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Light Bearer

A Light Bearer Many of us have experienced moments where God spoke to us through someone else. Or maybe you were that person speaking into another’s life. Either way, we long to know God’s counsel and work with Him, which means connecting with the Holy Spirit through prayer and allowing Him to open our eyes to those around us. Being in tune with what God is doing is not something exclusive for the elite. You and I were created to be a light to those around us—not to point out the darkness that blinds us from the truth. God is light and where there is light, there is vision. Where there is vision, there is hope and recovery of sight. Where there is sight, there is revelation. With a revelation of how God does things, we will learn to live in sync with Him. He’ll show us the way He works so we can live the way we’re made.
Isaiah 2:3 MSG So where do we begin to work with God and help the world around us? Here are a few starting directives: Look up—Do you want answers from the perspective of earth or heaven? Jesus stripped himself and became like us so we could strip ourselves and become like Him… so look up. Once we have glimpsed heaven’s perspective, we begin to see ourselves, our surroundings, and the inhabitants of earth through a different or more enlightened set of eyes. Look around— Are you heartbroken by what you see? We cannot help our world if we close our eyes and ears and hide from the pain that is around us. Pray earnestly for the injustice and sin throughout the world. It is time for the children of light to come out of hiding. Look well—When we reveal our light, we are able to expose areas of darkness. We can bring health and hope to what is unwell in our world. Look ahead—When we are in tune with the Holy Spirit, He gives us farsighted vision which gives us a strategic capacity to predict what is ahead. This is such a powerful tool in prayer! Tell the truth—We are called to not only speak the Word of God, but to live it out as an example to the world around us. My prayer for you this week is Ephesians 1:17-18: …that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of
Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you
may know what is the hope of His calling. NKJV Let’s be included in what our God is doing around us. I believe that we will be light bearers who bring His vast wonder to this world! Gbu with new dimension.

Fill Your Life With Gid’s Best

Eliminate Stress and Fill Your Life with God’s Best Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27). Nothing harms us emotionally the way stress does. We might say that anxiety is emotions out of control. When someone experiences anxiety, most of the time it’s because their emotions have been stressed to the point that they are no longer functioning healthily. There are many situations that cause anxiety. The death of a spouse or child, divorce, and job loss are major events; however, not all the reasons are that serious. A lot of anxiety is caused simply by taking on more than we can handle. I used to feel constantly overwhelmed due to stress, but it was because my schedule was unreasonable. And—even worse—I thought I was doing it for God. It is amazing to me now when I look back at how deceived I was. Always remember that if Satan cannot get you to not work for God, then he will try to get you to overwork for God. He really doesn’t care which end of being out of balance we are on, because either one causes trouble. The simple answer to living a life you can enjoy is to learn God’s ways and follow them. Jesus said, “I am the Way” (see John 14:6), and that means He will show us how to live properly. The answers we need are in God’s Word, and we should make a decision that we will not only read the Bible, but we will obey it. If we refuse to make that decision and follow through, we will keep feeling stressed until we break. Start asking God what you can eliminate from your life that is not producing good fruit. It may even be some good things that are just not the best things for you. Something can be right for us in one season of our lives and not right at all in another season. Follow your heart, and you will accomplish a lot of fruitful things and still have energy left over to enjoy the fruit of your labor. Trust in Him: What seemingly good things are crowding your life and keeping you from God’s best? Decide that you will simplify your life and live with peace, not stress. Trust that God wants you to have the time to enjoy your life. Gbu with new dimension. Sent from my iPhone

Start With God.

