July 18, 2019
GREETINGS FROM HABAKKUK
”... “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets ... it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Hab. 2,2-3 NIV
The word above by the prophet Habakkuk tells us how important it is to write something down. Whether it is a book, an article or just a letter, it proves the reality. What is documented is a testimony to posterity. Just like the Bible is a unique and irreplaceable document today.
In the beginning of April I was a 12-day tour in Israel and the West Bank, among other things in order to document the work of the Bible Society in the Holy Land. There I interviewed people who had been given hope and courage to live through the Bible:
I spoke to the Bedouin woman who was rejected by her own family. Suddenly she heard a voice saying, ”So do not fear, for I am with you; ...” Isaiah 41,10 NIV
And to the widow who had lost her husband. He had been the leader of the Bible society bookstore in Gaza. Terrorists had liquidated him. But gradually she had learned to forgive her husband's executioners.
She interviewed the young lout who tore her mothers Bible into pieces, page by page, but who was now head of the Bible society bookstore in Jerusalem.
These and many others tell that when they began reading the Bible, the words became alive to them and opened the door to a complete new life. These people's stories will be spread in Danish magazines and media as personal testimonies in the coming months - black on white. ”For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. ” Hab. 2.14 NIV
Svend Løbner Madsen
Effie Campbell translated
17th July 2019
”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. 2,14 NIV
We have the best message to pass on to people: Jesus is dead for all people, and he has paid the whole bill for our sins, he gives us a signed instrument of debt(Col.2,14).
But we have got to receive and accept it: ”Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— ” John. 1.12 NIV
Therefore, believe in Jesus and live life with Him and let yourself be satiated with His Word every day.
At a meeting, a woman brought this testimony: Now I will soon be retired; but when I was a big schoolgirl, it was common on every Sunday night that there was an outdoor meeting. A man who belonged to the congregation was that bold that he kneeled on the pavement in order to pray for the meeting and for the people who passed by the place and heard the word.
A man who was not a believer came that way. He felt provoked and went over to the praying man and gave him some words.
A week after this incident, this praying man signed on an old fishing smack. This smack got lost with all hands. But there was never any doubt in my mind where this believing man had come. The Lord had taken his faithful servant home in his glory.
There is so much at stake. We must not be afraid of mocking laughter. We must try to get all our compatriots with us. It is about nothing short of eternity. We cannot allow ourselves to be touchy and sensitive. We must have great boldness and pray for a nationwide revival.
July 16, 2019
”If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. ”
1. Tim. 6,3-4 NIV
A Sunday night, a woman spoke on Channel 10. She is a teacher and works 80% at a Christian free school, and 20% of the time she visits schools and workplaces in order to warn about and lecture on New Age. New Age includes a lot that few people know anything about, and that is why it is so dangerous. It comes directly from the kingdom of darkness.
Once a year, an alternative fair is held in Jönköping. At this fair, there are a lot of stalls that represent astrology (to predict in stars), aromatherapy (they use different oils for different people to cure them), meditation (profundity), clairvoyance (to look into the future), color therapy, yoga, herbal therapy, reading in hands, incense, crystals and much more.
This teacher and a couple of other women have a Christian stall. They have participated in the fair for five years. They prayed for the floor area they had been assigned to. They asked God to bless this floor so that anyone who entered might feel God's special blessing. They put two chairs on the stall where guests could sit down and have a talk. Then they put their hands on the chairs and also prayed for them.
And it worked. The man who had a booth right next to their booth put a screen up between the booths. The booths were tight enough in advance, and this didn't make it any better. "Why do you set up a screen?" They asked the man. "Because the energy and radiation from you are too strong !!" the man replied. Well, the power of God surpasses everything. Guests who sat on the chairs wondered, "I feel so good at sitting there. I feel such a wonderful peace over me !! ”
They had also brought a stack of Bibles. They put their hands on each Bible and prayed God to bless the Word and open it to the person who got the Bible.
At the other stalls they announced and advertised with energies and power.
They wrote scriptures on small notes and put them in a bowl and prayed for them. Then they put a big sign next to the bowl, which read, "Come and get yourself a word of power that you can take home with you!"
