Happy New Year!
Do you keep eternity in mind?
Last week, I shared the Hebrew word, “Barak,” which is translated into “bless” in some English versions. And it means to kneel down in adoration or to bless person in humility. So, when we bless the Lord, we kneel down in adoration and in humility. Pastor John Fenn also shared a case where God blessed Abraham in Genesis 12:2:
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
Here, the word, bless is also barak in Hebrew, and he explained that God meant Abraham’s life would be honored in the generation to come. I think it is indeed fulfilled, as he has been honored not only by the Jews, but also by the Gentiles, like us, who are grafted Jews. What honor he would see, when we see him face to face!
After I got to understand bless, i.e. barak doesn’t mean so-called prosperity that many Christians might think of, I came to read the word, “blessed” in Proverbs 22:9:
“He who has a generous eye will be blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.”
I became so curious as to whether the word, “blessed” here is also barak in Hebrew that I searched the verse in blueletterbible.org and I found out it is indeed barak in Hebrew. And I interpret that those who are generous and help the poor will be honored in eternity. I think there might be some who would be indeed honored and rewarded on earth, and became prosperous in this world. Yet I think His reward would be more for eternity. We might not be rewarded during our lifetime here on earth for the good works we have done, like helping the poor. And only God and we know some good works we did. But I believe He would make us honored in eternity. This is His Words and it’s impossible for Him to tell a lie.
In Sister Margaret’s class on the book of Revelation, we studied the faithful church in Philadelphia, i.e. His Bride:
“Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:9~10)”
And Sister Margaret shared an interesting insight. We learn from the Bible that none is to be worshipped except the Lord. When Apostle John tried to worship the angel, it forbid him.
Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” (Rev. 22:8~9)
Sister Margaret said that none is to be worshipped, yet Jesus promised to the faithful church that He would make her worshipped. And she went on to share an illustration that she used to get honor for what his late husband, Pastor Fred Seaward had done, and she received rewards together with him. Though he did the work, not she, she was honored as his wife. Likewise, His faithful Bride would be honored. And I also learned from her that the 24 elders sitting on the thrones represent those who are raptured before the 7 year of Tribulation and we see those who are raptured in the middle of Tribulation stand before the Lamb, not sitting on the thrones like the 24 elders. And Rick Joyner said that there are ranks in heaven, saying “Read your Bible.”
I recall Angelo, once homeless, but a king on the throne in heaven in a Rick Joyner’s book from the visions, “The Final Quest.” And I also remember a young deaf and mute man in a church that Pastor John wrote about. He heard the Father say that young man would be on the throne and He is very pleased with him. I believe they are all “blessed” in eternity.
Friend, if you have to choose to be blessed (i.e. honored) in eternity or to be blessed here on earth, such as being prosperous in material or career and so on, what would you like to choose? Pastor John Fenn shared his friend’s story in high school. When they were high school students, his friend said that the Lord said he has two options on his future full-time ministry: one is a big and well-known ministry here, but little riches in heaven and the other is smaller without a lot of glory here on earth, but greater riches in heaven, which He has for him. And he chose the latter.
Friend, I’m being honest. I look forward to reward in heaven. Don’t you? And our Lord talked about it and it’s absolutely ok to look forward to it. Then, can you compare 80~100 year of lifespan here with eternity? I really get no feeling on how long the eternity would be, but if I would imagine 1,000 years or 10,000 years, then I would at least get a sense of how long it would be. If I should choose one between a little glory for 80~100 years here and more riches and more glory for 1,000 years later, I’d absolutely go for the latter. Yet, so many Christians spend their whole life for the little glory that will vanish away. I think we will be surprised in heaven, as we tend to see appearance only, here on earth, whatever it may be. I recall a prophet couple’s blog that said we should not try to be popular, but to be influential. It spoke to me much.
In one evening after I wrote the draft of this blog, I worshiped the Lord, praying and singing in tongue. And I took some time, kneeling down on the sofa and being quiet, to listen to Him. I expected Him to speak to me so that I put a notebook on the sofa. Then, the Words, “Whoever wants to be served should serve.” came to me. And I felt He echo my writing. I looked up the book of Matthew until I found out the verses on “Greatness is Serving” in chapter 20. Then, I wrote down the revelation from the verses:
When Jesus came to this world, He came as Servant. Yet in eternity, He will reign as King. Likewise, we must live as servants here on earth. But, in eternity, our Father desires us to reign as kings, like our Lord, Jesus. Our Father wants us to follow Jesus as our Role-Model. Jesus is the first born, and God the Father made us His sons and daughters and we have Jesus as our eldest Brother. He wants us to be co-heirs with Jesus.
