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A LIFE THAT IS A WITNESS OF GOD’S GRACE

NOVEMBER 17, 2022 / DAY 4#

TODAY’S RHEMA

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Nelson Mandela was a leader of a movement to end the system of racial segregation implemented by the white government in South Africa. Mandela is a lawyer who joined the African National Congress or ANC. It is the oldest black political organization in South Africa. He started as leader of the Johannesburg youth wing of the ANC, then became national vice president of the ANC. Mandela advocated nonviolent resistance to apartheid, but in 1961, he was arrested and imprisoned in Robben Island Prison.

In 1964, Mandela was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was locked up in a small bedless cell, even doing hard labor in a mine. Mandela can write and receive letters every six months and once a year is allowed to meet with visitors for 30 minutes. Despite facing worse treatment, Mandela remained firm in his stance. The apartheid system must end in his country. After languishing for 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was finally released and even elected the President of South Africa. Mandela has received more than 250 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end apartheid.

Sometimes God allows us to go through tests or trials so that our lives can be a testimony of God’s mercy. Remember that tests aim to bring out the best in yourself. Which will eventually lead us to level up in glory. Therefore, if at this time we are facing various trials of life, accept it as an opportunity. When we respond properly, God’s abundant grace will not leave us. We will experience the beauty of His grace and our mouths will glorify His greatness. (JB)

REFLECTION

God allows us to go through TEST so that our lives can be a TESTIMONY of GOD’S MERCY.

APPLICATIONS

1. Why do you think God allows us to go through the test of life?
2. What kind of test have you experienced or are currently experiencing?
3. How will you respond to the test so that your life will be a testimony of God’s mercy?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“O good Father, we thank You for everything You allow to happen in our lives. We believe, Your grace not only empowers us but also makes our lives a testimony to the glory of Your name. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 17-18
Luke 11:1-28

GRACE THAT GIVES AUTHORITY AND POWER

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 / DAY 3#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Melly is a God-loving woman. She always tries to live according to His example. No wonder many people like her. Wherever she is, she always brings peace and joy. With her words, Melly can motivate and inspire others, not only at church, but at home, in social circles, and at work. She is always given greater trust than her friends.

She becomes the leader’s confidant, previously she was just an ordinary staff. Because of the way she works and deals with problems in the office, her leaders feel happy and trust her. She receives a promotion as the head of the sub-branch. She has full authority to lead her new office and the power to make important decisions for the betterment of her company. Melly is very grateful to God for the trust her leader has placed in her.

Jesus has provided abundant grace for each of us. The greatest gift we have received is the gift of salvation. When we receive it, the Bible records that we too are given the power to become children of God. We must know that grace and power are an inseparable package. Therefore, don’t lose heart when you face problems, but use the authority and power that God has given you. Use our mouths to give orders and even rebuke problems with the power of God. With God’s grace that accompanies us, then we dare to speak and command God’s word to occur in our every problem. (JB)

REFLECTION

Realize that God has given AUTHORITY and POWER to His children.

APPLICATIONS

1. How do you know that God has given authority and power in your life?
2. Why would God want to give authority and power to His children?
3. How can you gain authority and power from God?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Jesus Christ our LORD, thank You for the authority and power You have given us. We believe that when we live in Your grace, great and wonderful things You will do in our lives. In the name of Jesus. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 15-16
Luke 10:25-42

THERE IS ALWAYS GOD’S GOODNESS AND MERCY

NOVEMBER 15, 2022 / DAY 2#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

It has been almost a decade since Denis started his business from scratch. Everything went well and smoothly. Suddenly, in 2020 a pandemic hit the whole world. Many entrepreneurs went out of business; even big companies were difficulty surviving. No doubt, Denis’ businesses were affected. In an uncertain situation, he immediately sought God for guidance. After receiving confirmation after confirmation, Denis made up his mind to close his business. Even though Denis did not know how to make money at that time, he believed that when God ordered him, God would take care of him.

Month after month passed, Denis never lacked even though his business was closed. There are only blessings that God sends. Even now, Denis got a new job after more than two years. The real work God had placed in Denis’s heart many years ago, but he had forgotten about it. Denis is very grateful that God’s grace, benevolence, and mercy always follow him when he obeys.

