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Testimony – God is our provider

I don’t know how you deal with some Bible verses. God’s word is the truth and He always stands by His word, I know that in theory. Let us look at the example of provision. Some Bible verses lead me to think: “Is God serious about this promise and does it apply to me as well? Surely, there are a lot of people out there that are in greater need of His provision. I think I’m doing okay in that area.”

The verse fitting the topic would be Luke 12:27-28:

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!”

We’ve always experienced God’s provision and always had enough. And when we found out that we were expecting a son, we expected him with great joy in our hearts. However, every now and then I had thoughts coming to my mind the like of “How am I supposed to buy clothes for him? Will we have enough finances for everything that we need for him?”

And right now we’re experiencing the fulfillment of those verses again and again, right before our eyes. We stand in awe at what God is doing for us. Many things were gifted to us, other things were loaned to us for the time we need them or we were able to buy them well under price during a sale. God has been guiding our eyes towards more and more opportunities and things He prepared for us. Especially when it comes to clothes! I can’t stop thanking God for what He is doing in that area. We’ve been able to borrow beautiful clothes by the box from a dear friend of ours.

I was of “little faith” when it came to these things and I’m thankful how our Heavenly Father is teaching me a lesson in love. He is our provider and He will never forsake us!

Please let this be an encouragement to you. No matter how desperate your current circumstances may look. Trust Him! He knows your situation and will provide for you!

„Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.“ (1st Peter 5:6-7)

 

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The wedding suit

Another story from the God cares category:

I’ve been looking around for the right wedding suit for a few weeks and I was considering if I should hire or buy the suit. The arguments for hiring were mainly financial as the hire appeared to be much cheaper. However, it would have still been a substantial amount. It felt wrong to spend a considerable amount on a hire outfit, only to give it back after the wedding. That’s just like throwing money out your window.

Therefore, I decided to look around for purchase options that were within my price range. I found that Marks & Spencer sell suits on their website that were reasonably priced. And despite not being too expensive, I still knew the individual items wouldn’t be made in sweat shops. I went to the shop in Cardiff and they didn’t have them there. I was told they would only be available to order online.

I had some great customer service in the men’s clothing section and got to try on some standard suits from the same range the wedding suits would be from. This helped to find out the right sizes for the jacket and the trousers as well as the shirt.

At the time I would have been able to borrow the money from someone and buy the suit. I was expecting some money from shared of the company I work for and would have used that to pay it back. I was close to making this decision, when I had the impression that God was telling me to wait as there would be a sale on men’s clothing very soon.

About 4 weeks later I received an email from Marks and Spencer that announcent 20 % off on all suits. So I thought to myself that this wouldn’t include the special wedding suits. But I went online to check anyway. By that time I still didn’t have the shares money, but expected it the week after. And yes, the wedding outfits were included in the offer! YES! Awesome!

Corrie was so kind to give me the money until the week after and I ordered the suit, went to the shop to try it on and it is a perfect fit. I absolutely love it! Funny thing is, my favourite part of the whole suit are the cufflinks.

I’ve saved quite a lot with this deal and I’m glad I listened to the still voice inside of me and waited. I’m really looking forward to our big day!


Some meanings of Shalom – Bedeutungen des Wortes Schalom

The Hebrew word Shalom (שלום) isn’t just a word or one word with one meaning. It has a multitude of meanings, some of which are very important. When I started looking into the many uses and meanings of Shalom, I purposely started using this word in my every day life. I wish people “Shalom” when I say good bye to them. I greet many with “Shalom” and I also finish emails and letters with this word.

Some of you have asked me why and so I wanted to use this blog post to explain my “obsessive” usage of the word “Shalom”:

Below are the many usages of the word:

Shalom – שלום

completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
completeness (in number)
safety, soundness (in body)
welfare, health, prosperity
peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
peace, friendship
of human relationships
with God especially in covenant relationship
peace (from war)
peace (as adjective)

A word in the New Testament (in Koiné Greek) that comes very close to the meanings of Shalom is the word soteria:

soteria – σωτηρία

deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation
deliverance from the molestation of enemies
in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the souls safety or salvation
of Messianic salvation

Why am I showing this to you? I believe these two words show so much of the personality of God and also show what His Holy Spirit provides in us for us and through us for everyone, every situation and every room around us.

When we’re being encouraged to be salt and light in the Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16, this is not just in relation to our speech and behaviour, but very much about our spiritual presence through God’s Holy Spirit living in us and working through us.

