What Is Faith?

What is faith? The question is a lot harder to answer than most people think. I have found over the years that there is a wide perspective on the topic. As a matter of fact I have found that there are a lot of misconceptions towards the topic of faith. Faith defined by secular standards is, a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The biblical definition of faith is, a belief in or a confident attitude, towards God, involving a commitment to His will for one’s life.

Faith is a lot more than just believing in something! There are many who believe that there is “a” God. There are many who acknowledge that God exists. James 2:19-20 confirms this truth when He said, “You believe that there is a one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble.” Here we see it is not enough to just believe that God exists! The Living God will not settle for mere acknowledgement of His Existence!

True Faith involves a commitment to living out Gods will for our lives! Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) tells us’ “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what do not see.” Our confidence as believers is in Gods Character: He is who He says He is! Our assurance derives from His Word: He will do what He said He will do! When we believe and trust that God will fulfill His promises even when we cannot see or understand, we demonstrate true faith! As believers of Christ our hope is not dependent upon what we see, 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us, “For we live by faith not by sight.”

Why is this important? It’s an important truth to understand because the Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” It takes faith to please God! God desires our complete reliance be upon Him, in all things, and in every situation. When we do this, God makes His power known to us! I am convinced it’s our obedient trust that allows us to experience the power of Gods Hand move in our lives.

I am not sure where you are at in your walk with God? However, I want to encourage you, with the words of the Apostle Paul found in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (emphasis added) Keep fighting, keep pressing, for the just shall live by faith, and we are not of those who draw back! Remember, by faith, God’s not done with you yet!

The Best is Yet to Come!

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The Key To Finishing

Most people deep down inside have the desire to accomplish great things! One of the greatest differences between those who achieve greatness and those who do not is the ability start and finish! Starting anything is a whole lot easier than finishing. Most people who set out to accomplish a goal usually start strong! However, the real test happens along the journey. Years ago I read a book by Dr. J Robert Clinton titled “Finishing Well”. In his book he explains that his writing was birthed out of the observation that few leaders finish well. This truth and insight has heightened my awareness of the importance of finishing! As leaders we are faced with the harsh reality that most people do not finish what they start!

We live in a world were very few chose to finish what they start. We have a huge dilemma in our society in that people have lost its taste for the long haul. What do I mean by that? Well, we live in a world that wants everything NOW! We crave instant coffee, fast food, immediate gratification, and instant success. Society is built around convenience, everything we want is at our fingertips, and we shun at the idea of waiting for anything. Ecclesiastes 7:9 gives us great insight to one of the keys of finishing. The Bible says, “Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.” (NLT) The New King James version says, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

The key to this scripture is found at the end where it emphasizes Patience over Pride. One of the biggest reasons people do not finish what they start is due to the lack of patience! Patience is defined as: The ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. Patience comes from a Latin word which means “to suffer”. Why is this truth important? In order to finish what we start there will be times of suffering and there will be times were we will have to consciously choose to bare pain with understanding! This is what James meant when he wrote, “Consider it pure joy my brothers in sisters when you experience trials of many kinds knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

 As you read this, my hope is that you are encouraged! I want to remind you that God is not finished with you yet! Although, you may experience trials and times of delay remember, He who began a good work in you is faithful and will bring it to completion! (Phil 1:6) Our role is to trust Him, endure, and continue grow in our patience! Remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Make it your goal to finish what you started!

The Best is yet to come!

Pastor Erick Tijiboy

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Finishing

This morning I was reflecting on the life of Jesus and His Mission here on earth. As I studied His crucifixion the words that continue resonate in my mind were His last. John 19:30 tells us as He was crucified He said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. The word finished is defined as: to bring to an end or completion, to overcome completely, or to complete a course or journey. These words speak of Jesus’ triumph and commitment to finish the task that was set before Him. Jesus’ mission here on earth was to complete God’s work of salvation!

We were created with Purpose. When God created us He created us with a specific task in mind. Ecclesiastes 6:10 tells us, “Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.” (NLT) We all have a purpose to fulfill here on earth and in order to fulfill that purpose, we will have to fix our eyes on Jesus and settle it in our hearts to endure whatever comes our way until we complete the task set before us (Hebrews 12:1-2). I know it is easier said than done. However, the following scriptures on finishing may provoke and encourage your spirit…

Revelations 3:2 (NIV)

“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.”

Hebrews 12:2 KJV

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame

2 Corinthians 8-10—12 (NLT)

“Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.” (NLT)

Philippians 1:6 (NLT)

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”(NLT)

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT)

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.”

As we read the scriptures on the topic of finishing, it is evident that finishing is important to God! It does not matter where you are on your journey. I want to encourage and remind you that the end of a something is better than the beginning of a something! It is not how you start your journey it is how you finish! As long as you still have breath, as long as you are willing to fight, and willing to commit to His ways, you will fulfill your God given purpose! Because of what He did on the Cross of Calvary and finished! You and I can walk in hope knowing He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith! Be encouraged God is on our side! You will succeed!

The best is yet to come,

Erick Tijiboy

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Be Still

I heard someone once say that God only has three answers when we pray to Him; Yes, No, and Wait. Waiting patiently is not the easiest thing to do especially when just about everything in life is catered towards convenience. Most people do not know how to wait. We live in a very anxious world where society teaches; time waits for no one and if you want something you have to take matters into your own hands.

The problem with this type of thinking is that the Bible contradicts this frame of mind! Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God!” The biblical definition of the phrase “to know” in this verse means to grasp as true beyond doubt! It means to have certainty in something. When we are still and know that He is…, we demonstrate our certainty that God is in full control of all situations.