Start With God – An interview with Jess Suhandynata By Marta Steviana Untariady Jessica Suhandynata ialah salah satu anggota ROCK Sydney sejak tahun 2001 yang sudah menetap di Jakarta sejak awal 2012. Jess mulai meniti karirnya di bidang Interior Design dengan membuka perusahaan bernama SPACE317 pada akhir tahun 2012. Berikut interview dengan Jess tentang perjalanannya sebagai Young Entrepreneur. Semoga memberkati dan dapat menambah kawasan bagi anda yang tertarik untuk memulai bisnis baru. At a very young age, how do you compete with more mature company? I was 23 years old when I started the company, and at a young age, of course it was very much daunting, seeing more experienced companies in the field, having success and a wide array of projects under their belt. I think one thing that helped me a lot was to not focus on them as competitors, but rather as inspirations that help me set and start my goals. Also, the design field is a very collaborative industry, and I was fortunate enough to meet those who have larger and more mature companies whom were very open to giving me insights and a lot of help when I started. With that being said, I am constantly still learning with every project that I have been blessed with. Why you decided to go back for good to do this? What vision do you have in your startup? Moving to Indonesia was a massive step of faith for me. Having been in Sydney since 1998, I didn’t have a lot of friends or connections in Indonesia. My decision to open an Interior Design Company stems from my passion of design, but, why Indonesia? I guess there seemed to be more opportunities, and I thought there would be more I can contribute to. However, the decision for me to actually move and leave all that I knew behind, was, frankly, because God told me to. God put Indonesia in my heart. Yes, this might sound wishy washy spiritual, but i prayed. I prayed and prayed, and prayed for almost a year. I asked for confirmation, and along with the support of parents and a few friends, God gave me the courage to take that step of faith through the story of Abraham and Hebrews 11:8 – By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Abraham stepped out in faith, deciding to trust in God rather than what he sees or what his circumstances held. I believed and still believe that God has a greater plan and I trust Him with what He wants to do in my life for His greater glory. What are the struggles and the mess? One main struggle I experience is being homesick. I am not 100% used to Jakarta, and this brings a lot of thoughts of wanting to move back to Sydney. Within the business, my main struggle is dealing with people who are culturally different from what I am used to growing up. There are the “tante-tantes”, companies who refuse to pay despite the services you have given them, those who take advantage of you, and so much more. Any tips for those who want to follow your step (start a new business)? Start with God. Pray about your dreams and your desires. Moving to Indonesia is a big deal, especially if you’ve lived and gotten used to everything in Australia. I think the biggest preparation to move for good is looking at what you have and do on a daily basis and understanding that it will all change. Take your time and pray. Talking to those who might be affected (parents, spouse, children, friends, colleagues) would be part of your preparation as well as helping put all your plans into perspective. There are a wide array of opportunities with new start-ups. With online ventures and the f&b (food and beverage) business booming in Indonesia, my tip would be for you to select an area in which you are passionate in. Personally, apart from God, it is my passion in design that helps me go through any struggles. Jakarta is very different from Sydney. Talk to people that have moved to Indonesia, do your research, understand that you will be leaving a beautiful city and country (I will forever love you Australia), for a traffic-filled and polluted city full of people who culturally act differently from the everyday Aussies you meet. At the end of the day, bring God in your decisions, despite the position you are in. Maybe you do have a full time job you are considering to leave, or a great life filled with everything you are comfortable with. For me, it all came down to trusting God with absolutely everything, including my finances, new clients and new projects. I believe that when He opens the doors He will bring you through it according to HIs will. Keep communicating with God on a daily basis through reading His word and praying. How do you apply your belief in doing your job? As God has been faithful to me, I understand that all that I have and achieved within SPACE317 is not my own. Going to work everyday isn’t merely just for money or to fill up time. What is more important is that I meet a lot of people from doing this job, such as my staff, new clients, construction workers. Fortunately I am reminded constantly from church and those around me on this notion: How can I spread the gospel in the field God has put me in? Maybe it isn’t necessarily spreading the gospel verbally, but in the actions that I do. For example, dealing with taxes, doing my work honestly, how I treat people and reacting to those who maybe haven’t been honest in their work; because our decisions and the way we react to things, people do see. It is definitely not easy, and I am still learning, but I do believe God enables. Why SPACE317? The word “SPACE” is just a representation of what we interior designers do, which is to design all kinds of spaces; residential, commercial, corporate. The Numbers “317” I actually took from Colossians 3:17, which acts as a reminder for me that this business if from Him, through Him and for Him. What was your motivation to start this company? I studied Interior Design at UTS and I absolutely loved it. I wanted to have my own company since I was in Uni, I just didn’t think it would happen so quickly. I did work at a small interior design firm for a bit in Jakarta and I saw how much fun they had. I wanted to have my own! What or who really supports you and enables you to keep walking forward? My parents have supported me from day one and are still continually supporting me. Apart from (still) providing a roof over my head, I can rely on them for answers and advice on how to run a business. I am grateful that they always have my best interest in mind since I was a child. Having a community in Christ also have been a major support, especially in times where I have been homesick, they have reminded me that there are still a lot of positive things in Jakarta that I can enjoy and I might have taken for granted. How would you see the business in 5 years from now? I can only trust God in where He wants to take me in 5 years, but I see myself being more settled, better experienced, seeing the business grow, with more clients and more staff. Is there anything (value or else) from Sydney that equips you? The values I hold on to, a lot of them I learnt from ROCK SYDNEY & RYI. They helped me understand truly who I am in Christ, and my purpose on this earth. Knowing that my life isn’t for myself and that Christ died on the cross not only for my sins but for His greater glory, allow me to be more obedient and less selfish in my decisions. I am far from perfect, I still have my selfish desires, but always remembering that the reason God called me to be in Indonesia was and is not for myself but to fulfill His plans, help me to stand strong daily. Understanding that I am here for God, my joy, my struggles, and my future is for Him. Other values that I have brought back with me to Jakarta include those I learnt in school, uni, and my everyday life in Australia. Being considerate of others, being polite, seeing people not for their social status but as equal human beings, are just a few of the many values that (I am grateful) Australia has taught me. How do you think you would be able to best apply our yearly theme (New Dimensions) and monthly theme (Thankful Life) in your business? I think this month’s theme is a big reminder for me to be thankful in all that God has done for my business. As I reflect in thanksgiving on all the ways God have protected, provided and been faithful, I am excited in what He has store for me & the business this year. I am reminded that His perfect love conquers all. I pray as He continually walks me out of my comfort zones in this business for growth and maturing, I pray that His love will constantly be the source and motivation in everything that is to come. As I learn deeper of God’s love daily through His Word, I am daring myself to believe even more as I let go and let God. SPACE317 | website www.space317.com

