Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Amelia   
Speaker  : Rev. Leonard Lim
Scripture : Psalms 127:3-5, Proverbs 22:6
Date        : 20th June 2010

Raising children is not an easy task. It requires effort, time and even money. So, are children worth it? One research tells us 95% of parents have no regret . 75% say children strengthen their marriage. 89% say having children increase their enjoyment of life. 81% say watching children grow up is life’s greatest pleasure. Children are God’s gifts. It’s a great blessing to have many children. Children are our precious heritage and useful like fruits and arrows; they make the children a treasury and an amoury. One commentator said among the Jews it was unheard for couples not to have children. It is clear to them that children are blessings from God. The same commentator also said not everyone gets married and not every couple can have children. But all adults can still be like a father or mother to somebody else’s children.

The challenge is knowing what to do as a father. It is the doing part that scares me. There are 5 types of father as listed down.

  1. The absent father. Research shows that more children are growing up without their biological father. A father can be at home and still be an absent father. We should break away from that. In Proverbs 22:6 we are reminded the glory of the children are their fathers. We should get involve with our children and be connected to them. If we are absent fathers, we will bring about emotional, spiritual and social wounds or deficit. Some children react to this absence with anger. Absent father can cause extreme behaviour. It can also cause an inner sense of loss and incompleteness. By being absent too you provoke them into anger; Ephesians 6:4 , Colossians 3:21 .
  2. The distant father due to many reasons. Children suffer too from the lack of their father’s presence in their growing up years.
  3. The demanding father. Demanding means not easily satisfied or pleased. This also can also exasperate children.
  4. The involved but visionless father.
  5. The involved father with a vision for his children’s future
What does every child want and need from his father?
  1. Time together. One author says that one of the key ingredients of a healthy family is spending a large quantity of time spent together. Parents should do things together with their children.
  2. A child also requires us to teach them life’s skills. In teaching life’s skills we also spend time with them; Deutronomy 6:6-7.
  3. A child needs a father to impart God’s Word and teach them diligently to our children. Many of us relinquish that responsibility to Sunday School teachers.
  4. A child needs conviction through modeling. Fathers should encourage and exhort their children.
  5. A child needs to hear his father say he loves him. It is important that our children hear our words of affection, affirmation and admiration. Many fathers find it difficult to express their affection to their children.
Bear this in mind. The glory of the children is their father. If the father doesn’t function properly then the defect is great upon our children. Seek therefore to claim the relationship you miss by becoming a good father to our children.
 
Written by wmcas   
Speaker    : Ch'ng Yeang Boon
Scriptures : Matthew 18:1-5
Date          :13th June, 2010

It must have been a great privilege and awesome experience to have walked with the Lord Jesus Christ during the three and a half years of His public ministry 2000 years ago. Imagine if you can hear Jesus preach and teach with such great command of the Scriptures.

Imagine the boldness, the urgency and the passion of seeing Jesus speaking with authority and power. How wonderful it must have been to have seen him raise the dead, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, make the lame to walk, calm the raging storm or multiply the fishes and loaves.

Can you imagine the awe that must have overcome the disciples as they witnessed the Lord walking on the water, or for the few that witnessed Him during the transfiguration? We can only wonder at the amazing things those men witnessed, which were beyond our imagination – and yet they all occurred.

No wonder the disciples and the multitudes at large that followed Jesus and listened to His teachings about the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God, believed fully and expected Him to establish that kingdom in their presence.

For many years they were looking for someone powerful, like King David or Jesus to deliver them from the Romans. They believed this man was the Messiah, the chosen one from God to deliver them from their enemies

So they were desperately looking for someone to free them from the yoke of bondage of the Romans, so they thought that this man Jesus was the one who was going to deliver them.

Yes, Jesus was going to deliver, but not in the way they expected. His was a spiritual kingdom that was not of this world and there would be deliverance from the yoke of bondage of sin and not from the Romans.

Jesus had been trying to tell His closest friends and his disciples these things, as He advanced toward the cross, but they just were not getting the point. In their minds Jesus was the King who was about to set up His kingdom right here on earth, and even better they will going to be His right hand men ruling together with Him.

They were going to be running the show! They just knew that Jesus was grooming them to run His kingdom when He threw off the shackles of governmental and religious oppression.

Jesus had been slowly turning over to them the responsibility of teaching and preaching and they were even performing the same miracles as Jesus. They think they can have the same power like Jesus when Jesus send them out to minister 2 by 2, teaching and preaching and performing many miracles.

