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“My Life’s Red Line and Star”
  [글쓴이: jangHee Lee | 작성일:18/06/02(토) ]

We often say our walk of faith is difficult or not working out well because of such and such people. Like Adam and Eve who blamed each other for their own faults after separating from God, we instinctively easily blame others. Yet, the fundamental stumbling block in our walk of faith is not people, a specific environment, or an outside force. My spiritual state is the biggest stumbling block. If my spiritual state cannot go beyond my self-centeredness, my standard, and my level, then I am spiritually dependent despite how great things may seem. In the end, it all flows in the direction of what is visible that is centered on the physical and materialistic things. This cannot overcome spiritual problems.
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” Apostle Paul found himself to be the source of this wretched state of not having his heart and physical body go together as one. Therefore, knowing that he could not end this fight against good and evil in himself with his own strength or willpower, he completely looked to God. Moreover, in no relation to his standard, he trusted the unchanging love of God that protected and encouraged him. Paul knew the reason he had to fight with his own self, and because he possessed the mystery to govern himself spiritually, all outside trials and persecution were mere contributions. Even in the face of the dangers of death and great suffering, Paul was able to handle the commission he had to carry out until the very end. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” The enemies from the outside no longer became his enemies to fight.
Everyone has a spiritual problem. There are differences in levels of seriousness and how much of the problem has surfaced, but everyone has this. Fundamentally speaking, a spiritual problem is our oppressed thoughts by the devil. More than the Word of God, these devil-given thoughts have crept in through scars, becoming more deeply imprinted, and they pop out here and there. This is me becoming the master and becoming self-centered. Regardless of the powerlessness that comes from this state of having no Word, we are so tactfully deceived by Satan. We’re deceived to think that this is the right thing, this is the truth, and that it will work with this. There are many people who are in difficulties because of these repeating spiritual problems. Even though they hold to the Word, pray, and know that it is a spiritual problem, things are not working out. “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” The author of Hebrews firmly tell us that we cannot fight this fight carelessly. Furthermore, he says to “strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees” to receive healing from our spiritual Father.
I am powerless when I become the master and when I lose hold of the Word; however, God is limitless. The words that come out of His mouth are the words of creation and the words of life. They have the power to strengthen the weak, heal the sick, and complete the powerless. We must hold onto the Word that God desires and gives, not the Word that I desire. Instead of giving up, we must continuously proclaim the Word of the Gospel and life to my soul and to Satan who oppresses my soul. Everything comes to an end when this Word that makes all things possible becomes my level, when saving all things becomes my life’s standard, and when the establishment of God’s kingdom becomes my life’s criterion. When the Word is imprinted like this in my soul and becomes mine, that detestable spiritual problem that always grabbed at life’s ankles will become the springboard for blessings. That spiritual problem that never seemed to end as it dragged me along never-ending despair will become the reason for the filling of the Holy Spirit. The me that used to always be conscious, conflicted, and cowering because of people will not be able to be considerate of others and receive the answer of saving them. I will become the evangelism disciple to heal and save those suffering from the same problems that I was once facing.
As a student, I would use different colors and underline important content in textbooks to remember later. Amongst that, I would use a red pen to understand the most important parts and add three stars next to it. I believe this is what happens in our lives. There are times when we stand in front of a spiritual problem, physical problem, financial problem, or truly difficult problem. I may not have the answer then, there may be no hope in looking to people, and there may be nothing to hold to at that time. But that is God underling that part of our lives and adding a star next to it. He is telling us to not forget because He will give the answer through His Word, to remember because we will have victory through faith, and to teach others because this will become the precious life message.
“For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone” (Lamentations 3:33).
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

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