Prophetic observations and meditations from a Norwegian perspective with inspirational insights from an everyday walk with God. A practical Kingdom of God orientation to life that enables dreams to come true and visions to be realized.
God has recently been speaking to Solveig and myself that we are entering into a new season. At the end of this year we will celebrate 50 years of happy marriage life together. A golden anniversary is a great event, but we think that the future is even greater. We are full of expectancy to the Lord for what the future will bring.
Just a week before we left for Nepal I attended a team gathering of apostles, prophets and teachers in England. At the last day a prophet of God turned to me and gave me an instructive word of prophecy concerning a new phase and a new way of working in India. Earlier we have been visiting many places all over India, but God told me that in this new phase we should work differently. We should only go to one place and call people to come to meet with us in that place. Sometimes we should give an open invitation, other times we should give a very spesific invitation. God promised that his presence would be with us and that he would pour out the Spirit in all our gatherings.
A few days ago in my daily reading of the Common English Bible, I was reading in the Gospel of John. In chapters 14 to 16 Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure and the arrival of the Holy Spirit. In this version Jesus is calling the Holy Spirit for a companion. Ever since I read that, it has been working in my heart. The Holy Spirit is given to be our Companion.
In my "normal" Norwegian Bible the Holy Spirit is called the spokesman. It is a bit serious, like an advocate. In other English versions he is called Comforter, Counselor or Helper. I like all these expressions as they explain different aspects of the Parakletos' nature and work. But at the moment I am very blessed by the name Jesus gives the Spirit as Companion or Friend.
The Spirit as our companion is a person sent by God to accompany, assist or live with us in the capacity of being a helpful friend. His call is to be at our side, never to leave us, always to be to our aid. The Spirit of God is in the widest sense our helper, succourer, aider, assistant. He is our close companion and friend.
What a blessing to live with the Holy Spirit in this way. He is my Companion. He is my friend. We have a intimate relationship. He is always at my side to help, comfort, assist, counsel and guide me along the way.
It is the prophet Isaiah who is describing the horrible situation of war when no one cares for humanity. He is saying that tough men weep openly. Diplomats of peace are in bitter tears. Messagers of reconciliation weep bitterly. Covenants are broken. Solemn pledges are rejected. The very land is mourning and wasting away. The roads are empty and there are no people in the street. People are hiding but find no safe shelter. Cities are despised. Destruction is everywhere. The way the prophet of old is describing the terrible situation of war is like an up to date description of the situation in Syria and other places of military conflict.
Today I have spoken with one of my friends in Sri Lanka. He tells me about increasing persecution. Some Buddhist monks have become very aggressive and are attacking Christians. My friend had been to see his brothers and sisters that had been affected by the extreme Buddhist monks.
David, the shepherd boy who became king, the famous poet and master psalmist, is using this expression quite often in the Psalms: Let my whole being bless the LORD! Let everything inside me bless his holy name! Let my whole being bless the LORD and never forget all his good deeds:
God forgives all my sins. What a blessing it is to live in the constant updated forgiveness of sin. When we live in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleances us from every sin. When we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleance us from everything we have done wrong. Let my whole being bless the Lord, for he forgives my sins, it is a present reality! He forgives my sins!
God heals all my sickness and saves my life from the pit! The joy of the Lord is our strength, it is a source of life bubbling up from inside. Living in the fellowship of God is to live in the flow of life and healing. Sickness, disease, infirmity and weakness are all part of human reality because of the Fall. The entire creation has been subjected to frustration and slavery of decay. Death is at work everywhere, but God brings life and healing! The fact that I am live, is a testimony of God's healing power. As long as I live I can say, "Let my whole being bless the LORD, for he heals all my sickness and saves my life from the pit!"
God crowns me with faithful love and compassion. There is no one like God. He is faithfully pouring out his blessing upon my life. He surrounds me with his faithful covenant love. He protects me and keeps me safe in his deep compassion. I cannot escape his lovingkindness and his attention. His caring eye rests on me all the time. I am never out of his sight. He crowns me with is faithful love and compassion! Let my whole being bless the Lord!
God satisfies me with plenty of good things so that my youth is made fresh like an eagle! There is nothing on earth I desire except living in the presence of God. Only God can satisfy me. And he does satisfy me! God is my heart's rock and my share for ever. It is good fo me to be near God. I have taken refuge in the LORD God, who is compassionate and merciful, very patient, and full of faithful love! Let everything inside me bless his holy name!
