A Reason to Suffer

Bong Baylon Devotions

8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of …

Stop Being Naive

Bong Baylon Devotions

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130 NIV Being simple-minded may be good in some cases. At least, you’re not complicated or difficult to please. But in the Bible, simple means naive or inexperienced in the area of wisdom. It means that you don’t know any better because you have not been trained (yet) …

Spiritual Maturity

Bong Baylon Devotions

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 NIV  What does it mean to be spiritually mature? Does it mean that you no longer make any mistakes? Does it mean that you always think, feel and do the right thing at all times? In other words, does it …

The Challenge

Bong Baylon Devotions

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 NIV1984  How you view the Christian life is important. If you see it as being all about experiences only, you will always …

Have Faith

Bong Baylon Devotions

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1 NIV There will always be two sides to biblical faith: “the faith” and “faith”. The former is the objective aspect of faith, meaning what we believe in. This is what we hope for and what we do not (necessarily) see (yet), but we …

Settle the Issue

Bong Baylon Devotions

““But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”” Matthew 16:15-16 NIV1984  Christianity is not a second hand faith. You cannot be a Christian by proxy. You cannot let others believe for you. You must settle it in your own heart and decide whether you will …