How are you? I’m well.
Are you in peace? I would like to share what the late Neville Johnson wrote in his book, Secrets of the Kingdom III:
“Three artists were once asked to paint a picture expressing peace. One painted a tranquil scene by a very still lake in a perfect environment. The second one painted a picture of a desert scene with a very light breeze blowing and the light delicately reflecting off the sand dunes. The third man painted a raging waterfall thundering down a huge cliff with a roaring sound. A tree branch had grown out halfway down the ranging waterfall, stretching outward across it, and on the end of the branch was a bird, fast asleep in its nest. Guess who won the contest?”
This year, we see another crisis, the war between Russia and Ukraine. When I first watched the news, I thought of China. My friend sent me a prophecy earlier this year that we should pray for Taiwan, as China has been trying to gobble it up. Then, it went on to say we should also pray for South Korea. Once China eats Taiwan up, it will gobble up Korean Peninsula, Vietnam, the Philippines and so on. As we’ve been technically under the Korean war, with about 7 decades of break, the news on Russia/Ukraine and the prophecy on China gave me many thoughts. I still recall my childhood when my parents had a few backpacks in the closet. In the backpacks, mom put some emergency goods, including some clothes. My sister and I got to know they had the backpacks, as we saw mom replace our clothes in them with a bigger size due to our growth. We asked our parents what these were and they explained it. Since they went through the Korean War, they took it very seriously.
Watching the news on the war in Ukraine, I prayed that both Russians and Ukrainians would be saved, believing Jesus. And I prayed China would not invade Taiwan and us. I have no fear, but peace. In December last year, Pastor John Fenn wrote about one of the Lord’s visitations and I share the links of his article. He wrote “His focus is on what He is doing not what the devil is doing or what the processes of politics and economics will effect upon this world. That is where our focus should be.” His article made me repent, as I got to realize my focus was wrong.
Later in March this year, in a monthly meeting with my Singapore pastor and others, a pastor shared what the Lord said in his heart. He said that we should look upon Jesus, not on what’s going on in the world. I felt it really echoed what Pastor John Fenn wrote. The pastor’s wife is from Russia and he said she has her family both in Russia and in Ukraine. Then, the news in this world don’t tell the truth on the war from both sides, at all. No wonder as satan always uses deception.
Since last year, we’ve seen inflation everywhere and the war seems to add fuel to it. I heard many prophecy that bumpy roads are ahead, but fear not! Friend, I believe it’s wise to prepare for the things to come, as Proverbs 27:12 says, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself.” Yet, we don’t fear, but look upon Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We focus on what He is doing in the Body of Christ, not on what the enemy is doing in the world. In Him, we have peace, joy and hope. God is in control.
Have a bliss!
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)