21th October 2019
John the Baptist preached: "and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”"
Matt. 3.2 NIV
- ”From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”” Matt.4.17NIV
- ”They went out and preached that people should repent. ” Mark 6.12NIV
20th October 2019
MOTHER'S BLESSED HANDS
”Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, ”
Tit. 2.4 NIV
Christian Scriver says that every night his mother put her hand on his head and blessed him after having prayed with him.
Later in life, when temptations came, it was always as if he felt his mother's hand on his head, and he was empowered to say to himself, "Do not grieve your Savior and do not dishonour your mother."
Effie Campbell translated
19th October 2019
THE BIGGEST THEFT
”“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Ex. 20.17 NIV
A woman spoke to me on the phone. She said, "Do you know what is the biggest theft of all? This is when a third person so to speak breaks into a marriage and steals the spouse from you. It affects not only the spouse who is left with the loss, but also all the children. The family is left in ruins, and the pain and sorrow oppresses and rankles them throughout their entire lives. ”
18th October 2019
THEREFORE JESUS CAME
Life is a journey with a definite and absolute beginning and a definite end. And if you are wise, then you will do like Enoch did for 300 years - he walked faithfully with God. Can you imagine how well you would have known God after you had been with him all those many years? It is neither sad nor boring to walk with God. The psalmist says, ”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 16:11 NIV
God created you for His own sake, and not until you find out what His purpose is with your life will you find true peace and joy. If you pulled a fish up from the sea and put it on the beach, you would see how the gills got dry while the fish gasped for breath. Is such a fish happy (or in other words, does it thrive)? No. Would it be happy if you hid it under a mountain of banknotes? No. Could a tablet, a good book or a cool drink make it happy? No. But what if it had been given new clothes? No. There is only one thing that can make it happy: that you throw it back into the sea, into its proper element. This fish will never feel happy/thrive on land because it is not created to live on land. It is created to live in the sea the same way you are created to live in communion with God. Before you find God, you will always feel like a fish drawn up on land - and never know true peace and joy.
Best of all, God is not further away from you than a prayer. If you have first invited him into your heart, you will never feel empty inside. Do you know why Jesus came the very first Christmas? He tells us this himself: “... so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. "John 17.13 NIV
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell translated
17th October 2019
THE WALKING STICK
”Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ” Psalm 23.4 NIV
I notice it every time I go on a stroll - how good it is to have a cane to rely on. This is how it has been since ancient times.
In almost all old images and paintings of pilgrims we see that they have a walking sticks. Often it was long. Such a walking stick was good to rely on and to regain strength when they were out of breath in the middle of the hill. On the journey, the stick becomes like a third leg and the weight of the legs becomes smaller. Because it has a point at the bottom, it attaches well to the hill and prevents the pilgrim from damaging himself in steep, slippery and rocky terrain. In the old days, humans had a greater need to protect themselves against wild animals in the wild than they do today. Now it is merely bleating sheep that may come too close. Animals fear long sticks. You see how the sheep shepherds manages large flocks of cattle with their rod.
The pilgrims of our time have modern strollers that can be folded together, but the long homemade are a better picture. In the midst of all this, you will meet pilgrims who are equipped such as they did in the old days. Although they carry on a heavy bag and the legs sense that time has passed lunch time however, it will be easier to walk. It is possible to get up and the stick relieves the pressure on the knees and hip.
In the Bible, the stick is a picture that is used quite often. The Israelite people were told to have the stick ready for the long journey away from Egypt. This is how the stick has become a picture of being ready for travel. As Christians, we should live with loose tent stakes, willing to be put down in new places and put into new services as God commands us to depart. We are on our way, always ready for departure.
Moses always had his stick with him. We hear several times how he does signs and wonders with the stick. Once it was transformed into a snake, another time he struck with the stick into the rock so that the water flowed out to the thirsty and lamenting Israelites.
In the book of Esther, King Ahasuerus raises the stick to Esther as a sign that she has found favor in his eyes. The stick here is a picture of our relationship with God. As the sinner approaches the throne, God shows us benevolence. He reaches out his hand and we are allowed to touch the royal stick. You are accepted, you are mine, I delight in you.
