TERANG TUHAN
Terang Tuhan Bersinar Bagimu

Mar
28

Every vision has a tendency to fade, the hard work that began with a fiery spirit can easily turn into a hollow routine work without meaning. When the pain and loneliness began to show its influence, we begin to feel unappreciated and started to become saturated, the Christian ideals of humble service was beautiful sounds in theory, but in fact proved to be impractical.
And maybe one day we will say: “We are looking for a fast course, although it should run on other people’s heads, in a way that the ideals will be achieved faster.”
Indeed, it’s no denying we are composed of flesh and blood and not of stone or metal, it is true that the strong, weak, too strong.
Even great leaders in the Bible stories have fatal flaws, and all that the Bible records no one is hidden or concealed before God, even though he was a teacher, kings, prophets, apostles or the disciples and followers of Jesus own.
Among them: the story of Noah was obedient to the law is a drinker “After he drank the wine, he was drunk and he was naked in his tent” (Genesis 9:21).

Abraham’s loyalty to God’s nature was second to none so cowardly, so do not hesitate to risk his safety for the sake of his wife’s honor. At the time he will go to Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife: “Indeed I know that you are a beautiful woman his face. When the Egyptians see you, they will say: That’s his wife. So they will kill me and leave you; life. Say, that you are my sister, so I treated them well because of you, and I was allowed to live because of thee “(Genesis 12:11-14).

And Moses was an ill-tempered, David figures also violates the second list of five orders of God’s law commit adultery, kill, steal, bear false witness, and wanted the man’s wife (II Samuel 11:2-15), in a single episode of his moral revolt in the case of Bathsheba, other than that there is Peter, who boasted that covers a volatile personality.
Last sign of a Christian leader is a discipline, not only discipline in the generic sense as the ability to control the passions and to set their own time and effort, but and special in a special meaning, namely discipline to hope only in God. Christian leaders must be aware of his weaknesses, he should know that how big a task upon him and how strong those who oppose it, but he must know also how the infinite riches of God’s grace.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31).

Only those who discipline themselves to seek God’s face, who can keep his vision still luminous, and who lived before the cross of Christ, which he thought the fire would remain switched on again and unremitting. Leaders who feel strongly for relying on its own strength is the weakest of all people. Only those who know and acknowledge their weaknesses, can be strong with the strength that comes from Christ.

Mar
23

Setiap visi mempunyai kecenderungan untuk memudar, kerja keras yang dimulai dengan semangat yang berapi-api dapat dengan mudah berubah menjadi kerja rutin yang hampa tanpa makna. Ketika penderitaan dan rasa kesepian mulai menunjukkan pengaruhnya, kita mulai merasa tidak dihargai dan mulai menjadi jenuh, cita-cita Kristiani tentang pelayanan yang rendah hati hanyalah kedengaran indah dalam teori, tapi dalam kenyataan terbukti tidak praktis.

Dan mungkin suatu ketika kita akan berkata: “Kita cari yang cepat saja, meskipun harus berjalan di atas kepala orang lain, dengan cara itu cita-cita akan lebih cepat tercapai”.
Memang, tak bisa diingkari kita adalah yang terdiri dari daging dan darah dan bukan dari batu atau metal, adalah benar bahwa orang yang kuat, kelemahannya juga begitu kuat.

Bahkan pemimpin-pemimpin yang besar dalam cerita-cerita Alkitab memiliki cacat-cacat yang fatal, dan semua itu Alkitab mencatatnya tidak ada satupun yang tersembunyi atau disembunyikan dihadapan Tuhan, sekalipun dia seorang guru, raja, nabi, rasul atau murid-murid dan pengikut Yesus sendiri. Di antaranya: cerita tentang Nuh yang taat kepada hukum adalah peminum “Setelah ia minum anggur, mabuklah ia dan ia telanjang dalam kemahnya” (Kejadian 9:21).

Abraham yang kesetiaannya pada Allah tak ada duanya ternyata sifatnya demikian pengecut sehingga tak segan-segan mempertaruhkan kehormatan istrinya demi keselamatan dirinya. Pada waktu ia akan masuk ke Mesir, berkatalah ia kepada Sarai, isterinya: “Memang aku tahu, bahwa engkau adalah seorang perempuan yang cantik parasnya. Apabila orang Mesir melihat engkau, mereka akan berkata: Itu isterinya. Jadi mereka akan membunuh aku dan membiarkan engkau hidup. Katakanlah, bahwa engkau adikku, supaya aku diperlakukan mereka dengan baik karena engkau, dan aku dibiarkan hidup oleh sebab engkau” (Kejadian 12:11-14).

