Change Our Perspective (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

“It seems my prayers never been heard. I asked this but He gave me that. Does He even understand my prayers?” As Christians, how many of us ever let this question slipped? Many of us were faced with exactly the opposite of what we hope for. Even though we prayed for it intensely, but the answer cannot be further from our expectations. Then, it makes our daily prayers interrupted or halted, disappointed and bitter. We separate ourselves from God because we don’t see immediate benefits from praying and putting our hope in Him.

If that’s what we struggle with right now, you may rejoice. Our today’s rhema says He will do greater things than we ever hoped for. He doesn’t give us what we want but what we need and is even greater than that. He never limits Himself with trivial things, but He busying Himself with something greater. It’s just our minds that cannot fully comprehend His works. But when we could see as He sees, you’ll understand how things are unfolded.

He never enjoys putting His children in agony. But He loves to please His beloved children with miracles and blessings. He cares about our lives and well-being and wants to provide us with the best. So, keep believing, keep praying. If somehow He doesn’t answer our prayers yet, don’t give up. Keep your head up above and lift your sight. He will answer your prayers when the time comes.

REFLECTION

NARROW-MINDEDNESS makes us think about how people think, not on HOW GOD THINKS.

APPLICATIONS

1. Have you ever experienced and felt through His perception point of view?
2. Why does narrow-mindedness make us only able to think as normal people do?
3. What will you do to be able to think and percept like how God does?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Father, forgive us if bitterness and disappointments separate us from Your grace. Make us able to see just as You see and think just like You think. Because we know, You only want the best for our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Zechariah 5-8
Revelation 19

God is Greater than Your Troubles (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

When she overheard his little nephew said, “Do not focus your attention on the hole in your doughnut”, Clara just shrugged it off. Her little nephew is always funny she thought to herself. Nonetheless, her nephew’s words always come to her mind. Until she decided to open a bakery.

One day, she received an enormous amount of orders. From dusk to dawn she worked hard to satisfy her customers. When night comes and she calculated her profit, she frowned. It was not that bad, but still, it was unsatisfactory. Her margin of profit was small. So small it could even barely fit provided for her and her family. Then she saw it, a doughnut. She saw it and it revealed itself. She understood her little nephew’s words. She was too focused on the hole in her doughnut and forgot about the entire doughnut. She focused her attention on her misfortunes and forgot what God has been provided in her life.

Today, the bible wants to provide us with a rhema. Don’t be narrow-minded and shortsighted. Don’t let the devil intimidate you and separate you further from His blessing and grace. He wants us to widen our sights. To see what He could do in our lives and what He has provided for us. Get closer to Him and know Him better. It doesn’t take long for Him to solve all of our problems, all He wants to do is to observe us. Whether we could change our perception, and when we could do it, He will give us what is rightfully ours.

REFLECTION

DON’T FOCUS ON THE PROBLEMS because He can SOLVE THEM ALL.

APPLICATIONS

1. What will happen if you let your troubles overwhelm you?
2. Why does He want you to lift up your eyes up above and as wide as possible? What will likely be happening if you do that?
3. What will you do to not be stuck with your troubles? Share it with your cell group.

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Jesus Christ, forgive us for our misperceptions and how narrow-minded we were. We were busy being stuck in our troubles, and constantly complaining about it. We almost forget how great You are. You can solve our problems. We are grateful because You opened our eyes and give us this new revelation. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Zechariah 1-4
Revelation 18

Our Life Goal (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, ” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

George Washington Truett, once invited to a dinner by a Texan oil magnate. After dinner, he invited Truett to a balcony, pointing his fingers to an oil field, and said to Mr. Truett. “Mr. Truett, 25 years ago I came to this country penniless. Now I have everything”. He pointed his finger across to a field, “Those are mine”. Then to some herd of cattle, “Those also mine”. Finally, he pointed his finger at a forest then said, “That forest is mine”. “Those are all mine, I worked hard and invest my money well. Now I have it all”. He paused, waiting for Mr. Truett to praise him, but instead he touched the oil magnate shoulder, then calmly said while pointing his another finger up above, “My friend, how much do you have there?”

Wherever we are right now, how prestigious our position is, or our success, it doesn’t matter. Our position and our stance right now are not the end. He has a greater vision, plans, and blessing that far exceeds our imagination. He wants us to save more souls, be a blessing for nations, and expand His kingdom.

