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!
 
 

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

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