5.27.2017

John 14:15-21 (1)

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Get connected wirelessly
Reading: John 14:15-21
Additional reading: Mark 6: 7-13
Blanks: love, forever, come, Whoever, loves, show

(3) What are these?
These are a modem and a router.
What is modem or router?
When you have an internet provider and install this modem and router, your TV, cell phone and laptop can be connected to the internet wirelessly.

If you only have a modem, you cannot be connected to the internet wirelessly.
But when you have a good router as well, many TVs, phones and laptops can be connected wirelessly and work very good.
Then you may watch Korean news, dramas and surf the internet and so on.

Now when Jesus was finishing his ministry, he said something like this to his students:
“I am like God’s modem.
But the Holy Spirit is like God’s router.”

Two thousand years ago, Jesus served people for about thirty years.
At that time, he could not be in two places at once.
He could only be teaching one group of people at a time.

But after Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus went back to be with his Father in heaven.
Then Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his students.
Then through the Holy Spirit, Jesus and his students could be connected wirelessly.

So Jesus spoke to his students something like this:
“I can help you to be connected with God wirelessly.
For that purpose, I am going to send you the Holy Spirit.
I downloaded on you my teaching.
So now you can receive the Holy Spirit.
Then you will be connected with God.
You will receive God’s messages and God’s power through the Holy Spirit.
You will receive my messages and power, I am sending to you through this Holy Spirit.
Then you may also hear heavenly words, and see heavenly visions and heavenly dramas.

So now through the Holy Spirit, Jesus could be many places at once.
Jesus can be with many people at once spiritually.
He can send messages to everyone in the world.
Jesus can say something to you while he is talking with me.
Jesus can listen to your prayer, while he is listening to mine.
God’s people can listen to Jesus and talk with Jesus all the time.
Jesus is connected with all God’s people at all times.

So when two thousand years ago, Jesus had to say goodbye to his students, Jesus said something like this:
“It is good for you that I am going away.
You should feel good about this.
Besides, I am going to be with my Father whom I love.

“Also I am not really going away.
I am going to be with you through the Holy Spirit.
I am sending my Spirit to you so that I can communicate with you.
Through the Holy Spirit, you will have a good relationship with me.

“And the Holy Spirit will be with you forever.
The Holy Spirit will be your friend forever.
The Holy Spirit will help you remember and understand my words.
The Holy Spirit will let you understand God’s will and God’s truth.
The Holy Spirit will help you experience me and my Father.
The Holy Spirit will make you come alive in God.”

So today, we experience Jesus in our lives through the Holy Spirit.
Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus still loves us and explains himself to us.
Through the Holy Spirit, God is with us and cares for us.

So, all those who love Jesus, need to welcome the Holy Spirit.
All those who love God need to receive the Holy Spirit and grow in their relationship with the Holy Spirit.
They need to get to know the Holy Spirit.

Then the Holy Spirit reminds us of many words that Jesus spoke.
The Holy Spirit likes to work through the words that Jesus spoke already.
The Holy Spirit guides and empower us to obey his words.
Then as we listen and obey his words, we experience Jesus all over again as the Holy Spirit helps us.

So Jesus himself says like this: John 14:15
‘If we really love him, we try to obey him.’

When we try to practice what Jesus says, Jesus understands that we really love him.

So the Holy Spirit helps us to really understand and obey his words which are God's truth.
So when we understand and obey his words, we experience Jesus and the power of his words.

When we we study, think about and obey the word of Jesus, or when we try to practice what Jesus says, we experience the Holy Spirit who helps them feel the peace that Jesus gives.
This is how we know about the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit loves to talk about Jesus.
The Holy Spirit likes to help us get to know Jesus and understand Jesus.
The Holy Spirit likes to help us connected with Jesus and follow Jesus.
Then as we seek to do what Jesus asks us to do, the Holy Spirit will move powerfully among us.

Jesus also said something like this: John 14:20
“I am in the Father.
You are in me.
I am in you.”

This is what makes Jesus happy.
When we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us, we are one.
When Jesus and His people are connected and become one spiritually, Jesus is happy.

So to establish this connection, Jesus was crucified and rose again and has done everything for us.
To maintain this connection, Jesus is still doing God’s ministry for us.

