A MAN FROM BEYOND (part 2)

Now we come to the second part…

1st choice is to offer your victory for God.

This represented by Abram offering a tenth of everything He had and got form the victory, because Melchizedek, king of Salem (Salem means Shalom, or peace) came to him and brought bread and wine, which referred to Jesus.

2nd one is king of Sodom, who offered all kind of wealth

Most of the people when they get promotion, when they got what they want, all money, power, etc, they tend to just enjoy everything without a single thought pass about giving it back to God, or even to share what they got with others who are in need.

But Abram is different, he chose to give it back to God, and presented tithe to Melchizedek. Why? Because he is A MAN FROM BEYOND.

After Abram chose God over “things”, the reward was at once from God.  (the Bible said that in Genesis 15, just after Abram refused Sodom’s offer)

It has been said in Genesis 15:1

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,[a]
    your very great reward.[b]

 

GOD TOLD ABRAM THAT HE HIMSELF is his SHIELD, and Abram’s reward will be great

But the thing is, this kind of chance does not happen twice. Once you lost the moment, it won’t be coming back, and you will miss the destiny God has set up for you.

We will also learn from Gideon’s son, Yeter.

Judges 8:20-21

20 And he (Gideon) said unto Jether his firstborn, Up , and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared , because he was yet a youth. 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said , Rise thou, and fallupon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose , and slew Zebah and Zalmunna,and took away the ornaments that were on their camels’ necks

At that time, execution can be made by 2 kinds of people. First is the person who has a direct relationship to the one who will be executed, but the second is by a person who has the same level with the one who will be executed.  Zebah and Salmuna were kings, so the one who had the right to kill them is Gideon, the king himself, right? But Gideon gave a chance to his firstborn Yeter to increase from “king’s son” level to “king” level, by giving him chance to kill “kings”. But Yeter was afraid, because he is young. So because he didn’t take this chance, his destiny to increase to a new level had lost forever.

Do you let your fear get the best of you? Or you take chances you believe God has put in your paths, and willing to take the risk?

Another story would be about Peter. In Acts 10

 9 The next day, as they were on their way and coming near Joppa, Peter went up on the roof of the house about noon in order to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat; while the food was being prepared, he had a vision. 11 He saw heaven opened and something coming down that looked like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and wild birds. 13 A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord! I have never eaten anything ritually unclean or defiled.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, “Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.” 16 This happened three times, and then the thing was taken back up into heaven. 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of this vision, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was, and they were now standing in front of the gate.

Peter had a dream that angel told him to eat “haram” things, until 3 times, Peter said NO LORD NO. why? Because I am a Jew. But he realized later (pls read the rest of the story) that he had made mistakes because he shouldn’t say NO, to what God had said YES. And because of it, he lost his destiny to go to the lost in Gentiles, even though he is a great apostle indeed. And as we all know, his position as an apostle to the gentiles has been replaced by Paul. We also know that Paul’s letters constitute the majority of New testaments we read today.

Can you see it? Peter has destiny to be Christ apostle either for Jews (50%) and for Gentiles (50%), but he lost his chance and it was given to Paul, so he only got 50% rather than 100% fulfillment of his destiny in Christ, what a pity? Isn’t it?

If we want to receive Abraham’s blessings as his descendants like what God has promised, we also need to be ready to accept any “assignment” just like Abraham

(its immature for us to want the blessings with an attitude of want nothing to do with the responsibilities)

When God told Abraham to GO, the Bible is actually using “lehleha” word in Hebrew. (i’m not really sure about the spelling, pls forgive me for that).

Lehleha means:

  1. A person who God bring from the lowest level to the highest level
  2. A person who has a teachable spirit

in Bible this “lehleha” word only used TWICE! first is when God spoke to Abraham to GO from his native/mother land to the land of Canaan which God has promised to give it to him. and the second one is in the GREAT COMMISSION of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Are you ready? ready to accept the “assignment” and receive “greatness” (your reward will be great, Gen 15:1)?

Let us all be a man/woman from beyond who does not got shaped along with our degrading culture, but shine, be different, be qualified to receive all He has prepared for us to have!

GBU guys

A MAN FROM BEYOND (part 1)

A man from the other side…

Often we say about ourselves that we are who we are, because….

Our parents treat us badly

We come from a broken home environment

We have a foul temperament rising up from our own dad or mom

And we can never change! Really? NO

Your life depends on your choice! You don’t have to be temperamental even if your father is, you don’t have to be spoiled child even if you came from a wealthy family. Stop making excuses and be brave enough to be “a man from beyond”. What does it mean? A man from beyond literally means a man comes from the other side, right? But it actually is! Maybe most of people in your community speak bad words, or performing some tricks to get promoted with using others as their stepping stones, but YOU? No, even you live in a community like that, you have different qualities, you are different from the rest, you don’t get in the flow and just do as people around you would behave. You have those special qualities, so that even though you came from a broken home family, you have no attitude of bitterness, and you have no attitude of hatred.

Abraham is one of the “a man from beyond”. Even he has been “cheated” by his nephew, Lot, but when his nephew got in trouble (read Genesis), Abram was ready to save him, and finally he won the battle! After he won the battle, 2 kings came to him in the King’s Valley

Gen14:17-22

17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).

