The Summary of Sermon by Ps. Chandra Wong at Bethany International Sevice on Sunday, 9 July 2017.
The True Seed
Time flies really fast, without we realizing it, the 1st semester of 2017 has just gone by and we are now in the month of July 2017.
This month, we are going to learn about “Overcoming challenges through Christ Jesus” so that we can continue to walk towards our own promised land that God has put in our heart.
When we look at the challenges in our life, we may group them into 2 main groups:
q External Challenges
Where the challenges come from outside of ourselves & most of the times we may not have control over it.
i.e.: what others may do or say about us, especially over the social media, company rules & regulation affecting our career, or natural disaster affecting our life etc.
q Internal Challenges
Where the challenges are within ourselves, voices in our head, saying we are not good enough, we don’t have what it takes to be successful, we cannot do this, cannot do that, HENCE, before we even face the external challenges, we already lost the battle!
We need to overcome the internal challenges within ourselves FIRST, which we may more control over it, by changing the CANNOT DO attitude into I CAN DO All things through Christ who strengthens me. (PHI 4:13).
ISA 41:8 But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, My friend;
The True Seed that God mentioned to the Israelites is the Seed of Abraham. As the children of God, all of us receive the same true seed or the potential to be like Abraham, who was rich spiritually and materially.
There are 4 things that we need to do to overcome our challenges:
1. FOCUS ON THE TRUE SEED PLANTED BY GOD
Knowing that we have been PREPARED & have WHAT IT TAKES to achieve God’s Dream in our life.
2. FOCUS ON GOD, WHO PLANTED THE SEED & THE DREAM
Knowing that our God is WITH US & providing us with a solution to overcome our challenges.
Remember the story of David vs Goliath:
We may not have King David in the history of Israel, if there was no Goliath! There may not be King David, if he focused on Goliath, rather than his God! It is true that there may be MANY GIANTS or CHALLENGES in front of us, BUT let’s BELIEVE that our God is WITH US & MIGHTIER than our Challenges.
3. FOCUS ON GOD’s DREAM & MOVE FORWARD
Not to be distracted with our pasts & worldly attraction, but Move Forward towards our calling.
In our walk towards our dream, we may be facing :
· Accusation from the devil on our pasts, bitterness, anger that we spend so much energy on and we don’t have any more energy to move forward.
· Many temptations & discouragement around us, that stop or distract or even change the direction of our dream.
But today, let’s close the past chapter, bitterness, sins in our life, knowing that God’s Grace is sufficient for us, so that we can MOVE FORWARD & FOCUS on GOD’s DREAM in our life.
4. FOCUS TO BE IN THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT
Knowing that God knows the best for us, hence, He put us in the Right Environment with the Right People, so that we can continue to grow and be fruitful.