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Friday, June 20, 2014

Joseph Anointing

There is much talk about the Joseph anointing for the end times. But what is the Joseph anointing? Let look at a glimpse of Joseph's life. He was betrayed by his family of brothers. Why? Joseph was an obedient son to Jacob. He was very much loved by his father because of his obedience. But Joseph would report the bad things about his brothers to their father. His brothers were up to no good most of the time. Joseph's brothers had become jealous and full of hatred toward him. Then when Joseph had his dreams, they hated him even more.

These dreams were a sign from God. They were a hint of how God would save HIS people one day. But human carnal flesh do not see God's ways. The carnal nature does not know God's thoughts.  We look at the physical and we become prideful. We must put down our pride and selfish ambitions and know HE is God. Joseph's brothers did not attempt to discern the meaning of the dreams. They were full of pride unwilling to submit to God's authority, especially through their younger brother. Any thoughts of bowing down the their youngest brother was ridiculous to them. 

Envy, jealousy, and hate had planted the seed of murder into the hearts of Joseph's brothers. One day, when they saw him, they were committed to murdering their youngest brother. They were blinded by hate. God knows what is in our hearts. But God loves all of us so much that HE continues to pour down HIS mercy and grace upon all of us including those who are wicked and evil. Joseph brothers had evil in their hearts. Although man may use their evil to destroy one another, God will use man's ill intention and HE will turn it around for good and for HIS Glory.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” —Romans 8:28

Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers and then to Egypt and placed under Potiphar's authority. At first, Joseph, as a slave, probably had to clean the out houses (bathrooms) and perform all the menial jobs. When he proved himself to be loyal and a good worker, Joseph was placed to manage all of Potiphar's business within the house. Scripture says the Lord was with Joseph and God blessed Potiphar's house for Joseph's sake. The Lord had blessed Joseph and Potiphar's household because Joseph did not complain about his situation. In fact, he was also tested through Potiphar's wife as she attempted to seduce him. 

Just when things were getting much better and Joseph was managing Potiphar's affairs, his situation appeared to have gotten worse rather than better. Although a slave but by God's grace, he had worked his way to the top administration position for Potiphar but because of Potiphar's wife, he was now in prison. How did he react? How would you have reacted after waiting all those years for God to rescue you but the situation appeared to have become worse? Joseph was now thrown into prison for false accusation.

We must learn to discern our situations as HIS ways and HIS thoughts are higher than ours. We must always be grateful and not give into complaints or hopelessness. We must always praise and thank HIM in all situations. Joseph had to wait for about 12 to 13 years before his time had come. Those years were years of testing and for him to die to himself. They were years of testing to determine if bitterness or resentment would grow or if he would become humbled and continue to be faithful to God. Joseph at a young age had to endure slavery and then prison while his brothers who had sold him were enjoying life. His brothers had families, they were tending their flock, and enjoying their freedom. Their lives appeared blessed even though they had committed a grave sin against Joseph. They lied to their father about his death and they had almost murdered him but at the end decided to sell him.

From top slave to now a prisoner in Pharaoh's jail, Joseph continued with his attitude of gratefulness and faithfulness to God. He served even in prison and was even promoted to assist the warden. In fact, he was placed in the King's prison where other dignateries were incarcerated. Although Joseph was in prison, he had access to good food and environment since it was where dignitaries were held. Joseph was passing his tests as he waited for God. We can be in our wildernesses and when we do not complain and as we are obedient to God, HE will allow us to go through it in the "King's prison" where we will not lack but be abundantly supplied.

God had to place Joseph in prison so that he could meet the baker and cup bearer of Pharaoh. It would be through the interpretation of their dreams that one day Joseph would meet Pharaoh. After two years in prison, Joseph's time had come as the cup bearer remembered Joseph when Pharaoh had his dream.

Joseph at the young age was betrayed by his brothers and he had spent most of his young adult life as a slave and prisoner. He did not have much of a young adult life. Even during the seven fat years, his brothers prospered and further more enjoyed their lives. They were not punished for betraying Joseph but the betrayal was used to save them. How ironic! For Joseph, God used those years to humble, test, purge, teach patience, teach obedience, and mold Joseph to a position and calling to glorify God.

Joseph, his brothers, and Jacob their father are God's people. Joseph was the point man who had to sacrifice himself for his family. His family wanted him dead but nevertheless, Joseph was chosen by God. Joseph did not have any material wealth as a slave and prisoner. When he became appointed 2nd to Pharaoh, God used Egyptian money, wealth, and labor to provide for God's people. Then Jacob and his family came to Egypt to live and they were given the best land to settle. They didn't have to do a thing to be well fed and protected under Egyptian rule. It was the Grace of God!