When the pandemic hit, all of humanity also experienced the same thing. However, God makes distinctions for His children who love and rely on Him. No matter what the state of the world is, God will never let us fall to the ground. There will always be God’s benevolence and mercy for those who live under grace. (JB)

REFLECTION

No matter what THE STATE OF THE WORLD is, there is always the GOODNESS and MERCY of God for us who live under His grace.

APPLICATIONS

1. What impact does the current state of the world have on your life?
2. What difference do you see in the lives of God’s children?
3. How do you always live under the grace of God?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“O LORD, thank You for Your abundant grace for us, your children. Forgive us if we often doubt Your power and fill our hearts with fear and worry. We want to rely fully on You because we believe Your protection is perfect for us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 13-14
Luke 10:1-24

A BEAUTIFUL AND MIRACULOUS GRACE

NOVEMBER 14, 2022 / DAY 1#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Psalms 77:11 I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

If we carefully ponder, there are so many gifts that God has provided and revealed to our lives. One of the testimonies of our church members some time ago from a person who initially had nothing, but in just two years, God changed their life. They became significant contractors, owning their businesses, houses, and private vehicles.

Not only that, there are still many miraculous testimonies experienced by the members of Keluarga Allah. Things that don’t make sense are beyond logic, but God reveals them in our midst. The good news is God still wants to continue to work in the lives of each of us. He longs to overwhelm us with His beautiful and miraculous grace so that day after day, our lives are transformed, and we experience breakthroughs.

Maybe some of us are still experiencing setbacks at work. There are still economic difficulties, families who have not experienced recovery, stagnant ministries, and so on. It is no coincidence that God wants to convey His message today that we should not lose hope. Maybe we don’t have the ability, and circumstances may be out of our control, but God’s grace will make it beautiful in a miraculous way. Let’s open our hearts and believe that God’s grace is abundant for all of us. When the time comes, God will amaze us with His works. Continue to hold on to this promise of God and experience His grace which is full of wonders. (JB)

REFLECTION

God’s grace is so beautiful because it is FULL of MIRACLES.

APPLICATIONS

1. What kind of gift has God revealed in your life?
2. What is your response to the miracle of God’s grace?
3. What steps will you take to continue to walk in God’s grace?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“O good Father, we want to open our hearts to continue to believe that You are working in all things for our good. We are ready to accept Your miraculous gift, which will happen to our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 10-12
Luke 9: 37-62

THE SHIELD OF GOD’S GRACE

NOVEMBER 13, 2022 / DAY7#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Psalm 5:13 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

One function of a soldier’s shield is to protect their body from the enemy’s attack. Crowd control police unit is wearing shields as their self-protection gear. When they are controlling brutal mass action, shields on their hands protect them from rocks, charging forward mass, and even from weapons like arrows or Molotov cocktails.

Indeed, even as righteous that keep our words and action in truth, there are always people who are against us. They will try to take us down with gossip, slanders, intimidation, and even persecution. But God’s grace will always protect us from all evil plans and accident designs.

David depicts the concept of grace beautifully as a fence and shield in the context of a battle with adversaries. The wall signifies all-around protection giving us a sense of security from attacks. In comparison, a shield protects us from a more specific attack. Distinct from a fence, we need to lift our shields to block the enemy’s attacks. With the shield of grace, we can actively block evil and cast away negative thoughts from the devil, who always targets our souls. Have faith that of today; the grace of God that takes our life over will always protect us. His grace will be a shield protecting our life and making us invincible. Jesus blesses us.

REFLECTION

GOD’S GRACE will BE THE SHIELD PROTECTING OUR LIVES.

APPLICATIONS

1. How important is God’s grace in your life? How so?
2. Where do you need a shield today?
3. What is your experience when the grace of God is the shield of your life?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Jesus, thank You for Your unbounded love. Like a shield, Your abundant grace takes care of our life. And we will be saved from evil and walk in Your favor. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 7-9
Luke 9:18-36

DECLARING PROPHETIC GRACE

NOVEMBER 12, 2022 / DAY 6#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

When she was a child, Isabel loved to play with echo. There was a deep well in her neighbor’s yard. Isabel and her friends used to yell a word and laugh at its echo. An echo is a reflected sound that is heard after the sound is released. The sound of an echo is similar to the original sound. The sound will be heard repeatedly clearly. For instance, when we say “Me”, the echo that comes after would be “Me, Me, Me.”

