Archive | November, 2015


30 Nov



Many people have succeeded but no luck. World number one golfer: Tiger Wood, took the decision to resign from the golf world when he was at the top of success. Tiger Woods is the only athlete in the world with a wealth of USD 1 billion. Tiger Woods is financially very successful athlete but the other family and household life is not lucky.

God wants His children to be successful and prosperous in front of God and man. How to make our lives successful and prosperous? God gives the key in Joshua 1:8: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

The human life’s journey can be successful because of hard work, but success does not come in God, the mostly will not prosper, meaning in its life people will work extraordinarily hard to collect but cannot enjoy because there’s always a leak that depletes. If we want to carefully introspect the successful life of people but no luck then we would get something wrong in those people’s life, which means a successful human life but do not know God is life of careless, indiscriminate and pointless.

Sovereign Lord of the universe, God is just and He will act fairly to bring down people whose lives are not pleasing to God and to lift people whose lives are pleasing to Him.

TODAY’S WORD: Psalm, 127:1-2, NKJV

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8)


If we want a successful life journey and prosperous then do the words of God.


God wants your life to be successful and prosperous in the Lord.

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



Morning: 2 Peter 2

Night: Ezekiel 37-39



29 Nov



The utility of pencil into an ordinary pencil in my hand, but it would be amazing if it were in the hands of the writer. A basketball in my hand worth for IDR 100,000 but the basketball in the hands of Michael Jordan worth 33 million dollars. Wooden stick in my hand just to drive the animals, but the wooden stick in the hand of Moses could split the ocean.

So man is mediocre, but in the hands of God, humans can be transformed into an extraordinary human being, more than conquerors. Consider Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, David, Esther, Daniel, to the disciples of Jesus, they previously were modest man who is not a high school graduate or law school, but they are used by God in an extraordinary way to do wonder matters in carrying out the mission of God.

The key is simple: The Holy Spirit to be present in our lives, and the presence of the Holy Spirit can only happen when we are respectful to God with complete love, keep holy association with God to make us more holy. Therefore, respect and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of the Holy Spirit, because when the Spirit leave one, then the evil spirits of the devil will easily grab and bring chaos.

TODAY’S WORD: Lucas 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 signalled 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.


“for it is written: “Be holy, because I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)


In the hands of God, you become extraordinary and successful, so do not leave God, be faithful in the Lord.


Holiness of God will make us human to be full of God’s anointing successful and prosper in all things.

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



Morning: 2 Peter 1

Night: Ezekiel 35-36


28 Nov



Water hyacinth (Latin: Eichhornia crassipes) is a type of floating aquatic plants. Water hyacinth has a high speed of growth so that the plant is considered a weed that can damage the marine environment. Water hyacinth easily spread through water into bodies of water.

Apparently there are many similarities between sin and hyacinth plants, namely:

  1. Both have the same if it is given the opportunity to grow, the both of them will grow rapidly to master so that it becomes difficult to overcome.
  2. Both are bad because they block the supply of essential materials, if the water hyacinth blocking the supply of oxygen to the environment, sin hinders spiritual blessings and nutrients so that those who are in the bondage of sin becomes unhealthy, dry and ultimately having spiritual death slowly.
  3. Both lead to stagnation and silting. River water is dominated by the water hyacinth will be difficult to flow and move, a total stop resulting the water into a die water. Water will be called alive and refreshing if the water continues to flow and move. Likewise sin, when sin master human, he will not release it but wrapped around, makes man is incapable of moving and eventually become spiritually dead. The state of spiritual death will allow the devil to drag people into eternal death.

Do not let a gap open for the sins of our life that looks sweet, because when the gap is opened, sin will rapidly evolve, chain, tie and will not come off. Only the blood of Jesus has the power to break the bondage of sin, enabling us to abandon all sin and clean it up.  Therefore, if we are bound by sin, come to Jesus, because if we confess our sins, He is faithful that God will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

TODAY’S WORD: 1 John 1:5-10, NKJV

Fellowship with Him and One Another

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.


“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)


Sin looks sweet, but deceptive, do not be deceived by sin!


Do not open the slightest gap in our hearts for the devil let alone compromise with the devil because he is going to slip and once he gets in he will act as thieves steal, kill and destroy.

