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The Blessed Life! By Pastor Peter Aguila

The Blessed Life! By Pastor Peter Aguila

With unfortunate events going on around us, what does it mean to have a blessed life?

Let’s see what bible says on Genesis 1:28, 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

It says, God, blessed us, the mankind, His creation, and made us rule over His other creations. Be fruitful and increase in number He said. To have a blessed life is to receive and experience favor from God.

God blessed us so that despite the chaos happening around us we will seek in Him to prosper us, Jesus came not to steal or kill, He came to give us life and have it more in abundance!

If this is what God wants for us then why do we experience today the crisis of life? We can read from the Book of Genesis, from the great creation comes the great temptation. When mankind fell into the sin of disobedience, chaos and poverty of life came on us. God’s original design for us is to have a blessed and eternal life, but because of our sin, we are departed from Him and His blessing.          

Our God is a generous God; He wants to bless us and we can repay Him by sharing these blessings to others and by giving back to enlarge His Kingdom here on earth. Giving back to the Father what He has given us is not a choice to make but a commandment we need to obey.

As Malachi 3:10 says, 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Blessings are given to us so we can give back His goodness. We found favor in God and hopefully as Christians, we repay Him through our obedience.

Solomon: The Wisest King and his Heart by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

Solomon: The Wisest King and his Heart by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

King David was very old by then but his household was still in a huge mess. This was the outcome of his committed sin with Bathsheba against God. Problems after problems were faced by King David's family; His son with Bathsheba died; his son Amnon raped his sibling Tamar, Absalom killed Amnon upon knowing it; Absalom ran away and made himself a king after starting a revolt against his father but soon died also, and Adonijah also made himself a king without consulting and considering his father by gathering all the elders of the kingdom.

Now we see that despite the good credentials of King David he wasn’t exempted to God’s punishment. The kingdom was in chaos and so was his household, King David’s sons always tries to get the throne for themselves. But there’s one appointed son of David that the Lord wants to sit on the throne, and it was Solomon. But who is Solomon? He was the son of Bathsheba and King David. When he was set to sit on the throne he was only 20 years old, too young for a king we may think but God chose him to reign.

There are 3 things that Solomon possesses that may be why God chose him over anyone. 3 things that we can consider doing also so that we may live a life pleasing to the Lord.

1. Solomon listened to everything his father said about the Lord – As said in 1 Kings 2:1-4, when the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to his son, Solomon. Solomon did not only considered these instructions from his father but he lived with it. As sons and daughters, we may find it difficult to follow our parent’s instructions and advice but the Lord said, if your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor. Following and obeying our parents isn’t what they just want, we must know that it is a commandment from God; this commandment is what Solomon kept in him that made him deserving of being chosen by God.

2. Solomon has a great love and relationship with the Lord – Solomon loves the Lord and he showed it through his obedience and walk according to the instructions his father left for him. He loves the Lord so much that he had an intimate relationship with Him, one proof is the Lord even appeared to him in his dream and said, “Ask me whatever you want me to give to you.” (1 Kings 3:3-5)

3. Solomon is humble – Unlike any common person who would be arrogant after being given a seat on the throne, Solomon did not boast nor showed any arrogance. He humbled himself to God and asked for guidance and a discerning heart. He prayed that he may govern and rule God’s people, and to distinguish what is right and wrong. He knew that he couldn’t do anything by just himself but all through the Lord. (1 Kings 3:7-9)

Solomon started having a right heart and mindset, but did he ended right? Sadly no, because as he gained riches and fame all through the nations, his wives turned his heart after other gods. His heart had turned away from the God of Israel despite of being commanded not to. Because of this, the Lord told him that He will tear his kingdom out of the hand of Solomon’s son.

It is truly saddening what Solomon turned out to be, but today, we encourage you to continue your walk with God. Let’s all show our faith and love for our Lord through our obedience, humility and progressive relationship with Him.

Obedience is better than Sacrifice by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Obedience is better than Sacrifice by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Back when Samuel was old, he appointed his sons to lead Israel but his sons did not follow his ways. They accepted bribes and perverted justice and so the elders told Samuel to give Israel a king that will lead them all. Samuel prayed unto God and He said that it is not Samuel whom Israel has rejected but the Lord whom they have been rejecting since the day He brought them out of Egypt. God told Samuel to warn Israel that the king that will reign over them will claim everything as his rights. Despite this, Israel still insisted on having a king. And so Samuel anointed a man named Saul, God himself chose Saul. It has been said that there is no one like Saul among all the people. As a child, some of us thought that King Saul is a bad king all along. But he started off as a man chosen by God himself. As time goes by, King Saul become full of himself, he became jealous and disobedient to the Lord. God instructed King Saul to kill all Amalekites along with its animals. But King Saul spared the life of the king of Amalekites as well as its animals. He thought that the Lord would be pleased if he sacrificed those to Him. Samuel said to King Saul that the Lord is more pleased with obedience than sacrifices.

Just like the great King Saul, us people, when we experienced power and privilege can become the very person God doesn’t want us to be. We can be proud of ourselves and do things on our own. We can come short on obeying God while thinking we are doing more for Him. Here are some ideas about why King Saul fail and fall:

1. Sin gives birth to another sin – People tend to make excuses when caught. From our committed sin, we give birth to another sin that makes the situation worse. Just like when Samuel knew that the king and animals’ life were spared, Saul began to tell lies. Trying to redeem himself, he told Samuel that it would be given to the Lord as an offering.

2. 99.9% of Obedience is Disobedience – Always remember that obeying God requires your full trust. You cannot bargain with God, obedience to the Lord cannot be chopped into percentages. It is to obey or disobey.

3. All who exalt themselves will be humbled – As sinners, we hardly avoid blaming other people for our mistakes. We try our hardest to appear blameless putting other people down. But the truth is those who exalt themselves shall face God’s judgment and will be humbled.

4. We cannot fool God – When God tells you to do something, you obey. You cannot offer him something better than full obedience to Him. For God, it is more important that we obey than to offer him worthless things in exchange.

Remember: No sacrifice or offering can compare to a heart that loves the Lord, obeys the Lord and trusts the Lord — it is our best gift to God.