A FATHER’S LEGACY

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Encouragement |

When I was about 8 years old, my father made a bold proclamation over my older brother and I. He said, “The two of you will never accomplish more than I have in your lives.” You see, my father was a womanizer, adulterer, and addicted to gambling, alchohol, cigarettes, food, and many other things. Essentially, he was partnering with the enemy’s heart and cursing us to become less than he was. Cursing us to go from shame to shame instead of glory to glory. Fast forward to age 23, around a year after my salvation, I found John 14:12-14, a statement which contrasted my earthly father’s statement, it read: “I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father! For I will do whatever you ask me to do when you ask me in my name. And that is how the Son will show what the Father is really like and bring glory to him. Ask me anything in my name, and I will do it for you!” – John 14:12‭-‬14 The Passion Translation (TPT) I recall reading this while sitting in my office at Zin Design Studio, a grassroots design firm I just started a few months earlier, and feeling hope and God’s unconditional love fill my heart. As warm tingly sensations filled my body, electrifying and awakening my heart, I heard God say, “A Father’s desire is for His children to surpass His accomplishments.” Instantly, I knew that my destiny wasn’t limited my my earthly father’s curse but rather my destiny was to receive and fulfill my Heavenly Father’s plans, purposes, future, and legacy He released to us when He spoke the scriptures above. I recall thinking, what have I done to receive such an amazing Father, like God? How can I repay Him for the amazing gifts of forgiveness, redemption, restoration, love, and sacrifice He personally gave to me? The birth, life, persecution, betrayal, punishment, and death of Jesus Christ, was payment for crimes He never committed, however, freely paid for for the sins of whole world, for you and me. His resurrection, oh the power and glorious resurrection, was the greatest miracle He ever performed, as He rose from His grave, He returned, back to us, our dominion over earth. I recall, after reading John 14:13, as a one year old believer, I said, “I must pursue and do all that Christ has done, including the purposes found in Matthew 10:8 and throughout His life.” You see, God has a plan and purpose for each of us. It is written that He personally knew each of us before we were formed in our earthly mother’s womb. Everything Christ did was part of the plan and purpose, which, He...

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Here Comes The Bride

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Bible Study, Direction, Encouragement, Sermon, Videos |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter I’ve been married since May of 2011. Of all the things I heard and imagined about marriage, I had no idea how much being married would teach me about a part of my identity and an aspect of my relationship with Christ which I lacked – being a bride. While speaking to God about this subject, He revealed to me why His bride is so special to Him, the Bridegroom. It’s because a bride only becomes a bride after she receives the Grooms proposal, making a covenant with Him at the alter. Simply stated, it’s a choice which is made through our free will and His free will. God chose us with a proposal unlike no other, with the full laying down of His life. We in turn are given us the honour of choosing to become His bride. I can speak for most men when I say, none of us grew up day dreaming about walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang wedding dress, center of attention and locking eyes with our Groom to be. Don’t get me wrong, most men desire to have a bride but the idea of becoming a bride is completely foreign to any man. How many women here can honestly say that they dreamt about their wedding day, becoming a bride, walking down the aisle, gaze locked on the eyes of the man of your dreams? Some of you single women, can close your eye and feel your heart race with excitement. By the end of tonight, my sincere heart’s desire is to lift off the vail on what it is to be a Bride of Christ and how if men are able to grasp and fully receive the beautiful proposal of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, it would completely change church, life, relationships and possibly propel the Christian’s walk to the next level. But first, before learning to become a bride, we need to understand the Grooms’ heart and the Father of the bride’s joy. Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her (Father of the bride) to himself (the Groom) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV) If I ask, how many men here would be willing lay your life down for their bride? Since being married, the laying down of one’s life has taken on a deeper revelation. Obviously, if called upon I would physically die for her to live. What I have learned is that allowing what the God’s definition is for a man to die, allows the identity that God has called the bride to become – to come to life. Just as...

