Season of Fire and Glory

Hi, it’s been a while! I just came back from Indonesia exactly a week ago. Everyone has been asking me about Empowered21 Asia and honestly I didn’t even know where to start. My Indonesia trip was bizarre!! It was so packed and intense, spiritually (in a good way though). So here’s my attempt at sharing the 3 weeks of amazingly-extraordinary-supernatural experience in 1 post. Enjoy!

JARS TRAINING

So, I started my first week to spend time with both of our families while recovering from the jet lag. And then, I spent the second week hosting my Arctic friend Elizabeth (this is another story, but I guess most of you have known about it from my Instagram) and participating in JARS training from Jars International Ministry (Instagram: jars.international). It was a 3-whole-day training to equip us to know our identity as a Jesus Lover, an Atmosphere Changer, and to respond to our callings as a Radical Saints.

The first day of training was confirmations over confirmations of what God has told me for the past year. But the second day I received healing even before the sessions were started. It was in the opening worship session before the first session of the day and the presence of the Lord was so strong and all of sudden, He spoke to me. He told me how my identity as a Bride of Christ was broken and I need a reconciliation with my husband. At the end of the day, we had a sweet reconciliation, something that I never thought, or expect, or even know at the beginning of the day. It was crazy how fast He revealed and healed at the same time within one day! (If only we respond and obey to do His instructions).

The last day of training was powerful and supernatural. Especially in the last session when we shared with each other about our journey with God. It was closed by a very strong and overwhelming presence of God, we began to prophesy and pray for one another. Most of us even received visions and heard His prophetic words. We received and also released anointings to each other, according to how the Holy Spirit led us.

I was really, really blessed by the teachings and your ministry, Jars International. Thank you, Kak Bel, Winda, Michele, and every coach of the sessions. We’ll definitely use the materials and share it with many people for the glory of God.

EMPOWERED21 ASIA

Then, I spent my last week of the trip with Empowered21 Asia, my main objective of going to Indonesia. Let me start by telling you that I didn’t plan for this trip before. In fact, I thought and decided that I was gonna miss this year’s Empowered21 Asia. But God spoke to me during my previous Indonesia trip in February. It was during the Minister Prayer Gathering in SICC, God told me to go. And so, I bought the tickets and booked the hotel a few days after that (That’s why I managed to get the tickets even though they were sold out right after I came back to Vancouver in March).

How can I summarize Empowered21 Asia? It was too bizarre, beyond words. It was a new level of presence of God. It just kept elevating day by day. Crazy! Last Sunday, I saw the highlights video of the event and it gave me goosebumps, even when I looked into my notes of the sessions. It gives me goosebumps, teary eyes, and I feel something burning inside of me, every time I remember the experience of the event (I know only participants of the event can relate to me).

THIRD PENTECOST HAS STARTED!

I truly believe that God is so ready to pour out His Spirit upon His children. As I’ve shared in my previous post, this is the season of the Holy Spirit. This is the season when the ministry of His saints will be filled with signs and wonders. There will be more and more supernatural things. Those who believe and longing will begin to experience the next level of presence of God.

“And it shall come to pass afterward,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”

(Joel 2:28-29)

Empowered21 Asia has shown me that heaven on earth is possible. When the children of God gathered in one place with hunger and thirst to see His glory, worshipped Him with one heart, His glory will come to that place. Imagine if nearly 14000 participants of the event come back to their nations with a burning heart and start this level of worship and prayer movements in their cities. I truly believe that the Third Pentecost will really be realized soon!

SEASON OF COLLABORATION AND ACCELERATION

I remembered I saw a long thread of fire and a tornado during the Opening Ceremony of the event. I began to understand from the speakers of the conference, what’s the meaning of the visions.

A long thread of fire refers to the fire in unity. This is the season of collaborations. I remembered Russel Evans said “There’s something great when one fire joins to another fire. It becomes a firestorm. It will become unstoppable”. I believe that the Body of Christ needs to unite, we need to spread the fire, or else it will burn out. We need to pray in one accord, one heart, for His Spirit to really take over the earth.

A tornado means the wind of the Holy Spirit will come so suddenly, and with a great impact. It won’t be just a breeze, but a tornado! It will be bizarre! Something that no one can deny. There will be an acceleration of healings, knowledge of God, fulfillment of prophecies, blessings, and even chaos. Hallelujah!

DISTRACTION

Anyway, with great things coming up, I somehow felt that the biggest challenge would be distrations. God spoke to me few months ago and I shared it to my circle of E3 leaders. And remembered few days after, it was confirmed by 2 people having the same dream of foxes. And surprisingly, it was confirmed again during my Indonesia trip by Ps. Jerome Ocampo (the Founder of United Prayer Rising movements).

