General Service in Malang, December 18, 2011 (Sunday Morning)
is about GETHSEMANE.
Matthew 26:36, 40, 43,
26:36. Then Jesus came with them to a place
called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, "Sit here while I go
and pray over there."
26:40 Then He came to the disciples and
found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch
with Me one hour?
26:43 And He came and found them asleep again,
for their eyes were heavy.
26:45 Then He came to His disciples and
said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting?
Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed
into the hands of sinners.
Gethsemane is a place of
At Gethsemane, Jesus experienced flesh pressing to
In the last days, the followers of Jesus will also
experience flesh pressing, that is in the form of suffering even
persecution to be able to minister God, suffering to keep holding on
Jesus or the true teaching Word, injustice, slander, difficulties,
Flesh suffering equals to the sprinkling of blood. It
equals to the time before antichrist reigns over the world, until the
time antichrist reigns over it for three and a half years.
let us to experience all of these such that we also can reach glory
All flesh sufferings because of Jesus cannot be
tackled by everything from this world (richness, smartness, having
high position, etc.), but it can only be tackled by watching and
We watch and pray such that we do not sleep
If we sleep spiritually, we will deny
Jesus and the consequence is perdition forever.
(including Peter) slept three times. The consequence was Peter denied
Jesus three times.
The meanings of spiritual sleep are
If the church of God sleeps spiritually, Jesus will also sleep. He
has no passion to do something to us.
13:24. Another parable He put forth to
them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good
seed in his field;
13:25 but while men slept, his
enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest
I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and
bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my
Spiritual sleep means having no
more passion to the true teaching Word (wheat seed), that is:
The true teaching
Word denotes the Table of Showbread.
- Getting bored
and sleepy when listening the true teaching Word.
- Starting to
worry and doubt the true teaching Word, being fulfilled with many
questions and considerations.
disobedient, clearly rejecting the true teaching Word.
We must pay attention to
Bible Study Service with Holy Communion!
When we sleep
spiritually, Satan has chance to sow the seed of tares, that
The seed of tares
will grow and become tares.
- The seed of
II Timothy 4:2-4
the word! Be ready in season and out of season.
Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine, but according to their own desires, because
they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves
4:4 and they will turn their
ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
time will come when God's children who sleep spiritually will not
endure the true teaching and turn to false teaching.
teaching is the teaching that is not according to the verse in the
Bible (with addition or subtraction), including gossips whose truth
cannot be accounted.
False teaching only satisfies the
desire of the ears, since the sin will not be pointed or rebuked,
even it will be praised.
- The seed of
sins, evil and unclean sins, bitterness.
Tares equals to Christians'
life who preserves sin.
Everyone does sins and there is forgiveness.
confess sins and do not repeat them, God will forgive (the seeds of
tares are pulled out).
On the contrary, if one confesses sin
and repeats it again, forgiveness is canceled and that life becomes
tares (he enjoys sin).
The consequence is tares
will end up in the burning at the lake of fire and brimstone
(the everlasting hell), that is suffering and perdition forever.
Sin makes us fall down. False teaching makes us lose our way
Both of them make us cannot reach the kingdom of
13:41 The Son
of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His
kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice
13:42 and will cast them into the
furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
19:15. Laziness casts one into
a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.
sleep = being lazy and wicked.
Being lazy means being unfaithful in the ministry.
wicked means leaving ministry to God.
Ministry denotes the
We must pay attention to the General
In the parable of the servants
in the vineyard, the flesh desires cause grumbling, envy, dispute,
Matthew 25:26, 30
25:26 "But his
lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you
knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not
25:30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the
outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
will be differences between one who serves God and one who does not
Malachi 3:18; 4:1
you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.
"For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven, And all
the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day
which is coming shall burn them up," Says the Lord of hosts, "That
will leave them neither root nor branch.
Hasty life is
one who easily leaves the ministry.
The consequence is
straw will also be burned on the day of God. It will enter
26:40 Then He came to the disciples and found
them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with
Me one hour?
Spiritual sleep = being unfaithful in
worship prayer, even cannot worship God anymore (being withered
Worship prayer denotes the Golden Altar of Incense.
must pay attention to the Prayer Service!
