and eternal God. Therefore, man is the most excellent of all God's creatures on earth. We are created to live in fellowship with God here on earth every day in holiness and later in bliss in his home. And of all the creatures of God, only we humans have received the blessing of God. We occupy a special position, a privilege among God's creatures here on earth. But how do we stand before God? Shouldn't we not merely agree with the famous Frenchman, Pascal, when he says of man: “We are miserable, temporal and immortal, proud and humble, pure and impure, loving and merciless - all at the same time. There is only one reason and meaning in this life: to seek out from this miserable position to the God who created us. ” It is the sin in ourselves that draws us away from God. It enchants us with freedom, joy and honor and much more outside of God. But the word of God says that this leads to eternal damnation. And the experiences of life show - as the Church Father Augustine also says - that "to God we are created, and our heart does not receive peace until it finds rest with God." This corresponds with the words of the prophet Isaiah: ““There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” ” Isaiah48,22NIV Let us remain under God's blessing and thank God, our Creator, and act as James advises us to do in his letter: “Come near to God and he will come near to you. ” James 4:8NIV n.
23rd January 2021
THE INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL FOR THE WORLD ““ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” ” Mark.9:23NIV Olav Nerland You can buy different items where an instruction manual is included, and that is good, as the person who created the item also knows best how the item is to be used and maintained, so that we get the best out of it and so that the item last as long as possible. Therefore, when you buy something that comes with an instruction manual, first read it carefully before you do anything, because otherwise you can easily do something wrong and in the worst case, ruin what you have bought. When God created man, he also gave us instructions for life. In the beginning, it was the conscience. But later God also gave us the Ten Commandments on stone tablets. Written with God's fingers. It is clear that He who created life also knows how to use it so that we get the best out of it and eternal bliss in the end. In the Old Covenant, these stone tablets with the Ten Commandments were stored in the mercy seat along with a golden jar with manna and Aaron's stick that had borne fruit. Num.17:8 Have you thought that when you surrendered yourself into the hands of Jesus, who is the mercy seat of the new covenant, then you also submitted to the will of God, which is written in the Ten Commandments. When you received the remission for all your sins, then you were born again. You were given a new life fed on the heavenly manna. This life grows and bears fruit, of which Aaron's stick is a picture. "His commandments are not heavy," writes the apostle John. “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. ” 1.John.5:4NIV. Mark 9:23NIV Do you believe this? Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill them. Matt.5:17NIV. He will also complete them with all who have surrendered into His hands! Also you! The Ten Commandments are therefore the instructions of life from the hand of God, our Creator. Himmelveien. E.Campbell translated
22th January 2021
USE THE TIME RIGHT! “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Eccl.3:1 NIV For everything there is a limited time, and all things under the heavens have their time, says the author, and he explains this in more detail and says, among other things: to be silent has its time, and to speak has its time. A good word always finds a place in the hearts. It may be hidden away for many years, but then it comes to mind when it is needed and it turns on the lights in the dark. Therefore, we should not economize and save the good words. They are never said in vain. There is a time to speak and therefore it is important to use the right moment. It can hurt the mind for many years if we neglected the opportunity while it was there to say the good words. But silence also has its time. We often forget that. We so often say something we ought not to have said. Once the words passed our lips we could not take them back again, no matter how much we wished they had never been uttered. - Surely there is a time to be silent. In particular, we should keep silent when it comes to rumors and fabricated stories. Once a young man came to Socrates to learn wisdom. All the while, this young man was talking, so Socrates was not allowed to speak. When Socrates afterwards demanded double payment from the young man, the young man inquired as to the reason for it. Socrates replied: because I had to teach you two things. One is to be silent, but the other is to speak. Lord, keep watch over my mouth, watch my lips, the psalmist prays in the Bible. We also need to pray the same prayer. Notabene. Torkil Beder translated
January 21, 2021
