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Archive for December, 2007


Transitioning into Another Year

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Transition is the time to lay hold of what’s dear and important, to build the foundation of a sure future to come, and to come before the Throne of Grace, between the mercy seat to make a difference by standing in the gap. This is the time to press in, not give up, nor give in, but to labour in order to rejoice later.
These last couple days of each year is usually a natural transitional time of my life. I set apart time to seek His face, to wait upon Him, and to ask for direction for the next year.
I have spent most of my day today in repentance for my sins, the sins of my generation, and sins of our nation. I’ve also spent most of today turning my heart again and again in prayers, in worship, and in gazing upon the Glorious Son of Man Who sits on the Throne in Heaven.
I just want to take the time to truthfully share that there is nothing more urgent at this hour than the task of praying. Prayer is not only saying what’s on a human heart. Prayer is sitting before the Ancient of Days with a readiness to obey His commend. Prayer is to cry out in agreement with the heart of God Who delights in mercy to ask for a great awakening for revival and harvest. May this coming year be a year of deeper prayer and fasting. May this new year bring upon all of us a greater outpouring of the spirit of grace and supplication.
May the Lord of the 2008 bless you.


This Redeemer We Honor

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I heard a song over the web stream. It touched my soul deeply because I relate to the gratefulness of the songwriter. The part I heard says,
“You give me joy, You bring restoration to my soul
You take my mourning, turning it into dancing
You take my weeping, turning it into laughing
You take my sadness, turning it into joy
You make all things new.”

Only the ones who have known the depth of despair treasure the gift of joy. Because the Redeemer is forever full of grace, He turns our lives around and starts a new chapter of hope.
Oh the power of the Redeemer, available to anyone who is willing to sit at His feet.
I am reminded of Isaiah 61, speaking of the work of Jesus, and all who desire to do the Father’s will:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion -
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.

He came to earth to bring restoration and redemption to all. For this very reason, we celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus. And one day He will come again, to receive the fruit and the glory of His labor. For that reason, we devote our time and energy to live the rest of our life – to bring many, born again and matured in Christ, on that day to delight His heart.

I celebrate Christmas. But even more, I honor the Redeemer with a grateful heart.
He is worth it. — all the right choices we make, the Matthew 5 Beatitude lifestyle we live, the willing effort to love others by giving up self-centered habits. This is the gift of love we give to Him this Christmas.


Kingdom Parables

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Often when Jesus addressed the crowd He used parables that related to the vocations of His listeners to explain what the Kingdom of God is like. My own growing up and adulthood is far from agriculture, fishing or farming, I usually need to study these parables multiple times to get some insight. As I apply my heart and pray, these teachings gradually become my most endearing treasure.
Ever since becoming a Chirsitan, reading Jesus’ teaching on the Kingdom of God is one of my favorite things. After all, who can best explain His Kingdom other than the King Himself? Those are the words that the prophets of old, the fathers of our faith, and the righteous ones had longed to hear. Oh to hear from the mouth of God with His holy love, pure compassion, and perfect righteousness declaring what is eternally true about His Kingdom is life to my spirit. Always the only way to begin to understand “the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven” as Jesus puts it, is through humility. Matthew 5:3 says, “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
As we are in December, a natural time to think about His birth, I pray that a greater birth of the Kingdom of Heaven will take place this month. Jesus came to bring the Kingdom of God a reality on earth. May I be a carrier of this treasure so others can give glory to the Father.



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I have been fighting a volitional war lately.
I am trying really hard to understand others’ point of view, to be slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to listen. Since so much of my subjective thoughts are by intuition, to lay out the logic behind my thinking is not easy. In another words I go by feelings and I communicate poorly. Often when I disagree I lack precise words to give positive contribution to a discussion. That is frustrating.
While praying this afternoon, I thought of the Scripture – I desire truth in the inner most being.
All of us have perspective/thoughts on various issues in life. Most of us arrive at our conclusion based on life experiences (both positive and negative), role models, and outside knowledge, such as books and sermons. But there is another perspective not tinted by life experiences nor limited by human frailty: Truth that comes from Him. Oh how I desire truth and understanding in my inner most being, Father.

Maybe this is a downfall of intellectuals – I ask too many questions and I question too many things. So I am battling this war of quieting endless self-discussions in my head and placing myself to listen.