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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.

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.