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29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 29

Episode 5

Prologue

In John 21:15-17, the Lord addressed Peter three times by saying “Simon, son of John.” This shows that the Lord knew about Peter’s whole life and his background. It also shows that the Lord knows all about our lives. What He wants from us is our heart and our love. His desire for us is the same as when He asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Satan will try to destroy our relationship with God by alienating us from God. But God’s love for us is the very flame of Jehovah. It’s written in Luke 22:59-62 that after Peter denied the Lord three times, the Lord turned and looked at Peter. It shows how well the Lord knew about Peter’s situation. The Lord wanted to remove Peter’s shadows. Similarly, there are no more sins or shadows between the Lord and us. We are established by His grace. By faith, we now live every day with Him.

Message

The Lord prepared breakfast for the disciples. What happened after they finished breakfast? In John 21:15-17 it says, “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’” From this passage, we can see that the Lord entrusted His most precious possessions to Simon Peter.

Let’s read the rest of the passage, “He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’”

It’s so precious that the Lord addressed Simon Peter three times by “Simon, son of John.” It’s quite special when someone addresses you three times by your father’s name, not just by your own name. The Lord gave him the name “Peter”, which carried a special meaning. When the Lord gives a name to someone, He is doing it to help that person. However, the Lord called him by his old name “Simon” and his father’s name. Isn’t that special? My father’s name is Yu He Yue. Wouldn’t it be unusual if someone addressed me by saying “Daniel Yu, son of Yu He Yue?” Who would address someone by referencing his or her father’s name three times like this?

I give thanks to the Lord because He lets us know that He knows all about our background. He knows what we were like in the beginning; He knows who our fathers are and how they impacted us. He also knows our future. The Lord told Peter his future when they were beside the Sea of Tiberias. The Lord already knew that Peter would deny him before it happened. He prayed for Peter beforehand so that Peter could stand up again. Peter overcame this failure and the Lord greatly used him on the day of the Pentecost. We should not be affected by our failures in the past, nor the shadows that Satan casted on us. The Lord knows everything about you. He still loves you the most and nothing will change His love for you. He already took away your sins. He has known me since I was a baby. He knew about my father, my family and my upbringing, and He loves me the way I am.

What does the Lord want? He asks, “Do you love me?” He wants you, your heart and love. That’s the reason why He asks, “Do you love me?” How many people in this world care about our love for them? In reality, I’m the one that He wants the most out of everyone in the whole universe. He treasures my love, my response to Him and my life the most. Why did He come to this world to become a man forever and die for me? When the Lord asks, “Do you love me,” it clearly shows that He wants me. He knows that my greatest blessing is to love Him, enjoy His love and respond to Him. He desires my heart to be deeply united with His and for us to love each other. There’s no bigger blessing than this in the whole universe—to enjoy His love and Abba’s love; and to respond to the love of the Father and the Lord. The more you love the Father and the Lord, the more blessed and joyous you will be. But the first and foremost matter is to enjoy His love. “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

The Lord came to destroy the work of Satan. Satan uses all kinds of lies and misconceptions to hinder you from knowing God’s love towards you. He slanders God and smears your image and God’s image. He tries to destroy your relationship with God and stops you from drawing close to God, because God will open His heart to you when you draw near to Him. James 4:8 reads, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” We love Him and He will appear to us.

How do you see the Lord? First, we need to overcome accusations from Satan. Because he wants to hold you back, he will continue to accuse you, saying that you’re not good enough and reminding you of your past failures. He wants you to feel that God’s love for you has diminished. However, God knows everything. He still loves you. His love for me is the very flame of Jehovah. “Many waters cannot quench love.” My failures cannot make Him love me any less. Neither can floods drown this flaming love of the Lord. If He would love me less, He could have decided this a long, long time ago. He didn’t have to wait till now.

How do we see the Lord? No matter how many times we have failed, this scripture is very important for us to note: Luke 22. When Peter denied the Lord that night, it’s written in Luke 22:59-62, “And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, ‘Certainly this man also was with Jesus for he too is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about.’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.” In this passage, Peter denied the Lord. The Lord used the rooster to remind Peter of what the Lord had said. Other gospel books record how Peter went outside and wept. It’s also written in this passage from Luke as well.

The next part of the passage reads, “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.” I hope that you treasure these three words “…looked at Peter.” The Lord was arrested just as He had told the disciples. He was unjustly interrogated, whipped, and crucified. Let’s read the last part of the passage, “And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.”

