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Dare my King by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Dare my King by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Prophet Elijah is one of the many characters in the Bible that has the most amazing story. The most remarkable one is that time when he dared the prophets of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel to show the power of their “god” Baal by burning the sacrifice. The 800+ prophets did everything they could but there was no manifestation of Baal. Elijah on the other hand, poured water on the sacrifice to emphasize the power of the Lord, and immediately it burned. This brought deeper anger to the queen that made her want to kill Elijah. So Elijah runs for his life and prayed unto God, weeping, and asking him to just end his life and take him. God showed favor to Elijah and ordered him to take a rest through an angel. When Elijah woke up there was food beside him.

Through Elijah, we learned that our faith, brings us blessings and in Him, we found favor and rest even through transgressions. Here are 3 major lessons from the story of prophet Elijah:

1. Always remember God’s goodness and faithfulness – people often look at the bigger things, bigger opportunities, bigger blessings that we forget to see the little things that God has been giving us. We are eager to receive that one huge thing we want from God that we neglect all the little good things we are receiving. God’s goodness is relentless, His faithfulness is strong, and we, Christians must see that every day in our lives, God has been providing us blessings, we just forget to acknowledge these little blessings.

2. Problems are not from God – when we face difficulties we immediately turn to God and ask Him why is he giving us problems. What we do not know is these problems are not from God. Sometimes or more often than not, we create our own problems, our own sufferings and once we are on that position Satan will move and bring in more misery. What we can do is to pray and turn to God, and converse with Him the right way. Let Him search your heart and correct it. Rewire your heart, mind, and spirit that you know that once you are in a difficult situation, you turn to God not to ask Him why but to ask Him to help you.

3. In the time of waiting, God is moving – If we remember the story, Elijah and the whole Israel waited for the rain. It is hard to wait and keep the faith. It is hard not to wonder why God is letting you be in “this” situation. It is hard not to ask God of the things we don’t understand. Yes, it is hard because we are just human, but He is God. In the time of our waiting, know that He is moving, He is preparing something, and what He only wants us to do is keep our faith in Him.

The Blessed Life! By Pastor Peter Aguila

The Blessed Life! By Pastor Peter Aguila

With unfortunate events going on around us, what does it mean to have a blessed life?

Let’s see what bible says on Genesis 1:28, 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

It says, God, blessed us, the mankind, His creation, and made us rule over His other creations. Be fruitful and increase in number He said. To have a blessed life is to receive and experience favor from God.

God blessed us so that despite the chaos happening around us we will seek in Him to prosper us, Jesus came not to steal or kill, He came to give us life and have it more in abundance!

If this is what God wants for us then why do we experience today the crisis of life? We can read from the Book of Genesis, from the great creation comes the great temptation. When mankind fell into the sin of disobedience, chaos and poverty of life came on us. God’s original design for us is to have a blessed and eternal life, but because of our sin, we are departed from Him and His blessing.          

Our God is a generous God; He wants to bless us and we can repay Him by sharing these blessings to others and by giving back to enlarge His Kingdom here on earth. Giving back to the Father what He has given us is not a choice to make but a commandment we need to obey.

As Malachi 3:10 says, 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Blessings are given to us so we can give back His goodness. We found favor in God and hopefully as Christians, we repay Him through our obedience.

A Call To be Progressive by Pastor Joe Balaan

A Call To be Progressive by Pastor Joe Balaan

An evangelist once said, “Anything that is alive, grows.” This means that anything that has life grows—progresses. But why do we need to be progressive? In what aspect of our lives do we need to be progressive?

Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. And in 1 Peter 2:21 tells us that we must follow Jesus’ steps.

In today’s message, we will learn the biblical why’s and how’s of the idea of progressiveness.

I. Why do we need to be progressive?

1. Because it is God’s command – In Genesis 35:11, God instructed Jacob to be fruitful and increase in number while in John 15:16 Jesus said to the people to go and bear fruit that will last. Even in the very beginning, God’s command to people is to be fruitful. It is God’s command for us to progress, may it be to your work, studies or anything that you do.

2. It is a sign that God is with you – In verse 9 of Genesis 35 tells how God talked and went up to Jacob—how amazing is their relationship. Being progressive is a sign that you let God reign in your life, that you live a progressive life with Him.

3. It is a sign of God’s blessing and provision – The very presence of God is enough to attract the prosperity we need in our lives. In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 28, it tells us the blessings for obedience. If we obey God and be more Christ-like, we progress and prosper in life.

II. How can we be progressive?

1. Let God change your character – Jacob let God change his name, as well as his being and with this, he is blessed with the same blessing as Abraham and Isaac. Now as a Christian have you fully accepted that God would change your life in order to prosper you?

2. Live according to God’s plan – When God instructed Jacob to be fruitful and increase in number, he obeyed and so he was blessed. If we want to be progressive in our lives, we must abide and live according to God’s plan for us. For it is true that God knows the plans He has for us, plans not to bring harm but to prosper us.

3. Keep your faith active in any situation of your life – In Genesis 35, Jacob set up a stone pillar where God talked with him, he also poured out a drink offering and oil on it. It is a sign that Jacob values his faith on God as well as the promises He had for him.

Reflect: Are you being progressive in your life? Remember to find your character in God. If your God is progressive, shouldn’t you be like Him? Keep in mind that no one is kept imprisoned in a low situation because of “obstructions” he is kept imprisoned because of his wrong viewpoint of himself. Refocus yourself on God and His plans for you and you will live a progressive life you could ever imagine.

God's Grace Overflows by Pastor Peter Aguila

God's Grace Overflows by Pastor Peter Aguila

As Christians— faithful believers of God, we must welcome the year with a hopeful heart that this year given to us will overflow with God’s grace.

 

Luke 4:15-19 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[

 

Sometimes, our problem is we doubt what God has planned for us. We doubt His presence surrounding us, and we doubt His power that He can do miracles through us if we only put our faith and trust in Him.

In His presence we must soak our selves and we can guarantee to be showered with His blessings as well as we can bless other people. Seek His righteousness, and declare that you, as loving son and daughter of God, will minister to those whom God told us just what Jesus did in Nazareth.

This year, as we remain in His presence, He will give us the favor that we deserve. Our genuine relationship with Him will result into grace upon grace and blessings upon blessings.