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God's Message About Love by Pastor Peter Aguila

God's Message About Love by Pastor Peter Aguila

We all agree with being loved by God; that no one can love us as much as how God love us. But not all of us know how deep and pure is His love.

God promised us in Deuteronomy 31:6 to never leave nor forsake us. His promise signifies His great love for us, His most precious creation. We may say that He love us, but what we do not know, His love is so great that He gave His one and only son just to save us from our sins.

In fact, Jesus Christ does not deserve even a single whip, but because of us sinners, He had to face His death because He knows that it is His purpose. He faced every pain and torture because that just how much He loves us and that’s how we can be saved.

Many times we chose sin over holiness just like we chose Barabbas over Jesus. We are always blinded by ungodliness that is barricading us to see God’s love for us. In modern days, we always seek true love in any thing we want. We thought true love is about relationship with another human or possessing worldly desires. But the only true love that exists is the love of God when offered His only son Jesus to die for us in order to save those who ever will follow Him and gave the eternal life that we once had in the beginning.

Overcoming Temptation by Pastor Ogie Cayabyab

Overcoming Temptation by Pastor Ogie Cayabyab

Humans are surrounded by temptations and deceived by worldly desires. But what does temptation really mean? How can we recognize it so we can avoid it?

Temptation isn’t a sin, it is an invitation to commit a sin. It invites us to disobey Jesus and do wrong instead of doing what is right and good. In Genesis 3:1-6, it tells the story of how Adam and Eve was deceived by the serpent by tempting them to eat the fruit that God forbid them to eat. Adam and Eve was deceived by what they will gain from eating the fruit even if they know that by doing so, they will disobey God’s instruction. Satan used doubt and deception to lure Adam and Eve into committing a sin. Adam and Eve could have avoided Satan’s deception if only they have recognized it and did not fall for their curiosity.

Every time a temptation comes, we are put to a test whether we choose to let ourselves fall for it or will we hold onto our faith and obedience to God. The truth is, we are free to choose to love and obey Him. Even when we are tempted, we are always free to choose Him.

Temptation gets its power the time it succeeded to persuade us that we would be happier if we follow it. Temptation confuses us with wrong happiness so we can’t recognize it. But we must not be confused with the happiness it offers, we should seek first if it is not against God’s word, God’s commandment and God’s will for us.

In Titus 2:11-12, it says “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” We are taught to say “No” to ungodly and worldly passions so we can live upright and according to Jesus’ instructions to us. Our mission is to use our Faith as our weapon against temptation, and let God rule our hearts so we can never be lost and deceived again.

God's Creation is Very Good by Pastor Sam Evangelista

God's Creation is Very Good by Pastor Sam Evangelista

Do you still remember your firsts in life? The time you were born, your first walk, your first time to attend school, first trials, and first success. Do you still remember the first time you accepted Jesus? That moment you first realized  that our Lord Jesus Christ loves you. The truth is every beginning is precious not only for us but also to Jesus. In the book of Genesis, it tells us the story of how God created everything in the beginning. We can take note that God wants to be part of every beginning of all His creation. It is a reminder for us to involve God and make Him our companion in our every step in life.

In the creation story, we must all know that in the beginning when God made everything, He saw that it was all very good. How? Here are 4 reasons how God said that all His creation was very good:

1.     Because God Said – God saw His creation as very well because God said. And by His word, He showed His will, power and authority of His divinity. By just His words He already know that all of us whom He created are beautiful. Through His powerful words we became His perfect creation. His powerful word made everything very good, be it our life, our appearance, even the world we are living in right now. For us believers, no matter how great our difficulties, and trials, we must trust God that through his words, everything will be very good soon.

2.     Because God Formed – From darkness and void, God molded us into beautiful creatures. It is God who created us that’s why all of His creation is very good. We are created after His image, and breathe us life. God allotted effort and His love to form us into beautiful creatures. Just like God, we can create good relationship with our family, friends and any one on earth if we invest our effort in having good relationship with them.

3.     Because God Provide – We are not just formed but God also provided us everything we need. God saw His creation very good because He provided all things needed. In our lives, we cannot force what we want to happen because that will be against God’s will for us. But we can put our hearts at peace and let God fulfill His promise to give what we need most right now. Sometimes we did everything to provide solution to get what we want but what we just need to do sometimes is to pray and believe that He will provide.

4.     Because God Entrusted – God created Heavens and Earth and everything above and beneath, and entrusted Adam & Eve to rule over it. He saw that His creation as very good yet He entrust two of His creation to take over everyone else. This tells us that God trusts us so much with His creations and everything we received was never an accident but was planned by God so we must enrich it. God entrusts and blesses us to be a blessing to others.

One may ask, what is the purpose of the creation story? Here’s some reason why God told us the beginning of everything:

1.     He is God of order, logic, reason and masterful planning

2.     He is not to answer all the questions of man

3.     He is not to make us astronomers and geologists

4.     He is to lead us to worship God himself

But the problem is SIN. It was mentioned in creation story how Adam and Eve disobeyed God and fall for serpent’s deceiving words. Fact is, we are free to do whatever we want but our disobedience will end every wonderful blessing God planned for us. We must remember that all these beautiful things God created and God entrusts us will vanish if we disobey. We must also be aware that our disobedience and sins will hunt us to face all of its consequences.

