Archive | January 2015

Don’t Look Back… Moving FORWARD

DO NOT LOOK BACK-Karina's Thought

I was inspired to write this post when my husband watched a sprint race on a TV sport program. I interested saw the sprinters who always on focus straight forward without being affected by their rivals on left or right side and even on the back. They kept focus get up to the finish line as fast as they can. I wondered what if during they ran, they always look to the back. Could they keep run fast? No. They could not. Looking back while running will slow down their running speed and can even make them fall. Eventually they failed to reach a victory.

I am thinking about our life. I found some people who always failed in their life. Has much praying and prayed by many people but still failed and difficult to rise back. Their life is static in all the limitations, even in shortage. They were life in God’s way, faithful and obedient to the God’s word. Does God does not bless them? Whether the God’s promises and blessings only apply to the some people or only for the chosen people? I am very sure not like that, because God’s promise and blessing applies to all people who believe and live in Him. Then the question is what the cause is? I remembered a story of lot’s wife when the Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by God. From this story we could know what the cause is.

Actually, Lot’s wife is in God’s saving plan. It turns out she stopped walking and looked back. Then what happened? She turned into a pillar of salt.

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)

Let’s focus on looked back. What is meant with looked back is controlled by the past, haunted by traumatic things, failure or pile of sins in the past and difficult to get out from the shackles of the past that continues to haunt them. In fact there are many people who are shackled with their past. There are also so hard to release bad habits in the past. As a result, they are constantly interrupted with the past and difficult keep on moving and grow in achieving successes. Their faith also becomes difficult to grow. Salvation that has been promised by God will be gone in vain because they still look back and haunted by a dark past. Through two angels sent by God, God said,

“Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” (Genesis 19:17 NIV)

Lot’s wife still difficult to forget everything he had in the Sodom city. She still wants her old life, her property and so on. She broke the God’s message. Once again, actually Lot’s wife is in God’s saving plan but she was ambiguous between wanted to survive but on the other hand it is hard to leave all comforts of her wealth in the back. Due to continue hesitated; she could not stand to not looked back, at least for the last time. This was a very fatal choice and finally she was accepting the consequence.

If we look at the story deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, we can find a similar thing. We can see how the people of Israel at that time repeatedly protested to Moses because they felt lose situation which they consider easier and comfortable, even though they only had a status as a slave in Egypt. Let’s see what they said,

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:3 NIV)

They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exodus 17:3 NIV)

They kept grumbling, complaining, nagging and strong protest against the rescue of God. They prefer to look back rather than directing foresight toward a promised land that full of God’s abundant blessings. We know the consequence that none of the early generation which made it into the Promised Land except Joshua and Caleb who have a different heart attitude.

In the New Testament, there was a story about those who wanted to follow Jesus but they chose to linger over and one of them said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” (Luke 9:61 NIV) Then what is Jesus’ answer? Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”(Luke 9:62 NIV) So obvious that People who are willing to go with Christ must be absolutely ready to leave their old life. Stop looking back. Or if not, then they are not worth before God. God desires each of us to go forward. He longs to pour out His blessings, but the shadow of the past often makes us always looking back, and thereby failed to receive the God’s promises.

Apostle Paul seemed to realize that humans have a tendency to always be in under the shadow of the past. So he needs to remind those who shackled in traumatic or bad things in the past.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)

Paul gave an example, that although he had served God, he still had to focus to forget all the past, bad as anything, and focus on the goals to be achieved in the future.

We all have a past, whatever it is. The problem is how we treat our past especially when we have had a dark past. Whether we immediately forget it and keep moving forward? Or we just shackled and continue to allow ourselves to be haunted by our dark past so we difficult to move forward and eventually we will hard to accept the beautiful God’s promises? My dear readers, this evening allow me to once again to remind all of us that we cannot move forward if our life always haunted by our past. We need to truly understand that God loves us. He does not want us to live bound in sin, problems of life and traumatic thing of the past. Honestly, personally I once had a dark past.  And I always remember what my father said at the time, “it does not matter you have a dark past. Everyone has.  But there are two things you have to do.  Make your dark past as a valuable lesson, learn it so that henceforth you will not do over it again, and once you have learned and get something from your dark past, immediately remove it all from your mind, let it go and never look back again. The past will not destroy your future unless you let it. Your life is not just for the past. God already provides a bright future that filled with His Blessings. God provides a new hope to us who live in Christ. Let the past remains as the past. Do not make it all as a hindrance to undergo your future”