When the disciples felt distressed during the attacks in Jerusalem, they lifted their eyes to heaven and prayed, "Stretch out your hand." Like this they were praying for a miracle from the outstretched royal stick of God.
The stick also becomes a picture of a support person. The one who, more than anyone else, needs to be the support of our lives, is Lord Jesus Christ. I'm allowed to lean on him. He is the most important piece of equipment to take with us on our pilgrimage to Heaven. He has given me the key to the kingdom of heaven with His death and resurrection, and when He atoned for all our sins. In Norway, parts of the pilgrimage route go along the old royal road towards the coronation church in Nidaros. In life, the pilgrims are allowed to walk on the King's Road next to the King. Just as the shepherd used the stick against those who attacked the congregation, so Christ joined with us against all the evil that might come our way.
When Jesus sent the twelve disciples away, they were commanded not to carry the stick. They were to be attached to Jesus. But another time he said they were to bring along nothing but the stick. Here the stick is used as a picture of Christ. We need to take Jesus with us on the journey toward the goal.
As you now take your stick into your hand, you can also take all these pictures from the Bible with you. You are not alone in the road.
Go in peace and serve the Lord with joy!
Karen Andrine Flatø, Norway LMF
Effie Campbell translated
16th October 2019
REFLECT YOURSELF IN THE BIBLE
”The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” ”
Seph. 3.17 NIV
The other day, a former Bible School student sent me a picture of his Bible. In the text below, she had written what I had written on one of the last pages more than 20 years ago: “You should not mirror yourself in fashion magazines, but in the Bible. Sten Sørensen.” That was my advice to young Bible school students.
Just think of all the young people who have been given a wrong and poor image of themselves, because an inappropriate and deceptive pressure is put on them, even if they previously lived a good and successful life. Now it is no longer merely fashion magazines, but facebook, instagram, snapchat etc. that show what a perfect body and perfect life should look like.
This current is also creeping in among Christians. I have met good Christians who say "I am not as spiritual as she is". Or "I'm not as good at praying as he is", or "I can't express myself as well as she does". It is wrong to compare yourself to others. It empties you of strength and you get to focus on the wrong things.
Why not look in the Bible? Here we read about how God looks at us. We are the most excellent and precious to Him, indeed, the crown of his creation. Every one of us is precious in His sight. We are all unique originals. There is no copy of us anywhere in the world.
If we fill ourselves with the Word of God, then we will have a strong foundation in life. Then it is not others who become our most important source of information, but our God and Creator who knows us and loves us with his eternal love.
15th October 2019
”Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:”
Psalm 37.5 NIV
In Jogvan's New Testament, which he received from pastor, Haremst, when he was confirmed, it says, ””Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:”
Many Faroese citizens have without a doubt stayed at Hotel Hebron when they have been in Copenhagen. On the white wall of the restaurant the same words from Scripture are revealed in golden letters: ”Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” Psalm 37.5 NIV
The normal temperature for a healthy person, one who is sane and agile and does not have a fever, is 37.5 degrees. The spiritual normal temperature is also Psalm 37.5. So here we get a unique offer. We will divide the verse into three parts:
Commit your way to the Lord. Here you are offered to cast all your difficulties, your doubts and your fears on him, who is the supreme authority in the whole of heaven. He still sits on the throne to this day and He has all the strings in his hand.
Trust in him. Yes, you can safely trust and have confidence in him, he has never failed anyone, and he shows no human being away coming to him. ”“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” Hebr. 13.5 NIV
And he will do this. This is a great promise from the "King of kings and Lord of lords". Take this word and make it a part of you by repeating it out loud every single day so it can grow like a grain of seed inside you.
14th October 2019
CHILDREN OF LIGHT
”Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. ”
1. Thess. 4.13 NIV
A believing elementary school teacher tells the story of the events when his son passed away:
Olaf was blessed with many good gifts from the Creator's hand. The teacher at the teacher's seminary where he went said to his father: "Your son has done a lot of good things among his friends." During his son's third year at the teacher's seminary, the young man got tuberculosis, and his condition did not improve. The patient was not sad when he made himself ready for his last trip. He comforted his grieving and distressed father and said, “Jesus is even clearer to me now. Don't worry, Dad. When our Savior is with me, there is no need for sorrow.
