How are you? I’m well.
Recently, I sang along a worship song, ‘Cover me.’ I like the song very much and its lyric gave me comfort:
“Cover me with Your feathers, Lord. Hide my life in the secret place. And shelter me in the time of storm. Cover me with Your grace.”
It reminded me of a Korean missionary’s testimony. I don’t recall all the story of his testimony, but I think it was when he felt so weary. He said to the Lord something like this: “Father, can You simply hug me?” Then, he began to hear clearly, just behind his back, the flutter of Wings. My eyes got wet. I’m sure he literally heard the flutter of His Wings, as He is such a good Father to His children.
The worship song, ‘Cover Me’ also reminds me of the dream I had back in December 2006. In that era, I seldom had dreams that I felt were from the Lord. But one night, I had an unforgettable dream. I think it was a day or two before I joined my second employer’s company. Like I wrote in my previous blog, ‘The Best Thing,’ I was finally employed after graduating an MBA school, failing in some job interviews and waiting for long. So, I was supposed to start my first day on December 16th, 2006, to my recollection. I was joyful and thankful for getting a job in a multinational pharmaceutical company. In addition, my boss was a good person that I worked with in my first employer’s company. Yet I had a concern, as I didn’t work over the past three years. We always have learning curves whenever we start something new or are in a new environment. The pharmaceutical industry was new to me and I didn’t even know the products my new employer was making and selling and had no medical knowledge on the diseases the medicines were used for. So, I had mixed feelings of joy, excitement and worry.
Then, in the night before I started my first day in the company, I was flying in my dream, riding on a big white animal. I was not able to recall much before that scene. I only recalled that in the beginning I felt a bit scared riding on the big white animal and flying in the air in the darkness. I didn’t even know what kind of animal it was. It was not a bird, but it looked more like a polar bear or something. After a while I became a bit nervous riding on the animal in the air, I thought to myself, “Why don’t I simply lean on him?” So, I threw my arms around his neck, leaning toward his head, while riding on his back. Then, I felt his feathers were so soft just like teddy bear doll’s. Not only did I feel his feathers so soft, I also felt myself totally safe with my arms thrown around his neck. I felt so cozy and comfy with my skin touching his furs, thinking I could have just trusted him and leaned on him sooner. I became ecstatic as he flew around in the air.
When I awoke in the morning, I felt the dream was certainly from the Lord and felt He wanted to give me comfort. I felt as if He said through the dream, “Don’t worry, My daughter. I am with you. You just lean on Me.” When I shared the dream with my Catholic boss and a Christian colleague over lunch, they agreed with my interpretation of the dream.
Looking back at 11 years I served in the company since then, I’m more grateful for His faithfulness. I went through a spiritually dark season for some years. Yet He delivered me from the pit and sheltered me in His secret place. He always covered me with His feathers and His grace. His feathers were just as soft as I felt it in that dream.
Sometimes, we go through darkness and we have no clue as to when it would come to an end. Other times, we are worried about a new beginning or wonder what our future holds. In whatever circumstance, I pray that you and I remember His faithfulness and His grace. I pray we hear the flutter of His Wings and we touch and feel the soft feathers of our Father in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
I watched the late Neville Johnson’s teaching “Leprosy in the Church” in The Academy of Light website. I also bought his teaching material, “The Five Offerings: a key to personal revival” and he taught about Laws of Purity – Leprosy. He shared the Lord’s saying to him, “I won’t tolerate leprosy in church anymore.” And he explained what it is. Leprosy is backbiting or slandering or gossiping about others. It is as contagious and harmful as leprosy. Now, I think we can resonate with this symbolic message more than ever before, due to the pandemic.
Neville’s warning especially toward believers’ gossip in church spoke to me much and it reminded me of my experience in Singapore. One day back in Singapore, I had a chat with my Christian colleague over coffee in the canteen of the office. As she and I shared a lot in faith and I felt she and I are likeminded, I talked about an incident in my church. I was very upset with one of the ministers in church at that time, but of course, I didn’t share it with anyone in my church. Yet I shared the incident and my feeling with my Christian colleague, as we were close, and she didn’t go to my church. She heard me and understood how upset I was.
