about us




my blog

Welcome to Jerry Berenguer's blog. Feel his heartbeat, know his burdens, and read into his insights through articles and notes he writes. Jerry's desire is that something he shares with you can encourage you and inspire you to fulfill your purpose in God.
Publish Date: October 9, 2010  ::  Author: Jerry Berenguer

A Grateful Heart

 

 “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 5:20 NIV

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:17 NIV

Are you a grateful person? I found this list of questions you can ask to test whether you are a grateful person or not:

#1 Which do you tend to talk about more – your blessings, or your disappointments?>

#2 Are you a complainer, always grumbling, always finding fault with your circumstances?

#3 Are you content with what you have, or always dissatisfied and wanting more?

#4 Do you find it easier to count your blessings, or is it easier to count your afflictions?

#5 Do you express thanks to others when they help you, or do you just take it as your due?

#6 Would others say that you are a thankful person?

In our world of self-serve attitude and independent thinking, it’s easy to have an ungrateful heart when we think that we achieved our accomplishments all by ourselves. But the Bible tells us that we are to be thankful. It shows us that thankfulness should be a constant attitude of the heart. No matter what you’re doing, no matter what’s going on in your life, no matter what your circumstances are, you are supposed to be thankful.
 
Now, is that the way it usually works? No. When things are going well, we’re thankful. When things are going badly, we’re not. We tend to complain and whine and moan about how badly life is treating us. But God’s Word says, “be thankful in all circumstances”. God says “always giving thanks”. God says, “whatever you’re doing, give thanks”. Whether you’re eating dinner at a nice restaurant or cleaning the toilet, give thanks. Whether you get a promotion and raise, or get a pick slip and shown the door, be thankful. Whether you’re strong and healthy and full of life, or sick and diseased, be grateful. Whether your marriage is rewarding and satisfying, or whether it’s a painful struggle, give thanks. In every situation, we are to have an attitude of thankfulness toward God.
 
How in the world is that possible? I know that I am far from always being thankful. I have a long way to go before I can claim to be maintaining a thankful heart in any and all circumstances. How do we do this? How do we maintain an attitude of thankfulness when things are not the way we expect? Let me share some thoughts that will help us to have a grateful heart.
 
God is in Control

First, recognize that God is in control. Nothing escapes Him. He knows what we are going through and He is in control. I was speaking with a pastor friend sometime ago and he told me of what he was going through. Their daughter who is only 12 years old was diagnosed with an illness that is causing her spinal column to be deformed. She is in pain and she would need a surgery. He talked about how bad he felt and how he processed this in his life. He said that he had been serving the Lord for 20 years. He gave up so many things to serve the Lord. He had worked hard in building the church and seeing many lives transformed. He wondered how did this happen? He said that he felt like he was entitled for something better. He didn’t understand how this situation can be any good. Then he realized that God is still in control. He knows what He is doing.

Paul wrote to the Ephesian believers, I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,  which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Eph. 1:18-23 NIV

This passage speaks about the power of God. The Bible declares that God allowed things to happen for a reason. Not everything is good in itself, but God can and will use everything in our lives for our ultimate blessing. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 (NIV) God has a good, wise and loving purpose for everything. While He allows pain and suffering into our lives, He also gives us the victory. What are you going through today? You can still thank the Lord that He is in control. He is able to deliver you and empower you to overcome.

Avoid Complaining

Secondly, to have a grateful heart we must avoid complaining. Complaining puts you into a negative attitude. If all we do is complain about our circumstances, we fail to see the blessing of God. Quit complaining about your job, your spouse, children, parents, finances, etc. Complaining makes us miserable. Complaining is a spirit of ungratefulness. God hears our complaints. When you whine and grumble, you are not in the attitude of thanksgiving. Complaining is the enemy of thanksgiving. The two cannot exist in the same heart. You cannot complain and be thankful at the same time. When you are tempted to complain, begin to praise instead and offer thanks.

“ Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Phil 2:14-15NIV

When you have done something for people and they don’t appreciate it, that’s okey. Thank God for the opportunity that you have been used by the Lord. In any situation, when you avoid complaining you release the spirit of thanksgiving. Miracles happen in an atmosphere of thanksgiving. In Acts 16 when Paul and Silas were in prison after being beaten and thrown in a dungeon, instead of complaining, they began to sing with praise and thanksgiving to God. At midnight, God broke the chains and opened the gates and set them free! He can come at your midnight hour and set you free when you learn to thank and praise Him.

Count Your Blessings

Lastly, count your blessings. Learn to appreciate what you have. We become ungrateful when we don’t recognize the blessings that we already have. The Bible shows us how God can provide and multiply our blessings when we are thankful for what we have.

“As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food." Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."   "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.  "Bring them here to me," he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matt 14:15-21 NIV

The disciples looked at the problem and failed to see what they have. Jesus showed them and modeled to them how they should live out what they have. Instead of worrying about what He didn’t have, Jesus gave thanks for the 5 loaves and 2 fish. And God multiplied it many times over that there were 12 basketfuls leftover. God blesses us when we are grateful for what we have. You may not have the biggest house, but thank God for what you have.You may not have the best job yet, but thank God for your job right now.

A person came up to me and shared that he has a big problem and it is depressing him. He had lost all hope and no longer motivated to do anything. I shared with him that he can be thankful for what he has. He still has a wife, children, and family that love him. He still has friends that care for him. Most of all he still has the Lord Jesus Christ who loves him and will never leave him. All of a sudden, his countenance changed, and he was not depressed anymore. When we look at what we really have, we can have a thankful heart.

How about you? What can you be thankful for? If there is someone you want to be thankful for, do it now. It’s sad to see people give all their appreciation in the funeral home when the person can’t hear it anymore. Yet when they were alive, they didn’t take the opportunity to appreciate them. So, this week is an opportunity for us to give thanks to the people around us. More importantly, take time to thank God for His gift Jesus Christ who died for us so that our sins may be forgiven and have eternal life.



 



Publish Date: June 2, 2008  ::  Author: Jerry Berenguer

Ministering in Europe 2

We left Florence and stayed in Germany for a week. We were welcomed by Rev. Antonio Ibarra, his wife Sarah, and their 3 children Luke, Joey and Destiny in their house near Giesen. Pastor Tony and Sarah are doing a great work in Germany with several church plants.
 
I preached on Friday night at Giesen and thier 2 services on Sunday at Frankfurt. It was good to see the Germans passionately in love with God during worship. The Lord moved in a special way as they came to the altar to be prayed for. On Monday, we ministered to a church in Bonn under the leadership of Pastor Benjamin. We had a great time in Germany especially seeing the church of Martin Luther.
 
We were a couple of days early to arrive in Milan so we decided to go to Geneva Switzerland by train. We met Pastor Jim Viray and his wife who graciously accomodated us in their home.
 
The following day we went back to Milan where I started preaching from Thursday until their anniversary celebration on Sunday. We were blessed to be a part of their worship and special numbers. On Monday we took a break to go to Padova and ministered to the leaders and workers there. On Tuesday the leadership of Milan church hosted a thanksgiving dinner with special numbers and they showered us with gifts.
 
Finally, we left the following day (May 28) with mixed emotions - we were glad to go home but we were also sad to leave the wonderful people we have met in Europe. We've made friends in 11 cities in 28 days. Glory to God! Thanks to all our hosts for their generous hospitality.
 
May the seeds of God's Word that has been scattered in Europe bring about an abundant harvest in the lives of His people.
 
Today is Monday, June 2 and I'm preparing to leave again on the 5th to go to Japan and other coities in Asia for 3 months. Until then, Ciao!
 
 
 



Publish Date: May 14, 2008  ::  Author: Jerry Berenguer

Ministering in Europe

 We arrived here in Europe on April 30 at 9:30 in the evening and we spent the night at Jackie Staub (former church member) and her roommate's flat just outside of central London. We were so glad to see her after a long time and were blessed to know she is fine and successful in her career. It was a blessing that we were able to stay with her for the night considering the cost of a hotel in London. Thank you, Jackie and roommate (sorry, I forgot your name)!
 
