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Monday, February 20, 2017
The reason why we need to experience suffering
In the background of Job’s suffering and before his suffering began, there was a conversation between God and the devil in the spiritual realm which we are not aware. Certain things will be determined within the conversation between God and the devil. When certain things are determined, it will manifest as tests in the natural realm. God allowed the devil to attack Job by taking his wealth and children. Job was also attacked through his wife and friends as much as the devil had desired. Job was not aware of God’s intention and but Job suffered with purpose. Therefore, the conclusion is that when Job had passed his tests and hardship, Job received the blessing. Your suffering and hardship may be related to your sin or it may not be related to your sin. One important thing to remember is when it comes to suffering, hardship, and tests, everyone has their own perspective. There are different views within suffering, hardship, and certain events. But, there will be some people who will react to it. When suffering and hardship begins, some people stumble and never make it to the end. But there will be some people who will pass the tests and suffering and go to the end. When suffering and difficulty comes, you will have a role to play. The power and blessing is disguised in the form of suffering. There will be power and blessing after you pass the tests and suffering. It will be great if we all can pass the test(s). In the bible, the characters in the bible had passed various tests with their faith which they had maintained within their daily lives. It is very important to maintain/keep an unshakable faith during your daily life. People are good at disguising themselves when they fellowship. But we will not know what they do when they go back to their homes. When the people go through suffering and tests, many and all things will be revealed.
All things went well and Job had served God with good faith because God was already blessing Job. But God was not satisfied with Job. This is a scary thing. You may carry out a good christian life. You may pray daily and you may even attend the nightly prayer meetings. You may have received the holy fire and you may be serving the Lord. You may have great pride of what you have been doing and granting yourself depth to it. Even if you have been serving in any way, all your services to God may not be viewed as God is viewing it. You must be quick on spotting your wrongs and sins and repenting as soon as you realize them. It is better you quickly forget what you have done for the Lord. You must remember, there will be different perspectives. God may say, “You’ve done it out of your selfish interest.”
When I was taken to the throne of God, God showed me the process of sorting out the prayers of people. I saw angels bringing many prayers to God and I thought that was the end of the process. But when the angels arrived in front of the throne of God, the angels began sorting out the prayers.
“Throw away this prayer. This prayer is suitable. This prayer is insufficient…..”
I was greatly shocked. I saw tremendous number of prayers being brought to God. But after the prayers went through the process of much sorting, in the end, a very small amount of prayers were left. Sometimes, only a tiny amount of prayer like dust was left for a certain person.
I was thinking, “What should I do?”
I can’t stop ponder about it. Sometimes, the weighing scale appears before the throne of God. Normally, it is not there in front of God’s throne but whenever people die and come to the throne of God, the weighing scale appears. When people die, they will need to step up on the weighing scale. Once a person steps on the weighing scale, all their service and work the person had done in his/her life will be revealed in precise detail. The lumps will appear. Some lumps will represent the amount of prayer time. Some lumps will represent the amount the person had witnessed. Some will represent tithing, thanksgiving offering, missionary offering, sacrificial works for the Lord, and many more lumps will appear to be weighed. Whichever represents accordingly will be weighed on the weighing scale. Those who have stolen tithes which belongs to the Lord must repent a lot. This will be the time of embarrassment. Most of time, their lumps will not be heavy enough to go down. Just because you have received Jesus and you are saved, do not stop there. When you die and go to the throne of God, eternal reward and blessing will be determined based on how you have lived on the earth. When you stand before God to be judged accordingly, all the heavenly saints will also be watching you as well.
Our bodies are only a husk. Our spirit and soul are placed within our bodies. If we do not live spiritually, the side effects will manifest and show through our mentality and physical bodies. Although, we need to live spiritually, you must not neglect the areas of you mentality and physical bodies. If you are not balanced, you will crumble down. There are things that you need to carry out spiritually but there are things that you must carry out physically. You must carry out according to each circumstance. There are things in which you need to use your body. But if you think it is always about spiritual and spiritual, you will create a distance. When it comes to the physical, you must compare yourselves to determine if you are lagging behind. You must perform better or at least not lag behind. You must at least sustain your level to their level. God will give you wisdom so that you can carry out many things according to each situation.
When God corners people with severe discipline, they tend to fall away from God. But at the same time, If God gives too much grace and lead them without much discipline, they tend to become brats. There will be times when you have to have extraordinary faith. But most of the time, depending on how you keep up with your faith in your daily life, you will either overcome and pass the tests, suffering, and tribulation or not pass. When it comes to suffering, tests, and tribulation, time is a dilemma to the people on when it will be finished. Continuous problems occur to individuals, households, and our circumstances nationally and globally. The difficulties in our lives do not stop. When will difficulties be completed? it will be finished when you have chosen and are determined. When you decisively choose with faith, the Lord will work.
