How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today?
I think it was late February or early March this year. I listened to the sermon of Pastor Joe Sweet in Shekinah Worship Center in Lancaster, CA in YouTube. He shared his wife’s testimony from a few decades ago. When they were newly married, she moved in to Pastor Joe’s house. Then, she felt so uncomfortable on Pastor Joe’s used bed. But, Pastor Joe couldn’t afford to buy a new King size bed. She said to him, “My Father is rich. Let’s pray.” And she asked Him to provide them with a new high-quality King size bed. Next day, when she prayed, she didn’t ask it any more, but said, “Thank you, Father, for giving us a new high-quality King size bed.” She believed her prayer would be answered and she thanked for His provision, even before she saw it. She did that prayer, thanking Him, for 14 days. Then, Pastor Joe got a phone call from their friend. She said to him, “Do you happen to know who needs a new high-quality King size bed?” Then, she went on to share the background that her rich neighbor have one and asked her whether she knows anyone who needs it.
When I listened to the amusing yet amazing testimony, I was reminded of some other testimonies that people received miraculous healing, even when they didn’t receive it yet, but declared it by faith, thanking the Lord. Those testimonies together with Pastor Joe’s wife’s encouraged me. Then, I started to apply it to my situation.
I have a house in a suburb of Seoul and I’ve had a tenant for the past 4 years. The rent contract was supposed to be expired in late March this year. Last year, our leftist government established a regulation that is unfavorable to landlords. If tenants want to extend rent contracts for another 2 years, landlords should accept it, which makes it hard for them to sell their properties. Last year, I wanted to sell my house but was not sure whether my tenant wanted to extend the contract or move out. Then, I decided to lay my cares upon the Father, as He knows the best timing for everything. And I also didn’t want to work around the scheme to kick out my tenant, to sell my house, as she is a believer, another child of Him. And I had peace. Then, last October, my tenant reached out to me to say she planned to move out when the contract would be expired this year. I was really glad to hear that, feeling He makes a way. This February right after the Lunar New Year holidays, I got to know from her she planned to move out on Feb. 19th, while the contract ends on March 28th. She misunderstood the time on the contract. Anyway, she moved out early and I contacted a real estate agent, whom I got to know online. I was very grateful, as she is very nice and supportive. Then, when I asked her how the market had been, she said, “There has been no sales transaction at all. No buyer at all. Only rent transaction once in a while.” It was a discouraging report, yet I was not worried. I believed my Father would send me a buyer in His time and He wouldn’t let my house empty, not being sold nor being rented. I was very certain that my tenant's moving out is His first arrangement to sell my house. Thus He will make a way. When I shared this with my Christian hairdresser, she also encouraged me, sharing her story. She moved to her new flat in this Feb., after she made a contract in November or December last year. In making the contract with the seller, who is a Christian, she got to know from the agent that the seller listed her flat only in that month and she found out the buyer, my hairdresser, within a month. But, there were many sellers whose flats had been on the list for over a year, as they didn’t find buyers. Her story encouraged me much. And she said, “I will also pray for selling your house, together with you.” Later, when I heard Pastor Joe’s wife’s testimony, I was encouraged and started to pray, “Father, I thank You for sending me a good buyer. I thank You, as it was sold at a good price.” Not only I said that prayer, but I gave a love offering to a minister, really believing my house will be sold and I would receive money soon.