Olaf was in great pain these last days of his life, but he didn't want to receive any anaesthetics and said, "No, I want to be awake in my last struggle. I'm so happy! ”He asked his relatives to sing the song he liked best. His 13-year-old brother, who was on his knees at his foot, suddenly rose and exclaimed: "Look how Olaf beams with light! He looks completely transformed. ”
They all stood puzzled, watching his bright face. When the light was clearest, the dying man cried out in delight: "Now I am at home with the Lord, with my mother, with Petra and many others." At that moment, his eyes burst. He had passed away, into the light that no eye here on earth can see. And this father added: "Even though it had been completely dark in the room, we had been able to recognize Olaf from the light that shone from him." It is also strange that the dying mentioned his mother whom he could not have known, because she died when he was a baby.
Effie Campbell translated
13th October 2019
ANGELS THAT DIGGED HOLES IN THE SOIL
”As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. ”
1. Sam. 12.23 NIV
The preacher, Tommy Hicks once had a vision. He saw how the angels cooperated when the church people / congregation prayed. He saw a multitude of angels busy digging holes in the ground. He was then told that the holes represented human salvation. As long as people prayed for a human, the angel dug deeper and deeper until he reached a source that emerged as confirmation that salvation was prayed through. He also saw angels standing passively hanging over their spades without seemingly doing anything useful. They seemed to be mournful. Tommy Hicks asked one of the passive angels why he did not work like the others, and the angel answered him that no human being prayed for this person anymore.
Someone has said that the poorest people in this world are the ones for whom nobody is praying.
Many years ago, I sat reading in the magazine, The Church Bell/ ”Kirkeklokken” about the priest Einar Prip. He had exactly the same vision as Tommy Hicks of angels digging deeper and deeper when people prayed for someone. The church bell also published a treaty in its time about the priest, Prip's vision. I know an old person in the Faroe Islands who still has such a treaty in his Bible.
Effie Campbell translated
12th October 2019
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
John 3.16 NIV
John 3.16 is called "The Little Bible". It is said that preachers all over the world have their own favorite verse, but this verse is called "every man's verse". Here is the very essence of the gospel for every heart. I would like to point out three things from the text:
1) It is God who is the origin of salvation. It was God who took steps to salvation. No one else had to first persuade God to forgive us. Sometimes God is referred to as strict, and Jesus is referred to as gentle, loving, and forgiving. This Bible verse tells us that it was God who started everything. He sent us His Son, for God loved man.
2) God’s nature is love. He did not go for his own sake, but for our sake. God did not go to fulfill his own desire for power. He did not work to get a submissive and creeping universe. God seemed to satisfy his own love. God is not satisfied until His deceived children have come home!
3) The Bible verse tells us about the size of God's love. It was the world God loved so much. It was not a nation. It was not a chosen people. It was not the church. GOD LOVED THE WORLD! Of course, God loves those who love Him, but His love reaches those too that no one loves, and even reaches those who never think of God. God's love is so extensive - He loves everyone!
The Church Father, Augustine has said it so accurately: "God loves each one of us, as if he only had one to love."
God's heartbeat encompasses all people, and the whole world is our parish call.
Effie Campbell translated
11th October 2019
OLD AND WORN-OUT - YOUNG AND BURNT-OUT
”“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matt. 11.28 NIV
On our PCs, smartphones or iPhones we have a button called "energy saving", "rest" or a function to save power. I have doubts whether this feature is for the phone or our own best? Is it the machine or us that needs it the most?
Today, the boundary between work and leisure has become more and more blurred. In the past, it was said: Old and worn. Today they say: Young and burnt out. Young people are burned out, discharged and exhausted at a very young age. They are burnt out emotionally and cooperatively. Stress is the greatest health hazard in our modern age. 80% of all long-term sick people in Norway have stress as the underlying cause.
