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Unreserved Holiness

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There is an unreserved holiness that only brings wisdom and praise out from the innermost soul and from everyone around you. It is not only a destination; it is the light brought about by the scepter of Christ!

1. The search for the complete gospel that has already found me

You can refer back to my previous year 2008 blog where I wrote about bible verses that impacted my life:

https://wengang.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bible-verses-that-impacted-my-life/

I remember I was searching for the verses that illuminated St Augustine so that he was converted. I heard from my senior pastor Rev Leechull spoke about the bible verses that influenced St Augustine to conversion. At that time, the orientation of the church pulpit message kept on consoling the congregation, and gave me the impression that to accuse people would be the last thing God desires. i.e. how can these verses fit into a person’s life so as to make a person convert? Are not the verses below a result of conversion (born again) rather than something that converts (makes one born again)? Therefore, I could not fully understand why the following verses actually caused St Augustine (the way I interpret – the start of Christian theology that accords to his own experience, i.e. he wrote “The Confessions”) into conversion. Therefore, I did not list the verse down in my previous year 2008 blog. The following verses were what happened when he was prompted by a childlike voice, and took it as a divine command to open the Bible and read the first thing he saw:

Romans 13:13-14
13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

God changed him then at 32 years old through his mother Monica’s prayers of despair but continual hope since young.

Even though I cannot fully understand why the verses nailed St Augustine’s conversion, I kept the above verses deep into my heart. I just cannot forget them as they are from the bible. I cannot twist what I read from the bible to fit my own theology or what I, if my weak mind, has heard.

Along with the above verses, I remember

Psalm 19
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.

8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;

12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

For all these years, I realized one thing is absolutely true – the Lord is Holy and His glory is such that I must never show consideration for my weaknesses so that I worship God with compromise. Your weaknesses may come from the conditions and fields God has given you. But those are not for you to compromise God’s greater power through you to open the doors of evangelism. Those weaknesses are placed not for you to show consideration to (as if God loves you so that He will forgo every weaknesses as His favored child of God) so that you can live a more carefree life less of guilt or reproach from God. (If you hear no grief of the Holy Spirit, you either already have your conscience of faith tainted or that you are not born again.) Those weaknesses are placed for you to understand your spiritual calling, to be willing to suffer everything and to go to your end to face God in prayers, so as to attain Christ’s resurrection in getting practical wisdom.

2. Not to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but fulfill them

The 36 lessons are not an end to your conversion, or the experience of the “second” born again. They are a guide, and only a guide. They guide you to live unreserved from the Lord, to the Lord, and in the Lord.

If you really want to evangelize to the unreached, the young that is out of your generation, or a culture that is far beyond yours, you must really know how much you must suffer in the Lord to hold on to God’s promise. Do you value the gospel and the promise of gospelization more than anything else so that you test and approve the things you must do in your work place? When you test and approve, one must know what the absolute conditions are and what the relative conditions are. i.e. when you are at your work place, the relative conditions are about doing your best at your office work. The absolute truth is that you cannot be a slave because you have a gospel too important to compromise. When I face the Lord with even my closest ones worrying for me, I realized I had to do it my way – the way the Lord has shown to me. There is a peace in me that I am not disobeying the people around me, but a peace that God will bring me through, and God will definitely bless the people and company many folds through my obedience. It produces some anxiousness, but I slowly confirmed that those anxiousness are as a result of Satan’s attack as I obey the Lord my God.

If you find it hard to live in your workplace, then make it a point to have a church-centered and brethren-centered lifestyle. Then your perspectives can be build on solid ground and you will not waver like a ship among waves. You might be disobeying the earthly authorities if you keep on having a pulpit-centered, brethren-centered and serving-centered lifestyle, but be sure that if you follow the Lord this way, the Lord will not only deliver you out of it, but the Lord will give you your heart’s desire in the gospel promise of God.

This, in a word, means “unreserved holiness” in all things 24 hours, a point made to focus there and go towards there.

Matthew 5:48
48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

“Unreserved holiness” created in me a new heart. There is a New Creation. That new creation is not by grace that has been made cheap, but by death and resurrection – grace that is made sovereign, and glory that makes every word in the bible alive in you.

