Archive | August, 2015

MORE THAN A WINNER

31 Aug

MORE THAN A WINNER

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Winners are those who have managed to obtain what is desired and pursued over the years, for which they are willing to pay the price to try and train hard. An athlete called a winner if he makes it to the finish line and beat his opponent. A businessman said to be a winner when he manages to make a proposal that effectively and efficiently so that he manages to shift other entrepreneurs to win tenders.

Being more than a winner is those who are happy with the big hearts and receive the word of God that the righteous is not design to escape from problems, sometimes through heavy issues and insistent, God intends to raise the righteous to be more than conquerors. Sometimes in the assessment of the world, according to the heavy problems faced by believers to the extent that the world says that the righteous must have been accursed. But the greatness and power of God who always been relied upon by the faithful then God will deliver them form all those problems to bring us believers at a level more than just a regular winner with a stunning giant leap that make us the people really more of a winner that continues to rise from one glory to another glory but remains in humility.

The Word of God in Proverbs 24:16, describing the state of the righteous are more than conquerors who said even though a righteous man falls seven times, but he never wants to give up. That is the spirit of a winner, never give up even when they fall many times.

TODAY’S WORD: Romans 8:31-39, NKJV

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Currently, how many times you have fallen? Never give up, keep the spirit to reach the finish line.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Through the work of Christ’s redemption, we who believe in Christ are a people more than conquerors.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 11:17-34

Night: Psalm 132-134

AN OSTRICH

30 Aug

AN OSTRICH

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Notice how the ostrich faces a danger such as it is being chased by predators. It will soon hide its head into the hole. It is an act that is not appropriate because the act of hiding one’s head in the hole is not going to save this bird, but actually can bring an accident / a vain death. This action is an act of escaping from reality or pretending there is no problem.

Many of us are acting like the ostriches when we face serious problems. Escape from reality or buried it in the heart and acted as if everything is normal without any problems. The step such as the ostrich’s act can bring bitterness and deep self-regret that can have an impact on the emergence of a lot of sickness and self-condemnation and humiliation that can be carried over the rest of our lives. If the ostrich hiding its head in the hole to get away from the problem, the way people run away from a reality is generally fall into the deceptive world of demons, like the night world or narcotic drugs.

The Bible teaches us to be like David when facing issues as the giant Goliath. David was not scuttled but David faced Goliath by relying on the Spirit of God. And by the power of God. Then Goliath fell in his pride.

Similarly, God is able to put down any issues you may have, therefore do not run away from problems, but face the problem together with the Spirit of God.

TODAY’S WORD: 1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Confront the problem with the Lord because He will give the Holy Spirit to give us strength to overcome the problem.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

God never promised skies will always blue, God never promised ocean to always be calm without waves, but God promised to never leave us, He will give strength when we are dealing with rain and powerful waves.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 11:1-16

Night: Psalm 129-131

FAITH VS RECKLESS

29 Aug

FAITH VS RECKLESS

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

When you are in fear and anxiety, you know you’ve been away from God and His presence. If you are far from God meant you to be in the shadow of the devil, and if you continue to worry and fear, and not again the presence of God then you will fall into sin.

God does not give a spirit of fear to those who believe, but He has given the power of love to produce a clear mind is the mind of Christ. This means that each of us has been given the power of the word of God as equipment to reinforce and strengthen our faith, of strong faith we will have the mind of Christ in order to understand God’s plan for every life. Thus for any problems that we may face today, we would not be easily bent weak or easily give up, but we will enforce the heads look at issues for the Spirit of God is in our hearts is greater than any problems in this earth.

Word of the day is not teaching us to never be afraid because God alias to be reckless because God has an agenda in each of His plan. But note that none of the teaching of God’s word regarding fear, teaching us to be reckless (dare without thinking clearly), because indeed there is a thin difference between faith and reckless.

The believers should not be reckless while the reckless men don’t have faith. Faith must be based on the word of God and by the word of God, then faith is formed. While reckless arising from a chaotic mind and a waver spirit. So the paradigm of Christianity, this difference is very clear. Therefore, underlay your life with God’s word, then you will act with faith.

TODAY’S WORD: 1 Corinthians 2:10-16, NKJV

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Identify if any of your act: reckless act or act of faith?

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Reckless makes the believers fall into sin of tempting God, while faith makes reckless person into modest because he knows God is greater.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 10:19-33

Night: Psalm 126-128

INVISIBLE BUT CAN BE FELT

28 Aug

INVISIBLE BUT CAN BE FELT

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

You’ve seen the ‘big truck’ vehicle, transporting the container? The vehicle was very large and required more than 20 wheels to operate. Or you’ve seen vehicles that operate in mining such as John Deere or Caterpillar, of course you will see the wheels just barely two feet tall! In contrast to the appearance tires mighty, there are only invisible wind and soft but its existence enabled the mighty wheels to support the weight of vehicles and reduce shock when walking through the rough ground and rocky. Imagine if the wheels do not contain wind / gas, then the weight of the vehicles was going to experience a lot of shocks when walking on rough and rocky grounds which can cause great damage.