For the very essence of creation story is for us to be amazed and praise Him for we are just His creation and yet He loves us so much.

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit by Pastor Peter Aguila

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit by Pastor Peter Aguila

In accordance with what the Bible said, we Christians are called not to be drunk with the sinful wine but to be filled with the Holy Ghost.

We are very fond of idolizing and praising actors and politicians. We’re giving them our full support because they give us worldly entertainment, but when it comes with praising Jesus, we are all guilty for not giving our 100%. The world really tests our Christianity with many deceiving things that we sometimes fall into, but same as being filled with the Holy Spirit. Let’s not focus on praising normal people or being drunk with sinful wine and instead let’s give our hundred percent praise and support to our mighty Lord Jesus Christ.

Is it really hard to let ourselves soak in the presence of the Lord? Or are we just blinded by unnecessary things we put first in our lives? And what does being filled with Holy Ghost means?

God gave His only son to save us from our sins to fill us with rightful joy, but people are not contented.

With our sins, we always come short, every time we choose the wine that the world gives, we come short and because of this, some Christians are making a way to say that they still believe in Jesus even if they are already veiled with sinful desires; in other words, “Sunday Christianity”. These people are contented with just attending the Sunday service but they don’t let the Holy Spirit take over them all the time. Sometimes, people already know that they are empty, but they don’t take the extra mile to figure out what they really need to fill their emptiness.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is all about reflecting the image of God and showing that you are spiritually changed. We need the warmth of the Holy Spirit and not the convenience brought by our material joys. A Christians’ life is letting the Holy Spirit be alive in our hearts, minds and soul. Let’s not be contented with Sunday Christianity. Let’s not taste the temptation of the sinful wine but let’s be filled with the Holy Spirit and live the word of God.

New Year, New Life, New Wine by Pastor Peter Aguila

New Year, New Life, New Wine by Pastor Peter Aguila

As we celebrate a new chapter of our lives, we hope for a lot of fortune and opportunities. Life as we know it is full of things that may lead us to wrong choices. These choices include our hope for meaningless fortune we wish and ungodly opportunities we want just to suffice our human desires. We value more our desires more than our mission here on earth.

In this new year that God has given us, He wants us to fulfill it with things that will matter most in heaven, things that will help us be more like Him each day. We can start with changing our mindset from wishing to be luckier to aspiring more to be Christ-like.

We may think that it is unpractical if one say that we must live to be Christ-like. This is because a lot of people were not used to value God’s great offerings instead they want more for their convenience. This is like when we go to a party; we look for wine, alcohol and other things that will entertain us. What we don’t know, there is more to life than these temporary entertainments if we just let Jesus take over.

Remember when Jesus ask the people for a barrel of water and said that he will turn it into wine in John 2:1-11?

The Wedding at Cana

2 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me?My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.[a7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them,“Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And His disciples believed in him.

The people just trust God and obeyed not knowing if it will really happen but then right in front of their eyes God fulfilled His promise and turned the water into wine. Just like these followers we too must be selfless and don’t put our convenience first, instead put God first and let Him take over everything.


We should not be drunk and indulging in worldly pleasures, instead we must soak in the Holy Spirit.

We have another chance to change our life and become deserving people for God’s gift of eternal life. He had given us another year to repent, surrender ourselves, and be ready for His great kingdom where He will provide all things we need.

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON: Revelation Church Christmas Parties

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON: Revelation Church Christmas Parties

IT IS TRULY A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND AN ABUNDANT LIFE!

Christmas is the best time of the year for Revelation City Church, because it's a weeklong celebration of Christ's birth and everything else that makes the season wonderful. There were a lot of singing, dancing and rocking out to Christian tunes. Everything was captured all on camera, but beyond the pictures were amazing experiences. 

There is no other way to celebrate Jesus than to party and worship Him with joy! All praises to Jesus for the indescribable gift of life, choice and salvation! Christmas always brings families together and so we thank Jesus for the gift of family.

December 9, 2017: Samba Zumba Glitz and Glam Christmas Party

A glitz and glam Christmas for Jesus!

We have God to thank for, for using exercise as a form of assembling people to know Jesus more. What started with just 7 members 2 years ago now has 70 plus members. Through our unique approach of sharing God's Word prior Zumba sessions, we have now built friendships, strengthened by love and faithfulness. We are truly blessed!

 

December 13, 2017: Revelation Kids "Si Hesus ang Star ng Pasko" Christmas Party

It was wonderful and successful night of almost 300 kids celebrating Jesus as the Star of Christmas! The camaraderie, praise and worship, the wonderful presentations, the message and gift giving. We are grateful for all those who took time and effort to give the kids a beautiful Christmas. This night was full of joy and love!

 

December 14, 2017: Thursdates Retro Christmas Party

A crazy fun night with the Thursdates group. It's a flashback retro Christmas to celebrate Jesus, who is forever the same yesterday, today and forevermore!

 

December 15, 2017: TGIF Teens #OOTD Christmas Party

TGIF Friday Teens OOTD Party: Our branding is Jesus! God has set destiny in the hearts of the teens. May we raise the next generation of young, faithful world changers of Jesus.

