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Walk by Faith by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Walk by Faith by Pastor John Mateos Ong

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

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

Here are the 3 things that determines faith:

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

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

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

 

1.    Faith is the currency of Heaven

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

 

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

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

 

3.    Faith always leads to action

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

 

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

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

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

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

The Call: Greatness by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Call: Greatness by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Some people see Christians as someone who are not strong, muscular and powerful; we tend to think that they’re not supposed to fight back even when they’re being pushed around. Some of us don’t see Christians as great in some aspects simply because some think they are just Christians, and for some, Christians are weak. 

However, God called us Christians to Greatness, but it might be different to the greatness defined by the world.

And to differentiate the meaning of Greatness by God and by the definition of the world, here are the 4 Ps we tend to use to measure greatness here in our world:


1.    Power- A person’s greatness is measured by the things that they have the ability to control.
2.    Prestige- A person’s greatness is measured by the accolades / reputation that they receive.
3.    Position- A person’s greatness is measured by where they are in life. 
4.    Possessions- A person’s greatness is measured by the things that they own. 

Now here’s how Jesus measure and define the Greatness of His people:

1.    Sacrifice

We are called to “Give up who we are so we can become who God wants us to be”.

Jesus sacrificed all the 4 Ps (Power, Prestige, Possessions & Position) given in heaven for life on earth so that we can be with Him. He gave up the praise of the angels to hear the insults of sinful men. Jesus gave up the position in heaven to take up a position on the cross. And lastly, He wasn’t only betrayed by Judas, Peter betrayed him too and even the rest of his disciples during his darkest hour.  

God tells you: GIVE UP YOUR WILL. You can’t give your life for Christ unless you surrender the entire will to Him first.

Our calling is to sacrifice everything we value so that we can take every great plan God has for us. But it is only when we sacrifice our selfishness that we will truly find the depth of Christ within us.

In Mark 9:31, Jesus was fully surrendering His life to show the biggest sacrifice He could offer the ungrateful world where He is in.

He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.”


2.    Service

Remember: We live to serve Jesus and He wants us to serve others. It’s not about being great and being the most important in the world, because in the first place, a person who is truly great puts the kingdom first. 

Greatness in Jesus' eyes is serving the needs of others. And Jesus' eyes are the only ones that count in the end. He said, "Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant". Come on the search for true greatness. If you are not already serving the needs of others in some way that fits your gifts, pray that God would show you a path to greatness this fall at Bethlehem. 

As Christians, our thinking should be “How can I help?” instead of “What’s in it for me?”
•    We want to have our own way with things
•    We want what is best for us
•    We want our personal rights
•    We want the rewards of life

There is nothing wrong with getting recognition, holding position, rewarded as long as we have right motivation or right reasons in pursuing these.

3.    Selflessness

You have to humble yourself. There is no “I” in the word team. Jesus reminded the disciples that “It’s not about being first or last but the advancement of the kingdom” As long as the team (or the mission) wins! If you look at the bigger plan of God, you will fully experience being selfless.

In two similar stories from Mark 9:37 and Matthew 18:3-4, God uses a child as a reference to humbleness where He said that whoever welcomes the child on His behalf, welcomes Him as well and not only Him but also His Father who sent him. And also anyone who becomes as humble as the child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.


God’s definition of greatness is way different than what we learned from the world.

There are a lot out there who are more powerful, more prestigious, more famous and richer. But with God, greatness is immeasurable; you cannot count what He can offer, because it is beyond what this world has.

And from here on, you are reminded that God does not want you to pursue the temporary things.

Mark 8:36 asks us, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”

If you believe in Jesus, then also believe in His promise that someday, the world will be destroyed and we will all be in Heaven with glorified bodies and the greatest of whom were those that during this life have sacrificed, served and been selfless.

The Call: Holiness by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Call: Holiness by Pastor John Mateos Ong

These days it is rare for people to pursue Holiness. For them it is something unreachable. And as Christians, God’s call for us in 1 Peter 1:16 is to “be holy for I am holy” but right now what’s happening is the opposite. Morality is on a decline– we have accepted “complicated” as a normal status, live-in is permitted even by parents and teenage pregnancy is not only on the rise but the average age for child bearing is getting younger.

So, in a world that’s full of people being aware/unaware that they’re constantly committing sins, how can we educate everyone about the true meaning of being holy?

Being holy means, being sacred and dedicated or set apart for God. Being a frequent church-goer doesn’t make one set apart to God, this dedication needs acceptance in your heart that you are for God’s purpose only.

  • God wants our obedience. As the bible said, those who don’t obey the message of God will face their consequences.

  • God wants your purity. And by purity, God means you being set-apart from unholy doing and being reserved for God only.