New Year's Eve 1964 - 7x7 years ago Solveig and I married each other. Last night we celebrated 49 years of happy marriage. God blessed us with 6 wonderful children, of whom Levi the firstborn has gone to be with the Lord, and we have also been blessed with 10 wonderful grandchildren. We have also been blessed with wonderful sons and daughters in law. God has been so good to us. Our hearts are full of thanks to the Lord for his faithful love towards us. We celebrate the faithfulness of God and are looking forward with great expectations to the Lord for the New Year 2014.
This year only the two of us together celebrated our wedding anniversary. Solveig made me a most excellent dinner with the Queen Maud Desert, which also was on the menu 49 years ago!
As I have been reading in my new Common English Bible I have had many nice surprises as new expressions are catching my attention. This is one of the greatest joy of reading a new Bible translation. The word comes alive again and again as new phrases are jumping of the pages and touching my heart.
One of those expressions that caught my attention, as I am reading the Psalms, and caused me to think is "But me?" I am used to those places where the psalmist is saying "but I will thank the Lord" etc. I am used to the psalmist is saying "but God", but I have never before noticed this phrase: "But Me?" But me, with a question mark?
The psalmists are often describing their difficultiies, hardships and challenges they face in their life. They are having opposition and are surrounded by enemies and evil people who are wanting to kill them. Or they are fighting their own depression and the deep darkness of their own soul. They are encountering every aspect of human life and experience. They are real people struggling real problems. But me? There is a contrast with the situation and the people that surround the psalmist, but the questionmark open up for uncertainty.
But me? Yes, what about me? Do I have a choice? Can I determine myself the outcome of my situation? Am I in control? Can I make a decision? How do I react to this hostility? How do I respond to the challenges that are facing me? But me?
"But me? I will see your face in righteousness." Ps 17:15
"But me? I walk with integrity. Save me! Have mercy on me!" Ps. 26:11
"But me? I will sing of your strength! In the morning I will shout out loud about your faithful love because you have been my stronghold, my shelter when I was distraught. Ps. 59:16
"But me? My prayer reaches you, LORD, at just the right time. God, in your great and faithful love, answer me with your certain salvation!" Ps. 69:13
"But me? I will hope. Always. I will add to all your praise." Ps. 71:14
The circumstances may vary, they can be difficult or very challenging, easy or boring, but I am never need to be a victim of my circumstances. But me? I can rise to the challenge. I can respond to hostility in forgiveness and love. I can overcome any hardship. I can turn my circumstances from being stumbling blocks to be stepping stones to take me a cross the raging river. The circumstance do not matter, what matter is how I react or respond to what is going on around me.
As I have been reading in the Psalms every morning in my new Bible, the Common English Bible, I have noticed that many places it speaks about those who honour God. I had not noticed this expression before and came to realise that it in older, more traditional translations, those verses do not speak about honouring God at all, but about fearing God. Here is some examples:
Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. (NIV)
All believers, come here and listen, let me tell you what God did for me. (Message)
Come! Listen, all you who are loyal to God! I will declare what he has done for me. (NET) Come close and listen, all you who honour God; I will tell you what God has done for me. (CEB) All you lovers of God who want to please Him, come and listen, and I will tell you what he did for me (Passion Translation)
Most of my English Bibles are talking about those who fear God, but four versions are using different words: Believers, those who are loyal to God, those who honour God and those who are lovers of God and want to please him. I love these four different renderings better than the old traditional ones. I think they explain what it means to fear God.
I think all of us understand that the attitude of fearing God is a very positive one. God is so great and awesome that we fear him and bow down in worship and pay respect to him. When we fear God, we will trust him and believe his promises. When we fear God, we will be loyal to him and give him our undivided devotion and commitment. When we fear God, we will honour him and pay respect to him by our words and deeds. When we fear God, we will love him and always want to please him in everything we are and do.
I was given a new Bible for my birthday recently. It is called the Common English Bible. I have been reading it awhile and find it very interesting. It is kind of a sober translation and not like some of the many paraphrases we have seen recently.
Today, in my daily reading, I was struck by an expression from Psalm 51 verse 6: And yes, you want truth in the most hidden places; you teach me wisdom in the most secret place.
It is David speaking, after he had committed adultery and consequently murder to cover his sin. He was found iut by the prophet of God: You are the man! You are the one guilty of death penalty! David was quick to repent when the prophet confronted him with his sin. In Psalm 51 he is confessing his sins to God and asking for mercy, forgiveness and purification.
David discovered that God wants truth in the most hidden places. He had been untruthful. He had been doing bad things in secrets. He tried to cover up his wrongdoing, but it only lead to more untruth in the hidden places.
First of all God is looking for truth in the most hidden place of our own heart. We may have a spledid appearance. We may look very well in the eyes of people. But God knows our heart. The religious leaders in the days of our Lord Jesus were excellent outwardly, but rotten on the inside. What a tragedy. Our hidden attitudes and secret thoughts in our innermost being must be truthful. If we are not truthful in the hidden place of out heart we will actualy not be truthful in anything we do or say.
