The Motivations to Lay Up Treasures In Heaven

Jesus teaches this extensively and we all know we should do it, but it’s very counterculture, counter intuitive and everything in our lives. Why? Because of the way we are fallen beings from God, and also we face a very “me” generation and culture, self-actualization, expressive individualism, to be the authentic you, you must live out what’s inside of you.

The whole thing ties back to what we really believe where our happiness lies. Jesus is saying your heart will be where your treasure is. Here are some motivations:

  1. It’s a command of God with promises of eternity

Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

No Christian should live in a material world with a materialistic worldview and lifestyle. Because that will make us look like not authentic Christian. It’s what defines a Christian, generosity to help the needy. I must admit, there have not been many teachings from the Pentecostal world that teach me that, but in the reformed world. Don’t pour your hearts into the things of the world, but seek after the Kingdom of God, where it will all last forever.

2. Worldly treasures will evaporate but heavenly treasures last forever

Jesus is asking us to put our hearts in heaven. Not on earthly treasure. Why? Because earthly treasures can be destroyed, stolen, vanish, but heavenly treasures will never disappear and will last forever. How?

Why would you labor for something that don’t last? Its very short sighted, temporary, quick instant gratification. We need to sit down and meditate over God’s word until it births something on fire by the Holy Spirit. It wont show up, until we are convicted by the Spirit from the word of God. As a matter of fact, I made an offering to charity as I prepared this exposition for this blog. I felt convicted and I acted. I broke something.

3. God will take care of our needs by the providence of God

Luke 12:28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Jesus exhorted us not to seek after the things material things like food drink, clothes and not to be worried, wow, how we all like the last word. Jesus said “Don’t worry about life!” But what’s his basis for saying that? What’s his assurance and rational to convince us? His basis for saying that is that looking at the grass, God clothed them and even better than Solomon’s riches, what else to say about men and women created by God, being the highest creatures created in God’s image?? That’s the point he’s driving at. So once you are convinced that God will really take care of you, you won’t have to worry about your next meal, your clothing’s etc., not to worry about your medical conditions, etc., then He is asking you , therefore, to NOT to seek after these things, as your Father knows you need them. God will provide. Then He went after the ultimate he wants us to get.

4. It’s God’s pleasure to give his Kingdom to people who treat earthly possessions lightly and are willing to give to the needy

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

He said, Fear not. You know its fear that locks us down. Because of what’s been explained before, Jesus goes even a step further in his assurance, reassurance. He calls us “Little flock”. I don’t think this means small number. But it means He treats us like little children before God. He says that it is Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Matthew 19:14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Wow, that’s big. Give us the kingdom? What does that means?

Luke 28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Here Jesus says I assign you the kingdom. What does that mean? He said as the Father assigned him the Kingdom, He assigns it to us! How generous is Jesus! He had to die to get that, and we just believe and get it?

Matthew 25: 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

Do you see how Jesus connected those who inherit the kingdom of God with those who feed the hungry, welcome strangers? See how important it is to feed the poor and help the homeless and widows? Christians must make it a priority to donate money to help them, and not sit in our comfortable homes only and give out tithes and offerings to church. That’s building the treasure of heaven!

Jesus, the King says to those on the right, come and inherit the kingdom prepare for you from the foundation of the world. That’s pretty amazing! The kingdom prepared for us who believe in him from the foundation of the world. That means when God created the world, he already planned a kingdom for us to inherit! Wow! This is the awesome sovereign God who predestined us the elect to enjoy the kingdom for eternity.

Religion in American Politics

Carl Truman wrote:  After all, an evangelicalism that finds voting for Trump (or Biden) to be a moral imperative for all, and a Catholic hierarchy that allows Biden to oppose with impunity so many of its cherished teachings, would not seem to be particularly pungent in their Christian distinctiveness. Is such “Christianity” merely secularism in a religious key? [1]

No, Christianity is not merely secularism in a religious key in America. Though there were moments of confusion, and excesses, like all countries have, but American religious input in politics is probably one of the last bastions in God’s sizable footprint in its social economic life and expressed valiantly in politics. Different from European politics, where religion is so far away from politics, understandably how folks with an European background may feel in this. But America must continue to keep her religious fervor for some very good reasons, example, for the protection of the unborn and religious liberty, and when I say religious, I mean the spiritual life of millions of evangelical Christians, including the Catholics. No matter how superficial they may look in the two presidential candidates in their spiritual life, the God ordained spiritual religious values must be preserved in the whole land where folks say “In God we trust”, and “God bless America”, a voice of such is fast fading out in many parts of the world. Admittedly, our presidential candidates are far from ideal, guess when was the last time we had one? In the US or any country in the world? But don’t throw out or surrender the little that we have.

Even as we speak now, Justice Amy Barrett has just been confirmed tonight as the newest Supreme Court justice, a woman of solid conservative constitutions originalist, faithful as a charismatic Catholic, you can’t ask for more. Apparently, she is the most impressive SCOTUS candidate the senate has seen, voiced by many of the Republican senators. How did that happen? That happened because we have a president that pushed for godly conservative originalist justice, and he’s kept his words. It does make a huge difference! Actions speak louder than words!

The protection of the unborn will go to the Supreme court very soon, and the time has come for God to ordain his acts to save any more killing of the unborn. Religious liberty is facing a constant assault from the left wing politicians, academia, liberal, and progressive, and Biden even advocated for a 7 years old the choice to have his or her sex changed. Transgenderize to a level that makes even a liberal shake. That’s what we have to deal with today.

Where is God in all these? God is watching over us and making his next move. Don’t ever forget the doctrine of Providence, i.e. God provides and watch over us. He protects us. It may not seem to be understandable why God let this Roe V Wade passed many years ago resulted in thousands and thousands unborn baby death, we will have to put our trust in our sovereign big God. In fact, He has watched over us and protected in so many things in our lives, in our nation. Look around, and give praise to our God. When David was down, he questioned God, but he turned around exulting in God’s faithfulness and his steadfast love. We must put our faith in God.

