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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.

PRESERVERE UNDER TRIAL

25 Nov

PRESERVERE UNDER TRIAL

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Very often in life, even if we have to worship, pray, get nutrition Word of God, but when we encounter problems, we must first become discouraged, with regards to that issue that we face is too big compared to our Lord, so too often we make decisions to give up before trying. In these circumstances, the devil will take the opportunity to hurl accusations, intimidation and bring regret. Furthermore, our lives become dry faith and the devil will easily lead us into a deeper snares of sin.

We will never know what will happen tomorrow until tomorrow comes. We will never know the magnitude of the problem until we deal with it. We will never be up higher if we had an exam. Therefore, for a life that is truly life, we need to challenge.

James 1:12 which notes, “Blessed are those who endure temptation, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to anyone who love him.” Think of it as a joy when we fall into various trials because trials bring persistence and perseverance will bring maturity bring abundance of God’s love that will give us an abundance of God’s love that will give us an abundance of blessings.

Therefore, to us who have known God, believe in the Lord Jesus and known by God, the Spirit of God that there should be I us is greater than all that is in this world and the truth will able us to face the problem of any kind.

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:

“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.” (James 1:12)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Remember that the Spirit of God that is within us is far greater than any problem.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

By God, no case is too difficult to conquer even though we had to walk through the valley of death though.

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

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Peter 2

Night: Ezekiel 24-26

LIVE IN ABUNDANCE

1 May

TODAY’S WORD: Luke 12:16-21, NIV

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Luke 21:20-38, NIV

20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Night: 1 Kings 10-11, NIV

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

10 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”

10 And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood and precious stones. 12 The king used the almugwood to make supports for the temple of the Lord and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)

13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.

Solomon’s Splendor

14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,  15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.

16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minas of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.

18 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them. 20 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom. 21 All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days. 22 The king had a fleet of trading ships at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.

23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.

26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Solomon’s Wives

11 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.

On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. 11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

Solomon’s Adversaries

14 Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. 15 Earlier when David was fighting with Edom, Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom. 16 Joab and all the Israelites stayed there for six months, until they had destroyed all the men in Edom. 17 But Hadad, still only a boy, fled to Egypt with some Edomite officials who had served his father.18 They set out from Midian and went to Paran. Then taking people from Paran with them, they went to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave Hadad a house and land and provided him with food.

19 Pharaoh was so pleased with Hadad that he gave him a sister of his own wife, Queen Tahpenes, in marriage. 20 The sister of Tahpenes bore him a son named Genubath, whom Tahpenes brought up in the royal palace. There Genubath lived with Pharaoh’s own children.

21 While he was in Egypt, Hadad heard that David rested with his ancestors and that Joab the commander of the army was also dead. Then Hadad said to Pharaoh, “Let me go, that I may return to my own country.”

22 “What have you lacked here that you want to go back to your own country?” Pharaoh asked.

“Nothing,” Hadad replied, “but do let me go!”

23 And God raised up against Solomon another adversary, Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer king of Zobah. 24 When David destroyed Zobah’s army, Rezon gathered a band of men around him and became their leader; they went to Damascus, where they settled and took control. 25 Rezon was Israel’s adversary as long as Solomon lived, adding to the trouble caused by Hadad. So Rezon ruled in Aram and was hostile toward Israel.

Jeroboam Rebels Against Solomon

26 Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah.

27 Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the terraces and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.28 Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the tribes of Joseph.

29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give you ten tribes. 32 But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe. 33 I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did.

34 “‘But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon’s hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and decrees. 35 I will take the kingdom from his son’s hands and give you ten tribes. 36 I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name. 37 However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel. 38 If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you. 39 I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.’”

40 Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to Egypt, to Shishak the king, and stayed there until Solomon’s death.

Solomon’s Death

41 As for the other events of Solomon’s reign—all he did and the wisdom he displayed—are they not written in the book of the annals of Solomon? 42 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 43 Then he rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.

TODAY’S INSPIRATION 
Many people who have a lot of money, but living the life carelessly, do not have pattern, and do not have plan. They are simply living, eating, drinking and partying, only to satisfy the desire of the flesh. God’s word today records the parable of the rich and fool who accumulate wealth for its own indulgent and ultimately everything is useless because he himself lose his life.

