DAILY BOOSTER: You Are Called to Full-time Service

full time serviceNow you belong to him…in order that you might be useful in the service of God. Romans 7:4 (TEV)

When I started in the ministry, the topic then was, “full-time service” or “part-time service.” It means that when you pastor a church, you must resign from all your other obligations and just concentrate on pastoring a local church even though the salary is not sufficient to feed a family. If you hold on to two jobs, they say, you are “full-time” in your first job and you are part “part-time” in your second job.

My perspective was changed when I was placed in the same situations. When Central Assembly of God invited me to pastor the church, I was working at ICI, teaching a course at Bethel Bible Institute (gratis), and serving as National Youth Director (gratis). I was young then and the traffic in Manila was not heavy. I was “full-time” in my three jobs.

Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms. The Bible says, “He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose” (2 Timothy 1:9 TEV).

Peter adds, “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you” (1 Peter 2:9 GW). Growing up, you may have thought that being called by God was something only missionaries, pastors, and other full-time church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christian is called to service (Ephesians 4:4 –14; see also Romans 1:6–7; 8:28–30; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 9, 26; 7:17; Philippians 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3).

When you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling. The Bible says, “Now you belong to him … in order that you might be useful in the service of God” (Romans 7:4 TEV). Furthermore, Jesus said, “…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16 NLT). What does it mean? It means that your work should always reflect the saving grace of Christ in your life – you are called to proclaim His salvation not only by words of mouth but by your own actions.

By: Pastor Abraham Visca | Adapted from Daily Hope by Rick Warren
Photo By: Jiru Balista | Jiroobi Images

DAILY BOOSTER: Chosen to Go and Bear Fruit

Chosen to Go and Bear Fruit“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

On our final year in elementary school – grade six, we were given a comprehensive exam to determine whether we can move to high school or remain in grade six for another year. At that time, when the exam was given, I was not very serious about achieving higher grades. I was content to play around and just move along from grade one to grade six. However, it was changed when the results of the final exam were handed down. To my surprise, I got the highest score in the overall provincial test, I even beat our class valedictorian. To beat someone and to be chosen as the best among your classmates gives me new image. I was the new hero of the school. – ACV

But, to be picked up by the God of the universe out of the millions of people is an awesome experience. When God chose you, He knew what He was doing. God doesn’t always pick those who have the greatest skill, the greatest aptitude, or even the greatest personality. However, He always has something in mind for those He picks.

There is one thing He requires of those He picks. They are to be fruit-bearers. They are not to be fruit-makers, but fruit-bearers. Our goal should be to know the One who chose us and makes the fruit. When we really know the one who chose us, fruit will be a natural by-product. As you decide to abide in His Word and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) then you will bear fruit. Because of the fruit that you have in your life, it easier for you serve as His salt and light to your home and workplace.

Today, as you begin your workday, consider where you will drop some fruit. It might be by praying for a co-worker. It might be by simply greeting someone cheerfully during lunch. It might be by leading someone to the Savior today. Share your fruit freely.

Remember, you are empowered by the Lord. Do good work today so that they will glorify the Father through you. The Holy Spirit is with you. Be bold, be strong, be courageous, be tactful…God is always with you!!!

Source: Os Hillman | Photo: Jan Chester Lema

DAILY BOOSTER: Trained to Win

“He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” – 2 Samuel 22:35

God is in the business of training people. He supervised the training of King David. Is this kind of training still possible to happen in our generation? Or the question should be: Will I allow this to happen to my own life – under God’s direct supervision?

David was a mighty warrior, and God described him as a man after His own heart. God took David through a training ground that could be looked on as cruel and unusual punishment by many a person. God chose him at a young age to be the next king, yet King Saul rejected him and hunted him down. David was a fugitive for many years. He had uprisings in his own family, and he had relationship problems. He had a life of extreme ups and downs. He certainly did not have a life free of problems; he made mistakes. He was human like all of us, yet he learned from his mistakes and repented when he failed. This was David’s training ground; it made the man. Without these hardships, it is doubtful David would have accomplished what he did.

Toward the end of David’s life, he recounted his relationship with God. It is a sermon on God’s ways of dealing with a servant leader. It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn (2 Samuel 22:33-37).

God was David’s source for everything. God gave him the ability to achieve the many extraordinary things in his life. It was a lifelong training ground that moved him from one plateau to another, often dropping into a ravine of despair and hopelessness from time to time. These are God’s ways. They drive us deeper and deeper into the heart of Him who has prepared a way for us.

Let God take you to the heights or depths He desires for you. He never promised smooth sailing during the trip, but He did promise to be the captain and companion along the way. God promised: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b, NIV).

Source: Os Hillman | Photo

DAILY BOOSTER: Covenant and Blessings

DAILY BOOSTER: Covenant and Blessings“During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord.” – 2 Samuel 21:1a


There was a famine in the land, and David equated that famine to the blessing or lack of blessing from God. He sought God to know why there was a famine. The Lord did not take long to answer: “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death” (2 Sam. 21:1b). Many years earlier, when Joshua entered the Promised Land, the Israelites were tricked by the Gibeonites into believing they were travelers when they were actually enemies of Israel. The Gibeonites tricked Israel into making a peace treaty with them. It was one of the first major mistakes Israel made after entering the Promised Land. As a result of the peace treaty, the Gibeonites were kept as slaves to Israel. This was never God’s intention for Israel. He had wanted Israel to destroy all their enemies, but they made an error in judgment that required that they honor a covenant with the Gibeonites.