There is inflexible faith and there is dynamic faith with variables. If we claim that we have faith, we must be willing to risk our lives. When we are willing to take risks, we call it faith. We always pray, worship, serve, and attend service. God is pleased as He receives it. But praying, worship, serving, attending service will not completely satisfy God’s heart. Therefore, God will allow tests in our lives. When difficulties comes into our lives, we finally shout out to God as we pray and cry. It is difficult for us to even cry when all things are going well. The tears of thanksgiving and the tears of struggle within our difficulties are totally different in quality.
I used to pray 18-20 hours. When my spiritual eyes were opened, I went to the throne of God. There was a weighing scale in front of me. I saw the amount of my prayers being weighed. I thought God was going to be very pleased with my prayer. But I witnessed the angels continuously sorting out my prayers with some type of kitchen tong. When you pray in tongue, within that prayer, there will be matters of physical, psychological, spiritual, circumstances, material, family, job, business, children, husband, wife and much more. God then sorts out the prayers that are not related to the kingdom of God. The more you pray, the more your spirit will become purified as God sorts things out. The more you pray, the more God will powerfully restore you. At the end, we pray to become empty vessels. Even if you make a lot of money, even if your household is well in all things, and even if you have obtained fame and some kind of high position, if God decides to take it all away, you will not be able to do anything to stop it. Therefore, you must empty yourselves. Before you die, make sure that you put all things in order and empty yoursleves. It is very important how much you are broken? Are you being broken wholly or partially? Do not just be satisfied because you come and attend church, serve at the church, pray, praise and worship. What is the reason why we must become broken and shattered before God? People come and serve the church in a very common way. Then only common grace will be granted to you. God will comfort you commonly. But instead of being common, God desires more and beyond. How and when will we perform and do more things beyond? When we go through suffering, trials and in the midst of life threatening like situations, something God desires that goes beyond will be created.
“Father God!! Please save and deliver me!!”
When you go through an unfair situation, you may become very upset. You want to fight back. But if you only go to God and cry out to Him, He will manifest. God corners you in such a situation because He desires the relationship that is beyond what is a common relationship. When God corners us, we will become broken. We become broken when someone continuously pushes us, provokes our personality, and touch our nerve. There are levels even when comes to becoming broken and shattered.
Job’s ten children had died. When all his children died, he is no longer praying common prayer. He prayed with tears and blood. Although he did not pray with much words, he humbly prayed.
“You give and You take away. I come to this world naked, naked I will return.”
When Job’s wife cursed and left him, exact payers came out. We live for about 70-80 years. Therefore, when you have strength and when you are still in your youth, it is best that you place all yourself in the Lord. If you are in the latter stages in your life, confess to God that you will use the rest of your life for the Lord. It will be great if you always come to the temple to pray and evangelize. You must always adjust to the will of God. In your youth and while you are still young, if you arm yourselves with prayer, you will have the faith that will give you boldness to jump into the fire and the den of lions.
No matter how hard Job tried to understand the will of God, he could not understand. It was because his understanding level was low. He did not possess the understanding which God had desired. Although, Job tried to understand the will of God, his understanding could not be obtained until all his ten children died. Therefore, God had to allow for all his children to die. But because still he could not fully obtain the level of understanding which He desired, fire fell from the sky and burn up all his wealth. Thieves came and stolen all his wealth. But still, he was not fully emptied to obtain the such understanding. Job’s wife cursed and left him. Job was placed in a horrible situation. When we are not reaching up to the level which God desires, God will allow many more years for us to go through to be disciplined. If any ounce of within us believing our own strength or righteousness, more time will be required for us to go through difficulties. The people who believe in Jesus must go through discipline and test. Through hardship, we will know God. Jesus tried to explain this to his disciples, but they could not understand.
Job was placed in a certain situation. God had desired something from Job within that situation.
“Job, I desire for you to think about your spirituality. Through the agonizing process, your spiritual level must be advanced. You have not reached the level of repenting in the midst of dust and ashes.”
In order for God to make Job an empty vessel, God handled him in such a way. We must go through intensified thought processes so that our thinking develops and matures. Job needed the deep realization and understanding when it came to his children. Therefore, God took all his children. Job needed deep realization and understanding when it comes to his overflowing wealth. Therefore, all his wealth was taken away. We must be stressed spiritually as it is God’s desire and this will make us to think,
“Why are these things happening to me?”
