Sunday, January 31, 2016

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.  (2 Kings 6:15)
Elisha’s attendant got up early in the morning.   When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots to capture Elisha.   Although the king of Syria made multiple attempts to invade Israel, Israel was always one step ahead of him and his army, and he failed for all the attempts.  The Syrian king thought that there was a traitor, but he realized that it was Elisha who warned the king of Israel ahead of his troop movement, because God was with Elisha.  One day, the Syrian king was told that Elisha was in Dothan.   He set out, and surrounded the city.   The Elisha’s attendant found the city was completely surrounded by the Syrian army.   As all rational human beings would do, he shouted to Elisha “Oh, no, my master! what will we do?”
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  (Mathew 8:23-25)
Jesus’ disciples followed Jesus, and saw many miracles performed by Jesus.  In Matthew 8, Jesus cleansed a Leper by touching him, who was asking “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Mat 8:3)   Jesus also healed the Centurion’s Servant.  Even He did not go where the servant lying paralyze in terrible anguish, and healed the servant by just telling “Go, just as you believed, it will be done for you.” (Mat 8:13)  They saw these miracles, and those faithful people: the leaper with a real humble and contrite heart and the centurion with the faith that even Jesus was amazed and said “I tell you the truth, I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel” (Mat 10:8 )  The Centurion confessed “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Mat 8:8-9)   Then the disciples followed Jesus as usually they did, and got on a boat to cross the lake.   
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, and the waves swept over the boat.   They made every effort to overcome the storm using all of their skills and knowledge gained through their years of experience as fishermen.   However, the storm was more than they could handle.   The waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped (Mark 4:37, and Jesus was sleeping in the stern.   The disciple, who exhausted all that they have, went up to Jesus and woke Him, and saying “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown.”
Are the above stories familiar?    Sometimes, we find ourselves surrounded by enemies who want to harm us, or we are still in a devastating situation even though we have done everything that we can do.   Then what can we should do?  
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  (2 King 6:16-17)
The attendant came to Elisha,  and Elisha first responded to him “Don’t be afraid.”  Then he prayed to God, which made the attendant’s eyes open.  He was able to see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around!   How majestic scene it was.   God’s Army outnumbered and completely surrounded the Syrian army. 
He [Jesus] replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. (Matthews 8:26)
To the terrified disciples, Jesus responded “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”   The disciples followed Jesus, and saw many miracles performed by Jesus, but they were still of little faith.  After trying all that they could do, they realized that all that they had (skills, years of experience, and knowledge) were useless before the storm.  They became desperate.   Then they realized that one hope that they had was Jesus.   They might have recall the miracles performed by Jesus before getting on the boat.   Without knowing what would really happen, they blindly came to Jesus and asked His help.  Upon hearing their plea, he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves.   The stormy sea immediately obeyed, and it became completely calm.     Jesus heard their plea, not because of their great faith, but he saw their helplessness because they had already done everything that they could do to get out of the storm.    Jesus, with full of mercy, heard their plea, and answered in a way that they could have never imagine or expect.    The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Mat 8:27).    They could not believe what was happening before their eyes, and they started to see who the Jesus really was.   After all, the storm was a really blessing that specifically provided by God for the disciples.   Through the storm, the disciples were made humble by seeing how much powerless they were.  However, when they cried out to Jesus with humility, they experience the mighty the power of Jesus.  Out of the interaction with Jesus, they could understand Jesus more deeply.  
Give thanks to God!   It really does not take a lot of faith to experience Jesus and His healing and comforting power.  Jesus loves our humble and contrite heart.  In fact, Jesus is always waiting for us with loving and open arms.  However, our eyes tend to get blind by what we have and what we see because these fool us by making us believing them rather than Jesus.  Unfortunately, only when we meet a storm of life, we see our pitiful pride, and finally we become humble,    How stupid we are!    On the other hand, our Lord, Jesus, eagerly waits for us be broken and humble.   Only when we are broken and helpless, Jesus can get into our lives, and rescue us from our storm of life.  Thus, when we get into a storm of life, don’t avoid it or pretend that it does not exist, but immediately think about the Jesus who calm the storm with one word upon the plea of His disciples.   Come to Jesus, and experience the power and peace of Jesus, which nobody on earth can give.   Be authentic and honest to Jesus, and tell about everything in our heart, and details about the problems that we confront like as we talk to our close friend.  He will carefully listen to our prayer word by word.   Then He will stand up and calm down the storm in our life.   He will also pour Holy Spirit in our heart, and give true peace, which nobody can grasp in any humanly means on earth.  This is the secret that  Jesus has promised to us.   
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Mathew 11:28-30)