Restoration

Memulihkan Hubungan ketika Kasih Hilang Yesus tidak datang hanya untuk memberikan kita hidup setelah kematian. Ia datang untuk memilihkan semua yang sudah hilang. Apakah Anda pernah berpikir tentang ayat di atas? Saya tahu Yesus sudah menembus hidupku, tetapi sepertinya masih ada banyak kerusakan? Ini bisa menjadi pemikiran yang umum, terutama ketika kita menghadapi kehilangan di hubungan kita. Ketika kita disakiti mendalam oleh seseorang yang kita cintai, sulit untuk melanjutkan hidup. Kita membawa kesakitan itu, dan membuat sakit hati. Hal yang indah adalah ini : Yesus tidak datang hanya untuk memberikan kita kehidupan setelah kematian. Ia datang untuk memulihkan yang sudah hilang. Lukas 19:10 (TB) Sebab Anak Manusia datang untuk mencari dan menyelamatkan yang hilang.” Sering kita mendengar Lukas 19:10 sebagai penginjilan, tetapi itu membawa kuasa yang lebih lagi! Saya pernah mendengar pemimpin menantang pebisnis untuk eksplorasi dinamika “selamatkan yang sudah hilang” ini. Sang pemimpin mendorong mereka untuk berhenti merasa malu jika Tuhan sudah memberikan mereka berkat kemampuan untuk sukses. Saat saya mendengarkan, hati saya melompat. Kenapa tidak mengimplementasikan kebenaran ini untuk hubungan juga? Ada potensi pemulihan di setiap hubungan yang hilang. Penebusan mempunyai kuasa untuk memulihkan semua yang terhilang karena jatuh, yang memisahkan kita dari hadirat Tuhan dan sesama. Jika Penebusan cukup berkuasa untuk memulihkan hubungan kita dengan Tuhan, tentunya itu bisa rekonsiliasi hubungan kita dengan sesama! Pemulihan dimulai saat kita tunduk pada kebenaran Firman Tuhan dan secara sadar memilih untuk melakukan segala sesuatu dengan caraNya. Kasih dan penghormatan yang sudah lama hilang dapat dipulihkan dengan kuasa penyembuhan Tuhan! Jadi, apakah yang sudah hilang dari hidupmu dan hubungan mu? Jika anda tidak pergi ke Bapa dan meminta Dia untuk menembus yang sakit dan rusak, saya mendorong anda melakukan itu hari ini. Di mana ada Penebusan dan pemulihan, kita hidup dalam kepenuhan yang sudah Yesus menangkan untuk kita. Mari kita berdoa: Bapa, aku tahu bahwa aku sudah sakit dan bahkan menyakiti orang lain dalam hubungan. Saya tahu itu sudah menyebabkanku untuk hidup tanpa kepenuhan hidup yang Yesus berikan untukku. Aku meminta Tuhan untuk memulihkan kasih yang sudah rusak dan hilang. Saya berterima kasih kepadaMu untuk pemulihan hadiratMu dalam hidupku ketika Tuhan mengirimkan Yesus untuk menebus dunia. Sekarang aku meminta Tuhan untuk membantuku menjadi contoh yang hidup dari Penebusan untuk yang di sekitar ku. Terima kasih untuk pekerjaan penyembuhan Mu! Dalam nama AnakMu yang terkasih, amin. Sent from my iPhone

Save And Restore!

Save And Restore! The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19:10 NIV The words, “Jesus came to seek and to saves”, embrace everything that defeats us. Every life has a thousand needs. Salvation touches all weaknesses, reaches into the past and future, and is for body, soul and mind, for earth and for everlasting Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven! Jesus seek and saves us from our sins, from folly, failure and fear, pride and illusion, the devil’s deceit and every threatening circumstance. This is the main dimension salvation! Christ is the Master of it all. Jesus saves! Christ’s hell-shattering work has opened heaven’s fountain of resources for all struggling souls. “He that believes in Me, has life.” Being saved means being “born again”. “To as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to be the sons of God.” As I write these words, my heart rejoices and affirms every word. Yes! Yes! Yes! Jesus is wonderful. He was, and is, and is going to restore everything He and we has lost! Agree?

