Tag Archive | salvation

I Got The Answer!

“I want to know Jesus Christ more closely. Please guide and take me to Him”

It is the words that I cannot forget forever. Kevin calls me by phone in the middle of the night. At the time he was in America to complete His master program. After that short phone calling, I can’t sleep anymore. I am Crying. I am deeply moved. You know why, this is the answers of my prayer for many years.

This evening I would like to share my story about the power of Prayer. This is about my love story and I am trying to shows how great the power of prayer in my personal life and proves that through a prayer our problem will be overcome.

I met Kevin when I was just one year of college. He was graduate student. He is a very mature guy, smart and brilliant, has a very good behavior. One thing that I really like from him is, He had great respect for a woman and has the mindset that women are not an object but as a subject. We also have a same life perspective and goals.

We are fall in love. But the problem (big problem for me) is, we have a different religion..! Both of us realize it. He knew that my family was very observant Christian family. Therefore we do not immediately decide to make a more serious relationship as lovers because we realized this is a serious problem for us, especially for me and we try to be mature to face this problem.

At that time I was confronted by two very difficult choices. I really love him. He is my first love. But in the other side, I also love and respect to my parents. I could be against my parents’ will. I can use my position as a spoiled single daughter as a potent weapon in order to my desire comes true. But I also realized that it was not good. The 5th Ten Commandments said: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. I can against my parents, but I cannot against the God’s commands.

At a time, Kevin said: “If you want me to be a Christian maybe I will consider it and I will fulfill your wishes.  I immediately said “NO! I don’t want you become a Christian just because you love me. Being a Christian is a calling from God. There is something that moves your hearts to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Accept God as savior is a spiritual experience”

Brief story, we are separated. After graduated he went to America to take his master program. Before he left, he said: “please pray for me. Please pray for our relationship. I do not know, but I feel sure there will be something happening on our relationship. If it is true, let your God work on my life and I will have a spiritual experience” and I said: “I will! I will pray not for our relationship but I will  pray special for you”

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16).

After that, I really praying for this problem and there is always in my intercessory prayer list. Time goes by, time after time. I have not seen the answers of my prayers. But I keep persevere in prayer, no matter what the answer. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12).

Until at midnight on July 27, 2009. He calls me and said; “Karin, I want to know Jesus Christ more closely. Please guide and take me to Him.  I want to be a Christian. Not because I still love you and want to live with you. It’s not my reason. There is something happens to me here”

Three months later he returned to Australia and I see him as a different person from before. I see the light of joy in his face. He was reborn with new identity. He said: “what you said three years ago is truly right. Being a Christian is a spiritual experience and I got it. I faced so many hard problems there and it all makes me despair. But when I see my Christian friends, I look something different with my own life. They are always rejoicing in their misery, they can always be thankful within their adversity. I am envy! I am trying to find out why they could be like that. And finally I found it, all of it because the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have Jesus Christ in their lives. I don’t have it!

In my religion there are no words: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6).  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7.7). Also this one:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:28-30).

Well my dear friends, I was really experiencing things that are said in James 5:16. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. And when we keep persevere in prayer; God will answer all of our prayer. No matter what of the answer.  More than 2 years I pray for my fiancé. Not only pray for our relationship but indeed I pray that God moved his heart to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Finally, Praise the Lord! I got the answer of my long pray. Whatever the answer, it is the best for me. Amen.

Karina

Make Me Always Thirsty

ThirstyDear God in Heaven,

Make me always thirsty for Your greatness and truth

  thirsty for Your divine thoughts

  thirsty for Your Holy Spirit fulfillment

Make me always thirsty for Your Wisdom words and promises

  thirsty for your love and compassion

 thirsty for Your abundance blessing and grace

Make me always thirsty for Your Heavenly comfort

 thirsty to always praise You endlessly into the universe

 thirsty to always become the light among the darkness

Make me thirsty to always bring the tidings of joy and salvation

 thirsty to always bring to You weary and burdened soul

As the deer pants for the water my soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Amen

 

Karina (Inspired from Psalm 42:2-3)

Photo credit: flickr.com

 

Look Beyond The Blessing.

I am very happy because today my company was held a morning devotions for the first time. Originated from some Christian managers, they propose and asked me a permission to hold a morning devotional every Monday at 6.30 AM. I was very surprised and I immediately agreed without hesitation. I even told them I would attend those devotions. And now, I would like to share summary of the devotions this morning.

Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.

Jesus told His disciples to go into the deep waters and let down their nets for fish. When they did, their nets were filled up with fish to the point of breaking. Being fishermen and businessmen, they may have been tempted to start doing business. I mean, think how much they could make!

But God had a different purpose. The disciples’ occupation as fishermen was just a vehicle for God to demonstrate His great power and love. He wasn’t blessing them with fish so that they would get excited about fishing — He was blessing them with fish so that they could get their eyes off their fishing and on to the greater call He had for them! Thankfully, they left the fishing business and went off with the Lord to do great and mighty things.

Too many of us are wrapped up in fish. We seek the Lord for His blessings, prosperity, and success. But true discipleship is focusing not on the blessings of the Lord, but on the Lord of the blessings!

We can rejoice in our blessings, but let’s not dwell on them! Let’s set our eyes on the Lord and the calling He has for us. When He sees that we have pure and willing hearts, He will be faithful to use us to accomplish His glorious plan! Amen.

Karina. (Devotional by Pastor Albert Tan)