PRAYER

Do not let Satan get you down or make you think of quitting your plans
just because everything doesn’t start off right. Pray and seek the Lord
for direction and guidance and He is faithful to hear and answer your
prayers.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall
direct thy paths.”

Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it
shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I
please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says
the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a
hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen
to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all
your heart.”

1 Thes. 5:16-18″Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

“Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Some people believe that God answers YES and sometimes NO. However, below verses says that God always hears and answer our prayers, but there is a condition-prayers request must be according to His Will which is represented by His Words.

1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will HE hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

James 4: You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

Philippians 4: 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus

So, God never denies our prayer request, if it’s according to HIS Will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do Not Conform to the Pattern of This World

Do not conform to the pattern of this world.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world”, Paul says to the Romans- Romans 12:22

The questions is ,”What are the patterns of this world”? Let us not forget that the Devil has created in this world an atmosphere that is ungodly, and which leads people away from God and into sin. This affects what we always think or do on a daily basis.1 John 5:15, “We know that we are children of God and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5:19. We must be spiritually aware to know what is from God and not.

How shall we know the balance? The answer is coming: “be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” My prayer is that this message is part of that mind-renewal that will help you prove what is the will of God.

“The wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them. . . . Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Expose them! This is not going to go down well. Which is why Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” That happens when you are “not conformed” to the world.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19-20.

Hindi ba kapag mayroong mga okasyon that somebody is inviting you for a merriment -inuman, party, watching concert of famous band and you turned them down, sasabihing ‘KJ” ka.  Kapag may umpukan in a group and you are part of the group and you single out yourself, sasabihing ,” ayaw mong makijoin”. They might also think of something negatively about your attitude towards them. Hindi ba during the OT, God doesn’t want the Jews to marry or join the non Jews people. Why? These non Jews do not acknowledge the true God. God showed to the Jews or Israelite to show men that there is powerful God that we have to obey.

Friendship with the world is enmity to God.” James 4:4 God wants our obedience. Paul said that we should not join with the sexually immoral. The world will hate you if you follow God’s precept. Our thoughts, and our actions should always be in conformity with God’s. If you are with God, the world will hate you.

 

Baptism

Have you been baptized with water and the Holy Spirit? I remember I was baptized in the catholic church when I was still 1 year old said my mom, and later had another baptism at the age 7, called confirmation.

After I have been born again, I learned the truth about baptism. Many people would ask why do we have to go through baptism. Baptism brings about new being in Christ.  It illustrates the passing of the Israel people on the dead sea, thousand years ago to have a new life with God. Israel people used to be slaves in Egypt and the same baptism gives you freedom from being slaves of Satan or of this world.

Christ was baptized in the Jordan river by John the Baptist at age 30 which from when He (Jesus) started His ministry. Baptism is fully submersion in water to create a new whole thing of your being, so you submerge your whole body in water. Do you only change your head or some part of the body? Change should be the whole body and soul. You do not baptized only your head, just like in the catholic church. Before being baptized, a person must have a full understanding of what is good and evil and understanding of God. You can dedicate a child at a young age, but not baptism.

It’s cutting off the old from the new. When we are baptize, we no longer have the old self. We became new souls. We used to be under Adam’s race which we adopt sins, but when Jesus came, it put an end to Adam’s race and put up a new being under Him. Jesus is the last race from Adam putting end to Adam’s race. See the verse below:

1Corinthians 15:47 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

The first man who was Adam came from the dust of the earth and the second who is Jesus, came from heaven.

Without baptism of water in Christ everybody is dead, but we live with the baptism in water in  Christ. Why Christ had to be baptized? Because He too, became man in human flesh which had the seed of Adam and Eve. Why we now have to be baptized in water in Christ. Remember, that our salvation came from Jesus who died on the cross, so from then on our baptism is with Jesus Christ. We declare our belief in Christ in our baptism.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Why do we have to be baptized in Holy Spirit? Holy Spirit is the gift of God for our guidance and righteousness. Without the Holy Spirit in your life, it is impossible for you to fight the evil of this world. Therefore,  baptism in water in Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit is what a man needs to be born again -a new life in God Jesus Christ

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit .

The flesh is of the world and the spirit is of God. Magpapahuli ka ba? Ayaw mo bang makasama ang Panginoon or mas gusto mong nasa impiyerno? It’s your choice now. Now is the time to make a choice.

To God Be the Glory Now and Forever! Amen!

The Name of Jesus

THE POWERFUL NAME OF JESUS

Born again Christians know the reasons why we have chosen Jesus only, as our Lord and Savior. I’m sharing these words from the bible to our non believer colleagues, so they too, would be informed about the importance of having Jesus in their life and therefore, should not go to other gods who are not really gods, to be saved.

PHILIPPIANS 2

Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (You see how powerful His name is?)

An angel of God showed to Joseph in a dream that he had to name Jesus to a baby boy that will be born by Mary, his then fiancée. Jesus means , to save people from their sins, said the angel. Jesus is a Greek translation of Hebrew name  Yeshua , since there’s no letter J in their alphabet. However, whatever name is called to our Lord  like Jesus or Yeshua as long as it refers to Him, God is all-knowing. And, Jesus name is powerful.

Powerful than any diseases, powerful than any difficult situation, powerful than death. There’s actually no need to say Latin words as in the form of incantation to exorcise a person. Just the name of Jesus, can overcome, can overpower anything, everything. His name is a strong refuge, you have instant delivery through His name. However, the person doing it must have the ardent faith on Jesus to do such thing, and must have to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to invoke on His name.

JOHN 16
23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
 
ISAIAH 12
 And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples,  proclaim that his name is exalted.

PROVERBS 18

10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe

TESTIMONIES:

I used to watch 700 Club. That’s where I started to become a Born Again Christian. I had accepted Christ through that channel and had watched so many amazing stories such as : terminal cancer healed, a dead brought back to live, an impossible reconciliation of agitated parties, etc(so many stories). You can see for yourselves. The show  goes on air Mondays through Fridays at 11:30 pm or 12: midnight. You will not regret watching it.

I myself have several testimonies on calling upon His name and a miracle happened. I had shared it on my previous email. His daily protection on my daily travel. I have had several near accident that was saved because of my faith invoking on His powerful name. I have had  prayer answered instantly,  the very moment I requested for it. Perhaps, it was so ardent, that it made me feel so anxious that it should be done that day.

JEREMIAH 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”. 

MARANATHA YESHUA!

Something We Need to Realize

LUKE 14:12-14

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

When we have feast in our home, we would normally invite our own families, friends or neighbors whom we have personally or financially business with.  Yung mga kapitbahay nating mas madalas na tumatanghod pag may handaan ay yung mga talagang wala; Mga scavenger ang mga hanapbuhay or mga walang hanapbuhay, madalas silang nakatanaw pag may handaan. Normally, dahil hindi natin sila kakilala at parang “yuck”, they are never invited. Minsan, sa isang restaurant may mga nanghihingi ng pagkain, madalas , tsinutsupi sila ng mga food attendants dahil bawal sa kanila at makakasira sa establishment kaya mga guwardiya hindi sila pinapapasok.

Ngayon naging mas mabait na ang mga tao because the Gospel has been spread all over. Pinapaupo pa nga ang mga pulubi at pinapakain. I did this too, and proud to be one of the good Samaritan. Still, meron pa ding mga taong tsinutsupi ang mga palaboy na nanghihingi ng food sa mga restaurant.

Here is another thing, if somebody ask financial help ,let’s say, nanghihiram  ng pera kasi pampadoktor, pamasahe para makapasok or pambyad ng tubig or meralco, or may nanglilimos na kumakatok sa pinto nyo, do you immediately lend or give them money if you have some ?Normally, you would withhold your money at sasabihing  walang pera kasi binayad sa ganito, pambili ng ganito , etc or something like what was stated in the Book of Proverbs as below. These are  the natural reaction of most people.

Proverbs 3:27-28

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”–when you have it with you

According to Luke, Jesus said that we should give to people whom we would not expect nothing in return, just like those crippled, the blind, the lame, the poor. Wala naman tayong mahihita sa mga yan kung tutulungan natin sila. However, what you do to them, you are doing it for God. It’s God that will repay you without you knowing it. It’s like lending God your money to these people because He will pay you back for it.