 

December 16-24, 2017: Sambang Gabi

Our weeklong Sambang Gabi services focused on Jesus as the friend of sinners, Emmanuel, the Lamb of God and Prince of Peace. We learned that we should always find peace in circumstances, relationships and in our souls. As Christians, we are also called to seek first His kingdom and righteousness. We also learned that we should never take God for granted and instead, practice in His presence. Our sins are paid in full and we are called to be justified through faith in the cross, sanctified by becoming Christ-like and glorified when Christ returns. We also talked about the gift of life, choice and salvation! 

During the first and last day of Sambang Gabi, the Revelation Teens TGIF praised and worshipped God through a theatrical and musical Christmas Cantata. It reminded everyone of God's provision and Jesus as the King of Kings!

 

December 21, 2017: Volunteers Christmas Party

God empowers those who are with Him. The Christmas party for volunteers was one for the books! A night of performances, games and raffle were done in celebration of God's greatness to His people. 

 

Jesus is definitely the reason for this season and we are forever thankful for His gift of Life, Choice and Salvation!

Embracing Your Season by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Embracing Your Season by Pastor John Mateos Ong

As another season is about to come, we will face another chapter of our lives. Just like fruits, people also have different set of seasons. These seasons represent what we are going through in life. We may see someone as a happy person but deep inside he or she can be having a bad day. It all depends on his or her season in life. In Genesis 1:2, Jesus created light with just His words. One may ask how can God create light in the midst of darkness? Simple, God uses His Glory to see in the middle of darkness. When we are down and in our bad season, God will use His glory to give you light through darkness. We just have to know that with God, our bad situation is just a season that will pass and eventually change into something better.

Each year when New Year comes, we build hope for another year. We leave all our worries in the past year and look forward to blessings for the coming year. We use the bad seasons to look forward for greater things. These bad seasons also made us stronger through time.

In the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1, it tells us that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Here’s the 3 points that tells us about our seasons.

1. We are not our Season – Every one of us is all having a season, but these seasons do not define us. If before you’re always have debt and people see you as a person who never runs out of debt, doesn’t mean you’ll be forever heavily in debt. It is just your season, and that season will pass through God’s glory. In Romans 8:28, it tells us that God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to His purpose. Let this resonate in our soul, that if we love God, all our focus is for Him then He will provide good plans for us.

2. We are Eternal Beings – We are made in God’s image. He created us with eternity in his mind. We are not created just for our life today, but for our eternal life with Him in heaven. But some of us focus more on the short lifetime that God lend us instead to the eternal life that God planned for us. We value riches, business, reputation, power and relationship with others. This is because we are on that current situation. But if we only focus on eternity, we will see that the things we treasure are just for now. We are eternal beings that were made to live an eternal life with Jesus.

3. Embrace Your Season – As we said, we all have different seasons in life. But no matter what our season may be, we should learn to embrace it. We should not despise it because God plans everything and He has a good reason for giving it to us. We should trust God that our pain and bad seasons are also His way of leading us towards the good seasons. We just have to strengthen our faith to Him because it is our gateway to turn the bad seasons around.

As New Year comes, we cannot prevent bad things to happen. There will be a time that we’re in a bad mood, sad, uneasy, happy or excited. We will be in different season that may or may not break us. But with Jesus Christ on our side, problems will be just problems and seasons will be just seasons. As long as we keep Him the organizer of our life, we will never be afraid instead we will be more accepting with whatever life gives us.

DECEMBER 16-24, 2017: SAMBANG GABI SERIES

DECEMBER 16-24, 2017: SAMBANG GABI SERIES

Our weeklong Sambang Gabi services focused on Jesus as the friend of sinners, Emmanuel, the Lamb of God and Prince of Peace. We learned that we should always find peace in circumstances, relationships and in our souls. As Christians, we are also called to seek first His kingdom and righteousness. We also learned that we should never take God for granted and instead, practice in His presence. Our sins are paid in full and we are called to be justified through faith in the cross, sanctified by becoming Christ-like and glorified when Christ returns. We also talked about the gift of life, choice and salvation! 

Sambang Gabi 1: THE PROVIDER

Sambang Gabi 2: THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

Sambang Gabi 3: THE LIVING WORD

Sambang Gabi 4: THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Sambang Gabi 5: THE FRIEND OF SINNERS

Sambang Gabi 6: PRINCE OF PEACE

Sambang Gabi 7: JESUS IS EMMANUEL

Sambang Gabi 8: LAMB OF GOD

Sambang Gabi 9: THE GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS

Sambang Gabi 9: The Gifts of Christmas by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 9: The Gifts of Christmas by Pr. John Ong

For us Christ followers, if we are going to spend the effort and money, it seems that we should do so with purpose and not just follow tradition. And, it’s more fun when we celebrate because of genuine appreciation and gratitude as we remember God’s gifts to us embodied in our Christmas celebrations.

1. The Gift of Life – We should be thankful because God gave us LIFE. We became used to thinking that we life is a simple gift, but in reality, it is the most wonderful gift to be given by our Creator.

Genesis 1:28-30

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

2. The Gift of Choice – This provides meaning to our lives.

John 10:11-16 challenges the part of us that thinks of ourselves as hopelessly trapped, bound by fate, by forces outside our control. Jesus reminds us that we have been given freedom to choose. All circumstances in life, even those that appear to be completely restricted, offer us room for choice. Even when we don't realize that we are choosing, we are choosing.