3. Praising in the Gospel vs Conscience-Pricking in Religion

The greatest difference between gospel and religion are two folds:
– The gospel is that God has already found you unconditionally, and religion is that you need to keep on trying to find God.
– The gospel is that you can live in unreserved holiness that surpasses every law, but religion from man can never perform this miracle.

An unconditional love may have started to produce unreserved holiness, but a person is transformed when he is trained to go into a total willingness to produce unconditional appreciation for unconditional love of God gives praise from the innermost soul.

Do you notice how the Christian faith differs from all other religions? We praise God! Religions that rely only on the conscience will ponder why their gods need praises from men. (If they praise their gods, their gods will be embarrassed because their gods rely on conscience to help the earthly people.) Do we praise God out of a conscious debt of His love? Frankly speaking, no. God is not a judge who checks if He can impute to us His judgments, for He chose to impute all on His Son Jesus Christ already. We praise the God of Yahweh because we find Him awesomely amazing many times, and we especially find Him awesome because He is steadfast and faithful to us all the time. You would not praise a friend who helps out as a friend in need, but you will praise your own father who has always been so awesome and steadfast by your side, who will make sure you walk right, and who will even give his life for your true happiness.

Psalm 108:1
1 My heart is steadfast, O God!
I will sing and make melody with all my being!

Psalm 109:30-31
30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

The child of God does not praise God only because he finds the Lord awesome. He only desires to find praise to God.

Sometimes, he may be unconvinced to obey God’s word. However, if he is born again to seek the unconditional love and unreserved holiness of God, you can be rest assured that he will never be at peace unless he submits with an unreserved love to God.

Therefore, pastors, elders, deacons, small group leaders and coworkers, you must teach the sheep how to praise God. Keep your focus right there, and you will forget your own troubles. We do not get crazy for the gospel only when we find it amazing. We know the gospel is our life so that we live in the gospel through praising God.

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The Know-How of Unseen Strength in the King’s Authority

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The mystery of strength in the Holy Spirit lies in submission to the Kingly authority. The strength also lies in the power to say “No”. Not sacrifice, but mercy flows from the King’s throne, for that is His greatest desire.

1) The King eternally never changes but we change -> get the first light of wisdom for Christ’s finished work on the cross

<Ps 90:12> Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

God works in imperfections. Limitations give unlimited wisdom.

There are whole lot of difference between men who lived apart from the King and men who lived in the King.

2) Face the King and receive His approval of praise, for strength from Holy Spirit neither comes from knowledge nor fervor

<Ps 91> When a man relies on the King, His grace can then be seen

When there is an opportunity to give up your closest and your life, will you lose to have faith in that chance?

3) Evaluate: unless you have a life of transparency before and rooting into the king of Kings for all things, you will react at certain things by escaping

Experience His grace in all things. Then you can see all assurance, guarantee and insurance in the Lord in all things <Ps 92>. All things empowered comes this way.

4) Do not depend on feelings, but stay inside of this Kingly authority by following the truth, then He will manifest on you

Do not say, "Follow the Lord" yet you do not know what to follow. You have to know His word, for He uses His word to dominate. God has fixed everything. Therefore, do not be muddle-headed to follow.

But take Jehovah as King! For when we rely on Him, His fear, eternity, power, laws, holiness will manifest <Ps 93>. He reigns, therefore, do not fear and worry.

5) Do not become self-defensive when you discover the King’s revealed discipline on yourself

Once we resolute in our hearts, we will meet with problems. Evaluate your own life, for it is somehow a discipline. Face the Lord. Even if you have prayed and your family or the church has not received the kind of protection, take it as discipline, represent your family / church to repent, and receive transcendent peace that God will have blessings. Why become self-defensive? God opposes the proud. Be humble. There is definitely blessings if it is discipline to a child of God. <Ps 94>

6) Be humble to the point of being dominated by Jehovah King

Are you willing to surrender, be left totally contrite, and be dominated by Jehovah?

<Ps 95> The people who Resign and are dominated by Jehovah will then praise Him. If you do not harden your hearts Today, “Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice”, you will hear the Holy Spirit. That gives way to surpassing special grace that abounds.

7) Train and exercise yourself to witness and preach the gospel in and even when out of season; then the King’s domination to all nations flow through you

Allow the King’s domination of all nations / peoples descend into you.

