GOD’S HELP: Never Too Late . DAY 1
Adapted from Daily Living Water Meditation, 1st February 2014 edition Read: John 11: 1-32 ” But after hearing that the Lazarus was ill, he deliberately stayed two more days in the place where he was;” John 11: 6 In this life journey we are often faced with various kinds of problems and struggles. Our responses to problems vary, in general we are easily disappointed and discouraged because we feel that God’s help is not as timely as we hoped. A matter of time
this is what is often a serious problem in a believer’s life. Why not? Because we need the help and answers of our prayers quickly, there is no need to wait. That’s what we want! But our time is not God’s time. Sometimes God’s answer to our prayers and prayers is: wait . But surely one day the promise of God will be fulfilled, for His promise is yes and amen . God’s Word contains thousands of God’s promises and none of His promises are not fulfilled. “The promise of the LORD is a pure promise, As silver is tried, seven times it is refined in a furnace of earth.” (Psalm 12: 7)
Is it true that God’s help is late? We assume that God’s help is late and not timely because we measure it according to our agenda, plan and time. While God acts according to His time. Maybe we won’t get into trouble if God’s time is the same as ours.
This is what a family in Bethany might also feel. Once Mary and Martha were facing a very serious problem, where Lazarus, his brother, was seriously ill. Then they sent word about Jesus’ pain to Lazarus, hoping that Jesus would rush to Bethany and heal his brother. The reality? Jesus’ response was completely unexpected. “… after hearing that Lazarus was ill, he deliberately stayed two more days in the place where he was;” (verse nats). After that, according to His time, Jesus came to their house, but what happened? “… when Jesus arrived, he found Lazarus had been lying in the tomb for four days.” (John 11:17).
Humanly speaking, the coming of the Lord Jesus to Lazarus’ house is too late, but behind that there is His extraordinary plan.
Rice has become buried? DAY 2
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 2, 2014 edition Read: John 11: 33-44 ” Jesus answered, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?'” John 11:40 Everyone will say, “It was too late!” After finding Lazarus dead, he had been buried for four days. The tone of regret is expressed in Martha’s statement, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21). As she fell at the feet of Jesus, Mary said the same thing, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
(John 11:32). We too often act this way, disappointed and grumble by saying that it is too late, “Lord, he has smelled, because he has been dead for four days.” (John 11:32). Is that right? God’s help is never late, because “He makes everything beautiful in its time,” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This is proven when Jesus acted by saying, “‘Lazarus, come outside!’ The dead man comes out, his hands and feet still bound to the cloth when and his face covered with sweat cloth. ” (John 11: 43-44). Extraordinary! He raised Lazarus for four days!
If we are currently experiencing a heavy struggle: illness, economy, finance, career / work seems dead and hopeless, don’t give up on the situation! Keep surrender to God and wait for his help patiently, then we will see His miracles revealed. There is always a beautiful plan behind God’s ‘delay’ in action. If ‘as if’ God is late and slow, behind that there must be something He is working on. God wants us to learn to believe. During this time the students or people used to see Jesus heal the sick, but they have not seen Jesus raise the dead. In this case Jesus is teaching His disciples to develop their faith so they know that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
“… thank God I was not present at that time, because it’s better for you, so you can learn to believe.” John 11:15
Survive in the midst of suffering.DAY 3
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 3, 2014 edition Read: 2 Corinthians 11: 23-33 ” I grew weary; more often in prisons; more abused; more often in peril.” 2 Corinthians 11:23 Many Christians complain and grieve when they are in trouble and suffering. Let’s learn from the life of the apostle Paul, an extraordinary gospel preacher of God.
Despite serving God, was Paul’s life free of problems? Quite the opposite: the days that Paul lived were filled with suffering and heavy struggle. However that did not dampen Paul’s passion to serve God and preach the gospel. No matter how bad the situation was, Paul still had a burning spirit for God. “I am more fatigued; more often in prison; flogged out of bounds; often in danger of death. Five times I was beaten by the Jews, each time forty less one hit, three times I was beaten, once I was stoned.
I have been shipwrecked three times a day and a day I am adrift in the middle of the sea, on my way I am often threatened by the danger of floods and thieves, the danger of the Jews and the Gentiles, the danger in the city, the danger in the desert, the danger in the middle of the sea, and the danger on the part of the false brothers.
I labored a lot and worked hard; often I did not sleep; I was hungry and thirsty; often I fasted, cold and without clothes, ” (2 Corinthians 11: 23-27). What underlies Paul that he remains strong and able to survive in the midst of suffering? The basis is the sacrifice of Christ under the cross. He realized that “… everyone who wants to live a worship in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Every believer lives in grace; however, this does not mean that we will be free from problems and problems. Problems and problems may still hit, but even in bad circumstances God’s grace will sustain and help, so that we can get through everything.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for it is in weakness that my power is made perfect.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9
LIFE IS COLORED BY STRENGTH. DAY 4
Adapted from Daily Living Water Meditation, 4th February 2014 edition Read: Psalm 55: 1-24 ” Leave your worries to the LORD, and He will take care of you! Not for ever let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:23 Undeniably, the world today is filled with various turmoil in all aspects of life. Everyone without exception feels the effects of the situation. But this should not surprise us believers, because the Bible has stated that ahead of the second coming of the Lord difficult times will come which are crucial times for our Christian walk.
Tough times are times of trial for us, times of refinement, times for determining whether we will continue to step forward or experience spiritual setbacks. “every man’s work shall be seen shortly. For the day of the Lord shall be revealed, for he shall see it with fire, and the work of every man’s heart shall be tested by fire.
