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Monday, July 30, 2012

Faith like a mustard seed and like a small stone - Yoojin Kim

1 Samuel 49, 50 (AMP) "David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine, sinking into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck down the Philistine and slew him. But no sword was in David’s hand."

1 King 18:22,37,38 "Then Elijah said to the people, I, I only, remain a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men."  38 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You, the Lord, are God, and have turned their hearts back [to You]. 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the water that was in the trench."

Jonah 3:1-10 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I tell you. 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days’ journey [sixty miles in circumference]. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown! 5 So the people of Nineveh believed in God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth [in penitent mourning], from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 For word came to the king of Nineveh [of all that had happened to Jonah, and his terrifying message from God], and he arose from his throne and he laid his robe aside, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he made proclamation and published through Nineveh, By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed nor drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and let them cry mightily to God. Yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell, God may turn and revoke His sentence against us [when we have met His terms], and turn away from His fierce anger so that we perish not. 10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God revoked His [sentence of] evil that He had said that He would do to them and He did not do it [for He was comforted and eased concerning them]

Ester 4:16  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish."

Numbers 13: 26-33 "They came to Moses and Aaron and to all the Israelite congregation in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought them word, and showed them the land’s fruit.27 They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit.28 But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are [a]fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].29 Amalek dwells in the land of the South (the Negeb); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea and along by the side of the Jordan [River].30 Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.31 But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.32 So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.33 There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Mark 6: 37-44 "But He replied to them, Give them something to eat yourselves. And they said to Him, Shall we go and buy 200 denarii [about forty dollars] worth of bread and give it to them to eat? 38 And He said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they [had looked and] knew, they said, Five [loaves] and two fish. 39 Then He commanded the people all to recline on the green grass by companies. 40 So they threw themselves down in ranks of hundreds and fifties [with the regularity of an arrangement of beds of herbs, looking like so many garden plots]. 41 And taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and, praising God, gave thanks and broke the loaves and kept on giving them to the disciples to set before the people; and He [also] divided the two fish among [them] all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve [small hand] baskets full of broken pieces [from the loaves] and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men."

Luke 17:6 (AMP)" And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you."

God had assigned me to pray and fast on an important matter. I had asked some of my "close" sisters in Christ at the local church were attending to intercede and be in agreement with me. However, I found out that those sisters were speaking negative things in regards to the matter I had requested for prayer. They were full of doubt and unbelief to the task that God had me pray about. It is very amazing and shocking to me how people can be so negative and doubtful even after witnessing and experiencing the power and miracles of God.  Although, they spoke as though they were in faith, they were really moving by sight. I had assumed since the task God had assigned me required many people as possible to intercede on my behalf. I prayed and shared my disappointment about the sisters to the Lord.

But as I was in prayer, the Lord reminded me that the quantity of people praying is not as important if God has set His mind on carrying out a matter or plan. Of course, it would have been a plus if the my sisters in Christ still continued to intercede on my behalf. But God reminded me, He only needs the faith of one person to carry out His plan.

If you look at 1 Samuel chapters 49 and 50, David had defeated Goliath with one single shot. It was with one small stone. His faith was not in the stone and his abilities but it was with God. The small stone was all God required to help defeat the enemy. The small stone represented David's faith. A whole armored marching army was not required to defeat this giant. In fact, if they had fought Goliath in the traditional sense, they would have been defeated. God was Glorified through David's faith. God receives Glory through the impossibles.

1 King 18, the stand off was between four hundred of Baal's prophet and one Elijah. One prophet from the Lord was confronting hundreds. Elijah was all alone with no one on his side. But all God required was Elijah to call down the fire with his faith. One man's obedience and faithful act in God had defeated the prophets of Baal.

In Jonah chapter 3, God needed only one man to transform a nation. In Ester chapter 4, it was through the faithful act of one woman that saved the whole nation of Israelites.

In Numbers chapter 13, out of the twelves spies, ten were struck with plagues by God for instilling fear into His people. God did not need all twelve leaders but two to accomplish His Will. Yes, the unbelieving spies were removed by God immediately. God had promised them that they would go and posses the land. But most had looked at the circumstances and the condition of the land. Out of fear and unbelief, many began making excuses after excuses and giving reason why they should not press forward to conquer the land. As they were speaking negative things with doubt and fear, they did not realize they were speaking against God's will and His promise. They did not realize they were telling God even this was too much for Him.

Mark chapter 6, in our natural mind, it just does not make sense how the earth can feed 5000 people with only five loaves and two fish. However, that was more than enough for Jesus to perform His miracle. Our natural mind can never fathom or understand. This is why we are required to walk in faith. If we walk by sight, we will be deceived and defeated. We are the people of faith. We must think supernaturally. Our faith must go beyond the natural realm. Our faith will move mountains and defeat the giants of our lives. God will never be able to use you if you keep questioning HIM instead of moving forward with your faith. You will never be able to please HIM without having faith. You will never see God's plan materialize in your life if you do not move forward with your faith.

Believe what God will do in your life. Do not believe the lies of the enemy. Receive the promises of God and move forward with unshakable faith. Remember, all the amazing stories in the bible consisted of single or a small remnant to carry out His plan. It did not require the faith of a nation but rather He only requires one person to change the world. Your faith is sufficient. Even if there are no one to intercede, even if no one want to come in agreement with you, even if no one wants to believe with you, if God has personally given you the promise, do not worry but push forward. If God has set in His mind to carry out a plan, all He requires from you is your faith. Do not be afraid for He is with you and will listen to your prayers. Cry out and be persistent. He will never reject your prayers.

May you grow strong in the Lord. May your faith be strengthened in HIM for He will never leave you nor forsake you. He loves you very much and He desires to carry out His plan in your life and He desires to answer your prayers according to His Will and purpose more than even you desire to receive it.

Fire of God Ministries
Glory to HIM

Yoojin Kim
July 29, 2102

Sunday, July 29, 2012

God has called you for this moment

The book of Esther speaks about one of God's people who becomes the queen to king Ahasuerus (Xerxes). In those days, king Ahasuerus reigned from India to Ethiopia. It consisted over 127 provinces and he reigned between the years of 486 to 465 BC.

I do not know how many Christians have read the book of Esther but I will just briefly touch on it before getting to the main point. Deep calls unto deep. I hope God gives you the insight and revelation on the type or shadow of this story. I will not go into much of the insight for it would require much more research and posting. I would like to discuss part of the story that exemplify His Grace.

King Ahasuerus had made a feast for his people in Shushan the capital, both great and small for seven days in the court of the garden in the king's palace. Queen Vashti, also gave a feast for the women. On the seventh day, when the king was merry with wine, he called for his queen Vashti, to display her beauty. But the queen refused and this angered the king. The king then consulted with his wise men and they recommended he divorce her. The king divorced the queen and she was banished.

