Google Simply Katherine, a Christian on campus: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Recovery of Revival

What does it mean to be revived?

From the perspective of history, when people say revival, they generally mean an event in time where there was a significant increase of spiritual interest in a specific region after a period of decline, often characterized by mass conversions and burning zeal toward God. There was the First Great Awakening, then the Second, the Third, and finally, the Fourth Great Awakening.

Whitfield preaching in the first great awakening
The First Great Awakening

Yet many begin to wonder what happened? Where did that spirit of revival go? These days morality plummets and normality is distorted. Deep down, everyone knows we desperately need the Recovery of Revival.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Healing Christ - the Sun of Righteousness

The healing Christ is the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2). The word Sun refers to life (i.e., the sun as source of life supply) and righteousness refers to justice. 

Many are flabbergasted by miraculous physical healing. However, this is not the aspect of the healing Christ I'm going to write about today. 

The truth is...
"Today the whole world is sick. The daily news reports are filled with death, injustice, lawlessness, and darkness. This earth needs healing, but it will not get it until Christ returns. The only ones who receive healing today are the ones who know Christ as their Savior and inward life. 
We are receiving this healing ahead of time in a secret, hidden way every day. We are sick in our entire being- spirit, soul and body. We need our whole being to be healed by the Sun of righteousness. We need His wings to heal us, first inwardly and then outwardly."
The divine healing for our physical sickness barely scratches the surface. The root of the problem is inward, inherent in the nature of being fallen. We may never consider this but what actually heals us is not an outward healing. What heals us is the Light of Life (John 1:4-5). The light brings life to us.

sun shining
Credit: DeviantArt

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Following the Lord and Living to Him

I've had a long history with Christians on Campus, since I was a freshman in college. There I got connected with Judy, an older sister in the Lord, whom I love dearly. From that moment on, our ongoing fellowship has helped me go through various spiritual crises.

Recently, living my life has been quite challenging (isn't this everyone's story?) I'm the kind of person who wants to excel in everything that I do, but it soon becomes excruciatingly difficult when everything appears to be the first priority. In short, giving 100% at all times, in all things, drains both my mental and physical capacities.

I know time management. The key is to wisely prioritize, right? Yet the main problem is I truly, genuinely, consider that all my responsibilities are equally important. Now what?

Not only that, when I managed to drop one of the balls that I've been juggling, I got so condemned, fearing the judgment from others. Sounds like a nightmare, doesn't it? But again, isn't this everyone's story?

So it came to a point where I just had to drop everything, talk to the Lord, and then pick up the phone. I called Judy.

I'd have to say I was comforted when she said, "Katherine, you know what, I have the same problem." It didn't stop there though. She continued to share about this practice of following the Lord moment by moment.

Our God is the God of measure (2 Corinthians 10:13). Everyday He has apportioned to us our measure, BUT we will never know what's too much or what's too little unless we ask Him!

Measuring Rod

Often when we hear about following the Lord, we immediately think about the big decisions in our life.

Yet the most practical, primary matter in following the Lord is actually to live to Him moment by moment.

"Lord, what should I do next?"

"Lord, I'm about to meet this person. What should I say to her?"

"Lord, I'm going shopping. Go with me."

"Lord, I'm sorry but I just can't do this. Help me."

"Lord, I can't bring my body to wake up. Live through this day for me."

As I'm inquiring and conversing with Him, I would take the steps in faith with an endeavoring spirit to attain, fully trusting in Him for what He's doing and has arranged in my day.

During the course of the day, if things work out a certain way, I take it from the Lord. If things wouldn't work out in any way, I also take it from the Lord. At the end of the day, there is rest and peace with no condemnation.

Living to Him is to practically live before His eyes, face-to-face with Him all the time.

I'm glad that Judy didn't withhold anything from me because I know that on one hand, this is the highest requirement to live the Christian life. By no means easy! Yet on the other hand, I also know that at the end of the day, this is what's going to save me to the uttermost.

Yes, saved from condemnation, comparing myself with others, and even on the other side of the spectrum, saved from languishing with my time.

2 Corinthians 5:15 says,
"And He died for all that those who live may no longer live to themselves but to Him who died for them and has been raised."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Death Cannot Hold the Resurrection Life

Continuing from my previous post on The Sign of Jonah, I'd like to write about our experience in relation to Christ entering into death and passing through death into life.

It's good to know that Christ entered into Hades as both God and man. Yet the account of Jonah's prayer, which parallels to Christ's activities in His burial, is so detailed that it makes me wonder- why do we need to know what Christ did in such a thorough way?

1 Peter 3:18 says,
"For Christ also has suffered once for sins, the Righteous on behalf of the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, on the one hand being put to death in the flesh, but on the other, made alive in the Spirit;"
Christians hardly talk about Christ in His burial, especially about the part where He was "on the one hand being put to death in the flesh, but on the other, made alive in the Spirit." Yet this is a great matter! 

At that very juncture of time, within this One Person, humanity was brought into divinity.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Sign of Jonah

Jonah in the belly of the fish!

That's what most people think about when they hear the name, Jonah.

Actually the story of Jonah is quite amusing. How could a man be swallowed up by a big fish, stayed for three days and three nights, and be spewed out from the belly of the fish onto the shore? Why is such an account in the Bible?

story of jonah

This past week I came across Matthew 12:39-40:
"But He answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 
For just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights."
Surprisingly, Jonah is mentioned again in the New Testament. But what's more mind-boggling to me is the fact that the Lord Jesus refers to Jonah being in the belly of the great fish as a sign pointing to His own burial- the three days and three nights in between His death and resurrection, the time when Christ was in Hades.