(1 Corinthians 3: 13-14) Facing this difficult situation many people say, “Anxiety is justified, because as humans we have many weaknesses.” This is often the case when we are worried when we are worried. “Who of you, by reason of his concern, could add one step to his life course?” (Matthew 6:27). One cubit is described as the distance between the elbow to the tip of a person’s finger, which on average is about 45 cm.
A relatively short size; however, no human being can increase the length of his life. Is there anyone who because of his worries can add a day to his life? On the contrary, according to medical science, worries actually have a negative impact on the health of the human body, even shortening one’s life. “Concerns bend people down, but good words cheer them up.” (Proverbs 12:25).
Worry cannot solve problems, instead it adds to the burden of our lives, drains our energy and thoughts, and wastes our time in vain.
“Isn’t life more important than food and the body more important than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25), because “… the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace and joy by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17).
TRUE LIFE IS THE KEY TO SURVIVE. DAY 5
Adapted from Daily Living Water Meditation, 5th February 2014 edition Read: Psalm 25: 1-22 ” Yes, all those who wait for You will not be ashamed;” psalm 25: 3 If we face an uncertain situation, we as children of God must have a different attitude, because we have confidence that with the Holy Spirit we have the ability to live our hard days. “Because God gave us not the spirit of fear, but the spirit that awakens strength, love and order.” (2 Timothy 1: 7) and “… the spirit that is in you, is greater than the spirit that is in the world.”
(1 John 4: 4). It is this supernatural power that constantly strengthens, sustains and joins us. The psalmist says, “Many are the calamities of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:20) The challenges, the suffering, the problems, the threats and so on are always present and color the days of man. For the people of the world that is scary and worrying, but for us the opportunity to see and experience the miracles of God is revealed. “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14).
In order for us to survive in the midst of heavy struggle we need to stay focused on God’s promise, reason “God is not slack to keep His promise, though He count it as transgression,” (2 Peter 3: 9). In any case we should wait for God because He never fails to keep His promises. In waiting for God there are several aspects to be fulfilled, namely patience, perseverance and self-control; and all of that is not to be overlooked in our efforts to build a close fellowship with God. As we wait patiently for God, our faith is being trained.
Focusing on God’s promises means understanding that God’s time is not ‘mine’, so we don’t change our attitude until God acts. Focusing on God’s promise means that we ‘live’ in His Word, meaning that we do our part, that is, living in truth by doing His Word every day.
“All the ways of the Lord are faithful love and truth for those who keep His covenants and His warnings.” Psalm 25:10
CHRISTIAN LIFE IS SERVE. DAY 6
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 6, 2014 edition Read: 1 Peter 4: 1-6 ” That ye spend not the residue of your time on human wills, but on the will of God.” 1 Peter 4: 2 Having freely obtained salvation from God, there is a part of our duty and responsibility as His ransom people to preserve, work and maintain that salvation with fear and fear. One way is to get involved in the service of God. There are two keywords for every Christian to come and go . God said,
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28), and “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” (Matthew 28:19). So we are called not only to receive the gift of salvation, but also to carry out His Great Commission: to go and bear fruit. God does not want us to live without working, but actively working for Him.
We have the task of winning souls for the kingdom of God. This is the invitation of Jesus to every believer, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19). Why should we serve? 1. Because the Lord Jesus first set an example for us. “… just as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28). As followers of Christ it is imperative for us to follow His example. 2. Because God has given us talents and gifts, all of which we must develop and maximize. Never do we act like a servant who gets one talent and hides his talent in the ground. He does not want to work and work for God. Finally, the servant must bear the consequences (read Matthew 25:30 ).
If we do nothing for the kingdom of God we are acting like bad, lazy and useless slaves. His sin did not rest on what he did, but on what he did not, in which he wasted his trust and responsibility.
Answer God’s call correctly!
NOT SERVING: Debt to God. DAY 7
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 7, 2014 edition Read: 1 Peter 4: 7-11 ” Serve one another according to the gift that each one has received, a good steward of God’s grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 The apostle Paul affirmed,
“… we have different gifts according to the grace given to us: If the gift is to prophesy, let us do it in accordance with our faith. If the gift is to serve, let us serve; if the gift is to teach, let us teach. If we have the gift of counseling, let us advise it. Let him who divides something do it with a sincere heart; he who gives guidance let him do it with all diligence; he who shows generosity, let him do it with joy. ” (Romans 12: 6-8) We must serve because we are designed and created by God with the purpose of “doing a good work, which God prepared before. He wants us to live in it.”
Whom should we serve? God is the main person we must serve. Therefore it must be “with all my humility I serve the Lord. In that service I shed many tears and experienced many trials on the part of the Jews who wanted to kill me.” (Acts 20:19). Paul’s life was fully devoted to serving God. Exams and challenges do not dampen his enthusiasm to do the best for God. We must never serve God just because we follow the trend or just follow along. The Apostle Paul realized, “… He, who chose me from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, is pleased to declare His Son in me, that I may preach Him among the Gentiles,” (Galatians 1: 15-16)
Paul felt that he owed Christ if he did not serve God, because “… ye know that ye were redeemed from your vain life, which ye inherited from your fathers, not with silver, nor with silver, nor with gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, which is as the blood of a lamb, without blemish and without spot. ” (1 Peter 1: 18-19).
“Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Luke 12:43
SERVE GOD: Motivation and Overburden. DAY 8
Adapted from the Daily Meditation of Living Water, February 8, 2014 edition Read: 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21 ” And Christ died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and died raised for them. ” 2 Corinthians 5:15 One thing that must not be forgotten in serving God is our motivation. The motivation of serving God is not merely to be blessed, but we are willing to serve out of love. “They preach Christ out of love, because they know that I am here to defend the gospel,” (Philippians 1:16).
