Tag: Holy Spirit-led

Watchman’s adventure: an impossible mission

John 7:3738This daughter took the bother to ask her father for more. She urged her husband to ask for the land from her father first. Then she went to see her father and asked for more. She asked for the springs of water. And she was given accordingly. This historical record reminds me of what the Lord Jesus told the disciples, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) In the same context, Jesus assured the disciples that the individual believer will do what Jesus did and even greater works because he will have the Holy Spirit dwelling in him forever. Jesus went on to reinforce this truth, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:16, 23)

Watchman’s notes:
My recent month-long experience has again proven this important truth. In a humanly impossible challenge I had no backup except the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in me. When I looked at the “mountain” I cried out silently that it was impossible for me to move it. But I heard the calling. Just take one step at a time. Said the Lord. I was reminded to be faithful in the small things and then move on to the bigger things. Just speak to the mountain. I was told. At first I thought I would be there for seven days but I soon realized I had to add more days. In total I spent 25 days (with a short Easter break of 4 days) on the assignment.

No words can adequately describe the physical, mental and emotional “torment”. But the goal was worthy. In my utterly depressed moment I heard this word, “What you are doing to the least of My brother, you are doing to Me.” I learned that to the Lord, a life is more valuable than anything else. In this instance, to bring to physical and spiritual safety and care of an old Christian widow.
Looking back, I realize that because God is with me and in me the mission is completed within a miraculously short time. In His light, in His power and in His authority. In the name of Jesus. By the faith of the Son of God in me. By the power of the grace of God. All I did was daily aligning my action with His clearly expressed will and continued to put faith into action as led by the Holy Spirit and His word.

Was I equipped? I believe I was. Prior Easter I was led in my spirit to undertake 21 days of fasting (mainly Daniel fast) until April 13. When I had to embark on the mission I still had about five more days of fasting to do. Although I did not treat it as a legalistic ritual I continued to believe in the spiritual purpose and take light food and only one main meal a day throughout the mission (except for the four days of Easter break when I flew to another city to have a reunion with my loved ones).

The most important thing I have learned out of this experience is that God is love. His unfathomable love even for the least significant person in the eyes of human. For all who believe and become sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and are baptized into Christ (put on Christ), there is “neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)

The Land Given to Caleb (Joshua 15:13-19)
13 The Lord commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah’s territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh. So Caleb was given… 14 Caleb drove out the three groups of Anakites…
15 From there he went to fight against the people living in…16 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” 17 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife.
18 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What’s the matter?”
19 She said, “Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

Jesus Promises Living Water
John 7:37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”[a] 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,[b] because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

Footnotes:
7:37-38 Or “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of anyone who believes in me.’”
7:39 Several early manuscripts read But as yet there was no Spirit. Still others read But as yet there was no Holy Spirit.

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)

Be led by the Spirit of God – be sons of God

the Son of God
the Son of God

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:1-3 (in Context)  Genesis 1 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Genesis 41:38

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”

Genesis 41:37-39 (in Context)  Genesis 41 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Exodus 31:3

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Exodus 31:2-4 (in Context)  Exodus 31 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations1 Samuel 10:10

When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

1 Samuel 10:9-11 (in Context)  1 Samuel 10 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations1 Chronicles 28:12

and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things;

1 Chronicles 28:11-13 (in Context)  1 Chronicles 28 (Whole Chapter)  Other TranslationsIsaiah 31:3

Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish together.

Isaiah 31:2-4 (in Context)  Isaiah 31 (Whole Chapter)  Other TranslationsIsaiah 61:1

[ The Good News of Salvation ] “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Isaiah 61:1-3 (in Context)  Isaiah 61 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Ezekiel 39:29

And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 39:28-29 (in Context)  Ezekiel 39 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Daniel 5:14

I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

Daniel 5:13-15 (in Context)  Daniel 5 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Luke 1:35

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:34-36 (in Context)  Luke 1 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Luke 2:40

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Luke 2:39-41 (in Context)  Luke 2 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Matthew 3:16

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

Matthew 3:15-17 (in Context)  Matthew 3 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Matthew 12:28

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Matthew 12:27-29 (in Context)  Matthew 12 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

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

John 3:34

For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.