Studies show that seven out of ten leaders are burned out and that the number of burned-out youths has a growing curve. Each generation is more exhausted than the former. It is not necessary for you to be sufficient. It's enough that you simply "are there". Anything more than this, after all, is an added bonus.
Mark 6: 30-31 tells of the situation where the apostles gather about Jesus and tell him everything they had experienced and done through the day and how they had taught. Jesus replied, ”... “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”...”
"Take a break, because you have to last and endure a long time," was the motto of Jesus, his solution, and his words are also needed for us today. Notice that the week begins not Monday, but Sunday. In Deuteronomy God asks us to use our day of rest and to keep it holy. The current government is working with great zeal to allow us to keep our stores open on Sundays, even though the population needs the exact opposite: Namely to rest and keep Sundays holy.
The rest has three main enemies: Anxiety / regret, restlessness and boredom.
The letter of Hebrews mentions coming to His rest so that we can rest after our hardships, just as God rested from His works.
It is not us who invite him to worship; it is he who invites us. Everything you do, you do from the rest in Christ.
We end with Jesus' familiar words from Matt. 11:28NIV: ”“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ”
10th October 2019
AN IMAGE OF HEAVEN
”who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. ”
Phil. 3.21 NIV
A woman testified last night at the Bluecross café. She told me she had been a manager at TeenStreet in the German city of Offenburg. This is an international Christian meeting for young people. 200 girls, 100 boys and 100 leaders participated from the Faroe Islands making it a total of 400 Faroese out of a total number of 4000 young people from all over the world made their mark on the camp.
You could choose different topics. The subject that had the greatest impact on most people was "Heaven." The youth show was such that there were people playing role-playing games and you entered all this, so it seemed very alive.
Before it all started, the organizers had to have the number of participants and their names. This seemed to the Faroese to be somewhat strange. Why couldn't you just come? Later they understood why.
Participants then walked into the elevator to get up on the fourth floor. But when they got up in the elevator a little, it stopped. They looked at each other. What now? But then they heard a knock and a voice asked if they needed help. Yes, it certainly seemed that they did. The lift started again and as they stepped out they saw their helper. He was in white clothes and was supposed to imagine Jesus.
They were then invited into a room. In it it was so beautiful, nice and cozy, and beautifully decorated. e.g. There was a palm tree. On the table was a white tablecloth, nice plates, silver fork knives. On the glass was a small note, and on this was the name of him / her to sit there. Now they understood why the organizers wanted numbers and names of all participants. "When I saw my name on the glass," said the woman, "I melted completely. Just imagine, Jesus not only knew my name, no, he had prepared a place for me, and he was waiting for me. ”At the end of the table was a glass on which there was no note. He was missing. No one had given him any invitation to Heaven.
This spoke strongly to the participants. Here they were experiencing getting the most delicious dishes, and it was just so amazing to be part of it. This really gave a taste of Heaven. But then the question came up: "Do you want to go out and invite others to come along?"
Everyone then went and entered another room where people sat with a completely foreign attire, a dress so that they understood that these were Muslims, Buddhists and other strangers. But it was anything but easy. How could you convince them that there was only ONE way to heaven and that (he) is called Jesus Christ? Here the group got something serious to think about.
9th October 2019
”And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ”
Matt. 6.7 to 8 NIV
"We are in Norway every summer because one of our daughters is married to a Norwegian," there was a man who testified at the local Bluecross café. He said: “There was a married couple in the area about whom much was talked about. Some years ago this couple lived a wild life with drug abuse and so on, and when they had no money to buy these things, they started their criminal career, after which it started to go downhill for them. It ended with a harsh judgment behind bars. How many years they got behind bars, I do not know; but when only two years remained of their serving of the sentence, they were saved. There are people who do a great job in such places, people who voluntarily choose to sing and witness for the inmates. This married couple was completely changed and given a new life.
As time approached for the couple to be released, they began to seriously fear coming out again into freedom, for they owned nothing. How could they ever get a roof over their heads and everything else needed? But now they had learned that when you get into trouble, you must pray to God and tell him everything exactly as it is and they did just that. They were persistent in prayer.