The disciples must have been greatly hooked with their own greatness and importance as time went on, because we see in these last chapters of this book of Matthew, Jesus’ closest friends were arguing and bickering over who was going to be the greatest in His kingdom.

Who was the most important? Who would sit closest to Jesus? Who was going to be sitting at the head table? Who going to give orders and commands after Jesus.

But Jesus keeps trying to tell them that He’s about to die and all they can do is fighting for position in some physical kingdom that isn’t even going to exist during their lifetime!

Their thirst and quest to be the greatest had blinded them to the things Jesus had been trying to tell them for months, so we find in Matthew 18:1-5 .

At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, had him stand among them, and said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven! Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.

What an interesting conversation! These were fully grown men who were rough, tough and weathered and hand picked by Jesus the King to help Him set up His physical kingdom on earth, and now they want to know who is going to be the greatest in that kingdom.

Before saying anything, Jesus calls this little child out off the street and had him stand in the middle of these grown men and says, “If you don’t make yourselves like this little child, I’m not turning my kingdom over to you.

In other words, Jesus said “You’re going to have to get your thinking straight if you ever want to be a part of my kingdom business.”

These are pretty harsh and strong words from the Lord; just imagine how frustrated He must have been with these men.

Only a short time before this event in Matthew 17:19 they had tried to cast a demon out of a boy and couldn’t because they hadn’t trusted Him enough for I believed they had been trying to do it in their own power.

Even in the next chapter, after Jesus had rebuked them here, in Matthew 19:13 some people brought their little children to Jesus and the disciples rebuked them and tried to run them off.

Perhaps they were thinking “This is the King who very soon is going to establish His Kingdom. He doesn’t have time to mess around with a bunch of little children. Go away and quit bothering Him!” Jesus would have to get on to them again, and this continues through the rest of the book of Matthew.

So what does all of this have to do with us tonight?” we might ask. “What difference does it make that these hardened fishermen didn’t get the point?”

It makes a lot of difference, because even though none of us are fighting for position in the Lord’s kingdom today, His people are still missing the point of what we’re all about as his disciples

Our text may relate an incident that occurred 2000 years ago, but it identifies some truths that are still relevant today.

Let’s consider some of these truths and allow the Lord to show us what wrong thinking that may be keeping us from being useful in His kingdom business.

What is true greatness?

True greatness is

 

  1. Putting Away Our Agenda
    Listen to their question again. The disciples asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Mark’s gospel indicates that they had been arguing about it, and Luke’s account shows the same. In fact, while they are discussing the matter with Jesus, Luke points out that the disciples were so worried about themselves and their own recognition that some time earlier they found a man who was casting out demons, and they made him stop because he wasn’t one of their groups. In Matthew 18 , the disciples are arguing over who was the most important one of them. In chapter 19 they are still at it and in chapter 20:20 The mother or John and James are working on Jesus to try to get to ask Jesus for favour to put her two sons, on the most prominent seats by the throne, one on the right and the other on the left of the throne. What was the reaction of the other disciples? They all began to argue about it. “Jesus can’t possibly give those seats to James and John! That’s where we ought to be seated!” The Lord was certainly longsuffering with His friends! Why were they doing all of this? This is because they were allowing themselves to be controlled by their sinful human natures, even while walking in the very presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. So tonight we learnt that we may be in the presence of the Lord and yet we are very much in controlled by our sinful nature. We have not totally surrendered our live to the Holy Spirit to control every aspect of our lives. Here in the kingdom of heaven with Jesus as king and yet they have not shown their loyalty and concern for their King or ask what they can do for Jesus but all they could think was about themselves. In fact, it seems that whenever Jesus brought up His coming death, the disciples would get frustrated with Him because He was messing up their agenda of wanting to put Him on the throne. The disciples had proven repeatedly that they were not too concerned with the needs of others. Remember when Jesus was speaking with the woman at the well? The disciples were buying food to fill their bellies and failed to see the multitude of Samaritans for what they were – lost and condemned and in need of a Saviour. Remember when the multitudes followed them around the Sea of Galilee and Jesus asked them what they might feed the crowd? The disciples wanted to send them home and let them take care of themselves so they could eat and rest. Whenever people were clinging to Jesus, they would rebuke them. What was Jesus talking about in His 31/2 years of ministry - Redemption? Sacrifice? Denying self? But do you know what His disciples were concerned about? All these men were concerned about was getting Jesus on the throne, throwing off the yoke of Roman oppression, setting the religious leaders straight, and enjoying the benefits of being the princes in this new physical kingdom ruled by their best friend Jesus. No wonder they were so confused and blurred. In many ways believers in our day and time are much like the disciples were. The times and cultures may have changed through the years, but human nature has not. It is still consumed with self. We still wants to be first, still seeks our own agenda. Jesus had a very clear and simple plan for His first church, and He expressed that plan in what we call the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 . That Great Commission should be our agenda today. We should have no other agenda of our own others than what Jesus commanded us to do. Put away our own ambitions, dreams, agenda and focus on Him. J Jesus said if you want to be great in His kingdom you have to be a servant. True greatness in God’s kingdom is to serve and not to be served. Jesus would tell His church that they were to lead people to Christ all over the world, baptize those converts and teach them to obey everything the Lord taught them, and that is still His agenda for every one of His churches today.
  2. Seek Spiritual Transformation (2-3)
    When the disciples asked their question to Jesus, He did something that completely caught the men off guard. Picture them all standing there or walking down a street.

