Sunday, February 24, 2019

Come To Jesus, Who Is Full of Mercy And Compassion.

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

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

 Jesus was compassionate and full of mercy toward the large crowd following Him.   They also carefully listened to Jesus’ teaching, which was so delicious to their ears.  It was getting late, but they did not leave Jesus.   They had not eaten for long time.   Jesus, then, called His disciples and told to feed the large crowd.   His disciples did not know what to do.  In the middle of nowhere, feeding more than 10,000 people (5,000 men only) was impossible, and the disciples also did not have money to buy enough food to feed them.   Unexpectedly, one boy approached the disciples, and offered up his own food: five small loaves of bread and two fish.  Andres, one of the Jesus’ disciples received the food, and told Jesus, “what good is this small boy’s food with this huge crowd?”   Jesus gracefully took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, blessed them, and fed the entire crowd.    The leftover alone was twelve basketfuls, which was far bigger than the boy’s food originally offered.   Before Jesus, nothing was small, and Jesus saw a humble and sharing heart of the boy.  Jesus was really pleased of the boy’s sacrificial offering of giving up his own food, and He multiplied for the large crowd to fully satisfied. 

Immediately after feeding the large crowd with His miracle, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.   The people were fully satisfied by the food miraculously provided by Jesus.  And most of all, their hearts were truly comforted by Jesus’ message and teaching.   His teaching was not like other teachers at the time. It had an authority and full of love.   All of them were touched by God’s love and peace softly flowing from the mouth of Jesus.   They were fully immersed in the love of Jesus and God’s peace while hearing Jesus.  Their steps returning home were light and joyful.  They experienced Heaven that day.   Jesus was a truly good shepherd to the thirty sheep flocked around Jesus.

After feeding the large crowd both spiritually and physically, Jesus went up into the hills alone to pray.  By that time, Jesus’ disciples went out the sea of Galilee.    Jesus started praying.   He continued praying.   Stars came out, but He was praying.    it was getting darker, and night fell.   Jesus was there praying alone, while enjoying the beautiful relationship the Father God.   Jesus talked to the God about His disciples, the crowd, those who were healed, and those who soon would be ministered by Him.  Especially, Jesus talked to Father God about His main ministry on earth -- completing the salvation plan of God by being crucified on cross to forgive sins for all.   This is one wonderful example of Jesus, who prayed alone in a quiet place to God for others with His unconditional love.    How many times have we prayed for others with the love of Jesus in a quiet place to God with all our hearts and minds?  

Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves   Didn’t Jesus know His disciples in trouble?  No, not at all.   Jesus exactly knew what’s going on with His disciples.    Jesus got up, and went down to the hill for His disciples.

About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. The strong wind made His disciples difficult to steer the boat.  The boat was tossed around by the storm.  Yes, they fought against the strong wind.  They did everything that they could do.  Nothing worked.   Even the water was getting into the boat.   The ship was slowly sinking.   Many of the disciples were the extremely experienced fishermen who were grown up in the region of the sea of Galilee.   They were experts who knew how to deal with storms, because they had been in storms many times.    For them, storms in the sea of Galilee were a part of their lives, but that night was different.   They did everything to get out of the storm, but they couldn’t.    The strong wind and waves hit the boat hard.   They were purely under mercy of the storm.     It was a fearful night.  Such fear had never occurred in their hearts before because they were experienced fishermen.  They truly struggled in the middle of the stormy water.   Those who were not fishermen were more fearful as they saw the big waves approaching toward their boat.  They hold tight the boat with all the strength that they had.   Some gave up their hopes.   Their fearful hearts were tossed around like the boat in the storm.   A great fear fell on everyone in the boat including the experienced fishermen.

Jesus who was full of mercy knew their hearts, and waked up toward the boat.   Suddenly, they saw something on the water, which was approaching toward them.   Unlike the stormy water, it was calmly moving toward to them in the storm.   It was a very strange scene.   Thus, all of the disciples were carefully looking out.   As Jesus was getting closer, they were able to see the shape, which looked like a man walking toward them.  They knew nobody could walk calmly on the stormy water.   Then one of the disciples in fear cried out, “It’s a ghost!”       

Immediately, Jesus calmly spoke to them at once. 

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”   (Matthew 14:27b)

Then they quickly realized that it was not a ghost, but Jesus, who waked on the stormy water.    It made the troubled disciples calmed down, and they were relieved from the fear.  They fought through the night, and they found their master and teacher, Jesus Christ, in the middle of the storm.  What a comfort it was!

Peter, one of the twelve disciples, saw Jesus, who was always in action first.  

