Kingdom Living

Posted in kingdom, Lifestyle with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by mercywolf

Hello again, after a long time of  blogging here.

Here is a mustard seed by Molong Nacua that has the potential to grow into a tree in our garden. (Please click “Molong Nacua” to read the pdf file.) Molong, along with his wife, Lisa, and their Kingdom family, simply live what many, especially, in the West may pray and wish – “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” This kind of living does not come easily to them, but they are dedicated to pay what it takes to see God’s Kingdom come. Again, it is such mustard seed-sized faith that moves mountains. Let their message be an encouragement and a challenge to all of us to live the impossible.

 

Reconfiguring Church

Posted in kingdom on April 26, 2014 by mercywolf

We just sent out a mail to our friends which is causing a good discussion to the above mentioned topic. You can read the mail right here: reconfiguringchurch_simson.pdf and share your part to the discussion. Please feel free to share this with your friends, churches and mission organizations.

P. S. I just want to add and say thank you to those who are sending in the comments. Please use the e mail given in the pdf  to share in the discussion so I don’t have to redirect them.

Waiting For Her Moment

Posted in Analogy, Prophetic with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by mercywolf

I am not the kind of person who watches TV shows like this. My husband emailed me the link saying, ‘you got to watch this’. I looked at it and thought, ‘a 7 minute youtube video! That is too long!’ Anyway, I clicked on the play button and I watched it. I silence my words now and let you watch it yourself.

All of a sudden, my eyes were weeping and my nose was running. My  22 year old son next to me exclaimed, “You are crying watching an old lady dance salsa!” Yes, I was overwhelmed. The Spirit of God impressed on me something about his bride. He dreams of her. He has equipped her from birth to be who she is supposed to be. But she gave it up after much abuse. Her past story tells us that she was persecuted in the very beginning. She fled Jerusalem. She had to compete with other philosophies and heresies within her. She was chopped up into different doctrines. She was confined to monastic orders. They made her into something that she is not – a theology! Those who defended her were martyred. Then those that wished to represent her hung titles on themselves like ‘pope’ and ‘archbishop’, discrediting her very being. They crowned emperors in her dwelling and launched tragic crusades ravaging innocent and ignorant people in her name. All she wanted was to be his bride.

Politics and institutions wasted her. The power of the institutions strengthened and the poor in her suffered and those who stood for the truth, burned in stakes. Reformation began, movements started, suppression increased and persecution continued. She ran disoriented and lost, not knowing who she really is. She was later dressed in new terms like ‘confessions’ and ‘denominations’. People liked her new clothes and made a global business out of it called ‘mission’ to export these clothes to other nations. She is not a business. She is not a theology. She is not a confession. She doesn’t play politics or institutions. She is not a denomination or a doctrine. She has sacrificed much too much to be  everything to everybody. What she really wants is her bridal dress.

She has travelled such a long journey. She is so tired, almost exhausted. Her clothes are smelly and worn out. Yes, she may look wasted and useless; she may look old and wrinkled, But somewhere deep within she has hope. She has hidden her strength to one day shock every institution, theology, politics, every title and doctrine. Watch out! Her moment will come! She will clothe in her spotless bridal dress and her youth will be renewed. She will steal the show because she remembers who she is – his bride.

Life By Faith

Posted in kingdom, Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2014 by mercywolf

Heb 11:1 Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 Faith is a living thing. You can let it live in you or let it die. The way we live, the lifestyle that we practice gives breath to faith. Most of us are able to practice the first part of Heb 11:1 and all of us struggle with the second part. The first part is being sure about our hope, our dream, our desire, our expectation and our wish. Every one of us carries a ray of hope in us even if it were quite thin. Hope is a powerful indestructible weapon. That is why people (refugees and migrants) risk their lives crossing deadly seas in dangerous conditions. A small dream, a likely wish, an ambitious expectation or a necessary desire, can awaken the sleeping beast of hope within us and charge us to almost an eruptive state to stretch us to an unknown future that does not promise a good or a bad prospect.