John 3:33-35 (in Context)  John 3 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

John 4:24

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:23-25 (in Context)  John 4 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 2:17

‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

Acts 2:16-18 (in Context)  Acts 2 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 2:33

Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 2:32-34 (in Context)  Acts 2 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Acts 4:30-32 (in Context)  Acts 4 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 5:32

And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Acts 5:31-33 (in Context)  Acts 5 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 7:55

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,

Acts 7:54-56 (in Context)  Acts 7 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 10:38

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 10:37-39 (in Context)  Acts 10 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 15:8

So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,

Acts 15:7-9 (in Context)  Acts 15 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Acts 20:28

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:27-29 (in Context)  Acts 20 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Romans 8:14

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Romans 8:13-15 (in Context)  Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Galatians 3:26

[ Sons and Heirs ] For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:25-27 (in Context)  Galatians 3 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Galatians 4:6

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

Galatians 4:5-7 (in Context)  Galatians 4 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations

Romans 1:3-5

concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

Journey to see God: Biblical cross over

Holy Spirit pours from heavenHere are some Bible verses on “cross over”. We can note that the crossing has both spiritual and physical consequences. In my previous blog post I mentioned fasting at this crucial time. Fasting and praying have spiritual impact. Do persist and stay in the presence of our spiritual God, and let the Holy Spirit lead us.

Cross over to take possession of promises of God:

  1. Deuteronomy 4:22
    But I must die in this land; I must not cross the Jordan; but you shall go over and possess that good land.

    Deuteronomy 4:21-23 (in Context) Deuteronomy 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Deuteronomy 11:31
    For you are to cross over the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you shall possess it and live in it.

    Deuteronomy 11:30-32 (in Context) Deuteronomy 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Cross over to conquer and destroy the enemies of God:

  1. Joshua 5:1
    When all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the Israelites until we had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no spirit in them any more because of the Israelites.

    Joshua 5:1-3 (in Context) Joshua 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Judges 11:32
    Then Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight with them, and the Lord gave them into his hand.

    Judges 11:31-33 (in Context) Judges 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Judges 12:1
    The men of Ephraim were summoned together and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, Why did you cross over to fight with the Ammonites and did not summon us to go with you? We will burn your house over you with fire.

    Judges 12:1-3 (in Context) Judges 12 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. Judges 12:3
    And when I saw that you would not rescue me, I put my life in my hands and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the Lord delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?

    Judges 12:2-4 (in Context) Judges 12 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

The King led the Crossing over important waters:

  1. 2 Samuel 15:23
    All the country wept with a loud voice as all the people passed over. The king crossed the brook Kidron, and all the people went on toward the wilderness.

    2 Samuel 15:22-24 (in Context) 2 Samuel 15 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. 2 Samuel 17:22
    David arose and all the people with him and passed over the Jordan. By daybreak, not one was left who had not crossed.

    2 Samuel 17:21-23 (in Context) 2 Samuel 17 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. 2 Samuel 19:39
    So all the people went over the Jordan. When the king had crossed over, he kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and [the great man] returned to his own place.

    2 Samuel 19:38-40 (in Context) 2 Samuel 19 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Cross over for anointing purposes:

  1. 1 Kings 19:19
    So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him.

    1 Kings 19:18-20 (in Context) 1 Kings 19 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

The Might of God is displayed in enabling men to cross over difficult waters:

  1. Isaiah 11:15
    And the Lord will utterly destroy (doom and dry up) the tongue of the Egyptian sea [the west fork of the Red Sea]; and with His [mighty] scorching wind He will wave His hand over the river [Nile] and will smite it into seven channels and will cause men to cross over dry-shod.

    Isaiah 11:14-16 (in Context) Isaiah 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translation

The Son of God crossed over to search and rescue captives from wicked spiritual power:

  1. Matthew 14:34
    And when they had crossed over to the other side, they went ashore at Gennesaret.

    Matthew 14:33-35 (in Context) Matthew 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Mark 6:53
    And when they had crossed over, they reached the land of Gennesaret and came to [anchor at] the shore.

    Mark 6:52-54 (in Context) Mark 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

The apostle and disciples crossing over the sea for evangelical mission and church building as led by the Holy Spirit:

  1. Acts 21:2
    There we found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia; so we went aboard and sailed away.

    Acts 21:1-3 (in Context) Acts 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Although the following verse does not talk about ‘cross over’. it is relevant as it highlights a main purpose of crossing over – to witness God who has disarmed the spiritual principalities and powers (that were against us), displayed and enabled us to triumph over them in Christ and in the cross. How great is our God!

