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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Message from the Lord regarding last days given through sermon by Pastor Kim Yong Doo

The word of the Lord to His churches and saints sermons 1-2
John 14:12 (AMP) I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach],because I am going to the Father.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (AMP) But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, 3 [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good,4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.
In these modern days, many popular things are being constantly created. Such as sci fi movies, sports, and twenty four hours movie channels. People are very enthusiastic about them. When people wake up in the morning, they grab the  remote control. Many are obsessed with dramas. There are many TV channels with many different kinds of entertainment programs and shows. People are humming and singing songs of offensive lyrics without any concern. For the people who love watching News, there are twenty four hour news channels. Especially when it comes to making movies whether in America or in Korea, common general story lines no longer impress people anymore. The supernatural movies impress people. The ideas and imagination that were within the thoughts and minds of people such as the supernatural and spiritual things are now drawn out and made into movies. These types of movies will sink and drift people into the realm of the psyche/soul or some kind of spiritual realm within their imagination. The people began to receive these things as though it exists in the reality when these things are really all hypothesis. The reason why movies such as Star Wars, X-Men, Matrix, Harry Potter series, The Lord of the ring, and Chronicles of Narnia are very popular is because people are supernatural beings. What does supernatural mean? This means that people were created to have a spiritual fellowship with God.
Before Satan entered into the Garden of Eden and brought sin to Adam and Eve, Adam and Eve who were dwelling in the natural realm had the ability to hear the voice of God, walk with God, and converse with God at all time. Whenever they had desired to encounter God, they entered into the spiritual realm at any given time. God also visited them at any time. Adam and Eve were able to enter into the spiritual realm to experience God. They had a great privilege of enjoying God’s grace and joy. But when sin entered into the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve was cast out.
God created people and granted them free will. God granted free will and He also granted us power and authority to choose when God corners us into a certain crossroad. Therefore, God had created the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the center of the Garden of Eden to test people’s free will. God may have said, “How will people utilize their free will? I have forbidden them not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They must choose not to eat it”
God desires to know the deepest things within our hearts. This is the reason why God allows many difficulties, suffering, and tests. Adam and Eve kept the commands of God properly for awhile. The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. Satan had entered into a snake and began tempting Eve. “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat.
God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’
“You won’t die” the serpent replied to the woman.
The devil continuously enticed Eve. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
People possess curiosity. There is a curiosity of faith and a curiosity of evil or sin. When certain type of people comes to you with negative thoughts, these type of people will cast bait onto you. When this occurs, most of you will bite this bait while some may not bite. Satan watches us. We may pray a lot, read the bible, possess holy fire, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and we may be sure of our salvation. Nevertheless, Satan will still attack us. You may possess power, holy gifts, have spiritual eyes opened, and may even have experienced many spiritual things, nonetheless, Satan will still attack you. Why? Because Satan sees the possibility of some kind of corruption. You must always put two things in your mind when it comes to the Word of God. You may possess the assurance of salvation but you must not take as a license. Do not be self-conceited. When it comes to the content of salvation, it has a type of figure.
Salvation is the most difficult thing for people to maintain and manage if you do not possess a heart of trembling and fear. No matter what powerful words may have been proclaimed through your mouth, if you do not possess the heart and will to live according to the words of God that you have proclaimed, those Words of God you have proclaimed will come back to you like a boomerang and the Words you have proclaimed with your own mouth will judge you. Whatever you have proclaimed through your mouth, you must sharply keep. But churches do not teach these things. The churches are moving toward “let’s eat and enjoy our lives!” As a result, church people go out spending money on Sundays. They eat out, shop, and so on. Worst of all, the pastors and their church congregation members go out together. Why does it have to be on Sunday? In these modern days, this is how difficult it is to keep the Word of God. Decades ago, christians sharply kept Sundays holy. Nowadays, christians have a difficult time keeping Sundays holy. In fact, most Christians view keeping Sundays holy as strange and weird. A long time ago, christians did not even do laundry on Sundays. If they had the time to do their laundry, they rather read the bible, prayed, praise and worship. It is best for you to do the things that are related to the Lord, His grace, and service for Him.
When people watch Star Wars, Matrix, and the Harry Potter series, they become crazy about it. Why? It is because people are supernatural beings. People possess a deep and earnest desire for the spiritual realm. Everyone possess this type of desire. These sci fi movies are created by people and are captivating the people. Especially children and young people deeply fall into these types of movies. Harry Potter in the movie has his broom and he rides on it to fly. There was a real event of some children jumping off from top of buildings as they believed that they would fly riding on a broom with their hats on their heads. These children died. Whether children or adults, if they think they have hope in experiencing some kind of supernatural events, their hearts will be drawn to it. People will be swept away.
