Nothing like your presence Lord!

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Nothing like your presence Lord, all I want is to worship you!

There’s nothing like Your presence, Lord
All I want is to be with You
There’s nothing like Your presence, Lord
All I want is to be with You
To be with You
All I want is to worship
You You are God and we worship You
William McDowell – Nothing Like Your Presence ft. Travis Greene & Nathaniel Bassey

When are you saved?

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Is the salvation in Christ instantaneous or is it an ongoing process?
Are you saved at the very moment, when you accept Jesus with your mouth, and believe in Him? Many argue it is so, they believe in “once saved – always saved”. “Salvation is a gift, it can’t be earned” or worked for”.

Those who argue that you are saved forever,  from the very moment when you open yourself up to Him and receive Him, and that this blessing and salvation can never be cancelled, that it’s an instant and eternal validation that God will not withdraw, they don’t believe in an ongoing saving rescue process (they can’t understand it); they refer most of the time to these Bible verses:

John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 10:9, 13 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. … For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

David Pawson wrote these lines in his book “Understanding the water baptism”:
“Too many want to be happy in the next life (and in this life; my note) rather than holy in this one. They want to be safe rather than saved.
They are usually looking for an instant, even instantaneous, salvation that can be guaranteed as soon and as quickly as possible.

However, salvation is a process. It takes time, a lifetime.
It begins with Justification (freedom from the penalty of sin), continues with Sanctification (freedom from the power of sin) and is completed in Glorification (freedom from the presence of sin).
In the New Testament the verb “to save” is used in past, present and future tenses – we have been saved, we are being saved and we will be saved.

Jesus came the first time to begin the process by removing the barrier of sin between us and God and reconciling us to him. He will “appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him ” (Hebrews 9:28).

Salvation is a journey, a “pilgrim’s progress.” The first name for Christianity was “the Way” (Acts 18:25-26; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:22); that was also one of the titles Jesus gave himself (John 14:6). We can be sure we are “on the way”, though we will not be safe until we arrive at our destination. Those who “stand firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13), who stay in Christ the “true vine” (John 15:5-6), who continue in God’s kindness (Romans 11:22), who finish the race (2 Timothy 4:7), running with perseverance (Hebrews 12:1), making their calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10), keeping themselves in God’s love (Jude 21) and overcoming all temptations to give up (Revelation 3:5).

To get there will require all the help we can get from the Lord. To question whether anything he tells us to do is really necessary betrays a self-confidence that is taking a serious risk and an impudence which challenges divine wisdom.

“Must I be baptized to be saved?” The apostles would have been astonished by the question, which apparently never occurred to them or anyone else – or the answer would be in the Bible. Instead, we find everywhere the assumption that baptism is an essential step “on the way”. To them an unbaptized disciple would have been a contradiction in terms.”
– From the book “Understanding water baptism”

Prayer life & conviction of sins

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Prayer Life by Andrew Murray

”Let the believer think not only of what redemption has cost Christ, but also of the fact that Christ is offered to him, by the Holy Spirit, as a gift of inconceivable grace, through whom divine forgiveness and purification and renewing have taken possession of him; and let him ask himself with what return such love should be repaid.

If only time were taken to tarry in God’s presence and ask such questions, the Spirit of God would accomplish his work of conviction of sin in us and would teach us to take an entirely new standpoint, and would give us a new view of sin.

The thought would begin to arise in our hearts that we have in very deed been redeemed, so that in the power of Christ we may live every day as partners in the great victory which Christ obtained over sin on the cross, and manifest it in our walk.

What think you? Do you not begin to see that the sin of prayerlessness has had a more terrible effect than you at first supposed?

It is because of this hasty and superficial converse with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you ought. Nothing, nothing except the hidden, humble, constant fellowship with God can teach you, as a child of God, to hate sin as God wants you to hate it. Continue reading “Prayer life & conviction of sins”

What is an Evangelist?

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You must have heard of the term evangelist, but have you ever met one?
What images comes to mind when you think of an evangelist? Maybe you are influenced by the Hollywood stereotypes?
Let me take on the task to bring out some clarity and explanation, what the characteristics are of an evangelist.

Historically the church has not been good in adapting the five-fold ministry; Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd/Pastor and Teacher. We read about this ministry in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapter 4:11;

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:11

The Bible talks about the gifts of services, or positions, for the functioning of the body of the church. What we can see in today’s church, is that almost every church, uses only two of them and that is the Shepherd and the Teacher.
When you stretch out your hand, you can see your hand has five fingers. How useful is it if you only use two of your fingers and not all of them?
The gifts of services are five;
1. the apostle, 2. the prophet, 3. the evangelist, 4. the shepherd and 5. the teacher.
Many of us are a mixture of them all, but usually we are stronger in one or two of them. Continue reading “What is an Evangelist?”

Förklara Evangeliet för mig!

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Har du någon gång hört någon säga till dig:
“- Kan någon förklara vad Bibeln och Jesus handlar om, så jag förstår!”
“- Varför har ingen berättat detta för mig tidigare?”

