Entering Jerusalem Searching for Life's Destiny
I thank God for the Holy Land trip 2017, as I saw the presence of the Lord, the work of the Holy Spirit and the changes in lives. Originally, the trip was scheduled for October. However, it would be impossible for brothers and sisters in the education sector to have such a long holiday after the start of the school year. They also longed to follow the church leaders to the Holy Land and experience spiritual blessings. For this reason, even though it was a boiling hot summer (the temperature in the Holy Land reached up to 45°C), we were glad to visit the Holy Land from late July to early August.
When we arrived at Mount Nebo (the place where Moses overlooked the Promised Land and where God buried him), the Holy Spirit deeply touched me and gave me a clear message: "Entering Jerusalem, Searching for Life's Destiny."
1. Follow Moses' example of living out God's destiny
Moses lived 120 years. His life can be divided into three phases. In the first 40 years, he was a noble prince. In the second 40 years, he turned from being the most honourable nobleman to the lowliest shepherd. Yet, at his most frustrating and depressing moment, the Lord appeared to him and sent him to Pharaoh in order to rescue God'ss people. "So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." (Exodus 3:10; NIV) Moses found his destiny in the Lord. The highs and lows he experienced made his life abundant.
2. Follow Lord Jesus' example of living out the Father's destiny
Luke 9:51,"As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem." (NIV) This verse tells us that the moment of Lord Jesus' martyrdom came, and he set out for Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the final destination of the Lord's life. Dying on the cross was the will and plan the Father had for Lord Jesus. Jesus did not cower or attempt to avoid it. Eventually, the Lord was exalted and the Father was glorified. "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11; NIV)
3. Follow Paul's example of living out the Lord's destiny
I like Acts 20:24 very much. It is Brother Paul's soliloquy about his own life: "I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and testify to the good news of God's grace." (NIV) What an encouraging proclamation. When Paul knew the purpose and goal of his life, he lived out God's plan for him and completed God's will without hesitation or regrets.
4. Our Destiny
In these years, we can see the earth-shaking work the Lord has done in our church. The work of the Holy Spirit is so rapid that many brothers and sisters may not be able to catch up. A lot of brothers and sisters tell me that they are like very dry bones (Ezekiel 37:2). Not only do they lack the strength to walk, but they are also certified dead. Nevertheless, let us believe that this is not the plan God has for us. Like the scripture says, God's plan and will is for us to revive. Moreover, through the Lord who gives us strength, we can revive within a day or even a second, as well as becoming a vast army (Ezekiel 37:10). Hallelujah!
5. Living out God's destiny for Kam Kwong Church
It is an indisputable fact that God is going to use us. From the very beginning, the Lord has been leading us – moving from Kam Tin to Yuen Long Kau Yuk Road, and then from the 8000 sq. ft. venue on Kau Yuk Road to today's Worship Center (which can house 1200 people). Now there are four services on Sundays and nine services in total each week. In addition, the Sunday Noon Service has a full house, which is beyond the capacity of the venue. All of these are facts that everyone can see. I bless every Kamkwonger with the courage to stride into the calling God has prepared for Kam Kwong Church. Like the revelation a sister received, God does not want us to merely see Kam Kwong's glory. God wants us to enter this glory! Amen!