25th May 2019
JESUS ON A VISIT
”So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
There are people who become angry and annoyed when they see who allow themselves to call themselves Christians. If you feel such anger, then it is important for you to ask Jesus what he says about this. It is only him who can give people the right to call themselves Christian. Nobody is it automatically when born or by himself. Here we can learn something from what happened when Jesus met Zacchaeus. Jesus stopped and asked Zacchaeus to come down from the tree, for today he wished to visit him. But people who heard and saw this became angry with Jesus because he chose to visit him. The words were not turned towards Zacchaeus. It was not he, but Jesus, who decided on this visit.
This is important to remember when we see who is accepting the gospel and who gets the courage to call himself a Christian. We wonder who Jesus chooses to visit because we know how they used to live. But there is no reason to wonder about this. The message of the gospel is that Jesus receives sinners - real sinners.
Before we nevertheless become angry that Jesus is visiting sinful people, there is reason to wonder that he is visiting us/me. Although we have the facade in place, then for the one who looks behind the facade, then, after all, there is not a big difference between us/me and Zacchaeus. And at least there is a significant relationship we must say about Zacchaeus: He did something with his life the moment Jesus entered his life.
How much of this does Jesus see in us? Let us therefore instead of lamenting and getting angry be amazed that Jesus has visited us/me - and thank Him for this.
24th May 2019
LOOKING FORWARD IN GRIEF AND JOY
”Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”
Heb. 11.1-2 NIV
An old woman is sitting down wondering about life and about what comes after this life. "The greatest of all is that I will see Jesus just the way he is," says the 85-year-old woman who still lives well and manages everything herself.
”In my young days I did not think that much about death, but now that I have grown old, we at my age, we sit on the extreme edge of the bench, and therefore I think more about the end. But I am confident to know that I am in the hands of God. I rest in this that he has all power, both in heaven and on earth, and that he has the last and decisive word," she says.
She is grateful that she can get up and out of bed sprightly every morning.
She says, "I'm 85 years old and I have had a good and long life, and I'm not afraid of dying; but I am saddened to be separated from my children, because they do not walk ”on the road”. I pray every day that God will reach them with His salvation and that I can see them "enter the road" before I depart from here. But if that doesn't happen, then that I may be allowed to meet them at home with Him - saved by God's grace.''
May 23, 2019
THE WHITE STONE
Dr. G. Campbell Morgan
”Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. ”
Revelation. 2.17 NIV
It is not entirely clear what the white stone means, and there are several different explanations about it. I think they all have something valuable in their own right. Here I propose four different interpretations.
1. A white stone was given to a man who had been in court and who had been acquitted and cleared of all accusations.
2. A white stone was given to him who returned victorious from the battlefield, and therefore the stone was a kind of honor, a victory sign.
3. A white stone was given to a man as a sign that he was made a free man in the city. It was a sign that he was a citizen of honor.
4. And then it is an explanation that I think is more beautiful and fervent than all the others. It was a square, flat, white stone called "dice brotherhood". Two people, two friends, split such a stone into two parts. They each took their own part and wrote their name on it, and then they gave each other their own part. Perhaps they never came to meet again, but the stone was passed down from father to son, and so it could continue for generations.
If then two people met, and both had their own half of a white stone and the parts matched, then a lasting friendship was immediately created based on what was once a long time ago concluded. I think all these four meanings are imaginable.
When summarizing this, the white stone is a sign of acquittal, justification, victory, victory over all enemies and bourgeoisie; the free bourgeoisie of the kingdom of God and finally the sign of an eternal friendship. My name is written on his half stone and his name is written on the white half of the stone that I have.
It's a serious lesson we get in this letter. The congregation of Jesus Christ must not accept within their own walls those who relax the requirement of the Christian truth. The dangerous thing about this doctrine is the tempting, alluring and deceptive, which until our own days has been a threat to the congregation that once you have the true doctrine, it has little to say how serious you are with life itself.
But the Lord's seal has two sides. On the one hand, it says: ”Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ” 2. Tim. 2.19
22th May 2019
NO ONE CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS
”“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ”
Matt. 6.24 NIV
Concern is not only useless, it is also a sin. When we worry, it is because we serve two masters at the same time, the world / money, and at the same time also God. And that can't be done. So when mammon/money is not big enough, the worries that are so immensely painful come to us.
We must reject this sin, for no one can serve both God and money. We must either hate one and love the other, or stick to one and despise the other. If we rely on money, we doubt in God.