<Ps 96> Jehovah dominates all nations and peoples. Therefore, those who receive the <promise> will dominate all nations and peoples. Not only that God dominates His saints, He also dominates all nations and peoples through His saints.

David sang this Psalm till his pants dropped when he brought the ark of covenant back. Why is He so much in joy? "This is because the Lord is going to dominate all nations through me who brings the ark of covenant back!"

The foundation of all praises come from the cornerstone of the Messiah. Therefore, in all things, find and restore back the cornerstone of the Messiah that is present in all things. The message of His blood is the center of all your evangelism.

8) Judge the hearts of all living AND the dead through the domination of the King

<Ps 97> Jehovah judges the living and the dead. The living are those who follow His dominion, the dead are those who disobeys His dominion.

Judge the hearts of all. There is a dead part in them and there is a living part in them. Make them realize both the dead and the living parts. Some of them will rise from the dead and awake from their spiritual senses.

9) But realize that the Gentiles and people around you are not saved and harvested because the church has not submitted to the King’s authority

Total submission to God and to the church God has planned for you. Then you will definitely influence the people around you.

<Ps 98> When Israel submits to the Dominator, Gentiles and all peoples will know God’s salvation (there is meaning of missions); therefore, there is the purpose of [Kingdom, King and People] in God’s dominion.

When Israel totally submits to the Lord, the nations become saved. Why are the Gentiles not saved? This is because the church has not submitted to the Lord. When you submit to the Lord, you will definitely influence the people in the office.

10) The absolute power of Entrusting and Exploration, since all that the King dominates is already correct because He is holy by nature

<Ps 99> Jehovah is a great God, because He is holy by nature (i.e. All that He dominates are correct). Entrust everything to God, for everything that the Lord has done in your life is not a coincidence, but He has dominated it by His Holiness. Therefore, be totally creative and flexible in exploring on how your ministry can become the core of every gospelization work, since you cannot go out of His dominion.


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Ministry expansion: the Lord looks at the heart

The start of a ministry is not an excited vision, but rather, a faithfulness. There is an undeniable fact that “People need the Lord”. Gradually, we see people being blessed. Is it not due to the Holy Spirit going forth to prove His blessings from the ministry people of faithfulness? When there is an undeniable conviction to live in the Lord, “faithfulness” becomes the start of a ministry. This is what started our church and all our ministries, even the pulpit ministry. We have gone through ups and downs, discouragements and all. Yet, through all these, the higher than men’s efforts of the Father’s sovereignty and glory can then be proven. Faithfulness is borne through humility.
 
The fruits of ministries make a cause for more leaders to stand out and progress the ministries. Leaders start to see the importance of the ministry. People start to reply and give thanks. These are the greatest fruits a ministry can have. Ministries expand because there are still a lot of content in Christ’s accomplishments to bring forth. Through tweets, facebook and blog posts, people would like to express their thanksgiving and what they have received from the Lord. But it is not about doing more ministries. It is about bringing the essence of the gospel message out to the world. The ministries move to the next level of bringing people into the main content of the gospel message. Through hymns, short snippets of the pulpit message, artwork, etc, the ministry aims to captivate and bridge people to the gospel that it thinks have been dearly missed. Thankfully, God does not really work by a spark of fire in people’s hearts. Rather, God’s timetable waits till there is a team to see the need and the importance of the ministry. Fathfulness first, but a personal experience of the edification of the gospel message puts burdens into the hearts of men to push ministries to the next level. It is not really about counting more numbers of people receiving grace, but a natural response of the Great Commission to get the message out to as many people as possible.
 
The expansion of ministries on more levels will be judged by the Lord. Wisdom from the heart is required to test and approve. Getting the message out is one thing, but the quality of it is another. While men looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart. It is not just faithfulness and understanding the importance of a ministry that makes it move and be pleased by God. Can a short tweet work? Can even a 5 minute hymn presentation that is practiced with at least 7 hours work? It is now about facing the Lord. Is whatever I do reliant on the Holy Spirit work in me? Disciples will be slowly found here and the great joy of a ministry starts to appear.
 
