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Come & Receive the 6 Promises in the Book of Isaiah! by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Come & Receive the 6 Promises in the Book of Isaiah! by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The book of Isaiah is a one wonderful and amazingly long book among the books in the Bible. But who is Isaiah? And why did God send him to preach to Israel?

Prophet Isaiah came during Israel’s dark times. Like how they are long before, Israel forgot again to do what is good in the eyes of the Lord. So, God sent Isaiah to preach and warn the Israelites to repent and turn to the Lord before it’s too late. He also preached that there would be a messiah coming soon. But the Israelites ignored him, which is why God gave them in the hands of the Assyrians. When they are now captives of Assyrians, Prophet Isaiah preached again to them and gave them a promise of redemption. This time, the Israelites listened.

The book of Isaiah has 66 chapters, which in the first 39 chapters talks about the judgment and the last 27 chapters talks about the comfort, restoration, and mercy under the Messiah.

Now, with all the preaching we can find in the book of Isaiah, it all boils down to 3 words—COME AND RECEIVE! The Lord says, come now and let us settle the matter. (Isaiah 1) This short but sweet verse says the Lord invites us to come now. It involves Him and us. He will be with us with this matter.

One may ask, what can I gain from coming to Jesus? Why is it so important to reply to His invitation? Here are 6 promises you can receive when you come to Jesus!

1. Forgiveness - the Lord said, though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18) The Lord gave us a promise that when you come to this Messiah, He will give you the forgiveness of your sins. Even if it is as red as the crimson, even though you thought it is unforgivable. Through Jesus, you are forgiven

2. Peace - You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You. (Isaiah 26:3) The promise isn’t God will take away the challenges, trials, disappointments but He promised that He will give peace to those who trust in Him. Peace despite struggles and transgressions.

3. Guidance - The Lord will always guide you. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21) Once you really come to Jesus wherever you may be, he will guide you.

4. Strength - God’s promise is strength where there is a weakness. He will renew your weakness to strength from Him. Physical, mental, moral and especially your spiritual weakness, when you come and trust Him, he will exchange your weariness/weakness to strength. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

5. Protection - The Lord who made us promised that he will save us. Do not be afraid for He will save us. Even though we pass through deepest waters or walk through the raging fire, he will redeem us, whom He created. (Isaiah 43:1-2)

6. Restoration - I want you to know that the Lord wants to restore you! But you have to come to Him. He wants to bring you back to how He created you! Isaiah 55:6-8 says, seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near!” Today is the best time to repent and forsake your unrighteous thoughts. Turn to the Lord and let Him restore you

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.