Alla inlägg av Mats-Jan Söderberg

Is God angry with you?

We are placed in time in this world. There is a before and an after, a yesterday and a tomorrow. Things of the past and things of the present. When reading the Old Testament we find God angry with His people when they sinned. Even punishing them in different ways.

But there is a Cross standing there in history. A time divider, a game changer! There is a before and after! We are living after the Cross where Jesus the Son of God took God’s wrath for our sins, failures and shortcomings upon Himself. God’s anger flushed over His soul on the Cross. It was mine and your sin He took, He had no sin of His own, He was without sin. He carried our sin upon that Cross and God’s anger over His sins was Gods anger over our sins, and through a perfect sacrifice God’s anger was pleased, sin had been punished, righteousness established, Salvation won!

God is no longer an angry with man. He loves man (As He always loved of course) Who reveals His Mercy and Grace to us through Jesus Christ. God is happy with you and me. He is happy we received His plan of Salvation by believing in His Son Jesus Christ. Salvation becomes ours through faith in Him and Him alone. There is only Salvation through Jesus Christ, not through the deeds or our own efforts but by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God’s innocent Lamb.

You are forgiven and you are loved by God. He has accepted you because of the Sacrifice of Jesus. Every day and every moment of your life God loves you and His love is eternal for you and me.



The defender of the weak

’And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Loves. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a women caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘’Teacher, this women was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?.’’
This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself and said to them, ‘’He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’’
And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who had heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the women standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw on one but the women, He said to her, ‘’Women where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? She said ‘’No one Lord.’’ And Jesus said to her, ‘’Neither do I condemn you; Go and sin no more.’’

Life can be though and difficult to cope with many times. It does not always turn out the way we want and expect, we do not always do what we desired we should have. This women find herself this particular day standing in the midst of a bloodthirsty crowd led by the defenders of righteousness. Her life had fallen apart in a day. She had failed morally publicly.

She is a women and it seems like the defenders of righteousness always goes for the weaker ones, those with less chance of defending themselves. They were a bunch against one single women.

Jesus was obviously a problem for those defenders of righteousness because they were seeking a reason to accuse Him for something, finding a way to get rid of this problem. Their whole ‘business idea’ was finding sin, judge, execute and eradicate the sinner as well as the sin. Their idea of dealing with sin was simply to either kill or excommunicate the sinner from among them.

This was the situation Jesus came into and started His mission, instead of judging sinners He forgave them, instead of excommunicating, He included people, instead of rejecting, He accepted people. He was the son of David, the king who began his rule with a bunch of misfits (1 Sam 22:1-2), and His mission was one of salvation not judgment. So in a spiritual tradition of measuring people by the Law of righteousness and then executing accordingly He kind of didn’t fit the spiritual form of a Rabbi. He was different!

This day they brought a women who obviously had broken the most serious of all spiritual requirements, she had committed adultery, broken the covenant she had with a man. It is emotionally for everyone involved a trauma of course, it’s a tragedy and a moral failure in every sense. She is brought to Jesus for judgement, they wanted Jesus who claimed to be a rabbi, a teacher of the law, to pass judgement on her. His answer astounds me to this very day, it’s beyond what my natural mind screams!

‘Let him who has no sin cast the first stone!’ They leave one after the other shameful because their own conscience convicted them and reminded them of their own dark moments of sin and failure, so one by one they left the place. The oldest went first, the longer life the more sin and failure been committed. Finally the women stands there alone with Jesus, maybe there were a crowd of people because it says she was standing in the midst of them still. Everyone waiting for Jesus to open His mouth again! You can sense the breathtaking silence and anticipation.

Jesus looks up and says, ‘Has no one judged you yet? Neither do I judge you! Go and sin no more’

‘Wait a minute, how can you do this!! She’s guilty and there got to be a punishment, a consequence of her actions’. Well, there probably where effects in her own life with broken family relations, long and difficult talks about divorce, crying children (if there were any), angry husband, lots of pain and grief. No doubt! But Jesus forgave her!

You see, law requires punishment, but grace gives undeserved forgiveness! Grace doesn’t keep records of past failures and sins. Grace forgets and releases people out of bondage.

Grace welds relations together again, grace heals broken hearts, grace puts the pieces together again. Jesus gives grace to the humble, to those who ask Him for it. Admitting our weaknesses and shortcomings to God and to each other. There is no one righteous, no one perfect, neither preacher nor pastor, neither layman nor priest, we all need salvation through Jesus Christ. The righteousness we stand in is not our own but His, the righteousness He gave to us by dying on a cross, carrying our sins, failures and shortcomings.

