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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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THE MEANING OF SUCCESS

22 Nov

THE MEANING OF SUCCESS

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

What is your view about the successful and unsuccessful? Maybe it should people who succeed are those who never have failed and never fall. Then there is another question: Are there people in this world never fails? So if you say no, then the people who succeed are those who have fallen / fail, do not give in to failure, get up and keep trying.

Today we will reflect on the measure of success. A success is not a situation that a lot of treasures, always appear in public, became a favourite for many people. It is all the result of a success and also point of test / processes from God for success. Success is the ability to remain strong in the problems, persevere in the issue, the issue fought and won on the issue. This process will be useful for shaping the humble with and in God’s guidance.

David was the king who was the figure and examples of successful people. In his life he often falls up in the problems, the ups and downs in sin, but he never gave up and always seek God and His guidance, so at the end of his life, David was described as successful.

Let today we have a new paradigm of the meaning of the word success. That success is a strength, perseverance, struggling over the issue. Therefore, if you are in a major or minor issue, smile because there is a success awaits you.

TODAY’S WORD: Psalm 37:23-25, NKJV

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. 24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”  (Psalm 37:24)

TODAY’S ACTION:

When a problem is hitting you, never give up, be assured that you will see a rainbow of love from God.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Problem may come up, but those who hope in the Lord will never fall lying, because God upholds them with His hands.

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

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: James 4

Night: Ezekiel 18-19

FAILURE = THE BEGINNING OF A SUCCESS

19 Nov

FAILURE = THE BEGINNING OF A SUCCESS

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Thomas Edison, before he found light bulb he had suffered 9998 times a failure until he managed to find a lamp that can really light up. During school, Edison always got so bad that his mother let him go and tach Edison at home. But Edison never stops learning, and his spirit was never broken. Of a failing, but because the determination never to give up and get back up when they fail, that’s what makes Edison is considered as one of the most prolific creators of his time, holding a record 1,093 patents in his name. he also helped in the defence of the U.S government.

Do not judge a failure as the end of everything. Many people who have lost hope and even lose their lives because they judge failure as the end of everything. But let the time we already know Christ and trust Him to change the paradigm of failure is not the end of the world but the beginning of a success to another.

Therefore, have the Holy Spirit to enable us to enter in the thoughts of God that enables us to understand the plan of God so that when we encounter failures, we will remain optimistic through life. Not discouraged, the faithful and loyal to God because of our faith, he could open a new path of success.

It is true what the Lord Jesus, that with God nothing is too difficult case because in every failure, we always had faith and positive thinking to maximise the working of God’s miraculous.

TODAY’S WORD: Proverbs 24:16, NKJV

For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Never give up on your failures, that today you have failed to make that as a lesson you to rise you to a higher level.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

A failure can be a jump toward the beginning of a success to another.

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

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: James 1

Night: Ezekiel 11-13

ENJOYING GOD’S BLESSING

6 Jul

ENJOYING GOD’S BLESSING

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

In the 1980s in Indonesia there appeared a lot of new rich people who suddenly become rich. There were many statements we heard: “My wealth is greatly so that I will never run out of money for seven generations.”

End of 1990s, many of suddenly rich wealthy entrepreneurs, slammed by the Asian crisis and the devaluation of the currency, so that we started to hear: “The debt that will not finish to be paid for seven generations.”

In the 2000s, many wealthy people (the officials) started to crash because of the government and the authorities were holding in investigation of the origin of wealth and strict sanctions.

God’s word today says that only the grace of God, we will prosper without a problem, which means we can enjoy it up to our descendants and forever. Even the Word of God in Ecclesiastes 2:26: “To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinners He gives the tasks of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” To those who lives are holy and pleasing to God, He give thoughtful wisdom and joy to enjoy what has been gathered. But to those who grieve God and do not holy, God will employ them to gather a wealth which will be given to those who love God.

Therefore, hear the word of God, and let us be careful to do God’s word so that whatever we do will be success and prosper.

TODAY’S WORD: Psalm 127:1-2

A Song of degrees for Solomon. Unless Jehovah builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless Jehovah keeps the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”  (Proverbs 10:22)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Let be favour to God so that we can enjoy God’s blessings.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

If we do the will of God in our lives, then we will be like a trees planted along the riverbank of clean water, their leaves stay green and never stop producing fruits so that everything we do the Lord’s will make it success and prosper.

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

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Acts 14

Night: Job 32-33