Saved by Grace Part II

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It is past 9pm on a Friday. Flipping through my old diary from my teenage hood. Some of the ones cracked me up. Read this:

Friday April 12th, 2002 Sunny

It was a bad day! Today I had three exams and all did badly. I was so tired to do the homework. Today made me sad and worried because five days later I will have the big big exam. It’s important to for me. I’m worrying about my exams!!! But I know: If I work hard a week later I will become a winner a week later!

Let me try!!!

Or this:

Wednesday July 24th, 2002

From now on, I try to keep the diary in English. I think it’s good for me and I have to overcome myself. Mama said: “Can you keep long?”. I don’t know the answer because of my time. I’ll be busy and nervous a few days later. But I’m sure I’ll do my best. One sentence, two sentences, three sentences, I think that’s progress.

I hope those two super short diaries of my mine brought a smile on your face. I was a pretty serious kid, wasn’t I? In fact, most of my childhood and teenagehood and even early adulthood I spent studying. Not because I really enjoyed it but because I had to. It felt like my entire first 18 years of life was meant for that one big exam of university entrance. Kids study very hard for it and spent years preparing for it. It is a make it or break it time. As though if you failed at that exam your life is over. It was scary and it was wrong.

I had no dream in my early adulthood. When I was six I had a dream. When Dad asked me what I wanted to become when I grow up I told him I wanted to become a teacher. Teaching is in my blood. Something that comes very natural to me and something I enjoy doing. At such a young age, every day after finishing school, I would come home and ‘teach’ mum and dad what I learnt during the day in front of a little blackboard like a real teacher. However when I told Dad that I wanted to become a teacher, Dad looked very disappointed and he didn’t hide it. He expected more of me. My teaching dream was crushed, at the age of six.

From then on, I learnt to comply, because that’s what a ‘good’ kid will do. My parents’ dream became my dream. They wanted me to be exceptional, successful and living a good life abroad. From the age of six, I know that I will be working very hard to get to a good university, speak good English and go study and live abroad.

Determination and hard work produces results. Here I am, writing to you, having gone through the hard work to get to a good university, speaks good English, studied and now working and living in a beautiful country thousands of miles from the place I grew up. But is that all? What do you do after you’ve achieved your dream? Or shall I say, someone else’s dream?

To be honest, I think I would be so lost right now if I haven’t found Christ and my calling.

You see, life was meaningless to me before I found Christ. I lived almost the entire first 25 years of my life for my parents, to meet the expectations of others. I had no dream of my own. I spent no time really pursuing my passion. I wanted to become a teacher when I was six but that disappointed my father hugely because he expected much more of me. I then developed big interest in literature, art, history, geography and biology and aced them all at school but Dad wanted me to do science and IT. I was sad. I rebelled. I cried. I doubted life. And in the end, I complied.

All was for what others think was good for me and what I should do.

I did my bachelor degree in Information Systems and Management. I did really well at the management side of things but really struggled at programming.

I could not program. I just don’t get it. It seemed so hard. And I was not alone. A lot of my peers found it hard as well. To a point that only a fraction of groups were able to complete the second assignment of the semester and the others had to rely on plagiarism to get theirs across the line. It was a big scandal that time at the university because we all got caught.

So there you go. I could not program. But guess what I do for a living now? I am a programmer, or to be more precise, a full stack web developer. I write code for a living. Not only I can program now, I enjoy doing it. What a turn! It all goes back to early 2013 where we left off in the previous article…

January 2013, I arrived Rockhampton to study for my Master degree in IT. I met a fellow Chinese student who is also studying IT at orientation. We became friends and he invited me to his connect group. I really enjoyed going to the connect group every week, learning more about God and fellowshipping with people I met at the connect group. They were all very kind, warm and welcoming.

As I kept attending, my life started changing. I had more wisdom and self-control. I felt loved, included and connected. Life started to make more sense. I’m not just that kid studying abroad trying to make a life here, be successful and please her parents. I have friends. I have people who care about me! I have people I can talk to, seek advice from and journey life with! These people at connect group they are really smart and intelligent people that I can have deep conversations with. And I felt that they cared enough for me that I can trust them.

