Draw Near to God – Reflection on James 4:8

Be Quiet Before God and Draw Near to Him – Reflection on James 4:8

Today’s Gospel Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. – James 4:8 Reflection As Christians, our hearts often need to be at peace before God and draw near to Him. This is what God asks of man, as well as the way to uphold a normal relationship with Him. When we would like to come before God and pray to Him with a true heart, He will listen to our prayers and enlighten us, so that we can understand His will, His requirements and more of the truth. From this, we have seen God’s faithfulness, and His sincerity toward people who draw near to Him. In addition, we need to know that God can see deep into the heart of man. So we shouldn’t use our mouths to get close to God or deceive Him using nice-sounding words. This kind of behavior is the hypocritical behavior of the Pharisees, which is detested by God. Therefore, when we draw near to God, we should have a heart that fears Him, pray to Him and look to Him with a sincere heart, share our innermost thoughts with Him, entrust our actual difficulties to Him, seek His enlightenment and illumination from His words, and sing hymns to praise Him and be mindful of His love. All of these are the behavior of drawing near to God. When God has seen our sincerity, He will guide us to overcome any difficulties so that we can keep a normal state before God. God says, “All those before Me who sincerely search for Me, who have hearts that hunger and thirst for righteousness, I will enlighten you, reveal to you, allow you to see Me with your own eyes and touch My will in person; My heart will surely be revealed to you, that you may understand. You must practice that which I enlighten within you according to My words, otherwise you will be judged. Follow My will and you shall not go astray.” » Read more on our Gospel for Today page, or click on the related articles below: • 4 Tips on How to Have a Close Relationship With God • After Seeing Through Satan’s Schemes, I Go to Church on a Regular Basis • 4 Steps to Magnify the Lord in Your Life – Daily Practice • Come Before God Often – Christian Music Video

Lord Comes Quickly – Reflection on Revelation 22:20

Lord Comes Quickly – Reflection on Revelation 22:20

Today’s Gospel He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:20 Reflection The Lord promised us that “I come quickly.” To welcome the second coming of Jesus Christ is the greatest hope of every believer in the Lord. We have seen the desolation of the churches in the last days and the disasters springing up all over the world. The prophecies of the second coming of Jesus Christ have basically been fulfilled. How should wise virgins welcome the Lord? The Lord said, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). So only wise virgins can hear the voice of God, welcome Him, and be raptured before God and attend the wedding feast with the Lord. Now the Lord is knocking on our doors, so how should we recognize the voice of God and search for the footprints of God? God’s words say, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, it behooves us to search for God’s will, for the words of God, for His utterances—because wherever there are new words spoken by God, the voice of God is there, and wherever there are the footsteps of God, God’s deeds are there. Wherever there is the expression of God, there God appears, and wherever God appears, there the truth, the way, and the life exist” (“The Appearance of God Has Ushered in a New Age”). Want to learn more gospel news about the second coming of Jesus Christ? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » Read more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page about Waiting for Jesus’ Return, or in the recommended articles below: • How Should Christians Prepare for the Day of the Lord? • How to Humble Yourself and Be Blessed in Welcoming the Lord’s Return • 4 Principles for Wise Virgins to Recognize the Voice of God

Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven."

How to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven – Reflection on Matthew 7:21

Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Reflection To enter the kingdom of heaven is every Christian’s wish, but what conditions must be fulfilled in order to enter the kingdom of heaven? Many people think that as long as they hold on to the name of the Lord, labor and sacrifice for the Lord, they can be brought into the kingdom of heaven. I thought so, but later I read a passage online: “Many believers in the Lord believe the same thing that you do: ‘As long as I work hard and bear the cross for the Lord, exhibit some good behaviors and bear witness well, I will be qualified to wait for the Lord’s return and be raptured into the kingdom of heaven.’ Humans see this as perfectly reasonable, but is that what God’s will is? Do His words bear that out? If not, then this thinking on the part of man certainly comes out of human notions and imagination. Thinking back to when the Pharisees would frequently explain the scriptures to people in the synagogues, they appeared to strictly adhere to the laws, the rules, and the commandments, and in others’ eyes they were very pious and were upstanding in their behavior. But why did they madly resist and condemn the Lord Jesus and even nail Him to the cross? This proves that people may work hard for the Lord and be well-behaved on the outside but it does not mean that they obey and love God in their hearts. Outward piety does not represent a heart that magnifies and reveres God. People may frequently explain the Bible to others, but that doesn’t mean that they are able to put the Lord’s words into practice or to follow God’s way.” Until then did I realize that my opinion was based on Paul’s words rather than Jesus Christ’s. Jesus Christ never said that one could enter the kingdom of heaven by working hard. Instead, He said, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Implementing the heavenly father’s will is implementing God’s words, God’s commandments and God’s instructions. God says, “You can devote your heart and body and all of your genuine love to God, place them before Him, be completely obedient toward Him, and be absolutely considerate to His will. Not for the flesh, not for family, and not for your personal desires, but for the interests of God’s household. In everything you can take God’s word as the principle, as the foundation. That way, your intentions and your perspectives will all be in the right place, and you will be someone who gains God’s praise before Him. Those who God likes are people who are absolute toward Him, people who are devoted to Him and none other.” Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » You may be interested in reading more: • Can Believers Absolved of Sins Enter the Kingdom of Heaven • What Kinds of People Can Enter Heavenly Kingdom? • Can We Enter Heavenly Kingdom After Being Justified by Faith? » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” Clip: Can the Saved Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Welcome the Lord at Midnight, Matthew 25:6