The characteristics of people who serve God because of their willingness and love are: not calculating profit and loss, not showing themselves and not seeking respect and praise from humans. This contrasts with those who serve God because they are forced and have a hidden motivation: they always count services, want to be respected and get praise from humans, want to take precedence, do not want to suffer losses, are easily complained, disappointed and finally the ministry does not last long. People who serve God must have a deep burden to serve. Like the Lord Jesus who serves souls because his heart is moved by compassion. “When he saw the crowds, he was moved with pity for them, because they were tired and stricken like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36). Whereas the believer’s presence in the world is to be His witness: to be the salt and the light of the world, “… that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
So the field of service is actually very broad, but often we are wrong in understanding the meaning of a service. We assume that serving God means being a pastor, evangelizing or engaging in pulpit ministry, and first entering Bible School. Though God wants us to preach the gospel through our daily attitudes and actions, wherever we are and at any time, according to our respective professions.
Serving God is if we do His word and complete His work. “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and accomplished his work.” (John 4:34).
SERVE GOD: Humility. DAY 9
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 9, 2014 edition Read: Mark 10: 35-45 ” And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be servant of all.” Mark 10:44 The Lord Jesus provides a great example of how a Christian should serve. At the eve of the Passover feast, the Lord Jesus and His disciples gathered, but none of them would minister to one another. “Then he got up and took off his robe, took a linen cloth, and put it on his waist, and put water in it, and began to wash his disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel around his waist. that. “
(John 13: 4-5).
The washing of a person’s feet is usually done by a person in the lowest position, but the Lord Jesus is willing to do it. He said, “If I wash your feet, I the Lord and your Master, then you must wash your feet; for I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13: 14-15). Having humility like Jesus is an absolute requirement that every believer should have, and service is the most effective way to produce humility. “God opposes the proud, but shows mercy to the humble.” (James 4: 6).
If we long for our service to be pleasing to God we must discard pride and learn to be humble; so don’t rush to call ourselves servants of God, because good character is what will determine the quality of our service. It is often found that there are many Christians who are involved in the ministry but have bad character. If so, how can we be a blessing? We also cannot judge a person’s spirituality by the talents or gifts he has, but by the fruit he produces. “Thus every good tree bears good fruit, while a bad tree bears bad fruit. So from the fruit you will know them.” (Matthew 7:17, 20).
How many fruits of the Spirit we produce are the most important and foremost, not merely service activities!
SERVE GOD: Be Diligent and Not Lazy. DAY 10
Adapted from Daily Living Water Devotional, 10 February 2014 edition Read: Romans 12: 9-21 ” Do not let your craft be saggy, let your spirit be blazing and serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11 Now if we have the opportunity and trust to be involved in the ministry of God’s work, let’s do it seriously. We often encounter many Christians who do not show their sincerity in serving God: reluctant, lazy and careless in serving. If you are committed to serving, you must have the will to work. “Do not let your craft sag,” (verse verse), meaning that we must serve God diligently.
Being diligent means really working and trying hard. There is no loss at all if we do everything diligently, even the Bible records that there are many blessings available to diligent people. “Slow hands make poor, but hands of people diligently make rich.” (Proverbs 10: 4), “The diligent hand holds power, but laziness results in forced labor.” (Proverbs 12:24). Being diligent is one of the keys to success. A diligent person certainly does not wait until tomorrow what can be done today; people who are diligent will try to use every opportunity to serve God as well as possible. Conversely a lazy person must have a thousand and one reasons to run away from responsibility and avoid the task. The Bible calls lazy people evil in God’s eyes because they have wasted the opportunity and trust given to them.
Laziness talks about the low motivation of someone to do work, or the reluctance of someone to do something that they should be able to do. To be lazy means to refuse assignment, undisciplined, not diligent and not productive. It is impossible for us to be able to realize all our desires and ideals if we are still ‘hugging’ laziness. It is written: “Because of laziness the roof collapses, and because of idle hands the house leaks.” (Ecclesiastes 10:18). While there is time let us serve God diligently, don’t be lazy.
“… and always be active in the work of God! For you know that in your fellowship with God your efforts are not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
SERVE GOD: Have Love and Empathy.DAY 11
Adapted from Daily Living Water Devotional, 11 February 2014 edition Read: James 1: 19-27 ” everyone should be quick to listen, but slow to speak, and also slow to get angry;” James 1:19 The life of a person who is committed to serving God is a life that must shed light on his surroundings, like a lamp placed “… on a lampstand so that it illuminates everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:15). If not, it will only be a stumbling block for others.
There are many people who complain and are disappointed when they see the servant of God who in daily life does not show the nature or character of Christ. Isn’t this very sad? Yet the Bible confirms, “Whoever says that he is in Him, he ought to live as Christ lived.” (1 John 2: 6). In the area of the church they look so spiritual and heart like Jesus, but once in the middle of the world he does not care about other people and is very selfish. Their love is very cold. If so, how are we different from unbelievers? Though the Lord Jesus has set an extraordinary example of life, He came “… not to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).
How can we win souls to God’s kingdom if we ourselves do not love souls? His name is the servant of God, meaning our duty is to serve as Jesus served because Jesus’ heart is always filled with compassion and empathy for others. But we often deliberately avoid and stay away from others because we don’t want to sacrifice and be bothered. Loving others or caring for others does not have to sacrifice materially. One manifestation of love for others is our willingness to hear the expressions of their hearts, learn to be a good listener (good listener) for each of their complaints. So the beginning of love for others begins with learning to listen; and a willingness to listen are the main conditions required with a load of mercy and patience. By learning to hear the expressions of other people’s hearts we are disciplining ourselves to listen to the voice of God.
Can we be called serving if we don’t have love and empathy?
