This morning’s readings are taken in accordance with an old One Year NIV Bible translated to another language which I presently read and write. Last night I wanted to click like to an old acquaintance’s Christian blog and visited his blog. When I saw him publishing a video of a church which teaches false doctrine like that prophesied by the Lord Jesus in the end days and also warned by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle John in the Revelation, I just had to leave that website and lamented for my distant ‘friend’. This morning I woke and asked the Lord what to do in such a confusing age. I can of course ignore others ‘worldly culture’ and pursue my God in my quiet little house with a park. I have enough to live my humble life without concerning myself with others.
But I cannot. Over the last ten years I have built this watchman English Christian blog and another similar English language blog which have been frequented by over three hundred thousands viewers from over two hundred nations. I know the number is insignificant when compared with the possible life transformation when a reader encounters the Lord Himself in his or her own quiet time. My blog is very much focused on one theme: God the Holy Spirit (and the words He sends daily). I believe that when a person seeks the Lord and perchance comes upon this blog and encounters the Holy Spirit he or she will be touched and life on earth will not be the same after that. When the Holy Spirit touched me many years ago I was transformed. I gave up my life. I no longer wanted a part of the materially ‘rich’ lifestyle which I could easily afford. To any other similarly unspiritual Christian that life was the abundant life blessed by God. But after I encountered the Holy Spirit I knew it was not a Kingdom of God’s life. There is a significant difference. I did all the religious stuff and was a genuine good-hearted (generously giving and charitable to the poor and disadvantaged) and faithful Christian, serving in all sorts of teaching ministries. After I encountered the Holy Spirit and revelation from the Lord who is Spirit after that, I submitted my life to the reality of God in the Spirit. I know now nothing on earth in the physical can change the spiritual reality God has set. His HOLY STANDARD. HIS PATTERN as revealed to Moses. The same PATTERN OF THE TEMPLE -WHO IS THE BODY OF THE BELIEVER, THE HOLY NATION OF GOD’S PEOPLE -as revealed to every believer by His words through the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that whatever excuses, rationalization we man try to give to explain away a situation or condition or issue (politically-correct names we use nowadays to describe a sin condemned in the Bible), we shall fail. Today we may look successful and popular and amass a great mass of ‘followers’. When we meet the Lord we shall know our true fate. How to argue with a holy God? He has already spoken all that He wants to say to man in the Bible. How can anyone presume he may interpret the Bible to his own personal advantage? I marvel at the foolishness of human mind.
Jesus has aptly described this mentality of man which has not changed for thousands of years. (Mark 8:11-13)
People come to Jesus to want something from Him to prove He has the authority to give the abundant life He said He will give:
11 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came and started to argue with him. Testing him, they demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.
But Jesus said He will not give them.
12 When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.”
So what did Jesus do? He left them.
13 So he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake.
This is my own personal testimony.
Psalm 32:1-5; Leviticus 19:1-37; 20:1-21; Mark 8:11-38; Proverbs 10:17.