Many guests took the opportunity to visit the Christian stall, and they had many conversations. People were saved, and they also later received feedback that people who took a Bible home with them were saved after reading it.
When God's kingdom is prosperous, it always creates resistance. Satan is not only sitting passively down and watching it all happen, no, he is raging violently, for he knows the time is not long. A funny event happened during the show. One of the Christian women had a large cross around her neck. A man from one of the other stalls was furious. He ran over to her, grabbed the cross and wanted to tear it off. Suddenly he slipped his grip of the cross and shook his hand as if he had burned himself. Of course, the women had also prayed God to hide the entire stall and themselves under the precious blood of Jesus. And this is the strongest protection.
15th July 2019
The houses in Heaven, which we will be given some day must be pretty good, for now he has been working on them for so many years, and on top of that he was a carpenter when he walked here on earth.
14th July 2019
THE POWER IN THE WORD AND THE PRAYER
”I can do all this through him who gives me strength. ”
Phil. 4.13 NIV
A man testified to the Sunday meetings in the parish hall. He had been to a meeting with the Gideonites. The Gideonites distribute Bibles and New Testaments all over the world, e.g. to hospitals, prisons, schools and hotels. Since 1909, they have distributed 1.9 billion New Testaments and Bibles.
It was the time when Albania said it was the first atheist country in the world. They announced that there were no Christians in the country, nor was there any Bible.
The Gideonites then unloaded Bibles in large numbers aboard a ship. They wrapped them carefully in plastic, and then they threw them into the sea just off the Albanian coast. The patrolling guards on land discovered the Bibles and stood ready on the beach to collect them. They threw all of the Bibles into a bonfire, but the leader snapped a Bible with a quick motion and stuck it inside the lining on the jacket without anyone noticing. He read it and became a believer. He is currently chairman of the Gideonites in Albania.
In a village in Siberia there were some believers. They agreed to pray for all the people in the village. A man wrote all the names on a piece of paper, and then he gave each believer a single list of names. A banker in the village was very hard and ice cold. He was furious when he was told that his name was on a list and that someone was praying for him. Shortly after this, an awakening began in the village, and the Spirit operated strongly. The last evening in the meeting room, he no longer had the strength to resist this force. He therefore gathered his family and drove outside the village. This helped. The spirit was simply too strong inside the village. When it was appx.10 o'clock, he estimated that the meeting was over, and then they drove home again. But the strange thing happened that he did not drive home, but directly to the place where the meetings took place. The Spirit drew him. He was saved and became chairman of the Gideonites there.
In another Sibirian village there was a man whom everybody was terrified of. He both drank and took drugs. In Siberia, there are many poor people, who virtually own nothing. One day, this man came to a woman and asked her for a piece of paper so he could roll a cigarette. She said she didn't have any paper. "What's this on the table?" He asked. "The Bible," replied the woman. "Tear one sheet out of the book and give it to me," he ordered. The woman did not dare denying him. Shortly after this episode, he came back and said, "I've read the sheet you gave me. Now I want the whole book!! "He took the Bible, read it, and was wonderfully saved, and he also became president of the Gideonites in his hometown.
”For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ”
Heb. 4.12 NIV
13th July 2019
LIBERATED FROM TIRING DESPAIR AND FEAR!
”... “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. ”
Isaiah. 43.1 NIV
The many times that the Word reminds a believer not to fear is a proof that despair and fear are the most common temptations people are going through at any time. It is said that we have received almost as many reminders not to fear and be afraid as there are days of the year. Therefore it must be a daily temptation.
The world advises us not to fear, but often for no reason whatsoever. In the Bible, the reason for not fearing is added to the command. We have no reason to fear, for the Lord has redeemed us and has become like a master who cares for us and protects us; our transgressions are abandoned; The Lord of hosts will take care of our cause and so on.
Here in Isaiah 43.1 we are again faced with the word of the Lord, as it meets us so often, and it is good to ask this question: Who and what should I really fear, who should I be afraid of? Many fear for the future, the unknown, which tomorrow may bring along. The distress, sorrow, suffering and deficiency, we may lose health and money, etc. But the answer to this is: ”The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm23.1NIV
Many fear for people and movements. They fear that evil people or some sick and evil man-made construction is to flush over our country, as has happened elsewhere before. The answer to this is: God is on the throne, and as long as we humbly seek Him, He will bless us, either by friend or enemy.
