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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.

Obey God's Calling by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Obey God's Calling by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Long ago, as chaos arises on earth and God’s people were slowly being eaten by sin, God decided to flood everything on the surface of the planet except for one chosen family, Noah’s family and a pair of animals of each kind. How did it happen? Noah obeyed God’s call to him. As he does his mission given by God, Noah faced multiple obstacles along his way. But despite these obstacles thrown at him, he remained composed and focused on what God wants him to do. God assigned Noah to do one job and He did not disappoint nor disobeyed Him.

Us Christians were also chosen to do what God assigned to each of us. We all have our own calling from God that we must comply and live with. And here are three things we can consider in recognizing our callings:

1.    Confirm Your Calling – Noah had a clear vision of what is God’s call to him. We too must confirm what wants us to do. We have different set of calling and God wants you to confirm what is yours through connecting with Him just how Noah connected with God and received his call.

2.    Conquer the Obstacles – Doing what God wants you to do doesn’t mean there are no obstacles along the way. In fact, doing your mission with God attracts more temptation, setbacks, and problems that might prevent you from reaching your goal to obey God. But despite all these, you must remember that with God, you can conquer any obstacles and will succeed in your mission.

3.    Complete the Mission – Your mission doesn’t end the moment you complete it despite it starts a new mission of spreading the lesson and knowledge you gained along doing it. So no matter what happens, do not stop the mission God has given you.

True Worshipper by Ms. Monique Ong

True Worshipper by Ms. Monique Ong

Way back from the beginning of the human race, the war between good and evil has already existed. And for us who are God’s people, we do our best to be closer to God as much as possible in order to be saved from ungodly doings.

In the book of Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve’s children named Cain and Abel was told. Cain was a farmer and his brother Abel, was a shepherd. Then a day came when both of them gave an offering to God, each of his own produce. God favored Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s. God then talked to Cain, and He said not to look upon how great is other’s sacrifice for He do not look the same way as a man, He looks and judges by their hearts. But Cain being eaten by his anger then murdered his brother, and lied to God about the murder, resulting to receiving a curse from God and a life of wandering.

If we think why God was in favor with Abel, it will turn out that He was not judging through their sacrifices but through the purity of their hearts. Cain became greedy even after his conversation with God. Cain became weak against sin because his heart for God was weak.

Nowadays, as the world grew more surrounded by sin, Christians are the ones mostly tested. In order to win the war against sin, here are some points to consider:

·      Check your heart – God doesn’t look at your appearance or the things you have. He always checks your heart. If all your life, you look at what other people do, and not focus on your own, you won’t be able to guard your own heart from the temporary and sinful things this world is offering.

·      Fight and Choose: To Worship or Commit a Sin – In Genesis 4:6, it is said that if you do not do what is right, the sin will be crouching at your door waiting to have you, but you have to fight and rule over it. Worshipping Jesus can come in various forms. Even by doing the simplest act of kindness, you can worship Jesus. If you choose to sin, you have no trust in the promise of God that there is a life given to you which is far more greater than anything.

·      Do the right thing: Worship Jesus1 John 4:10 tells us about love, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Oh what joy to worship Jesus, and how wonderful it is to celebrate the love He gave us irreplaceable of the lame things here on Earth. Real love for Jesus is to feel that your life right now is not permanent and that Heaven waits for you, knowing that Jesus is there to be beside you.

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.