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The Higher Ground by Pastor Peter Aguila

The Higher Ground by Pastor Peter Aguila

When God called Moses to climbed up to the top of Mt. Sinai, Moses did not think twice whether to ask why or when Moses just obeyed what the Lord said.

Just thinking about Moses climbing a mountain already seem hard, how much more climbing up to its peak? Our initial reaction to anything that we think is too much for us to handle is to feel nervous and scared. To feel anxious about what the Lord is planning to do.

The spirit of fear always overcome us first but the Lord wants you to overpower that fear and embrace the beauty behind this enormous calling God has set before you. Remember when David fought Goliath? Or when Moses separates the Red Sea? We won’t know the power of God we know today if these people let themselves be eaten by their fear—if they disobeyed God and turn from the higher ground (situation) God wants them to reach.

Our Lord is our redeemer, in every situation He wants us to rise from that and see His beautiful plan for us. When He saved us and we were born again, His plan is for us to be with Him in Heaven. We cannot see and experience His great gift for us if we are too afraid to rise up from each situation the world is throwing at us.

We must know, being a Christian is being unafraid of whatever Goliath or great sea is in front because we have a bigger God that got our back and He is on the move to help us rise every time.

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.

The Call of Elisha by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Call of Elisha by Pastor John Mateos Ong

In one way or another, we’ll all be called to do our purpose. Elisha, the prophet Elijah’s protégé is just like us who have been called to serve. When the two met they already know that they need to team up for the Lord’s glory. And just like that, Elisha followed Elijah and became his servant. As servants of the Lord’s work, what would you do if this happens to you? Would you sacrifice everything you have and go on the Lord’s way or would you have second thoughts?

If your answer is the first one then praise God, but if your answer is the latter let me tell you one thing that we can pick up from the brave move Elisha made.

1. God is calling—surrender everything – no one is called just to sit back and give tithes. All of us have two callings—our general calling which is to share Jesus and disciple others, and our unique calling, which can be anything that God knows you’ll be successful. Try it out, after all, no one fails when going the Lord’s way.

Let’s continue the story, the Bible records 14 miracles of Elijah which some of these are his prophecies. Fast forward to 2 Kings 2, it is time for Elijah to go. The Lord instructed Elijah to go to Bethel, Jericho then Jordan. But Elisha refused to leave Elijah so they went together. For the last time, Elijah asked Elisha what does he want before the Lord take him. Elisha then answered to give him two portions of Elijah’s spirit. Elijah then said, 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” After this, a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

So the Lord granted what Elisha asked and the Bible records twice as many miracles Elijah made.

2. Don’t be shy to ask for a Double Portion – double portion can mean 2 things, first is twice the power or to be considered as a firstborn, this means you will get a double portion of the inheritance. Elisha bravely asked for a double portion and it was given to him. We can clearly say that God is generous. He wants to bless us but he is just waiting for us to ask.

Because of Elisha’s request granted, he exhibited more miracles and prophesied more, even the plans of the King of Aram. And because of this, the king was alarmed and confronted his army to reveal who has been sabotaging their plan. One of them told that there was this man named Elisha who is prophesying to the King of Israel.

When the servant asked Elisha how would they defeat the Aramean, Elisha prayed to Yahweh and said: “open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw the hills full of horses of fire and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

3. Open your Spiritual Eyes – most of the time we are already content with things we see because we are not aware that there is another world, which is the spiritual world that is invisible to the naked eye. For us to see this, we need to open our spiritual eyes. Now, if there are two worlds how does it affect us? We can determine where we are focusing on which world we are seeing. When in times that we pray and nothing happens it shows that we are only looking at the physical world. We must remember Ephesians 6:12, we are not to fight with people but with the spiritual evil that surrounds us. We can use words, our knowledge and wisdom, the signs and wonders and even angels to fight against these spiritual enemies. The Bible said so that our words if we declare in the name of Jesus has power.

How can we open our spiritual eyes?

Through faith, it is when we trust in what we see by the spirit. (2 Cor. 5:7) By being born again, it is only when you are born again with the spirit that you will see the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3) By seeking, if you still can’t see God it is because you are not looking or you are not looking with a repentant heart of faith. (Deut. 4:29) Through prayer and anointing, the servant’s eyes were opened when Elisha prayed for him while in Revelation says, anoint your eyes with a salve that you may see. (Rev. 3:18)

When Elisha served his purpose, he died with a severe illness. King Joash went to him and said the same thing Elisha said when Elijah was taken up to heaven. “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

Being a man of God doesn’t exempt you to illnesses, we may question our faith because of these circumstances. We may excuse that the Lord is not real because if He is He won’t allow you to be in such a situation. But this is what we need to know, as we serve our purpose and do what is God’s will for us our rewards aren’t to be found here on earth but in heaven.

When we die believing in Jesus Christ, no matter in what way, He will grant us our reward in heaven—the promise is not here but in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Dare my King by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Dare my King by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Prophet Elijah is one of the many characters in the Bible that has the most amazing story. The most remarkable one is that time when he dared the prophets of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel to show the power of their “god” Baal by burning the sacrifice. The 800+ prophets did everything they could but there was no manifestation of Baal. Elijah on the other hand, poured water on the sacrifice to emphasize the power of the Lord, and immediately it burned. This brought deeper anger to the queen that made her want to kill Elijah. So Elijah runs for his life and prayed unto God, weeping, and asking him to just end his life and take him. God showed favor to Elijah and ordered him to take a rest through an angel. When Elijah woke up there was food beside him.

Through Elijah, we learned that our faith, brings us blessings and in Him, we found favor and rest even through transgressions. Here are 3 major lessons from the story of prophet Elijah:

1. Always remember God’s goodness and faithfulness – people often look at the bigger things, bigger opportunities, bigger blessings that we forget to see the little things that God has been giving us. We are eager to receive that one huge thing we want from God that we neglect all the little good things we are receiving. God’s goodness is relentless, His faithfulness is strong, and we, Christians must see that every day in our lives, God has been providing us blessings, we just forget to acknowledge these little blessings.

2. Problems are not from God – when we face difficulties we immediately turn to God and ask Him why is he giving us problems. What we do not know is these problems are not from God. Sometimes or more often than not, we create our own problems, our own sufferings and once we are on that position Satan will move and bring in more misery. What we can do is to pray and turn to God, and converse with Him the right way. Let Him search your heart and correct it. Rewire your heart, mind, and spirit that you know that once you are in a difficult situation, you turn to God not to ask Him why but to ask Him to help you.

3. In the time of waiting, God is moving – If we remember the story, Elijah and the whole Israel waited for the rain. It is hard to wait and keep the faith. It is hard not to wonder why God is letting you be in “this” situation. It is hard not to ask God of the things we don’t understand. Yes, it is hard because we are just human, but He is God. In the time of our waiting, know that He is moving, He is preparing something, and what He only wants us to do is keep our faith in Him.

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.