The king's ministers recommended he find a virgin to replace the queen. The search went out to find a virgin for the king. Beautiful young virgins were gathered from all his provinces. In order for these virgins to presented to the king, they had to go through a purification process.

A certain Jew name Mordecai had "brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The maiden was beautiful and lovely, and when her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter" (Esther 2:7). Under Mordecai's direction, Esther did not divulge her identify as a Jew.

The virgins had to go through a twelve month regulation of purification. "Since this was the regular period for their beauty treatments, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with sweet spices and perfumes and the things for the purifying of the women" (Esther 2:12). After the purification process, the maidens went in turn to see King Ahasuerus. Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus on the tenth month of Tebeth in his seventh year of reign.

Esther had found favor in the sight of King Ahasuerus and he held a feast. It was Esther's feast and the king gave a holiday. Esther became queen and she continued to hide her true identity.

One of the king's servants, Haman, was seated above the princes and Mordacai would not bow down to him in reverence. This angered Haman very much and he sought to destroy him. Haman further found out that Mordacai was a Jew and he sought to destroy all the Jews. Haman was able to convince king Ahasuerus to order a decree to kill all the Jews for he claimed that they did not keep his laws. Then the king ordered the decree for all Jews to be killed on an appointed day.

Mordacai had found out rented his clothes and sought to give this information to seek help from queen Esther. However, queen Esther first reply was not very positive. She was afraid to go in fear of death. But Mordacai replied if she did not go, she would perish regardless and God would find another way.

Esther 4:10-17 (AMP) Then Esther spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mordecai, saying,11 All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any person, be it man or woman, who shall go into the inner court to the king without being called shall be put to death; there is but one law for him, except [him] to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live. But I have not been called to come to the king for these thirty days.12 And they told Mordecai what Esther said.13 Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?15 Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai,16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.17 So Mordecai went away and did all that Esther had commanded him.

Esther did not ask to be queen. She was placed as a queen by the Grace of God. As queen, she benefited from all the material blessings and all the advantages from such a position. Esther did not do anything to earn her way to be a queen. Her beauty and grace was not from her own but from the Grace of God.

Today, many of God's people are in either high positions or low positions. Today, many of God's people are prosperous and many are not. Some are enjoying much while some are enjoying less. Some are very talented and some are not as much. Many did not choose where to be born or in which family. Whether we were born in wealthy or into poor, we must understand and give thanks regardless to the King of Kings for all things work out according to His purpose. All that we have is given by His Grace! All of us have a calling. Our calling is to OBEY. For some, our calling may require much while for others, our calling may be only for a moment. For Hannah, her calling was to earnestly pray and cry out until Samuel was born. It was through her difficulties the prayers were birthed as she uttered prayers in the temple of God.

However, like Esther's attitude at first, many of God's people today are rich and they think they do not need anything but in reality many today are naked and poor. Mordecai said "Do not flatter yourself." She did not want to risk her position, benefits, and comfort. She wanted someone else to be responsible when the calling fell on her lap. She was giving an excuse. All God required is one person to cooperate and have enough faith to save a nation.

Revelation 3:17 (AMP) For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

If God has allowed us to be rich, it is for the purposes of His Kingdom and not ours. Yes, we will benefit from it as we will get to enjoy what comes with it but when God calls, we must be willing to lay it all down including our lives. At the end, queen Esther realized her calling and why she had been placed in that position. She had been made queen out of God's Grace. She was now willing to risk her life and go to the king trusting God so that her people may be saved. But as you can see, before she risked her life, all of God's people were ordered to fast and pray. Today, many of us can not even fast for three days from food. Are we really certain we can lay down our lives for the Lord?

God may be prompting someone to do their part in order to advance the Kingdom of God. For those who are in possession of much, He may be prompting you to give so His Kingdom may advance. For those who are talented, He may be calling you into His service to help build. For those who are called into His ministry, He may be calling you to be His ministers on the pulpit. We are the body and we have all been called whether small or great according to His purpose. But if you do not answer the call, deliverance will come from somewhere else and your family may perish. As Scripture says, "And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?" You must fully obey. You cannot negotiate with God and give Him less or less of you. Esther at the end knew she must go risking her life. She said, "If I perish, I perish!"

Are we willing to die for Jesus Christ who had died for us? Many can say they will but God is testing all of us each day to see if we can give up the little or big things of the world that are in our possession. Will you lay it down at the cross for the purpose and advancing of His Kingdom? Are you willing to give it all up if He asked you? Search your heart brethren. Many are called but few are chosen. Only few choose to obey.

May you all make choices that will Glorify HIM to advance His Kingdom doing His Will. May you all grow in His Grace moving from Glory to Glory!!

Matthew 7:21 (AMP) Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.

Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim
July 29, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Walking in the Light or in the shades of darkness

Should we walk in the Light or in the shades of darkness? Should we point and preach Jesus Christ crucified by walking in the Light or should we point at evil people and point at what they do by the entering shades of darkness? Should we walk in Love or should we criticize pointing out the speck in the eyes of others?

Some say we need to know our enemy or enemies. You do not need to spend time getting to know the ways of your enemy. Most Christians know more about other people than they know of the Lord. If one spent more time knowing the Lord, He would be the One protecting you rather than you trying to protect yourselves.

Stop being so infatuated with the dark side of men and this world. Many are so shocked to see occult symbols at the Olympics. Why are you even watching the event then? Have we just figured out the world is not our friend?

Some Christians know more about Obama's policies and his autobiography than the bible. They even talk more of Obama and his policies then of Jesus Christ. Check your hearts. Are you speaking out of Love or out of resentment and bitterness toward other people.

Walk in the Light and not within the shades of darkness. God has the devil to be the finger pointer. He does not need His children to be finger pointing. It will be your love and kindness that leads others to repentance. He did not come to condemn but give life even to the evil people. If you want something changed, then walk as a Christian and pray without ceasing!

Do not just assume you have the spiritual authority to pass judgement on anyone or anything. The road is very narrow, is it not?

Matthew 12:37 (AMP) For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.

Matthew 7:2 (AMP) For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.

Romans 2:1 (AMP) Therefore you have no excuse or defense or justification, O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce].

Fire of God

Steve Yong Kim
July 28, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Prophecy, Visions, and Dreams

As many false prophecies continue to come in regards to the end time, I am reposting this article. End time messages are putting fear into many of God's people because they fear they can not measure up to the messages. If a message gives you anxiety fear rather than conviction, then it is not from God.

March 7, 2012

On the internet, there are many Christians following other Christians. There are many Christians who are posting their dreams, visions, and prophecy. I, myself, encourage the gifts of God for we ourselves possess them. However, if you decide to follow or feed from a certain source, then the basic question is the following: What is the foundation of their ministry whether you are following an individual, group, or a church? You must continue to test all spirits.

