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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.

There is Blessing in Surrendering

There is Blessing in Surrendering

According to Webster’s Dictionary, surrender is an act of yielding or resigning your life or the possession of something into the power of another; to give up or to yield to the influence, passion, or power of another.

The Reason for this Season

The Reason for this Season

December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas, and it’s that time of the year again, where we see our family, friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of Merry Christmas to those who pass us in the streets.