Make Bible characters come alive

How to make the Bible characters come alive when we read the Bible for ourselves and for others? This is one of my quests as a Bible scholar and teacher. I have read the Bible since 1983 when I encountered God through the Holy Spirit powerfully and was immediately filled with the passion to read His words. For nearly three decades I read His words consistently and systematically daily often in big chunks. In addition, I learned from many teachers and books. Most importantly, I learned how to hear God, listen to the Holy Spirit and receive revelation.

In the last nine months, and especially during the COVID 19 LOCKED DOWN, while having the luxury of living in a modern high-tech environment, I have had the opportunity to teach a fellow-locked-down person, a novice Bible reader how to read the Bible. How do I read the Bible characters and make them come so alive? That was her main question after I walked through a number of the characters with her. She is not a newly converted believer. But she had never been taught the way I taught her. After learning the new way of reading the Bible she is filled with fresh enthusiasm to read the Bible on her own and has been progressively practicing what she has learned. In March she requested me to compile a handbook of Bible highlights with emphasis on Bible characters for her. I went through all 66 books of the Bible and completed the task by the 12th of May just in time for her to return to her overseas home. She can use the material I have installed in her own laptop and go through the Bible herself. Knowing the way, she can dig into the Bible as the Holy Spirit leads her to go deeper.

This episode makes me realize the importance of showing an effective and yet simple and easily accessible way that helps and facilitates novice Bible readers read the Bible and thus encourages them to read increasingly more on their own and receive fresh revelations for themselves. They will themselves own the first hand revelations. This is my vision and main goal in studying and teaching the Bible. Everyone must DIY and can use a hard print Bible as your lifestyle. Power outage and stoppage of the internet cannot stop you from hearing God through His words.

This is essential for all today’s global Christians because not all can access and/or zoom and other digital ways to learn, read and understand the Bible, yet hoping to know what God is saying to them individually.

Here is a brief summary of what I do when I read the Bible.

  • I read the whole book and other related books of the Bible which pertain to the characters and/or events. For example, when I study the two characters Euodia and Syntyche in Philippians 4:2-3, I read the whole book of Philippians and the relevant chapters in the book of Acts.
  • I pray and ask the Lord Holy Spirit to lead me to read the right passages and meditate on them.
  • I read related articles and studies about these two Bible characters, the historical context, the culture and society and other important background.
  • I study and meditate on the missionary journeys of Paul, the early churches (mainly house churches) he planted, and his women disciples and coworkers, the kind of person and leader Paul is and how he handles issues raised by his followers and co-workers and churches.
  • I familiarize myself with Paul’s way of writing, what he really means, why does he say certain things the way he says them, what is he trying to say to them, what results he is expecting, why is he confident of saying them and expecting those results? I ask myself lots of questions about the way Paul writes those letters which have become the Scriptures, a significant part of the New Testament Bible. Knowing Paul is absolutely essential for me to understand his letters. For example, a letter from your close one is always easier for you to understand than a letter from a stranger. Pick his brain. Pick his heart. You will find treasures you have never noticed before!
  • It takes me quite some time to meditate. After the first round of reading I leave it and think about it a lot of time while doing other things. I will turn the verses over and over in my mind and talk to the Lord about it until my mind is crystal clear and certain what the Lord wants me to talk about. The apostle Peter actually tells us how it works, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” 2 Peter 1:19.    
  • Often it is at the clearest point like a morning star rises in my heart then I can put into writing the essence of what I receive and it just flows effortlessly as I read through the verses again while I write.
  • When it does not become a fluent flow I will just record the pieces as notes for future reference.
  • In the case of two characters Euodia and Syntyche in Philippians 4:2-3 I was alerted by the Lord to not restrict the reading to the mere context of 4:2-3 or even the immediate verses before and after. My spirit clearly says, read the whole letter of Philippians. Read 1:1 and see the difference between this letter and all other letters of Paul. This letter addresses not just the whole church (all the saints in Christ Jesus in Philippi), it specifically calls to attention episkopoi (supervisors/overseers/bishops) and diakonoi (ministers/deacons) in Paul’s opening greeting.
  • When I read the whole letter I realize that truly the whole letter addresses the issue of reconciliation and restore unity in Christ Jesus, what is unity, why unity, the consequences of disunity, how to re-establish unity, the key problems, action points, the two role models, and the assurance that they can do it.
  • I read with Paul in mind. I walk through the letter with him. I see him in his Rome house arrest. He cannot go to Philippi physically but he knows his people very well. He knows what is going on and he knows they will follow what he says in his letter. He has to write a positively encouraging letter to counter the negatives: lack spiritual knowledge of the true condition of Paul, anxiety, discouragement, loss of discernment, disagreement over trivial matters, disunity, loss of peace and joy in the two co-worker leaders and affected those who followed them.
  • I learn from Paul’s way of writing: he starts off in the first chapter with something positive and commendable about them. He uses words like: joy, confident, good work, love abounding, filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ. He finishes off the letter in the last chapter with more positive praises of them: he rejoiced that their care for him flourished again, they have done well to share in his distress, their being the only church giving to his ministry, fruit abounds to their account, like sweet-smelling aroma, acceptable sacrifice to God, well- pleasing to God, and his assurance of their reward—God’s supplies of all their needs according to the riches of His glory.
  • I read Paul’s letters with this in mind: Paul does not impose standard on others that he himself does not practice. he also does not impose on others requirements that they cannot follow. All he asks them to do is to practice what he has been doing and has already discipled them to do. in addition to his teaching and training, they have the same Holy Spirit in them to give them the desire and power to do exactly what Paul does. He himself does exactly what Jesus does and more just as what Jesus tells His disciples and followers to do.

