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Freut euch, Soldaten Gottes!

“Freut euch im Herrn allezeit! Wiederum will ich sagen: Freut euch!
(Philipper 4:4)

Dieser Beitrag wird ein bisschen lang, also habt bitte Geduld mit mir. Es wird eine Menge Bibelverse zu lesen geben. Aber ich glaube, dass der Herr damit etwas Schönes vermitteln will – eine edle Sache, die wir verfolgen können und an die wir uns erinnern sollen. Ich bin sicher, dass viele den obigen Bibelvers schon mal gelesen oder gehört haben und ihn sogar auswendig kennen. Doch wie können wir uns allezeit freuen? Hast du dir diese Frage schon mal gestellt? Ich möchte dir ein paar Dinge mitteilen, die Gott mich in den letzten Wochen in Bezug auf dieses Thema gelehrt hat, und ich warne dich schon mal vor, dass dies nichts für die Mutlosen ist! Dies ist für Soldaten – die guten und engagierten!

Wenn du jemals Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs gesehen hast, erinnerst du dich vielleicht an die Rede von König Théoden. Die Reiter von Rohan reiten tagelang ohne Unterbrechung, um schließlich an dem Kriegsort anzukommen, an dem die Menschheit kurz vor der Niederlage gegen die dunklen Mächte des Bösen steht. Ich weiß, dass du dich fragst, warum ich auf einmal über Herr der Ringe spreche, aber ich bitte dich, dir diese Szene erst mal bis zum Ende anzuschauen:

Hast du auch Gänsehaut bekommen? Als sie “Tod!” schreien nach ihrem König? Hast du die Gesichter der Orks ganz am Ende gesehen, als sie erkennen, dass diese Soldaten vor nichts Angst haben? Das Chaos und die Angst, die in ihrem Heer ausbricht, als die Reiter sich nähern?

Ich bin aber nicht hier, um nur über Herr der Ringe zu reden. Ich bin hier, um über die Armee Gottes zu sprechen. Ich bin hier, um über Soldaten zu sprechen. Wir alle wissen, wer der König dieser Armee ist: unser König Jesus Christus, unser Herr! Und wer sind seine Getreuen? Seine Jünger – UNS, wenn du dich auch als Nachfolger Christi bekennst!

In seinem Brief an seinen “Sohn” Timotheus schreibt der Apostel Paulus dies:

Nimm teil an den Leiden als ein guter Streiter Christi Jesu! Niemand, der Kriegsdienste leistet, verwickelt sich in die Beschäftigungen des Lebens, damit er dem gefällt, der ihn angeworben hat.

2. Timotheus 2,3-4

Ein römischer Hauptmann zur Zeit Jesu erklärt auch eine einfache Tatsache über die Ordnung in einer Armee:

Sag nur ein einziges Wort, dann wird mein Diener gesund. Auch ich stehe unter höherem Befehl und habe andererseits Soldaten, die mir gehorchen. Wenn ich zu einem sage: ›Geh!‹, dann geht er. Befehle ich einem anderen: ›Komm!‹, dann kommt er. Und wenn ich zu meinem Diener sage: ›Tu dies!‹, dann führt er meinen Auftrag aus.«

Lukas 7,7b-8

Stell dir jetzt vor, du wärst in der Situation wie die Soldaten im Film; dein König befiehlt dir, bis zum Tod für den Sieg zu kämpfen. Wie wirst du antworten? Hör dir das an:

“Bis jetzt hat euch der Kampf gegen die Sünde noch nicht das Letzte abverlangt, es ging noch nicht um Leben und Tod. Trotzdem werdet ihr schon mutlos. Ihr habt wohl vergessen, was Gott euch als seinen Kindern sagt: »Mein Sohn, wenn der Herr dich zurechtweist, dann sei nicht entrüstet, sondern nimm es an, denn darin zeigt sich seine Liebe. Wie ein Vater seinen Sohn erzieht, den er liebt, so erzieht der Herr jeden mit Strenge, den er als sein Kind annimmt.« Wenn ihr also leiden müsst, dann will Gott euch erziehen. Er behandelt euch als seine Kinder. Welcher Sohn wird von seinem Vater nicht erzogen und dabei auch einmal streng bestraft?”
(Hebräer 12,4-7)

Weißt du, wie oft er uns dazu ermutigt, uns im Leiden zu freuen? (1. Petrus 4,13; Jakobus 1,2; Römer 5,3-5 usw.)