 The second part of Heb 11:1 is about being certain, being sure, questionlessly convinced and having an undisturbed confidence as if we have tested it and have proved it real. The toughest part here is being certain of what we do not see, meaning, we have not seen it or tested it; we cannot prove it real. It is as if to say that there is a reality, of which, as of now I cannot show you any material evidence. The reality remains immaterial as long as I live by my physical senses, what my eyes can see, my nose can smell, my emotions can feel or my brain can understand.

 The nature of life by faith can be compared to the nature of walking on water. It is saying no to the substance of unbelief, which wants us to act only on what we can see, touch, smell and bunker in the bank. Many Christian believers have succumbed to the promises of Mammon, and have ended up not in God’s Promised Land, but somewhere where we never imagined we could end up, sitting with mammon in a very hot whirlpool for far too long. Mammon says, “Make deals, sign contracts, have insurances, job security, make double sure to seek first a firm employment and all its benefits, and then you can – in your spare time or after retirement – do something for the Kingdom of God.”

 Life by faith is to know, either God’s promises are true, or we drown. Even if it sometimes takes a long time – thanks Abraham and Sarah for living the example – God’s promises will come true. If not, we have died waiting for them, which is far better than dying without a thin ray of hope. Faith comes from hearing the word of Christ, not from hearing our own desires and dreams.

 Abraham was told to go to “the land I will show you”, not very clear or specific. And he set off. He lived in tents looking for the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. He heard God say, “go to the land I will show you” and he simply trusted God to be the city planner.

 According to the promise of God, Abraham’s wife Sarah, past the age of child bearing, bore him a son, Isaac. Abraham loved him. Some years later, God told him to sacrifice his only promised son. I cannot imagine the reactions of Abraham’s physical senses, his emotions, feelings, thousands of questions that raced his mind, and his own dreams and desires of his son growing into a young man. Early next morning Abraham left, he did not ask any questions. He only had answers.

 “Where is the lamb for the sacrifice, dad?”

“God will provide, my son”.

 Abraham stopped using his physical senses to perceive God. He understood that there is no material way of seeing the reality of the immaterial.

Is God In The UK Floods?

Posted in Prophetic with tags , , , , on February 16, 2014 by mercywolf

Jesus preached the Kingdom, what came was the church. Many in Christendom are stirred with this truth; they start to realize they wanted the Kingdom, but were given Christianity. After years of slaving in man-made religion, they decide that “we did not sign up for this”, realizing that they have not arrived under the liberating Kingship of Christ, but in the ghettos of religious structures. They find themselves to be in a cave called Christianity – while the Spirit of God calls them to come out into the light of God’s Kingdom truth. This truth will now be preached by God’s true apostles and prophets as a part of an end-time initiative that Jesus has predicted: This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Mt 24:14).

When you hear this new message for the first time, it may shock you just like someone who has been in the bleak twilight will be shocked by the brilliant radiance of the sun. If that happens to you, do not complain how bright the light is, but complain how long you slept in the cave!

Remember Elijah the prophet? He ran for his life in fear of Jezebel and came to a broom bush to die there after zealously killing the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who ate at Jezebel’s table. “Enough!” he said. He had had it. He requested for himself that he might die. “Take my life I am not better than my fathers”, he complained to God. But an angel brought him fresh hot bread and water to revive him. “Get up and eat”, said the angel. Elijah obeyed. He ate and drank, then he went back to sleep. The angel woke him up again and said, “Get up and eat, because the journey is too much for you”.  He ate and drank again; then he traveled for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There, he went into a cave and spent the night. “What are you doing here, Elijah”? questioned God stunningly. I am about my business and you are worried about your life? Don’t you understand that this not about you? Your zeal for me, however great it is, is not my main concern, even if you impress it on me many times. Get out of your little cave that provides you your safe dwelling, your refuge and your pleasant burial. Go out, stand on the mountain before me and watch me pass by!