I pray that this sharing on my part will help you to read the Bible in a way that makes the Bible come alive to you too.

June 17, 2020

June 18, 2020

Please share this article with those whom you know are serious about reading and knowing God through the Bible. Those who want to hear God for themselves when reading the Bible. Those who are not satisfied with a mere literal caricature of the Bible characters. Yes, all those who believe in chewing into the real meat of the Bible instead of drinking mere milk. I will be writing more on the way I read the Bible and conduct free zoom classes as well for the more digital and internet savvy group as well. Please watch out for my announcement in this AAAA Watchman blog.

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/when-zoom-or-digital-media-are-down-still-reading-the-bible-in-a-way-that-makes-the-characters-come-alive-and-hear-god-for-yourselves/

Do you see this woman? (1)

Jesus does not perceive women in terms of their sex, age, or marital status; He considers them in terms of their relation (or lack of one) to God. Surprised? Indeed, when reading the Gospels we do not see Jesus showing any favoritism towards the masculine or feminine genders in terms of His teachings and interactions with His disciples and followers, who consist of both genders. He wants His believers to focus on God and on their relationship with God. This blog is the first of a new series I shall be posting here about how Jesus sees women (individually) as revealed to us in the four Gospels.

“Do you see this woman?” He asks Simon (a Pharisee) in Luke 7:44, Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.” What does Jesus see in a woman or a man? It is very clear that Jesus sees these:

