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Blessings and Curses by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Blessings and Curses by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The story of Balaam, Balak and the Israelites is an exciting story. It tells how God guided the Israelites in their sojourn in the plains of Moab. The Israelites have defeated two kings already which alarmed King Balak; and so he sent his men to Balaam, the one who give blessings and curses through God, to curse the Israelites. God showed Himself to Balaam through a dream and told him to say and do only what He says him to do. Balaam obeyed but his error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. He tipped the king how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them with sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).

As humans, we still don't know how blessings work and received. We cannot expect to receive a blessing if we are still slaves of sins. In order to be blessed, we must first know how to be in a position of blessing.

  1. Be Righteous – Blessings are important for us but we ignore the importance of being righteous for God. We can ask ourselves, how important is holiness in our lives? Are we ready to give up things that are not pleasing to God? Take a heart check and see if being right in God's eyes is more important than following our own desires. Keep in mind the verse in James 5:16 which says that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

  2. Bless Others – In Proverbs 11:25 it says that the one who blessed others is abundantly blessed. Blessing others doesn't just mean telling them "God Bless", it is the affection and pure thought of really praying for them to be blessed by God. In fact, the most beautiful blessing we can do is wholeheartedly and selflessly blessing our enemies.

  3. Bounce Curses – There will be people who will curse us but we can always cancel curses in Jesus name. As the Genesis 12:3 say, "and whoever curses you I will curse." Let God do the punishment and judgment, don't revenge because God will be the one who will avenge for you. Continue to do good deeds and just bounce back the curses thrown at you.

Know God by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

Know God by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

Moses was called by God to go to the top of Mount Sinai, so he assigned his brother Aaron to lead while he’s gone and he was gone for days. Israelites start to get confused again, they asked Aaron to make them a god that they can worship. Out of pressure and lack of belief in God, Aaron collected all the gold jewelry of Israelites and there form a golden calf which the Israelites worshipped. Moses got angry with the idea of the golden calf; mostly about the fact that Israelites turned to be forgetful and ungrateful about the one true God that brought them out of Egypt. It’s just a proof of how shallow their knowledge and relationship with God is.

We cannot tolerate the attitude of Israelites, as a true Christian, we should build a strong relationship with Him. But how can we know God better? Here are some tips to improve our connection with our Father:

1. Make it personal – there’s a huge difference between knowing God and just attending church. You got to make a relationship, the intimacy of your personal relationship with God is way a lot better than just hearing preachers and making it to Sunday services. He wants to know you, not just what you want to pray for, He’s more interested with his child more than anything else.

2. Trust Him – We are guilty of being impatient with God’s promises. Sometimes, we question if He would really fulfill those and there are also times that we make compromises and do it ourselves. God is never late nor early, He is always at the right time that is why it is important for us to trust Him and Him alone.

3. Talk to Him – Moses talked to God like how two friends talk to each other. God wants a tireless and intimate conversation that builds a strong foundation of faith in one’s heart. He wants you to know him more by talking to Him in prayer. He is alive and he can hear your words if you just choose to make a pure conversation with Him. Tell Him how you feel, how grateful you are that you are still alive, how excited you are for His return. Drop those meaningless prayers comprise of a long wish list, he wants to hear what your heart says.

Let’s not be afraid to turn to Him— always. Forget the unnecessary fear that He will punish us, because he tends to do it until we clearly see that He is the only one we need to seek. We must create a relationship with him because if not, we will just worship deceitful false gods.

Be Positive! By Pastor John Mateos Ong

Be Positive! By Pastor John Mateos Ong

No matter where we are in our journey there will always be circumstances where we forgot that God is watching over us and will definitely guide us to the right path; but this must not be our mindset, we must claim God’s promise to us and be positive about it.

The Israelites did reach the Promised Land but before then, Moses was given an instruction to choose a leader from the 12 leaders of the 12 tribes to be in command of their journey towards Canaan. On their journey, the ones who observed the Canaan said that the people who live there are so much stronger and bigger than them which made the Israelites think of unnecessary thoughts. They began to doubt and hesitated to go. Two of the leaders, Caleb and Joshua, on the other hand, remained positive and encouraged the Israelites.

Do you have encouragers in your life? Someone who says “yes there are oppositions but it’s worth it!” These people who push us to do something that we are afraid to do because we let our fears eat us are the ones who we need in life. Unfortunately, there will still be people who discourage. These people who think negatively 24/7 are the very people we need to avoid. Among the 12 leaders, only two of them saw the opportunity and the rest just saw the threat. Sometimes in life, we saw ourselves smaller than we actually are. We are afraid of things that aren’t even real. This is where we need the encouragers, like Joshua, who told the Israelites not to be afraid because God is bigger than the mountains and He is with them.

We see here that being positive adds value not only to you but with the people around you. Yes, there are negative thinkers but the good news is we can train ourselves how to think positively and here are some tips on how to think positive!

1. Keep eyes on God – Peter walked on water, yes, but he sank when his focus on God redirected to the fact that he is walking on water. People sometimes have the wrong focus on life, which is why they keep on sinking withal their negativities.

2. Journal God’s Goodness – some of us hates to write, but what we don’t know we are forgetful people that need to be reminded once in a while. One way of glorifying God is to write every grace and goodness of Him to always remind us that He fulfills every little thing He promised us.

3. Set Life Goals – achievement is something you worked hard for. Dream big with God and make that happen! Strive for it until you get it. And most of all, don’t stop chasing it just because of some problems that go in our way for we must always remember that fulfilling God’s plan for us is what glorifies Him the most.