Finally, the whole question is whether we should have Christian politicians that profess the name of our God into election? Of course, we want that, however dented it may be. For Biden, it’s not only dented, it’s all crooked. For Trump, his personal characters fall short substantially of his narcissistic and self-egoist character, plus his infidelity and past 3 marriages past. But you know, he put in the most conservative supreme court judges and changed the nation. He defended religious liberty from the onslaught of the sexuality transgenderism onslaught, etc. Bottom ,line, his actions are far better than his bombastic character and the flaws and sinful life of the past. I think we can eat that, and continue to praise God.

I also recommend Al Mohler’s article where many of my thoughts are in agreement with. https://albertmohler.com/2020/10/26/christians-conscience-and-the-looming-2020-election

Al Mohler puts it beautifully and convincingly: “Let me be as clear as I know possible: President Trump’s behavior on Twitter and his divisive comments and sub-presidential behavior are an embarrassment to me. Constantly. His arrogance and ego and constant need for adulation drive me to distraction. But character is some strange combination of the personal, the principled, and the practical. Let me put it another way—I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life. In my ideal world, I would vote for a candidate in whom the personal, the principled, and the practical earn my admiration. I do not live in that world. I live in this world, and I must act accordingly.” [2]


Go and Vote Wisely America. God bless America.


[1] Carl Truman, https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/10/trump-biden-and-religion-in-american-politics

[2] Al Mohler, https://albertmohler.com/2020/10/26/christians-conscience-and-the-looming-2020-election

Moral Depravity is all about losing sight of the Holiness of God

Moral Depravity is all about the losing sight of the Holiness of God

The pope of Catholic Church , Pope Francis endorsed civil union of same sex couples today on Oct 21, 2020. This is shocking and extremely disturbing for the head of one of the largest Christian bodies in the world to endorse something that the Bible prohibits. He’s big on helping the poor , immigrants whether legal or illegal, social justice even before the gospel, he’s more like the liberal politician in many ways. 


What happens to the high view of scripture of the Catholic faith? Or do they have that? I can’t help penning down my quick thought in this.


End time or the last days  has been prophesied to be very godless and far from the Godly values our God teaches. We have been warned, but this goes beyond that warning as far as I am concerned, this has gone beyond the league altogether. For the Pope of a faith like Catholic that protects the unborn, that fights for holiness, marginalized, homeless, widows, orphans etc. to have come to that level of Pope Francis is frankly speechless and very disappointing, disturbing and may I add hurting to the millions of Catholics and Protestants alike around the world. What kind is message do we send to the world? And what the Lord thinks of him as he chants his daily rosery? As he makes prayer to Mary? As he makes prayer to Saint Peter? I cannot fathom the kind of faith and/or bible that he reads as the highest official of Catholic in the world.


Already as it is, we have seen Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglicans and blah blah blah split because of gay marriage and union . Can you think of another issue that has split the body of Christ more? 


This issue cannot be more explicitly expounded by Paul in Rome 1 and many others and it’s labeled as abomination, Gods word, not mine.

God gave them up to dishonorable passions

Romans 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Read carefully-this is God gave them over to dishonorable passions! Women exchanged natural relations to unnatural. Men gave up relations with women, and be consumed with passion for men, and committing shameless acts with men, and received the due penalty. Shameless! Now notice, did they turn to homosexuality on their own? Not from these verses. It’s God gave them over. Why? The reason is this:

Romans 1:22–24 (NIV)

22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

Because they exchanged God’s glory to the glory of mortal human beings. In other words, instead of worshipping God, they started worshipping themselves, pleasures, power, sex, or anything in life apart from God. But how do they worship? When they become so overpowering in their lives, that’s worship, that’s an idol. Then God gave them over. I can’t explain the real connection here, but I can tell you there is a direct action involvement from God. Any Christian gone into same sex lifestyle, will have to go through some process with God. My thesis is they lost sight of God, how? Example, when girlfriend becomes more important than God. When boyfriend becomes more important than God. Etc.

What else do we need as Christians? On this! We should choose side , either be a Christ believer and follower and follow his scripture or be of the world and disavow the scriptures and do whatever you want, just don’t drag the name of the church with them. Sad! 


But this is the devil’s deception and spiritual warfare in the last days especially as godlessness is on the rise. Godlessness means minus God and take him out of the equation and conversation of our daily life.

2 Timothy But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good

2 Peter 2: if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);

The sensual conduct of the wicked. We know what happened there in Sodom.

Genesis 19: Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

This is homosexuality. The men from every part of Sodom surrounded the house of Lot that night, and asked Lot for the 2 angels, calling for them to come out so they can have sex with them. Shocking! And God rained down Sulphur and burned down every depraved men in that city that night.

Genesis 19: 23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.—God rained won burning Sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah, and destroyed all those living in the cities. That’s what God did to them in Sodom.

This godlessness today is so strong and subtle and culturally wrapped that it’s almost suffocating for many to even voice their opinion in church. I mean in church! I don’t mean NY Times! For God’s sake, we should wake up and not be drowned by the society and the worldly cultural forces that come against the church in such ferocious ways. Arise church! Make a stand! Make a choice and let Jesus separate the wheat and tare in these last day. (Matt 13:24-30)


Let me emphasize, it’s all about God. It’s not even about one’s sexuality. It’s not the SSA per se, but above anything, are we returning to God with our heart cry and humility? Or do we want to intellectually argue our ways based on human and cultural perception and emotions, rather than God’s will and teaching? Do we get to bend and turn the scripture as we see fit to fit our agenda and fleshly desire in this word. God says be holy because I am holy. Bottom line the God of this word is a holy God! 

Leviticus 11: 44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

Unless we can say that Yahweh, Jesus Christ is our God, it will be impossible to beef up your own will power to stay holy in this very sensual world we live in. That’s why God says, “I am the Lord your God.” That’s the must happen, the fundamental. Its God Vs darkness. Choose God.


Praying and lamenting. 

