Prayer Service in Malang, June 11, 2013 (Tuesday Evening)

Speaker : Rev. Youpri Ardiantoro

Exodus 13:21-22
13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.

God accompanies Israel with the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire until they enter the land of Canaan. Now for us, the pillar of cloud and fire is the power of Holy Spirit. God accompanies our life, starting from now until the end of age and His second coming and we enter the Canaan.

Israel must go out from Egypt and experience the Passover to be accompanied by God. How do we find the accompaniment of God in the power of Holy Spirit? We must become property of God or we must become Abraham' seed.

Galatians 3:29, 14
3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The promise of God's accompaniment is only for the Abraham's seed in physical meaning. How do we become the children of Abraham?

  1. Believing or having faith in Jesus.
    Galatians 3:2
    3:2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
    How do we get the right faith?

    Romans 10:17
    10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    The right faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ. The right faith believes Jesus as the only one savior.
    The Christ means the one that is anointed. So the Word of Christ means the Word that is anointed by Holy Spirit to result in faith.
    Ephesians 4:15-16
    4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--
    from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

    The Christ is the Head or the Bridegroom of Heaven. Thus, the Word of Christ is the Bride Tidings or the true teaching Word.

    Romans 10:10
    10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    The proof of having faith or believing in Jesus is the mouth is able to confess the sin to God and others. After being forgiven, do not do the sin anymore. The mouth is also able to confess Jesus as God, the Head, and the Bridegroom of Heaven.

  2. Repenting means to die to sin, stop sinning, and return to God.
    Galatians 5:24
    5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    Galatians 5:19-21
    5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
    idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
    envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    We must repent from flesh and its desire. One of the examples is repenting from contention. The contention must be finished through the Word.
    If we have crucified the flesh and its lust, our life becomes the children of Abraham that are accompanied by God. Also God will accompany us in marriage and shepherding if we crucify the flesh.

  3. After repenting and being dead to sin, our life must be buried in water baptism to result the new life which is life in righteousness.
    John 8:39-40
    8:39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
    But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.

    The children of Abraham are the lives that live in righteousness and have the promises of God's accompaniment in the form of Holy Spirit.

There are three kinds of the children of Abraham as follows:

  1. As the stars.
    Genesis 22:17
    22:17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

    Daniel 12:3
    12:3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

    The stars are accompanied by God and their places are in the right hand of God.

    The stars are as follows:

    • The life that lives in righteousness.
    • The life that is employed by God and becomes pattern in faith and righteousness.
      1 Peter 5:2-4
      5:2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;
      nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;
      and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

    • The life that holds fast to one true teaching Word.

    Even though we are the stars, we must be aware for there are stars that are drawn by the dragon.

    Revelation 12:4
    12:4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

    Isaiah 9:14
    9:14 Therefore the Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel, palm branch and bulrush in one day.

    The dragon's tail refers to the false teaching that is not written in Bible or reversed teaching.

  2. As the dust; it refers to the fleshly Christians.
    Genesis 13:16
    13:16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.

    They confess that they have believed in Jesus, repented, gotten the baptism, and served God, but their mind, saying and deed are only flesh at all.

    Genesis 3:14
    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 life as the dust is consumed by serpent and without God's accompaniment.

    1 Corinthians 15:47, 50
    15:47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
    Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

  3. As the sand on the seashore.
    Matthew 7:26-27
    7:26 "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
    and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

    The descendants as the sand are the lives that are shepherded but do not want to practice the Word and never experience the life renewal. Consequently, they become as the house that falls, cannot endure test, even one will fall in sin.

    If there are Christians as the sand in the age of Antichrist, they will be the target of the fury of dragon.
    Revelation 12:17-18
    12:17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
    Then he stood on the sand of the sea.

    Do not be the children of Abraham like the dust and sand but let us be the shining star that holds fast to the true teaching Word. The Lord God will accompany, lead, anoint and fulfill our life with Holy Spirit.

The function of Holy Spirit or the accompaniment of God is as follows:

  1. John 16:7
    16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

    • To convict us of sin so we will not repeat sin.
    • Leading us to the righteousness or leading our life to enter the shepherding.
      Proverbs 12:26
      12:26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

    • To convict us of judgment. Everything that we do, think and say in this world must be accounted for in the time of judgment. If there is Holy Spirit, we will not sin easily, but we are afraid to sin.

  2. Teaching everything until we are able to understand and remember the Word.
    John 14:26
    14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

  3. We become the witness of God, especially when we are facing the hatred until the hatred without reason. We repay hatred with love, evil with good.
    John 15:26-27
    15:26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
    And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

  4. Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning which cannot be uttered so we can worship God.
    1 John 2:1
    2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

    Romans 8:26, 28
    8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    The result of worshipping is God works for good to us until all things become good as the first creation. God makes everything good means until we enter the marriage supper of the Lamb of God.

    If we are unable to get through this world, we will need God's accompaniment. God works to bring good and makes everything good.

God blesses us.