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God who Provides Our Seed and Bread

Posted on 08 October 2009 by admin

A few days ago, we just had a wonderful retreat and we’ve learned about different gifts that God has placed inside us. One of those is giving. In this sharing I would like to encourage all of you and also especially those who have been entrusted with this gift.

In 2 Cor 9:8, it’s stated that as we habitually give, God will provide us with everything that we need and even plenty left over to be shared with other! God will provide our needs generously and allow us to have more than enough so that we are able to give even more. Once we’re faithful to be used as His channel of blessings, He will entrust us with more resources, with more wealth and riches. However, we need to start with whatever we have right now. God has placed a certain amount of seeds in every one of us. It’s our responsibility to handle it properly.

bread_bigAs mentioned in the following verses, v. 10-11, God who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will provide and increase our resources so that we’re able to give even more! He promised that we’ll be blessed and enriched in every way so that we can always be generous! It’s such an honour to be used by the Almighty God to be His channel of giving. Therefore let us practice to give.. Note that as we give, God will not only provide us with more seed but also bread which typifies our daily needs! As we’re serving Him faithfully by being His steward, undoubtedly God will give us some reward indeed.

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The Fifth Little Sparrow

Posted on 23 September 2009 by admin

little sparrowI’d like to take you to see our Father’s care and kindness toward us. In Mat 10:29, it is mentioned, “Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny?” And in Luke 12:6, “… five sparrows sold for two pennies?” During Jesus’ time, two little sparrows were sold for a penny. If you would like to get five of them instead, it would cost you two pennies. So, you would get one extra for free. It seems that the fifth one doesn’t count. It looks as if the fifth one is forgotten by man. But, what did Jesus say about this little one? He said, in the following sentence, in Luke 12:6, “yet God does not forget a single one of them.” One day God made me realised that these two verses above are actually related to one another! The last one explains more why Jesus said that even not a single one of them is forgotten! Even though the fifth little sparrow is forgotten by men, God cares for it!

Jesus also said, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them.” [Mat 6:26] We can see that God really takes care of those little creatures. He would like to say that He cares for you much more than that because you are much more valuable than many flocks of them! What’s more if we are doing sowing and reaping which He desires us to do? God will not only keep feeding us -our basic needs- but will bless us abundantly over and above all of our needs! Therefore let us not be afraid of the future, but to put our trust in Him because we’re much more precious than those little sparrows!

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Being a Good Steward

Posted on 09 September 2009 by admin

In Luke chapter 19, Jesus shared about a parable of ten servants that were entrusted with some money by their master. The master then left them to a distant country… After a while he returned back and called in the servants. He wanted to find out what the servants had done with their money. He expected that the money he had put in would bring some profit. The master then found out that one of his servants had done exceedingly well with his money. Then, another servant had done quite well.. Afterwards, came his other servant, he did not do his job at all. The master became very upset and took away all the money that he had and gave it to the one that had done exceedingly well. Some other servants protested that the servant already had much money but the master answered, “ those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away..”

My friends, let us learn carefully from this parable..good steward God has entrusted each one of us (without exception) some amount of money or finance. We need to manage this properly and also do our jobs as His stewards. One of the things that we need to do with our money is to support His Kingdom. Therefore we need to be found excellent in doing this matter. We have to return what belong to God which is the tithe and on top of that we need to give as well of what we called offerings. When we manage this money properly, God is going to reward us according to our faithfulness! Of course not by our own strength but by His grace alone.. When we’re found faithful, God will entrust us with more resources! Like it is mentioned in the book of Proverbs 28:20, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings!”

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Don’t Give Up For Your Harvest

Posted on 25 August 2009 by admin

My friends, I would like to encourage all of you not to give up while waiting and expecting for your harvest. Sometimes doubts and anxieties try to attack us, but we need to remember God’s words and anchor our hope on those promises.. We need to keep on trusting God and not letting the devil snatch our seeds away thus making those seeds that we’ve already sown fruitless and in vain!