So we have talked about the fact that we are connected with Jesus, wirelessly through the Holy Spirit.
When we are connected like that, Jesus and we may share our feelings:
Jesus know how we feel about things.
We may know how Jesus feels about things.
In this way we have a fellowship.
Then as we know how he feels, it helps us to understand Jesus.
We may feel and understand how Jesus wants us to live.

When we are connected with Jesus together, we will also receive God’s vision together.
We sense together what God is up to.
Then also when we talk with each other, we may sense that we are all connected with Jesus.
We hear together what Jesus is saying to us.
We may sense what God is orchestrating something.
In this way, we understand together who God is.

Today we ask Jesus to take over.
We welcome Jesus to work among us.
As we pray like this, we have a real church.
When Jesus take over and lead our church, everything happens according to God’s good will for us.

Then we may be able to say:
“Jesus can changes everything.
It is all up to Jesus who is God.
It is all about Jesus.
We are nothing.
Jesus is everything for us.”

Here are some possible examples of what Jesus would do among us:
We pray that Jesus would take over.
Then Jesus may decide to use us.
Then Jesus may speaks first to us what he is up to.
Then he accomplishes his words.

For example, let’s say that God is calling us to tell the story of Jesus to children and young people.
Then what would happen as we pray?
God will bring children and young people to us.
Then young people of Albany area may know Jesus as their savior and friends.

Another example:
Let’s say that God is calling us to train new believers.
Then what would happen as we pray?
God will bring new believers to us.

Another example:
Let’s say God is calling us to help those who are depressed.
Then God will empower us to help those who feel depressed.

So as we pray and believe and obey what God asks us to do, we see God making this Albany area a better place to live in.

So it is important for us to be connected and experience the peace of God daily.
It is important that we maintain and cherish our connection with Jesus.
Then our life will show that we are connected with Jesus.

When we we are connected with Jesus, God’s people also know that we are connected with the Holy Spirit.
God’s people sense that Jesus is in us and we are in Jesus.
If we simply live connected with Jesus, our life may be able to teach even more others.
Then more people may be connected with God’s people in the name of Jesus.

Lastly, it is wonderful to feel that we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us.
It is wonderful to feel that God is working through us to do what God wants to do.
God’s working in our hearts through the Holy Spirit can be sign that we are in Jesus.
Then we may know for sure that we will live forever with God.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for remembering us.
Thank you for living your life through us.
Thank you for making us connected with you.
Thank you for helping us understand your life and your words.
May we live your life experiencing your peace.
We pray this in Jesus’ name.
Amen.


5.20.2017

Proverbs 17:10-28

The power of God’s Wisdom # 3
Reading: Proverbs 17:10-28

You are so wise that you don’t need to hear this.
But at the moment, we are reading the Proverbs.
So let’s go through some topics that the Proverbs covers.
The Proverbs talks about a lot of things.

For example, Proverbs 12:16 says:
The vexation of a fool is known at once.
But the prudent ignores an insult.

The unwise got stressed out very easily.
They may also quickly let people know that they are upset.

For example, if they hear some people gossip and lie about them, the foolish may lie back and fight back immediately.
They may spread false rumors about them as well.

But life may be all about how we respond and interpret.
So the wise say like this: Proverbs 20:22:
Do not say, “You will pay for this!”
But wait for God.
And God will deliver you.

The wise ask people to trust in God.
Then God control their emotion.
So they don’t talk about other people but just pray for them.

So even when other people insult them, the wise ignore.
The wise don’t talk about their insults or offences.
They don't get stressed out because they trust in God.
They ask God to help them.
They invite God to be involved.
Then God solve the problems.
When God solves the problems, it is always perfect.
So they enjoy the peace of God.

The wise also know that they are sinners who are only saved by grace of Jesus the Christ.
So they know who they are.

They also know whose they are.
So they think about Jesus and follow Jesus.
Because Jesus has all the power and authority in heaven and on earth.
Satan could not even touch his people without Jesus’ permission.

So the wise want to obey God in all circumstances, because God can bless them, their family, their church and their nation.
And they thank God because Jesus can take care of them and their people and their circumstances.

Jesus also asks people to pray for those who persecute them.
Why is that?
Because some people tend to think more about those who they hate.
So Jesus asks them to pray for them and bless them: Matthew 5:44-48.
So the wise pray until they can really forgive all those who may make them upset.
They ask God to bless them.
They pray until they can really love them before God.
They pray so that they may experience the love of Jesus.
In this way, they become God’s children.
Then other people are also changed and find peace in Jesus.