Interestingly enough, within 2 weeks after that prayer, I had two missed calls and one text message from an unknown number. Much to my surprise, the text message said, “I’m interested in buying your house, if it’s not been sold yet.”, mentioning my house address. I was thrilled and surprised and I asked my real estate agent to contact this person. And she reported back to me, after calling the potential buyer, saying he knows the town very well, as his friend lives there. So, it sounded like his friend let him know my house seemed empty, after my tenant moved out and he got my phone number from the person who managed the community contact info. The potential buyer tried to lower down the price way too much, though. Then, the next Friday, I just felt in my heart that I would hear the good news on my house from the agent that day. Last year, when the long-awaited answer of my prayer came, the Holy Spirit also gave that feeling in my heart earlier on the day and I got a call, to my amazement. Soon enough, on that day, my agent called me to say she got an agreement on the price which was actually higher than the price I said to her. She was good at negotiation and I was able to make a contract the very next week. Praise God! I was simply overjoyed and amazed at how awesome our Father is! He is a Way Maker and a Miracle Worker. My agent said to me again, “There was none who visited us to buy a house at all. No sales transaction at all.” I couldn’t thank Him enough and I felt I could even fly! I texted my hairdresser to share this good news, as she had been praying for me. And she said, “I got goose bumps! I didn’t expect the prayer to be answered so soon! I can’t wait till I hear from you more!” She simply rejoiced with me. What a joy intercessors have when prayers are answered! So, my agent arranged the contract date for the next Friday and I was supposed to receive 10% of the sales price as deposit on that day. Out of gratitude, I transferred another love offering to the minister, even before I would receive the deposit in a week. After I transferred the money and texted the minister, she said that it was a real answer to her prayer and only God knows what it meant to her. And she thanked me for being obedient to the Lord. After that, I was amazed again. My agent said that she requested the buyer to transfer “pre-deposit” which is not a standard in the procedure, and the amount I got as pre-deposit was a little bit higher than the love offering I just transferred. I’m grateful for His faithfulness. Later in the evening, when I listened to Shekinah Worship Center’s worship meeting, the first song they sang was “O Taste and See that the Lord is good!” I couldn’t agree with it enough! I sang along, overjoyed.
Since then, I made an adjustment to my prayer. Instead of saying “Father, please baptize so and so in Your Spirit. Father, please save so and so and bring them to eternal life,” I began to say to Him, “Father, I thank You for baptizing so and so in Your Spirit. Father, I thank You for bringing salvation to so and so.” And I believe He will make a way and He will do miracles in His time. I trust His faithfulness. He will answer my prayers when they are all in line with His will.
I hope my testimony as well as Pastor Joe’s wife’s encourage you. It’s my desire and prayer that when we ask Him, we don’t get double-minded, but trust Him. He supplies all our needs and He knows the best for each one of us. In His way and in His time, He will make a way. Yes & Amen!
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.
How are you? I’m well.
I’d like to share more stories on prayer and intercession. After I read the book, “The Ambassador of God,” I wanted to encourage a few friends and ex-colleagues, so I ordered the books online to be delivered to their homes or offices as Christmas gifts. During the Christmas and year end time, an ex-colleague texted me, saying why the Lord gave the book to her through me. She said it gave her a timely message, as she had a difficult person to work with. And the book encouraged her to intercede for the person, just like the author of the book did. I was glad to hear that.
Even when I was in the middle of reading the book and said to the Lord that I would be diligent in intercession, He connected me to a person who needed prayers. I happened to know a Christian cook of Korean foods in the traditional market. I paid a compliment on her foods and got to know she is a believer. Then, she said she would get a surgery on her neck and back disks the next week and she would not open her store for a week. I promised to her that I would remember her in my prayers, and I did. When she came back, I was glad to hear the good report on her recovery and she was also grateful for having a wonderful time even in the midst of the surgery.
While I interceded for others, I kept one brother in my Singapore church in my prayers. He has been sending me texts, to share YouTube video links or news articles. I found some of them were prophecy, but many times he sent kind of speculations on the Covid-19 vaccines. I guessed he is unvaccinated, because of those speculations. Most of the time, I got a bit annoyed at his texts, as I believe it’s a personal decision, after we pray and hear from the Lord. And I also think there is a spirit of division over unimportant things in the Body of Christ. And when he sent those texts, there was no personal greeting, but simply those links of websites. And I didn’t really want to spend a second on clicking them. So, I literally said to the Lord, “Father, I don’t like to receive texts from him anymore. But, please give him the discernment so that he would not be distracted by those speculations or false prophecy.” As he is much older than I am, I didn’t want to ask him to stop sending texts. I wanted to be kind by saying some greetings to him, but I was afraid of receiving more texts from him then. So, I kept being quiet. Interestingly enough, after I started to pray that prayer, I didn’t receive any text from him! I was literally amazed. But much later, I received a text from him. This time, it was not a simple link of YouTube or any website. He wrote, “Sister, I’m sharing what happened to me.” and I got to know he was in hospital as he was infected with the Covid-19. I felt so sorry for him. Not knowing he had the virus, I felt good at not receiving any text from him. So, I prayed to the Father that He would recover him and also continued to pray for the wisdom and discernment over him. Soon enough, he was discharged and shared the picture of his newborn granddaughter.
