Thursday, June 3, 2010
Christian stewardship is acknowledging that everything that we have and owned are not our own to keep and do as we please, but we are just faithful steward of the Lord who created everything seen and unseen. Even our children were just given to us by the Lord to protect, nurture and sustain in their growing and nurturing years but they belong to the Lord and not to us. By having this positive frame of mind, we should not be unduly attached to everything we have and own, and like Job, we can rightfully say, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised" (Job 1:21). Those who are attached too much to their so called riches and possessions never really have peace of mind and a good night's sleep because they are always fearful that their material possessions may be robbed or they may become bankrupt. How many suicides and mass murders were committed in the US and other advanced countries during the height of the depression that hit these affluent and powerful countries where the bubble burst in the make believe world of US economic invincibility? Many saw their lifetime savings and stocks securities vanished into thin air as the stock market took an almost irreversible free fall. Big and giant companies declared bankruptcies and hundreds of thousands if not millions of employees lost their jobs and their mortgaged homes as well. There was so much fear and uncertainty and people held on to their hard currencies instead of plunging into their accustomed buying frenzies. But those who look to God for their sustenance and provision never worried for the Lord was never amiss in providing for all their needs.
"AND MY GOD WILL PROVIDE ALL YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES AND GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS" (Philippians 4:19)
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Christian Stewardship, Divine Providence, Creator, Heaven, Earth, Possessions, Family, Children, Depression, Bubble Burst, Free Fall, Bankruptcy, Restoration, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Sunday, May 30, 2010
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The most important event that could happen to a Christian is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is the time when the Holy Spirit descends from heaven and enlivens the long dead spirit of man. This normally occurs immediately after a person accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior and become born again. Or a Christian can attend a life in the Spirit seminar and at the conclusion of the seminar, the presiding pastor or priest lay his hand on each participant who then receives the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is different from the water baptism whereby a Christian is immersed in water to symbolize his death to this world (and all things worldly) and a new life in Jesus Christ. The original baptism of the Holy Spirit was during the Pentecost wherein the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples of Jesus Christ and where all of them immediately spoke in tongues. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is characterized by the outpouring of His gifts to the newly baptized Christian for the edification of the church. The onrushing of the powers of the Holy Spirit is characterized by an indescribable feeling wherein people would simultaneously laugh or cry and feel elation and bliss all over. Their eyes are opened to the realities of heaven and God's kingdom. They receive wisdom in understanding the words of God in the Bible as though these words are alive with new found meanings and they leap straight out of the Bible into their hearts and minds. Their hearts sing in joyous expectations and in the knowledge of the reality of God in their hearts. They readily fellowship with other Christians as they feel their oneness with the whole body of Christ as they sing in one voice in joyous worship and praises of the Lord.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Baptism in The Holy Spirit, Water Baptism, Outpouring of Gifts of The Holy Spirit, Speaking in Tongues, Prophesy, Divine Wisdom, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla