Tuesday, October 30, 2007

TOTD, Oct.31

No Comparison

We are not to compare ourselves with others, but let Jesus be our example and learn to reflect the presence and personality of the God Who indwells us when we accept His Son Jesus as our Savior.

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
--- 2 Corinthians 10:12

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Comparison is stressful. Even though we need it in this competitive world, but really : who wants to be compared? Every one has their own strength and weakness. And we need to remember that we're unique. That's how God has created us in the first place. This world may measure us, this world may compare us. But God accepts us just the way we are. His love for us is unconditional.

Monday, October 29, 2007

TOTD, Oct. 30

Don't Feel Condemned

A mature Christian knows that, even at his very best, he will still make mistakes. He also knows that to live under condemnation, self-hatred, and self-rejection will not help him live a holier life.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the Spirit.
--- Romans 8:1

My own reflection on this Thought:
* We're only human. We can't avoid mistakes and become 100% perfect human being. That's why we need to forgive ourselves. Learn in each day of our life not to live under self-hatred or self-condemned. God's mercy will be there. He will forgive us. But let's not take it as a granted. Try to live this life the best we could...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

TOTD, Oct.29

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Stay busy delighting yourself in the Lord (seeking your happiness and satisfaction in Him), and let Him give you what He wants you to have. If God has placed the desire in you, you can be assured that He will bring it to birth in the right season.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
--- Psalm 37:4

My own reflection on this Thought:
* We're all hard to please. This world gives us so many competition, challenges, hardships, that make us so hard to please.
But as a Christian, we need to make thanksgiving as our attitude. I know it's hard, but really : we won't live our life to the fullest until we can have a heart that's full of thanks to the Lord. Learn to be thankful for what we have, even though they're not what we want. God will give us the best in His plan.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

TOTD, Oct.26-28

Choose to Praise

We should guard against the temptation to complain and grumble, and instead purposely choose to offer up the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
--- Hebrews 13:15

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Let us fill our lips with praise and thanksgiving instead of all the negative words. I myself is struggling hard for this especially when I'm facing an unsolved problem. But actually, the choice is ours. We could choose to grumble or we could choose to praise. Let's praise Him and be grateful for what He has already given us. (-fon-)

Being Meshed Together

When people grow together, if they do not give up on each other, they are usually meshed together in a deep relationship that will endure for all time. We might say that while the mess is being mashed out of them, they are being meshed together.

For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.
--- Ephesians 4:16

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Communication would build a better understanding. The real example we could see is in marriage, while 2 people with very different characters then live under the same roof and need to manage lots of conflicts together. With Christ as the priority, I'm sure that He would lead the way.
And the bigger picture is the whole body of Christ, the church itself, we know we're different but with a better understanding, with Christ as our focus, we could make a difference. We could make this world a better place. Only by realizing His love and spreading it to all the people we meet. (-fon-)

Grace through Faith

We only learn to trust God by doing it. We grow in grace by practicing putting our faith or trust in God and receiving His grace in situations that are difficult or impossible for us. Grace is the favor and power of God's Spirit providing help for us to accomplish whatever needs to be accomplished.

Sometimes we put our faith in God, and He gives us grace for a deliverance. At other times we put our faith in God, and He gives us grace to " go through." We must leave that choice to Him and know that either way we can have victory, but only by grace through faith.

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
--- Hebrews 4:16

My own reflection on this Thought:
* God's grace is enough to give us mercy for our failures, while maybe we haven't forgiven ourselves. This is interesting, because we thought God would never forgive us for the sins we've made. But, it was totally wrong for sure!
Because He's merciful. His mercy flows like a neverending river in our life. We need to grow our faith in order to believe that. (-fon-)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

TOTD, Oct.25

Let Go and let God

Just relax and let God be God.

[Earnestly] remember the former things, [which I did] of old: for I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is none like Me.
--- Isaiah 46:9

My own reflection on this Thought:
* When we're in a very stressful condition, sometimes we could easily distracted and question about God. But, our God is a faithful God. He is the same: yesterday,today, tomorrow, and forever. No need to worry, because He's there and He'll be there all the way to see us through. (-fon-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

TOTD, Oct.24

Training in Trust

God does not always give us answers to all of our questions because He is training us in trust.

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
--- Proverbs 3:5

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Lots of questions remain unanswered until He thinks it's the right time for us to know them. All we have to do is just believe in Him. (-fon-)

Monday, October 22, 2007

TOTD, Oct.23

Thoughts Determine Behavior

You will not change your behavior until you change your thoughts.

For as he thinks within himself, so he is...
--- Proverbs 23:7

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Changing our thoughts is important so that we could change our behavior. Through prayers we could change everything in God. Amen. (-fon-)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

TOTD, Oct.22

The Way to Change

The way to change is prayer, not pressure!

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
--- James 5:16

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Pressure can make us change. Sometimes it can make us perform well if we could manage the pressure.
But the real change must be through prayer. As a Christian, we need to bring every pressure that we're facing right now to God through prayers.

Prayers can also change a lot of impossible things. With our carnal reasoning, we might predict something according to our marvelous analytical skill.
But trust me, our prayer to God is more powerful than the best analytical skill that comes out of our mind.
Remember, our power is within some limits. But NO LIMIT in God's power.
Keep praying, keep the faith. (-fon-)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TOTD, Oct.20-21

The Fruit of Words

Keep yourself happy by being careful about what comes out of your mouth.

A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall be filled.
--- Proverbs 18:20

My own reflection on this Thought:
* As a Christian, we need to watch our tongue and our words. Whatever comes out of it, supposed to be a good one. Beware of gossips, and laughing after talking bad about others. I know it seems very common, but let's avoid the sins due to our tongue... (-fon-)

Preparing for Promotion

Learning to walk in obedience where we are prepares us for the next level into which God wants to take us. Obedience prepares us for promotion. We cannot wait until the "glory days" hit and then get prepared. Preparation precedes promotion.

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposely and worthily and accurately, ... as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time...
--- Ephesians 5: 15, 16

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Lots of unpleasant things happen only for a good reason of preparation. Preparation might be a good one, but sometimes could be a long and winding one not to mention very uneasy one.
But our task, our duty, is just believe that God will take us to another level. A higher one. So that we could live our life from glory to glory within His Marvelous Plan. (-fon-)

TOTD, Oct.19

The Perfect Reflection

We cannot always manifest perfect behavior, but with God's help we can always reflect a perfect Savior.

And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demand (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
--- Philippians 3:9

My own reflection on this Thought:
* God is our perfect Savior. I once was wondering, how would my life be had I not met Jesus Christ as my Savior?
I would be LOST. I would be really stressed out. I would be in despair.
With God, I found a new me. Reborn. And the thought of knowing Him beside me all the time and in everything, make me rejoice.
I'm not free from problems, but knowing God would save me each time, gives me enough strength to carry on. May God give His abundant joy and strength to all of us today. He is our REAL SAVIOR. (-fon-)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

TOTD, Oct. 18

Be Yourself

You will never sense fulfillment in life unless you reach the goal of being yourself. Don't be in competition with others; just be yourself.

Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.
--- Galatians 5:26

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Not comparing ourselves with others? I think it's hard. Especially when we're living in such a moving and yet so competitive world.
But, that's what the Lord asks us to do. In order to live our life to the fullest in Him, we have to accept ourselves.
The only improvement that we could compare, is within ourselves. Do we become more patient? Do we become more loving?
And let us not compare our appearance, our look, because we're going to be disappointed since there's always be someone who's 'better' than us.
I know it's not easy, but try to accept ourselves with all our weaknesses. (-fon-)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

TOTD, Oct.17

Believe the Word

Believe what the Word says you are, and that is what you will become. Believe what the devil says you are through listening to others and through negative thinking, and you will become that. The choice is yours.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...
--- Proverbs 23:7

My own reflection on this Thought:
* You're worthy. God has created you within His Plan. Your existence in this world is not a coincidence or accidental.
But if you look into the reality, maybe it says differently. Or if you meet some people who always speak negative words, you might find that they talk differently with what you're supposed to believe. In this case, which one should you believe?
Disregard all the facts in this world, we need to reassure ourselves once again that GOD REALLY WANTS US IN THIS WORLD! Just believe in Him and re-program yourself with a new compact disc that plays over and over again in your heart saying that you're worthy :). (-fon-)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

TOTD, Oct.14-16

According to Your Faith

God's ability to bring His will to pass in your life is determined by your faith in Him and in His Word.

And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa, and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
--- 2 Chronicles 20:20

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Faith is the ability to believe what is unseen. And sometimes radical faith involves the total belief in God while the reality seems impossible for us. That's FAITH. In faith, we believe in Him, believe His ways which will always be there for us. (-fon-)

No More Affect

If we are trusting God instead of living in fear, we won't be devastated by rejection. Even when it comes, we'll hardly be affected by it at all.

Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever.
--- Psalm 125:1

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Rejection is painful. It might hurt someone deeply. But with God, the rejection might be painful for a while, then we realize that God has a more beautiful plan for us. It might come next month, next 3 months, or next year, but the most important thing is: He got our bigger picture of life in His Hands. Nothing to worry at all.

Effective Intercession

Not only can you and I speak the Word of God over our own lives, but we can be effective intercessor by speaking and praying the Word of God over the lives of others.

But the centurion replied to Him, Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured.
--- Matthew 8:8

My own reflection on this Thought:
* We need to get out of our self-centered attitude and try to pray for others. It's helpful as well as powerful. Sometimes when we're facing a very serious problem, we need other people's prayers too. So, why don't we make it as a habit! Have you prayed for others today? (-fon-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

TOTD, Oct.11-13

Defeat Worry and Anxiety

The Word coming forth out of a believer's mouth, with faith to back it up, is the single most effective weapon that can be used to win the war against worry and anxiety.

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
--- Mark 11:23

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Faith, Word of God, and also prayers are the effective weapon to conquer worry and anxiety. Just let God take control, while we surrender our will to Him. Then we'll find ourselves less worried... (-fon-)

God's Appointments

God has an appointed time, or we might say that He has set appointments, for us concerning certain issues in our lives. We might as well settle down and wait patiently because that is when it will happen and not until then.

You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it its time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.
--- Psalm 102:13

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Waiting isn't always a wonderful thing. It might make us impatient, and sometimes drive us into despair. But, God's timing is the best for us, He knows everything and He has arranged everything accordingly in His Time. (-fon-)

Make Time for God

There is a big emphasis today on spending personal time with the Lord, and rightly so. We spend time with Him by talking to Him and reading His Word, which brings us into His presence. More than anything else, we need His presence. He is the only One Who can do anything for us that will be permanent.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life : in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
--- Psalm 16:11

My own reflection on this Thought:
* If we're so busy we might say that we don't have time for God. But actually, if we look into it more deeply, I might say if we don't have time for God means we don't give any priority to Him. If we prioritize Him, we would able to find: even in the most busiest day of our life, we'd like to talk to Him, and we'll manage to arrange some quality time with Him. (-fon-)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

TOTD, Oct 10

The Righteousness of God

Don't let the devil fill your head with thoughts of unworthiness. Remember: thoughts are seeds. Your spirit can only produce for you what you sow and nurture within your own mind and heart. Every thought you allow to enter and take root in your innermost being will begin to grow and produce fruit.
That is why you need to learn to replace negative thoughts and words with positive ones. You need to stop seeing yourself as an unworthy sinner and begin to see yourself as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

But it is from Him that your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom for eternal penalty for sin].
--- 1 Corinthians 1:30

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Every thought of us will produce fruit, that's why we need to take a very good care of our thought so that it won't be contaminated by the negative thoughts.
Of course, it's not an easy task. While so many people surround us are getting used of it and while our mind tends to think negatively... That's why we need to really put the positive words and Words of God inside our heart, inside our mind, so it would become a never-ending rhyme in our thought. (-fon-)

Monday, October 8, 2007

TOTD, Oct. 09

Believe and Receive

We can receive from Satan by believing what he says when he tries to fill our mind with negative thoughts, or we can receive from God by believing His Word. We all believe something; it may as well be something good.

Always remember that it does not cost anything to believe! Try it, you will find your life changing in an amazing way.

... it shall be done for you as you have believed ...
--- Matthew 8:13

My own reflection on this Thought:
* In order to have a high level of faith, we need to believe in God. More and more each day. Sometimes it's not easy, especially when our curve of life is bringing us on a downward trend. But, as long as we choose to believe- really do our best to fight for it- I'm sure we would get it. All we have to do is just BELIEVE. (-fon-)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

TOTD, Oct. 08

Speak Life, Not Death

Speak out faith-filled words, believing as Jesus said, that the words you speak are spirit and life.
Speak life into your life, not death.

It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.
--- John 6:63

My own reflection on this Thought:
* The Word of God is spirit and life. That's why we need to read it continually in order to get some 'renewal' in our life. Because lots of people speak unpleasant things or negative things, we would easily become affected. With the Word as our shield, we would become stronger to face even the most negative person in our life. We can't make it on our own, we need to cooperate with God. Seek His presence more! (-fon-)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

TOTD, Oct.05-07

Love Makes a Way

God's love is of such magnitude that it covers everything. Do you think that the same God Who saved you and set you free is going to condemn you? Satan, our enemy, is the condemner. God will conduct you of sin in your life, and He will show you the way out (in His Word and in your heart). The devil will condemn you and tell you (in your mind) there is no way out.

Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
--- Romans 8:1

My own reflection on this Thought:
* As Christ's follower, we should realize that we're not live after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
So many times in my life, I had a feeling that I didn't have enough strength to go on, not enough strength to carry on due to so many problems that I thought would never have any solution. But, God has proved His power again and again through the Holy Spirit that guided me all this time. Don't let ourselves being dictated by our flesh, but let the Holy Spirit take control! (-fon-)

Seek Counsel by Praying First

Don't run around seeking counsel from just anyone. Pray first, asking the Lord whether it is His will that you go to another human being for counsel r whether He desires to counsel you Himself.

However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
--- John 16:7

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Sometimes we forgot to seek God when we're facing a problem. It's natural. Usually people will look for other people first, rather than looking for God.
But now, we have to act as a real Christian. Our dependence upon God must be on top of everyone else. Because human has their own limitation, but God is without limit, He's able to do things beyond our thoughts. Trust Him more! (-fon-)

Let Go of Reasoning

Reasoning " Why, God, Why?" is one of the things that causes confusion, steals our peace and ultimately, our joy.
Do you want to enjoy your life? Then "reasonings' will have to go!

... refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and ... lead every thought purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
--- 2 Corinthians 10:5

My own reflection on this Thought:
* When you read TOTD above, you might think, why can't I do the reasoning? Why can't I ask WHY GOD? Does God create us with our thoughts, our brains, and our mind? Then, why can't we ask why?
Even He creates us with our thoughts, but He wants us to have the act of submission. We need to surrender all the reasonings in order to get a better relationship with Him. So that He would be our master, mastering our mind-our hearts- our spirit.
So, by the time that question appear again, we would bring it to God, until we find a new understanding-a new perspective in Him. Communicate all our thoughts with Him, I'm sure He'll guide us to the new understanding. (-fon-)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

TOTD, Oct. 04

Enjoy the Trip!

Honor God by trusting Him, and while you are traveling the road to fulfillment, enjoy the trip!

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and deligently seek Him [out].
--- Hebrews 11:6

My own reflection on this Thought:
* Without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory in Him.
That's so true! The only way that we could reach the fulfillment in Him is with our faith. With faith, we could even move the mountain, and do all things in Him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

TOTD, Oct.03

Shake It Off!

Whatever may be troubling you from the past, shake it off! God has a great future planned for you. The dreams of the future have no room for the snakebites of the past!

Now Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and he was laying them on the fire when a viper crawled out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.
Then [Paul simply] shook off the small creature into the fire and suffered no evil effects.
--- Acts 28:3, 5

My own reflection on this Thought:
* We all have our past. If it's a good one, maybe we would treasure it so much. How about past sins that we can't even forgive ourselves? God wants us to repent because His Mercy is always be there. And after that, He wants us to move on and not live in the shadow of our past sins. He will provide a beautiful future according to His Plan for us. (-fon-)

Monday, October 1, 2007

TOTD, Oct. 02

Degrees of Progress

We rarely ever go from bondage to complete freedom overnight. It happens in degrees. We are changed from glory to glory as we spend daily time alone with God, continue to read His Word, and ask Him to fill us with the inner strength of His Holy Spirit. We gradually change as we build our relationship with the Lord.

Do not be discouraged if your progress seems to be slow. Slow progress is better than no progress.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
--- 2 Corinthians 3:18

My own reflection on this Thought:
* What if your spiritual progress seems slower than others? Maybe the best advice is don't compare yourself with others. Everyone has his/her own time in His Plan and let us remember it's not a competition. All we can do is just believe in Him that He will bring us from glory to glory with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And the way He brings us to the progress might be different with our thoughts. All we can do is just: trust Him. Always. (-fon-)

TOTD, Oct. 01

Put Your Trust in God

You can put your trust in people, yourself, your job, your bank account and many other things, but all these are unstable at times.

Jesus is the Rock, the One Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8). Put your trust in Him.

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
--- Psalm 91:2

My own reflection on this Thought:
* When I went to the church last week, the pastor talked about the US Dollar note, it's written there : in God we trust. Then the pastor told us, how he wondered, in which God do they trust? Is their money equals to their God?
This homily was interesting. Very interesting, I might say. It reminds me once again, that I need to trust God, Jesus Christ Himself. No other God except Him alone.
Not the money, not the job, not ourselves, not even our closest friend or kin. Jesus is our one true God. He's the solid Rock that will be the same now and forever. Amen. (-fon-)