Genesis 2:16-27

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[a] of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[b] him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed[c] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[d] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[e] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man.”[f]

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

We are free to make choices, but we are not free from its consequences.

Isaiah 59:2

2 but your iniquities have made a separation
    between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
    so that he does not hear.

Genesis 3:17-19, 23

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
    and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”

23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.

Deutoronomy 18:15

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Isaiah 9:6

6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[b]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 1:41

41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).

3. The Gift of Salvation - LIFE—real life that God promises to those who love Him who died to pay the penalty for our sins so we could be completely forgiven of them also rose again from the dead—alive with a new body. God offers this same LIFE to us who believe in Him.

Jesus is the Christ
Messiah (Hebrew)

Anointed One (Greek)

John 1:17 (Grace and Truth)

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Old Testament – Law to Moses. Obey it and Live. Do.

New Testament – Grace through Jesus. Believe and Be Live. Done.

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John 20:31

31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

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Application:

Dwelling on the 3 gifts of Christmas will make your celebration more meaningful and give more purpose to your life. What message do you want to convey to those in your household or to those who come to visit you? Give Jesus a chance: a life you won’t regret. He is what Christ-mas is about.

Sambang Gabi 8: Jesus is the Lamb of God by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 8: Jesus is the Lamb of God by Pr. John Ong

Jews were legalistic before that their sacrificial system was too complex. For them, sins are broken down into 5 types of offerings.

In the Sacrificial System of the Jews, these are the 5 Offerings:

2. Meal Offering

3. Peace Offering

4. Sin Offering

5. Trespass Offering

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In Exodus 29:38-39, Jews believed this:

38 “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. 39 One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight.

Jews were too legalistic that they failed to see that the Messiah already came down on Earth to evangelize. Lambs used to play a major role in the Old Testament sacrificial system as well as in Messianic prophecy. The offering of the lamb symbolically atoned for the sins of the people so that they could commune with God.

John 1:29

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

If Jesus is the Lamb of God:

1. My sins are paid in full – Have no shame because God already died for your sins for your entire life. We should have the mindset that we live in Heaven that’s why we do good works, instead of doing good works to go to Heaven. If we want to do good works, we must do it to glorify God, and not to pay for our sins. 

This is backed up by Romans 6:10…

10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

Commandment #1 Exodus 20:3

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

Commandment #2 Exodus 20:4-5

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Why did Jesus have to go down on Earth and pay for our sins if we can pay for them ourselves? Because Jesus is the perfect sacrifice offered to God.

Galatians 3:10

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

2. I am not licensed to sin – Even if your sins are paid in full, you are not licensed to sin.

Romans 6:10

10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

Hebrews 10:26-27

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

3. We are called to be justified, sanctified and glorified – Living a Christ-like life is very important because through it that we reflect Jesus as the Lamb of God.

Romans 8:28-30

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Past – Justified through faith in the cross

Present – Sanctified by becoming Christ-like

Future – Glorified when Christ returns

1 John 3:2

2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

1 Peter 1:18-19

18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

Application:

Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament sacrificial system. As written by Hebrews 10:1-18, He became the once-for-all offering for our sins. Jesus being the Lamb of God also refers to other prophecies regarding the Messiah. For example, Isaiah 53:7 says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." 

In conclusion, Jesus as the Lamb of God is a sacrifice for our sins in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrificial system. It is by His sacrifice that our communion with God is restored and by the covering of His blood that we are spared spiritual death. 

Our sins are paid full. Our goal must be Christ-like. Someday, we will receive a new body.

Sambang Gabi 7: Jesus is Emmanuel by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 7: Jesus is Emmanuel by Pr. John Ong

In Matthew 1:23, it is written, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.”

Emmanuel means “God is with us.” We believers have an unspeakable blessing – we have God’s presence all the time! And because God is with us…

1. Practice His Presence – Always remember that God sees all what we’re doing. Even if people do not see our actions, God does.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Exodus 13:21

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Exodus 14:19

Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.

Exodus 33:15

And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.”

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2. Be Empowered – Do not be afraid, for God is always present to protect and strengthen you.

Let us look into these passages:

1 John 4:4

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Romans 8:11

 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

3. Don’t take Him for granted – Always remember God, in the good and the bad. Thank Him for the challenges, and thank Him for the good times.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Application:

Be God aware and don’t take God for granted. In the midst of this changing world, remember that God is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is always present, so always practice in His presence.

 

Sambang Gabi 6: Prince of Peace by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 6: Prince of Peace by Pr. John Ong

What a marvelous experience it is to feel the spirit of Christmas stirring in our souls! Memories of Christmas bring recollections of family, of gifts, and of service to others. They are rooted from the genuine reason for Christmas; that supreme and immovable gift from our Heavenly Father.

In Isaiah 9:6 it is written, “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.”

Despite this, imperfect people share the planet Earth with other imperfect people. Ours is a fallen world flawed by extreme debt, wars, natural disasters, disease, and death. Focusing on the Lord and everlasting life can help us through all the challenges of mortality.

Jesus was anointed by His Father to be the Savior of the world. The titles Messiah and Christ were His designated responsibilities as the anointed one. Under the direction of His Father, Jesus was Creator of this and other worlds. Jesus is our Advocate with the Father.