Welcome the Lord at Midnight – Gospel Reflection on Matthew 25:6

Today’s Gospel And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. – Matthew 25:6 Reflection There are many prophecies in the Bible about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Presently, public morals are degenerating with each passing day. The human race is become increasingly evil and depraved. Disasters are occurring frequently around the world. Rarely seen astronomical phenomena are also appearing. The Bible’s prophecies regarding the return of the Lord have basically been fulfilled already. Many pious Christians have premonitions that the Lord has already returned … Now that the Lord has returned, how should we welcome Him? Speaking of the matter of welcoming the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus once said something really important: “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). That shows that there are people preaching and bearing witness to the second coming of Jesus Christ when He comes again. Through men, the returned Lord makes His voice known to everyone who is waiting for His appearance. God wants us to be like the wise virgins who can humbly seek and listen to His voice. Now that we have understood Jesus’ will, if we hear someone bearing witness to Jesus’ second coming, we should carefully listen to God’s voice as the wise virgins did and measure whether what they preach is the utterances of God; we can also go to find the preachers who spread the gospel of second coming of Jesus and judge whether that is the appearance of God. Only in this way can we have the hope to receive the second coming of Jesus Christ. Just as one passage of God’s words said, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.”   » You may be interested in reading more: • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him? • How to Welcome the Lord’s Return to Be After God’s Will • Key Principles of Welcoming the Lord’s Return

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock

Always Ready For the Coming of the Son of Man – Gospel Reflection on Matthew 24:44

Today’s Gospel Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes. – Matthew 24:44 Reflection Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus said, “And, behold, I come quickly” (Rev 3:11). All those who truly believe in the Lord obsessively hope that they can be raptured into the kingdom of heaven when He comes again. Everyone firmly believes that the Lord will come again in the last days, but how will He come and how will He appear to us? Many people haven’t pondered the Lord’s will from His words “… for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes” (Mat 24:44). Since He said that we cannot imagine when He comes again, then how should we welcome His return? As a matter of fact, the Bible verses have shown us the path, such as, “Behold, I come as a thief” (Rev 16:15), “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Mat 25:6), “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). All of these verses show us that the Lord will come as a thief in the last days and express His words to knock on the door of our heart in secret. Wise virgins who are watching and waiting have followed the footsteps of God and attended the wedding feast of the Lamb since they heard the voice of God and saw the appearance of Him and recognized the returned Lord Jesus. Share a passage of God’s words, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.”   » You may be interested in reading more on our  The Gospel of Jesus Christ about Second Coming of Jesus Christ, or by clicking on the articles below: • I’ve Learned How to Recognize the Returned Lord • Two Kinds of Prophecies of Lord Jesus’ Second Coming • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him?

The Days of the Son of Man – Reflection on Luke 17:24 

The Days of the Son of Man – Reflection on Luke 17:24

Today’s Gospel For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. – Luke 17:24  Reflection This verse shows us that the Lord will return in the last days as the Son of man, just like lightning. Here lightning refers to the great light and the true light, and also refers to the words of God. That is to say, the utterances of the returned Lord of the last days come forth just like flashing lightning. That indicates that the work God does when He comes again will be done very quickly. We all know that in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus did the work of sowing. In the last days, when He comes again, He will do the work of reaping, that is, the work of ending the age, which can be finished within a short time instead of lasting two thousand years like the work of sowing in the Age of Grace. So it is called flashing lightning. Thus, we should be cautious. In the last days when God is about to end the age, if we want to welcome the second coming of the Lord and be raptured into the heavenly kingdom, the key is to seek the utterances of the returned Jesus, that is, the words of the Holy Spirit to the churches. Only then can we follow God’s footsteps and return to God.   » You may be interested in reading more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below: • How Will Jesus Christ’s Return Happen? • When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth • Where Will Jesus Christ Appear? What Is the Meaning of God’s Choice of Location for His Work of the Last Days?