Our spirit will become renewed and we will boldly come before God. The motivation to pray will be created and we will repeatedly ponder and think deeply. Job had never intensively thought nor ponder about life and death. Through natural calamities and loss, He began to intensively ponder about those things. Even though he had a relationship with his friends, he was severely stressed. Painful boils and being cast out of the town worked as powerful pressure in his life. Job’s wife spoke as she tried to provoke him. She told him to curse God and die. But in order for him not to sin, he responded with silence. Job felt his limitation. Job became “human trash.” Job’s faith and life in which he walked with God were dissected into pieces before God. He still had many more days to be broken spiritually. We are not easily broken. Although it seemed like God had ignored Job, Job did not know that God was watching him intently. God watches like a spectator. God will see one thing. He will see our response or reaction. Do you think Job did suffer unfairly? Do you think Job did not have any anger, hurt and anguish? Whenever these things are created in you, God will see the sincerity of your confession, reaction, behavior, thought and the way you speak. God will observe if you are fake or genuine, and/or if you disguised with good action. God will see if you have sincerity. Not only will God observe and see you, the devil will also intently watch you. Job was handling the most difficult matters.
These things can occur unto us. We obeyed God but things went wrong. Then, how do we react before God? In Job’s case, he has no idea of cause of his events. But still, discipline came to his life all at once. When we are disciplined, little doubt and disappointment towards God may be created within us. It could have been great if God had already informed Job,
“Job, Satan and I have a bet regarding your faith and your life of faith. You know that Satan is a very mean being but still I had to allow your suffering to see how long you will be able to endure. Since I have allowed it, please endure to the end. I believe in you. The tests will include all your children’s death, taking all your wealth, suffering from painful boils, cursed by your wife who will leave you and the harassment of your friends. You must endure well.”
But God will never tell you in such a way.
Job chapter 38-40 God spoke to Job and in the beginning of chapter 40, “Job 40:2-6The Voice (VOICE) Eternal One: Have you heard enough? Will the one who finds fault with the Highest One now make his case? Let God’s accuser answer Him! 3 Job answered the Eternal. 4 Job: Oh, I am so small. How can I reply to You? I’ll cover my mouth with my hand, for I’ve already said too much. 5 One time I have spoken, and I have no answer to give— two times, and I have nothing more to add.
God will never move according to your expectation. We will not know the will of God nor understand it. Whenever I prophesy and interpret your tongue, it would be great if you receive a clear answer. But most of the times, God will not give you a clear answer to you. I am not God. I only speak what God shows and inspires me. It would be great if God gives you all your answers clearly but God would not. God speaks as though your fortune will open and at the same time, it is not very clear. It would be great if God tells us the reason of our suffering and when it will end, but He only gives us signs that we have to wait. God will not waste our time of suffering. I’ve already preached to you about the person who will receive the blessing. Through the suffering process, Job’s spiritual level significantly went up. When Job passed his suffering, he received a double blessing. When he received the double blessing, his faith shone brightly and had displayed to all people. Job’s spiritual level is publically shown. God warned Job’s friends and his friends brought oxen and sheep for Job. Job now had obtained power in his mouth. If he speaks curses onto his friends, his friends will die. If you fight and argue, you might feel better, but if you endure the person and be patient God will give authority and power on your lips. Your lips will receive the authority and power to bless. Your lips will receive the authority and power to oversee people. Your lips will receive the authority and power in the spiritual and more authority and power will be given to you. Until then, we must endure and obtain victory.
Pastor Kim Yong Doo
Referencing Job chapter 42
God tears up some people. In order for people to experience healing, people need to experience being torn apart. When people experience being torn apart, they will also experience restoration. It would be great if we are not tempted and tested, but in order to receive the power to overcome the test and temptation, you need to go through the tests. All the events that are occurring and that has happened in the natural world are determined prior within the spiritual world. God and the devil converses before the throne of God. Depending on the content of their conversation, God will allow the tests. The subject of the test are the people. When tests are allowed, people will die, children of certain parents will die and sickness will occur. All your wealth in which you have accumulated with your sweat and effort may be blown away all at once. Job did not know where the test had begun and when test will end. When relationships or establishment completely go under, the relationship between your brothers, sisters and even spouses will become bad. The relationship can become broken when money or material things are involved. People may become disappointed, discouraged, and people who have never used foul language may start to use foul language. A particular husband may have great personality but when things go under, he may become an angry person. Spouses may end up living like enemies. Such things will ache the hearts of people who may go through the suffering. At first, when people go through suffering, they begin blaming each other. But as time passes, they will become humbled and sent lower.
