Category: family

who are the sunset harvest workers? God is calling

sunset harvest workerThis post continues with the previous two on the urgent and intense call to work on the sunset harvest field. Who are the qualified workers? When I ponder this question I become amazed at the large number of available workers who are qualified and willing. Yes, you will be amazed too. In the following I am using one particular task-related area of ministry as an illustration to show how you may become one of the called workers.

In my list of qualifications you would have read how much you already have. I am talking to an ordinary man and woman who are not totally cut off from modern civilization. A user of mobile phone. An ordinary Christian who has been attending church regularly and receiving Bible teaching as part of their normal lives. A middle age adult who is pondering his or her own retirement life and asking the Lord for direction. A believer of Jesus who is touched by His love and is willing to demonstrate the same to others (either pre-believers/seekers or new believers).

Knowing how to use a mobile phone to access the vast storehouse of Christian resources online is now universal among believers in the developed nations. In the developing nations the Christians are catching up on this but are somewhat hindered by language barrier. The resources need to be first translated into their respective national language to be accessible and understood by the nationals. Many still do not know or use the English language fluently. Many find the accent and the speed of English speaking difficult to follow or grasp.

If you already have the knowledge of how to use a mobile phone to access the internet, and knowledge of the Bible and the love of God has compelled you, and you want to demonstrate God’s love to your neighbor, all you have to do is to learn the foreign language you are led in your spirit to know and minister in. Learn enough to communicate verbally about God and the Bible. Learn mobile phone terminologies. Practice on your own mobile phone, switching to the foreign language and use it for all functions! Have the foreign language Christian audio Bible and multimedia Christian resources installed. When you are comfortable being a user, you are all set.

The next step is to pray and ask the Lord to bring you to such a neighbor, probably an elderly person sitting in a corner near the door in the worship hall, an old person sitting in the park bench, or anywhere in a public area- mobile phone service center, internet provider center, retail outlet, shopping mall, public library, place where the older people are left for daycare- usually an older person who is alone and looks alone. The Lord will let you know. In my most recent case, twice (in separate occasions and separate places) an elderly person (a woman and a man respectively) approached me to help teach them to use the mobile phone for internet. Then they shared about their seeker’s life or new Christian life. They asked questions about the practical aspects of the Bible. They showed their hunger for God and the abundant life Jesus has promised to His flock/sheep. They showed their longing for friendship in fellowship with other Christians. They showed their conviction and faith in this God whom they believed is the true God. They gave their own conversion testimonies eagerly. They voiced what they expected from church.

You would not be mistaken. You can see how their eyes sparkle at the mention of the name of Jesus. You can see hope rising in them. Your reward: right in front of you. You see the love of God rising in you and in that person who receives it too. Just be available and you shall be rewarded in ways beyond you can ever think of or imagine.

Me too. After my sharing with the new Christian man under the hot sun for a few hours I went home. I felt the heat and discomfort. So I drank lots of water, had a shower, and rested. The next day I woke to find that a long standing physical issue I had vanished totally. I was amazed. But our God is the amazing and awesome God. The verse that I gave to that brother from Matthew 6:33 became mine too! I was healed while I shared healing with the brother in need.

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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BE WISE IN OUR COMPASSION: Judas Iscariot, sociopath (updated 12/20/16)

1-cor-162212/20/16: I am led to read this article again today as it appeared suddenly in my top ten list. Why? Is it because a case involving the same lawyer who seemingly has chosen to live by flesh has recently emerged? Previously after the incident I described in my following older blog I had noted a personality type described as sociopath but I did not really look at the subject much as I knew that my loss of money on this individual was due to my love of God (through my foolishly believing so).
But today I remember another more prominent case concerning a high ranking individual and the subject came up again in my conversation with an elder loved one while discussing dysfunctional human being. Like Judas Iscariot, there are persons in this world we cannot understand. They are human. But there seems a lacking in their make-up. Something inside is missing. When I tried to explain to the elder I could not find an exact word.
The closest I could say was there seemed a lack of humanness (which includes conscience , kindness/compassion and a sense of shame in doing wrong and or causing harm to others) in these individuals. According to the Bible, they have no fear of God. Yet they are purportedly Christians. Are they saved? Or do they belong to the brood of vipers Jesus had warned? Are they the tares sown in the churches by the enemy of God? I have no answer. Was Judas Iscariot capable of loving Jesus? It appeared he wasn’t. The apostle Paul placed a curse on anyone who could not love Jesus.
1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

