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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Church overcomes the gates of hell

Here is what I tell you. You are Peter. On this rock I will build my church. The gates of hell will not be strong enough to destroy it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What you lock on earth will be locked in heaven. What you unlock on earth will be unlocked in heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19 NIRV)

If we are truly and properly built upon our Lord Jesus, the gates of hell is not strong enough to destroy us. The gates of hell cannot overcome the Church. The gates of hell cannot overcome the Church as a whole nor individuals. What can hell represent that attempts to overcome us? The things in which belong to hell are jealousy, anger, out burst of rage, lust, greed, defeat, poverty, war, famine, pestilence, disobedience, doubt, unbelief, lust of the world, etc. Such things should not control us in which we are slaves to it. As manifested sons of God, we should be dead to those things living a resurrected life in Him.

If we are truly and properly built upon the Rock, then we will be given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. The keys to the Kingdom is authority. What is locked on the earth will be locked in heaven. Our authority will be His authority. When we are truly manifested as sons of God, the earth will submit to the authority of His people. This is the greater works. Just as when Joshua asked for the sun to stop, such authority is awaiting for His obedient, overcoming, enduring sons and daughters who know their identity in Christ. They will be the two olive trees in the end times as His Fire servants preparing for the return of the King of Kings. 

The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. (Romans 8:19 CEB)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Born of human attempt or BORN of GOD

The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. (Galatians 4:3, 23 NLT)
Our works can be born from our own human attempt or born of God as His own fulfillment. Especially in ministry or in God's works, many and much have been born in human attempt outside God's time and grace. It may appear on the surface as good. After all, Ishmael was dearly adored by Abraham. In fact, Abraham wanted God to fulfill the promise through Ishmael. But God would have none of man's work to mix with His holiness.
So Abraham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!” But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant. (Genesis 17:18-19 NLT)
Many may have started out with their own strength and dreams but we must cast out what is our own human attempt and we must humbled ourselves and be willing to start over even though much time may have passed.
Many churches are born from human attempt and strength. Many churches are Ishmael churches. Ishmael was part of Abraham's family but the inheritance did not belong to him nor his descendants. A church may have been born from human strength and attempt and God may still use them since they are still part of His family. But the promise will be fulfilled through Issac. All things born of flesh will fail or wither away. This is one reason why churches end up shutting down. They were born by human attempt and never got right with God.
Ishmael was born naturally when Abraham and Sarai were able too in their years. Issac was born supernaturally through the Holy Spirit when they were very old and when it looked impossible. We must be in a church and ministry born by the Spirit of God. We must be led by the Spirit for HE is leading us to our inheritance.
Glory to God
Pastor Steve Yong Kim
Fire of God Church

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Enduring for the babies

Gal 4:19 Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Pastors and those called to lead God's people must first learn to love and endure His people. When people do not listen, it is like we are going through labor pains waiting for them to obey which is spiritual birth. But even if they are spiritually birthed, as Paul says here in Galatians, he feels like he must go through it Again waiting for baby Christians to be fully developed in their lives.
Most Christians think ministry is preaching, singing, traveling, shouting slogans on the internet (Facebook), watching people fall from their anointing, and etc. Most Christians look at the physical aspect of ministry in terms of building, size of members, finances, glamour, position, power, glory, etc. But the true fundamental work is enduring for the little sheep waiting for Christ to fully develop in their lives.
We do physically and spiritually labor as a mother. We must all endure for the appointed time of birth. Whether a person chooses to be properly birthed in Christ, be fully developed, or not, this is between GOD and the baby Christian, a new believer, or even a mature Christian.
Our job is to endure and wait as God works in them. But we cannot endure without first being dead to ourselves or at least be dying daily heading in that direction. The power of endurance comes through the power of HIS resurrection as we die and rise with HIM. If we are still carnal, we will not be able to lead nor endure.  In fact, the leaders will be judged. In order to lead and endure, we must continue to die to ourselves each day. Continue in your race as you pray each day.