Proverbs 20:19 says:
A gossip betrays a confidence.
Avoid a person who talks too much.

The wise do not wonder about what other people gossip about today.
The wise know that listening to gossips is not helpful to them spiritually.
So they listen to God instead, whom they trust.
They talk to God and listen to God.
Because they understand whatever God says will happen.

The wise know that those who gossip may need to have a peaceful heart first.
So the wise pray for them so that God may heal them and make them spiritually wise.

How could the wise live like this?
Because the wise know that it is God who produce a better future for them.
It is God who produces peace, joy and prosperity in their lives.
When God decide to bless them, nothing can stop God.

So the wise spend more times with God who helps them to think better thoughts.
Then thinking with God like that, they become friends of God.
They become a channel through which God bless other people.
God use them because they are God’s people.
Then other people see and learn how to live with God as well.

So Proverbs 17:27 says:
“The wise person says little and stays calm.”

Those who trust in God say little because they pray to God.
They are not anxious to express their opinions to other people.
Instead, they are talking with God.
Then God teaches them.
So they stay calm as they learn more and more from God.

Proverbs 18:20-21 says:
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled.
With the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death.
Those who love it will eat its fruit.

The wise know that what they say matter.
So the wise use words to serve God and others.

God created the world, through his words.
What God says matters.
So the wise learn from God to use words wisely and powerfully:

The tongue has the power of life and death.
So if anyone says to their family members:
“Jesus is the Lord.
God will use you.”
“God will come and save you.”
Then God will hear their prayer and may do what they say.

When God’s people speak in faith “May everything go well,” God may also say:
“I will do exactly what you say.”

But the opposite can be true:
In Numbers 14:26-28, God said to Moses like this:
I have heard the complaints and grumbling of Israelites.
So tell them:
“I will do the very thing I heard you say.”

In the wilderness, those Israelites were complaining and grumbling.
But it turned out those words they said created their future.
God did exactly what they said might happen.

God is saying:
If you change your words, I will change your life completely.
If you change your words you say about people, I will change them.
If you say to neighbors, “you are treasures of our society,” I will make them treasures of your society.

So the wise, after thinking with God, speak God’s words:
When they speak God’s words, they reap God’s reward.

Proverbs 20:28 says:
“Love and faithfulness keep a leader safe.
Through love a leader is made secure.”

The wise choose to be faithful, because they learn that God is faithful.
The wise love God with their hearts because God is love.
The wise choose love and faithfulness to lead well with God.
The wise understand and lead like God.
Then God secures them because they choose love and faithfulness.
Then the wise may lead and change their family, church or nation.

God continually helps them to think good thoughts so that they choose better path in God.
In this way God save them and make their life goes well.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways submit to him.
He will make your paths straight.

The wise may not insist their own will.
Instead, they listen to God to recognize God’s opinions about their life.
The wise wait until God speaks.
The wise wait to listen and receive God’s ideas to implement.
The wise want to listen to God.
So they pray and think and discern to know God’s will.

Then as they listen and obey God, they learn of God.
When the wise obey to do God’s will, other people also see the result.
Other people see how God works.
So other people also learn of God.
Like this, they teach other people through their obedience.

Lastly, the Proverbs talks about health.
Proverbs 17:22 says:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine.”

From your heart, God may produce a good medicine for your health.
If God can produce a good and cheerful heart in you, God can make a good and healthy body for you.

So what does it mean?
We need to get rid of bad stresses out of our life.
We need to learn to remove bad stresses.
How can we do that?
For example, if you are upset or feel not so good, you may learn to shift your mood, by changing thoughts and activities that you are doing.
Study about yourself to know what shifts your mood.
If you understand what change your mood, you know how to have a better mood.

What make your heart cheerful and peaceful?
What helps you to live a good and peaceful emotional life in Jesus?
How do you take care of your feeling in Jesus?
Have you learned to rejoice always in Jesus?

Write down a list of activities that may help you smile in Jesus.
Write down a list of small good activities that if you do, you feel cheerful in Jesus.

We need to know when we feel peaceful because of Jesus the Christ.
We need to know when we find peace in our heart.
Then we may continually live for Jesus with a good mental health.

When we are moving with God, we find peace and joy in our heart.
When we think about and do what God wants, we feel God’s approving presence.

Even when we only think about those things that God wants us to think about, we feel peacefulness as a sign from God to our hearts.
We feel peacefulness as God is approving our steps.
So in this way, we recognize and diagnose whether we are moving toward God or not.