SERVE GOD: Resting the Tongue.DAY 12
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 12, 2014 edition Read: Isaiah 50: 4-11 “The Lord God gave me the tongue of a disciple, that I might give new strength to the weary.” Isaiah 50: 4a James in his letter said, “If any man think himself to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own soul, this man’s religion is vain.” (1:26). It’s okay to serve if we can’t keep our tongue or mouth shut. Other people will make fun of our service if we can’t master it in words: gossip, profanity, slander, and more.
Being a servant of God is not an easy task, for apart from works, his speech must be fully accountable before God and man. The tongue of the servant of God should be the tongue that is controlled so that the word which comes out is not arbitrary. “Let your words always be gracious, not blasphemous, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4: 6). Therefore, “Do not rush with your mouth, and do not be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5: 1). Be careful with what we say, because “Every word in vain that someone utters must be held accountable on the day of judgment. Because according to your words you will be justified, and according to your words you will be punished.” (Matthew 12: 36-37). Do not let our words because others are disappointed, hurt, hurt, discouraged, let alone to retreat from God.
In order for the tongue or mouth to function as God wants us to, we must always sharpen our hearing of God’s word, read and meditate on His words every day and associate intimately with the Holy Spirit through hours of prayer. Thus our minds are filled with positive things, and automatically what comes out of our mouths is also positive. This is what the servant must do: curb the tongue!
“If anyone speaks, let him speak as one who delivers the word of God;” 1 Peter 4:11
SERVE GOD: Be sensitive to God’s voice. DAY 13
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 13, 2014 edition Read: Ecclesiastes 4: 7-17 ” Approaching the hearing is better than offering the sacrifices of fools,” Ecclesiastes 4:17 To be able to produce words or sayings positive a servant of God must sharpen his hearing daily to hear like a disciple. “Every morning he sharpens my hearing to hear like a disciple.” (Isaiah 50: 4b). We will never be able to say good and true things before we get used to hearing the truth, where the source of the truth is the word of God. “The foundation of your word is truth”
(Psalm 119: 160)
Speaking the truth is the work of God’s servants. Speaking the truth means what comes out of our mouths is the word that constantly spreads the word of salvation to others, to comfort, to strengthen, to encourage and to be filled with love, and to make it necessary for our lifelong process or training to sharpen our hearing of the word of God each day. When we hear the word of God we are hearing the voice of God.
Why should we always hear the voice of God? Because His voice is the voice of faith and life. “… faith arises from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17). While on earth the presence of Jesus really had a tremendous impact. Where there is a Jesus there is always a miracle. When hearing His voice, the sick are healed, the storm will calm down when Jesus makes His voice heard. When Jesus said, “… come out!” , then Lazarus, who had been lying in the grave for four days, rose and came back to life.
The words of the Lord Jesus are powerful words, able to save, heal, restore and change the lives of anyone who wants to hear and believe in Him; and those of us who have heard the voice of God have the duty of connecting His tongue to proclaim the truth and testify of Him.
“This is the word that came out of my mouth. It shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in that which I have given it.” Isaiah 55:11.
SERVE GOD: Don’t Hear the Voice of the Devil.DAY 14
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 14, 2014 edition Read: 1 John 3: 1-10 ” My little children, let no man deceive you.” 1 John 3: 7a If the voice of God is the voice that brings one to salvation, healing and blessing, the devil’s voice is the voice that leads to destruction, destruction and failure, because the mission of Satan is to steal, kill and destroy mankind (read John 10: 10a ). Adam and Eve fell into sin and had to leave the Garden of Eden because they heard the voice of Satan (read Genesis 3: 1-7 ). There is no truth in Satan because his voice is a lie and a lie,
“… because he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44). So don’t ever open your ears or give the devil the slightest chance to make his voice heard. The voice of the devil is only instigating, intimidating, weakening and accusing humans. The devil uses this world as a means to lure, tempt, deceive and drag people away from the truth. The Word of God warns, “Do not love the world and what is in it. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, namely the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, not from the Father, but from the world. ” (1 John 2: 15-17).
Because hearing the voice of Satan many people prefer to compromise with sin and love this world rather than God. “Don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” (James 4: 4). In the end, their focus was on pursuing material things so that their days were filled with the desire to satisfy their carnal desires. “The acts of the flesh have been manifest, namely: adultery, impurity, lust, idolatry, magic, enmity, strife, envy, anger, self-interest, interrogation, dissolution, malice, drunkenness, feasting and so on … doing these things, he will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5: 19-21).
The more we hear the voice of Satan the more we live in anxiety, fear and anxiety, all of which are signs of distrust of God.
SERVE GOD: Commitment for Life.DAY 15
Adapted from Daily Living Water Devotional, 15 February 2014 edition Read: Romans 14: 1-12 ” Because if we live, we live for God, and if we die, we die for God. So whether we live or die, we belong to God. . ” Romans 14: 9 Without having a strong commitment it is difficult for someone to last a long time serving God. Meanwhile, to be able to commit to serving God for life we must base it with love and loyalty. If we truly love God, whatever we do we will do it with all our heart as for God and not for humans (read Colossians 3:23). When this love of God is established, we will be faithful in doing all things, small and great, to the end of our lives.
King Saul is an example of one who could not keep his commitment to serving God to the end: succeeded in the beginning, but failed in the end. Likewise with Solomon, having trusted in God with all his wealth and wisdom, he eventually failed to keep his life holy and fell into idolatry. “For when Solomon was old, his wives turned their heart to other gods, and he did not wholly adore the LORD his God, like David his father.” (1 Kings 11: 4).
It’s better if we fail at the beginning but make it to the finish line like the Apostle Paul. “The end of a thing is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride.” (Ecclesiastes 7: 8). It is not the first step that is important but the last step is decisive. “… many people will be the last, and the last will be the last.” (Matthew 19:30). However, it is best to be committed and faithful from beginning to end as exemplified by the Lord Jesus.
