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PRAYER OF JABEZ

10 Aug

Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Irwan Fransiskus, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 6 Aug 2017.

Prayer of Jabez

The prayer of Jabez teaches us how to depend on God and to call upon Him.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – Jabez was more honourable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.” Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.

Jabez’s mother gave birth to him in pain. She named her son “Jabez”, which means “pain.” Perhaps she led a painful life, so she decided to name her son “pain” literally. Jabez’s prayer is made up of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

The Bible mentions that he was an honourable man because of his prayer.

1. Jabez asked God to bless him.
Jabez understood that the blessings of Abraham in Genesis 12:2 – ask the Lord to bless us to glorify Him. Jabez understood the purpose of God’s blessings. Jacob wrestled with an angel at the Jabbok river until he was blessed (Genesis 32:26).

Power, fame, wealth, beauty and health cannot satisfy us. We can learn from the life of famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Thierry Costa and Getulio Vargas. They did not find the meaning of life in their status, and these successful people ended up committing suicide.

2. Jabez prayed for God to enlarge his border so that God’s hands may be with Him.
Jabez understood the prayer of Moses in Exodus 33:15 “If Your presence do not go with us, do not bring us from here”.

If the Lord is with us, His favour is also with us. It is very important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout our life.

3. Jabez asked God to keep Him from harm.
Jabez clearly knew and prayed specifically to the One who could protect him from evil and pain, 1 Chronicles 4:10 – Keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain. The Hebrew word for harm in this verse correlates with 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 – these are the examples of harm or “evil”.

How do we keep ourselves away from harm/evil? There are four examples of the word “harm/evil” in the Bible:

1. Idolatry – anything we love more than God is our idol.
It could be our hobby, our occupation or even the love of chasing money (Ecclesiastes 5:9-10, Ephesians 5:5).

2. Sexual immorality is a sin we must avoid.
We live in a world where society is experiencing moral degradation, where same sex marriage is legal in some countries. Genesis 49:2 records that Ruben slept with his stepmother (one of Jacob’s wives) and as a result Ruben was denied of his first-born birth right.

Lot and his daughters committed incest, and their two descendants from this relationship resulted in constant battles between the Israelites and the Moabites and Ammonites (Genesis 19:32).

3. Putting God to the test is to demand God to prove Himself to us in our own way.
Pastor Mark Wolford, from the US State of Virginia, was bitten by a rattle snake and was killed during a church service for putting God to test. He was well-known for handling dangerous snakes in a test of faith. We need to practise godly discernment by not doing dangerous acts to demonstrate God’s protection upon us. When we view God through our doubt and demand something of Him as a way of determining whether or not He can be trusted, we are in danger of testing God.

In the Bible, there are examples of both acceptable and unacceptable kinds of testing God. It is acceptable to “test” God concerning tithes and offerings (we give because we have faith in Him), for example, but unacceptable when the test is to demand something from God to prove Himself to us because we lack faith in Him.

4. Grumbling is a harmful attitude and it is evil in the sight of God. Proverbs 20:19 It is that faith-inspired action of obedience that God loves. As seen in the example of Israel’s journey out of Egypt, they developed a habit of grumbling.

How do we value the love of Christ in our life? God has given us everything, even His precious blood on the Cross (John 3:16). There is no greater love than the love of Christ. Jacqueline Kennedy’s love letter to the British Ambassador to the US, was sold in an auction for a price for USD$190,000. The Bible is God’s love letter to us, and is priceless. Our food is to do the will of God and to accomplish His work, John 4:34. Let us work out our salvation and work for food that endures to eternal life (John 6:27).

At the end of the prayer of Jabez, it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.

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CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM

6 Jul

The Summary of Sermon by Ps. Djohan Handojo at Bethany International Sevice on Sunday, 2 July 2017.

CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM

Pastor Djohan recently attended a conference at Wittenburg in Germany where the Reformation started by Martin Luther. 

The conference discussed how to bring the Gospel for every person and challenges in sharing it. The gospel brings freedom and transforms life. 