God want truth in the most hidden places of our lives. Our true character is shown in what we to when we are in the hidden places where no one knows us or sees us. In the hidden places we cast of all restraints and dare to be ourselves. That is why God is wanting truth in the most hidden places of our lives.
In the most secret place God will teach us wisdom when he finds truth in the hidden places of our innermost being.
The Passion Translation gives us a diffrent perspective on this verse: "I know You delight to set Your truth deep in my spirit. So come into the hidden places of my heart to teach me wisdom."
Let thousand flowers blossom!
Let tens of thousand different plants flourish!
Let hundreds of thousand seeds sprout, and grow to become a vast forest!
Let the followers of Christ become numerous as the sand on the seashore and stars in the winter-sky.
Let the believers excell in expressing love in practical and down to earth deeds.
Let the covenant community explode with creativity!
Let the church of Christ come to fulness!
Good reasons to attend the apostolic summer festival ”Lys og Salt”:
1. It is always beneficial to attend a gathering when called together by the apostles. There will be an impartation of apostolic and prophetic vision and anointing.
2. It is very important to receive apostolic and prophetic teaching, to receive direction from God that we may work together to advance the Kingdom of God.
3. God has always arranged for the covenant community to come together to celebrate His goodness and to worship Him together as a people. It is very pleasing to God to dwell together in peace, harmony and unity.
4. The annual gatherings for the larger covenant community, is creating a sense of belonging and of having a common destiny in God.
5. When we are part of local churches, house churches or smaller fellowships, will the larger gatherings, on a regional or national level, give us important and fresh impulses, encouragement and strength.
6. It will help the people of God to understand that they are part of something bigger than just the local church, that they are part of an apostolic work and a great mission outreach towards many nations.
7. The reports from what God is doing in other parts of the world will build faith and inspire to local Kingdom of God initiatives.
8. The children and young people will benefit from good programs and even more important be able to form new friendships with fellow believers that could last for life.
9. For young people it is an excellent opportunity to build healthy relations, which even could lead to godly marriages. Two of our children found their spouses in such gatherings.
10. The many different practical and spiritual seminars and workshops will in a specific way equip people to serve the purpose of God in their generation.
We have entered into a new season of the Spirit. A new
outpouring of the Spirit is already in the way. We are seeing signs of the dawn
of a new day and a new season of the powerful moving of the Holy Spirit. This
move of the Spirit will be centred on Christ, the Branch.
The Branch is a prophetic image of Christ that we find many
places in the Bible and the Spirit is bringing this prophetic to the forefront
of his move among his people in these days. The Branch is an image of dynamic
life, growth and expansion. It stands for new life shooting forth, budding and
sprouting among the people of God in these days.
This lady was radiant. She carried a baby in her arms. Among
many others did she give her testimomy in the covenant community. I was
intrigued by the way she started her testimony. Her joy and her sincerity
struck me with great power. Her story blew my mind.
Mullah Nasruddin entered the royal reception area and sat on the most plush and ornate chair. The captain of the guard told him, ”Please sit somewhere else, that chair is kept for the most honourable guest.”
”You think I ’m an ordinary guest?” asked Nasruddin.
”Are you an envoy from a neighbouring country?”
”I’m much more important than that.”
”Are you a minister?”
”Bigger than one.”
The guard became sarcastic, thinking he has accosted a fool. ”I see, so you must be the King himself, your majesty,” he said.
We are enjoying a wonderful Christmas celebration with all our family (21) at Gullbotn. The house is filled with joy and harmony. The grandchildren are happily playing together. It is a great joy to observe them having a good time together. The adults are also enjoying themselves and having a lot of fun. According to our Norwegian custom we put all the presents under and around the tree and on Christmas Eve the grandchildren were reading the to and from greeting, and distributing the presents. Then we all watch the present being opened, thanks and hugs are exchanged, and we all rejoice with one another. This Christmas Eve we started early as we were 21 people together and it took six hours to distribute all the gifts!
The big family celebration with gifts and traditional food is a great event that especially all the children look forward to. But Christmas is much more than a few days of joyful celebration. Actually we should celebrate the reality of Christmas every day all through the year. The central message of Christmas is Immanuel - God with us. The incarnation is a historic fact. God became flesh and blood. He became one of us. He became a human being. That is a miracle of Love which we don't fully comprehend. But certainly it needs to be celebrated.
Every day we wake up we need to remind our selves of the fact of Immanuel. God with us. God for us. God among us. Christ in us the hope of glory. We are not alone in this world. We are not left to ourselves. We are not abandoned. We don't have to struggle with the challenges of life on our own.