When I was stressed about exams and assignments, they were there for me, encouraging me and praying for me. When I had problems with my car, they were there for me, trying to help and praying over the situation. When I had problems with relationships, they were there for me, sitting with me in private, listening to my problems and giving me advice, praying over the situation. When I felt lonely, they were there for me, inviting me to their places, treating me like family, trusting me with their children, blessing me financially. When my birthday came, they prepared for it, celebrated it with me and blessed me abundantly. They gave and invested without seeking a return.

There was no problem too big or too small. As long as they are available and they can, they would help me.

You might be thinking in your head: nah that’s too good to be true. They just do that for you to get you into the gang.

And that’s what I thought as well, in the beginning. But my suspicion was gone not long after I realise that what I was worried about wasn’t true at all. The level of care and friendliness was genuine and un-pressuring. I never felt pressured to come to the connect group. It was all voluntary. I never felt pressured into anything. Everyone was respected regarding their participation and level of involvement. I wasn’t even asked on any topic regarding my own salvation until months later one of the leaders approached me in private and carefully asked my opinion of Jesus. After knowing that I had already given my life to Christ and accepted him as my lord and saviour a while ago by myself, she was so happy. They had been praying for my salvation. A lot of the people I met in that connect group, I still keep in touch with. The couple who ran that group had significant impact to my life. They are my friends, mentors and trusted advisors in life. They care about me deeply and have nurtured and invested in my life big time. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to them and God and how lucky I feel to have met them and have the honour and privilege to call them friends.

For the five years I lived in Rockhampton, the level of support and care I received was steadfast. It didn’t drop, if not increased after I became a Christian.

After my first encounter with God, I pressed in for more. I was more eager to learnt about God and I saw positive change happen along the way. I was more gentle, better self-controlled, much more calm with the peace God had put in me, giving, forgiving, wiser, more joyful and surprisingly smarter for God had opened my eyes not only in the spiritual world but also in the programming world.

Prior to coming to Rockhampton, I could not program. I struggled at all subjects regarding programming at my undergraduate and continued to struggle at the beginning of my IT master degree. However, when I started to approach God, miracle happened. I began to see and understand things in a way that I was never able to before. It was like a light switched on and suddenly everything became clear, logical and so easy. Now that I get it, I could not understand why I didn’t get it before! Programming is easy, straightforward and fun!

It was a gift from God, not by my own strength or talent. I didn’t know how and why God did it at the time. I was just so happy God had given me this talent because I really needed it. It was crucial to the completion of my master degree in IT and whether I get to live and stay in Australia and make mum and dad’s dream for me to come true. I suspected that he is going to use the gift somehow because as far as I know, God doesn’t do wasteful work. And he makes all things work for good for those who love him that are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.

From my first attendance to connect group [Feb 2013] to the time I invited Christ into my life [May 2013], I took three months to get to know God and Christianity. And during this three months, I experienced God for myself. His peace, his gentleness, his care and his power! I find myself a better person. Every time I approach God, something good happens. He became real in my life. I started journaling again, talking to myself and talking to God. And I find that God is very much interested in me and every intricate detail of my life. When you think about it, it is actually mind-blowing. The creator of the universe loves me, died for me, talks to me and cares about every detail of my life! He is my comforter, my healer, my mentor and my helper. I started to share more aspects of my life to God and seek his opinion and his help. And God is faithful and powerful. Nothing is too difficult for him. He created everything!

And finally, at around 3am, after praying and finishing a major and difficult programming assignment miraculously in three hours. I, very naturally, wrote on a page inside my Java notebook:

Thank you God for guiding me to my full potential, to a meaningful life, to a journey that will never end. I treasure all the gifts, recourses, relationships and everything else you’ve given me. I’m here making a promise to you that I will follow you and do whatever you made me for using all the gifts you’ve equiped me.

I am no longer alone by myself. I will always be together with people I connect with. But before I am able to help others with their problems in life, I have to take care of my own problems first, to be a qualified follower and start giving and forgiving with a big heart and a strong mind.

Forgiving is for giving!

Coming up: [Created with a Purpose] A continued serie of my journey with God after I gave my life to Christ, my growth in Christ, my baptism, issues in life, God’s miraculous blessings and how I discovered my calling.

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Put His Kingdom first

1. Setbacks are set for comebacks

God is never late. He always comes at the right moment.

The moment before dawn is the darkest and coldest moment of the night.

2. David’s heart was for devotion not promotion

In the middle of his devotion, God brought him promotion.

During the battles, David didn’t get beaten, he got better. Don’t let the adversities beat you, get better through them.

