Whoa! It’s been a month since the last time I wrote here. I have said at the beginning of this year, “It’s gonna be a very busy year” (for so many times) but I never really expected it to be this busy. Our home church hosted Vancouver NextGen Conference 2018 exactly last month and I’ve been traveling with family around Canada since then because we have my inlaws coming from Australia to visit us here. I’ll travel to Indonesia to attend a leadership training and Empowered21 Asia Conference in Jakarta from early to mid of July. We are also expected to be in Orlando in early August for another conference and then in Toronto few days after that for United Prayer Rising Canada. There are so many travel plans this year so please bear with me. I’ll try to update every time I can.
Anyway, these past few weeks God was speaking to me more and more about ‘Being Teachable’. I’ve shared on this blog previously that God is starting new things this year. He’ll use an entirely new method, a different approach to reach out to today’s generations. When we talk about new things, we as churches, need to adapt. We need to learn something that we’ve never learned before. We need to bring our understandings to the next level.
UNLEARN THE OLD TRUTH
“Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.”
Introduction of the new things to the churches has occurred when the old churches had to encounter Jesus for the first time, thousands of years ago. From the history, most of the old churches had failed to receive this new thing (so that the salvation was extended to the Gentiles) because they couldn’t unlearn what they have been taught before. They were rigid. They were proud of their teachings and believed their knowledge to be the perfect one. In fact, from the Scripture above, God shows us that He is a relevant God. He works with a different approach in different seasons (verse 11-12). He is the still the same God but He likes to make changes in the ways He works (even Jesus healed people with a unique and different method every time). And the tricky part is, sometimes this new thing hasn’t been written or taught before (verse 13-14).
I remembered last time I visited Indonesia, I was so surprised to see a lot of changes in the local churches. There’s a lot of new churches becoming bigger and bigger and there are also few well-known churches who have lost most of their congregation. I recalled I was asking God at that time “Why?” and He told me “Because the leaders of those churches stopped seeking His will.” Some of them probably learned from experience over time and formed the ‘perfect’ method, and then use that method over and over again because it’s proven to work, last time they checked. And so, they never check again.
Learning new things doesn’t only mean to receive the new things He’s teaching us, but also to unlearn the old things that can detain our ability to receive the new ones. And I personally think that to unlearn things is even harder than to learn things. Humility plays a key role in this process of learning and unlearning.
“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”
Never think that our knowledge and revelations are the ultimate truth! Never think that our denomination is the best! Otherwise, have a heart that always seeks His will. Come to every spiritual gathering with a mind that test everything. Don’t be close-minded but learn from each other instead! Even from someone who probably comes from a different denomination than yours, or someone who is a new believer. Never underestimate people. God can speak through anyone!
LEARN FROM THE SPIRIT
The difference between the era of old churches and of today’s churches is in the presence of the Holy Spirit. In the Spirit, there’s a hope that we won’t be misguided even though we expose ourselves and test new things. Even Jesus himself said that the presence of Spirit is even more useful for us than His own presence in this world:
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
Why? It’s because Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Lord himself. It’s the one who can bring our understandings to the next level. It’s the one who helps us to discern everything and give us revelations in our daily lives. The difference is probably when Jesus taught people, the teachings work in the mind of those who are listening, but when the Spirit teaches, It works from the inside out. And because Jesus was the only One who was consumed by the Spirit, we need Him and other people to teach us about everything. But with the Spirit, we won’t need someone to teach us anymore (Jeremiah 31:33-34). We’ll have direct access to God Himself!
“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.”
(1 John 2:27)
I believe that this is the time for the Holy Spirit to work in Its optimum power. Anyone who’s willing to open their minds and has a teachable heart will receive the gift of discernment like never before. It’s not only for Pastors and spiritual leaders but also for common people, new believers, even people from other religions. They will begin to receive new revelations from God. This is the time when religion doesn’t matter anymore, church denominations don’t matter anymore. God will shatter every kingdom of men and build His own kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!!!
Let us throw away the old things and seek His will in this very season instead,