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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

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

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.