3. God’s plan and your destination is the same thing

Psalm 20:4

Psalm 34:4

God is good and he has good plans for you.

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7 “Dangerous” Prayers

James 5:16-18

Prayers shouldn’t be our last resort. It should be our first response.

Prayer is powerful, very powerful.

1 John 5:14-15

1. Lord, help me to hear you and obey.

God doesn’t have a speaking problem. It is us who have a hearing problem.

Obedience is the key to blessing.

2. Lord, remove anything from me that is not like you.

3. Lord, help me to love people like you do.

4. Lord, more of you and less of me.

5. Lord, use me however you want.

You know it’s God speaking when it’s nothing like you. And you know it’s God when you know that you can’t do it yourself.

6. Lord, help me to never forget what you’ve done for me.

7. Lord, help me to see me how you see me.

You’ll be surprised to see how God see you. 🙂

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Saved by Grace[靠恩典得救]

I used to be a typical Chinese girl, living life day by day, wondering about the meaning of life, struggling in the sea of sins yet unaware that there is a better way. With a buddism background, born and raised in mainland China where any form of religion is implied to be superstition and belongs to those who are uneducated or brainwashed, I was very alert when people approached me about any religion.

I have turned down missionaries on the street and inwardly mocked a lady who shared her faith at the North Melbourne train station. Taken by pride as I was, that little voice in my head questioning about the meaning of life and that longing for inner peace took me to the right path, eventually.

Praise God for He did not give up on me even when my heart was as hard as a stone and consumed by pride. Praise God for He did not give up on me after being rejected and mocked by me several times. I did not think I needed a saviour. But God still managed to weave himself into my story. Praise God for His unfailing love and grace.

You see, we are his creations. Made by his image and the same likeness. (Genesis 1: 26) God has left imprints on our hearts so that we may find the way HOME one day. My friend, have you ever wondered about the meaning of life? Who created the universe? Who orchestrates everything to work in harmony with each other so precisely? Who created life? Was the chicken there first or the egg? Who created me? Why am I here? We all go through same stages of life and will eventually die, what’s the meaning of everything anyway? Have you longed for peace? Have you ever felt so disappointed about how corrupted we are, how twisted our values have become and felt so done and just want to quit? Have you ever questioned about yourself, and all the good and positive things in life?

Well, I have. I have been thinking about these since I was 17 and could not find any convincing answer until I met Christ. The best answer I came up with in regards to the meaning of life before I met Christ was that life is a journey and instead of focusing on the destination, we should focus on the journey itself and make the most of it. Driven by that, my whole life goal was to make myself distinct and enjoy the most of it. And did that take me anywhere? Not really. Without God and driven by self desires, I was like many of the young girls nowadays, did not have anything meaningful to pursue. Instead, pursued wealth, beauty, fame, popularity, love, worldly success and any other things that satisfies the enjoyment of the self and greed of the heart. It was all about me me me.

Looking back on that, how dangerous and selfish and wrong it was to center all my life purely for the enjoyment of myself! That did not get me anywhere except brokenness, loneliness and self-doubt and confusion. I was like a little ship lost in the sea of sins, could not see a lighthouse to guide me unto the right course, until Jesus came into my life.

There it was, an invite to a Christian connect group, except this time it was from a friend, not a missionary, not a stranger, a friend, someone I actually hang out with, someone who is not nuts. I was curious, very curious. Curious as I always have been. In my head passed racing thoughts like: Hmm..I wonder who this foreign God is and whether He is real? I wonder how real life Christians are like. Are they nuts? Are they normal? Are they brainwashed? What is this Christianity all about? Do they do rituals? Will they try to brainwash me and get me into this thing? Is it dangerous? Funny as they sounded, that was actually what I was thinking. I ended up going to the connect group and met real life Christians for the first time in my life. And to my surprise, they seemed very normal, no sign of being a nut case or brainwashed at all. And to be honest, they seem better than normal. They are friendly, warm and loving. Most importantly, they all seemed to know what they are doing and appeared quite successful in their areas. I found that fascinating and was drawn to it. That was Feb 2013.

I used to be a very short tempered person. Horrible at impulse control. I tried to improve but failed every time. I was desperately seeking that inner peace for quite some time. I tried music. Listening to piano solos and buddhist scriptures, meditating and all. They worked but just temporarily. To seek that peace, I would listen to them while being on the train and bus. But they only gave me a temporary solution. As soon as I’m off it, the peace will be gone. As much as I appreciate it, I can’t be hooked to music all the time. I need to work, I need to listen to other people speak.

