Sowing Uncommon Seeds (Noon)

RHEMA

Mark 12:44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

Every time Ellie celebrates her birthday, she receives many gifts from her friends. They come in various forms like cakes, clothes, and shoes. Most of her friends are wealthy, so the gifts are expensive. But one thing that impressed Ellie the most was a gift given by her best friend. This year, she received a handmade knit sweater. She knew that her friend had taken a lot of time to make that. Her friend says to her while giving the gift, “I know this gift is not as expensive and good as to other gifts. But I hope you can stay warm during this rainy season, Ellie.”

Ellie is touched. She hugs her best friend and said. “This is the best gift I received this year.” She knows her best friend very well, even her family’s financial condition. Her friend saved money to buy wool and knitted it so carefully. This gift became very valuable to Ellie because her friend gave it from a loving heart.

In Matthew 12, the Lord Jesus noticed how many rich people put large amounts of offering money into the offering box. But for Jesus who was most pleased and gave the most was a poor widow who put 2 pennies as an offering, because this widow gave out of her shortage. Yes, our Lord has never looked at the number, however, all the treasures in this world belong to Him. Our giving may be insignificant compared to other people’s giving, but if we give the best of our ability in all limitations, then we have expressed our love for God by sowing uncommon seeds. God seeks and longs for this kind of attitude. He will bless every seed we sow to produce a wonderful harvest.

REFLECTION

EXPRESS our love by sowing UNCOMMON SEEDS.

APPLICATIONS

1. What is meant by an uncommon seed?
2. Why do we need love to sow uncommon seeds?
3. Think about what you could sow as uncommon seeds a manifestation of your love for God.

PRAYER

“Jesus, help us to be able to express our love to You by sowing uncommon seeds. We believe that every seed we sow will bear fruit. Thank you, Lord. In Your name Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Give with Willingness and Joy (Noon)

RHEMA

1 Chronicles 29:9 Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the LORD; and King David also rejoiced greatly.

Johnny Karlinchak, 8, was stunned when he saw that a 60-foot oak tree had crashed through his neighbor’s house in Springfield during last month’s storm. He immediately ran to his piggy bank, retrieved five quarters, and handed them to her. An hour later, he was standing behind a lemonade stand with a scribbled sign: “Mrs. Myers building fund.” He has put up his lemonade stand two more times, including on Saturday, and plans to continue doing so until he raises his neighbors’ $500 insurance deductible. Many of the neighbors who streamed by dropped extra cash in his jar. “I gave more than enough for my lemonade and two cookies. The other day I did the same,” said Marian McLaughlin, 58, who added that she came to support both families. “This is a wonderful neighborhood.”

While many people whose homes are intact have moved on from the storm, Johnny knows something about perseverance. He knows more than most 8-year-olds about compassion and surviving trauma. Four years ago, he lost his 6-year-old sister, Kelly, in a car accident, and the neighbors rallied around Johnny and his family so much that they did not have to cook a meal for nine months.

Yes, when something is done sincerely and joyfully, the kindness will spread and give a big impact. This is the second secret of the Kingdom of Heaven, GIVING with a sincere and joyful heart. Some people feel unpleasant hearing a sermon about giving. Yes, they eventually give but with a grumbling heart and suspicion in their mind. No wonder they sow but don’t get any harvest. Realize that when we give to the Lord willingly and joyfully, we will experience Uncommon Harvest. What we sow is nothing compared to what we will reap. Jesus bless you.

REFLECTION

Our WILLINGNESS and JOY in giving will please God and move His hand to bless us more.

APPLICATIONS

1. What comes to your mind when you hear the word or sermon about giving?
2. Have you been giving with a willing and joyful heart? Why?
3. What do you experience and feel when you do so?

PRAYER

“Father, thank you for Your Word today. Forgive us if we are not willing to give. We want to want to give with a willing and joyful heart because You are pleased with this kind of offering. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Blessed to Be a Blessing (Evening)

RHEMA

Proverbs 22:9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor

Dr. Thomas Eko is a Neurologist living in Bali. He is known as a successful man, both in his career and in his family. 3 of his children have become doctors and the youngest child who is a college student is so brilliant. His wife has a famous beauty clinic in the city of Denpasar. It could be said that he has everything that many people want. He is successful, blessed, and happy. But, many may not know his background story. To attend medical school, he was helped by his other relatives who were richer.