Loss, illness or old age is also something that can create fear and discouragement in heart and mind. The Lord will remind them of the promises:
”Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. ”
Isaiah 46.4 NIV
”I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.””
Psalm 41,4 NIV
Effie Campbell translated
12th July 2019
DO NOT GIVE UP!
”... Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. ”
Revelation. 2.10 NIV
It is an exciting time and a serious time we are now living in. It is a time of opportunity here at the end of grace. God has entrusted us with a task. It is about life and death, about salvation or perdition.
Be at the place where you are placed. In rescue operations, the crew is trained and trained over and over again: stay in your place and concentrate on solving your task. Christian rescue operations are hardly as effective as Jesus had said, when he sent the disciples out with the words: ”Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ”
Matt. 28, 18-20 NIV
We are sent by him who has all power.
We are sent to all peoples.
We must make them disciples.
We shall baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We must teach them to rely entirely on the word of God.
Has God changed his mind? Jesus' goal is still the same. His disciples, that is, we, must reach the whole world with the gospel. We will never be able to do that if we interfere in each discussion or run here and there in the constant pursuit of spiritual experiences. We can only do that if we stay where God has set us working.
A man once said: "If I were to identify the greatest obstacle in the work of the kingdom of God, then it is these two words: IF ONLY.
If only I had the talents he has. If only I was 20 years younger! If only I had just a little more time. If only - if only - if only. If we look at the situation with the eyes of faith, it is as if we hear the words of Jesus: "With men it is impossible, but with God everything is possible."
Well, therefore do not stop. While an army chaplain sat by a dying soldier, he asked the young man if he had a message to pass on to his mother. "Yes," he said, "Tell her that I die as a happy man. - Is there anything else I can do for you?” The army chaplain asked. "Yes, write to my Sunday school teacher and tell her that I die as a Christian because of her teaching!"
The army chaplain wrote to his mother and Sunday school teacher whom the dying man asked for. After a few weeks, he received a letter from the Sunday school teacher who wrote, "May God be gracious to me. A month ago, I stopped my ministry as a Sunday School teacher because I felt the results were missing. Scared and unfaithful I had given up the work that God had given me. Immediately after renouncing my ministry the letter came that told me that I had been the reason why this boy came to Christ. I will immediately return to the priest and tell him that I want to continue in the name of Jesus and be faithful to the end.” Yes. ”... Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. ”
We'll let our lights shine. The Lord's commandment reads: ”In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ” Matthew 5,16 NIV
A story about a lighthouse keeper is being told. He picked up a small candle from the drawer, ignited it and headed up the many steps of the lighthouse. "Where are you going?" The candle asked. - "I have to go all the way up to the lighthouse's tower." - "Why?" - "I have to keep the ships safe and help them reach the harbor safely," the answer sounded, "maybe there are some ships out there on the rough sea right now, and perhaps they are watching the lighthouse. "-" Yes, but no ship will be able to see my little flame of fire," said the candle. - "It may be that your flame of fire is small, but you just have to make sure that the light keeps shining and flaming as well as you can, and then leave the rest to me."
When they came to the top, the keeper took the candle and lit all the lamps, which were so shiny and glossy with the huge reflection shields behind. They sent a clear light to all the ships making them reach safely in port.
As a Christian, do not underestimate your work and ministry because you believe that you do not possess the ability and because you may think that you are situated in a strange place in order to serve the Lord. You just have to shine your light of Jesus where he has put you. All lights are needed, each in its own place. A little light in a dark place has a great value.
Effie Campbell translated
11th July 2019 (This devotion delayed due to technical problems this morning. Sorry!)