Moses: Where Grace Abounds by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Moses: Where Grace Abounds by Pastor John Mateos Ong

For most people, rules are just a set of things that forbid us to do some things we might want to do. For some, these are just restrictions. And the more rules the more they want to disobey. Why? Humans tend to see disobedience to rules/law makes us look and feel cooler than anyone. We feel like we are above everyone else because we are above the law that everyone is obeying.

In the journey of the Israelites to the Promised Land, God gave them commandments through Moses; 10 commandments that will guide the Israelites to be better followers of God. In Christian life, we are expected to obey God’s commandments. But we turned to be sinners for we sure have violated the law once, twice or too many times in our life. A lot of people have committed blasphemy, adultery, robbery, and murder. Too many have coveted, lied, dishonored their parents, forgot to attend to church, and have worshipped false idols. We must know that in the eyes of God, there is no ranking of who committed worst than whom, sin is a sin no matter how big or small it is in our perspective. One commandment disobeyed is equal to disobeying all commandments. If this what it takes, then who do we think can go to heaven? Let’s reflect on this thought because as Christians, we must act accordingly to God’s design.

Truth is, there is no sin too small not to hurt God, and too big for him not to forgive. God may give chances. We have sinned, yet God’s grace abounds. He seeks those who are scared, lost and holds grief to other people. He wants to reach the broken to use them for His glory. God gives another chance to the sinners; he wants to transform them as sinners to God’s people again. For in our sins, God’s grace abounds. We may think, 10 commandments is too difficult to obey, but there is two most important rule in the law as said in Matthew 22:36-40—“Love God, Love Others”.  Remember, if we love God, we will learn to love our neighbor for we do not want to hurt God through our disobedience. As Christians and out of love for the Lord, we must be stewards of righteousness and obedience to lead those who were misled by sin. We will do this to give Him back all the Glory and to give thanks for His grace despite everyone’s sins.

The Journey of Faith in the Wilderness by Pastor Peter Aguila

The Journey of Faith in the Wilderness by Pastor Peter Aguila

There’s a big difference between BELIEVING and FAITH—believing is just mere accepting something as true while faith is having complete trust and confidence on something. Something you cannot see, you cannot touch but you hold on to, that is Faith. And in the journey of our faith we will experience ups, downs and sometimes we will be shaken. But that is just the enemy trying to mislead us from the right path to God.

There were many types of confusion and deception that the enemy was using to get us out of the light; to take our faith away. The society itself was one of the tools that had a huge impact on trembling us. The evil whispers in our ears that we are what the surrounding’s telling us—we are who the earth labeled us. But that are all lies to make us fall to the ground gasping for our very little faith to God to save us.

Here’s the good news: prayer is power. We can use our authority in the name of Jesus to compel the evil surrounding our journey towards His kingdom. We can save ourselves through Him inside our hearts, minds and souls. We must remember, all these efforts of the enemy will be powerless when we take a stand over it.

Remember: If God is with you, you are at peace; even when the tides are rough, and everything seems to be just a huge mess around you as long as you remain in His presence you are as calm as a summer breeze, joyful and warm.

Moses: The Land in Between by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Moses: The Land in Between by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Last time we learned that Egypt represents our “comfort zone”, but the land in between Egypt and the Promised Land is the land of DISCOMFORT. It is where we experience problems, unforeseen circumstances, and sufferings. And while we’re in the phase of discomfort we might think that we are not getting anywhere, we might not be where we want to be, but the good thing is we’re not where we used to be.

The land in between is a fertile ground for 6 things:

1.    Complaints – God provided food for Israelites all throughout their journey but instead of giving thanks to the Lord they give complaints. The land in between is a fertile ground for complaints and rants, and once we’re in the land in between our hearts are in danger. In danger with complaints not only with our physical needs but rants to our Lord.
2.    Depression – Moses grew tired of all the complaints, rants and cries of the Israelites, so he pleaded unto God; he cried upon Him, asking why is God doing that to him. Moses did become depressed and asked God to just kill him. In the land in between we are prone to voices telling us we did everything yet this is what I get in return. In this land, we lose faith when we let our focus for God redirect to our depression that only eats us.
3.    God’s Provision – aside from our complaints and depression, in the land of discomfort grows God’s provision. We must know that God provides in times of need. Despite of our unending protest, God assures us that He will provide things we need as he teach us to be contented as well.
4.    Doubt – when we are in the state of discomfort, even though we know that God will provide, we still tend to doubt His power; but we must always remember that nothing is impossible with God. Let us throw our doubts away and receive God’s assurance.
5.    Discipline – Israelites became querulous, which made their journey to the Promised Land longer. God disciplined them through their journey, and in His discipline there’s redemption. We should know that whenever God disciplines us it is not to bring us down but to build us up to be better followers of Him.
6.    Change – For the longest time, Israelites had been watched over by God. They experienced depression, doubt, they have been disciplined and received God’s provision. And after all those situations, they have been changed. God want them to be changed from Egypt’s slaves to God’s People until they reach the Promised Land.

God’s goal is to not let us be separated from Him. He ensures that us Christians are transformed to Him, changed into better followers of Christ and be always reminded that we are not slaves anymore of any sin but we are now God’s People hat trusts Him most in difficult situations.

Moses: Leave Your Egypt by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Moses: Leave Your Egypt by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Similar to the Israelites, God is telling us today to LEAVE YOUR EGYPT! What does Egypt represent? It is our comfort zone—our tradition, something or someone that we had been used to; it is either an old friend, an old relationship, even our old life. One thing that makes it our Egypt is that it is not where God wants us to be anymore. God has a promise waiting for us to be fulfilled and He wants us to leave those traditions for the real thing; because as long as we don’t leave the things that slow us into getting closer to God’s promise, we will not be blessed.