Here are three facts about holiness that we need to know in order for us to fully understand and grasp why God call upon us to be holy.

1.    Sanctification begins at conversion

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says that prior to receiving Jesus we were all once sinned but Jesus has absolved us from all sins.

Romans 6:18 “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.”

2.    Sanctification increases throughout life

As we walk with Jesus, we get to know about Him, we read the bible and we get transformed more and more like Him. 

Romans 6:12 “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.”

3.    Sanctification is completed at death

Why is it that sometimes, we catch ourselves sinning again even after we commit ourselves to Jesus?  It’s because our sanctification is never complete until Jesus returns. When that time comes we will be holy like the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:2 “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.”

So how do we apply this? Holiness is whole (it only takes one dot to make a clean paper not pure), and that Holiness starts off with the little things. So here are four points we should do to help us stay holy.

1.    Turn away from your sins.

The only way we can accept that we can be holy is if we forget sins and focus more on becoming holy.

2.    Crave for spiritual milk.

Like a child crying out for her milk, we too must also cry out and crave for spiritual milk (going to church, knowing God, praying, attending small group and reading His word) and those that don’t crave for this milk becomes spiritually malnourished.

3.    Accept that you are set-apart for God’s use.

The bible says, we are God’s royal priest, holy nation and His very own possession. Therefore, we have to be careful that while we are in this world, when people look at our lives they will see that there is something special about us. Not creepy and not weird but different in a good way. There is a problem when people can’t tell the difference between believer and non-believer.

4.    Watch what you expose yourself to.

In order to be holy, we must take care of our spiritual being as well as our mental health. We can do this by being concerned about what we expose ourselves to. What do you think about and focus on? What do you watch and listen to? Who do you hang around with? All these affect our behavior and affect our being “set apart”.

God says through Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let’s settle this, though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”

Regardless of how dirty you’ve been in the past, God’s cleansing power cleansed you and made you brand new. Now that you know this, do not let the devil and his lies lead you away from the great plan that God has for you.

The Call: Come by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Call: Come by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Many of us have been blinded by unnecessary things that life itself offers. Prestigious car, jewelry, and a feast of delicious food are just some of what we believe are the best things to receive and attain in our lives. And because of these unnecessary things that we tend to value, we have ignored our Lord’s greatest offer. He’s calling us to be in His home, to be under His protection and salvation. He offers more than what our money can buy. God offers us a great banquet that sometimes we doubted for being too good to be true, but we can prove to ourselves that our Lord’s offer is far more than what we thought if we only surrender to him and accept His calling.

In Luke 14:15-24, it said that the Lord invited people to come to his home and join him for a banquet. But those who are invited refused to come for their selfish reasons. But the Lord is eager to fill his home that he ordered his servant to call upon those who are poor and crippled and said to his servant that not one of those who refused his offer will get a taste of his banquet. While in Isaiah 55:1-2, the lord call upon those who are thirsty and has no money to buy and eat without cost. The Lord said listen to Him and we will delight in richest fare.

These are the three lessons we have learned about our Lord’s call to us:

1. The Lord wants his home to be filled with his people.

Luke 14:23-24 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in so that my house will be full.  I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.”

As the Lord calls upon us to join him in his home, He wants everyone to come. He wants His home to be filled with people He invited and called upon. So if you feel like the Lord is calling you, come and you will experience the great banquet He promised to those who don't ignore him.

2. Everyone’s invited.

Luke 14:21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.”

As we have said everyone’s invited to the party, and that is why God wants everyone to come to his humble abode and join him for a feast. He doesn’t want anyone to be left out, because, in His home, anyone can come, anyone can be saved if they only answered Lord’s call.

3. Each one of us has an important role. 

Luke 14:22 “And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’

If you notice, the servant is the one who was inviting people but not only that, he was also the one who noticed that there were still empty chairs and brought to Lord’s attention. Like the Lord’s servant, each of us holds an important role in order to attain Lord’s will for us. We have an important duty for our neighbors, and like the lord’s servant, we can be the one to invite them to our Lord’s home. Because if we truly love our creator, we will do everything just to fill his home with his people.

In one similar story told by Jesus in Matthew 8:12 and Matthew 13:42 the story is quite similar but both ends in different way. In Matthew, those who are not dressed appropriately will be thrown into darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

One may ask, why the Lord is so eager to invite the people and then kick them out to hell just because they were not dressed appropriately.

What the Lord mean in being dressed appropriately is you have clothe yourself with his presence and you have accepted him inside you.

When we visit our Lord, are we really visiting him because of him or we visit his home because of other matter?

Like in Colossians 3:12, it said: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Are we dressed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience like what the bible said? Or are we dressed with other motives?

