Sermon Notes 18/10/2015
Indonesian person succumbed to drug use and used it daily. Tried to stop addiction and getting right with God but could not. The more he tried to better, couldn’t.
Arise shine and the LORD has come… Sermon on God’s greater glory. Cried to God and prayed. Instantly felt a warm sensation in heart. Woke up w no desire to take drug. Addiction gone. God changed him. Flushed drugs all down the toilet. Since April 2014, no more desire for drugs even when offered drugs. Prays for addicts to be free of desire to drugs. Praise God!
Ps Ben raising leaders in youth church- would let them preach and then give them feedback. New preachers raised. New worship leaders raised. Grace Hoten, 15yo. Jermaine Leong, 16yo.
Germany has grace revolution too. Ps books are now sold in Germany, sermons broadcasted daily in Holland and soon in Germany. Many young people being raised to preach and worship. Europe being shaken.
Jesus will come to rule in time. Bible says the Lion will lie down with the lamb, little kids will play near the holes where the snakes are and no will be hurt or destroyed— during millennial rule of Christ after the tribulation after the rapture.
Rapture is not the second coming of Christ. Will happen before tribulation of 7y. 3.5y is great tribulation. Jesus will come.
The people of old when they preached Jesus is coming, Israel not back as the nation and Jews had not returned, WW hadn’t happen and the terrible earthquakes had not happen yet.
1000y with the LORD is like one day. God doesn’t assess time like we do. After 2d, Jesus turned water into wine. After 2000y there will be a wedding in Haaven.
Numbers play a major role in NT.
Everything pointing to Mid East. We are stepping into dark seasons and dark times but before things get terrible, we will be raptured
Sermon of the mount- many principles of the church.
LORD’S PRAYER- is during their season. Must rightly divide. Today’s season is different. Eg. We confess our righteousness in Christ all the time, not confessing our sins all the time.
Christian constitution is in the upper room. Loving one another as Christ has loved us & HS promised. Abiding in him. Life of rest and dependence. Let not your heart be troubled.
He will come again and receive us to Himself so where He is, we will be also.
Revelations- 12 saints, 24 elders… The numbers are symbolical.
144000 Jewish evangelists. The saints used here are Jewish saints. Not to the church.
We are in the end times.
Germany will be shaken by a new reformation. The Lazarus church. Ready to preach the gospel to wow the world.
The chip embedded in the skin of the Antichrist during tribulation. Can’t trade or sell or buy without it. Bible says to take that will be unpardonable sin. But we won’t be here.
How does the Old Testament end? Curse
Closing word of New Testament is GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU.
God is reviving and restoring the gospel of grace all over the world.
Once the bride is ready, step aside for the bride groom. U either step aside or the bride groom will ask u to do so.
I give them eternal life and they will never perish. – John 10
Remove candlestick/ lampstand – refers to church. Remove the impact of the church that has removed the focus away from Jesus.
Yahweh- who was, who is and who is to come.
From three expressions.
That’s why in book of Hebrews- Jesus is referred to as who was, who is and who is to come as well.
Rev 1:4- Jesus who is, who was and who is to come.
SEVEN expressions of the HS (will fill this part up later)
Symbolism in book of Revelation- also explained in other parts of scripture. Bible interpret bible.
It is one thing to lower Himself to be our friend and brother but He is also the firstborn and we must honor Him & His place.
Moral and spiritual > natural and worldly
The number 1 thing the devil wants to remove from our lives is the reminder we are His beloved.
Beloved son and well-pleased – what God the Father said over Jesus during baptism. Later in temptation in the desert, the devil removes the beloved nature.
God loves u and u are he object of His divine affections. His eye is on the sparrow and He knows when the bird falls, how much more u? He knows the number of strands of hair on you. U love ur kids, have u counted the strands of their hair?
God cares for us so much there is no detail in our life that isn’t important to Him.
Not one hair oh our head will fall without the Father’s knowledge.
We are washed by His own blood- v5
Himself took… He Himself bore our sins on His body on the tree… The LORD Himself will… The Son of God who loves me and who gave Himself for my sins…
Very warm term.
Those who don’t want the washing will have to appear before God some day and explain. We all need washing.
When Jesus washes, He does a good job.
