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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.

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

The Reason for this Season

The Reason for this Season

December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas, and it’s that time of the year again, where we see our family, friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of Merry Christmas to those who pass us in the streets.