Prayer Service in Malang, April 23, 2013 (Tuesday Evening)
Speaker : Deacon Youpri Ardiantoro
13:17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt."
13:18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
God gives two ways to choose as follows:
8:2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
The aim of the journey for forty years is to make Israel humble. The practice of being humble is holding fast and obeying the Word.
Thus, the one that can enter the Canaan is the life that is humble, obedient to the Word whatever the risk.
3:8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness,
3:9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years.
3:11 So I swore in My wrath, 'they shall not enter My rest.'"
The condition of Israel for forty years in wilderness is hard-hearted although they have already seen the miracle of God. The result is Israel cannot enter the promise land, except two people Joshua and Caleb.
1:45 So all who were numbered of the children of Israel, by their fathers' houses, from twenty years old and above, all who were able to go to war in Israel--
1:46 all who were numbered were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty.
14:29 The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.
14:30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.
13:30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."
14:6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
14:10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.
Joshua and Caleb obey the Word even though they must face the sons of Anak in Canaan and the children of Israel that have said to stone them with stone.
14:24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
The life that can follow the Word whatever the risk has different spirit.
It has happened that from six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty people only two people who can be saved. In the last days it will happen again.
1 Corinthians 10:6,11
10:6. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
To enter the New Jerusalem, we must be obedient to the Word whatever the risk. The obedience is vertical from bottom to top.
Who must be obedient?
The practices of the hardened heart are as follows:
The total or complete chastening is the affection of God. From the total chastening, Job can be humble and sit down on the dust and ashes.
42:6 Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
If the hardened heart can be broken and humble, the results will be as follows:
God blesses us.