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journey into His rest

Just this week, I realized that it has already been one year since I launched Love’s Rest (last December), and I have to say that this devotional website has grown and progressed beyond my imagination.  Praise God!

I started Love’s Rest out of an idea God had given me, and now, after 100+ posts and over 5,000 visitors, I am grateful that God birthed this site and used it to bless so many people worldwide!

(and He is continuing to touch lives through it each day)

I remember, last year, it was during an epic two-week periods of snow flurries and cold weather here in the Seattle area, when I was stuck and trapped in my old apartment (with my car buried in the parking lot), and I couldn’t go out to fellowship with friends for Christmas, that the Father drew me into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him.

And during those days, after hours of  soaking and worshipping, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to go to wordpress.com, and the dream of Love’s Rest became a reality.

Thank you Daddy God, for your amazing love, for all that you are, and all that you’ve done.  And may the knowledge of You be spread all over the earth, as the waters cover the sea.  I know I have been transformed by You as well, in creating, maintaining, and cultivating this website.  Thank You for what You are doing in me and through me.  Amen.

I have much more fresh contents in store this new year for Love’s Rest, so get ready to go deeper in the Lord!

~ Samuel

I have been listening to this beautiful worship/prayer CD by Laura Woodley.  It draws the listener into a deeper love relationship with God.  Here is Laura’s description of this intimate album:

Everyone is searching for love.  This project outlines my journey in finding it.  It begins with the need to forgive, which cleanses the heart and travels through my struggle to receive God’s love, ending with God’s beautiful gift of marriage.

In John 15:9, Jesus says “As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you: abide in My love.”  This CD has been designed for continious play featuring over an hour of prayer, worship & personal revelation.  My prayer is that we will all find ourselves IN LOVE daily, connected to God and blessing each other.

To purchase the CD, just click on the album cover photo above.

By Samuel Liu

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you

Matt 6:6

What is the secret place? The secret place, where we meet with God individually, has both a physical dimension and a spiritual dimension. Let us just focus on the physical characteristics right now.

First of all, the secret place is where you don’t “multi-task” your relationship with God. It is where you’re not meeting with God and doing something else at the same time. You’re not praying and driving at the same time; you’re not worshipping and showering at the same time; though I do strongly encourage these lifestyles of constant prayer and worship! We are exhorted to “Pray without ceasing” in 1 Thes 5:17, and we should practice the presence of God in everything that we do.

However, to truly enter into the secret place, we need to focus on God with undivided attention. To enter into the inner court, the chamber of the King, no multi-tasking is allowed. God is worthy of our total devotion, of our spirit, soul, and body. And the secret place is a place of rest, without any spiritual striving on our part. We enter in by faith, no matter where we are in the physical realm.

It is possible to enter into the secret place in a crowd of people, where no one is engaging you, but the best secret place, in the physical sense, is the place where you are totally alone with God, whether in a private room, or out in nature without a living soul in sight. Sometimes the best secret place is in the backseat of my car in a safe, quiet parking lot.

If there is no secret place at home or at work, we need to radically pursue a physical environment where we can enter in without distraction. We need to jealously cultivate and guard our intimacy with God. So, if you haven’t found a secret place yet, search for it with all your might, because when you discover it you will find Father God waiting for you there.

By Samuel Liu

 

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.

Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?

Isaiah 66:1

 

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and God longs to rest in each one of us. We are His dwelling place and He lives in us!

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Col 1:27

 

It is God’s desire to make His home in us. Many of us want God to “use” us in kingdom ministry, and we long for the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through us, in preaching, teaching, praying, healing, and miracles. It is right that we seek for God to “move” through us, and it is the intention of the Holy Spirit to do these things through us, as we are His vessels (2 Tim 2:21). But, we need to realize that God’s foremost intention is to rest in us, for the purpose of establishing intimate fellowship and relationship with us, and not to move through us.

Furthermore, the more God is able to rest in us, the more His manifest glory will be seen upon us. And when others see His glory resting upon the sons and daughters of God, they will come and receive salvation in Christ without us striving to flow in the gifts of the Spirit! We need to allow God to rest in us first, before we seek Him to move through us.

 

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;

but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60:2-3

Mercer Island, WA

Mercer Island, WA

As 2009 is upon us,

I thought it was fitting for me to post this photo on Love’s Rest to usher in the new year.  The Lord spoke to me earlier this year that Mercer Island is to become “Mercy Island,” and we do ask God for His mercy to be released in greater measure this new year!

The children statues in this picture represent us living in the kingdom of God with child-like faith, wonder, and innocence.  They also symbolize relationship, friendship, and intimacy, both vertical (with God) and horizontal (with each other).

The children statues sit upon this “stone” that is also a water fountain, how cool is that!  We are to sit (rest) upon the Rock, the Cornerstone, which is Jesus Christ.  The fountain water is a metaphor for the living water (eternal life) that flows from our Lord into each one of us, and into the world.  And we are to build our house (our bodies which is the temple of God) on the Rock and not on the sand, so when the storm comes we are not shaken or destroyed.

The setting of the photo is on a street corner in “downtown” Mercer Island, which speaks of marketplace ministry.  The trees and hill in the background speaks of God’s creation (the natural world), and Psalm 121:

“I lift my eyes up to the hills, where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.”

We are to totally put our trust in the Lord, and unreservedly rely on Him, more than ever before, in the coming season.

Lastly, the wind and the bubbles.  The bubbles represents dreams, imagination, and creativity.  Let us dream big in Christ and see the fulfillment, this year and in years to come.  The wind that is blowing the bubbles towards the children statues is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, ministering to us, and helping us birth these dreams.

The wind of the Holy Spirit will carry us closer towards our callings and destinies in Jesus Christ!  May you be blessed throughout 2009.

~ Samuel

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...to a place where you can relax and refresh your spirit.

Draw close to God.
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with His love.

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