God is with us. Even in our darkest hour when we seem to be totally on our own, he is there. When everything seem to be hopeless, when we are face to face with the impossible, he is there. When we rejoice in our achievements, when we seem to succeed, he is there. He is always near. He is always with us. His name is Immanuel!
Many times I have felt alone. Often I have felt like being totally on my own, and it is a very scary feeling. But actually I was never alone. He was always there. He was always with me. Even when I could not see him or his finger in the things happeneing to me, he was still there. I found refuge in him in the storms of life. I found comfort in him in times of loss. I found strenght in him when I had no strength of my own.
Over the years in my walk with God I have come to a confident rest in Immanuel - God with us. It is not only God with me, it is always God with us. It helps me to see Him among my brothers and sisters in the covenant community.
What a joy to celebrate 70 years together with family and friends at Gullbotn yesterday. Solveig has been working hard the last months in preparing a big party. I am overwhelmed by her love and creativity.
The celebration was unforgettable. The food was delicious, the cakes outstanding in taste and in outlook. The grandchildren performed in an excellent way. Sons and daughters gave nice speeches and wonderful poems written for me. My friends brought many encouraging words that touched my heart. I thank God for my wonderful family and faithful friends. I am so rich. I am richly blessed by God.
I have been rereading all the birthday greetings I received on cards and on Facebook. I have been moved to tears and my heart has been overflowing with joy. I am so thankful to God for his marvelous grace and favour towards me. God is so God.
My friends in Kristent Fellesskap Nordhordland gave me a MacBook Pro. My friends in DNA Oslo gave me an iPad. Now I have to learn to use those useful tools to advance the Kingdom of God. I am excited that I have to explore new things and new ways of doing it.
At the end of November I completed 50 years in the ministry. 26 of November 1962 I had completed 5 weeks of Bible School training and started to travel to preach the gospel. I was traveling together with Samuel Gjersdal who was an experienced preacher. We spent several months on the Fosen peninsula in Trøndelag. For many years I was an independent traveling pentecostal evangelist bring the Good News to many people.
Since the beginning of the Eighties I have been in Kristent Fellesskap's churches mainly. From the beginning of the Nineties I and my wife have gone regularly to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other countries. God has been so good to us during these years. We have seen his grace in our lives in many different ways. We can testify that the Lord is faithful. We have seen many miracles.
When I was a litle boy and was in and out of hospitals all the time the doctors told my parents that I would never grow up. They never expected me to become more than twenty years. By the grace of God I have turned 70! The doctors were wrong. God had better plans for me. He has already given me 50 miracle years in the ministry. Now I am praying for 50 more years in active ministry for the Lord.
I have been
asked to try to describe what is motivating me and what keeps me going in the
ministry. The simple answer is that I am sustained by the Word of God,
compelled by the Love of God and empowered by the Spirit of God. The word of
God is saying:
A new door of oppurtinities is open in front of us. This is a day of new beginnings. This is a day of new revelation and insight. This is a day of exploration of the vast possibilities at our doorstep. However, we need to stop looking back in our life on what has been, for it has been. We need to have eyes to see what is ahead, for what is to come. The best is yet to be, but for us to be able to enter into that which is the best, we need to close the door on our past.
Ten years ago I started to blog on the Blogger platform. After some years I moved to Typepad. During the ten years of blogging I have had many encouragements in form of comments left on the blog or by email or in person. I thank God that people have been bless by my simple blogging where I have been sharing from my life.
Recently I have not been so active as I used to be. New social medias are the main reason for this development. I have no intention of reducing my presence on the Internet, on the contrary I have plans of increasing my presence and become even more active than before. I am also having some new ideas for my blog and new blogs I want to start in the near future.
Ten years of blogging is nice to celebrate, but there is no time to rest. Hopefully I will be able to launch new blogs and new presence on the Internet to press on for the next ten years to be more mature and to bring more glory to God.
The words of my first entry on my blog ten years ago are still valid:
To be somebody is to take small and big jumps into the unknown territory safely walking in faith confidently trusting the Beginning and the End to guide and carry me through the deep waters over the high mountains of human limitations to soar to new horizons to lay down and dream in a lush meadow to create my first blog
When I visited Nepal for the first time in 1971 I was told that the total number of Christians in the Hindu Kingdom was only 500. During my last visit I was told that the number had increased to nearly 2 millions. The Kingdom of God is really advancing in this wonderful nation in the Himalyas.
Dilbahadur came to Norway as an asylum seeker. He found Christ in Oslo and became part of a house church where he was discipled. He didn't get permission to stay in Norway and returned to Nepal as a new believer. What he had learned he passed on to his family. They all received Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Now he leads a house church in his town and new families have come to know Christ through him.
