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What are the things that satisfy you? Food? Gadgets? Vacation? Relationship? We know that there are so many things that we think that will satisfy us; we always say, “Basta eto lang, kumpleto na ako.” But those things will only satisfy us in a matter of time. And once again, you will find more of it.
I have a scripture here about the true craving that we should have:
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
– 1 Peter 2:2-3
What we had experience before when we received God’s grace, is the same thing that we should crave up to this time. Just like those things that we crave for, we should crave also for God.
How can we crave God? Once again, GO BACK TO THE WORD. As we crave for those things, I think we should crave more for God’s Word. Just like what the Pringles ad said, “Once you pop, you can’t stop.” Once we open the Word, we should crave for more and one day, you will shout “MORE!! MORE!!”
Why we should crave for God’s Word? Because the Bible has everything we need to live this life. How can we live that is pleasing to God, and here’s the bottom line, God’s promises in your life was there also. And you know that there’s over 7,000 promises in the Bible? And here’s another Good News, the Word of God is Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14).
Crave for more of God’s Word. God’s Word is the one that will sustain you more.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
– John 6:35
When it comes on sharing the Gospel, sometimes we are so passionate on doing it. But somehow, fears starts crawling when God is calling you to share the Gospel to the person that every time you see, you were shaken. For example, God calls you to share the Gospel to your bully, how can you do that if that person is bullying you every time he sees you. Or maybe, share the Gospel to your family, specifically to your dad, how will you response?
Once again, let us look back on the life of a disciple called Ananias when he was called by Jesus to minister to Saul:
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
– Acts 9:11-16
As we see, fear crawled on Ananias because Jesus called him to minister to a man who persecute Christians during that time. But, Jesus told him, “GO!” Ananias just showed to all of us that yes fear will going to crawl in our body when God has called us to share the Gospel. At the end, he put his trust on God. He followed the will of God for he knew that the man that he will going to minister has been called also.
And what’s the outcome? An ordinary disciple, ministered to the man who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and that man became one of the greatest apostles. That Saul became what we called Paul the Apostle. When God placed you in the place of Ananias, FEAR NOT! Who knows? If the person that you will going to share the Gospel will become great someday.
In the first part of the series, it tackled about the encounter of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.
All of us want to be used by God. But sometimes, we have a lot of excuses for us not to do His will. most especially when it comes on sharing the Gospel to your friends, classmates, and even to your family. We always saying to God, “Lord, dyahe naman eh! For sure, i-insultuhin lang ako ng mga classmates ko kapag shineran ko sila ng Gospel.”, and a lot of other excuses.
Let us look back on the encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Prior to the encounter…
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
– Acts 8:26
As he was on the road, he met an Ethiopian eunuch came from Jerusalem, and the Spirit told him to go near the chariot (Acts 8:27-29). And during that brief encounter, he shared the Good News about Jesus Christ to the eunuch (Acts 8:30-34). After that, the eunuch ordered to stop the caravan in an oasis for him to be baptized (Acts 8:36-38). What’s the result, the eunuch went home full of joy (Acts 8:39).
What does Philip wanted to say to us?
Even you are an ordinary person here, you can make an extraordinary impact to others by sharing the Gospel. no matter what your past is (Philip and the other apostles didn’t have any formal education), but look on their impact. Because of them, the first church was established.
And the most important thing he did is this, he grabbed the opportunity to share the Gospel to the eunuch. He just followed the chariot and that’s it. What’s the connection of his actions to us sharing the Gospel? EVERY MOMENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL. You do not need to be a pastor or an expert of theology for you to share the Gospel, a single encounter with God is enough. And the good thing here is this, because of that, YOU CAN BE A VITAL LINK TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO KNOW GOD.
Grab every moment to share the Gospel to your classmates, friends, and to your family members. Do not be afraid on what they will say and will do to you, for God will give you the power to overcome those. To those FB addicts like me, use your Facebook to share the Gospel. Don’t miss a moment, maybe tomorrow is too late.
Yes we ‘re just an ordinary person, but an ordinary person like us can make an extraordinary difference.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
– 2 Corinthians 10:4
This month of May, Victory has its new series entitled “When God Doesn’t Make Sense”.
And this week, it tackles about: “When I don’t Understand”.
Have you ever felt that everything in your sight are all messed-up? And do you feel that God had forsaken you? Well, you also think to question to God why these things are happening to you.
There are some things that we don not understand. And we do not understand why God is giving us so much trials. And some of the people are in the brink of backsliding.
Well, it’s time to wake you up. Christianity is full of stuffs like this. Yes, its true. As what James written:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
– James 1:2-3
Yes people, you will going to face so many trials. And yes, you can question God. Why? Because you have a relationship to Him and we are confident that God will work in our life. Just look on the lives of Job, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk, they questioned God. And instead of condemning them, God worked mightily on them.
Why do we have these kind of trials that sometimes we cannot bear? It is because God has something that we do not expect. Maybe God is working something in our life and when He is done, our life will never be the same again.
I tell this to you now: In your life’s darkest hour, you can question God BUT DON’T QUIT! For those people who were saved lately and hardships come, IT’S TOO EARLY TO QUIT. And for those people who were saved few years ago or several years ago and hardships come, IT’S TOO LATE TO QUIT. What can we do when trials come and we do not understand why God given these to us? HAVE FAITH ON HIM.
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”
– Habakkuk 1:5
Yes, today is Easter (Happy Easter!), and some of the people don’t know the true essence of this season. Yes people were celebrating Easter, and the most popular thing that people do during easter is (Surprise, surprise!) Easter Egg Hunt. But, Easter is not just all about Easter egg, Easter bunny, or whatsoever. The question here is WHAT IS THE TRUE ESSENCE OF EASTER AND WHY WE WERE CELEBRATING IT?
When we look back on the resurrection of Jesus, when the three (Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, Salome), they saw that the tomb entrance was rolled away and Jesus wasn’t there, instead, an angel was seating there and declaring that Jesus has risen.
But, what was the empty tomb symbolizes? Guys, it symbolizes that all of us no have the power to conquer everything. All of us now have the power to say NO to sin, power over sickness, power over indebtedness, power over our studies, power over our anxieties, and so many others. But that’s the truth, as Christ was risen, all of these were left inside the tomb: Jesus already defeated all of these through the cross and when he died, all of these died with him. In short, all of these have no power over us anymore because by the power that Jesus gave to all of us, we are now more than conqueror!
That’s another “Access Granted” for all of us, all of us now have an “all-access” to God’s power. No more rituals, no more superstitions, none of these! Don’t be discourage, HAVE FAITH! GOD CREATED US NOT TO BE A LOSER, BUT A WINNER, A CONQUEROR!
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
– Acts 1:8