Vision: In the back of a racing horse

Wowwww….I just had a really awesome Prayer Night and I cannot wait to share with you guys. The presence of God was so strong. It’s so intense, I couldn’t even contain myself anymore.

Anyway, in this very overwhelming presence of God, I suddenly got another vision. As I worship deeper and deeper, I saw and felt like I’m riding a horse. A very speedy one. And somehow there’s a voice inside of me, telling me it’s a racing horse. And then, it tells me that the finish line is already so close, so hang on!

I felt like this vision spoke to me that we’re in a season of acceleration. A time when God is accelerating His plans to be fulfilled in this generations. We’re indeed very close to the finish line.

Being in the back of the racing horse is never easy. We may feel overwhelmed by the velocity. We might be fear or worry that we may fall from the horse. But we need to focus on the finish line. He is coming soon! And soon we’ll get our rewards if we hang on.

Secondly, we need to be still on the back of the horse, or else we’ll fall (I heard there was a song in my heart sings “Be still, my soul, be still” at the end of the revelation of the vision).

At this very fast-paced season, I really encourage all of us to be still in the swiftness of His movements. Trust Him that He won’t let us fall. And most importantly, to keep our pace with Him.

Let’s set our eyes on Him and be still,

Naomi

Restorations of Generation Z

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Today, I recalled an impression that I got in a Prayer Tower session a few weeks ago. Somehow I felt that Generation Z will be a catalyst for the restoration of the tabernacle of David. This new generation will restore the heart and ways of worship and creatively produce new songs that will move God’s heart. Until the glory of God will be manifested fully on earth as it is in heaven (Isaiah 6:3, Habakkuk 2:14). It is very important as it’s strongly related to Jesus’ second coming.

But before that happens, in order for them to effectively function as they purposely created for and to fulfill their destiny, they need to be renewed in their minds and spirits. Now the questions are: ‘What are the things that needed to be restored from this generation?’ and ‘How to do so?’

VANITY INTO VULNERABILITY

The first thing that comes to my mind and I notice is really strong nowadays is vanity. There are so many pressures emerge lately because of the rising of social media and real-time access to information. Everyone can see anyone’s life every single day. They compare their life to theirs. And they know that they’re being watched too! So most people tend to display the perfect life they want other people to see. They are covering flaws and imperfections inevitably. It creates more and more pressures and insecurities these days.

In fact, we will never succeed to bring the glory of God if we are busy building up our own glory. We need to realize that it’s more important to please God than to win the approval of our society (Galatians 1:10). And that, vulnerability is the key to God’s heart so that His power may work fully in all of us (Psalm 12:15, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

With vulnerability, we can be a better witness of God. We don’t have nothing to hide. We can testify how God works wonderfully in our lives, but also to share how hard is the process of learning and molding our characters according to His will. The vulnerability is key to be a more relevant church to this generation!

PRESUMPTION INTO HUMILITY

Moreover, the quick and instant access to information makes everyone feels knowledgeable about anything as if they are always right. We can google about everything on the internet and most of us believe that it’s always true. We often forget that there’s also this thing called ‘hoax’. This presumptive habit makes this generation so quick to believe what they hear, to judge people according to what they think they know. On the contrary, the Bible says “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).

The Bible also says, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight” (Romans 12:16). It speaks about humility. A person who thinks that he/she always right, will never learn something new. He/she will never grow in his/her characters. And most importantly, this will block the stream of knowledge that God wants to pour upon us.

SELF IMPORTANCE INTO SELFLESS HEART

Last but not least, this social media age also facilitates us to speak up so freely and so easily. Everyone can say whatever they want, to whoever they want, often without consideration of other people’s feelings, or what it might cause to the greater good. It, more or less, affects the characters of people in this generation. Most people are feeling so entitled to their opinions, even if it’s sacrificing unity and harmony of the society. We can see hate speeches, rude comments, unfair judgments are widely happening on the internet, and even in real life nowadays.

But let us do what the Bible says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, but as the subtitle of this Scripture titled: ‘Behave Like a Christian’ (NKJV), let us not be a Christian who doesn’t act like one. Ask God for His heart, a selfless heart which cares so much about generations and people, even with a lot of sacrifices as the price.

GENERATION Z IS US!

I just realized it now (as I write) that this Generation Z is not only about the generation of people who are born after the year 1999 until now (as I read). Generation Z is about today’s generation. It’s about a new culture that is being introduced by the world nowadays. The challenges of this generation are ours and their promise of restorations are ours too! Wohoooo…!!! Praise the Lord!

 

Grateful for grace upon grace for these generations,

Naomi

Trust Him in the lions’ den

Last week as I was reading the book of Daniel, I stumbled on the scripture about Daniel’s cast into the lions’ den.

Daniel was doing perfectly fine at that time. He was given the power and authority. He received favor and was trusted by the King because of his faithfulness. And somehow, his peers envied him and made a plot against him. They misled the King to make a rule against Daniel’s religious principle. In short, the King was forced to punish Daniel by casting him into a den of lions.

Does it sound familiar? When your life finally feels alright. You are content. You finally can see fruits of what you’re doing or fight for. You know that it brings glory to the Lord. And……….BAMMMM!! All of sudden, you’re facing the test of your faith. Something that forces you to do something out of His will. Something that pushes you to compromise. Or else, it will cause you trouble.

I’ve read this story for so many times but I’m particularly moved by a part of the Scripture:

“And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

(Daniel 6:23b)

He put His trust in God and didn’t compromise his religious principles. He even declared His confidence in Him (Daniel 6:10), but God didn’t deliver him right away from the lions’ den. The scripture shows us that he was still cast into the den of lions, but no wound was found on him!

I believe that we sometimes are having the same situation as Daniel. And it feels like even though we have done what’s right, we still need to experience the moment of great pressures and terrors. We still need to pay the price of our faith in Him. But please know that if you believe in God, He will deliver us safely throughout that season, with no wound. This wound may refer to frustration, the trauma of the incident, the bitterness to someone whom God’s using to sharpen us, a disappointment to God, or any kinds or scar in our soul.

“But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,  their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

(1 Corinthians 3:10b-15)

Trust Him that this season is meant for good. That it’s truly needed to exercise our faith and prepare us for the glory that will come later. And that, He will not let the devil harm us in any way.

_One day, you will look back on this season and know that you are truly blessed, and not because things were perfect but because you found perfect grace even in the worst of it._

 

Let’s keep on trusting Him,

Naomi