Revelation 10:4

The Voice of the Seven Thunders – Reflection on Revelation 10:4

Today’s Gospel And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. – Revelation 10:4 Reflection This verse was written after John the Apostle saw the vision on the island of Patmos. We get to know that “those things which the seven thunders uttered” doesn’t refer to the Bible, because the Bible came into being after 300 years A.D. It is composed of the Old Testament and the New Testament and is well known by the world. The Revelation 5:1–5 say, “And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” The book mentioned in these verses is sealed and written within and on the backside, which means there’s content in the book but the book is not opened. When the Lord Jesus comes again, He will open this sealed book and tell us the content. From these we get to know the words of the second coming of the Lord Jesus aren’t recorded in the Bible and that there are God’s utterances outside of the Bible. It is said in John 16:12–13, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” “The Spirit of truth” refers to God Himself. When the Lord comes back, He will show us all the truth and things to come. Hence, we will more clearly understand that there are God’s utterances outside of the Bible.   » You may be interested in reading more on our Second Coming of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below: • Is All of God’s Word Really in the Bible • The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a “White Cloud” • What Does “the Sound of the Trumpet” in the Biblical Prophecy Refer To

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God’s Kingdom on Earth – Reflection on Revelation 21:3

Today’s Gospel And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  – Revelation 21:3 Reflection Recently, I came across a video on the Internet. It’s about a debate on whether the place that God has prepared for mankind is on earth or in heaven. In this debate, it mentioned that God made mankind out of clay. He tasked them with doing their duty on earth and managing the rest of His creations. He demanded that they obey, worship, and honor Him, and mandated that their place was on the earth, not in heaven. Moreover, many verses in the Bible have clearly told us that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth. The Lord Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9–10). Revelation 21:2–3, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven…. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 11:15, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” And Revelation 3:12, “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new name.” From these words, we can see that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth. He will dwell with us humans on earth and the kingdoms of earth must be transformed into kingdoms ruled by Christ forever. Through this video, I not only understand a mystery, but also realize that we should understand the Bible according to the Lord’s words and His will. Our understanding is easy to be mixed with our notions and imaginations if we understand the Bible based on our own will. Let’s share some of God’s words, “When humanity has been restored to their original likeness, when humanity can fulfill their respective duties, keep their own place and obey all of God’s arrangements, God will have obtained a group of people upon the earth who worship Him, and He will also have established a kingdom upon the earth that worships Him. He will have eternal victory upon the earth, and those who are opposed to Him will perish for all eternity. This will restore His original intention in creating man; it will restore His intention in creating all things, and it will also restore His authority upon earth, His authority among all things and His authority among His enemies. These are the symbols of His total victory. Henceforth humanity will enter into rest and enter into a life that follows the right track. God will also enter into eternal rest with man and enter into an eternal life shared by God and man. The filth and disobedience upon the earth shall disappear, as shall the wailing upon the earth. All upon the earth that opposes God will not exist. Only God and those people that He has saved shall remain; only His creation shall remain” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together”). Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » You may be interested in reading more on our Gospel Topics page about Kingdom of God, or in the articles below: • Sermon on the Kingdom of God – 3 Standards You Should Know • Can We Enter Heavenly Kingdom After Being Justified by Faith? • Is Baptism a Necessary Condition for Entering the Heavenly Kingdom • Where Is the Kingdom of God According to the Bible?

