2023: a year of more grace

Looking through my old blogs posted 13 years ago (while being new in living by the spirit), I note relevant reminder for myself:

“Like in the rebuilding project in Nehemiah, the watchman’s job is never completed until the walls are completed. But he dares not presume anything, knowing the serious consequences of human presumption”. “He used to think that it would get easier as he continues his quest. He is wrong. When he first sought God in the Holy Spirit, he saw visions easily and had the related interpretations almost immediately. As the year went by he lost momentum and could not settle down to seek God’s presence quietly. He did no even enquire of God and he saw less and less visions.”(2010-01-20)

Back to 2023: reading what I wrote in 2010 makes me blush and yet thankful that it is the compassionate God who has held fast to me so I would not give up despite my ignorance.

My gratitude to good Bible teachings which have helped shaped who I am today. Over the last ten years I have progressed from being merely fascinated with visions and dreams, to increasingly knowing the importance of building a stable and restful relationship with God, anchored in His truth (words), the reality of His love, and His ever presence, believing that my spirit is joined to His Spirit who dwells in me, secured through my union with Him (position in Christ Jesus).

Those who have read some of my 2022 blogs would have noted that I have moved to a proactive position of believing and applying Biblical truth on divine healing and divine health. The main reason is that I have seen too many brethren in sickness and pain. How should we treat our suffering neighbors? Our Lord Jesus has an answer in Luke 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Can I remain a mere bystander? This is the question each of us must ask today. There is a prerequisite. We must first be compelled by the love of God. We love because He first loved us. (2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 John 4:10)

Yes, I believe God wants His children to show more of His compassion. 2023 is a year of More Grace. More of God. More of Jesus. More of the Holy Spirit. More of the Life of God in everyone who believes. More of His love. More of His light.

2023 Bible passage to practice: Luke 10:36-37

36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

2023 Bible blessing verse: Luke 10:23 23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see”.

Be blessed, my friends.

Kainotes, 2023-01-08

2022 (a different drum beat pt 2)

God loves to give. He hears you talking about Him. He takes note of those who put their attention on Him and distinguishes them from others.

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.”(Malachi 3:16)

The watchman’s list of random words and verses received chronologically in the year 2022 continues.

God loves to give: Ask, seek, knock. How much more will your Father who is in heaven will give good things to those who ask Him. (Matt.7:7-11, Mark 11:22-24, Luke 11:9-13) Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Paul’s prison experience demonstrates his close relationship with God Who has enabled his dominion over his adverse circumstances. Paul listens to the Holy Spirit and sets positive goals. (Read Philippians)

  1. He knew and predicted he would be set free. Indeed he was.
  2. He set only one goal: experience the mighty power Christ has been through (the resurrection power).
  3. He knew he was in union with Christ and nothing could separate them.

The psalmist of Psalm 91 did just that: Making God his dwelling. Thus, no evil can come upon him, nor any plague can come near. Jesus says, abide in Me, and let My word abide in you, and you will ask what you desire and it shall done for you. (John 15:7) It means living in the Almighty, through His word as building blocks on the cornerstone of His love.

Proverbs 18:24 I have a true and faithful “Friend”, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. Jesus says the Holy Spirit will dwell with me and will be in me, and abide with me forever. (John 14:16-17) He will guide me into all truth, and tell me things to come. (John 16:13) He is indeed!

Proverbs 21:31 “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” We need to be prepared. The second part of this verse assures us that the Lord will always ensure victory. He will always lead me in triumph in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

A study on “Grace”. Grace is my password to access all that Jesus has accomplished, to manifest all good gifts in my physical life, my body, mental and emotional health and wellbeing in all matters. Something happens in my whole being when I fix my eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2)

Grace is what God is to me. God is my Healer, Provider, Defender, Protector, Comforter, Guide and Guard…my all in all. (psalm 23)

A life worth living is a life lived under the grace of God. I believe right about God. What I believe affects how I live my life. I believe God’s love for me. He is always my ever ready Help! Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. All His promises in Christ Jesus are yes and amen. God is always good and faithful. (2 Corinthians 1:18-20)