These hapless people, they can only pray to God for help on their needs and once they have it, of course, they will thank God for it and God is delighted.

Here are verses from the Word of God regarding helping the needy.

Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Galatians 6:2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others

Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.
Ang mga mahihirap at nangangailangan ay nilikha ng Dios upang makita ang laman ng ating puso’t isipan. If you want to please God and wants to fulfill the gospel of Christ so we can be part of Him, let’s abide in Him.
Let’s give glory to God by giving and God is forever praised by those who received it.

 

Would You Care to Follow Him

Luke 14:23-33

25Sumama kay Jesus ang napakaraming tao; humarap siya sa kanila at kanyang sinabi, 26“Hindi maaaring maging alagad ko ang sinumang umiibig sa kanyang ama at ina, asawa at mga anak, mga kapatid, at maging sa sarili niyang buhay nang higit sa akin.

Most people does not understand this. Why would God said this. We normally would give first priority to our loved ones and because they are our family, we loved them.
 
Following God is a burden to most people. If only people do understand the importance of God in their life, they would give God first attention. I would like to reiterate that the first commandment of God is, “Love God with all your mind, with all your heart and with all your might.”
 
The verse below reinforce the above statement of Jesus Christ.
 
Matthew 8:22
Isa pa sa mga tagasunod niya ang nagsabi, “Panginoon, pauwiin po muna ninyo ako para maipalibing ko ang aking ama.” 22Pero sinabi ni Jesus sa kanya, “Sumunod ka sa akin at ipaubaya mo sa mga patay ang paglilibing ng kanilang patay.”
 
Why would Jesus said that. Imagined mo ipapaubaya mo ang paglibing ng magulang mo sa iba. what does God means in His statement. But, Jesus does not meant this literally. Kasabihan sa tagalog na “pag gusto, may paraan, pag ayaw, may dahilan”. Hindi ba’t ganyan ang marami sa mga taong gusto mong dalhin sa Panginoon? There will always be reasons.
 Madalas mas binibigyan nating halaga ang ating mga mahal sa buhay or ating sarili or kasiyahan na pangsarili, kaysa pagsunod sa ating Panginoon.
Mga Halimbawa: May mga taong mas higit na nangangailangan ng pagkain , gamot, damit na ating nakikita sa paligid, subalit ang pera mo ay para lamang sa pangtuition ng anak mo, or pangdebut, or pambili ng bagong damit or panghanda sa isang celebration at kung ano ano pang dahilan. Magagawa mo bang mgbigay sa kaunting pera mo para sa  nangangailangan kaysa mga bagay na nakalaan dito na pinaglalaanan mo? Hindi ka naman nagkakasala dito kung hindi mo gagawin, subalit ang paguna mo sa kapakanan ng nangangailangan ay kasiyahan ng ating Panginoon and blessings will come upon this person.
2 Corinthians 11
11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Araw ng pagsamba, pero anniversary ninyong magasawa or birthday ng isa sa mahal mo sa buhay at abala ka sa paghahanda or may bisita at iba pang kadahilanan. Madalas hindi ka pupunta sa bahay sambahan upang magpuri at sumamba sa Panginoon na napakahalaga sa Kanya. Ang papuri at pagsamba mo ay mahalaga sa Panginoon.
             Matthew 16:24-26English Standard Version (ESV)
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Our Lord Jesus, when he was here in the world, submitted to the disgraces and distresses of poverty; for our sakes he became poor. He had not a place of rest, not a house of his own. He and his disciples live  upon the charity of good hearted people. Di ba sa time din ni Paul nagtulungan sa pagbigay ng pangangailangan ng simbahan ang mga mananampalataya. Pinagbili nila ang kanilang mga ariarian para sa gawain ng mga mananampalataya kay Kristo.
We, as human is always desiring for good things in life. We want to take care of ourselves first above others. Of course this includes our loved ones. Let’s say your loved  one is sick and you want to tend to him/her. Somebody invited you to a worship. Your tendency is to reject the invitation di ba? Remember Martha and Maria; when Jesus came, Maria came to Jesus to listen, pero si Martha abala sa pagaasikaso sa paghahanda and told Jesus to have Maria assist her sa paghahanda.
 
