The Choice To Praise & Bless

German🇩🇪 version below!

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

James 3:4 ESV

Hello, blessed friend! Today I have a message from the Lord about the will of man! The Lord is reminding me of James 3 today and usually, I would interpret this as a sign from Him to watch what I say and yes, it is definitely that – but interestingly, He is making me focus on the last part of verse 4 this morning: “… wherever the will of the pilot directs.” It starts with the will; the will directs the “very small rudder,” the tongue, and the tongue guides the whole ship (i.e. sets the course for our entire lives).

Here is what I hear from the Lord for us this morning: “Submit your will to me. I am working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what is good (Philippians 2:13). If you really seek to be pure in heart, admit that you are selfish and covetous. Do not seek to correct yourself with your own strength, just submit to me. Buy wisdom from above (Proverbs 23:23), a wisdom that is “pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere” (v. 17) and keep it as a treasure! Stop grieving my Spirit with your earthly, unspiritual, and demonic thoughts (v. 15). My child, my love is patient towards you and I am waiting for you.”

This word is for those who have asked the Lord for purification and gone through the testing this (these) past season(s). The Lord will have spoken to you about a specific thing, even warned you through dreams multiple times; He may have struck you with sickness in order to save you (you even asked Him to do that lest you keep rebelling against Him). If this is the case, this is my encouragement for you to surrender more deeply! A change of language starts from within. We can no longer praise God and curse the people who were made in His image at the same time (v. 9), no matter how justified! How can you call yourself free if there is jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart still? You feel like the Lord is too gracious and merciful towards them when you seek justice, right? No, be merciful as the Father is merciful! Seek the narrow path that leads to true freedom! In fact, you are blessed when your heart sincerely desires to release and make peace with those who trigger you, because then, you will be acknowledged by God as His child. We always need to change first before we start “working” on others. The Spirit of the Lord helps us to be free – where He is, there is freedom (2. Corinthians 3:17).

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(Matthew 5:9)

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
(Luke 6:35)

Remember the Father’s mercy towards you. If you are wise and understanding, by your good conduct show the true sign of wisdom: meekness (v. 13). And to God, thanksgiving.


GERMAN:

DIE WAHL ZU PREISEN UND ZU SEGNEN

Siehe, auch die Schiffe, die so groß und von heftigen Winden getrieben sind, werden durch ein sehr kleines Steuerruder gelenkt, wohin das Trachten des Steuermanns will.

Jakobus 3,4 ELB

Hallo, ihr gesegneten! Heute habe ich eine Message von Gott zum Thema “der Wille des Menschen”. Er erinnert mich heute an Jakobus 3, und normalerweise würde ich es als ein Zeichen von Ihm deuten, dass ich auf meine Worte aufpassen soll. Und ja, das ist es auch, definitiv, aber interessanterweise lenkt Er meine Augen heute auf den letzten Teil von Vers 4: “… wohin das Trachten des Steuermanns will.” Es fängt mit dem Willen an; der Wille steuert das “sehr kleine Steuerruder”, die Zunge, und die Zunge steuert das ganze Schiff (d.h. sie bestimmt, in welche Richtung unser Leben geht).

Das höre ich heute Morgen vom Herrn: “Unterwerft euch mir mit eurem Willen. Ich schenke euch den Willen und die Kraft, ihn auch so auszuführen, wie es gut ist (Philipper 2,13). Wenn ihr wirklich danach strebt, reinen Herzens zu sein, dann übergebt mir eure egoistischen Begierden. Bemüht euch um Weisheit, egal was es kostet (Sprüche 23,23) – eine Weisheit, die aufrichtig ist, den Frieden sucht, freundlich, und bereit ist nachzugeben; eine Weisheit, die sich etwas sagen lässt und Mitleid mit anderen hat und Gutes bewirkt; die unparteiisch, ohne Vorurteile und ungeheuchelt ist (V. 17). Gib diese Weisheit nie auf und bewahre sie wie einen Schatz! Hör auf, meinen Geist mit deinen irdischen, ungeistlichen und teuflischen Gedanken zu betrüben (V. 15). Mein Kind, meine Liebe zu dir ist geduldig. Ich warte auf dich”.

