European Tour - Sep 2002
Pastor Friedel Stegen, together with co-workers from Europe, have
started the September tour of Europe.
To see the exact program with details click here.
Summaries of services below:
20 Sept. Alfdorf
Under whose influence are you?"
Text: Exodus 32,21
This text shows us the great responsibility we have as Christians. For 40 days Moses
stood in God's presence, this was his bible school, where he was directly in contact to
God. During this time God also revealed to him what happened amongst the Israelites.
Aaron remained with the people. He was chosen by God to support his brother Moses, he
has seen many miracles and God working in a supernatural way. But the very Moment he was
alone, he had no authority to guide the people. He was suddenly influenced by the people.
They started to complain, they forgot what God had done among them through Moses. How
often do we as Christian react in the same way if we are not satisfied. Why do things like
this happen to me, why am I no experiencing it in a certain way? ... and finally we blame
We simply cannot wait upon the Lord, than we seek an answer from fellow Christians
instead of listening to God's voice.
Do not be influenced by people. The human heart is so easily influenced by what people
say. Even the devil will come and whisper something into your ears. His influence will
lead you away from God. It is a typical reaction of a heart that does no longer know the
holy presence of God and lives without sanctification.
How many people speak about having lost their first love. All the adulterous thought
and bad habits have returned you have erected idols like the children of God in the
Matth 27,20 The High priests also influenced the crowds.
Acts. 5,8 Ananias and Saphira influenced each other which resulted in
disobedience towards the Holy Spirit.
The devil will constantly try to influence you, he wants to play down sin and the
effects of sin. If we could only realise how important it is to be only influenced by God,
we would lift our eyes to him.
"A fearless walk with God"
Friedel Stegen. 19 September / Lindach
When Joshua was lifting his eyes, he saw a man in front of him. Joshua confronted that
man and asked him, are you for us or against us ? He did not react cowardly or like some
people do whose spiritual life is constantly in the bondage of fear. Fear has become like
a drug to many Christians today. Joshua was filled with another spirit, he faced the
problem. He was prepared to fight and to give his life. Do you know that attitude from
your own spiritual life. No wonder, Joshua and Caleb were the only ones to enter the
promised land. May God help us that we can stand in the same boldness if temptation is
crossing our way.
The very moment when Joshua realised it is the Lord speaking to him, he bowed. The
mighty Joshua who led his army into victory was immediately prepared to bow when God
revealed himself to Joshua.
You do not need to be afraid in your walk with God, He wants to fight for you and wants
to keep you. The devil will always whisper in your ear, "You wont make it in your
Christian life, I will get you anyway." Remember God's children going through the Red
Sea, this is a spiritual message to us. The Egyptians followed and wanted to destroy God's
people, but they had to die. Not one Egyptian soldier escaped.
Joshua lived in a close relationship to his God, when he entered into God's presence he
humbled himself and took his shoes off, which symbolises earthly contact. Anything what is
of greater importance to you than Jesus is an idol in your life, you need to part from.
Joshua was concerned that his life may only glorify the Lord.
18. Sept. 02
Limburg - Friedel Stegen
"Jesus - The answer
Text: Revelation 21,6-8
Since the beginning of creation, the devil is trying to destroy what God has planted.
And so, many people today are distracted by the devil, who does not want us to be simply
obedient to God. Who of us is still aware that we fully depend on God? God himself is the
beginning and the end of our life, yet he equipped us with a free will, we have the
liberty to choose what we want to live for. Our short life here on earth will decide where
we will be in eternity.
We all have to face different problems and challenges in life, where do we seek for
help? Is Jesus our first place where we seek the answer ? Are you allowing God to speak to
you personally in taking time aside that is especially dedicated to have fellowship with
God and the reading of his word? It requires a godly and obedient life, to listen to God's
Joshua's mighty army lost a battle against a little city called Ai, because
disobedience found place in one person's life, so the whole army had to suffer. We are
doing so often the very same mistake, all we are concerned about is our own, personal
advantage. All we need God for, is to sign our finished plans.
Whenever the devil is deceiving you, he won't tell you about the consequences of your
sin, he won't tell you that sin brings division between you, God and your fellow
believers. The devil makes promises, "you will be like God".
Sin is progressive in nature. If you have given in, into a small sin, this sin of
sinful habit will grow. A murderer does not plan a murder right from the beginning, it
starts maybe with a negative thought.
God seeks fellowship with you, where you can communicate with him daily. Read your
bible with the prayer, "Lord, let me understand your word and help me to do your
Stay close to God and allow him to guide you.
Make your choice, and let Jesus be the answer to your personal Problems.
17. Sept. 02 - Di
Bensheim - Friedel Stegen
The cross determines our destiny
1.) The cross symbolises death.
