“Be Intimate with The Lord”

Acts 15:16-18 – “After this, I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins and I will set it up so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name…”

The DNA of this church is to restore the Tabernacle of David. Why does God want us to do this? The verses that we read earlier talk about the great harvest of souls. The Tabernacle of David means God’s mighty soldiers who have a lifestyle of pray, praise, and worship day and night in unity, as well as faithfully do His will in these days. Pray, praise, and worship the Lord day and night in unity indicates an intimate relationship with God that enables us to come out victorious.

Who do want to be intimate with the Lord? In the Bible, Mary is an example whose live was intimate with God. When the Lord Jesus came to her house, she sat down by His feet and listened attentively to what Jesus had to say. Meanwhile, Martha was busy preparing food for Jesus. What Mary did was indeed the best! This is the key to build an intimate relationship with the Lord: sitting by His feet, listening to and meditating His Words, and putting them into practice. As Jesus is going to come for the second time, we have to be more serious with Him as well.

Other than Mary, David is also another Biblical example who lived close to the Lord. In Acts 13:22b, the Lord says, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.”

Now, what God’s will is for this generation? It’s written in Matthew 28:19, which says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We have to go evangelizing other nations that they may become disciples of God. Wherever we are, we have to testify the Lord’s goodness and guide him or her to be a disciple. We obviously can’t perform the Great Commission using our own strength. Hence, Jesus fills us with the Holy Spirit, which is being poured out greatly these days for the last time before He comes back again. This is what we call the third Pentecost.

Our church DNA, the Restoration of the Tabernacle of David, is intended to prepare for the third Pentecost. The movement has started in Asia, including Indonesia, and will continue throughout the world. If the second Pentecost started on Azusa Street by bringing the fire from the West to the East, now the fire is moving from the East to the West and back to Jerusalem!

Let’s all build an intimate relationship with God and prepare ourselves for the third Pentecost. God bless you.

Source: GBI Gatot Subroto Bulletin, Sermon of Ps. Niko Njotorahardjo