Walking with God

‘God wants a Relationship’ – We heard this word much too often, but have we paused and think what it really means? We normally expect God to show up in our life in the form of miracles or big revelation or ‘an encounter of the third kind’ the boom! and big bang!, all of which are some sort of bizarre events. Yes, He is a Big God, He can do all these anytime, and He is still in this business of miracles, but it is not the main personification of God walking with us.

We can see God the Father through the person of Jesus, who dwelled among us, lived together with His twelve disciples. Woke up together in the morning, what to eat – what to wear daily, and all the Nitty-gritty of daily living. Although the bible did not record these daily things, but we are surely certain that these things did happen every day. In fact. those miraculous events, like healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons, as recorded in the bible, happened as exceptional events, in conjunction with, out of, and while performing His daily routine activities and walking with His followers during His 3.5 years on earth.

The bulk of the activities and the untold stories between Lord Jesus and His disciples, were much just like our daily activities with our spouse and children. The daily routine and mundane lives, such as sleeping under one roof, waking up in the morning, preparing breakfast, having incomes to sustain daily necessities, paying for food and home necessities, and sharing other life challenges and difficulties over dinner table. All these amount to building a relationship. And, these are the relationship we are having right now, with the same Jesus. The difference is that: then-time during Peter, James and John they had it by sight but Now we are having it by Faith (2Cor 5:7), we are seeing Jesus from the diaries He left behind for us – the Bible, we can experience the same walks like what the disciples had through reading and listening about Him in the bilbe. And, it is more blessed to walk by faith than by sight. Joh 20:29 Jesus said to him, “…. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Indeed, the largest event we had in our life is our first encounter to know Jesus. You may think it is small, but believe me that is the biggest and best miracle that ever happened to you. Because that is the moment you have placed your entire life into the hand of the ONE who is all Powerful, all Knowing, and all Presence. And that means from that day onward you’ll have nothing to worry any more, nothing to fear in this life or the life after. He will take care all things for you, in you, and through you. The central gravity of your life has just switched from you to HIM. His goodness and mercy is now following you for the rest of your life. That is amazing Grace!

This revelation may not happened on the first day you know about Jesus, although you may think you know Him. Like many couples – their love did not happen as ‘love at the first sight’. But, as you walk long enough with Jesus, one day you realize the width, the length, the depth and the height, of His magnificent Love towards you. That is truly the miracle that even a Christian who had walked years and yet not knowing Jesus as the God of Grace.

The God of Grace is walking with me even when I am not aware of Him. In my daily plowing of the land I work to earn a living, He is walking with me and guiding me and assisting me solving my daily problems and challenges. In my ups-and-downs in my daily mundane activities, in my relationship with my children and wife, and with other people; the Lord is still with me, His rod protects me and His staff comforts me on the hard parts of life, and this will make me a stronger and better person. On the good parts of life, He rejoices with me. All these together are making me closer and closer to my Lord Jesus, one day at a time, one thing at a time, a bite size every time. Just like how God gives the earth rains, a little at a time. Not too little – nor too much to flood, but a size that the earth can take and flourish. A size that we can bite and chew, till we grow with Him.

With a Hearing Heart, He leads me. Day by day I know Him a little better, and slowly becoming more and more like Him.

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Chinese New Year Sermon notes of Ps Mark – NCC.

Sermon Notes 7th Feb 2016 (Pastor Mark)

Joh 3:27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.”

God gives and supplies. Always loving and giving us.

Mat 5:45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. (NLT)20160207_091645

We think God only gives good people. He gives to the good as well as the bad, because it isn’t us who deserve or qualify for his givings. It is Him who wants to give us without conditions. Grace means only when you don’t deserve it then you are qualified to receive.

God loves to give and He uses all his ability to bless us.

John 3:16-17
He wants us not to be condemned so Jesus came to represent us and take our sins. Warded off all evil in our lives by dying on the cross.

The blood on the doorpost means someone has paid the price of death, has redeemed life, so the occupants inside the house are now saved and can come out blessed.