2.) The cross reconciles us with God.
3.) The cross is the power of God.
1.) The cross makes the decision about our eternity. God makes it
a condition for every believer who wants to follow him to take his cross. It stands for a
life where I am prepared to sacrifice my own will.
Mark 10,21 - The rich young man asked Jesus about eternal life and
Jesus responded that he must take his cross upon himself and follow him. This is a daily
process, it is not simple but it is Gods way for us. Test your own reactions in times when
your own planning comes to an end. Are you still prepared to give up your own will ? New
life in God will only occur where we are prepared to die.
2. - Reconciliation (between God and man)
Only the death of Jesus at the cross reconciles us with God (2.
Cor. 5,18). The cross takes the enmity between us and God away and through that we can
experience reconciliation with our fellows.
Can you testify of the Reconciliation power of the cross in you
life. Is that the fragrance coming from your life, or are you still busy fighting for your
3. The power of God.
When the cross at Calvary was erected, nature mourned. This is how
powerful the cross works. Even the curtain in the temple tore and opened the way to God's
Holy place. The power of the cross is so strong that even sin can be overcome by this
power. Godly power will lead us from victory to victory.
May this glory be seen in our lives.
15 Sept. 02 - So
Strassburg - Friedel Stegen
'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation'
The Lord's commission is not only directed to ministers. It is a
calling to every believer to spread the Good News. But what are we busy doing today, how
often are we only concerned about our own life. We are concerned about wealth, own plans
and in doing this we do no longer find time for God. Constantly we are distracted from the
Amos 8,11 + 12 - The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord,
when I will send a famine through the land; not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander
from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.
I believe with all my heart, that we are living in this time
today. People are searching for true peace, love and joy. But how many Christian families
are testifying to a powerless Christian life today? Are you still concerned about living a
healthy Christian life. I am convinced that we are also responsible for the condition of
this lost world, where we are no longer salt.
What are we doing if God sends a spiritual desire on earth. Who
can help the people spiritually. Can we help the individual or does our help ends with
Imagine a person suffering from anorexia is asking you for help
and all you can do is giving this person a steak. This will kill the person because in the
state this person is it will not help. In the same way we must be able to help spiritually
in a way that brings the people in contact with God.
We experienced in the revival in South Africa, how people were
drawn close to God. We did no longer try to persuade them, but it was God bringing them to
us. There is no greater attraction for people to come, than Christ living in you.
Is 59,1 The arm of the Lord in not too short to save, nor his ear
to dull to hear, but your iniquities have separated you from your God.
Therefore it is essential, that we take care to our relationship
with God. It is most important in my life, that I am in Christ.
God used Ananias to help Saul. Ananias prayed and Saul received
help. God had a vessel that was prepared to be used by Him. In the same way He wants you
to be a vessel where He can pour his Holy Spirit in.
14. Sept. 02 - Sa
Münchenstein / Switzerland Friedel Stegen
'Wait upon the Lord'
It seems to be one of the most difficult things for our generation
today, to simply "wait upon the Lord."
Is 8,17 - / 31,40 / 49,22
A common mistake that results from it, is to take the matter into
your own hand. But only they who wait upon the Lord receives new strength from Him. This
is a godly promise if we would only believe this and rely on it.
God wont work where we are trying to intervene. He does not
need us as his dogboys; He wants all the honour for himself. Through His Spirit, He wants
to reach people's hearts.
We find in this text God's people coming to the point where they
can no longer wait. The same can happen in marriage life. You find it difficult to ask God
for help, and before you can pray "Lord, help my husband / wife in this situation you
prefer to do it in your own strength and knowledge.
Is impatience maybe a character in your spiritual life? The people
made idols from God. They preferred to rely on the visible, earthly things rather than to
rely fully on the God who led them out of Egypt. The Christian who cannot wait upon the
Lord will judge the circumstances in a human perspective.
1. Sam. 13,8
Saul did great damage to his spiritual life, for he was not
prepared to wait upon the Lord. He waited for 7 days; he did his duty but he did not
understand what it means to wait upon the Lord. Saul was put aside by God, and David was
called in his position.
Who of us is still asking for Gods guidance in our daily
walk with God. Whether it will be in our work at home or in our working place, can you
pray and wait upon the Lord ? Are you in contact with God so that He can reach your heart
and speak to you so that He may be glorified by what you do ?
We read in our text how Aaron was influenced by the people around
him. Pay attention that your spiritual life and your decisions are not influenced by the
crowd around you, but that you stay in perfect contact with the living God. Do you know
the life in full dependency on God; where you no longer live for your own wishes and
desires but for him alone.