While some people who are living carelessly by lounging and stand idly but dream big and expect wealth falling from the sky. The Word of God says in Proverbs 6:6: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” There are also people who are living full of worries, every time spend on worrying about what they will eat, drink wear, so they work in fear, toiling from morning until morning again in order to make a lot of money so it gives a sense of security that they will not be lack of money, as Jesus says in Matthew 6:31, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” But the word of God says everything is useless because the Lord grants sleep to those he loves. (Psalm 127:1-2).

But listen to God’s word in John 10:10 God says that I have come that you may have life in abundance and fullness. A blessed life because God suffice, preserve, defend, different to make our lives a life reflecting the glory of God that is always shine as light and salt of the world.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Entrust your life to the Lord, because He is the source of blessings in abundance.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

God guarantees your life, if you live in the Lord.

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

 

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TRAIN YOUR SENSITIVITY

11 Mar

Isaiah 50:4-9

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges gainst me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

Today’s Inspiration

When we were children we can differentiate the sound of the vehicles that our parents use. We knew when the sound of the bike or care was closing in from the road. We are used to hear the sounds that we become sensitive and aware with that sound. We will also aware other kind of sound from other vehicles. Our ears become sensitive enough to differentiate them.

The same thing also happen in our relationship with the Lord, we need to learn to be sensitive and aware of God’s voice. Maybe He does not talk to us directly like He did with Moses or Abraham. Now, we have the Scripture, which is the voice of the Lord to mankind. When we read it, we are training our sensitivity and awareness. When we listen, we are training our ears to hear Him. When we use our hands and legs, we are training our sensitivity and awareness. The habit of reading, listening and doing His Word is what makes us sensitive and aware.

Sensitive and aware with the voice of the Lord will make us submit to the will of the Lord. To be sensitive and aware of His will is going to make us to do the things that please Him. We will have the wisdom to take the right decision and doing the right thing. With that, we will love our partners and children. We can persevere in works because we know that the will of the Lord is so that we will do everything like we are doing them for Him. With that in mind, we can submit to Him with our whole heart. With that, we can have joy in the middle of our hardships.

Building our sensitivity and awareness of God can also make us effective witnesses. A sensitive and aware life is not just a blessing for us, but also for others. That is the thing that we need in order for all of us to face all of our problems. There is no other thing that can make us happier other than to be effective witnesses for God.

Today’s Reflection

  1. How sensitive and aware of the voice of the Lord are you? Do you, all this time, train your sensitivity?
  2. Can you differentiate the voice of the Lord with the voice of this world or the evil one? How?

Today’s Action

The training of your sensitivity and awareness do not come in an instant. Do the things that can support the growth of your sensitivity and awareness.

Today’s Word

“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” [Isaiah 50:4, NIV]

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

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How to become like – DAVID the man after God’s own heart?

12 Jan

How to become like – DAVID the man after God’s own heart?

Sermon Notes of Pastor Djohan Handojo, Sunday, 11 January 2015, summarized by Sister Stella Ho and Brother Gilbert Khoo.

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

  • God gives a theme and He will do it.
  • Be faithful to God to be entrusted in larger capacity in the Kingdom of God.
  • 2015 The year of Multiplied miracles.
  • Prophet Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s son while Saul was still ruling to be the next king of Israel. God does not look at our appearance and performance but He looks at our heart our inner man our spirit mind and soul that is the real us.

