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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What is Grace for?

Many Christians are misinformed about Grace. They believe Grace is given so that they may live in their shortcomings, addictions, bondage, and sin. No brethren, Jesus did not go to the Cross so we may continue to live and swim in our own dung. Grace does not give us the ability or excuse to spend less time with the Lord. Many assume Grace is there so all they really have to do is acknowledge that God exist and acknowledge that Jesus had died on the Cross for us. But even the demons "believe" and even the demons can acknowledge of God's existence. In fact, the demons have more faith than most of us in His Power and what it can do to them. Therefore, they shudder!

James 2:19-20 (AMP)You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as [a]make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]!20 Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?

What is Grace there for? Grace has come forward for the deliverance from sin and for the eternal salvation for all man kind. It does not give us the excuse to continue but it has brought power to deliver us from sin. It is there to TRAIN us to reject and renounce all ungodliness and worldly desires!! But many use Grace to live in ungodliness and worldly desires. It is to TRAIN us to live discreet, self controlled, upright, devout lives as we wait and look for the blessed hope of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Titus 2:11-14 (AMP) For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),14 Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.

The last verse states that Jesus had given HIMSELF on our behalf to redeem us from all iniquity and purify for HIMSELF a people who are EAGER AND ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT LIVING A LIFE THAT IS GOOD AND FILLED WITH BENEFICIAL DEEDS.

James 2:21-24 (AMP) Was not our forefather Abraham [shown to be] justified (made acceptable to God) by [his] works when he brought to the altar as an offering his [own] son Isaac?22 You see that [his] faith was cooperating with his works, and [his] faith was completed and reached its supreme expression [when he implemented it] by [good] works.23 And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God’s will in thought and deed), and he was called God’s friend.24 You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he does and not alone through faith [through works of obedience as well as by what he believes].

If we have faith in the Lord, then we will allow Grace to train us so that we may bear fruit in works of obedience. Are we EAGER AND ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT LIVING A LIFE THAT IS GOOD AND FILLED WITH BENEFICIAL DEEDS.
The works of obedience is to reject and renounce all ungodliness and worldly desires. It is to live discreet, self controlled, upright, devout lives as we wait for HIM.

Is Grace training you or are you using Grace as an excuse?

Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call upon your God!

Many Christians tell each other to awake! But what is the definition of sleeping? Many know the return of the Lord draws near and they tell each other to awake! Even the ten virgins were falling asleep. In fact, all ten nodded off because the Lord had tarried. Therefore, what is to be awake and not sleeping? Is acknowledging His return to be awaken? Is knowing the signs of the times to be awaken? Are we awake because we see the turmoil that is brewing upon the earth? But even the unbelievers know and see the birth pangs upon the earth. In Jonah chapter 1, it was the mariners that was telling Jonah to Awake! "What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call upon your God!"It is really God's people who are sleeping!

Jonah 1:6 (AMP) So the captain came and said to him, What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call upon your God! Perhaps your God will give a thought to us so that we shall not perish. 

Why was Jonah sleeping? He was in the inner part of the ship laying down fast asleep. In a sense, he was in the back of the row of the church hiding staying low so that no one would notice him. And in some case, as many Christians do in church, they are literally sleeping. Or they may be preoccupied with the scores of the sports teams. They may be texting. They may be playing games on their phones. They are not staying focused on the Lord. But more sadly, many Christians are no longer corporately worshiping God anymore. Many have been scattered.

What had Jonah done when God called him to Nineveh? Jonah had made a willful choice to leave the presence of God. In fact, chapter one states it twice of Jonah leaving His presence. Therefore, when we sleep, we may have unknowingly or knowingly left His presence.

Jonah 1:3 (AMP) But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet] and went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish [the most remote of the Phoenician trading places then known]. So he paid the appointed fare and went down into the ship to go with them to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His servant and minister].

Jesus had mentioned to His disciples of sleeping as He had gone to the mountain to pray. In Luke chapter 22, as He went up to the Mount of Olives to pray as usual and His disciples followed Him. The Lord, Jesus, had even  prayed all night before choosing His disciples. How much time are we praying before making a very important decision? How much time are we praying seeking His Will for our decision?

Luke 22:39-40 (AMP)And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed Him.40 And when He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not [at all] enter into temptation. 