The God Man Jesus with his epic battle with Satan

Matt 4 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ ”11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

I was reading my devotional this morning on Matt 4, and as I read this passage, my spirit was enraged, feeling angry on the audacity of Satan in offering the kingdom of the world to Jesus if he would fall down and worship him!!! Look at that! That shamefully is the most audacious and disgraceful statement from a mere creation, though holding great power, to the Almighty God, the creator. And you know what brought the Son of God himself to such dire undignified stage? YOU, and I. Yes, it’s for the love of mankind that Jesus emptied himself of the heavenly glory and throne, and came to this earth, to be tempted and humiliated and engaged in these titanic epic warfare’s that few talks about.

Philippians 2:Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Why? It took a lot of humility in the mind of God-Man, to swallow that despicable words, “if you will fall down and worship me”. Those words are too much to take. Imagine, you were the Son of a millionaire landlord who owns a thousand acres of vineyard, and your dad hired thousands of employees in the farmland. One day, you visited your dad’s farmland, and was greeted by the thousands of employees, and the manager of these employees came to you and said, “Come and fall down to me and I will give you the entire farmland.” You go, “Excuse me! Who are you? You are only an employee! I am the owner’s son!”. This is exactly what happened in that transaction between Jesus and Satan in those exchange of words, which I found most offensive in the last exchange. How do you like to be in Jesus’s situation? It just makes you to be strong if you ever faced any persecutions or mocking’s in the world because of Christ. Look at him! He will give you strength.

How did Jesus take that? He made or offered himself to be vulnerable to Satan’s temptation, when he didn’t have to. He could have terminated Satan on the spot, but he didn’t. He is God! But at that point, he was tempted as a man. He is not just God at that point, he is God-Man. God cannot be tempted, but man can. Jesus was tempted in the capacity of a man! That’s where all the actions happened. Jesus represented the tribe of Adam to recoup the glory and power that Adam lost. You must have a man to defeat Satan because Satan defeated a man before, Adam. It’s like David and Goliath’s battle. If David lost, all of Israel perished and went under Philistines. If David won, and Goliath lost, all of Philistines would come under Israel. David is the representative head of Israel. Jesus was the representative head of mankind. He was the 2nd Adam. To recoup the lost glory of mankind. All of the kingdoms of the world been lost to Satan in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve yielded to Satan’s temptation and handed over the dominion of the earth that God originally gave to Adam. But Adam lost that dominion to Satan. Good news is, 2000 years ago, the Son of God himself came in the form of a man, became the second Adam, and wrought the Kingdom of the world back to God and brought in the whole race of Adam into God’s family again, through his death on the cross, when he became the substitute death for mankind. He redeemed mankind by his shed blood, and he was resurrected on the 3rd day, glory to God.

Is that glorious? It took his blood to accomplish this task. The biggest and most glorious task was accomplished on the cross, far larger than the crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus. Jesus brought the whole tribe of mankind out of the kingdom of darkness of Satan, into his own Kingdom of light with his Father.

That epic battle with Satan is all in the mind and spirit. It wasn’t through some weapons. It’s the battle of the mind and will. Jesus won! That’s the 2nd most epic battle, with the final most epic one is on the cross when he shed his blood and after being beaten severely, he yielded his spirit to God the Father. And he said “It’s finished!”.

Luke 23: 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

Amen and Amen. Praise and glory to Jesus!

We want the Biblical Texts and the Spiritual Gifts Experiences

Keener writes, “While careful study of scriptures helps counter the unbridled subjectivism of popular charismatic excesses, study that does not lead to living out biblical experience in the era of the Spirit misses the point of biblical texts.” [1]

The Unbridled Subjectivism of popular charismatics excesses

This is the biggest problem among charismatics. There is much openings for inadvertent or temptations in going into excesses, because you are dealing with the supernatural which is by faith, a little blur, a little unclear. Unless you have clear doctrinal teachings that ground you, the feelings of the flesh will emerge once in a while, and somewhat overtakes the spirit within us. Because it’s blur, unclear, there seems to be room to ‘help’ the Holy Spirit, so to speak, making it completely unacceptable, deviant from the Scriptures. This causes great damage to the reputation of charismatics and Pentecostals. So much so many charismatics simply retrieve from it, effectively being by name charismatics. But functioning essentially as a non-charismatics. The sense I am taking to draw the line, is really in exercising the gift of the Holy Spirit that defines a so called Pentecostals or charismatics.

The key word here is “subjectivism”, which is the opposite of “objectivism”. Being subjective can become the opinion of the person doing it, instead of operating under the doctrinal watch of scriptures. Take for example, the entire ‘prosperity doctrine’ is popularized by some faith preachers that uses the power of the proclamation of the word of God because of the power in your confession. There is power in your spoken words, but it’s taken too far. So faith preachers recently in America just proclaimed that virus Covid 19 to disappear in the Name of Jesus in TV and when I saw that, it really looks like an excess of the faith preachers. This is being laughed upon by some reformed preachers in twitters, and it is causing damage to charismatics reputation. Confessing of the word is used in :

Romans 10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

The power of confession is used here for the Lordship of Jesus Christ, not for you to calm a storm, or heal a disease. There is espousing too much power which beings to God only and not for human confessional prayers. I like the Westminster confession that uses confessions for prayers of confessing sins etc. Luther is known for confessing sins by word of mouth in his struggle against the condemnation of sins in his own life.

Mark 11: 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Jesus passed by a fig tree and he reached for some fruit but found none. In his disappointment and frustration, he cursed it. It withered. In that context, disciples told Jesus that the fig tree Jesus cursed had withered. There is an immediate effect of the spoken words of Jesus. He is also the one who spoke into being the world.

Genesis 1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

You see here “God said”. It’s the Trinity God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit who spoke. Jesus was one of them.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

You see the words “Let us..” its three persons, the Trinity of God.

The point here is Jesus as God spoke, the fig tree dried up. We, as Christians, who are humans, are in no way matching Jesus in our proclamation of our words.

Then Jesus says: 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

The point here is “Have faith in God”. Not “Go ahead and speak to anything by your mouth, and it shall be done”. You can say all you want, but without faith in God, nothing will happen. Its God who can do it, not you or me. The main object or subject here in this verse is faith in God. What drives this whole conversation teaching of Jesus is about Faith in God. Now faith is not something you pump up, but rather something you grow by experiencing. This is a very beautiful verse on faith:

Hebrews 12: 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

We get and grow our faith by looking to Jesus. Literally visionary spiritually, meditatively upon the scriptures.

