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Restoration Brought By God

Sunday, 31st July 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

We are entering the season of Upper Room, and today we will look through the lives of the disciples of Jesus, to see what they had gone through and why they were willing to enter the Upper Room and bringing changes to their lives. When we look at their life journeys, we will know what God wants us to do today. We are not here to bring the restoration that we want, but the restoration God wants.

Acts 1:4-8 says, ‘And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”’

After Jesus resurrected, He spent forty days with the disciples, and talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Jesus told them to pray together and wait for the Holy Spirit. A lot of times we don’t know what our lives are, only when trials and troubles come, then we can truly see who we are. When Jesus was prosecuted, all the disciples ran away, but when Jesus resurrected, He did not scold them, but to care for them, to cook them the fish, and to teach them.

1. THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU

Jesus told the disciples that they would be baptised by the Holy Spirit, then immediately the disciples asked if the Kingdom of Israel will be restored. The disciples were still thinking about ‘doing things’ and ‘having things happen’, they were still expecting Jesus to bring back the Kingdom of Israel like before. The world is moving forward, it’s just like how we wish to go back to the lives before the Pandemic, but the world is never the same after the Pandemic.

In the original scripture, verse 8 actually means, ‘the Holy Spirit will come to attack you’. We thought the Holy Spirit comes to empower us and to give us everything we wish for, but the Bible says that the Holy Spirit comes to convict us for sins, for righteousness, and for judgment. Why would the Holy Spirit come on Pentecost Day like a fire upon the disciples, when the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus like a dove when He was baptised? We would interpret the Holy Spirit with our own thinking, instead of simply trust and rely on God. What do we rely on? Our qualifications, our power, our finance, our knowledge…? We are afraid of many things, and that’s why the Holy Spirit will come to attack us, so we can be cleanse with His fire.

2. YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER

We are excited to receive power, but do we really understand what this power is? II Peter 1:3 says, ‘as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.’ Deuteronomy 29:29 also says, ‘the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.’ We must hold onto the Word of God and to treasure the Word of God. This is what our church focuses, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, which is the Word of God.

The hunger and thirst within us can only be satisfied by the Word of God, there is nothing and no one in this world that can give us this satisfaction. We will feel empty inside unless we continue to have the hunger and thirst for the Word of God, then we can receive the true power and restoration. This power can help us to live out the Word of God, to humble, to obey, to deny ourselves, and to benefit others.

3. YOU SHALL BE WITNESSES TO ME

What does it mean by being the witness of God? To let go of what we want and what we like, to submit to our authority, to connect with our brothers and sisters, to live under the Tree of Life, and to impact lives of those, who follow us. The restoration brought by God is different to what we think about and what we want. God has already prepared the best for us, it will look different to the seemingly good things in this world, but can we believe that what God has prepared for us is the best for us?

Upper Room is a lifestyle we live, to humble, to obey, to deny ourselves and to benefit others. To align with our authority, to connect with our brothers and sisters beside us, and to impact the lives of those, who follow us. When we enter the Upper Room, we are not entering a physical place, but entering a new stage in life, where God is working within us, changing us, redirecting us. What we think is important might not be so important in the Kingdom of God, therefore we must put down our own thinking, humbly following Him, and letting Him use us as a witness. So the restoration brought by God will be in our lives.

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