Praise the Lord, who are full of mercy and love!    Sing to the Lord, who answers our prayer of little faith!    Give the praise to the Lord, who is one and only one merciful God.   We will found true peace in Him even in the middle of a storm in life.   Let’s pray before God to increase our faith.  In Him, we will be secure and even grow deeper into Him rather than being tossed by winds and waves in mist of a storm of life.     This is the mystery and blessing of a storm of life.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

“Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Good morning!

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

Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. (Genesis 15:13)

 Abram (later called Abraham) left his country, his people and his father’s household to the land that God would show him with a faith on the promise given by God to him (Genesis 12:2-3).   He would be blessed and made into a great nation.  With the great faith, we followed God, and made a great journey without knowing where he would go.   However, God was always with Him.  He was made be strong and prosper, and his family and his wealth were increased as promised by God.   One day, God came to him, and told the above.   His offspring would be sojourners in a land that was not theirs, and be afflicted for four hundred years!   Not a couple of years, nor several decades, but four hundred years, which is a really long time.  As God told, his descendants had to go down to Egypt, which was not their land, and lived there while being afflicted for four hundred years.   When the time came, God sent Moses who led them out of Egypt.  They were taken to the promised land, which was the very land promised to Abraham by God.   The journey to the promised land was not short.   For forty years, they walked on the dry land, and overcome many difficulties and dangers.  When they arrived at Mount Nebo, And the Lord said to him [Moses], “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”   (Deuteronomy 34:4)

Moses saw the promised land, and was in full of joy.   He gathered the twelve tribes and blessed each one of them.  He died at his long age of 120 with a joy and hope, and Joshua succeeded him.   Israelites finally were able to walk in the land as promised to Abraham more than four hundred years ago.    

and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. (Luke 2:37)

Anna the Prophetess’ husband was died only seven years after they married.  Anna became a young widow.  Being a widow, two thousand years ago in Israel, was not easy.   Rather than being living in the pain and suffering of losing her husband in her young age, she
came to God, and dedicated her life to God.  She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.   God gave her a promise that she would see Jesus.   She saw young Jesus (only eight days old), who came to the temple for the purification rites required by the Law.  As promised, she was able to see the Savior in flesh.   Her heart was truly rejoicing, and she gave thanks to God.   The long years of her prayer was answered.   Anna and together with the people at the temple praised the Lord for God’s redemption coming through Jesus.  

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  (Acts 1:4-5)

Although Jesus revealed to his disciples multiple times what would happen: he would be killed on the cross for the sin of the world, and on the third day be raised.   His disciples could not understand at all.   Jesus also added what they should do: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)   Of course, the disciples could not grasp what was told by Jesus.  When Jesus actually took the cross, they fled and hid.  Peter, who used to say “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!”, actually cursed Jesus before a servant girl.  After resurrected, Jesus came to His disciples.  He touched their hearts, and gave love so that they have peace with Him.   Then He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Holy Spirit, the promise of the God.    They together waited although it was not safe to remain as followers of Jesus Christ at that time.

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there cam from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  (Acts 2:3-4)

They all together received the Holy Spirit as promised, and they were full of Holy Spirit.   Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and gave a great sermon about Jesus.  Those who heard this, they were cut to the heart, and repent and received the gift of Holy Spirit.  Those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls (Acts 1:41) on the day.  Great and glorious power of the God through Holy Spirit!    

"Men of Galilee," they said. "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)

Angels came to the disciples who continued looking in the sky after Jesus was ascending into heaven.   The angels explained that Jesus would come back in the same way you had seen him go into heaven.  A new promise was given to the disciples about Jesus who would come again.    The same promise is given to us, and we are eagerly waiting for this promise, which cannot be compared with anything on earth due to the glory.   We will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality (1 Corinthians 15:54).   Therefore, the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  (Hebrews 10:23-25)

Yes, the Day will surely come.  Let’s continue stirring up each other with love of Jesus Christ.   Together have the same hope in faith, and follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ, and carry our own cross as well as crosses of our brothers and sisters with prayers, supplications and thanksgiving.   The Day will come like a thief without warning. 