Also when we pray according to God’s deep desire, we feel heavenly peace, joy and happiness.
In this way, we discover God’s deep desire planted within us.

As for me, reading the story of Jesus is very helpful.
I feel like God guides my thoughts and calm my emotional life.
I find myself trusting God more.
I feel God bless me.
I feel peaceful.
I feel God creates a better physical health for me as well.

In the Gospel, Jesus spoke God’s words to help us understand God and live in God’s power.
So listening to him, we are prepared to enter into God’s full blessings.

God protects those who hear from God.
When we listen to God and obey God, we learn that whenever God speaks, God always fulfill his words.
We know when God speaks, God also change our inner character as well.
That is, God changes inside and out through his words.
When God speaks, God changes our thoughts and protects our inner attitude.
When God speaks, God blesses us emotionally and physically.
Yes, God also improves our health.

So we pray to listen to God.
We pray and plan along with God to live in God’s power.
May all God’s will be done in our lives.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for guiding us according to your wisdom.
You are our wisdom.
With you, we find all the good things here on earth and in heaven.
Thank you.
Help us to live with you all our lives.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.

5.13.2017

Proverbs 20: 3-29

The power of God’s Wisdom # 2
Reading: Proverbs 20: 3-29

Since last week, we are reading the Proverbs.
The Proverbs deals with many topics.
So let’s go through some topics that the Proverbs covers.

For example: Proverbs 17:18 says:
“One who has no sense, shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.”

Proverbs 11:15 says:
“Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer.
But whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.”

Proverbs 20:16 says:
“Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger.
Hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.”

Proverbs 22:26-27 says:
Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts.
If you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

The Proverbs forbid his people to shake hands in pledge:
The Proverbs forbid his people about this again and again and again: Proverbs 6:1-5; 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13

The wise was like:
“Please don’t make this mistake.
People made this mistakes again and again.
So a lot of people lost a lot.
So put up security for a neighbor.
But instead give generously to the poor.”

The wise may warn like this:
Learn what you have before you lose it.

So the wise may say:
“It is not about how much you have.
It is about how much you could keep for those whom you love.
Concerning financial matters, our game is not really about gaining more and more and more and more.
It is about how much you could keep.
God gives and multiples abundantly.
So if you learn to grow your money slowly, you see God’s abundance.
Those who learn to keep God’s blessing, experience God’s abundance to share with the poor.”

Next, Proverbs 13:7 says:
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing.
Another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

What was it saying?
“Don’t try to impress those who you don’t know.
Don’t buy things to impress those you don’t know.
Save money for those whom you love and know.”

The Proverbs also talks about how to recognize a good life partner:
Proverbs 31:30 says:
“Charm is deceptive.
Beauty is fleeting.
But a person who fears God is to be praised.”

The wise know what is important to have a blessed life:
So they cherish those who fear God.
They are friends of those who fear God.

Proverbs 31:31 says:
“Give a person the reward she or he has earned.
Let their works bring them praise at the city gate.”
The wise ask people to respect their good life partner:

The wise also warns against wrong partners in life: (Proverbs 21:9)
“Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome person.”

Proverbs 21:19 says:
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry person.

The wise value a good and peaceful emotional life.
So they are far away from those who tend to become easily angry, critical, moody and opinionated.
Some may like to fight and argue.
They may have unrealistic expectation about things and people.
So they may initiate a fight or enjoy fighting, because then they may feel alive, excited, and important.
But the wise choose to be peaceful.

So the wise ask:
“Back down from their meaningless games.
Some could not be happy because they could not give up what is not necessary.
Give up what you need to give up.
Then learn to find peace in your heart.”

The wise know how to control their emotion.
They are matured emotionally and can be a good life partner.
The wise are agreeable, submissive, warm, kind, and cheerful.
The wise feel comfortable when there is peace, as Jesus gives peace to his people.
So they are kind to all and forgive all as God forgives them.

The wise also take good care of their inner need.
So they know how to help those who have inner illness, inner discomfort, or inner discontentment in their hearts.
They invite God to heal these people so that they may experience God’s peace.

Jesus explains like this: Matthew 12:33
“Make a tree good.
Its fruit will be good.
Make a tree bad.
Its fruit will be bad.
A tree is recognized by its fruit.”