Elijah stayed in the cave. Great and strong winds tore apart the mountains and shattered the rocks. The Lord was not in the winds. Then came an earthquake, the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then came a fire. The Lord was not in the fire. Elijah felt safe and secured in the cave. Then came a faint and gentle whisper loud enough to move him out of his safe dwelling. He came out and stood at the entrance of the cave. “What are you doing here, Elijah”? Elijah was still concerned about his great zeal for God and his precious life. God, however, was utterly unimpressed. He completely ignored his zeal.

Take a moment to consider this. How could we possibly impress God about our zeal for him while we have secured a safe refuge and a stable dwelling in our caves? When he says stand before me, why do we bury ourselves like the dead in our caves? God is busy whispering outside of our caves and we are busy listening to the lashes of mighty storms, we run here and there listening to the rumbles of earthquakes thinking here is the Christ, there he is, and we allow ourselves to be deceived by fiery performances, great signs and miracles in front of our eyes. God wonders about us: you think I am in every gathering that meets in my name, in every prayer movements that spring today and withers tomorrow. You think I am in your regular grand shows, standing under your colorful spotlights. So sorry to say, I am but not in there. I am not in the newest books of your popular authors and I am not in the latest CD of your favorite worship singers. For the last time, what are you doing here, Elijah? You may have slaughtered the falsehood of this world in great zeal for me. You may have paid a heavy price for my namesake. You may even believe that you are the only one left. You have stayed too long in your cave. Your eyes have become accustomed to the darkness of your surrounding. I still the raging storm to a whisper and hush the waves of the sea. Come out! Stand before me! Wrap your face with your mantle, for I am going to whisper and my whisper will scorch your eyes and ears. My purpose supersedes your zeal and your safe refuge. My purpose is about your nation, my purpose extends beyond the borders of your nation and yes, Elijah, you have had it; pass on the baton!

The great and courageous prophet Elijah had to hear the whisper of God to get out of his cave. God still whispers. He has just now whispered again to Peter Farmer , who woke up today morning in a farm in UK, Worcester in the midst of the floods there. No, God is not in the floods, but he who has ears, will hear Him whisper.

Come out of your cave, now! Come out of your secured dwellings. Wrap your face, lest you be scorched. Click here to Hear Him whisper His purpose for your nation.

Should Christians Be Circumcised? Part 3

Posted in Analogy, kingdom, Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by mercywolf

“I am God almighty, walk before me and be blameless.” To walk before God means to walk before no other, to stand before God means I cannot stand before any other. To serve God means to serve Him alone and not expect the applause, acceptance, appreciation and approval of man. This decision is the blade that cuts us from following the patterns of this world. If we still were part of this world we would be worrying about such things and would be doing our best to please man – and miss God.

When a baby leaves the 9 months of comfort, safety, provision and care and enters into the real world what happens first? The cord is cut around off the placenta; the very cord that gave life for those 9 months of growth. Why would any doctor with a sound mind do that? Does he not know that this is the life giving cord? Yes, he knows that and in fact he knows that this very cord of life will become the cord of death if not cut. The very thing that sustains life to a baby will be the very thing killing it once it is out of the womb.

Picture a grown man with his umbilical cord still attached to his mother to sustain his life. Isn’t it awkward? And yet the Church exhibits that picture! The household of God cannot let go of the “onions and the garlic”. Nu 11:5-6 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna! We want the Kingdom, but we can’t let go of the world and the protection and security that it gives. Seek ye first a secured employment, a financial security, safe neighborhood, cool friends, and then if you have some energy left, debate and argue your own opinions about the Kingdom of God and block it from expanding, if possible. This is how we have understood Mt.6:33! The world in us that we so strongly rely upon to give us security, comfort, safety and identity is the very thing that strangles and suffocates the life that God wants us to have. This is surely putting confidence in the flesh and not learning to live by the Spirit. We live by calculation – not by faith. Phil 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh. The household of God is not there yet, but behaves as if it is.

