How are you? I’m well.
On August 18th, I woke up in the morning and I left home for the time alone with the Lord. In front of the elevator to go downstairs, I felt I should check the weather on my mobile phone again and I felt it was prompted by the Holy Spirit. When I got up on my bed perhaps 20 minutes ago, I checked the weather and it was just cloudy for the next few hours in the morning. Yet, I felt I should check the weather forecast again, before getting into the elevator. So, I checked it and to my surprise it shows 40~70% of probability of rain for the next 2 hours. So, when the elevator stopped in front of me, I didn’t take it but went back home to grab my umbrella. It didn’t rain yet, but I was grateful to the Lord to give me the thought to check the weather forecast again. Then, walking toward the nearby museum, I thought to myself, “What if it really rains during my prayer and worship? Where should I go, then?” I thought of a few cafés near the museum that would open early, but I was afraid that they might have a loud background music. Then, somehow in my heart, I had a peace, as if He said to me that I would be totally fine under the patio umbrella at the table in the museum garden where I used to take a seat. So, I took a seat at the table under the patio umbrella. Then, in an hour, after I read His Words and prayed, it started to rain! I saw a lady under another patio umbrella in the opposite side leave the table in a hurry, without an umbrella in her hand. Then, I looked up and around my table. Strangely, there was no wind at all and the leaves in the trees worked as another layer of shade for me so that even a drop of rain didn’t come into the table. I looked up and saw the patio umbrella, and found the umbrella perfectly cover the wood seat so that my back didn’t get any drop of rain. And I thought of His Words that I read a while back:
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
I was simply amazed and thankful, as the Holy Spirit warned me of the rain, yet He also assured me that I would be ok outside, even when it rains. I felt the Holy Spirit wanted to teach me to be sensitive to Him, reminded of what I read in the Pastor John Fenn’s book, “Pursuing the Seasons of God.” Then, I was reminded that I have a song downloaded on my mobile phone, “God is My Refuge and Strength” and I played out the song, and I was simply joyful, singing along that song. I felt the Lord was teaching me that I should listen to and obey Him, even on a small matter and when I obey Him, I would be safe. He is indeed my Refuge and Rock in the time of trouble.
In light of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and asking His Lordship, I would like to share another story. In Korea, now the Covid-19 vaccines are available this month for my age. Previously, I didn’t even have to debate on that, as the vaccine supply was short. And I never put my confidence in the vaccines, but in the Lord. And I also thought each believer should ask the Lord and follow His direction. I know, even in churches, pastors and prophets all have different sayings. Then, one day, when I listened to two pastors’ sharing their opinions, I agreed with them and had peace. They said that they don’t believe the vaccines will protect us from the virus. But we should not also fear any side effects from the vaccines, if it’s the reason of not getting one. Certainly, this vaccination is not 666, the mark of the beast. Our decision must be based on whether it will help expand the Kingdom of God. If it does, then, go ahead with the vaccines without fear. Later, when I read the June newsletter from Pastor John Fenn’s Church Without Walls International website, I felt his insight was helpful and it gave me peace on the idea of getting a jab:
Some Christians have given themselves over to this spirit causing division in the world
That division into angry tribes, divided and stirred up by the ‘woke’ culture, is happening to some in the body of Christ. They see the body of Christ divided into tribes based on their stance on the ‘shot’ or based on politics, or even gender or racial issues perhaps.
Friendships have been broken off because one Christian takes a stand on one side of an issue, and their friend doesn’t, so they get angry – never realizing they are being enticed by a demon combined with their own wrong thoughts to do so. Their anger and action reveal they are as Paul said in I Timothy 4:1: Giving heed to ‘seducing spirits and teachings of demons’, which Paul said would be loosed in the last days. Shame on them.
The word ‘seducing’, ‘planos’ in the Greek, means to cause a person to wander, misleading information, imposter, deceiver’. Some have given themselves to misleading information not realizing a spirit is behind it. The key is this – are they in peace, for James 3 says the wisdom from the Lord is pure, peaceful, easily approached. But the wisdom of the world is not peaceful, and causes envy, strife, and confusion.
Of course a Christian merely has to repent, acknowledging the truth to whoever they cut off from their lives, and rebuke the spirit they gave heed to.
Yet, before I applied for the vaccination, I wanted to get His confirmation. So, I said to Him, “Father, I have peace on the idea of getting the vaccines. But, would You please give me the confirmation?” And I was in awe when my prayer was answered so soon like in a few hours. In that evening, I had a monthly online meeting with a few brothers and sisters and during the meeting, one of the pastors asked us to intercede for those in Cyprus. He said that they think this vaccine is the mark of the beast and they refused to take it, while the cases spiked in there. And my pastor in Singapore prayed that the spirit of division and the spirit of deception cut off and we prayed together in agreement. And I was simply in awe in my heart for His confirmation. So, now, I had the first jab, without the fear of any short term and long term side effect, even though a Christian brother kept sending me all the videos and articles that we should not take vaccines! I believe each one of us should ask the Lord and follow Him and also respect other’s decision.
I wanted to share these stories, as I think being sensitive to the Holy Spirit is more important than before. We would see more shakings come including natural disasters, plagues and so on. Yet, He is our Refuge and Strength in time of trouble. All we need to do is to put our confidence in Him and listen to and obey Him. While I was writing this, I was reminded of a Christian pilot in Indonesia, who obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit and saved 140 passengers a few minutes before the earthquake and tsunami hit Palu in Indonesia in 2018. I’m sharing the link of the news article with his testimony here.
Have a bliss!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,