Eller har du vänner och familj som inte vill lyssna, som inte förstår evangeliet?
Kanske du själv har svårt att presentera de Goda Nyheterna, ja då kommer här en video.
Du kan dela med den till andra.
Men varför inte själv öva på att lära dig hur du kan presentera Gospeln, så som du vill förmedla den?

Videon är på 10 minuter, och visar hur du med bildkort samt med ett manus, visuellt kan presentera Guds Frälsningsplan. Du kan göra det hemma med någon, eller ute på ett café.

På slutet av videoklippet dyker det upp ett tips på en annan video. Där används läsk och muggar. Röst och visuell presentation förstärker budskapet, och gör det enklare att komma ihåg.

Flera är det som när de hör Ordet predikat, känner Andens Kraft som manar dem till att ta det viktigaste beslutet i sit liv; att följa Jesus Kristus!

För vi har alla syndat och är i avsaknad av Guds Härlighet & Karaktär.
Och syndens lön är döden.
Ty så högt älskade Gud världen, att Han utgav sin enfödde Son, för att var och en som tror på Honom icke ska gå förlorad, utan ha evigt liv.
Men åt alla dem som tog emot honom, gav Han makt att bli Guds barn, åt dem som tror på hans namn.
Om vi bekänner våra synder, håller Gud sitt löfte och handlar med oss på ett rättfärdigt sätt, så Han förlåter våra synder och renar oss från all orättfärdighet.

The Gospel presented in 10 minutes

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Visual presentation of the bad & the good news

In this video I will share with you…
the story of the Bible in 10 minutes.
I will use cards that we have printed with friends…
to make things more visual.
Imagine that we are playing a game of chess together,
those are my pieces…
and these are yours.
I will make the first move, now it’s your turn to move.
Imagine now that I have the perfect strategy…
to finish the game and do checkmate.
I will do this, then this…
and this…
You would probably say to me:
“Come on! That’s not fair”
Why? Because there are rules!
Everybody knows that we wait our turn to play.
I move, you move…
With God it’s the same, God made his first move.
He created the world. He create each one of us unique.
And when it was our turn to move…
the move we made was that…
we disobeyed God. We have sinned.
God saw this move He saw that it was not a good move,
but He said now it’s my turn to play,
I will also make my move.
I will send my son Jesus to pay the price of their sins. Continue reading “The Gospel presented in 10 minutes”

Other Biblical Words for Character & Glory

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The word Glory in the Bible, many times refer to the Character of God. When you see God’s Glory you are beholding His Character.
In these two Bible verses you can find the word Character;
Rom 5:4 NKJV; “and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Phl 2:22 NKJV; “But you know his proven character, that as a son with [his] father he served with me in the gospel.”

What does the Scripture tells us to do with our Character? We are to be transformed by the Holy Spirit into a Christ-like Character:
2Co 3:18 NKJV; “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Where do we find that Glory is synonym with Character? Lets look into Exodus 33-34;
Exo 33:18-23 NKJV; “And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. “So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. “Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”
Exo 34:5-7; NKJV; “Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, “keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

If you follow this link you will find where in the NT the word Glory is mentioned:
Entries for the word Glory in the NKJV Bible

Below you find synonyms for Character; Glory; Honor, Name e t c.

What does Character mean?

  1. Individuality, personality
  2. Feature, trait, characteristic
  3. Nature, quality, disposition, mien, constitution, cast
  4. Name, reputation, repute
  5. Status, capacity
  6. Symbol, mark, sign, letter, figure, emblem

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I believe, yes I truly believe!

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This is what I believe concerning my Faith:

I believe the Bible is written by godly men, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

I believe God our Creator have everything under control.

I believe we need to be Born again in the Holy Spirit.

I believe we have to turn away from bad behavior, evil ways and lies with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I believe in Jesus the Son and God the Father. Both are one. The Holy Spirit is God who wants to live inside us.

I believe God can create a new heart in you, and forgive you for your wrongdoings, if you humble yourself.

I believe we all are under Judgment and one Day we have to answer for our actions, intentions, words and thoughts.

I believe Jesus left His Glory in Heaven to become man, the Second Adam, in order to prepare a Way for us.

I believe Jesus is coming back very soon! Continue reading “I believe, yes I truly believe!”

Christ-like character building

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– Is “Character Building” something a Christian should look into?
– Is it important to grow in moral character?
– What does it mean to be a Christian?

The word “Character” is not really mentioned in the Scriptures, but if you do a word study of “Glory” and “Name”, you will find that these words sometimes refer to Character, especially the word Glory. This is very interesting!

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)

2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)

Reading 2 Corinthians, we understand we are to grow in character (glory), in a Christ-like manner.
In God’s image (character) we were created but sin entered into mankind through the fall of Adam. Paul writes how the spirit and flesh are in constant battle with each other. (Gal 5:16-17)
Know this, what Jesus came to accomplish, that the plan of Salvation was a twofold mission:

 1.   Reveal GOD’S CHARACTER – to men
 2.   Restore GOD’S CHARACTER – in men

Continue reading “Christ-like character building”