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  (Revelation 22:20)

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!

Good morning!

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

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”  And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”  (Genesis 2:9-10)

Adam and Eve heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden, and they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.   They sinned against God, and their relationship was no longer same as before.  They talked with God as if they talk to their friends, and enjoyed an intimate relationship with God.  However, the intimate relationship was shattered because they deviated from what was told by God.   Now, they had to hide from the face of God.    Even so, God came to them, and asked “Where are you?”  Of course, God knew exactly where they were and what they did, but God approached them gently with patience, while providing a chance to confess their sin.    Rather than admitting and confessing their sin, Adam blamed at Eve and God, and Eve blamed at the serpent.  (This should sound very familiar to all of us).   The peaceful and intimate relationship were turned into blaming, accusing and defensive arguments.   (If you were a parent of two children who are blaming at each other while indirectly that you are the source of all the problems, what you would do?)   Our God, who was full of mercy and love, had to tell the consequences of their sins so that they could learn.  He also gave His loving protection to them so that they could endure and survive from the hard consequences that they would get.   God was always in peace, and wanted to have a peaceful relationship even after they sinned, but Adam and Eve were defensive about their sin.  They lost a real opportunity to restore the relationship.  They could have confessed their sin to God and asked His forgiveness.  (Again, this should be very familiar to all of us.) 

leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  (Matthew 5:24)

On earth, it is inevitable to get into a conflict with another person or a group of people.    If not all, most of conflicts between people are caused by a mere small misunderstanding or small misunderstandings.   Rather than a content, how was spoken often carries more weight and drives our reactions.   We often impose our thoughts on others while judging based on what we see and has been told about them, which are equally superficial in its nature because nobody can read one’s heart, mind and thoughts.   Unfortunately, those misunderstandings usually lead to a conflict rather than improving a relationship with the others   Jesus told to his disciples: “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you. leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)    Before presenting offering to God, God wants to examine us whether others have something against us due to our own wrong doing or a sin against others.  Then Jesus wants to have peace first before approaching to God.  We know our own hearts.  We have to examine our own hearts first, and ask forgiveness to the others.   He wants peace among people through reconciliation among us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (Philippians 4:6)

How often are we anxious about anything?     Once a day or even multiple times a day?    Anxiety, if we think deeply, is essentially induced by our own selves based on our own fear:   we might lose what we like to hold on tight long time, or we might encounter a bad thing that we don’t want even to think about.     However, when we feel everything is under our control, we  are overly confident about our lives.  We all know nobody knows the future.  Knowing and control the future is completely outside of our human domain.    Even so, somehow we feel confident about what will happen, or we are nervous and anxious about what might happen.   It is a manifestation of our fear of uncertainty, which might give harms to us.   We generally want to maintain our status or to achieve betterment without being trapped in any surprises.    However, we all know our future is up to God.  Especially, we have our eternal assurance through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.  He already won the victory, and we will share the victory with Him.    Nobody knows about tomorrow, but one thing is sure.  God loves us no matter what happens to us and around us.   This is the assurance.   The love was clearly demonstrated and proved on the cross.   Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrew 4:14)   In every situation, we will present our requests to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

Do we have a true peace with God?   How about with other fellow Christians and even non-Christians?    How about with ourselves?   Are we in peace, not being anxious about what we see and touch on earth?    Let’s bow down before God and ask His mercy, grace and peace so that we can have a true peace with Him and our neighbors around us.   Continue confessing our double-mindedness that we still hold tight what we have, see and touch on earth, while believing God and His love and power.   Cast out all of our sins and fears to God, and be free from our earthly attachments, anxieties and fears.   Praise God, who is always merciful and gracious to us!   Sing praise to God, who has prepared our destiny and paths along the way!   Let’s approach to Him with confidence.   Praise Him.  His mercy and grace will endure forever.  

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:21-22)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Owe no one anything, except to love each other

Good morning!

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

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  (Romans 13:8)

Love is the greatest thing on earth as well as in heaven.   Before taking the cross, Jesus told Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)    Then He demonstrated His love by taking all sins of His disciples (and us), bled and died on cross.   Yes, He loved His disciples to the end.   He also comforted His disciples by telling “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)”    Then He asked His disciples continued to be attached to Him because I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.“  (John 15:5)   He even told to His disciples that He prepared “.. the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.“ (John 14:25)   He did everything for His disciples before the cross.