He is first and foremost our savior and our healer. The only one perfect is Jesus, the only one without sin is Jesus.

And He is the defender of the weak!



Let the ruins come to life!!

Listening to a what I think a highly prophetic song ‘Glorious ruins‘ by Hillsong. So many people today experience their life have fallen in ruins, broken by own and others sins, injustices and falseness present in this life.
Jesus is still the restorer of our souls, the healer of our memories and the mender of broken hearts. I believe we will see, and are seeing, a move of a highly passionate Saviour flooding the earth with love and mercy healing the wounded and the fallen lying slain by the road of life. Jesus is walking by turning sorrow to joy, desert to a blooming garden.

I can see and hear how God is moving among the young people around the world, tens of thousands are turning their hearts and souls to an ever loving and merciful God, tears of healing flowing causing brokenness in which the enourmous love of God is revealed.
A still small voice speaking into darkness, whispering miracoulous healing words of redemption and salvation.

Come Lord Jesus heal my heart and let me again see Your lovely face and feel your warmth and strength, amen!


Facing the giants….Part 1

In Mark 10 Jesus said to His disciples they by faith could cast mountains into the sea. Mountains of course represents unsolvable situations, when we come to a dead end in life, no way out.

In the OT its like David facing Goliath, or his mighty men facing Goliath’s relatives, also giants. We can find 4 of those beaten by Davids mighty men. They all represents a mountain we can face in life. Those mountains are not found in our circumstances but are inward, emotional and mental conditions causing where the mountain dictates our our response. Here are the four cousins of Goliath (Goliath which can mean ‘to strip’)

1. Ishbi-Benob = Discouragement. He was killed by Abishai, the faithfulness of God. The first giant hitting our lives is most often discouragement. God’s faithfulness will defeat him. God always takes you through to the other side.

2. Saph = The destroyer. Killed by Sibbechai, the supernatural intervention of God. God will always intervene. When the mountain of destruction comes against us God will supernaturally intervene.

Hold on to Jesus, He will see you through


To be continued next blogpost



Included or excluded…

In Matthew 9:9-10 Jesus first calls Matthew and then in verse 10 He sits down at the table and is immediately joined by certain people, of course His disciples but also tax collectors and ‘disreputable’ sinners as the Message bible puts it. And then of course the Pharisees. What a crowd! And Jesus took them all in, He included them. No one excluded.

To be excluded by your own is among the most devastating a person can experience emotionally. To be rejected and excluded from fellowship. Maybe because he/she said or done something someone disliked and is punished with icing silence and gentle removed and put out side with no explanation or chance of changing, repenting if needed. Left with a big question mark within his/her head wondering, Why am I excluded? What have I done wrong?

I’ve experienced this many times by myself and its truly a torment. It might also serve as a warning example for those included, Behave well or else your excluded!

Jesus was not like this! I am so blessed and thankful He is inclusive, sinners, Pharisees, disciples and others where all welcome to share the table with Him. Jesus doesn’t judge by the outside apparel but He see’s the heart of man.

Let us be inclusive not exclusive! Include the sinner and Pharisee in your prayers and your parties, let them all into your fellowship.



‘I make all things new…’

He makes all things new when we let Him be Lord and Shepherd in our lives. He leads to still waters where our soul will find peace, joy and righteousness. A place close to His heart, close to His perfect love. There He renews and encourages the broken soul. Renewal is something we all need time to time, times of refreshing from the manifest presence of Jesus Himself in our lives.

I remember in the end of the 90s I went to be apart of the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Pensacola, Florida. It was such an amazing week I spend in the presence of the Lord. His love and presence was so strong and real it chock me to the bones, refreshed me for years to come. We need salvation because we can’t save ourselves, we need cleansing from the dust of this world that tries to contaminate our hearts with such an overwhelming power.

Sunday is a time to be touched by His power, His Glory and presence. When lifting Him up He reigns in us, making all things new. Prayer and worship in the freedom of the Spirit of God breathes Gods own presence into our souls, fills us, lifts us and renews us to love and serve Him more than ever.



A step of faith…

Paul writes in Galatians 2:20 ‘I live here by faith in the Son of God’. Faith is based on scripture, God promised to be and to do certain things, we have through God’s grace come to believe in those promises. This faith is not blind and not to be lived out in blindness.

To live and walk by faith means I plan according to bible principle, I take counsel from godly people, I gather my resources to be able to make the step of faith, meaning I count the money and count the cost before I walk out. I might not no where I am going because walking by faith often means I am going toward a place I have never been before.