At the end of this age many people are so easy to change. They are no longer faithfully serving God because of problems of illness, suffering, and even abundance. They say, “It’s useless to serve God, it’s a waste of time and money.” We forget that by serving God for life we will be blessed by God so that our work will be successful and stand the test.
The Lord Jesus has sacrificed and is willing to die for us, how come we don’t want to serve and do the best for Him for the rest of our lives?
BACK TO THE WORLD. DAY 16
Adapted from the Living Water Daily Devotional, February 16, 2014 edition Read: 2 Peter 2: 1-22 ” For them what this true proverb says fits: ‘The dog returns to its vomit, and the bathing pig returns to its puddle.'” 2 Peter 2:22
In this day and age many of God’s children have fallen. They did not hesitate to leave God because they were tempted by all the things offered by the world. Though at first they loved God so much, had a burning passion in serving God’s work, and there was no day without establishing close fellowship with God.
A very beautiful first step! Regrettably, in their next journey their spirituality is not growing, but on the contrary it is declining. They lost their first love for God as the church in Ephesus experienced so that God rebuked them loudly, “Remember therefore how you have fallen! Repent and do what you have been doing. If not, I will come to you and take your place from there, if you do not repent.” (Revelation 2: 5).
Why do many Christians lose their love first and then leave God? Because they have been seduced and enticed by the glitter of this world so that they experience warmth, not cold and heat, compromising with sin. The Word of God declares , “Therefore because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16).
If we are not alert and do not realize this sooner or later it is impossible for us who have served God to return to the old life and befriend the world laden with all these desires and all kinds of filth … forgetting or deliberately forgetting our status as children bright ones, who have been moved from darkness to His wonderful light with the purpose of telling us about the great works of God.
“You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Therefore live as children of light” (Ephesians 5: 8).
As believers we are called not to do unclean things, but to be holy (see 1 Thessalonians 4: 7).). Are we going back to the world again?
END WITH MEAT. DAY 17
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 17, 2014 edition : Read: 2 Corinthians 6: 11-18 ” Go ye out of the midst of them, and separate yourselves, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 If a Christian returns to the world and refuses his faith, he is turning away from the path of eternal life (heaven) to the path of eternal destruction (hell).
Returning to the world means compromising with sin and no longer living in holiness. What God wants is that we endure in all situations, whether abundance or lack, love or sorrow until the end of our lives, because what we will gain in eternity is not the same as what we have in this world. “… the sufferings of the present day cannot be compared with the glory to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18). To the apostate believer the Bible says, “… those who have been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and who have been partakers of the Holy Spirit, and who have tasted the good word of God and the gifts of the world to come, yet who have apostatized, cannot be renewed again, until they repent, because they have crucified the Son of God for themselves, and reviled him in public. ” (Hebrews 6: 4-6).
It is better for a person to never know the truth at all, than to know the truth but to return to the world, because such a person will be worse off than before. Not only was it worse, but he had made great contempt for Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary to atone for his sins.
Are not many Christians today underestimating Christian sacrifice on the cross? They waste the gift of salvation they have received, sell it and exchange it for what is in this world. They are willing to deny Christ for their wealth, money, life partner, position, popularity and so on. How ironic!
“Are you that stupid? You have started with the Spirit, will you now end it in the flesh? What have you experienced so much? What nonsense cuisine! Galatians 3: 3-4
Disease as a human host. DAY 18
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 18, 2014 edition Read: Psalm 91: 1-16 ” against the contagious diseases of darkness, against the contagious diseases of the evening.” Psalm 91: 6
Everyone without exception would want a healthy body. Who among us wants to suffer pain? Nobody does not. Sickness is the main enemy or scourge of humans in any part of the earth. That is why, various efforts are made by people to keep their bodies healthy and fit, one way is to do sports. In fact, not a few people are willing to spend a lot of money to exercise. Everyone would agree with this statement, “Healthy is expensive, but pain is even more expensive, because it takes a lot of money to get well.”
It is natural that everyone is trying to find a cure from his illness. There are those who seek healing from natural sources, namely through medical treatment. But many also end up in the trap of shamanism, incantations, occultism and other forms of dark power. It shows that healing is really the most important need for people who suffer from illness.
Speaking of healing, certainly can not be separated from what is called sickness, because the two are interrelated. Healing will be experienced by someone after he suffered pain first. The bad news, the world where we live now is a world that cannot guarantee us to stay healthy or protect us from illnesses. Pain can come at any time, anywhere without knowing the place, can attack anyone’s human being without knowing the age limit, skin color, or education level.
When we cannot maintain our health, even more so when our body condition is weak, the more easily the disease comes attacking, ranging from mild to severe illness, which can threaten the safety of the soul. In addition, there are also other diseases that we are often not aware of, even though it is very dangerous and has a tremendous impact, which is a ‘spiritual’ disease. This type of disease, if left unchecked, will lead someone to a spiritual ‘death’.
To whom should we come to seek help? Come to Jesus, He is more than enough, because He is able to cure all our diseases.
LORD JESUS: The Healer (1) . DAY 19
Adapted from Daily Living Water Meditation, February 19, 2014 edition Read: Jeremiah 30: 1-24 ” For I will bring healing to you, I will treat your wounds, declares the Lord, because they have named you: an outcast, that is, the remnant no one asked it. ” Jeremiah 30:17 Someone who experiences spiritual ‘pain’, it is easy to get angry, hate, envy, envy, hate, revenge, heartache, disappointment and despair. In addition, people will become lazy and no longer eager to worship or fellowship with God, even to praise God and just give thanks, lips feel lonely and helpless, there are only nagging, complaints and mere murmuring.