One night the wife dreams that she sees a big and beautiful house. She can see it from the outside, but she also gets the opportunity to see all the rooms inside. She decides to tell her spouse nothing. Four days later the husband says to his wife: "It's strange, but I dreamed last night that I saw a big and beautiful house!"
"You were also allowed to see this?" the wife replied in wonder.
They agreed to go into each room with a piece of paper on which to try to draw the house, which they had seen in the dream. When they finished the drawings and came out of the rooms, it turned out that both drawings were identical.
And this couple today lives in this house which is also their property,” the man concluded his testimony.
8th October 2019
JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE
”and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” ”
Psalm 50.15 NIV
A man testified at the Blue Cross café:
One of our girls was saved as a very young girl. She married a man who was not saved and she herself began slipping further and further away from Jesus. The man drank a lot and had major alcohol problems, but we didn't know how bad it was for them, because he was so good at concealing it. He sat in the barn drinking every day.
Eventually, his wife couldn't handle it anymore. “I want to leave you and take the two youngest children with me. The other kids are almost grown up now and they will be able to handle themselves! ”At that very moment, the man completely collapsed.
The following day was Sunday, and in the morning as they woke up, the husband said to his wife, "Shouldn't the two of us go to a meeting tonight?" His wife looked at him in amazement, for she was not used to hearing this, but she agreed. At this meeting, they were fiercely called. The wife said to her husband, "Shouldn't we go to intercession?"
"No, I don't want to," he replied, racing out.
The wife then went and was saved.
The man walked for many days and fought against God. In the end, he was no longer able to withstand anymore, and he said to God, "Lord, if this comes from you, then you may have me completely; but tell me first, do you call me? Now I will open the Bible a random place, and the first thing that catches my eye, Lord let let it be your answer. "
No sooner said than done and his eyes fell upon this saying, ”and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” ” Psalm 50.15 NIV
Then he went to his wife and asked her to pray for him. He was gloriously saved, and today they are leaders in the village mission house.
7th October 2019
There is only one way
There is only one way to Heaven. There is only one way to be saved. Only Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. How do we know this? The Bible tells us in John14.6NIV: ”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ”
Many people think they come to Heaven because they are good people, because they have done nothing or very little wrong and so on. When you talk to people, you see that they have found their own way to Heaven. People have invented as many ways to Heaven as there are people. That's why the Bible says in Rome. 3.23NIV: ”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ”
This must be preached over and over again, so that people understand it.
Salvation is ONLY found in the faith of Jesus and to receive him as your Lord and Savior. ”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. ”
Rom. 10,10 NIV
Here again we see that we must point to the word of God as the truth.
What used to be a sin is still a sin to this day. When the Bible says that something is sin, then we must help people to become FREE from sin and not support them in remaining in it. It is true love to help set people free from their sins in the blood of Jesus. People are lost because they do not want to hear and believe in the simple and straightforward words of God. The Bible says that not even the simple fool will get lost.
Effie Campbell translated
6th October 2019
”Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. ”
Matt. 22.29 NIV
The Bible is the book of books. It is the book that reveals the will of God. We live in a time when man has more knowledge and insight than ever before. Yet, people in the Western world have never had as limited knowledge and insight about the Bible as they do today.
In Norway, the Bible was spread with the Hauge revival. The greater the Bible knowledge, the greater the revival. Statistics show that just one in five Christians read the Bible daily. Now that the Bible reading is so much reduced among Christians, how much less is it not among the worldly?
The Bible is a dangerous book. So dangerous that if you are taken with a Bible in Saudi Arabia, you will be beheaded. In other countries, having a Bible and reading it gives a harsh punishment. Then we could be tempted to ask why? Simply because it reveals the truth and reveals the lie. When I was taken at the customs in Moscow in 1983 for smuggling Bibles, I asked them: “Why is it not allowed to bring in Bibles into this country? You do not believe in God, and you consider the Bible a fairy tale, why are you afraid of it then? ”I never got an answer.
