April - June 2019 | North Philippine Union ConferenceBy: Ptr Joel L. Sarmiento
Reaching the world is indeed an enormous task for a church that has only around 20 million members. Here in Luzon, with 403,896 members, we need to share the gospel to the estimated 61 million people by this year 2019. On top of rallying all of our members participating in the Total Member Involvement initiative of our world church leaders, we need to come to the Lord humbly and seek His leadings to reach more people. Our church is privileged to use many other means to share the Truth that we have as Seventh-day Adventists. God clearly revealed in His Word His will for His people. God made sure also that we will not be strayed; He appointed prophets to guide us.
Though sin ended the face-to-face communication between God and human beings (Isaiah 59:2), God did not end His intimacy with humanity. He developed other ways where we could communicate with Him. He began sending His messages of encouragement, warning, and reproof through prophets.
Faithfulness to His Prophets is our theme for this year 2019. Being faithful to His prophets includes believing, following and moving forward to other people what we have learned from them.
Believe. Believing in what they have written. Believing in what they have taught us.
2 Chronicles 20:20 "....Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established, believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
In Selected Messages, Book 2, page 78, we read, “The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. ... Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony. He will bring in spurious visions to mislead and will mingle the false with the true, and so disgust people that they will regard everything that bears the name of visions as a species of fanaticism; but honest souls, by contrasting false and true, will be enabled to distinguish between them.”
Follow. This means that we should follow their example of living a holy life, following their teachings just how our pioneers did the same.
Elder Ted N. C. Wilson said the pioneers struggled at times to find unity and he encouraged church members to keep their eyes on Jesus. “Some in your local church may manifest strange independence of spirit leading to disunity,” he said. “But there are many in God’s church around the world resisting these attempts and the Lord will prevail! The pioneers faced similar situations, but the same God who guided them is still leading us today.”
Forward. We must serve as they served and be ready to teach others what the Lord had revealed to us. “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals
His secret to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). And above all, we should humbly ask that the Holy Spirit will lead us as the prophets have experienced. God had led them. God will surely lead us all also.
Joel 2: 28-30 says, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; ... “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth.”
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.