After talking until past midnight, we were about to settle only to find out I picked up the wrong luggage! Needless to say we didn't get to sleep that night because we had to leave at 4am hoping we could exchange the luggage and still catch our flight to Rome at 7am. Although we were able to get our luggage back unfortunately we missed our flight. However, we were blessed when they put us on the next flight without any penalties. Thank God!
 
We arrived in Rome around 1pm on May 1. Bro. Jhun DelMundo from the church in Rome picked us up to go for lunch but we were very tired so we decided to skip lunch and sleep all day at the bed and breakfast the church reserved for us. We had a wonderful time with the members and leaders of the Assemblee Di Dio in Italia (Assemblies of God, Italy) Missione Evangelica Filippina led by founders Rev. Francis and Ruth Santos. I preached at their 19th Anniversary celebrations. 
 
We are now in Florence. So far, we have ministered in Rome, Pisa, Peruggia, and Florence. Tonght we will be ministering in Bologna and then we fly tomorrow to Frankfurt, Germany to minister there. When we come back, we will go straight to Milan, Italy and then to Padova and fly back home on May 28. 
 
 Even though the schedule is tight, it has been a joy to see the lives of people encouraged and blessed. We have heard many testimonies of how God has transformed their lives since we have been here 3 years ago. There has been a bountiful fruit in what we have sown years ago.  
 
 They found out that it was Elvie's birthday on May 8 so they have greeted her and blessed her in Rome, Pisa and here in Florence. Also, she celebrated mother's day here in Florence. God is so good!
 
 Today, we are sowing seeds again that we know will bring a great harvest in the years to come. Thank you for your love and prayers for us as we labour here in the other part of the world.
 
I have posted in the gallery some pictures of the places we visited during the mornings we were free. Especially interesting is the leaning tower of Pisa and the Church of St. Francis of Assissi.
 
Until next time, be blessed. 
 



Publish Date: February 26, 2008  ::  Author: Jerry Berenguer

Fruitfulness

I have just concluded the series of messages on The Pathway to Fruitfulness from John 15. It has been an amazing four weeks. God has been stirring our hearts to walk in fruitfulenss in every area of our lives. 
 
His anointing is so powerful that we are seeing the fruit manifested in our midst. In just last month we have seen 41 people added to the church. Testimonies of healing and financial breakthroughs are abounding.
 
I am gateful to the Lord for His grace and mercy. Seeing the lives of people becoming fruitful and the church multiplying in numbers brings great joy in my heart. I believe we are positioned for a great move of God.
 
Continue to pray and be a vessel for God as He pours out His blessings that we may bear much fruit. Position yourself and watch what God will do.
 
Make sure you get a copy of the whole album for yourself and listen to the messages again to inspire you to be fruitful in every area of your life.
 
God bless,
Jerry
 



Publish Date: December 21, 2007  ::  Author: Jerry Berenguer

How to be a Giver this Christmas

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17NKJV

Today, all over the world people celebrate Christmas. However, it is important to keep things in the proper perspective of why we celebrate. There are millions of people around the world who have no clue of why they celebrate Christmas. To them it’s another holiday – to party, have a good time, and be merry. For Christians, it goes far deeper than that. The reason for the celebration is God’s gift to us. Christmas brings an atmosphere of giving.

God’s Principle
God the Father is a giver not a taker. He gave His best. He didn’t send His son to condemn us of our wrong attitudes. But rather, He came to save us from our ways that lead to destruction.
God gave us an example to be a giver. The giver gives as a lifestyle. He gives no matter what the circumstances.

On the other hand, the taker takes when times are good because it may get bad. The taker takes when the times are bad to make sure he gets his. The taker has a lifestyle of taking from everyone he comes in contact with. He becomes part of the problem while givers are part of the solution.

Seven Practical Principles
I want to share with you 7 practical principles from the Word of God on how to be a giver:

1. Give at every opportunity
A giver is one who is giving all the time. God did not wait until we are righteous before sending His son. The Bible says that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.” (Proverbs 3:27-28)
Give when you can – while you can. You don’t know when you will have a chance again.You do not want to live regretting that you could have given. The best time to give love is now. A giver seizes the moment to make a difference.