When people welcome Jesus Christ into their hearts as their Lord and Savior, Jesus could come and create a new heart in them and produce good fruits.
The light of Jesus could remove all the darkness in their hearts.
Then they may become like Jesus.
They may learn to live like Jesus.
They may live graciously like Jesus.
They cannot lie, gossip and flatter, because Jesus is in their hearts.
Their hearts do not feel comfortable even when they think of evil.

Jesus saves his people so that they may be good.
Jesus sows love, forgiveness and grace in his name.
In this way, Jesus creates inner peace so that his people may love and serve and help the poor.

But Jesus also spoke like this against the Pharisees: Matthew 12:34-37
“You children of Satan!
How can you who are evil say anything good?
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him.
An evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

“But everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be freed.
By your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus is sowing good seeds.
But Satan is sowing bad seeds in this world.
Satan sows lie and hatred, murderous thoughts, and various wicked words. through his people.
Satan may seduce them saying like this:
“You need to fight, gossip, lie and flatter in order to survive in this society.”

But Jesus say:
“No.
God is in control.
God can take care of you.
So love God and fear God only.
Humbly trust in God who gives you peace.
Learn to have my faith.
Meditate on what I say.
Cherish them in your hearts.
And humbly love people and do what is right.”

Jesus says: John 6:38-39
“I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
The will of him who sent me is that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”

Jesus came to sow God’s seeds for God’s great harvest.
Jesus sows good seeds so that he could produce godly people who live in the faith of Jesus.
Then Jesus will raise them up at the last day.

Let’s think about a last topic that Proverbs covers.
Proverbs 20:24 speaks in faith:
“A person’s steps are directed by God.”

What does it say?
The wise may say:
“God is in control.
So repent if you have to and then don’t regret.
Give up all hope of having a different past.
Instead, learn from your past.”

Even if you made mistakes, you learned and grew in wisdom.
Now you grew enough to notice you made mistakes!
So now you may help and guide other people to find a better path.
You may use your experience to help other people.

When we return to God, God turns our experience into a life lesson to teach others.
God may use our experience and produce wisdom out of it and guide us to help many people.

Proverbs 16:9 says:
In their hearts humans plan their course.
But the Lord establishes their steps.

Again sometimes, because our plan fails, we find God’s plan which is better.
Then we realize God knows the best.
God creates us and knows how we should live for God.

Like this, the more God is involved in our life, the more we have faith.
The more we have faith, the more God is able to be involved in our lives.

So we allow Jesus to freely direct our steps.
Jesus is the most powerful.
So we ask Jesus to work freely and powerfully.
Then we learn to be with Jesus, and learn to live with Jesus.

When we learn to live with Jesus, we feel happy.
When we surrender all to Jesus, we learn that he has already prepared a better future for us.

Like this when we learn how Jesus works and how to work with God, we may plan better.
Then as we learn to live with Jesus, God bless our lives.
As we move along with Jesus, we see God’s great works.
As we move with Jesus, we see God’s miracles before our own eyes.
As we learn of Jesus and listen to him, we enjoy our journey of faith.

Then the Bible promises this kind of blessings: Deuteronomy 28:2-6:
“As you obey the Lord your God, you will experience all these blessings:
Your towns and your fields will be blessed.
Your children and your crops will be blessed.
Your investments will be blessed.
Your house and its items will be blessed.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.

Psalm 121:5-8 also says:
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
So the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm.
He will watch over your life.
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

God bless us beyond our imagination.
Then as we experience God more and more as, we gain understanding.
Then we become wise in God.

God directs our steps to experience God’s blessings: Proverbs 20:24
So we want to plan according to God’s plan.
We want to do what God wants as God guides us and loves to work in our lives and to be with us.
Then God gives God’s blessed peace in our lives.

May we allow God to work freely within us to do what is good.
May we trust in God who watch over us now and forever.
May we live all our life in the name of Jesus.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you.
Thank you for using our life to show your glory.
May we be filled with your words, faith, love so that we may live in your blessings.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

5.06.2017

Proverbs 13: 1-25

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The power of God’s Wisdom # 1
Reading: Proverbs 13: 1-25

God sent God’s Son, Jesus to show God’s wisdom: 1 Corinthians 1:24
If then how did Jesus display God’s wisdom?

Jesus teaches and heals people and performs miracles:
The spiritual wisdom of Jesus works powerfully in the physical world as well.
Jesus uses God’s wisdom to guide, empower, and bless all those who love Jesus.