When we go to church to meet our creator, there are 4 points we need to consider in order to be really dressed for his party.

1. Right Motives

Every time we go to church, we all say that we pray and talk to God. But are we really talking to him because we want to? Or we talk to him because we have unnecessary wants in life to pray for? It is not wrong to pray for something, but we must always remember that we go to church for one motive only and that is to talk to Him and ask for his salvation and guidance every day.

2. Right Thinking

When we go to church, ask yourself, “am I going to this church because of God or because this is the most comfortable church in our town?” Sometimes, we say that we love our Lord but every time we are about to meet with Him, we have wrong thoughts inside of us that tends to make us underdressed for his party. So the next time you go to church, put in your mind and heart that you are there because of Him only

3. Right Love

In order for us to be fully dressed for the Lord’s party, we need to fully accept His presence inside us. If we truly love our Lord, we will surrender everything to him and let him reign in our lives. Because if we truly accepted the love of God, we tend to love everyone around us.

4. Right Spirit

We all have been through rough roads. Those were the times we have doubted if God truly loves us. But, despite all this uncertainty in our lives, we must retain the Holy Spirit in us and not let the spirit of anger, fear, and grief take over. Because in God’s party, you are fully dressed if you clothe yourself with the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

 

Kingdom Living by Pr. Peter Aguila

Kingdom Living by Pr. Peter Aguila

Many of us have dreamt of living in a kingdom even once in our lifetime. We have dreams on becoming kings and queens, princes or princesses during our childhood. What if I tell you that it is possible to live in a Kingdom? A kingdom that existed since the beginning of time. A Kingdom that has never been shaken and moved. The kingdom of God.

When we talk about the kingdom of the Lord, one question pops in our heads, “What are we going to do to experience living in the Kingdom of the Lord?” During the Sunday service at Revelation City Church, Pastor Peter Aguila reminded everyone of the simple steps on how we will be able to experience kingdom living.

According to the story of Nicodemus in the book of John, the Lord stated that no one can enter his kingdom unless they are born again. What does the Lord meant when he say that someone must be born-again? Even a scholar like Nicodemus had a hard time coming up an answer to the Lord’s explanation. The Lord then answered that one must be born of water and spirit. The very first step to living in the Kingdom of the Lord is to begin anew. It is to accept and put our faith to the Lord’s only son granting us eternal life in the Kingdom.

After all these things, the Lord said that we should not worry about our lives anymore. We must first seek the Lord’s kingdom and His righteousness and all the things we needed shall be given unto us. We should not worry about what we will eat or drink for the Lord has given us His kingdom, surely he can give us everything that we needed in life.

The Lord has given us every promise that He can offer but after all of these, we must also check if our faith is really with the Lord. We will experience trials sent by the enemy but as long as our faith is in the Lord, we will never go wrong and we will never be defeated. We should also stop lingering to earthly possessions and practices for they do not exist in the Kingdom of the Lord. The devil only blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ.

Lastly, Pastor Aguila explained to everyone that the word of God should be a constant reminder that the Lord has always been with us. No matter what challenges by the devil is sent to us, we should not crumble for the Lord is our aide. We must cling to His words because according to book of John, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Pastor Aguila’s strong message is what the Lord always wanted to tell us all. Let us all put our life in His name, hold on to our faith and he can grant us eternal life in His heavenly Kingdom.

Blind Side by Pr. John Mateos Ong

Blind Side by Pr. John Mateos Ong

A blind side can be defined as “a direction in which a person has a poor view, typically of approaching danger.” It’s the side we don’t see and what you don’t see you can’t protect. Blind spots in real life have a number of inescapable situations. An example of this is vehicular blind spots where the space between the driver’s peripheral vision and the area reflected by the rear-view mirrors. This can swallow up entire vehicles and then leads to vehicular accidents which is why it is so dangerous to change lanes without looking to the left or the right.

As Christians, our blind sides could also be considered as our weaknesses. The parts of our lives where we are most vulnerable to the devil, where we are most probable to stray away from God.  All of us have one or more of them no matter how much we follow His word.

What causes these blind sides you may ask? Some of these include:

1.       Pride

Perhaps the hardest part about having pride is you don’t even know you have it. You go around being so full of yourself being clueless that this blind side is already eating up your entire life.

2.       Lust

This is commonly the blind side that starts small and goes unnoticed. But before you know it, it’s become the monster too strong for you to overtake.

3.       Envy / Discontent

We always want what we can’t have. This is proven by us never being contented with what we are given and wanting what others have for themselves.

4.       Anger

It’s always easier to remain angry than to let forgiveness consume us. But the sooner we realize that letting go of any anger left in us by bad life experiences, the sooner we can heal as individuals.