Revelation 3:12, God's New Name

The Mystery of God’s New Name – Reflection on Revelation 3:12

Today’s Gospel Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new name. – Revelation 3:12 Reflection A major message can be known from this verse: The returned Lord will have a new name in the last days. This tells us that God has different names in each age. We know that God’s name is Jehovah in the Age of Law, and He issued His law and led the Israelites to live with the name of Jehovah. In the Age of Grace, God did the work of redemption with the name of Jesus. The Revelation prophesied that God will have a new name in the last days. From this, we can understand that God’s name is not unchanged but changes along with God’s different work. Just as God says, “The work of God throughout all of His management is perfectly clear: The Age of Grace is the Age of Grace, and the last days are the last days. There are distinct differences between each age, for in each age God does work which is representative of that age. For the work of the last days to be done, there must be burning, judgment, chastisement, wrath, and destruction to bring the age to an end. The last days refer to the final age. During the final age, will God not bring the age to an end? To end the age, God must bring chastisement and judgment with Him. Only in this way can He end the age. Jesus’ purpose was so that man might continue to survive, to live on, and that he might exist in a better way. He saved man from sin so that he might cease his descent into depravity and no longer live in Hades and hell, and by saving man from Hades and hell He allowed him to go on living. Now, the last days have arrived. He shall annihilate man and completely destroy the human race, that is, He shall transform mankind’s rebellion. For this reason, it would be impossible, with the compassionate and loving disposition of the past, for God to end the age or to bring His six-thousand-year plan of management to fruition. Every age features a special representation of God’s disposition, and every age contains work that should be done by God. So, the work done by God Himself in each age contains the expression of His true disposition, and both His name and the work that He does change along with the age; they are all new. During the Age of Law, the work of guiding mankind was done under the name of Jehovah, and the first stage of work was initiated on earth. At this stage, the work consisted of building the temple and the altar, and using the law to guide the people of Israel and to work in their midst. By guiding the people of Israel, He launched a base for His work on earth. From this base, He expanded His work beyond Israel, which is to say that, starting from Israel, He extended His work outward, so that later generations gradually came to know that Jehovah was God, and that it was Jehovah who created the heavens and earth and all things, and that it was Jehovah who made all creatures. He spread His work through the people of Israel outward beyond them. The land of Israel was the first holy place of Jehovah’s work on earth, and it was in the land of Israel that God first went to work on earth. That was the work of the Age of Law. As for the work of the Age of Grace, Jesus was the God who saved man. What He had and was was grace, love, compassion, forbearance, patience, humility, care, and tolerance, and so much of the work that He did was for the sake of the redemption of man. As for His disposition, it was one of compassion and love, and because He was compassionate and loving, He had to be nailed to the cross for man, in order to show that God loved man as Himself, so much so that He offered up Himself in His entirety. Satan said, ‘Since You love man, You must then love him to the ultimate extreme: You must be nailed to the cross, to deliver man from the cross, from sin, and You shall offer up Yourself in exchange for all of mankind.’ Satan made the following wager: ‘Since You are a loving and compassionate God, You must love man to the ultimate extreme: You should then offer Yourself up to the cross.’ Jesus replied, ‘As long as it is for mankind, I am willing to lay down My all.’ And then He went up onto the cross without the slightest self-regard, and redeemed the whole of mankind. During the Age of Grace, the name of God was Jesus, that is to say, God was a God who saved man, and He was a compassionate and loving God. God was with man. His love, His compassion, and His salvation accompanied each and every person. Only by accepting the name of Jesus and His presence was man able to gain peace and joy, to receive His blessing, His vast and numerous graces, and His salvation. Through the crucifixion of Jesus, all those who followed Him received salvation and were forgiven their sins. During the Age of Grace, Jesus was the name of God. In other words, the work of the Age of Grace was done principally under the name of Jesus. During the Age of Grace, God was called Jesus. He undertook a stage of new work beyond the Old Testament, and His work ended with…

Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

Beware of False Prophets – Reflection on Matthew 7:15

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Reflection In this verse, the Lord Jesus taught us to learn to discern people, not from their exterior, but from their substance. Some people externally serve the Lord and preach the Bible to others all day, but they never act according to the word of God, but deliberately oppose God. Such people do not genuinely believe in God. This makes me think of hypocritical Pharisees: They purposely prayed in the synagogue and on the street corners; when they fasted, they’d purposely have a sad expression on their faces to let people know they were fasting; they purposely donated on the street, making sure that other people saw them do it; they even followed many of the traditional rules such as, “Do not eat unless you’ve washed your hands thoroughly,” etc. From the outside, they were very devout. However, when the Lord Jesus came to work, in order to save their own positions, they flagrantly made up lies and bore false witness to condemn and resist the Lord Jesus. In the end, they even colluded with the prefect to crucify the Lord Jesus. This shows that they were ravening wolves and had the essence of hating the truth. Therefore, we must diecern people according to the word of God, and observe whether this person accepts and loves the truth, instead of just looking at his appearance.   » You may be interested in reading more: • How Can We Discern False Christs? 3 Keys You Need to Know • Having Learned to Discern False Christs, I Welcomed the Lord • I Knew How to Distinguish Between the True Christ and False Ones From a Meeting on Facebook