God made Jesus prince and savior.
He has made us kings and priests.
Rev1:1- is not the revelation of the antiChrist, the dragons, 666, but the revelation of our LORD Jesus Christ.
7- number of perfection
3- number of manifestation
John 21- third time Jesus showed himself. Day of resurrection is the third day.
Rev1:1- signified- signs and wonders- it by His angel to His servant John
– bore witness to the word, to the person of Jesus Christ and to all things that he saw (3 reasons)
Wherever Jesus is, that’s heaven.
V3- three blessings
V4- who is, who was, who is to come.
V5- faithful witness, firstborn from the dead and ruler over the Kings – 3 characteristics of Jesus.
V6- three things Jesus has done for us- loved us, washed us, made us kings and priests
Jesus will bring order and prosperity to the world. Not just material prosperity.
Grace is not a question of what man is but who God is
Law tells man what man ought to be
Jesus told man what man is (sinner) and what God is (savior)
God loves His people all the way. Before Ten Commandments, he didn’t penalize them despite their murmurings.
V3- Eagles’ wings = by grace
When u are on eagle’s wings, u don’t run or walk. U fly. U rest and u fly. Picture of grace.
When God renews our youth like the Eagles- requires understanding of His grace
Exo 19:5- the convenant = Abraham’s covenant
V6- kingdom of priests (everyone is a king and a priest)
Japanese Christians about to be impacted by gospel of grace. Book translated.
Fear of His glory from the west to the rising of the Sun (people of the East)
“Whatever God can tell us and command it, we can do it”- the pride of the Hebrew.
God deal with us by your law as well not just your grace- gist of the people’s declaration when ten commandment was told to them.
Every time God wants the entire nation of Israel to be priests but the next thing that happen was the golden calf. Used the tribe of Levi- u will be priest into me from now on. Levi is Israel within Israel.
A priest holds God’s hand and man’s hand and brings together. Means there is an offense. The reconciliation is from us. Men needed to be reconciled. Men resents and blames God instead of self. God’s heart is for men. God doesn’t have to run after men. Men run after God.
We are called to be priests for our family and friends
God takes care of priests. Can’t be a priest without the blood of Jesus.
Ark supposed to be carried on the shoulders of the priest. But they copied the Philistines and out ark on the back of the bullock cart. Bad things happens when priests aren’t functioning.
God wants priests with function and whatever it takes for priests to function. Not “priestcraft”- not “I am the priest. U are the lay people. I do the praying for u ” Not that the clergy is holier and the lay people isn’t. Clergy meant to be raising people up to Jesus. Not to be above the people.
There must be organisation before miracle. Sit down in orderly groups of fifty before the five loaves and ten fishes miracles happened.
We are all priests. No such thing as clergy and laity. We have as much influence with God as a full time pastor. We are as anointed as the pastors are.
When people don’t function as priests- financial reversal. Problems with finances and career etc
Jesus is holy but He is approachable.
Hagios- holy and separated unto itself because of its quality
Be holy means don’t be common. People lose their temper easily, don’t forgive and forget. U be uncommon. U stay cool, u forgive and let go.
Pastor shared how there is an old lady who always asks for money. And pastor gave her money before and one day he saw her coming towards him. He prayed for deliverance from her. God admonished him. “Son I didn’t bless u so u would pray prayers like this.” Make mistake being generous than make mistake being stingy. Pastor reminded her not to buy cigarettes and gave her the money.
Jesus was able to be with the people and not be contaminated by them. Instead they got what He is and He did not get what they were. We take our princeliness from Him.
V9- written to believers.
Royal priesthood. Jesus function as priest but regal. Not based on clothing or trappings or ecclesiastical. Moral regality. Jesus dressed commonly, not in comfortable clothes like those in palaces. Jesus was amongst the people but holiness came out of Him.
Jesus has double claim to the throne but moved amongst people like a common man but He spoke in an uncommon manner.
Ur friends sleep around. U don’t. U choose to be uncommon.
God wants u to be uncommon.
Numbers 7:1-6 KJV
Precious things are set apart. Sanctified.
Longest chapter of Numbers and it is a list of the giving of the princes. Why did God give so much space to the giving of the princes of the tribes?
