Sunday, August 30, 2015

We have This Treasure in Our Clay Jars

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

We, true believers, have the treasure in us.   Although we are like clay jars, which can be easily crushed, the treasure makes us endure all kinds of sufferings and hardships, because the extraordinary power of God is with us.   Surely, we might be perplexed, or even being wrongfully persecuted by those who don’t like us, especially due to our faith.   Even so, we will not be destroyed because the love of God is always with us in our heart under any circumstances. 
 
For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison  (2 Corinthian 4:17)
 
Yes, initially, our suffering looks like a long-draining pain, but it is momentary and light especially when it is compared with what is prepared for us – the weight of eternal glory in Heaven.  In order for us to see and taste this, God specifically designs and tailors our suffering.  Through suffering,  we can truly appreciate who the God is, and experience Him, who loves us so much to give His Only Begotten Son yet when were sinner and against Him.  Praise the Lord!   His mercy and love endure forever!    Anytime, we can run into Him and into His open arm.  In His bosom, we will feel His Love and taste what will come when we get to our eternal home.   What  a blessing!   As an eagle soring up sky, we are soring up in faith to God.   As soaring up to God, our joy is increasing, and getting into a deeper relationship with God.  This experience cannot  be compared with anything else on earth, which is hidden to those who do not know God.
 
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6-7)
 
Therefore, we should not worry or be anxious about anything on earth.  In every situation, just come to God, and present authentic self to God as prayer and petition with thanksgiving.   The God, who loves to listen to our own voice of prayer, will answer with the peace of God that transcends all of our understanding, and will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.   Praise Him, and give the highest glory and honor to Him, who is our true Father, and the One and only God.    His name will be glorified ever and ever!
 

Let’s continue trusting Him in every situation, and loving Him always, even under a situation that is humanly impossible to endure.   Continue praying humbly and honestly to God.  Then the God, who loves to hear your payer, will give us the unfathomable peace of God, which transcends all our understanding and reasoning in Christ Jesus.   Amen!   

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Faith and Prayer

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Most of us have at least one prayer that we have prayer for a long time, but for our eyes, nothing is changed nor improved year after year.    Instead, we often see the situation seems getting worse, and moving a direction that we really do not want to see or imagine.   Our hearts are breaking, and we feel absolutely helpless.   Our prayer seem disappearing into space without any traces.   We are really frustrated, and asking why.    Even getting into a point of struggling with a cloud of doubts about our prayer forming and circling in our heart. 

This is the time to read the verse above again.   Our faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.   Yes, our eyes cannot see, but we can assure His existence and His infinitely goodness through faith.  

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

When we confront a doubt and an impossibility, we have to believe the God, who is our eternal and loving God.   We continue praying before and to God because He loves to listen to our own voice projecting out of the deepest part of our heart.   Without knowing and believing in Him, how can you get to this point -- praying with a true broken heart to God not days, but years or even tens years?   However, when we get to this point, it is a real test of our faith and our prayer. 

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)

This is the time to listen to the Spirit, who helps us in our weakness, especially when our prayer is hitting the wall.    The last grip of our strength to bring our prayer to God seems returning void, but it is not a reality.   The Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.   Thus, be still (Psalm 46:10), and listen to the voice of the loving God – “I love you.  You are my dear child.   I want you to grow into a deeper relationship with me.  No matter what happens around you and in you, I want you to grasp my goodness and my love for you.   This relationship cannot be spoken by any human languages, but you will truly experience again the truth about Me, the God with full of mercy, love, grace and peace.   Therefore you should not be afraid, don’t give up, and you pray continually (Luke 18:1).   My mercy, grace, love and peace is greater than anything, which transcends all understanding that you have. (Philippians 4:7)”

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Yes, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, and for this we are called for His Purpose – to expand His Kingdom on earth.   Each moment making us getting down to the bottom of our faith is actually a blessing, because it is specially and specifically designed and prepared for us to be trained and fully equipped for His Purpose on earth. (Hebrews 13:21)  Praise the Lord, who calls us as a partaker for this Kingdom and heirs of His Eternal Kingdom.   Thus, rejoice always (Philippians 4:4) and pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), which is the will of God in Christ Jesus.

Let’s stand firm on the rock of faith of Jesus, and fixing our eyes on Jesus to walk the walk that God has assigned to us with joy and praise in order to be the light toward those who do not know the Truth and Gospel.    And let's pray continually to expand His Kingdom on earth.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthian 13:7)

We, Christians, often criticized by non-Christians that we are hypocrites.   Of course, we, believers, are not hypocrites, and nobody want to be seen as a hypocrite.   However, it is true that we are closely watched by non-Christians, and they tell us what they see because we do not do what we say.
We, who are preaching love, often voice up justice in the name of truth, while being judgmental.  In many situations, the truth is actually derived from our perception and our understanding, which is far limited and minuscule compared to that of God.   We, who are mere mortal on earth, are easily deceived by ourselves, as if we know the truth, even though the truth belongs to God.    Job was one of the very few righteous individuals recorded in Bible.    Even Job was not able to grasp the depth, width, and height of the truth of God.   Yes, Job’s friends were even worse, but Joe had to confess his sins and foolishness before God (Job 42).