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FEARless FAITH

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Bible Study, Direction, Encouragement, Prophetic Word, Sermon |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter Both fear and love will cause people to do crazy things. We hear stories all the time of miraculous things that parents do to save their children. Or the terrible things people do to avoid their fears. For everything good thing God has created the enemy creates a counterfeit. Fear is the counterfeit of Love and a direct opposition against Faith. Which is why scripture states: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” — 1 John 4:18 Fear of rejection. Fear of intimacy. Fear of failure. Fear of sickness. Fear of persecution. Fear of… name it and someone has dealt with it or is dealing with it right now. Fear cripples, especially in the Christian body, preventing us from entering into God’s promises, individually and as the body. The more we exercise fear the more influence it has in our decision. The same is true with love. The more we exercise love, the more influence/strength it has on our decisions. We must act and react with love and not fear. The fear of insignificance has stifled “The Church Body.” Causing people to fight for position and allowing the spirit of entitlement to infect us. I was once told that character is how you react when your neighbor receives the things you are praying for yourself. Have you noticed that brand new believers are going from finding Jesus to prophesying, casting out demons and healing the sick, practically over night? The less the body cares about position and credit, the more growth we will see in the body. I personally love it! I have a heart to teach and a heart to see believers empowered quickly. Don’t let someone’s fear of insignificance talk you out of your faith. We are in a season of Matthew 20:1-16, a season of acceleration in all spiritual things, including the manifestation of God’s gifts. Just as the parable illustrated, God will pay the first workers the same as the last workers, He will give us all the same portion, regardless of age, experience or position. The different parts of the body should cheer and encourage the other parts. You are never going to see a hand jealous of a foot, they need each other. SOLUTIONS: The Christian body needs to unite, if one part of the body fails, the whole body lacks, not just that one part. Christians are forgetting who the enemy is, and instead of defeating them, we’re fighting each other. The enemy is not stupid and has nothing better to do than to plot their next attack. They know the bible and its stories too and are using them to try to defeat the very people the bible was created to guide....

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100% CANCER FREE!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Encouragement, Testimony |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter In 2010, when I was just returned home from a mission trip from Kenya with my best friend Patrick, my then girlfriend Olivia, now wife invited me to Lafayette, Louisiana to visit her grandparents, while there she also invited me to me to visit her stepfather’s mother, Miss Jane. When we arrived at her driveway, Olivia turned to me and said “Miss Jane is dying of stage 4 cancer. This is her third bout with lung cancer and now according to her doctors this strain of cancer was incurable.” She added, “If you feel led during our visit to please pray for her.” We visited for about 45 minutes and God begin prompting me to share testimonies of healing that I’ve personally were a part of. At the end of the testimonies, we asked Miss Jane if we could pray for her and she agreed. Olivia and I both prayed for her for her for healing, a move of God and that she feels and knows God’s love for her. After prayer we begin to make a way out of the house, and God prompted me to turned to her and say, “Jane, text me on Tuesday after your doctor’s visit when you’re 100% cancer free.” We left and made our way back to Houston, and on Tuesday while at work, Olivia called and asked me if Jane called our texted me yet. I answered “No.” and asked, “What happened?” Olivia joyfully replied, “Miss Jane is 100% cancer free, God healed her incurable cancer!” A few months later we visited her again. While at lunch, she asked if she could be completely honest with me. Of course I said yes. What she shared was hysterical! She said, “Boy, when you asked if you could pray for me and I agreed, I only did so only because you were dating my granddaughter, I had no idea God would or wanted to heal me. I thought you were crazy!” I confessed that I really didn’t know it was going to happen either and asked her what she thought now of the experience. She replied, “If it didn’t happen to me personally, I wouldn’t have believed it. Now I know Jesus loves and knows me.” Amazing that with three people praying with faith the size of three small mustard seeds, God still moved. Miss Jane has since passed away, but did not have a relapse or die from lung cancer. Please feel free to share this, or tag anyone in comments below that are dealing with any type of incurable or debilitating disease. God is still healing and is still on the throne....

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