Sunday, October 25, 2015

INTIMACY

Title: intimacy
By: Pastor Angelico Sangalang

1 John 15:21, NLT, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”

In our Christian walk, our goal is to be Christ like. But if we ask ourselves today, does intimacy with God our major concern? Doing what is good is of the practices to help us be more like Christ but let us remember that it’s not the only thing to do.

Our main goal in this lifetime is to go back to God. Our top priority is to establish an unshakable intimacy with Him.

Ironically, sometimes, the very think that takes our hearts away from God are not the bad things but the good things He has given us.

Let us take a look at these simply but important principles that we should ponder on.

Our goal is not only to know God, but to seek him. Not only to talk about Him, but actually talk to Him. Not only to rely on Him, but to relate with Him.

Our utmost goal is intimacy. Intimacy is the reward of commitment. When you feel like you’ve lost your way, go back to the center of it all, Jesus. If it’s not God whom you prioritize then it is not right anymore.

Matthew 6:33, AMP, “Bur first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right-the-attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.”

Two important God-Statements
First, where are you now? (Genesis)

And, you have lost your first love. (Revelations 2:2-4)

PRAY THE WORD

Title: Pray the Word
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

When we go back to our identity in Christ we know that we are forgiven, saved, healed and favoured. Our identity in him is everything. To understand more about our identity we will talk about two powerful truths that will help us to reinforce our foundation in Christ.

1.   Jesus came to reveal the Father’s heart.
We live in a world of orphans. Orphans have uncertainties with their identity and these uncertainties lead to tireless seeking of approval and acceptance from people. Others think they will find life’s meaning in promotions. Hence, they end up struggling striving for more because of the after all, they are still unsatisfied.
When Jesus came, He showed what really matters. He came to reveal the Father’s Heart – the love that gives us assurance, satisfaction and confidence.

2.   Jesus came to release the Father’s blessing.
Blessings are not about materials things. It’s not about what we want but about what we need. The father’s blessings restore our identity, give purpose in our lives, assure us of our identity and connect us to His unlimited resources.

Pray the Word

Understanding our true identity leads to fulfilling our very purpose in life. Being God’s children, it is also logical to say that we are also heirs to God’s riches and we now have access to God’s unlimited resources.

But if we want to tap God’s unlimited resources, we ought to pray the word. There is power in declaration. When we declare God’s word, it accomplished its purpose and never returns void!


The next time you read your Bible, make each verse a prayer. Say it so you can hear it. Believe it. Be confident. Be intentional. This will give dynamics to your prayers. Wait as miracles unfold right before your very eyes.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FEARLESS


Title: Fearless
By: Pastor William Galang
 
 
Matthew 9:1-8, NASB,Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.”And he got up and went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
 
Jesus offers not muscles but mercy
Uncertainty about eternity is the Godzilla of all angst. Being afraid was first experiences when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden. Digging deeper, it’s not just disobedience – disobedience was a by-product of man’s disregard of God.
But God gives mercy. He knows that with our own strength it is impossible to work for our salvation – only Jesus was qualified to do that! So God gives mercy up until now.
 
Grace gives birth to courage
Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace! And nothing fosters fear like the ignorance of it. Titus 2:11 says, “God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!” In verse 15, “Tell them all this. Build up their courage.”
 
Grace defangs fear
In the Bible, “Do not fear” was mentioned 365 times, enough to sustain our everyday living. God knows we are vulnerable to living in fear because the world is conditioning insecurities in our hearts and minds. But the Word of God is our sword and shield! There are enough promises to hold on to, to be fearless!
 
We are certain that salvation is ours in Christ Jesus! Nothing like the grace God gives us! Grace through only One Person – JESUS!
 
 

Monday, September 28, 2015

LIVE OUT YOUR IDENTITY

Title: Live Out Your Identity
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Many Christians live the Christian journey without experiencing the fullness of God’s blessing found in Jesus Christ. Why do many Christians live their lives lacking? Trying? Struggling? Doubting? Murmuring? Losing?