  1. Because He (God) sees everyone, He expects us to see too.
  2. The way God sees (as demonstrated by Jesus) is different from the way that a man sees.
  3. God sees both the external behavior and the internal motive.
  4. Jesus takes note of the external behavior (which is important revelation of what is inside): Simon invites Jesus for a meal in his house. A woman (considered a sinner by the religious Simon) gate-crashes and anoints Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil.
  5. Jesus sees the details of the two individuals’ hospitality behaviors: what each person does or does not do reveal what are inside them.
    1. Simon does not really respect and honor Jesus. In fact, he is insulting and rude to Jesus. He does not give Jesus water to wash His feet as is the custom of those days. Neither does he greet Jesus as his guest a normal greeting (kiss) as required by the custom. He does not anoint Jesus’ head with oil. Anointing the body or head with oil was a common practice with the Jews, as with other Oriental nations. (Deuteronomy 28:40; Ruth 3:3; Micah 6:15) Anointing the head with oil or ointment seems also to have been a mark of respect sometimes paid by a host to his guests, as Jesus points out on this occasion.
    2. The woman does just the opposite of what Simon does/does not do. She shows great honor and respect for Jesus. She washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and wipes them with the hair of her head. She kisses Jesus’ feet. She anoints Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil. (Luke 7:44-46)
  6. Jesus wants to see the love of God inside us when we come to Him. And He also declares that love has positive consequences. He describes the woman as follows: (Luke 7:47-48,50)
    1. She loves much.
    2. Her sins (regardless of numbers) are forgiven.
    3. God gives her lots of grace.
    4. She is both forgiven and saved. Her faith in God (Jesus) has saved her.
  7. What has the woman done right?
    1. She is not afraid of what man thinks of her.
    2. She is more concerned with what God thinks of her.
    3. She comes just as herself, totally undisguised.
    4. She knows and believes what Jesus has taught and the love of God that Jesus has shown openly to many.
    5. She is prepared to pay all costs for Jesus.
  8. Jesus gives to each individual exactly what the person wants. Simon the Pharisee wants only a superficial recognition from men that even Jesus comes to his house and have a meal. The woman just wants to show her love and honor for God (Jesus) regardless of costs (the cost of a priceless jar of fragrant oil, and the open insult and rejection by the men there). Jesus lets her do that. Jesus also gives her a bonus: forgiving her many sins. And she is now a daughter of God.

Kai, May 21, 2020

Jesus and women: How Jesus gives grace to a love-thirsty woman (modified with added revelation Mar 22, 2020)

Jesus with Samaritan woman at the well

Today I received wonderful fresh revelation in how deliberate and persistent Jesus is when bringing a maritally broken (having had five previous husbands) Samaritan woman to salvation and in-filling of the Holy Spirit! Many want to know how to receive the Holy Spirit. A thirsty woman has received by faith on her first encounter with Jesus. How did she receive it? Or rather, how did Jesus make sure she receive it? Jesus gives her grace. She receives by faith.

The Scripture: (comments from this blogger are in bracket)

John 4:7, 9-14 (NLT)

7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”

(Jesus took the initiative to approach the woman voicing out her need for her, “Please give me a drink.” He wanted her to ask Him!)

 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

(The woman was like any natural human, absorbed by what she saw in the physical realm. Her first response was dictated by her life experience, traditional cultural and religious practice. She immediately drew a boundary between she and Jesus. If Jesus was just a tired passer-by waiting at the well for his food and drink, he would have been turned off by her legalistic questioning.)

10Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

(But Jesus was not distracted from what He has intended to give her. Jesus always acted deliberately. He went to rest at the well deliberately. He wanted to give her a gift, the Holy Spirit in-filling; He also wanted her to ask for this gift!)

 11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

(The woman’s response to Him in her physical realm was no surprise. In hind-sight we can all see how she continued plodding away apparently at the wrong track. But don’t we all?)

 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

(Jesus, undeterred by this Samaritan-Gentile woman’s mindset, continued to  address her spiritual thirst, and explain patiently what the Holy Spirit is like and how He will meet her unquenchable thirst in her when she is filled! This is further described in the next section of the Gospel of John when Jesus addressed the multitude of Jewish temple worshippers in Jerusalem)

John 7:37-39 (NIV) 37[ On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.]

John 4:15-26 (continue the discourse between the Samaritan woman and Jesus)

 15“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

(The Samaritan woman’s attention was finally turned to what Jesus could give her and she asked Him for that supernatural Gift!)