God had spoken something fearful in tonight’s message. In the last days, there will be very difficult times. God has spoken and classified. “For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving. They will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.” Even though all these words are important, the more salient point is in verse five. “Holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.”
The bible speaks about the importance on the power of godliness rather than a form of outward godliness. The bible delivers a message of living our lives within the power of godliness. The extreme case is that we must avoid such people and keep far away from them. Godliness is not about the outward appearance and this is a solid word from the Lord.  Each day, as the last days approach closer, people try to become godly but they look for godliness only through the outward appearance. Such examples are whether a person had achieved their forty days fasting or not, if you have achieved some kind of bible study, how long have you been a christian, and so on. This is the wrong way to look and define godliness. What then must churches and the congregation members do? Churches must preach and teach about the supernatural power of God such as power of the Holy Spirit, authority, miracle, healings, and so on. They need to proclaim the power of God. How has the modern churches become such a religious and powerless condition? How has the modern churches become the churches without prayer? Whether Jesus was in the wilderness, at someone’s home, or anywhere He had gone, the people would gather around Him like bees. What was the reason? He had power to heal and restore. There is the Logos or the theoretical message and there is the Rema or spoken Word of God but because the Lord preached the Word with the dunamis power like dynamite, whoever encountered the Lord, their problems were resolved. But in these days, the churches overly oriented in the direction toward Logos. The discipleship training programs and the bible is only used as a common textbook for the sake of bible study. Although churches must draw out the power of God from the Word of God to utilize, this is not occurring. The missionaries needs to focus on this matter since they are lacking in the power of God.
The churches and the congregation members must proclaim the power of the Lord in order to receive it. The churches are in such a devastated spiritual state because they do not proclaim the power of God. The blame or accountability are on the pastors and the churches. The congregation of the churches are victims. This is a very fearful curse. As a result, the side effects had been manifested and it had been manifested with the world’s culture and movies. People make supernatural movies which have absurd stories. Due to the church's lack of spiritual power, the side effects of churches are manifested through the movies that are created by worldly people. Through the sixty six books of the bible, God never just proclaimed the theoretical messages, that was not all. In the end, God said stay away from the people who deny the power that could make them godly.
The more closer the last days approach, there will be people who manifest the supernatural power of God. At the same time, there will be people who will raise up the work of Satan. When the devil’s supernatural work manifests, the people who have not connected to the power of God, who do not know about the power of God, and who are theoretical will bend their knees before the supernatural powers of Satan. In the future, the days which are written in the book of Revelation, we will enter into the days of the great tribulation which is also the days of the two witnesses. The two witnesses, the two olive trees, and the two golden lampstands represents the people who will receive the power from God and manifest His power. If such days come upon us, we are the ones who will carry out this great work. In order to carry His power and manifest, we need to pray life and death. God does not grant His power just to anybody.
When you read the book of Joel chapter two verse twenty eight, it states a certain day. In that day, God will pour down His Spirit upon all flesh of men and women servants. In the days of Prophet Joel, the kings, prophets and all the people of faith earnestly had desired such a day. But that day did not come in their days. Certainly, the Son of God came to the earth. He made the twelve disciples but because they were not armed with the power of God and prayer, most of them ran away. There was one area which Jesus repeatedly taught His disciples but was never properly applied by them. It was nightly prayer. It was crying out prayer. Jesus had always prayed. In order to receive the power of God and overcome the tests, prayer is required. Jesus prayed so that He could visit the sick to heal them the next day. Jesus did not have to do that but since He was clothed in flesh, He had received the power of God in such a way. The disciples were not able to accomplish their lives of prayer. Brethren, do you think Satan will let you easily pray when you try to pray? He will utilize your parents, relatives, and even your children. You must spiritually stand firm.
When it comes to carrying out the work of the Lord, pastors and lay believers are all equal. We may receive direct help from our family members but sometimes, we are cruelly retaliated. Test and all kinds of problems may be created through them. When such a thing happens, please remember scripture. Your enemy is within your family. But at the same time, in the book of Proverbs, it stated, brother is there for you when you are in crisis. People can become the vessels of the devil and do his works but at the same time people can become a pathway for God.
You must discern properly. “Ah, I need to discern well. It is time for me to pray for my weak wife (or husband)”
No matter what may happen to you, you must not stop or decrease your prayer life. Do not slide away from praying. Because, once that happens, the evil spirits will thoroughly work to prevent you from getting back to prayer. The evil spirits will work through your thoughts, mind, emotion, feelings, reality, and the people around you. The tests will come to you but not the way you expect.