After writing this down, I went to bed. Interestingly enough, my friend in Singapore just sent me a link of a short prophecy. And I was surprised to read “I am not subject, not a slave to the powers of this dark world - but rather, I am free, I am an anointed son/daughter, a Servant King, fully surrendered to The King of kings!” I was marveled to see Him repeating the message.
Friend, I would like to encourage us to long to be blessed in eternity. We’d rather choose to be nameless and faceless here, not looking for glory from people, but to choose true glory in heaven. It would simply require menial daily work or small little things to look after your family, friends or neighbors, His little sheep. We have a great Role-Model, our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s my prayer that we serve here and we reign in eternity with Christ, our Lord. That is our calling and our destiny. May He bless you in a new year and in eternity!
Have a bliss!
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:26~28)
Do you look for eternity? I’m grateful, as our Father gave me the heart to long for it. Sometimes when I worship Him, I imagine His throne in Heaven. These days, I often said to Him, “Father, I long to see Your face. I long for the day when we see face to face.” And I meant it. And sometimes when I thought of Him on His throne, I became emotional, welling up with tears.
The psalmists’ confession or the lyric of the songs simply became my heart song:
Who am I that You are so mindful of me?
There is none like You, Father.
And especially when I saw His love toward His children through their testimonies, I simply said to Him, “Father, I like You the most. You’re the best. There is none like You.” How much our adoration will please Him! We don’t necessarily need worship music to worship Him. We can simply say to Him anytime, “Father, I love You.”
One night, I was overjoyed for His goodness, as I saw Him restore the relationship of our family in His marvelous and amazing way. I didn’t mean to dance, but when I was alone in the living room, I danced for Him with my hands lifted up. I was simply joyful for His goodness. I thought if anyone would see me, he or she might think or say like Michal, one of king David’s wives scolded his dancing in public for the joy of the Lord, not understanding his joy. Then, I changed my pose and arms, as if I would dance with Jesus. Interestingly enough, in a day or two, I opened a notebook that I used to use a few years back. It is a pink B5 notebook that I stopped using in the middle, since I used much smaller size of notebook. As I finished a smaller size of notebook recently and tried to find a new notebook, I happened to find this pink B5 size notebook that I didn’t finish yet, and thought I would continue on this notebook. So, in one morning, I opened it up and found my writings back in early 2019 and early 2020 when I visited my sister in California. I wrote kind of a diary in the dressing room of a guest room where I stayed. Almost every morning I got up early to pray and worship Him on the floor in the dressing room. And I wrote what I felt was from the Lord as well as my thoughts from the Bible reading. Then, the first sentence I read from that diary was the Father’s words to me, “I also long to see you face to face.” I was marveled as if He replied to my recent worship and my words, “Father, I long for the day when I see You face to face.” Then, more surprisingly, I read another word, when I flipped back to previous pages, “Dance with Me!” I didn’t even remember I wrote these words in that pink notebook. I felt it was really the Lord’s talking to me, again. I opened that notebook, before reading the Bible, but instead of reading the Bible, I continued to read the notebook, flipping back the pages in it. I found it such a treasure.
Friend, I would like to encourage us to worship Him in adoration right now, before we do that in eternity. As I shared Watchman Nee’s book, The Normal Christian Life, I believe worshiping Him “now” before eternity is more precious.
Speaking of worship, I would like to share a Pastor John Fenn’s teaching on “7 Words That Can Change Your Life.” He introduced this audio teaching as below:
In English and other languages we read in the Psalms and Prophets words like ‘bless’, ‘thanks’, and ‘praise’ and we group them all together. But in the original Hebrew the authors used very specific words. For instance, some words specify kneeling, others shouting, others praise with the extended hand, and another with accompaniment by a stringed instrument, and many more. This series studies many of the Psalms and prophets in their context, understood as they were written, with these very specific words reflecting and in some cases, instructing us who to offer worship and praise to the Lord. You’ll never read familiar Psalms the same way again, and by following the author’s intent, you can greatly enhance your own worship and time with the Lord!
And I’d like to share one Hebrew word out of the 7 he explained, which is Barak. In English, it’s translated into “Bless,” as in Psalms 103:1~2:
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I read the expression, “Bless the Lord,” in my NKJV Bible, I was wondering how we, as His creature, can bless our Creator. I thought blessing someone must be done by one who has greater power and authority. To me, it was like a toddler’s trying to bless his parents, while he can’t even change his own diaper! Then, I got to understand from Pastor John’s teaching, the Hebrew word for bless in Psalms is Barak, and it means to kneel down in adoration or to bless the person in humility. Now it makes sense to me that we kneel down in adoration and in humility before Him, and say to Him, “Father, You are merciful and gracious and slow to anger and abounding in mercy!” Since I got to understand that, I kneel down, especially when I say part of Psalms 103 to Him.