When his students learned his wisdom, they could teach and heal as well.
When they learn the wisdom of Jesus Christ, they see the Holy Spirit work powerfully in their lives in the name of Jesus.

God is spirit.
God’s wisdom is spiritual.
But God’s spiritual wisdom rules over the physical world as well.
So as God’s people become wise spiritually, they experience God’s possibility in their physical world:
This is how God’s wisdom display in our lives.

Sometimes, we may not know what is the best for us.
So Jesus persuades us to obey him.
If we are willing, Jesus restores our life in spite of ourselves, and blesses us regardless of anything, even when we don’t fully understand.
Jesus can bless us even when we don’t understand our situation.
Jesus even guides people around us to choose right things for our life.
Jesus can bless us in spite of ourselves.
Jesus can bless us to display God’s wisdom.
If Jesus wants to bless, no one can stop Jesus.
In this way, we experience God.

But Jesus still wants his people to understand him.
So Jesus says: Matthew 13:44-46
“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years.
A trespasser accidentally found it.
He was ecstatic: “What a find!”
Then he sold everything in hurry to raise money and buy that field.

“God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls.
Finding one that is flawless, he sells everything to buy it.”

Those who don’t know who Jesus is, may pass them by.
But those who understand the price sell everything to buy eternal life.
When we have good knowledge, we may understand what we see.
When God helps us understand, we may use our money to buy the abundance in the Kingdom of God.
We may move along with God and find a blessed life in God.

The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand the price.
The Holy Spirit helps us to understand God’s opportunity and receive God’s blessings.
Then we have God’s abundance in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to guide us to understand the fullness of God’s wisdom.
The Holy Spirit helps us to see and feel and experience and sense and discern the will of God.
The Holy Spirit helps us to feel peacefulness about things so that we may choose peace in God.
The Holy Spirit helps us think, speak and listen to God.
The Holy Spirit makes us to be thoughtful and become wise so that we may live a good life.

So before we read the story of Jesus, the greatest display of God’s wisdom, we pray that the Holy Spirit may help us think and ponder and understand and experience God’s wisdom.
Then the power of Holy Spirit produces good fruits to glorify God through us.

Now have you read the Proverbs in the Bible?
It has 31 chapters.
So, some people read one chapter per day to read it in a month.

The Proverbs encourage people to understand and live well financially and socially and spiritually.
The Proverbs help people to think and understand and use well God-given opportunity.

The more people understand the truth, the more they feel peaceful.
The more they become wise to use well knowledge and skills, the more they feel peaceful and live peacefully.
The more they use their own possibility, the more they feel peaceful.
Then God’s people will listen to them as they become wise in God.
Then they also feel peaceful.

Now allow me to share some verses from Proverbs that helped me:
When I felt hesitant to spend money for a seminary education, I felt God gave me these words: Proverbs 23:23
(2) “Buy truth, and do not sell it.
Buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Also Proverbs 17:16 says:
“Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?”

Proverbs 16:20 says:
“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”
I think God encouraged me to gain knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15 says:
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge.
The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Somehow, these words encourages me to go to seminary and study.
When I chose to study, God seemed to say:
“You have experienced God.
You have spiritual experiences.
But don’t be arrogant and prideful, because of that.
Study humbly and buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Proverbs 19:2-3 also says:
“Desire without knowledge is not good.
How much more will hasty feet miss the way!
A person’s own folly leads to their ruin.
But their heart rages against the Lord.”

Before I learned God’s various lessons, I liked to do some ministry without having a proper education or knowledge.
But God was trying to change me first.
God was trying to teach me a good and proper knowledge first so that God may be able to use me to help other people.

So God helps me to stop running around with various ideas and interest.
God helps me slow down and learn.
God helps me to sit down and study and understand how to help others .
Then I find joy in this learning.

Proverbs 21:3 says:
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

Some passionate Christians may want to sacrifice their life for God.
But God may ask them:
“Not yet, learn first what is right and just before God.
Know what is acceptable to God.
Then you may not waste your life.
Know what God asks you today.
Learn what is right and good in the eyes of God.
Learn God’s own just and proper way.
Then, God may freely work with you to do what God wants as God loves to do things according to his good wisdom.”

But the Proverbs also says: Proverbs 29:25
“Fear of humans will prove to be a snare.
But those who trust in God is kept safe.”

