2017/07/29

7/30/2017 "To live a life of walking with God"


Genesis 5: 21-24

Some people called the fifth chapter of Genesis "a desert of death". Because it refers to death in Genesis 5, 9, 15, 1, 14, 17, and 20. You can see caskets and the graves of almost everyone there. You can imagine the pain of their widows who would have been crying behind the people who left this land dead. You can feel the vanity of life in the odor of death that continues to emerge from this chapter.

But in the middle of this desert of death there was a lily of life, just a small flower, Enoch. Surprisingly, however, today's text does not adequately describe Enoch. In fact we find more verses about Enoch in the New Testament. The Old Testament testifies with 51 words about Enoch, but the New Testament speaks with 94 words.

We read about Enoch three times in Genesis, one in Hebrew, and three times in Jude. Genesis 5:24 says simply. "Enoch walked with God." He has always taken personal walks with God.

Enoch was, in a word, a man of eternal life. But he never crossed the Red Sea like Moses. He never fought and broke the giant like David. He did not wrestle with an angel all night long like Jacob. He was never swallowed by a great fish like Jonah. He does not walk on water like Jesus. He never wrote a Bible in one verse. The only information we hear about this person is Genesis 5:24.

"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; For God took him."

He lived a simple life organized in only four words, but God brought him into the Hall of Fame of the Heavens.

When we evaluate the life of a person in today's text, we will realize that it is not a question of how much to say about the person, but if only a few words can clearly explain the person. We can speak a lot about a person in just a few words.

For example, we say that David is "a man after God's own heart." We hear that Abraham is "a friend of God." Elijah was nicknamed "the man of God." However, It is not a bigger reputation than "Enoch," which is called "walked with God"

There are only two people in the Old Testament who went to heaven without dying. The other one is Elijah. Today, through Enoch's life, we learn great truths about our lives in this world and our future lives.


I. You can also enjoy intimate fellowship with God.


Verse 22 says very simply, "And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters."

Everyone can walk with God, but not everyone. In fact, most people do not. Literally, did you know that you can walk with God?

I read about an Indian missionary who led many people to Jesus. One day a new Christian approached him and said,

"I have been watching you very closely and have seen how you walk with God and how you talk with God."

He kept saying that. "So I want to ask you, did God like it?"

The missionary answered the question like this: "God is not pleased with me at all, but God always feels intimacy with me."

Likewise I ask you. How much do you walk with God every day now? You will meet God as much as you seek.

God Himself said in Jeremiah 29:13, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall seek me for all your heart."

I expect you to note that Enoch has been with God. God did not walk with Enoch. God did not go the way of Enoch. Enoch was on the way of God. If you walk with God, you will follow His instructions. He does not go to you. In order to walk with God, we must concentrate on doing God's will. God will never follow our instructions. We must walk in Him.

He also walked with God. It means that he did not go ahead of God and did not follow God. He stood beside God and accompanied him. This is literally meant to say that Enoch accompanied God.


II. You can also exercise intense faith with God.


Hebrews 11: 5 is the New Testament commentary on the Enoch story.

"By faith Enoch is translated as" And he was pleased, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."

Enoch was a man of faith. So he was able to leave his testimony.

"Before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." (Hebrews 11: 5)

What was his faith in pleasing God? As I have already said, he obeyed God's will. 

Do you want to please God? If you please God, it does not matter who you make you feel bad about. But if you do not please God, it does not matter who you please. If you want to please God, you will believe in God. If you believe in God, you will obey God. That is why Enoch pleased God.

If God said "jump," Enoch would say, "How much do I want to go up?"

When God said, "Shout," Enoch would say, "How much do I cry out loud?"

When God says "Go," Enoch would say, "How fast will I go?"

Enoch not only obeyed God's will but also believed in God's Word. Verse 21 looks like a verse without much meaning. But it really speaks a lot. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah. Enoch leaves a son named Methuselah with a fascinating name.

In the Bible the name was very special and very important. Enoch, who named Methuselah, shows how strong his faith was. 

The name Methuselah means "when he is dead, it will come or it will be sent." This was a prophecy of the Flood that will come to earth in the future. Enoch knew from the very moment Methuselah was born that God's judgment is under way.

But Enoch knew exactly that God's judgment would not happen as long as Methuselah was alive. But the moment Methuselah died, God immediately began the flood judgment. This is an amazing story.

In Genesis 5:25 we learn the fact that Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.

And in verse 28 and verse 29, "And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son. And he called his name Noah."

When you add up 187 and the 182 you get 369, so Methuselah was 369 years old when his grandson, Noah, was born.

When did the flood come? Genesis 7:11 says that the flood was at Noah's 600th year of age. Adding 600 to 369 results in 969. How many years did Methuselah have lived according to Genesis 5:27?

