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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The mission of a prophet - Pastor Kim, Yong Doo

The mission of a prophet"""

To test a person's honesty, the role of a swindler needs to be revealed.  The spiritual swindler is much more dangerous than any physical swindler of this world. These spiritual swindlers are more dangerous than the dictators of even the communist countries. Who are these people? In the bible, there are people who are dreadfully deceived and deluded. They are the false prophets.
The false prophets exist all over the world. They have disguised themselves with various false gifts, supernatural experiences, and position. What is a prophet? They are the ones who possess and deliver God’s word. But these false prophets have not received any absolute authority and yet, they deliver false messages to the people as though their words are God’s.

The bible said that we all have a responsibility to discern these false prophets. When the blind lead the blind, both of them will fall into the pit. Yes, it is a problem when a blind leads with his or her selfish interest. But the greater problem is when the people who follow these blind people.

So, it is necessary for us to discern if a particular ministry or word benefits us or not and to discern whether the voice I hear is truly the voice of God or not. Even if one speaks with “authority”, the person listening must discern properly if the person speaking is honest and upright. If you are not sure, at least question the person who prophesy. To question the word or prophesy is not a bad thing. When we first listen, we need to know if the given word will influence my life.

When the false prophet speaks, there is always suspicious areas within that given word without fail. The false prophets possess greed, self interest, and a wicked desire within their hearts. The people who are deceived by them can not see but yet, the people who are deceived will need to be responsible for their deception.

The pastors, missionaries, and many lay believers are deceived by evil spirits that are disguised with faith and what looks like true spiritual things. Even though the evil spirits have deceived them, the people who are deceived are deceived by their own hidden greed within their hearts. Therefore, Satan and his forces are able to work with their greed.

The words of a false prophet are soulish and flesh. When one works in the soul and flesh, they will eventually perform the works of Satan. We can easily discern between the work of the flesh and the work of the spirit. But the work of the soul and of the soulish person is difficult for us to discern. A soulish person is working in the middle or between spirit and flesh.

These type of people are NOT true spiritual ministers. The people who are led by their own “self will” will exalt themselves as they are disguised spiritually telling others that they have gone to heaven many times. Moreover, these people have not experienced any true suffering, difficulties, nor posses any self sacrifices, have have any proper identity, they disguise themselves with a false scholarship, financial disguise and tactics, mixed with self emotion, self pity and self reason.

From the outside, the false prophets speak spiritual things by telling people about heavenly experiences and prophecies mostly war. But what is the essence or root of their hearts? They do these things to exalt themselves to be honored and to be specially treated for their own glory.

Judah and Israel had many false prophets. Many of them started as God’s servants who had initially and accurately received the word of God. Some of them went to the school of prophets. Even though they started as God’s prophets, if the word of the Lord does not come upon them, they need to shut their mouths.

Even if you have gone beyond the flesh as a believer, you may however be stuck in the soulish state and you can stay that way for long time. A person’s mind, emotion, feelings and personality/character belong to the soul.

When you give service to God, yes you need to use your free will with certainty. But beyond your soulish areas such as your intellect, emotion/feeling, and will, you need to go deeper into the spiritual area and be led by the Holy Spirit. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you need to go forward as you possess humility, love, truth, sincerity and holiness, and as you die to the cross daily.

When you throw a bone to a dog, the dog will love it. The Prophet, Micah, said that false prophets will love and they will shout for you if something is thrown their way. (What they desire) False prophets are considered dogs. The false prophets do not care what happens to God’s people. What they care about is what fills their stomachs.

The false prophet are not completely lying. They speak 90 percent right/truth and the rest of the 10 percent can be lie. If a servant of God only centers around money and offering, you need to question that servant. If a servant ignores the written word Logos but only talks about Rema, or vice versa, or if a servant ignores Rema but only emphasizes about the written word Logos, either way, it is dangerous.
The false prophets are sent to our church and if slapping their faces would wake them up, I would slap their faces. So in order for us not to be deceived, we basically need to have a healthy christian life and live in healthy faith. In the book of Acts, chapter 5, there is a incident of Ananias and Sapphira. As we can see in all of our situation, we have purpose, intention, and motive whether it is good or evil.

The most important thing that we must consider is how God views it but for Ananias and Sapphira, the people’s view was more important.
Satan does not approach us with an obvious sin, but rather he come with something small. Satan comes to us with something that we are not able to see or feel. Satan comes with small lies, not obvious lies. Satan also comes and deceives us with small whispers in our hearts, feeling, self opinion, self certainty/confidence, and one’s belief. Satan grows these characteristics in us as he hunts our souls.