Pastor Steve Yong Kim​

Friday, June 5, 2015

What you talk about most is your faith and reality

The Holy Spirit said what you speak about most in your time is your realty and faith. For example, if your husbands are a problem and you go house to house gossiping/slandering about your issues, then you are living by sight and by the problems of your life rather than the promises of the bible. You may go to your pastors for advice and counsel but do not go around telling each other your personal problems. Do you not have the power of prayer? This is not living by faith. You are making the problems of your life your reality. As you continue to speak problems, you are making such things come even more true.
If we truly have strong faith, regardless of our situation, we should be boasting of Jesus Christ rather than boasting about our problems.
If all you do is watch TV and the news and talk about the problems of your country, that is your realty and faith. If all you do is watch sports and know about the players and speak about the teams/games, then that is your realty and faith.
If you are in a difficult situation and all you do is speak about how hard life is, then you are speaking your realty and faith into your lives. How are you to overcome into victory by speaking negative and death?
The culprit is the person looking in the mirror. You may be speaking your own problems into your lives.
Matthew 12:37 (AMP) For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
To be in faith is to speak life and to speak good things that have yet to come living a life of obedience and as a living sacrifice.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A moment giving in the flesh can cost you

Gen 25:29-34 One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) 31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” 32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” 33 But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
Esau had arrived from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. In our wilderness, it is the place where we can be tested and sometimes severely tested. All Christians must go through a wilderness. We need to be broken if we are to be used by God. Even Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to the wilderness solely to be tested. We are not tested when our bellies are full or when everything is going well. We are tested when we are at the point of extreme famish and exhaustion. We are tested when we are at the edge. In the wilderness, the devil came to Jesus when HE was most famished and exhausted to test HIM. Just as the Lord was tested, if we believe in HIM, we will walk in HIS ways and we will be tested as HE was tested to prove our faith and learn obedience.
However, when many of God's people are tested, we can end up like Esau who gave up his birthright. The birthright can represent our inheritance as a Christian. Just because Esau was first born, he was to receive the inheritance and blessing. When we are saved and become God's child, there is an inheritance waiting for us with many blessings. Moreover, when we are saved, we have received grace and mercy. We are HIS children. But as most children, they can take advantage of their parents' love assuming they will always be forgiven testing the boundaries of what they are allowed to do and what not to do. Many children, rather than waiting for their appointed time to receive their earthly inheritance are very impatient and demand their blessings now.
When Christians go through testing or hardship, most of our immediate reaction is to find an escape route. We fail to realize that we are called to endure so that the sin in us can be eradicated and to live for HIS Will. When we suffer, it is to humble us. But many suffer for their own bad choices. When they suffer from their bad choices in life, they are not suffering for Christ.
1 Peter 4:1-2 (NLT) So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.
When we suffer for the gospel, are we able to endure and persevere or do we complain looking for an escape route to get out of the suffering? Esau was in his wilderness and he was famished and exhausted. This can represent a Christian who may be tormented by her religious or unbelieving husband, boss, government, etc. If we are to receive any reward for our suffering, we must suffer unjustly. We must welcome and rejoice knowing it is an opportunity to glorify God. But rather, many walk by sight only looking at their problems and wanting immediate relief.
Why couldn't Esau just wait an extra hour and cook his own meal? Why couldn't Esau wait and ask someone else to cook and eat then? He was willing to give up his birthright to satisfy his hunger which represented his flesh. When someone makes you very angry, can you just wait it out and go to prayer to overcome or will you just burst out in anger going nuclear to satisfy your flesh risking everything like your marriage? Or what about a spouse who is tempted in their lust, will they think God and their spouse will just forgive and so they give in?
Esau had contempt for his birthright. It is like a Christian who thinks God will just forgive them for any of their sins thinking God is just a teddy bear. Esau was not serious with Jacob in giving up his birthright. He wanted his flesh/hunger satisfied and was not really giving up his birthright. When the time of blessing came, Issac was ready to bless Esau and he was ready to receive his birthright blessing. In his mind, he didn't really give it up even though he did tell his brother he can have it.
This is a mindset of a Christian who is willing to cross the line with sin thinking God will forgive and therefore they enter into sin to satisfy their flesh. It is when one is spiritually and physically exhausted, rather than waiting for God, he/she gives in to the world and bow down to satisfy their cravings.
Moreover, it can represent praying for something and wanting it right now rather than waiting for God's time. We can be in some type of distress and rather than enduring and persevering for God's time for deliverance, we immediately demand it seeking immediate gratification rather than waiting for the greater blessing/healing/deliverance that is appointed for a later time.
At the end, Esau cried bitterly. Why did he cry? This will happen for many Christians. Esau cried not because he realized he had contempt for God's mercy and grace but he cried because he could not get his blessing. It is like a child crying because he/she cannot get their toy not realizing why they cannot get it. They had disobeyed and trampled on their parents' love and grace.
When more revelation and wisdom is given, you cannot cross the line into your old sin. You are held responsible for what you know. When more is given, more is required.
God bless
Pastor Steve Yong Kim