Dan Musa adalah seorang pemarah, juga tokoh Daud melanggar lima perintah dari daftar kedua hukum Allah yaitu berzinah, membunuh, mencuri, mengucapkan saksi dusta dan menginginkan istri orang (II Samuel 11:2-15), dalam episode tunggal pemberontakan moralnya dalam kasus Batsyeba, selain itu ada Petrus yang sesumbar yang menutupi kepribadiannya yang labil.

Pertanda terakhir seorang pemimpin Kristiani adalah disiplin, bukan saja disiplin dalam arti umum sebagai kemampuan mengendalikan nafsu-nafsu serta mengatur waktu dan tenaga sendiri, melainkan dan istimewa dalam artinya yang khusus, yaitu disiplin untuk berharap hanya pada Allah. Pemimpin Kristiani harus sadar akan kelemahannya, Ia harus tahu bahwa betapa besar tugas yang diembannya dan betapa kuat pihak yang menentangnya, namun ia harus tahu juga betapa tak terhingga kekayaan kasih karunia Allah.

Namun teladan agung kita adalah Tuhan Yesus sendiri, hanya Dia yang memberi kekuatan kepada yang lemah dan menambah semangat kepada yang tiada berdaya, orang-orang muda menjadi lelah dan lesu dan teruna-teruna jatuh tersandung tapi mereka yang menanti-nantikan Tuhan dan menunggu Allah dengan sabar, akan seumpama rajawali yang naik terbang dengan kekuatan sayapnya; mereka berlari dan tidak menjadi lesu, mereka berjalan dan tidak menjadi lelah (Yesaya 40:29-31).

Hanya mereka yang mendisiplinkan dirinya untuk mencari wajah Tuhan, yang dapat menjaga visinya tetap bercahaya, dan yang hidup dihadapan salib Kristus, yang api batinnya tetap dinyalakan kembali dan takkan kunjung padam. Pemimpin-pemimpin yang merasa dirinya kuat karena mengandalkan kekuatan sendiri adalah yang paling lemah dari semua orang. Hanya mereka yang tahu dan mengakui kelemahan mereka, dapat menjadi kuat dengan kekuatan yang datangnya dari Kristus.

Mar
15

1 Peter 3:1-5 says: “Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands”

The Apostle Peter’s attention here is on men and women who have married and who just received Christ, and who are having problems regarding how they should behave toward a husband or wife who still do not believe in and against their faith.
The Apostle Peter’s advice to his Christian wife is:
She must comply, the role of a wife is to submit to the Scriptural leadership of her husband, in the Book of 1 Corinthians 11:3 says: “But I want you to know this, the head of every man is Christ, the head of the women is the man and the head of Christ is God. ”
The Book of Ephesians 5:22-24 says: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
This does not indicate that the wife has the character, intelligence or spirituality is lower. In fact, even in the military, do not need a leader that higher capacity than a subordinate. But his authority is very important in carrying out their duties efficiently.
The wives must submit to the ‘husband’ and not at all men, the wife obedience to her husband is a wonderful expression of his love and commitment to him.
When a husband is not a Christian vote for ‘disobedience to the Word’, who believes his wife should submit to her husband for her husband may be won to Christ ‘without a word.’
This does not mean that the Word of God is not important for human safety. It simply means that if a husband refuses Word of God, his wife had to pull him to the Lord through his humility and godly living. Generous attitude, meek, submissive, and loving is one of the most effective way of evangelism that can be done wife to bring her husband to the Lord.
She must be faithful, “Pure and virtuous” means respect.
Wife with pure nature and respect for her husband is unfaithful wife, it is the duty of all Christian wives, namely that they should still be pure and pious before God and their husbands.
She should be simple, Peter warned the woman who was busy with her as spick and span self (Paragraph 3), many women in Roman society dye their hair a strange color and plaiting excessive. They also like the expensive jewelry, beautiful clothes and expensive cosmetics. The desire for beautiful and classy is not consistent with the design of God for Christian women.
In the Book of Isaiah 3:16-24, Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
Peter advised them to give their attention to the “hidden inner man.” That is the true beauty of character, virtue, spirituality within themselves Christians. The word “simple” refers to the humility and gentleness weakness. This is the nature of people who refused to retaliate, but always waiting for the action of God. “Spirit of the serene” refers to the peaceful and gentle nature of a person.
His modest and gentle show the spiritual beauty that is very precious in the sight of God. The main concern of the devout woman not the outward appearance, but the beauty of his character before God.

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