Paul’s fearlessness: right priority right time right target

2 Corinthians 2:14

Today I am back to 2 Corinthians on why Paul was fearless against all odds. Chapter 2 showed a different Paul from the evangelistic goal-focused apostle Paul we may imagine he was. I summarize below my deeper understanding after reading this part of his letter to the Corinth Christians.

Chapter 2: Pauls’ Ministry of the body of Christ -Paul teaches the right priority in ministry, motive and manner in handling the body of Christ.

  1. He clarified that his ministry was not to bring sorrow to himself and/or the body of Christ but joy: through forgiving, comforting, reaffirming God’s love.
  2. He showed his concern for the body of Christ which took precedence over his personal ministry. For example, he wanted to follow through their progress in Christ. So he chose to forego an opportunity to preach gospel at Troas and instead returned to Macedonia to wait for his co-worker Titus whom he expected to bring the latest news about the Corinthian body of Christ.
  3. Paul followed the Holy Spirit and the peace in his heart. When he did not find rest in his heart he decided not to start an evangelical work in a new place alone despite the valuable opportunity offered. He also followed the rule that they worked in a team of two or more (he, Titus and others).
  4. Whilst in the midst of uncertainty with his flocks at Corinth: their spiritual condition and his (and his team’s) relationship with them, he remained calm and confident of the positive outcome and described the work of the evangelists always in triumph in Christ because it is God who initiates the work and causes the victory to manifest.
  5. He has personally experienced the God-initiated work which always gives life and triumph over death and doom.
  6. Paul was confident with the Corinth Christians because he was fearless to preach the word of God with sincerity and authority in Christ. He wanted them well. He had God’s heart for them.
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Paul’s fearless success factor: with God at sea in tempest

Acts 27:43-44

While meditating 2 Corinthians on how to be fearless in the fearful days, I was led to read Acts 27 Paul’s fearlessness at sea in a tempest. The incident happened around 62AD, about five years after he wrote to the Corinthians. In the letter to Corinthians he stated that he was shipwrecked three times and spent a day and a night in the deep previously. Paul lived a supernatural life by the Spirit. He was always with His God (ours too).

In this shipwreck he again stayed calm and confident at all time. The captain (owner) and the helmsman of the ship panicked. The Romans centurion was persuaded to listen to them. But only Paul was right in his predictions.

Paul was right because he knew our God, “the God to whom I belong and whom I serve,” Paul described to them. God had sent spiritual messenger (angel) to tell Paul things beforehand.

Paul perceived correctly the voyage would end with disaster and much loss, cargo and ship and possibly lives before they encountered the tempest.

 After they encountered the tempest for many days and lost all hope Paul gave them his words of comfort and assurance of safety from the Lord: that there would be no loss except for the ship which would run aground on a certain island. “Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.”

 Paul’s further prediction and advice: unless the sailors who tried to escape on their own stay in the ship they could not be saved; that all should take nourishment for this was for their survival (after fourteen days of fasting); “not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.” He promised.

That night they ate and the next day they were shipwrecked. Those who could swim jumped overboard first and got to land. The rest on boards and on parts of the ship. And all 276 escaped safely to land.  The ship was a total loss.

Paul’s confession: his key success factor

2 Corinthians 1:3

I started reading 2 Corinthians in the Bible with freshness and revelation in my spirit. I believe this is an antidote to the prevailing fear in the face of uncertainties in the external factors that appear to impact our life and our ministry. In chapter one Paul displayed his key success factor, the God he believed in. Who is God? What can God do? What has God done? What is his relationship with God? These are the questions he has answered. I pray you too will be comforted and reassured as you read Paul’s confession in this letter.