Regarding Peter, there are six words I treasure a lot; three of those words are “…looked at Peter”. When Peter denied the Lord, the Lord turned and looked at him. I believe this is unforgettable for Peter. You can ask the Lord, “When You turned, how did You look at Peter?” Was He angry? If so, I think the Lord could have been angry when He foretold how Peter would deny Him. But the Lord knows everything. It’s very touching. From this, we know that the Lord understood Peter very well. The other three words from the passage that I treasure are, “The rooster crowed.” It’s very meaningful. People wake up when a rooster crows in the morning. Though Peter failed at that time, it was also a turning point for him. It marked the beginning of a new chapter in his life. He learned that he could not just rely on himself or his past experiences with the Lord. Similarly, I also cannot rely on my past years of experiencing and loving the Lord to live my life now. What matters most is how I live with the Lord today, nothing else. I live for Him, and by faith I live to Him. 

It is good that the failures of David and Peter are written in the Bible. The goal is to help us and remove our shadow. I have believed in the Lord for many years. It’s not surprising that I have had failures. But, how does He look at me? Like Peter, the Lord knows everything about me. He knows all my hard work and struggles. He knows how I fall and stand up again. He has prayed for me. He knows for sure that I will stand up again and win. He sees how I love Him more and more. In spite of failures, I have joy and continue to strive forward. He sees my eternity. He knows how much I love Him. Big or small, He treasures all my love responses to Him. How does He look at me? He fully understands me. The challenges I face are because I love Him. I strive for Him, and by relying on Him I can overcome. Similar to Peter, I can only say, “Lord, You know that I love You.”

There is no more sin separating me from the Lord. He has already washed away my sins by His blood and I’m whiter than snow. Don’t be deceived by Satan. The devil might say, “You have believed for a long time already so you should not have failed.” No matter what, the Lord loves me just as much as someone who has never failed after believing in Him. What does that mean? Well, I have believed in the Lord for over 60 years. Compared to me, a young believer would not have faced nearly as many trials and tribulations. Of course, this young believer would have failed less than I have. A young believer has not had as many opportunities to fail. Please note that failure is not unavoidable for a believer. When we rely on the Lord continuously, we can be free from failures forever. One of Satan’s lies is that I have more flaws than a young believer does, and that a young believer is more perfect than I am. Is this possible? If so, it would mean that the longer we are in the Lord, the worse we would become. What a pity that would be!

I feel that I’m very blessed. I thank the Lord every day. I have believed in the Lord for more than 60 years, more than half of a century. Many of you were not even born yet when I believed in Him! I feel so blessed because of the love between me and the Lord. If I didn’t have this love and the love history with Him, my life would be more empty than a black hole!

How does He look at me? He knows my struggles. However, as time goes by, your struggles will become fewer and fewer. You will be able to live in His love and count on Him. He sees all things. He sees my eternity. He sees how much my love will grow for Him. My love for Him will exceed what I can imagine today. This is the “me” that He loves. He will not love a different me. He loves and fully accepts me. He opened His arms wide on the cross, embracing me into His manifold love and most beautiful heart.

Hebrews 13:9 reads, “For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace.” It is only by grace, not by the law, that we can be kings of our lives. Our hearts need to be free. Being free is not being loose. We will love Him more and enjoy Him more. There is no more hindrance when we draw near to Him. It is so precious that we have such a Father and Lord. After the prodigal son squandered his property in reckless living and spent everything, he returned home. When he returned, his father ran to him. How did the father feel about him when he was still a long way off? I believe that the father had been waiting every day for his son’s return. The prodigal son wanted to apologize to the father and asked to be treated as a hired servant. However, the father embraces the prodigal son and kisses him with many kisses. He joyfully holds a big celebration. There is so much joy in heaven and on earth. By using the father and son relationship on earth as an illustration, the heavenly Father wants to express how much more He loves us. Zephaniah tells us that God rejoices over us with gladness. He exults over us with loud singing.

Series 29

How to behold

Message Date: 2020-05-24

It is very important for us to behold, which is closely related to our minds. When we think of a person, we will have that person’s image in our minds. So, what we see and what we think are closely related. It is helpful for us to come before God and to see clearly how He treats us. The devil will use many ways to obstruct us, especially with accusations and shadows. Again and again we must see clearly God’s love for us according to what the Bible says. For example, it says, “My God in His steadfast love will meet me.” (Psalm 59:10) “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zeph 3:17) The Lord’s love for Peter had not changed, even though He already knew that Peter would deny Him three times. Upon His resurrection, the Lord especially appeared to Peter and asked him three times, “Do you love Me?” He also commissioned Peter to feed His lambs. The Lord spoke of a parable of the prodigal son. When he returned home, the father ran to him and fell on his neck, covering him with many kisses. He laid a feast, made music and danced.
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29.1 Behold the Father

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29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)

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29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)

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29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)

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29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

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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)