When we sow our seeds according to God’s desire, He promised that it shall doubtless come again with joy! Even though we may have had to sow it in tears with much weeping.. [Psa 126:5-6] If we release our seed, God has promised that we will find it back after a while! [Ecc 11:1] In fact, it will come back to us in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over! [Luk 6:38]

What’s more, God even challenged us to try Him and put Him to the test if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so great that we will not have enough room to take it in! [Mal 3:10] Likewise, my friends, do you realise that when we give to the poor, we lend to the God of universe? [Pro 19:17] ..and He promised that we will not lack [Pro 28:27] nor let us or our children begging for bread! [Psa 37:25]

harvestLet us grab and take hold of these promised with all of our heart! And don’t let the devil steal our harvests away! Let us trust the Lord and allow Him to bountifully supply our every single need according to His riches and glory! [Phi 4:19] Praise the Lord!

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Two Kinds of Seed

Posted on 12 August 2009 by admin

Today I’d like to share about two kinds of seed; an orange and a corn seeds. Their physical sizes look very similar, yet their destinies are very different.. One of them will be growing to be a tall plant, full of branches, and bears lots of fruits while the other one will grow to be a smaller plant. One will be able to produce multiple harvests for years while the other one only yield harvest once in its lifetime. An orange tree can produce market quality of fruits for almost 50 years while a corn or maize plant only harvested once in its lifetime.

716006_oranges_on_a_treeThere are a lot of differences between these two kinds of plant. One very significant difference is the time that is taken from their seedlings to grow into maturity. A corn seed just needs two or three months before it can be harvested. While for an orange seed, it requires around four to six years to grow into maturity before it can start producing good fruits. Yes, it will produce few fruits when it’s one or two years old, but the fruits cannot be eaten. They are small and the taste is bitter. During this time, those fruits will drop prematurely as well. This is indeed a normal stage in an orange plant’s lifecycle. This stage actually prepares the orange to be a matured one that is ready to bear good fruits. The branches will be strengthened and prepared to handle more fruits. Also, the reason it takes a long time for an orange seedling to mature is because during its zero to four years old of age, the plant actually builds and grows its root system and structure first. It knows that when it is going to produce and hold lots and lots of fruits on its branches; a good root, support, and structure must be built first. Then after four or six years old, the seedling is mature already and ready to start bearing fruits.

So, what we could learn from the illustration above? The answer is .. patience! Maybe you feel that you have been tithing, giving, or sowing regularly but still there’s no harvest yet. Or probably you feel that you had already started seeing the things that you’ve been expecting for were coming to you but not long after that suddenly it seemed that they failed you and went away. I did experience that too a few times.. But let us keep on hoping again! I believe it must be an orange seed! As the orange seedling that first produces small and bitter fruits which will drop soon just to prepare itself for bearing much more fruits later, we should think that God is actually preparing us to receive the harvest! God is preparing our root system and structure to be able to handle the load of the harvest that is going to be given to us!orange tree

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Gal 6:9

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My Wedding Testimony

Posted on 29 July 2009 by admin

This time, I would like to testify, share about the power of sowing and reaping that has happened in my life recently. I’ve seen God’s faithfulness in fulfilling of what He has said in the Bible regarding sowing and I’m still thrilled of what I’ve received and I would like to share this to you so that you may be encouraged as well. I’m not boasting but I’ll be telling you of what God has done and I believe you’ll be blessed!

It’s started about a year ago, while I was still in courtship with my wife Merry. I know that we’re going to be married and we both wanted to have a wonderful wedding. Knowing about the principal of sowing and reaping, I started to sow little by little to the church, a number of ministries, and other people in needs. Each time I sowed, I wrote those down in my journal. I named each of them ‘seed for God’s guidance, favour, and blessings upon my wedding’ expecting that I would receive harvests for my wedding.