CREDITED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS “This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” ” Rom.4:22NIV To understand the wording "credited to", we come to think about money holdings that are transferred from one account to another. Banks do this every single day. Consider for a moment that your situation looks completely hopeless and that you are not able to pay your debts. Then an incredibly gracious person comes and takes care of all your debt - and moreover, he transfers such a large sum of money to your account that you will never have to work again. That was what happened on the cross when God "transferred" all our sins to Christ's "account" and credited us His righteousness. It is so completely unique! Would you have said, “I cannot let you pay all that debt, so I will work to make myself worthy of your grace? That, in fact, is what we say when we add our good works to the complete work of Christ. Salvation is like a product declaration on health food: No artificial (man- made) materials are added. Paul writes: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ” 2 Corinthians 5:21NIV In the same way that God" made "Him (Jesus), who did not know sin, into sin," He "made you who could never be just enough, just in His eyes." But I feel so guilty when I sin!" Yes, but that is the point! But when Christ took all your sin, then also He took all your debt. How do you feel today? An inner struggle! Your born-again spirit tells you that you can no longer live with sin; that is no longer who you are! Why did God do it this way? Because any righteousness we ourselves might achieve is very far from what He demands. Rejoice - today God sees you clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and therefore you are always loved and accepted. "... a Word for the Day" Effie Campbell translated
20th January 2021
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE
““What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied.” Matt.22:42 NIV Robert Pierson The biggest question for every single person today is, "What do you think about the Messiah?" Matt.22:42. Our eternal destiny depends on our answer to this question. A free thinker was dying. To him, death was just a leap into the night. When the black carpet is pulled for then there was nothing more. Then it was all over. Without Jesus, there is no life-giver and no miraculous resurrection. While he was lying like this, thinking of all this on his deathbed, the Spirit of God must have spoken to him, for after his death a sheet of paper was found with the following words: "I have tried in vain to fight my anxiety in a thousand ways. The Bible tells us that there is only one way: Jesus. There was darkness in my soul. My heart was hard as steel. I could neither see nor hear. I cried for light and life. But there was only one thing to do: to come to Jesus in simple faith. He died, he lives, he sits in power, he intercedes for me. There is love in all his words and deeds. The only hope for a guilty sinner is to come to Jesus. Just let others laugh and mock. I will go to him with all my guilt and shame. The name above all names is Jesus. ” Effie Campbell translated
19th January 2021
“The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. ” Rev.1:20 NIV Jesus says, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. ” Matt.16,18NIV Jesus builds churches. He will build his church on the revelation of himself. Jesus is building his church and we are involved in this work too. Each church is a golden candlestick of God, as it is written in Rev.1,20 e.c translated
18th January 2021
THERE IS HOPE ”“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matt.7:7 NIV Shervin Ebrahimian told about his life in Vision Norway. He is Iranian, but moved to Norway with his family when he was 13. It was revolutionary for him to come to such a foreign culture. He had a hard time with the new life and got into addiction problems. It got worse and worse and this was his life for 11 years. He had a son but had no connection with him. Shervin was a Muslim, but only by name. He searched experimented Buddhism and Hinduism and was in Nepal for a period of time. But none of this made any sense to him and he thought to himself that he was a failure, a bad father to his son and a bad son to his parents. He no longer believed that there was any hope for him and he therefore had plans to end his life, but then a sigh of relief came from him: "God, if you exist, then you must help me !!!" - The phone rang and he did not want to take it but took it anyway. It was a Norwegian friend from the substance abuse community. He said, “He who created heaven and earth has moved into my heart. I have been saved! ” Shervin then said, "You must come and visit me." The Norwegian friend replied: "I'm on my way to you with a Bible." The Norwegian boy was a child of prayer, and two months before this he had been saved. Then he started praying for Shervin, his Iranian friend. During this period, the Norwegian friend went to some meetings in Seljord. There were several saved Iranians in Seljord. The Norwegian friend then says to one of these Iranians: “I have an Iranian friend. I wish he was saved just like you. ” "Well," replied the Iranian, "go and buy him a Bible." Then he got up and went out to his car and then came back with 10-15 cassette tapes with speeches and praise in Farsi. "You need to call your friend and give him this." When Shervin played the cassettes it was the first time he heard praise in Farsi. He felt a sacred atmosphere inside his living room. He went to a Maranata meeting in Arendal with his Norwegian friend. The speaker spoke directly into Shervin's life as if he were speaking only to Shervin and not to the 20-25 other participants in the meeting. While sitting there he gained faith. He was filled with the presence of God, His power and glory. He completely lost the desire to go on with his old life. He was now released from everything, even the cigarettes. Now 20 years have passed. What fills his life now are the Christian meetings, Bible reading, and service to the Lord. He urges those who pray for theirs to be persistent in prayer, for the promises are rock solid and the answers come in their own hour. Effie Campbell
17th January 2021
TOO SUPERFICIAL CONVERSION?