God warned me at that time that the distractions of the enemy these days are not on big (and spiritual) things but on the little (and practical) things in our daily lives which will impact the bigger picture. I mean, it’s not easy to mislead a devoted Christian with false teachings or a new religion or any other false spiritual things, right? Especially when he/she already knows and understands the truth quite well.

But how about with financial bondage, family problems, health problems, for instance? Do you think it will affect our spiritual states when we encounter those problems? I think the answer will be Yes! It will, more or less, affect our spiritual conditions. And so, we need to really pay attention on how we live our lives daily and to try the best we can to stay away from that kind of problems.

God also warned me that a lot of times, the distractions of enemy these days are related to time. The enemy doesn’t only wanna steal our blessings, but also our time! With a very fast-paced, real-time, and user-customized information and technology nowadays, we can be trapped to spend our time unwisely. It is very dangerous as we will miss so many things that God wants us to do in this accelerated time. Let us check on how we live our lives daily!

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

(Ephesians 5:15-16)

 

Let’s spread the fire and glory,

Naomi

Notes: I’ll fly to Toronto tomorrow to do some of ministry works in the East Coast and mainly for the United Prayer Rising (UPRising Canada). If you’re living in the East Coast let’s join the movement and pray together for the rising of this nation! For more information, check http://www.uprisingcanada.com. There’s still time to register, so don’t miss it! For those who can’t join, I humbly ask you to pray for my East Coast trip and especially for the revival of Canada. God bless you!

Vision: In the back of a racing horse

Wowwww….I just had a really awesome Prayer Night and I cannot wait to share with you guys. The presence of God was so strong. It’s so intense, I couldn’t even contain myself anymore.

Anyway, in this very overwhelming presence of God, I suddenly got another vision. As I worship deeper and deeper, I saw and felt like I’m riding a horse. A very speedy one. And somehow there’s a voice inside of me, telling me it’s a racing horse. And then, it tells me that the finish line is already so close, so hang on!

I felt like this vision spoke to me that we’re in a season of acceleration. A time when God is accelerating His plans to be fulfilled in this generations. We’re indeed very close to the finish line.

Being in the back of the racing horse is never easy. We may feel overwhelmed by the velocity. We might be fear or worry that we may fall from the horse. But we need to focus on the finish line. He is coming soon! And soon we’ll get our rewards if we hang on.

Secondly, we need to be still on the back of the horse, or else we’ll fall (I heard there was a song in my heart sings “Be still, my soul, be still” at the end of the revelation of the vision).

At this very fast-paced season, I really encourage all of us to be still in the swiftness of His movements. Trust Him that He won’t let us fall. And most importantly, to keep our pace with Him.

Let’s set our eyes on Him and be still,

Naomi

Restorations of Generation Z

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Today, I recalled an impression that I got in a Prayer Tower session a few weeks ago. Somehow I felt that Generation Z will be a catalyst for the restoration of the tabernacle of David. This new generation will restore the heart and ways of worship and creatively produce new songs that will move God’s heart. Until the glory of God will be manifested fully on earth as it is in heaven (Isaiah 6:3, Habakkuk 2:14). It is very important as it’s strongly related to Jesus’ second coming.

But before that happens, in order for them to effectively function as they purposely created for and to fulfill their destiny, they need to be renewed in their minds and spirits. Now the questions are: ‘What are the things that needed to be restored from this generation?’ and ‘How to do so?’

VANITY INTO VULNERABILITY

The first thing that comes to my mind and I notice is really strong nowadays is vanity. There are so many pressures emerge lately because of the rising of social media and real-time access to information. Everyone can see anyone’s life every single day. They compare their life to theirs. And they know that they’re being watched too! So most people tend to display the perfect life they want other people to see. They are covering flaws and imperfections inevitably. It creates more and more pressures and insecurities these days.

In fact, we will never succeed to bring the glory of God if we are busy building up our own glory. We need to realize that it’s more important to please God than to win the approval of our society (Galatians 1:10). And that, vulnerability is the key to God’s heart so that His power may work fully in all of us (Psalm 12:15, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

With vulnerability, we can be a better witness of God. We don’t have nothing to hide. We can testify how God works wonderfully in our lives, but also to share how hard is the process of learning and molding our characters according to His will. The vulnerability is key to be a more relevant church to this generation!

PRESUMPTION INTO HUMILITY

Moreover, the quick and instant access to information makes everyone feels knowledgeable about anything as if they are always right. We can google about everything on the internet and most of us believe that it’s always true. We often forget that there’s also this thing called ‘hoax’. This presumptive habit makes this generation so quick to believe what they hear, to judge people according to what they think they know. On the contrary, the Bible says “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).

The Bible also says, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight” (Romans 12:16). It speaks about humility. A person who thinks that he/she always right, will never learn something new. He/she will never grow in his/her characters. And most importantly, this will block the stream of knowledge that God wants to pour upon us.