He was sent by His Father to fulfill the Atonement, the central act of all human history. Because of His Atonement, immortality became a reality for all, and eternal life became an opportunity for those who choose to follow Him. These objectives are the work and glory of Almighty God.

As our great Model, Jesus taught us how to live, to love, and to learn. He taught us how to pray, to forgive, and endure to the end.

He taught us how to care about others more than how we care about ourselves. He taught us about mercy and kindness—making real changes in our lives through His power. He taught us how to find peace of heart and mind. One day, we will stand before Him as our just Judge and merciful Master.

These sacred responsibilities of the Lord cause us to adore Him as our personal and perpetual Prince of Peace. We praise Him for our privilege as parents, grandparents, and teachers of children.

Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Philippians 4:7 reminds us that “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Since Jesus is the Prince of Peace we have:

1. Peace in Circumstances – Personal challenges come. A father may lose his job. A young mother may acquire a grave illness. A son or a daughter may have gone astray. Whatever may cause the worry, each of us longs to find inner peace.

We should remember that our real source of true and lasting peace is Jesus Christ—our Prince of Peace. Jesus was the promised Immanuel, the great I Am and Jehovah of Old Testament times.

In John 14:27 Jesus says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

And we are reminded in Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

We are presented with two circumstances:

a)    Circumstances you can control – When these happen, we should do our best in handling these circumstances.

b)   Circumstances you cannot control – Whenever we are faced with problems, which we cannot control, we must pray for the best.

2. Peace in Relationships – He can bring peace to those whose lives have been ravaged by war. Wars of our present era are more urbane but are still as wrenching to families. Those who so suffer can turn to the Lord. His is the consoling message of peace on earth and good will among men.

Let’s read these passages to be reminded of God’s unending offering of Peace in our relationships.

Colossians 3:13-15

…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

2 Corinthians 8:7

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Grace also means…

G-od’s

R-edemption

A-t

C-hrist’s

E-xpense

To let Jesus be the Prince of Peace in your circumstances, rest in the sovereignty of God.  To let Jesus be the Prince of Peace in you relationships, walk in grace and forgiveness.

3. Peace in your soul – Peace can come to those who are not feeling well. Some bodies are wounded. Others ache spiritually because of missing loved ones or other emotional trauma. Brothers and sisters, peace can come to your soul as you build faith in the Prince of Peace.
Let us read these passages:

Romans 8:6-7

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

Ephesians 2:14

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

Sin separates us from our Holy God and Eternal Life because of our Sinful nature. But we should remember that is was God’s Purpose to give up His only begotten son as payment for our sins. Through Him, we were freed from Eternal Death.

Application:

When we have the Prince of Peace, we have peace amidst circumstances, with our relationships and in our soul.

So what should we do?

Trust is His sovereignty.

Be gracious and forgiving to others.

Accept God’s gift of salvation.

Sambang Gabi 5: Jesus the Friend of Sinners by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 5: Jesus the Friend of Sinners by Pr. John Ong

We have sinned not once, nor even twice, but a lot more than we can count. Often time’s we intentionally just let ourselves commit again to bad deeds we have also done in the past. Why? This is because in our minds, we have sinned and we will be sinners forever. We have given up on the idea of us changing for the better… changing for the love of God.

In the story of Mark 2:15-17, Jesus have seen reclining and eating together with tax collectors and sinners. Who would’ve thought of such a scene, right? But Jesus being the Son of God told the scribes of Pharisees, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” As the glorious Son of God, He justified that the sinners are the most in need of Him, and so He came for them.

Each one of us is not exempted from committing sins; in fact we are all sinners since we were born. But the good news from the bible is that Jesus came for sinners, so how can we prepare ourselves in accepting Jesus as our friend?

There are few steps we can consider in accepting Jesus as a friend of sinners. First is to consider being transformed. As sinners it is very hard for us to change and be changed most of all if those who want us to change is those who are closest to us. We may think that, they don’t accept us as who we are but what we don’t see is that they just love us so much that they want to help us overcoming our sins and fill our hearts with love instead. Same with the message in 1 Corinthian 13:1-3, if you don’t have love in you even if you have the most amazing abilities and mighty power, you gain nothing. We can also consider being a person of grace. According to the story in Ephesians 4:32, it tells us the message of how we should be kind to one another, be loving and forgiving just how God forgave us through Jesus Christ. In a similar story in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, it stated how Jesus Christ forgives and accepted him wholeheartedly after all the sins and shame he throw unto Jesus. Lastly is we can sacrifice ourselves as His messenger. As sinners there is nothing better to do to be saved from our sins than to be Jesus’ messenger. Little by little, we are transforming others as we transform ourselves into more like Jesus.

A lot of us may have given up on their selves, and just live with sins. But as Christians, we can do something about it. We may not be sinless but we can sin-less only if we accept that no one but Jesus alone can save us; our Faith to him alone can help us; and we are doing everything for His Glory and through His powerful Word alone.

Sambang Gabi 4: The Good Shepherd by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 4: The Good Shepherd by Pr. John Ong

In the book of Isaiah 40:9-1, he says to the Israelites that someday the savior will come, and he will be like a shepherd that will guide and prosper us. The Israelites believed and waited for the shepherd for about 700 years. They waited for the savior to come for that long without knowing if He will really come.

Let’s ask ourselves, how long are we willing to wait for the coming of the good shepherd?