In addition to these episodes, I had some learning and adjustments on my time of prayer. When I was reading the book, The Ambassador of God, I asked the Lord to wake me up before the alarm rings. I’ve had difficulty in getting up even with the alarm. Amazingly after the prayer, I woke up around 10 minutes before the alarm was supposed to ring. So, I read the Bible and prayed on the sofa in the living room. Then, my mom started to get up when I got up early for prayer. She simply went to and fro the restroom, and it was often enough to distract me. So, I felt it hard to get focused. But, at the end of the day, I didn’t want to blame her, as if the enemy was using her to distract me and to prevent me from praying. I had to change my mind, thinking of a mom who has a newborn baby. She would find it hard to find a good time for prayers, when she has her tiny new boss! But she wouldn’t blame her little baby, as if it was the devil’s scheme to be distracted by the baby or attend to him or her. As my mom’s sleep has been irregular like being wide-awake whole night, I thought I would learn to use my time per her condition. There is a good time when she falls asleep, snoring, even during the day. So, I started to change my mindset and learned to adjust to praising and praying when she fell asleep or watched TV in the bedroom. I didn’t have to feel bad or guilty for not getting up early for prayers. I also prayed and sang, while I was cooking or washing dishes.
Then, Sister Margaret said during her class that we could pray while we vacuum or wash dishes. When I heard that, I was encouraged as if He was saying to me that He knows my circumstances and I’m on the right track. Sister Margaret shared one story that she saw a vision when she was nursing one of her children, reading the Bible and asking on the verse she had been questioning for many years. Through the vision, she was able to understand the verse she questioned for many years. I was encouraged to know that she received the revelation even when nursing her baby, as a busy mother of little children. I believe our Father doesn’t necessarily hear or answer us early in the morning or late at night only. He knows our situations. And I’m learning to be flexible, not feeling bad or guilty at all. And I also believe walking with Him every moment would be more important than setting aside time for prayer.
I’d like to encourage you to talk to Him while you are driving alone or doing some house chores, if you have difficulty in finding a quiet time. We have our own secret closets and yours might be different from mine. Our Father is creative and loves diversity. And He is omnipresent and ever present. And He loves to hear from you and talk to you.
Have a bliss!
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today? We're celebrating Lunar New Year in Korea, soon.
In November last year, I read a series of the book, The Ambassador of God. It was written by one of the elders in my Korean church and he used to serve the nation as an ambassador to China and as a minister of the Department of North & South Korea Reunification, before retirement. I used to watch some of his testimonies in YouTube and found them so interesting and encouraging and found him an amusing speaker. Then, one day in November last year, I took a nap on the sofa and in the middle of the nap, somehow the name of the elder and author came into my mind and I felt the Lord wants me to read his books. Though I listened to many of his testimonies in YouTube, I felt the books would have different impact so that I ordered his books.
The author’s late mother was a faithful Christian, but he stopped going to church since he went to the university. And he married an unbeliever and her family had the Buddhist background. But, later, the author and his wife became Christians and the author had a really remarkable experience. He was baptized with the Holy Spirit, while he was on the phone. Later, he couldn’t drink alcohol at all, as even one sip of alcohol made him vomit. He actually received the prophecy from a Christian lady that he would never drink alcohol again and he would ask the Lord for every single matter and He would answer him. So, his story was like the stories of Joseph and Daniel who served the kings of the nations as God’s ambassador. And just like David, the author asked the Lord what he should do or whether he would do something or not. And He answered him. Not only He answered him, but He gave His Words to those he interceded for. Each time, the author wrote down the Words He gave and delivered them when he met them in person. The recipients were moved into tears or were in awe, as His Words gave them assurance that He watches over them and He cares for them.