We need to be spiritually sincere and faithful. It is very important for us to admit our faults, mistakes, sin, and truly repent. We must admit our sin and mistakes to repent accordingly. This is a beautiful thing. The Lord preciously considers honesty, gentleness, meekness, purity, and innocence. Hallelujah!

Pastor Kim, Yong Doo

Monday, February 16, 2015

When will Jesus come for you?

Luke 12:35-40 Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning,36 And be like men who are waiting for their master to return home from the marriage feast, so that when he returns from the wedding and comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.37 Blessed (happy, fortunate, and [l]to be envied) are those servants whom the master finds awake and alert and watching when he comes. Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them!38 If he comes in the second watch (before midnight) or the third watch (after midnight), and finds them so, blessed (happy, fortunate, and [m]to be envied) are those servants!39 But of this be assured: if the householder had known at what time the burglar was coming, he would have been awake and alert and watching and would not have permitted his house to be dug through and broken into.40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour and a [n]moment when you do not anticipate it.

Many Christians are waiting for the rapture. In fact, many Christians have been waiting for the rapture for over 2000 years. When will HE come? Many do not know HE can come for us personally. Yes, HE is coming but HE is also coming to us personally to answer our prayers, our breakthroughs, and personal encounters. But the question is how long can we endure and wait for our Savior and King. Many do not realize that half our walk or battle is learning to just wait for God. However, spending your time on the couch for hours or internet wasting time watching news, TV, or movies is not waiting for HIM.

Scripture gives us instructions on how to wait for Jesus and what the consequences are for falling alseep. "Keep your loins girded and lamps burning." The belt is to hold the pants up. The belt keeps our pants in position. We are to hold our positions and the responsiblities the Lord has given us and be in still presence to keep our lamps burning. Spending hours on Facebook is not keeping your lamps burning. Even if you say you are here on FB for ministry, spending hours here will bear no true fruit. To be in HIS presence, we must do the basics of reading the Word, pray, and worship consistently and daily to keep the lamps burning as we wait for the Lord. Reading and watching end time news and other Christian tabloids will only dim your lights.

The Lord gives us a hint when HE will return. He hints in verse 38 asking a question. If the master comes on the second or third watch and if the servant is still awake and expecting, the servant will be greatly blessed. What is second watch? What is the third watch? In Roman time, the second watch was defined as 9 PM to midnight. The third watch is midnight to 3 AM. In those days where there was no electricity, internet, phones, 24 hour commerce, most if not all the people went to bed very early. They probably went to be before 9 PM. Therefore, to physically stay up beyond 9 PM would be very difficult.

Today, in modern time, staying up from 9 PM to midnight is not a big deal because of our technology. But for many people to stay beyond midnight would be difficult. The Lord requires us to spiritually stay up beyond midnight. Therefore, as we continue to pray, worship, obey, and dying to ourselves, we are waiting for God to answer our prayers, breakthrough, and perhaps even HIM. But the Lord is hinting HE will not come when it is easy. HE will come when it is most difficult and when it is late. How many can endure the time?

If you are praying for something such as salvation for your family, how long can you continue praying? If you are praying for financial breakthrough or to rid yourselves of sin and bondage, how long can you cry out to God until HE answers your prayer? How many have quit so early because they could not endure the time? If we cannot endure the time for our prayer requests or breakthrough, then how can we endure the time as HE comes for the church?

What is the great reward for those who can wait and endure the time consistently? In verse 37 "Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them"

When the servant keeps awake (prays), alert, and watching in the late hour, then what is our reward? What is the fruit of those who are truly awake, alert, and watching? The reward is that the Master will gird himself with the apron and have the servants recline at the table to serve them. Why would the Master in the servant's apron serve the servants and what is HE serving.

When we PROPERLY stay awake, alert, and watch and when HE comes for us, HE will feed us at HIS table and serve us. HE will feed us HIS revelation, HIS wisdom, HIS deep secrets of the Kingdom of God. HE will answer our prayers. HE will give us breakthrough. HE will gives us power and anointing to do HIS work and greater. But how many can wait?