After our chat, we came back to work. In our department at that time, we had two employees who were famous for their poor work ethics and poor performances. During the working hour, they used to go out to have breakfast for 1 hour, lunch for 2 hours, later at least 30 mins for afternoon tea and so on. It was very well known from the top management down to assistants in the organization. As our department head was not working in Singapore office, but abroad, nor was she firm at all, they simply got away with murder for many years. At that time, my Christian colleague and I used to exchange chats in our laptops, and we used capital letters for their initials, like B for Betty and E for Ellen (pseudonyms), when we grumbled about them. So, we chatted about them like “B and E have not come back from lunch yet”, “B dumped her shits on C. Thick face! Poor C” and so on. Then, after chatting about the minister to my colleague in the pantry and came back to my desk, I pinged her, to talk about Betty. Precisely speaking, I thought I pinged my Christian friend. I kept typing about Betty cynically, using the initial, B, until Betty wrote back to me, “Who is B?” Now I can laugh, but at that moment, both my brain and my fingers got frozen. I got to realize I had clicked Betty’s name in the chat window by mistake, as the family names of both my Christian colleague and Betty start with “L.” At least it was good that we were sitting far away from one another, so that Betty couldn’t see my face at that moment. Not knowing what to say to her, I opened another chat window for my Christian colleague and told her what was happening. She said, “Yunee, don’t worry. I will pray Betty forgets about it. Her mind is already on her vacation. (She was planning to take vacation from the next day)” I was a little bit comforted by her words. Then, I didn’t reply to Betty, but closed the chat window and she really seemed to forget about it. Yet at the moment when I got to know I made that horrible mistake, I immediately thought it was the chastisement of the Lord, as I backbit the Lord’s anointed. I repented. Though the minister’s attitude was not thoughtful at all, I felt Him want me not to backbite His servant. Looking back at the incident now, I think the Lord didn’t also want me to backbite the colleague, even though she was absolutely wrong in her work ethics.
Since then, I was very careful about talking about ministers. Even when I decided to leave a certain minister’s online ministry, I walked away, not telling the person what made me take that decision. I smelled something wrong in the ministry, but also felt it was not His will to share what I thought was wrong in the ministry. And the Lord also gave me the Scriptures from Proverbs 6:16~19 about what He hates:
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
So, I chose not to share the reason I’m leaving the ministry with my close friend in Singapore who was still in the ministry, not to potentially sow discord.
In all honesty, I was not perfect in keeping my mouth shut at all times, though, whether it was on ministers or brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ or anyone I met for business. Yet I’m so grateful for the Lord’s teaching me in my journey to ascend Mount Zion how important it is not to judge others in my heart and not to backbite others. One night, I said to the Lord, “Father, I want my lips to be purified. Please purify them.” I felt my lips and tongue a bit numb, as if one of the seraphim touched my mouth with a live charcoal as it did to Isaiah.
We all have those who often push our buttons, around us. When we are angry about them, I think we can always go to our Father. He would not say to us, “Shut up!” when we talked about them. He would understand our anger, our wounds or sorrows. We always go to His arms where there is no leprosy, but healing. Are you longing for dwelling in the presence of the Lord all the time? I pray that the Lord may purify our hearts and mouths and we are gracious and merciful toward others as He is to us, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
He who loves purity of heart
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
We see people in dreams. Today, I would like to share the link of James W. Goll’s writing “People Who Appear in Your Dream.” I hope it would help you interpret the people in your dreams in the past and in the future. I think we can refer to this, but at the end of the day, we always ask the Lord to help interpret our dreams.