The Israelites are so eager for the savior that’s why they waited for hundreds of years. It is how we measure our willingness to wait. If we really want something, no matter how long it will come, we will be excited and patient in waiting for it.

In John 10:11-12, Jesus said that He is the good shepherd, and He will sacrifice His life for his sheep. And we are Jesus’ sheep. He’s here to guide and protect us from wolves that will try to harm us.

In a similar story in Psalm 23:1-4, it tells that Jesus is our shepherd, our shield and guidance through dark valleys of death and danger. And because He’s our shepherd, here’s what we can do:

1.     Beware of the hired hand – These are the people whom we cannot trust. They are not reliable for our safety and will just prove that he will abandon us when danger comes. Unlike Jesus, who will protect and patiently guide us back to our way and will make sure to keep us safe.

2.     Don’t be afraid of anything – This is because we have a good shepherd. And a good shepherd never abandons his sheep. Jesus is our good shepherd that will be on our side, mostly when we are in doubt and afraid. He will tell us not to be afraid for He is with us.

3.     Accept His Rod and Staff – Jesus as our good shepherd holds a rod and staff. Sometime people tend to be hard headed just like a sheep. He uses it not to harm us but for a simple tap when we are lost in our way. It is our comfort when we are lost for we know that with His rod and staff He will reach and guide us back to Him.

People are blessed to have such a good shepherd. We may wait a hundred years for him to come like the Israelites but we know that as soon as He came, we will all be safe and sound in His hands. He will never abandon us, he will be there on our side, and He will be the good shepherd that the prophets said He is.

Sambang Gabi 3: The Living Word by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 3: The Living Word by Pr. John Ong

Many of us still doubt the existence of Jesus. Sometimes we question if the apostles really experienced meeting Jesus Christ. Are their stories for real?

In the book of John 1:1, he said that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  It tells us that even from the very beginning the Word existed, and it was with God, and it was God. The word that John was referring to was Jesus. This is because from the very beginning God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit co-exist as one even in three different forms.

So, how can we be sure that the story of John is true? There have been another 11 apostles who sacrificed their lives just to prove their faith and belief of God. These apostles not just died in a natural way but in a very brutal way. They did not bail out and call on Jesus as fake instead they remained their faith until their last breath. This is enough proof to say that the 12 apostles are telling us real experiences in meeting Jesus because no man would sacrifice his life for something petty.

Now that we established that Jesus is the word that became flesh, here are 3 points of what we can do to know more about Him.

1.     Know His Character – Through bible, Jesus wants us to know all about Him. He will not hide anything instead He will show everything to us. If we give our focus on knowing Jesus, we will see that He’s here not to harm us but to give prosper and hope for our future. Jesus is unlike any other mortal that even if we knew for years, they still hide some things from us that usually became the root of our failed relationships, be it with family or friends.

2.     Know His Will – As Jesus is the Alpha and Omega; He must have the final say in our lives. But how can He give us His final say if at first we do not know what are His will. We tend to seek what will happen to us through horoscope, palm reading and other worldly signs. But what we should seek is the will of Jesus for us. In Romans 12:2, He said that we should not be carried away with how the world runs, instead Let the will of Jesus take over and we will do what is good and acceptable for Jesus.

3.     Know His Truth – In Ephesians 4:14, it says that we will never be beaten by the world’s teachings, and we will never be deceived by sinful schemes because we have the bible, we know the living word; and we carry Jesus in our hearts hence we can know truth through Jesus.

We can never remove problems in our lives. But if we know the Living word, we take time to understand Him and his will. Even if we are in deep pit of our dark phase in lives, we are sure that we will be safe and saved because we let Jesus take over and reign over us.

Sambang Gabi 2: The Alpha and Omega by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 2: The Alpha and Omega by Pr. John Ong

In the Greek alphabet, the first and last letter is the Alpha and Omega, which means the beginning and the end. While in the Bible, Lord God said that He is the Alpha and the Omega. What’s in it for us if He said that He is the Alpha and Omega? What is the relevance of it in our lives?

Revelation 1:8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”

Here in our message today, we will further grasp the idea of God being the Alpha and Omega. What does it mean if Jesus said that He is the Alpha and Omega? Why do we need to know that He is the beginning and the end? Let’s find out.

We always thought of who is stronger, Jesus or God the Father? What we don’t know is Jesus is equally powerful with God because He is the Son of God and He is made appointed to be the next in throne. Everything was made and created through Him because He is the Son of God and eventually everything will also end in His command. So if we want to talk to God, we should talk to Jesus, with Him and only through Him.

Hebrews 1:1-3 “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.  And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.  The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”

Now, if Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, then what? How can we use it to change the way we live? Here are some points that can affect our lives if we honor that Jesus is the beginning and the end.

God Knows – He is there from creation and He will be there ‘til the end as stated in the Bible. You can assure that He knew everything about you from the start. God knows what happened, happening and will happen to you. So you cannot say that Jesus doesn’t know your situation because He is concern about you and He knows what you have been through. You can assure that God knows, so keep in mind that God sees what is happening to you so take this chance to let Him witness that what you are doing is all for Him.