Luke 12:45-47 But if that servant says in his heart, My master is late in coming, and begins to strike the menservants and the maids and to eat and drink and get drunk,46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he does not know, and will punish him and cut him off and assign his lot with [p]the unfaithful.47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act as he would wish him to act shall be beaten with many [lashes].

But if the servants in his heart starts to eat, drink and get drunk which means to go back to the world and the worldly things rather than staying in the Godly things, then the Master will come back in a time nor hour he does not know and punish him and cut him to pieces and assign him to the unfaithful and unbelievers.

For those who do not know the time nor hour of HIS great return will be those who are not truly waiting for HIM properly. Those who are properly alert, awaken, and watching, HE will let us know when that time comes because HE has come for them personally in many different ways as their personal prayers and breakthroughs have been answered. They have HIS wisdom, revelation, and deep secrets to feed others.

Please watch the story of the Chinese bamboo tree


Are you able to endure the time in unceassing prayer waiting for HIM?

Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is Christian Training?

What is Christian training? Is it going to theology school or taking classes for a certificate? Although schooling and education is a good thing, by itself will bear no power nor fruit. By itself will only produce humanism, human wisdom, and emotions to rally up a crowd. The Word must be preached and witnessed by the demonstration of the Spirit and Power of the Holy Spirit. How do we obtain the Spirit and Power of the Holy Spirit as we preach and witness to our families and neighbors? Therefore, I ask the question again, what is Christian training?
What were Jesus' last words before HE left to heaven? They had asked HIM when was HIS coming. This is the same today. Many continue to look at the news for signs of HIS coming when HE said many years ago not to worry about it for that is Father's business and time. Jesus said to stay in Jerusalem and to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit.
Jerusalem was the physical location of the temple of God. Where is the temple of God now. The temple of God is now suppose to be in HIS Church or people. We are the temple of God and therefore we are spiritual Jerusalem. Jesus meant to work on your own hearts first. Your heart is Jerusalem. Your hearts are the soil in which God's seed needs to be planted and grow. But the question remains, what type of soil condition are you?
Pray to have your hearts cleanse. Many today are preaching and witnessing from their position of their wounded hearts. Many have hurt, resentment, anger, bitterness, rejection, worries, abuse, fear, disobedience, and etc in their hearts. Many pastors have such things in their hearts. Many married couples have such things in their hearts. Many parents have such things in their hearts. Therefore, many people continue to hurt each other because of their own wounded hearts. Because pastors have hurt, when they try to minister to hurt people, they end up fighting the sheep. Then the pastors will be judged. Because husbands and wives have hurt, they end up hurting each other. Because parents have hurt, they hurt their children. How can a hurt person minister to another hurt person? How can a person who has never been healed of abuse or rejection minister to others who have been abused or rejected. The sick are trying to heal the sick and therefore the fruit is bad. This is why there is so much bad fruit in the body of Christ. Many trying to teach each other on the internet and on their own when they themselves are blind. The blind is leading the blind.
Before anyone can witness, teach, or preach, one must look at their own hearts and pray for cleansing and healing by the Holy Spirit. Once we are healed and have died to ourselves by putting those hurt, bitterness, rejection, and other things on the cross, then we are not only healed but we are trained to now witness and preach from the position of HIS LOVE. For it will be HIS LOVE that heals us and makes us into new creations. But sadly, many are attempting to be Christians from their carnal positions. Many have suffered years of hurt. Your inner healing will not come overnight. It may take years to heal as you spend the time with God and learn to receive Father's Love. Then as you draw closer to God through prayer, reading, obedience, and worship, HIS GLORY will heal your hearts.  The power we must demonstrate as we preach and witness is HIS LOVE, Kindness, Peace, Joy, and Patience. 
Only then can you be HIS Witnesses unto Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and then to the nations. God is a God of order and you must discern HIS Order to find HIS Rest. 

Pastor Steve Yong Kim
Fire of God Church

Stop watching so much news

I am observing so many Christians thriving on negative and apocalyptic news. Much of the apocalyptic news are nonsense. They are but distractions. Just as Peter looked at the storm when he was walking on water, if one continues to diligently watch and hear the storms of life (apocalyptic nonsense news) rather than looking at Jesus, then one will continue to just sink in the flesh. Are such people not sinking in the flesh as they revile against their secular leaders and such?
The bible says to trust in HIM. It does not say trust in the news. It is best for many Christians to just stop watching news. Is it not the same rhetoric day in and day out? You will have more peace spending time with God than with your favorite news channel or Christian tabloid.

Pastor Steve