 16“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.  17“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband—18for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

(Jesus wanted truthfulness from the spiritually thirsty woman. She was looking for love in the wrong places to quench her thirst which can only be met by God in her! Instead of assuming that the Samaritan woman kept changing husbands, it is just as reasonable to think of her as having experienced the deaths of several husbands, or as a woman with unfaithful husbands , or even as a woman whose husbands divorced her for her inability to have children. And now she does not even have the security of a proper marriage. In all scenarios she was indeed not fulfilled. Jesus wanted to address her hurt and possibly disappointment with God.)

 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim,where our ancestors worshiped?”

(It is interesting that the woman’s response and attention turned to that of God, religion and worship. Despite her marital problems and then ‘lawless’ living, she knew about the key Jewish and Samaritan religious physical difference. Now she wants to know more and how to worship God correctly. Is she sincere in wanting to know God to the point of talking to a stranger, a man, and a Jew? I believe she is. She is thirsting for God just as Jesus has discerned. )

 21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the One you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

(Jesus came to the point of true worship: 1. Know the God-Person Whom you worship, not the place or physical church or congregation group; 2. Know God in the Spirit, and therefore could worship-join to Him, in spirit and in Truth-His word.)

(1 Cor.6:17 (AMP) 17But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.”)

John 4: 25The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

 26 Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!”

(The Samaritan woman was thus saved! Her spiritual eyes were opened when she turned to the matter of God and true worship, and she recognized and accepted Jesus as the Messiah, her Savior!)

(Samaritans were hostile to the Jews. Yet Jesus took a deliberate journey to meet with this woman in order to save and deliver her from her past hurt and present uncertainty about her future. The saving of one woman is worth it! After her salvation, her countrymen were saved at her testimony.They came out and encountered Jesus themselves, and accepted Him as their Savior.)

How to receive the Holy Spirit? Jesus promised this, “your heavenly Father give to them that ask Him.” (Luke 11:13b) Just ask. It is a gift. The Samaritan woman asked Jesus and received. Her life was transformed and she became the first gentile evangelist, witnessing for Jesus!

(Modified from an originally published post in my AAA Jack watchman blog on 6/8/2011)

delivering a prominent speech: choose light

Matthew 6:22-23 choose to see light

Dear sister, congratulation for being selected to deliver possibly the speech of a lifetime in an honorable prominent position. I opened my Bible and here is the message for you.

1 John 2:8-11 (NKJV)

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Matthew 6:22-23 (NKJV

Jesus describes the Lamp of the Body

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is [a]good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is [b]bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:22 Clear, or healthy
  2. Matthew 6:23 Evil, or unhealthy

Dear sister, I pray you open the eyes of your heart to receive God’s light. (Ephesians 1:18)

forgiving is not hard

Ephesians 4:30-32

The Old Way Has to Go

I have been thinking of how best to progress from here onward, after all the recent events, some of which have not yet passed on…Time lingers when we least want it to. Whilst doing my correspondence Bible courses I am now in the Book of Ephesians and unlike what I thought earlier, I am not really that “well-versed” in my understanding of this Book. I like the whole Ephesians. My NKJV is marked with colors where I have walked with my fingers. Yesterday I found my Message Bible and read the Ephesians. I also found another version of the Chinese Bible which I had not read for ages. Then I looked up the online Bible Commentary by Andrew Wommack. The whole experience is wonderful! I am humbled. Here I am today, sharing a passage from Ephesians 4 with you, my sisters.  

17-19 And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.

20-24 But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.

26-27 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.

28 Did you use to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can’t work.

29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

30 Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

Famous Fearless Women 1

Luke 1-45Why are some women fearless? Who are those women? Why should women be fearless? Mary, the Mother of Jesus on earth is one of them. It is not easy to write afresh about Mary. What revelation is there other than the obvious which every church has taught? The Scripture will show us.

Here is a brief list of spiritual characteristics about Mary, based on the Gospel of Luke (Chapter one).