Many of us want to experience the resurrection but are unwilling to pay the price of suffering and death. There is no resurrection without death. There is no born again life unless we are dead to our self-driven and self-fulfilling lives. Col 3:1-3 set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God”. Only the dead can be hidden not those who still breath. No one wants to be dead; it is the most unnatural thing to want to be cut off from the land of the living and hidden. But it is the way of the cross, the way of being circumcised with the circumcision done by Christ. Christ is the place to live in, to be rooted, built up and strengthened.

We live in human traditions, and basic principles of the world, following its ways and affairs, believing it to sustain our lives. If we not cut away from this, the very sustenance will suffocate us from living a life that calls to walk before God and no other; to serve God and not please man. “I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless”.

Click here to go to Part 1

Should Christians Be Circumcised? Part 2

Posted in Analogy, kingdom, Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2013 by mercywolf

Phil 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh… We are the circumcision? If we do not know what circumcision is, how will we ever understand that we are the circumcision? According to the covenant made by God with Abraham, the cutting of the foreskin of the penis is a symbolic performance of the act of circumcision. “Every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised” was God’s deal. Many Jewish people do this as a traditional ritual on the 8th day of the male child’s life.

Simply put, circum is a prefix that means ‘round about’ and cision has to do with cutting, from the word incision. Circumcision means to cut around, cut out or completely cut off without any attachment.

When God promised Abram about his descendents as numerous as the stars and as countless as the sand, he was 75 years old. He went through circumcision as a 99-year-old man and his son Ishmael as a 13-year-old teenager. What old man or a teenager wants to be circumcised? The point was to get rid off of that confidence in the flesh; to be completely cut out, with nothing attached to. Circumcision is an unpleasant thing, it is bloody, painful and it is public. It is humiliating and it is shameful.

 “We are the circumcision” requires a lifestyle that is willing to be publicly unpleasant, publicly bloody, publicly painful, humiliating and shameful. This is the only way that God empties us. We may not be 99 yet, but when we allow God happen to us, we may feel like one. It is the way of the cross, the baptism of fire; it is the dying to Self. It is the circumcision done by Christ. It is not about you at all, Abram; it’s all about me. It is not about your ability, not your gifts and talents, your image, your identity, your brain, the good things that you cherish, it’s not about you, it’s all about me. Get rid off of that confidence in your flesh.

Without this detachment, we will never be able to live with Christ, because we have not died to the uncrucified desires and lusts of our Self. We will continue to do “dead works”- works done motivated by flesh, the way the world thinks and works, which is the very first thing newborn followers of Christ need to repent of.  As a result, we end up fleshly – people who do what we know we should not be doing, and not doing what we know we should. Torn, limping on both legs, lukewarm – an abomination to Jesus and others around us. Heb 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.

 “My Kingdom is not of this world” says Jesus. “My Kingdom is from another place”.

And yet how much world we try to bring into the Kingdom of God! How difficult it is for us to be circumcised and live detached from the world and its ways!

He prayed this for his disciples while he was still on this earth:

I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world

I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me;

for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

but they are still in the world, Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory

Jesus was praying on the act of cutting away from the world and its pattern, its standards, its affairs, its wisdom, ways and principles, everything that gives us confidence in our flesh; things in this world that give us security, identity and safety. If we cannot permit public humiliation and shame, public bloodshed and pain and unpleasantness happen to us, then we cannot see His glory.

Are we circumcised yet? Are we cut out of the world? Are we cut around completely off the flesh? Are there still some things attached? Are we still dancing religion in a holy masquerade? Let Jesus publicly put us to shame, humiliation, pain and blood. It is unpleasant but it is necessary to empty us.

Col 2:11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ.

To be continued.

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