Sunday, 4th April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
In 2009, God called us back from Taiwan to build His church. We knew His calling but we didn’t know what He wanted us to do. In 2010 we started the church called City Blessings Church, God wanted us to bless this city. In 2014 God led us to join the big family of Bread of Life Christian Church.
In 2021, God is moving us out from here, from next week, we are moving to a new location and God is preparing us. Now this is the time to test our faith, even though we no longer need to set up the chairs but we need to carry all the musical instruments and sound system with us each week. This is an exciting new beginning for us and we will come together more as a family!
From 2014 until now, there were people coming and people going. Everyone enjoys celebration times, but when trials come, in the bottom of the dark valleys, people choose the leave. It’s easy for people to leave and have a new beginning, instead of staying to continue facing the challenges.
Not only for churches, also for marriage relationships, for workplaces, when we face problems and challenges, we tend to choose the easy way out, to leave and start anew.
Everyday in our lives, we experience hardship. We enjoy fellowship in the celebrations, but when we reach the bottom of the valley, we choose to leave.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
In our journey of life, there’s already many people walking on the same path, how did they make through? It says to let us lay aside every weight, the weight that puts us down. What is the weight in our lives? Only God and ourselves know what our weight is.
Not only that but we also need to get away from all the sins that ensnare us. We need to endure. When we face problems, never give up.
TO UNDERSTAND YOU ARE NOT ALONE
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)
Even king David, the faithful servant, said that his heart made him struggle. We need to learn like David, to hope in God, to know God is with us.
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (I Kings 19:4)
Elijah wanted to run away and asked to die, but God didn’t run away. God knows we have our moments but He is patient and He never gives up on us. Do we believe in what we see or do we believe God? Even Jesus faced the same thing.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:38)
Even the Son of God faces hardship, He is saying to His disciples that He had His moments but He did not sin. We will all face issues in lives, people put us down and things we see kill our hope. But never give up because Jesus has overcome everything. Do we believe that we are not alone?
Be patient and trust in God, know that we are not alone. All the difficult journeys we are going through right now, there were witnesses, who already experienced it in the past and overcame. God never put us in the situation we can’t handle.
TO GET RID OF ALL OBSTACLES IN YOUR HEART
What kind of things bother our hearts? We must know what is it and how to deal with it.
The Discouraging Spirit
When we try to start communicating with others but they don’t catch our messages; when we expect others to do something but the outcomes are not as expected, we feel discouraged.
Not being alone doesn’t only mean there are people around us, but when God is with us then changes will happen. In the history of Israel, when God led the Israelites out of Egypt and made a covenant at Mt Sinai, He never forgot this covenant, He never left the Israelites, and even until now.
But have we forgotten about God? We try to hide, it’s a generational sin from Adam and Eve. They chose to hide when they sinned, God still tried to look for them. Only God can cover our shame, we cannot do it ourselves.
We try to do many things trying to cover our shame, even Satan tried to lie to us not to tell others. But God knows everything and only when we are opened up to God then He can wash away our shame with the blood of Jesus. Then no one, even Satan cannot condemn us.
We must be alert, do not condemn or judge others. Because if we stumble and trip over others, we are in big trouble.
The Weary Spirit
And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (I Kings 19:3-4)
Elijah was tired. Everyone of us has a limit and once we reach it we will be weary. Sometimes our physical body might not look tired but our spirit is. How do we know if the person is tired and weary? Look at the fruits the person bears. If we are doing a lot of things but nothing happened has we expended, and when we doubt and loose the peace, we are tired.
When we want to separate our lives with church, then we are tired. We only have one life, we work, we live, and we become Christians. Church cannot be separated from our lives and our work. As a Christian, this is a life we must live 24/7.
We must control our tongue and our anger, we cannot be a two-faced person. When we are happy we are a devoted Christian, when we are angry we try to destroy everyone. This is not what God intended.
The Fearful Spirit
If we have fear inside of us, it means we don’t know God. What do we offer to God when we ask Him for forgiveness? What is our compensation? Jesus talked about the evil servant, when the Master forgave his debts, he went away and collected debts from others. How much do we owe God and how much do others owe us? What can’t we forgive others when God had already forgive us?
We have no right to collect debts when we owe Jesus so much debts. What stop us from forgiving? Because of fear and because we don’t know God is with us. People will challenge our testimony and condemn us but do we know God is with us? Believe we are not alone! God is with us!
TO RESTORE THE LIVING WATER IN LIFE
Jesus is the starter and the finisher. When He was on the cross He said ‘it is finished’. He started well and finished well. Look on to Jesus, only Jesus can give us hope and future!
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 8:37-38)
From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it—The well the leaders sank, Dug by the nation’s nobles, By the lawgiver, with their staves.” And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah. (Numbers 21:16-17)
We must come to Jesus! He is calling to us to come! We only need to say, ‘spring up’! He is the living water and only when we drink from Him then we can have life. Our well maybe dry but God’s well never runs dry!
Isaac dug the well of his father, Abraham. For everything we’ve done and we’ve gone through, we need to dig, dig the well of our forefathers, dig out the dirt from the enemies! Have faith to face our problems, our bitterness, our failures, our unforgiveness…
On this resurrected Easter Sunday, God wants us to receive a new life.