God’s blessing was poured out tremendously. His patient once was only 3-4 people, but now there are countless patients. He always remembers that this was all the goodness and grace of God. He always gives God’s work, helps relatives who are in trouble, provides school fees, and serves poor patients. In short, he is truly a blessing, both for God and others.

In the KJV translation, it says in 2 Cor 9: 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: This means that God will give us Special Grace so that we are not only blessed, but we will receive abundance and become a blessing for doing good to many people (Good work). This is the reason why God wants to grant us the grace to enjoy Uncommon Harvest. God does not bless us to be enjoyed ourselves alone, but He will bless us abundantly so that we can become a blessing to many people. And we will give thanks to the Lord and His name be glorified.

REFLECTION

God doesn’t only BLESS us, but He will pour out ABUNDANCE so that we can BE A BLESSING to many.

APPLICATIONS

1. In your opinion, what is the purpose of God blessing you?
2. How have you managed God’s blessings over the years? Have you become a blessing?
3. What will you do so that the blessings you receive from the Lord will be a blessing to many?

PRAYER

“Lord, thank you for all your blessings on our lives. Enable us to have a heart that full of love dare to give, so that our lives may be a blessing for the Kingdom of God and our neighbors. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

The Grace for Uncommon Blessings and Breakthrough (Noon)

RHEMA

Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

When we pour water into a glass without stopping, the water will overflow. That’s how abundance looks like. When we continue to pour water into the glass, the water will spill everywhere. If the word overflows do not refer to water but God’s blessing, wouldn’t it wonderful, would it?

The rhema verse in today’s devotional reaffirms us, “The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.” (Deuteronomy 28:12). Agriculture was the basis of the national life of the Israelites. The rain was so much needed to harvest bountiful crops. Even though now most of us are not working as a farmer, God will give us what we need in our business and work to get bountiful results.

The grace that God wants to give us this year is the grace to experience an UNCOMMON Harvest. Everything we do, God will make it work! The prophetic seeds that we sow will be blessed so that they will produce 100x the harvest! Even during a pandemic, we will be carried by God to fly higher in our careers or jobs. Our part is to listen well to every instruction of God and do it faithfully (v. 1). If we do our part, God’s grace will be poured out in abundance. There will be many blessings, miracles, and breakthroughs in our lives. “What the eye has never seen, and the ear has never heard, and which never arises in the human heart. : all that God provides for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2: 9).

REFLECTION

God will POUR OUT the UNCOMMON blessings, graces, and breakthroughs.

APPLICATIONS

1. What grace has God provided for you this year?
2. What must you do so that you can be rewarded with an uncommon harvest?
3. Write down your commitments and do them faithfully.

PRAYER

“Lord, thank you for Your grace and faithfulness in our life. We see evidence of Your always being on our side. We believe, this year there will be an uncommon harvest and breakthrough that You provide for us who faithfully take part in the Covenant of Blessing. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Have Vision and Dream (Noon)

RHEMA

Philippians 4:12-13 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Human being has the desire. Likewise, our senior pastor, Ps. Obaja Tanto Setiawan. He had a longing to successfully running his business. But, he made mistakes. He continually borrowed money to cover his previous debt. When he recalled those difficult times, he admitted that such a thing stole his peace. And God gave a revelation to him to BE CONTENT WITH HIS LIFE. When he did so, he could be relaxed and enjoy his work. Even though he has given his life to God as a pastor, he still holds this principle to this day. In particular, this principle does not prevent him from having a big vision and dream from God, to save 1 million souls.

Feeling content in all circumstances is the secret of the Apostle Paul to stay joyful. Before following Jesus, Paul had a good job and a bright future, but he left everything behind to preach the gospel of salvation. Paul did not have funds to pay for his mission, so he had to work as a tentmaker to make ends meet. What Paul said in Philippians 4: 12-13 is very true because he already experienced abundance and lack. In the original language, to be self-sufficient means to have everything that is needed. And for Paul, HAVING GOD was more than enough. In Him, Paul got everything he needed. The strength to carry out God’s mission, plus joy, and peace.

Yes, on one hand, we need to HAVE a GREAT VISION AND DREAM, but on the other hand, we must LEARN TO FEEL CONTENT with WHAT God has given us in our lives now. If we only pursue a vision, we can be successful but unhappy. If we just make ends meet, we can be happy, but not successful. So if we want to be successful and happy, we still have to have a big vision for us to strive for, and while we are struggling, still be grateful for the blessings that God has given in our lives. Jesus bless you.