    The disciples ask their question, but rather than answering them directly, He calls a child that might have been playing. The child walks over, Jesus places him right in the middle of all these grown men and says, “Except ye be converted, and become as little child, you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven.”

    What was His point? Simply this – it was the same point He had just told them in chapter 17:21, the same point of John 15:1-5 – that so long as their opinion of themselves was so high they would be absolutely useless in His kingdom business.

    They had tried to cast a demon out of a boy and couldn’t do it because they had developed this idea that they were so powerful and wonderful, but Jesus said they couldn’t do it unless they were absolutely dependent on Him. In John 15 He had told them that they couldn’t do anything without Him.

    So why call this child? Think about it. Here is this little boy who is a nobody. He has nothing, can do nothing, and for all practical purposes knows nothing. All he did was exactly what Jesus told him to do, He called the child and he came.

    The disciples were going to have to be converted, that is, they were going to have to have a change of mind and a change of heart, recognize how completely bankrupt they were, how completely dependent they were upon Jesus for their power and ability and everything else if they were going to be of any use to Jesus.

    You see, He wasn’t setting up some physical kingdom, nor did He have any immediate plans to do so. His kingdom was about giving men and women the opportunity to hear the gospel and make a decision about God’s provision for their lost condition.

    His kingdom was about doing the work His Heavenly Father wanted Him to do and if we are in His kingdom, than He would be expected to do the same.

    His kingdom was about casting the net, sowing the seed, seeking the lost and using His churches to do it, but until they recognized how completely dependent on Him they were He wasn’t going to entrust it to them.

    This would be a hard lesson to learn. Men have always struggled with ideas of their own self-importance.

    The Scriptures show us time after time how men and women, lifted up with pride, brought about their own destruction, so it is important that we realize that there must spiritual transformation and renewal of our mind and change in our lives if we are going to be effectively used in God’s kingdom business.

    That is why the Bible tells us to have the mind of Christ. It tells us that we need to be transformed, that we need to put off the old man and put on the new man, and so forth.

    The more we become like Christ we become the more effectively we can be used by the Lord Jesus, and honestly it is a shame that there are so many people in the Lord’s churches who have been just like they are for years and years.

    The obvious outward things may have changed years ago, but what about our wrong attitudes, our trust in God, what about our selfishness and pride and so forth?

    People say things like, “You’ll just have to overlook so and so, they’ve always been that way.” Well that’s a shame! Rather than expecting biblical change we make excuses for our sinful behaviour.

    If we expect to be used by God, if we expect the Lord to entrust us with kingdom work, then we must honestly, regularly and diligently bring ourselves into the light of the Word of God and allow it to point out those areas in our lives that have not been surrendered to Him and allow the Lord to change us.

     

  3. Lead A Life Of Humility (4-6)
    This is what the Lord truly desire in the lives of His disciples. If they really wanted to be great in His eyes, in His kingdom, then they were going to have to humble themselves. It wasn’t about who was the smartest, or who was the strongest, or who was the best orator and so forth.

    In Jesus’ mind, it was about whom was most willing to serve. Listen to what He would say later in chapter 20 when the disciples were arguing again about this same thing,

    “…you know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister (or servant); and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

    The world’s idea of greatness is that you have this great leader on top of the pyramid who is passing out orders and telling everyone what to do and making sure they do it so he looks good, but Jesus’ idea is opposite that. In God’s kingdom, you flip that pyramid upside down and put the great leader at the bottom and you make him serve the rest. He gives his life to serve them, making sure they become all they are to be, seeking their welfare first.

    When a man can do that – then he is great. Think about it – Almost anybody can tell somebody what to do when it benefits them, but it takes a great person, a person of great humility and faith to serve the other guy so that the other guy looks good.