Today’s word is: “BEWARE OF THIEF-JUDAS ISCARIOT”. My personal inability to hear and obey the Holy Spirit in spiritual discernment which impacted my decisions in worldly matters was indeed very costly! The thief is not someone who comes from outside. The culprit is fellow Christian whom we are close to and trust like family. Let us read this message from the Holy Bible (NKJV), John 12:4-6. (Boldness added)

But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii[b] and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

Several years ago I was alerted when the Lord opened this verse about Judas Iscariot to me when a friend and I decided to financially bail out a Christian lawyer who was dishonest in handling her clients’ money. The clients found out and demanded restitutions. She had by then squandered off the money to satisfy her personal lifestyle. I chose to ignore the Lord’s warning because we trusted then the other Christians who were associated with her. We paid a significantly large sum out of our love for God. It later turned out that our decision was wrong and foolish.

I made the same mistake of compassion for the poor a year ago for another Christian. I got my kind Christian friend involved too to bail out a Christian woman from loan sharks. The same verse came but I chose to ignore out of love for God. I was proven wrong immediately after the transfer of money.

In both the above cases I heard the word “witchcraft; sorceries”. I later realized that we were blinded by witchcraft and sorcery. The wrong spirit was there when they opened door to evil. Being Christians who are always too trusting my friend and I chose to ignore the Lord and gave them the benefit of the doubts in a humanistic way. Our inability to hear and obey the Holy Spirit in spiritual discernment which impacted our decisions in worldly matters was indeed very costly!

 Two days ago I was warned of this term “beware of pickpocket” as I was approaching a bus-stop. My spirit received the message not to use the bus. But my companion was adamant as we had to learn how to live humbly to prepare ourselves to serve in poor places. I did not like the look of three men sitting there alone. The warning in my sprit was clear and loud. So I took precaution. But I did not warn my fellow traveler for fear she would feel insulted because why should I hear the Lord and she could not hear? True enough she became the victim. The thieves ran off after their successful stealing when boarding the bus.

.But this morning again I was alerted to this verse. Because of the urgency and repetitions, I decided to put this down in writing.

I love Christians. Because they are God’s people. Because I love God. Jesus must have loved Judas Iscariot. But the ending for Judas Iscariot was horrifying. He did not repent to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. He went another way, opposite to where Jesus went. You see, Judas Iscariot was not unloved. He was not rejected. He was treated well and equally as the other disciples were. He was given a high and responsible status as someone entrusted with the money bag of the whole ministry of Jesus Christ. He was the financial controller of the first Christian ministry on earth. Lots of followers of Jesus put in their money. Lots of people wanted to be the disciples of Jesus. Living together with Jesus and the other disciples, what kind of lifestyle did Judas live? Where could he have spent the money he stole from the bag? what did he do when he purportedly went out to give the money to the poor? Surely many people would have seen and noticed his different lifestyle. Surely the other disciples knew of his spending habits and tastes for more expensive stuff. But no one said anything. Not one record in the Bible of any other disciple advising him or counseling him or suggesting to Jesus to make another the money custodian.

In the corporate world we look at the lifestyle and taste of an employee and take note. Is his or her lifestyle incongruous with his net earning? Where does he get his money from? is he to be trusted with the corporate account? We check police records prior employment. We ask questions and take instant remedial or precautionary steps immediately. Jesus says that the manager of the world is wiser than the Christian manager. (“For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” Luke 16:8) We practice good and accountable stewardship in the corporate world I know of.

I pray that the born again Christians whom I know and love continue to abide in Jesus and let God’s words abide in them. Don’t go the opposite way. It’s not worth it. I pray each encounters God in reality, as Spirit. I have personally encountered my God in the Spirit. He is real. No amount of enjoyment in the flesh (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) is worth giving up God for. With God, everything is possible. You can be changed to wholeness in Christ. Even Judas Iscariot. Be changed. PUT TO DEATH YOURSELF. 