Jesus told them to pray so that they may not enter into temptation. The Lord is implying we must pray to overcome temptation and sin. And more importantly, He mentioned it twice during that night for them to pray so they do not enter into temptation.

Luke 22:45-46 (AMP)And when He got up from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from grief,46 And He said to them, Why do you sleep? Get up and pray that you may not enter [at all] into temptation.

Why were they sleeping? The disciples were sleeping because the were in grief as stated in verse 45. When many Christians experience difficult situations, instead of praying many will stop praying or even move further away from the Lord. It becomes hard to pray as we fall into temptation as our guilt harasses us. But no matter what we may have done, we must step back out into the Light and be exposed of our weaknesses to HIM. We must just repent and move forward. The devil has done a very good job of stagnating God's people with guilt. When Adam and Eve fell, they hid from God. But God came looking for them. He said, "Where are you, Adam?" Adam said he had hid because he was naked. In our sin, we feel naked and pitiful and we will tend to hide from God. We tend to seek and worship HIM from afar. But God comes to look for you regardless. He is calling your name. His desire is that we stop sinning and return to our First Love. And how is this relationship restored? It is restored through prayer as we repent and pray.

John 15:1-7 I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.3 You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.7 If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

On the Mount Olives, the Lord, Jesus, went to pray and his disciples were sleeping rather than praying. When we are not praying, it is then we are sleeping. And if we are not praying, we may enter into temptation. If we continue to choose not to pray, then as Jonah, we may be choosing to leave His presence to sleep in the inner parts of our own ships or lives. When we do not pray, temptation will be more eagerly waiting at our door thus making much of our lives difficult.

The bible tells us to pray without ceasing. The bible tells us to pray in the Spirit. In fact, Ephesians is telling us to pray in the Spirit at all times. It is telling us to the end keep alert. To pray is to keep alert. To pray is to be awake! To pray is to be abiding in HIM rather than leaving His Presence. Pray unceasingly!

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (AMP) Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];

Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)  Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Scripture tells us that if we continue to abide in HIM and He is us than whatever we ask, it shall be done for us. A promise is there but it is conditional to us continually abiding in HIM. A condition in which we must be alert and awake. A condition in which we must be praying unceasing in the Spirit.

What is to be praying in the Spirit. We are only able to pray for long duration when we have the gift of tongue. This is why God grants us the gift of tongue. It is for the purpose to draw closer to HIM. All spiritual gifts are given to us by grace so that we may draw closer to HIM and bear His Fruit of Love. We must develop a disciplined prayer life. How long you say? Jesus has set the bar. He would pray all night. He prayed all night before doing His work. I know this is difficult for many. It is difficult for many even to pray for one hour. But we must at least strive to go into a higher realm with HIM. We are to strive to go into our reality. Our reality is the spiritual realm. Let us at least take the small steps to grow in our prayer life. Many people can make commitments to work out and get in shape. Let us make a commitment to work out a prayer life. The stakes are much higher than many realize.

Fire of God Ministries
Pst Steve Yong Kim
October 30, 2012





Monday, October 29, 2012

Tithes/Offering and donations

Fire of God Ministries is now a full functioning church located in Fremont, California USA. We are an official branch church of the Lord's Church South Korea under Pastor Kim, Yong Doo author of Baptized by Blazing Fire books.

Our address is

43130 Osgood Rd
Fremont, CA 95330
Voice mail 209-867-7752
Fax 510-336-1588

Currently we are holding night services/prayer on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 PM.
Sunday services at 2 PM.

If you are in the area, please come join us. We are having a blast in the Lord. Where the Spirit is, there is Liberty!

If God leads you to offer tithes or offering our way, you can mail to

Fire of God Ministries
Box 15584
Fremont, CA 94539

Or Send to Paypal
FireofGodMinistriesUSA@gmail.com

If you wish to wire the money, please send email to FireofGodministriesusa@gmail.com for bank information. 

All contributions are tax deductible and we are a 501c tax exempt incorporation. We hope you have been blessed and fed through this blog. We hope to continue to feed and tend God's flock to equip for the perfection of the saints that they should do the work of ministering toward building up Christ's Body (Church) and to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations until the return of the Lord.