While I was reading the first book of the series, I moved into tears and I repented. I said to the Lord, “Father, I’m sorry that I’ve been lazy in intercession. Though You gave me the gift of the tongues, I’ve been lately so lazy. Please forgive me and wake me up early in the morning. I’d like to intercede.”
Not only that, but I also repented of disliking my President, as he is the leftist. When I read the elder’s book, he shared some of the episodes on two ex-Presidents he served in person. One of them committed suicide after he finished his term and was under investigation. Even during his term, I didn’t like that President, nor respect him. One of the reasons was that he is the leftist. But the author wrote in his book that he would not disclose details, but whenever he interceded for that President, he knew how much God the Father loved him. It really made me repent. The late President was not a believer and he was the leftist. Later, he killed himself. I only criticized him, thinking he lacked in courage so that he killed himself. I never had compassion on him. I had no heart of our Father. He loves everyone, no matter whether he is a believer or whether he is a communist or not. But I didn’t like some of our Presidents, if they are leftists or unbelievers. I complained of them when they were in the office.
So, I repented and started to intercede for the current President. I know his late mother was a Catholic, but I don’t think he believes Jesus so that I prayed for his and his family’s salvation, for his revering the Lord and for the wisdom during his office. Then, I also prayed for one of the former Presidents from the conservative party who was our first female President and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. I prayed for her in the past, reading the prophecy that she already met the Lord in prison, but we should pray against the spirit of suicide over her. And in the recent news, she was reported to be hospitalized for orthopedic treatment. And it said she also met a psychiatrist, as she had some fears. So, I kept her in my prayer. Soon enough, after I started to pray for these Presidents, I watched the breaking news that the current President decided to release her from prison. And it seemed to be his own decision without any discussion with others. So, there seemed to be some negative opinions among the leftist party, the current President’s party.
When I heard the news, I was in awe and said to myself, “Is it because the Lord heard my prayer?” I recalled Derek Prince’s book title “Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting.” I haven’t read it yet, but the book title encouraged me to pray for the nations and their leaders. And now I am more encouraged to pray for our leaders. Actually, I found my heart changed, after repentance and after starting to pray for my President. I don’t dislike him anymore, but feel compassionate, when I see him aging a lot. I think it’s from a lot of stress.
I’d like to encourage you to pray for one another, pray for those who have different opinions or those who give you a hard time and pray for your leaders and the governing authorities. We tend to think miracles are something like healing the sick and casting out demons. I think they are. But praying in the secret closet and seeing your heart changed is also a miracle. And if we pray in His will, we will see our prayers answered in His time.
Have a bliss! Happy Chinese New Year!
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1~2)
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today?
Today, I would like to share part of some episodes I had in this May. My mom went to the emergency room in the big hospital in early May and was hospitalized for a few days. After that, in the middle of May, she went to the emergency room again and was hospitalized for a week. In the two hospitalization, she was diagnosed as hyponatremia and it seemed to cause her to vomit at each time before she had to go to the emergency room. Each time in the emergency room and during her stay in the hospital, there were so many challenges, coupled with the Covid-19. In her first visit to the emergency room, the hospital found I had a 37.7 degree of fever. So, they didn’t allow me to come in until I was tested negative.
In the second visit to the emergency room, my mom’s blood pressure went up to over 230 and she had a fever, while she was being treated. Due to her fever, she had to get the Covid-19 test immediately and she had to be isolated in the emergency room, until she was tested negative. As she was old, weak and almost unconscious, the staffs in the emergency room allowed me to be with her in an isolated room. So, I wore a special gown that the hospital staffs wore against the Covid-19 and was sitting next to mom’s bed for 5~6 hours till the test result came out. After she was tested negative, she was moved to other room in the emergency room and she got better. And in almost 24 hours since we came to the emergency room, we were told that she would be moved to the general room in the hospital. So, I checked in for her hospitalization and my Covid-19 test, as I should stay with her. In the check-in counter, I overheard the conversation of the check-in counter employee and a customer, the family member of the patient in the emergency room. It sounded like there was no available room in the hospital so that the patients in the emergency room to be hospitalized should stand by, not knowing how long it would take. The customer sounded very angry and complained a lot to the employee in the check-in counter. I would understand that many hospitals lack in rooms under the pandemic and I also heard the same report from the employee when I checked in.