13. Sept. 02 - Fr
Lausanne / Switzerland Friedel Stegen
2. Cor. 5,17
"Revival fiction or reality"
Many people are discussing revival today. And there are
pseudo-revivals as well as genuine Biblical revivals. It is a speciality of the enemy to
imitate Gods work. As man we are inclined to seek rather an emotional experience than a
true meeting with God. How often are we more concerned about the masses, and we want
thousands to attend our meetings. Thus, we prefer to do things in our own strength; the
devil knows about this tendency and is doing his best to keep us busy thinking in this
Where we fail to wait upon the Lord, we easily try to take over
the work of the Holy Spirit. We do often start with big meetings and after a while we see
our work withering. Where God works, He will start small and through His blessing the work
A spiritual revival will always lead the individual into
sanctification and purification so that their lives will change. It is all about Jesus
what matters; He will be in the center and man stands back. This process begins where His
people seek Him with all their heart - not for seeing miracles but to become partakers of
Christs Nature. Revival leads me into an intimate walk with God, where my thinking,
my deeds and my reactions are fully controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is a process of
dying where I even sacrifice my own knowledge and my blessings to rely on Christ alone.
Maybe God cannot grant revival in your own life, because you are
still rich in your own eyes; therefore pray to God, "Lord, show me how you see my
When God came down in revival-power amongst us, this is what He
did in our lives. He convicted us of our sin by his Holy Spirit (John 16,8). We
experienced God working miracles among us as He brought people by His Spirit. For 36 years
now, God is working in revival-power amongst us and we do not know of one day where there
were not people coming to make their life right with God.
12. Sept. 02 - Do
Thun / Switzerland Friedel Stegen
Ferny Jaegle gave a testimony about his conversion.
(Ps. 24,1 / Amos 4,12)
Text: Genesis 29,31 - 30,2
Jacob did not want to marry Lea, but God led it differently. Her
father Laban agreed that he can also marry Rachel, but Jacob neglected Lea. When God
decided to make Lea fertile, Rachel envied her sister Lea. Her attitude was, "if my
will is not accomplished I prefer to die". Did you ever understand that your life is
fully in God's hand and that He is in control of everything?
31,19 Later on, when Jacob decided to move into another
country, Rachel took idols from her father's house along. The very same attitude we find
in many people's lives. They are not prepared to leave everything from the old life
behind. God, who is a jealous God, is not prepared to take the 2nd position in any area of
We are easily prepared to part from our sins and bondage, but we
are not willing to give our own will, our blessings and lay them on God's altar.
Example of a minister: - A preacher who led others to Christ, when
he heard that God also wants us to sacrifice our blessings, he responded, "this is
too much for me". He withdrew and lived in loneliness until he died.
Are you prepared to sacrifice your knowledge, experience and
blessings on the altar of God.
Exodus 31,32 In the text we read Rachel is hiding her
father's idols, and she is even lying, when her father if searching for them. How often
are we doing it in the very same way - we take idols from our old life into the 'new'
Christian life. We hide them and we are lying if we are confronted with our evil deeds.
Rachel was sitting on the idols, pretending that everything was all right.
What are you maybe hiding and covering in your thought-life?
Have we ever realised, that God is a holy God ?
We dare not to take something from our old life into our new
There is hope for you in Jesus who is calling you. He wants to
glance and to forgive you, therefore part from your hidden idols.
11 Sept , Thun / Switzerland
Text: John 15, 1-7
Abide in me
Jesus emphasises in this chapter the importance of abiding in Him
and that He wants to abide in us. How often do we not try to work out fruit in our own
strength. But Jesus clarifies His message by using the example of the vine. He wants us to
understand that we can accomplish nothing in our own strength where we do not fully depend
on Him. Christ himself set the example for us when he testified, "I can only do what
my Father tells me to".
Many people have gained a lot of knowledge about Jesus, but have
you already experienced what it means to be set free by Jesus and to abide in Him. Take
time to test yourself, whether your life is rooted in Christ. It is impossible to live a
godly life in your own strength. The glory of God can only be revealed in our life, if we
abide in Jesus.
To abide in him, describes a condition, where nothing stands
between Christ and the disciple. Therefore, remain faithful to Jesus, even if your
circumstances are becoming difficult.
The vine withers where we loose contact to him. Other things
become suddenly more important than Jesus. But Jesus wants to lead us into a prayer-life
where we can ask anything from him, He will answer and our life will bear much fruit.
The heavenly Father is compared to a wine-grower in this text. He
watches and cares for every vine. He gives what the vine needs and takes away where there
is no fruit.
For many people it seems to be too much, if the heavenly Father
has to purify us. But God in Heaven has perfect thoughts about our lives. He wants us to
bear fruit for Him and to live a life that glorifies Him.
Missionar Erlo Stegen Herbst 2002
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