In this way the Kingdom of God changes families who influence and change society for the better.
I met Baktha in Kathmandu last october at a short term Bible School. He is a fine young man who has committed his life to Jesus Christ. He lives with his family in Mugu, remote village in the western part of Nepal in the Himalayan mountain range. He has to walk for nearly 7 days to get to the nearest road and transportation system.
A few years back we met Tahk at a gathering of covenant friends in Nepal. He always has an open face, a nice smile, and a bright outlook. He is a happy disciple of Jesus Christ. He is working hard to support his family and to bring the Good News of the Kingdom of God to new people. He lives in the Mackwanpur district of Nepal.
We were so happy to see him again these days we spent in Kathmandu. Full of joy he told us that he had been able to bring the Good News to an unreached village about 20 miles from where he lives. He travels to this place partly by a cycle and partly by walking and climbing the mountains. Some parts he even had to carry his cycle on his shoulder as well. When he first visited the village he found that many of the villagers were sick. They were suffering from all kinds of sicknesses.
As he was proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdome he prayed for sick people to be healed and the power of God at work. Many healings took place. One girl was partly paralyzed. She was barely able to move around with crutches. As Tahk Bahadur was preaching Jesus Christ, he told the girl that God wanted to heal her. She believed in Jesus and was completely healed. Now she is able to walk without crutches or sticks to support her. Many people have received Jesus Christ in this new village. This all happened the last month only so no one had been baptized in water yet. But the Holy Spirit is at work and soon people will be buried with Christ, he assured me.
In the fellowship of covenant friends in his own village he has baptized 6 people since May.
We have had some wonderful days in the Pink City of Jaipur. We have met with many friends and have heard many fantastic testimonies. The covenant community is growing in numbers and expanding to new areas of the city. This vibrant community consists of more than 1000 people in more than 30 communities scattered around the city. Last year 8 new communities were birthed. 260 new believers were baptised in water and in the Holy Spirit.
I have had a wonderful time with Sashikant from Mumbai. He is a young man that studied at the Covenant School. He came to Christ through some older students and has been used powerfully by God since he returned to Mumbai. In few years he has seen a covenant community of about 150 committed people emerge. Ten young men are working with him and they have a 200 believer to look after. Recently they started a new work in a place where many people have come to Christ.
Today I have met with Peter, a friend of mine since 1971 when he was a student. Peter gave me a very encouraging report of God is doing. He told me that there has been a powerful move of the Holy Spirit in his area. Many young believers have been filled with the Holy Spirit and started to function in spiritual gifts. And many people come to Christ.
The word of God is saying that we have to enter the Kingdom of God through many tribulations. We have not been promised that life is a dance on roses. During these days in India we have had many hassles, most of them not serious.
When we arrived in India we went directly to Mizoram, a state towards the border of Burma. This was our first visit to Mizoram and we had been invited to be with our friend Andrew. We had a very good time with our friends there and I have given the report of the great festival we attended.
We arrived in Mizoram just a few days prior to the main festival of the Mizos, Chapchar Kut. It must have been the arrangement of God that we happened to be here for this great festival. We only came here to be with our friend Andrew and he introduced us to the festival. Actually, he just mentioned that we were fortunate to arrive at the time of the main festival, but since he was so enthusiastic about it, he triggered our curiosity and a desire to take part in the festival.
We are celebrating Mother's Day in Norway today. My mother has already gone to be with the Lord so I can't phone her or visit her. But I still like to honour her sweet memory. There are myriads of galaxies and stars in the sky, but there is only one mother to me. There are countless flowers in the field and some marvellous sparkling diamonds, but there is only one mother. There are so many beautiful pearls and amazing jewelleries, but there is only one mother. Her face, marked by wrinkles, is the most beautiful image I have ever seen.
My wonderful wife, Solveig, has been a wonderful mother to our six children. No she is also the best grandmother in the world. She has had several greetings already from some of our children. Before the day is over I expect them all to have been in touch to express p and gratitude. When she had her first phone call this morning from her elder son and read her card from her younger daughter her eyes were filled with tears but a smile was playing on her mouth. And she gave thanks to God for all His goodness towards her in giving her the privilege of being a mother.
I thank God for my mother. I thank God for my wife who turned out to be the best mother my children could ever have. I thank God that he comforts me like a mother!
The culture in which we live is perhaps the most dominant power in our lives. Therefore we need to know the culture to be able to master it and not to be mastered by it. Actually we are more influenced by the culture than we understand or like to admit. Therefore it is difficult to overcome and not be overcome by it.Our modern western culture has dethroned God as the ultimate source of truth and morality and enthroned sinful man in his place. As our culture has become increasingly hostile to Christianity, it has become correspondingly open to wickedness.