Also trennt euch ganz entschieden von einem Lebensstil, wie er für diese Welt kennzeichnend ist! Trennt euch von sexueller Unmoral und Ausschweifungen, von Leidenschaften und Lastern, aber auch von der Habgier, die den Besitz für das Wichtigste hält und ihn zu ihrem Gott macht! Gerade mit einem solchen Verhalten ziehen die Menschen, die Gott nicht gehorchen wollen, seinen Zorn auf sich. Auch ihr habt früher so gelebt und habt euch von diesen Dingen beherrschen lassen. Aber jetzt ist es Zeit, das alles abzulegen.
(Kolosser 3,5-8a)

Wer zu mir gehören will, darf nicht mehr sich selbst in den Mittelpunkt stellen, sondern muss sein Kreuz auf sich nehmen und mir nachfolgen.”
(Matthäus 16,24)

“Denn wir kämpfen nicht gegen Menschen, sondern gegen Mächte und Gewalten des Bösen, die über diese gottlose Welt herrschen und im Unsichtbaren ihr unheilvolles Wesen treiben.”
(Epheser 6,12)

Seht ihr, das ist meine Bitte an euch, mit mir zusammen auszuharren und sich mit mir über das Leiden für den himmlischen Königreich zu freuen! Es findet eine Erneuerung des Geistes statt, wenn wir Ihm für Seine Zurechtweisung danken und lernen, uns immer zu freuen. Denn schließlich werden wir eine himmlische Belohnung haben: ewiges Leben, Glückseligkeit und Freude! Wenn wir unsere Gedanken auf die himmlischen Dinge richten, erkennen wir, dass es Hoffnung wegen der Auferstehung gibt. Wir erkennen, dass es ewige Dinge gibt, die wir (noch) nicht sehen können, an die wir aber glauben müssen, damit wir an ihnen teilhaben können!

Der Herr sagte mir, dass dieses Jahr ein Jahr der Erneuerung sein wird. Wir werden lernen, Freude und Vergnügen am Gehorsam zu haben und nur Seinen Geboten und Seinen Wegen zu folgen. Wie Paulus sagt, versuchen gute Soldaten wirklich nur, dem befehlshabenden Offizier zu gefallen. Alles, was sie ablenkt, legen sie um Christi willen beiseite! Um also auf die Frage zurückzukommen, wie wir uns weiterhin jederzeit freuen können: Wir erinnern uns daran, wer wir sind – Seine Kinder – und dass wir Teil Seiner Armee sind. Wir fürchten Gott, wenn er sagt, dass es Leben gibt, wenn wir tun, was Er sagt: Ihn und unsere Nächsten zu lieben wie uns selbst; zu vergeben, mitzuleiden, großzügig, sanftmütig und demütig zu sein. Hinauszugehen in die ganze Welt und alle Menschen dazu aufzurufen, Seine Jünger zu werden! Sie auf den Namen des Vaters, des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes zu taufen und sie zu lehren, alles zu befolgen, was Er uns aufgetragen hat. (Matthäus 28,19-20). Dazu verzichten wir auf jede Ablenkung, auf alle “Beschäftigungen des Lebens” und lassen unsere egoistischen, fleischlichen Begierden bewusst sterben durch die Kraft des Heiligen Geistes! Wir trennen uns von allen Anzeichen von Lust, sexueller Unmoral, bösen Begierden, Habgier und Unreinheit. Wir kommen ständig zu IHM ZUERST, um Zuflucht, Heilung und Befreiung zu erfahren. Wir bleiben wirklich in Ihm VERBUNDEN!

Der Atem Gottes kommt aus allen vier Winden, um die Armee Gottes wiederzubeleben! Er hat sie von überall auf der Welt gerufen, denn die Erfüllung seiner Verheißungen ist nahe! Er hat uns gesagt, dass wir unsere Lampen immer brennen lassen sollen. Brennt deine Lampe? Hast du Öl, um sie in dieser Jahreszeit brennen zu lassen? Wenn nicht, tue Buße und kehr um, flehe um Seine Gnade! Er ist treu und gerecht, uns zu vergeben, wenn wir unsere Sünden bekennen (1. Johannes 1,9).

Wir müssen bereit sein, Christen! Wir müssen den Weg für die Wiederkunft des Königs vorbereiten. Freut euch also, Soldaten Gottes! Freut euch! Er hat uns gelehrt, wie es geht! Ergreift eure Waffen, Tag und Nacht! Fastet, betet und lest sein Wort, Tag und Nacht! Lasst euch nicht von der Sünde überwältigen. Lasst euch nicht von der Dunkelheit besiegen. Wir dienen einem Gott, der Gott ist. Er ist Gott.