Maybe our minds are not aligned with out new hearts. We have a new heart, but we think just like how we used to think before we came to know Christ. It won’t work. There has to be an alignment of the heart and mind.

The true satisfaction in life and all its fullness are only found in Jesus! Jesus is the biggest blessing. Jesus is enough. Jesus is everything.

How do we live out our identity in Christ?

Wake up Son-Conscious, not slave- Conscious!

In Christ we are no longer orphans, we are no longer slaves. In Christ we became children of God. There has to be a conscious effort of setting our minds to this truth.

If we don’t understand that God is our Father, we will always live like orphans. The result is looking for love in the wrong places. We go from church to church, from one lifegroup to another, and from one relationship to another.

Renewing our minds is about thinking about God’s thoughts towards us! That is going back to our true identity again. We are God’s children, He loves us unconditionally. If we know this truth, we will never be afraid again. More so, if we understand this, it will lead us to intimacy.

Intimacy is knowing that we are known.

Speak Life!

The tongue has the power of life and death. And those who love it will eat its fruit. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Live thankful!

God did not create you for you – He created you for Him! You are not the center, He is! It’s not about you, it’s about HIM!

God is asking you to give up something you were not made to be. You were not created to be selfish, arrogant, proud, envious, and covetous…


If you find out who you really are in Christ, you’ll be thankful for the life God has given you. Life is a gift. Grace is a gift. Love is a gift. When you understand that all you have is a gift, you’ll be thankful!
Sunday, September 13, 2015

IDENTITY IN CRISIS, IDENTITY IN CHRIST

Title: Identity in Crisis, Identity in Christ
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Ephesians 3:18-19, “18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Your identity is connected to your destiny. As a matter of fact, your identity in Christ is the core if everything. Knowing our true identity encourages us to live in the truth – and that is called true freedom.

There are two things that establish our identity – one is the Breath of Life that comes from God and His unconditional love for us! Without the breath of life, we are dead. Similarly, without the unconditional love of God, are of no value.

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

God’s love is unconditional, unending and eternal. And yes, God, Himself, is love. He is consistent. He is not fickle minded. He is never moody and He’s not unpredictable. God’s love always sets us free from performance mindset.

LOVE IS A CHOICE. Part of the nature of love is a choice. If there is no choice, there is no love. God’s love towards us is a choice. And part of the expression of His love for us is His gift of freedom to choose. Without this gift, we are not humans, we are just robots.

However, humans use this will to keep from doing evil and choose to do good, believing this is the way of life. It simply doesn’t work. Our good is never enough. God did not give us the gift of choice to choose between two branches – the good or the evil. More precisely, He has given us the gift of choice between two trees – the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Furthermore, God gave us our will to choose to surrender. To surrender means to cease to act. Giving all to Him. Trusting Him in everything. Letting God take full control.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

IDENTITY IN CHRIST

By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Genesis 2:7, KJV, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Now that we know that our identity is in Christ, we take a deeper look about who are really are. To understand our identity further, we need to go back to the Source and understand “Who” do we come from.

We were created out of love. And God breathed life into us, lavishing each one of us with His unfailing love. Death is not just merely a physical phenomenon – it is so much more than that! Death is the disconnection of man from the Source of Life.

Death happened when man chose the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil over the Tree of Life. Ever since, man has operating on knowledge, probing ways on how to find the way back to the Source of Life – but they totally lost it!

“I am the way, the truth, and the life” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father”. – John 14:6, NIV

There goes our Answer – JESUS. Not any form of good work and good behaviour could match this massive offer of Jesus – His Life!

We find our identity in Christ. He is the Source. To go back to our true identity means to go back to Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less.



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Monday, August 17, 2015

VICTORIOUS FAITH

Title: Victorious Faith
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

“Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” – Ezra Taft Benson

Admit it or not, we face battles every day. Yes, every-single-day. In fact for all believers, it has never been a promise to live a trouble-free life. Furthermore, Jesus said, “In this world you will have many troubles…”

Strange as it may seem, despite all these apparently forewarnings, the beautiful truth is that we already have victory. Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ Jesus. What He has done on that Cross was never in vain and it is free to receive.