    If the disciples wanted to be great, then they had to follow their leader and be willing to give up their lives. Talk about a hard pill to swallow!

    How will this kind of humility be manifested? By its fruit. Every one of these men had their own ideas about who could join up with their elite club.

    Could they humble themselves so low that they were willing to call themselves equal with the little child? Jesus told them that whoever received one of those children was in reality receiving Him, and those who didn’t would be better off had they never been born. Now that’s pretty clear!

    James said in his letter that “pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” In Luke 6:17-20 , we find this account,

    “And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; and they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.”

    What’s the point? You take the widows, the orphans, the diseased, the marginalised and the poor and put them all together and what do you have? You’ve got the dirtiest, most unpleasant, most unwanted people there are, and Jesus says, that are the one we should serve and targeted!

    It’s one thing to say that you’re humble, but it’s another to prove it by being a servant to people like that.

    None of us would have any problem serving those from whom we think we have something to gain, but what could we possibly gain by serving people who have nothing to offer? Nothing! And that’s the whole point. True greatness is that inward condition of surrenderedness to the Spirit of God, being continually transformed by the Word of God into the likeness of Christ, manifested by a spirit of humility, so that we might minister to the needs of the most undesirable people on the face of the earth.

    When we can do that, then we’re great, and then can the Lord use us.

    The message is clear – God expects us to surrender our sinful human nature to Him, allow ourselves to be changed, humble ourselves before Him and give our life away in grateful service to Him.

    Tonight the Lord is asking us to get out of our comfort zone, to give up our rights and humbly serving Him even in the most degrading of ways if necessary, and be happy about it?”

    Of course we ask “Why would I want to do that?

    There are a number of reasons beginning with two of the most obvious. Jesus set the example and we ought to follow, and Jesus told us to, and we ought to obey. Those two reasons should be enough.

    True greatness in life is the life of sacrificing and surrendering to the Lord. It is putting away our agenda and denying oneself .The Lord say love your neighbour as yourselves- To Love others is leaving our agenda aside and be willing to sacrifice and serve. Humility gives us the mandate to serve with power – that is what I called true greatness

 
Written by wmcas   
Speaker : Ps Lee Peng Chiat
Scripture : 1 Tim 4: 1 - 16
Date : 6th June 2010

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Written by Amelia   
Speaker : Mr. Chiam Yow Lip
Scripture : Matthew 16:24-27
Date : 30th May 2010

We live in a day of casual Christianity. It was heard the average church will drop one fourth of its members and neither the church will notice the difference. Casual Christians want to be noticed but do not care less about the Shepherd. They want warm fuzzy moments on Sundays but offer no other commitments for the rest of the week. They want the Crown without the Cross.

There are 4 lessons from the passage above:

  1. Defining a disciple
  2. The Work of the Cross
  3. The Rewards for the Disciple
  4. God’s Strategy for the end times
Who is the disciple? He is someone who has to lay something down – his self life. It’s not about denying oneself of luxuries or necessities. It means that we renounce our right to ourselves, the right to rule our lives. The phrase denying self means to completely disown, or utterly separate from oneself. First, he must count the former self as being dead; 2 Corinthians 5:17 . He must make no provision for the flesh; Galatians 2:20 . When you are a good person, somebody speaks evil of you. When your opinions are ridiculed, you take it patiently. That is dying to self. It is hard to die to self because the self does not like to be denied.

Secondly, he has to lift his own cross. The Cross is the place of death; Matthew 16:25 . When Jesus used this picture of his disciples taking up their crosses to follow him. Crucifixion was a common execution method in those days. We have to die on the Cross and give our all to His glory. It means no holds barred for Jesus. It’s following his steady path in our journey through this world.

