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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.

Called to Carry the Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Called to Carry the Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

We have learned the importance of getting in His presence, today, we will learn that we are not just called into His presence but we are tasked to carry it.

Long ago, the church is just a place where people worship God, but ever since the Lord gave us the Holy Spirit and we received it, the church is now anywhere we are.

Today, a church is not the big or successful place of worship, or the one with the biggest tithes, if the Presence of the Lord is not there we cannot consider it as a church of God.

The Holy Presence of God that resides inside us is endless, and it empowers us so that we may be an effective church of the Lord.

Since we carry the presence of God, what does it mean for us?

1.    We have become the church - the day that the Lord gave us the Holy Spirit we have become the church. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies are not our own for our bodies are just temples of the Holy Spirit whom we have received from God. What we can do is to take care of the presence. Do not allow anger or lust to find a place in your heart knowing that God is there.

2.    We are given a Spiritual Gift - For what? For whom? Why are we given a spiritual gift? Acts 1:8a tells us that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes. With this, we will be empowered with Spiritual Gifts that we can use to perform glorifying things for the lord. Some of the Spiritual gifts are leadership, prophecy, teaching, service, miracles, evangelism and etc.

3.    We are His witness - Continuing the scripture, Acts 1:8b tells us that we will be witnesses of Christ. We will be given the gift not to boast anything but to use these so that we may be witnesses of Christ goodness and glory. We will be witnesses so that we may open our mouths to tell the whole world what Christ has done.

 

Application:

•    Take care of the presence you carry.

•    Be empowered.

•    Open your mouth and be a witness!

Getting into His Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Getting into His Presence by Pastor John Mateos Ong

In our lives, we cannot prioritize many different things at the same time. It is either we fail to distribute our attention or we choose what is more important. The Gospel of Luke tells us the story of what happened at the home of Martha and Mary when Jesus and his disciples visited their village. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to his teachings while Martha was distracted to all preparations. Martha asked the Lord to tell Mary to help her prepare.

Take note of Jesus’ answer on verse 41: 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

What is this important thing Jesus is telling?

Between Martha and Mary, Mary chose the important thing, which is listening to Jesus. Being in His presence and giving Him her full attention. Jesus does not require Martha to prepare or even Mary to listen to Him but Mary knows that it is more important to be in Jesus’ presence instead of worrying for unnecessary things.

We are in a world where distractions are always around us to divert our attention to what is really important. Here are a few things we can do to avoid distractions and enter into His presence.

1.    Empty Yourself – When we want to enter God’s presence, we must remove all distractions and empty ourselves. When we open our Bibles and read God’s word without emptying and readying ourselves we fail to grasp and understand what God is telling us. Before anything else, empty yourselves so God can fill you up.

2.    Seek for it – There are times we cannot feel God’s presence because we fall short on seeking it, on wanting to feel it. The more you cannot enter God’s presence the more you need to seek for it. Lean in to hear and feel Him.

3.    Know that there is Presence – Yes, we know God and His Goodness, but if you are one of the few people that didn’t know there is such thing as entering His presence, I am telling you today that you are invited to get in. You need to know that He invites you to get into His presence and feel Him.

4.    Worship Genuinely – Praising is one of many ways that help you to get into His presence. Sometimes it is hard for us to enter but we can try by offering Him praise and genuinely worshipping Him through songs dedicated to Him.

5.    Protect Your Intimacy with God – Lastly, protect your intimacy with God. There are people who choose to go to a place where they can be alone with God. We mentioned that there are multiple ways that work for each one of us to get into His presence but one of those is getting intimate with God. It’s just you alone in your quiet time, in His presence.

Here are some of the hindrances that block our way in getting into His presence.

·      Logic or your doubts – you question His presence or what you feel when you felt it.

·      Dignity or your worldly image – you listen more to what other people will say about you instead of focusing on what will God say to you.

·      Bondages or your sins – these are our sins that we still do not surrender to God.

·      Impatience or your stress – you cannot enter into His presence if you are impatient or in a rush to do something else.

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.

My will or Thy will? by Pastor John Mateos Ong

My will or Thy will? by Pastor John Mateos Ong

If you go back to the book of Genesis, God’s original plan for man is to have dominion over all creation. This was His supposed assignment for His greatest creation. The man was put to the first garden mentioned in the Bible, the Garden of Eden where they need to cultivate everything, have dominion over everything, and can eat everything except one fruit which God himself forbid. We all know what happened next, a serpent appeared and deceived the woman. The man fell and have lost the keys of dominion. Now, you may be confused if it is really the evil that holds dominion over the world. John and Paul describe Satan in the book of John and Ephesians as the “prince of this world” and “ruler of the kingdom of the air”—so yes, Satan took over the dominion of the world. Man disobeyed God and because of this, we lost what could have been a perfect life with God.

 

But the good news is God did not give up on us, He continues to pursue us because we are His masterpiece. Now the second garden, in the Garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus prayed and accepted His fate. He became fully man and is capable of feeling emotions and being hurt. Jesus even felt like dying because of extreme sadness. You can call it a spiritual war. Not like most of us thought, spiritual warfare is between man and evil not between God and evil. It is a battle we need to win over the forces of evil. Remember when sin entered our world? That was when God’s Son (Jesus) destined to become a man to fight on our behalf.

 

Jesus did a lot of miracles and fulfilled a lot of prophecies that are laid down to prove He is the Messiah. (1) He healed and delivered everyone who came to him. When the evil introduced sickness He displayed authority over it by healing and delivering every person who came to Him. (2) He lived purely; Jesus showed us there was nothing enticing about sin. Satan knew that Jesus came to get back the dominion of the world, which is why he offered the splendor of the world in exchange for Jesus bowing and worshipping him. But Jesus showed no value for sin and everything the devil is offering Him. (3) He served others. Jesus is 100% God but He used His authority only for serving others. He did not use His power only for Himself. (4) He did the unthinkable—He gave himself up to die for us. You may think it is a strange way to win a war but it was the only key. God is just and someone had to pay for our sins and we all know that only the unblemished lamb is enough to tame the wrath of God. Jesus brought salvation to humanity.

 

The most important thing we should know is that by God’s grace we are saved, Satan did not take Jesus’ life, Jesus laid it down himself for us.

 

Jesus left us but he did not forsake us, He said that the Holy Spirit will be with us, to guide and help. What Satan didn’t know is once Jesus died it will pave way for the Holy Spirit to dwell into every believer giving them power. If Satan only knew that the death of Jesus would bring him more enemies, he would not have him crucified and would kill anyone that will try to kill Jesus.

 

Satan is nothing equal to God—he does not have power over anything. The only thing he can do is to lie about what is given to us. All authority comes from God and God gave all the authority to Jesus when he died on the cross. Therefore we do not fight for victory but we fight from victory!

 

Now there are two options— your will or thy God’s will.

 

Our work is to (1) be like Christ. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit since Jesus left us. And because of this, we have to pursue to be more like Christ—we may not be unblemished but we pursue goodness and Christlikeness. (2) Be a worshipper, the devil is very afraid of a worshipping people. What Satan cannot take from people is passionate and genuine worship. (3) Bring others—for Jesus it is better to bring one lost soul than to bring 99 that do not need to repent. The heavens rejoice for this one soul that you bring closer to Jesus.

 

We must remember that only through Jesus we received the salvation, only by God’s grace we are saved.