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Kupu-kupu atau Lebah


“Itulah yang harus ada di sampingnya dan haruslah ia membacanya seumur hidupnya untuk belajar takut akan TUHAN, Allahnya, dengan berpegang pada segala isi hukum dan ketetapan ini untuk dilakukannya.” (Ulangan 17:19)

Apakah Anda belajar Alkitab seperti kupu-kupu ataukah lebah?
Kupu-kupu beterbangan kesana kemari sambil hinggap di bunga-bunga. Menghisap hanya bagian atas dan puas hanya mendapatkan bagian atasnya saja. Manusia menikmati permainan lincah yang diperagakannya.

Tetapi di bagian lain ada seekor lebah yang tidak beranjak dari dalam sekuntum bunga?

Apa yang dikerjakannya? Tidur? Tidak!

Dengan tenang dan meyakinkan ia makan sampai ke dalam sari bunga itu. Dan tidak berhenti sampai ia puas mendapatkan apa yang diinginkannya.

Suatu saat musim dingin tiba, kupu-kupu itu mati dalam kelaparan, tetapi si lebah tetap bertahan hidup sebab makanan yang masih tersedia di dalam dirinya.

Anda menjadi Kristen yang bertipe kupu-kupu ataukah lebah?

Apakah Anda puas hanya sekilas membaca Alkitab?

Perhatikan kupu-kupu yang cuma sekilas menghisap makanannya. Ketika musim dingin datang, maka matilah dia. Anda tidak bisa menjadi orang Kristen yang tangguh kalau hanya sekilas saja memberikan makanan rohani kepada roh Anda. Manusia rohani Anda akan kurus dan kering. Jadi tidak heran bila nafsu Anda yang perkasa akan dengan mudah “membanting” manusia rohani Anda, sehingga setiap hari Anda taat kepada keinginan nafsu Anda.

Sebaliknya bila Anda memberikan makanan seperti lebah yang menggali sampai dalam sampai ia menemukan banyak makanan yang bergizi, maka Anda akan menjadi manusia rohani Anda tangguh. Bila godaan datang, karena manusia rohani Anda kuat, maka dengan mudah ia mengalahkannya.

Alkitab bukan sekedar buku wajib yang dibawa manakala kita ke gereja.

Alkitab adalah makanan rohani Anda.

Tuhan bahkan memberikan perintah agar kita membaca dan merenungkannya sampai seumur hidup!

Kalau saya bertanya kepada Anda, apakah Anda pernah merasa bosan makan sampai tiga kali sehari bahkan lebih?

Pernah? Tidak bukan?

Lalu mengapa kita harus bosan makan makanan rohani?

Mengapa pula kita harus bosan membaca Alkitab?

Semakin Anda makan terus, maka Anda akan mendapatkan berkat yang luar biasa dari Allah.

Kunci sukses Yosua merebut tanah Kanaan adalah melakukan firman Tuhan seperti dalam Yos, 1:8.

Yosua membaca dan merenungkan firman Tuhan itu siang dan malam. Hasilnya, dia berhasil masuk tanah Kanaan setelah menghalau musuh-musuhnya.

Moving to the next level


MOVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Oleh : Ps. Indri Gautama

“Tuhan menetapkan langkah-langkah orang yang hidupnya berkenan kepadanya.” – Mazmur 37:23

Hidup adalah suatu perjalanan menuju kedewasaan. Semua yang ada di sepanjang perjalanan itu adalah bagian dari suatu proses. Pada saat Anda melangkah memasuki tingkatan-tingkatan yang berbeda dari hidup ini, Anda akan mendapat pengetahuan baru dan pengalaman baru. Sewaktu Anda terus maju melangkah, Anda sedang membuat suatu pijakan pada tingkat kedewasaan yang lebih tinggi.

Albert Einstein berkata: “You cannot master a problem at the level where it was created.” Anda tidak bisa menguasai suatu permasalahan jika Anda masih berada pada tingkat di mana permasalahan itu terjadi. Artinya, untuk keluar dari suatu masalah, Anda harus melangkah supaya Anda berada pada tingkat yang lebih tingi dari masalah itu.

Krisis sesungguhnya adalah suatu yang positif. Krisis akan mendesak Anda untuk naik ke tingkat berikutnya. Tetapi Anda sendiri perlu beranjak untuk bisa naik ke tingkat berikutnya. Ini yang disebut moving to the next level.

