Sunday, 26th April 2020
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
God called Abraham out of the land he lived all his life, and go to a place he didn’t know. God didn’t want us to be satisfied with what we have, because if we are satisfied with where we are right now, we will not want to seek God more.
“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:16-17)
There are so much things God wants us to experience, He has a bigger plan for us and He wants us to have fellowship with Him, so we should not put God in a small box.
1) LEAVE OUR COMFORT ZONE AND COME CLOSER TO GOD
Abraham spent all his live living in Haran, the place people worship false God. A lot of time when we are too used to the environment we are in, we will stay in our culture and not realize that we need to change.
Unbelievers live by something they can hold onto, such as money, power, relationship… but as believers, we know that we should hold onto God only. Because everything on this earth will fade away but only God is eternal. Many heroes in the Bible followed God before they knew where God wanted them to go.
Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Mark 1:17-18)
The disciples immediately left their nets and followed Jesus. They didn’t know where Jesus was going, but all of their lives changed after that. At the beginning when we followed Jesus, we also wouldn’t know where Jesus was leading us but as time goes by we will slowly see God’s Will.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God’s plan for us is higher than ours, and He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us to humble ourselves. In the marriage relationship, we should always examine ourselves instead of judging others. The husband should respect his wife and the wife should support her husband.
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:8)
2) ACCUMULATE EXPERIENCES OF FAITH AND BECOME STRONGER IN FAITH
“Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever.” (Psalm 119:111)
Our experiences of faith gives us testimonies and are heritage for us and our children. When we come closer to God, then we can have more experiences of Him and more testimonies in our lives for us to share.
In order to experience God, we should repent, turn back, stop using our ways to do things, and use God’s ways. Often when we face challenges, we want to use our own ways to solve problems, hold onto the things we feel secure, and but we should know that everything comes to us must went through God, and His will is to prosper us not to harm us.
God’s heart for us is always good. He is waiting for us to repent and return to Him. Our prayers to God should not be for a big house, flash car, or lots of money, but to know His Will. Jesus is the best role model for us, being a servant of God and bring the Good News to others.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 11:30)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)
So stop wasting time on useless things, because the world is coming to an end. Instead, we need to seek God’s heart to repent and return; let the Holy Spirit guide us to love our neighbours as ourselves; learn from Jesus to impact others with our lives; and use the authority He has given to us to bless the nations!