Without shedding of blood no forgiveness of sins.

God wants us to know that the shedding of blood makes Him on our side, to bless us.

We must know our Father gives us blessings. Constant supply. Be conscious of this and you shall receive. Be supply conscious because He is always supplying to us.

His grace changes our lives.

Ps. Mark said: The most impact-full thing about Ps. J Prince is that he is so close in his walk with Jesus & he helped touch hearts by sharing about grace revolution and how by experiencing Jesus makes us so blessed to be a blessing.

Pastor Mark thanks his wife and says we are so blessed to have women made to help men. Talks about how awesome women are. All their sacrifices for their spouses and kids. All she does is for the benefits of their husbands and family. When she got married to a man, she had to change her name. Then, the man would make her pregnant, she would have to bear the pain of labor, and her body figure would change drastically because of the pregnancy. Then, she would have to raise the baby and look after the house, husband and family, and all the labor she did yet the baby would not be named after her but after the man’s name. Amazing sacrifice of a woman!

WOMAN
W = Wonderful Mother, O = Outstanding Friend, M = Marvelous Daughter, A = Adorable sister, N = Nicest gift to men from God.

Grace changes us to be grateful for everything in our lives.

Women nags but men do so too. Men as they grow older also nag at home and nag at their loved ones. Ps, Mark has learned to appreciate his wife and not to nag, and watch not to say sharp cutting words. Often, Ps. Mark’s Wife likes to remind him that she is his Tony Roma’s (Because Tony Roma has the best Prime rib -> = Eve was made from Adam’s rib)

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Man- 先生 firstborn (Adam is a first born).
Wife- 太太 woman come from the side of the man so the small dot from the Big. Also because women are very (太) very (太) good. A Term of endearment to denote exceptional values.

God is always there and so kind and so so gracious. Person of grace. No matter what Attack or challenges you face, know that you are always loved by God.

God is outside time. He is the Beginning & the End. The Alpha & the Omega. Perfecter & Finisher.

God already has gone to the end and made all things work for your good. Be conscious of your Father who is helping us and supplying us.

Don’t look to self. Don’t look to the bad news in the newspaper. Don’t shake head whilst watching bad news. Lift your head up to look up at God. You can’t see God but he is working behind your back for your good.

Act 9:3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Act 9:4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

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Saul Saul… in Cantonese: “sor – sor” means: silly.

God turned the worst terrorist into a preacher, Turns the ugly into beauty.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Though you can’t see and you have failed and made mistakes, he will make it all good again for you.

He send the rain and give the sun to good and bad.

God loves you not bcoz you are good, but bcoz He is good and it is His goodness that leads us to repentance.

The cross is the greatest evil but God had made through it the greatest good has come to mankind.

Touch not the battle. Touch not God’s anointed one- David.
You are anointed. No one can touch you.
The battle belongs to the LORD. Fight the good fight of faith. Just guard your mind!
Can’t see but choose to believe. That’s the truth and the truth will set you free.

Pastor Mark says God helped him with his driving. He used to be “an animal behind the steering wheel”. When he became a Christian, became more conscious of his sins than before.  Felt bad about his impatience and would feel guilty and condemned. Like when his Wife told him to be careful whilst driving, he would react defensively because he actually feels insecure and guilty. A secured man will act cool.

He watched a BBC show that explains when you are behind people, flesh and blood, you feel more patient. But when you are behind cars, they are machine made of iron and steel and you will feel more impatient.

The more he wanted to change, he could not, he was under bondage. The more he wanted to do right, he couldn’t. The only way is to receive the gift of no condemnation to change. Say this:

“This moment LORD You already paid for it on the cross. You foresaw it ahead of time already. I receive Your gift of no condemnation, for You died for me. Lord thank You that this moment You still see me sinless. Thank you that I might make mistakes but I am still the righteousness of God in Christ.”

We are born of the flesh but the Spirit is eternal. When we are born again in the spirit, we become righteous. We can’t see, but must believe it has been done.

For man: Maths 1+1 is 2. For God: 1 + 1 is 1 as we come together with God and become one.