COVETOUSNESS IS IDOLATRY

Colossians 3:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

Jesus says, 

Matthew 16:26
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Receive from God: More good gifts!

sunset here in RenoThe verses came out this morning when the watchman used his phone to message his loved ones, sharing how he has received God’s super-abundant supernatural blessings to his prayers. He shares that they are to read James today. An hour later he opens the online Bible with the Lord’s prompting with the intention to to get the verses of James for this blog post, behold, the online Bible already shows a quote from James on the same subject. God is awesome and faithful and the watchman hears God.

Quotes from the watchman’s mobile phone chat (5am) with his loved ones (in a family chat group):

“God loves the unlovable. He has good gifts for them too. If they submit to God and resist the devil they will be able to enjoy the good gifts. Good to read James. God is so good to me. Prayers always answered. He does and accomplishes things for me more than I can ask or even dream of. Superabundantly. Like winning the one trillion dolloar heavenly super lottery and more. Nature listens to God. Give yields to the righteous man God has promised to bless richly.” (The watchman also gave a lengthy example of how Isaac sow and reaped rich harvests during a time of widespread famines experienced by others.)

How did Isaac become the righteous man? Was he righteous all the time? Was he human? When we read his history we realize that he has human flaws and weaknesses like his dad Abraham. God chose the meek to inherit the land. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all the meek. They were given the super-abundant blessings of God. They were men of faith and they took action of faith to obey God regardless of what others said. By faith and faith in action they showed their belief in the unseen God.

Similarly Christians become righteous by faith. We have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

In the book of James the Holy Spirit further reminds Christians that faith can be seen in our daily living. Our living is before God and before others. Often this is where we fail to make the mark. Christians live in the world making a difference. That is our personal testimony that Jesus Christ lives in us today. He is alive. He lives. Our lives manifest that the Son of God lives in us and He destroys the work of the devil. God is the Father of lights. His light shines through the believers-the vessels He has chosen.

5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:5-7 NKJV)

James 1 New King James Version (NKJV)  Greeting to the Twelve Tribes
1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.

Profiting from Trials
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

The Perspective of Rich and Poor
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

Loving God Under Trials
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials
19 So then,[a] my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone among you[b] thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Footnotes:

James 1:19 NU-Text reads Know this or This you know.
James 1:26 NU-Text omits among you.

family of God

The-Family-of-God

Often I see Christians forgetting that their family members are their brothers and sisters in Christ. But they are God’s children and co-heirs with Jesus who is sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven, interceding for Christians. When we next deal with our family members let us look up and see Jesus watching and interceding for that person, no matter how unlovable he or she may appear to you. She or he is not your enemy. The enemy is outside. You need to take care of your household first according to the Bible. I see open contempt and rude manners which Jesus and God see too. When I open the Bible this morning I read this:
“By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you——…for though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
Remember: even Jesus who is Christ, sitting at the right hand of God now is humble and gentle. The Bible says, “As He is, so we are in this world.” Are we? If we cannot be humble and gentle to one another as Jesus is to us, how can we claim to own all His riches and wealth and prosperity and success?

Who are your brothers and sisters in Christ? Parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins.

[ Obedience by Faith ] If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

1 John 4:20-21 NKJV

When family members cannot be united as one just as God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are One, the enemy can come in to steal, kill, and destroy. Why? Because where strife is there are all kinds of evil. Jesus has warned against the division that will cause downfall:

John 17:22  (NKJV) 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

 

James 4:1-3 (NKJV) Pride Promotes Strife

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet[a] you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Footnotes:

  1. James 4:2 NU-Text and M-Text omit Yet.

Romans 13:12-14 (NKJV)

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

the real birthday of the King

freedom from bondage
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

This morning I was woken at 3am and I asked the Lord how Christians are to avoid being drawn into the perilous time this season. Again I was told a specific and also a general avoidance. The general and generic advice is: Depart and be separate from the pagans’ celebrations of their idols. In simple Bible words: Do not conform to the world or its way. Be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Do not love the world or the love of the Father is not in you. Abide in Jesus and let the Word of God abide in us. Be joined to the Lord and one Spirit with the Lord. Be led by the Spirit as sons of God are led by the Spirit. Know the truth. Only the Truth sets people free.