I am created for a purpose. My life has meaning. Christ hold my life together so I need not fear. I am joined to the Lord, one spirit with Him, integrated into His life, His victory my victory, His possessions, mine. (1 Corinthians 6:17, Colossians 1:16-17, Colossians 1:12, Philippians 4:7,13,19)

I hold fast to the truth-all the promises that Jesus has given to me and set me free. (John 8:32) His grace is the truth. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17) I believe and enjoy His grace and love, with His wisdom, stability and peace flowing into me seamlessly, guiding my decisions and actions. For God has made Him my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30) I have the mind of Christ. (1Corinthians 2:16)

Grace put the divine medicine inside my spirit. It will do the work. I am aware of what I have, all that Jesus has provided through grace. He says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit”. Healing is the fruit too. Jesus is the true Healer. I abide in Christ, aware of Him and stay in fellowship with Him, often through reading and meditating on His words and praying in tongue, downloading wisdom and understanding from Him directly and applying to my life.

The life of God is in my spirit, when released by faith, can cure any disease. I see this possible. For with God, nothing will be impossible. Luke 1:37 All things are possible for him who believes. Mark 9:23.

A study on “Faith”. The body and the blood of Jesus. Read Hebrews chapter 10.

I have been sanctified through the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10) I have boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus. (19) I can draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith. (22) I hold fast the confession of my hope without wavering for He (God) who promised is faithful! (23)

I am members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. (Ephesians 5:30)

My feelings do not determine my anointing. My situation does not influence my possession of the life of God. My faith is not based on feelings. My faith is based on my belief in God and His words. He sent His words and healed and delivered. (psalm 107:20) Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.” “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” (Matthew 8:13, 9:22)

On ministry: A final point for 2022 to ponder on: The apostle Paul was rejected by Jerusalem religious leaders. What did he do? He submitted to his original calling to preach the grace Gospels to the Gentiles and fulfilled the great commission of Christ, making disciples of all the nations. The dynamic exponential growth in believers turns out to be in all the nations, just as Jesus has spoken.

Application for every believer: Where is my “all the nations”? How may I reach them? (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:17-18,20)

Note: the year 2022 was somewhat bent to walking in divine healing and divine health due to the many needs around.

What will 2023 bring? What is the word from above? (to continue in my next blog)

Kainotes, 2023-01-07

2022 (a different drum beat)

“Consider not”, “Fear not”…The watchman’s list of random words and verses received chronologically this year.

3/11 Numbers 21:9 When he looked at the…he lived. (John 3:14,15; Hebrews 12:2) “Intense looking unto Jesus, fix our eyes on Jesus, abandoning all else, only He matters!”

What are you considering?” Abraham considered not his body. He did not waver at the promise of God. He was fully convinced that God was able to perform. The same applies to us too–made righteous by faith in God. (Romans 4:18-20) Sarah too. (Hebrews 11:11)

Consider this truth instead of the symptoms: God is good, powerful, faithful to perform His words. Healing is God’s love language!

4/11 Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you.” So I ask, “What is possible?” Answer: Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

5/11 How do we know God loves us? 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

6/29 read and meditated on God’s created “family” in Genesis 1-11. Last night I finished another blog on Adam’s family–Seth’s lineage. How God had to find one man in each generation to carry on the lineage of mankind until Jesus was born.

Genesis 6:3 “Yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” God spoke of normal human lifespan.

7/7 Talked with the Father. he said, not to worry about tomorrow. Reading “the Power of Imagination” (Andrew Wommack) I tried to visualize God. Then I was led by the Spirit to read Romans 8, on the Life giving Spirit, the life of God in us.

8/21 (a week) It is the position of my heart, not about a technique, to have the presence of God (to see, sense, recognize). Righteousness, peace, and joy –reveal the kingdom of God inside me.

Reading Isaiah 34-49. 34:16 search from God’s book and read; 35:5-6 healing; 38:21 healed; 40:1 comforted; 40:31 strength renewed;

Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear not, for I am with you; (Fear not 41:13,14; 43:1,5; 44:2)

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 45:11

11 Thus says the Lord,
The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons;
And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.

Isaiah 48:11

11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.

