Put Your Hands Up


Putting your hands up can mean one of these two things: either you’re surrendering or you’re celebrating.

In today’s sermon, Pastor Brian from Hillsong said that despite the current circumstances and all the limitations we should see opportunity. We should put our hands up and surrender in Jesus.

But not forever, as we seize our opportunities. As with the way Moses supported Joshua by putting his hands up holding the staff, Joshua was winning!

In the end, we will putting our hands up, celebrating our win in God.



Christianity is about Jesus’ love for us, not the other way around. I learned this deeply when I listened to Joseph Prince’ sermon in Hillsong Conference 2017. He showed how He loved John so much vs how Peter kept trying to show his love for Jesus.

This serves as a reminder for us because:

  • We are sinners = if we kept showing that we are sinless and showing people that we are Christians by donating or doing good in the name of Jesus – one day people might caught us while we do a simple sin – and people might think that Oh, why Christians sin or do that mistake?
  • We need to show and witness how Jesus love us more than showing people how we love Jesus. I looked back when I got baptized in 2009 and I got the name Joshua and I’ve never looked back. Every single year is always better than the one before.
  • When I rely on my strength to show people I love Him, I get weary, because I am human. Jesus never ever got tired and He will always show that His plan is the best plan.


Faith as Foundation


As the world gets more polarized and talks about faith aka religion gets even weirder to talk at the dinner table, I’d suggest that it’s even more important now putting faith as your foundation.

In my life at least, I want to be able to say that my principles are rooted in my faith. Therefore, my biggest life events would either be impacted by and for my Christianity.

My personal belief is that I don’t force (I never) people to have a religion or to enter Christianity. Yet, I’d use my life as a platform to reflect God’s glory and grace. Because Christianity isn’t about how much you love God — but how God loves us so much.

When all things around you (your business, your friends, even your family) fail, and they will somehow, you’d want to have a foundation you can bounce back from.

You Got More in You


Imagine that you are ‘THE FIELD’ where God sow the seed and there are several parables in the bible where two important things happen:

One, if you really believe and accept Jesus, your field (potential) will grow and bear fruits (results) 30, 60, even 100x

Two, there will also be weeds among the wheat, where the weeds can be the stress, the cap to our potential, also the potential destroyer of our harvest, but God has said on the bible: let it be, because at the end, they will cut those weeds, and throw it into fire.

I’ve always reminded myself that I want my life to be “the platform” or in this case “the field” where God can sow his seeds and the world can see the fruits. Yet, over the past 1-2 years, thoughts like “maybe I’ve reached the top, or the end of my potential” “maybe I won’t be able to experience such growth anymore because I’ve went through one”

Today, I got a proper telling by God that God has “unlimited resources” (Ephesians 3:16-20) and He has infinite potential to make you even better than what you can ever wished for

So, yes, you got more in you!

Based on Hillsong Church online sermon 5th July 2020 by Brian Houston

Creating My Life’s Work with God


At first, I was thinking the title should be creating my work life with God, but then I realized that life itself is a work, and I want to work with God.

I’ve been creating statements around my values and vision and also quantifying it into “Ten Thousands”  to complete these two — I would like to base all of this work/life in God’s name.

For the past year or so, I caught 3 values that I believe is important for me to hold on in order for me to be successful (success is relative but at least, for myself):

Wisdom: I want to be blessed and to have wisdom from God. By this, I mean every decisions that I make or every words that I spoke whether through a speech or a blog post, came from wisdom of God.

Self-control: It is as important to have self control (and fear of God) so that I don’t fall into sins (again). It would be stupid to be successful and then easily fall into the sins I do.

Love: As a human, we need and crave love, but despite receiving so much love — I haven’t been able to give more. I want to give more especially to people close to my heart: my family, and my soon to be wife.

In the years after I got baptized, I found myself kept repeating this wish year over year: “God, please mold/shape/make me into an evergrowing platform in where YOU can stand and when people see me, they can see YOUR power and miracle”

And indeed — I have grown. I have testified how His miracle overturn my life not just between my circles but also I got the chance from Him to share this even as far as Madrid.

Last but also the most important: I want the foundation of my platform to be my faith to Jesus. Without faith, all of this life work wouldn’t be possible. God, bless me with a strong and even stronger faith in You, and so I won’t dwell into darkness or sin. Amen.

Reading the Bible


For the past few months, other than reading the Bible at church on Sunday, I have been reading few verses every night with my girlfriend. Don’t worry the point of this post isn’t to brag but actually I’m quite in an awe.

I have been reading the bible since I was in elementary school, obviously when you’re little — you have to, since it’s a Christian school. I grew up reading it that I remember the famous verses growing up, but has small meaning to my life.

As I seriously put more effort into reading the bible in a more continuous and constant way, I realized that I had found more verses that might not be as famous but much more relatable to what I had faced, what I’m facing, and probably what I’m about to face.

I realized that when my pastor said “the Bible, the words of God, is the key to life” what he meant by that is in the same permanent words of God, lies different meaning as you grew up and go through different phases of your life. When I came to this conclusion, I feel like I had a change of mindset from “why should I read the same verses again and again” to “wow, how i love the bible can be the answer despite no change of words at all”

Thank You God, for helping me and directing me and my girlfriend to continue studying Your words.