Closer to the date, I and Merry were busy and started preparing many things. And we began to see the harvests came forward one after another. Out of nowhere, Merry could find a gown seller that really gave favour on her. They said that they would give the gown with a very cheap price, about only one fifth of the original price because they had had a lot of profit already from other gowns that they had already sold. So we got a brand new Italian gown with the same price as if we were hiring one here.

We’ve also found a very nice reception place. This is the place that Merry always dreamt to have her wedding at as she usually passed and set her eyes on this place in the past. Previously, we were quite hesitant to see the place because it was over our budget. However, we decided just to try to come and see. We met the owner and surprisingly, he offered a lower price that we thought was obviously impossible. But God really worked; it’s actually much cheaper than of what we suppose to pay for that kind of reception venue. Moreover, closer to the date, we even got more discount for the kids menu price.

The same thing with my suit, my Mum has a close friend who owns a suit tailor shop. And his suits style and quality is one of the best in Indonesia. We’ve found out that his clients are government officials, actors, and celebrities. Because he is my Mum’s friend, he gave a good discount for the suit.

Furthermore, we also received a lot of favour from our wonderful friends to help us with the wedding. They were helping us in organising the event, making name cards and paper decorations, lending Merry jewellery to be wear, decorating, and so many other things…

One miracle that was really amazed us was happening with my Mum.harvest My parent sells cosmetics products and one day my Mum happened to put her detail in a prize draw of a leading toothpaste brand in Indonesia. There were two kinds of draw; one has many motorcycles as the prizes, while the other one is a draw for one car prize only. She put in for the one car prize. Weeks later, a friend of my Mum came and told her that she had won the prize. My Mum thought that her friend was only joking because she never thought that she would win, but her friend insisted that it was true. Then my Mum tried to contact the company and she was really amazed to found out that it was true! We’re also shocked, this kind of thing never happened in our life.. the draw was actually from the whole Indonesia and my Mum was the only winner! We actually already have a car and we don’t need another one.. so finally we used this car to transport Merry’s family while they were in Jakarta for our engagement party. After that my parent sold the car and they could use the money to help paying for the engagement party in Jakarta. God is awesome!

In addition to those, God also helped us to with our honeymoon. Amazingly, we just paid half price only for our flights and cruises honeymoon tickets.

To be honest, we’re still stunned every time we try to remember of what God has done.. Friends, I would like to tell you, this is real. The law of sowing and reaping is real! God’s promise is real! And we are one of the witnesses.. My friends, if you haven’t started doing this lifestyle of sowing and reaping, I eagerly would like to invite you to start doing this and begin to experience God’s blessings being poured out to you overwhelmingly!

Author: Rical

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Behind the Walls of Jericho

Posted on 14 July 2009 by admin

As we’ve learned from the previous sharing, the principal of tithing is giving God the firsfruit of our earnings or increases. In this opportunity, I would like to show you that behind the story of the conquest of the old city Jericho, this tithing principal was truly being applied figuratively.

Jericho is the first city that the Israelites encountered when they were entering the Promised Land. After the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River, they came upon this fortified city. As you know the story following that, the Israelites marched around the city for seven days then conquered the city after its walls collapsed.

Let us see Joshua 6:17-18. “17And the city and all that is in it shall be devoted to the Lord [for destruction]… 18But you, keep yourselves from the accursed and devoted things, lest when you have devoted it [to destruction], you take of the accursed thing, and so make the camp of Israel accursed and trouble it. 19But all the silver and gold and vessels of bronze and iron are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.

We could see here that God asked the Israelites to give Him the whole city and all of its riches. The Lord asked them to bring Him all of the precious metals for His tabernacle. After Jericho, never again God asked the Israelites to bring Him the whole spoils from any other cities conquered! Rather they could enjoy and keep the riches for themselves. When the Israelites gave God their firsfruit, God was delivering them the whole Promised Land!

Therefore let us also learn from this historical account that God really values tithe. In fact, tithes belong to Him. When we tithe, we are allowing God to bless us and bring the whole lot of what have been promised to us!

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