The more the last day approaches, some type of people with the power of Satan will appear in the scene. In these days, more earthquakes and disasters are occurring and the days are moving toward the last days. Therefore, how can we wake up and pray? There is no such thing as a safe place on this earth. In the future, the two powers will compete against one another! In reality, even though we can not see with our eyes and without our realization, God is proceeding such a work. In the future, a greater power which had never happened before and after will manifest. We are the ones on the earth expecting to receive such a power. This is the reason why the Lord said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach]”
This morning, the Lord came while I was preparing the sermon. I could not sleep all throughout the night therefore I have bloodshot eyes. Around 8 am, I decided to go to bed and sleep for a while. But the evil spirit came and tickled my body. The evil spirit also put evil insects into my ears and legs. The insects were crawling all over my body. Whenever I shouted, “Holy Fire!” they ran away. But as I began to go back to sleep, the evil insects came back crawling on my whole body as they entered my ears and nose. When I shouted out “Holy Fire!” they ran away again.
While I was preparing the sermon, the Lord said, “You must speak exactly how I had written down.”
I asked the Lord, “Lord! Please grant me greater grace from this moment! Please grant me greater power now! But please help me not to become prideful!”
The Lord replied back, “I want to ask you one thing. Sure enough, did you truly mean it?”
When the Lord asked me this question, I could not answer carelessly. Because, when such power really manifests and become powerful, the more and greater test will accompany as well.
The Lord asked me again, “Do you want to do the greater work? Or, do you at least want to do the work that is close to the greater work?”
What the Lord had told me applied to all of us. If you think of such a statement from the Lord lightly, it is because you have no faith. If we say, “I can’t do it” or “I won’t do it!” because if we do not do with faith, it is considered sin.
Romans 14:23 “Whatever is not from faith is sin” Therefore, if the Lord tell us to do something, we have no choice but to do it.
I said, “Lord, not only myself but including my whole family members, all my descendent from generation down to generation, and all our church members may turn the world upside down with the power of the Holy Spirit like how Deacon Stephen did!”
But the Lord replied me back with an answer which I had not expected. “Even you have areas in you which are clogged. My beloved children who are the church congregation members also have areas that are clogged inside of them. You all need to seek and find those clogged areas and strip and tear them away! Endlessly love one another and cover their faults. All your current condition will not work! If you cannot love one another, cover their faults and endure them to the end, you yourselves will not be properly changed and as a result the greater power will not be granted to you! In order for the greater power to be manifested, you all need to strip and tear away the clogged areas inside of you! After you have received the anointing and presence of God, what has changed?”
Of course, from the outside, there are some areas that have been changed. We try to live according to the will of God. We have received the prayers answered more rapidly.
But the Lord continued to asked, “You must not conflict with Me or my with my will. All of you need to put all things down for Me and endure all things. In all situations, you must still maintain peace with my heart in you. In any type of circumstance, I desire for you to hold peace without being shaken. I know it may be difficult for all of you but I expect you to maintain this level of faith with my Heart.”  
I said, “Yes, anything else Lord?”  
The Lord continued to ask, “You speaking in tongue, right?”
I said, “Yes sir!”
“The more you pray in tongue, the more you will be charged spiritually.” The Lord had spoken to me with my understanding level. “Pastor Kim, observe your cell phone really carefully. When you used up all your cell phone’s battery, you charge it as you plug the charger into the electric circuit?” I said, “Yes sir!” “You recharge it right?” “Yes sir!” “When you pray in tongue, you are charged spiritually. When you become exhausted and going through difficulties, you must pray in tongue in order for you to be spiritually charged.” “Yes sir!”
When I prepare sermons, I prepare it as I pray in tongue. Brethren, when you pray in tongue your spirit will be filled with the Holy Spirit. Tongue is the language of the Holy Spirit. Pastors who do not know the Holy Spirit prevent people from praying in tongue.  Pastors who do not know the Holy Spirit have written books against speaking in tongue. These types of people will never be able to receive the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then the Lord whispered as He continued, “When you faithfully pray in tongue, it will be easier and faster for you to fill yourselves with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the Holy Spirit will be rapid and it will overflow. The best weapon you can utilize to overflow and fill your anointing is to pray in tongue. This is the best way! I desire for you to pray many times in tongue. The more you pray in tongue, the more you will know the spiritual identity of yours!”
Sometimes, even if people receive some kind of mission and spiritual power, they still become confused of their identity. They have difficult time understanding of their spiritual identity. This is because their foundation is not backed up which is praying. The Lord said, “When you consistently and faithfully pray, you will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. When this happens, your spiritual identity will be restored and the anointing will be rapidly be filled. Also, your hurts and wounds in your hearts will be rapidly healed and restored. Your mentality will be healed. All your worries and concerns will completely go away. These will quickly go away.  One more thing, do not conflict and create uncomfortable relationship with certain event with anyone and continue in that awkward relationship. Please remember all the words I have given to you. Do not forget the promise I have given to all of you which is to pour down the Holy Spirit upon all flesh!” “Oh! Thank you so much Lord! Lord thank you! Lord thank you!” These words of the Lord was something in which I already have known. But as the Lord point one thing out at a time, I am greatly impressed. ”Lord, I love you!” Please engrave the words of the Lord in your hearts.The Lord even warned us to turn away from the people who deny the power of the godliness. But please you have to know what He is trying to tell us, do not reject just because someone do not agree with you on this subject. We need to make them changed with the help of the Lord.

