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28 May

Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 21 May 2017.


We are entering into the week of Pentecost. When Jesus was on earth He was led by the Holy Spirit. Today we will learn about the ministry of Jesus in the various historical places in Israel, and its significance relating to the Holy Spirit.

1. Jordan River – Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
The Jordan River is a very fertile river. Naaman, a captain in the army of king of Aram was cured at the Jordan River. Many people, including Jesus, were baptised at that river. Jordan River talks about being filled with the Holy Spirit. In Romans 6:23, the Bible tells us that, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus obeyed God the Father and was baptised at the Jordan River. When He was baptised, the Heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

We become the legal sons and daughters of God as we are sealed with Jesus.

There are many symbols of the Holy Spirit. For example –
a. water – symbolizes cleansing and is needed by every living thing
b. fire – symbolizes light which is needed for life, purification
c. oil – symbolizes healing and anointing
d. wind – symbolizes God is omnipresent

2. Judean Desert – Led by the Holy Spirit
The world is a place of temptation. In today’s modern world, we are tempted in many ways, including entertainment, games and self-indulgences that turn us away from God. Don’t let the devil tempt us. We are sealed by Jesus and let us draw near to God and resist the devil. We need to control our minds so that we don’t live like the world. Jesus was tempted by the devil three times, but each time Jesus replied with the Word of God. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we go through our daily lives.

3. Nazareth – Empowered by the Holy Spirit
Jesus grew up in Nazareth and He was trained there. We need to raise our spiritual Nazarites (our children or spiritual children) and train them in the ways of God. Everyone who serves the Lord needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We need to learn to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit and not depend on our own strength. We need to build an altar at our home to worship the Lord.

4. Capernaum – The Power of the Holy Spirit and Sharing the Good News
Capernaum was Jesus’ town and the centre of His activities in Galilee. It was the place where the Gospel was spread to many. Although many of the people were fishermen and farmers, yet the Gospel was received openly. The Holy Spirit will empower us to share the good news with people, even if we have difficulty sharing the Gospel. Trust and lean on the Holy Spirit as we share the good news to others.

5. Sea of Galilee – The Power of the Holy Spirit Brings Healing & Miracles
And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

We need to have radical obedience to the Holy Spirit in order to be equipped and anointed to do the will of God. When we obey the Holy Spirit, God can use us to bring healing and miracles to those who need it. The apostles of Jesus brought healing and miracles wherever they went as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Just like a fan which needs electricity to operate, healing and miracles need power from the Holy Spirit.

6. Upper Room Jerusalem – Wait Upon the Holy Spirit to Receive Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some of us may not be baptised by the Holy Spirit and we need to be obedient to follow the Lord. The early disciples of Jesus obeyed Jesus to wait for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.

The Holy Spirit is a Person. Let us learn how to trust and lean upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we may shine for God and bring an impact to our families, communities, cities and the nation.

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Prosperity with A Purpose

30 Dec

Prosperity with A Purpose by Ps Djohan Handojo, summarized by Sister Stella Ho

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. And I have come to give them life and life in abundance.

God hears our prayers but sometimes we don’t receive God’s answers because of lack of faith, selfish/lustful or wrong motives, unforgiveness and hatred. Men should live wisely with their wives and women should submit to their husband to remove hindrances to our prayers.

  • A higher level of prayer is making a vow to God for His glory.
  • Job 22:27-28… you will pay your vow… so light will shine on your ways. Vow is normally declared publicly. Psalm 116:14 David a man’s after God’s own heart he pays his vows to the Lord publicly.
  • God wants to bless us so that we can use it to reach out and be a blessings to others.
  • Kingdom principle is always progressive


A young man of 25 years old fell sick due to a deadly viral attack he made a vow to serve the Lord if God heals him and he got healed and paid his vow. Another young man vowed to give more than giving 10% tithe and God increases His financial blessings upon this businessman, the law of progression takes place in our lives as we obey and stay faithful to our vows.

God wants us to experience His multiplication and His miracles by making a vow, which means a faith promise for the future made to God. A vow relates to a spiritual law of prosperity.  It is like God giving us the credit line for us in arrears.

Ps Djohan vowed to dedicate his house in Jakarta to be a house of prayer and his house was renovated debt-free in advance. Every Wednesday, there are people coming over to his to pray.

When is the right time to make a vow to God?

  1. When we have nothing or anything. Genesis 28:20-22 Jacob made a vow if God will be with me ….so that I come back to my father’s house in peace and this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You. God made Jacob to be very wealthy so that he could become His channel of blessing.
  2. When we experience a great loss. It could be our health or finance or relationship.  King Hezekiah made a vow that if he lived longer he would serve God for the rest of his life.  Read Isaiah 38.
  3. When we are in crisis. Jonah ran away from God’s calling and was swallowed by a huge fish. Jonah 2:9 I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving I will pay what I have vowed Salvation is of the Lord. After Jonah declared his vow the big fish spitted him out and God used him to win the town of Nineveh.

Making a vow is bringing forward our future blessings to “now”.  It causes God to command His blessings to come to us in advance for His glory.