A closest thing on earth that makes us see a“real” truth is our ability to look back our lives.  How many times have we realized that our numerous mistakes (originated by our misunderstanding of God’s Will and His truth), and our sins (deviated from God’s Will) were put together like clockwork to fulfill His Will? 

Each of our lives is a gigantic jigsaw puzzle.  It is visible only when we look back.  What a blessing!  Without this blessing, we would have already fallen away from the grace of God.  In each and every moment, we are more like to be stubborn and even stupider than a donkey.   Balaam’s donkey saw an angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand (Numbers 22:22-34), but Balaam beat his donkey to move the donkey forward toward the angel with a drawn sword. 
However, love is different.   It does not have to test by time, nor we have to look back to see how effective it was.   It always works in every and each moment.  Although our logic fails, and our mind cannot comprehend, love heals, connects and builds up by bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things.   

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)

Finally, the time came.  One of Jesus’ disciples betrayed Him.  Even so, Jesus talk about love, especially love for one another, rather than calling a meeting to analyze the situation, and construct a plan to do justice.   Then He silently took the cross, and demonstrated His love by accepting the humiliation, the agony, and even the death of the cross.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Love is so powerful.   It covers over a multitude of sins when we love each other deeply.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment ... (1 John 4:16, 17)

Let’s pray together so that we love each other deeply, and the God of love dwells in us to make us complete among believers as well as among non-believers.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

You are the light of the world.

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Mathew 5:14-16)

You, who are faithful, are the light of the world.    Like a town built on a hill, which cannot be hidden, those are truly faithful in God will be seen by the world.    Nobody put a lamp under a bowl.    God also does not put the faithful under a bowl because it is not His Will and Purpose.   However, sometime we experience that we are under a bowl where a darkness prevails with trails and hardships.  The darkness seems staying with us long.  In reality, He makes it as short as possible.  Throughout the process, we are cleaned and purified.   As many of us have already realized when we look back, during this difficult time, He pays the highest level of care and love on us.   He carefully and constantly adjusts the knob of our trails and tailors the hardship from behind the scene.   His goal is to make us fully ready for truly shining the light for Him.   As the above scripture says, People see our good deeds, and glorifies the Father in heaven, which is the purpose of Our God.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!   (Philippians 2:5-8)

Jesus was the very example of the light.   Jesus, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God.   Rather He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, and humbled himself by becoming obedient to death on the cross for our sins and transgressions, because He loved us so much as to give Himself as sacrifice.   Before the cross, He foresaw a beautiful scene of the Heaven, where with Him we would sing praise forever in our Father’s house.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.   (Philippians 2:9-11)

Therefore God, the Father, exalted Him, and made every knee bow at the name of Jesus, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.   Every tongue shall acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, and glorify the name of God, the Father.    This is the eventual scene that we will see when we return to our eternal home, the Heaven.    We, His children, will inherit these riches and glory together with those who are in Heaven ahead of us.   Praise God, the Father,  Jesus, the Son, and Holy Spirit!    His Mercy and Love endures forever!

Everyday, we are carrying our own small cross that God allows to have, and following the foot steps of Jesus Christ – humbling ourselves, being patient in trials and hardships with faith, and fixing eyes on Jesus on cross, the perfecter and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1,2).    Surely, we do trust and believe in God in every moment with confidence because Jesus, His Only Begotten Son, had experienced all our toils and hardships on earth, and even the death on the cross.   Our crosses are really minuscule, but together with the cross of Jesus Christ, they will shine like a lamp on its stand.  Let’s keep the faith in Him, and believe His infinite goodness in every situation because you are His light.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  (Matthew 13:44)
The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which is his full of riches, glories, and loves of God.  It is truly worth to sell all that we have and buy the field.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
When we return to the kingdom of heaven, our eternal home, we will see our King, who is full of mercy and love.   He will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, because old things have passed away.  

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (Revelation 22:3-4)
No longer, any curse will be effective to us because we will be in His bosom.  We will look up  the face of God and the Lamb on the throne, which nobody has even seen on earth.   He has been waiting for us long time, but there is no more waiting because we are in His Bosom.  His Face clearly reveals to us His love and patience since the creation and our fall.    With His Loving power, He renews us, and we will also bear the name of Our Father on our foreheads, which is Grace, Mercy and Love.

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)
Yes, no darkness will be ever.  The will always be the light of the Lord God.   We will enjoy His Kingship, which will stay forever.    Not just us, we will be also  surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, who are there before us by keeping the faith.    Forever will there be praise and thanksgiving in our month with the great cloud of witnesses for Our Lord God.   Glory, Honor and Praise to Our King, and One and Only God!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Therefore, let us continue laying aside every weight in our heart, and the sin that clings so closely to us in our everyday lives.  Then fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who has walked the walk of the faith on the cross with love and patience, while looking at the joy that He will be with us in Heaven forever.   Praise the Lord, who endured the pain and shame for us, and conquered  the power of the sin and death.   His name will be glorified forever and ever, Amen!