”“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ” Matt.7:13-14NIV I once spoke to an old believing woman who asked, “How come that those who have stood up witnessing at meetings suddenly disappear and do not come to the meetings anymore? Is it because their conversion is too superficial? I have experienced two revivals and by these you could see people crying over their sin. They were in a veritable crisis because of their sin. You don't see that anymore. “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ” Matt.7:14NIV When you want to penetrate through the small gate - this is the repentance itself - then you cannot take all kinds of rubbish with you. You have to let it go. But you get so much more. The bright beach at the land of bliss lies ahead, and there Jesus, our Savior, and all our loved ones await us. ” I interjected that maybe it was also because they stopped praying, reading the Bible, and seeing God's children. They did not fix their eyes on Jesus - and then things went wrong. If we want to reach the goal, what do we have to do? The following little story gives the answer: The children sat inside the classroom writing. Suddenly it became dark inside. The teacher got up to turn on the light and shortly after, it rang for recess. When the children came outside, they noticed that it had snowed. A fine thin white blanket lay all over the schoolyard. Three little girls then came up with a game. They had to walk from the school stairs and over towards the courtyard gate and then see which of the three could walk the most straight line with the footsteps in the snow. Two of them looked down at their feet while walking and made an effort to step foot by foot as straight as possible. But when they reached the gate and turned, they saw that their footprints twisted here and there while the footprints of the third girl were completely straight. "How could you do it?" they asked in astonishment. " Before I began the stroll, I looked over toward the gate. On each side of the gate there is a post with a round decorative ball at the top of each post. I never looked down at my feet during the trip, but I fixed my eyes on one of these balls and kept staring at it all the time while walking.” This is exactly what we need to do: fix our eyes on Jesus. Then we come in a straight line and directly home. Effie Campbell 16. January 2021
STINGY AND SELF-CENTRED ”Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ” 2 Cor.9:7 NIV Once upon a time there was a twenty-krone coin and a 200-krone note in Danish currency. They were both worn out and used a lot, and therefore they were now sent back to the bank on "early retirement". They were put side by side. Then the 200-krone note starts talking. “I have experienced a lot of exciting things in my life,” it said, “I have been to the finest and most sumptuous restaurants and once I was in a casino. What have you experienced?” I have been inside a national church, a Baptist church and a Pentecostal church,” the coin replied. "A church, what is that?" asked the note curiously. This obviously is a parable, and you probably understand that it is to tell us something about people being stingy when it comes to the affairs of the kingdom of God, that they think it is enough to give a coin every now and then to the church collection. But when it comes to themselves and acquiring things, experiences and entertainment, the banknotes are loose in the wallet. Let us consider and understand how precious a human soul really is and that it will live for all eternity. Therefore, let us sacrifice what we can to give people the gospel. Luke 8:3 NIV states: “Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. ” “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously...for God loves a cheerful giver. ” 2Cor.9:6-7NIV Effie Campbell
15th January 2021
CAN A MOTHER FORGET THE BABY AT HER BREAST?
”“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion
on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
Isaiah 49:15 NIV
It is God who raises this question in Isaiah 49:15 at a time when Israel
was in a bad condition, a situation we can all face, and which can give
rise to dark thoughts: “...“The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has
forgotten me.” (Vers.14) When we are in good shape and have tailwinds
and when we are doing well, such thoughts do not hit us. But when we are
in a bad shape and have headwinds and may even have fallen, then these
words can hit us like a cloud: “...“The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has
forgotten me.” God's response to Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jewish people
then - as well as today - and to every little child of God today - who may
have similar thoughts in future, is… ”“Can a mother forget the baby at her
breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she
may forget, I will not forget you!” And the Lord continues in verses 16
and 17: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls
are ever before me. Your children hasten back, and those who laid you
waste depart from you.” This prophetic word was given to Israel 2,800
years ago through Isaiah. The walls have been rebuilt.
The children of Israel, the Jews have returned home. Those nations that
have wanted to lay Israel in ruins since 1948 have fought in vain. But just
as many of God's prophetic words have a double meaning, so does this.