The New Dimensions

The New Dimension Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” ‘In the beginning God…’ – in all beginnings! We don’t begin at all until we come to Him but otherwise are going nowhere and doing nothing, as people on a treadmill. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” The Greeks thought that time went in circles, the same things happening again and again. The same with some religions says that life is reincarnation, happening like a circle; But this astonishing book the Bible cuts right across heathen guesses. God’s ways are eternal, not repetitive, or circle, or reincarnation! But increasing In God government to dominion on earth as it is in heaven. Isaiah 9:6-7 6. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. When our lives are tied in with His, we are carried along in His purposes as He sweeps from the eternal past to the eternal future. And we will let The Lord Jesus Government increasing in our live until we are nothing and He is everything. So New Year is a New Heart, a New Spirit, with New Attitude, a New Hopes with the New Dimensions, and The New Life in The Lord Jesus. Have a Blessed New Year 2016; The Year of New Dimensions in order to be Fruitful, Multiply, Feel The Earth, Subdue it, And having Dominion together with Jesus on earth as it is in heaven from now on till forever and ever. Amen.

Unto You Is Born The King

“Unto You Is Born The King” However arrogant the world, Jesus Christ is KING, which nothing can outstrip. HIS Kingship is not voted or ellected by men! He is The King Of King since everlasting to eternity. Popular vote decreed His death, but couldn’t take away His Kingship. The question asked in every age is, “Why do the nations rage?” People may revolt like a lightning bolt, but Christ’s royal throne stands fast forever and ever. Psalm 2:1,6 says, “Why do the nations rage? I have set my King on my holy hill of Zion.” Some mistakenly assume that Christians set out to gain control over the cities and the nations, “binding their kings with chains,” so that Christ can take over. This is a total misconception. We do not organize the Kingdom of God and then invite Him to come and rule over it. Only God the Father does that. The world was not ready at the first time Jesus came to earth and will not be ready for the second time either, but He will come aniway just the same. Jesus second coming is not depending on the World’s ready or not; but depending on The maturity of HIS bride, The Church! Meanwhile, He offers us the privilege of being in His kingdom – through new birth. “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). But do not stop just being born, we need to grow to be Like Him, in HIS Kingfom on earth as it is in heaven. Merry Christmas. Sent from my iPhone

God’s Love

God’s Love “Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, he will not hide himself anymore.” Isaiah 30:20 Nobody can take away your pain but God, so don’t let anyone take away your happiness. This year in Hebrew calendar is the year of Ayin Vav, it mean that the light from Heaven will come down to us and renewing and sealed His Covenant with His children not because we are doing good but because His goodness and unconditional love, His nature of faithfulness In order we can accomplished His will and extending the Kingdom of God in every aspect of our life, as well as He will open the new relationship and strengthening the old and good relationship we already have it! People always says: that God loves us if we change. But as far as I know what The Gospel says: God’s love that CHANGES us. But If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left. -Heb 10:26 Your children will reap a harvest from the seeds you sow. You can store up blessings & favor by living a life that honors God. When you decided to do the Will of God, actually you are preparing the best future for your own generation, that is your inheritance and your legacy to your next generation! Gbu with dGdR. Have s great Friday.

God’s Love

God’s Love “Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, he will not hide himself anymore.” Isaiah 30:20 Nobody can take away your pain but God, so don’t let anyone take away your happiness. This year in Hebrew calendar is the year of Ayin Vav, it mean that the light from Heaven will come down to us and renewing and sealed His Covenant with His children not because we are doing good but because His goodness and unconditional love, His nature of faithfulness In order we can accomplished His will and extending the Kingdom of God in every aspect of our life, as well as He will open the new relationship and strengthening the old and good relationship we already have it! People always says: that God loves us if we change. But as far as I know what The Gospel says: God’s love that CHANGES us. But If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left. -Heb 10:26 Your children will reap a harvest from the seeds you sow. You can store up blessings & favor by living a life that honors God. When you decided to do the Will of God, actually you are preparing the best future for your own generation, that is your inheritance and your legacy to your next generation! Gbu with dGdR. Have s great Friday.

Live From The Field

Moment By Moment The Lord… is a shield for all who take refuge in him -Psalm 18:30 Happy moments: Praise God Difficult moments: Seek God Quiet moments: Worship God Terrible moments: Trust God Every moment: Thank God Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. -John 14:1 Be strong & courageous. Do not be terrified or discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. -Josh 1:9 “The deeper the experience of the free grace of God, the more generous we must become.” Gbu with dGdR!