To live by faith is not to close my eyes to the realities around me, or ignore facts and figures. A faith walk is not a proclamation or a good confession. A faith walk is a move forward based on Gods promises and upon the realities around me. I need to calculate my resources before I move out in faith to see how big the deficit might be. And then work to fill it.

Paul lived by faith not in spontaneity! God gave him a mission and a task and he got to work on it.



Move on…

A common principle in the bible is the moving factor. God moves His people further on. Change is never easy and nearly always straining in some ways. The clearest event in the bible is of course Moses and the people of Israel moving out of Egypt. I guess we all can end up stuck in our tents somewhere on the way to the promised land and there might come a heavenly call to break up and move on.

If you been sitting for a long time, standing up can cause some dizziness when blood start to move around your system, you might loose your balance for a moment but then the blood and your brain connects, oxygen flows and vitality fills your body ready to move on.

Me and my family have moved 24 times since we got married. Kind of a restless life! A majority of of these moves have been within the same city, some of them in a very short period of times jumping from one place to another while looking for a more permanent place to stay.

Each time we settled in new place, Caisa wify, has always created a nice, kind of permanent place for us to as a family to live in. Many times I have felt and said ‘here I am going to live for the rest of my life!’. I think its important in our moving on that we also settle down, even if its only for a short time, we better have the inner position I am going stay here for the rest of my life.

Moving also causes us to go through all the stuff we gathered in storage’s and wardrobes over the years. Wow, amazing how much ‘might get handy someday’ we have in those places. A cleansing takes place! To move on we need this cleansing, we deal wit hall the stuff in our storage’s! Then we pack and move and resettle again!



In London again…

Yesterday I arrived in London once again. I have come to love this great melting pot of city. So many nationalities and cultures live and work here. This time I am here by invitation to speak at a Christian conference organized by a group of different churches with different ethnic backgrounds. Last night we had the opening service and I spoke about the Holy Spirit and His personality. The Lord blessed us with His own presence, revelation and lots of joy.

It seems to me it pleases the Lord when people from different ethnic backgrounds come together to worship the one and only Savior Jesus Christ. In the book of revelation we see people from all tribes, nations and tongues standing before the throne of God worshipping together. Matter a fact in a city like London lives lots of unreached people, many from nations where the gospel is deficit, churches practically nonexistent not talking about evangelism to reach them with the Good News of Christ.

They are no within reach to hear about Jesus and we have to take the challenge to proclaim Christ to them. Secularism is not the answer, Jesus is. New church planting initiatives are needed all over Europe, new barns for a new harvest in a new time. And then new workers are needed, equipped for such a time as this. Able to use the cultural language of our day to communicate the Good News to these big city people.

The church cannot and should not be a place for politics nor exclusive interest groups but it’s for all Gods people. Focus is Jesus and His glory. Salvation in no other name and worship of none other than the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Church must be a place of worship, fellowship, joy and freedom. It is supposed to be a fountain of Salvation, where we meet Jesus, having a great time together! All in honesty and without hidden agendas, everyone included no one excluded. Not a place for perfect people but non-perfect seeking to be Christ like in their unique, god-given personalities. The bible tells us to not be conformed to this world but we are also not to be conformed to each other but to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Now I have to run, the service begins and I am not even in the service!!! God bless!


What do you see in the mirror?

“When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel?

1 Sam 15:17
We can call this our pride thermometer! John the baptist proclaimed ‘He must increase and I decrease’! Many times in my life especially in times of success and victory I have noticed when I look in the soulmirror I have grown a little bigger, and if people around me somehow cheer on my victory it seems I grow even a little bit more. I have also noticed a few effects when growing bigger in my own eyes.
1. A problem always seem to come my way and start to fill my soul.
2. It become harder to enter the presence of God in prayer, feels like there is an inner brake of some kind.
3. Certain bible verses start to jump out of the bible.
The devilish effect of being big is a deep feeling of rejection and condemnation for really no reason. Another is the power of sin increases and my ability to resist grows weaker.
Jesus came to set us free, to bless us with life eternal. He came to fill our soul with peace, joy and righteousness.  When pride hits us Jesus is there standing waiting for us to . acknowledge His Glory and Might, and when we do that He forgives and cleanses from all pride.
The result is we become small in our own eyes again! It is the inner measurement of a broken spirit and a humble heart. Not condemnation and rejection or anything like that but a true relation to Him how did everything for us, King of kings and Lord of lords!