Even in seminary, God seems to say:
Don’t fear professors and anyone who pretends that they have the power.
Don’t worry about them.
Do not fear them but fear only God.
Don’t worry about how they think of you.
But worry about how God thinks of you, because God has the power.
God is in control.
God is the eternal judge.
God can bless, curse or protect you.

So the Proverbs may ask us to look at God and think about:
“Would God be smiling at my thoughts?
Would God be happy in the way I chose to live?”

Anyway I had fun in seminary at first.
I gained knowledge and wisdom.
I had fun in gaining knowledge.
But I was also distracted as I became proudful again.
I should have been more and more humble before God.

Then God helped me to understand these words: Proverbs 18:12
“Before a downfall the heart is haughty.
But humility comes before honor.”
I learn that God only bless those who are humble before God.

There are those who want to serve God in their own way according to their own passion.
Then after they experience the power of the Holy Spirit, they may jump all over the places as they feel they can change the world.
But at that time, Proverbs 21:5 may say:
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit.
But haste leads to poverty.”

Those who make a quick move without learning to have a good plan, go straight to poverty, financially, spiritually, mentally.
I confessed that I was also someone who wanted quick results.
But the Bible never promised a long lasting blessing for those who are in hurry instead of waiting for God’s guidance and plan.

The Bible asks people to wait for God:
“Be still and know that God is good.”
Give God a chance to prove himself.
Give God a chance to finish God’s works.

After I learn that I have to wait for God, I have sung this song many times.
It helps me to slow down and think:
(2) “Wait for the Lord whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.”

Proverbs 14:29 also says:
A patient man has great understanding.
But a quick tempered man displays folly.

Proverbs 16:32 says:
“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”

Those who understand learn to become a patient person.
And those who wait patiently gain understanding.
Then God helps them to be better off spiritually, socially and financially.
So those who sit down and wait patiently for God, understand and reap the benefit of God’s works.

Proverbs 19:15 says:
“Laziness brings on deep sleep.
A person with a lack of ambition or purpose goes hungry.”

Those who wait for God become optimistic as they find meaning in their life.
Those who don’t know who God is and don’t understand what God asks them to do, need to find out what God is asking them.
Then they may rejoice with God and experience God’s aducance.

But the Bible does not ask people to work and work and work.
That is not what the Bible says.
Paul says like this: Ephesians 5:14
"Wake up, sleeper!
Rise from the dead.
Christ will shine on you."

What does it say?
When people realize who they are in Jesus, they may live to shine God’s light as Jesus shines on them and through them.
Then the faith of Jesus may shine through them.
This is what the Bible is aiming for.

Lastly Jesus also told this kind of story to tell that the wise are those who are prepared for his coming.
There were ten servants who were waiting for their coming king: Matthew 25:1-13
Five of them were wise.
The rest were foolish.

The wise finish all the preparation to meet their king.
But the foolish were not prepared.
Then as they wait together, they all fell asleep: all ten of them.

The foolish didn’t prepare but fell asleep.
In this way, they made their choice to wait until the last moment.
They put important things until an undefined tomorrow.
This unpreparedness may show that they didn’t really love to be with the coming king.
But then when the king came, it was too late for them to go and prepare themselves.
So they could not be part of the king’s party.

But the wise finish their preparation and wait for the king.
After they finished their preparation, they also fell asleep.
But they were prepared because they loved to be with the coming king.
Because they love the king, they finished what needed to be done.
Then they waited for the king.
Then the king came and celebrated with them.

Through this kind of story, Jesus is saying that the wise are those who are prepared to meet God whom they love.
The wise are those who are prepared to inherit the kingdom of God.
They are willing to obey Jesus.
So Jesus himself prepares them.
They allow Jesus to speak to their life.
So Jesus shares God’s wisdom and makes them wise and be prepared.
Then as they learn of Jesus and gain knowledge about him, they fall in love with Jesus and are prepared for God’s wonderful blessing.

Likewise, when we are prepared for Jesus, God can bless us greatly.
When we are prepared for Jesus, God can help many people through us.
When our hearts are prepared for Jesus, Jesus may freely live among us and help many people spiritually.
Then we experience that many blessings flow from Jesus.
In this way God’s mind and wisdom is known.
Then Jesus receive all the glory.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for making us wise in God.
Help us to use wisely what we have.
Help your people to wisely serve you.
In your name, we pray.
Amen