We are glad to have Rachel back last night and it was wonderful after her 3 weeks absence from home, noticably our Costco shopping ‘s needs decreases. But today, I got the good news that I have been offered an awesome job that is beyond my wildest dream. God has spoken and acted and I feel so humbled knowing that He loves me and cares for me. It really is beyond what I dare to hope in this kind of economy! Surely our God is faithful and his love reaches beyond the heavens!
Also on the same day today, I got the good news from New York for Urban Mission center that they have finally (after a long 3 days) firmed up a good offer for us to host our Hope N American Camp 2011 for 150-200 people at a costs within budget and that includes food, lodging, auditorium hall, breakout rooms!! Totally blown me away as this is NYC!! I was given 1 month to finalize the deal and time is clicking away as the deadline looms at Aug 5, literally I have 12 days left to cut the deal! Thank you Lord, our folks are coming to New York city next summer! 🙂 Love you Lord.
Last Sunday I preached on Abraham’s Prayer for the City of Sodom & Gomorah. He appealed to God repeatedly for the wicked cities at that time. He was like heckled God, pestered God in a most bold courageous way unseen. God accepted his petition repeatedly like 5 times. Most conservative Christians will think that he is irreverant of God but in actuality, Abraham said ” he wa sbut dust and ashes”. He was humbled and took risk with the Almighty God for his love for the cities. Though jhe knew that the very cities he was appealing for could actually kill him if he visited the cities.
Abraham knew the infinite holiness and love of God. He knew God loves the cities so much and on that premise he appealed not to destroy the cities on account of 50 righteous people or 40, 30, and eventually 10. He knew God loves so much. But he also knows God is infinite righteous and holy. He will carry out all things in His holiness. When we pray to God, we need to know these 2 great attributes of God. He is infinitely loving and holy. That we can be bold and at the same time intimate with God and risk taking with God. Honestly, no one can pray the way Abraham prayed to God unless you are a very good friend of God, very intimate with God. Abraham was God’s friend, good friend, he was intim,ate with God.
That’s the kind of generation we want to raise and be like-intimacy with God, passionate for God and the people, and risk taking!
One of the things that impacted me from the 2010 Hope North American camp that just concluded in Los Angeles is “Praying in the Spirit.” There is real power in praying in tongues. 1 Cor 14:18-19 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
Therefore I will keep doing that in private as much as possible. I know that Cho Yongi, the pastor of Yoida Church of Korea, (the laregst church in the world at 800,000 members) said that the most powerful thing he has is praying for hours daily before God. We are always looking for a model for growth, and here it is, a humble servant of God, primarily basing his church on a “prayer” model .
In the book of Acts 2, Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women, Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. That’s what they did just before the moment the Lord poured out the Holy Spirit upon them and they all were baptized in the Holy Spirit!
My family and I and our church all had an awesome time in the North American Camp held in Loyolla University from July 1-July 5. I feel energized by God to pray more intensely, especially in the Spirit, ie speaking in tongues because of the challenge and message of Ps. Simon Eng. I have ever since been doing prayers in tongues for more than 30 minutes a day in the morning, during train rides to and fro work, and also in my lunch hour–where I have a prayer walk by the beautiful Hudson River facing the Statue of Liberty. I sense in my heart that this IS a spiritual warfare that we all face, and we all sense an excitement about what God is going to do in Hope New York church these coming months. I know that the devil is going to try to knock us with problems and strife and misunderstanding, but I also know that the Lord is going to give us victories. But it is going to take the commitment of the leadership to set the spiritual tone of the church in order to advance. The enemy is trying to destroy the church, stopping people from coming to salvation in Jesus Christ. We stand in this moment as we seek to break the stronghold and the oppositions that we face in New York City. Indeed, this is our day and moment to seize!
God is with us. Like the angel told Joshua:
Josh. 5:13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” 15 The commander of the LORD’S army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
When we prayer, we all need to know that we are standing on holy ground. Our first priority in prayer should be to understand and appreciate God and His holiness, and not simply pour out our wants and desires.
Amazing time in MN with the ARC church planters. Ps Peter Haas spoke well and inspired and equipped us to successfully plant mighty, biblical churches of God.