BEING ABLE TO SEE THE COMMON AND PLAIN THINGS
”But godliness with contentment is great gain. ”
1. Tim. 6.6 NIV
As part of "my youth's excesses" I have to include a visit to "The National Scene", a Christian man says. "Our city" was the title of the performance. It depicted the life of a 19th century English village. We followed the daily life of two families - mostly simple, plain, boring and regular events. Towards the end of the performance a person in the family passed away, a young woman. From the land of the dead, she looked back on her mortal life. Now, the individual things looked completely different. The community at home with parents and siblings, playing with friends, marriage and both her children.
Any time I am able to imagine this touching spectacle completely alive, the glory that rested upon it. Then Sct. Peter came and said that it was enough and the woman exclaimed, "All this I experienced, and I didn't even see it!"
This experience has followed me throughout my life. How easy it is to be dissatisfied, critical, to feel self-pity and to become a bit of a grumbler. Who of us has not experienced that ”the grass is greener on the other side of the fence” - with the neigbours on the other side, where everything is always green, fine and where they do not have to wrestle with all kinds of hardships. Sometimes we thought, "If only I could climb up there and share in the safe life with the happy people living there.
Maybe we got the opportunity to know them better. But then we saw that they were like us, had a layer of varnish that made up the reality; but when we penetrated this, we realized that they were fragile, had inferiority complexes, obsessions, unfulfilled desires, and we saw all the violations they made while traveling on the path of life.
This helped us see the reality. Everything we possess. First of all, our home - "Our castle and our guard". The faithful spouse, the lovely children, all the small and sometimes great events in everyday life. Then something valuable, called gratitude, sprouted in our heart. The self-satisfied and complacent mind was filled with warm joy.
"How I am very well!" Complaints and concerns were replaced by songs of thanks to God and to people. We learned to value daily life a lot. And our lives gradually changed to better. We no longer dreamed of a bright future, of great things to happen and of becoming the greatest.
We stood with our feet firmly planted on the ground, and life was bright and meaningful. "My home is my castle," the English say.
Rich is the person who lives with open mind and can appreciate the plain and simple things.
Effie Campbell translated
10th July 2019
"... . “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. ..."
Matt. 26,40-41 NIV
An hour of prayer, that is what Jesus expects of his disciples, and such an hour with God makes a big difference and has a great influence on the spiritual world, and we need it if we are to be able to live in victory and be in the will of God.
An older woman, called Tove Thoresen, was a guest at Vision Norway. She is a prayer woman and we can say that her ministry in the Lord's vineyard is working in the field of prayer. It can often be difficult and cumbersome and almost like gaining new land. She prayed a lot for land and people now that in our country there is great indifference and a widespread spiritual apathy over land and city, and she also prayed for Vision Norway. She told me that there is a big difference between praying before and today. It is significantly heavier nowadays because the struggle in the spiritual world is so fierce today, which is also a sign that Jesus' return is approaching.
However, it is not that people become apostate over a single night. The devil has a long-term plan. The dropout occurs gradually. First, we neglect the prayer chamber and then we stop praying together. When the prayer becomes silent, it becomes the flesh that takes over and we lose the spiritual gifts to discern, judge and estimate right. Then we will seek entertainment instead of the presence of God. Jesus says, "... “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” ..." Matt.21.13NIV
She says that sometimes the Lord awakens her at night in order to pray, and she feels a heavy prayer burden on her shoulders. Then she prayes until she has prayed through. She feels that she is finished praying when she has a perfect peace in her heart, and then she returns to bed to sleep on. It sometimes happens that the Lord reveals something to her that she does not know anything of at all. For example, she got a vision a little while ago. A thin strip of light came over the night sky just above Vision Norway's headquarters. So she had to pray until she had prayed through without knowing what was the problem. Such a prayer struggle can last some two or three hours.
Jan Hanvold told that this same morning he would meet for a crucial meeting at the municipal office. Prior to this, there had been several meetings on the same case, but the negotiations had reached a deadlock, so when he entered the meeting it all seemed futile and lost before he even met. But what a change! A completely different spirit and atmosphere now prevailed in the office, and everything went swimmingly and the knot was fixed in an instant. When he came home a little later, he understood why everything had gone like it did, because at the same time Tove phoned and asked if there was anything special going on there, because she had been awakened at night to pray for Vision Norway. This TV station has several prayer women praying for this work, among other Randi Fildtved Johansen and Anne Lise Thomsen, who are Norwegian, but live in South Jutland. "... “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?”..." Isaiah.21.11. May God help us so we value high prayer life.