So do say goodbye to mammon/money and stick to the Lord of all your mind and of all your heart! Do we have a wholehearted belief in God who dresses the lilies in the field and gives food to the birds? He knows all that we need in our lives, and all this he gives us in his great mercy.
Oh, child of man! May you learn from the birds and the lilies, and may you give yourself to your Father's will in peace! T. Translated
21th May 2019
THE PROPHETIC WORD IS FULFILLED
”This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev. ”
Obad. 1.20 NIV
"Sepharad" is an ancient word for Spain and it is used for the Sephardic Jews forced to leave for Spain AD 70 when Titus occupied Jerusalem with 80,000 men and leveled the city with the earth. - 600,000 Jews fell in the war leaving the bodies scattered all over the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the jews who survived were sold as slaves to Italy and Spain, and 100,000 Jews were forced out of Jerusalem in this way, thus becoming galley slaves.
These days, we see the Sephardic Jews move back to Israel. What is interesting in this regard is that the Prophet, Obadiah, who wrote his book 400 years BC, predicts the following: "... the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev."
This prophecy, written more than 2,000 years ago, is now coming true. These Jews now return back to the Negev desert in the southern part of Israel.
The Lord our God is great.
Effie Campbell translated
20th May 2019
TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?
Sometimes Jesus is popular. As long as people are allowed to form their own image of him, then it is not difficult for them to talk well about him and see the great importance he has. But when it comes to light, what Jesus really says and what he stands for, and that he requires people to make a decision to follow him, then there are many who hold back. Then he demands too much of them.
This is nothing new. It was just like that on the days of Jesus.
After having done a miracle that was talked about a lot, many people gathered around him to listen to him. But his speech was to much for many of them and they resented it, and they said, ”“This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”” John 6.60NIV Then they left the place one by one. In the end, only the twelve were left. Then he turned to them and asked, ”“You do not want to leave too, do you?”” John 6.67NIV
Jesus did not plead with the disciples to stay; but he gave them a clear choice. Perhaps they felt some movement; It was not always easy to follow Jesus. Maybe they saw someone leave that they loved. Why couldn't he be less demanding?
But Peter's answer was completely clear: ””Lord, to whom shall we go?” It was not an expression of resignation from a disciple who had given up, but an answer from a discipel, who was convinced that what Jesus has to give, could not be obtained from others. Only he has the words of eternal life, and only he is what God has chosen to bring us the gospel of redemption and salvation.
If we realize that we need salvation and eternal life, then there is no choice. Then there is no one else to go to except to him whom God has sent us. To whom shall we go? Then it must go as it has to go, even if it sometimes costs to follow him.
19th May 2019
WITH UPTURNED EYES
”But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
Phil. 3.20 NIV
What does it mean to live with upturned eyes? It is not about living in a dream world and lose contact with reality. It also does not mean escaping from difficulties and obstacles, responsibilities and duties. Living with upturned eyes also has nothing to do with lack of joy or a life without goals and meaning. It is not only being interested in spiritual matters; but it is about having a spiritual dimension in our lives that is greater than this world, and allowing this to affect and influence our lives here in the world!
Life with Christ is a life with the legs planted on earth and the heart in heaven. The Bible says that our eyes must be facing what is above! The emphasis must therefore be the heavenly values and the heavenly goodness. It does not make us ineffective in the life in this world, but it gives us power, inspiration and value to live life here on earth. As God's children, we have our citizenship in heaven. So we have double citizenship. We are also citizens of heaven, and we represent heaven in this world. Our task is to be the bearers of the heavenly values to people around us.
We want to live long and have a good life here on earth. This is good and normal. God has a good plan with our lives. He cares for us, and he wants us to succeed. He wants us to be a blessing to other people. But we lose something significant if we forget that we are heading for a better place. It is good to live here, but Paul says that ”For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. ” Phil. 1.21NIV
In other words, a meaningful life and a heavenly future!
Many ask how it is in heaven. We can read about this in the Bible, not least from the book of Revelation. The old apostle was captive on the island of Patmos, and from there he was allowed to see both the end time and the heavenly world. With beautiful words, he describes heaven and the new Jerusalem. Nevertheless, we have the impression that he was limited by human words and language, because what heaven holds is impossible to fully describe.
I think the Bible has shown us a tiny glimpse of the glory on the other side; but we will never come to see and understand the real beauty and glory until we are there. What really moves me about thi is the values, virtues and glory of the kingdom of heaven. The Bible paints heaven as a place without sin, evil, curse, sickness, war, accidents, and this list of good values just goes on infinitely!