The words of God say that our tongue commands life or death. This refers to the words that come out of our mouths. And the bible also says that whoever likes to echo something will enjoy the fruit. To echo is to say something over and over. This means that when you say something repeatedly and continuously, that is precisely what we will get.

Today, we will learn to spell words of grace in our life. If we echo grace, we will eat its fruits. Don’t stop just by listening to Sunday’s sermon. We need to declare prophetic grace every day. Say them out loud, with faith; there is grace in my marriage! There is grace in my work! God help me in paying off my debts! God’s favor is with me through every season! And we will witness His grace take over our lives and fill them with goodness.

REFLECTION

DECLARE PROPHETIC GRACE MORE OFTEN in our life.

APPLICATIONS

1. What do you say more in your life? Grace or bad things?
2. What kept you from declaring prophetic grace?
3. How will you start training to proclaim prophetic grace more often?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Jesus, we thank You for every grace we have received. We are proud to have You as our God who grants us victory for our every struggle. With you, we believe we can do great things and be born with all tasks and duties. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 4-6
Luke 9:1:17

GOD’S GRACE FOR THE HUMBLE-HEARTED

NOVEMBER 11, 2022 / DAY 5#

TODAY’S RHEMA

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Unknowingly, pride is in everyone. Even though our words and actions seem humble, deep in our hearts, satisfaction is not easy to conquer. When we refuse to be advised by others, not respecting or accepting others’ opinions, the need for compliments, or walk past people because we don’t like to be behind are forms of pride.

Indeed, pride makes us want to be at the top or in front of others. On the other hand, humbleness doesn’t mind being at the bottom because they know they are also not flawless. In the Indonesian Dictionary, grace is defined as something that is passed from a person at the top to those below. In other words, grace will only flow when we place ourselves low or at the bottom.

Many refuse to be humble because they are afraid to be seen as unworthy and unappreciated. Nonetheless, the truth is far from a lack of confidence, but feeling nothing and poor before God. We ought to know that we are nothing without God, and we can’t do much without Him, and to realize that our current success is all because of God’s grace. For us who possess such heart will God have mercy and place His grace. Let us ask for help from the Holy Spirit to become humble before God, to have God’s grace take over all our difficulties and oppressions. And replace them with generosity, favor, love, and glory in our life.

REFLECTION

GOD’S GRACE only BELONGS to those who are HUMBLE and FEEL INCAPABLE.

APPLICATIONS

1. What does humility mean to you?
2. Why do you think God’s grace belongs to the humble-hearted?
3. How will you have a humble heart before God?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“O Holy Spirit, teach us to be humble before God. Help us cast away pride from our hearts. We long to be a blessing to others and to glorify Your life. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

1 Samuel 1-3
Luke 8:26-56

THE KEY TO LIVING IN GRACE

NOVEMBER 10, 2022 / DAY 4#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Roma 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

George Rodonaia worked as a nerve specialist at the University of Moscow. He was an atheist who didn’t believe in God’s existence. One day he was hit by a car and declared dead. His body was placed in the morgue for three days. Until a doctor cut his chest to do an autopsy, he returned to life. This experience surrendered him to God, the source of grace. George decided to learn about Christianity and had a doctoral degree in religious psychology. He was named a priest in East Orthodox and served as the First Pastor of the Methodic Unity of the Netherlands. In Texas, U.S., Dr. George Rodonaia, M.D., Ph.D., lives under God’s extraordinary grace.

The story of George reminds us of Paul. Paul was initially a man who served to torture Christ’s followers. Until at one point, Jesus showed Himself to him. The moment of his encounter with Jesus turned his life around. He who hated, denied, and didn’t believe in Him finally gave himself to Jesus. He accepted Him and gave himself to be baptized, serve God, and use his life as a weapon of truth. And God’s favor was indeed manifested in his life, which unsurprisingly made him the most productive apostle of his time.

