The Heavenly Man

by Cheryl on August 5, 2008

A friend handed me this book and said, “Read this.”

The back cover reads, “The Heavenly Man is the intensely dramatic story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan Province and used him mightily to preach the gospel despite horrific opposition. Brother Yun is one of China’s house church leaders, a man who despite his relative youth has suffered prolonged torture and imprisonment for his faith. His account challenges any complacency about the situation in China, where international economic investment ignores the brutal fact that religious persecution is still a daily reality for millions. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to emphasize the character and beauty of Jesus. This astonishing book will form a watershed in your spiritual life.”

God used this book to teach me so many things. The testimony of this man’s walk with God demands a re-evaluation of my own. He even used this book to speak directly into my life!! He had been showing me Isaiah 30:15 all week… through several conversations and teachings, and in my own time with Him. It says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” I knew this was something I needed to learn. Then, Brother Yun writes on page 199:

“If you are a servant of the Lord, let me encourage you to please, please, humbly watch that you don’t slip into the same error I did. The Lord God jealously desires us for himself. He is the lover of our souls. If we ever put anything before our relationship with Jesus – even our work for Jesus – then we will be ensnared. If you are burned out, stop! Rest! Your lamp needs a constant infilling of the Lord’s oil or your light will be snuffed out. Remember that ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength..’ Isaiah 30:15.”

Loud and clear. : ) What a gracious Father.

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