As I started attending connect groups, I found the teaching true and solid. At the time, they were teaching how to live life according to God’s wisdom. Talking about not lying, not doing wrong deeds, consequences of wrong deeds, take courage to say sorry if you stuffed up and ask forgiveness, etc. I really enjoyed the teaching and to my surprise, nobody in that group even showed a hint of compulsion of trying to convince me to join or anything near that. They were just genuinely enjoying my company and participation and so was I. Every time I attended connect group, I found myself far richer than I came. And I really enjoyed their company and teaching. They seem to be such nice people. I felt heaps of positivity and love in that group. So I kept attending.

First encounter with God

One time after connect group, I came back to my place. Sitting at the desk, I was wondering if their God is real. So I prayed the first prayer in my life. Unfortunately I could not remember what I prayed. But what I do remember, and probably will never forget, was that amazing peace that came into my heart straight after I prayed. The whole world silenced. I never felt so conscious and sober in my life. I could literally see clearer. Everything is so crisp and bright and clear. “Wow!” I thought. Touched by the gift I’ve been longing for so long, I could not believe it. I was stunned. Fearing that this peace might be temporary again and gone in minutes, I waited. And waited. Yet, it was still there. Still there, till this day. That amazing peace has never left me since. Praise God for His mercy and grace. While I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me. (Romans 5:8)

This was my first encounter with God. The peace was real I could not deny it. And it was such a gift I’ve been longing for, I feel grateful to God. Even to this day, thinking of God’s first gift to me, I can easily get emotional. That inner peace meant a great deal to me. And the fact that it is there with me now 24/7 is just incredible! At the time, I did not know what happened. I only knew that the Christians’ God is real and He has given me the inner peace I’ve been longing for. It wasn’t until six months after, that I accidentally learnt what actually happened on that day after I prayed that prayer. What actually happened, as I seek God and prayed to Him, He had heard my prayer and responded with His spirit – the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit came into me and peace was only one of its fruits.

In Galatians 5:22-23 it is written: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

So you see, my friend, to find out God’s existence is often not as difficult as we thought it would be. If you are curious, why don’t you pray to Him now and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. He is there for you. Eagerly waiting for you to know Him and come home. Trust me, He is not going to do you any harm but to bless you with abundant life and guide you onto the right path, shape you into the person you are intended to be. It will be the most rewarding decision you’ll ever make.

It was all great that I had my first encounter with God. But the very existence of God challenged everything I have been taught.

Three months down the track..(to be continued)

Click here to view part II of [Saved by Grace]

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Fight for the family[为家人而战]

Today’s Bible Verses: Nehemiah 4: 1-23 [今日经文:尼希米记 4章 1-23节]

Instead of fighting with my family, I will fight for my family. [与其与家人争战,不如为家人而战]

Problem came from three areas[问题来自三个方面]:

  1. Fatigue[疲劳]
    1. Nehemiah 4:10 – “strength…decayed”[尼希米记 4章 10节 -“力气。。。衰败”]
  2. Frustration[气馁]
    1. Nehemiah 4:10 – “much rubbish”[尼希米记 4章 10节 -“瓦砾仍多”]
  3. Fear[恐惧]
    1. Nehemiah 4:11-12[尼希米记 4章 11-12节]
  1. Three ways to fight for your family[三种方式为家人而战]:
    1. Pray for your family – Nehemiah 4:4,9[为家人祷告 -尼希米记 4章 4,9节]
      1. We need the Lord to build our homes – Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”[我们需要神来建造我们的家园 -诗篇 127章1节 “如果不是耶和华建造房屋,建造的人就徒然劳苦;如果不是耶和华看守城池,看守的人就徒然警醒。”]
    2. Position your family – Nehemiah 4:13[把家人放在适当的位置 -尼希米记 4章 13节]
      1. Nehemiah placed them as families so they would know what they were fighting for.[尼希米按家族分派他们所以他们才知道是为谁而战]
      2. Family is the best place to grow and develop people – Psalm 144:12 “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:”[家是人成长和发展最好的地方 -诗篇144章12节 “愿我们的儿子,在幼年时都像旺盛的树木;愿我们的女儿如同殿四角的柱子,为建造殿宇而凿成的:”]
      3. Three things you should learn at home[在家里应该学到的三样]:
        1. Relationships[人际关系]
        2. Character[品格]
          • Ezekiel 16:44 “Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.”[以西结书16章44节 “凡引用俗语的,必用这俗语指着你说:有其母,必有其女”]
        3. Values[价值观]
          1. Isaiah 38:19 “the father to the children shall make known thy truth.”[以赛亚书38章19节 “作父亲的,要让儿女知道你的信实”]
          2. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”[申命记6章6-7节 “我今日吩咐你的这些话,都要记在你的心上; 你要把这些话不断地教训你的儿女,无论你坐在家里,或行在路上,或躺下,或起来的时候,都要谈论”]
    3. Pursue God as a family – Nehemiah 4:14-23[作为一个家庭追随上帝 -尼希米记4章14-23节]