John 8:31-32 New International Version (NIV)

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Corinthians 10:14-22 New International Version (NIV)

Idol Feasts and the Lord’s Supper

14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.

18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Idolatry

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them
    and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.”[b]

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them
    and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
    and I will receive you.”[c]

18 And,

“I will be a Father to you,
    and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”[d]

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Greek Beliar, a variant of Belial
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:16 Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38; Ezek. 37:27
  3. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Isaiah 52:11; Ezek. 20:34,41
  4. 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Samuel 7:14; 7:8

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The real birthday of the King

Jesus was not born on December 25. I recommend that we all read the Bible and pray that the Lord gives us discernment and understanding. We must teach our children the truth. This following article gives a good Biblical calculation by a Messianic Jew on the actual date which should be in September-October during the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle. The first day of this feast falls on September 28th this year.

Messiahmas? On the Birth Date of Jesus of Nazareth

http://www.ldolphin.org/xmas.html

 

 

 

today’s prayers: More Power Lord

Zechariah 4-6
Zechariah 4:6

Father, for my (and my loved ones’) personal walk with You today I ask for spiritual discernment and understanding. I ask for your Spirit to strengthen our inner man, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil….

ON this day 12/9/15: This is my fervent prayer for all of us in the nation where I am at, during the fourth watch hours. There are two parts of the prayer. I urge you to please read and pray both for your church and your loved ones. Pray just as Jesus has commanded His closest disciples (Peter, John and James) to do so at the Garden of Gethsemane. (Mark 14:38)

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Dear God, our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven: I pray this prayer for all your churches on earth just as the early church (disciples of Jesus) have prayed.

Prophetic Prayer for Boldness for the corporate church (as in the early church in Acts 4:23-31)

“Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the mouth of Your servant David[a] have said: ‘Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.’

27 “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

I pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thank you Father for hearing and answering our prayer.  Amen.

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My daily personal prayer for self and loved ones. Also for all other Christians. (For the period December 2015 to __________ as led by the Spirit of Jesus Christ). 

Father, for my (and my loved ones’) personal walk with You today I ask for spiritual discernment and understanding. I ask for your Spirit to strengthen our inner man, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.

At this year-end festive season of blissful oblivion, with undercurrents of wickedness and cruelty, with dark schemes being concocted, brewed,  and ready to be served up to the innocent by Your enemies, in the world where the devil rules and has dominion over mankind, I pray, O Lord, for the wake-up call loud and clear ringing non-stop in our ears so as Your people see the signs of time we know and submit to Your warning and avoid the traps and snares set up by Your enemies. Give us a humble heart, obedience like never before, submitting to You and Your Truth, like Your Son Jesus, the Son of God did in the darkest hour of mankind’s history, walking on earth two thousand years ago.

I admit and repent for myself and my loved ones for hanging on to the pride that often comes before a fall. The pride of presumption that Christians are exempted from the harm that the world causes to one another. The pride of unbelief in the spiritual reality of the things that are happening in the world. The pride of unbelief of Your words. The pride of thinking that we know the Bible so well and all prophetic warnings are outdated, mere cliche and no longer apply in the practical modern civilized and educated world. The pride of believing in the lies that whatever we do in the flesh (loving the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) does not matter at all as we can all safely go to heaven by grace. The pride of quenching the Holy Spirit by insisting on our way and not the way led by the Holy Spirit…The pride of lifting self above You, just as our ancestor, Adam did. I bow down before You, O Lord, repent for all these, for myself, my loved ones and all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I ask now Lord, my God, my Father in heaven, for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to pour on us, so that we truly know You. The eyes of our heart be enlightened so that we know the glorious hope of our calling, know the greatness of the power You have toward us who believe. The same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

I pray that You grant us, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with might through Your Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to You who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to You be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

(Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21)

Zechariah 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

So he answered and said to me:

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah 43~46 God talks about His children

God tells us what He will do with His children. We can see how He values them.
He promised this through the prophet. He also made this possible through sending His Son Jesus.
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How did we become children of God? To all who believed Jesus and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
Children of God are born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. (John 3:5; 1Peter 1:23)
The Spirit of Christ lives in us. (Romans 8:9,10)
All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14)
God’s Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)
And since we are His children, we are His heirs. (Romans 8:17)
For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son. (Romans 8:29)
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Bible reading:
Isaiah 43:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
    I will gather you and your children from east and west.

