Christmas Dawnwatch: “The Advent of Our Salvation”

Christmas Dawnwatch Devotion 003- “The Advent of Our Salvation”

1 John 3:8 – “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil”

Christmas time is meant to be celebrated since it is the advent of our salvation, a reminder of our justification and the key to glory. The enemy works tirelessly each day, creating new ways to ensnares and enslave many to his will through sin. Sin is Satan’s business because he hates the light and beauty and purity and glory of God. Nothing pleases him more than when creatures distrust and disobey their Maker. Therefore, Christmas is good news for us all!

“The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

That’s good news for. Christmas is good news for God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to destroy Satan and smite sin, the root cause of decay and corruption. He has marched right into the enemy’s camp and have raised the standard for the faithful. He has called for Christian solidarity this Christmas; a call to leave the bastion of the enemy. No negotiations, no bargaining. Just single-minded, unswerving opposition to the workings of wickedness. Unyielding till sin is completely destroyed by the power of our King. The call has been given, the trumpet has sounded as Christ has raised the standard. May this Christmas be a reminder of that call, that as Christian soldiers- we must go onward; fighting this war of faith! Knowing that the strike to the enemy’s greatest power has been done; today is the advent that satan’s fall, our sin’s fall, the world’s fall is assurred since Christ reigns supreme and we who walk circumspectly-rally to His call.

Christmas Dawnwatch: “Do Not Be Fragmented in Your Focus, Be Singular Be Whole”

Christmas Dawnwatch Devotion 002- “Do Not Be Fragmented in Your Focus, Be Singular Be Whole”

2 Timothy 2:4 – “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

Paul calls the saints; soldiers in verse 3 of the same chapter yet he was very particular as to whom these soldiers pledge their allegiance to. Understand that there are soldiers that are classified as mercenaries, soldiers of fortune- men who strive for money, fame, adulation and then there are the few who live for a higher purpose, strive for a greater call- who lay down their life for the good of others; these are the soldiers Paul wanted us to envision; those who live in honor- who serve not themselves, not frazzeled pursuits but stand for a singular goal; to serve, honor and glorify the one who enlisted them- Jesus Christ, our Lord. Paul calls out in our key text to Timothy not to get entangled in multiple pursuits that would muddle his calling and purpose but to be singular in His pursuit, to remember His purpose and stick to it; success in all other aspects shall follow. If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews 12:1) and finish our course and the ministry we receive from the Lord Jesus (Acts 20:24), we must learn to do less. Why less? I don’t mean to be unproductive; I mean to focus on essentials, don’t water down your focus on what matters; being all over the place. Mark Forster had it right when he said;

“We tend to think unsuccessful people are unsuccessful because they sit around doing nothing. But it’s often for quite the opposite reason: they take on far too much—all sorts of wonderful projects at the same time—and never bring any of them to fruition. (Do It Tomorrow, 18)

Having a fragmented focus means you lose sight of what matters. Taking on too much has impeded your ability to bring what does matter to maturity; and to fruition thus don’t lose sight of your priority, of what actually matters. Our work, our schooling, the cares of the day and the circumstance we face including every responsibility we ought to bear carries no eternal value; only one does – and that is our call in Christ. Thus muddle not the call of Jesus in your life; serve singularly- focus wholly on your service for who we are called to please is not ourselves, nor the world- but as soldiers of Christ, we are called to serve, glorify and please Jesus Christ. Do that you have assurred blessing in your life since you stand one with His will.

Have a blessed day dear saint; and I pray that we all focus up on our Lord and Savior- Jesus Christ. In Jesus name Amen!

Beauty In Truth: Suffering Brings Us Closer to God

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Isaiah 55:615 – “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”

