Fear

All of us are prone to fall into the trap of the devil. And he wants us to repeat the history. What happened in Genesis 3:10 could happen in our lives. If I ask you this question: what is the biggest threat to our spiritual conditions? Fear is the answer.

Why fear is the biggest threat to our spiritual conditions? Because if we have fear, as little as it is, it will grow and becomes the root of our problems. Let me bring you back to the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Fear becomes the root of all man’s wrongdoing. These three things sprang out from fear:

  • Breach the law (fear of being fooled by God). Isaiah 24:4-5. God’s law is His Word, and it is like the lines, the rules that keep everything intact.
  • Runaway (fear of being responsible). Jeremiah 2:4-6.
  • Hide (unrealistic fear). Job 34:22.

Another unrealistic fear is the thought that if you don’t have some amount of money (like others), then you lose your self-esteem. A rabbi with the name Smoley Boteach wrote this in his book: “Money should never be turned into a currency to purchase self-esteem.” Fear is gripping our modern society. It confused them, bring anxiety and gives them death. Luke 21:25-26.

The answer for us in facing fear is by the Grace of God (2Timothy 1:6-7) and in believing that He gives that abundantly, read Romans 5:17. From the letter of Paul to Timothy, we learn that we must “rekindle God’s gift (His Grace),” and “remember that you need the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is not given you spirit of fear, but Spirit who produce power, love, and Self-Control.

GodblesS

JEFF

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SESSION-5: REIGN IN LIFE (COURAGE)

Reign in life is reign over sin. Because sin is the opposite of life, remember the choice from tree of good and evil, and tree of life. Sin is changing the course of history. Genesis 3:22-23. And the result is death. Romans 6:23. To resist the attraction of sin and its stronghold we need courage.

Read Joshua 1:9. I think when God said, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged!” God really understand that Joshua, as other human being also experienced fear in his life. And I believe each and every one of us who come to this place also have fear and have something that we are afraid of.

But let me back to the definition of the word “courage”. In one simple sentence, courage is persistence, perseverance even though there is a reason to fear. So, you know exactly that you fear something, but you choose not to give up to your fear. Courage itself could be a physical courage, moral courage, or psychological courage.

And we always admire people who show courage. That’s why we love movies about heroes or super-heroes. From Robin Hood to Harry Potter, or Spiderman to Captain America. I love movies, even though I don’t go to cinema any more. And I don’t against you to watch movies, but please watch it with discernments. Because “good and fascinating” not always reflect Godly thing. Satan in that garden was enticing people with something “good and fascinating” (the forbidden fruit), but by the act of eating it, Adam and Eve against God’s will. They are become unfaithful to The Word.

If you read the book of Matthew, in the first chapter you will find a list of biblical figures related to Jesus. Matthew 1:1-17. This genealogy of Jesus also can be found in the book of Luke but doesn’t appear in other two books who write about Jesus (Mark & John). Matthew put this in perspective of Jesus as The King. The genealogy shows that HE is from the line of David, as the prophesies from Old Testament being fulfilled in Him. I don’t have enough time to mention them one by one and tell you their stories. And each one of them did a courageous act, their stories lead us to the main characters in Jesus’ early life.

Mary. Matthew 1:18. Story about Mary with more details is in Luke 1:26-38. When I compared verses in Matthew and Luke, one important biblical value that popped out was about marriage.

Being engage with someone doesn’t mean you can give away your virginity. Either you are male or female. There is a false thinking or false value that growing among the young people that you have to be like them. They are kissing, they are having sex, they are cheating. Once I was invited to a talk-show with High School Students in Bandung. And I said this: “It’s easy to grab someone who think they want to do these things. But it’s hard, it needs courage to keep yourself from doing that. Moreover, if there is a fear of rejection or a “mark” that you are “weird” and “not-their-kind”. Matthew 16:26.

The second person who showed his courage is Joseph. Matthew 1:19-21. What is it like if you’ve found out your significant other in a condition that will most likely break your heart? Could you courageously be showing him or her an act of love?

I have seen young guys and girls, doing horrendous thing for the sake of love or fame. This is the world where the devil and his crafty evil plans try to rip you apart! The next generation of these last days. The devil will try that with your family, with your close friends, with all of your significant others. But the question is could you still say “I love you, God loves you, but we hate your sin!” Or you just keep that hatred in your heart to them and to God. An act of love needs a courageous heart. It shows that you are reign in life.

