- Religion and Philosophy
Manny Pacquiao Preaches 4
This is apparently the last part for me to share my experience with how Manny Pacquiao preaches. This is the fourth and thankfully i have completed to pen the stuffs for the article. i hope that you'll be blessed and be held by this toward the Lord God's love.......
One of the early verses t hat he had memorized was Galatians 5:22. It was among the early parts of the bible that he had become familiar with. It came to be a passage he now uses in expansion for God’s kingdom. It came to be of aid as he lends a hand for Jesus. It speaks about the fruit of the holy spirit and it was just right that Manny had given it account for the spirit does deal a great part in our lives. He pointed out the word “fruit” in the thought. He got our attention. I was puzzled on what he was about to point out. To notice that the word has no “s” was the fact he wanted to brighten. Usually when many are involve, there has to be so. But, Manny pointed out that the fruit of the Holy Spirit are connected to each other. If you lack one of them, then you got none of them. Without joy, there is no peace. Without longsuffering, there is no faith. Without gentleness, there is no peace. Without love, there is no goodness. The fruit of the holy spirit are at one to each other.
The next thing he pointed out was the three parts of a man. That means a person doesn’t have just one or two parts but three. It is more of a trio. The body, the spirit and the soul is what makes up me and you. One wouldn’t be himself if he lacks just one of these. It was how we were designed by God. In order to specify the more what he was saying, he showed a picture of himself. It would seem that the pose he made in it resembles himself ready for a boxing fight. It wasn’t just one so at the moment, he wasn’t a lone ranger. He had companions of himself also by the picture. He multiplied and it became three in a row representing the body, the soul and the spirit. It makes clear sense what he was trying to convey. The body is the temple of the spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). Our soul implies our will, more specifically, the free will God has given us that were given choices to make for ourselves. The spirit is our mediator. Wherever you go, the spirit is with you. He dwells inside you. He is within you. He wants what’s good for you. By sin, he grieves but when you please God, he is delighted. In concern with this, Manny pointed out an activity that we do every day. He set clear the idea that we feed not just one of our own but two. We basically eat to nourish our body. We buy groceries in the market at given times. We take up nutritious foods for our sake and those that implies our care. When the meal is set and the bell has rang, we come over to grab our spoon and fork all set to have our stomachs fill. When we do it, we feed our body. It’s like a recharge in preparation for the day ahead. We are filling one of our part. But, as we heard from the voice of the boxing champ, there are two parts you need to feed. You also need to feed your spirit. You have to make and keep your spiritual life healthy as well. How do we do it? We do not want our spirit to be weak apparently for it would eventually reflect on our body. (Matthew 4:4), Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone but by every word that comes out of the father” which means that although food has always been important, it does not cover the totality by which one should depend on. Man can’t live without bread but more importantly he can ‘t live without the word of God for long ago, it was by his word that we came into being. (Genesis 1:26) God said, “Let us make man in our own image”. You were made in the image of God. The spirit feeds on the word of God. By knowing God’s message upon our lives we can be confident of his abundant love for us.
On the course of his sermon, Manny pointed out (Mark 8:36). He emphasized success without God is meaningless. Having to get what you want may make you happy but it wouldn’t be complete without God. “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?”. How does it benefit a person to gain everything yet in the end have nothing. You can be the richest person in the world; have lots of cars, many mansions, cellphones, laptops or clothes; have a good reputation whose name is looked upon as mentioned to be respected; But, (John 15:5) “Apart from me, you are nothing”. A life without the Lord will always be meaningless but to see you growing in the knowledge of his word is a pleasing sight for him as he continually watch over you (Proverbs 15:3). You have a heart that beats for you which God has given you. You do not control it. You cannot command it. Its involuntary. God’s love is like the heart that inside you. In this same way, it beats for your sake, God wants what is good for you. (Genesis 2:18) when God saw that Adam was alone, he said “It is not good for man to be alone.” God knew that it doesn’t fit Adam to have no companion. If God wanted Adam’s situation to be that way, he wouldn’t have make of him a helper. He would have just let Adam to be left alone but God did not do that. He let Adam fall into a deep sleep and took a rib which he use to form Eve. Note that in those times, Adam spoke to God face to face.