In sharing the gospel today, we faced several challenges :-

 1. Ideology 

People do not believe in God. 40% of the people in the Western world become atheist. They do not find God important in their lives.
2. Secularism  

People look into the world and there is less emphasis of God in the society. In South East Asia, many people still have strong faith in God. We still find Christian schools, many Church services in the malls and hotels.

3. Moral 

Today sexual disorder is considered normal and acceptable especially in the western world. The government in America and other western countries legalized the same-sex marriage. Even the schools are teaching it and educate the right to develop love and feelings beyond the gender which is gender disorientation.

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James 1: 2-3) The world is constantly under temptation by the devil. Only the kingdom of God is unshakeable. 

We are dealing with self centeredness. People have the tendency to become self centered. Some of us struggle with sin but Jesus is waiting for us to come back when we have gone astray in the world. 
(2 Corinthians 5: 17-18) We are the new creation in Christ. It is important for us to walk in Christ every day. God will see us in a different way, God will see Christ who has redeemed us and see us as a new man or new woman in Christ.

When we are still living in the old self, the devil can attack us. When we live as a new man in Christ, the
devil cannot attack us. However, we can live a victorious life because God is in us.

(1 Corinthians 6 : 2 – 3)  For us as believers, one day, we will reign and rule with Jesus. We will judge the world and the fallen angels. 

Now, the Holy Spirit is in the world but one day the Holy Spirit will be taken away from the world. The world will turn into chaos.
(John 6:54- 55) Whoever eat of my flesh and drink of my blood remains in me, have the salvation and eternal life.

DO NOT ONCE GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

16 Nov

DO NOT ONCE GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Have you heard the word of God says that those who grieve the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven and he will perish? Judas Iscariot is one of the example people who had grieved the Holy Spirit. Judas was a disciple of the Lord Jesus who associated with the Lord’s circle. Judas believed in God and the Lord Jesus loved him, then according to the word of God there was the Spirit of God who lived with him which enabled him to know Jesus as God. But because God’s plan of salvation had to be fulfilled then Judas fell into the trap of the devil, and he sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Judas was guilty to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit left him. Consequently, as the Spirit of the Lord departed from Judas, the demons began to attack, convict and make Judas to feel very guilty and he seek death as a way out, Judas was finally dead tragically.

This story tells us and also proves that by grieving the Holy Spirit it is the most serious sin that cannot be forgiven. As Jesus said in Matthew 12:31, “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” When the Holy Spirit left, automatically the devil soon appears to punish even to kill the body, soul and spirit of man in eternal misery.

Sin that grieves the Holy Spirit is not like killing, stealing, adultery, lying, but it is a sin as Judas did, that knows God, receives God’s love, lives in God’s protection, but in the end rejects and questions and even denies the existence of God. The punishment that came to Judas was not because the Lord sent fire from heaven, but it was because the devil act that peeking a gap looked forward to the opportunity and roared like a lion and immediately pounced like lightning when the Spirit of the Lord departed Judas. In a state without the Spirit of God, the devil works freely to kill human beings in eternal death.

TODAY’S WORD: Acts 1:16-20, NKJV

16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”

18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)

20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”  (Matthew 12:31)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Never once do sin that denies the Holy Spirit, because without the Holy Spirit, the devil will easily attack and destroy.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Without the Holy Spirit, human is like walking on a battlefield filled with land of mines, and a rain of bullets.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Hebrews 11:20-40

Night: Ezekiel 3-4

SMALL OR BIG SIN?

23 Sep

SMALL OR BIG SIN?

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

In an airport flight, in order to avoid overloaded charges at the airport, there was one who is very creative. When the trunk was weighed by the airport, he lifted his trunk’s tip so the scales of the trunk counted lighter. He thought that he did only a small lie to a small problem.

Honestly, such sins sometimes we still do it. We sometimes argue that it is only a small sin, God will understand. We must change our mind set, that in God’s eyes there is no terms of big sin or small, all of sin is the uncleanness to God. It is precisely through such sins is subconsciously we have opened a gap for a devil to sneak in and make our spirits are no longer sensitive to the truth of God. Next, we’ll get used to and begin to tolerate a bigger and bigger sin. At times like that, the demon slowly but sure will move the Holy Spirit in human life and replace it with hypocrisy.

