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In November 2019, I watched and listened to David Pawson’s sermon on “Hell”, and I was reminded of the two video clips that my friend shared with me a few years back. A Korean artist painted both Heaven and Hell after she visited them in her sprit. The Heaven video was encouraging, but the Hell video was so graphic and horrific that I even stopped watching it half way. But later, I thought I must finish watching it, as there would be a reason for the Holy Spirit to invite her to the Hell and to tell her to paint it. I felt it would be balanced diet to know about Hell, not like kids picking up sausage or cakes, but not having vegetables.
When listening to David Pawson’s description of Hell, bearing in mind that it’s eternal, not for a day or a week or a few years like in prison, I thought that it would change our hearts and attitudes toward those who wronged us. If I would think those who wronged me would go to Hell, I would rather pray that they would turn away from their sins and turn to God. I might think some of them would deserve such a horrible place maybe for a day or two. But being in Hell eternally would be utterly hopeless and frustrating. Nevertheless, it would be too late if one finds oneself in there. So, I thought that’s why we should forgive those who wronged us, and pray for them to snatch them away from Hell.
When I was still planning on writing about Hell anytime soon, interestingly my Christian hairdresser shared her story during my haircut. She said she had recently shared gospels with three unbelieving customers. One of them was a young man. While she was cutting his hair, she talked to him about Heaven and Hell. He said to her, “I’ve never heard about the gospel, nor thought about Heaven and Hell. Is Hell for real?” She continued to share the gospel. While shampooing his hair, she said to him, “If we all died and found out there is no such a place as Hell, I still have nothing to lose. But, if we found Hell and you didn’t believe Jesus, what would happen to you? You should think about it and make your own decision.” And he replied, “You make me scared. I will think about it, though.”
She didn’t know what decision he made, but she was happy to sow in him. While I listened to her story, I found it interesting to hear about Hell, and I felt I must write on it.
In a few days, I went to my church. Before the Sunday service, I went to the bookstore in the church and bought a Pastor Timothy Keller’s book “Counterfeit Gods”. I bought two pieces for two friends of mine. I was supposed to meet one of them at 3pm that day, and I wanted to give it to her. After the service, I took a taxi to go home, which was unusual for me. I had been having some pains in my arms and my handbag with my Bible, a tumbler, a bookstore bag, and a grocery bag were so heavy that I wanted to grab a taxi.
Then, I overheard the taxi driver’s conversation with his son-in-law on his speaker phone. He said, “I don’t think I can get home by 11am. Take care and have fun!” And his son-in-law said, “Yes, take care of yourself till we meet next time.”
I kept silent. And the driver said to me, “I was supposed to go home by 11am. It was my son-in-law. My daughter got married a couple of months ago. They came to visit my wife and me. I always say to them, ‘Enjoy today! Have fun while you can!’ I think we should be happy every day while we live here. Literally, I’m happy every day!”
I smiled at him, and I thought I knew what God wanted me to say to him. “Yes, that’s right. I think we should be happy forever, after our death too. Do you happen to go to church?” He said, “No, I don’t. I’m an atheist. My wife and my three children used to go to Catholic church, but they don’t go any more. I said to them, ‘You don’t have to stop going to church, just because I’m an atheist. Everybody has his or her own faith.’”
He shared his life’s story in short that he had lost his dad when he was only four months old, and his mom at his age of twenty-eight. He said he lived a poor life, but he never felt bitter about his life, and tried to live a happy life every day. He said he enjoys talking to his customers. Surely, I could see that. I felt he was a good person, but I also knew being a goody doesn’t guarantee the way to Heaven. So, I said to him, “I really hope you could continue to enjoy a happy life in Heaven after death.” He said, “I don’t really care about life after death. It could be my fate, if there are Heaven and Hell. And I just think I should do my best here on earth and be a goody while I’m alive.”
I said to him, “I actually fear Hell. Though I believe in Jesus, I got to learn that not all believers would go to Heaven. Some believers would go to Hell, if they didn’t obey what Jesus told them to do. So, I think even Christians should revere and fear the Lord, not to go Hell. And I wish you and your wife could go to Catholic church together!” He nodded in agreement about my saying that Christians should obey the Lord and live right, to go to Heaven.
Now, I can’t recall in what context he said it, but I remember he said, “When I die, I would not have any lawyer for my spirit.” I thought it was very interesting of him to make that comment, and I said to him immediately, “Jesus said He would be our defender in front of God.”
While I continued to listen to him, I felt I could give him the book, ‘Counterfeit Gods’ I bought a while ago. So, I said to him, “Can I give this book to you, if you are interested? I know you believe no god, but this book is talking about counterfeit ‘gods’!!! So many gods in our lives! I actually bought two pieces for my friends, as I liked the book so much. But if you are interested, I want to give one to you.”
