I couldn’t be more blessed than to be married to Nayomi. Not only is she one of the most amazing women of God I have ever known with a genuine reach for the Lord. But she is a child of the nations. Having parents from the country of Suriname, born in Holland, raised in Venezuela and now settled in America, Nayomi speaks 5 languages. Thats great and all but…uh… I DON’T!! But that didn’t stop me from singing in both Korean and VERY broken Spanish at the 2013 Onething Conference this past December. Having been raised in rural Western NC, I wasn’t exposed to many other languages… unless you count “southern slang” a language. Lol. I’m constantly amazed as I marvel at what I get to do. In the past 5 and a half years, I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries and experience their cultures.
In Psalm Two we get a glimpse into the state of the earth as the time draws closer for the Messiah to return. “Why do the nations rage? And the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves and rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against his anointed saying ‘Let us break their bonds and cast away their cords from us’ “. I love that the very next verse says that amid this rage of the nations against him that he sits in heaven and laughs because he holds them in derision. Then in Isaiah 42 the same God that sits in heaven exhorts the earth saying “Behold my servant (Jesus) whom I uphold: my elect. I have put my spirit upon him and he SHALL BRING FORTH JUDGMENT to the Gentiles.” And then he calls for a response in verse 10 “SING UNTO THE LORD a new song and his praise from the end of the earth…”. This is a pattern that is clearly seen throughout the earth.
Looking around the world its clear regardless of your spiritual beliefs, that we have entered into that time of the nations raging. Kings and Rulers no longer want bonds (or boundary lines). We can either take up the sword of offense and fight from personal authority which will get us nowhere fast. Or we can have the ONLY right response which is FIRST to BEHOLD. The to SING THE NEW SONG! This is the ONLY way we will see nations and cultures shift!
In mid February I will be headed to Korea for the second time to lead worship at the annual Onething KOREA conference. I’m excited for a number of reasons to go: 1- KOREAN BBQ! YUMM!!!! 2, For me, its the fulfillment of personal prophetic promises in my life. And 3, Its the the Lords inheritance to have a people from Korea singing the song of the Lord over that nation. As North Korea and South Korea are split and in turmoil, I am struck by the promise of Isaiah 24:16 – “From the ends of the earth we hear songs, Glory to the Righteous one.” This is and will be the song from around the world as the King of Glory makes his triumphant entry into the earth. Even from North Korea.
Would you join me in praying for Korea and this Onething conference as we are believing for a significant shift in the culture over that country? I will do my best to upload as many pictures from there as I can.
Bless you and thank you for taking time to read this blog.