Archive | January, 2015

How to become like – DAVID the man after God’s own heart?

12 Jan

How to become like – DAVID the man after God’s own heart?

Sermon Notes of Pastor Djohan Handojo, Sunday, 11 January 2015, summarized by Sister Stella Ho and Brother Gilbert Khoo.

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

  • God gives a theme and He will do it.
  • Be faithful to God to be entrusted in larger capacity in the Kingdom of God.
  • 2015 The year of Multiplied miracles.
  • Prophet Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s son while Saul was still ruling to be the next king of Israel. God does not look at our appearance and performance but He looks at our heart our inner man our spirit mind and soul that is the real us.

How do we have a heart like David

1. He knew God intimately.

After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.’ (Acts 13:22 NASB)

2. We need to know who we are in Christ (we are called beloved to God)

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalms 127:1-3 NASB)

3. We need the anointing of God to serve God

  • Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, (2 Samuel 23:1 NASB)
  • Always open your eyes for The Word of God and your heart for God. Close any gap that no evil comes in

4. Have integrity like David

  • He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds; From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands. (Psalms 78:70-72 NASB)
  • He didn’t kill King Saul even though he had the opportunity.
  • Differences between David and Saul: Saul was rebellious; he sought witchcraft for solutions, unrepentant towards his mistakes.
  • To speak blessing and good things to our enemies is not easy but we need to do it

5. Be successful in the will of God

  • Temptation of success makes people afraid of man than God
  • For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26 NASB)
  • Learn from David although he was successful, yet he humbled himself before God.
  • Tempted by the worldly success: -> Elvis Presley was on the top of his career and he succumbed to the temptation of this world. He started as a gospel singer and he became enslaved to this world drugs alcohol he died on 16 August 1977 for failing to nurture his inner man. He got so carried away with the fame and riches of this world. Nothing in this world could satisfy.
  • A Swedish with no arms Lena Maria – a national swimmer athlete, a motivator, a book author, a singer. These examples proved that our inner man is much more important than our physical body. Be a person after God’s own heart.

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The Power of Forgiveness

6 Jan

Sermon Notes of Pastor Dr. Daniel Prajogo, 04-Jan-2015, summarized by Brother Gilbert Khoo

When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3 And they *came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sin but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, *said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” (Mark 2:1-11)

  1. Have Faith in God (verse 5)
  • Jesus is more interested in our faith.
  • Jesus wants us to focus our eyes on Him – not on other things
  • Jesus gave forgiveness to the paralytic although he was requiring healing
  • Daniel’s daughter suffered diarrhea during holidays and even though she was given medication she developed fever 2 days later. He brought his daughter to the pediatrician but the daughter was diagnosed with infection of the throat instead. He was surprised but indeed the diagnosis was correct and his daughter was healed in 2 days.
  • The doctor solved the root cause that lead to the infection.
  • Jesus came gave a greater gift – the forgiveness of sins so that our relationship with God is restored.
  • Only God can forgive sin. When we sin, we sinned against God.
  • Jesus came to redeem us and He paid with His life
  1. FOCUS on the GOAL – Receiving Forgiveness
  • Only God can forgive sins and heal people. For it is impossible for man to forgive or to heal.
  • Jesus can forgive sins because He is God. (But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins – verse 10)
  • GOAL is forgiveness, GIFT is healing. FOCUS on the GOAL, not the GIFT. Many of us today are so focus on the GIFT but forget the GOAL.
  • Keep your eyes on God. Focus on the Giver not the Gift.
  1. GOD’s Word Has Authority
  • God’s Word has authority. Everything that God said was accomplished. Example story of the centurion. There is an authority in the word of the centurion. What he says, the soldiers will follow. He believed Jesus had the authority. All he did was to ask Jesus to speak a Word for the healing of his servant.
  • Even if you have not experience the blessings or healing, just trust in His love.
  • There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
  • Story of the Allied soldiers in the Japanese concentration camp. They have to ensure their tools are complete after the hard labor each day. One day, the Japanese captain called the allied prisoners out and informed them that one tool is missing and if the culprit does not confess it, the whole group will die. Finally, one man stood up and he confessed. He was immediately shot dead. His comrades were angry why they had to go through the betrayal of the comrade who almost caused them to lose their lives. Suddenly one of the Japanese soldiers came in and informed the captain that they miscalculated and the tools are in fact complete. On hearing this, the prisoners understood that their comrade had in fact step forward to prevent his other comrades from dying.
  • Jesus took our sins on the cross. Jesus had to die on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven. It was a heavy penalty but Jesus paid in full with His life.

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