Remember the Lord[记住主]!

Reading – Nehemiah 4:1-23 [阅读 -尼希米记 4章 1-23节]

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.

So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

10 Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”

11 And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.”

12 So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.”

13 Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

15 And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. 16 So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. 17 Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. 18 Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”

21 So we labored in the work, and half of the men[a] held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared. 22 At the same time I also said to the people, “Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day.” 23 So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.

当参巴拉听见我们正在重建城墙,就很忿怒,非常恼恨,并且讥讽犹大人。 在他的兄弟和撒玛利亚的军队面前,说:“这些软弱的犹大人在作甚么呢?想自己修筑城墙吗?想要献祭吗?想要在一天之内完成吗?想要使废土堆中被火烧过的石头复活吗?” 亚扪人多比雅在参巴拉旁边说:“这些人建造的,只要一只狐狸走上去,石墙就崩塌。”

“我们的神啊,求你垂听,我们被藐视,求你使他们的毁谤归到他们头上,使他们在被掳之地成为掠物。 不要遮蔽他们的罪孽,也不要从你面前涂抹他们的罪恶,因为他们在这些建造的人面前惹你发怒。” 这样,我们重建城墙,把全部城墙连接起来,城墙达到一半的高度,因为众人都全心作工。(本章第1~6节《马索拉文本》为3:33~38)

当参巴拉、多比雅、阿拉伯人、亚扪人、亚实突人听见耶路撒冷城墙重修工程仍然进行,已经堵塞城墙的缺口,就非常忿怒。(本节在《马索拉文本》为4:1) 他们就一同计划阴谋要来攻击耶路撒冷,制造混乱。 所以我们向我们的 神祷告,又因他们的缘故,设立守卫,日夜防备他们。 10 犹大人说:“搬运的人气力已经衰弱,但瓦砾仍多,我们不能再建城墙了!” 11 同时我们的敌人说:“趁着他们不知道,还未看见之前,我们就进入他们中间,杀死他们,使那工程停止。” 12 住在他们附近的一些犹大人,也曾十次前来通知我们说:“他们将从各方上来攻击你们。”(或译:“他们十次从各方来对我们说:‘你们来到我们这里吧!’”本节颇残缺,意义难确定。) 13 所以我分派众人站岗,在低洼或高处,在城墙后隐蔽处或空旷的地方,叫他们按着家族,带着刀、枪和弓。 14 我巡视之后,就起来,对贵族、官长和其余的人民说:“不要怕他们,要记得主是伟大可畏的,要为你们的兄弟、儿女、妻子和你们的家争战。”

15 我们的仇敌既然听见我们知道了这阴谋,神也破坏了他们的计谋,就不敢来了。我们全都回到城墙那里,各人回到原来的工作岗位。 16 从那天起,我的仆人一半工作,一半紧握着枪、盾牌、弓和盔甲。众领袖都站在犹大全家的后面。 17 那些建造城墙,搬运重物的,都是一只手作工,一只手紧握兵器。 18 建造的人,都腰间佩着刀来建造;吹号角的人在我旁边。19 我对贵族、官长和其余的人民说:“这工程浩大,范围广阔;我们在城墙上彼此相隔很远。 20 所以你们无论在甚么地方,一听见号角声,就要集合到我们那里来。我们的 神必为我们争战。”

21 我们就这样作工;一半人紧握着枪,从黎明直到星宿出现的时候。 22 那时,我又对众人说:“各人和他的仆人都要在耶路撒冷城中过夜,这样他们可以在夜间作我们的守卫,日间工作。” 23 这样,我与我的兄弟、我的仆人和跟随我的人,都不脱衣服,各人带自己的兵器去打水(“各人带自己的兵器去打水”原文意思不明确,或译:“各人时常右手拿着自己的兵器”)。