When Methuselah had his last breath, God closed the ark and sent a flood. Methuselah was a time bomb of the Flood Judgment.

Methuselah was God's time. When he died, the Flood came. The reason is interesting because Methuselah was the person who lived the longest in 969 years. Why did he live so long? Because he represented patience and God's mercy. God has given the world enough time to repent for almost a thousand years, that He wants to save all mankind.

Sometimes, I feel wonder why Jesus' second coming is delayed. Why does not he come back and set this world upright? And how does God endure all the sin, injustice, wickedness, and rebellion that we see in the world today?

It is not because God is insensitive. It is not because God does not hate sin. It is not because God is holy. That is why God endures until everyone is saved.

In 2 Peter 3: 9 we learn this truth. "The Lord is not slack about his promise, as some men count slackness; But is not long enough for us-ward, not willing that to perish, but that should come to repentance."

Enoch had incredible intense faith when he saw his son Methuselah. Today you and I can trust God in the same way as Enoch.

If you have a chance to go to the US Capitol you must stop by the dome. On the inside of the dome is the following inscription.

"One Divine Far-Off Event Toward Which All Creation Moves," This is clearly an expression of the Second Coming of Jesus. The founders of the United States were convinced of Jesus' return and carved it into the Capitol.


III. You can experience a wonderful future with God like Enoch.


"And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters." (5:22)

Now you can imagine Enoch, who faithfully accompanies God every day, every week, every month, every year, every century. One day God suddenly took him alive. What is its lesson? He was the first raptured saint of the Old Testament.

He was chosen as the first model of the rapture you and I will experience when Jesus returns to this planet. This event will happen to all Christians someday.

The biggest issue with Enoch is not that he was raptured, but where he went.
He has been with the Lord forever.

It does not matter how you go through the grave or break through the clouds today. No matter whether you die before Jesus returns, or Jesus comes before you die, God will take you and will eternally live with you.

I do not think that Enoch was the first preacher of the Second Coming, either accidental or coincidental. He was raptured without dying. Enoch did not walk in the valley of death. He flew over it. God took him alive.

Enoch represents the last Christian generation to be rescued from death. His preaching was the second coming of Jesus Christ. That was his entire message.

Did you know that you can talk about the future with three propositions?
It is found in 1 Thess 4:16.

"For the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:"

This is a picture of the Second Coming of Jesus. Among them is the resurrection of the saved.

"And the dead in Christ shall rise first .."

Then there will be a rapture of the saints.

It is verse 17: "Then we will be able to live together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air."

Today we listened to Enoch's faith. He lived thousands of years ago. But the day he lived was not much different from the day we lived. Enoch lived in the era just before the flood.

Enoch walked with God. He did not die. "Enoch followed him because he believed in God, and every day he walked with God and became acquainted with him, and he started traveling with God by trusting in God, and eventually arrived at his destination with God God and Enoch walked together for eternity.

"Enoch walked with God, and when he came to him, there was no shock, no break, no interruption ... Death simply took him into God's nearer presence."

The book of Hebrew reminds us: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he will cometh to God, and he will believe in him, and that is a rewarder of them." (Hebrews 11: 6)

In the life of Enoch and Abraham we find that life is a lot of risk in the journey. But this trip has life and accomplishment.

"By faith Noah, being warned of God, things moved as fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house." (Hebrews 11: 7)

People ridicule Noah, who builds a ship in a dry land. But they could not stop Noah's construction. Noah trusted the will of God. It was faith. By faith Noah was saved, and his family was with him to the end.

Noah's life was one continued and concentrated preparation for which God said would come.

"Noah's life was a continual preparation for believing and obeying God's judgment and Jesus' return, which w proclaimed by his great-grandfather Enoch, prophesied through his grandfather Methuselah"


Enoch-Methuselah-Lamech-Noah, I pray that these four generations of beautiful walking with God will be your life today.




2017/07/22

7/23/2017 "Where you look is your destiny"


Isaiah 44:25


Ecclesiastes 3: 1 says "To everything there is a season."

Jeremiah tells the season of a man. His seasons were childhood, youth, maturity, and old age.

In childhood we learned the following facts: The same God who created this world has made us and has provided us with everything we have and everything we need. 

In youth, we learned to love the Lord as we love our father, mother, sister, and brother. We learned how to love Him through Jesus who gave us a family.

And then in our maturity, we thank God for doing for us, and we begin to work for him.

As God has given us, we learn to give to Him. Then in our old age, we enjoy the joy of life in the presence of the Lord.

"He is very present help in the time of trouble." (Psalm 46:1) 

In this old age we can stand in a firm belief that God is with us.

But in Jeremiah chapter 8, something has gone wrong with the seasons.

In verse 13, God tells Jeremiah, "There will be no grapes on the vine, there will be no figs on the trees, and their leaves will wither."