In the late fall and the winter, 2020, I kept seeing a Christian friend whom I lost touch with for many years. She and I were friends since we were in the elementary school. In all those dreams, she and I didn’t have any interaction such as conversation and so on, but she appeared in my dreams so often at that time. In one dream where I was waiting for a bus to take an exam, she was there. In another dream where I took an airplane, she was there. I did wonder whether the Lord was saying something to me related to her. Then, one day, it suddenly dawned on me that her name in Chinese character would mean great grace. Many Korean names have Chinese characters, but while I journaled down her name, I never thought what her name in Chinese characters would mean. So, I got to realize the Lord spoke “Great Grace” to come. Interestingly enough, on the day when I got to interpret my friend as Great Grace, I listened to Neville Johnson’s teaching and I was surprised to hear him saying “Great grace will come.” And I felt Him confirm it.
On September 17th, 2020, I had a dream. I was talking to a friend on my mobile phone, wearing my earphones. While talking to him, I said to him a few times, “I can’t hear you.” In another scene, I was in a university. I went to a big hall for a lecture. Interestingly, the requirement to take the lecture was to bring earphones. I can’t recall exactly, but I think I didn’t bring my earphones. I went to the hall, and I found my friend who worked with me in Shanghai in there. She actually took another seat for me and she brought two sets of earphones, to give me one.
When I awoke, I got to realize two friends in the dream shared something in common. They are good listeners with mature characters. And in the two scenes, earphones were main and common objects. I was reminded of the sermon of a Singaporean pastor that I listened to the other day. He read Proverbs 18:13:
He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.
I felt the Lord repeating to me the importance of listening, by showing the two friends of mine together with earphones and reminding me of their characters.
Yet I think the way the Lord speaks to us is unlimited so that we should not always interpret our dreams with formula. Sometimes, the people should be interpreted literally, but other times, their names or their characters would give us symbolic meanings and the context is also important. James W. Goll wrote in his book, Dream Language that his wife was pregnant with their third baby, Tyler and had a dream that she gave birth to a little girl named Rachel. James said to his wife that the dream was symbolic. But it turned out that his wife was right, but he was wrong in the interpretation. Their fourth baby came along and Rachel became her name.
I do not know whether you’ve ever seen me in your dreams. Or if you will see me in your future dream, I would like to suggest that you ask the Lord what He is trying to say. Is it literally me or would it mean Bliss or something else? Sounds interesting? I pray that you and I download more from the Lord and ask His wisdom and understanding in interpretation, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”
How are you? I’m very well.
In a James Durham’s book, Keys to Open Heaven, he describes prayer as one of the keys and wrote:
The Lord told me to write a book for intercessors (Restoring Foundations). As the Lord began to reveal what He wanted me to put into that book, one of the things He revealed to me was: real intercessors must pray in accordance with His Word and His Will. Then I began to notice that there are some very powerful prayers in the Word of God. I understood that if I pray these same prayers, they will always be in accordance with His Word and His Will. I began to get really excited about praying the prayers in the Bible. …I recommend this as a prayer discipline for you in this season.
A few weeks after I finished reading it, I happened to see a book, The Art of Praying the Scriptures: A Fresh Look at Lectio Divina, written by the late John Paul Jackson with John E. Thomas in online bookstore. Reminded of James Durham’s recommendation on praying the Scriptures, I became so interested in the book title that I bought it. Before the chapters begin, the late John Paul Jackson wrote:
Lectio divina is a way to practice giving God your full, undivided attention. The more you practice this method of reading the Scriptures, the easier it becomes to focus on God without the distractions of the day trying to take over your consciousness. Still, it does often require us to turn off the sound on our cell phones, notepads, laptops, and computers to ensure that what we want to focus on remains our focus. Lectio divina is slowly and deliberately praying the Scriptures, thereby allowing God to speak to you through them. In so doing, His Spirit connects to your spirit, and in that interior connection transformation accelerates. In some parallel spiritual way, God once again breathes the light of His Word into our spirits. That which was dormant comes alive. That which was languishing becomes vibrant once again.
Jackson, John Paul,Thomas, John E.. The Art of Praying the Scriptures: A Fresh Look at Lectio Divina (p. 2). Streams Ministries. Kindle Edition.
