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Called to Release the Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Called to Release the Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

We all know that once we received the Holy Spirit, we become the church—and what God wants you to do is to release it. The presence that dwells inside us must be released in the open.

We can read in Luke 10:3-4 that Jesus sent out His disciples and commanded them not to bring anything nor greet anyone on their way. Why do you think Jesus commanded it to His disciples? Understanding the verse, this may mean Jesus wants His disciples (and us) to know the importance of His presence and that we don’t need anything as long as we have Him with us.

In verses 5-6, Jesus tells us to speak a blessing of peace and if our blessing is not welcome, it goes back to us. The kind of peace that the scripture says is not the worldly peace that is temporary but a peace that is permanent, which can be obtained through Faith in Jesus.

On verse 31 of Luke 12 says that seek His kingdom above all else and all these things will be given to you. Yes, it is important to think about our worldly needs (health, money, relationships) but once God takes it away from us we will know that it is Jesus we only need. For now, our priority is to seek His Kingdom because it is said that in due time all these things will be given to us.

Let’s continue in Luke 16:10, we can tell from here that if God can trust us in worldly riches, He can trust us with His heavenly riches. If He can trust us in carrying His presence, He can trust us with His Kingdom.

 

Luke 22:35-38, “ 35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?”

“No,” they replied.

36 “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one! 37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’[a] Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”

38 “Look, Lord,” they replied, “we have two swords among us.”

“That’s enough,” he said.”

We have learned that the disciples did not lack anything on their journey to spread the gospel and the importance of carrying His presence because with His presence everything follows. While in Verse 38, it clearly states that our weapon is important and enough because Jesus knows that once He leaves and the Holy Spirit is sent, it’s spiritual warfare.

 

For Christians, our Bibles is our weapon and we can read in Ephesians 6:17 that Jesus commands us to arm ourselves with the Word. For a Christian who does not read the Word of God is like a soldier who is naked and has no weapon to use.

Now, how and when do we release the Presence? It is when we proclaim the gospel, pray for provision, deliverance, for healing and driving out of demons. It is when we prophesy and lastly when we freely give. Release the presence every time, every place and in every person, we meet, we give it freely for the Glory of God.

When we do these things we put our faith in Jesus, and with our faith in Him, we can do what he did and even greater things (John 14:12)

As we end our series on “The One Thing” we can now tell (1) the importance of Presence in our relationship with God. (2) How important that we know our role as presence carrier and lastly, (3) we learned how to produce hunger and pursuit for the Presence because we are called to release the Presence for God’s glory.

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.

Experiencing Breakthrough by Pastora Faith Leong

Experiencing Breakthrough by Pastora Faith Leong

In our modern day, it is hard for us to believe in miracles, in breakthroughs, in impossible things to actually happen. But if we refocus our hearts on having faith to experience breakthrough through a miracle by Jesus we can clearly see that is always been possible to experience.

Now, if you want to see the miracle the first thing you have to do is you have to POSITION YOURSELF RIGHTLY. Position yourself where there are expectations, where there’s a story, where there’s a testimony of miracle.

The Gospel of Mark tells you a story of when Jesus passed through the town of Jericho just before his passion. Near the town of Jericho is a blind man named Bartimaeus. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he started to shout, calling upon Jesus, telling have mercy on him. When Jesus heard Bartimaeus, he stopped walking and told Bartimaeus to come to him. Jesus didn’t stop because he saw Bartimaeus lying on the floor. He didn’t stop because he saw that he was begging. He didn’t stop because he saw that Bartimaeus was blind. Jesus stopped because he HEARD a worshipper calling on Him and not a whiner. That’s another thing to see a miracle, you must first of all worship the Lord with all your heart. Bartimaeus didn’t beg for his situation to call Jesus’ attention instead he called Jesus as “Son of David”—hence he believed that Jesus is the Messiah. Bartimaeus started to shout a shout of worship; he began to DECLARE.

The third thing to experience a breakthrough in miracle is you got to be DETERMINED. Bartimaeus didn’t stop on calling to Jesus even if many of the people yelled at him to be quiet. Christians have the same fate as Bartimaeus, the devil will try to shut us up on calling to the Lord but if we want to see the miracle we’ve got to be determined. Turn the situation around and rebuke the devil, believe that God is able to do all things.