In verse 20, we find out what is wrong: "The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved."

The harvest is the culmination of all seasons ahead of it and the preparation for all the coming seasons.

The spring season exists because the seeds planted in the spring will be the fruit for the harvest. The reason for the summer season is because the fruits are ripe and the vegetables are mature. The reason for the autumn season is to gather fruits and vegetables and eat them during winter. 

But without the harvest, all the work of spring will be in vain. If there is no harvest, the green of summer is nothing. Without the harvest in the fall, the crops did not grow well in the summer. Without harvest, winter is long, cold and hungry.

Jeremiah tried to teach God's people about the spiritual harvest. God gave them spiritual fountains, and God planted God's Word in their hearts. God gave them summer. 

And in the fall, it is now time to harvest, but no one has been saved. “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20).

The harvest is over and they settled their accounts at the end of the season. They failed in the summer. They were not saved. Just as Jeremiah saw his day, we also need to look at the season of my life.

Charles Spurgeon was a pastor of Megachurch, the Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle in London, before the big church we often call "Megachurch" today.

People had to reserve seats two or three weeks early to hear Spurgeon's preaching. Pastor Spurgeon advertised his church members not to worship on Sunday night. Instead, visitors were able to take up the place of worship. 

He has published more sermons than any previous preacher. Many newspapers around the world have posted his sermons every week. But I would like to share his testimony with you today on how he was saved.

In his youth he was deeply guilty. But he did not really know how to be forgiven of his sins. He attended churches and listened to many excellent sermons about how to live a good life, but he never met anyone who testified that he was living a changed life through the gospel.

On a Sunday when there was a lot of snow, the Spurgeon was walking towards a church. But as he was walking along the road, he could not go to the church anymore because he had too much snow. He could not go to the street, but he was ambiguously locked in the street. Then there was a shabby little chapel in his eyes. Until then, he walked the streets many times, but never looked at the church.

He stopped his steps and went into the church hall and sat down. In his youth he was deeply guilty. But he did not really know how to be forgiven of his sins.

He attended churches and listened to many excellent sermons about how to live a good life, but he never met anyone who testified that he was living a changed life through the gospel.

On a Sunday when there was a lot of snow, the Spurgeon was walking towards a church. But as he was walking along the road, he could not go to the church anymore because he had too much snow. He could not go to the street, but he was ambiguously locked in the street. Then there was a shabby little chapel in his eyes. Until then, he walked the streets many times, but never looked at the church.

He stopped his steps and went into the church hall and sat down. There were a few people sitting and praying, and the pastor was not visible. As soon as Spurgeon got up from his seat and walked out the door of the church, a member of the church went up to the pulpit. He went up to the pulpit, opened his Bible, and read the text of the day in front of the attendees. The text was Isaiah 45:22.

"Those who are scattered to the ends of the earth! All come back to me and be saved. "For I am God, and there is no god but me."

The member cried out to Charles Spurgeon, who was about to leave the door.  Young man, you are in trouble and you will never get out of it unless you look to Jesus Christ.”
At that moment, Spurgeon lifted up his hands and shouted. "Look, look, look! It is only Look! "

At that very moment Spurgeon finally saw the way of salvation. From that very moment he began to look to Jesus Christ by faith and his salvation began.

Isaiah 45:22 is simply the salvation expressed in one sentence. It is a short verse, but his sins are forgiven, and he expresses deep truth about the fact that he began walking toward heaven.


1. Look to salvation


The text says, “Look to me.” However, if you look elsewhere than the Lord Jesus Christ as a place of salvation, your eyesight is wrong. As far as salvation is concerned, if you look at someone other than the Lord Jesus Christ, you are looking at it wrong. 

If you are seeing something other than the dead, buried, and resurrected gospel of Jesus Christ, you have heard the wrong plan of salvation. If you are looking at the Church regardless of salvation, you are lost. If you are baptized regardless of salvation, you are getting lost. 

If you are doing good in the condition of salvation, you are getting lost. If you are knocking on the door of religion without paying attention to salvation, you are getting lost. God is the master of time and space. The Son of God is the Savior of this world. The only object we need to look at is Jesus Christ.

Salvation is not your life, but where you are looking. You are saved by looking. You are not saved by your efforts. You are saved by trust. The word "trust" is used instead of the word "Look to" that the Spurgeon spoke to clarify what the meaning of salvation is. 

"Simply trust me, and be saved." That's what God said from the beginning of the Bible to the end of the Bible. 

Hebrews 12: 2 says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

Faith is simply focus. When you put a blindfold in your eyes and look at Jesus Christ with your heart, he reveals himself. In order for you to be saved, do not look anywhere other than Jesus Christ or elsewhere.

