ALREADY BLESSED WITH TRUE RICHES

Message at FARM, January 19, 2016 Sunday Celebration by Rev. Zeny Calusay

ALREADY BLESSED WITH TRUE RICHES

CENTRAL TEXT: Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
TRUTH: Christians have to see and recognize first that God has already given them the best blessings – the spiritual blessing which also provide the basis by which they can be blessed more by the Heavenly Father.

INTRODUCTION:
Do you see yourself now as truly blessed? MORE BLEST means you are already blest, if you don’t see this, you can’t truly hope to be more blest.
When it comes to matters of blessings, we often view them in the wrong light. We tend to think of blessings that are physical and material in nature: But the better blessings of God are spiritual in nature, and these spiritual blessings will never be taken away from us!
From our text today, we first have to see that we are already blest with the heavenly blessings.
Paul says ALL, EVERY spiritual blessings that we need in Christ. Man is totally blessed by God, beyond all measure. All of these blessings spring from His grace and love towards us.

SCRIPTURE: Eph 1:1-14

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THESE BLESSINGS, v 3
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
1. Quantity – summed up in one little word “ALL”,”EVERYTHING” When you and I got saved, we got everything Jesus had to offer us! We got it at that very moment, there is nothing else! Meaning God did not withhold anything we need to live the Christian life.
2. Quality – “blessings in heavenly places.” This literally means that these blessings are things that originated in heaven. They are not earthly blessings, but they are heavenly blessings!

THE LIST OF BLESSINGS:
1. WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.
Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
a. “Chose” means ” to pick out, choose, to pick or choose out for one’s self.”
b. “before the world” – before the world was made, not an afterthought nor a second choice
c. “chosen to be holy and blameless – before Him, in His sight – Holy means to be “set apart to, consecrated; holy, morally pure, upright, “faultless; without fault.” That is why God’s people are called “saints” (v.1) In the eyes of God, a saint is one who has been set apart for and by God and is without fault.”
d. What a blessing we enjoy as saved people that we are that we were chosen in Christ by the grace of God . He loved me even though He knew all about me.
Rom 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
2. WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED.
Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
a. Adoption means to be given sonship, or placed as a natural son.” By adoption, we become the children of God.
b. Sons, therefore heirs to God; we will inherit what He has. A sinner who has been saved by grace and adopted as a child of God is equivalent to the proverbial “rags to riches” scenario.
c. This is the Blessing of Family. God the Father brought me into His family and made me His child. What a blessing! At the moment of salvation, you and I became the children of God, We are His sons and daughters with all the rights and privileges that come to any child born in to the family, 1Jn 3:1,2 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Rom 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

3. WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED.
Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood
a. Redemption means “to release a captive upon payment of a ransom price.” To redeem something, we have to give something for what we are getting.
b. We were in bondage of sin and the life of eternal punishment that goes along with that. We were helpless to redeem ourselves; we had nothing to give. The wages of sin death. Death was the demanded payment for our sin.
c. To redeem us, God, gave His Son’s life. The death of His perfect life was the only thing that could purchase us from the bondage of sin.
d. This is the blessing of freedom. A freedom that cost the life of the Son of God. This speaks of how valuable you are,. how much you are worth. We should appreciate the value of our redemption. You are worth the Life of the Only, begotten, Beloved Son of God.
1Pe 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish ad without spot.

4. WE HAVE RECEIVED FORGIVENESS.
Eph 1:-18 In him we have…….the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
a. Forgiveness means that we have been pardoned of our sins. And when God forgives our sins, He doesn’t even remember them anymore. They are gone. He will never bring them up before us again. We will never be accused by God of our past sins. Men and Satan will, but God never will!
b. `According to the riches of His grace’ which He lavished on us – grace is unmerited favor.
c. Forgiveness the way God forgives ring great blessing: Read these verses:
Psa 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Isa 38:17 Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.
Isa 43:25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Col 2:13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
Col 2:14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