It’s a great gift, because we have the Lord Jesus, who is the Source of our healing. He bore all our diseases on the cross. This is the price He paid for our healing. ” But he was pierced for our rebellion; he was crushed for our iniquities; (Isaiah 53: 5). This shows that the source of healing for humans is God himself who has revealed his power and love through His only Son, Jesus Christ. This is the safest, easiest and no-cost cure, a perfect cure for physical and spiritual pain. Divine Healing is a miracle that God provides to every believer in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no disease that is too severe or large, so He cannot cure it, because He is the Doctor above all doctors, the Physician above all physicians.
Why does God provide ‘healing’ for His people? Because God always does good things for His children. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17). One is to release and free us from the pain and suffering caused by illness, through divine healing. Healing is the will of God and at the same time the absolute right of every believer, not the monopoly of the servants of God or the church in any particular brand.
Never doubt God, for His power has never changed, ever and ever!
LORD JESUS: The Healer (2) . DAY 20
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 20, 2014 edition Read: Acts 10: 1-48 “… He is in the Holy Spirit and in power, He who goes about doing good and healing all who are under the control of Satan, because God is with him. ” Acts 10:38 Healing is one of the blessings we receive from God through Jesus Christ. It says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we, being dead to sins, should live for righteousness. By his stripes you were healed.”
(1 Peter 2:24). Jesus Christ suffered and was willing to die to bear the sins and all our illnesses. The healing was given by Jesus on Calvary. It means that Jesus paid for our lives through His death, making us free from sin and its consequences.
While ministering on earth, there are many ways in which Jesus Christ works to heal the sick. In one encounter with a Roman officer, Jesus saw that the officer’s faith was so great that he had never found such great faith among the Israelites. The officer said, “Sir, I am not worthy to receive you in my house, just say a word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8: 8).
This officer’s words indicate that he had great faith in Jesus. This officer strongly believes that Jesus has the power to heal. Simply put, without having to come home and lay his hands on the sick, he was convinced that his servant would be healed. And when Jesus said, ” Go home and be as you believe.” (Matthew 8: 13a), at the same time the servant was healed. Just by hearing Jesus’ words, the sick are healed.
In addition, Jesus also often laid His hands or touched the sick and they were healed: a leper (Matthew 8: 3), Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:15), a blind man (Matthew 9:29), a person sick in Nazareth (Mark 6: 5) and so on. But, there are also times when Jesus must speak directly to sickness, rebuke and then order the ‘spirit of sickness’ to go, because he knows full well that illness is the work of Satan and Jesus came to destroy and destroy the work of the devil (read Luke 4: 31- 37 ). The Lord Jesus has power and authority, therefore He is able to cure all the ills of His people!
KEY HEALING: Come to Jesus. DAY 21
Adapted from Daily Living Air Meditation, 21 February 2014 edition Read: Matthew 8: 1-4 ” Immediately the person was cleansed from his leprosy.” Matthew 8: 3b How can that healing power from God occur in our lives? The only condition is to believe and have faith in the Lord Jesus. Without true faith, healing is impossible. We will not get healing if we do not believe and still doubt the power of God is able to cure all diseases and destroy all the power of Satan. Where there is doubt and doubt, there is certainly no faith. The Bible states that, “… without faith it is impossible for people to please God.”
(Hebrews 11: 6) and those who are uncertain will not receive anything from God (read James 1: 6-7 ), meaning that it is impossible for us to see the glory of God revealed to us.
While in Nazareth, Jesus did not do many miracles there. This is not because Jesus could not, but because the Nazarene did not believe in Him, saying: “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother named Mary and His brothers: James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? And aren’t all his sisters with us? So where did he get them? Then they were disappointed and rejected Him. ” (Matthew 13: 55-57a).
The first step to experiencing God’s healing is to come to Jesus Christ in faith. A leper came to Jesus, “… and fell down before him, and said, (Matthew 8: 2). The word ‘prostrate worship’ means it comes with humility. Many sick people do not want to come to the Lord Jesus, who is the Savior, but they prefer to seek the help of the dark powers. And the statement, ‘if God wills, God can give me birth’ is positive words as an expression of living faith. That faith overcomes feelings and logic! The faith does not depend on the senses and is not affected by the situation. It is faith in the realities of things hoped for and the confidence in things not seen. And finally, “… Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man, saying, ‘I want you to be clean.’ Immediately that person also got out of his leprosy. (Matthew 8: 3).
Miracles were declared!
KEY HEALING: Touching Jesus’ Robe.DAY 22
Adapted from Daily Living Water Devotional, February 22, 2014 edition Read: Mark 5: 25-34 ” Just if I touch His robe, I will recover.” Mark 5:28 There was a woman whose health condition was very bad, because “… it has been bleeding for twelve years.”
(Mark 5:25). He had gone for treatment everywhere, until his possessions were sold out for medical expenses, but the results were still zero and the situation was getting worse. You can’t imagine how much she suffered. Humanly, he has no hope anymore. Nevertheless, he did not give up with the existing situation. That is why, when he saw Jesus up close, with the remnants of his strength he tried to touch His robe, because he strongly believed that touching Jesus’ robe was enough for him to experience healing, because he knew that all power was in Jesus. “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18), even “… in the name of Jesus every knee is in the heavens and on the earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10).
When experiencing severe struggles, we often hope and seek help from humans, even though we know that man “… is nothing more than a breath, and what can he be considered?” (Isaiah 2:22), and finally we are disappointed and discouraged. There is good news today! There is still hope for believers, come to the Lord Jesus and touch Him. When his robes were touched by the woman, Jesus felt a force emanating from him; There is power that comes out of Jesus (read Luke 8:46), and His power was able to heal and restore the woman’s condition. After touching Jesus’ robe, “Immediately the bleeding stopped and he felt that his body had recovered from his illness.” (Mark 5:29). Jesus’ robes were certainly not much different from the robes people were wearing at the time, but the difference was that they were attached to Jesus.