For this also includes you who believe in the Savior Jesus, who descended
from the Jews. Others may forget you, says the Lord - but ...
* I will not forget you!
* Your name is written down with a nail in my hand!
* I rebuild your demolished walls!
* I gather your children - your family!
* The destroyer must flee!
* Because you are mine - and I am yours!
* Do not trust your feelings, but rather my Word!
* I will lead you all the way home!
* Smile - because I smile at you!
Do not let your emotions deceive you - but trust the truth, which is: "I will
not forget you!" says the Lord. When God can rebuild the broken and
shattered walls of an entire nation - then He can do the same in your life
and in my life - in our generation.
Effie Campbell translated
14th january 2021
YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL
”You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
I have to admit, I always wondered what this part of Psalm 23 meant. I thought “He anoints my head with oil” was figurative language for God keeping the Psalmist healthy. I never knew this parallel.
Anoint my head with oil
“Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects. So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil. Then there is peace. That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep. Do you have times of mental torment? Do the worrisome thoughts invade your mind over and over? Do you beat your head against a wall trying to stop them? Have you ever asked God to anoint your head with oil? He has an endless supply! His oil protects and makes it possible for you to fix your heart, mind, and eyes on Him today and always! There is peace in the valley! May our good good Father anoint your head with oil today so that your cup overflows with blessings! God is good and He is faithful!!”
Effie Campbell translated
13th January 2021
SMITH WIGGELSWORTH TELLS
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ” 2 Cor.3:16-18 NIV "I remember once I left a train carriage in order to wash my hands. By this time I was in a period I had set aside for prayer and the Lord had filled me to the abundance of His love. I was on my way to a conference in Ireland and I could hardly get there fast enough. When I returned to my seat, the Spirit of the Lord was so strong over me that I believe my face shone. There were also two priests in the train compartment of mine and as I stepped inside the compartment, one of them shouted: "You convince me of sin!" Within three minutes, everyone present in the compartment cried out for salvation. I have experienced similar events several times. This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit that Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians chapter 3. Here he tells us that we are to be both his letter and his image. This fullness of the Spirit makes your life so effective that even people in stores and malls try to distance themselves from your presence because they are convinced of sin. ” This account shows us the unimaginable possibilities that exist in a life that has surrendered to the Lord. Sad that some choose to see life with such a limited horizon as the days we are assigned in our time. Eternity is God's aim with us and we long for Him. ” In our days, fornication and frivolity are like a dam that blocks the tidal wave of God,” writes Michael L. Brown. "Where the dam bursts, there will be a celestial tidal wave instead." Effie Campbell translated
12th January 2021
THE EXCHANGE ““He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” ” 1.Pet.2:24 NIV There are countless examples in Scripture of this "exchange." Jesus says for example. Forgive one another as God forgives us. He promises that God will be merciful to those who show mercy. The most fundamental thing in this "exchange" is in Jesus' promise, where he says that if we give him our lives, he will give us life in abundance - eternal life. And he says: “...‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” Matt.25:40NIV This means that God blesses us when we let him use us to bless others. This basic rule I have encountered again and again, all as I grew in my spiritual life. Another clear and distinct example is found in the story of Job. He suffered a lot and lost everything. But it is written: “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. ” Job. 42.10NIV. When Job began to pray for those who criticize him exclusively, the miracle happens, he got everything back and that in abundance. Yet the greatest change in world history is what Jesus did for us when he was hung on the cross carrying all our sins on his body. ““He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” ” 1.Pet.2:24 NIV It was a heavy burden having to bear all the sins of the world. And what happened then on the cross? Well: “having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. ” Col.2:14NIV And now the exchange was done, we got the purity of Jesus, and he was made black by all the sins of the world: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ” 2.Cor.5:21 Give Jesus your life. You will never regret it, I can assure you. Effie Campbell translated
11th January 2021