First Sermon 2018


Starting the year properly with a kick-off sermon by Pak Handoyo Santoso at Gereja Kemah Tabernakel. Here are the summary:

1) Start your life journey with God guiding you and together with God’s blessing/protection. As being pictured in this verse:

Numbers 10:33-34

33 So they set out from the mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest. 34 The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp.

2) Just like the way Samuel and Saul relationship, we (God’s sons and daughters) have to have strong relationship with God’s disciples/prophets so that we can be guided to be “King” in this world.

1 Samuel 9:26 & 1 Samuel 10:1

They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.

As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”

3) And yet, don’t forget God as God has blessed us.Read Deutronomy 8 as Saul became King and yet he sinned and forgotten Jesus and ended up killing himself, as does Jonah in number 5.

4) This year, do not depend on other people’s help. By this, he meant we still should be kind to each other, but each men has their own trouble and so we should depend on God and God only. Just like the way Samuel told Saul to let his “helpers” go ahead:

1 Samuel 9:27

As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”

5) In Jonah book and or life, God has given us several lessons for us:

a) God is in control of our life and everything. This is true when we see how God can make Jonah survive despite being eaten by a big fish. And then again, when Jonah was provided a vine (Jonah 4:6), and again when the vine withered because of only a worm.

b) If you / your life doesn’t follow God’s plan and order, despite your glory (Jonah made a city of Nineveh follow Jesus from their life full of sin) – you will feel like it’s better to die (Jonah 4:3)

c) If God can love a sinful city like Nineveh (that can’t even differentiate their right hand from their left), won’t God love us even more and bless us more?

d) Jonah has made 120,000 people follow God, the biggest in the bible (even compared to Peter who converts 3,000 people when Holy Spirit was given to him)

e) Do not depend on your own idea/power. Despite Jonah helped 120,000 people, he chose to stay on his own – outside the city of Nineveh, and built his own shelter. This shows his arrogance and belief over his own power. (and yet even God blessed him with the vine)

f) See the big picture/focus on winning the war not the battle/small things. In Jonah 4, Jonah are seen protesting a small matter (withered vine) despite winning over 120,000 lives and preaching words over them.

Last Sunday in 2017


Ending this year properly with Sunday sermon today at Gereja Kemah Tabernakel. Summing up Pak Handoyo Santoso’s sermon and basically this will prep us up for 2018:

1. Be amazing/create amazement in your circle/for your audience – in the name or for the glory of our God, Jesus Christ. As He did:

Mark 1:27

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him

2. The way you start your life or anything in your life, and the way you go through it will decide the outcome/the end of it. Start with Jesus Christ and go through it with Him.

3. If you read the words of God (that is the Bible) there are so many promises, waiting to be fulfilled (or already being fulfilled in your life), but remember that in it also exist the rule/the way of living life according to Him.

4. In this parable of the sower (Matthew 13), Pak Handoyo highlighted this part

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

The question: if it fell to THE GOOD SOIL, why not everyone receive hundred percent of the yield? The answer: because some people only listen/read, yet doesn’t understand. Some people understand, yet doesn’t do. Some people listen, understand, and do His words day in day out and thus receiving 100%

5. And even despite all God’s blessing and us doing right in God’s eyes. Be wary (but not scared) of the evil. As the verse goes:

Luke 4:13

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

God bless you all!

God is here for us, sinners


Continuing from my previous post, I will write in excerpts of today’s Christmas sermon by Pak Pendeta Handoyo Santoso from Gereja Kemah Tabernakel.

Pak Handoyo repeated previous verse again:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

And he strengthen it with Matthew 1:23

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel — which means, God with us.

How beautiful this verse is — God is saying that from now on, from this day, from Christmas, YOU are NOT ALONE. You are with Me, your creator, your Father, your Guide. If you choose to accept Me.

And Pak Handoyo continued to read from Matthew 1, where Jesus’ family tree/genealogy is written. From Abraham, to Jacob, to Judah. This might seem to be a “historical verse” to normal eyes.

But Pak Handoyo told us that on this list, there are sinner, not just one but more than a few. Jacob has sinned for he deceived his father and brother. Judah, also sinned by sleeping with a prostitute which no other than his own daughter-in-law, Tamar, and Perez was their son.

God has came for us, sinners, no matter how deep or how bad our sin is. He has came, and it is a new beginning for us. And we should celebrate this beginning, not just the festivities.

The Meaning of Christmas


For most of my life, Christmas is a period of festivities and as a child back then, it was enjoyable purely since it’s a holiday and I don’t have to do assignments or learn for an exam.

As I grew older and start going to the church, I start asking questions regarding of why are we celebrating God’s birth over and over again.

Over the past few years, I have taken the Christmas day or week leading towards the new year as a way to re-connect (If I feel like I was disconnected) or to rejuvenate/re-fill my faith as I go toward a new year.

Today’s verse is simple yet powerful (Isaiah 6:9):

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The first word might mean nothing; a child is born. But the second one, to us a son IS GIVEN. God was born in flesh, and was given to us all — IF we want to receive Him. IF we want to receive His advices.

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s service as I get deeper in preparation for 2018, another year where God will make miracles in my life. Amen.