The robe of Jesus could not heal, the robe of Jesus was only a means or instrument, what healed was the Person of Jesus. Finally, this woman returned home with extraordinary joy because in addition to experiencing total healing, she also gained salvation.
“O my son, your faith has saved you. Go safely and recover from your illness!” Mark 5:34
KEY TO HEALING: Living in Obedience. DAY 23
Adapted from Daily Living Water Devotional, 23 February 2014 edition Read: Proverbs 3: 1-35 “… fear the Lord and stay away from evil; that is what will heal your body and refresh your bones.” Proverbs 3: 7-8 If we read in the Bible, one of the important works of the Lord Jesus is to heal all the sick who come to Him by faith: the blind see, the lame walk, the leprosy is cleansed, all can be healed by God’s power in wonder and wonder. The key is to come to Jesus with faith. And the healing power is still valid today. Apart from that, to experience healing from God is that we must live in obedience.
“If you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in his sight, and put your ear to his commandments, and keep all his ordinances, then I will not bring on you any sickness, I have put my trust in the Egyptians, for I am the Lord your God. (Exodus 15:26). David said, “As a father loves his children, so the LORD loves those who fear him.” (Psalm 103: 13).
The word ‘fear’ here means someone who has a full awareness of the holiness and truth of God, so that he is determined not to disappoint God through thoughts, words, actions or actions to live according to His word and stay away from all forms of evil (sin), on basic love for God, not because of compulsion or pressure from other parties. For such a person, God will express His love and affection.
And when that person comes to God with the right attitude of life, praying for healing, then God will be happy to give all His blessings, including healing for his body. When we come to God with the right attitude in life, then we will surely experience God’s miracles, because God always keeps His promises.
Pray for healing from God because He is Jehovah Rophe. The meaning of the word ‘Rophe’ is someone who fixes and corrects the damaged one very carefully in order to achieve maximum results.
God’s plan for His people is not an illness, but a perfect healing!
HEALTH: God’s Will for Us (1) DAY 24
Adapted from Daily Life’s Reflections, February 24, 2014 edition Read: Psalm 41: 1-14 “The Lord helped him in his sickness; he restored him from his sickness.” Psalm 41: 4 It is not the will of God to suffer pain or suffer from physical illness, for it is not pleasing to see His people suffer, just as He sees His people living in sin. That is why, Jesus Christ willing to bear all our sins and sicknesses, through His death on the Golgotha Hill. It says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we, being dead to sins, should live for righteousness. By his stripes you were healed.”
(1 Peter 2:24), and He does that once and for all. “… He only once declared himself, in the last days, to be forgiven of his sins.” (Hebrews 9: 26b).
The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin and cleanses our sicknesses. This shows that from God’s point of view, God certainly planned for us and the price for our redemption was paid by Him at Calvary. The Lord Jesus has accomplished salvation perfectly, for He has risen with a glorious victory, so that whoever believes in Him may have salvation, including health and well-being.
If the reader of this meditation is suffering, let us hold fast to the truth of this Word of God: God wants to heal all who believe in Him. There is no reason to doubt and doubt His promise, for God is not a man that can easily refuse and lie, “God is not a man, that He should lie not a son of man, that He should repent. How can He speak and not do, or talk and not do it? ” (Numbers 23:19). Having a strong conviction that God is capable of healing our illness is the first step to a healthy life. Never mind the whisper of the devil who never ceases to weaken our faith by saying: “You are still in bed. You are still sick. Your pain is impossible to heal and the doctor has raised his hand!” And how many of us end up giving up and giving up.
Nothing is impossible for God, believe it!
HEALTH: God’s Will for Us (2) DAY 25
Adapted from Daily Living Water Meditation, February 25, 2014 edition Read: 3 John 1: 1-4 ” … I pray that you are well and healthy in all things, just as your soul is well.” 3 John 1: 2 Many Christians acknowledge that the word of God is alive and powerful, but in terms of healing, not a few of those who do not believe and still doubt. They only want to believe when they feel and see healing first. They want proof! They believe more in human opinion than God’s word. This is where a great battle between the five senses and faith.
A child of God who has firm faith will emerge victorious in this battle and he will give his life fully to God. By his faith, he will still be able to give thanks and think positively, even though his body is still weak and sick. By his faith, the eyes continue to look to the Lord Jesus who has endured all his ills. When the Israelites walked in the wilderness, for a long time, God took care of them in such a way that none of them were weak and sick, all healthy and strong, “Your clothes will not be bad on your body and your feet will not become swollen during forty years now. ” (Deuteronomy 8: 4).
Job, a person who lives righteously, is honest, fears God and shuns evil, must one day suffer from the attacks of the devil. “Then the devil departed from before the LORD, and he smashed Job with a rotten bark from the soles of his feet to the stone of his head.” (Job 2: 7). When we see other people sick and suffering, often we are easy to sentence and judge them. Stop judging! Because “… the measure that you use to measure, will be measured to you.” (Job 7: 2) Having understood the truth that God intends for good things, from now on look no further on Brother’s illness! Instead, trust in the Lord Jesus and His word, because behind the Word of God there is a miraculous power: the power to create, the power to release, the power to heal and the power to save. So, health and healing are the blessings God has provided for us.
“He is the one who takes our weakness and bears our disease.” Matthew 8:17
GIVE AS A LIFESTYLE. DAY 26
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 26, 2014 edition Read: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 “It is he who supplies seed for sower, and bread for food; ” 2 Corinthians 9:10 For in our case we are reminded that in this life there is a law called the old springs; The more we sow, the more we will sow. And “… he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6: 8).