Amen. Ihm sei alle Ehre, Ruhm und Macht!

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Rejoice, Soldiers of God!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
(Philippians 4:4)

This post is going to be a bit long, so please bear with me. There will be a lot of bible verses to read. But I believe that the Lord wants to convey something beautiful through this – a noble cause we are invited to pursue and remember. I’m sure that many have read the bible verse above and even know it by heart. Yet how do we rejoice? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I want to share some things God has been teaching me these past few weeks regarding this issue and I warn you ahead that this is not for the wishy-washy. This is for the soldiers, the good, committed ones!

If you have ever watched the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you may remember the battle speech of King Théoden. The Riders of Rohan ride non-stop for days and days to finally arrive at the war scene where humankind is facing the fate of near defeat against the dark forces of evil. I know you’re wondering why I’m talking about the Lord of the Rings all of a sudden but I ask you to first watch this scene to the end (or at least read the speech that is written out in the description):

Did you get goosebumps, too? How do you feel about them shouting “Death!” after their King? How do you feel about the faces of the orcs at the very end when they realize these soldiers are not afraid of anything? Look at the chaos and fear that sets into their camp as the riders approach!

Now I’m not here to only talk about the Lord of the Rings. But I’m here to talk about God’s army. I’m here to talk about soliders. We all know who the King of this army is: our King Jesus Christ, our Lord! And who are His soliders? His disciples – US, if you consider yourself a follower of Christ, too!

In his letter to his “son” Timothy, the Apostle Paul writes this:

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

2. Timothy 2:3-4

And again, a Roman centurion in the days of Jesus states this simple fact about order within the army:

But (Lord), say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go’, and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.

Luke 7:7b-8

Now imagine yourself being in this situation like the soliders in the movie clip; your King orders you to fight unto death for victory. How are you going to react? Hear this:

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?”
(Hebrews 12:4-7)

Do you know how many times He encourages us to rejoice in suffering? (1. Peter 4:13; James 1:2; Romans 5:3-5 etc.)

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things …”
(Colossians 3:5-8a)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
(Matthew 16:24)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(Ephesians 6:12)

See, this is my plea to my brothers and sisters to endure with me and to rejoice with me in suffering with Christ for the Heavenly Kingdom! There is a renewal of the mind happening as we thank Him for discipline and learn to rejoice always. Because ultimately, we will have a heavenly reward of eternal life and bliss and joy! When we set our minds on things above, we realize that there is hope in resurrection. We realize that there are things eternal which we cannot see (yet) but in which we must believe so that we will partake in it!

The Lord shared with me that this year would be a year of renewal. We will learn to have pleasure and delight in obedience and following His command, His ways only. As Paul says, good soldiers really seek to only please the commanding officer. Everything that distracts them are put aside for the sake of Christ! So coming back to the question of how we continue rejoicing like He commands us to do: We remember who we are – His children – and that we are part of His army. We fear God when He says that there is life in doing what He says: to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves; to forgive, have compassion, be generous, gentle, humble and meek. To go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20). For this, we forsake any distraction, any “civilian affairs” and put to death our selfish, fleshly desires by the power of the Holy Spirit. We cut ties with any signs of lust, sexual immorality, evil desires, greed, and impurity. We constantly come to Him FIRST for refuge, healing and deliverance. We truly ABIDE in Him!

The Breath of God is coming from all four winds to revive the army of God! He has been calling them from all around the world because the fulfillment of His promises are near! He told us to always keep our lamps burning. Is your lamp burning? Do you have oil to keep it burning this season? If not, repent and seek mercy! He is faithful and just to forgive when we confess our sins (1. John 1:9).

We must be ready, Christians! We must prepare the way for the RETURN OF THE KING. So rejoice, soldiers of God! Rejoice! He has taught us how to! Grab your weapons, day and night! Fast, worship, pray and read His word, day and night! Do not let sin overtake you. Do not let darkness override you. We serve a God who is God. He is God.

Amen. Glory to Him.

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Not Just Another December

Today is December 1st. How are you doing? How are you feeling? I don’t know about you, but something great is coming in 2022. I know it and I trust Him. There is a special blessing and anointing for those who stay close to the Lord, delighting in Him.

But there is tension in the air because of that! The enemy is distracting us from serving Him faithfully. He wants to keep us in a loop of old cycles to keep us from getting ready for the bigger things next year. Have you been remaining close to the heart of the Father at this hour, leaning into Him? Then you will know that a new heart and a new mind will be given to those who are ready to repent and who come with open hands!