Heaven is real. Jesus said he left to make a home for anyone who believes in him. We have a gospel to pass on to people everywhere on this planet. Jesus gave his life for all of us, and through faith in him - and nothing and no one else - we are ready and ripe for heaven, once this life is over.
When we receive Jesus, heaven moves into us, and when life here on earth ends, we move into heaven!
Effie Campbell translated
18th May 2019
SHADOW FIGURES AND CODES
”The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. ”
Hebr. 10.1 NIV
The Bible is full of shadow figures and codes. E.g. Isaac is a shadow figure of Jesus, for he was also to be sacrificed. Joseph is also a shadow figure, for the brothers sold him, just as Judas sold Jesus.
Paul also tells us that what is written in the Old Testament is shadows (Hebrews 10,1) Shadows do not arise by themselves. If there is to be a shadow, then there must also be people creating the shadow. In Col. 2: 16-17, Paul states that the Old Testament festivals are shadows, and that it is the body that creating the shadow, it is Christ: ”Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. ”
The year of the Lord's favor was the largest of all Israel's festivals, and it was held every 50 years. Jesus is the fulfillment of the year of the Lord's favor, of the feasts. He himself announced the year of the Lord's favor when he held his speech in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4,18-21)
What began in the synagogue in Nazareth must be passed on to the whole creature. The gospel should sound to the end of the world. In Matt. 24.14 we have a unique verse. ”And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. ”. Then the year of the Lord's favor has ended. Then the feast year has come to the end. But until we have reached all peoples with the gospel, it is still valid.
Trees are a code, both the fig tree and the oil tree mean Israel. The fig tree is an image of the natural national life of Israel. The oil tree, on the other hand, is am image of the spiritual life of Israel. Mountains are also a code and means kingdom.
In Revelation, it says that the gospel is sealed to the end of time, and it is first sealed, and then it becomes easier to understand the meaning. Many have said through the ages that Rome is the city where Satan lives. But in the Bible there is no judgment on Rome. In Rev. 2:13 to Pergamos, it says: ”I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. ...” Pergamos was in Turkey, and furthermore, it says in Rev. 18.2-3: ”After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ … For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.””
.... ”The wine of adulteries is a code of oil. We have sold our soul for the oil of the Arabs. God is facing the Middle East.
The 7-arm candlestick is called the Menora, the central middle arm is a shadow figure of Jesus. He is the trunk of the vine, we are the branches that get liquid and strength from him.
In Old Testament times, the high priest took a piece of linen and dipped it into the sacrificial blood and then hung it up under the ceiling. The following morning, this red bloody piece of linen had turned white as snow. It was a sign that God had forgiven all sins of last year. The curtain was so heavy that it took 20 men to open it. But when Jesus died, it happened that the linen garment remained red, and the curtain "door" stood open because God had torn it over. Jesus had accomplished his work, and now there was open to the throne of grace.
Jesus was crucified in the same place that Abraham wanted to sacrifice Isaac. Men have scrutinized and dug there under the mountain. There are still traces of a cross that has stood there. There was also blood on a stone, but it was dried up. Then they took off and scraped it off and dissolved it in water and shook it for 24 hours. Later it was examined in a laboratory. We all have 23 chromosomes from our father and 23 from our mother. The 23rd chromosome determines the child's gender. The mother's chromosome # 23 is always an x-chromosome, but in the father it is either an x or y chromosome. This blood also had this in addition to a No. 24 that was a y-chromosome. The investigators told that this chromosome was not of this world.
Effie Campbell translated
17th May 2019
THERE IS POWER IN THE INTERCESSION
”And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?”
Luke 18.7 NIV
Jesus once told a parable that we should always pray and not get tired.
In Luke 18.1-7, Jesus tells them a parable of a widow who, through her persistent prayer, was brought to pass. In verses 7-8, it says: ”And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” ”
Many people give easily up when they can't see any changes in the conditions they've been praying for, for example. the many who pray for their unsaved family, and then discouragement can easily creep in.
One young Norwegian peasant girl one day got a vision where she saw a man in a prison cell, and she heard a voice saying to her: "Pray for this man that he may not be exposed to a terrifying misfortune and perish." Since that day, this peasant girl prayed for this man every day that God would save his soul and lead him forward. - Many years later she saw the well-known missionary, Lars Skrefsrud in Stavanger and recognized him as the man she had seen in the prison cell in her vision.
