Next Year Get Out Of Your Rut!

‘The Lord said to me, ‘You have been travelling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward.”’ Deuteronomy 2:2–3 ESV A biologist experimented with what he called ‘processional caterpillars’. He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant...

Paul’s Thorn And Yours (3)

‘My power works best in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT Paul writes: ‘Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the...

Paul’s Thorn And Yours (2)

‘To keep me from becoming proud.’ 2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT The Bible doesn’t tell us what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, but Paul tells us why God permitted it: ‘To keep me from becoming proud.’ Increased achievement and success can lead to increased pride and...

Paul’s Thorn And Yours (1)

‘I was given a thorn in my flesh.’ 2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT Bible scholars disagree as to what Paul’s ‘thorn’ was. Some think it may have been poor eyesight, others a speech impediment, and others a physical challenge. Why doesn’t the Bible tell us? Well, if his problem...

Developing Patient Endurance

‘Suffering produces endurance.’ Romans 5:3 ESV Isn’t it interesting how as we get older, we tend to become more patient, even though we have less time left? Why is that? Perspective! Our problems haven’t changed that much, but our perspective has. Things that once...

Trust God’s Timing (2)

‘What I have said, that I will bring about.’ Isaiah 46:11 NIV God has a plan for your life that requires certain things to happen at a particular time. And since He sees the big picture and you’re working with limited information, it’s wise to trust Him—even when you...

Trust God’s Timing (1)

‘When the right time came, God sent His Son.’ Galatians 4:4 NLT God doesn’t consult us to make sure His plans line up with our timetable. God sets the schedule. Sometimes we have to run to keep up, and other times we have to slow down in order to get in step with Him....

Christmas symbols

‘In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.’ Ephesians 1:7 NKJV Today, some people are trying to remove any public mention of Christ at Christmas, while others seem bent on secularising it completely. So...

Confessions of a Secret Sinner

‘The Lord looks at the heart.’ 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT Pastor and author John MacArthur says: ‘Jesus’ exposition of the law is a devastating blow against the lie that image is everything. Secret sin is especially abhorrent [detestable] because: (1) God sees the heart. In...

Undercover Boss

‘I sat among them for seven days.’ Ezekiel 3:15 NIV Ever seen the reality TV show Undercover Boss? In it, the company owner goes undercover disguised as a regular staff member, and works alongside the other employees. He or she gets to experience their daily pressures...

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Perlahan! (1)

‘Ini yang kulakukan.’ Filipi 3:13  Kita hidup di zaman multitasking. Kita berbicara di telepon sambil makan siang, membaca pesan teks sambil memberi makan anak-anak, dan bahkan mengadakan beberapa percakapan WhatsApp secara bersamaan.Dr Richard Swenson mengatakan:...

Slow Down! (1)

‘Focus on this one thing.’ Philippians 3:13 NLT We live in the day of multitasking. We talk on the phone while having lunch, read text messages while feeding the kids, and even hold multiple WhatsApp conversations at the same time. Dr Richard Swenson says: ‘In some...

Jauhi Fokus Diri yang Tidak Sehat (5)

‘Inikah berpuasa yang Kukehendaki?’ Yesaya 58:5  Tuhan tidak pernah memerintahkan Anda untuk memeriksa emosi, pengalaman, atau dosa Anda. Apa yang Dia katakan adalah, 'Lihatlah, Anak Domba Allah yang menghapus dosa dunia!' (Yoh 1:29) Kemenangan atas dosa datang dari...

Keep Away From Unhealthy Self-Focus (5)

‘Is this the kind of fast I have chosen?’ Isaiah 58:5 NIV God never commanded you to examine your emotions, experiences, or sins. What He did say is, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29 NASB) Victory over sin comes from focusing...

Jauhi Fokus Diri yang Tidak Sehat (4)

‘Mataku tetap terarah kepada TUHAN, sebab Ia mengeluarkan kakiku dari jaring.’ Mazmur 25:15  Tidak ada gunanya bagi kita untuk menyoroti diri kita sendiri, menemukan beberapa kesalahan dan mengotak-atiknya dengan harapan membuat perbaikan. Tuhan menginginkan...

Keep Away From Unhealthy Self-Focus (4)

‘My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.’ Psalm 25:15 NIV It’s no use for us to shine a spotlight on ourselves, find some faults and tinker with them in the hope of making improvements. The Lord wants total and radical...

Jauhi Fokus Diri yang Tidak Sehat (3)

‘Harus menanggalkan manusia lama, yang menemui kebinasaannya oleh nafsunya yang menyesatkan.’ Efesus 4:22  Apakah Tuhan mengharapkan kita untuk bekerja pada pertumbuhan dan perbaikan diri? Ya! Tetapi sama seperti memeriksa diri sendiri adalah sia-sia, demikian juga...

Keep Away From Unhealthy Self-Focus (3)

‘Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life.’ Ephesians 4:22 NLT Does God expect us to work on growth and self-improvement? Yes! But just as examining yourself is futile, so is trying to change if it keeps you self-focused and defeated. The Bible’s...

Jauhi Fokus Diri yang Tidak Sehat (2)

‘Berbahagialah hamba-hamba yang didapati tuannya berjaga-jaga ketika ia datang.’ Lukas 12:37  Ketika berurusan dengan fokus diri, Anda mungkin bertanya, 'Bagaimana dengan Kitab Suci yang secara khusus menyuruh kita untuk “berjaga-jaga”? Bukankah itu semua tentang...

Keep Away From Unhealthy Self-Focus (2)

‘Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.’ Luke 12:37 NKJV When dealing with self-focus, you may ask, ‘What about those Scriptures that specifically tell us to “watch”? Aren’t they all about keeping an eye on ourselves?’ That’s a...

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