God bless you all.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ordination and official opening of Fire of God Church

Pastor Kim, Yong Doo and Steve Yong Kim

Yoojin Kim


Deacon Joseph and Sarah


If you do not have a home church and need to make tithe and offering and if you are lead by God, you may make an offering to the branch of the Lord's Church, Fire of God Ministries. You may also send in your prayer requests to the following email address below or write to us at:

Fire of God Ministries
43130 Osgood Rd
or
Box 15584
Fremont, CA 94539

Paypal
FireofGodMinistriesusa@gmail.com

We bless you in His Great Name.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Christians are not allowed to be offended. If you are offended in any manner, then know your flesh is still alive and God may have allowed such circumstance to manifest so to show what is still in your heart.

Why do people get offended? They are offended because they seek their own glory. If we sought the Glory for God, then we would allow ourselves to be humiliated if necessary.


Philippians 2:3-9 (AMP) Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!9 Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [e]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,

Verse 7 states that Jesus had stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity. Many of us still worry so much of retaining our dignity. Verse 8, He abased HIMSELF. Verse 9, He stooped so low.

abase
Verb: Behave in a way so as to belittle or degrade (someone).
Synonyms: humiliate - lower - humble - degrade - demean - mortify

Now, because He gave His life, putting down His dignity, stooping low, abasing HIMSELF, and obeying unto extreme of death, HAS FREELY BESTOWED ON HIM THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE EVERY NAME!!

If we are to walk His path, then know that you must decrease and He must increase in your life. Stop trying to save your dignity, face, or pride. This is why so many of you fight out there. We are called to be peacemakers. You are called to die to yourselves so that He may be Glorified through your lives. Give one another extra grace. Be at peace.

Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Those who teach will be judge with greater strictness by Diane Solver


1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” 1 James 3:1-2

Many want to be teachers and leaders of the church. In the Bible, it is said that teachers will be judged strictly. Even we have the sincere desire to become a teacher or a leader, and the desire to lead the lost, if we are not appointed by God; we are not fit to be teachers or leaders.

While praying, Daddy God had told me that the reason why there were many differences of beliefs in His church is because many do not preach the pure unadulterated Word of God. This is also the reason why many are spiritually sick in our church and many were not able to overcome and live in holiness. Many teachers or leaders are corrupting and watering down the gospel for the sake of pleasing the church members. It breaks the heart of Daddy God. In a vision He had showed me a shepherd who is leading a flock in a valley where there was no enough grass to eat. And the sheep were all malnourished. This is the condition of many churches today.

“3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” 2 Timothy 4:3

1 "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1

The teachers or leaders of the church must always be careful in preaching God’s Word. Their wisdom must not just come from what they have learned from theology schools but from God. Daddy God said that if we corrupt the gospel the saving power of it would be weaken and it will result to more unsaved souls. Many try compromise, but if we are a true Christian, we should never do this for we must fear the Lord. The teachers or leaders must preach 100% of God’s Word even many will view it negatively. Many are preaching the positive aspects only. They only preach God’s mercy and God’s wonderful promises. They avoid preaching the cost of being a true Christian and what it is like to carry the cross.

God’s Word is like a sword, and it will cause pain to the carnal men. It will show man exactly what he is. It will cut off the things which are evil. We are all like a tree and Daddy God is cutting the diseased part so that we may grow and bear more fruits.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

“and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

The teachers or leaders should preach the pure Word of God out of pure motives and with all humility. Many want to gain praise from men than to gain praise from God. Those who preach should do it for the glory of God and not for their glory. Many want to be popular and they teach things that tend to please everyone.

The teacher or leader with a divine wisdom from God is the one who is living a good life and is following the teaching and commandments of Jesus. That person will not boast of his wisdom. Many of the teachers and leaders of today are attacking each other and are often defensive. They wanted to prove that they are the one who’s right and they don’t want to be corrected. If we don’t want to be corrected by others, how can we be corrected by God?

“if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--- 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.” Romans 2:19-23

 There is a greater judgment that is coming for all those who does not preach the pure Word of God. Daddy God will require from them the blood of those sheep that have been torn and scattered. Those appointed by God should tend, care for, and provide spiritual food for God’s people. Jesus loves His flocks and the appointed shepherd must love the flock as well. If they say that they love Jesus, then they must show it by feeding His lambs and His sheep.