“Perhaps, I had lived my life centered around myself. Perhaps, I was prideful and had fallen into narcissism. I thought I had lived my life according to the Word of God, but restoration has not been occurring.”
Job had lost everything and moreover, he had obtained loathsome boils and agonizingly painful sores. If you are experiencing such a situation, wouldn’t it be very difficult?
It would be great if we can predict our future. It would be great if we can already know the good result of the end. In most cases, people tend to obey only when they think they will have a good result. People tend to obey only when they are in the situation that may be predictable. But even if we are not able to predict, God will test us. God will test our pure faith, volunteered obedience, and free will in all situations. This is a very scary thing. If you are a person who is doing all types of difficult jobs, dirty jobs, and low end jobs, God will pay attention and watch you. The more you are receiving the grace of God, inspired by Him, the more difficult and awkward our relationship with our family members such as brothers, sisters and parents and neighbors will be. Just because we desire to become humble does not mean we will naturally become humble. Although, we must empty ourselves, we have a difficult time emptying ourselves. This is a very difficult process.
In order for God to make Job as an empty vessel, He had him shattered and torn apart. But still, Job was not completely emptied. Now, the house crumbled and all of his ten children were killed. Just imagine that you would have to deal with taking care of all your dead children’s corpse. Imagine all your precious children having died all at one time. When there are no problems or difficulties in our daily lives, it may look as though we are keeping our faith intact and faithfully attending church services. But once a crisis is created within our lives, problems will occur.
“Does my faith have problems? What kind of problem may I have that have killed all my ten children? Why had God allowed the devil’s proposal? Why had God listened to the devil?”
People will not know. Because people do not know and understand, they complain and blame God. Job may have had many thoughts in his mind. God had killed all of Job’s ten children when Job was in a great circumstance. Job acknowledged God’s sovereignty.
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord”
But his wife cursed. “You think you are my husband? All your children has just died!”
Job did not open his mouth for he might complain and grumble. He kept his faith. But his wife had a lower level of faith. “Curse God and die!”
When test and tribulation comes, a person’s true character will show. A person’s true colors will show. Do not be very happy and prideful just because you have overcome one small test.
If you are a person who has hard time controlling your emotion, you will fall frequently. The evil spirits that know your emotional weakness will work within a certain cycle. When that cycle comes, the evil spirits will enter into the person to provoke his/her emotional part. Satan will attack you through your nature, your style, stubbornness, blood type, your pride, your habit and so on. When this happen, you will fall at once. When you blow up with anger, you may feel released, relieved and somewhat satisfied. But such action is fleshly and lustful. For the one who sows to his flesh will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction. If you blow up with anger, you will shock and negatively impact the other party. But most of all, you will shock and negatively impact your inner spiritual area. You may have filled your spiritual empty area with the power of God, but when you blow up with anger, you will empty it out. You will shatter it all at once. Then, it will be difficult for you to fill up that inner spiritual area again. You will have to spend a lot of time and effort once again just to fill it up. When you blow up with anger and temper, and when you curse or speak foul language, you will empty out your spiritual area.
Then the devil will love the situation and will take advantage to advance his kingdom. “Yes, right! You are nothing!”
There is not only one kind of test but there are many types of tests. Galatians, Chapter five talks about it, such as, sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. The humility of believers carries out a very important role to the other people. Do you know how important it is for us to receive the power of God? We must receive the power of God and go to the places or people to provide His power. You must be changed and transformed. But since people are not changing, their family members and the people related to them also do not change quickly.
God was determined to break Job. God had decided to make him an empty vessel. In order for Job to become an empty vessel, his ten children had to be killed. If not, Job could not have been broken and emptied. Moreover, Job had to lose all his wealth in order for God to put Job in a posture of repentance of dust and ashes. When we are living comfortable lives, our only prayer will be thanksgiving prayer and hallelujah. We need to possess a contrite heart and pray the broken contrite prayer. But normally, such kind of prayer is not carried out by christians. Do not debate about the method of God and do not look for the method of God. But instead, however God may lead you, just follow Him with complete obedience, complete faith, and complete endurance. No matter how hard Job cried out, God turned His eyes from Job.
When the Son of God, Jesus prayed on the olive grove of Gethsemane, He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Father God had ignored the suffering of Jesus. Why? Because Jesus had to suffer and die in order for the many souls to be saved in the future. It is the same with Job. God was determined to make Job as a good example of healing, restoration, blessing and in the all other areas. God made Job go through the experience of taking a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself. But still, Job was still not completely emptied.
