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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What is the Will of God for you?

John 6:26 tpt “Jesus replied, “Let me make this very clear, you came looking for me because I fed you by a miracle, not because you believe in me.”

The previous day, Jesus had just fed 5,000 men and with women and children included, about 20,0000 people all together got fed. After the feeding miracle, Jesus actually had to slip away for the people were looking to make Him their king. But don’t we want Jesus to be our king? Why did HE slip away?

There is a question Jesus poses onto His people after performing this miracle and this question still resonates for you and I. Why are we really following Jesus?

In verse 26, Jesus said to the multitude, that they were following Him because HE fed them by a miracle and not because they believed in Him. Even in our church, many had come and will come because they will hear or have heard of signs, wonders, and miracles. They want to be fed by a miracle. People may be coming to church desiring miracles to feed their distraught lives rather than coming to know Him through Full surrender. Does this mean that we can actually experience a miracle and not be “believing” in Him? After all, Jesus said to the people that they looked for Him not because they “believed” but because they were fed by a miracle.

When Jesus addressed this concern, although HE gave them a miracle, HE said HE was ready to give what mattered most. Most people come to church or to Jesus wanting something. But do we want something from Him or do we really want Him.

Jesus was ready to give them of Himself. But the people did not listen. They were one tracked minded. Rather than seeing the purpose of the miracle, the people asked a question that is self centered rather than surrendered.

John 6:28 tpt “They replied, “So what should we do if we want to do God’s work?”
“So what should we do if we want to do God’s works?”

Jesus had corrected them but rather than asking what they should do to “Believe” properly, they asked a question of what they should do to do God’s work. They didn’t ask the question of what they should do to properly believe because they all thought they believed in God and their definition of belief was sufficient.

I have witnessed many Christians say a very common term with their emotional passion.
They say, “I just want to do the Will or work for God. I will do whatever God wants!”

Most of the time, they do not realize they are not even believing in God properly. They do not see all their bad fruit and curses in their lives to realize they are not believing properly. Even in midst of spiritual and physical hunger, they still first seek God’s miracle to be fed physically. To be fed physically is to have your physical problems resolved but until we properly believe in Jesus, we will still go hungry. As a Christian, there will still be no peace, no joy, no rest, and no perfect love to cast your fear away if you are only following to be fed through a miracle rather than to feed of Him.

John 6:29-30 Jesus answered, “The work you can do for God starts with believing in the One he has sent.” They replied, “Show us a miracle so we can see it, and then we’ll believe in you. “
When Jesus tried to teach them properly, they rejected His teaching and demanded to be shown a miracle to test Him.

They didn’t really want to believe. True believing in the Lord requires full surrender. People generally do not want to fully surrender to the Lord. Wanting to see a sign or miracle showed that they only wanted to use God for their own self centered interests. They wanted to do His works out of their pride.

When the Lord did not show them a miracle but told them they had to eat His flesh and drink His Blood, scripture says, they disassociated themselves from Him. This is what many Christians do, they do not get what they want from God and therefore they walk away from Him. Many Christians think just because they think about God in their heads, they have not walked away from Him. When we are not surrendering, we may be walking away from Him.

“Those who are not with Me are against Me. Those who do not gather, scatter.”
HE said to eat My flesh and drink My Blood to have external life. Our basic core foundation should be Word, Prayer, and Worship. This is to feed of Him. We must first come to know Him to have eternal life. Then all those things will be added onto us.

Pastor Steve Kim

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Summer Conference with Pastor Kim, Yong Doo

Summer Conference with Pastor Kim, Yong Doo

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"You are a stubborn people"

You must recognize that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.
Deuteronomy 9:6 NLT

The Bible says we are all generally a stubborn people. Yes, stubborn is pride.

The good land (promise land) can represent your blessing, calling, position, healing, restoration, etc.

The Holy Fire Ministry (Fire of God Church) and the position of pastor and authority was not given to my wife and I because we are or were good people. In fact, two churches in our area were first given the opportunity to lead the Fire ministry in the Bay Area before we got the call because they had rejected it.

Yes, my wife and I had to pass many tests but regardless, we got the call and position because we were next in line. The promise land was given to God’s people not because they were good or deserved it. God gave the promise land because the secular people on that land at that time had become more wicked and needed to be kicked out.