Are you following their posts or messages of only prophecy, visions, or dreams? I am not saying they may be false or deception but I need to address a salient point. What are you feeding from? What is the foundation of their ministry or messages? They may had an original prophecy, vision, or dream which could have been from God. I am not saying what you may have been hearing or reading are false. I am not pointing to anyone or group specifically nor am I pointing to any specific message. However, I must address the issue that there are so many prophecy, visions, and dreams coming out that some are contradicting each other. And instead of discerning, I see many Christians accepting both contradicting prophecies. If one accepts contradicting prophecies, visions, or dreams, one is but compromising and really chasing an easy answer for their itchy ear instead of chasing Truth! Is the Gospel a roulette game in which one can bet on both red and black to play it safe? I see very few people who will hold their ground for solid truth. I see many who waver back and forth like a man of two minds. Please ask God for a spirit of Discernment!

What is the foundation of one's ministry? Are prophecies the foundation of someone's ministry? Are visions the foundation of one's ministry? Are dreams the foundation of someone's ministry? What should be the foundation of a ministry?

You see, just because someone post a bunch of scripture verses with their prophecy, visions, or dreams does not mean their foundation is the WORD OF GOD! The foundation of any ministry whether they be an individual, group, or church should be the WORD OF GOD. Prophecy, visions, and dreams are to be the supplement for the foundation of the Word of God and not the reverse.

I see many follow individuals whose foundation is but their prophecy, visions, or dreams. If people continue to follow prophecy, visions, or dreams without having a solid foundation of the WORD OF GOD, they will at the end be deceived. It is the WORD OF GOD that keeps us in check as prophecy, visions, dreams and other gifts are manifested. The gifts are to correlate with the WORD OF GOD!

There are too many chasing prophecy, visions, and dreams instead of chasing the Word of God. Prophecy, visions, and dreams by themselves will NOT keep you grounded with the LORD. It is the WORD of GOD in you that will ground you with the LORD. Memorizing a bunch of scripture verses is not necessarily knowing the Word of God. Quoting scripture verses does not necessarily mean someone knows the Word of God.

If you follow anyone's messages, follow someone who is feeding you the WORD OF GOD and its revelations! Then prophecy, visions, and dreams will correlate and supplement what is being taught. The Word of God is what will ENDURE FOREVER and prophecy, visions, and dreams will all pass away for all will lose its value as TRUTH will supersede them.

1 Corinthians 13:8 (AMP Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ([a]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

John 15:1-10 I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.2Any 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. 3You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].4Dwell 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. 5I 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. 6If 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.8When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [[a]continue in His love with Me]. 10If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love.

In John chapter 15, Jesus said that His WORD is what cleanse and prunes us. It is HIS WORD that must continue to remain in us and to continue to live in our hearts and whatever we ask, it SHALL BE DONE FOR YOU. If we are praying for things and things are NOT being done for us then we better ask if the WORD of God is continuing in and living in our hearts! Chasing prophecy, visions, and dreams are not the prerequisites for having your prayers answered. You must chase HIM for HE is the WORD! Get to know HIM. Please do not misunderstand. I am not saying prophecy, visions, and dreams are bad but they are gifts to draw us closer to HIM. The gifts are used to confirm many things. They are not to be the source of our spiritual food. The WORD OF GOD is our spiritual food.

For whatever or whoever you are feeding from, make sure you are listening to folks whose foundation is the WORD OF GOD and not their gifts. The gifts are to be supplements to the Word of God. The signs and wonders are to be the supplements to those who are believing correctly. My wife and I possess certain gifts such as prophecy and others but they are not our foundation in which to draw people to HIM.

There are just too many trying way to hard to produce a word to feed an addicted generation. Read and learn all of His Word. Read and learn what He has done in the past in regards to a rebellious or obedient people. Read and learn so you will not make the same mistake as the previous generations. Read and learn so you may know His Voice.

Jeremiah 23:25-28 (AMP) I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed [visions on my bed at night].26[How long shall this state of things continue?] How long yet shall it be in the minds of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even the prophets of the deceit of their own hearts, 27Who think that they can cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which every man tells to his neighbor, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?28The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat [for nourishment]? says the Lord.

Fire of God!
Steve Yong Kim
March 7, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Walking by faith or by sight

Romans 10:17 (AMP)  So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

The bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. I observe many Christians who say they have faith but yet they walk by sight. This problem has been ocurring to God's people for thousands of years. We talk about having faith like it is some easy thing. Most assume they have faith because they can acknowledge and think of the concept. But yet faith is something we must learn to grow in and our faith is proved to be genuine as we experience trials, tests and tribulations.

Many Christians know and have been taught that without faith we cannot please God. So how does faith come? It comes from hearing the Word of God. We must continue to feed and eat His Word. The Word of God must become part of us. It must be part of our being. We hear His Word and when it is heard, it is preached. But even as Isaiah said, many even though hearing the gospel did not believe in what they heard.

People are visual creatures. Corporations, governments, and other entities all know this and they all use visualization to capture the audience. But we are not to move by sight. However, our eyes are captivated and many follow products, people, policy, lust, etc like zombies. The world will put their licentious and sensational pictures at the check out stand and instantly our eyes are lured to view the half naked pictures on the magazines. We must train ourselves not to look.

People can sit in front of a TV and watch hours and hours of television. They become captivated. It is such an easy thing to do. All we have to do is vegetate and watch. It is so easy to react from what we see rather than what we do not see.

But when it comes to only listening, the degree becomes more difficult to be still. And  when it comes to reading, the degree of difficulty becomes even higher for people. However, for some people, it can be vice versa where reading is easier than listening. But when it comes to praying, the degree is much much higher. People are by nature are lazy and complacent and we will generally seek the easier way to do things. We are always looking for an easy excuse and answer so we can continue to do nothing. If we had a choice, we be all just watching something and this is why YouTube has become so popular. It is easy. And this is why many are addicted to Facebook because it is a visual application.

Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. We must continue to hear the Word of God daily. When I say "hear" it is to immerse yourself in HIM through His Word, worshiping, and praying. We hear HIM not only through the Word but also in our spirits as we worship and pray. But once you hear HIM and receive revelation, you may be required to ACT! And this is the difficult part because it is much more easier to react by sight rather than faith.

We have heard there is a heaven. We have heard there is a hell. We have heard that Jesus came to die for us. We have heard there is eternity. We have heard but yet most of us have not seen heaven nor hell but many have chosen to believe. And upon believing, our lives are now on a different path because we are told the Way is HIM. However, this path is not seen by our physical eyes but it is invisible.