And he said, “Oh, thank you. I love reading books. But are you okay? You bought it for your friend.” I was just happy, and said to him, “I can buy one more anytime soon. It’s my pleasure to give this book to you, and I pray you would be happy forever!” I wanted to bless him with tip, though we don’t pay tip for any service in Korea. I thought I should be generous, and live out the Words, after I wanted to lead him to Jesus.
After we said good-bye, I felt so blessed for the opportunity to talk about Heaven and Hell and give him the book. Though I don’t know whether he would believe in Jesus, I pray for him whenever I am reminded of him.
Are you mindful of Hell? I wish you are. I pray in Jesus name that you and I remain faithful to the Lord till the end, and we also lead those who are perishing to the eternal bliss in our Lord.
Have a bliss!
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13~14)
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A few times in 2018, I went to “Healing & Anointing” meetings in my church in Seoul. It was held on every Monday night and one elder who had the gift in healing and deliverance gave some teaching on the Scripture for about thirty minutes. After the teaching, he and the ministry ministered to the sick and those who were under demonic influences.
On one Monday night, the elder taught about Love anointing. And he shared his testimony. When he was newly elected as one of the elders, the pastor in my church called the newly elected elders into the altar. He asked the elders and the audience to pray for the brand-new elders. And the elder in the healing ministry said to the audience in the night meeting, “Do you know whom I prayed for in the altar? I realized that I had prayed only for myself, being selfish.” He continued to share his story. Later, the Holy Spirit made him realize that he had prayed for himself only, not for other new elders. Then, the next day, there was another altar call by the pastor in another branch of the church for the newly elected elders. The elder in the healing ministry came to the altar. At that time, he didn’t pray for himself at all, but prayed for other new elders. And the Presence of the Holy Spirit was so weighty that he couldn’t speak any word except for a Tongue, until he went to bed that night.
Later, I listened to Pastor R.T. Kendall’s sermon. And he said, “Do you know when we meet Jesus face to face, we don’t need faith. We already see Him face to face.” It hit me. How could I never think of it? So, I also thought to myself, “Neither would I need hope, when I see Him face to face.” I read Romans 8:24, “but hope that is seen is not hope”, and I thought that it would be true and that we would not need hope when we see Jesus face to face in New Jerusalem.
Now I think I am more able to understand the Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I think faith and hope are still very important and valuable, when we live here on earth. But, once we see Jesus face to face in New Jerusalem, we won’t need them anymore. But love still remains. We love Him and we love our brothers and sisters in the Lord. And I think my priority must be set, based upon it.
If I had limited resources like one hundred thousand dollars for example, I would rather buy a house with some loans than buy an expensive car. I would make that decision, as I believe a house could be more valuable in the future and would last long, but a car would be depreciated every year. I would rather invest my resources on what would last longer and what would become more valuable in the future. Yet I would not say cars are useless. I would still need a car to commute a long distance. Likewise, I believe we need faith and hope in our daily lives, until we meet Him face to face. However, my priority here on earth would be to have love like Jesus. Prophecies will fail; tongues will cease; knowledge will vanish away, but love will never fail. I wouldn’t despise the gifts of the Spirit, but I would put the fruits of the Spirit before them. And I would put love before faith and hope.
I do not know about you, but I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that we love Him, we love our neighbors and we continue to love one another in New Jerusalem.
Have a bliss!
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13: 4~7)
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I heard many servants of the Lord say His words reveal something new every time they are read. This morning, I had the very fresh revelation from the Lord in reading the book of Jonah. Reading through the book, He highlighted the word “prepared” that appeared four times in New King James version. In chapter one, the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, but we know it actually could save him in the sea for three days and three nights. In chapter four, He prepared a plant as shade for Jonah. Then He also prepared a worm to damage the plant till it withered, and prepared a vehement east wind, which made Jonah grew faint, together with the heat from the sun.
I thought to myself that the Lord prepared seemingly good things such as the big fish and the plant to save Jonah from the sea and from the heat. But the last two things He prepared were seemingly bad. Yet, through both the good and the bad things outwardly, He eventually let Jonah understand what is in His heart. He had pity toward those who were perishing, not knowing right from wrong. And He is so merciful and slow to anger that He wanted to save even the wicked who Jonah thought were due to be condemned.
And I thought of the Lord who prepares. He prepared a lot for you and me throughout our lives. I once wished there would be no such things as the worm or the vehement wind in my life, but I got to realize it would be impossible. Though they seem to be unpleasant, our Father prepared them for us. He wants us to know His heart and His will. He wants to teach us. And He wants us to be refined as silver.