Study that does not lead to living out biblical experience in the era of the Spirit misses the point of biblical texts

What Dr Craig Keener, a Pentecostal theologian, is saying is that studying the word of God is the first absolute requirement for us all Christians. However, if our study does not lead us to biblical experiences in the era of the Holy Spirit, we miss the point of biblical texts. Miss the point of studying scriptures. It’s like you study traffic laws, regulations, and the manual of using brakes, accelerator, steering wheel etc. from the books, but never got a chance to actually drive a car! It’s like learning all the skills of swimming by books on strokes, watching videos etc., but never got into water to experience water! You would never learn to swim.

The point of biblical texts point to the experience of the biblical texts. That’s the whole point. By right, as he said, all Christians are charismatics, because Jesus gave us all gifts (charismata) in Greek, and we all have at least one gift.

1 Corinthians 12:4–11 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Paul is saying here that all kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are gifts of manifestation of the Spirit, wisdom, utterance, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguish spirits, tongues, —all empowered by the one and same Spirit.

How many gifts operate in your church now? Honestly? Gifts are operating in preaching in manifestation of wisdom, knowledge generally, but the rest??

Conclusion

These are called the experiences of the bible, or biblical experiences in the era of the Spirit. We are in the era of the Spirit now. This is it. Go and run for them.

1 Corinthians 14: 1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.

First pursue love. Then earnestly desire the spiritual gifts especially prophecy. Not just desire, but earnestly desire.


[1] Craig Keener, Spirit Hermeneutics, p 5 W B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan , 2016

Apa Roh Kudus dalam Kehidupan Kita?

Kisah 10: 12-28

Roh Kudus Memimpin kita dalam Kehidupan & Pelayanan Kita

Kisah 10 9 Keesokan harinya, ketika mereka dalam perjalanan dan mendekati kota, Petrus naik ke atas rumah sekitar jam enam untuk berdoa. 10 Dan dia menjadi lapar dan menginginkan sesuatu untuk dimakan, tetapi semasa mereka menyiapkannya, dia jatuh ke dalam keadaan berkhayal 11 dan melihat langit terbuka dan sesuatu seperti lembaran besar turun, dikecewakan oleh empat penjuru di bumi.

Kisah 10 12 Di dalamnya terdapat semua jenis binatang dan reptilia serta burung di udara. 13 Dan terdengar suara kepadanya: “Bangkitlah, Petrus; bunuh dan makan. ” 14 Tetapi Petrus berkata, “Tidak, Tuhan; kerana saya tidak pernah makan sesuatu yang biasa atau najis. ” 15 Dan suara itu datang kepadanya untuk kedua kalinya, “Apa yang Allah jadikan bersih, janganlah kamu umumkan.” 16 Ini berlaku tiga kali, dan perkara itu dibawa ke syurga sekaligus.

Ini adalah situasi yang unik, di mana suara Yesus datang kepada Petrus untuk membunuh semua jenis binatang dan reptilia serta burung yang dimakan. Sudah tentu, haram bagi orang Yahudi untuk makan. Tetapi Tuhan mempunyai idea untuk memecahkan pemikiran Petrus yang sempit sehingga membuka pikirannya untuk menjangkau orang-orang bukan Yahudi, kerana sejauh ini, gereja itu hanya terdiri dari orang-orang Yahudi. Sudah tentu, Tuhan mengasihi seluruh umat manusia, dan bukan hanya orang Yahudi. Ini adalah misi yang sangat penting dengan tujuan khusus dari Tuhan Yesus kepada pasukan kerasulannya, untuk membuka mata mereka untuk melihat di luar orang-orang Yahudi. Oleh itu, Petrus pergi menemui orang-orang kafir ini sebagaimana didesak oleh Roh. Langkah Peter yang radikal memerlukan penyataan radikal Yesus kepada Petrus. Tidak semua kehidupan kita menjalankan misi radikal itu, tentu saja, dan karenanya tidak begitu radikal dari surga semacam wahyu setiap saat. Namun, saya dapat berkongsi bahawa semasa saya benar-benar putus asa dan menangis kepada Tuhan agar kami berpindah ke kawasan sekolah yang baik di Irvine, California pada tahun 2002, ketika saya berdoa agar Tuhan membuka pintu yang betul, saya melihat penglihatan saya menyapu lantai daun dan ketika saya menyapu saya sampai di pagar di mana saya tidak dapat melangkah lebih jauh. Ia seperti disekat. Saya berdoa dan berdoa dan berseru kepada Tuhan, dan pada waktu itu, luar biasa, kunci pagar rantai patah dan dibuka sendiri, dan saya berjaya menyapu daun di luar dengan jayanya. Tidak lama selepas itu, saya berjaya membeli sebuah rumah di Irvine, Orange County CA salah satu daerah sekolah terbaik di negara ini untuk membesarkan anak-anak saya dan mereka semua berjaya dengan baik. Melihat bagaimana Tuhan memberkati saya dan berbicara kepada saya melalui penglihatan. Ini sama sekali tidak berlaku, tetapi saya merasakan bahawa Tuhan mendengar tangisan saya ketika saya sangat putus asa, dan penglihatan memang berlaku. Itu ghaib.

Roh Kudus Menurunkan Alasan Baru Secara Semestinya Menyentuh Kehidupan

Kisah 10:44 Ketika Petrus masih mengatakan hal-hal ini, Roh Kudus jatuh kepada semua yang mendengar firman itu. 45 Dan orang-orang percaya dari antara orang-orang yang disunat yang datang bersama Petrus kagum, kerana pemberian Roh Kudus dicurahkan bahkan pada orang bukan Yahudi. 46 Kerana mereka mendengar mereka berbicara dalam bahasa roh dan memuji Tuhan.