The Bible says that we will receive if we give, even if we will receive more than we give. Give, and it shall be given to you: a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall be poured into your nostrils. (Luke 6:38). The point is that we will accept once we give. And God wants us to give with a willing and good heart, for what he sows is also his (see Galatians 6: 7 ).
The world has a different principle from the word of God in terms of giving. The world has a principle that if we give a lot, then our property will decrease and we will experience shortages. Therefore, we must save in such a way, if necessary we become miser or stingy. Listen to this word of God! “There are those who spread wealth, but get richer, there are those who save tremendously, but are always in need.
Who gives a lot of blessings, is given abundance, who gives a drink, he himself will be given a drink.” (Proverbs 11: 24-25) Logically and mathematically, that doesn’t make sense, because everyone who distributes wealth, of course, will lose a lot. However, the Lord promises that the sower will not diminish, but will abound. The Bible adds, “The merciful man doeth good to his own soul,” (Proverbs 11:17). So, giving is God’s command to every believer, without exception. God’s command is to obey, not to disobey.
God wants us to be generous, not stingy or stingy.
DO NOT CALCULATE. DAY 27
Adapted from Daily Life Reflections, February 27, 2014 edition Read: John 6: 1-15 ” Here is a lad, who had five barley loaves and two fishes;” John 6: 9
If until now we have not reaped anything, do not ever blame God, the first thing we have to do is correct ourselves, maybe all this time we have never sown, stingy and grasped a treasure tightly for ourselves. From this we can conclude that there are two kinds of people who find it very difficult to experience God’s blessings. They are very difficult people to experience God’s blessings.
They are lazy and miserly. How can we enjoy God’s blessings if we are lazy and do not want to work? The Apostle Paul firmly said, “… if a person does not want to work, do not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). In Proverbs 20: 4 it also says, “In the winter the sluggard does not plow; if he searches in the harvest season, there is nothing.” Meanwhile, a miser will not receive a blessing from God, because he never sows, he wants to only receive it. “The stingy hastily chases after treasure, and does not know that he will experience shortages.” (Proverbs 28:22).
In fact, God commands us to give is for our good, God does not benefit at all from our giving, because He is the Owner of everything. It takes faith to be able to do this will of God. When a child gives five loaves and two fish, automatically there is no food to eat. but because he was willing to sacrifice and give it all to Jesus, an extraordinary fold took place. There is no formula that can state that with five breads and two fish, it can feed 5000 people with satiety, even there are still remaining as many as 12 full baskets.
The more we have the courage to give, it means we give the widest opportunity to God to reveal His power. Therefore, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first yield of all your income, your barns will be filled to the brim, and your milking vessels will overflow with grape juice.” (Proverbs 3: 9-10).
Never count with God, give the best we have to God, then in time He will bestow His blessings multiplied, because He is God who never owes to His people.
Matthew 5: 1-12 ” Blessed are generous people, because they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5: 7 The text above states that if we want to be merciful, then we too must be generous. The meaning of the word ‘generous’ is like giving, not being stingy and like helping.
This character must be developed in each of God’s children, because Christianity is synonymous with love and one proof that we have love is generous. Grace is also one of the fruits of the Spirit that we must produce (read Galatians 5: 22-23
). But the fact? Many Christians who are not generous are more willing to accept than to give. Yet the Bible states, “It is happier to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). Often we think that those who are happy are people who like to receive, because they get something from other people. From today the mindset must be changed! Precisely happiness is in people who like to give. Giving, when giving or sowing, someone must be sacrificed and it may feel very hard for us, but believe that God never sleeps, He sees what we have done for Him and others.
Why do we have to be generous? Because our Father in heaven “… for a lifetime He was generous;” (Psalm 30: 6), and as His children, we are obligated and must follow in His footsteps. “Be merciful, just as your Father is generous.” (Luke 6:36). The real proof that the Father is generous is that He willingly gave His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to atone for the sins of mankind, through whom we have been saved. During His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus also showed love and generosity to all. Therefore, “He who says that he is in him, must live as Christ did.” (1 John 2: 6).
Being generous or giving is not always the same as sacrificing money or material things. But we who are blessed by God are obligated to bless others, because God’s purpose is to bless us so that we can be a blessing.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126: 5
THE PRICE IS A COMMITMENT. DAY 29
Read: Luke 9: 22-27 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:24 The apostle Paul wrote: “In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; the first is for honorable use, and the last for less honor. of bad things, it will be the furniture of the house for a noble purpose, it is sanctified, considered worthy of use by its owner and provided for every noble work. “
(2 Timothy 2: 20-21). Anything that has a high use value must be very expensive; something quality must also be very expensive. On the contrary, something that is of cheap quality is very doubtful. Whatever it is, whether it’s household furniture, jewelry or accessories, or even a position (profession) and others.
Likewise in our accompaniment to God, there is a price we must pay. Indeed we have received salvation from God for free, without pay. But to follow Him and serve Him we must be willing to pay for everything. The Lord Jesus said, “Everyone who wants to follow me must deny himself, take up his cross every day and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). That price is self-denial. Self-denial means being willing to set aside everything that wins our hearts from God; want to give priority to God more than anything. If all this time we are still compromising with sin, loving the world more, it means that we have not been able to pay the price. The price of salvation is a willingness to place Jesus first in our lives.
Being a Christian the price is commitment. Putting aside one’s own interests and prioritizing God is proof of commitment. This is called bearing the cross. Many people want to be like Christ but only in terms of doing miracles, so that his name is known to many people.
Becoming like Jesus means wanting to live like Jesus lived: obeying the will of the Father completely, always diligently praying and willing to suffer for the gospel of Christ!