Here are three things God wants us to do:

1.    Obey – Some of us are in the eternal state of waiting. Waiting to be ready, waiting to be qualified, and all that excuses for us to convince ourselves that we need more time to think and decide. But like Moses who thought that he wasn’t ready for God’s command, we should OBEY. Even when we think that we’re not ready, even when everyone’s telling us that we’re not qualified soldiers of God. Because delayed obedience is disobedience. We must remember that being ordinary people, we are in the best position to be used by God.


2.    Let it Go – We tend to cling on to things that are just slowing us down. The excess baggage is just a mere effort of the enemy to drag us away from the Lord.  But God is telling us to LET IT ALL Go and know that as we let go, we must let go completely because the devil has the capability to compromise.


3.    Believe – God is the God of the impossible so we must BELIEVE. Believe that there is actually a promise waiting for us. That God is going to save us from our “comfort zones” that forbids us from getting His great blessings.

When you take the step towards obedience, let go of whatever it is that’s holding you back and just believe that you are setting yourself up in claiming the promise.

Moses: The Holy Discontent by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Moses: The Holy Discontent by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Moses is one of the most powerful and popular patriarchs or leaders mentioned in the bible. Probably what makes Moses such a great leader is his clear vision. God gave him a vision and he went after it. He used his vision to be able to do what is God’s will for him, and because of that, he became one of the great leaders in the bible. Having a clear vision is crucial for leadership. No one would follow a leader that doesn’t know or even see a goal, right? But if the vision is the most powerful weapon of a leader, how do we obtain it? Is it automatic like it just pops in our minds one morning? Similar to Moses, we obtain a clear vision out of something we cannot tolerate anymore. Moses grew tired of seeing the Israelites suffer in the hands of the Egyptians. That is his clear vision, his goal, to free his people from Egyptians. God saw everything and felt the same as Moses, and from there, their hearts and spirits aligned to achieve one similar goal. God uses Moses’ discontent to get His people out of Egypt.

We all have something that makes us say, “This has to stop!” But what are those things that pushed us to our limits? That is our Holy Discontent. Our holy discontent makes us move and do an action to stop what we cannot bear. And whatever our discontent may be, we must not just ignore it, because it may one day give us the vision. So how can we do this?

1.    Not every burden is a Holy Discontent – we are looking at something that binds us; something that crushes us to the point we cannot stand it anymore. And God is telling you that you are made to overcome that problem. But we must remember that we should confirm this burden if it’s really our discontent so we can make an appropriate action to it.
2.    Find it; don’t lose hope! – If you still don’t know what your discontent is, don’t lose hope! Expose yourself and heart to every circumstance. Get out of your house, socialize and listen to stories. You may find your discontent to someone that you thought is okay but deep inside is not. His/her life problem may be your discontent.
3.    If you found it, fan it! – When you already know your discontent and the vision is clear to you, fan the flames! Give your all to it, and be on fire. Because this gives birth to Godly visions and we are catapulted to leadership. And we all want to be led by a leader that knows first thing in the morning what is his vision and goal for everyone.

When we work through our discontent, we may get discouraged. There will be times that we will be disheartened by trials that forbid us from achieving our vision. We may give up and surrender but no matter what happens we must now that nothing is impossible with God. So DO NOT LET YOUR HOPE DIE. Failures are part of the process, so do not let the discontent that was given to you die because God entrusted you that. Look upon God; focus on Him because the very moment we are losing hope means we start focusing on people.

The Life of Joseph Part 2 by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Life of Joseph Part 2 by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Joseph has been very obedient and dependent on God. When he was sold, had been wrongly accused, and even put in jail, Joseph remained his faith and so everyone who knows and sees him says that God is with Him.

He devoted all his life to God; which is why He never left his side. God knew that Joseph wasn’t after all the life’s riches and bounty. Joseph seeks only God’s guidance and glory.

We may think, how can we be as faithful as Joseph? Are there any steps on how he remained with God? We can do a heart check, what do Joseph keep in his heart all throughout his journey to remind himself that whatever he does, he will do it for God.

Here are 4 things Joseph kept in his heart that may help us get through our day-to-day living now:

1.    The world is not our world – We cannot deny that we are obsessed with deceitful things the world has to offer. We are easily attached to things we thought we needed in life because the world has many ways to entice us in wanting it. But, what we badly need to know is first; we cannot love everything in this world. Second, we must not be immersed deeply with the life’s misleading promises. Third, let’s all not forget that there’s still second life in heaven with God where, fourth, we will be experiencing the true blessings and riches we can never find here on Earth.


2.    Importance of Godliness – As we continue to live here on earth we are exposed to different ungodly things, circumstances, and even people. We are all guilty of committing sins, may it be small or big; and as we are all stained with our own sins, we must help each other to turn into better followers of God as early as today. For there is no sin too small not to hurt God and too big for Him not to forgive.


3.    Total submission to God’s will – We don’t need to be prophets nor we acquire special gifts for us to know what is God’s will. But the question is if we seek God’s will for us and He showed it, but it turns out to be something we don’t want, will we still be obeying and submitting to it? Are we ready to entrust everything to Him? Are we in total submission to be used for God’s will?


4.    A Sovereign Loving God – We knew that no doubt, God could do impossible things. But we are also wrestling with our thought if will God do it to your life? What Joseph kept in his heart is that God is a sovereign loving God. He is in control of everything. We must know like Joseph that God will be in control of our lives and the lives of the people around us as long as we kept this in our hearts.