The success in
the preaching of the true teaching Word (the sowing of the seed) is
when it can bring the congregation to persevere in the shepherding
pen, that is perseverance in three main services.
worships God is as having a fountain of water which springs up and
On the contrary, the detections of life who is
being dry spiritually are as follows:
is there is a gap for Satan to enter our life such that we fall
- The lip easily
blames the others.
The more we blame the others, the deeper we
- Tending to
follow the flesh desire that contradicts with the Word.
there are temptations or problems, it is a WARNING that we are apart
from the hands of God and switched to the hands of Satan!
we realize, there will be opportunity to come back to the hands of
But, if we do sins during the temptations, we will be cast
forever to the hell.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat,
so that it was already filling.
4:38 But He was in
the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him,
"Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
"Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great
4:40 But He said to them, "Why are you so
fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who
can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
journey of following Jesus is as sailing in the boat to the other
side, crossing over the sea to the haven of peace (Kingdom of
Suddenly a great tempest arose on the
sea, and it will drown the boat of our life.
Do not feel that
we are already safe or established, etc.!
The condition of
the church of the Lord who sleeps spiritually is as a boat in the
middle of the sea and is hit by wind and waves, while Jesus is
It means as follows:
We must keep
being watchful such that we do not become stubborn, desperate, or
Only relying on our own strength and experience, including
self-truth, to tackle wind and waves.
The consequence is wind
and waves cannot be tackled, the boat is almost drowned, and Jesus
sleeps (He does not take care of us).
In a condition without hope, going to ruin, being drowned, and
Why does God let all these things
It is such that we can awake God who sleeps.
means that we enter spiritual revival, such that Jesus also awakes
and has passion to help us.
The practices of spiritual revival are as follows:
All of us will experience the ambience of Gethsemane. We will
face wind and waves.
Jesus must always be inside our boat of life = we are always
faithful and fervent in spirit in ministry to God.
A faithful life is life which wins over the death power
(wind and waves) and is guarded by God.
means being lost.
will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He
is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are
with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."
Our boat of life is drowned or not does not depend on
big or small waves, but it depends on there is Jesus or not inside
2:8 He guards the
paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.
God guards the faithful life such that he will not be
stumbled, lost, fallen down, and drowned.
4:40 But He said to them, "Why
are you so fearful? How is it that you have no
4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and
said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the
sea obey Him!"
Do not be doubtful, do not be afraid, do
not worry! We should not have many questions!
It means as
The wind and the sea obey God, great fish who swallowed Jonah obeys
God, why do man disobey God?
Keep holding on one true teaching Word which we
have experienced = putting hope only on Jesus.
If we have
already experienced help and care from the Word, why do we have to
move to the other?
Being obedient to the true teaching Word.
It is because we are hold by Satan.
4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the
wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind
ceased and there was a great calm.
peace and still (the worship ambience).
30:13 Therefore this
iniquity shall be to you
Like a breach ready to fall, A bulge in a
Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.
And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter's
Which is broken in pieces;
He shall not spare. So there
shall not be found among its fragments A shard to take fire from the
Or to take water from the cistern."
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In
returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence
shall be your strength." But you would not,
Being in peace and still equals to stretching out both our hands to
Being in peace = being silent, introspecting ourselves by the
sharpness of the sword of the Word.
If sin is found, we must confess to God and the others. We are
forgiven and we shall not do sin anymore!
Repeating sin equals
to breaking again the broken vessel.
Being still = controlling ourselves, not putting hope to the
others, only believing and fully surrendering ourselves to God.
I Peter 4:7
4:7. But the end of all things is
at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
Do not be desperate and do not feel safe!
The important thing is we must always be in the ambience of
Thus, Jesus awakes, Jesus rises from
the death. It equals to Jesus stretches out both His hands to us with
the rising power.
The results are as follows:
God blesses us.
The hands of God with rising power are able to care us.
Physically, Jesus is able to care us in the middle of difficulties
in this world.
Spiritually, everything becomes in peace, easy and light with God.
The hands of God with rising power are able to guarantee our
hands of God also solve or recover all destroyed things and make
The hands of God with rising power lead us to the haven of peace,
that is the city of faithful/ the city of light/ the eternal New
107:29 He calms the storm, So that its
waves are still.
107:30 Then they are glad because
they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.