A few days ago, I heard the Lord say, “Pray for the faithful to arise.” I still feel the urgency to forward this to you because I need enforcement in this prayer, I need others to pray with me in the Spirit. I need us to arise for the Lord at this moment. Pray for me that I will stay in my position as a watchman on the wall.

The Lord also said this morning that this post would encourage and admonish because “I called them, but they are not answering. They are distracted, discouraged and they’ve given in to fear and doubt.” He is talking about His faithful ones. God is willing to help because He wants you to partner with Him, even if He can do it without you.

Believe me, I have felt the distraction. It’s easy to give in and to slumber but even then, it is good to come to the Lord and ask Him for help. If you ask, He will send you warnings and make you realize how the enemy is currently trespassing your house or the houses of those close to you. Alertness and quick repentance is key.

Let us have a look at two faithful servants of God in the story of Jesus’ consecration shortly after his birth:

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God …

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel of the tribe of Asher. She was very old: she had lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage but then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Israel.
(Luke 2:25-28, 36-38 NIV)

Anna and Simeon were faithful. They never stopped waiting for the Lord. They were right where they were supposed to be, as was assigned by the Lord (and this is not possible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit)! This is why they were able to recognize the Savior when He was there where He was. Do you not desire this for yourself, too? To be awake and faithful enough to have the honor of actually encountering the Messiah right where He is at? Even holding Him in your arms like Simeon did? It starts with expectancy, with delighting in God’s salvation. And you will be able to recognize the new when it’s finally there!

Do not be afraid! God sent His only Son so that we could “serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.” (Luke 1:74-75) So do not be afraid, you who believe!

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:2-7 NIV)

Is this not wonderful? This prophecy has already been fulfilled. Set some time apart for the Lord – spend enough time with Him to go through all the different areas of your life together. This is what needs to happen right now, to set things in order before the new can arrive. As you talk with Him, you will be able to decipher the areas in your life where you are holding on to lesser things because of fear and discouragement. If you don’t know how to talk with Him, start with this prayer with me:

Father, I’m here. It’s your child. I want to encounter you today. I just want to talk and hear your voice. Forgive me for doubting your goodness and faithfulness. You are the same God then, now and forever and you are mighty. You scatter those who are proud in their inmost hearts but you lift up the humble. Promise me you will keep me humble and give me the faith to believe that you always fulfill your promises. No word from you ever fails. I love you and I want to be with you. So bring me to where you are, Lord. Where are you at? What are you thinking? How can I be there for you? Speak to me, Father. I’m listening. Thank you.

Amen.

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Prophetic Word: WORLD WAR

“You are working in all the hidden places”

These days I keep waking up very early in the morning, disrupted in my sleep and having difficulties to breathe. I’ve been fighting allergic asthma since the beginning of this year. What is interesting is that I found out this past week that some of my brothers and sisters in Christ “suddenly” developed similar symptoms over the past few years. The Lord is revealing certain things to me and I felt led to share a few things (including a dream I have had recently). It’s a divine hour we’re in. He has highlighted three things to me:

