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Seek First His Kingdom

Seek First His Kingdom

Written by Michael Supetran


I came to know Christ at the age of 12. It was actually my Father who first brought me to this church. Though I face persecution, it wasn’t able to stop me at that time, in fact, it cause me to embrace GOD more and more. I was on fire for ministry, but not for long, I backslid spiritually. Even though I was constantly going to church, my relationship with God was far from before…”

Before I begin, let me read this classic verse in Matthew 6:33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

A very familiar verse for many of us, which since my early Christian days was my favorite.

I came to know Christ at the age of 12. It was actually my Father who first brought me to this church. Though I face persecution, it wasn’t able to stop me at that time, in fact, it cause me to embrace GOD more and more. I was on fire for ministry, but not for long, I backslid spiritually. Even though I was constantly going to church, my relationship with God was far from before.

Graduation

Supetran Family

After graduating High School, I planned to take Architecture in one of the renowned Universities here Iloilo City. But due to financial restraint, my Mother told me she wouldn’t be able to finance me with that course in that particular University. At that time, it was the only school offering Architecture, and I had no choice but to think of another course. I heard that our school is planning to open Architecture, but our school’s proposal wasn’t yet sure. Desperately, I made a treaty with GOD that if he will open that new course in our school, I will get back to serving Him. True enough He answered my prayer, and to cut the story short, I was able to graduate as a pioneering Batch in Architecture and eventually serving as a G12 leader in this church. I involved myself in different ministries and there saw GOD’s favor upon me, that as long as you’re serving GOD, He will never shortchange you.

June 2008, I entered as a Draftsman in a well-known Fast Food chain here in the City. With a minimum salary, I bear the work since I was gaining experience for the preparation of the next year’s Board Exam. Everything went smoothly with my work, but not with my Family. At that time, my Family was hit by a crisis. It went worst as if irreparable. Just to cool off things, I asked the permission of my Mom, and decided to leave the house. With things packed, I went to my Auntie’s house in Sooc, Mandurriao. Thou the situation there was difficult, I have no choice but to pull myself out of the house. I then informed Ptr. Yolly regarding our situation. She then asked me if I’m neither ok nor angry with GOD. Instead, I told her that I’m not angry with GOD. Despite of the chaos my Family is facing, I would always cry out to the LORD to patched things up. That circumstance taught me to embrace GOD more and more and every night I broke down before the LORD. We’ve never seen each other for 2 months while my Mom is texting me if how’s my condition in my Auntie’s house. It seemed our condition was irreparable, but still I broke down to GOD over our situation.

My Mom would always text me, and the only thing I can encourage her was to know GOD. I have no choice but to introduce Christ to her. That was the only solution for them. Without my knowledge, she sneaked to church for a Sunday service. I was surprised to see her in the church, and what surprised me more was to see her with my Father. She later told me that they both decided to try coming to church. And after 6 months of staying in Sooc, I went back to our house last December. 2008. At that time, I saw the hands of GOD moving over our situation. GOD reminded me in Matthew 6:33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you

that what he promised never fails. GOD indeed knows my desire for my parent’s salvation, and truly he took care of it. It was priceless to see both my parents coming to the saving knowledge of GOD.

It was the last week of December 2008 when my company asked me to resign from my work since I was not willing to be based in Manila office. The company’s offer was to work in Manila with a minimum Iloilo base salary. It was unfavorable for me so I willingly took the resignation.

Michael Supetran

Michael Supetran

Then came January 2009, when a financial crisis hits the country. At that time I was thinking how to raise the money in 6 months before the review in Manila since I was on my own now. Again, I sought the LORD. I asked him if it was his will, then he would provide my needs for my Review in Manila. At that time, my faith was tested. I took small sidelines as a 3D renderer, but the money, still, wasn’t enough for the targeted amount. Finally, the owner itself of that well-know fast food chain (my previous company) offer me to design a certain project. At that moment, I felt like the heavens open and Angels singing. It was indeed a blessing. Without fail, every week I earned a minimum of 4,000-6,000 pesos. What I’ve earned was doubled compared to when I was employed in that same company. The LORD sustained me financially at that moment. I was very thankful to HIM.

One Sunday morning right after the service to my dismay I found out I’ve lost my obsolete cellphone. I was quite worried with the fact that it was my only means of communication with my client. Consequently, I found out that one of the Architect was complaining due to my inability to be contacted. So I went to malls to check for a new series model but it was too expensive similar to buying a new desktop computer. It was funny, but like a child I ask GOD for a new cellphone mentioning that specific model.

I was not even willing to spend the money for my review, but GOD was really GOOD!!! Out of nowhere, a new Architect set an appointment with me for an animation project in Manila. Right after we closed the deal, he asked for my contact number. But to bad, I just lost my Cellphone few days ago, I told Him. A few seconds of silence, He asked me straight what Cellphone model I wanted. I was shocked.

Then I remember the night when I asked GOD that specific model of Cellphone. I couldn’t express the joy I felt that moment. After our deal, I immediately went home, went to my bed and broke down crying. It was not the material thing that caused me to cry, but the joy in the FACT that GOD really knows my needs. Again, the verse flashed to my mind.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Then I told GOD in that prayer saying “LORD, I did seek your kingdom first. Thou I’m not perfect, yet I was faithful to you. And without fail, you supply my needs”.

One month before leaving Iloilo, I checked my savings account to make sure if I hit the targeted amount. Praise GOD, I already exceeded the amount set for my review. Using that money, I bought my own plane ticket, and withdrew certain amount for traveling expenses.

July 27, 2009, I flew to Manila and arrived weeks ahead of the review schedule, so I took that time to seek GOD asking for his grace and wisdom. August 10, 2009 when the review started, I was afraid for myself thinking if I could make it. But I was encouraged by all of your prayers, specially thanking my Beloved parents that were very supportive and was always there;

to Ptr. Tohnee and Ptr. Lily that without fail every Tuesday Bible Study I was remembered in prayer, and standing as my spiritually parents, and giving me this opportunity to testify; to my Region Pastors, Ptr. Joseph and Ptr. Yolly for constantly encouraging me while I was there and without fail spiritual guidance. To Ptr. Carlos, Ptr. Carlyn with the encouraging words, and to all of you who prayed for me specially my Region E Family.

GOD was really good during my review days that even in my doubts and fears; he would encourage me with his words. Those promises GOD gave to me, I kept and it was in 2 Chronicles 13:18 saying

The Men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the LORD. and Chapter 15:7

But as for you, be strong and don’t give up, for your works will be rewarded.

I hang on to these words as GOD promised that at the end of the exam; He will prove His promises TRUE. Just last Tuesday, at eleven in the evening while online waiting for the result, the promise that I had been waiting for so long came to pass when I saw my name on the roster of new Architects. Overwhelmed, speechless, amazed, name it all, but still cannot explain the joy I felt on how GOD answered my prayers.

I have seen how GOD directed me since from the beginning of my Architectural Course until I graduated and eventually passed the Board Exam. I told GOD that I will always be grateful to Him that even now, as a full-pledge Architect, I will still allow GOD to give me the direction in my journey as a professional.

What I have right now was because of Him. And every need I had, he sustains.
He’s the GOD of my youth.

We may have different lives to live and different trials that we’re going through. But we have one thing in common; we have a POWERFUL GOD that we’re serving.

TO GOD BE THE HIGHEST GLORY!!!

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