How are you today? I’m well.
Today, I would like to encourage you to join my club. What is this all about?
After the baptism in the Holy Spirit, I could see changes in me. I started to have no interest in soap opera, pop songs, and so on but wanted to read His Words and listen to pastors’ sermons. And I knew it was not out of duty, but I started to have a hunger for Him. One day, when I had fellowship with my Shanghai church homegroup members who came back home in Singapore for good, they encouraged me to study the Bible and introduced David Pawson and his book, “Unlocking the Bible.” Thankfully, I could buy his book in a church book store in Singapore and also could find all his teachings from “Unlocking the Bible” available online. And I also could know of Derek Prince and his teachings when my Christian colleague handed over one of his booklets to me. Since then, I became a big fan of both teachers and found something in common between them. Both of them were from the United Kingdom and their initials are D.P. And they were great and faithful teachers of the Bible. While they worked in the power of the Holy Spirit, they never neglected the importance of knowing Him through His Words, and more importantly, the importance of living out the Words. And now, both of them are with the Lord. One of my dreams is that after completing my journey faithfully or when Jesus returns, I could run to them in New Jerusalem and say thanks to them in person for their faithfulness and their teachings. They made a huge impact on my life.
Thanks to David Pawson’s teachings, I could learn that we should read the Bible, book by book, not a few verses from here and another few verses from there. So, I tried to read book by book and the Bible in chronological order that David endorsed in one of his teachings.
Looking back at my life before being born again, I liked to read Christian books, which were mostly written by pastors. Yet I didn’t read through the Bible but picked up some shortest books in it and preferred reading the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. But, imagine you were in love with someone, you would spend some time getting to know more of him or her. You would like to know who he or she is, and what he or she likes or dislikes. And you wouldn’t want to do what he or she dislikes. And you would try to find out what you share in common with him or her. And you would rather listen to him or her than keep talking about yourself.
Yet, I found myself not interested in knowing my Father and my Bridegroom in the past, while I said to Him that I love Him. By His grace, though, I could take a step to know more about Him through the Bible. I do not have any intention to boast about my reading the Bible nor want to be proud of it. But I would like you to have the bliss to know Him, His character, His heart, and His love, and to enjoy more with Him in New Jerusalem when He returns.
Many times, I found Him having a sense of humor in the Bible as well as in my life. Especially when I read Him saying to His people “Is My arm too short?”
And I still don’t forget the moment when I first read “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:9~10 NKJV) Getting to know His heart, I just couldn’t help dropping tears.
And you would know the story of Abraham’s interceding for Sodom in Genesis 18:16~33. He repeated the same question to the Lord, “Let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”, counting down the number of the righteous in Sodom all the way from the number fifty to ten in his assumption. I once thought to myself, “Father Abraham, is this some kind of joke? You are asking it six times to the One sitting on the Throne! And you’re adding more verses into this chapter!!!” But I realized the Bible had to describe all of this. I think it shows our Father’s character. He is very kind to His children. And He is merciful enough to save Sodom, if only there were ten righteous men.
And I also see Him like to communicate to His child and show what He will do. “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing?” (Genesis 18:17)
Do you want to take some time today to grab your Bible to know more about Him and love Him? I wish you would.
More to come! Have a bliss!
How sweet are Your words to my taste,