The Owner’s Stamp

Galatians 6:17… “For I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (KJV). Moffatt’s translation reads, “The owner’s stamp of Jesus.” What a great phrase. The marks which Paul talks about were the marks of the Owner, Jesus. The likeness of Christ was borne by Paul in his body, soul, and spirit. The owner’s stamp is simply the outer sign of something that is stamped within you. A good prayer to say would be, “Jesus, put your stamp in every cell of my body. Stamp your likeness (image) in me, O Lord.” Let’s look at some of the “brand marks of Jesus” (character traits)…

1) The forgiveness of injuries… One of the greatest prayers Jesus said was, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34, KJV). Are you wearing this stamp? This mark goes deep… very deep. It means that when Christ’s likeness (brand mark) is on you, you will never again retaliate or hold resentments. It means that hatreds will never trouble you again.

2) No more self-pity… Jesus said to some women on the way to His cross, “Weep not for me” (Luke 23:28). There was no self-pity in Christ’s brand. A lot of folks have the tendency to feel sorry for themselves when something serious happens to them. The Owner’s mark reads, “No self-pity.”

3) Maintaining joy in spite of things that happen… If you follow Jesus, you will experience deliverance from fear. You will be happy when you have troubles to face. What a great “brand mark” to have stamped in you. Joy, in spite of what has happened. Gloom and doom are not longer part of your life. Why? Because you bear the Owner’s stamp of joy.

4) Courage… Not the desperate courage of the battlefield, but the quiet courage that grows daily, the courage of facing life, the courage of saying “no” when tempted to do evil, the courage that speaks the truth even though it may alienate you from friends. “Lord, stamp Your kind of courage in me.”

5) The power to take it… When things happened to Jesus, He could take it. Life has many challenges. Troubles will come, but can you take it. Some can’t handle troubles, so they turn to anger, hate, resentment, painkillers, or whining.

6) Of compassion and mercy… Jesus was sensitive to everyone’s needs, hurts, hunger, and desires. Christians should be people who care. This likeness of the Owner must be branded on every Christian.

7) Jesus gave Himself… This was His crowning mark. He cared enough to give, not only of Himself, but Himself. Christians will give money, goods, time, talents, words… but very few give themselves. The Owner’s stamp included, “I give myself too.”

The Owner’s stamp? Paul said, “I bear the Owner’s stamp in my body.”

Are you stamped with His brand?

Pastor George Belobaba

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Restoring The “Glow”

John 10:10… “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV).

The Lord purposes to give you life in all its fullness. Everyone should be able to live abundantly. The business of life is to live well. It seems that in our society today everybody knows everything about life, except how to live it. I believe that we are seeing in our society the results of losing God, and if we lose God out of our life, we have lost the meaning of life. We cannot afford to let God “fade out” of our lives. If God goes, everything goes with Him. Our text teaches that Jesus came to give us abundant life. When God “fades out,” abundant life fades out. A good question is, have you let Jesus “fade out” of your life? Have you lost the “glow”? Well then, it’s time to get it back. I have listed a few ways to get the “glow” back.

1) Take a good look at yourself. What is at work in your life? Is it sin? What has caused Jesus to be “faded out”? Are you hitched to something that is going nowhere?

2) Take a U-turn. Reverse your course. The word could very well be “repent.” Start with confessing your own sin and not someone else’s sin. Don’t put the blame on someone else for your lack of abundant life. It’s not wrong to say, “Lord, forgive me.”

3) Check your relationships. Jesus’ first word to men was “Follow me” (Mark 1:17, John 1:39,43). When you follow Jesus, He will lead you to life, life to the full and life that is alive and growing.

4) Are you like the prodigal? Then return to the Father. The Father will see your return and come running to meet you and embrace you.

5) Renounce the old ways that caused Jesus to “fade out.” Learn to say “no” to lifestyles that can hurt you and rob you of abundant life.

6) Seek out those for whom you need to ask for forgiveness and extend forgiveness to. Holding resentments “fades out” Jesus. Many people hold onto old quarrels all their life. It ought not to be.

7) Receive the love of God into your life. Receiving is an act of faith. God is a giving God, full of mercy. You cannot be independent; you cannot stand aloof and alone. Let God help you.