Too many Christian are suffering because of a negative and very pessimistic view of the end-times. I believe in an eschatology of victory because that is the teaching of the Bible! The entire Bible brings a very encouraging, positive and optimistic message centred in the truth that God is the Sovereign Lord of his world. He who began a good work will surely complete it for his own glory.
I have just taken the last Christmas guests to the airport. The house in the forest is quiet and peaceful. It has been amazingly peaceful all the time though, but not quiet. With grandchildren in the house it would be something very wrong if it was quiet. The house has been full of joy and all the sounds that go with it.
We have entered 2012 with great expectations and strong confindence since we know this is the Year of the Lord. Jesus Christ is in charge. He has been seated on the Throne of Heaven and is ruling the entire universe. He will be ruling until all his enemies have been made subject to him. He is waiting for us to work with the Father to make all his enemies his footstool. There is a war going in in the invisible world, but we know the final outcome will be glorious for the Kingdom of God as the enemy already has been defeated on the cross. This coming year we will see more of the outworking of the victory in many areas of our lives.
I expect the people of God to enjoy fresh anointing day by day in this year of the Lord. This is the only way that we may overcome the obstacles and be able to finish the race well. Fresh anointing every day. Fresh power. Fresh joy. Fresh peace. Fresh hope. Fresh guidance, step by step.
I expect the people of God to enjoy new revelation day by day in this year of the Lord. The Spirit is always bringing fresh revelation of Christ to his people. The fresh revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ will keep us on track and make us strong. A new revelation of Christ will make our hearts burn and cause us to serve his purpose in our generation with great zeal.
I expect the people of Gud to come into a deeper insight of the things of God day by day in this year of the Lord. God will bring a deeper insight of our own shortcomings that will enable us to change to become even more fruitful for the Lord. God will give us a deeper understanding of our brothers and sisters, their struggles and longings, that will enable us to come alongside and be of true help and support for them. God will give a deeper insight to his prophetic work in this generation and enable us to be seeers that can address the root issues and not only the symptoms.
I expect many dreams to come true in this new year of the Lord. I expect prophetic words spoken to us by His prophets to be fulfilled in this year of the Lord. I expect to be carried along by the fresh move of the Spirit and to see the realization of the promises of God day by day.
Last Sunday we met Harry at the Rotary Club. He reminded me of prophetic word that I brought him many years back. Now, it has all been fulfilled, he exclaimed with great joy! Then he took me back to the first time I met him. He was in a hospital after a serious accident on his motorbike. His young son died in the accident, but Harry survived. However he was seriously wounded with multiple bone fractures. I was taken to the hospital to pray for him.
This morning we were taken to the Rotary Club to meet with the covenant community. It is always a great joy to meet our covenant friends. It is like being with our own family and brothers and sisters.
During our time together we heard so many stories of miracles taking place among the people in this covenant community. There is always great joy and lots of thanksgiving to God when people tell their story of what the Lord has done for them.
We have had a wonderful time together with our friends in the Prabhuko Mandeli in Itahari today. They have their annual conference and we have been sharing the Word of God in four sessions. The people of God is receiving the Word with great joy.
The Word of is indeed very fruitful. The entire conference is an evidence of the fruitful Word of God. Pastor Reuben has been ministering the Word in this place for 18 years and it is great to see the outcome: changed lives! A student at a theological seminary in Kathmandu, who is from this area, told me that he was studying theology because of me. I didn't understand because I never gave him any advice. Then he told me that when he heard me minister the Word of God two years ago in Kathmandu, Gud put a desire in his heart to study his Word and he enlisted at the theological seminary. I only came to know today. And I am happy that the Word is fruitful!
We are on a friendship trip celebrating 40 years of friendship and involvement in the work of God in Nepal. On a mission to India a Bible College teacher gave me the name and address, of a former student of the college that came from Nepal, and urged me to visit him. After prayer I felt led by the Spirit of God to change my program in India to make room for a visit to Kathmandu, Nepal. I met with Gopaljee Adhikari in October 1971 and now we are celebrating 40 years of friendship and advance of the Kingdom of God in Nepal.
We have just been with the Covenant Friends Fellowship of Nepal. It is always good to be with this group of faithful followers of Christ. This time we heard a wonderful testimony of one of our friends.
He was sent home from the hospital to die. He was suffering from tuberculosis and had come to this late stage when the doctors could not do anything more for him. He was caughing and spitting blood all day. He was the youngest child in the family. Now he was in the twenties and dying. But his parents interceeded for him and had their friends to come and lay hand on him.
