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The appointed time is in our hands

The unveiling of Jesus Christ received by the apostle John at island Patmos is very encouraging, even though some of the visions are not easy to understand. But a joyous blessing rest upon the one who reads the message of the Book of Revelation and upon those who hear and embrace the words of this prophecy, for the appointed time is in our hands (see Rev 1:1-3).

Most of my Bibles are saying that the appointed time is at hand, but from the Passion Translation I have come to know that this phrase may be translated differently. The Greek word "eggus"  is taken from a primary verb "agcho", which means "to squeeze" (in your hand) or "to hold the reigns" or "throttle" in your hands. Therefore this translation says that the appointed time is in your hands.

This open up a very interesting way of understanding the book of Revelation. There is a sense in which the full understanding of the unveiling of Christ in this book is ready to be revealed when the reader is ready to receive it. The time for this unveiling of Christ is now, not the past nor the distant future.

This is in accordance to the revelation the apostle Peter brings (1 Peter 1:5). He is saying that the mighty power of God will constantly guard us to bring us into our full salvation or deliverance. Through the new birth we have become partakers of this salvation which constantly comes through the unveiling of Christ. It is ready to be revealed and waits for our discovery. From the coming of the Spirit on the day of pentecost we have been living in the last days which are days of continual revelation and unveiling of Jesus Christ our Saviour. By faith we "grab" the promises of God, we eat the prophetic word of God, and come to understand that in Christ everything spoken of by the prophets are available for us now. The appointed time is in our hands. The kingdom of God is bursting forth, and passionate people are laying hold of its power.

 


My bodyguard

Bad things happen  to good and godly people. That is part of life in this fallen world. All of us have a inbuilt desire to feel good, be free from pain and have a comfortable life. Sooner og later we realise that life can be very difficult, and often not comfortable at all. We face pain and hardships. Sometimes we have to go through sufferings and tough struggles. Often life is not easy, but very challenging.

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Living in the shining place

I am fascinated with the Psalms. Especially the Psalm of David. They cover all of life. We find all kinds of emotions in all kinds of situations. I can relate the content of the Psalms to my own life and emotions. The Psalms teach me that I can bring everything before God because he cares about every detail of my life.

Lord, who dares to dwell with you? Who presumes the privilege of being close to you, living next to you in the shining place of glory?

They are passionate and wholehearted, always sincere and always speaking the truth - for their hearts are trustworthy.

They refuse to slander or insult others; they'll never listen to gossip or rumours, nor would they ever harm another with words.

They will speak out passionately against evil and evil workers while commending the faithful ones who follow after truth. They make firm commitments and follow through, even at great cost.

They never crush others with exploitation or abuse and they would never be brought with a bribe against the innocent. They will never be shaken; they will stand firm forever. 

This text is taken from Psalm 15 in The Passion Translation. This translation is one of my favourite translations at the moment. Perhaps this psalm was sung by the choir David appointed to sing prophetically and minister to the Lord day and night in his tabernacle. This song describe who will live in God's holy presence and who dwell with him in his shining place of glory. Actually it is a prophetic description of the perfect man, Jesus Christ, and all those who are transformed into his image by the Holy Spirit.

In this psalm we find parallells to the Lord's sermon on the Mount. If we will live in the holy place of God, there must first be a holy place in our hearts where the Spirit of holiness dwells. We must submit to the holiness of God. Only those with a pure heart can see God and dwell in the shining place of his glory.

But who is capable of this? Who is able to meet these holy requirements? Who is competent of this life?

In our own strength we are not capable at all. Our true competence flows from God's empowering grace. When we are overcome by our many sins, his sacrifice covers over them all! Farther than we can describe with words he removes our guilt from us. Only because of his tender mercy we may live in the shining place of his glory.  


The timings of God

The Bible says that there is a season for everything and a time for every matter. There is an appointed time for everything and a right time to every purpose. The great challenge in life is to understand the timings and seasons of God. To me this is often a big mystery. I believe I am doing or saying the right thing, only to discover that it was the wrong time and wrong place. Therefore my actions did not produce good fruit.

I have had many prophetic words and promises from God spoken to me. Many of them have been fulfilled. Some have partly come true and others are still to be fulfilled. Understanding the timings of God has been a big challenge. In my younger years I despised those who talked on waiting on God, for I believed that God waited for us, that he waited for our response and actions. I still belive in obeying the word of God. I do believe in acting on prophetic words. I believe we need to be quick to act when God speaks. Finding the balance between waiting for God's timing and acting out the word immediately is not easy.

When Moses was forty years old, he acted and expected his own kin to understand that God was using him to rescue them, but they didn't! He acted according to his divine calling, but not at the right time and probably not the right way.  Only forty years later he became the leader and deliverer sent them by God. At that time both Moses and the people were prepared by God for the fulfilment of the promise. Now the timing was right.

