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28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 28

Episode 4

Prologue

Message

Part 1 

In John 14, it says that the Lord is the way. Why did He become the way? So he could lead us to Abba. Why was the veil torn? It was to enable us to enjoy the Holy of Holies, to be face to face with God, and to be the closest to Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:10 clearly says, “Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.” The Lord died and became the way for us to Abba, so he could bring us to Abba.

Part 2 

I believe that all of us admire Moses of the Old Testament. He knew God face to face. David considered God his joy. Isn’t this so precious? Moreover, he beheld and gazed upon God. He said, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4) This “one thing” was very important to David. It’s written in Psalm 63 that David had looked upon God in the sanctuary, beholding His power and glory. These verses help us to see more when we consider and behold God. 

Part 3 

I believe that Mary was the person who loved the Lord the most during her time. She had the experience recorded in Luke 10. It’s so precious that the Lord told Martha not to be anxious and troubled about many things. Likewise, nowadays, regardless of what is happening around me, I have peace in my heart and I am not troubled. Enjoying the Lord is the best.

Part 4 

The Lord said that only one thing is necessary. (Luke 10:42) See how important this one thing is! From this we see how much God desires us to draw near to Him and listen to Him. We see how much God wants us to enjoy Him, the words He speaks to us, and His interactions with us. He said that this should not be taken away. Don’t let anything take you away from this moment. During this pandemic, I believe many of us have more free time. I hope that you will spend more leisure time drawing near to the One who loves you the most.

Part 5 

In Psalms 42, 43 and 84, the psalmists came to God and asked God to send out light and truth to lead them to His holy hill and His dwelling. Hebrews states that the Lord became a man and died for us. He has opened a new and living way for us to come close to Him. Why was the veil torn? It was to let us enter into the Holy of Holies, where we can go to Him and be the closest to Him.

Part 6 

The phrase “Draw near to God” is written twice in Hebrews chapter 7. Chapters 10, 11 and 12 also talk about the same. The Lord has opened a new and living way for us. Chapter 4 talks about drawing near to the throne of grace. Please review these passages. Through these passages, God has said many times that He desires us to come before Him and draw near to Him. This is the reason why the Lord became a man and died for us. This is of great importance! He went through the impossible so that today we may come close to Him and enjoy Him. Your heart can rejoice because of Him. What we’ve gained is so abundant. I can’t fully describe what I have gained in my life from drawing near to Him. It is truly the most precious thing in my entire life. There’s nothing more precious, more satisfying or more uplifting than drawing near to God. To this day , I have never had any  problems that could not be overcome by drawing near to God. No matter how many problems I have, or how big the challenge is, the most crucial is to have the Lord. He truly lives in my heart. It is absolutely real. He lives with me. He has become my life, my best portion and strength forever!

Part 7 

God highly regards those who draw near to Him. For instance, Enoch walked with God for 300 years. The genealogy in the Book of Genesis specifically mentions Enoch and commends him as having pleased God. In this manner, he was taken up by God. Stephen gazed into heaven and his face shone like the face of an angel. Ephesians 3 talks about the endless destination, the core of God’s will and all the generations to come. Ephesians is a very important book. It tells us that we and the church are God’s will from eternity to eternity. It also helps us to see the core of God’s will. Ephesians 1 talks about Abba. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the Lord, God’s household and the Holy Spirit. Chapter 4 focuses on the need to love one another, life in God’s family, ministry, and the overflowing blessings.

Part 8 

The climax of the Song of Solomon is the same – that we need to draw near to God. The Lord asks to see our face. This request is echoed in Song of Solomon 8:13, which reads, “O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.” This is the climax of the Song of Solomon. Psalm 45 is the miniature version of the Song of Solomon. Here, what does the Lord ask us to do? He wants us to worship Him. He says, “Consider, and incline your ear.” This is entering into worship. Psalm is the longest book in the Bible, consisting of 150 chapters. What are these psalms all about? They talk about prayers and fellowship with God, which is the most essential part of our union with God.

Part 9 

Revelation is the last book in the Bible. It’s the conclusion of God’s plan and love dream. The whole Bible is cohesive. I know that the destination of my journey is New Jerusalem. We should live out this life today. The entire city of New Jerusalem is the Holy of Holies. Paul regarded the Lord as his most precious treasure. He mentioned pressing on toward the goal and the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:8) Likewise, today, drawing near to God is the most precious. In eternity, the importance and preciousness of drawing near to God will continue to increase. 