When the famine struck, the famine was used by God to humble Joseph's brothers. They had lived many years in prosperity but famine brought them to their meek level. The famine brought them to confess about Joseph. The famine had brought the family back together as all of them were humbled. The years in exile and famine had taught Joseph to give mercy and grace to his brothers. Joseph knew at the end that it was God who had sent him ahead of his family to save them. There are only two roads from our wildernesses, we will either come out changed more humbled and obedient or we will die in our complaints and misery. We must endure and pass our tests.

God did not use Jacob, his sons, nor Joseph's resources to save them. God used the world's system, the world's labor, and the world's wealth to provide for His own people during the famine. God's people had not stocked up nor were they prepared for the famine. Our financial resources are to be used for HIS Kingdom by utilizing such resources for proper tithes and offerings and not for stocking up. Scripture promises that if God will take care of the sparrow, will HE not take care of us?

What is the Joseph anointing? The Joseph anointing is a calling on His people who will spiritually go through what Joseph went through so we can be prepared to rule the nations with Christ. We do not need to worry about what we will eat, drink, or be clothed. You do not need to worry about the calamities that are coming to the world as God has already prepared our safe places with provisions to those who obey. We need to be stocking up our spiritual barns with wheat, new wine, and oil. Wheat is the new souls for the Kingdom, new wine is new spiritual gifts, and oil represented wealth and prosperity. Therefore, spiritual oil is to accumulate our spiritual wealth, spiritual prosperity, and spiritual health. Then as your spirit prospers, your body shall prosper. 

Some may feel like they are in Joseph's situation as brothers and sisters in Christ may have hated and betrayed them and they may even be living prosperous lives at this moment just as Joseph's brothers. But as Joseph, we must not hold anything against them as God loves all HIS children. We must just thank God in all our circumstances and we must focus on passing our tests and overcoming temptations. Those who endure temptation will recieve a crown of life. We must even thank God for helping us learn from our mistakes. We must know His ways and thoughts are much higher than ours and our focus must be to know HIM more so we can persevere and endure as HIS Will is done.

Jacob or Israel and his seventy family members did not do a thing to be put in the best land of Goshen and be treated like royalty. But Joseph on the other end had to forgive, endure, and suffer for their sake and his own sake. When he passed his tests enduring to the end, all of God's people were saved. They did not have to use their money or investment. In fact, when the brothers had come to buy wheat, the money was given back to them. Glory to God! 

The children of the Most High do not need to worry about their future nor participate in the worries of the world. We do not need to worry about its politics nor judge our leaders. We just need to pray and pray for our secular leaders and nation. The bible says not to store up where moth can eat at it. We are not to store our resources as back up lacking our trust in God. We are to invest it into the Kingdom in proper obedient tithes and offering sowing on good ground. We must sow into ministries which are enduring, praying, and persevering as Joseph had done. Such churches will one day be raised up to rule the nations and help God's people when the famine comes.

All the Glory to God!

Pastor Steve Yong Kim
Fire of God Church
Fremont, CA USA

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cry out to HIM for help!

Psalm 30:2  O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.

Many are sick physically and spiritually but many have not yet cried out for help. There is a promise in HIS Word for restoration of our health. It is a restoration of our spiritual and physical health. But we must cry out to HIM. Most Christians do not pray as God desires. Most of our prayers are but a 10 second over a meal prayer. This type of prayer will not even break through the physical atmosphere into the spiritual. 

Jesus showed us how to pray. He did not pray quietly. HE did not pray two minute prayers. HE went up the mountain and prayed ALL night. If we say we are following HIM, should we not follow HIS Ways?

Hebrews 5:7 (NLT) While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.

Many of our families need salvation. Many of us need to be restored spiritually, mentally, and physically. But what are we doing with all the leisure time given to us? Most spend it on TV watching sports, entertainment, and others as they spend their money for themselves rather than making peace and sin offerings to God. And we wonder why we are still stuck and frustrated? 

Who will take the lead? God is seeking vessels that will sacrifice themselves. HE is seeking those who will fully and obey and surrender to HIS Will. HE is looking for those who have Jesus in them that will pray as HIS Son did while HE was on earth. HE is looking for those who will offer prayers of pleadings, with loud cries and tears to Father God. HE is seeking those who will pray for hours to move the spiritual realm to have Father's Will be done. HE is seeking those who are disciplined and consistent in their faith. He is not looking for weekend prayers. HE is looking for those who are fully committed to HIM. HE is looking for those whose lives are a prayer. 

Many are greedy for the spiritual gifts. Many are greedy for the spiritual experiences. But not many are willing to pay the price to grow steadfastly in HIM to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit to do HIS Will. We seek the outpouring of the Spirit and we know the promise is there. But even for the outpouring requires God's condition to be met. 