I’ve been in situations quite a few times where people have commented how my presence in a room has made a difference in their mood or anxieties were calmed down, etc. Total strangers have approached me during travels and started chatting to me as if I was a long lost friend and sometimes shared quite deep and intimate worries or topics with me. I was able to provide a prayer of blessing, sometimes a question that would lead them further in their search or even invite Papa God for a direct encounter right there and then.

The covenant of salvation and peace that we have received through Christ Jesus provides complete wholeness with nothing missing, nothing broken. Isaiah 53:5 said the chastisement necessary to bring us this wholeness was laid upon Jesus. His peace encompasses every area of our life.

Shalom and also soteria are so widely reaching and complex. I’m amazed again and again that one word can mean so much.

So when I greet YOU with Shalom, I purposely bless YOU with God’s full measure of completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, safety, health, prosperity, quiet, tranquillity, contentment, friendship, deliverance, safety, salvation and everything else He has for YOU.

SHALOM!

Sources:
http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/soteria.html
http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/kjv/shalowm.html

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Das hebräische Wort Schalom (שלום) ist nicht nur ein Wort oder ein Wort mit nur einer einzigen Bedeutung. Es hat eine Vielzahl an Bedeutungen und die meisten sind sehr wichtig. Als ich begann mich mit den vielen Bedeutungen von Schalom zu beschäftigen begann ich auch das Wort absichtlich so oft wie möglich in meinem Alltag zu gebrauchen. Ich verabschiede mich von vielen Menschen mit dem Wort “Schalom”. Ich grüße andere mit dem gleichen Wort und auch meine Emails und Briefe werden mit diesem Wort beendet.

Einige von euch haben das hinterfragt und ich dachte ich nutze diesen Blog Artikel um mein (von einigen als zwanghaft verschimpfte) Verhalten zu erklären.

Zunächst ein paar Bedeutungen des Wortes “Schalom”:

Schalom – שלום

Vollständigkeit, Unversehrtheit, Wohlergehen, Friede
Vollständigkeit (in der Zahlen)
Sicherheit, einwandfreier Zustand (körperlich)
Wohlergehen, Gesundheit, Wohlstand
Friede, Ruhe, Beschaulichkeit, Zufriedenheit
Friede, Freundschaft
zwischenmenschliche Freundschaft
Freundschaft mit Gott
Friede (vom Krieg)
Friede (als Adjektiv)

Ein Wort aus dem Neuen Testament (in Koiné Griechisch) kommt der Bedeutung des Wortes Schalom auch sehr nahe. Es ist das Wort soteria:

soteria – σωτηρία

Befreiung, Erhaltung, Sicherheit, Errettung
Befreiung von der Belästigung der Feinde
in einem ethischen Sinne, auch Rettung und Sicherheit für die Seele
Messianische Rettung

Weshalb zeige ich dir das? Ich glaube dieses Worte zeigen deutlich wieviel von Gottes Persönlichkeit da drin steckt und was der Heilige Geist in uns bereit hält für uns und für jede Person, jede Situation und jeden Raum um uns herum.

Im Evangelium nach Matthäus, Kapitel 5, die Verse 13 bis 16 werden wir dazu ermutigt Salz und Licht zu sein. Da geht es nicht nur um unser Reden und Handeln. Aber auch sehr um unsere geistliche Präsenz, welche durch das Wirken des Heiligen Geistes in uns und um uns herum vorhanden ist.

Ich bin schon oft in Situationen gewesen, in denen fremde Leute einen Kommentar gemacht haben wie “meine Anwesenheit” im Raum einen Unterschied gemacht hat. Ihre Stimmung wurde erhellt, Ängste überwunden und noch mehr. Völlig fremde Menschen haben mich auf Reisen angesprochen und mit mir geredet als wären wir Freunde die sich nach langer Zeit wieder sahen. Manche teilten sogar sehr persönliche Geschichten und Sorgen mit mir. Es war mir dann möglich denen zu dienen durch anleitende Fragen, einem Segensgebet oder auch einer Einladung direkt dort Gott zu erleben und zu begegnen.

Der Vertrag der Errettung und des Friedens welchen wir durch Christus erhalten haben gibt uns volle Fülle und nichts fehlt, nichts ist zerbrochen. Jesaja 53, Vers 5 zeigt auf, dass Christus für unsere Wunden geschlagen wurde. Sein Friede durchdringt jedes Gebiet unseres Lebens unseres Seins.