Thirdly, a disciple has to live out being a follower. A follower must have a leader to follow. To be a disciple of Jesus is to continually follow after Him. It is to be a way of life. We must be willing to be led into places that we don’t understand, dark, scary, painful or unpleasant. We must follow and trust the Shepherd; Psalms 23:4. Benjamin Dube was an evangelist who worked on the Soweto streets. His message was blacks must love whites and vice versa. One day some blacks approached him and told him not to preach to them about loving their neighbours. Benjamin carried on. One night he dreamt he was stabbed to death by his own people. He told his wife, Grace that he believed his dream will happen. The following day, they discussed the dream and the constant threats with their children. He asked his children whether he should continue with his message of forgiveness. They nodded. He prayed with his family for strength to remain faithful. Not long after that, Benjamin had to preach. On his way, he was stabbed 16 times. His eldest son watched helplessly. The murderers took his Bible and dipped it in his blood. The son rushed back to tell his mom. In his distress he called out to God. He opened his Bible, and the first verse that came to him was this… Father, forgive them for they know what they do. The murderers were arrested. After the funeral, Grace and her children got together and agreed that they will continue their work. A year later, at a rally, a man pushed through and stood with his head bowed. He wanted to start his life afresh. It was one of the accomplices who had planned her husband’s murder. For a moment she could not say anything, then she said to him… “Now you are my brother.’ As everyone looked on, her children sang What A Mighty God We Serve. Benjamin Dube did not want to be somebody who looked on. Neither did his family. Following Christ does not mean a trouble free life. We must count the cost so that we will not be tempted to quit later. Jesus does not call us to make an impulsive decision or unthinking actions. But the bottom line is putting Him first will always bring out the best outcome. Many Christians wear a cross to show they are Christians but bear in mind what we wear outside must be matched by what is inside – that we are true Christians.

The Work of the Cross. The Cross is God’s plumb-line for all true disciples. This is illustrated by Paul’s life. Paul’s life and ministry was powerful because they were built on Christ. Paul says he dies to the Cross daily. He could exercise authority over outward circumstances. He was aware that as a servant of Christ he has no personal right over anything. His ministry and preaching were simple yet powerful because the Cross works with him on the inside. The Cross is needed to make disciples. When we build our lives on the Cross it is easy to overlook things. We don’t get blown over easily. John 12:32 ; But when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself. Jesus did not draw all men to Him until he had gone to the Cross. The Cross is needed in order to serve. People who have longevity in the ministry are people who die to the Cross; John 12:28 . The Cross is needed to overcome all the Devil’s strategies. Every time we are not afraid to lose all for Jesus, the Devil loses his power.

The reward for a disciple. Disciples will be rewarded how they have lived their lives and not what they have done. We want rewards for our sacrifices. But God’s reward is based on self-abandonment. If we are willing to give everything up, we will receive everything back and even more. God will judge and reward us according to the nature and life we lead; not the charity that we have done.

God’s strategies for the end times. It’s simple – return to the Cross. God is calling His church to be distinct by going back to the Cross, be focus on the Cross. We are to go back to God on His terms, not our own. We need daily obedience to Christ. We must reclaim what has been forsaken. What is God telling us? He is asking us to return to the Cross. We will only have power to overcome when the Cross has done its work on the inside. What type of Christian should we be? Are we in a covenant relationship with God? I urge you all to heed the call to return to the Cross. We have allowed Satan to lull us into living ‘Crossless’ lives.
 
Written by Chan Weng Seng   
Speaker : Chan Weng Seng
Date       : 23rd May, 2010

Tonight we observe Global Day of Prayer 2010 or GDOP 2010. 4 things we need to know before we can celebrate this meaningfully. 4 points I intend to share tonight. I will

  1. promote 3 prayer initiatives that are being implemented
  2. expose 3 prayer-destroying myths believed by many
  3. oppose these 3 myths using God’s Word
  4. pursue 3 end times objectives as commanded by God.
To help you remember, I have structured tonight’s message using the letters GDOP. I have entitled tonight’s message as LET US GDOP TOGETHER. I can’t GDOP alone by myself. You can’t GDOP by yourself. But together we can. It’s more fun together and we’ll succeed if we are focused and united under God’s leadership. So let’s GDOP together

G for Get going and join us in 3 prayer initiatives
D for Discern and recognize 3 prayer-destroying myths
O for Oppose and discard these 3 prayer-destroying myths
P for Pursue and obey 3 end times commands given by God.

I now begin with
POINT #1: GET GOING ON 3 PRAYER INITIATIVES
Allow me to share with you where I am in my spiritual pilgrimage and what I am passionate about as your prayer ministry co-coordinator.

I see what I want to see. I hear what I want to hear. I think what I want to think I do what I want to do. I love who I want to love. That was how I used to live. But now this is how I want to live.

I see what God wants me to see. I hear what God wants me to hear. I think what God wants me to think. I do what God wants me to do. I love who God wants me to love. This is because I’m learning how to live in the power of Christ’s resurrection.

If Christ is not Lord of all my seeing, hearing, thinking, doing and loving, He’s not Lord at all over me. If Christ is not Lord of all that is in me, He’s not Lord at all that is of me.

Once I pray what I want to pray or I pray what man tells me to pray. But now I pray what God wants me to pray. This is because I’m learning how to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. If God’s Spirit is not Lord of all my praying, He’s not Lord at all in my praying.