8) Refill your life. Proverbs 8:21 says, “Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries” (NLT). God refilled Job’s life with family and friends and money. Get ahold of those Bible truths you once cherished.

9) Release all your old inhibitions, your fears, your guilt, and your self-condemnation. These things do not fit in with abundant living. Release your faith, your anointing, your joy, and your confession. Release your talents to the Lord. The goodness that the Lord gives you is good. Share it with others, and you will soon have a singing heart, a joyful heart, and abundant life.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Cross–Seven Words, Pt. 1

(Part 1 of 2)

John 12:32-33… “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die” (KJV). Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” The message of the cross must burn in our hearts. Our time on earth and our time in eternity depend on it. The death of Jesus on the cross was both natural and supernatural. It was a real death. Acts 2:23… “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Peter tells us that Jesus had no sin (1 Peter 1:19 and 2:22). John tells us that Jesus was pure (1 John 3:5). Paul writes that Jesus knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). The death of Jesus Christ was marked out beforehand. Revelation 13:8 teaches that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Before sin ever entered the world, God had planned salvation. The death of Christ was supernatural. Jesus said in John 10:17-18, that He laid down his life willingly. The seven words that Jesus uttered on the cross bear witness to the supernatural character of the death of Christ. We too can learn from those words…

I. The Word of Forgiveness

Luke 23:34… Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (KJV). Man had done his worst. Jesus was rejected. Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53:12 that Jesus made intercession for the transgressors. Jesus also forgave people prior to the cross. Note Matthew 9:2, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.Matthew 9:6 states, “The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.” Sin can be caused by ignorance: “for they know not what they do. Leviticus 5:15-16 teaches that “if a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance,” atonement had to be made (Numbers 15:22-27). People deliberately crucified Jesus, but Jesus said to the Father, “they know not what they do.” We can learn from this. We too must learn to forgive those who trespass against us. Matthew 6:14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Note also Luke 17:3-4… “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” When Christ prayed for forgiveness, He struck at the root of human need. An unforgiving spirit causes many troubles in life. 1 John 1:9 teaches, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

II. The Word of Salvation

Luke 23:39-43… “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (KJV). These words were spoken in response to a request by a sinner. This was no accident that two should be crucified at the same time that Jesus was crucified. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be numbered with the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12). One of the two was unrepentant; the other believed in Jesus. The same circumstances are prevailing today. There is no salvation to the hard-core unrepentant. When the gospel is preached, two men can listen to the same truth. One is moved by it; the other is not. One may shut his heart; the other may open his heart. One is set free; the other is not. Why? Because God does not destroy human responsibility. We too in our generation must offer the word of salvation to others. There are malefactors all around us. Peter teaches in 1 Peter 3:15, ”But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Some folks may need the gospel message of salvation… lead them to Christ. Others may need a word of cheer… cheer them by a word of exhortation. Others may need healing… heal them by your prayer of faith. All of these are words of salvation.

III. The Word of Affection

John 19:25-27… “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home” (KJV). There was a lot of grief around the cross. Hurting people were everywhere. Mary had experienced great joy at the birth of Jesus, but now at his death there was sorrow. When Jesus saw those who were hurting, He was always moved with compassion. In time of difficulties, a word of affection is in order. Anointed relationships heal the sorrowful. Natural ties in life are as important as spiritual ties. There is a lesson in these words of Jesus for us today. Care, share, unite, and fellowship. It’s a word from the cross.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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Moments Of Truth: Judge Me By The Footprints I Leave Behind

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got a favor to ask you. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.”

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know,” the son continued. “He was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “You don’t know what you are asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.” At that point, the son hung up the phone.

The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror, they also discovered something they didn’t know. Their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there’s someone Who won’t treat us that way. Someone Who loves us with an unconditional love, that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. Tonight, before you go to sleep, pray that Jesus will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, to help all of us be more understanding of those who are different from us. There is a miracle called friendship that dwells in the heart. You don’t know how it happens or when it gets started, but, you know the special lift it always brings. You realize that friendship is the most precious gift. Friends are a very rare jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always care for you when others walk away.