THE BLOOD OF JESUS “ ... it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. ” Lev.17:11 NIV Jeffrey Ebert says: “When I was five years old, the car manufacturers had not started using seat belts and airbags in the cars and one evening I was driving with my parents on a small country road with just two lanes. Mom was sitting under me when an oncoming drunk driver came over into our lane and drove head-on into our car. I do not even remember the clash itself; but the fear and unrest still come before me, that I felt when I saw that I was smeared with blood from head to toe. I quickly realized that all this just could not belong to me at all and that it was blood from my mother. The moment the two powerful headlights hit her eyes, she hid my little body behind her own body as a pure act of reflection and without thinking about it. It was her body that was hurled against the dashboard and it was her head that shattered the windshield. She took the blow instead of me. There had to be many difficult surgeries before mother recovered from this episode. On the cross, Jesus took the clash instead of us - he paid for our sins, and the very moment we put our trust in him, his blood unites us with God. Think about God's problem. The Bible says: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” Hab.1:13 NIV God solves the problem he has with us by leading us back to our proper place "in Christ" so that he sees us through his blood. The word of God says, “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. ” Lev.17:11 NIV To provide atonement means to unite two parties that were previously separated. How wonderful! Jesus' blood is the bridge that connects the gulf and makes us one with God! "... a Word for the Day." Effie Campbell translated
10th January 2021 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy ...“ Gal.5.22 NIV The second fruit in the line of fruits of the spirit is joy. A little girl said to her mother, "Mom, I think Mr. Kinsey goes to heaven every night because he's so happy every day!" But Bill Kinsey had his own explanation: "Joy is the flag that waves on the castle of the heart when King Jesus lives there." The angel was glad when he announced: “... “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 NIV In Scripture, we hear much about people who knew God and how they were filled with joy in their hearts. ”With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. ” Isaiah 12:3NIV “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11NIV “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God...” Isaiah 61:10NIV “... you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, ” 1Pet.1:8NIV Here is the recipe for joy: First your Savior, then your neighbor, and then yourself. Christ is the guarantee and foundation of eternal joy and happiness. Effie Campbell translated
9th January 2021
LET ME BE LIKE JOERGEN! “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. ” 1.Pet.2.21NIV Joergen was an alcoholic who was miraculously saved. He had come into contact with some missionaries on the notorious street of Istedgade in Copenhagen. Before he was saved, he was known as an incorrigible drunkard and troublemaker. But when he was saved, all this changed completely. Joergen now became the one who showed the greatest care at the hostel. He spent all his time there. He did anything. He did not perceive himself too good at even the simplest and dirtiest work. Whether it was about washing vomit or washing the toilets after the alcoholics and addicts, he did it with pleasure. One could be sure that Joergen was always ready to cook for anyone who walked in from the street. He helped those in need, helped them off their clothes, and put them to bed. One evening after a revival meeting, an alcoholic approached the altar, fell on his knees and prayed loud and clear: “Oh God, let me be like Joergen. Let me be like Joergen! Let me be like Joergen! ” The missionary then walked over to him and said, "Don't you mean Jesus?" The alcoholic thougt about it for a moment, then looked at the missionary and said: "Does he look like Joergen?" Can other people see Jesus in you? "... a Word for the Day". E.Campbell translated
8th January 2021
YOU ARE FREE ”The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, ” Isaiah 61.1 NIV During World War II, an American professor and a British military chaplain sat as prisoners in a German prison camp. The professor sat in the American part and the Englishman in the English part of the camp. The American had made a transistor radio, and these two friends met every day at the fence to exchange the latest news. They spoke together in the Gaelic language. It is an ancient language spoken up in the Scottish Highlands and the guards did not understand this language. One day the professor heard that the Germans had surrendered three days before, and he told his friend on the other side of the fence about this. A moment later, a triumphant cry of joy was heard on the English side. It was still a few days before the Germans themselves received the message; but when the message eventually reached their ears, the Germans fled headlong, leaving all the gates unlocked. Americans and Englishmen now left the camp as unbound and free men. Jesus said he came to preach and proclaim release to prisoners. Isaiah 61,1. This was and is good news - Satan is a defeated enemy. Your prison doors are open. Your freedom was won at Calvary - you just have to accept it, act accordingly, and stop behaving like a prisoner. Did you know that the African impala (an antelope) can jump 5 meters high and 10 meters long? And yet they keep it confined in a small cage that measures two times two meters. Why? Because it does not dare to jump when it cannot see where it is going to land. Faith is the ability to jump while trusting God, even if you cannot see where you are landing. Faith opens doors and sets you free from any prison. Today "the son has released you from prison and set you free" - therefore go out now and act in accordance with this! "... a Word for the Day". E.Campbell translated
