Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 12 November 2017.
The theme for this month is a life that glorifies God. Glory means splendor, magnificence, excellence, honor, or unblemished reputation. In the Old Testament, the word is used to translate several Hebrew words, including Hod (הוד) and kabod, and in the New Testament it is used to translate the Greek word doxa (δόξα).
The Hebrew word kabod (K-B-D) originally means "weight" or "heaviness”. The same word is used to express importance, honor, and majesty. The glory of God in the Greek language “kabod” or “doxa” both have the same meaning.
The problem is we all have fallen short of the glory of God. How can a Holy God be present with us?
The first dimension of our supernatural life is by faith in Christ. The second dimension is the anointing of the Holy Spirit to break the yoke. The third dimension is God’s own glory, His divine presence. We will see Jesus as the King of Glory in His fullness in eternity one day. It is God’s presence that we need to experience to know Him more intimately.
God has commanded Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and God gave Moses the assurance of His glory. Ex 33:19 “And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” It is only in Christ that the presence of God in the midst of men is provided.
Results of God’s glory upon His people: God’s salvation, His divine blessings and favor, divine health and healing.
Moses was not willing to enjoy God’s favor alone, he asked that the Lord must not only be with him, but also with the Israelites. God’s answered Moses that He would be present with the Israelites as well.
We too, after experiencing God’s goodness in our life, ought to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We all have the opportunity to serve God through serving the people around us.
Examples of ways which we can glorify God in our life:
· Be merciful, be forgiving. Release forgiveness to others to be the salt and light of this world. Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
· Keep sowing righteousness, the values of the Kingdom of God in different aspects of our life. Sow righteousness in the market place, in our family, in our school, apply the ways of the Lord into practice. Proverbs 11:18 “A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”
Parents need to be role models for their children. Children absorb the family values through the parents’ actions and behavior. Deut 6:7-9 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
As Christians we are not to celebrate Halloween holiday. Christian parents should not allow their children to take part in deceptive practices. Halloween subtly promotes a world where evil is applauded.
Two thousand years before Christ, the pagans worshipped the idols “Samhain the Grim Reaper”, originated in Ireland in Druidic tradition, known today as Halloween celebration. It is believed that both the good and the bad spirit will manifest on Earth and idol worship always requires sacrifice: the most terrifying being human sacrifice. The Grim reaper or the Lord of Death sent evil spirits to attack humans and humans could only escape by disguising themselves as evil spirits. Halloween opens the doors of violence, fear, occultism to those who embrace it.
Dedicate our life as a living sacrifice, be careful not to take part in darkness because we want to glorify God through our daily lives.