Pastor Kim Yong Doo

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Are you crying out from your hearts?

Hosea 7:14 NLT They do not cry out to me with sincere hearts. Instead, they sit on their couches and wail.They cut themselves, begging foreign gods for grain and new wine,and they turn away from me.
Hosea 7:14 EXB They do not ·(call cry) out to me from their hearts.They just lie on their beds and ·cry wail.They ·come together assemble themselves; or gash/slash themselves; to ask for grain and new wine,but they really ·turn away from rebel against me.
In Hosea, God is speaking about the cheating of His people. When HE disciplines them, they cry out but they do not cry out from their hearts. They cry out from their self pity. Many in self pity seek comfort from others. Rather than repenting properly and seeking God's face, the people of Hosea's time sat around their couches and beds feeling sorry for themselves.
"They cut themselves." They fell into discouragement, depression, and self pity. They would cry out about their lives on the couch or bed. Such Christians or God's people at that time would assemble together consoling their self pity rather than giving God glory or repenting.
When their crying out was not sincere and as they asked for "new wine and grain" or in other words healing, power, restoration, and anointing, they were asking it from Baal. When we do not ask in God's way but ours, we are asking Baal. God considered such acts as Rebellion.
Let us all fully awaken and come to the Truth.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Irritated skin

Since this winter, I have been experiencing more of eczema on my skin throughout my body. I have had minor forms of eczema and some allergies during my life but nothing that was serious or needing more attention. As with most winters, the air is very dry and cold here so my skin would get dry. It all started at my ankles where I am wearing socks. Near the end of the day, my ankles would itch very much. Then the itch and form of eczema began to attack me randomly. It was not as severe to go to the doctor but annoying enough.

Therefore, unlike before and for a couple months, I have religiously put on lotion after each shower. I was assuming perhaps as I get older this may be a problem as many others experience such issues with age. The hydration and lotion has helped but still I am experiencing an onslaught of eczema at random times when my skin gets irritated by a scratch or when my skin hits something. Many people also as we get older will experience eczema on our hands as our hands are irritated when we stress them out as we grab or hold onto things that require much effort.

God always teaches us to listen to HIM through our circumstances. We are also taught that when spiritual things happen, in the natural, it looks very natural. But all of our problems are spiritual. The danger is to assume things are natural when it is only occurring naturally but the source is spiritual.

Any any rate, we decided to ask God why I am experiencing more eczema. The key word here is "irritate." My skin is being irritated by eczema and requires me to scratch like a monkey. The higher we go into the anointing and the spiritual realm, the more sensitive we will be to sin. Yes, we will be more sensitive to our sin but at the same time, sin will affect us more immediately. In HELL, we hear testimonies of those who are being tormented. Their torment relates to their sin. In HELL, their punishment is eternal and has no hope. In the natural realm, when our bodies are affected, it may be related to our sin but we are able to counter it with medicine. In most cases, we attempt to heal the problem but if we are not able to heal it, we go after temporary treatment. However, we must go after the source of the issue. The issue is spiritual. We do not want to fall into the trap of just treating something and not addressing the real spiritual issue.