Now you imagine Joseph. He is a good and noble guy but he heard the news about his fiancée who got pregnant before they are getting married. WWJD? What Would Joseph Do? Posting a status: UNFAITHFUL! Or an instapicture with caption: “all women is cheater”? No, he tried to compose himself and still showing his love and respect to Mary by divorced her in a quiet. Even though he has the right to do it publicly. You know sometimes courage is shown in a closed door, love is not only about affection, but also a courageous act. When you release forgiveness to someone and wishing them all the best, you show them that you are courageous person.

In such condition you feel that you are losing meaning, you feel insignificant. But listen this, your value, your meaning in this life is lay within the love that you have, not in love others don’t have. 1Corinthians 13:2. If you still remember the story of Joseph, do you remember who gave encouragement to Joseph to take Mary as his wife? An angel. Now let’s forward our time capsule 33 years after that Angel came to meet Joseph, an angel also appeared to Jesus in His final hour at Gethsemane. Luke 22:43. What I can say, that was the appearance of the person Holy Spirit, the helping Spirit of God, like what Jesus had said in John 14:16-17.

At the end of this sermon, I want you to know that there are 3 pairs of significant threats in psychology that could cause you to lose courage, needless to say reign in life. They are:

Fate & Death

Meaningless & Despair

Guilt & Sin

Jesus standing among you, now it is your decision to approach Him, believe in Him, and like the woman who touch Jesus’ robe “if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” Invite Jesus into your heart, invite Holy Spirit to guide you and to give you courage that you need.

GodblesS

JEFF

SESSION-4: REIGN OVER TIME

Read the SUBTITLE. When you want to reign in life, one of the dimensions is reign over time. Time is the greatest non-renewable precious commodity in our life. Let’s see what the Bible say about time. Psalms 90:10. Sadly for the young generation, we feel forever young. I mean, I’m not against young in heart people, but when your attitude is not right then you only waste it.

In general, we know three parts of time: the past, the present, and the future. Let’s start talking about time one by one:

  • The Future. Here we have the fruits (or you can say the consequences of your past), a period where our hope will meet with the reality. There is a story about seed and tares in Matthew 13:24-30. And you may remember this one famous biblical principle: “what you sow is what you reap (Galatians 6:7).” The future gives us hope to recover and also warning to keep guard. Matthew 19:30.
  • The Present. Here we make the decision(s), a decision-making period. We learn to live in the present, do it now, don’t waste your time. Ecclesiastes 9:10. We also learn to repent now and don’t waste God’s grace. Romans 2:4, Matthew 24:43-44.
  • The Past. Here we can’t change a thing, an unchangeable period. Learn from David in 2Samuel 12:22-23. You can’t change even a fraction of time from your past, that’s why you must move on. Philippians 3:13-14.

Do you reign over time? Read again Romans 5:17, do you learn something from Jesus? He is our future, He is with us to get through today’s trial, and He already redeemed our past. I know that you have your own past stories, and maybe it affects your present and making your future filled with uncertainty. God reigns! And because He reigns, we have future in Him, and before that time comes, He gave us Holy Spirit so we can reign in life and spiritual family to grow with you.

Do you love your spiritual family? Do you want them to reign in life? Would you say a prayer for a specific person around you? You may know them or not, and God put this Word in your heart about them, to help them reign in life, as God wants them to be.

GodblesS

JEFF

SESSION-3: FOR YOUNG ADULTS

All of us are prone to fall into the trap of the devil. And he wants us to repeat the history. What happened in Genesis 3:10 could happen in our lives as young adults. If I ask you this question: what is the biggest threat to our spiritual conditions? Fear is the answer. And as our main theme talking about “reign in life,” we can’t give place for fear.

Why fear is the biggest threat to our spiritual conditions? Because if we have fear, as little as it is, it will grow and becomes the root of our problems. Let me bring you back to the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Fear becomes the root of all man’s wrongdoing. These three things sprang out from fear:

  • Breach the law (fear of being fooled by God). Isaiah 24:4-5. God’s law is His Word, and it is like the lines, the rules that keep everything intact.
  • Runaway (fear of being responsible). Jeremiah 2:4-6.
  • Hide (unrealistic fear). Job 34:22.

Another unrealistic fear is the thought that if you don’t have some amount of money (like others), then you lose your self-esteem. A rabbi with the name Smoley Boteach wrote this in his book: “Money should never be turned into a currency to purchase self-esteem.” Fear is gripping our modern society. It confused them, bring anxiety and gives them death. Luke 21:25-26.