This was the life lived by our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the life He expects every disciple of His to live. This was the life lived by apostle Paul. This is the life Paul urges each one of us to live when he wrote 1 Corinthians 2: 9 -12 NIV No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God that we may understand what God has freely given us.

The Holy Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. We have not received the Spirit of the world but God’s Holy Spirit so that we may understand what God has freely given to us and what He wants to freely reveal to us.

This then should affect how we process information and what we pray. To be specific in our praying we need information but to be effective in prayer, we need God’s impartation. To persevere in our praying, we need more information, but for breakthroughs in prayer, we need God’s intervention. Prayer intercessors don’t overestimate the value of being informed nor do they underestimate the importance of God telling them what to pray and what to do.

Information initiates our interest but it is God who inspires us to intercede. Needs arouse our concern but it is God who convicts us to intervene.

As prayer ministry co-coordinator I’ve been providing information and more information believing that God will

  • prompt you on what to pray with persistence
  • prod you to pray on with perseverance.
As prayer ministry coordinator I have been
  • preparing our weekly prayer list for our church website at wmcas.org
  • emailing prayer alerts to some of you who are in my mailing list
  • starting Lighthouse Watchmen Fellowships to pray for the revival of the church and the transformation of our nation.
To access this prayer list, to receive prayer alerts, you need to register by giving me your email address. I urge you to sign up tonight if you have not done so. Some of you have been affirmative in your response. Not only have you been appreciative, you have contributed more prayer items and alerts to be forwarded to those registered in our church prayer network.

So far 2 Lighthouse Watchmen Fellowships have been started in 2 tamans. To start a Lighthouse Watchmen Fellowship in your home, school or workplace, contact me for more information. Praise God for what He is doing in our midst. Thank you for your participation and your partnership.

As we observe Global Day of Prayer 2010, I urge all present this evening

  • to participate in all these prayer initiatives and
  • to partner with us in praying for our church, country and the world.
Together let us get going on these 3 prayer initiatives.

That was point #1, now I proceed to

Point #2: DISCERN AND RECOGNIZE 3 PRAYER-DESTROYING MYTHS
There are many reasons why Christians don’t pray. There are many myths that have caused many to stop praying. Tonight I intend to expose 3 myths that might have discouraged you from praying.
Myth # 1: God is not all knowing. He doesn’t know when truth is perverted. He is fooled when man call what is evil as good. He is not offended when man

  • exploit the poor and label it as lottery
  • reward laziness and label it as welfare
  • neglect the disciplining of children and label it as building up self-esteem
  • abuse power and label it as politics
God is not outraged when man
  • craze after possessions and call it ambition
  • indulge in pornography and call it freedom of expression
  • murder the unborn and call it pro-choice
  • reject God and call it enlightenment.
Myth #1:God is not all knowing, He is ignorant each time truth is perverted. Have you stopped praying because you believe this myth?

Myth #2: God cannot hate sin because God is love. God cannot judge and destroy evil because God is love.

He has not and He will not

  • act against the cruel who exploit the powerless
  • shame the corrupt who cheat the public
  • fight those who discriminate by using race, religion and gender
  • judge those who commit premarital sex and extramarital sex.
  • condemn those who legitimize homosexuality and abortions
  • discipline those who persecute and torture in the name of religion
  • punish extremists and opportunists who abuse the rights of others
  • wage war against those who prosper themselves by poisoning others with drugs, tobacco and chemicals
  • chastise those who enrich themselves through slavery, crime and prostitution
  • destroy those who propagate genocide and terrorism, those who perpetuate idolatry and false religions
Myth # 2: God cannot hate sin and wickedness because God is love. Have you stopped praying because you believe in this myth?

Myth #3: God is not all mighty. He is helpless against sin. God is not all-powerful. He is powerless against evil.

He cannot protect

  • the abused and the exploited
  • the unborn and the homeless
  • the persecuted and the tortured
  • the humble and the righteous
  • His children and His church
He cannot provide for
  • the deprived and the destitute
  • the discriminated and the displaced
  • the oppressed and the marginalized
  • the poor and the powerless
  • the widows and the orphans
Myth #3:God is not all-powerful; He’s powerless against sin and evil. Have you stopped praying because of this myth? If you have stopped praying because you believe these 3 myths I urge you to
  • consider God’s track record in His dealings with man
  • examine the historical record as preserved for us in God’s Word.
Ponder over these 3 biblical truths as I now proceed to

POINT #3: 3 TRUTHS TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO ON PRAYING
TRUTH #1: God is all knowing. God hates what is untrue.
Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV describes God in these words.
God is the Rock, His works are perfect and all His ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. Because God is all knowing. He hates what is untrue.

