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Dare my King by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Dare my King by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Prophet Elijah is one of the many characters in the Bible that has the most amazing story. The most remarkable one is that time when he dared the prophets of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel to show the power of their “god” Baal by burning the sacrifice. The 800+ prophets did everything they could but there was no manifestation of Baal. Elijah on the other hand, poured water on the sacrifice to emphasize the power of the Lord, and immediately it burned. This brought deeper anger to the queen that made her want to kill Elijah. So Elijah runs for his life and prayed unto God, weeping, and asking him to just end his life and take him. God showed favor to Elijah and ordered him to take a rest through an angel. When Elijah woke up there was food beside him.

Through Elijah, we learned that our faith, brings us blessings and in Him, we found favor and rest even through transgressions. Here are 3 major lessons from the story of prophet Elijah:

1. Always remember God’s goodness and faithfulness – people often look at the bigger things, bigger opportunities, bigger blessings that we forget to see the little things that God has been giving us. We are eager to receive that one huge thing we want from God that we neglect all the little good things we are receiving. God’s goodness is relentless, His faithfulness is strong, and we, Christians must see that every day in our lives, God has been providing us blessings, we just forget to acknowledge these little blessings.

2. Problems are not from God – when we face difficulties we immediately turn to God and ask Him why is he giving us problems. What we do not know is these problems are not from God. Sometimes or more often than not, we create our own problems, our own sufferings and once we are on that position Satan will move and bring in more misery. What we can do is to pray and turn to God, and converse with Him the right way. Let Him search your heart and correct it. Rewire your heart, mind, and spirit that you know that once you are in a difficult situation, you turn to God not to ask Him why but to ask Him to help you.

3. In the time of waiting, God is moving – If we remember the story, Elijah and the whole Israel waited for the rain. It is hard to wait and keep the faith. It is hard not to wonder why God is letting you be in “this” situation. It is hard not to ask God of the things we don’t understand. Yes, it is hard because we are just human, but He is God. In the time of our waiting, know that He is moving, He is preparing something, and what He only wants us to do is keep our faith in Him.

The Blessed Life! By Pastor Peter Aguila

The Blessed Life! By Pastor Peter Aguila

With unfortunate events going on around us, what does it mean to have a blessed life?

Let’s see what bible says on Genesis 1:28, 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

It says, God, blessed us, the mankind, His creation, and made us rule over His other creations. Be fruitful and increase in number He said. To have a blessed life is to receive and experience favor from God.

God blessed us so that despite the chaos happening around us we will seek in Him to prosper us, Jesus came not to steal or kill, He came to give us life and have it more in abundance!

If this is what God wants for us then why do we experience today the crisis of life? We can read from the Book of Genesis, from the great creation comes the great temptation. When mankind fell into the sin of disobedience, chaos and poverty of life came on us. God’s original design for us is to have a blessed and eternal life, but because of our sin, we are departed from Him and His blessing.          

Our God is a generous God; He wants to bless us and we can repay Him by sharing these blessings to others and by giving back to enlarge His Kingdom here on earth. Giving back to the Father what He has given us is not a choice to make but a commandment we need to obey.

As Malachi 3:10 says, 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Blessings are given to us so we can give back His goodness. We found favor in God and hopefully as Christians, we repay Him through our obedience.

Come & Receive the 6 Promises in the Book of Isaiah! by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Come & Receive the 6 Promises in the Book of Isaiah! by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The book of Isaiah is a one wonderful and amazingly long book among the books in the Bible. But who is Isaiah? And why did God send him to preach to Israel?

Prophet Isaiah came during Israel’s dark times. Like how they are long before, Israel forgot again to do what is good in the eyes of the Lord. So, God sent Isaiah to preach and warn the Israelites to repent and turn to the Lord before it’s too late. He also preached that there would be a messiah coming soon. But the Israelites ignored him, which is why God gave them in the hands of the Assyrians. When they are now captives of Assyrians, Prophet Isaiah preached again to them and gave them a promise of redemption. This time, the Israelites listened.