I want to encourage you, as you walk with God on this journey practice the art of “Being Still”! When you begin to feel overwhelmed or uncertain remember be “Be Still and Know that He is!” He is our Friend, our Savior, and Comforter! He is the author and the finisher of your faith! Remember He is in full control of your situation! Be encouraged you serve a Mighty God!

The best is yet to come!

Vision

Helen Keller once quoted, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision!”

Who was Helen Keller? Helen Keller was an author and an American Educator who overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf. In 1982 she grew ill and was diagnosed blind, deaf, and mute. Through dedication and hard work she would later become a great communicator and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree. Helen truly understood what it meant to not only be blinded physically but also mentally. Her quote basically states that it is very possible to have sight and still be blind, blind to the possibilities of what could be. I couldn’t agree more.

Today we are living in a time where people of all ages young and old suffer from a lack of vision! The lack of vision is a huge reason our society is in the condition it is in. Someone once said that dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision. The Bible tells us, “Where there is no vision the people perish or cast of restraint.”(Ps 29:18) The point made is pretty clear: that without vision or divine revelation, people cast off all restraint! They will basically run wild because they have neither guidance— nor anything to follow!

As believers of God we do not have to live vision-less lives! We serve a big God with endless possibilities.  We serve a God that declares, “He knows the plans He has for us and that plan is to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).”  We serve a God that desires to reveal Himself to us. Deuteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (NIV) The word reveal in this context, means to make known; to disclose, or to lay at an open view. It’s where we get the word ‘revelation’, which means to uncover or to display. It depicts the idea of removing of a veil.  You see, revelation is simply the process of God making Himself know to us. As we seek Him, He will not only make Himself known to us but He will also reveal the plan He has for our lives!

I want to challenge you to seek God and make it your priority to find out His perfect plan for your life! Be a person of vision! Vision is simply a mental picture of what could be driven by the conviction of what should be.  When our heart is in true pursuit of God’s will our convictions will eventually align with what He desires for our lives and will guide us along the way.

As you pursue the will of God,  be inspired!  Be inspired to dream big, knowing that your Creator has authored the perfect plan for your life.

Be inspired knowing that the best is yet to come!

Pastor Erick

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Fasting

FR: TUESDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2015
This week our church started 10 days of Prayer and Fasting. As I study God’s word and prepare my heart for our fast, I am extremely motivated. I am motivated to see what God will do in the individual lives of those who attend our church, I am motivated for change, and most of all I am motivated to know God in a greater way!
Fasting is a topic that is often overlooked, not taught on enough, nor is it a topic that people get overly excited about. When most people think of fasting they think of refraining from food.
Fasting is not just about refraining from food. Fasting alone can have certain results, but if prayer does not accompany the fast, it is more like a drastic diet. True fasting is refraining from eating food for a period of time, with a purpose of seeking to know God in a deeper way. The three most common fast are…
  • Normal Fast- Involves the total abstinence of food Luke 4:2 reveals that Jesus abstained from food but not from water
  • Absolute Fast- Involves the abstinence of both food and water. Acts 9:9 we read that for three days He “neither did he eat or drink.”
  • Partial Fast- in Daniel chapter 10:3 the emphasis of fasting was upon the restriction of diet rather than complete abstinence.
I believe it is important to understand that neither fast is greater than the other! When we prepare to fast we should seek God and ask ourselves questions like, “Why I am I fasting?” and “What does God want to do through this fast?” Asking these types of questions will cause us to focus and fast with Purpose!
Isaiah 58:6-12 provides some of the greatest insights on the topic of fasting. In verses 6-7 we read what God desires to do through the power of fasting.
  • To loosen the bonds of wickedness
  • To undo the heavy burdens
  • To let the oppressed go free
  • And that you break every yoke?
  • Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
  • And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out
  • When you see the naked, that you cover him
In verses 8-12 the bible lists the promises God will fulfill “if” we submit to the discipline of fasting.
  • Then your light shall break forth like the morning
  • Your healing shall spring forth speedily
  • And your righteousness shall go before you
  • The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
  • Then you shall call, &the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
  • Then your light shall dawn in the darkness
  • The Lord will guide you continually
  • And satisfy your soul in drought and strengthen your bones
  • You shall be like a watered garden, & like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
  • Those from among you Shall build the old waste places;
  • You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
  • And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
  • The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
These are promises full of power! The best part is… these promises are accessible to us through the power of prayer and fasting! God’s power is released inside of us as we deny our flesh and deliberately spend time seeking Him.
 As you fast be encouraged knowing that God will strengthen you, continually guide you, and be your rear guard! (Isaiah 58:8—9)
The best is yet to come!
Pastor Erick
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Welcome!

FR: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14TH, 2015

 I would like to welcome everyone who is visiting our website for the very first time. A little over two months ago, my wife and I were given the wonderful privilege of taking over the Victory Outreach Church of Tacoma. We are so grateful to have been called by God and to be a part of the beautiful ministry of Victory Outreach International!

 As we embark on our new journey my heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness and excitement! I believe 2015 will be a year of hard work, growth, and extreme faith!

 I want to encourage you to dream big as you pursue the will of God for your life in 2015! You were created to do great things for God. Recently the Lord reminded me of this truth. In John 14: 12—14 the bible says…

 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

 The scripture provides great insight and tells us…

 1. “If” we have faith in Him, we will be able to do the works He has done…

2. Our Faith will allow us to do greater things…

3. Jesus will move on our behalf to bring the Father Glory…

4. If we ask for anything in His name, He will do it…

 Be encouraged that your best days are ahead of you! As long as we still have breath, as long as we still have faith, and as long as we are willing to believe God at His Word, we will do great things for God!

 The best is yet to come!

Pastor Erick

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