Such is the function of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Although the Holy Spirit is invisible, but the work of the Holy Spirit is invisible, but the work of the Holy Spirit can be felt in the presence of peace inside our hearts. The Holy Spirit is God, sent out into the world when Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, He is the Personal God of gentleness, comforting, helpful, giving us the strength and hope to the promises of God. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we gain greater than anything in this world, which is able to create faith in our trust in God. So that by the power of the Holy Spirit / supernatural then our mental and physical are ready to become more than the winner to any heavy problems.

TODAY’S WORD: John 14:25-27, NKJV

The Gift of His Peace

25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Beware the man without the Spirit, he is an easy target with the devil who can lure with many ways.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

The Word of God says that outside God we are no body.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 10:1-18

Night: Psalm 123-125

DON’T REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL

27 Aug

DON’T REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Imagine if you have an enemy who has betrayed you, of course you do not want to meet him/her, if you happen to bump in you might want to beat, because we would love to see the people we hate in suffering.

One interesting point made by the Lord Jesus before the festival of unleavened bread, which also proves that He is the doer of the Word of God is when Jesus took a washcloth and water and began to wash the feet of Judas. He is the omniscient must knew that Judas Iscariot would be used for the devil to betrayed Him, but He is also loving omniscient and by His love of staggering magnitude, so even though the Lord Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him, but Jesus still loves Judas.

Something that may never been done unless God enables a man. God hates the sin but loves the sinner man and this event proves that Jesus is the Word and the Word was spoken once / said by the Lord Jesus then the words will definitely be fulfilled. Jesus taught love, and he also committed unconditional love even though to the enemy.

Meditate on the goodness of God’s love that has been willing to die on the cross for our sins, we should also follow the example of Jesus to love others as God with the love of Jesus washing the feet of people who will betray Him. And if we are to be doers of the word then see, the blessing of the nations will come after us.

TODAY’S WORD: Romans 12:9-21, NKJV

Behave Like a Christian

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.” (Romans 12:17)

TODAY’S ACTION:

When the world says is impossible, God will enable us to do the impossible for God: Do not repay evil with evil, and do what is right to all people.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

God hates sin, but He loves the sinner man.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 9

Night: Psalm 120-122

WHEN I AM WEAL, I BECOME STRONG

26 Aug

WHEN I AM WEAL, I BECOME STRONG

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

The Word of God says that the power of God contained in the heart of gentleness, which is willing to be formed according to the will of God. The seeds of word will not grow any to produce power in a hard heart. However, He has many ways to soften the heart of man, as long as the man is willing to be formed, because only God can work even more awesome again in a tender heart.

Notice how God has softened the hearts of Peter. Peter experienced the process of softening of the heart when he suffered complete failure precisely when was Peter was known as a very experienced fisherman. When Peter hung his hopes on his own experience, in fact he did not get anything though he had all night poking around the lake. But when Peter was obeying the Lord Jesus that was no more than 5 minutes: “Let down the nets for a catch.” He got an incredible catch fish until the boat was about to sink.

The process of softening of the heart is very difficult and very painful, because everything about the ego, pomposity (vanity), excessive self-confidence, to be cut, crushed with a variety of problems like that are allowed. The length of the softening of the heart will vary from each individual, because it will depend on levels of the hardness of everyone’s heart. Consider the fact is that it takes a high degree of fire and long heating process to purify gold than the heating process to produce high taste coffee.

If we are selected to go through this process, remember that we are also being prepared and selected to receive a higher glory. But if we refuse and rebel in this process, then the results will be different. When Peter refused the process of heart softening, he might be just listed as an unsuccessful conceited fisherman and not a powerful apostle full of the Holy Spirit.

TODAY’S WORD: Luke 5:1-11, NKJV

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Faithful in the Lord, ask God to give strength to endure faithfully to the end, because you are being prepared for a higher glory.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Each purification will result in a higher glory.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 8

Night: Psalm 119:89-176

THE GREATEST WORK

25 Aug

THE GREATEST WORK

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

How do you react when you are spat on by someone? The answer is it depends on who spit, when the spit is from an insane people, you might be just silent but if the spit comes without cause and from a healthy person, you might beat him/her or at least you will curse.

Jesus suffered more than a spit, he was beaten until His face was unshaped, He was also beaten up to crushed, humiliated, reviled and all the way of “via dolorosa” to the Mount Calvary to give His life by way of becoming a cursed to die on the cross for our behalf.

However, notice what comes out of the mouth of the Lord Jesus? None of swear words or obscenities out of His mouth. Even in appearance as a man who had suffered a miserable that He should not have to endure, the deity of Christ Jesus who is love will become more apparent when He experienced the passion, rejection, humiliation to replace humans.

Listen when He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). This is the greatest love ever undertaken by the Lord Jesus. A love unconditionally performed with a sincere without bond.

TODAY’S WORD: Isaiah 53:2-12, NKJV

2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Meditate on this day about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for you; make a commitment to remain faithful to Jesus because He had first faithfully bore our sins.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

If you are currently questioning the love of God, look at the cross where Christ had expressed the greatest of love to mankind.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Corinthian 7:20-40

Night: Psalm 119:1-88