–Author Unknown

Pastor George Belobaba

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The High Priestly Prayer Of Jesus

John 17… Before Jesus prayed this prayer, He had assured His disciples that He had overcome the world (John 16:33). He now prays as an overcomer. Jesus first reports to the Father “on what He has done.” V. 4… “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (KJV)… V. 6… “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me“… V. 8… “I have given unto them the words you gavest me“… V. 12… “I kept them in thy name.” Jesus then asks the Father that the purposes of the Father be continued by the church. V. 18… “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

I. Jesus lists five phases of the ministry of the church… 

a) The work of the church… V. 4… Notice the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go and teach.” Here the emphasis is on teaching and discipline. Mark 16:15-18 says, “Go and preach.” Here emphasis is on proclaiming the gospel in power. Luke 24:46-49 says, “Go and witness.” Here the emphasis is on testimony. John 21:15-17 says, “Feed my sheep.” Here the emphasis is on shepherding and feeding. The work of the church is on the earth, and must be finished on earth, by these four methods: teaching, preaching, witnessing, and feeding.

b) The people of the church V. 6… Note Ephesians 4:11. The church is to be apostolic in nature, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral, and teaching in nature. Note Luke 6:13-17. Workers are called from this world, from all walks of life. They are especially chosen and equipped. Note John 15:16: “And whatever you need for your ministry… Ask.”

c) The word of the church… V. 8… There is power in what you say, if what you say has its source in the Lord. Your words reveal where you got your message. People are looking for the truth. Note John 8:32: “It is the truth that makes you free.” People are looking for the word of life more than just a good sermon (note also John 6:68).

d) The power of the church… Vv. 22-23… “The glory”; i.e., the presence of God, as seen in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:1-4 tells of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is essential if the church is to extend the kingdom of God in the earth.

e) The purpose of the church… V. 24… The object of the church is to bring people to God, as you have been brought to God. Note Revelation 5:9, that out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, people come to God.

II. Jesus asks seven things of the Father… “That we”…

a) That we may sense the glory of God… Vv. 1, 4, 22, 24… “That they may behold my glory” (v. 24, KJV); i.e., radiance, splendor, presence. We must have God’s presence or we will go nowhere.

b) That we would follow the word of God… Vv. 8, 14… The rhema, acceptance of the word. Verse 17 speaks of the truth, the Logos. The truth sanctifies, separates, and protests. Note Psalm 119.

c) That we would be united in the love of God and by the love of God… Vv. 11, 21, 22, 26… Jesus wants no division among the church. “That the world may believe” (v. 21, KJV). There is too much fragmentation in the church world today. The unity of the church must reflect the unity that is in the Godhead.

d) That we would go forth in the mission of God… Vv. 18, 20… The church is set apart and equipped for special missions to communicate the gospel to the nations (Matthew 28:19-20), to defeat the devil (1 John 4:3-8), and to be a witness (Acts 1:8).

e) That we would experience the joy of God… V. 13… We should have a full measure of joy.

f) That we be kept from the evil one… V. 15… Note v. 12… “I kept them in thy name” (KJV)… The devil is a tempter, deceiver, and accuser, and Jesus’ Name is a powerful weapon against him.

g) That we would be a praying church… Vv. 9, 20… It is important to pray for the ones the Lord gives us and for the ones that come to the Lord through others.

Conclusion… Jesus, in His prayer, is maturing us to be overcomers. Note 1 John 4:4… “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (KJV). We too must report to the Father when we have finished the work He has given us to do. We must also ask the Father that His purposes be carried on by others, when our work is done.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Three Foundations For Happiness

1) Purpose with permanence… Life must have a direction. Where there is no true purpose, there can be no true happiness. To secure purpose, clear out all obstructions and the things that hinder progress. Temporary purposes are not good enough. Ground your purposes in Christ–in Him there is identity and power to carry out your purposes. Set some definite goals for yourself. Face towards success and not towards failure. An unfocused life is a wasted life. Link your goals with God in faith and confidence.

2) Peace of mind… There is too much uneasiness, gnawing discomforts, and troubled minds in life. Many saints are living under the bondage of guilt because of mistakes. Guilt saps your strength. We need to affirm, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20, KJV). We need to affirm, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35). We need to affirm that “all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). Self-deprecation does not give you security. Quit putting yourself down. Quit trying to outdo someone else. Remove fear of failure from your thinking. Allow your memory to heal by forgetting the minute details of past hurts. Learn to forgive others, and learn to forgive yourself.

