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LEAD2016 – Day 2 Night Session

Pastor Jeffrey Rachmat, JPCC

Every now and then Pastor Jeffrey will re-read Genesis especially the first three chapters. If gives insight into God’s purpose. How sin went into the world and what happened after that.

In Genesis 1:1, God introduced himself as Elohim, the creator God. In the Bible, God revealed Himself in many instances especially in the Old Testament. He is Jehovah Raphe (the healer), Jehovah Shalom (peace), Jehovah Jireh (God the provider). All these names were to address the problem of sin. Only after the fall, man knew sickness, lacking and war. He reveals Himself in response to man’s situation. If we lack anything, we can come to Him for provision. If we are worried, we can come to Him for peace. If we are sick, we can come to Him for healing.

Before the fall, Adam only knew him as the Creator God. That’s why we need to get back to creating. Often, we do not realize the power of creativity. We think we are not artist. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are filled with the Spirit of the Creator God. We need to realize the creative power in us. The greatness of God is expressed in God’s creativity. All He needs to do is to speak the Word.

In the beginning, words were not used for communication. In the beginning, it was used for creation. God was an organized God. He loves order. We can see this from the creation account. He is also a God of purpose. Our purpose is life is not to be successful but to be fruitful.

Genesis also gives insights into who we are and what we are capable of. We are created in His image. We need to be careful with our words. Our world is created by our words.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:7-9)

This is the garden created by the Creator God, in all his splendour.

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15)

Other translations mentioned to cultivate, to develop it, and to make it better. There was no record of Adam ever seeing a garden before. He has never worked before. To keep and to maintain as it is could be ok to Adam. But to cultivate the garden?

That was how Pastor Jeffrey was told by God to start a church. There was much political turmoil then. Politics and economy were not stable. Pastor Jeffrey was a banker. He had no theological background. No financial support. He just got married.

Perhaps we are in a same situation. But we also know that God would not have asked Adam to do something if He knew Adam could not do it. God will not ask us to do anything we cannot do.

1         When God gives instructions, he speaks to the potential inside of us

When God tells someone to do something, it directly reveals the potential to do something. When He calls, He equips, When He gives a vision, He will always give the provision. God trusted the potential in Adam. He already equipped Adam to do the job. He knew what Adam could do before he knew. We tend to have this concept that everything that comes from God is so perfect that we no longer can improve on it. Whatever it is that God puts in our hands, we can always make it better if we work on it.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful the Garden of Eden is, when God asked Adam to develop it, then there is room for it to be better. To tend is to invest. If we work it, we can always make it better.

When we are given time to do it again, when we are given a chance to do it again, we can always do it better. That is how God wire us.

2         Anything left attended will tend to deteriorate

If we want something to retain the same level, we need to maintain it. Maintenance doesn’t require much but we need to be diligent.

If we want something to be better, then we must have the courage to make an investment. Investments are risky. It takes money and time. And we may not get the desired returns. Dating is an investment. We make sacrifices. Unfortunately, many couple stop doing that after the wedding. That’s why we should never stop dating our spouse.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

With God, live is never boring. If we Christians do not know this, then church can be so boring. When we are reconnected with God, we get the creative power.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

Jesus is very specific. He told us the way the enemy works. The thief takes something from someone who did not pay attention. That’s how our enemy works. One of the ways the enemy steals our vision is by giving us another vision. Just because we see an open door, it doesn’t mean it is an opportunity we should take. That is why we need to remember what we do and who we do it for. If we hang on to our vision, we are easily distracted when we see something else. If we are not careful, we will be caught doing something we are not supposed to be doing.

The pattern of the enemy is to steal, kill and destroy. If we do not realize the enemy has stolen from us, he will move on to kill and to destroy. The original Greek for the word kill is to sacrifice. The enemy loves to create conditions / situations that we see no other choice but to sacrifice once something valuable to us. It is so important to guard what we have. We need to guard our heart.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. (Proverbs 4:4)

3         What is the best way to guard our heart?

The best way to guard is to work it, to tend it and to cultivate it. The best way to keep our faith is to work it. It is the same for our marriage, our work and our health.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philppians 2:12-13)

We need to work out our salvation.

In sports, we say offense is the best defence. We will never get boring with God. We grow from strength to strength and from glory to glory.

The best way to keep something is to work it, to invest in it.

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