A hunter standing between a field and a tree was surprised to find a little deer. The deer suddenly jumped out of the forest and screamed loudly.

And he saw several hunting dogs running to catch the fawn. The deer was terrified and saw a hunter standing before him in front of his death. The deer, who had almost fallen in front of the hunting dogs who were about to die, was about to rise again at a full speed toward the hunter. And the deer fell to his ankle. 

The hunter fought with the hounds, holding his deer in his arms in a state of surprise. Soon after the hounds had withdrawn, he returned to his house with his deer in his chest and cured the deer with great care. The lost fawn was protected by the hunter and regained his energy. I can tell you today that the Hound of Hell is on the outskirts of all who have never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

But you can look at Jesus at any point. And if you rush to the feet of Jesus in the moment of your crisis and fall down before him, he will fight for the Hounds of Hell on your behalf. He will protect you. He will save you. He will take you to his kingdom.


2. How wide is salvation?


If so, who can see Jesus? This salvation is for all. This salvation is for Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists. Salvation does not discriminate against people. This salvation is for all. This salvation is for all. Some Jews who got this news got angry. 

But the apostle Paul, one of the greatest Jews who ever lived, said in Romans 10: 1: “Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”

One of the reasons I like the preaching of the gospel is that I can give the gospel to everyone free of charge. Car dealers cannot fully satisfy all customers. This is because customers have different preferences, sizes and prices. No insurance salesperson can fully satisfy all customers. Because everyone has different types of insurance they need. 

But the preacher of the gospel can pass on Christ's forgiveness to anyone without paying any price. There is no one who does not need it. We can be forgiven only through Jesus Christ. Only through Jesus Christ can we be free from guilt. You will know that the salvation I preach is not just for our church members. This sermon is for everyone.

I believe that God's most favorite word is "Everyone." Jesus Christ died for all, and every man could have a chance of salvation.

Hebrews 2: 9 says, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death."

I John 2: 2 says, "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world."

John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

2 Peter 3: 9. "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

1 Timothy 2: 4. "He wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth."

Jesus' death is enough to pay the price of all sinners. But only to those who accept Jesus Christ as the Savior. Whoever calls on his name is saved.

During the Civil War, a young soldier named Charles was dying from a severe gunshot wound. Just then his fellow soldier found the dying Charles. He wiped the blood from the soldier 's face with heavy gunshot wounds and tried various first - aid measures to save him as much as he could, but the soldiers almost reached death. The dying soldier was saying this.

"You take out a piece of paper and give it to me. I want to write a note to my father. And I will sign it. Maybe my father will recognize my letter. Dad is acting as a prominent judge in the north, I will surely help you if you receive it."

He notes, "Father, I am dying in the battlefield. One of my fellow soldier is helping me. He is kindly helping me just before I die. He will try to find my father after I die." 

And Charles finally left his signature at the end of the letter. Soon after the war was over, his fellow soldier who helped dying Charles visited his father. He was a disabled veteran who lost his legs and a part of his arms and was also unemployed. He lived in a habitat without a place to stay. When he visited the judge's house, everyone who worked at the house did not believe him. Because he looked like a homeless person. Finally, Charles's father showed up. The young man handed him a note.

The judge initially thought it was tosh to get the money. However, at the end of the letter, there was a sign of the unbelievable son, and the young man who passed it was crying. The judge gratified the young man and gave thanks for taking care of the lost son. And the judge asked the young man to come into his house. The judge sat him comfortably on the sofa and said, "anything that my money can buy and everything that I can influence is secure."

Why does this judge give such kindness and help to strangers? The letter from the young man contained the signature of his son who wanted to know so much life and death.

I can tell you today, too. Everyone who comes to God our Creator and wants to be saved in the name of Jesus is saved.


3. What is the life saved for you specifically?


In verse 45:22, "Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other." Now, notice the sentence "Look to Me and be saved.

If someone is looking at the Lord, it means that he is the object of salvation. As a man swims, his legs become cramped and sink into the water. Then you saw him. What would you like to do? You will swim to him with all your might and will draw him to the dry land. You can be a savior the moment you look at him.

When a building is on fire and the fire and smoke are soaring, you hear a scream of a young boy from inside the building. What would you like to do? As soon as you hear the scream of someone, you become a savior. You will run into the building and carry the boy up and run.

You see someone going into hell fires caught in the power of sin. What would you like to do? You will rush quickly to get him to safety before he falls into hell fire.

The Lord will not keep an eye on you for a moment. At any moment you begin to be conscious of the Lord's eyes. But if you are trapped in a building with a fire and smoke rising, what do you think our Lord will do? He is determined to die and will lead you to a safe place.

You are saved from the power of death. You have eternal life. And you are saved in hell. You are literally transferred from death to life. You can never die. So the ultimate reward for looking at Jesus is eternal life.