My dear readers, what about us now? Whether we are still in the shadows of the past that make us so hard to move forward? Or probably we know that a bright future awaits us, but our eyes and minds covered by the fog of the past so that it is hard to move achieve a beautiful future and hope which has been promised by God? Like whom we want to be? We want to be like a sprinter who always focuses forward, never looking back and will reach victory? Or we want to be like Lot’s wife who unwilling to let go her past, broke God’s message, choose a fatal choice, and brought her to perish? This time, allow me to encourage you to quickly get out from the shadow of our past and close the door of our past. Bury in deeply our past that may be dark and bitterly and start to look and move forward. Living in the shadow of the past will not give any benefits instead will lead us to the bitterness. We will lose of joy and new hope that has been provided by God. Stop looking back and reach beautiful God’s plan which full of peace and prosperous, living in abundance God’s blessings. Our lives probably not be better than our past, but let us remember that,

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

It’s time to let all your past go. Let’s stop looking back to the past, let’s move forward. God provides a new hope to us who live in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

We could learn from our past, take some positive things from there but after that, we have to let our past go far away from our mind. Do not let our past haunt our life and become an obstacle so we difficult to move forward for the better future. I will end this post with questions to ponder together. Where we stand now?  Are we already on the future side and ready to open the door of bright opportunity to reach beautiful God’s promises? Or we still on the past side let its door remain open haunt our minds continually and we could not get anything there? Which one we will choose? The choice is yours. Amen.

 

Karina – Living by faith

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NOT JUST (A poetry for someone special)

I am not just a candle on a beautiful chandelier, not just a beautiful fragrant white flowers, nor a beautiful words of wisdom. But I am definitely a daughter of our Father in Heaven who blessed by Him amazingly. I am just an ordinary God’s child but with an extraordinary blessings from Him. Thank you to God You gave me one more year to live this life with Your blessings, grace, compassion, and wisdom. Thank you for Your unconditional love.
On my Birthday today, I Got a special gift from my beloved sister in Christ Sella Irene. She wrote a beautiful poem as my birthday gift. Big thanks to sister Sella. May God bless you abundantly and always used by God to spread fragrance of God’s word through your awesome blog. To all my dear reader, please allow me again to encourage you to visit, follow and read her beautiful posts. Many blessings to all of you. I love you all.

Beautiful Words

NOT JUST A poetry for someone special (1)

If like a candle… 

You are not just an aroma candle for ornament the royal banquet table for the kings

that radiate a light on  a grand silver chandelier.

 

But you also willing to light upon the wooden table in a modest hovel,

where your light is so meaningful there.

Willing to melt just for the sake of accompany a fatherless and motherless children  who are learning to reach their future.

If like a flower… 

You are not just an epitome of gracefulness and elegance.

 

But you are a clump of blooming white roses,

that grows in the garden of the each human heart who need love.

Spreading fragrance down to the hidden corner and brings tranquility in her tenderness.

 

If like a word… 

Your are not just the words of wisdom that engraved on the gold placard.

 

But your are HIS overt…

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God’s Promises Assurance

God's Promises Assurance -Karina's Thought -Sue Nash

 

 

Hello my dear readers, I am so happy and grateful to God could come back again in this New Year. Happy New Year!  We are wishing you a year of health, wealth, happiness, success, warmth, and loads of love of your dear ones. I hope this New Year showers you with full of Joy and blessings. This is my first post in this brand new year.

Has become our familiarity every early year our company held a general meeting. We discussed everything about the company growth in the previous years; we evaluate and make plans and targets to be achieved during a year ahead. In the meeting, there was one interesting thing and it made me ponder. One of our director said, “This New Year will be similar with the previous, we will be in uncertainty situation. We could make the best plans, but still, we don’t even know what will be happen next. Everything could be change in a matter of minutes”

I heard sound of pessimistic and skepticism! Questions arose in my heart. Should not we enter the New Year with a new vigor? Should we move in this New Year with shadowed by uncertainty? Then whether we have losing the joy in our lives in this New Year just because we think that we will face uncertain situation? Then without sounding of preaching and giving a lesson, carefully I am trying to say something, “Yes indeed if we look at the current situation and the conditions in which the world is filled with a variety of problems, it is natural we would be so easy to doubt and pessimist. But on the one hand we should not forget that we have God who always be with us. Because of Him we could calm. As written in Psalm:”

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. (Psalm 62:1 NIV)

My beloved readers, for me personally, this verse is very encouraging and able to give peace. Actually true tranquility comes from God, not from the world circumstances where we are, instead from an abundance of money, status, employment levels and so on, nor from others. The condition may be uncertain or unclear and this time, It may be that there are among of us who in the lowest point of crisis. But by realize that the presence of God will always be with us should be able to keep us calm. Our salvation is in His hands, help on any difficult thing was upon him, guarantee of future day will be provided by God. If we continue on the next verse, an affirmation will feel getting stronger.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:2 NIV)

Then, we will find a similar verse in the verse 6:

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5 NIV)

The world may be full of uncertainties like our director said. Maybe many people predict that this year is not better than the previous year but we have rock and unshakable fortress that could be a place to hold. We can remain calm focus to provide or perform the best if we realize that God is always close to us.

