Pastor Mario Magaña continued his series Abundant Life with his sermon entitled, “Understanding.” We were also blessed to celebrate the birthdays of three amazing men and pillars of God: Carlos Dubon, Deacon Daniel Garcia, and Kevin Gomez. Many blessings be poured out onto your lives! We love and appreciate you.
Today, we read from Proverbs 3:19 which says, “By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place.” God’s desire is for His children to come to full knowledge and understanding of who He is and who they are in Christ. There is more to this life than just believing in God; there is knowledge and understanding. Wisdom is different than knowledge and intelligence gained from education. It is God-given. It is how we make decisions and how we make good judgments. The Lord founded the earth with His wisdom, so now the earth works in His ways. For example, God made a tree to sprout from a planted seed. The seed naturally goes through this process by His wisdom. The picture is also spiritual. He plants a seed in us and we begin to grow in the knowledge of Christ. God left us this process so that we could take advantage of this life. God detailed this earth with care and precision. He is connected to His creation, so much so that He knows a dying bird when it touches the earth. The same wisdom the Lord used to create the earth made you, so now you have dominion & fruitfulness.
The Lord established heaven with understanding beyond words. Heaven is experienced not understood. We can see rain clouds, but we can’t see Jesus. There is no real explanation for how to achieve heavenly encounters and gifts except through an experience with God. Heaven is inexplicable until an encounter that leads to it. Psalm 119:144 says, “Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.” Sometimes we live like how we look in mirrors: in front of the mirror, we see ourselves and know who we are and what we look like. Once we walk away from the mirror, we tend to forget. Don’t forget who you are. Receive the gift of knowledge and understanding from God. The Lord founded the earth with wisdom and founded heaven with understanding, so now we know both to live. Adam and Eve did not worry because they knew and understood they had abundant life. There was a separation from God that occurred in the Garden, but Jesus came to restore what they had lost. Christ says, “I became earthly so that they [you] can become heavenly through My sacrifice.” Now all His wisdom and understanding is yours. Live life as you are in abundance. Genesis 1:1 says God created the heavens and earth, meaning He created them together. God’s intent for Adam & Eve was to have knowledge and understanding of both heaven and earth. Jesus’ sacrifice rewired everything to have the link between heaven and earth together again. God is always with you, and He wants you to know and understand Him.
Grace & Love celebrated Holy Communion today, and what a beautiful service it was. We opened up this morning service with our sister, Amaris Ixtupe, performing her beautiful spoken word which she delivered during our Open Mic Night this past Saturday. Her piece was titled, “In Hope, We Rise.” It called us to believe in hope because hope is Christ. We were then led into the presence by our worship leader, Jessy Sajquim. During the song “Rejoice,” he ministered to the crowd, “This is a prophetic song. Sing it over your life.” The words are as follows: “Rejoice and be glad/For great is your reward/Rejoice and be glad/For the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.” This is our theme. Rejoice because of abundance.
Pastor Mario gave a simple yet beautiful sermon on our spiritual blessings of which there are many. God loved us from the beginning and had already made the decision to shower us with love and blessings. He already knew we would be united with Christ and would become one. When we say eternal life with Jesus, it means that we have eternal Jesus inside of us. This eternal life does not start after we die; it starts the moment we receive Christ into our hearts. His abundant life is also ours. Jesus gave His physical body for a spiritual body – us, the church. You are now one with Christ. We belong to Him now, and all that is His is ours as well. So rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward from Heaven.
God has been speaking to Pastor Mario since the retreat. As he was
walking, God spoke to him and said, ”I love and I am pleased when you believe me. It’s important that you believe a matter and that you know the word given.” The enemy tries to destroy the matter that God speaks to us about; however, God gives us an abundant amount of life. There’s always more than enough, and if we lack, we must take charge rebuking the enemy. God wants us to know Him. So today, Pastor Mario began his new series entitled, “Abundant Life.”
John 10:9 - 10
No one in history ever said what Jesus said by saying He is the door,
the way, and the truth. Jesus is everything and God. The sheep will go
through pastures in total freedom to enjoy rest and delight in His
There is an enemy, though, that wants to trouble your life. It seems the
closer and deeper we get in our relationship with Christ, the angrier the
enemy becomes. But fear not for God is with us. The enemy’s strategy is
to kill, steal, & destroy. His strategy will always fail because God
arms us to go for the jugular.
Ephesians 3:17 - 19
We believe and we know the love of God is always greater. We believe
and we grow in His love. Anytime we mess up, God still loves us. God
isn’t afraid of messes because His love is greater. He always wants to
be abundant in your life. Believing, knowing, and understanding is
faith, hope, and love. God is love. When God gives you faith, He gives
you vision. Hope is knowing that God will always provide and be there
Don’t give up. Don’t give in to the lies. The enemy wants to steal
faith, kill hope, and destroy your love. He throws darts at your mind
to doubt the blessings you have received. The enemy tries to cause
life to work against us, or he uses religion to condemn us. All of his
tactics are lies, halfway truths, and religious traditions that have no
life. The truth is Jesus Christ. Jesus said abundant life for you.
There are resources in Heaven that are there for us to take. Keep love
on so when darkness comes it will not be successful. Resist and the
enemy will flee. Faith is like a mustard seed that is small, but then
it grows to be huge and takes root. Then we, in assurance of full
faith, bear fruit that others can come and pick. Then seeds and
abundance is spread to others. God wants abundance in your life. Jesus
finished the work on the cross. Go in to hope, faith, and love. Jesus
didn’t say fill yourself up with these three, He said to go into them.
It’s a mansion, a huge home of faith, hope, and most importantly, love.
There is abundance.