The answer for this is Grace of God (2Timothy 1:6-7) and He gives that abundantly, read Romans 5:17. From the letter of Paul to Timothy, we learn that we must “rekindle God’s gift (His Grace),” and “remember that you need the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is not given you spirit of fear, but Spirit who produce power, love, and Self-Control (check-out the notes on the Opening Session).

GodblesS

JEFF

SESSION-2: REIGN IN LIFE (FOR MEN)

When you reign means you are the head. Physiologically, the head is the center that controls all of your body activities. Head represents several things:

  • It means the beginning. In Hebrew tradition, they celebrate “Rosh Hashanah.” It means “the head of the year,” or what we called a new year. The famous story in the Bible about new year was written in 2Samuel 11:1.
  • It means to lead or to influence. Deuteronomy 28:13. In this widely quoted verse, we are called to give a lead for others, to become an influencer. It doesn’t need Instagram as a platform but living life as an example.
  • It means a husband (Ephesians 5:3), or the head of the family (Acts 16:33-34).

Don’t be afraid, this is not misogyny or sexism. If you read the Bible, you can find references about the crucial role of a man. Take a deep look at these verses: 1Timothy 2:13, 1Corinthians 11:3, Genesis 2:15-18. And it is not just a mere privilege, but it is a responsibility.

How men who reign in his life act? Read Romans 5:17 again. Your move as a man could change the lives of others. “Sin of one man” talking about what Adam did. Compare that to “grace and truth of one,” and you can see that it is talking about Jesus’ act at the cross.

Every man needs a role model, so it is a head-to-head, Adam versus Jesus. Who do you want to be? 1Corinthians 15:45-49. As Jesus knew that He reigns, He acts totally different with Adam, and you can see it in these 3 dimensions:

  • Leadership (How Adam lead his wife into compromising the direct order from God, and how Jesus led His disciples to total obedience of God the Father);
  • Responsibility (How Adam blamed Eve on the fall, and how Jesus forgave the disciples who fled away from Him);
  • Integrity (How Adam take an opportunity when he was alone, and how Jesus resisted the devil’s temptation even when He was totally all alone).

GodblesS

JEFF

SESSION-1: REIGN IN LIFE

Romans 5:17 is our main verse and we will learn about reigning in life throughout this session and upcoming sessions. Reign could also mean to rule over something. Furthermore, it means that you have control and not being controlled by something. Interestingly in Galatians 5:22-23 where it famously mentions the fruit of Spirit, self-control mentioned as the ninth. But many biblical scholars see those characters actually inverted with love or charity as the last, and the highest achievement of people who live by the Spirit.

So, self-control is the foundation of your spiritual life, you must take control over your life! You may think that self-control is an easy thing to do. But self-control in life is different compared with controlling dead toys, or your dog, or your remote TV, your partner, and even with controlling an organization.

To be not controlled by something is a hard thing to explain, especially for millennials. The millennials are taught to easily put blame on others and that they could easily losing grip of their life because of the external factor in their life. This is a modern way of think and more and more become the modern truth.

Now I will give you some points in modern truth, that contrary to the biblical truth. Here they are:

  • “Feelings over wisdom.” Ephesians 4:19 (and also read verse 17-18)

The fact is that your feeling could fool you, and I will present you the same case that had happened to the Corinthians. 1Corinthians 5:1.

  • “The role of government.” Romans 13:1-2.

I really want to see one of you to be part of the government. And if you get that chance, this is will be your verse: Matthew 20:25-28. Reign in life as the Bible said is not to be likened as the worldly ruler. “Life is a coincidence.” Jeremiah 1:5. What is a coincidence? Is it random events or acts that produce an event/act/end result? If that is the definition then you must read Ephesians 2:21. God likes order, pattern, and He works on many things like that. He is not just a random God.

GodblesS

JEFF

AYAH

Puji Tuhan, senang sekali bisa bertemu kembali di hari ini, untuk sama-sama belajar tentang Firman Tuhan. Ayat-ayat ini beberapa kali dikutip oleh Hamba Tuhan di awal penyampaian Firman:

Lukas 11:28 Yang berbahagia ialah mereka yang mendengarkan firman Allah dan yang memeliharanya.

Matius 7:24 Setiap orang yang mendengar perkataan-Ku ini dan melakukannya, ia sama dengan orang yang bijaksana.

Tetapi hari ini saya ingin membuka penyampaian Firman dengan mengutip apa yang Musa katakan kepada bangsa Israel di penghujung masa pelayanannya:

Ulangan 32:2 Mudah-mudahan pengajaranku menitik laksana hujan, perkataanku menetes laksana embun, laksana hujan renai ke atas tunas muda, dan laksana dirus hujan ke atas tumbuh-tumbuhan.

