Friday, 31 March 2017

I Give It All by Dr. David Sheddan dated 26.3.17

Exodus 3:1-10.
Dr. Sheddan asked whether any one has seen great things done by God?
Than he shared his story about the Orang Asli in Perak.  God did great works amongst the Orang Asli there.  The Perak government said, no boby can reach the Orang Asli there.  However, God led a Sabahan pastor to minister to people there.  Now he and his team is reaching four different groups of Orang Asli there.  Now the Orang Asli work is in Kelantan, Ipoh and Kampar.  God is doing great works and calling this people to His kingdom in these palaces.
God makes the impossible to possible.
Also in Sarawak, his home Baptist Church over the years have been sending members some of whom are elderly and some are young university students to the long houses in Sarawak to help either to build or re build long houses.  He said some young students had laboured for three weeks in a stretch under the strong sun.  They did the work with love and dedication.  Words went out to the near by long houses and many came to the Lord.  This is a miracle, because many did not expect the young students to do such hard work under the sweating sun, only God can made them do it.
God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt.  Was he capable on his own? No.  Egypt had great armies.  However, God gave him the abilities and path the ways for him to lead the people out of Egypt.  God called Moses to do this work.
V.1 Mount Horeb was a special place, many prophets had their ministries from this place and many things happened here.  Moses saw the burning bush here.  However, the fire did not consume the trees and branches.  Similarly the fire is like God is in us, the holy “fire” in us will not consume us.  We must give up all and follow God, we will not be consumed.  God will attracts others to us.  God will speak to us f we allowed Him.
Do you want to have a bright life?  When Moses was called by God, he was already 80 years old.  Dr. Sheddan said many of us are younger than 80 years old, so we have many more years to serve God.
Psalm 46:7 - The Lord Almighty is with us;
                        the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Zechariah 7:11-13
11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears. 12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry.
13 “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty.
When God call us we have to listen, otherwise He will not listen to our prayers.
Malachi 2:2
2 If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
We have to honour God otherwise He may send a curse.
Ex 3:5 – God called on Moses to stand on Holy ground.
Where are we standing today?
V.6 – God is God of the present and not the past.
We must give our all to God.  When He call us we are to obey His call.

Amos 7: Vision of Judgement on Israel by Ho King Swee dated 19.3.17

1. Three visions of judgment on Israel (v.1-9)
2. Amaziah opposition (v.10-17)
1. Thee visions of judgment on Israel (v.1-9)
a. Vision of the locusts   (v.1-3)
b. Vision of the fire (v.4-6)
c. Vision of the plumbline (v.7-9)
1(a) Vision of the locusts (v.1-3)
Amos 7:1-3 – locust attacked Israel.  Amos prayed alone for the nation and God relented.
Similar happening during Solomon times 2 Chronicle 7:12-14 – when God punished Israel, Solomon also prayed alone for God to forgive the nation.
1(b) Vision of the fire (v.4-6)
Amos 7:4-6 – God punished Israel by fire, again Amos prayed. God relented.
Amos 7:1-17
In both cases Amos prayed and pleaded with the Lord for mercy and the 2 judgements were averted!
The LORD repented (relented)….
Men deserve more and heavier punishment and judgment for their
sins, evils and wickedness but God has been merciful.
1(c) Vision of the plumb line (v. 7-9)
Amos 7:7-9 – Israel is “not straight” so God set a plumb line on the nation.
Plumb line symbol of judgement of righteousness.  This time is was judgement of destruction of hig places in Israel.
2. Amaziah's opposition (v.10-17)
(a) Amaziah accused Amos and stopped him from prophesying (v10-13)
(b)  Amos's reply (v.14-17)
2(a) Amaziah accused Amos and stopped him from prophesying (v10-13)
Amos 7:10-11 – Amos prophesied Jeroboam to die by the sword.
2 King 14:29 – Jeroboam did not die by the sword, but his son Zechariah died by conspiracy.
Amos 7:12-13 – Amziah asked Amos to go back to his land.
Amos 7:14-15 – Amos said he was not a prophet and obyed God to prophesied in Israel.
Act 4:18-20 – similarly this happended to Peter and John whne the authorities asked them not to speak about Jesus.
2 (b)  Amos's reply (v.14-17)
Amos 7:16-17
Amos obeyed the LORD to speak hard  messages of warnings and judgments So we must speak
whatever God says to us.
When there is disagreement or opposition to us speaking God's hard messages, we must not stop and/or change message to please men.
2 Timothy 4:1-4- preach what are from God.
Take every opportunity to speak, teach and preach God's word
Pray and intercede always for the church and the lost.
Seek God
As long as it is called today.