Part 10 

From the Lord’s prayer, we see what is the ultimate essence of His will. The eternal covenant is also final. The third blessing of the new covenant tells us that we shall all know God, from the least of us to the greatest. God wants everyone in the church, from the least to the greatest, to draw near to Him and experience Him. Therefore, we ought to live in the Holy of Holies.

Part 11 

Having said that this eternal covenant is final, it is by no means a stagnant final destination. In eternity, we will have reached our final destination, yet it is boundless because He is like an endless ocean of life and love. Such a climax cannot be found in this world. The Lord Himself is our goal and destination. Nothing is higher than the Lord and Abba. Therefore, we should stay there—and dwell in the Lord. The Lord said He is the true vine and we are the branches. When we abide in Him, we will always experience Him. This is the infinite and endless peak!

Part 12 

Please review the passages I talked about today and ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes. When you see the truth, you’ll know for sure the importance of drawing near to Him, living with Him and walking with Him every day. You need to be steadfast and hold on tight to it.

Part 13 

In New Jerusalem, everyone will be together, including brothers and sisters. We will be the closest to Abba, the Lord and the Holy Spirit. We will enjoy the Trinity God the most, and He will enjoy us the most as well. Brothers and sisters will become perfect in one, everyone overflowing with love. At that time, we will have fellowship with one another. In 1 John, it says that on earth, when we have fellowship with God, we are having fellowship with the Father, His Son, and with one another. Then our joy may be complete. It is indeed very abundant.

Part 14 

We remember the Lord together. The bread represents the Lord’s body. He became a Man for us. His body was broken and He shed His blood. He desires you to enter into His love, be closest to Him and enjoy Him. When you eat the bread and drink from the cup, you enjoy what He has accomplished. He accomplished the perfect salvation, so that we may come to Him, draw near to Him and walk with Him every day without any hindrance. His desire is toward you and me.

Part 15 

I’d like to share a poem with you. 

You’re my goal, my purpose
My dwelling place and rest
Infinite destination
Endless, vast ocean of love
A peak that gets higher and higher
Keep me in You
Heart to heart with You
Walk on this infinitely affectionate love journey
You are my eternal portion and sweet rest

Series 28

The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

Message Date: 2020-04-12

While it was Easter, two songs about the Lord’s resurrection were shared. It is so precious that the Lord has swallowed up death eternally. From the current world situation, we know that the Lord will return soon. We will for sure have a resurrected body and inherit God’s kingdom. The worlds of love will expand endlessly. There shall be no more death, and at last, death will be destroyed! We can live with hope. It can be said that Hebrews 12:22-24 is the conclusion and climax of the book. God’s purpose is for us “to be in love with God and to live out and build up God’s family.” The last part of the message shows us many Bible passages that confirm to us the importance of drawing near to God. God Himself is our true goal, eternal purpose and rest.
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28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death

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28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death

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28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it

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28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
Satan causes man not to be clear and assured about the things in heaven
Are physical substances not spiritual?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)
New Jerusalem is a real city (2)

Series 24: God prepares for us

Genesis 22: Father and Son went together
Genesis 22: For us, the Father gave His only Son
Genesis 22: The Lord will provide
24.4 God’s preparation for us

Series 25: The Father and Son Affection

25.1 The Lord Came to Make Known the Father
25.2 The Father and Son Affection (Part 1)
25.3 The Father and Son Affection (Part 2)

Series 26: We are a royal priesthood

26.1 God who alone does wondrous things
26.2 The Lord is the High Priest
26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)
26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)
26.5 The life of a priest

Series 27: Who are you in the infinite one’s loving heart?

27.1 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart
27.2 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart (2)
27.3 Meditate on the infinite Lord’s words at the last supper

Series 28: The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death
28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death
28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it
28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 29: How to behold

29.1 Behold the Father
29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)
29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)
29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)
29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 30: The core things we need to see when we behold the Lord

Series 31: Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us

31.1 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (1)
31.2 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (2)
31.3 The Importance of Love
31.4 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (1)
31.5 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (2)