Inilah betapa kuatnya itu, dibandingkan dengan pembaptisan Roh moden, jika pernah dipercayai oleh gereja kecuali karismatik dan Pentakosta. Petrus bahkan tidak memikirkan untuk membaptis mereka dan dipenuhi dengan Roh dan berbicara dalam bahasa roh. Dia tidak tahu, apalagi niat untuk itu. Itu sepenuhnya karya Roh Kudus. Ini adalah idea Tuhan. Bukan milik Peter. Anda lihat tidak ada yang dapat menghentikan Roh Tuhan. Walaupun anda tidak berniat untuk berbicara dalam bahasa roh, mereka tetap berlaku, jika itu berlaku, itu adalah kerja Roh Kudus. Yang benar adalah, separuh dari gereja-gereja tidak percaya pada lidah, setengahnya yang lain percaya, tetapi cukup banyak dimasukkan ke dalam poket belakang sekarang, kerana entah bagaimana tidak sesuai untuk dilakukan di kota metropolis moden yang besar seperti New York.

Gereja-gereja karismatik menyanyikan Lagu Bukit, lagu Betel, dan lain-lain, dan hanya itu, tidak ada lidah, tidak ada ramalan, tidak ada penyembuhan. Saya tidak tahu mengenai anda, tetapi saya percaya Tuhan ingin mengembalikan kemuliaan zaman Roh ini. Dan saya berhasrat untuk mempermudahnya. Tetapi pertama dan terpenting, Petrus mengajarkan firman Tuhan, rasul yang menulis surat 1 & 2 Petrus, rasul yang cukup banyak adalah pemimpin di antara dua belas rasul Yesus. Dia mengajar firman Tuhan yang kuat yang berpusat pada pertobatan dan anda melihat inilah yang diberitakan oleh peter:

Roh Kudus mengalir bersama dengan Firman Tuhan

Kisah 10: 38–43 (ESV)

38 bagaimana Tuhan mengurapi Yesus dari Nazaret dengan Roh Kudus dan dengan kuasa. Dia melakukan kebaikan dan menyembuhkan semua orang yang ditindas oleh syaitan, kerana Tuhan ada bersamanya. 39 Dan kami menjadi saksi semua yang dia lakukan baik di negara orang Yahudi maupun di Yerusalem. Mereka membunuhnya dengan menggantungnya di pohon, 40 tetapi Tuhan membangkitkannya pada hari ketiga dan membuatnya muncul, 41 bukan kepada semua orang tetapi kepada kita yang telah dipilih oleh Tuhan sebagai saksi, yang makan dan minum bersama dia setelah dia bangkit dari kematian. 42 Dan dia memerintahkan kita untuk berkhotbah kepada orang-orang dan memberi kesaksian bahawa dia adalah orang yang ditunjuk oleh Tuhan untuk menjadi hakim orang yang hidup dan yang mati. 43 Baginya semua nabi memberi kesaksian bahawa setiap orang yang percaya kepadanya menerima pengampunan dosa melalui namanya. “

Petrus memusatkan perhatian kepada Yesus Anak Allah, disalibkan, dan dibesarkan pada hari ketiga, dan bagaimana orang-orang terpilih termasuk dirinya menjadi saksi Yesus dan bagaimana Yesus diangkat menjadi Tuhan untuk menjadi hakim orang yang hidup dan si mati. Dia kemudian membuka jalan bagi mereka untuk percaya kepada Yesus dan menerima pengampunan atas dosa-dosa mereka.

Ini adalah mesej yang kuat, tidak ada perkara yang cetek, Peter mengeluarkan yang terbaik. Oleh itu, anda dapat melihat ini adalah gabungan teologi terbaik, dengan bahasa lisan yang terbaik. Mereka berganding bahu. Sebenarnya, Petrus mengambilnya, berbicara dalam bahasa roh, sebagai tanda telah menerima Roh Kudus, dan dengan itu memerintahkan mereka untuk dibaptis di dalam air.

46 Kerana mereka mendengar mereka berbicara dalam bahasa roh dan memuji Tuhan. Kemudian Petrus menyatakan, 47 “Adakah yang dapat menahan air untuk membaptis orang-orang ini, yang telah menerima Roh Kudus seperti kita?” 48 Dan dia memerintahkan mereka untuk dibaptis dalam nama Yesus Kristus. Kemudian mereka memintanya untuk tinggal selama beberapa hari.

Roh Kudus jatuh pada gereja awal ketika Petrus sedang berkhotbah. Dia tidak meletakkan tangan pada mereka, dan meminta mereka dibaptis dalam Roh. Mereka berbahasa lidah dan memuji Tuhan. Mereka menjawab secara automatik. Mereka tidak ragu-ragu dan bertanya-tanya apa yang berlaku? Semasa mereka sedang mendengar ajaran Petrus, mereka tiba-tiba tersusun sendiri, mula bercakap dengan lidah yang pelik. Ini sangat sahih dan luar biasa! Untuk zaman moden, biasanya, kita menadah tangan dan berdoa selama beberapa minit dan kadang-kadang ia datang, kadang-kadang ia tidak berlaku. Tetapi bagi orang-orang ini, kehadiran Roh Kudus sangat kuat, mereka dipenuhi secara automatik ketika mereka mendengarkan firman Tuhan. Ada sesuatu yang indah menghubungkan kata-kata Tuhan dan berbicara dalam bahasa roh.

Ini sekali lagi mengesahkan indahnya Roh dan Firman Tuhan yang mengalir. Penginjil mesti mengasihi Firman dan karunia Roh. Mereka berganding bahu.

Roh Kudus Membuka Mata Kita untuk Melihat Kemuliaan-Nya yang

Bercakap dalam Lidah adalah Tanda Memiliki Roh Tuhan

46 Kerana mereka mendengar mereka berbicara dalam bahasa roh dan memuji Tuhan. Kemudian Petrus menyatakan, 47 “Adakah yang dapat menahan air untuk membaptis orang-orang ini, yang telah menerima Roh Kudus seperti kita?”

Kita memerlukan pengalaman ini di alam ghaib.

Kami mendoakan agar datang lebih banyak di semua bandar dan bandar kami. Ayuh Roh Kudus, kami memerlukan anda.