REFLECTION

You can do BOTH: feeling content and having GREAT VISIONS.

APPLICATIONS

1. Have you felt content with your life?
2. How do you make it balance between feeling content and continuing to pursue your visions and dreams?
3. Write down your commitment to achieving God’s great vision for your life by feeling content with your life.

PRAYER

“Jesus, thank you for rhema that You give for us. Give us the wisdom and ability to be content in all circumstances and to have big visions and dreams in our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Do Not Push Yourself Too Hard (Noon)

RHEMA

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.

Every end of the month, Bella always had the same problem. She would stare at her empty wallet and feel confused, where her money was spent to. Every time she received her salary, she couldn’t help but eat and shop for whatever she liked and wanted. As the result, she had to eat instant noodles for some days.

One day, she cleaned her boarding house. She unpacked clothes in the wardrobe. There were many clothes that she hadn’t worn for a long time, she even forgot to buy them. Some of them had the same model but with different colors. She bought things she didn’t need. Especially when she saw the words SALE. In the end, she often ran out of money.

Anything that is forced will not produce a good result. If we push ourselves more than our ability, we can’t feel relaxed and enjoy ourselves. On the contrary, we will start to feel tense and depressed. Today the Word of God teaches us that we must not buy things we can’t afford. We spend more than our income. As a businessman or entrepreneur, do not let us expand beyond our strength. If there is even a slight mistake, then everything can collapse and we will incur huge losses. This of course will be very painful for us and our families. Our Lord is Most Wise. We don’t need to push ourselves, because when our capacity expands, then His blessings will be right according to our needs and circumstances. Jesus bless you.

REFLECTION

DO NOT PUSH YOURSELF beyond your capabilities.

APPLICATIONS

1. Do you often buy things beyond your capability?

2. In what areas do you often push yourself beyond your capability?

3. What consequences have you had and what is your commitment to not doing it again?

PRAYER

“Father, please forgive us if we always complain about our situation. It was our fault that we push ourselves beyond our capabilities. We learn to be content with what we have so that we can relax and enjoy every blessing You have given us. Thank you, Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

The Consequences of Building Wealth Outside The Covenant of Blessings Principles (Noon)

RHEMA

1 Timothy 6:9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

When we read the biography of successful figures in the secular world, we might find that there is a price to pay for success. It can be their health, family, involved in illegal cases that ruin their reputation, or even death at a young age. One example is Adolf Merckle, the 94th richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine, and ranked 5th most rich person in Germany. He committed suicide by jumping before a train near his hometown of Blauberen. According to various sources, he made a huge loss in a bet on shares in VW, Europe’s biggest carmaker, which swung violently up and down in late 2008, briefly making it the world’s most valuable firm by market capitalization.

There are a lot of consequences we must face when we build wealth outside of the principles of the Covenant of Blessing. But when we commit to doing it, we will be blessed, and the Bible says, The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. Queen Esther in the Bible experienced this kind of blessing. She made the right choice by following the lead of Haggai, the king’s eunuch. He was the closest person who understood very well what pleased the king. Because Esther obeyed his instructions, she obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.

We must know that the person who understands the desire of the King above all kings is the Holy Spirit. If we obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will be led to make decisions that please God. The Holy Spirit will teach and give us an understanding of the principles of Covenant of Blessing and help us to do it according to God’s will. We will be blessed, surrounded by many friends, and live in peace. Our descendants will be mighty on the earth and our generation of the upright will be blessed. We will be blessed and become a blessing to many people.

REFLECTION

There are CONSEQUENCES when we build wealth not according to THE COVENANT OF BLESSING’S PRINCIPLES.

APPLICATIONS

1. Have you ever built wealth by using ungodly principles? What made you do it?

2. What did you experience when you build wealth not using Biblical principles?

3. What commitments will you make to take part in the Covenant of Blessings?

PRAYER

“Father, please open our spiritual eyes to see, enable us to believe and take part in Your Covenant of Blessing. We believe we will receive Your abundant blessings as what You have promised us. Thank you, Lord. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

Joy and Peace All Seasons Long (Mornng)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Psalm 21:6-7 5 His glory is great in Your salvation; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him. 6 For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.