Deuteronomy 9:4-5 NLT “After the Lord your God has done this for you, don’t say in your hearts, ‘The Lord has given us this land because we are such good people!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is pushing them out of your way. 5 It is not because you are so good or have such integrity that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Whether we preach, sing, play, rap, or serve, God did not chose us because we were good qualified people. Those ahead of you had rejected the call. Moreover, are we that talented? If we are, we would already be somewhere.

King Saul lost his kingdom because of pride. He became very insecure and jealous. Insecurity will always seek to protect what was given to you because the fear of losing is so strong. And fear is there because the person has not realize their position was given by grace and Love. We are able to do what we do because of His Love.

When we come to know our position and salvation was granted by grace and love, then we will walk in gratitude rather than insecurity and jealousy. Then we will not to be so hasty to be a show off but rather we will be quick to fear the Lord and be thankful.
Always be thankful!
 
Pastor Steve

Beware false prophets

Matthew 7:15-6 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

The false prophets come disguised as sheep or members of the congregation. This is not to say there are no bad pastors but the majority of them are within the ranks of the lay believers. They work outside the authority of the church and without permission of the pastors of that church. They are self appointed “prophets” who have their own dreams and visions through their imaginations.

Jeremiah 23:16 AMP “Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the [false] prophets who prophesy to you. They are teaching you worthless things and are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own mind and imagination And not [truth] from the mouth of the Lord.”

False prophets are themselves deceived because they do not even realize they are false prophets. They actually believe they hear from God. They can be mixed. But in most part, they are operating on their emotions chasing after weak spiritual baby Christians. Anyone can end up a false prophet and there are more false ones than there are true ones.

Prophesying falsely even one time is enough to make you be defined as a false prophet if you do not realize and repent properly. False prophets are saying God said when actually the demons have said.

How can we tell a false prophet? The Bible says to look for their fruit. You must know them personally and know their history to see if they are consistent people who obey and walk in the word. Do not just let any strangers pray for you as you have no idea who they are. We need to know if they possess the fruit of the Spirit. We need to know if they possess authority. We need to know if they are the same person in church as the same person at home. How is their relationship with their spouses? Their kids? Their work? The Bible says we can know by the way they act. Most clearly are the false prophets who work outside the authority of the church or pastors.
They are aggressive and physically seek out weak ones. They are the ones who sneak around undermining their authority/pastors who operate without permission.

Would you allow a homeless man to pray for the restoration of your finances? Would you go to a homeless person for financial advice? Would you go to a person whose marriage is falling apart for marriage advice or prayer? You need to know who is the one that wants to pray over you? In fact, there are homeless Christians who go around trying to prophesied to people to bless them when in fact they themselves are cursed. We can pray for each other but praying over someone is another matter.

This is not to say God can’t use such people but the question remains. Even though some may have problems, have they been given authority to give counsel and pray over others? The High priest Eli was corrupted but God still used Eli to prophesy over Hannah and still operate as the high priest. But fearfully in the end, Eli and his boys were judged and killed by God.

What is the harvest of false prophet? What are the signs of their judgement? Many of them will have serious digestive problems.

Jeremiah 23:15 AMP “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts in regard to the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them [the bitterness of] wormwood And make them drink the poisonous water [of gall], For from the [counterfeit] prophets of Jerusalem Profaneness and ungodliness have spread into all the land.’”

As Elijah said, the true Word comes with Fire.

Jeremiah 23:29 “Does not my word burn like fire?” says the Lord. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?”

Jeremiah 23:30-32 “Therefore,” says the Lord, “I am against these prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from me. I am against these smooth-tongued prophets who say, ‘This prophecy is from the Lord!’ I am against these false prophets. Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

In any moment or instant, anyone can become a false prophet. The devil only needs to deceive you once to sin against God. Please be more mindful and serious before desiring authority when your heart still needs to be purified.

The Bible says do not be so hasty to lay hands on just anyone. Therefore, look at your own fruit before you counsel or pray over others. It is fine to pray for people but praying and propheizing over them is another serious matter. Are you one with authority for God’s Kingdom is established as a monarchy. We need to understand spiritual
authority or we will get into serious trouble.
 
Pastor Steve

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What is Fear of God?

Psalms‬ ‭111:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!”


Fear of God is putting Him first above all things. The problem is we think we are putting God First, but is that really the case?

The Bible says when we put God and His Word first, we will have peace, joy, prosperity, health, be the head, etc.

If we lack those signs or conditions, then perhaps, we need to ask God to search our hearts even more.