Diese Ermahnung und Ermutigung ist für diejenigen, die Gott um Heiligung gebeten haben und eine längere Prüfungszeit hinter sich haben. Gott wird über etwas bestimmtes mit dir gesprochen haben und Er hat dich vielleicht sogar mehrfach durch Träume gewarnt. Vielleicht hat er bestimmte Krankheiten in deinem Leben erlaubt, um dich zu retten (Hiob 33). (Du hast Ihn vielleicht sogar darum gebeten es zu tun, solange du nicht immer weiter machst mit einer bestimmten Sünde). Wenn das der Fall ist, dann ist das meine Ermutigung an dich, dich tiefer im Herzen und in den Gedanken Gott unterzuordnen! Die Worte, die du aussprichst, werden sich erst ändern, wenn dein Inneres sich verändert. Du kannst nicht immer weiter Gott loben und gleichzeitig verfluchendes über Menschen aussprechen, die nach seinem Ebenbild geschaffen wurden (V. 9), egal wie gerechtfertigt das ist! Wie kannst du dich als “frei” bezeichnen, wenn in deinem Herzen noch Eifersucht und selbstsüchtiger Ehrgeiz vorhanden sind? Du hast vielleicht das Gefühl, dass der Herr einem bestimmten Menschen gegenüber zu gnädig und barmherzig ist, wenn es doch nicht gerecht oder fair ist, nicht wahr? Nein, sei barmherzig, wie der Vater barmherzig ist! Geh den schmalen Weg, der zur wahren Freiheit führt! Die Bibel sagt, du bist gesegnet, wenn dein Herz aufrichtig den Wunsch hat, Frieden mit denen zu schließen, die dich auf einer gewissen Art und Weise negativ triggern (siehe Bibelvers unten). Denn dann wirst du von Gott als sein Kind anerkannt. Wir müssen uns immer zuerst verändern, bevor wir versuchen, jemand anders zu verändern. Der Geist des Herrn hilft uns, frei zu sein – wo Er ist, da ist Freiheit (2. Korinther 3,17).

Glücklich sind, die Frieden stiften, denn Gott wird sie seine Kinder nennen.
(Matthäus 5,9)

Ihr aber sollt eure Feinde lieben und den Menschen Gutes tun. Ihr sollt anderen etwas leihen, ohne es zurückzuerwarten. Dann werdet ihr reich belohnt werden: Ihr werdet Kinder des Höchsten sein. Denn auch er ist gütig zu Undankbaren und Bösen.
(Lukas 6,35)

Vergiss nicht, wie barmherzig der Vater zu dir ist. Wenn du weise und verständig bist, dann zeige mit deinem Leben die wahren Kennzeichen der Weisheit: Freundlichkeit und Güte (V. 13). Und Gott gegenüber Dankbarkeit.

A Burden We Need Not Carry

Somehow you go from “wanting to see someone pay for how they have hurt you” to “forgiving easily” and “letting no seed of bitterness and offense ever take root in your heart”. Somehow I am learning from my Lord to let Him guard my heart with His fire of love, like a secure and steadfast shield around my chest.

As soon as my thoughts start spinning because I cannot let go – because I feel bad for something I might or might not even have done, I remember to run to you, Father. Haven’t we worked on this for so many years now so I wouldn’t even try to work things out on my own in the first place? So I would’t even waste a minute with that? Yes, You have shown me a better way: to do it together with you! When I call for help, You come. When I say it’s urgent, You hurry to help and provide the best solution. I just need to listen and do what you say. I trust Your judgment. Your Word is confirmation.

So I choose to run straight into Your arms, Father! Every moment I feel anxious and fearful, I choose to give up the burden I need not carry. I was never meant to carry it; I just lean into your heart and breathe in your gentle and quiet spirit. I know You are GOD. Then I am calm and still before You. I let You fight for me. And You always win.