2. Look at the interest of others

God looked at our interest more than Himself. He gave His one and only Son for our sakes
Apostle Paul said, Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
Let us quit just thinking about ourselves – how we feel and what we like- our rights. Our relationships would be so much more pleasing if we would only consider the interests of others.

Before you buy the thing that you cannot afford, consider the people that will be affected by it. Before you go ahead and do things that makes you feel good, consider if it offends others. Being habitually late is inconsiderate of other people’s time.

God gave us His example of humbling Himself. Why not begin today, let us humble ourselves and look after the interest of others. Our whole mindset should be to prosper everyone around us. You’re whole life should be to bless others.


3. Give out of love

God gave because of love. He didn’t have to do it. But, He expressed that love for us by giving His only Son as a sacrifice for our salvation. Give to people because you love them. Don’t ever give because you are obligated to do so. Let your giving be an expression of your love for others.


4. Give your best

When God gives, He gives the best – He sent His only Son. He was willing to give someone who is dear to Him. When you give, do you have the same attitude? Or are you looking for ways to “cut corners” just to get by - to settle for less when it is in your power to do better.


5. Bless those who persecute you

Paul said, Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
He speaks from experience. There will be people in your life who will do nothing but give you a hard time. They are just watching your every step looking for something that they can use against you. It gives them great pleasure when you become miserable by fighting back. What they cannot handle is when you bless them! It ruins their whole plan.
A giver is not affected by the insult of others because they are giving as unto the Lord and not to men. Jesus said, “blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven.”(Matthew 5:11-12)

6. Forget the things that are behind

Sometime ago, there was a movie that became popular, called Grinch. It was about the character Grinch who was a very miserable person. He didn’t want anyone celebrating and having fun, especially Christmas. Every time he heard people enjoying, he would do everything in his power to destroy the excitement. Later in the story we find that the reason why he is like this is because he had a traumatic and painful experience in the past. When he was a child, his friends and classmates made fun of him. This hurt him so bad that he carried it all through his life that it affected him and the people around him.

There are probably things in our past that have hurt us so deep that it is affecting our lives today. We don’t want to give anymore because of a bad experience. How many times have we said, “I’ll will never do that again? No matter what anybody says.” As a result we have deprived ourselves and the people around us with the good things that God wants to do through our lives.

Perhaps, you did not have anything when you were a child - you had a bad experience of poverty and lack. Or maybe you were abused or offended in the past. Your tendency would be to withhold so that you will not experience the same thing.

But God did not come to this world to keep us in our past. He is a God of the present and the future. He came to save us from destroying ourselves. Let us learn form the apostle Paul who said, But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,.. (Phil 3:13-14)

There is so much more that God wants to accomplish through you. A giver will not allow the past to hold him back from the rewards of the future. Forget the past. Enjoy the blessings of today and share it with those around you.


7. Be thankful

A giver is one who is always mindful of the fact that he is blessed. On the other hand, a taker is not thankful because he feels he deserves it - and when he doesn’t have it he is upset.

Be grateful for what you have no matter how small it is. Do not despise the small beginnings.
A taker looks at what he has and complains about it. Fault-finding, nitpicking, nagging, whining and grumbling are attitudes of those who are not grateful.

But that’s not the attitude of a giver. Jesus gave thanks for the five loaves and gave it to feed five thousand men (Matthew 14:18-21). As he gave thanks, God performed the miracle. A giver is not hindered by his limitations and grumbles. Instead, he is thankful for what he has and continuous to give in spite of the limitations. And then, allows God to multiply it for His glory.

Also, thank the people that God uses in your life. This is an area where we could all improve on. Thank God for your spouse and your children. Thank God for your church – your Care group leaders, pastors, and volunteers who serve you. Instead of complaining and whining – be thankful. Don’t just come to church to take and receive. Be a giver and bless the people around you.

Make it an opportunity today to be thankful.

As we enter into the new year, resolve to be a giver and not a taker and God will richly reward you. You can stand on His promise, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)
 











Jerry Berenguer Ministries