4. Jesus Christ is the only Savior


Now God tells us why we should see, why we should be saved, and why everyone is saved in the same way. The text says. "For I am God, and there is no god but me." 

Only Jesus Christ is the true savior. The Bible continues to repeat this statement.

John 3:18 - "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe in the condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God."

John 14: 6. - "Jesus answered," I am the way and the truth and the life.

Acts 4:12 - "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

I John 5:12 - "He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."

I will repeat this last verse. This does not mean that you are a member of the Church and have gained life. If you have a religion, you have the possibility to have life. If you have been baptized, you certainly have this life. The Bible tells you that if you have "the Son" you already have life. As you know, what a person has is not making a Christian. 

What a person does makes a Christian. What should you have to be a millionaire? There must be a million dollars. If you have $ 999,999.00, you are not a millionaire. It's that simple. What you do or what you promise to do does not make you a millionaire. With what you have, you become a millionaire. Likewise, in order to be saved, you must have the Lord Jesus Christ.

But some reject salvation. But the Lord says. "If you will simply look for a live." 

There were people who participated in wilderness exploration in Canada. People arrived at the camp at the edge of the forest and spent time preparing packs and supplies for their journey. However, one of them found that there were no maps for the backcountry they would explore. Besides, they found that they had no compass! 

The guide did not lose his smile when he heard about it. He said: "Map and compass are not the way through these mountains, I am the way through these mountains, you just follow me."

One day we all must go through the mountains of illness and pain. We all have to go through a steep valley where there is a shadow of death.


But if you do not take your eyes off Jesus for a while, you will never lose your way. You will arrive at your destination safely. You will enjoy eternal life.




2017/07/15

7/16/2017 “Live a life led by an eternal purpose”


Ephesians 1:11

USA Today recently asked the following question through a survey: "If you had the opportunity to get a direct and clear response from God, what one question would you ask Him?"

As a result, the greatest question asked by almost half of the respondents was "Why am I here on earth?"

Getting to know the meaning, purpose and reason of your life is becoming more and more complicated.

I am convinced that the vast majority of people on this planet are looking for purpose and meaning in life, but never actually found it.

People do not even go to the chair where they have to sit. You were just sitting there because the chair was there. Nobody asks why the chair was there. You do not ask where to move the chair. You have not found a reason to move it. But I hope today that you can move your world and move the chair that will change your life.

To do that, today we must be able to answer three of life's greatest questions.
After you correctly answer these three questions, you can discover the purpose of your life.


I. First, there is a question about why to be: "Why am I alive?"


This is not really a new question. It was a question that was raised thousands of years ago.

Long ago Jeremiah said,
“Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?” (Jeremiah 20:18)

Why was I born? Why do I have to live my life without ending myself in trouble?

This one question has annoyed philosophers for thousands of years.

Even Shakespeare had to ask it this way, "To be or not to be, that is the question."

The saddest thing in this world is a life that never understands the goal of life.

Some people look for bookstores to discover the purpose of life, but they will only find hundreds of books to read.

The survivalist will tell you. "The purpose of life is just to survive."

The hedonists would say "the purpose of life is pleasure.”

“Life is just one big party. Enjoy it while you are here.”

The materialists will also praise hedonism. "Life is about getting, buying, acquiring."

But the problem is that all these people eventually die.

Basically they all say the same thing. “Do not give up, believe that you can achieve your goals, grow your dreams, increase your goals, and achieve them.”

If you can do a lot of things these books tell you, you will succeed in life according to the definitions of these books.

But success is a different way of knowing your purpose in life.

You can be very successful in your life right now. But you still do not know. "What have you come here for?"

I can assure you. 

You are made by God. 
You are made for God. 
You are here for His purpose. 

Until you understand it, there is no meaning in your life.

Proverbs 16: 4 says "The LORD hath made all things for himself."

This tells you two things.

God created you.
God wants to reveal His purpose to you and fulfill it.

In Ephesians 1: 4, "According as he hath chosen us in before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."

You have been created to be loved by God. God wants to focus his love for you like a laser beam. 

Always remember this.
1) "Why am I on this planet?"
2) "I was created to be loved by God on this earth."


II. Question about Significance: "How important is my life?"


No meaning, it was a question long before the prophet Isaiah.

He confessed. "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain."

A prophet like Isaiah also thought that his life had no meaning, no purpose, no importance.

During World War II, there were detainees in a Nazi concentration camp in Hungary, who had a processing human sewage in a factory. Soon after, the allies defeated the Germans and occupied them. Then he blew up the factory and blew it off. So the prisoners suddenly have nothing to do. The soldiers had the prisoners bring all the debris of the factory to another factory. Day after day they carried a heap of stones. Every day they repeated things that were meaningless and purposeless.