I felt these two books strike a chord with me. Praying with the Scriptures is all about Jesus, the Word of God. Reminded of the dream on Jesus at center I shared in my previous blog, The Word of God, I felt the Lord emphasize I must immerse myself in His Word. I used to do contemplative prayers since I listened to David Pawson’s teaching. But it was not regular nor with the Scriptures always.
So, I started to pray the Scriptures, just one verse or two at a time. I started my first practice with the Scripture from Isaiah 30:15, personalizing it, “In returning and rest I shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be my strength.” I meditated on it, murmuring it and memorizing it. And I loved it, as the Word gave me such a comfort. When I took a walk, I began to murmur and memorize the Scriptures I meditated on. And I felt praying the Scriptures would be as powerful as praying in Tongue, as the Word is Jesus and I indeed pray in His will.
Then, one night, I chose a few verses in the Beatitude from Matthew chapter five. I read the verse three, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I know it’s one of the most frequently read verses in churches. Yet, I was not still able to understand what “the poor in spirit” means. I couldn’t make sense of it both in Korean and in English. But, it’s the key to have the kingdom of heaven that I long for. So, I said to the Lord, “Father, I really do not understand what the poor in spirit means. Would You please let me know?” I waited, closing my eyes. And He showed me my closet which was full of rice bags. I hoarded rice since the summer 2020, after listening to prophecy, i.e. warning on famine and hyperinflation to come. I hoarded many bags of rice, thinking I would share them with others and the Lord would multiply them with His miracles, when shared. So, I stacked the shelves in the closet with rice bags until there was no room in it. Then, only recently, I took out one bag to cook so that I could find a little space in the closet. The Lord showed me the very snapshot of the inside of the closet where I could find a small room to put a new stock in, if I would buy one. I felt as if He were saying, “If your spirit is full, there is no room for My Spirit to come in, just like your closet had no space until recently.” I got to understand if I want to be poor in spirit, I should take away ‘self’ in me. There are so many “Me, Me, Me” that Jesus cannot find any room to dwell in. It dawned on me that Derek Prince taught a living sacrifice in Romans 12:1: Once we lay ourselves on the altar, we don’t decide what we eat, what we wear and so on, but the Lord. Yet, we still try to make a decision on many things in our lives, sitting on the throne in us, which Jesus, King of kings is supposed to take. I think the Scripture means when we take away ourselves in us and die on the cross, the King will take His place in us which is due to Him, and His kingdom will dwell in us.
I wanted to share my development in prayer and the art of praying the Scriptures, the slow, quiet yet wonderful communion with our Father, to encourage you to start praying the Scriptures, if it’s new to you or you stopped it somehow. I believe when you meditate on them and ask our Father and wait upon Him, He would reveal Himself in a way familiar to you. He knows your everything. He is the giver of Torah and He is kind. I pray you and I love communion with our Father day by day and give Him His throne in us, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
I think it was the late summer, 2020, I got to listen to the message “Let’s Talk About Dreams & Interpretations” where Brother Chris Berglund attended as a panelist together with two pastors. It was my first time to listen to him. When I googled him, I got to learn that he holds six weeks online course, Ascending Zion. It costs US$49 to enroll online and I deliberated as to whether I would take the course. Since I still had many free teachings online and e-books to read, I chose not to enroll. Yet, the words, Ascending Zion kept lingering in my mind and I chewed on what it would mean to ascend Zion. Later in the fall, 2020, I had more hunger and thirst for open heaven that I read a James Durham’s book “Keys to Open Heaven.”