Proverbs 6: 16 -19 (Msg) tells us what God hates. There are 6 things God hates and one more He loathes with passion.

  • eyes that are arrogant
  • a tongue that lies
  • hands that murder the innocent
  • a heart that hatches evil plans
  • feet that race down a wicked track
  • a mouth that lies under oath
  • a trouble maker in the family
TRUTH #2: God is Love. God hates sin.
Although God is longsuffering, He judges and destroys evil. God has judged the world before but in His mercy He spared Noah and his family. I read from Genesis 6: 5 -9 from the NIV; The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe out humankind whom I have created from the face of the earth; men and animals and the birds of the air for I am grieved that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil and did evil from morning till night. God was sorry that He had made the human race. It broke His heart to judge and destroy the world. But He did it. Only Noah was spared because God liked what He saw in Noah.

God has judged Sodom and Gomorrah before but for Abraham’s sake, He spared Lot and His family. Genesis 18: 20 -21 (Msg) God said, “The cries of the victims in Sodom and Gomorrah are deafening. The sin of the cities is immense. I’m going down to see for myself; see if what they’re doing is as bad as it sounds. Then I’ll know.” God hears. God sees. God knows, God cares and God judges.

Genesis 19: 24 , 25 & 29 (Msg) Then God rained brimstone and fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah; a river of lava from out of the sky that destroyed these cities and the entire plain and everyone who lived in the cities and everything that grew from the ground.. When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He was mindful of Abraham. He first got Lot out of there before He blasted those cities off the face of the earth.

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has not changed. He does not change. He will not change. He has done this before. He is doing it now. He will do it again. True to His nature, He will judge the world. True to His Word, He will destroy the world again for all its rebellion and evil

TRUTH #3: God is Almighty. He is able to judge sin. Because God is Almighty, He will judge evil

Zephaniah 1: 14 -18 (Msg) This is what God says to you and me here and now. “The Great Judgment Day of God is almost here. It’s countdown time. Bitter and noisy cries on My Judgment Day, strong men screaming for help. Judgment Day is payday; My anger paid out.

A day

  • of distress and anguish
  • of catastrophic doom
  • of darkness at noon
  • of black storm clouds
  • of bloodcurdling war cries
as forts are assaulted, as defenses are smashed. I’ll make things so bad you won’t know what hit you. You’ll walk around groping like the blind. (Because) you have sinned against God! Blood will be poured out like old dishwater as guts are shoveled into buckets. Don’t plan on buying your way out. Your money is worthless for this. This is the Day of God’s Judgment; my wrath! I care about sin with fiery passion. A fire to burn up the corrupted world, a wildfire finish to corrupting people.” God hates sin with fiery passion. His purifying fire will burn all that is corrupt in this world. His hellfire will destroy all sinful people in our world.

And when will this happen? Zephaniah 1:4 remind us that this Great Judgment Day of God is almost here. How soon is almost here? How near is almost here? The disciples asked Jesus this same question.

Jesus’ reply to them and to us is recorded in Matthew 24: 3 -14 NIV As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, I am the Christ & deceiving many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you’re not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginnings of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel will be preached to all nations, and then the end will come.

For those who have eyes to see and minds to discern, 9 out of 10 signs revealed by Jesus have been and are being fulfilled.

They are

  1. Many false messiahs have come deceiving many in Jesus name
  2. Wars and rumors of terrorism generating great fear globally.
  3. Nations fighting against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms
  4. More frequent earthquakes and widespread famines in various places
  5. Increase of wickedness everywhere globally
  6. Increase of false prophets and lying preachers deceiving many people.
  7. Christians hated by all nations of the world because of Jesus
  8. Christians persecuted, tortured and martyred for refusing to renounce Jesus
  9. Many will turn away from God, as they betray and hate each other.
One last sign is yet to be fulfilled before Lord Jesus returns. One last sign left before God’s Great Day of Judgment becomes reality. This last sign is revealed to us in Matthew 24: 14 Msg The good news of God’s kingdom will be preached all over the world, God’s witness staked out in every country and every ethnic group and then the end will come, then it will all be over.

Why is this 10th sign not fulfilled as yet? The obvious answer is this. The whole gospel has not been preached to the whole world. There are still nations and people groups that have not heard the gospel.