And strange things began to happen. The prisoners began to go crazy. They did not have a question about significance and soon they began to lose their will to live. Many prisoners started throwing themselves in front of the guards trying to get shot in. It was mass suicide.

How about you? It is human. Without meaning and purpose, the will of life dies.

In general, you will live a life in one of three stages.

Most people stay at the first step. It is the lowest level of survival. It is the stage where most people live today. They are just passing through this life. They just exist. They die from work to work, from home to home, getting paid, enjoying weekends and holidays without trying to find their own purpose.

If you step up from it, there is the second step. It is a successful level. This is probably where most of us are currently residing. Most of us live comfortably on the standard that Americans think. Compared to the rest of the world, we are very wealthy. We have a fortune. We have freedom. We can go as we choose.

However, with the success of enjoying enough liberty, you are not really fulfilled. You have not yet reached true satisfaction and fulfillment.

The level we really need to reach is the third step. It can be said that it is the highest level of life. If you understand the following three things, you have reached this level.

1. You are a very important person to God.
2. You can change the lives of others.
3. You are essentially different from others' lives by finding God's purpose in your life and fulfilling it.

There are important passages confirming that you are a very important person to God.
“Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you.” (Psalm 44:2)

The Lord spoke to Isaiah. "I am your Creator. You were in my care before you were born."

Before you came to this world, God was caring for you. You are God's top priority every day.

Listen to these verses.
“And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained [for me], When as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139: 16)

Do you believe? God takes you so precious.

He wants you not only to have meaningful life on this planet, but you also want to have the purpose of all eternal life.

God's purpose is eternal. When you die, your heart stops beating, and the lungs stop breathing.

But that is not your end. Your body only existed for a short time. You have been created as an eternal being.

Psalm 33:11 says:
"The plans of his heart from generation to generation."
"His purpose will last forever"

I hope you will think about this. You will spend much more time in Heaven than in the life of the flesh. In this land, you can hardly live for at least 70, 80, 90, and perhaps 100 years, but you will live an endless life in heaven. You have been made for eternity from the beginning, and the life of this earth is now just a preparation for eternity.


III. Relevance: "What is my purpose?"


In Psalm 89: 47, David confessed:
"Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity Thou hast made all the sons of men!" (Psalm 89:47)

Bertrand Russell, the greatest atheistic philosopher of the twentieth century, understood this question and replied:
"Unless you assume the existence of God, the question of life is meaning and purpose is totally irrelevant."

That is correct. That is absolutely true.
So the only way you can know the purpose of your life is one of the following:

A) talk to the one created it or build it.
b) read the owner's manual.

The good news here is that you can talk to the person who created your life.
He also gave you an owner's manual that shows you what your life's purpose is.
Proverbs 9:10 makes this clear.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs)

You discover the purpose of your life by knowing God.

The important text is today in Colossians 1:16.
“For by Him all things were created, [both] in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible… by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)

And in Ephesians 1, I say:
“also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.”

Everything is hidden in Christ, who we are and what we live in.

If you are created for the purpose of God and want to know its purpose, the only way is to know Him. The more you know God, the more you will understand different parts of your life.

Some may not have much interest in God or may be unbelievers.

Some may be believers, but they are away from God.

Some are strong believers and are in a state of knowing God more deeply.
But listen to this last verse no matter what level you are in.
“And opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand [ now] that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him.” (Acts 10: 34-35)

The door is always open if you want to get close to God and keep your mind open to him.

It is never too late to start a life that is rooted in true purpose.

When John Sculley, CEO of PepsiCo, asked Steve Jobs, who founded Apple, “why he wants to start a reckless business”, Jobs replied:

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"

Sculley was CEO of PepsiCo from 1970 to 1993. Sculley earned the highest income in Silicon Valley in 1987 with an annual salary of $ 2.2 million.

But as he stepped out of the good position and got in touch with Steve Jobs, and Apple's sales grew from under $ 800 million to $ 8 billion under Sculley's management.

Now I ask you.

Do you want to live as usual and go this way?

Or do you want to live a changed life that can change the lives of others?

You can do it when you find your purpose through your personal relationship with God. And you can start to live a life of true purpose.




2017/07/08

7/9/2017 "A person who has gone to heaven"

"A person who has gone to heaven"

Revelation 21: 1-5

Two 100 year old sisters died on the same day and went to heaven. There they were overwhelmed by the majesty and glory of heaven. They were briefly depressed about the fact that they came to heaven too late in that wonder. One sister told the other sister. "If we had not taken oat bran separately, we could have been here five years earlier ….."

In fact everyone wants to go to heaven, but at the same time nobody wants to die. The Apostle John saw the illusion of being exiled to Patmos, a small island in the Mediterranean. He records what he saw and heard in his illusions and reports to us today:

The apostle John describes the kingdom of heaven as "new heaven", "new earth", "new Jerusalem" based on the vision that he saw. And he conveys to us the vivid voice of the Lord, "Behold, I make all things new."