5. WE HAVE BEEN ENLIGHTENED.
Eph 1:,10 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
a. “Having made known” is one Greek word which means ” to know, to gain knowledge of, have thorough knowledge of.” This word is in the active tense, which means that the subject, God, is the one doing the action. God Himself makes Himself, His purpose, His ways known to His children.
b. To those who are not children of God, He is a total mystery: everything about Him, His Will, Purpose, This kind of “knowing” is based on our relationship with Him. The rest of the world does not know God in this way. Ways are incomprehensible to those that are not saved.
1Co 2:11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
1Co 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
1Co 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
c. This enlightenment is one of the greatest blessings that we can have in this life time. Because we are Christians, spiritual, God’s children, we are people who know better about life and living.

CONC LUSION:
These spiritual blessings are the best blessings the God can give, the true riches which no money can buy. But these blessings also guarantee that God will bless us with more. Being chosen, adopted in God’s family, forgiven, redeemed are also the basis of our hope to be blessed with other things, to be more blessed.
• Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
• Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
• Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

CHALLENGE:
We should see and recognize first God’s Best Blessing. And along with Paul say with exhilaration: BLESSED BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. WE should be able to say I AM BLESSED ALREADY. Only then can we truly hope to be MORE BLEST IN 2016.
Will you stand with me of you have seen how blessed you are already.
Then we will ask God to bless us more.

“IN GOD WE TRUST IN 2016”

First Sunday message by FARM Lead Pastor Rev. Rey Calusay

“IN GOD WE TRUST” IN 2016
Pro 3:1-11

Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God.

5 TRUST ISSUES

1. TRUST WHAT HE SAYS! Pro 3:1-2
Obeying God’s Word is a trust issue
As a SON honors his Father Mal 1:6
“So – you want a prosperous New Year?
The Word of God is
Profitable – 2Ti 3:16-17
Living, Active, Sharp – Heb 4:12
Eternal – Isa 40:8

2. TRUST WHAT HE IS BUILDING IN YOUR LIFE! Pro 3:3-4
GODLINESS is a Trust Issue!
Godly character:
Permanently etched – write them in the tablet of your heart!
Personality Change – visible, practiced among people – bind them around your neck! (make it your ID- Identity)
Premium Value – Do not let them leave you. Do not belittle the importance of godly character. Do not feel uncomfortable, or ashamed that you have a different nature/genes in your life!
Godliness Results:
Win favor and a good name.
In the sight of God and Man!
Rom 14:18 NIV because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

3. TRUST WHERE HE IS GUIDING – Pro 3:5-8
Direction and Guidance is a Trust Issue.
Get only a Clear Direction:
by a personal trust (out of your intimacy with the Lord) “confidence in the person of the Lord.. “v6 Submit to Him
by a total (all your heart) trust in the LORD! “Do not lean in your own understanding”.. “In all your ways submit to Him” Pro 16:3 NIV Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Results: He will make your paths straight! Plain and Clear!
The foolishness of acting on your own, independent of God! Pro 3:7
Jer 10:23 It is not in man to direct his own way! • Spiritual Health and Welfare!

4. TRUST HIS ABUNDANT PROVISION – Pro 3:9-10
Material Wealth is a trust Issue
Mat 6:30 NIV If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith?
Giving is a Manner of Worship but also a Means of Trust!
People who cannot Trust the Lord are not Generous and Cheerful Givers.
Results:
Overflowing Barns
Brimming over Vats

5. TRUST HIM IN HARD TIMES Pro 3:11-12
Discipline is a Trust Issue!
The Hard Dealings of GOD: The Lord Disciplines and Rebukes!
He is acting as Father Who loves and Delights in His Children!
Proper reaction to the Dealings of God:
Trust by Yielding. Do not despise (do not shrink or object) His discipline. Trust His reasons, bigger plans, the fact that He is a good God. Nah 1:7 NIV The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
Trust by Hoping. Do not resent.. Job 13:15 NIV Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Psa 25:1-2 NIV 1 In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

ENJOY OBEDIENT LIVING

TRUTH: Obedience is the character of God’s children. God wants us to live in obedience to His commands not to take away you joy but for us to have a blessed, life.

