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Exodus overview 4 – The Ultimate desire to be in the midst (progression, Brethren-centered) of "Be still and see"

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(Elderly ministry 29 Jan 2010)

Keywords: Stress after proclamation, reason = sanctification, crux = how quickly we can go through sanctification, resolution = baptism = set apart (my stress is different from the Egyptians), intercession ministry = test and approve the one peaceful way, anointing = angel’s recognition for God’s calling as ministers, praise = evangelism = making Satan fear your blessed perspective

Opening words

God is in our life, and has already started very noble works, is in the midst of progressing, and will gloriously be accomplished. Never think about inadequateness as an elderly.

1) Our conditions are all hidden and planned by God as they will bring great inheritance. Therefore, we only need to arise and shine in understanding of the intercessory ministry given by God. The Lord is not like man who lies or regrets or cannot keep promises, and it is only why God is the Spirit of promises. If we can have faith in His Word, the visions that we see inside of the prayers we do will be accomplished.

2) However, because our faith is small and have a lot of unhealed areas, we fail to continue. Yet, because we are blessed by God, we will not go into a faithless state. God understands our timetable, so will give us time, so that through the testing of faith, our faith will be made perfect. We must see this blueprint that God has made for all believers after belief. Just before we help the people that God has given us burden in our hearts, we must see that the stress and problems that they go through are blessed and different from other people, i.e. they go through no self-control and self-closure because God is sanctifying them.

3) Therefore, what is left is the most important. We must know how God is going to heal the church’s weaknesses and how He is going to grow the church’s faith. This is called fulfillment in the midst of prayers. I encourage you to receive the visions of having the blueprint of how God is going to lead a blessed believer. It all starts with having visions (Joseph, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Paul), then go through the needed sanctification, so that in the progress of doing prayers and attending meetings to tune themselves to be able to progress in prayers, healing will come naturally through confirmation of their identity and the promise of God in their hearts, and through resolution of the covenant given to them, they can start to be Christians who can test and approve the perfect will of the Lord, and when they just follow, testimonies are just natural.

I encourage you to do what Auntie has already done: to intercede, see fulfillments and living evidences, and then boast about that anointing from Jesus Christ, not for self, but so that more prayer requests and topics will come. Live in this most blessed way, like how David expressed, “I desire to live in the house of the Lord (in the spirit) forever.” One day, we do not need to speak anymore, and people will just bring their prayers to the elderly ministry for support prayers needed for their most loved ones, which is their family.)

* There is a BIG difference between continuing to give prayer support so that one loses power, and another kind of blessed prayer support because one can put himself into the shoes of the timetable of the one he is praying for so that he receives even more anointing as he prays for the person who needs prayers because he also checks himself and purifies himself in the midst of prayers.

Let us receive blessings ourselves for what God is trying to instill in us after belief in the stillest state. (After the hoo-hah of experiencing “God is for you”, we must be calmed down and be baptized as God’s people and God’s called.)

3. The Israel that cross the Red Sea (Chapter 14-15) = Baptism <Ex 13:17-15:21>

<Ex 13>

18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.

19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”

After the miracle of the Passover, God led Israelites towards the Red Sea. Is that destruction intended by God? No, but God leads us to sanctification, a next level of blessedness, as intended by God.

In the first chapter, it was mentioned that the era totally forgot about Joseph. Yet after the Passover, they were able to remember Joseph. This is called born again. Do not look down on “born again” people, for even though they may be weak and a bad egg of the world, God can work wonders and miracles through them. This is because being born again is equivalent to having received the most complete content of belief; being born again is Jesus Christ becoming Today’s Jesus already!

1) The Pharaoh that pursues = The struggles, temptation and trials after believing the Lord = The grumblings of Israel => sanctification <14:1-12>

The Lord permits hardening of Pharaoh’s heart

4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.

The struggles, temptations and trials after believing the Lord

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.

The grumblings of Israel => sanctification

12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

In the past, we do what we want, like spending money, gambling, having our own thoughts and ambitions, being able to manage our own happiness. We can even fall out with our relatives or families when we feel like it, and we won’t feel anything. However, after being born again, the kingdom is already in our lives. This means that all our jobs, families and conditions are all for His kingdom purpose already. If we have struggles, temptations and trials after born again, where in the past, we do not have it, this is the most normal. This is called the battle between our flesh and the Holy Spirit caused by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We must know this.

(1) Pride – When we continue to see God accomplishing, we may just feel on top of the world. Watch out because you will fall.

(2) Trials – When we are strong, we may have the blessed life philosophy liking to open ourselves up so that people will know our lives in order to pray for us; our weakness is the area where God’s power is manifested. Yet, when we say this to others, people may just look at our weaknesses and make sarcastic remarks.

(3) Accusations – When we are weak, Satan will also accuse us why we, as a Christian, have bad habits or always bring words of hurt to others.