Tuhan merancang perubahan sebagai suatu proses, bukan sesuatu yang instan. Tuhan jauh lebih tertarik pada perjalanan kita, sebab dalam perjalanan itulah kita mengalami proses perubahan yang membentuk karakter kita. Perjalanan Anda jauh lebih penting daripada hasil akhirnya.

Dan yang membuat Anda bisa berubah adalah firman Tuhan. Karena itu Anda harus menjadi orang yang mencintai firman, yang mau ambil waktu untuk merenungkan dan memperkatakan firman siang dan malam, maka firman akan membuat langkah-langkah dan perjalanan Anda berhasil (Yosua 1:8).

Seorang pengkhotbah besar, Edwin Cole menyatakan: “Perubahan adalah satu-satunya hal yang konstan di dalam hidup ini. Perubahan adalah esensi dari kedewasaan.” Orang Kristen yang tidak mau berubah, tidak akan pernah bertumbuh dewasa.

Nah, bagaimana caranya berubah? Perubahan hanya dapat terjadi pada saat Anda bersedia mengkonfrontasikan keberadaan yang sesungguhnya mengenai diri Anda dengan kebenaran firman Tuhan. Dengan cara ini, Anda akan tahu dengan jelas di mana posisi Anda dibandingkan dengan firman yang Anda baca. Apakah hidup Anda sudah sesuai firman atau belum. Area mana dalam hidup Anda yang perlu diubah. Inilah cara untuk bergerak ke tingkat berikutnya.

Dalam kasih-Nya,
Maria Magdalena Ministries
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Christ Our Intercessor


1. Our Intercessor has direct access to God.

Romans 8:34 “Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

2. Our Intercessor is always on the job.

Hebrews 7:25 “He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them” (The Message).

3. Our Intercessor is our friend.

Job 16:19-21 “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.”

4. Our Intercessor is acceptable to God.

1 John 2:1 “My children, I am writing this to you so that you should not commit sin. But if anybody does, we have in Jesus Christ one who is acceptable to God and will plead our cause to the Father” (REB).

It is the privilege of every Christian to intercede for others. However, the prayers of God’s people are only made effective because of the Intercessor who presents them to His Father and our Father. Having died a vicarious death for sinners, having lived a perfect life of obedience, having been exalted to the Father’s right hand, Jesus is the believer’s Intercessor with the Father. Hallelujah! What a Savior, what an Intercessor! In the words of Charles Wesley:

He ever lives above
For me to intercede,
His all-redeeming love,
His precious blood to plead.
His blood atoned for all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

About Jesus


† The Most Unique Person

Jesus Christ is often compared to other prophets and teachers, but He is the most unique person to ever live. Everything from His birth to after His death was miraculous and set Him apart from everyone else. Jesus was born by a virgin — a natural impossibility. Before His mother Mary was married, she was told by an angel she would give birth to the Son of God. When she asked him how this could be, he answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” Just as promised, the virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, the most incredible person to ever have lived.

† An Amazing Life

Jesus’ life was just as amazing as His birth. At 30 years old, He went out into the cities of Israel and began teaching and healing people. The Bible records that He was different from other preachers, for “the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Likewise, there was no disease too great for His power. It says, “They brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments. and He healed them.” Threatened by His fame and authority, the political and religious authorities conspired to kill Him.

† A Sudden Death

His death had been predicted over a thousand years before. The prophet Isaiah wrote of Jesus, “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.” Jesus would pay the penalty for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life. Just as had been predicted, Jesus was given the most brutal death sentence of that day for maintaining that He was the Son of God. While hanging on a wooden cross with spikes through His hands and feet, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus had power to come down from the cross, but He chose to sacrifice His life for others.

† The Promise is for You

Just as promised, God raised His Son Jesus back to life — eternal life — on the third day after His burial. He was seen by His closest friends and over 500 of His followers before He went up into heaven before their very eyes. After His resurrection, his close friend Peter told a great crowd to repent from their sins and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved, “for the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” This promise is for you! There are many religions and prophets, but no one but Jesus Christ offers complete forgiveness from your sins and eternal life with God. He has already died for your sins; now you must put your faith in Him. “For if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you believe in Jesus, you can pray a prayer like this right now and receive the gift of eternal life.

† If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life.  I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always.”

Did you pray this prayer?

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“God so loved the world”


1 God Loves You!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”

The problem is that . . .

2 All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”

The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

3 God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life — of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.”

God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name.” You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

4 If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life.  I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always.”

Did you pray this prayer?

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