91 entries categorized "Biblical teaching"

Hiding in the faithfulness of God

I find great joy in knowing God. His character is my strong fortress where I am safe. God is love. God is light. It is impossible for him to lie. I know that his promise will never change. When God wanted to end all doubt and confirm his promise even more forcefully to us, he made a covenant. All the promises of God find their fulfilment in the new covenant in Christ. When we are in Christ, we will inherit God’s promises.

We have run into the heart of God to hide ourselves in his faithfulness (Hebrew 6,18 Passion Translation). Here we find his strength and comfort. Here God empowers us to seize what has already been established, even ahead of time – an unshakeable hope! We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself.

The merciful and faithful heart of God is our secure hiding place. When I hide in his faithfulness, I am empowered to act in faith to see promises come into reality. Hiding in the faithfulness of God is the best place to acquire everything we long for.


Are the teachings from the heart of God?

Jesus has given us a way to test to discover if the teachings are from the heart of God or from the minds of men. There are so many teachings around these days, but the big question is if the teachings come from the heart of God. The letter of human words kills, but the teaching from the heart of God brings life. To be able to hear from God, we must be passionate to do his will.

I don’t teach my own ideas, but the truth revealed to me by the One who sent me. If you want to test my teachings and discover where I receive them, first be passionate to do God’s will, and then you will be able to discern if my teachings are from the heart of God or from my own opinions. Charlatans praise themselves and seek honor from men, but my Father sent me to speak truth on his behalf. And I have no false motive, because I seek only the glory of God. (John 7:16-18 The Passion Translation)

We must not be obsessed with peripheral issues, because that will cause us to ignore the most important of all: to walk in love of God, to display mercy to others, and to live with integrity. We need to readjust our values and place first things first! We must realign ourselves to the heart of God.

God is holy and highly lifted up.

God is righteous and just in all his dealings.

God is faithful and true.

God is truth and light.

God is merciful and longsuffering.

God is love.


Are the teachings from the heart of God?

Jesus has given us a way to test to discover if the teachings are from the heart of God or from the minds of men. There are so many teachings around these days, but the big question is if the teachings come from the heart of God. The letter of human words kills, but the teaching from the heart of God brings life. To be able to hear from God, we must be passionate to do his will.

I don’t teach my own ideas, but the truth revealed to me by the One who sent me. If you want to test my teachings and discover where I receive them, first be passionate to do God’s will, and then you will be able to discern if my teachings are from the heart of God or from my own opinions. Charlatans praise themselves and seek honor from men, but my Father sent me to speak truth on his behalf. And I have no false motive, because I seek only the glory of God. (John 7:16-18 The Passion Translation)

We must not be obsessed with peripheral issues, because that will cause us to ignore the most important of all: to walk in love of God, to display mercy to others, and to live with integrity. We need to readjust our values and place first things first! We must realign ourselves to the heart of God.

God is holy and highly lifted up.

God is righteous and just in all his dealings.

God is faithful and true.

God is truth and light.

God is merciful and longsuffering.

God is love.


Running into the heart of God

A few days ago I came across this expression in my daily Bible reading, and it has been with me ever since. I have been meditating on it, prayed over it and tried to practice it: running into the heart of God.

The character of God is a tower of strength, for the lovers of God delight to run into his heart and be exalted on high. (Proverb 18:10 The Passion Translation)

The character of God is our refuge, fortress and tower of strength. When we know God as our loving, caring, righteous, faithful and Holy Father, we just love to be in his presence. We love because he loved us first. As lovers of God our main occupation is running into his heart to be lost in his love or his holiness. Knowing God and being in his presence are our highest pleasure. When we run into the heart of God, we find life itself. There we discover our purpose: to enjoy God and worship him. What a privilege!


Let my whole being bless the Lord!

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!

Let my whole being bless the LORD!


But me?

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.

But me? That is the BIG question!


Fear God or honour and love him?

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:

Psalm 66:16

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.


Ten reasons to attend apostolic conferences

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.


The season of the Branch

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.

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You are a prince of God among us

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.

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