Normal Relationship With God – Gospel Reflection on John 15:5

Normal Relationship With God – Gospel Reflection on John 15:5

Today’s Gospel I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 Reflection The Lord compared us to the branches and compared Himself to the vine. Our relationship with the Lord is like the relationship between the vine branches and the vine. Away from the vine, the branches will lose the supply of life and then wither and die. From this we can see that the Lord is the source of our life and that it is very important to maintain a proper relationship with God. Only by constantly living before God to have a normal relationship with God can we gain the supply of God’s life and bear the fruit of life. Conversely, if we often stray far from God, cling to the world, and live in the enjoyment of the flesh and material benefits, but seldom read God’s words or pray to Him, then we will have no proper relationship with Him, nor will we have the work of the Holy Spirit. Our life will wither. This is equivalent to the branches withering after being away from the vine. So, how can we establish a proper relationship with God? I read two passages from a spiritual book, “People believe in God, love God, and satisfy God by touching the Spirit of God with their heart, thereby obtaining His satisfaction; when engaging with God’s words with their heart, they are therefore moved by the Spirit of God. If you wish to achieve a proper spiritual life and establish a proper relationship with God, you must first give your heart to Him, and quiet your heart before Him. Only after you have poured your whole heart into God can you gradually develop a proper spiritual life. “If you want to have a proper relationship with God, your heart must turn to God…. When one does not give his heart to God, his spirit becomes obtuse, it becomes numb and unconscious. This kind of person will never understand God’s words and will never have a proper relationship with God; this kind of person will never change their disposition. … When you are able to give your heart to God, you will be able to perceive every subtle moving within your spirit, and you will know every enlightenment and illumination received from God. Hold onto this, and you will gradually enter into the path of being perfected by the Holy Spirit. The quieter your heart can be before God, the more sensitive and delicate your spirit will be, and the more your spirit will be able to perceive the moving of the Holy Spirit, and then your relationship with God will become more and more proper.” From these words we can see: If we want to establish a proper relationship with God, we must give our hearts to Him and often quiet our hearts before Him. Of our whole beings, it is our heart that God places great stock in. Just as the Bible says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God is a Spirit. Only with our hearts can we connect with His Spirit and establish a proper relationship with Him. If we want to give our hearts to God, first we should often come before God and have real prayer with God: speaking our hearts’ words to Him, truly entrusting our difficulties to God, and asking for His guidance and arrangements, instead of making prayers that are not sincere or prayers of a religious ritual. This is what it means to have a normal relationship with God.   » You may be interested in reading more on our The Parables of Jesus page, or in the articles below: • Why Did Jesus Use Parables When He Did His Work? • The Profound Meaning Behind the Parable of the Vineyard • Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important

Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone – Reflection on Matthew 4:4

Today’s Gospel But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4 Reflection This verse should be many Christians’ motto. God’s word is the truth and the daily bread of our life. Because of God’s word, we are supplied and sated in our spirit; so that we have faith to stand testimony when we encounter failure and defeat, trials and refinement, just as God’s word says, “the Lord Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ which means that, although man lives in a physical body, what gives him life, what allows his physical body to live and breathe, is not food, but all the words uttered by the mouth of God. On the one hand, man regards these words as truth. The words give him faith, make him feel that he can depend on God, that God is truth. On the other hand, is there a practical aspect to these words? (There is.) Why? Because the Lord Jesus has fasted for 40 days and nights and He is still standing there, still alive. Is this an illustration? The point here is that He has not eaten anything, any food for 40 days and nights. He is still alive. This is the powerful evidence behind His phrase. The phrase is simple, but, as far as the Lord Jesus is concerned, was His phrase taught to Him by someone else, or did He think of it only because of what Satan had said to Him? Think about it. God is truth. God is life. Was God’s truth and life a late add-on? Was it born of experience? (No.) It is innate in God, meaning that truth and life reside in God’s substance. Whatever befalls Him, what He reveals is truth. This truth, this phrase—whether its content is long or short—it can let man live, give him life; it can enable man to find, within itself, truth, clarity about life’s journey, and enable him to have faith in God. This is the source of God’s use of this phrase. The source is positive, so is this positive thing holy? (Yes.)” Thank God for bestowing word to us so that we can know God from His word and also understand the meaning of life and pursue the growth of life in God’s word every day.   » You may be interested in reading more: • Inspiration From the Lord Jesus Allowing Satan to Tempt Him • True Meaning of Man Living by God’s Word • God Is With Me, I Fear Disaster No More

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