The book of Isaiah has 66 chapters, which in the first 39 chapters talks about the judgment and the last 27 chapters talks about the comfort, restoration, and mercy under the Messiah.

Now, with all the preaching we can find in the book of Isaiah, it all boils down to 3 words—COME AND RECEIVE! The Lord says, come now and let us settle the matter. (Isaiah 1) This short but sweet verse says the Lord invites us to come now. It involves Him and us. He will be with us with this matter.

One may ask, what can I gain from coming to Jesus? Why is it so important to reply to His invitation? Here are 6 promises you can receive when you come to Jesus!

1. Forgiveness - the Lord said, though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18) The Lord gave us a promise that when you come to this Messiah, He will give you the forgiveness of your sins. Even if it is as red as the crimson, even though you thought it is unforgivable. Through Jesus, you are forgiven

2. Peace - You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You. (Isaiah 26:3) The promise isn’t God will take away the challenges, trials, disappointments but He promised that He will give peace to those who trust in Him. Peace despite struggles and transgressions.

3. Guidance - The Lord will always guide you. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21) Once you really come to Jesus wherever you may be, he will guide you.

4. Strength - God’s promise is strength where there is a weakness. He will renew your weakness to strength from Him. Physical, mental, moral and especially your spiritual weakness, when you come and trust Him, he will exchange your weariness/weakness to strength. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

5. Protection - The Lord who made us promised that he will save us. Do not be afraid for He will save us. Even though we pass through deepest waters or walk through the raging fire, he will redeem us, whom He created. (Isaiah 43:1-2)

6. Restoration - I want you to know that the Lord wants to restore you! But you have to come to Him. He wants to bring you back to how He created you! Isaiah 55:6-8 says, seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near!” Today is the best time to repent and forsake your unrighteous thoughts. Turn to the Lord and let Him restore you

Called to Release the Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Called to Release the Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

We all know that once we received the Holy Spirit, we become the church—and what God wants you to do is to release it. The presence that dwells inside us must be released in the open.

We can read in Luke 10:3-4 that Jesus sent out His disciples and commanded them not to bring anything nor greet anyone on their way. Why do you think Jesus commanded it to His disciples? Understanding the verse, this may mean Jesus wants His disciples (and us) to know the importance of His presence and that we don’t need anything as long as we have Him with us.

In verses 5-6, Jesus tells us to speak a blessing of peace and if our blessing is not welcome, it goes back to us. The kind of peace that the scripture says is not the worldly peace that is temporary but a peace that is permanent, which can be obtained through Faith in Jesus.

On verse 31 of Luke 12 says that seek His kingdom above all else and all these things will be given to you. Yes, it is important to think about our worldly needs (health, money, relationships) but once God takes it away from us we will know that it is Jesus we only need. For now, our priority is to seek His Kingdom because it is said that in due time all these things will be given to us.

Let’s continue in Luke 16:10, we can tell from here that if God can trust us in worldly riches, He can trust us with His heavenly riches. If He can trust us in carrying His presence, He can trust us with His Kingdom.

 

Luke 22:35-38, “ 35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?”

“No,” they replied.

36 “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one! 37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’[a] Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”

38 “Look, Lord,” they replied, “we have two swords among us.”

“That’s enough,” he said.”

We have learned that the disciples did not lack anything on their journey to spread the gospel and the importance of carrying His presence because with His presence everything follows. While in Verse 38, it clearly states that our weapon is important and enough because Jesus knows that once He leaves and the Holy Spirit is sent, it’s spiritual warfare.

 

For Christians, our Bibles is our weapon and we can read in Ephesians 6:17 that Jesus commands us to arm ourselves with the Word. For a Christian who does not read the Word of God is like a soldier who is naked and has no weapon to use.

Now, how and when do we release the Presence? It is when we proclaim the gospel, pray for provision, deliverance, for healing and driving out of demons. It is when we prophesy and lastly when we freely give. Release the presence every time, every place and in every person, we meet, we give it freely for the Glory of God.

