Be ready to receive new things

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.”

(Hebrews 7:11-14)

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.”

(Matthew 9:17)

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.”

(John 16:7)

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!!!

_Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it_I will make a way in the wilderness and river

 

Let us throw away the old things and seek His will in this very season instead,

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 rapture dream: Ready or not…..here He comes!

Praise God, I finally got time to write again this week after surviving a very hectic and long week. That was a good hecticness though, thank God for that. Anyway, I have promised you guys to write about a dream that had made me start writing this blog.

As a background, I rarely got prophetic dreams. I know some people who are used to receive a message from God through dreams. But……not me. I would say that God talks to me more by giving me quotes of Scriptures, visions, and….He just talks to me, like right away in my heart. And sometimes by “inner knowing” (Just knew the term from “The Seer” book by James W. Goll that I’ve been reading lately. By the way, I really recommend this book if you have prophetic gifts and calling), I couldn’t explain but I simply knew what I knew.

Anyway, it’s been a while since the last time I got a prophetic dream, but I got it again on July 16th, 2017. I remembered it’s the night after I received a really powerful fire anointing through His servant Ps. William Hardrick at my home church. That night I experienced a dream that changed my life. It took me to a new level of understanding that I’ve ever been since I received Jesus. It was almost like real experience and the first time I was remembering the dream when I woke up, I could feel that I was experiencing the dream all over again. It was a very short dream but it’s enough to change me in a way I couldn’t explain, enough to make me felt the urgency of His calling in my life. It gave me a new heart and put a new spirit in me; it removed from me my heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

THE DREAM

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In that dream, I was standing in a room alone. It was not a big room and it has transparent double hinged doors that have particular designed frame, so it’s not all plain glass doors. I was looking through the transparent area on the sidelines of the door frames to see a guy standing outside of the door. I didn’t see His face, but This Guy was wearing a luminous white robe with light blue lines (it’s luminous too!) on the edges of the fabric which were in the cuffs and V-neck of the robe. There was a very bright light behind Him that I couldn’t see anything behind the brightness. I didn’t know how but somehow a second after looking at that view through the door frames, I knew that’s Jesus.

I remembered my mind spoke to me “Jesus is coming!” And then my mind spoke again the next second “Oh my God, is it rapture time now?” Right after I finished that sentence in my mind, I could feel I “plopped” outside of my body (I say “plopped” because I could really feel that my soul PLOP to the outside of the body. At one PLOP, the sounds that I heard outside the body was just different than when I was within the body. It was just like you’re being away from the sound of the world if that makes sense. And the physical feelings were also different. I felt an intense peaceful feeling and it’s physically so light….like floating-in-the-air kind of feeling. I could feel that time was also slowed down).

A second after that (with a floaty, slower feeling), my mind spoke again “Oh my God, did I just got raptured? Was I finally raptured???” (I couldn’t believe that I was being raptured). Then a sudden, intense feeling of gratitude filled me. My mind said “Thank You, Lord….Thank You, Lord…..” The feeling of gratitude, relief, and peace was so strong and real. As my mind was speaking to me, I could also see that I was furthering away from the ground, almost like flying. And that’s the end of my dream.

THE URGENCY

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I don’t know if you guys can feel the shocked-almost-like-panicky feeling that quickly follows by the feeling of peace and gratitude that I experienced in that dream. But that short dream was very emotional, vivid, and REAL to me. And I really thought that that’s the feelings which we’ll experience when the time comes.

Rapture is a personal moment between us and God. It’s so sudden, inevitable, non-deferrable judgment day of your entire life. You can’t really prepare yourself for it. It’s beyond any physical, logical, and mental preparation. It hits you in your face when the time comes. The only preparation you can do now is repentance. From the heart, not only of alteration of attitude or expression of words.

I remembered how I felt the fire and the urge in my heart to fulfill His calling even more in my life, to take my pursuit of holiness to another level and most importantly, to be consumed by His Spirit. For once in my life, I want to give up everything for that particular moment. I want to make sure that I’ll be experiencing it again when He’s coming.