Luke 10:41
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
Following Jesus is leaving the life of comfort and trust in Him for all your worries. Sabi nga Niya,” cast all your cares upon Him.”
Remember that a life in heaven is our reward or incentives in following Jesus. Would you care to follow Him?
TO JESUS, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, all glory, majesty, power, honor and authority forever and ever. AMEN.

Joining the Feast of the Lord

Jesus always speaks in parables and those who truly seek Him can understand what He is trying to say. Kahit ikaw kaibigan.

There are 2 parable of the banquet found in the Book. One from Matthew and one from Luke. They both have almost the same story, but Matthew story is more harsh. In totality, they have the same thought.
LUKE 14:15-24-The Parable of the Banquet 
16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.
17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’
19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’
20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
You see not any of those invited ever came. It seems here that those invited has already been waiting for this great event, but these people invited did not accede to the invitation. All has his own excuses and they seem not interested to join the feast. Why is it so?
We all believe that there is God whom we count for our needs and help and whom one day we could be with, but we don’t bother to come to Him or do any effort to join His feast. His feast is the Heaven’s Kingdom. Joining Jesus in His heavenly kingdom is hard for people who are preoccupied with  worldly things. Normally, these people are those enjoying life at the moment and they seem not to need God in their situation.
Hindi ba’t pag nageenjoy ka sa buhay ay maisasantabi mo Siya. He is out of your life because He seems to be a hindrance to all these worldly enjoyment. If somebody invited you to a bible study and you have a choice to join your friend to watch a show or go malling, mas madalas pipiliin mo ang sumama sa kaibigan mo going to the mall, or somebody sent you God’s word, but you’d rather read news or what’s new in showbiz or look for new gadgets, etc.
Bilang isang Kristiyano, tayo ay dapat na nasa bahay sambahan sa bawat araw na available tayo sa pagsamba. Pwede naman nating gawin sa ibang panahon ang mga bagay bagay na hindi gaanong mahalaga. Dito makikita kung gano kahalaga sa yo ang ating Panginoon. Hindi baga’y ang Unang Utos ng Dios ay “Love God above all things, with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your might”. so, matinding pagmamahal itong unang utos ng Dios.  Kung naunawaan po natin ito, ang pagsamba sa Panginoon ay bagay na napakahalaga para sa ating Panginoon. This is the first commandment of God. He should be the first thing in life. You see kaya Niya tinawag na kaibigan si Abraham and changed the name Abram to Abraham, because Abraham believe in God kahit hindi pa niya ito nakita. Hindi ba mas masaya ka pag ikaw ang inuuna ng “crush” or “love” mo kesa ibang bagay. Parang ganun ang ating Panginoon. Masaya Siyang inuuna mo Siya
           21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
So, instead those who needs God quickly accede to the invitation. Hindi ba pag problemado tayo dun lang tayo madalas lumalapit sa Dios, specially kung may mabigat kang karamdaman or napakabigat na problema. So, ang ipinatawag Niya ay yung may mga kapansanan which means sila ang nangangailangan sa Kanya. Pag nasa ratay ka ng karamdaman, masaya kang dalawin ng mga taong magdadalangin sa yo or maghatid ng Salita ng Dios…..parang Siya ang kailangan mo sa oras na yun. However, in times of your enjoyment of worldly life, going to church, reading bible is a second choice for you.
           22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
           23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to   come in, that my house may be filled.
           24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.‘”
The feast here is the celebration to be with the risen Lord Jesus. However, only people who seek the Lord  join the feast. Remember that the grace of God abounds until you are dead physically. God always comes to you and keeps on inviting you to join Him, but most people invited has each own worldly reasons. Today is the time, when Jesus comes to you and invited you to His celebrations, do not reject it. It might be your last time and you cannot taste His banquet.
Paulit ulit po tayo dahil paulit ulit din po ang mga paalala ng ating Panginoon.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY NOW AND FOREVER! AMEN.