7th January 2021
WEALTH IN ADVERSITY
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27.1 NIV A little paraphrased a Danish proverb says, - In good weather, even a fool can lead a ship. It is in stormy weather that ship and captain are to stand their test. And this applies to all of us. We all want to have a tailwind and that happiness smiles on us, but adversity is beneficial to our nature and psyche. Adversity pushes us away from what has no meaning and which can bind our minds when all is well and it teaches us to crave for what matters. In adversity it comes to light whether we have spiritual strength. Adversity can be heavy to bear. We all know that. Economic adversity, possibly through many years can bend the back of even the strongest and can stifle his courage. And if there are other adversities as well, such as illness, as often happens, it can be extremely painful and hard to go through and feel like a heavy yoke. But nonetheless, it is precisely these times that leave the deepest traces in a person's life. For it taught us to know the difference between the essential and the insignificant. Adversity takes a lot from us. The friends become fewer, but those who remain, they are the true friends. And the best of all is that in times of adversity we learn to seek help from God and let ourselves be guided by Him. These are values that no one and nothing can deprive us of. Notabene. Torkil Beder translated
6th January 2021
YOU ARE ONE OF “THEM” ”But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Hebr. 10:39NIV "Them" - who are they? This scripture asks the question: Who are "those who believe" and are saved? The writer of Hebrews had certain people in mind. We find the answer in chapter 11, where he mentions the heroes of faith. These include Moses, Enoch, Noah, Sarah, Abraham, Rahab, Gideon, David and Samuel. You are one of them". A direct relationship is between you and Moses and Enoch. These men and these women, who are mentioned here, got into great difficulty but also showed great faith. Moses could shout and scream in anger, but repented; Noah had alcohol problems, but still believed in the word of God and obeyed the word, Sarah directly mocked God but was still spared and saved; Rahab lived in fornication; Gideon was a doubter; David was subject to his lust; and Samuel was not able to bring up his children. They all sinned as mentioned above, but they sought God again and found salvation. You must do the same. The 12th chapter of Hebrews begins with the following words: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles ...” Does this sound difficult? Heb.12,2-3 encourages us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith ... Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ” Hang on. Do not deviate from the course. Others have triumphed in faith, and so can you.
5th January 2021
OUR WILL AND GOD'S WILL “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Mat.6:10NIV The little child tramples furiously on the floor and keeps shouting: "I want, I want". When the mother takes the child in her arms and carries it outside, it starts screaming and crying because it did not get its will. I want, I want. This is often also our own chorus, we who have grown up. We humans want that our will prevails, and this also regardless of what costs it entails. How many times were we not warned without listening. But if we look back to what went on, then we will also see that most of what we wanted brought us sorrow in the mind. We had grown up, but we did not grow out of the child's will to obey a stronger will. Our Lord taught us to pray: "Your will be done" And it is so that we have to bend and obey to the will of God in all matters, if we are to find the security we so long for. He is our creator and only He knows what is for our benefit in life. Our self-will must be stifled and our hard and complacent minds must be transformed into humility. This is not always easy. Our self-will has deep roots in us and God must often grasp us hard before we learn to put our lives in His hands. When He is allowed to rule over us, then He can put us on that place where His blessing and will can be fulfilled in us and with us. Our self-will leads us into emptiness and disappointments. But the fullness of life can come to us when God is allowed to have His will with us. It is always safe to live with him. Notabene. Torkil Beder translated
4th January 2021
THE ANGEL CAME FOR THE SOUL ““The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. ” Luke 16:22NIV Two believing women worked together and preached the gospel in northern Norway. After a meeting they had to walk a long distance in an undeveloped area to reach their home. It was pretty dark outside and pretty cold too. At last they glimpsed the lights of some scattered houses in the distance. When they reached the first houses, they suddenly saw a strange sight. They stood as petrified. The event took place on the second floor of one of the houses, about 100m from them. Both of them saw it quite clearly: a shining figure swung freely out the window - with something that seemed valuable, wrapped in the arms. After a moment, everything disappeared up into the night sky. These two women stood and looked at each other in amazement. But when the fright had subsided, they agreed to go over to the house and try to get an explanation for all this. From that window on the second floor, they saw a dim light. But otherwise everything was quiet and peaceful. When they got to the front door, they heard a faint sob inside, and it seemed that the sound was coming from the room on the second floor. They went inside and up the stairs, knocking gently on the door. A faint "come in" sounded from inside and they opened the door. In a simple and small room, a mother and a father lay dissolved in tears on the floor around a bed where a small child lay still - with the eyes closed. "She passed away a little while ago," said the mother. These two servants of the Lord now clearly saw the whole picture: What they had seen was the angel carrying the soul of the child to heaven. “Shalom” No. 3, 1977. Effie Campbell translated