9th July 2019
IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE BOOK?
”...but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. ”
Revelation. 21.27 NIV
One particular night in 1912, Titanic stroke an iceberg and sank into the Atlantic Ocean. At that time, it was the world's largest passenger liner, and many believed it was impossible for the vessel to sink. Many people died. After the accident, family and friends of the passengers gathered in grief and fear outside the White Star Line office in Liverpool. On both sides of the front door they attached two announcements. On one side it read: "With certainty SAVED" - on the other hand it read "with certainty drowned"
Once in a while an employee came out with a piece of paper. On this was the name of a passenger. Every time he went outside, it was incomfortably quiet while the relatives awaited which side of the door he would mount the name.
On the day that Jesus was crucified, God looked down from heaven and wrote, "With certainty SAVED" on the cross. And then he began writing names into the Book of Life. And the announcement from the cross has not changed. It is not necessary for you to have a good and long education in order to understand it.
It is really so that those who come to Christ do not know a whole lot about the Bible. They only know that they need a Saviour, and that God loves them. Everything you need to do in order to get saved is to convert / turn away from your sin og trust / believe in Jesus. In the very moment you do that, God will write your name in the Book of lamb, and then you will be a member of Gods family, and He assures you a place in Heaven. This you can experience this very day!
Effie Campbell translated
8th July 2019
THE PRAYER HELD HER BACK
”I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; ”
Phil. 1.23 NIV
Kurt E. Koch, Doctor of Theology
A woman told the following about her aunt who was fighting the last battle.
Recently, when my aunt was ill, I was with her and helped nursing her. Everyone in the family prayed for her to recover. The breathing stopped several times, and yet she was still alive. Finally one day she opened her eyes and said to me, "Johanna, I've been on the other side, in the Hereafter. It is so wonderful there. I would like to be allowed to stay there, but as long as you pray that I must live on here with you, then I cannot. Your prayers hold me here. Please stop with your prayers.”
We all stopped praying for her to recover in line with her desire, and immediately she passed away.
It is such a comfort for us to know that with us who believe there is a wonderful eternity. We are also grateful to see that the prayers of believers have such an influence. This also confirms what Scripture says. - It is said of Dwight Moody, the great American evangelist who lived in Chicago that when he was dying, he asked his friends to not keep him alive with prayers. "Today is my coronation day," he said.
Effie Campbell translated
July 7, 2019
”Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. ” Psalm 37.7 NIV
God is waiting for us to be ready for what he wants to do with us. He's waiting and waiting patiently for you. Can you wait for him too? In the midst of all the promises to us, the pain, the uncertainty, and the impatience, we must wait and be ready.
Moses was impatient. He did not have the patience to wait for the water to flow out of the rock, just by his words. He therefore hit the rock and this had consequences for him.
Sara and Abraham did not have the patience to wait for the promised son. They interfered in God's schedule, and Abraham made his slave woman pregnant. This changed the whole story.
Are you able to wait for the Lord until he interferes and acts through your life? Do not run in front of the Lord, but walk behind Him.
Effie Campbell translated
6th July 2019
THE FOUR WOMEN AT JESUS´ CROSS
”Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. ”
Four women stood by Jesus' cross, Mary, the mother of Jesus, her sister, Salome - Mary, Cleopas' wife - and Mary Magdalene. They just gathered their thoughts on Him who hung on the cross.
These four women stand here as representatives of humanity and show us the way to where all people should go: to the cross of Jesus Christ.
These four women, who had such a different origin, all became identical in the cross of Jesus. Despite their very different past, they became completely alike, because by Jesus' cross, our past is hidden and purified in the blood of Jesus Christ. Let's examine these four women more closely and go to the cross like they did.
5th July 2019
THE FEASTS HAVE A DEEPER MEANING
”And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. ”
Matt. 24.31 NIV
As Christians, we have only three feasts, and they are all fulfilled: For Christmas we commemorate that the Savior was born, for Easter He rose from the dead, and in Pentecost He sent the Holy Spirit.