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与神同在

走在细细的沙滩上。海风拂面,清爽宜人。贝壳与小海螺在脚下沙沙作响。我俯下身,细细端详脚边散落的贝壳。大小不一,形式各样。有些看着完美无瑕,有些却满是残缺破损。主啊,你看我们也像这些个贝壳海螺一样吗?不,主耶稣不会像我这般一样因着贝壳有了残缺就弃之不理,只管拾取那漂亮的贝壳。在主耶稣的眼里,我们是珍贵的受造物。不管在世人眼里我们是多么的残缺与不足,在主耶稣的眼里,我们一样珍贵。

主耶稣曾说:我来,不是招义人悔改,而是招罪人悔改。(路加福音 5:32)

罪就是罪。罪的代价乃是死。可是有了耶稣基督,新的秩序来临。主耶稣背起十字架在我们与上帝之间架起了一座桥梁,我们得以跟天父和好,并通过主耶稣建立一个亲密的、个人的与神的关系。得到救赎重生之后,我们之前所犯的一切罪孽都被主耶稣的宝血洗净。我们有了重新做人的机会。

主耶稣会在你的生命里做工。你的残缺,你的不足,主耶稣都会一一帮你补全。只要你敞开心扉接受他,追随他,你便可看到生命的改变。

主耶稣曾说:我来是叫你们得生命,并且得的更丰盛。(约翰福音10:10)

朋友,主耶稣就快来了。(末世审判)你,准备好了吗?


        

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Jesus is coming back

There will be a serie of events happening.
Rapture of the church. Bride Groom.
Nations rise against nations.(wars)
Femine.
Earthquakes.
You will be hated in all nations.
False prophet will rise.
Historical evidence – Daniel 2
Feet of the iron of clay: might be the European Union. The gather of ten nations to rule the world. The lord will come and smash them.
END TIME SIGN: increase of knowledge ( Daniel 12 )
Revelation
END TIME SIGN: ability to enforce te mark.
END TIME SIGN: rise in spiritualism
END TIME SIGN: mass animal death
END TIME SIGN: natural disasters (earthquakes)
END TIME SIGN: Daniel: unsealed prophecy
END TIME SIGN: Matthrew: false Christs and prophets
END TIME SIGN: world pushing for peace (2 Thesalonians)
END TIME SIGN: Matthrew: wars
END TIME SIGN: Matthrew: femine
END TIME SIGN: Christians being killed.
END TIME SIGN: increase of sins
END TIME SIGN: man of sin revealed
END TIME SIGN: Christians turn their ears from truth but fables
END TIME SIGN: those people who ruin the earth God dislike it
(Romans 8 the earth is grooming)
EMD TIME SIGN: the gospel being preached to all nations

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10 reasons to tithe

1. It is a tried and true pattern of giving (Malachi 3:7-16)
2. It will help you to revere God in your life (Deuteronomy 14:23)
3. It will help you to harness the dragon of materialism (Timothy 6:6-10)
Seeking after money creates evil.
Give as much as you can.
Tithing releases generousities.
If you are a really wealthy man and is concerned with how the church uses your money, get on the team and train the leaders to better use the money if you think you know how to use money well.
Give and trust.
4. It will serve as a practical reminder that God is the owner of everything.
5. It will allow you to exprience God’s provisions in incredible ways. (Luke 6:38)
6. It will encourage you to trust in God (Proverbs 3:5-6)
7. It will ensure you of treasure in heaven (Matthrew 6:19-20)
8. It will strengthen th ministry and outreach of your local church (2 Corinthians 9:12)
9. It will support church staff and missionaries.(Galatians 6:6)
10. It will help accomplish needed building projects (1 Chronicles 29:2-10)

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Breaking intimidation

Stand up and take the authority God has given to us.
Know who we are in Christ.
Spend time with God. Maintain the relationship.
You don’t have to look victorious to be victorious.
We need to start reaching out for ppl who cannot fight the fight on their own.

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Why do we give?

1. Obedience
Every good gift is from God.
2. Sacrifice
John 3:16
2 Corinthians 9:6 sowing and reaping.
Give with all of my heart.
3. Blessing
Luke 6:38
Giving is happier than receiving.

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