My summary of 2 Corinthians Chapter 1 Paul is entirely God-focused:

  1. God is: God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
  2. God raises the dead: who delivered them (Paul and his team) from death in the past, and does deliver them (present), and in whom they trust that He will still deliver them in future.
  3. God is faithful with all His promises: when He says Yes He means Yes.
  4. God is his witness; anointed them; given them the Spirit as seal and guarantee; God gives grace and wisdom abundantly to Paul and his team.
  5. Paul is apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.
  6. Paul follows God’s plan (walking by the Holy Spirit) in every decision.
  7. With God in mind, Paul and his team conduct themselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity.
  8. Paul values the answered prayer/intercession by the Corinthian and Achaia Christians for Paul and his team’s safety.

Just thinking aloud

thought1My thinking has a lot to do with where I go in life. God is a lot more concerned with where I am going than where I came from. God is in the spiritual realm. He has the best thoughts for me. If I do not begin to think there, I cannot go there in the natural. But if I begin to think in a different realm, that is, the spiritual, my thoughts will help me go there and bring back to the natural every spiritual blessing and prove the perfect will of God in my natural life.

Daily Word: Look, walk through, remain undaunted (Genesis 1317)

genesis-1317Today’s prompting is entirely action-oriented: “look” and do not limit your looking. The word was first given to a man of established wealth and power. Yet, God gave him a very hands-on instruction. God told him to look far. Do not set your own limit based on your own limited view. God did not ask Abraham to look at the past accomplishment. No doubt he was a wealthy and powerful man in his own right in his own territory. But God had uprooted him and moved him to a strange, hostile territory with uncertainty and threat in all aspects. Yet God asked him to look beyond and keep looking, as far as he can see or imagine and even beyond…Awesome. God is awesome. We serve an awesome God. Note that God asked him to look at the further positive gains which God was giving and going to give instead of focusing on the loss of Lot and Lot’s loyal support.

What was Abraham required to do after looking in every direction? A simple task: “Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” Just walk through the territory and claim his right, based on God’s covenant and God’s authority. What did Abraham have? He had the Word of God, the Name of God, and the Covenant of God. What did he do? He obeyed and started walking through, exercising and executing God’s given authority just as God had said so.

It may seem too simple to be true. But Abraham was not just any man. He was a spiritual man. He heard God and communicated regularly and naturally with God like a close friend. God called him friend. Abraham was an intercessor. He was also a hands-on and action-oriented pragmatic man. Is this impossible for today’s would-be-Abraham? No. Jesus called His disciples friends. He even gave His life for His friends. Those who are followers of Jesus are born of the Holy Spirit under the Covenant established by the blood of Jesus, given the authority as sons of God, the Word of God, and the Name of Jesus. Awesome. God is awesome. We serve an awesome God. We call Him our Abba Father. We have His Spirit in us. We can discern spiritual matters. We can do all things through Him who strengthens us.

Genesis 13:2 New Living Translation (NLT)
2 (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.)

Genesis 13:5-6
5 Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy with flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and many tents. 6 But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds living so close together.

Genesis 13:14-17
14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”

Footnotes:
13:15 Hebrew seed; also in 13:16.

Note: There is one condition for the Covenant to take place: Lot must go. The Word clearly says, “After Lot Had gone,…” Lot was not included in the Abrahamic Covenant and had no share in what God had given to Abraham. Lot had a choice to stay in the favor of God by supporting Abraham. But he chose to leave.

I am also reminded of a scene at the time when Governor Nehemiah (with a formal official decree from the King Artaxerxes) entered Jerusalem and started to rebuild the Jerusalem wall. When the adversary party of three officials (Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab) heard of his plan  they continued to scoff contemptuously at him. But Nehemiah remained calm and undaunted, and boldly proclaimed, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.” (Nehemiah 2:19-20)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD

Who is the LORD ? Almighty God , everlasting Father, that great I AM, there is no God but JEHOVAH. The Trinity God : God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), God the Holy Spirit. Our Creator, our Redeemer, our Savior , our Healer, our Deliverer, our Provider, our Shepherd, our Shelter, our Banner, our Father in heaven.

Praise God !

Psalm 33

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp;

2 make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; 3 play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the LORD is right and true;

4 he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice;

5 the earth is full of his unfailing love.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,

6 their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;

7 he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD;

8 let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be;

9 he commanded, and it stood firm.