Friend, I’d like to encourage us to worship our Lord Jesus today, no matter whether we kneel down, lift our hands or dance. He is worthy to be praised and worshipped. He is the One and Only to be worshipped. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. It’s my prayer that our praises and worship may be a sweet smelling sacrifice and He is satisfied. We worship Him now as well as in eternity.
Have a bliss!
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
I’ve been rereading a Watchman Nee’s book, The Normal Christian Life. In fact, I gave this book together with another book of his, “Sit, Walk, Stand” to some of my Christian friends for Christmas. I did want to share the gems with them, and I also would like to recommend his books to you and hope they would be a blessing to you in a new season. I even found it worthwhile to reread it. It refreshed my memory, and also opened my eyes on what I didn’t realize in the first reading.
For now, I cannot locate a sentence in his book that I want to share, but to my recollection, he wrote something like “Satan’s biggest tactic to make us sin is ‘self-centeredness.’” Reading his book, I thought I must acknowledge satan is clever. His tactics is not to make us worship him, though there are satan worshippers, but not so many yet. You wouldn’t want to worship or look at him. He simply uses the tactics to make us look at us, self, not him, nor Christ. Not only unbelievers, but many Christians are self-centered. I think self-centeredness is not limited to pride, selfishness and self-pity, but to my thought, my feeling such as offense, guilt or condemnation. This is all ME, ME, ME. Sometimes when I got up late, the first thought that came into my mind was “Oh, sorry, I got up late. Ah, I should have gotten up earlier and prayed.” It was about me and my feeling, guilt. So, now I try to say, even when I get up late, “Father, thank You for another new day. Thank You for the good sleep and rest.” I realized my focus should be moved from me to Him.
Watchman Nee also wrote on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life:
The Choice that Confronted Adam
God planted a great number of trees in the garden of Eden, but “in the middle of the garden” - that is, in a place of special prominence - he planted two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam was created innocent; he had no knowledge of good and evil. Think of a grown man, say thirty years old, who has no sense of right or wrong, no power to differentiate between the two! Would you not say such a man was undeveloped? Well, this is exactly what Adam was. And God brings him into the garden and says to him, in effect, “Now the garden is full of trees, full of fruits, and of the fruit of tree you may eat freely. But in the very midst of the garden is one tree called ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’; you must not eat of that, for in the day that you do so you will surely die. But remember, the name of the other tree close by is Life.” What then, is the meaning of these two trees? Adam was, so to speak, created morally neutral - neither sinful nor holy, but innocent - and God put those two trees there so that he might exercise free choice. He could choose the tree of life, or he could choose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now the knowledge of good and evil, though forbidden to Adam, is not wrong in itself. Without it however, Adam is in a sense limited in that he cannot decide for himself on moral issues. Judgement of right and wrong resides not in him but in God, and Adam’s only course when faced with any question is to refer it to Jehovah God. Thus you have a life in the garden which is totally dependent on God. These two trees, then typify two deep principles; they represent two plans of life, the divine and the human. The “
Tree of life” is God himself, for God is life. He is the highest form of life, and he is also the source and goal of life. And the fruit: what is that? It is our Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot eat the tree, but you can eat the fruit. No one is able to receive God as God, but we can receive the Lord Jesus. The fruit is the edible part, the receivable part of the tree. So - may I say it reverently? - the Lord Jesus is really God in a receivable form. God in Christ we can receive.
If Adam should take the tree of life, he would partake of the life of God. Thus he would become a “son” of God, in the sense of having in him a life that derived from God. There you would have God’s life in union with man: a race of men having the life of God in them and living in constant dependence upon God for that life. But if instead Adam should turn the other way, and take the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then he would develop his own manhood along natural lines apart from God. As a self-sufficient being, he would possess in himself the power to form independent judgment, but he would have no life from God.
So this was the alternative that lay before him. Choosing the way of the Spirit, the way of obedience, he could become a “son” of God, living in independence upon God for his life; or, taking the natural course, he could put the finishing touch to himself, as it were, by becoming a self-dependent being, judging and acting apart from God. The history of humanity is the outcome of the choice he made.”
I think our daily life would be kind of a tug of war between the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life, since Adam ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Do you ask the Lord for every single decision or do you make your own decision? I’m not talking about what vegetable I would pick for dinner or what color I would choose between two jackets. Since Adam’s choice, we think we know quite well and we can judge what’s good and evil. So, even Christians tend to choose from their own judgements, as they believe they are wise and smart enough to do that. Actually, it became reality that human beings can judge what's good and evil to some degree. But, God’s intention was and is for us to depend on Him and have fellowship with Him over every single matter. He is God and His wisdom and ways are unsearchable. He is righteous and true.
