Exhausted, poor and lonely, Jiang nearly hits bottom. However, through much prayer, God does the miraculous, allowing Jiang’s wife to obtain a visa to America.
Whether it’s for spiritual discernment, financial relief, healing, or intercessory healing of loved ones, more than likely we have petitioned God hundreds, perhaps, thousands of times.
Perhaps asking God for a miracle isn’t the proper approach. Rather than asking God to perform a miracle, we should be preparing to receive a miracle.
Prepare for a miracle? It could be reasoned that asking God for a miracle indicates a lack of faith. Our faith should not have to survive on a regular diet of miracles. If we truly have faith in God, the miracle will come according to His will. We must place our trust in God, not for what we are asking, but what we are expecting. So it is imperative that we prepare for a miracle so we don’t miss it.
Newly married, Kevin struggles to find his place as a young pastor and English teacher to international students. Kevin’s faith is challenged and deepened, and both positions ultimately point toward discipling the nations.
Heaven on Earth. (P. 33-45) Jiang’s first church service in America leaves him speechless, but the church’s ornate style only intensifies his homesickness. He remembers his years in Daya Bay, China, where he first encountered Christ through English Bible studies.
Key Scriptures: John 4:10
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
What is the gift of God?
How is the ‘Living Water’ different from the regular, daily, drinking water?
Journey to the West. (pp.5-14) Jiang Long finds himself alone in the Tulsa International Airport, 8,000 miles away from home. His new faith in God is strengthened by the help of a friendly tennis coach. God truly provides.
Key Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:17 “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”
- How do we know there is a God?
- Who is the True God?
- Do I (or does God) control my destiny?
- What does it mean for a Christian to live a life of holiness as a stranger on earth?
As an American citizen having been born in China, I will forever be different from the cultural norm. But I don’t want that difference to simply come from a different physical appearance or accent. I want my main difference to be my belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As a “stranger,” I believe I have been sent to this land with a special calling from God – to help bring this American culture back to a whole new focus on holiness relating to God’s “strangers in the world.”
As God’s chosen people, we are to live like “strangers” in this world! What separates us from the world is Christ in us. This mystery of God is what completely changes our perspectives on thought (set your hearts and minds on things above) and attitude towards living on earth. The world looks at our outside, but God look at our inside. We have a whole new perspective on life in that though we live in this world, like everybody else, we’re IN this world, but we are not OF this world. We are citizens of heaven, traveling through this earth as “strangers.”
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