The LORD foils the plans of the nations;

10 he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,

11 the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,

12 the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down

13 and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches

14 all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all,

15 who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army;

16 no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

17 despite all its great strength it cannot save.

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,

18 on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death

19 and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the LORD;

20 he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice,

21 for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,

22 even as we put our hope in you.

Journey to see God: See His goodness -He provides

Philippians 4-19 LToday we are led to see God, see His goodness. In this time, we desperately need to see and taste the goodness of God. Seeing God’s goodness gives us the hope and courage to pray, intercede, and overcome evil and re-possess our spiritual as well as physical and mental grounds.

We can see Biblical signs of the end everywhere, encroaching closer daily like a flood: “the point of cohesion and integration is always in the spiritual realm. when we stray from God, everything, starting from our minds, come apart.” “When God finally ‘gives us over’ to these base appetites, then ‘all hell will break loose’, with human sufferings knowing no bounds and limits (Romans 1:24,26,28)” (Quoted from ‘Lifting the nation above the flood’)

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up the standard -Bible verses, which depict the goodness of God. Focus on Him and His goodness today. “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.” (Zechariah 13:1)

Bible verse on the goodness of God_________

God wants His people to see His goodness; what are in His goodness? He is God, Goodness means the holy, awesome presence of God. Our goodness is nothing apart from Him, He is gracious and has compassion, lovingkindness, mercy, longsuffering, and is abounding in goodness and truth, His words are true, His people are well taken care of by Him (body, soul and spirit). Goodness comes with blessings and even delight in daily living. Goodness means He has forgiven us and no longer remembers our sins, and we can dwell in His house, His holy temple forever, we will have eternal life and resurrected life with Him. His goodness comes with righteousness and justice, and endures forever. His goodness included superabundant bountiful material provision even in this life. He provides for the poor. Sorrow no more for the broken-hearted. God’s goodness can be seen and witnessed by others, “they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’” (God declared). God’s goodness comes with beauty. God’s goodness in us comes out as the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 33:19 Then He said, “I will make all Mygoodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Exodus 33:18-20 (in Context) Exodus 33 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, Exodus 34:5-7 (in Context) Exodus 34 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

2 Chronicles 6:41 “Now therefore, Arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, And let Your saints rejoice in goodness. 2 Chronicles 6:40-42 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

2 Samuel 7:28 “And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. 2 Samuel 7:27-29 (in Context) 2 Samuel 7 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 Chronicles 17:26 And now, Lord, You are God, and have promised this goodness to Your servant. 1 Chronicles 17:25-27 (in Context) 1 Chronicles 17 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Nehemiah 9:25 And they took strong cities and a rich land, And possessed houses full of all goods, Cisterns already dug, vineyards, olive groves, And fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and grew fat, And delighted themselves in Your great goodness. Nehemiah 9:24-26 (in Context) Nehemiah 9 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

The psalmists described and proclaimed the manifold goodness of God:

Psalm 16:2O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You.” Psalm 16:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 21:3 For You meet him with the blessings ofgoodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head. Psalm 21:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 23:6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalm 23:5-6 (in Context) Psalm 23 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. Psalm 25:6-8 (in Context) Psalm 25 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 27:13I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Psalm 27:12-14 (in Context) Psalm 27 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalm 33:4-6 (in Context) Psalm 33 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 52:1 [ The End of the Wicked and the Peace of the Godly ] ..Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodnessof God endures continually. Psalm 52:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 52 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You,That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple. Psalm 65:3-5 (in Context) Psalm 65 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 65:11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. Psalm 65:10-12 (in Context) Psalm 65 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 68:10 Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor. Psalm 68:9-11 (in Context) Psalm 68 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

As described and proclaimed by the prophets:

Isaiah 63:7 [ God’s Mercy Remembered ] I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord And the praises of the Lord, According to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses. Isaiah 63:6-8 (in Context) Isaiah 63 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Jeremiah 2:7 I brought you into a bountiful country, To eat its fruit and itsgoodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination. Jeremiah 2:6-8 (in Context) Jeremiah 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Jeremiah 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the Lord— For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all. Jeremiah 31:11-13 (in Context) Jeremiah 31 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Jeremiah 31:14I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 31:13-15 (in Context) Jeremiah 31 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Jeremiah 33:9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’ Jeremiah 33:8-10 (in Context) Jeremiah 33 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Hosea 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days. Hosea 3:4-5 (in Context) Hosea 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Zechariah 9:17 For how great is its goodness And how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, And new wine the young women. Zechariah 9:16-17 (in Context) Zechariah 9 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

As stated in the Epistles:

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:21-23 (in Context) Galatians 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Ephesians 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), Ephesians 5:8-10 (in Context) Ephesians 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Man is required to praise God of His goodness! Psalm 107 is one good example:

Psalm 107:8-9 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!  Psalm 107 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 138:1 [ The Lord’s Goodness to the Faithful ] [ A Psalm of David. ] I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. Psalm 138:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 138 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Psalm 145:7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. Psalm 145:6-8 (in Context) Psalm 145 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Man is required to walk in the way of God’s goodness. Who will receive the goodness of God? Those who fear and trust in Him. Our acts are being measured against the goodness of God plumbline. God’s goodness leads sinners to repentance.

Psalm 31:19 Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You,Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!Psalm 31:18-20 (in Context) Psalm 31 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Proverbs 2:20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness. Proverbs 2:19-21 (in Context) Proverbs 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? Proverbs 20:5-7 (in Context) Proverbs 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he— Ecclesiastes 6:2-4 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Ecclesiastes 6:6 even if he lives a thousand years twice—but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place? Ecclesiastes 6:5-7 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Romans 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:3-5 (in Context) Romans 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Romans 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. Romans 11:21-23 (in Context) Romans 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Romans 15:14 [ From Jerusalem to Illyricum ] Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Romans 15:13-15 (in Context) Romans 15 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

2 Chronicles 32:32 [ Death of Hezekiah ] Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, indeed they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 2 Chronicles 32:31-33 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 32 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

2 Chronicles 35:26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of the Lord, 2 Chronicles 35:25-27 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 35 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

note: many verses to read. Good food for the soul!

3 John 1:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.

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(also read about His longsuffering: http://kzlam36.blogspot.com/2013/10/journey-to-see-god-see-his-goodness-and.html)

may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God

the love of God
the love of God

Ephesians 3:16-21

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:5
    Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

    2 Thessalonians 3:4-6 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Jude 1:21
    keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

    Jude 1:20-22 (in Context) Jude 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. 2 Timothy 1:13
    [ Be Loyal to the Faith ] Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

    2 Timothy 1:12-14 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. Romans 8:35
    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    Romans 8:34-36 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. Romans 8:39
    nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Romans 8:38-39 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. Ephesians 1:18
    the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

    Ephesians 1:17-19 (in Context) Ephesians 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  7. Philippians 4:19
    And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:18-20 (in Context) Philippians 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  8. Colossians 1:27
    To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

    Colossians 1:26-28 (in Context) Colossians 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

 

5 am lesson: seeing God from the will of His good pleasure

See God on His throne
See God on His throne

The 5 am gathering of brethren in Christ learned that seeing God, that is, reading His words, require starting from the end (the goal and end result intended by God). That is how they were led in the Spirit to read Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

When they read chapter one this way the eyes of their hearts opened, just as Paul had prayed (which prayer the brethren copied and prayed daily). The key verses of the first prayer are: Ephesians 1:17-19. without the opening of our spiritual eyes we cannot understand this letter at all.

What does God want to achieve as the end result for His people? A glorious body of Christ, holy and without blemish, presented to Him, be the praise of His glory, fulfilling the will of His good pleasure! That makes sense of all the blessings He has given to those who believe just to make sure they make it to the end goal, all in Christ and filled with Christ to the full!