My Behavior, My Testimony by Pastor Sam Evangelista

My Behavior, My Testimony by Pastor Sam Evangelista

How can we glorify God? What’s the best way to show that we are His children and we are reflections of Him? We are very conscious about our physical image but that’s not how people see us. Everyone observes— they tend to watch your behavior and judge if you, who claims to be a child of God, holds wrongdoings that contradicts the teachings of the Lord. In times of trouble and problems, God wants us to stay upright because it is what people observe, and in our excellent behavior, we glorify Him.

1 Peter 2:12-17 “12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”

Here are four points why and how can we keep our behavior excellent.

1. Submission to every human institution – Nowadays, we find it hard to submit to authorities; and we have our own reasons why we tend not to—it’s either they are cruel to us or unworthy of the position. But that is not what God wants us to do. As followers of God, we must submit to those whom God ordained. We must submit not because it is convenient or it is what others do but because it is the right thing to do. We will submit to the authorities and we will do it for the Lord.

Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

2. Honoring All People – As mortals, we have adapted many mindsets as we grow up. Good behavior, bad behavior, even bad assumptions and judgments to other people. But God wants us to realize that we cannot assume one’s capability to serve the Lord. We might be surprised that the poorest community will be the first to lend a hand to help the Lord’s people who are in need. We are setting our own expectations and creating scenes that are merely true. But these people who we judge are the first ones who gave themselves to the Lord, in order to follow the will of the Lord to selflessly serve others.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 “And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy, and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

3. Loving the Brotherhood – One way of glorifying God is to love our brotherhood. In James 2, it tells us that with our faith we must show our action, hence, faith alone is dead. We can pray for our brothers to overcome their problems, but our action and behavior will truly show that we care for our spiritual brothers in Christ. We must not get tired of helping and proving that God is moving through you, for in time, the one who lends will be abundant with blessings too.

James 2:15-18 “15 suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

4. Fear of God – Nowadays, the name of the Lord has been used in many inglorious phrases and things; and as children of God, we must not be guilty of this evildoings. Other must see that we are the ones who uplift the name of Jesus in the highest and not the ones who forsake it just for fun. We will do this because we fear the lord, the most powerful and highest. We will do this for His glory and not for our own nobility.

Exodus 20:7 7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

 

No one’s obliging you to behave excellently for Jesus, but as Christians, it is one of the most glorifying things we can do for Him. For all His sacrifices and endless love for us, this is one great way to show everyone that life is better with God. And in time, we will see the fruit of our behavior, by the grace of God and through us, His children, more and more people will turn away from their sins. Through our excellent behavior fueled by our love for the Lord, we can encourage more people to praise Him, and believe in Him. As Christians, we will do this for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Life of Joseph by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Life of Joseph by Pastor John Mateos Ong

As we go through the book of Genesis, we can list down a lot of remarkable followers of God and one of them is Joseph. Who is Joseph? He is one of the twelve sons of Jacob and his favorite one. There are distinct and noticeable characteristics that only Joseph has, including his constant dreaming. Aside from being their father’s favorite, Joseph’s dreams also became one of the reasons why his siblings grew hatred for him. His siblings plot a plan of killing him but one of them said why not just put him in the well, then another suggested to sell him instead. So Joseph’s siblings decided to sell him, which brings him into different unfortunate circumstances. But despite all the danger and struggles that are thrown at him, he stayed faithful and remained his trust to God. Aside from it, he always does his best in everything, which is why everyone sees that God is always with him.

When Joseph faced trials and even temptation, he chose to focus on God. Why? Because he knows that God is in charge of everything, and will always provide options and solutions for escaping the trials. He knows that God is God of all, and He will never leave His true followers. Here are 3 points we can relate with the life of Joseph.

1.    You always have a choice – When we face problems, God will give you strength and if you really don’t have the strength, he will give you a way of escape to save you—a way that will lead you to better situations.
2.    God is a God of All – He is not just a God of beautiful sunrises but in times, He is also a God of rough tides. We should not expect that God will just give us good times but He will bring bad times to show us that we need to trust in Him because He is in charge of any circumstances. These bad times are just His trials to strengthen our faith, our trust, and also to mold us to be better Christians.
3.    Focus on God – During bad times and struggles, when you reach the point of giving up and you’re losing all your hope and trust to God when our downfall and those people who are putting us there is all we see, those are the times that God wants you to focus on Him. We must know that the moment we focus on people we will be disappointed, so we need to just focus on God.

The promise is not prosperity, the promise is “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. We must remember that when the tides are rough and we seem to cannot escape the trials, we should put all our trust in God because everything that is happening to us is well planned by Him.

Confirming One’s Calling and Election by Prophetic Bishop Chito Sanchez

Confirming One’s Calling and Election by Prophetic Bishop Chito Sanchez

We may not know it but God will use each one of us in every way. Right now, we may not be sure of what is His plan for us, or even where He may lead us in this life we are living today. We will be put on an adventure that we need to face and surpass; but we should know that no matter how hard that trials are, it is given to us because He knows that in that way, we will find our true calling which we can use to give Him back all the glory.

In 2 Peter 1:3-4, 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

It says that with God’s divine power he provides, and in His provision and great promises we must participate in the divine nature, making great efforts in doing our part in changing the sinful world into better. God wants us to confirm our calling and act on it. He wants us to use our unique callings to bring us together in faith and in love. Through His divine power He redeemed us in our worldly desires and sins so that we can see and accept our true calling and purpose in the world.