When Job’s level of faith and knowledge reached his climax, his friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar visited him. These friends are in the level in which they were able to debate about faith, prayer, the whole universe and creation. Although, these friends came to comfort Job, they had ended up arguing with Job. Job may have understood where they were going with the argument. The words from his friends had continuously left him with hurt.
Job told them to stop. “Please, do not harass me. Even if what you're saying is right, please do not pierce me with such words. I do not want to argue with you. I am in agony.”
But still, his friends persistently spoke to him. It would have been nice if God had intervened and judged who were right or wrong. But God would never interfere by intervening in the middle of their conversation.
When we carry out the work of the Lord, have some kind of conversation and may have some conflict as we serve Him, the Lord knows who is right and who is wrong. But the Lord does not really express it. God will be patience to the end. The vindication comes with the answer. Job had still not reached the position of repenting in dust and ashes. Job was suffering from the painful boils but he had not reached the position of dust and ashes. Job did not reach the level of complete repenting of his pride. All of Job’s children had died. All his wealth were taken away. His own wife had cursed and left him. Job had obtained painful boils. Although he had obtained a message such as “When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous]”, yet, he had not reached the level of faith where he was repenting in dust and ashes.
When it comes to faith, preaching the Word of God, listening to the Word of God, obeying and serving the Lord, there is a level. When Job’s wife had left him, God ignored Job. Even when Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery and a dog licked his body, God had ignored Job. God continued to drive him into further crisis. God decided to drive him to the very end. Job was thrown into God’s laboratory. We need to know one thing. The believer’s devotion, determination, and humility plays very important role to the unbelievers. If one person, such as you endures and is patient, you will become a good example to countless of people. Therefore, you need to endure and withstand. The blessing will not come easy.
As Job was in the process of breaking, he had finally reached the position of dust and ashes. Later on, God powerfully spoke to Job in a whirlwind and demanded him to answer. Job trembled. We, people, are filthy beings with full of sins. Therefore, when you are alive on the earth, and as young as you are, and with healthy bodies moving freely, you must be loyal and faithful as much as you can. In reality, you have no time to waste.
Job said, “You asked, Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?”
It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.”
After Job had heard the voice of God, he was able to see himself. This is why we need to receive the grace of God. The more you receive grace, the more you will be thirsty. No matter how much you have received grace, you need to receive more. You need to listen to the Word of God repeatedly. Even if you need to listen over a hundred of times, you still need to listen and listen. Job heard the voice of the Lord but in the end, he personally saw the Lord and confessed. Job voluntarily repented. He repented in dust and ashes.
When we pray, we powerfully pray and receive the power of God to carry out His work. But in IHOP, they insist that they are praying when they lay on the floor on their stomachs and back. Actually they were sleeping. When they woke up from sleeping, they claim that they prayed a lot with the grace of God. This is not so. When it comes to prayer, there are postures. You must receive the power within the relationship between God and you. One of the posture is to be on your knees and ask as you pray. One other posture is to raise your hands and cry out to God. Based on our experience, on our knees and raise our hands as we powerfully shout out in prayer. We have realized that this was the best prayer posture. The Lord sees and observes our attitude and posture of our prayer. After Job became humbled and repented in dust and ashes, God finally restored his finances, health, and all circumstances to his life. God had blessed Job. The financial blessing was especially granted greatly . Job was restored to a double portion from the things he had before he was struck by God.
Job’s faith, relationship with people, and all his circumstances were all tested and trained. From the outside, it may have looked like his life was over without hope. But after Job was restored, he lived for another one hundred forty years more with the financial blessing and with new beautiful sons and daughters. As I was reading this story, it is possible that there could be a time where you do not have to go through more testing and training after passing a certain amount and types of test. Even on this earth, you will be able to live a life of the golden age in blessings. God manifests to those who pass their tests. Job’s friends misunderstood and had condemned him.
God then told Job’s friends, “Give seven oxen and seven sheep to Job. If not, I will punish you!”
God probably had scared them. Job blessed his friends afterwards. When Job blessed his friends, a double portion blessing and good things were granted to him. Every kind of blessing began from the family of Job.
When the blessing is poured down to us, we must think and ponder why are the blessings being poured.
“God’s blessing has poured down to me, why?”
