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Auckland 2104, NZ

Arise, Shine – Follow By Faith

Sunday, 6th September 2020

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.  Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him. (Matthew 21:28-32)


The father asked his two sons to go to the vineyard, he didn’t give them a choice, they had to go. The father’s instructions were clear but people always have excuses and reasons not to follow. Jesus taught us from this story that when we hear the Father in Heaven, we need to respond straight away.

We are easily contradicting ourselves, we agree on one thing but carry out another. By faith we can overcome contradiction. When we are confused, we need to hear the small voice inside us. God has already given us clear instructions, often through the spiritual authority He’s appointed for us.

When we hear the Word and instructions, we should listen to the small voice within us and follow it, instead of following the reasons of rejections, which are from our flesh.


Jesus was upset with the people doing business in the temple, He was angry at the high priests because they allowed it the happen. They knew what were the right thing to do because they served God but they didn’t stop people from sinning against God.

We are all royal priests and a holy nation, we know God’s expectations for us and how we should live. We should not take the eternal life for granted, because sins will block us from God and make us want to hide from Him. When we make mistakes and our spiritual authority correct us, we should repent and turn back to God.


What is the Kingdom of God? It is the life we live now! Jesus taught us to pray for the Kingdom of God to come and we need to live in it now! The Bible teaches us everything we need to know to live out the Kingdom of God on this earth so we need to act out by faith, not by the worldly standards.

The Holy Spirit is within us and we need to make the choice to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit today!