Psalm 4:6-8

6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”

Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.

7 You have filled my heart with greater joy

than when their grain and new wine abound.

8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,

for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

(NIV)

 

The presence of You, LORD, is the greatest joy in my life.

Even when I do not have anything .. if You are with me, I am satisfied.

I lack nothing.

You are all I need.

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The Good News ..

Praise the LORD !

At the end of last semester, God convicted my heart of the need for intentional witnessing. I have never really met people who do not know Christ since I got to the United States.  Since 2003, the year I came to the United States, I spent most of my time at school, church, and home. When I was in high school, I was not really talking to many people because of my language barrier. Then, when my English got better, I was in college, a Baptist College in the seminary where I am studying now. In my undergrad, I studied so hard that I had hardly ever hung out even with my friends. But when I was graduating from college, I realized that it was a big mistake.

I came to seminary not to do academic study only. I came to school to learn so that I can teach others. I came to school to prepare for the ministry God has called me to. Good thing I was looking forward to my future ministry, but too bad that I was missing out the ministry God had given me as I was studying at the seminary. So, when I was coming back to do my graduate study,  I decided that I would not make the same mistake again.

So, last semester, which was my first semester in grad school, God allowed me to have time to spend with people that I love. Last semester, God restored my relationships with the people that I could have the sense of belonging, which I had lost for a quite long time. Then, at the end of semester, I felt like God was telling me that now it is the time for me to go and meet new people so that they can have “restored relationship with Him”. I knew that I would never be able to meet new people without intentionally going out to meet them.

From that time, one of my prayer requests for 2011 has been that God would lead me to intentionally go out and seek those people who are longing for the relationship with God. And, I am writing this to tell you about how quickly He responded to the prayer.

Because of one of the assignments in a class I’m taking this semester, I am obligated to go out to do personal evangelism. This has prevented me from making excuses for not going out. So, I have been going out to share my faith every week since the first week of this month. And, last week, I had a chance to lead somebody to Christ. “O…my…gosh….. really?!” This was my initial response. My presentation of the gospel was not so very much organized or structured. I was not very eloquent in my sharing. Yet, the lady I was sharing with was really listening, and, without any hesitance, accepted Jesus as her Savior and LORD. It was truly the work of the Holy Spirit. Although I spoke, it was Him who worked in her heart. It was the power of the Gospel that saved her. All I did was “speaking”. Then, yesterday, as I was spending time with my friend’s  sister, God allowed me to have a chance to share the Gospel. Growing up in a Christian home, she was very familiar with the Gospel. Yet, she had never made it personal until last night!

“PRAISE THE LORD!!!”

First for their salvation, and second for Him using someone like me.  I just wanted to share my experience with you so that you can rejoice in God’s work in the lives of people around us!

Also, I want to share one thing that really helped me overcome my fear of witnessing. I am aware of that many people are afraid of sharing their faith with people that they know or people that they do not know. I was in the same place, and I cannot say that I would never be in the same place again. But this really helped me a lot when I was sharing my faith with others, and I hope it would help you as well as you share the gospel with the people you care.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel,

because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:

first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Rom. 1:16/ NIV)

“The Word of God” has the power to change lives. As it changed your life, it has the power to change other people’s lives as well. What we need to do is to trust in the power of the Gospel. It is not you that brings salvation. It is the power of the Gospel that brings salvation to those who believe. All we have to do is to trust and “talk” about it, and God will work through us.

Philippians 3:18-21

18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears,

many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach,

and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.

20  But our citizenship is in heaven.

And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control,

will transform our lowly bodies

so that they will be like his glorious body.  (NIV)

 

Does your life look like that of the ones whose citizenship is in heaven? Do you have the hope of resurrection Paul and the believers in Philippi had?