When you go to a gold or diamond mine, you will find gold or diamond in a rough form. It means it is mixed with other substances. Rough form is not valuable. Mixed materials are not valuable. When the craftsman handles gold and diamond, they will begin to break them. The craftsman will throw the rough gold into a blazing fire and the craftsman will break the rough diamond. When we go through the fire and breaking, it is very difficult for us. But once the rough gold and diamond are finally created into a golden ring, golden necklace, golden bracelet or into a diamond ring, these will brightly shine. Job represents a person of endurance and Abraham represents a person of faith. When people go to heaven, they all want to meet them.
When we pass our tests, God will express Himself to us with material/financial blessing which we can see. God expresses Himself with spiritual and also with physical things. When you are in discipline or testing, be very careful of not becoming prideful. Pride is the one that you must be most fearful of. If you are a person who is not afraid of sin or disobedience, what will happen? The outcome and result is obvious. When you pass the tests and are properly prepared, God will not be concerned of you becoming corrupted. Another example is that, when Abraham passed the most severe and difficult test, which was to offer his son, Isaac. Then all things went well for the rest of his life. When Job had properly passed the tests and became a person which God had desired to bless, all types of blessing were granted. No matter how much God granted His blessings to Job, God did not have to be concerned anymore whether Job would become corrupted or not. This is the level we all must reach. We must become a person whom God does not have to be concerned of becoming corrupted.
“No matter how much blessing I may grant to you, I do not have to be concerned of you becoming corrupted. I see that your faith is alive. You may be wealthy but you still have pure and living faith. You have a contrite heart. You have a pity for the people who are in need. You are always generous to the people who are in need. You are living spiritually and with faith.”
When God approves in such a way, God will pour down His blessings upon you. When it comes to the spiritual, the physical things and the power of God, if you are a properly prepared person, God will grant all these things to you without being too concerned if you will become corrupted or not. God will surely bless you. You must teach your husband, wife and children to become a such person. But in most of case, people are not properly prepared. Their faith level has not reached such a level. People are irritated by someone’s word and their personality is easily provoked which is still far from God’s standard level of faith. What if this person speaks something to provoke you, how will you react when such a person is a lower faith than you and in all areas from your faith? How will you act if someone frames, blames, or wrongs you for what you have not done?. We live by faith and we live spiritually, therefore, we are exposed to many tests. We are exposed to sudden tests and events.
God expresses Himself with the Word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of the holy fire, and the nine holy gifts. But when you observe the final result of Job, God also expressed with physical and material things which we can visualize and experience. To whom does God express in such a manner? They are the people who passes their tests. Job vividly experienced the physical blessing and the blessing of wealth. He also lived for another one hundred and four years. Job lived in the same era as Abraham. Job lived in the region of Arab. God also has an intimate relationship with us as He answers us with material things. The people who pray a lot and live spiritually need to be careful about one thing. Do not only think and focus on the spiritual things. Do not misunderstand God by His only work spiritually. God will manifest an intimate relationship with us through the material things as well. God will touch us with not only spiritual but also with physical blessings. When Job spoke the blessing to his friends, the double blessing comes back to Job. This was Job’s proven faith. When Job blessed the people around him, double blessing returned to him. Job enjoyed his golden age. After Job had become bankrupt, and after he had passed his test, we can come to realize that the christians who claim to believe in Jesus and who live in a poverty are not in a state of blessing. But do not misinterpret this. Do not just proclaim and teach on the altar by saying, “Receive blessing, receive blessing just blessing!” You will probably become a fake in the end. Just because you speak and proclaim does not mean it will all come to pass although there is power in the proclamation. Because it involves with the level of faith and the good living standard level of your lives. It will be great if whatever we proclaim always comes to pass. The person who proclaim needs to reach a certain level of faith. Please cling onto today’s word and I pray that all of you will obtain victory in this year with the power of the Lord. Please know that God will touch us in various ways.
