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Overcoming Rejection and Frustrations by Pastor Joe Balaan

Overcoming Rejection and Frustrations by Pastor Joe Balaan

There are times that we feel discouraged and down. In the bible, there’s one man who felt the same way. Jeremiah—for over 50 years in his ministry he only had 3 companions while everyone else doesn’t believe him. He has been prophesying long before Babylonians conquered Israel but Israel never listened. Jeremiah’s life was threatened and he was being chased, just because he believes in the Lord. If there is someone in the Bible who can complain and give up, it is Jeremiah but he did not give up, he fulfills the Lord’s calling.

Jeremiah 18 will tell us how God delivered His message to Jeremiah through the potter.

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

One principle that we can take from here is we must always remember that it is God who’s shaping us. Forming us in His very hands. Since God is our potter, we should know our callings, how He plans us to be and keep a hold on to it.

Maybe why Jeremiah didn’t lose faith is because it is clear to him that God is calling him to fulfill His will.

The second principle we can take from our passage is our situation is being used as an instrument to hone us. Notice how a potter press and mold clay in the wheel to perfect his creation. Just like God to us His children, we are being put to situations that will mold us closer to Him and a better life.

The third principle, we must know that we are like clay that is on the process of being shaped by God.

The purity of the clay affects how he can be mold or the durability once used. The temperature the clay can withstand affects the quality.

People can tell that Christians are problem-free but being a Christian is full of rejections, discouragement, and frustration. But we must know that God allows these things to happen to us so that in us will reflect His glory and power. We can withstand difficult situations and any pressure as long as we put Him in the center of everything.

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

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.