Peter called to Him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”  (Matthew 12:28) 

Peter did not exactly know what he was talking, but his heart wanted like Jesus, who was calm in the storm, and walking on the stormy water.   Without thinking, he boldly asked Jesus for him to walk on the water also like Jesus.   Jesus, who was always full of compassion, did not rejected, and granted Peter’s request.  

 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.  (Matthew 12:29)

As soon as Peter heard Jesus’ answer, he immediately jumped off from the boat.   His feet hit the water first.   It felt like a solid ground.  His feet were not sinking.  Then he stood up on the water.   Peter himself was greatly surprised too.   He stood on the stormy water.   The rest of the disciples were eye witnessing the miracle --- Peter who was calmly standing on the stormy water.  All of them dropped jaw, and they could not close their mouths.   Then Peter started walking.   Peter’s eyes were fixated on Jesus.   Yes, he was walking on the stormy water like Jesus as if he was walking on a solid ground.   Initially, Peter himself could not believe what he was doing, but soon he realized that he was actually walking on the water.   A joy filled Peter’s heart, which displaced the dreadful fear of the storm, which he had been continuously fighting since he was separated from Jesus, who went up to the hill for prayer.  

Peter was walking toward Jesus on the stormy water calmly like Jesus.  What he could see was only Jesus, who dearly loved Peter.   Suddenly, there was a big wave approaching to Peter.   Peter did not notice, but looked at the big wave approaching.  He was terrified.   His eyes were off from Jesus.   Immediately, Peter found himself sinking into the stormy water.  

“Save me, Lord!” he shouted.  (Matthew 14:30b)

Peter was sinking rapidly.  Peter was quickly submerged into the deep water.   The rest of the disciples were also terrified as Peter was sinking and struggling. 

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”   (Matthew 14:31)

Jesus stretched His hand and grabbed Peter sinking into the deep water.   Jesus pulled out Peter.  Then Jesus lovingly told Peter not to doubt.  

Peter had no reason to look at the wave approaching, which was yet another big wave in Jesus.   However, Peter saw it, and his heart was quickly filled up with fear because the wave was much bigger than Peter himself.   Fixing our eyes on Jesus is not easy.   The world continues pounding on us with worldly worries and concerns, which are bigger than us.   Logically speaking, these huge waves certainly drown us.   However, it will not happen as long as we are with Jesus because Jesus is bigger than anything on earth -- troubles, worries, sorrows, pains and disasters on earth.    We need to continue praying to God, and ask to increase our faith to fix our eyes on Jesus always without being fearful on the huge wave approaching quickly toward us.

When they [Jesus and Peter] climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.  (Matthew 14:32)

The big storm immediately stopped as soon as Jesus got into the boat.   Before Jesus who was the master of the universe, there was no more storm.   The entire sea of Galilee became calm and peaceful like a glassy sea.   The struggle throughout the night in the stormy water suddenly was no more.  Jesus calmed the storm, and His peace of Heaven came on the disciples.

Even at this moment, some of us are in a life storm of broken relationship, joblessness, painful financial and debt problems, severe sickness and health problems, and being under spiritual attacks.  Today Jesus tells us, “Fix on eyes on me, not the storm, and walk toward me.”     Jesus, who is the master of the universe, surely pour out His comfort and peace mercifully and abundantly on us.    Yes, Jesus knows exactly what we are going through as Jesus did know what His disciples were going through in the storm far off from the land and deep in the sea of Galilee.  Even in this moment, Jesus, with His open arms, is waiting for us.   Just fix our eyes on Jesus Christ instead of the worries, concerns and problems of this world. 

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.  (John 14:27)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Don't Give Up, You Will Reap a Harvest of Blessing!

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

But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:4)

Jesus’ disciples just returned from going around villages and told Jesus all they had done -- preaching and healing the sick. Jesus was truly pleased with His disciples who reported what God did through them.   Jesus especially rejoiced because they experienced God and His power by eye-witnessing the work of God through their own eyes and by touching with their hands.  

Jesus and His disciples were also told about the news that John the Baptist had been executed by Herod Antipas.  The chilling news about John the Baptist immediately cooled down the joy of reporting God’s works done through them.  The mood was suddenly completely changed, and they became silent.  Nobody was talking anything, but watching each other’s eyes.   

Through the day, they also had not eaten because of the huge number of people around them, who came to see Jesus and wanted to be touched by Jesus.   They didn’t have time to rest either.   Jesus knew their burden in hearts from the chilling news and their physical needs of resting.  Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile,” out of love and compassion. 