On the next level, something has to be recognized. The ministry has to set people apart at this time. Where is the ministry going towards? The messages are there to find hidden disciples. There is a difference between just thanking for a message that really helps, and having a life that is turned to God. True disciples want more. They want something that really helps them walk with God day-by-day. The ministry has to set apart followers. Captivating ministries have to go to the classroom. The messages need to be longer. Bridging is the first step, but without spending time before God, no amount of Holy Spirit’s convictions will make a person understand and follow God.
 
No amount of ministry from a local church can compare when another church is planted. This cannot be left as an option. Ministry has to go all the way. The gospel is a good news, and it has to go all the way, uncompromised, to commitments in planting churches, if it really the gospel that rises people out of hell. The ministries that can happen are not only double-fold, but on a scary level of expansion. Ministries have to go towards setting up a church. Then disciples can be protected by living in that environment to continue receiving perspective training. The local church that is planted, when it is ready, does not need to totally go from scratch again because it can rely on the present ministries of the parent church. But the spiritual gifts and anointing of that local church planted will be vastly different so that it complements to a much greater extent than the parent church will have if she has double her congregation numbers. Connectors and teachers have to rise up; literature and various forms of training ministries for establishing the foundations and essence of the gospel in its purest form have to take precedence.
 
Gradually, a seminary is required to train leaders of various local churches. Christian ideologies have to be studied and established.
 
Why do I write this post? It comes when I try to think about where the internet and media distribution ministry should move for all the experiences given by my church so far, ministries inward and outreach. Is it by doing more? It is both less and yet more. The Holy Spirit speaks to me that even though creativity is important, it can never take the place of a heart that truly loves to spend time quieting down to face the Spirit in all situations. The heart that loves God’s word moves a ministry beyond any human capacity. Faithfulness, having burden, seeking for wisdom, setting apart, uncompromised pureness/devotion and establishment are more important than a surface elaboration and expansion of a ministry.


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Sit Down and Consider, and Move Into The Future

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1) There is a calling from God in the problems you still have. Fix your eyes on Jesus and leave the problems to His time to heal. Those problems are as a result of the era.

2) When met with big and serious problems, some people can just be unaffected. This is because their foundation in the gospel is very strong. It is not about building up from the root so that your spirit, heart, body and lifestyle are all changed, but it is about being very close to the root in your spirit.

3) It is neither about rebuking nor giving grace, but because the root problem is the matter, you have to give rebuke/grace at that appropriate time.

4) If your desires have been bothered a lot by too much information, a practical way is to write them all out so that you can put it aside. This is for prayers, so that you can make the best of every opportunity. Then you can prioritize/format all information that come, see your timetable and God’s guidance all these while.

5) Move on. So what to witness? You have to find your own niche through the calling God has for your church and yourself.

6) The era lacks nothing of Christian doctrines and inspirations. But the current Christian trends prove there is a lack in some areas. Get in touch with them to understand the wrong ideals in the spirit of teachings, the non-hungering spirit and the compromising spirit. They all point to God’s perfect will on what to emphasize.

7) Conclusion: the Word of God and the Holy Spirit have to be preached:

(1) The clear, grounded and formatted doctrine that must open people’s eyes first on “Blessed” and “Promised”. Comforting as it may seem, the purpose is to bring people to acknowledge their total need for Jesus, and a total need to live out the Jesus in you. An opening of the eyes that “God is indeed with us” then comes with no exception.

(2) A need to live Jesus out in a community (church, family, or office) that purports reconciliatory message, setting to remove selfish pride and pursuit in brethren-living. The Emmanuel atmosphere can then start to take effect when it is acknowledged that a constant pursuit and desire to heal must take place.

(3) Having the foundation (1) and atmosphere (2) built, the heart needs to be tested. This is so that one may know and drive out the spirit that has been tainted. The remnant of pure and devoted love to God has to happen.

(4) When the heart is now correct, preach the Word of God to dispel the angels (their limited work is still in conscience) and activate the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must descend in this era so that the next era will have hope.


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My Jesus Satisfies

Drafted 2012-10-25

Hell and destruction are never satisfied, and the lust of the eyes, flesh and boast of the world never satisfy their hunger for us.

Pro 30:15-16 puts this in the best of words, saying

The leech has two daughters— Give and Give!
There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, “Enough!”:
The grave,
The barren womb,
The earth that is not satisfied with water—
And the fire never says, “Enough!”