JESUS’ ROBE

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Two days after the dream, I found the prophetic meaning of light blue colors in Jesus’ robe. My brother in Christ, Yonathan, helped me to search for it through a prophetic dance seminar material and it said that “light blue means righteousness, holiness and the bride of Christ”. I was stunned that there’s more to it!

In “The Seer” book that I was reading recently, James W. Goll mentioned in the subtitle of The Meaning of Symbolic Colors about Numbers 15:38 which is surprisingly related to the dream I had:

“Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue” (Numbers 15:38).

I felt like God wanted to tell me through the dream that, we should have righteousness, holiness, intimacy with Jesus (the bride of Christ), in order for us to be raptured.

To be righteous, we must have the strong foundation of the Law of God and obedience to do it. To be holy, we have to be consumed by the Holy Spirit. And to be the bride of Christ, we should trust Him with all our hearts in every season of our lives.

I pray that we will be found righteous, holy, and known by God when the time comes. He is coming soon, my friend!

Praying for you,

Naomi

Eunoia: a vision in season

First Post

Eunoia is originated from an ancient Greek word εὔνοια, which means beautiful thinking, a well and pure mind, good spirit. In rhetoric, eunoia is the goodwill a speaker cultivates between himself/herself and his/her audience, a condition of receptivity. The perception that the speaker has audience’s interest at heart. Eunoia is also the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes.

Inspired by its name, Eunoia The Journal will share my revelation of God’s beautiful plan for the season in the simplest way possible. It will contain His instruction, reminder, explanation, correction, warning, encouragement, whatever He told me or show me to share with people. I will share my personal conviction of  His message, vision or dream of the season.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that I know all things as the Bible says “For we know in part and we prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13-9). I’m far from perfect and still learning as He tests my heart and my mind and reveals any impurities in my life. I’m writing this blog as a response to His prophetic calling to serve others.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” (1 Peter 1:10-12)

I hope that it will bless you! If you happen to read this blog and you have an experience or revelation or additional insight related to the subject, please do not hesitate to comment, share your thoughts or even just leave your mark on this blog. It will mean so much to me.

 

Thanks for reading,

Naomi

Holla!

So yes, I can’t believe I finally start blogging at the age of 30! (Can you believe it?!) I mean…if you ask me, Do I like to write? Yes, probably better than talking. Have I ever think to make a blog? Yes, more than a decade ago! (Not now when I have to juggle between raising a toddler, leading a ministry with my husband, and running errands, for sure!)

But yeah, it’s funny how God directs your lives, right? He likes to push you out of your comfort zone and stretch you to be better and better each time. He loves to prove that you’re much more than what you think you are and can do better than what you thought you could do.

So, around a month before my 30th birthday, He gave me a dream when I slept. A very special one. (I’ll write about it later). I prayed and God gave me a revelation and confirmations about it. I shared it with my mentors, mentees and some closest friends whom I know are mature Christians. But that is all! Well, I never really shared something too spiritual like this to random people or in this case, public.

But around 2 weeks after that dream, God told me to write it down. So, I wrote it in my personal journal. And then a week after that, He gave me His words through Habakkuk 2:1-3.

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All of the sudden, I remembered a vision I got in a Morning Prayer Tower session at church 2 days following the dream. In the vision, I was standing on a cliff which was really high and shaped like a tower, where I can see everything around the territory. I asked God what it is and all He said was “Tempat Tinggi” or the High Place in English. So after reading the Words and prayed about everything He showed me, I feel the urge to write it on a blog.

Fast forward to 4 months after the dream, here I am, writing the very first post on my blog (What? 4 months after? Yes, you read it right, dear. I’m the worst procrastinator. LOL). But yeah, He only told me to write that particular dream I had, so no string attached here, okay. I may or may not write again on my blog. LOL! I’m joking! (Or I don’t *wink*).

 

Write to you later,

Naomi