The eczema which is irritating my skin is God's way of telling me to get rid of being irritated by people. God said my skin irritation is a manifestation of me being irritated with people. I am not greatly irritated as before and have died to much of it but since some form is still there, as far as God is concerned, any form whether it is small or not is THERE. The measure of my eczema may be the measure of my irritation. God is telling me to get rid of it all and not be irritated. I do not show my irritation much but there is still some form of it in my heart. Since my irritation does not show so much outwardly, my eczema does not as well. My spiritual issues become physical manifestations. My mom is my biggest test. My irritation shows more with her than others but it is still there. In order for me to be healed of my eczema, I need to come to complete death of my irritation.

We must observe our bodies and discern what is God trying to tell us. Where you are having issues is where you must pray and discern if God is trying to tell or warn you on something. We can become deceived and blame people or other natural things. But God also uses the natural to speak to us about the spiritual issues. If God judges a nation or an individual, HE may bring war, earthquakes, famine, pestilence, or such. Such judgments may be great or in small measures. May HE judge us in small measures so that we may correct ourselves. When natural things occur, we must discern the messages/warning from God.

Jeremiah 10:24 (AMP) O Lord, correct me [along with Your people], but with mercy and in just measure— Not in Your anger, or You will crush me and bring me to nothing.

God also reminded us to LOVE HIS PEOPLE MORE. Even in Michigan, when our people were betraying us and not listening, HE said to LOVE THEM MORE. God said HE will send many more good helping people but HE also said HE will send those who will CONFLICT with us. We are to LOVE both groups MORE regardless. The vessels of honor and dishonor will be sent. The vessel of dishonor will have an opportunity to become a vessel of honor. At the same time, the vessels of dishonor will be used to train and test the vessels of honor. May we all become the vessels of honor.

This message is not only for me but for our church. Yes, we can easily LOVE the ones who are not creating problems but we must still LOVE MORE those who may be irritating or creating problems. The end result is God's problem to deal with the people. Our problem is to LOVE them and correct them in LOVE. This is not only in church but at our work places, schools, households, and the world. We are to LOVE people more. As the anointing increase, we all must be careful for we will be responsible and accountable for even the small sin that still hides in us. We must use this grace time to repent, cleanse, and preparing ourselves to meet the KING.

Pastor Steve

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to be Favored by God

Daniel 9:23 (EXB) When you first started praying [At the beginning of your supplication], an ·answer [ word] ·was given [went out], and I came to tell you, because ·God loves you very much [ you are FAVORED/coveted/desired]. So ·think about [consider; reflect; ponder] the ·message [ word] and ·understand [consider; reflect; ponder] the vision.

Yes, God loves us very much. Other translations have either "beloved, valued, or precious" rather than FAVORED. Why was Daniel FAVORED? What was his reward for being FAVORED?

Prophet Daniel was a praying man. He was a man confessing his sins and for the sins of his people as God showed him the secrets and hidden things. When he confessed the sins of his people, it meant he was always interceding for them. He was a praying man and fasting. When we speak about fasting, we immediately associate fasting with food. But in the spiritual, this also represents fasting from the desires of the world. In order to be FAVORED, we must be set apart from the world. We must not be swimming in its dung or sin. From chapter one to the end of the chapters (years, life of Daniel), he was one who prayed, repented, and fasted. 

What was his reward? He was one who became counselor to kings. He was one who had his spiritual eyes opened having angels come give him messages. He was one who was granted wisdom and revelation to see into the future of God's people and the world. He was granted the hidden secrets of the spiritual realm. 

Daniel 9:21-22 AMP while I was still speaking in prayer and extremely exhausted, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and he talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and wisdom and understanding.

The angel had come when in was in prayer and extremely exhausted. Daniel was a man praying to his limitations. He went to his limits. He prayed with all his strength, mind, heart, and soul. We must come to our limitation and perhaps until we are extremely exhausted. During prayer and exhaustion, the Arch Angel Gabriel came to give him insight and wisdom and understanding. There is a difference between the lay believer and those who hold the keys to God's kingdom. They are a people of prayer. They are a people who bear fruit of repentance. They are a people who fast (food/desires of the world). They are people who do not sin. They are a people of submission and obedience. Their reward is that they will receive the secrets to the Kingdom of God (insight, wisdom, understanding, spiritual eyes).

