From the Service in Semarang
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.John15:715:7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. The condition of the prayer that is well-pleasing to and answered byGod is that the word must stay in our life.
The process is hearing the word solemnly until we understand, believing, and practicingthe word in our life. If we do the word, It will be ingrainedor stay in our life.The meanings of the Word's being ingrained in our life are
- The prayer is in line to the word of God. It means that the prayer is in line to the will of God. Thus, the prayer is answered by God.
4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
The prayer which is encouraged by the lust of flesh will not be answered by God. It is because such prayer will lead to death.
The prayer that is according to the will of God will be answered by Him because it leads to the eternal life.
- Experiencing the purification.
It starts from the heart that is the center of the spiritual life. The heart becomes honest like a baby, namely we only hope in the mercy of God. We cry out only to God and do not hope to others.
- Faith, believing, and obedience up to the flesh does not sound anymore.
Believing means that there is doubt.
The doubt is like a wave of the sea that makes us driven, tossed, and drowned.
1:6b...for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
1:7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
1:8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Being doubtful means that one does not believe nor obey God. The result is being unstable in all his ways, There is no peace, but labor and heavy burden. One gets nothing but failure. It continues to sinking and perdition forever.
Let us pray with faith, believing, and obedience. It is the same as stretching out our hands to God and He will stretch out His mercy hands for us.
5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Our faith hands which areadded with the mercy hands of God will result in miracleas follows:
- The power of healing.
God heals all physical diseases such as economy problems, illness, et ceteraand the spiritual ones such as uncleanness (God is able to change us to become right and holy), self-truth or the one that is not in line with the Bible, but comes from covering the sin by blaming God and others.
1:40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean."
1:41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed."
1:42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
- The power of resurrection erases the impossibilities.
God is able to solve all impossible problems. God is able to change the destruction and bitterness to become happiness.
7:12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
7:13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
7:14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
- The power of renewal.
15:22And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."
15:24 But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
15:25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"
15:26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
15:27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
God is able to renew the tongue that is full of vain words (lies, gossips, slanders, blasphemy) to become the right one that glorifies God, testifies, and cries out Jesus' name. God makes everything right, successful, and beautiful. When Jesus comes a second time, we will be changed to become perfect as He is. We are worthy to greet His second coming on the glorious clouds. We enter the Future Paradise together with Him forever.
God blesses us.