Saturday, July 30, 2005

Imagine What Heaven Is Like...

From a trip two days ago. Below you can see the Sognefjord, a fjord in western Norway. I just love the view... and if this is only a foretaste. How beautiful Heaven must be!

Friday, July 29, 2005

Identifying the Blogger

Hello! My name is Erlend and I am responsible for this blog. After several requests of an "About me" page, I decided to post one. However, my intention is not to focus on myself, but on the Message.

Comments are welcomed, but they will be sensored before they are made public. So, God bless you, and greetings from a sinner saved by grace just wanting to share the good News with you.

See you around!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

God Loves A Humble Christian II

That's what the Holy Spirit does. It makes you meek, makes you humble, makes you forgiving.
Could they pull whiskers from your face, if you had them there, jerk them out and spit in your face, when you had the power to call a legions of Angels?

Could you do that for the love of the people that was spitting in your face? Could you do it? If somebody just walked up to you and said, "Hey, you hypocrite." and smacked you on one side of the face, could you pray for their forgiveness?

Now, that's where trust--test whether you got the Holy Spirit or not. See? When somebody says something evil against someone, sometimes that claims to have the Holy Spirit. "I'll get even with her if it takes me my last day." See? Now, there's where you check about your Holy Spirit. See? "Blessed are you when men shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My Name's sake." But you go get even with them? No.

"Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." See? When someone says evil about you, say something good. If you can't say something good about them, then don't say nothing. Just let it go. See? And then when you get to yourself, pray for them.

Quote: William Marrion Branham
"Questions & Answers", 12.23.1959

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

God Loves A Humble Christian

Some thoughts on humility a late summer evening...

"Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
(Isa 57:15)

What a wonderful thing! God is close to those - yes he lives and dwells with those who are humble and who have a contrite spirit. The apostle Peter said, "God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." (1Pe 5:5 )

I'm asking myself this question today, and so should you: "Am I humble enough? Do I fear God enough? Have I repented from every sin in my life?" I know what the answer is... I need more humility, more fear of God and to have more sorrow for the things I do wrong.

As Solomon said: "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil." (Pro 8:13) We who call ourselves Christians need to identify Satan's tricks, we should hate the worldly things that are designed by him, and seek the Kingdom of God. Some Christians misuse Paul's words, saying, "All things are lawful unto me." (1Cr 6:12). They say that they don't believe in "works", though the Bible plainly states that "faith without works is dead." (Jam 2:26).

The Lord Jesus Christ says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (Jhn 14:15) He was later quoted by John, who wrote, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1Jo 5:3)

His commandments are not hard... if you're a Christian. Works only show that you have Faith. That's why Faith without works is dead! If the works aren't there, then there's something wrong with your faith.

If you're a Christian, you will be like Christ. Your life will grow more and more into His likeness as you progress in your spiritual walk. Faith will produce works - a born again Christian will produce Christ!

And Christ was humble. Jesus says: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." (Jhn 15:12) Let us love one another, then, with brotherly love. Be humble and kind, forgiving one another, remembering that Jesus Christ forgave us.

Humility is one of the signs that you're a true Christian!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Read the Word, It's God's Breath

"How many reads the Word daily? Let's see your hands. Oh, that's wonderful. Just start right in and make a habit of reading a chapter every night before you go to bed, and a chapter every morning just as you get up. And oh, it just don't take no time till you just... You know the Holy Spirit feeds on the Word of God, and it's good for you to read."

Quote: William Marrion Branham
"Lamb and the Dove", 03.25.1957 (read sermon)

Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Pro 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his

Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

If you don't know where to start your Bible reading, the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan can be of good help. Here's another resource for reading plans.

God bless you!