5.       Laziness / Entitlement

This blindside is undoubtedly one of the most common, if not the most common, in us humans. No matter how hard we try to resist it, there are still moments where we feel entitled and refuse to work hard for something, a universal law that we undoubtedly need to work on.

How can we protect our blind side?

1.       Trust your team mates

Everybody needs a pastor. When your locomotive is steaming full speed ahead on the track of life, you need a person who is standing on the track around the curve waving their arms and saying, “Bridge out ahead.”

Shepherds guard you. Don’t disregard them when they advise you not to marry that person.  Don’t reason away their counsel about that person you are about to invest with.  Jesus “guarded” his team and if your pastor is worth his salt he will tell you when the bridge is out ahead.      

2.       Get guidance from God’s Word

Anyone in this world can give you his or her opinion on what you should do but you need to learn to tune down the noise and listen only to His Word.

According to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

3.       Stay out of dark corners

Know your limitations and live around them. If you are married, don’t be alone with a person of the opposite sex except your spouse. If you are single, stay in groups and never go to a house or apartment together.  Stay out of the woods and parked cars on lonely roads.  Stay in the light. It’s always better to be safe now rather than be regretful later.

As 2 Timothy 2:22-24 states, “”Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”

The Enemies of Christian Life by Pr. John Mateos Ong

The Enemies of Christian Life by Pr. John Mateos Ong

As Christians, we live in this world with our fair share of trials and tribulations. Nothing is given to us in a silver platter and we have to work for what we want to achieve. God has promised us abundance, protection and a happy life but as His children, we need to prove that we can overcome these obstacles and that we are indeed faithful enough to hang onto Him even when things get rough.

The Good God: Rediscover the Power of the Gospel by Pr. John Koe

The Good God: Rediscover the Power of the Gospel by Pr. John Koe

“Go back and find out what happened at the Cross,” said God. That’s exactly what he did. After years as a Christian and a preacher of the Word, Pastor and Bible teacher John Koe was transformed when he gained a fresh, God-given understanding of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. Could it be possible that all meaning in life is about enjoying Christ and allowing Him to live through us?

God's High Love

God's High Love

Because God loves you, there’s no need to prove your self-worth. It is only through Christ that we can change. It is only through Christ that we can be worthy. The secret is faith. Do not depend on your ability, intellect and will power. Let God take over your life.

High Calling

High Calling

Not all Christians recognize their high calling, and some think they had attained it just because they were privileged to see it. Others stumble because of the pride of presuming they had attained. People fall to those same delusions over many other truths too. However, if we handle the truth as we should, it will not cause us to stumble or be blown up with pride but will elevate and empower us to the greatest purpose of mankind—to love God and serve Him, compelling others to do the same.

The High Places

The High Places

Have you ever had a constant in your life that you knew you had to give it up but for some reason or another, you just couldn’t do it? Maybe that thing is too important to important to give up, that letting go of it would cause you too much of an inconvenience. Or maybe that thing was too small and insignificant that you thought God wouldn’t mind it and just let it pass. This is what you call a high place also known as one of the most challenging trials you will ever encounter.

Are you weakened?

Are you weakened?

As humans, it isn’t unlikely for us to have our lowest moments due to everything the world throws our way. With all the problems, heartaches and tribulations we face day in and day out, we may begin to question our purpose. There will be days when you will tell Him you cannot go on any further, that this is as much as you can handle because emotions like fear and worry have overcome our faith.

Our Suffering will End

Our Suffering will End

According to Acts 14:22, all Christians suffer; either you have, you are, or you will — but through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

In | Out

In | Out

Since time immemorial, the church has discovered that in order to fulfill God’s plan and purpose, we need to grow numerically. If we want to learn about planting churches that grow and achieve the mission of Jesus, we don’t have to look any further than to the examples of the churches in Acts.

Sent for Him: Discovering your Purpose in Life

Sent for Him: Discovering your Purpose in Life

At some point, we’ve all questioned why we are alive. We ask ourselves what our purpose in life is and seek answers to our never-ending questions. We are like brands in a marketplace, but not knowing what our use is on this temporary world. Some of us are in continuous cycles, going nowhere.

God fulfills His Promises with us

God fulfills His Promises with us

Sometimes, we can’t comprehend God’s promises in the literal sense, so we should be very careful with our finite human interpretation. The scope of God’s Word is indeed beyond our understanding, and so we must consider that His fulfillment is much broader and much grander than what we could imagine.

God is Love

God is Love

Saying "God is Love" is very easy, but how do we really define it? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines love as a "strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties". Often this "strong affection" stems from a sexual attraction for that other person.

There is Blessing in Every Trial

There is Blessing in Every Trial

In any competition, the most important factor is not how many begin with the contest, but who finishes and completes the course.