Another example of the power of intercession: An elderly man lying in a hospital had a prayer list with 28 different names in it. When the man passed away, the nurse gave the priest in that area the list, and then it came to light that all these 28 people on the list had been saved. This had happened within a short period of time, while the old man bedridden and rebuked had moved the heavenly forces with his persistent prayer.
Effie Campbell translated
16th May 2019
THE INTERCESSION SERVICE
”“Ask and it will be given to you; ”
Matt. 7.7 NIV
The Bible says, ”So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. ” Exodus 17.10 to 13. This story is an image of the power of intercession prayer. There are men and women who lift their hands in prayer for others, they are unknown to men, but God's eye sees them. God is searching for more of those.
Charles Finney had an intercessor called Abel Clary who followed him on all his travelings. Finney wrote: "Mr. Clary held on as long as I did, and he did never leave before I left. He never appeared publicly; but he devoted himself entirely to prayer. ”Finney had a great influence on many nations; but he certainly did not do this alone.
The prime service is:
1) An empathy service where you stand together with others and pray on their behalf.
2) A sacrifice service calling you away from life's diversions and comforts
3) A mandate service where your prayers set God's hands in work for another person. God said, ”“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. ” Ez. 22.30 NIV
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell translated
15th May 2019
THE WITNESSING SERVICE
”... And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? ”
Rom. 10.14 NIV
One woman writes: "While I was visiting my parents, I had to go to a hairdresser. So I chose the hairdressing saloon that my mother used to frequent. The manager of the saloon, Jim and I started talking about spiritual issues while he was cutting me. The more we talked, the more he took off my hair. It ended with the hair becoming pretty short, but the conversation about Jesus was worth while my new hairstyle.
Later, I encouraged my mother to invite Jim and his wife to church. She replied: "They will in no way have any interest in that. They live quite loosely. I know no one who is so far away from God as they are. "
Still, she prayed a short prayer for herself the next time she visited the hairdressing saloon: "God, I don't think these people have any interest in you, so you have to do something if you want me to say something." A few moments later, Jim's wife said, "I understand you are participating in a group talking about spiritual matters. We would like to become a part of that too.” It ended with Pam and Jim praying together with my parents, and they gave their lives to Christ - and all this happened because of conversations while cutting my mothers hair.
Such a thing does not happen often. Most Christians often spend much or all their time with other Christians - but when something serious happens - people listen to those they trust - especially if they talk about spiritual matters. Paul said, ”... And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? ...” Rom. 10.14NIV
It is most often through friends that people find Christ, not through strangers. Therefore, cultivate your acquaintances, e.g. with people working in a restaurant where you usually eat or someone you know from school. Invite your neighbors for dinner ...
Follow Christ's example and become friends with people who do not know God. Never push anyone away from you. Jesus invited publicans, lepers, sinners, and gentiles, and they shocked the religious congregation when those said yes to the salvation!
Maybe someone in your social circle is so far from God that you have "given up ..." ... a relative who makes fun of your faith ... a friend who has rejected faith for many years ... One who has sunk so deeply into sin that you do not believe there is any hope left? You must never say no on behalf of others. You do not know when their hearts become soft or how God´s Spirit works.
If you invite someone to church, then they will probably accept and come with you if you follow along with them and afterwards drink coffee together and talk about what was said in the church.
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell Translated.
14th May 2019
YOU WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME
”Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”
Spiritual texts must be easy to understand, for it has to reach as many people as possible so that people can be saved and built up.
”For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: ...” Rom.1,16 Notice "to everyone who believes". When you believe in Christ, all your sins are forgiven, you are wearing the righteousness of Christ, God fully accepts you, and you are approved to Heaven. You may ask, "How extensive must the salvation prayer be?" The criminal on the cross used only 9 words: ”“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” ” Luke 23.42
The tax collector in the temple used only 7 words: ”‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’” Luke 18:13NIV. When Peter began to sink on the water, he had only time to say three words: ”“Lord, save me!”” Matt. 14.30NIV. Christ saved them all!
Then you can ask yourself, "How do I get to be a part in this life-changing power?" By faith. ”For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” ” Rom. 10.10 to 11NIV
Effie Campbell translated.
13th May 2019
Jan Hanvold, Director of Vision Norway, says:
For 20 years, we have been organizing emergency aid to Estonia and helped many in the region, KotlaJarva, where there is an enormous unemployment. Once we came with a used knitting machine, which also included a user manual. But when no one knew what kind of a machine this was, it was stored for some time in a corner of the warehouse. Natalia, a woman in the congregation, was also unemployed. She had prayed God for work for 5 years without having succeeded in finding a job. She had had some random jobs and had, in addition to this, helped a little in the congregation and had thus managed to survive.