Joseph’s life story isn’t the smoothest one. God allows many hardships and difficulties to come and go in his life. Once beloved son, then sold into slavery. Once a right-hand man of Potiphar, then a prisoner. After proving his talent, the jailer noticed him and made him his trustee. Forgotten for years and then God raised him to the very top of Pharaoh’s court.

In the Bible, we can dig further information about Joseph’s life. Genesis 39:2 explains his secret. Because LORD was with Joseph. Even in his lowest point, LORD would still be with him, and it made all the differences. At his lowest point, LORD gave Joseph inner peace, prosperity, and joy.

Can we acquire it? Yes. All you have to do is: attach yourself to His promises. Be grateful, and don’t ask for more than you could chew. Do it faithfully. Manage what He leaves well.

REFLECTION

Living PEACEFULLY and JOYFULLY is the BLESSING that can be achieved by those who TAKE PART in the Covenant of Blessing.

APPLICATIONS

1. Is your life has burdened with turmoil? In which aspect is that?
2. What have you done until recently to achieve inner peace?
3. After so many struggles, do you believe God can give you your most desired peace and joy?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“LORD, we are grateful for Your everlasting promise. We are convinced by Your promises and those are Amen. Your promises would bring to us a new spring. It’s our part to make it happen. Enable us to do our best. To attach ourselves onto You. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Psalms 1-3
Acts 17:1-15

Best Blessing Ever (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Ecclesiastes 3:13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.

Julia is an accountant. She loves her job and enjoys making her living out of it. Her strongest forte is accounting and she feels that it is her passion. She loves it because her salary also suits her needs. Even though making a ledger takes time and she must take over time, she never thought of any jobs besides accounting.

Troubles start to brew after her company is struggling with the financial crisis. Her company’s loan exceeds the bank’s limit. Therefore, she must work extra hard just to make financial statements for banks. It affects her already tight schedule. She starts to skip her meals and her stomach ulcers relapsed many times. It also takes its toll on her emotional well-being. She becomes easily irritated over trivial things. She cannot enjoy her current job as an accountant anymore. She is distressed and unhappy.

Nice jobs and respectable earnings are truly a blessing in itself. But it’s futile if you cannot enjoy it. If we accept what we earn gratefully, our small income will bless us many times and give our hearts inner peace money cannot give. Huge sums of money never guarantee peaceful sleep at night and expensive meals taste better than cheaper ones. Inner peace and happiness come from God.

REFLECTION

The ability to RELAX and ENJOY what you do for a living is the best gift you can receive.

APPLICATIONS

1. In your opinion, what is His greatest gift ever?
2. Are you enjoying your current job and finance? Why do you think so?
3. What makes you relax and enjoy your belongings?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Jesus, our LORD, we are grateful for our current life. The thought that You are our LORD calms our minds and soothe our senses. You are Jehovah Jireh and able to accommodate all of our needs. We are forever indebted for Your blessings. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Job 41-42
Acts 16:22-40

Relax and Enjoy God’s Blessing (Sunday)

RHEMA

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.

Many people have the wrong concept of “being blessed.” They think that being “blessed” means having lots of money and being able to buy or to do whatever they want. They don’t know that many people having a lot of money and having the ability to do anything with their money have pressured life, worry, and even depression. We cannot say it’s a kind of blessing, can we?

Meanwhile, some people who don’t have a lot of money can feel peace and joy, because they can enjoy what they have in their life. This is what we call the “blessed.” Because, what is the point of having an abundance of money if all the time we are still haunted by worry, anxiety, and fear?

If you want to have a blessed life filled with peace and joy, join the second session of the series “BLESSINGS FOR ALL SEASONS” entitled “RELAX AND ENJOY”. Join our online service at www.gbika.org/live Share this link with as many of your relatives, acquaintances, or family as possible so that many people can also be blessed.

REFLECTION

BEING BLESSED means to BE CONTENT and live in PEACEFULLY.

APPLICATIONS

1. Are you able to enjoy the blessings that you have now? Why?
2. In your opinion, why does God want us to be able to relax and enjoy God’s blessings in our lives?
3. What commitments will you make so that you can relax and enjoy God’s blessings in your life?

PRAYER

“Dear Father, we give thanks for every blessing You give. We believe we have is enough. Help me to go to the next level with You, so that You can entrust greater blessings into our lives and we too can become channels of blessings. Thank you, God. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

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