My conversation with God: reading Isaiah 49:1-4

Isaiah 49:4

Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord,
And my work with my God.’ ”

Prayer: Abba Father, please show us how to walk the next step, fearless, let Your perfect love cast out all fears!

8/28 Calm, at ease like normal living. How do I see myself? See how God see me. My value and my work in Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:9 received twice for best friend. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Hebrews 10:23 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Read healing promises: God wants you healed, Jesus is your Healer, freely receive your healing, see His grace and be healed, rest in His finished work! Hebrews 12:2 Fix your eyes on Jesus! 12:1 let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us!

8/31 Romans 5:17 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

God listens –we are listened to, because of Jesus! Hebrews 4:15-16 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We live in the light. The light shows that the terror of darkness and chaos have no objective reality to them. Light is the fundamental reality in which we live. And God is light. We are not cursed. We are blessed. We have the light of life. (John 1:5; 8:12)

“Christian spirituality does not begin with us talking about our experience; it begins with listening to God who calls us, heals us, and forgives us.” God not only is. God speaks. I need to learn and practice listening spiritually.

Jesus says, 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

September 1-3 (three days fast and pray): read and meditate Bible verses as led by the Holy Spirit, pray in Tongues. (to continue in next blog)

Kainotes, 2022-12-31

the new watchman’s adventure: a night of many tongues and messages.

An abridged account on a spiritual adventure praying in tongue from the recent new watchman’s notes. Woke at 3am after two hours of sleep. Caught up with a few days’ arrears in one year of Bible reading.

Reading of the day (42nd Week Day2): Psalm 116:7 restore to your rest, o my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Continued with 8, 9, 10, 15.

42nd Week Day 3: Jeremiah (30-31) 30:10,11,12,13,15,17,18-20; 31:2,3,6,10,11,12,13,14,16,17.

For three hours the watchman prayed in tongues while reading the Bible verses and in understanding from time to time to say Amen to the promises as prompted in his spirit. Assured in 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus Christ) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. God has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 1:22.

Excerpts of spoken tongues in interpretations (word by word as they came) towards the last part of the three hours in the presence of the Lord.

“The void is filled by God.”

“Do not stray your thoughts, come back, and stay your rest with Me, wait in Me.”

“the dawn, the dawn light has come.”

“lift up your voice and sing to the Lord.”

“wait a while, rest a while, and be re-charged.”

(“thank you Lord”, said the watchman in the spirit and interpreted too!)

“”say to my soul, don’t you know? “

“The hills are full of stocks. And the Shepherd is shepherding. Leading, leading. leading. And His sheep hear His voice and keep in steps. They hear, and they step, they hear, and they step, step by step, step by step, to the green pasture, the river of living water.”

“The blind will see, the lame will leap forward, never stumble, never fall.”

“Hear the trumpet sound, in the East, in the West, in the islands.”

“The Lord is God, the Lord is God, praise Him, praise Him, praise the Lord!”

The second part came in messages in the heart (as thoughts) after the tongues and interpretation:

“Your work is not wasted., the voice of your work.”

“I have programmed your voice in your belly. I have set the algorithm voice in your belly. That’s how you know Me. That’s why you know Me. My Spirit sets off the charge.”

“Soul, don’t be proud, Don’t make noise that means nothing. Don’t think that it’s hard to know Me.”.

P/s: the watchman recalled that prior going to bed on the previous night before the above session in tongues, he was reading 2 Corinthians 1:20, 22, and 24 which read: for by faith you stand.

After the session, the watchman re-read the verse from Jeremiah who seemed to have the same issue with sleeping less hours than needed. 31:26 After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me. O that he too could have sweet sleep after the work that the Lord assured was not in vain.

καί notes 2022-10-26

Jeremiah 31:26

a watershed! how to walk the next step in Christ?

spiritual watershed

The point is, the physical world is openly exposing itself as what it has become. The spiritual world too has revealed itself just as real but toward another direction. The two paths have now merged into a physical-spiritual watershed point. It has come to a point where the divide between the physical and the spiritual is growing into a chasm. No, this is not a premonition. This is not a prophecy. Rather, this is the passing of ancient prophecies.