One day she was in the warehouse and packing clothes for the poor that the congregation helped, she noticed this machine, which was hidden in a corner of the warehouse. She examined the machine carefully and then asked the pastor, Maksim, what it was for a machine. The pastor was able to understand English and read the instruction manual to clarify what it was and how to use the knitting machine. Natalya had never before tried knitting, but she had them translate the instruction manual into Russian. Then she asked God to help find out how to knit. This turned out to be the answer to her prayer to get a job. Today she has a knitting company with a shop in a shopping center in the town of Sillemä. She has several employees and exports her goods to Finland and Sweden and earns money that she uses to bless the kingdom of God.
Not everyone has a 10 year primary school education in the baggage, let alone a higher education. Such training can be good to have; But there is no certainty that everything will run smoothly in life anyway. It is simply because all such education origin from other people through your senses and is limited in its natural manifestation; But the wisdom, understanding, and insight that God gives to you is a revelation from above that is given to you in your spirit. That is why James says. 1.5: ”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Through prayer, God gives you all the wisdom, understanding and insight you need to do what He calls you to do.
So whatever we pray to God for, the answer is always in the wisdom of God, and He is ready to hear us as we seek God in prayer and Bible reading. The answer lies hidden to us and comes to us through the Holy Spirit. Remember, it comes to us as ideas, and when we put it into action and use it, we have the answer. It was that simple for Natlaja too, when she understood it, and it seemed hopeless and impossible as she prayed for work; but suddenly the solution was there and the answer to the prayer had been there all the time.
Effie Campbell translated
12th May 2019
”From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. ”
Psalm. 71.6 NIV
Your fingerprint, your footprint, your voice is genuinely unique. Nobody is like you. There has never been anyone like you and there will never be anyone like you. Have you ever appreciated this? Have you ever realized how big it really is? If you haven't done it before, do it today!
“The Kings Daughter” Little Gere.
Effie Campbell Translated.
11th May 2019
”So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. ”
Heb. 10.35 NIV
We can only trust the one we know. There I know what to expect if I am to get into trouble. I know his answers and his dispositions. When I'm sorry, he cries with me. When I'm happy, he's happy with me. Such is God against me. When I read the Bible, I come to know him better and better. For me, He is the one I can always trust without reservation.
You should trust Him too!
The Kings Daughter ”
Effie Campbell translated.
10th May 2019
”Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. ”
Have you ever considered yourself a gift? The Bible confirms that you are true gift. You are a gift to your mother. To your father. For grandfathers and grandmothers. For your relatives and family as a whole. Later you will be a gift for your spouse, for your children and grandchildren and for everyone around you.
You are a gift from God that He has prepared since the beginning of time. He trusts in you, as his gift, sent to earth. You can live your life as a blessing for your family, for your neighbors, for those who are farther away, for the kingdom of God, and for your country.
This is you!
Little Gere: "The Kings Daughter"
Effie Campbell translated.
9th May 2019
THE GOSPEL ABOUT HEALING
”He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). ”
Mark. 5.41 NIV
Jesus spoke Aramaic. The Bible mentions several Aramaic words that Jesus used in places where he healed sick people. An example is the word “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”): Be open! Jesus used this word when he healed the deaf-mute man. This story is mentioned in Mark 7:32-34. Jesus spoke directly to the boy's ears, which was opened.
It is so unique with Jesus. The Bible says he walked around and did good to people and healed the sick. Psalm 33: 9NIV says, ”For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. ”
An incredible example from the Bible is Joshua. He had a definite bold belief and he even commanded the sun and the moon to stand still. And so they did, until the people had had revenge on their enemies. Jos.10.12 - 13
In Mark 5.41 we find the story of the little girl who was awakened to life again after being dead. Jesus took her hand and said, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). ” ”The Bible says that the girl immediately got up and walked around.
This dimension belongs to the believing dimension. God has called us to have this dimension in our faith. The best way to do Jesus' work is to do the works in the same way that Jesus did them. Remember, Jesus has given us authority to use his name.
It was not only the first Christians who were to do the works of Jesus, even the last Christians were to do the same. Sometimes it also means that we must give a command. Remember, we have something that doctors do not have, the opportunity to pray in the name of Jesus.
Effie Campbell translated.
8th May 2019
THE STORM OF LIFE - HOW DO YOU SOLVE THE PROBLEM?
"“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock."