SELF IMPORTANCE INTO SELFLESS HEART

Last but not least, this social media age also facilitates us to speak up so freely and so easily. Everyone can say whatever they want, to whoever they want, often without consideration of other people’s feelings, or what it might cause to the greater good. It, more or less, affects the characters of people in this generation. Most people are feeling so entitled to their opinions, even if it’s sacrificing unity and harmony of the society. We can see hate speeches, rude comments, unfair judgments are widely happening on the internet, and even in real life nowadays.

But let us do what the Bible says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, but as the subtitle of this Scripture titled: ‘Behave Like a Christian’ (NKJV), let us not be a Christian who doesn’t act like one. Ask God for His heart, a selfless heart which cares so much about generations and people, even with a lot of sacrifices as the price.

GENERATION Z IS US!

I just realized it now (as I write) that this Generation Z is not only about the generation of people who are born after the year 1999 until now (as I read). Generation Z is about today’s generation. It’s about a new culture that is being introduced by the world nowadays. The challenges of this generation are ours and their promise of restorations are ours too! Wohoooo…!!! Praise the Lord!

 

Grateful for grace upon grace for these generations,

Naomi

Resharpening our vision

At the beginning of this year, I, my hubby and my toddler son took time to leave Vancouver and visit my home country, Indonesia. We struggled with lots of pressures, mentally, financially, spiritually at that time. I prayed and prayed and somehow I felt that we’ll find answers in Indonesia. And I’m glad we did =)

I felt like our trip was meant to resharpen our vision.

In the middle of storms, confusions, and terrors, we often get our visions blurry. I’m not only talking about visions in ministry and spiritual calling only, but also, our visions in marriage, in the marketplace, and even our study.  We need to take a break from all of the busyness and really take time to resharpen our vision. To find again our convictions and heart for all the things we are doing and what we’re fighting for.

It’s a fundamental step that we need to take at the beginning of this year because God is preparing us for a great battle leading to the big harvest. And we’ll need to pay the price for realizing the visions that God puts in our hearts. And it’s not gonna be easy!

SPIRITUAL CALLING REVEALED

I believe this year to be a significant year for the revealing and resharpening of the spiritual calling of His children. God is preparing us to be someone with a certain role and talents since the day we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). Each and every one of us has a purpose and is a significant part of God’s plan to dominate the world. That’s why it’s very important for us to understand our callings and to live a purposeful life.

Walking in our calling doesn’t refer to what we do every Sundays or at church, but it’s about being an impact to our surroundings every day of our lives. It’s not only about praying for people but also real actions that we do so that other people can feel the love of God through us.

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble”

(2 Peter 1:10)

Let’s walk boldly in our callings,

Naomi

Learning new things

As I promised you before, I’ll try to catch up writing about what I got since the end of 2017. And here it goes my story……

GEN Z ARISES

It started in November right after a young adult retreat from my home church. God told me about things I should have done better in my ministry. As usual, I took it really hard on myself, of course (LOL, so me).

But afterward, God showed me there’s a generation gap between the millennials (generation Y) and the next generation which is called as generation Z (Gen Z). We’re shifting to a new generation which is completely different in characters, interests and learning behaviors. I felt like it’s time for churches to fill in the gaps, to accept this generation as they are and to find new and effective ways to grow them. God is releasing a new generation!

I remember how God guided me to research more about Gen Z. God told me that we need a completely new approach to engage with this new generation. Old ways will not work anymore and we need to be open-minded in discovering the new, creative methods that God will introduce to us in the next season. We need to trust God and let ourselves out from the comfort zone!

I began to share about this to my Lead Pastor, young adults leaders’ team, and my minister friends. I was stunned when my Global Lead Pastor, Ps.Niko Njotorahardjo prophecied at the end of 2017 that “the year of 2018 is the year of new beginnings”.

MORE GRACE, MORE POWER

At the second week of 2018, I began to notice how busy I was particularly this year. I even spent the passing of 2017 to 2018 with a counseling session. God sent me this soul I have been chasing since last year with no sign of progress. I was not even knocking anymore and He delivered her right to me.

When I was in my quiet time with God with a grateful heart, a day after the counseling session, a voice in my heart said “More grace, more power”. Then He told me that the big harvest which is coming in 2018 will be done only by His power. The Holy Spirit will be working tremendously, like never before. Our job is to prepare ourselves and be ready to receive and to disciple an incredible amount of souls.

Always remember that our ministry is never ours. It’s His and His alone, and He will take care of His own. So, we need to focus more on the things we should do and surrender the end results to God.

DECIDE YOURSELF

I believe that this year is also about making a personal decision. Everyone has to decide for his/her own salvation. We always remember about Jesus saving our lives but often forget to work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12). We often too easy to blame other people or situations we are in. But at the end of the day, whatever our excuses are, He will judge us justly. And He’s coming soon! So we need to get out of the devil’s trap and recommit ourselves to really follow God and to do what He pleases.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

(Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

Better late than never LOL,

Naomi