Sin Brings Consequences and Defeat in the Future

AUGUST 21, 2021

RHEMA

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [a]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bill Campbell, the owner of Campbell’s Equipment & Supply in San Luis Obispo, California, was surprised to find a letter with $10 in it. The money was from a customer who bought a refrigerator from his company in 1963. The letter read, “I paid $10 less than I should have. When the seller called, I didn’t want to pay that $10. I suffered for years because of this $10. So here it is. the money, thank you.” Campbell, whose father started the business in 1939, only vaguely remembers hearing the story. He said, “The $10 has been removed from the books, but we framed it and hung it on the office wall, as a warning of the consequences of one mistake.”

When the Israelites attacked and defeated Jericho, there was a man named Achan who did something forbidden by God. That is taking the booty because all of it will be reserved for the Lord. Achan’s eyes glazed over at the beautiful robe, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold, so he took them and hid them. Because of his sin, the victory of the Israelites and Joshua was tarnished. It is a sin that must be paid very dearly (Joshua 22:20).

Today God reminds us again, every temptation that brings sin will only bring very heavy consequences and suffocating defeat ahead. Therefore, let’s learn to maintain holiness in life and stay away from sinful acts. Because holiness is a weapon that never fails to give us victory and make us invincible.

REFLECTION

Sin is VERY tempting, but NOT WORTH compared to the BAD CONSEQUENCES and DEFEAT we will receive in the future.

APPLICATIONS

1. Have you ever felt strongly tempted to commit a sinful act?
2. What bad consequences and defeats have you experienced when you indulged in the temptations of sin?
3. What is your commitment to resisting temptations of sin and continuing to maintain holiness?

PRAYER

“Father, we are well aware of the many temptations of sin all around us. Strengthen and strengthen our hearts, that we may endure in holiness. Thank you, Father, may there be no regrets due to sin until the end of our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Learn to Knock on The Closed Door (Noon)

RHEMA

Psalm 2:8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

A priest told an interesting experience that had happened in his church after a baptism. He wrote, “I met a woman crying on the stairs. I thought it was a bit strange, because baptism was supposed to be a joyful occasion. So, I asked her if she’s all right. The woman said, “No, I’m struggling.” Then she continued, “My mother was baptized today. I’ve been praying for her everyday for almost 20 years. The reason I’m crying is because I almost gave up on my mother. But, I had to keep trying and praying for her. Even when my faith was weak, I kept praying. Then, one day, my mother gave her life to Jesus Christ, and she was baptized today. I will never doubt the power of prayer ever again.”

Every time we pray, we, off course, expect our prayers will be answered by God. However, when we see that nothing has changed, or when everything seems to be impossible, many of us will stop praying. We stop believing that God cares and will work it out. We forget that He is God who wants us to keep asking Him and knocking on His heart.

That is oftentimes the reason why our prayers are not answered. It’s because we stop praying the moment we see the doors are closed. Therefore, let us learn to knock the doors. Don’t act too fast to turn around when we are facing closed doors. Take a step to knock boldly, because probably God has been waiting for us to knock on His door.

REFLECTION

Many people always FACE CLOSED DOORS because they HAVE NOT LEARNED TO KNOCK.

APPLICATIONS

1. How did you respond when you were facing closed doors in your life all this time?
2. In your opinion, why does God want us to learn to knock?
3. What commitment will you make to learn to knock?

PRAYER

“Lord Jesus, we thank you for Your grace and faithfulness to us. We have seen Your miraculous works in our lives. Please teach us not to give up when facing closed doors and to start taking steps to knock, so that Your glory will manifested more in our lives. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Everything Is Possible When You Put Faith into the Equation (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, ’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Patricia Hughes couldn’t do a thing when her son was born without eyes and cannot straighten his legs and arms, which makes him cannot walk and wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Known as bilateral anophthalmia and multiple pterygium syndrome and congenital hip dysplasia, Patrick Henry Hughes’ life was likely destined from the start to be difficult. Both Patrick John Hughes and his wife surely were devastated, but in the end, they accept it.

At nine months old, Patrick. Sr introduced his son to the piano. As a father, Patrick, Sr wants to provide the best for his children and he supported Patrick Henry’s passion. This boy then plays trumpet and sings. With his father’s help, he joined the local marching band while his father pushes his wheelchair, he plays his trumpet. Patrick Henry Hughes was subsequently invited to play piano across the USA. “I am possible” is a movie based on his inspiring life story.

