Ps. Niko Prajogo - The Year Of A New Dimension

Sunday, 12 January 2020, 1.30 PM | Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore

Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Niko Prajogo, Sunday, 12 January 2020
The Year Of A New Dimension
 
Year 2020 is the year of new dimension, how will we seek or pursue it?

7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:7-9 NKJV)

Our Father in heaven knows what we need even before we ask.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

Sometimes in our daily lives, we are looking only at one dimension of our own circumstances. Although God created everything differently and all glorious things, if we do not change the way we see things, then we’ll never experience His glory. Thus, we need to ask God to help us to look at things differently, in a new dimension.

Let’s look at the 4 stories below, which will help us to understand how to look from a new dimension:

1.       Prophet Elisha’s servant’s eyes were opened…
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Elisha’s servant’s eyes were opened and then the servant saw what Elisha already knew that God’s Spiritual army was present and there was no need to fear.

12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” (2 Kings 6:12 NKJV)

In our lives, there are many times where we only see what we can see with our natural eyes. Whether it is our problems with family, relationships, career or our health. With our natural eyes, we think that good things will not happen in our lives, but when we ask God to open our spiritual eyes, we will experience a breakthrough and see things with a new perspective.

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

13 Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. (Psalms 60:12, Psalms 108:13 NKJV)

Let us believe that the battle belongs to God and we will see a VICTORY. When we trust God with our problems, He will settle things on our behalf and we shall experience a breakthrough!
 
One day, Goliath came to the camp of Israelites and he challenged the entire armies of Israel, the general, sergeants, captains, lieutenants, even the Kings or anybody in Israel to face and fight him, one by one. He was a mighty man in his physical form (around six feet, six inches tall) and he was a strong warrior who was trained since his childhood. All Israelites were always afraid of him, until one young man called David came to dare and challenge him,  who didn’t see the fear or looked at him as giant. Before David defeated Goliath, he declared that: “You come against me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin but I come against you in the name of the almighty Lord.” (1 Samuel 17:45)
 
2.       There is a great need, yet very little resource… (John 6:9)
In this story, there’s a crowd of five thousand (5,000) men with their wives and children. They followed Jesus and He had taught them about the Kingdom of God. As they were ready to go home, Jesus has compassion for them as they have been following Him for days, and was concerned about their survival on the journey back home. Jesus then asked the disciples to go and feed them. As there was a challenge or task from the master to the disciples to meet their needs, they started to calculate how to meet their needs. Philip started to count that the bread would not be enough to feed everyone. Andrew differed and asked Jesus how they were going to fulfil the needs of give thousand men, along with their families. To meet such great needs, Jesus performed the miracle of multiplication.
 
Let us ask ourselves if we are ready for God to use us as His vessels. What little do we have, we must give it to God, so that He can multiply it!
 
In God’s mighty hands, what we thought to be little can become a great blessing to many.
 
Ps. Niko shared that he started his ministry by playing an instrument (keyboard-like), which was all he could give at that time. Then, when he was given another opportunity to play keyboard, he also gave it to God. Until he received the anointing to become a pastor. This simple truth applies to everyone of us. He noticed that he was not fully utilising his talents and strengths that God had given to him.
 
BCS started from a home-based cell group, where it grew when our leaders had the obedience and made sacrifices to become available, in order to run God’s master plan, which has always waited for us until today.
 
3.       There is a deep crisis in the family… (John 11:21)

21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21 NKJV)

When Lazarus was sick, Martha and Mary asked Jesus to come, but He purposefully did not go to Bethany right away. On His way to Martha and Mary’s house, Martha left the home and approached Jesus.
Martha and Mary, who believed in Jesus as healer, did not comprehend yet that Jesus can resurrect the dead. Their dimension of faith limited them from seeing God’s mighty power. This story happened for a purpose, so that people can believe in Jesus more. That He is an unlimited God, and is not only a healer but He himself is the resurrection and life.
 
Joseph’s life had been God’s plan and a testimony of how we perceive our most difficult situations and challenges in life, just as how bad things was planned by Joseph’s  own brothers, when he was raised to become the trusted person in Egypt, where God’s plan was fulfilled.
 
4.       There is a glorious city… (Hebrew 11:16)

Faith is the substance of things unseen.

16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrew 11:16 KNJV)
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. (1 Corinthians 15:19 NKJV)
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, (2 Corinthians 4:17 NKJV)

Therefore, we need to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, because what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal.
 
In our lives, let us make a commitment and decide to follow Jesus, where there’s no turning back. As long as we look unto Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, we will have a glorious city waiting for us!
 
{In memory of Ps. Steven}
 
“What we keep holding on in this world, we will eventually leave behind. What we give away will bring blessings for many in the days to come.” Let us remain steadfast in our journey. If we are feeling weak or see challenges and troubles, we should continue to keep our focus on Jesus! Rather than thinking of our worldly house, think of the house in a new dimension, a mansion that is waiting for us. These are the achievements and rewards that God has in store for us. Rather than seeking the compliment of people, let us chase for heavenly compliment when God says: Well done, My faithful servant and enjoy the house of your Father!