But most of us have been trained to move by sight throughout our lives. Many of us mix faith and sight out of fear. We want to assess our inventory. We want to assess our bank balance. We want to assess our strength. We want to asses whether we will be able to pay the bills. We want to assess our abilities before we actually move and sadly when many finally do move, they are really moving by sight. And because many move by sight, the Power of God is relinquished because they are in sin since their plans and procedures had NOT been originated and proceeded by faith. However, we are not to do things out of blind faith. If you look at verse 23 below, it expounds the action of faith. We move in faith because those steps have been approved by God because He is requiring us to move in that direction. One cannot say they will go buy a bigger house, car, or church out of their own will and discretion and then say they will have faith that God will provide the funds. This is not faith but it is to test God! When God says go buy that property when you do not have the means, then by faith you start the procedure even though you may not know how it will happen. Faith is to move when God says move. Faith is to stop when God says stop.

Romans 14:23 (AMP) But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful].

I read a report in America that 4000 churches close down every year. This tells me that those churches were not open according to God's Will but according to man's.

If faith pleases God then it is by sight that pleases Satan. The devil stirred up David to take a census. As a result, the Lord was very displeased with David for taking this census.

1 Chronicles 21:1-3
  (AMP)Satan [an adversary] stood up against Israel and stirred up David to number Israel.2 David said to Joab and the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me the total, that I may know it.3 And Joab answered, May the Lord multiply His people a hundred times! But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then does my lord require this? Why will he bring guilt upon Israel?

1 Chronicles 21:7-14 (AMP)And God was displeased with this [reliance on human resources], and He smote Israel.8 And David said to God, I have sinned greatly because I have done this thing. But now, I beseech You, take away the hateful wickedness of Your servant; for I have done very foolishly.9 And the Lord said to Gad, David’s seer,10 Go and tell David, Thus says the Lord: I offer you three things; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.11 So Gad came to David and said to him, Thus says the Lord: Take which one you will:12 Either three years of famine, or three months of devastation before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the Lord and pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him Who sent me.13 And David said to Gad, I am in great and distressing perplexity; let me fall, I pray you, into the hands of the Lord, for very great and many are His mercies; but let me not fall into the hands of man.14 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel, and there fell of Israel 70,000 men.

If you read verse 7, the amplified has in parenthesis that David had  relied on human resources. David had taken a census to take an inventory of his strength in men. Why would he need this when God was with him? Did David had to know how many men he had before he went into battle? When God's servants move by sight, God's people will suffer greatly.

This is classic for the church today. We think we need more people on our staff when God wants demobilization of what we already have. He took Gideon's force from 32,000 to 300. We think we need to be more educated with degrees over degrees in theology when God is looking for the weak and humbled to put His strength and revelation in. We think we need more money to do church programs and expansion when God wants us to have more of HIM.

When we want to feed the poor of thousands, most if not all of us react as the disciples did. We react by sight and not faith.

John 6:5-10
 (AMP) Jesus looked up then, and seeing that a vast multitude was coming toward Him, He said to Philip, Where are we to buy bread, so that all these people may eat? 6 But He said this to prove (test) him, for He well knew what He was about to do.7 Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennies’ (forty dollars) worth of bread is not enough that everyone may receive even a little.8 Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,9 There is a little boy here, who has [with him] five barley loaves, and two small fish; but what are they among so many people?10 Jesus said, Make all the people recline (sit down). Now the ground (a pasture) was covered with thick grass at the spot, so the men threw themselves down, about 5,000 in number.

Even with Jesus at their side, they doubted and asked HIM how in the world are they to feed so many people with only two hundred pennies? Then Peter assess from sight and tells the Lord what they have in the physical. But Jesus took the loaves and fish thanking the Father and moved forward. Verse 6 says that Jesus was testing them but He already knew what He was to do. All the disciples had to do was walk in faith of what He was to do. The disciples had failed the test but out of Grace for His flock, God still fed them. Yes, we will fail as we learn to grow in faith. But once we experience the faith of God, shouldn't our faith be growing as we move from glory to glory and season to season?

What does the church say today? How am I suppose to move where the Lord wants me too when I do not even have a job secured? How am I suppose to rent or find a church location without any funds? How am I suppose to go on mission trips as He wants me too when I have no money? How am I to pay the church bills when we do not have enough people in the congregation? How am I to tithe when I can barely pay the bills? And so on and so on and so on. Will HE FIND FAITH WHEN HE RETURNS!!!

When the Holy Spirit says move, we are to move in faith. When the Holy Spirit says stop, then we are to stop in faith. We are to move in faith which is to move with the Holy Spirit. When God says it is time to feed the 5000, then we are to just move according to the plan of God in faith. If you move by sight and physical circumstances, you will at the end be deceived for the physical is control by the god of this world.

Luke 18:8
(AMP) I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [[a]persistence in] faith on the earth?

Romans 8:14 (AMP)  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim
 July 27, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fire Revival Meeting San Francisco/Bay Area October 18 to 21st

Fire of God Ministries an English branch church of the Lord's Church in South Korea will be hosting a Fire revival meeting in the San Francisco/Bay Area with Pastor Kim, Yong Doo, author of "Baptize by Blazing Fire" on October 18 to 21st, 2012.

Steve Yong Kim & Yoojin Kim of Fire of God ministries has been directed to form a newly branch church of the Lord's church by Pastor Kim Yong Doo.

We are praying for location and resources. We are finalizing a location in Fremont California which is 40 miles south of San Francisco, 17 miles north of San Jose, and 25 miles south of Oakland, CA. We ask you join us in prayer that the Lord's Will be done. Pray that the Lord sends you to this meeting. The Lord told us revival is coming to Northern California. Hallelujah!

God Bless

Enduring Love dies to oneself

Religion presents the gospel as some easy method or process to enter the Kingdom of God. It is not just a mere confessing of one's lips but one MUST BELIEVE with the heart. Believing is not just a mere acknowledgment that God exist and what He did at the cross. Believing is making the choice to die to oneself for the Will of the Father. Once someone accepts the Lord, the process of death to oneself just begins to complete eternal life. Yes, we are saved but we are also being saved. Our whole life will be a test. Everyday is a test. It is a test to choose each day whether one will die to self and choose the Will of the Father or flap around like a fish out of water and choose one's own will/flesh.

When the Word of God enters our hearts, it should pierce like a sword. Yes, it can be painful. Just as an eight day old baby had to be circumcised in the OT to represent the covenant between the child and God. When the Sword of the Word pierces our hearts, it is for the circumcision of your hearts. Is circumcision not painful? The death of oneself/flesh is not only a part of our walk but it can be at first very painful. But as we die more to ourselves, we will actually become more spiritual and we will experience more of the resurrected life of Christ as He is evermore manifested in us. We must decrease and He must increase. But what do people see in us? Do they see who we profess to believe or do they continue to see the old self?

John 12:24-26 (AMP) I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest. 25 Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.] 26 If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [[a]to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. 