Saul made a decision to disregard this covenant with the Gibeonites and sought to annihilate them. David sensed there was something preventing God’s blessing on Israel. As a nation they had violated a covenant made before God. Now they were reaping the consequences.

There are two things we can learn from this story. First, when we make a covenant, God expects us to fulfill it. God is a covenant maker. He made one with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He made one with each of us through Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are numerous regarding the importance of honoring our commitments.

Second, God is a very longsuffering God. He gave Israel many years of grace before He exercised judgment for their sin. However, there always comes a day when God must uphold His standard of righteousness.

Are you failing to walk in God’s blessing due to some failed commitment? Calamities can befall us for many reasons; sin can be one of them. In the case of Israel, David had to make things right with the Gibeonites. When he did this, God removed the famine, and Israel again was prosperous. When you feel you lack God’s blessing on your life, ask the Lord if there are any past – generation sins that you may need to repent of. He may be waiting on us before He can release His blessing on our lives. – by Os Hillman

DAILY BOOSTER: TRUST in God

Hello ICS! Praying that this devotional thoughts will serve as a reminder of how important TRUST in God is in maintaining victorious Christian living. He is ABLE to meet all of our needs. May the Lord bless you all. – ACV, PIC
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“Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel” (1 Chron 21:1-2).

God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life. Throughout scripture we are cautioned not to place our trust in the strength of horses, other men or our own abilities. David’s decision to take a census was a failure to keep his trust totally upon the Lord.

David’s purpose in counting his population was to assess his military strength, much like the second census taken under Moses (Num. 1:2,3). David found 800,000 men eligible for military service in Israel and 500,000 men in Judah (2 Sam. 24:9), more than double the previous head count.

David’s commander evidently recognized the grave error that his king was about to make. “But Joab replied, ‘May the LORD multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?'” (1 Chron 21:3).

This census displeased the Lord. David was falling into the temptation of trusting in the size of his army rather than in the Lord. God punished David and reduced his forces by bringing a plague that killed 70,000 men (1 Chron 24:14,15). How do we do this in our lives today? We trust our bank accounts, our skills, and the security of our workplace. When we begin placing our faith in these things instead of the provider of these things we get into trouble with God.

What a lesson this is for each of us. Today, place your total trust in the Lord for all of your needs.

Source: Os Hillman | Photo

DAILY BOOSTER: God Smiles When We Obey

Hello ICS! For past few days I’ve reading the book of Joshua and right to the end of the book, Joshua repeatedly mentioned the instructions of Moses to the Israelites, “obey all the law…” (Joshua 1:7; 24:27) in order to possess the promised land. They have to commit themselves to obey God’s written Word.

Is is possible to obey God’s Word? Yes, it is. Look at the result of obedience. – ACV
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“Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Genesis 6:22 (NLT)

If God asked you to build a giant boat, do you think you might have a few questions, objections, and reservations? Noah didn’t. He obeyed God wholeheartedly and built a huge boat even though the world had never seen rain.

    Obedience means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation.

You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.

Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey. We make a list of the commands we like and obey those while ignoring the ones we think are unreasonable, difficult, expensive, or unpopular. ‘I’ll attend church but I won’t tithe.’ ‘I’ll read my Bible but I won’t forgive the person who hurt me.’ Yet partial obedience is disobedience.

    Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully with enthusiasm.

The Bible says, “Obey him gladly”(Psalm 100:2 LB). This is the attitude of David: “Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey” (Psalm 119:33 LB).

James, speaking to Christians, said, “We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe” (James 2:24 CEV). God’s Word is clear that you can’t earn your salvation. It comes only by grace, not your effort. You can bring pleasure to your heavenly Father through obedience.

May He find us faithful obeying His will.

Source: Rick Warren

DAILY BOOSTER: The Booster Rocket

Hello ICS,

God has been so good to us in the past month, weeks, and days. I am anticipating again that the coming days will be far greater than the past days because the God we serve is always FAITHFUL—His love endures forever! May you be strengthened as you walk in the newness of life given to you by the Lord. – ACV

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“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses My servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them-to the Israelites.” Joshua 1:1-2

I was so amazed to watch on TV how they launch the rocket ship into the sky. At the launch pad of rocket ship, tons of weight is stacked vertically to the sky with thousands of gallons of fuel exploding in a matter of moments. Soon the rocket drops its take-off boosters and uses additional boosters to move the rocket to the next stage of the mission. The first engines have a unique purpose…to get the rocket to the next stage.

Joshua was known for almost 40 years as “Joshua, servant of Moses.” God’s preparation for him required years of selfless service, training in the desert, and tests of faith. Those preparation years were booster rockets designed to move Joshua into each new stage of his development and his ultimate calling.