So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone and taking rest.   However, many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them, because they saw the signs Jesus had performed by healing the sick. The crowd badly wanted Jesus because they were really needy.   Some of them physically sick, but most of them were poor in spirit, hungry for justice, and thirty for righteousness because there were harassed under the occupation of the Romans.
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  So he began teaching them many things to satisfy their spiritual needs and hunger for justice and righteousness.   While hearing Jesus, they felt the peace and comfort from heaven even though there were still on earth.   Their minds were brightened and their hearts were filled with God’s mercy and grace.  Their pains and hardships were no more in their hearts.  Jesus was their true shepherd.   Jesus continued, and they were there to hear Jesus.   It was getting late, and His disciples were with Him.  Late in the afternoon his disciples could not endure any more, and they came to him and said,

 “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late.  Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” (Mark 6:36b)

Jesus, who was interrupted by His own disciples, became silent for a while.  Then Jesus said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  It was quite an unexpected response from Jesus.  According to the Book of John, Jesus tested Philip:

He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.  (John 6:6)

Philip, who was quite good on earthly matters, quickly did the math in his mind, and swiftly answered,

 “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” (John 6:7b)

Philp was absolutely right.   It would be very costly to feed the entire crowd.   There was 5,000 men.   Together with their wives and children, the total number easily reached to 10,000 to 15,000 people.  Philip tried to solve the challenge with an earthly wisdom.  Yes, feeding that many people in the middle of nowhere was very difficult to achieve.  In fact, it was essentially impossible at the time and place.  First of all, Jesus’ disciples had some fund, but it was not enough to cover the expense.   Jesus had never asked His disciples to actively raise a fund for His ministry.  Rather He always gave out His blessings and the Good News of the kingdom of heaven to comfort people coming to Him.   Even Jesus instructed to His disciples before sending them away, not to carry extra tunics or sandals because those who worked for God deserved to be fed.   Thus, there was essentially no money at all to buy food for the huge crowd.  It was the first big concern of Philip.   Second, it was also unthinkable to send ten to fifteen thousand people to nearby towns to purchase food at once.   Even nowadays, it is not reasonable to expect that ten to fifteen thousand people suddenly come to one town while expecting all of them getting fed at once.  Philip was so smart.  He could think through all these factors, and he answered. 

Again Jesus was quite, while looking at Philip and the rest of the disciples.    Philp and the rest of the disciples did not know what to do because Jesus just looked at them silently.   Soon, it became clear that Jesus was waiting for something.  It was an awkward moment for the disciples because they knew they couldn’t do anything.   Nothing.   They had no money to buy enough food to feed the crowd.  Of course, even if they had had enough money, no town would be able to serve that large crowd with enough food.  

Suddenly, one boy came to Andrew, one of the twelve disciples, Simon Peter’s brother.   The boy presented five barley loaves and two small fish to Andrew, which was prepared by the boy’s mother for the boy in the morning.   The small boy needed his own food for himself, but with a heart of sharing, he was willing to share with his food with others.   Both the boy and Andrew knew the food presented by the small boy was literally nothing for the huge crowd.   Even so, Andrew presented the small amount of food to Jesus, which was offered by the small boy.

 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”  (John 6:9)

Once seeing the boy’s food offered, Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”  The disciples could not understand why Jesus responded like that.   Although it was very puzzling, the disciples simply obeyed.   Obedience is one important key to open God’s miraculous supernatural power and His blessings on earth.  

There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred. Again, five thousand men were there.  

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, which was so little compared with the needs of the large crowd, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.  They all ate as much as they wanted.  

Jesus did a miracle to fill the people’s hunger around Him.  Jesus was compassionate, and he continued providing food to the people around Him until all of them were fully satisfied.   Jesus, as Son of God, was certainly able to create food out of nothing.  However, He did not.  Instead, Jesus used the boy’s small lunch – five barely loaves and five small fish.  Yes, it was so small, which was only enough to feed the small boy, but with the small food presented by the boy, Jesus fed the huge crowd (ten to fifteen thousand people).   Yes, Jesus literally multiplied the boy’s small lunch to the food for ten or fifteen thousand people!   Imagine what Jesus can do if we offer our small thing to Him.   Jesus can multiple our small offering to ten, hundred, thousand, and even ten thousand times for His kingdom on earth.    Nothing is too small to God, who sees through our hearts.  

