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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.

Our Most Important Role by Pastor John Mateos Ong

Our Most Important Role by Pastor John Mateos Ong

As we celebrate Father’s day, we’ll talk about that one important thing which fathers should know— their role according to God.

Many men today are not taught how to be a good father— or at least just being a father. Some fail on how to be a good one while others, fortunately, had a role model which made them know how to be one.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 tells us a commandment basically pertaining to fathers. A commandment of the Lord that for me every man should know. First, love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength. Second, keep the commandments in your hearts and teach them to your children. Third, talk about them whenever and wherever you are. Wear them like a badge on your hands and foreheads, and write them on your doorframe and gates.

In other words, knowing and teaching Jesus to your household is a father’s most important job.

Reality check, most parents (including mothers) value more other things that they thought is the most important (education, financial support, etc.) though these components are also important, some of the parents tend to forget the most important thing— which is Jesus.

Psalm 127:4 says children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. Our goal as a parent is to release our arrows (children) into society as Christ-centered, Biblically-anchored world changers. We must unleash children who glorify the Lord that they will not be swayed by teachings of the world but will change it through Him.

Now the job of the parents, especially fathers is to prepare their children before they release them into the world. So when the time comes that they need to face society and reality, they will have no fear because they are armed with Jesus’ teachings.

Another reality check is the society we now live in. Full of hatred, vices, wrong behaviors and such. Sadly, we cannot stop these but fortunately, we can expose them to greater things that help them determine what they will become despite the chaotic society.

We can start by teaching them, Jesus. Yes, it is true that we cannot force them to love God but we can always expose them to people and things that may lead them to fall in love with Jesus. Parents’ armor is the Bible, in the church we teach the Bible and in order for these children follow through the teachings, we need to follow through it in the homes. Teach them by letting them see that you also do it.

Let us make it simpler. Since we cannot force them to love God here are 3 things we can expose them to so we can create an environment in our homes that lets your children love the Lord easier.

  1. The Joy of Knowing God - The attitude of a person that doesn’t know God is very different to someone who knows Him. As a parent especially as a father, it is very important that you know and you have the joy of knowing Him. John 17:3 is a lovely verse that tells us, “3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” How can you make them feel the joy of knowing God? (1) The Word, it is good that you set an example of reading and loving the Bible. It is better if everyone in the home reads and understands it. (2) Prayer, prayer is our first line of defense against the enemies. Teach and expose your children how to pray to God, ask for things in humility, and create blessings and credit back to God. Let them know that every good thing comes from the Lord. (3) Presence, help your children get into His presence by creating a place where God can dwell. Cleanse your homes by worshipping and praising Him with the whole household.

  2. Presence and Power in Church - When we receive the Holy Spirit we become the church. What we need to teach our kids is the church is not a part of our lives. It is our life! There are things that aren’t optional, going to church is the best example. Show the Lord your commitment to Him by going to church as a whole family.

  3. The Thrill of being used by God - We must show to our kids that serving Jesus is not a burden. Mark 4:8 says, the seed fell on a good soil produced crop multiplying thirty, sixty and some a hundred. We can tell from this that regardless of how many we produce as a Christian, the important thing is that we let God use us in His work.

More than what we say, our kids look at our actions. And for us, do we really show how much we love the Lord? It is true that some do not have a good father as their example such as the A’s of bad Fathering: Abandoned, Absentee, Away, Abusive, and Angry.

Even if we deny it, fathers have a great impact on their children. We affect a huge percent of how they end up in life.

We may have bad fathers here on earth but don’t forget that we have another father who loves us so much and won’t abandon us. He is just waiting for us to reunite with Him.

If you are or you know someone who needs a love of a father, introduce them to Jesus and change lives. Let them know that there is Jesus who is a perfect father and we are blessed to His children.

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.

The Acts of God by Pastor Peter Aguila

The Acts of God by Pastor Peter Aguila

Christians are surrounded by skeptic people who are questioning and doubting why do we believe and trust in Jesus.

Acts 2, foretold the same situation when the Holy Spirit filled Israelites making them dance, sing, and speak different mother tongues confusing other people. They thought that they are drunk on cheap wine.

That’s when Peter speaks up, stating what prophet Joel spoke, that on the last days, God will pour out His Spirit on all people and they will prophesy. There will be wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Jesus of Nazareth, a man accredited by God to people by miracles, wonders, and signs. He was nailed on the cross, faced death but death was no match for Him because God raised him from the dead.

What a miracle it is that God raised Jesus to life, and Peter and the other people were all witnesses of it. There have been signs, wonders, and miracles performed by God through His Son Jesus, and for us, mere mortals, we must have no room for doubts because it was all laid before our eyes that Jesus is our Savior. As the scripture says, Acts 2:36, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

On Acts 2:37-39, when the people heard about this, they immediately asked Peter what they shall do. And Peter replied with this: Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.

Rejoice for the acts of God on us. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and your hearts with gladness. His coming is near and you, who accept Him as your Lord and Savior, will be saved.

The King of my Heart by Pastor Alex Ruelo

The King of my Heart by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Let’s talk about the kings that once ruled and commanded Israel. Some kings are worthy, and some are not. Some do what is right in the eyes of the Lord while some do what is just right in their eyes.

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles. (1 Samuel 8:19-20)

When King David unites Israel, there has been peace among the nation for a long time. Israel has no enemy and everyone feared David. Solomon succeeded David but after Solomon, Israel has divided again. Why? Before Solomon died, a prophet went to Jeroboam and told him that God will give him Israel. When Solomon knew about this he ordered to kill Jeroboam, and so Jeroboam went away to hide from the King. After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded him. The people told Rehoboam that they were treated badly by his father, and if Rehoboam would treat them right they would serve him as their King. But Rehoboam told them that he would treat them bad more than his father did. This triggered Israel’s revolt against Rehoboam and made Jeroboam their king. Just like the prophecy.

 

Now we have the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom led and ruled by Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Was this what the Lord wants—a divided nation? No, but everything was according to his plan

 

There may be kings that led us to destruction but the Lord gave us a King that will bring us salvation. A king will not just do what he wants to do. The one who will not just listen to what he wants to hear. But the one who will live and walk with God. And that is Jesus Christ.

 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. (Luke 1:31-32)

Out of all kings who ruled and reigned, there are the bad ones, the almost good ones, but only one who is perfect. Sometimes, we may want to be the ruler of our own lives. But as long as you let the wrong one reign in your life, you will not experience salvation. God gave us Jesus Christ. The promise was fulfilled. Jesus Christ will reign. He was the only king that is forever. And for me, he is my only true King.