  1. She sees, hears and converses with angels without fear. The angel Gabriel was sent to her and spoke to her. She saw him and was “troubled” at his saying but she did not faint and pass out at the phenomena. (1:19)
  2. She is a thoughtful and careful young woman. she considered what manner of the angel’s greeting was. (1:19)
  3. She remains calm and rational. After hearing him out she asked question about the practicality of the announcement. She was engaged but had not yet married or had intimate relationship with a man so how could she give birth to a child? She questioned the angel/God’s messenger boldly. (1:34)
  4. She is spiritual. She knew the angel came from God and the message for her was from God. (1:38, 47)
  5. She believes those prophetic words about the forthcoming supernatural event. (1:38)
  6. She accepts her role in this supernatural event. (1:38)
  7. She believes in the power of God. (1:38)
  8. She expresses her willingness to undertake her role in God’s divine plan. (1:38)
  9. She considers it an honor. (1:48)
  10. She takes immediate action to go to her most trusted social support as led by the Holy Spirit. (1:39-44, 56)
  11. She is well-versed in the words of God. She believes in the supernatural power of God’s words. (1:46-55)
  12. She knows and trusts God. (1:45-55)

Can Mary be described as a fearless woman? Yes. She has displayed great boldness and courage in accepting her role in this divine appointment and assignment. What is her secret for success? She is fearless. What makes her fearless?

The answer is in John’s description of God (1 John 4) we know that God is love. God’s love is perfect. Perfect love casts out fear. Mary abides in love –God. God’s love is the divine power that carries her all the way to fulfillment of her role in history. The crucial word “relationship” with God stands out in Mary’s life! She has a close relationship with God and knows God’s true nature.

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)

How can we apply what we learn today? By the Holy Spirit. “By this we know that we abide in God, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)

23 July 2018

current woman gender issue and resolute for 2018 and beyond (part one): spiritual issue and true worth

matthew 12:4850A current woman gender issue. Here is a Q and A based on a gender-struggle interview between two women. For convenience and without hidden meanings, the randomly picked alphabets Q and P are used.
Q: sister, what is your goal for women for 2018 and beyond?
P: well, I would like to see more women in powerful and fearless position.
Q: please define power.
P: I mean more influential and not be brushed aside or portrayed as second class citizen.
Q: where in particular?
P: I mean in governments, politics, professions, education institutions, employments, corporations, organizations, various fields of human activities, societies and communities, churches, all other religions, people groups, developed nations, third world, families, clans, clubs, mass media etc.
Q: given such a vast global goal, how do you think you can achieve it?
P: well, I haven’t thought about the action part. But I can sign petitions, join protests marches and make some noises and other related actions on the street and make life as difficult as possible for men.
Q: don’t you realize when you disrupt the law and order of the land you will adversely affect not just men but also other women, children and people old and young? Do you know the implication to the whole economy?
P: well, to achieve my goal I don’t care about the means and side effects.
Q: ok. what do you think will be the adversed consequences to yourself?
P: o, I haven’t thought of that yet. I suppose in a modern civil developed law abiding society I will be at worst arrested/imprisoned or at best sacked by my employer or avoided by my neighbors. My family too may be adversely affected and lose their peace, good relations with others and perhaps employment opportunities too. All occupations and employments require good relations between all involved in the economic chain, for example, suppliers and consumers, workers and management vertically and horizontally. Most people are not fools. They can foresee trouble and stay a mile away.
Q: what if there will be no free lunches anymore for every inhabitant on earth and your disruptive action causes a loss of employment for you and the breadwinner of your household? Are you prepared to starve yourself and your family for your philosophical cause?
P: well, I have not thought that far. After all right now some people can live in a modern developed civil lawful democratic (through electoral process) society without working. I mean without working on producing anything of value in the economic chain. But I do not want my family to do that.
Q: I commend you for honesty. Let’s examine your goal again. what is your ultimate goal?
P: I just want to be free from fear of being ostracized as a woman.
Q: Are you being ostracized in our modern developed society?
P: Not exactly.
Q: Are other women being ostracized because they are gender women? Please be specific.
P: Well, men don’t say it but in their mind we are inferior. But they need us for their use.
Q: So your issue is about worth. Are you inferior?
P: No, I certainly am not!
Q: Which mind counts most when it comes to assessing your worth? Yours or another person’s mind? Who has the final say about a person’s worth?
P: Well, I believe the final say has to be from God. I know I am precious in God’s eyes.
Q: Would you like to change place with a man who doesn’t think so?
P: Of course not.
Q: When God says women are precious and of great worth in His sight, who can ostracize you and say you are of less worth?
P: No one.
Q: Do you honestly think by going into the street etc. as aforementioned will help you become a gender of more worth?
P: No. I don’t believe so.
Q: Do you honestly think that men do not know the true worth of women?
P: No. I know many appreciate us being women. And I personally know of men who genuinely love and respect women as human of worth. Many Christian men believe in women’s equally precious worth in the sight of God. God-fearing family men of integrity show love and respect to their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters.
Q: Then do you still want to starve yourself and family and possibly harm other families’ wellbeing in the nation in which you are a citizen/resident without the issue of getting recognition of your worth as a woman?
P: No, I do not think the issue is relevant now.
Q: What can you do to help other women to know their true worth?
P: I can start by teaching my own little daughter she is of an intrinsic worth that her Creator-God has given and no one (no woman or man or any system) can take away from her.
Q: I agree to that. Where can you find the proof?
P: I can find them in the Bible verses and the life of Jesus who shows us what God thinks of us. I can also share with her all the goodness I have encountered in my life. I will make this my 2018 and beyond goal!
Q: I believe God’s favor is on you. Thank you sister for this interview.
P. Amen. Thank you sister.