Victory comes by faith. The way of victory is the way of faith. Victorious living comes by living faith.

Truths we should know (in facing our battles!)

We don’t need to face our battles ALONE. “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” What a promise” the Almighty God, the Lord of the Angel Armies will fight for us!

We submit to God and God will fight for us. “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7


We don’t fight toward victory, we fight FROM VICTORY. This is a very basic truth that we must always be reminded every single day. We cannot victorious lives with defeated attitudes. Victory is ours. All we do is claim, enforce, and live it out!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BRAVE FAITH

Title: Brave Faith
By: Pastor Anthony Martinez

Psalm 16:8, NLT, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”

A solid faith is the foundation that cultivates brave faith. This kind of faith encourages us to follow Him and to take risks and eventually step out of the boat and walk on water.

Brave faith lets us do the right thing no matter what the circumstances are. We do not base our decisions on what we see but we put our absolute trust in God’s purpose and plan for us, even if we not see them.


Fortune favors the brave. The adventures of brave faith begin with God’s faithfulness and yours. Your brave faith is a recipe for miracles.




Credits to HisLife Publication
Sunday, July 19, 2015

SOLID FAITH

Title: Solid Faith = Solid Life
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez


Hebrews 11:1, 6 NIV, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

What do we do for us to have faith? Do we earn it or work for it? The good news about faith is that God gives it to us freely. But it doesn’t just end there. Once you receive the gift of faith you need to mature it, use it and exercise it.

Solid faith is about trusting God and testing your own character. A solid faith is not only about wishful thinking. You can’t speak about faith without talking about obedience. It is your greatest testimony of faith in God.

God expects us to grow our gifts. We should be diligent, excellent and unique when we execute God’s will. They you will see that God arranges your every experience according to his purpose.



Credits to HisLife Publication
Monday, June 22, 2015

REDEEMING THE TIME

Title: Redeeming the Time
By: Pastor William B. Galang

There are two things in life that we cannot take back, words when you already said them, and time that has already passed.

Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT,So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Now we want to take a closer look at time. This is equally allotted for all. Rich or poor, young or old, we are only given 24 hours a day. More than ever God wants us to spend our time wisely. He wants us to follow him.


Making good use of our time is of ultimate importance because the days are evil, we don’t have much time left, and time itself is not ours.

WHAT YOU ARE, WHERE YOU ARE, WILL DIRECT WHERE YOU WILL BE

Title: what you are, where you are, will direct where you will be
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Matthew 6:25-27, NLT,That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

Monotonous and boring or relentless and eventful? How do you describe your life now? Life isn’t about how much you control it. Life is about how you decide today that redeems your past and determines your future.

We cannot do anything about the past anymore, more so we can’t find out the future as well. Giving your best and staying faithful are the keys. Where you are right now is the best place to start moving, to start conquering, and to start succeeding!

Grow where you are.
Overcome where you are.
Pass the test where you are.


What you do today can have a great impact on you tomorrow. Today, God has placed you in a situation where he wants you to learn and to be refined for a greater purpose that he has in store for you. Do not worry and stay focused on what God wants you to do, now!
Thursday, June 11, 2015

GOD’S TIMING

Title: GOD’S TIMING
moving in the direction of god’s will
by: Ptr. Anthony Martinez 

Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT, "So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

One of the most common issues of life applicable to everybody is the issue of perfect timing! It is, in fact, very tricky! No same formulas or principles have been discovered to uncover its mystery.

If we’re not too hasty on things, we delay. Vice versa.

As far as God is concerned, His timing is the best, with wisdom, with blessings, with purpose, and is always beautiful. And this is what we should aim for—GOD’S PERFECT TIMING!

The word TIME is described in two Greek words: CHRONOS and KAIROS. Chronos means sequential time while Kairos is an event, opportunity and a moment in time everything changes because it is the right time.

Wondering if there’s a secret to knowing God’s perfect time for everything? Any formula, maybe? The answer is no, there is no hard and fast rule to be in the path of God’s perfect timing. The way to know this is to know Him, His ways and obey Him.  Understanding God’s timing is about knowing Him.