Death/Hell is never satisfied. Emptiness wants even more evil. Our human ways always loves the wine and merry-making of the world. And the desires of our flesh never finish burning!

Of course these things happen to us when we accidentally fell. But what happens when you do not seek for anything in the world any more? What happens when we know it in our hearts that we really do not have any desires for these anymore that the world keeps on racing to get? By centering on brethrens, going through confirming that all conditions given to us are the best, especially the more difficult relationships of those around us, we may have gone through many roads of the cross. We have born our own cross for some time, so that when we look back, our hearts have died to the things of the world. Even when we fall, we know we just need God more by coming to Him as children of God, receiving the power of repentance, and renewing ourselves. But what happens when we have died?

A small voice comes. As in <Matthew 16>, The Spirit of Christ says, “Who do you say I am?” As in <John 21>, “Do you love (agape) me?” Do you take it with your utmost joy when we respond to the Lord, “Feed My lambs”? I cried when I heard this. (<John 21> never fails to convict me over and over again.) What about you? We may need Jesus and hunger for Him because we have problems. Once the problems are solved, we may need Jesus because we want to see His Word imprinted on us to give us the promise that the world cannot give us. We may want to follow Jesus because we want to view everything in His covenanted perspective because the pulling power of the world is just so strong. When we see that we long for Jesus, the Spirit in us comforts us that we are drawn to Him, that in our true self, we actually love Him. When the seal upon us has begun sealing us a second time, so that we cannot deny but lose our lives for our families and those around us because we have prayed for them and they are God-given to us, we go through sufferings to battle through understanding that the Lord is pleased with us. We know, but do we really love Jesus? When we have time to spare, do we want to read the bible and go into the realms of prayers? When we are tired, do we go to the Lord to be filled with strength? When we are tempted, do we run to Him, not because we are pitiful, but because we want to be found in His love? When God tells us to prepare messages to lead small groups and messages, do we love to go into receiving insights of His word? Are you in a state so that you cannot live without Jesus, or are you in a state of enjoying everything Jesus planned just because He lives? Do you like Jesus?

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At our state, we may say “Lord, I love you”, but really, as a friend. How can I love You as You have loved me unconditionally? But the Word of God always talks about unconditional love to God and to brethrens. It is found throughout the whole New Testament Bible. The reality of weaknesses (Satan’s great lie) and the reality of people’s self-righteousness (She eats and wipes her mouth, and says, “I have done no wickedness.”), the true face of Satan – have we not seen and thus be greatly thankful to the Lord for His deliverance so that we may become sons of God?

To love God because He has given us salvation – this is the greatest love. To love God because He has directed my paths to eternal inheritance to the ends of the earth – this is the greatest love. To love God because He sets me free by giving me the Holy Spirit. To love because I am provided with the best conditions everywhere I go – this is His love. To love because I am sanctified to be purer – this is His love. To love because He gave me fruits of brethren relationships that last – this is His love. Fill this in, you little man. All these are unconditional. Without the love of God, can you love Him? Agur said,

“Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom. Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.” <Proverbs 31:2-3>

This is the start of understanding. This is the start of you grasping further about the Love of God. This is the start of you being able to agape love God.

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One or two times of saying “I love Jesus” is easy. But can you be continually satisfied of His love? This is the mystery of prayers. The natural reaction of loving God is communicating deeper and more lovingly than before. More than continuous prayers, it is about scheduled prayers. Scheduled prayers are about “not forgetting His loving unconditional words of accomplishments”, let His perfect will renew your mind and thus transform your heart to love Him from a phileo friendship love to an agape unconditional love.

1) Give the right words of life:

Praying to my Lord, my God, I am Your son. All my life, my everydays are in Your hands of holding to the ends of the earth. May Your kingdom not pass but come into the depths of my spirit. I seek Your concrete plans for each thing I do, for You have already purposed in all things for my heart. For all that I need daily, open my eyes to see spiritual insights, wisdom, health, necessities, and testimonies. Let “love and submission” become the standard of whether I have sinned. Allow me the power of repentance. Expand loving relationships with all around me. Bring them out of their problems to see You clearer. May You abolish away all evil and temptations because I want to remain in You. Because I just want Your glory to be filled all around me.

