Here is the short video clip for last Sunday Message.
In <I Co 1:2> said: “…to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:” We are already loved and called by God, therefore God called us to be His holy people. Whatever problems we have encountered, His purpose is want us to be holiness in Christ and able to have rest in Him.
Although there are times we are having pain and suffering, but only we dwell in God’s holy place (heart), then we are able to receive His consolation and joy in Him. In <Job 6:10> said: “Then I would still have this consolation — my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.”
Sin is the most lethal thing that causes us to separate from God’s love and mercy. Pastor had shared that only the blood of Jesus Christ can called us to be holy, to see His grace and mercy is greater than our sin. I was once torture by the sin I made, unable to face God and people but the only way to get out from it is truly know how to repent. To know how to repent is when you give your guilt offering to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. In Leviticus 7:1-2 said, “These are the regulations for the guilt offering, which is most holy: The guilt offering is to be slaughtered in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered, and its blood is to be splashed against the sides of the altar.” Pastor had shared a very true fact, true repentance is only we see God’s love, mercy and grace is greater than our sin, rather than to see how bad conditions we have. This has made us holy in Christ as we put our atonement on His convenant (His Most Holy Place), not on our conditions.
Sometimes we tends to go our own way, because we thought it is too difficult to follow God, yet many times I have realized it is more difficult to go on my own way than to follow God. When we go our own way, our spirit will dry up and life will have more burden and meaningless thoughts. Sometimes God will discipline us, but this has also lead us to His holiness. <Hebrews 12:10> They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. Therefore, this drying spirit had made me wanting more to seek God, not because I am holy but is because of His strong love for me that neither I can hide nor reject anymore. There is a verse I love from Isaiah 57:15, it said, “For this is what the high and exalted One says— He who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” God is with us in all situation, He is always there to revive our lowly spirit so that we are able to receive His comfort, healing, and all the accusation will stop.
Last week, I have read a story that mentioned about a hymn composer whose name is Horatio G. Spafford. He had composed a hymn named “It is well with my soul”. Then I got to know there is a wonderful and touching story behind the hymn. To summarise the story, Spafford was a Presbyterian church elder and a dedicated Christian. In 1870, he and his wife’s faith were tested by a tragedy. Their four year old son, Horatio, Jr., died of scarlet fever. In 1873, he sent his family ahead to Europe for holiday, his wife and their four children, daughters eleven year old Anna “Annie”, nine year old Margaret Lee, five year old Elizabeth “Bessie”, and two year old Tanetta. While crossing the Atlantic, their ship was struck by an iron sailing vessel and two hundred and twenty-six people lost their lives, including all four of Spafford’s daughters, only his wife Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. The Spaffords were devastated. In their most extreme pain, they had received God’s great grace, they saw God is with them by His comfort and guidance. Though they lose their children but in God’s perfect plan, the Spaffords set up a children’s hospital in Jerusalem to comfort, heal and blessed many children. To show the love of the Christ to those in need, He wrote the song of "It Is Well With My Soul" on the ocean while sailing near the spot where his daughters died. Through all the pain, trials, sin and Satan attack, he found rest and peace in his soul because he saw the holiness of Christ’s precious blood, therefore he was strengthen and able to strengthen others.
When I read this story, I almost tear out, indeed the grace and love of God is so much greater than all our conditions, that I am able to find strength to love God and men.
“It is well with my soul”. Enjoy this beautiful hymn.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
(Refrain:) It is well (it is well),
with my soul (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pain shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
And Lord haste the day, when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Video (Chinese): http://www.lifechurchmissions.com/VideoWindow.aspx?m=937&f=3282