Posted by: dhkrause | September 28, 2015

Victorious Faith

Biblical men of faith such as David, Peter, Paul and John exemplify the faithfulness of God toward those who trust in Him and walk in obedience and love. Modern day examples of victorious faith are also inspiring, such as the personal testimony of Emily Chang in her 2013 book, “A Journey of Divine Connections” which we will briefly review.

In Psalm 37, David describes a life lived with complete trust in God:

Psalm 37 (NKJV)
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Peter describes the testing of faith that is “more precious than gold that perishes” (1 Peter 1:7). Paul writes in Galatians 5:6 that faith is expressed through love, and in Romans 5:5, he declares, “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” John describes the close connections between love, faith and the gift of the Holy Spirit:

1 John 4 (NKJV)
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Emily Chang, in her book, “A Journey of Divine Connections”, gives her personal testimony of God’s faithful provision and guidance when she gave her life completely to Him. She grew up in South Korea in a family that did not attend church or follow Jesus. She herself began attending church at the invitation of a classmate in middle school. As a young adult she attended with her husband at first, but when this was strongly opposed by her father-in-law, they stopped going.

About four years later, Emily became very ill, and doctors speculated that she might need to stay in a hospital for a year. The Holy Spirit spoke to her during this time, convicting her of disobeying God out of fear of man. She repented and promised God that from that day forward she would fear God and not man, and give her life completely to Him.

          In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust;
I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)

She writes, “When my husband came to the hospital to see me, I told him that from now on, I could not live and keep on disregarding God. I must come back to the Lord and serve Him totally. He agreed and told me that he also wanted to receive Jesus as Savior and serve God forever.”

          You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deut. 6:5)

“God gave us strength and boldness so that we did not fear what others would say any more. My husband and I committed in our hearts that together we would serve the Lord.”

          “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

In the coming days her health amazingly improved and she was able to leave the hospital after two weeks instead of a whole year. She and her husband began attending church again, along with their two young sons. She received prayers for healing, and was completely healed. She and her husband were truly born again by the Spirit of God, and were both baptized in Jesus’ name.

Sadly, a few years later, her husband was killed in a car accident. Her time of grieving was intensified by her husband’s family objecting to her decision to have a Christian memorial service, instead of one following Confucian and Buddhist traditions. Later at the burial site, her father-in-law objected strenuously to having a gravestone with a red cross painted on it honoring her husband’s faith. He told her older son, then 6 years old, that he and his relatives could not stand to see the red cross on the memorial stone and asked him, “What can we do about this?” His grandson replied, “Without the red cross, my dad cannot be in heaven.” This was to convey that Jesus’ death on the cross and the shedding of His blood for our sins, made a way for us to be forgiven and go to heaven.

          “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

           She writes, “My father-in-law broke down in tears because of the power of my son’s words given to him by the Holy Spirit. My father-in law then said to him, “Very well, we will allow the grave stone with the red cross to remain.”

“My son’s words had broken the resistance and hostility in my father-in-law’s heart to the cross of Christ and from then on, the dispute between my in-laws and myself ended. The spiritual conflict that surrounded me was finished and our family had won the victory for Christ.”

“This testimony clearly demonstrates that the Lord gave me the victory in every conflict which He allowed to come my way.”

          I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)

          The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

She and her two sons have gone on to serve the Lord faithfully. Her life truly has become “a journey of divine connections”, as she has followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to be an evangelist and minister in many countries, including Scotland, England, the United States, Switzerland, Uganda, Germany, Israel, Korea and the Ukraine.

The book concludes, “The mosaic of my life will not be finished until God is pleased with His own handwork. The Lord Himself is able to achieve this result and I have the reassuring truth of His word to give me peace and Joy.”

          Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 2:12)

David Krause,,,9/27/2015

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