Then Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”  So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.    The leftover alone was much bigger than the initial boy’s five barely loaves and five small fish.   This is how God’s math works.    One small thing offered with our humble heart can be as big as ten or fifteen thousand times for His kingdom.   Even the leftover alone is much greater than what we have initially offered to God.    God never makes anything that we offered to Him wasted.   He collects the remnants and also uses them for His Kingdom.    Yes, nothing is wasted in Him once we truly offered our small thing to God with our humble heart to God.   This is the blessing promised by God.

Often, we don’t know what to do because we confront with a problem that is too big for us to overcome.   How big is the problem?  we even could not figure out where to start and how to approach, because the problem is daunting and completely impossible.    Then this is the time for us to remember what the boy did.    Present what we have to God honestly and humbly like the boy, and watch what God does for us.    God uses what we offered to Him, no matter how small or miserable, for His Kingdom and blessings for us and people around us, which is our faith.  This is His graceful manifestation of His mercy, and love.   Give thanks to God, who loves our heart and humility, and uses whatever is offered to God, and multiples for His Kingdom.    Praise God, for His loving kindness to each of us and His merciful hand on each of our shoulders! 

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God.   Jesus’ ministry on earth was to preach and announce the Good News.   Jesus, full of mercy, patiently approached the people with His love.   When he traveled, He was not alone either.   He took his twelve disciples with him along with those who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases.    Those who followed could not leave Him.   They tasted His love of healing on both hearts, minds and bodies.  Jesus compassionately healed the sick when they asked His mercy.   Jesus saw their humble hearts.  Jesus not only healed them, but also comforted their souls hungry for peace and comforts.   Yes, Jesus was always the source of their peace, comfort and love for the people.    He was the one and only one truly good Shepard.   He had never rejected or abandoned them.  Instead, Jesus always opened His arm, and embraced those who approached to Him with humility and needy hearts.

Therefore, a very large crowd always gathered around Him.   They pushed around Jesus to see Him and to be touched by Him.   On that day, Jesus could no longer stand at the shore because of the crowd trying to be near Him.   Thus, He got into a boat.   The crowd soon saw Jesus in the boat, and they became quiet.   Jesus stood and slowly looked around the people from left to right until all of them were in Jesus’ eyes.   Them Jesus sat in the boat, and all the people remained on the shore.   All of them quietly looked at Jesus.    Then Jesus opened His mouth, and taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables for the Kingdom of heaven, such as this one:

 “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!  Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” (Matthew 13:4b-9)

Many people heard Jesus’ parable, but they could not understand the real meaning of the parable, although they were all familiar with faming.     In the parable, Jesus singled out four different types of seeds:
1.      seeds fell on a footpath,
2.      seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock,
3.      seeds fell among thorns, and
4.      seeds fell on fertile soil

Even His disciples had a difficult time to understand.   Thus, His disciples approached to Jesus and asked, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”   

Jesus looked at them quietly.   Them Jesus replied,

You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.  That is why I use these parables.   (Matthew 13:11-13)

Jesus pointed that the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven were hidden from those who were not His children, but only would be revealed to His children.  Yes, the knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven is not like the knowledge of the world, which is temporary and limited only to the matters on earth.   The knowledge of the Kingdom of heaven can fill up abundantly and satisfy the hearts of those who are suffering, mourning, thirsty for justice, because it gives the true knowledge of the Kingdom and salvation of the eternal life.   Thus, the knowledge of the Kingdom of heaven is only for His children, and is not relevant to those who belong to this world.   The people of the world cannot get the eternal life and salvation because they cannot understand the secrets.  On the other hand, the children of God understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, and inherits His kingdom.   This is the blessing to all of His children including us.  Praise God, who allows all His children to understand the hidden secrets and inherit the Kingdom of heaven!

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.   (Mathew 13:16-17)

Yes, all God’s children are truly blessed.    We, the children of God can hear the truth from the mouth of Jesus, which are even longed to see and hear by many prophets and righteous people.   We are neither greater than many prophets nor more righteous than the righteous people, but God blessed us according to his own good will.  This is the only reason why we and those people gathered around Jesus can hear the truth behind the parable, and understand the secrets of Kingdom of Heaven.   This blessing has not been changed at all throughout the history.     Hallelujah!   This thanks to God.   Our mouths are full of His praises and adorations!

Then Jesus started explaining the parables: “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: “

The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.   (Matthew 13:18-19)

The first seed fallen on the footpath has ended up being eaten by birds.  The saddest part is that the person does not even know this fact of losing his/her eternal salvation.   God’s message came to him/her, and it touches the hearer’s heart, but nothing happens.  The person does not pay attention at all to the truly living message.  The message, then, sits on the heart with doing nothing while being plainly exposed.  The evil one comes and snatches away.  The most precious gift ever is stolen, but the person even does not notice it at all.   It is really sad.  

