Month: February 2015

Why Worry?

by Bro. Coco Labrador

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Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

I still remember when I was young, during my elementary days we had this sort of year-end field trip with my classmates. The teacher handed me a consent form to be signed by my parents. I was so excited and I rushed home to ask permission. But my father was hesitant in signing the consent form and told me “Give me 10 good reasons why will I allow you to go?” Even though I gave 10 good reasons, it was not enough to convince him. And every year thereafter this was the same scenario. I’ve been asking myself why my father doesn’t want me or even my siblings to go in such a trip. Then I just realized that he was thinking for our own good. He is worried that something bad might happen to us.

Human as we are, we tend to worry about anything and everything. What to eat and drink, what clothes to wear, where to go this long vacation, what will happen to your unstable company, why they cut your salary, how to raise your child, which decision you will take, and so many other more concerns. Even us Christians, we worry a lot just like the unbelievers worry about the common things of life.

That is why David is reminding us that the Lord is my shepherd. When we see David’s life, he was the king who lived prosperously, peacefully, and enjoyed all the things he desires. Yet, he considers himself as a weak and defenseless creature. He takes God to be his Guide, Provider, and everything. He did not forget about God and acknowledge that he will be like a lost sheep without a shepherd. He delights himself to God, who is the author of all the blessings he enjoyed.

We can say that this looks easy for David because he has everything, we can think why will he worry about anything else? The truth is, it is even more difficult if we were in David’s situation. The time when we are experiencing little prosperity or let us say our lives are sailing smoothly or without any problems, we tend to forget God and we start to worry about everything. David did not worry. He humbled himself in need of the Lord as his guide, protector, and as His shepherd. David continued saying in that same verse “I shall not want”. According to John Piper, “He said this not because he has everything in this world but because (he never lacks anything that the shepherd thinks is good for him)”.

So whatever our situations maybe right now, whether we have a valley of problems or experiencing abundance of life, we should and must trust our lives to the one who holds the universe in His hands, the true Shepherd our Lord Jesus Christ.

So why worry?

PRIORITY ONE!

by Pastor Alfred Abadilla

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) –33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
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When my priorities are not in order, for sure my life will not be in order. For example, I received my salary from an ATM machine at the mall. I saw a lot of things that were very attractive to me. In no time, I just bought it without thinking if I really needed it. When problems come later on, then only can I realized that it was not my priority in the first place. Likewise, in my work, if I did not set which is my first priority, I’m sure it will be messed up.

Now the question is: what is my priority? Or what is your first priority?

More often, we prioritized others things rather than God. When someone is asking the same question to us, the first thing that comes in our mind is my family, my Job, my career, my saving, and other things. How about God? Sometimes we remember God only in times of troubles because we did not put Him as our first priority.

At verse 33” But seek first the kingdom of God”  

The word seeks means to “actively pursue” or “desire to obtain” In this verse Jesus already told us what should be our first priority. Every day in our lives, we ought to seek first the kingdom of God. In order to seek the kingdom, we must first seek the King. Because we cannot have the kingdom without king. Jesus wants to be our King on the throne of our heart.

Not only are we to seek His Kingdom but also to seek “His righteousness” not only are we to be seeking God’s control over us, but we are also to be seeking God’s character within us. We must desire it. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Again the lord says that if you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things will be added to you. Now what “things” was the Lord referring to? God doesn’t give us everything we want, but God always give us what we need. If you have a genuine faith seeking God, then all the pleasurable things in this world will not be our priority but only God who will gives us the real pleasure forevermore.

Allow Jesus Christ to be our Lord. Put Him first as our priority. Live every moment for Him, and He will take care of the rest.

With GOD, we are not alone!

by : Sis Vanessa Namoc

Hebrews 10:24 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (NIV).

Encouragement

Real friends bring out the best in each other. They encourage and motivate one another to reach their goals. Friends who will cheer you up on your success and optimistically support you on your failures.

There’s an old Zambian proverb that says, “When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.” The lifetime of God glorifying habits ahead of you — is not a 50-yard run. It is a marathon.

Marathon runners know there comes a point when you start getting a pain in your side that makes you want to give up. But if you have other people running with you, you can find the strength to continue to the finish line. The same is true in your journey to a new you.

I could really relate to this now, I’m now slowly immersing myself to the activities of the church in our aim to give glory to God.  I used to be just in the backseat and watch everything unfolding before my eyes. But now the tables have turned.

The same is true with my fellow batch mates. This is something new to us all and we journey on this together.

There are times when we feel tired in serving the Lord. Let us always remind ourselves of the cross and that this is nothing compares to what God has done for us. He gave His son up for us! Isn’t that mind-blowing?! With GOD, we are not alone! We know it will be ok because God is always there for us and I know He won’t leave us astray.

By God’s Grace, He is sustaining us day after day, giving us the wisdom to accept corrections from others and giving us strengths to do what we have to do.

One way we can all achieve our God-given goals is to have others involved in our lives.  Lets us encourage one another, pull each other up in the race for our joy.

Remember brothers and sister, the journey of serving the Lord is not just a one time-run in the park. It is a marathon.

I pray, that we continue to encourage each other and never lose the fire burning in our hearts for the Lord. He deserves all that we have! God bless guys!