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Overcoming Rejection and Frustrations by Pastor Joe Balaan

Overcoming Rejection and Frustrations by Pastor Joe Balaan

There are times that we feel discouraged and down. In the bible, there’s one man who felt the same way. Jeremiah—for over 50 years in his ministry he only had 3 companions while everyone else doesn’t believe him. He has been prophesying long before Babylonians conquered Israel but Israel never listened. Jeremiah’s life was threatened and he was being chased, just because he believes in the Lord. If there is someone in the Bible who can complain and give up, it is Jeremiah but he did not give up, he fulfills the Lord’s calling.

Jeremiah 18 will tell us how God delivered His message to Jeremiah through the potter.

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

One principle that we can take from here is we must always remember that it is God who’s shaping us. Forming us in His very hands. Since God is our potter, we should know our callings, how He plans us to be and keep a hold on to it.

Maybe why Jeremiah didn’t lose faith is because it is clear to him that God is calling him to fulfill His will.

The second principle we can take from our passage is our situation is being used as an instrument to hone us. Notice how a potter press and mold clay in the wheel to perfect his creation. Just like God to us His children, we are being put to situations that will mold us closer to Him and a better life.

The third principle, we must know that we are like clay that is on the process of being shaped by God.

The purity of the clay affects how he can be mold or the durability once used. The temperature the clay can withstand affects the quality.

People can tell that Christians are problem-free but being a Christian is full of rejections, discouragement, and frustration. But we must know that God allows these things to happen to us so that in us will reflect His glory and power. We can withstand difficult situations and any pressure as long as we put Him in the center of everything.

Resurrection: Mercy and Grace of God by Pastor Macho Barroga

Resurrection: Mercy and Grace of God by Pastor Macho Barroga

Let us rejoice for Jesus has Risen! Let’s celebrate for the salvation God has given through Jesus’ resurrection. For this special day, let us talk about what is REALLY the meaning of Christ’s resurrection.

In Luke 8:40, it tells the story of how Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman. There are two characters in the story that has one particular similarity with each other. Jairus, the synagogue leader who has a 12-year-old daughter who’s in near death and a sick woman who’s been bleeding for 12 years. With their situation, Jairus, even he is a well-respected synagogue leader is asking Jesus for help and the sick woman in humility and fear, seeks healing in Jesus. They are both desperate. As Jesus walks to the house of Jairus, the sick woman touches the cloak of Jesus and instantly healed. When Jesus knew about the woman, He said to her that her faith healed her. While proceeding with their walk, Jairus’ daughter was pronounced dead. But Jesus said, she was just asleep, and as He speaks the girl was brought back to life. We can say the sick woman represents our faith while the dead girl represents second life in Christ.

For us believers, death is just our spirit being asleep. Which is why Jesus said, the girl isn’t dead but asleep. What Jesus is trying to tell us is death doesn’t have the last say; death will leave its captives and He will give us our second life in Him. The incident with Jairus and his daughter is a precursor for us Christians today. It is supported in 1 Peter 1:3-5, which says praise to God and in His great mercy He has given us new birth into a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never, perish, spoil or fade. It is kept for us in heaven and through our faith, it is shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation. Jesus’ resurrection brings about our resurrection in spirit. He has given us Christians, new birth that we may choose righteousness and pursue the path to Christlikeness. It is also mentioned in Romans 6:4 that we were buried with him through baptism into death in just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we may also live a new life. In our resurrection with Christ, the Lord will fix and will make sure that your life will be put together in good. God surely works for the good of those who love Him. Just when we are lost, God will make a way to get us back into the right path. He will pursue us until we came back to Him because that’s how much He values His children and what’s good for us.

Let us think about what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1, in transgressions, in pain, and in great sufferings, it is where God’s mercy and grace abounds. Through our faith, while facing these trials, our praise and glory to God are revealed. We must know that the resurrection of Christ is all about the mercy and grace of God. We do not deserve it but it was given to us, we are sinners but He gave us second life that is so great no words can explain.

God is talking to you this very moment, if you are in need of Christ, you just have to believe, you just have to have faith and act on that belief. If you want to be transformed, your faith must be accompanied by the right action and vice versa. Now you may ask, how can you do that? Surrender everything to Him and by everything, it means nothing left in you. The truth that you need to know is when you have Jesus you already have everything. Nothing can complete a man than the Lord. You must know that Jesus deserves the whole spot in your heart and soul; He cannot work in your life if there are still bondages that restrict you to fully embrace the Lord. Thank God for our salvation, thank God for the Resurrection of Christ.