Archive | May, 2016

FEAR NOT, DO NOT REBEL AGAINST GOD

7 May

Excerpt from the Sermon by Pastor Erwin Widjaja, Bethany Church Batam

Ministering at Bethany International Service,

@1:30pm Sunday, May 1, 2016

FEAR NOT, DO NOT REBEL AGAINST GOD

Lately we have been seeing a less favorable climate for business in the first half of 2016, uncertain economic condition, weakening and slowing down of economic sectors. Declining oil prices, increasing terrorism acts, God wants us His children to live by faith. He does not want to be afraid of our situation but God wants us keep trusting Him even in bleak situation.

In this passage from the Bible the nation of Israel rebelled against God because of their fear.  We should learn from the Bible so that we will not be subdued by our fear.  The Israelites were fearful and they lost their trust in God, which led to their rebellion.

And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. (Numbers 14:6)

God knows what is happening all over the world and all these problems in the world are allowed to orchestrate His purposes.  There are nations that will go against Israel, against His beloved.  We need to make sure that we follow the right crowd.

“”Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.” (Zechariah 12:2)

The Prime Minister of Palestine has declared to take East Jerusalem as their capital (Sept 30th, 2015).

Who are actually the Philistines? They were from far away from Europe who worshipped Dagon god (fish-shaped god- Romans god, see Genesis 21:32) They wanted to take over Israel which actually belonged to the Jewish.  Since the time of King David, Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. (1 Kings 2:11)

Cindy Jacobs prophesied for Indonesia that God has heard her prayers and God is going to heal Indonesia.  Look to the fishing Indonesia, God is going to open abundance for Indonesia. The tuna fish has increased by 80% (statistics from April to May 2015)! God will give increasing harvests from the soil, the sea and even from the mines. Pastor Cindy Jacob prophesied thirteen years ago in May 2003 and we see the prophecies being fulfilled.

Pastor Rick Riding has a 24 hour prayer received a vision from the Lord in February 2012.  God revealed to Pastor Rick Riding that God is moving in Korea, China, Indonesia and South East countries (Malaysia, Singapore, India).  God has risen up key people in the Indonesian government to heal this nation.

Indonesia will become the Joseph for the nations.  God has purposely blessed Indonesia to be a channel of blessings for the rest of the world.  Get ourselves ready.  God wants to rise up many Josephs in the end times. (Genesis 41:45-57)

How to become the Josephs that can be trusted with godly wealth?

  1. A life-style that is pleasing to the Lord. Choose the ways of the Lord; holiness. (Genesis 37:2)
  2. A God-fearing lifestyle will attract God’s attention and He lifted him up. (Genesis 37:5,9)
  3. Joseph passed all the tests of life; integrity, adultery, richest and fame. (Genesis 37:20,23,28)
  4. Joseph kept no bitterness. (Genesis 50:20)

‘Secretariat’ was name of a super horse with an amazing speed.  It won many horse races throughout its life.  When the super horse died in 1989, an autopsy of the horse’s heart was conducted and it was found that its heart size was bigger than any normal horse.

The same goes with us, we should allow God to process our heart and we need to have a big heart like Joseph who forgave his siblings despite losing many years of his youth. Our heart must be set right before the Lord in order to be trusted with His blessings. Look at the life of Joseph and learn from it. May our lives be pleasing before God and may we serve His purpose to glorify His Name.

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We are Destined to be an Over Comer

4 May

Excerpt from the Sermon by Pastor Francis Ng, Tabernacle of Christ, ministering at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 17 April 2016.

We are Destined to be an Over comer

If we believe, all things are possible for us.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Train our minds for breakthrough, because victory and defeat begin in our mind (read Romans 12:2).  Our soul has to surrender to God. Our thinking pattern must be conformed to the Word of God in order to be a new creation in Christ.   In order to break records, athletes have to win the battle in their minds.   Similarly, we need to tune our minds to the ways of God.

Five areas to train our mind on:

1.Focus on the Sovereignty of God

God is in charge, no matter what situation we are in.  Nothing catches God by surprise.  If He allows us to go through tough times, it is because God is training us to be more Christ-like.  He will give us the grace to overcome.  Even if we think we are in the wilderness, God is able to make a way where there seems to be no way. When God says something, He has the power to make it happen.  Expect God to do great things for us, He is in charge of our lives.  Rejoice in the Lord always, we are more than conquerors in Christ.

Believe in everything God says.

“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23).

Speak the Word of God and design our future.  Speak to our mountains.  Our words are containers of power.  At one of Reinhard Bonnke Revival Meetings, large insects started falling from the sky because of witchcraft.  Reverend Bonnke rebuked the demonic power and the insects cleared away instantly.  Declare God’s promises and meditate upon the Word of God to experience His miracles.