3) Love and compassion… Without this, disaster looms in your path. Treat people right; they are individuals, and they have an identity. Unstable relationships are the cancer of dissatisfaction, and dissatisfaction spreads quickly. Living in harmony helps your emotional life. Harmony helps prevent headaches and ulcers. The water at Cana was tasteless, but Jesus turned it into wine… into joy, into something meaningful. Speak positive words. Spoken words were the basic materials with which God created the world. By our spoken words we create our own circumstances, whether good or bad. We all have occasional disappointments, but we should never allow them to unleash negative words of resentments or anger or depression. Build relationships with others by being honest and by being faithful. Quit tearing others down. Building others up requires perseverance. Jesus, in Matthew 7:7-8, taught perseverance. Ask… i.e., use your voice. Seek… i.e., use your eyes. Knock… i.e., use actions.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Jesus Cares About People: Compassion

Many people today have a heavy heart full of sorrow, depression, burdens, and deep-rooted hurts that no one but the Lord knows about. With a heavy heart comes an emptiness that only Jesus can fill. In this lesson I want to tell you that Jesus cares about people.

Matthew 9:36-37But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (KJV). The word “compassion” means “intense feelings of divine love, the stirring up of the love of God.” Notice that the people were fainting. They were tired and giving up because they couldn’t overcome their trials and burdens. The people were scattered, or cast down in spirit and put down as nobodies. They had no shepherd, no one to feed or care for them or to give leadership. Jesus cares… He cares about you right now.

Matthew 20:30-34… “And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him” (KJV). Many people were pressing in to be healed by Jesus. The people rebuked these two blind men; they were treated as second-class citizens. But they cried out all the more, and Jesus had compassion. Deep intense feelings of love rose up within Him. He touched their eyes and they were healed. Jesus cares for you as well. Perhaps you feel that you are treated as second class, a nobody… but Jesus cares about you right now.

Matthew 14:14-21“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children” (KJV). Jesus was touched with compassion when He saw multitudes hungry and sick. People have great needs. He heals the sick and feeds them. He cares for you right now. Believe Him.

Luke 7:11-16… “And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people” (KJV). Jesus cares about people, yes, even about “incurable” situations. There is a lot of sorrow attached to the care of “incurable” people. Jesus made the incurable alive again. He cares about your sorrows. Yes, even today, when your burdens are heavy.

God wants us to have divine love within our hearts and a compassion towards people. 1 John 3:17-18 teaches that when we shut off compassion towards people in need, God’s love does not abide in us. Paul talks about divine love constraining him in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. The word “constraineth” means “has taken hold of me,” or in other words, “the love of Christ has hung on to my spirit.” Now that’s divine love. This is the kind of love we need in today’s society. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17); that is, nourish them, strengthen them, and lift them up. Jeremiah 2 and Joel 2 tell of hard times when people’s hearts were not turned towards God. People were not pursing righteousness as they should. The New Testament tells us of the grace of God. Grace means “divine favor”; it also refers to the operational power of God that works within us. You have within you the ability to help others. God wants to pour out His blessings, not His judgments. The Laodicean church in Revelation 3 boasted of prosperity, that they had need of nothing, but God said that they were miserable (bound), poor (being devoured by the devil), wretched (carrying dead weights), blind (not having any vision), naked (without covering, wide open to shame). Jesus was calling them out to be real witnesses. He wanted to show them genuine prosperity which ministers with compassion towards others, and to increase their faith. He wants His righteousness displayed through you. He wants to give you a vision for the lost.

Yes, Jesus cares for you. Divine love is ready always to be manifest toward the needy. Come and hear Him. Come and know Him. Come and love Him. Come and turn your life around. Come and worship Him. Let divine compassion fill you heart this very day. Jesus wants to take care of His people and others through you. He wants to lift your heaviness and fill your heart with joy and gladness. If you have a problem, don’t try to manage it by yourself. Don’t turn off Jesus. Jesus cares about you… Yes, He does.

Pastor George Belobaba

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