  1. Colossians 2:15
    [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

    Colossians 2:14-16 (in Context) Colossians 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Personal notes on spiritual matters for all Christians

Because this blog is all about God, I am reluctant to say much about my own thoughts or sharing my life. But I have been witnessing the increasing chasm between the spiritual and carnal Christians (those who are more accustomed to use their five senses) all over the world. So I have decided to share a bit here, despite the limitation of my words.

I have lived in different parts of the world and have encountered different customs and cultures for the bulk of my life.

In the last ten years I have gradually encountered the reality of the holy God in the Spirit, in the Bible and in life. I realized what it means to have the reverent fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). This means agreeing the spiritual existence of absolute good and evil and the final accountability everyone must give to the holy God, who abhors things done not of the Spirit, but out of man’s flesh or carnality.

Jesus has Himself declared, the ruler of this world has nothing in Him. His disciples followed the same principle.

When one aligns with God, one does not yearn to be the same as the Jones. What do Christians have to do with evil? Why bring in their customs and cultures which are abominations in the eyes of the holy God? God wants us set apart for Him, away from the world and its customs, just as He had warned the Israel people. 

Being spiritual means we live in awareness of two realms: the physical and the spiritual. The spiritual reality governs the physical. All customs and cultures have a spiritual realm where the spiritual rulers rule and direct their adherents’ lives. Apostle Paul had revealed this truth in Ephesians 6:12.

Our Lord Jesus warned the disciples to be spiritually discerning when sending them into the world! “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrew as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) Jesus was talking about the physical as well as spiritual enemies. Why? Because they were stepping into spiritual enemy’s territory as they go out and witness for Jesus!

The pagans know better about the spiritual. They are wise on what to avoid and when. For example, different cultures round the world have their own ‘ghost’ festivals. The Chinese called the Halloween in the West, the Westerners’ ‘ghost’ night, the night when the evil spirits paraded, (like the Chinese July month when hell opened its gates and let the hungry demons come out) and they avoid going out that night! Other pagan religions too have their own ghost periods and festivals.

A spiritually discerning person can see spirits. They see spirits in unclean houses, the streets, schools, offices, hospitals, shopping malls, movie theaters, and funeral parlors. A normally fit and healthy rational German Christian man recently testified that he walked under the air vent of a shopping mall, and saw this huge black thing coming at him, entered and went through him. He was instantly hit with severe pain and collapsed on the floor. His wife and daughter who regularly attend a Spirit-filled, Bible believing and adhering church, took authority using the name of Jesus, prayed fervently, as he lied there near dead, gasping for breath. he finally survived. The experience was traumatic.

When Christians stay away from certain locations during certain time, they merely obey the leading of the Spirit of the Lord, who is holy. The evil spirits know too whether you are walking in the Holy Spirit or not. The seven sons of the priest were attacked by the evil spirit because they knew Jesus and apostle Paul walked in the power of the Holy Spirit, but this group of exorcists did not. This group of believers were trying to do the right thing, casting demon, using the mighty name of the Lord Jesus. But they were not sent by the Lord. They went on their own flesh and of course they suffered the terrible consequences.

When God sent Moses to Egypt to confront Pharaoh, the Lord gave him spiritual power to overcome the territorial evil spirits controlling the land there. When the prophet Samuel patrolled the Israel land he was just one man, but the territorial spirit of the Philistines feared him, because he walked in the Spirit of the Lord. None of his words fell to the ground. He merely spoke and the words took effect.

Unless we are sent by the Lord and walk in discernment of the spiritual realm and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we do not do exploits. This is what I have learned over thirty years being a born again Christian, after having suffered immense loss.

So what shall an ordinary Christian do? Find out more about the reality of God and His words, the Bible. The Bible cannot be read as a knowledge book. Do not rationalize away the real meaning and purpose of the holy words. Jesus has warned clearly, as the pharisees and other religious leaders, even His own followers/disciples did not believe in the spiritual reality of Jesus and what Jesus has represented. Read the four Gospels again. Ask the Lord Holy Spirit to guide you. Daily pray the prayers of apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (1:16-23; 3:14-21).

What happens if some still cannot hear the Holy Spirit? I believe in the grace and mercy of God. Keep seeking to know God, keep asking His Spirit to reveal to you. For a start, daily praying the Lord’s Prayer can help you a lot, if you believe!

John 6:61-65 (NKJV)

61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 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. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”

hell is real!
hell is real!