Isaiah 43:6 I will say to the north and south,
    ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
    from the distant corners of the earth.

Isaiah 43:7 Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.”

Isaiah 43:13 “From eternity to eternity I am God.
    No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
    No one can undo what I have done.”

Isaiah 43:21 I have made Israel for myself,
    and they will someday honor me before the whole world.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst
    and to irrigate your parched fields.
And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants,
    and my blessing on your children.

Isaiah 44:4 They will thrive like watered grass,
    like willows on a riverbank.

Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud.
    I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me,
    for I have paid the price to set you free.”

Isaiah 45:11 This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel and your Creator:
“Do you question what I do for my children?
    Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?

Isaiah 46:3 “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
    all you who remain in Israel.
I have cared for you since you were born.
    Yes, I carried you before you were born.

Isaiah 46:4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
    until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
    I will carry you along and save you.

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Zechariah 12: and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him

So soon we have come to Zechariah 12. God speaks through the prophet and reveals to us what He will do. There will be two major events: one concerning all nations of the earth gathering against Jerusalem. The other one concerning the repentance of the people of God for the Messiah whom they had missed the first round He came.

  • a prophecy that all nations of the earth are gathered against Jerusalem.
  1. The Lord will save.  In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
  2. The Lord speaks of three groups of people whom He will defend and make strong: the tents of Judah; the house of David; and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
  3. The Lord says: “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
  • a prophecy that “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. “
  1. this is a prophecy about Jesus Christ, who was pierced on the cross. He has fulfilled this part of the prophecy.
  2. the prophecy further says that God will pour on the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication. This will happen at the appointed time.
  3. when this happens those whom the Spirit of God convicts will mourn “a great mourning in Jerusalem”, family by family.
  4. the families mentioned are: David, Nathan, Levi, and Shimei, and all the families that remain,

Related Bible verses concerning Jesus:

Psalm 22:16 (prophetic)
For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
John 19:34 (came true)
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
John 19:37 (prophetic for future)
And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
Revelation 1:7 (prophetic for future)
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
revelation 1-7

Zechariah 12 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Coming Deliverance of Judah

12 The burden[a] of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.[b] 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Footnotes:

  1. Zechariah 12:1 Or oracle
  2. Zechariah 12:11 Hebrew Megiddon

Healing the sick world: lifting the nation above the flood

I posted the following in my God’s Way blog. Please visit and read if you are not already subscribed to the blog. The new series is part of the overall solutions for the economic, social, and physical ills that confront us today.

___________The post: Healing the sick world: God’s Way (2)

Here is the second installment for sick world solutions, God’s Way. At midnight I was led to look for this book. Here is the book (I quoted parts only). You may read the whole book online or download at the following web sites. I would encourage you to visit the Station of Life site too. many (including pastors) have been healed and delivered from various ills at this apostolic place.

My personal notes: Pastor Susan, a church planter and apostolic watchman/intercessor/preacher/Bible teacher, wrote among many other books, “How to deal with your broken-heart” which I have introduced in this blog previously. Tsunami (and other disasters) had been stopped by intercessions at the place where she has stationed herself raising up generations of faithful fervent intercessors (including housewives and children). Like an unsung Heidi Baker, she has adopted oppressed and poor widows and orphans and people without nations over the many years of serving the Lord at an unknown country, an unknown town. I have found her apostolic and prophetic messages recalled from back shelves when the right time came for their spot-on release. It was like she pre-recorded them long before the actual events took place!  _________________________

Today’s book: LIFTING THE NATION ABOVE THE FLOOD (by Pastor Susan Tang, August 2006)…Read on:

http://citizenheaven.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/healing-the-sick-world-gods-way-2/

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introducing a new blog: Kingdom of God daughters -love famine

We have been led to start a new blog to present woman in the positive light of the kingdom of God. Amazingly it turns out to be a blog on end times solutions (social, mental and emotional) too! We would encourage you to read them as parts of the Solutions we will be posting here (in the watchman’s blog) in terms of the end times ills solutions (with emphasis on economics/investments). Here is a sample of the posts…

