Drafted since 2012-06-17
The truth is that you know that you have understood the Holy Spirit, when it has appeared in your hearts and mouths, hands and legs. i.e. When the Holy Spirit has worked through your life, you know that the demons are driven away, and the kingdom of God has descended. Of course, the Lord understands our faith level – what we can do and what we cannot do. Yet, you must understand that the human nature is very, very prone to idleness and needing endless comfort. There can be no healing if the heart continues to only want comfort or the blessings of God. When Israelites groaned to God about hardships faced through the 10 plagues, Moses told them to focus on the promise. When Israelites groaned when they need to face the Red Sea, Moses just replied with grace, that the Lord was about to deliver. When Israelites grumbled again when meeting bitter water at Marah, the Lord knew it was the timetable to set truths before them, so that they can be healed. The 10 commandments and all the laws, decrees and statutes were in fact a gospel covenant to the Israelites because God wanted to heal them from their spirits.
God can understand our conditions, but if we keep on looking to God to “ask God to help us”, staleness will come into our lives, and we can never look to “see how God is actually healing and helping us all the time” in the process. In other words, we have to be sensitive there might be something “better” if we go back to the original principle of God, i.e. what is “normal, often and daily” in the eyes of believers and non-believers. It might be a new timetable for you to start praying for a new lifestyle so that your conditions become more normal / blessed so that people (believers and non-believers) can easier receive the understanding about the God Who is loving, joyful, peaceful, enduring, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and having self-control.
In other words, in our walk with Christ, all our problems can be said as “being not submissive”. This is a hard phrase for many. But when I meditate on this recently again, when I humble down and see the problem of the era of churches being “cannot believe and follow”, there is a grievous hatred within me to want to let all the “members of my body” to obey Christ. This is the repentance back to the root of all things that God has originally blessed us in <Ge 1:27,28>.
The person who knows this will know how to hold his tongue as a prayer to rely on the Holy Spirit, drive demons and allow the kingdom of God to descend. What this means is the blessed Christian culture that has no holdbacks to saying “Amen” and relying on blessing people. When you meet people that you have not met before, are you someone who is slow to warm so that you cannot warmly welcome him or her in the name of Christ? That is a spiritual problem itself. Yet, are you able to do so because you are an extrovert? You need to find back your reasons of what is meant by relying on the truth and not by any human conditions.
Let me show you three things that Boaz is doing to rely on the Emmanuel Culture (God is with us always every where, letting people get an understanding that God is with them also in Spirit and in Truth).
1) Everywhere Boaz went, he said, “The Lord be with you!”, and the Emmanuel Culture was present then so that everyone called back “The Lord bless you!” May our words only be filled with peace and fruitful blessings!
Ruth 2:4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you! ”
“The Lord bless you! ” they called back.
2) Every people Boaz met, even if it is a stranger / Gentile / non-believer, he was considerate for them. In the camp, our pastor told us to wipe off the toilet seat after using so that our roommate can see Emmanuel clearer. May all our actions of proactive consideration and initiative bring peace and fruitful blessings to the people beside!
Ruth 2:9, 15-16
9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Even if she gathers among the sheaves, don’t embarrass her. 16 Rather, pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”
3) Up till now, it is all just words and only commands to his servants to make peace and bless others. However, there is nothing impossible with Boaz as he is willing to lay his life for his kinsmen Naomi and family, even if they are poor <Ruth 3:10-13>, i.e. he will do all that Ruth asks. He went and put himself under the law of kinsman, and used his own money and his own life, even if it might endanger his own estate <Ruth 4:6>, to give a descendant to Naomi and Ruth. Boaz became Naomi’s kinsman-redeemer by giving his most important life away, which is his seed, to Ruth. In all our words and actions, may we never say that we cannot do this or that if the pastor asks you to help him in certain tasks for the good of the church (of course, there is room for discussion, but every leader would love to hear ‘I will do it’, or ‘I will try my best’).
10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records. Today you are witnesses! ”
11 Then the elders and all those at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”
Our problem is not any other, but that we have not believed and submitted to God. These are spiritual words of relying on the truth of Emmanuel. May our words and actions never say “Lord, You know I cannot”, but may we be filled with love, so that our words and actions make peace and fruitful blessings to even bless the Lord saying “Lord, I know You can do all things through me who knows I cannot do anything without You.”
Living in the already victorious Emmanuel, God made King David to be born under the genealogy of Naomi and Ruth, and God will make the same disciples and descendants out if we rely on an Emmanuel Culture to live each and every moment!