我们的生活中有什么圣灵?

使徒行传10:12-28

圣灵带领我们生活与事奉

使徒行传10 9 第二天,彼得在旅途中接近城市时,在第六个小时上房顶上祈祷。 10 他饿了,想吃点东西,但是在他们准备的时候,他陷入了 11 11 ,看到天开了,像是一块大片下降的东西,被它在地上的四个角所倾倒。

使徒行传10 12 里面有各种各样的动物,爬行动物和空中鸟类。 13 有声音传给他说:“彼得,起来。杀了吃。” 14 彼得却说:“主啊,绝对不要。因为我从未吃过任何普通或不洁的东西。” 15 声音再次传给他,“上帝所洁净的,不要称其为常事。” 16 这事发生了三遍,事立刻被带到了天堂。

这是一种独特的情况,耶稣的声音传给彼得,要杀死所有食用的动物,爬行动物和鸟类。当然,犹太人吃不干净。但是上帝有一个主意,是要打破彼得的狭mind观念,以便敞开胸怀,向外邦人伸出援手,因为到目前为止,教会完全只由犹太人组成。当然,上帝爱全人类,而不仅仅是犹太人。这是一项非常重要的任务,其具体目标是从主耶稣到他的使徒团队,让他们睁开眼睛,超越犹太人。因此,彼得在圣灵的敦促下去见了这些外邦人。彼得的激进举动需要耶稣对彼得的激进启示。当然,并非我们所有的生命都承担着这一艰巨的使命,因此,并非始终都有如此激动人心的天启。但是,我可以分享的是,当我真的很沮丧并为上帝而哭泣时,我们于2002年搬回加利福尼亚州尔湾的一个好学校,当时我为上帝祈祷打开了右门,但我看到了席卷我的愿景在我扫地时,我来到了栅栏,在那里我无法继续前进。就像被封锁了。我向主祈祷,祈祷并大声呼喊,那时候,令人惊讶的是,铁丝网围栏锁被打破并自行打开,我成功地将叶子扫到了外面。此后不久,我成功地在加利福尼亚州橙县的尔湾市(Irvine)买了一所房子,这是美国最好的学区之一,用来抚养我的孩子,他们都做得很好。看到主如何祝福我并通过异象对我说话。这一点很少发生,但是我感觉到,当我特别绝望时,主听到了我的呼喊,并且异象确实发生了。那是超自然的。

圣灵在精神上超自然地触动生命开辟新天地

使徒行传 10:44 当彼得仍在说这些话的时候,圣灵降在了所有听到这个道的人身上。 45 与彼得一同来的行割礼的信徒们都感到惊奇,因为圣灵的恩赐甚至倒在外邦人身上。 46 因为他们听见他们说方言,赞美上帝。

与现代的圣灵洗礼相比,这是有多么强大的力量,如果教会曾相信过,除了灵恩派和五旬节派,就算如此。彼得甚至没有想到要给他们施洗,变得被圣灵充满,并说方言。他不知道,更不用说打算了。这完全是圣灵的工作。这是上帝的主意。不是彼得的。您看到没有人能阻止上帝的灵。即使您不想说方言,也无论如何都会发生,即使发生,这也是圣灵的工作。事实是,一半的教会不相信方言,另一半则相信,但是现在几乎放了腰包,因为在纽约这样的现代化大都市里做某事并不合时宜。

具有超凡魅力的教堂几乎唱着《山歌》,《伯特利》等歌曲,仅此而已,没有舌头,没有预言,没有康复。我不了解您,但我相信上帝要恢复圣灵时代的荣耀。我打算为此提供便利。但首先,最重要的是彼得教上帝的道,使徒写了1和2彼得的书信,使徒几乎是耶稣十二使徒中的领袖。他在教导以悔改为中心的可靠的上帝圣言,你看到这是彼得宣讲的:

圣灵与神的道同在

使徒行传10:38–43(ESV)

38 上帝是如何用圣灵和能力膏拿撒勒人耶稣的。他继续行善并医治所有被魔鬼压迫的人,因为上帝与他同在。 39 我们是他在犹太人国家和耶路撒冷所做的一切的见证。他们把他吊在树上将他处死 40, 但上帝在第三天将他复活,使他显现出现面前, 41, 不是在所有人而是出现在被上帝选为见证人的我们中,他从死里复活之后。 42 他命令我们向百姓宣讲,并证明他是上帝任命的审判生死者的人。 43 所有的先知都向他作见证,就是凡相信他的人都会因他的名得到宽恕。

彼得专注于上帝的儿子耶稣,被钉在十字架上并在第三天复活,以及包括他在内的被选者如何成为耶稣的见证,以及上帝如何任命耶稣为活人的审判者和死者。然后,他为他们打开了信仰耶稣并接受他们罪孽宽恕的道路。

这是一个很强烈的信息,没有什么肤浅的东西,彼得发挥了最大的作用。因此,您可以看到这是最好的神学和说最好的语言的结合。他们并驾齐驱。实际上,彼得以方言说话,以此作为接受圣灵的标志,因此命令他们在水中受洗。

46 因为他们听见他们 说方言 ,赞美上帝。彼得随后宣布: 47 “有人能像我们一样接受圣灵的人洗礼吗?” 48 他命令他们奉耶稣基督的名受洗。然后他们要求他留下几天。

彼得讲道时,圣灵降在早期的教会上。他没有把手放在他们身上,而是要求他们在圣灵里受洗。他们说方言,赞美上帝。他们自动回复。他们毫不犹豫,想知道发生了什么事?当他们听彼得的教导时,他们突然发现自己全是自己,开始用一种奇怪的语言说话。这是如此地道和惊人!通常,在现代,我们放手祈祷几分钟,有时它来了,有时它没有发生。但是对于这些人来说,圣灵的力量是如此强大,他们在自动充满 聆听 神的话时。上帝的话语和方言说的话,有些美丽。

这再次证实了圣灵和上帝圣言的美丽交融。福音派人士必须爱圣言和圣灵的恩赐。他们齐头并进。

圣灵睁开我们的眼睛,看到他的荣耀

在舌头说话是接受神灵的标志

46 因为他们听见他们 说方言 ,赞美上帝。彼得随后宣布: 47 “有人能像我们一样接受圣灵的人洗礼吗?”

