Love Has Enemies

It has been a while, brothers and sisters in Christ! I have been going through an intense season of testing and my cup truly overflows as I stretch out my thirsty soul towards the Lord! How are you doing? Has your trust in the Father grown? This morning, I see a dam breaking for Blue Mountain Ministry and powerful streams of water pushing through the bricks, silencing the voice of the enemy. Hallelujah!

May godly sorrow and grief lead us to repentance, allowing the Holy Spirit in us to just be Him and not who we want Him to be. May we say,

No, Lord, it’s not okay. I am no longer OK with my sins. My innermost thoughts should be about you, I should love you with all my heart, with all my strength and with all my mind. This cannot continue. Redeem me, do it for Your name’s sake and set me free forever! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. I make room for you, Holy Spirit! I love you! Save me from ever settling down with less than You. I want my heart to want God above all else! Help!” 

Love has enemies. The people of this world do not like it when we lose our lives for Christ. The prince of this world hates God’s children. It is pure hatred directed against us but he disguises himself as an angel of light. If we are not careful, we end up partnering with him in hating our neighbors as we hate ourselves, instead of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. Oh, but greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world! He has overcome!

He never leaves us but helps us and reminds us of His love – we only need to cry out and if we do and wait in patient love towards God, the Spirit turns the stony parts of our hearts into flesh. He sets us free from the heavy yoke of slavery so that we can rule over sin and not be slaves to them. He helps us be the person whom we were created to be.

Brothers and sisters, let me take you on a journey into the heart of God over the following days! I have powerful testimonies to share and I can’t wait to hear yours! We need each other in this hour. Arise, army of God! Breath of God, come and blow over the dry bones, let the tendons and flesh be attached and lives enter their bodies! Let Your Bride, Jesus, walk by the Spirit of life, her head raised and shining pure and bright with Your glory! Amen!

Prayer for the People of God in this Hour (Ukraine & Russia)

Lord Jesus,

we lift up your name as a banner over the world right now. You are worthy to be praised. You reign. The blood you shed on the cross speaks louder than the hatred of men in this hour. You have shown us the love of the Father. We repent of mercilessness  in this world and ask that you give us another chance to make your love and mercy abound. May the people of God shine ever brightly as they choose to forgive and bless and they shall be proven your children of light. They shall stand the test in this hour.

Lord, you were raised from the dead and you have defeated the sting of death once and for all. The grave is empty and so shall the many graves the enemy has prepared long before this war has started. Let them be used against him like Haman was hung on the pole he himself had prepared for the Israelites in the time of Esther.

O Lord, please turn the counsel of Ahithophel (“the brother of folly”) into foolishness. Let the Ahithophels who have partnered with evil watch their counsel turned into foolishness like you did in the time of David. Place the Hushais (“Lord, hurry”) close to the Ahithophels to defeat their counsel.  Hide them, Father, and let your voice thunder and cause panic in the enemy’s camp at this hour. We declare confusion in their communication channels in the mighty name of Jesus!

We declare Psalm 36 over the nations that your steadfast love continues to those who know you and your righteousness to the upright of heart. “The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” “Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.”  The arrogant and proud are thrust down, unable to rise!

O Lord, let the spirit of repentance come over all the nations so that all transgressions are forgiven and new ways prepared for your coming. Come, Lord Jesus! Bring into order all that is lying in chaos, Abba, let us live and praise your name all our days. Great is your faithfulness! Your love endures forever!

Amen. Hallelujah. Worthy to be praised. Forever seated on the throne. We give all glory and honor and power to you. We surrender to you, Lord.

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.

Prophetic Warning: Who Is Your All?

This morning I had a dream where God showed me several cases of idolatry. I only remember one part of the dream because I was curious, even in the dream, as to why this woman was judged guilty. I know that this word is for someone. My beloved sisters, please be careful not to make an idol of a man. It’s the same for you, brothers – never make an idol of a woman you love. It’s idolatry before the Lord and therefore NOT HARMLESS. Fear God and you will be healed and set free!

(Photo by Flora Westbrook from Pexels)

In the dream, I saw a young woman (around 20 years old) who was happy to be with the love of her life. I was shown a scene from her everyday life: she kissed him goodbye in the morning as they were leaving the house and she told him that he was her all. My All,” she said. Now in the dream, I was being led from one scene to another to see in which cases people were committing idolatry and displeasing God. As I saw the young couple, I could not understand why the weight of her sin should be so heavy. I asked the Lord and the woman spoke again, this time for everyone in the street to hear, that the man was My All! I then understood why. She was actually worshipping the man, not God. Even if in reality she was not telling everyone or even her lover that he was her all, God knew what was deep inside her heart, He exposed it by making her say it herself. This is what happens when you are before God. You cannot fake it. Your mouth will say what’s inside and what you’re mostly thinking about.

Warnings From Israel’s History

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 

1. Corinthians 10:1-15 NIV

Remember the number one commandment we are to obey as God’s people:

And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 20:1-3 NIV

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Matthew 22:37-38 NIV

Here is a prayer you can pray:

My God, I thank you that you examine my heart and that you tell me what's going on inside my heart. Forgive me for making an idol out of the man I desire and giving him more room than You. I repent for breaking the very first commandment and I ask you to release me from this burden of sin. Please set me free from deception so that I may not perish. Fill me with Your Spirit that I may see you more clearly! Open the eyes of my heart and awaken a hunger in me, only for You. I want to pursue you more than I pursue this guy. I am truly sorry for grieving you and making you jealous. I am sorry for not believing that you are the love of my life. I cannot see it yet, God, my heart fails me again and again, but you are strong where I am weak. So I surrender my heart to you and ask you to do what only you can do. Show me the next steps so that I can live out what I just confessed and really return to you. I praise you for your mercy and goodness. Thank you for your love. I believe, Lord. Give me grace and give me faith. Amen.

God bless you!

2021-06-01
Seulji Chung