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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.