We must remember that without Jesus we are nothing, which is why it is important for us not just to know Him and His plans for us but to confirm what He wants us to do in this life we are living. So we can act accordingly in His glory, plans, and original design for us. Like in 2 Peter that told us, For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

How to Receive Fully the Blessings of God by Bro. Ron Jaworski

How to Receive Fully the Blessings of God by Bro. Ron Jaworski

Sometimes, it is us who are blocking God's blessings. Our lack of faith and trust on the Lord is one of the main barriers that hides in the name of "fear". This contributes a lot to our character on how we deal with the daily circumstances. Every day God can bless us in every way He wants us to be bless. It may be in the areas of finances, relationship, work, talents, and many different areas - perhaps on something that you are struggling with and really need God’s blessings of restoration. Therefore, what do we do to open the door of God’s blessings? First, let us take out fear from our hearts and replace it with faith.

How do we Overcome Fear?

The following points will help us take the fear out of our heart:

1.) KNOW GOD.  KNOW HIS WORD.SPEAK HIS PROMISES. The Bible/Scriptures is where we can find the knowledge about God, His Word, and His promises. God wants us to know Him. He wants us to draw closer to Him that He can bless us. God wants us to study His Word that it will be our weapon and channel of blessings in our daily lives. The Lord wants us to always remember His promises and know that it is for us.

2.) IMMERSE YOURSELF IN GOD’S PRESENCE. We must know that God is always with us. God wants to be with us. We should acknowledge His presence all the time for He never leaves us nor forsake us. Whatever the plight of life one may take God is there to accompany and encourage us. He is there to help us carry our cross.

3.) BE FILLED WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT. God sent His son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. When it was already time for Jesus to return to heaven He had given us the Holy Spirit that we may receive power and guidance. The Holy Spirit is the help that the Lord has given us so that we may have the courage and not fear. Hence, we should ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to be upon us always.

4.) KNOW THAT GOD IS GOOD AND HE LOVES YOU. God has given us amazing gift such as power, love, and self-control. God gives us His promises and assurance. He wants us to know that He is good to all His children and that He loves them. God provides for us and He never fails us. He never fails to fulfill His promises. Many pieces of evidence have been laid down in the Scriptures fulfilling God’s promises. Remember what God has done to Jacob, to his father Isaac, and to Abraham. He may delay it for a good purpose but He never fails to complete it.

It is not enough that we know God is good and that He loves us. God also wants us to love others and forgive them if they have wronged us. For being unforgiving will only take us away from His presence and His great plans for us.

Are you ready to receive the full blessings of God?

Job's Trials by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Job's Trials by Pastor John Mateos Ong

WHY DID GOD ALLOW TRIALS?

This is the biggest question of mankind way back to Job’s time. But first of all, who is Job? Job is a man of God, a true servant, and follower. We can say he is righteous for making God be the center of his life despite being abundant in riches and love of family.

One day, Satan being persuasive in making the man doubt their faith, asked God to give Job a trial that will shake him. God told Satan one thing, “Do what you want to do but never hurt him.” Then Satan left and proceed to give Job his trial. Not once or twice but three times, Satan throws trials to Job. Job was left with nothing but after all these unfortunate events, Job never blamed God instead he stayed firm and strengthens more his faith in the Lord. He remained upright and never allowed ungodly thoughts to corrupt his mind.

Now here are some reasons why God allow trials in our lives.

1.)    God Dependent – There are times that we become so full of ourselves. We become so arrogant and self-dependent. But once trials hit us, that’s when we’ll know that we are weak if we’re alone. God gives us struggles and problems so we will be reminded that we should be God-dependent and that we’re the strongest when with the presence Holy Spirit.

2.)    Mold Character – God’s way of teaching us how to love, how to be patient and kind, even how to be strong and courageous is to bring us to test. God allows trials to mold our characters, to shape us into better human beings.

3.)    Refines Us – It’s easy to say that we believe in Jesus, especially when times are good. But we must not be comfortable that there will be no bad season for us. Trials refine us from people who set God aside just because the tides aren’t rough. We must be distinct from people who aren’t tested and strengthened by God. We are chosen people of the Lord; the trials are just proof that God is moving to make us the better version of ourselves spiritually.

We may see trials as just punishments and burden but if we look at the different angle, it is just God wanting us to be upright and steadfast. You can now say that you can surpass any problem that life may throw at you because you have been enlightened and you have God beside you. 

Beware: The Bowl by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Beware: The Bowl by Pastor John Mateos Ong

We cannot deny that we are tempted by some worldly things and sometimes forget or even bargained our chance to have an intimate moment with God. In the story of Isaac and Rebekah’s sons, Jacob and Esau, we are told that ever since the two are still in Rebekah’s womb, they are at it at each other. So time passes by and the two brothers grew up, Esau being a skilled hunter and Isaac’s favorite while Jacob is a plain man, dwelling in tents and Rebekah’s favorite. One day Esau went home from a failed hunting, hungry and very tired then there he finds Jacob cooking in the kitchen. He immediately asks his brother to give him some of the stew that he was cooking. Jacob then asks for a deal, he said, “First, sell me your birthright.” And Esau replied, “Look I am about to die, what good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob insists to Esau to swear an oath to him. After the oath, Esau ate, drank and then leaves. That’s how much Esau despised his birthright. He didn’t know how he would be blessed and close to God because of his birthright. Esau chose to suffice his hunger over his blessing from God.

Similar to Jacob and Esau’s story, as we grow up we became more exposed to ungodly doings. As we’re living in this world, selfish desires and temporary gifts become more blinding for us to see the true blessing that God has to offer. Here are some points that may help us be aware of the things we thought are important.