Even so, all of the disciples failed.  They fled when they saw Jesus was arrested.   When He was falsely accused and tortured, they hid themselves making distance from Jesus.   Peter, the disciple, who used to say “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!”  (Matthew 26:35),  denied Him three times.   After resurrection,  Jesus came to Peter, who was suffering from the guilt of denying Jesus.  Peter already abandoned his discipleship, and went back for fishing as he used to do before meeting Jesus.  When Jesus saw Peter again, He asked Peter “Do you love me?”  He repeated this question three times.   Jesus did not question about anything related to Peter’s betrayal.  Jesus cleared the guilt, and healed the deep wound in Peter’s heart with this question of love.  By questioning, Jesus restored Peter.   Peter was not worthy, but Jesus transformed Peter as a truly faithful disciple of His.   After being touched by this tender caring love, Peter, who owed the unfathomable love of Jesus, shared the same love of Jesus by touching many many souls.   God were with Peter, he could make thousands confess their sins and turned to the lords.  This is the power of the Love.

The love of Jesus Christ is simply beyond the realm of human.   Today I’d like to share a transcending love of one pastor, Rev. Sohn Yang Won.   During the 1948 Yeo-soon Rebellion, two of Rev. Sohn’s sons were murdered by those who sided with the communist North Korea.   The two brothers  refused to renounce their faith.  Rather, they boldly proclaim their faith to them, and they were shot to death.   Soon, the area was restored by the Southern troops and police, and those who murdered two brothers were captured.    Rev. Sohn visited the murders in prison, and pleaded for forgiveness on them.   At the funeral of his two sons, Rev. Sohn gave a sermon of thanksgiving in the love of Jesus.  In his sermon, he talked about “9 things to tank for”:
  1. My God, I thank You, for having allowed martyrs to be born in the family of sinners such as mine.
  2. My Lord, I thank You for having entrusted me, out of countless believers, with such precious treasures.
  3. Among my three sons and three daughters, I thank You for my blessings through which I could offer You my two most beautiful children, my oldest and second oldest sons.
  4. I thank You for the martyrdom for two of my children, when the martyrdom of one child in itself is much more precious than I could bear.
  5. I thank You for the martyrdom of my sons who were shot to death while they were preaching the gospel, when dying peacefully on his deathbed in itself is a tremendous blessing for a believer.
  6. I thank You for my heart is at peace as my sons, who had been preparing to go and study in America, are now in a place that is much better than America.
  7. God, I thank You for giving me a heart of love for repentance of the enemy who murdered my sons and compelling me to adopt him as my own son.
  8. My Father God, I thank you for there will now be countless more sons of heaven through the fruit of the martyrdom of my sons.
  9. I thank and thank Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given me these eight truths in times of such adversity, the joyful heart seeking faith and love, and the faith that provides me with composure.
On the day of the funeral, the place was full of tears while hearing Rev. Sohn’s thanksgiving before the indescribable hardship and pain of losing two sons.    Then Rev. Sohn adopted one of his sons’ murders as his own son instead of the sons whom he lost on earth.   Rev. Sohn’s love made the murderer converted, and the murderer became a Christian.   Then the adopted son dedicated the rest of his life to the Lord, and even his son became a pastor.   Later, the adopted son led Rev. Sohn’s funeral.   He lived a life of one who owed the love of Jesus Christ through Rev. Sohn.

We owe love of Jesus Christ.   Without His love, we could have been completely lost.   We also owe love of our sisters and brothers in Christ around us.   We owe loving prayers,  fellowship with, and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.   Through love, together we have been and will continue overcoming anything on earth.  Together we will be more than conquerors through Him who loves us. (Romans 8:37)

Let’s continue praying before God so that our love to God and to our sisters and brothers be increased.  By loving each other, we will be light of the world in the love of Jesus and brotherly/sisterly love in Christ.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:34-35)

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Live a life worthy of the Lord, and please him in every way

Good morning!

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

so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way:  ... (Colossians 1:10-12)

I was searching for a verse for 2016 for about an week.  Yesterday, I came across the above verses.  This verse loud and clearly told that what I should do as a believer --   live a life worthy of the Lord  and  please him in every way.    The verse convicted me too, which immediately led to a question to myself:  Did I really live a life worthy of the Lord in 2015?   A shame fell on me.  Soon, I was able to hear a voice, which comforted me.  That was a voice of my Lord, who loved me unconditionally.    I humbly bowed down before Him, and received His renewing grace and peace.   Praise the Lord!  His mercy endures forever!