One thing we embrace is the supremacy of God. We have a mission and that is to turn the hearts of the people back to God more so when we have experienced the calamity. That when suffering comes, we, as Christians will fulfill our mission to everyone who may hear. We need to prepare people for the Lord. Of course, no one wants to wake up in the morning, hoping to suffer but if we want to be more like him, then we too must suffer and persevere. Though no one wants to suffer, suffering is an ingredient in our life for a chance to mirror the life of Christ. Many people don’t see the positive in the calamity because they keep on focusing on the negativity. They start complaining to God, asking him why does he allow such things to occur. The reason why suffering brings us closer to the Lord our God is significant for us to know. It is because of his wake up call to bring back the people to him. We usually listen to his voice in times of trouble because we become more fervent in prayers when we are experiencing critical situations. It is more helpful because we intend to forget God during our happy days, especially when everything seems to work very well. We must know that time is fleeting and we have to walk in urgency when it comes to truly standing for God. When trouble comes, when suffering occurs, it is God’s mercy, telling the world today to come back to him. We need to claim to that truth. When problems come, there is an awakening of great spiritual problems. The enemy strikes every single day to take us away from him. He wants us to lose sight of what God has in-store for us. He wants to change our perspective But whatever may happen we must consider it pure joy. Despite the difficulties and tribulations, remember the goal. We need to persevere. It is a reminder to come back to the king. To move you back to him. Therefore, he is calling to all of us to seek him and be renewed. From our mourning, to our dancing. To truly build up perseverance and steadfastness. Thus, when suffering comes our ways, remember that this is your chance and opportunity to rise up and mirror Christ. And as we trust in the goodness of God, great things come. But whenever suffering comes our way, James told us to consider it pure joy. If we see the objectives of why God has allowed things to occur, then we have a hope and a future. Suffering is excellent at teaching us humility, that we must have a complete dependence on God. Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, we keep forgetting that God created us to depend on Him and not on ourselves. We love to lean on our own understanding without seeking the wisdom from the Lord. We keep wanting to go our own way, pretending that we are God. Suffering is powerfully able to get us back on track. May we all turn back to our God and continuously serve him in any circumstance in life.

Sis. Ashly Mañosca is the current head of House Holiness of the Armor Bearers and a resource writer for the AHFi Official website. She is currently pursuing her studies and stands focused to glorify God in all her endeavors.

Beauty In Truth: There Can Only Be Peace When There is Truth

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Ezekiel 13:10-115 – “Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: “

Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness and to be full. When we think of the word ‘peace’, we usually define it as the freedom from disturbance. Sadly, when we talk about peace today, it becomes a synonymous of cessation; a temporary solution. This isn’t supposed to be called as peace, because there’s no peace at all. People nowadays are having the same manner of what Israelites had- they hated their savior. They pretend that everything is becoming fine, that everything has no problem to deal with when in fact, they are just whitewashing or allowing the wickedness to flourish, engulf and cover up their sins. They don’t want to change because they are satisfied in regular programming. They just simply want to live the way they want to live in and depend on themselves. We must avoid such things because those who deceive will never inherit the kingdom of God. That isn’t true peace. True peace seeks righteousness. It should be an everlasting peace with God and receive all highest goods coming on our ways. Peace means we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work as we go beyond the call of duty instead of postponing something that is essential to be done. Peace will remain just as how we remain calm in times of pain, rejoicing and continuously being grateful of everything, knowing that God is your anchor, that he will never abandon you. By God’s righteousness, we will never ever be harmed. This real peace can only be achieved by seeking truth. We should walk in the truth for God, stay in his calling, be grounded in service and excel. May we not be counted with those who fall at false sense of peace. Let us not be fed with lies. Let us hate ignorance and embrace God’s holiness in order to obtain true peace.

Sis. Ashly Mañosca is the current head of House Holiness of the Armor Bearers and a resource writer for the AHFi Official website. She is currently pursuing her studies and stands focused to glorify God in all her endeavors.

Christmas Dawnwatch: “The Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love”

Christmas Dawnmwatch Devotion 001 – “Eyes of Faith, Hope, and Love”

1 Corinthians 13:13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”

One way to understand faith, hope, and love is to imagine that each one has a pair of eyes. And then to ask the questions: What does faith see? What does hope see? And what does love see?
Faith sees the cross. Faith is focused on that which the world calls as foolishness, it seeks not itself but the cross which to us who have been transformed is our delight, our hope and our future. It glorifies not itself but glorifies Jesus who bore our sins. Faith sees nothing else in all the world save the incarnate, innocent, crucified Son of God, Jesus, the Lord Christ. Faith sees in this One the full bloody payment for all sins. Faith is a constant gaze at Christ crucified, and especially in the hour of death. “Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes.”

Hope sees the resurrection. Hope is the resurrectiin Sunday morning moment when “the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed” (John 20:8). And hope then turns that moment into a lifetime. Hope sees through the present struggle and gory suffering to a glorious future. Hope sees nothing but the glorious risen Lord. Pressing on for the eternal weight of glory!

Love sees people. Love sees a world of people in need of love – and feels for them. Who are they in your world? They are near. They are your family. They are coming your way today, and you are going theirs. They need God’s love, and you have it to give. They are not always easy to love, but love these the most.

Now love is called the greatest. Why so? Three reasons can be given. (1) True Christian love implies the presence of faith and hope. Love therefore represents the greatest quantity. (2) Love is the one that makes us most like God who “so loved the world.” (3) And love is the only one that can lead others to faith, hope, and love.

Thus, love never fails! Today as we rise up as one to worship our King; I pray that God may empower each one to exude holiness, truth, obedience- may we preach love, exude love. Today we have exude love in action – seeking the greatest good for those who are drawn to Christ- who desire transformation; turning each heart to obedience to God in Jesus name amen!