3rd January 2021
BOOK OF LIFE
“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. ” Rev.3.5NIV A woman replaced her old address book with a new one. Over the years, many addresses had accumulated in the book. Some of these she could not remember who was. She had put a ring around her closest friends and she had emphasized her relatives, in addition to doctors and hospitals. But who were the names she had deleted? She had no idea. We must rejoice that the Book of Life with God cannot be compared to such an address book with deletions and more or less illegible inscriptions. In Revelation 20:11-12NIV, the book of God is mentioned: “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. ” Unlike some old address books, God's books do not collect dust. And if your name has come to be in it under C - Child of God - then you do not have to fear that God will tear the page out of the book or delete your name. Fortunately, Jesus has a better memory than we. He does not forget the person behind a name in the Book of Life. The people behind the names on memorial plaques and inscriptions are quickly forgotten. But the characters in the Book of Life will never be forgotten. If your name is in the book of God - and it does, if you confirm Jesus as Savior and Lord - then praise the Lord for it right here and now. Praise him also for writing your name in eternal ink - the blood of his own son. Lord, give me strength to live as a King's child is to live. I would like to fill the space next to my name with sacred and well-liked deeds for you. Inscribed I am in your hands - one day I will see you just as you are. See your bloodstained hands. Jesus, that was your love here.
2nd January 2021
I STAND AT THE DOOR
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock …” Rev.3.20NIV He who comes and brings good news, he knocks boldly on it. That is why God knocks so persistently and steadily on us humans, both in the morning and in the evening, in youth as in old age, indeed in fact our entire lives. You may have seen the familiar image of Jesus standing at a door knocking - and you may have noticed that there is no handle on the outside of the main door where he stands - the door can only be opened from the inside. And this is true: only you can open the door for Jesus (i.d. from the inside). A good observer also notes that the door in the picture is not an old barn door, which is divided in two, and which is called a half door, where the upper part can be opened while the lower part is still closed. No, if you open the door, then the whole door must be opened in one piece. Many young people try to have a half-door when it comes to God. They give themselves halfway into His hands This will not give them the true Jesus Christ in their lives with peace and salvation. Open the door for Jesus when he knocks - but open the door completely. The door of my heart must be opened to Jesus, come Jesus and stay with us. Let it by thy grace be so that I may see, that your love may accrue to me. EF / TH
1st January 2021
BE READY ““Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot … No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. ” Joshua 1:2-6NIV Are you ready? A new and unknown year lies before you like a foreign land. Simply scroll through the calendar for the upcoming year and note the blank pages. On midnight New Year’s Eve, you go into something new, just like when you cross a river. You cross it and you are never coming back again. In a way, it's like the Israelites' journey into the land of Canaan. Maybe we could rewrite today's verse to suit your situation: "Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross" And then hear the following lines: "I will give you every place where you set your foot" Do you understand? The next 12 months are a gift from God to you. He gives you every place where you set foot. (God not only shows you the possibilities, he also lets you make use of them). All that is required is that you step forward yourself. God gives you the possibilities, but you must seize them yourself. The Israelites had God's promises about the land of Canaan; but they themselves had to occupy the land. God has big plans for you the upcoming year. He will open doors for you and smooth your streets. He will guide you both this way and the other. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ” Isaiah30:21NIV Step forward boldly because God leads you and gives you the opportunities. For us, the upcoming year is future. For God, it is past. Therefore, with hope and confidence, we can look forward to the coming months. God has already gone there before us! Therefore, my friend, happy new year. Thank you Lord, for all you have done for me in the year that is now soon behind us. Thank you for everything you will do for me in the coming year. Help me take advantage of the opportunities you give me.