We sing songs such as "Have your way with us, Lord!" But when the fire gets hot, we are looking for the exist door. We feel alone. Why? Because as it says in verse 24, unless we die to ourselves, we will feel and be alone. If you feel alone, then know your flesh is still much alive and your circumstances is presented to you as an opportunity to die to yourselves.

For some of you, many uncomfortable things may be happening around your lives. You may be struggling with your husbands, wives, children, friends, work, finances, career, and/or other believers. We ask why? Why are we in such situations? We want to run! We want to run to a place of comfort with no pain. We do not want to deal with the issues of other people and we only want to love difficult people from a far. Why are we screaming in pain? It is because we are still in the "me" and "I" stages. It is your flesh flapping like a fish out of water crying out for help. It is your flesh that is screaming to live when God is requiring your flesh to DIE!! In many cases, when we feel trapped we may ask the Lord in our frustration to literally just kill us now. Have many of us not experienced this? But HE is actually granting your request because you must die in the flesh to eventually go home to heaven.

God has allowed such circumstances in your lives to root out the flesh and the hidden sins in one's heart. But the question remains, will we run or will we die to ourselves. Did Jesus run? Someone can give me all the excuses he/she desires but if you say YOU BELIEVE then follow the example of OUR LORD! He did not complain. He did not say a word. He bleed sweat fighting His flesh to go do the Father's will and die so you and your families may find life!

We scream out, "WHY!" But do you NOT understand? When Jesus was broken, bruised, and put to death, it was the WILL OF THE FATHER so that you may all call upon His Name and LIVE!!

Isaiah 53:10 (AMP)Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
To believe is to live the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We may be in a difficult circumstance because it may be the will of the Lord to help us die to ourselves. If we do not stay in the fire sacrificing ourselves, then how can we say we are loving those God has put around us? How will they find salvation when they see God's children who profess they love the Lord and that they are a people willing to die for HIM but yet runs away from difficult circumstances? Their blood will be on our hands.

Luke 14:27(AMP) Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.

Luke 21:19 By your steadfastness and patient endurance you [a]shall win the [b]true life of your souls

Are we then but a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal? We may be able to speak in tongues, we may be able to cast demons out, and we can have signs and wonders following but if we do not finish the process of having our own flesh being crucified then have we completed our own death process of ourselves to find life? Scripture says "LOVE ENDURES LONG!!" Where is our endurance? 

1 Corinthians 13:1-4 (AMP) IF I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such [a]as is inspired by God's love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers ([b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God's love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody). 3Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or [c] in order that I may glory, but have not love (God's love in me), I gain nothing. 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

Being crucified with Christ is not a theory or a state of mind. It is action and the fruit we bear is evident of what we say we BELIEVE! The Narrow road is not an easy path. Paul said to learn from our forefathers. Learn from those who have made mistakes. Do not continue to repeat the mistakes of some of our forefathers! Entering the Kingdom of God is not an easy process as religion has made out to be. Force yourselves to stay in the fire if need be.

Luke 13:23-24 (AMP) And someone asked Him, Lord, will only a few be saved (rescued, delivered from the penalties of the last judgment, and made partakers of the salvation by Christ)? And He said to them, 24Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.

Hebrews 3:8-12 (AMP) Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and [a]embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness,9Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years.10And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them.11Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest.12[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.

Grace is there for us to get things right with God. Grace is not there so we can continue to make choices of rebellion or disobedience. Your choices have eternal consequences. Please choose LIFE by sacrificing and dying to yourselves so others around you may live. Let the the grain of wheat/kernel fall and die so a plentiful harvest may be reaped.

Truly BELIEVE so your whole household may be SAVED!!

Acts 16:31(AMP) And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [[a]give yourself up to Him, [b] take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well.

Fire of God
Steve Yong Kim
February 04, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Can demons be in a Christian? Revised

Demons are like viruses. You cannot see them but they can greatly influence you spiritually, mentally, and physically. Demons can be in everyone including Christians. They must be dealt with and cast out as necessary. The demons mainly enter people as they are given legal right through SIN. But they are also able to enter through different ways such as by laying hands on one another. It is best that you do not just let any "minister, pastor, elder, or lay believer" lay hands and pray over you. We need to be prayed up and our armor polished and ready. How well do you know of those who lay hands and pray for you? When we sin we must be quick to repent so that the demons are not allowed to build their kingdom of darkness inside us. If they are allowed to build their kingdom inside us, we may become more numb to sin and our hearts may continue to harden.

Yes, the demons cannot possess a Christian but they can certainly and strongly can influence us. Just as a flu virus cannot possess anyone but it can strongly influence a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. Demons integrate with your mind, emotions, personality, and physical bodies. They cause serious sickness as people give them the legal right to do so. For example, if a Christian holds unforgiveness in their heart for 20 or so years (20 years is just an example), that spirit of unforgiveness will work with the other demons to cause serious sickness. When a person has resentment and unforgiveness in their hearts for many years, it may have been eating them alive inside out experiencing many sleepless nights and that spiritual issue of the heart will manifest physically into a serious physical and in most cases a terminal illness. In the OT, the disease of leprosy was symbolic of sin. What may the symbolic sickness of sin be today? Was not Miriam, Moses' cousin, struck with leprosy when she had spoken against Moses? Uzziah broke out with leprosy as he was enraged against the priests.

Leviticus 13:47 The garment also that the disease of leprosy [symbolic of sin] is in, whether a wool or a linen garment,

Numbers 12:10-13 And when the cloud departed from over the Tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. And Aaron looked at Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous! 11And Aaron said to Moses, Oh, my lord, I plead with you, lay not the sin upon us in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12Let her not be as one dead, already half decomposed when he comes out of his mother's womb! 13And Moses cried to the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech You!

2 Chronicles 26:19 Then Uzziah was enraged, and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was enraged with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.

But it can be other major illness as well. When a Christian is experiencing a serious illness, it is a message to wake up and search their hearts. God's people who had traveled with Moses had only become sick when they had disobeyed or rebelled against God. A Christian cannot enter the Kingdom of God with unforgiveness in their hearts. Scripture says unless you forgive others, God cannot forgive you. Grace will NOT supersede God's own Word.

Numbers 21:6-8 Then the Lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many Israelites died.7And the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, that He may take away the serpents from us. So Moses prayed for the people.8And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.

Matthew 8:16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were [a]under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick.

This is one of the greatest deception within the church as many are being led and taught that demons cannot be in a saved person. They argue and debate pointing out that demons cannot dwell where the Holy Spirit resides. They justify using scripture that light cannot dwell with darkness. I asked the Holy Spirit of this subject. He revealed to me a question for such people. Where is the Holy Spirit? Is He not everywhere? If God is everywhere then the demons should not have any business being anywhere the Holy Spirit is present. Their argument that Light cannot dwell with darkness in that respect does not hold.