Pastor Kim, Yong Doo
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
I will speak about seeking the will of God. I will speak about God’s will, guidance, and your relationship with God. There are various ways to experience the power of God. Apostle Paul is known to us as a man who was filled with power, much knowledge, and many holy gifts. When it comes to God leading us, Apostle Paul had the most difficulties. God allowed Apostle Paul to experience many trials and error. We may experience much dilemma when it comes to being led by God as Apostle Paul had. We would think, “What should I do to know the specific and clear will of God? I want to be led by God more specifically.” When we read the bible, the bible speaks scriptures to us. God gave us words that create visions and motivation to possess. Psalm 2(EXB) If you ask me [Ask of me], I will give you the nations as your inheritance; all the people on [ ends of the] earth will be ·yours [your possession]. 9 You will rule over them with an iron rod [scepter; a symbol of royal authority; Rev. 12:5; 19:15]. You will ·break [dash] them into pieces like pottery.” “Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” These words become very good motivation for us which can create and refresh our vision and mission when it comes to doing God’s work. When you listen to the Word of God, some kind of motivation should be stirred within you. When motivation is stirred within you, through such motivation, a calling and mission will be granted to you. A powerful calling will be created based on how much you realize and understand the Word of God. When we come to realize and understand the Word of God, such as, “God has called me! God has chosen me! I am a servant of God and I am His people!” Then God will lead us to an area in which we will not be able to be still but we will have to act or react. We call this the ‘Mission’. When we receive the calling, a mission will be created. If Abraham did not react and move after receiving his calling, there would not have been a mission in his life and the mission would not have been accomplished. Therefore, the calling and mission will be created one stage at a time as you react and move. Through the bible, God spoke and described Himself as one who is all powerful, omniscience and omnipotence and He is God of love. As we listen and read such statements and if we act accordingly, God will allow us to experience Him. God will let us encounter Him. This is how we will encounter Him. Moses had to tend sheep in the wilderness of Midian. When Zipporah continually spoke about Mt.Sinai and the darkness and clouds around it, motivation was created within Moses. Who is in that mountain? God was dwelling in that mountain. Although people hear the Word of God, motivation is not easily stirred nor created. But suddenly, within a certain situation on a certain day, motivation may be created within you. Such motivation may be created by observation or through another person. If motivation and the willingness to carry out God’s work come in agreement, then you will react and move. Moses went up to Mt Sinai. The place he had approached was a place where no one could approach.This mountain was a place people could die if they tried to climb it. Despite of the risk, Moses went ahead. Moses’ calling and mission was created because Moses had approached this place. Therefore, when we hear and listen to the Word of God, you will have to know one thing. The Grace of God has a duality. A man is suppose to die if he approaches this particular place of Mt. Sinai. This is a fixed and definite logical assumption and fact. But at the same time, there is a variable of faith which has flexibility. If you utilize proper faith and earnestly desire to encounter God, God may allow the encounter. Moses fits the heart of God. Moses went through suffering and disciplined for forty years in Egypt and then forty years in the wilderness. A total of eighty years. When we go through suffering, we will become a people who will be able to handle anything, anyone, and any situation. The suffering will make us as pure gold as suffering anneal and strengthen us. Our mental area, physical area, sould, mind and even the way we speak will become strengthened and powerful. Therefore, when you go through the suffering, you have to remember that God is annealing you. Once I went touring to a steelmaking company. To make use of the steel, they applied heat to the steel so that it would become liquid like water. Once they decide on the function and in which area to use the steel, they would place the steel in a sub zero area. When the steel was thrown into the sub zero area, it would greatly shrink. The people tested the steel until it was pressed out of shape. When the steel had passed its initial test, the steel would then be heated with thousands of degree to see how hot it could endure. In one department within this company, they would beat the steel and stretch it out. When finally the usage or function was decided, it will be produced and shipped to many places and purposes such as for a car steel sheet, a tank cover, an armored motorcar, hbm for a building of the bridge. The usage and function would be determined by the lab in the steel company. People test the things in which we use, then how much more will God handle us whom God has called to use for His work? First, as the people of God, we need to go to heaven. You do not just go to heaven by yourself but you must preach the gospel and powerfully encourage someone to go to heaven together. You can also call this process a mission. A person needs to receive grace to become a person with a mission. From the outer appearance of the Word of God, it may look like we will die if we approach the mountain too closely. But if we look at the inside, God is telling us, “Come closer to me. Enter into the spiritual realm.” God told us that we have the keys of kingdom of God. The bible said, “the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force” If you properly utilize such a statement of God, motivation will be created within you. When such motivation is created and if you react to it, the power of God will be granted to you. You will become a person with God’s power. From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, the Word of God said, He will grant us power, holy gifts and show us the great and mighty things in which we do not know. The promises that are related to the power of God are written in the bible more than thirty thousand times. God has promised us. But, there are people who have received the promises and people who did has not. When you read the bible, there will be Words that may powerfully penetrate into your hearts. You must possess those Words and let it become