Israel has four feasts in spring and four in the fall. Two of these are not yet fulfilled, the trumpet feast and the Festival of Tabernacles. In our Bible we find the word trumpet, and in other Bibles the word horn is used. It is in fact incorrectly translated as they blow in a large twisted ram’s horn called shofar.
”Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival; ” Psalm 81.3NIV In the New Testament, Jesus says: ”And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. ” Matt. 24.31 NIV There will be people who ask, "Will Jesus come again in the trumpet feast when the trumpets blow?" There is no one who knows anything about that. But the Word also mentions the last trumpet: ”...in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. ” 1Cor.15,52NIV When this happens, the trumpet feast is fulfilled.
Then there is just one feast left, and that is the Festival of Tabernacles. ”“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. ” Lev.23.34NIV This is the last feast that lasts until the Millennium. ”Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. ” Zech.14.16NIV
4th July 2019
WHEN YOU THINK ON YOUR MOTHER
”I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— ”
1. Tim. 2,1 NIV
A foreign missionary was present during a worship service in a prison. When the meeting approached the end, they asked him to say a few words. He then told about an event.
This story was about an ungodly son who left home, but was converted when he remembered his mother. She did not experience her son convert before she died. But her prayers, her tears, and her reminders to stay away from the path of sin was what made the young man turn back. And the son not only got a new life, he also became a servant of the Lord.
The missionary concluded by saying, "And the lost son who was saved when he remembered his godly mother, that is me."
The meeting was over, and the prisoners each went back to their own cells. In the afternoon, the prison priest walked down the corridor to visit some of the prisoners. Then he heard a strange sound from a prison cell, and he went there to investigate the matter. He saw a young man lying on the floor sobbing. When the priest asked what was wrong, he said, "It was the story that the missionary told. I've also had a faithful mother, and I can't help but think of her prayers and tears. What should I do?"
"We must go together to Him who saves sinners," said the priest, "then you will get peace, and your mother in heaven will rejoice that her prayers were heard." The priest and the prisoner knelt down in the prison cell and Searched in prayer for him who does not reject anyone but who is open-minded and accepts all sinners. His memories of his mother also became an eternal blessing for this soul.
Effie Campbell translated
3rd July 2019
FIND SOMEONE TO PRAY WITH - PRAY IN UNITY
”For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.””
Matt. 18.20 NIV
Becky Smith was 84 years old and her sister was 82. Over the years, one of them had become blind and the other had become so crippled that it was no longer possible for them to go to church. Nevertheless, the Church needed them. They lived on the island of Lewis west of Scotland's coasts, and their hometown, Barvas, was marked by spiritual darkness. The congregation lost members, and the youth mocked the faith and spoke of repentance as about plague.
In October 1949, "The Free Church of Scotland" recommended its members to pray. But what could two old sisters do, who were unable to travel from home? Pretty much, they thought. They converted their cabin into a prayer house - open and active all night.
From 22pm, to 4.00am, two nights a week, they asked God to show their village mercy. After several months, Becky told her sister, Christine, that God had said these words to him: ”For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; ...” Isaiah 44.3NIV
She called her pastor to organize a revival meeting and asked the well-known evangelist, Duncan Campbell, to come and talk. When Campbell would not come, she still held on to that he was going to come anyway. "God says he will come and he comes here in two weeks." And it happened! For five weeks, Campbell preached every night to big crowds at. 7pm, 10pm, 12pm and 3am. Sinners were converted, the tavern closed because no guests frequented there any more, and the island of Lewis felt God's presence - all because two women prayed in unity.
Effie Campbell translated
2nd July 2019
EMPTINESS - A PUBLIC DISEASE?
”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””
He welcomed me at the gate, which was wrought iron, and he paid the taxi driver.
"My wife and I are hugely happy that you could come," he said, taking his hand. "I know you are very busy too."
"It seems that most people today are very busy," I replied.
"Please follow me," he said and led me along the stone-covered courtyard and further into the garden. "Here you see how we live." He led me in through this beautiful garden, which lay in front of the house. This was a prominent property.