我们需要超自然的经验。

我们祈祷它能在我们所有的城镇中更多地传播。来吧圣灵,我们需要你。

Holy Spirit Working in Our Lives?

Acts 10:12-28

Holy Spirit Leads us in Our Lives & Ministry

Acts 10 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth.

Acts 1012 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

This is a unique situation, whereby Jesus voice came to Peter to kill all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds ad eat. Of course, it’s unclean for the Jews to eat. But God had an idea to break the narrow mindset of Peter so to open his mind to reach out to the Gentiles, because so far, the church consisted completely only of the Jews. Of course, God loves all mankind, and not just the Jews. This is a really important mission with a specific goal from the Lord Jesus to his apostolic team, to open their eyes to look beyond the Jews. So Peter went to meet these gentiles as urged by the Spirit. A radical move of Peter required a radical revelation of Jesus to Peter. Not all of our lives carry that radical mission, of course, and hence not that radical out of the heaven kind of revelation at all times. However, I can share that while I was really despondent and crying to God for us to move to a good school area back in Irvine, California in 2002, as I prayed for God to open the right door, I saw a vision of me sweeping the floor of leaves and as I swept I came to a fence where I couldn’t proceed any further. It’s like blocked. I prayed and prayed and cried out to the Lord, and at that time, amazingly, a chain fence lock was broken and opened on its own, and I swept the leaves outside successfully. Soon after that, I successfully bought a house in Irvine, Orange County CA one of the best school districts in the nation to raise my kids and they all have done very well. Seeing how the Lord has blessed me and spoke to me via vision. This doesn’t happen very often at all, but I sensed that the Lord heard my cries when I am desperate especially, and visions do happen. That was supernatural.

Holy Spirit Breaks New Grounds Spiritually Supernaturally Touching Lives

Acts 10: 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God.

This is how powerful it is, compared to modern days baptism of the Spirit, if ever believed by the churches except the charismatics and Pentecostals. Peter was not even thinking of baptizing them and getting to be filled with the Spirit and speaking in tongues. He had no idea, let alone intention for that. It is entirely the work of the Holy Spirit. It is God’s idea. Not Peter’s. You see no one can stop the Spirit of God. Even if you don’t intend to speak in tongues, they happened anyway, if it happens, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit. The truth is, half of the churches don’t believe in tongues, the other half sort of believe, but it’s pretty much put in the back pocket now, because it is somehow unfashionable in a big modern day metropolis city like New York.

‘Charismatic‘ churches pretty much just sing Hill Songs, Bethel songs, etc., and that’s it, no tongues, no prophecy, no healing. I don’t know about you, but I believe God is wanting to restore these glory of the Spirit era. And I intend to facilitate that. But first and foremost, it’s Peter teaching the word of God, the apostle who wrote the epistle of 1 & 2 Peter, the apostle who pretty much was the leader among the twelve apostles of Jesus. He was teaching solid word of God centered on repentance and you see this is what Peter preached:

Holy Spirit flows together with the Word of God

Acts 10:3 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Peter focused on Jesus the Son of God, crucified, and raised on’t he third day, and how appeared to the selected ones including himself to be witnesses for Jesus and how Jesus been appointed to be by God to be the judge of the living and the dead. He then opened up the way for them to believe in Jesus and receive the forgiveness of their sins.

This is a strong message, no shallow stuff, that Peter brought out his best. So you can see this is a combination of the best theology, with the best speaking in tongues. They do go hand in hand. In fact, Peter took that , speaking in tongues, as a sign of having received the Holy Spirit, and hence commanded them to be baptized in water.

46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

The Holy Spirit fell upon the early church while Peter was preaching. He didn’t lay hands on them, and asked them to be baptized in the Spirit. They were speaking in tongues and extolling God. They responded automatically. They didn’t hesitate and wondered what’s going on? While they were listening to Peter’s teaching, they found themselves suddenly all of its own, started speaking in a strange tongue. This is so authentic and amazing! For modern days, usually, we lay hands and pray for minutes and sometimes it comes, sometimes it doesn’t happen. But for these folks, the Holy Spirit’s presence was so strong, they were filled automatically as they listened to God’s word. There is something beautiful connecting God’s words and speaking in tongues.

This again confirms the beautiful flowing together of the Spirit and the Word of God. Evangelicals must love the Word and the gifts of the Spirit. They go hand in hand.

Holy Spirit Opens Our Eyes to See His Glory

Speaking in Tongues is the Sign of Having received the Spirit of God

46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

We need this experience in the supernatural.

We pray it to come more in all our towns and cities. Come Holy Spirit, we need you.

Bayi Yesus sirusuh melarikan diri dari Israel ke Mesir

Ketika bayi Yesus terpaksa melarikan diri dari Israel ke Mesir, saya teringat akan kedaulatan Tuhan. Mengapa Anak Tuhan harus melarikan diri dari seorang zalim yang jahat? Lihatlah apa yang dilakukan Herodes selepas itu! Dia membunuh semua bayi yang berusia di bawah dua tahun di Bethlehem !!!! Pada siapa darah ini berbohong? Mengapa bayi yang tidak bersalah ini harus dibunuh kerana perangai raja zalim yang tidak aman dan cemburu? Tidak ada akauntabiliti? Di mana keadilan? Sungguh memilukan membaca barang-barang itu?

Bayi Yesus harus melarikan diri bukan kerana Tuhan yang maha kuasa tidak dapat menghentikan raja Herodes. Sebenarnya Tuhan boleh menghapuskannya dalam satu kejadian tetapi Dia tidak. Kenapa? Dan membiarkan beribu-ribu bayi itu dibunuh? Saya tidak mempunyai jawapan untuk itu, tetapi yang saya tahu Tuhan itu adil dan baik dan kadang-kadang Dia misteri.

Matius 2 mengatakan ini adalah untuk memenuhi tulisan suci.