Matt. 7.24 NIV
Occasionally, storms hit us here in life. Storms will hit any house. Storms also come to all people, both those who believe in Jesus and those who don't. There is no difference. There are seven keys we can use to get through the storms of life.
The most important thing we can do is to build our lives on the rock, that is, on Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Jesus gives us the story of the sensible and wise man who has built his house on the rock in Matt. 7.24 to 27
In Matt. 14 we read how the disciples acted when Jesus came walking against them on the sea. The Bible says they were terrified and screamed for fear and thought it was a ghost.
The key to getting over on the other side of the sea is simply to stay in the boat.
The third key is to sleep in the middle of the storm, while the fourth key is to command the storm to calm down. The "weapons" are different, which we can use for this, depending on the situation we are in.
Jesus walked on the sea, and Peter also walked on the sea and on the waves. Some storms are of such a nature that you have to go through the storm. Here you have to trust God and His words in the midst of the storms of life.
Faith is something amazing. If God has filled you with faith, then you can achieve the most impossible, but it can also happen that fear overpowers you, and faith fails. Here it is important to understand that Jesus is still there and that you can cry to Him and ask Him to help you! That's what Peter did when he began to sink.
The seventh key is the following. When the boat sinks, you can either swim or find a plank or driftwood to hold on to until you reach land. That is what Paul and his companions had to do in the storm as told in Acts chapter 27.
Jesus is the salvation. Cry for Him in any situation you may find yourself in.
Effie Campbell translated
7th May 2019
SALVATION ASSURANCE – THE ISSUE IN MOST SHORT SUPPLY
”I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. ”
1. John 5.13 NIV
It is a shame that we spend that much time on ourselves when the main thing should be out there. But there is one thing which is more in short supply today than the lack of even food, clothing and infrastructure, and that is the salvation assurance. It is the issue in the world that is by far the most in short supply in modern times.
”I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. ” 1. John 5.13 NIV
This text verse from the Bible is often referred to as "the salvation assurance".
Salvation assurance is often followed by salvation consciousness, ie. that we know we must become disciples and follow in Jesus' footsteps. Jesus says we ARE the light of the world (Matt. 5:14), not that we should become light. This is the only light shining in a dark world.
2 Cor. 5.19NIV states that God in Christ reconciled the world with himself. For this reason he does not count our sins, and he has put down the word of the Atonement in us. Jesus died for all people, but each of us must decide for ourselves whether to receive the salvation or not. It is our job to reconcile the world to God, telling the world this forgiving message.
Jesus said in John. 6.35NIV: ”Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jesus is the only one who satisfies our needs, meets us in our longings and gives us salvation.
Effie Campbell translated
6th May 2019
AS A PANTING DEER
”As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
Psalm 42.1 NIV
An old woman told me the following:
I was about 15 years old and I had gone to a Sunday meeting in the old school of the village Hvalvík in the Faroe Islands. I remember this as if it was yesterday. The school was crowded with people, and I was standing in the hallway with others. Then Agga sets out and begins the meeting. He was such a joyful Christian man. He read from Psalm 42.1: ”As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. ”
He spoke in the power of the Spirit, and I saw this appear so vividly for me. I saw how the deer raised its head so that the antlers rose toward the clear sky. It screamed with thirst, so that it resounded in the woods. Nothing is as bad as thirst. It is even worse than hunger. The deer was extremely thirsty.
Agga did not fail the gospel, but testified to his villagers, how important it is to read the Word of God daily and to have a living relationship with the Lord every day, otherwise we will dry up from inside.
Agga has probably had a premonition of what was to come, because later his little son told this: "When dad and me went for a walk, he told me: You probably will not see" babba" dad again. Agga's father heard his grandson tell this and replied, "Did he also tell you that!"
5th May 2019
WHAT IS SIN?
”We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ” 2 Cor. 10.5 NIV
Many young people ask me, "Minos, what is sin? In the past, you were not to do this and that you were not to go here and there because it was sin. But in our own time, such a thing is not a sin, is it ...?
Then I answer: "Let's look for answers in the Holy Scriptures and see what it says about sin." Then I find the letter of Paul to the Galatians 5,19-21 and read this to them:
”The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery(looseness); idolatry and witchcraft(magic); hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition(egoism), dissensions, factions(bias) and envy; drunkenness(unrestrained posture), orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. ”
If you have done something wrong like this before, put it under the blood of Jesus, that is, you confess your sin to Jesus and pray for forgiveness, and he will forgive you, and his blood cleanses from all sin, not merely the smallest, but all sin whatever you have done (1John 1: 7). What happens then? You become whiter than snow (Psalm 50: 9). It is not easy to understand, because when the sun shines on new-fallen snow, then it is so bright and shiny that we must screw up our eyes.
