For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh. - Proverbs 4:22

God Bestows Rich Truths – Reflection on Proverbs 4:22

Today’s Gospel For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh – Proverbs 4:22 Reflection God not only provides us with material things, but bestows rich truths upon us. He guides us forward so that we won’t go astray in doing things. When we gain the truth God bestows to us, we gain the life, which is to say, we gain God. Because God Himself is the truth, the way, and the life. God says, “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life.” The Lord Jesus promised that He would come again. It is now the last days, the prophecies of the Lord Jesus’ return have been fulfilled. We welcome the Lord’s appearance, then we will have the opportunity to gain the life bestowed by the Lord. So, how will we welcome the second coming of the Lord? Click here to see more: • How Should Christians Prepare for the Day of the Lord? • 3 Keys to Prepare to Welcome the Coming of the Lord • How to Treat the Prophecies of the Lord’s Second Coming

Fear the Lord and Depart From Evil—Reflection on Proverbs 3:7

Fear the Lord and Depart From Evil – Reflection on Proverbs 3:7

Today’s Gospel Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:7 Reflection This verse teaches us not to be self-righteous or be wise in our conceit but to fear God and shun evil. This is the greatest wisdom. In our daily lives, we often think so highly of ourselves and do not allow others to blame us. We believe that everything we do is right and that we are better than everyone else. This is living based on arrogant and conceited corrupt disposition. We believe that we have brains, and caliber, and can gain insight into things, so we do everything by ourselves and put God aside without any reverence for Him. Thus, we easily offend God. For example, the Pharisees were proficient in the Bible, but they did not have a heart that fears God at all. Therefore, they used Bible knowledge and theology to measure the words and work of God and believed that the Messiah would descend as they had imagined. When the Lord Jesus came to do His work, even though He expressed many truths and performed many miracles, the Pharisees neither sought nor studied whether His work was from God and whether His word was God’s voice and was the truth. They were self-righteous and thought that as long as it did not conform with their notions and imaginations, He was not the Messiah. In the end, they nailed the Lord Jesus who expressed the truth to the cross and committed a heinous crime. From this, we can see that we should revere God toward His work and our belief in Him instead of thinking that we understand the truth and are able to see things clearly. As a matter of fact, we are just creatures of God. How could we possibly fathom the work of God? Since there are past examples for warning, we should learn lessons and not be self-righteous. Now the last days have arrived and the Lord Jesus is coming soon. Facing the second coming of Jesus, we should honor God as great, fear God and carefully seek and study if someone testifies for us the second coming of Jesus. Only thus can we understand God’s will and welcome the second coming of Jesus. So, fearing God and shunning evil is the sense that we created being should possess. Just as God says, “A genuine created being must know who the Creator is, what man’s creation is for, how to carry out the responsibilities of a created being, and how to worship the Lord of all creation, must understand, grasp, know, and care for the Creator’s intentions, wishes, and demands, and must act in accordance with the way of the Creator—fear God and shun evil.”   » Recommended for you: • Three Principles of Fearing God • Why the Pharisees Could Not Recognize the Lord Jesus Was the Messiah • What Does It Mean to Fear God? 4 Points Help You Know It • Bible Study on Job: The 3 Manifestations of Job’s Fear of God