  1. The Lord is gathering His children from the east and the west (Isaiah 43:5). His command: FEAR NOT. He’s doing it, He’s gathering us. We’re in this critical hour together, the army of the Lord (there are some Christian leaders deceiving themselves to be a part of the army but no, there are only a handful. Most are the masses, the “civilians” who need protection. If you are unsure, pray to God and ask Him if you are part of the army or not, lest you get yourself into unnecessary pain when it’s not your role to fight upfront). We are literally in a “World War”, I heard it in the Spirit in the dream. I saw war planes shooting through the sky towards our camp. Our civilians were in fear and looking out of the window. The enemy is doing his best to pluck us out of intimacy with Christ by striking our physical and mental health. His goal? To intimidate us into FEARFUL RESTLESSNESS. You have heard the Lord’s command, His strategy against this raging attack of a storm: FEAR NOT. Remember the sun coming out after a storm passes by. Keep lifting up your eyes to Jesus. Right now, to us Christ is given. I see the bronze serpent raised on a pole and everyone just needs to look up in faith to be healed. Everyone who keeps looking up towards Christ shall receive help and healing, again and again. They shall not fail. I decree in Jesus’ name that they shall live and declare the good works of the Lord.
  2. The army of the Lord is in a pivotal hour, the enemy keeps making fatal blows and keeps mocking us. But I see a young man planting lavender around a military house that still stands at the border of our promised land. The enemy seeks to attack this house (in fact, he’s in the midst of it). I see the young warrior planting lavender as a sign of resistance against the enemy – a young girl had died, her signature was lavender and the enemy thought that her meaning would die with her if he kills her. But no, even if she’s taken out of this world (and she rests in peace with our Father in Heaven), the testimony of Christ in her life persists: lavender, the sign of healing and purification. The military house was surrounded and surrounded by lavender. “(By His stripes) We are healed.” “We are purified.” See, this point is about INTERCESSION. And it’s not for everyone. It’s for those in the army, especially those in higher rank like Daniel and Moses. Daniel 9, God told me after the dream. Right now He is willing to give understanding to those who are willing to REPENT on behalf of the family of Christ all around the world like Daniel did for Israel in Daniel 9. Ask the Lord if this point is for you.  
  3. Finally, Isaiah 63:7 keeps being one of THE major weapons we use at this hour. He keeps telling me this all throughout the year. The Lord is purging. It’s the refining. He is working in all the hidden places. I repeat, HE IS WORKING IN ALL THE HIDDEN PLACES. Never stop declaring His goodness, praising Him and telling the world of His many kindnesses. According to His grace and mercy He has sustained us, protected us, and led us so far. How great and awesome is our God! I see golden fist globes, so dauntingly firm and made of pure gold which will punch the bones out of the enemy’s strongmen as we obey and honor His deeds. And those are the faces of our soldiers who have learned to rely solely on the Holy Spirit: serene. Tranquil. At peace. Bold. Smirking with confidence. They are being called deeper into greater dependence on the Spirit. Rest and peace is their portion, the enemy cannot take the joy that they have from God Himself.

Beware of lurking spies trying to walk in and out of your territory. Take them out in authority, prophets! Bind them and their “babies”! (I saw a commander of the enemy walk out of our military house with a baby tied to his chest and his face was full of mockery, thinking this place was already his and he could walk in and out like that. Do not LET them continue). I speak lastly again to the prophets: use the gift of prophecy you have received and do it in faith as a faithful manager in the Kingdom of God. Get low and He will raise you up. Get low, humble yourself before God even if it hurts. Do it for Him, do it for the Kingdom of God. Do it for all the souls who are at the brink of failing right now! Repent and get low and remember to praise Him for all His deeds, no matter how small! And no matter how small or big: PROPHESY!

10/23/2021
Seulji Chung

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Liebe alle, hiermit veröffentliche ich am 5. März 2021 mein allererstes deutsches E-Book! Ihr könnt euch unten die kostenlose Version herunterladen. Wenn es dir auf dem Herzen liegt, zu spenden, kannst du das hier tun! Vielen Dank für deine Unterstützung!

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“Yet I Am Always With You”

Merry Christmas, my friends! How are you doing? Have you been staying close to God at the end of this year? I must confess that I have been feeling distant from the Lord for quite some time after I released this word for December this year (talk about matching words and actions…). The Lord has been gracious to me and I am here to honor His love and goodness – I want to share a Psalm which the Lord brought to my mind when I was calling out to Him for help. This song was written by a man who went through similar things like many of us do when we feel discontentment. It’s a reminder that we already have the most valuable and beautiful thing Heaven can give: Him.

Let us read Psalm 73 together first:

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance,
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

Mindblowing, isn’t it? What a confession and declaration! This relationship that we have with Christ is more worth than anything this world can ever give! No matter the circumstances, no matter how we are doing, if we are in this together with God, then it’s worth it. It’s like the man in the parable of Jesus who found hidden treasure in a field and sold everything to buy that field. He knew the worth of intimacy with God; he saw the true worth that it was worth EVERYTHING!

So maybe the greatest gift we have right now is Him. And everything else He so graciously gives us is bonus. Don’t you think? Hasn’t He been so good to us all the days of our lives?

Yet I am always with you.” I believe that this is a powerful confession and realization of our blessed status at this moment and forever. It makes me still before Him. I hope that you can find peace in our biggest treasure, too.

For Leaders of the Young Generation

At the same time I see for leaders of the young generation that the Lord is spreading out a colossal net in this hour. I hear He is breathing life into many right now. Those who understand will understand. “Open up wide your arms to receive my gifts,” He says.

If you want to receive, you first have to let go. Empty your hands and empty your hearts to be filled anew! Repentance must start with leaders first!

(For part 1, go to the former post)