Many are not aware of the enormous impact our everyday life has on our future. We divide our life into important events and days, and then we live our "everyday lives" just looking forward to the great events awaiting us in the future or thinking back on the great moments that have passed. However, the great moments of the past did not just happen, and the golden opportunities in the future will slip right by you if you are not prepared.
It is said that luck is when opportunity meets preparation, and I believe this to be very true. Often we look back at the great men in history who have achieved wonderful things, thinking that they must have been blessed with some special gift of greatness. However, truth be told, there are no special people; there are just ordinary ones. Some just try a little harder, endure a little longer, survive a few more failures, and when an opportunity arrives, they are ready.
Mountains can be climbed if you have the patience to climb them step by step, but if you sit at the bottom of the mountain, waiting for a magical moment that will enable you to get from the bottom to the top in one jump, you will have to wait for a long time.
Most people live from one day to another, not realizing that the only thing that separates them from their dream is just a little focused effort every day.
David is writing in one of his psalms: "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalms 90:12). Wisdom is learning to count every day as important and not just squander it on meaningless activities. Make a decision today to view every day and hour as important. Make sure that when opportunity knocks at your door, you are prepared.
Whether you like it or not you are in a spiritual battle, and though your enemies can not be seen with your physical eyes they are very real. But we don’t need to be afraid, because God has in His word provided us with what we need to withstand the attacks of the enemy. Paul calls it the armor of God, but it may not be as spiritual as you might think.
Because some minds are so focused on what they can see with their physical eyes they take no heed to the spiritual battle that is happening around them; needless to say that if you don’t pay attention in a war situation you are going to become a victim.
In Ephesian chapter six we see that Paul is telling us that God has actually provided us with His own armor; an armor that will make us able to withstand all the attacks of the enemy. But what is this armor? Well, Paul explains it very clearly.
Paul was not talking about putting on a physical armor, and often we make the armor of God more complicated than it is, because we “spiritualise” it. The concepts that Paul is referring to when using a roman armor as an illustration are:
When we walk in these things we have clothed us with the armor of God and can withstand all the attacks of the enemy. Seeking to walk in truth, righteousness, peace and so on, is to put on the armor.
God has trough His word revealed to us the areas where we need to make sure to bring focus to in our lives. Because these are the areas that will make us well protected, living in a world that is in a constant battle between good and evil.
Today during my devotion time I was reading in 2. Corinthians and one of the verses that I felt the Spirit was highlighting to me was 2. Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The later years there has been a great awakening for the need of educated leadership within the church; and this is good. Especially within the pentecostal/charismatic circles there has been a lot of problems caused by a lack of leadership skills.
I believe that good leadership within the church should not help bring the people into a simple and pure devotion to Christ; but all to often the focus on educated leaders has created an “professionalism” that makes church life far from simple. This I believe is sad, because I don't believe that there should be a big gap between church life and a persons devotion to Christ; after all the church is the body of Christ here on earth.
In building the church I believe the goal of a leader is to provide an simple and easily multipliable fellowship that makes it easy for people to maintain a simple and pure devotion to Christ.
I believe in well educated leaders, but I don’t believe in a professionalism that creates a barrier between the church leaders and the lay people; and I do believe there is a difference here. Lets keep our devotion to Christ, pure, sincere and simple.
Hej! Så er vi startet på år 2015 og vi er spændt på hvad Gud har planlagt for det år, vi er gået ind i. Vi er også utrolig taknemlige for at vi kan gå ind i det nye år og vide at vi har venner, som står sammen med os i vores tjeneste.
MISSION TO AFRICA
December 2014 var en anderledes og indholdsrig måned, hvor vi virkelig fik strække os lidt længere end vi plejer. Vores hovedfokus har altid været Europa, men i december sidste år rejste jeg og et lille team fra Norge/Danmark til Kenya for at have en ungdoms konference der.
For many Christians repentance is connected with weeping and almost pulling out one’s hair. To some extent this is correct, because godly repentance is a result of godly sorrow that in the end leads to life (2. Cor. 7:10).