Today, let’s prepare ourselves. Don’t let our current condition in life comfort us and in the end, spoil us. Fix your sight up and above to diligently follow His words. Now it’s time to take action. He never fails His plans so do not worry or hesitate. You’ll see His plans unfolded before your eyes.

REFLECTION

This world we live on IS NOT HIS GOAL for our lives.

APPLICATIONS

1. What makes us unable to see His goal for our lives?
2. What is His final destination for our lives?
3. What will you do to achieve His final destination in your life?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“O LORD, we are grateful for Your kindness in our lives. We are grateful for the plans You have in our lives. We want to further understand that our final destination in this life is far beyond this world. We want to further glorify Your name through our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Haggai
Revelation 17

God Wants to Bring Us to The Next Level (Evening)

RHEMA

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

In a game, initially, we will be given challenges that are easy for us to complete. But the higher the level we play, the more difficult it will be to complete. Steven, who sometimes plays games for refreshing, spends a lot of time because of the difficulty of the challenges he provides. For one difficult level, he could take days to get through it. He sometimes gets annoyed, wants to finish or just delete the game, but his curiosity about the new level makes him play the game when he has free time.

When we go through a very difficult time in life, we feel like giving up. We have tried various ways but have not succeeded in overcoming them. Today we may have lost the passion to run our business or work, no longer have faith that our family will be restored, lost hope for recovery, or something else. Whatever barrier we face, remember God’s promise to Abraham. All the land that Abraham could see from where he stood, God would give to Abraham and his descendants forever (Genesis 13:14-15)

If we realize that we are children of Abraham spiritually, our faith will be awakened by the promise God has given. Come on, stop looking narrowly, raise our eyes as far and wide as possible. Because what we can see, God has promised will be ours. Do not be fooled by our current situation, because this is not the final goal of God’s plan. Our current level or situation is just a stage that we have to go through so that God can take us to a new level. Higher levels with greater vision, greater glory, greater victories, and greater miracles.

REFLECTION

Know that God wants to take us to the NEW LEVEL.

APPLICATIONS

1. What level do you think your life is at right now?
2. What made it difficult for you to get to the level of life you are in right now?
3. What must you do so God can take you to a new level?

PRAYER

“Lord Jesus, thank you for opening our eyes in looking at our lives today. Now we realize that narrow views will only prevent Your power from working in our lives. Give us eyes like Yours so that we can see Your great plans in our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Fix Your Eyes on God (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Disney’s adaptation of Tarzan is based on stories by British writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story was published in 1914. It tells a story about a marooned infant boy, taken care of by a group of great apes. The boy learned how to communicate with animals and how to survive in the wilderness. He was grown into a man, knowing nothing but his jungle. It caused his understanding of the civilized world and society was next to nonexistent. But this was changed when a group of researchers held a scientific project on his territory. He met his own kind of opposite gender for the first time. After that, Jane Porter, who he knew and fell in love with, brought him to civilization.

After reaching a certain age, infants only understand the world as it is. Their home is the world. Their parents and family are their first contact. But when they reach teenage or adulthood, their perspective is widened. Their understanding is expanded. They won’t think that their parents are the only “person” in their lives, they are starting to court, dating, and facing the real world outside.

But what does it affect our lives as Christians? That’s exactly the whole point. We must refocus our sights. Our world is not just a jungle and our homes. There’s a world that exists beyond our visible realm. We must prepare ourselves to live not only in this world but also in His realm, His kingdom of Heaven. God wants us, to fix our sights up above. Higher above our limits. Far beyond our thoughts. When we try to fix our sights up above, our understanding of life would be changed, and in turn, we will be prepared to receive greater things in our lives.

REFLECTION

God wants us to LIFT UP OUR EYES.

APPLICATIONS

1. What does it mean to lift your eyes up above?
2. Have you already lifted your eyes up?
3. Why does He want you to lift up your eyes above?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“O good Father, we understand that we set our sights wrongly. We focused our sights on those around us. We understand our limitations, and starting from now, we want to fix our sights up above, to Your unlimited power. We want to see the world as You want us to see it. Because we know, You know our future better than us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Zephaniah
Revelation 16

See Further and Wider (Noon)

RHEMA

Genesis 13:14b-15 “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.