When we do these things we put our faith in Jesus, and with our faith in Him, we can do what he did and even greater things (John 14:12)

As we end our series on “The One Thing” we can now tell (1) the importance of Presence in our relationship with God. (2) How important that we know our role as presence carrier and lastly, (3) we learned how to produce hunger and pursuit for the Presence because we are called to release the Presence for God’s glory.

Our Most Important Role by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Our Most Important Role by Pastor John Mateos Ong

As we celebrate Father’s day, we’ll talk about that one important thing which fathers should know— their role according to God.

Many men today are not taught how to be a good father— or at least just being a father. Some fail on how to be a good one while others, fortunately, had a role model which made them know how to be one.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 tells us a commandment basically pertaining to fathers. A commandment of the Lord that for me every man should know. First, love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength. Second, keep the commandments in your hearts and teach them to your children. Third, talk about them whenever and wherever you are. Wear them like a badge on your hands and foreheads, and write them on your doorframe and gates.

In other words, knowing and teaching Jesus to your household is a father’s most important job.

Reality check, most parents (including mothers) value more other things that they thought is the most important (education, financial support, etc.) though these components are also important, some of the parents tend to forget the most important thing— which is Jesus.

Psalm 127:4 says children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. Our goal as a parent is to release our arrows (children) into society as Christ-centered, Biblically-anchored world changers. We must unleash children who glorify the Lord that they will not be swayed by teachings of the world but will change it through Him.

Now the job of the parents, especially fathers is to prepare their children before they release them into the world. So when the time comes that they need to face society and reality, they will have no fear because they are armed with Jesus’ teachings.

Another reality check is the society we now live in. Full of hatred, vices, wrong behaviors and such. Sadly, we cannot stop these but fortunately, we can expose them to greater things that help them determine what they will become despite the chaotic society.

We can start by teaching them, Jesus. Yes, it is true that we cannot force them to love God but we can always expose them to people and things that may lead them to fall in love with Jesus. Parents’ armor is the Bible, in the church we teach the Bible and in order for these children follow through the teachings, we need to follow through it in the homes. Teach them by letting them see that you also do it.

Let us make it simpler. Since we cannot force them to love God here are 3 things we can expose them to so we can create an environment in our homes that lets your children love the Lord easier.

  1. The Joy of Knowing God - The attitude of a person that doesn’t know God is very different to someone who knows Him. As a parent especially as a father, it is very important that you know and you have the joy of knowing Him. John 17:3 is a lovely verse that tells us, “3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” How can you make them feel the joy of knowing God? (1) The Word, it is good that you set an example of reading and loving the Bible. It is better if everyone in the home reads and understands it. (2) Prayer, prayer is our first line of defense against the enemies. Teach and expose your children how to pray to God, ask for things in humility, and create blessings and credit back to God. Let them know that every good thing comes from the Lord. (3) Presence, help your children get into His presence by creating a place where God can dwell. Cleanse your homes by worshipping and praising Him with the whole household.

  2. Presence and Power in Church - When we receive the Holy Spirit we become the church. What we need to teach our kids is the church is not a part of our lives. It is our life! There are things that aren’t optional, going to church is the best example. Show the Lord your commitment to Him by going to church as a whole family.

  3. The Thrill of being used by God - We must show to our kids that serving Jesus is not a burden. Mark 4:8 says, the seed fell on a good soil produced crop multiplying thirty, sixty and some a hundred. We can tell from this that regardless of how many we produce as a Christian, the important thing is that we let God use us in His work.

More than what we say, our kids look at our actions. And for us, do we really show how much we love the Lord? It is true that some do not have a good father as their example such as the A’s of bad Fathering: Abandoned, Absentee, Away, Abusive, and Angry.

Even if we deny it, fathers have a great impact on their children. We affect a huge percent of how they end up in life.

We may have bad fathers here on earth but don’t forget that we have another father who loves us so much and won’t abandon us. He is just waiting for us to reunite with Him.

If you are or you know someone who needs a love of a father, introduce them to Jesus and change lives. Let them know that there is Jesus who is a perfect father and we are blessed to His children.