The life of the kingdom of heaven was completely different from our life on earth. The apostle John shouted, "The former things have passed away."

This is the prophecy God has already spoken in Isaiah 65: 7; "for behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind."

Jesus said of this new world: “In the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28) When we enter the kingdom of heaven, you will rejoice with endless wonder as you look at new things.

When the state of Georgia purchased the large residence of the late millionaire William Rockefeller in Jekyll Island, the safe he left prompted people's curiosity. Soon they opened the safe, in which a bottle of wine and a set of false teeth remained. Heaven will never be so empty. Heaven will present surprises and joy that the earth could never provide.

The beauty of this particular heaven is likened to "the bride dressed up as a jewel for the bridegroom" in Revelation. 

Can you imagine the most beautiful bride in the world coming down the church stairs after the wedding? 

In 2 Corinthians Paul wrote his own experience of heaven: “Whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows; such an one caught up to the third heaven. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” (2 Corinthians 12: 2, 4)

The apostle Paul could not describe the kingdom of heaven in any word. It happened to him that he could not imagine for a lifetime. God showed Paul what he prepared for his beloved ones.

When Thomas Edison died, he could not speak a single word. His family doctor noticed that Edison was trying to tell his family something. Doctor bent over to Edison and tried to figure out what he was trying to say: "It's very beautiful over there." This was his last word. It would also be the first word he said in heaven. "It's very beautiful over there."

Among all the glories of heaven, Central will be the majesty of God sitting on the throne. He is the heart of heaven. John heard a loud voice coming from the throne of heaven, not a simple voice: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them.”

This has been repeated many times. The vision was so big and overwhelming that John had to record it repeatedly so that people would believe it. We want him to be with us forever. This is evidence of God's infinite love for us. 

When Jesus was born, he was called Immanuel, which means "God with us." When we reach Heaven with God's mercy, we will stand forever in front of God the Immanuel. It was the voice from the throne of heaven, who dares to doubt it?

Indeed, heaven will reunite us with the rescuer. Little Lisa Greene was only three years old when rescued from fire smoke and flames in Brooklyn, NY, in 1975. When a city firefighter called Marvin Bunch arrived at the scene, the porch had already been burned with fire. Then he listened to the children shouting on the second floor of the house.

Bunch risked and crawled upstairs. And he grabbed Lisa Greene, unconscious, in his arms and went out safely there. Two other children were rescued. Fourteen years later, at age 17, Lisa called the New York City Fire Department to find out who saved her life. He was a retired fire captain living in Las Vegas.

Her family invited the Bunch family to New York as Lisa's guests of honor for Lisa's high school graduation. At the meeting, Bunch said he could not sleep all night until he confirmed the survival of a three-year-old girl who moved to the hospital fourteen years ago. 

Lisa grabbed the hand of Bunch, who saved her life, and thanked her with tears. When we get to heaven, we will be thrilled in tears in front of our divine rescuer who saved our lives.

In some ancient Greek manuscripts, it is interesting that the word "people" is plural in the voice heard from the throne, "he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people." 

It implies that people are all nations. They are gathered around the throne of heaven. It represents the truth that Christianity is a universal religion for all the peoples of earth. Therefore, preaching the gospel to all the people of the world is the ultimate challenge of all Christians living in the kingdom of heaven.

Imagine the people you saved, standing together in the great crowd of heaven. Because of their surroundings of God and their praise of Christ's victory, your life in this land will be praised as a beautiful achievement like the stars of the firmament. 

In the lesson of Revelation today, John now demonstrates the life of those who have entered heaven: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21: 4)

This is beautifully portrayed in the hymn of Norwegian hymn writer Magnus Landstad:
“All trials are then like a dream that is past, Forgotten all trouble and mourning. All questions and doubts have been answered at last, When rises the light of that morning. Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!”

Hans Brorson, who left 70 beautiful hymns in his life, wrote a hymn called Who Is Host Arrayed in White. One part of the hymn written in 1764 is: "On earth they wept through bitter years; Now God has wiped away their tears, Transformed their strife. To heav'nly life, And freed them form their fears."

You do not need a "towel wiping" in heaven. God wipes out all the tears on Earth. There shall be no more death. This vision is ongoing. Isaiah expressed this as follows: “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:8)

The apostle Paul repeated this prophecy as follows: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54)

Paul describes the prophecy of Isaiah's death as Jesus' Easter victory, with the words "Death is swallowed up in victory." Many people on this earth, even Christians, live in fear of death for life, but the fear will no longer exist because there is no more death in heaven. Death is forever destroyed.