He has the final say – Once or twice in our lives, we have things that put to an end just because some or even us ourselves thought that’s the best thing to do. But what we don’t know, Only Jesus can say what should be the ending of our lives. He can do anything through His word just like how He can bail out from dying but then again, He loves us so much that He faced His purpose and chose to die in order to save us. So don’t let anyone tell you to stop or that you cannot succeed in life because God will always have the final say in your life.

Matthew 26:52-53 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.  Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?”

We can trust Him – He is everywhere. How? Because Jesus is beyond time. He isn’t limited by space, nor He is from future because there isn’t such thing as time for Jesus. So if you think of it, when we are in our hopeless times, then there comes Jesus everything becomes fine. He knows everything about us because He is beyond time and space. He’s the only one who has that kind of ability, so if everyone has given up on you, you can trust that God has not given up on you and He is the only one you can fully trust yourself with.

There are two things we should ask ourselves. First is, if Jesus is the Alpha, do we put Him first in our lives? And if He is the Omega, does He have the final say in our lives? Sometimes we tend to take back our promise to put Him first because of some unnecessary things we prioritize first. What we should do is to continuously praise Him and put Him first before everything then surrender everything to Him and let Him have the final say and live our lives not worrying about anything for we are under the guidance of the Alpha and Omega.

Sambang Gabi 1: The Provider by Pr. John Ong

Sambang Gabi 1: The Provider by Pr. John Ong

Every one of us has different sets of needs and wants. The problem is, it's not all the time we can have what we want and need in life. From there, also comes our everyday hustle just to provide for our necessities. And because of that, we tend to focus ourselves with work that we sometimes forget that it’s not us who provide, but God.

It is God who gives every thing we receive, and by everything, it is not limited to our material needs. It is God who provide because He’s the only one who has unlimited supplies, enough to provide for all of us.

As Philippians 4:19 said, God will provide everything for us according to the riches of His glory through Jesus Christ.

Here are 3 points for us to understand how God is our only Provider:

1.     He will give everything you needWhen God said He will provide, it doesn’t mean that He will give even the things we don’t need. Sometimes we pray for unnecessary things and hope for it to be answered right away, little did we know that God teaches us to wait. He knows what to give and when to give it to us. In Genesis 22:7-8, the story includes the story of Abraham and His son regarding their offering. There it shows Abraham’s faith that God will provide for them. We should be like Abraham who put his faith and trust to the Lord and let Him take over our needs.

2.    He will provide through Jesus Christ – God will give all the blessings through His son Jesus Christ. Sometimes we seek God’s blessings through wrong things. If we focus with His son, all our blessings will come. Sometimes, the source is already in front of us, we just choose to be discontented and build blockages. If we give God and His son Jesus Christ our 100% faith, this blockage will vanish and we will be showered with blessings. 

3.    Keep your Faith that God will provide – Let’s not get tired of asking for God’s provision. In a similar story in Luke 18:2, it tells a story of a widow who persistently ask an arrogant and unjust judge to give justice to her adversary and eventually made him notice her request. This is just the same with requests to God. From morning to our sleep we seek for God’s blessings, but the point is, do we pray for it everyday? God will provide us something very important for us if He sees us being persistent on having it through our sincere prayers.

All of us come to a point where we question God’s provision. We are thinking if God will really give us the blessings we deserve and we seek. But if we put our faith and trust to God and if we don’t forget that He is the only provider, we can expect that we will be experiencing a shower of blessings through Jesus Christ.

True Freedom by Pastor John Mateos Ong

True Freedom by Pastor John Mateos Ong

There are two definitions of the word FREE, one means having no price and the other one means freedom. So if we think about it, what does being free really mean? What does true freedom really mean? There are times when some of us feels like we are not truly free, like we are still forbidden to do things we want and some of us feels like we are slaves to our sins. So in book of John 8:31-38, we will learn what is the meaning of true freedom that most of us crave the most.

  • How can someone be truly free? If we really want a true freedom, we should first want to be God’s disciples and we should continuously practice the Lord’s teaching where we can find the truth, then only from there we will be truly free.

In John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

Here it says “hold” which means, continue practicing Jesus’ teachings because you can’t follow one time and be a disciple because the moment you stop holding on to God’s teaching you’re not really a disciple.

But there are some people that doesn't want to know the truth. For example, someone told you that your husband has a mistress but you cannot bear to know the truth so you settle with living with a lie. The truth is, some people chose to be comforted with lies than to be hurt with the honest truth. These kind of people doesn't know that the truth, no matter how painful it is, will always set them free.

  • While in John 8:33-35, “They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.”

A lot of people hold on to the wrong things as their source of security… in this case, the Jews relied on to their lineage. But Jesus pointed out that while they might be physically free, they are slaves of sin. Even to our bad habit, if we feel like we cannot remove it from us then we begin to become slaves to that sin. If we surrender these bad habits and wrong doings to Jesus, we are putting the Lord in the center of us and removing the things that are avoiding us to achieve true freedom.

  • In John 8:36-38, “O if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

True freedom can only be obtained through Jesus. We all know that some people uses anything just to feel like they are free. Some uses financial freedom, some uses their success to show other people that they are now free to do whatever they want. What they don’t know is that we can only achieve true freedom through continuously holding on to the teachings of Jesus.