 

My New Journey

Yesterday was my last Sunday at Korean Presbyterian Church of New Orleans where I had been serving as a pianist since 2006. Now I am going to be teaching children and probably youth as well in my new church as a minister. Whenever I hear the word “minister” I think about the great pastors and ministers I have encountered in my life whom I normally thought to be much much much better and mature than I am. Pastors and ministers have always been the people, in my mind, who deserve my respect and honor. Now, to many people, I am going to be seen as one of them. Ha… really?! Just thinking about it somewhat scares me because I am very much aware of myself. I don’t deserve any respect or honor.

Just to share little bit about myself .. I grew up in a Christian home. I went to church every Sunday since I was an infant. I was a very good kid, I can confidently say, until I turned to 13. My dad at that time surrendered his life to God’s calling to ministry. O, well, I hated it. I hated so much that I made all kinds of troubles as much as possibly I could make just to show my parents how resentful I was. I became a very wild, so-called, pk. At that time, I was very resentful toward my parents but more toward God. To me, my parents were very devoted to Him, but my family always had to deal with financial problems. I often said to God, “If You are truly loving, if You really care, why is my family always suffering? I hate You. I really hate You that You called my dad to ministry.”

But here I am loving God so much. He is my only hope and reason for my life. God has been working so faithfully in my life that I now understand how blessed my family is and how blessed I am to be able to serve Him. But still, how can I serve as a minister? Other people are much much much better than I am. Am I worthy to be His servant? Well, no. Absolutely No. I am not even worthy to be His servant, yet, by His grace, I am called to be His servant. Whether I am called to be a minister or just Hannah does not really change anything because the names don’t matter. What really matters is that I am serving God. I am just being used by God.

The only Way: Jesus

I was reading through the first few chapters of Exodus where Moses is called by God to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. When God called Moses, he was a murderer and a fugitive. Moses was aware of himself being not worthy of doing God’s work so asked, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exo. 3:11/NIV) The rest of Moses’ response to God’s call shows how Moses thought about himself not being worthy of his call. Yet, as we all know, Moses obeys to God and becomes one of the greatest leaders of the nation of Israel in history. He actually leads the people out of Egypt. No, no, no, no, no. It was not Moses who led the Israelites out of Egypt. It was God who brought Israel out of Egypt.  God used Moses to perform His wonderful work for His people.

Notice in Exodus 6:6-8, God says to Moses, “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.

This story taught me several things that I want to remember for the rest of my life as I serve Him. First, I am not called because of who I am but because God is gracious and merciful and loving. Second, God is the LORD of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, of Moses, and of me. Third, I am only called to be used by God. I can’t do anything but God will work through me to bring out great things for His glory.

I am very excited about my new journey that God is about to unfold before me! Woohoo!

I am blessed !

So many times we focus on things that have not gone well for us.  We look at circumstances that stress and discourage us rather than looking at the surroundings that are, in themselves, miracles.  We take so many things for granted when we shouldn’t. So today I wrote down things that I easily forget to be grateful for, and God reminded me how blessed I am and encouraged me greatly.

These are some of the blessings I wrote down on my journal.

He gave me breath and another day, He gave us the Sun and beautiful weather that is not hot. He also gave us winds to blow and the clouds on the sky. He gave me ears to hear, mouth to eat, eyes to see, nose to smell, feet to stand, hands to write, and both of my legs and both of my arms. He also gave me health. He gave me food for today, water to drink, clothes and shoes to wear, a car to drive and protected me on road. He gave me His Word and heart to read and follow it. He revealed Himself to me and allowed me to have a relationship with Him. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit to help me believe. He gave me financial problems so that I may have compassion for the needy. He helped me rejoice in the time of troubles. He gave me the opportunity to study and gave me the job. He gave me an amazing family, both of my parents and my younger brother………………and He created me. I am thankful for my existence.

As I was writing them down, I could not hold my tears. There are much more than what I wrote. I was and I am so thankful for everything He has given me and has done for me.  It was very precious moment to remind myself how much God has loved me, and that moment encouraged me deeply.

I hope you take a moment just to think about the blessings He has given you and be encouraged and comforted by God, who loves you much more than you can ever imagine!