Mark 7:25-30 Instead, at once, a woman whose little daughter had (was under the control of) an unclean spirit heard about Him and came and flung herself down at His feet.26Now the woman was a Greek (Gentile), a Syrophoenician by nationality. And she kept begging Him to drive the demon out of her little daughter.27And He said to her, First let the children be fed, for it is not becoming or proper or right to take the children's bread and throw it to the [little house] dogs.28But she answered Him, Yes, Lord, yet even the small pups under the table eat the little children's scraps of food.29And He said to her, Because of this saying, you may go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter [permanently].30And she went home and found the child thrown on the couch, and the demon departed.

A Gentile woman came and asked Jesus for help to drive a demon out of her daughter. The Lord replied harshly and said such help is not for her but for His children. But when she reacted back in faith, the Lord granted her request. Jesus said, "First let the children be fed, for it is not becoming or proper or right to take the children's bread." Deliverance was for God's people. It was not for the Syrophoenician people. Many Christians are led incorrectly to believe that casting out demons are for unbelievers? Well if that is the case, when have ministries ever promoted casting demons out of unbelievers? Do we go up to an unbeliever and ask if they want to have demons cast out first before accepting and believing in the Lord? And when someone does accept the Lord, are they going to state they have no more demons because he/she is a Christian now? If this is the case, then instantly they should all be delivered from their addictions, bondage, and problems upon acceptance of the Lord. When are we suppose to be driving demons out then?

When Jesus walked the earth, He was the Anointing. He came for His own. He came for the what was lost. As He walked, His Power would set the demons off and people would manifest trembling, shaking severely, rolling on the ground, and having seizures. The demons in most cases did not go quietly. They went out screaming and yelling. Some of you have seen videos such as on YouTube of people reacting strangely at churches or meetings and call it the work of the devil! But in reality, it may be people manifesting. Some churches know how to deal with it and properly cast them out but many do not discern and would not know what to do. The presence of the Holy Spirit can make a person shake. But it is not an out of control shake or a slithering movement like a snake. The Holy Spirit does not make people bark either. It is most likely a demonic manifestation. With the Holy Spirit, there is always harmony and balance. We must have discernment to know what is of God and what is the enemy to cast demons out when they manifest instead of calling it the devil's work just as His people accused Him when He walked the earth. I suggest everyone be more cautious of what they conclude if they do not know for themselves.

Luke 4:41 And demons even came out of many people, screaming and crying out, You are the Son of God! But He rebuked them and would not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah).

Demons generally lodge themselves in the belly area. But they can be throughout the body and in the organs of a person. During deliverance, many feel their stomachs react. I think this is where we get the term "butterflies in our stomachs". As demons come out, they can come out in many different ways. Deliverance can be performed and experienced in different ways. Many are led to believe deliverance is like the movie "Exorcism." Although, we ourselves have experienced  full manifestations from people, it is not like the movies. Much of the time is spent discussing and consulting for inner healing. The issue is the heart of a person. God desires a revolution of a person's heart. Furthermore, the Western Church looks down on people who manifest. But sadly, many Christians themselves are infested with demons.

How can I say such a thing that many Christians are infested with demons? When we blurt out in rage, anger, short temper, lust, hate, bitterness, gossip, foul language, etc etc etc, it is the demons you are feeding. Perhaps, you are feeding an addiction? After a person has their fit or rage, they usually regret their words and actions. But by then, the demons have been fed and they retract. This is why we must make the effort to crucify our Flesh and not feed them. It is part of your consecration process so you may live Holy. Are we to look and act like the world? Are we to talk and react as unbelievers or are we going to walk in what we say we are and believe possessing the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit? Either you walk in the Fruit of the Holy Spirit or the carnal nature. One leads to life and one leads to death. Grace is given so we can overcome. It is not given so we can continue in our short comings.

Stop feeding the demons and they will flee to find food from somewhere else.

James 4:7 So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.

Matthew 21:12-13  And Jesus went into the temple ([a]whole temple enclosure) and drove out all who bought and sold in the [b]sacred place, and He turned over the [c]four-footed tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who sold doves.13He said to them, The Scripture says, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.

The physical temple consists of three parts, the outer courts, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. When Jesus came to the temple, He saw those peddling for money in the temple of God and He kicked the money changers out. Where is the temple now? The temple is YOU!! The money changer could not enter the Holy of Holies but they were allowed to do business in the outer court. But they were defiling the physical temple. If the temple is now YOU, then your outer court can become defiled with demons. The demons cannot enter your Holy of Holies where the Holy Spirit resides but they can create havoc in your outer court. When they are kicked out, then healing can come.

Matthew 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the [a]porches and courts of the temple, and He cured them.

God delivers people in different ways. But Jesus said after the resurrection that those who BELIEVE will cast demons out. He is not saying those who believe in casting demons out will be able to cast demons out. He is saying to those who BELIEVE in HIM will be able to cast demons out.

Luke 11:20 "But if I drive out the demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has already come upon you."

Luke 10:9" And heal the sick in it and say to them, The Kingdom of God has come close to you."

We are all able to cast demons and out of ourselves but the strongman or stronghold must be bound and broken. This may require a lot of prayer and fasting. We must incorporate words of "bind and cast out in Jesus Name" in our prayers. The demons are all around, we must deal with them directly for authority and power has been given to His people. And most importantly, RUN FROM ALL FORMS OF SIN!! SHUN FROM EVIL!!

Luke 10:19 Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

Many Christians are afraid of the devil and the demons. It is time to realize Truth and Truly BELIEVE that you have the authority to trample on them and not the other way around. If you are struggling with anger, bind and cast out anger in Jesus Name when it rises up. If you are struggling with lust, bind and cast out in Jesus Name, etc etc. It is not just one statement and they are all gone. Your words of "Get out in Jesus Name!!" is like a holy bullet or punch. You must punch them numerous times. It can be a tug of war of who will give in first. Moreover, you must have a disciplined prayer life.

When the Lord first started us out in our deliverance ministry a few years ago, we would battle with demons for hours and hours as we cast them out from a person. Now, as He has granted us with more of His Fire, it is much more quicker. We cannot kill a demon or evil spirit. The WAR is fought with Authority!! If you consider yourself a Child of God, then walk in that Authority. Speak words of LIFE over yourself instead of words of defeat.

Keep His Temple Holy. You are His Temple and He will NOT share it with anyone or anything. Use this time of Grace to sanctify yourselves. He will destroy anyone who defiles it. This includes "self."

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, [a]collectively as a church and also individually]? 17If anyone [b]does hurt to God's temple or corrupts it [[c]with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will [d]do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [[e]the believing church and its individual believers] are.

God Bless you all
Fire of GOD Ministries
Rev Steve Yong Kim
June 6, 2011

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Ten Virgins

All ten virgins had lamps with oil  but the five wise virgins had extra oil in flasks along with their lamps. All  ten virgins began nodding their heads and they all fell asleep.