A STUDY ON SECOND BIBLE LOVE STORY (2) : SOLUTIONS FOR LOVE FAMINE

Dear sisters, here is chapter two of the second love story from the longest lasting ancient record of love. The kind of love that no human could ever comprehend. Unending love, amazing grace. The reason we started this blog is to affirm to you that all that the Creator of humans has planned and spoken in His Word about you have always and will ever come to pass. None of His Word will return void. Be patient. You have already read some aspects of who you are but not all. We shall continue to hear the Holy Spirit and post God’s stories for you.

Why do we bother? Because we love you. We want to let you know someone love you. The greatest love does not come from us mortals really. The greatest love comes to you from the Creator Himself. His name is God. How did He love you? He loved you even before you ever heard of Him, before you were born. Your name, your true identity was already recorded in heaven, in a book He kept for you. He is still updating His book, an entire book for you alone. Everyone (man too) has a book of his own or her own.

Does your earthly dad keep a book for you even before you were born, before he knew your existence? From before you came into being until you leaves this earth? No, no human father can ever do that. Only our Father in heaven can do that. He cares and loves you enough to want to do that! This is called, unending love, amazing grace.

________________________________For those who did not like the Leah story, no, you are not created to be a reproduction machine. If God had wanted that He needed not create woman. He could merely create a human babies  manufacturing machine. It would have been far more efficient and economically viable. No, sisters, we are created for higher purpose. Please take the trouble to read the Spirit-inspired posts we shall be posting in this blog, specially made for you. (Man too, you may read as half of your world is occupied by woman)…..

Read on: http://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/a-study-on-second-bible-love-story-2-solutions-for-love-famine/

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A HYMN FOR TODAY: I’m pressing on the upward way

philippians-29Thirty years ago the watchman was born again, encountering the out pour of the love of God, crashing in, like never before, experiencing the Bible promise in Romans 5:5! In a traditional evangelical church he later attended, one hymn stood out and left a deep imprint which came to the forefront suddenly this morning. So the family ‘church’ worshiped with hymns today. Powerful, anointing and ageless the ancient hymns still are. By the time they realized they should have been worshiping in Spirit songs, they decided to skip, as they already had the anointing and presence of the Lord so powerful in them. After listening to a sermon on the power of joy (which was so appropriate), some of the members continued and interceded as led by the Spirit of the Lord. It was altogether an awesome day before the Lord.
Was the thirty years’ wait a long wait? Long indeed, but it is worth it!
_________________ON HIGHER GROUND
 I’m pressing on the upward way,
  1. New heights I’m gaining every day;
    Still praying as I onward bound,
    “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

    • Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
      By faith on Canaan’s tableland;
      A higher plane than I have found,
      Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
  2. My heart has no desire to stay
    Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
    Though some may dwell where these abound,
    My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
  3. I want to live above the world,
    Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
    For faith has caught the joyful sound,
    The song of saints on higher ground.
  4. I want to scale the utmost height
    And catch a gleam of glory bright;
    But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found,
    “Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/396#ixzz2ewx1Gm5f

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYCkqCG933M (on higher ground)

Philippians 2:7-11 The Message (MSG)

5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11 Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

End Times Witnessing: signs and times revealed to watchman (2) -message to Mark (reblog and revised)

The watchman had received confirmations (including visions, dreams and words) about the signs of the times after writing this blog. Indeed, the Big and ravaging destructive earthquakes, floods, Tsunami, and Twisters came after this blog which was based on visions seen in August 2010. Economic development in some of the richest nations confirmed this as well.
Today he is led to reblog this and urge his dearly beloved ones to read. All who are dearly beloved of God must read!

End Times Witnessing: signs and times revealed to watchman (2) -message to Mark The revelation and answer from the Lord continues. The watchman woke another morning to receive more specific answers to his prayers. He was led to read Jeremiah’s Lamentations on the previous evening thinking that he was reading for Israel. However, this was clarified this morning. He was still sleeping but the Spirit was already in conversation with his spirit. They were discussing the signs of end times. Then he was told that Lamentations was … Read More

via AAA Jack’s blog (A Watchman on your walls)