But since Adam’s choice, many of us have our own opinion on everything. We have to say what we think about abortion, same sex marriage, leadership, finance and so forth, as we think we are wise enough and we know good and evil. But are we asking our Father on His thought and do we choose the tree of life? We call Christ our Lord, but do we really mean it? Though we call Him Lord, we sit on His throne in us and we choose our own way. Do we really know our place? We’re not supposed to be on that throne. I think that to many Christians, it might be a life-time war inside to choose the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Again, satan doesn’t stand in front, to make us choose him. He simply uses the tactics of “self-centeredness,” i.e. my way, my thought, my plan and so on. And he has been very successful, unfortunately.
It’s my prayer that we choose the tree of life, the way of the Spirit. And we become totally dependent on our Father, our Creator, and we remain teachable. May He open our eyes that we may see we died on the cross with our Lord Jesus and now Christ lives in us, not we ourselves.
Have a bliss!
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) (Romans 5:12~17)
How are you? I’m well.
On November 30, my mom and I had a doctor’s appointment in the hospital where she was last year. At that time, they found out an ulcer in her main artery. She had no pain, nor other symptom so that the doctor wanted to follow-up just by an annual CT. So, we went there for CT one week before the doctor’s appointment. Then, on the day when we planned to see the doctor, my niece wanted to see us for a short while in the hospital, as she planned to work from home and her place is near from the hospital. I also wanted to catch up with her in person, to give her some desserts that I showed her through our family zoom meeting on the previous week. Then, I thought of buying a gift for her birthday, as it is December 5th. Last year, I ordered an online gift coupon for TWG tea, a premium Singaporean tea, as I remember she loved it when I bought it from Singapore. We didn’t meet often last year so that I ordered an online gift coupon and sent it via text message. Since we planned to meet around her birthday, I wanted to prepare for her gift to surprise her. I thought of TWG tea again, but more importantly dates from Israel. She once traveled to Israel and she loved foods there. Both she and I love Middle Eastern foods. For dates, I got to know there are different kinds of dates on the other side of the world. In Korea, we have dates and in our old family house mom planted a date tree so that we ate its fruits every year. But, ours is a little bit hard and not that sweet. Then, when I lived in Singapore, a Singaporean couple gave me a box of Israeli dates from their trip to Israel. So, I got to know there are different kinds of dates from ours and I loved the Israeli dates. I can’t forget how much I loved them, when I first ate them. After that, I found out dates from Middle Eastern countries in the grocery in Singapore and later locally produced ones in California when I visited my sister. Now I also see dates from Middle Eastern & African countries and the USA available in Korean online grocery stores and some of offline stores, too. After tasting a few from different countries, I found Israel wins! Though the Israeli date price is the highest, I began to buy Israeli dates from this autumn for mom and to bless Israeli farmers. And I thought I would buy them for my niece’s birthday present together with the tea. So, I ordered both online to be delivered to my place and I bought a wrapping paper in a nearby grocery store.
Then, when we met in the hospital, I gave her birthday present wrapped in a pretty paper. After I met mom’s doctor, we went to the food court in the hospital. It is my joy to get some foods from there and the previous week, I found out a new store to sell a Korean dessert, walnut pie and peanut pie. And this store is a really good maker of the pie. I said to the Father earlier, “This is once in a year or two. Hehe…,” as I’ve been trying to keep on a healthy diet. My niece is also on a healthy diet, but she also loves walnut pie and peanut pie. So, after I took away a few bags of pies for us, we said good-bye and went home. Later, my niece texted me, saying this is the best walnut pie she has ever had. And she said she was grateful to our Father for her sweet family and she was grateful for her grandma and me. And she said she felt the Father’s holy, pure and mighty love pour out on her through her family. Then, she shared her recent health problem. While exchanging texts with her, I felt the wall I still had between us in my heart fall down and I felt compassionate to her. I still kept some distance in my heart toward her, even after she apologized for what she had done in the past. Of course, I forgave her, yet I knew my heart toward her was not the same as before the incident.
Then, the next morning when I had breakfast with mom, she texted me, after she opened her birthday gift, saying:
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! You know what’s crazy? A month ago, a church member gifted staff with fresh Korean dates and last week I kept thinking of Middle Eastern dates and how chewy they are. Then, the previous night I was in a prayer circle with internationally based students and the girl leading was in Morocco and all I could think of was dates, so I prayed God would be that nation’s sweetest delight. Then, yesterday I got a sandwich and soup that were so good that the herbs and produce were like quality only found in Israel. I was SO SHOCKED to open your gift but even more to see they’re Israeli dates!!! Thank you and may the Lord bless you!”