Joel 2:12-13 (AMP) Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored].13 Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].

We must come with all of our hearts, not half divided hearts loving the things of the world. We must come with fasting, weeping and mourning. Fasting is just not about food but it relates to the flesh. Fast from the love of the world. Fast from TV. Fast from sports. Fast from your entertainment that completes with God on His Worship Day (Sunday). Then you must come with weeping and mourning which is REPENTANCE! Rend your hearts, come with broken and contrite spirit. When such conditions are met, every hindrance will be removed and the broken fellowship will be restored. Do not just assume our fellowship with God is not hindered. Much of what HE does for us is out of HIS grace and for HIS Name sake. If we are not hindered, then why are we not the head? Why are we not the lender? Where is our surplus of prosperity? Why are so many toiling with their hands still rather than be in promise land where milk and honey flows? Why are we not doing the greater works? 

If we refuse to repent, then we will continue to waste away and groan all day. We must humble ourselves, fall on our knees and weep and cry between the porch and altar for God's people for mercy. YOUR deliverance will come as you obey HIS Word.

Lamentation 2:18-19
“Cry aloud before the Lord, O walls of beautiful Jerusalem! Let your tears flow like a river day and night. Give yourselves no rest; give your eyes no relief. 19 Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children, for in every street they are faint with hunger.”

Psalm 32:3-5 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. 

Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tsunami coming to California

Many people assume judgment and a big earthquake with a Tsunami is coming to the San Francisco area. These messages have been spoken for many years now. Many Christian in fact desire judgment to come to this area. Some have even moved out of California and even out of the USA thinking they are hearing God. But many Christian do not know God's ways. For HIS Ways are higher and HIS Thoughts are higher than ours. 

Jeremiah 5:1 Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now and take notice! Seek in her broad squares to see if you can find a man [as Abraham sought in Sodom], one who does justice, who seeks truth, sincerity, and faithfulness; and I will pardon [Jerusalem—for one uncompromisingly righteous person].

It is God's nature to save people. It is HIS last option to bring judgment. His nature is that if HE can find one uncompromisingly righteous person in a city, HE will spare the whole city. HE is a God of Mercy and Love.

Yes, a big shaking is coming with a huge tsunami but it is a spiritual awakening, a spiritual shaking, and a spiritual tsunami that will be coming to the Northern California area. Revival is coming as HE will pour down HIS Spirit on His sons and daughters. 

The end time return of the King of Kings will occur much differently than what the mainline Christian community have been told. Just like His first coming, they had expected a Messiah that would deliver them from the Roman Empire and establish His Kingdom. But Jesus had come to deliver them from the Roman Empire and HE did establish HIS Kingdom. HE had done it all spiritually when they had sought it physically. HE had come to release them from their spiritual captivity and to walk in Kingdom power and to live a resurrected life. 

During HIS first coming, because the people had desired the Messiah for their own selfish reasons, they did not recognize their God and thus betrayed HIM. Do not make the same mistake as they did. You must put all your personal desires down and die to yourself allowing God to cleanse and purify you. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Holiness is not about acknowledging His return. Holiness is not an awareness of the signs of the times. Holiness is the power to live a resurrected life with HIS divine nature in you. Holiness is the power to overcome all of your trials, tests, and tribulations. Holiness is being born again bearing HIS fruit. How can people continue to say they are born again when nothing has changed in them? Spiritual gifts do not define that you are born again. Spiritual gifts do not make you a more spiritual Christian. Much knowledge does not define you are born again. The bible does not say we are known by our spiritual gifts. Yes, they are important to help us draw closer to HIM but we are known by our spiritual fruit. You must bear HIS Fruit for HIS Fruit is HIS nature. 

Galatians 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

You must all make a choice and be fully DETERMINED to know HIM more. Moses knew HIS character but His people knew HIS deeds, work, and power. His people had failed to know HIM. They knew about HIM but they did not know HIM as Moses had. Only when we come to know HIS ways, we will know HIM and we will be able to climb up the mountain to behold HIS Glory and converse with HIM face to face as Moses had. 

The members of Fire of God Church are praying and fasting to know HIM more. We are determined. May you all make a choice with us, determined to know HIM more so that we may come to know the power of His Resurrection and to share in His suffering and be continually transformed into HIS likeness and even unto HIS death. 

Philippians 3:10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

You must realize that yes we are saved but your salvation must come to completion. The road is narrow (contracted, pressured) and only a few will find it. You must realize, to believe is to do HIS Will with a fully surrendered obedient heart and only those who do Father's Will will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Matthew 7:16 You will [l]fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.21 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.22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? 23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].

Pastor Steve Yong Kim 
Fire of God Church 
Fremont CA USA