How can they make it? That is exactly what Paul’s letter is about.

Here are some of the findings received by us:

God created humans. He knows what we are made of and what we can and cannot in our natural capacity and capability.

He has a good plan for us so He has given us what we cannot have in the natural so that we may make it to reaching His final goal for us in Christ.

1. He has given us Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus has completed everything He needs to complete (the whole salvation package which encompasses all things, the entrance into the kingdom of God and the power and authority to live as children of God).

2. In Christ He has given us all spiritual blessings, pertaining to living the victorious life of the children of God.

3. In Christ He has given us the power to do so, that is, the power of the Holy Spirit. (This is the same power that He raised Jesus from the dead).

“and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places]. far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name…not only in this age and in this world, but also…to come.” (1:19-21)

4. God wants us to know this. Why? Because only by knowing we can live accordingly, manifesting His power in and for us who believe.

5. God provided the Holy Spirit for us. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. He gives us understanding and the mighty strength to live out the title and entitlement of children of God.

6. Through the Holy Spirit we can access every spiritual blessing (which in KJV is described as “all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places” 1:3) giving by the Holy Spirit.

7. By faith we are joined to the Lord and be one spirit with the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:17). By faith we become members of His body, of His flesh and of His bone (6:30). By faith we reach into the spiritual realm (heavenly places) and receive all blessings which God has given us (Ephesians 1:3) to enable us to live for the praise of His glory, according to the will of His good pleasure.

This means we will not subject our body and soul (body, mind, emotion included) under the bondage of the evil power (all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name…) which rule this world (physical and spiritual). How do we do this? By the power of God in us and for us and all the spiritual resources readily available for us to use (using the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and taking the authority of the Son of God Himself, which has been given to us as children of God).

Watchman’s suggested readings: from KJV, NKJV, AMP; Ephesians 1; 1 Corinthians 2; 2 Corinthians 3.;

I re­plied, “Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!”

we love because God first loves us!
we love because God first loves us! Blessed Assurance!

Hebrews 10:21-22 New International Version (NIV)

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

__________________________An old hymn for today: Blessed Assurance. The whole day this hymn has been turned on in the watchman’s spirit and it is really wonderful!

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1873: “My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, com­posed a mel­o­dy and played it over to me two or three times on the pi­a­no. She then asked what it said. I re­plied, “Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!” “

Music: As­sur­ance, Phoe­be P. Knapp (MI­DIscore).

This hymn was sung in the Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vies Plac­es in the Heart (1984) and Trip to Bount­i­ful (1985).


1.	Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! 
	O what a foretaste of glory divine! 
	Heir of salvation, purchase of God, 
	born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. 
Refrain:
	This is my story, this is my song, 
	praising my Savior all the day long; 
	this is my story, this is my song, 
	praising my Savior all the day long. 

2.	Perfect submission, perfect delight, 
	visions of rapture now burst on my sight; 
	angels descending bring from above 
	echoes of mercy, whispers of love. 
	(Refrain) 3.	Perfect submission, all is at rest; 
	I in my Savior am happy and blest, 
	watching and waiting, looking above, 
	filled with his goodness, lost in his love. 
	(Refrain)

有福的 确据, 耶稣属我, 何等的荣耀 向我显明,
被救主 赎回, 为伸后嗣, 借宝血洗罪, 圣灵重生.

副歌: 这是我信息, 或讲或唱, 赞美我救主, 心里欢畅
常讲主慈爱, 并颂主恩, 赞美我救主, 昼夜不分.

完全顺 服主, 我灵欢喜, 天堂的荣耀, 显于我心
仿佛有 天使 由天降临, 报明主慈爱, 并住怜悯.

完全献 与主, 万事安宁, 荣耀的圣灵, 充满我心
时刻仰 望主, 儆醒等候, 不住地祈祷, 到主再临.

______________________Note added on March 24, 2013:

Something you need to know about the author of the hymn. She was born on March 24, 1820. She is remembered today (March 24, 2013) as the Lord’s Spirit replayed her hymn (which famous first line was engraved on her tombstone too). The watchman discovered this only just now about her birth date and the inscription! 