The last thing is DEDICATION. During the time of Jewish tradition, beggars like Bartimaeus will be given a coat to prove that he has no source of income and that he can beg for money on the streets. The coat is his identity and his license to beg. But even before Jesus healed Bartimaeus, he threw away his coat and immediately came to Jesus. It is like throwing away your identity and saying that “I am no longer who I am before for I believe that Jesus will heal me and will do a miracle to change my life”. Bartimaeus was determined to follow Jesus. It said Bartimaeus followed Jesus down the road. Out of all the people who came to Jesus asking for healing, Bartimaeus was the only one who was named. Why? Because he’s the only one who followed Jesus after he received His miracle.

When Jesus said come to Bartimaeus, he came. And when He asked him what he can do for him, Bartimaeus said to Jesus, “I want to see”, instantly he can see. You see, the breakthrough isn’t hard to receive, it is immediate when you obey Him. Sometimes we struggle to see the breakthrough coming because of our hard times. But if we believe in God, keep our faith then miracles and breakthroughs happen.

 

4 things to consider to experience a breakthrough:

-       Position yourself rightly

-       Declaration

-       Determination

-       Dedication

3 Steps to Embrace God's Call by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

3 Steps to Embrace God's Call by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

In the Book of Judges, we have learned the Israelites’ Cycle of Sin, which made God raise Judges to be their leaders. Today, we are about to open the story of the 4th Judge named Deborah. She’s a woman whom God called to be Israelites’ Judge. It is unusual for a woman to be a leader but Deborah trusted and embraced God’s call.

The story began when Israelites fell into sin and idolatry again. So the Lord gave them in the hands of King Jabin of Canaan who enslaved the Israelites for 20 years. Desperate and struggling, Israelites cried to the Lord for help. (Judges 4:1-3) King Jabin has a commander of his army named Sisera, he has nine hundred chariots fitted with iron, enough to defeat anyone by that time.

Now, Deborah, a prophet and wife of Lappidoth was leading Israel. They came up to her to have their disputes be decided. So she called Barak, son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”

Upon knowing this, Barak became hesitant and told Deborah that he will only go if Deborah will go with him. Deborah then said, “Certainly I will go with you, but because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.”

So Deborah and Barak went to with 10,000 men who went up in their command. The battle went on and Sisera, summoned his 900 chariots fitted with iron but the Lord has already given them by the hands of Barak. Sisera was forced to flee by his foot, which made him gone up to the tent of Jael, wife of Heber from the descendants of Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law.

Jael went out to meet Sisera and gave him a glass of milk then let Sisera fall into sleep. When Sisera was asleep, Jael took a tent peg and hammer and drove it straight to Sisera’s temple and he died.

Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead. (Judges 4:22)

Sisera did fall into the hands of a woman just what Deborah told Barak. The lesson here is sometimes God is calling us to do something but we refuse to answer and obey. We are sometimes ruled over by our own fears and doubt. This very resistance to our callings makes us undeserving of every blessing that we could have got. To help you out, here are some points to embrace our own callings.

1. Step up in Faith – We don’t become a Christian just to look and observe what’s happening around us. As Christians, we should be the first ones who initiate that in the Name of Jesus anything could happen—that miracles exist in His Name. As Christians we are called to step up in our faith in Him, in His Name and in our faith we could be His medium to show His miracles.

2. Step out of the Normal and Usual – Romans 12:2(a) “2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Don’t be bothered if there are people laughing at your faith or mocking you when you praise, for these people are not against us but is against Jesus. We are called to step out of the norms of the world and make the Kingdom of God reign anywhere we are. Never stop doing what is pleasing to God.

3. Step Into His Will and Power – Believe and have faith in Him! And when you step in, be sure to (1) Hang on! Don’t lose hope on God even if you see no changes despite all your efforts to do what He has been telling you. (2) Dive in! Drench yourself in His power because if you’re still hesitant to soak in His power you’ll never experience His fullness. (3) Be empowered! Encourage yourself to step in and plug into God! Make Him your source of empowerment. Know that we are nothing when we’re apart from Him.

Faith that costs nothing

Faith that costs nothing

What does your faith cost you? Do you worship even when times are hard or just when it's convenient?