Schalom und auch soteria reichen so weit und sind so vielfältig. Ich bin immer wieder erstaunt, dass ein einziges Wort so viel bedeuten kann.

Also wenn ich dich das nächste Mal mit Schalom grüße, segne ich DICH absichtlich mit Gottes vollem Maß an Vollständigkeit, Unversehrtheit, Wohlergehen, Friede, Sicherheit, Gesundheit, Wohlstand, Ruhe, Beschaulichkeit, Zufriedenheit, Freundschaft, Befreiung, Errettung und allem anderen was Er für DICH hat.

SCHALOM!

Quellen:
http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/soteria.html
http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/kjv/shalowm.html


anyway – trotzdem

anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Be good anyway.

Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People need help but may attack you if you try to help them.
Help them anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

From a sign on the way of Shishu Bhavan, a children’s home in Calcutta

quoted from the book “Authentic Relationships – Discover the lost art of one-anothering” by Wayne Jacobsen

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trotzdem

Menschen sind uneinsichtig, unvernünftig und eigensüchtig
Liebe sie trotzdem.

Wenn du nett bist, machen manche dir den Vorwurf eigensüchtige Hintergedanken zu haben
Sei trotzdem nett.

Wenn du Erfolg hast wirst du eine falsche Freunde und einige echte Feinde gewinnen.
Sei trotzdem erfolgreich.

Das Gute welches du heute tust, wird morgen vergessen sein.
Sei trotzdem gut.

Ehrlichkeit und Direktheit werden dich verletztlich machen.
Sei trotzdem ehrlich und direkt.

Das was du über Jahre hinweg baust, kann über Nacht zerstört werden.
Baue trotzdem.

Menschen die Hilfe brauchen greifen dich vielleicht an, wenn du versuchst zu helfen.
Hilf ihnen trotzdem.

Letztlich ist das alles eine Sache zwischen dir und Gott. Es war sowieso nie eine Sache zwischen dir und den anderen.

Von einem Schild am Wege zum Shishu Bhavan Kinderhaus in Calcutta.

Zitiert aus dem Buch “Authentic Relationships – Discover the lost art of one-anothering” by Wayne Jacobsen


Papa God’s loving care in action

I recently went away on a trip to Germany to visit my lovely girlfriend Corrie. The flights I had booked with a known low-cost airline were going to leave Stansted Airport very early in the morning. Since I live in South Wales it is quite a trip to London Stansted and I wouldn’t have been able to travel there over night.

My initial plan was to stay at some friend’s house in Hammersmith. But on the day before the flight departure, I realised that Hammersmith is quite a distance away from Stansted Airport and staying with my friends over night wouldn’t have made much sense in terms of saving travel time. So I initially opted for spending the night at the airport, which I had done a few times in the past.

Later on that day I prayed over my decision and felt that Father didn’t want me to spend the night on the airport and felt to look for a reasonable priced Bed and Breakfast accommodation. I didn’t really think I would be able to find any on such short notice. It was meant to be for the evening of that same day.

But after only 2 to 3 minutes of looking I actually found a place very close to Stansted Airport. The reviews were mostly positive and the pictures looked promising. The price was very low for the area and my short notice booking. I gave them a call and reserved my single room and also booked transport from and to the airport for a very cheap fee.

I arrived at the airport after a long train journey and contacted the B&B to be picked up from there. A silver van collected a few other people and myself and drove us away for a few minutes. We stopped at a large 3 star country hotel site and I thought the driver would just let out the other guests and bring me to the B&B after. I was surprised to hear him tell me that this was meant to be my destination, too. He told me it was my lucky day and my booking had been upgraded.

Elated I entered the hotel and double checked the fee on the bill. It was the same and I was happy to provide payment details. I was given my room keys and it was actually an Executive Double Room. A bright and airy room with large windows, a nice big bed, a separate working space and a huge bath room you could have danced in. I was absolutely stunned and happy and just couldn’t stop thanking God for His wonderful provision. I felt treated like a king.

The next morning I woke up after a nice rest in a very comfortable bed. I later went to the restaurant for a quick, continental breakfast. As I sat down to have my food, I noticed huge wall painting on the opposite site of the room. The painting was showing scenes from the Paradise. Adam and Eve, animals and plants. I smiled to myself and burst into laughter. Must have looked a bit weird to the other guests at 5:15 in the morning.

After I saw that painting, I really knew who had organised that royal treatment for me that night.

Thank you Papa God!

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