Youth Service in Malang, November 19,2011 (Saturday Evening)
1:5-25 is about the
birth tidings of John the Baptist.
But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for
your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall call his name John.
1:14 "And you will have joy
and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither
wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit,
even from his mother's womb.
1:16 "And he will turn many of
the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
1:17 "He will
also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, `to turn the
hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the
wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the
"You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
5:34 "Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say
these things that you may be saved.
5:35 "He was the burning
and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his
the Baptist has borne witness to the truth like the 7 burning and
shining lamps (7 witnesses) as follows:
2. He brought joy and gladness from Heaven
1:13, He got his name from God
1:14, He brought joy and gladness from Heaven
1:15a, He was great in the sight of Lord
1:15b, He became a Nazirite of God
1:15c, He lived in the anointing of Holy Spirit
1:16, He made people repent
1:17, He became a pioneer/precursor.
"And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at
are 2 kinds of joy/gladness as follows:
processes to be able to accept the joy from Heaven are as follow:
joy from the world.
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in
the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the
sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you
joy of the world is derived from the desires and the sight of the
This kind of joy is a futile joy that leads to judgment/
punishment from the Lord and be headed for doom.
Youth is the
period of having strong flesh desires. Young people are often
misled, they bring the joy of the flesh into church so everything
becomes futile and is headed for doom.
joy from Heaven, meaning the joy that is derived from God's
joy from Heaven often hurts our flesh, but our soul can be in joy.
The joy from Heaven leads us to the eternal life.
We must be
able to accept the joy from Heaven and also bring the joy to our
neighbor; we begin from our marriage and household.
"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninetynine just persons who
need no repentance.
repent = to stop doing sin and return to God.
there is joy.
The process of repentance is confessing sins to God
and neighbor, and stop doing sin when it has been forgiven; not
following the heart desires (flesh desires) and the sight of the
flesh (the eye desires).
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and
all evil speaking,
repent = to throw away all the flesh desires and the eye desires
(the leaven of sin), by throwing away 5 main sins that are the
leaven of malice and impurity, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, evil
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump,
since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was
sacrificed for us.
5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with
old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with
the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.
away the leaven = Keeping the feast, we experience the feast
atmosphere (the joy from Heaven).
"Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament,
but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your
sorrow will be turned into joy.
16:21 "A woman, when she is
in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she
has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish,
for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
"Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and
your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
experience the sorrow of the flesh to be born in new life, but there
will be a joy from Heaven.
The process to have new birth is
through the water baptism
Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in
6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized
into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
6:4 Therefore we
were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life.
of the true water baptism isto repent.
the true water baptism is as follow: people who had been died from
sin (who repent) are buried with Jesus through the water; they are
resurrected in the new life that is living
in purity and righteousness.
water baptism is the easiest sorrow! If we do not want to be
baptized, we aren't able to face harder sorrow.
"Say to the righteous that [it shall be] well [with them], For
they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
in righteousnessand everything will not be futile.
But living in
unrighteousness makes everything futile although one has high
education, good job, etc. Once they will be in total failure.
be the house of prayer.
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in
My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [Will
be] accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of
prayer for all nations."
become the house of prayer through the service and ministry, praying
and worshiping God, crying the name of the Lord. We can worship Him
in everything (even in bad condition).
Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You;
The desire of [our] soul [is] for Your name And for the remembrance
we are praying and worshiping God, we cry the name of the Lord and
receive the joy from Heaven.
If we become the house of prayer,
there will be a MIRACLE as when Jesus prayed in the top of the
The miracle begins from the renewal of life that is
and filled with the love of God = the obedient heart.
obedient heart without hypocrisy makes our face shine. If there is a
sin, the face will not shine, but gloomy and bad.
will be a change from an impossible thing to a possible one, a
destroyed thing to good one, a bad life become a beautiful one, our
lives will be arranged by God.
If being able to live in the joy
from Heaven, there will be a fruit that can be picked little by
little that is the physical fruit/blessing or the spiritual
fruit/blessing. The miracle happens in our lives.
obedient to the Shepherding Word, sooner or later we must bear
witness that our lives are starting to be arranged, to be organized,
to be made beautiful by God as the Great Shepherd. Until we become
His house of prayer forever and we receive the eternal joy from