On Sundays at 3pm. Please contact Bro Jose Lagapa: 81853623 anytime.
Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3). Indeed, our God is worthy of praise from our lips! He has granted us salvation and continued to bountifully provide our needs. This blessing of a new meeting place for the FilBF is from the good hand of our God. We should not take this for granted but renew our commitment in seeking after His Kingdom and righteousness! We have bigger space now which means we have more place for our countrymen to come and hear the Word of the Lord! Let us keep on inviting our relatives and friends to the FilBF. Let us keep on praying that the Lord in His good time will save some. As Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Daniel also said, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3)
As this is God’s property let us be mindful to take care everything in this place. Let us keep this place tidy and in order as this serves as our place of worship from now onwards! Let us avoid making this place for money-making business where we meet to buy and sell. “And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Luke 19:45–46). Above all, let us remember to keep this place holy and worthy to be called a house of worship for the FilBF. I pray the Lord will encourage one another to honour the Lord in this place and in our lives! – Bro Jose
Your Life’s MVP (Matthew 6:19–34), 2/2
Serve in Godward Direction (v. 24)
The Christians’ first priority is to be of service to the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The Lord Jesus says no man can serve at one time both God and money. So we must ask ourselves, “Who is our ruler, the Word or the world?” “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1–2).
We serve God by following and keeping His Word. We cannot conform and pattern our lives after the philosophies and ideologies of this world. Gods’ Word is clear in a command to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15–17).
When we serve, we should not work just for money’s sake, if we do that mammon becomes our master. Once a high-paying job offer comes, will you go for it? For a believer, he must be discerning whether it would hinder or prevent his service to God. Even if it seems the last available job offer, we must consider our time for the Lord. Jesus promised in John 12:26 “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
When God is our priority in service, we are not man-pleasers. CEO’s, professors and employers try to manipulate their people as pawns and puppets. There is a great tendency for us to work just to please them. We may think they are the one that keeps us in our jobs. As Christian servants we are commanded to submit to them as our masters, but we do our service, “as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:7). We must seek the Lord’s will and just like Saul, later Apostle Paul, who asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6).
Saturate with Upward Thoughts (vv. 25–32)
Christians have better things to think about such as our salvation and the salvation of our loved ones or colleagues, the strengthening of the faith of fellow believers through God’s Word and above all, looking forward to that blessed hope in heaven with our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. These are the most needful thoughts that we must occupy our minds. We should avoid worldly cares to overwhelm us.
What occupies our minds as believers? Our God knows that we daily need the basic necessities of our lives such as food to eat. But what unbelievers do is they become anxious on these needs and fill their minds on planning and arranging their lives in order to secure these things. The problem is that believers also do the same thing and leave out God in their minds. The Bible describes in Psalms 128:1–2, that those who fear the LORD and walk in his ways, they “shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
What Jesus wants us to know, is for us not to make this basic concerns of life the cause of worry and distrust the power and faithfulness of God. The believers’ thoughts are upward in believing the promises of God and what they need to focus on is keeping His Word such as fulfilling His Great Commission. They are not prevented in seeking after God and living for His glory because they have the assurance that God takes care of them even as He takes care of the insignificant creatures around. If God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son to save us from eternity in hell, will he neglect providing us our daily needs? Thus Paul argues, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Many believers are stressed and depressed on these basic needs. If we are so troubled on these things, we have a big problem with God. If we have acknowledged Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and yet continue to worry about earthly things, we probably do not know Who our God is. Do we liken Him to a derelict father? Is he powerless to grant our needs? Jesus exhorts His followers to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7–11).
If you are to choose between getting more money and getting more knowledge of the Word of God, which will you prefer? If you are given a promotion and you are asked to work on Sundays, what will be your response? If you get an opportunity to work in another place but no available church there to nurture your spiritual life, will you go?
The command is clear, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness”. If you are still in doubt, as a professing believer, you must come to God and let Him examine your heart and mind whether you have truly believed Jesus Christ of the Bible! Search your life whether you are truly cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and are now renewed by the Holy Spirit indwelling in you.
A genuine believer must quickly subject himself in the light of God’s Word! “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Then pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23–24).
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