I was remembering story of Micah. Micah is a prophet from the remote village whose ministry is in the range of the reign of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Situation and condition the world today seems similar as in the time of Micah. Chapter 7 the book of Micah describe the moral depravity and a very difficult situation at the time. Famine, Crop failure (Verse 1), moral degradation, loss of godly and honest people, trepan each other, deceived each other, even destroy each other (Verse 2) Has been so accustomed to do evil,   corrupt officials and judges and accepting bribes, the leader imposes his will, the law perverted (Verse 3) Even the best people in the world likened as useless and stabs thorn hedge, nothing else can be trusted, broken homes, hostility among family members (Verse 4-6) Micah said that all this as a incurable and infectious wound.

“…. Plague is incurable; it has spread to Judah. It has reached the very gate of my people, even to Jerusalem itself” (Micah 1: 9 NIV)

Is not what we are facing today is roughly equal to the situation that Micah faced at that time? But let’s take a look what Micah did at the time?

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me (Micah 7:7 NIV)

What we could learn from the story of Micah? Micah has one big spirit. Yes, spirit of surrender to God. The verse above describe fully surrender to God. Look, after we saw how the moral depravity expressed so obvious in the previous verses, then Micah expressed his attitude was in such conditions: Micah chose to hold on to God with the full of hope. Micah believes God’s inclusion in any circumstances, Micah has full of trust to God’s power that will always save and listen to the prayers of His children

If God is able to save His children in the past, if we have repeatedly seen that God is able to perform miracles through magical ways, if formerly He can, even now God is still able! Because,

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

Walking with God does not mean that we will always be one hundred percent live without problems. Problems will always be there. But Jesus said,

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NIV)

This verse comes preceded by a verse which also already known very well:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

Let’s try to combine these two verses. The result is, we will know and understand that even in the hardship that can be comes tomorrow God will still be there. Tomorrow will have worry about itself. Fear that muddying our thoughts today about tomorrow will not change anything. No results could be obtained with fears; instead we will add a new problem. Want to restless or anxious as any, tomorrow will remain come with the trouble itself. But if we truly believe that God is always present and be with us, why we should be worry? Tomorrow will be comes with its own difficulties but do not forget that not only problems and difficulties. God’s word said that,

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)

All of that would be more than enough to strengthen us through the difficult days and can make us live with joy that is not from the world but from God.

My dear beloved friends, what about us now? Are there any of us who are afraid to face uncertainty in entering this New Year? Whether in undergoing this New Year we are full of fear and doubt? If there are, let’s come closer to God, and get the serenity and strength. Do not let doubt fulfill our mind. Point our thoughts and views focus on God alone. Truly trust in Him! Express our fear and doubt we have in Him.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8 NIV)

Praise Him and give thanks to God because He promised that,

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. (Psalm 46:2-8 NIV)

God has promised something that should be comforting and calming us, something that should not make us has to lose the joy. Therefore we do not need to fear to enter the New Year which is predicted by human logic to be a full with uncertainty or hopeless.

At the beginning of this New Year please allow me to encourage all of you that we do not need to worry because we have a God who is very concerned.  Close to God will always be able to make us calm. His sturdiness will be able to make us not easily shaken.  It is okay World continue to offer the uncertainty, but there is assurance in God. Tomorrow will come with its own problems. But we still must remember that the grace of God, which never end will also present and greet us when we wake up in the morning. We do not need to be afraid to face tomorrow and the next days because I know and I believe that God always be with us and he will goes before us as He promised:

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

 God has given so many promises as written in the verses above, so why should we be afraid? Let’s enter the New Year with joy, let’s fill this year with the best thing we can do, and let us give praise and thanksgiving to God who has promised to be with us from the beginning to the end of the year. God’s promises are yes and Amen!  His promises are never failed.

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Joshua 21:45 NIV)

 Let us use this year as a moment to increase our relationship with God, exercise our faith in order to continue to grow better and increase our capacity to receive the outpouring of wine from Heaven. Tribulation may be present tomorrow, but as sunrise that certainly presents every morning, likewise the God’s promise will certainly present in our life. Amen

Karina – Living by faith

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