The not so obvious answer is found in John 3:16-17 NIV For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

God so loved the world. God is not interested in saving1 person or 1 family or 1 race. He wants to save everyone in the whole world regardless of race, religion or region. He sent His one and only Son. He did not send a religious book, a human prophet or a world leader. Out of His mercy and love for you and me He sent His one and only Son. God didn’t go through all the trouble of sending His only Son merely to point an accusing finger telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trust in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust in Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it.

Why? Because he failed to believe in the Son of God when introduced to Him. If you’ve not believed in Jesus as God’s one and only Son for your salvation, I urge you to do so.

If you die before Lord Jesus Christ returns, you still have to face God to account for everything done and not done in your life.

For it is written in Hebrews 9:27 and 2 Corinthians 5:10 Man is destined to die once and after that to face God’s judgment. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. NIV

Sooner or later we will have to face God. We will have to appear before Christ and receive what’s coming to us as a result of our actions be they good or bad.

If you have already believed in Jesus as your Savior and Lord, then you need to prepare for His return. What can we do to prepare for the very soon return of Lord Jesus Christ? How then shall we live to prepare for this Great Judgment Day of God? I end tonight’s message with

POINT #4: PURSUE END TIMES OBJECTIVES
OBEY THESE 3 END TIMES COMMANDS
COMMAND #1: is from MATTHEW 28: 18 -20 NIV which is The Great Commission These were Jesus’ final words to His disciples before His Ascension. These are Jesus’ last command to us before His Ascension. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of God the Father, Jesus the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age

All authority in heaven has been given to Jesus by Almighty God. All authority on earth has been delegated to us by Lord Jesus. Jesus’ presence and power is with us all the time until the very end. We are to go to all nations and people groups. And as we go preach and baptize, as we teach and make disciples, as we obey and show others how to obey, we need

  • the love of God the Father as model to motivate us
  • the grace of Jesus Christ as teacher to mentor us.
  • the power of the Holy Spirit as coach to move us.
Daily we need Father God’s love, Jesus Christ’s presence and the Holy Spirit’s power to motivate, move and mentor us to obey His Great Commission.

For this reason daily we need

  • His love to fill us,
  • His grace to heal us and
  • His power to embolden us to obey His Great Commission.
How do we receive His love, His grace and His power everyday? The answer is found in command #2.

COMMAND #2 is EPHESIANS 6:18 NIV
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind; be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit

  • every time all the time,
  • every way all the way,
  • for all saints and sinners on all occasions
  • with all forms of prayer and intercession.
Each time we pray our attitude is examined by God. God not only sees what, when, who and why we pray, He sees how we pray. Each time you pray be mindful of command #3 for without it you pray in vain. If you fail to obey command #3,God will not hear or heed your prayers.

COMMAND #3 is 2 CHRONICLES 7:14-15 NIV
If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal the land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. God’s eyes are open to see what we do; His ears attentive to what we pray. God will listen from heaven. He will forgive our sins; He will heal the land and

He will intervene when His chosen people do these 4 things.

  • we humble ourselves before Him
  • we seek His mercy and grace
  • we repent from all our sinful ways
  • we pray for His intervention.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and His ears attentive to their cry. The righteous cry out and the LORD hears them. He delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. This is God’s promise to all of us as recorded in Psalm 34: 15 -18 NIV God keeps His eyes on all His children. His ears pick up their every moan and groan. As we cry out to God in repentance, God is listening. He will pardon and protect. If our hearts are broken, God is here to comfort and console. He will rescue & restore.

CLOSURE

Tonight as we observe Global Day of Prayer 2010, let us GDOP together. Now that we have understood the G, the D and the O

I pray you will join us so that together as a church we can G D & O under God’s leadership.

G for get going with the prayer initiatives being implemented
D for discard destructive myths that discourage us from praying
O for oppose with God’s Word myths that hinder us from obeying.

What’s left for us to do now is the 4th point of tonight’s sharing, which is P for pursue and obey 3 end times commands as given in Matthew 28: 19 -20, Ephesians 6:18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14

So what is your response to God concerning this? Will you say yes to God tonight? Will you say yes Lord, I want to pursue and obey these 3 end time commands? If yes is your answer, then come to the altar after the benediction and do this one thing.

We close by obeying 2 Chronicles 7:14 together. On this day, the Global Day of Prayer for year 2010 as God’s chosen people, together with millions praying in 220 nations; let us now ask God to forgive our sins and heal the land. let us now humble ourselves before Him and seek His mercy let us now repent from our sinful ways and pray for His intervention. Let us now do it as a church as we pray this prayer on the screen. I will pray the part in black. You pray the part in red. Let us pray. GDOP 2010 Prayer for the world.
 
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