Blog Changes

Nobody likes changes! But the truth is, change always happens.

This 2015 I expected changes to happen – some changes in my discipline, some changes in my lifestyle, some changes in habits and a lot more.

But more importantly, and hopefully, a big change in my blog. Throughout the past couple of months somehow, the Lord has been tugging in my heart to write more. I have always expressed my lack of confidence in my writing, but if writing can be a good way to bring people to Christ then I would gladly do it.

Marc Sorongon 2014 MilestonesLast 2014 was a blast. Two major events happened in my life. First, I finally went full-time serving the Lord in the church and in time, I’ll write a post how it was clearly confirmed in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to do. And secondly, God has just blessed me to be in a wonderful relationship with someone who supports me and loves me.

This year, I don’t know what will happen. There are just so many uncertainties. But with my blog, I plan to write more entries about my life experiences aside from my devotional reflections and messages. I hope that this will inspire people to follow Jesus. Connect with me if you want to follow what the Lord is doing in my life and in the B1GSouth ministry. May this year be a fantastic year for us!

Not only During Christmas

It’s easy to neglect a lot of things. We’re so limited in our thinking that our focus can immediately just shift on the here and now. This is the month where everyone celebrates, some maybe out of wrong reasons and some out of the right ones. I am reminded of what I neglect a lot of times.

Christmas FiguresYes, it’s Christmas and we get to remember what the Lord has done for us. He gave His son to this world to die for our sins. That has always been the reason to celebrate Christmas for me. But why do we sometimes neglect this great truth and just really remember and internalize it during Christmas season. Isn’t it suppose to be a daily and regular reminder for us to be grateful of our salvation? Not only during Christmas.

As I read Hebrews 2, I really begun to internalize why Jesus came to be a man. He was 100% God and 100% man. How that is possible will always leave me dumbfounded. But that it what the Bible says. Hebrews 2:14 explains why:

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

Only through being a human being can Jesus die to pay for our sins. Shedding of blood (life) was needed for the forgiveness of our sins. Imagine that. The God who created everything, walked in realm of his creation. He walked the dirt that he created. He breathe the air that he spoke forth with, through His word alone. All to die for the sins of humanity.

Christmas should always be celebrated because of the gift. That gift, is the gift of God through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

What is easier to say?

 

Jesus Heals the ParalyticWhat is easier to say “Your Sins are Forgiven” or “Get up and Walk?” For someone who has been paralyzed it’s easier to say “your sins are forgiven.” But to say is different than to do. Both statements are hard to do because both statements can only be done by the Lord.

It’s such a joy for me to be able to study Matthew 9:1-8 where Jesus heals the paralytic. When I read verse 5, I immediately said to myself: “well, it’s easier to say your sins are forgiven.”

Matthew 9:5 – Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’?

 

It’s easy to say this because there is no visible output that we are expecting to see unlike the other statement which means that once you declare that, you need to see the person standup and walk again.

When Jesus first said, “your sins are forgiven” in verse 2, some of the scribes immediately thought this is outrageous.

Matthew 9:2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.”

 

They knew only God can forgive sin. The sad part of about this is, they never acknowledge Jesus was God. So Jesus asked them what is easier to say “Your Sins are Forgiven” or “Get up and Walk?” He knew in their hearts that they did not believe He was God. So in order to show who He was, he said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up you bed and go home.” And so he did. Now, if Jesus was able to heal a man who wasn’t able to walk since his birth, wouldn’t he be able to forgive sin? Again, only God can forgive sin. But only God can also heal a paralytic.

Paralytic Getting Up

The result is in verse 8.

8 But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

 

They were awestruck. He has the authority to forgive sin. He has the authority over diseases and physical infirmities. They knew they were in the presence of God, and who wouldn’t be?

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