1. Growth is not equal to Maturity – Gifts grow, bodies age, but it is most important that we mature as well. Mature in a way that we know what are the most important things we need in life so we may react right to problems that will come, to people who forces us to do unnecessary things and to
2. Do Not Starve Yourself – this means to feed yourself the Word of the Lord for His words suffice our spiritual hunger and leads us away from desperation. And in times of desperation, we attract those people who deceive us for their own advantage and as a result, we make bad choices—allowing ourselves to be godless and lack with the Word of God.
3. Know What You Got – As we can notice from Esau, he’s very much blessed by God. He’s given an amazing birthright, and blessings. But, Esau was blinded from his worldly desires. He thought his hunger is better than his birthright, what he doesn’t know is that he will be more blessed if he just valued his right.
4. Leave the bowl – Don’t be tempted to give up what you want the most for what you want now. As much as how we’re so easy to be deceived by our wants for the moment we must learn how to be strong for what we really want the most. We must be wary that we are just being tempted and blinded by the bowl that represents of what the world is offering to us over God’s greatest gift for us. 
 

Now ask yourself, "what am I choosing over my privilege to have an intimate moment with God?", or "what am I choosing over my blessing from the Lord?". Reflect on these and you will know if you have grown to be true to God's provisions and plans for us or you grew impatient like Esau and get blinded by the lope sided deal you are getting.

The Prayers that God Hears and Heed by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Prayers that God Hears and Heed by Pastor John Mateos Ong

In the story of Abraham, God made a covenant with Him. God promised Abraham that He will be a father of all nations and that he will be blessed as well as he will be a blessing to others. After 30 years, God fulfilled His promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a Son named, Isaac. God was blessing Abraham and his family all their lives, but Abraham has one concern, Isaac that is 40 years old then still have no wife, and no children to continue the line. And so Abraham asked his servant to find a woman back in their hometown to be Isaac’s wife. He told the servant to never choose a Canaanite woman for Noah curses Canaanites and Isaac is a blessed child. The servant travels back to Abraham’s country and there he seeks for a woman that will be his master's wife. The servant prayed with all his heart by the time he gets to rest beside a well in the town, he said to the Lord, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this, I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” And before he had finished his prayer, Rebekah, the granddaughter of Abraham’s sibling came out to draw water. So the servant asked if he could drink from her jar, Rebekah said yes and went back to get more for the servant’s camel. The servant watched Rebekah closely so he can learn if God has answered his prayer and made his journey successful. When he knew that Rebekah was God-sent for his master, he bowed again to give thanks to the Lord saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

The story of servant finding a wife for his master, Isaac is more of a story of a servant who has his loyalty, trust, and faith in the Lord’s provision. Here are some points that we can consider in time we praying for something:

1. Get Inspiration – whenever we want something, we must have an inspiration for gaining it. Most of the prayers are not yet answered because they are not inspired. It can be inspired by an advice or orders, or something that will benefit not only yourself but other people as well; we should also take note that it should never be from our selfish desires. It’s God’s will that will give you the faith that what you’re praying for will come true.

“He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 i want you to swear by the lord, the god of heaven and the god of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my  country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

2. Pray Intensely – Pray for everything, every time and with all your heart.

Praying intensely shows God how much you want something. But what does praying intensely mean? Praying intensely means praying with everything about anything every time continuously in faith.

o    Pray intensely with everything – we are all guilty of praying with a shallow intent of reaching God. We are more concerned about our seatmate that we sometimes do a quick hurried prayer. This kind of talking to God is not what He wants. He wants us to pray and reach to Him by praying intensely with everything. Giving our all attention, surrendering everything around us and focusing only to Him.

o    Pray intensely about anything – some of us pray because they are down and hopeless but praying should not be our last resort in everything. God wants us to pray for everything about us, may it be for our needs in life, for a peaceful heart or anything that concerns us and to those around us. God wants us to realize that praying should not only be done when everything seems to be crashing but praying should be our first option before anything.

o    Pray intensely every time – There’s nothing more calming than praying and knowing that you are really talking your heart out to God. It is what we need in a world full of desperation and agony. God wants us to pray intensely every time so that we would know He is there and ready to listen. We just need to keep on praying with all our heart.

o    Pray intensely continuously – God loves those who always call out to Him, those who are persistent on talking with Him. He’s not like us, humans, who ditch people once they get annoyed. He wants us to be persistent on praying until He sees that we are worthy to be answered.

o    Pray intensely in faith – God always answers our prayers, it’s either yes, no or wait. So for us who are reaching God’s answer, we must keep our faith in receiving it. We cannot pray to God for something to happen but our hearts say otherwise. Our trust and faith must fuel our prayers and surely God will answer us as long as it is in line with His will.

3. Work hard – for we cannot expect something we pray for to happen if we lack initiative. For example, we want to have a job to sustain our needs but we are not doing something to have one. God wants us to pray for it, but also to work hard for it. In this way, He will see that we really want what we are praying for.

4. Verify answer – when you receive an answer to your prayers, verify that answer. Ask God, “is this really Your answer to my prayers?” because we must be wary of deceiving and cheap answers that the world may offer. We should not settle for less because God wants to give us the best; so if something comes, verify if it is God who gave it or it is just another deceiving answer from the world.

5. Give Thanks – It is God who is answering your prayers and needs so all thanks and glory should be to Him. Like how we pray, we must give thanks in advance, during and once our prayers are answered. Whatever the result may be, we must give thanks to the Lord.