Matthew 25:1-12 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent).3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them;4 But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps.5 While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep.6 But at midnight there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him!7 Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order.8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. 9 But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves.10 But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.11 Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us!12 But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you].

As all ten virgins waited for their bridegroom. It appeared they had waited and waited and in their wait, they got a little sleepy and all had dozed off. This is to illustrate that the Lord's return may appear long for us as it has been for every generation since He ascended. And as many had waited and as many continues to wait, how many Christians will wait having extra oil in their flasks and how many will only have oil in their lamps expecting He is to return very shortly or imminently?

Many are waiting and those who have their oil in the lamps appear to be ready. What does the oil represent? They say oil represents the Holy Spirit. In this parable, what is the function of the oil? The function of the oil is to sustain the light so they may see the Lord when He comes.

When does the shout come? The shout comes at MIDNIGHT! The Lord will come when the world is in darkness. And when the world is in darkness, if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit using Grace to overcome the things of the world and our flesh NOW, then how are we to overcome the darkness that will be overcoming the world during the time when He returns? Am I saying this is the Great Tribulation? I am not saying it one way or the other.

Why do they need more oil to meet HIM? If they do not have more oil for their lamps to be lit, then they will not be able to meet HIM in the darkness. The oil is the fuel for FIRE to give Light! We need more of the Holy Spirit and HIS Fire to sustain our wait until His return. And when He does return, if our Fire has gone out because we have run out of oil, then we may not be able to meet HIM  because we will be lost in the darkness of the world.

As the foolish virgins went to buy more oil, Jesus came and the door was shut. At the midnight hour when the world is in darkness, they tried to overcome by trying to catch up on their praying, reading, worship and knowing HIM more at that time but it was too late. Why were they not ready before the midnight hour with more oil? Many today spend frivolous time looking at nonsense. Many Christians get involved quarreling over Babylon's politics, entertainment, and over foolish controversies rather than getting to know the Lord more on an intimate level.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit].8 For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

Psalm 119:105 (AMP) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

His Word is a lamp to our feet and LIGHT to our path. If the light goes out then we either do not have His Word or not enough to keep us going.

We need to pray, read, and worship more NOW while we have freedom and our bellies are full. We must accumulate the extra oil now. This is to be READY!

So how do you prepare yourselves now? While you are in your comfort, you must use this time to get to know HIM more NOW receiving the Holy Spirit and His POWER by spending more time with HIM. We are to accumulate our prayers, reading, and worship NOW. We are to separate ourselves from the world. We need to fast from the things of the world such as sports, TV, secular movies/music, bars, lust, idolatry of the world, and the likes. WE need to be properly tithing 10% to God. We need to be keeping Sundays HOLY keeping the 4th commandment by not spending money or working on His Day for our own profit and pleasure. It is not a day for our recreation. WE NEED TO PUT GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS INCLUDING OUR FUTURE, MONEY, CAREERS, GOALS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND EVERYTHING. When you put God above all things then you are His sacrifice and He can send FIRE down to burn the offering!! May you be living sacrifices for HIM living lives worthy of HIM.

It is simple but not so simple since we are a people who need to be remolded, retrained, and renewed in the mind. We will receive more of the Holy Spirit when we make room for HIM in the temple. The temple is now YOU . If you remove the things of the world and "self" from the temple, the Holy Spirit can move in and take up more space in you. He is our rest and we are His rest.

This is why as we wait for our Lord, we are to acquire more of HIM to possess His Power to go possess more land and increase His Kingdom. If all we do is look up gazing at heaven, we will miss HIM because we were not looking at HIM. The days will become more darker so His Light can shine more brighter. His Light will shine from His sons and daughters who are and who have overcome the world and who are led by  the SPIRIT!

Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes (is victorious) and who obeys My commands to the [very] end [doing the works that please Me], I will give him authority and power over the nations;

Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim
July 17, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Except by prayer and fasting"

Matthew 17:21 "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

Mark 16:17 "In My name they (you) will cast out demons."

According to the Word of God, we Christians are suppose to possess the power to cast out demons in His name. But why are so many Christians possessing no power to cast demons out from among their lives, thoughts, minds and bodies? Many even fast from physical food starving themselves hoping to resolve whatever problems they may have but yet, there are no real results. The answer is simple. it is because many Christians are cohabitating and LIVING WITH DEMONS.

They have invited demons into their lives by watching too much secular TV, movies, playing violent/thriller video games, listening to secular/worldly music, and so forth. Some of you are addicted to Facebook using the gospel as an excuse to be on for hours and hours. I observe many telling others they will take a break from Facebook for a month or so and they are right back only after a few days. Many continue to spend too much time watching and keeping up with sports breaking the Lord's Day (Sunday/4th Commandment). Many continue to hold onto resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Many dress like world and talk like the world.

Will fasting just from physical food deliver them from their demonic problems and issues? The demons are laughing at many Christians.

We must fast not only from physical food but from the world and the things of the world which is really Babylon/Egypt. You must fast from watching secular TV, sports, movies, playing video games, and so forth. If you fast from the world, the power of God will cast demons out from your life. You will have the power to overcome the world. God will further grant you power to cast the demons out from other people. You will be strengthened. You will be refreshed. You will have spiritual gifts flowing from you. You will edify your self and others. You will benefit the church. You will advance the Kingdom of God.

May God be above all things in our lives.

I give glory to our King.
Yoojin Kim
Fire of God Ministries

Monday, July 16, 2012

Send Fire unto the offering

Matthew 3:11 (AMP)  I indeed baptize you [a]in (with) water [b]because of repentance [that is, because of your [c]changing your minds for the better, heartily amending your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins]. But He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy or fit to take off or carry; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

In order to purify gold or silver, one must burn it with intense heat to separate the impurities.

Proverbs 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth [the material for] a vessel for the silversmith [to work up].

Isaiah 4:3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem and for eternal life. 4 After the Lord has washed away the [moral] filth of the daughters of Zion [pride, vanity, haughtiness] and has purged the bloodstains of Jerusalem from the midst of it by the spirit and blast of judgment and by the spirit and BLAST OF BURNING AND SIFTING.

We must be baptized by the Holy Ghost Fire so that the Fire can help us be a Holy people bringing us into full repentance so that our lives will be an offering of righteousness.

Malachi 3:3 (AMP) He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.

In the OT, when the offering was accepted, God would send the FIRE from heaven.