They are princes and no one told them to bring, they brought offerings of their own initiatives
Pastor talks about Eddie Murphy’s “Coming To America”- how his Prince character stayed princely even when working in a fast food chain. And one of the ladies spoke of how there was something regal about him.
And that is how God wants us to be- regal. King priest. Walk according to the call.
People who are princely- not petty or mean, rise above people, dignity and decorum. Don’t be small and don’t find fault with everything. Generous, largess of heart.
God told Moses to take the offerings from them. Num 7:4-6
God will facilitate all u do. Your ministry will be provided for. He will supply you as you function as a priesthood.
U don’t just do the bare minimum. U do beyond that. U ask, “What more can I do?”
A man’s wife was dying and likes a certain type of flower. Only blooms in royal garden n not for commoners. Asked if he could buy the particular flower for how wife. Told to go away. He was a poor man but would give anything for his wife’s comfort before she goes away. The news got to the queen. She asked to see him. He told the queen he doesn’t want charity. He just wants to buy the flower for his wife. She said she can’t sell it to him. He was sad. She said I am the queen. I can’t sell. I will give it to u.
We have this bartering system sometimes- u give then I give u, u smile at me then I smile at u. What kind of grace do we have? Forgiveness- we forgive for our own sake. Bitterness destroys us from the inside out.
Lady lived old and asked for the secret of her longevity- It’s most important that u forgive people. Don’t hold grudge. It is the grace of God. They are dead, I am still alive. Just forgive.
Was Jesus humble? Yes. But it was not a servile humility. Nothing more servile than being stripped in front of many and spat on and crown of thorns pressed on your head, mock u and give u a reed scepter to mock u further, or put a cloak over u and then when it stuck to the wounds, peeled he cloak off again, then made him carry a jagged and sharp cross, put rusty huge nails in his hands. But put all the physical sufferings aside, Pilate feared Jesus the moment he saw Him. There was such a dignity despite the gruesome brutality.
The disciples spent so much time with Jesus and was close to Him, yet they never lost that awesome reverence and respect for Him.
The priests sent soldiers to capture Jesus. They came back empty handed. “Never a man spake as this Man.”
What made that princeliness manifest?
Even the prince offered on an altar.
The altar. Princes have an amazing value for the altar. Altar is where u put the burnt offering and picture of the Cross of our LORD Jesus Christ. Too much value of the finished work of our LORD Jesus Christ – can’t go back to the law anymore.
The cross, the cross, the cross!
Today the world has a Christless and crossless Christianity.
God will supply us whatever we need to function as a king and priest.
Herd- Bullock- a lot of blood
Flock- sheep or goat
Fowl- Dove or pigeons
Who brings the small ones? The poor.
Those who can’t bring a bird, can bring flour. Coz it reminds God that He is the bread of life.
What makes us wealthy today? A big bullock sized revelation of His grace!
God wants us princely and not petty.
God will not let us be petty.
How long do u want to live on this world being petty?
Do u crack dirty jokes all the time? Don’t let the LORD down by reflecting poorly on Him. U can have a sense of humor.
Jesus said to the Pharisees- u strain at a gnat yet u swallow a camel. U have a beam in your eye yet u go around trying to remove a speck from your brother’s eye.
The joy of the LORD is our strength. What does He rejoice in? He rejoices over u. If u know she rejoices over u and u are God’s beloved, u will have strength.
Judah goes first- praise. Not complain.
A Lun- complain, spend the night
Complain and remain, stay in the same position.
Praise and be raised, taken out of the situation.
Salmon when they attacked Jericho, the son of Salmon married Rahab and the grandson of Nashon is Boaz. Great grandparents of Jesus.
In Jewish writings when they entered the Red Sea- Nashon led the pack and went in with His horse. Waters parted when the water hit the horse’s bridle.
Nashon- princely and dignified.
When Pastor was in the navy, his friend told the tuktuk man to take them to the nudist beach at Phuket. Felt embarrassed. Was in his uniform. First time in Phuket and hadn’t any idea where to go back. Why should he be embarrassed? They were the common ones and he was uncommon.
Rise above it like the lion and the lamb. Someone said something, rise above it. We are special people of God, the chosen generation, the royal priesthood
God has an original plan for us to be kings and priests. A people that is uncommon.