  • Freedom is a state of mind but it is also a reality. A lot of people are just making up scenarios to make them feel free. There are people that are in jail but they think that they are not, and there are people who are free but they feel like they are really not. In some cases we tend to use other things to make us feel like we have freedom, we tend to change our state of mind and fill it with the freedom that we lack to forget the reality that we are slaves to sins. The fact is, freedom must not be only present in our minds but also in our reality to obtain true freedom.

Here’s our today’s truth based in 1 Corinthian 7:32, “For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.”

So what does this mean? If before we are slaves to our sins, we are freed by Jesus the moment He took all our sins with him and offered to give His life. You are free so live freely. So, whenever you feel like you will commit a sin, you can always say no because you are no longer a slave to sins because you have been freed by the Lord.

We can also say that some of us have already received freedom and still doesn't want to live freely. Like in the story of The Ogre that Never Dies, all of the people in the community tried to kill the ogre but no one succeeded until one boy  we strive hard not to be like someone we hate but we don’t recognize that little by little we become more like them. So what we can do about this?

Here are two steps that can help us obtain freedom through Jesus:

  • Assess yourself- Have you fully accept Jesus Christ being your Lord and Savior?
  • Free yourself from:
    • Over performing- it is okay to stop for a while and rest to let God take over.
    • Opinion of Others- it is okay to ask for suggestions but you must decide for yourself.
    • Insecurity and Lack of Confidence- stop thinking you are not worthy or not enough.
    • Slavery of Sin- start removing the sins you think you cannot remove.

In conclusion, true freedom is having no sins that holds us back, no insecurities, no pretensions and no limits of praising Jesus. True freedom is us being strong to avoid sins and not to be slaves again by it. Lastly, true freedom is when we realize that we are free because we are freed by the Lord.

Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Walk by Faith by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Walk by Faith by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Take a moment to imagine if God was like some of the world’s worst leaders, those who killed someone that doesn’t obey them or their program. Can we just imagine if God was like Hitler who killed almost all of the Jews, or like Mao Tse Tung who does not only manipulated and tricked his people just to reign over them but killed some that opposes his propaganda? Though God has the power to do that over us, He chose not to. God is not the same as the world’s historic leaders because God is a faithful leader. But rather than obey a God that is easy to love we chose to rebel and neglect his faithfulness to us.

As the Bible said in Deuteronomy 7:9, He keeps His covenant of love to thousands of generation for those who love and keep his commandments. So if we strive to keep our faith to Him, if we walk by faith with Him, we will be more like Him each day.

Here are the 3 things that determines faith:

  • Price- There are times that we do certain things for God, and sometimes it requires us to go all out, to the point we sacrifice everything we have in order to pursue our Lord’s will. That is faith.
  • Possibility- This is a type of faith we give to the Lord after we have ensured that we are certain into this particular decision. In here we usually think twice, and we have doubts in putting our faith to God because we are not sure in sacrificing and surrendering ourselves.
  • Profit- This type of faith is like bargaining, where we usually say “Lord, if you fix my family, I will do this” we tend to bargain something we want or need in the moment in exchange for our faith to the Lord.

While there are a lot of things that determines our faith in God, here are some problems with our churches that can also affect our faith to the Lord:

  • Building
  • Facilities
  • Manpower
  • Education & Training
  • Lack of Discipleship Program
  • Money

 

1.    Faith is the currency of Heaven

In the story from 2 Samuel 24:24, David built an altar with his own silver and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings just for the Lord. With his faith with God and his sacrifices, David’s prayer in behalf of the land was answered and the plague stopped. While in a similar story from Matthew 17:20, when the father of the demon-possessed boy ask God why they can’t drive the demon out of the boy, Jesus lectured them about their faith. He said that if they only have faith even in a size of a seed, nothing will be impossible for them. For Jesus, you don’t need to give out material things to receive what you need for he just wants your faith and He is ready to give you everything He promised to give.

 

2.    God’s faithfulness is manifested in different forms and ways

And yes, you just have to believe in Him, for it is proven from the story in Isaiah 55:8-11 that He is greater than all of us here on earth. His ways are greater than our ways, and his thoughts are greater than our thoughts, and even His words are so powerful it can reach anyone and anything that he desire to reach. In a similar story form 1 Kings 19:11-13, the Lord appears to Elijah but not in the flesh but in a gentle voice after strong wind, earthquake and fire. The Lord uses different ways and form to meet our needs. For example, if we pray for patience He doesn’t give us patience instead He gives us the opportunity to be patient, also when we pray for courage He gives us the opportunity to be courageous. So as He is faithful to rule us with his ways, we too must also give our faith to Jesus even in any circumstances.

 

3.    Faith always leads to action

In James 2:18, it said that faith must always be accompanied by deeds, because in the same way, faith without action is just dead. So, if we are saying that we have Faith in God, we must also show this faith through our actions.

 

Now that we know this, what we can do is to continue practicing the words of Jesus and go all out for Him. Surrender everything to Jesus for only Him can do what He thinks is the best to do with our lives. Let’s keep our faith for we have a faithful Lord ready to do everything for us, His loyal worshippers.

All Praises and Glory to God: Revelation City Church 3rd Anniversary

All Praises and Glory to God: Revelation City Church 3rd Anniversary

With all the wonderful things that God has done at Revelation City Church, it’s hard to believe that it’s only been three years. God has given us abundant stories to tell of how He has worked in our midst this past 3 years. #RevelationTurns3 #RevelationChurch3rdAnniversary