reality. If not, those Words will only become like a pie in the sky. When we look at the characters in the bible, we will know how they had figured out the will of God and how they had carried out the will of God. Also, we will know their outcome in the end. Therefore, we are able to be led by God as we observe their stories. This is an advantage we can obtain. Whenever I read the stories of the bible, I feel like layers of scales are removed. “Oh, God led Moses in this way. Oh, God led Apostle Paul that way.” How has God led His own people? How God has worked with the people whom He had chosen? We will be able to partially know through the bible. In reality, the definite way of us being led by God is written in the bible. When it comes to ourselves, we will need to graft ourselves as the characters of the bible. How will God lead us now after we have been grafted in as the characters of the bible? The bible has written this all down already. It has been a long time since God had been leading us and It will take a long time for God to lead us in the future. For the first twenty years of my ministry (he’s been in the ministry for about 30 years), I thought God had truly led my ministry. However, I think I was not properly led by God in most substantial parts. There is God’s plan and intention with me, but I did not know that. Can I simply preach the Word and simply pray? Not so. We need to be led more specifically and correctly by God. It takes a long time for a people to truly realize this. Even if you have failed, made mistakes, suffered from some kind of sickness, and have misjudged in some things, God will not waste the time but will utilize it. Apostle Paul had much knowledge and much power and authority. But his core was, “For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:2) When we pray, we will connect with the power of God. We will begin to know the love of the cross and power. We will begin to experience the power of God. When it comes to the Word of God, there are Logos and Rhema. Most of us have learn a lot about Logos through disciple classes and reading. But when it comes to Rhema, people are not easily restored which is the area of contacting the power of God. The area of revelation. How does God lead us? Most common churches ignore the areas of Rhema. Some even considers the church that are Rhema oriented. These churches only talk about Logos, the written Word of God. The bible has been degraded as only a text book. After all, we spend a great amount of time just to find out the will of God. We seek and desire to know the will of God as we move to and fro. Although the spiritual steps and the motivation are important, the more important matter is, how is your relationship with God? In what kind of relationship are you with God? God’s power will manifest within the proper relationship with God. It is more important to be in a proper and right relationship with God than just obtaining the motivation. The conclusion of Apostle Paul was to be within a proper relationship with God. The key to experiencing the power of God was disclosed. When it comes to the work of God, God will lead us with some kind of method and procedure. We may want to have our own plan and dream but this will not work with God. We cannot have our own dream. In reality, God has to grant us His dream. God has to grant us His vision. The most important matter is having a right and proper relationship with God. God created us. We call Him, Father. We are sons of God. The relationship with God/Jesus is very precious because Jesus saved us. Within such relationship, we will love Him more, we will become faithful, we will fervently pray and we will learn to depend on God. We will learn to wait on God with expectation. In order for us to know the will and leading of God, I finally realized that I did not have to overly wander about. I later realized how unprofitable to spend a long time in certain areas of my life. God’s will and lead is important. It is important to desire on being led by God. But because of that, do not spend too much time in that when you have things to carry out in other areas. After the relationship with God has been restored, you must personally confront and go through the matters in your daily lives. When you confront and go through matters in your daily lives, you will begin to realize the will of God. As you go through the scenes, you will be led by God within the scenes. Rather than just praying and doing nothing but only asking the will of God and desiring to be led by God, it is better that you confront and go through the daily issues within the scenes. Apostle Paul was like that. He entrusted all to the Lord and he carried out the work. As you go into the scenes and confront issues within your lives, you will know the meaning of the gospel of the cross. You will only want to witness Jesus who was crucified on the cross. Therefore, Apostle Paul manifested power. Do not excessively look for the method. Do not seek some kind of special way. In order to find the will and lead of God, do not spend a lot of time without facing, confronting, and going through your daily events. Go into the scenes of life and encounter the issues. Then you will find the lead and the will of God. There may be some unorganized inner areas within you. There may be unrestored things within your thoughts. Your faith may not overcome your current situation and circumstance. You must be healed and restored from the inner wound. Do not waste your time as you only think about the hurt and wound of the inner areas within you. Just confront and go through your daily scene even if you have hurt and wound. There is no people without hurt and wound. Do not stop yourselves from doing other things because of your hurt and wound. Do not stop youself from doing other things just because you know that there are evil spirits that are hidden within you. After all, you must jump into the daily scenes. You must do and face what you have to do every day. When you face the daily issues, you will realize and feel your weakness. When your shortcomings are revealed, you must pray more before God. Please know that God has more expectation from you and I as He leads us. In the case of Abraham, when the calling and mission was granted to him, he moved south as he called the name of Jehovah. Abraham moved tents and called the name of Jehovah as he moved and as God led him. If Abraham did not move, he could not have received the will and lead of God. In the process of moving forward, God will let us experience the power of God. God tells us, “You are My sons and daughters” When the relationship with God is restored, the healing and power of God will manifest. Please hold onto this Word of God and pray. Amen Pastor Kim Yong Doo