How do we have a heart like David

1. He knew God intimately.

After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.’ (Acts 13:22 NASB)

2. We need to know who we are in Christ (we are called beloved to God)

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalms 127:1-3 NASB)

3. We need the anointing of God to serve God

  • Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, (2 Samuel 23:1 NASB)
  • Always open your eyes for The Word of God and your heart for God. Close any gap that no evil comes in

4. Have integrity like David

  • He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds; From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands. (Psalms 78:70-72 NASB)
  • He didn’t kill King Saul even though he had the opportunity.
  • Differences between David and Saul: Saul was rebellious; he sought witchcraft for solutions, unrepentant towards his mistakes.
  • To speak blessing and good things to our enemies is not easy but we need to do it

5. Be successful in the will of God

  • Temptation of success makes people afraid of man than God
  • For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26 NASB)
  • Learn from David although he was successful, yet he humbled himself before God.
  • Tempted by the worldly success: -> Elvis Presley was on the top of his career and he succumbed to the temptation of this world. He started as a gospel singer and he became enslaved to this world drugs alcohol he died on 16 August 1977 for failing to nurture his inner man. He got so carried away with the fame and riches of this world. Nothing in this world could satisfy.
  • A Swedish with no arms Lena Maria – a national swimmer athlete, a motivator, a book author, a singer. These examples proved that our inner man is much more important than our physical body. Be a person after God’s own heart.

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The Power of Forgiveness

6 Jan

Sermon Notes of Pastor Dr. Daniel Prajogo, 04-Jan-2015, summarized by Brother Gilbert Khoo

When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3 And they *came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sin but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, *said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” (Mark 2:1-11)

  1. Have Faith in God (verse 5)
  • Jesus is more interested in our faith.
  • Jesus wants us to focus our eyes on Him – not on other things
  • Jesus gave forgiveness to the paralytic although he was requiring healing
  • Daniel’s daughter suffered diarrhea during holidays and even though she was given medication she developed fever 2 days later. He brought his daughter to the pediatrician but the daughter was diagnosed with infection of the throat instead. He was surprised but indeed the diagnosis was correct and his daughter was healed in 2 days.
  • The doctor solved the root cause that lead to the infection.
  • Jesus came gave a greater gift – the forgiveness of sins so that our relationship with God is restored.
  • Only God can forgive sin. When we sin, we sinned against God.
  • Jesus came to redeem us and He paid with His life
  1. FOCUS on the GOAL – Receiving Forgiveness
  • Only God can forgive sins and heal people. For it is impossible for man to forgive or to heal.
  • Jesus can forgive sins because He is God. (But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins – verse 10)
  • GOAL is forgiveness, GIFT is healing. FOCUS on the GOAL, not the GIFT. Many of us today are so focus on the GIFT but forget the GOAL.
  • Keep your eyes on God. Focus on the Giver not the Gift.
  1. GOD’s Word Has Authority
  • God’s Word has authority. Everything that God said was accomplished. Example story of the centurion. There is an authority in the word of the centurion. What he says, the soldiers will follow. He believed Jesus had the authority. All he did was to ask Jesus to speak a Word for the healing of his servant.
  • Even if you have not experience the blessings or healing, just trust in His love.
  • There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
  • Story of the Allied soldiers in the Japanese concentration camp. They have to ensure their tools are complete after the hard labor each day. One day, the Japanese captain called the allied prisoners out and informed them that one tool is missing and if the culprit does not confess it, the whole group will die. Finally, one man stood up and he confessed. He was immediately shot dead. His comrades were angry why they had to go through the betrayal of the comrade who almost caused them to lose their lives. Suddenly one of the Japanese soldiers came in and informed the captain that they miscalculated and the tools are in fact complete. On hearing this, the prisoners understood that their comrade had in fact step forward to prevent his other comrades from dying.
  • Jesus took our sins on the cross. Jesus had to die on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven. It was a heavy penalty but Jesus paid in full with His life.

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PRAY FOR ISRAEL

11 Jan

PRAY FOR ISRAEL
Population: 8 million people | Capital: Jerusalem | Religion: Jewish Unique Feature: The name “ Israel” refers to the patriarch Jacob meaning “ struggle with God”.
Prayer
Israel is the chosen nation and the seed of Your eyes, Lord. There is nothing that can happen to these people without Your knowledge. The enemy may plan evil upon this race, but no curse aimed at you will succeed. God will make thee a great nation and bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. God will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you and by you all the families of the earth be blessed (Gen 12:2-3). May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels (Ps 122:6-7). Blessed are the people of Israel, and blessed is the government of Israel. Declare your glory over again over this nation and may their hearts open to receive the gift of salvation that is in Jesus Christ the Lord.

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