Some of us may have felt like useless people and even became a burden to those we love. We have tried to act according to God’s word, but it is not producing good results. We feel that God doesn’t care about us and just continues to process our lives. The life we live feels heavy because of the various difficulties that come. Including how the people closest to us, make negative comments and corner us. It feels like what we hope for will never come true.

It is the way we view life that shapes our lives. How we define life will determine our future. The perspective we have, will affect how we spend our time, spend money, use our talents, and how we live life. Sometimes we are so easily influenced by the circumstances and responses of the people around us, that it limits the way we think and the way we perceive.

What God thinks of us, is far more than what we can see with our physical eyes. If at this time we feel that we are useless people, remember that God has a different perspective. God views us as so precious that He was willing to give His Son to die to atone for our sins and mistakes. Makes us fit to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. See ourselves the way God sees us. Look at ourselves from where we stand now, as far and wide as possible. Then we will see what God has prepared for us to have.

REFLECTION

Look from where we are, as FAR and as WIDE as possible.

APPLICATIONS

1. How do you view yourself and your life so far?
2. Why does God want you to see as far and wide as possible?
3. What commitment will you take to see as far and wide as possible?

PRAYER

“Lord Jesus, we believe that Your plan is the best for our lives. Forgive us if we have been too narrow in seeing everything. So we often feel stressed and disappointed. Teach us to see as You see, so that Your name alone may be exalted in our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we have prayed. Amen.”

Crisis Can Be the Starting Point of Blessing

RHEMA

Isaiah 41:18 I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water.

Economists call this pandemic that has been going on for more than a year as an era of disruption, in which massive transformations occur in all aspect of business that is shifted toward utilization of internet technology. This may cause crisis to those who do not follow the trend. However, this may be a big opportunity to those who promptly respond to it. It is a great advantage to small businesses or new entrepreneurs who don’t have large capital, because this will make every entrepreneur starts from the same position.

In the past, one used to need a lot of money to put up an advertisement and a strategic location which was not cheap. Now, with internet, anyone can have the same chance. Even small businesses have the chance to compete with and beat the market leader. This is what God provides for us who respond to Him. Just like the story of Joseph when the 7 years of famine occurred Egypt. Joseph lived in the same place, same location and faced the same drought, but his outcome was different than others. While people in Egypt experienced great loss, Joseph was blessed greatly. While others experienced setback, Joseph experienced breakthroughs. While others struggled to sell their assets, Joseph stored up his blessings. While others struggled to have something to eat, Joseph was busy managing all the abundant blessings.

All of that happened because Joseph got wisdom from God dan responded to it seriously. He walked right according to God’s guidance and was not distracted to deviate from the path. We can also experience what Joseph did. Let us believe, that just because the world is in crisis, that doesn’t mean we have to suffer from its negative impact. Even though all the financial giants collapse, that doesn’t mean we have to collapse as well. On the contrary, crisis can be our starting point to be blessed and become the financial giants. The key is getting closer to God, asking for His guidance, and do it according to His ways.

REFLECTION

A CRISIS can be our STARTING POINT to BE BLESSED and to become the new FINANCIAL GIANTS.

APPLICATIONS

1. In you opinion, what made Joseph experienced abundance while others experienced starvation?
2. What is your perspective on today’s crisis? How will you respond to it?
3. What will you do so that this crisis can be your starting point to be blessed?

PRAYER

“Lord, we long to be a blessing and to glorify Your name especially during this dark time. Please bless us in everything we do so that we may experience victories that come from You. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

With God, All Things Are Possible (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Mark 9:23b …all things are possible to him who believes.”

Many times our Head Pastor, Obaja Tanto Setiawan said “without faith, I would never be in this position”. He repeats this quote so many times, to emphasize its importance. He was a shy child back then, he rushed into his room when strangers visited his parents’ house. But look at him now! Can you believe this shy child, now saves thousands and thousands of souls and brings them to God? Lead many local churches and established their seminary? This is how faith works, when he walks by faith, surrenders everything in His hands and lets Him take control, our pastor proves it, nothing is impossible.

If you open your mind and delve deeper into the Holy Scripture, many pages tell us how magnificent faith is. From Daniel who could close lion’s jaw, infertile Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Israelites journey, Joshua, reclaimed their rightful place, to the early church.