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18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram,saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’

We also face battle every single day in our life. Do you know who our enemies are? Yes first of course is the devil, and second is our flesh. Whenever we face battle and then win, one of two choices should be made (just like Abram)

what are those choices? (go to part 2)

Get Ready! Explosion is COMING!

Get ready! Explosion is coming!

explosion

This time were going to learn from Daniel. Daniel is an example of someone who out of His wholeheartedness in following his God, God of Israel, Living God, he experienced kingdom ExplosionS in his life. ExplosionS means more than one breakthrough. I believe all of us want to get those breakthroughs in our life, no matter what they’re about. Maybe it’s a family matter, or financial matter, or study matter, or else. But the good news is, GOD is ,MORE THAN EVER, ready to give us explosions to explosions, breakthrough to breakthrough. Yet why is that we still encountered a dull life? Stagnant life?

So we need to learn from Daniel, what are the qualities, or the characteristics of someone who is ready to receive kingdom explosion in his/her life? They are:

  1. Know who they are (identity) and brave enough to put God first in every situation they face

Daniel 1:6-8 Daniel is an example of a man who know his identity. He refused (along with Sadrach, Mesach, and Abednego) to eat wine and meat, which are prohibited for Jews. they came from Judah land to Babel as exiles, and then the King Nebucadnezzar assembled young Jewish men who are fit, handsome, and in a good shape to serve him.

Why is Daniel mentioned to be brave? Because he faced a risk of being jailed by refusing what King had ordered, not to mention being more languid than others who agreed to ate what King had told them to eat. But Daniel instead of whimpering, he challenged the head servant to test the four of them, and they came out as :

Say No to the King’s food

At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

2. The one who care enough about what happen around them and the one that be aware of opportunities

It came out at that time, the king had a dream that troubled him a lot. Yet while he wanted them to be interpreted, he refused to told the interpreter (magicians, astrologers, etc) about what he had dreamed about. And the result was definite, no one could do that. (strange king, isn’t he?) the king got angry and decreed that all “capable” people to be killed (its no use to have them if they cant even do what the king wants), with Daniel and the three musketeers included (Sadrach, Mesach, Abednego). Yet Daniel didn’t give up,

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.

Nebucadnezzar’s Dream

He saw opportunities, not calamities

3. The one who knows he has an EVERKNOWING GOD (omniscient)

There is nothing hidden from God if we just ask Him. (have we done so?)

Daniel didn’t come to other capable persons and discussed it with them (oh yes, he went to three musketeers and asked them to pray, but he didn’t ask them the answer), instead he came directly to God

17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.

I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Have we ever ask God of what we should be doing? Or we thought that we’re smart enough, our plan is brilliant enough?

4.The one who is consistent about what he believes in, even times get rough

The time came when the “strange” king decreed (again) that every single person in his kingdom must bow down to the statue that he made.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

But our three musketeers refused to do so, and they are being threatened to plunged down to a furnace of fire

“Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?

But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?

Yet our three musketeers are truly heroes, weren’t they? For they said:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

in the end, God saved them, none of them get burned in that furnace, and that what made king bewildered…

No trace of burnt- AT ALL

Can we say that also? Or we say to God

If You bless me

If You give me what I want

If You give me the job that I need

If You

If You…. Then I will praise You, then I will put my life as an offering.

If NOT? well, goodbye, Sayonara…

Do you really want people to know how great is your God? How can you witness it to them when in the face of trials and troubles you just whimper and getting worried all over? Can you be still and know that He is God, no matter things looked like now

5. The one who has the “spirit of excellence”

This is a different spirit, the one that makes people say “wow”

Daniel is one of them, for it has been said

11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems.

When Daniel came to meet Nebucadnezzar’s son, Belsyazar mocked him, saying: “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

A spirit of excellence doesn’t focus on what others say about him, but his principle is:

If this is what God wants me to do, then I don’t care about people mocking me, neither about people praising me. I know that I am here to do what He tell me to do, other than that is not my concern.

“You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin

Practically Daniel said: I just came here because God told me to tell the meaning of those writings, you can keep your gifts (and I also don’t care about your mockery)

6. The one who always seeks God first and foremost whenever he face problems (He who depends on God not on connection with human eg: boss, president, king, etc)

It makes no difference whether Daniel is still an exile or when he had been a third ruler of the country. Daniel, being a trustworthy person to the king, living in the palace, may have a very good relationship with the king? Wouldn’t you agree?

[a]It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel.

Whenever we receive a promotion, there will always be people who are envious, jealous, and playing dirty tricks to bring us down. But from Daniel we saw, we shouldn’t be worried about these kinds of people when we know we are in the right standing with God.

At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

Read Daniel 6

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

Usually when we feel that we have a good connection with a nobleman, officers, etc etc, we try to manipulate them, or at least we try to ask their favor to make things works for us, right?

As for Daniel, he gained favor from the king darius, and from above we can see that king darius was really eager to save Daniel, but he’d been cornered by the decree he made. Why didn’t Daniel run first to the king and ask for his favor?  Instead of run to God and “do what he always does” praying 3 times a day

Daniel was praying while other noblemen were peeking him

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel set us an example of someone who are confident being in a right standing with God, he know that he only does what God wants, and no matter the situation has become, God is still in control

As According to Romans 8:28

Something is HAPPENING FOR YOU (its for your good), not HAPPENING TO YOU (like something bad is befall on you)