Saya percaya pengajaran bisa membasahi dan mengairi hati yang mendengarnya, membawa kehidupan pada tanaman hidup rohani Anda semua. Semua diperlukan menuju pertumbuhan pribadi Anda, secara khusus, dan Gereja Tuhan, secara umum.

Saya akan membahas kali ini tentang kata “ayah”. Ada beberapa alasan mengapa saya mengambil kata ini untuk dibahas:

  1. Ketika seseorang menjadi “ayah” bagi anak-anaknya, itu adalah sesuatu yang spesial. Saya percaya ini relevan bagi Anda yang belum, akan, dan sudah menikah. Termasuk juga bagi mereka yang belum, akan dan sudah memiliki anak. Kalau ada ajaran agama lain berkata “surga ada di telapak kaki ibu” (HR. An-Nasai, Ahmad dan Ath-Thabarani), Alkitab berkata “hormatilah ayahmu dan ibumu”. Keluaran 20:12. Jika Anda berpikir bahwa ini hanya ada di Perjanjian Lama, maka Anda salah. Perintah yang sama ditegaskan oleh Yesus di dalam Matius 15:4. Bahkan diulangi oleh Paulus saat menuliskan surat kepada jemaat di Efesus. Efesus. Efesus 6:2-3. Jadi dalam Alkitab kita harus menghormati sosok ayah sama seperti menghormati sosok ibu. Saya percaya kalau selama ini Anda mengabaikan atau tidak pernah memikirkan ini, atau pernah terlintas namun Anda lupakan karena mungkin ada pengalaman negatif dengan sosok ini, Firman Tuhan datang untuk berbicara secara pribadi dengan Anda.
  2. Kata “ayah” adalah kata dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang menurut saya punya posisi hampir sama dengan kata “Abba” dalam Bahasa Ibrani, yang menjadi sebutan dalam Alkitab untuk Allah. Saya sempat menyampaikan tentang ini dalam artikel “Karakter Allah” (@jeffminandar.com). Mengapa saya sebut posisinya hampir sama? Karena kata “abba” mengandung konotasi hubungan yang lebih dekat, lebih dari sebuah sebutan. Maksud saya begini, dalam Bahasa Indonesia, kita punya sebutan lain untuk seorang laki-laki yang bersama dengan ibu kita “bekerja-sama” (tentu saja dengan sepengetahuan Tuhan, Yeremia 1:5) untuk menghadirkan kita di dunia. Sebutan itu adalah “Bapak”. Namun Bapak kehilangan komponen keintimannya karena hampir semua orang laki-laki yang dituakan atau dihormati, dipanggil “bapak”. Tetapi “ayah” berbeda, meskipun pada prakteknya beberapa kelompok masyarakat, termasuk saya memakai sebutan “papa”. Saya akan menjelaskan ini lebih jauh, mengapa ini penting.

Seorang ayah akan melakukan segala sesuatunya untuk anaknya. Saya sering memberi contoh hubungan ayah-anak dengan salah satu staf Gereja kami yang memiliki anak balita. Dia bukan sekedar “bapak” secara formal, dia bersuka atas anak ini, dia rela untuk direpotkan oleh anak ini, dan yang terpenting dia punya rancangan yang indah untuk anak ini.

Bagi saya inilah mengapa Yesus ingin kita pengikutNYA memanggil Tuhan bukan dengan sebutan-sebutan di Perjanjian Lama: Adonai, Yehova, atau bahkan Yahweh. Karena itu kalau saya analogikan seperti memanggil “bapak” dengan penjelasan seperti di poin 2. Bagi Anda yang memanggil ayah Anda dengan kata “bapak” saya tidak bermaksud merubah kebiasaan Anda, semoga Anda mengerti maksud saya.

Abba adalah hubungan personal, dan itulah yang Yesus inginkan dengan kayu salib. Yesus ingin Anda diperdamaikan dengan Allah. Efesus 2:15-18. Karena IA bersuka atas Anda (Lukas 15:10 – pasal ini digambarkan di reff dari lagu “Reckless Love” ), IA rela Anda repotkan (Matius 11:28), dan IA punya rancangan yang indah untuk Anda (Yohanes 14:1-3).