Notes about Jesus and His followers:
Jesus treated women kindly and with mercy and grace. He had many women followers from different walks of life. They supported Him and His disciples financially, followed Him faithfully during His ministry even to the cross, and many became His disciples. In the book of Acts we continue to read of women disciples who became influential church planters/leaders. Please read the Gospels and the Scriptures. The following are some of the passages. There are many more New Testament examples in the apostles’ letters to the churches. For those interested in women’s roles and God’s recognition of their worth in the Old Testament, please read my earlier blogs of such records in the Bible. Be pleasantly surprised!
Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41, Mark 16:1, John 19:25, Luke 23:55-56, 24:9-10, Luke 8:1-3, Acts 13:30-31, Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 10:42, John 20:16, Acts 1:13-14.

Some interesting and important statistics for men to ponder on:

Women are scarce. In 2015 there were 66 million men without women on this planet. As of the World Population Clock counting at this moment in 2018, 49.6% of the world population are female.

“Left to nature alone, the population on earth would be give or take 50% men and 50% women, according to what’s become known as Fisher’s Principle. The fact that women generally live longer is compensated by the fact of more boys being born than girls (107 boys per 100 girls in 2013).”

“In 2015, men outnumbered women on the planet by more than 66 million, according to the World Bank. What makes this possible, even though a majority of countries have more women than men, is the fact that the most populous countries in the world are also highly imbalanced: India has 48 million more men than women, China nearly 42 million, accounting for 75% of the male surplus worldwide.”

“Highly developed countries tend to have more women in their population. Thirteen of the top 15 countries in the Human Development Index (which measures health, education and prosperity) and 29 of 31 “high-income OECD states” (as defined by the World Bank) have a female population above 50%.”