Volcanoes & Vaccines – A Call To Repent and Intercede

In the morning of May 22, 2021, I had a dream. The sky was dark and so was the ocean. My gaze was zoomed into two pieces of land which were floating on the sea. They looked like miniature islands. The first, smaller island hit a second, larger one and pushed it towards a third island. This island, however, was colossal! It was a massive volcano and it represented all the volcanoes on the earth. Triggered by the crash, the whole island started shaking. I literally heard the volcanoes cry out in a deep, thundering voice like a man. I thought I was watching a natural disaster movie in HD! The rocks started cracking apart and hot, glowing lava emerged from underneath. The island started foaming and roaring in anger against us, human beings for rebelling against God.

I was then led by the Spirit of God to a group of people who were on the other side of the island. The situation outside was so disastrous that they were seeking temporary shelter in a cave. They had put up a tent inside the cave and it was strange because they were all wearing the same orange uniform and lined up inside the tent. They were visibly scared and some of them were so terrified that they wanted to break out of the line and flee. As one man tried to, a female supervisor hit him on the head and commanded him to show her his vaccine certificate (note: she did not explicitly say “COVID-19 vaccine”). So he got his certificate checked and the woman put a stamp of approval on the orange cap he was wearing. The man then remained in line and the dream ended.

On May 23, one day after the dream, a volcano erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which killed about 30 people and left thousands homeless and in dire need. This is just the beginning, the “small islands moving” as a foresign for more. People are going to build up temporary shelters but above all else, they will try to get a false sense of security through vaccines! COVID-19 is not the end, there will be more pandemics and more vaccines. Many will choose to bow to fear and remain unrepentant about trusting man-made securities more than they trust Yahweh, the only God. Is it not silly to want to fight the wrath of God with a piece of paper? After all, when a volcano has erupted? But that is how foolish we become when we turn our backs to God.

This word is, however, NOT about COVID-19-vaccines! This is about the real issue – the issue of fear, unbelief and idolatry; this is about the HEART. In the end, God is NOT going to judge you because you took the vaccine but because He sees the heart behind the action. And that heart, only He and you know. Did you primarily do it out of love for others or did you do it because you thought it is going to rescue you and this world? When you were doing it out of fear of death or because you believed the vaccine is going to make everything good, not God, then you need to repent and ask God for forgiveness! And He is faithful and just to forgive you and merciful enough to even remove every evil influence the vaccine has on you, both physically and spiritually.

Many Christians who are constantly condemning people who take vaccines and who are fooled into an ugly sense of spiritual superiority also need to repent! Yes, you! Repent of your mercilessness! Repent for believing that the evil spiritual influence of vaccines is greater and more powerful than God’s love for this world. Repent of your fear! He is mighty enough to save and He does not see the outer shell like you do. He sees the heart behind our actions. I warn you to not continue in this rebellion against God by making fun of people who take vaccines in a judging, ruthless way. Your heart is just as ugly and looks maybe even worse before God. Hypocrites! Hypocrites on both sides! Humble yourselves before God and be silent before Him!

No, this is an urgent call to repent and to intercede. To take action to care for those who suffer from the consequences of sin. Just think of all the innocent children in Congo and in the coming future who are going to die or become homeless because of volcanic eruptions! They will need our prayer, and they will also need our practical help and support. Care about the real issues, care about the orphans and the widows. Love your neighbors, even if they make foolish mistakes. Only God knows the true heart, who are you to judge someone by what you think is the right choice? Pray for the victims of judgment that they will be comforted and find refuge in Christ. That their lives will be restored again and flourish. Are we not in this together? Aren’t these things happening because of the weight of the sins of the entire humanity?

Everyone needs to repent. Read Isaiah 44 and ask God to reveal the idols in your life. If you are truly humble and if you believe in God’s love for you, you will ask Him to examine your heart and you will be willing to receive God’s forgiveness and love for you. And if you do, you will feel such a burden fall off from your shoulders! I emphasize this because I care about you. Oh, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ! Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit and be one in mind with Christ. The Holy Spirit does not make us judgmental or timid but gives us courage, power, humility, joy, love and self-discipline. It is because our Father first forgave us that we can be merciful towards others. We are supposed to bear and serve one another in love. That is when the world will truly know that Christ is real.

2021-06-02
Seulji Chung