Jesus is our Most Awaited Savior by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Jesus is our Most Awaited Savior by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Most of us hate waiting, even if we’re waiting for something we really want or something we really prayed for a long time. If we think about it, why is waiting really hard for us to do? Why can’t we just be patient and rely on God’s timing? Like what Abraham did, He waited for a very long time to receive God’s reward for Him. He believed God & that He will be blessed and God credited Abraham as righteous man for His faith. In Abraham’s story, God gave him a son named Isaac after thirty years as his reward for being faithful. But God tested again His trust and faith. He told Abraham to give his only son as a sacrifice.  Without second thoughts, Abraham rose early in the morning to obey God’s command. We can see that his trust and faith for God’s plan is so strong that He is willing to give His only son that he waited for 30 years. Again, he proved to God that He is a servant that is willing to do everything for Him. He is a servant ready for any command from the Lord.

Similar with Abraham’s story, God also gave up His only begotten son Jesus Christ to save His people. His great love for us lead Him sacrificing His son, our one and only savior. Us Christians should not be impatient in waiting for Jesus’ resurrection. Like Abraham we must be willing to wait even for a very long time because we know that it’s only Jesus’ comeback will save us believers. Jesus is our awaited savior. The story of Isaac is one of the many prophecies foreshadowing the coming of Jesus Christ.

It is said in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures”


A lot of things are important but here are the 3 things that are important to us as Christians: Christ died, He was buried, and He lived again.

Here are some points telling us the importance of Jesus’ resurrection.

1.     Jesus’ Resurrection is the Basis of our Faith

1 Corinthians 15:17-19 tells us “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”

Because Christ resurrected, we can say that someday we are going to heaven. If Jesus did not resurrected, then we should be pitied more than anyone. But no, we believe that Christ resurrected!

2.     The Resurrection of Jesus Shows His Power

The Book of John tells us that Jesus’ Resurrection was not simple. He was beaten to death and hidden in a place where 4 people had to roll a stone to keep it secure, and even had guards so no one will get Him. Jesus’ resurrection proves that He is powerful enough to save us because He rose from the dead beyond reasonable doubt.

3.     Foreshadowing our Future – 1 Corinthians 15:23 tells us that “But each in his own order: Christ, the first-fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.” If Christ said He will resurrect after 3 days, then when He said that He will come again, then we know we can hold on to that promise no matter what. Our faith is not a game of change. Through His Word, God has left us many clues because we know what is true and false.

Verses 30-34 makes us see that "if there is no resurrection, 'Let's feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!' Don't be fooled by those who say such things, for 'bad company corrupts good character.' Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning.”

Businessmen believe in opportunity cost, where anything you do will have a corresponding consequence. Here is our appeal to your common sense:

a.     If Jesus is real, and you believe, then you will be saved.

b.     If Jesus is not true, and you don’t believe, then you will not lose anything.

c.      If Jesus is not true, but you believe that He is, then you were deceived together with 2 billion other Christians.

d.     But if Jesus is true and you did not believe in Him, then you are doomed for eternity. All your life, you will be in hell.

If you compare the latter 2, it’s better to be tricked, than to be doomed for eternity. Don’t put yourself in the situation of suffering for eternity after living on a temporary world. Best to prepare yourself for eternity with God!

God made hell for the demons, and not for human beings. You are bound to heaven. If you would ask why God sends people to hell, it’s because God gave us a choice. Remember, the ball is in your court. You have to choice, will you accept Him and go to heaven, or will you turn away from Him and live in hell?

The greatest love of all is when God gave up His only begotten son, that whomsoever believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. How wonderful it is to give our life for God.

If you want to receive Jesus today, don’t hesitate. Make it known to Him that you are available.

Claim God's Promises by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Claim God's Promises by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Abraham’s call to obey God’s Revelation was very special and exceptional. God called him out of a rebellious world to be a channel for salvation. He is an essential character in redemptive history. As we study him, we will learn a great deal about living a life of faith.

In the story of Abraham in the 3 chapters of Genesis 12-14, he was 75 years old when God commanded him to do a major move in his life.

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3

Abraham’s call started with God speaking to him. We don’t know exactly how this happened. But we do know that God made His will very clear to Abraham—he was to leave his country, his people, and his father’s household.

Many believers want to know God’s will. What is God’s will for my future? Am I at my comfort zone? What major should I pursue? Who should I marry? What should I do next? Should I remain in this place and bloom where I’m planted?

Everyone should understand a few important things about discerning and following God’s call. In one aspect, there is a general call for all believers as revealed through God’s Word. God calls for all of us to make disciples, to daily spend time with him through his Word and prayer, to be involved with and serve a Bible preaching church, and to turn away from sin. These are aspects of God’s general call for all believers.

On the other aspect, God also has a specific call for every believer—such as reflected in God’s call for Abraham to leave his home and family to be a blessing to the world. A specific call deals with things that are not clearly revealed through his Word—such as who to marry, what job to take, and how to serve. Sometimes, you just have to have faith.

The Promised Blessing and The Solution to the Strife

The story continued with Abraham, Sarah and Lot going to Egypt.

When Abraham entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarah was very beautiful. When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abraham’s wife was taken into the household of Pharaoh, and he did treat Abraham well on account of her. Abraham received sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with severe diseases because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. When the Pharaoh found out that Sarah was Abraham’s wife and the reason for their famine, he immediately sent them out to leave Egypt.

So Abraham went up from Egypt into the Negev, taking with him his wife, Lot and possessions with him, and then finally settling between Bethel and Ai. He then first built the altar, and there he worshipped the Lord.

The conflict arises when Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen had quarrels over their dominions, leading them to separate ways, and Lot choosing the well-watered land. Not knowing the perils of his decision, Lot was attacked by other kingdoms, leading Abraham to save his brother. And because Abraham was with God, he won the battles and won over the lands.

