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

Trust Him in the lions’ den

Last week as I was reading the book of Daniel, I stumbled on the scripture about Daniel’s cast into the lions’ den.

Daniel was doing perfectly fine at that time. He was given the power and authority. He received favor and was trusted by the King because of his faithfulness. And somehow, his peers envied him and made a plot against him. They misled the King to make a rule against Daniel’s religious principle. In short, the King was forced to punish Daniel by casting him into a den of lions.

Does it sound familiar? When your life finally feels alright. You are content. You finally can see fruits of what you’re doing or fight for. You know that it brings glory to the Lord. And……….BAMMMM!! All of sudden, you’re facing the test of your faith. Something that forces you to do something out of His will. Something that pushes you to compromise. Or else, it will cause you trouble.

I’ve read this story for so many times but I’m particularly moved by a part of the Scripture:

“And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

(Daniel 6:23b)

He put His trust in God and didn’t compromise his religious principles. He even declared His confidence in Him (Daniel 6:10), but God didn’t deliver him right away from the lions’ den. The scripture shows us that he was still cast into the den of lions, but no wound was found on him!

I believe that we sometimes are having the same situation as Daniel. And it feels like even though we have done what’s right, we still need to experience the moment of great pressures and terrors. We still need to pay the price of our faith in Him. But please know that if you believe in God, He will deliver us safely throughout that season, with no wound. This wound may refer to frustration, the trauma of the incident, the bitterness to someone whom God’s using to sharpen us, a disappointment to God, or any kinds or scar in our soul.

“But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,  their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

(1 Corinthians 3:10b-15)

Trust Him that this season is meant for good. That it’s truly needed to exercise our faith and prepare us for the glory that will come later. And that, He will not let the devil harm us in any way.

_One day, you will look back on this season and know that you are truly blessed, and not because things were perfect but because you found perfect grace even in the worst of it._

 

Let’s keep on trusting Him,

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

My heart sings

Hi!

Firstly I wanna apologize for being absent from blogging for quite some time already. I’ve been busy hearing and learning from God. He’s been telling me so many things and oh boy, it’s so overwhelming (seriously!) This year is indeed a special year, my friend!

Anyway, he’s been nudging me for three times already to write again. I clearly didn’t put this as top priority as I didn’t know how important this is for Him for me to write and not only shared what I’ve got orally to my community.

So, I’ll try to catch up on things I learned and discovered this past few months (in the next posts). But this time, I’ll just try to write through my phone as soon as I get something and leave the perfectionist side of me (I guess no more pictures or designs unless I have time for that lol).

Anyway, so here I am, writing this post partly in a spa room because of the overwhelming presence of God and a new revelation I got here.

Today, I had a casual conversation with my mom and hubby as we’re visiting my hometown for a Chinese New Year gathering. We shopped today and had a coffee time in a cafe nearby the shopping centre. We began to chat about many things (it’s a small talk) and suddenly my mom told me about the history of Christianity in my family.

For the first time in my life, I knew that my grandmother and her siblings were faithful Christians who served the Lord in a local Christian church long, long time ago. As usual, I responded with a ‘poker face’ as I slowly began to consume the information to my brain and responded accordingly.

Then it struck me again in a small spa room when a masseuse was giving me a massage (Yes, He can talk anytime even in the weirdest possible place and time lol). I remembered how I wrote my history of faith on my IAOGI Canada application end of November. I questioned why God chose me so many times but I decided to settle with gratefulness. I never knew why I weirdly always pursue God all my life (even when I was still living in sins). And….yeah, it’s pretty easy for me to believe God, I guess….like it’s already in me. I’m simply a believer from the very beginning.

I know for some of you this new discovery I found might be simple. But for me who always been lonely in my faith to God (in my family), it is really SOMETHING! It reminds me of this verses:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

(Galatians 4:7-9)

I can imagine that I am who I am right now probably because of my ancestor who prayed for his/her descendants. It somehow gives me hopes that however our situations right now, He will deliver His promises, either this time or next time, either to this generation or to the next one. If, and only if, we’re faithful and obedient to His calling in our lives.

Knowing this, my heart is so full!

Naomi