Proverbs 3:6

Relying on God in All Things – Reflection on Proverbs 3:6

Today’s Gospel In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:6 Reflection This verse shows us that we should rely on God in all things, and firmly believe that all things are in God’s hands and that only by obeying His orchestrations and arrangements can we have a way of practice. That is to say, instead of believing in God in one matter or two matters, we should firmly believe in God in all things. God is faithful and He will definitely show us the way of practice in every matter. For example, when David faced the Philistine giant Goliath, he said, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). By relying on God, David killed Goliath without a sword or a spear, but with only a stone. So, if we want to firmly believe in God in all things, we should not rely on our ability or intelligence to deal with everything we encounter. Instead, we should actively cooperate with God in all things. If we do not understand, we should completely rely on God, seek His will, wait for His guidance, and firmly believe that only God is our help. Just as God says, “You must enter in from the positive side. If you wait passively, it is still negative. You must be proactive in cooperating with Me; be diligent and never lazy. Always be in fellowship with Me and have deeper intimacy with Me. If you do not understand, do not be impatient for quick results. It’s not that I won’t tell you; I want to see if you rely on Me when you are in My presence and whether you depend on Me with confidence. You must always remain close to Me and place all matters in My hands. Do not go back in vain. After unknowingly being close to Me for a period of time, My intentions shall be revealed to you. If you grasp them, then you will truly be face-to-face with Me, and you will have truly found My face. You will be quite clear and steady within and you will have something to rely on, and you will also have power as well as confidence. You will also have a path forward and everything will come easy to you.”   » Recommended for you: • 3 Practical Ways to Rely on God • Relying on God, I Got More Than a Job • Relying on God, I Easily Modify Well Creative Proposal • Bible Verses About Relying on God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD With All Your Heart (2) – Reflection on Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Reflection This scripture teaches us that we should rely on God in whatever we do. However, we often go in the wrong direction and rely on our own intelligence and ability. In the process, things may eventually be done and problems may be solved, but our spiritual life didn’t make any progress. We missed the opportunity to know God and the experience to establish true faith in God. God’s words say, “If you don’t learn how to look to God and rely on God, you will never see the work God does on you, or the guidance and enlightenment He gives to you. If you can’t see these things, then the matter of whether or not God exists, whether or not He guides everything in the life of mankind will, in the depths of your heart, end with a question mark and not with a period or exclamation mark. ‘Does God guide everything in the life of mankind?’ ‘Does God observe the depths of man’s heart?’ This will be troublesome. For what reason do you make this a question and add a question mark? If you do not truly rely on God or look to Him, you will not be able to generate a true belief in God. If you can’t generate a true belief in God, then the question marks will forever be there with everything God does, and there will be no periods.” God said “No matter how great or small their stature is or what their personal environment is like, something that they cannot be without is looking to God and relying on God in all things; this is the greatest wisdom.” God’s almightiness is everywhere, and is not influenced by any people, events, or things, or other objective factors. As long as we truly rely on God, He will be our ever-present help. Just as the Bible said, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalm 18:2). Will we have the faith to rely on God after we understand these?   » Can we rely on ourselves to find an ideal job though having a high level of education? We’d like to share with you the testimony of a Christian who had an eclectic resume. Please read on to learn how she, after several failures in applying for a job, trusted in God to find a good job. » In the face of incurable diseases, will you rely on science or God? This article will share with you the true testimony of how God’s word guided her to see the light again. » You may be interested in reading more: • How to Overcome Exam Anxiety? Learn to Rely on God • Relying on God, I Easily Modify Well Creative Proposal

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5

Trust in Jehovah With All Your Heart – Reflection on Proverbs 3:5

Today’s Gospel Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 Reflection The greatest wisdom is to rely on God. We need to rely on God in every aspect of our life, even if it is considered to be a very small thing, because God’s word is like a beacon, guiding our life and words and actions. For example, it is an important part of our life to teach children. Many people feel frustrated by this and don’t know how to deal with it. Here, we can learn how Christians teach their children by relying on God!   » Recommended for you: • Relying on God, I Got More Than a Job • Relying on God, I Easily Modify Well Creative Proposal • Bible Verses About Relying on God

For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. - Proverbs 1:32

The Value of Hardships – Reflection on Proverbs 1:32

Today’s Gospel For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. – Proverbs 1:32 Reflection Two days ago, I took the potted to the outdoor. After a rain, it was almost limp like frosted eggplant. I was aching and thought: It’s hopeless … However, this morning I stumbled across the potted, and it became more vigorous. I couldn’t help but sigh: Rain makes flowers stronger. Aren’t our lives also this way? If one wants to have maturity in life, he must experience some setbacks and hardships. Only people such as this can become stronger. Because we cannot see the value of experiencing these hardships or understand that the adversity can serve as a paving stone to success, we are afraid of difficulties and hope that our life goes well once and for all. It is easy for us to become depraved and freeloaders, even lead a sated, idle life in comfortable environment. If we continue on this way, we will achieve nothing and live in vain. As for Christians, torment and refinement are the greatest blessings from God, because Christians need to endure being tempered by all kinds of sufferings if they want to gain life. The Bible said, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried …” (Dan 12:10). “My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (Jas 1:2-4). There are many verses like these in the Bible. We can understand that we can be made perfect by God amid hardship and refinement. For example, the ancient saints and prophets beloved by God are used and blessed by Him after sufferings. Abraham, he could offer up his only son Isaac to satisfy God in the trial, and God blessed him and made his progeny as numerous as the stars of heaven, and as plentiful as the sand on the seashore. After forty-year affliction in the wilderness, Moses’ hot blood was cast away so that he was able to obey God and was fit for use by God. He finally carried the heavy responsibility of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Job’s property was robbed and his children suffered disaster, but he became a righteous man who feared God and shunned evil because of his true faith. In Peter’s process of following the Lord, he suffered hundreds of tribulation and refinement. In the end, he was nailed upside down on the cross for the sake of God. He achieved obedience unto death and had the supreme love of God. Only by undergoing ordeals, can our corruption be cleansed. After our sins are cast away, we can gain God’s praise and approval. Only the foolish people choose the easy life. Moreover, we wish to enter the kingdom of heaven once and for all, but Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Mat 11:12). We should change our viewpoint of pursuit and try our best to pursue the truth according to the Lord’s requirements.   » Read more on Sermons on Trials and Tribulations page, or click on the related articles below: • How to Overcome Trials and Tribulations in Life • What Should We Do When We Face Trials? Learn From the Story of Job • Required Reading for Christians: Trials—Another Kind of Blessing From God