The story of Abraham and Lot is one that portrays the preservation of God's people who place their faith and trust in God despite their challenging atmospheres.  The two men chose to obey God and moved from their land of origin into a land that God had promised Abraham. God kept them from many perils so that they have a stake in the life and ancestry of Jesus of Christ.

In a changing world where vows are broken, God always keeps His Word. In order to find out how to claim God’s Promises, read on the following points:

1.     Right Mindset: Obey God – Do not ever doubt God when He commands you to obey. Because no matter where He leads you, He will provide for all your needs. He will never leave you, so you just have to obey, and make yourself available.

2.     Right Objective: Glorify God – Never do things for your glory. Always remember Him in all your doings. Remember that it is through Him that you gain strength, so don’t allow yourself with temporary pleasures like fame and power. In every success, give back all the glory to Him.

3.     Right Motivation: Be Selfless – Die to your own self and let God fill you up. Do not be afraid when God moves in your life. Because at the end of the day, your identity is with Christ.

Let's be ready to receive His Promises as explained in Isaiah 40:8

“The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.”

The Honor is Due by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Honor is Due by Pastor John Mateos Ong

What did Noah do after he went out of the arc? In Genesis 9:20-27, we are told what happened…

20 Noah, a man of the soil, began to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers who were outside.23 Shem and Japheth took the garment and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.

24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor he learned what his youngest son had done to him. 25 So he said,

“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
he will be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

“Worthy of praise is the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem!
27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers!
May he live in the tents of Shem
and may Canaan be his slave!”

After Noah uncovered himself in his drunken state, Ham saw his father and told his two brothers. 

Ham looked upon his father's nakedness but Shem and Japheth did not. Instead they covered it.

Sometimes we are tempted or provoked, but we always have a choice. Shem, Ham and Japheth had the same situation before them, but had different reactions.
Ham mocked his father and told his brothers about the nakedness of their father. Shem and Japheth chose not to look at their father. Sin sometimes comes in the 2nd time you look at things.

Proverbs 3:27 tells us “Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help.”

When Noah awoke from his drunkenness, he realized what Ham had done and then proceeded to curse Canaan. 

The cursing of Ham has to do with the sin of Ham when his father Noah uncovered himself at his drunkenness. Even though the sin of Ham was not specified, we do know that it was disgraceful enough for God to curse the line of his son Canaan. The judgment and generational curse was not directed to Canaan personally but rather to his descendants. 

But why was the curse directed to Canaan? It’s because God already blessed the family of Noah up to the first-degree descendants and so Ham cannot be cursed. Therefore, it was given to his son.

This leads us to understanding the value of honoring. When honor is due, we have to give that. If you respect your parents, you will be blessed all the way.

Why do we need to honor?

1.) Honoring brings blessing - If you give honor to people, you will be blessed. Even if you think the person is not worthy of honor, you should still give it to him. Long life is offered as a blessing for obedient children.

Ephesians 6:1-3 tells us,

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3 that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.”

2.) Because it is due – No matter how bad the person is, you have to give honor to that person. You have no right to disrespect anyone, most especially to your parents. Instead of rebellion, focus on what is due of a person.

Romans 13:7 reminds us of this,

7 Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.”

We honor our parents not only because of the blessing but because it is due.

3.) Dishonoring Dishonors Us – Someday you’ll be parents too. If you don’t learn how to honor people, your direct descendants will follow you.

Proverbs 30:11-13 says, “11 There is a generation who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
12 There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation whose eyes are so lofty,
and whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully.”

It's Jesus alone that saved us. Jesus alone paid for our sins. And we are dishonoring Jesus if we thank anyone for blessings we have received. If we dishonor our parents or anyone, we are not just dishonoring them but we also dishonor ourselves and Jesus Christ.

Here are the following ideas for honoring:

1.    Verbalize love and gratitude – Communication is key.

2.    Write them a note – Don’t be shy in expressing your love and honor for people. You’ll see the effect afterwards.

3.    Serve them/ Do chores – Show them that you are willing to help them in their daily tasks.

4.    Put up a memory – This may be in the form of a photo on a frame.

5.    Do public honoring – Acknowledge them.

6.    Pray together – This is too powerful to ignore.

7.    Obey them – Obedience can take you to places. Obedience will bless you all throughout your life.

5 Important Things To Remember and Do in Times of Struggle by Pastor Peter Aguila

5 Important Things To Remember and Do in Times of Struggle by Pastor Peter Aguila

We all go through tough times; and while we are drowning with our problems we unconsciously fill our minds and heart with toxic thoughts. We are all guilty of being weak in times of our struggle. It is exhausting and may lead to bad things but with God in our hearts we can assure guidance and security.

Here are 5 things we may consider remembering when we are going through bumpy roads of our lives.

1.     Do Not Worry – in such a way that you knew God is in charge of your life. Do good even to those who are showing you and dragging you in bad situations. Like what David said in Psalm 37, those who are evil and envious would soon wither and die too like green plants. So trust and take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

2.     Always Trust – Only to the righteous God you must trust. For through Him alone you will be secured and saved. Through your downs and even ups, trust in the Lord.

3.     Obey God’s Word – Through His word everything was created, and so to His word we must obey. Through our obedience to Him, our hearts will be at peace and worry will be filtered from us.

4.     Believe His Miracles – God is a powerful God. Believe that He can do miracles; and if you give all your faith upon His works, be ready to witness His miracles happening in your life.

5.     Share His Gospel – In times of struggle, may it be you who are experiencing it or other people, always share His word. The most calming words you need to hear in times of difficulties is His word telling us how precious we are and how much He loves us. We must not be eaten by our rants and must not drown in worry for in His word we can find peace.