2 Chronicles 6:36-41 If they sin against You—for there is no man who does not sin—and You are angry with them and give them to enemies who take them captive to a land far or near;37 Yet if they repent in the land to which they have been carried captive, and turn and pray there, saying, We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have dealt wickedly;38 If they return to You with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity, and pray facing their land which You gave to their fathers and toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your Name;39 Then hear from heaven, Your dwelling place, their prayer and supplications, and maintain their cause; and forgive Your people, who have sinned against You. 40 Now, O my God, I beseech You, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer offered in this temple.41 So now arise, O Lord God, and come into Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength and power. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints (Your zealous ones) rejoice in good and in Your goodness.

If we repent and return to HIM with ALL our heart and soul, then He will hear us form heaven. Verse 41 is asking God to come into His resting place.

2 Chronicles 7:1-2 When Solomon had finished praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. 2 The priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.

This prayer was from Solomon after the temple was built. He was asking God to come and rest in His resting place. The prayers were made with an offering and God sent FIRE from heaven to acknowledge and accept filling the temple with His Glory.

Today, we are His Temple. WE are to be His Resting Place.

2 Chronicles 7:11-15 Thus Solomon finished the Lord’s house and the king’s house; all that [he] had planned to do in the Lord’s house and his own house he accomplished successfully.12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.13 If I shut up heaven so no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.

If we humble ourselves, pray, seek, crave and require of necessity His face turning from our wicked ways, He will hear us from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land (verse 14). We are to repent and return to HIM with ALL our heart and soul, then when God accepts your prayers He will send FIRE down on to the sacrifice which is now you. But you must be willing to sacrifice ALL and your BEST offering. You are to sacrifice all of your life to HIM and as He sends His Fire on to you, He will rest in YOU and His Glory will fill the temple! You are now the temple in which He desires to rest. Let His Glory rise from you so that you may be the salt and light of the world. Hallelujah!

Send your Fire onto us Lord!

Fire of God Ministries
Steve Yong Kim
July 15, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Guard your lips/tongue

Isaiah 7:5-8 " Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!6 Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;7 And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 If we (Christians) are called to proclaim, teach and preach the Word of God, we must first cleanse our lips. There are too many Christians using the vocabulary of the world. Many Christians use cuss words, insulting words, abusive foul languages, cursing and swear in His name not even realizing how serious it is.

Matthew 12:37 (AMP) For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.

We can not preach and witness with our filthy lips. Only after Isaiah was cleansed with his lips, God then asked, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?"

God desires us to be cleansed first before He really entrusts His ministry to us. Not only be cleansed by what we do but also by what we say. We are the representatives of King of Kings and the Lord of lords.

James 3:5-11 "Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!6 And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna). 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature). 8 But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God’s likeness!10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.11 Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter?

Let us tame our lips, for we may be cursing our own selves and our lives. Always speak blessings. Always speak blessings to others for if they do not deserve, it will be returned to you.

Matthew 10:12-13 "When you enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing."

Proverbs 13:3 (AMP) He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Fire of God
Yoojin Kim
July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spirit, soul, and body

When people first come looking for Christ, they come for many reasons. Many come for reasons of the heart while many come for reasons of the body. When I say body, I mean not only the necessity and requirements of the physical body but from the dependency of the world. Since their dependency from the world had been a failure, they seek a higher order or answer. God will use many avenues to bring His creation back into HIM. 

But once we find Truth and receive Jesus Christ, it is a spiritual transformation. Yes, there may be incidents in which God may heal some right away of our physical needs to help them believe but the order is and always have been spiritual first. Any positive manifestation of the physical is a result of the spiritual. 

When many first get saved, instead of seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness first they begin to seek the things of their own kingdom. This is because many have yet to grow in their faith and trust in the Lord. Many come to the Lord as a result of their distress and as I said previously, God will use the worldly sorrows to bring us back unto HIM. But once we are in HIM and He is in us, we must grow in HIM so to understand the proper order of abundant life in HIM. We may come because of worldly sorrow but His Love should lead us to Godly repentance.

When people come to the Lord, what generally are our first prayers. We pray asking God for help with our finances, job, businesses, family, spouses, health, addictions, and so forth. But scripture says to seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness first and those things will be taken care of for us. 

Matthew 6:30-34 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. 33 But seek ([z]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([aa]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [ab]taken together will be given you besides. 34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

When we experience a genuine salvation, it is like finding a treasure in the field and then that person sells everything to buy that field.

Matthew 13:44-46 The kingdom of heaven is like [o]something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field. 45 Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and [p]precious pearls,46 Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.

When we find Jesus Christ, we should come to realize all the things we thought we needed from this world to feed our emotions and body are secondary. We are to sell all such troubles and anxieties laying it at the foot of the cross to obtain that treasure which is God HIMSELF. 

When we seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness FIRST then we are in proper order as our spirit is first fed, then our soul, and then manifested to our bodies. And as people see our bodies, our bodies should be reflecting the glory and image of Jesus Christ as it is a manifestation of the inside or spirit. 

Therefore, if our bodies are lifeless, then we better ask and examine our spirits, our walk and faith in the Lord.

James 2:26 (AMP)For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.

When Adam fell, he had sinned with his body, then it affected his soul and spirit. The spirit of God had departed. And now through Jesus Christ, God is restoring us back but the order is spirit, soul, and body. Seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness and all those things you are so concerned about will be added on to you. Learn to trust HIM brethren by drawing deeper into HIM for His desire is for you to know HIM more. He calls us friend now.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (AMP) And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 

Fire of God Ministry
Steve Yong Kim
July 12, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Waiting for His Return

Acts 1:6-11(AMP)So when they were assembled, they asked Him, Lord, is this the time when You will reestablish the kingdom and restore it to Israel?7 He said to them, It is not for you to become acquainted with and know [a]what time brings [the things and events of time and their definite periods] or fixed [b]years and seasons (their critical niche in time), which the Father has appointed (fixed and reserved) by His own choice and authority and personal power.8 But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.9 And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight.10 And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them,11 Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven.

The command of the Lord is to receive the Holy Spirit and Power becoming His witnesses in Jerusalem (your home/family), all of Judea and Samaria (your neighborhood/neighbors/friends), and to the ends of the earth (unto the nations).

As they were LOOKING at HIM, He was caught up and as they gazed INTENTLY into heaven, the angels asked why do they stand gazing into heaven? The angels said He will RETURN in the same way in which you saw HIM go to heaven.

As they LOOKED at HIM, He was caught up. And as you continue to LOOK at HIM NOW, you will see HIM return in the same way IF you LOOK AT HIM and not gazing into heaven.

Many are gazing and looking up into heaven waiting for HIS return. However, many will miss HIM as they are not LOOKING at HIM but rather into heaven. Many have taken their eyes off the Lord and are sinking like Peter. But rather than looking back at HIM, they are gazing into heaven for the rapture as they are sinking in life.

WE must look at HIM for He is our rapture. Our rescue or rapture is not an event but a PERSON. Do not gaze so much into the event otherwise you may miss HIM.

Fire of God

Steve Yong Kim
July 8, 2012