Dia menyediakan cinta sejati bagi kita yang selalu mencari jawaban atas cinta, ingat kisah perempuan Samaria di Yohanes 4. Seseorang yang tahu ia dicintai tidak mencari cinta di tempat lain, bahkan dia berjalan dengan percaya diri, dan tidak mengemis cinta. Allah Bapa, “Ayah” kita di Surga, mencintai kita sedemikian. Itulah mengapa Paulus berusaha menjadikan “bapa-bapa” Kristen merefleksikan hal ini. Efesus 6:4.

Seorang ayah juga menyediakan makanan yang baik bagi anaknya (Lukas 11:11-12). Demikian di Gereja ini kami yang sudah merasakan kasih Bapa, berusaha menjadi “bapa” bagi jemaat, dan menyediakan makanan yang baik buat jemaat. Kami tahu, kami seperti bapa di dunia, yang mungkin masih penuh kekurangan, dan tentu saja pilihan ada di tangan Anda.

Saya tahu iblis, dan dunia di sekitar kita merusak gambaran ayah, bapa, abba, yang baik. Saya malah percaya iblis memulainya di Taman Eden dengan menipu Hawa, bahwa rancanganNYA tidak baik. Kejadian 3:4-5. Tetapi saya rindu kita kembali kepada kebenaranNYA, bagaimanapun latar belakang Anda dan status Anda sekarang.

Saya lupa saya mendengar ilustrasi ini dimana, tetapi saya selalu melihat Bapa dan anaknya dalam hubungan yang seperti ini. “Seperti seorang anak di tengah kerumunan orang. Dia tidak bisa melihat, dia takut, dia tidak mengerti apa yang ada di depannya. Tapi ketika dia minta kepada BAPA dan BAPA mengangkat anakNYA supaya sang anak bisa melihat dari perspektifNYA, dan anak itu menjadi tenang. Seperti pengalaman di Mazmur 73, ketika pemazmur cemburu dengan orang-orang fasik, Allah mengangkat ia untuk melihat dari perspektif Allah.

Lagu berikut menjadi inspirasi saya juga untuk melihat Allah sebagai “Ayah” yang baik.

VERSE-1

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like

(Aku mendengar ribuan cerita orang tentang apa yang mereka pikir tentang ENGKAU)

But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night

(Namun aku juga mendengar KASIH yang berbisik lembut di kelam malam)

And you tell me that you’re pleased

(KAU berkata kalau KAU berkenan atasku)

And that I’m never alone

(Dan ku tak pernah sendiri)

REFF

You’re a good good father

(KAU Bapa yang sungguh baik)

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

(Itu pribadiMU, pribadiMU, pribadiMU)

And I’m loved by you

(KAU mengasihiku)

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

(Aku orang yang dikasihi, dikasihi, dikasihi)

VERSE-2

I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide

(Aku melihat begitu banyak usaha mencari jawaban)

But I know we’re all searching

(Dan aku sadar semua manusia sedang mencari)

For answers only you provide

(Jawaban yang hanya ada didalamMU)

‘Cause you know just what we need

(Kar’na KAU tahu apa yang kami butuhkan)

Before we say a word

(Bahkan sebelum kami meminta)

REFF

You’re a good good father

(KAU Bapa yang sungguh baik)

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

(Itu pribadiMU, pribadiMU, pribadiMU)

And I’m loved by you

(KAU mengasihiku)

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

(Aku orang yang dikasihi, dikasihi, dikasihi)

BRIDGE

Because you are perfect in all of your ways

(Kar’na seluruh jalanMU sempurna)

You are perfect in all of your ways

(Seluruh jalanMU sempurna)

You are perfect in all of your ways to us

(Seluruh jalanMU sempurna bagi kami)

You are perfect in all of your ways

(Seluruh jalanMU sempurna)

You are perfect in all of your ways

(Seluruh jalanMU sempurna)

You are perfect in all of your ways to us

(Seluruh jalanMU sempurna bagi kami)

VERSE-3

Oh, it’s love so undeniable

(Oh KASIH yang tak terbantahkan)

I, I can hardly speak

(Aku, aku kehabisan kata-kata)

Peace so unexplainable

(Damai, yang sukar dijelaskan)

I, I can hardly think

(Aku, aku sampai tak habis pikir)

As you call me deeper still

(Sebagaimana KAU memanggilku lebih dalam lagi)

As you call me deeper still

(Sebagaimana KAU memanggilku lebih dalam lagi)

As you call me deeper still

(Sebagaimana KAU memanggilku lebih dalam lagi)

Into love, love, love

(Kedalam KASIH, KASIH, KASIH)

BACK TO REFF

GodblesS

JEFF