God intervened and healed him. He was a prodigal son, but came to the Lord because of the miracle that happened to him. And now he is a servant of God. The doctors had given up on him. Humanly speaking there was no hope. But the parents didn't give up on him. Most important God didn't give up on him. In the darkest hour God performed a miracle.
Our covenant friend is alive and serving God with a bright future and hope!
As I was reading in the Book of Acts this morning about the early church I was struck by the inclusive language that was being used. When the Holy Spirit is describing the life of the early church, the new covenant community, he is using words like everyone, all the believers, together, every day, anyone. The kingdom community that was birthed on the day of Pentecost was marked by togetherness and the sharing of a common life and belief. They were all carrying the same passion and love for the resurrected Lord and for one another. Their encounter with the risen Lord by the revelation of the Holy Spirit united them, knitted them together, and formed them into a dynamic community sharing everything.
These individuals from every nation under heaven didn’t have much in common before the day of Pentecost, but after encountering the Lord they had everything in common. What a change that took place. They used to be a bewildered crowd and some even used to be mocking and making fun of others, but the message about the risen Lord Jesus Christ cut to the heart and caused them to repent, believe, being baptised and being added to the ecclesia of the Lord. They used to speak so many different languages not understanding each other, but now they could understand and even speak the language of the Spirit.
After being added to the ecclesia of the Lord they devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles. They committed themselves to one another in a close day to day fellowship sharing everything together. They continued to break the bread of the new covenant meal, eating together from house to house with glad and sincere hearts. Constantly they were praying together, at regular times in the temple and at anytime anywhere they met with one another. They were all initiating this exciting and dynamic community life on a multitude of levels, sharing with anyone in need.
This was a everyday life of a group of people who had been born by the Spirit, filled by the Spirit and formed by the Spirit to be one body, Really they had become the body of Christ expressing his life every day everywhere all the time. Everyone took active part in initiating this flow of life. All the believers were together, everyone was sharing, anyone had his needs met.
It is still happening. Ecclesia is taking place all over the world in small gatherings in homes and in larger celebrations, day to day as believers are sharing their life in Christ with one another and with those who still not know the Lord Jesus Christ. Today ecclesia took place for us in a small hotel room in Colombo in Sri Lanka.
We have spent a full day at the hotel room in Colombo. We have not been able to take a swim in the beautiful swimming pool we are looking at from the room. We have not been on the wonderful beach next to our hotel either. We have not even been having the rays of the sun touching our skin the entire day, because we have been inside all day. Still it has been a good and pleasant day!
I have been reading in Genesis recently and was struck by the words used as a title of this entry. These words were spoken to Abraham when he approached the Hittite elders to buy a burial ground for Sarah, his wife who had died.
Abraham was a stranger and a foreigner among the Hittites. He was sojourning in their land. He was a Hebrew - a man from beyond. He did not belong to any of the etnic groups of the land of Canaan. He had no property. He had no house to dwell in. He was not part of any city or community. He was only sojourning in the land God had promised to give to him and his decendants. He had no public function or position among the people of Canaan.
I have not been very active on my blog recently. My blogging life has come to a kind of halt. But I don't intend to keep it like that for ever.
This year has been a special year in many ways, but life moves on. I plan to slowly increase my activity on the blog and even my Norewgian pages. We all go through different stages in life and this year has been a year of much practical work as we have been extending the house in the forest. This work is now coming to a completion. In a two weeks time we leave for Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. I hope to be able to share from the trip on the blog.
I am still in shock after the terrible act killing nearly 100 people in Oslo and Utøya. I don't find words to express the feelings of my heart. Tears and prayers have been poured out. My heart is aching. I can't comprehend how people can be so full of hate and act in such an evil way. But I agree with the Norwegian MP Stine Renate Håheim: If one man can show so much hate, think of how much love we can show together.
Love is stronger than hate. Love overwins hate. Love is even able to forgive and change any person in spite of evil acts. Love is never giving in to revenge. Love is overcoming hate by acts of kindness and goodness. Love is expressed in justice and mercy. Love is stronger than any evilness. Love finds a way forward. Love is faith and hope in action. Love is stronger than death itself.
Today we are all AUFarar (members of the Labour Youth Society). We assosiate with them. When they were attacked at Utøya, we were all attacked. We want to stand up for justice and mercy, love and kindness. We want to see the Kingdom of God come to Norway. Through the love of God this nation will be healed.
One of the first things I discovered when I took to searching the scriptures again was that honour and glory are closely interrelated, are often two sides of the same coin and very often connected to God. The Psalmist says that honour belongs to God and everything within his temple says, "Glory! (Psa.29, 3.9); Jesus Christ is the King of glory and the King of honour (Psa.24 0.7 to 10) and the Lord of glory (Jak.2, 2); God is the God of glory, and also Father (Apgj.7, 2; Ephesians 1, 17); the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of glory (1.Pet.4, 14); Jesus is the very emanation of God's glory (Hebrews 1, 3); the apostles saw His glory, a glory that the only-begotten Son has from the Father, full of grace and truth (Joh.1, 14).