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



Morning: 1 Peter 5

Night: Ezekiel 33-34


27 Nov



If there’s evil plan is designed to harm you, do not be discouraged, fear or worry, but trust me completely to God that we worship. Although we have experienced accident plan, God would use that event to glorify His name with the high you just as He did in His servant Daniel.

Daniel chapter 4 tells how God bound King Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel’s with relationship of love and very deeply. God made Daniel so instrumental in the government of Babylon because Daniel has a thoughtful wisdom of God that gives the ability to interpret dreams and understand future tremendously.

Then, in Daniel chapter 6, Daniel was so important in a position that made scholars and officials of the Mede envied and tried to throw Daniel in various ways. On the other hand, God made Darius, the king of Mede loved Daniel. However, when people who were envious, managed to trap Daniel by leveraging loyalty and devotion to his lord Daniel, causing Daniel should go into the lion pit. Once known to the king that he had made the ban and led Daniel into the lion pit. King Darius tried to save Daniel from punishment. However, because God used this event to raise even higher Daniel and also declared the greatness of His power, King Darius was in dead-locked, the king was not able to save Daniel.

However, God changed this lion hole event to glorify His name in raised Daniel in a higher position that brings prosperity abound for Daniel.

The same God will do it for you.


The Plot Against Daniel

6 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; 2 and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. 3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”

6 So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! 7 All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counsellors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?”

The king answered and said, “The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”

13 So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”

14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15 Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.

Daniel Saved from the Lions

18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

23 Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.

Darius Honours God

24 And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.

25 Then King Darius wrote:

To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:

Peace be multiplied to you.

26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. 27 He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.


“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)


God is sovereign over your life, not others, so do not be afraid of what others do to you.


What have being planned evil for you, God who loves you have planned good over your life.

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



Morning: 1 Peter 4

Night: Ezekiel 30-32


26 Nov

Excerpt from the Sermon by Pastor John Koe, Senior Pastor, Petra Church – Ministering at Bethany International Service on Sun, 22 Nov 2015. Summarised by BIS Team.


It is important for us to pray for Israel. When Israel is blessed, the church will also be blessed. There is a direct relationship with Israel and the Church of God. In 1948, when Israel became a nation, there was a wave of healing in the USA. In 1967, when Israel took over Jerusalem, there was the charismatic restoration wave.   Pastor John encountered God during his prayer and fasting that the end-times revival will be characterized with His own Presence. In Solomon’s temple, the presence of God was so strong that the Levites could not stand in His presence. Revival is a partnership between God and Man.  How do we prepare to contain God’s glory?

The greatest ministry for a Christian is to minister to the Lord of the Harvest.  The Church of God must learn to worship Him because the Lord is preparing the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? (Luke

Satisfy God’s heart first and everything else will be overwhelmingly met.  Serve the Master first.  In Luke 17:8, the servant ate after the Master had finished eating and drinking.  We often neglect the priority to minister to the Master first.  In Acts 13:2, while they were ministering to God’s hearts, revelation begins to flow.

This is the secret to living in the end-times – hearing the voice of God.  The Holy Spirit must navigate our lives.  Worshipping God is so powerful that light and wisdom will continuously flow like a river. He will cause His voice to be heard.   The answer to our prayers is to praise Him. When we praise and worship God, God will speak and reveal Himself to us. God created us because He loves us and we ought to reciprocate His love by worshipping Him. We are created to worship God.

One important aspect of ministering to the Lord is to learn to honor the Holy Spirit. When we honor God’s presence, He will keep showing up.  For example, if a guest shows up at your house unexpectedly and is honored, that guest will keep showing up. God enjoys it when we worship Him.  There is nothing or no one who can compare to Him.

What God desires from us is our worship. God is all sufficient. He does not need us to survive. In His divine decision, God has made the decision to take pleasure in us, to be able to respond to His heart.  It is the expression of our gratitude that moves His heart.  God is a Person. He wants to be a part of us as we walk the journey of our life. It is such a blessing for parents to have children as subjects of their affection.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

In 1 Samuel 3:1, Samuel ministered to the Lord even from a young age.  Samuel knew how to minister to the Lord and God started to speak to him during a period when visions and Word of God were rare. The greatest ministry as believers is to worship Jesus.  Ministering to God should be our priority.  Everything else is secondary.