2) Receive the gentle and upright Spirit:

Waiting upon His living response to us, His convictions reaches my heart. Your love and grace follows me. At each moment, I can feel the Spirit supporting me. Strength, love, self-control, peace, joy and freedom appear in my heart. A natural desire to praise Jesus all the days of my life praising enters. Satisfied upon being satisfied, seal upon seal, submission, continuous prayers, turn of timetable, strengthening the battle in the heart no matter what, it all comes in the heart. The heart receives a heart of a big courageous man, driving away all that is fake.

All the days of my life, Lord, I want to die to the prince of the air, be totally satisfied in burying myself in Your unconditional love for me, and make a love story movie between You and I before the end of days.


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Victory Only By The Martyr Spirit

Drafted on 2012-10-12

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The moment you live Christ out, you will be faced with ironies in your heart; then you will know what disbelief in your life needs to be healed. (Before that, the need to be healed always has another selfish reason besides God.) Only when we enter into the lifestyle system of <Romans 12:1-2>, we can then understand the "Spirit of sonship" where we call out "Abba Father".

The Spirit of sonship is a Spirit of martyr. When we reach a state where we know we are totally helpless, even to confess that "Can it be that I should gain, that You, my God, should die for me"; how can we live by the identity of a child of God when we know guilt and inferiority are just lingering around at our doors, but yet, we cannot deny that God the Creator is in dominion; He never plans wrongly; He looks upon us as the apple of His eye, and thus, there must be a perfect will for me; there must be a perfect voice for me to conform to His lifestyle, we are near to God’s complete rest. When we carry this, i.e. when we carry our own cross and follow Christ, and this is the Spirit of martyr.

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The reason why we must go through the cross is so that we will not ask questions on "why is my flesh so weak? I just cannot do it", but when the problem is so gravely emphasized, all our attention will turn and we begin to ask questions on "How can I get rid of this flesh? I have utterly no hope in this state! Can God provide a place for me to run to and hide myself in His dwelling place?"

It is not that we can do so by our own efforts or will power, because any intentions and resolutions, even if good, cannot overcome the flesh to do right. It is our own views deep inside that cause us to have wrong feelings and wrong frustrations. When our own views are removed, we can then start to get things right. If God tells us who, where, with, what, how, (who we are, where we come from and are going, with what heart we bring, what content in our mind to perspect, and how to do things by hearing His instructions) we can then start to think right, feel right, believe right, and do right. It is only then we can start to do everything through Christ Who gives us strength.

However, complete victory will not come unless it “continues despite” anything and everything because of a fixed perspective planted deeply by the full Spirit’s conviction in the living covenant of God. Complete victory will only come when “I know God is alive and will save us; and even if He does not, I will not bow down to compromise but persevere in progressing what I believe” <Daniel 3:17-18> “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Without vision, without the goal of passing the book of Ecclesiastes, or without getting an “only” purpose of lifestyle system, no complete victory can be borne.

Martyrs envision something so that nothing can clamp them down. The more they die, the more they resurrect because there is vision. Vision and compassion for the whole world comes with seeing and experiencing the message in the previous paragraph. They know that this is what the whole wide world needs it. They know this is going to blow the whole world over by a huge storm. This is why they continue and continue, even if their bodies are slashed with blood hurts, and they continue with scars as their testimonies of overcoming the world. And they continue to tell this message to the whole world.

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God’s Paradox

Drafted since 2012-09-17

Paradox is not just using a figurative of speech to emphasize something opposite. When God emphasizes, He can both use things supremely above everything to emphasize, or to use a totally opposite scenario, but the reason is neither to play around and cause confusion, nor tell people to think deeper or think again. God’s reason of using paradoxes, planning a process that is long-suffering and parables, in order to bring out the spirit / truth / substance that is “above all”.

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Why so?

1) Man disbelieves always (in the substance of things)

2) The spiritual important content God wants to bring out is the focus of Satan’s attack

3) God is hiding the most important truths for His children

1. God emphasizes His Sovereignty (and Predestination) amidst man groping in darkness => emphasize “Blessed”, God-driven Christian life, God-driven ministry => Love

1) Believers always say that they are blessed, called, loved, favored, but they do not live believing and living in the truths of being blessed, called, loved, favored.