Word of God that we hear only be to the extent of the ears, then easily captured by the devil before the truth of God’s word down to the heart to contemplate. Know that there is time when sin will bring death.

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit function as a filter in our lives. The Holy Spirit will make us sensitive to the truth of the word of God so that we are not tolerate the sin’s offense. God said that the word of God is like a double-edged sword, it is very sharp with a very deep divide separating the soul with the spirit of the joints and marrow, and the truth of the word of God judges the heart and mind. This means that through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, our lives will be separated from the flesh to the sanctified into the instrument of God’s glory in this world.

TODAY’S WORD: James 1:12-18,NKJV

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:15)

TODAY’S ACTION:

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit will help you to separate truth and hypocrisy. Pray and meditate the word of God every day for that will help you to live holy.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Let us not become a stumbling block to those around us by any means for our benefit. Keep holding the principle that sin is sin.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Galatians 2

Night: Song of Solomon 1-3

 

DON’T REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL

27 Aug

DON’T REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Imagine if you have an enemy who has betrayed you, of course you do not want to meet him/her, if you happen to bump in you might want to beat, because we would love to see the people we hate in suffering.

One interesting point made by the Lord Jesus before the festival of unleavened bread, which also proves that He is the doer of the Word of God is when Jesus took a washcloth and water and began to wash the feet of Judas. He is the omniscient must knew that Judas Iscariot would be used for the devil to betrayed Him, but He is also loving omniscient and by His love of staggering magnitude, so even though the Lord Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him, but Jesus still loves Judas.

Something that may never been done unless God enables a man. God hates the sin but loves the sinner man and this event proves that Jesus is the Word and the Word was spoken once / said by the Lord Jesus then the words will definitely be fulfilled. Jesus taught love, and he also committed unconditional love even though to the enemy.

Meditate on the goodness of God’s love that has been willing to die on the cross for our sins, we should also follow the example of Jesus to love others as God with the love of Jesus washing the feet of people who will betray Him. And if we are to be doers of the word then see, the blessing of the nations will come after us.

TODAY’S WORD: Romans 12:9-21, NKJV

Behave Like a Christian

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.” (Romans 12:17)

TODAY’S ACTION:

When the world says is impossible, God will enable us to do the impossible for God: Do not repay evil with evil, and do what is right to all people.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

God hates sin, but He loves the sinner man.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 9

Night: Psalm 120-122

BREAKING THE CHAINS

23 Apr

1 John 1:8-10

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.

Today’s Inspiration

If we do wrong things, we must be willing to admit it. If someone else is guilty, we must be ready to forgive. This is, indeed, easier said than done, right?

Admitting guilt can be very painful. Usually people with high status are hard to do it. The higher the social status is, the harder it is for him to do it. If possible, we need not to be ashamed to admit our guilt. Even though admitting our guilt should apply to everyone, anyone and whatever the position in this life is, sin must always be admitted before the Lord.

Admitting sin alone is hard enough. The same thing goes with forgiving the mistake of people. We often think that our scars are too deep already; that his mistakes have already been that big. However how big the mistake is, we need to forgive him. God can forgive us. Refusing to forgive will hinder the Lord’s forgiveness for you.

It is true that our pain and hardships must not be underestimated. Absolutely not! But, if you do not want to admit, sin will chain your life. The sin will keep on chasing and haunting you. You will lose peace, and we will only be freed from those chains is by admitting it. Those scars will not heal by using vengeance and anger. Release forgiveness, and break the chains of sin!

Today’s Reflection

  1. Do you have any sin that chained you up because do not want to admit it and release forgiveness? Why?
  2. How can you be freed from the chains of sin? What can you do to heal your inside wound?

Today’s Action

Release forgiveness and live in peace.

Today’s Word

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.” [1 John 1:9-10, NIV]

[Taken from Today’s Word: Recharge by Ps. Djohan Handojo]

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