Reflection on John 6-63

God’s Word Is Life – Reflection on John 6:63

Today’s Gospel It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63 Reflection From this verse, we can see that God’s words are the foundation of our life. Without the supply of God’s words, no matter how good the material life we enjoy is, it is of no benefit to our life. However, we are often toiling for the flesh, and think it is our proper pursuit. Some people even spend their lives pursuing fleshly enjoyment. In fact, material enjoyment only brings us spiritual emptiness and distress besides momentary pleasure, for material things cannot be man’s life. As created beings, we should listen to and obey God’s words, for God’s words are life. They are the guarantee that ensures our survival, and they are the way of life that we should seek. Just as God says, “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life. From when He created the world, God has done much work involving the vitality of life, has done much work that brings life to man, and has paid a great price so that man might gain life, for God Himself is eternal life, and God Himself is the way by which man is resurrected. … God’s life force can prevail over any power; moreover, it exceeds any power. His life is eternal, His power extraordinary, and His life force not easily overwhelmed by any created being or enemy force. The life force of God exists, and shines its brilliant radiance, regardless of time or place. God’s life remains forever unchanged throughout the upheavals of heaven and earth. All things pass away, but God’s life still remains, for God is the source of the existence of all things, and the root of their existence. Man’s life originates from God, the existence of the heaven is because of God, and the existence of the earth stems from the power of God’s life. No object possessed of vitality can transcend the sovereignty of God, and no thing with vigor can break away from the ambit of God’s authority. In this way, regardless of who they are, everyone must submit under the dominion of God, everyone must live under God’s command, and no one can escape from His control.”   » Read more on our Knowing God page, or click on the related articles below: • God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind • God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion? • Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous. - Proverbs 15:29

Reflection on Proverbs 15:29 – Gospel for Today

Today’s Gospel The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous. – Proverbs 15:29 Reflection: God’s substance is holy. He loathes those that do evil, and likes those that do justice. So He hears the prayer of the righteous. It is recorded in the Bible that Job prayed for his three friends, which had shown God’s will. “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends: for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job” (Job 42:7-9). Because Job stood witness for God in trials, God loved him and listened to his prayer, and promised him according to what he asked for. God says, “Even though God called Job His servant, in God’s eyes this servant was beloved, and was bestowed with the authority to pray for others and forgive them their mistakes. This servant was able to talk directly to God and come directly before God, his status was higher and more honorable than those of others.” God’s words make us clearly understand that His attitude toward those who are loved by Him. If one can obey God’s way, fear God and shun evil, he will be cherished by God. If one does evil things and resists God without repentance, God not only will hate him, but will punish him. This is God’s attitude toward different people.   » Further reading about Sermons on Prayer: • Why Do We Need to Pray? Does God Answer Our Prayers? • 4 Aspects Christians Need to Know About Praying to God • How to Pray to God So That God Answers Our Prayers: 3 Principles • The Secret to Effective Prayer » Further reading on Commentaries on Proverbs page.

God With You-Do You Know? Only God Can Save Us From Suffering

Only God Can Save Us From Suffering – Reflection on Psalm 34:18

 Today’s Gospel The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. – Psalm 34:18 Reflection From this verse, we see God’s compassion for man and that only God can save us from the sufferings. Living under the domain of Satan, man is afflicted and tortured by Satan, and has much sorrow and bitterness within. Only God has mercy on us and can save us from the sufferings. In daily life, trivial things, work stress, and complex relationship with family and friends make us live a tiring and hard life. And we often live in sins because of scrambling for reputation and fortune. We feel sad ourselves, and also cause pains to others. Only by coming before God, can we get rid of the bondage of sins and the pain of flesh, and live a free and released life. Just like this passage of words says, “The Almighty has mercy on these people who suffer deeply. At the same time, He is fed up with these people who have no consciousness, because He has to wait too long for the answer from humans. He desires to seek, seek your heart and your spirit. He wants to bring you food and water and to awaken you, so you are no longer thirsty, no longer hungry. When you are weary and when you begin to feel the desolation of this world, do not be perplexed, do not cry. Almighty God, the Watcher, will embrace your arrival any time. ” » Further reading about the testimonies of God’s Grace: • God Is With Me, I Fear Disaster No More • After Husband Betrayed Me, God Guided Me Through the Pain • Understanding the grace of God: Accompanied by God’s Love, I Was No Longer Worried About My Children’s Illness