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4



ALL GLORY TO GOD!

-Daddy’s girl

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The birthing of Fire of God Church Fremont, CA

Fire of God Church in birth

We are 85% done with preparations. This will be the branch of the Lord's church of South Korea. We have had word that people from Switzerland, Belgium, and Canada are coming. Bless their hearts as they are willing to go to the ends of the e
arth for God's Glory. All preparation and resources have been provided through His Grace and prayer for His Glory.

Back in July, the Lord told us to go get a church license. Then a couple weeks later, Pastor Kim, Yong Doo calls to tells us to prepare for a Fire meeting and to open a branch church. Three days later from the call, God leads us to a church location. The rent is $4,000 per month and requires first and last month. This is the San Francisco/San Jose area and the living expenses are very high but this is nothing for God.

Members at that time, 2 adults and 3 children and we have no such money for rent. But we told the landlord we will take it! God had given us a confirmation through a dream from another sister describing the place and she did not even know what she had dreamed. A month later, God adds 2 more members with one child. In the last three months, God has moved the hearts of lay believers to contribute for His building.

Today, with only four adults, we are almost prepared. God has moved the hearts of other lay believers to contribute for His House. When it is God's work at His time, God will move the hearts of people for His Work. He will move their hearts to give and He will give them the ability to do the work through wisdom, intelligence, understanding, and all craftsmanship.

Exodus 35:21-22, 29-31 And they came, each one whose heart stirred him up and whose spirit made him willing, and brought the Lord’s offering to be used for the [new] Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and the holy garments.22 They came, both men and women, all who were willinghearted, and brought brooches, earrings or nose rings, signet rings, and armlets or necklaces, all jewels of gold, everyone bringing an offering of gold to the Lord.

29 The Israelites brought a freewill offering to the Lord, all men and women whose hearts made them willing and moved them to bring anything for any of the work which the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done.30 And Moses said to the Israelites, See, the Lord called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship,

Today, we are almost ready. Before we started the Lord gave us a word during prayer and the amount of $30,000. We have received about $30,000 from a select few believers in which God had moved for His Glory. We have been fully funded and 98% of everything we have purchased are brand new.

I am disclosing this only for His Glory and to testify our faith and His Faith that HE IS FAITHFUL. Less than one week left for the meeting, we are still 8 members, 4 adults and 4 children and a $4,000 rent. But God has TOLD us HE will send the people. It will be a place in which we will find His Rest. A place of worshiping HIM in freedom and without restraint. Where the Spirit is, there is Liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (AMP) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).

For His Glory

 Yoojin and Sarah (Misoon) Park













































Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Where are the mighty men of today?

2 Samuel 23:16 (AMP) And the three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem by the gate and brought it to David. But he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord.

First, who are the three mighty men. The first is Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite. He was chief of the three. He raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.The second mighty men was Eleazar son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. "He was with David when they defied the Philistines assembled there for battle, and the men of Israel had departed.10 [Eleazar] arose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword. The Lord wrought a great deliverance and victory that day; the men returned after him only to take the spoil." The third and last of the mighty men was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel's troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.

David longs for a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem by the gate. It was a well near the gate of his home town of Bethlehem. So the three mighty men broke through the army of Philistine and they drew water from the well in Bethlehem and had brought it back to David. But David instead of drinking it poured it out. More importantly, he poured it out to the Lord. 

David decides not to drink it because three of his mighty men had risked their lives to bring him water that he had longed for. How many of us are really willing to risk our lives for the Lord? Many of us can say we can die for Jesus but how many of us have the heart to risk our lives to satisfy the longing desires of God? Where is our action? And even if we had the heart to risk our lives, do we have the history as the three mighty men had in finding victory against great odds. Do we have history in overcoming and receiving victory in the great spiritual battle for the Lord? 

Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite raised his spear to kill 800 men in one encounter. Where is the blood stain of the demons on our spiritual sword? Are we truly living for the Lord? Are we living His Word when it says "How could one have chased a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight?" 

When Israel had fled, Eleazar fought and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary. How many Christians have spiritually fought to the point of weariness? How many of us have prayed for hours until we had no more strength? How many of us have worshiped or stayed behind when everyone else went home? How many of us stayed behind to continue praying and worshiping? 