Through the Bible, man gains knowledge and insight about God and the truth. The awakening is conditional on the Word being available. Scripture is the foundation of our faith? It is the word of God! If we doubt the word of God, then our faith will fall like a house of cards. This is why our churches are empty. It is because of the biblical criticism and that even the priests do not believe in the Bible. If we do not believe the Bible as being the Word of God, then we will believe that the Qur'an is just as good and valid, and that other scriptures are as true as the Bible, but without true Bible knowledge, people lost their way and became derailed, Jesus himself said in Matt. 22.29.
In a time when many are being misled and where we are inundated with other religions, it is more necessary than ever before to hold on to the Word of God, so that humanism will not be allowed to sneak into our lives, so we believe, that it is okay with sin, that we do not believe that hell exists, but that we fully and firmly believe that the Bible is the true word of God and therefore without error.
The recipe for life is revealed in the Word of God, the Ten Commandments, and in the Old as well as the New Testament. With these we can judge everything from the flawless word of God. Based on the Bible, we understand what is right and what is wrong. The Old Testament has preserved Jewish culture despite the resistance of the times. This is also the case with our Christian cultural heritage. This legacy will only be preserved if we are faithful to Scripture. When we turn our backs on Scripture, we get lost.
”Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. ” Matt. 22.29 NIV
Effie Campbell translated
5th October 2019
”Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. ”
Norway is a strange country where faith is pictured as a private matter that does not concern others. We must keep the faith for ourselves, we say. It has not been common for politicians from parties other than the Christian party ”Kristeligt Folkeparti” to talk about their faith.
The editor of Vårt Land, Erling Rimehaug, writes in a remark: "Why do people react when Jonas Gahr Støre is open about his Christian faith, when all his predecessors were open about their lack of faith?"
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, told the magazine ”Troens Bevis” in the July edition that the secular have the power of public debate in Norway.
The Muslims boldly stand forward speaking widely about their faith. And Jesus said we were to be light and salt in this world. We have to stick to that no matter what the world thinks about it.
Effie Campbell translated
4th October 2019
BE AVAILABLE - IT WORKS GREAT WAGES
Acts 4:13 says that the people noticed the boldness that the apostles showed, and they remembered that they had been with Jesus.
The characteristics of the first Christians were their great boldness, their courage and their strength. They were fearless. The Bible advises us not to throw away our confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:35) Joshua 1,6 was asked to be courageous and strong. The boldness carried him through the furnace.
God will raise up courageous Christians in Scandinavia. By the time Peter appeared before the crowd at Pentecost, 3,000 souls was saved and added to the congregation. Because of his courage, this miracle of salvation was unleashed.
Effie Campbell translated
3rd October 2019
A QUICK TONGUE
”Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them. ”
Prov. 29.20 NIV
If you gave yourself time to grasp the facts, then you would have, by and large, talked differently. Hannah so earnestly prayed to have a child that the pastor thought she was intoxicated. When the disciples noticed Jesus coming towards them while walking on the water, they believed that he was a ghost.
Therefore consider, or even better yet, pray before jumping to any conclusions.
2nd October 2019
THE SALVATION ROCK
”... and on this rock I will build my church ”
Matt. 16.18 NIV
The salvation is built on expensive land! Mount Moriah, on which the temple stood, is the place where Abraham sacrificed his son, Isaac.
You know what? 2000 years later, God brought His only begotten Son to the same mountain in order to die for our sins. The cross is the only ladder high enough to reach all the way to the threshold of heaven.
1st October 2019
THE PEOPLE OF PRAYER
”I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. ”
Isaiah 62.6-7 NIV
It is crucial that there are watchmen on the walls (Isaiah 62,6) who pray. The people of prayer do not enter the White House or the Kremlin; but when we pray for people, for the leaders of the countries, and for the nations, God can intervene.
When God destroyd Sodom and Gomorah, he did not ask how many unrighteous there were. The Lord asked how many righteous people there were. If there had been ten righteous, then Sodom would have been saved. That is why prayer is so very important. This is also the reason to remind us that we must be ready for the rapture. It can come anytime.