Assult into the Promise Land through instruction of your authority

Numbers‬ ‭13:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “The Lord now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.””
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God uses Moses as His authority to instruct His people with a task, assignment, and/or commission. God did not directly speak to the 12 tribe leaders for this assignment. God used Moses to instruct them. Moses can represent your current pastor. One who represents authority.

Can these tribe leaders hear God? Even in those days, God spoke to some of His people. We know God spoke to Aaron and Miriam as they said to Moses, “Does The Lord only speak through Moses?”

God said to Moses, “Send out the men to explore the land of Canaan.”

The land of Canaan represents the promise land. It may represents a promise. It may represent a blessing. It may represent an answer for your prayer. It may represent healing, restoration, or deliverance. It may represent many things.

God had said that He would give you the land. A land flowing in milk and honey. But when we get near the breakthrough, God gives us instructions to explore the land. Exploration is a test. The exploration is to show the people that physically, it will look impossible. It is to test their hearts.

God wants to see how you will react. He wants to see how you will think? He wants to know what you will say? He wants to know if you will continue to follow instructions through His authority.

And how you react, speak, or think will determine how God will come through with His promise. HE is a rewarder of faith. Or HE will allow you to eat what you speak and grumble. This only delays or changes the plan.

Ten of the twelves spies came back with doubt and fear. They only focused on the negative and imperfection rather than remembering who their God is.

“So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!””
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭13:32-33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Numbers 14:11 “And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them?”

Numbers 14 21-23 “But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the Lord’s glory, 22 not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice. 23 They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it.”
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God can make many promises and prophecy. But HE can also cancel and change things
based on our failures to keep our faith and loyalty.

“They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors.”

The land may represent a calling, a promise, healing, blessing, restoration, and etc.

The people’s natural reaction is to blame Moses, Caleb, and Joshua by wanting to stone them. We can never blame anyone else thinking they gave you the wrong answer. The real culprit is the one we look in the mirror.

God is still waiting for many to humble (even in our own church) themselves and repent. Forty years can represent the time period of testing and tribulation before the next assault into the promise land. You can either die within those 40 spiritual years which represent a time period
or start again as a second generation. To die in the wilderness may also mean one who never achieved their calling or promise. It had wildered away in time.

The second generation represent a new person. One who is new and not old. They will be given another opportunity to enter the promise land when they had failed the first time.

Have you lost faith in Jesus?

Luke‬ ‭8:25‬ ‭TPT‬‬ “Then Jesus said to them, “Why are you fearful? Have you lost your faith in me?” Shocked and shaken, they said with amazement to one another, “Who is this man who has authority over winds and waves that they obey him?””
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The Lord asked, “Why are you fearful?” Then He asked a second question.

When fear comes upon us, the presumption based on the Lord’s second question would mean, we may have lost faith in God and therefore we are in fear. We either lost faith or we had never grown a more mature faith in Him.

Rather than focusing on what is causing our fear, we need to realize the fear is revealing our lack of trust in God. Therefore, we need to repent for the lack of trust. We lose faith in God when we are deficient in our time with Him and His Presence through proper prayer, Word, worship, and obedience. We must realize then that we are still immature and need to spend more time to grow in Him. We need to realize when we are in fear, we are offline with Him.

The disciples had already witnessed many healings and miracles but when a violent wind arose, it showed the disciples still lacked faith. We can experience and witness miracles and power but witnessing such events does not automatically give us faith.

The Bible says His Perfect Love cast out all fear. People like to watch and experience miracles, signs, and wonders but we fail to realize their purpose. We fail to realize when a circumstance produces fear in us, we need to realize our lack of faith in Jesus rather than just trying to get God to stop the violent wind or storm in our lives. The violent wind or storms are used to reveal our lack of trust. The disciples asked Jesus in verse 24, just like many baby Christians ask in a storm, “Don’t you care about us?”

The miracles, signs, and wonders glorify God and their purpose is also to help reveal His Love for us just as violent winds and storms are used to help reveal our lack of faith in Him. They are not just to be some spectacle. Coming to realize His Love for us should strengthen our faith as we witness all the wonders walking with Him.

When miracles, signs, and wonders are in your midst, rather than boasting of your experiences out of pride to magnify oneself, perhaps, we need to see them from a deeper angle of how much God loves us.

As I experience supernatural signs and wonders in my walk with the Lord, I come to realize a greater depth of His Love for me. As I come to realize this magnitude of love, I know I am His beloved. I am much Loved by Him and I know HE will definitely save me for it is not out of my works but for His glory. As I come to know His Perfect Love, any and all fears are cast away.

Pastor Steve