(Statistics quoted from internet source: https://qz.com/335183/heres-why-men-on-earth-outnumber-women-by-60-million/)

Here is a very important set of statistics about gender differences that can impact the change of who will be elected for power in USA:
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN VOTER TURNOUT
In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men.
Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections.
VOTER TURNOUT IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion of eligible female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of eligible male adults who voted. …The number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964 (see Figure 2)…
(Please read the whole article at: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/resources/genderdiff.pdf)

The woman movement and God, a testimony: my self-esteem which the world cannot touch

romans-122Some women are very angry. They decide to take matters into their own hands and walk down the street to make their voices heard. I know how it hurts or infuriates oneself when one feels that others are not listening, or worse, perhaps mocking or scoffing in their hearts. It hurts to be considered and treated as a second best or third best or not even a human who matters (in some societies). Gender, age, color, race, looks, nationality. All these matter to the physical world. Discrimination means her physical rights and entitlement are taken away from her because of her age, gender, looks, race, color or nationality (even if she has the right color, race, or looks). Indeed, in the fallen world, all men are not born equal. This is not a new issue. Some women may not know this, gender men are not born equal too. Have things improved since the beginning of mankind?  Which is preferred: honesty or hypocrisy? You want an honest opinion and attitude from the heart or you just make do with the superficial legal mandatory physical (material) recognition from fellow citizens in the society? For practical living, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, both are essential.

Do women need to fight for their rights? Can our words and actions change others’ ways of thinking and the generic hearts of mankind? This is the current topic of debate since woman suffrage movement which actually began in 1848, when the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, USA. The outstanding (unfinished) issue (in USA) is 169 years old. In this blog dedicated to women I have previously put together many Biblical examples of women in the Bible and how God (the Holy Spirit) viewed them and spoke positively of them and their lives. There are many evidences to show that God has never discriminated against women. The discriminations that some women have encountered past and present in some societies or people groups individually and/or as a group are not from God. Just as the many disasters and bad happenings in this fallen world are not from God but from irresponsible and selfish mankind, bad things that have happened or are still happening to women are from selfish man (mankind) and not God.

We know from history that human laws can be enacted in civil societies. But people’s hearts and attitudes  do not simply change. Mind-set only changes through life transforming encounters in one’s own life. Physical changes are possible but not the heart matters. I learned superficially since young the differences between man and woman, for example, what to do or not to do, where to go or not to go, mainly based on physical abilities and social acceptability and responsibility. I also noted that in cases when the man of the family was unable to carry out his assigned responsibility as the head/bread-earner of the family, the woman stepped in effectively and assumed the responsibility without much debate. It was natural and automatic. She would go out and get a job and supported her children (and husband) when needed. Many women changed their dominant role as housewife to that of a business entrepreneur or corporate executive. Some excelled and became highly respected authoritative professionals in specialized fields traditionally dominated by men, just as some men excelled in fields traditionally dominated by women. Changes through interchanges of physical tasks are not difficult.

The increasing progresses in opening of the education and employment venues to women have contributed to further economic and social advances and material wellbeing of women. On the other hand, there are many records of materially successful self-made women, without the aforementioned institutionalized advantages or privileges. How can this be? This is not new. The Bible recorded many successful godly women in different influential fields: political, military, economic, social and even religious (by being prophets)!

On the other hand, we all know that mankind’s nature has not changed since the existence of history. We can only carry what we are able to carry in true integrity, at the level which each of us is assigned according to the ability each has. Some human has more endowments in certain areas and resources. Some have less. Some resources are gender-related but not all are.

Coming back to how to make people change their mind (attitude and intrinsic value system) about looking down on women or a human because of his or color or race or nationality, I have no answer. I would say that though gender (and many other discriminative) issues seemed important to me once, I do not now consider it a matter that warrants dispute. For example, if you think that being a white woman and treated as a second class citizen in your white country is unfair, try being born as a person without a definite clear gender or being born of a color and race of a country which the world’s popular mass media (which have and still are shaping world view of the world’s population) have traditionally looked down upon. Try being one of those stereotyped caricatured oriental characters in your movies. Indeed, the white culture has been popularized and upheld by many in the global entertainment and game industries which no longer have any boundaries.