I was amazed and amused by the goodness of our Father. I knew how she felt, as He satisfied my desires through others unexpectedly and timely. And now, He used me to be His vessel of His love toward my niece. Of course, I didn’t know she had been thinking of dates at all. But He orchestrated everything including the timing of her receiving the gift and thinking of Israeli foods. How marvelous and how kind He is! He knows every single detail of us and indeed He counts our hairs. Exchanging texts with my niece over the last couple of days, I really felt that He loves each and every one of His children. And it includes my niece, too. He is no respecter of person. Just as He loves me so much, He loves my niece, too. Seeing His love toward her, I began to open my heart toward her. Since I moved to my new place which is spacious enough to invite her for meals, I kept debating as to whether I would invite her on Christmas or our Lunar New Year holidays coming in next Jan. So far, I had an excuse in my heart that my place is too small to invite her. Yet, I know it was an excuse. So does our Father. Keeping debating on that, I knew I would obey Him, if He wants me to open my place to her. Even though unwillingly, I knew I would obey Him. Yet our Father is so kind that He didn’t let me do it unwillingly or grudgingly for the sake of obedience. He made me taste and see how good He is toward my niece, too, using me to be a vessel to share His love with her. And He reignited the love I had toward her through our texts. Then, in a week or so, my sister in California and I exchanged texts and she seemed to hear some stories on my niece from my eldest sister. The story as to how she was changed and how precious she realized her family was, when we didn’t talk to one another since 2018. My sister didn’t share details, but told me to hear the story from my niece in person. Then, she said that both my eldest sister and my niece know how much I loved my niece and nephew and they all appreciate me for the love. In reading her texts, my eyes welled up with tears. I was even more grateful to the Father. He didn’t force me to obey Him and open my heart toward my eldest sister and my niece. He is a Gentleman, just like our Lord Jesus. He simply melted my heart. Though I knew I would obey Him at the end of the day, He made me realize He is our loving Father to each and every one of us. It would give Him pains, if His children don’t love one another. But, we can please Him, when we love one another. I’m grateful as I felt His love toward my niece in me. Finally, I invited her to my place for Christmas.
Our Father sees you through. He loves you just as He loves my niece and me. We taste and see that the LORD is good. It’s my prayer that we are a vessel to share His love and goodness with others and all of us praise His loving kindness and tender mercies. We walk in love, just as He showed us through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
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)
How are you? I’m well.
In the Old Testament Survey by Pastor John Fenn, I found his insight on the book of Job fresh and fascinating. And it did speak to me in a timely manner and I would like to share some from his views.
Job is a great man. We know he reared the fatherless and widows, and he didn’t lust after young women. He was a wealthy and respected old man. Yet, Pastor John said to the audience (I paraphrase), “Imagine that you are a doctor and Job came to you as a patient. After listening to him, you might prescribe tranquilizers.” Job was very concerned about his adult children and he offered burnt offerings, worrying they had sinned:
“And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly. (Job 1:4~5)”
And Job actually confessed his fear and dread, after he lost everything including his children:
“‘For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me.
I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
I have no rest, for trouble comes.’ (Job 3:25~26)”
And Pastor John quoted 1 Peter 5:8a:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
The devil roams around to attack us, if we give in fear, worry and so on. Indeed, satan said:
“And the Lord said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’
So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.’ (Job 1:7)”
When I listened to Pastor John’s insight, I felt it really eye-opening. On a certain matter in the future, I’ve been entertaining some negative thoughts. I knew they were not from God, yet I kept thinking of something bad, as if it would happen. So, his message just hit home. Indeed, our mind is battleground and the devil roams about to see whom he may devour. Though Job was a righteous man, he was a human being just like every one of us. We all make a mistake and we all have something to be improved. After the class, I repented of my keeping entertaining the negative thoughts on a certain matter in the future, despite knowing His faithfulness and goodness by experience. From that moment on, I stopped thinking of it, but chose to trust His goodness, as my Father.
Apostle Paul encouraged us to be transformed by renewing of our mind:
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)”
It is we that renew our mind, not God. It’s our responsibility.
Friend, if you are worried about your children, business, finances, career, relationships and so forth, I pray this speaks to you and changes you. It’s my prayer that you and I remain sober and vigilant and renew our mind, trusting His faithfulness and goodness. May He give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and we see who we are in Christ.
Have a bliss!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6~7)