The power of praise and worship has a special meaning to God.  Worship will change our life and it will cause us to develop friendship with God.  Friendship means meeting certain needs in each other’s life.  Friendship is not a one-way traffic.  Be interested to know God’s desires.  This is how we can have a friendship with God.  The disciples failed to meet the needs of Jesus before His crucifixion, as they fell asleep.  Friends carry each other’s burden, bringing comfort and encouragement.

Sing love songs to God and express our gratitude to Him.  As we worship God, good things will happen.  Moses spent time on the mountain and the glory of God fell upon him and his face shone.  Waiting upon the Lord is never a wasted time.  Abraham Lincoln was the president of the USA in the late 1800s.  During a meeting, a lady came to pass him a cake that she had baked.  She had to wait for the right time in between his busy schedule to pass him the cake. This act of kindness touched President Lincoln very deeply. People who met him only wanted to take something from him, except for this lady who was there to give him something.  Minister to the Master first – this begins with worship.  We are created to respond to God’s love, for He alone is worthy.  Worship helps us to walk closer with God.



26 Nov



Abraham’s obedience to all the commandments of the Lord and the Lord takes into account that as a truth. Obedience of Abraham biggest is when he obeyed God’s command to “present” his only begotten Isaac. At that time Abraham was facing a command that does not make sense in the flesh because God promises Abraham had been waiting most of his life to have children of his own flesh and blood. But as children get only one who really loved, but it is the Lord asking to sacrifice it. Maybe when Abraham received God’s request, he can not sleep, wavering, restless discern God’s commandments and trials which demons, a war between the heart and the mind. The heart of Abraham like hanging between heaven and earth. But because Abraham lived intimate associate with the Lord, so that he is able to recognise the voice of God.

When Abraham meditated and keeping in mind the love of God, the human soul becomes extremely powerful Abraham and finally Abraham decided to obey the command of God because Abraham knew that God is Jehovah Jireh, God provides all what Abraham needed. By this absolute obedience, Abraham won this test and promises of God’s blessing ever given reaffirmed, God even swear in His name alone even He made sure that Abraham get those promises. The Bible recorded in the course of his life with God, Abraham was never any shortage. Abraham even day by day the Lord made a richer and become very rich.

Word of God today stressed the importance of the meaning of a promise of obedience to the promise of God, because without a step of faith filled obedience, God’s promises are simply a promise that hung in the sky. Therefore, when we hear the promises of God was spoken, God must be fulfilled and the fulfilment of all promises of God that has been written in the Bible and was sealed by the blood of Christ.

TODAY’S WORD: Genesis 22:1-19, NKJV

Abraham’s Faith Confirmed

22 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.


“and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” (Genesis 22:16-17)


What we need to receive God’s promises is to believe and move with utmost obedience to the word of God.


God values obedience more than sacrifice.

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



Morning: 1 Peter 3

Night: Ezekiel 27-29


25 Nov



Very often in life, even if we have to worship, pray, get nutrition Word of God, but when we encounter problems, we must first become discouraged, with regards to that issue that we face is too big compared to our Lord, so too often we make decisions to give up before trying. In these circumstances, the devil will take the opportunity to hurl accusations, intimidation and bring regret. Furthermore, our lives become dry faith and the devil will easily lead us into a deeper snares of sin.

We will never know what will happen tomorrow until tomorrow comes. We will never know the magnitude of the problem until we deal with it. We will never be up higher if we had an exam. Therefore, for a life that is truly life, we need to challenge.

James 1:12 which notes, “Blessed are those who endure temptation, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to anyone who love him.” Think of it as a joy when we fall into various trials because trials bring persistence and perseverance will bring maturity bring abundance of God’s love that will give us an abundance of God’s love that will give us an abundance of blessings.

Therefore, to us who have known God, believe in the Lord Jesus and known by God, the Spirit of God that there should be I us is greater than all that is in this world and the truth will able us to face the problem of any kind.

TODAY’S WORD: James 1:12-18, NKJV

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.


“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)


Remember that the Spirit of God that is within us is far greater than any problem.


By God, no case is too difficult to conquer even though we had to walk through the valley of death though.

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



Morning: 1 Peter 2

Night: Ezekiel 24-26