There are a number of Bible passages dealing with the glory and honour of God and of Jesus Christ. The triune Deity is that glorious and honourable God. Therefore all God makes bears the mark of His glory and honour. The expression “the glory of God” is often used in the Old Testament as a technical theological term for God's visible presence and the radiance of his honourable and glorious nature.
Explaining some words
The Hebrew word “kabod” is translated “honour” and “glory” more or less interchangeably in the Bible, the basic meaning being “weight” and “gravity”; another sense is “sheen”. It is the “weight” or “heaviness” of a person that makes up his honour, i.e their personal characteristics, position in society or their wealth.
The Hebrew word “hadar” is translated “splendour”, “glory” and “honour” and “showing honour” or “honouring”. The Hebrew word tifæræt / tifara comes from pa'ar (meaning beautification or glorifying) and translated “decoration”, “splendour”, “glory” and “honour”.
In the New Testament we find the Greek words timé / timan meaning “glory” and “honour” and “to honour” or “pay respect to”. We also find doxa / doxazein which is translated “honour”, “sheen”, “splendour” glory, and “to praise”, “laud”, “to honour” and “glorify”.
On the basis of these and other words from the Hebrew and Greek texts we may say that honour is what gives a person weight, clout and status. It can be associated with external criteria such as position in society and wealth, but also with inner qualities. It has something to do with the nature and being of Man. It is something one has received and owned and that radiates out through an inbuilt dignity and healthy self-respect arising from a person’s grasp of who they are, and is acknowledged by the people around them. So where there is a culture of honour and a climate of appreciation, glory and respect are qualities that exude from us and yet something people give to us.
He has been part of the Blessing Colony from the very beginning. He was overflowing of thankfulness to the Lord for his goodness towards him and his family.
“I used When we met with the Yanadi community, Sandarao at the age of 75 came forward to tell his story. to live under a tree. I had no proper shelter, no proper clothes. I was catching crabs to make a living. That was the only thing i could do. But unfortunately I used the little money I was earning on alcohol. When I heard of the Blessing Colony project I was happy to be able to join with my relatives. During the time I have been here I have learned so many things. I am so thankful to God for this help.
Before we came here, we used to be dependent on others for everything. Now others are dependent on us and the work we do. I have increased my knowledge. I have acquired new skills. I have stopped drinking alcohol. I have stopped with all the bad things I used to do. I have been given a new life by God.
People used to look down on us. Now we meet respect. People used to insult us by saying all kinds of bad things to us. Now we receive honour. Now people call me by my proper name. I am living in peace and joy because of Jesus Christ and the help he has given us through you!
Solveig and I are on the way to India. We are sitting in the airport at Copenhagen waiting for our next flight. I fell in love with India during my first visit to this marvellous country in 1971. Solveig and I have been going together regularly to India since 1991. During this trip we will celebrate my 40 years anniversary and our common 20 years anniversary. During these years we have made many friends.
The greatest joy is only found in making other people happy! The greatest joy is the joy of giving! Giving is living a happy life of seeing other being blessed by your gifts. Real Christians are never stingy, but always giving generously. The live by the saying, "Give and spend and God will send" as they enjoy giving away things and trust God to take care of all their needs. Christians know that it is possible to give without loving, but that is impossible to love without giving.
I have just arrived home from a very exciting World Watch conference in Cardiff, Wales. We have had inspiring reports from many parts of the world of what God is doing. But to me the welcome session and concluding session by my longstanding friend Keri Jones, who is also an outstanding apostle of Jesus Christ, were the most important. His words inspired me to write this entry on my blog. I trust God will use these words to stir you in your spirit and provoke you to creative acts of love!
Our friend Sushikant is a living miracle. We met him a few years ago at the Covenant School. A former student had been instrumental in bringing him to Christ, as he was sent to Surat to die. His father could not stand seeing his son suffer a slow death as the doctors had given up on him. Therefore he was sent away to Surat to some relatives to die there. The former student of Covenant School met him one day and gave him the gospel promising him that if he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, he would be healed! Sushikant believed in Jesus and was baptized immediately. As the former student laid hands on him and prayed for him he was instantly healed!
We have been traveling in Asia the last few weeks. At the moment we are in Sri Lanka enjoying a very good Internet connection. During the four weeks we have been away from home we have been able to log on to Internet most of the time, except for the four last days in India. However, our experience with the Internet connections have been kind of frustrating.