Dear San Lo Community, an update for the week of May 28, 2017…
Thank you Pastor Scott for the message from Exodus 34:29-32, “In His Presence.” It’s no secret that if you work out, you will be in better shape. Or if you study, you will do better in school. Or if you eat healthier, you will be healthier. So what happens when we spend time alone with God?
1) God changes you. (v.29) When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Moses had just spent 40 days and 40 nights in the presence of God. He had alone time with God, the Creator of the universe. Spending time alone with God gave him a noticeable change, his “face was radiant. Let’s focus on WHY he changed: “Because he had been talking with God.” When we spend time with God, we give Him an opportunity to work in our lives. Ask God to help you, to fill you with His Spirit. Ask Him to penetrate every part of your being. We get so busy we often don’t have time for God and when we do that, we miss out. How can we spend time with God? By praying, just talking with God. God is everywhere. In the Bible, people prayed all over – in a home, in a garden, on the roof, on the road, in a cave and even in a fish. Another way to spend time with God is through reading His Word – the Bible. Give Him your full attention. It’s not about reading the whole Bible quickly, it’s all about having quality time with Him in His Word. It is not about how much you get into the Bible – it’s how much of the Bible gets into you. Some say go to God for the answers but going to God IS the answer, because God can take a hold of our lives and change us for the better. If only we would let Him. Spending time with God is not a one time thing. You can’t expect to change forever because of 15 minutes. But if you take time each day to go to Him, He will transform you into the person He created you to be. Spend time alone with God and He will change you.
2) God shines through you. (v.30) Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. The people could physically see a difference in Moses. The word for “saw” – to see intellectually. To inspect, to experience, to understand, to reveal oneself. It wasn’t just his physical appearance. Something was different about him. Maybe we won’t have a glowing face, but people should see a difference in us too; in the way we talk, in the way we act, in the way we deal with good and bad situations. There should be something noticeably different in us. We should not look or act like everyone else. The best compliment anyone could give you is, “There’s something I see in you; something different, something spiritual.” Maybe they see God working through you. But the worst insult is when they know you; they see the way you talk and the way you treat people and they don’t even think you are a Christian. As believers, we need to live in a way that we are like a billboard for Jesus; not Christian shirts or a fish on our car. That stuff is great but I mean really living out our faith, so that there’s no doubt who we live for! The fruits of the Spirit should be ripe and falling off of us as we walk around. It’s no secret we live in a dark world. We live in a society where it is cool and encouraged to do things that we know will hurt us. We can’t control what others will do and how they will act, but we sure can do something about us. It starts with spending time alone with God. When you spend time in His presence, He changes you and shines through you to help make this a brighter and better place. Aaron and all the people were afraid to come near him. They saw the shine. They saw that Moses spent time with God and it was clear. If you spend time alone with God, God will shine through you. Let God shine through you. People will notice and it does make a difference.
3) God will speak through you. (vv.31-32) 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. Notice that Moses was proactive. He went out and called the people to him. When we spend time alone with God, He changes us and helps us be useful in the things He wants us to do. It’s not by our own power that we do things. I never imagined I would be in front of a church speaking. I grew up scared to death to speak to crowds, but I know it’s not me speaking. God gives me the words. He gives me the strength and the courage to stand up here and do this and He can do the same for you. Maybe not in a church but to your co-workers, to your friends, to your family. God will help you make a difference in this world to speak His truth to people who desperately need to hear it. It starts with you spending time alone with God. It doesn’t mean that your life will not have any heartache, but what it does mean is that when you do go through those tough times, you will have a peace that comes only from God. A peace knowing that there’s no problem too big for God and that the One you’ve been spending time with has your back and will not let you down.
Thank you Adora Lee for sharing about “promises.” A promise is a statement made by a person that he or she will do or not do something. We’ve all made or have had promises made to us. Police officers promise to serve and protect the people. Doctors take an oath to promise to heal the sick. Parents will dedicate their children by promising to raise them in the ways of the Lord. The Bible is God’s Word and is filled with the promises He has made to us: God will never leave you; God promises that He cares for you; God promises He will forgive us when we confess our sin. It is also important to “claim” His promises, not only know about them so at all times, we will know we can turn to Jesus for help.
Munetaka (Morry) and Sandy Mori from our Nichigo Department recently returned from serving in Kumamoto for 3 months and shared about the lives of two pastors and a retiree they encountered. There is great evidence that Jesus Christ is working in Japan through the lives of these two pastors and the great need for salvation in the retiree who thinks religion is the cause of wars and violence. Please pray for the people of Japan to be freed of the fears, shame and useless deceptions which are a stumbling block that has prevented them to seek and find the truth in Jesus Christ.
6/2 7:11pm B.A.M.
6/3 8:30am Mission Prayer
6/3 10am – 12pm Special Camp Team Building (English sanctuary)
6/4 both services Jondy Natividad – OAM sports ministry outreach in Japan
6/4 12:30pm Craft Day (November 11) 1st planning meeting (rm.0)
6/7 9:30pm Women’s Bible Study Praise Brunch – last meeting before summer break
6/9 5:30pm Little House potluck and fellowship time
6/9 6:00pm Youth Fellowship Graduation Party
6/16 7:00pm Jennifer and Brian Yun baby shower at the church
8/18 10:45am Missions Moment – Makoto & Amy
6/18 12:15pm Joint Father’s Day Potluck (Joint Fellowship Hour canceled for June 25)
6/24 9:30am Fong’s ministry breakfast. Invitation Link- http://evite.me/fkSEjWvy37
6/25 10:45am JEMS summer camp workers’ commissioning
6/29 7:00pm Wedding Shower for Benjamin Le and Lea Endo – At the church and all are invited
Have a great week in the presence of the Lord,
Stan , for SLZJCC