In the book, “The Hiding Place”, Corrie ten Boom’s real story, Corrie and her elder sister, Betsie were moved to the notorious camp in Germany from the one in their home country, Holland. By God’s Providence, they could bring a Bible to their room without being inspected. In the room, they were packed and crammed with women prisoners from many countries. There, Betsie and Corrie held worship services with the Bible they brought in secret. One day, Betsie said thanks to the Lord for the fleas in their room, and Corrie couldn’t agree with her thanks for the fleas. Many days later, Betsie realized that the fleas indeed were the Lord’s provision. She could realize that the guards or the prison supervisors never entered their room, because of the fleas, so that they could continue to hold worship services with the Bible. What an amazing preparation from the Lord!
I heard someone say, “Why did good God allow this to happen to me?” Imagine that you are a mother of little kids, and all they want to eat is donuts and chocolates. You might want to give them to your kids once in a while, but you wouldn’t allow them to eat them every day. You would take care of their health so that you would give them fruits or dried fruits instead of donuts and chocolates. In addition, you would make sure you cook recipes that are balanced in nutrients. Your kids would not like to have vegetables or proteins, but you would give them as you know they are needed for their growth and health.
After going through fierce spiritual warfare, and now encountering day-to-day demands and sometimes challenging jobs, I found my Father also prepared these for me. Sometimes I would not understand why He prepared such a thing, but later I found out His ways and thoughts are higher than mine. I think He ultimately wants to mold me as pure gold, by learning love, patience, kindness, hope, and so forth.
Did you ever complain of the worm or the wind or the fleas in your life that our Father prepared? I hope you could understand His heart, though they seem unpleasant for now. Easier said than done. But I trust He is always faithful, and He has a better plan for all of us than we ever realize.
Have a bliss!
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2~4)
How are you today? I’m well.
Have you ever thought why on earth God created family? I have.
I got to learn from a David Pawson’s sermon on the book of Revelation that when Jesus returns, there would be no family relationship. There would be no husband and wife relationship, nor parents and children relationship. And there would be no sex in New Heaven and on Earth. We all will be brothers and sisters in His Kingdom. Then one day, I got curious as to why He created family here if it would not continue in the New Jerusalem. As Almighty Creator, He could just have done mass production if He needed people on earth, not creating marriage and family relationships. From the outset, people could be just brothers and sisters, like friends, and He could just have made a different way of begetting human beings, like being formed from the dust.
But I think God wants to teach us the relationship between Him and us, making the family relationship and using it as metaphor, like Jesus used parables and metaphor. If it were not for family, we would not be able to understand what the Father’s love is and what pleases Him: we are able to understand His love toward us, through our parents’ love for us; when children don’t love one another, it also hurts the heart of their parents; disobedient children never please parents.
I also got to learn that He is a jealous God. In the book of Hosea, I learned that He told the prophet Hosea to get a prostitute as his wife. Even after marriage, she continued to be unfaithful to Hosea. And the Lord taught the Israelites that what Hosea felt mirrors His heart toward His people. There is a certain level of jealousy among friends, siblings, neighbors, colleagues and so on, but the jealousy that could describe His heart the most is the one between husband and wife when the covenantal relationship between them is broken by unfaithfulness. I think people would never feel the greatest jealousy toward one another, unless they are in romantic or sexual relationships. So, we are able to understand why He is a consuming Fire and He is angry enough to sweep out His people, if they are unfaithful and have other gods like money, power, their own children, and so on. I think it would be hard to imagine and understand His heart, if we didn’t have the covenant relationship between husband and wife. So, we learn how to live as His pure Bride on earth and we have wedding with Jesus when He returns.
Well, this is my thought and I don’t know whether it was really His intention. I’ve never asked Him whether my thought is right, and would care less, even if it turned out to be wrong. But I know we are His beloved children and Bride. And I pray in Jesus’ name that you and I will do our best to obey our Father and won’t make our Husband jealous, but rather remain faithful. One day, we will have a very big family meeting in New Jerusalem. What a joy!
Have a bliss!
For your Maker is your husband--
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
Have you found out your calling from the Lord? I think I have found out mine, and I would like to share how amazingly He unfolded it, and how He communicated it to me.
Previously in my blog, “Hearing the Voice of God”, I shared that Sister Margaret Seaward, the teacher of the class assigned a group exercise during the class. In my group, a young lady said to me, “I saw an airplane stuck on the runway. But it is meant to fly, not meant to be grounded.” When I shared this with the class, Sister Margaret said to me, “You should kick off!” At that time, I thought to myself, “Does it mean I should activate the gift of healing?” Then, I thought the Lord would give me the gift of healing. Like I shared in the previous blog, I also received the prophetic words with the painting of myself, and the theme of the painting was “Healing Aroma”. Yet I did wonder how I would “kick off” and whether it’s even something I could kick off.
Outside the class, there were some occasions when I felt I should pray for the sick, or those who were in need to be physically healed. I mustered up the courage to approach them, and asked them whether I could pray for them. I did that, thinking I was obeying the Lord. But nothing happened, they didn’t get healed. And I still wondered whether He would give me the gift of healing.