Lord Jesus return

The Significance of Christ’s Resurrection – Reflection on Matthew 28:18

Today’s Gospel And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. – Matthew 28:18 Reflection After Jesus’ resurrection, He said these words to His disciples. From His words, we can see that Jesus has overcome death and Jesus is God Himself. Christians know that Jesus’ resurrection is of the utmost importance to us, but what’s the significance of His appearance after His resurrection. God’s words say, “The first thing that the Lord Jesus did after His resurrection was to allow everyone to see Him, to confirm that He exists, and to confirm the fact of His resurrection. In addition, it restored His relationship with the people to the relationship He had with them when He was working in the flesh, and He was the Christ they could see and touch. This way, one outcome is that the people had no doubt that the Lord Jesus had been resurrected from death after being nailed to the cross, and there was no doubt in the Lord Jesus’ work to redeem mankind. And another outcome is that the fact of the Lord Jesus appearing to people after His resurrection and allowing people to see and touch Him firmly secured mankind in the Age of Grace. From this time on, people could not return to the previous age, the Age of Law, because of the Lord Jesus’ ‘disappearance’ or ‘desertion,’ but they would continue forward, following the Lord Jesus’ teachings and the work He had done. Thus, a new phase in the work in the Age of Grace was formally opened up, and the people who had been under the law formally came out from the law from then on, and entered into a new era, with a new beginning. These are the manifold meanings of the Lord Jesus’ appearance to mankind after the resurrection.” After reading these words, I got a little understanding. Jesus was in the flesh before the resurrection, but appeared to people in a spiritual body. At that moment, Jesus had transcended the limitations of the flesh. To His disciples, Jesus’ spiritual body was so mysterious and perplexing for them. It would create distance between the Lord Jesus and His disciples. Jesus was clear about man’s mentality and needs. On one hand, He appeared to His disciples for 40 days after His resurrection, which made them believe that Jesus indeed resurrected from death and He is indeed the incarnate God, the Christ. On the other hand, He had opened up a phase of the work in the Age of Grace, and led the people to come out from the law, and enter into a new era, so that the disciples’ confidence could be strengthened. Therefore, they started to testify for Jesus and spread the gospel of Jesus’ salvation to the very ends of the universe.   » Further reading about the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  • 3 Aspects to Unravel Mystery of Incarnation of Jesus • What’s the Significance of the Lord Becoming Man’s Sin Offering? • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know

Bible Study: Trial Is God's Blessing

Trial Is God’s Blessing – Reflection on James 1:2-4

It’s written in the Book of James 1:2-4, “My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” From the verses, we can see that God blesses man and perfects man through trials and refinements. So when we are in trials, we should seek God’s will and face the trial with a positive attitude. In this way we can make up for our deficiencies and tempered our will in adversities. Eventually we can satisfy God’s will and requirement and be commended by God. Since ancient times, those who were used by God or blessed by God all experienced tribulations. They obeyed the environment God arranged for them and stood testimony for God, so that they gained God’s blessings. Moses was refined in the wilderness for 40 years, until his hot blood was ground away and he had the true faith to be fit for God’s use, to shoulder the heavy responsibility of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Abraham offered up his only beloved son, Isaac, to satisfy God’s heart. Finally he received God’s blessings for bearing testimony for God in the trial. Job upheld his faith to God after his property had been stolen and his children lost their lives. Finally he stood the testimony for God and gained God’s blessings. Peter experienced hundreds of trials in the journey of following the Lord. Finally he was nailed upside down on the cross for the Lord, and achieved obedience unto death and love to the utmost. In the Book of Daniel, it says, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried” (Daniel 12:10).These words tell us that only by experiencing trials and refinements can we be made purified and get changed in our life disposition. The Lord said, “Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). “God’s refinement of man is not merely for the sake of a one-sided effect, but for the sake of a multi-faceted effect. Only in this way does God do the work of refinement in those who are willing to seek the truth, in order that man’s resolve and love are made perfect by God. To those who are willing to seek the truth, and who yearn for God, nothing is more meaningful, or of greater assistance, than refinement such as this.”   » You might be interested in reading more: • A Reflection on How to Overcome Trials and Tribulations From a Story • How Can We Face Trials From God Audaciously and Calmly? • What Should We Do When We Face Trials? Learn From the Story of Job

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