How awesome is our God! 

Isaiah 42:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.

Fanny Crosby 1820-1915, Born: March 24, 1820, Put­nam Coun­ty, New York. Fanny Cros­by was prob­ab­ly the most pro­lif­ic hymn­ist in his­to­ry. Though blind­ed by an in­com­pe­tent doc­tor at six weeks of age, she wrote over 8,000 hymns. In her life­time, Fan­ny Cros­by was one of the best known wo­men in the Unit­ed States. To this day, the vast ma­jor­i­ty of Amer­i­can hymn­als con­tain her work. When Fan­ny died, her tomb­stone car­ried the words, “Aunt Fan­ny” and “Bless­ed as­sur­ance, Jesus is mine. Oh, what a fore­taste of glo­ry di­vine.” 

End Times Witnessing: the supernatural God exists! (Updated)

I found this earlier blog which is indeed the message today! There is no other option but to believe in a supernatural God now or you might as well not live.

End Times Witnessing: the supernatural God exists!

   When seeing the way the world has become and the self-destructive highway that men move fast toward in the history of mankind, personally confronted with evil people without God who live a life in exactly the way that the Bible has predicted and depicted thousands of years ago, I have no doubt that the Bible is the book from God. God is real. He is the good side of mankind. We do have a bit in us that is good and kind. We long for the day when … Read More

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

Bible Reading: A prophet who sees eight visions

The Bible is God’s Book. Genesis tells us God began our history. Revelation tells us God wins. We also find ourselves becoming major characters in God’s development of this history book and His plan for lives on this earth. It is therefore important to read this Book and find out what God has planned for us.
THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH Author:  1:1 the Prophet Zechariah. Date of Writing: between 520 and 470 B.C.

Purpose of Writing: God has used His prophet to teach, warn and correct His people, also showing glimpses of God’s future glorious plan.
Key Problems: Refusal to listen to the Holy Spirit through the prophets; disobedience to God’s word resulted open doors to spiritual attacks- manifestations of  evil conducts and hardships: economic failure, physical enemies’ threats, moral breakdowns,breakdown of social-economic, political, legal and religious system.

Big Picture: The people of God did not know God or the word of God. They departed from the plumb line of God and tried to meet their needs by swinging to either sides of the plumb line: Rejection (due to unbelief) or Rebellion (due to pride), becoming victims or the criminals.

(1) Result of their Refusal to listen to the Holy Spirit
7:5-6 “Say to all your people and your priests, “During these seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and in early autumn, was it really for Me that you were fasting? And even now in your holy festivals, aren’t you eating and drinking just to please yourselves?” 12 “They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the messages the Lord sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets.” 7:13, “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.” 14 “They turned their land into a desert.”

SOLUTIONS OFFERED BY GOD for their immediate problems:
(1) A Call to Return to the Lord: establish right relationship with God (rebuild the Temple and right worship)

Zechariah 8:10 ” Before the work on the Temple began, there were no jobs and no money to hire people or animals. No traveler was safe from the enemy, for there were enemies on all sides. I had turned everyone against each other.” 11 “But now I will not treat the remnant of My people as I treated them before” 12 “For I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you.”
Zechariah 1:3, “Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,‘ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.” 1:4 “Turn from your evil ways and stop all your evil practices.” 1:6, “But everything I said through My servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said.” 2:6 “The Lord says, Come away! Flee from Babylon…”

(2) A Call for Justice and Mercy: establish right relationship with each other

7:9-10 “Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other. ”
9:16-17 “But this is what you must do: tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.”

(3) God promised them that this can be achieved by the Holy Spirit: they must be led by the Spirit, not by flesh
4:6 “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”4:10 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

8:6 “All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for Me? says the Lord God Almighty. “
10:12 “By My power I will make My people strong, and by My authority they will go wherever they wish. I, the Lord, have spoken.”