Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 17 June 2018
Value the Voice of God
How can we hear the voice of God personally?
God speaks to us through His Word – the Bible. It tells us many wonderful things.
Many years ago, there was a French philosopher named Voltaire who wrote more than 400 books. He always persecuted Christians. He said that in another 100 years’ time, the Bible will be a forgotten book and will only be found in the museum. Today the Bible is the most read book in the world and it is also the world’s best seller. Voltaire’s house was later bought by the Geneva Bible Society and used to print Bibles.
An atheist once said that within 50 years the Bible will be in the graveyard and no one will believe in or trust the Bible. The atheist has passed away but the Bible still exists today.
Some facts about the BIBLE:
· It was written more than 1600 years ago.
· Original languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
· Old testament: 39 books
· New testament: 27 books
· Authors: 40
The main theme of the Bible – the Kingdom of God
Man fell into sin, but God restored us. As believers, we have a new Kingdom of God to replace the kingdom of darkness while we were still sinners. We have the spirit of peace, righteousness, and joy.
The second theme of the Bible – Prophecies & their fulfilment
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.” (1 Samuel 3: 1-21)
Rare in this verse means valuable. God called Samuel three times.
We live in the end times when God speaks to us through prophecies and almost all have been fulfilled.
So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. (1 Samuel 3: 19)
God will reveal Himself by the Word of God, as we cannot see Him physically. When we value the Word of God we will witness many miracles taking place in our lives.
How to value the Word of God -
1. Make an appointment with God
Set the time and place to prepare ourselves to listen to God speaking to us. We need to prepare ourselves when we want to meet with God. When Jehoshaphat turned to God, he was encouraged by the Word of God.
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!” Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17)
We need to learn how to be still in God’s presence and seek Him. The Bible tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10)
2. Listen carefully, write the Word of God and speak it out
Write down notes and promises that God speaks to you when you read the Word of God.
3. Have faith in the Word
We need to learn to confess the Word of God and speak out by faith. Pastor Djohan shared about a man who came recently to him to thank him for his prayer. Eight years ago, the man was given three months to live. Pastor Djohan prayed for him and spoke blessings and healing upon him. Today the man has fully recovered and is well.
But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith we preach) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10: 8-10)