Right now, many of us encounter a very difficult situation. Too many deaths, too many losses. Those may weaken our faith. But today, He wants to restore our faith. A faith that firmly believes that He could make the impossible, possible. Even though we haven’t received the results of our prayers yet, keep believing. When we walk prophetically, He will open the windows of heaven and show us miracles. Right now, open your eyes, set your sight beyond the horizon widened your perspective because everything is possible.

REFLECTION

With FAITH, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

APPLICATIONS

1. Why does faith make everything possible?
2. Do you live your life by faith?
3. How could faith make the impossible possible?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Father, we want to possess greater faith, stronger faith. Faith that could turn everything impossible, possible. We believe, when we have faith in You, You would enable us to do everything. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Malachi 1-4
Revelation 22

Believe, Plan and Get Our Plan Fulfilled in God (Evening)

RHEMA

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.

Who doesn’t know Cristiano Ronaldo? Professional football player with a myriad of amazing achievements. Who would have thought, Ronaldo actually came from a very poor family, which made him often ridiculed by his friends when he was a child. Even while in the womb, her mother had intended to abort her. She thought she would not be able to raise him.

There is an interesting story when Ronaldo was 12 years old. With his friends, he watched a football match on TV which at that time featured Real Madrid, his favorite Spanish club. Ronaldo said that one day he would play for the club and become a big player. His friends must have laughed at him. But Ronaldo did not look at his poor condition or his friends who ridiculed him. Instead, he looked ahead. His belief that he would one day become a great football player made him continue to train diligently. Ronaldo BELIEVE, then made a PLAN by diligently training until he actually ACHIEVED his dream of becoming a professional footballer and finally managed to join his dream club, Real Madrid.

What happened to Ronaldo is similar to the example of Abraham, the father of believers. When God sent him to the land of Canaan, Abraham remained obedient. Abraham did not see his condition at that time who was still blind about the Land of Canaan. Abraham looked far ahead. He believed that the land of Canaan was a fertile land as promised by God. He then did PLANNING by preparing provisions and bringing his wife and relatives. And finally, Abraham managed to ACHIEVE the fertile land of Canaan as promised by God. Thus should, after we can see God’s promise, believe and make plans. Take the steps we need to take, and see how God leads us to achieve what God has promised us to have. AMEN.

REFLECTION

Once you can see God’s promises, BELIEVE and make a PLAN to ACHIEVE our Promised Land.

APPLICATIONS

1. Have you seen and believed in God’s promises for your life?
2. Have you planned to achieve what you expect?
3. What is your commitment to reach God’s promised land

PRAYER

“Lord Jesus, Your plans are beautiful and wonderful for us. Forgive us, who sometimes still doubt. Forgive us for not being able to look far ahead. O Lord, enable us to trust with all our hearts in You. Let what You design for our lives, we may achieve. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Dare to Take Prophetic Steps (Noon)

RHEMA

James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

The Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Brooklyn with the island of Manhattan, is one of the most famous bridges in the world. When the idea for the bridge first appeared in 1883, bridge experts around the world told its designer, John Roebling, that the idea would not work. Roebling convinced his son, Washington who is also an engineer. They both took bold steps to realize the bridge and enthusiastically started the work. Just a few months after construction being done, a tragic accident occurred. John Roebling died and Washington was so badly injured that he could not speak or walk. Everyone thought the project would be abandoned and stopped. But an overwhelming passion made Washington come back and complete the gigantic project. 13 years since its inception, the bridge was completed.

Great visions are often the subject of ridicule and ridicule to those who hear them. When Ps. Obaja got a vision from God to build a church building with a capacity of 5000 seats in the middle of Solo city, he also got a lot of ridicule. But Ps. Obadiah strongly believed in God and began to take prophetic steps. He conveyed God’s vision and imparted it to the congregation. Forming a development committee, making financial plans, and everything. Everything is done full of faith, considering the available funds are only 4 billion while the required budget is 40 billion. But the power of God works miraculously. Miracle after miracle happened. Together with God’s congregation, the new church building which eventually required 70 billion, was completed.

If all this time we feel that we have not enjoyed the blessings and miracles that God has promised, maybe it is because we have not responded to God’s rhema by taking prophetic steps. Today we learn that it takes prophetic steps and concrete actions so that God’s promises are fulfilled. Declare that our sicknesses have been healed by God as we live a good lifestyle and diet. Then Divine Healing is ours. Say that a Great Miracle is bound to happen, and begin to step forward to do the best in our work. Then the big breakthrough will be ours.