God is forever in His people. When John saw this vision, what did the cruelly persecuted Christians think? What did Psalm 23 say? “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil;” (Psalm 23:4)

Another aspect of John's heaven is that there is no suffering. No more illness, no more scars exist in heaven. The Apostle Paul even claims that this future vision of heaven relieves the pain on this earth: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)

In other words, the pain you suffer today is less painful because you have promised a painless life in the coming world. One of the greatest sufferings of life on this planet is that death separates those we love from us. In Heaven, the people of God will no longer be separated because of death. In Heaven's dictionary, the word goodbye will no longer exist.

The apostle John, who recorded the book of Revelation, was expelled from the lonely island of Patmos and broke up with all his loving friends. He would have longed for a life that is no longer separate from the people of God. Every time a beloved person in Christ dies or leaves us, we can endure with faith in Christ for a life of heavenly eternity. In the vision of the apostle John the kingdom of heaven, we look at another promise of heavenly life.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer [any] sea.” (Revelation 21: 1)

According to ancient times, the great dragon that caused all evil on the earth came from the sea. The sea meant the abyss of darkness. Satan behind all sin prevailed in the sea. So the sea symbolically separated mankind. However, the sea, the abyss of sin, is no longer visible. This means that sin and evil no longer exist in heaven. We cannot yet imagine what it is to live without sin. We will all be Christlike, and we will bless, serve and support each other only for the glory of God.

The people of heaven will not understand the meaning of the words crime, violence, jealousy, and falsehood. Because no sin is committed, no one needs to ask for forgiveness. Everything will be a life of peace, joy, love and celebration. Heaven is the final destination of God's people. It is expressed in the words of a man sitting on the throne saying: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Alpha and Omega were the first and last letters of the ancient Greek alphabet. It is the English equivalent of A and Z. God is saying here that he is the source of our life in this world and the destination of our life in heaven.

About 6,000 Americans die every day now. Where are they going? God has a place for those who believe in Christ in the future.

Your destination is a much more exhilarating experience than the travel process. Because of the desire for that destination, we are not afraid to end our journey of faith on earth. “And He who sits on the throne said, it is done.” (21:6)

The word of the throne declares "it is done". It means that you have finally done everything you need to get to heaven. It is no longer possible for others to intervene in your salvation. God on the throne says, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." 

Sometimes we ask for put it in writing when we are not sure about someone 's promise. God did that for us, and for all who will come, he wrote it in the Bible. So nobody can add to it or take it from it. It is written in ink that cannot be erased. This article is written as the authority of the throne. No one can reverse this record, as no one can ever upset the throne.

If heaven is our final destination, this earthly life is a pilgrimage to its destination. If we are following Christ, we are all engaged in His work. There are only two qualifications for such pilgrims to enter the kingdom of heaven. They are the Bible's command. 1) repent, and 2) accept Christ as your Savior.

To comply all the provisions of the US income tax code, you must fill out 392 different forms. Likewise, two things are necessary to pass to Heaven. We must prepare for God's final call at any time. 

Near Sioux City, Iowa, the survivor of an airplane crash in 1989 was thrilled with his survival, crying, "Here I was, sitting on the edge of eternity." But not all of us were sitting on the edge of eternity every day.

Many people die unexpectedly. A man in a city was shot dead by a stray bullet while he was mowing his lawn. A woman in another city was killed by a bullet through her window while her watching television. Another young man in the city died in a car accident on a leisurely road at night. The drunk driver crossed the yellow line and caused a frontal crash.

In this world, no one is guaranteed to have their own safety. We must be ready to die at any time. The journey of this pilgrimage can be very long or short, but their destination in Christ is the same. We are all people to meet in the throne of God. We will rejoin in His presence with joy.

There is one more thing to notice in the vision of Revelation. The apostle John also reports, "And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from heaven from God, made ready for a bride."

This implies that if Christ is in our hearts and governs us, we can enjoy some degree of heaven on earth as well. Of course the heaven is not yet complete. Because there is always sin and evil on earth. Nevertheless, the joy of your heart to live in heaven on this earth should continue to expand to all. He (she) is increasingly turning his life into a heavenly figure. This is what the Lord's prayers mean: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

When we pray, something in heaven is sown in our hearts. The Holy Spirit brings this. Paul wrote in the Bible: “Therefore if any man is in Christ, [he is] a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

How much do they like if your beloved people who died in Christ and already in the kingdom of heaven see your today’s worship? Because they know their pain and difficulties because they have experienced a life on this planet Your destination is a thousand times better than your trip, and the experience of reaching its final destination will surely surpass all the sorrow, suffering, and discouragement of a pilgrimage on the planet.


We are traveling to a new heaven where God is staying in the center of His people forever. Any death, separation, and absurdity that we are experiencing now will be new to God's majesty in such a short time.




2017/10/1 "To build your broken walls"

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