Matius 2: 16–18 (ESV)
16 Kemudian Herodes, ketika melihat bahawa dia telah diperdaya oleh orang-orang bijak, menjadi marah, dan dia mengirim dan membunuh semua anak laki-laki di Betlehem dan di seluruh wilayah itu yang berusia dua tahun atau di bawah, sesuai dengan waktu yang telah dipastikannya dari orang-orang bijak. 17 Kemudian terpenuhi apa yang diucapkan oleh nabi Yeremia:
18 “Suara terdengar di Ramah,
tangisan dan ratapan keras,
Rachel menangis kerana anak-anaknya;
dia menolak untuk dihibur, kerana mereka tidak lagi. “

Segala sesuatu yang penting yang berlaku dalam kehidupan Yesus ditulis sebelumnya sebelum dia dilahirkan ke dunia ini. Apa yang anda sebut itu? Prestestinasi! Tetapi adakah itu menjadikan takdir konsep Tuhan yang kejam? Tidak.

Kerana itu diambil dari Yeremia 31: 15-18
15 Demikianlah firman Tuhan:
“Suara terdengar di Ramah,
ratapan dan tangisan pahit.
Rachel menangis kerana anak-anaknya;
dia enggan dihibur untuk anak-anaknya,
kerana mereka tidak lagi. “
16 Beginilah firman Tuhan:
“Jauhkan suaramu dari tangisan,
dan matamu dari tangisan,
kerana ada ganjaran untuk pekerjaan anda,
demikianlah firman Tuhan,
dan mereka akan kembali dari negeri musuh.

17 Ada harapan untuk masa,
depanmukata TUHAN,
dan anak-anakmu akan kembali ke negerinya sendiri.

Anak-anak anda akan kembali ke negara mereka sendiri, itulah Tuhan yang berbicara kepada Rachel di sana. Apa maksudnya? Singkatnya, Rachel adalah ibu dari suku-suku di Israel, dan Yeremia menggambarkan dia menangis, secara nubuat untuk anak-anaknya yang hilang. Tetapi Tuhan berkata, “Jangan menangis”! Ada ganjaran untuk pekerjaan anda, anak-anak anda nampaknya sudah mati, tetapi mereka akan kembali ke negara mereka sendiri! Mereka akan kembali dari negeri musuh!

Kesimpulan
Teman-teman saya, saya sangat diberkati membaca ini, kerana Tuhan yang ditakdirkan tidak mengecewakan kita. Rachel akan membawa anak-anaknya kembali dari musuh ke negaranya sendiri!

Saya harus mengatakan bahawa jika anda berjuang dengan cara hidup anak-anak anda, dan mereka seolah-olah telah menjauh dari jalan Tuhan, tangisan dan air mata anda tidak sia-sia, kerana anda akan mendapat ganjaran. Tuhan Abraham Ishak dan Yakub, Tuhan kita Yesus Kristus akan membawa mereka kembali dari musuh dan kembali ke tanah kita di dalam Yesus Kristus. Mereka akan kembali.

Anda dapat menerapkannya pada semua masalah anda yang lain dan menunggu Tuhan. Amin.

Mari menyembah Yesus. Dia sangat hebat, Tuhan yang setia, setia mencintai Tuhan.

小耶稣不得不逃离以色列前往埃及

当小耶稣不得不逃离以色列到埃及时,我想起了上帝的主权。为什么上帝的儿子必须逃离暴君?看看希律王在那之后做了什么!他在伯利恒杀死了所有两岁以下的婴儿!这血流在谁身上?为什么这些嫉妒的不安全的暴君王脾气会杀死这些无辜的婴儿?没有问责制吗?正义在哪里?读那些东西真令人心碎吗?

婴儿耶稣不必逃跑,不是因为全能的上帝无法阻止希律王。实际上,上帝本来可以消灭他,但他没有。为什么?让那成千上万的婴儿被杀吗?我没有答案,但是我所知道的上帝是 正义而善良的 ,有时他是 神秘的。

马太福音2说这是为了完成经文。

Matthew 2:16–18(ESV)

16 希律王见到自己被聪明的人欺骗时,就大怒了,他把伯利恒和该地区两岁的所有男童都打死了。根据他从智者那里确定的时间。 17 先知耶利米说的话就应验了

。18    “拉玛听见有声音,

哭泣而大声哀,,

    雷切尔为她的孩子哭泣;

她拒绝安慰,因为他们已经不在了。”

耶稣生活中发生的所有重大事件都是在他出生于这个世界之前写的。那叫什么预定!但这会使预定目标成为上帝的残酷观念吗?没有。

因为那是取自耶利米书31:15-18

15    主这样说:

    “在拉玛,听到了声音

哀叹和痛苦的哭泣中。

    雷切尔正在为她的孩子们哭泣。

她拒绝为自己的孩子感到安慰,

因为他们已经不在了。”

16    耶和华如此说:

    “不要哭泣,不要哭泣

    因为你的工作有报应

耶和华宣布,,

他们必从仇敌之地回来。

17    ,你的未来充满希望

耶和华宣布,

你的孩子们将回到自己的祖国。

您的孩子将回到自己的祖国,那是神在那对拉结说话。这意味着什么?简而言之,雷切尔(Rachel)是以色列部落的母亲,而耶利米(Jeremiah)预言着为失去的孩子而哭泣。但是上帝说:“别哭了!”您的工作有回报,您的孩子似乎已经死了,但他们将回到自己的祖国!他们将从敌人的土地回来!

结论

我的朋友们,我读这本书真是太幸运了,因为预定神并没有使我们失望。瑞秋将把她的孩子从敌人那里带回她自己的国家!

我不得不说,如果您与孩子们的生活方式作斗争,而他们似乎已经偏离了主的道路,那么您的哭泣和眼泪就不会白费,因为您将得到回报。亚伯拉罕·以撒和雅各的上帝,我们的主耶稣基督将把他们从敌人带回来,并带回到我们在耶稣基督的土地上。他们会回来的。

您可以将其应用于所有其他问题,并等待主。阿们

让我们敬拜耶稣。他是如此的奇妙,忠实的上帝,坚定的爱上帝。