Then, in late November 2020, I got to know The Academy of Light ministry posted “Moving Further with the Lord, 2020” in its online school program, when they opened the ticket to purchase for the upcoming school in February, 2021. I enrolled both 2020 and 2021 classes and watched 2020 classes, which were held in Australia, back in February 2020. I found the teachers in the 2020 school ultimately talked about living in Mount Zion in the last days, where we meet the Lord face to face. I found it so interesting that Mount Zion & Open Heaven was a theme in my mind during the year 2020 and at the end of the year, I got to watch this school talking about Mount Zion & Open Heaven, which was recorded in the beginning of the year 2020. Later, I also enrolled Brother Chris Berglund’s class, Ascending Zion. I felt it must be the subject the Lord wants me to learn, before moving into a new era. Interestingly enough, He reminded me of what I had been doing in 2020; i.e. I had been writing blogs in Have a Bliss. He reminded me of the synonyms of the word, “Bliss” that I had found out online; Kingdom come, New Jerusalem, Zion and so forth. Indeed, it was the year of Mount Zion and I kept prophesizing to you and me, “Ascend Zion and Dwell in there!” I smiled. Indeed, I felt nothing in our lives is accidental, but it’s providential to choose the name, Have a Bliss, the place where you and I meet.
One of the teachers in the school, Moving Further with the Lord, talked about the requirements to live in Mount Zion from Psalms 15, Psalms 24 and Revelation 14. Listening to the requirements from those Scriptures, I became very serious about my tongue. Like I wrote in my previous blog, Tongue 1, I felt I must sanctify my words. Even when people wrong me, I must not backbite them nor slander them. I got to realize how important it is for us to control our tongues under the Holy Spirit. After listening to the teaching and chewing on it on my bed at night, I had a dream. I think I did not backbite someone but kept my mouth shut in the dream. Then at night, I saw a lion appear in the garden of my house and come toward the sliding doors made of glass with wood frames, to intrude into my house. It was not the Lion of Judah, but a female lion or a young lion, which I felt was a hunter. It clawed at the sliding doors, roaring, to open them and attack me. I was really scared, but I did my best to hold the two sliding doors tightly. A while later, I saw a scene that implied the lion was dead.
In another scene, I felt I was being chased by someone. And I had to go to school to take an exam. I knew I had to take a bus number 50 and there were many in the queue waiting for the bus. While I was waiting for the bus, a classmate came to me and invited me to a café, saying his friend would wrap up everything for the exam in there. So, we went to the café and it rained a lot outside. I saw another friend of mine with her toddler and we all took a table and sat together waiting for his friend to come. Then, I walked to the counter to order drinks for us all. As there were many tables in the café, I got to realize that I had to let the cashier know what table number we were in for the employee to deliver the drinks. I checked our table number, which is 7 and let the cashier know. After the order, I came back to my table and discovered rain drops from our umbrellas were all over the floor. The employee in the café asked us to mind the slippery floor.
After I awoke from the dream, I felt it was from the Lord. I think the devil, a young lion or a female lion tried to attack me and made me lose in a battle, related to the incident the other night. Before I listened to the teaching, I received texts from someone which showed her self-centeredness. I wrote a long text to reply, as a draft, mincing my words. Yet, I felt it would not change the mind of the person nor enlighten her so that I made a simple answer, making Yes “Yes” or No “No,” but in a nice way. I still held it, not replying to the person in a hurry the previous night. More importantly, I didn’t backbite this person so far. I could have talked to my friends or my sister to tell how self-centered she was, but I chose not to. I think the dream meant I finally won the battle with the devil and it was dead. I had to take an exam to move to a next level, i.e. Mount Zion. And I think the bus number 50, my table number 7, heavy rains and toddler are all symbolic.
I’m still reviewing and meditating on the requirements to dwell in Zion from the Scriptures. And I found myself vulnerable to sins with words, as I’m not always around those who are mature and selfless. Those who are selfish or wicked make me say “GRRR!” inside. But I also learned the Lord put them in our lives, as He wants us to learn to love those who we think are not lovable. I think I would write more on this later. I believe ascending Zion doesn’t come with ease. It needs our sacrifice and we should be burned on the altar. Yet, I do not want to give up, as Zion is where we should live. May His Kingdom come here on earth as in Heaven!
Have a bliss!
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. (John 14:23~24)