Being put in Christ (in union and communion with Him), walking this earth, today a believer in Christ looks at the paths ahead and realizes that one cannot proceed further without taking stock of their current spiritual state.

This is how one takes stock of their personal spiritual state, in order to carry on in the two parallel worlds. The Bible verses are quoted from the New Matthew Bible (NMB).

Look at the spiritual: Who God is and who I really am

Know and acknowledge that God is always good: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.” It’s an absolute truth; there are no exceptions. God is always good. (James 1:17)

Who I am and what my purpose is for being here (on this planet), in particular, at this increasingly perilous time
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and his own special people, in order that you should show forth the virtues of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light –” (1 Peter 2:9)

What I am supposed to do next at the present scenario and in future:

This is a reminder to all who are serious about our life hereon and thereafter. It is all about stewardship of what we have been given. The people of God have resources. What do we do with our resources? Jesus said we need to be gentler than doves and yet wiser than serpents. Jesus also uses one last parable to describe a final set of criteria whereby the goats and sheep will be sorted into two categories, to each its end.

The end of all things is at hand. Be therefore discreet and sober, so that you may be fit for prayer. But above all things, have fervent love among you. For love covers the multitude of sins. Be ready to take one another into your homes, and that without grudging. 10 As each one has received the gift, minister the same to one another, as good ministers of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:7-10)

“The English word “sober” was translated from the Greek word “SOPHRONEO,” and this Greek word means “to be of sound mind, i.e. sane, (figuratively) moderate” (Strong’s Concordance). It is not just talking about not being drunk. The Amplified Bible renders this word “watch” as “alert.” So, true prayer will keep us alert unto what the Lord is doing.”

“The only way to maintain relationships is with fervent love, the kind that is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The word “fervent” was translated from the Greek word ektenes. The other occurrence was in Acts 12:5, where “fervent” was translated “without ceasing.” So “fervent charity” in this verse may be interpreted as “charity without ceasing.” ”

Love, God’s kind of love, is a power. It is a supernatural power. It has worked on the cross two thousands of years ago. This is the Truth that Jesus has revealed and personally demonstrated. God’s kind of love is God’s kind of power. And all the apostles and early church disciples of Jesus knew this. (Read the New Testament and the early church history)

We are required to be “watchful” and “alert.” So, true prayer will keep us alert unto what the Lord is doing. For this purpose, the Lord has given us the spiritual abilities to see, hear, understand, discern and make the right choices/decisions at the right time.

Jesus actually spoke at length about the perilous time. I will not repeat here. Please read the related chapters in the Gospels and also the Book of Revelation.

What is the consolation for His people? I have been comforted and reassured of the goodness of God and the confident expectation of good for the people of God, in countless Bible verses. I pray you too as you read this blog and meditate on the verses the Lord will give you as you move on from your own watershed point to a point of the hope in Christ that all born again believers have.

HCSB Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. (1 Peter 5:10)

MSG Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13)

AMP For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]. (1 John 5:4)

17 And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out devils, and will speak with new tongues, 18 and will kill serpents. And if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover. (Mark 16:17-18 NMB)

What is the next step for all who are the followers of Jesus and Bible believers?

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” (Romans 4:20)Abraham had done this as our trail blazer. So can we.

This is how Jesus has prepared and fully equipped us: (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)

But as it is written: The eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for those who love him.

10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yea, the bottom of God’s secrets. 11 For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of a man which is within him? In the same way, the things of God are known by no man, but by the Spirit of God. 12 And we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes of God, in order to know the things that are given to us by God –15 But he who is spiritual evaluates all things. Yet he himself is judged by no man. 16 For who knows the mind of the Lord, or who shall inform him? But we understand the mind of Christ.

We have the mind of Christ! (NKJV)

Application for all who believe: start practicing reading and mediating the Word of God, to know, understand and receive the wisdom of Christ and in Christ. Pray in the Spirit. Ask the Lord’s Spirit to speak to us and guide us specifically in every decision/direction. Be deliberate and be alert. Live as Jesus did and does now.

AMPC In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)

καί notes, 2022-08-29