Sunday, May 28, 2006

Why Christians Do Not Have Anything To Fear

Do not let fear control your life.

The Christian believers do not have to fear anything because:

1. Jesus has delivered us from fear, see Romans 8:15, and Hebrews 2:15,

2. We believe in Jesus, see Revelation 21:8,

3. Through Christ we are being rooted and grounded in love by faith, see Ephesians 3:17,

4. God loves all Christians, see John17:26,

5. God is love, see 1 John 4:16,

6. We keep the word of God, see 1 John 2:5,

7. We are of God and have won the victory through Jesus Christ, see 1 John 4:4.

"Non enim accepistis spiritum servitutis iterum in timorem, sed accepistis Spiritum adoptionis filiorum, in quo clamamus: 'Abba, Pater!' ", Romans 8:15.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Joy Of Christ Is Our Strength

Jesus wants His followers to be full of joy.

Therefore Christ says: "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full", John 16:23.

Philippians 4:13 speaks accordingly of our strength and dynamism in Jesus: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me".

The New Testament exhorts us further to be joyful: "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice", Philippians 4:4, "because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world", 1 John 4:4.

The Old Testament oracles of God - see Romans 3:2 - foretold our joy in Christ. So Nehemiah prophesied: "for the joy of the LORD is your strength", see Nehemiah 8:10.

Since Jesus is our Saviour and great God - see Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8, and 1 John 5:20 - and since those who sit at God's right and left hand are among us, see Revelation 11:3 - http://www.two-olive-trees.org/ - to all the "willing and obedient" it is receiving time, see Isaiah 1:19, that we may have all the joy of Christ fulfilled in ourselves, see John 17:13.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh", Luke 21:28.

Now God gives us all things through Christ, according to Romans 8:32.

Jesus wants us to be happy and He therefore says: "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full", see John 15:11.

Today, I believe God is calling all Christians to wealth. Most of us have learned the lessons of poverty and middle income. Now it is time to trust Jesus and to follow His leadership into wealth, as it is written: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus", see Philippians 4:19.

"Gloria autem et honor et pax omni operanti bonum, Iudaeo primum et Graeco", Romans 2:10.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

"What Is Thy Name?" - Mark 5:9

When Jesus on one occasion came upon a deranged man, He asked him: What is your name?, see Mark 5:9.

This was the way in which Jesus wanted the man to tell Him, who he most profoundly was, or in other words, everything about himself.

We know the importance of the name of Jesus; that whatsoever we ask in His name will be done, see John 14:13 - 14, and John 16:23 - 24, since there is salvation in no other name under heaven than the name of Jesus, see Acts 4:12.

According to Romans 8:17 we Christians are "joint-heirs with Christ", and thus our names also are important.

The name of a person consequently stands for:
1. Character
2. Power
3. Personal presence
4. Deserved reputation

When Jesus asked the man in Mark 5:9 about his name, He wanted to know if the man was honest or corrupt, kind or vindictive, forgiving or vengeful, patient or irascible, influential or ineffective, if he spread joy or misery, and if he fostered reconciliation or alienation.

Since the man felt like a Roman military unit consisting of 6000 men, he was overwhelmed and overcome by chaotic forces within him, and answered Jesus: "My name is Legion".

The man in this gospel incident was violent, and this is true for anyone whose identity is fragile.

Jesus saved this man and clothed him, see Mark 5:15. Lacking the proper clothing, the man didn't belong to God, and everyone sensed it and knew it. Once clothed he now belonged to Christ's people, and household, and home, and family. Hereafter he acted and spoke with the authority of someone who knows who he is and what he is about.

When Jesus asks us today: "What's your name?", He wants us to be seated, clothed, and right-minded.

Then through faith we will continue to subdue kingdoms, bring in righteousness, obtain promises, stop the mouth of lions, quench the violence of fire, escape the edge of the sword, out of weakness be made strong, and waxed valiant in fight, and turn to flight the armies of the aliens, see Hebrews 11:33 - 34.

"Retribuetur enim tibi in ressurectione iustorum", Luke 14:14.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Last Pope And Peak Oil

"Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days", James 5:3.

Yes, it will indeed be very easy to make a lot of money during the end of times. In doing this it is very important to not forsake the right way, and to not go astray, like Balaam, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, see 2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11, and Revelation 2:14.

There are many signs that we live in the time just before the return of our Lord Jesus. There is a very brave Pope in Rome right now - Pope Benedict XVI - who recently turned 79 years old. According to St Malachy's Prophecy he is the second last Pope before the return of Jesus, see http://www.catholic-pages.com/grabbag/malachy.asp.

During the "great tribulation" of the last days, see Matthew 24:21, and Revelation 16:18 - when the four armies at the river Euphrates will be be loosed for WW3, according to the book of Revelation 9:14 - we read that we not should hurt the oil, see Revelation 6:6.

Thus the "great tribulation" is triggered by high oil prices and a general lack of gasoline.

But what is behind the record high gas prices?

In addition to high oil prices we have more gas pain laying ahead of us. For the summer 2007 the price of gasoline in Europe is estimated to be around Euro 2.50/liter, and for the summer 2008 the price could be as high as Euro 5.00/liter or more.

The oil companies and their workers, are often working in very difficult circumstances and they take great risks, in far and insecure countries, and with unstable governments. The work is heavy and often done in harsh weather conditions, and sometimes amidst hurricanes. The latest news from Bolivia, Iran, and Venezuela, also shows the high risk the stock holders in the oil companies are taking, since some of the oil companies could be nationalized and confiscated.

Nevertheless, the fact is that we need oil and gasoline. The U.S. alone consumes 21 million barrels of oil every day. The consumption of oil is also increasing very rapidly with some 30% yearly in China and India. All major oil fields in the U.S. were discovered between 1927 and 1964. The last major oil field in the world, was found in 1977 in Kazakhstan, and still it only represents 4 months of world consumption. The oil production of Saudi-Arabia is also decreasing with some 8% per year.

The world consumption of oil and gasoline is today 4 times higher than the rate at which we find more oil. And now we are reaching the level - which sometimes is called "peak oil" - which means that the production of oil and gasoline no more can meet the demand on a global scale. This is of course not good for the political stability in the world, or for the world's economy as a whole, since the price for oil and gasoline mercilessly will be driven upward. Smart investors, who diversify in oil stocks will of course make a fortune, and I congratulate them for that.

The American people can count itself happy, of having President George W. Bush, who understands the magnitude of this problem. I hope that our leaders here in Europe will listen to and learn from him.

"Si quis autem ignorat, ignorabitur", 1 Corinthians 14:38.