When I came back to mom’s bed in the emergency room, after checking-in, the kind nurse who was in charge of mom said to me that he had seen the rooms in the general hospital usually on high demand on Monday and Tuesday during the week. And it was Monday night. I was extremely tired after all the shock and tension over the last 24 hours. Now mom seemed to get better, having a light sleep on the bed and I needed some sofa bed so badly, but in the emergency room, I could only take a seat on a chair next to mom’s bed. Then, I overheard the conversation in front of mom’s room. The patient in that room seemed to have a doctor friend there and he was able to be moved to the general room soon. At that moment, I was reminded of Walter Beuttler’s testimony in his book, The Manifest Presence of God:
When I was a student in Bible School, I was talking to the Superintendent of the Denomination to which I belonged. Later, his son came into the room and asked, “What will you do when you leave?” I had no home, as my family lived in Germany, and could only reply, “I do not know.” Then he asked what ministry I thought I would have. Again, I could only say, “I do not know.” Then he said, “I am glad I am not like you. I know people at the top, and I will have a big church.” When he left the room, he slammed the door and it felt like a shot from a gun going through my heart. It really hurt because I had nowhere to go. I dropped to my knees and prayed a very simple prayer, “Father, did You hear what he said?” As I prayed this, in a flash of revelation, the Lord quickened these thoughts to me. “It is true that he knows people at the top. But it is also true that I am your Father, and that I am at the top of all those who are at the top. And, I am your personal superintendent.” I lifted my hands and said, “Father, thank You for being Who You are. This day I acknowledge You as my personal superintendent.” Years later, while in Rio De Janeiro, I was told that this fellow was working as a butcher, and he did not have the big church he thought he would have.
Beuttler, Walter. The Manifest Presence of God: The Spiritual Journey of Walter Beuttler (pp. 28-29). Deeper Lift Press. Kindle Edition.
And I said to my Father who is at the top of all those who are at the top, “Father, I have no connection, but You! You have my back! I know You would work for us. Jesus, please do something for us.” After the prayer, I had such a confidence in my heart that He would make a way for us and nothing is impossible with Him. Soon enough, our kind nurse came to me, to share the good news that we would move to a room soon. Even when I heard the discouraging reports around, I had such a powerful Father at the top!
Over the last 24 hours, I had no energy and no time to read the Bible and pray, but I kept some verses from Psalms 34 in my heart:
When I had nothing, desperate and defeated,
I cried out to the Lord and he heard me,
bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most.
The angel of Yahweh stooped down to listen as I prayed,
encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape.
He will do this for everyone who fears God.
Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God.
Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives
to all who turn to hide themselves in him.
Yet when holy lovers of God cry out
to him with all their hearts,
the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them
from all their troubles. (The Passion Translation)
Indeed, He stooped down to listen to my cry and He delivered me from the troubles. After mom was hospitalized in a shared room for 5 patients, I was able to lie on the sofa bed, just thanking the Lord. Then, we spent two nights in that shared room, and I got to realize that the room belonged to orthopedics department. Indeed, when the hospital lacked in room, our Heavenly Father gave the shared room in the other department. Then, I was so exhausted in the shared room, after answering mom’s endless demand and hallucinations as well as hearing other patients’ screaming after their orthopedics surgery. I lacked in sleep and I got so weary. And I asked the nurse whether I could find a private room and she said she would check it out. Again, I prayed to our Heavenly Father. Amazingly, we were told to move to a private room in the internal medicine department where my mom should belong to. Every time when I cried out to Him for help, He always stooped down to listen to me. When we entered in the private room, I was even more thankful. From the window, I was able to see my middle school, high school and university campus. My mom was happy with looking at them with her old memory. As we had a TV in the private room, I turned on her favorite news channel, on mute, while playing out Korean hymns on my mobile phone. Then, the next day, I was able to find two Christian channels on TV so that I turned on one Christian channel, hoping mom would listen to the Words of God. But you know what? I heard the pastor preaching about honoring the parents! I smiled at the sense of humor of our Father. The other night, I was so weary, looking at mom’s trying to untie the belts around her wrists and feet tied her bed. She had to be tied after she pulled off the catheter and the intravenous cord for the treatment a few times. She was successful a few times in untying her wrist belts so that I had to tie her wrists time and again during the night. After all those weary battles over night, the message from our Heavenly Father was “Honor your parents!” and the pastor said, “The best way to honor our parents is to be with them.” I couldn’t agree with him more.
