Jesus, who is never discouraged
The secret of success for Jesus is not to be discouraged.
All the human philosophy collapse, and all the theories of science are replaced by new ones every 6 months; but I bless you in the name of the Lord - may you accept the two thousand year of unchanging secret, manifested in the Word of God.
Today’s text says that Jesus will not be discouraged. People are defeated because they are discouraged. If a businessman becomes discouraged, he fails. So many people fail like that way, but Jesus, who is not discouraged, bring justice to the nations.
Even now one hundred thousand people accept Jesus as their savior every day. At least two hundred eight thousand missionaries are globalizing the Gospel of Jesus all over the world. Jesus’ mission business is prospering everyday as the waters covers the sea.
Jesus was pleasing to the heart of God. Jesus was God’s chosen one. I bless you in the name of the Lord - may you be put on by the Spirit and bring justice to the nations as Jesus did.
It is written, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” But something is lacking in the Bible translation. In Hebrew, it is the wick blown out already, not a smoldering one. And the bruised reed is the one already broken. If a flower is broken, it is the end.
However, what a mighty Spirit of God rests on Jesus! What a fullness of the power Jesus have! He can resurrect us from the dead! He can make us revived by the Holy Spirit, who were died because of our sins and transgressions. He can make us the men of Justice, who can obey the will of God, after removing our heart of stone and giving a heart of flesh.
There are many wicks blown out already around us.
“Pastor, my husband is beyond correction!” “Pastor, my heart is broken while trying to change my wife for 20 years!” “My son? Don’t even talk to me!” “Pastor, the guy is a cheater!” Likewise, all the hopes are broken.
By the way, God used 80 year old Moses, when he seemed hopeless, instead of using the lively man in his forty.
The way God likes to use a man is to choose Aron’s rod. Aron’s rod is already dead. But a bud opens from it. The dead Lazarus rises again. The red sea turns into the land to pass by.
Therefore the way Jesus is doing something is not progressive but abrupt : God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
If anyone is taken hold of by the Holy Spirit, whether blown out or broken, he or she can rise again today. Anyone can make it so long as caught by the Holy Spirit.
Let me say to you the secret of Jesus, who is never discouraged, in two ways, today. The secret of Jesus lies in his anthropology.
Man is not the object of trust.
Jesus’ anthropology is seen John 2:23-25 as well. He penetrated humans precisely. Multitude of people followed Jesus when he cured many in Jerusalem. But Jesus fled to the mountain alone. Here is the secret of Jesus’ anthropology. Many people believed in Jesus but he wouldn’t entrust himself to them. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in man.
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him, “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”
If Jesus said God alone is good, we have to acknowledge that nothing good abides in us. It should be admitted that there’s nothing good in my husband. It should also be admitted that nothing good lives in my wife, however beautiful she is; and that it is only sin that comes out of my wife unless the power of God works in her.
Are you disappointed when you see the apple tree bears apples? It is the way nature works. How natural it is to see that! If your husband betray you and hurt deeply in your heart, you can just say, “How natural it is!” We should know who the humans are.
Single man and woman show what seems best to each other before marriage. They use perfume when meeting. But after getting married, they break wind. They even drool at the mouth when sleeping. Nothing good lives in us.
That is the reason we are disappointed at each other. The more expectation we have, the more discouragement we can get; we are just humans made out of dust, having nothing to show off.
The word ‘discouragement’ or ‘frustration’ is a ‘trap’ in Greek. When you are discouraged, you will be caught in a trap. Out of disappointment, bitter water comes out of you; and leading to take revenge. However, once you have grasped the human nature as Jesus did, you will act like him when others betray you.
The crowd betrayed Jesus after all. They shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” for a while, but afterward shouted, ”Crucify him!” As for the crowd, it’s O.K. But twelve disciples had to stay with Jesus to the end; one of them sold Jesus. The rest eleven had to remain with Jesus, but ten of them fled away.
Peter said confidently, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Jesus knew who Peter was. That’s why Jesus didn’t say a word about Peter’s betrayal; instead he restored Peter’s love, and that resulted in saving the whole world through him who betrayed and cursed Jesus.
Thomas Aquinas said, “Man is free only to sin.” He had an insight into a person, who has no ability to do good.
Anthropology has to be built up right so that we may depend upon God. The end of humans is the beginning of God. Human spirit is like an empty glove; after human strength is gone, the hand of Jehovah comes into the empty glove.
Beloved brothers and sisters, I bless you in the name of the Lord. May you stop trusting in yourself, or you will be more discouraged. May you give up sooner rather than later, and be filled with Jesus to receive divine power so that you can be the heavenly person, who can do everything in Jesus who strengthens you.
Man is the object of love, not of trust.
Only God is the object of trust. I bless you in the name of the Lord - may you win the victory with Jesus’ anthropology. Don’t expect anything from man.
We can get a spiritual health if we know man is not the object of trust. Man is just to be loved. Don’t expect anything from others, but try to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, and then love them with an intention of saving them; then God will be with you and work for you.
”If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Jesus said in the Gospel of John 7:37-39.
Pray that your husband may be filled with the Holy Spirit. And back him up while fasting. Never try to teach your husband. Man can live by self-esteem alone. Support your husband with fasting and take pride in him.
Woman can live by love alone. Ephesians 5:33 says, “Each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself.” Woman can feel happy as long as her husband loves her.
But man lives on compliment. That’s why Ephesians 5:33 added, “And the wife must respect her husband.” Man lives on compliment alone.
I respect Korean traditional culture. Our ancestors of noble birth would pick their teeth whenever getting out of the house, as if they were eating something, even though when they had no food. That is the self-esteem.
God is using Korean people, because we have the self-esteem. People without self-respect, who are just begging money can never be used by God. The reason Korean people can be used by God is that we were taken hold of by the Holy Spirit, while living on only self-esteem.
You will be discouraged so long as you put trust in humans. Regard humans as the object of love.
I hope each one of you will become the river of life that can save hundreds, thousands and ten thousands of people, like a ‘god’ who accepted the word of God.
I bless you in the name of the Lord – may you become the endless fountain of love to save all the spirits who are dying.