"The time drew near for God to fulfil the prophetic promise he had made to Abraham" (Acts 7:17). When it was time for God to keep the promise, things were set in motion for the people be be set free from slavery. In the prophetic word to Abraham God had told him about the time: after 430 years. The promise was clearly concerning the future. When the time drew near God acted to fulfil his word. 

When Daniel was studying the prophetic word of Jeremiah, he specially pondered on the numbers of years it would take to complete Jerusalem's desolation according word of the Lord. It was seventy years. He realised that the time was near. Then he turned his face to God, asking for an answer with prayer and pleading. While he was still praying the angel Gabriel appeared to him to give him insight and understanding. The quick answer came because his prayer was given at the right time.

There is a time for waiting and there is a time for acting. There is a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted. There is a time for tearing down and a time for building up. There is a time for searching and a time for losing. There is a time for speaking and a time for keeping silent.

 Lord, help us to wait on you and walk with you and always do your will!


Let the dawning day bring me revelation

Solveig and myself have been practicing praying the Psalms together every day since the summer. Often we do it several times a day. It has been av very good exercise in prayer. The Psalms have come alive to us in a new way. God has been speaking to us and our hearts have been deeply touched by praying the ancients prayer of the Psalms. Our spirits have been taken to new heights as we have praised the Lord and worshipped the God of Israel together.

Today we were praying Psalm 143: Let the dawning day bring me revelation of your tender, unfailing love. Give me light for my path and teach me, for I trust in you. Save me from all my enemies, for I hide myself in you. I just want to obey all you ask of me. So teach me, Lord, for you are my God. Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths that are pleasing to you, my one and only God. (7-10)

What a wonderful prayer! Let the dawning day bring me revelation of your tender, unfailing love! Yes, Lord, let this happen to me every morning. Let there be fresh revelation of your tender, unfailing love. Let your love be my light that teach me to walk in your path of life. As I hide myself in you, my God, my enemies can't touch me. Your Spirit is all I need to live a life of obedience, a life pleasing to you, my one and only God!


Let the dawning day bring me revelation

Solveig and myself have been practicing praying the Psalms together every day since the summer. Often we do it several times a day. It has been av very good exercise in prayer. The Psalms have come alive to us in a new way. God has been speaking to us and our hearts have been deeply touched by praying the ancients prayer of the Psalms. Our spirits have been taken to new heights as we have praised the Lord and worshipped the God of Israel together.

Today we were praying Psalm 143: Let the dawning day bring me revelation of your tender, unfailing love. Give me light for my path and teach me, for I trust in you. Save me from all my enemies, for I hide myself in you. I just want to obey all you ask of me. So teach me, Lord, for you are my God. Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths that are pleasing to you, my one and only God. (7-10)

What a wonderful prayer! Let the dawning day bring me revelation of your tender, unfailing love! Yes, Lord, let this happen to me every morning. Let there be fresh revelation of your tender, unfailing love. Let your love be my light that teach me to walk in your path of life. As I hide myself in you, my God, my enemies can't touch me. Your Spirit is all I need to live a life of obedience, a life pleasing to you, my one and only God!


Meeting with the people of God

God has blessed us and enabled us to travel and visit many covenant communities. It is always a great joy to meet with the people of God. This week we have been to Skudesnes, Egersund, Etne and Stavanger. Each place we have had sweet fellowship with wonderful people. At every gathering we have encountered God among his people. Whenever we meet with our covenant friends we are being encouraged and strengthened. The communion of the saints is priceless. We develop holy friendship and lasting relationship through the Holy Spirit.

We thank for this privilege of having a travelling ministry. And we thank for for the joy and blessings of belonging to a local church. We thank God for our house church. We thank God for being able to share meals with one another. We praise God for blessings of laying on of hands. We are praying for one another. We are blessing one another. We are joined together by the Spirit.

God lives among his people. And he invites us to live in his house, in his presence. He invites us to be face to face with him. There is nothing better in the entire world than to be with God - face to face. The most precious thing is to be with Jesus. His presence is life.


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!


A small cloud is rising on the horizon

I am so excited that I have difficulties in finding the right words to describe it. We are back home at the House in the Forest after a most wonderful time with our covenant friends at Withoutborders15 as Newark, UK. We are so happy that we were able to take part in this prophetic event, signifying a new beginning, a great step forward advancing the Kingdom.

There is a new generation in the house. The Spirit of God is moving. The prophetic generation is a people of power bringing healing and deliverance to the sick and hurting. They are a people of joy and worship. They are a people of covenant and peace. They are joined together heart to heart. They are knit together in the Spirit and moving forward to fulfil the great commission. 

When the prophet saw the small cloud in the horizon, he knew it was time to run. It was time for him to act. Prayers are being answered. God will send rain, he told everyone as he began to run faster than ever. The little cloud soon became big and filled the sky. Then the rain came gushing down! All Heaven was loose!

Hallelujah! God is doing it again! Times of refreshing and outpouring of the Spirit is here.

 


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!


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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Christmas - celebrating God with us

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.


Close the door

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.

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We need an eschatology of victory

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.

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