Their secret is simple yet breathtaking: faith. Without faith, they won’t be able to see as God sees and act like God wanted them to do. Therefore, if you want to do impossible feats, rebuild your current state of faith. Consistently listen and follow His words. Let Holy Spirit leads you and your actions, after all, this year is the Year of the Holy Spirit right? Holy Spirit will restore our lives and strengthen them, to better suit us in our endeavor.

REFLECTION

Build a STRONGER MORE RESOLUTE FAITH, and ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

APPLICATIONS

1. Why should we build our faith before we could do impossible feats?
2. How important is it to build our faith? How it will affect your life, and what will you probably feel after?
3. What are your commitments to rebuild or restore your current state of faith? Share it with your cell group.

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Our heavenly Father, we believe You enable us to do great things. We are grateful for Your Spirit that leads us and strengthens us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Ezekiel 45-46
1 John 2

The Power of Bountiful Sowing (Noon)

RHEMA

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Mr. Andre is a farmer who owns vast farming land. His crops haven’t been profitable lately. Half of his crops suffer from pests and rats, while the rest has low quality due to water shortages caused by the long drought. It can be said that Mr. Andre has been facing crop failure for the last 6 months in a row. His financials has been affected, therefore, it’s more difficult to buy seeds. However, Mr. Andre collects all of his savings and buys the best seeds he can find.

After preparing his farm, Mr. Andre starts to sow his seeds. This time, he has a strategy to maintain his farm. Cooperating with other farmers, Mr. Andre rents a water pump. He irrigates his farm with water, 60 cm in height above the ground, and puts several fish in it. Therefore, Mr. Andre’s farm is safe from rats and other pests, and he also a fishery. Mr. Andre has 2 sources of profit from his farm. He earns profits from his farming and fishery.

Today, God reminds us to stay faithful in sowing. Although these days are tough and full of uncertainty, God wants us to stay faithful in applying His Words. Do not be dismayed and weak, because we have a powerful God. He will surely give us strength as long as we believe in and stay faithful to Him. One way we can do it is to sow bountifully because bountiful sowing has the power to earn bountiful reaping. When we sow, the sowing must be the one that moves God’s heart. This is the right time for us to sow the best seeds we have so that we won’t pass this crisis in vain, but it will bring us great blessings from God instead. By His grace, through this crisis, we will be made stronger than ever before.

REFLECTION

A BOUNTIFUL SOWING has the POWER to bring A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST.

APPLICATIONS

1. What does it mean by sowing bountifully?
2. Have you been sowing bountifully all this time? Why do you need to do it?
3. What commitments will you make?

PRAYER

“Lord Jesus, we want to follow Your Words by sowing bountifully. Please teach us to obey and stay faithful in sowing with all our heart. We believe that when we sow bountifully, You will bring out the power of bountiful reaping. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Reap What You Sow (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.

Long before He created the first human, God first created their needs in the Garden of Eden. He put in mind our well-being and provided the Garden with food, be it fruits and edible plants. But it’s all with a catch: Adam and Eve must work and took care of each of the plants inside, from seedlings to bear fruit.

Garden of Eden is not our sole example. After God sent a huge flood to annihilate the life, He commanded Noah that there will be a time to sow and a time to reap. That implies, for humanity to exist and continue its existence they must sow the seeds. God wants every able-bodied human to work and “sow” with all their hearts. Dedicate themselves to better serve Him.

Does this law apply to today’s standards? Yes! If we sow bad seeds we will reap a bad harvest. But if we sow good seeds our harvest would increase exponentially. Right now, if this “sowing” term is still alien to your understanding, take your first step. Sowing is not just about material or physical things, we can sow our time, efforts, prayers, or blessing. Don’t count your chicken yet! But think about how important your harvest is for the kingdom of heaven expansion. When we wholeheartedly sow our seeds He will provide us with a multitude of blessings, a blessing that would enable us to become stronger and stronger.

REFLECTION

THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING was CREATED by God since the beginning.

APPLICATIONS

1. Why does God create laws of sowing and reaping?
2. What does prohibit you from sowing?
3. What are your commitments to better sow for the glory of His kingdom?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Good Father, we believe that “we reap what we sow” is still relevant to this day, since the beginning of time. We want to give our best harvest and present it to further glorify Your name. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Ezekiel 40-41
2 Peter 3

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