At the top edge of the hill we stopped and enjoyed the sight over the town. The house stood on a hill in the middle of the town. From here, we saw this little conspicuous Norwegian city.
I had come to this city to attend a series of meetings. Several different churches had joined forces to organize these wake-up meetings. We found ourselves now in the middle of this order, and early this morning I had received a call where this man had asked me to come to talk with him and his wife.
We now looked over this town. He pointed at the shipyard, which lay in the middle of the quay. "It's me who owns the yard," he said, "at least most of it."
His wife came out through the glass door and down the marble staircase. She greeted politely smiling. But behind the eyes I noticed some sad eyes. "It was nice of you to come on a visit," she said. They were both aged 45-50 years
They showed me around the garden. Then we went into the house. Everything was perfect and you could not point a finger on anything. It seemed to me that they had everything that could be bought for money. Persian rugs on the floor. Leather furniture. Expensive paintings. The hallway and kitchen were tiled. Only the handles on the doors must have cost a fortune per piece.
We sat down in the leather sofa in one of the living rooms. "Well, now you've seen how we live," said the owner of the shipyard. We ought to be happy. We have achieved all the goals that we set ourselves as young. We have a beautiful home. Our three children are married and have good jobs. We have money and can buy everything we want. We can travel to the Canary Islands several times a year." He lifted his eyes towards his wife, and they both smiled a little melancholicly to each other," he said.
"My wife and I have talked about it lately. We have realized that despite everything this is not happiness." He looked down on the floor, kicked the blanket and continued: "We do not understand what's wrong with us. It almost feels like we are eaten from within. We feel as if we are in the middle of all this - we do not live. And the emptiness within us are just getting bigger and bigger every year. "
He looked directly into my eyes: "We have read about you - both good and bad. And now that you found yourself in town, we decided to try and get you over for a chat. There must be something that can fill this gap, something my wife and I have not yet found. "
Emptiness! I had sat and considered them both while he spoke. Except for the house, which they owned, and that far exceeded everything that was common, well they looked like the Scandinavians, whom I often met. Materialisticly they had everything they might need. They have been laborious, skilled, progressive in all areas, but the emptiness within grows more and more and will continually grow in the coming month and years. Emptiness is today becoming one of our public diseases. This couple had not managed to sneak out of the emptiness, despite all their wealth.
That day, in this beautiful home, I was allowed to introduce this married couple the eternal truth - "Man should not live by bread alone".
Finally, I fell on my knees at the leather sofa together with the owner of the shipyard and his wife, and they saw a new dimension in their lives as they invited Jesus into their hearts and gave their lives to Him. The emptiness disappeared like dew before the sun and they were wonderfully saved.
”“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 48,22NIV
”He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ” Ecclesiastes 3.11NIV
"The church bell" 1985
Effie Campbell translated.
1st July 2019
”... Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me, I took courage ... ”
There are so many in our days for whom their life's spirit is broken. They believe everything is so sad and heavy, and perhaps life has also given them many hiccups and has been a trial for them. But there is one thing they forget, and that is that the spirit you can only have along with the courage of faith. We must begin with the courage of faith. Life is a gift from God, and He has a plan with His gift. The earthly life is not enough in itself. Existing is not the same as living. On the contrary, we must use life to win life, and this life is only to be found in the Son of God, our Lord. As the old apostle John writes, ”Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1John5:12NIV
So all the many people who do not have the Son of God as their Savior and Lord, as their soul mate and friend of confidence, do not have life. They exist, but they do not possess what gives their existence content, meaning, and courage, and how could they then preserve the spirit and courage? It is hopeless to want to possess the spirit without possessing life.
And therefore - you who are so sad and disillusioned, do not deceive yourself with the false goods (anesthetics, euphoric substances etc.), but listen to the voice of the apostle: that only he who has the Son has life. So take heart and command you in the hands of God.
Let the gospel come into your life and into your heart. Let the gratitude for God's grace enter your life and open yourself to God's will. Then your days will get a new content, and you get new courage yourself, and then the day will come when you will also be able to testify: ”Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. ” Psalm27,14.NIV
Effie Campbell translated