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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.

MINISTER TO THE LORD

26 Nov

Excerpt from the Sermon by Pastor John Koe, Senior Pastor, Petra Church – Ministering at Bethany International Service on Sun, 22 Nov 2015. Summarised by BIS Team.

MINISTER TO THE LORD

It is important for us to pray for Israel. When Israel is blessed, the church will also be blessed. There is a direct relationship with Israel and the Church of God. In 1948, when Israel became a nation, there was a wave of healing in the USA. In 1967, when Israel took over Jerusalem, there was the charismatic restoration wave.   Pastor John encountered God during his prayer and fasting that the end-times revival will be characterized with His own Presence. In Solomon’s temple, the presence of God was so strong that the Levites could not stand in His presence. Revival is a partnership between God and Man.  How do we prepare to contain God’s glory?

The greatest ministry for a Christian is to minister to the Lord of the Harvest.  The Church of God must learn to worship Him because the Lord is preparing the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

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

But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? (Luke

Satisfy God’s heart first and everything else will be overwhelmingly met.  Serve the Master first.  In Luke 17:8, the servant ate after the Master had finished eating and drinking.  We often neglect the priority to minister to the Master first.  In Acts 13:2, while they were ministering to God’s hearts, revelation begins to flow.

This is the secret to living in the end-times – hearing the voice of God.  The Holy Spirit must navigate our lives.  Worshipping God is so powerful that light and wisdom will continuously flow like a river. He will cause His voice to be heard.   The answer to our prayers is to praise Him. When we praise and worship God, God will speak and reveal Himself to us. God created us because He loves us and we ought to reciprocate His love by worshipping Him. We are created to worship God.

One important aspect of ministering to the Lord is to learn to honor the Holy Spirit. When we honor God’s presence, He will keep showing up.  For example, if a guest shows up at your house unexpectedly and is honored, that guest will keep showing up. God enjoys it when we worship Him.  There is nothing or no one who can compare to Him.

What God desires from us is our worship. God is all sufficient. He does not need us to survive. In His divine decision, God has made the decision to take pleasure in us, to be able to respond to His heart.  It is the expression of our gratitude that moves His heart.  God is a Person. He wants to be a part of us as we walk the journey of our life. It is such a blessing for parents to have children as subjects of their affection.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

In 1 Samuel 3:1, Samuel ministered to the Lord even from a young age.  Samuel knew how to minister to the Lord and God started to speak to him during a period when visions and Word of God were rare. The greatest ministry as believers is to worship Jesus.  Ministering to God should be our priority.  Everything else is secondary.

The power of praise and worship has a special meaning to God.  Worship will change our life and it will cause us to develop friendship with God.  Friendship means meeting certain needs in each other’s life.  Friendship is not a one-way traffic.  Be interested to know God’s desires.  This is how we can have a friendship with God.  The disciples failed to meet the needs of Jesus before His crucifixion, as they fell asleep.  Friends carry each other’s burden, bringing comfort and encouragement.

Sing love songs to God and express our gratitude to Him.  As we worship God, good things will happen.  Moses spent time on the mountain and the glory of God fell upon him and his face shone.  Waiting upon the Lord is never a wasted time.  Abraham Lincoln was the president of the USA in the late 1800s.  During a meeting, a lady came to pass him a cake that she had baked.  She had to wait for the right time in between his busy schedule to pass him the cake. This act of kindness touched President Lincoln very deeply. People who met him only wanted to take something from him, except for this lady who was there to give him something.  Minister to the Master first – this begins with worship.  We are created to respond to God’s love, for He alone is worthy.  Worship helps us to walk closer with God.

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WHO DO YOU WORSHIP?

23 Nov

WHO DO YOU WORSHIP?

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

In the end, many people live only pursue worldly pleasure, pleasures of the flesh, and most people have become servants of mammon. Every day, from waking up late and what the human thinking is making money and building a business that wishing it will grow bigger, and the greater also the power and influence. As a result, people become greedy; there is no love of God let alone for others. But the Bible clearly says that man cannot worship two masters, because people will hate the one and love the other.

Because of the influence of mammon also the image of God in man is gone. Human beings forget their identity as worshipers of God that has been created by the hand of God Himself. Formed confirmed to the image of God means that man first and the sacred are creatures who always worship and fellowship with God.

Today God is a reminder for us to rebuild the house of God, do not forget the worship, fellowship with God and come back as holy creature worshipers. But know that the Lord’s command today is not meant literally for each of us to build a house of worship but more than that is to bring the presence of God in every aspect of our lives, the way we live is holy, fear and respect to God so in any of what we do and do God’s name be glorified.

TODAY’S WORD: 1 Timothy 6:6-10, NKJV

6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”  (Luke 16:13)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Entrust your whole life to God.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

We cannot worship two masters.

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

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: James 5

Night: Ezekiel 20-21

Worship is our heart response to God

11 Aug

Sermon excerpts Pastor Bob Fitts (summarized by Ps Gilbert) , 10-Aug-14

Worship is our heart response to God

King David is a worshipper

Thus the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household. (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭6‬:‭11‬ NASB)

We bring the presence of God
We bless the nation wherever we go
David knew how to celebrate God’s presence
We should have the heart of worship

The Father in Heaven loves us to celebrate His presence

Few principles:-
1. Ask and rejoice
Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭24‬ NASB)

God is a loving Father and He wants to ask
Never be afraid to ask

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭7‬ NASB)

Ask – God commands us to ask

2. Rejoice and be strengthen
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (‭Nehemiah‬ ‭8‬:‭10‬ NASB)

The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. (‭Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭5-11‬ NASB)

When u are in difficulty, God will prepare feast in front of your enemies
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. (‭Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭5‬ NASB)

3. Strengthen the Weak
2 Samuel 9:1
Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; (‭Isaiah‬ ‭61‬:‭1‬ NASB)