In about six months after I took the class, “Hearing the Voice of God”, I had a chance to meet a Korean prophet who was in town in Singapore. He gave me a personal prophecy, and shared what he saw in the visions. I recorded it, and listened to it. Indeed, I felt that the prophecy is not something new, but it’s confirmation on what I already knew or felt. His words gave me confirmation on many parts in my life. While listening to his prophecy, I got goose bumps on my skin. He said, “Sister, I see an airplane on the runway, but it has been stuck and grounded, while it is meant to fly. You would have felt stuck, as you were supposed to fly, but you’ve been grounded. But God will give you the faith to take flight as your calling.” He said exactly the same thing as what the young lady in my group exercise saw for me. I was astounded, but I wasn’t still sure what it meant to take flight. Would it be the gift of healing or would it be farming or what else?
Then, one early morning in April 2019, I was reading Psalms 34, and when I read the verse “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good,” I thought of writing my testimonies. I was encouraged by some people that I should write my testimonies whenever I shared them. Deep in my heart, I had a desire to write. When I was a high school student, I once dreamed of making books for students. When I worked for my first employer, one of my bosses said to me that his mind tells him that I’m not meant for the corporate world, but for something more creative. I appreciated his comments immensely, as I already knew I was not meant for the corporate world. I did my best in my workplace and I think I earned a good reputation from my bosses and colleagues. Yet, I’ve never felt that it was for me. In my twenties and thirties, I dreamed of writing sitcoms or novels. Actually, I enjoyed writing to my university friend in New York, after she moved to the United States. She and her husband enjoyed reading my daily writings. At that time, I enjoyed reading Pastor Max Lucado’s books. I’m not sure whether it was in his book, “Cure for The Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot” that he shared his experience that no publisher was interested in his writing before his debut. Eventually, his books were published, and I became one of the beneficiaries of the blessings from him.
With all these impetus coming my way, yet I had no courage to leave the corporate world to become a writer. However, I shared my dream with a few friends. As I continued to search myself, one day, I felt deep down in me, a desire to be a writer. It was more of a motive to be famous for my writings in the world. I prayed to the Lord that I would not pursue the dream if my heart’s motive is to promote myself. Since then, I completely dropped that subject.
So, back to the morning in April 2019, the thought of writing came into my mind again as I was reading the Scripture. I went to a nearby church and sat alone to pray. I asked the Lord whether it’s in His will for me to write. I felt Him saying that no matter what I would do, He would use me for His glory. I came back home, thinking I would start to write. While at home, I was surprised to see Doug Addison re-posting a video clip, “Anyone Can Write a Book” in his social media that he had first posted back in November 2017. I felt it was God’s confirmation on my writing. More surprisingly, later in that April, I read the blog of Lana Vawser, an Australian prophetess, “It is right to write”. I also read and listened to other prophecies of hers to encourage writers to write. One of her expressions that stuck with me was, “What you write is about to take flight.” I couldn’t be more assured about writing, and I also could put together the visions of the airplane with Lana’s expression, “What you write is about to take flight.”
So, in April 2019, I began to write. I sent emails with my writings to a friend of mine. Then a year later, I mustered up the courage to write and post my blogs to the public. In the midst of writing, I was amazed to find out my calling and put together the puzzles in my mind. Recently, I read Doug Addison’s blogs on writings that he had posted in the past. This time, I found out four blogs when I searched “writing” on his website. Interestingly, in two blogs out of the four, there were the pictures of paper airplanes. Suddenly I could understand why the Korean prophet and the Singaporean young lady saw the visions of an airplane for me. When I saw the paper airplanes in Doug’s blogs, I was able to realize that people used to write on the paper, before they folded it into airplane and flied it away! It was a moment of revelation, a few years after I pondered and wondered what the airplane meant in their visions, and what it meant that I’m supposed to fly.
In addition, I got to realize that my writings would carry His healing aroma. One day, when I searched for a Scripture that I would write in one of my blogs, I read Revelation 22:1-3, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” In those verses, the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations were highlighted, and I was reminded of the golden leaf that Irene, a Singaporean artist painted for me, together with the prophetic word “Healing Aroma”. Amazingly, later at night, I read Lana Vawser’s blog she posted back in 2018 for writers, and she just wrote this verse from Revelation 22:3, saying she kept seeing a vision of huge leaves covering the manuscripts, songs, poems, teachings, etc. of the writers.
It reminded me of the huge golden leaf that Irene, the prophetic artist painted for me. After the pieces of the puzzle were put together and made sense to me, I was blown away.
I think I would write more in regards to the journey to find out our callings. Yes, I will write them on the paper, fold it, and fly it away to you soon. And I pray in Jesus’ name that His healing aroma pour out upon you when you receive, unfold and read it.
Have a bliss!
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3)