Who else was FAVORED? 

Luke 1:30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; [ for; because] ·God has shown you his grace [you have found FAVOR/grace with God].

Even though Mary was a very young lady, she was a woman of faith and prayer. What was the difference between Mary and Zechariah/Elizabeth (John's parents)? How were their reactions? Why did Elizabeth say Mary was most blessed above all women? Yes, she was the carrier of our Lord Jesus but she became most blessed as she was a women of prayer. 

In Luke 1, Mary's response are in verses 46-55. They are her prayer/song. In the context of those verses are the hints of her relationship with God. Without a true, relationship, she would not be able to come forth with such words. 

What about the mother of John the Baptist? Why did God pick Elizabeth? She too was a woman of prayer. These two women brought forth birth or "life." In order to bring life into our families and nation, the daughters of the Most High must be a people of prayer. In order for His people to receive insight, wisdom and understanding, His sons must be a people of prayer and fasting. 

A few weeks ago, a Seventh Day Adventist tried to evangelize to me. I asked her how much does she pray. She said she prayed 3 times a day. I asked, well how much in time. She said ten minutes each. This is NOT praying. When I say praying, I mean hours per day. 

Luke 1:13-14 But the angel said to him, “Zechariah, don’t be afraid. God has heard your ·prayer [petition]. Your wife, Elizabeth, will ·give birth to [bear for you] a son, and you will name him John. 14 He will bring you joy and ·gladness [delight], and many people will ·be happy [rejoice] because of his birth. 

Verse 13 states, "God has heard your prayer." Today, we cannot birth John the Baptist again but we can birth spiritual life through prayer/spiritual birth pangs. In verse 14, this life will bring joy and gladness. The life in us which brings joy and gladness will bring many other people joy. Many Christian families that have no joy or gladness is due to no spiritual life. There is no spiritual life because they are not a people of prayer. In order to birth life, we need to be a people of prayer, fasting, and enduring. 

Even though many are able to have physical children, for some Christians, when true spiritual life is birthed, this will be manifested with a special physical child. Elizabeth and Zechariah were very old. They had a hard time conceiving. Why? God wanted to bring forth a special child for His purpose. First, God requires the couple to be right and then they must accumulate their prayers. To bring forth that life required much prayer which took Elizabeth and Zechariah to old age. 

Luke 1: Zechariah and Elizabeth ·truly did what God said was good [ were righteous before God]. They ·did [followed; walked in] everything the Lord commanded and were ·without fault [blameless] in keeping his ·law [regulations; requirements]. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth ·could not have a baby [could not conceive; was barren], and both of them were very old.

Even in our church, several couples are finding it difficult to conceive and birth children. In our church, God will be raising many from your children. But to bring forth those chosen, God is waiting for the couples to get right and/or pray much even if it takes them to old age and God will have His ways. Therefore, the sooner we get out of our boxes and as we pray more, the sooner we come to fulfilling HIS Will. HE had kept Elizabeth and Hannah barren for a purpose. HE made them women who cried out and prayed. 

Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Monday, April 18, 2016

There is Power in Submission

Power in Submission




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Characteristics of Sheep

As I was preparing a lunch, the Lord softly and gently whispered...“Take good care of My sheep” I was asking the Lord about a certain situation today with certain people. Then He said, “I said SHEEP, I want you to take care of SHEEP” I was like, 'Oh, sheep, right, sheep. Thank you for reminding me.'

I kind of know and have some ideas about the characteristics of sheep. But wanted to research a little bit more about them.

“Sheep depend heavily upon THEIR vision.”- I was like.. 

'This is true God.. You are answering me in such a way.’ Many christians are depending on what they see and moving accordingly and not by faith.

“Sheep have poor depth perception (three dimensional vision) especially if they are moving with their heads up.”- 

This is another characteristics pastor Steve and I always experience with the “sheep”. Many christians have no ability to see things from the different angles. All they see is from one particular angle. This is why many christians conflict with God’s way and His authorities. Specially with pride (heads up!) they become more blind to see what may be going on around them.

“Sheep have difficulty picking out small details”- 

Christians needs to train themselves to exam themselves in detail. This is only possible with the help of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians do not see every thoughts, words, and actions which may have caused problems and therefore sinned. 