Let's say your hands have done something wrong. Then look at Jesus' nail-marked hands on the cross. The blood that ran there cleanses your hands. Let's say you've been on a wrong course, have been where you shouldn't have gone. Then look at Jesus' feet at Calvary. The blood that flowed from his feet cleanses your feet. And then it is the mind. Well, how many wrong thoughts have we thought ?! But Jesus got a crown of thorns pressed down on his head, and it encircled the whole brain from where our thoughts originate; But this blood purifies your wrong thoughts. In addition to this, the Bible also speaks of taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2.Cor.10,5NIV)
Effie Campbell translated
4th May 2019
REVIVAL OR DISASTER
”As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it ”
Luke 19.41 NIV
In Luke 19.41 we read: ”As he(Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it ” Why? Well, because as it says: ”They (the enemy)will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” ”
In Ezek. 22.30NIV we read: ”“I(ie, God) looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. ” What is this man in the gap to do? Fold his hands in prayer and pray for the land and nation, then God would make a wall of protection for this nation. But the Lord found no one, so sad!
On the other hand, God once found a man who wished to stand in the gap and protect the land with prayer, and that was Abraham. In Gen. 18.32NIV we read, ”Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”” Abraham did what he could in prayer; but unfortunately there were not as much as ten, and therefore fire and sulfur rained down over Sodom and Gomorrah.
But, those who pray, must they be perfect then? No. David was both a lecher and a killer. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband. But in Psalm 51, which David himself has written, we read what is needed. David confessed his sin and prayed, ”Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. ”
European history has the same pattern. In 1789 - 1799, the great French Revolution raged. Many terrible events took place. In the spiritual world, it was the spirit of hatred that prevailed. The battle took place not only on the battlefield but also at family level, where men killed other members of their own family.
On the other side of the strait was England. The revolution never reached England. Why? Because a man many years before stood in the gap and prayed for his country and his nation so God could protect it. The man was John Westley (1703 - 1791). He was a pastor of the Anglican Church and had studied in Oxford. He prayed incessantly, and suddenly one day he was baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. God said to him, "Go out with a Bible in your hand and preach!" He was somewhat doubtful about this, for he knew nothing of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and feared that he had now become a "fanatic".
He then confided to a friend who was also a priest to ask him. It turned out that this pastor had experienced exactly the same as Westley. The word says that a message must be confirmed by two or three witnesses, and now there were two.
They then got up at six o'clock in the morning to preach, for at that time of the day workers in mines and factories started working. They read in the Bible and preached to them. One million souls were saved through this revival. Westley founded the Methodist Church. It had a lot in common with the evangelical wing of the Church of the Faroe Islands.
Prayer thus has an enormous significance and influence for country and nation. God protected the country against a revolution, and many good fruits sprouted there. England is truly a strange country. There the Sunday School began, YMCA and YWCA was founded there, the Foreign Mission has its roots in England, and the Salvation Army too was founded there as well as the scout movement originated from England. No one has in recent times been able to occupy England, perhaps because there have been so many praying people who have served God with all their heart.
Effie Campbell translated
3rd May 2019
A STRONG PRAYER SERVICE
”I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority,...”
1. Tim. 2.1 to 2 NIV
A women's meeting was held in Norway some time ago, and the meeting was shown at Vision Norway. The principle speaker is Anne Lise Thomsen. She is originally Norwegian, but has lived in Denmark for 45 years.
She first told how she had originally entered the intercessory service:
“I came from Oslo, and there was a very active spiritual life. I went to meetings several times a week. Then I came to Denmark, and there was pretty much dead spiritually. Here I went to meetings only once a month.
I became totally dependent on Jesus, for now there was only me and Jesus. I prayed and prayed, and the more you learn to pray, the more God shows you. If I am not obedient to what he shows me, then I lose the blessing and I do not want that for anything in the world. God has poured a spirit of prayer upon me, and it is like going under an open sky.
I have a prayer room down in the basement where I pray aloud. Last Christmas I got a heavy message and a great grief because I lost a friend. We used to pray together. She could call early in the morning and ask, "Anne Lise, do you have time to pray?" Then she drove an hour and a half to Tønder, and she said, "Now we are to fast and pray!" No coffee was enjoyed and we did not have anything, but we merely prayed. She could pray 5.6 and 7 hours, and then she said, "Now I have prayed, now I will get an answers."