Wait for the Kairos Moment – when the Eternal God breaks in to your circumstances in an event that will gather the loose ends of your life, and know them together in his hands.
Monday, May 25, 2015

I TOUCH THE SKY WHEN MY KNEES HIT THE GROUND

Title: I touCh the Sky when my knees hit the Ground
Fiel Martinez

Surrendering and humility are two words often looked down upon in this world. These two words more often than not equates to weakness and lack of authority.

1 Peter 5:5-7, NLT, "In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Humility attracts heaven
In this world we need to be on top to be recognized at school, in the office, and also in a group. But with God it works in a very different way. For us to be able to touch God’s heart we need to humble ourselves. Humility makes God smile. Humility is the spirit of heaven. When we humble ourselves before God, he pours out his blessing on us. And what is more worthwhile in life than having God’s favour in your life. Humility attracts heaven and it touches the heart of God.

Surrender is power
Never surrender. It’s one of the favourite sayings of this world. But in the language of heaven, surrendering to God is a manifestation power. When you surrender and let God move in your seemingly difficult situation that is when he is most powerful. Surrender is freedom from the illusion that you can do it all. It is freedom from fear, doubts, worries and addiction. Surrender and just allow God to turn thing around for your good.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LIVE LIGHTLY

Live Lightly
by: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Matthew 11:28-30, NLT, "Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Has anybody benefited from worrying? Worry doesn’t seem to hurt anyone but always facilitates sickness, paranoia and insecurities. Many people suffer because unnecessary baggages and honestly speaking, those people don’t deserve that.

To live lightly, we must practice these three things that will surely help us exercise our freedom as Christians who have already been redeemed from unnecessary mind troubles.

How to live your life lightly?
1.   Confess
-      Confession liberates us. Contrary to what we have believed it to be (shameful, degrading), confession, as a believes, is something honourable. It helps us live our free lives in tact.
-      You have to agree, acknowledge
-      We should confess everyday because everyday we break the heart of Jesus
-      Confession is a part of repentance.
-      1 John 1:8-10, NLT, "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
-      Unconfess sin is a heavy burden. - Pastor Gelo
-      Confession is acknowledging that God is right.

2.   Consecrate
-      To be consecrated means to be set apart from God’s purpose. It also means being aligned to the will of God. Alignment to the will of God outside the comfort of church ministries are as important. Every detail of our lives is involved!
-      Joshua 3:5, NIV, "Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
-      Joshua 7:13, NIV, "Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them."
-      When you are not doing the will of God, you are wasting your time.
-      Align yourself to the will of the Lord.

3.   Concentrate
-      There is no other way to complete living lightly that is fixing our eyes on Jesus. He is the source of our strength, hope, and joy. It is impossible to live lightly without Him. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith, therefore, to concentrate is perfect living lightly!
-      Hebrews 12:1-3, MSG, "Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"

-      What every makes you pray is a blessing.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dream House

October 24, 2014


My husband and I are planning to buy or to build a house. We are distraught about the cost of buying or constructing a new house and filling it (furniture, appliances, etc). We have many opinions from our relatives and friends and we even surveyed a low cost housing in our near municipality. What struck me is one of our Aunts opinion, she told us to ask God for wisdom and direction in our decision making.

On that night, I asked God what He wants for us. I am amazed when He answered me, He said, Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense!” (Isaiah 54:2, NLT). His answer is very clear. He wants us to build a new house and to spend without regarding the cost. And that same night, I received the proposed floor plan of our house from an architect friend.


The Proposed Floor Plan


When I look Isaiah 54 in The Message (MSG) translation, it says, “Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!  Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family.” I am married with 1 (one) child but I’m still praying for an addition to our family but when I read this word in The Message translation it is now clear to me why God wants us to enlarge our house and build an addition it’s because of our growing family. I’m praying and hoping that I will be pregnant with our second child this year.


Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your word, for answering us when we are in doubt and when we need answers. Thank you for being true to your word and promises. Father, I know that these promises will come to pass in your perfect timing. Right now, I am entrusting all our plans and cares in your hands. I love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!


For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29, NIV

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