My answer to the unfairness of this world is to have an esteem which the world cannot touch. I know my God is real. I have encountered Him. I submit to His words. I also know from my experience that man’s words cannot really change people. The real transformation can only take place just as the very learned and intelligent man, the Apostle Paul, said, “by the renewal of our mind.” The transformation of our mind is the key to knowing God. God has said that we can be joined to Him and one spirit with Him! (1 Corinthians 6:17) In our spirit we can access the real answers to our many questions the world cannot answer. I cannot explain to you how my own mind had been changed. I can only witness to you that you will agree and say Amen when yours too are changed by the renewal of God’s words (with His Spirit). I also urge you to seek to know God now so you know His purpose for you on earth. Life is set in time. Believe me, time does not wait for a person no matter how busy or important you may consider the other matters you are pursuing are.

James 1:20, says that the wrath of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God. Regardless of how appropriate our anger may seem, and regardless of how we think our wrath could make a person or situation change, we will never achieve God’s best that way.

Paul actually said this two thousand years ago, Romans 12:1-2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 [a]Therefore I urge you, [b]brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

Footnotes:
Romans 12:1 Paul now begins outlining for the believer the practical application of the theological truths taught in chs 1-11.
Romans 12:1 Lit brethren.
Romans 12:2 From the Greek word meaning “metamorphosis.” Refers to the process that leads to an outward, permanent change.

how shall a godly woman vote?

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I add the adjective “godly” to the word “woman”. It is of utmost importance at this time of godlessness. If you are a woman and you care about more than yourself, please read on. Why do I speak to women and not to men? Because I give recognition to the voice of woman, who forms 50% of a nation and the world.

In times of national election, the voice and decision of a woman is a decisive factor. It is foolish to ignore this key influential factor.

Here are what I pray a godly woman would consider when she votes for a national leader.

1. Do pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you your own motive and agenda. See if there is any selfishness and if so, repent and cast it out.
What are selfish motives and agenda? Race, gender, colour, self-centered ideologies, evil intentions, anti-Christ and anti-God liberal philosophies, self-gratifying motives, the “me, me, me” focus.

2. Read the Bible and pray that the Holy Spirit reveal to you, your family and your church whom God has anointed to be the next leader of your nation. Obey the words of God. Here is the command of God and a list of evil that God has clearly condemned. Be guided by the Words of God.

Romans 13:11-14; 1Corinthians 6:6-10; Galatians 5:19-26; Ephesians 4:17-32, 5:1-21, 6:10-18; Philippians 2:14-16, 3:18-19; Colossians 3:12-17; 1Thessalonians 5:5-8, 14-23; 1Timothy 6:6-12; 2Timothy 3:1-17.

2 Timothy 3:1-7New King James Version (NKJV)
Perilous Times and Perilous Men
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men (and women) will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2Thessalonians 3:13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

Two godly housewives

It was an impossible situation, with no man qualified or brave enough to fight the domineering powerful enemy commander. The nation was subject to years of oppression, humility and subordination. In this desperate time, two notable housewives (both mothers and wives) stood up and defeated the enemy. It was incredible and yet it happened: They were Deborah, the prophetess-political leader of the nation, and Jael, a housewife who killed the enemy’s commander.

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Today’s message is about two notable housewives (both mothers and wives): Deborah, the prophetess-political leader of the nation, and Jael, who killed the enemy’s commander.

In the history of the list of Israelite Judges (commanders) and their great exploits, there was a woman prophet-commander named Deborah. She ruled for forty years. Her life was interesting as she was proficient in a number of roles: the nation’s spiritual leader, the nation’s political leader, prophetess, strategist, military commander, national ruler, and also a housewife.

The following passage recorded her history briefly. I summarize below the significant events:

  1. Deborah knew how to hear God and align with the plan of God. She was courageous and knew her strength. She raised a victorious war against their powerful enemy and destroyed the enemy completely. God took care of the spiritual changes and she merely obeyed. She aligned with God. That was her key success factor. 
  2. She asked/assigned…

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