Psalm 119:1-8 NLT
Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the LORD.
2Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
3They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
4You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
5Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
6Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
7As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
8I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!

INTRODUCTION:
Disobedience was our character before we became children of God through Christ Jesus
Tit_3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Disobedience is the prevailing character in these last days
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy
The Father expects us to be obedient
1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1Pe 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

PICTURES OF LIVING IN OBEDIENCE
1. Follow the instructions of the lord (v1) – within the boundaries and limits of it, according to its direction
2. Do not compromise with evil (v3)
3. Walk only in his paths (v3)
4. Keep your commandments carefully (v4) – means constantly and steadily
5. Actions would consistently reflect your decrees (v5) – in day to day interactions, dealing
6. Living as I should (v7) – disobedience is not an option

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIVING IN OBEDIENCE
Obedience is attached to commands, regulations, commands
So living in obedience can be wrongly viewed as a life of restrictions and limitations, a No fun life. But our passage give us the following pictures of those who are living in obedience.
1. Joyful
Joyful are people of integrity,
Joyful are those who obey his laws
2. Unashamed
Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.
3. Thankful
I will thank you by living as I should!

LIVING OBEDIENT LIFE IS FUN, SAFE, BLESSED!
OBEDIENT LIVING IS SOMETHING TO BE ENJOYED
Pro 16:25 There is a way that seemed right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 – @ FARM Sunday Celebration by Rev. Zeny Calusay

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH CALAMITIES

Rev. Zeny Calusay @ FARM Sunday Celebration, October 10,2013

Psalm 29:3-11

Three statements God is making:

Calamities

HE IS THE HOLY GOD WHO PUNISHES MORAL EVIL
1. God holds all nature together
Natural calamities generally termed as `acts of God’
Three views where calamities come from: Result of mere natural laws, Satan, Acts of sovereign God according to His purpose
Col 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
2. God can influence the weather to bring calamities according to His purpose – Natural evil is the punishment of moral evil: God sends the former when the latter is persisted in. evils, by God’s Providence, punishing the evil of sin
Amos 3:6
(NIV) When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
(ESV) Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?
3. Illustrations: The Lord by his Spirit strives with man only up to a certain point.
The Case of Noah’s Days: Genesis 6:3-7
Our Days: Romans 1:18-24

HE IS THE LORD
Shown by the Exodus Account. The purpose for God’s demonstration of His power was repeatedly stated – that people will know that He is the Lord
Israel – God’s people
Exo 6:7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
The Egyptians
Exo 7:5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
Pharaoh
Exo 8:10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God.
Officials of Egypt
Exo 9:14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.

After all the demonstration of God’s power, God had Israel stand before Him at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Exodus 21:1-5
RECENT illustration: Earthquake in Cebu/Bohol – destroyed 10 churches

HE IS OUR PEACE AND PROTECTION
Psa 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Psa 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
The tempest and fierce display of nature is scary but reveals the power of the one who presides over them. The God who has such power, and can produce such effects, is abundantly able to uphold His people, and to defend them. When we look on the rolling clouds in the tempest, when we hear the roaring of the thunder, and see the flashing of the lightning, when we hear the oak crash on the hills, and see the waves piled mountains high, if we feel that God presides over all, and that He controls all this with infinite ease, assuredly we have no occasion to doubt that He can protect us; no reason to fear that His strength cannot support us.

CHALENGE:
General Effect of Calamity to Human kind
Shakes confidence
Evaluates priorities
Forces to think of eternity

TODAY:
Take warning if you know you continue in doing some moral evil
Acknowledge He alone is Lord, the true living God, there is no one beside him
Have peace knowing your God is powerful to protect you

 

Building An Indestructible Life!

Rev. Rey Calusau @ FARM, October 13, 2013

Building An Indestructible Life!
LUK 6:46-49

1. Build it Deep On Jesus!
2. Build it Strong On His Word!
3. Build it Safe  On Obedience!

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