(4) Temptations – When we are better off in our hearts and have no problems, there is a strange dark spirit that continues to tempt us in the ways of the world, where there is goodness of health, money, love between people, etc.

Why does God allow these, and even, in this case, God made Pharaoh’s heart harden, and Pharaoh began to again pursue the people of God as if they have not been saved before? Our perspective must be correct. We must not be deceived. Even though we have weaknesses, they are not the same as what we have before being born again. The stress that comes to us when working or when helping people in the church or family is not coincidental. E.g. my hard heart before born again only hurts people, but after born again, my hard heart can be used by God to proclaim the word of God strongly. E.g. if I have words to express but people cannot understand before born again, they add up to no value, but if I have important words that people do not understand after being born again, it is to their discount that they cannot understand, and blessed are those who can understand.

Yes, there are areas where we are unhealed or that our faith is little, so that even if our conditions or character can be used by God after being born again, they cause hurts and more obstacles and help to the ministry of God. Yet, we must not grumble. The grumbles happened because there are some things that we have disbelief in God.

There are four levels of mental problems for a believer: obsession, oppression, depression, and possession. This week, I discovered that God made me go through obsession, oppression, depression, and possession so as to understand that my I have disbelief in areas when my heart is not in good shape, so that I am unable to rely on each and every voice from the Holy Spirit to tell me to stop loving the world. This week’s training for me is to tell me that in the midst of our walk with God, we will face many inabilities, but I find it difficult to believe that my inabilities are an opportunity of God’s manifestation. This is why if there are colleagues not hearing me out, or where I do not give clear instructions, I can restore, but it takes some time of darkness before I restore.

Thank God that He has given us the method to overcome our half-disbelief that is already in place in our Christian living.

2) Cross the Red Sea, Bury enemies in water = Baptism = Set apart <14:21-31; 14:19-20>

Cross Red Sea

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Bury enemies in water

27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

Baptism = Set apart

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.

Set apart

19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

The method is simple but quite spiritual.

We will surely cross the Red Sea and we will bury the enemies in water, so that we can live through hardships with transcending peace easier, where we are less affected by our surroundings and people, or where we can always present to people the joyful atmosphere full of assurance. Our hearts will surely be like Jesus Christ one day as an accomplishment. However, how long do we want to wait? Do we want healing quicker?

If we want to experience this quicker, or grow faith quicker, we must go through resolution, or baptism. Spiritually and eternally speaking, in God’s time, world gospelizations have already been accomplished. God is already with us so that we do not need to wait. God is fulfilling in the midst of prayers. The real problem is remaining in the blind perspective that we still need to learn or add something more to Jesus Christ in our faith. The actual problem is us not seeing that God’s omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence is already greater than our problems so that we continue to grumble. We cannot receive the perfect will of God because our hearts are not in the correct blessed state. This is why there is a method of baptism, or setting apart.

There was once when I jogged at East Coast. During that time, I am a bit worried about my career. I was jogging and hearing mp3. (My wife asked me angrily one day why I always listen to mp3 messages. Though I got a shock, I told her that I discovered that I am a passive being, and I need messages to fill my mind so that I can think rightly.) The message told me that the pastor made resolution and made covenant with God about Him being Jehovah Jireh, even though he had already offered everything to the Lord. When I heard this, I heard God’s voice to me that I just need to make covenant to Him. That was when I cancelled my insurance plan and wanted to live by living my life as a prophet, and relying on offerings given to me. If my life is not blessed enough for people to give offerings to me when I grow old and I remain as an engineer with the same pay, I can just leave the world. But I discover that God will continue to build me up and God’s hungering people will definitely provide. Only that I just learn Jesus Christ correctly, everything will fall into place because I have made resolution that, “Heck care liao! I want to walk the road of seeing the love of God always in my life.” From that time onwards, money cannot have a hold on me anymore.

3) Be quiet, Test and see work of God, Believe and follow (perfect will) = Red Sea parted, peaceful way (anointing) <14:13-18; 14:21-22; 14:29-31>

Be quiet

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Why cry to Me? Test and approve, Believe and follow. Didn’t I say I have plan to gain glory through Pharaoh’s hardening of heart?

15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

Red Sea parted, peaceful way

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.

Anointing = follow the peaceful way

31 And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

With the correct state that God will settle everything, sometimes, we still cannot discover the perfect will of God. Why is this so? God is greater than our conditions but we are not able to calm down, and be still. In other words, we never really pray. Even though we go to meetings, even though we sing hymns that God is true and living, even though that we often testify for God, the worse problems is that believers do not really pray. They do not like to calm their hearts down to pray. They are restless and only seek for visible fulfillments that can satisfy their eyes, stomach and emotional needs.

Another reason why we do not pray is that we struggle and we are not praying. We continue to feel accused in their hearts. We continue to think of inadequacy. There is darkness like a prowling lion waiting to devour = we can be shocked out of our hearts easily. Is God dead so that there is no answer at all? We already know that the living spring in us is real and we have a lot of answers. Yet, why when we want to send out the living springs, it seemed blocked somewhere?

We only need to be still and see. The Lord’s way is not for us to try to solve the problem. Let God solve it. Let God part the Red Sea and not us to think how to make a boat to cross over, or to find another route to the other side. We have to see God’s zealousness more than us trying. God’s zealousness means that we see that our conditions are themselves the work of God. Though God’s road is narrow (only one and only one), it is a peaceful way.

Testing and approving is the most peaceful way. The peaceful way is the way of peace. We do not keep thinking of getting anointing, but when we know God’s perfect will now, we just believe and follow and anointing will just come naturally. We do not continue to equip ourselves in the thought that one day, we will command angels and drive away demons with our wisdom from above, but when we are progressing in prayers, family salvation will be fulfilled. This is what happened to our Yuying’s father and our Qiufen / Qiuyin’s father, who were so hardened in their hearts, but just come to believe when God worked. Anointing will just come as people will see us as different.

* I find this very difficult to explain. Though I tried to explain 2-3 times, either my words do not express well, or that they just do not understand. It is not that we wait for God’s time to come by progressing in prayers and never giving up, but what I want to mean is that if we are able to progress in prayers, it is already the works of God, and since God already fulfilled in the prayers we have now, He will definitely finish the great works of fulfillment because He has already fulfilled in the midst of our prayers.

4) Praise, testify <15:1-21> = The grace, power and testimony after Baptism

2 The LORD is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation.

He is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

-> The Lord Himself is the vision

6 “Your right hand, O LORD,

was majestic in power.

Your right hand, O LORD,

shattered the enemy.

-> God = Power

13 “In your unfailing love you will lead

the people you have redeemed.

In your strength you will guide them

to your holy dwelling.

-> God = Unfailing love to definitely guide us (past, present, future)

17 You will bring them in and plant them

on the mountain of your inheritance—

the place, O LORD, you made for your dwelling,

the sanctuary, O Lord, your hands established.

-> Inheritance / crown

18 The LORD will reign

for ever and ever.”

-> He will come again; Lord, come quickly!

The grace, power and testimony after baptism are not boasting about their own accomplishments. They are humble because they have gone through problems and praises God for bring them through.

What is the reason that God tested Israel again and again since it is already so difficult or rather quite a big accomplishment to come out of Egypt? By letting the Canaanites see what the Israelites had gone through, their hearts already trembled and melted before Israel came on them for war. If you really want to be an evangelist, Satan must fear the perspective you have groomed up.

If you have your own rich stories with God so that you cannot just not say what you have heard and believed, that is the best testimony. For that, it is best to remain quiet and let people find you out. Unless determined by God, we only want to experience more of Him in our hearts, to want to live in the house of the Lord (our spirit) forever. This is the reason for problems again and again. And they will rejoice at hearing others praise God. This is because if others are better than me, then their voices of praise can bless me! Therefore, I continue to learn to want to be less, so that I can be blessed by even the smallest as said by Jesus Christ.

True evangelism is not about saying a lot, but the testimonies prove themselves.

Closing Words

I bless you to receive the image of a prophet who can answer in and out of season, who because of having this mystery, will not always think of his own inadequateness, but rely on the Holy Spirit (by individual blessedness and prayerful and ministering atmosphere induced by spiritual brethren) to send out the blessings of God.

* I still feel I have not preached to my heart’s content. Miriam, the prophetess, sister of Moses, sang again and again, and this is living a brethren-centered life. Moses was willing to be blessed under the voice of Miriam because he can make use of the blessed environment set up by Miriam’s voice in order to bless him himself. I find that those who will stop meetings are two (1) those who finds enjoying meetings so much that they will feel that they should stop meeting so that they can give people a chance (e.g. stop work on a Sunday “since I have already enjoyed so much”, (2) those who finds meetings a commission or their decision to become more blessed for only themselves will one day come to a conclusion that they can just listen to messages at home and not come for meeting where brethrens come together. But my idea of brethren-centered is that I like meetings, because through it, I become less. I do not try to exalt my own convictions even if they are from the Lord. I put my personal convictions behind the convictions received by the church because the convictions in the church is of more promised than my own, i.e. the convictions in the church guide and pave the way for clearer and more complete convictions in my heart so that the expressway of faith can be setup even faster. The convictions received by my brothers and sisters are definitely for me, so that I should enjoy their praises and testimonies, because by them, the convictions of the universal catholic voice of God will come to me. The heart that God gave me is a heart that sees others more blessed than myself, so that if I use this method of totally abolishing any of myself, restoring God-driven, when I am with them, I will be able receive all the spiritual anointing in my spirit. I say again: everything in the world, the whole history of mankind is for us. If we do not receive such a vision, sadly, we will walk in circles of always learning but never understanding. Pray with me to pioneer the intercessory ministry!

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