(John 3:16) For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son for whomsoever believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. His love was very dear that he couldn’t bear to let you fall into the consequences of sin that he sent his son Jesus to redeem us of it even if it means having him crucified. Jesus made the sacrifice for our sins. We are dead to sin but alive in Jesus.
“If you are that person who doesn’t have Jesus in your life, then, I urge you to pray this prayer:
Lord God, forgive me for my sins…I admit I am a sinner…wash me clean into a new person…willing to live a life pleasing to you… Make me the person you want me to be… Guide me in your truth…Give me the strength…to endure the trials I have to face…as I grow in your presence…I accept Jesus…as my personal Lord and Saviour…Keep me in love…that I may lend to those in need…to trust you more…deeper as the days go by…i believe of your plans for me…and may I do your will…as I wait for you. In Jesus’ name I pray Amen.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you can expect great things to happen for your life. Your sins are blotted out and God remembers it no more (Isaiah 43:25).
On Pacquaio’s conclusion, he set example of trust, a high rope artist. It was near our closing that he wanted to have the story to put our confidence in God all the more. During the days, there was an artist whose job was to walk on ropes at high altitudes. He was an experienced one and very famous for it too. He was renowned as he have been doing it for many times. Everytime he had an event of such, people would gather to see him do it. They were thrilled the more of them came into the scene. They supported the artist with their encouragements of confidence on him telling him he can have it done. The fact that the artist has no safety nets or precautions made the act unfit for any second thoughts. Any wrong move could spell disaster. As the artist was in the middle of the rope, he was in full sight of everyone. Everything he did including the balancing he was doing was heart chilling. People were amazed and cheering for him. They were very much impressed with his confidence. It requires a great amount of concentration and he mustn’t let anything distract him even the cheers. The experiences he had has thought him of it. As he continue to set his steps right, he motioned to the audience. Everyone was attentive. They were all yelling uplifting the artist’s esteem. He said, “How many of you believe that I can walk the rope with a person in my back?”. They all responded with great confirmation. They all agreed he can because he was their star. They all waive signs of their anxiety. When the artist had their response, he replied? “Any volunteer?”. Then, everyone was quiet. Everyone seemed distressed. They looked at the artist until a kid held them up. The kid would do it. As he lay on the artist’s back, they began to cross the rope. Everyone was waiting. What would happen? Would they be able to cross? The last step was set. They crossed successfully. Everyone was astound. The artist just brought he and his child across to the other side. In the same way, may we continually trust the Lord as we go on to do his will for our lives.
Pacquiao also mentioned the fight he just had with Bradley. The event was still fresh and a week or so had just passed since. Everyone’s memory of how he dealt with Bradley was in the thought of everyone in the room. I can still remember the scenes of the boxing match. He lost the fight apprarently but not his faith with God. Before that day, he has been earnestly praying along with some of his companions. They have been giving their request to God for Pacman to win but God had a better plan. Manny’s performance was favourable but after the 12th round and the announcement was to be announced, deep inside Manny he was told that “whatever the result may be accept it”. And, then came the win for Bradley. Manny believe he won the fight but if its God’s will for him to lose, then it wouldn’t be a matter to him for God’s big purpose. Those who prayed with Manny were discouraged by the result. They complained they have been praying but a different turn of events occurred. Manny encouraged them not to act that way. God tested their faith and whatever may happen, they must keep the faith. It was only a trial for God's better plan.
Before the closing prayer, Pacquiao shared how the enemy tried ways to prevent the event. He spoke of the stuffs that might have hinder him to preach but God have always been in control that he was able to shared God’s goodness in his life. Before they had come, car engines suddenly malfunction. They couldn’t travel as they were fixing. Manny was accompanied by a convoy of pastors and ministers. Many others stuffs happened but did not worked as God watched over them on their way. And, as you live your life with God, may he bless you all the more giving to others what you have received from him that you may be a reflection of his love.