2.Train our mind to focus on our new identity in Christ

Look forward towards God’s thinking as given in the Bible.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

Stop looking back at the past, our old life is over.  Look forward to our future with Christ.  We are no longer limited by our insecurity and failures of the past.  Paul was a murderer but God transformed him to be a new person.

3.Train our mind to focus on God’s Providence

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).

God is our source of provision.  Give thanks in all circumstances.  God is watching over us but we need respond by putting our trust in Him.  Tap into God’s provision.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

Sometimes God purposely tests us to see our attitude and to purify our heart.  God longs to provide for us but we must be dependent on His resources.  Ask God for wisdom, for His ideas and His grace will be released to us in every area of our life.  Do not follow the counsel of the wicked.  When we have problems, ask someone who is spiritual enough to guide us.  Bad advice will lead to bad decisions, which will destroy our lives.

4.Train our mind to fulfill our destiny, God’s ultimate purpose

Don’t get angry and bitter with God.  Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they had to go through the wilderness.  The Israelites gave up their faith because of the crises they faced; they forgot their destiny which was the Promised Land.  Fix our eyes upon our ultimate destiny. Believe that all things work out for good.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).  It takes our faith, to walk by faith, not by sight.  Keep declaring what we believe and it will translate into our natural life. Dream big with God; make our dreams happen together with Him.  A great destiny is calling us. We are born for such a time as this.

5.Train our mind to focus on the supernatural

When we are in danger, the Holy Spirit will give us warning.  Likewise, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words (Romans 8:26).

The spirit of God will help us in times of need, when we don’t know how to pray.   There is power in the blood of Jesus.  When we train our mind, we acknowledge the reality, but by faith, God can do a supernatural miracle.  Rise above our natural situation.  Keep believing, keep praising and worshipping God the greatness of God, trust God to intervene.  The Bible tells us that in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” God’s miraculous hands are upon us – experience it!

No matter what challenges we face, in Christ we have the power to overcome.   Let our mind be renewed with the new thinking pattern.  Act upon God’s Word to experience the life that God has designed for us individually.  We will become a powerful testimony to the world as our mind is renewed in the Word of God.

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The Work of The Holy Spirit in the Life of Believers

3 May

Excerpt from the Sermon by Pastor Niko Prajogo, Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 24 April 2016.

The Work of The Holy Spirit in the Life of Believers

We have three parts within us – spirit, soul and body. Our true self is our spirit man. We need to strengthen our spirit man. Blessed are those who are doing the works of God and when the Lord comes, He would be pleased to see His servants working faithfully. We cannot do the works of God without the Holy Spirit.

Today we will explore the topic of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers.

The Holy Spirit gives New Birth

The Holy Spirit wants to help, guide and lead us.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:15-17).

The Holy Spirit tells us that we are a child of God.

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

The Holy Spirit gives new birth to us and our spirit man is new. A farmer found an eagle’s egg.  He decided to let the egg hatch, and the chick be raised by the hen in his farm. Soon the egg hatched and the eaglet looked different from the rest of the chicks. The eaglet grew among the chicks but it soon found very difficult to adapt, as it cannot peck the worm nor scratch the ground. However, one day the young eagle noticed that another eagle flying and it looked like it. Soon he decided to flap his wing and soar high as the older eagle. We are like the eagle, created to soar high and we should decide to fly like the eagle and not scratch on the ground.

If you are a child of God, what does it mean to you? Do you believe in it? The Holy Spirit will fill us and guide us. We have all the benefits from God. We need to live for God by doing the works of God and reaching out to the world. The Holy Spirit regenerates our spirit man. We need to make room for the Holy Spirit.

We have a continuous battle of the Spirit and the flesh.  (Faith vs fear, patience vs anger.) The character of Jesus will be formed in our life because we are born with the seed of God. The Holy Spirit will help us and gives us spiritual growth.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5).

The Holy Spirit Gives Spiritual Growth

God wants us to obey in order for us to experience His blessings. Obedience is not easy.

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

We need to discipline ourselves. The Holy Spirit helps us to have self-control. Victorious Christians are obedient Christians. Don’t harbour any un-forgiveness. What is happening inside us is more important than what’s happening on the outside. The storm is outside but don’t let the storm go inside you. This year is the year total freedom and when the Lord sets us free, we are free indeed! (John 8:36)

The Holy Spirit gives spiritual growth and the gifts of the spirit are wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing spirits, speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

Use the spiritual gifts for ministry.  The Holy Spirit bestows these spiritual gifts in our lives accordingly that we may use it to glorify God. We should allow the Holy Spirit to work in us to bear fruit in Christ.

The Holy Spirit gives us Assurance for Eternal Life

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).

He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee (2 Corinthians 5:5).

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

God gave us the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that we are the children of God. He even put a seal on us that we belong to Him.

Let us continue to be hungry and thirsty for God and let the Holy Spirit continue to work in us.

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