REFLECTION

Take PROPHETIC STEPS UNTIL GOD’S PROMISE IS FULFILLED.

APPLICATIONS

1. What do you need in addition to making your eyes see as far and wide as possible?
2. Have you taken a prophetic step on the promise God has given you? If not, what are your reasons?
3. Think about it, what are the prophetic steps that you should and can do?

PRAYER

“Father, we thank you for your every promise to us. Help us to start walking in faith and take concrete actions to realize Your promises. We believe, when we dare to take a step, then everything you have promised will be ours. Thank you, Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Walk Prophetically and Embrace Your Victory (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. “

After Moses’ death, God chose Joshua as his successor to lead Israelites. In Joshua 1: 3 God said to Joshua, that every land he stepped on will be given to him and his descendants. But after he received GOD’s blessing and promise he encountered his first challenge: to cross a flooding Jordan River. His first obstacle was to take over Canaan. But he still had hope and commanded his people to do the impossible, they will cross it. To persuade tens of thousands of people to do the impossible is absurd, but here we see his devotion and his courage. Joshua and the Israelites didn’t stay idle but they pursue His promise, their rights.

After the priests of Levi lifted the Ark and preparing to step in the raging Jordan River, nothing happened. But when the priests’ feet touched the water, the miracle happened. It’s just like Moses and his Red Sea miracle all over again but on a smaller scale. Because of this, the Israelites were able to cross in dry ground. This proves that when they dare to walk by faith, everything could happen. This first step was becoming the cornerstone for another miracle to happen, until the time when they took over Canaan.

There’s a time when you felt loss just like Joshua when Moses left him. Don’t be afraid, keep looking at Him and His promise. Look far beyond the horizon and walk prophetically. When you have the courage to do so, it’s only a matter of time when Joshua’s miracles could happen in your life.

REFLECTION

BEING ABLE to see His promise is not enough, you also must have BRAVERY AND COURAGE TO TAKE PROPHETIC STEPS.

APPLICATIONS

1. How did you fight for His promise in your life?
2. What should you do to walk prophetically?
3. What are things that encourage you to take action? Share it with your cell group.

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Holy Spirit, we are grateful for Your promise in our lives. With You, we will be enabled to fulfill it. Give us strength and courage to see Your promised land in our lives. To make it our goal and fight for it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Zechariah 13-14
Revelation 21

How To See God’s Promise Clearly (Morning)

TODAY’S RHEMA

Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.

Colombian pastor, Cesar Castellanos once testified how God gave him 12 Principles rhema to him. Back then he started to walk by faith but nothing happened. Instead, his fellows and trusted colleagues left the church. A negative thought emerged: “If this is His rhema, then why didn’t succeed?” It took him a whole year what He wanted. He pruned Ps. Cesar’s congregation, to remove unnecessary branches and cleansed his church prepared it to make it ready to achieve bigger, greater blessing and grace. When God anointed his church, Principles of 12 became a hit. Myriad of souls was saved, cell group growth multiplied, and his church becomes the biggest most blessed church in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia.

There’s a veil covering your spiritual eyes. It makes us unable to see His plans and promises clearly. In turn, this narrowed our perception and surrounds us with negativity; negative thoughts, negative emotions. This is not a mere coincidence that our today’s rhema reminds us to come back, return to Him by removing our veils, and see His miracles.

As important as it is to remove dirt from our physical eyes, removing veils from our spiritual eyes is just as important. It can make us see His promise more clearly than before. Right now, it’s time to remove those veils. Those veils take many forms, bad habits, perceptions, transgressions, or associate ourselves with wrong persons. His promise is ours and we must believe in Him.

REFLECTION

REMOVE all THE VEILS in your life in order TO SEE His promise.

APPLICATIONS

1. What are your spiritual veils?
2. Then, why must we remove it?
3. What are your commitments to remove your spiritual veils?

TODAY’S PRAYER

“Good Father, we are grateful for Your everlasting love and grace in our lives. Holy Spirit, help us to remove any veils covering our spiritual eyes. May it helps us to see Your plans and promise more clearer. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”

YEARLY BIBLE READING

Zechariah 9-12
Revelation 20

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

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