2) Believers always do not know how to restore God-driven lifestyle, always learning but cannot do, i.e. what is learnt about “Presence, Protector, Provider, Guider, Accomplisher” cannot bring out testing & approving, understand, submit, rely, and entrusting to God.

3) Believers still do not have perspective on who are the people God loves (8 beatitudes) and do not persevere to believe God will give such people to you by His covenant for you (4 gospelization), remain in discouragements and do not have the heart on how to expect, intercede, bless, help and wait for their family or sheep. After prayers, they do not know how to look at God’s works and timetable on them. Discipleship finds people whom God touched, let them go through death and resurrection (baptism), live out Christ, give them 4 gospelization covenant/commission, restore Acts to expand their ministry.

=> God is emphasizing love, not the law. This is why God’s greatest emphasis is concentrated on Jesus Christ, who showed complete love. There is an emphasis in forgiving others that is actually not about losing but gaining eternity (like Christ is not losing but breaking Satan’s head by being nailed to the Cross), but about forgiving yourself (accepting God’s great plan for yourself because you are most worthy); There is an emphasis in forgiving yourself, because you have to face the Lord to find out where your life is at fault in not aligning with God. Love and grace is the only way to restoring true God’s sovereignty; and God’s sovereignty is the only way to understand God’s agape love. Above all, being a Christian is recognizing that you are not your own, you are owned by the Master Lord of all.

2. God chooses to bless all nations through believers who understand His calling, even though they may be discouraged along the process => emphasize believers have authority to intercede and bless

1) Believers have a holy authority in their soul: “prophetic, priestly, kingship” mystery that is at center and highest place of all history and spiritual world

2) Believer’s prayer must rely on the Holy Spirit to do: in His name, see He is with us, those who love God and obey will see God’s appearing, Holy Spirit will remind in the midst, discerning the Spirit’s conviction that gives peace that the world does not give, convictions that give a child of God spirit, convictions that tell us to test and approve perfect will, convictions that can receive 9 fruits of Spirit, telling us to receive complete freedom, fixed perspective, temple is built up, understanding of convictions of Holy Spirit will be clearer, truly believe, continue to preserve such a heart, continue to test and approve, continue to experience His help and accomplishments, we will be clearer in grasping Holy Spirit’s convictions and thus have clearer assured believing heart to intercede.

=> God is emphasizing restoring the Truth more in prayers. Do believers only suffer under persecution and humiliation? Do believers only remain in weakness and cannot overcome the powers of darkness affecting them uncontrollably? <Ge 12:3> says “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."” The Truth of all truths can seem to go further away from you, or can come nearer to you, but it is neither far or near you, it is in you. The Truth of all truths is in your spirit, a holy authority where the King of spirits resides. Tell it to Jesus. Pour out to Jesus. But what justice will you ask God for? A judge to make the rebellious disbelieving heart awake to turn to God, but also an mediator to make God’s wrath turn away His discipline from the one you actually care about. But pray for yourself to have more humility in spirit and in appearance, because God has given you the center and highest point of the universe in your heart.

3. Through the whole process, God wants to emphasize the authority of the firstborn

The birthright is an eternal blessed portion.

1) Already the most successful, do not aim for more, believer’s conditions wrong use will go awry, but make the best use of your conditions to glorify God, bless people and build kingdom.

2) God’s success is not through hard work, but through blessed meetings, i.e. there is a priority program (faithful in all things -> blessed meetings come one day)

=> God is emphasizing using whatever you have to live out Christ (witness the gospel out of your life). This is complete rest. Why is God telling us to let Him take vengeance? Why is God telling us not to feel sorry? Do we live without having a choice? Why complain it is easier said than done; why not “just continue to do it” because God’s provision comes in His best time? Why be in fear because you have tried and met with many failures? Why must there be progress? Why do you look down on yourself so that you cannot provide suggestions? If you want to be what God wants you to be, I tell you the truth: God wants you to be like Christ. God wants to put in failures because those will not bring only Christ out. Rejoice if you have nothing left but Christ. Lk 10:41-42 says ““Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”” You are made to be one Person. Christ is your head, you are His body, and you have many other cells (brethrens) who are actually yourself. Choose the better – choose Christ.