Phm 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (KJV)

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At the worst moments of my failure, Jesus is still my righteousness. In the midst of all my emotions, I keep on receiving and then, I am changed.

At the point of shame and condemnation, God never leaves you. God still is for you. The cross of Jesus accounts for everything.

How the devil steals, kills and destroys— spiritual warfare

Friends can hurt but deepest pain is from family members

Jospeh was bullied by his own Brothers.
Jacob was bullied by his own Father in Law.
David was hunted by his Father in Law and his own son.

When there is anger and strife, there is evil works. Can’t sleep and mull over it. That kind of darkness, only grace can rid us of it.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

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We are called to inherit a blessing. It is his blessing that brings about repentance.

When we have angry thoughts of someone, choose to bless instead of cursing. Mind will say how can? He isn’t worthy. Then remember we ourselves aren’t worthy too. So choose not to submit to my body and to bless the person instead.

When you release the Word, you reign. Reign by speaking.

Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.20160207_095438

The tongue has the power of life. You can give life. Choose to give life. To bless.

As you keep blessing, your mind clears as you receive grace. God will restore. The person might be unjust to you but God will restore. You don’t focus on being angry. Just let God restore. Receive and receive.

The angry thoughts will come back again and again BUT keep blessing. The evil will flee from you. The blessing and peace and joy that you receive, money can’t buy.

Pastor Mark struggled with weight problem. Would feel guilty about food he eat and worry he will put on weight. What we think, we become what we think. So God asked Ps. Mark not to focus on wrong believing (worry he will get fat). Doesn’t mean anyhow eat also. God’s word is the power of salvation. No what Jesus has done and don’t stand in the place of condemnation.

He used to tell stomach to go but stomach can’t go. Wrong confession. If stomach go then cannot eat already. The right confession should be against fat to go. So he kept commanding fat to go. But then he lost too much weight, so he changed his confession again and fine tuned it. Excess fats go!. Lol.

Pastor Mark was balding, recently, his hair lost. Dropped a lot of hair.20160207_095646

Applied many types of hair lotions to help but hair fell still existed. Bcoz no matter what he applied outside, inside don’t have. It has to come from inside out by prayer and confessions.20160207_095651

Then he read Grace Revolution book. Page 253.20160207_095818

Speak to your mountain. So he kept speaking to his hair to grow. Now his hair grows very bushy and thick. Hallelujah.

Chinese New Year normally 15 days you will speak good positive things, but then 350 days you speak bad again. Cannot work this way. Useless. You must keep speaking good not evil. So good will manifest!

Christ is in you. Speak with authority. Don’t talk about how big your mountain is. Tell your mountains how big your God is.

God tells us: we already have it. We speak to the mountain. On the ground that we already won it. We have it thus we speak it.

What are we speaking over our kids? We have a choice. We shall only speak good. Remember this!

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Jesus’ name in Chinese –   耶  稣

20160207_1001579耶 Hear hear – Hebrew: Shema Shema
Hear what?
稣 Supply – fish and grain

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2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Grow only on one ground. Grow in grace!

2 Tim 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Be strong in grace. What you want to be strong in, you will speak it and your life will be full of it.

In Taiwan aborigin people used to live life in peace and happy, until the new immigration people came in and introduced them to drugs and alcohol, so they became addicted and spent their wealth to buy drugs and alcohol causing them to have lost everything because of their addiction to opium. The men felt ashamed and guilt. Then came some Missionaries and told them to call on Jesus to be saved. Don’t depend on self. As they struggled they wrote a famous song. Called on “Jesus”. Many were saved then.

God will deal with what you are facing. Open your mouth and call on the name of Jesus.

He will look after us all the days of our lives because we belong to Him. We are the Apple of His eyes.

You can miss any place but don’t miss Heaven. You can miss any appointment but don’t miss the rapture. If you are going to miss any dinner, don’t miss the married supper of the lamb. The end is near? The end is now. These are the end times. Just call on Jesus to save you. He is your salvation.