The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.  (Matthew 13:20-21)

The second seed has fallen on the rocky soil.  As soon as the message of Good News lands on one’s heart, the person immediately receives the message and is in joy in the message.   However, the joy does not last long because the world is not easy.   Soon the world presents problems, such as issues of family, job, and health, broken heart and broken relationship at home, school, or work.   Some even meet persecution from the world because of only one reason of believing God and His word, because the world is jealous.   Yes, nobody says it is easy.  Sure, it is really tough and really difficult to overcome by one’s own might and strength.  Additionally, if our eyes are fixated on the world, our hearts continue drifting away from God and His word.   His word, which was the source of joy, becomes no longer relevant, and eventually the God’s word is no longer alive in one’s heart.  This is also sad.  The life came to one’s heart, but it could not sustain under the pressure of the world.   

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.  (Matthew 13:22)

The third seed has fallen among the thorns.   Fortunately, the soil is good and the person’s heart was open wide.  The heart readily receives the message of life and truth.  Then the person’s faith grows in the good soil.    Initially, the person might not know the true nature of the seed of faith growing in heart.    As long as everything is good, the faith grows.  However, it exposes its true nature when temptations come.     What kind of temptations do we talk about here?     Temptations, which are so subtle in one’s life, but eventually brings in a terrible consequence in one’s spiritual life.   Temptations slowly wedge in one’s heart, and this usually happens when the initial joy of receiving Jesus is subsided, and earthly joy and pleasures are getting into one’s heart while replacing the heavenly joy with that of the earthy.   Then one’s spiritual eyes get blind, and the worldly eyes instead get open again.       Peter was able to walk on water, as long as he fixed his eyes on Jesus, who commanded to come out of the boat and walk.    He believed, and walked on water.   However, when a strong wind came along with a big wave, he could not continue fix his eyes on Jesus, but looked at the big wave.    Immediately, he realized that he was no longer walking on water.   Instead he was rapidly sinking into the stormy water.   He shouted, and Jesus caught him by hand.

“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”   (Matthew 14:31b)

Nobody can say “I am immune to the worries of this world and the lure of wealth,” because the power of the temptations is formidable.  Many who were known to be great preachers and Godly persons miserably failed because they took matters into their own hands while trusting their own strength and faith.  They were slowly being swallowed by the world, but they even did not notice until they found themselves in great sins.   Surely, we are nothing before temptations.   We don’t want to repeat the spiritual suicides committed by many who thought they were great in faith.  They failed, and their sins impacted numerous believers and unbelievers alike.   Jesus, Jesus is the only answer.   Fixing our eyes on Jesus and holding Him tighter as worldly temptations come in our lives, and they are getting stronger as we are resisting.   If not, we also will surely become prey of the temptations.   Nobody is immune to worldly temptations. 

 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  (Matthew 13:23)

The fourth seed has fallen on good soil.  One who truly hears and understands God’s world, and lives out His word through his/her life on earth.   Yes, earthly temptations come and go, but the faithful do not move like a solid rock.    A life storm comes into one’s life, such as a family problem, a desperate debt, a serious illness, or a devastatingly heartbreaking of being separated from one’s truly loved one.   Even the life storm cannot move the true believer’s heart because the true believer clings to Jesus ever tightly and fixes eyes on Jesus and His cross with all one’s strength and might with believing in His mercy, grace and love demonstrated on the cross.   After all, nothing can do to him/her because God’s love is stronger than all things known and unknown to us.   In this world, his/her faith is actually getting stronger and deeply rooting into the good soil, and then produces a crop thirty, sixty or even hundred times.   This is the secrets hidden to all but those who truly believe in Him.   This is the promise given to all His children dearly loved by Him.  Then, what can we ask more?   The Creator of this entire universe is Our Father, and He loves us.    Be strong and courageous in Him.  With the power given by God through the Holy Spirit in our heart, we will overcome everything before us, and produce our own crop thirty, sixty and hundred times.   This is not just our confidence, but God’s promise.   Please rise and praise God, who has given to us His immutable promise with providing the good soil in our hearts, and making us grow in Him everyday under His blessings and protections.   Therefore, we love Him and boldly live out His life, not our own life, and bountifully bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit living in our hearts – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Surely, nothing on earth will prohibit bearing this fruit.   This is our faith, confidence and assurance in Him.   Give thanks to God, for His love, grace and mercy given to us, His beloved children!    

 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.  (Ephesians 3:12)