I read continue the Bible, which continue describing how to live a life worthy of the Lord, which pleases Him.

... bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.   (Colossians 1:10-12)

I was able to see four things:  
1. bearing fruit in every good work,
2. growing in the knowledge of God,
3. being strengthened with all power, and
4. giving joyful thanks to the Father.

The first one is to bear fruit.   What are the fruit?  Of course, we all know Galatians 5:22-23, which descries the fruit of the Spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.    Do we have this fruit in our life?    Nobody can say “yes” because it is impossible as a human being to bear the fruit listed above.   However, the Bible clearly tells that “the fruit of the Spirit” not “the fruit of us or ourselves.”     Although we cannot bear such fruit, through the power of the Spirit, we can bear the fruit because the Spirit bears the fruit.   

How many times have we experienced?   As soon as we are occupied by our own selves, the fruit of the Spirit disappears.   In stead, the fruit of our own self (i.e. the flesh) springs out.   The Bible says “The acts of the flesh are obvious.”  Yes, it is obvious!  The Bible lists out the fruit of the flesh:  sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21)  This list is not new to us because we have been experiencing many times before.   Then how can we bear the fruit of the Spirit?   Jesus told a simple answer: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  (John 15:5)”   Yes, as long as we are attached to the vine, Jesus, as being the branches, we will bear the fruit of the Spirit, because we will be nurtured by Jesus and His tender and loving care.    Apart from Him, our flesh will surely bear the fruit of the flesh as listed in the Bible.
The next is grow in the knowledge of God.   Abiding in Jesus Christ means that we are getting all good things from Him.   As being attached to Jesus as the branches, we have an intimate relationship with Him, having communion with Him every moment and growing in Him.  This is a secret between Him and each of us.   This is a real joy to know about Him more and more, and having a deeper relationship with Him by truly experiencing Jesus and His Love.    This joy is a true secret, which cannot be described by any humanly languages.  We are experiencing the joy of Heaven on earth.    Apostle Paul was not able to describe in a human language, but simply said: And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—  and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. (2 Corinthian 12:3-4)   Yes, the joy and knowledge is hidden and secret, but to those who love God, all of this mystery and truth are made plain (Ephesians 3:9)  

Then, we will be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that we may have great endurance and patience.   2015 was short, especially we look back, but there were ups and downs.    2016 will not be different.  There will be up and down.    We might encounter a storm of life again.  What really matters is how to confront a storm.   An eminent and strong urge from our own heart and thought should be subdued.  Instead, before a storm, we absolutely surrender to God.  Then we receive Him who will surely steer us out of the storm.  In Him, we will be secure.  Most of all, we know more about Him, and His loving hand.    This is the victory, and we will turn out to be more than conquerors in Him, through Him and by Him, because He loves us more than anything else created by Him.   Yes, we will experience Him more and grow deeper relationship with Him, having knowledge of secret allowed for us to have because He loves us.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

Surely, in 2016, we will be more than conquerors through Him who loves us regardless our circumstances (up or down).    Our heart will sing praise to Him, and give thanks to the Father, our God.   Yes, not just thanks, but truly joyful thanks.    Why joyful thanks?  God has qualified us to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light, i.e., the Heaven.   Yes, we are not worthy to inherit His Kingdom with our forefathers in faith, but God has qualified us through the blood of Jesus Christ so that we can inherit His kingdom with those who are already in Heaven by keeping the faith in Jesus Christ to the end.   As long as abiding in Him, we will grow, be strengthened, and bear lots of the fruit of the Spirit on earth.   His name will continue being praised and glorified.    Praise Him, whose love is greater and stronger than anything else!   Praise His Name, whose grace is unfathomable!   Praise God, whose mercy is enduring forever!   We are His people, and we give our highest praise and joyful thanks to Him from now and forever. 

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Let’s continue praying for His grace, mercy and love to increase our faith, and live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.   Our loving Father, who are full of mercy and grace, will be our guide, and we will be more than conquerors with those who are faithful.    Praise, honor, and glory to Our Father, One and Only One God!   Amen!

God’s blessings on you in 2016, and Happy New Year!

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