General Service in Malang, April 22, 2018 (Sunday Morning)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7:4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.
7:5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
7:6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7:7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
7:8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
One hundred and forty-four people from Israel are the core of the church or the heavenly bride who belongs to God forever.
In Revelation 7:6, the tribe of Dan did not receive the seal of God on their foreheads, but he was replaced by Manasseh.
49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse's heels So that its rider shall fall backward.
Because Dan changed from the descendants of Abraham to the ones of the viper.
3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
The attitude of the serpent is eating dust on the days of life. It refers to the fleshly man who lives according to the world. For example, Judas Iscariot lived according to the world, so he fell and his life was rotten and disgraced.
The facts found in the fleshly man who lives according to the world are as follows:
2 Peter 3:10
3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The consequence of the worldly life is perishing with the world by the condemnation of the fire and brimstone from heaven up to the one in hell or the lake of fire and brimstone.
3:7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
Therefore, the Gentiles must be gentle and become the descendants of Abraham spiritually. We live by faith, God, or the true teaching word, not the world.
Where do we get the faith?
10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God..
The true faith comes by hearing the word of God, namely the word which is anointed by Holy Spirit and revealed through a verse explains other verses in the Bible or the true teaching word.
Therefore, the aim of our service and ministry must be clear, namely to prioritize the word.
5:1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret.
5:3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
The true aim of the service and ministry is to press about Jesus. It is the same as hearing the true teaching word which is sharper than any two-edged sword.
If the aim is not to hear the word, it will be same as gathering together to Aaron, not God. It is the same as being hard-hearted.
32:1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
32:2 And Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."
32:3 "So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron.
32:4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, "This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!"
Be careful! The false service which gathers together to Aaron aims at the things which are not God or true teaching word such as money, position, appreciation, praise, and hesitation, so there is idolatry or the golden calf, namely being hard-hearted or stiff-necked, keeping sin, and enjoying in sin.
32:9 And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!
The attitude of the shepherd: preaching the true teaching word in the anointing of Holy Spirit so that the true teaching word becomes the word which is given by God. So, the word becomes the answer for congregation who are in heavy burden because of sins, economy, marriage, et cetera. The time to preach and content of the true teaching word in the anointing of Holy Spirit cannot be limited.
The attitude of the congregation: hearing the true teaching word in the anointing of Holy Spirit or mind from heaven. So, we hear the true teaching word seriously with a need until we can understand, believe, and trust until it becomes the true faith in our heart. We trust Jesus as the savior, High Priest, and Great Shepherd who is able to bring us to the eternal kingdom of heaven.
Be careful, because there is wrong faith like the faith of Thomas or the one because of looking something. Such faith makes ones unhappy and shaken. There is also a faith because of feeling something, namely, feeling full, blessed, rich, and used. It is also easy to be shaken.
The true faith becomes a brake for us, so we can stop sinning and return to God. We repent and die to sin. We enter the water baptism and arise from water to get new life, namely having good conscience. We live in righteousness in all aspects and become the descendants of Abraham.
3:7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
3:9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
We, the Gentiles, receive the blessing of Abraham physically up to our descendants. We also the spiritual blessing until we enter the eternal Canaan or New Jerusalem.
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
After we have the true faith, there must be the test of faith.
We must experience the test of faith so that our faith increases from the righteous to the perfect one or the golden pot which had manna.
Satan blows the wave and wind or the temptations in all aspects which are impossible, the false teachings, sins, and valleys of fall to make our faith fall, but God permits all of them to happen as the test of faith for us so that our faith becomes perfect.
The test of faith produces two things as follows:
2 Corinthians 5:7-8
5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
The signs of the tested faith until it is perfect are as follows:
God blesses you.