God allows each of us preparation times to lay a foundation that He plans to build on. Some of those foundation times appear to be laborious and meaningless, sometimes embarrassing and painful, yet these varied experiences are what God is using to frame your life for the message He plans to speak through you. Without these foundational experiences, the Jordan River can never be crossed and we cannot enter the Promised Land.

Embrace these times of seeming inactivity from God. They, too, are a rocket booster to your next stage of your walk with God.

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

Source: Os Hillman
Photo: jurvetson

DAILY BOOSTER: Three Groups of Believers

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“And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:15

It is believed that there were about 5,000 believers during the time of Christ. Among those believers, it was thought there were three types. The largest number of believers were those who came to Jesus for salvation. They served Him little beyond coming to Him to receive salvation. A much smaller number, say 500, actually followed Him and served Him. Then, there were the disciples. These were those who identified with Jesus. They lived the life that Jesus lived. Each of these ultimately died in difficult circumstances. They experienced the hardships, the miracles, and the fellowship with God in human form.

If you had to say which group best represented your life, which one would you fall into – the 5,000 who simply believed, the 500 who followed and sought to implement what they were learning from the Savior, or the 12 who identified completely with the life and mission of the Savior? Jesus has called each of us to identify with Him completely. “This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did” (1 Jn. 2:5b-6).

Pray that God will allow you to walk as Jesus did. Experience His power and love in your life today so that others will see the hope that lies in you.

Photo: Juanetu Mier

DAILY BOOSTER: The Test

THE TESTHello ICS! As you prepare to come on Sunday to worship the Lord at ICS, I do encourage you to pray that God will move in our midst. I invited Pastor Peter Ropra, one of the Executive members of PNG AOG, to speak tomorrow morning. He came to attend the AG World Missions Congress (May 24-26). Pray for God’s anointing upon the preacher and also for the members of the Praise and Worship Team.

As you pray, do remember to pray also for the following: Ptr Dayang who went to Davao to attend to the need of her father who was hospitalizedd. Pray for her dad’s healing and salvation. Last Friday, Brother Ben Lopez, was confined at Polymedic Hospital due to heart problem. Pray for healing. Pray also for other members of ICS who are confined in their homes due to different kinds of illnesses. As you pray, believe that He is our healer.

Blessings,
PIC – ACV
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“I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” – 1 Chronicles 29:17a

God tests His children to know what is in their hearts. God’s desire for each of His children is to walk in relationship with Him, to uphold His righteousness and integrity. It is a high calling that we will fail to achieve without complete dependence on Him.

The greatest tests come not in great adversities, but in great prosperity. For it is in prosperity that we begin to lose the sensitivity to sin in our lives. Adversity motivates us to righteousness out of a des ire to see our adversity changed. Prosperity fails to provide this motivation for obedience. We fall into a satisfaction and confidence in life that is based on our prosperity rather than on God.

Hezekiah was a great godly king. He was a faithful, God-honoring king most of his life, but toward the end he became proud. God wanted to find out if he would still honor Him and recognize His blessings in his life. He failed the test when God sent an envoy to his palace to inquire about a miracle that God performed on behalf of Hezekiah. The test was designed to find out if Hezekiah would publicly acknowledge the miracle performed on his behalf.

But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart (2 Chronicle 32:31).

Hezekiah’s failure resulted in his children failing to carry on as rulers of Israel, and the nation would eventually be taken over by Babylon.

The lesson of Hezekiah is clear. If we are to remain faithful to our Lord, we must remain steadfast in our obedience to Him. Prosperity can be our greatest test. Ask the Lord to give you the grace to be a faithful follower during times of prosperity.

*Adapted from TGIF by Os Hillman

DAILY BOOSTER: He speaks…you must hear to listen

“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27

An Englishman tells a true story of his encounter with a Muslim man while walking in the country. The Englishman wanted to share the gospel with this man but knew little of Muslim beliefs. The two men talked as they walked and agreed they would each share their beliefs with one another. The Muslim went first and dominated the time of sharing. The Englishman asked the Holy Spirit how to share his faith with the Muslim man. “Do you consider your god your father who speaks?” asked the Englishman.

“Certainly not,” replied the Muslim man.

“That is one of the big differences between your god and my God. I consider my God as my Father who speaks to me personally.”

“You cannot prove that,” stated the Muslim man.

The Englishman again prayed to himself, “Lord, how do I prove this to this man?” A few moments later the two men began walking toward two young ladies on the other side of the road coming toward them. As they approached, the Englishman spoke to the ladies and made small conversation. He then said to one woman, “I believe you are a nurse, is that correct?”

The woman was startled that a man whom she had never met had just informed her of her occupation. “How would you know that? I have never met you before,” she questioned.

He replied, “I asked my Father and He told me.” The Muslim had his proof.

Many of us do not hear God’s voice because we do not believe He speaks or desires to speak to us. In order to hear, we must listen. In order to listen, we must believe that He speaks. Ask the Lord today for a listening ear so that others might know that you have a heavenly Father who speaks.

SOURCE: Os Hillman
Photo: RBP