“ They are reluctant to go where they can't see.”- 

Because the “Sheep” are heavily depend on their sight, they do not want to go unless they can clearly see and know that it will be completely safe. They do not want to risk. Many christians are as same. They often refuse to move forward because of lack of faith or lack of trust. Many christians are too scared. Many Christians do not want to take risk.

“Sheep are frightened by sudden loud noises, such as yelling or barking. In response to loud noises and other unnatural sounds, sheep become nervous and more difficult to handle. the handler should speak in a quiet, calm voice.”-

Many christians have no ability to handle rebukes. Like sheep in natural realm, many christians as spiritual sheep, they are too weak to handle discipline, rebukes and warnings. Although it is for their sake and good, "sheep" do not have ability to see it. 

“Sheep are more likely to move into the wind than with the wind, so they can use their sense of smell.”- 

We need to move towards God instead of continuously waiting for the Holy Spirit (wind) to come to us. In fact, the Holy Spirit is waiting for you to come with contrite heart. When we are in the Wind, we will be able to smell the dangers of enemy. 

James 4:8 (AMP) Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people].

“A sheep or lamb that is isolated from the rest of the flock is likely showing early signs of illness” 

We witnessed many times, when church members begin isolating themselves away from other church members, this was because they were offended, resented, being angry or due to other problems. They were getting spiritually sick. This must be resolved as they come to their pastors or spiritual leadership or authorities and be counseled. 

“Healthy sheep are eager to eat. They are almost always hungry. 

Lack of appetite is probably the most common symptom exhibited by a sick sheep.” Spiritually, when christians begin not spending time with God, stop praying or reading, this also means that they are spiritually getting sick. They must seek the Doctor, who is our Lord. They must sincerely come to the Lord for restoration. 

Pastor Yoojin
Fire of God Church

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the sea

Mark 11:23-24 (AMP) I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will]. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you

I am sure many Christians have literally looked at mountains and commanded it to be lifted up and thrown into the sea. But as all of us know, we have yet to see this occur. However, we must look at scripture not always so literally but spiritually. What do mountains represent? 
In the physical, Mountains are usually something that is in our way during our spiritual travel. If the mountain is very large and tall, then for most people, it would be an impossible task. 

But spiritually, a spiritual mountain is something that is hindering our ability to move spiritually forward to our next destination and eventually to our spiritual promise land. Therefore, the bible commands us to use our faith believing we can cast this spiritual mountain that is hindering and affecting our financial blessings, health, and peace. Many Christians assume they have faith and attempt to press forward confessing with their mouths healing and/or blessings. But for many, they become physically and spiritually exhausted. Many Christians are literally stuck in their walk with God. They are but going in circles. The only thing that is moving forward is "time" and that is running out for most.  

The help and hint are in the next verses.

Mark 11:25-26 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others]. 26 [“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

Christians are praying but for many their prayers are not answered because a spiritual mountain in front of them. Mountain represents blockages in christians lives, "if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others]". It is because these christians have something in their hearts which have never been resolved but still remains. It could be anger, unforgiveness, resentment, jealousy, envy, greed, and much more. IF we have these filthiness in our hearts, we cannot be “in accordance with God’s will”. Unless we “drop the issue and let it go” the “mountain” will not be removed. 

The Lord said to the cripple who was lowered down from the roof, "your sins are forgiven, pick up your matt." When his sins were forgiven, healing came. Perhaps, pride and not fearing God is our mountain. In Proverbs 3, healing for the body is conditional to humility and fearing God (obedience). 

Proverbs 3:7-8 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8  Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Many Christians think they have forgiven others but it has only been with their minds and not hearts. Therefore, the bible says, unless we forgive, Father God cannot forgive us. If we are not forgiven in certain areas of our heart, we cannot be healed nor restored. Ask the Lord to search your hearts. Ask for a spirit of repentance. There are reasons why your prayers are not answered. There are reasons why your physical and spiritual lives are stuck. God says, "Let it go!" After you let go of the resentment, hurt, abuse, anger, and such, now you can say with His confidence and as you believe, "mountain, be gone!!"

Pastor Steve

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Do you think you are really following Jesus?

Many Christians tell God they love HIM so much and they will follow HIM and do whatever they ask. Do they really mean it?

Jesus replied with an indirect answer, "Foxes have holes and birds have a nest but the Son of Man has no place to rest His head."