Today, what kind of life experience have we been having? If we want to live under God’s grace, we have to be brave to surrender our life to God. Not just through words but with concrete actions. Which is to be baptized and serve God. Surrendering our life to God will grow us in Him dan live in His favor which brings relief.

REFLECTION

THE FIRST AND ULTIMATE KEY to LIVING UNDER GRACE is TO SURRENDER TO GOD, the source of grace.

APPLICATIONS

1. Think about your life; have you been living under sin or grace?
2. What needed to be done to live under God’s grace?
3. What difference do you find living under God’s grace?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Father, we thank You for your everlasting love. We no longer want to live in sin. Father, take our life over. Let us live under your abundant favor and grace. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

Ruth 1-4
Luke 8:1-25

TAKEN OVER BY GRACE

NOVEMBER 9, 2022 / DAY 3#

TODAY’S RHEMA

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me

We must all feel fear and nervousness when learning to ride a motorcycle or drive a car. Rina felt the same. She was afraid, but riding a motorbike was necessary for her work. Rina started to study parts of the motorbike and pushed herself to learn to ride it. She pulled the throttle slowly, and the motorbike began to go forward. She was thrilled about it.

However, approaching a red light, the engine sputtered and turned off. Rina felt sudden fear and panic. Her body was shimmering, and cold sweat was running down her forehead. Luckily, her husband, who was with her then, asked her to swap places. He took over the motorcycle sprightly and reignited the engine. Rina felt relieved when her husband took control of the motorbike. She couldn’t picture what would have happened if she had been alone in such a condition.

When we become the children of God, He has provided us with grace. Our way of living in this world will determine the grace we will receive from God. Therefore, never live outside grace, be controlled by it. Because with God’s grace, we can win even over the most potent enemy. We can find ways when there is no way. Difficult things become easy. On the other hand, our life will be filled with struggles and difficulties without grace. Hence, as for God’s power and grace to take control of our lives. When our life is in His control, God’s abundant grace will be given to us.

REFLECTION

Being TAKEN OVER BY GRACE is the MOST WONDERFUL thing.

APPLICATIONS

1. How do you know that your life has been taken over by grace?
2. Why is having control of our life taken by grace the most beautiful thing in our life?
3. How will you have your life taken over by grace?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Lord Jesus, we surrender our life for You to take over. Fill us with Your grace. We believe dan when our life control is taken by grace, that will be the most wonderful thing in our life. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

Judges 19-21
Luke 7:31-50

THE GRACE TO BE INVINCIBLE

NOVEMBER 8, 2022 / DAY 2#

TODAY’S RHEMA

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned and saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.

Nobody bet on the US team to succeed in the 25th July 1950 World Cup. The England team at the time was known as “The King of Soccer”, with twenty-three wins, four losses, and three draws. The England Team was formed of professional footballers from the English professional domestic league. While team USA formed of mail carriers, dishwashers, teachers, and hearse drivers, on the other hand, have lost their last seven international games

Realizing that they were hopeless against the high-quality material of their opponent, Bill Jeffrey, the head coach of team USA, called his team “sheep to be slaughtered.” Who would’ve thought that a big surprise would happen and people called it “the green pitch miracle”? In the 37th minute, Joe Gaetjens’, a student working part-time as a dishwasher, header went through Bert Williams, a goalkeeper that just won the FA Cup. While Frank Borghi, the hearse driver, played tremendously and denied all their opponent’s shots on goal as the USA goalkeeper. Until the last whistle, the score remained 1-0 for team USA.

Just like our Rhema today, the secret to the ultimate victory is our strength as a human and God’s grace that makes us invincible. We may feel that we are nothing compared to others. And like we don’t have power or strength. But if we surrender ourselves to God, our life will be taken over by the abundant grace leading to victories.

REFLECTION

GOD’S GRACE will make us INVINCIBLE.

APPLICATIONS

1. What is your secret recipe for ultimate victory?
2. What will you do to have your life full of God’s grace and favor?
3. What grace of God has led to success in your life?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Jesus, we are aware of our limitations as humans. However, with You in our life, we are more than winners. Thank You, God. We surrender all our life in your mighty hand. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READINGS

Judges 16-18
Luke 7:1-30

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