I shared part of the episodes only. There are so much more on the goodness of our Father from mom’s incidents, including meeting very nice doctors and nurses and so on. Friend, whatever circumstances you are in, I would like to encourage you to turn your eyes on Jesus and ask our good good Father. What the enemy intends for evil, He uses for good. He stoops down to you when you cry out to Him and He would say to you, “My child, I have your back!” Isn’t that awesome that we have all the powerful and always good and righteous Father at the top? When we have Him, we have everything!
Have a bliss!
So why would I fear the future?
How are you? I’m well.
On January 13th, 2021, I had a dream where I seemed to be in a company’s office. It seemed as though my colleagues and I were preparing for an exam. Thus, we set a table in the corner of the pantry. My colleagues and I were sitting around the table and I put my Bible and my journal notebook on the table and went somewhere for a while. When I got back to the table, I noticed my Bible and journal notebook disappeared. I tried to locate them, and I finally found them out in the sink of the pantry. They got wet from the water in the sink. Especially the ink on my journal notebook spread all over the paper and I got so angry. I went back to the table where my colleagues sat and I threw my Bible and notebook to the table, asking them who did that. They kept silent, but they seemed to know who did that. Later, I got to know Hilary (not her real name), the personal assistant of the head in the office did that. But she pretended for long that she didn’t do that. Being so angry, I asked her why she did that to me. And she said, “Your reading the Bible and journaling reminded me of my husband, and I hate it.” I felt her excuse was nonsense and I rebuked her.
When I awoke and was able to recall the dream, I found it so funny, but I felt it was from the Lord and thought I knew what the dream meant. Hilary, the assistant of the head in the office served a very long year till her early sixties, to my recollection. I heard that she was laid off, after I left the company. She went to church, but not regularly. And her way of living did not represent Jesus at all. My Christian colleague and I called her Jezebel, just between the two of us, as we thought she was so evil. She tried to control all the employees, even including her boss and make the office her kingdom. Under her, she had a few assistants to report to her, and a lady who cleaned the pantry also reported to her. She bullied her subordinates that they left the company one by one, as they couldn’t put up with her torments anymore.
When I recalled the dream, I interpreted that she represented Satan. With regard to her saying that my reading the Bible and journaling reminded her of her husband, I interpreted her husband doesn’t literally mean her real husband, but Jesus. As James W. Goll shared in his article, 8 Common People in Dreams, “A husband in your dream often means that Christ Jesus the Lord is drawing ever so close in a covenant relationship,”I think the husband she mentioned represented Jesus, though it doesn’t mean Satan married Him. And I understood that Satan is very jealous of my communion with Jesus through my praying-reading the Bible and journaling. Since I watched and read Pastor Mike Bickle’s teaching on meditating on His Words and praying-reading the Bible, I started to read the Bible, to talk to Jesus and to know more of Him. It gave me such a joy and comfort, as I chose not to search the Scriptures out of legalism or self-righteousness anymore.
And I’m sure Satan would hate it and he would like to get rid of my Bible and my journal, to take away the good thing that won’t be taken away. I think the Lord showed me the enemy hates my walking on the right path after turning from the path of legalism, and he wants to do whatever it takes to stand in my way to the Lord. I recalled Neville Johnson’s teaching on meditation, and he mentioned it’s not easy, but the reward of meditation is remarkable and great. How much more would the enemy hate our receiving great rewards?
I’m sharing this to encourage you to continue to do or start to do what the enemy hates and is jealous of. I pray that we always sit at the feet of Jesus and talk to and listen to Him, in Yeshua’s name.
Have a bliss!
As the deer pants for the water brooks,