When David sinned, the cry of his heart was “…take not thy Holy Spirit from me…” (Psalm 51:11). When Saul had sinned, he repented in front of Samuel, but thought more about his position and what others might think of him (1. Sam. 15:24,31).
The result was that we don’t read about David having another affair with any other woman, but we see Saul again and again breaking God’s commandments.
David’s sin was no minor mistake, but when God confronted him, he did not make any excuses nor did he try to save face. When he asked forgiveness, he understood that the most important thing that was on stake there was his relationship with God. So he cried out to God “…against you and you only have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4)
The sad fact is the most Christians don’t really repent. They just try to convince themselves how bad they really are; and then they try to gather together all the will power they’ve got because they don’t want to go to hell. They strive for holiness out of fear of God and not out of love for God.
I do believe that the fear of God is a good and right attitude to have. But there is a fear of God that makes you run away from God; like Adam and Eve in the garden. And there is a fear of God that makes you run away from sin; like Joseph when Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with him. Proverbs 8:13 says that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil - not punishment.
The reason why many Christians are falling into the same sins again and again is because they don’t have the right kind of “fear of God”. They don’t really fear God, what they fear is punishment.
It’s like someone who gets pulled over by the police because they have been driving too fast. When they roll down the window, there is humility and repentance in the air. But this repentance usually doesn’t last so long. But if they ever see a police car, then no matter how slowly they are driving they still slow down, check that their seatbelt is fastened and that the lights are on. What happened? The fear of punishment kicked in.
Developing a relationship with God, so real that it’s almost tangible, is a great way of defeating sinful habits. When you then fall, your fear is not the punishment, but losing the relationship you have developed with God. Sin will also lose its attractiveness because the more God is revealed to you, the more all other pleasures fade away.
Most people don’t think of the imagination as something that has any spiritual value. The western mentality is that what happens in our physical world is real and what happens in our imagination belongs to a realm we label as “fantasy” - meaning it’s not real.
I believe this way of thinking, to a big extent, has robbed us of the ability to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Even though we may not say it, we have the idea that if God was to speak to someone, it would be more real if He spoke with an audible voice. If God was to give someone a vision, it would not be a real vision unless the person falls into some kind of trance and saw it as real as he sees the physical world.
A sign that you are worshipping something is that you turn to that when you are in trouble; like primitive turn to their various gods for help and protection.
But in our modern world, there is just as much worship of this kind. We have just exchanged the "Buddha statues" with the government, our pension, our bank accounts and so on.
There is nothing wrong in getting help from the government, having a pension or a big bank account. The question is "where do you have your security?".
It’s a wonderful thing when two can walk together agreeing to contribute to each others growth. Not only does it contribute to spiritual growth, but it also builds character faster then you could ever have done it alone. I would actually say that everybody should have someone to walk together with, because in life there will be many difficult situations. In these situations it’s impossible to have a totally neutral view of YOUR situation seen from YOUR eyes.
When God created man, He said that it was not good for the man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). So He created man with a companion. God instituted marriage, but He did not do it just so we could populate the earth. He created Eve because He saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone.
But it can be painful for two to walk together, because when somebody get close they also see the things we push under the surface. This can be humiliating and painful, but this is also the blessing of walking together with someone. It is in these situations we have the opportunity to grow and if we agree to walk together with someone, even the journey can be educational and exciting.
Growth is a wonderful thing and God has made it so that there are areas of our life that we can never grow in unless we are willing to agree to walk together with someone.
Finally we have arrived in Lublin after half a year of preparing to move, and some intense last months getting everything to fit together. Now we're here, we have arrived, but we're not done.
A wise man has once said: "When you think you're done; then you're done", and we are by no means done; on the contrary, now a new chapter is starting and we're excited to see what God has prepared.
We have more or less settled in the house even though there are still things we need to get in place. There are also some furniture we need to buy, but nothing urgent. But some days before we left Denmark we experienced some unexpected challenges...
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