Unlike many of us today, Eleazer might have had no choice. He had to fight until weariness because his life depended on it. But scripture says it was the Lord who had brought the great deliverance and victory that day! However, God requires our will to persevere until the end. Eleazer fought with every fiber of his physical being clinging on to his sword and it was God who gave him the strength and victory. How many of us have labored for the Lord until we were totally exhausted? In verse 9, it states that the men of Israel had departed and they only had returned after him to take the spoil. Today is no different. Human nature including many Christians run from tribulation rather than confronting the mountains of their lives. We want everything for free. We rather eat the cake instead of cooking it. We run from problems but we will return for the spoils.We want the glory of the war without breaking a sweat. Many of us can work for many hours exhausted so we can get that check and perhaps buy some nice things for ourselves but how many Christians can pray until they are exhausted for their loved ones who may be terminally sick or in spiritual distraught? Sadly, many will not pray for hours for their terminally sick loved ones because they think when they die they will go to heaven. And most sadly, their loved ones who may be terminally sick have become a burden to them rather than an opportunity to find deliverance and victory through the Lord.

The Philistines were gathered at Lehi on a piece of ground full of lentils and the Israelites fled from the Philistines. And Shammah son of Agee the Hararite  stood in the midst of the ground full of lenti and defended it and slew the Philistines and the Lord brought a great victory. How many of us Christians today are holding our ground. Even today, many Christians like the Israel flee when fear or the enemy is gathered. The Lord is willing to give us a great victory but HE requires us to hold our ground. Are we willing to hold on to our lips rather than lash back? Are we willing to hold on to our ground through great persecution? Are we willing to die for the Lord or for another rather than try to save our own lives? How do we fare when secular people, family members, or even church members mock or attack our faith? Will we hold our ground or will we run and join the ranks of the coward? How easily do some of us give in?

You see the mighty men were not gathered with hundreds or thousands of other men who had fought or held their ground. They were pretty much on their own and alone. We must ask ourselves whether we will be a mighty soldier for the Lord and for the cross fighting against great odds and holding our ground or will we be like the majority and flee. If we flee from our problems, what will be our testimonies? When we decide to be a solider for the Cross, like our Lord, we will in many instances stand alone for Truth but the many will flee toward religion to save their own flesh. These three mighty men were mighty because they had loved their king and was willing to die for him. They loved him to the point of death willing to fight against all odds. And as a result, the Lord gave them the deliverance and victory.

Today, if we are only willing to fight and risk our lives just as the mighty men of David, the Lord is faithful and even today, He will give us the spiritual deliverance and victory. But we must be willing to lay down our lives for the King of KINGS. We must be willing to fight the spiritual battle. We must be willing to fight the hordes of demons from hell. Do the demons know who you are? Do they know your name? Are you a threat to them? They know Jesus and they know Paul but do they know you? Because if they do not know you, then they will defeat you as they had beaten the seven sons of the priest, Sceva, who had attempted to cast demons out. The demons from the one man had beaten, stripped, and made naked the seven sons who had fled (Acts 19). Are you willing to fight for the Lord? If you are willing to fight and die, then He will give you the deliverance and victory in your life.

When the three mighty men brought the water from the well, David poured it out to the Lord. He basically made it an offering to God. When we receive something valuable in which someone may have worked very hard or if they had risked their lives for it, how many of us are willing to give it to God rather than enjoy it ourselves? Many today even struggle to give God His tenth making all kinds of arguments, excuses, and nonsense. Many are too busy looking for the useless things they do not use to give to God rather than their best or first fruits. David was an anointed king. He did not see himself having such privilege over his men to receive anything better.

Although David was anointed to be a king and to rule God's people, he poured out the water and said "Be it far from me, O Lord, to drink this. Is it not [the same as] the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?" Even though he was in a position of authority, he did not lord over God's people. He considered himself a sheep. He considered himself one of the men. He did not see himself any greater than those who had risked and given their lives. He did not consider himself anyone special. And this is why his men loved him dearly. He was a sheep as they were sheep. 

Let us learn to be mighty in our spiritual battles knowing the Lord will give us deliverance and victory. Let us learn to be sheep whether we have been called to lead God's people or whether we are just part of the flock. Let us love one another with the heart to give up our lives for one another if necessary.

Glory to God for His Message
Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim