Are You Struggling With Lust?

Lust is nasty. You are blessed when you are born less greedy and lustful. If your will is strong enough to restrain the strong craving inside of you, you are blessed, too. Now you may think, ‘then I’m lost because I’ve been trying to fight this lust in me for so long and I can’t. It controls me.’ Well, let me first assure you that you are already on the winning side if you are fighting! For many people’s hearts have been hardened by unbelief, and they accept the false teachings of this world (consensual premarital sex, homosexual intercourse, “good” pornography, masturbating, etc. are OK or even good for you) because of fear and hopelessness and, frankly, to please their flesh; does this sound harsh to you? That means your heart is still hard. Don’t you ever settle for less than complete freedom! May the Spirit of God open your eyes to see and understand! I pray for conviction and godly sorrow that leads to repentance and freedom (2. Corinthians 7:10), not condemnation, in Jesus’ name!

I’m not looking down on you or reproaching you from afar. God never does, He loves you very personally. He is close to you and He is always willing to help. His love is gentle, kind and patient. He loves you and does not look at you in a condescending way. You may feel left alone, but please believe that He is close to you and wants to help you. He would, if you would only let Him! He does it His way, yes, but He surely comes to rescue you. Oh, but that’s the tough part, too, right? That He helps you His way? Believe me, I speak out of experience! I have struggled with my own lustful desires for a large part of my life and I know the silent battle. I would not speak all this truth to you if it was not out of love! I mean, look at me now! Hear my testimonies, how they abound of God’s great love! There is hope, people of God! There is so much hope in the redemptive power of Christ, in the blood that cleanses us from all sin and we can do nothing without His Spirit. It is His Spirit that enables us to live as conquerors, not victims.

Even if you do not feel like a conqueror right now, I want to speak to your most holy faith to believe. God will heal you and help you break out of that cycle. And if you’re chosen for greater faith, He will lead you into tearing down all the high places – the false refuges you rely on – and help you fight till bloodshed against the lust in you. How do you fight? By relentlessly looking ONLY at God. This is the only way: look away from you and look at Christ, look at that beautiful man, our Savior! That one other human (the “one”) cannot save you! That relationship, that marriage will not save you. That sex, that part which arouses you when you watch pornography and masturbate, that part is not going to give you peace. You are not going to rest when you finally have that (and you most probably want that because something is gravely lacking in you. But only God can fill that void). When you believe in God’s love and redemption, that is when your heart will finally, truly rest (Hebrews 3:7-11).

Finally, I want to tell you something that may upset you even further: you, among all the people, are the most blessed! ‘Wait- what? Yes, YOU are the most blessed. For in your weakness, the Lord is strong; there is so much room for God to be Him in you, and what a blessing this is (2. Corinthians 12)! Because of this, there is so much hope! Let us examine this matter further over the next few weeks. May the Lord bless you, my dear brother and sister in Christ, and may He be gracious to you. May He open up the eyes of your heart to realize how much He loves you and desires to be with you! You are so loved, my friend! Stay tuned for breakthrough! Amen!

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