I just want to give an example of how God works with me:
14 years ago I had a dream. I saw a couple. They were so incredibly beautiful and adorable. When I woke up I thought that such a lovely couple I would never meet. Me and my husband were going to a party for veterinarians and animal lovers later in the evening. There were about 100 participants at the party held at a hotel.
My spouse and I sat down, and a little later a couple came in and this was the couple I had previously seen in the dream. They seemed so smiling and happy; but we only look at the skin and do not know what is in the heart. They sat in some distance from where, we were sitting. "Lord, now you have to fix it so that I can get a chance to talk to the woman." I prayed.
Then the woman went out. I also got up immediately and went to the toilet. The woman stood in front of the mirror on the toilet and made her make-up. We talked to each other, and then I told her, "I dreamed of you tonight, and God has told me that your heart is broken because your husband is unfaithful to you. But if you are willing to forgive then God will heal you and restore you. ”Then I gave her my phone number and went out.
The following morning the woman called me. "Everything is hopeless, we have been separated for a year, and tomorrow we will sign the papers. We live in a manor house and my husband lives with his mistress at the other end of the manor. "
"For God, nothing is impossible, or EVERYTHING is possible for him. Are you ready to forgive your spouse? ”I asked. "Yes, I am," she replied. "Well, pray after me, and she repeated the prayer after me. "Oh, she said," Now I am feeling a lot better. "
"Are you willing to accept him when he comes again?" I then asked. "Of course," she said, "but I think it's impossible, it's been too long, the divorce papers are to be signed tomorrow."
"I have told you that nothing is impossible with God. Now repeat after me. ”Then we prayed, and five minutes after the prayer, my spouse knocked on her door and asked if she could forgive him. They were reunited and very much in love and since that day they have lived in a good and exemplary marriage for 14 years.
Sometimes God wakes me up at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. Then I just have to get up to pray for those, the Lord has reminded me of and instructed me to pray for. When I then go to bed, I get such a blessed sleep, for I am always early up in the morning, feeling comfortable.
In this example, God showed her this through a dream. At other times, God speaks directly into her heart. "The Lord has shown me that there are many women who have a broken hearts; but if they are willing to forgive, the Lord heals and makes them recover. And he will use them in the struggle of prayer in the end times.
2nd May 2019
”Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
At the mission week, a man told that he used to testify to his colleagues. Some thought that this was too much; but the Bible commits us to be burning in the spirit (Rom.12,11NIV), and Jesus warns us and says that if we are lukewarm, he will spit us out of his mouth. (Rev. 3,16NIV)
Once he and another colleague worked together on a project. He said something about Jesus to the man; but the colleague just laughed at it. He didn't believe that, he said. But on Noah's day people laughed too, yet it ended with the Flood coming, and they all drowned. Then they didn't laugh at all.
The colleague was working in a excavator machine while the believer went ahead and designated the stones he was to take with the machine. The believing man was in yellow oilskin clothes and turned his back on the other. The jacket had a hood, and underneath it he had added the initials in his name, J L, so he could always recognize his work jacket.
Suddenly the man in the machine knocks on the pane. The other one turns and walks over to the machine and opens the door. There the man was sitting ash-gray in the face. "What's wrong with you?" Asks the believer.
"There on the back of your jacket was written in shining letters: LAMB OF JESUS," the man in the machine replied. "Well, now you've at least got the evidence that Jesus is alive, and now it's completely up to you what you intend to do with this knowledge," replied the believer.
”“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ” (Jesus carries the sin of the world) John 1,29 NIV
1st May 2019
One of the criminals on the cross understood who Jesus was:
”Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”” Luke23.42NIV
It is easy and simple to be saved. Jesus has made it so that every one who calls upon Jesus will be saved. It is enough to say, "Jesus, remember me." Or simply, "Hear my prayer."
In Acts 4.12 we read that there is salvation in no other name than in the name of Jesus. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. John14,6
The one who follows Jesus is on the road leading to Heaven. Often we are looking for the truth; But the truth is a person. The truth is Jesus. Jesus is also the Life with capital L, the only life that satisfies your soul fully.
Read the Bible every day. Ask God to bless the word for you and open it so that you can understand it. Pray every day. "Well, I can't figure it out," you might say. Prayer is like talking to a good friend. Tell Jesus what you have at heart. Begin on a small scale. A marathon runner must also start in a small way. Gradually, it develops and gets better. Remember that "knee-ology is the best theology". A Christian on his knees can accomplish much more than a philosopher on his toes.
Effie Campbell translated